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Legal Eagles and Legislators Take To The RinkLegal Eagles and Legislators Take To The Rink

first_img Forget the hallowed court rooms and legislative chambers; thelegal minds that usually populate them are taking it to the rink!The hockey rink that is. Nova Scotia Crown attorneys, criminal defence lawyers, judges andMLAs are facing off this weekend (April 16-17) at the HalifaxForum in the first annual Glube Cup Charity Hockey Tournament — a hockey tournament that promises to be like no other. Teams will battle to see who rules on the ice, with the winnertaking home the Glube Cup — named in honour of recently retiredNova Scotia Chief Justice Constance Glube. A non-perishable food item or a cash donation to Feed Nova Scotiais the cost of admission. “It’s all for fun and for a good cause,” says tournamentorganizer Frank Hoskins, Halifax chief Crown attorney. “We wantto take our spirit of collegiality and friendly competition anduse it to help others. “The only real winner here is Feed Nova Scotia. But, the judgesare rumoured to have the best bench,” he laughs. Last year in a one-game effort, Crown attorneys and defencelawyers faced off. The game ended in a tie but everybody had somuch fun they decided to expand the event into a weekendtournament. And next year, Mr. Hoskins says, the event will beeven bigger with a total of 10 teams on the slate. Spectators are welcome. The tournament gets underway at 6 p.m.Saturday, April 16, with judges and MLAs facing off. At 7:30 p.m.Crown attorneys play defence lawyers. On Sunday evening theconsolation game begins at 6 p.m. with teams vying for thirdplace. At 7:30 p.m. the championship game gets underway. TheGlube Cup will be awarded at the end of the game. PUBLIC PROSECUTION SERVICES–Legal Eagles and Legislators Take ToThe Rinklast_img read more

To remove under performers rlys asks zonal offices to list employees aboveTo remove under performers rlys asks zonal offices to list employees above

first_imgNew Delhi: To cut flab and weed out under performers, zonal railway offices have been asked to compile a list of staffers who will be attaining 55 years of age or completing 30 years of service by the first quarter of 2020, sources in the ministry said. Those in this category found ineligible to continue in service would be offered premature retirement, they said. “Zonal Railways are, therefore, requested to furnish the service records of staff in an enclosed proforma, who will be attaining age of 55 years or will be completing 30 years of service qualifying for pension, whichever occurs earlier, in the first quarter of 2020 that is from January to March 2020,” the letter from the Railway Board to the zonal offices said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The letter, dated July 27, stated that the board has given August 9 as the last date for submission of the details. “This is part of a periodic review that we are undertaking in which employees whose performance is not up to the mark or have disciplinary issues will be offered premature retirement. This government is very serious about this,” a source said. The Lok Sabha was recently informed that the performance of over 1.19 lakh Group-A and Group-B officers across government departments had been reviewed between 2014 and 2019 in relation to premature retirement clause. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The sources said as of now, there are 13 lakh railway employees and the ministry wants to bring it down to 10 lakh by 2020. Zonal railway offices have been asked to access records related to an employees mental and physical fitness, attendance and punctuality. There is also a section in which it has been queried if the employee is cost conscious, how he deals with correspondence and his discipline are to be rated.last_img read more

