Banning of junk food sales in Canadian schools having a positive effect

first_imgHALIFAX – In Canada’s ongoing battle against childhood obesity, one simple weapon appears to be working.Over the past 12 years, six provinces have banned junk food from schools, and a new study says the measure is having a positive impact on student health.“It’s a small step in the right direction,” said Philip Leonard, a health economist at the University of New Brunswick. “Combined with other policies of this type, you can hope to see real difference over time.”Leonard looked at the Body Mass Index (BMI) of 153,000 Canadians, aged 12 to 25, during an eight-year period. Within that sample, compiled from the annual Canadian Community Health Survey, more than 22,000 youths had been banned from buying junk food at school for at least one year.His research revealed that for each year a student was exposed to a junk food ban, there was a corresponding 0.05 decline in their BMI, a value derived from height and weight.As a result, the students banned from making junk food purchases at school for five or more years were, on average, about two pounds lighter than students who did not face a ban.That may not sound like a big difference, but the findings send a strong message, said Leonard, a researcher with the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training.“You wouldn’t expect that a ban like this would suddenly change a whole bunch of overweight kids into dramatically healthy kids … (But) the main message is that these types of policies are going down the right track.”The study also found there was a bigger impact on females, though Leonard said it’s not clear what is behind that finding.As well, younger students showed the most positive results. That probably stems from the fact that older students have more opportunities to leave their schools to forage for food.“When you’re in high school and you’ve got your driver’s licence at 16, you can drive to McDonald’s or just walk to the convenience store,” Leonard said.In October 2005, New Brunswick became the first province to impose a junk food ban inside its schools. Under its Policy 711, the Department of Education eliminated all foods from a so-called “minimum nutrition” list.Prince Edward Island followed suit later that year. Nova Scotia and Quebec did the same in 2007, followed by British Columbia in 2008 and Ontario in 2011.Despite the positive results, Leonard said junk food bans, on their own, won’t be enough to reverse the troubling trends associated with childhood obesity.“It’s a huge problem,” he said. “We’re not going to solve it with one little policy change. But, this policy change did make a difference, so it makes sense to look at others.”Using World Health Organization standards, Statistics Canada says close to one third —31.5 per cent — of Canadian children and youth were classified as overweight or obese between 2009 to 2011.The federal Health Department has said it plans to update dietary guidelines by the end of 2018 that will reflect the most up-to-date scientific evidence on diet and health. Other initiatives include updated nutrition labels on pre-packaged foods and restricting marketing to children.—On the Web: @NovaMac on Twitterlast_img read more

NS minister now says advice on handling portal breach from staff not

first_imgHALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government was in damage-control mode Thursday as it modified its assertion that police had asked the Internal Services Department to hold off on releasing information about a security breach involving the province’s freedom-of-information internet portal.On Wednesday, Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab and Premier Stephen McNeil said they delayed telling the public about the breach on the advice of police. Later in the day, Halifax Regional Police Supt. Jim Perrin denied that assertion, saying “there was no conversation between us and the province about holding off and not telling anybody.”On Thursday, McNeil and Arab said department staff were in contact with police, but they confirmed it was staff members who recommended the delay.“I didn’t specifically speak to Halifax Regional Police,” said McNeil. “Our security people who did in that conversation said the longer that they (police) would have to identify that IP address the better it would be. We made the choice, as I said yesterday, they (police) did not tell us not to notify.”McNeil suggested reporters check back with police.A reply was provided by police spokeswoman Const. Carol McIsaac.“During the course of the investigation, it is normal for us to have discussions with complainants to ensure the best possible outcome, understanding it is not up to us to make the final decision on a public communication by the complainant,” she said. “We provided no instruction to hold back information.”Meanwhile, Halifax police have arrested a 19-year-old man, who is now facing a charge of unauthorized use of a computer.The government says about 7,000 documents were inappropriately accessed between March 3 and March 5, with about 250 containing highly sensitive personal information such as birthdates, social insurance numbers, addresses and government services’ client information.The confirmation of the breach came nearly a week after the problem was first noticed by accident, when a provincial employee made a typing error. The portal was shut down April 5.Arab said credit card information was not accessed in the breach.She said her department is contacting people who were affected by the breach, and will offer to pay for third-party credit checks.In an email, a department spokesman said the checks “will be offered to those clients where a level of personal information was disclosed that may cause risk of financial jeopardy. We don’t have an exact number at this time.”Karla MacFarlane, the Progressive Conservative’s Interim leader, said the government had “created a mess” and were offering explanations that lack credibility.“We have some mixed messages coming from the police, coming from her (Arab’s) department, coming from the premier. So I’m sure they are all scrambling to . . . make it look like they are all on the same page,” she said. “We clearly know that they are not.”NDP Leader Gary Burrill said the handling of the situation called into question “the trustworthiness of the government’s word.”The government has said the documents were accessed through a “vulnerability in its system” and not through a hack. They said someone wrote a script of computer code that allowed them to sequentially access “every document available on the portal.”Privacy lawyer David Fraser said it’s always prudent to determine the nature of the data involved in any breach before going public with it.“It can be sensible for them to do that,” Fraser said in an interview. “It’s just curious that we are getting differing accounts on what in fact happened and it sounds like the government is making some attempt to reconcile those accounts.”last_img read more

