New Auto Glass Certification Exam Introduced at Reduced Rate

first_imgNova Scotians working in the growing field of automotive glass now have the opportunity to gain certification through a new exam. While certification in the trade is voluntary, it helps define the occupation, improve safety, increase the professionalism the industry and attract new people. It also emphasizes the work as a skilled trade. Consumers will now be able to look for this certification to ensure windshield-related safety and structural elements of their vehicle are being handled by someone with recognized expertise and proficiency. The fee for taking the exam will be reduced for the first 12 months from $666.45 to $133.29. “We are committed to supporting and developing a highly skilled workforce and we are taking steps to make it easier for Nova Scotia’s tradespeople to become certified,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “I encourage all skilled tradespeople working in the automotive glass industry to write this exam. “Certification opens doors for individuals already in the trade and helps introduce new people to the industry.” Tradespeople who have at least 8,000 hours of hands-on experience may be eligible to write the exam. They will have to produce references from two individuals in the trade who can speak to their ability. In 2008, the Provincial Apprenticeship Board received an application from the Nova Scotia Automotive Human Resource Sector Council to designate the automotive glass occupation as a trade. The application was based on a study of auto glass shops in the province, focus groups and detailed consultations. The automotive glass industry was designated as a trade on March 31, 2009. “With changing vehicle technology and processes, increasing demand for service, and a proactive human resource strategy, the automotive glass industry is growing and certification is the next logical step,” said Shannon Smith, executive director, Automotive Human Resource Sector Council of Nova Scotia. ” It will help professionalize the industry through enhanced training and performance standards, improve safety for the public and create a career pathway for new apprentices.” Nova Scotia is the fourth province, after Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, to recognize this trade. The regular fee of $666.45 will be reinstated on Feb. 16, 2012. To apply for the certification exam call apprenticeship training at 902-424-5651 in Halifax or toll-free at 1-800-494-5651.last_img read more

