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Fight over secret St Annes residential school documents back in court

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgTORONTO – Survivors of the notorious St. Anne’s residential school square off against the federal government this week in another round of a convoluted legal battle over document secrecy.Among other things, the plaintiffs want Ontario’s top court to order a review of all St. Anne’s compensation claims adjudicated before the government disclosed thousands of documents from a 1990s criminal investigation by provincial police.They also want the court to set aside a decision allowing Canada to keep secret civil-litigation materials — despite an initial ruling to turn them over. The documents were generated during 62 lawsuits related to horrific physical and sexual abuse 154 Indigenous people had suffered at St. Anne’s in Fort Albany, Ont.Those lawsuits were all resolved without a trial but before the government settled a broader class action brought by Indian residential school survivors in 2007. As part of the class-action settlement, the government set up a compensation scheme for survivors known as the independent assessment process.The two St. Anne’s plaintiffs in this week’s appeal — known as H-15019 and K-10106 — were both initially denied compensation but succeeded after a legal fight and reviews. They maintain the difficulties they had in advancing their claims can be attributed to the government’s failure to disclose all relevant documents it had in its possession.They also argue other claimants may have run into the same issue.“Canada failed the St. Anne’s survivors and misled the adjudicators,” the plaintiffs say in written Appeal Court submissions. “Canada continues to fail in the duties it owes to the St. Anne’s survivors, the adjudicators, and the administration of justice by refusing to produce transcripts from examinations from discovery that are part of the factual narrative of St. Anne’s IRS.”The federal government, the plaintiffs argue, has no legal basis to claim “settlement privilege” to keep the civil documents secret. They say such privilege applies only to negotiations toward settlement of a lawsuit, not to sworn testimony and factual evidence contained in transcripts that are a normal part of such litigation.St. Anne’s, which the plaintiffs describe as “veritable house of horrors where, for generations, indigenous children suffered unspeakable physical and sexual abuses,” has long been the subject of criminal and civil proceedings. Courts in Ontario and British Columbia have issued close to 20 separate decisions and endorsements related to the compensation process involving the now-defunct school.In January 2014, Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ordered Canada to disclose all transcripts of criminal or civil proceedings related to St. Anne’s. Six months later, court documents show, the government simply wrote Perell to say it would not be handing over civil transcripts on the grounds they were confidential under the doctrine of “settlement privilege.”Last April in a new decision, Perell concluded Canada was not obliged to produce the civil transcripts — the ruling now under appeal.For its part, the Canadian government maintains the Appeal Court should not interfere. It asserts the issues are moot because H-15019’s claim has now been settled, and Perell was right to find that K-10106 had no standing to raise the matter.“In addition to legal arguments, the appellants make numerous unsupportable allegations that do not withstand any scrutiny of the evidence,” Ottawa asserts in its factum. “The appellants are wrong to allege that previous disclosure issues involving St. Anne’s…amounted to ‘material suppression of evidence.’”Intervening in H-15019’s appeal, lawyers acting as independent counsel under the Indian residential schools settlement argue Canada’s assertion of settlement privilege has never been recognized in law. They also argue “other claims from St. Anne’s that are yet to be heard could still be affected by the failure to disclose the civil transcripts.”The case is expected to be heard on Tuesday and Wednesday.last_img read more

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Ontario Premier Doug Fords Tory cabinet criticized for lack of diversity

