first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The NNELS expansion, which began in December 2017 and is scheduled for completion by March 2019, received $2,000,000 through the Government’s Social Development Partnerships Program-Disability component (SDPP-D), a program designed to improve the social inclusion of people with disabilities.By supporting the expansion of NNELS through the SDPP-D, the Government is going above and beyond its obligations under the Marrakesh Treaty, which Canada joined in 2016, that establishes international norms requiring countries to provide exceptions in their national laws to facilitate the availability of works in accessible formats, such as braille and audiobooks. In doing this, Canada is reinforcing its reputation as a strong and trusted international partner – one that respects the basic human rights of all its citizens, and invests in concrete outcomes in good spirit of our global treaties and cooperative agreements.Quotes“Expanding the NNELS’s collection of books and resources in alternative formats is a good thing for Canadians because it’s about true social inclusion and accessibility. This project demonstrates our government’s commitment to creating a barrier-free Canada where everyone can learn and succeed equally.”– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility“Funding like this is needed to help improve the social inclusion of people with disabilities in Canada. It fosters collaboration between numerous partners and encourages innovation. Supporting accessibility through partnerships like this one is how we are helping to ensure our communities become more inclusive for all Canadians.– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver“Technology is making “out of the box” accessibility of books an increasingly realistic goal.  NNELS helps bridge the chasm between the current “book famine” for blind people and our dream of fully integrated and accessible library service.  This Federal support enables NNELS’ work to continue to grow.”– Mary Ellen Gabias, President of the Canadian Federation of the Blind (CFB)Quick FactsThe Social Development Partnerships Program helps to improve the lives of children and families, people with disabilities and other vulnerable Canadians. The SDPP has two funding components: Disability, and Children and Families.Since the creation of the Disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program in 1998, the Government of Canada has provided $11 million annually in grant and contribution funding to organizations to support projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society with respect to social inclusion.In 2012, about 14 percent of the Canadian population aged 15 years or older—1 in 7 Canadians—reported having a disability that limited their daily activities. That number is expected to grow with an aging population.Associated LinkMaking an accessible Canada for people with disabilitiesSocial Development Partnerships Program – DisabilityFunding: Social Development Projects for People with DisabilitiesFollow us on Twitter NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, Nov. 14, 2018 – Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility announced the expansion of the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) through funding from the Government of Canada’s Disability component of the Social Development Partnership Program. The project will make more published works accessible to people who read using alternative formats, such as braille, e-books, or audiobooks. Minister Qualtrough was joined by Mary Ellen Gabias, President, Canadian Federation of the Blind and representatives of the BC Libraries Cooperative for a tour of the Lynn Valley Library.The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the full participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society and it recognizes reading and learning as important rights and building blocks to achieving a truly accessible Canada. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Tuccaro If were not involved with the oil sands then what are

first_imgAPTN National NewsDavid Tuccaro is sometimes called the richest First Nation person in Canada and he is one of the big players in the Alberta tar sands.He is currently chair of Indspire, formerly known as the Aboriginal Achievement Awards. He is also president and CEO of Tuccaro Inc. He was also a major part of the launching of APTN and helped it through its early development.APTN anchor Michael Hutchinson sits down with Tuccaro on this edition of Face to Face.last_img

Microsoft combines Xbox Live Xbox Game Pass in new ultimate service

first_img Culture Gaming Share your voice 0 Tags Microsoft Post a comment Microsoft is expanding the services it offers for the Xbox. CNET Microsoft has a new Xbox service to offer gamers.The tech giant said on Tuesday that it’s planning to offer a new subscription service that would combine two of its online gaming services into one larger subscription for $14.99 a month.The new service, called Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, combines Microsoft’s $60 per year Xbox Live Gold with its $9.99 per month Xbox Game Pass. Xbox Live Gold is a gaming social network where you can play and chat with friends. Xbox Game Pass gives players access to a back catalog of more than 100 games, such as the world building title Minecraft and the epic action series Gears of War.The Ultimate service launches later this year, Microsoft said, though the company will begin testing it soon.”We heard you,” Microsoft said in a statement. The announcement was made during the company’s Inside Xbox livestream Tuesday. The company also announced a new $249 Xbox One S All-Digital Edition device, launching May 7.The new subscription is just the latest change Microsoft has planned for its Xbox. The company has said it’s building a new Xbox console, which is said to be planned for release next year. The company is also building a game streaming service, which would let people play games over the internet in a way similar to how they watch movies on Netflix. last_img read more

