ANIMAL welfare groups have condemned selfish cat owners for dumping FIVE different litters of kittens across Donegal this week.“Kitten season has gone on really long this year and people out there seems unable to cope with the extra kittens and their way of dealing with them is very simple..off load the problem on to someone else,” said a Animals In Need spokeswoman.“This week alone we had five full litters abandoned, two of them on other people’s property and the rest “just” dumped on deserted roads. “The youngest litter is only about 3-4 weeks and unable to drink from a bowl. These were dumped on a doorstep in a box, covered in excrement.“The man who found them, washed them and bought formula for them but they failed to drink and got very weak. By the time we got them one was very near dying, unable to swallow or move but with intensive care we got him turn around and he is now playing with his brothers and sister.” HOW CAN THEY DO IT? ANIMAL CHARITY’S ANGER AS 5 LITTERS OF KITTENS JUST DUMPED was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:animals in needdonegaldumpedkittens
Canada’s incoming Governor General has had her first audience with the Queen.The Governor General’s office says Julie Payette met with Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle, her summer home in Scotland.The Queen has bestowed several orders on Payette, including an Extraordinary Companion of the Order of CanadaThe retired Canadian astronaut is scheduled to meet with Prince Charles later today.She will officially take Gov. Gen. David Johnston’s role on Oct. 2.
The man poised to become New Brunswick’s next premier has a well-earned reputation as a tight-fisted fiscal manager whose resume includes 33 years as a senior executive working for one of Canada’s richest families: the Irving clan.Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs, a 64-year-old engineer and former finance minister, was hired by Irving Oil a week after he graduated from the University of New Brunswick. He was eventually promoted to director of distribution, overseeing oil transportation across eastern Canada and New England.His extensive big business experience has informed his approach to politics. Higgs refers to citizens as customers, and his campaign for the Sept. 24 election was replete with references to getting results.“I came from a company where you had to deliver results in order to survive,” Higgs said when he released the Progressive Conservative platform.“(New Brunswickers) are paying the bills but they’re not getting the service to reflect the amount of money being spent.”Higgs had promised to cut government waste and balance the province’s budget in two years — a year earlier than his outgoing rival, Liberal Premier Brian Gallant.And like other right-of-centre politicians, he also promised not to raise taxes, while offering a modest spending plan.“We will set lofty goals and achieve them. We don’t need more taxes, we need results,” Higgs said Friday after Gallant’s government fell on a confidence vote.“We ran a principled campaign and ran on the belief that New Brunswick needs better service from the political leaders.”Tom Bateman, a political science professor at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, says as a former Irving executive, Higgs will face scrutiny when weighing just about any government decision.“There is an imbalance that would create that perception with any government,” he said. “Mr. Higgs would be well aware of that perception and would want to disabuse people of the idea that he was a cipher for the Irving companies.”The company is one of the province’s largest employers, with interests in forestry, pulp and paper, transportation, oil refining and distribution, retail, media outlets and shipbuilding. Canadian Business magazine says the privately owned empire was thought to be worth $7.8 billion, making the Irving family the eighth richest in Canada.“The interactions between public policy and the Irvings are multitudinous,” Bateman said. “It’s a very large and influential group of companies in a province that is very small and short on alternative means of economic development.”Before the election campaign began, the Liberals took aim at Higgs’ business background, saying he has opposed minimum-wage increases, income tax increases for the richest New Brunswickers and a plan to make tuition free for some post-secondary students.“He wants to help the wealthy and large corporations,” Gallant said at the time. “And he’s demonstrated that in his voting record as leader of the Opposition.”The Liberals also produced a series of attack ads, which included the slogan: “Blaine Higgs puts big business first.”However, no one in the province was surprised when the Liberal cabinet ministers who unveiled the negative ads made a point of not mentioning the Irving brand.Bad-mouthing the Irvings is bad politics in New Brunswick.And it’s been that way since Higgs was growing up in Forest City, N.B., near the Canada-U.S. border. The son of a customs officer, he married his high school sweetheart, Marcia, and settled down in Saint John, where they had four daughters: Lindsey, Laura, Sarah and Rachel.The couple celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this summer and now have three grandchildren.First elected to the New Brunswick legislature in 2010 — four months after he retired from Irving — he served as finance minister for four years. He was elected as Tory leader in October 2016.On the national stage, Higgs isn’t expected to ruffle too many feathers. Unlike Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Higgs is no populist.“His message isn’t that different from previous premiers,” said J.P. Lewis, a political scientist at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. “He’s more like a traditional Progressive Conservative. He’s like a Harper-era cabinet minister.”Still, Higgs and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are expected to clash over how to deal with climate change.Higgs has said he will join with his counterparts in Ontario and Saskatchewan in rejecting Ottawa’s bid to get the provinces to impose a carbon tax on their citizens.Last month, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said his province would also scrap plans for a carbon tax. As well, Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s Opposition, has promised to repeal the province’s carbon tax if his party wins the 2019 spring election.“Based on (Higgs’) rhetoric, he could become another thorn in the side of Trudeau, especially when it comes to natural resources,” Lewis said.Higgs also faces a daunting task in turning around the province’s economy, which some economists have said is headed for a “fiscal cliff.” Carrying a $14 billion debt, it could be pushed over the edge if there’s a sharp rise in interest rates or a credit-rating downgrade.The province has the nation’s lowest median household income, and was the only province that recorded a population decline between 2011 and 2016. As well, its tax base is shrinking and the province has suffered through consecutive deficit budgets.Economic growth — forecasted by the Conference Board to be about 1.3 per cent this year — is expected to remain sluggish as the province struggles to increase its population.“We can fix this,” Higgs said before the election campaign. “We have to be straight with each other and talk about real issues, not pretend all is well.”
