OTTAWA – The federal Liberal government wants to make it easier for Canadians to cast a ballot, while making it harder for political parties — or foreign entities — to violate their privacy or persuade them who to vote for using falsehoods or vast sums of money.“We are committed to maintaining the trust of Canadians in our democratic process,” Treasury Board President Scott Brison, who is acting as democratic institutions minister while Karina Gould is on maternity leave, said Monday.Brison introduced legislation Monday meant to address several promises Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made in 2015, including by tackling how much political parties and third-party advocacy groups can spend before and during election campaigns.It is also meant to buttress the Canadian electoral system against new threats to democracy by reining in the proliferation of so-called fake news and barring any organizations, including social media sites, from knowingly selling election advertising bought with foreign funds.The proposed measures include forbidding the spreading of materials, whether on paper or online, designed to mislead Canadians about their source.“Canada is not immune to threats from foreign influence and online disruption,” Brison said.The proposed legislation, if passed, would also introduce a limit on how much political parties can spend on partisan advertising leading up to the official campaign period, which would be about $1.5 million in 2019.There is currently no cap on the amount of money political parties can spend at that time.Third-party advocacy groups, meanwhile, would be limited to spending $10,000 per electoral district — up to $1 million in total — on partisan advertising, activities and election-related surveys.After the writs are dropped, however, those third parties would be able to spend up to $500,000 in 2019. That’s more than is currently allowed, but it would cover a wider range of activities and none of it could come from foreign entities.Bill C-76 would also give the federal elections commissioner greater investigative powers.Brison said that, coupled with the $7.1 million over five years in the 2018 budget, would help the watchdog improve the ability to respond, even in real time.Still, Brison acknowledged the proposed changes to the Canada Elections Act cannot be the only solution and that the federal government would continue to work with other countries to boost cybersecurity.“This is inherently a global issue,” Brison said.The bill would also push political parties to be more proactive about online privacy, an issue that hit close to home this spring when Facebook acknowledged the data of more than 620,000 Canadians was likely shared improperly with political consulting company Cambridge Analytica.The proposed legislation would require all political parties to create and publish a policy on how they will protect the privacy of voters, including what information they are collecting from potential voters, how it will be safeguarded and how it will be used.They would also have to designate someone to handle privacy complaints, but there would be no actual consequences for violations.Bill C-76 also contains measures to make voting easier, including by allowing someone with a disability to vote at home, and having advance polls remain open for 12 hours in an effort to reduce wait times.It would also create a registry of Canadians between the ages of 14 to 17 who would be allowed to vote within the next few years.The proposed legislation also includes measures to make it easier for those with caregiving responsibilities to run for federal political office, by reimbursing candidates 90 per cent of the cost of daycare, home care or other health-care services for their family members, and not have it count towars the campaign spending limit.The Liberal government introduced some reforms in November 2016, aimed at undoing some of what the Conservatives introduced through their Fair Elections Act — including restoring the use of the voter identification card as a valid piece of ID.It would also repeal the ban on voting by expat Canadians who have been away from the country for longer than five years.That bill, stalled at the introductory stage ever since, will be rolled into the new one.The legislation does not, however, come through on the promise to create an independent commission to organize televised debates among party leaders, even though the 2018 federal budget commits $6 million over two years to support a new process for the exercise.Meanwhile, acting chief electoral office Stephane Perrault has cast doubt on the ability to implement any major reforms in time for the next election, telling a House of Commons committee last week that anything meant to apply in 2019 should have been in place by now.Brison said that given the proposed legislation contains many reforms Elections Canada itself has suggested, he is confident they can get it done.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
Rabat – The secretary of state at the ministry of National Education, Higher Education, and Scientific Research, Khalid Samadi, revealed the figures while speaking before the House of Representatives on Monday.Samadi has highlighted the joint vision that both Royal Institute of the Amazigh Culture (IRCAM) and the ministry put in place in 2003, which allowed the continuous training of 15,000 teachers of Tamazight.The partnership wrote and produced textbooks for grades 1-6 in primary school and wrote Tamazight dictionaries with the help of IRCAM. Samadi pointed out that the institute and the ministry will provide enough Amazigh (Berber) professors to compensate the lack in the field, estimating the need for Tamazight teachers in primary schools at 8,000 teachers by 2029-2030.Read also: Amazigh Theater Tour: Opening Ceremony Kicks off MondayThe statistics echoed Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani’s figures revealed in a meeting at the House of Councillors on June 19 while responding to a question about “the public policy concerning the development of national languages and cultural expressions.”El Othmani considered that teaching Tamazight in primary schools is mandatory. He added that 4,200 primary schools in Morocco teach Tamazight, while more than 500,000 students study the language. He also insisted on integrating Tamazight into the educational system, as part of Morocco’s “rich national identity.”Moreover, El Othmani has urged the usage of Arabic and Tamazight—the two languages of Morocco stipulated in the 2011 Constitution—in public institutions and administrations and in books, media outlets, TV channels, radio stations, newspapers, and magazines.The July 2011 Constitution was the first time Morocco considered Tamazight an official language in the country.
