Feds have options to cut risk for Trans Mountain pipeline investors Carr

first_imgOTTAWA – Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says Canada is considering several ways to reduce the financial risk for Kinder Morgan investors spooked by the uncertainty plaguing the planned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Carr says the government is still examining its options, but won’t commit to a course of action before Sunday, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to meet with the premiers of British Columbia and Alberta.Ottawa’s options include buying a stake in the pipeline to both provide confidence the pipeline will be built and cash to compensate for nervous investors.B.C. Premier John Horgan’s persistent threat to challenge the federal government’s jurisdiction in court has investors fearful that the project will be postponed.Pipeline builder Kinder Morgan has halted all non-essential spending on the project until it gets assurances from Ottawa that the issues will be resolved.The federal government has until May 31 to respond.Trudeau has put a lot of political eggs in the Trans Mountain basket, risking political capital among climate-change activists in search of middle ground that allows for pipeline construction along with environmental safeguards.last_img read more

CANADIAN ACTOR SIMU LIU IS IN DEMAND AFTER YEARS STRUGGLING TO MAKE

first_imgBecoming an actor on a popular new Canadian TV show or a stunt double on a Fall Out Boy music video was not at all on Simu Liu’s radar when he was working as an accountant in Toronto. Until he was laid off – and his world opened up.“I remember feeling oddly free in that moment. I was without a job, but I thought I can do whatever I want. This is my one chance to really just try something. I owe it to myself to really give it a shot,” said Liu, HBA’11.This past year, Liu’s acting career has gained momentum, with the success of his roles on CBC’s Kim’s Convenience and NBC’s Taken. Despite his respect for Toronto’s strong film industry, his ultimate goal is to move to Hollywood. On a recent trip there, he met with agents and casting directors in L.A., including doctor-turned actor Ken Jeong (best known for his role in The Hangover) about a possible buddy cop movie that Liu hopes to write. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter “I started talking to him (Jeong) on Twitter. When I got to L.A., he said come by the set and we can hang out more. So I ended up spending a lot of time with him. His advice was that you can’t wait. I joked that we should do a buddy cop movie for both of us and he said, ‘If you write it, I’ll be in it,” Liu said.While there is no formal training to show actors how to network, Liu credits his networking and soft skills courses at Ivey Business School with giving him the tools he needed to push forward in his career and not be afraid to reach out.“The hard part is to think of it (your career) as a start-up and think of yourself as an entrepreneur rather than an artist that waits for the phone to ring for opportunities,” he said.“I spent so many years struggling as an actor. Then suddenly, I’m in demand. The only thing actors want to do is work. It was amazing – tiring, brutal and amazing,” he said of his recent schedule shooting two television shows at once.In a long list of acting credentials Liu also includes stunt man, writer, director and producer – all skills that round out his already full resume.Following his layoff from his accounting firm, Liu started out by looking at TV and film opportunities on Craigslist. In amongst some of the more unsavory ads was a posting for the movie Pacific Rim by director Guillermo del Toro. The movie was being shot in Toronto and they were looking for extras. The role paid just $10 dollars an hour, but it was the stepping stone Liu needed to start his acting career. As soon as he arrived on set he knew he was home.“I ended up falling in love with everything I saw. People have careers devoted to the movies. It wasn’t just the actors – the assistant director, the gaffers working the lights – it was everything. It was such a big production.”While Ivey attracted him to Western, Liu credits one of his first experiences as a frosh with giving him his first taste of fame and one he would reflect on often as he launched his acting career. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Memories of a fire

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was a day that two police officers with the Nishnawbe Aski police force will never forget.David Nakogee and Claudius Kooses were on duty when a fire tore through their broken down detachment in Kashechewan.The blaze took the lives of two prisoners and forever changed the lives of the officers involved.They’ve never spoken to the media about what happened.Now Nakogee and Kooses sit down with APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts to walk back to that dark day.last_img

