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first_imgAs the 2013 hurricane season intensifies, Acting Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Richard Thompson, says that the National Disaster Committee (NDC) is in “activation mode” and is ready to respond to any weather system.Mr. Thompson was speaking to JIS News following a meeting of the NDC at Jamaica House on Wednesday (July 10).The meeting, convened by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, was to discuss the country’s state-of-readiness for Tropical Storm Chantal, which was later downgraded to a tropical wave.Mr. Thompson noted that although the tropical wave weakened and moved away from Jamaica, “the various response teams are on standby to respond to other possible weather systems, that are likely to develop and pose a threat to the island.”The NDC comprises ODPEM, Meteorological Service of Jamaica (Met Office), National Works Agency (NWA), Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Ministry of Health, Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and the Jamaica Red CrossHe stated said that Jamaica is adequately prepared for the hurricane season, as OPDEM and its partners agencies have embarked on a number of disaster preparedness activities island-wide.He informed that as a precautionary measure, ODPEM has also conducted several assessments in the Bog Walk Gorge, looking at the implementation of rock fall management, as a defence mechanism.In addition, several sensitisation sessions, and mitigation exercises have been undertaken, focusing on earthquake and hurricane preparedness, which include landslide-risk reduction in various vulnerable communities, such as Harbour Heights in Harbour View, St. Andrew.Mr. Thompson said OPDEM is currently executing a public education campaign, aimed at sensitising persons on how to better prepare for natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.“We are constantly monitoring flood-prone and low-lying areas in St. Thomas, St. Mary, Portland, Kingston and St Andrew, St. Catherine and Clarendon, mainly because these areas are normally affected by tropical systems,” the ODPEM Director General said.As it relates to relief supplies, he pointed out that the Government is able to respond to 10,000 households, but is working to increase the number to 50,000.He is however urging the public to plan ahead, in order to mitigate the effects of likely weather systems, which may affect the island.He added that preparedness is not only the responsibility of ODPEM and its partner agencies and organisations, but that persons should also do their part to protect their lives and property.“Stock up on medicines, water, batteries, flashlights, and non-perishable food, and other necessities for this active hurricane season. Importantly, be alert, so that if another tropical system surfaces and poses a threat to Jamaica, you are fully prepared,” he urged.CONTACT: JENEVA GORDONlast_img read more

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first_imgInvestors should avoid making sudden and uninformed decisions amid the volatility and unprecedented turmoil in the stock market, the Nova Scotia Securities Commission cautioned today, Oct. 9. “We know from past experience that con artists follow the headlines to prey on the worries and fears of everyday investors,” said Bill Slattery, acting director of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. “With the current economic situation we are concerned that scammers are gearing up to promote various investment schemes with promises of big returns. If history is any guide, these investments will be worthless.” Mr. Slattery urged investors to make informed decisions about long-term financial holdings and to seek the advice of a trusted investment adviser or financial planner before making sudden moves with money. “Investors should be wary of unsolicited financial advice or investment opportunities,” Mr. Slattery said. “In times of confusion, fear and uncertainty, there are always those who will try to prey on the investing public.” The securities commission provided the following tips for investors: — Contact the commission to ensure both the seller is registered and the investment complies with securities legislation. They can also answer questions about an investment firm, professional or product. — Use common sense. Some things really are too good to be true. Get a professional, trusted third-party opinion when presented with investment opportunities that seem to offer unusually high returns in comparison with other investment options. — Request written information that fully explains the investment, such as a prospectus or offering memorandum. The documentation should contain enough clear and accurate information to allow you or your financial adviser to evaluate and verify the particulars of the investment. — If you participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a defined contribution pension plan, get unbiased advice and guidance before making significant changes to your long-term savings and investment strategy. People who suspect they have been scammed should contact the commission at 424-7768. It could help others avoid losing money. Those with concerns about their portfolio are encouraged to talk to their financial advisers and review options that fit their risk tolerance and needs. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission was established to protect investors from unfair or fraudulent practices through regulation of the securities industry. Part of that protection is educating investors about the risks, responsibilities and rewards of investing.last_img read more

