Scottish Govt to Nationalize Ferguson Marine Shipyard

first_imgzoomSource: Geograph – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license; Image by: Thomas Nugent The Scottish Government has reached an agreement with administrators to take the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow into public control.The deal will enable completion of the two ferries being built for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL).It will also ensure work continues towards delivery of the other vessels currently under construction and secure a future for the yard through continuity of employment for the workforce, the government explained.The latest development follows two years of extensive discussions with partners to try and find a workable commercial solution.visited the yard this morning to speak to the workforce and outlined the Scottish Government’s commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for the yard.“Public control will provide much-needed continuity of employment now and ensure the completion of the CMAL ferry contracts at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayer. It is absolutely essential that the outstanding contracts to build these two ferries are completed in order to sustain the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services network and provide vital support for the economies of our island communities,” Derek Mackay, Scotland’s Economy Secretary, said.“We are now working to put in place a management team which will refocus all efforts on completing this vital government contract. We will also be working closely with staff and the trades unions – as well as suppliers and customers – to achieve the best possible outcome for the yard,” Mackay added.last_img read more

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Azad stopped at Jammu Airport sent back

first_imgJammu/New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was stopped at the Jammu airport on Tuesday and sent back to Delhi, a party leader said, the second time in a month the former chief minister was not allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir. “Azad sahib had arrived from Delhi at around 2.45 pm and was not allowed to move out from the airport and forcibly sent back in a return flight to Delhi at 4.10 pm,” state Congress chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma told PTI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha was not allowed to go home or attend the party meeting at state Congress headquarters either, Azad’s close aides said. The Congress leader will return back to Delhi in the evening through a GoAir flight. Earlier on August 8, Azad was briefly detained and sent back from the Srinagar airport after the administration imposed restrictions following the Centre’s move to scrap the state’s special status and bifurcate it into Union territories. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “It is unfortunate that he (Azad) is not allowed into his home state in the past two weeks,” Sharma said. “He is the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, member of Rajya Sabha from the state and leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha.” The Congress spokesperson said Azad just wanted to come and meet some people to know about the prevailing situation. “Denying him permission shows that how the mainstream national party is not being allowed to interact and discuss the current situation,” he said, adding that the Congress and its leaders were not “trouble-makers” that the state was behaving like this.last_img read more

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Left leaders not called by CBI ED as they are not involved

first_imgKolkata: Two days after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged in Assembly that only the Left Front is unaffected by the central probe agencies as they have an understanding with the BJP, the CPI(M) on Sunday hit back by saying that only the Trinamool Congress leaders are being called for questioning as “they are involved in corruption”.”Those involved in scams and corruption are being called by CBI and ED for questioning. Left leaders are not being called as they are not involved in any such scams,” senior CPI(M) leader Biman Bose said on the sidelines of its anti-war rally in Kolkata on Sunday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja On Friday, Banerjee had raised the chit fund scam issue in the Assembly. “There is no political party in the country, except the Left, which is unaffected by the investigation agencies. This is because they must have a certain understanding with the BJP. Chit funds started in 1980s, during the Left rule (in West Bengal). We have arrested the accused.” She went on to ask, “When was Channel 10 started? It didn’t start in our tenure. When did Rose Valley scam start? All began in Left’s tenure,” she said.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Liberals asked to make basic living costs more affordable in poverty plan

first_imgOTTAWA – The minister in charge of a federal plan to reduce poverty nationwide says he has heard clearly that Canadians want the Liberals to find a way to make it easier to cover the basic costs of living as part of a sweeping strategy to be released this year.Helping to cover the cost of the monthly rent, healthy food and transportation, among other necessities of every day life, was a key message from the more than 8,000 Canadians who gave their ideas on the plan.Their views were summarized in a report released Tuesday that provides an overview of findings from months of consultations.The Liberals have promised a poverty reduction strategy before the end of their four-year mandate and the “what we heard” report gives the broad strokes of what the Liberals are likely to include in the plan when it is finally released, including an emphasis on enacting measures to prevent people from falling into poverty.Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said helping lower-income Canadians have enough money to meet the range of basic needs is something the government is reviewing, suggesting that some measures may be further detailed in next week’s budget.What exactly those measures will be Duclos wouldn’t say during a Facebook live chat.What Duclos did say was that a key focus of the strategy would be on reducing income inequality to avoid a populist uprising linked to those who feel socially and economically excluded. Duclos said much of the language in the consultation report is aimed at preventing the rise of an us-versus-them mentality.“They will build walls as opposed to building bridges,” he said.“It will bring even greater exclusion because of perverse political processes. So we want to avoid that and so all of these measures have the impact of bringing people together, of making feel people feel more part of a community.”Duclos said the poverty reduction strategy would be released sometime in 2018.The most recent census figures found that in 2015, 4.8 million people lived below the poverty line as defined by Statistics Canada, including about 1.2 million children under 18.The Liberals have promised a poverty reduction strategy before the end of their mandate that would build on existing strategies on housing and homelessness, among others.Key to the plan will be measuring poverty, which can’t always be captured by a single figure, and then reporting publicly whether things have gotten better or worse. Some groups have disagreed with the numbers the Liberals publicly use, such as the impact of the Canada Child Benefit on child poverty rates, arguing they exaggerate the effects.The Liberals are also looking to build the federal strategy upon similar plans provinces and territories have in place.Provincial strategies have included investments in child care; dental, vision and prescription drug plans; increases to the minimum wage; and expanding affordable housing options. Each issue was highlighted in documents prepared by Duclos’s officials in late 2016, copies of which were obtained by The Canadian Press under the access-to-information law.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP kicks off National Road Safety Week ahead of

