Alabama Player Issues Statement After Getting Caught Throwing Punches

first_imgalabama player caught punching an opponentAlabama standout defensive lineman Raekwon Davis appeared to get caught throwing multiple punches at a Missouri offensive lineman during the win on Saturday night.Replay showed Davis throwing some jabs at the Tigers’ lineman after the play had been stopped. Many were calling for Davis to get ejected, but he only got a personal foul penalty.Here’s replay of what happened:Alabama’s Raekwon Davis Throws Punches During Game Against Missouri; No Ejection From The Refs & Head Coach Nick Saban Allows Him To Stay In The Game— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 14, 2018Davis took to Twitter after the game to issue an apology:“I would like to apologize to Kevin Pendleton, the Missouri Tigers, their fans, Alabama Fans, and my teammates and coaches for my actions during tonight’s game. I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and that’s unacceptable. Again I’m sorry and it will never happen again.”I would like to apologize to Kevin Pendleton, the Missouri Tigers, their fans, Alabama Fans, and my teammates and coaches for my actions during tonight’s game. I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and that’s unacceptable. Again I’m sorry and it will never happen again.— Raekwon Davis (@Raekwondavis_99) October 14, 2018While there was no ejection, it’s possible the SEC will look into this play and decide on further punishment for Davis.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Interestbearing Loan for Freeman Lumber

first_imgA $2-million interest-bearing loan will provide more employment security for Freeman Lumber in rural Queens County. The 175-year-old lumber company, one of the oldest family-run sawmill businesses in Nova Scotia, employs about 100 people and produces about 60 million board feet of lumber and value-added lumber products per year. “Freeman’s is a highly efficient operation that has an annual payroll in excess of $4 million a year, in a rural part of our province,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Economic Development. “It is a critical contributor to the economy of that area.” The loan from the province’s Industrial Expansion Fund is repayable in two years. It will give the company sufficient time to reorganize its financial commitments to other credit organizations. The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method the government of Nova Scotia uses to support economic development in the province. It is key to helping industries involved in innovative research and technology while contributing to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Premier Thanks Residents Fire Crews

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald today, June 15, offered thanks to residents affected by forest fires in the province this weekend. “This has been a very stressful situation for a lot of people forced from their homes by fire,” said Premier MacDonald. “They are to be applauded for their patience, and their co-operation with fire and police officials.” Premier MacDonald also thanked those involved in fighting the fires and providing support services. “We have seen an amazing team effort this weekend,” the premier said. “We have Department of Natural Resources personnel working with HRM firefighters, we have full-time firefighters and volunteers. The RCMP is working to make sure people and properties are safe. The Red Cross is providing shelter and meals for people. The Salvation Army is helping. Members of the public and corporate community have stepped forward to help in any way they can. “I can’t say enough about how everyone has come together during this difficult time.” While the most serious fires have been burning in Halifax Regional Municipality, there are others scattered around the province. “We are also thinking of those residents, firefighters and volunteers — and the people supporting them,” the premier said. “Like they do all season, they are doing everything they can to save lives, save homes and our natural resources.” Nova Scotia is also receiving help from other provinces. Aircraft from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Quebec are helping Natural Resources helicopters fight the fire. “This is how it works,” said Premier MacDonald. “When one of our provinces needs help, the others are there to provide it. We have been on the giving end, and this weekend, we are receiving help from others.” Regular updates on efforts to fight the fire, and when people may be allowed to return home, are being given by RCMP, fire and municipal officials. Residents can also call 490-4000 in Halifax Regional Municipality, or check emergency updates at .last_img read more

