first_imgAPTN National NewsThe three candidates vying to be the next national chief of the Assembly of First Nations outlined their platforms at an all candidates forum in Winnipeg Thursday night.Perry Bellegard of Saskatchewan, Ghislain Picard of Quebec and Leon Jourdain of Ontario all attended the event.APTN’s Tim Fontaine reports.last_img

first_imgThe Canadian Press VICTORIA _ A rich marine harvest ground for a First Nation near British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest remains closed to shellfishing one year after a tug ran aground, resulting in a 100,000-litre fuel spill into Seaforth Channel.Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk First Nation in the small community of Bella Bella said Thursday that the sinking on Oct. 13 last year of the 30-metre tug Nathan E. Stewart has had devastating social, cultural and economic impacts on her people.She said her First Nation wants answers about the long-term effects of the fuel spill but are getting little assistance from the B.C. and federal governments and the tug boat company, Texas-based Kirby Corp.Slett said when the tug was pulled from the water about a month after it sank and the fuel spill was contained, government environment officials and company salvage crews left.“Largely, since everything has sort of packed up … dealing with the post spill and long-term effects, (it) has been largely radio silence,” she said. “We are on our own.”Slett said both levels of government don’t appear interested in conducting reviews of long-term health, social and economic impacts of the spill. The Heiltsuk are preparing to do their own study, which she said could cost up to $500,000.“We rely on healthy resources and we rely on being able to harvest from the sea for our way of life, for our economy,” Slett said.B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman was not available for an interview, but in a statement he said improvements in spill responses and recovery are needed and First Nations must be included in the process.The government is seeking Heiltsuk input into plans to recover from the spill, he added.“While funding for ship-source spills is a federal responsibility we are open to working with the (Heiltsuk) and the federal government on additional federal and provincial regulatory provisions to address all aspects of response and recovery,” Heyman said.The federal government and Kirby Corp. were not available for comment on Thursday.A final situation report signed last November by the Heiltsuk, the federal and B.C. governments found the Nathan E. Stewart was loaded with 237,262 litres of diesel and towing an empty fuel barge when it ran aground.More than 107,000 litres of diesel and 2,240 litres of lubricants, including gear, hydraulic and lube oils, were released into the ocean, creating an oily purple and yellow sheen on the water and beaches around the spill site.Slett said the tug ran aground about 12 kilometres west of Bella Bella near the mouth of Gale Creek, a prime seafood harvesting and fishing area for the Heiltsuk. The area has been closed since Oct. 14, 2016.A separate report released by the Heiltsuk last April criticized Canada’s emergency response measures in the hours after the grounding of the tug. The federal government did not respond to the criticism at the time but said it would meet with the Heiltsuk to review what they’ve collectively learned from the incident.The report says Gale Creek is a rich ecosystem where the Heiltsuk take up to 25 food species, including a lucrative manila clam harvest and red sea urchin, sea cucumber and salmon.“We hold dear our whole territory, but this area is known as our bread basket and people go there and harvest multitudes of different species throughout the year, so the impact has been felt greatly throughout the community,” said Slett.She said up to 50 people depend on the Manila clam harvest for much of their livelihoods and those people face a second season of unemployment due to the closure.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $1.5 billion ocean protection plan last November that included plans to improve spill response capabilities along Canada’s coasts before Ottawa approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is expected to increase tanker traffic off B.C.last_img read more

first_imgTRIPOLI- Leaders from the Libyan port of Misrata have urged militias from the city to leave Tripoli within 72 hours, after they were involved in deadly weekend clashes in the capital.A militia of former rebels from Misrata who fought the regime of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011 opened fire on protesters in Tripoli, sparking unrest that killed at least 43 people.Community leaders, officials and ex-rebel commanders from the coastal city urged the “withdrawal of all ex-rebels from the city of Misrata who are in Tripoli, whatever their group is… in under 72 hours,” in a statement issued late on Sunday. The statement suggested the clashes resulted from a plan to “undermine (Misrata’s) image and show it as if it were the only obstacle to the construction of the state”.Demonstrators protesting against militias on Friday in Tripoli’s Gharghour neighbourhood were fired upon from villas occupied by fighters from Misrata, who killed several protesters before rival militias swept in.At least 43 people were killed and another 450 were wounded in the deadliest unrest to hit the capital since the fall of Kadhafi in October 2011.The defence ministry had ordered the demolition of the villas, previously home to supporters of the Kadhafi regime before they were seized by rebels in2011, before cancelling the decision later.Rebels who fought in the 2011 uprising were initially hailed as heroes for their role in toppling the Kadhafi regime.But many of these groups have since carved out their own fiefdoms in the vast country, refusing to hand over their arms to Libya’s weak central government and paying little heed to its authority.last_img read more

