first_imgMercedes-Benz launched the GLA SUV in India back in 2016. A year and a half later, the company will give an image makeover to the GLA with its facelift to launch in the country tomorrow in an event in Mumbai. Showcased at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year, the 2017 GLA will get cosmetic changes while still running on the same engine under the hood.     We give you all the dope on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift ahead of its launch on July 5. Price:We expect the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA to come with a price tag of Rs 40 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 45 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Mercedes-Benz GLA faceliftEngine:The engine options for the India bound GLA will stay the same as the current car, although we could see a minor upgrade in power and fuel efficiency. Initially the power range of the 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol engines will extend from 156 hp in the GLA 200 to 211 hp in the GLA 250.The GLA 200 CDI develops 136 hp and maximum torque of 300 Nm and has a displacement of 2.2 litres. While the GLA 220 CDI likewise has a displacement of 2.2 litres and develops 170 hp and 350 Nm.Mercedes-Benz GLA faceliftDesign:The updated GLA features LED High Performance tail lights with a multi-level function, while the brake lights and indicators are controlled in three intensities. Full brightness by day, a medium level for driving during the night and a lower level when at a standstill during the night, so as not to dazzle other road users. With this multi-level function the GLA automatically offers the correct level of brightness for all light, weather and traffic conditions.advertisementFeatures:The interiors have also been given a fresh look and although the eight-inch infotainment system remains the same, the instrument panel has received a makeover and the electric seat controls and centre console stowage compartment surround get a chrome finish.Mercedes-Benz GLA faceliftA new Yellow Night Edition model of the GLA has also been introduced which sports black exterior paint, yellow highlights and alloy wheels of the same colour scheme. Artico leather and Dinamica microfibre is present on the seats of  the Yellow Night Edition car.Competition:The updated Mercedes-Benz GLA will be competing against the likes of BMW X1 and Audi Q3 in India.Mercedes-Benz GLA faceliftALSO READ:2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift coming to India on July 5ALSO READ:Mercedes-Benz slash prices for Made-in-India vehicles by up to Rs 7 lakhlast_img read more

first_imgEvery Ferrari driver feels a heavy burden of expectation but the pressure is mounting more than ever on Sebastian Vettel as the German enters his fifth season with Formula One’s most successful and glamorous team.The comparisons with great compatriot Michael Schumacher, who had to wait until his fifth year at Maranello in 2000 before ending a long title drought for the Italian constructor, are being ramped up again.Ferrari, who last won a title more than a decade ago, have sent hopes soaring with Vettel fastest in testing and Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton suggesting the Italians could be half a second quicker.Vettel, hunting his fifth crown, was naturally wary of fuelling the hype when asked at the start of testing whether the pieces were in place for him to emulate the success of his seven-times world champion predecessor.”It doesn’t feel like five years to be honest, but that’s what it is,” said the 31-year-old, who joined in 2015 as a four-times champion from Red Bull and is now the same age as Schumacher was 19 years ago.”Overall the progression is there, the team is developing and closer together year by year so I hope that this year we get to have a lot of fun – and fun means to win a lot of races and then ultimately you are fighting for the championship.”That’s obviously what we want but at this point it’s very far away,” added the German, who won five races last year in a championship that slipped away after costly errors by both him and the team.advertisementSchumacher started the 2000 season with a new team mate in Brazilian Rubens Barrichello and Vettel begins the campaign in Australia on March 17 with Charles Leclerc a fresh face in the adjoining garage.Also Read | Ferrari say wheel rim issue caused Sebastian Vettel’s testing crashAlso Read | This is going to be the toughest battle yet: Lewis Hamilton on Mercedes-Ferrari rivalrylast_img read more

first_imgThe QTA Board has decided to endorse the recommendation of the QTA Technical Panel to hold the State Championships in 2009 not March 2010.The State Championships will be held on 30th , 31st October 1st November 2009 at a venue to be decided. Applications to host the event will be called.last_img

