Deputy Minister to Retire

first_imgGeorge McLellan, Deputy Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, will retire from government at the end of the spring legislative session. Premier Stephen McNeil made the announcement today, April 26. “I want to thank George for his commitment to the public service, and to our province,” said Premier McNeil. “George has been a tireless public servant for much of his career, always focused on making this province stronger. He has been, and will continue to be, a trusted advisor and friend.” Mr. McLellan’s retirement will be part of a larger deputy minister shuffle that will occur later in the spring. “George has played a key role in helping us get on sounder financial footing in Nova Scotia,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey. “With his guidance, we are now in a place where we will be able to invest in important programs and services for Nova Scotians. I am grateful for George’s support and leadership. I want to thank George for his service to the province and wish him and his family all the best in the future.” -30-last_img read more

NWAC board to meet Saturday to decide fate of president

first_imgThe NWAC board will meet Saturday in downtown Ottawa to vote on whether to keep Francyne Joe as president. Photo: Amber Bernard/APTN.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsAs the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) prepares to vote on the future of its current president, a former executive is speaking out.Allegations of a toxic workplace at the Ottawa office have reached the ears of former president Marilyn Buffalo in Edmonton.“One question I have is, ‘Why did the executive let this go for so long?’” Buffalo asked in a telephone interview with APTN News.“They have the ultimate authority to correct problems as they’re arising.”APTN has learned a special meeting is scheduled Saturday in Ottawa to decide the fate of President Francyne Joe.Joe, who was elected to a three-year term in 2017, is at the centre of what anonymous sources describe as a personality conflict with NWAC Chief Executive Officer Lynn Groulx.Groulx confirmed the problem in a statement to APTN.“While I cannot discuss the details, I can say there is tension in the relationship between Francyne Joe and myself,” she said.Read more:Future of NWAC president to be decided at special meeting in coming weeksBuffalo, who was president from 1997 to 2000, said a mediation process is needed to “work through the process.“The situation unfolding is not something that happened overnight.”However, unnamed employees say there is more.They cite a toxic workplace inside the organization, which they blame on Groulx.NWAC has about six members per province and territory.It’s those members APTN has learned will vote at Saturday’s special meeting.Groulx said problems between her and Joe remain “in spite of every effort” she has made to resolve them – including an intervention with Elders and a healing circle.She said the board of directors continues to support her in running the organization.(NWAC President Francyne Joe will have her fate decided at a board meeting Saturday in Ottawa.)Joe is banned from the office and police were called when she showed up unannounced there last month.“There needs to be a mediation process set up. Put the cards on the table of what the problems are and work through the process,” said Buffalo.“It’s hard for the board to see what the issues are if you’re only hearing from one side, which is the CEO,” she added.“By the time your staff has left and signed non-disclosures it’s hard for them to see what’s really going on.Joe declined to comment when contacted by APTN.She didn’t attend the closing ceremony for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Monday in Gatineau, Que. Groulx went instead.NWAC was formed “on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women, girls and gender-diverse people within First Nations, Métis and Inuit Canadian societies,” its website said.NWAC’s report Sisters in Spirit is largely responsible for putting the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women on the national radar.Michele Audette, one of the commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, is a former president of NWAC.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Government invests in the Alaska Highway

first_img“Our government recognizes the importance of a safe, modern and reliable road infrastructure for the economic prosperity of the northern part of this region. The completion of these projects along the Alaska Highway highlights our commitment to providing safe infrastructure to Canadians.”The Honourable Carla QualtroughMinister of Public Services and Procurement and AccessibilityFor more information on this announcement CLICK HERE FORT NELSON, B.C. – Four contracts were awarded for maintenance and construction work along the Alaska Highway.Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, made the announcement on November 15, 2018. These improvements will give the community access to a more reliable, safer and modern roadway with improved circulation.Areas that will be improved are a 33-kilometre portion of the highway, receiving bituminous surface treatment to asphalt, replacing a culvert in the Townsend Creek area, improving the Wonowon intersection by changing the road configuration and a new salt shed in Wonowon.last_img read more

