October 18, 2019

Play about journalism and political intrigue making waves

first_imgAPTN National NewsA play about intrepid journalists hot on the trail of political intrigue is getting a second life in Winnipeg.The play has already garnered rave reviews across the country.APTN’s Dana Foster has a look at the play by Ken Williams.last_img

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Winnipeg monument unveiled for missing and murdered Aboriginal Women

first_imgAPTN National News A monument was unveiled Tuesday honouring Aboriginal women who have been murdered or gone missing.It’s location in Winnipeg has a significant meaning to First Nation, Metis and Inuit people.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot caught up with one family who has been struggling to find out what happened to their family member.last_img

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Modi-Shah duo responsible for promoting ‘mobocracy’, damaging cultural identity of states: Cong

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Wednesday condemned the violence during Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata while accusing the Narendra Modi-Shah duo of promoting “mobocracy” in the country and damaging the cultural identity of the states. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi also condemned the desecration of the statue of national icon and social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during the violence, terming it a “shameful act”. “A new politics where ‘mobocracy’ is being actively encouraged and abetted by the ruling party — the BJP — in the country has gained ground in the past five years. Prime Minister Modi and Amit Shah-led BJP are squarely responsible for systematically damaging the cultural identity of each state in India. The Modi-Shah duo are responsible for promoting mobocracy in the country,” he told reporters. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Singhvi alleged that the federal structure, respect for regional aspirations, culture, language, food habits and the identity of indigenous people are under attack by the BJP in every state of the country. “This negative politics of ‘destruction, demolition and discretion’ are methodically vitiating the political atmosphere of the country. The BJP wants to exert its monolithic supremacy and bigoted agenda on each state, thus weakening the federal polity,” he alleged. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Singhvi said “federal fascism is embedded in the BJP’s DNA and the power hungry Modi-Shah duo are hell-bent on bulldozing the cultural identity of states.” He said the Congress strongly condemns the violent discretion of the statue of national icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, a great educationist who changed the Bengali alphabet, sanskrit scholar and reformer who brought in the widow remarriage act and fought for women’s education. “We are deeply pained that such a shameful incident took place,” he said. Singhvi said Congress president Rahul Gandhi has taken upon himself to protect the culture, identity and language of the various states that make India. “This is one of the strongest reasons why Rahul Gandhi is fighting elections from both north India (Amethi) and south India (Wayanad) so that all parts of India feel united under the common umbrella of the Congress party,” he added. The Congress leader alleged that disrespect for national icons and hegemony of its own ideology was reflective of the BJP’s mindset and recalled how BJP H Raja had pledged to destroy the statue of social reformer Periyar in Chennai. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav “actively justified pulling down statues, but no action was taken against him”, he claimed. Singhvi alleged that a bust of national icon B R Ambedkar was found splashed with red paint in north Chennai and in February this year, members of a fringe right wing group associated with the Sangh Parivar “shamelessly” re-enacted the scene of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination by shooting his effigy with an air pistol after garlanding a picture of his assassin Nathuram Godse in Uttar Pradesh. He said the current situation was the result of “condemnable policies” of the Modi government for various states, including not granting special status to Andhra Pradesh, and “systematic mauling” of the federal structure as had happened during government formations in Goa, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur. “The Modi government’s politics of division was in full form, after it brought in the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which was opposed tooth and nail in many states of the northeast. This was a direct assault on the indigenous people of the region,” Singhvi said. In Jammu and Kashmir too, he said this government promised Rs 80,000 crore, but gave only 31 per cent of the package and so was the case in Bihar, where a total of Rs 1.25 lakh crore was promised but nothing reached the state. “PM Modi, who paraded co-operative federalism as an ‘article of faith’, hasn’t even released the funds to states, with reports stating that the Centre has achieved only a third of devolution, thereby starving states of funds needed for vital welfare schemes like education and health,” he alleged.last_img read more

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City issues cease-and-desist order for private border wall

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. — A border suburb of El Paso, Texas, has issued a cease-and-desist order against construction of a privately funded border barrier.A spokesman for Sunland Park, New Mexico, said Tuesday that the barrier being erected by We Build The Wall Inc. on private property doesn’t comply with city ordinances. City spokesman Peter Ibarbo says the company had applied for a construction permit but the application was incomplete.The company didn’t immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press.In a statement to KVIA-TV in El Paso , the company says it had “done everything they need to do to be in compliance with all regulations.” The company calls the stop order “a last ditch effort to intimidate us from completing this project.”The Associated Press read more

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UN humanitarian chief in West Africa to focus on food crisis

