Tories continue to raise most money but Liberals close gap as election

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberal party just scored its best-ever third quarter fundraising result in a non-election year — but still fell $1 million short of the money raked in by the Conservatives.According to the latest quarterly financial reports filed with Elections Canada, the governing party pulled in nearly $3.8 million between July 1 and the end of September, from some 33,000 donors.The Conservatives, who’ve proven their mettle time and again as fundraising champs, took in $4.86 million in the same period, from 36,655 contributors.Still, as the clock ticks down to the next election in a year, the fundraising gap between the two parties closed significantly during the third quarter.The Conservatives raked in more than $6 million in each of the first two quarters — almost double the Liberal hauls.The NDP continued to lag far behind, raising just $861,889 from 11,877 donors in the third quarter. That was only marginally better than the Green party, which pulled in just over $555,000.The NDP reported similarly dismal results in the first half of the year but party spokesman Guillaume Francoeur says the total of $3.1 million raised so far this year is still slightly better than the amount raised at the same point last year. And he says the party has just revamped its fundraising program and expects to see improved results in the fourth quarter.last_img read more

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Walkout hits Saskatoon Metis assembly

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Metis Nation of Saskatchewan has seen a lot of infighting in recent months.This past weekend in Saskatoon, several people walked out of the general assembly over constitutional and governance issues.last_img

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School District 60 adds new feature to website for school bus operating

first_imgIn the event of district-wide cancellations, the School District says they will continue to post that notice to their website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 has added a new feature to their website for school bus operating status.The School District says a widget has been added on the right side of the website which lists cancellations or delays.In the event of route cancellations, drivers will contact parents in addition to the information being made available on the website.last_img read more

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Food Carnival you cant afford to miss

first_imgGastronomes get ready because the Culinary Art India is back and this time it promises to be bigger, better and tastier. Hosted by the Indian Culinary Forum and Hospitality First in association with ITPO, the 14th edition of annual food event will be a five-day affair starting from March 12 (today). Food enthusiasts will be seen making a beeline for Lounge B, Gate No 1, Pragati Maidan where the culinary festival will be staged alongside Aahar International Fair. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOne of the most loved food-related festivals, Culinary Art India is known for its thrilling competitions among the chefs in different categories like Plated Appetizers, Contemporary Sushi Platter, Plated Desserts, Authentic Indian Regional Cuisine, etc. This year too, chefs – experienced and newcomers – will lock horns to win coveted prizes at the Indian Culinary Art Challenge. Hundreds of senior and apprentice chefs from across the country are gearing up to compete on an internationally-modeled platform at this mega food carnival. Visitors will also get to witness the display of culinary excellence by renowned chefs. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardBudding chefs would be delighted to know that the Indian Culinary Forum has decided to open up more categories for them in this edition. Till last year, there was only one category open for students but the keeping in mind the number of participants and their incredible skills and talent, the CAI will now allow them to compete in three more categories including plated appetizers, three course set dinner menu, desserts and enthusiastic hobby cooks categories. By hosting this annual festival, the CAI aims to establish a professional platform where culinary professionals across India can display their individual and combined skills and creative talent, and also learn, share experiences and collaborate with each other in a purely businesslike and competitive environment. The event that culminates on March 16 will recognise and felicitate excellence in the culinary art in India and the competitions will be judged by renowned chefs. Noted Chef Satish Arora will be presiding as the Chairperson of the jury in this year’s competitions while Chef Sireesh Saxena will be the organising secretary. Chef Devinder Kumar, President, Indian Culinary Forum said, “It gives me immense pleasure to announce the 14th Culinary Art India, a professional culinary challenge where chefs are given a platform to demonstrate their culinary skills as well as help them improve to meet international standards. I would like to assure all participants and members of total transparency through structured rules, regulations, systems and panel of WACS certified judges.” Chef Vivek Saggar, General Secretary of Indian Culinary Forum said, “This year’s event will be the biggest ever with newly added categories and an expanded competition venue, to be accredited by a panel of internationally acclaimed judges. The budding chefs, who are the future of the industry, especially will get more opportunities to compete and win.” Culinary Art India 2019 challenge will see the participation of chefs in 14 different categories.last_img read more

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Hachim Mastour Cant Make His Debut With Malaga For Being Minor