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first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government had barely been in power for an hour Friday before it was under attack about the perceived lack of diversity in its cabinet.Shortly before officially taking the reigns of the province, Doug Ford announced the 20 ministers tasked with helping him shepherd the new government’s agenda of fiscal restraint.But while the cabinet drew praise for enlisting members with considerable public and private sector experience, critics also noted the fact that only seven women and one visible minority currently have a seat on the front benches.Two out of three opposition parties said the makeup of the cabinet does not reflect the diversity of either the Tory caucus or the province as a whole.Political observers also noted the lack of diversity, but said the current cabinet composition makes an effort to balance different sets of interests including regional representation and willingness to commit to the promised agenda.The Progressive Conservative party did not respond to a request for comment.Critiques of the new Tory cabinet, which features plum portfolios for Ford’s past political rivals as well as veterans of provincial and federal politics, began pouring in almost immediately after Ford delivered a speech to cheering supporters gathered outside of the legislature.Newly elected New Democrat Sarah Singh, whose party now forms the official Opposition in the legislature, said the image of the predominantly male, white cabinet sends a disheartening message for those hoping to feel supported by the Ford administration.“For me as a young woman of colour, and I’m sure for many others across this province, they’re not seeing themselves reflected in the decisions that were made today,” Singh said after extending her congratulations to the newly minted ministers.Singh also criticized Ford’s decision to assign the Indigenous affairs portfolio to a minister who’s already overseeing the major files of energy and northern affairs.That move, Singh said, suggests reconciliation with Indigenous residents will be a lower priority than it has been under past regimes.Similar concerns emerged from the camp of the Green party, whose leader Mike Schreiner made history in the June 7 election by being the first person elected to the house under his party’s banner.Schreiner issued a statement lauding the depth of talent in the cabinet ranks, but lamenting that diversity seemed only confined to the skill sets on display.He noted that having only one member of a visible minority, Seniors and Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho, does not adequately represent four million Ontarians who identify as belonging to a minority group.Schreiner also took aim at the comparative lack of women in the upper echelon of the new government, though Ford’s two primary leadership rivals — Christine Elliott and Caroline Mulroney — were assigned the prestigious titles of health minister and attorney general respectively.“All governments should strive for gender parity, so it is unfortunate that just seven of the 21 ministers named today are women,” he said. “This is made more troubling by the fact that you have reduced the Ministry of the Status of Women to a non-portfolio responsibility and unnecessarily changed the name to ‘women’s issues.’”Social media teemed with criticisms of the new cabinet, with hashtags such as #OnGovtSoWhite decrying the lack of racial diversity gaining the most prominence.Political observers said Ford’s choices for high office send a message about where his governing priorities lie.Andrea Lawlor, a political science professor at Western University’s King’s University College, said the relatively homogeneous cabinet was formed from the ranks of a caucus rife with candidates from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.The group does feature members from all across the province, however, and Lawlor said Ford’s focus on veteran legislators may be an attempt to suggest that a new government is not necessarily the same as an inexperienced one.“I don’t think it’s an oversight, I think it’s a notable absence,” she said. “I think it suggests that, in an attempt to keep his cabinet as small or efficient as possible, he was … going for the people who he knows will present his agenda and who he knows will have the experience to perhaps balance the fact that he is not only a new premier but a new (member of the provincial legislature) MPP.”Rob Leone, a former Conservative member of the Ontario legislature, agreed that Ford’s choices reflect a desire to showcase a combination of political savvy and people with skills to manage large files and organizations.Leone said he would expect to see a more diverse cabinet further into Ford’s mandate when rookie caucus members have had time to get some experience under their belts.For now, though, Leone said he sees no problem with the current cabinet configuration.“People will assess cabinets on a variety of criteria, but the one that matters most is whether a minister does his or her job well,” he said. “Our parliamentary system is about to put them to the test.”last_img read more

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WWE Launches Online Auction To Benefit Boys And Girls Clubs Of America

By on October 16, 2019

first_imgWWE has announced the launch of this year’s Superstars for Hope, a global online auction on Charitybuzz.com, featuring unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America.Fans can now visit www.Charitybuzz.com/WWE through Tuesday, April 5 to bid on exclusive experiences with WWE Superstar John Cena, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and packages with the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, New York Yankees and many more.“WWE is dedicated to using the power of our brand to give back to the community in as many ways as we can,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “I am proud that this year’s Superstars for Hope campaign will support Boys and Girls Clubs of America to further enhance their efforts to build future leaders and positively affect the lives of our youth.”“Boys & Girls Clubs of America is honored to receive support from WWE’s Superstars for Hope campaign,” said Frank Sanchez, National Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “WWE and Boys & Girls Clubs of America will work together to provide Club kids all across the U.S. with the tools and skills to eradicate bullying in their communities. We are thankful to have a partner like WWE that cares so deeply about America’s youth.”Online auction highlights include: • Meet and greet backstage at Monday Night Raw with WWE Superstar John Cena. • A tour of the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, a meet and greet with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H and NXT Superstars, and a NXT Championship Title. • Meet and greet backstage at Monday Night Raw with WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon. • Two tickets to attend a live taping of America’s Got Talent in Hollywood, CA. Prize package includes a photo opportunity with judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel. • Four VIP tickets to a live taping of CONAN. • Four Delta SKY360° Suite tickets to a New York Yankees game along with pregame field passes for batting practice. • A suite at a Dallas Cowboys home game during the 2016-2017 season. • A suite at a Dallas Mavericks home game during the 2016-2017 season. • Two Rascal Flatts concert tickets and VIP Experience passes. • Four tickets to the NASCAR Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis. • Four Snoop Dogg concert tickets and backstage meet and greet. • VIP all-inclusive club seat tickets to Beyonce’s sold-out Formation Tour on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium. This package includes parking and complimentary food and beverages throughout the evening in the BNY Mellon field level club.Fans can click here now through Tuesday, April 5, to participate.last_img read more

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Afghanistan bloodshed mars 100 years of independence

