The CRTC celebrates 150 years of Canadian communications

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Quick FactsThe CRTC has named 16 rooms in honour of 23 men and women who helped shape the Canadian communications system.The CRTC has also named the Agora at its National Headquarters in honour of Pierre Juneau, the CRTC’s first Chairman.The selection of room names was made according to criteria such as posthumous recognition, ethnic diversity, geographic representation and temporality.A committee of five senior officials, including the Chairman of the CRTC, was mandated to evaluate the suggestions and information provided by CRTC employees.Quote“As part of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the CRTC is proud to honour entrepreneurs, inventors, public figures and great communicators who, each in their own way, have transformed the Canadian communications sector.”– Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC Twitter OTTAWA–GATINEAU, March 21, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) honoured exceptional Canadians who, through their achievements, values and ideals, have marked the development and visibility of Canadian communications over the past 150 years.As part of its commemoration project to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the CRTC recognized 23 exceptional men and women for their contribution to the Canadian communications system, by giving their names to the Commission’s meeting rooms. These individuals are: Israel “Izzy” Asper, Henri Audet, John Bassett, Alexander Graham Bell, Nancy Devine (former CRTC employee), Reginald Fessenden, Barbara Frum, Harold Greenberg, Matthew Halton, Foster Hewitt, Judith Jasmin, Jonah Kelly, Jose Kusugak, René Lecavalier, John Lombardi, Marcel Masse, J-Alphonse Ouimet, Marcel Ouimet, Ted Rogers, Jean-Louis Roux, Jeanne Sauvé, Graham Spry, and Réal Therrien.At the same time, the Agora at the CRTC’s National Headquarters was named in honour of Pierre Juneau, the CRTC’s first Chairman and a prominent figure in the areas of Canadian communications and culture.last_img read more

AMY SCHUMER TO PERFORM 2 JUST FOR LAUGHS SHOWS

first_imgAmy Schumer will perform two surprise shows at Just for Laughs in Montreal. | Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Check hahaha.com for tickets: $34.88 plus taxes and fees, for Thursday’s show and $31.85 for Friday. Twitter Advertisement Just For Laughs announced she will perform two “up close and personal” shows, on Thursday and Friday.If last-minute planning is your thing, Just for Laughs has you covered.The Montreal comedy festival announced Thursday that comedian Amy Schumer will host two “up close and personal” shows this week, one Thursday evening at Maison Theatre at 9:30 p.m. and another Friday at Gesù Theatre at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Todays young people can help create a better tomorrow Ban tells UN

“More than any other generation, you have a voice,” Mr. Ban told more than 2,000 students gathered in the General Assembly Hall for the opening of the 11th annual Model UN conference, sponsored by the UN Association of the United States (UNA-USA). “Social networking is changing how we interact – and it can change our world,” noted the Secretary-General, the first UN chief to use popular social networking tools such as Twitter.“You are in touch with peers from around the world. You understand the power of instant communication. I appeal to you to use that power for the common good, the power of communication and the power of networking.” Mr. Ban said the UN needs the energy of young people, particularly on efforts such as promoting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), pledges made by world leaders to reduce extreme poverty, hunger and a host of other socio-economic ills by the target date of 2015. “I firmly believe that we can make it a better world, not just for a privileged few, but for everyone in the world,” he stated. “I hope this is what you will work for, in your schools and throughout your lives.”Students participating in the three-day conference will debate a number of diverse and pressing global issues such as post-conflict reconstruction, energy for sustainable development, HIV and young people, and election monitoring and peaceful transitions of power.Also among those addressing the opening ceremony was Ed Elmendorf, President of UNA-USA, and Bill Roedy, Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks International. 13 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to thousands of young people gathered at a student conference at United Nations headquarters to use their voices and the power of instant communication to create a better world. read more

Former Daylight Energy CEO accused of insider trading by Alberta Securities Commission

CALGARY — The Alberta Securities Commission is accusing the former CEO of Daylight Energy Ltd. of insider trading, along his ex-wife and her boyfriend.The watchdog alleges Anthony Lambert bought shares in Daylight in August and September 2011 shortly before his company was acquired by Chinese firm Sinopec.The $2.2-billion deal was not disclosed publicly until Oct. 9, 2011.The ASC also alleges that Lambert’s ex-wife, Sandra Pierce, bought Daylight shares after Lambert tipped her off about the takeover.And the commission says Pierce talked about the impending deal with her boyfriend, Sean Turner, who also bought Daylight stock.An appearance to set a hearing date is scheduled for May 6 in Calgary. The allegations have not been proven.The Canadian Press read more