Rabat – After moving to Malaga FC on Monday, Hachim Mastour has been looking forward to make his debut with the Spanish giants.Yet, his dreams have hit a major hurdle, as sources suggest he cannot currently play for being “minor”.A report by Marca said Malaga FC has not yet received FIFA’s authorization to formalize Mastour’s transfer because he is still a minor. Under Article 19 of FIFA’s International Transfer Regulations, athletes’ transfers are only permitted if the player is over the age of 18.However, the same article stipulates that international transfers of minor players are permitted under three limited circumstances, and such exceptions may only be granted after evaluation by the sub-committee of the Players’ Status Committee.Marca said Malaga FC has initiated measures to find a solution for this problem and allow the 17-year-old athlete to play as soon as possible.Mastour moved to the Andalucian side on Monday before the close of the summer transfer window.The former Real Madrid’s target contract includes a buy-back option and in case Malaga FC opts to purchase the midfielder at the end of the season for a fee of around EUR 5 million.Multiple media reports suggested that he decided to join Malaga FC on loan because he did not want to sit on AC Milan’s bench under Serbian manager Siniša Mihajlovi.A previous report by Marca said Mastour was not on Malaga’s radar, adding that his transfer was a personal request by the Club’s Owner and President, Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani. read more

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Financial crisis to deepen extreme poverty increase child mortality rates – UN

Reduced growth in 2009 will cost the 390 million people in sub-Saharan Africa living in extreme poverty around $18 billion, or $46 per person, warned the report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“This projected loss represents 20 per cent of the per capita income of Africa’s poor – a figure that dwarfs the losses sustained in the developed world,” UNESCO stressed in a press release.The study, prepared by the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR) team, was presented yesterday at the first session of the UNESCO Future Forum, aimed at analysing the consequences of the present financial and economic crises for international cooperation in general and on education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.It documents the potential impact of the current worldwide economic meltdown on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), internationally agreed targets to eradicate poverty and reduce child mortality among other human development objectives.The report highlighted the prospect of an increase of between 200,000 and 400,000 in infant mortality and that child malnutrition, already rising, will be one of the main drivers of higher child death rates. “Millions of children face the prospect of long-term irreversible cognitive damage as a result of the financial crisis,” said Patrick Montjourides, one of the authors.The world’s poorest countries are unable to insulate their citizens from the crisis, with an estimated 43 out of 48 low-income countries incapable of providing a pro-poor government stimulus, according to the report.There is also a real danger that some low-income countries which have made progress towards the MDG of universal primary education will suffer setbacks. The at-risk group includes Mozambique, Ethiopia, Mali, Senegal, Rwanda and Bangladesh.Increased international aid could help reduce fiscal pressure, but aid development assistance budgets are coming under increased pressure. The European Union’s aid commitment to provide 0.56 per cent of GDP in aid by 2010 is rapidly losing value with lower growth projections. The real financial value of the commitment in 2010 will be $4.6 billion lower, according to the report.“We cannot allow rich countries to use this crisis as an excuse to turn their back on the world’s poor,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. “Measures to revive growth and fix the financial system must be coupled with greater efforts to tackle the structural problems of extreme poverty and inequality.” One of the report’s authors, Kevin Watkins, stressed that “Aid donors could clearly do far more to protect the world’s poorest people from a crisis manufactured by the world’s richest financiers and regulatory failure in rich countries.”He compared the estimated $7 billion needed in increased aid for low income countries to meet key education goals with the $380 billion in public money injected into banking systems in last quarter of 2009.The authors of the report called for a concerted international effort to limit the impact of the financial crisis on the poor, including an increase of over $500 billion in International Monetary Fund (IMF) special drawing rights, along with governance reforms to give developing countries an increased voice, as well as the EU to provide a $4.6 billion aid adjustment. 3 March 2009The global financial crisis sweeping through Wall Street and the European banking sector will touch the lives of the world’s most vulnerable, pushing millions into deeper poverty and leading to the deaths of thousands of children, according to a new United Nations study. read more

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Equifax to update Canadians this week still mum on number impacted by