first_imgDuring the Victoria Day Weekend of 2016, there were 1,900 collisions in B.C. with 490 people sustaining injuries.RCMP say, on average, two people are killed every year over the long weekend in B.C.Constable Chad Neustaeter, of the Fort St. John RCMP, says driving is a privilege and that everyone deserves to arrive home safely when travelling.“Driving is a privilege and nobody goes out thinking they are not going to return home or get injured while travelling. Help to keep the roads safe for everyone.”Here are some tips to ensure a safe Long Weekend:Plan your travels ahead of time so you are not rushed or in a hurry.Drive at the posted speed limits and help drivers get back into the lane when they pass you.Remain focused and avoid distraction while driving especially if you have passengers (precious cargo) in your vehicle.Only drive sober! Call for a taxi or sober friend or family member to pick you up if you have had anything to drink.The National Road Safety Week takes place from May 14 to 20, 2019 across the Province and Canada. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As residents gear up for the Victoria Day Long Weekend, the Fort St. John RCMP will be participating in the annual National Road Safety Week.This campaign will focus on the behaviours that put road users most at risk.According to the RCMP, they will be focusing on ensuring drivers are sober and alert, and that seat-belts are being used as most traffic-related injuries and deaths are preventable.last_img read more

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Royal Air Maroc to Become Oneworld Alliances First African Full Member

Rabat – Morocco’s national carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will join the oneworld global airline alliance which includes industry heavyweights American Airlines and British Airways.RAM’s membership is expected to take effect in mid-2020, announced oneworld Wednesday, December 5, in a statement.“Its regional subsidiary Royal Air Maroc Express will join as a oneworld affiliate member at the same time.” Commenting on the new membership, Royal Air Maroc CEO Abdelhamid Addou said, “This undoubtedly represents one of the most significant landmarks in our airline’s 60-year history and on our journey to establish Royal Air Maroc as the leading airline of Africa.”Read also: Royal Air Maroc to Launch Miami-Casablanca Non-Stop Flight April 2019Although South Africa’s Comair, “which flies as a franchisee of British Airways,” is a oneworld affiliate member, Royal Air Maroc will be oneworld’s first full member from the continent, reads oneworld’s statement.“Africa is the last major region where oneworld  does not have a full member airline – and has one of the fastest predicted air travel growth rates over the next few decades,” said oneworld Governing Board Chairman Alan Joyce and Qantas CEO.Oneworld CEO Rob Gurney said, “Royal Air Maroc is growing into a truly global airline, with its home base Casablanca to be developed into Africa’s leading aviation gateway while also consolidating its place as Africa’s number one financial centre.”Morocco received a total of 10.5 million tourists between January and October this year, an 8 percent increase from the same period last year, according to the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism.Read also: Royal Air Maroc Signs Code-Sharing Agreement with Iberia AirlinesOn a fleet of 55 airplanes, RAM carried 7.3 million passengers in 2017 with an average of 245 daily departures. The state-owned airline generated $1.7 billion in revenue last year.RAM, which employs 5,413 people, has 94 destinations in 49 countries across the world.By joining oneworld, Royal Air Maroc will add 34 new destinations and 21 countries to the alliance map, expanding its network to reach 1,069 airports in 178 countries.As Royal Air Maroc has a five-year plan to expand its fleet to carry 13 million passengers per year in 121 destinations in 68 countries, oneworld alliance will gain 15 additional destinations and 9 countries.Launched in February 1999, oneworld is an alliance of some of the world’s leading airlines such as American Airlines, British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, and Qatar Airways. The alliance carries “550 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of 3,500 aircraft.” Oneworld generates $135 billion in revenue annually. read more

