Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard meets Emmanuel Macron to begin France trip

first_imgPARIS – Defending the French language does not mean refusing to speak other languages, French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday, alongside Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.The two leaders met for the first time since Macron’s election in May 2017, at the Elysee Palace, the president’s official residence in Paris.Macron, who has been criticized in the past for speaking English in public, was asked by a reporter whether he was doing enough to defend the status of the French language around the world.The president said he was inspired by what he called the “North American example.”“I never hesitate to express myself at times in French or in the language of the host country or equally in English while on the international scene or in front of business groups because I think that reinforces the francophonie,” he said.Macron added he wants to show that French is not an isolated language, but an integral part of multilingualism.Couillard said most Quebecers agreed with Macron’s statement. They want to defend French, he said, but Quebecers also want to learn other languages.The premier announced Macron would address the provincial legislature in Quebec City in June when the French leader in the province for the G7 meeting.Couillard also discussed the controversy surrounding the office of Michaelle Jean, the former Governor General of Canada who is head of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, the body that represents the world’s French-speaking countries.Jean has lead the organization since 2015.The Quebecor media company reported last year Jean spent $500,000 in public funds to renovate the official residence she rents in Paris, and that she spent $20,000 to buy a piano.Couillard said he was proud to see a Quebecer at the head of the francophone organization and that he wanted her mandate to be successful, but he called for better accounting and transparency in the use of public money.The premier visited Jean at her office Monday and met with personnel.Journalists covering Couillard’s trip asked for a meeting with Jean, but a spokesperson said she was busy.One of the main themes of Couillard’s trip is aerospace and on Tuesday, Couillard is scheduled to tour the Airbus factory in Toulouse and meet with management.Last October, the European aircraft manufacturer acquired a majority stake in the C Series, the flagship aircraft of Bombardier.last_img read more

Hunter Hayes Wants Child Hunger To End Here

first_imgMore than one in five of all children and more than one in four Latino children in the USmay not know where their next meal is coming from. ConAgra Foods and P&G are building a community of people to make a difference and help donate up to 7 million meals in 2014 through the Child Hunger Ends Here program.Look for the red pushpin and locate the code found on specially marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products. For each 8-digit code entered at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com or Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere from March through August 2014, ConAgra Foods or P&G, respectively, will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization.The 2014 Child Hunger Ends Here campaign is supported by Hunter Hayes, who will lend his voice to spread awareness for child hunger while asking consumers to take action by entering a code found on participating ConAgra Foods and P&G products. In his new hit single, “Invisible,” Hayes brings visibility to the nearly 16 million children who are living in food insecure households in the United States.For every download of “Invisible” on iTunes, Child Hunger Ends Here will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to 1 million meals. As a presenting sponsor of Hayes’ “We’re Not Invisible” tour, kicking off March 20, Child Hunger Ends Here will be activating efforts across the country encouraging consumers to take action in the fight against child hunger. The campaign will also be supported with retail promotions, national TV integrations and a social media campaign.“I’m proud to partner with ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here program to share the message of hope in the fight against child hunger,” says Hayes. “My new single ‘Invisible’ speaks to anyone who has ever felt outcast, alone, or invisible, including children who suffer from food insecurity. Hungry kids are in our schools, our neighborhoods and even right next door.”Consumers can easily participate by going to their local grocery stores and looking for the red pushpin and code on specially marked packages of 42 select ConAgra Foods and P&G brands, including Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, Hunt’s, Pampers, Bounty, Tide and Pantene, then visiting www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com or Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere to enter the eight-digit code found on the package. For each code entered, the equivalent of one meal will be donated to Feeding America. Codes can be entered through June 2014 for P&G brands and August 2014 for ConAgra Foods brands. While entering codes, consumers will be able to submit their zip codes to support the local Feeding America food bank serving their community. Up to ten local food banks with the highest number of zip codes entered within their service area will receive the monetary equivalent of a 100,000-meal donation ($11,111).“For more than 20 years, ConAgra Foods has provided funds, expertise and food to fight child hunger, and while there’s been progress, child hunger continues to be a problem across America. We created the Child Hunger Ends Here program in 2010 to raise more awareness of this serious issue, and we’ve made it simple for consumers to get involved by starting with a code – one code equals one meal,” says Gary Rodkin, CEO of ConAgra Foods. “Now, by partnering with P&G, we hope to have an even bigger impact and encourage more consumers to help us end child hunger in the U.S.”By partnering with P&G, participating Child Hunger Ends Here brands are doubled, making it easier for consumers to join the fight against child hunger.“We are incredibly grateful for ConAgra Foods’ ongoing commitment to fight domestic child hunger, and we are delighted that this year our longtime partner P&G will join the robust Child Hunger Ends Here program,” says Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America, “Through our national network of food banks, we help feed 14 million children each year, which we could not accomplish without the support of our partners and the engagement of their consumers.”In addition to partnering with celebrity talent, ConAgra Foods enlists its own talent for the company’s Month of Service in April. Employees at locations nationwide will volunteer at local Feeding America food banks, pack boxes of food and serve meals. The company hopes to exceed the more than 7,000 hours employees volunteered during last year’s Week of Service.Since 1993, through their partnerships with Feeding America, ConAgra Foods and ConAgra Foods Foundation have provided more than 325 million pounds of food and invested more than $37 million in capacity building, child hunger programs and groundbreaking research. The Foundation, a separate 501c3 nonprofit entity primarily funded by the company, has a $10 million, 5-year commitment to Feeding America, the largest donation ever made to Feeding America specifically to fight child hunger.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