The British Minister, who is an ex-military intelligence officer before joining politics, said that his country was focused on the IRA when Al Qaeda attacks took place in London and Manchester. Stating that recent attacks by Islamist terrorist is a part of the international terror campaign of the Islamist State, Wallace emphasized the imperative need for cooperation among the intelligence services all over the world to combat this menace.President Sirisena thanked Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Therese May and the government of United Kingdom for the condolences and support extended at this time of difficulty. He also thanked the Minister for sending intelligence experts to assist Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The British Government has offered Sri Lanka assistance to establish a central intelligence body.British Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace told President Maithripala Sirisena that the Islamic State always adapts new strategies to commit acts of terrorism and it is important for intelligence services in every country to share information with each other in this global effort to combat terrorism. The Minister said UK could assist Sri Lanka to set up a similar central body to analyze intelligence reports.The British Minister of State said this when he called on President Maithripala Sirisena today at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo, the President’s office said. “Now we have set up the Joint Terrorism Analyzing Centre to analyze all the intelligence reports from different investigating agencies to ensure every report is given due attention to avoid security lapses,” he said.
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday:CVS Health Corp., up $2.59 to $57.97.The White House withdrew a plan that would have allowed patients to receive rebates that drugmakers now pay to insurers and distributors.Delta Air Lines Inc., up 69 cents to $60.16.The airline reported record revenue and a big increase in profits as it benefited from strong demand for air travel.Grubhub Inc., down $3.06 to $74.The New York Post reported that New York State regulators could restrict the fees that food-ordering companies can charge.Fastenal Co., down 89 cents to $30.36.The maker of industrial and construction fasteners reported lower profit margins as its costs increased.Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., down 35 cents to $11.17.The home goods retailer reported revenue that fell short of forecasts.AAR Corp., up $3.41 to $42.62.The airplane maintenance company reported earnings and revenue that came in well ahead of analysts’ estimates.Vishay Intertechnology Inc., down 73 cents to $15.35.The semiconductor maker said it now expects its second-quarter results to come in below its previous forecasts because of weak demand.Digital Realty Trust Inc., down $1.09 to $121.03.Real estate companies and other safe-play stocks lagged the rest of the market.The Associated Press
“Professor Montalcini was recognized internationally as one of the world’s finest minds. At FAO, we knew her as a wise and gracious friend, a tireless advocate for a hunger-free world,” the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jose Graziano da Silva, said in a news release. “FAO will always be grateful to her for helping to keep the drive to end hunger, malnutrition and extreme poverty high on the international agenda,” he added. Prof. Levi Montalcini, an FAO goodwill ambassador since 1999, died on 30 December in Rome at the age of 103.A physician and neurobiologist, she had won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1986 and was named Senator for Life by the Italian authorities. As an FAO Goodwill Ambassador, she wrote articles and editorials on the plight of the hungry, and regularly attended and spoke at high-level FAO events. In recent years, according to FAO, Prof. Levi Montalcini had urged young people to become more involved in eliminating hunger, which she called a “tragic reality.”