No Oka Crisis 20 Kanesatake Grand Chief denounces talk of conflict in

first_imgSigns capture the feelings of people of Kanesatake. (Robbie Purdon/APTN) Lindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsKanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon has a message about a second Oka crisis: It’s simply not going to happen.In an open letter dated July 29, Simon clarified half-truths, community complaints, and general murmuring about a possible repeat of the historic 1990 conflict.Simon says his people are not heading towards a second Oka crisis despite ongoing tensions between his community and the neighbouring municipality of Oka.“The Mohawks of Kanesatake have no intention whatsoever to live such a crisis again,” Simon wrote in the letter. “We are not for war. We strive for peace and harmonious cohabitation.“I want to be clear: as far as I am concerned,” he added, “there is no ‘Oka Crisis 2.0’ coming our way.”Current disputeIn the letter, Simon says the current dispute over a developer’s intention to donate a parcel of land to the Federal government as an “ecological gift” – with possibility of transfer back to the Mohawks of Kanesatake – will not become a violent conflict.But he does concede there are shortcomings – or “neglect” – on behalf of the governments recently called to intervene in and mediate the dispute.“The governments need to fix the mistakes of the past and take agreements to correct the long history of Canadian colonialism and healing the wounds that it caused,” Simon said.But he says that still doesn’t excuse what he calls “inflammatory and racist” language from the mayor of Oka, Pascal Quevillion, who told reporters last Friday he does not intend to apologize for public statements made about Kanesatake.Quevillion suggested the land transfer will decrease Oka’s property values, encourage the construction of illegal cigarette and pot shops, and disparaged Kanesatake as a place of illegal dumping and contaminated water.Quevillon also raised concerns that the land donation would lead to his community being surrounded by Kanesatake.Lack of knowledgeSimon said the mayor’s words are an example of the widespread lack of knowledge that exists about Indigenous history, realities and rights.He called on Quevillion to stop using “colonialist language” and embrace a peaceful solution.“The events of 1990 were particularly traumatizing and have left deep wounds,” Simon wrote.“Rather than opening up those wounds, the mayor should turn to the future and understand that the interest of the community is in social peace, not confrontation.” With files from The Canadian Press. read more