NEW YORK — Small businesses can reduce their chances of employee theft or limit their losses by implementing technological controls and checks and balances in their daily operations.The thin staffing at many small businesses can make them vulnerable to theft. So can small companies’ tendency to have less sophisticated technology practices.Five ways that companies can protect themselves:— Make sure that responsibility for finances doesn’t rest with only one person, says Doug Karpp, a senior vice-president with insurer Hiscox. At the least, “business owners should have their bank statements sent to their home instead of the business, and given to their accountants to review,” Karpp says.— When a staffer quits or is fired, their access to the company’s computer system and email should be cut off immediately. Any passwords they use should be changed. Owners may also want to consider having the staffer leave the day they give notice.“All the things that go hand in hand with the termination of an employee in a large company, a small company needs to think of too,” says Shira Forman, an employment attorney with Sheppard Mullin in New York.— Watch out for suspicious behaviour that could be a tipoff about stealing, says Rick Gibbs, a consultant with human resources provider Insperity. For example, consider a staffer who never takes vacation or days off. While they could be dedicated, they could also be trying to make sure that no one else gets to fill in for them and see what they’ve been doing.— Surveillance cameras can discourage staffers from stealing property, Gibbs says. Even if a camera is not a deterrent, the owner can see who the thief was.— If an owner suspects or is aware of a theft, they should consult with an attorney or HR provider to decide the best cause of action. They should also take steps to limit or stop the damage. In the case of a technologically savvy staffer, an owner needs to be sure the employee isn’t in a position to harm the company’s systems, Forman says._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: Joyce Rosenberg at . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

18 August 2008The European branch of the world’s largest car maker, Toyota, today became one of six companies to join the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) initiative bringing together organizations which pledge to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The European branch of the world’s largest car maker, Toyota, today became one of six companies to join the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) initiative bringing together organizations which pledge to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Toyota Motor Europe is the first car manufacturer to join CN Net, a web-based network pooling the resources of governments, local authorities, private companies and individuals to make large cuts to their carbon footprints or even neutralize them.“The participation of a major company like Toyota is a sign that private companies are increasingly playing their part on the road to a low-carbon society,” said Angela Cropper, the Deputy Executive Director of UNEP. Toyota has sold more than 1.5 million hybrid cars worldwide.Along with the five other companies which joined the CN Net today – the Carbon Association of Australasia (Australia), CO2focus (Norway), EcoSecurities (UK), Green Cabs (New Zealand), and Wairau River Wines (New Zealand) – Toyota Motor Europe will share ideas and best practice with the rest of the growing CN Net community for lowering their impact on the environment.In a related development, UNEP today welcomed the launch in the Netherlands of an innovative mobile laboratory to support the international response to environmental disasters. The Environment Assessment Module (EAM) can be rapidly deployed to disasters that involve hazardous substances, along with two fully-equipped off-road vehicles and the relevant technical expertise.“This rapidly deployable mobile laboratory will help us to fulfil the urgent need to address environmental emergencies from their onset,” Ms. Cropper said. “This is an excellent example of integrating environmental and humanitarian concerns.” read more

