Delaney Windigo APTN National NewsSafety and security for Indigenous women and girls was the topic at the AFN’s general assembly on Thursday.Chiefs there passed a resolution supporting Senator Lillian Dyck’s call to amend the Criminal Code, giving strict sentences to men who assault Indigenous women.
The Bank of Canada’s latest projection of how minimum wage increases in Alberta and Ontario will affect job losses comes as no surprise to the Conference Board of Canada’s director of provincial and territorial forecast service.“It’s in the same kind of range as what we expect,” Marie-Christine Bernard said after the bank’s latest report.The BOC’s “The Impacts of Minimum Wage Increases on the Canadian Economy” study stated while the net impact on labour income would be positive, there would be job losses.“The planned minimum wage increases would reduce national employment by about 60,000 jobs relative to otherwise by 2019,” the report said, while also looking at the effect on GDP.“Minimum wage increases would reduce the level of gross domestic product by roughly 0.1 per cent by early 2019 and boost CPI inflation by about 0.1 pp,” the report said.Bernard pointed out the board’s prediction was actually lower than the bank’s predicting a loss of around 50,000 jobs, with a vast majority coming in Ontario rather than Alberta.“We also have to consider where the minimum wage is compared to the median wage in the province,” she said. “In Ontario, it’s going to be substantially higher.“In Alberta not as much, because there’s less people earning minimum wage in Alberta.”Ontario raised its minimum wage to $14 per hour on Jan. 1 from $11.60 and plans to increase it to $15 in 2019, while Alberta is expected to raise its minimum wage to $15 later this year.Bernard said the losses would include both Canadians losing their current jobs, as well as planned positions that won’t go forward.“Maybe a business would’ve hired a worker and now they’re not,” she said.Both the bank and the board said the number of losses could be less than their projections, depending on how businesses react to the increases, for example by reducing the number of hours employees work.660 NEWS Business Editor Richard Southern said, however, he’s not convinced.“It’s not what we’ve seen in the past,” he said on Twitter. “Goldman Sachs analysis recently found that U.S states where the minimum wage went up had faster employment growth.”To read the full report, click here.
The guidebook, published by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and entitled “Making private standards work for you: A guide to private standards in the garments, footwear and furniture sectors,” outlines business values, norms, ethics, codes and principles which are considered crucial for promoting social development and environmental sustainability in global value chains.According to some estimates, more than 1,000 codes of conduct and management systems exist, but most companies in developing countries lack information.The Chairman of the Viet Nam Apparel and Textiles Association, Van Dao, welcomed the guidebook, saying it would “provide producers who are trying to enter into business with major buyers and retailers, with invaluable information on what is facing them.“When trading with global buyers, on top of national, regional or international standards and technical regulations, a business now needs to comply with private standards as well,” Mr. Dao said. 25 October 2010The United Nations agency tasked with promoting industrial development today launched a new guidebook on private standards for exporters in developing countries working in the garments, footwear and furniture sectors to help them access global production and supply chains.
For the first time in over two weeks, security conditions have allowed humanitarian agencies to reach families living in the suburbs of eastern Mosul. Iraqi military operations have been under way in and around the city since October, which authorities launched an offensive to oust terrorists form the area. The UN agencies spent eight hours gathering families and providing them with humanitarian supplies and food as a part of an interagency operation.WFP provided six-days’ worth of ready-to-eat food supplies, UNFPA provided dignity kits for women, and UNICEF delivered one month’s supply of water purification tablets, high energy biscuits, jerry cans, baby hygiene kits and leaflets with information on child protection and basic mine awareness. “Access and security are the biggest concerns facing the entire humanitarian community trying to assist families affected by the conflict,” stated Sally Haydock, Country Director and WFP Representative for in Iraq, adding that it is a great relief for the agency to be able to assist so many struggling families in Mosul who are running out of food. “I saw thousands of happy welcoming children today, it was a very large and important distribution which allowed us to reach more than 21,000 children in eastern Mosul,” said Bastien Vigneau, UNICEF’s Regional Emergency Advisor who coordinated the aid delivery. The advisor also stressed the importance and urgency of delivering longer-term services to these areas to normalize life for children there. In addition, Nestor Owomuhangi, UNFPA Deputy Representative assured that the agency is working very hard to provide immediate relief to women and girls affected by the conflict. “The dignity kits that we have managed to distribute today to over 9,000 women and girls include feminine hygiene products, basic clothing like a dress and head cover.” They offer more than the basic requirements as they allow women to take care of their well-being and enable them to gain confidence to get out of their tents or houses to seek other available services, he added.
