Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (centre) addresses members of the Cabinet at a Retreat held from January 17-19. The consultations come, as the end of the Parliamentary year approaches. The Cabinet reviewed the country’s performance over the past year in several sectors, while looking to finalise the priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. This is the first such session to be held in 2019.
Another layer of security to keep drugs out of Nova Scotia’s correctional facilities came into effect today, Oct. 21. Ion scanners detect trace amounts of drugs and explosives. “Drugs are a problem in our province’s facilities, as they are in any correctional facility,” said Department of Justice Minister Ross Landry. “The province continues to look at ways to improve training and equipment to alleviate this issue, and the new ion scanners are just one more thing we are doing to make our facilities as safe as possible.” For example, if someone has handled drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, amphetamines or marijuana, the sophisticated piece of equipment will detect trace amounts on their hands. The scanners will help intercept drugs that could enter the facilities. There are four ion scanners placed according to need throughout the province. Two are at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside, one at the Cape Breton Correctional Facility in Sydney, and one at the Southwest Nova Facility in Yarmouth. Correctional facility staff have been trained to use the scanners, which are also used in many airports and correctional facilities throughout the country.
A regulatory hearing begins in Halifax today, May 28, to determine whether the Maritime Link project is the lowest-cost option to provide clean energy and lower power rates for Nova Scotians. The Utility and Review Board hearing is expected to last up to three weeks and the board is expected to hear testimony from a large number of witnesses and experts. The board has been receiving and reviewing pre-filed evidence and submissions for the past four months. “This hearing is one of the most important energy hearings in the history of the province,” said Mat Whynott, ministerial assistant for Energy, on behalf of Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “Over the next three weeks, Nova Scotians will get the opportunity to better understand how the Maritime Link project will improve the energy and economic future of the entire province.” Independent expert witness John Dalton is expected to take the stand later this week or early next week. Mr. Dalton did a detailed assessment of three primary energy supply options for the province: adding hydroelectricity from the Maritime Link, importing hydroelectricity from Hydro Quebec, or a natural gas/wind mix. He concluded that the Maritime Link project is the lowest-cost option for Nova Scotians. The options were assessed based on the lowest, long-term cost to meet federal coal and greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements, as well as the best fit for Nova Scotia’s strategic energy goals. The Maritime Link project is part of the province’s overall energy plan, which has five key points to ensure the lowest, fairest electricity rates for Nova Scotians. They are local, reliable, green, tax-free and efficient. The province’s energy plan has begun, and includes: removing the provincial portion of the HST of basic home electricity supporting efficiency efforts that help Nova Scotia families lower their bills and consume less electricity using more local, cleaner sources of energy to help stabilize prices and securing an energy supply for the long term. “Nova Scotia’s energy plan, including the Maritime Link, will help us meet our renewable electricity goals and federal greenhouse gas reduction requirements,” said Mr. Whynott. “It will ensure we have a stable, secure energy in the future and, most importantly, position us for current and future economic growth. “The future of the project is now in the hands of the UARB and I look forward to the regulatory hearing process and the final decision expected in July.” Nova Scotians interested in the hearings, can listen live at http://nsuarb.novascotia.ca/.
New Delhi: “Yoga connects all religions for the betterment of the body, mind, and soul of mankind,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday as he inaugurated the New Delhi Municipal Council’s monumental International Yoga Day event, held at Rajpath in the Capital city. The mass Yoga event was organised by the NDMC in collaboration with the Ministry of AYUSH to celebrate the 5th International Yoga Day.Prominent dignitaries such as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal, Cabinet Minister Prakash Javadekar, Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, and several other Union Ministers joined Singh in performing various Yoga poses to celebrate the occasion. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe Defence Minister said, “When Yoga connects with karma, it had emerged into a big and strong force for the wellness of mankind and helps to transform a strong and prosperous nation. Calling upon the gathering, the Minister said that an amalgamation of Yoga and Karma might be helpful for making India a Vishawguru. And today not only the Indians but people of over 177 countries have been performing Yoga protocol with letter and spirit.” Traffic was also restricted around New Delhi in the day and mats were also rolled out at Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, and Talkatora Garden, among other NDMC areas. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsWhile Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law and Justice, Communication and IT, Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railway, Commerce, and Industry and Jayant Sinha, former Union Minister and Member Parliament along with Shri BS Bhati, Member NDMC performed Yoga at Lodhi Garden, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Steel, Petroleum and Natural Gas performed Yoga Protocol at Talkatora Garden with the volunteers of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, RWAs and MTAs of New Delhi area. Around 18,000 participants including VIPs, Art of Living, Patanjali Yoga Samiti, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, Vivekananda Yogashram Hospital, Parjapati Brahamakumari, Isha Foundation, Gayatri Parivar, Delhi Police, CISF, diplomats, the general public and NDMC and other government officials performed common yoga postures at Rajpath.
