Premier Encourages People to Enjoy Brier

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter is encouraging Nova Scotians to take advantage of the world-class curling action starting today, March 6, at the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier in Halifax. “This year marks the sixth time that Nova Scotia has hosted the Canadian men’s curling championship,” said Premier Dexter. “In the past, this event has drawn tens of thousands of spectators and I know that the brier’s rich history and high energy continues to excite curling fans across this province, and the country. “I encourage everyone to come check out the action and cheer on our Nova Scotia athletes, and all the teams from across Canada.” The brier runs until Sunday, March 14 at the Halifax Metro Centre. Premier Dexter spoke at the opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. today. The curling begins at 3 p.m. with four matches, including Nova Scotia facing off against New Brunswick.The complete schedule and information on tickets are available at .last_img read more

Top Analyst to Discuss Fall Lobster Industry In Nova Scotia

first_imgThose wondering about the outlook for this fall’s lobster market, should have a clearer picture after a discussion by one of the leading experts in the field. John Sackton, a world-respected seafood analyst, will discuss what the lobster industry can expect for the fall season in a presentation in Yarmouth on Wednesday, Oct. 13. He will talk about the challenges the market is facing with the economic conditions in Europe and the United States, and how that will impact to coming season. “With the province’s biggest lobster season just around the corner, Mr. Sackton should provide industry members valuable information they can use,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture. “He will discuss how our product competes around the globe and identify long-term opportunities and potential new markets. “The lobster industry is a significant economic driver in many rural Nova Scotia communities that creates good jobs and grows the economy.” Mr. Sackton, the president of and publisher of News, will hold the Oct. 13 discussion from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Yarmouth Wesleyan Church, 70 Haley Rd. The free presentation will also explore increasing demand for processed lobster products and how lobster stacks with other high-value proteins. Mr. Sackton has providing market information and analysis of the lobster, snow crab and northern shrimp markets in Atlantic Canada for the past 12 years. He serves clients from Canada, U.S., Europe, South America, Russia and China, and the website is the most visited seafood industry website in North America. The presentation is sponsored by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Atlantic Lobster Council of Canada. A Nova Scotia Lobster promotion presentation will follow. For more information, phone 902-424-8611 or go to .last_img read more

2017 WIFTT BravoFACT Pitch Competition

first_img Login/Register With: Deadline:Call opens: November 30, 2016Application Deadline: January 16, 2017 Questions? Not sure if you qualify or have questions about the application process?For more information contact:Kadon DouglasCommunications & Engagement Manager, WIFT-TRachel Feldbloom-WoodGrants Administrator, BravoFACTPast Winners2016(First Place) Show & TellDirector: Reem MorsiProducer Sally Karam(Second Place) The UnicornDirector: Nicole BazuinProducer: Jess Beaulieu Advertisement Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is proud to partner with BravoFACT on the 2017 WIFT-T BravoFACT Pitch Competition – an initiative exclusive to WIFT-T members. Teams of directors and producers are encouraged to submit their short narrative film pitches for a chance to win a cash prize totaling $50,000 from BravoFACT, and more amazing benefits! BravoFACT will review the submissions and select five pitch team finalists, who will have the chance to pitch their project in front of a jury of industry experts and a live audience at the 2017 WIFT-T Showcase in March.Ideal CandidateThe ideal candidate is an emerging content creator passionate about short form narrative filmmaking. The candidate may have produced or directed a short film in the past, or could be a first time filmmaker. Each pitch team must consist of a producer and a director, one of whom must be a WIFT-T member.BenefitsThe winning pitch team will be awarded a cash prize from BravoFACT totaling $50,000The honourable mention team will receive two WIFT-T programming passes each valued at $500The winning and honourable mention pitch teams will receive onstage recognition at the 2017 WIFT-T ShowcaseThe five final pitch teams will receive the following:A pitch coaching session lead by an industry professional to help fine tune their pitchesAn opportunity to pitch in front of a jury comprised of a BravoFACT representative and industry expertsA pair of complimentary tickets to the 2017 WIFT-T Showcase, as well as a pair of complimentary guest tickets.Excellent exposure for their film pitch – pitch teams will pitch live in front of an audience of WIFT-T members, industry professionals, content creators, and more!Who can participate?The person submitting the application to BravoFACT must be a WIFT-T member in good standing and must be either the producer or director on the projectEach pitch team must include a producer and directorMen who are WIFT-T members can apply, but they must be paired with a woman in a key creative role (producer or director)Both pitch team members must be available for all pitch competition activities (including pitch coaching and the live onstage pitch competition)Only short creative narrative film pitches will be considered (please do not submit pitches for documentary, features, TV/web series, music videos, commercials)Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents or Landed Immigrants over the age of 18How to Apply:Visit and review the Application Tips and GuidelinesEmail the following documents to (subject line of email: BF-WIFT Pitch – Insert Deadline Date – Insert Project Title):In the body of the email please send appropriate demo links (website, Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) including passwords for producer and directorIn one ZIP file attached to your email please include the following documents (numbered and named as indicated below) each as a separate PDF:Completed BravoFACT application formScript (formatted to industry standard)Synopsis (400 words or less)Technical TreatmentOptional: visual references, storyboards, director’s vision/statement, detailed budget LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Previous work or demo reels, CV’s and brief bios for director and producerPerformers, DOP, editor, composer, and/or animator: previous workCV’s and Jpg headshots for all lead performersOptional: jpg location shots Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

