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US leaders urge military to get vaccine shots

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — With more than half of America reluctant or flatly opposed to getting a COVID-19 vaccine, a VIP-filled video call on Thursday targeted the nation’s military families with an urgent plea: Get the shot. First lady Jill Biden encouraged hundreds of listeners on a call set up by Blue Star Families to “get the vaccine when it’s your turn.” And Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, answered medical questions from the audience.  Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife, Hollyanne, who is a nurse, also offered their own pleas, underscoring  the widespread concern about the reluctance among service members and their families to get the vaccine.last_img read more

TV Favorite Annie Potts Flies Into Broadway as Pippin’s Gutsy Grandma Berthe

first_img Related Shows View Comments Pippin features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson and tells the story of a young prince searching for his corner of the sky. In addition to Potts, Pippin stars Tony winner Patina Miller as the Leading Player, Matthew James Thomas as Pippin, Terrance Mann as Charles, Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada and Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine. Potts made her Broadway debut in God of Carnage in 2009. She garnered an Emmy nomination for the Lifetime drama series Any Day Now. Film and TV credits include Designing Women, GCB, Corvette Summer, Love & War, Pretty in Pink, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Toy Story and Toy Story 2. Pippin Star Filescenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Patina Miller Annie Potts She’s got some magic to do just for you! TV star Annie Potts starts her run as the trapeze-swinging grandma Berthe in Pippin on January 21. The Emmy nominee will take over for current star Tovah Feldshuh in the Tony-winning revival. Directed by Diane Paulus, Pippin is currently playing at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre.last_img read more

Women’s Hockey: Badgers sweep weekend series versus No. 4 UMD

first_imgComing off an impressive road sweep of the Mercyhurst Lakers, the Badgers looked to continue their hot start to the season as they faced off against the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. UMD came into the series ranked No. 4 in the nation, setting the stage for a powerhouse matchup in Madison against the No. 2 ranked Badgers.The Badgers struck first and struck quickly during the opening period of Saturday’s match as junior Presley Norby netted a goal within the first four minutes. Fifth year senior Annie Pankowski would also score, giving the Badgers a commanding 2–0 lead at the conclusion of the first period.But the Bulldogs would not stay quiet. UMD went on to dominate the entire second period, stealing back the game’s momentum. The Bulldogs scored two unanswered within a span of just over four minutes, tying the game 2–2 after the penultimate period.Season Preview: Bucks tip off Wednesday, fans hope new era is underwayMilwaukee Bucks newcomers The Milwaukee Bucks are experiencing a renaissance of sorts as they enter the 2018-2019 season. The BMO Read…Tensions ran high throughout the opening half of the third period, as neither teams were able to score a go-ahead goal. Finally, during a power-play just over halfway through the third period, freshman Britta Curl gave the Badgers the lead. Junior Abby Roque added the Badgers second power-play goal of the period, widening the gap to a 4–2 lead they would maintain for the remainder of the game.UMD struck first during Sunday’s installment of the two-game series, scoring a first minute, unassisted goal. But Wisconsin quickly responded with their own equalizer as sophomore Natalie Buchbinder snuck one past the UMD goalkeeper at the seven minute mark.The Badgers scored two more unanswered in the second and third periods, with goals coming from both junior Alexis Mauermann and sophomore Brette Pettet. Sunday’s contest ended with a score of 3–1 in favor of the Badgers, giving them a home sweep of the No. 4 ranked UMD Bulldogs.While the Badgers did not move up in the national rankings from their No. 2 spot after this past weekend’s sweep, the series of victories against the top five Bulldogs sets the stage for another hopefully strong performance in next week’s contest versus Princeton.last_img read more

