Alberta threatens to pull funding for 28 schools over gaystraight alliances

first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta Education Minister David Eggen is directing 28 privately run schools to post rules affirming the rights of LGBTQ students or risk having their funding pulled by next school year.Eggen says he doesn’t want to take such a drastic step, but children have a right to be safe at school.The posted rules include the provision that students can set up a gay-straight alliance in the school if they wish.Gay-straight alliances are support groups set up by students to help LGBTQ students feel accepted and reduce bullying or abuse.Private schools receive as much as 70 per cent of their funding from the province.Eggen has given the faith-based schools until the end of June to comply or funding will be withdrawn next fall.“I sincerely hope that we will not need to take this step,” Eggen said Wednesday. “But I have been clear — following the law is not optional. Ensuring vulnerable children feel safe and included at school is not optional.”All public, separate, francophone, and charter schools have policies in place, representing more than 98 per cent of kindergarten to Grade 12 students, Eggen added.Gay-straight alliances have become a divisive political issue in Alberta.The Opposition United Conservatives say while all children must be treated fairly and equally, the rights of parents cannot be pushed to the sidelines.The party passed a policy this year saying parents should be told if their child joins a school club of a religious or sexual nature, but advocates say that would deter children from joining and could out them before they are ready.United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says parents should be told if a child’s safety could be at risk.The gay-straight alliances are being challenged in court by United Conservative Party member John Carpay’s advocacy group Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. The Centre argues parents should be told if their child joins a gay-straight alliance, which it has called “ideological sexual clubs’” that make graphic information on gay sex available.Premier Rachel Notley is calling for Kenney to kick Carpay out of the party for comments Carpay made in a weekend speech.In his remarks, Carpay warned of the ongoing dangers to individual freedoms, likening the LGBTQ rainbow flag to totalitarian symbols such as the hammer and sickle for communism and the swastika in Nazi Germany.Carpay apologized in a statement Sunday for drawing the comparison, calling it unintentional.Dean Bennett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trump blackmailing Canada and Mexico says former Mexican president

first_imgMONTREAL – President Donald Trump is blackmailing Canada, Mexico and asylum seekers in order to exert maximum pressure to reach a new NAFTA deal that is favourable to the United States and to get funding for his border wall, former Mexican president Vicente Fox said Wednesday.“In the case of Mexico, the blackmail is the wall. He wants the wall and maybe he will grant NAFTA,” Fox said in an interview from Mexico City.The outspoken ex-politician has nothing good to say about the U.S. president, whom he describes as ignorant, bigoted and dangerous.Fox said Trump’s racist comments about Mexicans being rapists and criminals and complaints about illegal immigration belie the fact that NAFTA has done its job in stemming the flow of people crossing the border.Canada and Mexico have to remain firmly united rather than give in to Trump’s demands for bilateral agreements with its two North American neighbours, he said.“I don’t see the advantage of going bilateral,” he said, adding that trade for Trump is a zero-sum game, in which he wins and others lose.“So whatever formula, whether bilateral or trilateral or whatever other formula, it will never work if he insists that the United States has to have a surplus and we have to have a deficit.”Countries like Canada that believe in globalization and entrepreneurship need to stand up against Trump’s bullying behaviour, he said, criticizing the president for verbally attacking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his post-G7 meeting statement that Canada won’t be pushed around.“He’s a great prime minister doing a great job and this crazy horse, this crazy guy Trump doesn’t have the right to attack him the way he did.”Fox said he hopes the U.S. Democratic Party will make progress in November’s mid-term elections so Trump “can be bridled.”“Otherwise, we are all going to be paying a high price.”Canada and Mexico have both announced retaliatory tariffs after the United States imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum on them and a host of other countries.Fox said Mexico can also buy soybeans, yellow corn and dairy products from Brazil, Argentina and other countries to exert pressure on millions of U.S. farmers.Trump’s threatened tariffs on auto sector imports into the U.S. will raise prices for American consumers but, Fox said, won’t destroy Mexico because the country has developed a solid consumer market and can also shift exports to South America.American trade actions will only further drive countries into the trading orbit of China, which is increasing its business relationships in Latin America, Fox added.“China is ready to get in love with Latin America,” he said, adding that 1,000 Chinese business leaders are scheduled to meet next spring to drive up business in Mexico.The U.S. accounts for 20 per cent of the global economy but China is poised to overtake it as the world’s largest economy.He said Americans need to stand up to oppose Trump’s leadership.“Either they resist and repeal and change things or the United States will lose any remaining moral authority that they could have today by this stupid guy they have as president.”Fox spoke to The Canadian Press after it was announced he will join the board of Knowledgehook, a Waterloo, Ont.-based company whose platform analyzes the academic performance of math students in real-time to identify the best-practice teaching solutions to educators.The former president said that he hopes to use Knowledgehook to help Mexico’s education system, which had a high school graduation rate of 45 per cent. The platform will be implemented into Centro Fox Library in Mexico.last_img read more