25 April 2010The United Nations top humanitarian official is visiting the Sahel region of West Africa to draw attention to the plight of an estimated 10 million people facing a food and nutritional crisis as a result of poor harvests caused by long dry spells in the mostly arid part of the continent. John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, began the first leg of his mission yesterday in Senegal, where he had talks with Government officials and regional representatives of humanitarian organizations on strengthening cooperation among the various aid agencies in the region.He will also review the main areas of cooperation in disaster management, risk reduction and strengthening humanitarian coordination.Mr. Holmes met with Mamadou Lamine Ba, Senegal’s newly appointed minister for international and humanitarian affairs. More than 50 international humanitarian organizations are based in Senegal and Mr. Holmes noted that the country was better placed to promote a regional approach to humanitarian issues.Mr. Holmes travelled to Niger today to assess the human impact of the serious food crisis affecting some 7.8 million people there, and request urgent response by donors to the appeal launched recently for an additional $133 million to respond to humanitarian needs.He will visit Zinder area of southern Niger, one of the places worst affected by the food crisis, to meet with local people and visit nutritional centres.While in Niger, Mr. Holmes will also draw attention to the humanitarian crisis facing some two million people in Chad, and request help for 258,000 Malians, 370,000 Mauritanians and vulnerable communities in northern Nigeria.In addition to drawing attention to the need for resources to provide life-saving assistance, Mr. Holmes’ visit will also focus on the need to address the root causes of the recurring food crisis in the region.Investment in smallholder agriculture and rural infrastructure, strengthening poverty alleviation measures and disaster risk reduction in the context of climate change are some of the issues Mr. Holmes is will raise.“The current food crisis, five years after the last emergency, shows that without joint action between development and humanitarian actors in support of responsible Governments to deal with the structural issues, it will become increasingly difficult to contain these recurrent crises, which do so much to undermine economic and social progress in the Sahel,” said Mr. Holmes. read more

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Torontos Pearson Airport could be hit by baggage handlers strike Thursday

TORONTO — Ground crew for 45 airlines at Pearson International Airport could be walking a picket line Thursday, potentially delaying flights.Airlines that would be affected include Canjet, Air Transat, Air France, British Airways and KLM Royal Dutch.The union representing 700 Swissport workers at Pearson filed a 72-hour strike notice on Monday and will ask its members to shoot down the company’s final offer.“We are suggesting that our members reject this offer,” said Christopher Monette, a spokesman for Teamsters Local 419.If this happens, the workers — including baggage and cargo handlers and cabin cleaners — will be able to walk off the job on Thursday night.Monette didn’t give specifics on why the union wants its members to reject Swissport’s final offer, because the union hadn’t yet presented it to its membership.But the Teamsters recently raised issues with the company’s decision to hire 250 temporary workers last May.A statement issued by the Teamsters last week claimed the temporary workers only receive three to four days of training, rather than the three to four weeks afforded to their union counterparts.“We don’t think Swissport can basically do their jobs with workers that have no experience and poor training,” Monette said, adding that the temp workers themselves aren’t to blame.“It’s not their fault. They’re being placed in an impossible situation,” he said.Swissport said that its workers all receive a minimum of 10 days of classroom training, as well as on-the-job instruction.The union also claims that Swissport hired the 250 workers as a way of putting leverage on workers during the current round of contract talks.“We’re concerned that Swissport is willing to sacrifice airport safety to gain an upper hand at the bargaining table,” Harjinder Badial, vice-president of Teamsters Local 419, said in a statement issued last week.Swissport responded that it hired the temporary workers to help handle the summer travel rush, which it said it is allowed to do under the collective agreement.“We are confident that protocols are being followed,” Pierre Payette, Swissport Canada’s vice-president of operation, said in a statement.The Teamsters have filed a formal complaint with the Canadian Industrial Relations Board over the matter.Among its claims are that there hasn’t been a significant change in their members’ workload and that Swissport gave the union a day’s warning before it began hiring the 250 temporary workers.Swissport said it wouldn’t comment on the specifics of the union’s allegations, citing the upcoming CIRB case.Payette has said Swissport “categorically denies” the union’s allegations.“Swissport is fully confident, however, that the CIRB will dismiss these allegations as unsubstantiated and without merit,” he said.Swissport called its final offer to the union fair and competitive, and expressed disappointment that the union may strike.“Regardless of this outcome, we remain open to ongoing negotiations and optimistic that an agreement will be reached with the union,” the company said.Monette says the union’s members don’t want to strike.“Our members are hardworking folks — they want to keep working,” Monette said. “But they’re not going to allow themselves to be bullied by Swissport.” read more

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CC approves Senior DIG Wickramaratne as acting IGP

The President had earlier demanded the resignation of IGP Pujith Jayasundara after accusing him and the former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando of failing in their duties prior to the Easter Sunday bombings.Fernando resigned but Jayasundara refused to do so. He was then sent on compulsory leave. The Constitutional Council (CC) which met today has approved the appointment of Senior Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police C. D. Wickramaratne as the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP).C. D. Wickramaratne was appointed to the post by President Maithripala Sirisena. read more

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United Way Trivia Night Nov 14