GIVE THE GIFT OF DOCUMENTARY FILM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH EXCITING TICKET

first_imgAdvertisement Toronto, November 21, 2017 – Share the magic of documentary film this holiday season with a special gift for your loved ones from Hot Docs! Offering the best in documentary cinema, Hot Docs has something for everyone on your list this year including ticket packages and all-access passes to this year’s 25th anniversary Festival, Hot Docs memberships, merchandise and more – perfect for anyone who is as passionate about doc film as we are!For the doc-lover on your list, stuff their stocking with an all-access pass to this year’s 25th anniversary Festival (April 26-May 6)! These passes allow entry to all screenings during Hot Docs’ 11-day Festival in the spring. Don’t worry about ordering tickets in advance, seats are reserved for pass-holders; patrons just need to show their pass at the box office to be granted admission.Enjoy the brilliance of documentary film with friends and family with shareable ticket packages. Available in quantities of six, 10 or 20, these packages can be used towards, and divided amongst, any film during the Festival. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Hot Docs memberships make great gifts too! Whether your loved ones see a few, or a few dozen films each year, memberships at the Bronze, Silver, Gold or the Membership Plus level all include savings, exclusive invitations, free popcorn and a subscription to our special member newsletter.Let your friends know you care with a holiday gift certificate from Hot Docs, so they can choose which film they’d like to see from our extensive list of screenings. Include some one-of-a-kind Hot Docs merchandise, too, and browse the online cinema store for goodies like DVDs, limited edition t-shirts and more!Spread the love this holiday season by supporting documentary film through a donation to Hot Docs. A non-profit organization, Hot Docs relies on donations to help bring documentary film to wide audiences and assist filmmakers with production and distribution..Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 25th annual edition from April 26-May 6, 2018. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and the Doc Shop. Hot Docs owns the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Opposition hammers Harper government on First Nation issues

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was “opposition day” in the House of Commons Thursday.And that means the opposition parties stepped up efforts to force the Stephen Harper government to act on solutions echoed by the grassroots of Idle No More and Aboriginal leaders.APTN National News reporter Nancy Pine has the story.last_img

Death threats brandished weapons forcible confinement triggered raid RCMP

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe RCMP moved in on the anti-shale gas protest near Elsipogtog First Nation after some individuals at the site issued death threats, brandished weapons and forcibly confined security guards in a compound holding vehicles belonging to a Houston-based energy company, according to the force’s superintendent of national Aboriginal policing.The RCMP has faced criticism from First Nations leaders across the country over last Thursday’s raid last which led to 40 arrests, the seizure of three rifles and improvised explosive devices and intense clashes between Elsipogtog residents and RCMP officers.Supt. Tyler Bates said he didn’t agree with the criticism his force used heavy handed tactics to try and break the protest encampment which was blocking the entrance to a compound holding vehicles belonging to SWN Resources Canada. The company had been conducting shale gas exploration work in the region.“If my life was in jeopardy and I had been threatened with harm I would expect the police to take some action to protect me,” said Bates. “There was a criminal element there that escalated matters.”Bates did not provide details on how long the guards were trapped in the compound, what types of death threats were issued or what types of weapons were brandished. He said it was up to the RCMP’s J-Division in New Brunswick to release those details.“We were left with no option but to intervene to protect those under threat,” said Bates.The security guards at the compound were employed by Industrial Securities Ltd. The security company is owned by the Irving family. The Irvings, through Irving Oil, have an interest in seeing shale gas deposits developed in the province. The New Brunswick-based company sees shale gas as a cheap energy source to expand its refining capacity. Irving Oil is eyeing Alberta bitumen which could soon flow to the province if TransCanada gets approval for its proposed Energy East pipeline.Two members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society, who were arrested during the raid, were released on bail Friday. The two men, Jason Augustine and David Mazerolle, face several charges including unlawful confinement, obstructing a peace officer and assaulting a peace officer.Another member of the Warrior Society was denied bail Thursday and two others remain behind bars awaiting bail hearings including James Pictou, one of the lead spokesmen for the Warrior Society, who is also facing a charge of unlawful confinement.The Mi’kmaq Warrior Society was in charge of security at the encampment, which still sits on Route 134, at the time of the raid. Video taken from the morning of the raid depicted RCMP officers walking into the site unencumbered. The encampment, which is in Rexton, NB, is about 15 kilometres northeast of Elsipogtog First Nation and 80 km north of Moncton.The RCMP raid freed SWN’s vehicles.The encampment was the latest incarnation of long-running protests, lead by Elsipogtog residents, against shale gas exploration in the region. This past summer saw nearly 30 arrests related to protests, including on June 21, Aboriginal Day.Grassroots activists in the Mi’kmaq community fear the discovery of shale gas would lead to fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, which they believe threatens the environment.SWN, however, has been courting First Nations leaders in the province for over a year. Last October, members of the Assembly of First Nations of New Brunswick Chiefs’ consultation committee visited the company’s operations in Arkansas. It remains unclear who paid for the trip.Bates said the raid had reverberations across the country and impacted the RCMP’s ongoing relationship with First Nation communities. The RCMP is the main police force in many First Nation communities.“Sometimes, depending on the perspective of what people choose to believe as the reality of the situation is concerned, it takes a long protracted effort to rebuild trust,” he said. “There is a level of trust that exists that we can build upon. It is unfortunate when these types of outcomes occur and there is a residual impact. The rebuilding of trust has to occur.”Bates said the RCMP has no intention of preventing protests, but, in this circumstance, he said it was forced to act.“There has been misinformation to suggest we would react differently to Aboriginal protests,” he said. “The response to demonstrations will continue to be a measured response. We would just encourage that things remain peaceful and that there be no unlawful activity that transpires.”Bates said the injunction obtained by SWN against the protest played a minimal role in the RCMP’s decision to move.“When there are injunctions by the court that prohibit protest activities, the RCMP is in a position where we apply police discretion in terms of a resolution,” he said. “We don’t unilaterally move in and executive an injunction because an injunction is issued. Our interest was not to enforce an injunction but to get parties at the table.”Bates said the RCMP was trying to negotiate a resolution before the raid.“There was an injunction in place for quite an extended period of time. There were negotiations and mediation and an effort to get people to the table that needed to get to the table,” he said.First Nations protests, which have overtly historical and political elements to them, always put the RCMP in an awkward spot.“It is not my place to point fingers at any particular party. There are differences of opinion in terms of a variety of issues, whether environmental or resource extraction. We are sometimes caught in the middle of opposing interests,” said Bates. “Unfortunately, in this instance, clearly there is progress yet to be made.”Bates said the RCMP’s national Aboriginal policing branch was no involved in the operational details of Thursday’s raid which were handled by the commander of the RCMP’s J-Division in New Brunswick.He stressed there was “no military involvement” during the raid.Bates said he couldn’t comment on whether Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams (INSET) were used in Thursday’s raid, describing the issue as an “operational” detail.INSET teams include RCMP officers along with agents from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Canada Border Services Agency and other federal departments.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Five things to know about the merger of PC Points and Shoppers