Understanding the importance of addressing youth issues at sub-national level, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka, through its ‘Youth Provincial Policy Programme’, has facilitated a series of consultations with key stakeholders from the Government, private sector, development sector, academics, civil society, and most importantly, with youth themselves, UNFPA said today.Four consultations have already been completed in the North, East, South, and Sabaragamuwa provinces, which has resulted in Provincial-level Youth Policies being drafted for the Northern and Eastern provinces. The programme aims to facilitate the drafting process of Provincial-Level Youth Policies in all 9 provinces in Sri Lanka.  The Youth4Youth programme is an initiative led by youth for youth, to provide a platform for young people to foster strategic public-private partnerships and to be active community leaders in nurturing lasting peace. The Youth4Youth programme bridges young people from the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Central Provinces in Sri Lanka, through a series of regional symposiums that lead up to a national symposium to take place in 2018. The first regional symposium held in Anuradhapura from 27-30 November 2017, brought together 100 young people from the Northern Province. During the 4-day residency, the young participants shared inputs to feed into the Northern Provincial Youth Policy, engaged with leaders from the corporate sector, as well as debated on topics relating to health and wellbeing and employment. The Youth4Youth online platform was also launched, encouraging youth to use this platform to continue the engagement and discussions in driving social change and community leaders, with youth from across the island.Speaking at the event, Ms. Ritsu Nacken, UNFPA Representative in Sri Lanka, said: “The role of youth in peacebuilding is often understated. Young people play a huge role in driving social change and in designing the future of our world. UNFPA is proud to be at the forefront engaging youth in peacebuilding in Sri Lanka, as we strive to deliver a world where every young person’s potential is fulfilled. This includes ensuring youth are at the center in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in leaving no one behind.”   Over a quarter of the population in Sri Lanka consist of youth aged between 15 – 29 years. While youth comprise a significant proportion of the population, barriers exist in participation of young people in decision-making. While significant steps have beentaken by the Government to ensure inclusive development of youth at a national-level, the post-war context in Sri Lanka imposes unique challenges among youth at a provincial-level. The Youth4Youth programme is delivered by UNFPA, in partnership with UN Volunteers, and is supported by the UN Peacebuilding Fund. read more

Carly Eastwood and Katrien Ecclestone, Concurrent Education students, work at a display for the CHYS Society.The spirit of Valentine’s Day in the air at Brock today, and several student groups are using the occasion to raise money for their causes.The Child and Youth Studies Society is among the student groups with Valentine’s displays in the Mackenzie Chown A hallway. The display is to inform people about this month’s fundraising effort, which is Youth Pride Niagara, said Carly Eastwood, a third-year Concurrent Education student.Each month, the society supports a local charity. Last month, its members collected clothing for Gillian’s Place.The Faculty of Education group heading to Peru for Solidarity Experiences Abroad sold out of roses this week. The group is heading to Lima from May 3 to 16 to work in schools there.The trip is one of four this year through the Solidarity Experience Abroad program, organized by the Faith and Life Centre. The others are a Sport Management trip to Peru (Feb. 16 to 26), a Nursing trip to Ecuador (June 16 to 29) and a trip to Brazil from July 3 to 19.Community Health Sciences students are raising money in Mackenzie Chown A for the Heart Institute at Brock today. The Brain Injury Association of Niagara is selling flowers.Natasha Davey, Nicole Studenny and Lisa Pollak, Concurrent Education students, sell flowers for Solidarity Experiences Abroad. read more

The joint mission is in Venezuela to help bring the parties closer together and support a process leading towards national reconciliation, according to UNDP, and takes place in the framework of a resolution adopted last month by the OAS Permanent Council. That decision reiterated the Organization’s readiness “to provide support and help as required by the Government of Venezuela to further the process of dialogue and consolidate its democratic process.”During its visit, the group is also slated to meet with other senior government officials, representatives of the Catholic Church, civil society organizations and the media.The trip comes after Vice President Vicente Rangel wrote to the heads of the three organizations requesting “the support needed to help bring about a negotiated mechanism of rapprochement between the Government, the various opposition groups and other sectors of national life.” read more