Ban Kimoon urges climate change breakthrough in Bali after dire report released

Launching the fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which brings together hundreds of scientific experts, Mr. Ban said that slowing and even reversing the effects of climate change “is the defining challenge of our age.”He also stressed the report makes clear that “concerted and sustained action now can still avoid some of the most catastrophic scenarios” in the IPCC forecasts.“We can transform a necessity into virtue,” he said. “We can pursue new and improved ways to produce, consume and discard. We can promote environmentally friendly industries that spur development and job creation even as they reduce emissions. We can usher in a new era of global partnership, one that helps lift all boats on the rising tide of climate-friendly development.”For this to happen, the Secretary-General said the world’s industrialized countries must form a “grand bargain” with developing nations, which are the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change.The report details how reduced rainfall in much of Africa is likely to aggravate existing water shortages and slash crop yields, rising sea levels are set to inundate small island States and melting glaciers could trigger major floods in South Asia and South America.More heat waves and periods of heavy rainfall are deemed very likely to occur, tropical cyclones are predicted to become more intense and a dramatic decrease in the polar ice caps is also expected as air and ocean temperatures keep rising. In the worst case scenario, nearly a third of all of plant and animal species could be at risk of extinction.It also explains that industry, agriculture and infrastructure can become far more energy-efficient, water can be more effectively conserved and used and countries can become less dependent on fossil fuels and other non-renewable sources of energy.IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri said governments have “a wide variety of policies and instruments” available to create incentives to mitigate behaviour – especially in the area of carbon emissions.“We need a new ethic by which every human being realizes the importance of the challenge we are facing and starts to take action through changes in lifestyle and attitude.”The report, released in Valencia, Spain, is the synthesis of three IPCC reports issued earlier this year that examined the scientific basis of climate change, the impact it is having and ways to mitigate and adapt to the phenomenon.It is expected to form the basis of discussions in Bali next month when world leaders gather under the auspices of the UN to try to agree to a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions, which is due to expire by 2012.Mr. Ban told reporters after today’s launch that “the breakthrough needed in Bali is an agreement to launch for negotiations for a comprehensive climate change deal that all nations can embrace – developed and developing countries alike. Scientists have now done their work and I call on political leaders to do theirs and agree not only to launch these negotiations but also to conclude them by 2009.”The report states that “neither adaptation nor mitigation alone can avoid all climate change impacts. However, they can complement each other and together can significantly reduce the risks of climate change.”The Secretary-General, who is in Valencia at the end of an international trip that has taken him to both Antarctica and the Amazon rainforest, said he had witnessed first-hand the perils posed by climate change.“I can tell you with assurance that global, sweeping, concerted action is needed now. There is no time to waste.”UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Director Achim Steiner agreed, saying “we now have the compelling blueprint for action and in many ways the price tag for failure – from increasing acidification of the oceans to the likely extinctions of economically important biodiversity.”Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), called for more detailed and continuing observation of the impact of climate change to help individuals, businesses and civil society make informed decisions about how best to adapt to meet their own circumstances. 17 November 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has challenged the world’s policymakers to start devising a comprehensive deal for tackling climate change at next month’s summit in Bali, Indonesia, after a United Nations report released today found that global warming is unequivocal and could cause irreversible damage to the planet. read more

Surging food prices could lead to nutritional crisis for Central Americans –

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is warning of a potential nutritional crisis in Central America, where the prices of wheat and corn have nearly doubled in the past year, bad weather has pushed the price of beans to unprecedented levels.The agency notes that the surge has meant that the actual calorie intake of an average meal in rural El Salvador, for example, is today roughly 60 per cent of what it was in May 2006.“At this stage it is still premature to provide figures, but we fear a deepening nutritional crisis among the poorest segments of the population, those already food and nutritionally insecure,” says WFP El Salvador Country Director Carlo Scaramella, who is coordinating a study of the impact of recent rising prices in the region.“At the same time, what we are seeing is the emergence of a new group of nutritionally and food-insecure people among the poorest strata of the population,” he added.In response to the growing crisis, WFP has increased local purchases and is urgently asking international donors for more contributions, to make up for its sharp decline in purchasing power. The agency has also set up an internal task force at its Rome headquarters and is reviewing ways to better target its assistance.At the global level, WFP plans to launch a series of consultations with leading experts in the field of hunger and food security, and has called for a special meeting with key non-governmental organization (NGO) partners to tackle the issue. 26 February 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is warning of a potential nutritional crisis in Central America, where the prices of wheat and corn have nearly doubled in the past year, bad weather has pushed the price of beans to unprecedented levels. read more

Iraq Annan condemns in strongest possible terms killing of Muslim leader

“The Secretary-General has repeatedly stated that all terrorist acts, whatever their justification, are morally reprehensible and wholly indefensible,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued by his spokesman on the attack in Najaf, in which the spiritual leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution (SCIRI), Ayatollah Mohammad Baker Al-Hakim, was killed.”He is appalled that this incident took place just after Friday prayers in one of Shi’ite Islam’s holiest sites,” the statement added. “The Secretary-General has repeatedly stated that all terrorist acts, whatever their justification, are morally reprehensible and wholly indefensible.”In the difficult days ahead, the Secretary-General urges all political and religious groups in Iraq to exercise maximum restraint and to refrain from further acts of violence and revenge. The Secretary-General reaffirms his belief that only a credible, inclusive and transparent political process can lead to peace and stability in Iraq,” the statement concluded.Joining the Secretary-General in condemning the violence, the Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan noted the assassination comes only days after a failed attempt on the life of another leader spiritual leader, Sayed Mohammed Saeed al-Hakim, and less than two weeks after the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.Mr. Ramcharan appealed “to all concerned to track down the perpetrators of these criminal acts and bring them to justice, in accordance with international human rights law.” read more

Global response to terrorism vital for solving refugee crisis European leaders tell

