BC New Democrats invite public input on electoral reform Liberals cry foul

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbians are invited to help shape a referendum planned for next fall that could reform the province’s voting system in time for the next election in 2021.Attorney General David Eby said Thursday that the government has launched its How We Vote website, asking for public input on the question or questions that will be on the referendum ballot.The New Democrats promised electoral reform during last spring’s election campaign and last month introduced legislation calling for a mail-in vote that requires a 50 per cent, plus one margin to be successful.The government also wants suggestions about possible voting systems, Eby said at a news conference.“We want to hear from all British Columbians so the people of our province can help shape the key elements of the referendum, including: ‘What will the ballot question look like? What type of voting systems should be considered? Should government fund advocacy groups and if so, by how much?’ “But the proposed electoral reform law is getting a rough ride in the legislature from the Opposition Liberals who say the NDP hatched a plan to bring in undemocratic reforms and reward Green party members, who are backing the minority New Democrats with three seats.“The small Green tail continues to wag the bloated orange dog,” said backbench Liberal Doug Clovechok in the legislature, referring to the orange colour of the New Democrats. “Can you say, tyranny of the majority? That’s exactly what proportional representation under Bill 6 represents.”Clovechok said the current first-past-the-post electoral system has provided the foundation for stable governments since Confederation.He said moving to a system of proportional representation will put more power in urban ridings at the expense of the rural voters he represents in B.C.’s Kootenay region.“Our democratic system of government is a proven system of governance that provides citizens with the most possible personal freedoms and the most personal opportunity — opportunity to create prosperity and a good life for their families. It is the most stable form of government on this planet,” he said.Eby said he finds Liberal opposition to electoral reform baffling.“I have yet to hear how it is that going to British Columbians to ask them to vote on something is anti-democratic,” he said.Andrew Wilkinson, the Opposition’s attorney general critic, said B.C. residents rejected electoral reform in two previous referendums and a third is not needed.“We’ve had peace, order and good government in this country for 150 years with the current electoral system,” he said. “It’s time for the NDP government to realize they are going down the wrong track.”Eby said the public process ends Feb. 28, and his ministry will prepare a report with recommendations that will go to the B.C. cabinet for approval.Premier John Horgan has said B.C.’s current electoral system is not fair. He said in the past five B.C. elections, only one political party formed government after receiving more than 50 per cent of the votes.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick Completes 10for10 Challenge Thanks to Some Celebrity

Colin Kaepernick’s #10for10 challenge serves to wrap up his Million Dollar Pledge. (kaepernick7.com)Colin Kaepernick has completed his $1 million pledge. The former pro footballer vowed back in 2017 to donate $1 million and all proceeds from his 2016 NFL season jersey sales to organizations working in oppressed communities. And when he got to his last $100,000, he asked several celebrity pals to join in.By Wednesday, Jan. 31, Kaepernick had completed his 10 for 10 challenge, which was launched to round out the end of his $1 million pledge. Celebs like 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and rapper Meek Mill all contributed to the effort. On days seven and eight two donors contributed — Chris Brown with Jhené Aiko and Joey Bada$$ with Nick Cannon.During the process, celebrities chose the organization they wanted the political athlete to donate to, offered a donation of at least $10,000, and Kaep matched them each day in $10,000 increments.The final round went to Usher’s H.O.M.E organization to benefit single mothers in Lithonia, Ga.“Thank you, brother,” Kaepernick says in a Twitter video. “We love you.”“You did it, you have raised a $1 million,” Usher says in the video. “I’m happy to be a part of the completion of that $1 million. Everyone that has done something around this is amazing. This is a collaborative effort. As a result of us helping each other, we all become stronger.”I am happy to announce I have completed my #MillionDollarPledge. For the final #10for10 joining me is my brother @usher! He is donating $10k to match my $10k for $20k for H.O.M.E from Lithonia, GA. Head to https://t.co/aK6dK9NZZA for a complete list of my Million Dollar Pledge! pic.twitter.com/WiSAJePPcB— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 31, 2018 read more