Ricky Ponting surprised at Xfactor Pants exclusion

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting is surprised that Rishabh Pant missed the bus to the World Cup in England and Wales, but adds it will be the perfect opportunity for the youngster to showcase his talent for DC in the Indian Premier League. “I had a quick chat with him on Monday night. He seems to have taken it well. Would obviously be disappointed but he has to remember he is very young and has potential to play three or four World Cups. “Should be a positive thing for DC as he can be the best player for Delhi. He won us one game single-handedly in Mumbai and am sure he will win more games. “I don’t know what went into selection criteria, not my business. I don’t think he is impatient. I think he sums up situations very well. I know he is a very talented and determined player. You might see a different player in the back half. I was surprised when he was left out. I thought he would be in the XI. He could have been the X-factor for India against some of the other teams,” he pointed. “Am sure they have good reasons to pick the squad they have. I will be surprised if he doesn’t play three more World Cups.” Having won three games on the trot outside home, Delhi returns to Kotla. And Ponting is confident of a good show against Mumbai Indians. “It shouldn’t be any more difficult than for Mumbai. We expect it to be slow and low. We are prepared. Thought it will play a bit better than last game. Hopefully we can play better. “We have to win the four games here. No team has qualified yet and we are the same. We need to do well. We have played 3 games, won one and lost two. Some of the other teams also have issues with their home grounds. You have to play well on a given day. We know what the conditions are going to be like. We are going to be hard to beat from here on,” he said.last_img read more

Moroccan Man Shot Dead in Florida

New York – A Moroccan man was shot dead on Saturday night in Poinciana, Florida, according to U.S news website the Orlando Sentinel.The victim was immediately rushed to the hospital where he died.The 23-year-old man, identified as Yassine El Hamzaoui, was found shot in the head at 11 pm South of the Dunkin’ Donuts on Cypress Parkway. The perpetrator of the murder is still on the run and police ruled out the hypothesis that the Moroccan man was victim of a hate crime.The Osceola County Sheriff’s promised a reward of $1,000 to any person who may help identify the author of the crime. read more

Ban economic crisis no excuse to abandon development aid pledges

11 June 2009Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called today on leaders of the “Group of Eight” (G-8) industrialized nations to fulfil their pledges made at Gleneagles in 2005 to increase development aid by $50 billion by 2010, saying the current economic crisis cannot be an excuse to abandon commitments. Half of the $50 billion pledged by G-8 leaders was for Africa, and Mr. Ban noted that only 10 per cent of that has come through so far.“The economic crisis cannot become an excuse to abandon commitments. It is even more reason to make them concrete,” Mr. Ban said during his monthly press conference in New York. “My priority is the needs of the most vulnerable,” he stated, adding that he is sending a letter to G-8 leaders stressing his concerns. Ahead of the G-8 summit, to be held in July in Italy, the General Assembly will hold the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development from 24 to 26 June in New York.In an address to a meeting last month in Geneva tasked with finding creative alternatives to funding development, Mr. Ban pointed out that the global recession is eroding traditional forms of financing growth in the poorer nations.“The economic crisis makes innovative financing even more important,” he stated, noting that as economies shrink, official development assistance (ODA) from governments was coming under tighter budgetary pressures. read more