TORONTO — Equifax Canada said Monday it plans to provide an update this week on the impact of its massive data breach — nearly two months after it was first discovered — but would not say how many individuals north of the border may have had their personal information compromised.The credit data company told The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada’s privacy watchdog, which announced an investigation into the cyberattack on Friday.“We intend to share an update with Canadians this week that will include how we intend to notify any potentially impacted individuals,” an Equifax Canada spokesperson said in an email. “Our investigation is ongoing and we are committed to sharing an update with Canadian consumers.”Canada’s privacy commissioner said Friday that Equifax has committed to contacting Canadians whose data may be at risk, in writing, as soon as possible, and to provide them with free credit monitoring, a service that was offered to U.S. residents on Sept. 7, the day it first announced the data breach.The company is now facing investigations in both Canada and the U.S., but lawyers say the punitive threat by regulators is stronger south of the border.Equifax, which collects data about consumers’ credit histories and provides credit checks to a variety of companies, has been tight-lipped about the security issue’s impact in Canada.Equifax Canada did not respond to questions about the number of Canadians who may have had their personal information stolen or whether the potential fallout is limited to Canadians with credit files in the U.S.The credit monitoring company’s call centre staff have told callers that only Canadians that have dealings in the U.S. were likely to be impacted by the data breach. However, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner said on Friday that, at this point, it is not clear that the affected data was limited to those Canadians.Equifax said on Sept. 7 that it suffered a massive cyberattack in the summer that may have compromised the personal data of 143 million Americans and an undisclosed number of Canadian and U.K. residents.The credit data company has since said that fewer than 400,000 U.K. individuals may have been affected in the hack that was discovered on July 29.Equifax’s Canadian website says that the personal information that may have been breached includes names, addresses and social insurance numbers.The Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. can issue hefty fines if the credit monitoring company is found to have failed to do enough to protect consumers’ data, but Canada’s privacy watchdog does not have the power to hand down fines, said Toronto-based cybersecurity and privacy lawyer Lyndsay Wasser of McMillan LLP.Instead, the privacy commissioner can make non-binding recommendations and sign an agreement urging them to comply, she added.Tamir Israel, a staff lawyer with the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic in Ottawa, pointed to the hacking of Canadian affair-seeking website Ashley Madison, which paid $1.6 million US to settle with the FTC but was not fined in Canada.However, Wasser said an application could also be made to a federal court — either by the privacy commissioner or by an individual — for a process in which a judge could award damages to those who have suffered as a result of a data breach.The company could also face punitive measures via class actions. At least two proposed class actions have been filed in Canada against Equifax in connection with the data breach.Under Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, personal information should be protected by security safeguards that are appropriate for the sensitivity of the information, Wasser added.However, Canada’s privacy laws do not specify the measures that must be taken and even when a company has been hacked, it may still pass the “reasonableness test,” she said.“That’s the million dollar question: What is reasonable?… Even if they did comply with industry standards, it could still be found that further precaution should have been taken,” Wasser said.On Friday, Equifax said in a statement that the cyberattack occurred through a vulnerability in an open-source application framework it uses called Apache Struts. The United States Computer Readiness team detected and disclosed the vulnerability in March, and Equifax “took efforts to identify and to patch any vulnerable systems in the company’s IT infrastructure.”Meanwhile, changes to PIPEDA that would require companies to notify people in the event of a serious data breach are in the final stages, with the proposed text of the regulations out for public consultation until Oct. 2. But until those come into force, Alberta is the only province in Canada that has mandatory reporting requirements for private-sector companies.Israel said federal breach notification laws are “critical.”“There is going to be a strong internal incentive to make sure you have a very complete PR strategy before you start telling people what’s going on, but people need to know right away.” read more

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Italian police detain 10 Sri Lankans working without permits

The Sri Lankans, including two women, did not have a residence permit and were found in a shed.Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) Italian police have detained ten Sri Lankans who were employed at an industrial building without proper documents.The Italian media said that the Sri Lankans were detained following a raid conducted on the building located in Monza.