Dame Margaret Anstee passed away on 25 August. She was the first woman to be appointed as UN Under-Secretary-General. Here’s what Dame Anstee shared with UN News Centre, on stamina, risk-bearing capacity and the ideas of the UN, shortly after her 90th birthday in June.UN News Centre: And final question to you, Dame Margaret, if you don’t mind, there are lots and lots of people who look up to you as a pioneering woman at the UN. What would you say to those coming up through the system? And let’s just remind people about how you first started – as you describe yourself – as a humble staff worker in the Philippines…Dame Anstee: When I’m asked, what do I think was my strength? I think it was stamina; you have to work extremely hard; you have to be devoted to the ideals of the UN, and take on risk. By risk, I don’t only mean physical risk but the risk of failure, you know, which can daunt some women.  They so often say, “I can’t do that” and they don’t know what they can do. And I say, well it’s like a swimming pool. You don’t know if you can swim until you try it out. I was pushed in at the deep end and … you know, you would then find out what your true qualities are, but it is something to which you have to dedicate your life.UN News Centre: Okay, I think you have certainly proved that today Margaret.Dame Anstee: Thank you, and I am still doing whatever I can for the UN and I would like everybody to do that – not only the people who work for it but the general public. They should realize that we now have all these – which I would call the terrible decisions – of the UK leaving the European Union, and we should really be supporting all these collective efforts to bring the world together, and to maintain security and sustainable peace.@media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 760px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -238px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 4.8em; line-height: 1em; color:#fff; position: relative; top: 515px; text-shadow: 10px 10px 10px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); xwidth:60%; width:1100px; xmargin-left:7em;}}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.8em;}strong { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;}li { font-size: 15px; xline-height: 1.7em;}blockquote { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.5em; font-style:italic;}.hero-unit {padding:20px !important;}.hero-unit li {font-size:65%; line-height:25px;}.hero-unit h4 {font-size:90%;} “A woman of firsts” is perhaps only a summary description of Dame Margaret Anstee, the first woman to serve as a United Nations Under-Secretary-General. “I have been associated with the UN since 1952,” she said in a recent interview with the UN News Centre, some months before her passing. “And in those days, of course it was in the aftermath of the Second World War and the UN was the most important measure set up to ensure that there was never again such a catastrophe.” After joining the UN in 1952, Dame Anstee – who died on 25 August 2016, at the age of 90 – would later rise to the level of Under-Secretary-General in 1987, the third-highest rank in the global body. She was also the first woman to head a UN peacekeeping operation, when she served with the UN Angola Verification Mission II (UNIVEM II) from 1992 to 1993, just before she retired from the UN. For the woman from Essex, in rural England, however, these top positions were only a culmination of years of service in other senior positions in the UN system. She had served in numerous positions at the UN, including as Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in eight different countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. She had also served, from 1987 to 1992, as Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna. Here, she also headed the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs, and was Coordinator of all United Nations narcotic drug-control programmes. In the interview below – recorded in June 2016 – Dame Anstee begins by recounting, with pride, her involvement with the Organisation during its nascent days. Dame Anstee: I was lucky to be young then, and to be involved in the very early days of the Organisation, and there was much euphoria. And of course I worked under the UN for over half a century in many different areas; including development, disaster relief, peace keeping, peace-building, and so on; and it was very much a privilege. But the UN is not held in the regard it should be, at a time when the UN is needed more than ever, and the UN, somehow, has to be able to make itself better known to the world in general.UN News Centre: Do you think it can do that with the Sustainable Development Goals?Dame Anstee: Well, they are very important because, although there are all sorts of political reasons for conflict, most of the tragedies start off because there are people who are marginalized – who are poor, who don’t have enough to live on – so the reduction of poverty is absolutely essential. I think that original MDGs did quite a lot, and we have to hope that things will be better, but the point I want to make is: everyone talks about the UN as if it was an entity that can do things on its own. The UN is a committee of nations and the burden of responsibility lies with member states and unfortunately, many of the member states do not want to live up to their obligations and provide the United Nations with the resources, and with the political support that it needs everywhere.UN News Centre: You have talked about that before, haven’t you, when particularly in Angola, where you were leading a peace keeping operation there, ahead of elections. You mentioned that lack of resources in particular, made your work incredibly difficult (and lack of political will perhaps as well), and do you not think that we are seeing the same kind of problems with many of the conflicts around the world, in particular Syria? Dame Anstee: Well absolutely. In Angola, it was ridiculous; I had to have 350 unarmed military observers and just over 100 police observers for a conflict that involved a huge country and 200,000 armed combatants, and it was just regarded then that Angola wasn’t important. But Yugoslavia – former Yugoslavia –  was more important. Now it’s exactly the same with Syria. UN News Centre: There was a sort of seismic shift, wasn’t there? The end of the Cold War signalled the end of interest in Angola – which had huge power interest on both sides of the Atlantic – so in terms of seismic shifts now, would it be fair to say that the UN, now, and member states, have to face up to the  threat  of extremism? Would you categorize the main threat now to global peace, not being the cold war but, in fact, extremists and violent extremists? Dame Anstee: Well absolutely; it is dissatisfaction with governments and politics all over the world. And I hope we don’t have to have another, really, global conflict to bring people today and governments to their senses, and realise that they have to pull together. I think a lot will depend on who is the next Secretary-General; it is very important that they should be somebody who has clout,  and that clout should be recognized by countries. I would be delighted if it is a woman, but it must be somebody outstanding. It is very important, I think, that we’ve changed the method of selection, but should also curtail the length – there should only be one period – so that the Secretary-General is not restricted by having to kowtow to the governments in order to get enough votes for a second term. It should be a longer term; maybe seven years instead of five. But when you are Secretary-General, your record goes down into history on what you managed to achieve, and not by how many years you served. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (right) meets with Dame Margaret Anstee in April of 2003. 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first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20,891 Views And they seemed content enough to leave Spain with a 0-0 draw, continuing to soak up pressure in the second half and relying on Sevilla’s indecision in the final third.They were also aided by Pablo Sarabia’s inability to find the target from an inviting Muriel cross in the 73rd minute, before Lukaku’s goal was ruled out by French referee Clement Turpin for a handball as he controlled before shooting.Whether Mourinho’s team should have been more adventurous will only become clear after the return in Manchester in three weeks.© – AFP 2018The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Feb 21st 2018, 9:35 PM Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 9:35 PM Follow us: By AFP DAVID DE GEA deflected the attention away from Paul Pogba with another spectacular display of goalkeeping as Manchester United came away from their Champions League last 16, first leg against Sevilla in Spain with a 0-0 draw on Wednesday.De Gea made two breathtaking saves to deny Steven N’Zonzi and Luis Muriel at the end of the first half at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, denying Sevilla a lead to take to England for next month’s return.Sevilla were the more likely side, with United offering little going forward despite the presence of Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata in their attack.Lukaku had a late goal disallowed, but United’s was the kind of cautious approach seen time and again in such games by Mourinho’s teams down the years.Their inability, unwillingness even, to get an away goal leaves the tie wide open ahead of the second leg, with United looking to reach the quarter-finals in their first appearance in the knockout stage of the Champions League since 2014.Mourinho decided to leave Pogba out of his starting line-up, despite the Frenchman being back in the squad after illness had kept him out of United’s FA Cup win at Huddersfield Town.Fuelling the speculation of an uneasy relationship between Mourinho and the France midfielder, the United manager chose to select 21-year-old Scott McTominay ahead of Pogba in a midfield three.However, an untimely injury to Ander Herrera meant Pogba was thrown on after just 17 minutes of a first half dominated by the Spanish side.Sevilla, looking to make it past the last 16 of the Champions League after falling in their three previous appearances at this stage over the last decade, could and should have had a goal to show for their performance.De Gea made one good early save low down to deny Colombian Muriel, while Jesus Navas, impressive at right-back, fired just wide after latching onto Ever Banega’s cross-field pass.Stepping up the pressure just before half-time, Joaquin Correa’s shot from a good position was too easy for De Gea, but the Spain ‘keeper displayed all his class as he kept out headed attempts from N’Zonzi and Muriel from point-blank range, both saves requiring breathtaking reactions.The importance to United of not letting in a goal was clear — they had kept eight clean sheets in their 10 matches before heading to Andalusia, with their only defeats in that time coming in the two games in which they had conceded. Image: Daniel Gonzalez Acunacenter_img Real Madrid fight back to win without Cristiano Ronaldo>Barcelona agree €40 million deal for Gremio youngster – reports> De Gea brilliance helps Man United escape Sevilla with a draw The goalkeeper had to be at his best to keep out the La Liga side tonight. Short URL Image: Daniel Gonzalez Acuna Share16 Tweet Email 103 Comments last_img read more