Cyprus leaders agree to intensify reunification talks after meeting with Ban

Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu have clearly worked to move closer together through a range of bridging proposals on the economy, governance and power-sharing since he last met with them in November, but more work must be done to reach further accords on outstanding core issues, Mr. Ban told reporters.“Today, we have identified a number of elements designed to maintain momentum and to address more directly the details of a workable, mutually beneficial solution,” he stated. The Mediterranean island has been split since inter-communal violence erupted in 1964. The UN-sponsored talks, which began in 2008, seek to set up a federal government with a single international personality in a bi-zonal, bi-communal country, with a Turkish Cypriot constituent state and a Greek Cypriot constituent state of equal status.“The meeting’s spirited and substantive discussions contributed to clearing the air on several key issues. The leaders have discussed the outstanding key issues in a more interrelated fashion, since a settlement proposal will need to consist of an integrated package across chapters,” Mr. Ban added, offering to provide experts to help resolve technical aspects of one of the core differences – property.As noted by Mr. Ban in a report to the Security Council in December, the Greek Cypriots say those with property in the north should be able to seek reinstatement, while Turkish Cypriots say that if all property owners were allowed reinstatement, it would be impossible for Turkish Cypriots to secure bizonality. They want a ceiling on those who can have properties reinstated instead of compensation. He also warned in that report that the talks could “founder fatally” if substantive agreement is not reached within the next few months. “A critical window of opportunity is rapidly closing,” he said, stressing that Greek Cypriot parliamentary elections in May and elections in Turkey in June militate against constructive talks in the second quarter of 2011.Today Mr. Ban noted that both sides agreed to intensify the talks with a series of additional meetings in the coming weeks, and he pledged to make himself available to them again soon to continue to take stock of progress and encourage them in further narrowing the differences. “As recent surveys have shown, both communities in Cyprus want more than talks: they want a solution,” he said. “The leaders have heard that message and they are acting. I welcome the steps that the leaders have taken today which give a clear indication of their commitment to reunifying Cyprus as soon as possible.” The Secretary-General will provide the Security Council with a report on the state of the talks at the end of February. “I am certain that if the constructive spirit that I witnessed today continues, I will have a positive report to submit,” he said. Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have met 90 times under UN sponsorship since 2008, apart from additional meetings between their representatives. The UN has maintained a peacekeeping mission on the island since the 1964 violence.Neither Mr. Ban nor the two leaders took questions today, citing the “great sensitivity” of the issues. 26 January 2011Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed to intensify talks to reunify their island today after meeting in Geneva with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has warned that substantive agreement in the next few months is crucial to avoid potential failure. read more

Weak Canadian retail sales hint at weak Q2

OTTAWA • Canadian retail sales dropped 0.5% in April from the previous month, defying expectations of an increase, in another sign that the economy grew at a disappointing rate in the second quarter.The overall decline, reported by Statistics Canada on Thursday, was the greatest since the 0.5% retreat in July 2011. Analysts had forecast a 0.3% month-on-month increase. Lower sales were reported in eight of 11 subsectors, representing 78% of retail sales.“It looks like GDP for April is coming in at a modest 0.1%, or flattish. In other words, the economy struggled to post any growth in April,” said Jennifer Lee of BMO Capital Markets. In April, the Bank of Canada forecast annualized growth in both the first and second quarters of 2.5%. The actual figure for the first quarter was 1.9%. Data released last week showed April manufacturing fell by 0.8%, compared with expectations for a 0.3%  rise.On June 5, the central bank signalled it might have to raise interest rates but softened its recent hawkish language as fears about the impact of the European debt crisis intensified.The Bank of Canada has kept its benchmark rate at a near-record low 1% since September 2010.[np-related]“Overall, today’s data point to a softening trend in the consumer [is] one more reason for the Bank of Canada to stay on the sidelines,” said Emanuella Enenajor of CIBC World Market Economics.Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney is due to give a speech and talk to reporters later on Thursday.Canada’s dollar weakened against its U.S. counterpart after the retail figures were released, dropping to $1.0218 versus the U.S. dollar, or US97.87¢, from about $1.0195, or US98.09¢, just before the data’s release. It later recovered partially, and by 9:30 a.m. it was trading at $1.0201, or US98.03¢.Compared with April 2011, retail sales were 3.4% higher. In volume terms, April sales decreased by 0.8% from March, the third decline in four months.“The consumer is so far tracking even weaker in the second quarter than it did in the first quarter, and that supports our longstanding bias that the Bank of Canada has no rate tightening flexibility any time soon,” Scotia Capital economists Derek Holt and Dov Zigler said in a research note.StatsCan said sales at motor vehicles and parts dealers fell by 1.2%, while lower receipts in some stores reflected the fact that spring sales this year started in March.Ms. Enenajor said “other categories were notably weak as well, including furniture sales, food sales, electronics, vehicle sales and merchandise store sales, alluding to consumer weakness beyond a simple ‘weather’ story.’ ”A Reuters poll of global forecasters on May 30 showed the median prediction for the timing of the Bank of Canada’s next 25-basis-point rate increase had moved ahead to the first quarter of 2013 from the second quarter.© Thomson Reuters 2012Richard Johnson/National Post read more

