iSpy September 2011

first_imgPhoto ContestEvery month, we publish a selection of submitted photos in Little India and the photo judged best by the editors wins $30. Photos are evaluated both for concept and photo quality. WE are interested in photos that reflect Indian life in amusing, incongruent or unusual contexts.You can submit your photo by emailing it to us at ispy@littleindia.com or by using the form below.Send photo and win $30 Related Itemslast_img

Numero Uno becomes official clothing supplier for World T20

first_imgIndia’s leading denim brand Numero Uno will be the official clothing supplier of next month’s ICC World Twenty20.The company will also be official clothing supplier manufacturer and retailer of ICC-branded apparel and merchandise till December 2020.The ICC World Twenty20 will be held from March 8 from April 3.As an official supplier of clothing for the tournament, Numero Uno Jeanswear will manufacture and retail ICC branded apparel and merchandise, which will be available at selective exclusive brand stores and online.last_img

Donations Are Pouring In For The Rod Bramblett Family Fundraiser

first_imgAn Auburn supporter waves the flag on the field for the Tigers.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 30: A member of Auburn Tigers cheer team waves a flag during their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tragedy struck the Auburn community over the weekend, as Rod and Paula Bramblett passed away due to the injuries they suffered in a car accident on Saturday.Rob served as the voice of Auburn sports for the past few decades. He originally began his time at the university by calling baseball games.In 2003, Rod made the switch to start broadcasting football and basketball games. Current and former players have expressed their love for the Bramblett family with kind words on social media.As for the rest of the community, the current goal is to raise enough money to help Rod and Paula’s children. The couple has two kids, Shelby and Joshua.In light of these untimely deaths, hundreds of people are coming to the aid of the family by donating money on GoFundMe.Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared to donate $25,000 to help out the Bramblett children. Cook also expressed his appreciation for Rod and their connection at Auburn.The total fundraiser is sitting at roughly $190,000.It’s possible it could be any other Tim Cook. But, at face value, it looks like Apple CEO @tim_cook donated $25,000 to the Bramblett fundraiser, which is nearing $200,000. https://t.co/vXG8mmDQlo pic.twitter.com/jgfPlpOLmf— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) May 28, 2019The hope is that people can raise a sufficient amount to help Shelby and Joshua with their education and other life expenses. Shelby is a sophomore at Auburn, whereas Joshua is finishing his first year in high school.My heart is heavy today as our Auburn family mourns the loss of Rod and his wife Paula. Rod’s excitement was contagious and his voice will always be part of Auburn’s memories. I will never forget him.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) May 26, 2019Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bramblett family.You can donate to the fundraiser here.last_img read more

Province Calls Tender for Paving in Victoria County

first_imgDrivers travelling through the historic and beautiful Baddeck area will soon be doing so on an upgraded highway thanks to a paving contract tendered by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is calling for repaving on three roads near Baddeck: Highway 105, from Exit 10 east for about 1.2 kilometres and from east of the intersection of Big Harbour Road for about 0.8 kilometres Route 205, from the intersection of Beinn Breagh Road for 3.3 kilometres, to Exit 10, and Old Margaree Road, from the intersection of Shore Road for 2.2 kilometres to the entrance of the landfill facility. Also included in this tender is the construction of new pavement on Hilltop Crescent in Baddeck for 0.3 kilometres. This portion of the tender is being co-funded equally by the province and the county through the subdivision road paving program. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Govt issues notification on 10 reservation for EWS candidates