“There is no doubt we still have considerable ways to go to realize our ultimate Human Development Goal, ‘A Long and Healthy Life,’” stated Filippo Grandi, Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). “Nonetheless, we are moving in the right direction and incremental gains are accruing despite the difficult environments UNRWA operates in,” he added in a news release on the Health Department 2012 Annual Report.Launched today in Geneva during the 66th World Health Assembly – the policy-making body of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) – the report reflects on the operational challenges UNRWA has faced with rolling out ongoing health reforms and managing regular services during times of conflict. “When reading the Health Department’s 2012 annual report, it will become apparent that managing the 21st century disease burden is challenging, to say the least, especially in a region su?ering from protracted con?icts, including the long unresolved Palestinian-Israeli con?ict, as well as severe economic di?culties, and high rates of poverty and unemployment,” Mr. Grandi writes in the report, along with Dr. Ala Alwan, the Regional Director for WHO.They add that, in a pattern evident throughout the developing world, the Middle East is also undergoing demographic and epidemiological transitions, whereby the burden of disease is changing from communicable to life-style related non-communicable diseases (NCDs). “The change is attributed to a range of factors such as rapid urbanization, reduced physical activity, change in diet, and increased life expectancy,” they note. “Compounding these is the increase in key lifestyle risk factors such as smoking and obesity. UNRWA estimates that 70 per cent of Palestine refugee deaths are caused by NCDs, particularly diabetes and hypertension.”The report also documents the results of the hard work of UNRWA health staff, including in conflict-affected Syria, where the violence has forced the Agency to halt its efforts to roll out its health reforms.UNRWA has 23 health centres in Syria, providing care for 525,000 Palestine refugees. Almost half of the health centres are closed, and access to life-saving medicines, particularly for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), is not fully secured. “It is a very difficult time for us, yet we are committed to deliver health services to Palestine refugees,” said Akihiro Seita, the director of UNRWA’s Health Programme. “While we have some clinic closures, we have responded to changing needs by setting up six extra health posts where there are the greatest numbers of internally displaced Palestine refugees. We have been sending medicines via Lebanon. “The efforts and dedication of UNRWA staff in Syria are truly commendable. We need continued international support to provide health care for Palestine refugees in Syria,” Dr. Seita added.In late 2011, UNRWA introduced reforms, including the Family Health Team (FHT) model, to address the growing disease burden, and provide patients with optimal care essential to treating NCDs. The FHT approach aims to improve the quality and efficiency of health service delivery by providing comprehensive and holistic primary health care for the entire family, and by emphasizing long-term provider-patient and family relationships. Data in the report shows that continuity of care, patients’ compliance, and health outputs have already improved.Through the Agency’s network of 139 primary health centres and mobile clinics, refugees can access free services ranging from preventive care to general medicine, specialist care, and referrals to other medical services. UNRWA has been the main provider of primary health care for up to five million Palestinian refugees in the region for over 60 years. Over the past decades, in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, UNRWA has succeeded in reducing infant and maternal mortality and the spread of communicable diseases through its different health programmes. In addition to health care, the Agency’s services encompass education, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.
By Emily Hutton (BA ’09) and Hillary Rogers (BA ’13, BEd ’13)Brock alumni showing off the mugs they received at Brock Alumni Pub NightFrom Friday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Sept. 18, Brock experienced an increase in population as alumni flocked back to campus to help celebrate Brock Days Alumni Weekend. More than 350 graduates came together and participated in the annual festivities as they reconnected and shared food, wine, educational experiences, but most importantly, stories from their past and present.Alumni Weekend kicked off this year with a social pub night at the Mansion House in downtown St. Catharines. The Mansion House is owned and operated by two Brock grads, Peter Tourountzas (BBA ’03) and Craig Stewart (BBA ’01), who provided a great place for alumni to catch up over a pint and enjoy some great entertainment.“Alumni Pub Night was excellent. The Mansion House provided outstanding food (especially the chicken sliders), and it was great to sit and catch up with friends from Brock and the rowing team,” said Pat O’Connor (BRLS ’11), a recent grad and former Brock rower who travelled from Kingston for the weekend.Friday night also paid tribute to Ian Brindle (MSc ’72), former Brock VP Research at the annual Tribute! event.Saturday morning was met with smiles and sunshine as the day started with the Brock University Alumni Association annual general meeting. After the AGM, NHL legend and Brock alumnus Dennis Hull (BA ’81) gave the keynote address where he talked about his life after hockey, which included attending Brock at the age of 33. If you missed this presentation, you can watch it online at livestream.com/brockuniversityThe focus of Brock Days Alumni Weekend was to develop both sides of the brain, so the format included a new mini-conference filled with nine breakout sessions and three tours. Some of the topics presented by alumni included the mind-body connection, Alzheimer’s disease, the science of happiness, blogging and lifelong learning.The three tours this year were on campus, off campus and virtual. The on-campus tour showed alumni the developments that have happened and are happening at Brock since they’ve