This article first appears on FOLIO: sister site, min. After more than a decade as the lead digital-only fashion brand for Conde Nast and now under Fairchild Fashion Media, Style.com will put its brand on a print magazine in late October, the company announced earlier this week on its website and in media interviews. The $4.99 special issue is promising “to combine the immediacy of the digital experience with the richness of print,” according to Style.com.Read the rest of the story here.
Shouldn’t Captain America be out there dealing with the Endgame instead of being at the #AppleEvent ?? My family has been missing for some time now and I’m thinking he should step up the search.— Lily Zaldivar (@CoolCatLilyZ) March 25, 2019 Captain America is at the event and he honestly looked super bored. #AppleEvent— Daniel Gibson (@DanielGibson_) March 25, 2019 It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service 97 Photos That slow, polite clap from Captain America is like an easter egg for Avengers: Endgame… #AppleEvent— michael t. colorge (@CAM2Go) March 25, 2019 What is Cap doing at the #AppleEvent ?#CaptainAmerica #AvengersEndgame— Market Avenger (@AvengerofMarket) March 25, 2019 0 Share your voice That Captain America dude was on the audience , guess he didnt like the aquaman promos. LOL. and also not impressed by TV+ . #Apple #AppleEvent $AAPL— Bubble “No Collusion” Boy (@lazygetter) March 25, 2019 Livestream • Apple Event Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino Didnt know Captain America was a fan of Apple products, always struck me as a Samsung kinda guy #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/HPz8K9AqLx— KING (@Kingz677) March 25, 2019 Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 Post a comment Holy shit they have some big guns at this event. Captain America is there! @ChrisEvans #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/TN7VAMnZQT— O’s fan, Machado stan (@W_R_R) March 25, 2019 Tags See All TV and Movies Online Apple Event Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview reading • Captain America’s beard shows up at Apple event ahead of Endgame Captain America’s face at the #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/vmYJ3X7Ea5— Kavehpd (@Kavehpd) March 25, 2019 If you’re into all things Apple, you probably know the company unveiled a series of new services on Monday, including an enhanced news subscription service, a credit card and a gaming subscription service. But some observant viewers watching along with the livestream may have noticed a certain superhero in the audience — Captain America himself, Chris Evans. And his beard is back, which makes us wonder if we might see it again in Avengers: Endgame even though he’s clean-shaven in all the trailers so far. And fans on Twitter reacted accordingly. Captain America Apple The Avengers
Tags The Facebook chief used the interview to push back against the idea that his company should determine what constitutes political speech. He’s previously called for more government regulation around political speech and advertising. “I think setting the rules around political advertising is not a company’s job,” he told host George Stephanopoulos. “There have been plenty of rules in the past. It’s just at this point they’re not updated to the modern threats that we face. We need new rules.”The topic has been on the minds of Facebook’s leadership and of social media watchers in recent days. Over the weekend, The Washington Post published a Zuckerberg op-ed that urged government officials to take a more active role in setting standards for the handling of election-related content, both legitimate and ill-intentioned. Meanwhile, lawmakers like Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, have said that big platforms like Facebook should be subject to levels of regulation that match their size and influence. Facebook has more than 2 billion users worldwide.Existing laws, he said, primarily focus on a candidate and the election. “But that’s not primarily what we saw Russia trying to do,” Zuckerberg said. “What we saw them doing was talking about divisive political issues. The goal … was just to rile people up and be divisive.”Zuckerberg also warned that other countries would likely try to interfere in the election.”Well, what I can guarantee is that they’re definitely going to try,” he said. “Our job is to make the defenses stronger and stronger, to make it harder for them to do what they’re doing.”Other scandalsFacebook’s controversies are about more than just politics. On Wednesday, security researchers from UpGuard found that Facebook data containing more than 540 million records was posted in a public database on Amazon cloud servers.When asked about the findings from the security researchers, Zuckerberg said the company was still looking into the issue. “In general, we work with developers to make sure that they’re respecting people’s information and using it in only ways that they want,” he said.Facebook also drew