first_imgTwo of Canada’s better-known rewards programs merge today as Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus become PC Optimum.Loblaw says they’ve had some “bumps” during the merger, with some members complaining online about troubles with the new app and points conversions. However, the company says it’s seeing massive interest in the program and will continue to focus on making the conversion process as smooth as possible.Here are five things to know:1. PC Optimum means a single card for both stores, with the dollar value of existing points from both programs converted to the new card. Current PC Plus cardholders will have points converted on a one-to-one basis, while the company is converting Shoppers Optimum points at varying rates to maintain the same dollar value of the points.2. To convert current points to the new system, customers can go to one of the almost 2,500 stores the system covers to swap existing PC Plus or Shoppers Optimum cards for a PC Optimum card. Customers can also download the PC Optimum mobile app, or create an account online at www.pcoptimum.ca.3. Under PC Optimum, each 1,000 points is worth a dollar, with 10,000 points the minimum redemption value. At Shoppers almost every dollar spent will earn you 15 points, while at Loblaw-owned grocery stores rewards vary based on promotions on specific products.4. For PC Financial Mastercard holders, the card automatically switches to PC Optimum and is the only card necessary with points earned varying depending on the type of card.5. In Quebec, where Shoppers Drug Mart operates under the Pharmaprix name, the Pharmaprix Optimum program ended Jan. 31, 2018 and members will have until May 2 that year to redeem their points or convert them at equal value to the new program.last_img read more