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Security Council urges Haiti to devise beneficial projects free unindicted prisoners

In a press statement issued after a senior UN official in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) described in a closed briefing the major events that have taken place since mid-November, the Council also urged the Government to develop “concrete projects that could effectively utilize the assistance provided.” It appealed for prompt disbursement of pledged funds.Council members welcomed the provisional release from jail of several leaders of Fanmi Lavalas, former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s party, and it “called upon the Transitional Government to expedite all pending cases and to ensure due process for all citizens.””Members were updated that former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune remains incarcerated without charge and is on a hunger strike,” they said in a statement to reporters by Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg of Brazil, which holds the Council presidency for March.The Government’s compensation programme for former military men should be part of a comprehensive and durable solution to the need for an integrated disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme, they said.Meanwhile, “the members of the Security Council will be discussing the Council’s upcoming mission to Haiti, possibly in conjunction with a mission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti, planned for mid-April,” the statement said.With regard to elections scheduled to take place in the last quarter of the year, Council members said the success of the poll would depend on the capacity of the transitional government to record progress on national reconciliation, security and economic development. read more

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Ban voices profound alarm at growing number of deadly incidents in West

“The last few days of clashes, which resulted in the death of four Palestinians, including a 13-year old boy, and hundreds injured, are yet another worrisome sign of violence potentially spiralling out of control,” said Mr. Ban in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York. The Secretary-General condemned the killings and said he looks to the Government of Israel to conduct a prompt and transparent investigation into the incidents, including whether the use of force was proportional. “He does not believe that the demolition of Palestinian houses or the construction of new Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land will do anything other than inflame tensions still further,” the statement further noted. In addition, the UN chief underlined that the escalation of violent incidents underscores the need for urgent action by both sides. He welcomed the commitment by Palestinian and Israeli officials to work together to curb the violence, including through continued security cooperation. Meanwhile, Mr. Ban reiterated the readiness of the United Nations to work with all parties to create the conditions on the ground, in the region and internationally, for a political horizon including meaningful negotiations towards a two-state solution. read more

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UN peacebuilding body highlights need to address root causes of conflict for

Speaking today in an open debate of the Security Council on ‘Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: review of the peacebuilding architecture’ at UN Headquarters in New York, Macharia Kamau, chairman of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations, underscored that investments in the prevention of outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict are considerably less expensive and sustainable than merely reacting to crises.“The Peacebuilding Commission, in its advisory role to the Council, stands ready to serve as a bridge between Security Council and other principal intergovernmental organs, with a view to strengthen the collaboration and enhance the impact of their collective work of peacebuilding in the world,” he said. Noting that the role of the Peacebuilding Fund in providing financing to countries on their request has evidently been important, but remains limited in its impact, Mr. Kamau stressed that the Fund clearly needs to be enhanced.Calling on UN Member States, including non-traditional donors and other partners, to consider making or increasing their multi-year commitments to pooled funds, in support of sustainable peace, Mr. Kamau said all financing-related proposals, including those aimed at appropriately resourcing peacebuilding programmes during transitions, need to be comprehensively considered by Member States during the current review.“We need to address the predictability and sustainability of financing,” he said. “We must consider all the viable options available to maximize the potential and the predictability of the Peacebuilding Fund,” he added.Also speaking at today’s debate was Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and former chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, who emphasized that peacebuilding can no longer be confined to post-conflict recovery.“Sustaining peace encompasses the activities aimed at preventing the outburst, resurgence and continuation of conflict,” he said.The single-most important outcome of the peacebuilding review process should endorse a corresponding change in the way the UN system is set up to respond to conflict, Mr. Skoog said.“The Commission is quite a unique structure at the UN, and also a flexible body. I believe there are inherent opportunities for the Commission to keep evolving and to adopt new approaches, and thereby come closer to fulfilling its original vision of bridging the gap between crisis response and long-term development and sustainable peace,” he emphasized.If the UN is serious about sustaining peace, Mr. Skoog continued, it has to ensure that there are resources to back up priorities. “Very simply put, we need to walk the talk,” he said. “It is a tragic irony that while resources available for peacekeeping and humanitarian response amount to billions of dollars, conflict prevention initiatives – which could save so many lives and significantly lessen the need for peacekeeping in the first place – has to scramble for a fraction of those amounts.”In addition, Mr. Skoog stressed that it is also necessary to create stronger partnerships with regional actors, and strengthen their capacity, since they are often first responders to conflict. By partnering with regional and sub-regional organizations, the UN response will be better informed by local perspectives and able to bring such understandings and approaches to peacebuilding to the fore.Along those lines, Gert Rosenthal, chair of the advisory group of experts on the review of the UN peacebuilding architecture, stressed that it is necessary to rethink what is meant by “peacebuilding.” In fact, he said, the term is always preceded by the adjective “post conflict” on the agenda item of the Council. Proposing the term “sustainable peace” as preferable and as the needed evolution in mindset, Mr. Rosenthal stressed that the UN as a whole must put a much greater accent on preventive measures.“In fact, much of the present peacebuilding efforts do aim to address root causes, in the broader context of pre-empting lapse or relapse into violent conflict,” he noted. But, he added, “the determination in 2005 was to ensure that such efforts become central, but we found that regrettably this has not been the case.”The Peacebuilding Commission is an intergovernmental body that was established in December 2005 by the UN General Assembly and Security Council. read more