first_imgProfessor Allan Fels’ long-awaited report into Victoria’s taxi industry was tabled in the Victorian Parliament this week, but the Baillieu government will give the public more time to debate its recommendations before taking action. Eighteen months in the making, with much of that time taken up in a public and industry consultation process, the 139 proposed reforms aimed at giving drivers and customers a better deal will have to wait. Under the sweeping reforms proposed, taxi drivers would get a 55 per cent cut of the fare box and taxi licences would be rented for $20,000 a year. Professor Fels said the Victorian taxi industry suffered from a lack of competition, exploited drivers and that customers too often received a bad service. “It’s time we had an industry that puts the public first and not last, that ceases to be a closed, anti-competitive shop that is regulated with the interest of the likes of taxi networks, Cabcharge and licence holders – 80 per cent of whom have never driven a cab,” Professor Fels said. Drivers with less than five years driving experience would be required to pass a new Melbourne knowledge test before being allowed to drive a cab. Drivers would receive a mandatory 55 per cent split of the fare box, a reduction from the proposed 60 per cent in the draft report. Professor Fels said this was a concession to taxi operators who said a 60/40 split would be financially damaging. Anyone who had recently acquired a taxi licence at a high price – in the order of $500,000 – could potentially be eligible for compensation by the government. “Under a deregulated system, any person could obtain a licence from the government for free and the value of existing licences would fall to zero,” said Professor Fels.“Our reform goes mid-way, so that any quality person would be able to rent a licence for $20,000. This will not lead to a flood of new entry on the market, as is being feared. Taxi occupancy rates in Melbourne are in the region of 30 per cent with many drivers complaining that there is not enough work during the day, while peak periods – Friday and Saturday nights – have become infamous for revealing the shortages in the system. The Fels report proposes reducing fares on weekdays and increasing them on weekends. George Karas, MD of Taxicare Australia and a long-time campaigner for reforms in insuring Victorian taxis, told Neos Kosmos that the report’s recommendations were encouraging. “It could solve a lot of problems regarding taxis and insurance. Allan Fels is trying to improve an industry in desperate need of change. “Having the general public have their say for a further period is a good idea,” said Mr Karas. On the specifics of taxi insurance, widely recognised as a problem across the Victorian industry, Mr Karas believes the report’s proposals have the potential to improve the situation. “If the Department of Consumer Affairs Victoria [CAV] do their job – as mentioned on page 135 of the Report, where it states ‘taxi clubs would be better regulated under the Commonwealth Corporations Act 2001 (ASIC) and the Victorian Government through CAV, should take steps to bring this about,’ this could be a major step forward. “The fact that a third party property damage insurance cover will be made compulsory, is a good start.” Former taxi driver Harry Katsiabanis, now Managing Director of TaxiLink, one of Melbourne’s largest taxi agencies, said that the report was disappointing.“I’m extremely disappointed its authors didn’t listen to people’s views, and didn’t listen to economic reason,” said Mr Katsiabanis. Asked for his view on why the government had chosen to open the report’s recommendations to further public scrutiny, Taxilink’s MD said: “I think they have realised the complexities of the issues, and the potential financial devastation to small business owners, and they need to deal with that challenge.” On the most controversial issue of licence values, with the report’s recommendation that all new licences would be rented from the government at $20,000 per annum, Katsiabanis believes the issue is a red herring. “On one side he talks about licences being too expensive and that customers are paying for it, and on the other side he’s adopting the same principal and just putting money in the government’s coffers.It’ll bring the cost of licences down, but is that a good thing? “Why are we so fixated on the price of the licence?” he told Neos Kosmos. “I’m still to be convinced there is a relationship between fares and the licence value. In New York fares are cheaper and the licence is one million dollars.” Meanwhile, in a statement provided to media after the report was tabled in parliament, Allan Fels urged the Government to act quickly on the final report’s recommendations. “I understand the Premier is giving further consideration and undertaking further public consultation,” he said. “I urge the Government to adopt my proposal as soon as possible, as it will lead to knowledgeable, customer focused and skilled drivers, better and safer cars, a better deal for people with a disability, more trips, more availability – especially late at night – and a more competitive and thriving industry.” Written submissions about the recommendations in the final report can be lodged until Wednesday 30 January 2013 by email: Post: Taxi Inquiry Response Unit, Department of Transport, PO Box 2797, Melbourne Vic 3001 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgLeeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has revealed he expects the club to have a quiet transfer window in January.The Argentine gaffer believes the club won’t be bringing in any new faces when the transfer window opens next month.The Whites were very active during the summer transfer window, and the club’s recruitment has led to Leeds sitting pretty in second place in the Sky Bet Championship standings, one point behind league leaders Norwich City.Bielsa’s men will be linked with a number of players over the coming weeks, but the former Athletic Bilbao boss insists he may keep the same squad for the second half of the season.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.At a press conference, the former Argentina national team head coach told reporters, as quoted by Sports Mole:“When a new player comes, then he does not have the same advantage as the ones who are present. He has to adapt to the team, the style of play, the city, the club.”“For the second part of the season, when you buy a player it has an impact on the club’s finances because the big players are not easily available. Apart from the situation where the team needs someone, the possibility of having a player is clear. We will not buy anyone.”Bielsa has rotated his squad on a regular this season with 24 players having feature for Leeds in the Championship this season.last_img read more