Humidex advisory in effect

There is a humidex advisory for much of Southern Ontario including Hamilton, and the Niagara region. The Greater Toronto Area is now under an extreme heat alert, as temperatures top out at 40 degrees with the humidity factored in.Anyone spending any time outside today is reminded to drink lots of fluids and those vulnerable to heat are advised to seek shelter in air conditioned buildings. People are reminded not to leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

UN expands international relief presence in Baghdad

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ramiro Lopes da Silva, held a symbolic ribbon cutting ceremony at the Baghdad offices of the World Health Organization to express the UN’s appreciation to the national staff for the job they did rehabilitating the offices, which had been severely looted.But the damage to other UN offices is severe. In the UN Development Programme (UNDP) compound, which also hosts the offices of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the effects of looting are glaringly evident: furniture, equipment, doors, windows are all gone. Out of the five buildings only one has not been burnt. All the others are seriously damaged.At a weekend press briefing, in Baghdad Mr. Lopes da Silva said he would meet in the coming days with Iraqi bureaucrats in various technical ministries so that they can guide the UN in trying to establish urgent needs and how they can best be addressed.He added that in that process his office intended to establish collaborative relations with the United States-run Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance. “Our aim here is not to replace the administration,” he said. “The administration of the country is the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance and we intend to establish with that organism a collaborative and close relationship so we know what are their plans, they know what are our plans and we make sure that we fill gaps. Our duty is to fill gaps, not to duplicate efforts.” read more

US stocks stabilize after a threeday plunge Energy stocks fall after crude

by The Associated Press Posted Oct 14, 2014 2:12 pm MDT US stocks stabilize after a three-day plunge; Energy stocks fall after crude oil price plunges U.S. stocks are ending mostly higher after a three-day slump.The Dow Jones industrial average edged down five points, or 0.04 per cent, to 16,315 Tuesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose three points, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,877. The Nasdaq composite rose 13 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 4,227.The market is coming off three straight losses. The Dow closed 222 points lower on Monday after a late-afternoon slide.Energy stocks sagged late in the day after crude oil fell the most in two years. The International Energy Agency reduced its forecast for demand for this year and next.U.S. crude fell almost 5 per cent to $81.84 a barrel, the lowest price since June 2012.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.20 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Bonn Climate engineering is risky but should be explored experts say at

Climate engineering, or climate intervention, is risky but needs to be explored as a supplement – not as a ‘Plan B’ – to greenhouse gas emissions reduction, said experts at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), in Bonn, Germany. Climate engineering, also referred to as geoengineering, is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the climate system with measures including carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere or solar radiation management. “We can do a lot, we have to do a lot, we have to try much harder at cutting our emissions, but there will remain certain emissions, especially in the land use sector, which are not going away. So we actually need to start talking about this removal of greenhouse gases inevitably,” said Matthias Honegger, research scientist with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, at a press conference. Different approaches are being discussed. Some already exist, like planting trees. Other ideas include dispersing certain minerals in the oceans to enhance the growth of algae, which then as they sink to the ocean floor, would create a net flux of carbon from the atmosphere into the oceans. “Business as usual is a little worrying,” said Dr. Hugh Hunt, from the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University. “The concept of not doing anything is full of danger. Now the concept of cooling the planet is full of danger as well.” “We need to have full-on public engagement, full-on societal involvement. The reason is that the risks of climate change are huge, the risks of doing nothing are huge; but the risks of geoengineering are huge as well. We’ve got to explore those risks, because who knows, we may end up entering a very risky world without understanding it,” he added. “Geoengineering risks are not well understood and need to be explored.”Stratospheric aerosol injectionDue to the great uncertainties over effectiveness and side effects of climate engineering – including the risk of disrupting natural systems – experts think that there is a need to discuss climate engineering governance, especially as it relates to stratospheric aerosol injection. Stratospheric aerosol injection consists of injecting sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere with aircraft or balloons to create a global dimming effect. “This technology is absolutely terrifying. We may actually need it, but then, who do we want to decide. That’s where this society-wide discussion has to take place,” said Janos Pasztor, Executive Director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2), and former UN senior climate advisor. “It would require a level of international cooperation that we have not yet seen.” “Who will decide whether we should make use of stratospheric aerosol injection and when that decision should take place? […] Who will make that decision on behalf of the world? And then how far do we turn the thermostat of the global air conditioning system […] to cool the planet?” he said. “There are issues: the more temperature you want to reduce the higher the chance there will be negative impact and the higher the chance that some of these impacts will not be the same across different geographical zones. You might end up in a situation where some people benefit from the reduced temperature but some people would have negative impacts. What do you do with those people? How do you compensate them? How do you take care of them?” he added. Mr. Pasztor concluded that the highest priority should remain the gas emission reduction. “But we have to consider these other options, as supplements, not as a ‘Plan B,’” he warned. read more