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first_imgPeople can recognize outstanding Nova Scotians for their contributions to literacy and learning by nominating them for a Council of the Federation Literacy Award. Each year, Canada’s premiers present one adult learner in each province and territory with an award for their progress in learning and leadership within their community, workplace or school. The award also recognizes the role literacy plays in the social and economic health of Canadians. “Literacy and essential skills are the stepping stones to better job prospects and economic well-being for Nova Scotians and their families,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “With a more literate workforce, Nova Scotia is better able to compete in the global economy.” Award winners are selected by a committee of business, community and education organizations. “Past winners stand out because of how hard they’ve worked and for the obstacles that they’ve overcome to gain literacy skills,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “I encourage Nova Scotians to nominate a deserving learner whose commitment to literacy moves others to embrace lifelong learning.” Winners will be presented with a medallion and a certificate of merit by the premier at a ceremony in the fall. Nomination forms are available at www.goNSSAL.ca or by calling toll free 1-877-GoNSSAL (466-7725). The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 17.last_img read more

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first_imgAs reports regarding Hafiz Saeed, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind, Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief and a UN-designated terrorist, being apprehended 50 Km north of Lahore by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Pakistan’s Punjab Province poured in, a sense of long-awaited justice was tinkered in the Indian psyche. However, it is unlikely to materialise. Hafiz Saeed has been arrested by authorities in Pakistan on several occasions but has, unfortunately, being freed on all those instances by courts on appeal following gross failure on authorities’ part to produce compelling evidence which should be enough to hold him. In fact, Hafiz was going to appear before an anti-terrorism court when the arrest took place. Hafiz’s JuD is known to be a front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) who was behind the Mumbai terror attacks which had killed 166 people and shaken up the Indian conscience over its security apparatus. Since Hafiz is known to have escaped justice on several occasions before, these arrests merely become a formality, until he is again freed. What makes matters interesting is the active pursuit of Pakistan in apprehending Hafiz arising from the pressure directed to Pakistan from the international community. Under the watch of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Pakistan faces complete isolation from the world economy should it be blacklisted by FATF this October. This October deadline is an extended one after the earlier May 2019 deadline was missed. FATF’s issue with Pakistan over terror fundings and money laundering is the driving factor which has landed the latter in the former’s grey list for a second time after 2012. If Pakistan fails to act in time to the satisfaction of the FATF, it faces the possibility of being blacklisted by the terror-financing watchdog. Though China saved the day in FATF’s last meeting, preventing Pakistan from getting blacklisted, FATF requires Pakistan to crackdown on terror financing emanating from it. Banks function in coordination with foreign counterparts for a transaction. If a country has been put on FATF blacklist, it makes the transfer of money through a bank of that country a tedious and lengthy affair. As Pakistan reels under the financial crunch, taking measures, even if they are just superficial, takes precedence if it wants to be on the bright side of FATF’s decision. Understanding the FATF angle actually gives greater clarity on Pakistan’s recent push for apprehending Hafiz since his incarceration, if not over masterminding 26/11 then at least for terror financing, will be ample evidence from Pakistan to show FATF that it has respected FATF’s directives to curb terror funding. Hafiz Saeed was arrested for the first time after December 2001 Parliament terror attack with India mobilising international opinion against Pakistan’s support to Hafiz Saeed. It is not evident if his incarceration would lead to justice which, in turn, calls for greater pressure from the international community, which has gained increased focus on curbing global terrorism, to give the terror setup a significant blow.last_img read more

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first_imgAmaravati (AP): Justice P Lakshmana Reddy, a retired judge of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh High Court, was on Sunday sworn-in as the first Lokayukta of the state after its bifurcation in 2014. Governor Biswabhusan Hairchandan administered the oath of office to Justice Reddy at a function in Vijayawada. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, judges of the High Court and senior state government officials attended the event. Justice Lakshmana Reddy will be in office for five years. The YSR Congress government amended the Lokayukta Act in the recent budget session, enabling appointment of a retired judge as Lokayukta, paving the way for constituting the corruption-probing body.last_img