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IOM 2200 Irregular Migrants Arrived in Europe in 13 Days

Rabat – At least 2,200 undocumented migrants arrived in Europe via  Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Malta across the Mediterranean during the first 13 days of 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on January 15.The figure represents a slight increase compared to the 1,915 migrants and refugees who entered Europe by sea during the same period last year.By December 2018, Europe had received 113,145 migrants across the Mediterranean in 2018. Arrivals in Spain accounted for 50 percent of all European ports of entry. Spain received 57,250 irregular migrants who crossed the Mediterranean in 2018 up to December 26. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 31 percent of those who entered Spain irregularly last year were from Morocco, 20 percent from Guinea, and 16 percent from Mali.Read Also: Spain Sets New Record with 57,250 Irregular Migrant Arrivals in 2018The western-Mediterranean route via Spain has become the most used one by irregular migrants.On January 1, Spanish rescue services assisted 111 migrants traveling on three boats in the early hours of the day, according to El Pais.IOM Spain’s Ana Dodevska reported that “1,609 men, women and children have arrived as irregular migrants” to Spain by January 13, accounting for 73 percent of the total undocumented migrants entering Europe via the sea.The arrivals are “more than the 1,400 arriving through all of January last year” in Spain, added Dodevska.During the two last weeks, at least 16 people died across the three Mediterranean sea routes, according to IOM.Read Also: Paul Kagame: Europe is Responsible for Migration CrisisThe total number is very low compared with the 194 deaths recorded during the same period in 2018, which, according to IOM, “was due to a spate of shipwrecks off Libya.”“At this point in 2017 a total of 1,159 irregular migrants or refugees had landed in either Greece, Spain or Italy after crossing the Mediterranean, and IOM had recorded a total of 12 deaths,” said IOM.Last year, over 2,242 undocumented migrants died on migratory routes in the Mediterranean, including 769 using the western Mediterranean route from Morocco to Spain. The 769 deaths represents over three times the recorded deaths using the same route in 2017. read more

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DPR Korea faces potential food crisis due to last years flooding UNICEF

20 March 2007A potential food crisis faces the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) with serious flooding last year leading to a possible shortfall of 1 million to tonnes of grain, a fifth of total food requirement for 2007, according to an update by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the largest UN agency working in the country. A potential food crisis faces the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) with serious flooding last year leading to a possible shortfall of 1 million to tonnes of grain, a fifth of total food requirement for 2007, according to an update by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the largest UN agency working in the country. Meanwhile, far less food is coming into the country because of the Government’s decision not to accept humanitarian aid, UNICEF country representative Gopalan Balagopal said on a recent visit to his agency’s headquarters in New York. UNICEF is currently active in six of its nine provinces with programmes focusing on nutrition, health and education, as well as safe water and sanitation. “For me and members of my team, I think the most satisfying part of being in DPR Korea is that we realize UNICEF’s presence really makes a difference for children,” Mr. Balagopal said. “We have just launched our new three-year country programme,” building on developments from the past few years, he added. “The work we have been doing has helped improve the nutritional status of both children and women…. This is our central focus.” In the area of health, he pointed out that DPRK now has an immunization rate of 97 per cent, one of the highest in the East Asia and Pacific region. “We provide vitamin supplements and treat children who suffer from acute malnutrition,” he said. “UNICEF is also providing a range of essential drugs to hospitals, as many hospitals in DPR Korea are operating on tight budgets.” On educational development, Mr. Balagopal noted that for the first time the DPRK participated last year in the East Asia Learning Assessment, a regional survey on the quality of teaching and learning. “There were two areas that needed improvement. One was teacher training, and the second was curriculum revision,” he said. “And UNICEF is very much engaged with interventions in both areas.” read more

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Stock markets focus on fiscal cliff worries in shortened trading day

