Trudeau holds town hall meeting in Winnipeg faces questions about immigration

first_imgWINNIPEG – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced questions on immigration, pipelines and Indigenous issues — and dealt with a few disruptions — during a town hall meeting with some 1,800 people at the University of Manitoba Wednesday night.Trudeau was asked by some people whether he would boost the number of immigrants accepted into Canada every year.Some people had personal questions, such as one woman who said a Nigerian friend was facing deportation and faced great danger if she returned to the African nation because she is a lesbian.One questioner asked Trudeau whether he was concerned about the number of people crossing the border illegally and claiming refugee status.Trudeau responded that Canada has obligations under international treaties to give asylum seekers a hearing, but also has the resources to ensure that people who are deemed not to be refugees are dealt with appropriately.“We always make sure that security is the first thing that is checked,” Trudeau said.One woman interrupted another questioner by shouting out opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project that would carry diluted bitumen from Alberta through British Columbia.She swore at the prime minister and security before leaving.Another man asked Trudeau to respect the British Columbia government’s plans to ban increased shipments of diluted bitumen off its coast until it can determine that shippers are prepared and able to properly clean up a spill. The move would limit expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain oil pipeline.He then shouted that Trudeau wasn’t providing a direct answer.A woman criticized Trudeau for the federal government’s summer-jobs program that requires groups to respect abortion rights.The crowd applauded loudly and drowned out the woman when Trudeau said groups that specifically hire students to oppose abortion rights should not be federally funded.“There are certain groups that are specifically dedicated to fighting abortion rights for women and inclusion of LGBT communities. And that is wrong,” he said.“That is not certainly not something the federal government should be funding summer students to do — to roll back the clock on women’s rights. That’s not going to happen.”The meeting, which lasted more than 90 minutes, also saw Trudeau questioned on the troubled inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.He was asked what he would consider a successful outcome.“Ideally, it will provide closure and healing for the families, a measure of justice for victims, and most importantly, show us how to put an end to this ongoing national tragedy.”Trudeau is to hold town halls in Edmonton on Thursday and in Nanaimo, B.C., on Friday.Note to readers: This is a corrected story to clarify concerns raised about pipeline.last_img read more

SANDY SIDHU GOES TO SHONDALAND

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter “I struggled with this idea of considering myself an actress, because I always read these stories of actors growing up who always entertained their families, and to be honest, I didn’t,” says Sidhu over tea one rainy Sunday in Kitsilano. “That was actually a very big reason I struggled for the first few years of my pursuing acting to tell anyone that I was an actor, because I never considered myself to be an authentic, real actress.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Sandy Sidhu – Photo by Kevin Clark, IMDB Sandy Sidhu might have acted opposite Jesse Williams on last week’s Grey’s Anatomy, but it wasn’t that long ago that the Vancouver actress was barrelling towards a completely different career: practicing medicine, rather than acting on television’s highest-rated medical drama.Hindsight is 20/20, but there were signs in Sidhu’s childhood that, in retrospect, clearly pointed to a career in showbiz rather than medicine. Sidhu – who grew up on Vancouver Island – demonstrated artistic inclinations at a young age, first as a visual artist inspired by anime, Disney films, and Michael Turner comic books, and then, throughout high school, on stage in various musical theatre productions.Even though Sidhu was undeniably artistic and particularly enjoyed being on stage (“I remember that first feeling of getting on stage in front of an audience, crossing from stage right to left and getting to the front of the stage and looking out and I just felt this magnetic energy, and I was hooked”), she says she always stopped short of calling herself an actress, and never once considered it as a viable career option. SANDY SIDHU LINKS:IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3637261/FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Sandy-Sidhu-321827167898110/TWITTER: https://twitter.com/sandy_sidhuINSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/sandysid/WIKIPEDIA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_SidhuWEBSITE: http://sandysidhu.com/REPRESENTED BY: RED MANAGEMENT Login/Register With:last_img read more

Dene Elder says episode of First Contact was hurtful but says there

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe premier of the APTN series First Contact is generating a lot of discussion.It takes six non-Indigenous Canadians on a 28 day journey to communities, and cities to challenge their preconceptions of who First Nation, Metis and Inuit people are.Episode one shows the harsh reality of what some Canadians think of Indigenous peoples.Some say they shouldn’t be given this forum.Tamara watched the show with a Dene Elder who says the first episode is triggering, but at the same time, gives him hope.tpimentel@aptn.ca@aptn_tamaralast_img