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first_imgMONTREAL — A Montreal borough mayor has kicked out of caucus a councillor who stated publicly how upset she was to be treated by a doctor wearing a Muslim headscarf.Anjou Mayor Luis Miranda said he expelled borough councillor Lynne Shand from his municipal party today and she will sit as an independent.Shand created a furor among citizens and municipal politicians after she posted on Facebook over the weekend how angry she was to receive an emergency eye examination from a Muslim doctor wearing a hijab.The councillor said if it wasn’t an emergency, she would have refused to be served by the doctor. She went on to complain that Muslims were trying to impose their religion on Quebec through massive immigration and high birth rates.Miranda issued a news released Monday distancing himself from her comments but only kicked her out of caucus today. He says today was the first opportunity his council had to meet and discuss her future in the party.The mayor of Montreal and other municipal politicians denounced Shand’s comments, and the city council speaker filed an official complaint with the provincial municipal commission.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgJohn MurrayAPTN InvestigatesDarla Contois woke up one morning and her left side was completely numb.The 18-year-old actor and writer from a remote community in northern Manitoba said when she shook her own hand, it felt like a stranger’s.She continued her morning routine thinking it would pass, until her mother, Crystal Cook, asked her to smile.She couldn’t smile, and her numbness was increasing.Alarmed, the pair went to the Garden Hill nursing station where she was told not to worry, it was just Bell’s Palsy, a medical condition where muscle control on one side of the face is lost. The condition usually goes away on its own after a couple of weeks.But at a follow-up, she was told by a city doctor she was anaemic.That was until a CAT scan six years later for an unrelated incident revealed she’d had a stroke.Ironically, suffering a stroke at such a young age may have been fortunate.“I’m very lucky because the stroke that I had when I was 18 because I had it when I was so young means that my brain was sort of able to regenerate itself a little bit better than it would have if I was older,” she said. “So there are no effects from the stroke.”She said this is normal health care for her family in the north.Her grandparents had to move to the city from Misipawistik Cree Nation to get adequate care for their diabetes, and an uncle wasn’t so fortunate.“My uncle actually passed away because he went to the nursing station with chest pains and they sent him home. On the way home he had a heart attack and passed away,” she said, adding It was a devastating loss for her.She has since learned she has a congenital heart disorder that needs surgery.“It’s very nerve-wracking. Like I never thought at 25 years old, I’d have to have heart surgery,” she said.She wonders what would have happened if she had remained unaware of the condition.She said she has been subject to racism and stereotyping in healthcare. She encountered racist stereotypes.“Sometimes I feel our communities back home, they’re just used to it. They hear it all the time,” she said. “That’s normal. Whatever. Just let it fall off your back. Doesn’t mean anything.”Contois said she feels normalizing these stereotypes is detrimental to the community.“But when this is affecting people’s lives and it’s affecting the way health care professionals do their job, then it’s really hurting us in the end.”Contois can’t say whether racial stereotyping or just a lack of resources caused the missed diagnosis. But either way, she said, the system needs to improve how it serves remote First Nations.“I don’t know how to deal with the fact that I had a stroke. And there is like emotional and psychological damage from that,” she said. “And I have a hard time trusting doctors and the health care system now.”jmurray@aptn.calast_img read more

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Rabat – Nearly a month after publicly announcing its support for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid, the South African Football Association (SAFA) has rescinded its support, claiming that it has not decided whether to support the African bid or the North American joint bid.The South African football federation denied supporting the African bid yesterday, emphasizing that the decision should be taken by SAFA’s National Executive Committee (NEC).“The decision whether to support Morocco or the USA FIFA World Cup 2026 bid is for the SAFA NEC to take,” reads a statement by the federation. SA will support Morocco’s 2026 FIFA WC bid, Jordaan. Full details here: https://t.co/zHkQbRE70g @CAF_Online @COSAFAMEDIA @FIFAcom pic.twitter.com/vtfimSQ2ZP— SAFA.net (@SAFA_net) April 16, 2018The statement added that the federation received presentations from both parties competing to host the 23rd tournament in 2026.“SAFA wants to reiterate that no decision has been taken at this stage on the matter on who to support,” said the statement, emphasizing that none of its officials announced the federation’s position on any bid.The statement contradicts an April post on the official federation page, which has since been deleted from the website. However, a tweet posted by the federation confirms that SAFA’s original support for the Moroccan bid.Morocco World News reported on South Africa’s support for the bid on April 16, quoting statements of the SAFA president, Danny Jordaan, who promised Morocco’s bid committee that he will “personally lobby” Africa’s football leaders before the vote.Jordaan also promised the Moroccan bid that he will be personally engaged in attracting support from the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA).“It is an old myth that Africa doesn’t have the capacity and naysayers should stop using the political argument. Africa hosted the best FIFA World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa,” said the SAFA president.SAFA’s change of heart follows US President Donald Trump’s recent tweet, which threatened countries supporting the Moroccan bid.“Would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the US bid,” Trump wrote, insinuating broader financial implications for nations with pro-Morocco federations.The statement comes one month ahead of the big day, when 211 international football federations will gather in Moscow to vote for the host of the tournament. read more