Toy Story 4 review Hilarious jokes barely save a story lacking in

first_img Share your voice 1:49 Originally published June 13.  Now playing: Watch this: Pretty quickly, Bonnie decides to invent her own toy, bringing to life Forky (Tony Hale) as a craft project while at her kindergarten orientation, and Woody decides to make it his mission to ensure the flimsy toy can survive being a toy. Forky’s existence raises lots of questions about what it takes to make an object sentient in the Toy Story universe, and the movie makes it clear it has no intention of answering them.Instead, the gang heads on a road trip that reunites Woody and Forky with a long-lost but fully independent Bo Peep and meets new toys like tiny police officer toy Giggle McDimples (Ally Maki), the crazy Duke Kaboom (Keanu Reeves) and antique doll Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks).Gabby Gabby is the clear villain for most of the film, but similarly to Pixar’s Incredibles 2, gives Hendricks a nuanced role that weighs slightly more toward being misunderstood than outright destructive.New duo Bunny and Ducky (Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key) provide the film with the most comedy and gags, including several sequences that are outrageous even though they have little relation to the plot. 21 Photos Toy Story 4 trades in the stakes of previous films for laughs. So many laughs. Pixar Toy Story 3 left you, me and anyone in any movie theater in tears the moment it seemed Woody, Buzz and all the other toys were about to die in a junkyard. Toy Story 4 only left me in tears during a Family Guy-style non-sequitur that was so funny I couldn’t help but cry. Different kind of tears. That’s not to say Toy Story 4 is bad. It’s a fun time and it’s great to see Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Bo Peep (Annie Potts) back on the big screen. However Toy Story 4 was always going to be in a tough spot plot wise, having to pick up from the emotionally satisfying yet bittersweet departure the toys had when a grown-up Andy passes nearly all of his childhood playthings to Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw).The film, in theaters now, picks up roughly a year after the previous movie, with Bonnie about to start kindergarten and cherishing nearly all of Andy’s toys except for Woody. She’s 5 and has her own thoughts about who she wants to play with, which is nearly everyone else but the cowboy Andy loved. 39 Photos Movie reviews Hidden details of Toy Story Land Pixar’s Toy Story 4 brings new characters, cutting-edge… TV and Movies 1 Tags Summer movie preview: Aladdin, Spider-Man, Tarantino and more And the plot is, unfortunately, Toy Story 4’s roughest point. The story simply doesn’t stand up to Toy Story 3, or any of the previous Toy Story movies, in which both the toys and the humans who play with them each have some semblance of an arc. In Toy Story 4, the humans — especially Bonnie — are barely involved in most of the goings-on.Instead, the movie chooses to tell a story that’s tightly focused on the toys, but even with the love fans have for Woody and Buzz after all these years, the stakes they face just don’t hit high enough. It feels like plenty of jokes were added instead in order to flesh the movie out. All of these jokes hit, and range from quick quips to extended gags that get bigger payoffs later in the plot. However, none of the jokes are central to the story, leaving me to feel like the story isn’t really all that necessary. In terms of quality, this puts Toy Story 4’s story somewhere in between the previous films and the Toy Story Toons shorts Disney has released over the past few years. It’s not a bad story, and it shoots to be better than something made for TV, but no one will be weeping when they watch this film’s climax.TOY STORY 4Forky brings with his creation all kinds of existential questions regarding the world of Toy Story. Pixar Pixar did fire off all of the animation touches as it always does: human hair looks different than plastic-toy hair, dust bunnies look dusty, and the antique shop setting in particular gives the studio plenty of opportunity to boast its prowess with lighting, shadow and color effects.Still, Toy Story 4 is a fun watch for anyone curious what adventures the toys could possibly have after Toy Story 3. It won’t be the emotional journey of that 2010 film, but you’ll at least be laughing the whole time. Commentlast_img read more

Muhith obstinate to repeatedly pass 16th amendment

first_imgFinance minister AMA Muhith said the government will repeatedly pass the controversial 16th amendment of the constitution despite its being scrapped by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.”We’ll pass the amendment again in parliament and do it again and again. Let’s see what the judiciary can do,” said the finance minister while responding to queries of journalists during visiting a proposed medical university in Sylhet on Friday.Muhith’s remarks come after the Appellation Division on Tuesday released the full text of 16th amendment verdict scraping the power of parliament to remove judges of the Supreme Court.In observations on the verdict, chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been critical of issues such as the absence of democracy, military rule, the role of the election commission (EC), state of governance, corruption and interference in the independence of the judiciary.Apparently irked, responding to another query, Muhith said, “We recruit the officials of the judiciary. They will be under command of people’s representatives.”last_img read more

