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Harper governments changes to environmental laws at heart of election in YukonHarper governments changes to environmental laws at heart of election in Yukon

first_imgAPTN National NewsA controversial bill to change how environmental assessments are done in the Yukon is playing a big role in what party First Nation voters will cast their ballots for.Bill S6 amended the Yukon’s environmental assessment act and Nunavut’s surface waters act.As APTN’s Shirley McLean reports from Old Crow, the issue could be the tipping point on who will be representing the Yukon in parliament.last_img

MMIWG Inquiry looking to hire public relations team to navigate communicationsMMIWG Inquiry looking to hire public relations team to navigate communications

first_imgChief Commissioner Marion Buller addresses the media.Kathleen Martens APTN News The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls appears to be doing something to shore up its sagging communications.APTN News has learned a tender has been issued for a public relations and media team on the Public Works and Government Services Canada website.“The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) requires the services of a Contractor to provide ongoing strategic communication services to support clear and appropriate information sharing with stakeholders to the national inquiry with the objective of assisting the National Inquiry to meet their mandate and terms of reference,” says the job advertisement.“Key activities will include the development and execution of external communication strategies, products and communications advice to support and promote the National Inquiry’s strategic objectives. This requirement also includes development of proactive media relations and issues management support from a communications perspective.”The inquiry has been repeatedly criticized for poor communication with families and the media covering the inquiry. Chief Commissioner Marion Buller recently acknowledged community relations was a weakness.This tender calls for a team that would “focus on weaving families, communities, institutions and nations back together” and “recognize the effects of intergenerational trauma caused by Canada’s legacy of colonialism.” It closes Oct. 18.It comes after commissioners conducted two public hearings – in Whitehorse, Yukon and Smithers, B.C. – and have a third scheduled for Oct. 16 in Winnipeg, Man.The tender stresses the communications team must “conduct open and honest conversations” and “keep stakeholders informed of the work.”There is no price tag attached to the tender but there is a requirement of hundreds of hours of expected work. Key members of the inquiry’s original communications teams, community relations team and even a commissioner have resigned in the past months.That upheaval sent a signal the inquiry’s boat is in distress, worrying some family members.“We don’t understand what they’re trying to do,” said Sue Caribou, a member of the inquiry’s national family advisory circle.“They’re not communicating clearly. We’re stuck in the middle. Families are on the sidelines.”The Trudeau government appointed the inquiry to find out why hundreds of First Nations, Metis and Inuit women have gone missing or been murdered in Canada.Nine members of Caribou’s family have disappeared or been murdered.There have been calls to reset or end the independent inquiry altogether.“I’m frustrated how the inquiry is not explaining to the families what’s going on, how come we’re not included. I’m worried it’s going to be chaos,” said Caribou.kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

DGCA to seek ‘concrete and credible’ revival plan from JetDGCA to seek ‘concrete and credible’ revival plan from Jet

first_imgNew Delhi: With cash-starved Jet Airways suspending operations, aviation regulator DGCA Thursday said it will ask the airline for a “concrete and credible” revival plan, as well as extend help within the regulatory framework. A senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also said the regulator would take action in accordance with due procedure under relevant regulations. After weeks of uncertainty, Jet Airways Wednesday announced temporary suspension of its operations as it did not receive emergency funds to stay afloat. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe DGCA would be asking the company for concrete and credible revival plan to restart the suspended operations, the official said. According to the official, the watchdog would also endeavour to do its best to help the company revive its operations within the set regulatory framework. Lenders are carrying out the bidding process for stake sale in the ailing airline, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 8,000 crore. Against the backdrop of capacity reduction due to flight cancellations and rise in airfares, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola on Thursday held a meeting with representatives of various airport operators. It was also attended by Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIssues related to slot allocation at airports in the wake of Jet Airways suspending operations were discussed at the meeting, an official said. In the evening, the secretary would be holding a meeting with representatives of airlines. On Thursday, lenders to Jet Airways said they are reasonably hopeful of a successful bidding process for stake sale. The civil aviation ministry, on Wednesday, said it would support the resolution process for Jet Airways within the existing regulatory framework.last_img read more

