first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local):7:50 a.m.Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH’-see) says “there’s no amount of persuasion” President Donald Trump can use to get her to fund his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.Pelosi says the partial government shutdown stemming from Trump’s demand for wall funding has nothing to do with Democrats. In an interview that aired Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show that Democrats want the “Trump shutdown” to end but she’s unwilling to fund Trump’s wall.She added: “There is no amount of persuasion he can use.”Pelosi says negotiating with Trump is difficult because he “resists science, evidence, data, truth.” The California Democrat adds, “It’s hard to pin the president down on the facts.”Pelosi responded to criticism from Trump that she took a trip to Hawaii over the holidays, while he cancelled his planned visit to Florida because of the shutdown. Pelosi says, “The president may not know this, but Hawaii is part of the United States of America.” She says she was available on 24 hours’ notice.Trump has said the shutdown will last “as long as it takes” to get the wall funding he wants.___12:35 a.m.President Donald Trump and congressional officials plan to try, try again Friday after their meeting at the White House didn’t succeed in producing a budget agreement that would end a partial government shutdown.House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi tells NBC’s “Today” that budget legislation for the new Congress will not include money for Trump’s border wall and asks, “How many more times can we say no?”Trump says he isn’t budging either and that shutdown will last “as long as it takes” to get the funding he wants for a border wall with Mexico.The new Congress with its Democratic-controlled House will convene Thursday. Republicans who control the Senate are hesitant to take up the Democrats’ budget package without Trump on board.The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgIn Fort St. John, the following eight buildings have been nominated for the awards: Olio's Pizza in Fort St. John. Supplied photo. Olio’s Pizza in Fort St. John. Supplied photo. The Birch Tree building in Fort St. John. Supplied photo. The Birch Tree building in Fort St. John. Supplied photo. Cambridge Estates in Fort St. John. Supplied photo. Cambridge Estates in Fort St. John. Supplied photo. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA The Fort St. John Plaza in, you guessed it, Fort St. John. Supplied photo. The Fort St. John Plaza in, you guessed it, Fort St. John. Supplied photo. The Greenview Townhomes in Fort St. John. Supplied photo. The Greenview Townhomes in Fort St. John. Supplied photo. The Hudson Trump Gardens apartments in Fort St. John. Supplied photo. The Hudson Trump Gardens apartments in Fort St. John. Supplied photo. BCGEU Area Office, 10147 100th Avenue. Owner: B.C. Government and Service Employees Union. Developer: KKBL No. 605 Ventures Ltd., Architects/Designer: Studio B Architects, General Contractor: Wales McLelland.Birch Tree Building, 10019 103 Avenue. Owner/Developer: Lumex Investments, Architect/Designer: Burgers Architecture, General Contractor: Kalmar Construction.Cambridge Estates, 11703 – 102nd Street. Owner/Developer: Western Canadian Properties Group Ltd., Architect/Designer: Bi-Coastal Architecture Ltd., General Contractor: Western Canadian Construction Ltd.Cornerstone Townhouses, 10115-10121 97 Avenue. Owner: Mike and Kim Zinck. Developer/General Contractor: Northern Legendary Construction Ltd., Architect/Designer: Kervin Home Design.Fort St. John Plaza, 9203 100th Street. Owner/Developer: Crombie REIT, Architect/Designer: Neoteric Architecture Inc., General Contractor: WL Construction Ltd.Greenview Townhomes, 10904 102 Avenue. Owner/Developer: Western Canadian Properties Group Ltd., Architect/Designer: Bi-Coastal Architecture Ltd., General Contractor: Western Canadian Construction Ltd.Hudson Condos, 10307 112th Street. Owner/Developer: Western Canadian Properties Group Ltd., Architect/Designer: Lovick Scott Architects. General Contractor: Western Canadian Construction Ltd.Olios Pizzeria, 9016 100 Avenue. Owner: Olios Pizza Ltd., General Contractor: Haab Homes Construction.The Prophet River School was the ninth nominated building in the North Peace.The Prophet River School in Prophet River. Supplied photoProphet River School, Prophet River First Nations Reserve, Mile 232 Alaska Highway. Owner: Prophet River First Nations, Architect/Designer: DNA Architects, General Contractor: Kalmar Construction Ltd.The following buildings from the South Peace were also nominated:Dawson Creek FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – 26 buildings from across Northern B.C. have been named finalists for the 5th Edition of the Northern B.C. Commercial Building Awards, and the Peace Region is home to fourteen of those edifices.The Awards are a biennial event that most recently took place in 2016, when the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts in Dawson Creek was named Judges’ Choice winner for best overall entry. A team of judges will look at each of the nominated structures under seven different criteria, including the buildings’ aesthetics, uniqueness, function, finish, place in the community, and use of sustainable building materials or techniques.