first_imgLiverpool’s undefeated start to the Premier League season was ended on January 3 by Manchester City, who beat them 2-1, then four days later Wolves got the better of Jurgen Klopp’s men in the FA Cup.After five months of blistering football, there is little to suggest that this is anything more than a dip from the Reds, who are expected to bounce back against Brighton on Saturday.Klopp can throw his full strength at the Amex Stadium, with only three games to play before the end of January, when the tempo of the season will pick up once more. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s game…Liverpool Injuries In defence, Liverpool remain without Joe Gomez although Joel Matip trained on Thursday and is seemingly nearing a return.Klopp told reporters: “Joel trained yesterday for the first time with the team, which is already really good but we have to see. We have to decide it day by day how he is doing, I am not 100 per cent sure. He feels good and that’s good for us, of course.”Hendo will train today for the first time, we see what that then means exactly. Adam [is] out, Dejan [is] out and Joe, of course, [is] out.”All are improving obviously, that’s clear. I don’t know if a few are available and for a few I know they are not available, so that’s the situation.”Lovren continues to miss out with a hamstring problem, though he could return to face Leicester City on January 30.Klopp added on the Croatian defender: “I don’t know. It is serious otherwise he would play, but it is not that serious. It is a muscle thing and I would expect him back after maybe Crystal Palace, I am not sure. We have to see.”Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, are on the long-term injury list.Dejan Lovren Liverpool 2018-19Liverpool Suspensions Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game.Liverpool Likely Line-UpThe relaxed nature of the Reds’ fixture list in the weeks ahead means that Jurgen Klopp can afford to name his strongest available squad for this match.Such are the problems at centre-back, it seems likely that the versatile Fabinho will drop in to play alongside Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence. The Brazilian is only their fifth choice in that role, with Ki-Jana Hoever set to take up a spot on the bench.Fabinho’s void in midfield could be filled by either Henderson or Xherdan Shaqiri, but otherwise the team should pick itself.Possible Liverpool XI v BrightonBrighton team news Goalkeeper Maty Ryan and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are away on Asian Cup duty with Australia and Iran respectively, so miss out.On the injury front, Albion are bereft of Bernardo from their defence and Jose Izquierdo.Shane Duffy Brighton & Hove AlbionTV Channel & Kick-Off Time The fixture will be played during the blackout period of games in the UK, meaning that it will not be broadcast or available for live stream.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick-off 10am ETBest Opta Match Facts Brighton have lost their last six matches against Liverpool in all competitions, including all three Premier League matches by an aggregate score of 1-10. Liverpool have never lost away at Brighton in the top-flight (P5 W2 D3 L0), with the five previous meetings featuring 25 goals (16 for Liverpool, 9 for Brighton). Liverpool are looking to win their first four Premier League meetings against an opponent for the fifth time, and the first since March 2015 when they did so against Burnley (also against QPR, West Brom and Wigan Athletic). Five of Brighton’s six Premier League home defeats have come against ‘big six’ sides; this will be their first ever Premier League home match against a side starting the day top. Liverpool have won their last eight Premier League games kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday, winning seven of those by a margin of at least three goals. Liverpool’s 21 game unbeaten run and nine game winning run in the Premier League came to an end against Man City last time out. They’ve not lost consecutive games in the competition since September 2015 under Brendan Rodgers. Only one manager in Premier League history has a worse 100% defeat percentage against Liverpool than Brighton boss Chris Hughton’s record of six defeats in six matches – Gary Megson, who lost nine out of nine games against the Reds. Of the 209 Premier League players to have been involved in 100+ duels this season in the competition, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has the highest proportion of duels won (75.2%). Only one player in the competition has a superior aerial duel won % than he has (100+ aerial competed) and that is Brighton defender Shane Duffy. Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has scored twice and assisted twice in his three Premier League appearances against Brighton. Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has scored four goals in his last two Premier League appearances – as many as he had in his first 19 in the competition this season. 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first_img This Easy and Delicious Pork Rub Recipe is Perfect for Summer Grilling DebbiSmirnoff/Getty ImagesDebbiSmirnoff/Getty ImagesBarbecue is all about the seasoning. For some, that means slathering a cut of meat in sauce (which can counteract the nature of the meat itself — not all cuts are equally juicy, etc.). For others (and other cuts of meat), a dry rub is all you need to find your full expression of barbecue deliciousness.For a good dry rub to work, you need to find a balance between savory, sweet, spicy, and smoky. If you’re the grillmaster or pitmaster of your block, then making one up on your own is probably second nature by now. Not everyone who wants a well-seasoned piece of meat has their own personal spice blend, though, and that’s where this list comes in. Below, you will find the best pre-made dry rubs out there. They’re all good for different meats, so check out which one will go best for what you’re about to cook.Bone Suckin’ Sauce Seasoning & Rub – $7 As evidenced by the name, Bone Sucking Sauce’s first product was a barbecue sauce that was originally based on the owner’s mother’s western North Carolina barbecue sauce, but they’ve since branched out into other flavorings. A mix of brown sugar, garlic, paprika, and spices, its great on ribs but equally useful on everything from roasts to popcorn.See ItBad Byron’s Butt Rub – $8 The barbecue realm is a place where people have fun — with meat, with each other, and with words. If you didn’t laugh a little at the words “butt rub,” well, good for you. Bad Byron’s was created by a Culinary Institute of America grad over 20 years ago and, in that time, he has won numerous awards with this Texas-influenced rub. If you couldn’t tell, it shines on pork products.See ItPlowboys BBQ Yardbird Rub – $11 Coming out of the Kansas City barbecue tradition, this rub was created for competition barbecue. Due to its success (2009 American Royal Invitational winner), it has made its way — thankfully — into our hands. The slogan is “Created for chicken, but made for pork,” and they’re not wrong. Try it on wings or chops and you won’t be disappointed.See ItBull City Bar-B-Cue Rib Rub – $10Another entrant from the North Carolina barbecue field, Bull City was created over the course of a decade during and after the owners attended the University of North Carolina. Their rubs and sauces were developed to match a low and slow approach to cooking meats (we’re talking cooking for 10 to 20 hours). Even if you’re not hosting a pig pickin’, this rub is great for all parts of a hog.See ItDinosaur Bar-B-Que Big Action Spice Rub – $5Hailing from upstate New York, Dino Bar-B-Que doesn’t come from a canonical barbecue location, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious. This rub is a great balance of the sweet, savory, spicy, and smoky flavors that define good ‘cue. While great on cuts of meat, this is a good rub to branch out and try on something like fish.See It 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Editors’ Recommendations The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Expert Pitmaster Tips on How to Smoke a Brisket at Home last_img read more

