Board Rules in Favour of School Teacher

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry has found that the Halifax Regional School Board, former Halifax West High School teacher John Orlando and former principal Gordon Young discriminated against Lindsay Willow of Hammonds Plains on the basis of perceived sexual orientation. Ms. Willow had been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour with a female student by two teachers at the school. She complained to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in August 2001, that John Orlando believed she was a lesbian and made the accusation as a result. Ms. Willow alleged that, even though the Halifax Regional Police Service found no basis to proceed with an investigation of the allegation, her career prospects were damaged and she continued to be harassed by colleagues. Board chair Walter Thompson has ordered the Halifax Regional School Board to pay Ms. Willow $27,375 in damages. That figure includes interest. The damages cover the pain and suffering Ms. Willow experienced during the school year in which the incident occurred, as well as $5,000 for involving the police and $5,000 for each following year Gordon Young remained principal at the school. Mr. Thompson also ordered compensation of $2,500 be paid to the student involved in the situation and $1,000 to cover costs incurred by Ms. Willow’s parents. The school board has been ordered to provide Ms. Willow with a full written retraction of the allegations that were made against her, and an apology for the involvement of the police and any lingering suspicion she has experienced. In his decision, the board chair accepted Ms. Willow’s argument that her perceived sexual orientation motivated the allegation of inappropriate contact made against her. “The circumstances were not suspicious. They were innocent. The construction of them as indicative of a sexual assault demonstrates, in my view, an element of discrimination against Ms. Willow because of her perceived sexual orientation,” wrote Mr. Thompson. The board chair also accepted that an element of discrimination played a role in John Orlando’s motivation for making an allegation against Ms. Willow. “I cannot fathom [Orlando’s] thinking,” wrote Mr. Thompson. “I am driven reluctantly to the conclusion that prejudice was at least a factor in his decision and … bringing it forward to the school administration.” The decision notes that then-principal Gordon Young made no effort to apologize to Ms. Willow when it became clear that there was no basis for the allegations against her, nor did he attempt to protect her from ongoing suspicion. “Dr. Young had a positive duty towards her to create a positive work environment for her. He did not fulfill it. Instead, he compounded the difficulties of her life within the school,” Mr. Thompson ruled. The school board was also found to be liable because of its response to the incident. “The board chose to analyze her complaint within the context of the collective agreement, found no violation, obtusely blamed the police for coming to the school, and washed its hands of the complaint,” said Mr. Thompson in his decision. “I find the board failed in its duty to provide a positive environment for someone perceived to be gay and was not vigilant to protect her.” A complaint is referred to an independent board of inquiry when the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission believes a prima facie case of discrimination is made after an investigation by a human rights officer. The chief judge of the provincial court selects a board chair from a roster and the commissioners ratify the nomination. The decision on the complaint is then in the hands of the independent board. Evidence collected during investigation of a complaint is presented at the hearing by the commission’s legal counsel. The complainant and respondent can make submissions and question witnesses. The board chair then decides whether discrimination has occurred. All parties have a right to appeal decisions of boards of inquiry to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. A copy of the decision is available on the commission’s website at http://gov.ns.ca/humanrights/last_img read more

Disappointed by Pakistan bowling again: Akhtar

first_imgLondon: Former Pakistan tearaway quick Shoaib Akhtar expressed his disappointment with the team’s botched effort to defend 340 against England in the fourth ODI, saying he was not impressed with the bowling. “Another failed attempt to defend a 300+ total by Pakistan and the series loss. Disappointed by the bowling again,” Akhtar tweeted after the game. Pakistan put up 340/7 riding Babaz Azam’s 115 and half century by Mohammad Hafeez. However, their bowlers failed to defend the total even after reducing England to 216/5 at one stage, when Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali were dismissed in quick succession, a collapse of 4 for 15. It was Ben Stokes who then scored an unbeaten 71 off 64 balls to guide England home as Pakistan bowlers suddenly lost the plot. In the third rubber too, Pakistan had failed to defend 359. England have an insurmountable 3-0 series lead. The final ODI takes place in Leeds on Sunday.last_img read more

UN General Assembly President launches initiative for post2015 development agenda