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VICTORIA — British Columbia’s carbon tax will soon have two new American cousins, prompting Environment Minister Mary Polak to suggest B.C.’s groundbreaking tax is helping fuel an expanding green-powered West Coast economic juggernaut.Polak said Monday’s moves by Oregon and Washington states towards a carbon-pricing system similar to B.C.’s seven-year-old carbon tax helps level B.C.’s economic playing field when it comes to green initiatives and building a growing trade partnership.Polak, who was in San Francisco, said the carbon-pricing agreement follows a meeting of the Pacific Coast Collaborative, which includes California, Alaska, Oregon, Washington and B.C. The four states and one province have a combined population of 53 million people, with a gross domestic product of $2.8-trillion.Polak said B.C.’s 2008 carbon tax played an instrumental role in convincing the U.S. states to embrace carbon pricing similar to B.C.’s carbon tax.The B.C. tax adds about seven cents per litre of fuel sold in a effort to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.Earlier this year, California introduced a carbon pricing mechanism as part of its carbon cap-and-trade system.“California isn’t waiting for the rest of the world before it takes action on climate change,” California Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement. “Today, California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia are all joining together to reduce greenhouse gases,” Brown said.Polak said introducing carbon pricing throughout North America’s west coast was one of the Pacific Collaborative’s aim in achieving national and international leadership in fighting climate change without harming economic growth.But she said the Americans were also keenly interested in the potential electoral fall out from the introduction of a carbon tax or carbon pricing regime.“That’s one of the concerns, can you get a carbon tax, a carbon pricing policy, that not only makes environmental sense, but can be supported by the public at large,” said Polak.B.C. Liberals were re-elected twice since the introduction of the carbon tax in 2008.Earlier this year, the Liberal government announced a hold on further carbon tax increases, largely because the government felt the tax was levelling an unfair burden on companies paying the tax.“It’s important to be a leader, but you also want to have some followers,” Premier Christy Clark said Monday in Vancouver in response to the U.S. announcement.Polak said the American announcement signals that neighbouring governments and businesses are becoming more comfortable with paying a price to fight climate change.“What we’ve been able to show, and what we can show to a greater extent going forward with our jurisdictions, is that this can be good for business and good for the economy,” she said.B.C.’s carbon tax is revenue neutral, which means the money generated by the tax funds personal and business tax cuts. The government states that since 2008, the carbon tax has raised a total of $3.7-billion.“As a climate action trailblazer, B.C. has been encouraging other jurisdictions to follow our lead, and the agreement signed today is the result of that effort,” Polak said in a new release.Earlier this year, former B.C. environment minister Terry Lake discussed B.C.’s experience with its carbon tax in Oregon with politicians, academics and business leaders. read more

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An Ontario court has dismissed a legal challenge filed by 11 people who were disqualified from applying to open a cannabis retail store in the province.The divisional court has also lifted a stay on the licensing process for the latest round of pot shops, which it had imposed while the case was being heard.The three-judge panel did not release the reasons for its ruling, however, saying it expects to issue them in the next 10 days.The 11 had contested their rejection and disputed the fairness of the procedures involved in the lottery used to grant the licences.The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which administers the system, said the applicants were disqualified for failing to file a key document within the established five-day deadline.But the group’s lawyers argued an email alerting their clients of the lottery’s outcome did not go through, and the deadline should have been recalculated based on when the message was actually delivered.Lawyers for the group declined to comment Friday.The commission said in a statement that it will now proceed with assessing the applications of 11 other people chosen to replace those who were eliminated.“We will be communicating revised deadlines to the applicants who were brought forward from the wait list to replace those who had been disqualified,” the agency said on its website.“Our focus remains on moving through the lottery and licensing process as quickly as possible while continuing to apply our rigorous licensing approach in order to allow for the opening of more safe and responsible cannabis retail stores.”Lawyers representing the commission had argued the group was to blame for the email bouncing because it provided the addresses. They also told the court the agency took several other steps to reach the group.So far, there have been two rounds of the government lottery to determine who can apply to open cannabis stores.Lottery winners have five business days to turn in their application, along with a $6,000 non-refundable fee and a $50,000 letter of credit.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2019.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press read more

