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Two men due in court following Derry assault

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Facebook By News Highland – August 17, 2020 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Two men due in court following Derry assault Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Previous articleStrabane councillor questions plan for new Lidl storeNext articleWHO say local decisions may be necessary on school reopenings News Highland Twittercenter_img Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Detectives in Derry have charged two men in relation to an assault in the Duddy’s Court area of the city.A 21 year old man was charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and using disorderly behaviour.A 22 year old man was charged with grievous bodily harm with intent, using disorderly behaviour and possession of a class A controlled drug.They are due to appear before Derry Magistrates’ Court later. Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 last_img read more

Prue Leith urges shoppers to back British farming

first_imgNew Great British Bake Off presenter Prue Leith has urged shoppers to back British farming in response to the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU’s) new supermarket guide.The guide shows eight major retailers are backing British baking by sourcing 100% of their flour, butter and eggs from domestic producers.Leith, who is a long-term supporter of the NFU’s campaign, Back British Farming, said: “UK butter, flour and eggs are all easily available and choosing them really helps our fantastic farmers. So let’s make the effort to buy British.” The UK’s four largest retailers – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons – are joined by The Co-op, Waitrose, Lidl and Marks & Spencer in demonstrating their commitment to British baking by giving shoppers the choice of home-grown flour, butter and eggs to use in their baked goods.NFU president Meurig Raymond said it was fantastic to see more retailers than ever backing British farming and supporting its farmers produce on the shelves.“We know shoppers want to buy more British produce and the aim of our supermarket guide is to give them the information they need to do that,” Raymond said.“I’m sure the public will be delighted to know that retailers are giving them the opportunity to buy more British products by getting behind the nation’s farmers.”A survey carried out by Waitrose has shown that 19% of people say they now bake at least once a week and nearly half bake more than they did five years ago.last_img read more

Indian NGO Working on Maternal Health Wins MacArthur Award

first_imgPosted on January 20, 2011November 13, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Action Research & Training for Health (ARTH), an Indian NGO with a mission to “help communities access and manage health care according to their needs and capacity, by using research and training initiatives,” was awarded a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The organization is planning to use the funding to promote maternal health in the Indian state of Rahasthan:ARTH will use the $350,000 (about Rs 1.58 crores) award to complete its field campus, purchase permanent office space and contribute to its endowment. The field campus, including three health centers and training school will be used for training “Bhil-Gameti” tribal girls of southern Rajasthan as auxiliary nurse-midwives (ANMs). Tribal girls tend to drop out of school; hence special efforts will be made to help some of them to cross secondary school, enroll as nursing-midwifery students and to complete the ANM course. It is expected that high quality midwifery training offered by ARTH will generate a demand for their services, and employment in the health sector will contribute to the health, educational and economic empowerment of the tribal community they represent.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Make robots pay taxes Documents detail ideas to adapt to changing labour