France welcomes Moroccos initiative to organize a meeting on Al Quds

first_imgParis- France welcomed Wednesday, Morocco’s initiative to organize a meeting of the Al-Quds Committee, noting that all initiatives “for peace are welcome.” “We welcome the initiative of Morocco to organize a committee meeting Al-Quds on 17 and 18 January in Marrakech,” said the spokesman of the Quai d’Orsay, Romain Nadal during a press briefing, according to MAP. “All initiatives to encourage ongoing discussions and support international efforts for peace are welcome,” he added. In an interview with the Asharq Al Awsat daily on Monday,Salah Eddine Mezouar, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that Al Quds committee meeting is “a clear message to the international community so that it shoulders its responsibilities, force Israel to stop its illegal colonization and provoking acts, and make it respond favorably to the new talks dynamic under way.”last_img read more

Fortress Paper survival not at stake despite perfect storm in Q4 says

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 11, 2014 2:33 pm MDT Fortress Paper survival not at stake despite ‘perfect storm’ in Q4, says CEO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fortress Paper CEO Chad Wasilenkoff in Montreal, November 14, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes The chief executive at Fortress Paper says the pulp and paper producer’s survival is not at stake despite withstanding a “perfect storm” that has shaken investor confidence and caused the company’s share price to sink to an all-time low Tuesday.“We’re frustrated, challenged but… we’re confident that we’ll be in a different place within a month or two,” said Chadwick Wasilenkoff in an interview.Pulp shipments plunged 78 per cent from the third quarter as the company shut down its mill in Thurso, Que., for 10 weeks in mid-December as part of efforts to materially lower costs. The mill was re-started on March 4 and is expected to ramp up over the next two weeks.Wasilenkoff said the company expects to improve the mill’s operations and break even on a cash basis by April even if a 13 per cent Chinese anti-dumping duty is maintained.It is targeting a $100 to $150 per tonne cost improvement by rectifying a dozen problems that undermined its reliability. It is also driving out costs through procurement, logistics and energy initiatives. Selling another 5.2 MW of co-generation energy to Hydro-Quebec would add $4 million of annual pre-tax operating earnings (EBITDA) on top of the $15 million to $18 million expected to be realized from the current contract for 18.8 MW of power.Wasilenkoff said the past couple of years have been challenging and culminated in a poor end to the fiscal year as it faced “trough dissolving pulp” prices and the threat of punitive dumping duties from China. Challenges are expected to continue in the first quarter and only be resolved when a final duty ruling is issued in early April.The Vancouver-based company lost $54.7 million in the fourth quarter while its severely eroded cash position caused its shares to hit $2.74 in early trading. They closed down nearly 13 per cent, or 42 cents to $2.83 in heavy trading Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Wasilenkoff said the “material reduction” in cash and accelerated losses made outsiders question how long the company can survive, but he said the company remains confident that it has hit bottom and will recover.The fourth-quarter loss amounted to $3.76 per share for the three months ended Dec. 31. That brought the full-year loss to $107.8 million, including discontinued operations.Fortress (TSX:FTP) makes various types of fibre, or pulp and paper for banknotes. It has divested its specialty papers segment, which is listed as a discontinued operations.It recorded a $32.9 million writedown on the value of its closed Fortress Global Cellulose mill in Lebel-sur-Quevillon, Que.In November, China threatened to impose a 50.9 per cent interim duty on dissolving pulp from the FGC mill if the facility is converted.Wasilenkoff believes China’s hefty duty is designed to prevent a new dissolving pulp supply in Canada, the U.S. and Brazil. But the move could ultimately boost prices that would help its specialty cellulose mill in Thurso.That mill currently faces a 13 per cent interim duty but the CEO is hopeful it has convinced Chinese officials who visited the plant that the duty should be reduced.“We remain very cautious but hopeful and optimistic that we’ll get some relief but because there are some political aspects to it I don’t think we would get a full elimination of the duty.”Mark Kennedy of CIBC World Markets said the two challenges facing Fortress is getting some duty relief and generating some free cash flow at Thurso.Kennedy also described the Lebel-sur-Quevillon mill as “dead” under current conditions. A high Chinese duty prevents the mill from being converted to produce dissolving pulp, while Fortress is prevented from making paper pulp under the agreement with the mill’s prior owner Domtar (TSX:UFS). Fortress is considering other options.It is also negotiating with Investissement Quebec to give it more room on the repayment of a $105-million loan whose first $16 million annual payment is due in April.Excluding certain items, Fortress had an adjusted net loss of $21.2 million or $1.46 per share in the quarter, compared with a loss of $11.2 million or 77 cents per share a year earlier. Its revenue dropped to $37.2 million from $58.7 million a year before.The company was expected to report 99 cents per share in adjusted losses in the quarter, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.For the full year, Fortress had sales totalling $207.8 million, up from $163.9 million in 2012.It had $54.5 million or $3.75 per share in net income last year, including $162.4 million from discontinued operations, compared with a $21.7 million or $1.51 per share loss in 2012, including $20.7 million of net income from discontinued items.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter read more