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PREMIER VISIT Ontario Premier Doug Ford, right, was on hand to greet the party faithful at a fundraising dinner in Port Dover Thursday on behalf of the Haldimand-Norfolk Progressive Conservative Party Riding Association. Among those at the Lions Community Centre to greet the premier, at left, was George Santos of Simcoe. In centre is Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. MONTE SONNENBERG jpg, BR The PCs say Ontario operating deficit at the moment is in the range of $15 billion a year and they want to rein that in.Public sector unions have been speaking out ever since.Jenn Faulkner of Port Dover is president of Local 5100 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Faulkner was at Thursday’s protest representing the interests of local school board support workers, many of whom deal one-on-one with special needs students.Faulkner said the work of her members is difficult enough without the province adding to their problems. The big fear is that front-line workers will lose the staff they need to deal effectively with students with special needs.These include students with autism, behavioural problems, Down syndrome and mental health issues. Some students must be monitored by three staff members, Faulkner said.She said there are already problems with violence and property destruction in the system without reducing oversight of these students.“Over the last 10 years, resources have been taken away from special needs students and students in general,” she said. “And now he (Ford) is going after the manpower. Without that manpower we cannot keep students safe in these programs.”Faulkner noted that education workers are also worried about sanitation and basic maintenance within the school system as the number of janitors and grounds-keepers is reduced.Bruce Hazlewood is president of District 23 of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, the bargaining unit representing high school teachers in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk. He said his membership was in Port Dover to articulate many of the same concerns.“If there are financial problems the government is trying to deal with, they shouldn’t do it on the backs of children,” Hazlewood said.Several other unions were represented at Thursday’s event. These include Unifor, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, the Ontario Nurses Association, and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association among others.Ford’s handlers indicated Wednesday that the Premier would make time to meet the local media. However – citing time constraints – Ford’s handlers withdrew his availability Thursday.Because this was a party event and not an official public function, only people with tickets were allowed in the community centre. The local media wasn’t permitted to listen to premier speak.MSonnenberg@postmedia.comChants have begun at the Rally for Education. pic.twitter.com/mXMj1Adbsl— The Simcoe Reformer (@Simcoe_Reformer) May 9, 2019 PORT DOVER – More than 100 protesters turned out to greet Ontario Premier Doug Ford at a Progressive Conservative fundraising event in Port Dover Thursday.The group represented a number of public-sector unions, as well as anti-poverty advocates.They gathered at the entrance to the Lions Community Centre on St. George Street around 3:30 p.m. — just in time to greet ticket-holders and other party faithful as they arrived for the event.“Poverty has two faces,” was the message Deborah Boudreau of Simcoe, a member of the anti-poverty group Norfolk Rise, came to deliver.“You don’t have to be down on your luck to live in poverty,” she said.“You can have a job and still have to live in your car. You just can’t tell who’s living in poverty. And I hope he chokes on his dinner.”During last year’s election campaign, Ford said on numerous occasions that Ontario’s $325 billion accumulated debt and the $1 billion per month in servicing charges is a short- and long-term threat to effective delivery of services in the province. read more