HANOVER, N.H. — Cameron Young hit 3 of 4 free throw attempts and added a layup in the final 18 seconds to lift Quinnipiac to a 64-59 win at Dartmouth on Wednesday night, the sixth straight win over the Big Green for the Bobcats.The Bobcats entered the game on the heels of a tough, 71-61 loss to Stony Brook.Travis Atson made two free throws with :39 left to give Quinnipiac a 59-52 lead, but Ian Sistare hit two free throws and Brendan Barry converted at the basket to make it 59-56 with :27 remaining. Young converted the second of two from the line to make it 60-56, and Barry missed from deep before adding two more free throws with :10 remaining. Taurus Samuels hit from 3 with :04 left to get Dartmouth within 3, but Young converted a layup two seconds later to put the game away.Young finished with 21 points for Quinnipiac (3-4) and Kevin Marfo added a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards.Chris Knight scored 23 points for Dartmouth (4-5).The Associated Press
Coach Urban Meyer stands in front of the team before the Buckeyes take the field against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State was left out of the top tier of four teams reserved for playoff-bound teams, according to an initial College Football Playoff poll released Tuesday at 7 p.m. The move was predictable by the playoff committee that made the selections after a string of rough games for No. 6 ranked OSU.The top spots belong to Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Washington, in that order. The Buckeyes will be facing Michigan later this season in a matchup that could potentially decide the fate of each team’s chance of reaching the playoffs. OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett said on Monday before the release of the rankings the spot the Buckeyes are in holds no merit to him.“I don’t care about it too much being that there is still a lot of football left to play,” he said.The committee for 2016 is comprised of an array of members, including long-time Wisconsin head coach and current director of athletics Barry Alvarez and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. While the selections show who the committee feels are the best teams in the nation, the poll will be updated throughout the next few weeks until the end of the regular season. The next playoff rankings will be released next Tuesday at 7 p.m.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he agrees with Barrett on Monday, and would be doing his best to stay away from the polls, even though they set a precedent for the rest of the season. He might be able to stay away, barring any interference from those close to him.“Oh, it’s important. Not for us. It’s important,” Meyer said. “I won’t look at it. I’m sure people will tell me about it, including my person of 27 years of marriage will tell me about it when I get home.”
5. Roman Abramovich’s UK visa delayedRussian billionaire and owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich, is yet to have his UK visa renewed by the Home Office after the government ordered a review of the immigration status of hundreds of wealthy Russians in Britain.Mr Abramovich applied for a renewal when his previous visa expired last month but has not received a decision, a source familiar with the matter told the Daily Telegraph.The source said the renewal process was taking longer than usual but there was no suggestion it would be denied.Mr Abramovich, who is worth an estimated £8 billion, made his fortune in Russia’s oil industry in the 1990s. The billionaire, 51, has been a frequent visitor to London since he bought Chelsea Football Club in 2003.Unlike some other wealthy Russian investors, he never took UK residency but has continued to visit the UK on a Tier-1 visa.Read the full story here Scotland’s First Minister Nicola SturgeonCredit: Ken Jack/Corbis 2. Nicola Sturgeon pledges to ‘restart’ independence driveThe Scottish First Minister announced Sunday that she is to “restart” her campaign for Scottish independence ahead of the release of a revamped economic blueprint that could see her ditching the pound.Nicola Sturgeon said the publication of the report this week would be an “important moment” in her battle to break up the UK.It is expected that the 400-page document will recommend that the pound would be used in a transition period after independence, before moving to a new Scottish currency that would initially be pegged to sterling.Wealthy investors would be given preferential treatment under a separate Scotland’s immigration system using a “golden visa” scheme, it was said, in an attempt to increase the country’s sluggish growth rates.Appearing on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, she argued that a new debate about independence would bring “hope” to Scotland rather than the “despair” caused by Brexit.Read the full story here Mourners attend a vigil in memory of the victims killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High SchoolCredit:JONATHAN BACHMAN/Reuters Commuters passing a Thameslink trainCredit: Andrew Matthews/PA Saturday’s Matt cartoon gave a nod to the royal wedding excitement which took over this weekendCredit:The Telegraph/Matt ntonio Conte celebrates with champagne after the Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester UnitedCredit: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty 4. Texas school shooting victims named, including hero pupil who barricaded classroom doorThe gun debate was once again reignited in the US this weekend after another deadly school shooting saw 10 killed in Texas on Friday. Details of the eight students and two teachers who died in the attack were revealed on Saturday, including a Pakistani exchange student and a substitute teacher trying to make ends meet for her family. Chris Stone, 17, was among a group of students who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering their art classroom, Abel San Miguel said.The shooter fired his shotgun through the door, however, striking Stone in the chest, he said.Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at Santa Fe High School – where the attack took place – is being held on two charges: Aggravated assault to a public servant and capital murder, which means he could face the death penalty.Read the full story here As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, giddy with happiness on their wedding day put a smile on the faces of millions watching from around the globe Chelsea took the FA Cup title, the Kilauea volcano continued to spew lava, and Nicola Sturgeon reignited the Scottish independence debate. Amidst all the wedding excitement, here we round up the other top stories you might have missed this weekend:1. Chelsea win FA Cup finalDecided in the 22nd minute with a penalty taken by Eden Hazard, Chelsea beat Manchester United to the FA Cup title on Saturday. Thought likely to be a parting gift from manager Antonio Conte, the Italian head coach lingered over the trophy, gleeful to make the win over his old enemy, Jose Mourinho. Eden Hazard shone throughout the game, with a performance which will leave some wondering what problems the young Belgian might bring England when the two countries meet in the World Cup next month. Despite Mounrinho’s claims after the game that his team deserved to win, Manchester United gave a lacklustre performance in the final- particularly in the first half of the game, leaving Conte’s men to secure his second major honour in two years in English football. Read the full match report here Best cartoon from the weekend England Manager, Gareth Southgate speaks to the media during an England press conference Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty 3. Asia Argento calls Cannes Harvey Weinstein’s ‘hunting ground’ Italian actress Asia Argento made an impassioned speech during the closing ceremony of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, stunning the audience as she targeted Harvey Weinstein and industry abusers ‘yet to be unmasked’. Speaking from the stage of the Grand Theatre Lumière, Argento, reminded the audience that the festival had been a prime stalking ground for abusers in the past.“In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes,” she said, to pin-drop silence. “I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground. “Even tonight,” she said “sitting among you, there are those who still have to be held accountable for their conduct against women for behaviour that does not belong in this industry. You know who you are. But more importantly, we know who you are. And we’re not going to allow you to get away with it any longer.”Harvey Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.Read the full story here Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom and Speaker John BercowCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. 7. John Bercow allegedly called Andrea Leadsom a ‘liar’ John Bercow allegedly accused Andrea Leadsom of being a liar in the Commons after she confronted him over claims he had described her as a “stupid woman”.The row began on Wednesday after Mr Brecow allegedly described the Leader of the House of Commons, as a “stupid woman” and muttered that she was “f —— useless”.On Friday night The Telegraph learned that Mrs Leadsom returned to the Chamber on Wednesday afternoon to confront Mr Bercow over his alleged comments and asked him for an explanation.He allegedly responded by calling her a liar. When she explained that she had been informed about the Speaker’s alleged comments by other members, he allegedly accused her of being a liar again and turned away from her.Read the full story here Meghan Markle and Prince Harry kiss on the steps of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle following their weddingCredit: Danny Lawson/PA Best picture from the weekendWe can’t completely ignore the story that really stole this weekend. The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on Saturday saw a rare happy story take over the news agenda the past few days, with millions from all over the world tuning in to watch the beaming newlyweds exchange their first kiss as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich Credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP 6. Mass cancellations cause rail chaos On the first day of a ‘timetable revolution’ dozens of trains had already been cancelled by 9am, with disruption expected to continue for up to a month. On Sunday the times of more than 3,000 trains operated by the UK’s largest rail franchise, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), changed.The company – which runs Southern Rail, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern – have said that the timetable overhaul will mean there are 400 more trains a day and will allow 50,000 extra passengers to get to London during morning peak hours.However, on the day of the launch GTR were left apologising to customers.Last week Thameslink admitted on Twitter that it anticipated it will be June 11 before the new timetable is fully operational on its routes. Train drivers and commuter groups have warned that the worst is yet to come.Read the full story here Italian actress Asia Argento gestures on stage on May 19, 2018 during the closing ceremony of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film FestivalCredit:Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AP 8. England players prepared for racial abuse at World Cup in RussiaEngland’s planning for the World Cup in Russiawill include preparing players for racial abuse, Gareth Southgate revealed on Saturday.As part of their World Cup workshops Pippa Grange, a psychologist who is the Football Association’s head of people and team development, will cover how to cope with racist incidents.Southgate has openly stressed that countries including England must also “get our house in order” over racism in football, but is keenly aware of the history of the problem in Russia and wants his players to know that they will be supported in highlighting any problems.He said: “We work with our players on how we will support each other if anything like that was to happen.England players will not leave the pitch if they are victims of such abuse, as that runs the risk of being excluded from the tournament.Fifa protocol is that the match referee should be informed and he will in turn tell the fourth official.Read the full story here Best video from the weekendThe best footage of this weekend comes from Hawaii, where the Kilauea volcano is continuing to cause chaos after it first began erupting on 3 May.The volcano has now created nearly two dozen lava-shooting fissures on Hawaii’s Big Island, with thousands being forced to evacuate their homes. Experts remain unsure of where more of the hazardous cracks might open up, or when the volcanic activity might stop.On Saturday a man became the first to be injured in the event, as he was hit by flying lava while sat on his third floor balcony. The unnamed man is in a serious condition after his leg was smashed by the volcanic debris, which can hit temperatures of over 1000 degrees Celsius at the point of eruption.
