Local organization to camp out on pool roof

first_imgThe Fort St. John Big Brothers Big Sisters is holding their annual Rooftop Challenge on top of the North Peace Leisure Pool.The Challenge is put on to raise public awareness of the organization and to recruit new volunteers, says Executive Director Danielle Armstrong. – Advertisement -This year’s Challenge – sponsored by Terra Energy Corporation – will allow the organization to raise awareness of the various programs it offers for children in the community, including help with sports funding.[asset|aid=3172|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3d58b17bb03370335d0a41db24f708c5-Armstrong – Rooftop Challenge 1_1_Pub.mp3] She says the challenge will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday and participants will be staying on the roof throughout the day and overnight until 3 p.m. Friday or until the organization gets between 20 and 25 volunteer inquiries.As an added incentive for residents, the organization will also be sponsoring a free family and public swim from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday evening.Advertisementlast_img read more

Speedy passage from Gaza

first_imgRAFAH TERMINAL, Gaza Strip – It was a smooth debut Saturday for the first Palestinian-run border. Hundreds of travelers zipped through passport control without having to submit to Israeli security checks, savoring their new freedom after 38 years of military occupation. The West Bank also witnessed a milestone: Corruption-tainted veterans of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ ruling Fatah movement were swept aside by younger activists in Fatah’s first primary, signaling a change of generations and the rise of jailed uprising leader Marwan Barghouti. The opening of Gaza’s gate to the world and the revamping of the movement that was founded by Yasser Arafat could boost Abbas’ chances of beating back a challenge by the Islamic militant group Hamas in Jan. 25 parliament elections. At noon Saturday, the Rafah terminal on the Gaza-Egypt border opened for the first time since Israel’s pullout from the coastal strip in the summer. Under a U.S.-brokered deal, the Palestinians are in charge, with backup from European monitors. Israel watches over closed-circuit TV, but cannot veto travelers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Jihad Zanoun, 30, a government employee, was the first to cross. “It is the beginning of a new era that will open a new horizon for me,” said Zanoun, who was visiting relatives in Egypt. The border was open for just four hours Saturday – a day after Palestinians took control with an inauguration ceremony – to give European monitors more time to settle in, but it will eventually operate around the clock. European officials said 1,587 people crossed on the first day. “We are extremely happy,” said Cristina Gallach, spokeswoman for European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana. “It has gone very smoothly.” For fenced-in Gazans, the opening of the border between Gaza and Egypt marked the most dramatic improvement in their lives since Israel withdrew from the coastal strip in September. Before the pullout, Israeli security checks at Rafah – meant to stop militants and weapons smuggling – often caused delays of hours or days. During the last five years of fighting, Israel also imposed travel restrictions on Gazans between the ages of 18 and 45, and most couldn’t leave. Starting in mid-December, Palestinians also will be able to travel between the West Bank and Gaza for the first time in five years, at first in Israeli-escorted bus convoys. Construction is to begin on a Gaza seaport, and the United States has urged Israel to reach quick agreement with the Palestinians on reopening Gaza’s international airport. These changes could translate into growing support for Abbas ahead of the parliament election. Hamas has belittled Abbas’ nonviolent approach as ineffective and has boasted it drove Israel out of Gaza by force. A new Fatah slate for parliament also could help keep Hamas at bay. In local elections in the past year, the Islamic militants had waged a successful clean-government campaign, and many Palestinian voters say they back Hamas because of exasperation over Fatah corruption, not because they support the group’s violent ideology. Fatah’s “young guard,” led by Barghouti, swept primaries for the parliament list held in parts of the West Bank, preliminary results indicated Saturday. In Ramallah, Barghouti won 34,000 out of 40,000 votes, affirming his status as the most popular Fatah politician and possible Abbas successor. Barghouti, 46, is serving five life terms in an Israeli prison for his involvement in shooting attacks that killed five Israelis. The younger activists had long pushed for a greater say, especially after last year’s death of Arafat, who founded Fatah and controlled it for four decades. Abbas agreed to hold internal elections for the list of parliament candidates and, under pressure from the young guard, blocked demands by Fatah old-timers to be assigned secure spots on the slate. “The old guard has failed politically and administratively, and in running their organization in a democratic way,” said Palestinian analyst Hani al-Masri. “It’s time to go home.” Israel, meanwhile, said it would not release Barghouti, who supports peace negotiations but also justifies the use of deadly force to drive Israel out of the West Bank. “Marwan Barghouti has blood on his hands,” said Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom. “Marwan Barghouti will sit in jail until the end of his days.” Barghouti’s wife, Fadwa, said her husband’s strong showing is a message to Israel that “Marwan is not a terrorist, he is a leader of his people and his people will not abandon him.” On Friday, primaries were held in five of the largest West Bank districts – Ramallah, Nablus, Bethlehem, Jenin and Tubas. In coming days, primaries were expected in several more districts in the West Bank and Gaza. The new parliament will have 132 seats, up from 88 in the current legislature. Some 463,000 Palestinians registered for the Fatah primary. In all, 463 candidates competed in the West Bank and 311 in Gaza to get on the Fatah parliament list. Abbas will put together the final list from a pool of the top vote-getters. However, he’ll consider twice as many people as districts have seats, allowing him to choose from a larger group and giving him considerable say. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