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More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Video Excerpt: Defining An Athlete’s Gender Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (July 28, 2015), we discuss a ruling by an athletic court that makes the distinction between male and female athletes harder to find. It ruled that a woman with elevated levels of testosterone could compete in women’s events. We dive into whether it’s even possible to “measure” gender. We also tackle why Boston rebuffed the Olympics and, after the U.S. men’s soccer team’s losses to Jamaica and Panama, whether Jurgen Klinsmann is the coach it needs. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: Tom Brady’s text messages.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on the show:Sprinter Dutee Chand wins the right to compete.Kate Fagan on the International Olympic Committee’s gender testing policy.The tricky economics of hosting the Olympics.Does the U.S. hate the Olympics?Jurgen Klinsmann needs help with the U.S. team.Does soccer depend on luck too much to evaluate players?Significant Digit: 80 texts sent and received per day by Tom Brady on a phone that was destroyed. The number was revealed in the NFL’s ruling to uphold his four-game suspension. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLethem porter dies after he allegedly fell from lorryMay 15, 2017In “Crime”Agriculture Ministry employee dies in Lethem accidentMarch 9, 2015In “Crime”Charlestown man dies after minibus plunges into trenchMay 6, 2019In “Crime” An early Sunday morning accident in which an SUV drove off a bridge and ended up in a creek on the Manari Trail in Lethem, Region 9, has claimed the life of an elderly Canadian citizen who had been travelling in the vehicle.The dead man has been identified as 87-year-old Brandis Kennedy, who had been visiting from Canada.The displaced SUV submerged under the Manari BridgeAccording to Police reports, pickup truck PKK 6060, owned and driven by 32-year-old Anthony Pillew of Bachelor’s Adventure, East Coast Demerara, was proceeding east along the Manari Trail at about 3:10hrs on Sunday when the incident occurred.Pillew reportedly lost control of his SUV while crossing the Manari Bridge, and the vehicle landed about 30 feet below the structure and then became submerged. Shortly after, passers-by removed the duo from the vehicle and rushed them to the Lethem Hospital.The Canadian citizen was pronounced dead on arrival at that medical institution, while Pillew was admitted and treated for abrasions.Kennedy’s body remains at the hospital’s mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. read more

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first_imgKeeping with the modern American capitalist tradition of upping the ante a little bit ever year, Walmart has turned “Cyber Monday” into “Cyber Week,” offering deals all week long, until the online stock on said products runs out–and judging from the mega-retailer’s site, the ploy is working. A number of products are already grayed out on Walmart.com.Walmart’s offering a number of pretty good looking deals on brand names, including Apple, Microsoft, Nintendo, RCA, and more. Check out some of the choice deals, after the jump. Xbox 360 Live Value Bundle From $249.00AdChoices广告 Apple iPod Touch 8GB, 32GB, and 64GB Bundle with Accessory Kit From $210RCA 42″ Plasma 720p 600Hz HDTV $419Fujifilm FinePix S1600 12MP Digital Camera Bundle $169Disney Cars 6V Mini Quad Ride-On $49.97Nintendo Wii Bundle $39.00last_img read more