The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top storiesThe Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, Sept. 22———PROVINCES CHALLENGE FEDS’ TAX REFORM: Provincial pressure is intensifying against the Trudeau government’s controversial tax-reform proposals, which have angered business owners, doctors and farmers across Canada. On Friday, provincial leaders representing different political stripes spoke out about tax reforms recommended by Ottawa’s Liberal government. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, flanked by business owners and a farmer, held an afternoon event in Winnipeg where he aired his frustration over the federal tax proposals. On the East Coast, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil expressed concern that the changes could hurt his province’s physician recruitment efforts and hamper the ability of small businesses to create financial cushions as protection during downturns. Out west, British Columbia Finance Minister Carole James said she didn’t think Ottawa had consulted enough on an issue that has spread fears of the “unintended consequences” on small business owners. The comments by the provincial leaders added to waves of complaints that have come from a range of sectors — as well as backbench Liberal MPs. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball has also said he thinks the tax changes would hurt his province. At issue are Ottawa’s plans to eliminate several tax incentives designed for private corporations.———PRINCE HARRY SETS STAGE FOR INVICTUS GAMES: Dozens of onlookers gathered outside a building in Toronto’s financial district Friday morning hoping to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry as the royal founder of the Invictus Games set the stage for the multi-sport competition that gets underway in the city this weekend. The royal, however, appeared determined to keep the focus on the Games, and didn’t stop to interact with fans who cheered and called out to him. The Games for wounded and sick soldiers, including current and veteran members of the forces, runs until Sept. 30 and marks the first time Canada hosts the event. Harry attended a symposium on veterans’ issues Friday morning, arriving at the event under tight security. He smiled as he greeted and posed for photographs with athletes and their families. On Saturday, Harry will visit Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health before meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Later in the evening he will attend the Games’ opening ceremony at the Air Canada Centre, which will feature performances by Sarah McLachlan, Alessia Cara and the Tenors. Harry founded the Invictus Games in 2014 as a way to inspire and motivate wounded soldiers on their paths to recovery.———VETERANS WAIT ON PENSIONS AS INVICTUS GAMES START: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will join hundreds of disabled veterans from across Canada and more than a dozen other countries in Toronto on Saturday to help open the Invictus Games. Yet even as those veterans prepare for a week of intense athletic competition, many others are anxiously waiting for Trudeau to make good on a major promise to them — reinstating lifelong disability pensions. During a preview event in Ottawa earlier this week, Trudeau spoke of the importance of the Games and supporting Canada’s “wounded warriors.” But some disabled veterans say Trudeau’s government has not lived up to such ideals. Many have since grown frustrated as the government has dragged its feet on the issue and fear that rather than bring back the old pensions as promised, the government will simply offer to dole out the lump sum over a veterans’ lifetime. Aaron Bedard, one of six disabled Afghan veterans who have filed a class-action lawsuit against Ottawa, doesn’t want to take away from the importance of the Games to many veterans. But he’s worried the Liberals will use the Games to suggest the government is completely behind Canada’s injured ex-soldiers.———DAMAGE DELAYS HELP FOR CANADIANS IN DOMINICA: The devastation wrought by hurricane Maria is hampering plans to evacuate more than 150 Canadian students from the storm-ravaged Caribbean island of Dominica. Damaged infrastructure, non-functioning airports and a lack of communication are frustrating efforts to get the students home, said Omar Alghabra, parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs. About 150 Canadian students are stranded at the Ross University School of Medicine, with about a dozen more at a different post-secondary institution on the island, Alghabra said. The Liberal government is in constant contact with school officials, he added. “The universities are arranging for boats to transfer these students to St. Lucia, where our consular officials are waiting for them there,” Alghabra said. “We will offer services or assistance when they arrive and then arrange for their return home.” Even that plan is taking some time, he noted, because debris around the island is making it difficult for boats to reach it. Maria struck Puerto Rico on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in over 80 years.———CANADA IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELAN REGIME: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has imposed sanctions against key figures in the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Freeland says the targeted sanctions are aimed at 40 officials and individuals — including Maduro himself — who are helping to undermine the security, stability and integrity of democratic institutions in Venezuela. The sanctions freeze any assets the individuals may have in Canada and bans Canadians from engaging them in business dealings. Canada has accused Maduro of moving his country toward dictatorship and has repeatedly spoken out against him. Maduro, who assumed office in 2013, was a close associate of former president Hugo Chavez. For most of his presidency, Maduro has ruled by decree and has sidelined the elected national assembly. During his tenure, the Venezuelan economy has teetered near collapse. Freeland said Canada supports democracy in Venezuela. “Canada will not stand by silently as the government of Venezuela robs its people of their fundamental democratic rights,” she said in a statement. “Today’s announcement of sanctions against the Maduro regime underscores our commitment to defending democracy and human rights around the world.”———KIM FIRES OFF INSULTS AT TRUMP AND HINTS AT WEAPONS TEST: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lobbed a string of insults at U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, calling him a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and hinting at a frightening new weapon test. It was the first time for a North Korean leader to issue such a direct statement against a U.S. president, dramatically escalating the war of words between the former wartime foes. Trump responded by tweeting that Kim is “obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people.” In a lengthy statement carried by state media, Kim said Trump would “pay dearly” for his recent threat to destroy North Korea. He also called Trump “deranged” and “a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire.” Kim said his country will consider the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history,” a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon, but didn’t elaborate. His foreign minister, asked on a visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly what the countermeasure would be, said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. “I think it could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific,” Ri Yong Ho said, according to South Korean TV. “We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.”———UBER TO LOSE LICENCE TO WORK IN LONDON: Uber’s licence to operate in London won’t be renewed because its practices endanger public safety and security, the local regulator said Friday, in a blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate culture. Transport for London says the company, whose app is used by 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers in London, isn’t “fit and proper” to hold a licence to operate a private-hire vehicle service. Uber was first licensed to operate in the city in 2012 and will see its current license expire on Sept. 30. The company said it plans to appeal the regulator’s decision, and can continue to operate until the appeals process is exhausted. For its part, Uber accused the city of caving in to special interests “who want to restrict consumer choice.” In its decision, Transport for London singled out Uber’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences and how it conducts background checks on drivers. TfL also took issue with Uber’s explanation of software that could be used to block regulators from gaining full access to the app and “prevent officials from undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties.” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he supported the decision, saying any operator of taxi services in the city “needs to play by the rules.”———QUEBEC RENEWS UBER DEAL FOR ONE YEAR: Ride-hailing company Uber will be allowed to operate legally for another year in Quebec under more strict rules, Transport Minister Laurent Lessard said. He said Friday he’ll extend the pilot project under which Uber had been operating for the past 12 months, contingent on the company being subject to the same rules as traditional taxis regarding training and background checks. Uber called the new rules “challenging” and said they threaten the company’s ability to continue offering its services to Quebecers. Under the new rules, Uber driver background checks must be conducted by the police and no longer by private companies. Additionally, Lessard said all Uber drivers will be required to undergo the same number of training hours as do drivers of traditional taxis, which is 35 hours. Under the terms of the original pilot project, Uber drivers were only forced to take 20 hours of training. “For the government, there cannot be two standards of security,” Lessard told reporters. Uber spokesman Jean-Christophe de le Rue said the new regulations “favour old policies instead of incorporating the benefits of new technology.”———ENERGY MAY BE FIRST DEAL IN NEW NAFTA TALKS: An agreement that would see Mexico sign on to a NAFTA clause governing oil exports may be one of the first significant products of the renegotiation talks this weekend in Ottawa. When NAFTA was originally signed 23 years ago, Mexico rejected parts of the energy chapter because its oil industry was entirely owned and operated by the government. However, President Enrique Pena Nieto is looking to solidify the reforms he started making in 2013, opening up the Mexican oil industry to international investment and participation. As a result, Mexico is now keen to become a full participant in NAFTA’s energy chapter and a deal to make it happen could come together in the third round of talks, which begin Saturday. The changes would see Mexico sign Article 605, which limits government interference in oil exports to any of the participating NAFTA countries. Pena Nieto wants to prevent any future Mexican government from undoing the oil industry changes he has made, while the U.S. and Canada want to provide certainty and access for their producers in the Mexican oilpatch.———NOVA SCOTIA MAKES ABORTION PILL AVAILABLE FOR FREE: Nova Scotia is overhauling its abortion policies, making the abortion pill available at no cost and removing the requirement for a physician’s referral to obtain a surgical abortion. The province has been criticized as having some of Canada’s biggest abortion-access barriers, and Premier Stephen McNeil said Friday the changes are about providing women with the health care options they deserve. McNeil, who is Roman Catholic, said he is comfortable with the decisions as a parent of a daughter who “deserves to have access to health care.” The government’s announcement was made by Kelly Regan, the minister responsible for the status of women, who said the province would make Mifegymiso available by prescription starting in November. The drug combination can medically terminate an early pregnancy of up to 49 days. Women with a valid health card and prescription will be able to get the $350 drug for free at pharmacies, at a cost to the province of between $175,000 and $200,000 per year.last_img read more