Fonseka says opposition is weak

“People accuse me of helping President Mahinda Rajapaksa to remain in power. Yes it is true. That is why I am now asking the people to remove him,” Silva said. The former Chief Justice also challenged opposition leader Ranil Wickramasingha to an open debate over some comments the latter had made about Silva.By Indika Sri Aravinda Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka says he is pushing to form a common opposition as the current opposition is weak.Speaking at a rally in Panadura this evening Fonseka also called for a change in the local system where the public must bow down to the Judge in court. Meanwhile also speaking at the rally, former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva said that a ruling he gave in the ‘Helping Hambantota’ case ensured President Mahinda Rajapaksa remained in power.

Oct 4 will be a day of special dedications

Brock Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo heads a list of special guests to campus on Tuesday Oct. 4, for two significant events that will further define the University’s soul and culture.At 10 a.m., a special ritual will officially open the Healing Garden that was completed this summer in the planted space on the north side of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex.Tuesday’s event comes almost exactly a year after Cheechoo helped plant the symbolic white pine tree that is now in the centre of the Healing Garden.Healing gardens are typically green spaces that provide refuge, a place to find inspiration and empowerment, and where people can pause and reflect on the path forward. The outdoor setting and natural plantings create a therapeutic environment that helps people offset stress and connect to nature and thus to their spirituality. Brock’s garden is meant to symbolize the University’s commitment to Indigenous students and issues, and be a focal point for positive discussion.Then at 11 a.m. a special dedication will take place near the Glenridge Entrance to campus, where earlier this year the traffic roundabout and Greenhouse Lane were renamed Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Circle to honour the Métis broadcaster, artist and journalist who became a national icon and advocate for many causes, including Indigenous education, arts and business groups.Rochon-Burnett, who passed away in 2006, established a Brock scholarship in 1996 for Indigenous students in communications and business, and in 2002 she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University in recognition of her contributions to Canadian cultural life. She was also a member of Brock’s Board of Trustees from 1995-2001, and has been followed in that role by her daughter, current Brock trustee Michele-Elise Burnett.At noon, the final event of a day of celebrating Indigenous culture will take place in he northeast corner of Market Hall, with the grand opening of the new location of Brock’s Aboriginal Student Services office.Members of the Brock community and the public are invited to attend all of these events. read more