Opinion Hard Knocks last thing Browns Johnny Manziel need

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel runs against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 21 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe last thing Johnny Manziel needs right now is more attention.NFL Films has reportedly — tentatively — named the Cleveland Browns to be featured for its HBO reality series “Hard Knocks.” While coach Mike Pettine has repeatedly stated that he has no interest in participating, the Browns could be forced to by the league.Nothing could be worse for Johnny Football. Keep the cameras far away from him.Manziel shined in the spotlight while at Texas A&M, becoming one of the most talked about pro prospects in years. Despite his success in college, his talents haven’t quite translated to the NFL.Those sneaky concerns about arm strength and field vision turned out to be accurate, but the Browns have coaches to work on those problems.The off-the-field issues are much harder to diagnose and treat.Who can forget Manziel’s memorable bird, flipped in a meaningless preseason loss to the Washington Redskins? Or the ill-timed party before the Baltimore Ravens game?These, and many other incidents, have become a major distraction.If the Browns are going to break out of recent slump, they need as little distraction as possible. “Hard Knocks” is the last thing the Browns and Manziel need right now.With Manziel reportedly scheduled to be released from rehab for alcohol dependency in April, he needs to be eased into the daily grind slowly. Getting into a routine isn’t an overnight occurrence.Putting Manziel back into the spotlight is like locking a bull in a china shop. He could surprise us and rise to the occasion, but more likely he will collapse under the weight of his own stardom.So, for all of us who still believe that Johnny Manziel can be a successful NFL quarterback: NFL Films, please go away. read more

GNBA Chairman hands over advice for broadcast legislation to PM

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo who is currently performing the functions of President, yesterday, received advice on the Broadcasting Regulations from Chairman of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA), Leslie Sobers.The handing over of the document took place at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Ministry of the Presidency.Prime Minister Nagamooto upon completion of the new  regulations will lay the document in the National Assembly.He said the regulations will guide the operations of the authority and  decisions. The PM stated that he would have conducted consultations with the GNBA on the issue of drafting a subsidiary law for the regulations for the broadcasting spectrum in Guyana. Prime Minister Nagamootoo explained that he sought the advice of the GNBA board on what it “deems important issues that should form the regulations.”The PM made reference to members that were on the previous board that had started to work on the regulations.Prime Minister Nagamootoo highlighted that the regulations are important to let the operators or providers of broadcasting know that they are not, “In a free for all.”He said, “When you have a licence, it is not a licence to be irresponsible, unpatriotic or conducting any other functions that run contrary to the laws of Guyana and (they are there) to ultimately protect the interest and sovereignty of Guyana.”The PM highlighted that, “The broadcasting entity is supposed to keep a log of all the programmes that are aired and they fail to keep the log… You heard people complain that there was this terrible programme, obscene or advocating violence or terrorism and the authority requests the broadcaster to produce the log and they say no we don’t have it. We don’t even have the tape. That is a serious violation!”The Prime Minister explained that there is something called Public Broadcasting,  adding “when you have a public broadcast you can have an emergency and the Minister responsible for broadcasting can request television and radio stations to broadcast a particular programme, alerting people to danger. A broadcaster may say I do not have to or if the President is making an address to the Nation, he or she may say why should I carry it, but if the regulations say that you shall carry such a broadcast and you did not carry the broadcast you are in trouble!”The Prime Minister said that regulations are needed, but are not there to penalise anyone. “They are there to guide the operators that when they receive a licence, it is not like transport that you own the licensee forever. A licence is a permission to use the facility until such a time your licence is invalid.”Prime Minister Nagamootoo emphasised that the government will intervene based on requests by the authority for assistance.The PM encouraged operators to ensure that they  adhere to the regulations and note that licences can be revoked if the rules and regulations are breached.Additionally, Chairman of the GNBA Leslie Sobers in brief remarks said that the regulations will govern “how broadcasters operate in the country in keeping with the Broadcasting Act. These regulations we hope, will form the basis of the PM’s own work as the Laws are formulated and regulations that will go with the Laws.” (GINA) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPM swears in GNBA Board MembersFebruary 22, 2017In “Local News”Draft Broadcast legislation: Forcing Private broadcasters to air free 1 hour of Govt PSA’sMay 13, 2017In “Business”PM hosts stakeholder consultation on Region 10 television stationMarch 16, 2016In “Local News” read more