first_imgThe province will review a Supreme Court of Canada decisionreleased today, Nov. 18, that says governments have an obligationto consult with Aboriginal groups when their interests areaffected. The ruling came from a logging dispute between theHaida of British Columbia and Weyerhaeuser, a multi-nationallogging company. An official said the Nova Scotia government will consider itsnext steps after departments have had a chance to fully reviewthe court’s decision. In Nova Scotia, overall discussions on Aboriginal and treatyrights are already underway. “Nova Scotia hopes to achieve fair and reasonable resolution oftreaty and related issues through negotiations in order to builda new relationship with the Mi’kmaq,” said Aboriginal AffairsMinister Michael Baker. An umbrella agreement — signed in 2002 — committed theprovincial and federal governments and the Mi’kmaq to work towarda process of consultation. Under that agreement the three parties also agreed to begin theprocess of negotiations on Aboriginal and treaty rights. “We are pleased with the progress that has been made in getting anegotiation process in place,” said Jamie Campbell, Nova Scotia’schief negotiator. “Negotiators are currently developing aframework agreement which will outline the process and the topicsfor negotiations.”last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor decades the Lubicon Lake Cree Nation in northern Alberta has been a house divided.For the last few years, there were two band councils, one led by Bernard Ominyak, the other by his brother-in-law Steven Noskey.Noskey this week wrote to the federal government saying he is stepping down and Ominiyak is now chief.Noskey’s letter read in part:“The Lubicon Lake Indian Nation demands that INAC and its agents immediately remove themselves from the community and refrain from all further interference with the community and its long established customs.”Ominyak was chief of the impoverished band since the 1970s. He was against multi-national corporations taking oil and gas from Cree territory without consulatation.This led to the formation of the Little Buffalo band in the 1980s and the creation of Noskey’s council in Lubicon Lake in 2009.Since 2009, the band has been under third-party management and has refused to sign any deals with Canada or oil companies.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan could not be reached for comment.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is leaving its trend-setting interest rate unchanged today at 1.75 per cent as the sharp decline in oil prices temporarily dim its economic outlook for the coming months.Before long, however, the central bank expects the economy to expand with renewed vigour and it stresses more rate hikes will be necessary over time.In its first policy announcement of 2019, the bank says the recent drop in crude prices will result in slower-than-expected growth in an economy that has otherwise been performing well.The bank is now projecting growth to be just 1.7 per cent this year, down from its October forecast of 2.1 per cent but looking ahead it anticipates fresh momentum starting in the second quarter of 2019 and strong numbers in 2020.Governor Stephen Poloz has been gradually raising rates since mid-2017 but the pace at which future increases arrive remains a big question.The central bank says the timing of its next hike will depend on several factors with a particular focus on developments in the oilmarkets, the Canadian housing sector and global trade policy.last_img read more