Halifax judge tells rape victim You are strong and you are brave

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia judge praised a young university student for coming forward after a sexual assault she endured when she was 17, saying she showed courage and strength during a two-year legal ordeal that ended Tuesday with the sentencing of a male classmate.“Despite how difficult it must have been for her to share her thoughts and feelings regarding the impact of the assault … she somehow mustered the courage to read it into the record,” Justice Glen McDougall said before sentencing 21-year-old Chris Davidson of Calgary to 29 months in prison for sexual assault and unlawful confinement.“I hope she can continue to somehow find the strength and courage to go on,” the judge told the victim. “Often times, victims of sexual violence never get over the trauma of having been abused … You have already shown that if anyone can persevere and move forward, you can. You are young, strong and you are brave.”During Davidson’s trial in February, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury heard that the pair became fast friends as they both started their studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax in September 2015. Both were away from home and on their own for the first time — and both had little experience with alcohol.Davidson was 18 at the time.On the night in question, the couple planned to attend a fraternity party. Before they left, they both drank several shots of vodka.“Although Mr. Davidson didn’t have a lot of drinking experience, he matched (her) drink for drink,” McDougall said. “Nor did she have a great deal of drinking experience, based on the evidence.”McDougall said the woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, drank about six shots. Davidson had more, though the number remains unclear.When they returned to the woman’s dorm room, they undressed each other and prepared to engage in consensual sex, and the woman suggested he should wear a condom. But at one point, Davidson told the woman he had not had sex before, and was planning to share his first experience with his girlfriend.“Upon hearing for the first time that Mr. Davidson had a girlfriend, (she) decided that she did not want to go any further down this path and told Mr. Davidson to stop,” the judge said, adding that she placed her arm on his chest to make him stop. “Unfortunately, her efforts to end things were to no avail.”The woman placed a condom on Davidson’s penis when it became clear she could not restrain him or escape, the judge said.McDougall said the over-consumption of alcohol might help explain what happened, but he stressed that it couldn’t excuse Davidson’s actions, nor could it be considered a mitigating factor.The Alberta man told police he had no memory of what happened that night, saying he blacked out.Davidson did not testify in his own defence.In February, the jury found him guilty of sexual assault and unlawful confinement.On Monday, the woman read from a victim impact statement, telling the court she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has attempted suicide twice in the past year. She said she has nightmares about the assault and suffers from panic attacks, depression, anorexia, insomnia, self-mutilation and emotional flashbacks.Though she has been unable to attend classes, she insisted she will go back to school at some point.“I refuse to let this crime stop me from accomplishing all the things I have planned for my life,” she told the court.On Tuesday, McDougall told Davidson that it was clear from the evidence that he is an intelligent, respectful, church-going young man from a good family. The judge also cited a pre-sentence report that said he had no previous record and had taken responsibility for his actions.McDougall quoted from the report, saying Davidson had told an officer: “We both were drunk. I blacked out … The judge found me guilty, so I’m going to take responsibility. I chose to drink that much … I feel awful about what she said I had done … She is obviously traumatized.”The judge said even though Davidson showed regret and remorse, the impact of his actions were “devastating” for the victim.“Your conduct has caused perhaps irreparable harm,” he said.Dressed in a blue, collared shirt and tan pants, Davidson — a trim, clean-cut man with short brown hair — stared straight ahead when he stood to be formally sentenced. A few members of his family sobbed quietly as he was led away by two sheriff’s deputies.Outside court, defence lawyer William Leahey said the case is an example of what can happen when young people are away from home for the first time and are inexperienced with alcohol.“This set of facts … should be driven home to every student,” Leahey said. “They need to know the impact of booze when they’re young and have little or no experience.”The lawyer said parents typically do a good job of teaching their children good moral values while encouraging them to avoid drugs and alcohol.“But there’s a vulnerability that develops,” he said. “That vulnerability is a lack of experience with alcohol … You can look at this case and you could see how this could happen to anyone’s child.”—Follow @NovaMac on Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Canadian sound engineer Paul Massey says he’s “totally thrilled” and “ecstatic” to be nominated for an Oscar for his work on the 2018 film “Bohemian Rhapsody.”“This is a project of a lifetime for me, so to be recognized as well is just icing on the cake,” he told CTV News Channel from Los Angeles on Friday.“My background while I was in Toronto and in later years was in music engineering and music mixing, and so for me now to be able to bring that experience of music mixing into the film world on such an iconic film, I mean, gosh… it’s just so exciting for me.” Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, and Joe Mazzello as John Deacon in Twentieth Century Fox’s BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (Alex Bailey TM & © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation) Advertisement Massey, along with Tim Cavagin and John Casali, has been nominated for best sound mixing for the film, which is a biopic of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

ENS Rabat Hosts a Conference on Journalism Englishlanguage Teaching

By Amine MechaalRabat – The English department at L’ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) will host a conference under the theme “Journalism and English-language Teaching” in Rabat in association with Morocco World News on Saturday, February 28th. The conference will host a number of journalists, English-language professors, teacher trainees, and university and high school students. The participants will discuss and exchange their opinions about journalism, how they see it in Morocco, and ways of using journalism activities in English-language teaching. This conference began as an initiative from the English Department at the ENS and Morocco World News to introduce the attendees and teacher trainees to journalism and the many developments the field has seen. It also aims to draw a connection between journalism and the field of teaching English as a foreign language in Morocco, as well as to highlight the role of English in Moroccan journalism.The conference will highlight the potential of English in exporting our culture and national heritage overseas, since it’s an international language. It will also highlight the role that English plays as a window for Moroccan communities abroad to the political and social changes that Morocco encounters.The first presentation will be titled “An Introduction to Journalism,” and will be delivered by TESOL and TEFL teacher trainees from ENS. It will tackle many topics, including the history of journalism, the evolution of newspapers, ethics, and values of journalism.Miriam Tinberg, a ?Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) at the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE), will give another presentation on the criteria that are considered in evaluating online newspapers and the veracity of their news. This presentation will be followed by Caitlin MCateer, who is also a Fulbright ETA at the MACECE and teacher at the ENS, whose presentation will be about activities that are related to journalism and can be used by future English-language teachers in their practicum and after graduation.Mr. Adnane Bennis, the managing editor and Co-founder of online newspaper Morocco World News, will present the last topic. He will speak about the past and future of English as a language of journalism in Morocco. read more