When it comes to Brock’s United Way Trivia Night, knowing is more than half the battle.The fifth annual event is Nov. 14, and it’s the perfect time to put your knowledge to good use and raise money for a worthy cause.Tickets are $30, and tables seat eight. Tickets are available from Centre for the Arts (905-688-5550 x3257).Individuals and partial tables are welcome, and will be placed on teams accordingly. Tables compete for a Smartie prize.Admission includes a family-style pasta dinner and a silent auction.It’s the third event in the Brock United Way fundraising campaign. The Souper Star Lunch raised $1,400 last month, and the first Spin-A-Thon Oct. 31 raised close to $1,000.This year’s goal is $130,000.Brock United Way Trivia Night When: Friday, Nov. 14Where: Club Roma (125 Vansickle Road, St. Catharines)Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., event commences at 7 p.m.Cost: $30 for an individual ticket or $200 for a table of eightMore information: Contact Emily Hutton at x4227 or ehutton@brocku.ca or Christine Richard at x3816 or crichard2@brocku.caBelow is a partial list of the silent auction table. Prize collection is still underway. If you would like to contribute something to our silent auction table, please contact dpanter@brocku.ca• 2 Toronto Maple Leaf Tickets (Nov. 20 vs. Tampa Bay)• 4 Buffalo Sabres tickets• 2 Niagara Ice Dog tickets with autographed hockey stick• 1 2011 bottle of Cattail Creek cabernet merlot with $25 LCBO gift card• 2 $25 gift certificates to Cat’s Caboose• 2 parking upgrades• Oast House Brewery tastings/tours, an empty growler and free refill• Tim Hortons bicycle• 2 Campus Store gift baskets• Brock athletics rowing gear (his and hers)• 1 week at Kid’s Sports Camp• 4 pack of Riverview Cellars Estate wine with VIP tasting passes• 6 tasting and tour passes, growler and refill from Oast Brewery• Salon Eskada gift basket including two $25 salon gift certificates• Pampered Pooch gift basket• Golf, swag and wine gift basket• Cook’s Delight gift basket• Niagara College swag basket• Handmade mohair teddy bear• Wine and cheese tote• More prizes to be announced read more

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North Face cofounder and environmentalist Douglas Tompkins dies in Chile kayaking accident

by Eva Vergara And Luis Andres Henao, The Associated Press Posted Dec 9, 2015 7:00 am MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email North Face co-founder and environmentalist Douglas Tompkins dies in Chile kayaking accident FILE – This undated photo shows Pumalin Park, stretching from the Andes to the Pacific, which is owned by U.S. businessman Douglas Tompkins, in southern Chile. Tompkins, the co-founder of The North Face and Esprit clothing companies who bought up large swaths of land in South America’s Patagonia region to keep them pristine, died on Dec. 8, 2015 from severe hypothermia in a kayaking accident in Chile. The well-known conservationist was 72. (Carlos Quezada/La Tercera via AP) CHILE OUT – NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE – MANDATORY CREDIT LA TERCERA SANTIAGO, Chile – Douglas Tompkins, the co-founder of The North Face and Esprit clothing companies who bought up large swaths of land in South America’s Patagonia region to keep them pristine, has died from severe hypothermia in a kayaking accident in Chile.The well-known conservationist was 72.The Aysen health service said the wealthy businessman and lifelong outdoorsman was boating with five other foreigners on Tuesday when their kayaks capsized in a lake in near freezing waters in the Patagonia region of southern Chile. Tompkins died later in the intensive care unit of the hospital in Coyhaique, a town 1,700 kilometres (1,056 miles) south of Santiago.“He had lost consciousness and wasn’t breathing” when brought to the hospital by helicopter, Dr. Carlos Salazar told local television stations.Chile’s army said strong waves on General Carrerra Lake caused the group’s kayaks to capsize. A military patrol boat rescued three of the boaters and a helicopter lifted out the other three, it said.“Doug was a passionate advocate for the environment,” The North Face said in a statement. “His legacy of conservation will help ensure that there are outdoor spaces to be explored for generations to come.”Douglas Rainsford Tompkins was born March 20, 1943, in Ohio. The son of an antiques dealer and a decorator, he lived the first years of life in New York City before his family moved to Millbrook in the Hudson Valley. He began rock climbing before his teen years, and later became an active skier and kayaker.