“Like all of you, I am all too aware of the enormous challenges facing our globe,” he told an interactive briefing of global civil society representatives from UN Headquarters in New York. “With the 2015 deadline looming, we need to be collectively focused on building momentum for the post-2015 agenda.”Mr. Ashe has made the effort to achieve a new post-2015 development agenda to succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the hallmark of his year-long Assembly presidency which ends in September. The MDGs, agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, aim to slash extreme hunger and poverty, cut maternal and infant mortality, combat disease and provide access to universal education and health care, all by the end of 2015. But these targets will not be reached in many countries and areas, and they will be incorporated in an even more ambitious post-2015 agenda. “You and your various organizations are the trusted partners of the United Nations,” Mr. Ashe said. “As President of the 68th session of the General Assembly, I see no greater task or mandate for my term than to support this vital process of getting the framework and content of the post-2015 development agenda right, so that people everywhere can live in dignity and with opportunities in their societies and economies…” “I am confident that we can all come together around one global sustainable development agenda, with poverty eradication at its centre and with true ownership from both governmental and non-governmental actors alike.”Mr. Ashe has set six major initiatives to jumpstart progress on sustainable development after 2015. In the coming months he will convene three high-level events focused on women, youth and civil society (6-7 March); human rights and rule of law (17-18 June); and South-South cooperation, triangular cooperation and information communication technology (ICT) for development (20-21 May).He will also three thematic debates, on the role of partnerships (9-10 April); how stable and peaceful societies can contribute to development (24-25 April); and on the way that water, sanitation and sustainable energy (18-19 February) can contribute to the post-2015 development agenda.Also addressing today’s briefing, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson noted that elaborating a new development agenda has already benefited from an unprecedented and inclusive approach. “Non-governmental organizations, the private sector, local authorities, trade unions, academics and citizens themselves have all been involved,” he said. “I sense great dynamism in this room. Civil society groups are driving progress across the international agenda. On peace, human rights, inequalities, rule of law, climate change, poverty eradication, sustainable development and many other issues we rely also on you to push for progress among Governments – and generate action on the ground,” he added.“We are at a crossroads on our journey to define the future development agenda. I count on you to continue advancing alongside Governments every step of the way. Civil society organizations are a source of ideas and inspiration. You are key critical development partners, agents of change, and watchdogs.” read more

BHP Billiton opens mobile applications hub in Shanghai

first_imgBHP Billiton has officially launched its new Mobile Applications Hub in Shanghai that will develop applications for mobile devices to help improve communications and productivity across the company.BHP Billiton Chief Technology Officer Diane Jurgens said the new hub is one example of the potential for technology innovation to improve the way we work that benefits our people and the company. “Mobile applications delivered on smartphones and tablets will allow our people to work more flexibly, productively and safely. Operators in our underground mines through to procurement in our head office can access to and respond to real-time information as and when they need it, no matter where they are,” she said.“The team working in Shanghai will develop a range of mobile applications that could include the capability for operators to re-plan crew work in the field, check equipment maintenance requirements and location, immediately report potential safety problems or even check where and when people are travelling.”Ms Jurgens said Shanghai is the ideal location for the cmpany’s new $5 million Mobile Applications Hub. It will initially employ 50 technology application designers who will operate from a specifically designed ‘incubator’ workshop located with BHP Billiton’s offices.“Shanghai is widely recognised as a global centre for mobile application development with a vibrant tech culture. It has a wealth of highly experienced, skilled talent and leading universities offering excellent programs in Technology and Engineering,” she said.The Mobile Application hub is one of three centres being established to foster technology innovation that can then be trialled and tested before potentially being more widely deployed across the company.last_img read more

RNL beat Celje PL in thriller

Rhein Neckar LowenRK Celje PL Rhein Neckar Lowen celebrated the first win in EHF Champions League this season. The German champions beat Slovenian RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 31:30 (16:15) in the opener of the Round 2 in European elite competition. Celje had 27:24 only 13 minutes before the end, but Jakobsen’s boys took finish of the match seriously and made turnover.Celje scored the goal for 31:31, but Romanian referees dismissed it because Gal Marguc stepped over the 6-meter line.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – RK Celje 31:30 (16:15)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren (45. – 55.), Palicka –  Schmid (3), Sigurdsson (3), Manaskov, Banea Gonzalez (2), Steinhauser (2), Reinkind (1), Guardiola (3), Groetzki (2), Ekdahl du Rietz (7), Pekeler (5), Petersson (3), Abt (n.e.)RK Celje: Gajic (3), Lesjak – Babarskas (2), Beciri (2), Groselj, Janc (4), Kodrin, Mackovsek, Malus (4), Marguc (2/2), Mlaakar (5), Poteko (1), Razgor, Suholeznik, Zarabec (7), Zivizej ← Previous Story THW Kiel beat HBW Balingen Next Story → Croatia wants Men’s IHF World Championship 2025 read more