NDP only Ontario party opposed to siting nuclear waste bunker near Lake

first_imgTORONTO – Of the three main parties vying for office in Ontario’s spring election, only the NDP has spoken out against building a $2.4-billion nuclear waste bunker near Lake Huron.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the idea of burying radioactive waste so close to a major fresh-water source worries her and, should she be elected on June 7, would look to intervene against the project.“As a party, we’re not in favour of having that facility in that location,” Horwath said recently on the campaign trail. “It’s something that we’re quite concerned about. We know that other leaders, both in Canada and across the border in the States, have sent significant letters of concern and protest to the federal government in regard to the siting of this facility.”Ontario Power Generation argues the deep geologic repository at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station near Kincardine, Ont., is by far the best and safest option for permanently storing the low- and intermediate-level toxic waste that has been stored for years above ground. The utility maintains the stable rock would ensure no radiation leakage for centuries.However, scores of communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border have expressed alarm at the proposal. They maintain the consequences of contaminating the all-important fresh-water source is far too great to take.“I hear big concerns from many different jurisdictions as well as individuals as well as communities,” Horwath said. “As an individual, as an Ontarian, as a Canadian, I’m worried about it. It’s problematic. I don’t think it’s smart to have any kind of nuclear storage on the edge of the lake.”The waste bunker, first proposed more than a decade ago, is currently awaiting final approval from the federal government. Ottawa has repeatedly stalled since an environmental review panel gave its approval three years ago.Most recently, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna demanded the power utility come back with clear and unequivocal endorsement from affected First Nations, who have made it clear they are in no hurry to do that.For her part, Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne, who is vying for a second stint as premier, suggested the province has no role to play in the approval process.“It’s a federal issue,” Wynne said. “They are dealing with municipalities, and we need to let that process roll out.”While Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford has not addressed the issue publicly, a party spokeswoman on the weekend was neutral on the wisdom of the proposal.“The plan to bury low and intermediate nuclear waste must be done with local approval and in an environmentally sustainable way,” Melissa Lantsman said.At the same time, the Tories called nuclear power “critical” to Ontario.“It’s our cheapest, most reliable source of power and it powers more than 60 per cent of the province,” Lantsman said.The repository plan calls for hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of radioactive waste — stored for years at the Bruce nuclear station site above ground — would be buried 680 metres deep. OPG has warned the cost of the project could rise by billions if delayed significantly.However, more than 100 mayors and other elected officials on both sides of the border — they claim to speak for 16 million people — urged McKenna in November to reject the proposed bunker. They noted that local, county and state governments representing 23 million people had passed 230 resolutions opposing the burial of nuclear waste anywhere in the Great Lakes basin.Horwath agreed.“When you’re talking about water, and the fact that we can’t live without clean water, we should be doing everything that we can not only to protect our fresh-water sources for our generation (but) for the next generations as well.”last_img read more

Ashley Judd To Speak At bbcon 2015

first_imgBlackbaud, Inc., the leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, today announced that its 16th annual conference for nonprofits, bbcon 2015, will take place in Austin, Texas, October 26–28 at the Austin Convention Center.Each year bbcon convenes thousands of nonprofit change-makers to share the latest insights, trends and innovation — from fundraising and marketing strategies, to best practices for accounting and stewardship, to technology advancements, and more. This year, the conference will feature more than 200 expert-led sessions and will be joined by some of the world’s most noteworthy voices in the humanitarian movement.One highlight of bbcon 2015 will be the focus on helping nonprofits advance their brands through excellence in storytelling. Nicholas Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter, New York Times Columnist, best-selling author and human rights advocate, will give the opening keynote.Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress, author and global advocate for girls and women, Ashley Judd, will also take the main stage at bbcon as closing keynote speaker to share inspiring stories from her international humanitarian work.Nonprofits will also have the opportunity to network with their peers and participate in educational sessions led by thought leaders and expert practitioners. Examples include: • Blackbaud technology sessions hosted by the company’s executives and senior technologists, to include roadmaps, customer highlights and special announcements • Big Idea sessions that bring together executives, technology gurus and nonprofit professionals to catalyze new ideas • 10 minute ‘Ignite’ vignettes, power-packed with informative content by Austin-based leaders including Suzi Sosa, co-founder of Verb, Mike Nellis, chief executive officer of the Austin Community Foundation, and Robin Thurston, senior vice president of Under Armour • A storytelling panel featuring Sean Sheridan, world-acclaimed humanitarian photojournalist; Marc Pitman, chief fundraising coach at com; and Vanessa Chase, Consultant for The Storytelling Non-Profit • An array of breakout sessions packed with real-world learnings attendees can put to use in their roles today“You will learn more than you think, meet amazing people, and come back with some amazing ideas,” said bbcon attendee, Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation.In addition, Blackbaud will also recognize leading organizations with its Nonprofit Impact Awards. The winner from each category will receive a donation to their organization and free registration to bbcon 2015 where they will be honored by Blackbaud and their peers.bbcon will be co-located with MESC, an annual conference led by Blackbaud’s MicroEdge business, which provides leading solutions for other major players in the global philanthropic movement including corporations, foundations, other charitable giving organizations.“We are so excited to welcome the global nonprofit community to a major Blackbaud hub, Austin, TX for what promises to be our best annual conference yet,” said Blackbaud CEO, Mike Gianoni. “Our commitment to the nonprofit community has never been stronger, and I think people are going to see and feel that when they experience bbcon 2015.”For more information or to register, visit read more