Egypt denies mistreatment of Syrian refugeesEgypt denies mistreatment of Syrian refugees

first_imgCAIRO – Egypt on Thursday denied it was mistreating Syrian refugees following a report by Amnesty International accusing authorities of unlawfully detaining and deporting hundreds of Syrians fleeing civil war.In a statement, Egypt’s foreign ministry said the content of Amnesty’s report was “inaccurate and does not reflect the reality of their situation in the country.”“There are over 300,000 Syrians (in Egypt) and they are treated in a dignified way… and receive the same treatment as Egyptians with regards to health care and education,” the ministry said. It reiterated that Egypt’s policy was to “support the Syrian people … and the Syrian revolution.”“There is no policy of deportation of our Syrian brothers and the vast majority of them live in peace,” the ministry said.Egypt has recently required Syrians and other nationals to acquire visas from Egyptian consulates abroad prior to arrival in the country.“This is related to the security situation in Egypt and as soon as calm returns, this measure will be reviewed,” the ministry said.Earlier on Thursday, Amnesty had accused Egypt of unlawfully detaining and deporting hundreds of Syrian refugees, many of them women and children.“Instead of offering vital help and support to refugees from Syria, the Egyptian authorities are arresting and deporting them, flouting human rights standards,” Sherif Elsayed Ali, Amnesty’s head of refugee and migrants’ rights said in a statement.“Most refugees lost their homes and livelihoods when they fled Syria.Failing to help and protect them is a stain on the reputation of Egypt and could seriously damage its image as a key stakeholder in the region.”Ali said Egypt was failing “abysmally to meet its international obligations to protect even the most vulnerable refugees.”Amnesty said hundreds of refugees who fled Syria, including scores of children, face ongoing detention in poor conditions or deportation.It said the Egyptian navy has intercepted around 13 boats carrying refugees from Syria in their attempt to reach Europe.Quoting the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, it said 946 people have been arrested by Egypt while attempting the crossing, and that 724 remain in detention.Egyptian authorities say the country has taken in around 300,000 Syrian refugees, with some trying to leave for Europe aboard overcrowded ships.The media has often accused refugees of backing the Muslim Brotherhood and of being involved in political violence that erupted in Egypt after the July 3 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.last_img read more

Moroccan Woman Banned from Entering Casablanca Lounge for Wearing HeadscarfMoroccan Woman Banned from Entering Casablanca Lounge for Wearing Headscarf

Rabat – Sky Bar, a restaurant and bar in Casablanca, banned a Moroccan woman living abroad from entering because she was wearing a veil.Last Thursday, Sanaa, a young Moroccan living in France, visited Sky Bar, a subsidiary of Villa Blanca Hotel with three other girls, only to be rejected because one of her friends who lives in Spain was veiled.“We were in a restaurant when a friend who was staying at Villa Blanca Hotel called me and invited us to join him at the hotel’s lounge,” Sanaa told Yabiladi. She said that they walked to the hotel through the main gate and asked the welcome desk to show them the Sky Bar.Meanwhile, the welcome desk agent reportedly told the ladies that they would not be allowed into the lounge.Sanaa pointed out that she and her friends did not pay attention to the agent’s warning, and were rejected by the security guard at the lounge’s entrance.Picture of Skybar from inside“The security guard told us first that only customers staying at the hotel are allowed to enter. I explained that a friend who is currently staying at the Villa Blanca is expecting us in the lounge,” Sanaa explains.She went on to add that her friend came to the entrance of the lounge and asked the guard to allow them in. However, the guard insisted they could not enter because one of them was wearing a headscarf.“I asked him if he finds headscarf as a symbol of terrorism. He answered: ‘Customers will feel bad. Having someone to look pious while they drink alcohol may disturb them,’” said Sanaa.Sanaa said the young veiled lady was angered by this racist act and left the hotel along with the other girls.“The girls went for another coffee while I entered the Skybar to see my friend,” said Sanaa. “But there was nothing more normal. It’s like all hotel bars, with the difference that there is music ata low volume. I took a Coke and I saw other people consume soft drinks, “she adds.“For us it is pure discrimination, and it’s very negative for Morocco. We live in Europe, we are all used to seeing people drinking alcohol ” Sanaa concluded.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Saudi Arabia Receives Recordings of Khashoggi’s MurderSaudi Arabia Receives Recordings of Khashoggi’s Murder

Rabat – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has, for the first time, acknowledged the existence of recordings that prove the murder of the prominent Saudi journalist, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.On Saturday, Erdogan announced that Turkey gave the recordings to Saudi Arabia, the US, Germany, France, and the UK.Since October, Turkish anonymous authorities said that Turkey has evidence of the murder of Khashoggi. The existence of recordings was not officially confirmed until Saturday. Before leaving Turkey to attend commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 in France, Erdogan said, “We gave the tapes.”“We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, Germans, French and British, all of them. They have listened to all the conversations in them. They know,” Erdogan said.The recordings have pre-conversations before the murder was committed.Al Jazeera reported that a source said that “traces of acid were found at the Saudi consul-general’s residence” in Istanbul.Khashoggi went missing on October 2, when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. His absence sparked outrage internationally as surveillance cameras have not captured his exit from the consulate.Nearly two weeks after his absence, Saudi Arabia admitted that the journalist died in a “fistfight” inside the consulate. After several days Saudi Arabia said that Khashoggi’s death was premeditated.The international community, along with Khashoggi’s two sons, have been calling on Saudi Arabia to reveal the location of Khashoggi’s body.Khashoggi’s sons recently spoke up in an interview with CNN. During the interview, Salah and Abdullah said they have asked Saudi Arabia to return Khashoggi’s body.“I really hope that whatever happened wasn’t painful for him, or it was quick. Or he had a peaceful death,” said Abdullah.Salah said that the only thing Khashoggi’s family wants is to “bury him in Al-Baqi [cemetery] in Medina with the rest of his family.”Last week, BBC shared exclusive information about the murder. Turkish officials told the news outlet that Saudi Arabia sent a a “toxicologist and a chemical expert” to its consulate in Istanbul to clean up evidence of the murder. Investigators believe that the journalist was strangled to death and his body dismembered. read more