Closure at busy USMexico border crossing promises headaches

first_imgSAN DIEGO – The busiest border crossing in the United States will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico.The closure between San Diego and Tijuana for work on a $741 million expansion project presents a monumental headache for border businesses, workers, tourists and Christopher Enjambre. His band, Minor Gems, plays gigs in Tijuana.“It’s already hectic now, so … damn,” he said, shaking his head in disbelief. “It’s going to be crazy.”Travellers have been enduring hours-long waits on the Mexican side of the border to enter the U.S. with the constant addition of security measures since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.Frequent crossers, like Enjambre, 28, of Chula Vista, south of downtown San Diego, worry they will now face long lines on both sides, making trips through the San Ysidro crossing intolerable.The expansion is believed to be the largest renovation of a crossing along the nearly 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border. It has been in the works for years to ease congestion and boost cross-border commerce.U.S. officials are warning people to avoid driving to Baja California from 3 a.m. Saturday until noon Monday, hoping to ease what is feared will be a massive traffic jam on the U.S. side as Mexico-bound cars are detoured to the much smaller Otay Mesa crossing to the east.“Don’t even think about going across in a vehicle,” said Jason M-B Wells, executive director of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce. “It’s going to be a standstill.”Wells and other business leaders want people to cross on foot and are planning a festival with live music and food trucks to greet those who do. San Ysidro’s pedestrian crossing, where 22 inspection lanes into the U.S. were added this summer, will be open in both directions. The crossing will also remain open on the Mexican side for U.S.-bound cars.Leaders in Baja California’s tourism industry are concerned about the disruption that could continue well past the weekend as some lanes stay closed until November.They already were working to get word out that their tourist spots are safe after the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory last month that included the region because of violent crime.Ricardo Argiles, CEO of the Rosarito Beach Group, which owns the landmark Rosarito Beach Hotel, said the border closure is a second blow.Reservations for his hotel this weekend are down 30 per cent from last year at this time, and he fears tourism will keep lagging during the construction.Hotels are cutting rates to convince people to still venture south of the border. Rooms at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, once frequented by Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe, are going for as low as $60 a night, a 25 per cent drop from last year.The hotel also offers instructions and a Google map on its website that details how to get there after crossing through Otay Mesa.“We hope people still come and once they relax, they forget about the lines,” said Argiles, president of the Hotel and Motel Association of Rosarito Beach.Baja California has been drawing more visitors with growing interest in its picturesque wine country, chic boutique hotels, and booming culinary scene from Tijuana to Ensenada, where restaurants offer Baja-Med cuisine, a blend of Mexican and Mediterranean flavours.The weekend border closure is to allow for the removal of a large metal canopy spanning over all the southbound lanes into Mexico.The crossing will reopen Monday with three southbound lanes while California’s Interstate 5 is realigned to feed into the renovated crossing. U.S. officials expect traffic flows to go back to normal by Thanksgiving, when four of the five lanes at the Western Hemisphere’s largest land crossing will be open.Anthony Kleppe of the U.S. General Services Administration said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the government’s efforts to get the word out about the closure will minimize the hassle.He expects the renovation’s biggest impact to be on the thousands who cross to work and study in San Diego and return each day to their homes in Tijuana.Once complete in summer of 2019, there will be 10 southbound lanes — twice the current number — to handle the estimated 40,000 vehicles that pass through San Ysidro on weekends and 50,000 on weekdays. The expansion also added eight more lanes from Mexico to the United States.last_img read more