G20 ‘to cooperate for global growth’

first_img10 September 2013The Group of 20 countries have agreed to increase their level of cooperation in a bid to boost inclusive global growth, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Monday.Briefing journalists in Pretoria on Monday on last week’s G20 Summit in St Petersburg, Russia, Gordhan said that the leaders had agreed to work together to ensure that policies were implemented to support domestic and global growth and financial stability.“There is an absolutely crucial need for the G20 to take a central role … and find areas of cooperation and synergy … to ensure both [emerging and developed] economies continue to better utilise [resources].”Gordhan added that the G20 countries would individually implement their own initiatives to fight poverty, inequality and unemployment.According to the St Petersburg Action Plan, South Africa would, among other things, take steps to overcome energy constraints by “starting the process to build a third coal-fired power plant and finalise the process of authorising shale gas exploration in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner”.Cross-border tax evasion, profit-shiftingThe G20 countries would also start sharing tax information in a bid to curb cross-border tax evasion and profit-shifting by multi-national companies, Gordhan said.On Friday, the G20 leaders signed a New Tax Plan which would make it more difficult for companies to hide money in tax havens, compelling them to pay tax in the countries where they made their profits.“On base erosion, profit-shifting and acting against tax evasion globally, the key milestone that was reached was an agreement … on the automatic exchange of information,” Gordhan said“Until now, the regime for interaction between tax authorities from different countries relied on double taxation treaties, which provided for the exchange of information, but that exchange of info was per request.“What we have now is a situation where administrations will agree on a protocol informed by a process through the EOCD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development], where a level of discretion on whether you want to supply something or not, a greater degree of automatic responses will become [central to the] process.”Gordhan said that the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations had met on the sidelines of last week’s summit to discuss and finalise the formation of a BRICS-led development bank.While he could not give further details on the bank’s structure and funding, he said progress had been made, and that Brazil had been appointed to lead the process of forming the bank ahead of the next BRICS summit in Brazil.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Why Fair Use is Not Just Acceptable, It’s Essential for the Future