By on October 2, 2019

Mr. Yamamoto also expressed hope that elections due to take place next month would give voice to the people, while also maintaining that there was “a real possibility for breakthroughs in peace” after so many years of war – a reference to on-going negotiations between Taliban leaders and the United States, that it is hoped will lead to a lasting ceasefire and talks involving the Afghan Government.The UNAMA chief’s comments come amid numerous recent terror attacks on civilians, including a suicide bombing towards the end of a large wedding party on Saturday, that claimed the lives of 63 people and injured over 180.In a statement released on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres “strongly condemned” the “horrific” attack, and expressed his “deepest sympathies to the families of the victims, and the Government and people of Afghanistan.”The attack took place in the Shahr-e-Dubai Wedding Hall in West Kabul where approximately 1,000 people were gathered for a Shia wedding ceremony, said UNAMA in a statement, adding that the mission’s human rights team would investigate the incident.According to news reports, a local affiliate of the ISIL terrorist group claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. “An attack deliberately targeting civilians is an outrage, and deeply troubling, as it can only be described as a cowardly act of terror,” said Mr. Yamamoto. “I condemn these deliberate attacks on civilians that signal a deliberate intent to spread fear among the population, which has already suffered too much.”The wedding hall where the attack took place is situated in an area of the city heavily populated by Afghanistan’s Shia Muslim minority. UNAMA has documented several previous attacks deliberately carried out against this community.“The pace of such atrocious attacks indicates that current measures in place to protect must be strengthened, and that those who have organized and enabled such attacks must be brought to justice and held to account,” said the UNAMA chief. “The United Nations stands with all Afghans in solidarity and remains committed to an Afghan-led peace process that will end the war and bring about a lasting peace.”,Security Council condemns attacksOn Tuesday, the Security Council condemned in “the strongest terms”,  the “heinous and cowardly terrorist attack” on the wedding that left more than 70 civilians dead and another 180 injured, for which the so-called “Islamic State Khorasan Province” claimed responsibility.The Council also strongly condemned the attacks in Jalalabad, on the day of Afghanistan’s centennial independence celebrations.”The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Afghanistan and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured”, the statement said. Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable –UN Security CouncilIt also reaffirmed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security”.The Security Council underlined the need to “hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice”, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to “cooperate actively with the Government of Afghanistan and all other relevant authorities”.They reiterated that “any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable”, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.  In closing, the members “reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means”, in accordance with the UN Charter and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, “threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts”. In a statement on Monday, Tadamichi Yamamoto, who heads the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that despite decades of conflict, Afghans remain committed to a nation that is stable, peaceful and prosperous, and that upholds the human rights of women and men alike.  “On behalf of the United Nations in #Afghanistan, I wish to congratulate all Afghans as they celebrate 100 years of their country’s independence.” – UN envoy Yamamoto on Afghanistan’s Independence Day. Statement: https://t.co/yYqleI2CP0 pic.twitter.com/XEMUHXdNSE— UNAMA News (@UNAMAnews) August 19, 2019 read more

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Schools should stay open during evenings and weekends to tackle knife crime

By on September 25, 2019

Sir Dan Moynihan, chief executive of the Harris Federation, a multi-academy trust that runs 46 schools in and around London, described the end of the school day as a “flashpoint” for violence.“You tend to get youths and other individuals coming to schools at the end of the day with various intentions and that can create a  flashpoint,” he said. “In the past it was always the time children were most likely to be mugged or get into disputes. Now obviously there is a new twist, as it is also a peak time for stabbings.”Most school leaders at Harris academies patrol outside their schools aat the beginning and end of the day to act as a deterrent for any potential trouble makers.    There has also been a sharp rise in the number of police-recorded knife crime offences since 2013, across every force area.  Schools should stay open during evenings and weekends to tackle knife crime, the Children’s Commissioner has said.Anne Longfield said that in areas which experience high levels of violence should be placed in “emergency measures”.Speaking at the education select committee, she said that when it comes to tackling knife crime, there is a lot of discussion, but a lack of “urgency” when it comes to actually taking action.“I think we should almost be on emergency measures in the areas of high violence,” she told MPs. “I would like to see schools staying open in the evenings and opening at weekends. I would like there to be youth workers who are proactively in schools talking to the kids at risk.”Ms Longfield added that for efforts should be stepped up to protect vulnerable children by having family workers “knocking on their doors and talking to their siblings”.Her comments follow calls from trauma doctors for schools to stagger leaving times to reduce the risk of violence.Pupils making their way to and from school can become targets for gangs and drug dealers so need extra protection at these hours, the head of one of London’s biggest academy chains has said.    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. read more

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The 6yearold boy who was shot in Dublin last month is now