Gurugram: Congress fields Ajay Yadav to take on BJP’s Rao Inderjit

first_imgGururgam: Congress has fielded its veteran leader Captain Ajay Yadav from Gurugram seat. The importance of Captain Yadav can be gauged from the fact that he has won Rewari Vidhan Sabha seat six times for the Congress. He won the Rewari seat for the first time in 1989 after which he continuously emerged successful with wins in 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2009.In South Haryana where he was instrumental in making Congress a formidable party, he was rewarded with various cabinet posts in the state government that ranged from being the PWD minister to the post of finance minister. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderCaptain Yadav will be contesting for Lok Sabha seat for the first time. The Congress party first mulled of fielding him in the 2014 polls after Rao Inderjit left the party and joined Congress. Due to health reasons, Captian Yadav expressed his reluctance to fight the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. Captain Ajay Yadav is the son of Abhay Singh Yadav who was again one of the tallest Congress leaders in South Haryana. Captain Ajay Yadav served in Indian Army for seven years after he was first commissioned as an officer in 1980. He took the premature retirement in 1987 and joined the state politics. Just two years after joining the state politics, he was able to win his first assembly elections in 1989 after which his successful stint in assembly elections went on for more than 25 years. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsEver since he lost the Rewari in the 2014 Assembly elections, Captain Yadav focussed on the matters related to South Haryana and emphasised that how BJP was not able to deliver governance in the state as well as in the national level. Captain Yadav reiterated that he will fight BJP and will highlight the failures of the government both nationally and internationally. “We had made Gurugram the Millennium city. After four and a half years, the BJP has made it the most polluted city in the world. Moreover, they want to even damage the lungs of the city by moving the Aravallis out of Punjab land and Preservation Act (PLPA),” said Captain Yadav. “The citizens of Gurugram have seen through the false hopes that were given to them in the name of demonetisation and they will express their anger against the government on May 12,” he added.last_img read more

Rlys cancel several trains in wake of Fani

first_imgKolkata: South Eastern Railway and Eastern Railway cancelled a number of trains on Friday considering the safety and security of the travelling passengers in view of the severe cyclonic storm Fani, which has already struck Odisha and is likely to hit Bengal late on Friday night.The Howrah-Puri Sri Jagannath Express, Howrah-Yesvantpur Express, Howrah-Puri Express, Howrah-Chennai Mail, and Howrah-Puri Shatabdi Express were cancelled on Friday. The Howrah-Bhubaneswar Jan Shatabdi Express and Bangriposi-Bhubaneswar Express scheduled on May 4 and the Santragachi-Tirupati Express scheduled on May 5 have also been cancelled by SER. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, Eastern Railway cancelled the Puri-Sealdah Duronto Express scheduled to leave Puri on Saturday and Muzaffarpur-Yesvantpur Express scheduled to leave Muzaffarpur on Monday. The Secunderabad-Guwahati Express scheduled to leave Secunderabad on May 5, Puri-Kamakhya Express scheduled to leave Puri on May 4 and Kamakhya-Secunderabad Special scheduled to leave Kamakhya on May 6, will all remain cancelled according to a statement by Eastern Railway. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySix local trains from Sealdah/Barasat to Hasnabad and four locals from Hasnabad to Sealdah/ Barasat were cancelled by ER authorities for the sake of passenger safety in view of the gust and heavy rainfall, as a precautionary measure. A group of people obstructed train movement at Barasat station, protesting against cancellation of trains at around 4.10 pm. Normal services were resumed at 6.10 pm, when the obstructions were withdrawn. Four Sealdah-Bongaon locals had to be cancelled, while 16 locals (8 Up and 8 Down) lost punctuality.last_img read more

Marrakech’s FIFM: Princess Lalla Meryem chairs royal dinner

first_imgMarrakech – Princess Lalla Meryem chaired, on Saturday at the Marrakech convention center, a dinner offered byKing Mohammed VI on the occasion of the official opening of the 13th edition of Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM).The 13th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM), held under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, opened on Friday at the city’s convention center.The opening ceremony was marked by the attendance of figures from several spheres mainly culture and the movie industry. This edition is marked by the attendance of Indian star Deepika Padukone and Egyptian actor Adel Imam, in addition to US star Sharon Stone who was granted the FIFM Star award.Now in its 13th year, the Marrakech International Film Festival has grown in size and star power, with Martin Scorsese, Marion Cotillard and Patricia Clarkson as jury members of this year’s edition.This year’s edition opened with a vibrant tribute to American actress Sharone Stone. With MAPlast_img read more

Illegal logging in Indonesia threatens very survival of orangutan UN report warns

