Elections Canada to assess partisan climate change rhetoric case by case

first_imgOTTAWA — Elections Canada says it will decide on a case-by-case basis whether discussing the legitimacy of climate change becomes a partisan issue for third parties during the federal campaign, and only if it receives complaints.Environment groups say they feel muzzled from speaking out about the urgency of climate change after the federal elections agency warned earlier this summer that doing so could be considered partisan.The Canada Elections Act could consider advertising partisan if it opposes or supports a policy positions of any party or candidate, even without naming them.If the advertising exceeds $500, third parties would have to register with Elections Canada, raising fears among some environmental charities that the Canada Revenue Agency could also decide they are partisan and put their tax status in jeopardy.In the case of climate change, People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has taken a position that climate change is not an emergency nor caused by humans, which could potentially makes any argument saying differently a partisan statement under the law. Clean Energy Canada has already restricted some of its responses to party positions to avoid running afoul of the law, while Greenpeace Canada is planning to cease all advertising on climate change during the writ period.An Elections Canada spokeswoman says the rules around advertising for third parties are not new, but concedes the concerns about climate change may be coming up only now because the environment is poised to play a bigger role in the campaign, which is expected to get underway early next month.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bob Evans Farms Goes Purple For Gary Sinise Foundation

first_imgBob Evans Farms, Inc., is proud to announce its commitment to support America’s active duty, veterans, and their families with the launch of its “Our Farm Salutes” campaign.Bob Evans Farms Goes PurpleAs part of the program, Bob Evans Farms has painted its iconic barn purple, a color that represents every branch of service, and is donating $200,000 as well as thousands of meals to support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s (GSF) Serving Heroes program, an initiative that provides meals to active duty, veterans, and their families as a way of showing gratitude for their service and sacrifice.“Supporting the men and women that serve our country has always been a part of the culture at Bob Evans Farms, and we could not be more excited to further our commitment of showing gratitude by encouraging others to join us as we salute all of those that unselfishly serve us,” said Bob Evans Farms, Inc. President and CEO Saed Mohseni. “In painting the Bob Evans barn purple and partnering with the Gary Sinise Foundation in support of their Serving Heroes program, we are making it known that ‘Our Farm Salutes’ all of America’s active duty, veterans, and their families.”As part of the “Our Farms Salutes” campaign, Bob Evans Farms is urging all Americans to join them in going purple this summer to show gratitude to those that serve. By visiting OurFarmSalutes.com, the public can share a message of support or make a donation to help support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Serving Heroes program.Throughout 2016, in partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation and its Serving Heroes program, Bob Evans Farms, Inc. will serve over 6,000 meals to military heroes and their families at military bases, USO centers and VAs across the country at Serving Heroes events.In addition, Bob Evans will share a series of broadcast television and radio public service announcements featuring Gary Sinise in support of the Foundation’s Serving Heroes program.Designed by ‘The Barn Artist,’ Scott Hagan and Columbus artist David Browning, the newly painted Bob Evans barn features a mural honoring current and past members of the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines. The painting took a total of 11 days, 176 man-hours and 30 gallons of paint to complete and will remain on the building through Veteran’s Day.“A hearty meal and time spent with family around a dinner table is often the thing service members miss most during tours of duty,” said Gary Sinise, founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation. “The generous contribution made by Bob Evans Farms to our Serving Heroes program will help us to feed our nation’s service men and women and their families, in mind, body and soul; and the painted purple barn stands as a beacon of honor to those who protect our freedoms.”For more information on the “Our Farm Salutes” campaign, look for the purple packaging on Bob Evans packaged foods products in your local grocery store, or please visit www.OurFarmSalutes.com.last_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for March by province

OTTAWA — Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent in March. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 11.5 per cent (11.8)— Prince Edward Island 8.9 (10.3)— Nova Scotia 6.2 (6.4)— New Brunswick 7.9 (8.5)— Quebec 5.2 (5.3)— Ontario 5.9 (5.7)— Manitoba 5.0 (5.3)— Saskatchewan 4.9 (5.8)— Alberta 6.9 (7.3)— British Columbia 4.7 (4.5)The Canadian Press