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was negative near midday as concerns about stalled talks over the U.S. federal budget dominated attention ahead of the Christmas holiday.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 25.63 points to 12,360.07, in a shortened trading session that ends at 1 p.m. ET. The TSX Venture Exchange rose 2.28 points to 1,179.99.The Canadian dollar was at 100.80 cents US, up 0.14 of a cent.Gold stocks dropped 0.6% with the February bullion adding 10 cents to US$1,660.20 an ounce. March copper was down 1.2 cents at US$3.56 a pound.January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange slid 13 cents to US$88.53 a barrel.Attention continues to be focused on a deadline for U.S. politicians to avoid a combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that will go into effect in the New Year. There’s a fear that the U.S. economy could be pushed into a recession of it goes over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”The Republican-dominated House has been at odds with the Democrat controlled White House and Senate over the best way to deal with the U.S. government’s huge deficits. The two sides have been unable to find a workable compromise.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials dropped 46.63 points to 13,144.21, the Nasdaq fell 10.77 points to 3,010.24 and the S&P 500 index was off 4.63 points at 1,425.52.U.S. stock markets will also close early.Key U.S. lawmakers are already predicting that much of their holiday season will be spent in Washington. Many believe that the most that will be achieved is a stop-gap measure to avoid the federal spending cuts and broad tax hikes that would take effect Jan. 1 if no budget deal is reached.President Barack Obama said later Friday that he is “ready and willing” to get a big package done to deal with the fiscal cliff, adding there’s no reason not to protect middle-class Americans from tax increases.Obama says he spoke Friday with House Speaker John Boehner and met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He says Congress should pass a plan to extend tax breaks for the middle class and extend unemployment benefits.Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday that it “It’s the first time that I feel it’s more likely we’ll go over the cliff than not,” following the collapse late Thursday of House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to allow tax rates to rise on million-dollar-plus incomes. Wyoming Sen. Jon Barrasso, a member of the Republican leadership, predicted the new year would come without an agreement.This week investors will be squaring away their tax books for the year. Monday marks the last day for tax-loss selling for Canadian taxpayers selling equities through domestic accounts. The deadline for U.S. securities tax loss sales is Wednesday.In corporate developments, Chevron Canada Ltd. is moving to acquire a 50% stake in a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal near Kitimat, B.C., in a series of deals that will result in the exit of two of the three current partners.Under the deal, the subsidiary of Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX) has agreed to buy out the stakes held by Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) and a subsidiary of EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG), which each hold 30%. Apache Corp., which holds the remaining 40%, will raise its stake to 50%.Encana shares were down 44 cents at $19.69 in Toronto. In New York, Chevron slid 95 cents to US$108.76, EOG slipped 34 cents to US$123.23 and Apache dropped $1.04 to $78.96.Sears Canada Inc. (TSX:SCC) said its chief financial officer Sharon Driscoll, who has been CFO for the national retailer since December 2010, will leave the company on Jan. 4 to pursue other interests. Its shares were down six cents to $10.60.Most markets across Europe were only open for half a day and will only re-open again on Thursday. German markets, and others, were closed for Christmas Eve.Among those that were open, Britain’s FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed up 0.2% at 5,954.18 while the CAC-40 in France was down an equivalent rate at 3,652.61.Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, closed up 0.1% at 22,531.51 while South Korea’s Kospi rose less than 0.1% to 1,981.82. Japanese markets were closed for the Emperor’s birthday holiday.The Canadian Press read more

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Brookfield Infrastructure Partners deal to buy Australian freight firm Asciano hits regulatory

TORONTO — A deal by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners to buy rail and container terminal company Asciano Ltd. has run into difficulty with Australia’s competition regulator.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has rejected the company’s proposals to address concerns about the takeover.But the regulator says it expects to make a final decision regarding the deal Dec. 17.Brookfield Infrastructure to buy Australian freight firm Asciano in $8.84-billion dealBrookfield Infrastructure say it’s assessing the announcement and evaluating its alternatives for addressing the issues raised by the regulator.It says it is committed to working co-operatively with the commission.Asciano’s Patrick subsidiary owns and manages container terminals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and its Pacific National subsidiary operates a rail transportation business with 664 locomotives that operate across Australia.The Canadian Press read more

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Gas price to go up milk powder price to be reduced

A proposal has been made to increase the price of gas and reduce the price of milk powder.The proposal was made by the Cost of Living Committee appointed by the cabinet. Accordingly, it has been proposed that the price of a 12.5 kg LP gas cylinder be increased by Rs 195 and the price of milk powder be reduced by Rs 25 per kilogram. (Colombo Gazette)

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Young speaker with a big message