Business Highlights

___Travel industry fears damage from a long government shutdownATLANTA (AP) — The scene at most of the nation’s airports has so far been marked more by concerned passengers showing up early than by missed flights. Longer lines are evident at some airports. But delays resulting from a rise in federal security screeners calling in sick have been slight. Yet concern is quickly growing that the partial shutdown of the government will continue and cause damage to the travel industry and eventually the economy.___Tiffany holiday sales slip as Chinese tourists spend lessNEW YORK (AP) — Tiffany & Co. says holiday shoppers and Chinese tourists spent less on its bling. The luxury jeweler, famous for its little blue boxes, says sales slipped in the holiday shopping season as Chinese tourists spent less while travelling due to the strong dollar, making it more expensive to buy Tiffany jewelry outside of its stores in China. The company also says it was hurt by stock market volatility, the uncertainty around Brexit and protests in Paris.___Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid companyLawsuits are seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for the opioid crisis in the US, but one family is getting a lot of the scrutiny. A new filing in a Massachusetts case ramps up the legal and financial pressure against the Sackler family, which owns the company that makes OxyContin. The specific allegations of deceitful marketing are likely to work their way into other lawsuits across the country, possibly including the 1,500 cases that are being overseen by a federal judge in Ohio.___EU wants to exclude agriculture from trade talks with USBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is insisting that agriculture be kept out of the EU-U.S. trade negotiations, despite Washington’s wishes to include the vast sector. The EU Commission announced its proposals for a negotiating mandate from the 28 member states and said that the EU negotiations will be “strictly focused on the removal of tariffs on industrial goods, excluding agricultural products.” It also said that any deal will be limited in scope.___Germany’s Mercedes-Benz plans assembly plant in EgyptBERLIN (AP) — German automaker Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Cars unit says it is developing plans to open an assembly plant in Egypt. Mercedes-Benz said in a statement Friday that the passenger car plant would be built by a local business partner and the project is being developed “in close collaboration” with Egypt’s government.___On the road to make an affordable car, Tesla cuts jobsTesla is cutting 7 per cent of its workforce as it tries to make a car that is affordable to more people. CEO Elon Musk said Friday that it’s extremely difficult to produce an electric car that is competitive with gas-powered vehicles. Tax incentives to buy electric cars, seen as a waste by many GOP lawmakers, are being cut.___Report: Facebook’s privacy lapses may result in record fineSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations involving the personal information of its 2.2 billion users. The Washington Post reports that the FTC is considering hitting Facebook with a penalty that would top its previous record fine of $22.5 million, dealt to Google in 2012. The FTC didn’t respond to a request for comment due to the government shutdown and Facebook declined to comment.___Manufacturing surge pushes industrial production up 0.3 pctWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production increased 0.3 per cent in December, led by the biggest surge in manufacturing in 10 months. The Federal Reserve said Friday that that manufacturing output jumped 1.1 per cent last month, the largest gain since February 2018. Automakers drove much of the growth with a 4.7 per cent jump in production.___Oxford suspends research funding from China’s HuaweiLONDON (AP) — Oxford University says it is suspending research grants and funding donations from Huawei amid growing security concerns about the Chinese telecom giant. It’s another setback for Huawei’s image in Europe, an important market for the company, which has been effectively blocked in the U.S. The university said in a statement Thursday that Oxford “will not pursue new funding opportunities” with Huawei or related companies, though two existing research projects will continue.___Virginia looks to raise age limit on tobacco productsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tobacco-friendly Virginia is preparing to raise the age limit on buying traditional and electric cigarettes from 18 to 21. GOP leaders in the majority-Republican General Assembly announced Thursday they were backing legislation to raise the limit for all tobacco products, citing the rapid growth of teenage vaping. Virginia-based tobacco giant Altria announced support for the legislation.___The S&P 500 climbed 34.75 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 2,670.71. The Dow jumped 336.25 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 24,706.35. The Nasdaq composite added 72.76 points, or 1 per cent, to 7,157.23. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 15.25 points, or 1 per cent, to 1,482.50.U.S. crude rose 3.3 per cent to $53.80 in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 2.5 per cent to $62.70 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline rose 1.6 per cent to $1.45 a gallon and heating oil added 1.7 per cent to $1.92 a gallon. Natural gas jumped 2 per cent to $3.48 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,602.32, up 96.01 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 85 cents, or 8.76 per cent, to $10.55 on 43.2 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up $1.62, or 12.87 per cent, to $14.21 on 17.4 million shares.Cronos Group Inc. (TSX:CRON). Health care. Up $3.26, or 11.94 per cent, to $30.57 on 9.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down 28 cents, or 1.34 per cent, to $20.69 on 8.9 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Up 15 cents, or 4.13 per cent, to $3.78 on 6.7 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Down 15 cents, or 3.9 per cent, to $3.70 on 6.6 million shares.Companies reporting:Pembina Pipeline Ltd. (TSX:PPL) Down one cent to $46.88. Pembina Pipeline Corp. says it is going ahead with its joint venture with Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Co. to build a $4.5-billion integrated propane dehydrogenation plant and polypropylene upgrading facility in Alberta. Pembina’s share will be $2.5 billion including a 50 per cent interest in the joint venture, which will own the plants, and a 100 per cent stake in the supporting facilities. The facility will be located adjacent to Pembina’s Redwater fractionation complex and will consume about 23,000 barrels per day of propane.Canadian Pacific Railway Co. (TSX:CP). Up 71 cents to $267.82. The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that Canadian Pacific Railway Co. failed to provide adequate rail service to Univar Canada, one of the country’s biggest chemical distributors, after the railway chose not to repair a Vancouver bridge damaged by fire. The court agreed with a 2017 decision from Canada’s transportation regulator that found CP Rail had breached its service obligations when it opted to hold off on expensive repairs and bar traffic on its bridge for years. The Marpole Bridge, which connects Vancouver to the island suburb of Richmond, has provided the only direct rail link to Univar’s facility since it opened in 1968.The Canadian Press read more