Canadian Oil prices expected to improve in 2019Canadian Oil prices expected to improve in 2019

first_imgCALGARY, AB – With increased demand, improved refineries, improving transportation capacity and mandatory productions cuts, prices should improve in 2019 says Deloitte’s Resource Evaluation and Advisory (REA) group.In its latest report, Deloitte says these factors should begin to reduce the current oversupply of Canadian oil and help with WTI prices that were present in the final quarter of 2018.“The severe imbalance between Canada’s production and its capacity to export that oil caused Canadian oil price benchmarks to collapse over the past few months,” says Andrew Botterill, Partner, REA group. “Heavy oil differentials were as high as US$45 per barrel in mid-November while light oil differentials reached as much as US$35 per barrel, although they did begin to drop back slightly toward the end of the year as refineries in the U.S Midwest returned to more normal utilization rates for Canadian oil.” Botterill noted storage stockpile volumes in Alberta rose to approximately 35 million barrels in 2018 yet the Canadian supply remains an issue. With the Alberta Government imposing mandatory production cuts which take place in January, this should reduce production by 325,000 barrels a day until the excess storage volumes dissipate, after which the cuts will drop to 95,000 barrels a day for the rest of 2019.Deloitte expects this will decrease discrepancies for Canadian oil price benchmarks and increase provincial royalty revenues in Alberta and in Saskatchewan, where there are no mandatory production cuts but where crude prices will also rise because of the reduction in oversupply.Canadian oil prices should also strengthen in 2019 because of improved export capacity as a result of the Alberta government’s plan to purchase additional rail cars to transport crude oil and the extra rail cars should increase exports by 120,000 barrels a day by 2020. With expanded capacity of Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline will add approximately 370,000 barrels a day of export capacity, an increase of about nine percent. The pipeline transports a variety of Canadian crude oil to the United States notes Deloitte.“Increased demand for Canadian oil from Alberta’s Sturgeon refinery and from U.S. Gulf Coast refineries looking to replace some of their heavy crude supplies that used to come from Mexico and Venezuela is another reason we expect the price differential with WTI to continue narrowing in 2019 and beyond,” says Botterill. “At this point, we are forecasting a price of US$58per barrel for WTI this year and C$50 per barrel for WCS”.Botterill says Deloitte expects Canadian natural gas prices to continue to trail behind the Henry Hub benchmark in 2019 despite some recent gains. No near term growth is expected for Canadian natural gas production because of high U.S. production rates and the possibility that short-term demand in Alberta could slow as oil sands producers – whose extraction efforts account for about 40 percent of natural gas consumption in the province – scale back their operations due to the mandatory production cuts. Several natural gas producers continue to take advantage of any available price diversification opportunities, however, including shipping volumes to East Coast markets where prices are higher.“We expect low AECO prices to continue for several years given the current situation,” says Botterill. “Our current forecast for AECO is C$1.75 per Mcf in 2019 while Henry Hub should be US$3 per Mcf.” For Deloitte’s December 31, 2018 oil and gas price forecast; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Anveshi Jain roped in for ALT Balajis Boss Baap of Special ServicesAnveshi Jain roped in for ALT Balajis Boss Baap of Special Services