“Joint action by the international community in the fight against violent extremism is crucial. The UN is the best platform to manage and coordinate international efforts,” Bulgarian President Roden Plevneliev told world leaders on the third day of the Assembly’s annual General Debate, calling for close cooperation of governments, law enforcement and regional organizations.“As long as there is conflict in Syria, the refugee crisis will not go away. The efforts of the entire international community should be focused on ending hostilities in conflict zones, supporting institution building, the rule of law and respect for human rights.” Noting that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has become a key obstacle to political settlement in Syria and a serious risk to stability in Iraq, Mr. Plevneliev also called for ramping up preventive action.“Every crisis can be traced back to its initial phase when someone has violated the law and human rights,” he said. “To prevent future crises, a UN early crisis detection system needs to be set up to safeguard the rule of law and human rights.”He also denounced Russia’s annexation of Crimea as “a blatant violation of international law,” hailed the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and pledged his country’s efforts to make the Paris conference on climate change in December a success. Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic also stressed the need for early action against terrorism and conflicts. “Too often, we have to deal with the consequences of our inaction. Too often, instead of solving problems at their source and addressing root causes in their early stages, we spend more time and resources on the crises that we have allowed to spin out of control,” she said. President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic of Croatia addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak“We must change this approach. We must act on time, with determination and adequate resources. This is not only the right thing to do; it is smart thing to do. The migrant crisis that has over-flooded many European States is a textbook example of the consequences of inaction; the price is just too high.”While noting that the solution to the crisis is an issue of defence against terrorism and extremism in all its forms that must be prevented and defeated at its core, Ms. Grabar-Kitarovic also appealed for providing sufficient financial and material aid to refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East.She called for full mobilization of efforts to fight ISIL and all forms of forms of intolerance and discrimination. “We are confronted with unspeakable barbarism and terror with the most appalling forms of murder such as beheadings, sexual violence against women and girls and other most heinous crimes against humanity, culture, religion, dignity and against dearest of all – human life. It is shocking and sickening.”Swedish Prime Stefan Löfvén called on the Security Council to step up to the plate in Syria. “Time is of the essence,” he said. “The Security Council and its major powers must shoulder this responsibility. This bloodbath must end.”Noting that Sweden is the largest per capita receiver of asylum seekers in Europe, he said the current refugee situation is now also a global crisis of responsibility. “The UN system, and all leaders of the world, need to come together to ensure that those fleeing war and repression are treated in a safe, orderly and dignified way.Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of Sweden addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak“We should dramatically increase the number of resettlement places, expand legal avenues for migration, and base all our efforts on the principle of non-refoulement and the right to seek asylum. And it is extremely urgent that all countries of the European Union treat the people seeking refuge in the Union in a spirit of humanity, solidarity and shared responsibility.”The need for a global fight against terrorism and extremism was echoed by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg who stressed that exodus from Syria today is a direct consequence of the violence unleashed by the Government.“The conflict in Syria has also allowed extreme terror groups like ISIL to gain a foothold. Now, both the Government and non-State groups such as ISIL and the Nusra front are committing monstrous atrocities. The spread of these extreme groups needs to be stopped,” she added.Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak“The fight against extremism must be maintained, also in our countries. Extremism is once again raising its head in different shapes and forms. The ideology of disorder, discrimination, violence and disruption dominates the ideologies of ISIL, al-Qaeda and their various affiliates.”Ms. Solberg urged all States to join the proposed code of conduct to enable the Security Council to act decisively against mass atrocities by suspending the use of the veto in such situations by the five permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States. Several resolutions on Syria have been vetoed. Calling for a global response to tackling the root causes of migration as the only real long term solution, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat denounced the unscrupulous people smugglers fuelling the refugee influx across the Mediterranean Sea, “the cradle of civilisation that has now sadly been turned into a graveyard,” he said.He noted that his island nation has been at the forefront of this dangerous influx that has seen hundreds of people drown. “We are the only country in Europe, and probably the only around the world, that dedicates 100 percent of its limited military resources to saving people at sea,” he stressed.Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of Malta addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak“An important and necessary part of the effort by the European Union requires a more committed response to taking on the smugglers before they can put the lives of more innocent people at risk. The international community should be under no illusion. “When it comes to these criminals, we are dealing with individuals who feed on the desperation of innocent people. In the process, they are making a fortune – money which is also being used to finance other criminal activities, probably even including terrorism. These people must be held accountable for their crimes and brought to justice.”Noting that despite some vociferous internal criticism Europe is the only region to adopt a mandatory distribution system for refuges, Mr. Muscat added: “We made a first step. Now the global community has to follow. The United Nations is the forum to do that.” The need for early action and non-use of the Security Council veto in cases of atrocities was echoed by Latvian President Raimonds Vÿjonis.“On several crucial occasions in recent times the Security Council was not able to take timely and decisive action. It has had dire consequences,” he told the Assembly, citing the fighting in Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea.President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard“The Security Council was blocked from playing a role to stop Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and to seek justice for the victims of the (Malaysian) flight MH17 in an international tribunal that could establish the truth on who shot down this civilian airplane. “The conflict in eastern Ukraine has cost the lives of thousands and led to the suffering of millions of innocent victims. Russia must stop all forms of support to separatists,” he said, warning that early UN action in situations of concern is crucial. “Latvia supports the proposal to voluntarily restrain the use of the veto at the Security Council in situations involving mass atrocity crimes. It also supports a Code of Conduct for any member of the Council not to vote against any action designed to end and prevent mass atrocity crimes,” he added.For Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, the problem of mass migration from the Middle East is the greatest challenge of today.“The humanitarian disaster facing the world is only a consequence of the crisis that has shaken Syria for four years now, all along without an adequate response by the international community,” he told the Assembly. President Tomislav Nikolic of Serbia addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard“If the international community, the European Union in the first place, fails to make concrete efforts to solve the problem, a humanitarian catastrophe of an even larger scale threatens South-East Europe,” he said, noting that more than 125,000 migrants had passed through Serbia so far this year. “We therefore need a comprehensive plan that would have to be implemented within the shortest possible time. Without such a plan, migrants will be left altogether to the mercy of human smugglers. Passivity and an increasingly inhumane treatment of migrants open a market for smugglers.”Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel also called for global action against terrorism. “The terrorists wish to destroy universal values,” he said. “All means must be mobilized against this new threat.” Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia PakHe said it was not a question of choosing between the barbarities of the Islamic State in Syria and the massacres perpetrated by the Government there. The Islamic State must be eliminated and elections must be held to lead to a legitimate government at the same time. He supported the relaunch of dialogue among the parties in Syria.Slovenian Prime Minister Mirosiav Cerar also chided the Security Council for its inaction in the face of the war in Syria, raging conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Gaza, Yemen and elsewhere, and the escalation of violent extremism and crimes committed by the Islamic State and other terrorist groups. “We call upon the Security Council, and especially its permanent members, to overcome divisions and find the way to deal more effectively with this worsening situation, in line with its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security,” he said. Prime Minister Miro Cerar of Slovenia addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Amanda VoisardHe also called for global solidarity in the face of the refugee crisis. “The magnitude of the current humanitarian crisis needs a determined and immediate response from the whole international community, based on common principles of solidarity, humanity and shared responsibility,” he declared.“We should help these people in need. We should increase assistance to countries hosting large numbers of refugees. We should also act more decisively in the countries of origin by pushing for sustainable political solutions to the ongoing conflicts and countering the spread of radical ideologies.”Decrying the illegitimate use of military force and other forms of violence by States and non-state actors, Moldovan Prime Minister Valeriu Strelet said gross violations of international law and the dramatic decrease in the trust between States have already undermined the central pillars of the international system.Prime Minister Valeriu Strelet of Moldova, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard“The annexation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation, in a flagrant violation of international law, and the outbreak of armed conflict in the eastern regions of the Ukraine have directly challenged international peace and security,” he told the Assembly.He pledged to seek a peaceful solution for the separatist Transnistria region of Moldova based on a special status within Moldova’s internationally recognized borders, and called for the withdrawal of Russian military forces and ammunitions from there. Foreign Minister Gilles Tonelli of Monaco also called for the suspension of the veto in the Security Council in cases of massive human rights abuses.Foreign Minister Gilles Tonelli of Monaco addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard“The primary responsibility bestowed by the Charter to the Security Council to maintain international peace and security brings me to commend the courageous initiative taken by France to call on the voluntary and collective suspension of the right of veto by its five permanent members when dealing with situations of mass atrocities,” he declared. Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo, the last European speaker of the day, likewise called for global action against terrorism. “With Da’esh, we found ourselves with a terrorist movement which succeeded in controlling a territorial base from which it seeks to attack and destroy our model of civilization,” he said.Foreign Minister José Manuel García Margallo of Spain addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard“Since we are all the targets, we must form a common front against Da’esh. With terrorists, one does not negotiate, they have to be defeated,” he added, calling on the UN to support the proposal by Romania and Spain to set up an international criminal court against terrorism. read more