The 5 at 5 Tuesday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you up to speed with the five things you should know as you head out the door.1. #ROW: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has mounted a loyal defence of Alan Shatter, insisting that his justice minister has no reason to consider resigning announcing on RTÉ’s Prime Time that TD Mick Wallace benefited from garda discretion after he was found driving while using his mobile phone. Shatter will make a statement in the Dáil at about 6pm tonight on the issue and then answer questions from the opposition benches.2. #PAY TALKS: Unions have drafted pay proposals for consideration following talks at the Labour Relations Commission, after three teacher unions which had rejected the Croke Park II deal met with the LRC this morning. Minister Brendan Howlin briefed his cabinet colleagues this morning on the outcome, saying that “following intensive negotiations, the unions have now draft proposals for agreement for consideration under their own rules and procedures”.3. #ABORTION: The final day of the Joint Committee for Health and Children’s hearings on the proposed abortion legislation is taking place in the Seanad this afternoon. TDs and Senator will hear from a number of legal experts throughout the day, including barristers and solicitors, as well as the Minister of State, Alex White. To catch up on all the proceedings, check out TheJournal.ie’s liveblog.4. #CORPORATION TAX: The Office of the Revenue  Commissioner and the Department of Finance have denied a special tax deal was negotiated with technology corporation Apple, after a US Senate investigation reported the company had made an arrangement with Irish authorities in the early 1990s which allowed it pay two per cent corporation tax on profits.5. #FRANCE: A man has shot himself dead in front of the altar of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral, forcing the evacuation of the French capital’s famed tourist spot. The man, in his 70s, died by suicide some time after 2pm, investigators said. It was not immediately clear how many people were inside the building at the time.last_img read more

BMW ActiveE 499 a Month Lease by Years End

first_imgSuch a deal: By year’s end, you can lease an electric BMW 1 Series, the ActiveE, for $499 a month if you’re part of a trial that kicks off in six major urban areas: San Diego, LA, San Franciso, Sacramento, Boston, and New York. Range should be about 100 miles using lithium-ion batteries. You’ll be able to impress neighbors with the usual electric car party tricks such as showing everyone the state of charge of your smartphone (photo below), and a couple new-with-BMW tricks such as pre-heating or pre-cooling the car while it’s still plugged in (to extend range). And of course it’s going to handle like a BMW, something the Nissan Leaf can’t claim. BMW kicked off electric car-prototype testing 2-1/2 years ago with 600 Mini E vehicles. Monday in New York it announced details on the ActiveE. The ActiveE fleet of 1,000 cars, all produced in Leipzig, Germany, incorporates feedback from the Mini E. One piece of feedback was, “Hey, what happened to my back seat and trunk [on the Mini E]?” so the battery pack is no longer the back seat; instead they’re underunder the hood and in place of the fuel tank, so the Active E has more or less the same back seat and trunk capacity as its gasoline-engine siblings. news from the Mini E and ActiveE will help shape a production vehicle due in 2013 as part of a new BMW i sub-brand. Also unlike the Mini E, when you take your foot off the throttle, it won’t feel like somebody threw out an anchor. Instead, BMW programmed in a glide setting that lets the car coast without any drag. With the Mini E, when your foot came off the throttle, the car immediately began regenerating electricity and the resistance of the generator acted like somebody applied the brakes lightly. The BMW ActiveE electric motor produces 170 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. Torque not horsepower is what makes a car feel like it’s accelerating hard and on electric cars, maximum torque comes on at 0 rpm. BMW says acceleration should be slightly under 9 seconds 0-60 mph, which is more than adequate as well as something most every gasoline-engine car (not just sports sedan) manages today. By using lithium-ion technology, the battery pack weighs just 200 pounds. The batteries are from SB LiMotive, a Samsung-Bosch joint venture. Eco Mode for Even More RangeIf you’re into maximizing your range, you can activate an Eco setting that remaps the throttle and climate control systems for gentler power usage. You also get eco driving tips. BMW announced the BMW ActiveE, pricing and availability ahead of the New York International Auto Show, which starts Wednesday for the press and Friday for the public. Where auto shows and ces have an active press day one day before the show, a couple automakers are now doing presentatons two days in advance. It certainly worked for BMW, drawing a crowd of almost 100 to BMW Manhattan, a dealership that BMW owns directly. BMW set up a website, www.BMWActivateTheFuture.com, for more details on is electric vehicles and to “create a broader conversation about the future of mobility.”Start there if you think you should be one of the 700 U.S. lessees. You’ll pay $2,250 up front plus $499 for 24 months. Since this is a test car, BMW gets them back at the end. There’s no buyout option. *  BMW Evolve Smartphone App Tells If You’re an Electric-Car Candidate * PCMag.com: BMW Announces New Electric Coupelast_img read more

