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Rodgers talks up CL record amid Arsenal rumours

first_imgTransfers Rodgers: I could do wonders with Arsenal… but I’m living the dream at Celtic Guy Atkinson 21:46 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Brendan Rodgers Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Premier League Premiership Celtic Arsène Wenger The Celtic boss believes his record in taking teams to the Champions League speaks for itself, but he is not tempted to leave Glasgow Brendan Rodgers has affirmed that he could succeed as Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal replacement, while remaining committed to life at Celtic.The Gunners boss’ position has become increasingly perilous following back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Manchester City in the last week with rumours rife that he will leave at the end of the season – a year before the end of his contract.If that does happen Rodgers is expected to be amongst the favourites to replace the Frenchman, who has been in charge of the north London club since 1996. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 45-year-old, however, has stressed that he is no hurry to leave the club he only joined in May 2016.Speaking to The Times, he said: “Arsenal is a great club with a great manager. People will look at it and see that, [when] I went to Liverpool, they were struggling for five seasons for Champions League football and I was able to get them back.”When I came to Celtic, they hadn’t been in the Champions League for three seasons and I got them back. So maybe people are thinking, OK, Arsenal have been out of the Champions League and that is maybe the equation for someone like myself.Preparing for #CELMOR .  Celtic Park pic.twitter.com/w6j1YD5sHA — Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) March 2, 2018 “However, I’m loving my life up here. I’m not going to be here forever but I’m living in a dream, although dreams always come to an end at some point, that’s for sure. I’m always relaxed about speculation but my focus is only on Celtic.”It’s a fantastic club, Arsenal, but they have a great manager. Unfortunately, the criticism Arsene takes is now the way in the modern game, modern football. That’s unfortunate because he has done so much for the British game.”He came in 20-odd years ago and revolutionised the game. And it’s disappointing and sad for another manager to see someone of that quality and who is held in such esteem have to go through that.”I love my professional life here, the challenges of managing, the expectations, the scrutiny that comes with Celtic. Like I say, I’m living the dream. As for the other stuff, you can’t control it so I don’t worry about it. It will always be the case at big clubs, especially if your results turn the other way.”last_img read more

At-Risk Youth Benefit From Skills Training

first_imgMore than 200 at-risk youths have completed a six month on-the-job training programme under the Citizen Security and Justice Programme II (CSJP II), in partnership with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The participants, who are from a total of 25 CSJP communities in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) and Montego Bay, provided skilled labour to the JDF in the areas of auto mechanic, furniture making, air conditioning (A/C) and refrigeration, carpentry, plumbing, mechanical maintenance, electrical installation, welding, general construction, tiling, masonry, and steel fixing. At an awards ceremony held at the JDF’s Technical Training Institute at Up Park Camp on December 19, Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, commended the participants for their achievement and encouraged them to make the best of the opportunities that come their way. He noted that the CSJP has been doing a tremendous job in positively impacting the lives of many at risk youths across Jamaica, by providing them with employment and educational opportunities. “The idea is to take at risk youth, the ones who the army or the police force might be confronting in a shoot out or be pursuing for some criminal offence, and divert those at risk youth into more constructive activities,” he said. Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson, also congratulated the participants on reaching this far, but advised them that this was only the beginning. “The road from here on will not be easy, but neither was the road before. But what you must realise is that if you push yourselves to achieve, you can do it,” he stated. He pointed out that the JDF is always willing to partner with and support organisations that are working for the development of Jamaica and its people.  “We (the JDF) would much prefer to engage with the nation’s youth in this sort of environment than in an environment where we are at odds with each other or in an internal security role. I think this sort of engagement makes it better for both of us, and so to that extent, it gave you an opportunity as interns to interact with the JDF. I hope that you have found that interaction interesting and uplifting and that it added something positive to your lives,” he stated.    In the meantime, Programme Manager, CSJP, Simeon Robinson, informed that the partnership with the JDF has been a success and has helped to transform the lives of many young people. He further noted that the CSJP was currently compiling another batch of participants for a second phase of the on-the-job training at the JDF. The training programme, which was funded by the CSJP at a sum of $43 million, aimed to address the issue of youth unemployment and delinquency by improving the social skills and employability of unattached youths. It also aimed to improve the relationship between the youths and the security forces. The interns were assigned to the engineering regiment of the JDF and were distributed across sites at Up Park Camp, and in Falmouth, Trelawny. Through strong guidance from the military, they provided a pool of skilled labour for the completion of selected projects across the regiment. CSJP, a programme of the National Security Ministry, seeks to contribute to crime and violence reduction in 50 volatile and vulnerable communities through the financing and implementation of prevention and strategic interventions to address identified individual, family and community risk factors.last_img read more