Industry giants and CCOVI builders Ziraldo and Kaiser cited with elite award

Canadian winery icons Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser, who revolutionized an industry and then helped create Brock University’s renowned grape and wine research centre CCOVI, have been honoured with the first Lifetime Achievement Award ever presented by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.The partners were feted as “the pioneers of Ontario’s wine renaissance” at a gala at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, where Ziraldo was joined by Andrea Kaiser, who accepted on behalf of her late father. The award was sponsored by Brock University, and presented by Brock President Gervan Fearon and Board Chair Gary Comerford.Ziraldo and Kaiser began their journey in 1975, when they obtained a licence for a new winery they called Inniskillin. Ontario wines of that era were typically sweet and syrupy, due to the region’s hardy labrusca vines that could survive Canadian winters. But Ziraldo and Kaiser believed that European vitis vinifera vines could produce world-class wines and also cope with the local climate.They soon began winning major international awards, such as the Grand prix d’Honneur at Vinexpo in Bordeaux, France. Inniskillin went from cottage winery to global success, and the reputation of Canadian wines went viral.Since then, Niagara has become carpeted with vineyards and known as “Napa north”, a destination for connoisseurs and wine tourists alike. When Inniskillin received its licence, the first to be issued in half a century, there were only six other wineries in the province. Today there are nearly 200, and grape and wine is a $9-billion national industry that contributes to thousands of jobs.Kaiser and Ziraldo on the Brock campus in 1999.While sales flourished, however, the industry lacked the research support and regional science that is crucial to keeping an area’s vines healthy and its quality high.By 1996, a group of winemakers, grape growers and Brock scientists met regularly to identify the needs of the rapidly expanding industry. The group included Bill Cade, then Brock’s Dean of Mathematics and Science, who brought in industry leaders like Ziraldo, Kaiser, Paul Bosc, John Howard and others.Wine writer Linda Bramble recalled the energy: “I remember Donald (Ziraldo) repeating, ‘Every significant wine region in the world has a research institute associated with it.  We need this, too!’ ”Before the year was out, Brock launched its Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), which has been a working partner of the industry ever since. Two years later, CCOVI would move into its new home, named Inniskillin Hall in honour of a generous gift from Ziraldo and Kaiser.At the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony, Ziraldo praised his longtime partner.“Karl’s genius with Icewine created an opportunity to build a global luxury brand,” Ziraldo said. “I deeply appreciate the recognition by the Chamber, and encourage young vintners to continue our quest for greatness”Andrea Kaiser recounted how her father very nearly did not become a vintner. After emigrating from Austria in the late 1960s, he found his education credentials were not recognized in Canada. However, his plans to go back to school and become a teacher changed after a chance meeting with Ziraldo.“But even in winemaking he remained a teacher, always eager to share his winemaking techniques,” she said. “He was so honoured to be invited back to Brock to teach at CCOVI as it combined his two passions in life, wine and learning.”Fearon said the vision and innovation shown by Ziraldo and Kaiser will continue to inspire generations of entrepreneurs and leaders.“It is hard to think of two individuals whose vision and commitment to quality and excellence better exemplifies dramatic growth in the competitiveness and vitality of the Ontario industry landscape,” said Fearon. “I am proud to say that Brock, through CCOVI, was a partner in these developments reflecting our commitment to supporting transformative regional community and economic growth.”Comerford saluted the pair’s legacy to research and education.“I am very proud that for more than 20 years, Donald and Karl have been instrumental in helping to create at Brock, what has become Canada’s leading grape and wine research centre,” said Comerford.Undated photo of Karl Kaiser, left, and Donald Ziraldo in a Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard. They revolutionized Canada’s wine industry with their decision to plant European vines that could produce world-class wines and also survive Niagara winters. read more