Chasse à la baleine un des navires de Sea Shepherd en détresse

first_imgChasse à la baleine : un des navires de Sea Shepherd en détresseL’un des bateaux de l’ONG Sea Shepherd dépêché pour traquer les baleiniers japonais, a envoyé un signal de détresse. Une fissure serait apparue sur sa coque pendant le périple. La traque est difficile mais les militants de Sea Sherpherd ne compte pas y renoncer. Comme elle l’avait déjà fait l’an passé et les précédents, l’ONG est parti traquer les bateaux japonais qui se dirigent vers l’Antarctique afin de perturber leur chasse annuelle de baleines. Mais la tâche s’avère plus compliquée que prévu. En effet, jeudi, le fondateur de Sea Shepherd Paul Watson a annoncé que le navire de l’ONG dépêché à la poursuite des baleiniers avait lancé un appel de détresse. À lire aussiUn satellite destiné à faire pleuvoir des météores sur commande va être envoyé dans l’espaceIl semblerait qu’une fissure soit apparue sur la coque du “Brigitte Bardot” alors qu’il suivait le navire japonais Nisshin Maru. Transportant dix personnes, le bateau se trouverait à à 2400 kilomètres de Fremantle, un port situé sur la côte occidentale de l’Australie. “Le plus important est la sécurité de l’équipage du Brigitte Bardot (…) et nous allons voir si nous pouvons sauver le bateau”, a précisé Paul Watson, actuellement à bord du “Steve Irwin”, un deuxième navire parti au secours du “Brigitte Bardot”. Néanmoins, au vu du mauvais temps, il faudra au moins 17 heures pour que les secours atteignent leur but. D’après le fondateur cité par l’AFP, le bateau endommagé pourrait tenter de rejoindre l’Australie. Quant à la traque des baleiniers japonais, un troisième navire; le “Bob Barker” a été envoyé pour prendre le relais.  Le 29 décembre 2011 à 16:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Genre television continues dominance following Emmy wins

