Legislation Modernizes Trusts and Property Dispositions Rules

first_imgNova Scotia’s property law is being simplified to better protect families. Justice Minister Ross Landry introduced today, Nov. 21, a new Perpetuities Act which abolishes the Rule Against Perpetuities and amends the Variation of Trusts Act and the Real Property Act. “Property rights have changed over time and the law should reflect modern practices,” said Mr. Landry. The rule, which dates back to 1672, was originally intended to protect property from control after death. The rule places strict and complicated limits on the duration of certain restrictions on the use and transfer of property. Over time, the law has grown so complex that it risks people being deprived of their property interests through inadvertent errors in drafting legal documents. The changes were recommended by the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia. The Rule Against Perpetuities has been abolished or reformed in seven of 10 Canadian provinces and many other countries that use a common law legal system. “The commission consulted extensively with estate planning specialists and the public. We heard that the rule was cumbersome and complex, and was simply inappropriate for the modern Nova Scotia context,” said Angus Gibbon, executive director of the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia. “There was very little support for a reformed version of the rule to make it simpler. The overwhelming preference was for abolition, and a more flexible role for the court where needed.” In place of the strict rule, courts will be given enhanced power to vary trusts and other property disposition so that long-term conditions on the use and exchange of property can be modified or terminated where appropriate. Judges will be given criteria to consider when making these decisions and will be required to consider the intention of the person who made the trust or property disposition. The final report of the Law Reform Commission is available at http://www.lawreform.ns.ca/Downloads/Final%20Report%20-%20Rule%20Against%20Perpetuities.pdflast_img read more

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong sparking backlash from China

first_imgOTTAWA — Chinese officials accused Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland of “meddling” in China’s internal affairs Sunday after her weekend statement condemning violence in Hong Kong in the wake of escalating tensions between pro-democracy protesters and police.Freeland made the remarks in a joint statement issued Saturday with her counterpart in the European Union, Federica Mogherini, urging restraint amid “a rising number of unacceptable violent incidents.”“It is crucial that restraint be exercised, violence rejected and urgent steps taken to de-escalate the situation,” the pair wrote, not explicitly assigning blame to either the government or the protestors.“Engagement in a process of broad-based and inclusive dialogue, involving all key stakeholders, is essential,” the statement said, noting that both Canada and the EU support Hong Kong’s “high degree of autonomy” within China, as well as its residents’ right to peaceful assembly.That statement prompted the spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Canada to fire back, calling for Freeland to “immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.”“The Canadian side should be cautious on its words and deeds,” when it comes to Hong Kong, the spokesperson wrote.They noted that the “one country, two systems” priciple — the framework the city has operated under since the former British colony was passed to China in 1997 — is a national policy, not international law, and suggested it wasn’t Freeland’s place to comment.The embassy also defended the actions of Hong Kong police, saying the protests “deteriorated and evolved into extreme violence.”“In face of such severe violence and offences, no government with a sense of responsibility would sit idly by,” the spokesperson wrote.There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region as some residents accuse the Communist Party-ruled Chinese government of chipping away at Hong Kong’s democratic rights.RELATED: Umbrellas flood Hong Kong streets And while the protest movement has been marked by violent clashes with police, Sunday’s march was peaceful, with no reports of violence.The movement’s demands include the resignation of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, democratic elections and an independent investigation into police use of force.The Canadian Presslast_img read more