RS Berkane Beats Zamalek With Dramatic Extra-Time Goal

Rabat – Morocco’s football club RS Berkane (RSB) won the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final by defeating Egyptian club Zamalek SC (1-0) on Sunday, May 19, at Stade Municipal in Berkane.Throughout the match, the Moroccan club fought hard to score against the Egyptian team, but luck and Zamalek’s goalkeeper thwarted their efforts. In the 14th minute of play, RSB’s defender, Omar Nemssaoui, kicked the ball into the goal area and the kick was converted into a header but the ball hit the pole. The same play was repeated in the 41st minute when RSB’s forwarder Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba’s kick hit the pole. RSB outperformed their Egyptian opponent and kept the pressure on throughout the second half.Despite excellent play from RSB, Zamalek nearly managed to score in the 56th minute. The Moroccan team were saved by the skills of goalkeeper, Ali Mhamdi, who blocked the goal. Zamalek became complacent with both teams at zero, but the Moroccan team pushed through and scored a dramatic goal in the final minutes. In the 4th minute of the additional time, RSB’s Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba was finally able to put the ball in the opponent’s net, making himself the top scorer in the CAF Cup with 8 goals.The second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 at 8 p.m. (GMT) read more

UN partners with African initiative to slash numbers of starving on the

28 September 2009With over three million children dying from hunger around the world every year and child mortality rates rising in Africa, the United Nations food agency today announced a new partnership to expand efforts in the fight against malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa. The World Food Programme (WFP) and a UN-backed initiative, known as the Millennium Villages Project, have joined forces to establish “undernourishment-free zones” in 80 villages across 10 African countries.The partnership aims to ensure school meal coverage for all children in primary school, find the best way of meeting the nutritional needs of children affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other pandemics, and work with smallholder farmers to boost productivity and incomes.“The hungry and malnourished cannot wait,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. “We must act now to build the partnerships and take the comprehensive steps necessary to win this fight,” she added.Ms. Sheeran stressed that the historic $20 billion pledge to fight hunger and food insecurity made in July by the Group of Eight industrialized countries (G8) in L’Aquila, Italy, must be followed by concrete actions.“No one organization can do it alone, and we will leverage a growing collaboration with the Millennium Villages project to deliver powerful solutions to malnutrition,” she said.The Millennium Villages Project works with impoverished rural communities to transform village life in “hunger hotspots” across sub-Saharan Africa through practical measures, such as investing in improved seed and fertilizers for raising crop productivity, nutrition and school meals; long lasting insecticide-treated bed nets to reduce malaria; clinics to dispense effective treatment and care, and safe drinking water.“Hunger stands at the core of extreme poverty,” said Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Adviser to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “Without enough food, people suffer, die of disease, and too often descend into violence and conflict,” said Mr. Sachs. “Without enough food, a farmer cannot feed her family, much less earn an income and look after the children in the household.”The Millennium Villages Project is a collaboration between the Earth Institute, the Millennium Promise Alliance, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) aiming to help its 80 villages reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), global targets for cutting extreme poverty and hunger in half by 2015. read more

Several development projects completed in Polonnaruwa launched

Several development projects which have been completed in Polonnaruwa under a Government project, were launched today.The Government said that 47 projects out of a total of 180 development projects which have been completed under the “Pibidemu Polonnaruwa (Awakening of Polonnaruwa)” District Development Programme, were vested in the public today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena with the participation of Ministers and Parliamentarians. The construction of a water supply system built in Sewagama, Onegama for a cost of Rs.425 million was initiated by Ministers Rauff Hakeem, M. L. A. M. Hizbullah and P. Harrison. The project, which  enriches more than two thousand families, is scheduled to be completed within 20 months.The Ministers also engaged in opening the Pudur water supply system which benefits 250 families and granting two floor classroom building of Pudur Islamic Junior College for the usage of the students. The inauguration ceremony of the vesting of 180 development projects in the public commenced today at the Diulankadawala Central College with the opening of the newly constructed school building at the Central College. Minister Duminda Dissanayake and Member of Parliament, Sydney Jayarathne engaged in Opening the Kawuduluwewa Hindu Temple which was reconstructed.They also took part in a ceremony to open a new public hall. (Colombo Gazette) read more