“Tompkins had been an outdoorsman all his life: a daring white-water kayaker; a skier with aspirations to compete in the Olympics; a serious mountain climber who once spent four weeks holed up in an ice cave with four buddies, waiting out an epic storm until they could finally blaze a new trail to the summit,” Edward Humes wrote in “Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet.”Tompkins attended Connecticut’s Pomfret School, but he didn’t graduate from high school and didn’t go to college. Instead, he spent a couple of years working, rock climbing and ski racing in Colorado, Europe and South America.In the mid-1960’s, he became one of the founders of The North Face, a small ski and backpacking retail operation in San Francisco’s North Beach neighbourhood under the mantra to “Never Stop Exploring.”The brand has been ubiquitous in recent years in the U.S., as likely to be seen on the New York City subways as it was on ski slopes or in office building elevators. North Face made outdoor gear cool for teenagers, hipsters, suburbanites and celebrities. The activewear company is now owned by VF Corp. of Greensboro, North Carolina. He also founded the Esprit clothing company with his first wife, Susie Tompkins Buell.After retiring in 1989, Tompkins was active in conservation and environmentalism. He used much of his fortune to buy hundreds of thousands of hectares (acres) in Patagonia, a sparsely populated region of untamed rivers and other natural beauty that straddles southern Chile and Argentina. On his Chilean land, he created Pumalin Park, 290,000 hectares (716,606 acres) of forest, lakes and fjords stretching from the Andes to the Pacific.“He was an innovative man and generous in the conservation of the environment,” Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday. “It’s true that he lived in Chile 25 years, but his work is of a global importance and his real vocation was philanthropy, something that is still relatively unknown and rare in our country.”Besides becoming one of the world’s largest private owners of land for preservation, Tompkins also sometimes got involved in local environmental issues in Chile and Argentina. Although at first his purchase of land to preserve swaths of wilderness in both countries stirred suspicion and opposition by local politicians, he shrugged off the protests insisting that he would eventually return the land to both governments to be preserved as nature reserves or parks.“If you had to go to bed every night thinking about every accusation that would come up the next day, you’d be consumed,” he told The Associated Press in a 2007 interview. “Some of that stuff is laughable. … You’ve just got to live with that and focus on the things you’re doing.”Tompkins had started to prepare for his retirement in recent months by selling some farms and even the house that he first bought in Chile and where he had been living since 1990. In one of his final interviews, he was asked about his legacy and how would he liked to be remembered. “By this,” he said referring to the preserved lands in an interview with Chile’s “Paula” magazine, published last month.“I prefer it to a statue. People are going to walk over these lands; don’t you think it’s nicer than a grave?”Many also credit Tompkins with helping to raise consciousness about the toll that large man-made projects can have on ecosystems.Last year, Chile’s government rejected an $8 billion project to dam two of the world’s wildest rivers for electricity, in Aysen, a mostly roadless region of remote southern Patagonia where rainfall is nearly constant and rivers plunge from Andean glaciers to the Pacific Ocean through green valleys and fjords.The HidroAysen plan would have built more than 100 miles of power lines to supply energy to central Chile. Tompkins and his current wife, Kris Tompkins, had objected to letting the lines cut through the park for years. The decision was seen as a victory for the couple and other environmentalists who praised the ruling as a landmark moment.“For the environmental movement, not just in Chile but internationally, (Tompkins’ death) is a huge loss,” said Sara Larrain, a long-time friend of Tompkins who leads a Chilean environmental group. “This is somebody who put all his energy, all his fortune and his spirit in preserving ecosystems.”A private memorial ceremony was being planned.__Associated Press writers Patricia Luna in Santiago, Chile and Peter Prengaman in Buenos Aires, Argentina contributed to this report.__Luis Andres Henao on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuisAndresHenao read more