Brock mourns loss of honorary degree recipient and friend of the UniversityBrock mourns loss of honorary degree recipient and friend of the University

James StewartJames Stewart, the author, musician and professor emeritus of mathematics, who received an honorary degree from Brock University at spring Convocation in 2011 has passed away.He passed away Dec. 3, 2014. “Toronto Star – Obituary: James Drewry Stewart Ph.D, D.Sc(H)”Stewart, a long-time friend of the University, was recognized with an honoray degree in 2011 for his outstanding contributions to mathematics education, architecture and music.He was first and foremost a mathematician, but also a best-selling author, award-winning professor, renowned public lecturer, accomplished concert violinist, philanthropist and lover of architecture. read more

Burris sets record as Redblacks clinch eastBurris sets record as Redblacks clinch east

Henry Burris threw for six touchdowns and set a single-season record for completions as the Ottawa Redblacks clinched first place in the East Division with a 44-28 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday.Jacoby Harris was making his first CFL start. Hamilton needed to win by 6 to secure first place.Early in the first quarter, after a Redblacks field goal, Brandon Banks returning the kick but he fumbles the ball to give Ottawa ball on the Ticats 19.Banks would leave the game and would change into street clothes for a time, but he did return in the second half.The Burris would go deep to former Ticats Greg Ellingson for a great catch. Ottawa were quickly up 10.Second quarter with the score 17-3, Burris is picked off by Eric Norwood. He returns it down to the 1. They’d score, making it a 17-10 game.During the celebration, Simoni Lawrence was right in the middle of the Redblacks side and some chirping occurs.17-13 with 25 seconds left before halftime and Terrel Sinkfield finds room, picks up speed and returns it for 63 yards to set up an Andy Fantuz TD catch. Ticats led at the half 20-17.Third quarter and Burris hits Mo Price for a 32 yard gain. They’d score.And still in the 3rd, it’s 31-20 Redblacks. Ticats Justin Medlock with the onside punt and Rico Murray takes it in stride, all the way and it’s a 5 point game.Fourth quarter, Henry Burris passes to Brad Sinopoli for 10 yards and a touchdown which made it 37-26.Later, Henry Burris passes to another former Ticat, Chris Williams for 24 yards for a touchdown.With that, Burris sets the single season completion record. Final score 44-26.Ottawa finishes in first place in the east after winning just 2 games last year. Hamilton will host the Argos in the east semi-finals next Sunday at 1pm.Burris finished the day with 28 pass completions to give him 481 on the season. It broke the old record of 479 set by Ricky Ray with the Edmonton Eskimos back in 2005.Ellingson had 152 yards receiving to become the fourth Redblacks receiver this season to go over 1,000 yards – along with Sinopoli, Williams and Ernest Jackson.Hamilton finishes at 10-8 after a three game losing streak. Harris was 3 of 6 passing for 41 yards while Masoli was 11 of 21 for 148 yards. C.J. Gable was the leading rusher with 9 carries for 81 yards. read more

National Energy Board orders Enbridge to cease work on pipeline in ManitobaNational Energy Board orders Enbridge to cease work on pipeline in Manitoba