SMMT Update – 18 January 2013

SMMT’s weekly round-up, including all the latest news from UK automotive and a message from our Chief Executive.CLICK HERE: Read Update 251 onlineClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Mintec releases new Minesight Schedule Optimiser

first_imgMintec has released an improved MineSight Schedule Optimiser (MSSO). Mine engineers around the world have been using the MSSO for their short, medium, and long-term planning needs. It determines the most productive mining sequence to achieve the highest project profitability and then generates practical short-to medium-term project schedules.NPV and cash flow are integral to enhancements in Version 7.2 of MSSO. Costs associated with mining, processing, reclaim, hauling, loading, and capital can now be managed and presented with the addition of reports.  New tables and graphs allow MSSO users to present their cumulative cash flow and NPV data without the need for third-party spreadsheets.  Also new is a cycle-time report to display the raw cycle-time data imported from MineSight Planning Database. Constraint grids have also been redesigned for ease of use.Today’s enhancements are the latest in a long line of new functionalities added to MSSO over the last year. An improved calculation engine, integrated workflow, better reporting, charting and visualization, and a more user-friendly graphic interface are among the upgrades. MSSO can work together with MineSight Haulage and the soon-to-be released MineSight Atlas.last_img read more

FC Barcelona Lassa with 19 from Kristianstad

FC Barcelona handball FC Barcelona showed outstanding performance in Sweden against IFK Kristianstad 44:25. It looks that “Orange Army” won’t be able to play some important role and endanger favorites like they did in previous season.25 – Kristianstad: Kappelin (L. Larsson); Chrintz (1), Nilsen (6), Cañellas (1), Arnarsson (1), Gudmundsson (4), Ehn (3); Einarsson (1), J.Larsson (2), Freiman (1), Jurmala (1), Hansson (4) and Henningsson.44 – FC Barcelona : Möller (Pérez de Vargas); Áleix Gómez (4), Raúl Entrerríos (4), Fábregas, Thiagus Petrus (1), N ‘Guessan (3), Mortensen (4); Andersson (3), Víctor Tomás (4), Sorhaindo (1), Palmarsson, Ariño (6), Mem (6), Syprzak (1), Dolenec (7, 3p).Result: 3-2, 4-5, 8-9, 11-12, 12-16, 14-19 (rest), 14-24, 16-28, 19-33, 19-36, 22- 38 and 25-44. ← Previous Story Vranjes after defeat against Vardar: Many strange decisions of two men in black Next Story → VIDEO: RK Vardar clean Veszprem Arena read more