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:Blue Haven, expedia, orbitz, travelers, travelocity, turks and caicos conference Bahamas Family Island bookings up says Expedia Magnetic Media recommended Valentine’s Day Events Everyman 20 Reunion Concert a two day event in Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Apr 2015 – Scores of travel wholesalers, airlines and online travel agents are in The Turks and Caicos for the annual TACC; a conference where travel professionals from the US and Canada get to see for themselves: Destination TCI. Last night the delegation was welcomed, tonight a dinner party will be hosted at Blue Haven Resort and today, well lots of wheeling and dealing and sight-seeing. It is expected Tourism officials will make presentations at the event, which is being held at the Regent Palms Resort. TCI usually welcomes global travel booking agents like Orbitz, Expedia and Travelocity for TACC; the acronym stands for Turks and Caicos Conference.last_img read more

first_imgThe police in Bangladesh have registered hundreds of complaints under the ICT Act, including against authors of social media posts and journalists criticizing the political leadership.Human Rights Watch urges the government of Bangladesh to draft a new law for upholding the principles of free speech and internet freedom.In a new report published on Wednesday, the New York-based rights group mentioned that scores of people have been arrested over the past five years in Bangladesh for criticising the government, political leaders, and others on Facebook, as well as in blogs, online newspapers.While the arrests were made under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act (ICT Act), the HRW pointed out that the proposed Digital Security Bill to replace the existing law is “even broader than the one it seeks to replace”.The proposed act, article 32 of which is being widely criticised, “violates the country’s international obligation to protect freedom of speech”, said the HRW report titled “No Place for Criticism: Bangladesh Crackdown on Social Media Commentary”.It was launched ahead of scrutiny of Bangladesh’s human rights record at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 14 May 2018, as part of a process known as the Universal Periodic Review.The HRW insisted that the government should take this opportunity to commit to ending its crackdown on dissent and criticism, including that made by the political opposition, and instead, pledge to lead a robust public campaign on the right to free expression.“The government of Bangladesh acknowledges that the current section 57 of the ICT Act is draconian, and needs to go,” said HRW’s Asia director Brad Adams.“But the new law being proposed is hardly an improvement, creating a series of new offences that will undoubtedly be used for years to come against government critics in the country’s highly politicised criminal justice system.”The HRW report said the government should work with domestic and international experts to draft a new law that fully upholds the principles of free speech and internet freedom.last_img read more

first_imgJohn HarveyRegister to voteTexas will host the first statewide primaries of 2018 on March 6 and, with the Feb. 5 registration deadline fast approaching, Texans don’t have much time left to become eligible to vote. For both Democrats and Republicans, the race for U.S. Senate will be at the top of the ballot. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is vying against four other Republicans in his bid for re-election and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, is the most well-known of three Democrats aiming to unseat him.Eight Texans in the U.S. House aren’t running for re-election, which has led to some packed races to replace them, including 18 Republicans and four Democrats running for the seat U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, has held for more than 30 years. And three Republicans running for re-election — U.S. Reps. John Culberson of Houston, Pete Sessions of Dallas, and Will Hurd of Helotes — have emerged as top targets for Democrats as potential pick-ups in November, creating higher stakes in the Democratic primaries there.At the state level, nine candidates are crowding the Democratic gubernatorial primary, with the highest-profile being former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houston entrepreneur Andrew White, son of late Texas Gov. Mark White. And Republican Land Commissioner George P. Bush is facing three primary challengers including Jerry Patterson, who previously held the job.  Share Lower on the ballot, all of the seats in the Texas House of Representatives and half of those in the Texas Senate are up for re-election.Here’s how Texans who aren’t yet registered to vote can do so in time for the March 6 primary:Voters need to submit their applications at least 30 days in advance of an election. Registering online isn’t an option in Texas.To register, Texans can fill out an application in person at their county voter registrar’s office or pick up a copy at other locations including local libraries and most post offices and high schools. They can also print out the application online or request it through the mail. Voters must submit their registration to the county where they are a resident, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s website. Mailed applications must be postmarked before or on the Feb. 5 deadline.You can look up if you’re already registered to vote at the Texas Secretary of State’s website.Early voting starts on Feb. 20.last_img read more

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