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government on Monday came out with a notification that provides 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) under the general category in government jobs and educational institutions. The state cabinet had approved the decision on July 2.A notification that has been issued by the state Personnel and Administrative Reforms department would now enable EWS to receive benefits of reservation “on a preferential basis in civil posts and services in the state government.” Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe memorandum states that the applicant availing the EWS quota has to obtain an “income and asset certificate” from Kolkata Municipal Corporation or from the District Magistrate or sub-divisional officer, that the gross annual income of his family from all sources is below Rs 8 lakh and his family assets do not exceed five acres of agricultural land or a 1,000 sq ft flat in the city. The income includes all sources, namely salary, agriculture, business, profession and others. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe reservation for admission will not be applicable to the Minority Educational Institutions referred to in Clause (1) of Article 30 of the Constitution. Property held by a family in different locations would be clubbed together for determining EWS status. The EWS reservation won’t apply to scientific, technical and certain other posts. Candidates will not get the EWS reservation benefit during promotion either. “Unlike the other reserved categories such as scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and OBCs, vacancies earmarked for EWS for a particular recruitment year can’t be carried forward if the authorities fail to find a suitable EWS candidate,” a Nabanna official said. “A person belonging to EWS cannot be denied the right to compete for the appointment against an unreserved vacancy. People belonging to EWS who are selected on the basis of merit and not on account of reservation are not counted towards the quota meant for reservation,” read the notification. The Backward Classes Welfare department has been entrusted with the responsibility of maintenance of post-based reservation roster for other categories of reservation. Every department would now recast group-wise post-based reservation roster for direct recruitment.last_img read more

BC minister fears money laundering involves billions of dollars cites reports

first_imgVICTORIA — Documents that say money laundering in British Columbia now reaches into the billions of dollars are startling to the province’s attorney general who says the figures have finally drawn the attention of the federal government.David Eby said he’s shocked and frustrated because the higher dollar estimates appear to have been known by the federal government and the RCMP, but weren’t provided to the B.C. government.He said he recently spoke to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale about information gaps concerning cash being laundered in B.C. and he’ll be meeting next week with Minister of Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair.“I’ve been startled initially by the lack of response nationally to what appeared to me to be a very profound issue in B.C. that was of national concern,” said Eby in an interview.Last June, former Mountie Peter German estimated money laundering in B.C. amounted to more than $100 million in his government-commissioned Dirty Money report into activities at provincial casinos.Eby said that number now appears low, especially after the release of an international report that pegs money laundering in B.C. at more than $1 billion annually, although a time period wasn’t mentioned in the report. A second report by the RCMP estimates $1 billion worth of property transactions in Vancouver were tied to the proceeds of crime, the attorney general said.The government had estimated that it was a $200-million a year operation, instead the federal Ministry of Finance has provided estimates that pegs the problem at $1 billion annually, Eby said.The provincial government only learned about the reports through media leaks or their public release and it wasn’t consulted about the reports, Eby said.