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 25, 2014 10:26 am MDT National Energy Board orders Enbridge to cease work on pipeline in Manitoba CALGARY – The National Energy Board has ordered Enbridge Inc. to stop work along its Line 3 oil pipeline in Manitoba after an inspection earlier this month revealed numerous environmental and safety concerns.Line 3 has been carrying crude between Alberta and Wisconsin for nearly half a century. Enbridge announced plans earlier this year to replace the pipeline in its entirety — a $7.5 billion undertaking that would be the largest project in the company’s history.Company spokesman Graham White said Friday the NEB order relates to regular maintenance work on the existing pipeline around Cromer, Man., not the larger replacement project.The NEB says it won’t allow work to resume until it’s satisfied the problems have been fixed by Enbridge (TSX:ENB).“During the inspection of the project, it was observed that multiple construction mitigation measures committed to by Enbridge in its Environmental Protection Plan to conserve topsoil, control erosion and manage drainage were not implemented,” the NEB said in its order.That has resulted in “numerous non-compliances observed both on and off the construction right-of-way causing environmental damage to wetlands and property damage to a substantial amount of agricultural land.”The NEB order also said erosion, lack of safe access to agricultural land and open excavations and trenchlines pose safety hazards.“The resumption of construction activities by Enbridge without a full assessment of damages would cause further detriment to property, safety of the public and the environment,” it said.Before work can continue, the NEB said Enbridge has to complete a detailed assessment of the safety and environmental issues and put together an action plan, with a detailed timetable, to address each item.White said Enbridge has already started working on the issues flagged by the NEB and that safety concerns will be dealt with immediately.He added flooding and heavy rainfall in late June hampered efforts to address the problems, which had been raised by a landowner and about which Enbridge was aware. The issues were related to land around the pipeline, not the pipeline itself, he said.For the full Line 3 replacement project, White said Enbridge is holding open-houses in communities along the route and plans to submit a regulatory application by the end of this year.The upgrade will allow the line to pump a maximum of 760,000 barrels per day, up from the 390,000 barrels it is currently able to move.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter read more

£1 polystyrene pumpkins branded total madness£1 polystyrene pumpkins branded total madness

Picking your pumpkin from a field is part of the experience of Halloween, said farmer Emily French Hard-to-recycle plastics such as those found in plastic broomsticks, devil horns and skeleton masks end up being thrown away, while a 2016 report by waste processing firm Rabbit Group found that 12,500 tons of Halloween costumes get sent to landfill every year. A teenager prepares his Halloween pumpkinCredit:Moretti/Viant/Caiaimage “The fun is going to a field full of pumpkins with the whole family, and choosing your pumpkin, taking it home and carving it.“Each one is unique – they’re different colours and shapes, some are more knobbly than others.“Children aren’t encouraged to get dirty and close to nature any more, and that’s what we work hard to encourage: children going into the farm and getting their hands dirty and learning this is something that grows in the ground. Amid creeping cross-festival gimmicks from Christmas eggs to Easter trees, the humble Halloween pumpkin has remained untouched by the marketing men.That was until a chain of craft stores revealed it was to sell polystyrene pumpkins, a move branded as “total madness” by farmers who say it may prevent children knowing that pumpkins grow in the ground.Craft supply chain Hobbycraft, with 85 stores across the UK, is selling polystyrene pumpkins for £1. Similar foam and plastic products can be found online from Amazon and Etsy.While they may reduce mess in the kitchen and cut down on bent paring knives and orange shavings, environmentalists, customers and MPs are furious at another instance of “pointless plastic” which will soon go to landfill or to pollute the oceans.“I think it’s totally unnecessary and total madness,” said Emily French, owner of Foxes Farm Produce in Colchester which sells thousands of pumpkins every autumn. “When you cut the pumpkin to empty it out, you have the discussion about the seeds and the edible parts.”The fact you’d take that away and then make an environmental disaster about polystyrene, it is a complete shocker. “They should be embarrassed with themselves to think this is a good contribution to the environment.”Polystyrene is one of the most difficult material to recycle. “I am certainly not going to be buying one. We should all be using traditional pumpkins and everyone should have a slice of pumpkin pie.” Pumpkin soup: much less appetising when made from polystyrene The £1 pumpkins drew criticism on Twitter A Hobbycraft spokesperson said; “Our Halloween decorative range includes carvable polystyrene pumpkins which are designed for indoor use and to keep to reuse for future years. We are not advocating for these to be used instead of fresh pumpkins. “We are committed to creating a more sustainable way for our customers to enjoy crafting. We’re consistently reviewing our product selection and sourcing programmes and we avoid the use of packaging wherever possible- 40% of our products have no plastic packaging.”Plastic campaigners face horrors on Halloween every year, as the Americanised holiday produces reams of throwaway items which go straight to landfill. The £1 pumpkins drew criticism on Twitter It is the latest attempt by retailers to encourage us to spend more every festival after the introduction of Easter trees and crackers and Christmas eggs. This spring, shops including John Lewis, Lidl and Tesco put “Easter trees” and “Easter baubles” and even “Easter crackers” on their shelves just weeks after taking down their Christmas decorations. Picking your pumpkin from a field is part of the experience of Halloween, said farmer Emily FrenchCredit:PAUL ELLIS/ AFP Pumpkin soup: much less appetising when made from polystyreneCredit:Andrew Crowley “This means children might not even understand that they’re grown at all.”Conservative MP and environmental campaigner Vicky Ford told The Telegraph: “That is an absolute shocker – I’m almost completely breath-taken by how wasteful that is.”My memory of pumpkin carving with my children, who are now teenagers, is that pumpkin carving is a huge educational experience about the environment. You remind kids that food grows in different seasons. Carolyn Bailey, homes and garden editor at Good Housekeeping magazine, said the trend had inspired “DIY” Easter trees – including placing branches of pussy willow in a large vase and decorating them with a large selection of baubles.And John Lewis told The Sunday Telegraph that sales of its Easter baubles this year had soared by 22 per cent, as well as decorative ceramics, faux flowers and candles.Friends of the Earth plastic campaigner Emma Priestland said the polystyrene pumpkins looked like “a perfect example of pointless plastic”.”There’s no reason to have a polystyrene pumpkin over a real one – and a real pumpkin can provide dinner too.”If we want to end the horror of plastic pollution we must stop using plastic for frivolous purposes.” A teenager prepares his Halloween pumpkin Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Parking meter project Nothing short of scrapping will suffice JagdeoParking meter project Nothing short of scrapping will suffice Jagdeo