Obama administration urged to arrest Gotabaya Rajapakse

In an appeal to US President Barack Obama, two major Tamil groups in the United States, the ‘Tamils for Obama’ and ‘American Tamil Forum’ have urged the United States to arrest former Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse who is reported to be currently visiting the US.“Gotabaya Rajapakse is one of the main architect – along with the former President and the current President – who were responsible for the large scale killing of Tamils and rape of Tamil women. According to United Nations internal review report around 70,000 Tamils were killed in six months during the early part of 2009 and the abuses committed by the Sri Lankan forces amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Some international legal experts believe that there are elements of these abuses that could amount to Genocide,” the two organisations said.The Tamil groups said that the US should not miss the opportunity to arrest and prosecute one of the main war criminals in recent times visiting the US adding that failure to do so would encourage others to commit abuses amounting to war crimes.The UN Human Rights Council, led by the US, last year passed a Sri Lanka resolution to hold a credible investigation to punish those responsible for these killings. “United States should take the same leadership it took at the UN to initiate investigation for the visiting Sri Lankan war criminal,” said these two organizations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UNs HeForShe gender equality campaign launches global bus tour to colleges starting

UN’s ‘HeForShe’ gender equality campaign launches global bus tour to colleges, starting in UK by The Associated Press Posted Sep 23, 2015 6:49 am MDT Last Updated Sep 23, 2015 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A United Nations initiative that encourages men to fight for gender equality is getting on the road.The “HeForShe” campaign is launching its #GetFree University Tour, starting Sept. 29 in the United Kingdom. Additional legs are planned for colleges and universities in other parts of the globe in 2016.Elizabeth Nyamayaro, who heads the initiative, says “we see the youth as a big catalyst for change.”The bus tour will bring speakers, including celebrities, to the schools to discuss issues of gender equality. Among those confirmed for stops on the UK leg of the tour are English actors Gugu MBatha-Raw and Douglas Booth.The “HeForShe” campaign was launched last year to bring men into efforts toward gender equality.Nyamayaro says it’s time to shift the idea that it’s only a “women’s issue.” read more

Driver to stand trial over cyclists death after crowdfunding appeal raises £60k

first_imgMs Purcell, of St Albans, Hertfordshire, spoke in court only to confirm her name and indicate a not guilty plea to causing death by careless driving.She left court with two male companions using a newspaper to cover her face.Ms Purcell was released on unconditional bail and will next appear at Southwark Crown Court on October 11. Gail Purcell left Westminster magistrates’ court with two male companions using a newspaper to cover her faceCredit:Jack Hardy/PA Michael Goodwin, prosecuting, said it was a “serious” and “complex” case that should be heard in the crown court.The CDF and Cycling UK brought the private prosecution following donations from more than 1,600 supporters, who helped raise more than £60,000 towards case costs.The CDF, a campaigning body that defends the rights of cyclists, was set up in 2001 by Cycling UK in response to the case of Darren Coombes, a nine-year-old cyclist who suffered brain damage from a collision with a motorist.Duncan Dollimore, a CDF spokesman, said: “This is an important step towards what we hope will be justice for Mick Mason’s family.” Gail Purcell leaving court A woman is to stand trial accused of causing the death of a cyclist after a crowdfunding appeal by the victim’s family raised £60,000 to fund a private prosecution.Gail Purcell, 58, allegedly hit cyclist Mick Mason from behind on February 25, 2014, causing a traumatic brain injury.The 70-year-old teacher was cycling home on Regent Street from Oxford Circus, in central London, at rush-hour when he was involved in a collision with Purcell’s Nissan Juke.Mr Mason suffered a serious brain injury and never regained consciousness, dying 19 days later after being taken off life support on March 14. Ms Purcell had stopped at the scene. The Metropolitan Police twice decided not to refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service.Mr Mason’s family members – including his daughter, BBC journalist Anna Tatton-Brown – decided to go ahead with a private prosecution. It is believed to be the first in a case of its kind.Ms Tatton-Brown attended the hearing at Westminster magistrates’ court on Tuesday supported by friends and colleagues, including BBC entertainment reporter Lizo Mzimba.A JustGiving page was set up by charity Cycling UK’s Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF) – a campaigning body which, in part, focuses on providing legal assistance to cyclists – to raise money for the legal costs.center_img This is an important step towards what we hope will be justice for Mick Mason’s familyDuncan Dollimore, Cyclists’ Defence Fund Mick Mason was cycling home on Regent Street in central London when he was struck Mick Mason was cycling home on Regent Street in central London when he was struck. Library imageCredit:Google Street View Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

