The Canadian Press An editorial cartoonist says his character has been maligned and career prospects damaged after he was caught up in the online backlash resulting from a New Brunswick newspaper group cutting ties with another artist.Greg Perry issued a statement to CBC News saying he has opted not to accept an offer from Brunswick News Inc. to replace Michael de Adder, who drew international support after his contract was terminated last week.Perry did not respond to repeated requests for comment from The Canadian Press.De Adder learned his 17-year arrangement with the New Brunswick media powerhouse was being scrapped a day after he posted a cartoon online showing U.S. President Donald Trump playing golf next to the bodies of two migrants who drowned trying to cross into Texas.De Adder says he was not given a reason for the termination, but says he believes his online presence, which includes strong anti-Trump opinions, played a role.Brunswick News has said it struck a deal to work with Perry weeks before de Adder was let go and noted that the decision had nothing to do with the Trump image, which it was never offered for publication.Perrry told CBC the use of his name in connection with the entire saga led social media users to “destroy” both his character and cartoon work.Brunswick News says it offers its full support to Perry, who it describes as a talented cartoonist who has been “unfairly maligned” by recent online commentary.De Adder has also expressed his support for Perry, issuing a tweet Tuesday that stressed that his fellow cartoonist found himself in a “situation that has nothing to do with him.”Perry told CBC he wouldn’t wish what had happened to him on anyone.
Spice Girls Reunion With Victoria Beckham Planned For 2018 Following “secret” talks, all five Spice Girls are reportedly onboard for a reunion celebration in ’18Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2017 – 10:46 am Slam your body down and wind it all around, ’90s style!According to multiple reports, including NME, the Spice Girls — Victoria Beckham (Posh), Melanie Brown (Scary), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), Emma Bunton (Baby), and Geri Horner (Ginger) — are planning to reunite for some big projects in 2018, including a celebratory reunion TV special and new album.”The five of them have been locked in secret talks since the summer, and finally they are all on-board for a 2018 reunion,” a source told The Sun. “As it stands, they will be working together on a series of projects, which will include an album and a TV special celebrating the Spice Girls — and getting Victoria to agree has been a coup for everyone involved, given she has always been the person holding back on a reunion.”Horner hinted at a possible Spice Girls reunion in October. “I really pushed to get everyone back together,” she told Red magazine. “I still love the girls and there are other bits and bobs in the pipeline.”The quintet last appeared together to perform their hits “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The group released their last studio album, Forever, in 2000.’The Bodyguard’ Soundtrack: 25 Years After Whitney Houston’s Masterpiece Twitter Facebook News Email Spice Girls To Reunite In 2018 spice-girls-reunion-victoria-beckham-planned-2018
$49 New voice commands: Roku’s own voice system will support commands for “replay” (goes back a few seconds) and “turn closed captions on/off” (mistakenly enabled captions are a common issue). It will also add “turn display off” for Roku TVs, allowing the TV’s screen to go dark while music keeps playing in apps such as Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. $59 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Roku users, get ready to see some minor upgrades on your TVs and streamers. Media Streamers TVs Owners of streamers like the Roku Express and Roku Streaming Stick Plus will get the update in the coming weeks starting today, while Roku TV owners will see them in early summer. Here’s what to expect: Autoplay on Roku Channel voice search results: If you use voice to search for a show or movie that’s available on the Roku Channel, the company’s free-to-watch collection, it will automatically begin playing, as opposed to just displaying search results. So will shows and movies from the premium subscriptions inside the Roku Channel, such as HBO. Tags Categorized search results: Currently, searching by categories such as “action movies” or “comedies” presents a text-based list of uncategorized results. After the update some category results will be presented with thumbnail art and broken down into sections like “new releases” and “free” (see above). Better results by category are coming with the latest Roku software update. Roku $49 Which Roku player should you buy? 0 Walmart Post a comment Review • Roku Streaming Stick Plus review: Our 4K HDR streamer pick Now playing: Watch this: $52 In a blog post Tuesday the company outlined upgrades