first_imgAnveshi Jain, the most googled woman in India, is now becoming Balaji’s frequent as she’s to appear in their next web series.ALT Balaji’s ‘Gandi Baat 2’ became the turning point in Anveshi Jain’s career, taking her to new heights. Her bold performance in the web series not only won her accolades, but also made her the most Googled name. Owing to her far-reaching influence, popularity, and talent, ALT Balaji has roped her for their upcoming project titled ‘Boss-Baap of special services’. The confirmation was given by the actor herself, who however refuses to reveal more about the show. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”This is my second association with ALT Balaji and I’m very excited to be part of ‘Boss-Baap of special services’,” said Anveshi, adding, “This web series is a perfect package of action, drama, mystery, romance, and thriller. I’m playing a pivotal role in the web series. I cannot reveal any further information about my character or web series as yet, but I can assure the audience that this is something worth your wait.” Karan Singh Grover and Sagarika Ghatge will be playing the lead character in the series. Also, Sonali Raut, Ayaaz Khan, and Kanica Maheshwari will be seen in a substantial role. Anveshi has always tried to break the barriers and surprise the audience with something new. It would be interesting to see what new avenues she explore in the upcoming web series.last_img read more

Ontario realtors advise government to end socalled bully offersOntario realtors advise government to end socalled bully offers

TORONTO — Ontario’s realtors say the province should ban so-called “bully” offers that they say give some home buyers an unfair advantage.Ontario Real Estate Association President Karen Cox says the government should use its current review of the act that governs realtors in the province to bar the practice.So-called “bully” offers are submitted by a buyer ahead of a seller’s established offer date, a move usually made to avoid competing with other buyers and pressure the seller into accepting the bid.Cox says banning the practice will ensure all interested buyers are able to make a fair offer on a home and allow sellers to carefully consider all bids.The recommendation is one of 28 submitted by the association — which represents 78,000 brokers and salespeople — to the government as it reviews the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act.Last fall, realtors asked the province to review the act — which was put in place in 2002 — saying the legislation needed to be updated to allow for more transparency for buyers and sellers.Cox says eager buyers have been using bully offers to crowd out other buyers in the market and that should change.“It creates an unfairness in the home-buying process,” she said. “It doesn’t give all buyers a fair shot to make an offer and a seller a chance to consider all the offers.”The association is also asking the government to ban escalation clauses in offers, which are aimed at defeating any competing bid by automatically increasing a purchase price over the next highest offer.The practice opens the door for sellers to fill in an offer that may not reflect the next highest bid and can expose the seller to litigation, the association says.“This makes it a very uneven playing field,” Cox says.Realtors are also asking the government for education programs that require more in-class training to help raise professional standards.“It would allow for more specialization so you can be recognized as an expert in that area,” Cox said, adding that the sale of condominiums, industrial and rural, or waterfront properties all require different expertise.The recommendations also ask the government to give the body that regulates realtors — the Real Estate Council of Ontario — greater powers to proactively investigate agents who break industry rules.“Our regulator should have the authority to investigate and kick out of our profession the worst offenders, the people who are unethical,” Cox said.Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press read more

Rogers Communications Inc attempts to block 670M Glentel Inc sale to BCERogers Communications Inc attempts to block 670M Glentel Inc sale to BCE

BURNABY, B.C. — Rogers Communications Inc. has filed an application to block its rival, BCE Inc., from buying wireless phone retailer Glentel Inc. in a previously announced deal valued at $670 million in stock, cash and debt.Glentel said it received notice of Rogers’ proposed injunction Wednesday from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.According to the mobile retailer, Rogers claims that Glentel requires its approval for the BCE acquisition.Rogers did not immediately comment on its application.Glentel sells wireless products and services from a variety of carriers including Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, Chatr, Fido, SaskTel and Virgin Mobile. It said the BCE deal does not affect its distribution contract with Rogers, which it has held for 25 years.BCE looks to solidify retail footprint with purchase of Glentel“Rogers’ claim is without merit and we will certainly defend against it,” Glentel said in a statement.“Approval of the acquisition is up to Glentel’s shareholders, not one of our many suppliers, and we look forward to closing the acquisition in early 2015.”The company added that if Rogers does not approve of this transaction, it can end its agreement with Glentel.“Rogers has the right to remove their products from our Canadian stores if they choose or to terminate its agreement with us, but has no right under its agreement to block the acquisition of Glentel,” it said.The deal, which was announced last month, has already received approval from Glentel’s board of directors. The Skidmore family, which holds a 37% stake in Glentel, has also signed agreements with Bell supporting the sale. The acquisition still requires approval from shareholders. A special meeting has been scheduled for Jan. 12.Glentel has nearly 500 retail locations across Canada. It also operates 735 locations in the U.S. and 147 in Australia and the Philippines.The Canadian Press read more

Kiriella says no agreement on SLFPUNP divorceKiriella says no agreement on SLFPUNP divorce