“The question I ask myself is why am I reading about this in an international report instead of receiving the information government to government,” he said. “It’s those information gaps that organized crime thrives in and we need to do a better job between our governments.”A report issued last July by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force, a body of G7 member countries fighting money laundering, terrorist financing and threats to the international financial system, highlighted B.C. money laundering activities.Eby said the report includes details about a clandestine banking operation laundering money in B.C. that was not fully known by the provincial government.“It is estimated that they laundered over $1 billion (Canadian) per year through an underground banking network, involving legal and illegal casinos, money value transfer services and asset procurement,” stated the report. “One portion of the money laundering network’s illegal activities was the use of drug money, illegal gambling money and money derived from extortion to supply cash to Chinese gamblers in Canada.”The report stated the gamblers would call contacts who would make cash deliveries in casino parking lots and use the money to buy casino chips, cash them in and deposit the proceeds into a Canadian bank.“Some of these funds were used for real estate purchases,” the report stated. “Surveillance identified links to 40 different organizations, including organized groups in Asia that dealt with cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.”Eby said the G7 task force report included information the province didn’t have about money laundering in B.C. from the federal government via the RCMP.He said the B.C. government also confirmed the RCMP compiled an intelligence report about proceeds of crime connections to luxury real estate property sales in Vancouver, but his ministry doesn’t have the report.“We still don’t have a copy of it,” Eby said.Blair could not be reached for comment but in a statement said the federal government takes the threat posed by money laundering and organized crime seriously and is collaborating with the B.C. government and German.“We are taking action to combat this by enhancing the RCMP’s investigative and intelligence capabilities both in Canada and abroad, and our Financial Intelligence Unit further helps protect Canadians and our financial system,” said the statement.German’s report to the provincial government last June concluded B.C.’s gaming industry was not prepared for the onslaught of illegal cash at the casinos and estimated more than $100 million was funnelled through the casinos.He was appointed last fall to conduct a second review identifying the scale and scope of illegal activity in the real estate market and whether money laundering is linked to horse racing and the sale of luxury vehicles.“We’re having some difficulty getting the information we need for Dr. German to make a true assessment of the extent of the problem facing B.C.,” said Eby.Maureen Maloney, a former B.C. deputy attorney general, was also appointed last fall to lead an expert panel on money laundering in real estate and report to the government in March.“We do realize there is a lot of anecdotal evidence on the extent of money laundering in real estate, but we really don’t have a good handle on that,” said Maloney. “We’re looking at whether or not we can produce some good evidence of that. We’re looking at do we have that data available in B.C. or indeed Canada.”Confidential provincial government documents dated April 2017 and released through Freedom of Information requests show the government was tracking suspicious currency transactions at B.C. casinos, especially in $20 bills, for years. The high-point of these transactions was more than $176 million in 2014-2015.Documents dated August 2016, show the government’s Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch observed so-called “high roller” patrons at a Metro Vancouver casino for a year starting in January 2015 and concluded people connected to real estate were the top buy-in gamblers at $53.1 million.A spokesman for B.C.’s gaming industry said reports from the gaming operators about cash transactions flagged concerns of money laundering.Peter Goudron, B.C. Gaming Industry Association executive director, said casinos implemented measures to combat potential money laundering, including placing cash restrictions on players in 2015.“This had the effect of reducing the value of suspicious transactions by more than 60 per cent over the next two years,” he said. “More recently, operators implemented Dr. Peter German’s interim recommendation requiring additional scrutiny of large cash buy-ins in January 2018 and this has further driven down the number of suspicious transactions.” Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Celebrities Attend Sea Shepherds World Love For Dolphins Day