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US migrant children policy reversal still fails thousands of detained youngsters UN

The group of 11 independent Special Rapporteurs, and other experts, insist that the detention of the migrant children – “most” of whom are asylum-seekers from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – inside the US, “severely hampers their development and in some cases, may amount to torture”.Their statement issued to reporters in Geneva, follows President Donald Trump’s decision to sign an Executive Order ending the practice of forcible separation on Wednesday, two months after the so-called “zero-tolerance” policy was introduced.The order calls for detaining family members together, who are caught attempting to enter the US, mostly at the southern border with Mexico.We call on the Government of the US to release these children from immigrant detention and to reunite them with their families – UN human rights expertsThe experts, appointed by the Human Rights Council in Geneva, said that the Order simply “does not address the situation of those children who have already been pulled away from their parents.”“We call on the Government of the US to release these children from immigrant detention and to reunite them with their families based on the best interests of the child, and the rights of the child to liberty and family unity,” the statement added.The group of experts had already expressed their grave concerns to the US government over the impact of the zero-tolerance policy in early April. The policy made all adults and children trying to cross the border liable to criminal prosecution as a punitive deterrent, the experts noted.“The separations have been conducted without notice, information, or the opportunity to challenge them. The parents and children have been unable to communicate with each other,” said the statement, adding: “The parents have had no information about the whereabouts of their children, which is a cause of great distress.”“Moreover, we are deeply concerned at the long-term impact and trauma, including irreparable harm that these forcible separations will have on children.” Echoing that point of view, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday that it was opposed to separating children from their families for the purposes of migration control.Spokesperson Christophe Boulierac, added that the agency would also be opposed to unconfirmed media reports that children could stay with their families if all of them had to remain in detention.An alternative would be to take a non-custodial community approach, Mr. Boulierac added.Last Monday, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said in a statement that “as a matter of principle” refugees and migrants should always be “treated with respect and dignity, and in accordance with existing international law,” although he did not single out the US in this regard.UN Human Rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, that the practice of child migrant separation, amounted to “government-sanctioned child abuse” which may cause “irreparable harm” with “lifelong consequences”.Special Rapporteurs address either specific country situations or thematic issues, across all parts of the world, and work on a voluntary basis, without any salary or remuneration for their work. read more

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Podcast Hockeys Modern Dynasty NBA Finals And A Baseball Hacking Scandal

Hot Takedown Video Excerpt: Baseball, Big Data, And Espionage More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 16, 2015), we discuss how LeBron James could win the NBA Finals MVP even if his team loses, whether the Chicago Blackhawks qualify as a dynasty, and the news that the FBI is investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals hacked data from the Houston Astros. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week, on the second biggest upset in Women’s World Cup history.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Nate Silver says the Blackhawks are a dynasty.The Cardinals are accused of hacking the Astros.Last year, Bloomberg profiled “Ground Control” and Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.Neil Paine on how proprietary data is a growing issue in pro sports.Neil Paine on LeBron James possibly going down as the greatest loser ever.Benjamin Morris offers another story about how great James is.Significant Digit: 6 percent. That was Colombia’s win probability going into its game with France, according to our Women’s World Cup predictions. Colombia won 2-0, the second biggest upset in Women’s World Cup history. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

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Peacocks terrorise village but council says locals will have to catch them