By on September 22, 2019

first_imgSEÁN SCULLY WAS the young boy shot while playing with friends outside his house in Ballyfermot last month.It happened on Friday 13 June at around 10pm.He’s now facing living in a wheelchair for the foreseeable future.His mother, Gillian Scully, described how she felt when she realised that her 6-year-old son was shot in the neck: We have nothing to do with crime. It’s not our lifestyle but I feel I have to let people know that. “I know they’re probably not judging me but that’s how I feel.“I feel I have to explain to them what happened and him being out at 10pm. It was bright out, he only got five minutes out, we were only back and I feel like I have to explain that to people.center_img I thought he was gone. People were trying to talk to him, trying to keep him awake…his eyes would roll and I thought he’s going, he’s going, he’s gone.“I didn’t know what to think…I did think he was gone.”Gillian told RTÉ’s Liveline, “He’s hoisted to a wheelchair. From his chest down he has no feeling at all.His life’s changed forever now and even though they said they’re hopeful for a few steps, it could be five or six years down the line before he might.She described how the bullet “went in his neck and went straight across to his spine and went over the back and it lodged at the back of his left rib”.“They operated on the Sunday and they got that out. It damaged the top of his spine.”Coming to termsSpeaking about the wheelchair, Seán’s mum said, “He’s coming around to it.He asked me yesterday, ‘why do I have to wear a nappy?’ He’s embarrassed by it.Gillian told Joe Duffy that she will have to give up her part time job to take care of him.She explained how he wakes up during the night with nightmares and flashbacks and that she always wants to be there for him.Gillian also added that she feels she needs to explain herself to people: Gardaí believe Seán was shot by accident as the gunman was looking for someone else.Read: Ballyfermot shooting victim “largely conscious” as family keep bedside vigil>Read: Man arrested for withholding information over shooting of six-year-old boy>last_img read more

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Fifa to pay Seamus Colemans salary during rehab

By on September 21, 2019

first_img Mar 27th 2017, 4:15 PM The maximum of EUR 7,500,000 is calculated at a daily “pro rata” compensation of up to EUR 20,548 (1/365), which is payable for a maximum of 365 days. The maximum daily compensation is limited to EUR 20,548 per accident.“The maximum capacity (“aggregate limit”) of the FIFA Club Protection Programme is EUR 60,000,000 for the period between 15 May 2012 and 31 August 2012, EUR 60,000,000 for the period between 1 September 2012 and 31 December 2012, and thereafter EUR 70,000,000 per annum.Compensation will not include variable amounts, one-off payments, payments not made on a regular basis or any bonuses, including but not limited to performance or signing-on bonuses, appearance fees and/or expenses. Any amounts due on the basis of the provision of services of a different kind, irrespective of whatever nature and whether agreed under a separate contract or not, are also not covered.”Coleman, who is believed to earn around £50,000-a-week at Everton, is unlikely to return to action until 2018 after undergoing successful surgery yesterday.Meanwhile, Martin O’Neill gave an update on the Toffees full-back at his press conference earlier today.“I think he’s just beginning to come to terms with it,” the Ireland boss said. “I saw him yesterday and he’s still pretty down about it. He’s not in as much pain, the operation went very well and it’s just a matter of coming to terms with it.” h/t RTÉThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL FIFA WILL PAY Seamus Coleman’s basic salary while he recovers from a broken leg suffered during Friday’s World Cup qualifier between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium.The organisation’s club protection programme, which has been in force since June 2012, covers all players who seriously injure themselves while on international duty.The association notes: “If a player is injured due to an accident while on duty with his representative ”A” team, the player’s club will be compensated for having to continue to pay the player’s fixed salary although the player is temporarily disabled and unable to perform footballing activities for his club.”Fifa’s guidelines add: “The programme compensates football clubs for up to a maximum of EUR 7,500,000 per football player per accident. By Paul Fennessy https://the42.ie/3309172 43,910 Views Republic of Ireland’s Seamus Coleman is stretchered off the pitch. Image: Niall Carson Monday 27 Mar 2017, 4:15 PMcenter_img Image: Niall Carson 24 Comments Republic of Ireland’s Seamus Coleman is stretchered off the pitch. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Fifa to pay Seamus Coleman’s salary during rehab The Everton and Ireland defender is set for a long spell on the sidelines after breaking his leg against Wales. Guardiola videos bore Man City squad – Zabaleta>Robbie Brady makes a young fan’s day and the look on his face is absolutely priceless> Share80 Tweet Email1 Follow us: the42.ielast_img read more

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Travel advisory to Greece unchanged

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first_img‘Exercise caution’ is the continuing advice from the Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs (DFAT) for Australians visiting Greece. Recent violence on the streets of Athens has not resulted in any change to the perceived level of danger to visitors to Greece, according to travel advice reviewed this week by DFAT. The DFAT website continues to warn that “violent rioting can break out in Greek cities with little warning. Australians should exercise particular care in the centre of Athens, Thessaloniki and other major cities.” It also recommends visitors to Greece “should avoid all protests and demonstrations as they may turn violent.” The advisory to ‘Exercise caution’ is one level above the lowest advisory of ‘Be alert to your own security’. Advisories for heightened states of alert are to (exercise a) ‘High degree of caution’, ‘Reconsider your need to travel’ and ‘Do not travel’. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Bahamas Environment Ministry Holds Seminar on Strengthening Nuclear Energy and Radiation Regulations

