first_imgMembers of the Legislative Assembly today, Sept. 4, re-electedMurray Scott as Speaker of the House. The MLA for Cumberland South, was first elected to thelegislature in March 1998. A former police officer in Moncton andSpringhill, he also served as Speaker from August 1999 to July2003. The Speaker of the House presides over the proceedings of theassembly, maintaining order and regulating debate in accordancewith House rules and practices. He decides questions of order,rules on questions, ensures that all viewpoints are heard,protects the rights of all members and casts the deciding vote inthe event of a tie. “I am humbled by the support for my reappointment to the chair byall three parties,” said Mr. Scott. He said he wants to see allparties work together to do the best the legislature can for allNova Scotians. At one time, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker were elected on amotion of the premier. Since 1998, however, any member maynominate another member to the post as long as that member is nota member of Cabinet, the leader of the Opposition or anotherrecognized party. Mr. Scott was nominated by Premier John Hamm. The nomination wasseconded by Darrell Dexter. Danny Graham concurred. -30-last_img read more

Caterpillar, AT&T drag down the Dow; Tech stocks rise after Apple beats earnings estimates by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2013 11:59 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A gloomy outlook from Caterpillar, the world’s largest construction equipment company, is helping to send stock indexes mostly lower in midday trading.Caterpillar said Wednesday that its earnings fell 43 per cent in the second quarter as China’s economy slowed and commodity prices sank.Apple led a rise in technology stocks after beating analysts’ estimates for quarterly earnings.Shortly before noon, the Dow Jones industrial average was down eight points, or less than 0.1 per cent, to 15,560.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down two points, or less than 0.1 per cent, at 1,690.The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index climbed 16 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 3,596.AT&T fell 2.3 per cent to $34.98 after its costs surged in the latest quarter. The company spent heavily on subsidizing smartphone sales. read more