India face NZ on tripleheader opening day at Providence Stadium in

Defending Champions West Indies will take on the winner of the World T20 Qualifier under lights on a triple-header opening day on November 9 in the Women’s World T20 in the West Indies.West Indies Women celebrate after beating Australia Women in the final (Getty Images)India women and New Zealand women kick off the tournament at Providence Stadium in Guyana before three-time champions Australia women face Pakistan women at the same venue later in the evening. The West Indies-Qualifier 1 clash, which will also be hosted by Providence Stadium, will round out the first day.Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, meanwhile, will host the two semi-finals on November 22 as well as the final on November 24.Notably, the Decision Review System (DRS) will be used for the first time in a World T20 tournament and for the first time, the Women’s World T20 will be a standalone event, after the previous six editions were organised alongside the men’s World T20.Hosts West Indies are placed in Group A along with 50-over World Cup Champions England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Qualifier 1. Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Qualifier 2 make up Group B.With two spots up for grabs, Bangladesh, Netherlands, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Thailand, Uganda and United Arab Emirates will fight it out in the Women’s World T20 qualifiers in the Netherlands from July 7 to 14.All 23 matches are set to be broadcast live and will be played across three venues – Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia and Providence Stadium in Guyana.In addition to hosting the triple-header on the opening day, Providence Stadium will also host two marquee clashes: India v Pakistan on November 11 and Australia v New Zealand two days later.Group A: West Indies, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Qualifier 1Group B: Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Qualifier 2(ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWindies gain automatic qualification for T20 World CupJanuary 2, 2019In “latest news”Guyana to host some ICC Women’s World T20 matchesJanuary 22, 2018In “Sports”Box Office Opens ahead of WWT20 in GuyanaOctober 25, 2018In “Sports” read more

History lesson What happened during the 1983 abortion referendum

first_imgThe State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.On winning the November 1982 election, Garret Fitzgerald promised to follow through with the plan to insert the clause into the Constitution. In its Programme for Government, Fine Gael and Labour agreed to allow a free vote in the Dáil.Even with that decision, the issue was never straightforward. There were disagreements about the wording of the insertion, leading to the Fine Gael-Labour coalition losing that vital vote in Leinster House. So, instead of the government’s alternative wording, the initial Fianna Fáil amendment was put to the people on 7 September.Before then, however, the Taoiseach was inundated with opinion from various lobby groups, churches and lay people.According to an internal memo between two officials in the department, the correspondence to the Taoiseach was divided but not in “as clear-cut” a way as they first appeared.“People object or agree to the amendment for different reasons and they also propose different solutions,” says the document.It gives a brief summary of what both the pro-amendment and anti-amendment sentiment was at the time.The Catholic hierarchy supported the original wording, while many of the other churches in the land disagreed for various reasons.Ordinarly, lay people, writing to advance the pro-life amendment after the coalition changed the proposed wording following advice from the Attorney General, asked:Before the last election you were in favour of the amendment. How can you change your mind at this stage?How can anyone in their sane mind consider it sectarian?Must the majority in the South always bow to minority opinions?Why the lack of legal interest since the election?I should feel very concerned that your positive statement on this serious matter was just an election gimmick – you cannot have made it without deep consideration and lengthy discussions?The letters also outlined the following sentiments:This amendment is absolutely necessary at this time. It should not be postponed.The majority of Irish people do not want abortion, so that can speak for the nation.Honour your commitment and do not meddle with the wording.All I want is the right to vote per your pre-election commitment.Your party does not speak with one voice but with many voices.The wording of the amendment need have nothing complex or legal in it at all. All it need say is that the unborn are treated equally with the born.A selection of similar Pro-Life postcards kept in the Taoiseach’s Department. (Image: Sinéad O’Carroll/ the other side, those opposed to the amendment spoke about ‘more pressing issues’ such as removing the ‘illegitimacy’ label and allowing adoption for those born to “inadequate parents”.There was also a number of the opinion that there was no urgent need to push through the amendment and that, even if it was, thousands of women would continue to “go to England each year for abortions”.Many sections of the Protestant community were against the amendment, with the Dean of St Patrick’s telling the Taoiseach that the Constitution should “steer clear of controversial and moral questions”.“This amendment will encourage all the ills and will do no good and will encourage every nutty group to narrow our freedoms even more,” he continued.Having trouble viewing the image? Click here.In the end, the wording put forward by Fine Gael and Labour -Nothing in this Constitution shall be invoked to invalidate, or to deprive of force or effect, any provision of a law on the ground that it prohibits abortion.- was not looked upon favourably by any church operating in Ireland.The fresh amendment sought to ensure that the legislation prohibiting abortion – the Offences Against the Person Act, 1861 – could not be deemed unconstitutional by the courts.In a letter to the Pro-Life Campaign, Fitzgerald said it was arrived at after an “agonising six weeks trying to square the circle”.He explained that the alternatives considered by his party would be open to interpretation by the Supreme Court which would undermine the purpose of the amendment – that is “to ensure that the Supreme Court could not legalise abortion over the heads of the Oireachtas and against the wishes of the people”.The Taoiseach was clear that “every member” of his party was “personally committed to prevent the introduction of abortion”.Justice Minister Michael Noonan moved the new amendment in April 1983.Despite Fine Gael’s protestations, the alternative wording was criticised strongly with Fianna Fáil arguing that it would not protect the constitutional right to life of the mother. The amendment was defeated by 87 votes to 65 in the Dáil and the original version put to referendum.In an unusual turn of events, Garret Fitzgerald then campaigned against the amendment. It is still a rare case of a non-government amendment being put to referendum.A postcard kept in the Department of the Taoiseach. (Image: Sinéad O’Carroll/ book published by the Family Life Research Centre at the Knock Shrine in Mayo centres on the ‘Abortion Truck’ arriving in Ireland. Some of the literature sent to politicians of the day give an idea of the extremities lobby groups could go to get their views seen and heard.In a February 1982 letter to the Taoiseach’s adviser, barrister Frank Callanan (who was widely tipped to be named Attorney General in 2011 but missed out to Máire Whelan), suggested that Fitzgerald should make a speech which contained an “express attack on extreme advocates of the amendment who have used the issue to divide confuse and embitter opinion in the country”.The following year, the adviser wrote back to confirm that the Taoiseach had considered a speech to highlight his regret that the whole issue had turned into a party political one.“I think he felt that such a statement of his position would have solved many problems,” she wrote. “But as the whole debate has been conducted in terms of who h as stopped beating whose wife, the right moment never seemed to be available.”A draft address kept in the department does criticise “extreme pressure groups” (not the Pro-Life Amendment Campaign).“There will always in any society be people with fanatical views willing to lend themselves to campaigns of defamation against those who do not fall into line with them in their more extreme demands – campaigns of defamation such as in this instance were directed in writing against a member of my party in leaflets handed out at our Ard Fheis, and verbally, by whispering and innuendo, throughout the county against myself in the weeks and months before this issue came to a head,” it reads.Politicians have to live with this kind of treatment and if they have not got hides tough enough to stand it, they would be better off outside politics. But the political system itself becomes vulnerable when political parties themselves stoop to take advantage of the emotions aroused by such fanaticism, distorting the democratic process by doing so.The Taoiseach noted that the public had been confused by the issue at hand because it was quite extraordinarily complex. That was not helped, he added, by the passions aroused on both sides or by the extent to which it had “regrettably come to be politicised”.After almost three years of campaigning, protesting, rallies and vigils, the Pro-Life Amendment – as originally envisaged by Fianna Fáil in the early 1980s – was put to referendum and passed on 7 September 1983 with a 67 per cent majority. It was signed into law just one month later.Three decades later, Irish people continue to debate its merits and pitfalls and there are plans for a campaign next year to repeal the amendment to allow for less restrictive rules here.The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, which was voted through earlier this year but has yet to commence, will legislate for the decision in the X Case where the Supreme Court allowed for abortion in the case of a woman’s life being at risk of suicide.For further study, see the National Archives Ref 2013/100/557-569More: The Attorney General’s advice NOT to introduce ‘pro-life’ constitutional amendment FILTERING THROUGH THE thousands of memos, letters, speeches and notes held in the Taoiseach’s Department from 1983, it is easy to discern what was the biggest issue for Irish people at the time.Although the phone tapping scandal, economic troubles, the IRA hunger strikers and a growing drugs problem in the capital all captured the public’s attention, nothing divided people’s opinion in the same way as the freshly-ignited debate on Ireland’s laws prohibiting abortion.An extremely strong campaign had emerged early in the 1980s to lobby the government to introduce a ‘Pro-Life amendment’. The move came in the wake of the Roe versus Wade verdict in the US Supreme Court which allowed for the introduction of less restrictive regimes.There was genuine fear in Ireland that the courts could do something similar here unless a Constitutional provision prohibiting abortion was introduced.An ad in The Irish Times, 15 July 1980 (Image: Sinéad O’Carroll/ sample of a postcard received by the Taoiseach. (Image: Sinéad O’Carroll/ 1982, Charlie Haughey’s government proposed to amend the Constitution by adding Article 40.3.3:last_img read more