Budget 2013/2014

first_imgFinance Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips Presentation for 2013/2014 Budget: “Restoring Hope, Expanding Opportunities” DBJ to Provide $2 Billion for Micro and Small Business Sector No New Taxes DBJ Providing US$20 Million for ICT Expansion Gov’t Provides $94 Billion for Welfare and Development Assistance Government to Advance Programme to Modernise Public Financial Management Gov’t Lowers Debt Servicing Costs Final Negotiations Underway for Divestment of Wallenford Coffee Company Current Account Deficit Improves $1.1 Billion Expected from Agro Parks This Financial Year Reversal of Low Growth Objective of Reform Agenda – Finance Minister SLB Loan Repayments to be Deducted at Source Government to Begin Accepting Bids for Casinos on June One Several Tourism Properties Being Upgraded Some Public Sector Entities to be Merged Opposition Backs Agro Parks Project Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Budget Presentation 2013-2014: “Fuelling Our Own Growth” Thousands of Students to be Provided with Tablets Gov’t to Accept Bids for 115 MW Projects in June Energy Efficiency Project Drives Down Consumption at Jamaica House Gov’t to Keep Stake in Clarendon Alumina Partners Local Companies Urged to Bid for Contracts Under Energy Efficiency Project ALPART to Resume Operations Early 2016 OUR to Recommend Preferred Bidder for Power Plant in 30 Days PETCOM to be Divested Rural Electrification Programme to be Renamed Gov’t to Start Granting Electric Power Wheeling Licences July E-Government Initiative Moving Ahead More Energy Saving Devices Duty Free Prime Minister’s 2013-14 Budget Presentation ‘JAMAICA: Going for Growth and Development – Unleashing Our Potential’ 31,000 Public Sector Mortgagors to Benefit from NHT Refunds Government to Restart Inner City Renewal Programme CISOCA to be Relocated to Make Way for Housing UDC Being Repositioned Cheaper Energy Urgent Imperative of Growth Agenda – PM Task Force to Coordinate Rural Development Strategies Four Major Crime Fighting Bills for Parliament This Year UWI Principal to Lead Logistics Hub Coordinating Team Logistics Hub a Central Plank in Growth Strategy – PM Jamaicans at Centre of Transformation Process – PM Commission for Creative Industries to be Established $10.6 Million for Micro-Enterprises in NHT Schemes 250 Acres of Land Identified for Public Sector Housing Gov’t to Boost Provisions for Most Vulnerable CHEC to Invest US$1.5 Billion in Transshipment Port Closing Budget Debate Presentation by Minister of Finance, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips IMF Approves EFF for Jamaica Gov’t Delivers on Housing Promises Clarendon Alumina Partners No Cost on Budget – Finance Minister PM Outlines Strides Made by Government Government Spends $344 Million on Sports $360 Million Provided for Energy Efficiency Projects Finance Minister Calls for Opposition Input on Public Sector Transformation Gov’t Ready to Accept Proposals for Integrated Resorts Gov’t Will Not Tax Basic Foods – Dr. Phillips NDX Saves Gov’t $17 Billion in Payments Per Year on Domestic Bonds Opening of Sectoral Debate Parliamentary Year 2013/2014 37,000 Persons Benefit from JEEP CHEC to Invest US$1.5 Billion in Port and Other Facilities Local Contractors to Benefit from MIDP Land Transportation Authority to be Established Contribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by Mr. Andre Hylton, MP Budget Presentation 2013 Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon. Roger Clarke, MP Contribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by Raymond Pryce, MP Agriculture Minister Outlines Initiatives to Improve Service to the Sector Agriculture Ministry to Join with Tertiary Institutions on Research Project Work to Begin on Ferry to Linstead Highway in September Gov’t to Work with Pan-Caribbean to Increase Sugar Production Fish Sanctuaries Working Significant Production Activity Under Agro Park Project Inspection of Retail Outlets to be Increased to Tackle Praedial Larceny Fisheries Bill for Parliament this Fiscal Yearlast_img read more

BC Hydro tells Site C dam protesters to move it along or

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s being billed as another David versus Goliath battle for the environment.A small group of First Nations people in northern British Columbia hope to put a halt to a hydro mega project they say will have a huge impact on their way of life.Now the builders of the dam seems to be trying to crack down on the protests.APTN’s Tina House reports.last_img

European Central Bank holds firm despite weaker growth

FRANKFURT — The European Central Bank has kept its key interest rates and future policy views unchanged despite the worries about Brexit and trade wars stalking the eurozone and global economy.The bank’s 25-member governing council didn’t touch the wording of its brief policy statement promising rates will stay at record lows at least through the summer. The statement also says the bank won’t withdraw any of its stimulus from previous bond purchases until long after rates start going up.Bank president Mario Draghi said Jan. 15 that despite a recent weakening, the eurozone economy is “not heading towards a recession” and growth could last longer than expected. Investors are waiting to hear his updated view at a post-decision news conference.The Associated Press read more

Union warns Disney World fire department is understaffed

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Firefighters for Walt Disney World’s private government say they’re understaffed, and they say that poses a safety risk.Leaders of a union representing the firefighters say the problem is increasing as the 25,000-acre Florida theme park resort grows even bigger with the openings of a new Star Wars land, a new air-gondola system and even more hotel rooms.At any given moment, 32 Reedy Creek firefighters are working a shift on Disney World property.Timothy Stromsnes, who leads the local union for the Reedy Creek Professional Firefighters, says there should be at least 16 more firefighters on a shift.The administrator of Disney’s government, the Reedy Creek Improvement District, accuses the union of trying to negotiate its collective bargaining agreement in the media.John Classe says staffing levels are appropriate.Mike Schneider, The Associated Press read more

Crude oil settles above US50 a barrel for first time since July

TORONTO — The price of oil has settled above US$50 a barrel for the first time in nearly a year.The July benchmark contract for West Texas Intermediate crude closed Tuesday at US$50.36, an increase of 67 cents from the previous day.That’s the first time oil has settled above the US$50 mark since last July.TSX extends 9-month high as energy stocks rise with oilMore investors are putting money in the oilpatch as oil and gas equity financings spike in first quarter“$50 is a big psychological hurdle for crude oil, and it’s one that it’s been bumping up against for a couple of weeks now,” said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at CMC Markets Canada.“To see it break through is very encouraging and suggests that there is enough support to keep carrying crude oil higher.”In February, oil settled as low as US$26.21 a barrel.“It’s a pretty spectacular move in a fairly relatively short period of time,” Cieszynski said.Canada’s economy has been hit hard by a rapid and deep decline in global oil prices that began in late 2014.Crude prices have gradually risen in recent weeks due to several factors, including the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alta., which at one point may have taken out as much as half of Canada’s total oilsands production, according to some estimates. Those operations have gradually started to come back online.Militant attacks on pipeline infrastructure in Nigeria have also caused supply disruptions in the oil-producing country. read more

Air Canada seeking bank credit card partner for new loyalty program

MONTREAL — Air Canada says it is launching a search for a co-branded credit card partner for its new loyalty program.The Montreal-based airline says it will be inviting key financial institutions to participate in a request for proposals to join the launch of the program on July 1, 2020.Air Canada (TSX:AC) served notice in May that it plans to end its more than 30-year relationship with Aeroplan parent Aimia (TSX:AIM) when the current contract ends.Operating its own loyalty program is expected to deliver a pre-tax net present value of $2 billion to $2.5 billion over 15 years.The move was announced Tuesday ahead of the company’s annual investor day.Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu told analysts that the move is in line with other airlines that operate their own loyalty program.Aeroplan used to be a division of Air Canada before it was spun off during an IPO in 2008.Rovinescu said the move will generate financial returns and improve the value proposition for credit card users and partners.With international travel the most important reward, Air Canada said it can deliver what loyalty card members want through its extensive global network.“This makes us a highly desirable partner,” Rovinescu said.Air Canada also introduced new, financial targets between 2018 and 2020, including $2 billion to $3 billion in cumulative free cash flow.“With several years of record results and profitability…we’re confident in saying that we are on the right trajectory towards a sustainably profitable and investable company with an improved cost structure, improved debt rating, strong free cash flow and great prospects for the future,” Rovinescu said.He also pointed to the 3,000 per cent increase in Air Canada’s share price since early 2009.Doug Taylor of Canaccord Genuity says the loyalty card returns imply another $7 to $9 per share.“Air Canada remains our favoured way to play the Canadian airlines as we believe the company’s free cash flow ramp and its focus on deleveraging and margin expansion over the coming years will lead to multiple expansion and attract new investors,” he wrote in a report.Air Canada is also providing travel updates for customers who may be impacted by hurricane Maria, which is on track to hit many of the same areas of the Caribbean that were devastated by hurricane Irma. Updates can be found on AirCanada.com. read more