first_imgSome of our favorite television shows continued to dominate this year following Sunday night’s Emmy Awards after Game of Thrones took home its 38th Emmy, meaning it has broken the record for the highest number of wins for a fictional series.The show, which redeemed itself in season six after a mixed and polarizing reception for its previous season, took home the best drama series award for the second year in a row, along with best writing and directing for the penultimate “Battle of the Bastards,”  and best prosthetic makeup.The previous record was held by Frasier, which had won 37 Emmys during its run.In other parts of TV that aren’t Game of Thrones (hard to remember sometimes), Rami Malek won best supporting actor in a drama series for his work in Mr. Robot. The win was a surprise for the actor, who stood motionless for a few seconds at the microphone after his name was announced.“Please tell me you are seeing this too,” he said.Malek, who was the first non-white actor to win in the category in 18 years, portrays a socially awkward, paranoid hacker named Elliott, and put the emphasis on the character during his acceptance speech.“I want to honor all the Elliots, because there’s a little bit of Elliot in all of us,” he said.“We all have things in common with him,” Malek added backstage. “We live in a world where so many of us feel voiceless, like we’re not being heard by our government or society. I just want everyone, no matter how you grew up — your socioeconomic circumstances that you were born into — to be given a chance like I’ve been given a chance.”And in a win that was deserved four years ago, Tatiana Maslany won best lead actress in a drama for her multi-faceted role as nearly every character in Orphan Black, a show about clones. This is the second time she’s been nominated for her efforts, even the show has been running since 2013.“I feel so lucky to be on a show that puts women at the center,” Maslany said on the stage as she accepted her award.Since Game of Thrones began dominating the awards just after its premiere season in 2011, we’ve seen a shift in the number of genre shows that are on the air, but also that are being taken seriously. Mr. Robot and Orphan Black, both sci-fi thrillers that deal with corporate powers and new technologies, have both gained significant followings and critical acclaim.Here’s hoping that the trend continues.Below are the winners in a few of the other major categories. For a comprehensive list, visit Emmys.com.DRAMA SERIESWINNER: Game of Thrones (HBO)The Americans (FX)Better Call Saul (AMC)Downton Abbey (PBS)Homeland (Showtime)House of Cards (Netflix)Mr. Robot (USA)COMEDY SERIESWINNER: Veep (HBO)Black-ish (ABC)Master of None (Netflix)Modern Family (ABC)Silicon Valley (HBO)Transparent (Amazon)Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)ACTOR, DRAMA SERIESWINNER: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (USA)Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (Netflix)Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime)Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIESWINNER: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)Taraji P. Henson, Empire (Fox)Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)ACTOR, COMEDY SERIESWINNER: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (ABC)Aziz Ansari, Master of None (Netflix)Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)ACTRESS. COMEDY SERIESWINNER: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)Laurie Metcalf, Getting On (HBO)Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish (ABC)Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIESWINNER: Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline (Netflix)Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC)Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)Kit Harington, Game of Thrones (HBO)Michael Kelly, House of Cards (Netflix)Jon Voight, Ray Donovan (Showtime)SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIESWINNER: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (HBO)Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (HBO)Maura Tierney, The Affair (Showtime)Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones (HBO)Constance Zimmer, UnREAL (Lifetime)SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIESWINNER: Louie Anderson, ‘Baskets’ (FX)Andre Braugher, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ (Fox)Tituss Burgess, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ (Netflix)Tony Hale, ‘Veep’ (HBO)Matt Walsh, ‘Veep’ (HBO)SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIESWINNER: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)Anna Chlumsky, Veep (HBO)Gaby Hoffman, Transparent (Amazon)Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)Judith Light, Transparent (Amazon)Nicey Nash, Getting On (HBO)LIMITED SERIESWINNER: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)American Crime (ABC)Fargo (FX)The Night Manager (AMC)Roots (History)MOVIEWINNER: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)A Very Murray Christmas (Netflix)All the Way (HBO)Confirmation (HBO)Luther (BBC America)LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIEWINNER: Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)Bryan Cranston, All the Way (HBO)Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)Cuba Gooding, Jr., The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager (AMC)LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIEWINNER: Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)Kirsten Dunst, Fargo (FX)Felicity Huffman, American Crime (ABC)Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (HBO)Lili Taylor, American Crime (ABC)Kerry Washington, Confirmation (HBO)SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIEWINNER: Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager (AMC)Jesse Plemons, Fargo (FX)David Schwimmer, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMIT SERIES OR MOVIEWINNER: Regina King, American Crime (ABC)Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)Olivia Colman, The Night Manager (AMC)Melissa Leo, All the Way (HBO)Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)Jean Smart, Fargo (FX)VARIETY TALK SERIESWINNER: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)VARIETY SKETCH SERIESWINNER: Key & Peele (Comedy Central)Documentary Now! (IFC)Drunk History (Comedy Central)Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)Portlandia (IFC)Saturday Night Live (NBC)last_img read more

A LAND MARK DECISON OF THE SUPREME COURT NOBODY WILL BE

first_imgreason why the provision on the protection to the right to life in the   1997 Constitution was superior to that of the 1970 Constitution is Subsection 2 of Section 18 of the Constitution.Subsection 2 reads: “As from the coming into force of this constitution , no court in the Gambia shall be competent to impose a sentence of death for any offence unless the offence is prescribed by law and the offence involves violence, or the administration of any toxic substance, resulting in the death of another person.”Simply put, a court is barred from imposing a death sentence on anyone who has not killed another.This means that all the death sentences for treason under the criminal code should be amended to conform with the provisions of the Constitution or should be disregarded as null and void by courts when no evidence of killing is given during a trial.We were surprised how this unambiguous provision could be subjected to misinterpretation by any legal mind and the Supreme Court has served the cause of justice by giving the provision its proper interpretation.Pardon should follow to end the nightmare of spending years on death row and not knowing when the end would come. ]]>last_img read more

May Day for Workers focuses on Job Safety Health

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Apr 2015 – Coming onto May Day, May 1st and the Department of Employment says the Turks and Caicos will join the rest of the world and observe World Day for Safety and Health at work. The Department said it is all to bolster the priority which is establishing a culture of prevention. Minster Employment Hon. Donhue Gardiner explained a need to “increase awareness of on the job hazard and risks, and understanding of their prevention and control.” The goal is to equate decent work with safe work and all ILO constituents, said Minister Gardiner, “must create the partnerships that are needed…” There will be a week of activities. Nearly 1000 Participate in Immigration Bill Consultations Recommended for you PDM Chairman says North & Middle Caicos MP ignorant of law, fails to remove voters Related Items:donhue gardiner, for safety and health, may day, world day Baptist Union President Makes Recommendation on Status and Immigration Billslast_img read more