Exploring family history through art

Old family photos were given new life during a special Brock workshop held last week.Fifteen young artists from St. Catharines spent the week working with Visual Arts Professor Amy Friend to explore their family history and create new works of art.During the workshop organized by Rodman Hall Art Centre, participants used camera-less photography techniques on their familial documents as they conceptualized, planned and executed their artwork.“The program takes key ideas from Rodman Hall’s summer exhibition Carry Forward, such as how social and political biases get carried forward into how history is recorded, into the everyday lives of youth living in Niagara,” says Elizabeth Chitty, Rodman Hall Programming Officer.Chitty worked with community organizations and teachers to invite young artists from culturally diverse backgrounds to participate.Students spent several days at Rodman Hall exploring the ideas presented in Carry Forward, such as the complex history of documentation and power relations, engaging with colonialism, propaganda and authenticity.Participants were asked to consider how Rodman Hall itself is an archive, Friend says.“Students were encouraged to think about what an archive is, what it means to look at documents related to their own lives and how to use the archive as an art form to explore histories not well known.”Working in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts darkroom as well as outside, the young artists used cyanotypes, silver gelatin prints and mixed media to engage with their own histories.Ness Griffin never met her grandparents or her extended family. Her family’s connection with their Haudenosaunee culture was cut in the Sixties Scoop.Working with reproductions of family photos that she made during the workshop, Griffin scratches out faces to represent her loss of connections with extended family.“It was a hard decision to make to cut up the photograph because it is deeply personal,” she said.Chimera Onyegbule also worked with photos of family she never met. Her great grandfather was born to a British father and Nigerian mother in the colonial era in Nigeria.“I call this piece The White Flag,” she says. “He’s like the white flag in a war between two sides.”The Grade 11 student at Holy Cross Catholic High School recently visited an aunt in London, England, where she learned more about her great grandfather.“I’ve always wanted to know more about my family history,” she says. “It’s important to keep stuff like this alive.”The pieces created through the special program will be featured during a public exhibition that will run until Sept. 2 in The Film House lobby of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.The public is invited to attend the exhibition’s opening on Tuesday, July 17 from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.Carry Forward is on at Rodman Hall Art Centre until Sept. 2. read more

Column What Irish companies need to know about cyberbullies in the workplace

first_imgA NUMBER OF stories have been reported in the media recently involving cyberbullying. Tragic examples include the suicides of Phoebe Prince and the Gallagher sisters in Donegal. More recently, 28 students in Limerick were suspended for “liking” a comment made by a fellow student concerning their teacher on Facebook. If employers fail to evolve with developments in technology and neglect to take preventative and remedial action, they could be faced with claims brought by both victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying in the workplace.DamagesCyberbullying is a developing area of law in Ireland. In fact, most employees are surprised to learn that there is no single piece of legislation that makes bullying, let alone cyberbullying, unlawful. Consequently, we are required to look to recognised common law principles and various pieces of legislation to establish whether a victim of cyberbullying has a cause of action against his or her employer. Causes of action may include:A claim in the civil courts for damages arising from a psychological/psychiatric illness suffered as a result of cyberbullyingWhere cyberbullying involves defamatory statements being made about an employee, the employer may be held vicariously liable for the defamation if there is a sufficiently close connection between the employment and the wrongdoingA claim to the High Court alleging that the employer breached its statutory duties under the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act 2005 by failing to provide a safe place of workA claim in the Equality Tribunal under the Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2011 if the cyberbullying amounts to harassment or discrimination on one of the nine discriminatory groundsWhere the cyberbullying has become so intolerable that a victim of cyberbullying feels they cannot reasonably be expected to continue working for the employer, they may resign and claim constructive dismissal in the Employment Appeals Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) under the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977-2011Responsible for your employeesMany employers find it hard to swallow that they could be liable for statements made by their employees outside of working time and on personal computers/devices. However, if the conduct is sufficiently connected with the employment relationship, it is likely that, based on current common law principles, the courts in Ireland will have no difficulty in finding the employer liable. In order to defend these claims, it is imperative that an employer can show that it has procedures in place to prevent, detect and address cyberbullying. Turning a blind eye is no longer an option.In turn, employers often query whether they can discipline an employee for posting comments on social media outside of working time and on personal computers/devices. An employer will be justified in disciplining an employee, as long as fair procedures are applied and the sanction imposed is proportionate, if the conduct is sufficiently connected with the employment relationship and the employer has a policy in place which prohibits the conduct complained about.Case studiesIn the case of Emma Kiernan v A Wear Limited (2007), the employee was dismissed for misconduct for posting derogatory comments about her manager on Bebo. While the dismissal was ultimately found to be unfair on the grounds that the sanction of dismissal was disproportionate, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) had no difficulty with the idea that the comments deserved disciplinary action.However, employers do need to exercise caution. In Smith v Trafford Housing Trust (2012), the High Court in the UK found that an employee was entitled to express his views about gay marriage on Facebook and his employer had acted unlawfully when it demoted him for doing so. The Court rejected the Trust’s argument that the posts breached the Trust’s Equal Opportunities Policy, which required employees to treat their work colleagues with dignity and respect, as the posts were judgmental and liable to upset colleagues.The Trust argued that, because 45 of the plaintiff’s Facebook friends were fellow employees, this created a work related context sufficient to attract the provisions in the Policy. The Court held that the plaintiff’s Facebook did not have the necessary work related context to attract the relevant provision in the policy as it was clear he used Facebook for social rather than work-related purposes. This case can be distinguished from the former case as, in the former case, the comments were directed at an identifiable employee as opposed to a general group in society.New legislationIt is expected that, with the exponential growth of social media, a significant body of law will develop over the next few years. However, it is not expected that legislation will be introduced any time soon. Some efforts are, however, being made by the Government. The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications is holding public hearings which will remain open until 29 March 2013. It will be interesting to see what, if any, proposals are formulated by the Committee. Until legislation and/or guidelines are published, employers are advised to:Prohibit any form of bullying, including cyberbullying, as a part of a social mediaMake it clear what types of behaviour are prohibited and what the consequences for breach of the policy will beCommunicate the policy to employeesTake remedial action where necessary Julie O’Neill is an Associate with McDowell Purcell SolicitorsBullied: Your stories of bullying in the workplace>Committee to hear about bullying on social media>last_img read more