Chris Selley Conservatives right to stand up for changed minds

One hopes Andrew Scheer has some evidence to support his allegation on Monday that Justin Trudeau has at some point had drinks with Faith Goldy, the hapless Sun News/Rebel Media newsbot who went off the rails and down a white nationalist sewer — evidence beyond Goldy’s say-so, that is. She has implied it in a tweet, and in April she told the National Post’s Joseph Brean such an encounter occurred in 2010 at Zoe’s Lounge in the Château Laurier. But that alone won’t convince anyone. Trudeau has flatly denied it. and without proof it would just be a further distraction in this wretched not-even-week-old campaign.And that would be a shame, because Scheer had just recently planted a flag on sensible territory: “I accept the fact that people make mistakes in the past and can own up to that and accept that,” he told reporters on his campaign plane. “As long as someone takes responsibility for what they’ve said,” and apologizes “if anything they’ve ever said in the past caused any type of hurt or disrespect to one community or another … I accept that.”That came four long, revolting days into a campaign that has essentially been stage-directed by the Liberal opposition research team. Scheer visits Riding X, whose Conservative candidate is pro-life; Liberals tweet out unsurprising evidence that she is pro-life; reporters demand Scheer explain his perfectly clear position on abortion for the 2,183rd time. Repeat as necessary. Christie Blatchford: Will Justina McCaffrey have to publicly dump friend Faith Goldy? Liberals raise questions about Conservative candidate who previously appeared in a video with Faith Goldy Christie Blatchford: What are elections for? Not for answering serious questions, it seems On Saturday it was Justina McCaffrey, the Conservatives’ candidate in Kanata-Carleton, in the crosshairs; and it was Peterborough MP Maryam Monsef’s turn to tweet out the dirt — namely a 2013 video featuring McCaffrey and Goldy pitching a wedding-dress-related reality show. (McCaffrey is a fashion designer.)The Liberals also unearthed complaints from McCaffrey about Justin Trudeau’s alleged “preoccupation with the French, for example, the Quebec people,” for which she duly apologized. But when it came to her friendship with Goldy, she issued a statement saying she hadn’t seen her in “several years” and fled from reporters inquiring after more details.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.In the hyperactive fairyland that is Twitter, which is not much distinguishable from the campaign itself, debate commenced: There is a photo of the two together in 2017. That’s fewer than several! Subterfuge! And what stage exactly in Goldy’s grisly metamorphosis was too late not to have disavowed her? The video dated from long before she bottomed out during the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Va., but close followers of her online activities could see the bat guano accumulating even back then.It was this guilt-by-association routine that seemed to inform Scheer’s “explain, apologize and move on” policy most, and understandably so. As Christie Blatchford argued on Sunday, it cannot be desirable that political candidates be forced to renounce friendships with or any sympathy toward troubled or wayward people in their lives. And that’s not even what McCaffrey was doing. She has essentially thrown Goldy under the bus — haven’t seen her in ages! — and now everyone is demanding she hire a bigger bus to finish the job.All that said, the “explain” part of the “explain, apologize and move on” policy is letting the Conservative side down. One might argue it was silly for reporters to pursue McCaffrey, but it was certainly silly for McCaffrey to flee. Whatever case she has to make that said relationship doesn’t matter, surely it can’t be too complicated for her to stand in front of a camera and make it.On the trajectory we’re on, it’s not hard to imagine that religious affiliation itself could disqualify people from political lifeNor is Scheer’s refusal to explain the evolution of his thinking on same-sex marriage in keeping with this policy. In 2005 he stood up in the House of Commons and made an explicitly religious defence of civil marriage. Yadda yadda yadda, now he totally supports same-sex couples’ right to get married.It’s not clear what changed. But a good explanation would do double duty. First, a passionate defence of conservatives whose minds have changed over the years would be very apropos in a political and media environment that is skeptical it can even happen. (Liberals never even get asked about it, naturally.) And second, such a defence coming from a proud and committed Catholic could strike a blow for religious freedom, which is one of Scheer’s professed preoccupations.As out of place and ill-advised as Scheer’s speech was in hindsight, the opprobrium directed at it by his opponents has been quite remarkable: “hateful and homophobic,” “disgusting prejudice,” etc. You can’t describe his speech in such terms without implicating every religion in this country that doesn’t marry same-sex couples on more or less precisely the same religious principles Scheer enumerated — the “complementarity of the sexes,” etc. That’s most religions.Of course, not all churchgoers believe those things. But they do choose to associate with organizations, and with fellow parishioners, who do believe those things. On the trajectory we’re on, it’s not hard to imagine that religious affiliation itself could disqualify people from political life — not just Conservatives, but self-professed devout Catholics like Justin Trudeau. Scheer clearly isn’t much for grand gestures, but a bold, unapologetic defence of his big blue tent and the Canadians inside would be a welcome palate-cleanser.• Email: cselley@nationalpost.com | Twitter: read more