graduated. The virtual tour took attendees through the new Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex and the off-campus tour took guests downtown to visit the Canada Hair Cloth building – the future home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. One attendee, Mariya Yurukova (BA ’08) said that “having lived in St. Catharines since I was a student, I can’t wait for the revitalization of downtown. I am very proud that Brock looks to impact the community beyond its immediate surroundings.” For a summary of the tour, watch TVCogeco’s coverage on The Source.In the evening of Saturday, Sept. 17, approximately 130 alumni (who graduated from Brock 25 or more years ago) gathered in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre Lobby to receive their Cameo Club pin to commemorate their lifelong affiliation with Brock University.The evening concluded at Fine Food, Fine Wine, Fine Art, an extraordinary taste experience featuring offerings from Niagara’s finest chefs and wineries. For example, Hospitality on Hand provided a grilled masala rubbed shrimp on harvest 365 autumn slaw and green curry cream shooter, and was paired with a 2009 Laura’s White and 2007 Laura’s Red from Creekside Estate Winery. Rob Power (BSc ’00), winemaker for Creekside, enjoys being a part of events like this because “it allows you to be adventurous and try new tastes.” Digital art was displayed throughout the room and was provided by Donna Szoke and Bill Ralph, two professors at Brock.Wine and Cheese Seminars in the Park, hosted by Vines Magazine and Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, took place Sept. 17-18 and Sept. 24-25, 2011, with seminars selling out during both weekends. To enhance the wine experience, the Dairy Farmers of Canada provided cheese plates to pair with the wines. In total, 42 alumni were able to meet the winemakers of some of their favourite Niagara wines, many of whom are Brock graduates.While this weekend was dedicated to alumni, Brock Days is actually a two-week event for students. Students from all over campus came out to celebrate this year’s annual series of events.Friday, Sept. 16 was the first Brock Days Café Crawl. Similar to a pub crawl, students travelled from café to café where there were games and prizes at each location. More than 60 students attended the event, which is sure to become an annual tradition.The celebrations continued all week. Let it B-Rock, a four-day free lunchtime concert series, featured more than 15 of Brock’s finest performers. With everything from singers to beat boxers to T-shirt giveaways, the event was a great success.On Friday, Sept. 23, more than 400 students participated in the annual Grape Stomp, Brock’s messiest tradition. With 78 registered teams, this year’s Grape Stomp was the biggest yet. There was even a Brock Alumni team participating this year, decked out in the blue and red athletic colours.Our Badger pride was clear at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival’s SmartCentres Retrocom Grande Parade. Brock’s float painted the town red as costumed students marched with cheerleaders, Boomer the Badger and a live band.Make sure to check out the Brock Days Facebook page at facebook.com/brockdays to see pictures of all of the events or visit brocku.ca/brock-days to stay up-to-date on Brock Days Alumni Weekend 2012.Niagara Wine Festival’s Brock Alumni Wine & Cheese SeminarsBrock University students at Café CrawlBrock cheerleaders pump up the crowd at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival’s SmartCentres Retrocom Grande ParadeA Brock University alumnus sported his vintage school jacket at Cameo ClubNHL legend Dennis Hull (BA ’81) pulls out a marker to sign an autographA Brock alumna shows off one of the food creations at Fine Food, Fine Wine, Fine ArtBrock’s messiest tradition, the annual Grape Stomp
Two people have been arrested at Heathrow airport, as police continue to deal with three protesters who have chained themselves to a car.Motorists have been warned of possible delays as the activists block a road and tunnel leading to terminals two and three at the UK’s busiest airport. The Metropolitan police said: “A contra-flow is in place in the outbound tunnel to facilitate the movement of traffic around the blocked tunnel (which is now empty), but motorists are advised possible delays to their journey as this incident is dealt with.”A spokesman for Heathrow airport said: “Heathrow supports the right to peaceful protest within the law, but the safety and security of our passengers, aircraft and colleagues together with the smooth running of the operation is paramount.”He advised passengers to allow more time to drive into terminals two and three. If you’re travelling to Terminal 2 or 3 today, please allow extra time for the journey. Passengers can access T2/T3 from other terminals too pic.twitter.com/S6arsb6hbS— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) February 21, 2017 Heathrow airport, where there has been a small climate change protestCredit:Hannah McKay/PA An additional 260,000 take-off or landings will be permitted each year from the expanded airport, up from the current cap of 480,000, according to a draft National Policy Statement (NPS) on aviation released last month.A final NPS is expected to be voted on by Parliament in winter 2017/18, following a consultation.Activist Simon Bramwell described the consultation process as “illegitimate and undemocratic”.He added: “This blockade is our contribution to the consultation: a third runway is a disastrous option that will lead to climate chaos.”I look upon my niece and nephew, upon the children who will inherit the future we are creating right now, and my conscience tells me to act.” Heathrow expansion activists chained to carCredit:Rising Up!/Rising Up! Show more 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. Officers arrested two demonstrators for obstructing a highway, using two cars to block the tunnel, and said they are working with staff at the airport to remove those locked to the third vehicle.The protest group, Rising Up! said they are acting to oppose expansion at the west London airport.A plan to build a third runway at Heathrow was chosen in October as the Government’s preferred option for increasing capacity in south-east England.