He was responding to questions raised by the joint opposition with regards to statements made by the SLFP that they have withdrawn from the unity Government. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that he has not been officially informed that the unity Government is no more. (Colombo Gazette) Kiriella said that the statements to that effect had only been reported in the media and nothing was yet official.“We are still in the unity Government. There are two parties to the agreement,” he said. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella says there is no agreement between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) to part ways from the unity Government.Kiriella told Parliament today that any decision regarding the unity Government cannot be unilateral. Joint opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena said that the country has been informed by the SLFP that they are no more part of the unity Government. read more

UN refugee chief discusses refugee return with Sudanese presidentUN refugee chief discusses refugee return with Sudanese president

In view of the level of destruction and the near-total collapse of infrastructure in south Sudan, the repatriation is expected to be one of the most challenging in recent times.President Al Bashir told Mr. Lubbers he hoped the much-awaited peace accord between the government and the Sudan’s People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) would be signed before the end of the year, allowing for the return of some 4 million Sudanese uprooted inside the country as well as of 570,000 refugees living in neighbouring states.“Once the peace process is concluded, then the real work starts for us,” Mr. Lubbers, who arrived in Khartoum today on the third leg of a four-nation African visit, told the president. “UNHCR is looking at how to support the peace agreement once it is signed and is trying to ensure that we are ready to move once this has happened,” he said of his agency. He warned, however, that although good progress had been made, “the last mile in the peace talks should not take too long.”Mr. Lubbers said the return of the refugees needed to be sustainable, with the establishment of rehabilitation and reconstruction activities, and for this UNHCR needed the support of other organizations to set up programmes to benefit the host community and returnees, both internally displaced Sudanese and returning refugees.”This work cannot be done by UNHCR alone,” he said. “We need to work with the government of Sudan, the World Bank, the UN family and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to create a plan for sustainable return.”The largest number of Sudanese refugees abroad are in Uganda (223,000), followed by Ethiopia (88,000) and Kenya (69,000). UNHCR expects to aid the repatriation of up to 110,000 people during the first year of the return operation. The plan includes opening an office in the southern town of Juba after nearly a nearly 2-year absence. Offices are also expected to be set up in Rumbek and other locations.Mr. Lubbers, who has already visited Burundi and Tanzania, expects to travel to south Sudan on Wednesday to meet with the SPLM leader John Garang. He will also visit camps hosting Eritreans in eastern Sudan, now in the final stage of a voluntary return operation started by UNHCR in 2001 to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Eritreans, some of whom have been in exile for 30 years. On Thursday he goes on to Eritrea. read more

UNICEF urges transformative shift in familyfriendly work policies to reap huge benefitsUNICEF urges transformative shift in familyfriendly work policies to reap huge benefits

According to UNICEF, a one-month increase in paid maternity leave in low-and-middle income countries has been found to reduce infant mortality rates by 13 per cent. In high-income countries, each additional week of paid parental leave is associated with more than a four per cent lower chance of single mothers living in poverty. Paid parental leave of six months also helps promote exclusive breastfeeding, according to the agency.Moreover, it also contributes to lower staff turnover rates, lower recruitment and training costs, and retention of experienced employees. For countries that have had these policies in place for the past several decades, increases in female employment have boosted GDP per capita growth by between 10 per cent and 20 per cent.UNICEF recommends at least six months of paid leave for all parents combined, with 18 weeks reserved specifically for mothers.BreastfeedingRegular breaks during working hours to breastfeed, or to express breastmilk in a supportive environment, contributes to lower rates of acute infant and chronic child illness as well as improved cognitive and educational outcomes, UNICEF says.The benefits for mothers include lower rates of postnatal depression, improved physical health and a reduction in the lifetime risk of breast cancer. Optimal breastfeeding practices produce societal benefits in what UNICEF estimated to be a $35 to $1 return on investment.And yet, the latest available data shows only 40 per cent of children under six months are exclusively breastfed, as recommended. Because the workplace represents a substantial barrier to breastfeeding, with around 16 per cent of workplaces without any statutory requirements to support it, breastfeeding is another priority recommendation of the new policy manifesto.“The gains of family-friendly policies far outweigh the cost of implementation: improved health outcomes, reductions in poverty, increased business productivity, and economic growth,” Ms. Fore asserted.Universal childcareUniversal access to affordable, quality childcare from the end of parental leave until a child’s entry into the first grade of school is the brief’s third recommendation.Children who receive quality and nurturing early childcare are healthier, learn better and stay in school longer, and have higher earnings as adults. Childcare provisions enable parents to meet their work obligations and be parents at home.Child benefitsExpanded coverage of cash benefits should be part of all countries’ social protection system for young children.​A recent analysis indicated that only one-in-three households globally receive child or family cash benefit that varied from 88 per cent in Europe and Central Asia, to 28 per cent in Asia and the Pacific, and 16 per cent in Africa. In translation, the majority of children in the poorest countries do not yet receive cash benefits to support their development.“Investing in our families is smart social policy, but it’s smart economic policy as well”, concluded the UNICEF chief. “There is no other time more critical to children’s lives than their earliest years”, said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, “which is why we need a transformative shift in how businesses and governments invest in policies and practices that not only support healthy brain development, but also strengthen the bond between parents and their children – and reap huge economic and social benefits in return.”And yet, policies, such as paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and affordable childcare are not available for most parents around the world. Family-Friendly Policies: Redesigning the Workplace of the Future, outlines the latest evidence and new recommendations that lay the foundation for healthy development, success and poverty reduction. Paid parental leaveChild care is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for curious young minds to learn, play and shape their growing brains. But too many are missing out.We’re calling for universal access to quality and affordable child care for every family. It’s about time. #EarlyMomentsMatter— UNICEF (@UNICEF) July 18, 2019 read more