At Johannesburg Summit Annan urges concrete action to help safeguard environment

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today rallied national leaders attending the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, with an urgent plea for action to preserve the global environment.Illustrating the pressing nature of the problems at hand, the Secretary-General pointed out that the very region where the meeting is being held faces the looming peril of widespread hunger. “Not far from this conference room, in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, 13 million people are threatened with famine,” he pointed out. “If any reminder were needed of what happens when we fail to plan for and protect the long-term future of our planet, it can be heard in the cries for help from those 13 million souls.”The Secretary-General called on his audience, which included numerous heads of State and government from across the world, to take responsibility for all people, “especially the poor, the vulnerable, and the oppressed, as fellow members of a single human family.” While pointing to the natural beauty, spiritual sustenance and material bounty provided by the environment, Mr. Annan cautioned against complacency. “Let us not be deceived, when looking at a clear blue sky, into thinking that all is well — all is not well,” he said, calling attention to such problems as climate change, desertification and pollution.Urging political courage, the Secretary-General said participants must face “an uncomfortable truth: the model of development we are accustomed to has been fruitful for the few, but flawed for the many.”Noting that governments could not meet environmental challenges alone, he said civil society groups have a critical role “as partners, advocates and watchdogs.” In addition, commercial enterprises must play their part in achieving sustainable development. “We are not asking corporations to do something different from their normal business; we are asking them to do their normal business differently,” he said.Sounding a theme he has been repeating since well before the Summit opened last week, Mr. Annan called for concrete action in five areas — water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity.”The world today needs to usher in a season of transformation, a season of stewardship,” he said. “Let it be a season in which we make a long overdue investment in the survival and security of future generations.” read more

Video Business report with Mike Eppel

Heinz Canada is closing the doors of its plant in Leamington next year, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. by News Staff Posted Nov 15, 2013 7:12 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Video: Business report with Mike Eppel business report|Heinz Canada|Leamington|mike eppel

Columbus Crew picks up former Ohio State mens soccer star Konrad Warzycha

Columbus Crew president and general manager Mark McCullers stepped into team manager Robert Warzycha’s office shortly after the team had announced its final round of preseason personnel moves, which included contracts offered to three young players, one of which was Warzycha’s son, Konrad. Konrad Warzycha’s inclusion in the 2013 Crew roster was, in effect, a homecoming for the Dublin, Ohio, native. After attending Dublin Jerome High School, Konrad came to Ohio State, where he was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes’ men’s soccer team. McCullers’ visit with Robert Warzycha was the first after the team made the news of signing the coach’s son public. “I asked him how his wife was,” McCullers said. “She must be very proud and very happy.” Robert Warzycha’s demeanor both on and off the field could be described as stoic, even detached. That’s not it, though – the word his son and McCullers used to describe Robert Warzycha is “professional,” and the approach didn’t change after he signed his son. Was Robert Warzycha happy to have his son on his team? Is his wife proud? McCullers didn’t learn much from Warzycha’s response. “(Robert) said, ‘Yeah, I think she is.’ That’s really about the extent of it,” McCullers said with a hearty laugh. There was a tender moment in the process, according to Konrad Warzycha, who, along with several other teammates, was approached by Robert Warzycha after a team lift during preseason camp in Orlando, Fla., and invited to his hotel room for private discussions. “When we got back I went into his room and he kinda laid down the contract on the table. From there, I just got a big smile and he said, ‘Congratulations,’” Konrad Warzycha said. Terms of Konrad Warzycha’s contract, including its length, have not been disclosed, but with the Warzycha father-son duo united under the shield of the Black and Gold, it is clear that both men understand what is expected of them now and in the future when, inevitably, an uncomfortable conversation will take place. Konrad Warzycha, who spent the last two seasons with Sporting Kansas City, said there was no preferential treatment given to him at any point in the process. “At the beginning (of camp), that’s what I was working toward (a contract) and that was made clear, and up to that point where the signing happened, it could have gone either way,” he said. “I was kind of left in the dark until my last couple days in Orlando.” An uncomfortable conversation was avoided right out of the chute thanks to Konrad Warzycha’s play in preseason camp. He saw about 120 minutes of game action in three preseason games during which McCullers said that the player was “noticeable.” “It’s tough being the coach’s son because you probably have to hold yourself to a higher standard to get a contract to ensure that nobody’s going to question the motives behind it,” McCullers said. “Konrad, without question, earned this opportunity … The good news is that Konrad made it easy. He made it so that there was no question.” Robert Warzycha was not made available for interviews. Just as McCullers spoke to the professional approach of both Warzychas, Konard Warzycha said he and his father will handle whatever comes their way for as long as they are part of the same organization. “Obviously, we’ve talked about it a little bit … We’re both professionals. I don’t feel weird about (it). He doesn’t feel weird about it,” Konrad Warzycha said. The Crew opened the 2013 season Saturday with a 3-0 win against Chivas USA. Konrad Warzycha did not see action in the game. Columbus’ next contest is set for March 9 at 7:30 p.m. against the Vancouver Whitecaps. read more