Adorable beaver cant stop smiling in recovery from dog attack

first_imgMeet the delighted beaver who is smiling again as he regains his strength at a rescue centre in Scotland.The adorable rodent, who has been named Timber, is being rehabilitated at the Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross after being attacked by a dog.A member of the public brought Timber, who will eventually be released back into the wild, to a veterinary practice who then contacted the Scottish SPCA. Centre Manager Colin Seddon said: “Timber arrived into our care at only ten weeks old after being caught by a dog on what could have been one of his first times out of the lodge!“At such a young age he would have still been taking milk but has moved onto solid food in our care.“Timber is the first beaver kit we have cared for at our centre in Fishcross so it’s very exciting.“He will remain in our care for up to two years as this is the length of time beaver kits stay with their parents in the wild. After this they are able to find territories and partners of their own.“We’ll release Timber back into the wild with the landowners permissions along with the appropriate licences once he is matured and ready.”Meet Pumpkin: This adorable orphaned raccoon thinks it’s a dog Taking a snooze Credit: SPCA/PA beaver  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Oxford graduations delayed after women turned away for not wearing socks

Eleanor Broome outside the Radcliffe Camera library in Oxford in July Credit:Wendy Williams Eleanor Broome shoes Eleanor Broome outside the Radcliffe Camera library in Oxford in July  “I did really love my degree and I loved my time at Oxford, but what should have been the happiest day of my life turned into the angriest day of my life.” A number of women have been refused entry to graduations this year for wearing high-heeled shoes without socks. Eleanor Broome, 24, who studied French at Oxford, was turned away at the door in July and said she had to “sprint, in black trousers and full gown in the blistering summer heat”, to buy tights to wear under her trousers.Her ceremony was delayed by fifteen minutes while students and their family and friends waited for her to return. “The sub fusc regulations are just so outdated now that there’s nothing in there for women who want to wear trousers and heels,” she said.“It was a boiling hot July, I didn’t want to wear covered lace up shoes and black socks. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Oxford University proctors have reminded students of the dress code for their graduations, after women flouting a ‘sock and heels’ rule caused delays in this summer’s ceremonies.In an message sent to students, officials warned that failure to wear the correct ‘sub fusc’ cap, gown and dark clothes could cause “serious inconvenience”.“It has come to our attention that a number of students at recent degree ceremonies were not dressed appropriately,” the email said.“Infractions which were reported to us include the following: graduands with bare legs or no black socks/tights, non-dark footwear, coloured clothes.” What should have been the happiest day of my life turned into the angriest day of my lifeEleanor Broome Rebecca Morton was told by officials that she would not be allowed to graduate because she was “showing flesh”.She was eventually allowed into the ceremony after a friend gave her a pair of socks to wear.  “Overall I think there is a problem in the way subfusc and other university policies are written and implemented in that they are designed for a default male student,” she said.“It is one of the many ways in which the university continues to adhere to a set of archaic regulations that are coded for men.”A spokesman for Oxford University said: “The note went out to College Deans of Degrees at the start of summer as a reminder of the dress code for degree ceremonies. “The note was intended to avoid delays to ceremonies, as a courtesy to everyone attending. We are not aware of any significant delays as a result this year.”  Eleanor Broome’s open-toed high heels saw her turned away from her graduation and running around Oxford to buy tightsCredit:Eleanor Broome/Facebook read more