Why you cant see the black book that was never used for

first_imgNEITHER THE DEPARTMENT of Finance nor the Central Bank will release the so-called ‘Black Book’, a crisis management manual intended to assist officials during financial crises, which was never used during the bank crisis five years ago.The ‘Black Book’ is referred to in the Nyberg report into the causes of the banking crisis which led to the fateful guarantee of Irish banks in September 2008. The report notes: “In the actual crisis no use was made of the Black Book procedures.”The manual lays out procedures for emergency funding from a Central Bank or emergency liquidity assistance (ELA), guidance on legal issues related to insolvency processes and providing state aid to industry, and information on how to contact the responsible persons in a crisis.It has been in existence since 2001 when it was prepared by the Central Bank of Ireland to provide for a set of processes and procedures to refer to during the management of financial crises.But it was never used when Ireland’s banks were plunged into crisis at the back end of the last decade resulting in the eventual guarantee of all liabilities of Irish banks at an eventual cost of €64 billion, a move which later resulted in Ireland needing an international bailout.The manual was referenced in a parliamentary question from independent TD Stephen Donnelly this week. ‘Strictest confidence’Donnelly asked the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan if he would release a copy of the ‘Black Book’ as it existed at the end of 2006 or as it was redrafted in the crucial period leading up to the banking crisis between August 2007 and September 2008.Noonan said the manual was passed to the Department of Finance “on the understanding it would be treated in strictest confidence given the nature of the matters treated in the document”.He described the ‘Black Book’ as a document which lays out a “set of processes and procedures to assist it in the management of a financial crisis situation”.“I do not therefore propose to provide a copy of the document,” Noonan said.Contacted this week, the Central Bank declined to answer a series of questions about the document including the content in it, how many times it has been updated and when it was last updated.A spokesperson said that the document laid out “the principles under which the Central Bank would operate during a crisis; operational procedures and terms and conditions for ELA; legal issues relating to insolvency laws and state aid to industry; and information and logistic issues such as arrangements for contacting the responsible persons in a crisis.”The spokesperson declined to comment any further.Read: No more consultations on salary waivers for NAMA/NTMA staff on over €200kRead: NTMA paid PR company €630,000 to “keep taxpayers in the dark”last_img read more

Melania and Barron Trump finally swap New York penthouse for the White

first_img“Looking forward to the memories we’ll make in our new home! #Movingday” she wrote.Melania is the first First Lady in modern history to delay her arrival in Washington after an election win.During the week at least, Trump had been living alone in the vast, private quarters of the White House as he fends off the flood of reporting over Russia having allegedly meddled in the 2016 US election with the aim of helping him defeat Hillary Clinton.The first lady has mostly kept a low profile since her real estate mogul husband became president.Arguably, her biggest public outing came last month when she and Trump visited the Middle East and Europe on a trip that the White House later praised as a resounding success.© – AFP, 2017Read: ‘Getting what we’re owed’: New York to recover the millions it spent to protect the TrumpsRead: Costing the city over $100k a day, New Yorkers are desperate to get Melania Trump to move out By AFP AS OF LAST night, the White House has two new occupants: US First Lady Melania Trump and her son Barron have finally moved in to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.Six months after President Donald Trump arrived, the Slovenia-born former model and the couple’s 11-year-old son joined him, an aide to the First Lady told AFP.The pair had previously stayed in New York so that Barron could complete the school year. He is expected to attend St. Andrews Episcopal school, just outside Washington, in the 2017-2018 session.The Trump’s living arrangements had drawn the ire of the people of New York, after it emerged that security arrangements for Melania and Barron cost the city around €100,000 a day.Before reaching the capital Melania and Barron descended the steps of Air Force One alongside President Trump at Joint Base Andrews, with the youngster – decked in a tee-shirt that read ‘The Expert’ – playing with a fidget spinner.Melania’s parents had joined them for the short flight from Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump had spent the weekend at his golf course.After arriving at the White House Melania tweeted a picture from a window looking on to the South Lawn and the Washington Monument. 43 Comments 44,277 Views Source: Melania Trump/Twitter Looking forward to the memories we’ll make in our new home! #Movingday— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) June 12, 2017 Short URL Share169 Tweet Email1 center_img Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Jun 12th 2017, 7:38 AM Monday 12 Jun 2017, 7:38 AM Melania and Barron Trump finally swap New York penthouse for the White House The Trump’s living arrangements were criticised due to the high cost of security at their New York address. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