Lippi gives his verdict on MilanJuve game

first_imgMarcello Lippi has given his verdict on the AC Milan- Juventus encounter and labelled Manchester United’s recent victory in Turin a fluke.“Anything can happen in a one-off game,” Lippi told Football Italia via La Gazzetta dello Sport.“Milan are improving, but they really need to have Gonzalo Higuain in the box, so they’ll hope he recovers in time.”Juve have dropped points only twice this season, a draw against Genoa and a loss to Manchester United with two late goals, but World Cup winner Lippi was not impressed by Jose Mourinho’s approach.“That win was a fluke. Manchester United defended for 85 minutes, could’ve conceded four goals, Juve hit the woodwork twice, then they won with a free kick and basically an own goal. Juve will be very angry at their first defeat of the season, especially losing it that way.“Massimiliano Allegri is one of the best Coaches in the world. It’s not easy to win everything he has, not to mention reaching the Champions League Final twice. I can say that as someone who reached four Finals and unfortunately only won one of them.“Allegri reads the game well and is smart with his substitutions. He makes sure everyone feels important and rotates the squad because a truly big club needs to have 20 first choice players.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“You can see the way he has developed and enriched Rodrigo Bentancur, teaching him to cover different roles in midfield.“Everyone loves Rino Gattuso, but he’s more than just a really nice guy. Grit is not enough at that level. His teams are organised, they try to play the ball. He has already done well against Juve and has everything it takes to be a fine Coach.”How would Lippi advise Milan and Gattuso to close down Cristiano Ronaldo?“People talk about building a cage for him, doubling or tripling the marking, but he might have three players around him and leave room for a teammate to score instead.“I worked with Zinedine Zidane, the essence of football, the greatest I ever had. Ronaldo is a goal-scoring machine and at the end of the day, that makes him more effective.“All Milan can do is play to the best of their abilities, stay solid, concentrated and hope Suso or Higuain can score.”last_img read more

Will order probe on corruption in TTD YV Subba Reddy

first_imgAmaravati: The new TTD chairman YV Subba Reddy has said they will probe over the corruption and irregularities in the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) that happened during the earlier TDP regime. He said a detail investigation would be carried out over the disappearance of TTD cash and jewellery during the TDP government. On the occasion, YV Subba Reddy assured that the TTD funds would be utilized only for the needs of the devotees. He also said that they will protect the sentiments of the devotees and enhance the prestige of the TTD all over the world. Also Read – Producing films, serials my ambition, says Nani Advertise With Us YV Subba Reddy spoke to media after examining the modernization works of TTD Kalyana Mandapam in Ongole. He said the steps would be taken to provide quick darshan and better facilities to every ordinary devotee. He also said that in 30 days rule of CM YS Jagan, the people of the state are watching the transparent governance. He commented that the previous government was limited only to exploit the state, and now CM YS Jagan has formed the committees to find out the corruption. YV Subba Reddy said that CM YS Jagan aim is to benefit every poor person in the state and for that he is going to implement the Navaratnalu scheme.last_img read more

