10 months agoAC Milan owners willing to hand Higuain to Chelsea

first_imgAC Milan owners willing to hand Higuain to Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have received a boost in their interest in AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain.Sky Italia says Milan are pulling back from plans to buy Higuain outright from Juventus.Milan paid £16million to take Higuain on a season-long loan in the summer and can make the transfer permanent at the end of the current campaign by paying a further £32m.However, Milan owners Elliott Management are going cold and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is clear to move in to sign a player he knows well.The Argentine striker, 31, played under Sarri at Napoli during a prolific 2015-16 season in which Higuain scored 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances.Higuain scored six goals in his first seven games for Milan but has since netted only once in nine matches. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ambassador Vasciannie Stresses Gov’t’s Resolve to Stamp Out Scamming

first_imgJamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, says the Government of Jamaica is determined to stamp out the lottery scam.The Ambassador, who was addressing the annual scholarship and award gala of the Jamaican- American Bar Association’s (JABA) Northeast Chapter on Saturday (March 16) in Queens, New York, noted that the Government has implemented several measures to combat the illicit activity, which is primarily rooted in the western end of the island.He said that a comprehensive five-point plan has been rolled out, which includes public education and awareness, increased enforcement, enactment of new laws, strengthening of judicial and procedural rules, along with restitution for victims.The public awareness effort seeks to sensitise Jamaicans about the dangers of scamming and to encourage persons to report any such activity in their community.The Ambassador also noted that the United States (US) and Jamaican authorities are working closely to weed out the scammers.Ambassador Vasciannie, in the meantime, commended members of the JABA Northeast Chapter for providing legal services to many Jamaicans, as well as scholarships to Jamaican students and those of Jamaican parentage studying at the Norman Manley Law School and at American institutions.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, in a message, also hailed, the members of the association, noting that they have demonstrated that “they are not only concerned with their own achievements and successes, but are fully committed to the building of their homeland and improving the lives of our people”. She said that the Government is fully committed to taking the measures required for the sustained development and long-term prosperity of the nation, and pointed to the need for greater partnerships, renewed commitment and support from all Jamaicans, sectors and organisations, both at home and in the Diaspora.In her remarks, President of the JABA Northeast Chapter, Joan Pinnock, said the organisation has been successful in preventing a number of deportations, and returning one person to the US, who was deported.The 2013 Magistrate Award was presented to Jamaican Judge Stephen Drummond, who sits on the bench in Freeport, Connecticut, while the Barrister Award went to Jamaican Attorney Wayne Bennett, who practises in Philadelphia. The Jamaican Community Award went to Chairman of the Independence Celebration Foundation, Paulette Willoughby.The three recipients of the 2013 JABA education scholarships were: Shantel Smart, who attends Quinnipiac University of Law; Kellsie Barton from New York University School of Law; and Trichana Gray from the Norman Manley Law School.Among those in attendance were Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Herman Lamont; Former New York Councilwoman, Una Clarke; Founder of the JABA Miami chapter, Don James; and Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Pennsylvania, Dr. Alston Meade.The JABA Northeast Chapter, launched in January 2009, consists of eight attorneys of Jamaican birth or heritage, who practise in thetri-state region of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The not-for-profit association provides pro-bono legal services to reduce the number of Jamaican nationals deported each year, and grants funds to Jamaican students, who are pursuing law degrees. It is seeking to establish the JABA-NE Legal Defense Fund (JLDF) to assist persons in need of legal representation.By Derrick Scott, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Cabinet to Review National Seed Policy

first_imgStory Highlights The National Seed Policy, which is now a White Paper, is to be submitted to Cabinet for review, says Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw. The goal of the policy is to establish a sustainable seed system that ensures consistent and reliable supply of clean, affordable and accessible seeds, in support of agricultural production, productivity, food security and biodiversity. Addressing a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) for the refurbishing of the Bodles Research Station’s seed laboratory and storage facility on April 25 at the Ministry, in New Kingston, Mr. Shaw said there have been some positive developments in the area. The National Seed Policy, which is now a White Paper, is to be submitted to Cabinet for review, says Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw.The goal of the policy is to establish a sustainable seed system that ensures consistent and reliable supply of clean, affordable and accessible seeds, in support of agricultural production, productivity, food security and biodiversity.Addressing a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) for the refurbishing of the Bodles Research Station’s seed laboratory and storage facility on April 25 at the Ministry, in New Kingston, Mr. Shaw said there have been some positive developments in the area.“Through the Clean Seed Development Programme, we have made some strides with the production of clean seeds for both Irish and sweet potato, using biotechnology. The seed programme also currently produces Scotch bonnet pepper, pumpkin, corn and sorrel seeds, which are sold to our farmers,” the Minister informed.He added that the initiative is at the forefront of the Government’s push to boost agricultural production, and that further expansion is needed.“Building on those achievements, our proposal is to strengthen the capacity of the Bodles Station and to embark on a comprehensive redevelopment programme there, so that the research and development arm of the Ministry can be revitalised to better serve the needs of the agricultural sector,” the Minister said.He pointed out that this growth thrust will require more seeds and seedlings, so farmers can have what they need to expand their production and productivity.The Minister anticipates that the Research and Development Division, through its seed production and storage programme, will deliver these.The objectives of the National Seed Policy are (a) to facilitate development, evaluation and maintenance of pest-resistant high-yielding varieties that are adaptive to given local agroecological zones and challenges posed by climate change; (b) increase availability and access to clean seed to meet production requirements; (c) improve regulation and monitoring of the seed industry to ensure adherence to quality standards; (d) improve the sustainable marketing and distribution of seeds; and (e) protect national plant genetic resources.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Isle of Man Sign Drivers Licence Agreement