Tuchel not yet concerned over Liverpool as he looks forward to

first_imgParis Saint-German will be facing another Ligue 1 side on Friday and their coach Thomas Tuchel would not open up about playing Liverpool in their opening game in the Champions League while the media confronted him with the matter.PSG may be recording their five straight win in the opening of Ligue 1 this season but the inquisitive media would jump beyond that to bring up the matter of the club going over to England on Tuesday to open their Champions League run against Liverpool.But this curiosity of the media never caught the club manager’s fancy as he wasn’t going to engage the matter yet.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“This is not the subject,” he said, according to Mail Online.“Today is about Saint Etienne and everyone in the club should be aware that it’s important.”“I did not know nobody had ever done it. We want to win, it’s clear, but I expect a tough match against a disciplined opponent, for which I have a lot of respect.”last_img read more

President Kovind gives assent to National Medical Commission

first_imgNEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019, which was passed by both Houses of Parliament, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday. “It will be notified in the Gazette soon. After that, rules will be framed and the NMC will be constituted subsequently. All these will be done within six months,” Vardhan said. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us “It is a huge and visionary reform in the medical education sector by the NDA government under the leadership of our visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi-ji, and will prove to be a milestone in the years to come,” he said. The minister said it is progressive legislation which will reduce the burden on students, ensure probity in medical education, bring down costs of medical education, simplify procedures, ensure quality education, and provide wider access to people to quality healthcare. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us “It is a game-changing reform of transformational nature. There have been protests by medical students and residents doctors and (I) have cleared their doubts and addressed all their queries. I am sure that under the NMC, medical education in the country will attain its zenith in the years to come,” he said. The NMC will be an overarching body, which will frame policies and coordinate activities of four autonomous boards. Advertise With Us The NMC Act will repeal the Indian Medical Council Act of 1956. The legislation provides for a common entrance examination for MBBS along with common counselling for all medical institutions in the country. “This provision will prevent seat blocking in parallel counselling processes and will eliminate the need for students to approach multiple colleges and take part in multiple counselling processes for admission. This will save students and their families from unnecessary physical and financial trauma,” Vardhan said. Elaborating on some of the concerns voiced against the Bill, the minister said, “There are some apprehensions about NMC being dominated by central government nominees. This is not true. There will be 10 vice-chancellors of state health universities and nine elected members of State Medical Councils in the NMC.” “Thus 19 out of 33 members, which is more than half of the total strength, would be from the states and only a minority of members will be appointed by the central government thereby ensuring that the NMC is representative, inclusive and respecting the federal structure of Indian polity,” he added.last_img read more