Former GWI employee slapped with 18 counts of fraud

Former Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) Customer Experience Supervisor Dexter McKenzie was on Monday arraigned in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on 18 counts of fraud allegedly committed on the water company.Dexter McKenzieThe 48-year-old father of three, of Lot 146 Sixth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty to all the charges; which stated that between June and October 2018, while being entrusted by GWI with a number of Republic Bank cheques totalling some $967,317 — in order that he may give same to Shane Samuels, Corlette Clarke, Dexter Forde, Lana James and Randy Hope — he fraudulently converted same to his own personal use and benefit.His defence attorney made an application for bail for his client, and this was not objected to by Police Prosecutor Adduni Inniss.Bail was granted in the sum of $102,000 in one matter, and Mc Kenzie was released on his own recognizance on the other charges. He will make his next court appearance on April 15, 2019. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGWI contractor facing fraud charges granted bailOctober 3, 2018In “Court”Bosai Employee charged with causing death by dangerous drivingAugust 15, 2014In “Crime”GWI employee granted $2M bail for causing road deathMarch 6, 2014In “Crime” read more

Jailed MPs attend Spain parliament opening

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCatalan parliament declares independence from SpainOctober 27, 2017In “World”Trinidad former Sports Minister leaves ParliamentAugust 4, 2014In “Sports”Sweden Parliament votes out PMSeptember 25, 2018In “latest news” [BBC] Five Catalan separatist politicians – currently on trial accused of rebellion – have taken their seats in the Spanish parliament under discreet police guard.It is the first time that Spain has admitted elected detainees into parliament. The move was denounced by Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, a fugitive in Belgium.Four of the Catalans are lower-house MPs and one is a senator.After being sworn in they are expected to be returned to prison.They won seats in the Spanish general election on 28 April which was won by the Socialists but without a majority.Conservative Popular Party (PP) and centre-right Ciudadanos MPs say they will try to get the separatists suspended from parliament. That would prevent them from attending future sessions.Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48348251 read more