first_imgResidents of Isle of Man who move to Nova Scotia to work or study will now be able to exchange their valid driver’s licence for one in Nova Scotia. The province and the Isle of Man have signed a reciprocity agreement on driver’s licences for passenger vehicles and motorcycles. “This arrangement makes it easier for new residents or immigrants from Isle of Man who choose to live in Nova Scotia,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We are making the transition for new immigrants easier while maintaining our standards for driving and road safety.” People with a valid Isle of Man licence will not have to take a written or road test in Nova Scotia. Required vision testing will be available at Access Centres, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nova Scotians who live, work or study in Isle of Man will have the same privileges. The Isle of Man has similar agreements with Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, most European Union countries and most other Canadian provinces. “The Isle of Man government welcomes the signing of the memorandum of understanding with Nova Scotia for the mutual exchange of driver licences,” said David Cretney, Minister of Infrastructure for the Isle of Man. “This agreement will be of significant benefit to the residents of both jurisdictions when relocating from one to the other.” Nova Scotia has similar agreements with the United States, Germany, South Korea, Austria, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, in addition to all Canadian provinces and territories. For each reciprocal agreement, Registry of Motor Vehicles staff must review a country’s driving regulations to ensure they are compatible with Nova Scotia’s.last_img read more

Ice pellets and freezing rain hammer southern Ontario for second day in

first_imgTORONTO – More than 40,000 people were without power and one busy Toronto airport had to shut down on Sunday, as southern and central Ontario were battered by another day of freezing rain and ice pellets.Environment Canada issued weather warnings for the entirety of the region for the second day in a row, advising that strong winds could exacerbate already dangerous conditions.Toronto’s downtown Billy Bishop airport cancelled all departing flights and received only one arrival all day on Sunday, while more than 600 flights were cancelled at the larger Pearson International Airport. Dozens of flights were also cancelled or delayed at Ottawa International Airport.Meantime, provincial power utility Hydro One said Sunday afternoon that extra crews were working to address more than 42,000 power outages, with fallen trees and broken poles causing most of the issues. Toronto Hydro said approximately 10,800 of its customers were without power across the city Sunday evening.The mixture of freezing rain and ice pellets also made for nasty road conditions, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area.“These ice pellets have acted like very dense snow on the road,” said Chris Scott, chief meteorologist with The Weather Network. “That’s created treacherous driving conditions across much of southern Ontario, but especially in the GTA.”Provincial police said there were roughly 750 crashes on highways surrounding Toronto on Saturday, and there had been nearly 700 more by early Sunday afternoon. None of the crashes were fatal.Wind warnings were also issued, with gusts up to 90 kilometres per hour forecast for the Hamilton area — strong enough to cause property damage and further power outages.Multiple universities had to cancel their weekend exams because of the dangerous conditions, which caused problems for students such as Jamie Nicholson.The food science student at Guelph University added that the situation caused headaches because the exams would take place next weekend, when some students like himself already had plans.“Some people have it a lot worse though, because they booked flights out of the country or back home,” he said.Nicholson said the situation was also tough because he was told that special accommodations like extra time wouldn’t be provided for the re-scheduled exams.“That was an issue for me, because I get special accommodations,” he said, adding that in his case, his professor was able to accommodate him, but not all students he knows were able to find a solution.Other local events, such as outdoor viewing parties for the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs, also had to be cancelled on Saturday because of the freezing rain.Scott said areas near Lake Erie were hit with the most precipitation, while the region around St. Thomas, Ont., had the most power outages.“It’s rare to get such a winter storm this late in the season,” said Scott, noting that southern Ontario hasn’t seen such an intense ice storm in April in over a decade.Environment Canada said the freezing rain and ice pellets would change to rain later Sunday as temperatures rose, starting in the western part of the region and moving east.The changing weather prompted the city of Mississauga and the Toronto and Area Conservation Authority to issue flood warnings around lakes and rivers.Provincial police in southwestern Ontario also urged drivers to take caution and stay home if possible on Sunday, as heavy rain could make the roads unsafe.last_img read more