Rabat – After completing a joint study with Morocco’s General Secretariat of the Government, the Ministry of Culture is promoting a draft law to significantly bolster the protection and preservation of Morocco’s vast cultural heritage.The broad strategy, according to the study, will constitute a qualitative leap in the protection and advancement of cultural heritage in the kingdom through the strengthening of administrative and technical provisions relating to conservation, preservation, site excavation and development.The Ministry is promising a higher level of consistency in its preservation oversight role. Additionally, the strategy also integrates new internationally recognized concepts of cultural heritage, said the ministry in a statement released by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The ministry is also emphasizing the importance of decree 2.17.664, which classifies the archaeological site Jebel Irhoud as an official national heritage site. Jebel Irhoud is where archaeologists discovered the oldest remains of Homosapiens in June 2017. The decree gives the ministry significant oversight responsibility to protect the archaeological site as excavation work continues. Research work and experiments at the site now require authorization from the Ministry of Culture and can only be carried out under the supervision of the same department.The ministry statement also noted a draft decree which is currently being developed that would add the Amridil Kasbah located in Ouarzazate to the list of national heritage sites.The decree also seeks to include other sites including Noul Lamta in the rural town of Asrir in Guelmim Province, the Kasbah of Ghalian in Tangier, the archaeological site Zilil in the Had Gharbia commune, the Gulf of Tangier, and the Medina of Taza.The Ministry expects these ambitious new policies for identifying, protecting and promoting these important cultural resources will be a driving force for economic development and cultural appreciation efforts, as well as an essential element of genuine sustainable development. read more