Bahamas Defence Force Makes Arrest in Bimini

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 17, 2017 – Bimini – An American visitor was taken into custody by Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines on Friday night after he was found with undeclared rounds in the northern Bahamas.While conducting a routine search at the Bimini Bay Marina shortly after 5:00 pm, Marines assigned to the Bimini detachment boarded and searched a 37-ft yellow and white intrepid craft.   It was discovered that a total of 26 rounds were undeclared by the foreign visitor.   He was subsequently taken into custody and handed over to Custom officials for further processing.   He was subsequently fined five hundred dollars ($500.00) and the rounds were confiscated.This type of arrest aligns with the Force’s mandate of guarding our heritage.RBDF Assists with TransportAlso, in other news, the Airwing Section of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was busy taking officials to Long Island Sunday morning. Representatives from the Port Department and the Ministry of Environmental Health Department were transported on the Defence Force’s aircraft to investigate the circumstances involving a grounded barge offshore Gray’s, Long Island.   More information will be provided as details become available.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to protecting the territorial integrity of The Bahamas.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritagePress Release: RBDFPhoto credit: RBDF Related Items:last_img read more

Neymar and Mbappé get injured before facing Liverpool

first_imgAhead of the crucial Champions League match against Liverpool, PSG may have lost both Neymar and Kylian Mbappé due to injuries.It’s a sad day for football, as PSG got the terrible news that they may lose Neymar and Kylian Mbappé ahead of the crucial Champions League match vs Liverpool due to injuries they suffered while playing for their National Teams.This comes as a huge blow for the French giants, given that these two players are their top players without question.The first one to go down is Neymar Junior, the Brazilian forward was barely starting his friendly match between Brazil and Cameroon when he felt discomfort on his groin right after he took a long-range shot from outside the box.Neymar quickly stopped running and took his hand directly to the affected muscle area, it didn’t take him more than a minute to ask the bench for a substitute as he knew that the injury was serious.Neymar is one of PSG’s biggest leaders this season, but he is the absolute boss for Brazil and suffering a loss like this could be really unfortunate for the Canarinha.The medical staff will have to make the proper tests in order to determine the extent of his injury.Neymar se lesionó en el amistoso de Brasil contra Camerún, a solo 5 minutos de arrancado el partido. pic.twitter.com/YlpTkOoiDh— FM88 Radioactiva (@fm88radioactiva) November 20, 2018Cut to Stade de France where Les Bleus face the Uruguay National Team, a match that had absolutely no importance for the squad’s future but the manager still decided to play his best possible line-up.As it was expected due to the people’s demands, Kylian Mbappé was obviously going to be a starring player for this match and he immediately made his proper impact with the already familiar flashy style of play.The problem was that this youngster had no idea of the unfortunate moment he was about to live, it was during a ball dispute with the Uruguay goalkeeper Martin Campaña.Mbappé went to the challenge and took the worst part, as he fell on top of his right shoulder and suffered an injury that seems quite serious.The young player decided to keep playing for a few minutes so he could test the extent of the injury, but it didn’t take him long to realize that the knock appears to be quite serious as he decided to finally leave the pitch early during the first half.¿Kylian Mbappé? No, Martín Campaña😎Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Tremendo lo del arquero de #Independiente.📹 @DIRECTVSports#SiempreRojo pic.twitter.com/YL1HGb9OCI— SIEMPRE ROJO 🎙📻🇦🇹 (@siemprerojo_ok) November 20, 2018Both PSG stars are still pending on further tests to see if they will be available for the next couple of matches, manager Thomas Tuchel must be fuming right now because he knows that the next week will be crucial for the club’s future in the Champions League.Paris Saint-Germain will have a massive game at Parc des Princes, where they will play against Liverpool FC and they were expecting to have both of their biggest stars fully fit for the commitment.Out of the two injuries, the one that tends to be more serious is the muscular problem that Neymar had on his groin.However, Mbappé’s shoulder knock could also turn out to be complicated because it could also be a clavicle injury just by judging at the faces of pain that the young player was making when the whole event went down.Any test that should be made for both players will happen between today and tomorrow, we won’t have any definitive prognoses until the test results are made public but we wish that both are nothing but a scare and they can keep delighting us with their amazing skills.Kylian Mbappe goes off injured for France. He follows Neymar in picking up a knock.It’s not been a good night for PSG…France vs Uruguay: https://t.co/cKipvTWrOr pic.twitter.com/cpM5zk9tl3— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) November 20, 2018Which of both injuries do you think is more serious, Neymar’s or Mbappé’s? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Officer lectures mother who left children in hot car