The cost of filling your car fell last month

first_imgAA IRELAND HAS reported that the average price of petrol and diesel has fallen in the last month.Petrol now costs on average 158.1 cent per litre, a 3.9 per cent fall since April with diesel falling by 4.9 per cent to an average of 148.9 cent per litre.AA director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan said it was “obviously very good news for Ireland’s motorists” but said that fuel costs were still “a long way from a satisfactory or reasonable level”.He claimed that 57 per cent of the retail price of petrol is in taxes paid to the Exchequer.“We have gone from being relatively benign in comparison with our European peers to being very expensive, a fact that hits Irish business competitiveness as much as it hits ordinary consumers,” he said.Faughnan added that Ireland’s “expensive annual car tax, 23 per cent VAT, extensive tolls, vehicle registration tax and a 5 per cent levy on all motor insurance” came in addition to expensive petrol for motorists.“Taken in combination this means the Irish motorist carries a huge burden. Although we argued successfully against making this even in worse in the last budget, the government did not make it any better,” he said.Read: Irish petrol prices some of the world’s highestRead: FF accuses government of being “out of touch” in fuel levy disputelast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews LOGAN LUCKY

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Logan Lucky good?It’s the best film of Summer 2017.Really??Really.What’s it about?The short version is, it’s a heist comedy: Channing Tatum is an unjustly-fired (pre-existing condition, insurance, etc. )  West Virginia construction worker whose ex-wife (Katie Holmes) has just informed him that she plans to move out of state with her rich new husband – taking their daughter with them. Too broke to properly mount a custody challenge, he hatches a plan with his one-armed Iraq War veteran brother (Adam Driver) and snarky hairdresser sister (Riley Keough) to rob the big NASCAR box-office from the nearby Charlotte Motor Speedway by exploiting his knowledge of still-open construction access tunnels. The plan ultimately grows to include explosives expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) and his own reckless brothers (Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid) despite the seeming complication of Joe Bang currently serving a jail sentence.So it’s a rural Ocean’s 11?That’s the basic idea, particularly given that it’s the (theatrical) “comeback” movie for recently un-retired Ocean’s director Steven Soderbergh.Is it similar to Talladega Nights?Only in the sense that they’re both very good movies, but otherwise not really. Logan has fun with the spectacle of actors like Craig putting on Southern American accents and the general zeitgeist of rural, blue-collar culture. But it’s not a parody or satire of that world – it’s a very affectionate, sincere depiction of working people living hardscrabble lives on the fringes (in the case of our main characters) of their own community. Where the Ocean’s movies are all about glamour, the would-be thieves here are people whose lives are directly impacted by poverty, economic abandonment, pollution and a very specific, trickily-navigated class hierarchy.But it’s not depressing?It’s poignant when it needs to be, but no – not depressing. What COULD have easily been cloying or corny plays out with authenticity and gravity even in what’s ostensibly a comedy? There’s a sequence that more or less concludes the second act involving Tatum’s daughter and a pageant performance that should by ALL logic be the corniest, most cloying thing in the film but instead packs an emotional wallop that’s been building the whole film. But outside of that, it’s mostly a caper-comedy and an exceptionally funny one at that.Is it one of those comedies where the main joke is that everyone is stupid?The genius gimmick at work is that both the film and the characters are keenly aware (both on a narrative and “meta” level) of how they and their settings are going to be perceived. We’re dropped into the main story without extraneous background on the players. So when it turns out that these seemingly dim dudes with cartoonish Southern accents, a matter-of-fact grounding in the world of NASCAR, county fairs, John Denver and child beauty pageants are actually smarter (in some cases A LOT smarter) than we assume, it’s not gag but a key part of the story. And as we realize the nominal “villains” of the piece are making the same mistake we did… and the heroes were counting on it. It also has a lot of fun with how much of the “big plan” is grounded in the characters specific understanding of how their community actually operates (or, given the state of things in the country and economy that the film is pretty frank about, FAILS to operate.)Is Daniel Craig as good as people are saying?Oh yeah. He doesn’t exactly “overwhelm” the whole film (even though he’s lately traded more in mocking his own persona of late, this will remind you why Channing Tatum is an actual movie star), but Joe Bang might be Craig’s most inspired character turn in at least a decade. The whole “And introducing Daniel Craig” gag is, of course, a joke – but his performance here is such a shockingly complete departure from his usual persona that it honestly does feel like Soderbergh has discovered a previously-unknown super-talented character actor. He’s SO good in this I could easily see him drawing some Best Supporting Actor talk. And he’d deserve it.Any problems with it?A few, all minor. There’s a segment that requires the audience to be temporarily no longer aware of what the main character(s) are actually up to that goes on a little longer than it needs to structurally, and as is often the case with big casts some of the characters feel shortchanged. Particularly Katherine Watterson (the chameleonic character-actress from Inherent Vice and Alien: Covenant) as a local do-gooder and Sebastian Stan as a Jeff Gordon-esque NASCAR driver being bossed-around by Seth MacFarlane as an obnoxious energy drink tycoon sponsor. In the end, though, any misgivings recede pretty quickly once the eventual payoff finally arrives.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