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Ontario hydro bill reductions to ultimately cost ratepayers more

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, right, speaks as Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault looks on during a press conference in Toronto on Thursday, March 2, 2017. The Liberal government unveiled its plan today to cut hydro bills, which are the biggest political issue it faces less than a year-and-a-half away from an election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 2, 2017 8:35 am MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario hydro bill reductions to ultimately cost ratepayers more TORONTO – Soaring electricity bills in Ontario will see an average 17-per-cent cut this summer, a year before the provincial Liberals bid for re-election, but those savings will ultimately cost ratepayers billions in extra interest payments.Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the savings Thursday, as well as further measures for rural and low-income customers, but acknowledged that the bill for the across-the-board relief will eventually come due for ratepayers.“Over time it will cost a bit more. That’s true,” she said when detailing the plan. “And it will take longer to pay off. That’s also true. But it is fairer because it doesn’t ask this generation of hydro customers alone to pay the freight for everyone before and after.”Electricity bills in the province have roughly doubled in the last decade, rising faster than inflation since 2010, and have sparked increasing anger among Ontarians, leading to plummeting approval ratings for Wynne.Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown said those low poll numbers are what was behind the government’s move.“I think right now they’re looking at their own political survival,” he said. “They’re trying any Hail Mary and they’re trying to put a bandage on a bullet wound.”The Liberals shot back at Brown, saying that his party has no plan of its own to deal with electricity bills, but he said it will be unveiled “soon.”Ontario NDP deputy leader Jagmeet Singh said the new plan is long-term pain for short-term gain.“The Liberals’ plan is essentially to kick this can down the road — not deal with it now, not fix the root cause, but literally take the can and kick it way down the road so they can get re-elected,” he said.Wynne said the increasing hydro bills in the province were due to investments in the grid, nuclear refurbishments and getting rid of coal. She also acknowledged that long-term contracts for green energy producers at above-market rates were “too generous.”Ontario now has a clean and reliable system, Wynne said, but the entire burden of those investments was being shouldered by current ratepayers when the benefits will be seen over many years.Most of the electricity generation contracts in Ontario are for 20 years, so refinancing them is like re-amortizing a mortgage over 30 years instead. But that will come with up to $1.4 billion a year in extra interest payments.The annual $1.4 billion is a maximum figure and Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault said the government expects its plan to cost about $25 billion over 30 years. But the opposition parties said the costs could be more like $42 billion.In the near term, hydro rates will also be held to the rate of inflation, and the plan is for the 17-per-cent cut to be reflected in the Ontario Energy Board’s May 1 rates so customers see it reflected on their June bills.But those extra interest costs will be added back onto bills in the future.Legislation will be introduced to allow the Independent Electricity System Operator and Ontario Power Generation to refinance a portion of the global adjustment charge.That’s the charge consumers pay for above-market rates for power producers. The auditor general has estimated the global adjustment charge cost $50 billion between 2006 and 2015 and increased by 1,200 per cent between 2006 and 2013 — meanwhile, the average electricity market price dropped by 46 per cent.The across-the-board relief of 17 per cent comes in addition to an eight-per-cent rebate that took effect Jan. 1. That cut is estimated to cost taxpayers about $1 billion per year.Several other measures were announced Thursday to help low-income and rural residents at a cost of $2.5 billion over three years to taxpayers.Customers under a program that gives a rate subsidy to those in rural and remote areas will be expanded so that ratepayers covered by local distribution companies with the highest delivery charges will see those rates cut between $12 and $75.The Ontario Electricity Support Program for low-income ratepayers will be funded through government revenues instead of other taxpayers. The benefits are also being increased, so that someone who qualifies for the smallest credit — a single person earning less than $28,000 — would save $45 a month instead of $30.Customers who qualify for both the OESP and the expanded rural subsidy would see their bills reduced by up to 50 per cent, the government said.Additionally, the delivery charge for on-reserve First Nations residential customers is being removed. The province is also establishing an affordability fund for electricity customers who don’t qualify for low-income conservation programs to make energy efficiency improvements.The government will still meet its goal of balancing the next budget, Wynne said, though she admitted the new measures puts the government “a lot closer to the line.”The New Democrats wondered how there is room in the budget now for billions in hydro relief when the Liberals said they needed to partially sell Hydro One in order to find $4 billion for infrastructure. read more

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HSE and Education Department also reviewing Donal Lovely records

first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Justice has confirmed that the gardaí, Health Service Executive and Department of Education are reviewing any records held in relation to suspected abuser Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí.In the Seanad today, junior minister John Perry made a statement on behalf of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter about reports of alleged sexual offences by the Coláiste & Cumann na bhFiann founder.The deputy said the recent reports about Ó Lubhlaí, who is the subject of TG4 documentary examining claims that he may have abused up to 100 boys in the 1970s and 1980s, echo other cases where children were abused by people in positions of authority.The allegations date back to 1955. The founder of the popular Irish summer college Coláiste na bhFiann was also known as ‘Donal Lovely’.Perry confirmed that Shatter has received a preliminary report from Garda authorities concerning the criminal investigations that took place in relation to allegations.“As has been widely report,” he said, “in 1997 a criminal investigation was instigated into allegations of instances of sexual abuse committed against various children and young persons and the person in question was arrested in connection with offences in February 1999.”A file was forwarded to the DPP, who directed that the accused be prosecuted for numerous counts of sexual offences.A prosecution was initiated in March 2000 and the teacher was brought before Mullingar District Court, charged with 56 counts of buggery and indecent assault. A trial involving 11 victims was due to be heard in 2002. However, the the case never went ahead because of a legal challenge by the defendant. According to Perry, the reasons related to delay in the bringing of complaints.More recently, another victim had been preparing to make an official statement but this had not been completed before the accused’s death in March this year.Gardaí are continuing to liaise with the injured party, who is believed to have been 13 years old when the abuse took place in the 1970s. Concerns expressed by another person were also being examined by gardaí at the time of Ó Lubhlaí’s death.The Department of Justice understands that An Garda Síochána is carrying out a review of the procedures surrounding the handling of the complaints and subsequent investigations “to see if any lessons can be learned”.The HSE is also to examine if any contact was made with it about the allegations, while the Department of Education is also looking at its records to establish if child protection concerns were raised in relation to the Irish and religion teacher – and if anything was done if so.Responding to the issue raised by Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Perry said Shatter “regrets greatly the dreadful experience endured” by victims.“It is the Minister’s view that it is incumbent  on  any organisation which may have been used by a person to facilitate their evil deeds to examine carefully how this may have occurred and make  sure  that  its  procedures will not allow it to recur. For the present, the Minister believes that the reviews which are underway should be allowed to proceed and their results considered carefully, so that we may see what lessons can be learned to further strengthen child protection arrangements.”The Minister for Justice has also urged victims to come forward and avail of services offered by voluntary groups and the HSE. He also expressed his sincere sympathy to the survivors.You can contact your nearest Rape Crisis Network Ireland centre by visiting its website.Review of Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí abuse allegations orderedlast_img read more