The Siemens Drive Technologies Division has received an order from Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) in India, to supply 60 gear units for coal mills. The state-owned, Indian utility company is planning to build and expand several coal-fired power plants. The new gear units will drive the vertical mills which grind the coal in these plants. The Flender gear units from Siemens consist of a bevel gear stage and a planetary gearbox. Their advantage is that higher torques are achieved by distributing the loads, ranging between 19 and 670 kNm, to the planet wheels. “Powerful, reliable drives are a key component in the coal grinding. With the optimal gear ratio, they continuously drive the vertical mills, in which the coal is ground to a very fine grain. BHEL chose the vertical mill gear unit from Siemens because of its very long service life and proven drive design. This is exemplified by over 4,000 worldwide references,” stated Siemens.Bernhard Hoffmann, Head of Drive Applications at the Siemens Mechanical Drives Business Unit in Voerde, said: “With our powerful and reliable drives, we are making a decisive contribution toward the security of supply to Indian coal-fired power plants. By supplying such a large number of gear units at short notice, we are quickly helping our customer, BHEL, to expand power supplies in India.” BHEL, an Indian company, a leading constructor of power plant and energy equipment, is one of the largest enterprises in India, with its headquarters in New Delhi and a workforce of almost 50,000.
← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL 2010/11: Gyor, Larvik, Itxako and Budućnost for the title! Next Story → Kasper Hvidt in AG Copenhagen until retirement ALMOST nine months to the day since notching up their first competitive victory, Great Britain men beat Italy 33-24 in Loughborough on Friday evening to secure their second win.It was a fitter and faster GB side which took to the court against Italy at Loughborough University, and after opening up an early lead few would’ve bet against GB making it two wins in a row following last June’s victory over Bulgaria.“The boys played perfectly,” said Head Coach Dragan Djukic. “Our defence and attack was great, and we played right to the end of the match.“This week we have had physical testing and we can see the improvements that all the players have made.“We play Turkey next, and that will be a tough game as they have had a rest day, and they are an experienced team and have players who have been together for ten years.“But if we defend like we did today, we will be happy and we could win again.”After their good start to the match, GB’s lead was whittled away by some fast moves from Italy, and they were just one behind at the break, 14-13.But GB kept their nerve and as the game went on they forced Italy into long-range shots. Six goals behind with 12 minutes to go, Italy kept battling and pounced on some defensive lapses by GB to keep their hopes alive.However, GB battled on and extended their lead as Italian hopes faded and heads dropped.Steven Larsson (pictured) ended as GB’s top scorer with eight goals, while Martin Hare and Chris McDermott scored six each.In the final match, day after, Turkey beats GB 28:26.
Not the macaque monkey in question By Darragh McDonagh Wild animals, including monkey called Stevie Wonder, escaped at Fota seven times in one year The animals were never in danger or a threat to any visitors, a spokesperson said. Mar 6th 2017, 8:29 AM Share159 Tweet Email1 11 Comments Not the macaque monkey in question Image: Shutterstock/Angkarn Janjuang http://jrnl.ie/3272619 Short URL 15,838 Views Image: Shutterstock/Angkarn Janjuang WILD ANIMALS ESCAPED at Fota Wildlife Park seven times during a single year, internal records have revealed.An ape, a penguin and a monkey were among the animals that escaped from captivity at the 100-acre wildlife park in Co Cork in 2015.Some of the escapes were witnessed by large crowds of visitors, who came into close contact with the escapees, according to documented reports of the incidents.On 11 January 2015, a macaque monkey called Stevie Wonder escaped from an island enclosure “several times” during the day.“Crowds of visitors were watching. He’s getting very bold and obviously not frightened of people and is getting very close to them,” a member of staff reported in a written record of the escape.The report noted that bins in the park had been knocked over by the monkey and rubbish was “strewn everywhere”. It also stated that the animal had run over to a buggy but was chased away by an individual.Stevie Wonder was returned to his enclosure but was spotted off the island again later that evening.The following day, he escaped again with another male macaque. A bin in the Palm Walk area of the wildlife park was raided and overturned. Electric wire on a pipe near the enclosure was modified to prevent future escapes from the island.Electric shock In November, a member of the public informed staff that a lar gibbon – a small ape – had got an electric shock from a fence and jumped onto a bridge, escaping from the enclosure.