In the news today Aug 28

first_imgSix stories in the news for Wednesday, Aug. 28———FIRST INTERIOR SHOTS OF HMS TERROR RELEASEDParks Canada has released the first pictures from inside the HMS Terror, one of the two ships in the doomed Franklin Expedition. The pictures show a vessel amazingly shipshape despite more than 170 years beneath the Arctic seas. Parks Canada archaeologist Ryan Harris says a robotic camera showed everything from neatly stacked plates to chamberpots to scientific instruments still in their cases. He says the camera was able to peer into the private quarters of the ships officers. The Terror and its sister ship the Erebus set out from England in 1845 in search of the Northwest Passage. Neither Sir John Franklin nor his 129 were ever heard from again. But with a blend of Inuit oral history and systematic, high-tech surveys, the Erebus was found in 2014 and the Terror two years later.———CITIES ASK PARTIES TO FILL HOUSING-PLAN GAPSCanada’s cities are asking federal parties to add more than $500 million a year to the national government’s decade-long housing strategy. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities says the measures are needed to fill gaps in the plan over its remaining eight years, to make renting more affordable and keep people from going homeless. Among the requests are a new fund to help seniors pay for refits so they can stay in their homes longer, another to help build more housing for urban Indigenous people, and a separate program to pay for units for homeless people with mental illnesses. Cities are also asking parties to consider a combination of subsidies and tax credits for owners of aging rental buildings to pay for upgrades and maintain the apartments as low-cost units. The measures in the platform being made public today would cost about $580 million a year over the remaining eight years of the existing housing strategy.———GIRLS AND WOMEN BECOMING MORE INVOLVED IN B.C. GANGSGirls and women are not immune from gang violence in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. Females often become involved as girlfriends, but experts say they’re increasingly active participants, carrying guns and drugs or providing their names for houses, cars, credit cards and phones. While females sometimes mistakenly believe they’re safe from gunfire, several have been killed over the years. Now, prevention programs are targeting girls and women to keep them out of gangs. Vancouver police Detectives Sandy Avelar and Anisha Parhar have started a program called Her Time that educates girls about the dangers of the gang lifestyle. Parhar says females are often assumed to be naive bystanders or helpless victims, but some girls and women are more deeply involved than they’re letting on.———CLOSING ARGUMENTS TODAY FOR GERMAN TOURIST SHOOTINGClosing arguments are scheduled today in the trial of a youth accused of shooting a German tourist in the head on a highway west of Calgary. The teen from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, who cannot be identified because he was 16 at the time, faces several charges that include aggravated assault. Court heard that Horst Stewin was driving a black SUV through the First Nation with his family last summer, when someone in a passing car shot him. The car veered off the highway and crashed into some trees. Stewin survived but is paralyzed on his right side, gets confused and has memory issues. Other people in the car identified the shooter as the youth, who had been sitting in the back seat, but Stewin’s wife testified the shot came from a man in the front of the vehicle.———CANADIAN SENTENCED IN CUBA WAS SET UP: LAWYERA Canadian man sentenced to 10 years in a Cuban prison says he is innocent, and his lawyer says his client was likely set up following a night of partying in a seaside town outside the popular resort destination of Varadero. Benjamin Tomlin, 46, was arrested in August 2018 and charged with having sex with a 15-year-old. The age of consent in Cuba is 16. Tomlin’s Canadian lawyer, Ricardo Alcolado Perez, said the legal proceedings were plagued with irregularities. None of the witnesses in the case — including the minor with whom he is accused of having sexual relations —identified Tomlin in court, Alcolado Perez said. Tomlin’s sister, Caroline Simpson of Montreal, said he has not received adequate consular services because of staffing shortages due to the mysterious “Havana syndrome” that has sickened employees at the Canadian and U.S. embassies.———RESEARCHERS CALL FOR CALORIE LABELLING ON ALCOHOLA study suggests the average Canadian drinker receives more than one-tenth of their daily recommended calories from alcoholic beverages, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the label. Researchers at University of Victoria looked at Statistics Canada data on alcohol sales and consumption between 2015-2016 to calculate how many calories Canadians consume from booze. The study, originally published in the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research in February, estimates the average Canadian drinker consumes 250 calories from alcohol per day — the equivalent of a grab bag of chips.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— MP Kent Hehr will announced funding for the preservation of Indigenous languages in Calgary and surrounding area.— Manitoba political leaders take part in a 50-minute televised debate today in Winnipeg.— The trial continues today in Vancouver for Andrew Berry, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his two daughters.— Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai and Philippines Secretary of Labour and Employment Silvestre H. Bello will make a labour and immigration announcement today in Whitehorse.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Food Bank For NYC Raises 2 Million At Can Do Awards Gala