Womens French Final Metz against Fleury Loiret

fleury loiretfranceFrench handballmetzMetz handball ← Previous Story Anikó Kovacsics is the Women’s EHF CL best young player Next Story → EHF Cup: Who will win the first F4 in Nantes? In the Women’s French Play-Off Final will play Met Handball against Fleury Loiret. Two best teams this season were clearly better than the rivals in the semi-finals matches. Metz is still on the winning track after unlucky defeat in the EHF Cup final over TVIS Holstebro, while Fleury Loiret has a lot to offer with the level of players as Marta Mangue.Two matches of the final are scheduled for May 15 and May 19.Semi-finals:Mios Biganos 25-25 Fleury Loiret /Fleury Loiret 24-18 Mios BiganosIssy Paris 24-22 Metz /Metz 25-15 Issy Paris read more

Photograph of unidentified girl found outside GPO to be released

first_imgA PHOTOGRAPH OF the unidentified girl found outside the GPO on 10 October will be released by the gardaí tomorrow.The young teenager was found in a distressed state outside the GPO and is believed not to be Irish. She was taken into the care of the Health Service Executive after being found.As gardaí continue to search for her identity, the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan took the step of having a lawyer ask the High Court if they could release a photograph of her publicly.This evening, gardaí announced that a photograph will be made public tomorrow.One theory being probed is that the girl could be a victim of sex trafficking.It emerged in late October that an email with personal details of the girl was accidentally sent to a member of the public. The email had been sent by the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), with the intended recipients being members of the trade union within the HSE. However, the owner of a business that had a name similar to the HSE instead received the email.Read: Email with personal details of girl found at GPO accidentally sent to member of public>Read: Girl found outside GPO may be a victim of sex trafficking>last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide King Dedede

first_img King Dedede Sucks Up!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: King Dedede. Stay on target Who Are They?The Kirby series has a weird relationship with villains. Meta Knight is the cool antihero rival. The true ultimate evil always ends up being some formless cosmic malevolence. But for all intents and purposes Kirby’s archenemy is King Dedede, this gentle looking penguin wearing a parka and carrying a big gosh-darn mallet. Sure, why not?Smash HistoryKing Dedede was planned as playable character all the way back in Smash 64. But he finally made the leap from background element to main event in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He even ended up playing a delightful role in the Subspace Emissary story mode, giving characters helpful little brooches that brought them back to life when the world ended. Although elaborate story modes didn’t return in later Smash games, Dedede did.What Looks New in Ultimate?King Dedede was a really great character in Brawl, especially on the East Coast from some reason which is just fantastic. But a lot of that was due to his near-inescapable chaingrabbing, a mechanic removed in later games. He was bad in Smash Wii U/3DS but Ultimate brings back some of that Brawl spirit, buffing Dedede in basically every way. One particularly nasty play is to toss a spiky Gordo minion, inhale it back in, and spit it out as an even faster projectile.Our Hopes?As a Kirby character, King Dedede is of course a child of Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai. However, in Smash Sakurai went so far as to voice the character’s menacing yet jovial penguin chuckles. As heartwarming as that is though, we’d love an option to include Dedede’s American voice from the Kirby: Right Back At Ya! anime where this gluttonous dimwitted villainous political leader sounded like George W. Bush for some reason.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidecenter_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… last_img read more