Speaking on the campaign trail in East Lothian, Ms Sturgeon said the Law Society investigated “many, many complaints about solicitors every year”, adding: “Just because a complaint is raised and an investigation is under way does not mean there has been wrongdoing on the part on the part of the lawyer concerned.”It’s important that these matters are fully and robustly investigated, that’s part of the role of the Law Society, so they should be allowed to get on with that investigation and come to a conclusion.”Murdo Fraser, the Tory MSP, said the “whole episode stinks” and called on the SNP to withdraw all support from Mrs Ahmed-Sheikh in the election. He added: “There are now growing questions over the way Nicola Sturgeon handled this matter.“Was the First Minister told about the investigation facing Mrs Ahmed-Sheikh? If so, why did she allow her to carry on as a candidate?” Nicola Sturgeon has repeated her support for a prominent SNP candidate who is the subject of a professional misconduct inquiry by Scotland’s legal watchdog.The First Minister was responding to renewed calls from opposition parties for Tasmania Ahmed-Sheikh to be suspended over a probe by The Law Society of Scotland.The candidate for Ochil and South Perthshire confirmed last week that the society was looking into “administrative matters” during her previous career as a lawyer.According to the Scottish Daily Mail, the case involves allegations of “financial impropriety involving a trust fund”.The Scottish Conservatives responded by calling on the First Minister to “come clean” and spell out what she knew about the probe while Labour repeated its call for the candidate to be suspended.The inquiry relates to Mrs Ahmed-Sheikh’s former involvement with the law firm Hamilton Burns WS. She was one of two directors and resigned shortly after becoming an MP in 2015. 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. Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh with Alex Salmond in 2015Credit:Getty The candidate in the 2015 general electionCredit:Getty He said everything pointed to an “official SNP cover-up, adding: “The SNP must now come clean. A failure to do so will demonstrate once again that they are trying to take the voters of Scotland for a ride.”James Kelly, Scottish Labour’s campaign manager, said Ms Sturgeon should immediately suspend the candidate, adding: “There is no more time for prevarication from the SNP leadership, any further delays in suspending Mrs Ahmed-Sheikh would be completely unacceptable.“Nicola Sturgeon can no longer stand by her candidate in Ochil and South Perthshire. Voters need urgent answers, they have a right to have all the facts before they go to the polls next month.”Mrs Ahmed-Sheikh sits on the SNP’s national executive as its women’s and equalities officer and is a close ally of Alex Salmond.The Law Society said it would not be commenting.
The Lethem bus driver who was on Sunday morning discovered with a large quantity of cocaine and cannabis while transporting passengers to Lethem was on Tuesday before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan to answer for the offense.Garfield Parker and the quantity of drugs reportedly unearthed from his vehicle55-year-old Garfield Parker appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and denied the allegation against him.The charge alleged that he on October 1, 2017, at the Mabura Police Checkpoint, Linden was found to be in possession of 24.9 kilograms of cannabis and 200 grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.The accused who had no legal representation was remanded to prison and will return to the Linden Magistrates’ Court on October 11, 2017.On the day of the discovery, Parker was reportedly attempting to pass through the above mentioned checkpoint at around 04:00hrs when the discovery was made.His vehicle was thoroughly searched by ranks, who reportedly received a tip off, when the drugs were unearthed.As such, he was taken into Police custody where he was later charged. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBus driver nabbed with ganja, cocaine at MaburaOctober 1, 2017In “Crime”Essequibo Mini Bus driver remanded for possession of cocaineSeptember 18, 2013In “Crime”West Coast man charged after found with 901 grams of cannabisOctober 10, 2015In “Crime”