Peace Region mayors travelling to Ottawa to talk LNG with Feds

first_img“Fabricated industrial steel components tariffs are intended to prevent Asian markets from dumping subsidized products into Canadian markets in order to protect our producers,” said Kitimat mayor Phil Germuth. “However, it is absolutely necessary for LNG proponents in B.C. to import large fabricated modules to develop their liquefaction plants. “We feel it would be an absolute shame if our country missed out on this once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure billions of dollars of investment. We need to create a level playing field in order to be competitive on the global stage, so that we don’t see Canadian investment and jobs disappear. If just one of the proposed projects, LNG Canada, were to proceed it would be the single largest private investment in Canadian history.”While in Ottawa, the group of mayors intend to meet with a variety of key representatives from the federal government.According to the Conference Board of Canada, if an LNG industry comprised of one small and two larger LNG facilities is built in B.C., it will grow Canada’s economy by $7.4 billion a year for the next 30 years. These three projects would also raise national employment by 65,000 jobs a year on average and provide $6 billion in taxes to the federal government. OTTAWA, O.N. — Five mayors from the Peace Region will joined by the mayors of Kitimat and Terrace in meetings with the federal government this week on the topic of getting an liquified natural gas export industry realized in B.C.The seven mayors, including those from Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, and Tumbler Ridge, are scheduled to be meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday and Thursday to showcase to the government the benefits that an LNG export industry would bring to their communities, as well as to the rest of B.C. and Canada. In a joint press release today, There is broad support for LNG in B.C. amongst the communities that are most directly affected by the proposed activity.“This new industry will bring new investment, create new jobs, business and training opportunities and bring new revenue to B.C. that will help support social services including hospitals, schools, transportation and public safety,” said Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman. “These are not just benefits for northern B.C. but benefits that will be experienced throughout the province and all of Canada. Canadians will see the benefits of adding value to our natural gas, diversifying our trade opportunities, instead of allowing our natural gas to be shipped raw to the U.S., which is currently our only market outside of Canada.”The mayors are also planning on bringing up the tariffs on fabricated industrial steel components imported from Asia that could jeopardize the development of such an industry by making proposed projects less competitive in the global economy. The mayors say that consideration should be given to exempting LNG modules from FISC tariffs in order to level the playing field for potential LNG investors.last_img read more

Efforts to help Myanmar cyclone victims still in relief phase says top

“Nearly three months after Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, the Government and its humanitarian partners are continuing to assist the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable communities,” said Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes.The Post-Nargis Joint Assessment Final Report – produced by the UN, the Government of Myanmar and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), known collectively as the Tripartite Core Group – is an analysis of the current needs of those living in the hardest-hit areas; the scope of the damage in all cyclone-affected areas; and the loss of income resulting from the storm.It puts a $1 billion price tag on recovery needs over three years, taking into account such areas as education, health, rebuilding livelihoods, infrastructure, agriculture and the environment.“Immediate relief, early recovery and medium-term recovery programs will all need to be accompanied by strong mechanisms to track aid, coordinate programs and monitor progress,” noted the report, which was completed in less than five weeks with the support of numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs).“Effective coordination, progress monitoring and aid tracking will be extremely important to ensure that the efforts of Government, UN agencies, international donors, national and international NGOs and the private sector combine to produce effective results for the people of the affected areas.”As of late June, the official death toll from Cyclone Nargis stands at 84,530, with a further 53,836 listed as missing. Data shows that 2.4 million people were severely affected by the storm, with up to 800,000 having been forced to flee their homes.Speaking at the launch of the report on the margins of the ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting in Singapore, Mr. Holmes said today’s report is valuable on several fronts.“First and foremost,” he said, the document relates “how much we still have to do on the emergency relief side in so many of the key sectors” to ensure that aid continues to help those who need it most.It also assures donors and development partners that their contributions are being put to effective use, Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said.And lastly, “I believe the report tells an important part of the story of Cyclone Nargis: not of the devastating toll, with nearly 140,000 people dead and missing, but of the extraordinary resilience and courage of the people of the delta themselves, who not only survived the cyclone but have already begun to rebuild their lives in a spirit of solidarity.”Earlier this month, the Coordinator issued a $482 million revised appeal to help the cyclone’s victims. With $178 million already committed in response to the original Flash Appeal launched shortly after the cyclone hit Myanmar in May, currently $303.6 million is still needed.“I hope donors will go on responding generously to this emergency relief and recovery appeal,” said Mr. Holmes, who will travel to Myanmar tomorrow for his second visit to the country since the storm struck. “I am glad to see the high degree of complementarity between the Appeal and this assessment because this will ensure that the results of our work will be sustainable in the long run.”Welcoming the new report, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced hope that it will “help guide the relief and recovery efforts in Myanmar to ensure that the short- and medium-term needs of Cyclone Nargis survivors are properly addressed,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.Mr. Ban also congratulated ASEAN for its role in coordinating the Tripartite Core Group, which he believes “serves as a very good basis for further cooperation between the Government of Myanmar, ASEAN and the United Nations.” 21 July 2008The operation to help people affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar is still in the relief phase, despite recent significant progress, the top United Nations humanitarian official stressed today as a new report assessing the disaster’s impact was released. read more