By on September 17, 2019

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 31, 2017 – Nassau – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Expert Mission to the Bahamas for Inventory of Radioactive Devices, Sources, and Radiation Equipment held a workshop for staff of the Ministry of the Environment and Housing and the Department of Environmental Health (DEHS) at the British Colonial Hilton, October 23-25, 2017.The IAEA is the United Nation’s agency charged with ensuring that radioactive and nuclear materials are secured and applied safely.The lecture for environmental health professionals on using nuclear materials for peaceful purposes officially opened on the Monday morning.  Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment and Housing, Janice Miller stated:  “The Bahamas became a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during January 2014.  Since then we have been making incremental steps to establish a regulatory infrastructure for the safe and secure use of radioactive materials, including an independent regulatory body.“We are continuing to work with many of our partners including Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bahamas Bureau of Standards, Ministry of Health, Health Facilities Council, Ministry of Works, Bahamas Customs Department, University of The Bahamas, Ministry of National Security, Attorney General’s Office and others, in order to achieve this objective.”Ms. Miller explained further that preliminary information suggests that radioactive technology is presently being used in The Bahamas in Medicine and Industry.“The activities of the IAEA experts and local team, for the next few days will assist in establishing and maintaining a national inventory of radiation sources, and by extension inform the process of our efforts in ultimately putting in place the appropriate regulation.  Of course the completion of this effort will have to be conducted by the local team, so funds will have to be accessed to make visits to the other islands,” said Ms. Miller.“In addition to other agencies being involved in training workshops, the Ministry of Environment and Housing is taking part in regional projects to begin building capacity in meeting the human and technical resource needs of all aspects of establishment of the needed regulatory infrastructure. The IAEA has been very helpful in this regard and will hopefully continue to give the necessary assistance.”Ms. Miller said that the proper legal framework is crucial to our country receiving full benefits as a member, and as a result, the Ministry of the Environment & Housing has prepared a Cabinet Paper for submission to Cabinet, so that we along with the Attorney General’s Office can officially begin drafting the regulations for the safe and secure use of radioactive material.“The salient components of the law will include, (1) Designation of regulatory body and functions (e.g. Authorization, Licensing, Inspection, Enforcement); (2) Radiation/nuclear protection and safety; (3) Safeguards; (4) Emergency preparedness and response; (5) Transportation of radioactive material; (6) Import/export; (7) Radioactive/nuclear waste/storage; and (8) Nuclear liabilities,” said Ms. Miller.“At each phase the IAEA will be consulted for guidance so that assurance is given that our obligations as a member, are met.   We along with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General’s Office will also give attention to the various international instruments, conventions, codes and protocols, which will strengthen the international response to nuclear accidents by providing a mechanism for rapid information exchange in order to minimize trans-boundary radiological consequences.”Ms. Miller concluded with saying the Ministry believes that “being a part of key conventions will strengthen the international response to a nuclear accident or radiological emergency, including a terrorist or other malicious act, thus protecting life, property and the environment against the effects of radioactive releases.”“It is my sincere desire that the objectives of this workshop are met and that the meeting will encourage us to continue to work together toward the common goal of establishing a regulatory infrastructure for the safe and secure use of radioactive materials, in The Bahamas,” said Ms. Miller.By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo caption:  Group photo of the IAEA lecturers and participants from various agencies throughout the government, including the Ministry of the Environment & Housing and the Department of Environmental Health (DEHS) at the workshop opening session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Expert Mission to the Bahamas for Inventory of Radioactive Devices, Sources, and Radiation Equipment, October 23-25, 2017.(BIS Photo/Gena Gibbs) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Vancouverbased Safetec raises 22 million

By on September 16, 2019

first_imgVancouver-based Safetec Compliance Systems Inc. has secured another round of investment, raising 76 percent more than targeted from angel investors, the company said Tuesday.After targeting $1.25 million, the company, which sells Web-based software that helps businesses record and track data on the chemicals they use, raised $2.2 million.“We are happy to add to Safetec’s community of investors,” said Jim Frohlich, the company’s president and chief investment officer, in a news release. “With this capital infusion and Safetec’s continuing delivery of new technologies and services, we expect to return to our historical pattern of growing sales in excess of 50 percent per year.”last_img read more

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At least 1 killed in Hialeah Gardens crash

By on September 15, 2019

first_imgHIALEAH GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities have shut down all northbound lanes of Okeechobee Road in Hialeah Gardens after a crash claimed at least one life, Sunday night.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash took place near Northwest 138th Street, just before 8 p.m.Northbound lanes of Okeechobee Road were shut down at 138th Street, east of the Florida Turnpike. Those lanes were later reopened.Officials have not provided further details about the victims or how many vehicles were involved.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON Senator Markey Says FCC Vote Imperils Community Television