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberals have been told to consider taxing robots that displace workers, letting people pay their tax bill in kind rather than with cash, and work to prevent income inequality before it happens.The ideas are part of a massive government effort to adapt to a rapidly changing workforce and stave off some of the strain it could cause on federal finances.Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the access to information law provide a window into the ideas the Liberals have been asked to consider as they modernize the social safety net and labour regulations.All the ideas are aimed at preparing federal programs designed six decades ago for the workforce demands in the next six decades.What the Liberals and other governments around the world are trying to respond to is increasing automation, the unbundling of work that can be done online by anyone, anywhere in the world, and more short-term jobs that are the hallmark of the “gig” economy.Sarah Doyle, director of policy and research at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, said the changes will be disruptive and affect some workers more than others, requiring a response to avoid an increase in inequality.“We’re seeing changes happen that very well could become faster and magnified,” she said.“The distribution of the risks and benefits associated with automation, with digitization, with these different large scale trends will not be evenly distributed across the population.”One estimate provided to G7 labour ministers this spring said up to 15 per cent of jobs could be lost to automation over the next two decades. The jobs most at risk are farm and construction workers, accountants, lab technicians and salespeople, according to information provided to a closed-door meeting of top federal officials in December 2017.The professions at lower risk of automation were paramedics, doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, and journalists.The rise of cross-border telework has also meant tasks previously done by domestic workers are unbundled and posted for international workers whose labour costs less, which federal officials worry could depress wages in Canada.Canadian demand for this online work is larger than its share of the international labour force, signalling an area that policy-makers need to probe, said Armine Yalnizyan, an economist who researches the future of work.Workers in this new “gig” economy — marked by more part-time and short-term contract work — are also less likely to pay into the employment insurance system funded by premiums from employers and employees. A June 2017 briefing to Canada’s labour minister said online platforms were “providing new ways to avoid employer-sponsored benefits and other financial burdens.”Federal officials who were part of the discussion expressed concerns that the trend could deal a fatal fiscal blow to the federal social safety net.Avoiding this fate encompasses a range of solutions, according to the documents.The October 2017 brainstorming sessions included recommendations to pay each Canadian a guaranteed minimum income, which would replace various targeted social benefits. Another idea was to allow Canadians to pay their tax bills through non-cash payments like volunteering to do work for the federal government.Rejigging labour rules to give workers more bargaining power could be part of a push towards “pre-distribution” to boost market incomes instead of relying on government benefits to redistribute income and even out inequality.“Increasingly over the last 50 years, we have seen the bargaining position of workers erode and unless there are measures that can actually improve the way in which workers can bargain for themselves, then we are totally reliant on government to fix everything. And that cannot be,” Yalnizyan said.Lifelong learning has also been a key issue to allow workers to repeatedly drop out of the workforce to upgrade their skills and adapt to changing employment needs, particularly those workers who don’t have digital skills and could find themselves replaced by a robot. There was also a proposal to use technological advances, like 3-D printing, to reduce the costs of goods.And as for those robots? Officials suggested taxing technology that displaces a warm-bodied worker, or require that a portion of the automated work be directed toward a social good.The October 2017 brainstorming session report said the range of policy options hadn’t been fully assessed for “usefulness, impact and feasibility.” Instead, the ideas represented “the beginning of a discussion about how to respond to the changing nature of work.”Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said she believed the government was getting close to finding some of the solutions.“It’s not that we haven’t had change in the world of work before. It’s the rapid pace of change I think that is concerning to many Canadians,” she said in an interview.“But I also don’t necessarily have the same doom and gloom…as maybe some of our opposition parties have because I actually think that there are opportunities in the innovation and in the change.”last_img read more

Enbridge confident Line 3 pipeline will open this year despite new challenge

first_imgEnbridge said Friday its Canadian Mainline system _ the major oil export route for Canadian oil _ shipped a record average of 2.68 million barrels per day in the fourth quarter, up from 2.59 million bpd in the same period of 2017.Full oil and gas pipelines throughout its Canadian and U.S. network and the addition of new services led to fourth-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations.Adjusted net income for Canada’s largest pipeline operator was $1.17 billion or 65 cents per share in the last three months of 2018, beating analyst estimates of $1.12 billion or 62 cents per share as noted by Thomson Reuters Eikon.A year ago, Enbridge reported adjusted earnings of $1.01 billion or 61 cents per share for the fourth quarter of 2017. The project is designed to replace an aging pipeline and restore its original capacity of 760,000 barrels per day, an increase of about 370,000 bpd.“Clearly, this pipeline is critical and it has massive support. With PUC approval, we’ve reached the final permitting and construction phase of the project,” said Monaco on the call to discuss fourth-quarter financial results.“With regulators in all jurisdictions having now approved it, it’s full steam ahead on the remaining project execution phases.”As long as permits are received in time to get construction crews into the field by June, the Calgary based company will be able to put the pipeline in service before the end of the year, said Guy Jarvis, president of liquids pipelines, on the call.Previous challenges by the former governor were set aside by the state utilities commission.A lack of export pipeline space was blamed for steep discounts in western Canadian oil prices last year, leading to production curtailments by the Alberta government that began Jan. 1. Results were enhanced by operating performance, optimization of deliveries on existing pipelines, synergies from the Spectra Energy acquisition and $7 billion of projects brought into service in 2018, it said.The results reflected many of the same influences that led to midstream rival TransCanada Corp. reporting net income of $1.09 billion on Thursday, up from $861 million for the same quarter a year earlier.Enbridge has a $16-billion inventory of projects which are scheduled to come into service between 2019 and 2023.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – Enbridge Inc. is confident that its Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project will come into service by the end of the year in spite of a renewed challenge launched this week by the newly elected governor of Minnesota.On Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz announced that his commerce department would petition the state Public Utility Commission to reconsider its approval of Line 3 through Minnesota, prolonging a process begun by his predecessor.The $9-billion project to export crude from Alberta to Superior, Wis., where it will connect with pipelines to the U.S. Gulf Coast, is needed by shippers, supported by parties along its route and will create jobs and pay millions in taxes to local governments, said Enbridge CEO Al Monaco on a conference call on Friday.last_img read more