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita arrived in Washington, D.C., to meet and hold in-depth discussions with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on security-related issues.Throughout the day, Pompeo hosted a series of meetings with the 79 members of the Coalition to Defeat ISIS to lead discussions focused on  “the impending territorial defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.”The participating ministers planned to discuss the campaign’s next steps to eradicate extremist group affiliations outside of Iraq and Syria, destroy their remnants, and protect against a resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq after the withdrawal of US forces from Syria. The coalition is committed to a “coordinated fight” against ISIS “through stabilization and security assistance.” “As ISIS is defeated on the battlefield, the Coalition will continue its stabilization efforts to facilitate the safe and voluntary return home of those who have been displaced by the violence,” read a statement by the US Department of State.Read Also: Bourita and Pompeo Discuss Western Sahara in Meeting in WashingtonThe Global Coalition regularly organizes meetings to enhance combined efforts to combat ISIS. The most recent meeting was on July 12, 2018, in Brussels, Belgium.In June, a similar meeting took place in Morocco, between Bourita, the US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (ISIS) Brett McGurk, and other members.The meeting’s program focused on eradicating the extremist group in Iraq and Syria, combating its global networks, halting its financing, and curbing recruitment.Morocco maintains its crackdown on terrorist cells recruiting and planning attacks in the country and abroad.Recently, the 2018 Global Terrorism Index deemed Morocco safer than Algeria, the US, and France. The country ranked the 132nd least dangerous country for terrorism out of 163, gaining nine places compared to the 2017 report when it ranked 123rd. The report indicates that Morocco has two strategies to deal with Moroccan fighters returning from conflict zones: Deradicalization programs and imprisonment, a policy that has allowed law enforcement to apprehend returnees for investigation and put them in custody in 2015. read more

The Ford government remains receptive to the idea of ambitious recreation projects amidst tough talk this week of provincial belt-tightening.Monday, local MPP Toby Barrett said his government has an envelope of cash for recreation facilities and will open the floor to proposals early next month.This is the government’s fourth intake for municipal projects. The first three were related to hard services such as roads, water, and wastewater treatment facilities.This could be a pivotal week in Norfolk’s ongoing discussion of building a recreational hub in Simcoe.Mayor Kristal Chopp and Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin are delegates at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference, which is being held this year in Ottawa.In a news release last week, Norfolk County said Chopp has lined up meetings with cabinet ministers and high-ranking provincial officials to discuss a range of issues relevant to the local area.This includes a multi-use recreational hub, which could cost as much as $60 million. A resolution passed by the previous council made Norfolk’s support of the project contingent on two-thirds federal-provincial funding.“These decisions have to be considered in the context of $60-million projects,” Barrett said. “But there is only one taxpayer. Proponents of these facilities are spending other people’s money. It’s easy to focus on your share but you need to be aware that you are spending other people’s money too. Thus the importance of gatherings such as AMO.”That said, Tourism, Culture and Sports Minister Lisa MacLeod confirmed on social media Monday that as much as $1 billion in federal-provincial cash could be in play Sept. 3 as part of the Community, Culture, and Recreational Stream of the federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.Barrett suggested Norfolk may be well-positioned to take advantage of this funding. The county did not receive funding 10 years ago the last time a similar program was offered in Ontario.Premier Doug Ford addressed the assembled delegates in Ottawa Monday morning. In backtracking earlier this year on some previously announced funding decisions, Ford assured the nearly 2,000 in attendance that “we’ve listened to you.”Nonetheless – in light of the massive debt racked up by the previous government — the province is intent on forcing municipalities to assume a larger share of the burden in the area of health and social services.Ford announced Monday that the province would fund 70 percent of health programs administered at the municipal level. Effective next year, local governments will be expected to come up with the rest.It’s impossible to say how this might affect Haldimand and Norfolk. Some programs are funded 100 per cent by the province while others are funded in the range of 75 percent.As well, a funding patchwork from municipality to municipality has evolved over the years, meaning some will do better than others.Other subjects Chopp will broach at this week’s conference – which runs through Wednesday – include abandoned natural gas wells, phragmites control in wetland areas, cannabis-related issues, shoreline protection, the future of beaches in Turkey Point, and the role environmental assessments play in delaying and adding to the expense of bunkhouse construction.“This is a tremendous networking opportunity and provides a chance to plant the seeds and address issues that impact all Norfolk County residents and businesses,” Chopp said in the news release.“With that being said, the real work begins after the conference. Partnering with ministry officials to ensure Norfolk continues to grow is paramount.”Neither Chopp nor Martin replied by deadline to a request for comment about the province’s austerity agenda and the impact this might have on Norfolk’s prospects for growth. However, in a Twitter posting Monday. Martin said she and Chopp have their eye on the $1-billion recreation stream.“We are already preparing for it,” Martin said. “We’ve been waiting for additional funding envelopes to open for this initiative, and this was one we were banking on.“We’ll continue to move the #AllNorfolkCommunityhub forward with an application when it is released Sept. 3.”Premier Ford arrived in Ottawa with his cabinet in tow. On Monday, Barrett was hearing testimony in Niagara-on-the-Lake as a member of the province’s public accounts committee.Barrett’s plan was to drive to Ottawa Monday night and liaise with local representatives as they jockey for position to get their priorities heard. – with files from PostmediaMSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