The bodies of a mother and daughter were found from a house in Batticaloa today, the police said.The police said that a 56 year old woman and her 32 year old daughter were found dead in the house in Eravur in Batticaloa. The police suspect the two women were murdered. (Colombo Gazette)
EVANSTON, Ill. — Safety Jared McGee recalled how little he knew about Northwestern early in the recruiting process and the impression coach Pat Fitzgerald made during a campus visit.It’s safe to say the coach played a major role in luring McGee to Evanston.“I was like yeah, Northwestern, what conference is that in?” said McGee, a senior from the Dallas area. “And then I showed up to Fitz’s house on my official visit and it was like he had been watching me since I was playing Pee Wee. That definitely held true in my time here. I couldn’t have asked for a better coach in my college career.”The program’s winningest coach by a wide margin, Fitzgerald has No. 21 Northwestern playing in the Big Ten championship game for the first time. The Wildcats (8-4, 8-1 Big Ten) face No. 6 Ohio State (11-1, 8-1) ) in Indianapolis on Saturday. If they pull off the upset, they will clinch their first Rose Bowl appearance since their coach was a star linebacker on the 1995 team.Back then, the Wildcats captured the nation’s imagination with a stunning turnaround after 23 losing seasons. This time, they simply found their footing after stumbling in the early going and won the Big Ten West.With quarterback Clayton Thorson still limited after surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Northwestern dropped three in a row following a season-opening win at Purdue. Top running back Jeremy Larkin had to retire because of a spinal issue following the third game. Northwestern went 0-3 in nonconference play, with a loss to Akron at home. Despite all that, look at the Wildcats now.They are rolling, with seven wins in their past eight games. And Cameron Green insisted Fitzgerald is a big reason why.“He pushes us to be the best that we can, whether it’s working out, it’s conditioning, practicing,” said Green, who plays the hybrid “superback” position. “He always knows we can be one step better, and he believes in us, which is very key to everything. Never really puts doubt on us or puts us down in any circumstance or situation, and he picks us up more than anything to give us more confidence. I think that, honestly, is one of the best things you can have as a person.”The lone loss in the past eight games was by 10 to No. 3 Notre Dame, a likely playoff team. They have also won nine straight away from home and own a 15-1 record in their past 16 Big Ten games.Fitzgerald earned some recognition this week when the conference’s coaches and media selected him Big Ten Coach of the Year. But the Wildcats have a chance to grab a bigger prize.“The brotherhood of this team is the hallmark of what’s been the glue that’s kept us together through the adversity,” Fitzgerald said.But in many ways, Fitzgerald is responsible.The Chicago-area product was Northwestern’s linebackers coach and recruiting co-ordinator when, at age 31, he took over in July 2006 following the unexpected death of Randy Walker. In the 13 seasons since, Fitzgerald has a 95-69 record and nearly twice as many victories as the next guy on the school’s all-time list — Pappy Waldorf with 49 from 1935-46. Among active Big Ten coaches, he is second in tenure only to Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz (20 years).As a player, assistant and head coach, he has been a part of 13 of Northwestern’s 15 bowl games. Wins against top 10 teams have been scarce, with seven straight losses since a victory at No. 9 Nebraska in 2011. The Wildcats’ only other top 10 win under Fitzgerald was against eighth-ranked Iowa in 2009. They haven’t beaten a team sixth or higher since knocking off No. 6 Michigan in 1996 — their coach’s final season as a college player.Northwestern generally doesn’t get the most prized recruits. But the Wildcats have consistently fielded a winner the past two-and-a-half decades, particularly under Fitzgerald, who got a new contract through 2026 prior to last season.“Week in and week out, he’s always given us a great game plan and great motivation — but also being experienced in what we’re going through right now,” defensive end Joe Gaziano said. “He was a Big Ten champion. He went to a Rose Bowl. And those are two goals that we have this year, that are right in front of us.”___More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25Andrew Seligman, The Associated Press