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Origins launched

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Yota Krili’s new book, Origins, was launched last week to a strong Greek Australian crowd. The historical novel follows the story of the 1821 revolution and the civil war, undergoing hardships and showing unimaginable bravery. The book was introduced by Helen Nika and Dr Chris Fifi and was presented by the Greek Australian Writers Association. Coming up for the Association are three events. Mr John George will give a talk on the theatre of Nikos Kazantzakis on September 29 at 3.30 pm at the Hall of Pontian Community of Melbourne and Victoria , 345 Victoria Street, Brunswick. Admission is free. Litsa Nikolopoulou-Goga will launch her new book, Some Truths that will be presented by Dimitra Ainisli on October 20, 3.00 pm, and in November, the book Stathis Raftopoulos MBE – Poet: A Ulysses at the Antipodes will be launched. The book is written by Kyriakos Amanatides and presented by Mr George Pagalis.last_img read more

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first_img Fiery explosion kills Blue Hills man Related Items:Bay Bistro, blue hills, Conch festival 2014, Kalooki’s, mr. grouper, Three queens bar, Winners Hurricane Irma causes major damage and destruction in TCI Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Dec 2014 – Rainy weather kept many away from the Turks and Caicos Conch Festival; but those who turned up say it was one of the best stagings of the 11 year old festival held at Three Queen’s in Blue Hills. Steel pan drumming, live island music and a conch-e-tition challenge to name best conch salad, best conch chowder and best conch specialty dish was fierce. Bay Bistro were returned as best overall restaurant after a two year dethroning. New comer’s Kalooki’s in Blue Hills took best conch chowder; Best Conch salad went to the TCI Community College; Mr. Grouper got two prizes including Best Conch Specialty dish and winner of the $10,000 Rotary Pot of Gold cash prize was Matthew Redman of Provo. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FortisTCI reveals Education Week winnerslast_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Tuesday July 24 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowWalker leads in fundraising and cash on hand, but other candidates have strengthsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauCounting the money Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Mallott have spent, it leaves the ticket with $445,000 in cash on hand.Fairbanks Borough mayor seeks consolidation of fire commissionsAssociated PressA proposal going before Fairbanks North Star Borough officials seeks to consolidate the commissions overseeing emergency medical services and the fire service areas.Crews continue to battle blaze southeast of Tok, now estimated at 730 acresDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThere were five new wildfires detected across the interior on Monday, including one near Tok that’s drawing a major response.Legislation allows more immediate wildfire penaltiesRobyne, KUAC – FairbanksGovernor Walker signed a bill in Fairbanks Friday that changes the way penalties for causing wildfires can be imposed.Will online sales taxes incentivize Alaskans to shop local?Aaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerThe U.S. Supreme Court changed course on taxing online sales this summer. Now, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is working towards taxing major online retailers, namely Amazon.As man is found guilty of 2015 shooting, victim and family hope to move onLori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageGun violence can happen anywhere. Chelan Schreifels knows that all too well. Her daughter Caia Delavergne was shot by an Anchorage man, Christian Beier, in October 2015. Beier was recently found guilty after a trial in Anchorage.College students help keep Bristol Bay sockeye top tierMitch Borden, KMXT – KodiakBristol Bay seafood processors pay millions of dollars to fishermen for premium sockeye. But how do companies make sure they’re getting their money’s worth? By using mostly college students to keep fishermen honest.How little investments can lead to big community changeAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageSeward used to host a lot of bake sales. It was the only way to raise money for small organizations. Now, instead of buying cupcakes, people can donate little bits of money that are invested and help the whole community go a long way.last_img read more

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All coaching centres illegal Nahid

first_imgNurul Islam Nahid. File PhotoEducation minister Nurul Islam Nahid has said all kinds of coaching centres are being run illegally in the country.He also said he is trying to ban coaching centres, guide and note books as the High Court already declared these illegal.Nahid was speaking at a press conference on Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations at the secretariat on Wednesday.“We can’t shut the coaching centres, law enforcers can do it,” Nahid said adding ‘you can’t do everything you wish to do.’The education ministry has published a circular declaring that all coaching centres will remain closed between 29 March and 14 May  in a bid to prevent question leaks.Earlier, the authorities decided the coaching centres, that run HSC level activities, will remain shut. HSC and equivalent exams would start on 2 April and end on 14 May.last_img read more

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Hasina fails to keep polls pledges says Ershad

first_imgHM ErshadHM Ershad, chairman of ruling Awami League’s alliance partner Jatiya Party, on Monday criticised prime minister Sheikh Hasina for failing to deliver her development promises outside of Dhaka.Also the prime minister’s special emissary, Ershad said although Hasina came to power promising the poor to provide rice at Tk 10 per kg and job for youths at every house, she could not live up to her pledges.”The people are now buying rice at Tk 40-50 instead of Tk 10 while the unemployed youths haven’t got jobs,” he told a programme on Jaldhaka Dak Bungalow premises.Ershad claimed that no development took place outside Dhaka during the tenure of the present government. “Only Dhaka has seen some development.”Mentioning that he had constructed the Teesta Barrage, he said now the river has turned into a desert. “Cattle graze on the Teesta River.”The Jatiya Party chief claimed that the people have got nothing other than torture, killing, enforced disappearance and repression during the present government’s tenure.The programme was organised to mark the joining of over 100 activists of different parties the Jatiya Party presenting bouquets to Ershad.last_img read more