first_imgOn the eve of Valentine’s Day 2015, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society held its second annual “World Love for Dolphins Day,” attended by thousands of people at peaceful demonstrations at Japanese embassies and consulates across the United States and overseas, raising their voices in a call for compassion and an end to the brutal capture and slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.Shannen Doherty speaks to 250 demonstrators in Los Angeles at Japanese Consulate on World Love For Dolphins DayCredit/Copyright: Sea Shepherd Conservation SocietyThe demonstrations led by Sea Shepherd USA chapters were held in 15 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., and Seattle, and international demonstrations were held by Sea Shepherd volunteers in countries overseas including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, the Netherlands, Hungary, Ireland and Mexico. The events were well attended by protesters and the media including the Associated Press, APTV, Reuters, ABC, FOX and more, drawing international attention to the atrocities committed in Taiji’s infamous killing cove.Sam Simon speaks to protesters in Los Angeles at World Love for Dolphins Day 2015Credit/Copyright: Sea Shepherd Conservation SocietyIn Los Angeles, Calif., a group of more than 200 people rallied together, marching around the plaza in an event live streamed to the world on Sea Shepherd’s website. Celebrity Sea Shepherd supporters and special guest speakers joined the demonstration, including actress Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed), Sam Simon (Co-Creator, The Simpsons), and Simone Reyes (star of Running Russell Simmons and Director of TV Development, Def Pictures Television). All three have traveled to Taiji to join Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians on the ground, and spoke today of their experiences witnessing and documenting the horrific hunt firsthand.Other speakers included actors Eric Balfour (Haven) and Ross McCall (star of Band of Brothers and White Collar). McCall traveled to the Faroe Islands last summer to defend pilot whales and other small cetaceans as part of Sea Shepherd’s Operation GrindStop 2014.Sea Shepherd Youth Ambassador, actor Zach Callison (Kingshighway) also said a few words. Many young supporters attended the demonstrations with their families, and children spoke to the crowd, emphasizing the importance of protecting the oceans for future generations.In Washington, D.C., a crowd of approximately 70 people braved the cold to make the 20-minute march from the DuPont Circle Metro station to the Embassy of Japan, not letting the freezing cold weather stop them from speaking up for the dolphins.Several of the 32 “World Love for Dolphins Day” demonstrations had 100+ people in attendance.Sea Shepherd attempted to deliver a letter written by Senior Cove Guardian Campaign Leader, Melissa Sehgal to the Japanese Embassy in D.C. and Consulate in Los Angeles, but was denied permission to do so at both locations. Just as the dolphin killers in Taiji attempt to hide their cruel deeds behind tarps, representatives of Japan did the same behind the walls of the Embassy and Consulate today, refusing to even accept a letter on behalf of the dolphins. In Washington, D.C., the only individual from the Embassy to come outside during the protest, was a man who photographed the crowd of peaceful protesters from atop the roof, quickly leaving when he was noticed and photographed.“Japan continues to falsely claim that the brutal drive hunt in Taiji is a long-standing and proud part of Japanese ‘tradition’ and ‘culture,’ but if that were the case, there would be nothing to hide. It is purely about greed, but today thousands of people joined Sea Shepherd and showed Japan that the world’s love of dolphins is far stronger than the killers’ love of profit,” said Sehgal.For a staggering six months of each year, from September 1 until March, entire families of dolphins and small whales are driven into Taiji’s killing cove. Once netted within the shallow waters of the cove, their fate is sealed and the members of these doomed, frightened pods will face either imprisonment in captivity or brutal slaughter before the eyes of their families. Killers and trainers work side-by-side to select the “prettiest” dolphins and whales for captivity, those without visible scars. The others are mercilessly stabbed with a metal spike inserted into their backs, just behind the blowhole, to sever their spine. The dolphins slowly and painfully bleed to death or drown in the blood of their family — others may die as they are dragged to the butcherhouse, where the once living and free cetaceans are processed into meat for human consumption, despite being heavily contaminated with mercury and other toxins. These inhumane killings would not be allowed in any slaughterhouse in the world. Japan refuses to sign on to many protection efforts and regulations for marine mammals, despite most of the world recognizing the need to protect these self-aware, beloved and imperiled animals.Sea Shepherd Conservation Society first brought the cove to the world’s attention by capturing and releasing now-iconic footage and imagery of the brutal hunts and slaughters in 2003, during which the cove turned a blood-red. Later the Academy Award-winning film The Cove again shone a spotlight on the hunts, bringing worldwide attention to the killings. Many individuals thought the film succeeded in bringing an end to the hunts, but that was not the case. So in 2010, Sea Shepherd established Operation Infinite Patience and our volunteer Cove Guardians took up positions alongside the cove to document, report and live stream these atrocities in the hope of capturing attention to bring pressure to bear to stop these barbaric acts. Sea Shepherd is the only organization to have a team on the ground in Taiji each day throughout the entire six-month killing season, and the only group who live streams every capture and every kill for the world to see. Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians will not stop shining a light on this atrocity until the slaughter ends.last_img read more