Too busy being spoilt on #MothersDay? #TomHardy is available on @BBCiPlayer👉https://t.co/A4BQVeYfTO pic.twitter.com/NyI1TZWeGY— CBeebies Grown-Ups (@CBeebiesHQ) March 26, 2017 Despite my son now being 10 years old I still seem to be watching #BedTimeStories for some reason…? #TomHardy @CBeebiesHQ #happymothersday— Sarah (@sazmogz) March 26, 2017 Hardy, 39, made a similar splash when he returned on Sunday night to read There’s A Bear On My Chair, by Ross Collins.One fan wrote on Twitter: “Couldn’t tell you what tonight’s #cbeebiesbedtimestory was about…. #TomHardy is so fricking dreamy,”Another said: “The kids are asleep. I have @CBeebiesHQ #BedTimeStory on. I’m not even sorry.””Happy #MothersDay to me and although my baby is 22 I don’t feel any shame in settling down to watch,” said another. Dear God I’m sitting watching #TomHardy on @CbeebiesBBC wishing he really WOULD jump out in his underwear… #bedtimestories— Zoe Redhead (@zRedhead01) March 26, 2017 #TomHardy reads “There’s a Bear in My Chair,” and it’s wonderful. (“You Must Bring a Hat” is still my favorite, tho.) #HardChoices pic.twitter.com/x9oWnc81li— PeakyBlindersFanGirl (@APBFanGirl) March 26, 2017 Thank you #TomHardy The time has come to say goodnight It’s the end of a lovely day 💕 #MothersDay pic.twitter.com/kZu46A4wF7— Rosie Joy Glover (@DelectionPie) March 26, 2017 One fan tweeted after watching Hardy read the story about an angry mouse trying to move a bear from his chair: “Have just self-combusted…!!””Tom Hardy and his bedtime story, I need to take a moment after hearing it,” gushed another. Yes, dreams really do come true. 😍 🙌 Tom Hardy reads a @CBeebiesHQ Bedtime Story especially for #MothersDay. 💤 📚 Tonight 6.50pm. 💕 pic.twitter.com/Vqg9xg6RA1— BBC (@BBC) March 26, 2017 Tom Hardy gave women across the nation a Mother’s Day treat when he read the Bedtime Story on children’s TV channel CBeebies once again.The heartthrob actor was a big hit when he read the night-time story to pre-schoolers on New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day with plenty of mothers confessing they tuned in after their children were in bed. The Taboo star followed in the footsteps of other big names such as David Hasselhoff, Damian Lewis, Sir Derek Jacobi and James McAvoy in signing up for the CBeebies slot, which sees celebrities reading soothing stories as children are tucked in to bed.On December 31 he snuggled on the sofa with his rescue dog, Woodstock, and told the story of a boy going to a party from the book You Must Bring A Hat, by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley. He read Tom McLaughlin’s The Cloudspotter on Valentine’s Day. 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.
Say you’re halfway through a two-year iPhone 4 contract, and have no upgrade in sight. You like the iPhone 4S, but not quite enough to pay full retail ($700) or early termination fees to switch carriers. You’re almost content to wait out the next iPhone with your iPhone 4. But then there’s that whole Siri thing. “Apple just had to make that A.I. assistant exclusive to the new iPhone,” you grumble. If only you could somehow get it running on your current iPhone, you’d be completely content for the next year. Well, some hackers have already made significant progress on this front, but don’t hold your breath for a fully-working Siri on older devices.Headlines saturated normally-dormant blogs this weekend that “Siri has been ported to the iPhone 4.” It’s a nice, sexy, traffic-bringing headline, but it’s only half true. The client-end side of Siri has been fully ported, and that’s no small feat. I tip my hat to Steven Troughton-Smith for a speedy port.The only problem is that this iPhone 4 Siri port isn’t likely to function like it does on the iPhone 4S. The reason is that it can’t access server-side functions. Voice dictation may work (?), but not much else. Siri’s “brain” lives in Apple’s servers. And Apple isn’t allowing devices that aren’t called the iPhone 4S to access that data.Full port would require piracySo surely there must be some further hack that can be done to “trick” Apple into thinking that you’re on an iPhone 4S, right? It’s possible, but it would be considered piracy. So yes, with some serious low-level exploits, it could eventually happen. But using it will be the equivalent of downloading cracked versions of App Store apps.According to a tweet by hacker Musclenerd, who is about as respected a figure as there is in the jailbreak community, there are two options. Either piracy (as already mentioned), or the difficult feat of getting the FS keys through identifying a low level exploit.In other words, getting access to Apple’s servers for Siri will be a difficult task that, even if completed, may require an act of piracy. As most of the developers at the forefront of the jailbreak community are adamantly against piracy, the top talent won’t likely be working on it.Why exclusive?While fully-functioning Siri on older devices isn’t looking too promising, this port does confirm that older devices are fully capable of running Siri on a hardware level. This, once again, begs the question of why Apple held it exclusively to the 4S. Marketing is a distinct possibility, but there are other scenarios.One of the smartest explanations I’ve heard was by John Gruber of Daring Fireball, who speculated that Apple wanted to spare their servers from overload. Siri is still described as Beta, and there could well be 100 million iOS 5 users by now, next to “only” 4 million or so iPhone 4S users. I have a hunch that this could be part of it, as I have gotten a “can’t connect to servers” response every time I’ve tried to activate Siri this morning. If the strong launch of the 4S is taxing their servers, imagine multiplying that user base by 25.You can see the video of the client side hack of Siri on an iPhone 4 below:More at PC Mag, via 9to5Mac