LETTER GECOM should stop this charade and move into elections mode

Dear Editor,The rule of law is the foundation upon which modern civilisation rests. In its absence, anarchy prevails!Dictators are born when those in authority remain silent as our Constitution and the rule of law are trampled upon in hope that someone else will have the courage to speak up. And very often, the rhetoric lacks teeth: The threat of sanctions and the political will to implement them. While no one wants to see Guyana return to the dark days of election rigging, election violence and the wanton destruction of private property that is the hallmark of the PNC, one cannot disregard the dangerous and irresponsible threat made by Attorney General Basil Williams at a forum held at the Marriott Hotel, where he alluded to violence and the destruction of property if Government should lose this election.I caution, this is not a threat to be taken lightly.There are also growing evidence and real concerns that the man who many thought possessed the attributes of a great leader is showing signs of impending tyranny that mimics his idol. But times have changed. We’re living in an era of advanced technology and instant communication. David Granger will never be allowed to replicate the things Forbes Burnham got away with.In the recent case brought before Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George in the High Court by the outspoken advocate against corruption, Attorney Christopher Ram, challenging the legality of the House-to-House (HtH) Registration, the Chief Justice last Thursday ruled that although the HtH is not illegal or unconstitutional in itself, residency is not a qualifying requirement, and therefore the names of those on the list of the National Register of Registrants (NRR) and Official List of Electors (OLE) cannot be removed unless deceased or they become disqualified.This ruling vindicates the PPP/C’s call to the nation to boycott the HtH Registration to protect the constitutional right of every Guyanese to vote, regardless of where they may be, provided they’re already on the NRR database and are in Guyana on Election Day. Although the Court refused to set a date or a deadline for elections, the Chief Justice made it clear that there should be compliance with the provisions of the Constitution. That is, elections in three months.The Chief Justice also ruled that GECOM cannot operate as if it is in a dormant elections cycle, which echoes the ruling of the CCJ that, “The Guyana Elections Commission (“GECOM”) has the responsibility to conduct that election and GECOM too must abide by the provisions of the Constitution”.What is puzzling, however, is GECOM’s reluctance to stop the HtH Registration when nothing can be achieved from continuing this process. The Chief Justice already ruled that the names of those on the list of the National Register of Registrants (NRR) and Official List of Electors (OLE) cannot be removed unless deceased, or they become disqualified. So, what’s the point in continuing this charade? Why does the new GECOM Chairperson have to wait to receive a hard copy of the Chief Justice’s ruling before deciding on the way forward?You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that this is another delaying tactic being employed by GECOM.Readers may recall that GECOM’s original plan was to scrap the database known as the National Register of Registrants (NRR) and create a new one. If this was allowed to continue without being challenged, every eligible Guyanese who has a Guyana National Identification Card and is already on the NRR database, but who was not home at the time the GECOM scrutineers visited would have been deleted from the List and could not vote in the upcoming elections.But now, because of the Chief Justice’s ruling last Thursday, if you are on vacation, if you are in the interior working or some other place away from home, if you are a bush pilot and is hardly ever home, or if you’re sick or giving birth in a nearby hospital, GECOM cannot now take you off the List if you’re not home or refuse to reregister when the scrutineers come visiting. And don’t let them con you into believing that if you don’t register, you wouldn’t be able to use your current ID card to do business next year, that’s not true! And certainly no one can charge you for “not registering” if you already have a Guyana National Identification Card that says you’re already registered.So why is GECOM continuing to spend billions of dollars on a useless HtH campaign now that the Chief Justice has ruled that eligible voters cannot be deregistered? Why is it taking so long for the new GECOM Chairman to act?The only clear pathway in keeping with its constitutional obligations is for GECOM to now swiftly move to Claims and Objections and stop or postpone this charade.The Leader of the Opposition has been very tolerant and reasonable since the passage of the No-Confidence Motion, emphasising the need for Government and the Opposition to work together in the best interest of our country. But after Granger’s unwillingness to negotiate in good faith, to accept the conditions under Article 106(6) and 106(7) of our Constitution and to call elections within the allotted three-month timeframe; and because of his determination to stay in power all cost, we see no need to return to Parliament to give this cabal legitimacy through a two-thirds majority vote to further plunder the resources of our nation by campaigning under the guise of ministerial outreaches. So, for all intents and purposes, David Granger and his entire Administration are all usurpers, illegal, illegitimate and unconstitutional.But despite his public pronouncement that he’s waiting on GECOM to advise him, it seems that David Granger has already set a date for elections. This was revealed last Friday during a disappointing Skeldon outreach by Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe while speaking to about five supporters and over 150 empty chairs. She announced that “Elections will be this year, according to the President.”Then during a press conference, the PNC/APNU chief apologist, WPA Executive Member David Hinds “forecasts” that elections could be held “sometime in December”.This decision to have elections one year after the no-confidence motion is believed to have been made at Congress Place, and is being leaked to influence GECOM to give the Administration more time. It is therefore obvious that the Government Commissioners at GECOM are being used to carry out the mandate of the PNC Leader and others at Congress Place. That must stop now!Sincerely,Harry Gill Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt must follow letter, spirit of Constitution if court rules against it – CCJ PresidentMay 10, 2019In “Court”LETTER: Govt busy trying to re-invent the electoral landscapeJuly 9, 2019In “latest news”NO GECOM Chairman: Democracy, Rule of Law, Constitution under threatFebruary 17, 2017In “latest news” read more