Progress in malaria fight despite less funding UN reports

“This remarkable progress is no cause for complacency: absolute numbers of malaria cases and deaths are not going down as fast as they could,” said Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria reduced mortality by 45 per cent worldwide, and 49 per cent in Africa, according to the World Malaria report 2013 published by the UN agency. That is the equivalent of 3.3 million lives saved between 2000 and 2012, the large majority in the 10 countries with the highest malaria burden, and among the most affected age groups – children five years old and younger. Despite progress, figures show that universal access to prevention and treatment is still a long way off. An estimated 3.4 billion people are at risk for malaria, mostly in Africa where 80 per cent of the cases occur, and south-east Asia. An estimated 207 million cases of malaria were reported last year resulting in 627,000 deaths.“The fact that so many people are infected and dying from mosquito bites is one of the greatest tragedies of the 21st century,” Dr. Chan said.Interventions to control mosquitos are slowing down, the agency said, noting that access to insecticide-treated bed nets was down for a second successive year due to a lack of funding. “To win the fight against malaria, we must get the means to prevent and treat the disease to every family who needs it,” says Raymond Chambers, the Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] and for Malaria. International and domestic funding committed to malaria control topped at $2.5 billion in 2012 – less than half of the $5.1 billion needed annually to achieve universal access to interventions.Progress in fighting malaria is also threatened by emerging parasite resistance to artemisinin, the core component of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), and mosquito resistance to insecticides, according to the report. Artemisinin resistance has been detected in four countries in south-east Asia, and insecticide resistance has been found in at least 64 countries.“In the next 10-15 years, the world will need innovative tools and technologies, as well as new strategic approaches to sustain and accelerate progress,” said Robert Newman, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, calling the gains against malaria “fragile.”Among such innovation, WHO announced that it is developing a global technical strategy for malaria control and elimination for the 2016-2025 period. It is also creating a global plan to control and eliminate Plasmodium vivax malaria which is prevalent in Asia and South America, and generally responds more slowly to control efforts than other strains of malaria.Last week, international partners to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria committed $12 billion at its fourth replenishment meeting in Washington, DC.The move “is testimony to the success of global partnership,” said Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership urging adequate and predictable funding to fill the annual $2.6 billion gap. “This is our historic opportunity to defeat malaria.” read more