first_imgFood Bank For New York City — the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs — raised more than two million dollars this week, with donations still coming in, at the organizations star-studded, 13th Annual Can Do Awards Dinner, presented by Bank of America at Cipriani Wall Street.Tom Colicchio speaks onstage during the Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards Dinner GalaCredit/Copyright: Thos Robinson/Getty Images Food Bank For New York CityTom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Sandra Lee-Simply Living Publishing were honored for their commitment to hunger relief. Mario Batali, Carla Hall and Daphne Oz of ABC’s ’The Chew” emceed the event. Mario Batali and Susan Cahn, long time Food Bank supporters and the 2013 Can Do Honorees, served as Honorary Chairs.Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson speaks onstage during the Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards Dinner GalaCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York CityMore than 600 people came out to support Food Bank For New York City in the fight against hunger, including Nashville’s Grammy Award-winning country music group and ACM Vocal Group of The Year, Little Big Town, who brought the house down. Presenters for the evening included award-winning musician, producer and actor, 50 Cent, TODAY’s Erica Hill and Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman. Notable attendees included Jon Bon Jovi, Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan, Michael Strahan, Rachael Ray, Steve Higgins, Paul Sorvino, Mike Mills, Lauren Bush Lauren, Jill Hennessey, Ted Allen, Anne Burrell, Gabriele Corcos, Gail Simmons, Kelly Bensimon, Selita Ebanks, Jill Martin, Kelly Ford, Michael Schlow, Franklin Becker, Nia Sanchez, Lisa Ramos, Jeff Mauro, Joy Bauer, Rene Lopez, Melanie Dunea, and many more. Michael J. Fox (L) and Tracy Pollan attend the Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards Dinner GalaCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City“Food Bank For New York City is honored to have the support of our extraordinary partners and honorees as we strive to provide New Yorkers in need with access to food and services,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “We will continue to work hard to earn the right to be the recipients of your best intentions for our city. We thank you for choosing to invest in us tonight, and until we are victorious – when no New Yorker is denied access to healthy, nutritious food.”New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (L) and chef Mario BataliCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York CityThe evening’s auction, led by auctioneer Lydia Fenet of Christie’s Auction House, featured celebrity-donated and exclusive items. The big tickets items included the return of the Three Castrate — a once-in-a-lifetime, sit-down dinner for 16 people catered by legendary chefs Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, and David Chang; Bank of America’s luxury double-suite at Yankee Stadium, including 38 seats, plus a custom ballpark menu catered by one of Food Bank’s fabulous Culinary Council chefs (generously donated by presenting sponsor Bank of America); and Questlove will deliver a pulsating two-hour set at the venue of the recipient’s choice anywhere in the five boroughs!Can Do Honorees Tom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush were honored for their commitment to giving a voice to the millions who struggle to afford food, and for shining a light on the inequalities that exist in our society, thus inspiring many to action. Together, they have been a leading force for change and true advocates for those struggling to put food on the table every day.Can Do Honoree Stavros Niarchos Foundation has supported Food Bank For New York City’s hunger-relief efforts since 2009. In 2011, The Foundation made a transformational gift to help create a technology solution that enables Food Bank to connect New Yorkers in need with emergency food and other services. The initiative tracks New Yorkers accessing food and other services through Food Bank’s network of 1,000 community partners. The project will play a key role as part of Food Bank’s strategic vision to create networks of organizations connecting clients with food and other benefits in an effort to reduce and eliminate the “meal gap” (the city’s official measure of food insecurity).This year’s Corporate Can Do Honoree was Sandra Lee-Simple Living Publishing, who has made ending hunger a cause she is deeply committed to, having known first-hand what it is like to live with the worry of not knowing where a next meal was coming from. Sandra has partnered with Food Bank on many campaigns over the years, including helping raise critical support for Food Bank’s Sandy Relief efforts. In 2013, she hosted the World’s Largest Bake Sale, which raised more than $50,000 for Food Bank’s vital programs.The Can Do Awards Dinner is instrumental in helping provide support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank programs and services, including one in five children. New York’s most vulnerable families have lost more than 56 million meals as a result of the November 2013 cuts to SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). Food pantries and soup kitchens have confronted additional need without an adequate supply of food. Can Do celebrates what each of us ‘CAN DO’ to help fight hunger in New York City. Since their inception, the Can Do Awards have raised more than 12 million dollars, helping to provide 60 million meals for New Yorkers in need. Every dollar donated to Food Bank For New York City helps provide five meals.last_img read more