Will introduce reforms in education system Minister Suresh

first_imgKurnool: Education Minister A Suresh said that the State government will bring several reforms in the education system. He participated as a chief guest for the non-teaching employees’ organisation meeting organised at Rayalaseema University on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister stated that the government will strive to resolve the problems of the non-teaching staff, who are rendering services in the varsity. Suresh made it clear that the educational institutions are not business centres and their main motto is to impart knowledge. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us He assured varsity’s non-teaching staff of holding a meeting with the Higher Education department officials for resolving their issues. Suresh mentioned that he will take steps to fill vacant teacher and lecturer posts in the government institutions based on the need. The Minister promised to develop facilities in Rayalaseema University. Kurnool and Nandyal MPs Sanjeev Kumar and Pocha Bhramananda Reddy, Kodumur MLA J Sudhakar, Rayalaseema University V-C Vara Prasad Rao and others participated.last_img read more

HC scraps candidature of 6 BNP 2 AL rebel aspirants

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Thursday stayed the candidature of nine aspirants, including 6 BNP candidates, of the 11th national election as they did not resign from the posts of upazila chairmen ahead of contesting the national election, reports UNB.The HC-bench of justice JBM Hassan and justice Md Khairul Alam came up with the orders following writs filed by other candidates.The candidates are Faridul Kabir Talukder Shamim of Jamalpur-4 (BNP), Abdul Muhit Talukder of Bogura-3 (BNP), Md Muslim Uddin of Brahmanbaria-4 (BNP), Abdul Majid of Jhenaidah-2 (BNP), Fazlur Rahman of Joypurhat-1, Abu Sayeed Chand of Rajshahi-6 (BNP), Bashirullah Juru of Brahmanbaria (independent), Mahmud Hasan Sumon of Mymensingh-8 (Awami League’s rival) and Md Asaduzzaman of Rangpur-1 (Awami League’s rival).Now, it has become uncertain whether they would be able to contest the election, said deputy attorney general Motahar Hossain Saju.Earlier, their nominations were rejected by the returning officers.After filing appeals with election commission, they got back their candidature.last_img read more

Valve releases Portal 2 authoring tools

first_imgPortal 2 has been available to play for a few weeks now, giving gamers time to complete a playthrough multiple times and, in some cases, award it a very poor zero score on Metacritic.Those same players will have a good idea and opinion about the design of the levels in Valve‘s latest release, and some of those opinions are bound to be negative. So rather than complaining on a forum of your choice, you can instead do something about it.PC gamers now have the option of downloading the beta of the Portal 2 Authoring Tools. They can be found in Steam under the Tools tab and once installed allow you to start creating single-player and co-op maps for the game. Just to be clear, this is the same set of tools the Portal 2 development team used for the game, so you should have the same freedom as they did to create.You aren’t limited just to the assets that ship with the game, either. The tools allow you to create and add your own character skins, use your own 3D models, and even produce your own sound effects and music. So if you fancy making Portal 2 in your own way, then this is your opportunity.Included in the Authoring Tools download is the latest version of the Source engine level editor, called Hammer. There’s Faceposer for creating facial expressions, lip-syncing, skeletal animations, and map triggering for scenes, as well as mapping examples for you to learn and work from.Valve recommend joing the Portal 2 and General Source mailing lists. The Valve Developer Community pages are also packed full of useful information.via the Portal 2 bloglast_img read more

New Pokémon X and Y event Pokémon leaked trio of legendaries incoming

first_imgWhether you’ve already bred the ultimate Pokémon fighting machine, or are 50-plus hours into the game in a methodical effort to catch ’em all, you may have noticed the lack of a legendary themed trio. The game’s three legendaries — the box art’s Xerneas and Yveltal, and the secret Zygarde — are the game’s “normal” legendaries, but the themed trio the series usually has is nowhere to be found. If a leak on NeoGAF ends up true, then X and Y’s legendary trio will hit the new games in the form of an upcoming event giveaway.The leaked images depict Dancie, a Rock and Fairy type, Hoopa, a Psychic and Ghost type, and Volcanion, a Fire and Water type.Currently, no one has discovered the usual legendary trio somewhere in the game — and considering the amount of time X and Y have been released, it’s a safe bet that the three Pokémon are not obtainable via vanilla in-game means.If the Pokémon in the leaked images are faked, then Game Freak should find whoever faked them and hire the artist right away, as they look spot on with the games’ design.At the moment, all we have are the leaked images, so if the Pokémon aren’t faked, we don’t yet know when they’ll release, or the exact method to obtain them. However, getting Torchic was as easy as selecting a few menu options, so hopefully these three will be just as easy and won’t require us to put on pants and go to a local GameStop.last_img read more