Matric pass rate improves to 70.2%

first_img5 January 2012 70.2% of the matriculants who sat for the 2011 National Senior Certificate examinations at South Africa’s state schools passed their exams – a 2.4 percentage point increase on the previous year’s pass rate of 67.8%. “I am pleased to announce that the national pass rate for the Class of 2011 is 70.2%,” Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Wednesday evening, describing the progress as encouraging. “South Africa congratulates the Class of 2011.” In total, 496 090 candidates sat for their exams in 2011, compared to 537 543 candidates in 2010, while 80 116 part-time students wrote their exams. 24.3% of Grade 12 learners qualified for Bachelors’ studies – an increase from the year before, when the figure was 23.5%. A total of 104 033 matrics passed mathematics and a further 96 441 passed physical science.Improvement in science, concern over maths The department was pleased with the improved performance in science, while remaining concerned about the number of passes in maths, 46.3% compared to 2010’s 47.4%. Motshekga said the department would focus on a strategy to improve the pass rate in science and maths in 2012. There was also a drop in the pass rate for economics, due to learners having difficulty with questions based on contemporary economic issues. The department is also expected to focus on improving the participation of girl pupils and helping schools to improve pupils’ subject choices, working with partners from the private sector. Among South Africa’s nine provinces, the Western Cape registered the highest pass rate in 2011, at 82.9%, followed by Gauteng at 81.1%. The Eastern Cape had the lowest pass rate at 58.1%.‘Still a long way to go’ The minister acknowledged that there was still a long way to go to eradicate inequity, and that the results of the 2011 Annual National Assessments (ANA) were generally unfavourable. She said the department knew where the problems were and would refine the ANA. Learners in grades 1 to 6 and grade 9 will write the 2012 ANA in September, with the national ANA results to be announced in December. “We congratulate the Class of 2011 for a job well done, particularly those who performed exceptionally well,” Motshekga said. “Some of you may be disappointed with your results. There are many options open to you to improve your results. Try again, don’t give up now.” The exams were incident-free and proceeded without significant problems. “This goes to show the maturity of our examination system,” Motshekga said. The department’s director-general, Bobby Soobrayan, said the results were evidence of intervention programmes introduced by the department. “This is evidence of a maturing system; teachers have come to grips with the curriculum,” Soobrayan said. “The Class of 2011 was smaller than the Class of 2010, which shows that it’s a system searching for equilibrium,” Soobrayan added. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Maharashtra gets first electric bus Shivaee for intercity services

first_imgThe Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) inducted its first electric bus on Thursday called Shivaee. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who inaugurated the bus, said it was a matter of pride that Maharashtra was the first State to have an electric bus on intercity routes. The bus can run for 300 km on one charge and takes between one and five hours for a full charge. The fare will be between that charged for the Shivshahi service and the premium Shivneri. MSRTC vice chairman and managing director Ranjeet Singh Deol said they haven’t finalised the routes. “Fifty buses will come soon. All will be procured on wet lease. We will discuss with the operator on the routes they can ply,” he said. Mr. Thackeray also laid the foundation stone for the ambitious redevelopment of the Mumbai Central depot and MSRTC’s head offices. MSRTC plans to build a 49-storey building and redesign the depot. The first eight floors will be used for parking, while administrative offices will be housed between floors nine and 14. The rest will be rented to other government departments. Mr. Deol said the design is as per the FSI they have. “We will not lease the extra space to private entities. We will give it only to government departments and agencies,” he said. The project will be built by the MSRTC and the transport department and will not involve any private players. The estimated cost of the building will be around ₹468.12 crore and the corporation expects around ₹16.17 crore as rent from the 35 floors. “We are working on the tender specifications. The tenders will soon be floated,” he said. MSRTC also unveiled a plan to redevelop a 10-acre plot in Kurla, which houses some administrative offices and a workshop. The redevelopment is being done through a public-private partnership with Eduspark International Private Limited. The latter will redevelop the offices and workshop, and build two 12-storey buildings for staff quarters. The remaining land will be used for a school, where 50 seats will be reserved for children of MSRTC employees.last_img read more

The Cultural Exemption Maintained in the Agreement Between the United States Mexico