By on September 11, 2019

first_imgWASHINGTON, DC — Below is a press release from Senator Ed Markey’s Office:Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) vote to revise existing rules governing contracts between cable operators and local governments.“[On Thursday, August 1], the Trump FCC dealt another blow to local journalism and the platforms that lift up community voices,” said Senator Markey. “The Commission voted on party lines to allow cable companies to shirk their obligations to the towns and cities where they operate, and I’m concerned that public, educational, and government television stations across the country will be hit particularly hard by this decision. PEG stations catalyze civic engagement, educate our children, and employ our neighbors. They serve an important role in our increasingly globalized and consolidated media landscape, and I will continue to fight to ensure that they are able to provide their critical services to viewers in Massachusetts and beyond.”Currently, towns and cities across the country are permitted to require as part of cable franchise agreements that cable operators meet demonstrated community needs by providing in-kind contributions that benefit schools, public safety buildings, and public, educational, and government (PEG) channels. However, the Commission’s decision today permits cable companies to assign a value to these contributions and then subtract that amount from the franchise fees the cable operator pays the local community. As a result, local governments will have to decide between supporting PEG stations in cable franchise agreements and supporting other important services for critical community institutions like schools and libraries.Earlier last week, Senator Markey led 15 of his colleagues urging the FCC to protect PEG stations.There are more than 1,500 public, educational, and governmental studios/operations and an estimated 3,000 PEG channels in America. Religious programming represents 30 percent of local access programming. Tens of thousands of hours of programming is produced by veterans, seniors, the disabled and ethnic, minority and second language groups.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSenator Markey & Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian Promote Expansion Of Opioid Treatment In JailsIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Senator Markey Introduce Legislation To Improve Safety & Accessibility For Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Public Transit UsersIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Explain Why They’re Endorsing Markey Despite Likely Kennedy PrimaryIn “Government”last_img read more

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I am responsible for Congresss defeat in Madhya Pradesh Kamal

By on September 6, 2019

first_imgBhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has said he had offered to resign from the post of state Congress president after the party’s bad performance in the Lok Sabha election. His remarks came amid reports that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi expressed disappointment that none of the leaders holding top posts took responsibility for the party’s poor show. Gandhi himself has been insisting that he would step down. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Kamal Nath said he takes responsibility for the party’s poor performance in Madhya Pradesh, where Congress won just one out of the 29 Lok Sabha seats. “I take responsibility for the party’s defeat in Lok Sabha elections in the state. Rahul Gandhi is right. I do not know who is responsible for the defeat but I had offered to quit the party post,” Kamal Nath told reporters at an event in Bhopal on Thursday. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “I personally believe that I am responsible for the party’s defeat. I do not know who else in responsible,” he added. A senior Congress leader said Kamal Nath did offer to resign as state party president after the Lok Sabha election results came. “He had said he takes moral responsibility for the party’s defeat in the state,” the Congress leader said. Advertise With Us Kamal Nath was made Madhya Pradesh Congress chief in April 2018. He took over as Chief Minister in December last year. Kamal Nath had offered to resign from the post of state party chief after the Congress wrested power from the BJP after a gap of 15 years and he became Chief Minister. However, he was asked by senior Congress leaders to continue in the post.last_img read more

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Alia Bhatt talks about her Telugu debut in SS Rajamoulis RRR

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgAlia Bhatt in SS Rajamouli’s RRRTwitter In her career spanning just seven years, Alia Bhatt has not only proved her mettle onscreen with her sheer acting skills and hard work but also shut down those who criticize her for being a byproduct of nepotism. She has become one of the top leading actress of Bollywood and now the 26-year-old is all ready to set her foot into the Telugu film industry with SS Rajamouli’s period action film RRR which also stars Jr. NTR and Ram Charan in the lead.A day prior to Alia’s 26th birthday, Rajamouli announced that she and Ajay Devgn would be a part of RRR. On the day, Alia shared her excitement and told the media that now her wish has been fulfilled as she always wanted to work with the Baahubali series filmmaker.”Now, I am doing the preparation for it. I can’t reveal details of the film because I don’t know whether I am supposed to talk about the film, but… I am feeling really grateful as I wished in my heart that I wanted to work Rajamouli sir and that wish has been fulfilled now, so I feel immense gratitude. It’s my first time to work in the South Indian film industry, so I am really excited,” Alia Bhatt, who turned 26 on March 15, said on being asked about being a part of RRR.RRR will tell a fictitious story based on two freedom fighters. The film will release on July 30, 2020, in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and other Indian languages simultaneously.Apart from this announcement, the teaser of Alia’s upcoming film Kalank has got an immensely positive response from the audience. After that she will feature in Brahmastra opposite her love of life Ranbir Kapoor.Asked if she she has set a new benchmark for herself by doing such big films, she said: “Whenever I do any film, I first see what is my character in the film and who is the director of the film. I think it’s not important to remember that what benchmark I have set for myself.”I feel that playing my character honestly is important and what my director wants me do with that character is important than anything else, so I don’t know what benchmark I have created, but now I just want to create something good for my next film with lot of honesty.”(With IANS Inputs) RelatedAlia Bhatt celebrates 26th birthday with Karan Johar and boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor [PHOTOS]RRR story revealed and release date announced by SS RajamouliAlia Bhatt showed a lot of attitude on Kalank sets: Varun DhawanRRR movie press meet live: Rajamouli confirms Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, Samuthikarani, Daisy Edgar Jones’ roleslast_img read more