“This is the highest number of finalists we’ve ever had for the Northern BC Commercial Building Awards,” says Mark MacDonald of Business Examiner Peace Cariboo Skeena, which organizes the event. “We had a record number of nominations for consideration, which speaks to the number of quality buildings that have been completed in the region over the past two years. These Awards are designed to bring out the people and companies behind the buildings that are so important to each community, and celebrate their ideas and hard work. It’s in these buildings that people work, play and learn. They’re focal gathering points everywhere.” The North Peace Credit Union in Dawson Creek. Supplied photo. The North Peace Credit Union in Dawson Creek. Supplied photo. Ron Pettigrew Elementary School in Dawson Creek. File photo. Ron Pettigrew Elementary School in Dawson Creek. File photo. The Gateway Industrial Park in Dawson Creek. Supplied photo. The Gateway Industrial Park in Dawson Creek. Supplied photo. Gateway Industrial Park, 780 Highway 2. Owner/Developer: 780 Hwy 2 Properties Investment Ltd., Architect/Designer: Design Works & Inspections, General Contractor: Northern Legendary Construction Ltd.North Peace Savings & Credit Union, 11040 8th Street. Owner: North Peace Savings & Credit Union, Developer: BOSA FOX Investments Partnership, Architect/Designer and General Contractor: NewGround.Ron Pettigrew Christian School, 1761 110 Avenue. Owner: Dawson Creek Community Christian Education Society. Architect/Designer: EFG Architects, General Contractor: WL Construction Ltd.Chetwynd The Lake View Credit Union in Chetwynd. Supplied photo. The Lake View Credit Union in Chetwynd. Supplied photo. The HUB International office in Chetwynd. Supplied photo. The HUB International office in Chetwynd. Supplied photo. Hub Insurance/North Access Revitalization Project, 4624 North Access Road. Owner/Developer: Alda Development & Leasing Ltd., Architect/Designer: Force Engineering Group Inc., General Contractor: J. Berg Contracting.Lake View Credit Union, 5060 Access Road N. Owner: Lake View Credit Union, Architect/Designer: Force Engineering Group Inc., General Contractor: Hegge Construction Ltd.The 2018 Northern B.C. Commercial Building Awards are set to take place March 8th at the Ramada Hotel in Prince George.last_img read more


PHOENIX — When Chris Williamson was in the market for a new family car, a timely ad and conversations with a co-worker convinced him to try something out of the ordinary. He bought a BMW 3 Series convertible and covers the payments by renting it to strangers on a peer-to-peer car sharing app called Turo.It allows his family of seven to have a nicer car, essentially for free.“It’s great to have that little bit of extra income and not have to worry about the car payments,” said Williamson, a teacher from the Phoenix area.But his customers and others using car-sharing apps around the United States get their rentals tax-free. That’s made them a target for rental car companies, airport authorities and local governments, which say users of the upstart apps should pay the same taxes and fees that come with traditional rental cars.At stake is hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue that cities and airports count on to pay for stadiums and convention centres or to fund police, fire and other general operations.“These companies are very sophisticated, technology-savvy companies that have hundreds of millions of dollars invested in each of them,” said Ray Wagner, senior vice-president for government relations at Enterprise Holdings, parent of the nation’s largest car-rental firm. “They should be expected to comply with the same rules as a small, mom and pop rental car company located in rural Arizona.”Turo says Enterprise is trying to stifle competition.Car-sharing companies including Turo and GetAround function like Airbnb for vehicles, allowing people to rent out their cars when they’re not using them. Founded about a decade ago, they’ve taken off recently with the help of millions of dollars from venture capital firms and other investors.That’s put them in conflict with the $42 billion-per-year rental car industry and the tourism and government agencies that tax it and regulate safety and consumer protections.The battle is heating up in some three dozen state legislatures as well as the courts and offices of local tax authorities. Barraged with lobbying from both sides, lawmakers are grappling with how to regulate an emerging industry without destroying it — a repeat of recent fights between the taxi industry and Uber and Lyft, and between hotels and Airbnb.“The tragedy would be if we snuffed out something like this in its infancy that has a lot of great potential,” said Arizona Rep. Travis Grantham, a Republican who has introduced legislation backed by Turo that would exempt car-sharing from all rental car taxes except the standard sales taxes.Tourism taxes have long been popular with politicians who can use surcharges on hotel rooms and rental cars — paid largely by visitors who vote elsewhere — to raise money for local priorities.Forty-four states levy excise taxes on rental cars — on top of the standard sales tax, if one applies — and most allow local governments to levy their own as well, according to a March study by the Tax Foundation, a conservative think-tank . Airports often add surcharges to pay for sprawling rental-car facilities.Taxes, fees and surcharges can add as much as 30 per cent to the cost of renting a car while generating millions of dollars.In metropolitan Phoenix, the baseball league that draws fans to 10 stadiums for spring training every March could see a sharp decrease in revenue as the new platform for car rental grows, said its president, Jeff Meyer. Rental car taxes help cover debt payments for some of the Cactus League’s facilities and for the Arizona Cardinals football stadium.California, Oregon and Washington passed legislation on car-sharing years before the industry took off, and Maryland did so last year. Bills governing the practice have been introduced in more than 30 other states, with the fight especially contentious in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico and Ohio.Turo also is fighting in court with Los Angeles and San Francisco airport authorities, which contend the company should pay fees. Meanwhile, Chicago tax authorities wrote that car-sharing is subject to rental car taxes in response to questions from an Enterprise lawyer, according to a letter provided by the company.In Arizona, Enterprise is backing legislation that would tax car-sharing like rental cars and require them to enter agreements with airports to use their facilities, while Turo supports a proposal that would exempt car-sharing companies from most taxes. In Ohio, a detailed package of new regulations on car-sharing companies was tucked into the House version of the state transportation budget. It came as the Columbus Regional Airport Authority broke ground on a new $140 million car rental facility that relies on a steady stream of car rental user fees.The peer-to-peer companies won a temporary reprieve last month, when the provision was dropped from the bill. But Ohio Sen. Bob Peterson, the No. 2 Republican, said he anticipates a stand-alone regulatory bill will be introduced soon.