Youth lens brings development challenges into sharper focus at UN forum

“Our challenge now, dear young colleagues, is to continue these efforts well beyond 2015, with the same enthusiasm we have seen during these two days,” said Martin Sajdik, commending participants for placing a “youth lens” on the multiple development challenges facing young people today, especially in Africa. The fourth annual ECOSOC Youth Forum coincides with the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth as well as the 20 year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for action, which addressed challenges facing women and girls. “This year’s Forum is a timely opportunity to advance the global development agenda with youth at its centre,” Mr. Sajdik continued. “Young people across regions now have had opportunities to contribute to the discussion on what it will take to effectively transition from the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) to the SDGs (sustainable development goals),” he said, drawing attention to the landmark, largely anti-poverty targets adopted in 2000 and the set of successor goals – to be focused on people and the planet, and underpinned by human rights – currently being negotiated.Mr. Sajdik said that he intended to issue an ECOSOC Presidential Statement which captures the “key messages and bold suggestions” spotlighted by the young participants in the Forum, that can help the international community achieve a truly transformative sustainable development agenda. Participants attend the fourth annual ECOSOC Youth Forum at UN Headquarters. UN Photo/Loey Felipe/Evan Schneider ‹ ›Among those, he highlighted the Global Youth Call, which was first presented by the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth during the 2014 Youth Forum; the continued gender discrimination and key challenges faced by young women and girls in all spheres of life; the continuing youth unemployment crisis and the urgent need to address the transition from school to work; and the need to back all efforts to arrive at an effective framework of targets and indicators for the post-2015 development agenda that duly reflect the needs and priorities of youth.In her closing remarks, Helen Clark, Administrator, of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said this year’s Youth Forum had “special significance” because of its timing, just before agreement of a sustainable development agenda which would set global priorities for development for the coming 15 years and several other ongoing global processes and anniversaries related to development. 2015 would be a “once in a generation year” she said, stressing the importance of youth engagement in all processes and dialogues.“Today’s generation of youth is the largest the world has ever known,” she continued, adding that most of those young people live in developing countries and outlining the challenges faced daily, including disproportionate unemployment – with 75 million unemployed globally – a large number of young people affected by war and conflict, a lack of rights enjoyed by LGBTI people and a general and widespread lack of access to education and other services.“Put simply, young people deserve a better deal,” the UNDP chief said. “And let’s hope the post-2015 development agenda delivers that.”She stressed that young people are among countries’ greatest assets and need to be embraced, nurtured and development in order to reap a “huge demographic dividend,” and she called for the empowerment of youth to enable them to join in building stronger, more inclusive structures.Describing UNDP’s Youth Strategy for 2014-17 and its vision for youth empowerment, she highlighted examples of the agency’s work to involve youth in development. That included in Liberia, where, as part of the Ebola response, 1,300 young people volunteered to help raise awareness of the disease and the basic public health measures that could stop it in its tracks. Praising that effort, she noted the credit assigned to community mobilisation efforts in turning the tide of the outbreak.Also addressing the Forum, Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Youth, told participants at the closing that “it’s not every day that delegates sit side by side with young people.” This growing trend must become the norm, he said as he proposed that delegates include at least one young person to attend with them the upcoming summit on sustainable development to be held at UN Headquarters in September. The Youth Envoy said it is critical for more mechanisms to include youth participation at all levels. The international community must acknowledge young people as solutions to the most pressing global issues instead of as problems. “Young people are an opportunity for development not a liability,” he added.“I’m so proud of your engagement,” said Mr. Alhendawi, congratulating both delegates and youth participants on sharing “candidly” during the two-day Forum what has worked and what has not in their respective countries. Also making closing remarks, Navid Hanif, Director of the Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, speaking on behalf of Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for UN Economic and Social Affairs, said the two-day Forum provided an important platform through which young people could discuss issues that are important to them as regards sustainable development. As this very important year got under way, their voices and actions would be vital to ensuring that a development agenda with people and planet at its core becomes a reality. “As we work towards the special summit in September, where world leaders will adopt [this agenda], we must bear in mind the 17 sustainable development goals recommended by the Open Working Group, which set forth the foundations of a transformative agenda,” he continued, drawing attention to the efforts carried out during the UN-led intergovernmental negotiations over the past year. “Young people are vital to the achievement of all these goals. Your voice has the power to transform the world in which we live. As we continue our work, we need your ideas, innovation and gumption over the next year,” emphasized Mr. Hanif, adding that as Member States move from planning to implementation, they will rely on the voices of the world’s youth “if, on the road to victory, we take a wrong turn. It will be you, the youth in this room and across the globe, who lead us to the future that we all want.” read more