Study Women and minority TV directors make modest gains

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Women and minority television directors made modest gains last season, but the majority of television episodes are still directed by white men, the Directors Guild of America found in a study released Tuesday.The guild’s study states that 62 per cent of nearly 4,500 television episodes reviewed during the 2016-2017 season were directed by white men. When adding in white female directors, 78 per cent of the television episodes reviewed were helmed by white directors.Non-white directors accounted for 22 per cent of all episodes directed last year, with black directors accounting for 13 per cent. Asian-Americans accounted for 5 per cent of the episodes directed, while Latinos represented 4 per cent.The numbers reflect low single-digit increases for female and minority directors from previous seasons: White women directed 16 per cent of episodes in 2016-2017 compared with 14 per cent, and minority females directed 5 per cent of episodes, up from 3 per cent in 2015-2016.Directors Guild President Thomas Schlamme wrote in a statement accompanying the report that the results show “stark disparities among the major studios that raise questions about how committed to inclusion some employers really are.”He said studios must do more to find directors from diverse backgrounds.“Frankly, it’s hard to understand why they’re not doing more,” Schlamme said. “Even if all the right reasons are not enough for them, they should at least be motivated by the bottom line — inclusion just makes good business sense.”The report also ranks studios and their subsidiaries on the racial and ethnic breakdown of its directors. The study found 20th Century Fox was the most inclusive studio, producing 553 episodes of content, with 55 per cent of episodes being directed by white men. CBS and NBC ranked second, while Netflix was last, with white men directing 77 per cent of the 88 episodes reviewed, and only 4.5 per cent of those jobs going to minority directors.ABC, which accounted for the most content with 614 episodes, ranked fifth out of 10 studios reviewed, with white men accounting for 64 per cent of the directors. Minority directors accounted for 23 per cent of ABC episodes, while female directors were in charge of 21 per cent.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,094.25, up 37.16 points).RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Up 10.5 cents, or 60 per cent, to 28 cents on 54.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 83 cents, or 10 per cent, to $9.09 on 30 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down nine cents, or 0.41 per cent, to $21.61 on 11.7 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up 71 cents, or 9.17 per cent, to $8.45 on 10.6 million shares.Orosur Mining Inc. (TSX:OMI). Base metals. Up one cent, or 13.3 per cent, to 8.5 cents on 6.3 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up 16 cents, or 4.6 per cent, to $3.65 on 6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canada Goose Holdings Inc. (TSX:GOOS). Consumer discretionary. Up $2.39 or 3.16 per cent to $77.98 on 356,000 shares traded. The luxury jacket maker is expanding its Winnipeg manufacturing operations by adding a third factory that will create about 700 jobs. The Manitoba government will spend up to $1.48 million to help the $15.8-million project.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Consumer discretionary. Down 20 cents to $10.58 on 607,000 shares. The retailer struck a deal to merge its German department stores with its biggest rival in the European market. The Toronto-based retailer, which owns Galeria Kaufhof, announced an agreement with Signa Retail Holdings, the Austrian-based brand behind Karstadt, a competitor department store in the market. HBC says the $616 million earned will be funnelled into reducing debt.BRP Inc. (TSX:DOO). Consumer discretionary. Down $5.98 or 8.4 per cent to $65.13 on 416,000 shares. The recreational products company was the biggest loser of the day on TSX after it launched a marketed secondary offering for 8.7 million shares by its largest shareholders — Beaudier Group and Bain Capital — as it also filed to list its shares on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.last_img read more

Moroccan Researcher Featured on Front Page of NASAs Glenn Research Center

Casablanca – Moroccan Researcher, Dr. Othmane Benafan, receives attention from NASA’s Glenn Research Center website for the second time. Dr. Othmane Benafan, a Moroccan Materials Researcher Engineer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, was featured on the front page of NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s website that researches, designs, develops and tests innovative technology for aeronautics and spaceflight.Dr. Benafan who completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Central Florida in 2012, appears in a section of the website called, “Innovator Spotlight,” dedicated to interviewing and highlighting high achievers at NASA. The interview focuses on the use of Shape-Memory Alloys in splitting rocks. This breakthrough has great commercial possibilities and applications in different fields and industries, and is currently being developed by the Moroccan scientist.Shape Memory Alloy Rock SplittersThe Moroccan researcher explains Shape Memory Alloy as metal mixture that ‘remembers’ its original shape after being deformed, and returns to its shape after applying “an external stimulus like temperature.”The rock splitting part happens when the metal is heated and constrained from moving to its original shape. This constraint of the metal causes “a buildup of extremely large forces,” which is directed at the rock to split. This novel technology developed by Dr. Benafan can be a more efficient substitute to traditional methods used in splitting rocks and boulders, such as explosives or hydraulics-based alternatives.The technology was designed for applications pertaining to space mission such as “geologic excavation in planetary bodies such as the moon, Mars, or near-Earth asteroids.” SMA rock splinter also promises to transcend the space application to other applications involving controlled splitting of rocks. These include oil drilling, civil engineering, search-and-rescue operations and so on.Answering a question related to the weaknesses that Dr. Benafan’s effort attempt to overcome, the Tangier-native stated that previous reports have suggested the use of the technology in rock splitting. However, these reports surrendered to several challenges:“All of the reported prior work suffered from three main challenges: Activation temperature, insufficient displacement, and limited force generation dependent on commercial alloys. With this technology, our goal was to addresses these challenges.” read more