Czech President wants a Sri Lankan Embassy in Prague

Following  the Credential Ceremony Wijesekera met the President of the Czech Republic, Deputy Foreign Minister and Director of the Department of South Asia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chief of Protocol of the President Office and the Deputy Head of the Office of the President at the Brozik Room. The Director of the Political Department of the Foreign Ministry mentioned that Sri Lanka does not at present have Hony. Consul in Prague and urged that early steps be taken to appoint one.President Ziman also assured the Ambassador that the Czech Republic is favourable towards the European Union restoring the GSP concession to Sri Lanka. He also indicated interest in promoting cultural ties between the two countries particularly in the study of Buddhism. (Colombo Gazette) At the Discussion which followed President Miloz Ziman wanted his greetings conveyed to President Maithripala Sirisena and indicated that he hopes to visit Sri Lanka in the latter part of 2017 with a large business delegation in order to promote economic diplomacy. President of the Czech Republic Miloz Ziman has urged Sri Lanka to establish a Sri Lankan Embassy in Prague.Priyanee Wijesekera, Ambassador Designate of Sri Lanka to the Czech Republic presented her Credential to President Miloz Ziman at the office of the President in the Prague Castle. Ambassador Wijesekera acknowledged with appreciation the assistance given by the Czech Republic to Sri Lanka in the past.President Ziman also proposed that Sri Lanka should establish a Embassy in Prague particularly as there is much interest among Czech tourists in visiting Sri Lanka. read more

Humanitarian situation in Afghanistan remains critical UN officials say

Speaking at a UN press briefing in New York, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Carolyn McAskie said that the most difficult areas for humanitarian agencies to reach were in the south, but also around Mazar-i-Sharif and Kunduz in the north.There had been reasonable success, however, in increasing the humanitarian presence in certain key areas, she said. A good working relationship was established with the authorities in Kabul as negotiations continued for the return of internally displaced persons from the capital to areas outside the city.Meanwhile UN international staff have been given the green light to return to Bamiyan in central Afghanistan following a security assessment, a UN spokesman said today in Islamabad. The UN’s Regional Coordinator for Bamiyan was on his way to the area on Thursday, while a 17-member UN survey team to assess support requirements for a possible enhanced UN presence in the region arrived in Islamabad this morning.With much of northern Afghanistan in the grip of winter, UN relief officials today highlighted their concern at the suffering of internally displaced persons, especially children.At least one child and one adult are reportedly dead in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sari-Pul and four children in a camp in Mazar-i-Sharif, according to Hasan Ferdous, a spokesman for the UN Coordinator for Afghanistan. “Some surveys suggest that the nutritional condition of IDPs around Mazar-i-Sharif is quite serious,” he told reporters in Islamabad. “A significant number of people are suffering from severe to moderate malnutrition.”In other news, the rate of return from Iran to western Afghanistan is increasing in the past days, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) reported. Yesterday, a record 2,000 Afghans crossed the Dogharoun border and returned mainly to Herat, bringing to more than 24,000 refugees who have returned since the Taliban’s hold on Herat was broken on 12 November.The agency also appealed again to countries of asylum not to forcibly return refugees, noting that refugees have still been observed fleeing Afghanistan, especially from the southern and eastern parts of the country. More than 2,000 people fleeing for safety were still stranded in no-man’s land at the Chaman border on Wednesday. As for food delivery, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced that it started to use rail lines from Turkmenistan to ship food to a border town, where it will then be moved to trucks and despatched through Herat directly to provinces in the central west of Afghanistan.Over the next six days, 12,000 tonnes of food will be taken by rail to the border town for onward transhipment, WFP spokesman Lindsey Davies said, estimating that about 436,000 people needed food assistance in the two provinces.WFP has brought in almost half of the amount needed and will continue to give extremely high priority to food deliveries in these provinces by despatching food directly both from its warehouses in Herat and across the border from Turkmenabad, the spokesman said. read more

BlackBerry gets order for one million new smartphones from an unnamed buyer

BlackBerry gets order for one million new smartphones from an unnamed buyer by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13, 2013 4:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WATERLOO, Ont. – Shares of BlackBerry (TSX:BB) rose more than eight per cent on Wednesday after the company announced it has sold one million of its new smartphones to a mystery buyer.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company said an “established partner” made the purchase, though a spokeswoman for the company said confidentiality reasons prevent it from revealing the identity.The former Research In Motion said shipments of the phones will start immediately.“An order for one million devices is a tremendous vote of confidence in BlackBerry 10,” said Rick Costanzo, executive vice president of global sales at BlackBerry.It’s the first time the smartphone maker has revealed sales data for its new devices.Chief executive Thorsten Heins has said the new BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen phone is selling better than the company expected, while Canadian carrier Bell (TSX:BCE) said last month that pre-orders broke its previous records for BlackBerry.The phone hit stores in Canada and the United Kingdom in February, with several other international markets following soon after.Meanwhile, the U.S. rollout of the device continues as another carrier announced when it would carry the new touchscreen devices. Verizon Wireless says it will begin stocking the BlackBerry Z10 on March 28, with pre-orders starting on Thursday.Earlier this week AT&T announced it would begin to offer the phone on March 22, while T-Mobile expects to carry the BlackBerry device for its business customers as early as the end of this week, though it did not provide details on the availability for non-business customers.A keypad version of the phone, dubbed the BlackBerry Q10, is expected this spring though an official date hasn’t been announced.BlackBerry will report its fourth-quarter earnings on March 28.Shares in the company closed up $1.21 at $16.04 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Numbers on energy industry growth climate commitments dont add up report