Mediator : les plaintes pleuvent à l’encontre du laboratoire ServierLa justice française a déjà reçu plus de cent plaintes à l’encontre du laboratoire Servier, accusé d’avoir maintenu le médicament Mediator sur le marché alors que celui-ci était dangereux pour la santé des patients.L’Association des victimes de l’isoméride et du Mediator (Avim), deux produits venant des laboratoires Servier, a déposé ce mardi, 116 plaintes devant la justice française, au motif de “homicides et blessures involontaires”. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Cette nouvelle intervient alors qu’une autre association de défense des victimes du Mediator faisait savoir hier que l’affaire pouvait faire l’objet de négociations entre le laboratoire en cause et les plaignants (voir notre article). Le président de l’Avim explique par ailleurs que ce nouveau rebondissement dans l’affaire du Mediator pourrait ne pas être le dernier : “On va aller de surprise en surprise et on commence à les connaître, c’est-à-dire des dysfonctionnements depuis de nombreuses années dans toutes les structures de contrôle”.A noter que le parquet de Paris a diligenté une enquête préliminaire en décembre 2010, mais les plaignants demandent aujourd’hui la nomination d’un vrai juge d’instruction. Et Reuters de préciser que l’association UFC-Que Choisir a fait savoir qu’elle porterait plainte dans la semaine, contre X, et cela au motif de “mise en danger de la vie d’autrui, homicides et blessures involontaires, tromperie sur la marchandise et sur les risques inhérent du produit”. Le Mediator est accusé d’avoir tué entre 500 et 2.000 personnes en France et les laboratoires Servier ont récemment admis que le médicament “a pu présenter un vrai risque pour les patients”.Le 11 janvier 2011 à 14:53 • Emmanuel Perrin
Related Items:Butterfield motors, chevy suburban, lease, premier rufus ewing Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Nov 2014 – Premier says the Office of the Premier should have a better ride or transportation; and the Chevy Suburban selected at Butterfield Motors is a quality choice. There were corrections for media today when the country’s leader explained that his administration was not about to spend $80,000 on the Suburban; because with government concessions it would have brought the cost to half of that figure. Usually with a smile, pretty happy-go-lucky, Magnetic Media challenged the Premier on whether it was true that this stumbling block made him truly, very angry. The Premier smiled again, but did admit the process is frustrating; still pointing no fingers but saying residents need to recognize that he is quite content to ride around in his private vehicle but that the office demands an image which should be upheld, for the office and not for him. As to why this embarrassing situation materialized in the first place, the Premier shared that there are some changes which must happen in the ordinance through the Integrity Commission and a vote in Parliament that would make the elected government more able to make these purchase decisions unhindered. Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing told MM that it was not anyone’s fault, but that everyone was following the letter of the law which does appear to handcuff government. The Chevy Suburban will be leased; as for when he will get the new ride… the Premier said “I really don’t know.” Recommended for you Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:davis bowen, johnny kemp, montego bay, tom joyner foudation fantastis voyage Recommended for you Montego Bay’s Elegant Corridor ‘Lights Up’ Mayor Of Montego Bay Highlights City’s Achievements Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Apr 2015 – One slip of his feet on a rocky jetty in Jamaica, and beloved Bahamian songster Johnny Kemp was gone. The latest from Jamaican police revealed they have interviewed witnesses from the cruise who say, Kemp was walking along the rocks, slipped, struck his head and drowned in waters in Montego Bay while vacationing in the country on board a Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage cruise of the Caribbean. Kemp, nominated for his so called one hit wonder, ‘Just Got Paid’ back in the 1980’s was only 55 years old and engrossed in the planning stages of a Freeport High School reunion concert with the likes of TCI Culture Director David Bowen, a close friend and schoolmate. The father of two, also married grew up in Grand Bahama and the loss of the artist so suddenly has sent shockwaves through his home country, The Bahamas. The Royal Jamaican Police Force contacted the Bahamian Consulate office in Jamaica when they found Kemp, his identification was a Bahamian passport. Sandals’ Ceo Stewart’s A Winner… Again!
.Two schoolboys drowned in the Meghna river at Haria Gobindi in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj on Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased are Yeasin, 7, a class II student of Haria Government Primary School and son of Kamal Hossain and Bin Yeamin, 7, a class I student of Moonlight Kindergarten School and son of Salauddin of the village.Local people said Yeasin and Yeamin drowned in the river while taking bath in the afternoon.