WATERFORD – Educators have seized on a highly effective means of steering young people in productive directions.The strategy involves finding young people who remind students of themselves who are smart, good speakers and really enthusiastic about their subject matter.Enter Hannah Alper, 16, of Richmond Hill, an all-purpose activist who was the keynote speaker Thursday at an eco-conference in Waterford sponsored by the Grand Erie District School Board.Alper spoke for nearly an hour to students from 13 schools in the auditorium at Camp Trillium on Rainbow Lake. Alper spoke of how she was encouraged, at age 9, to speak up on behalf of animals, especially species endangered by habitat loss.She has since branched off into environmentalism in general, with a special focus on bullying and inclusivity.“I’m passionate about all these things,” Alper said. “And the more people I meet, the more passionate I am to change the world.“If you are angry or frustrated with something in the world, write to someone who can do something about it.”Alper has packed a lot of activism into her young life. She has been a featured speaker at 37 We Days conferences across North America.In 2017, Alper was granted a rare, one-on-one interview with Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani woman that the Taliban tried to kill for seeking a secular education.That opportunity came when the latter was in Ottawa to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. Yousafzai, 21, has the distinction of being the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.Alper has since gone on to author a well-received book on activist principles called Momentus: Small Acts, Big Change. She is a popular blogger and has 38,800 followers on Twitter (@ThatHannahAlper).So much achievement at such a young age has attracted the attention of people in high places.Alper has secured a coveted month-long internship at The New York Times in New York City. This summer, she will get an inside look at the operations of one of the world’s most influential newspapers.“One of the reasons she can do all this is because no one has ever told her that she can’t,” says father Eric, a music publicist, commentator and self-described “shameless idealist.”When Hannah was finished speaking Thursday, students from the 13 schools in attendance hovered around her for more than half an hour, snapping selfies and getting autographs. It could have gone on longer but the day-long conference had to move on to other topics.“I’m a little embarrassed to be here,” Grand Erie education superintendent Wayne Baker told the kids at the opening.“You are looking for ways to create a more sustainable environment, but the fact is you are going to have to clean up the mess my generation made.”Local schools in attendance included Bloomsburg Public School, Lakewood Elementary School in Port Dover, and Lynndale Heights Public School in Simcoe.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Mens basketball Gene Smith voices support for Thad Matta

OSU coach Thad Matta signals to the official that a foul should have been called in a game against Purdue on Jan. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. Courtesy of Tino BovenziThe speculation on Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta’s job safety has been rampant for much of the past two seasons, only amplified with this season’s 17-14 record and 11th-place finish in the Big Ten.The Department of Athletics has offered no clarity amid the speculation, until Wednesday.Ohio State Athletics Director and Senior Vice President Gene Smith cleared the air in an official statement, voicing his confidence in Matta’s ability to return the program to national prominence.“While we are not currently where we aspire to be with our performance on the court, Thad understands better than anyone that component has to improve,” Smith said in a statement. “I am confident in his leadership to return the program to the winning ways that we have all enjoyed during his 13-year tenure.”Smith’s statement comes after Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports reported Monday night that Matta would return to the program despite concerns about the coach’s health. Matta fielded questions on Tuesday about the report, his general well-being and the university’s lack of public support for him.Matta said that he didn’t care whether the athletic department publically supported him or not, but affirmed that his health would not affect him enough to step down from his his post.In the statement, Smith said that he and Matta had a discussion about the future of the program, and Smith mentioned Matta’s 337-122 all-time record, five Big Ten titles and nine NCAA Tournament appearances as reasons to retain Matta as head coach.Earlier this season, Matta said that his travel for recruiting is indicative of his commitment to the future of the program. The Buckeyes currently have two players signed for the 2017 recruiting class, and three verbally committed in the 2018 class.Matta’s current contract runs through the 2018-19 season. read more

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PAC to take legal advice on continuing penalty points examination

first_imgUpdated 11.10pmTHE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Committee is to consider legal advice tomorrow on continuing its examination of a report into the fixed penalty notice scandal.The chairman of the committee, John McGuinness TD,  said this evening that the committee’s intent in hearing from the Garda whistleblowers on the penalty points issue “was to get a better understanding of the system so that we could bring a report to the Dáil with recommendations on how the weaknesses in the system […] can be addressed.”He stressed: “We are not investigating the actions of any member of An Garda Siochána which is not within our remit or capacity.”Today, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said that he intends on asking the Garda Ombudsman to investigate the controversy surrounding the administration of the penalty points system.McGuinness said that the PAC members will now “have to take cognisance of the Minister’s direct intervention into the work of the committee”. He said they will have an opportunity to discuss the full implications of this at their scheduled private meeting tomorrow.“Part of that consideration will entail taking take legal advice on the continuation of the Committee’s examination of the C&AG’s Report on the management of the fixed charge notice system,” noted McGuinness.In addition to taking evidence from the Garda Commissioner on this issue, the Committee had received documentation from two whistleblowers. These gardaí – serving Garda Maurice McCabe and retired garda John Wilson – alleged inappropriate use of discretion by Gardaí who had the authority to cancel fines.The committee has already agreed to hear evidence from these two men and was due to meet tomorrow afternoon to discuss how this evidence would be taken.PuzzledMeanwhile, Deputy Shane Ross has said that he is “puzzled” by comments Minister Shatter made about the PAC today.Speaking on Prime Time on RTÉ, Ross said he is “seriously puzzled by what he’s saying”.He continued: “I think the committee has got some really good people on it” and it has “been asking some really serious questions”.In a statement released earlier this evening, Shatter said that recent comments by a “minority” of members on the PAC “pose the risk of bringing the work of the Committee into disrepute, undermining its role and its credibility and are particularly disturbing”.Ross said of the committee, “we’re not trying to decide how the garda is run” and they are “trying to find out what is happening on the penalty points issue”.He added that it would be “completely wrong to say we are on one side or the other”.Read: Ombudsman investigation into gardaí will be ‘wide-ranging’>last_img read more