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Civil Engineers Say Texas Needs A Statewide Flood Plan

By on September 2, 2019

first_img Listen Civil engineers across Texas say the state needs a comprehensive flood mitigation plan. That’s one of multiple recommendations for dealing with flooding in the post-Harvey era described in a new report from the Texas chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.The group says lawmakers should find the money for the statewide plan, along with putting more money into the state’s struggling dam safety program. The report cites a 2008 state audit that concluded the program was “not able to accomplish its statutory mandate to ensure the safe construction, maintenance, repair and removal of dams” in Texas.Houston engineer Michael Bloom, who helped with the report, says another idea is making flood risk maps more nuanced than they currently are.“Those maps could be enhanced to show multiple sources of flooding,” he says, “and maybe slightly more detail in terms of the gradation of risk.”For example, Bloom says, people should know if their flood risk is near zero, or more like 10 or 20 percent over a certain period of time.The report also calls for a more regional approach to planning, saying “flood water does not respect political boundaries.” 00:00 /00:49 X center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Courtesy of U.S. Air Force, Tech Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.An aerial view of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017. Sharelast_img read more

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Samsung washing machines are exploding

By on September 1, 2019

first_imgDon’t look now, tech fans, but it appears as though Samsung has yet another exploding device on its hands. This time, it’s something a whole lot bigger than a smartphone.U.S. regulators have issued a warning about some Samsung washing machines. Around two dozen complaints have been filed recently by American consumers, and yes, they’re all claiming that their Samsung washers exploded.Not in a sensational fireball/billowing cloud of smoke kind of way — more in the deafeningly loud bang/bits of metal shooting everywhere way. Either way, it’s not really something that you want happening when you’re nearby.Why not? Well, a good, modern washing machine can spin your laundry at a blistering pace. Some get spinning at 1800RPMs. A load of wet laundry can weigh as much as 25 pounds, and if it’s not nicely balanced inside it can put an awful lot of stress on the machine.In the case of these faulty Samsung washers, a sub-par support rod is the alleged weak link. When the rod goes, things go South in a hurry and it’s not long before basement floors are littered with shrapnel. On a good note, at least an exploding Samsung washing machine isn’t going to burn your car to a crisp or leave you with full-thickness burns on your ass.Faulty batteries blowing up Galaxy Notes? Yes, that’s Samsung fault. This time, however, owners may bear some of the responsibility. It’s possible that these washers have been pushed beyond their limits — you know, the ones clearly laid out in the owner’s manual that you read breathlessly from cover to cover.Samsung is still investigating the situation and will only say that their customers have “completed hundreds of millions of loads without incident since 2011.”last_img read more

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Air France creating lower cost airline to better compete

By on August 20, 2019

first_img PARIS — Air France plans to create a new budget airline in hopes to better compete with Mideast carriers and low-cost rivals.Parent company Air France-KLM said in a statement Thursday that the new airline would focus on routes where Air France is struggling against cheaper competition.It said the airline would run long-haul flights for tourist and business travel. It would use Air France pilots who volunteer to work under new rules “adapted to its competitive position.” Air France staff have protested job cuts and other cost-cutting in recent years.CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac is presenting the plan Thursday to the works council.In quarterly results Thursday, Air France-KLM noted a “highly uncertain” global context and “special concern about France as a destination” after deadly extremist attacks. Tags: Air France, KLM Air France creating lower cost airline to better compete Thursday, November 3, 2016 Share Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Virtuoso recognises leaders in sustainable tourism

By on August 17, 2019

first_imgInternational luxury travel network Virtuoso recently recognized Natural Habitat Adventures as a winner of its prestigious Virtuoso Awards honoring the network’s finest travel advisors, agencies and preferred partners. Nat Hab was singled out for its leadership role in sustainable tourism.“We are thrilled to receive this distinguished award. Since our inception in 1985, Natural Habitat Adventures has strived to be a global leader in sustainable travel and ecotourism. Our commitment to these principles runs deep within our company ethos and is manifested throughout our office and field operations. We’re proud to have initiated a number of “industry firsts,” and we continue to push our company and our partners to be sustainability leaders,” said Ted Martens, Vice President of Marketing & Sustainability.The award recognizes Nat Hab’s leadership and commitment to sustainable tourism principles and practices, including the company’s innovative partnership with World Wildlife Fund, their Carbon Pollution Reduction program, the introduction of the planet’s first hybrid safari truck, and support of local communities through the Natural Habitat Foundation.The awards were announced at its gala dinner on Aug. 13 at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, which closed the 27th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference. Hosted by Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch, the gala attracted more than 2,700 attendees, including some of the biggest names in luxury travel.“Virtuoso’s selective acceptance process means that only the world’s top travel professionals are part of our network,” Upchurch said. “Because of that, the peer-to-peer Virtuoso Awards are an especially valued industry recognition.” Natural Habitat AdventuresSource = Natural Habitat Adventureslast_img read more