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What Constitutional Amendments Will Be On The November Ballot

first_imgProposition 5What will be on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment on professional sports teams’ charitable foundations conducting charitable raffles.”What it means: It would expand the definition of a “professional sports team,” giving more team-connected foundations the ability to hold charitable raffles. Proposition 6What will be on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”What it means: This would give property tax exemptions to surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty. Proposition 1What will be on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.”What it means: It would authorize property tax exemptions for certain partially disabled veterans or their surviving spouses — those whose homes were donated to them by charity for less than market value. Proposition 3What will be on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office.”What it means: Unsalaried appointees whose terms have ended but who have not been replaced would serve only until the next legislative session has ended. Share Proposition 7What will be on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.”What it means: It would allow banks and other financial institutions to conduct promotional activities — such as raffles — to encourage savings. Illustration by Todd WisemanThe Texas ConstitutionMonday marks the beginning of early voting for the Nov. 7 election. Texans are being asked to approve seven amendments to the state’s constitution.During legislative sessions, lawmakers typically agree on multiple changes to law that require amendments to the state’s rigid constitution.Any changes to the Texas Constitution must be approved by a majority of Texas voters. Getting a proposed amendment on the ballot requires support from more than two-thirds of both chambers of the Legislature.Voters in some communities are also weighing in on important local issues alongside the statewide ballot. For example, qualified Travis County voters will have the chance to vote for or against two bonds — one dealing with transportation improvements and another on constructing and improving county parks. In El Paso, voters will get the chance to approve or deny a $448.5 million bond measure that would build three new campuses and reconstruct a local high school. Check out VoteTexas.gov to find your polling place.Below are the seven constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot. The Texas Secretary of State’s office randomly assigned each resolution (each of which was adopted during the 2017 regular legislative session) a ballot number ahead of the election. Proposition 4What will be on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the Legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.”What it means: This would require courts to notify the state attorney general of any constitutional challenges to state laws. Proposition 2What will be on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment to establish a lower amount for expenses that can be charged to a borrower and removing certain financing expense limitations for a home equity loan, establishing certain authorized lenders to make a home equity loan, changing certain options for the refinancing for home equity loans, changing the threshold for an advance of a home equity line of credit, and allowing home equity loans on agricultural homesteads.”What it means: This would ease restrictions on borrowing against home equity in Texas and allow Texans easieraccess to their equity. The proposition also lowers the maximum fees that can be charged in connection with home equity loans but also exempts certain charges from the calculation of that maximum.last_img read more

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UPDATE Mayor Turner Announces Houstons Partnership With Nextdoor After It Proved Helpful

first_imgMayor Sylvester Turner is moving to social media to communicate with specific neighborhoods in Houston. The mayor is following the success of first responders that used the app NextDoor during hurricane Harvey.Next Door A screenshot shows how the NextDoor app works on mobile devices.The app pairs you up with people in your neighborhood and others living nearby, by requiring address verification during the signup process.The Mayor thus joined the Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department, and the Office of Emergency Management, among others, on the mobile app. He thinks NextDoor proved its worth during Harvey.“A connected community is a safer, stronger, and a much more resilient community,” Turner said over a press conference on Tuesday.For West Houston resident Sharon Evans, NextDoor was perfect for coordinating rescue efforts when her neighborhood flooded during Harvey. When their home began to flood, her husband Kenny used his boat to start rescuing neighbors.“We got our whole neighborhood, along with some of the neighborhoods arounds us, to be able to be aware that boats were coming and to let us know when they were ready, or needing us to pick them up,” said Sharon.While in no way is NextDoor a replacement for calling 911, the app does allow first responders to receive messages from specific neighborhoods, and provide information specific to a person’s location. In that regard HPD chief Art Acevedo said that he believes that the app is superior to Facebook or Twitter.“It’s designed for specific neighborhoods, where you’d think shared interest, shared challenges, and maybe shared values,” said Acevedo. “You know, what is a priority in the northern most part of the city, may not be a priority in the southern most part of the city.” Sharelast_img read more