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 2, 2016 12:29 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Numbers on energy industry growth, climate commitments don’t add up: report EDMONTON – Canada can’t reach growth projections for the energy industry as well as meet its greenhouse gas commitments without damaging the rest of the economy, a study suggests.David Hughes, former research director at the Geological Survey of Canada, says other industries will have to reduce emissions by huge margins if Canada tries to expand oilsands and LNG exports while living up to the climate change promises it made in Paris.“If you factor in the expansion that’s planned in oil and gas production, it’s pretty difficult to see how you can cut the rest of the economy’s emissions by 55 per cent without destroying the economy in the process,” he said.Hughes, who did the study for the University of Victoria, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute, also questions whether Canada needs new pipelines to move oilsands products to coastal terminals to get the best price for them.An industry spokesman said Hughes relied on out-of-date information and didn’t account for innovation.Hughes combined National Energy Board growth projections with the Alberta government’s cap on oilsands emissions and British Columbia’s plans for up to five new liquefied natural gas terminals to determine how much greenhouse gas the sector would release.He compared that with targets Canada agreed to at the Paris climate summit last December. The government promised a 30 per cent reduction from 2005 levels by 2030.Hughes found that the energy industry’s share of Canada’s total emissions would double to 52 from 26 per cent. That means other parts of the economy would have to pick up the slack.More than three-quarters of electrical generation is already emissions-free. Switching Canada’s stock of cars, trucks, homes and offices to low-carbon alternatives is expensive and would take decades.Extra emissions cuts from manufacturing or agriculture would have its own economic impacts.“Barring an economic collapse, therefore, Canada will have to reconsider its planned oil and gas production growth and demand real emissions reductions from the oil and gas sector in order to have any hope of meeting its … commitment,” Hughes writes.Alex Ferguson, a vice-president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said technological change in the oilsands is likely to prove Hughes’s assumptions wrong.“You’re going to see something in the next three, four, five years or so in terms of proving some of that out,” he said. “We, collectively, need to make a conscious bet that technology is going to help us in this challenge.”Hughes also argues against the need for new pipelines.He assumed oilsands production will be limited by Alberta’s 100-megatonne emissions cap and compared that with industry figures on pipeline and rail capacity. He found current infrastructure meets needs with a 15 per cent cushion.As well, the difference between the world oil price and what Alberta gets has been shrinking and was barely a dollar a barrel on Wednesday.“The reason for (the price differential) has been eliminated, so it’s unlikely that differential will resume.”Ferguson disputed both statements.Upcoming estimates of oil production will clearly show new pipelines are needed, he said.“What you’ll see from us soon is more up-to-date information and data that would certainly tell us we need more pipeline capacity.”As well, he said, a pipeline to the coast would allow Canada to take advantage of markets specifically looking for heavier crude.The International Energy Agency says the world will still need 67 million barrels of oil a day by 2040.“Why wouldn’t we want Canada to have a reasonable share of that demand?” Ferguson asked.Hughes agreed oil will be in the energy mix for a long time. The point, he said, is that Canada faces tough choices and serious challenges.“Industry will probably say there will be a silver-bullet solution. I think it’s unlikely and we better do the math with the figures we have and put that long-term plan together.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 read more

Legal pot may breathe life into small Canadian towns hit by resource

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2017 5:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Legal pot may breathe life into small Canadian towns hit by resource losses DUNCAN, B.C. – In a tree-nestled First Nation community on Vancouver Island, forestry and farming used to be the major industries that kept the economy humming and put food on families’ tables.But members of the Cowichan Tribes, like people from so many small and rural towns in Canada, have seen jobs driven elsewhere through dramatic changes to those sectors.So when a medical marijuana company moved next door, Chief William Seymour saw an opportunity for his members to get good jobs and stay in the area.“It’s their home. It is hard for any First Nation, doesn’t matter where you go, when they grow up in their own community. Having to move is always a huge thing,” he said.Harvest One Cannabis Inc.’s grow facility is located on land owned by the Cowichan Tribes just outside Duncan, B.C. The company hopes to employ members of the First Nation once it completes a $9-million expansion, and the band is offering to pay for training courses to get prospective workers up to speed.Across Canada, medical marijuana companies have begun ramping up production capacity and staff levels in anticipation of legalization of recreational cannabis on July 1, 2018. The companies need space — and lots of it — to grow thousands of plants, making rural areas or former manufacturing towns a natural fit for their operations.Canopy Growth Corp., Canada’s largest pot producer, transformed a vacant Hershey chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, Ont., into a grow facility that largely employs locals. In Alberta, suffering since the oil-price crash, Aurora Cannabis Inc. is building a nearly 75,000-square-metre production plant in Leduc, while Invictus MD has moved into the tiny hamlet of Peers.British Columbia’s Cowichan Valley, which includes Duncan, is an example of a region that’s been supportive of the cannabis industry, said Graham Whitmarsh, chief operating officer of Harvest One and a former industry consultant who once worked on projects in the province’s Interior, including Merritt.“There’s a (type) of community where I think this fits well, especially those that may have historically relied on the logging industry,” said Whitmarsh, a former deputy minister in B.C.’s previous Liberal government. “Merritt is a good example. A major sawmill closed down there just a couple of years ago.“This is an entirely new business. It’s going to grow to be something substantial at the end of the day and it’s not dependent on the local resources, so the communities are a good fit.”Some laid-off resource workers are looking forward to legalization. Sixty-year-old Arnold Meyer worked at the Tolko mill in Merritt for 40 years before receiving a pink slip last December. Standing outside the shuttered mill in May, as Premier John Horgan made a campaign stop, Meyer said he was still looking for work.“It’s OK, pot’s going to be legal soon,” Meyer said, adding he’s hopeful a large cannabis company will move to the community.In U.S. jurisdictions that have legalized recreational marijuana, some small towns have reaped the benefits. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported the town of Sedgwick was on the verge of collapse before it allowed cannabis dispensaries to open in 2012, and it has since used the tax revenue to rebuild crumbling infrastructure.Across the country in Adelanto, Calif., commercial marijuana growing ignited a land rush that prompted home values to skyrocket, LA Weekly reported. And on Friday, marijuana company American Green Inc. announced it planned to buy the entire town of Nipton, Calif., for $5 million and transform it into an “energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination.”But Lewis Koski, a consultant who was formerly director of Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division, advised caution to Canadian municipalities hoping to cash in on legal cannabis.He said in Colorado, the only tax that’s levied on cultivation goes entirely into state coffers and it’s not until tax is collected at the retail point of sale that a shareback goes to local jurisdictions. Municipalities may be able to create their own cultivation taxes, but that would harm their competitiveness, he said.Further, the $500-million in tax and fee revenue collected by the state since 2014 is less than one per cent of the state’s budget and most of it has gone back into cannabis enforcement and education, he said.But he said there has been statewide job growth, with about 30,000 people licensed to work in the cannabis industry. That figure doesn’t necessarily include people peripherally employed by the sector, including construction workers, plumbers, electricians, lawyers, accountants and consultants.Still, some experts remain skeptical.Prof. Werner Antweiler of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business said he expects legalization to create few new jobs, but it probably will move some illegal jobs into the legal economy.“I seriously doubt that small towns in particular would benefit from cannabis legalization,” he said.“The point to keep in mind is that marijuana legalization is not an employment policy. The main focus is on taking this business out of the hands of gangs, regulating and safeguarding supply, and influencing demand in order to reduce negative health outcomes.”— By Laura Kane in Vancouver, with files from The Associated Press. read more