German magazine touring Canada telling Indigenous stories

first_imgAPTN National NewsYou may be surprised to hear APTN itself is sometimes the subject of interest and news stories.Every once and a while, the network will get a news organization coming in to check us out.This was the case recently with the German publication, Kanada Magazin.Its editor, Oliver Gerhard has been traveling through Canada writing stories on Indigenous issues.He spoke with APTN’s Michael Hutchinson.last_img

Rona Inc posts loss higher revenue ahead of takeover by Lowes

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — Rona Inc. says it lost money in this year’s first quarter but overall revenue increased despite weak sales in the Prairies.The Quebec-based home improvement retailer is slated to become a subsidiary of Lowe’s following a friendly $3.2-billion takeover deal announced in February.Rona (TSX:RON) posted a $16.5 million net loss or 15 cents per share for the quarter ended March 27.Rona shareholders overwhelmingly approve $3.2 billion Lowe’s takeoverRona Inc tops estimates in potentially last report as Canadian-controlled retailerThe quarter’s loss included $3.5 million or three cents per share of restructuring costs and $4.1 million or four cents per share of acquisition costs.Revenue was $819.2 million, up from $778.8 million a year earlier. Same-store sales grew 3.1 per cent with strong performance in Ontario, British Columbia and the Reno-Depot banner in Quebec. The company saw a decline in Prairie same-store sales.After excluding restructuring and other items, Rona’s adjusted loss was $9 million or eight cents per share.By comparison, Rona’s net loss in the first quarter of 2015 was $11.7 million or 11 cents per share including minimal restructuring costs. Its adjusted loss was $11.2 million or 10 cents per share. read more

Security Council renews sanctions on Liberian trade in blood diamonds

The Security Council today renewed the sanctions aimed at preventing Liberia from exporting “blood diamonds” or resuming the trade in arms and called on Secretary-General Kofi Annan to reappoint the Panel of Experts overseeing the ban.In a unanimous resolution, Council members agreed that although “sustained progress” has been made in Liberia since Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became President in January, the situation in the once war-torn West African country remained so fragile that it constituted a threat to regional peace.The Panel of Experts’ most recent report said the Liberian Government cannot yet demonstrate the internal controls necessary to meet the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, the internationally agreed system designed to prevent blood diamonds from entering the market.“Although most of the necessary components are now in hand, they still require final arrangement into a coherent and functioning mechanism with long-term durability and credibility,” the panel stated.The experts added that Liberia’s Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy needs to exercise stronger leadership to achieve this objective.Council members agreed to renew the sanctions for six months, with a review after four months, to give the Liberian Government sufficient time to establish a transparent and internationally verifiable regime for trade in the rough diamonds.Sanctions have been in place since 2001 to stop Liberia’s trade in diamonds, which were used for many years to finance wars against governments across Africa.The Council also called for the sanctions on the trade in arms to be extended for another 12 months, with a waiver for supplies of certain non-lethal military equipment (excluding weapons and ammunition) intended solely for the Liberian police and security forces which have been trained and vetted since the establishment of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in October 2003.Although reports of crime have decreased slightly over the past year, the Panel noted that reports of serious crime – especially gang activities, mob violence and rape – have risen. Another 632 weapons were destroyed by UNMIL between June 2005 and September this year, taking the total so far to just under 31,000.The resolution further called on Mr. Annan to reappoint the current members of the Panel of Experts and to make the necessary arrangements to ensure funding for the Panel.In June, the Council agreed to lift the ban on the export of round logs and timber, and the Panel said the Government’s moratorium on logging since then has been largely effective.Meanwhile, in letters to the Security Council President, Mr. Annan has extended the mandates of the groups of experts dealing with sanctions in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by six months and seven months respectively.In a separate resolution adopted yesterday, the Council asked the Secretary-General to set up a focal point within the Secretariat to make sure that “fair and clear” procedures operate for both placing individuals and entities from sanctions lists and for removing them.In a related development, the Council today heard briefings by the chairmen of its subsidiary bodies, seven committees commonly known by the name of the resolution which established them. The Council committees concern Rwanda, counter-terrorism, Liberia, Al-Qaida and the Taliban, Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan, and Sierra Leone.The 15-member body also heard from the chairmen of three informal working groups: general issues of sanctions; documentation and other procedural questions; and peacekeeping operations. read more

Turner Criterion Collection launch moviestreaming service

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Turner Broadcasting and the Criterion Collection are teaming up to launch a movie-streaming TV service to cater to arthouse aficionados.The companies announced Tuesday that the new over-the-top streaming service, dubbed FilmStruck, will debut in the fall. It will make available art house, independent, foreign and cult films for a not-yet-announced monthly cost.FilmStruck will be the new exclusive home to the Criterion Collection, which currently streams on Hulu Plus. Its library will also pull from other studios, such as the Janus Films library.The service will be curated by programmers from Turner Classic Movies, the cable network. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2016 10:06 am MDT Turner, Criterion Collection launch movie-streaming service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Met Police is passing the buck over predictable Westminster terror attack inquest