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Opinion Creative spaces are under threat so councils must be proactive to

first_img Short URL By Patrick Costello Opinion: Creative spaces are under threat so councils must be proactive to ensure that the arts survive Rents are sky-rocketing making spaces unaffordable for many artists. But with proper planning, we can protect the creative life of the city, writes Councillor Patrick Costello. Tuesday 23 Apr 2019, 7:00 AM https://jrnl.ie/4602440 THE POOLBEG WEST SDZ that was recently approved by An Bord Planeala is one of the most significant things that Dublin City Council has achieved in recent years. The headlines understandably focused on the fact that it will provide for 3,500 homes, including almost 900 social and affordable homes, all of which locals urgently need. But there is another important aspect of that plan that was almost completely overlooked.The Poolbeg West SDZ is unusual because it contains a condition that the development must include at least 40 artists studios.This is an important achievement that stands in contrast to the prevailing trends in our capital. Artistic, creative and community spaces are under threat. Just like with housing, commercial rents have sky-rocketed and so they have become unaffordable for many artists. Much of the recent commercial redevelopment involves international chains opening in Dublin and these large chains have the financial muscle to push aside small local businesses, along with creative ventures and community groups.The last few years in Dublin have shown the inevitable result of this.2018 saw the closure of several weekend markets.  The Dublin Flea, Brocante Dublin, Fusion Sundays Pure Vintage Fair, Rumble in the Jumble, The New Market Collective and the Grand Social’s Halfpenny Market.In recent years, the artistic social enterprise, Block T, was forced from its home in Smithfield, while Mabos a shared cultural and artistic space in Dublin’s docklands closed in 2014.Just last October in my own neighbourhood, the Ranelagh Arts Centre lost its space and is now without a home. Small, local businesses are also struggling to survive.  Sweeney’s Pharmacy – famed for its appearance in Ulysses and now a venue which celebrates James Joyce – has started a fundraising drive to help pay their increased rent.There is now a serious shortage of creative spaces in Dublin city. While groups like mArt have worked hard to meet the need, supply is getting tighter as the otherwise empty buildings that been used by artists are cleared for redevelopment.Sadly that redevelopment usually means another hotel or more unaffordable purpose-built student accommodation. That is not the type of housing that residents of Dublin urgently need.The recent planning decision in Portobello harbour is a typical example. I’m not opposed to redevelopment but we do need to be mindful of what is being lost and ensure that new studio spaces are found for the artists, who are displaced by it.  If we don’t act, we risk Dublin losing its deep-rooted cultural authenticity and turning into another carbon copy of every other major city, with the same ubiquitous shops and food chains and very little in between.The challenge is to try and hold on to that which makes Dublin unique – and the plan for Poolbeg West provides a template to do this. The guaranteed inclusion of the 40 artist’s studios in Poolbeg West came about because Green Party councillors tabled a motion at Dublin City Council – in an effort to protect and provide for cultural and creative spaces in the city.Our colleagues on the council backed our idea and so a stipulation was added to the plan for the area.If we want to retain our creative and cultural spaces in Dublin we have to be proactive and work to make space for them.(This is just a beginning – if we are really serious we also need to look at the financial support we offer to cultural, creative and community groups, even tiny amounts of money can help groups that run on a shoestring.)National planning legislation provides for a minimum amount of social housing in developments of a certain size – so why not bring in a minimum number of creative and community spaces in each large-scale development too? The Poolbeg West SDZ shows what can be achieved with proper planning. I believe it provides a template for development, that not only should we continue to use in Dublin but which other urban-based councils across Ireland could also consider implementing. Patrick Costello is Green Party councillor for Rathgar-Rathmines.  Patrick Costello Green Party Councillor 9,221 Views 6 Comments Share Tweet Email Apr 23rd 2019, 7:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Junior minister says a government involving Sinn Féin would risk security of