Yemen forces continue assault on rebelheld port city

first_imgYemeni pro-government forces stand next to a pickup truck carrying anti-aircraft guns along they way to al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on 13 June 2018. Photo: AFPYemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive Wednesday to retake the rebel-held port city of Hodeida, a key aid hub, sparking calls from the international community for restraint.Pro-government troops began the assault despite mounting international fears about the humanitarian fallout, pressing toward Hodeida airport south of the city after receiving a “green light” from the coalition.By Wednesday night, the offensive remained on the outskirts of the rebel-held airport.The Red Sea port, controlled by the Iran-backed Huthi rebels who hail from northern Yemen, serves as the entry point for 70 per cent of the impoverished country’s imports as it teeters on the brink of famine.The official United Arab Emirates news agency WAM confirmed that the operation was ongoing “with the participation and the support, through land and sea and air, of the Emirati armed forces”.It added that the attacking forces managed to “liberate areas… in the surroundings of the airport” and captured and killed “dozens of Huthi” rebels.The UN Security Council will meet on Thursday for urgent talks on the offensive, diplomats said, after a request from Britain. The closed-door meeting will be the second this week on the Yemen crisis.The request came after the UN envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said he was still holding negotiations on keeping the key port open to aid deliveries.”We are in constant contact with all the parties involved to negotiate arrangements for Hodeida that would address political, humanitarian, security concerns of all concerned parties,” he said.The European Union’s foreign policy chief warned of the “devastating” impact the assault would have.”The latest developments will only lead to further escalation and instability in Yemen,” Federica Mogherini said in a statement.The coalition insisted its humanitarian aid response would go in parallel with military operations.- Huthis fan out -Two Saudi and UAE aid ships were in the waters off Hodeida, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki told Saudi state media.The two countries also said they would operate a dedicated shipping lane to Hodeida from Abu Dhabi and the southern Saudi city of Jizan to deliver food and medical supplies.In Hodeida, people waited anxiously for the fighting to reach their neighbourhoods. Those contacted by AFP said Huthi fighters had fanned out across the city.Coalition sources said the alliance carried out 18 air strikes on Huthi positions on the outskirts of Hodeida on Wednesday.According to medical sources in the province, 22 Huthi fighters were killed by coalition raids, while three pro-government fighters were killed in a rebel ambush south of Hodeida.A bulldozer clears the way for a column of Yemeni pro-government forces arriving in al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on 13 June 2018. Photo: AFPThe UAE armed forces said on Wednesday night that four Emirati soldiers were killed in Yemen, without specifying when and where.The city of Hodeida, home to 600,000 people, was captured by the insurgents in 2014 along with the capital Sanaa.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and a bloc of other countries intervened in Yemen the following year with the goal of restoring the government to power.The coalition accuses the Huthis of using the port to secure Iranian arms, notably ballistic missiles the militants have increasingly fired into Saudi territory.Yemen’s government said Tuesday that negotiations had failed to force the rebels from Hodeida, and that a grace period for UN-led peace efforts was over.- Children in the crossfire -Emirati diplomats have insisted that similar large-scale offensives had improved the lives of Yemenis elsewhere.Hassan Taher, the official Hodeida governor based outside the city, said Wednesday that Yemen’s government would ensure aid deliveries throughout the offensive.”We want a rapid war, but it won’t be finished in two days,” Taher told AFP.The International Committee of the Red Cross said any battle for Hodeida would exacerbate the suffering of the population.”Life-saving items cannot be given to those in need while fighting is ongoing,” ICRC Middle East director Robert Mardini said in a statement.The UN children’s fund, UNICEF, has raised alarm over the plight of Hodeida’s 300,000 children and the risk that drinking water supplies will be disrupted.”UNICEF has pre-prepositioned supplies in Hodeida: over 20,000 basic hygiene kits… We hope we don’t need to use them,” its Yemen representative Meritxell Relano said on Twitter.The Huthi leadership on Tuesday called on the international community to “pressure a halt to the escalation”, warning an assault on Hodeida would put Red Sea navigation at risk.On Wednesday, the Huthis said they targeted a coalition warship off the coast of Hodeida with two missiles, with rebel outlet Al-Masirah claiming a direct hit.As the offensive got under way, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen was defiant.”Hodeida will be liberated, and the Yemeni people will gain back a major artery of life,” he tweeted.last_img read more