“I think everybody was agreed this is a new industry that needs some more regulation,” Peterson said.Both sides portray their position as a matter of fairness.Those advocating stricter regulations say people who rent out their cars for profit should not only pay the taxes but meet the safety and transparency requirements that go with renting a car.“The goal is levelling the playing field,” said Arizona Rep. David Livingston, a Republican who is sponsoring legislation to treat car-sharing firms like rental car companies. “You want all these companies operating with the same type of rules and regulations so they can compete and the best one wins, whoever that is.”Turo’s lobbyists point to the billions of dollars car-rental firms save on taxes. Most states charge no sales tax for vehicles sold exclusively for rental, and allow those companies to pass along vehicle licensing fees to customers.Turo asks why its users should pay rental taxes if they’re not exempt from other vehicle taxes that benefit rental car companies.“Our host community is individuals that are just trying to offset the cost of a car,” said Steve Webb, the company’s vice-president of communications. “And Enterprise is this $24 billion Goliath that is using their political connections to stifle innovation.”Turo says more than 95% of Turo’s 197,000 “hosts” share three or fewer cars on the platform. But some of the company’s 350,000 listed vehicles are owned by people who rent out small fleets.Wagner, the Enterprise executive, calls it a “politically motivated fiction” for Turo to focus on taxes paid by people who occasionally list their car.For Williamson, the Phoenix teacher who rents his BMW through Turo, the prospect of his customers having to take on those taxes and surcharges is concerning. The people who rent his BMW are looking to splurge. He also sometimes rents his family’s Honda Pilot SUV.“Any time you start to creep the price up for anything, you’re going to get people who say, ‘Oh, I guess we won’t take the convertible this weekend. We’ll just take whatever Hertz has on special,’” he said.___Associated Press writer Julie Carr Smyth in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press read more


The Security Council today condemned Monday’s “terrorist” attack on the Delhi-Lahore ‘Friendship Express,’ in which 67 people were killed and nearly 20 injured, reiterating that no cause can justify terrorism and welcoming the commitment of both India and Pakistan to proceed with dialogue. “The members of the Security Council condemn the terrorist bombing of the Delhi-Lahore ‘Friendship Express’ carried out on February 19…[they] express their deepest sympathy to all injured and their condolences to the families of the victims,” Ambassador Peter Burian of Slovakia, which this month holds the Council’s revolving presidency, told reporters. “The members of the Security Council reiterated that no cause can justify the use of terrorist violence. They underlined the need to bring to justice the perpetrators… [they] reaffirmed the need to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and by all means under international law.” “The members of the Security Council welcome the commitment to the peace process expressed by the leaders of India and Pakistan after this terrorist attack, as well as their determination to proceed on the path of dialogue.” The Council’s condemnation of the deadly blast comes after a similar statement yesterday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who also expressed satisfaction that the leaders of both countries had reaffirmed their determination to continue with dialogue. 20 February 2007The Security Council today condemned Monday’s “terrorist” attack on the Delhi-Lahore ‘Friendship Express,’ in which 67 people were killed and nearly 20 injured, reiterating that no cause can justify terrorism and welcoming the commitment of both India and Pakistan to proceed with dialogue. read more


13 July 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for greater protection for children caught up in armed conflict in the African nations of Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in two reports made public today. Mr. Ban voiced his deep concern in one report over the grave violations of both children’s rights and international humanitarian law in Chad, including recruitment of children as soldiers with the Chadian Government forces, armed opposition groups, self-defence militias and Sudanese rebel groups operating in the neighbouring country.“I appeal to these armed forces and groups to immediately cease such practices and identify, release and reintegrate into their communities all children associated with their forces with the support of the United Nations and other child protection actors,” he said.His report highlights how the convergence of three distinct yet interrelated dimensions of the conflict in Chad – violence in the east between Government forces and armed opposition groups, ethnic and intercommunal strife in the east, and the Darfur conflict – have “led to a significant increase in grave child rights violations and impunity for crimes against children.”But the Secretary-General welcomed the May agreement between Chad and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the demobilization of child soldiers. Based on this accord, he requested that the Government create a plan to ensure the prevention of child recruitment and that transparent steps be taken to release and verify children in its forces.Mr. Ban also expressed alarm over the increasing militarization in Chad’s east, and its