Opinion Im already worried about how Ill pay for my children to

first_imgNEXT MONTH, LIKE thousands of parents across the country, I will be sending my two children back to school after a summer of lie-ins, family outings and the occasional squabble.And, again, like thousands of parents across the country, I am already worrying about how I will be able to pay for it all.On paper I appear luckier than many. I’m married, so our household has two incomes. However, we are both self-employed in low paying businesses.My own business, a preschool, actually closed down for two months over the summer so I had no income during those months. But nevertheless, we are deemed to be over the threshold and so are not entitled to any financial support.The costs add up And yet already I have spent more than €800 getting my children ready for school – and that’s before I’ve bought the books for my 15-year-old son, as the school hasn’t finalised the book list yet.These costs include €25 on a crested school jumper and another €25 on a crested PE sweatshirt, plus books, shoes, runners, etc, for my daughter, Róisín (10) who is going into 5th class.Luckily her school has a book rental scheme (put in place after parent pressure) so book costs are set at €60. But last year the cost was much higher as we had to buy all the books at full price to start it off.My son, Steven, is about to start transition year. Before he even steps out of the house I will have bought him a full, new crested uniform – at this age he is growing so quickly he needed everything replaced.To add insult to injury, the crested jumpers are subject to 23% VAT because he is in adult sizes. This is despite the fact these are crested school jumpers.There is also the fee for transition year activities, which is €200. And that doesn’t include other incidental costs that crop up during the school year.I am not at all anti-uniform and I have no problem with crested options, but I just want the crests to be sold separately so parents have a choice about where to buy basic school uniform items. I think this has to be enforced in all schools.One message We need the government to show clear leadership on this. They must also ensure there are comprehensive and effective book rental schemes in all schools.And if I had one message I could send Jan O’Sullivan – it’s that I believe there should be a universal back to school allowance for all parents.People might think working parents don’t need it, but we’re all struggling.When you add up the cost of the uniform, school books, voluntary contribution and stationery costs – never mind additional extras like school bags, shoes and art supplies you are facing a bill of hundreds (if not thousands) of euro.As the Barnardos annual school costs survey found, Ireland’s ‘free’ education system is, in fact, far from free.Although the findings (from more than 2,000 respondents) showed that on average, basic back-to-school costs were levelling off, a huge number of parents spoke about the massive pressure they were under trying to find money.Barnardos has been doing this survey for nine years, when are the government and schools going to listen?It’s clear our children’s education must not depend on their parents’ ability to pay. All children must have access to a free, high quality education system – whatever their family circumstances.Aishling Silke is businesswoman and mother of two. Her daughter Roisin is in primary school while her son Steven is in secondary. She took part in Barnardos School Costs survey this year.Read: Back to school costs fall in 2014 but are still ‘crippling too many families’>Read: How much does it cost to send your kid to school?>last_img read more

Greek Australians honoured for promoting Greeces health tourism sector

first_imgAside from its reputation for being an idyllic summer destination, Greece is starting to make a real name for itself for a rather different ‘getaway’: health tourism. This is thanks to the impressive medical services being offered, as well a number of individuals both in Greece and around the world who are helping to promote it.In recognition of their efforts, an awards ceremony was held on the island of Ithaki, under the banner of ‘Health Tourism Finds Its Ithaki’ by local mayor Dionysis Stanitsas.Among them were two Greek Australians: Bill Papastergiadis, president of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) and actress Mary Coustas.In 2017 the GCM hosted a three day conference in Melbourne dedicated to Greece’s health tourism and invited over 50 medical professionals to take part, among them two of the individuals honoured in Ithaki: Dr Konstantinos Pantos, a leader in the IVF sector and VP of the International Health Tourism Center, as well as George Patoulis, president of the Athens Medical Association, resulting in stronger ties between the two countries.“It was truly an honour to awarded by the Greek Health Tourism sector,” Mr Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos.During the ceremony, the GCM’s president gave a presentation via Skype, during which he spoke of the need for everyone to contribute positively to Greece’s recovery from the financial crisis.“Greece offers first rate professional service at a very affordable price – it becomes a ‘win win’ for everyone,” he said.READ MORE: How Mary Coustas used comedy to heal herself and her fansMayor Dionysis Stanitsas addressing those gathered.Some of those honoured for their efforts.GCM President Bill Papastergiadis giving a presentation via Skype during the awards ceremony in Ithaki. Photo: SuppliedMayor Dionysis Stanitsas addressing those gathered.Also among those honoured for their contributions were Kostas Haniotakis, president of the Greek community in Chicago, and Dimitris Filippidis, a Greek journalist based in New York.During his speech at the ceremony, Mr Patoulis highlighted the aim to attract repeat visitors to Greece under the premise of health tourism.“It is a goal of the national effort for the development of Greek health tourism to attract tourists travelling for health purposes and for them in their journey to our country, permanently establishing Greece as a popular health tourism destination,” Mr Patoulis said.He also spoke of plans to inject further support into Ithaki’s health sector, to put it on the radar of potential ‘health tourists’.A recent study revealed that the country’s health tourism sector has the potential bring in millions of euros annually, adding €13.6 billion to GDP, as well as creating 173,000 new jobs over a period of five years.READ MORE: Oh great Greek tourism! See how you’ve grown Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pirate Bay le site victime dune attaque informatique

first_imgPirate Bay : le site victime d’une attaque informatiqueL’attaque informatique à l’encontre du site The Pirate Bay a été revendiquée par un internaute critique envers les Anonymous…Mercredi après-midi, le site Pirate Bay hébergeant de nombreux trackers vers les logiciels de téléchargement pirates de type BitTorrent, a été inaccessible durant une longue période pour ses utilisateurs.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En premier lieu, le site a indiqué qu’une opération de maintenance était en cours, bloquant ainsi tout accès au site. Mais il était ensuite question d’une attaque informatique comme l’a relaté l’équipe de Pirate Bay sur sa page Facebook. Il s’agissait d’une attaque par déni de service distribué (DDoS), telle que celles qui sont pratiquées par les Anonymous. Après la reprise du service de Pirate Bay, nous avons pu lire sur The Verge que l’attaque avait été revendiquée par un hacker utilisant le compte @AnonNyre, sur le site de micro-blogging Twitter. Ce dernier a d’ailleurs indiqué à Pastebin qu’il n’était pas d’accord avec les manières employées par les Anonymous.Reste à savoir s’il faut prendre au sérieux cette revendication…Le 18 mai 2012 à 17:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fast food McDonalds mettra moins dantibiotiques dans ses hamburgers