Cell phone affair ends in gang rape

first_imgCell phone love affair ends in gang rape A college girl was allegedly gang-raped by five friends at a house in Kacharipara village of Rajibpur upazila in Kurigram on Tuesday afternoon.The victim, from Dewanganj upazila of Jamalpur district, is a student of Rajibpur college.It is reported that one of the alleged rapists seduced the victim over phone. He called her up on Tuesday requesting her to come to his house and then he and his friends raped her.Police on Wednesday detained a youth in connection with the rape incident after the victim’s uncle filed a rape case with the Rajibpur police station.According to the case statement, Khorshed Ali, son of Mahbubur Rahman of Kacharipara village, lured the college student over phone.Khorshed Ali requested the victim to come to his house in Kacharipara saying he wants to see her.On her arrival on Tuesday, Khorshed took her to the house of one of his friends – Rafiqul Islam – in the same village and at one stage, Khorshed and his four friends raped the college girl one after another, said the case statement.The gang rape left the girl bleeding and unconscious. Then Khorshed’s friends – Alamin and Ariful Islam – rushed the girl to Rajibpur Upazila Health Complex and fled the scene.The victim was later shifted to Jamalpur Medical College Hospital as her health deteriorated further.Rajibpur Upazila Health Complex medical officer Bipasha Roy said excessive bleeding led to the deterioration of her health condition and she was shifted to Jamalpur.“It is for sure that she was tortured by more than one person. She had to have at least 12 stitches.”Rajibpur police station officer-in-charge Prithwish Kumar Sarker told Prothom Alo that victim’s uncle filed a rape case accusing six people.A certain Al-Amin has been detained and efforts are underway to arrest others, said the police officer.last_img read more

Garment workers in Savar protest for due salaries

first_imgSavarWorkers of a readymade garment factory in Savar demonstrated on Thursday morning in front of their factory demanding due salaries.The workers said they are not getting salaries for the last three months.Several hundreds workers of Abbas Apparel gathered at their factories from the morning and demonstrated. Workers said that about 600 workers are not getting salary for the last three months. Authorities have told them that they would be given due payment by Thursday.However, no officials did come to the factory on the day and workers found the main gate locked in the morning, which made them angry.Law enforcement members were seen deployed in front of the factory.last_img read more

More people now visit Sunderbans round the year thanks to infrastructure overhaul

first_imgKolkata: With the infrastructure of Sunderbans having seen massive development in recent times, the “round the year” turnout of tourists has gone up considerably at the mangrove haven. In the past six and a half years, the Mamata Banerjee government has carried out immense development work in Sunderbans, which has ensured a smooth journey for tourists to the site and a substantial hike in footfall as a result.Manturam Pakhira, the Sunderbans Affairs department chief, said: “People now visit Sunderbans round the year. However, we alert people about the bad weather during monsoon, or in case of any natural calamity.” It may be mentioned that visit to the place is encouraged throughout the year, apart from inclement weather conditions or calamities. Starting from development of road connectivity to setting up of rest sheds, the infrastructure boost has helped the local populace and ensured a steady flow of tourists. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsConstruction of roads along with culverts, wherever necessary, in all the blocks of Sunderbans, has ensured safe plying of vehicles in all weather conditions. Now tourists can travel to Sunderbans any time of the year and at the same time, local people can easily move from one place to another. Citing an example, an official said: “Now, local people do not have to think twice about the condition of roads. Earlier, owing to poor road conditions, plying of vehicles used to become quite impossible during monsoon.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAt the same time, infrastructure for water transport has also been improved. Condition of the riverine jetties has been improved. The official said that another step taken for improvement of connectivity is construction of bridges, connecting different islands in Sunderbans.It may be mentioned that every year, Hilsa Festival takes place in Sunderbans in August and September. According to tour operators, who participated in a recently held tourism fair in the city, more people are now showing interest in visiting Sunderbans. People visit different places in Sunderbans, including Gosaba Hamilton Bunglow, bird forest, Pirkhali, Dobaki Watch Tower, Sajnekhali Watch Tower, Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower and Sarkhali Island.last_img read more

Mamata expresses grief over death of Annapurna Devi

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed grief over the death of legendary musician Annapurna Devi who died at a hospital in Mumbai on Saturday. “Saddened at the passing away of Annapurna Devi…My condolences to her family and admirers,” Banerjee posted on her twitter handle. Devi (91) passed away at 3.51 am. She was suffering from age related issues for the past few years. Devi was an Indian Surbahar player of Hindustani classical music and she was the daughter and disciple of Allauddin Khan.last_img read more