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo says reduction of parking meter fees not adequateFebruary 13, 2017In “latest news”Jagdeo rejects Granger’s sympathies, blames Central Govt for ordealFebruary 14, 2017In “Local News”President deeply concerned about criticisms against parking meter project, Opposition Leader says contract should be scrapped immediatelyJune 24, 2016In “Opposition Leader calls for contract to be scrapped immediately” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo today reiterated his call for the Georgetown Mayor and City Council to scrap the controversial Parking Meter Project in its entirety.Jagdeo expressed full solidarity and support for the widespread protest  against the imposition of this project which he posits lacks transparency and brings additional burden to people.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoHe insisted that “a reduction of rates will be merely palliative and does not in any way address the transparency issue or ease the burden on our citizens who are already overwhelmed with excessive increases in almost 200 new taxes, fees and VAT-TABLE items in less than two (2) years of the APNU+AFC government.’’The Opposition leader also noted the “duplicitous positions and complicit role of the Granger government on this matter.”“They started out by disowning the project claiming local government autonomy but Minister Bulkan has signed By-laws into effect. The government sought to mislead and deceive Guyanese by claiming Cabinet and the Attorney-General had not approved the by-laws. If that is true, then the President should sanction Minister Bulkan.“However, there is grave suspicion about this being a concoction to obfuscate the matter. Nevertheless, it is important to note that the parking meter project could not have been implemented without the signing of those By-laws” Jagdeo asserted.Another duplicitous action, Jagdeo said, is when President Granger convened a meeting to instruct the Georgetown Mayor & City Council to reduce the parking meter rates, having claimed earlier he was not interfering in local government matters.The government, he noted, even went against its own Ministry of Finance recommendation to scrap the project.According to Jagdeo, from all indications, the Granger government supported this project from its inception and throughout while the APNU+AFC dominated Georgetown Mayor & City Council was emboldened by the support.The Opposition Leader says he remains supportive of the civil society protest while noting that nothing short of scrapping the parking meter project will suffice. read more

Chinese slurry pump technology reported to be outperforming foreign counterpartsChinese slurry pump technology reported to be outperforming foreign counterparts

first_imgIt is being reported that SGB Slurry pumps are so efficient that they have now replaced imported pumps used in China’s mines. Shijiazhuang Industrial Pump Factory (SGB) is looking for overseas clients willing to test the pumps. The pumps are designed by the China Coal Research Institute, Coal Preparation Branch and manufactured in China by SGB. “Chinese mining technology has made great strides over the past 30 years,” said SGB’s Barney Bai. “With an efficiency rating that is nearly 10% better than imported pumps, we want to offer overseas operations the chance to test our slurry pump against the ones they are currently using so they can see the difference for themselves. There is a misconception by customers outside China who see our products as cheap and of poor quality. This is our chance to prove them wrong, and showcase this highly efficient, wear resistant product.”Pages: 1 2last_img read more