State Supreme Court sends water rights case to trial court

first_imgSPOKANE — An environmental group has standing to seek the removal of fill material added to property along Lake Chelan to raise the property above the water level, an action that obstructed the public’s right to use navigable waters over that property, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday.The state Legislature had consented decades ago to the fill’s impairment of navigable waters.But the Supreme Court reserved judgment on whether that decision violated the public’s right to use the waters, sending the complicated case back to the trial court to decide the issue.The Chelan Basin Conservancy, an environmental group, is seeking the removal of six acres of fill material that GBI Holding Co. added to its property on Lake Chelan in 1961 to keep the formerly dry property permanently above the artificially raised seasonal water fluctuations of the lake caused by a dam.The conservancy contended the state’s public trust doctrine protected the public right to use water along navigable waterways.At issue is whether the state consented to the fill’s impairment of that right, and, if so, whether such consent violated the public trust doctrine.The Court of Appeals correctly concluded that the Legislature consented to the fill’s impairment of navigable waters under state law, the Supreme Court said. But the appeals court prematurely concluded that such consent did not violate the public trust doctrine.last_img read more

Southeast feels the sting of curtailed ferry service

first_imgState transportation officials plan to take four of Alaska’s 11 ferries out of service next summer because of budget cuts.People who use the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries will have longer travel times and less service next year under a proposed summer schedule released by the state this week. The Marine Highway is proposing to keep the state’s two fast catamarans tied up next year along with two other, older vessels. That will mean fewer stops in some coastal communities.Download AudioIt was a just a decade ago, the newest and fastest ships for the marine highway fleet docked at Petersburg’s terminal, offering ferry connections to Juneau and Ketchikan in half the time of the older slower ships. The Fairweather and Chenega burn more fuel than slower older mono-hulls and they’ve already had their engines replaced. This winter they’re scheduled to get five million dollars worth of new paint, carpeting, floor coatings, upholstery and other work at a Seattle shipyard. DOT spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the ships will remained tied up under the proposed schedule.The ferry Taku loads up at the Prince Rupert, B.C., ferry terminal July 24, 2014. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)“I think indefinitely is the way to go. It’s really funding available. When managers were looking at how the system could maximize ferry service within the proposed budget, this was the best way to continue to provide service to Alaskans and visitors without cutting off any communities and still maintaining still some sort of schedule where there would be consistent service to communities.”In recent summers, the fast ferries have been providing service in the summertime in Sitka, Juneau, Angoon and Petersburg along with Cordova, Whittier and Valdez. The schedule also proposes to keep two slower boats, the Taku and Malaspina out of service for the summer. Woodrow says the decision is a financial one.“It’s been well noted the state has seen a budget gap due to low oil prices. And it’s expected that all state departments are going to be working with reduced operating budgets, the marine highway system being no different. And so the proposed schedule is reflecting the idea that we will have a lesser operating budget for 2016.”No towns are losing the state ferry entirely but there are some service reductions under the proposed schedule. Woodrow says one example is in Lynn Canal.