in its latest free software update, version 9.1, which adds a selection of incremental tweaks and conveniences to Roku streamers and Roku TVs. Best Buy TCL’s entry-level Roku TVs stream cheap and easy Share your voice Crutchfield My Offers: Roku will add a section to the home screen with discounts on Roku hardware and other offers. The company didn’t specify whether that option could be hidden, like it allows with some similar sections like Featured Free and the Fandango Movie and TV stores. See It Mentioned Above Roku Streaming Stick Plus See It 39 Photos Roku Streaming Stick Plus 3:20 See it Sign in-across Roku devices: With a handful of apps, including Hulu, Sling TV and Pandora, signing into one Roku device will automatically sign you into all of the others associated with that Roku account. Roku says it has “nearly 10 subscription streaming services” on board and expects to add more soon. Hulu Roku
President Abdul Hamid (L) and Jatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain. File PhotoJatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain has sent a letter seeking an appointment to meet president Abdul Hamid on 17 December, reports UNB.A letter, signed by the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s personal secretary ABM Abdus Sattar, was sent to the president’s house on 13 December, seeking an appointment on 17 December, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Shayrul Kabir Khan on Saturday.He said Dr Kamal, also the president of Gano Forum, will lead a 10-member delegation during the meeting if they get the appointment.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina holds a meeting with officials while visiting the defence ministry at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital on Thursday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said Bangladesh will keep up its efforts to repatriate displaced Rohingyas through negotiations, not engaging in any conflict with Myanmar”Since they (Myanmar) are our close neighbours, we’ll never engage in any conflict with them (Myanmar). We’ll have to continue efforts so that they take back their nationals through negotiations,” she said while visiting the defence ministry in the city.The prime minister said Bangladesh provided shelter to some one million Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. “It’s surprising to the world how we could provide shelter to such a huge number of people and save them.”She further said, “We didn’t go for any conflict with Myanmar. We have discussed and signed agreements with them. Our aim is to send them back to their country through dialogue.”Sheikh Hasina, also the defence minister, asked all the authorities concerned to discharge their responsibilities according to the aim.Acting army chief Lieutenant General Shamsul Haque, chief of naval staff Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, chief of air staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, principal coordinator (SDG affairs) of the PMO Abdul Islam Azad and PM’s military secretary Major General Mia Jainul Abedin.The prime minister, however, underscored the need for having a strong defence system to give a befitting reply to safeguard the country’s independence and sovereignty in the case any attack by anyone.”We want a peaceful environment. But if anyone attacks us, we will always be prepared to give a fitting reply and protect our independence and sovereignty,” she said.”We’ll not engage in any war with anyone. We don’t want any war. We want a peaceful environment with all,” she said, adding that Bangladesh’s foreign policy adopted by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is ‘Friendship to all and malice towards none.'”The prime minister said Bangladesh has proved that it can face any natural and manmade disasters.Noting that Bangladesh has the capacity to face any natural or manmade disaster, the prime minister said, “We can face any situation. We’ve proved that.”She put emphasis on developing the defence forces with newer and modern technologies alongside providing modern training to the officials to keep pace with the modern world.Terming the armed forces as the symbol of the country’s independence and sovereignty, Hasina said members of the armed forces are playing a very important role in safeguarding the country.The armed forces have been developed with the latest tools and technologies through imparting necessary training, she said.About maritime boundary disputes, the prime minister said it was a tough task to win the cases against India and Myanmar at international courts maintaining good relations with the two friendly countries.She noted with satisfaction that it had been possible only because all concerned in Bangladesh worked with sincerity and responsibility.The prime minister visited the ministry as part of her regular tours of different ministries after the formation of her government for the third consecutive term this January.