Jagdeo condemns PPPC supporters arrest over alleged arson attempt on AFC

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice investigating social media death threats against former President, PPP/C membersJune 6, 2016In “Crime”PNC wants Ramjattan as PM candidate so “yes men” AFC will likely concede, says JagdeoJanuary 24, 2019In “latest news”Op Ed: Whim Referendum – Total rejection, repudiation of Nagamootoo and AFCNovember 16, 2018In “latest news” …calls for external investigationGeneral Secretary of the PPP Dr Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has condemned the arrest of People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) supporter, Safraz Beekham who was reportedly placed into custody on Wednesday in connection with an alleged arson attempt on an Alliance for Change (AFC) Local Government Elections (LGE) candidate.Beekham, who just last month had filed an affidavit at the High Court of Judicature against the AFC and Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for having his name “fraudulently affixed” on a AFC nominators list, was reportedly arrested around midnight on Wednesday.It is being reported that the AFC candidate, Rashree Permaul of Bloomfield village, in the Whim/Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) was alerted at approximately 21:45h to flames emanating from a fire which was set in a box placed next to the wall of the lower flat of her home.The fire was put out quickly enough to prevent any major damage to the home. It was later discovered that a pillar of the home located close to the fire was reportedly doused in what appeared to be kerosene.As such, in a statement, the AFC called on the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) to fully investigate the incident.“It is now evident that the campaign of threats and terror against the AFC activists, about which the party complained, has been taken to another level with this attempted arson. The resort to violence by political thugs and hooligans will not intimidate party fighters who are now more determined to work for change in this particular NDC” their statement said.However, at his weekly press conference, Jagdeo disclosed that the arrest of Beekham is a witch-hunt by the Government’s Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan who he said was heard on television in Berbice publicly threatening to have Beekham “dealt with”.The Opposition Leader is contending that the entire ordeal and arrest was contrived by the AFC to gain sympathy and to act as an intimidation tactic because the AFC court matter could go to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).“All of this must be fully investigated because it is an act of political gimmickry by AFC and intimidation on the part of the Ministry of Public Security so the other people might not want to come forward because of fear of victimization” Jagdeo posited.As such, he is calling for the matter to be fairly investigated outside of the GPF and by an independent investigating firm.“We must investigate this matter fully, if it’s arson we need to vigorously condemn it…we need an outside investigation into this, we think that the ethnic relations commission should look urgently into this matter. This sounds like it came from the warped mind of the AFC, their desperation and vindictiveness” Jagdeo expressed.Beekham, of Letter Kenny Village, Corentyne, was the first person to come forward with the allegations against the AFC. Following his outcry, several other persons also came forward with the said accusation.In a sworn affidavit, Beekham, who is a registered elector on the Official List of Electors for Constituency Number 3 in the Whim/Bloomfield NDC said he and others were “deliberately deceived into signing a document by an Alliance For Change representative who he claimed fraudulently represented that she was employed by GECOM and that he needed to sign a document to confirm that his name was on the voter’s list.”According to him, at no time whatsoever was he or the other residents informed, or did they know that they were in fact signing a list of backers in support of the AFC candidate(s).Beekham said on becoming aware of what was perpetuated against him and other electors, he immediately demanded that their names be withdrawn or deleted from the AFC lists.This matter was later investigated and brought before Justice Navindra Singh at the High Court who dismissed it stating that insufficient evidence was presented to the Court to support the claims of Beekham and the others affected. (Kizzy Coleman) read more

Rockstar asks retailers not to ship GTA V until September 16

first_imgRockstar has posed a bit of a problem for gamers who want a launch copy of GTA V to play on September 17. That problem being there’s a good chance it may not arrive on time, or at the very least early in the day.Rockstar has requested that retailers not post out copies of the game until Monday, September 16. So if you order your copy of GTA V through an online retailer, there’s no guarantee it will arrive on September 17 and depends completely on how good or bad your local postal service is.The posting limitation is simply to stop anyone receiving the game early, and it seems likely retailers will agree to Rockstar’s request. So do you purchase online and risk not getting the game on September 17? Based on my local postal service here in the UK, if the game shipped on September 16 I would receive it no earlier than 4pm on the following day. That’s not great.If you want to guarantee you have the full day to play GTA V on September 17 then there really are only two choices: attend a midnight opening at a local store, or pre-order from a local store and go and pick it up when that store (re)opens in the morning. However, if you’re going to be stuck at work all day and won’t get to play the game until the evening, ordering online and selecting next day delivery should ensure your copy is there waiting for you when you get home.last_img read more

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu shuts down hotel casino operations over worker dispute

first_img Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Nepal’s Hyatt Regency Kathmandu has temporarily shut down all operations, including its casino, amid protests and service disruptions by disgruntled staff.Taragaon Regency Hotels, which operates the expansive 5-star property, announced on Tuesday that the hotel and other services would be shut down indefinitely due to what it describes as “unnecessary disruptions” forced by the All Nepal Hotel, Casino and Restaurant Workers Union. Load More According to local media reports, a majority of the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu’s 400 workers are upset at recent cuts to various entitlements including a reduction in the annual increase of grade from 9% to 5%, dropping the number of reserved leave days from 90 to 78 and slashing of medical insurance levels. The alleged cuts were despite Taragaon booking a 14.3% increase in revenue and 29.5% increase in profit in the most recent fiscal quarter.In a statement, Taragaon said, “Due to the protest, we are unable to provide necessary services to customers.“The hotel is working with all parties involved to resolve the dispute at the earliest possible, but until then the hotel will temporarily cease operations and not accept any bookings.”Hyatt Regency Kathmandu houses Casino Tara.last_img read more