Homeowner Eddie looks on as two male peacocks roam on his propertyCredit:Jordan Pettitt/Solent News & Photo Agency 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. Two peacocks causing chaos in an Hampshire village will only be stopped if residents themselves can catch them, a council has said.Residents of Picket Twenty, in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, say the birds are destroying their gardens and breaking into their homes.The peacocks, which are currently in the peak of their mating season, have even left homeowners unable to sleep as a result of their loud mating calls.The local authority, after receiving numerous complaints, has advised residents to ‘catch or corral’ the peacocks so someone can come and collect them.Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) is sending letters to local residents, which state the birds ‘are not owned’ and have come ‘from an unknown colony’. Becky McNeil, a local resident with a toddler and a newborn baby, is among villagers who have been impacted by the noise.She said: “They are lovely to look at, don’t get me wrong, it’s just the noise at night. It starts at about 10pm and lasts until about 2am. For a good five weeks it was every night.“Even when I close the windows with the vents open it is still incredibly noisy. My toddler gets quite frightened.”Another resident said the peacocks were in her garden everyday for two weeks and were able to eventually enter her house.”They were walking around the lounge when I came downstairs. They are not scared; this is the thing. My other half was washing his car with the pressure washer and they just walked right up to him.”Photos of the birds flying onto residents’ roofs on social media have also emerged.Councillor Phil Bundy, TVBC portfolio holder for housing and environmental health, said: “Although the council has no obligation to move the animals on to a new colony, we would need access to a secure location around Picket Twenty in which to safely capture them. While the authority itself does not have access to this type of location, we would welcome any assistance from residents who may be able to offer such a space.” Homeowner Eddie looks on as two male peacocks roam on his property in Picket Twenty, Andover, Hants read more

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Several GPF officers injured in Mahaica accident were allegedly imbibing

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Police Commissioner orders probe after police pickup rams houseMay 22, 2018In “Crime”Officer accused of ramming pickup into house granted bailMay 29, 2018In “Court”Cop injured as police car crashes on EBD roadwayAugust 29, 2015In “Crime” Several members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital on Tuesday morning following an accident in De Hoop, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara (ECD) which resulted in the Force’s vehicle crashing into a yard.According to information received, the law enforcement ranks, who were all in uniforms, were reportedly imbibing at the time of the accident.INews was told that after the Police vehicle crashed, several beer bottles were seen lying on the floor of the vehicle.However, it is alleged that a plain clothes rank arrived at the scene shortly after the accident and removed the beer bottles from the scene.The injured ranks are said to be in a serious condition.No one else was injured as a result of the accident.Investigations are ongoing. read more

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Specialist mine waste water management and environmental impactpermitting consultancy

first_imgMetago, a leading South African firm providing environmental consultancy services to the mining industry throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Australia, has joined SLR an international environmental consultancy based in the UK. The merger will enable Metago, which has offices in South Africa (Johannesburg and Pretoria), Namibia (Swakopmund) and Western Australia (Perth), to extend its specialist consultancy services throughout SLR’s global network. Metago, founded in 1994, is an employee owned company and has 63 staff. It consults on all phases of mine life, with a particular specialism in environmental impact assessment, mine waste and water management assessment and design. Working across virtually all commodities Metago is particularly active in gold, platinum, coal, chrome, iron ore and uranium sectors with clients including Xstrata, Swakop Uranium, Lonmin and Goldfields.Strengthening demand for its environmental services in recent years has come from major mining firms seeking to develop operations in more environmentally challenging and remote locations and from financial institutions seeking to uphold the Equator Principles when investing in the developing world.Current projects for the firm include the Rossing and Langer Heinrich uranium mines located in Namibia which account for 12% of the world’s uranium production. Demand for uranium is expected to increase over the next decade as a new generation of nuclear power stations come into development in Europe, North America and China.Director, Alistair James said: “This is a great opportunity for Metago as our technical expertise compliments that of SLR. In joining SLR we become a leading consultancy in the international mining sector and together we will be able to benefit from accelerated growth from resource-based economies.”David Richards, Chief Executive of SLR, said: “Metago’s strong reputation provides a great platform for SLR to extend our offering in sub-Saharan Africa as well as considerably strengthening our Western Australian operations.”SLR has almost 900 employees working from 63 offices in Europe, North America, Australasia and Africa. It provides global advice and support on a wide range of strategic and site-specific issues to a diverse and growing base of business, regulatory and governmental clients.Based near Oxford in the UK, SLR is one of a very small number of truly international specialist environmental consultancies. Key areas of SLR’s business include the energy and mining sector where it is involved with the oil and gas industry as well as renewable power including wind, energy from waste, hydropower and biomass.  It also advises mining companies and funding organisations throughout the world.Metago has 63 employees and is a specialist mine waste, water management and environmental impact/permitting consultancy working throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Australia. SLR is an international environmental consultancy, based near Oxford in the UK, with almost 900 employees working from 63 offices in  Europe, North America, Australasia, and Africa. It provides global advice and support on a wide range of strategic and site-specific issues to a diverse and growing base of business, regulatory and governmental clients.share and option holders, and also has the backing of 3i as a minority shareholder.The Equator Principles (EPs) are a voluntary set of standards for determining, assessing and managing financial and environmental risk in project financing.last_img read more