Commentary Covering mens tennis shows hope in otherwise scandalridden sports world

Stop what you are doing. Turn on ESPN. What do you see? A slew of NCAA sanctions, fake girlfriends, falsification of academic records and abusive coaches chucking basketballs at players’ heads floods the screen. It is enough to make even the most extreme college sports fan sit down and do some soul-searching about the future of their fandom. Admittedly, I myself fell victim to this epidemic. A lifelong college sports die-hard, I had to actively avoid watching collegiate sports through the lens of a bitter skeptic – just waiting for the next story to break that sends the program, the player or the coach toppling. The sanctity of college sports for me was dying, and dying fast. Fortunately, the road back to the former glory of my fandom began this semester, although it started off with Ohio State redshirt junior Peter Kobelt almost hospitalizing me with a 130 mph tennis serve. When I was assigned to write for the OSU men’s tennis team for The Lantern at the start of Spring Semester, I fought mixed feelings. I was excited to be steering clear of football and basketball, hopefully sparing myself from the possibility of uncovering anything that would crush the remaining Buckeye fan in me, but I was nervous to be covering a sport that I knew as much about as my seventh grade gym class had taught me. My first day on the job consisted of getting lost on the way to a building I’d never heard of and arrived 20 minutes late. Flustered, I entered practice, and was greeted by Kobelt’s serve grazing my right arm. This game was already much more intense than I had expected. My first interview that day with coach Ty Tucker was ill-prepared and probably full of questions that a seventh grade student in gym class would ask about the game of tennis. I wonder why. Honestly, it’s nothing short of a miracle that the team entrusted me to report on their season after that day. More than three months later, the tennis team is in the tail end of its regular season. As a sports reporter, I have grown immensely during that time. I now can say with confidence that I can accurately comprehend the scoreboard at a tennis match. But I’ve also learned a few other things. The players on the OSU men’s tennis team love what they do, and they do it well: Tucker has coached the Buckeyes to seven consecutive Big Ten regular season titles, six more Big Ten tournament crowns and a decade-long home win streak (which, by the way, is the longest home win streak in NCAA sports), and has barely made a peep about it. If I were not badgering him with questions all semester long, I am pretty sure he would not talk about it at all. The humility he emulates trickles down to his players. These guys are here to play tennis, and it shows. The players love each other, too: It took me a while to realize, but the tennis team is comprised of the most random assortment of players ever. There are four international players on the 11-man roster. To the naked, untrained eye, you would think the men had known each other their entire lives, and not just during their time at OSU. Their chemistry off the court is equally, if not more obvious and impressive, than when they are on the court. The players use their game to capture what’s special about collegiate sports: This is my favorite part. On Friday, when the team captured its 164th straight home victory and officially went 10 years without a home loss, the celebration that followed was what many would consider uneventful. There was no confetti falling from the ceiling or camera flashbulbs firing, but what there was were a group a college kids running around, laughing and throwing arms around each other while their head coach smirked at them off to the side. Several fans cheered in the bleachers, but they were mostly parents of players. The energy in the room, though, was contagious – even palpable. The players were ecstatic, and they didn’t need a fat paycheck or swarm of media attention to evoke it. Maybe it’s just me, but that’s what a college sports team should be at its core. It’s what I now believe many teams at many schools across the country must look like. It just took a lesser-publicized sport, men’s tennis, to remind me of that. Consider my faith in college athletics restored. read more

Truck topples into Princes Street Canal

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinibus, taxi collide on Mandela Avenue – bus ends up in trenchJanuary 8, 2017In “Local News”One year jail for man who stole pigMarch 4, 2014In “Crime”Car ends up in trench, after colliding with minibusSeptember 8, 2013In “Local News” The driver of a heavy-duty truck was extremely lucky to emerge unscathed after his vehicle toppled into the Princes Street Canal on Sunday afternoon, breaking a pipeline and leaving scores without water.According to residents, the driver swerved to avoid an oncoming car and ended up in the trench near 17-17 Princes Street around 12:00hrs, partly as a result of the degraded road shoulder.They say the road shoulder was almost non-existent after desilting and other drainage works were done in the area.The truck was pulled from the trench later that afternoon. read more

Schedule of 45th tournament in Struga

18;45 Opening ceremony19:30 Chartres-Struga 21:15 Besiktas-AlingsasSunday – 13.8.2017 19;00 Metalurg-Struga 20:45 Alingsas-OhridTuesday – 15.8.2017 ← Previous Story TOP European teams want to cooperate with IMG in upcoming years Next Story → Luka Sebetic to Tremblay – Mario Vuglac is back to PPD Zagreb! 19:00 Besiktas-Ohrid 20:45 Metalurg-ChartresMonday – 14.8.2017 18;00 Fifth place match 19:45 Third place match21;30 FINAL The 45th edition of the friendly tournament with one of the longest tradition in Europe, will be held in Macedonian city of Struga between August 12 and 15. The reigning champions coming from France, Chartres, while the biggest rivals will be domestic RK Metalurg Skopje, Swedish vice-champions Alingsas and Turkish best team Besiktas Mogaz.The last two participants are domestic RK Ohrid and RK Struga.Here is the schedule:Saturday – 12.8.2017 read more