Nearly one dozen African nations sign up for UNbacked education scheme

5 December 2007Nearly one dozen African nations have joined forces to participate in a United Nations-backed programme to bolster education and training in rural areas. At the Rome headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), representatives from 11 countries – Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Niger, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania – last week agreed to identify areas of cooperation. Rural people comprise approximately 70 per cent of Africa’s total population and are expected to remain the majority over the next three decades. Education and training for rural people is key in sub-Saharan Africa’s fight against poverty, hunger, malnutrition and illiteracy. But for every 100 urban children who have access to primary education, only 68 do in rural areas, and for every 100 children who complete primary school in urban areas, only 46 of their rural counterparts do. The participating nations’ ministries of education, agriculture and rural development, among others, were asked to work together to design programmes reflecting local cultural and social values, as well as to collect and analyze statistics. Agencies such as the FAO and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) were requested to boost their support for capacity-building and institutional strengthening of rural education. The two-day Rome meeting was a follow-up to a ministerial seminar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, held in September 2005. read more

Homebuilders real estate board says new BC property tax hurts province

Homebuilders, real estate board says new B.C. property tax hurts province by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 27, 2016 3:12 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Premier Christy Clark and Finance Minister Michael de Jong, discuss amendments regarding housing issues in Greater Vancouver from the South lawn during a press conference at the Legislature in Victoria on July 25, 2016. British Columbia’s real estate and home building industries say property buyers and sellers fear collapsed deals and financial losses after the province announced plans to bring in a new property transfer tax on foreign buyers next week.Bob de Wit, the chief executive of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, says there is panic among foreign buyers who signed pre-sale properties agreements and are now trying to avoid paying the tax before it comes into effect on Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito VICTORIA – British Columbia’s plans to dampen the influence of foreign investment in Metro Vancouver’s scorching housing market with a new tax on foreign buyers is causing widespread panic and confusion, say industry insiders.Premier Christy Clark’s Liberals are poised to adopt legislation that includes an additional 15 per cent property transfer tax on foreign nationals who buy residential real estate in Metro Vancouver. The tax, which takes effect next Tuesday, would add $300,000 to the price of a $2 million home.Bob de Wit, the chief executive of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, said Wednesday there is much concern among foreign buyers who signed pre-sale properties agreements and are now trying to avoid paying the tax before it becomes law on Aug. 2.“So far, in the first two days it’s sort of mass panic of buyers worried about whether they can close and wanting to sign (before Aug. 2), which may or may not be available in the contract they’ve signed,” he said. “There’s basically a lot of panic out there and we’re trying to keep people calm.”De Wit estimated there are 2,300 pre-sale properties in Metro Vancouver connected to foreign buyers.Dan Morrison, president of the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board, said the 15-per-cent tax is aimed at foreign buyers but it could impact British Columbians if foreigners walk away from their deals because of the tax.He described situations where B.C. residents are fearing property nightmares because they sold to foreign buyers who may now balk at paying the new tax, which in turn threatens to kill the real estate purchases of B.C. buyers.“So, it can get quite messy and there’s a domino effect that could affect a lot of B.C. residents,” Morrison said.Morrison and de Wit said the government should exempt property agreements already in the works before Tuesday’s implementation of the tax.“Any contract that had all the subjects removed and was a firm and binding contract prior to the date of the announcement, should be exempt from the tax,” said Morrison.Premier Christy Clark was steadfast on Wednesday, saying her government will not amend its proposed property transfer tax plan.“The foreign buyer tax is intended to make sure we can keep home ownership within the reach of the middle class,” she said at a news conference in Vancouver. “I make no apologies for that.”All purchasers in the province already have to pay a one-per-cent tax on the first $200,000 of their purchase, two per cent on the remaining value up to $2 million, and three per cent on the portion above that.In a report Wednesday, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. rang alarm bells about Vancouver’s real estate sector, increasing its risk rating for Vancouver to its highest level for the first time since it began releasing the reports last year. read more