Top Glove headquarters in Kuala Lumpur — Photo: Thomson Reuters FoundationMalaysian labor rights groups have called for an investigation into the world’s largest glove-maker, Top Glove, after cases were uncovered of migrant workers toiling for long hours and working illegal overtime to pay off huge debts.The Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed on Thursday that migrant workers at the Malaysian firm often work long hours to earn overtime pay, and in some cases exceed the limit of overtime hours allowed under national laws.The company, which produces one out of every four pairs of rubber gloves used in the world, said it would investigate and cut ties with unethical recruitment agents and that it has this year introduced changes to ensure workers get adequate rest.Yet a coalition of rights groups are demanding swift action from the government into the findings and have urged Top Glove to commit to further investigate their working conditions.”The abuses within Top Glove are just a sad part of a much wider story,” said the Right to Redress Coalition, an alliance of 11 Malaysian migrant rights and anti-trafficking groups.”We believe these allegations require an urgent response that involves government, civil society, and most of all, the active participation of workers,” the statement read.”Excessive hours often lead to worker fatigue and poor safety practices, magnifying the risks of accidents or fatalities,” said the coalition, which includes organisations such as Tenaganita and North South Initiative.Top Glove, a key supplier of medical and rubber gloves which exports to 195 countries including Britain and the United States, has more than 11,000 migrant workers in Malaysia, hailing from countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.Workers interviewed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation said they hoped to quickly repay loans of at least 5,000 Malaysian ringgit ($1,200) they took out to pay recruitment agents back home. They said others had been charged up to 20,000 ringgit.The United Nations’ International Labour Organisation says that high recruitment fees can trap workers in debt bondage, and make it difficult for them to leave even when they are abused.Workers at one Top Glove factory clock 90 to 120 hours of overtime work a month — with very few or no rest days — according to documents seen by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Under Malaysian laws, workers should be given a rest day each week and work no more than 104 hours of overtime a month.Campaigners also urged Malaysia to review its minimum wage policy and introduce a living wage system to ensure workers do not have to work excessive hours to meet basic economic needs.Top Glove workers have said they were paid a basic salary of at least 1,000 ringgit — Malaysia’s current minimum wage.”Such an unjust situation must be eradicated,” K. Veeriah, an official at the Malaysian Trades Union Congress, an umbrella group which represents workers, said in a separate statement.He said the cases uncovered at Top Glove were only the “tip of the iceberg” and that labor exploitation was common across sectors in Malaysia, which relies heavily on foreign labor.Human resources minister M Kulasegaran told the Thomson Reuters Foundation this week that major companies in the country must take the lead to ensure there are no labor abuses.
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Every corner holds a new discovery in this Unesco World Heritage destination that crams a metropolis’s sights into a town barely 1km long.Flight from £40 returnHotel Historic character and plush luxe feature in harbourside Osborne Hotel, with doubles from £80.Best for incurable romantics: Verona, ItalyYes, it’s the city of Romeo and Juliet. But the kitsch “Juliet’s house” is fake news compared to the true story of this Italian beauty. Verona is better understood as a romantic stage-set of a city. There are more Roman ruins here than anywhere else except Rome – the 2,000-seater amphitheatre is the big sight in every sense. There’s also all the swagger and style of a Unesco-listed, Renaissance city that’s doing rather nicely, grazie. The catch? It’s chilly in early months. 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Framing it all is traditional Portuguese soul: tiled palaces, Art Nouveau wine bars, the historic #28 tram (pictured above) pootling up streets spanned by washing lines – all yours for low prices on a midweek February break.Flight From £140 returnHotel Super-central My Story Hotel Ouro offers boutique style on a budget, with doubles from £72. Best for spa-goers: Budapest, HungaryBrave the bitter winters of this bohemian Baroque beauty for its abundance of natural thermal baths. Most have been here for centuries, and so you get the bath-house spa experience but at prices low prices enough warm the heart – nearly all are less than £20 for a day pass, with optional ‘hammam’ mud scrubs typically just a few pounds on top. Bear in mind these are traditional bathhouses, though, not five-star hotel spas, so they’re typically busy with the chattering classes – which makes them all the more fun. Three of the most popular spas to tick off: beautiful but perennially-busy Szechenyi Baths, its outdoor Belle Epoque lido atmospherically wreathed in mist in winter; Gellert’s glorious Art Deco pools, the most luxurious choice; and 16th-century Rudas Baths, the most authentic option, where you steam with the locals in a series of Ottoman-era baths and steam rooms – being scrubbed down afterwards by a burly bloke in the hammam is an experience not to be missed (unless you’re averse to ‘therapeutic’ pain). All baths are hot and steamy, and offer massages at a quarter of what you’d pay