Minister announces SEAI grants to deliver energy upgrades to nearly 700 homes

first_imgMinister announces SEAI grants to deliver energy upgrades to nearly 700 homes The grants, which have been approved for a number of community projects, will also cover upgrades for commerical and community buildings. Short URL Sep 2nd 2019, 6:21 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sam Boal/ 16,513 Views Monday 2 Sep 2019, 6:20 AM Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.iecenter_img 9 Comments Share9 Tweet Email1 MINISTER RICHARD BRUTON has announced a number of grants have been approved under the SEAI Communities scheme to deliver energy upgrades to almost 700 homes and 570 community and commercial buildings.The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment said the government is providing €25 million to fund proposals developed by 57 communities.He said the funding will support these communities in delivering upgrades in homes and other buildings in their local area. Bruton said the work will eliminate 34,676 tonnes of CO2 annually. Just two weeks ago the Minister confirmed a reversal of the decision to end the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) home grant scheme. This scheme involves individual applications by homeowners – today’s announcement relates to the community projects scheme. The authority had announced it would only give grants to home projects that had already been approved as funding had run out. Announcing the u-turn two weeks ago, Minister Bruton also said he regretted the distress this had caused to homeowners.Projects approved for funding through the community scheme include:  Insulation, lighting, heading and refrigeration upgrades to Waterford libraries, schools, communities centres, GAA clubs, shops and farms;In Dublin, Wexford and Kildare, homes, businesses, a church, NCBI charity shops and the Mater Hospital will be upgraded with a combination of lighting upgrades, new heating systems, including Combined Heat and Power and solar PV for generating electricity;Wicklow County Council is leading a project in Wicklow and Wexford that will see a selection of homes, leisure centres, recycling centres, public buildings, a bakery and a hotel carry out upgrades on insulation, heating, lighting, refrigeration, heat recovery and steam generation.Jim Gannon, CEO of SEAI said the authority is working with hundreds of communities across the country to provide them with knowledge and the means to plan their own carbon pathway and deliver on their ambitions. “These government funded grants are a key support for communities ready to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions tailored to their needs,” he said.“The collective achievements of these communities can be replicated, drawing more and more citizens into Ireland’s clean energy transition.” By Michelle Hennessylast_img read more