University shuts its SU bar because students prefer coffee to beer

A Scottish University has closed its Student Union bar because of a dwindling demand for alcohol from its students who increasingly prefer coffee to beer.Abertay University, located in Dundee, Scotland, said that stocking alcohol at Bar One was no longer viable as the income generated from sales has “dropped drastically” in recent years.Alcohol sales at the venue, which opened in 2005, have plummeted by two-thirds since 2014, as young people are choosing to spend their money on non-alcoholic alternatives such as coffee.The figures reflect the national trend of millennials shunning alcohol, as they increasingly view drunkenness as embarrassing and are more aware of the harmful impacts of binge drinking.An Abertay spokesperson said: “We recognise that student tastes have shifted away from a bar setting and towards a daytime café culture offering. Just last year we opened a new Library Café as part of the £5m refurbishment of the Bernard King Library, which has been a success with both students and staff.“In contrast, sales income in Bar One has dropped by two thirds in the last five years, and from September we will no longer offer food or drink provision in this area.”Bar One is understood to be the first Student Union bar in the UK to stop selling alcohol because of falling demand. But they too have had to tailor its offerings in recent years due to falling alcohol consumption fuelled by changing student demographics and shifts in campus culture.Abertay University’s decision comes after official figures revealed that the number of teenagers and young people shunning alcohol entirely has almost doubled in a decade.The study by University College London found that the proportion of 16 to 24-year-olds who do not drink alcohol has increased from 18 per cent  in 2005 to 29 per cent in 2015.Experts have said the trend is being driven by teetotalism among young people who view drinking as a pastime reserved for older adults.It comes as a recent survey by the National Union of Students (NUS) revealed one in five UK students are teetotal while demand for alcohol-free university events is rising.Eva Crossan Jory, Vice President Welfare of the NUS, said:  “First and foremost, Students’ Unions cater to the needs and demands of their students. It’s only right, therefore, that SUs adapt the services that they offer to the needs of their membership.“NUS research has shown a changing demographic in how students interact with alcohol with one in five students now declaring as teetotal. Our NUS Alcohol Impact Scheme encourages responsible drinking on campus, whilst changing attitudes towards alcohol to build healthier, safer student communities.” Its spokesperson added that students who do drink will be able to go to the neighbouring Dundee University Students Assosication union, which has traditionally been a more popular venue. Young people increasingly view drunkenness as embarrassing and are more aware of the harmful impacts of binge drinking, experts say Young people increasingly view drunkenness as embarrassing and are more aware of the harmful impacts of binge drinking, experts sayCredit:Christopher Pledger Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

IHF voting Thierry Omeyer is the best goalkeeper ever

← Previous Story Six countries want to organize Women’s EHF EURO 2014 Next Story → EURO 2012 qual. (Round 2): Austrian storm blew “fishermen” Thierry Omeyer More than 4000 users of the IHF website www.ihf.info took part in the latest voting – and their decision was absolutely clear: French Thierry Omeyer in their opinion is the world’s best goalkeeper ever! The World Handball Player of the Year 2008 received more than 93 per cent of all votes in this non-representative online competition. The goalkeeper of the German club THW Kiel is current World, Olympic and European Champion with France and current Champions League winner with Kiel (a title he has won three times in his career). The three competitors Andrej Lawrow (Russia, 2.98 per cent), Andreas Thiel (Germany) and Mats Olsson (Sweden, both 1.74 per cent) ranked far below the Frenchman.The next ihf.info voting has just started – the question is: Who’s the best female goalkeeper? Vote for your favourite on www.ihf.info.Text: ihf.info read more

