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Nova Scotia not looking to open up adoption records minister says

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s community services minister says the province isn’t looking to open up adoption records, even as many other provinces ease access.Kelly Regan said the province took steps a few years ago to provide more information to adopted children, and also heard “loud and clear” from parents who had given up their children that they are opposed to opening up the records.“We make a lot of information available to adopted children if they want to learn about their families, but I think we need to respect the women who have decided to give up their children and who may not for very good reasons want to be contacted,” she said.“At this point it’s not something we are considering.”That doesn’t mean her department may not revisit the issue in the future, but the current priority is transforming its programs, she said.“I’m not saying not ever. I’m saying right now we have a lot of work underway and that’s what we are focusing on.”Prince Edward Island is holding public consultations on adoption records in the new year.Nova Scotia, Quebec, P.E.I., and New Brunswick are the only provinces to have closed adoption records, although birth records will be unsealed in New Brunswick beginning in April 2018.British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador have all changed their laws to make it easier for adoptees and birth parents to access adoption records.Manitoba decided to unseal 75 years of adoption records in June, resulting in a flood of applications that prompted the province to add more staff to deal with the backlog.last_img read more

James Bosh lift Heat over Trail Blazers 9391

first_imgMIAMI — Chris Bosh had another postgame scream. For the Miami Heat, that was outstanding news.LeBron James scored the last of his 32 points on a layup that put Miami up for good with 11.4 seconds left, Bosh capped his 30th birthday by blocking Damian Lillard’s layup on the final play, and the Heat blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead before beating the Portland Trail Blazers 93-91 on Monday night.“If you talk it, you back it up,” James said. “That’s what it’s about. We have guys in here that will deliver the words and then go back it up. That was big-time on his part.”Bosh ripped into Miami after a loss at New Orleans on Saturday, saying the Heat aren’t playing with passion, among other colorful sentiments.He screamed again Monday, this time in celebration as time expired.“This game’s about passion,” Bosh said. “As hard as it is during the dog days to muster it up, the spark has to come from somewhere.”Wednesday won’t be one of those dog days. Miami visits Indiana with a chance to close within one game in the Eastern Conference race. The Pacers lost in Chicago on Monday night.last_img read more

Study Digital Ad Spending to Overtake TV by 2017

first_img It’s worth mentioning that the same report just two years ago projected digital’s share would expand at a slower rate and wouldn’t pass TV until 2018. It also estimated mobile ad spend would total $26.59 billion in 2015, which is $5 billion less than the $31.59 billion actually spent last year. So it’s not unreasonable to wonder how these figures will change as mobile media continues to proliferate and attract advertiser interest over the next four years. Mobile ad spending in the U.S. is projected to reach $43.6 billion this year, which is a 38 percent increase over last year. This, according to a recent eMarketer report that also suggests digital ad spend will overtake TV’s majority share in 2017.  The message: Mobile-first isn’t just industry jargon anymore. Mobile now accounts for more than half of the total digital ad spend—nearly two-thirds, in fact (63.4 percent). What’s more, it will continue to be a growth catalyst, and by 2020 will account for about 70 percent of the total spend within digital, and 32.9 percent of the overall share—the same as TV. The report has less than favorable findings for print magazines. According to projections, magazines will account for 6.8 percent of the total share this year, and only 5.6 percent by 2020. Of course, digital will help offset some of this, but the players who will benefit most are few. Ad networks like Facebook, Google, Adblade and about a dozen others are certain to generate the most digital revenue, but there is presumably still meat on the bone for publishers with scale. Likewise, publishers who max out on every platform—print, digital (including mobile and video), social and events—and have brand collateral to leverage licensing opportunities, will presumably thrive.last_img read more

Budget 2019 Raise in import duties on gold other precious metals

first_imgIndia’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrives to present the 2019 budget in Parliament, New Delhi, July 5, 2019.ReutersIndia has raised the import duties on gold and other precious metals to 12.5% from 10%, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in her first federal budget speech on Friday, which may boost smuggling in the world’s second-biggest bullion consumer.Shares of jewellery makers such as Titan and PC Jeweller fell as much as 5 percent after the announcement.Jewellery trade associations have asked India’s government to reduce gold import duties, which has caused a surge in smuggling.India, which vies with China as the world’s top gold consumer, raised import taxes on the metal to 10% in a series of hikes to August 2013 as policymakers attempted to narrow a gaping current account deficit and arrest a decline in the rupee.last_img read more