Stage North Theatre Society – Season Auditions

first_imgMy First Time, is casting for four adults roles;Two malesTwo femalesA comedy about four people recounting their ‘first’ times. The show runs in January 2020.Tough! is casting for three roles;Bobby, the guy with big dreams but no idea what they areTina, who is Bobby’s girlfriend and loves him yet is questioning why after recent eventsJill, is Tina’s best friend and has hated Bobby since childhoodTough is a dark comedy featuring three young adults dealing with the growing pains of adulthood. This play will feature in March 2020 and will also be submitted for Zone Festival May 2020. This play features adult content and language.The Outsider, is casting for seven adult roles;Paige Caldwell: A professional pollster. A smart confident woman who sees politics as a series of contests to be won.Dave Riley: The chief of staff to the new governor. Smart, but entirely naïve in the game of government.Louise Peakes: A temp. Friendly, likeable, confident, and completely inept.Ned Newly: The new Governor. Impressive governing ability, complete lack of confidence.Arthur Vance: Overbearing, confident showman! Most experienced and successful political consultant out there.Rachel Parsons: A TV reporter. Straight shooter, honest, and inquisitive by nature.A.C. Petersen: TV camera guy. Quiet working man with no tolerance for idiocy.The Outsider is a comedy about the ridiculous nature of politics. Ned Newly is the ideal candidate for Governor, he has a head for budgets and bills, understands every tiny detail it requires to keep a state running. His only hurdle in the world of politics? Showtime for the play is May 2020 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Stage North Theatre Society is holding their Auditions for their upcoming show season. With three shows to fill the Society is looking for actors to audition.Drop-in, open auditions for teens and adults are being held this Saturday, August 24th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, August 25th, 12:00 – 6:00 pm. Auditions are being held at the Stage North Space at 11520 East Bypass Road, Fort St John. You do not need prior acting experience to audition for the following roles.The three shows the society is wanting to fill roles for are My First Time, Tough and The Outsider. Season Auditions FB Event, August 24th CLICK HERESeason Audition FB Event, August 25th CLICK HERElast_img read more

Lanka Muslims hold subdued prayers amid tight security

first_imgColombo: Armed police and sniffer dogs guarded mosques in Sri Lanka as Muslims trickled to Friday prayers, with many staying away over fears of revenge attacks after the island’s Easter suicide blasts. Some mosques cancelled prayers, and Sri Lanka’s Muslim affairs minister called on Muslims to pray at home instead, in solidarity with churches that have closed over security fears. Other Muslims have expressed fears that they could be targeted by Islamist hardliners, after the community’s religious leadership said the attackers would not be buried at mosques in the country. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAmong mosques that did hold prayers on Friday in the capital Colombo, attendance was thin, with some of the few worshippers who did show up saying they wanted to stand up to extremists. “We are sending a message to extremists that we will not be scared or deterred,” said Reyyaz Salley, chairman of the Dawatagaha Jumma mosque in the capital Colombo. “But the main reason we are here is because we want to say a special prayer for the victims of the church bombings,” he added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAt least 253 people died Sunday when attackers blew themselves up at three churches and three hotels in coordinated blasts that officials blame on local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath. The Islamic State group has claimed the attacks. The bombings have been condemned by leaders of Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority but some in the community still fear a backlash from other religious groups. Around two dozen police and other armed personnel guarded the Dawatagaha Jumma mosque, which has been threatened by hardline Islamists in the past because it contains a Sufi shrine, which extremists consider idolatrous. Police prevented people from walking or parking vehicles directly outside after rumours circulating on social media about possible car bomb attacks. Sniffer dogs stood guard as police checked bags and patted down worshippers and journalists before letting them inside.last_img read more

Three killed as Cyclone Fani batters Odisha

first_imgBhubaneswar: Three people were killed in separate incidents as cyclone Fani battered the Odisha coast Friday, officials said. A teenager was killed when a tree came crashing down on him at a place within Sakhigopal police station area limits in Puri district. Flying debris from a concrete structure hit a woman in Nayagarh district when she had gone to fetch water, killing her. In Debendranarayanpur village in Kendrapara district, a 65-year-old woman died after suspected heart attack at a cyclone shelter, official information reaching here said. Fani, an extremely severe cyclonic storm lashed the Odisha coast Friday morning, uprooting trees, blowing away thatched huts, and disrupting communication links.last_img

Football First College Football Playoff poll leaves Buckeyes out Michigan at No

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.” read more