UN chief condemns terrorist attack in Turkish capital

“The Secretary-General sends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesman, noting that the UN continues to support and stand in solidarity with the people and the Government of Turkey at this trying time.According to media reports, a car bomb tore through a crowded transport hub in the Kizilay district.

AK47 M70 rifles found in home of WCD businessman

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMajor Crimes Unit operation unearths more high powered weaponsMarch 10, 2017In “Crime”Corporal implicated in AK-47 interception at Police HQ on the runMarch 9, 2017In “Crime”Smuggled AK-47 not Police property- BlanhumMarch 7, 2017In “Crime” Two high powered rifles, an AK-47 and an M-70 rifle, were on Thursday afternoon discovered in the Meten-Meer-Zorg home of a 33-year-old businessman who operates a restaurant in that West Coast Demerara (WCD) community.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has confirmed that the high powered rifles were found, but he could not confirm the calibers. He has, however, said that members of the Major Crime Unit have travelled to the area and are questioning the occupant of the house. He also said the weapons have been lodged at the CID Headquarters in Georgetown as investigations continue.This publication understands that, acting on information received, the police swooped down on the businessman’s house and conducted a search, unearthing the weapons inside a duffer bag, hidden under a commercial gas stove. A source has disclosed that from the condition of the weapons, they probably had not been used in a while.Based on reports gathered, the suspect might have been keeping the weapons for a known drug dealer.Meanwhile, the young man who was arrested on Thursday following the discovery of the high profile weapons will be interrogated and ultimately charged for illegal possession of firearms. read more

Indonesian coal exports to slow

first_imgIndonesia’s coal mining association expects coal output in 2008 to rise by 6% to 218 Mt from an estimated 205 Mt this year, reports Macquarie Research. The country produced 193.5 Mt in 2006. However, the news for exports is not good. With domestic demand expected to rise by 18.4% to 58 Mt, exports are forecast by the association to increase by only 2% to 160 Mt in 2008. Such an increase from one of the world’s largest thermal coal exporter falls well short of the forecast rise of 4.8% to 361.5 Mt for Asian thermal coal demand in 2008. Coal export opportunites would seem to abound for any country that can get its coal out to fill these gaps in demand.last_img read more