Carragher believes Chelsea should keep Sarri until the summer

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been heavily criticized after his team was trashed 6-0 by Manchester City in the English Premier League.On Sunday, Manchester City shocked the world by beating Chelsea 6-0 in the English Premier League.And after that, the Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has been criticized by many, with people asking for his head to roll from the Chelsea job.There is even talk about how he should be replaced as manager of the team.But former EPL footballer Jamie Carragher believes the club has to have patience with the Italian coach and to not think about firing him until the summer.“Their last few away performances have been woeful,” said Carragher on Sky Sports.“Their lack of intensity is unbelievable.”“There’s talk of Sarri wanting to press high and win the ball back. He hasn’t got the players to do it,” he added.“They’ve got so many players over 30. Chelsea’s players need to be aggressive. They made Bournemouth look like Brazil.”“Sarri is not getting the support from his own fan base. Who is actually supporting this man if the board aren’t?”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He should be there until the end of the season,” Carragher explained.“The only reason we’re talking about Chelsea and what they’ve done. We’re not talking about [Unai] Emery, it’s Chelsea and Sarri.”“We see teams throw the dice at the bottom and change managers. It seems Chelsea may be thinking that now. Maybe Sarri has picked the wrong club?” he asked.The next three Blues matches will be very difficult.Chelsea visits Sweden’s Malmo tomorrow in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32.Then in one week, they will take on Manchester United in the FA Cup Fifth Round.And then they will play leg two of the Round of 32 Champions League match against Malmo at home.Maurizio Sarri’s thoughts after yesterday’s game…— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 11, 2019last_img read more

Finance Ministry to work with OECD on taxes

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Bahamas is in the process of ratifying the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s Multilateral Convention for Mutual Assistance in continuing efforts to avoid being “blacklisted” by the European Union (EU).The announcement was made by the Ministry of Finance this week. The Government has formally indicated to the OECD its interest in acceding to the convention.Consultations for this process began in 2009 and included private sector financial institutions, but the EU recently threatened to produce a list of all countries identified as “non-cooperative” in the international fight against tax evasion. There are currently 48 countries party to the convention, which regulates the exchange of information between countries regarding taxes and transparency.#MagneticMediaNews#OECD OECD listed but never informed of concerns on TCI investor policy, Premier calls clarity and proof of any breach Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, european union, OECD Turks & Caicos will be hit, if EU dumped by British One Stop Shop plan Rebooted, who knew?last_img read more

Setback for Cotai LRT as court confirms ruling against award of construction

first_imgRelatedPosts Macau’s Court of Final Appeal has rejected an appeal by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On against a March ruling from the Court of Second Instance revoking the government’s contract for construction of the Cotai depot of the city’s long-awaited Light Rapid Transit (LRT) system.Delivering its decision earlier this week, the Court of Final Appeal stated that it was in agreement with the Court of Second Instance’s previous ruling that the government had violated its own guidelines in 2016 when determining which of seven applicants would be awarded the contract for completion of the LRT. The process, which saw the government assign each applicant a “score” based on their proposal, came after a contract with the original contractor was terminated due to lengthy delays.China Construction and Engineering (Macau) Company Limited was eventually awarded the contract to complete the LRT depot in Cotai for MOP$1.07 billion, including the main building and a parking garage for docking of trains.However, after the company that finished runner-up in the bidding process, China Road and Bridge Corporation, filed an appeal, the Court of Second Instance ruled that the government may have misinterpreted some of its own criteria in assessing the applications, resulting in the wrong scores being applied. Both courts have now ruled that the government must reassess all seven applications.In a brief statement issued this week, Macau’s Transportation Infrastructure Office said it “has been informed of the judgment of the Court of Final Appeal on the case of the LRT project” and is “currently studying the content of the judgment and will follow up the relevant work in accordance with the law.”Chui has repeatedly insisted that the section of the LRT running through Cotai and Taipa will be ready to start operations in 2019.The LRT is seen as a vital piece of infrastructure for Cotai’s IR operators given the lengthy distances between many of the area’s integrated resorts. The Taipa line will initially boast 11 stops and run directly by Wynn Palace, City of Dreams, MGM Cotai, Studio City, Sands China’s cluster of the Parisian, Sands Cotai Central and the Venetian and finally Galaxy Macau before continuing on to Taipa. Load More Chief Executive says current Macau gaming concessions won’t be extended beyond 2022center_img Macau Court voids ruling against man claiming HK$17 million from Wynn-Dore junket theft   American casino interests in Macau on the agenda as Chief Executive meets US members of Congresslast_img read more