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Tonga Tourism plans to triple its current budget

By on August 16, 2019

first_imgTonga’s Ministry of Tourism plans to triple its current budget in order to expand the tourism industry so it can increase its capacity for visitors.An estimated 15,000 overseas tourist visited the capital Nuku’alofa last week, which meant that the industry was at full capacity.An executive at the Ministry of Tourism, Sione Moala Mafi, said the government has determined that boosting the tourism industry will be the fastest way for recovering Tonga’s economic.Mafi said the increase of the budget would be sought through aid donors and foreign investors.“We are trying to open up the airlinks and even to attract investors. We do not have to build hotels ourselves. We can attract investors to build it for us. So we are looking at reclaiming some areas in the front harbour of Nuku’alofa and so that will be most appropriate for some of the, say, 5-star hotels to be built.”last_img read more

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Coalition government in the north collapses Updated

By on August 9, 2019

first_imgThe four-party coalition ‘government’ in the north officially collapsed on Thursday after ‘Prime Minister’ Tufan Erhurman handed in his resignation to leader Mustafa Akinci following a rift between the partners over the lease of ‘state’ land to the son of Serdar Denktash.Erhurman’s resignation followed those of two of his coalition partners, the head of the People’s Party (HP) Kudret Ozersay who was Deputy ‘Prime Minister’ and ‘Minister of Foreign Affairs’ and head of the Democratic Party Serdar Denktash who was ‘Finance Minister’.The other two parties forming the coalition were Erhurman’s Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and the Communal Democracy Party (TDP) headed by Cemal Ozyigit who was ‘Minister of Education’.Accepting Erhurman’s resignation, Akinci said that he believed that he had worked in harmony and dialogue with the four-party coalition.He added he would give a few days to the parties to consult among themselves, while he will hold separate meetings next week with the heads of ‘parliamentary’ parties and would assign one of them to form a ‘government’ that could secure a vote of confidence in ‘parliament’.Pointing out that this was the first four-party coalition in the north, Akinci said that Erhurman’s job had not been easy. He said he asked Erhurman to remain in ‘office’ until a new ‘government’ was formed.Denktash resigned on Wednesday afternoon following reaction by his coalition partners after it emerged his ‘ministry’ leased his son ‘state’ land for 10 years for the construction of a university that would bear the name of former Turkish Cypriot leader, the late Rauf Denktash, father of the DP party leader.Ozersay, who had requested cancellation of the lease agreement in question, resigned late on Wednesday citing a confidence crisis among the coalition partners.Erhurman said that the most appropriate thing would be for Akinci to assign to the  party with the largest number of seats in ‘parliament’ to form a ‘government’ and this would be UBP leader Ersin Tatar.The leader of main opposition National Unity Party (UBP) Ersin Tatar said on Wednesday his party was ready for talks with HP.Noting that the two parties would jointly have 30 ‘deputies’ in ‘parliament’, Tatar argued that they did not have ideological differences, especially on the Cyprus Problem.Ozersay said his party members would decide on whether they would continue as an opposition party or proceed with negotiations to form a ‘government’.According to media reports in the north, Erhurman said that it was important to form a new ‘government’ as soon as possible due to the economic crisis the regime was currently facing.“It is important to have a stable ‘government’ during times like these. I would like to wish the new ‘government’ all the best because we are truly going through a difficult time,” he said.He refrained from commenting on possible government scenarios, adding that the issue will be discussed in detail during a party meeting on Thursday evening.On whether early elections were on the horizon, Erhurman said that there was the necessary arithmetic in parliament for alternative coalition scenarios but as the ‘constitution’ states, early elections will be held if coalition talks fail.Erhan Arikli, leader of the Revival Party (YDP) estimated that UBP will form a coalition ‘government’ with HP, the economic protocol with Turkey will be signed immediately and the flow of money will begin. He added that in case the UBP-HP do not form a coalition ‘government’ his party was ready to support a UBP-DP minority ‘government’.Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen, citing the short lifespan of administrations in the north, reported that there have been 34 ‘governments’ in 36 years.The four parties that command 27 of the 50 seats in ‘parliament’ formed a coalition ‘government’ in February 2018 following early elections. UBP took first place at those elections but failed to win a majority and found itself outside the ‘government’ after failing to forge a coalition with other parties. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoHonest To Paws31 Tourist Attractions That Most People Wouldn’t VisitHonest To PawsUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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