TSX closes flat on pessimism surrounding fiscal cliff talks

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Thursday as traders continued to assess the chances of the United States going over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”A double-whammy of tax increases and spending cuts, which threaten to erode the already weak U.S. economy, is set to click in on Jan. 1.The S&P/TSX composite index added 2.97 points to 12,373.77 while the TSX Venture Exchange gained 11.15 points to 1,196.75.The Canadian dollar was off 0.37 of a cent to 100.51 cents U.S.Markets hit their worst levels of the session after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the U.S. government appears headed over the fiscal cliff because of a lack of progress in negotiations between Republicans who control the House of Representatives and Democrats who control the Senate and White House.But indexes recovered most of the losses late in the day on word that the House will be back in session Sunday evening. It is unclear what legislation the House might consider Sunday, since Speaker John Boehner is publicly insisting that the Senate must make the next move to avert the cliff.“At the end of the day, this prevailing will-they-or-won’t they in Washington is causing a dip,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“But it’s tough to read too much into anything given that volumes are exceptionally low. All the players aren’t in the game so to speak.”The Dow Jones industrials lost 18.28 points to 13,096.31, as data showed fiscal cliff worries are spreading to consumers.The U.S. Conference Board said that its consumer confidence index fell this month to 65.1, down from 71.5 in November, the second straight decline and the lowest level since August.The survey showed consumers were slightly more optimistic about current business conditions and hiring, but their outlook for the next six months deteriorated to its lowest level since 2011The Nasdaq composite index fell 4.25 points to 2,985.91 and the S&P 500 index declined 1.74 points to 1,418.09.Other data showed that the average number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits over the past month fell last week to the lowest level since March 2008.The U.S. Labour Department said Thursday that weekly applications dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 in the week ended Dec. 22. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to a nearly five-year low of 356,750.On the Toronto market, losses were led by a 0.5% decline in the financials subgroup as Sun Life Financial moved down 26 cents to $26.35. TD Bank declined 72 cents to $83.27.Commodities were mixed with February bullion up $3 to US$1,663.70 an ounce. The gold sector led advancers, up about 1.8% with Barrick Gold Corp. ahead 73 cents to C$34.24 while Goldcorp Inc. advanced 46 cents to $35.98.Support also came from the base metals sector, which rose 0.75% while March copper was unchanged at US$3.60 a pound after rising five cents Wednesday. The gain, the largest in four weeks, came after workers rejected a wage proposal at BHP Billiton’s Escondida mine in Chile. Turquoise Hill Resources gained 21 cents to C$7.26.The February crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged down 11 cents to US$90.87 a barrel. The energy sector was slightly higher while Canadian Natural Resources fell 40 cents to C$28.49 and Niko Resources jumped $1.05 to $10.50.A major TSX loser was Poseidon Concepts Corp., which plunged more than 50% after the oilfield service company suspended its dividend, replaced its CEO and initiated a board review of the management and business processes. Poseidon shares were down $1.83 at $1.48 after the company said it has established a special committee of the board to review the recent writeoff of certain accounts owing to it.The tech sector also provided lift with Research In Motion Ltd. up $1.20 or 11.43% to $11.70, mirroring an 11% gain on U.S. markets on Wednesday. RIM stock plunged about 25% last week as analysts raised concerns about less revenue from the lucrative service fees charged by the company to use its secure network. The stock had been on a roll earlier in December on rising optimism about the new BlackBerry 10 lineup, which is being launched at the end of January.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Bombardier Aerospace has received a new order for six Learjet 75 business jets. Bombardier shares added a penny to $3.76.The Canadian Press read more

Jayalalithaa demands immediate release of Indian fishermen in Lankan custody

It was painful that Sri Lanka “is now adopting a strategy of detaining boats for long periods of time,” causing immense loss to fishermen, she said.Ms Jayalalithaa wrote to PM Modi on May 31 after seven fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested by Sri Lankan Naval personnel and had asked him to take steps for their release.She again wrote to him on June 6 stating that the situation at sea remains “precarious” due to “offensive acts” of the Sri Lankan Navy despite repeated appeals to the Centre to ensure safety of Indian fishermen. Taking up the latest detention of three Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today appealed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to secure the release of all 24 fishermen and 93 boats under Sri Lankan custody at the earliest, the Press Trust of India reported.She also requested the Prime Minister to evolve a “permanent” and “pragmatic” solution” to end their woes. Three fishermen in their mechanised fishing boat from Pudukottai District were apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy on Wednesday and taken to Kankesanthurai there, she said in a letter to PM Modi. “I again request the Government of India to initiate immediate efforts to find a permanent and pragmatic workable solution to this livelihood issue of our fishermen.”She said Sri Lankan authorities “adamantly refuse” to recognise the “traditional and historic rights of our Tamil Nadu fishermen” to eke out their livelihood by fishing in Palk Bay, she said. “I request your personal intervention and request you to direct the External Affairs Ministry to secure the immediate release of the 24 fishermen and 93 fishing boats, including three fishermen and their one mechanised fishing boat apprehended on June 15 at the earliest”, she said. read more

Essequibo without electricity 1 day after commissioning of 18B power plant

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEssequibians promised “continuous and reliable supply of electricity” when new plant is completedSeptember 4, 2018In “latest news”GPL’s CEO apologises for prolonged power outages in Region 2September 10, 2018In “latest news”GPL to restore full power to Essequibo, after residents suffer 20 hour outageDecember 11, 2013In “Local News” Residents on the Essequibo Coast are faced once again with constant power outages just one day after the commissioning of a $1.8 billion power plant at Anna Regina.The multi billion dollars plant was commissioned by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and other government officials who boasted that with the new power plant, there will be stable and reliable flow of electricity.The $1.8 Billion power plant that was commissioned on SaturdayHowever, mere hours after the launch, the entire coast was plunged into darkness.  At that time, resident thought it was just a changeover but they remained without electricity. Today, the situation worsened with the current fluctuating all day.Minister Patterson at the opening ceremony told the gathering that the three generators that were installed are new and have a lifespan of over 20 years. read more