Plastics once Americas darling now foreign villain on Alaska shores

first_imgPlastic debris on a Montague Island beach. (2015 file photo: Chris Pallister/Gulf of Alaska Keeper)U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan chaired a hearing in Washington this morning on marine debris, and he asked the witnesses if there was consensus on what the focus should be.Download Audio“Is everyone in general agreement on that?” he asked the panel of experts he assembled. “Plastics?”Saying it, Sullivan said he felt like he was in that 1960s movie, “The Graduate,” where a young Dustin Hoffman is advised to take a promising career path: “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word …. Plastics.”But rather than a symbol of our country’s bright economic future, plastics at this hearing played the role of villain.The top Democrat on the Environment subcommittee Sullivan chairs, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, showed photos of dead seabirds with bellies full of plastic lighters and other trash. But Whitehouse did a double-take as Chris Pallister, co-founder of Gulf of Alaska Keeper, described the enormity of his group’s task on one location: Montague Island.“We have 10 people out there working. We have to move them with helicopters, so you can imagine the cost,” Pallister said. “And this is a shoreline where 30 tons of plastic debris per mile exists …”Whitehouse cut in: “Sorry, did I hear that right?“Thirty tons of plastic debris per mile,” Pallister confirmed. “Montague has 74 miles of shoreline just like that. We’ve been working on it for three summers now and we’ve only cleaned 9 miles of it.”Not to mention the other thousands of miles of Alaska coast. Pallister says there’s no steady funding for cleanup work. He says he’s particularly worried about what happens to plastic as it fragments in the ocean.“Chemicals like phthalates that are put in the plastic to make it soft and pliable … are not very strongly bonded to the plastic and they leach out very easily,” Pallister said.“Well, this could come home to roost in Alaska salmon,” Whitehouse said. Pallister agreed.Other witnesses said five developing countries are responsible for more than half of the world’s plastic ocean debris: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Sullivan says he’s looking for ways the U.S. can work with other countries to stem the flow of land-based trash washing into the ocean.Pallister says he says a great deal of plastic from the commercial fishing industry, including nets, fish totes and buoys. He also says the government should also hold shippers financially responsible for containers they lose at sea.“Nobody’s talking about getting recovery for the plastics that are going to be coming out of those containers for generations, and it’s something that ought to be explored,” Pallister said.last_img read more

Rising gold prices trigger modest rally in gold ETFs

first_imgA rally in gold prices since Monday in the international markets in tandem with stock markets tumbling has had a positive impact on gold exchange traded funds (ETFs).Spot gold prices were ruling at around $1,077.80 an ounce on Wednesday in Singapore, after reaching a four-week high of $1,088.30 on Monday.In India too, gold prices gained Rs 225 per 10 gram to close at Rs 25,840 on Tuesday, after increasing by Rs 195 on Monday.HDFC Gold ETF, Goldman Sachs ETF, IDBI Gold ETF, Reliance Gold ETF, Axis Mutual Fund Gold ETF and Kotak Gold ETF were all trading in the green on Wesdnesday with gains ranging from 0.18% to 0.68%, after having suffered losses consistently last year, when gold prices dropped about 6.30%.Gold closed at Rs 25,390 on 31 December, 2015.However, over a 365-day period, the returns on gold ETFs are negative, ranging from 5% to over 90%, the worst performer being Kotak Gold ETF, falling by 90.68% in one year.The turmoil in West Asia, coupled with the unprecedented 7% crash on Chinese stock exchanges has triggered a fall across global stock markets, including India since Monday. The West Asian crisis is due to the execution of a Iranian Shiite cleric by Saudi Arabia recently.Indian stock markets were trading with losses just before closing, with the Sensex down 0.64% and Nifty trading with losses of 0.52%. Sensex losers included Wipro, Tata Motors, L&T, Infosys, Sun Pharma and Axis Bank, while Reliance Industries, Cipla and TCS were trading with minor gains.Silver too had gained since Monday and closed at Rs 33,700 per kg on Tuesday.Gold is often seen as a safe haven when stock markets fall and as an alternative investment during times of geopolitical and financial uncertainty, reported Reuters.last_img read more