Growth rage Angry Birds may look at tapping markets

first_imgIPO FLOAT COMING UP? An Angry Bird float makes its way down 6th Avenue during the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York, in this November 24, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Saul MartinezInsanely raging birds launching themselves into buildings and bringing them crashing down on the bad guys is more Hitchcockian than the stuff of gaming legend. But an obscure Finnish startup created one in 2009 with its Angry Birds franchise.Building on its stupendous success since, the franchise will be looking to expand its further offerings with a IPO in the near future, according to a report first filed in online news website The Information.Technology news site The Information, citing unnamed sources, had reported late on Friday that mobile game and animation studio Rovio may be considering an IPO, in case a possible acquisition bid from Chinese Web giant Tencent for $3 billion bid does not materialise.However, Reuters reported on Saturday that Rovio has declined comment that China’s Tencent Holdings is looking to acquire it.”We and our shareholders regularly assess different alternatives to further develop Rovio,” Rovio told Reuters in an emailed statement on Friday when asked about The Information report.”A stock exchange listing at some point in the future could be possible in order to support the continued strong growth of Rovio and its strategic targets. However, Rovio and its owners have not made any decisions regarding a possible IPO,” the company said.The unlikely platoon of foul-tempered fowls and their all-consuming wrath was celebrated, in what Rovio has claimed, is the most downloaded paid app of all time. The game became a phenomenon riding on some sharp gameplay and emotional connections forged on mesmerising user appeal.Rovio has five game studios, including its Match, Slingshot, and Battle studios in Espoo, Finland. It also has a role-playing game studio in Stockholm, Sweden, and a new massively multiplayer online studio in London.Following years of falling earnings, job cuts and divestments, Rovio returned to profit last year as the release of its Angry Birds movie helped boost game sales. It grew its revenues 34 percent to €190 million ($203 million) in 2016, up 34 percent from $150 million a year earlier.Earnings before income taxes (EBIT) were €17.5 million ($18.5 million) in 2016, up from a €21 million loss ($22 million) in 2015. The games division had its best year ever, with revenue growing 40 percent from €113 million to €159 million in 2016.Rovio CEO Kati Levorenta said in February that the gaming vertical and The Angry Birds Movie helped push the company into the black compared to a loss the year before.last_img read more

2 die in Uttara fire

first_img.At least two people have been burnt alive in a fire at Uttara in the capital on Monday morning.Fire fighters recovered the bodies of a man and a woman from room 302 of Sea Shell Hotel and Residence.Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.The fire broke out around 5:00am. A total 14 fire fighting units brought the fire under control at about 9:00am in the morning after a 4-hour battle.Fire Service director (operation) Major Shakil Newaz said, “We talked to the hotel authorities, but they failed to provide us with the identities of the deceased.””The bodies were sent to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.”The fire service control room said the fire broke out at three buildings in Uttara. Later, it engulfed four floors of the Sea Shell Hotel.last_img read more

Texas Senate Advances ScaledBack School Finance Plan

first_imgThe Houston Independent School District approved the 2017-2018 school year budget.The Texas Senate has advanced a once-sweeping school finance plan, but only after scaling it back so much that it will only offer about $500 million in extra funding for some school districts statewide and teacher retirement.The House passed its original, far more ambitious $1.8 billion bill during the regular and special legislative sessions.The Senate has repeatedly rejected that plan, which the chamber’s leader, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, called a “Ponzi scheme.”The Senate version pumps money to hundreds of smaller school districts facing declining property tax revenue. Texas’ Supreme Court has ruled the school finance system flawed but minimally constitutional.Lawmakers have until the special session ends Wednesday to forge a compromise.Also Monday, the House approved a commission to study future school finance solutions. Sharelast_img read more