first_imgWe are here, we are equal. Our democratic mandate and more importantly the people who vote for Sinn Féin will be respected. It is not for Leo Varadkar or Micheál Martin to decide whether or not we enter government. That decision will be made, in the first instance by the people.O’Donovan told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that Fine Gael is “not working towards an election” despite weekend reports about work the party is doing on potential campaign slogans.“Every political party in the country does research it’s the most natural thing you do in politics, you try to find out what the mood in the country is and what are the aspirations and demands of the people and how do you formulate policy around that,” he explained.“If you didn’t do that, if you didn’t do research, you’d fastly find yourself in a fairly irrelevant corner.”He also ruled out the possibility of a coalition between his party and Sinn Féin.“One thing is for certain, regardless of the Ard Fheis speech at the weekend and all the hyperbole and razmataz around Mary Lou’s first day out, the reality is for me and for many others in Fine Gael, last week proved why Sinn Féin were not a suitable party for government because of their consistent stance for instance on the Special Criminal Court and the Offences Against the State Act,” he said.We as a party respect the principle of law and order and we’ve made it very clear before that in order to have any sort of an arrangement with anything resembling Fine Gael you have to have unequivocal support for the Special Criminal Court. It is the last line of defence between the citizens of the country and gangland criminals…O’Donovan said this is one deal “that will not be done”.“To have any situation where there’s a government involving Sinn Féin involves risking the security of the State, that is something we will not countenance.”He also said there are “chasms” between the parties’ stances on economic policy. O’Donovan said his party is committed to finishing out the confidence and supply agreement it has with Fianna Fáil.Yesterday that party’s leader Micheál Martin also criticised McDonald’s comments, describing them as “extraordinarily arrogant”.“There was no radical proposals or solutions contained within the speech. And there was a sense of entitlement that somehow Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael owed Sinn Féin power,” he told RTÉ’s This Week programme.“There is this sense from Sinn Féin and Fine Gael that they’re all talking about power, getting into power. And not focusing on the key issues and challenges facing the people of the country.”He said the focus for all politicians in Leinster House should be on record waiting lists in hospitals and levels of homelessness in the country, not on “this sort of phoney talk of an election”. https://jrnl.ie/4076511 Junior minister says a government involving Sinn Féin would ‘risk security of State’ Patrick O’Donovan ruled out the possibility of a coalition between his party and Sinn Féin. 21,036 Views A FINE GAEL Minister of State has ruled out the possibility of a coalition between his party and Sinn Féin after the next general election, claiming any government involving Mary-Lou McDonald’s party would risk the security of the State.Minister of State in the Department of Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Patrick O’Donovan was responding to comments made by the Sinn Féin President at the party’s Ard Fhéis over the weekend. In her speech on Saturday, McDonald criticised both Martin and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, accusing them of seeking to “exclude” Sinn Féin from governing in the south.“I invite them to wake up and smell the coffee. To realise that Irish political life is no longer dictated by them, it is no longer their way or the highway,” McDonald said. Share626 Tweet Email4 Monday 18 Jun 2018, 10:49 AM By Michelle Hennessycenter_img Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Short URL Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Jun 18th 2018, 10:49 AM 213 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Where to find egg hunts in Clark County this Easter weekend

first_imgHunting for hunts? On April 15, intrepid egg gatherers can hop along the Easter Bunny’s trail as colorful containers of candy dot the landscape. Luckily, Clark County offers hunters an egg hunt every hour of Saturday morning, until early afternoon. If you’d rather wait until Easter Sunday — to go exploring bedecked in your Easter best — Camas is where you’ll want to be. On April 16, Crown Park will be filled with eggs and its annual best-bonnet contest, while the Branch Church will be hosting an egg hunt for all after its service at Union High School.The accompanying Easter egg hunts have been grouped by where, followed by when. All are free and take place April 15, unless otherwise noted. Be sure to bring your own hunting gear, a decorated bag or basket, to haul home all your treasures.All events take place on April 15, unless otherwise noted.North Clark County• La Center Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast: 8 to 11 a.m. Holley Park Community Center, 1000 E. Fourth St., La Center. The fundraiser breakfast will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. featuring pancakes, eggs and more. It will followed by the annual egg hunt at 10 a.m., open to ages 10 and younger, featuring appearances by the Easter Bunny and Curly the camel. $5 for breakfast, free for egg hunt. http://lacenterlions.org• Yacolt Easter Egg Hunt: 9 to 10 a.m. North County Little League Park, 202 W. Christy St., Yacolt. The town’s annual Easter egg hunt is open to ages 10 and younger, complete with Easter Bunny. 360-686-3922 or www.townofyacolt.com/general/page/annual-easter-egg-hunt• Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt: 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Kiwanis Park, 422 S.W. Second Ave., Battle Ground. The Battle Ground Kiwanis will host the annual hunt, which begins with games for children, a 4-H petting zoo, fire truck appearance and storytime with a Rose Princess. The egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. 360-687-2044.last_img read more