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first_img Apr 27th 2017, 9:26 AM http://jrnl.ie/3360735 Police arrive at an abandoned building in Thailand. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE DISTRAUGHT THAI mother of a baby girl killed by her boyfriend in a murder he broadcast on Facebook Live has described the harrowing moment she stumbled across the video and rushed to alert police.The killing on Monday evening caused revulsion both in Thailand and around the world, sparking renewed debate about what can be done by social media giants to more quickly remove live broadcasts of violent crimes, suicides and murders.Jiranuch Trirat, a 22-year-old from Phuket, was left devastated after her boyfriend Wuttisan Wongtalay hanged their 11-month old daughter Natalie from the side of an abandoned building before taking his own life.He broadcast Natalie’s murder on Facebook Live, a video that Jiranuch came across that evening.“I was with my older brother and he was logging onto his Facebook,” she told AFP on from a Phuket temple where daily prayers were being held for Natalie ahead of her cremation on Saturday.He was scrolling down and suddenly we saw the live broadcast. I turned to take a look and saw him (Wuttisan) drop my daughter with the rope and I couldn’t continue to watch.The horrifying realisation of what was unfolding sparked a desperate search by relatives and police, with the bodies of Wuttisan and Natalie found just a few hours later.The murder video remained on Facebook for around 24 hours, prompting cries for the social network to move more swiftly to take down clips of grisly crimes and killings. Source: Reuters/YouTube‘I don’t blame Facebook’ But Jiranuch said she harboured no ill will towards Facebook.“I don’t blame Facebook. They are not part of the problem, we can choose to broadcast happiness or sadness,” she said.The family has been sleeping at the temple where Natalie’s coffin lies since her death to attend daily funeral prayers chanted by Buddhist monks and nuns.Natalie’s grandmother wept as she stood before a framed photograph of the infant wearing a red dress.“I will never see your smile again,” she said as she touched the photo, which was decorated with flowers and colourful lights.Natalie’s half-sister, a seven-year-old whose nickname is Chia, said she missed her younger sibling.“She was the cutest, with the biggest black eyes. When she was at home we would play together all the time,” she said. Chiranut Trairat, mother of the murdered 11-month-old baby girl. Source: AP/PA ImagesWhat prompted Wuttisan to carry out such a horrifying act remains a mystery.Jiranuch said the two frequently argued, particularly over her ex-husband with whom she has a son nicknamed Sanook — the Thai word for fun.“He often abused my son Sanook,” she said.But Wuttisan had always been kind to their daughter Natalie, she added, looking after her in the day while she took classes at a nearby school.As for what her boyfriend did, Jiranuch said:I forgive him because holding onto anger for a long time will not get my daughter back.The killing was the latest gruesome act to be filmed and published on Facebook.Last week Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg vowed to address the issue after a man in the US state of Ohio broadcast footage of himself shooting a stranger dead.The killer went on to fatally shoot himself after a massive manhunt and police chase.If you need to talk, contact:- Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org- Aware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)- Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email mary@pieta.ie (suicide, self-harm)- Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)- Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)© – AFP 2017Read: Woman ‘isn’t angry’ at people who shared Facebook video of her husband killing baby >Read: Thai man murders child and kills himself on Facebook Live > Short URL 45 Comments Image: Youtube/Reuterscenter_img Police arrive at an abandoned building in Thailand. Image: Youtube/Reuters Share95 Tweet Email Distraught Thai mother of baby killed on Facebook describes how she stumbled across video The 11-month-old girl was killed by her father. Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 9:26 AM 18,361 Views By AFPlast_img read more

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 6, 2017 – Providenciales – The Director of Ports advises traders, shipping agents and the general public that Seaports within the Turks and Caicos Islands (South Dock, Providenciales, South Dock, Grand Turk and Conch Ground, South Caicos) will be closed from 12:30 pm on Wednesday, September 6th 2017, until further notice.Persons and companies transacting business within Sea Ports should make efforts to conclude such matters in a timely manner to avoid any inconvenience.For more information:South Dock, Providenciales contact: Mr. Walter Hanchell, Senior Port Facility Security Officer 331-5588South Dock, Grand Turk contact: Mr. Keith Simons, Port Facility Security Officer 332-0214last_img read more

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first_imgClark/Vancouver Television will air KIRO TV’s live coverage of the Super Bowl celebration parade in Seattle from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday on Comcast Channel 21. The coverage will also be aired at www.cvtv.org.CVTV has an agreement with the Seattle TV station that allows it to broadcast its news programs, CVTV Manager Jim Demmon said Tuesday.last_img