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Without the existing government measures intended in particular for Canadian artists, creators, producers, publishers and broadcasters, the cultural sectors would never have been able to achieve such vigor and offer such a wide diversity of content in the face of U.S. productions, whose means of production and marketing are much higher.The CDCE will continue its study of the agreement in the coming days with a more detailed legal analysis, especially since the texts must still be submitted to revision processes by the parties.About the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE)Founded in 1998, the CDCE is a pan-Canadian organization that brings together 29 associations representing the entire chain of culture, from creation to dissemination, in the book, film, television, new media, music and performing arts sectors. The CDCE is particularly concerned with the treatment of culture in commercial treaties and the impact of the digital environment on the diversity of cultural expressions. Advertisement Montreal, ON (October 1, 2018) — The Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE) congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister Chrystia Freeland, the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and the former Minister Mélanie Joly, for maintaining the cultural exemption in the new Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada. The CDCE salutes the tenacity of Canadian negotiators, the unwavering support of the Quebec government, and the steadfastness of the political leaders who stated throughout the renegotiation that they would not give ground.According to the available analyses, this exemption, which will allow Canada to maintain its cultural sovereignty, was essential for the future of this sector in the digital age. In the context of the revision of the Copyright, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Radiocommunication Acts, maintaining the exemption will allow Canada to adopt policies and programs to ensure the sustainability and development of our cultural industries in the digital age, which support the creation and dissemination of our cultural content.In 2016, cultural goods and services accounted for more than 650,000 jobs and a GDP of $53.8 billion. Beyond this important economic contribution, cultural content is a source of individual and collective identity and has a fundamentally symbolic value.last_img read more