“Normally the Malaspina would run as a day boat between Juneau, Haines and Skagway. The proposed schedule has the Malaspina as we mentioned in layup and overhaul during the summer. What this does is it puts the LeConte in what we call the northern panhandle route which the LeConte will now be serving Lynn Canal as well as the Chatham and Icy Strait communities. What that essentially does is it takes seven days a week service and it turns it into five days a week service.”The plan has the Kennicott running from Bellingham, Washington, through Southeast Alaska and across the gulf May through August. That vessel would end cross gulf service one month early in September and would take over service between Prince Rupert British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. That allows the Kennicott to fill in for the Matanuska, which is scheduled for work starting in September. The proposed schedule has the Aurora providing service to Cordova, Valdez and Whittier in the summer months, but ending that service in late September for a scheduled overhaul. That leaves a gap in service in Prince William Sound for a month and a half.Woodrow acknowledges other gaps could come if ships have mechanical problems.“With less vessels operating, if there are mechanical breakdowns there is less opportunity to backfill or fill in for those boats with other vessels. So there may be gaps in service if there are any major breakdowns.”That happened this past summer when the system’s largest vessel, the Columbia was out of service for the second half of August undergoing repairs. Ships deployed elsewhere in the region filled in for the Columbia during that busy summer month.Petersburg area resident Dave Kensinger relies on the ferry for his produce business and has proposed big changes to the way the ferry system operates.He thinks the level of service proposed in the summer schedule is worse than what residents had with private steamships prior to the start of the ferry system.“It’s that bad. I think this is a day that I have been worried about and unfortunately it’s now happened. And I think it’s time for the people that use the ferry system and the residents of Southeast Alaska to realize DOT does not have the answers and we need to do something different.”Kensinger thinks the Marine Highway is going to have to look at eliminating service to communities that have road access and focus on serving island towns only.“The community of Sitka is going to get one northbound ferry a week and one southbound ferry a week. I mean if you don’t have enough assets or you don’t have enough money to provide service you should put your priority to people who don’t have any road access whatsoever.”The schedule for next summer is not finalized yet. The state is taking public comment through November 3rd and will be holding teleconferences on November 4th. Meanwhile the start of bookings for the summer season is behind schedule. That’s because of a delay in getting the fall and winter schedule finished, along with the transition to a new reservation system.The marine highway hopes to be able to start taking summer bookings starting in December with phone reservations, and online bookings soon after.last_img read more

Apple support still strong in China despite revenue drop

first_imgApple forecast its first revenue drop in 13 years on 27 January and reported the slowest-ever increase in iPhone shipments as the critical Chinese market showed signs of cooling down. Despite this, the company reported revenue of $18.37bn (£12.83) from Greater China, accounting for 24.2% of total revenue. Revenue from the region nearly doubled in the fourth quarter. Avneesh Saxena, vice president of DCI Asia/Pacific, said Apple had performed well in the current economic state, but that the company will have to continue to be innovative if it wants to keep its edge.I feel that given the times and environment we are in, Apple has done really well. But the other point Id like to make is that too much is still dependent on iPhone – more than 65% of their revenue still comes from there – and that is a concern. They have to start looking at a more holistic contribution from some of their other products and streams, Saxena said.Saxena added that Apple faces tough competition from Chinese technology giants whose phones have become increasingly popular. Chinese vendors have come up in the last few years with formidable designs and price points that are almost 30-40% cheaper.f you look at Huawei, its not a poor mans phone anymore – its actually a solid contender to Samsung and the iPhone. To keep that margin and distance between them and the others, theyll [Apple will] have to come up with some innovative designs in the future, Saxena said.Apples China sales grew by 84% in the year to September 2015. And despite the slowdown, the company remains the most profitable in the S and P 500 and the most valuable publicly traded US tech company.last_img read more