Average salary for newly qualified London lawyers rises to £65000

first_imgThe average salary for newly qualified London-based lawyers who work in commercial practice increased from £53,000 a year in 2013 to £65,000 in 2016, according to research by BCL Legal Recruitment.Its research, which is based on internal data, also found that newly qualified London lawyers can expect year on year pay rises of approximately £5,000, with lawyers who have been practising for four years earning an average of £85,000 a year, and £95,000 after six years.The average salary for London-based lawyers with five years of experience increased from £65,000 in 2013 to £90,000 in 2016.Average earnings for junior partners in London increased by £30,000 between 2013 and 2016 to reach £120,000. In comparison, commercial junior partners working in the north east of the UK can expect to earn £80,000.Pay for newly qualified commercial lawyers working in the north west increased from £35,000 in 2013 to £39,000 in 2016.A spokesperson at BCL Legal Recruitment said: “There is certainly a large difference between most of the London top 50 and commercial firms in the regions due to charge out rates and billable hours expectations being a lot higher combined with London weighting.“High salaries certainly help attract the best talent to London but not all lawyers can live and work in London no matter what the salary.”last_img read more

RMLD Gauging Interest From Wilmington Businesses On Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

first_imgREADING, MA — The transportation industry is shifting toward electrification. Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) decrease greenhouse gas emissions and offer significant cost saving opportunities for PEV owners.A key element in the continued growth of PEVs is charging infrastructure. RMLD is exploring grant opportunities and other potential programs, and would like to hear from local businesses that may be interested in installing an electric vehicle charging station at their facility. Providing chargers for visitors and patrons is a great way to attract business while making a commitment to a healthier environment.If your organization may be interested in installing an electric vehicle charging station at your facility, please complete THIS SHORT SURVEY. The survey is primarily to gauge interest from local businesses. The information collected may also be used to develop potential future programs.(NOTE: The above announcement is from RMLD.)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… RelatedRMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”RMLD To Hold Electric Car Show At Wilmington Farmers Market On September 15In “Community”ELECTRIFY YOUR RIDE: Charging with RMLD’s Time-of-Use RateIn “Community”last_img read more

Dalton Highway Still Closed But Repairs Underway

first_imgRepair work is progressing on the northern end of the Dalton Highway, where breakup flooding has made the road impassable for nearly 2 weeks. Water began dropping back last weekend, leaving behind extensive damage, and Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meadow Bailey says there’s no repair timeline.“This is gonna be a really big task. It will take several days, and at this point we really don’t have an estimate on when the road will be able to be re-opened.”The closure extends from mile 335, all the way to mile 412 near Deadhorse. Bailey says repairs have been focused on at either end of the closed section, laying culverts, filling in erosion and diverting around thawed roadbed.“Ice lenses have been impacted by the water, so there’s unstable soil now.”Bailey says a full accounting of the damage won’t be available until crews can reach damaged sections in the middle of the closed area. She says repairs done so far this spring have cost 5 million dollars.The most northern section of the closed section of the highway, between mileposts 391 and 412 is the focus of a scheduled 27 million dollar reconstruction project to elevate the roadbed. Bailey says the new damage has changed the project timeline.“Originally this was going to be divided into 2 separate construction projects, and were going to start on one half this year, and start on the other half next year, and instead of doing that we’re gonna go in and start on the entire flooded section this year, which makes sense because we have all of this repair work that will have to happen anyways.”Bailey says the project also includes additional culverts and hard surfacing of the highway. Some overflow and flooding have been an issue on the Dalton Highway south of Deadhorse for years, but Bailey this spring’s more extensive problems are considered an anomaly, and the state does not anticipate having to raise the grade of other sections of the road.last_img read more

Body of HC lawyer found in New Town residence father alleges murder

first_imgKolkata: The body of Calcutta High Court lawyer Rajat Kumar Dey (34) was found under mysterious circumstances inside his flat in New Town, late on Saturday night.Rajat’s father Samir Kumar Dey was informed by his brother-in-law Avik Pal over phone that his son had been found unconscious. Later, Rajat was declared brought dead when taken to Bidhannagar Sub-Divisional Hospital. The New Town police station was informed. Police sent the body for post-mortem, but due to objection from Samir, the process was delayed. On Sunday, police initiated an unnatural death case. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe case took a new turn on Monday, as Samir lodged a murder complaint against Rajat’s wife Anindita and three other members of her family. He also appealed to the Bidhannagar Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (ACJM) Court in Salt Lake, requesting an order to carry out the autopsy examination in presence of a magistrate. The court granted the appeal and ordered police to conduct the autopsy in presence of a magistrate at R G Kar Hospital. But due to some complications, the examination has not been done as of now on Monday. The autopsy is expected to be conducted on Tuesday. Sources informed that though Samir had lodged a murder complaint, police have not started a murder case as sleuths are waiting for the post-mortem report. “There is no substantial evidence in our hands to start a murder case. If any foul play can be traced in the autopsy report, the case will automatically turn into a murder case,” said an official of Bidhannagar Police. Samir alleged that Anindita used to torture Rajat regularly and she might have forced him to consume some poisonous material.last_img read more