More Afghans return home under UNHCR repatriation plan

According to the Office of the UN Coordinator for Afghanistan, 2,300 Afghans were repatriated from Pakistan last week. Since 3 July, a total of 37 convoys have ferried the returnees to their villages of origin – 23 from the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and 14 from Baluchistan.The convoys leave from Pakistan four times a week to relatively stable destinations in southern, central and eastern Afghanistan. All the convoys are escorted by UNHCR, which provides an aid package consisting of a 6,000 rupees ($90) cash grant, one plastic sheet per family and 150 kilogrammes of wheat distributed by the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

The 5 at 5 Tuesday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #INQUIRY: The family, whose story was outlined in a Prime Time special on Portlaoise hospital, say they want an independent inquiry into the death of their son.2. #FLOODS: Met Eireann has issued a status orange weather warning and more flood warnings as an Atlantic storm makes its way to Irish shores. Minister Howlin says something has to be done about long-term flood defences.3. #ATM: Some Bank of Ireland cards are to be blocked from AIB machines because the cards aren’t “internationally branded”.4. #PARENTAGE: The Supreme Court has heard that the presence or absence of genetic links through DNA is the ultimate proof of parentage, according to RTÉ.5. #SHATTERED: Part of a glass roof fell in on an RTÉ building today, thankfully no one was injured in the incident.last_img read more

These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While Gaming

first_img Finally, Razer Is Making a Gamer ToasterGeek Pick: Razer Blade Stealth Is an Ultraportable Dream Gaming PC Stay on target Razer jumped into the smartphone arena two years ago with its own gaming-focused Android phone. Now they’re making accessories, and not just for their own devices.On Tuesday, Razer revealed the Arctech Slim and Arctech Pro cases. You can pick one up to protect your Razer Phone 2 with perfect, first-party fit. Razer is making Arctech cases for iPhones, too. In addition to the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Razer is making versions for the iPhone X, XS, and XR.Meet the all-new Razer Arctech Pro & Razer Arctech Slim. Designed to keep your phone cool, these cases dissipate heat through a thermally-conductive lining & perforated vent channels, resulting in improved mobile performance and extended battery life.— R Λ Z Ξ R (@Razer) September 10, 2019Both The Slim and Pro feature a polycarbonate/elastomer shell and have a microfiber lining. They’ll protect your phone for bumps and scratches. The Pro offers additional drop defense and is rated for falls up to 10 feet.Sandwiched between the microfiber and polycarbonate is a layer of Thermaphene. It draws heat way from the phone and lets it waft away through perforations in the back of the case.Razer Arctech Pro (Photo Credit: Razer)How well does it work? Razer claims that an Arctech case will keep the temperature of an iPhone up to 6 degrees C cooler than an unspecified competitor’s case.Over the course of a two-hour test session, the iPhone in the Arctech case never exceeded Apple’s maximum recommended operating temperature. In the non-Razer case it took just 20 minutes to cross that threshold and the temperature never dropped to Apple’s target level for the remainder of test.Razer Arctech Pro 11 in Black (Photo Credit: Razer)Razer has priced the Arctech cases pretty aggressively. The Slim will run you $29.99 while the Pro costs $10 more. Both are offered in black, white (mercury), and pink (quartz) and they won’t prevent you from charging your phone wirelessly.For Razer fans who are buying an iPhone 11 and crave something with a little more flash, there’s the Arctech Pro THS Edition. It’s $44.99 and adds the familiar Razer logo — in their signature green on the black case and tone-on-tone on the quartz and mercury.Razer Arctech Pro 11 in Mercury (Photo Credit: Razer)The Arctech cases aren’t available yet, but you can drop your email address to receive a notification when Razer is ready to take your order.Watch: This Edgeless Concept iPhone Is Out of This World More on, Razer Is Making a Gamer ToasterGeek Pick: Razer Blade Stealth Is an Ultraportable Dream Gaming PCRazer Raptor Is the Company’s First Gaming Monitorlast_img read more