Chance of Storm in Gulf Downgraded HISD Moves to Disband Special Ed

first_imgWednesday, September 12, 2018Chance of storm in Gulf downgradedNational Hurricane CenterThis two-day tropical weather outlook displays all currently active tropical cyclones and disturbances with tropical cyclone formation potential over the next 48 hours.The National Hurricane Center on Wednesday morning downgraded the chance of a tropical depression or storm developing in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week from 70 to 60 percent. Still, officials say heavy rains could be problematic for areas of the Gulf Coast already saturated from rain throughout the past week.  Houston firefighters head to North CarolinaFour firefighters from the Houston Fire Department have been sent to North Carolina in response to Hurricane Florence, and one Houston firefighter has been sent to Hawaii to help with Tropical Storm Olivia. The firefighters are members of Texas Task Force 1, an emergency response team tased with urban search and rescue. A team of 16 responders was activated by FEMA this week.Move to disband special education committee surprises parentsLaura IsenseeHISD Board President Wanda Adams and Trustee Anne Sung listened to parents share their frustration and questions about special education in the district at a 2017 meeting. Sung is chairing a new committee on the issue.The Houston school board could disband its special education committee this week, a move that’s taken some parents and even some committee members by surprise.For years, Kara DeRocha has advocated for her son’s special needs. In May, she joined the district’s special ed committee to help amplify parents’ voices and guide trustees. She said that they didn’t get a warning the group could dissolve so soon. Life expectancy in Houston varies by neighborhoodSubmitting different addresses through a new tool from the United States Small-Area Life Expectancy Estimates Project (USALEEP) yields varying results between Houston neighborhoods. The project this week released life expectancy data down to census tracts around the country.  EPA moves to allow more methane emissionsOil and gas drillers across Texas could soon be allowed to emit a lot more methane into the air, under a proposal released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday.The EPA is moving to roll back some Obama-era rules on how companies have to monitor and fix methane leaks at oil and gas sites. The agency says the proposal would advance the Trump Administration’s “energy dominance” agenda by cutting red tape and saving energy companies $484 million in regulatory costs related to methane tracking.center_img Congressional candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher on Houston MattersAl Ortiz/Houston Public MediaCongressional candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher was interviewed on Houston Matters on Sept. 11, 2018.As part of its series of interviews with candidates running in major political races, Houston Matters interviewed Tuesday Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, who is running for the Texas 7th Congressional District against incumbent U.S. Representative John Culberson.Fletcher, who is an attorney by profession, lamented the “extreme partisanship” in Congress and said it’s not adequately performing its checks and balances function. “We really haven’t seen this Congress performing that check on the executive branch.” Sharelast_img read more

Amy Winehouse Hologram Tour Canceled Over Challenges and Sensitivities

first_imgThe company didn’t elaborate on what those “challenges and sensitives” were. BASE Hologram did not respond to a Variety request for more information.The planned Winehouse hologram tour had the blessing of Mitch Winehouse, her father, when it was first announced last fall. Proceeds from the tour were to have gone toward the Amy Winehouse Foundation, dedicated to addiction awareness and prevention among young people. Winehouse, a six-time Grammy winner, died on July 23, 2011, at age 27 after years of publicly battling drug and alcohol addiction.Other current productions by L.A.-based BASE Hologram also feature dead artists, including “In Dreams: Roy Orbison – The Hologram Concert” and “Callas in Concert” with footage of opera singer Maria Callas. Popular on Variety Amy Winehouse will not be “Back to Black” in a holographic live tour after all.The late British singer, who died in 2011, was to be featured in a stage show slated to launch near the end of 2019. But the producer of the show, BASE Hologram, has indefinitely postponed plans for the Winehouse show, which was to feature a holographic representation of her performing her greatest hits backed by a live band, singers and “theatrical stagecraft.”“In developing the type of highly ambitious, state-of-the-art hologram/augmented reality theatrical event that would truly capture [Winehouse’s] genius and incredible artistic and social contributions, we have encountered some unique challenges and sensitives,” BASE Hologram tweeted in a statement Feb. 19.The Winehouse show will be “on hold until we determine the best path to a creatively spectacular production that would properly honor Amy’s legacy at its highest caliber,” the company said.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Rep LaFave to governor Stop the excuses do the right thing and

first_img State Rep. Beau LaFave, member of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates, today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer threatened to veto the House-approved plan that would lower car insurance rates across Michigan:“The governor has a chance to do the right thing and give Michigan’s more than 7 million drivers desperately needed relief on their car insurance bills. If she follows through on her veto threat, sadly, her priorities will be abundantly clear.“She will be standing with her special-interest allies and the status quo in opposition to Michigan drivers and their families. She will be allowing ambulance-chasing lawyers and hospital executives – who have given her large pools of cash – to continue sucking our bank accounts dry through the most expensive car insurance in the nation.“If the governor vetoes this bill, the people of Michigan will see her for who she really is. The House-approved plan includes guaranteed lower rates and prohibits non-driving factors unlike the Senate’s version because the governor demanded those changes. And yet she is still threatening to reject the reform regardless of getting everything she asked for.“Our governor has specifically made clear what must be in a reform plan for her signature – and we delivered. All she is doing now is moving the goalpost with excuse after excuse.“If the governor vetoes any reform plan that includes her entire wish list, she is the problem – not the solution.” Categories: LaFave News 09May Rep. LaFave to governor: Stop the excuses, do the right thing and sign car insurance reformlast_img read more