Recovering our natural rhythm

first_imgNo related posts. At a time when everything in the prevailing culture seems to be focused on getting and greed, me and mine, here comes Bill Pfeiffer with a gift – for individual seekers, for humanity and for the Earth.For years, Pfeiffer has been a frequent visitor to and passionate admirer of Costa Rica. During many happy hours here and in Siberia, where we traveled with him on two unforgettable journeys, we learned about his vision for the world, honed over a lifetime of humble eagerness to learn, gutsy single-mindedness, and a helpless love for the Earth and all her inhabitants.Bill Pfeiffer walks his talk, impeccably. “Wild Earth, Wild Soul: A Manual for an Ecstatic Culture,”his first book, is the inspiring result.The self-described “maverick deep ecologist” founded and for more than 20 years operated the not-for-profit Sacred Earth Network. Its activities included sponsoring visits to indigenous elders in America and Siberia and arranging exchanges among them.Using everything he learned from these encounters plus a lifetime of searching and study, Pfeiffer evolved the Wild Earth Intensive – a 10-day spiritual adventure that guides participants to rediscover their wild souls – the real selves buried beneath the trappings of contemporary cultural brainwashing. (Writer and teacher Martín Prechtel, initiated as a shaman by the Tjutujil Maya, calls this essential self the “indigenous soul”; Andean master Américo Yabar, who transmits the spiritual teachings of the Q’ero elders of the high Andes, calls it the salk’a [wild, undomesticated] spirit, and insists that all the ills of contemporary life are the result of “disconnection from Pachamama [Mother Earth].”)Pfeiffer believes that “wisdom and brilliance are encoded in every human and can be unleashed under the right circumstances,” and that the “severe amnesia” which has cut us off from Nature and our fellow beings can be reversed. Through the Wild Earth Intensive, as we remember who we really are and what we’re doing here, our wise, brilliant selves make themselves known. This deeply transformational experience is the heart of Pfeiffer’s book. In elaborate detail, with practical, step-by-step instructions, he explains how an Intensive unfolds and how the process becomes a blueprint for a healthy, harmonious and hopeful way of living. He notes, “A WEI does not impose a belief system but inspires a belief in Life.”The Wild Earth Intensive is based on seven principles:There is power in remembering ancestral wisdom.We can dream a new world into being.We are a tribal species.The Earth is alive and full of meaning.Humans naturally live in abundance.Women and men are partners in a common destiny.Ancient wisdom is mirrored by 21st century science.With copious references to myriad works by ancient and contemporary thinkers, teachings from many spiritual traditions, and cutting-edge New Paradigm science, Pfeiffer devotes a section of the book to explaining each principle, then goes on to detail its application.He shows how ancient techniques such as the talking circle, meditation, storytelling, ceremony, and shamanic journeying – all part of a Wild Earth Intensive – help participants rediscover forgotten life skills that are “hard-wired” in everyone and crucial for survival: humanity’s and the planet’s. Participants find themselves remembering the importance – and, ultimately, the joy and relief – of such things as listening, feeling, playing, and sensing Nature’s rhythms, energies and messages.“It is a wonderful paradox that a WEI, while providing a nurturing container where we don’t lose our individual uniqueness and emotional stability, strengthens our sense of interconnection with each other and the universe,” Pfeiffer writes. “Participants come to recognize or develop their particular gifts and see how they enrich the group and, eventually, the larger community. We experience personal empowerment though activities that make us feel safe enough to be authentic: to be ourselves and to think for ourselves.”“The premise is that this place of wholeness, connectedness, and gratitude is where wise actions, healthy lifeways, and sustainable cultures grow,” he adds. “It is the wisdom of the Earth herself, flowing through each of us, that can provide the clearest direction for the way ahead.”It’s an intensely optimistic – yet not utopian – view. We are not trapped in the mess we’ve made; we can change direction; it’s not too late.  Recovering lost wildness naturally sows the seeds of a joyous, peaceful and loving world.  Pfeiffer’s book provides all the tools we need to find our way back … and forward. It’s a gift of hope.“Wild Earth, Wild Soul” is available for $15.65 ($7.69 in Kindle edition) from Amazon.com. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