Suspects in London domestic servitude investigation bailed

first_imgTHE TWO SUSPECTS in the domestic servitude and forced labour case in London have been granted bail.The 67-year-old man and 67-year-old woman – who are not British nationals – have been released until a date in January, Scotland Yard confirmed.“This is the very early stages of a complicated and sensitive investigation,” explained the head of the Human Trafficking Unit, Kevin Hyland.Three people, including a 57-year-old Irish woman, a 69-year-old Malaysian woman and a 30-year-old British woman, were rescued from a south London property last month.“These women are highly traumatised, having been held in servitude for at least 30 years with no real exposure to the outside world, and, trying to find out exactly what has happened over three decades will understandably take some time.”The detective inspector said that his unit has dealt with many cases over the years but has “never unearthed such a staggering example of people held against their will for their whole life time”.“What is important now is that our investigation continues, that we achieve the best possible evidence and aim to bring those responsible to justice. I would stress that this is by no means common place in our society, but if there are others out there suffering a similar plight please take confidence that we will act and we will support you.”Police do not believe there is a sexual element to the investigation but would not be drawn further on the possible motivation.According to Met Police, the three women were granted “limited freedom” during their time at the house in Lambeth – which was more than 30 years in all cases.The rescue came after the Irish woman contacted the Freedom Charity after seeing a BBC documentary about forced marriage. She told the charity that she had been held against her will for more than thirty years.Founder Aneeta Prem said her charity then took immediate action in planning their safe rescue, including contacting police.“Facilitating their escape was achieved using utmost sensitivity and secrecy and with the safety of the women as our primary concern.”The Human Trafficking Unit was brought into the case on 21 October and enquiries began to establish the women’s exact locations.Negotiations – led by the charity – eventually concluded with the woman agreeing to meet detectives at a location on Friday, 25 October.The British and Irish women met the charity workers and police on that day. They identified the location where they had been held and police attended the address, rescuing the 69-year-old Malaysian woman. All three were taken to a place of safety that same day, where they remain in the care of professionals.Hyland explained the discrepancy between the date of the rescue and the date of the arrests arose because officers had to establish the facts and ensure the victims were aware of police intentions.Scotland Yard would not comment on the relationship between the women but it has been reported that they are not related.It is believed the youngest victim spent her entire life in domestic servitude.Gardaí have not yet been asked to assist on the case. The Embassy of Ireland in London will be offering all available consular assistance to the woman if it is confirmed that she is Irish, the Department of Foreign Affairs said last night.Related: Irish Embassy in London look to establish details behind woman freed from slaveryRead: Irish woman made call that freed her from 30 years of slavery >last_img read more

Longtime Battle Ground schools chief Bria to retire

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — Longtime Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Rochonne “Shonny” Bria, 65, announced her retirement at a special board meeting on Monday afternoon.At the beginning of the consent agenda portion of the meeting, Bria moved to a table facing the board members to read the names of several longtime district administrators who are retiring at the end of the school year, including Diana Gilsinger, the district’s deputy superintendent.“I think it would be time for you consider my retiring,” she told the board. “I’m asking you to consider accepting me along with the other individuals. Mr. President and the board, I present this consent agenda for your approval.”The board unanimously approved the consent agenda, which included Bria’s retirement.“With passage of the (maintenance and operations) levy (on April 23), the support of the community, the strength of the board and the dedication of the teachers and staff, I am confident this district, with nearly 13,000 students, is on an upward trajectory,” Bria wrote in her resignation letter to district employees.Currently a Yacolt resident, Bria was raised in Vancouver and attended Arnada Elementary School before attending high school in Portland and college in Arizona.“My roots in this area go back to my childhood visits to my great-grandparents’ farm in Amboy,” Bria said.Bria was superintendent at Pendergast School District in Pendergast, Ariz., when she accepted the top position in the Battle Ground district in 1998. She has worked for the district for 15 years.last_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between August 5, 2018 to August 12, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierWilmington remains may come home from North Korea by Jessica KasparianFirst Go4Life Family Walk For Grandparents Day by Heather BurnsBoard of Health tables vote on sale of tobacco products from convenience stores to Aug. 21 by Lizzy HillWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchWilmington Commuters Get Reprieve On MBTA Parking Rate Increase by Dave CopelandLowell SunWilmington community rallies for one who has helped so many by Kori TuittSmall town hyssssteria for missing lizard, Tiggs by Kori TuittLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