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#web Related Posts The Library of Congress added a number of ambitious new exceptions to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act’s prohibition of breaking copyright technologies today, most notably concerning iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking. The Library adds and renews exceptions every 3 years and as Sarah Perez argued this morning, these ones go well beyond the iPhone.I’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate “fair use,” the general principle that copyrighted materials can legitimately be used by other parties, without payment, within reasonable limits. It’s not just legally acceptable, it’s a paradigm that could provide a foundation for a richer, fairer, better future for everyone.The Library of Congress validated some key instances of fair use today, concerning DVDs, eBooks and mobile phones. Other instances remain legally unsupported. The general principal, though, is one that ought to be expanded in the interests of innovation, democratization and economic growth. Fair use is essential in a post-scarcity world, which is what the digital world is fast becoming.What is Fair Use?In determining whether an action constitutes fair use, four factors are taken into consideration by the legal decision makers, according to the Stanford University Library’s explanation.the purpose and character of your use – Are you adding value by adding new expression, meaning, new information, new aesthetics, new insights or understandings?the nature of the copyrighted work – Factual information is more acceptable to copy than fiction, published info more than as yet unpublished info.the amount and substantiality of the portion taken – Did you take a lot of what was copied, the heart of it? Unless you’re doing parody, taking the heart of a work is not acceptable.the effect of the use upon the potential market – Does your copying deprive the copyright owner of income? This was key to the iPhone ruling, as the Library said that people have to buy iPhones before they jailbreak them.Why see those factors as criteria for permissible exceptions when they could be treated as a blueprint for a big new sector of economic activity?For more in-depth discussion of how these four considerations played out in today’s rulings in particular, see Ars Technica’s coverage. More good analysis is available from the LA Times.Note that as has been pointed out in comments below, today’s news is far from an indication that an economy based on adding value to existing work. The limitations on commercial re-use of content under fair use, for example, are a major obstacle that remains. But it could and should be a start.Why Fair Use Grows More Important Every DayFor most of history, the objects of economic transactions have been physical, expensive to produce and valuable because of their scarcity. While in many of the most important parts of the human experience that’s still true, it’s no longer true when it comes to culture and the communication of ideas.A company certainly can spend a whole lot of money producing cultural artifacts and limit their availability in order to charge a high price. But that’s no longer the only way that substantial value can be created.Fair use is a lubricant for an explosive new type of economic and cultural activity. On this day when a few more high-profile holes have been made in the dam, let’s get excited about what this paradigm means for the future.From content remixes to APIs to lightweight social media creativity marathons like the recent Old Spice YouTube videos (see “How the Old Spice Videos Are Being Made“), a whole lot of value these days is created by mashing up content from disparate sources and adding a dollop of originality on top. It’s cheap, it’s fast and it can be very effective. The world needs more of it. Legal decisions, like today’s, need to be made to facilitate more of it.Further, what are the most potent engines of economic activity and creativity the web sees today? It’s not the production of discrete items of value, it’s the creation of development platforms. No one company can create as much value as a whole empowered ecosystem of distributed, independent developers working on a platform. Likewise, few developers can build as much value independent of a big platform as they can with one. A development platform is a foundation that commoditizes things like scale, basic infrastructure and distribution.What if a company wants to keep control over its platform, limit developer access, etc.? According to the Library of Congress today, in the case of mobile phones at least, the consumer has every right to break that control in order to make software developed for the machine they purchased truly interoperable.It’s a value-added, remixed, platform-built economy these days. That’s a whole new channel opening up for innovation, the democratization of the economy and for revenue creation. Does it cannibalize the old economy? Not if the experience of two of history’s fastest-growing platform dynamos (iPhone and Facebook) are any indication. This digital economy could be called post-scarcity not because scarcity is no longer realistic or valuable, but because it’s no longer a precondition for the creation of value. In fact, scarcity may produce less total value in the future than the ecosystem of augmentation, annotation, remixing and fair use of the items formerly considered scarce will.When there is a legal safe zone for these types of value-adding economic activities, that could open up the floodgates to all the more of it. The people at Creative Commons say the benefit of clear conditions for re-use communicated ahead of time is that it facilitates far more re-use than would happen if people wanting to re-use content were slowed down by having to ask for permission each time. Something similar could be said about fair use.Fair use is a lubricant for an explosive new type of economic and cultural activity. On this day when a few more high-profile holes have been made in the dam, let’s get excited about what this paradigm means for the future.Photo of DJ Future from Phil Campbell.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Goa MLAs to kick-off Rs 89 lakh junket to Brazil

first_imgManohar ParrikarFootball fever is running high but the BJP government in Goa has embroiled in a controversy by sanctioning Rs 89 lakh junket for six MLAs, including the sports minister, to Brazil, where the Fifa World Cup begins on Thursday. The Manohar Parrikar government, however, dubbed it as a “study tour”.Alleging that the state government is misusing the public fund, the Congress demanded that the trip should be scrapped. “Yesterday Narendra Modi spoke in Parliament about sanitation, house, water for poor people and today his own government in Goa is investing Rs 89 lakh so that his MLAs and ministers can go and watch a football match,” said Congress leader Rashid Alvi. The trip is in direct contravention of Modi’s directive that funds must not be misused, he added.But rubbishing allegations of misuse of fund by Congress, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar said the junket of his legislators as “an investment of the state government, which has declared soccer as a state sports”.”We are looking at this as an investment. Goa has declared football as a state sports. The delegation, approved by the state government, has MLAs who are actually footballers. Government considers this as an investment,” Parrikar said.Furtado was a football player during his young age, he added. “The decision (to send a delegation) has been taken in the interest of the State. Recently we organised Lusofonia games and Brazil had participated in it. The current trip is a continuation of the organisation of Lusofonia games,” the CM said.advertisementParrikar said that the state is also bidding for U-17 FIFA football world cup scheduled in 2017. “We are spending crores of rupees for the match. We are in the process of constructing two football stadiums,” he added. Officials of chief minister’s office said: “This is basically a study tour for politicians and chief minister had no objection to it. Except politicians, no bureaucrats will go to Brazil. Only politicians, who can bring vision to the game, are being sent.”Three ministers – Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar, Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado, Power Minister Milind Naik – and as many MLAs will be undertaking the 10-day trip to Brazil starting from July 1 as part of a “study tour”. The state’s sports department sanctioned Rs 89 lakh for the trip. Interesingly, no government official, or football expert, will accompany delegation to Brazil.last_img read more