“Staff met at enclosure with nets and kept her surrounded. She moved from the bridge and the trees by the … enclosure and back onto the bridge, where she was successfully netted and returned to her island,” stated the incident report.A second escape followed later that day, when the same animal, a female called Namfon, was spotted on rocks at the side of the enclosure. She jumped back onto the island when she was approached.A penguin also escaped during the year and was spotted on a lake in the park away from its enclosure. The incident report stated that the animal was “believed to have gone back to [its] enclosure” but this could not be confirmed as tunnels made it difficult to conduct a count.The documents released under the Freedom of Information Act also reveal that two pelicans escaped and flew out of the park in November 2015. It was not stated whether the large water birds were subsequently recovered.A spokesperson for Fota Wildlife Park said that strict escape procedures were followed in the case of each reported incident.“In each of the cases, at no time were the animals in danger or a threat to any visitors or members of the public. Each case was reported to the relevant authority at the time it took place in accordance with our zoo licence,” she said.There were no documented reports of animal escapes at Dublin Zoo during the same year.Read: How Ryanair’s loudmouth approach helps them find ‘fun, irreverent and cheeky’ staffRead: Trump ‘furious’ as FBI rejects claim Obama tapped his phones Monday 6 Mar 2017, 8:29 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
L’Android Market fait peau neuveAndroid est l’OS le plus utilisé sur les smartphones et les tablettes. Pour améliorer son image et faire face au nombre d’utilisateurs grandissant, Google actualisera la plateforme d’ici les prochains jours. Pour le moment, Android Market est proposé à sa plus simple expression. Le mobinaute navigue sur une interface austère afin de télécharger ses applications. Fort de son succès, Google souhaite donner un coup de jeune à sa plateforme. Ainsi, un carrousel devrait apparaître sur la page d’accueil et de téléchargements du Market. D’autres applications, complémentaires à celles choisies par l’utilisateur, seront aussi proposées dans une nouvelle fenêtre. Des widgets ainsi que des fonds d’écran animés font aussi leur apparition. L’une des autres nouveautés est l’abaissement du délai de rétractation lors de l’achat d’une application. Ainsi, le client pourra se faire rembourser jusqu’à quinze minutes après son achat au lieu des 24 heures actuelles. Pour les jeux, très demandés, les utilisateurs de smartphones pourront profiter d’une augmentation de 50 Mo de la capacité de téléchargement. La mise à jour du Market se fera automatiquement et reste accessible aux OS Android 1.6 et supérieurs. Chaque jour, plus de 300.000 smartphones sous Android sont vendus. Le 13 décembre 2010 à 15:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
Internet : plus de 6.000 demandes déposées pour obtenir les noms de domaine “sensibles”Plus de 6.000 demandes ont été émises pour acquérir l’un des noms de domaines sensibles devenus légaux le mois dernier. Le décret qui encadre la nouvelle loi est paru mercredi au Journal officiel. Suite à la mise en vente des noms de domaine sur Internet jusqu’ici bannis, plus de 6.000 demandes ont été déposées en un mois, alors que le décret encadrant le nouveau texte de loi est paru mercredi au Journal officiel. Mathieu Weill, directeur général de l’Association française pour le nommage internet en coopération (Afnic) a ainsi précisé à l’AFP que ces demandes proviennent aussi bien de personnes physiques que morales. Il a également ajouté que toute personne “démontrant un intérêt légitime” avait la possibilité de se porter acquéreur du nom de domaine.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Pour rappel, la nouvelle législation a permis d’introduire 30.000 nouveaux termes sur le marché jusqu’ici jugés sensibles parmi lesquels “Hitler”, “satan”, “coran”, “syndicat”, “église”, “esclave”, “camp-de-concentration” ou “maison-close”. Selon Mathieu Weill, les noms de domaines les plus prisés sont toutefois “internet.fr”, “url.fr”, “entreprise.fr” ou “pme.fr”. Les demandes pour des noms tels que “juif.fr”, “cannabis.fr” ou “musulman.fr” seraient en revanche minoritaires.Un intérêt légitime à justifier A titre d’exemple, Mathieu Weill explique que, peuvent demander “légitimement” le nom “internet.fr” toute personne “ayant une activité commerciale dans le secteur de l’internet, une personne voulant écrire une histoire de l’internet, ou une personne s’appelant Internet !”. Pour espérer obtenir un nom de domaine, “il faut donc justifier un intérêt légitime et agir de bonne foi, mais il y a une réserve supplémentaire qui dit qu’un nom de domaine peut être refusé s’il peut porter atteinte à l’ordre public”, a précisé le directeur de l’Afnic. Selon le décret, chaque office d’enregistrement doit ainsi signaler au gouvernement “les noms de domaine enregistrés ou sollicités présentant un caractère manifestement illicite ou contraire à l’ordre public”. Le 4 août 2011 à 18:33 • Maxime Lambert