Létonnante stratégie du coucou oiseau parasiteLétonnante stratégie du coucou oiseau parasite

first_imgL’étonnante stratégie du coucou, oiseau parasiteRoyaume-Uni – Publiée dans la revue Evolution, une étude britannique montre l’évolution, au fil du temps, des mécanismes permettant au coucou de “squatter” le nid d’autres espèces en y pondant ses propres œufs, et des moyens de défense de ses hôtes involontaires.Oiseau opportuniste, le coucou abuse les autres oiseaux en pondant dans leur nid pour leur faire couver ses propres œufs puis nourrir ses propres oisillons. Une technique surprenante que des chercheurs britanniques ont tenté de comprendre en développant un “simulateur d’oeil d’oiseau”.À lire aussiUne médecin retire un effrayant habitant de la lèvre d’une femmeEn effet, “les oiseaux ont, dans la rétine, quatre types de ces cellules sensibles à la couleur, connues sous le nom de cônes, tandis que les humains n’en ont que trois. Ce cône supplémentaire est sensible aux longueurs d’onde ultraviolettes. En conséquence, les oiseaux peuvent voir un plus large éventail de couleurs que les humains”, explique Mary Cassie Stoddard, du Département de zoologie à l’Université de Cambridge. L’appareil créé utilise donc la spectroscopie ainsi que des modélisations de couleurs, afin d’appréhender la perception qu’ont les oiseaux de différents types de coquilles d’œuf.Les chercheurs ont alors découvert que, vu ainsi, l’œuf pondu par le coucou dans le nid du rouge-queue, l’une de ses “victimes” habituelles, est presque identique à l’œuf de ce dernier. Pourtant, le rouge-queue est l’une des espèces qui savent le mieux  “démasquer” les œufs intrus et s’en débarrasser : d’où la nécessité pour le coucou d’un mimétisme perfectionné. En revanche, dans le nid d’un oiseau appelé l’accenteur mouchet, dont l’œuf est bleu, le coucou pond un œuf blanc tâcheté de brun, visiblement très différent. Plus facilement bernée, cette espèce accepte fréquemment les œufs étrangers, d’où l’inutilité d’un ‘effort’ de mimétisme de la part du squatteur.Evoluer pour mieux se défendre ?Les chercheurs pensent que les hôtes naïfs, comme l’accenteur mouchet, en sont encore aux premiers stades de cette  “course aux armements”, et n’ont pas encore évolué pour se défendre contre cette forme de parasitisme. Une autre hypothèse est que tolérer ces œufs de coucou est pour eux la stratégie la plus sûre : le “coût” biologique lié au risque d’éjecter à tord leurs propres oeufs pourrait être plus élevé que celui de tolérer ce parasite occasionnel.Le 25 mars 2011 à 10:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Tony Cascarino criticizes Jurgen Klopp decision on LovrenTony Cascarino criticizes Jurgen Klopp decision on Lovren

first_imgFormer Liverpool player has criticized manager Jurgen Klopp’s decision to field Dejan Lovren in the club’s FA Cup encounter against Wolverhampton Wanderers.On talkSPORT via Daily star, Cascarino said:“The situation is, you’ve lost three centre-halves. [Joel] Matip, Lovren and [Joe] Gomes so it’s a big problem for Liverpool that that injury crisis has happened in the same position.“It’s a position that they obviously knew they were pretty desperate in because they’ve signed Virgil van Dijk.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The emergence of Gomes has been massive at Liverpool Football Club, they’ve missed him every bit much as bit as they missed Van Dijk before they had him, ok?“So, that’s a big break. Do they need a centre half? Absolutely not. How are they going to get through this period? Well, they used Fabinho as a centre half against Wolves in the cup.“I think he can play there, they don’t have to change formation and go to a three, they can stay as a four because that’s where I think they’re at their best.”last_img read more

Two males charged with numerous offencesTwo males charged with numerous offences

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 10, 2017 – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have charged and cautioned two males ages 22 and 23 years old with offences that occurred at the Morris Plaza parking lot on Monday 2nd January 2017.Around 3:15 am that date, police responded to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre after a report was made that two males were at the hospital with gunshot wounds, stab wounds, and other minor injuries. The investigation revealed that a fight had broken out at the said parking lot causing the persons to receive the injuries.  All victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released from the hospital.The 22-year-old male was charged with Common Assault and fighting in a public place, and the 23-year-old was charged with Wounding and fighting in a public place. Recommended for you #MagneticNewsMedia Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA (RTCIPF Press release) Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