“It is increasingly clear that children are at risk from all sides,” Allan Rock, the Special Adviser to the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict on Sri Lanka said yesterday.The so-called Karuna faction continues to abduct children in Government-controlled areas of the East, particularly Batticaloa district, the mission said in a statement. Since May of this year, 135 cases of under-age recruitment by abduction have been reported to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), “with evidence that this trend is accelerating,” it added.“The mission also discovered a disturbing development involving the Karuna abductions. It found strong and credible evidence that certain elements of the Government security forces are supporting and sometimes participating in the abductions and forced recruitment of children by the Karuna faction.”Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse assured Mr. Rock that he will order an “immediate and thorough investigation” into the allegations and if they are proved correct, he will “hold accountable those who are responsible.” Karuna’s political wing also said it would forbid under-age recruitment and release any children who may now be in its ranks, adding it would also work with UNICEF and arrange the release of those abducted children whose families have complained to the agency.The mission also found that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have “not complied” with their commitments under the Action Plan to stop child recruitment and release all the children within their ranks.“Under-age recruitment continues and the LTTE have yet to release several hundred children as verified by UNICEF.” The Action Plan was endorsed by the Government and the LTTE during peace talks in 2002 and 2003 to work with UNICEF to end the recruitment of children and to release under-age recruits.The LTTE also assured Mr. Rock that they would “immediately” start working with UNICEF to speed up the release of all child soldiers, “with the objective of completing that process by January 1, 2007,” the mission said.“Wherever I travelled, I saw with my own eyes that systems meant to safeguard children’s rights are either deteriorating or absent. It is apparent that there is an urgent need for an independent monitoring capacity to ensure that children affected by the conflict are protected,” said Mr. Rock.Apart from the issues of child recruitment and abductions, the mission also observed the deteriorating humanitarian situation in certain areas of the North and East. In particular, during his visits to Vaharai and Jaffna, Mr. Rock saw first hand the fear, isolation and critical unmet needs of internally displaced children there. Fighting between Government forces and the LTTE has intensified since April, and especially over the past few weeks, despite a ceasefire agreed in 2002 aimed at ending a conflict that has lasted for more than 20 years and claimed some 60,000 lives. read more