in the UK – the ideal winter pick-me-up.Flight From £56 returnHotel The three-star City Hotel Matyas has five-star river views and a conveniently central location, with doubles from £32.Best for hedonists: Brno, Czech RepublicIs it wrong in a relaxed city of medieval courtyards and friendly locals to focus on price? Perhaps but, blimey, Brno is cheap. Beer – the speciality of the Czech Republic’s second city – comes in under £1 a glass, even in a brilliant bar like Super Panda Circus. And a filling, winter-warmer bowl of goulash won’t set you back more than £2.50. But what really makes Brno sizzle in winter is the nightlife, fuelled by a population where one in every four inhabitants is a student. The best bit? There’s not a lairy British stag do or hen party in sight.Flight from £56 returnHotel Classic-modern décor is pepped up with modern art in three-star Hotel Europa, from £41.Best for sun-seekers: Malaga, SpainThe important number first. Malaga’s daytime temperatures in February average 18˚C. T-shirt weather, basically – they don’t call this the Costa del Sol for nothing. And you’ll find the beaches and promenades free off glitzy summertime crowds at this time of year. However, there’s more to this Andalucian city than sun, sea and sand. Its Moorish heritage is self-evident in the Hammam Al Andalusand gardens of the Alcazaba palace. Its cultural role is visible in the small but perfectly formed Picasso Museum, the first Pomipdou Centre outside Paris and in a revamped Museum of Fine Arts. Flight From £44 returnHotel No scruffy dorms at that Alcazaba Premium Hostel. This has a fab rooftop bar and Scandi-chic ensuite doubles from £57.Published January 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of writing and are subject to change and/or availability.Looking for more citybreak ideas? Check out these alternative urban escapesIf you fancy a snowy getaway, from cities to slopes, here’s a guide to romantic destinations covered in the white stuff all winterReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
In a show of determination, President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday announced the outsourcing of nursing services in a bid to tackle the problems created by an ongoing strike staged by a single union whose members insist on a pay scale upgrade through degree recognition.“I want to be clear that neither the state, nor society accept blackmail,” Anastasiades said after a cabinet meeting.Anastasiades said the government planned to procure nursing services and outsource more cases to the private sector in an effort to mitigate the disruption caused by the 1,900 members of PASYNO, who have been on strike since March 15.Nurses had a day to rethink their actions and respond to an open invitation to talk, the president said.A ministerial committee comprising the ministers of health and finance, and the undersecretary to the president, will be monitoring the effects of the strike and act accordingly, he said.To tackle possible problems, the committee will also have at its disposal the civil defence, the fire service and the National Guard.The president said the fact that ambulance staff were refusing to transport patients to the private sector “cannot be tolerated”.In such cases authorities will use ambulances belonging to the fire service, the army, or the civil defence, the president said.The government’s reaction followed the rejection by the union on Tuesday of a health ministry proposal to break the impasse.Although PASYNO reps did identify certain positive elements in the proposal, including the setting of a timeline and an open-agenda discussion, the sticking point continued to be the ministry’s insistence that degree recognition can only be examined as part of the procedure of making state hospitals financially and administratively autonomous, itself part of introducing a National Health System (NHS).PASYNO has since decided to escalate its measures by withdrawing skeleton staff who were still working on hospital wards.The gaps were covered by members of PASYDY and independents who chose not to strike. PASYDY, however, had warned that its members were spread thin and exhausted. It said it would not accept the blame for any negative developments resulting from PASYNO’s strike.“Under the circumstances … the government is determined to proceed with measures that will secure unhindered patient access to quality health services,” the president said.Anastasiades expressed his “deep sorrow” for the nurses’ failure to respond to the “important gestures of good will” undertaken by the government, which resolved the long-standing problems plaguing the health sector.“I am saddened by the striking nurses’ response to the initiatives of the patients’ association and the government for a structured dialogue to achieve the autonomy of public hospitals and make implementation of the NHS possible,” he said. “The response was rejection of the proposals and escalation of strike measures by withdrawing skeleton staff, as always unfortunately, to the detriment of the patients.”Anastasiades said he was saddened the most by the nurses’ insistence on a demand that entailed a big pay upgrade of a particular group of public servants.“It is a demand that was also raised in the past and was not accepted, re-tabled now on the eve of the (May’s parliamentary) elections.”Earlier on Wednesday, PASYNO urged unemployed nurses not to succumb to temptation and engage in strikebreaking actions.It also threatened to remove all its members without warning if the state sacked people because of their union activity.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait 105 Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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