Injunction sought against HousetoHouse Registration

…Christopher Ram seeks order compelling GECOM to hold elections by Sept 18A court challenge has been mounted against the House-to-House Registration being carried out by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), this time by anti-corruption advocate and Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram.The Notice of Application (NOA) and Fixed Date Application (FDA) challenging the House-to-House exercise was filed in the High Court on Monday, by the law office of former Attorney General Anil Nandlall. The hearing will come up today before Chief Justice Roxanne George.According to the particulars of the fixed date affidavit, Ram is seeking declarations from the court that House-to-House Registration is a breach of Article 106 (6 and 7) of the Constitution of Guyana. Ram is also seeking a declaration that the exercise is in breach of the recent Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rulings.Attorney-at-law, Christopher RamIn view of this, Ram is seeking a conservatory order from the court, prohibiting GECOM from lawfully continuing the exercise. He is also seeking an order compelling GECOM and the Chief Elections Officer (CEO), Keith Lowenfield, to take steps to hold elections by September 18 of this year.To support his case, Ram noted the fact that GECOM’s lawyer, Stanley Marcus, had told the CCJ that if House-to-House Registration was carried out, the earliest it would be completed would be Christmas. At the time, CCJ Judges Jacob Witt and Adrian Saunders had noted that such an exercise would, therefore, violate the Constitution of Guyana.“When Mr Marcus persisted with the same line of argument, Saunders reminded him that the No-Confidence Motion was passed since the 21st of December, 2018, and, therefore, elections should have been held in March 2019, and with obvious exasperation, President Saunders held up the Constitution in his hand and said that the Court has a clear duty to uphold this document and enquired rhetorically, whether Mr Marcus wants the Court to ignore it, to reject it or to rewrite it” Ram’s application states.Ram also pointed to the fact that GECOM’s own in house counsel, Excellence Dazzell, had advised against the exercise since it would delay elections by months. Her advice was disregarded.Acting Chief Justice Roxane GeorgeIt noted that many experts in electoral matters and even three GECOM Commissioners have pointed out that the exercise cannot be properly carried out in three months and will have grave implications for the validity of the electoral list it produces.“The Applicant fears that in order to complete this House-to-House Registration within an impossible timeframe, it will result in thousands of Guyanese being unlawfully deregistered and will omit to register thousands of qualified registrants, thereby resulting in their loss in their right to vote at the next elections,” Ram stated in his application. It is understood that the case will come up in the High Court today.House-to-HouseThe House-to-House exercise, which was last conducted in 2008, will see enumerators in teams of two to three, going from door to door in various communities across Guyana. The enumerators will present forms to registrants to complete, as well as take fingerprints and pictures.In an advertisement by GECOM, it is stated that these enumerators work from 15:30h to 18:30h during the week and from 09:00h to 16:00h on weekends and holidays. The exercise is intended to produce a new National Register of Registrants database and Official List of Electors.This means that everyone, regardless of whether they were registered before or not, must register anew at their place of residence between July 20 and October of this year.DisenfranchisedThe requirement for proof of residency has alarmed overseas-based Guyanese to the point where a court case was filed by an overseas-based Guyanese against House-to-House Registration on the basis that it would disenfranchise her.In her court filings, Bibi Zeenatoun, a retired teacher and citizen of Guyana, had sought writs of prohibition and injunction and a conservatory order against GECOM.Her fixed date application explained that she worked in the United Kingdom from 1980 until her retirement in 2014. She then acquired property and maintained a residence in that country. Besides her citizenship, however, she has family ties to Guyana that include an adult son and his two children.According to the application, Zeenatoun “fears that she will be excluded from the proposed exercise of House-to-House Registration and thereby, in effect, be de-registered and in consequence thereof, and she will be unlawfully denied her statutory and constitutional right to be registered and to vote”.“The applicant’s right to vote will and can be protected if the respondents were to engage in Continuous Registration as provided for in Section 6 (1) of the National Registration Act, Cap 19:08,” the application advised.OrderThere has also been much debate on whether the exercise can go forward since the former Chairman who signed the order, Retired Justice Patterson, was found by the CCJ to have been unconstitutionally appointed.Additionally, GECOM has said that House-to-House Registration will take 90 days, further delaying elections that should have been held since March 21. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChief Justice sets August 14 to rule on H2H Registration challenge casesAugust 5, 2019In “Court”Overseas-based Guyanese takes GECOM to court to block house-to-house registrationApril 17, 2019In “latest news”High Court denies application for interim order blocking H2H RegistrationJuly 23, 2019In “latest news” read more

High velocity comminution VeRo Liberator® success at Anglo Platinum Fresnillo Penoles operations

first_imgReviewed by Gregor Borg from manufacturer PMS GmbH at MEI’s Physical Separation conference in Falmouth, UK, the innovative VeRo Liberator® applies a mechanical high‐velocity comminution principle, where numerous hammer tools rotate clockwise and anti‐clockwise on three levels around a vertical shaft‐inshaft (hollow shaft) system. The resulting high‐frequency, high‐velocity impacts cause a highly turbulent particle flow and trigger fracture nucleation and fracture propagation preferentially at and along mineral boundaries. Breakage of coarser particles occurs from the high‐velocity stimulation of bulk ore particles, where the elasticity and compressibility modules control differential particle behaviour.The improved breakage behaviour results in a drastically reduced energy consumption of only 3 to 13 kWh/t and very high degrees of particle liberation in the relatively coarse fraction of the product. On an industrial scale, Anglo American has already applied two customised VeRo Liberators® in its South African platinum operations and has ordered a third which is due to be shipped. All three are specially designed to be used in industrial‐scale pilot tests at their operations. Anglo refers to the approach as “shock-break technology” and has mentioned it in several investor presentation as well as showing graphics of the high-velocity comminution inside the VeRo machine.Elsewhere, Penoles and Fresnillo in Mexico have carried out advanced test‐comminution of ores from several of their gold‐silver‐zinc‐lead mines in Mexico. All of the mentioned installations have been around the 100 t/h throughput level.The 2019 MEI paper described results from test‐comminution by VeRo Liberator® of ores from Fresnillo’s Cienega mine, Durango Province, Mexico, in comparison to Cienega’s conventional comminution by SAG milling and ball milling. The results show that the VeRo Liberator® achieves a similarly high degree of particle liberation compared to the SAG mill, but at a drastically coarser particle size. This is achieved at significantly lower energy consumption and thus energy costs and allows for more efficient dewatering of comminuted waste material and, consequently, for potentially more stable slimes dams. The mechanical high‐velocity impact comminution by VeRo Liberator® hence overcomes the notorious problems of inefficient breakage in conventional ball and SAG mills.last_img read more