Market at new high on inflation data for June Sensex crosses 32000

first_imgEmployees walk in a lobby at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) during the announcement of the annual budget in Mumbai February 28, 2013 (representational image).Reuters fileRetail inflation data for June released the previous day lifted sentiments on Indian stock markets, with the benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty hitting new highs on Thursday in early trade. The Sensex crossed 32,000 while the 50-scrip Nifty was trading 65 points higher at 9,881.Top Sensex gainers were ITC, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank while stocks that were lifting the Nifty included ICICI Bank, ITC, Yes Bank and Indiabulls Housing Finance.Retail inflation hit a new low of 1.54 percent for June, buoying hopes of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) when it meets for its next monetary policy meeting. Though the data was accompanied in the form of weak factory output at 1.7 percent for May from 2.8 percent (revised) for April, according to, it did not impact the bull run.BusinessLine said in an analysis on Thursday that in the context of retail inflation falling to 1.54 percent, the “clamour for rate cuts has only gotten stronger.” Retail inflation dropped to a level not seen in many years, the ETEnergyworld said, citing chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian. “The last time we saw such inflation — according to slightly different CPI (IW) — was in 1999 and before that in August 1978,” he said. In other news, TCS will be starting the Q1 results season by declaring its financial performance on Thursday, followed by Infosys the next day.Staying with stock markets, Bloomberg said in a report that the party could be spoiled by the uncertainty prompted by the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) from July 1. “We don’t expect a great quarter looking at the impact of GST,” the news agency quoted A K Prabhakar, head of research at IDBI Capital Market Services Ltd., as saying.Citi analysts Surendra Goyal and Vijit Jain foresee a 2.4 percent drop in profit for Sensex companies. Investors should be cautious of volatility in view of the quarterly results for quite some time, according to Deutsche Bank AG analysts. “We are entering a phase of no like-for-like results for the next six quarters. As a result, they “expect heightened volatility and hawk-like focus on management commentary,” Bloomberg quoted Manoj Menon and Mihir P. Shah as writing in a note to clients.last_img read more

The magic carpet ride

first_imgThe expo concluded on 21 October after four days of heavy business and much excitement.308 Exhibitors from different parts of the country participated in this export oriented fair where 300 buyers from 57 countries registered their attendance. The fair was also attended by more than 250 buying representatives.Though it is difficult to quantify the exact business generated in the fair but in accordance with the feedback given by the participants it is estimated that fair has generated business of over Rs. 500 to Rs. 550 Crores. The expo proves to be benificial especially for small traders with less resources to display their work. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Indian Handmade Carpet Industry is an age old exportoriented and highly labour intensive and has enormous potential for growth.Siddh Nath Singh, Chairman, CEPC expressed that this event will be beneficial to the medium and small exporters who can’t afford to display their products in overseas exhibitions on the one hand and on the other hand show the capability of India in producing and supplying quality products in time.Umesh Kumar Gupta, Sr. Member of COA, CEPC mentioned that in the current recessionary trend the presence of 300 Overseas Buyers from all over the world in India Carpet Expo establishes the status of India Carpet Expo and demand of Indian products in the international market.Chairman, CEPC, Umesh Kumar Gupta, Senior Member of COA along with other members of the COA, CEPC given their heartfeltcongratulations to Shiv Kumar Gupta, Executive Director-cum-Secretary, CEPC and his team for their strenuous work to make the fair a grand success.last_img read more

ATMs running dry reminds me of demonetisation days Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Amid reports of ATMs running dry in several states, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said it reminds her of the demonetisation days. She also asked whether a “financial emergency” was going on in the country.”Seeing reports of ATMs running out of cash in several states. Big notes missing. Reminder of #DeMonetisation days. Is there a Financial Emergency going on in the country? #CashCrunch #CashlessATMs,” Banerjee tweeted. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsCurrency shortage was reported in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh in the past few weeks. There were also complaints of shortage in parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Bihar on Monday.However, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the government has reviewed the situation and “there is more than adequate currency in circulation”.According to the Reserve Bank of India data, currency in circulation as on April 6 was Rs 18.17 lakh crore.last_img read more

US school district to allow some teachers to carry guns

first_imgIn the wake of a slew of shooting incidents in America, a US school district has voted to allow some teachers to carry guns to make schools safer and prevent incidents like the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre.The Keene Independent School District in Johnson County, Texas, which has four campuses, voted 6 to 1 to approve the “Guardian Programme”.School board members approved the policy that would allow a few select staff members inside its four campuses to carry a gun. The carriers would be selected by the district, who would do so only if they wanted to and would carry a gun provided by the district. The measure will take affect sometime next year, as early as February or early March. Argyle in Texas adopted a similar proposal last year, as have several other districts across the state. A school district is a form of special-purpose district which serves to operate local public, primary and secondary schools. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortKeene Independent School District Police Chief Tim Kosar plans 80 hours of training for the ‘Guardian Programme’ participants in order to maintain proficiency and ensure safety. The district’s superintendent, Ricky Stephens, was quoted by ABC News affiliate WFAA8-TV as saying he could not have imagined such a programme a few years ago but all that changed on December 14, 2012 when a mentally-ill man shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.Since then, the Texas Legislature has enacted a ‘School Marshal’ programme to allow staff to carry weapons on campus.last_img read more