#MagneticMediaNews#TCEM#noshredderasyetforprovodump TCI: TCEM contract not renewed, Gov’t back in charge of dump sites Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #noshredderasyetforprovodump, #TCEM Wheeland MP says ‘Enough is enough’; Official statement on Landfill fire Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 15, 2017 – Grand Turk – The fight to keep mosquito breeding down and residents’ concern about other environmental hazards have led to new vexations expressed to Magnetic Media about the dump in Providenciales and the dump in Grand Turk. In the capital, the resident watching the situation says he remains perplexed that not only has the ‘mountain of tires’ as he calls it, grown to an even higher height but despite a promise to remove and shred, Turks and Caicos Environmental Management or TCEM has still not done it. The company contacted Magnetic Media after our last report to explain that they were bringing in a shredder for Provo only, that it would be in country within weeks, but that was two months ago. For Grand Turk, no shredder is coming to deal with the tires there; TCEM has another method in mind but it is yet to be approved by TCIG. The concerned citizen in GT says he also worried about salina contamination, “The ground water run-off is still going straight on the north end of the dump which is completely open and from there into the salina and out to the reef, flowing right past the House of Assembly. Please keep them honest as they think this is forgotten about already and they have gotten away with it.” In Providenciales the problem with tires is the same, despite the contract being signed since and with annual payment to TCEM topping one million dollars. Plus, images and cell phone video of fire burning at the dump were shared with us and when checked, Magnetic Media confirmed that there was a dump fire – one week and a half ago – at the Provo location on Millennium Highway.While it is not TCEM setting these irritating and possibly toxic fires, it is said that the problem points to security breaches or that the garbage collected in Provo is not being buried as TCEM is contracted to do. Magnetic Media is told the contract with TCEM is up for review as it expired since March this year. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Burning rubber at Provo Landfill; fire again blamed on arson… again
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowAlmandinger found guilty on all charges in Grunwald murder trialCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA Palmer jury today found Erick Almandinger guilty on all counts in the 2016 slaying of 16-year-old David Grunwald.Native Corporations ask to start looking for oil in ANWRElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageArctic Slope Regional Corporation and Kaktovik Inupiat Corporation have submitted a 3-D seismic exploration plan for the Coastal Plain, or the 1002 area.Interior asking public not ‘if’, but ‘how’ to allow drilling in ANWRElizabeth Harball, Aalska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAt the meeting, officials said the Trump administration must move forward with oil lease sales in ANWR. About 100 protesters gathered outside.Murkowski irked at tariffs, and Trump teamLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs aren’t good for Alaska, Sen. Murkowski said. She’s frustrated with the on-again/off-again policy announcements, and with EPA Administrator Pruitt.Sen. Cantwell asks Army to expand, extend Pebble scoping periodAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamU.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington, sent a letter to the U.S Assistant Secretary of the Army today in regards to the permitting process for the proposed Pebble Mine.New chancellor selected for UAAWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe University of Alaska Anchorage will have a new chancellor.Local researchers try to understand why Pacific Cod stocks are crashing in the gulfMitch Borden, KMXT – KodiakOn an island about four miles off of Kodiak, researchers are trying to figure out why Pacific cod stocks are crashing in the Gulf of Alaska. And, how climate change may be affecting the fish when they’re young.In Norton Sound, expect strong salmon runs this summerGabe Colombo, KNOM – NomeSalmon runs in the Norton Sound area are expected to be at least as strong as last year, with the exception of king, or Chinook salmon.Rock strike suspends White Pass train service in SkagwayAbbey Collins, KHNS – HainesWhite Pass and Yukon Route Railroad suspended service after a rock struck a bridge about seven miles up the railroad track from town.After 50 years at Dillingham Elementary, Sophie Woods retiresIsabelle Ross, KDLG – DillinghamSophie Woods has worked at Dillingham Elementary longer than anyone else at the school. Over her 50 years as a teacher’s aide, she has taught students a variety of skills, from reading to native dancing. Now, she’s retiring.