implications for the civilian population, especially the most vulnerable groups such as refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).He called on Chad to bolster its child protection capacity, criminalize the recruitment and use of child soldiers under domestic laws, and thoroughly investigate and prosecute all crimes – such as rape, sexual violence, unlawful killing and abduction – against children. He also asked Chad to step up to its responsibilities under international humanitarian law by ensuring the safety of humanitarian workers and assets.Meanwhile, in the DRC, the Secretary-General noted that while progress has been made by the Government, the UN mission (MONUC) and other partners to improve the situation of children affected by armed conflict, major obstacles remain, especially in the Ituri district and the North and South Kivu provinces in the north-east of the vast nation.The report noted that 30 per cent of abducted children in these areas were recruited as soldiers, 13 per cent were raped and 2 per cent used as forced labour.The report called for the arrest of Laurent Nkunda, who it said had used Congolese and Rwandan children as soldiers in North Kivu, as well as the re-arrest of Jean-Pierre Biyoyo, who was sentenced by a tribunal in the city of Bukavu in March last year to five years’ imprisonment for the de facto recruitment and use of child soldiers.“I encourage the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and donors to devote greater resources to developing the national judicial and penitentiary systems in an effort to promote accountability for violations of children’s rights,” Mr. Ban wrote.He also urged the Rwandan Government, in concert with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other child protection partners, to work to immediately end the recruitment of Congolese children from refugee camps in Rwanda, as well as of Rwandan children in the DRC. read more


Halton regional police have arrested two superintendents at a townhouse complex in Burlington after confiscating 65 marijuana plants in the basement of one of the units.Police could be seen walking the plants out of the house on Meadowbrook Road shortly after 5:30pm. Two young kids were at home at the time, and the Children’s Aid Society has been notified. Police say they were made aware of the grow-op, worth more than $18,000, thanks to a Crimestoppers tip.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09


WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve is changing its schedule for issuing policy statements, a shift that will give Chairman Ben Bernanke more control over how investors respond to the Fed’s decisions.The Fed will now issue a statement at 2 p.m. Eastern time for all eight meetings. Four of those meetings will be followed by a Bernanke news conference at 2:30 p.m.Prior to the change, nearly two hours passed between when the statement was issued and Bernanke’s news conference began.By reducing the time in between, Bernanke can more quickly manage how the statement is interpreted. Investors scrutinize the Fed’s words for signals of when it might start raising interest rates.The time changes will go into effect at the Fed’s next meeting on March 19-20. Many economists believe Fed officials will maintain their low-interest rate policies at current levels but take no new steps at the March meeting.In January, the Fed stood behind aggressive steps it launched in December to try to reduce unemployment. It repeated that it would keep its key short-term interest rate at a record low at least until unemployment falls below 6.5 per cent. And the Fed said it would keep buying Treasurys and mortgage bonds to help lower borrowing costs and encourage spending.The unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.7 per cent last month, down from 7.9 per cent in January when the Fed last met.Some critics, including some regional Fed bank presidents, have expressed worries that the Fed’s policies could hasten inflation. But Bernanke has sent signals recently that he plans to keep continue the Fed’s aggressive policies until there is a substantial improvement in the job market.The Fed only started to release brief policy statements after its meetings in 1994. Before then, markets had to guess at the Fed’s intentions on interest rates. In 2011, Bernanke went further by holding regular news conferences, a first for a Fed chairman. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2013 4:07 pm MDT Fed to change schedule for releasing policy statement and time of Bernanke news conference AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2016 12:42 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2016 at 1:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘America’s Got Talent’ dominates summer TV NEW YORK, N.Y. – There’s little doubt that “America’s Got Talent” is the nation’s favourite television show of the summer.The NBC talent show, this summer augmented by the addition of Simon Cowell as a judge, was seen by 12.8 million people on Wednesday, the Nielsen company said. That’s more than four million viewers more than any other program on the air last week.NBC is stretching its schedule with a Wednesday night showing of “America’s Got Talent” highlights, and that finished as the third most-watched program for the week, Nielsen said.A week after Fox hit a new low for one of the top four networks with a weekly viewership average of 1.96 million, it slipped to 1.94 million last week. Only one of its programs finished among Nielsen’s top 50.The week of July Fourth is typically one of the least-watched weeks of television during the year, if not the least-watched.NBC, which was also boosted by televising Olympic trials, led the networks with a 5.9 million prime-time average. CBS had 4.5 million, ABC had 3.8 million, Fox had 1.9 million, Univision had 1.5 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.3 million and the CW had 830,000.