“There is nothing that you could say that I would do to obstruct or not assist with this court’s search for the truth of what happened and why it happened.”Last week at the hearing, Pc Ashby conceded the security system at the Palace of Westminster had “completely failed” to protect Pc Palmer. He also agreed that the processes he and Pc Sanders were following had been “lax” and dysfunctional for years before the terror attack. Failings had been pointed out in emails as far back as February 2015, but Mr Adamson told the hearing nothing had been done to effectively resolve the issue, describing the alleged mismanagement of the firearm officer’s positions as “a problem that was not confined to police constable rank but further up the chain.”On Monday, Mr Adamson went on: “The Metropolitan Police has failed to identify the fact that its armed officers were not doing what they were supposed to do.”And to this day it has failed to properly acknowledge the failings that it was responsible for in allowing that state of affairs to persist.”Mr Usher answered: “I have said that I do not believe that to be the state of affairs.” Show more Mr Adamson asked: “That which was entirely predictable occurred and the Metropolitan Police failed to have in place proper arrangements to protect Keith at those gates, did they not?”The officer replied: “No sir, I do not agree with you.”He said that even if the marksmen had been at the gate at the time of the attack, they would have been most likely to head towards where Masood had crashed his car into the perimeter wall, believing it to be an explosion.Mr Usher admitted he did not know how many armed officers had misinterpreted the patrol instructions, but said 83% had at least accessed the computer system where they were stored. The terrorist threat level to police officers was raised to severe in 2015 and unarmed staff not involved in vehicle duties were allowed to stop wearing high-visibility jackets to make themselves less noticeable to attackers, the Old Bailey heard. The Metropolitan Police have been accused of trying to “pass the buck” over claims that firearms officers failed to properly patrol the Palace of Westminster at the time of a “predictable” terrorist attack.Khalid Masood mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing Pc Keith Palmer to death as he stood guard at the Palace of Westminster on March 22 last year.On Monday Dominic Adamson, representing the officer’s widow, told the inquest into his death that his murder was “entirely predictable”.The inquest heard last week that Pc Lee Ashby and Pc Nicholas Sanders, the armed officers on patrol at the time of the attack, had not been near Carriage Gates, where Mr Palmer was stationed, for nearly an hour before Masood struck.This was despite official guidelines that said they should be “in close proximity” to the gates when they were open.Cross-examining Commander Adrian Usher, who leads policing at the Palace of Westminster, Mr Adamson said: “The whole focus of the Metropolitan Police’s attitude to this inquest has been to pass the buck and to assert that the responsibility for the non-compliance with the post instructions rests with Pc Ashby and Sanders. Do you accept that?” Mr Usher replied: “Absolutely not, sir. I’m sure you are aware of how offensive that is. I have no reason, nor has the Metropolitan Police, to take that course of action. For me there is no benefit in doing that. 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

Hearing impaired given green light to write drivers examination

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“It’s going to happen” – Ramjattan on drivers’ licences for the deafFebruary 21, 2019In “latest news”Deaf Association protests Public Security Ministry for drivers’ licensesFebruary 18, 2019In “latest news”Guyana Deaf Association has over 200 registered membersFebruary 25, 2016In “latest news” Following a protest by members of the Deaf Association of Guyana in front of the Public Security Ministry requesting that they be given a fair chance to drive on Guyana’s roadway without discrimination, the green light has been given for them to write the drivers’ examination.Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has given the go ahead to commence a Pilot Programme in ‘A’ Division which will allow persons who are deaf to participate in the theoretical and practical drivers’ examination on May 24.The commencement of the Pilot Programme was agreed to when Ramjattan recently met with the National Commission on Disability and the Deaf Association of Guyana.Minister Ramjattan along with Director Deaf Association of Guyana Sabine McIntosh (right) and Beverly Pile (right)As such, six persons from the deaf community in Guyana will be included in the Pilot Project at a date to be announced later.The Pilot Programme is one of the recommendations agreed to by Cabinet to facilitate the issuance of Driver’s permit to persons who are hearing impaired.The other recommendation include a rigorous national awareness campaign for the general populace including the beneficiaries and the implementation of issuance of driver’s licence to deaf drivers only for private and not commercial vehicles taking into consideration the present infrastructural development and culture of driving on Guyana’s road ways.The Government says it will continue to provide equality and insure non- discrimination for persons with disabilities as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. read more