Court Movie theatres must accommodate deafblind patrons

first_imgFederal disability law requires movie theatres to provide specialized interpreters to patrons who are deaf and blind, an appeals court said Friday.The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Cinemark, the nation’s third-largest movie chain, in a case involving a Pennsylvania man who wanted to see the 2014 movie “Gone Girl” and asked a Cinemark theatre in Pittsburgh to supply a “tactile interpreter.” The theatre denied his request.The plaintiff, Paul McGann, is a movie enthusiast who reads American Sign Language through touch. He uses a method of tactile interpretation that involves placing his hands over the hands of an interpreter who uses sign language to describe the movie’s action, dialogue and even the audience response.The federal appeals court concluded Friday that tactile interpreters are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires that public accommodations furnish “auxiliary aids and services” to patrons with vision, hearing and speech disabilities.“It would be impossible for a deaf-blind person to experience the movie and understand the content without the provision of tactile interpretation,” said Carol A. Horowitz, managing attorney of Disability Rights Pennsylvania, which filed suit on McGann’s behalf.The ruling said Cinemark still can argue that providing the interpreters would present an “undue burden,” an exception to the disability law that takes into account the cost of the accommodation and the business’s ability to pay for it. It sent the case back to a federal judge to consider that argument.Because of the intensive nature of the work, McGann requires the services of two interpreters. The interpreters cost a few hundred dollars per showing.Cinemark earned $257 million in 2016. The movie chain also has said that before McGann, it had never before received a request for tactile interpretation.A spokesperson for the Plano, Texas-based chain said Cinemark is evaluating its legal options.The U.S. Department of Justice filed documents in support of McGann.last_img read more

Floods Cause Damage in Ourika Valley near Marrakech

Rabat – A violent storm hit Ourika Valley, 90 kilometers from Marrakech, causing floods and damage to many merchants and restaurateurs. According to local media, the storm hit Monday night, August 6, causing the Ourika river to overflow, instantly creating landslides in the village of Sti Fadma and other areas. Local authorities rushed to the scene and urged people to leave high-risk areas. The people of Sti Fadma, a village 60 kilometers south of Marrakech, have been on alert with sirens alerting visitors to take precautions and move away from the edges of the river.Ourika Valley often experiences floods in the summer. In 1995, flash floods in the valley caused the deaths of at least 100 Moroccans and foreigners.

Premier Doug Ford meets with farmers on challenges

WOODSTOCK – Premier Doug Ford said Ontario needs a strong partnership with the United States on trade during a chat Tuesday with agricultural leaders at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show.Ford, joined at this opening-day roundtable by Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman, invited feedback from the industry on the current state of agriculture, its labour shortages and ongoing trade disruptions affecting farmers.“The focus of this meeting is to discuss your current situation in light of the trade disruption and to help understand what is needed to help you,” Oxford MPP Hardeman said.About two-dozen industry leaders from the dairy, pork, beef, grain and aqua-culture sectors, among many others, attended the meeting.The roundtable discussion about the challenges facing the agricultural industry, however, was not open to the media. Premier Doug Ford greets farming industry representatives during a discussion on current challenges in agriculture at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show on Sept. 10, 2019. (Kathleen Saylors/Woodstock Sentinel-Review) In his opening remarks, though, Ford made a point to contrast the farmers sitting around the table with people in the downtown Toronto’s “bubble.”“I wish I could bring every single person from the City of Toronto to this show here and show them what high-tech equipment the farming industry is using now,” Ford said. “Honestly. the majority of people don’t have a clue. … I love getting out of the bubble and meeting the real folks.“I don’t think some of these folks understand how important farming is. I think people take it for granted. They go to the store see the shelves stocked and think it all of a sudden appears there.”One in eight jobs in Ontario is in the agricultural sector, Ford added, speaking specifically to the importance of Canadian farming in trade with the United States and ongoing trade disruptions.“If Canada and the U.S. and Mexico, to a degree, if we all work together, everyone benefits,” the Progressive Conservative premier said. “As soon as we start putting up barriers on both sides of the border, it doesn’t work. … I think it is critical we move forward with a strong partnership with the U.S..”Hardeman also used the opportunity to introduce a new program that aims to help Ontario farmers reach new markets. Supported through the five-year Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Market Access Initiative will help farmers diversify where their products go through marketing and business planning, for example.“It will open doors and … drive further innovation in the sector,” Hardeman said.The Tuesday afternoon roundtable was part of the opening day of the three-day outdoor farm show, the country’s largest agricultural trade show. In addition to the premier’s visit and the day’s opening ceremonies, visitors to the sprawling Woodstock site could enjoy equipment, field and livestock demonstrations, as well as mingle with the hundreds of exhibitors. read more

Annan concerned at reported expulsion of Arabs in northern Iraq

“The Secretary-General is concerned that unless the security vacuum that now exists is quickly addressed, there is a very real prospect of population displacement in Iraq,” a UN spokesman said in a statement released in New York.Referring to media reports and eyewitness accounts from Human Rights Watch indicating widespread intimidation and displacement in and around the city of Kirkuk and in other areas, the statement added: “The Secretary-General appeals to all concerned to respect fundamental human rights principles, including the right to live free from intimidation and forced expulsion.”