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.41 million viewers during a busy news week. HGTV had 1.62 million, USA had 1.4 million, History had 1.33 million and Disney had 1.31 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” narrowly topped the evening news ratings with an average of 7.8 million. NBC’s “Nightly News” was second with 7.7 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.6 million.For the week of July 4-10, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 12.81 million; “Olympic Trials” (Sunday), NBC, 8.58 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 8.48 million; “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 7.43 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.35 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7.34 million; “The $100,000 Pyramid,” ABC, 7.12 million; “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks,” NBC, 7.03 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 6.79 million; “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 6.182 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com read more


The Fourth World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, hosted by the Government of Azerbaijan in partnership with the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will provide an opportunity to examine effective responses to challenges facing human security, including massive migration, violent extremism and conflicts.The Forum brings together heads of government and ministers, representatives of intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, policy-makers, cultural professionals, journalists and civil society activists under the theme ‘Advancing Intercultural Dialogue – New avenues for human security, peace and sustainable development.’ Speaking to UN News, Nadia Al-Nashif, UNESCO Assistant Director General for Social and Human Sciences, said the Baku Forum has a “very strong vision and resonates deeply with UNESCO’s mandate to build peace in the minds of men and women.” “The world has become a very complicated place,” she noted. “We are looking at huge innovations in technology but at the same time, we are facing increased tensions, a result of the lack of general trust that stems from how much insecurity there is in the world.”Ms. Al-Nashif said the UN intercultural dialogue is a platform for people to debate the notion of coexistence and what that means in regards to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that seeks to “promote norms for social justice, advocate for social inclusion, integration, acceptance, and not just tolerance but empathy.”UNESCO is hosting 13 sessions at the Forum, showcasing the agency’s diverse work on intercultural dialogue to address issues such as the integration of migrants in cities, countering violent extremism as well as the growth of youth radicalization on the Internet. “This is not just an academic forum where we are just preaching to the converted,” underscored Ms. Al-Nashif. “We bring our UNESCO Chairs but also the focal points from cities and local authorities.”The agency has been developing tools to help cities cope better with the flow of migrants into cities. A ministerial forum on culture and tourism is also scheduled to be held on the margins of the Baku Forum.Furthermore, a number of its products will be launched on Friday, among them a research publication entitled “Interculturalism at a crossroads, comparative perspectives on concepts, policies and practices” an initiative by the UNESCO Chairs in Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue; and two innovative online platforms: an e-Learning platform on intercultural competences financed with the support of Azerbaijan and another on the Muslim-Arab Legacy in the West. “What the Baku Forum and UNESCO is doing,” Ms Al-Nashif said, “is finding a common access where we continue to engage, to inform scientific evidence for why it doesn’t make sense to be racist, why discrimination hurts socially and economically as well.”Ahead of the Forum, the network of the UNESCO Silk Road Online Platform met at the Baku Congress Centre today, to examine progress made in its 2016-2018 Action Plan. read more


NEW YORK — The New York Mets have acquired longtime star second baseman Robinson Cano and major league saves leader Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners in a seven-player trade.The Mets also got cash from the rebuilding Mariners in the deal Monday.Seattle received outfielder Jay Bruce, reliever Anthony Swarzak and three prospects: former first-round draft picks Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic plus right-hander Gerson Bautista.The Associated Press


first_img In other words, people with disabilities should just go play with the traffic! Get the people on mobiles to use the cycle lanes— Christina Dowling (@ChristinaDub79) June 18, 2017 By Hayley Halpin Absolutely. How about you sort the footpaths out instead? Putting people with disabilities into heavily trafficked cycle lanes? Right so.— Mark Breen (@mark_breen) June 18, 2017 Hoax statement made by Dublin Lord Mayor to raise disability awareness Dublin City Council released a false statement suggesting people with disabilities may be allowed use cycle lanes. http://jrnl.ie/3451905 Source: Mark Breen/Twitter Monday 19 Jun 2017, 1:36 PM Source: Jonathan Mitchell/Twitter Source: Shutterstock/TNPhotographerTHE LORD MAYOR of Dublin Brendan Carr caused a stir this weekend with a hoax statement suggesting that people with disabilities may be allowed to use cycle lanes in the city.The statement read:Currently, we are aware of the extent to which people with disabilities have to go to circumnavigate obstructions on the pavements. I think they would be better off using the cycle lanes and would like to ask what the people of Dublin think about this.He told TheJournal.ie that Dublin City Council released the statement to raise awareness of the hazards people with disabilities have to deal with.“We put the statement out to see what the reaction would be. Because on a daily basis when people with disabilities are using footpaths they have to deal with locked bikes and blocked pathways – and it’s stopping people with disabilities from getting around the city,” Carr said.Disability campaigns have been on board with the hoax, which is why they haven’t complained about it, according to Carr.