00:00 /03:24 Share X Listen Dave FehlingUS Army helicopter over Bolivar PeninsulaIt’s not long after sunrise at Sholes Airport on Galveston Island. Four Black Hawk helicopters from Fort Hood are being loaded-up with journalists and with officers from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers as well as officials from FEMA, the federal disaster agency.“We’re the busiest region in the nation and I think that’s what makes us better is to take all those lessons learned from all those different events. We have disasters every year, we face disasters every year,” says Laverm Young, FEMA’s deputy director for Region 6 that includes Texas and its four neighboring states.Dave FehlingNew homes on Bolivar PeninsulaThe lessons learned from Hurricane Ike eight years ago were the point of an aerial tour and a meeting that officials would attend the next day.The tour started by flying about a mile to where Ike damaged the Galveston Island Seawall, resulting in the first major repair to it in over a century. It then headed across Bolivar Peninsula where, if you didn’t know better, you might find it hard to imagine that Ike killed 15 people here and destroyed hundreds of homes. Now, there are hundreds of new homes built along the beach.We cross over the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the canal that Ike clogged with debris but which on this day had a line of barges plying its waters.We then fly northwest, skirting downtown Houston until we’re on the far west side. Below us are the great, green expanses of the Barker and Addicks reservoirs. They’re mostly dry now, just big forests, but in April during the Tax Day floods, they broke records, holding back more storm water than they ever had since being built just after World War II.That flood and a couple other subsequent storms delayed by six months a $75 million project to replace the big gates on the Addicks and Barker dams.Dave FehlingConstruction underway on $75 million project at Barker and Addicks DamsLater after landing back at Sholes Airport, we talked with the U.S. Army Corps’ of Engineers Col. Lars Zetterstrom who said the dams are just fine until the project is completed.“We’re very confident in the capability of both of those dam structures,” Zetterstrom said.But he says the Tax Day Flood actually inspired the Corps to come up with a twist to its annual “table top exercise” that he and other emergency responders would tackle the next day. The point of exercise is to simulate a coastal disaster on paper.“Our division headquarters out of Dallas has designed what you consider an almost worst case scenario,” Zetterstrom said. A scenario in which floods fill up Addicks and Barker reservoirs and then a hurricane hits. “How would that impact the federal government, specifically the Army Corps of Engineers response and recovery?”What they learned from responding to Ike is that in the immediate aftermath of such a storm, one of the biggest challenges is debris. Tons of debris that piles up on roads and in waterways like the Intracoastal.“We talked on our aircraft about the volume of debris that was in the particular waterway after Hurricane Ike and we responded…with response capability to clear those channels,” said Brig. Gen. David Hill. Dave FehlingBarge on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway near GalvestonOn land, the Army Corps says it helped remove some 100,000 cubic yards of rubble from major roads.FEMA’s Laverm Young says that’s what they found helped allow Galveston to begin recovering: “That’s one of the challenges we will always face …being able to get those critical resources on and off the island, there’s only so many ways to get on, so many ways to get off. “It’s one of many lessons learned from Ike that may help when the next storm hits the Texas Coast. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Kolkata: In a unique move, the Election Commission is all set to introduce health kits at the polling booths in the state on election days.The health kits will contain all the essential medicines and other medical items. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) had urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Delhi, seeking permission for the same. The ECI has given an approval in this regard and hence all the polling booths will have health kits. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA senior official of the CEO’s office has officially unveiled the health kit, which will eventually be delivered to all the polling booths across the state. If the voters or any polling personnel need any medical intervention, the kits would come handy. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that the Income Tax department has confiscated a huge amount of money from the state. The matter was reported to the Election Commission. The I-T department is now conducting a probe to ascertain if the money was supposed to be used in the election process. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe commission has taken a stand on fair and clean polling in view of the Lok Sabha elections. A couple of days ago, the EC had confiscated more than Rs 54 lakh from four people in Alipurduar. Apart from I-T, various other election machineries like state police and flying squads are constantly on the lookout and also conducting raids at various places across the state. The commission has also recently recovered more than 59 weapons, ammunition and 6,757 kg of ammonium nitrate and 2,676 kilogram of gelatine stick powder from different districts of the state. Around 3,782 litres of liquor was also recovered.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Travelweek Group Posted by These ‘mistakes’ led many neighbouring islands to be overwrought with tourists, something that St. Vincent and The Grenadines is at no risk of. With virtually no crowds, it’s the perfect place for total relaxation.Botanic Gardens (Photo: St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Office) Wednesday, July 24, 2019 “We’re not an area of mass tourism, which sets us apart from most of the other islands,” says Shelley John, Director of Sales – Canada for the St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Office. “With the lack of an international airport prior [to the new terminal built in 2017], we’re lagging behind a little, which is a good thing since you won’t find any crowds.”More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesOf course, this could all change in time as more airlines offer service to Argyle International Airport (SVD), a US$250 million facility that debuted in February 2017. Air Canada Rouge was the first global airline to launch flights to SVD, a point of pride for Beache, a Canadian native.“This airport has been a game-changer for us,” he said. “Our big issue has always been access to the destination, and now that we can have direct flights it has changed the way a lot of people in the industry now look at St. Vincent and The Grenadines.”The airport, added Beache, has ushered in a wave of investments in the next few years, including a highly anticipated 250-room hotel by the Library Hotel Collection, the same group behind Toronto’s Hotel X. A 99-room Holiday Inn Express is also in the works, as well as a 250-room, all-inclusive resort from a major hotel brand that Beache said will be announced in the next couple months.“The interest is there right now, we’re very excited about everything that’s coming on stream. Our partners, particularly those in Canada, have done a great job,” he said.It’s no surprise that the island has seen increasing interest from Canada. Air Canada Rouge’s weekly year-round service from Toronto was so successful that the carrier launched a second weekly flight during the peak 2018-2019 winter season. It will once again operate a second weekly Sunday nonstop flight for this winter starting Dec. 15.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe increased lift has resulted in big visitor numbers. This year, the destination has seen a 16.9% increase from the Canadian market, which means St. Vincent is on track to surpass 10,000 visitors from Canada for the first time ever.“We’ve seen a jump of over 40% in the past eight years or so from Canada,” said John, “and the most recent jump is definitely because of our new direct flights with Air Canada Rouge. They’re getting more people down and we’re sure that’s going to get bigger and bigger.”Canouan Mandarian Oriental Villa (Photo: St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Office) John is also counting on travel agents to help get the word out that St. Vincent and The Grenadines is for everyone – and not just high-end travellers as many would believe. The island’s approximate 2,200 hotel rooms range in price and preference, and with 32 islands and cays in total, there’s something for everyone.“We couldn’t do it without travel agents, which is why they are one of our main focuses throughout the year,” said John, who also noted that product launches and road shows will take place in October in Ontario (Kitchener, London and Toronto) as well as Vancouver. “We’re definitely focused on engaging travel agents and trying to get them down themselves and build more awareness of the destination.”For more information go to discoversvg.com. For details on upcoming roadshows and product launches email firstname.lastname@example.org. TORONTO — As the famous tale of the Tortoise and the Hare goes, sometimes a slower approach is best. Just ask Glen Beache, CEO of the St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Authority, who says that the destination’s late entry into the tourism industry was actually a blessing.“We’re one of the last in the Caribbean to get into the industry; it wasn’t until 1993-94 when tourism overtook agriculture as our main source of revenue,” he said at a media luncheon in Toronto yesterday. “Obviously in the world of marketing, it’s always best to be the first on the scene to get your product out there. But because we weren’t first, we were able to look at some of our neighbours and make sure we didn’t make some of the same mistakes.”Union Happy Island (Photo: St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Office) “We couldn’t do it without agents”: St. Vincent & The Grenadines to surpass 10K Canadians