6 February 2007The orangutan, one of the world’s few great apes, is making its last stand in the jungles of Indonesia as illegal logging accelerates at a far faster rate than previously thought, and emergency action is needed now to ensure their survival, including international initiatives to curb demand for the lumber, a new United Nations report warned today. The orangutan, one of the world’s few great apes, is making its last stand in the jungles of Indonesia as illegal logging accelerates at a far faster rate than previously thought, and emergency action is needed now to ensure their survival, including international initiatives to curb demand for the lumber, a new United Nations report warned today. “Without direct intervention in the parks, orangutans and other forest-dependent wildlife will become progressively scarcer, until their populations are no longer viable in the long-term,” according to the Rapid Response report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The study – Last stand of the orangutan: State of emergency – says natural rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo are being cleared so rapidly that up to 98 per cent may be destroyed by 2022 without urgent action, outstripping projections of an earlier UNEP report by 10 years due to an acceleration in the past five years of illegal logging, estimated to account for more than 73 per cent of all logging in Indonesia. As demand grows, the industry and international market are running out of cheap illegal timber and are now entering the national parks, the orangutan’s last refuge, where the only remaining timber available in commercial amounts is found. “At current rates of intrusions, it is likely that some parks may become severely degraded in as little as three to five years, that is by 2012,” the new study warns. Overall loss of orangutan habitat is happening at a rate up to 30 per cent higher than previously thought. The report notes that Indonesia is active in fighting illegal logging and has worked with a series of international programmes and initiatives to reduce the logging. But most long-term initiatives, like reducing corruption and certification of timber, require the substantial support of the international community including recipients of illegally logged timber, as well as “massive changes” in management regimes and long-term institutional change. “Some or all of these responses may potentially have paramount effects in the long-term, but they will generally take too much time to develop to an effective level and will fall short of the immediate crisis in securing the future survival of the orangutan and the protection of national parks,” the report warns. “Immediate on-the-ground action is required to back up the global-scale efforts towards sustainable wood production.” It calls for substantially strengthening Indonesia’s own efforts with the rapid deployment of reconnaissance units, removal of illegal plantations, mining and agricultural development inside the parks and enhanced international law enforcement programmes against illegal logging. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner noted that the logging is not done “by individual impoverished people, but by well-organized elusive commercial networks,” and he called on the international community to aid the Indonesian authorities with equipment, training and funding to patrol their national parks from illegal loggers. “National Parks form a cornerstone in the 2010 target to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss and are also so valuable for eco-tourism and in generating new livelihoods. Their protection is vital to these international goals and to the entire concept of protected areas,” he said. The scale of illegal logging, including in national parks, is likely to increase not only in Indonesia, but also in other parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America, the leader of the Response team, Christian Nellemann, noted. “The situation is now acute,” he said. The report was prepared by GRASP, the Great Ape Survival Partnership lead by UNEP and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with a wide range of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Bornean and Sumatran orangutans are classed as Endangered and Critically Endangered. Recent estimates suggest there are between 45,000 and 69,000 Bornean and no more than 7,300 Sumatran orangutans left in the wild. read more

Head of UN atomic watchdog urges swift response by Iran to nuclear

The agreement, put forward nearly two weeks ago during talks at the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), concerns fuel for use at a research reactor in Tehran which produces medical radioisotopes for therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.Last week Iran informed IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei that it is “considering the proposal in depth and in a favourable light,” but needed more time to provide a response. The other three parties to the talks – France, Russia and the United States – have all indicated their approval of the agreement. “Addressing the concerns of the international community about Iran’s future intentions is primarily a matter of confidence-building, which can only be achieved through dialogue,” Mr. ElBaradei said in his final address to the UN General Assembly as head of the IAEA.“I therefore urge Iran to be as forthcoming as possible in responding soon to my recent proposal, based on the initiative of the US, Russia and France, which aimed to engage Iran in a series of measures that could build confidence and trust and open the way for comprehensive and substantive dialogue between Iran and the international community,” he stated.He added that trust and confidence-building are an incremental process that requires focusing on the big picture and a willingness to take risks for peace.Iran has stated that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend it is driven by military ambitions. The issue has been of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).“As a result of difficult and painstaking work, the agency has acquired a better understanding of Iran’s civil nuclear programme,” said the Director General. “Nevertheless, a number of questions and allegations relevant to the nature of that programme are still outstanding and need to be clarified by Iran through transparency and cooperation with the agency.” Mr. ElBaradei, who has headed the IAEA since 1998, also highlighted the case of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which the agency reported to the Security Council 16 years ago for non-compliance with its non-proliferation obligations. Since that time, he said, the country has moved from the likely possession of undeclared plutonium to acquiring nuclear weapons.“The on-again, off-again nature of the dialogue between the DPRK and the international community has stymied the resolution of this issue,” he stated.In addition, he lamented the “tragic war” that was launched in Iraq “on the basis of a false pretext, without authorization from the Security Council, and despite the agency and the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) having found no evidence that Iraq had revived its nuclear weapons programme or programmes involving other weapons of mass destruction.“It gives me no consolation that the agency’s findings were subsequently vindicated,” he said.In July, the IAEA’s Board of Governors chose Yukiya Amano, a Japanese diplomat with a lengthy record of working on disarmament and non-proliferation issues, to succeed Mr. ElBaradei when he steps down at the end of November. 2 November 2009The outgoing head of the United Nations atomic watchdog today urged Tehran not to delay in responding to the draft agreement on fuel for its civilian nuclear research site, and called for transparency and cooperation to address outstanding issues related to Iran’s nuclear programme. read more