CM flags off Rath Yatra in Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister prayed for world peace while inaugurating the Rath Yatra festival organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Kolkata on Saturday.She pulled the rope and marked the beginning of the seven-day festival. “Religion is personal but people from every faith take part in the festival of peace and harmony,” she maintained.Thousands of people gathered at the Radha Govinda temple on Albert Road to pull the rope which is considered to be extremely auspicious on Rath Yatra. Indranil Sen, Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs, Rajeev Kumar, Kolkata Police Commissioner, Moon Moon Sen and Subrata Bakshi, party MPs and Debashis Kumar, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks and Squares) were present at the inaugural function. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Rath will reach maidan where a temporary mashir bari (aunt’s house) has been set up via Sarat Bose Road, Hazra Road, Asutosh Mookerjee Road and Jawaharlal Nehru Road. There will be week-long celebrations at Maidan where there will be religious discourses on Srimad Bhagavatam, kirtans and bhajans in which devotees of the ISKCON who have come from all over the world will take part.ISKCON has been celebrating the Rath Yatra in Kolkata for the past 46 years. It was started on July 12, 1972, in which Bhagavan Prabhupada was present along with his Western devotees like Jaipataha Swami and Achyutananda Swami. While Prabhupada sang Hare Krishna Mahamantra, Jaipataka Swami played the cymbals and Achyutananda Swami played the drums. It was the first time when Kolkatans saw Western devotees dancing and chanting Hare Krishna. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe Rath Yatra festival was observed with great enthusiasm at Mayapur. Lakhs of people coming from different caste, creed and religion pulled the rope and enjoyed prasadam served by the ISKCON monks.Rath Yatra festival was also observed at Mahesh in Hooghly district where thousands of devotees pulled the rope. There is a fair organised along GT Road where elaborate police arrangements have been made for smooth manoeuvre of the Rath.In Balaram mandir, a unit of Ramakrishna Mission, hundreds of devotees pulled the rope. A special puja was also observed. Swami Vagishanandaji, one of the presidents of Ramakrishna Math and Mission pulled the rope to mark the beginning of the festival. It may be recalled the Sri Ramakrishna had pulled the rope of the chariot along with his devotees over a century ago at Balaram Basu’s house which is now known as Balaram Mandir.last_img read more

46 percent more people flying to Australia with Airberlin

first_imgSource = Airberlin airberlin #seeaustralia46 percent more people flying to Australia with AirberlinAustralia attracts ever more tourists each year: since the launch of joint airberlin and Etihad Airways codeshare services to Australia in 2012, the airlines have seen leaps in growth on their current 39 weekly one-stop connections via Abu Dhabi to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. In 2015, the number of passengers booking a flight to Australia with airberlin increased by 46 percent over the previous year.To support this positive trend, airberlin, in cooperation with Tourism Australia, has now selected a genuine Australian for its latest decal. The outer skin of the A320 bearing registration number D-ABNM now features a kangaroo peering curiously from an additional cockpit window. The #seeaustralia Airbus will be deployed on short and medium-haul airberlin flights for at least a year.“Australia is booming and we are proud that, together with Etihad Airways, we can offer the fastest one-stop connection to Sydney from Berlin. The continuous increase in demand for travel to Australia in recent years has been a constant factor in a very dynamic travel market. Our long-haul flights with Etihad and around 500 weekly codeshare flights with Virgin Australia on 14 routes within Australia offer our passengers plenty of opportunity for comfortable travel across the continent,” said Stefan Pichler, Chief Executive Officer, airberlin.Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan, said he was delighted to see its successful partnership with airberlin and Etihad Airways continue to develop: “Our relationship with Etihad Airways and airberlin is one which has grown significantly in    recent years, and has seen us work closely and collaboratively to sell seats and build demand for Australia in some of our most important international markets.“The kangaroo is synonymous with our country. It has always played an important role in how we promote Australia to the world, so we couldn’t be happier that airberlin has given us the opportunity for our very own ‘skippy’ to welcome their German passengers as they step on board the plane,” he said. Fly Airberlinlast_img read more