Iniesta presented Sporting Merit Medal of Honour

first_imgAndres Iniesta has been presented with the Sporting Merit Medal of Honour by the new Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez during a team training sessionThe veteran playmaker has now officially left Barcelona for J-League side Vissel Kobe and likely played his final game on home soil in Spain’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Sunday.Sanchez hailed Iniesta for his match-winning goal that won Spain the 2010 World Cup and stated that the 34-year-old has been a great example for future generations in his time playing in La Liga.“We all remember your goal in Johannesburg, when you showed what a great person you are with your celebration to another great sportsperson who is no longer with us,” said Sanchez, according to Marca.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“These are the values that you and your colleagues represent and they should be an example for all kids.”After accepting the medal, Iniesta thanked all of his club and international teammates.“I want to thank my teammates at club and international level because a large part of this medal is down to then,” he said.last_img read more

Christmas Message from the Honorable Sharlene CartwrightRobinson Premier of the Turks and

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 21, 2017 – Providenciales – My Fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders, as we gather with our friends, families and loved ones to celebrate the momentous occasion of the birth of our Lord, let us be ever mindful of the renewed hope that it signified.   As we reflect on the true meaning of this annual celebration we are reminded of the promise of a new beginning.   Let this renewed hope fortify our faith and form the foundation for optimism for the year ahead.In the spirit of the season let us endeavor to mirror Christ by showing kindness to our neighbors, demonstrating endurance through our trials, showing compassion to the less fortunate, being selfless towards those we love and honoring the Most High with our gratitude and praises.In the face of the immense obstacles that we have overcome, individually and collectively over the past year, this Christmas season is one in which we have much to be thankful for.    As leader of this great nation, I am reminded of the challenges we face toward progress; but I am bolstered by your prayers, well wishes, my love of country and to emulate the servant’s heart of our Lord and Savior.I extend thanks to all within the Public and Private sector and wider community who contribute to the growth and success of the Turks and Caicos Islands.On behalf of the Government of this great nation, I extend joyous greetings and warm wishes to all within the length and breadth of this beautiful by nature archipelago for a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.May God continue to bless the Turks and Caicos Islands.The Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-RobinsonPremier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Maintenance work set at Esther Short Park

first_imgParkgoers will notice various maintenance work at Vancouver’s Esther Short Park this week, the city announced Monday.The work will temporarily close the water feature at the downtown park, according to the city.Fencing around the park’s bell tower will also allow crews to reach the bells for tuning and the clocks for maintenance.last_img

OBITUARY Elna M Bradley McFaddenSantini 79

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Elna M. (Bradley) McFadden-Santini, age 79, of Reading, formerly of Lubec, ME, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2018, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.Elna was born in Lubec, Maine, on April 25, 1939; she was the cherished daughter of the late Raymond and Violet Bradley. Elna was raised in Lubec and was a graduate of Lubec High School with the Class of 1958. Following graduation, Elna went on to further her education at the North Shore Babies’ Hospital in Salem, Massachusetts graduating as a pediatric nurse in 1959.Elna took a nursing position at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. After marriage she moved to New York City and worked as a nurse at the Home for Little Wanderers. Elna was such a kind and patient person who had an incredible work ethic; she took the utmost care of her patients as well as their families and was a wonderful co-worker throughout the years.After New York City, Elna took a break from nursing, moved to Reading, Massachusetts where she raised a family of her own. Elna was a very devoted and loving mother and grandmother; she always put her families needs first and she showered them with unconditional love and support. When her family grew up and left “the nest” Elna moved up to New Hampshire where she went back to nursing and did respite care at Pathways of the River in New Hampshire for several years.When Elna decided to retire for good; she returned to Reading and moved to the Tannerville Retirement Community where she made many friends and enjoyed playing cards. Elna was a choir member of the Old South Methodist Church in Reading. She also enjoyed making friends at A.I.M. in Wilmington and participated at the Wilmington Senior Center where she was involved in their many activities.In her spare time, Elna enjoyed doing puzzles, going on long walks and following the Boston Red Sox; she was known to be an AVID fan.Elna will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady who devoted her life to caring for others; she made quite an impact in many lives and she will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.Elna was the devoted mother of Stephanie Donahue & her husband Dennis of Wilmington, Brian McFadden of Lynn, Andrea Marra & her husband Peter of Groveland and Carl McFadden & his wife Jill of Reading, loving grandmother of Amanda, Rachel, Mallory, Meredith, Rebecca, Jennifer, Jake, Will and Kylie, cherished daughter of the late Raymond and Violet (Mahar) Bradley, dear sister of Kenneth Bradley & his wife Joyce of Lubec, ME and the late Bernard. Elna is also survived by many nieces and nephews.A Graveside Service will take place in the family lot at Split Hill Cemetery in Lubec, ME at a later date.In Lieu of flowers, donations in Elna’s memory may be made to the Old South Methodist Church, 6 Salem Street, Reading, MA 01867.Elna M. (Bradley) McFadden-Santini(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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of June 17, 2018)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Helen Constance (Waters) Washburn, 99In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Judith Elaine Sias Guertin, 76In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Flawed police reports save human traffickers