Videos: Pass Breakup On Final Play Seals Huge Upset Win For Texas Over Baylor

first_imgSad Baylor fans in the stands after loss to Texas.Twitter/@RedditCFBOklahoma captured the Big 12 championship last weekend in Stillwater, making today’s Baylor vs. Texas game all about pride for the Longhorns, and potential bowl positioning for the Bears. While Baylor entered the game as a heavy favorite, the Longhorns channeled whatever it was that allowed them to upset the Sooners earlier this year. On the game’s final play, Texas nearly picked off Baylor’s Johnny Jefferson to seal a 23-17 victory over the nation’s No. 12 team.Texas Wins! pic.twitter.com/8WcxfEeCHw— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 5, 2015On the bright side, one lucky Baylor fan is going to enter the “viral sad fan hall of fame.” Okay, maybe that’s not really the “bright side.”This is what losing to a 4-7 Texas team can do to a person #TEXvsBAY https://t.co/a2ElzjjQtF— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 5, 2015With an early injury to third string quarterback Chris Johnson, Baylor was forced into using wide receiver Lynx Hawthorne behind center. He only managed to complete 10-of-22 passes, and threw two picks. No matter what, we think Charlie Strong and his team will take this win, and the momentum it brings, into the off-season.last_img read more

British Columbia to eliminate medical service plan premiums in 2020

first_imgVICTORIA – A premium long viewed as a financial irritant in British Columbia that is paid by individuals and families for health care will be eliminated on Jan. 1, 2020.The provincial government had already announced it was cutting medical service plan premiums in half on Jan. 1, 2018, and in the provincial budget it took the next step to eliminate them.The government says once the premiums are eliminated, an individual will save up to $900 a year and families up to $1,800 annually.To cover the loss of revenue, the government will introduce a new payroll tax on Jan. 1, 2019.That means businesses with a payroll of more than $1.5 million will pay a tax of 1.95 per cent, those below $500,000 will be exempt, and employers whose payrolls fall in between will pay a lower rate.The Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia said the new tax will be a concern for businesses.“While this tax may not impact the coffee shop around the corner, it will impact many businesses within British Columbia,” said Lori Mathison, the organization’s president and CEO.The government says it collected $2.6 billion in premiums in the 2016-17 fiscal year, and the new payroll tax will provide $1.9 billion in revenue in 2019-20.Finance Minister Carole James said by eliminating the premium, it is falling in line with the other provinces.“B.C. is an outlier in Canada as the only province that levies unfair, regressive MSP premiums that penalize families and individuals,” she said in her budget speech to the legislature on Tuesday.The government says the premium cost a person earning $45,000 a year the same amount as someone making $250,000 annually, and the 1.95 per cent tax rate on payroll to help recover the loss of revenue is the lowest in Canada.James said the premiums were “complex and expensive” for businesses to administer.Eliminating them, she said, “will take some pressure of people’s pocketbooks. And it will make our tax system more fair and progressive.”last_img read more

Fort St John RCMP looking to return stolen property to owners

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are looking to return stolen property to its rightful owners.According to RCMP, on February 5, 2019, they recovered a stolen pickup truck. Located in the truck were some pieces of property that were also believed to have been stolen.Recovered items include: a Cellebrite machine,a cordless framing nailer,a Garmin GPS, anda chop saw.If you believe that any of these items are yours, you can attend the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 10648 100th Street.Owners will need to provide the file number (2019-1022) and provide any means you have to identify that the item as yours such as serial numbers, brand name and colour along with any other possible unique markings.last_img read more

Ex Rangers striker insists cup success will be sweet for Rangers

first_imgFormer Rangers striker Derek Johnstone insists winning the Scottish FA Cup would be good for the club this season.The Gers travel to the Central Park Stadium to face Cowdenbeath in the fourth round of the Scottish FA Cup on Friday night, and Johnstone has fond memories of playing the Scottish League 2 club.“I scored twice in a 5-0 win at Ibrox and the rest, they say, is history. So I have a lot of affection for Cowdenbeath and I have happy memories of playing against them, for sure.” He said, according to Evening Times.“Hopefully Jermain Defoe can follow my example now! There have been a lot of people saying that his eyes will be opened at Central Park tonight but I am sure he has seen it all during his career and nothing will surprise him if he makes his debut there.”“The pitch is the same as everywhere else and it doesn’t matter what the surroundings are like at the end of the day. Jermain will just get on with it, as will Steven Davis if he makes his second debut for the club.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“The majority of the crowd at Central Park will be Rangers supporters so it certainly won’t be a hostile environment. It is not, with the greatest of respect Cowdenbeath, the best place to make your debut for Rangers, but that is the game that is up and the game that they have got to win if they want to go on and win the cup this season.”“That will be the ambition for Steven Gerrard and the players and the disappointment of the Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Aberdeen will still sting a bit for them.”“It was a great chance for Rangers to get back to a final at Hampden and they were the better side on the day, but Aberdeen got their goal late on and went through.”last_img read more