The 9 at 9 ThursdayThe 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #CYBER ATTACK: AIB and Permanent TSB have confirmed evidence of possible fraudulent activity on cards that were involved in the LoyaltyBuild security breach, RTÉ reports.2. #TYPHOON: Six days on from Typhoon Haiyan, the UN has admitted that it did not act quickly enough to help survivors in the Philippines.Meanwhile, there is still chaos on the ground as aid workers try to get shipments through.3. #JOBSWATCH: Ryanair is expected to make a significant jobs announcement later this morning. New positions and routes will be revealed by CEO Michael O’Leary who will appear alongside the Taoiseach at a press conference.4. #SANDWICH GENERATION: About one third of Irish women in their 50s and 60s have been dubbed ‘the sandwich generation’ because they provide care and financial support to both elderly parents and dependent children, a new survey from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing has concluded.5. #EUROZONE: Michael Noonan is in Brussels today to discuss how best European countries can deal with failing banks in the future.6. #NORTHERN IRELAND: Former soldiers of Britain’s undercover unit from the 1970s have spoken to BBC’s Panorama “about how they took the war to the IRA…sometimes even imitating the IRA itself”. The Ministry of Defence says it has referred allegations that members operated outside the law – firing on and killing unarmed civilians – to the police.7. #SNAPCHAT: You may not use it but the latest messaging service Snapchat has become so popular that Facebook wanted to buy it for $3 billion. The founders turned down the offer, says the Wall Street Journal.8. #HEART HEALTH: Meath footballer Shane McAnarney has urged GAA players to avail of the association’s free cardiac screening in an interview with the Irish Independent. The 33-year-old is recovering from a double bypass operation, performed after a serious heart condition was discovered during the test.9. #BIZARRE: Five people were injured in Ennis last night when a van reversed into a grocery shop, shattering large panels of glass and destroying stock. Gardaí are investigating.(Pic: Barry Coffey)last_img read more

Scarletts Strike Force Cancelled Now WhatScarletts Strike Force Cancelled Now What

first_imgThe order cutoff for IDW’s G.I. Joe spinoff series Scarlett’s Strike Force #1 has now passed. We don’t know what that number is just yet, but we do know it doesn’t matter. Scarlett’s Strike Force was already cancelled almost two weeks ago. So how did we get here?It’s a bit of a long and winding road, really. Back in February of 2016, writer Aubrey Sitterson and artist Emilio Laiso premiered their Street Fighter X G.I. Joe six issue mini with IDW. The series started strong with sales of 18,339 for issue one and ended at 6,751 with issue six, which is a pretty typical drop-off. The series was successful enough that Aubrey was on a G.I. Joe #1 before the end of 2016. At the time, there was no push back on Aubrey’s interpretation of G.I. Joe.Coming onto a #1 of just about any comic series on the heels of a successful series usually offers the creators some more creative freedom. That coupled with G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero being a continuation of classic Joe helped to allow Aubrey Sitterson to move the series in a fresh, new direction. He, along with artist Giannis Milonogiannis, put the gears in motion to make G.I. Joe an international organization with reimagined versions of some of the characters and new additions to the team like Skywarp, a former Decepticon and a personal favorite of mine.While the art was stunning and added momentum and energy to this fresh take on this decades-old franchise, there were segments of the comics community that were vocally against this move. Some because it wasn’t the G.I. Joe, they grew up with, some because of the writing and/or the art just isn’t their thing, and some because of what they viewed as SJW content that was present in the book. As the book progressed, more people spoke out, and after a public gaffe on Twitter back in September, it seemed that this segment of the comics community might be seeing Aubrey’s tenure on G.I. Joe coming to an end. Scarlett’s Strike Force being cancelled confirmed that.Part of how this could have happened could indeed be the sales. We don’t know what the numbers are yet on Scarlett’s Strike Force #1. The sales overall on the First Strike event that sets up Scarlett’s Strike Force were not a big seller. However, since September, there was no more press regarding Aubrey’s G.I. Joe books. According to Aubrey speaking to another publication, he was no longer allowed to do podcasts, interviews or anything else on his end to promote the book. Another factor is the politics. The G.I. Joe readership skews more conservative. As a result, if the content doesn’t appeal to the core readership and liberals are avoiding the book entirely no matter what, it could have depressed sales. And although IDW has made a statement regarding this, it’s still speculated that Aubrey’s gaffe back in September was a factor.It’s hard to say if this has an impact on comics in general or in licensed properties. We don’t really know if this was more IDW’s decision or more Hasbro’s. It’s too soon to say if this will have any impact on the comics community beyond this one instance. If Aubrey’s gaffe from September was the tipping point then there is reason to be concerned that personal politics of creators could be used to drive them off books or even out of comics.Social media allows us instant access to comics creators and quick reactions to what they say and do. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, myself included, and react more harshly than a situation may warrant. Personal politics should not be a big factor when it comes to the fate of comics creators. Aubrey Sitterson being a self-proclaimed Socialist and discussing his political beliefs on social media should not be a factor. That said, this needs to apply to conservative comics creators as well. While I’m a liberal, I feel Mitch Breitweiser was unfairly targeted for declaring his support of Trump. Mitch Breitweiser is an incredible artist. I even proudly own a page from his work on Journey Into Mystery that I purchased directly through his website a few years ago. His political views don’t affect the quality of his work or my ability to support it. Ethan Van Sciver is another conservative artist who is targeted by the left. It’s easy to get sucked into Twitter drama, so sometimes we need to put things in perspective. A few weeks ago I was at the New Jersey Comic Expo waiting in line for Jerry Ordway. Suddenly I see a kid run up to his mother whose standing in front of me and he couldn’t be more excited. “Ethan Van Sciver’s back at his table!” the kid shouts. He asks his mom for the comics he had her holding on to for him to get signed and runs back off to Ethan’s table. Yes, I don’t agree with Ethan’s politics. But at moments like that seeing how happy this little kid is to meet Ethan, get his signature and not even consider Ethan or anyone else’s politics in comics should make anyone want to take a step back and think about how they conduct themselves and treat others in comics. While people’s safety and ethical concerns in this and any industry are always worth discussing, when it comes to personal politics of creators we should consider taking a step back. I had the pleasure of reading Aubrey Sitterson’s G.I. Joe and love his take on the characters. I wish IDW/Hasbro the best in moving forward and next steps with the G.I. Joe franchise. And though I’m sad to see Aubrey leave the series prematurely, I’m wishing him the best of luck and looking forward to reading his next project, whatever it may be.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Over 200 Policy Holders Turned Out for British Atlantic Financial Services LtdOver 200 Policy Holders Turned Out for British Atlantic Financial Services Ltd