first_imgNHRC chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque speaking at the consultation on Saturday. Photo: BRAC Human traffickers often dodge punishment, taking shelter of flawed police reports, said National Human Rights Commission chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque.The NHRC chairman on Saturday said, “Many times the court does not have anything to do against the perpetrators because police give flawed reports.”He was a addressing a consultation ‘situation analysis of illegal trafficking and irregular migration’ at BRAC Centre Inn in the city.BRAC, a development organisation, arranged it on the occasion of World Day against Trafficking in Persons, according to a press release of the BRAC.Speaking as the chief guest, NHRC chairman said, “It is true that we have an excellent law formulated in 2012. But certainly there is a question of the proper implementation of the law.”According to the police, only 30 convicts have been given life imprisonment so far out of 3,500 human trafficking cases. Reazul Hoque said there are a number of weaknesses in the present manner of dealing with such cases.“No matter how the incidents took place it is our responsibility to protect human rights,” the NHRC chief said adding ‘the state must take responsibility’.Reazul Hoque said the government may make a shortlist of 25 top ‘godfathers’ of human traffickers to chase and nab them.Professor of International Relations at Dhaka University CR Abrar said, “We must keep in mind that the human traffickers at home and abroad are a highly powerful gang. We have to have sufficient preparation to bring them to book.”Senior director of BRAC strategy, communication and empowerment Asif Saleh chaired and moderated the consultation.Head of BRAC migration programme Shariful Hasan presented the keynote paper.Shariful Hasan in his keynote paper said that there is no definite statistics about the exact number of Bangladeshis currently staying illegally in Europe.However, a European Union delegation during their Dhaka visit this April stated that around 80 thousand illegal Bangladeshi migrants are currently stating in Europe.The European Commission statistics office Eurostat says that in 2008-2015 period 93,435 Bangladeshis were staying illegally in the European countries.This number should cross 100 thousand if the account of the first six years of current year is added to 2008-2015 account.last_img read more