DR Congo elections possible in 2005 only with political progress UN envoy

William Lacy Swing, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC, told a commission of the country’s Transitional Parliament yesterday in the capital, Kinshasa, that most of the necessary electoral laws have not been put to a parliamentary vote.Mr. Swing confirmed that the UN Organization Mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym of MONUC, was prepared to help the Congolese run elections next year as mandated under the DRC’s peace agreement.But he said issues such as the treatment of refugees, the presence of armed foreign troops on Congolese territory and the demobilization of local armed groups must be resolved.Mr. Swing added that the number of ex-combatants from neighbouring countries being successfully repatriated could double over the next few months. So far, more than 5,000 former fighters from Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda have returned to their home countries.Meanwhile, at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, MONUC’s outgoing Force Commander, General Mountaga Diallo, said the DRC’s security situation was progressively improving, especially in the east.But he also echoed Mr. Swing’s view that several immediate challenges remain for MONUC, particularly the disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement and reintegration of armed foreign soldiers.In another development, a strategic road between Bunia and Kasenyi, near Lake Albert in the country’s northeast, was re-opened after joint work by MONUC and a German non-governmental organization (NGO) called Agro Action Allemande.By encouraging trade between local communities, the re-opened road is expected to promote reconciliation in the Ituri region. read more

Despite insecurity UNbacked polio immunization campaign gets underway in Iraq

Despite security concerns which forced a one-week delay, a nationwide United Nations-backed polio immunization drive in Iraq is now underway to protect 4.8 million against the highly infectious and incurable disease that can cause lifelong paralysis and is sometimes fatal. For the rest of the week, over 5,400 mobile vaccinators will travel house-to-house across the war-torn country to immunize every child under five against polio in a bid to maintain Iraq’s polio-free status. Iraq’s last polio case was reported in 2000. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing oral polio vaccines for the campaign, launched by the Iraqi Health Ministry yesterday, as well as transport and communication support to help vaccinators reach children even in the most remote and insecure areas.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has also provided vital assistance to the Government for planning, training local health staff and providing incentives for vaccinators. This is Iraq’s second polio campaign this year. The first was held in April/May and immunized over 96 per cent of the target population. The second round of the current campaign will take place in December. Although polio has been driven from Iraq, a recent global resurgence of the virus has brought a renewed threat to the region. Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Sudan have all been re-infected since 2004, making this week’s campaign critical to safeguard Iraq’s children. read more

Grenfell Tower fire At least 60 tower blocks fail new test on

first_imgMeanwhile, an investigation has found that hundreds of towers across England were discovered to have fire safety flaws including broken fire doors and holes that could help blazes spread.New figures uncovered by Inside Housing on fire risk assessments (FRAs) at 436 social housing blocks revealed nearly a third (268) had fire doors that were damaged, unable to close properly or of an inadequate standard.The trade magazine found 71 blocks had been identified as suffering from a lack or deficiency of emergency lighting in stairwells or communal areas, which could hamper the escape of tenants.At 73 buildings, residents were either offered no safety information for fires or it was unclear or incorrect, the investigation found. Police do not have the power to arrest individuals under the offence of corporate manslaughter, but someone can face gross negligence manslaughter charges if a death may have been caused by an act or omission on their part.The Metropolitan Police said the letter was “simply an update on the investigation so far” and “should not be taken to conclude that the identified offences and organisations are the only offences, organisations or individuals that are being investigated”. The revelation comes after campaigners called for individuals to be prosecuted over the Grenfell Tower fire. Scotland Yard said it had “reasonable grounds” to suspect corporate manslaughter offences may have been committed.Residents affected by the blaze have been told senior figures from Kensington and Chelsea Council and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation will face formal police interviews. A nationwide safety operation was launched to establish how many buildings were clad in material similar to that blamed for aiding the Grenfell Tower fire’s spread, exposing hundreds potentially at risk. The news was cautiously welcomed by campaigners, who urged the Metropolitan Police to also consider gross negligence manslaughter charges against individuals. In a letter updating residents on the criminal investigation, the force said: “We have seized a huge amount of material and taken a large number of witness statements.center_img “After an initial assessment of that information, the officer leading the investigation has today notified Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that each organisation may have committed the offence of corporate manslaughter under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.” Dozens of tower blocks have failed a new safety test that was more thorough than previous checks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze, it has been reported.Cladding and insulation used in at least 60 high-rises are said to have not passed the latest inspection, the BBC said.Fire safety at high-rise buildings has been thrust into the spotlight after at least 80 people died, many as they tried to escape, from the 24-storey Grenfell Tower last month.Previous fire safety checks have only examined cladding from towers. The new test checked the cladding along with the foam insulation used in Grenfell.Lord Porter, the Local Government Association chairman, told the BBC that housing associations and private sector landlords will be among those that own the 60 tower blocks that failed the latest fire test.The government is expected to release its full findings of the “whole system fire test”, along with guidance, on Friday. FRAs from the blocks were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from 36 councils or arms-length management organisations and seven housing associations, dated between 2012 and July 2017 – meaning some issues could have since been resolved.There are around 4,000 tower blocks across England, at which there is no legal requirement for those managing the buildings to carry out the fire-safety assessments within a specific time-frame. Fire experts, however, recommend annual checks. 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.last_img read more