In the world of phone games, there are those of us who play a ton of them, but usually not for longer than a weekend. Whether we find fishing to be ridiculous or candy to be crushable, or take special delight in screaming at our friends to resolve the paradox aboard our spaceship, games made specifically for the phone just don’t hold our interest long enough. For me, the only phone game that ever held interest for more than a couple of days is Terry Cavanagh’s Super Hexagon, and that’s only because I currently spend an inordinate amount of time commuting every week. I never came home to my gaming PC and multiple consoles, and instead opted to play games on my phone — that is, until Ace Patrol released last night.Last night after work, instead of making progress in the surprisingly addictive Don’t Starve, or figuring out what in the world is going on in the mesmerizing Starseed Pilgrim, or finally getting around to beating the excellent Fire Emblem: Awakening after RPG Fatigue set in a month ago, I lied in bed and played a phone game until it was time to go to sleep.Ace Patrol is the second of Firaxis’ mobile offerings, with the company’s first offering, the somewhat casual monster-based strategy Haunted Hollow, releasing last week. Unlike Hollow, though, Ace Patrol was created and programmed by the legendary Sid Meier himself, rather than being one of those Sid Meier games that uses his name more than his expertise. He’s so involved with the project, that he’s actually responding to almost every thread posted on the official Ace Patrol forums. Sid Meier!The game falls into that nebulous genre of midcore — not quite casual, not quite hardcore. Ideally, the midcore level of involvement is supposed to appeal to all types of gamers, and Ace Patrol does just that. The single-player campaign is broken up into four separate years, with six missions playable each year, for a total campaign of 24 missions. You have a choice between which mission you want to play — such recon, one-on-one combat, or target demolition — so each year isn’t always the same. Each mission is worth a different amount of points, so if you want to climb up the leaderboards, completing more difficult missions will net you more points to achieve that goal. There are four different nations you can play as — British, American, French, and German — and each nation has its own single-player campaign that follows the aforementioned 24-mission structure.Each mission has its own set of rules, which largely determines which targets you’re blasting out of the sky or bombing into the ground, and how many pilots you’re bringing to the dogfight. The total number of pilots you can have in your squadron, and thus bring to certain missions, is four. Each pilot eventually gets their own special skill, such as having more accurate fire from long distance, or being able to ride new planes before they become available to every other pilot. Whenever a pilot survives a completed mission, they’ll gain a level, which can grant them stat bonuses, or plane upgrades and new flight maneuvers, which is where Ace Patrol takes aim at the hardcore audience.Next page: Customizable pilots and diverse missions are great, but how do you play? 1 2
In February it was reported that Apple was experimenting with and developing a watch-like device to add to its line of iDevices. This was no ordinary watch, though. Apple was using its cutting edge glass manufacturing knowledge to come up with a curved glass smartwatch that has more in common with a wristband than a typical watch design. Furthermore, it was being designed to run iOS and a limited set of functionality such a form factor would allow.Of course, Apple didn’t comment on such speculation at the time, but now we have more concrete evidence such a watch is in development.It has been revealed that Apple filed a trademark in Japan on June 3 for the name “iWatch.” That filing was made public late last week by the Japanese Patent Office. Apple also made the application under a category that covered both computers and watch-like devices.Such a filing makes it hard for the company to deny a watch-like device is now in development. They could argue this is just a defensive application in order to protect the name iWatch from use by another company, but it seems much more likely Apple wants to own our wrists and place another iDevice on them that works in conjunction with an iPhone or iPod device.If it turns out Apple is set to release an iWatch, others are sure to follow. Samsung is already heading in that direction, we have the Pebble smartwatch, and no doubt Android-based watches are being experimented with at Google. Soon we may not even need to take our smartphones out of a pocket, instead relying on a smartwatch to control it. [Image credit Brett Jordan]