It doesnt have to be like this Micheál Martin outlines the Fianna

first_imgRead: Call for government to be allowed shut down social media sites rejected by Fianna FáilRow: ‘Hogan has some nerve, I don’t take any lectures from him’: Martin hits back in gerrymander row MICHEÁL MARTIN HAS told delegates at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis that there is an alternative to the policies being implemented by the government, hitting out at the coalition, and indicating his party will oppose plans for universal health insurance.In the wide-ranging speech to delegates at the INEC, the Fianna Fáil leader outlined the detrimental effect that the government’s policies are having on the elderly and put forward proposals for a National Mental Health Authority, similar to the Road Safety Authority, to tackle the problem of self-harm and suicide.He criticised the government’s plans in relation to universal health insurance, saying Fianna Fáil favours a public health system and will oppose privatisation plans. This is the first time any party has explicitly opposed UHI.Martin said that the government is introducing a series of “stealth taxes” that “hide the effective tax rates we pay” and said that the political system has been “entirely unreformed.”On the ongoing row involving the Garda Commissioner, Martin said that the fact that Justice Minister Alan Shatter could not apologise to two garda whistleblower showed “there’s something very wrong”.Opening his speech, Martin told delegates: “Every time they are challenged they say ‘there is no alternative’. Well they are wrong. It doesn’t have to be like this.”He said that it was vital that the economy service society and not the other way around. Thank you for the spirit we have seen at the 75th Árd Fheis of Fianna Fáil, the Republican Party.It’s very easy for politicians to focus on what they hear in Leinster House or from government press releases. That’s a world which is completely removed from the reality of people’s lives.The endless spinning of statistics and non-stop campaigning is ignoring a much harder truth. This is the truth of an Irish public losing faith in the ability of politics to have a real vision for the future.The Irish people know some things are improving but there is a two-tiered recovery underway. Some are moving ahead but many are being left behind.Let no one be in any doubt why this matters.A two-tiered recovery will deliver us a society which is more unequal, limits opportunity and will result in an ever-rising burden falling on already squeezed families.This is not happening by chance – it stems directly from the choices being made by this government.Choices such as taxes which take no account of ability to pay, cuts targeted directly at the elderly and children with special needs, and a refusal to tackle mounting social and economic problems.Every single study carried out in the last three years has confirmed that this government’s policies are deeply unfair and are setting the foundations for long-term problems.What’s more, they are holding the economy back because they are failing to give everyone the opportunity to play a part in achieving recovery.This is the reality of the government’s priorities.Every time they are challenged they say “there is no alternative”.Well they are wrong.It doesn’t have to be like this.Now is the time to decide what sort of an Ireland we want to build.For our part, Fianna Fáil is absolutely clear – we believe in an Ireland which delivers opportunity and fairness for all its citizens.An Ireland which is a developed European democracy, answerable to its citizens and delivering services which provide decent supports for those who need them.We want a country which values enterprise as the driver of a strong economy. Nothing can be achieved without this.The vital thing is that the economy must serve society – not the other way around.Margaret Thatcher once said that she didn’t believe in society.Well we do – and we believe in a politics which works for a decent, strong society and an economy which supports it.In such a society, there is no greater responsibility than supporting the elderly to live as full a life as they can. It is absolutely right that they should receive a priority – and the ongoing attacks on support schemes for the elderly have to end.It’s not true that the core incomes of the elderly have been protected; it’s exactly the opposite which is happening.The phone allowance has been abolished. Fuel allowances, as well as vital care services, have been cut severely.At the same time extra charges have hit the elderly, with the €25 a month prescription charge directly falling on those most in need.A decent society should stop the current attack on the pension entitlements of many women.A decent society should give a guarantee of basic services and supports to its older citizens.We all know that helping children as early as possible in life is the key to giving them a chance to fulfill their potential. There has been progress in the last decade, but parents everywhere complain about how difficult services are to access.Families are simply waiting too long and struggling too hard to access essential therapies which their children need.We must create far more early intervention teams, drawn from across the full range of education and health disciplines.They should work together on the same school campuses – sharing information, reducing waiting times and delivering the best possible support for the child.This is how we can end the isolation felt by families and deliver on the promise of opportunity and fairness for all our children.At the heart of a strong society are strong communities.For them to have a secure future they need to have essential facilities. They need schools, basic postal and banking services and they need Gardaí who know the area and its people.If we value communities then we have to guarantee these core community services.We have to complete the work of regenerating the most disadvantaged parts of our cities and provincial towns. In addition we have to create a new vision for our rural communities. These are not contradictory goals – they should be fundamental to a republican form of government.Society also has a duty to guarantee a quality and accessible health service.This demands a long-term commitment to supporting a genuine public health system. A system which provides a guarantee of core services.This would include extending ‘Breastcheck’ to all women, and ending the attack on Discretionary Medical Cards held by people with chronic diseases and children with special needs.Above all, we believe in a public health system and we will oppose the plan to privatise it.We also believe that it’s time to recognise society-wide public health problems – and make a genuine national commitment to tackle them.Mental health issues continue to have a devastating impact on our society. The Ireland we want to build must commit itself to an all-out effort to help people and reduce the number of cases which end up in self-harm and suicide.In doing this we can learn from initiatives that have worked well in our country.Since we established the Road Safety Authority it has helped halve deaths on our roads. That’s more than 200 people a year whose lives are being saved.I believe we can do the same in the field of mental health. That’s why we are proposing the establishment of a National Mental Health Authority to be charged with leading an all-out national programme to promote positive attitudes to mental health and to reduce the incidence of self-harm and suicide.When we accept there is a national problem and agree to work together we can achieve big things.10 years ago here in Killarney you the members of Fianna Fáil gave a powerful endorsement to the smoking ban.Ireland became the first country in the world to implement this huge step forward for public health. The latest independent report shows that almost 4,000 people are alive today because of this policy.That’s something everyone in this country has a right to be proud of.Let’s learn from this and become the party that campaigns for other radical public health measures to enhance the health of future generations.For example, alcohol abuse and childhood obesity are issues of the same magnitude and scale.They have a huge social and economic impact throughout our society and they need to be tackled with the same focus, priority and ambition.We need an economy which is built on secure foundations and gives everyone the opportunity to have a decent job and standard of living.This can’t be achieved with public relations or hoping that a few rising boats will lift everyone.We have to say now and with force that we do not want an economy where many are left behind with no work or in poorly paid and insecure jobs.An economy which provides secure opportunity for all has to deliver on key issues.Sound public finances are not an option they are essential. This doesn’t mean there are no other choices to be made. And the biggest thing we need now is a new fairness in how we raise the money to fund government.At the heart of rising public anger at the raft of new taxes and charges is just how unfair they are.No matter what your income is, what pressures you are dealing with, you get the same bill.This year the property tax has been doubled.And it can’t be right that next year it will go up again in line with the property market which has absolutely no connection to people’s ability to pay.In 7 months’ time water charges will hit. Everyone will pay but exactly how much will be secret until after the local elections – another cynical political ploy.What we know already is that before a cent is spent on improving services, you will have to pay for the €180 million establishment costs of Irish Water, its consultancies and its bonus culture.This government is pushing a new approach to funding our state. The tax rates announced on Budget day no