first_img Related Items:British Atlantic Financial Services Ltd, kevin higgins, liquidation, wilbur caley Recommended for you Turks and Caicos named in Cayman Islands fraud investigation IMF report gives warning and suggestion to refund insurance company clients Nigueal Streete to take reigns of FSC with Higgins departure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPRovidenciales, 3 Nov 2014 – Over 200 policy holders turned out last night for the meeting to determine the fate of investments in British Atlantic Financial Services Ltd, BAFSL. Though the group was entreated to vote on whether or not they wanted to see the institution liquidated, the meeting saw the customers taking a stand to have more time to consider the next move. There is reportedly a requirement to have 75% agreement to close BAFSL down; the court has yet to make the decision. Documents were provided outlining the pros and cons we are told, but one twenty plus year customer explained most people were not so ready to vote to liquidate and most wanted to hear more from Managing Director, Wilbur Caley on what happened to the company to cause it to be in this position. There have been scathing opinions too for the FSC Managing Director, Kevin Higgins; a call for him to resign, to go home. Higgins is originally from The Bahamas. Questions about why Turks and Caicos Islanders appear to be losing every time with these financial institution closures also raged in the 90 minute meeting which was chaired by Wilbur Caley and Jo Connolly of PriceWaterHouseCoopers.last_img read more

ASA Affiliate Andy Welden Recognized as 2016 Michigan Master FarmerASA Affiliate Andy Welden Recognized as 2016 Michigan Master Farmer

first_imgRecently, American Soybean Association (ASA) Affiliate, former board of directors member, previous WISHH (World Initiative For Soy in Human Health) Chair and Michigan Soybean Association Membership Chair, Andy Welden, was named one of three 2016 Michigan Master Farmers for a lifetime of achievement at the Michigan Agri-Business Association Winter Conference.Watch the video below to hear Andy Welden discuss his farm and history.The Master Farmer Awards are presented by Brownfield Ag News, the Michigan Farmer Magazine and the Michigan Agri-Business Association.last_img read more

Indian restaurant transports Londoners to work in tuk tukIndian restaurant transports Londoners to work in tuk tuk

first_imgSomething for the weekend: The morning commute can be a dreary experience for many employees, especially when commuters are crammed into busy tube carriages or battling the temperamental British weather for a soggy walk to work. However, Indian restaurant Anokha revamped London-based employees’ journeys into work this week by providing a colourful tuk tuk to taxi staff to work.The tuk tuk rides, which operated between 8am and 9am on Tuesday 15 August 2017, offered commuters a free lift to their workplace in celebration of India’s Independence Day. The tuk tuk picked up pedestrians from London Liverpool Street station, transporting up to three commuters per trip.The bright blue and orange tuk tuk, nicknamed the Tuxi Cab, set a celebratory tone for its journeys by playing Bollywood music, while elegant Bollywood-themed dancers helped to advertise the location of the pick-up point for passers-by.Here at Employee Benefits, we would love to have a ride in this eye-catching tuk tuk for our daily commute. It may be a bit of a squeeze to fit all of the editorial team in, but it would certainly beat the bus…last_img read more

The Atlantic Responds to Times Response to AtlanticThe Atlantic Responds to Times Response to Atlantic

first_imgNow, Hirschorn is all, “additional numbers released by the New York Times Company since the piece went to press do not inspire confidence in the paper’s long-term prospects” and “ongoing double-digit declines do not a viable long-term business make.”Double zing! Let’s break the Atlantic-New York Times kerfuffle down in the simplest way possible, shall we?First, in its January/February issue, the Atlantic’s Michael Hirschorn was all, “What if the New York Times goes out of business—like, this May?”Then Catherine Mathis, the Times’ senior vice president of corporate communications, was all “Your article leaves a lot to be desired from the standpoint of … well, journalism.” (Media industry onlookers, of course, were all, “Oh, snap!”)last_img read more