In Other News Navy Chaplain School Returning to NS Newport Air Force

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Navy plans to relocate the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center to Naval Station Newport from Fort Jackson, S.C., next March, adding about 21 personnel to the Rhode Island installation. The school had been based in Newport from 1951 to 2005, when the chaplain schools for the three services were moved to Fort Jackson and place under a single school following the 2005 round of BRAC. The decision to move the school back to Newport “was based largely on providing new accession chaplain students the formative opportunities of naval culture and sailorization while receiving their initial training,” according to a press release from Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.). The change also will mean less travel for new chaplains who now begin their training at Newport before completing it at Fort Jackson, reports the Providence Journal. … The Air Force Office of Energy Assurance has issued a request for information (RFI) to perform market research to determine the feasibility of partnering with industry on various energy generation technologies focused on resilience, according to an announcement on FedBizOpps. Responses are due Feb. 15, 2019. … Contractors at Fort Lee, Va., earlier this month crane-lifted two massive artillery pieces — Anzio Annie, a German-manufactured K5 series railgun than was captured by U.S. forces in World War II; and Atomic Annie, the nickname for an M65-series self-propelled artillery piece fielded by the Army in the 1950s — into their positions at the site of the future Ordnance Training and Heritage Center. The $33 million center will be built around the Annie sisters as it would not have been possible to move them into the facility after it was built due to the size and weight of the two guns, reported the Fort Lee Traveller. Anzio Annie came to Fort Lee in November 2010 from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., as part of the relocation of the Army Ordnance School following the last round of BRAC.Traveller photo by Patrick Buffettlast_img read more

Judge sets trial date for campaign contributions case

first_imgDownload AudioA federal judge has set an April trial date in a case that could affect state campaign contributions limits in Alaska.U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess said the trial is estimated to take five days. It is scheduled to start April 25th, about four months before the state’s primary elections.An Anchorage state Republican party district and others are suing leaders of the Alaska Public Offices Commission, challenging the constitutionality of certain campaign contribution limits.The lawsuit, among other things, challenges the $500 annual limit on individual contributions to candidates as too low and challenges the annual aggregate limit a candidate can solicit or accept from non-residents.The Department of Law, which is representing the commission, has asked that the case be dismissed.last_img read more

Complete voter census before June 30 in Nirmal

first_imgNirmal: In-charge Collector A Bhaskar Rao instructed the Municipal Commissioners to complete voter census before June 30, at a review meeting at the Collector conference hall in Nirmal on Wednesday.Bhaskar Rao directed the authorities to complete elections reservation process under their respective municipality limits. They were also instructed to conduct SC, ST and BC voters census transparently. So far, 43 per cent in Nirmal municipality, 48 per cent in Bhainsa, abd 70 per cent voters census in Khanapur municipality was completed, he said and ordered the Municipal Commissioners to complete 100 per cent voters list by the end of June. Municipal Commissioners of Nirmal, Bhainsa and Khanapur Ravibabu, Jairaj and Satyanarayana respectively and others were present at the meeting.last_img read more

HCC Chancellor Points To Community Colleges Changing Role

first_img Listen If there was one message Chancellor Cesar Maldonado had for the guests at the George R Brown Convention Center, it was this:“It is no longer business as usual at HCC,” he proclaimed at the morning breakfast for the annual “State of the College” address.“We are bringing workplace settings to the classroom so students can learn how to innovate and collaborate before they go out into the workforce,” he added. Maldonado said that they’re sharpening that focus on the workforce. Not just any jobs though – new jobs.“We’ve lost a lot of jobs to technology, so if we focus our efforts on increasing the technical competence of our workforce and exposing them to all the current and new technologies, I am confident that we will see a growth in employment in the manufacturing areas, with new jobs,” he said.On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump pledged to rebuild the nation’s workforce. His administration may bring more attention to community colleges that educate and train all kinds of students.At HCC, Maldonado hopes a new academy at the Port of Houston will help accomplish that. HCC wants an extra two million dollars from state lawmakers to start the port academy.HCC is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Greater Houston, with more than 70,000 students. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img Laura IsenseeHCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado addressed a crowd at the George R. Brown Convention Center on the state of the college. Laura IsenseeHCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado said that the college is doing more to prepare the future workforce of the region. 00:00 /01:11 Xlast_img read more