Illegal exploitation of resources in DR of Congo taking human toll –

Following two months of fact-finding within and around the Great Lakes region, particularly in the eastern DRC, the Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth in the country issued a preliminary report of its findings to the Security Council.The panel says that it has gained a better understanding of the varying roles of the different foreign armies and armed groups – both foreign and Congolese – in the exploitation of resources and in the country’s continuing war.With various strategies being employed to divert revenues for personal gain or to pay foreign armies – either to maintain their support against rival groups or to finance continuing, existing military operations – their immediate effect has been “the further collapse of most local economies and the deepening impoverishment of most Congolese families,” according to the report.Meanwhile, the humanitarian toll of this continuing exploitation is widespread, especially in the eastern part of the DRC. “Local populations, including children, are being conscripted and used as forced labour in the extraction of resources by some military forces in different regions,” the report says.Other tactics, such as the destruction of the infrastructure for agricultural production, are allegedly used by different armed parties to force people to participate in extraction work, leading in part to increased food insecurity.”Acute malnutrition rates are alarmingly high,” the report notes. “While mortality levels vary greatly from place to place depending on the extent of conflict and the availability of health services, overall they are among the highest in the world.” read more

Ahead of Samoa conference island nations gather in New York to discuss

“By attending the meeting in Samoa, delegates will exercise and experience the reality of a small island developing States, its vulnerabilities as well as its resilience,” the Conference’s Secretary-General, Wu Hongbo, told journalists in New York.Representatives of attending Member States are meeting at the UN Headquarters this week for the preparatory meeting ahead of the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, to be held in the Samoan capital, Apia, starting 1 September.The Conference will be a “unique opportunity for world leaders to focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development,” Mr. Hongbo said, adding that what happens to small islands has a global impact and is central to the post-2015 agenda.The group of States shares similar sustainable development challenges, including small but growing populations, limited resources, remoteness, susceptibility to natural disasters, vulnerability to external shocks, excessive dependence on international trade, and fragile environments. Its economies face challenges from high costs in communication, energy and transportation, as well as lacks of infrastructure and little to no opportunity to create economies of scale.At the same time, these nations are also at the forefront of finding innovative solutions to global challenges like climate change, access to energy and environmental degradation.The Conference is meant to give countries an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity and partnership with small island developing nations, said Mr. Hongbo, who is also UN Under- Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. He added that the conference would offer a platform for launching new and concrete partnerships in areas of sustainable tourism and disaster risk reduction, for example.The Permanent Representative of Samoa to the UN, Mr. Ali’ioaiga Feturi Elisaia, said that his Government, as well as those of other similar island nations, are looking for partnerships that are specific to their contexts, able to be implemented within a timeframe, and reportable.“No partnership is insignificant,” Mr. Elisaia told the press. “Everything is relative.”The UN has said it expects more than 200 “concrete partnerships” to be announced at the Conference “for lifting islanders out of poverty and braving challenges such as rising sea levels, overfishing, and typhoons and tsunamis.”In addition to partnerships, the Conference outcome, which representatives are meeting this week to draft, will outline the main challenges and priorities for small island developing states.Among topics to be discussed this week will be tourism, food security and sustainable energy alternatives. Side events will be organized at the UN headquarters by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.A photo exhibit featuring images submitted by islanders through social media is also on display. Images can be viewed at http://ow.ly/yeFP6. The Conference in Samoa will take place during the same month that the UN General Assembly will devote its annual high-level segment to deliberations on the sustainable development agenda beyond 2015, the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).It is also during this time that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a climate summit to raise the level of ambition towards a universal legal agreement in 2015.This year is also the International Year of Small Island Developing States, the first time that the General Assembly designated an international year for a group of countries. read more