Admissions into MANUU regular courses to end on June 30

first_imgHyderabad: The last date for submission of online applications for admissions into merit based regular courses offered by Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) is June 30. Admissions are open for various Post Graduate, Under Graduate Programmes, PG Diploma and Bridge Courses in the Schools of Languages, Social Sciences, Mass Communication & Journalism, Computer Science, Education besides Science & Commerce. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us For Madrassa passouts, bridge course is being offered to enable them to take admissions in B.Com., B.Sc. or Polytechnic programs on merit basis. Two new vocational courses Medical Imaging Technology (MIT) and Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) at undergraduate level are being introduced at University’s headquarters. Various merit based Post Graduate courses in which admissions are available include Urdu, English, Hindi, Arabic, Translation Studies, Persian; Women Studies, Public Administration, Political Science, Social Work, Islamic Studies, History, Economics, Sociology; Journalism And Mass Communication; M.Com; and M.Sc. (Mathematics). Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Part time diploma programme, Ghazal Appreciation (Tahseen-e-Ghazal) is a unique programme designed to make the ghazal loving non-Urdu public understand the basic nuances of this popular Urdu literary genre. For more details, online application and e-prospectus, candidates may visit the university website or email to read more

Star Trek Discovery Pushed Back Again but at Least We Have a

first_img 31Remember when Star Trek: Discovery was supposed to premiere this month? Those were the good ol’ days.While the show was on track for a May 2017 premiere, new reports are saying otherwise. Sources told Entertainment Weekly that the date has been pushed back again, although under less dire circumstances than last time.While the May date was chosen because of creative and production issues, which resulted in Bryan Fuller stepping down as showrunner, this most recent change is technical. A source told The Wrap that producers are simply taking their time in hiring and in getting together the visual effects. They stress that Star Trek: Discovery is still on track.“This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show. We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast,” CBS Television Studios said in a statement.Star Sonequa Martin-Green is still currently on The Walking Dead, and there were also reports her involvement could’ve created some “marketplace confusion,” as EW writes.On the bright side, another piece of good news has surfaced. Sarek, Spock’s father, and Vulcan ambassador, is going to be a key character in the series and has been cast. James Frain, known for Gotham and Orphan Black will be taking on the role, according to sources.The character will be the first to cross over from a previous Star Trek franchise into Discovery.We’re disappointed that the show has been pushed back again, but more than anything, we want the creators to take their time. If that means delaying its release than so be it.The show is set to start filming in Toronto next week, so hopefully, the change won’t be too drastic.So far, there’s no confirmed release date, but be on the lookout for the premiere, which will air on CBS and then weekly over at the CBS All Access app.This trailer will have to tide us over!!! ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ S2 Finale Recap: When No One Has Gone Before’Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Ep 13 Recap: Tearful Preparations Stay on targetlast_img read more

Schools in Japan are starting to introduce gender neutral uniforms

first_imgTokyo will give free housing to homeless and poor LGBTI peopleLGBT sex ed to be taught in England, including in faith schoolsIndia’s first gender-neutral hostel opens in Mumbai universityRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A number of schools across Japan have started to introduce more gender neutral uniform options for LGBTI students. ‘Although uniforms are not the only factors tormenting them, it is a significant element as they are required to wear them all the time.’Working on getting it rightOne of the schools leading the charge was Kashiwanoha Junior High School. It’s in the Chiba prefecture about 60kms east of Tokyo.‘We thought it would be better to let students wear something they feel comfortable in if they have to struggle to come to school because of uniforms,’ said Koshin Taki, the school’s vice principal of Kashiwanoha Junior High.‘We chose a subdued color and check patterns so the uniform would be suitable for any student.’Students will be able to wear skirts or pants and ties or ribbons to go with blazers regardless of their gender identity.Tombow Co – a clothing manufacturing company – started making gender neutral uniforms after the Education Ministry’s notice.It said it had been experimenting with the most neutral approaches since then. It found students did not want to wear uniforms that clearly emphasize male and female shapes.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… More schools in Japan’s are starting to introduce gender neutral uniforms. | Photo: Tombow co The move comes after LGBTI groups lobbied for student’s to be allowed to wear the uniform suited to the gender they identify with. It also comes after a 2015 notice from Japan’s Education Ministry to schools to improve their inclusion of LGBTI students.A 2017 survey found that 50% of LGBTI students were bullied at school. That survey also found that of those bullied children,  70% said their teachers did nothing to help them.‘Some students are embarrassed and cannot concentrate on their studies because of uniforms. In some cases, they stop going to school,’ Anri Ishizaki, head of FRENS, an organization supporting LGBT people told Japan Times.last_img read more