UN rights chief urges Iran to ease up on dissident

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   The European Parliament awarded the 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Sotoudeh _ sentenced to six years in prison on security charges after representing imprisoned Iranian opposition activists _ and dissident Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day GENEVA (AP) – The U.N.’s top human rights official is urging Iran to improve conditions for a jailed human rights activist who has been on hunger strike since mid-October.A spokesman for U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh’s health is deteriorating rapidly. She is protesting against prison conditions and a ban on visits by her family.Rupert Colville told reporters Tuesday that Pillay is urging Iran to urgently help Sotoudeh by “lifting the travel ban and other sanctions on her family, which cannot be justified under international law.” The vital role family plays in societycenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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first_img RelatedNew viewing area opens at Bournemouth AirportBournemouth Airport has opened its new official viewing areaSeville confirmed as Ryanair’s latest Spanish baseRyanair will commence cheap flights to Seville from London Gatwick this winter as it establishes its 44th base.Flights to Jersey to be launched by bmibabyCheap flights carrier bmibaby will introduce flights to Jersey from Bournemouth Airport Ryanair has confirmed its long-term commitment to Bournemouth Airport despite its decision to implement a hiatus on flights during the winter.Blaming the air passenger duty tax introduced by the government, the cheap flights carrier will suspend services to and from the south coast airport during November, December and January.However, the airline has outlined his long-term plans to its Bournemouth-based crew, with a full schedule resuming in February. This includes flights to Alicante, Faro, Gran Canaria and Malaga.Rob Goldsmith, Bournemouth Airport’s managing director, said the airport is feeling the effects of “the longest downturn in the UK aviation industry since the war”.”Leisure trips have been particularly badly affected and with so much economic gloom and uncertainty, people have been cutting back on overseas short breaks, or second and third holidays,” he commented.Mr Goldsmith went on to say that, while he was disappointed by Ryanair’s decision to stop its winter flights, he was looking forward to the airport’s ongoing partnership with the airline.Earlier this month, Ryanair launched its Leeds Bradford winter schedule, which includes cheap flights to Barcelona, Fuerteventura and Gdansk.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Updated Date: Mar 11 first described in a 2011 paper The deep snow caused chaos around Christmas with roads becoming icy – leaving passengers getting stranded in busesManchin is one of three Democratic senators who crossed party lines and voted to confirm Judge Neil5 million" police said" Dame Judi Dench then wraps things up by saying: "How are you feeling todayCredit: PA The judge said he found it an immensely difficult sentencing exercise Legislation that would steer billions of dollars in fines from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to ecological and economic restoration projects along the Gulf of Mexico got a cautious endorsement today from members of a key congressional panel But the only scientist to testify at the hearing was critical of some of the research provisions in the RESTORE Act which faces numerous obstacles to becoming law "We’re making progress but there are still a lot of things to be worked out" said Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) one of the leaders of the effort Today’s hearing before the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the US House of Representatives represented an important step forward for Gulf Coast lawmakers restoration scientists and environmental groups hoping to grab a chunk of the Clean Water Act fines that the US government expects to win from BP and other parties responsible for the spill The fines which could total $54 billion to $211 billion per "responsible party" would typically go to an oil spill liability trust fund maintained by the government But Scalise and his allies in the Senate have introduced legislation that would funnel 80% of the fines to the five Gulf Coast states most hurt by the spill: Alabama Florida Louisiana Mississippi and Texas Both bills would give 60% of that 80% share to a new restoration council that would pick ecological cleanup and repair projects Some 35% would be split among the five states and used for projects they select The remaining 5% would be allocated to Gulf research and fisheries science programs The Obama Administration and several independent panels have endorsed the idea although not the specific percentages But with Congress under pressure to trim the budget the prospect of earmarking billions of dollars in potential revenue for just one region has become a harder sell In the Senate the legislation (S 1400) has already survived its first important test winning passage in September in the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works But the similar House bill (HR 3096) had yet to face scrutiny in any of the three committees with jurisdiction over the legislation and backers worried that opposition from the powerful transportation committee could doom the measure So they were relieved recently when Committee Chair Representative John Mica (R-FL) announced that the panel would hold a hearing on the bill Mica didn’t take a position pro or con in opening today’s hearing saying he first wanted "to hear from everyone out in an open forum" and that he hoped there would be "a fair resolution of whatever we come up with" Two panels of Gulf State politicians officials and business representatives urged the committee to approve the legislation saying it was critical to getting the region back on its feet And although none of the dozen or so committee members who drifted in and out of the hearing spoke in opposition several raised concerns One major issue was whether the legislation would divert funds from the oil spill liability trust fund Another was whether the bill as written might enable BP or another responsible party to wriggle out of paying for certain kinds of environmental restoration by claiming that projects were already funded under the RESTORE Act In testimony two Obama Administration representatives—one from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and one from the Coast Guard—echoed those concerns and suggested potential fixes The biggest critique came from the lone scientist to testify physical oceanographer Robert H Weisberg of the University of South Florida in St Petersburg One problem he said is that the bill takes too narrow a view of the science needed to achieve real restoration It is "very precise with its definitions pertaining to administrative matters" he said "but less precise with its definitions pertaining to matters of ecology or more generally with matters pertaining to the workings of the ocean as a complex multifaceted system" As a result Weisberg said the envisioned research program "falls short of facilitating the defensible science necessary to establish how the Gulf of Mexico ocean system works" and achieving restoration A better approach he argued would be an integrated ocean observing program aimed at revealing how the gulf is connected to and influenced by broader ocean systems Another problem he said is that the bill provides too little money for too long a list of research activities One-half of the 5% research share for instance would go to a new fisheries science program with the other half going to five new research centers (one in each state) that are supposed to focus on five research areas That could mean just $800000 per year per state if the fines total $20 billion he calculates—and less if the fines are lower Such "diluted" funding is "hardly enough to do much … comprehensive observation monitoring and mapping of the Gulf of Mexico" he said "My point is that a higher percentage of the penalty monies must be apportioned toward understanding how the Gulf of Mexico works" he concluded Scalise said the bill’s backers will consider those and other suggestions before seeking final approval from the committee But a busy congressional calendar isn’t their only challenge House and Senate backers will also need to persuade colleagues from other states to swallow the bill’s price tag an estimated $12 billion over 10 years France’s Macron tells Erdogan Syria truce also applies to Afrin | Reuters World Reuters Feb 26 2018 23:15:20 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