Bosworth Field must be saved for the nation to protect all ancient

“We should plant our standard squarely on preserving Bosworth and its heritage, both past and yet to be discovered.” “Bosworth is the battlefield under threat today; but while the current legal framework continues, no doubt there will be others,” Mr Skidmore will tell MPs at a debate in Westminster Hall today.”For to build over one part of a battlefield site, threatens to set a precedent of permissiveness that could erode our ability to protect our battlefields across the country. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ancient battlefields will be at risk if building is allowed to go ahead at Bosworth Field, ministers will be warned today, as campaigners launched a bid to buy the threatened land for the nation. Chris Skidmore, a Conservative party vice chairman and leading expert on Richard III, will call for better protections for the 46 battlefields in England after automotive specialists Horiba Mira Ltd applied to build a test track for driverless vehicles on part of the site.  The Battle of Bosworth in August 1485 was a crucial moment in British history which saw the death of Richard III, ending the Plantagenet reign and bringing the Tudor dynasty to the throne. More than 12,000 people have signed a petition urging Hinkley and Bosworth Borough Council to refuse permission for the new 83 acre test track, while The Battlefields Trust has launched a campaign to buy the land from Horiba Mira.  Richard III's body was discovered in Leicester Mr Skidmore will also call for the Government to tighten planning rules which currently only stop building on battlefields if there is “substantial harm”.He will add: “I know that this is a local decision that will be made by the Council, and I am sure that they will reflect upon the written submissions and petition next month. “But we must recognise here the precedent nationally that this application risks setting. “And we must also ask, how have we managed to get to this situation in the first place that a battlefield of national historic importance should be placed under threat?” The decision on whether to allow the test track to go ahead will be made by Hinckley and Borough Council on September 25. Bosworth FieldCredit:Royal Collection/Richard III’s body was discovered in Leicester The land in which the battle of Bosworth is set needs to be bought for the nation.Kelvin van Hasselt, vice president of The Battlefields Trust Kelvin van Hasselt, vice president of The Battlefields Trust, said: “The land in which the battle of Bosworth is set needs to be bought for the nation just as the Americans do with their battlefields “The wider battlefield faces a severe threat of building which will prevent its proper presentation in the future.“In particular it will not be possible to stand where Henry Tudor stood when he first saw Richard III’s army, ponder the decisions he then made and from there to walk in his footsteps to the point where the armies engaged. read more

Doctors call for Robin Hood approach to medical card crisis

first_imgDOCTORS ARE CALLING on the government to ensure that all sick children get a medical card.The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) want the government to divert money that is currently ring-fenced for free under six care to discretionary medical cards.The NAGP call this a ‘Robin Hood’ approach to the crisis.The association is supporting Kevin Shortall whose daughter Louise is fighting leukaemia.Shortall is campaigning to ensure all sick children get a medical card.CEO of the NAGP Chris Goodey said,“The plight of Dublin father Kevin Shortall, whose daughter Louise is fighting leukaemia, further highlights the fact that Ireland’s most vulnerable, sick children are denied access to funding for basic medical care.This is happening while the Government is proposing universal GP access for all children under six, irrespective of financial means. It is farcical.“This ring-fenced money could be put towards helping children like Louise Shortall, whose family have battled to ensure she gets a medical card since her leukaemia diagnosis in 2012.”Goodey said that “even the HSE’s National Director of Primary Care has criticised the current situation”.He describes the proposed free GP care for children under the age of six as “utterly flawed” adding that the contract will cost €37 million in 2014.Read: “It is only a matter of time before a stressed out parent is pushed over the edge”>Read: Minister: ‘A decision to see a doctor should never be a financial dilemma’>last_img read more