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first_imgFirefighters who are members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will consult on proposals for a four-year pay deal, which includes a 2% pay increase in 2017.The pay deal, which has been proposed by the Fire and Rescue Services National Employers, features a 2% increase in basic pay from 1 July 2017, which includes continuing professional development payments. It also sets out a possible pay increase of 3% from 1 April 2018, which would form part of the 2017 pay settlement.The 2018 pay increase is dependent on whether the FBU can negotiate pay awards for 2018, 2019 and 2020 as part of an overall pay framework with the National Joint Council (NJC) for Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services. The NJU is the joint body that sets the pay, terms and conditions framework for uniformed employees in the UK’s fire service. Fire and rescue service pay is subject to collective bargaining through the NJC.FBU members are due to consider the current pay deal at local meetings. The union’s executive council will meet on 24 July 2017 to discuss the results of the member consultation.The FBU contends that the offer is inadequate, that any settlement payments for 2017 need to be paid within the same year, and that the pay offer does not take into account the increased workload of firefighters, for example in dealing with terror attacks.Matt Wrack, general secretary at the FBU, said: “Firefights have endured seven years of pay restraint imposed by the government. Their real wages are falling and our members are struggling to make ends meet. Firefighters have, in addition, taken on many new roles that are not being recognised in their pay.“This offer demonstrates that the 1% cap is dead in the water but the offer from our employers is simply not enough. It does not recognise the extra work firefights have been doing, it fails to address their falling living standards and, despite hints at improvements, does not make clear what they will be earning in future years. This offer lacks detail and credibility.”Councillor Nick Chard, spokesperson at the National Joint Council Employers Group, added: “We share the view of firefighters, and the unions, that they deserve to be paid more. At the start of this journey, we have offered a figure which is double that originally planned for in budgets. This will be very challenging for fire and rescue authorities who will need to consider how to fund this additional expenditure. But it is a clear sign of our commitment.“However, fire and rescue services have had to deal with significantly reduced finances over recent years. Therefore, in order to be able to apply further increases, we will need to urgently call upon governments across the UK, to provide funding which will enable us to do so and deliver change.BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy“We are firmly committed to ensuring higher levels of pay for firefighters as soon as possible, in the context of agreeing a deal on a new pay framework, which recognises fire authority and community needs around greater flexibility, and our shared aspirations in terms of increased pay for firefighters. We are happy to work with the FBU in doing so.”last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand has notified the Wilmington Middle School community of several recent acts of vandalism that “led to damage and destruction throughout the building.”Brand met with the Town Facilities Department, the School Resource Officer, and members of the Middle School’s administration last week to learn more about the situation and was “alarmed” by what he heard.“While I recognize that this year is soon to come to a close, and that this type of activity involves only a few students and not the majority, it is my belief that we cannot simply let this type of activity go unaddressed,” Brand wrote in a letter emailed to the school’s parents and guardians. “We must take the necessary steps and ensure that there is a clear understanding that this type of behavior is not acceptable within our educational community while, at the same time, reminding all students that everyone can play a role in their vigilance and in alerting staff when inappropriate student activity occurs.”Brand stressed that vandalism not only violates the school’s expectations for students, but is also a form of criminal activity (destruction of public property).“As a result, when any student violates these expectations and is found to be engaged in any type of activity that willfully damages the school facility, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken by the administration,” warned Brand. “Additionally, the involvement of our School Resource Officer may occur depending on the circumstances and appropriate financial restitution to replace/restore whatever has been damaged will also be expected.”Brand has asked staff and administrators to remind students of the school’s expectations around the respect for property and the consequences when these expectations are met. Brand also asked parents and guardians to spread this message.“Let me take this opportunity to ask for your assistance in ensuring that this similar message is shared with your child, and that they are reminded of the role that they can play as a member of this school community to either intervene themselves, or bring to the attention of a staff member any activity by a fellow student that is inappropriate and destructive,” said Brand.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security UpgradesIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”Wilmington Middle School Students Welcomed Back To School With Homeroom Changes, New ‘Launch Pad’In “Education”last_img read more

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first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHPFFA president Marty Lancton at the podium at Houston Fire Department press conference Monday morning, July 17, 2017.Houston Finance Director Tantri Emo said it could cost the city $295.8 million over three years if voters approve a proposed charter amendment granting firefighters pay parity with police officers of equivalent ranks. Houston City Council is set to decide August 8 whether to put the amendment before voters this November or at a later date. Share Emo told the council’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee that Houston is facing a $200 million deficit by fiscal year 2022. She said tying firefighter pay to police pay would more than double that gap.“This assumes there are no future pay raises for police over the next three years. So the reason why we use three years is…the current contract for police is now at three years,” Emo said.Under this scenario, Emo projected that granting pay parity would amount to an average 25 percent pay increase for firefighters in the first year. Houston firefighters received pay raises totaling 3 percent in fiscal year 2014. The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA), the union representing the firefighters, voted in June 2014 to reject a 4 percent pay increase as too small. This past January, the HPFFA likewise rejected a three-year 9.5 percent pay increase as insufficient.The union declined to testify at the committee hearing. In a letter to Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston City Council, HPFFA president Marty Lancton called the hearing “a cynical political stunt.” 00:00 /00:48center_img X Listen last_img read more

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