Devolution of the North Part 1

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Northwest Territories is closer than it has ever been to realizing its long-awaited devolution deal with the federal government.The agreement would transfer federal power over land, water and resources to the people of the NorthSo far only four of the seven Aboriginal organizations asked to sign on have.But what exactly is devolution? How will it benefit Northerners? And what seems to be the hold up?APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier met with leaders on both sides of the argument to shed some light on devolution in the North.last_img

Jamaica And World Bank Sign US105 Millions Loans

first_img Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 3 (JIS): Three loans totalling US$105 million were signed by the Government and the World Bank, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., today (September 3). Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, signed on behalf of Jamaica, while World Bank Country Director for the country, Sophia Sirtaine, signed for the bank. The loans are in support of three government projects – the Foundation for Competitiveness and Growth, which will receive US$50 million; the Youth Employment in Digital Animation Industry, US$20 million, and the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project, US$35 million. “The projects are intended to further the overarching goals of the Government of Jamaica-World Bank Country Strategy for the period 2014 – 2017; to support the government’s investments in key strategic areas, including physical sustainability in youth employment; public sector modernization and to facilitate a more enabling environment for private sector growth,” the Finance Minister said at the signing. Dr. Phillips added that the loans represent an important cooperation between the Government of Jamaica and the World Bank, and is aimed at advancing the prospects for growth as the country goes through a strenuous economic reform programme that forms part of the agreement with the IMF. He said the Government will do its utmost best to ensure a smooth implementation of the three projects.The Minister explained that funds for the Foundation for Competitiveness and Growth project will enhance competition in the business environment, facilitate strategic private investments and support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Funds for the Youth Employment in Digital Animation Industry will provide training and coaching for over 200 young Jamaicans, enhance entrepreneurial skills and create 150 start-up companies. Under the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project, the funds will be used to strengthen public investment management systems, budget preparation process and property tax compliance administration. In her remarks, Ms. Sirtaine had high praise for Jamaica regarding the programmes it has implemented to spur economic growth, and for the results it has been reaping since its implementation. She added that the bank is committed to working with Jamaica in ensuring the success of its various economic programmes. Dr. Phillips and his delegation are also engaged in a series of discussions with officials at the US Treasury, State Department, the IMF and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He is accompanied by the Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Brian Wynter; Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock; Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe and Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie. Related Items:bank of jamaica, Brian Wynter, colin bullock, devon rowe, jamaica, peter phillips, Sophia Sirtaine, stephen vasciannie, world bank Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclavelast_img read more

Voting Is Light But Steady So Far In Houstons South Belt Area

first_imgEd MayberryScarsdale voting location Ed MayberryScarsdale voting locationEd Mayberry speaks with voters at a South Belt area polling location. One voter explains why he likes to wait until Election Day to vote.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:53 X Share Listenlast_img

Cross continent magic

first_imgThe British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, brings to India Folk Nations Co?ncerts. This troupe is an outcome of Folk Nations, a programme by British Council that highlights folk culture across the UK and India through music. The three-city India tour, starting off with Delhi and ending with Shillong, will witness performances by renowned musicians Patsy Reid (Scotland), Hannah James (England), Georgia Ruth (Wales), Saurav Moni (India), Suhail Yusuf Khan (India) and James Mackintosh (Scotland). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Folk Nations is a British Council project that was devised to foster creative exchange and collaboration between traditional artists from the UK and the Indian Sub-continent. Following a week-long residency in February 2013 by British Council & English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) inviting a group of UK and Indian folk musicians, the musicians shared their folk music traditions and heritage, collaborated and immersed themselves in a week of intense music making. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe six member group travelled to perform at Celtic Connections and London’s Alchemy Festival at Southbank Centre. The troupe represents a delicate weaving of UK and Indian folk that speaks immediately to the cultural heritage of these regions as well as its place in the contemporary music industry. Indian audiences will witness this showcase of original folk music collaborations among musicians from Scotland, England, Wales and India in Delhi, Kolkata and Shillong. For these concerts the British Council is pleased to partner with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Government of Meghalaya, Department of Arts and Culture.WHEN: 15 October, 6.30 pm WHERE: Kamani Auditoriumlast_img read more

2 held with 32 kg charas from IndoNepal border

first_imgDarjeeling: Two persons, including a citizen of Nepal were arrested from the Indo-Nepal border and Charas recovered in a joint operation by Sashastra Seema Bal, 41st Bn and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).In another incident, a similar joint operation by the SSB, 17th Bn and the NCB in Falakata two persons were arrested and Ganja seized from their possession.Based on a tip off, two persons were apprehended from Dudhghat area under the Khoribari police station area on Thursday night. Ganesh Tamang, a Nepali citizen and Luka Sherpa, a resident of Kalimpong were arrested. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life3.2 kg of Charas was seized from them along with four debit cards, three mobile phones and Indian, Nepali and Bhutanese currency were recovered from their possession.During the interrogation, it was revealed that the Charas was being smuggled from Nepal to Kolkata through Siliguri. Police have initiated an investigation.In another incident, NCB and SSB apprehended a Bolero pickup van at Falakata in the Alipurduar district on Friday morning. 322 kg of Ganja was recovered from the vehicle leading to the arrest of one Naren Dutta and Namal Saikia, both from Assam.The consignment was being brought from Senapati district of Manipur and was to be delivered in Siliguri.last_img read more

Portuguese IPTV provider Optimus Clix has added 3D

first_imgPortuguese IPTV provider Optimus Clix has added 3D on-demand movies to its offering, available to all customers equippe with a 3D-ready TV.Titles on offer from Optimus Clix, the service operated by Sonaecom, in 3D include Immortals, The Three Musketeers, Conan, Spy Kids 4 and Step Up.Optimus Clix recently extended the rental period of its on-demand movies from 24 to 48 hours.last_img

EE has become the first TV platform in the UK to p

first_imgEE has become the first TV platform in the UK to partner with Twitter to let users see which TV programmes are trending on the social network.The launch of ‘Watch with Twitter’ lets EE customers discover and watch the most talked about programmes in real time using data provided by Twitter UK.Up to five of the highest trending live shows will be highlighted in the EE TV electronic programme guide and EE TV interface, as well as popular programmes that are due to start in the next hour.In the programme view, EE TV will also include the official hashtag of major shows so that viewers can join in the conversation on Twitter, with more ‘Watch with Twitter’ functionality due to be added next year.“Great telly and Twitter have always gone hand-in-hand – people love talking about their favourite shows and our new partnership with EE makes it easier than ever to discover which programmes are creating the biggest conversations,” said Dara Nasr, UK managing director, Twitter.At the same time, EE announced a number of other TV enhancements, including an update to its Replay functionality – increasing the number of standard definition channels customers can select on Replay from six to eight.EE is also taking 41 channels from two of its most popular apps, TVPlayer and Box Plus and is making them easier to find by integrating them into the EE TV electronic programme guide.“We continue to evolve the EE TV experience for new and existing customers – ensuring it’s even easier for them to discover shows they’ll love,” said Noel Hamill, managing director of marketing, EE.“We’re also excited to be the first TV platform in the UK to partner with Twitter on integrating its ‘Watch with Twitter’ features, meaning customers are in the loop on all the most talked about programmes.”Watch with Twitter has already been deployed by other European TV operators, including Orange in France and Ziggo in the Netherlands.last_img read more