Sir Geoffrey Boycott I couldnt give a toss about knighthood criticism from

“You’re guilty until you’re proved innocent. That’s totally the opposite from England and it’s very difficult to prove you’re innocent in another country, another language. “Most people in England don’t believe it. I didn’t do it – move on. “It’s a cross I have to bear, right or wrong, good or bad. I have to live with it.”Asked About Ms Claire’s comment, he said: “I don’t care a toss about her, love. “It was 25 years ago so you can take your political nature and do whatever you want with it. “I couldn’t give a toss.”An investigation by the Telegraph in 2015 uncovered fresh evidence that suggested Sir Geoffrey was wrongly convicted. Sue Sims-Steward, a friend of Ms Moore, said she was phoned by the cricketer’s partner, who admitted the injury she would later blame on him occurred when she slipped on a marble floor. Lawyers for Sir Geoffrey also described being contacted by representatives of Ms Moore asking if he would pay her off. Ms Moore stood by her account when approached at the time by the Telegraph. Whitehall officials reportedly blocked efforts to award Sir Geoffrey a knighthood due to his conviction. He added: “It’s a court case in France where you’re guilty, which is one reason I don’t vote to remain in the EU.  Sir Geoffrey Boycott has claimed he could not “give a toss” about criticism of his knighthood after campaigners suggested it was not fitting for a man convicted of domestic violence. The celebrated cricketer, now 78, was knighted in Theresa May’s resignation honours list for his services to sport, after the former Prime Minister famously compared her approach to Brexit negotiations to his batting style.The domestic violence charity Women’s Aid responded to news of the honour by highlighting his 1998 conviction in a French court for an attack on his then girlfriend, Margaret Moore. Adina Claire, the co-acting chief executive of the charity, said bestowing a knighthood on someone convicted of assaulting their partner “sends a dangerous message – that domestic abuse is not taken seriously as a crime”. It has previously been suggested the prolific batsman was not considered for a knighthood due to the offence. Questions have similarly been raised about whether he was wrongfully convicted.Sir Geoffrey remained defiant as he was questioned about the court case on Tuesday morning, claiming it had spurred him towards voting Brexit in 2016. Questioned about his suitability for a knighthood on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, he told presenter Martha Kearney: “25 years ago, love, in a French court.” “I couldn’t give a toss”Newly knighted @GeoffreyBoycott responds to criticism by Women’s Aid over a conviction for domestic abuse in 1998. He has always denied the assault, and told #r4Today: “I’m clear in my mind that it’s not true”@MarthaKearney | https://t.co/NqPZQpkPd3 pic.twitter.com/pFUQ7xpnWq— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) September 10, 2019 The resignation honour’s list is not subjected to the same process of scrutiny by the Honours Committee or the House of Lords Appointments Commission, however. The outgoing Prime Minister makes their nominations which is then passed the Queen for her approval, with the Cabinet Office only performing more basic “propriety checks”.Mrs May has been criticised for gearing her resignation honours list towards former aides and figures like Sir Geoffrey, of whom she is a great admirer. The former Tory leader is an avid follower of cricket and spent her first day after leaving office watching England play at Lord’s.She said in 2018, while facing questions about her approach to Brexit negotiations: “Can I just say that you might recall from previous comments I have made about cricket that one of my cricket heroes was always Geoffrey Boycott. “And what did you know about Geoffrey Boycott? Geoffrey Boycott stuck to it and he got the runs in the end.”Sir Geoffrey, who was known for his conservative batting style, scored over 8,000 runs in test cricket. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Stores with no return policy violating the law says CCAC

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCCAC preparing legislation to protect rights of customers who shop onlineJanuary 22, 2019In “Business”CCAC recovers over $8M in first half of 2018July 27, 2018In “latest news”Up to $1M fine, jail time for businesses making false, deceptive claims – consumer body warnsFebruary 5, 2019In “Business” Dawn Holder-CushThe Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) is now urging consumers to be alert and not shop at stores with ‘no refunds’ and ‘no return’ signs as this is a violation of the law.The warning was recently resounded at a Lecture held at Moray House in Georgetown in an effort to better sensitize stakeholders on the Competition and Fair Trade and Consumer Affairs Act.Director of the Commission, Dawn Holder-Cush said, “If you go to a store and the store has a sign that says ‘no refund’ do not shop there because you got certain places that they have very good policies that you can go to and you won’t get a problem”.She informed that there is no such policy and it should not be adhered to by customers.“It doesn’t matter what they say. We have the law which says you can’t do that… (and) that is where the press comes in…to let the people know that ‘no refund’ is illegal,” Holder-Cush informed.It was further pointed out that all customers should demand a receipt and not purchase at stores which do not issue receipts as it is the only proof of purchase.A receipt would also be necessary if an item is default and needs to be returned or exchanged and would also be required to make a complaint at the Commission.Consumer Affairs Officer, Feyona Austin-Paul during the lecture signaled, “We have to be more assertive as consumers because if we demand our rights the supplier will be forced to comply”.She added that the Commission has been working assiduously to conduct inspections in an effort to address the issue of businesses that do not issue receipts.In fact over 150 businesses were visited during 2018.The Director of the Commission chimed in saying, “Sometimes people get carried away with trying to save a few dollars and a store owner would tell you if you don’t pay VAT (Value Added Tax) and you don’t get a receipt you will get it at a lower price and they (consumers) happy”.She however, stressed the importance of collecting and demanding a receipt because in the event of an issue, the CCAC would not be able to render assistance because there would be no proof of purchase. read more