Google CEO Sundar Pichai to announce new initiatives for small Indian businesses

first_imgGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai will start the new year with major announcements for small businesses and startups in India on January 4. He is currently touring India on a personal holiday with his family. Also read: Google features PM Modi among ‘top 10 criminals,’ served court noticePichai landed in India on Sunday and arrived in Jaipur in a private jet from Chennai. The local administration doesn’t know about his whereabouts, but it is known that he is staying in a top hotel in his wife’s home state. The event in New Delhi will be attended by Union Minister of IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and senior Google officials. Pichai is expected to announce Google’s further inroads into India’s Start Up India and Digital India initiatives. “As Indian small businesses chart their journey, technology is playing a pivotal role in helping them explore new markets, engage different audiences and compete more effectively. At Google, we are excited about partnering with small businesses to help them unlock exponential growth through the power of digital…We invite you to join senior leaders from Google, the industry and business owners like yourselves, as we shine the spotlight on the Indian SMB ecosystem and delve into how digital can be a game changer for your business,” reads the Google invite, according to India Today. He had said in December 2015 he wants to help 20 million small and medium enterprises in India get online by 2017. This will be Pichai’s second public event in India since taking up the position as CEO. He had announced the Google My Business tool in December 2015, which allows businesses to update information regarding business hours, phone numbers and other particulars on Google. Last month, Google had announced that seven Indian startups will be part of its third batch of ‘Launchpad Accelerator’.  Google has also partnered with RailTel to bring high-speed internet to 100 railway stations. Their aim is to bring internet to at least 400 railway stations.last_img read more

Bedi hails adversary takes potshots at party

first_imgAt a time when BJP humbly accepted  defeat and described it as a ‘collective loss’, its Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi blamed party leadership for her rout.While giving ‘full marks’ to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal for his historic victory, Kiran quickly changed her stand and claimed that she had given her best. “It was the BJP that lost and needs to introspect. They should find the reasons for the defeat,” Bedi, who lost from Krishna Nagar seat, a BJP stronghold for years, said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIRaking up the issue, she claimed that BJP made her a member without taking any money and said, “I am part of the BJP. I don’t regret my decision. Who is saying I am not taking responsibility for the BJP defeat? I am.. I also said BJP leadership will take stock of what went wrong!” she said.Shocked over the debacle, a reluctant and cornered BJP initially refused to come out with an official statement but senior party leader and union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accompanied by state BJP chief Satish Upadhyay accepted the defeat ‘officially’. “BJP respects the verdict of Delhi voters. We humbly accept our defeat in Delhi. People chose to go with PM Modi and BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, but chose AAP over us in Assembly elections. We will play the role of a responsible opposition,” he added. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindUpadhyay, who was accompanied by party MP Prabhat Jha and national general secretary Ram Lal, looked devastated. “People have dissected us and we have to accept it,” Jha said. On the context of whether the result would weaken BJP’s standing in Bihar, West Bengal and in Punjab in coming years, a party leader said: “ We will take stock after our party chief Amit Shah returns from Ahmedabad after his son’s wedding. Then there will be major changes in the party structure.”last_img read more