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Almost 7 out of 10 motorists want drink drivers named on live

first_img Image: Shutterstock/nikamo File Photo 12,703 Views File Photo Image: Shutterstock/nikamo Share16 Tweet Email Drinking and driving is a reckless, shameful behaviour that should be part of Ireland’s past and not our future.“Motorists have consistently supported strong enforcement and strong sanctions for the offence. Sadly though it is clear that there are people who have not got the message. It is a tragic Irish problem that hasn’t gone away.”Some 45% of drivers said they “strongly supported” the proposal, with a further 23% being “somewhat” supportive. Among the main reasons for supporting the idea was the belief that the risk of being ‘named and shamed’ would further discourage people from driving while over the legal limit.While increased efforts have been made in recent years to highlight the risks of drink-driving, the AA survey suggests that some drivers may still be taking the risk of driving while over the limit.Read: One in four farmers said they have driven home after drinking at least three pints> SOME 68% OF Irish motorists believe that those found guilty of drink-driving offences should have their names published on a live register.That’s according to an AA Membership and Motor Insurance survey of over 11,000 motorists.It also found that while almost half of drivers (48%) said such a move wouldn’t affect their driving behaviour, one in five (19%) said the risk of being ‘named and shamed’ would have a major effect on their driving.Commenting on the findings Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs at The AA, said: Almost 7 out of 10 motorists want drink drivers named on live register Conor Faughnan from The AA said, “It’s a tragic Irish problem that hasn’t gone away.” Sunday 23 Oct 2016, 6:37 PM By Cliodhna Russell Oct 23rd 2016, 6:37 PM https://jrnl.ie/3042524 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 58 Comments last_img read more

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first_imgThe cut in official interest rates this week opened up a debate on the differences in opinion between the Treasury and Reserve Bank economists. While the Reserve Bank was talking about economic growth as something that had been at trend, the Treasury economists – through Treasurer Wayne Swan – were talking about economic growth operating at trend. The Reserve sees a softening economy in 2013 while the Treasury is holding to an ‘at trend’ growth figure. While it looks as though the country’s most powerful economists are at odds, they are actually just operating to different briefs. The Reserve Bank collects domestic and global data, and forms an opinion for the medium-term. It looks at Chinese manufacturing and commodity prices, and adds those against domestic measurements such as inflation, house prices and employment. The Treasury brief is typically more focused on domestic economic data, long term trends and historic information. Treasury plots long economic cycles while the Reserve Bank plots the smaller ups and downs that add up to a longer cycle. The Reserve controls monetary policy – the price of (or demand for) money – and it makes its cash rate decision once a month, so it has to break down its horizons into months and quarters and price money appropriately for the forces operating in the longer cycle. The Treasury, on the other hand, is mostly concerned with fiscal policy (collecting taxes and government spending) and economic reform. Its brief includes the phrase ‘whole-of-economy’. Nevertheless, we ended up with a situation on Tuesday where the Reserve was cutting official interest rates in anticipation of a slowdown in 2013 while the government was sticking to its Treasury forecast for sustained economic growth into next year. Perhaps it would help to list the influences that the Reserve prioritises when it sets the cash rate. In its statement on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank Governor, Glenn Stevens, started with the global economy: the soft economy of Europe, the modest improvement in the United States and the slowing pace in China. Then he looked at commodity prices for Australian producers and the falling balance of trade. Next came the financial markets – bond yields, access to capital markets, the stock market – and mentioned that the ‘at trend’ GDP growth was being propped up by large capital investment in our resources industry, which is expected to peak in 2013. He added in housing markets, employment figures, and the low inflation numbers that will be threatened by the carbon tax over the next six months. However, in the end he made the assessment that should get our attention: “on the back of international developments, the growth outlook for next year looked a little weaker…”. Which shows us that even with low inflation, moderate wages growth and good economic growth, the health of our global trading partners still affects how we price money in Australia. The lesson is important: we operate in a global context, and within economic cycles we can not influence. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on mark.neos@ybr.com.au with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Prix design de lhabitat durable de lécolo à lesthétique il ny a