Washougal couple travels world teaches others to do it too

first_imgA Washougal couple has developed their longtime passion for travel into two businesses. Kevin and Andi Crockford opened an Airbnb in their riverfront home on the Washougal River in 2014. Two years later, they started Kendi World Adventures, in which they guide mostly inexperienced travelers on trips to Costa Rica.Kevin, 58, and his wife, Andi, 57, have traveled to 36 countries together. They started traveling to Mexico when their youngest child turned 6 and could carry her own backpack.“It’s cheaper to stay and eat in Mexico than in the U.S.,” Andi said.Kevin’s mechanical engineer salary supported the family. When Andi Crockford got a part-time job while the kids were in school, they continued living on Kevin’s salary and stashed all of Andi’s earnings into savings. When their youngest, Rachel Crockford, was in high school, they set a five-year goal: Save enough money to spend a year traveling the world together with their daughter.Rachel Crockford got a part-time job and saved money, too. They committed their goal to paper. Andi Crockford created a binder with a world map, their monthly bills and this note: “Keep your eye on the goal.”They stopped buying extras and didn’t eat out as much. In five years, they saved $50,000.“We are of the philosophy that every penny you earn either takes you closer or farther from your goal,” Andi Crockford said. “You make choices. When you buy $6 lattes, it adds up quickly.”last_img read more

Washington health exchange OKs 35 plans

first_imgThe board of the state’s health exchange on Wednesday granted final approval for 35 insurance plans to be sold on the state-based online marketplace.The board for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange certified seven health insurers to offer 35 plans on the state exchange, which is where uninsured individuals will buy coverage for themselves and their families. Another eight multi-state plans from Premera are expected to be included in the exchange once the federal government certifies the plans.The board approval includes the 18 Clark County plans offered by three insurers — Kaiser Permanente, Community Health Plan of Washington and LifeWise Health Plan of Washington.The board also approved Kaiser’s health plans for small-business owners. The plans will be sold through the Small Business Health Options Program, which will operate similarly to the individual exchange. Those plans are available only to businesses in Clark and Cowlitz counties.“This is the first time that many Washingtonians will be able to shop for quality health care coverage,” Richard Onizuka, chief executive officer for the exchange, said in a news release. “These brand new coverage options will enable residents to find the important health care services they need at costs that best fit their budget.”last_img read more

Readers Digest Association Cuts 150 Jobs Worldwide

first_imgIn November, the company announced third quarter revenues of $357 million, up 4.4 percent versus third quarter 2010. Net loss improved from a loss of $86.8 million to a loss of $76.8 million, while EBITDA fell to a loss of $16.6 million—in part due to a decline in revenue from Every Day with Rachael Ray, which the company sold to Meredith Corp. this fall. The title saw a 21 percent drop in ad pages for the first nine months of 2011. According to the spokesperson, Reader’s Digest magazines finished the year with a 16.9 percent increase in ad pages over the year before.The company is currently led by CEO Robert Guth, who replaced Tom Williams in September, becoming the third CEO for the company within the year, as Williams took over for Mary Berner in April. Reader’s Digest Association has eliminated 150 positions across all of its business groups worldwide, with half the cuts affecting jobs in the U.S. and the other half international. All of the affected employees have been notified and will leave the company by year’s end, according to a Reader’s Digest spokesperson. The cuts are aligned with an effort to focus on the company’s “master brands,” including Reader’s Digest, Taste of Home and The Family Handyman, “that have the greatest potential to grow across multiple platforms and through new revenue streams, such as partnerships and licensing in markets around the world,” a Reader’s Digest spokesperson writes in an email to FOLIO:. “In tandem, we are evaluating existing businesses which are not strategic and/or profitable, reducing our cost structure and identifying operating efficiencies.”The spokesperson declined to specify whether additional cuts will follow but said, “Any smart company is continually looking at ways to work efficiently to effectively compete. As we continue to transform our company, we do expect that as a normal course of business, some positions will be eliminated and some new jobs will be created.”The spokesperson also declined to provide a breakdown of the cuts by business, though last week thirty positions were reportedly eliminated at the company’s Greendale, Wisconsin-based Reiman Publications.last_img read more