Investor compensation fund able to deal with future significant company failures

first_imgRead the full report here.Read: SIPTU to meet with Baxter management >More: Central Bank director Fiona Muldoon resigns > THE FUND THAT handled investor compensation following the liquidation of IBRC and Custom House Capital (CHC) has said it is confident it can handle the collapse of another large company.In its annual report, the Investor Compensation Company Limited (ICCL) said that while the collapse of these two companies resulted in a “particularly challenging” year for the fund, it saw an increase in available reserves of €2.2 million.Chairperson Jim Bardon believes the organisation will be able to handle a company of a comparable size to CHC collapsing, for which claims amounted to €19.7 million, through a stand-by credit facility and the ability to make additional calls for levies.The company raises revenue by collecting these levies from investment firms and retail intermediaries.The annual report also estimates that payouts from the liquidation of IBRC could amount to as much as €2.6 million between more than 500 investors, according to KPMG.€7.7 million in claimsIt also confirms that all €7.7 million in claims were paid out to W&R Morrogh Stockbrockers investors at the start of 2013.Earlier this year, the ICCL were unable to compensate a small number claimants in the collapse of Irish stockbroking firm Bloxham as the result of a decision by the Central Bank of Ireland and the Official Liquidator.The ICCL was established in 1998 under the Investor Compensation Bill, although is not funded by the State.Once certified to do so by an Administrator, the ICCL can pay out up to a maximum of €20,000 to investors who are eligible for compensation.last_img read more

TMobile Thanks US Military With New Wireless Plan

first_img Sometimes saying “Thanks for your service” isn’t enough. So T-Mobile is launching an extensive military support initiative.Starting Sunday, active and retired service members can take advantage of the Un-carrier’s biggest wireless discount: T-Mobile ONE Military.On top of the regular T-Mobile ONE features (global roaming, in-flight texting, weekly digital gifts, 3G tethering, etc.), the plan promises 20 percent off your first line, and half off on up to five additional voice lines—a “massive savings,” according to the telecom.ONE Military customers can also snag a Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, or S8 Active handset at half the cost; purchase the phone by May 31 to get the discount back via 24 monthly bill credits.“What the Duopoly [AT&T and Verizon] do for military—help cover taxes and fees—is what we do for everyone already,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a statement. “Now, we’re also going big to save military customers hundreds per year.”T-Mobile ONE Military opens on April 22, available at nationwide stores and on bases to service members as their families, including active duty military, Reserve, National Guard, veterans, and Gold Star families, as well as the small businesses they own.“We’re going full-throttle to support our military and their families. This is T-Mobile’s biggest discount ever for families,” Legere said.And that’s just the start: The company also pledged to recruit 10,000 vets and military spouses in the next five years.Nearly 53 percent of U.S. military members experience some period of unemployment within 15 months of leaving service, according to an analysis by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s not much easier for their spouses, who are constantly uprooted for new deployment.“At T-Mobile, we don’t just see the uniform, we see the family behind the uniform,” Legere said, adding that “our country can do better.”And is, by expanding the FourBlock Career Readiness Program—open soon in 20 total cities and online this fall—so folks around the globe can enroll for free. The project launched in 2013 to help military personnel transition to civilian careers.“Thanks to T-Mobile, we’re drastically scaling our resident Career Readiness Program and bringing it online to reach a nearly infinite number of transitioning veterans,” FourBlock Executive Director Lauren Schulz said. “Veterans develop valuable skills during their service and our curriculum teaches them how to market their talents toward civilian careers.”In its last bid of gratitude, the firm is investing more than $8 billion to expand LTE capacity and coverage around military bases, and prepare for the upcoming 5G rollout.“Why are we going this big?” Legere said. “Because ‘thank you for your service’—that’s why.” Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Have Your Taco and Snap Insta-Worthy Pics, Too, at T-MoBell Pop-UpWhich Carrier Has The Fastest Mobile Network? last_img read more

New NXT TakeOver event announced for June 1 details to come out

first_img Hulk Hogan Now Playing Up Next Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:38 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Ric Flair Ric Flair Pays Tribute To Late Friend Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Pinterest Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Is Ronda Rousey Taking A Hiatus From WWE? The next NXT TakeOver has been announced for June 1 with the location and venue being unknown.The official NXT Twitter account tweeted out a video announcement. In it is Cathy Kelly stating that the next TakeOver show will take place on June 1 and that Triple H will have further information on Monday afternoon on his social media pages.The next #NXTTakeOver has been announced for Saturday, June 1! @catherinekelley is here with the latest. https://t.co/4BpZdQwRlA pic.twitter.com/et2yk5FVlp— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) May 2, 2019 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roy Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Government criticized after Irma challenged to do more to protect health and