first_imgThe temperature outside on that day was around 75 degrees, so the conditions inside the locked car likely climbed at least five to 10 degrees in a matter of minutes — leaving the children vulnerable to heat distress.“Their body physiology, they haven’t quite develop the best coping mechanisms to the heat, so that’s why you have to be extra careful,” said an official.The police chief stands by his officer’s reaction.“I know he has children of his own, and you have to remember police officers are just people,” said Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer. “We’re all human beings and everybody may react slightly different to every set of circumstances, and he was trying to convey to that woman the seriousness of what she had done with her children.”No charges have been filed but the case has been turned over to child welfare officials for further investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. VANCOUVER, Canada (WSVN) — An officer had a few words for a mother who left her two children in a hot car in Canada.Cellphone video shows witnesses and the officer confronting the mother after finding the children, ages 2 and 6 years old, inside the car.“Your kids were in there on a hot day; that’s pretty stupid,” said one witness.“I was here for five minutes,” the mother responded.However, surveillance shows that the woman was in the store for nearly 20 minutes.The two children were rescued. However, they were dehydrated.“You don’t seem to understand what you have done,” the officer told the woman. “Your children could have died. The windows were up, and it’s hot out.” last_img read more

Somber AMC Concludes with Terminator QA

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO—The final day of a somber American Magazine Conference was capped by a long commercial for a mobile Web company called SnapNow and an engaging closing interview with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger described how he relates to Barack Obama even though he’s supporting John McCain. Obama, he said, must have had a burning ambition from childhood to become something great. “I always knew from the time I was 10 years old that I was going to come to America and become something great,” he said. “I didn’t know it was bodybuilding or powerlifting, but I knew it would be something.” Of course, he went from bodybuilding to a 20-year movie career and to politics. Schwarzenegger’s funniest line, apparently inadvertent: Asked about the perils of misspeaking on the campaign trail, he noted that “in a campaign, people take what you say and spin it in 20 directions. So you have to be very careful about what you say, and you sometimes end up talking like a machine.” A slow roll of audience laughter followed, and Schwarzenegger broke into a slow grin, adding, “I see you have a sense of humor.”   The SnapNow presentation was made by the top executives at Women’s Day, who are testing the product. Essentially, participating brands, products, magazines and advertisers are entered into a SnapNow database, and their ads or images are tagged with a SnapNow logo. A mobile user takes a picture of the product and e-mails it to SnapNow, which sends a link to more information. The interesting thing was the presentation was supposed to last 10 minutes, but extended to about 25 minutes as the presenters took questions waiting for Schwarzenegger to arrive. And the questions kept on coming, an indication that the technology and similar mobile-enabled texting technologies are striking a chord in the magazine industry. Earlier sessions included one called “Monetizing Beyond the Ad Page,” and featured Jeff Price, president, SI Digital; Robert Ames, VP and GM, digital automotive and M.E.N. Networks at Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc.; and Jennifer Andre, online sales and marketing director, Healthy Living Group, Active Interest Media. Among their observations and advice:• “Grow what you know.” Andre described how Yoga Journal readers have a passion for yoga poses, so she built a searchable online library of them.• Ames (who noted that 15 percent of HFM’s revenues are from digital media) described special sponsored e-blasts that repurpose reviews from Car and Driver.• Price described an early failure or two. First, he said, SI Digital was “a little slow to have an open-Web approach. We need to go where the sports fans are.”  He also noted that SI was slow in recognizing the value of organic search and tagging stories, and in online fantasy sports.• Ames told of enabling Road and Track editors to be 24/7 reporters through the use of Web-enabled cell phones, where editors can go out and do tests and upload reports and images in real time.last_img read more

Senate Republicans Caution White House About Military Impacts With OneYear Spending Deal

first_img ADC AUTHOR Senate Republicans are renewing concerns about a White House proposal to use a one-year continuing resolution (CR) to fund fiscal 2020 federal spending and avoid a potential October government shutdown, according to a report in The Hill.Sen. Dave Perdue (R-Ga.), a member of the chamber’s Budget Committee, issued a letter co-signed by 16 GOP colleagues last week warning that resorting to one-year CR would cause “draconian conditions” for the military, the report detailed.The Senators’ concerns were sent to senior administration officials Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought.The three administration officials have led budget talks between Democratic House leaders, Senate leaders and the White House for a two-year agreement that would lift current spending caps and avoid mandatory cuts under a 2011 budget law.The senators emphasized that a one-year CR “must be avoided” because it would leave the Defense Department “incapable of increasing readiness, recapitalizing our force, or rationalizing funding to align with the National Defense Strategy.”“As the world continues to become more dangerous, the American people rightfully expect their representatives in Washington to put aside political differences and do their jobs,” the senators wrote. “Simply put, our adversaries do not handcuff their militaries with funding gimmicks like continuing resolutions—nor should we.”The high stakes budget talks are stalled over Democrat-led House demands for a nondefense spending level that is $100 billion more than the White House has stated. House negotiators want about $647 billion in fiscal 2020 nondefense funds, while the White House is pushing for nondefense spending about 10 percent below fiscal 2019 levels.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rebekah Watkinslast_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between October 7, 2018 to October 14, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierRehab facility sparks debate again by Lizzie McDermottChalifour named new community liaison officer by Cassia BurnsGrand opening of Memory Loss Cafe on Wednesday, Oct. 17 by Sheryl WalshWilmington man arrested for assault by Cassia BurnsJoe Schneider gears up for Nov. 6 election by Lizzy HillWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunBan on plastic: It’s in the bag by Kori TuittWilmington assistant town manager leaving for N. Andover by Kori TuittLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