Tahsildars threaten mass casual leave from July 15Tahsildars threaten mass casual leave from July 15

first_imgHyderabad: Tahsildars working across Telangana have threatened to go on mass casual leave from July 15 if the government failed to issue transfer orders to rejoin duties in the earlier serving location now that the election duties are completed. An emergency meeting of the Telangana Tahsildars Association (TGTA) was held at Nampally on Sunday to share their grievances of staying away from families and children in other districts for more than 9 months because of election duties. Also Read – Hyderabad: L&T bags IT awards Advertise With Us Despite elections are long over, the government has still not relocated the revenue officials to their earlier districts. TGTA members lamented that the issue was taken up with the higher officials, but nothing has been done so far. To mount pressure on the government, the association has decided to hold a series of protest programmes, starting from Monday. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us On July 8, a memorandum and strike notice would be given to the District Collectors. From July 9 to 12, the Tahsildars will observe work to rule. As part of it, they would do duty only from 10.30 am to 5 pm. Even if there was no response from the government, the association said all Tahsildars would go on mass casual leave from July 15 onwards. Advertise With Us Association president K Goutham Kumar said they did not hold protest for transfers until now as they thought the government would take a decision soon and common public should not be put to inconvenience. He said that in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the Tahsildars were moved out of their present working districts as part of election duty and once again relocated to their earlier place after the completion of the process. However, in Telangana the decision is being delayed, he rued.last_img read more

Deep Dive Into Building and Monetizing Android Apps With the Ultimate AndroidDeep Dive Into Building and Monetizing Android Apps With the Ultimate Android

first_imgAndroid is the world’s most popular operating system and there is no time like the present to learn how to build apps for it. The release of Nougat has started a gold rush of developers trying to master all of the newest features available. Today’s Android Development bundle brings you everything that you need to become an Android developer.Pay as low as $1 and get access to some of the helpful guides on Android development. Beat the average price (currently at $11) and you will get access to all of the offered courses. Head over to Wccftech Deals to learn more details about “Pay What You Want: The Ultimate Android Development Bundle.”Pay What You Want: The Ultimate Android Development BundleFollowing courses are included in this Ultimate Android Development Bundle.1- The Complete Android Developer Course: Go From Beginner To AdvancedLearn How to Build & Develop Android Apps From Scratch Access 144 lectures & 17.5 hours of content 24/7Learn how to create Android apps from scratchUnderstand how to use Java to make Android appsAdd animations & transitions to an appDiscover how to save data in a database using SQLiteDiscuss Android StudioMake a user interface for an app using multiple widgets2- Android: From Beginner to Paid ProfessionalBecome A Full-Fledged Android Engineer In This 25-Hour, Project-Based CourseAccess 91 lectures & 25 hours of content 24/7Learn the latest Android APIs & servicesCreate amazing, real-world Android Marshmallow appsApply for Jr. Android app development jobsImplement Object Oriented Programming with Java & AndroidReceive 10 free asset packs3- How to Make a Freaking Android AppLearn App Development by Making Apps for Android MarshmallowAccess 48 lectures & 6.5 hours of content 24/7Install Android Studio on Mac or WindowsGo step by step through making 3 complete appsGet an introduction to coding with JavaUnderstand design & databasing concepts with Android4- Android App Development: Create a Streaming Spotify CloneStart Developing for Android by Building a Music Streaming AppAccess 57 lectures & 5.5 hours of content 24/7Install & set up Android StudioLearn the basic streaming functions on AndroidSet up a free or paid serverAutomate music file indexing on a server using PHPMake an Android app communicate with a serverAdd more data to your app & remote database dynamicallyHandle audio interruptions like phone callsCreate list views & custom list view rows on Android5- The Complete Android & Java Developer Course: Build 21 AppsGet Familiar with Android Development by Building Clones of WhatsApp, Diary, & OthersAccess 197 lectures & 28 hours of content 24/7Create 21 engaging, real-world Android appsWork with APIs, web services, & advanced databasesUpload your Android apps to the Google Play Store & learn how to monetize themLearn Android Studio & build a user interfacePass information between screens & explore Android building blocks6- Android Mobile Apps: Beginner to Published on Google PlayLearn the Entire Android App Development Process & Gain a Competitive AdvantageAccess 41 lectures & 5.5 hours of content 24/7Learn the Android development process, from complete beginner to Play Store publishingCreate your own wildly popular appsBecome a Google Android developerCreate signing keystrokes for AndroidMarket yourself through your Android app listingOriginal total value: $861 | Wccftech Deals: Pay What You Want Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more