Norway to start Main Round from scratch

← Previous Story Superb Serbia beat Denmark for two points Next Story → Kiel to host Men’s EHF Cup Final4 2019 Women’s EHF EURO 2018 Since Romania smashed Norway 31:23 (18:12) in the last match of Preliminary Round, it looks that Europe will get the new queens on December 16 in Paris. The reigning EHF EURO winners will start Main Round battles with no points which their road to Paris making extremely difficult. STANDING:The Netherlands 4Romania 4Germany 2Hungary 2Spain 0Norway 0Mandatory Credit © Nebojsa Tejic / kolektiff read more

Strong French defense for Icelanders

← Previous Story SURPRISE, SURPRISE! Brazil beat Croatia! Next Story → Israel: Hapoel continue to dissapoint France almost secured semi-final place after second win in two days at Main Round in Cologne. After Spain, French guys easily outplayed Iceland 31:22 (15:11) in strong defensive game which gave chance to their rivals to score after 10 minutes… (6:0)…Iceland-France 22-31 (11-15)Iceland: Elvar Jonsson 5, Sigvaldi Gudjonsson 4, Teitur Einarsson 3, Bjarki Elisson 2, Ymir Gislason 2, Olafur Gudmunsson 2, Arnar Arnarsson 2, Haukur Thrastarson 2.France: Melvyn Richardson 5, Valentin Porte 5, Luc Abalo 4, Kentin Mahe 3, Vicent Gerard 2, Romain Lagarde 2, Mathieu Grebille 2, Timothey N´Guessan 2, Michael Guigou 2, Ludovic Fabregas 2, Dika Mem 1, Nikola Karabatic 1.STANDING:France 7Germany 5Croatia 4Spain 2Brazil Iceland 2 read more

IHF distribution of places at WCh 2021

IHF World Handball Championship 2021 ← Previous Story Pick Szeged stop in Tatabanya – Tough match for Veszprem in Budapest Next Story → TROPHY AFTER 28 YEARS: Poli Timisoara win Romanian Cup 2019 Following the IHF Council decision on the fringe of the 2018 IHF Super Globe in Doha, Qatar on October 18, IHF World Championships will expand to include 32 teams from 2021 onwards. The change will begin with the 27th IHF Men’s World Championship in Egypt, making the event in Germany and Denmark the last senior men’s event that was contested between 24 nations.The compulsory and performance places for senior events are distributed as follows from now on.As is currently the case, the World Championship organizer will be directly qualified, along with the reigning world champions. In the case that there is more than one organiser, the number of compulsory places (outlined below) for the organizers’ continent will be reduced. In addition, there will be 12 performance places for the Continental Confederations, which are based on the teams ranked 1-12 of the preceding World Championship.The compulsory places awarded to each Continental Confederation will be divided as follows: four places each for Africa, Asia, Europe and Pan America. Within Pan America, one place is available for the North America and Caribbean Zone, while three are allocated to the South and Central America Zone.One additional place is available for Oceania, but only in the case where that national team ranks fifth or higher at the Asian Championship. If no Oceania team places among the top five at the Asian Championship, the IHF will award a Wild Card.In order to guarantee the quality of the World Championship, the IHF shall evaluate the distribution of compulsory places following each event. The IHF shall have the right to amend the compulsory places for the next-but-one edition of the World Championship. For example, any subsequent amendments from evaluation of the 2021 World Championship will apply from 2023.2021 IHF Men’s World ChampionshipFor the 2021 Men’s World Championship in Egypt, 2019 world champions Denmark and the host nation are already qualified. According to the new rules and taking into consideration the results of the 2019 Men’s World Championship, the remaining 30 places are distributed as follows:Africa: 6Asia: 4Europe: 13Pan America: 5 (1 for the North America and the Caribbean Zone and 4 for the South and Central America Zone)Oceania: One additional place is available for Oceania, but only in the case where that national team ranks fifth or higher at the Asian Championship. If no Oceania team places among the top five at the Asian Championship, the IHF will award a Wild Card.Wild Card: awarded by the IHF read more