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Two San Diego breweries named in the Brewers Associations top 50 fastestgrowing

first_img April 12, 2018 Posted: April 12, 2018 Two San Diego breweries named in the Brewers Association’s top 50 fastest-growing small breweries in nation KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two San Diego County businesses are included in the Brewers Association’s inaugural list of the top 50 fastest-growing small, independent breweries in the nation.Chula Vista-based Novo Brazil Brewing and Bay City Brewing in Point Loma were ranked as the 8th and 28th fastest-growing small breweries, respectively.Median growth for the top 50 fastest-growing breweries between 2016 and 2017 was 216 percent, according to the Brewers Association. The median growth rate for those breweries was 679 barrels each.Bay City co-owner Greg Anderson welcomed the recognition and noted its location in the “craft brewery capital of the world.”“At Bay City … our priority has always been to grow community first — the families, friends and loved ones that want to make memories with good beer. It’s what we owe our fast growth to, despite the ultra-competitive industry,” he said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Being model exposes you to a lot of different skills Supraja Sanku

first_imgSupraja SankuPR HandoutMany people view modelling as a glamorous career. Hundreds of young girls audition with the hope of gaining a spot and making a name for themselves in the modelling world. They are attracted to the lifestyle and the benefits that modelling can bring.Here popular fashion and social media model, Supraja Sanku talked about some of the benefits that makes modelling a competitive field.She said that modelling develops various skills in a person. “Being a model will expose you to a lot of different skills, such as proper posture, communication skills and poise, that you can apply to other careers,” Supraja said.”There are many perks to becoming a model. One of them is being able to receive things for free, such as professional photographs, tickets to events and invitations to parties,” she added.last_img read more

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Trump Says Hes Likely To Declare National Emergency If Congress Wont Fund

first_img Share Jacquelyn Martin/APPresident Trumps says if he doesn’t get a border wall, he will declare a national emergency to build a border wall.Updated at 12 p.m. ETPresident Trump says he is willing to declare a national emergency if Democrats don’t go along with his demands for $5.7 billion for a border wall.Trump’s campaign for a border wall takes him to McAllen, Texas, on Thursday for a visit to a Border Patrol station and a roundtable discussion with local officials, before he heads to the Rio Grande.As he left the White House on Thursday morning, Trump said he has the “absolute right” to declare a national emergency in order to construct a border wall but said he prefers to continue efforts to make a deal with Congress. However, he said, “If we don’t make a deal, I think it would be very surprising to me” to not declare an emergency.Such a declaration would almost certainly be fought in court.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sidestepped a question about the issue Thursday, telling reporters, “If and when the president does that, you’ll find out how we will react.”She predicted that if the president did take that step, he would have to answer to his own party for “usurping” power.On Thursday, Trump again said Republicans are unified in support of him on the wall, saying he hasn’t “ever seen unity like this in the Republican Party.”However, several Republican senators have expressed concern over the effects of the continued partial government shutdown, now in its 20th day, and a handful of Republicans voted with Democrats in efforts to reopen the government in the House.Trump also disputed characterizations of Wednesday’s meeting with Democratic leaders, in which Trump abruptly walked out. On Thursday morning, he told reporters that “I didn’t pound the table. I didn’t raise my voice, that is a lie,” adding, “I don’t have temper tantrums. I really don’t.”In her news conference, Pelosi suggested that Wednesday’s White House meeting with Hill leaders was never about a serious negotiation. “I think the meeting was a setup so he could walk out,” she said.Recounting an exchange during the meeting, she said, “I said to him: You are moving the goal posts so many times they are out of the stadium.”She said the president keeps changing his demands: “I don’t even know if the president wants the wall.”Democratic congressional leaders have refused to go along with Trump’s demand for border wall funding, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to take up Democratic measures to fund government agencies that have run out of appropriations.Some 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or are working without paychecks because of the standoff. Many will be missing their first paychecks on Friday.The FBI Agents Association, whose members are among those working without pay, sent a petition to the White House and congressional leaders warning of the effects of the shutdown on agents and their work. It says that FBI agents could face difficulty in obtaining or renewing security clearances if they miss bill payments and that “pay uncertainty undermines the FBI’s ability to recruit and retain high caliber professionals.”Trump also said that despite his repeated campaign promises to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it, he didn’t mean that literally.“When I said Mexico would pay for a wall in front of thousands and thousands of people,” Trump said, “obviously I never meant Mexico would write a check.”But a March 2016 memo from the Trump campaign to the The Washington Post said, “It’s an easy decision for Mexico. Make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion to ensure that $24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year.”NPR’s Domenico Montanaro and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this story.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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