Uber fined by British ICO and Dutch DPA for nearly 12m over

first_imgBritish and Dutch authorities have fined Uber for a total of nearly $1.2m on Tuesday over a data breach incident that occurred in 2016. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) from UK imposed a £385,000 fine (close to $500,000) on Uber for “failing to protect customers’ personal information during a cyber attack”. The said attack happened in November 2016. Additionally, the Dutch Data Protection Authority imposed their own €600,000 (close to $680,000) fine over the same incident for not reporting the data breach to the Dutch DPA within 72 hours after the discovery of the breach. For the same data breach, the US government has fined Uber $148m. Attackers obtained login credentials to access Uber’s servers and downloaded files in November 2016. These files contained records of users worldwide including passengers’ full names, phone numbers, and email addresses. Personal details of around 2.7million UK customers and 174,000 Dutch citizens were downloaded from Uber cloud servers by hackers in this breach. Steve Eckersley, the Director of Investigations at ICO, said: “This was not only a serious failure of data security on Uber’s part, but a complete disregard for the customers and drivers whose personal information was stolen. At the time, no steps were taken to inform anyone affected by the breach, or to offer help and support. That left them vulnerable.” As the attack occurred in 2016, it was not subject to the EU’s GDPR that came into effect May 2018. The GDPR rules could have increased the fines for Uber. The affected customers and drivers were not told about the incident and Uber started monitoring the accounts for fraud only after an year. The attackers then demanded $100,000 to destroy the data they took which Uber paid as “bug bounty”. This is unlike a legitimate bug bounty program which is a common practice in tech industries. The attackers had malicious intent hence they downloaded the data as opposed to just pointing out the breach. Eckersley further added: “Paying the attackers and then keeping quiet about it afterwards was not, in our view, an appropriate response to the cyber attack.” In a statement, Uber representatives said “We’re pleased to close this chapter on the data incident from 2016. We’ve also made significant changes in leadership to ensure proper transparency with regulators and customers moving forward. We learn from our mistakes and continue our commitment to earn the trust of our users every day.” Read next Uber posted a billion dollar loss this quarter. Can Uber Eats revitalize the Uber growth story? EU slaps Google with $5 billion fine for the Android antitrust case Origin DApp: A decentralized marketplace on Ethereum mainnet aims to disrupt gig economy platforms like Airbnb and Uberlast_img read more

Nicaragua calls Carlos Alvarados statements disrespectful and intrusive

first_imgRelated posts:30 protesters released from prison in Nicaragua President Ortega celebrates anniversary; Costa Rica opens shelters Truth Commission calls for support to investigate violence in Nicaragua One dead in new round of protests in Nicaragua Managua assured Costa Rica that it would protect “respectful” relations without interfering, after saying that it is not its government’s practice to make “comments or pontificate” on other nations’ problems.The Nicaraguan statement said that the government is “not fond of” verbal confrontations or “media exhibitionism” that are used as smokescreens to hide the depth and seriousness of social or economic problems.Furthermore, the statement said that Nicaragua has not “interfered [in Costa Rica’s] difficulties or crises” such as the protests against a proposed tax reform bill that started on Sept. 10 in Costa Rica.The current political crisis of Nicaragua, which started six months ago, has caused more than 320 deaths, left 2,000 injured and more than 500 arrested. Thousands of Nicaraguans have sought refuge in Costa Rica to protect their safety. Facebook Comments Nicaragua police arrest 20, use stun grenades to end protestcenter_img The Nicaraguan government described statements by Costa Rican president Carlos Alvarado about Nicaragua’s “internal affairs” as “disrespectful” and “intrusive.”The government did not mention what Alvarado said and expressed its irritation over a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry. The Nicaraguan government said the the content of the statement was “pretentious and insolent”, and merely “a smokescreen” to distract from Costa Rica’s own situation of internal crisis after a month of protests.The generally strained relations between the two countries worsened after the arrest of a Costa Rican citizen of Nicaraguan origin on Sunday. The arrest took place during a raid that resulted in the arrest of 30 people during a demonstration in Managua.Alvarado expressed “his deep concern” on Twitter about the 30 people who were detained, including the Costa Rican of Nicaraguan origin, Allan Cardero Ocón.The Foreign Ministry of Costa Rica commented on the issue in similar terms and demanded the release of Cordero.The Costa Rican consulate reported that Cordero was released on Monday afternoon.“It was a very distressing time for him, for his family and for us at the consulate,” said consul Oscar Camacho.The Nicaraguan authorities did not refer to the Cordero case or his release in the statement.last_img read more