Trump accuses Comey of cowardice over leaks

first_imgDonald TrumpUS President Donald Trump on Sunday accused James Comey of cowardice by leaking accounts of his meetings with the president, days after the ex-FBI director testified that Trump sought to derail the Russian probe.“I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet. “Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’”Sacked FBI chief Comey delivered his bombshell allegations at a Senate hearing Thursday, saying in his sworn testimony that he had asked a “friend” identified as a Columbia University law professor to release a memo of his conversations with the president to the press.Comey said he had hoped releasing the information via the media would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to handle the Russia probe, a ploy that ultimately proved successful.He branded the president a liar and said Trump urged him to abandon the investigation into the former national security adviser Michael Flynn, an allegation Trump has denied.On Friday, Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski criticized Comey as not “man enough” for having leaked the memo via his friend rather than doing it himself.“He gave his notes to a Columbia law professor because he wasn’t man enough to give the notes directly to the media when he wanted them out to the media,” Lewandowski told NBC’s morning show “Today.”Though Trump has lambasted Comey as a “leaker,” he also claimed “total and complete vindication” following the ex-FBI chief’s testimony, focusing on Comey’s confirmation that Trump was not personally being probed.last_img read more

VIDEO Police helicopter informs unlucky paddleboarders that theyre surrounded by 15 Great

first_imgSome Southern California paddleboarders ended up in the middle of a real-life version of one of those scenes from Jaws that never ends well.An Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter spotted the unlucky beach bums in the middle of a school of 15 Great White Sharks right off the coast, and broke the terrifying news over a loudspeaker announcement.Everyone made it out alive, but they may need some new board shorts.Watch the announcement from the OC Sheriff: This is a guy on a paddleboard in Long Beach that was stalked by a shark yesterday. It might be a good idea to hang up the paddleboard for a while if you are in So Cal until the invasion is complete.last_img read more

Montreal sees record cruise traffic in 2017

first_img Thursday, January 4, 2018 Tags: Montreal, Trend Watch << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — More than 50 ship arrivals brought more than 114,000 passengers to Montreal last year, up 33% over 2016 and up 140% compared with 2011.The growth resulted from more cruises stopping to mark Canada’s 150th birthday and the 375th birthday celebrations of Montreal’s founding and the cruise industry’s interest in adding new destinations.The preliminary results were released Wednesday at an event awarding the gold-headed cane to the captain of the container ship Ottawa Express.For 179 years, the cane has been given annually to the first ocean-going vessel to reach the Port of Montreal without a stopover. Source: The Associated Press Montreal sees record cruise traffic in 2017 Sharelast_img read more

Albania holds local polls key to launch EU membership talks

first_img Sponsored Stories “The June 21 election test, almost a year after getting the country’s candidate status, should serve as our main investment in launching the membership negotiations with the European Union,” President Bujar Nishani said Friday in a call for participation.About 3.4 million voters were eligible to cast their ballots in the country’s seventh local elections since the fall of communism in 1990 to elect 61 mayors and 1,595 municipal counsellors. There were no immediate official figures on the turnout.Voting started Sunday at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) and ended at 7 p.m. (1700 GMT), although some stations remained open after that to allow people waiting in line to cast their ballots.About 6,000 police officers were deployed near 5,300 polling stations and hundreds of army special troops were guarding government buildings and embassies. Initial reports suggested the voting had proceeded peacefully in most places with only a few minor acts of violence.Officials from the governing Socialists and the opposition Democrats called on counting commissioners to be careful and fair in the process, which has previously been marred by differences and efforts of manipulation.The focus is on the mayor of Tirana, where a 37-party coalition led by Prime Minister Edi Rama’s Socialists has nominated former social affairs minister Erion Veliaj, while the 15-party opposition led by outgoing Mayor Lulzim Basha’s Democrats tapped parliamentarian Halim Kosova as its candidate. TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanians on Sunday voted in local municipal elections, a key step in their efforts to launch membership negotiations with the European Union.Last year, Albania was granted EU candidate status and now Tirana is expecting to get approval for the launch of full membership negotiations.Besides tangible results in the rule of law, the justice system and the fight against crime and corruption, Brussels also expects free and fair elections in post-communist Albania, where they have always suffered from violence or manipulation and political squabbling. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Check your body, save your life Patients with chronic pain give advice Following the polls, the country will change its local governance to only 61 town halls instead of the previous 373 town halls and communes in an effort to cut expenses and increase the independence of local authorities.Around 200 international observers are monitoring the polls. They will report preliminary findings on Monday.The law says results must be revealed no later than three days after the vote.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Dallas TX – Reported by Elite Traveler the Priva