“The same can’t be said about everyone else. Which was the whole point – to make people think about how they would like it if they had to deal with the same thing,” he said.“The idea is that sandwich boards, bikes and things like that won’t be used to block footpaths, to make people aware that there are others who can’t get around the city with the same ease, wheelchair users, people with impaired sight. We want people to start thinking before they act.” 23 Comments center_img Source: Christina Dowling/Twitter Short URL The real campaignCarr made the comments as Dublin City Council prepare to launch a campaign today to highlight the difficulties people with disabilities face in Dublin.The outdoor advertising campaign aims to make people aware that their simple everyday actions can create major difficulties for people with visual and mobility disabilities.The advertisements feature visuals of a climbing wall in place of a badly parked car, a barbed wire fence in place of an overgrown hedge, and a climbing frame in place of an on-street obstacle, such as a sandwich board or bicycle.Dublin Bus, bus shelters and a number of JCDecaux outdoor sites in the city will all feature the adverts.Commenting on the campaign launching today, Carr told TheJournal.ie: ”A lot of money is going into it, to tell people who are parking their car not to block footpaths and the like, to let them know they can’t do it.”Mick Keegan, spokesperson for Labour Disability and the Post-Polio Support Group, said: “We all use the footpaths to get around the city safely, but if you are blind or use a wheelchair, it’s not so easy when people park their cars on footpaths or attach their bikes to lampposts and cause obstacles.”“We hope this disability awareness campaign will make people think before they park their car, bike or any other thing that will block the footpath, as these innocent actions make it harder for people with disabilities to get around this great city of ours.”Read: Taking rundown Dublin buildings and turning them into homesMore: Council says new ‘stationless bike’ company does not have permission to operate in Dublin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 31,614 Views 2 / Instead keep pavements/cycle lanes clear. Repair pavements. Helps older flks, many disabilities, prams. Dublin trails Euro cities here— Jonathan Mitchell (@UncouthRegions) June 18, 2017 Share173 Tweet Email2 Jun 19th 2017, 1:36 PM last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After the brief Christmas break, key government officials are due to meet at Maximos Mansion, where Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has his office, to discuss the next tasks the coalition must tackle ahead of meetings of the Eurogroup and the International Monetary Fund executive board in January.Thursday’s meeting will involve several ministers and ministry general secretaries as the government attempts to set out its priorities for the next few weeks. Key among all this is the passing of the new tax code. Although the bill was submitted earlier this month, the government was unable to pass it into law before Parliament closed for the festive season.Beyond that, there is other legislation linked to Greece’s bailout commitments which needs to be passed in the weeks ahead. But the coalition will be under intense scrutiny from the country’s lenders over the implementation of many of the measures that have already been approved by Parliament.Despite a full domestic agenda, Samaras intends to keep up his regular contacts with foreign leaders and officials in a bid to further restore Greece’s image abroad.On January 8, he is due in Germany to take part in a business forum organized by the Axel Springer media group. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will also be speaking at the event.After talks between Athens and Paris, French President Francois Hollande is expected to visit the Greek capital between February 18 and 20.In between these two commitments, Samaras is expected to conduct a visit to Qatar.PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, meanwhile, will also be focusing on his party’s decisive congress in February. Sources said that he wants the bulk of the preparation work to be concluded by January 10. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more


first_img Need for Speed: Payback is Perfect for Those Who Want a Burnout ParadiseBurnout: Paradise DLC to feature recognizable, hovering vehicle Burnout Paradise is headed to PS4 and Xbox One. EA announced the newly remastered title will include all of the add-on content from the original, along with 4K support on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.According to EA, the remastered game will run in 1080p on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and in 4K at 60fps on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. It is unclear whether the game will run at 60fps on the base version of the consoles. It should be noted that the Time Savers Pack is the only piece of DLC not included in this remaster. This makes sense given how the DLC unlocks every vehicle in the game. Expect the Burnout Paradise remaster to arrive on consoles first in both digital and physical formats. A Windows PC version will arrive exclusively on EA’s Origin store afterwards. EA Access subscribers will get to play for up to 10 hours a week early, on March 9. A Nintendo Switch version has not been announced.Burnout Paradise released back in 2008. Unlike previous entries, it featured a massive open world containing cities, rural towns, mountains, lakes, and more. Its drop-in-drop out online component was a big reason for its success. Online open world racing games are commonplace now. However, this wasn’t the case back when Paradise originally dropped. In that sense, it could be seen as a title ahead of its time. It’s little wonder developers making similar racing frequently games cite Burnout Paradise as an inspiration.I’m a huge fan of Burnout Paradise, so I’m stoked about this news. Granted, I would have prefered Burnout Paradise 2, but I’ll be happy with the remaster for now. Who knows? Perhaps EA is preparing us for the return of Burnout. If that’s the case, then I’m all for it. And for $40? I’m fine with that too.Expect Burnout Paradise remastered on March 16.