criticism over the use of its livestreaming service during a terrorist attack in New Zealand that killed 50 Muslims at two mosques. Zuckerberg suggested that delaying livestreams might have consequences for users who don’t stream violent content. “It would also fundamentally break what livestreaming is for people,” he said. “Most people are livestreaming, you know, a birthday party or hanging out with friends when they can’t be together.”Facebook declined to comment beyond what Zuckerberg said during the broadcast.Originally published April 4, 7:27 a.m. PT.Updates, 7:57 a.m.: Adds background information and more details from the interview; 12:41 p.m.: Includes more details from the interview. Comments Share your voice Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris last May to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. Aurelien Morissard/Getty Images Facebook has failed to thwart election meddling before, but the 2020 US presidential election will give the social network another chance to demonstrate it’s on the right track.CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company has “learned a lot” since the 2016 election, which Russia meddled in by having trolls post divisive content to the platform. In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday, Zuckerberg said he’s “confident” his company is ready to combat any election interference in the upcoming campaign season.Facebook has strengthened its safeguards, requiring advertisers to verify their identities if they run political ads. It’s also rolled out a searchable database showing who paid for advertising and what audience it reached.”The systems, overall, have just gotten quite robust,” Zuckerberg said. “I think we, at this point, have probably some of the most-advanced systems of any company or government in the world for preventing the kind of tactics that Russia and now other countries as well have tried.”The changes haven’t been without issues; businesses have complained that their commercial ads have been misclassified, and media outlets have found loopholes that can be exploited. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… 5:14 8 Now playing: Watch this: Politics Tech Industry Mark Zuckerberg Facebook
The first Maruti 800 car which was symbolically handed to a Delhi couple by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1983 is lying in a rusted state at its owners’ residence for more than a year now.It was almost 32 years ago that Harpal Singh won the allotment for the car in a lucky draw; the keys to the car were handed to him by Indira Gandhi on 14 December, 1983. Singh received the keys in the presence of Rajiv Gandhi, who was then working with Indian Airlines in New Delhi, where Singh was employed. “He (Rajiv Gandhi) knew my father-in-law as they both worked in Indian Airlines. The moment it was announced through the lottery that he will get the first car, Rajivji jumped with excitement and hugged him,” said Singh’s elder son-in-law Tejinder Ahluwalia, recalling that nostalgic moment. Though it gave its owner a celebrity status in Delhi during the car’s heydays, it is today languishing in the couple’s Green Park’s residence in Delhi, because Singh and his wife Gulshanbeer Kaur died a few years ago.Singh passed away in 2010 and his wife Kaur died two years later. After their death, the family members drove the car for about a couple of years but only within the locality, according to Hindustan Times report.”Even after mom’s death, the family members used to go to the house to start the car and take a short drive in the inner colony lane, but for the past one-and-half years it has not been used at all,” Singh’s elder son-in-law Tejinder Ahluwalia said.Singh’s other younger son-in-law Amardeep Walia said that the car is in fully functional condition but will become defunct if it lies unused for long. He said that Maruti must take it back and preserve it with immense care, considering its significance. “The car is still not in a very bad condition, it needs some cosmetic repair and it will start running. But if it is kept idle it might become defunct, its makers should save this car as it is not just any other vehicle but a symbol that how the first car made by them stood the test of the time,” Walia said.Maruti Suzuki had borrowed the car from Singh in 2008 to celebrate the completion of 25 years Maruti Suzuki, but did not show any interest thereafter, despite the family’s request. “After that it has shown no interest towards its first baby. We even wrote letters around a couple of years back to the company to do something to save this piece of history but they have not shown any interest,” Ahluwalia said.Maruti’s spokesperson has said that the company is willing to talk to the family if they want to sell back to them.”It is indeed very special, as it was our first customer car. Mr. Harpal Singh had maintained it with great care. If the family now wants us to buy it back, we are open to discuss with them,” the spokesperson said.