TORONTO – Canadians who get spooked every time they see online advertisements that seem to be based on their web browsing history now have a tool available to stop some of the snooping ads.The Digital Advertising Alliance Of Canada has launched youradchoices.ca, which allows web users to opt out of so-called behavioural advertising.Behavioural advertising is typically based on web browser “cookies” — small files that get dropped on your computer with information about browsing history and habits. Advertisers can read those cookies and serve up product pitches that are targeted to individual web surfers.Digital Advertising Alliance Of Canada chairman Bob Reaume said he’s pushing for the industry to use the term “interest-based advertising” instead, since behavioural advertising has negative connotations attached to it.“It sounds so sneaky and evil, and interest-based advertising is really what we’re doing, we’re just inferring what products and services a consumer might be interested in and we’re serving ads for those products and services,” he said.“It’s our hope that consumers will get the point that this is making advertising more relevant for them. Surely if there are consumers who find this objectionable then it’s their absolute right and option to opt out of this type of advertising.”The opt-out tool currently stops consumers from receiving behavioural ads from 115 ad agencies, ad networks and companies that are participating in the program. Behavioural ads paid for by those companies will soon be marked with a blue triangle-shaped icon, which will link to more information about the new opt-out system.But unmarked behavioural ads may still be pushed to consumers by companies not affiliated with the voluntary program.“We hope the program will be ubiquitous in a couple of years but who knows, we don’t have legislative force to make people do this,” Reaume said.And opting out of behavioural ads isn’t the same as opting out of advertising in general, he added.“They’ll still receive random advertisements. Advertising will still be served everywhere on the Internet because that’s what pays for the content,” he said.Privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart had been calling for a Canadian opt-out system, similar to the one that was first launched in the U.S., since 2011. Last summer, industry leaders said they expected it would be implemented within a few months.“It was an incredibly complicated thing to get up and running,” said Reaume about the delay.“We wanted to be sure that we did this right, we didn’t want to turn on the program and then find we perhaps didn’t think of something or ran into errors. You still expect a few blips here or there but we were cautious and we wanted to be sure we did it right before we turned on the switch.”Stoddart’s office released the results of a survey earlier this year suggesting Canadians want more disclosure about how their data is being used by marketers.About 92 per cent of those polled said Internet companies should be required to ask permission before tracking users online. About 81 per cent wanted companies to specify what data they collect and how it’s used.Websites typically do declare that users will have their actions logged while surfing but the disclosures are often buried in the rarely-read privacy policies or terms and conditions. New tool lets Canadians opt out of some creepy online behavioural ads by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 19, 2013 10:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

A new hotel will soon sprout up at Calgary’s International Airport.Without providing financial details, the President and CEO of Delta Hotels and Resorts announced a major investment in the city with the construction of a new 318 room hotel, including 17,000 square feet of conference and meeting space and a 6,000 square foot ballroom for up to 500 guests.Ken Greene said the new hotel will open in conjunction with the opening of the new international terminal at YYC, with construction for both projects expected to be completed sometime in 2015.Greene said “his company is pleased to be involved with expansion plans at the airport, which is the fastest growing in the country, with more than 14-million business and leisure travellers passing through each year.” by News Staff Posted Jul 22, 2014 1:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Delta Hotels and Resorts announces new four-star full-service hotel in Calgary read more

“We will never guarantee the right to health and end the AIDS epidemic if we exclude people,” said the Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibé. “However, huge structural barriers stand in the way of the health and well-being of millions.”This year’s Zero Discrimination Day campaign invites people to ask themselves ‘what if’ questions to reflect upon their everyday actions, such as: What if the person you bought your vegetables from was living with HIV? Would you buy tomatoes from him? What if your neighbour had tuberculosis? Would you stop to chat?UNAIDS says no one should ever be discriminated against because of their HIV status, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, language, geographical location or migrant status, or for any other reason.Discrimination is often based on misinformation or fear of the unknown, the agency says, warning that allowing discrimination to continue is not only wrong, it is bad for communities, bad for the economy and bad for the future.Ending discrimination requires action from everyone. Zero Discrimination Day is an opportunity to highlight how everyone can be a part of the transformation and take a stand towards a more fair and just society, UNAIDS says.Zero Discrimination Day is annually observed on 1 March. read more

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (April 5, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the Eastern Conference ahead of the playoffs.First, the Philadelphia 76ers have clinched a spot, but the team has also lost star center Joel Embiid to injury. Embiid may miss the beginning of the postseason. How will the Sixers function without him?Next, the Toronto Raptors are on track to be the No. 1 seed in the East, but the team’s past several playoff runs have been disappointing. The crew takes a look at why Toronto is playing better this season. Plus, a significant digit on Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN reported on Embiid’s surgery to fix his fractured orbital bone.Sports Illustrated took a look at how the 76ers are surviving without Embiid.Foreshadowing? The Cavs took down the Raptors on Tuesday.Significant Digit: 8. According to Basketball-Reference.com, Victor Oladipo is on track this season to become the eighth player in the past decade to have a usage rate of 30 percent or higher and a true shooting percentage of 57 percent or higher while 25 years old or younger. read more