Sifton teen pleads not guilty to arsonSifton teen pleads not guilty to arson

first_imgA 16-year-old boy pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree arson relating to a May 13 fire that gutted his family’s home in the Sifton neighborhood.Alex Michael Smith waived a formal reading of the charges and entered his plea in juvenile court. Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis set trial for Aug. 17.Smith’s attorney, Darcy Scholts, said that trial date will likely be postponed, as she needs to secure an expert witness for the defense.Scholts also said she is drafting a proposal in favor of Smith’s release from juvenile detention. Smith was arrested after he allegedly fetched a gas can from his family’s household shed and set the house ablaze around 9 a.m., according to court records.His mother, Patricia Smith, told investigators that she and her son had argued earlier in the morning. She left the home and spoke with her son by phone, when he allegedly told her, “You will be sorry,” according to court documents.last_img read more

Champion Porsche owner among 3 men dead in apparent drowningsChampion Porsche owner among 3 men dead in apparent drownings

first_img“It’s terrible, you know. No one likes to hear anybody drowning or getting hurt out here,” he said. “It’s the beginning of summer. Just want to have fun, you know.”Hours earlier, authorities said, 67-year-old Paul Elmore became unresponsive while diving on an artificial reef wreck off Pompano Beach.Fellow divers rescued Elmore and began to render aid. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to the scene and administered CPR.Elmore, a New York resident, was transported to Broward Health North, where he was pronounced dead.Officials in all three cases will determine a cause of death later this week.Regarding Maraj’s death, a spokesperson for Boca Raton Resort and Club released a statement that reads in part, “It is with deep regret and sadness that we confirm the death of a club member at the resort. Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this difficult time, and we extend our sincerest condolences. As always, the well-being of our guests, club members and team members remains our top priority. The hotel is cooperating fully with the police investigation.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A prominent South Florida business owner was among three men who died after they were pulled unresponsive from the water in separate incidents this weekend off Miami Beach, Pompano Beach and Boca Raton.According to Boca Raton Police, 65-year-old Devindar Maraj, the owner of Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, was reported missing from the Boca Raton Resort and Club, early Sunday morning.The police department’s dive team responded and located the victim’s body in the waterway.The apparent drowning comes hours after 55-year-old Anthony Waiters perished while he was attending his girlfriend’s family reunion in Miami Beach, Saturday afternoon.According to Miami Beach Police, Waiters, a Miami-Dade resident, was pulled from the water near 82nd Street and Collins Avenue. Cellphone video captured paramedics putting the victim in an ambulance.Waiters was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Beachgoer Justin Giraldez was saddened to hear about the apparent drowning. last_img read more

HASC Advances Fiscal 2020 NDAA for Floor VoteHASC Advances Fiscal 2020 NDAA for Floor Vote

first_imgThe House Armed Services Committee approved its fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill early Thursday morning and advanced it for floor consideration, CQ reported.The Democrat-crafted bill, completed in an unusually contentious 21-hour markup, authorizes $733 billion in defense spending, which is $17 billion less than the administration’s $750 billion request. Several Republicans on the panel supported the administration’s higher topline.The measure advanced on a largely party-line vote 33-24 with Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and most of the panel’s Republicans opposing the usually bipartisan NDAA legislation.Overall, the bill reflects a 2% increase over fiscal 2019 spending, authorizing a $622.1 billion base budget and $68.1 billion for uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations accounts.The bill would block using DOD funds for southern border barrier construction as President Donald Trump authorized in his emergency declaration in February.Thornberry had offered an amendment to increase topline defense spending to $750 billion, but it was rejected.After the vote, Thornberry criticized the bill’s lower funding level, according to The Hill.“Everything in here is [the] core responsibility of this committee,” Thornberry said. “For us to authorize an amount less than the administration requested, less than the consistent testimony we have received, less than the Senate Armed Services Committee puts us at a disadvantage.”Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and other Democrats have defended the lower funding level, arguing the Pentagon originally planned to request $733 billion late last year prior to the administration’s higher spending request.“It’s worth noting that $733 billion, by about $17 billion, is the largest defense budget ever,” Smith said. “$733 billion is not a small amount of money.”The bill also includes a four-year pilot program that would require the service academies to follow the recommendation of an independent prosecutor in handling sexual assault cases.DOD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Fairbanks Area Sees Heavy Rainfall FloodingFairbanks Area Sees Heavy Rainfall Flooding

first_imgThe Fairbanks area has seen some impressive rainfall over the last few days. National Weather Service meteorologist John Lingass reports 2 to 3 inches around Fairbanks, and 3 to 4 inches over the hills northeast of town.Listen now:The heavy rains are causing flooding along rivers. National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb reports high water on the Chena River, along Chena Hot Springs road east of town.“One to two feet of water is pouring over at mile 36.9 and it is impassable for some vehicles, and [there are] also reports of water over most of the banks out in the Chena rec area and other places upstream of the Moose Creek Dam,” Plumb says.Gates on the Moose Creek Dam in North Pole are being lowered to shave off some of the cresting Chena, diverting flow into a spillway at the Chena Flood Control Project. Plumb says that will limit high water in the cities of North Pole and Fairbanks, but it won’t be enough to prevent flooding in the low lying Steamboat Landing, Freeman Road area just downstream of the dam. Meanwhile, he says flooding is also an issue on the Salcha River.“One of our observers, about 20 miles upriver from the Richardson Highway bridge, and they’ve got 3-4 feet of water in their yard — and they’re in a cabin that’s generally up on a higher bank that doesn’t get flooded as often. They’re saying this is some of the highest water they’ve had since 1986.”Plumb says the Goodpaster River is also high and likely overflowing it’s banks and flooding low lying areas, adding there are cabins along the river.last_img read more