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgAccording to Michael Kane, Ademola Lookman will have a great future as he scored another goal for English Premier League side Everton.Everton defender Michael Keane has tipped teammate Ademola Lookman for a great future with the English Premier League side.“Everyone can see that quality he’s got in training,” Keane told NSNO.“He’s had to be patient this season and wait for his chance.”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…“I think he showed what he can do today, and I think he’s shown it in glimpses throughout the season,” he added.“He’s a very talented player and he’s only young, too, so he’s only going to get better. I think he’s got a lot of experienced players around him to talk to, to give him advice.”“The world is his oyster if he can keep improving,” he commented.last_img read more


first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Governor-General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (centre) received a delegation of the London-based Queen’s Baton for the Commonwealth Youth Games in a courtesy call at Government House on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.    Standing with the Governor General are sports officials including at centre left, President of the Bahamas Olympic Committee Wellington Miller, and centre right, Commonwealth Games Federation Regional Vice-President for the Americas K.A. Juman-Yassin.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)last_img


first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 5, 2018 – Nassau – The Ministry of Works through Bahamix has embarked on a Road Works Project in New Providence and the Family Islands.Melanie Roach, Director in the Ministry of Works, said the extensive list of roads includes West Bay Street from Blake Road to the roundabout at Old Fort Bay, Village and Soldier roads from Shirley Street to Baillou Hill Road, East Bay Street from the bridge to Montague, roads in Palmdale and Firetrail Road and Culberts Hill.Removal of the existing pavement and paving are set to begin on Farrington Road on Monday, March 5th between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for 10 working days.  The resurfacing of Farrington Road will extend from the “six legged” roundabout to Boyd Road.The Director advised the motoring public to avoid Farrington Road while the road works are being carried out.Public notices of road paving will be issued through Bahamas Information Services, government notices, the Ministry’s Facebook page and Hotline, and door-to-door for residents affected.Bahamix recently completed road works on Willow Tree Avenue, Pinewood Gardens.last_img read more


first_imgInformation provided by a news release from SoAR and FFAR. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is launching Breakthroughs 2030, an innovative effort to determine the greatest scientific opportunities in the next decade within the fields of food and agriculture.Breakthroughs 2030 will respond to the numerous reports issued by government and non-governmental organizations on the relationship of the food and agricultural system to public health, food security, national security, trade, economic development and the environment. Most of these reports emphasize the need to dramatically increase food production worldwide to feed a growing global population. Tapping the ingenuity and knowledge of the American research community, Breakthroughs 2030 will produce a blueprint for how research can solve these major issues.Breakthroughs 2030, a $1.12 million effort, is being launched with diverse financial support from over twenty sources in the university, public health, and agricultural sectors as well as federal agencies. The American Soybean Association (ASA) is a partner in the initiative.The initiative will be chaired by:John Floros, PhD—Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of Research and Extension, Kansas State UniversitySusan Wessler, PhD—Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Professor, University of California, Riverside; Home Secretary, National Academy of Sciences“Given the challenges facing agriculture – from producing more food, to using less land and fewer resources – we need innovation more than ever,” said Thomas Grumbly, President of the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation, which helped conceive and fund Breakthroughs 2030. “Dr. Wessler and Dr. Floros have excellent reputations, and their backgrounds are ideal for the crucial task ahead.”Working through the National Academies independent study process, Breakthroughs 2030 will involve input from hundreds of researchers and stakeholders to determine a vision that capitalizes on emerging trends, encourages greater interdisciplinary research, and informs the decisions of policymakers and academic leaders. Food and agriculture research stakeholders will be invited to participate in the process through the project’s forthcoming interactive website and a town hall planned for this summer. A major scientific conference in Irvine, California, this coming September 2017, will further engage the greater scientific community in the U.S.A public launch reception for Breakthroughs 2030 is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14 at the National Academies of Science headquarters in Washington, D.C. For more information on the Breakthroughs 2030 study and to sign up for updates, click here.Funders include ASA and:Supporters of Agricultural Research FoundationFoundation for Food and Agriculture ResearchGordon and Betty Moore FoundationSamuel Roberts Noble FoundationAgricultural and Applied Economics AssociationAmerican Farm Bureau FederationAmerican Society for Horticultural ScienceAmerican Society for NutritionAmerican Society of AgronomyAmerican Society of Plant BiologistsAmerican Soybean AssociationAmerican Veterinary Medical AssociationAssociation of American UniversitiesAssociation of American Veterinary Medical CollegesAssociation of Public and Land-grant UniversitiesCrop Science Society of AmericaFederation of American Societies for Experimental BiologyNational Cattlemen’s Beef AssociationNational Coalition for Food and Agricultural ResearchNational Corn Growers AssociationNational Pork BoardSoil Science Society of Americalast_img read more