The High Court has two new judges both women

first_imgSIX JUDGES DESIGNATE have been appointed to the new Court of Appeal while two new judges have been appointed to the High Court.Another has nominated to take over a vacancy due to occur later this year.Caroline Costello SC and Aileen Donnelly SC will fill two vacancies left in the court by the retirement of Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neil, while Justice Peter Charleton moved to the Supreme Court.There are currently seven female High Court judges out of 34.Costello recently advised the Oireachtas Committee on Procedure and Privileges on whether PAC could compel witnesses to appear before it.She was called to the Bar in 1988, and has experience in areas such as commercial, banking, insolvency, property and probate.Donnelly was also called to the Bar in 1988, with experience in criminal, extradition, judicial review, constitutional and tort law, and has contributed to a range of publications.Seamus Noonan SC has been nominated to fill a vacancy that will arise in September with the retirement of Justice Barry White.WelcomeMr Justice Nicholas Kearns President of the High Court said, ”I would like today to extend congratulations on my own behalf and on behalf of the other judges of the High Court to the six judges designated for appointment to the Court of Appeal. I also wish them every success as, together with Mr Justice Sean Ryan, they embark on the important work of the Court of Appeal in the months ahead. The High Court will do everything in its power to support and facilitate the operation of the new court.Chief Justice Susan Denham also welcomed the appointments.She said, “that people have access to justice in ready forms of appeal, is a must in a democratic society.That there is a continuing demand can be seen by the numbers – the sheer volume – of appeal work which comes before our Supreme Court. It amounts to many multiples of appeal numbers heard in other jurisdictions.“I welcome the progression towards the establishment of the Court of Appeal later this year. Now that the required legislation is in place, and a President and Judges designate have been nominated, work can carry on with the very real and practical plans to establish this new landmark court”.Serving Judges The Government also announced a number of serving judges of the High Court as Judges designate of the Court of Appeal:Justice George BirminghamJustice Mary Finlay GeogheganJustice Gerard HoganJustice Mary IrvineJustice Peter KellyJustice Michael Peart.Read: Justice system criticised after €200,000 Anthony Lyons settlement disclosed in court >last_img read more

Le bilan des inondations aux Philippines salourdit

first_imgLe bilan des inondations aux Philippines s’alourditAprès la tempête Washi qui a traversé le sud des Philippines mi-décembre, les inondations ont détruit de nombreuses habitations et le décompte des victimes présumées s’alourdit chaque jour davantage.Entre le 16 et le 18 décembre, la tempête Washi est passée au-dessus du sud des Philippines et a provoqué des inondations dévastatrices dans une région habituellement calme. Cette tempête tropicale a ainsi dévasté des villages et des bidonvilles construits sur les bancs de sable, au bord des fleuves.À lire aussiCes inondations et crues qui ont marqué l’Histoire de la FranceDepuis, des dizaines de corps ont été repêchés dans les eaux au large de l’île de Mindanao, la grande île du sud de l’archipel philippin et près de 55.000 personnes sont encore dans des centres d’évacuation, indique l’AFP. Selon les autorités, beaucoup d’entre elles seront prochainement transférées dans des tentes en attendant la reconstruction de logements en dur, pas avant plusieurs mois.Côté humain toujours, “il y a encore beaucoup de régions que nous avons examinées mais où est toujours présente l’odeur de cadavres. Nous ne savons pas combien de personnes sont enfouies sous la boue”, a déclaré le responsable de la défense civile de la région Ana Caneda. Le bilan final pourrait atteindre les 2.000 morts. “Il y a tellement de corps retrouvés flottant dans les baies. Si les petites îles ne faisaient pas barrage, ils seraient déjà dans le Pacifique”, a-t-il ajouté.Le 27 décembre 2011 à 17:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Judge John Wulle charged with conduct violations

first_imgClark County Superior Court Judge John Wulle got into a shouting match with Matthew Hastings, whom he sentenced to 120 years in prison in March 2009. The incident is mentioned by the state judicial conduct panel in charging Wulle with violating codes of conduct.See a video of the incident at the bottom of this story.A state judicial board has charged Clark County Superior Court Judge John Wulle with violating codes of conduct.In a statement of charges released Wednesday, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct accused Wulle of failing “to maintain order and decorum in proceedings” and engaging “in a pattern of discourteous, impatient and undignified behavior.”The judge is required to answer the complaint within 21 days. Upon his answer, the commission will either work out a resolution with Wulle’s attorney or schedule a public hearing to decide any discipline. Potential sanctions range from an admonishment, or written warning, to a censure with a recommendation to the Washington Supreme Court for suspension or removal.Wulle, 61, said Wednesday afternoon, after meeting with the commission locally all day, that he was first notified about the complaint a month ago. Per the request of his attorney, Josephine Townsend, the judge declined to discuss details of the complaint, but said he understands “judges are held to a higher standard.”“Every judge is subject to review,” he said. “If I’ve made mistakes, I will correct them.” In the complaint, the commission lists four public court hearings in which Wulle is accused of violating the codes, including the high-profile sentencing hearing of attempted murder defendant Matthew Hastings in March 2009.last_img read more