A New Online Tool Could Help You Get Through Houstons Airports Quicker

first_imgListen – / 3Officials say the Houston Airport System is the first in the world to take advantage of the new web-based tool. Passengers at Bush and Hobby Airports can now get turn-by-turn directions right to their gate, similar to Google Maps. And you don’t have to take time to download an app.The Houston Airport System’s Kathleen Boyd explains how it works.“You can actually put in a from-and-to point and it will give you step-by-step instructions how to get there,” says Boyd. “And it will also tell you how many minutes it will take to get there, including security.”And Boyd adds the wayfinding system has a search feature if you’re looking for something specific, like a place to eat.   “It will also show you a picture of the restaurant, the hours of operation,” says Boyd. “It will also show you some categories for that restaurant like vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, kid-friendly.”Passengers can also use the new system to find places to refill their water bottles or areas where they can walk their service animals.  To try the wayfinding tool you can go to the airport system’s website. X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:00last_img read more

In Costa Rica plenty of ways to watch presidential debates

first_imgDENVER, Colorado. — Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will not wait until the end of their first debate to proclaim themselves the winner or attack an opponent’s claims – their online teams already will have done so.They’ll be plenty of ways to follow Wednesday’s U.S: presidential debate, and the retorts that follow. Basic cable packages in Costa Rica offer channels that will carry the debate like CNN, Fox News, ABC or NBC. But in addition, the Internet – as it tends to do – will provide live commentary on what’s being said and how “true” each statement is.While aides and other interested parties spun their message in Denver, Colorado ahead of Wednesday’s first of three 90-minute showdowns between the White House rivals, two websites will provide live punch later on.Romney’s and Obama’s will vie for online supremacy when the debate starts at 0100 GMT.Obama’s site was trailing a “Cheat sheet,” outlining what the Democratic candidate contends that Republican rival Romney will say to try and win favor.“While President Obama will lay out his specific plan to grow the economy and restore middle-class security, Mitt Romney will no doubt double down on his well-established strategy of attacking the president, distorting his own record, and avoiding any and all details of his plans for this country.”Romney’s site, meanwhile, listed a set of “Debate Facts,” noting that the United States had suffered a credit rating downgrade under Obama and said the national debt had risen by more than $5.4 trillion on his watch.The site “will be the hub of our debate night efforts, fact-checking the Obama campaign as well as posting supportive material for our arguments,” Zac Moffatt, director of Romney’s digital campaign, told Mashable, a website.On Twitter, the battle was already under way between Republican accounts, including the candidate’s official @MittRomney and @RomneyResponse, and the Obama side @BarackObama and @TruthTeam2012 will lead the charge. Obama’s top advisor David Axelrod, @davidaxelrod, is likely to be active as is the president’s campaign spokesman Ben La Bolt, @BenLaBolt on what are two of the most followed accounts among the Democrats.But a less partisan check on each of the candidates is likely to come from independent websites including (@PolitiFact on Twitter) and, both of which check the veracity of campaign statements.Leading traditional news organizations, most notably The New York Times, have also upped their online game for the debate, with the “Gray Lady,” ready to publish elements on 76 subjects on the newspaper’s website when appropriate.“We’re writing these fact-checks in advance so that we’re not scrambling,” said Mary Suh, a deputy politics editor at The New York Times, where 20 reporters have worked on the debate material.“It’s all on an Excel spreadsheet – from Romney’s Bain history to Obama’s record on the deficit,” Suh added.But Andrew Beaujon, a media reporter for the Poynter Institute, a non-profit journalism school, said social media had changed the game of making sure that politicians’ public statements are held to account.“The interesting thing about this is, probably, the biggest fact checker is Twitter,” Beaujon said. “Not everybody will need a professional fact checker to look things up.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more