72000 Greekborn pensioners better off since election

first_imgPensioners in Australia, including about 72,000 Greek-born age pension recipients, are $51.80 per fortnight better off for singles and $78 per fortnight for couples following a further rise in the age pension, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells said. Senator Fierravanti-Wells, the parliamentary secretary to the minister for social services, said age pensioners deserved our support. “And once again the age pension is going up under the Coalition government,” she said. “The latest indexing of the age pension coming into effect today will give single age pensioners, including those in the Greek Australian community, a $5.90 boost to their fortnightly payments, or $153.40 a year, while couples will receive an extra $8.80 a fortnight, or $228.80 a year. “These increases will see the maximum age pension rise to $860.20 a fortnight for single pensioners and $1,296.80 for couples. Full details of all rates and thresholds indexed today can be found at: www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/benefits-payments Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Official Fabinho signs for Liverpool

first_imgFabinho has joined Liverpool for an undisclosed fee and become’s their first summer signing ahead of the 2018/19 seasonThe Brazilian midfielder will officially join the club on July 1 after he successfully completed a medical and agreed to personal terms on a long-term deal at Liverpool.Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev had confirmed last week that Atletico Madrid was interested in signing the highly-rated midfielder, but Liverpool has beaten the Europa League winner’s to his signature.“This is something that I always wanted,” the 24-year-old told the club website.“This is a giant of a team, the infrastructures of the club look exceptional.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…In his five years at Monaco, Fabinho made 225 appearances and scored 29 goals.While Fabinho is technically the club’s first signing of the summer, Jurgen Klopp’s side already had a deal to make Naby Keita their first new recruit after agreeing on a deal with RB Leipzig last summer.Welcome to #LFC, Fabinho. ??https://t.co/Xd7ylCfnqJ pic.twitter.com/nYbV243DY5— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 28, 2018last_img read more

UPDATE Woman rescued after fall at Lacamas Park

first_imgRescuers rushed to Lacamas Park in Camas on Monday after a 48-year-old Vancouver woman fell while hiking.Kevin Wilson and Kallie Fraser, two firefighter-paramedics with the Camas Fire Department, were nearby when the call came out shortly after 3 p.m. and were first to arrive.Two young men who had been running on the trails and saw the accident met Wilson and Fraser at the park’s entrance. One runner escorted the paramedics over Round Lake’s dam and down a steep trail to the upper part of the Pot Holes, a rugged forested area of pools and waterfalls.The woman “stumbled or slipped or tripped and fell a good 15 feet,” Wilson said later. Her left ankle was obviously broken and her arm was injured. She was conscious and in great pain.She’d been hiking with a man and two children when she fell, and the paramedics made their way to the woman and asked the family to help.“We told them exactly what we wanted them to do and they did it perfectly,” Wilson said.Making sure not to let the woman’s head and neck move, the rescuers put her on a backboard, then put a cervical spine collar on her neck and foam pads on both sides of her head. They also strapped her body to the backboard.last_img read more

Palace Royal baby named George Alexander Louis

first_imgLONDON — His Royal Highness has a name.Britain’s new prince has been named George Alexander Louis, royal officials said Wednesday, ending speculation over what moniker Prince William and his wife, Kate, would pick for their first child.Kensington Palace said royals are “delighted to announce” their son’s name, adding that the 2-day-old baby and third-in-line to the throne will be known as “His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.” Noble names are steeped in history, which explains why thousands of bets rolled in to British bookmakers for the name George, the name of six previous British kings. The moniker evokes the steadfastness of the queen’s father, George VI, who rallied the nation during World War II. Meaning farmer or earth worker, George was the 12th most popular name for boys born in England and Wales in 2011. St. George, a 4th-century Christian martyr, is the patron saint of England.The name Louis could be a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle and the last British Viceroy of India before independence in 1947. William’s father, Prince Charles, was close with Mountbatten, who was assassinated by the Irish Republican Army in 1979.last_img read more