first_imgFast food : McDonald’s mettra moins d’antibiotiques dans ses hamburgersLe clown Ronald McDonald semble également inquiet face à la résistance croissante aux antibiotiques . En effet, la chaîne américaine de fast-food a annoncé hier, le 11 décembre, qu’elle envisageait de diminuer partout dans le monde la présence de ces bactéricides dans le bœuf utilisé dans ses burgers Dès l’été 2017, la chaine de restauration rapide américaine avait amorcé un mouvement de réduction du traitement aux antibiotiques dans le pouletservidans ses restaurants. Hier, McDonald’s a annoncé que cette diminution d’usage de ces bactéricides allait s’étendre au bœuf qui est proposé dans ses célèbres hamburgers. « Un statut unique » pour lutterEt si le célèbre M de la chaîne allait désormais signifier « Moins » ? Moins d’antibiotiques. C’est en tout cas ce que semble vouloir dire le plan d’assainissement des menus proposés par McDonald’s. Face à la résistance aux antibiotiques qui constitue aujourd’hui l’une des plus graves menaces pesant sur la santé mondiale, la sécurité alimentaire et le développement, la firme américaine veut prendre ses responsabilités. « McDonald’s pense que la résistance aux antibiotiques est un sujet de santé publique majeur et nous prenons au sérieux notre statut unique pour agir en bien et à grande échelle et continuer à relever ce défi », a annoncé Keith Kenny, en charge du développement durable pour la firme dont le siège se situe à Chicago. Un plan en 3 étapes après un coup de pression ? Il est évident qu’un tel changement de mode de production ne va pas pouvoir se faire du jour au lendemain. C’est pourquoi, il a été annoncé que ce mouvement de réduction du traitement aux antibiotiques se déroulerait en 3 phases. La première va consister à mener une étude « pour mesurer et comprendre » l’usage des antibiotiques auprès des 10 pays les plus gros fournisseurs de viande bovine à McDo.   Une liste qui, outre les Etats-Unis, compte l’Australie, le Brésil, le Canada, la France, l’Allemagne, l’Irlande, la Nouvelle-Zélande, la Pologne et le Royaume-Uni. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ? Comme le rappelle USA Today, ils fournissent plus de 85% du bœuf utilisé par la chaîne. La deuxième étape consistera à établir, après avoir analysé les données récoltées auprès des pays fournisseurs, des objectifs de réduction à l’échelle mondiale d’ici 2020. Enfin, à partir de 2022 seront communiqués les progrès effectués. Cette nouvelle prise de conscience de l’entreprise n’intervient pas par hasard. En octobre dernier, McDonald’s avait reçu un « F » (comme 22 autres chaînes de fast-food sur les 25 plus célèbres des Etats-Unis) lors d’un rapport émis sur la quantité d’antibiotiques trouvée dans la viande bovine servie dans les établissements.   Cette très mauvaise note attribuée par un collectif de nombreuses organisations de la veille et sécurité sanitaire n’est probablement pas étrangère à l’annonce faite hier. McDonald’s est la plus importante chaîne de restaurants de burgers au monde avec 37.000 établissement répartis dans 120 pays.Le 12 décembre 2018 à 16:26 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

Liverpool keeper referred to US doctors for concussion tests by club

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has been referred to medical experts in Boston after the 24-year-old German visited Massachusetts General Hospital and was diagnosed with concussion five days after the Champions League final.Karius made terrible mistakes during the first and third goals that gave Madrid a 3-1 win at Kiev. Karius clashed with Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, although in a statement released with the player’s permission yesterday, doctors did not tell whether or not that incident caused the goalkeeper concussion. However, Dr Ross Zafonte said it was “possible” the injury “would affect performance”.Zafonte, who is a leading expert in head injuries in the NFL, said Karius’ assessment involved reviewing “game film”, a “physical examination” and “objective metrics”, according to BBC.He continued that it was “likely” that “visual-spatial dysfunction” which hampers a person’s ability to process visual information about where objects are in space,  would have occurred immediately after the event that caused the concussion.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Dr Willie Stewart, a consultant neuropathologist at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, said a delay in the concussion diagnosis is “not surprising”.“How did he get concussed and we didn’t know?“The obvious signs of concussion can take hours and days to develop, so it’s not surprising that it might be picked up after the match.”last_img read more

Hughton issues complacency warning

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes that their biggest challenge in 2019 will be trying to avoid complacency.Brighton are sitting comfortably in 13th place in the Premier League table after amassing 25 points from 20 matches so far.But Chris Hughton has stressed the need to maintain their level of play as the second half of the season starts.“The biggest challenge is always complacency – in every game, we played in this division we are faced with tough opposition and that’s a reminder each week that if we don’t reach a level we can get punished,” Hughton told the club’s official website.“That’s always there for us, we’re still in our second season in this division and our aim is to maintain our status in the league and develop and grow as a club.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“We’ve worked very hard to be where we are now, and we have to be respectful that every single game we play is a difficult one – there’ll be bigger and more experienced teams than us that will find it difficult – there are reminders every week in this league about that.”“My feeling is that we have to continue in the same mentality, the gap between ourselves and the bottom three will always be the most important thing for quite some time to develop as a team.”last_img read more