longer have any relation to the taxes a family pays. Infact, by using crude stealth taxes, government is trying to hide the effective tax rates we pay.Our core principle is that all taxation should be based on the ability to pay.When it comes to costs imposed on families, taxes and charges are only one part of the story. Gas, electricity, telephone and many other bills are set by the state through regulators.This process is supposed to protect the public’s interest, but the bills faced by Irish families are rising fast even though they are already higher than in most of Europe.In just one example, the ESB has made €415 million in profits while putting up prices by 7%.It’s time to stop this. We need a new and more accountable approach to how regulators work and how they set prices paid by consumers.Building a strong and inclusive economy also demands that people have financial security – and this cannot be done without a permanent solution to huge levels of mortgage and household debt.The economic and social costs of this debt are mounting. As well as those who are meeting payments by cutting spending to the bone, almost 100,000 families are in significant arrears.Yet all the focus has been on getting the banks back into the stock market. They’ve been given control and it’s no surprise that they’ve been doing as little as possible and as late as possible.There needs to be an Independent Debt Resolution Office which will deal with these issues. A fundamental principle of policy must be to ensure that families are kept in their homes.A strong economy which provides opportunity for all needs strong small and medium-sized businesses. They already employ over 800,000 people. They have to be at the centre of policy.Go to any high-street in the country and you see that small businesses are under immense pressure. They are being starved of the credit they need to protect and grow employment.We’ve published a detailed series of proposals for turning the state into an active enabler of small business.These include the creation of a specific Business Bank which would have as its core function the support of small and medium sized enterprise.Education is essential to every element of our social and economic future.We must keep modernising our curriculum and our schools.In the last decade a combination of investment and the skills of our teachers delivered a sustained reduction in early-school leaving, literacy rates ahead of most European countries and a wide range of new courses.Co-operation and consultation are values we want our children to learn in school – and they are values which should guide everyone in our education system. If we can demand this of teenagers sitting the Junior Cert then we can demand it of the Minister proposing to abolish it.If we want a strong economy which delivers opportunity for all we cannot sit back and wait for what happens, we have to shape the future and this means investment in education and research.This has delivered for our country in the past – and it can deliver much more in the future.All major job announcements stem directly from investment in research and education.Companies like Intel, Facebook and Medtronic are here because of the people and ideas this investment has supported.Not everyone can or wants to work in high-tech areas, but they provide the vital foundation for wider employment.Ireland can be a leader in generating new ideas, new products and even new industries. In our universities and colleges throughout the country teams are shaping the future of the internet, creating devices to radically improve medical treatments and many other world-leading initiatives.There’s huge potential out there and we’re going to show how to unlock it when we publish our proposal for using research and innovation to shape a strong economic future for our country.Government is not and never will be the main creator of jobs – but the policies we’ve set out would give new hope for growth based on good jobs and benefiting all areas of the country.Everything I’ve said tonight about setting an economic and social vision for the future depends on a political system which is fit for purpose – and this we do not have.The political system remains almost entirely unreformed. None of the critical weaknesses exposed in recent years have been addressed – in fact many things are worse. We have one of the least effective parliaments in Europe and a government which absolutely refuses to be accountable or open.When a Minister for Justice can refuse to apologise for falsely attacking members of the Gardaí and still keeps his job, there’s something very wrong.We don’t just need reform of politics, we need a profound reform of every element of how the state works to legislate and govern.We’ve published a detailed plan to make our political system more expert, more open and more effective. This includes allowing experts in key fields to serve as Ministers, ending the government’s stranglehold on Dáil business and reforming the Seanad to make it directly elected by the people.As the people said in last year’s referendum, they want real reform and that is what this party is committed to.A first step in delivering reform is to elect people in May who will get local authorities working with their communities – and to elect MEPs who want a Europe which does more to help its citizens.We are putting before the people a balanced team of trusted representatives and new faces, with over 35%of our candidates running for office for the very first time.Táid ann a chaitheann le háit na gaeilge i saol Náisiúnta na hÉireann mar iarsma stairiúil.Ní fhéad faidís a bheith níos faide ón bhfírinne. Seo ré le beatha agus fuinneamh nua i ndán don teanga.Sa lá atá inniu ann, tá níos mó ná caoga míle duine óg ag fáil oideachais trí mheán na gaeilge i scoileanna timpeall na tíre. Ba chóir go mbeidís agus na teaghlaigh lena mbaineann siad, in ann gnó a dhéanamh leis an gcóras stáit sa teanga inar tógadh iad.Is bunphrionsabal daonlathach chearta daonna é agus is cuid bhunúsach d`fhorbairt shochaí a léiríonn meas ar chultúr a muintire.A chairde, nuair a bhíonn ar an gCoimisinéir Teanga cinneadh a dhéanamh gur chóir dó éirí as oifig mar agóid, tá rud éigin ar strae ar fad maidir le polasaí an rialtais.Beidh Fianna Fáil ag troid agus ag seasamh an fhóid i gcoinne mheath agus lagú cearta bunúsacha teanga atá ag saoranáigh na tíre seo i ngach cuid den oileán.Fianna Fáil believes that building a lasting peace and reconciliation, and ultimately unity, on this island must be a core objective for our future.There has been huge progress, but nothing can be taken for granted.The people of this island, North and South agreed ashared future and we must never allow a slip backwards towards a conflict which killed thousands and inflicted wounds which are still raw.The detachment of the British and Irish governments from issues to do with Northern Ireland is doing real damage.The potential for economic development and improved public services hasn’t even begun to be grasped – in Dublin, London or in Belfast.For too long people demanded barriers between communities north and south. Now they want to build links. It’s a disgrace that projects like the Narrow Water Bridge are not going ahead due to government inaction.As a republican party we believe in equality between all citizens. No party can match our record for enacting progressive equality legislation. But this work is not finished.We believe in showing respect and allowing dignity – especially in recognising the rights of groups who have historically suffered discrimination.If two people want to make the profound and loving commitment that is involved in getting married then we must support them – irrespective of the gender of their chosen partner.Fianna Fáil is absolutely clear on where it stands. We are a progressive republican party. We believe in a society which enables people to succeed and which supports them when they are in need.We are committed to a politics which learns from the past – both the successes and the failures – but which is focused on the needs of today and the years ahead.Ireland is at a defining moment.While there are big challenges facing our country never forget that we have done it before.We overcame incredible odds to win our independence. We created what is now one of the world’s oldest democracies.We have opened up education, become a leader in global industries and built vital links within our country and to the wider world.If the government’s policies continue it will leave us a more divided, unfair and unsuccessful country.There are key choices to be made and our choices are clear.We are for a state financed by fairer taxation.For supporting business to create jobsFor a public health service based on clinical needs.For investing in the future by supporting Education at all levels.For supporting the elderly.For real reform.For a decent society supported by a strong economy.Opportunity and fairness, this is what Fianna Fáil will work every day to deliver for the Irish people.center_img “Margaret Thatcher once said that she didn’t believe in society. Well we do – and we believe in a politics which works for a decent, strong society and an economy which supports it,” he said.The Cork South-Central TD  reiterated the party’s call for an Independent Debt Resolution Office to deal with the mortgage arrears crisis and said the government needs to be an “active enabler of small businesses”, outlining his own party’s proposals in the area, including the creation of a specific business bank to support SMEs.He said that as Fianna Fáil is “a republican party” it believes in equality for all of its citizens, saying the party supports same-sex marriage.“If two people want to make the profound and loving commitment that is involved in getting married then we must support them – irrespective of the gender of their chosen partner,” Martin added.Read the speech in full:last_img