NASA keeps sending rovers to Mars and the Red Planet wont stop

first_imgFifteen years ago, Opportunity touched down on the Red Planet for a mission that was supposed to last just over 90 days. But while it might not have even had a chance to unpack its bags with that kind of timeline, Oppy far exceeded its original shelf life. An artist’s concept of NASA’s Opportunity rover on the surface of Mars. NASA/JPL/Cornell University/Maas Digital The Little Rover That Could traipsed around for 5,352 sols (equivalent to 5,498 Earth days) covering more than 45 kilometres (28 miles) and sending back valuable data for researchers. That included discoveries that pointed to signs of water on the planet in the past and evidence that Mars could have supported ancient microbial life. All that bodes well for us humans as we think about travelling to Mars in the future, thanks to our rather unfortunate reliance on water.But while Opportunity survived for eight Martian years and lived far longer than its twin rover on the Mars Exploration Rover program (the equally positive sounding Spirit), Earth lost contact with it in 2018 and eventually declared the mission complete in February 2019. While the world has mourned the loss of a particularly adorable and helpful robot, one question remains: Why does Mars keep killing all the stuff we shoot up there? 6:31 Comments Share your voice Mars rovers NASA Space Another Mars rover bites the dust, but NASA’s not finished… Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Tech Humans on Mars: An atlas of plans to land on the Red Planet In this week’s episode of Watch This Space, we take a look at the death of Opportunity and the travails of the rovers that came before it. Why were they sent to Mars? What conditions did they need to overcome to survive? And how did Mars eventually kill them all? From the science we’ve scienced along the way to the next steps for Martian discovery, we look at all the things the world’s rovers have achieved and what the next phase of Mars exploration looks like. Because while Mars might have claimed NASA’s little Wall-E rover, that’s not going to stop us from launching more rovers and getting them to reccy the planet before us humans head to Mars as well.To learn more about the death of NASA’s little Wall-E rover and what else we’ve got in store for Mars, check out this week’s episode of Watch This Space. You can get your space fix every other Friday with new episodes, or catch up with the whole series on CNET or YouTube. Tags 32 Photos 8last_img read more

Volvo V40 Cross Country Launched in India for ₹285 Lakh PHOTOS

first_imgVolvo India, the auxiliary unit of Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo Cars, on Friday launched its much-awaited Volvo V40 Cross Country in India with a price tag of ₹28.50 lakhs.The company, which plans to expand its Indian market, has tied up with Bajaj Allianz for vehicle insurance. The V40 Cross Country hatchback packs a high-performance turbocharged T5 five-cylinder engine which accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)The diesel engine offered for India is expected to churn out 148 bhp power and 35.7 Kgm at 350 Nm torque. The vehicle hosts a number of unique style features like contrasting front and rear bumpers, honeycomb mesh grille, upright day-running lights and an integrated skid plate. The car sports alloy wheels upto 19 inches and has a sporty R-Design model. In terms of safety features, the V40 comes with front, curtain and knee airbags, ABS+EBD, traction control, ESP and City Safety Braking.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)”Volvo V40 Cross Country, which is a variant of the V40, represents a model that is premium in design, features, technology and safety. The car will bring in new impetus to our growth strategy in India,” said Volvo Auto India Managing Director, Thomas Ernberg. Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)Volvo sets new target with the launch of V4 in India. The company aims to increase its sales in India by  around 50 percent in the current financial year. As part of company’s aggressive plan for the Indian market, Volvo will launch two new models – S60 and XC 60 in the country by October.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)”Volvo struggled over how to succeed in India but now we are the fastest growing luxury car makers here and we continue to see that in future too,” Thomas said. The lately launched car will take direct competition with BMW’s X1 which is priced between ₹27.9 lakh and ₹32.5 lakh .Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To Indialast_img read more