first_imgDallas, TX – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas has created an unprecedented new wedding offering which allows couples to marry in Dallas and then to experience a one-of-a-kind London honeymoon, complete with a roster of exclusive activities not available to the general public.The collaboration between The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas and The Ritz London, a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel, is a first for the two hotels and provides a combined wedding and honeymoon offered as a complimentary upgrade for brides purchasing The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas’ Ritz-Carlton Royalty wedding package for a minimum of 400 guests with a contracted rooms and premium food and beverage commitment.The Ritz-Carlton Royalty Wedding Package, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas — Highlights • A Ritz-Carlton, Dallas Luxury Suite for the wedding night, including rose petal turndown • Two Deluxe Rooms for the parents of the bride and groom • Access to The Ritz-Carlton Club Level for the bride and groom and their parents. The Ritz-Carlton Club Level offers complimentary food and beverage presentations, including wine champagne and cordials, throughout the day, allowing wedding guests to enjoy private dining without having to leave the confines of the hotel’s comfortable room, Club and spa floors. • First-year wedding anniversary certificate for a one-night stay in a Deluxe Suite • Gift certificate for a couple’s massage in The Ritz-Carlton Spa • Credit of $500 towards wedding flowers through Dallas’ acclaimed Bella Flora • Four-course reception dinner, including wine pour, custom-designed Ritz-Carlton, Dallas wedding cake and a four-hour premium bar package • All-night “Afterglow” party for guests who aren’t quite ready for the fun to endHoneymoon at The Ritz London – Highlights • Round-trip flight for two between Dallas and London • Airport transportation in The Ritz London’s Rolls Royce Phantom • Four nights luxurious accommodations at The Ritz London • Full English breakfast each morning • A day’s sightseeing tour in The Ritz Rolls Royce Phantom, accompanied by a private guide, to include The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, The Palace of Westminster and Kensington Palace • An individual consultation with John Williams, MBE, the hotel’s Executive Chef, and Thomas Sorcinelli, the hotel’s Head Sommelier, to create a unique six course dinner accompanied by fine wines • A personalized guided shopping tour of legendary Bond Street • Champagne Afternoon Tea for two in The Ritz’s renowned Palm Court, followed by a visit to a London theatre show of the couple’s choice • A private viewing of Ritz Fine Jewellery’s latest collection • Complimentary membership, during stay, of The Ritz Club and Casino • A “Champagne Flight” in a private capsule on The London Eye Ferris wheel The Ritz-Carlton Royalty wedding package is one of three comprehensive new wedding packages offered by The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, each providing an innovative take on typical Texas nuptials. Entitled Southern Chic, Texas Traditions and Ritz-Carlton Royalty, the three wedding packages are priced beginning at $125 per person, with differing complimentary honeymoon offers applying to some of these options as well. www.ritzcarlton.comlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jul 8, 2019 5:17 pm PDT Women’s World Cup champion US team to attend The ESPYs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LOS ANGELES — Fresh off their victory at the Women’s World Cup, members of the U.S. national soccer team, along with top NBA draft pick Zion Williamson and world No. 1 golfer Brooks Koepka, will be among the attendees at The ESPYs on Wednesday.The show honouring the past year’s top athletes and achievements airs live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Comedian Tracy Morgan hosts the 27th edition.The appearance by the soccer team will be part of a day on which they are celebrated on both coasts. The players will fly to Los Angeles for The ESPYs after a ticker-tape parade in New York on Wednesday morning.Among the presenters for the awards show are Billie Jean King; actresses Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Lilly Singh; former ESPYS host Joel McHale; and Usher.Nominees set to attend include Saquon Barkley, Drew Brees, Todd Gurley, Oregon basketball player Sabrina Ionescu, Olympic champion snowboarder Chloe Kim, Patrick Mahomes, Mikaela Shiffrin, Breanna Stewart and Trae Young.Other attendees include Odell Beckham Jr., Russell Wilson and singer-wife Ciara, Jared Goff, Rob Gronkowski, Caitlyn Jenner, Kyle Kuzma, Sugar Ray Leonard, Brandon Marshall, Von Miller, Lindsey Vonn and Dwyane Wade.NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Tori Kelly performing “In Times Like These” to honour him.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-Sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Presslast_img read more