Obama Kenya at crossroads between peril and promise

first_imgPresident Barack Obama, right, offers a toast to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, during a state dinner at State House, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “That was the first time that my name meant something,” he said.The president barely knew his father, who died in 1982 after leaving the U.S. to return to Kenya. However, Obama has numerous family members in the country, including his half-sister Auma Obama, who introduced her brother Sunday.“He’s one of us,” she said. “But we’re happy to share him with the world.”The bulk of Obama’s address was a candid commentary on the East African nation’s future. He spent considerable time warning about the risks of government corruption, calling it an “anchor” that could weigh down the country’s promising future.“Too often here in Kenya corruption is tolerated because that’s how it’s always been done,” he said. “Here in Kenya, it’s time to change habits.”Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken steps to tackle corruption by suspending four Cabinet secretaries and 16 other senior officials amid an investigation into allegations of dishonesty. But the action has been met with skepticism by the public because in the past, suspensions of senior officials haven’t resulted in anyone being convicted of a crime. Some officials even returned to their jobs before investigations were complete. Upenbo Abraham, a 23-year-old economics student from an area of western Kenya near Obama’s relatives, said he was “encouraged, as a poor boy from a village next to his home.” Ezekiel Oduor, an accountant, said Obama was “candid and clear” about Kenya’s problems with corruption and his desire to help the country rise “to the next level.”After his speech, Obama met with political opposition leaders, then with a group of African youth and civil leaders on ways to promote civil society efforts. He told the civil society group that “the country is going to be better off” if it can cultivate habits of public participation and freedom.Obama is expected to offer similar messages about good governance and human rights during his two days of meetings with leaders in Ethiopia. Human rights groups have criticized the president for visiting the Horn of Africa nation, which is accused of cracking down on dissent, sometimes violently.Obama planned meetings with Ethiopia’s president and prime minister, and a separate session with regional leaders to discuss the situation in South Sudan, a young nation gripped by turmoil since civil war broke out in December 2013. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   “Because of Kenya’s progress — because of your potential — you can build your future right here, right now,” Obama told the crowd of 4,500 packed into a sports arena in the capital of Nairobi. But he bluntly warned that Kenya must make “tough choices” to bolster its fragile democracy and fast-growing economy.Obama’s visit here, his first as president, captivated a country that views him as a local son. Thick crowds lined the roadways to watch the presidential motorcade speed through the city Sunday, some climbing on rooftops to get a better view. The audience inside the arena chanted his name as he finished his remarks.The president left Kenya Sunday afternoon, pausing longer than normal atop the stairs to Air Force One to wave to the crowd, a huge grin on his face. He arrived two hours later in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, where he met with diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in the evening.Obama has written emotionally about his first visit to Kenya as a young man nearly 30 years ago, and he recounted many of those same memories in his remarks Sunday. The battered Volkswagen his sister drove. Meeting his brothers for the first time. The airport employee who recognized his last name. NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads” between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equal citizens, and take responsibility for its future.Closing his historic visit with an address to the Kenyan people, Obama traced the arc of the country’s evolution from colonialism to independence, as well as his own family’s history here. Today, Obama said, young Kenyans are no longer constrained by the limited options of his grandfather, a cook for the country’s former British rulers, or his father, who left to seek an education in America. Countering the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab in neighboring Somalia also is on the agenda for Obama’s meetings with Ethiopian leaders. That threat was brought into sharp relief Sunday when al-Shabab claimed responsibility for a suicide truck bombing at a luxury hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, that killed eight people and shattered a period of calm in the city.White House spokesman Ned Price condemned the attack, calling it “yet another reminder of the unconscionable atrocities that terrorist groups continue to perpetrate against the people of Somalia.”___AP writers Darlene Superville, Christopher Torchia and Tom Odula contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jpaceDCCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Kenyatta has been under public pressure to address corruption following reviews of his two-year-old government that claimed his administration is more corrupt than previous administrations.Obama urged an end to old tribal and ethnic divisions that are “doomed to tear our country apart. He spent significant time imploring Kenyans to respect the rights of women and girls, saying that marginalizing half of a country’s population is “stupid.” And he called for an end to forced marriages for girls who should otherwise be attending school and the tradition known as “genital mutilation.”“These traditions may date back centuries. They have no place in the 21st century,” he said.The president drew on the recent debate in the U.S. over the Confederate battle flag, a Civil War-era relic that is seen by many as a racist symbol. The killing of nine people at a black church in South Carolina last month prompted a fresh debate over the flag, spurring some states to remove it from government grounds.“Just because something is a part of your past doesn’t make it right,” Obama said.Some of those in attendance for the president’s speech said they were inspired by his appeal for progress in Kenya. Quick workouts for men New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Personal Travel Managers Like a Local Hawaii Experience