Cyprus protests in Melbourne call for justice 45 years since Turkeys invasion

first_imgThe Coordinating Committee of Justice for Cyprus (SEKA) organised a number of events to commemorate human rights violations following the illegal invasion of the island by Turkey in 1974.Cyprus community organisations braved the weather and took to the streets, calling for a just solution to the violation of human rights and occupation of the island.A rally took place on Sunday at the Greek Precinct on Lonsdale Street with hundreds of community members and representatives of Cypriot and Greek organisations calling for the withdrawal of Turkish troops and the end of the occupation of Cyprus. Some of the protestors carried banners calling for the reunification of the island and protesting Turkey’s violation of international agreements, while others carried photos of their loved ones who went missing during the invasion.READ MORE: EU backs Cyprus in stand-off with TurkeyCyprus Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots, Photis Photiou, took the stand urging the Australian government to apply pressure for a solution during the planned visit of Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan to Australia for ANZAC Day celebrations next year. Together with our #Melbourne #Diaspora at the Justice for #Cyprus March. Very proud of them. Cyprus is always in their hearts. Many thanks to the organizers especially to the President of #seka Eleni Efthymiou. @CyprusMFA @AusHCCyprus @NEPOMAK_Aus_NZ pic.twitter.com/54UiAzFOCa— Photis Photiou (@PhotisPhotiouCY) July 14, 2019Sunday’s rally in Melbourne. Photos: K. DevesSunday’s rally in Melbourne. Photos: K. DevesConstantinos Procopiou, President of the PanAustralian Justice for Cyprus Coordinating Committee (PASEKA), said the struggle for Cyprus will continue until justice is found.READ MORE: Graffiti in Cyprus paints a rich and complex picture of this divided societyNew SEKA President Eleni Efthimiou, the youngest person ever to take on the role, said that she has attended the rallies for Cyprus from the stroller to her adulthood. She invited the next generation to continue the efforts for a solution. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Man wanted in connection with random stabbing attack in Hillcrest

first_img KUSI Newsroom, April 11, 2018 Posted: April 11, 2018 Man wanted in connection with random stabbing attack in Hillcrest KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities reached out to the public Wednesday for help in identifying a man believed responsible for an apparently random stabbing attack that left a pedestrian severely wounded in Hillcrest last weekend.The suspect, a thin Latino who appeared to be in his mid-20s to mid-30s, was seen walking around in the area of Essex and Richmond streets in San Diego for about a half-hour early Sunday evening, seemingly looking for someone to fight, according to police.He eventually threw a rock at a 51-year-old pedestrian and walked off, but returned short time later and attacked the same victim with a knife, stabbing him in the head and neck, police said. The assailant then fled to the west.Medics took the victim to a trauma center for treatment of severe wounds. The man, who remained hospitalized this morning, is expected to survive.A surveillance camera near the scene of the attack captured images of the suspected attacker.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bear strays into village in Nizamabad injures one

first_imgA man sustained serious injuries after a bear attacked him at Dharmaram village of Dichpally mandal in Nizamabad. Villagers who noticed the animal in the village tried to catch the bear. However, the bear turned provocative with the efforts put on by the villagers to capture him and attacked a man. Meanwhile, the youth formed into four teams to catch the animal and also alerted the forest officials about the bear which went missing. Bear Hulchal in Nizamabad District | hmtv00:05/08:02 LIVE00:00AdvertisementNext Video×Bear Hulchal in Nizamabad District | hmtv00:00/00:00 LIVE00:00Loading Ad Next Video×last_img read more

VIDEO Lane Kiffin trolled bettors by intentionally taking a late safety against

first_imgJust so there wasn’t any doubt about what happened, Kiffin later confirmed on Twitter that he took the safety because he didn’t want to cover. He referenced to comments from his former boss Nick Saban, saying covers are like rat poison.Owl up.Didn’t want to cover because of too much rat poison #keptuwatching #5-0 #cometothefau #playersgetweekendoff https://t.co/HCsRjZKh4E— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) November 4, 2017 Advertisement Gambling is always unpredictable and cruel, but it’s even worse when your fate is in Lane Kiffin’s hands. Kiffin is in the headlines today for intentionally blowing a 6.5 point cover against Marshall by intentionally taking a late safety, and later confirming he did it on purpose on Twitter.FAU had a cover well in hand, leading 30-23 with 14 seconds left in the fourth. All they had to do was kick the ball away and all the gamblers that laid the 6.5 could cash their tickets.Instead, Kiffin pulled an all-time troll job by having his punter run out of the back of the endzone for a safety, which brought the score to 30-25 to blow the cover and enrage bettors (unless they had Marshall and the points).FAU was -6 point spread on Marshall & Lane Kiffin just trolled everybody with the safety ??? #Fau #Lanekiffin pic.twitter.com/LOwr6qSF7R— Lil Mook (@Lilmook4real) November 4, 2017last_img read more