President blames system weakness for molesters early release

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades expressed regret on Wednesday after a convicted child molester was released early from prison and returned home without the knowledge of his victim, who lives in the same area.Anastasiades pledged that any weaknesses in the system would be corrected as soon as possible to prevent a repeat occurrence.The president’s statement came a day after public outcry greeted the news that the state had pardoned a man convicted of sexually abusing a minor who, now an adult, lives in the same neighbourhood.Green party MP Giorgos Perdikis said he had received a frantic call late at night from the girl’s father saying ‘we saw him, we saw him, we saw him.’“What could I do at 10 at night?” Perdikis said.The man was released last Sunday, with the victim and her family finding out when they heard the celebrations for the return of the offender to the neighbourhood.In his statement, the president said the man was released under the established practice of the president, with the agreement of the attorney-general, suspending one-quarter of an inmate’s sentence, “irrespective of the offences committed, bar certain exceptions”.The man had been sentenced to three years in jail and was meant to be released on March 29, 2019.Anastasiades said he understood the problems created by pardoning people convicted for sexual offences and planned to introduce stricter criteria to prevent sentence commutation for people convicted of similar offences.At the same time, the president said, to tackle similar offences, a bill has been drafted and sent to the Law Service for processing which provides for stricter sentences for sexual exploitation of minors.The case was brought to light by Anastasia Papadopoulou, the head of the council for the implementation of the national strategy to fight sexual abuse and exploitation of children and child pornography, who posted the release on her Facebook page.Papadopoulou said, the woman had suffered sexual abuse for four years at the hands of the man and his wife who was never charged with any offence and is still employed at a school.Papadopoulou described how the victim spoke of her ordeal with help from other people, managing to stand before a court where she went through a lot “because we told her, break your silence and we will be there as a state and as society.”You May LikePsychicMondayTake A Peek Inside Tom Selleck’s New Epic MansionPsychicMondayUndoTheDeliteKate Middleton Just Got An Anniversary Gift From The Queen That Is Beyond PriceTheDeliteUndoTheHealthyLifeTips.com20 Simple and Natural Beauty Hacks for YouTheHealthyLifeTips.comUndo Two of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Baesler’s education career started as a library assistant She later became a library media specialist and an assistant principal in the Bismarck Public School DistrictShe served for seven years as president of the Mandan School Board and was assistant executive director of the North Dakota School Boards Association before being elected superintendent of public instruction with a letter of support from the Republican PartyIn office Baesler has been a vocal advocate of North Dakota’s adoption of the “Common Core” education standards and has supported pre-kindergarten educationThat figure is very close to the national average where women are less than 4 percent of the work force according to a Cornell University study published in 2008 It’s a number that Grand Forks Fire Chief Pete O’Neil would like to see grow and one that may when the department hires a dozen new firefighters to accompany a new firehouse scheduled for construction in 2015But male or female the candidates will need to be qualified and prepared according to O’Neil"I would certainly hope so" O’Neil said "We only have one or two openings a year (The firehouse opening) will give us an opportunity to reach some more people You can’t just go out and hire whoever you want or whoever may apply There’s a testing procedure and a process It’s a fair process We’re going to put a lot of efforts into the recruiting side"Breaking inBattalion Chief Flermoen has been with the department for 15 years as has the other female firefighter Tana Ostlie Flermoen said the first couple of years is tough for any firefighter but she thought the department did a good job of helping the two women acclimate"It helped at first when they hired two of us" she said "That helped take the pressure off us The Grand Forks Fire Department did a wonderful job when they did decide to hire women They did some training and opened up the dialogue with everybody They really identified the fears everyone had "They changed the layout of the station They no longer had the open dorm they had to put in a women’s bathroom they never had a women’s bathroom before They did their homework when they brought us on board That helped It made our transition easier"O’Neil said the updates and changes were overdue and would have been helpful for even the male firefighters had they come earlier "We did it because females were on the force but in hindsight it’s something we should have done years before" he said "It was an offshoot of the females starting that we have private bedrooms We also added some diversity classes The culture has changed We’ve kind of cleaned up our act It’s been a good 15 years; I give a lot of credit to our past chief Dick Aulich He was ready to change the force up and he hired the two women That was a big step at the time" Physically demandingWhen firefighters are in action the physical demands can be as strenuous as any job Flermoen a former college basketball player said her background in athletics helped her make the transition"I basically went from the court to the job" she said "The physical part is tough It’s a constant battle to stay in shape and to ensure you can do the job"Anyone who joins the force would have to pass the Candidates Physical Abilities Test or CPAT a standardized test used throughout the country "That is a very stringent physical ability test that everyone has to pass" Flermoen said "It’s one test for all It’s a nationally recognized program It’s very tough for females You have to be ready for it"The physical demands of the job may scare off some potential female applicants but with some extra training Flermoen said passing the test is feasible for many women "Some are scared off by it but if you put your mind to it you can do anything" she said "If you want the job bad enough you’re going to do what you need to do to pass the testNontraditional for womenFirefighting has historically been a male occupation Even in Minneapolis with the greatest percentage of female firefighters of any city in the country women make up only 17 percent of the workforceO’Neil said being such a small minority can be an imposing prospect for women interested in a firefighting career "Absolutely it’s a nontraditional job for females" he said "It’s traditionally been a male job in the work force That image persists But you don’t have to be that macho or physical It tends to scare some people off I would encourage women to train and prepare for the physical side of it They are capable of passing the test but it may take a little more preparation for physiological reasons I think it’s the image they’re scared off by It’s kind of daunting to spend 24 hours with all males and for all practical purposes being locked up with all males" Being surrounded almost exclusively by men in the workplace took some getting used to for Flermoen a Fertile Minn,gofundme.”Lyman Halvorson’s 18-year-old daughter,Nepal finally has a formal constitution after nearly a decade of political paralysis. 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