first_img TravelManagers Australiabecome a Personal Travel Manager here Keeping on the right side of the law during their Hawaii famil are personal travel managers from left to right Sharon Wright, Aileen Collins, Lisa Leary, Michelle Thomas, Louise McCarthy and Kerrin Poupos in the safe custody of Rachel Fitze of Hawaiian Airlines.Personal Travel Managers Like a Local Hawaii ExperienceExperiencing the Hawaiian Islands just like a client would, was the highlight for TravelManagers’ personal travel managers who recently experienced the best of ‘Valley Isle’ of Maui and the main island of Oahu had to offer on a recent six-night exclusive TravelManagers educational.The bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku welcomes personal travel managers from left to right Kerrin Poupos, Louise McCarthy, Michelle Thomas Aileen Collins Rachel Fitze (Hawaiian Airlines) and Lisa Leary to WaikikiNigel Rodighiero from Viva! Holidays and Rachel Fitze from Hawaiian Airways hosted famil participants Michelle Thomas, Louise McCarthy, Kerrin Poupos and Sharon Wright from New South Wales with Lisa Leary and Aileen Collins from Queensland.Having the ability to share personal travel experiences and product knowledge with clients is an absolute priority for Aileen Collins, representative for Carrara in Queensland.“The opportunity to self-drive and explore the islands, see how the locals live, visit the supermarket, shopping centres, read the local papers and go to a local event rather than follow the usual tourist trail was hugely appealing. Being immersed in the culture and understanding exactly what our clients would do, has been invaluable and I can now sell this destination with absolute confidence.”Maui is famed for its beautiful beaches, but it was the views from Mt Haleakala, Maui’s highest peak at over 10,000 feet, that personal travel manager Lisa Leary, representative for Cedar Creek in Queensland found captivating.“It is a long and winding road and it took us about an hour and a half to reach the summit. But it was certainly well worth the effort to see the world’s largest dormant volcano. Gazing into the huge and colourful crater was incredibly awe-inspiring and the views out across Haleakala National Park and the island were breath taking.”The ability to self-drive enabled the personal travel managers to explore the island and experience local restaurants and cafes.Personal travel manager Aileen Collins discovers a decent coffee at the newly opened Bills Cafe in Waikiki“The famous Australian foodie Bill Grainger has just opened a Bills café in Waikiki – so now you can really get a decent coffee! Aussies are such coffee snobs that the brewed variety and Starbucks just doesn’t make the grade,” says Collins.Collins also discovered the ABC Stores to be a great multi-purpose convenience store.“The ABC Stores have everything! They really are the best place to shop – fresh food to go and packaged food to bring home (the mango, banana and coconut pancake mixes are outstanding and make a great present), reasonably priced non tacky souvenirs, pharmacy items, fabulous sarongs, sun dresses, sandals and best of all amazing low cost alcohol. You can get a good Australian wine for only US$12 a bottle – no need to bring duty-free from Australia.”The group experienced Hawaiian Airways and Leary is a real fan of both the destination and the airline.“Hawaii is such a fabulous destination and I highly recommend your stay include one of the outer islands as it’s quite a different feel to Waikiki, which really is quite busy. With regular Hawaiian Airlines flights now out of Brisbane, not only does it provide direct flights to Hawaii, the airline provides a great alternative routing to many USA destinations without having to stopover in Los Angeles. I recommend and use their services a lot.”TravelManagers attribute the exceptional, strong and effective business relationships with key airline, cruise and wholesale suppliers with providing personal travel managers the ability to experience exclusive educationals, to a variety of worldwide destinations.Executive General Manager – Michael Gazal“Supplier relationships have been built over many years and support of our preferred products is absolutely key to our business model. The ability for our personal travel managers to experience dedicated famils is a large part of this support, says Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal.Gazal further adds that “TravelManagers prides itself on providing exceptional and personal customer service which comes from first-hand knowledge and experience. Educationals that allow immersion into a destination, such as our co-created dedicated supplier famils, are so important and why we proactively work to provide as many educational opportunities as possible.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. ENDSAbout TravelManagers Travel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 490 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases. Source = TravelManagers Australialast_img read more

Missing Limassol woman found Updated

first_imgA woman who had been missing since Wednesday lunchtime in Limassol was found on Thursday after police issued a missing person bulletin.Martha Loizou, 78, was found by a resident not far from her home at around 10am.She is reportedly in good health but was taken to Limassol general hospital for examinations as a precaution.   You May LikePicsThe Most Talented Rock Bands In HistoryPicsUndoMentalFlossWorld’s Most Dangerous Bridges We Wouldn’t Dare CrossMentalFlossUndoWiFi SuperBoosterIf You Live In United States & Want Faster Wifi, This New Device Is Must-HaveWiFi SuperBoosterUndo Morphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more