The latest from airlines hotels as Hurricane Lane settles in

first_img TORONTO — The hotels are sandbagged and travellers are waiting for word about flights out as Hurricane Lane barrels north after dumping nearly two feet of rain on Hawaii’s Big Island.WestJet announced yesterday it was cancelling all regularly scheduled flights into and out of Hawaii for Aug. 23 and Aug. 24 and instead operated two, non-scheduled recovery flights out of Hawaii on Aug. 23, one from Honolulu and one from Maui.WestJet’s Aug. 24 cancellations are as follows:. WS1864 from Vancouver to Honolulu. WS1865 from Honolulu to Vancouver. WS1852 from Vancouver to Kahului. WS1853 from Kahului to VancouverWestJet adds that it has implemented flexible change and cancel rules for the above to allow passengers to change their travel dates/route without incurring the change/cancel fee. To review flight options passengers can call WestJet (air-only): 1-888-WESTJET (1-888-937-8538) or for WestJet Vacations: 1-877-737-7001. Passengers who have made air-only bookings through their travel agent are asked to contact their agent directly.WestJet’s current travel advisories are posted online here: westjet.com/en-ca/travel-info/advisoriesUnited Airlines cancelled its Friday flights to and from Maui. Hawaiian Airlines cancelled all Friday flights by its commuter carrier, Ohana by Hawaiian.Earlier this week both WestJet and Air Canada issued rebooking advisories for Hawaii destinations.The centre was still offshore but Hurricane Lane still lashed the Big Island with more than 30” of rain in about 24 hours. Its maximum sustained winds near 193 kph made it a Category 3 hurricane. It has now been downgraded to Category 2.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemForecasters say the centre of the storm will move close to or over parts of Hawaii’s main islands late Friday, bringing dangerous surf of 20 feet.About 320 kilometres north of Hilo, on the state’s most populated island of Oahu, employees of the Sheraton Waikiki resort filled sandbags to protect the oceanfront hotel from surging surf.Stores along Waikiki’s high-end Kalakaua Avenue stacked sandbags along the bottom of their glass windows to prepare for heavy rain and flash flooding.Police on loudspeakers told surfers and swimmers to get out of the water, saying the beach would be closed until further notice.The Marriott Resort Waikiki Beach in Honolulu designated a ballroom on the third floor as a shelter for guests and began removing lounge chairs from around the pool and bar area.At the Hilton Hawaiian Village, guests said hotel staff left a notice that the rooms will still have water and phone service, and a backup generator would power one elevator per building in the event of a power outage.Hurricane Lane is not projected to make a direct hit on the islands but officials warned that even a lesser blow could do significant harm. Some areas could see up to 30” of rain.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJHawaii’s biggest hotels are confident they can keep their guests safe as long as they stay inside, said Mufi Hannemann, CEO of Hawaii Tourism and Lodging Association.“The only concern is those that venture outside of the properties, that would like to hike on a day like this or who would like to still go into the ocean and see what it’s like to take a swim or surf in these kind of waters,” said Hannemann.Honolulu shopping malls and office buildings closed early on Thursday and planned to shut their doors Friday.The National Weather Service downgraded the Big Island to a tropical storm warning, meaning it expects sustained winds of 62 kph to 117 kph on the island instead of stronger hurricane force winds.But a hurricane warning remains in effect for Oahu and Maui County.The central Pacific gets fewer hurricanes than other regions, with about only four or five named storms a year. Hawaii rarely gets hit. The last major storm to hit was Iniki in 1992.With files from The Associated Press Friday, August 24, 2018 Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Air Canada, Hawaii, WestJetcenter_img Share The latest from airlines, hotels as Hurricane Lane settles in << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Romania Parliament to vote on tax cuts that president nixed

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home President Klaus Iohannis refused to pass into law the tax cuts on June 17, saying they could lead to “domestic and external risks,” including unsustainable economic growth.The measures included a proposed sales tax cut to 19 percent from 24, salary tax cuts, and a reduction of fuel taxes, all scheduled to take effect at the start of next year.The tax cuts are important for the embattled ruling party to boost its popularity ahead of 2016 Parliamentary elections.Prime Minister Victor Ponta was indicted on wide-ranging corruption charges on July 13 related to work he did as a lawyer in 2007-2008. In May, acting chairman Dragnea was handed a one-year suspended prison sentence for defrauding an election to impeach the former president. Both Ponta and Dragnea deny wrongdoing.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The vital role family plays in society New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s center-left ruling party will recall Parliament from its summer recess to vote on a redrafted series of tax cuts after the president refused to pass the previous proposals into law.Acting chairman of the governing Social Democratic Party, Liviu Dragnea, said Monday that Parliament would debate and vote on the new measures on Aug 24-25, after consulting with central bank officials about their viability.center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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first_imgNovember 2, 2009 This report continues from 10/19/09: The formworks for the heat duct tunnel footings were removed last week. This shows a plan view of the footings for the heat duct tunnel wall sloping down to the pool. [photo: Anna Tran & text: Anna Tran & David Tollas] The next stage is building formworks for the retaining wall down the slope and next to the pool. Here we see the crew working on a retaining wall, shoring dirt under the scab of the pool that will be the east wall of the heat duct tunnel. [photo: Anna Tran & text: Anna Tran & David Tollas] Once the formworks were built, the crew mixed concrete for the heat duct tunnel footing and retaining wall at the pool level. [photo: Anna Tran & text: Anna Tran & David Tollas] The concrete was dumped into wheel barrels and transported to the pool bridge, shoveled into buckets, and passed down to be poured into the formworks. [photo: Anna Tran & text: Anna Tran & David Tollas] Here we see a photo of the two formworks that was taken a few days after the pour. While the concrete cures, the crew will continue building formworks for the heat duct tunnel roof and retaining wall as well as excavating the slope below the pool. We will continue to report on the construction progress next week. [photo & text: Anna Tran]last_img read more

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first_imgDemand for heating fuel is down so far, according to the chairman of petrol station owners Stephanos Stephanou, but it is only a matter of time before the situation changes.Stephanou warned that a sudden fall in temperatures in the coming days would prompt consumers to fill up their tanks en masse and possibly cause shortages at their local stations.He also said international oil prices were rising and putting off buying heating fuel would probably cost them more later.In general, due to the financial crisis, not many homeowners chose to fill their tanks, opting instead of buying 200 litres at a time, he said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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