NDP continue to press Ontario Liberals on why agency allowed to develop

first_img(Above: Premier Kathleen Wynne and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman in 2015 announcing the province will add more trips from Barrie to Toronto.)Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsThe Ontario NDP continued to pressure the government of Premier Kathleen Wynne Wednesday on why it allowed a provincially-owned transit agency to build a commuter train station on a rare Huron-Wendat burial ground in Barrie, Ont.The NDP is also calling for an official probe into what happened.“The government broke their own law,” said NDP MPP and Aboriginal Affairs critic France Gelinas during Question Period at Queen’s Park Wednesday. “There should be consequences to that. Why was this government so negligent in their actions and when will they hold the people to account?“And, more importantly, when will they fix this wrong?”In 2010, GO Transit, a public transportation agency of the Ontario government, began bulldozing through a 3.5-hectare site that would become its new Allandale train station in Barrie, Ont., about an hour north of Toronto.The station, opened in 2012, sits on a well-documented burial ground — and archaeologists had warned that the Ontario government shouldn’t break ground until someone checked for burials.APTN learned that seven archeological reports done on the site since 2000 cautioned against development without first investigating what was in the ground below.The only one that didn’t was commissioned by GO Transit in 2004.That report was done by New Directions Archaeology; owner Philip Woodley has recently admitted he wrongly determined the site held no archaeological importance.But that report isn’t one of reports the Wynne government says it’s currently reviewing in addressing what went wrong.This photo was taken in 2011 and shows work underway on the GO station.Since APTN first approached the Wynne government in February, spokespeople have repeated that they’re reviewing two reports by AMICK Consultants.Those reports were completed in 2012 and 2013 — after the GO station was already completed – and have nothing to do with the construction of the GO station.They involve fragmented human bone found in a crawl space of an old building on the site in 2011.Over the next year more human bones were found.In total, the earth revealed over 900 bone fragments, including part of a human jaw with teeth still attached and shovel-shaped incisors, a known trait of Indigenous people.AMICK Consultants found the remains less than 200 metres from where GO was digging on the site.“(The government is) being deceptive. They delayed review of the reports, not us. They should have been cleared years ago,” said Mike Henry, owner of AMICK. “They can drag this out forever.”Henry explained the revisions are “minor” and basically clerical.The government has had the AMICK reports for several years and they sat, untouched, until APTN started asking questions about what happened on the Allandale site.“We will not be accepting the final archaeological report(s) until we are convinced that all of the content meets the highest archaeological standards and they’ve all been complied with in Ontario,” said David Orazietti, Minister of Government and Consumer Services during Question Period at Queen’s Park.APTN has been trying to find out why Metrolinx, which operates GO Transit, was cleared to bulldoze through the site in Barrie and build the station with a deep underground pedestrian walkway beginning in 2010.APTN wanted to know why the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) signed off on the New Directions report despite knowing and agreeing with recommendations from previous reports in 2001 that determined the site needed further assessment.But there is other reports the government knows of too, that do connect to the GO development.One was completed in summer 2010 and concluded the area needed to be stripped and searched for burials before any development could take place.And MTCS had written to the City of Barrie way back in 1996, after Barrie acquired the burial ground lands from CN Rail. The ministry warned Barrie that the site contained items of archaeological importance and the city was obliged to follow strict rules before development.All of these are not being reviewed by the government and should be said Gelanis.“But instead of taking these reports into account, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport looked at the one report that said, ‘Go ahead and dig.’ They ignored all of the others,” said Gelinas.“They ignored their own work. They ignored their own letter that they wrote to the city of Barrie saying that this site needs a further archaeological work because of the artifacts on-site.”To make matters worse, Woodley, who said he feels terrible about his mistake, told APTN the ministry never alerted him to previous reports done on the site as it was supposed to.Woodley said he never seen historical documents that show a large ossuary was found in 1846 with between 200-300 bodies. Two smaller ossuaries were discovered later that century. There are other documented burials on the site, as well.Woodley believed the ground was simply too disturbed after years of operating as a rail yard from about 1850s to 1990s.However, when the rail yard was built the entire site was capped with dirt fill that protected the natural soil below.It proved effective.In 2001 the former AFBY Archaeological and Heritage Consultants found what they determined to be rare a Huron-Wendat village, including thousands of pieces of ceramics and tools. Only a handful that old had been known to exist.AFBY didn’t find the ossuaries, but staff were convinced the site needed further assessment if it was ever to be developed, particularly the areas where they didn’t test.AFBY left much of the site untouched, including what is now the Allandale GO station.Metrolinx claims no human remains were found during construction, but several archaeologists believe if Huron-Wendat ossuaries still exist, then they would likely be in the area of the GO tracks.There are laws protecting archaeological sites under the Ontario Heritage Act enforced by the culture ministry – destroying one without proper clearance comes with fines of up to $1 million.There’s another set of fines and possible jail sentence of two years for purposely destroying a burial ground under the province’s Cemeteries Act.“We have strict laws in Ontario to protect these sites. They carry severe penalties: millions of dollars and jail terms,” Gelinas told Wynne in the legislature Wednesday. “What is the Premier going to do to hold to account the people who have done wrong and allowed the desecration of this historical First Nations site?”Culture Minister Michael Coteau fielded the question.“When we find human remains or any heritage-significant pieces through the archaeological process, it automatically goes to the third phase. We’re currently in that phase right now, and it’s a little bit too early to say what the next step is,” Coteau said. “But we will make sure that this file is handled in a very respectful way.”He didn’t say why no one in the government had touched the file for over two years.Barrie’s Mayor Jeff Lehman reached out to the Huron-Wendat soon after APTN first broke the story March 9. Lehman is meeting with Grand Chief Konrad Sioui April 5 in Wendake, Que, where many Huron-Wendat live after being forced out of the Simcoe Country in the mid-1600s. APTN also reported Barrie has tried three times to develop condos on the site, which is contaminated, since 2008.Sioui has also called for an [email protected]last_img read more

Caribbean Food and Wine Festival goes to Gourmet Safari

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:amanyara, Blue Haven Resort, Caribbean food and wine festival, coyaba, gourmet safari, Seven Stars, the palms, West Bay Club Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Resort Security catches illegals on speed boat Providenciales, 06 nov 2015 – The highly successful and highly anticipated Caribbean Food and Wine Festival continues this weekend in Providenciales. Tonight foodies and wine lovers take the Gourmet Safari which begins at the Grace Bay Club, moves to Coyaba, graces the Seven Stars, finds its way to The Palms with the finale meal served at the Gansevoort. West Bay Club will host the Food & Wine Pairing tomorrow early in the day and later on Saturday is the Island Street Jerk Festival at Salt, Blue Haven Resort. On Sunday, it’s Brunch & Brugal at the Amanyara.center_img Recommended for you Red Mist wins Tag Rugby Tournament What’s on TONIGHT in Providencialeslast_img read more