101 dead sea turtles found in state of Guerrero

first_imgDuring tours, environmental officers found that the turtles do not present any kind of sign or marks that indicate damage by fishing gear. Unfortunately due to the advanced state of decomposition, it was not possible to take samples to determine their causes of death. The Federal Office of Environmental Protection says the deaths were reported by both the public as well as sea turtle camp managers along various beaches of the six municipalities. The deceased turtles have appeared on beaches in the municipalities of Cuajinicuilapa, Copala, Acapulco de Juárez, Coyuca de Benitez, Tecpan de Galeana and Zihuatanejo de Azueta. One hypothesis of the cause of death is the proliferation of microalgae by the presence of red tide that when ingested by the turtles, can cause poisoning and paralyze the nervous system. Profepa staff have requested the support of the Ministry of Health to determine if red tide has been detected in the region. Officers with la Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Profepa) say that in coordination with various other federal agencies, they continue to work to find the cause of the deaths of the 101 sea turtles. Profepa has requested members of the Red de Atención para Varamientos de Mamíferos Marinos to gather information about the cases while they continue coordinating trips to beaches to inspect the dead turtles. Guerrero, Mexico — Environmental officials continue with research into the deaths of 101 sea turtles along beaches in several municipalities in the state of Guerrero. Profpea reports that they continue to work with the Navy of Mexico by touring waters to find more specimens and, where appropriate, take samples, but they say only turtles found in advanced state of decomposition have been found so far. Photo: La Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente Profepa reports the sea turtles have been found in varying degrees of decomposition in six municipalities of the state of Guerrero, adding that the turtles do not exhibit any signs of marks related to fishing gear. The discovery of the sea turtles comes at the same time as the death of four California sea lions in the state of Baja California Sur. Profepa officers there have found four sea lions that died after becoming entangled in fishing line. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EEAA reveals 2015 Awards of Excellence winners

first_imgThe Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has celebrated the end of the trade and consumer exhibition season with the announcement of the 2015 Awards for Excellence winners at Doltone House – Jones Bay Wharf.The event was attended by almost 300 people representing Organisers, Association Organisers, Venues and Suppliers from across Australia and New Zealand and was hosted by SBS news presenter, Janice Petersen.EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said the Awards attracted a broad range of entries reflecting the diversity of events, venues and services in our important industry.“These were judged by 29 independent volunteer judges from around Australia and overseas.”  Ms DiMascio said.EEAA 2015 Richard Geddes Winners“It is clear from the judges’ feedback that our Members have worked very hard to deliver outstanding results. It is this drive to constantly excel that we celebrate tonight.”EEAA President, Domenic Genua, said he was honoured to present the Trevor Riddell Award for contribution to both the Association and the Exhibition industry to Jim Delahunty of ExpoNet.“Jim Delahunty has been a strong advocate for our industry across his whole career. He has always been one of those trusted, “go-to” people in our industry who gives pragmatic, unbiased, intelligent and strategic advice. He has built a significant organisation that has employed and developed the careers of many people in our industry.” Mr Genua said.Among those also honoured were the two winners of the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award –Stephanie Bleakley of Diversified Communications Australia, and Daniel Condon of Designteam.The Best Australian Show was awarded to PAX Australia, organised by Reed Exhibitions Australia. The Best New Zealand Show was awarded to buildnz | designex & The National Safety Show, organised by XPO Exhibitions.EEAA 2015 Best New Zealand Show winnerMr Genua said that in 2015 the Association had introduced some changes to the Awards for Excellence program as part of a commitment to a process of continual improvement, and also to ensure the Awards reflect the evolution and innovation in our industry.“New Awards categories were introduced, particularly to recognise the contribution of venues, suppliers and contractors to the success of our industry. The Best Green Initiative award was replaced with a more holistic award for Corporate Social Responsibility.“These refinements were overseen by our 2015 Chair of Judges, John Trevillian, who has shared his outstanding events expertise with us. We thank John and all our judges for supporting the EEAA in this endeavour.“We salute all those who entered the EEAA 2015 Awards for Excellence – and we salute our finalists and winners and also say thank you to all our partners and sponsors for supporting this special night.” he said.THE EEAA 2015 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE WINNERS ARE:Best Australian ShowWinner: PAX Australia – Reed Exhibitions AustraliaBest New Zealand ShowWinner: buildnz | designex & The National Safety Show – XPO ExhibitionsEEAA 2015 Best Australian ShowTrevor Riddell President’s AwardWinner: Jim Delahunty – ExpoNetRichard Geddes Young AchieverThe judges awarded two winners in this category:*Stephanie Bleakley – Diversified Communications Australia*Daniel Condon – DesignteamCategory Winners:Best Consumer Show over 10,000 m2 PAX Australia – Reed Exhibitions Australia*Best Trade Show over 10,000 m2Winner: Integrate – Diversified Communications Australia*Highly Commended: Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference – Diversified Communications AustraliaBest Supplier Team – EventWinner: G20 Leaders’ Summit – ExpoNetBest Supplier – Services or ProductsWinner: Harry the hirerBest Venue TeamWinner: IUCN World Parks Congress Team – Sydney ShowgroundEEAA Executive Board MembersBest New Product or ServiceWinner: Conrad System – Reed Exhibitions AustraliaBest Corporate CitizenshipWinner: Good Friday Appeal 2015 – Melbourne Convention and Exhibition CentreMost Outstanding Marketing CampaignWinner: Integrate – Diversified Communications Australia*Best New Initiative – VenueWinner: Dockside Pavilion – First Year of Operation – Dockside Group*Highly Commended: Aerial – Food & DesireBest Consumer Show under 10,000 m2Winner: Dog Lovers Show – Sydney – Event Management InternationalBest Trade Show under 10,000 m2Winner: DesignBUILD – Diversified Communications AustraliaBest Custom Stand Winner: Cisco Stand at Cisco Live – Exhibit SystemsBest Show Team Winner: 26th World Gas Conference – Exhibition Team – Exhibitions & Trade FairsBest New ShowWinner: The Australian Triathlon, Endurance & Cycling Expo – Informa Australia Learn more about EEAASource = Exhibition and Event Association of Australasialast_img read more