first_imgPrix design de l’habitat durable : de l’écolo à l’esthétique il n’y a qu’un pasEn cette rentrée et pour la seconde fois, le magazine EcoHome a décerné 5 Grand Prix Design ainsi que 10 prix du Mérite aux maisons les plus écolos à travers les États-Unis.Si l’écologie a aujourd’hui pris une place capitale dans la construction de nombreuses habitations, elle n’est pas toujours synonyme d’esthétisme. Avoir une maison “verte” c’est bien mais qu’elle soit belle est tout aussi important. C’est pourquoi, depuis deux ans maintenant, le magazine EcoHome a décidé de récompenser les concepteurs d’habitats qui sont à la fois durables et esthétiques à travers un grand concours organisé aux Etats-Unis. “Je ne veux pas dire que le côté “vert” et le côté “beau design” ne se sont jamais rencontrés dans le passé, mais je pense que ces deux aspects n’ont pas toujours été considérés ensemble comme ils le sont aujourd’hui”, affirme Rick Schwolsky, éditeur en chef du magazine publié depuis 4 ans, qui a récemment attribué le Grand prix à cinq maisons.Pour remettre ce prix, le magazine EcoHome (lien non disponible), spécialisé dans les produits écolo et dans le secteur de l’architecture, a choisi un panel de cinq juges comprenant des architectes, des entrepreneurs spécialisés dans l’habitat durable et des experts dans les technologies vertes. Ainsi, en plus des cinq grands gagnants, ils ont aussi nommé dix gagnants pour le prix du mérite, mais aussi deux pour des mentions honorables. Parmi les grands gagnants se trouvent par exemple les concepteurs d’une maison située à Celo, en Caroline du Nord qui se sont entre autres, donnés du mal pour maintenir les arbres existant autour de la construction.  À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureau”Tout le monde, même ceux qui ne se qualifieraient pas eux-même de constructeurs “verts”, s’accorde pour dire que cette industrie du bâtiment, qui a émergé après une période de récession, va devenir une véritable manière de construire”, affirme Rick Schwolsky.Découvrez en images les cinq écomaisons gagnantes du Grand prix beau et vert de EcoHomeLe 26 septembre 2011 à 17:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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OBITUARY Richard C Gray Sr 87

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Richard C. Gray, Sr., fondly known as “Dick” or “Papa” to his family and friends, age 87, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on July 14, 2018.Dick was the beloved husband of the late Martha A. (Rooney) Gray, devoted father of Diane M. Kozak & husband Michael of Center Ossipee, NH, Deborah J. Gray of Burlington, Linda A. Hayes & partner Art Janerico of North Andover, Kenneth P. Gray & wife Rhonda of Dracut, Richard C. Gray, Jr. of Derry, NH, Michael W. Gray of Dracut and the late Robert C. Gray. Loving “Papa” of Robbie, Brett, Brian, Brad, Paul, Ryan, Conor, Celia, Steven, Michael, Shawn, the late Krystal, Nicholas, Holly, Scott, Zachary, Colin, Kevin and great-grandchildren Ella, Andrew, Jack, Camella, Gianna, Tommy, Charlie, Lyla, Patrick, Neiva, Mylee, Lorelei, Matthew, Jaiden, Sloan and Keenan. Cherished son of the late Marcella Morrison and Clarence Gray, dear brother of the late Edith Bimbo. Dick is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews and friends.Dick proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War and worked for Raytheon in Andover for nearly 40 years.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, July 18th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 17th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Dick’s memory may be made to the Merrimac Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimac St., Lawrence, MA 01843.Richard C. Gray, Sr.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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… RelatedOBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janet E. Manuel, 79In “Obituary”OBITUARY: Morris “Moe” Anderson, 68In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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