first_imgA Vancouver man pleaded not guilty in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday to a charge of first-degree murder with a deadly weapon in connection with the stabbing death of Gary. L. Adams on Sept. 24 in downtown’s Hough neighborhood.Jack Raymond Yancey, 57, is scheduled to be tried on the charge Feb. 23.Yancey appeared Wednesday with his attorney, Michael Foister Sr., in front of Judge Robert Lewis and waived a formal reading of the charge.Deputy Prosecutor Michael Vaughn said Yancey stabbed Adams, 50, outside of a residence at 900 W. 16th St. following an argument over what Vaughn described as a “trivial” matter. Adams had been visiting the house and had just walked outside. About five minutes later, witnesses saw Adams and Yancey in a confrontation.Yancey swung his hand at Adams’ stomach area and Adams fell back, grasped his stomach and said, “You stabbed me,” Vancouver police Detective Darren McShea wrote in a court affidavit.“That’s what you get,” Yancey allegedly replied.The entry wound was in the stomach area, but the knife was thrust in an upward direction, striking the victim’s heart, Vaughn said.In an interview with detectives, Yancey claimed that Adams threw a knife at him and missed, then approached him and punched him in the head, according to McShea. Yancey said he then pulled out a standard kitchen knife, which was about 8 inches long, and stabbed Adams once, according to court documents.last_img read more


first_imgPostal organisation Royal Mail has confirmed that it will close its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme to future accrual.The organisation will close the Royal Mail pension plan to future accrual from 31 March 2018, subject to trustee approval.The closure follows a consultation process, which formed part of the organisation’s 2018 Pensions Review. The consultation ran between 5 January 2017 and 10 March 2017, collecting feedback from the 90,000 members of the DB scheme, as well as trade unions such as the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the Unite Communication Managers Association (CMA).The consultation proposed moving current DB members into a defined contribution (DC) arrangement, either as a new section of the DB plan or by joining the Royal Mail DC pension scheme.  As of 31 March 2018, the consultation also proposed that active members of the DB scheme would receive a one-off £750 payment, which could be contributed to their DC pension or taken as cash.The DB scheme is currently in surplus, however, Royal Mail expects this to run out in 2018. The organisation’s annual pension contributions are approximately £400 million, but Royal Mail predicts this will increase to more than £1 billion in 2018 if no changes are made to the scheme.Trade union CWU proposed an alternative option of a defined benefit wage in retirement scheme (WINRS) as part of the consultation process. The union estimates that affected employees could lose up to a third of their future pensions due to the proposed pensions change.Royal Mail closed its DB pension scheme to new members in April 2008, and its DC scheme currently has more than 40,000 members.A spokesperson at Royal Mail said: “We have concluded that there is no affordable solution to keeping the plan open in its current form. Therefore, the [organisation] has come to the decision that the plan will close to future accrual on 31 March 2018, subject to trustee approval.“We know how important pension benefits are to our [employees]. We continue to work closely with our unions on a sustainable and affordable solution for the provision of future pension benefits. We will write to plan members once further decisions have been made.”Ray Ellis, acting deputy general secretary, postal at CWU, added: “Although Royal Mail’s own consultation exercise revealed massive opposition to its closure plan, the [organisation] has decided to ignore the views of its workforce and proceed with closure without consent.“CWU has made clear that any attempt by the [organisation] to impose changes without agreement will be met with the strongest possible opposition including a ballot for industrial action. We will not stand by and watch the [organisation] abandon the pension promises it made at the time of privatisation which threatens our members with massive cuts to their future pension benefits and insecurity and poverty in retirement.“Instead of provoking a dispute by acting without agreement and closing the scheme without consent, we urge Royal Mail to withdraw its plans and enter into serious talks with the CWU to introduce our new WINRS scheme to guarantee all its employees a decent wage and security in retirement.”Brian Scott, officer for the Royal Mail at Unite, said: “This is a cause for serious concern for a hardworking and dedicated workforce.“The announcement is to close the two current sections at the end of March 2018 and the important part will be the replacement scheme, which we are in ongoing discussions about. The Royal Mail pension plan (RMPP) is not closing in its entirety as the replacement pension scheme will embrace part of that. It is very likely that it will still be a different form of the current defined benefit scheme.“We will study the implications of today’s announcement very carefully and consider all the options going forward. If we don’t achieve a satisfactory outcome, we can’t rule out an industrial action ballot on this issue. We will be consulting our members closely on the next steps in the coming days and weeks.”last_img read more