3 Brazil politicians charged with corruption

first_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone “Brazil is a very decentralized state, in which states and municipalities have total autonomy,” Abramo said. “At that level you can have total confusion. The lack of administrative competence is widespread.”In the case of Guapimirim, one family, of which the mayor was part, has held control for years. According to court documents, city council members received monthly payments of up to $35,000 to support the reigning coalition.During the Sept. 7 holiday weekend, groups in dozens of cities across Brazil are planning marches to call for clean government.Carla Zambelli, organizer of one of the group, NasRuas, or InTheStreets, says marches are expected in 69 cities.Among their specific demands are the end to secret voting in the legislature and justice in the cash-for-votes trial involving the governing Workers’ Party that is currently before the Supreme Court. In that case, the party is accused of illegally paying legislators a monthly stipend to support government projects.“Brazil is among the countries that pay the highest taxes, but our security, education and health services are terrible,” said Zambelli. “We agree with paying taxes, but we want to see it come back to us in services.” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Authorities said 11 other suspects also were indicted in a scheme that investigators allege illegally siphoned off at least $24 million in public funds over four years. The charges include fraud, corruption and racketeering.The investigation is not an isolated case, prosecutor Antonio Campos Moreira said at a news conference.“We have a number of similar investigations looking into city halls,” Moreira said.Brazil, which has long ranked toward the bottom of Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, has been taking steps to improve accountability and practices in government. In the past few years, the government has created oversight bodies such as the CGU, which audits and promotes transparency in the executive branch, and the CNJ, which oversees the judiciary.Seven members of President Dilma Rousseff’s Cabinet have given up their posts or were pushed out following corruption allegations.These efforts have been largely concentrated at the federal level, however, with very little happening at the state and municipal levels, said Carlos Abramo, head of Transparencia Brasil, a group not connected to Transparency International that focuses on anti-corruption efforts. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Four politicians were arrested and three others were being sought in an anti-corruption sting in a Rio de Janeiro town, officials said Wednesday, describing it as an example of other operations that are under way.Among the seven arrested or sought were the mayor, the leading candidate for mayor and the head of the city council in Guapimirim, a working class town of about 52,000 people in the foothills of Rio de Janeiro’s mountains. Top Stories Sponsored Stories center_img Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Patients with chronic pain give advice (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

New England Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd a

first_imgNew England Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd adjusts the strap on his helmet during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories center_img Floyd says he is sticking to a football-only lifestyle. He told The Boston Globe he’s not even visited the city of Boston, spending all of his time at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots’ practice facility and his hotel room nearby.“I like it. It’s kind of a place for me. Not too many things to do around here. That’s good for me,” Floyd said.…“I’m not into going sightseeing. I don’t really care. I’m here for one reason.”He doesn’t want to talk about the arrest. When asked if he has had a drink of alcohol since coming to New England, Floyd ended the interview. Before that, he said he’s living a simple life right now.“I kind of act like I’m broke, so, that’s how I am,” he said. “I can really actually just focus in on football and I can get to work in less than three minutes, so I really like it.”Floyd was arrested early on Dec. 12 for falling asleep at a stoplight in Scottsdale following Arizona’s return from a trip to Miami. Police recorded a blood alcohol content of 0.21.The team released Floyd two days later and he was claimed off the waiver wire by New England.That week, Bidwill indicated the team was unhappy with how Floyd showed little remorse for his DUI arrest and also that the receiver had previously shown signs of lacking focus when it came to football. Former Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd isn’t getting out much following his December DUI arrest.As his New England Patriots prepare for a playoff game against the Texans, it instead sounds as if Floyd is taking the advice of Cardinals president Michael Bidwill. Following Floyd’s arrest and release from Arizona in December, Bidwill criticized Floyd’s “approach” and said the Cardinals’ lesson to be learned was to “pay attention to your profession seven days a week.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “We asked him to proactively address this, we had multiple conversations with him, with his agent, they just didn’t want to do that,” Bidwill said on Dec. 18. “We decided, you know what, we’re moving on.“I hope he gets healthy. I like him personally,” Bidwill added. “He’s a great kid. I was really disappointed with how he handled this and you know, how he was handling his approach to the game, his approach to conditioning and approach to things, and I think it was affecting him, some of his issues were affecting him on the field.”last_img read more