WeWork refuses to serve meat to 6000 global employees

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Global shared workspace organisation WeWork has committed to being completely meat-free in order to have a greater impact on the environment.In an all-employee email issued on 12 July 2018 by the organisation’s co-founder and chief culture officer, Miguel McKelvey (pictured), WeWork announced that it would not serve or pay for meat at any of its events. This includes refusing to purchase poultry, pork and red meat products.By eliminating meat from WeWork’s internal events, as well as at events hosted at WeWork’s operating sites, the organisation aims to save 16.6 billion gallons of water, 445.1 million pounds of CO2 emissions and 15,507,103 animals by 2023.WeWork will be kickstarting this commitment at its annual Summer Camp event, where no meat will be served. In addition, the organisation is planning for the all-inclusive weekend get together to be landfill-free. This includes having water bottles that are all made from 100% plant materials and recycled separately from other waste, having waste stored on site with at least 70% of all waste being recycled and the remainder sent to a carbon recapture incineration facility, reusing sleeping bags, mattresses and tents and collecting and redistributing waste food.McKelvey said in his email memo: “We have made a commitment to be a meat-free organisation. Moving forward, we will not serve or pay for meat at WeWork events and want to clarify that this includes poultry and pork, as well as red meat.“We are energised by this opportunity to leave a better world for future generations and appreciate [employees’] partnership as we continue the journey.”Here at Employee Benefits, although the vegetarian and environmentally-conscious among WeWork’s 6,000 employees and 253,000 members will certainly appreciate its stance, we wonder if the carnivores will enjoy the new menus quite so much?last_img read more

How to get a free donut from Krispy Kreme

first_img(WSVN) – They say the best things in life are free.Well that must be true because Krispy Kreme will be giving out free donuts with the purchase of a coffee.The deal begins Monday and runs until the end of February.The promotion is part of the company’s re-launch of its coffee blends.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Lockdown lifted at military post no injuries reported

first_img(WSVN) – HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities locked down an Alabama military post on Tuesday amid reports of possible active shooter, and workers were advised to “run hide fight.” About two hours later, the all clear was given and officials said there were no confirmed injuries or arrests.A safety drill was planned for Wednesday, but Redstone Arsenal spokesman Christopher Colster said he wasn’t sure “at this point what happened” at the base near Huntsville. He said there would be an investigation.“We do not believe there is a threat or we would not have opened the installation back up,” he said.Earlier, Colster had said the report of a shooter was not part of any exercise. In a tweet announcing the possible shooter, the base said: “Possible active shooter on the Arsenal. Installation is locked down. Run hide fight.”Police cars with flashing lights blocked entrances to Redstone, which also has facilities used by federal law enforcement agencies. Images on social media showed an ambulance and what appeared to be civilians standing outside the Sparkman Center, which includes multiple buildings with offices, an auditorium, cafeteria and an interior courtyard.But Huntsville hospital officials said they had not heard of any incoming patients, local TV stations reported.Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said it couldn’t provide any details. “My office is aware of the developing situation at Redstone Arsenal, and we are monitoring it closely. I am praying for a swift resolution to this matter,” she said in a statement.More than 30,000 government employees, civilians and contractors work daily at Redstone. It is home to Army missile defense programs and other military offices.NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, which oversees rocket propulsion operations, also is located at Redstone.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Miami Beach marine officer pulls Jack Russell terrier to safety

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Beach’s newest marine officer came to the rescue of a four-legged victim, Saturday afternoon.Miami Beach Police Officer Juan Balceiro was on patrol in Biscayne Bay when he noticed something out of the ordinary.The unusual sight turned out to be Oliver, a white Jack Russell terrier who had fallen into the water.Officials are not sure how long the canine had been dog paddling in the bay.A picture posted to the department Twitter account shows the drying pup posing with Balceiro as they headed toward dry land. Oliver was later reunited with his family.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Miami Beach police officer rescues dog stranded at sea https://t.co/62wVLzdXrH pic.twitter.com/cmrVGAtxfg— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) July 9, 2017 last_img read more