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 21, 2017 – Providenciales – Not everyone agrees that the Turks and Caicos Islands Government is doing the best job in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.   Criticisms had emerged from the first week since the passage of the historic storm which lashed these islands with 180mph winds.The former premier Michael Misick, leader of the Opposition Washington Missick and a 2016 General Election candidate are some who have gone public with their sentiments about the work to get the country rebuilt.    A common tone is that the Government is not exposing the gravity of the dilemma after the country’s encounter with super typhoon Irma and that the provisions are not reaching enough people quickly enough.Obrien Forbes shared with #MagneticMedia that last night, in a WhatsApp group, he pointed out to the Premier a list of concerns about Five Cays.  Forbes said the State of Emergency should be country wide, not limited to Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos.    Forbes called the living in western Providenciales, ‘squalid’… that areas of Five Cays like Bassie Yard is ‘festooned with derelict homes that were ravaged by Hurricane Irma and marinating, he said, in stagnant water which is fodder for the proliferation of infectious diseases that will make their way eastward when those residents intermingle.”He slammed the country’s leader for not calling an evacuation of this and other high risk areas.    Forbes who said a serious clean up needs to happen where people who can help, are assigned to do so and he believes there should be housing provided – he suggested a number of ways.Obrien Forbes believes there is an opportunity here for the TCI to put an end to the shanty constructions plaguing communities like Five Cays.    Condemn the damaged homes, partner with corporate and civic TCI on temporary housing, remove the stagnant water, set up clinics, organize an ice depot powered by generator and get heavy equipment operators galvanized to clear up with Irma brought down. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Two young men shot near memorial for teenager fatally shot in Linda

first_img June 14, 2019 Two young men shot near memorial for teenager fatally shot in Linda Vista area Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, AN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two young men were shot Friday morning outside a memorial for a teenager who was fatally shot in May in the Linda Vista area, police said.Dispatchers received a call shortly before 12:30 a.m. from a person who reported hearing the sound of gunfire in the 6500 block of Kelly Street, San Diego police Officer Tony Martinez said.Officers responded to the area and witnesses told them at least one victim was placed in a vehicle that fled the scene, Martinez said.Two shooting victims, a 20-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy, arrived at Sharp Memorial Hospital a short time later, the officer said.The older victim had a gunshot wound to his leg and the younger victim had two gunshot wounds to his buttocks and one to his leg, Martinez said, adding that the injuries to both victims were not believed to be life- threatening.At the scene, police found bullet casings near a memorial for 16-year- old Carlos Valdovinos, who was fatally shot near the intersection of Kelly and Tait streets on May 23rd.The circumstances leading up to the shooting were under investigation and no suspect descriptions were immediately available.Gang detectives were investigating the shooting. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Possible freezing rain high winds in weekend forecast

first_imgClark County may not be struggling beneath a thick coat of ice and snow like the Puget Sound area, but a strong system has still soaked the region this week with more than 3 inches of rain, as well as high wind and freezing rain advisories for the weekend.The good news: The heaviest rainfall is out of the way. The bad news: Overall, it will be rain, rain and more rain next week. Welcome to late January. “You’ll see pretty steady rainfall, but not as potent,” said Liana Ramirez, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Portland. “It’s going to be consistent rain, but it’s going to be a lot lighter.”As of Friday afternoon, 3.4 inches of rain had fallen at Vancouver’s Pearson Airport over the past three days. While the weather service issued a flood watch for Clark County, there were no known areas of river flooding in the region, save for some streets and streams. The Columbia River was at about 11 feet, below the 16-foot flooding stage.Other parts of the state attempted to rebound from heavy snow. Rail service remained closed between Portland and Seattle on Friday, as crews worked to clear some 200 trees that had fallen on or near the tracks this week, said BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas. Freight access was expected to resume Friday evening, he said, with Amtrak passenger rail service getting back on line Saturday.last_img read more