Togiak NWR manager participates in federal disaster relief in Puerto Rico

first_imgSusanna Henry assisted hurricane victims in Puerto Rico this fall as a part of FEMA’s Surge Capacity Force. (Photo: Avery Lill/ KDLG)Most days, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge manager, Susanna Henry, works from her office in Dillingham. It is her job to work for the appropriate use and conservation of fish, wildlife and their habitat in the 4.7 million acres of land between the Kuskokwim Bay and Bristol Bay. But for about six weeks this fall, Henry traded her United States Fish and Wildlife Uniform for a baby blue Federal Emergency Management Agency vest.Listen nowAfter hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hit the United States in quick succession this fall, FEMA’s resources were stretched thin. It activated the Surge Capacity Force. This force is comprised of non-FEMA federal employees who are willing to assist in federal disaster relief when FEMA needs additional personnel.“FEMA had essentially run out of employees to handle all of the federally declared disasters, so they were looking to other government agencies to provide help…I think what it did was it allowed FEMA to quickly amass a group of people that had already had a background check and already had some familiarity with government ways of doing business,” Henry said.Henry was among well over 2000 non-FEMA federal employees who signed up and were activated to assist in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She left Alaska on October 13. After a few days of training in Alabama, she headed to Puerto Rico. Her task was to assist victims of the storm with important paperwork.FEMA registration intake in Camuy, Puerto Rico on about October 22 (Photo courtesy of Susanna Henry)“Most of my days I spent either traveling to and from different communities and taking registrations, where people were applying for FEMA assistance, and, toward the end of my time in Puerto Rico, we no longer were commuting back and forth. We had moved to the communities and were taking part in what they call disaster recovery centers, where were there for a 12-hour day, helping folks all day long,” Henry explained.Henry and other FEMA personnel set up shop in gyms, outdoor pavilions and schools. In these makeshift office spaces, they worked through long lines of people who needed to document damage to homes, health and property.“One of the things that has stood out to me the most was getting to talk to the people,” Henry said, reflecting on her time in the territory. “The people who came and applied for the assistance, as a whole, they all had a sense of humor. They were very resilient folks…It was a very traumatic situation even for them to describe it a month later. People described that situation as being terrifying, the winds sounding like a freight train was running over you. It was valuable to be part of them putting things back together.”In the 18 communities she visited, Henry estimated that she helped 220 households apply for disaster relief aid. She returned to Dillingham on November 29.Since its creation in 2006, this is the second time the Surge Capacity Force has been activated. It is the first time the force has included employees from outside the Department of Homeland Security. FEMA recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, where substantial portions of the island are still without power, are ongoing.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 Bran Stark to die saving

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 2 reviewGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last of Starks” featured the aftermath of the battle at Winterfell. However, there was one cryptic scene featuring Bran Stark and Tyrion Lannister that has made many to think that Jon Snow’s cousin brother, who now goes by the Three-Eyed-Raven, will not survive the final battle.Major Spoilers:In Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 “A Knight of Seven Kingdoms,” we saw Tyrion Lannister and Bran Stark conversing for the first time ever. Many of us speculated that Bran has revealed Jon Snow’s true identity to Tyrion but as the recently released episode revealed to us that Tyrion learned about Jon from Sansa Stark.In the recently released episode of Game of Thrones season 8, we saw how everyone was celebrating the end of Night King and the White Walkers. During their celebration moment, we saw a drunk Tyrion Lannister approaching Bran Stark or the Three-Eyed-Raven. Their conversation was brief but like always, Bran spoke in puzzles and now everyone is worried about his future in the show.In the episode, we saw Bran Stark sitting on his wheelchair and Tyrion approaching him. Daenerys’ Hand tells Bran that the machinery of his wheelchair is clever and is much more useful than the saddle he had designed for him all those years ago. For this, Bran simply states that this is the same one Daeron Targaryen designed for his crippled nephew 120 years ago. Impressed Tyrion replies to him that Bran knows the history of entire Westeros better than anyone and it would come as handy since he is going to be the Lord of Winterfell. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 Bran stark meeting Jaime LannisterGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)But as we all know, Bran Stark has no desire to become any Lord anymore and this is what he tells Tyrion. When Tyrion tells him that he feels envious of him for not wanting to be a lord anymore, Bran first looks over his shoulder to see that someone is coming to take him away from the fireplace. Before leaving Tyrion, Bran says to him that he shouldn’t feel envy of him because “Mostly, I live in the past.”Over the years, Bran Stark has learned about himself and the Night King by going in the past only and him saying Tyrion that he lives in the past makes perfect sense. But at the same time, it opens up the possibility that he was referring to himself but not from his current perspective.Fans are now speculating that in the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones, Bran Stark will try to help Jon Snow in his battle against Cersei Lannister by warging himself into Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon and he might be killed during this course. Since Bran knows what is going to happen with him in the future, he simply stated the obvious to Tyrion by telling him that he lives in the past only.Bran Stark is an important character and it would be interesting to see if we see the last of any Stark in the upcoming battle of HBO’s Game of Thrones.last_img read more

National Bank of Pakistans exchief arrested for corruption in Bangladesh branch

first_imgFormer National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) president Syed Ali Raza. Photo: DawnPakistan’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday arrested former National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) president Syed Ali Raza on charges of corruption in NBP’s Bangladesh branch, reports the Dawn. According to NAB officials, the Bangladeshi citizens involved in the corruption scandal include Saleemullah, Pradeep and Qazi Nizam, adds the English-language daily of Pakistan. The NAB had filed a reference against the former NBP chief and other officials for allegedly misusing their authority by granting and revising financing facilities in the NBP Bangladesh branch that caused a loss of $185 million to the national exchequer, it also says. Implementing the high court’s orders, the NAB arrested Raza and the co-accused, including Imran Butt and general manager Bangladesh Waseem Khan.During a hearing of the bail plea initiated by the former bank chief, NAB apprised the court about the losses inflicted on the national treasury by the accused.NAB further told the court that 16 individuals had been nominated in the corruption reference in all, adding that Raza and former senior executive vice president Zubair Ahmed had been granted bail earlier.last_img read more