Motion Simulation offers 180degree display gaming cockpit for 18000

first_imgIf you’re serious about PC gaming or productivity, chances are you have multiple displays hooked up to your rig. It works great, but for gaming in particular the break between the end of one display and the start of the next can be a bit jarring to the overall experience.That’s why when the Ostendo curved display appeared in 2009 I got a little bit excited. I haven’t heard much about that $6,500 screen since, though. More recently we saw The Gadget Show create the ultimate Battlefield 3 simulator, and I doubt it will ever be outdone in terms of overall experience, but is totally impractical for a home setting.Now we have a new game enhancement product to present for gamers with a lot of money burning a hole in their pocket. It’s called the TL1 Simulator from Motion Simulation, and it promises to totally immerse you in your game of choice while adding a futuristic-looking cockpit to a room of your home.The video above gives you a player’s eye view of what the cockpit is like. Motion Simulation are aiming it at racing, flight simulator, and first-person shooter fans, and you can see why. That 180-degree wraparound screen promises total immersion using a projection unit and is combined with a seat that can be adjusted to variable driving positions to suit the type of car or aircraft you are flying.Unfortunately, there’s no mention of seat vibration or force-feedback, which makes the $18,000 price tag seem even more expensive. However, you can hook up a PC, PS3, or Xbox 360 to the system making it quite versatile in terms of the games you can play. The seat without the display is also meant to be available for a much lower price in the near future, but for me it’s the wraparound display that makes this a desirable bit of kit.Read more at Motion Simulationlast_img read more

Two robbery suspects arrested in Five Corners following police chase

first_imgPolice chased two people suspected in an assault and robbery at a Portland convenience store into Clark County’s Five Corners area Tuesday afternoon, arresting both.According to the Portland Police Bureau, officers were called to a Northeast Portland 7-Eleven around 11:40 a.m. for a report of an assault and brandishing of a firearm.The officers spoke to a witness and victim, who said a male suspect entered the store, obtained several items, brandished a gun and assaulted a young customer.The suspect then left in a black Toyota Tacoma truck, the two told police. Another witness reported seeing the pickup, and that the driver threw something at the witness’s car. Other officers spotted the suspect vehicle elsewhere in Portland, and attempted to stop it. The driver wouldn’t stop, according to the police, and the department’s aircraft tracked the truck as it headed into Clark County.Clark County sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle, at which point the driver pulled over. The driver and a passenger, a man and a woman, then got out and ran. Both were arrested.last_img read more

STAKEHOLDERS CONCLUDE FORUM ON BANNING OF FGM

first_imgBy Aja Musu Bah DaffehThe Young People of the Media (YPM) held a two day stakeholders forum on banning of FGM at NaNA Conference Hall whcih concluded on the 31st of December, 2016. The objective of the forum was to sensitise on the eradication of the harmful practice of FGM with the theme “Accelerating our collective effective efforts in Ending FGM in our Generation”.Fatou E. Muloshi, the vice president of YPM, who also doubles as the chairperson of the program, said the forum is part of the activities under the YPM TGG grant agreement which is a grant geared towards ending FGM and GBV.She noted that YPM, over the years, as a child led organization, has been embarking on series of activities to effect positive change in the lives of children noting that this been done through effective child participation on issues affecting their wellbeing while using the media to disseminate information and advocate for children’s rights and protection issues.Muloshi asserted that the forum is to help activists in their fight against the harmful practices in order to become better equipped with information and understanding of the laws relating to FGM.Mr. Abdou Jatta, the Executive Coordinator YPM, said the forum has come at a right time, one year down the line after the presidential pronouncement on the banning of FGM and amendments of anti FGM laws on the Women’s Act 2005. “Due to the cultural sensitivity surrounding FGM, discussing it in homes and communities used to be a taboo, today the issue has become a household word in the Gambia. This is a big achievement which is as a result of rigorous advocacy, social mobilization, sensitization etc. As advocates we should not be complacent in our efforts to end FGM just because it has been banned, instead we need to redouble effort and use the best practices and lessons learnt from our previous interventions to introduce more innovative approaches which will speed up the total abandonment of FGM in the Gambia,” Mr. Jatta noted.He continued that FGM has a barrier to girl’s education, as young girls drop out from school to get married which impacts negatively on the community as whole and on the well-being of future generations noting that YPM and its strategic partners such as UNICEF, TGG, MoBSE, FAWEGAM, DSW,CPA, NWGBV seeks to promote the implementation of these children’s Act 2005 and the Trafficking in persons Act 2007.The Program Officer for the Girl Generation, Musu Bakoto Sawo Ceesay, said the girl generation is a global body that supports efforts to end FGM in The Gambia and to ensure positive change that can sensitise parents on the side effects of FGM to enable them to cease the mutilate of their children.Madam Sawo Ceesay said they have a youth led movement in the Gambia which is currently operating in Nigeria as well as Korea in order to amplify their voices so that the harmful practice can come to an end by taking the do no harm guideline. She continued that the campaign of ending FGM in the Gambia has been going for over three decades now and the youths have a very key role to play as the older generation had already their part.Mr. Filly Nyassi the Senior Program Officer, Department of Social Welfare representing the Director for Social Welfare Fanta Bai Secka asserted the same sentiments in the ban of FGM in The Gambia. Participants later participated effectively in order to make the forum lively and also group presentation where done on the effects of FGM with its solutions.last_img read more

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