American auto major Ford has begun shipments of its much awaited EcoSport SUV to dealers across the country from its Chennai facility.The company, which is yet to confirm the pricing of EcoSport for the Indian market, aims to grab greater footholds with the launch of the vehicle in the nation’s sluggish auto sector.”We are on the verge of something exciting for Ford India. As you know the next game changer for us, and we believe it is not only a game changer for Ford in India, but we are going to set a new standard in the industry as well,” said Ford India President and Managing Director Joginder Singh.”As you know, our shipments have begun and our dealers are accepting bookings as we speak.so, we see a very clear milestone in the launch of Ecosport.”Ford’s Chennai unit is the third of five manufacturing capacities where EcoSport is being built. While the manufacturing in Brazil and China has already started, the Thailand and Russia production capacities are in line to begin production. An earlier report also suggested that the company is planning to explore the potential markets of 62 countries across the globe for its new EcoSport SUV.India is all set to become the export hub for the vehicle. Ford, which foresees a greater potential for the SUV in the domestic market, has invested $142 million for the production of the vehicle.”India is a great market and is the lead edge indicator as to what people want in the world,” said Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally. “We are going to pay more attention to this segment. You will see more products in that segment.”Taking note of the reactions from EcoSport aficionados, the delay in the launch in India has come as a major disappointment.
Smoldering ashes and charred items are seen on the ground in Budu near Maiduguri on 28 July 2019, after the latest attack by Boko Haram fighters on a funeral in northeast Nigeria has left 65 people dead. Photo: AFPAn attack this weekend by Boko Haram fighters on a funeral in northeast Nigeria has left 65 people dead, almost triple the initial toll, a local official said Sunday.Dozens more bodies were discovered following the assault Saturday by gunmen on a village close to the regional capital Maiduguri.”It is 65 people dead and 10 injured,” local government chairman Muhammed Bulama said.Bulama said more than 20 people died in the initial attack on a funeral gathering. Dozens more were killed as they tried to chase after the jihadists.The leader of a local anti-Boko Haram militia confirmed the death toll, while giving a slightly different account of the attack.Bunu Bukar Mustapha told AFP 23 people were killed as they returned from the funeral and “the remaining 42 were killed when they pursued the terrorists”.AFP journalists at the scene saw houses burnt in the attack. Relatives collected the bodies of those slain for burial.Bulama said he thought the latest attack was in retaliation for the killing two weeks ago of 11 Boko Haram fighters by local residents when the jihadists approached their village. The residents also captured 10 automatic rifles.Boko Haram fighters have repeatedly attacked the surrounding Nganzai district.In September last year, the group killed eight people and stole livestock in two villages in the area after residents tried to stop them from taking their animals.Boko Haram has waged a decade-long campaign of violence in northeast Nigeria that has killed around 27,000 people and displaced more than two million.There are persistent attacks despite repeated claims from the Nigerian government that it has broken the insurgency.The jihadists have splintered between the Boko Haram faction loyal to historic leader Abubakar Shekau and an affiliate of the Islamic State group.Shekau’s group tends to hit softer targets including civilians, while the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has since last year ratcheted up its campaign against the Nigerian military.In June, 30 people were killed by a triple suicide bombing targeting football fans in Konduga, 38 kilometres (24 miles) from Maiduguri. The attack had the hallmarks of Shekau’s faction.Late Thursday, the group attacked a camp for displaced people outside the state capital, killing two residents and looting food supplies after burning a nearby military base.Communities have increasingly turned to self-defence groups to protect themselves against the jihadist attacks.Vigilantes and local hunters have taken up arms to safeguard local residents amid widespread complaints that the military does not do enough to defend them.
Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Bolt will be collecting his 100-meter medal on Monday, the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from Britain.“I wanted to give Jamaica a great birthday present, and I think that’s a good start,” he said. “I’m sure it will be a wonderful feat for all of the people in Jamaica to stand up and sing the national anthem.”_ Jenna Fryer _ Twitter http://twitter.com/jennafryer___EDITOR’S NOTE _ “Eyes on London” shows you the Olympics through the eyes of Associated Press journalists across the 2012 Olympic city and around the world. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) (AP) – Usain Bolt thinks London has done a great job with the games, calling Britain, “a wonderful place.”And yes, the McDonald’s over here tastes just as good as it does everywhere else. Bolt said he’s had “a few nuggets, I’m not going to lie.” He also had a wrap from his favorite fast-food place as part of his pre-race fuel.“It was healthy, so don’t judge me,” he said, drawing laughs. Top Stories Comments Share 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help
Qatar Airways annual report shows airline’s annual revenue has increasedQatar Airways today released its annual report for the fiscal year 2017 (April 1st 2016 to March 31st 2017) revealing a 21.7 per cent year-on-year net profit increase. The results also show an annual revenue increase of 10.4 per cent.This is an outstanding result for the award-winning airline, which has experienced a busy year of expansion and investment, as well as celebrating its 20th anniversary in the global aviation industry. Qatar Airways’ Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) increased by 21.9 per cent in the fiscal year 2017, to 185,208 million.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our annual results once again reflect the success of our expansion and growth strategy that has seen the Qatar Airways Group grow from a small regional airline into an aviation powerhouse over the last two decades. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary in the industry, I am proud to share our annual results with the world so that they can see how far we have come as an airline group and how our dedicated team of more than 43,000 employees have worked together to make Qatar Airways the huge success it is today.”During the fiscal year 2017, Qatar Airways has made significant investments and partnerships; launched 10 new destinations; announced industry-changing on-board product developments and expanded its modern fleet to 196 aircraft.In July 2016, the airline announced an increase in its stake in International Airlines Group (IAG) from 15.24 per cent to 20.01 per cent, strengthening its position as a shareholder in one of world’s biggest airline groups. A further strategic investment was made by the airline in December 2016, when it acquired 10 per cent of LATAM Airline Group’s total shares.Other key partnerships secured throughout the same period include a joint business agreement with IAG subsidiary, British Airways, with revenue sharing on the London Heathrow-Doha route, as well as new codeshare partnerships with airlines such as Finnair, Iberia, Sri Lankan, Vueling and Air Botswana.During the fiscal year 2017, the airline continued to build its global network, adding 10 new destinations: Adelaide, Australia; Atlanta, United States; Auckland, New Zealand; Helsinki, Finland; Krabi, Thailand; Marrakech, Morocco; Pisa, Italy; Mahé, Seychelles; Windhoek, Namibia; and Yerevan, Armenia.The airline has also announced that it will launch a record number of 24 new destinations in the next year, including exciting cities such as Dublin, Republic of Ireland; San Francisco, United States; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Santiago, Chile.In order to support this ambitious growth strategy, the airline continues to expand its fleet, which as of 31 March 2017 boasted a total of 196 aircraft including 7 Airbus A380s, 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 16 Airbus A350s. Showing its ongoing commitment to this evolution of its fleet, the airline also announced an historic agreement with Boeing in October 2016, to purchase up to 100 aircraft comprising 30 firm 787-9s and 10 firm 777-300ERs with a letter of intent to purchase up to a further 60 B737 MAX 8 aircraft.Continuing to spearhead innovation in the aviation industry, Qatar Airways revealed its revolutionary new First in Business seat concept, Qsuite, at ITB Berlin in March 2017. The patented design brings a new level of comfort and privacy to the premium class passenger experience with its fully customisable suites that allow parties of two, three or four to create their own unique space within the Business Class cabin.Qatar Airways’ success relies on the support of its home and hub, Hamad International Airport, which was opened in 2014 and now processes more than 38 million passengers a year. As a testament to its design and efficiency, the state-of-the-art airport was classified as a Five-Star airport by Skytrax at its 2017 World Airport Awards, becoming the first ever Middle East airport to achieve this honour.In early June 2017, four specific countries namely the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and the Arab Republic of Egypt took steps to sever diplomatic ties with the State of Qatar, and also closed transport connectivity by road, sea and air to these countries from the State of Qatar. Qatar Airways continues to operate to the rest of its network as per its published schedules with day-to-day adjustments for operational and commercial efficiencies, which is standard airline practice.Source = Qatar Airways
CanadaClub Medski Club Med will be bringing its all-inclusive mountain holiday offering to Eastern Canada, in the heart of the renowned Charlevoix ski region of Quebec, with a new resort due to open by the end of 2020.Together with Groupe Le Massif the resort will be situated at the highest point of the ski region, offering spectacular waterfront views overlooking the Saint Laurence River and, as the first Club Med mountain resort in North America, Club Med says Le Massif, Charlevoix promises to be awe-inspiring with a picturesque setting, an outstanding line-up of activities, excellent food and unsurpassed reputation for service.“Club Med is the world leader in all-inclusive mountain hotels and resorts. With more than 20 sites already established in France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and China, we’re excited to add Quebec, Canada, to the list,” said Xavier Mufraggi, President and CEO, Club Med North America.“Each season will reveal the wonders of this natural site, offering our international clientele a place of beauty to discover. This project also serves as a strategic symbol of rapid growth around the world for Club Med, with fifteen openings taking place in 2019, representing one to two mountain resort openings per year.”The project represents a $120 million investment with the objective of developing 300 rooms including a combination of Club, Deluxe and Luxury spaces. The future resort promises to be a haven for families, couples and groups, with spaces provided to accommodate seminars and events.IMAGE: Le Massif, Charlevoix
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