DJ Ramping gets candid about his musical journey and success mantraDJ Ramping gets candid about his musical journey and success mantra

first_imgDJ RampingPR HandoutFor DJ Ramping, music has been his first love since childhood. Born and brought up in Mumbai, he wanted to do something big in the music world since he was a kid. At the age of 12, DJ Ramping learned to play piano all by himself. He also learned to play guitar at the same time.His family has always been supportive of his music interest and when they saw him playing, they were impressed with his talent. During his teenage days, DJ Ramping started playing music with turntables and also acquired the best skills for the same. He then graduated with a Sound Engineering degree from a top University.Along with studies, he used to play at several small parties. Soon, his luck changed and he got invited to play at major events and he got to perform big gigs. DJ Ramping’s hard work, musical talent and passion helped him a lot in his career and he got to do opening DJing for Hardwell, Tiesto, David Guetta, Afrojack, Marshmello and many others.DJ Ramping’s work is also popular in the Bollywood and Punjabi music industry. He believes that if one is passionate enough and knows what the audience expects, they too can achieve their goals.last_img read more

Minister says govt never obstructs peaceful programmeMinister says govt never obstructs peaceful programme

first_imgAsaduzzaman KhanHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said the government has never obstructed any peaceful programme of political parties, reports UNB. About BNP’s allegation that police foiled its procession, the minister said it was needed to free the area to ease people’s sufferings.”Law enforcers take necessary steps if anyone intensifies people’s sufferings doing excesses,” Asaduzzaman told journalists after attending a meeting of the law and order coordination committee in Barura upazila parishad auditorium in Comilla.Earlier in the morning, police dispersed the Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s black flag demonstration programme in front of its Naya Paltan central office.The demonstration was organised to protest the denial of permission to hold a rally in the capital.When BNP leaders and activists tried to gather in front of their central office at 9:30am, police chased them and arrested 20.Police also damaged a makeshift stage built in front of the party office to stage their protests.last_img read more

U River Cruises relaunches The B and adds three new itinerariesU River Cruises relaunches The B and adds three new itineraries

first_img TORONTO — U River Cruises has announced three new itineraries and the relaunch of The B ship for 2020.Set to debut in April 2020, some of the European destinations that U River Cruises will be sailing to are Vienna, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Salzburg, Bratislava and more. New offerings on seven-night itineraries include complimentary happy hour every night, overnight stays and active excursions.The A will offer the new ‘Vienna Vibe’ and ‘Eastern Europe Escapes’ itineraries, whereas The B will offer the ‘Amsterdam & Brussels Bound’ sailing and an updated ‘Rolling on the Rhine’ itinerary. Cruises can be combined to create 14-night cruises without repeating ports.“U’s itineraries are created with active, social and culturally curious travellers in mind – free time to allow travellers to wander on their own, unique choice of active and immersive excursions with local hosts, and a vibrant onboard environment that encourages fun, social connections with like-minded guests. We’ve also added in extra overnight stays to allow for a more in-depth exploration of the cities beyond just the highlights.” comments CEO of U River Cruises, Ellen Bettridge.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedU River Cruises’ new itineraries in 2020 include:• AMSTERDAM & BRUSSELS BOUND: Set to begin on April 3, 2020, guests will sail between Amsterdam and Brussels and explore Rotterdam, Middelburg, Ghent and Antwerp. In the city of Antwerp, U’s local guide will introduce guests to local breweries, bars and hot spots of the destination.• VIENNA VIBE: This eight-day itinerary sails between Nuremberg and Vienna beginning on April 10, 2020. Excursions include a street art tour of Linz, a tour of Munich via a nine-seater Bulli, a hike in the Wachau Valley and a special class to learn the Viennes Waltz.• ROLLING ON THE RHINE: April 17, 2020 will be the first date of this itinerary that sails between Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Travellers visit Hoorn, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Koblenz and Rudesheim, and will enjoy new excursions such as a nighttime Crime Cruise, the Taste of Holland Triathlon, and Game of Wines.• EASTERN EUROPE ESCAPE: Beginning April 24, 2020, this new itinerary takes travellers to both popular and lesser-known destinations in Europe. The trip stops in Bratislava, Budapest, Mohacs (Hungary), and Novi Sad (Serbia) while sailing between Vienna and Belgrade. Some highlights of the trip include coffee shops and boutiques in the trendy 7th district of Vienna, and a guided tour of Bratislava’s top Soviet monuments and markets.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksIncluded in the itinerary are three daily meals, select shore excursions, complimentary Wi-Fi, onboard local U hosts, complimentary happy hour every day, onboard gratuities and other popular activities such as mixology classes, silent discos, paint & wine class and rooftop yoga.For more information visit Share Tags: U River Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Friday, June 28, 2019 U River Cruises relaunches The B and adds three new itinerarieslast_img read more