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George Taliaferro 1st Black Drafted by NFL Team Dies at 91

first_imgBy The Associated PressBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — George Taliaferro, the star Indiana running back who in 1949 became the first Black player drafted in the NFL when George Halas and the Chicago Bears took him in the 13th round, has died. He was 91.The university spoke with Taliaferro’s family about his death in Mason, Ohio, senior associate athletic director Jeremy Gray said Tuesday. Other details were not disclosed.Taliaferro was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981. In the NFL, he played seven positions and earned Pro Bowl honors in 1951-53.He was the leading rusher on Indiana’s 1945 Big Ten championship team that went 9-0-1, the only undefeated team in school history. During his four years in Bloomington he led the Hoosiers in rushing twice and passing once.In this Dec. 6, 2012, file photo, Indiana University alumnus and former NFL player George Taliaferro holds the “COLORED” sign he took from the Princess Theater during the 1940s, when all the Bloomington theaters were segregated, in Bloomington, Ind. He spoke at a celebration of the 90-year-old Indiana Theater. (AP Photo/Bloomington Herald-Times, Jeremy Hogan)/The Herald-Times via AP)It wasn’t an easy transition — the segregation in Bloomington was jarring — and Taliaferro told the Indianapolis Star he once called his father in Gary, Indiana, and suggested he might come home and work together in one of the U.S. Steel plants. His dad wouldn’t hear of it.“I lay awake all night trying to figure … out … why … he wouldn’t help me,” Taliaferro told the Star. “And it came to me: That for the first 18 years of my life, every day I left my father and mother’s house to go to school, they told me two things: ‘We love you; you must be educated.’ It came to me that the other reason for my being at Indiana University … on the campus at Bloomington … Indiana — was to be educated.”Indiana said university President Herman Wells once intervened with a local restaurant to make sure he and Taliaferro would be able to eat there. When the manager balked, Wells said he would make the restaurant off limits to the student body and the manager relented.The Bears selected Taliaferro with the 129th overall pick — a potential dream come true for the Gary native who grew up following the Bears. The problem was that Taliaferro had signed a week before the draft with the Los Angeles Dons of the rival All America Football Conference, which had welcomed Black players since its debut in 1946.Taliaferro told the Dayton Daily News last year he thought about returning his $4,000 signing bonus to the Dons in hopes it would clear the way for an NFL career, but then spoke with his mother.“She said, ‘What did you promise your father?’” Taliaferro told the Dayton Daily News. “I knew right away. I had to be a man of my word, so I never even bothered getting back to George Halas and the Bears.”Taliaferro rushed for 472 yards and five touchdowns and passed for another 790 yards and four scores in his rookie season with the Dons in 1949. The AAFC merged with the NFL the following season and Taliaferro ended up with the New York Yanks for the 1950 season. Taliaferro rushed for 411 yards and four touchdowns and caught another 21 passes for 299 yards and five scores for the Yanks, leading the team in touchdowns and helping them to a 7-5 record.Taliaferro spent five more years in the NFL. He totaled 2,266 rushing yards, 1,300 receiving yards, 1,633 passing yards and accounted for 37 touchdowns while playing for franchises in New York, Dallas, Baltimore and Philadelphia. He lined up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, punter, kick returner, punt returner and defensive back.Taliaferro later earned a master’s degree at Howard University, taught at Maryland and served as dean of students at Morgan State. At Indiana, he also spent two decades serving his alma mater in a number of capacities, including as a special assistant to the president, IUPUI chancellor and dean of School of Social Work. He was also active in helping the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.Flags on the Bloomington campus were lowered to half-staff through this weekend’s homecoming game against Iowa. Taliaferro’s No. 44 will replace the traditional logo on Indiana players’ helmets for the game and there will be a moment of silence before kickoff.“He was a mentor to me, and, like all great mentors, was often one who was appropriately challenging me,” athletic director Fred Glass said. “Simply put, he was a great man and will be greatly missed.”Indiana said Taliaferro is survived by his wife of 67 years, Viola, and two daughters.Funeral arrangements were pending.last_img read more

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Mamata forms special committee for Darjeelings development

first_imgDarjeeling: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced the formation of a special committee to explore the scope of development in the Darjeeling hills and stressed on the importance to boost the tourism sector in the region. The committee, presided over by Darjeeling MLA Amar Singh Rai, will submit a report to the state government within the next six months. “The state chief secretary has formed a special committee today. Darjeeling MLA Amar Singh Rai will be in charge of the committee. Two other MLAs (of Kalimpong and Kurseong), the chairman of Darjeeling municipality and district magistrates and superintendent of police of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts will also the part of the committee,” Banerjee said after conducting the administrative review meeting of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “The committee will submit a report to the state government within the next six months regarding the scope and areas of development in the Darjeeling hills. It is important to maintain the present situation as well as take necessary steps to boost up the tourism industry here,” she said. Banerjee said Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) leaders and current GTA chairman Binay Tamang and vice chairman Anit Thapa have been appointed as the chief advisors of the committee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “In order to bring development to Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Mirik, we need to take up short term, mid-term and long term planning. The committee will look into that and take decisions accordingly,” she said after the meeting. The Chief Minister, who is on a three-day trip to the north Bengal hills, said the university to be inaugurated in Darjeeling’s Mungpoo on Wednesday will be named the Darjeeling Hill University. “It is a great thing for the people here. A university was a long pending demand of the people of Darjeeling. They demanded the university from the central government but it did not happen so the state government has come forward to fulfil their wish. An educational hub is also coming up in Kurseong,” she added.last_img read more

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