first_imgAustralia’s African-focused explorers, developers and miners were urged last week to drive a resurgent minerals sector in one of the continent’s hottest gold spots, Ghana. Speaking on the second day in Perth of the three day 2011 Paydirt Africa DownUnder conference, Ghana’s Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy, the Hon. Moses Asaga, said the country had the potential to scale-up many of its smaller mining operations – of which there are about 600 – in parallel with its nine major mines.“However, local mining companies lack the capital and expertise for this scale-up and Australians, with their expertise in Africa’s resources sector, are natural partners and we would welcome a higher level of involvement in this development opportunity,” Asaga said.“The reasons are compelling. Ghana’s mineral exports contribute $3.9 billion in overseas earnings and command 6% of our Gross Domestic Product. We are the second largest gold producer in Africa and the eighth largest in the world but we can also offer Australian investors exposure to larger scale diamond, manganese and bauxite opportunities as well as gold.“Significantly, we have to diversify our mineral resource base to achieve increased foreign exchange earnings and optimise tax revenue generation which in turn can further support development of our resources sector.”Asaga said his message to Australian investors was that Ghana was the gateway to western Africa and “collaboration” between Australia and Ghana was the key to achieving mutual benefits. This was particularly so in the immediate years ahead as Ghana moved to open up its considerable offshore oil and gas resources.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Stamoulis Property Group development project in Port Melbourne, undertaken by Canny Projects, will consist of 287 premium quality townhouses on the former site of soap manufacturer Symex, is scheduled for completion in late 2017.The first stage will consist of 13 townhouses on the corner of Ingles Street and Munro Street, which is scheduled to be completed in early 2016.The development will include triple storey three bedroom luxury townhouses, built in and around heritage-listed buildings on Woodruff and Ingles Streets, opposite the Port Melbourne Cricket Ground.Source: www.theurbandeveloper.comlast_img read more

Digicels Chairman Visits TCI

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 6, 2017 – Providenciales – Digicel’s Chairman, Denis O’Brien, visited the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) on Tuesday, October 3rd, to get a first-hand account of the impact of the recent hurricanes on the cluster of Islands.His itinerary included meetings with His Excellency Dr. John Freeman, Governor Hon. Anya Williams Deputy Governor, Hon. Premier Charlene Cartwright Robinson, Hon. Sean Astwood Deputy Premier, Hon. Delroy Williams Minister of Telecommunications and Hon. Edwin Astwood Min. of Health in Grand Turk to discuss Digicel’s plans for further investment in the rebuilding of the TCI.Mr. O’Brien’s trip also incorporated a meeting with the hard-working Digicel technical team in Providenciales and Grand Turk.   “I am very impressed with the hard work and dedication that the team displayed in such a difficult time.   It shows in the rapid recovery that I’ve seen here today only two weeks after Hurricane Maria impacted The Turks and Caicos Islands.   I can assure you Digicel will continue to be a pillar of strength in the community as the resilient TCI team continues recovery efforts,” Mr. O’Brien stated.Jay Saunders, one of Digicel TCI’s founding Directors said of Denis O’Brien’s visit, “This signals that the TCI is top of mind to Digicel. In fact, the urgency with which the network restoration has been treated, with the team of engineers on the ground in quick time, sends a strong message that the loyalty of the people of The Turks and Caicos Islands to Digicel has not gone unnoticed.”Digicel was the first mobile provider to restore 3G services in Grand Turk, a feat that according to Stephen Murad, Digicel TCI’s Chief Commercial Officer was a tremendous one for Digicel, he added, “Knowing that we were able to connect people in a desperate time of need brought us the greatest satisfaction.   Our customers have been patient and understanding and we will continue to honour their commitment to us by working to restore the network fully.”“Full restoration will take more time in some places.   We will be continuously updating our customers as we complete key areas of our TV and Broadband Network” said Addison Stoddard, Chief Technical Officer. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more