IWGB joint employer case to be heard in the High Court

first_imgThe Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has today (7 August 2018) announced that it will face government lawyers in a landmark case regarding the rights of outsourced workers.The case, which asked that the University of London be required to recognise the union for the purposes of collective bargaining on behalf of outsourced workers, was initially brought to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) in November 2017. IWGB claimed that denying this right to collective bargaining was a breach of Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.The law is currently interpreted as only allowing workers to collectively bargain with their direct employer, here being Cordant Security. This case aims to broaden the trade union rights of outsourced workers, allowing them to collectively bargain with their de-facto employer, in this case University of London. This will introduce the concept of a joint employer to the UK legal system.The CAC made the decision not to hear the application for trade union recognition with the University of London. However, the High Court has now granted the IWGB permission to judicially review this decision. The High Court is also allowing the University of London, Cordant Security, and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to intervene as interested parties, in addition to the CAC. The union will face legal arguments and lawyers from all four bodies.Henry Chango Lopez, IWGB president, said: “The fact that vast swathes of the establishment, including the government, are joining forces to try and defeat our challenge is further proof of its importance. As a former University of London outsourced worker, I am keenly aware of the truth behind the fiction of outsourcing. It is no more and no less than a way to deny workers their rights, and it is about time we cleaned it up.”The High Court has denied the union cost protection in this case. Therefore, in the event of a loss, it can be held liable for the legal costs of the four bodies it is facing. IWGB has launched a crowdfunding campaign today (7 August 2018) to attempt to cover these potential costs. This campaign is currently backed by non-profit organisation The Good Law Project, which has pledged an initial £5,000.Jolyon Maugham QC, founder of The Good Law Project, said: “There are many ways bad employers dodge the cost of workers’ rights, and outsourcing can be one of them. The treatment of workers with modest bargaining power and little influence can be hidden from view, but it shouldn’t be hidden from the law through the use of faceless outsourcing companies. I’m proud to be supporting this case that will ensure that domestic law protects the human rights of some of the most vulnerable workers in the UK.”The University of London was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

Stranded kayaker rescued near Everglades National Park

first_imgEVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (WSVN) — The Coast Guard came to the rescue of a stranded kayaker near Everglades National Park, early Wednesday morning.Crews saved the man after spotting him off Murray Key. They hoisted him into their chopper and took him to Flamingo Visitors Center with no reported injuries. UPDATE: A @USCG Air Station Miami helicopter crew rescues overdue kayaker off Murray Key. Read more https://t.co/CjHHXqCBzc pic.twitter.com/Ypto3arLBZ— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) March 28, 2018Officials said the kayaker had been unable to make it back to land himself because he lost his paddle in bad weather.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

KCHS Student To Attend Johns Hopkins University Medical Program This Summer

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A junior at Kenai Central High School will be attending an academic and career oriented development program, NYLF Advanced Medicine and Health Care program, on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore MD, this summer. Mickenzie plans to go to school to become an Orthopedic Surgeon: “I’m hoping to make a name for myself in New York first, and then come back and help around on the Peninsula.”  Andrew Potter, the Chief Academic Officer: “These students, who have already proven themselves academically, will be challenged to work on real-world, student-created projects to bring their studies and career interests to life.” Mickinzie Ticknor, from Kenai, will join other high school students from across the nation to take part in the program.center_img Mickinzie said she is looking forward to gaining the hands-on medical experience that the forum provides. In preparation for her chosen career she has shadowed surgeons in both Anchorage and Kenai. Mickenzie: “We get to talk to real-life surgeons, and we get to talk with them about how they became a surgeon, why they chose it. We get to talk to sit and talk with the college students, and we get to work with them on real life cadavers and shadow surgeons around for a day.”last_img read more