Provincial Diversity Efforts Increase

first_imgA new employment-equity policy, an improved fair-hiring policy and additional diversity training for employees, have made the provincial government a more diverse and inclusive workplace over the past year. The developments are outlined in the province’s 2007-08 annual progress report, Moving Toward Equity: Employment Equity and Diversity in the Nova Scotia Public Service, which was tabled today, Nov. 25, by Human Resources Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “A diverse workforce that is reflective of our population is a crucial part of providing quality service to Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “We must make every effort to create a discrimination-free public service workplace where diversity is valued and differences are embraced.” To help improve workplace culture and diversity representation, the Public Service Commission has established a number of policy improvements, employment opportunities, training, and awareness initiatives throughout government, which include: — an improved Fair Hiring Policy that reaffirms government’s commitment to fair hiring practices — a new Respectful Workplace Policy that replaces and expands the scope of the previous No Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy to include personal harassment — the replacement of the Affirmative Action Policy with a new Employment Equity Policy, which reaffirms government’s commitment to being a workplace that is free of discrimination “Through these policy improvements, as well as our educational programs and diversity employment activities, we are building a work environment of fairness, equity, mutual respect, understanding and cultural competence,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. Other corporate and departmental activities outlined in the report include: — internationally known teacher, lecturer and diversity activist Jane Elliot’s visit to Halifax — eighteen summer-employment opportunities for students through the Summer Diversity and the Summer Female Mentorship programs — continued support of champions that participate on the Diversity Round Table and work collaboratively to develop ways to support the achievement of our corporate diversity objectives — building additional diversity education opportunities for public servants to increase skills and competencies in the area of diversity.last_img read more

CN facing allegations it engaged in criminal conduct and fired employee over

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera and Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsCanadian National Railway was allegedly “engaged in criminal conduct by defrauding shareholders” and U.S. “federal regulators” by “manipulating” data to boost its efficiency and, by extension, its share price, according to a whistleblower complaint filed in U.S. federal court.The complaint also alleges that CN has an unwritten policy of “retaliating against whistleblowers” and that the alleged criminal conduct was endorsed by a senior official in CN’s head office to keep the company’s share prices high.The case was filed in early August with the U.S. federal court’s Western District of Tennessee by a former trainmaster employed by wholly-owned subsidiaries of CN, Wisconsin Central and Illinois Central Railroad. CN consolidates the financial statements of both rail firms within its own financial statements.Timothy Wallender alleges that he was fired in September 2012 by CN for blowing the whistle on “widespread fraud” committed by the century-old Canadian railway company.Wallender alleges that the fraud was committed under the direction of CN’s former executive vice-president and chief operating officer Keith Creel, who is now with Canadian Pacific, according to the complaint filed with the U.S. court.None of the allegations have yet been proven in court.CN said it would not comment on the individual allegations.“As this is a pending litigation matter and particularly as CN has not been served with the federal court complaint, CN has no comment at this time. Please note that Keith Creel is no longer a CN employee. He is president and chief operating officer at Canadian Pacific Railway,” said CN spokesperson Mark Hallman.A spokesperson for CP said the company would not be commenting on the court action.“As this is a matter currently before the courts, CP has no comment at this time,” said Ed Greenberg in an emailed statement.Creel, who joined CP in February 2013 and is its president and chief operating officer, has been issued a summons, along with Andrew Martin, the general superintendent of the Harrison Yard in Memphis, Tenn., Wisconsin Central and Illinois Central Railroad.“The litigation is just starting, and I don’t expect to hear anything until they get served,” said one of Wallender’s lawyers Eugene Laurenzi, who is with Memphis-based law firm Godwin Morris Laurenzi and Bloomfield.Wallender’s allegations centre around the alleged manipulation of the “terminal dwell time” of rail cars in the Harrison Yard. Terminal dwell time is based on the amount of time a rail car spends in the yard before it’s hooked into another train for transport. The times are key indicators to a rail company’s performance and impact its share price, according to Laurenzi.CN claimed in Oct 2012 that it has “a 20 to 25 per cent advantage relative to its peers, in terms of train speed and dwell time,” according to Wallender’s complaint which quotes from the Brokerage Research Digest.CN’s CEO Claude Mongeau said in the company’s 2011 report to shareholders that “we work hard to run more efficient trains, reduce dwell time at our terminals and improve overall work velocity,” the complaint states.CN outperforms six other major railroads in North American on dwell times, according to online data tracked by Railroad Performance Measures. CN’s times are based on nine of its yards, including the Memphis yard, five yards in Canada and three other yards in the U.S.“Canadian National’s supposedly favorable statistics on terminal dwell at Harrison Yard are based on persistent and pervasive fraud,” according to Wallender’s complaint.Wallender claims Martin, his supervisor, ordered employees to change the program on CN’s computers to automatically show trains departing 30 minutes earlier than they actually left, create records showing lower than actual dwell times in the yard, falsely list trains as having left the yard while they sat on the tracks, and report non-defective cars as defective, among other orders.“By using this scheme, Canadian national was able to create records that falsely showed lower than actual dwell time for Hunter yard,” the complaint said.Wallender also claims Martin ordered CN employees to not report derailments and collisions to the Federal Railroad Administration.Despite complaints against Martin and two investigations by CN’s human resources department, the supervisor was never fired, the complaint alleged.Wallender claims that Martin “told employees at the Harrison Yard that he had a green light and carte blanche from Creel to implement his schemes for using false records to show lower than actual dwell time” at the yard.“Creel protected Martin from being fired so his share-based compensation would not be impaired,” according to the complaint. “A significant part of Creel’s compensation depended on his ability to inflate the price of Canadian National’s shares.”In 2011, Creel had a salary of $558,842, a restricted stock award of $872,583, stock option awards of $676,706, a non-equity incentive plan compensation of $713,947 and, as of the same year, unexercised options for 43,250 CN shares.Despite his complaints Wallender was fired on Sept. 30, 2012, for listing “a train as having arrived before it was physically present.”Wallender, however, believes he was fired as a result of CN’s “unwritten anti-whistleblower policy” because he tried to complain about “mail, wire and securities fraud” along with “violations of SEC rules on regulations and violations of federal laws relating to fraud against shareholders.”Wallender is seeking reinstatement at the same level, back pay with interest, general and special damages and reimbursement for litigation court documentDownload (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

Amazons stormy week will blow over but debris will stay

SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon has had a complicated few weeks with its cancellation of a New York headquarters Thursday and extortion claims last week related to intimate photos taken by its founder.Experts say the events are unlikely to pose much of a threat to Amazon’s business. But the company will continue to face more challenges as it grows larger.Consumers will keep buying things on Amazon. But Blair Levin, policy adviser to New Street Research, said people are growing more skeptical of big tech companies when governments are cutting them special deals.Backlash against Amazon in New York is part of a larger trend of public anger against big tech companies, which has often centred around data privacy concerns.__Anderson reported from New York.Rachel Lerman And Mae Anderson, The Associated Press read more

UN Daniel Pearl Foundation Museum of Jewish Heritage plan concert series

The United Nations has announced plans to collaborate in organizing a series of concerts next week in New York at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days named for the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in early 2002.On 8, 9 and 10 October, Israeli artist Idan Raichel will perform as part of the event, one of many Daniel Pearl Music Days being held in October around the world in memory of the slain journalist. UN officials associated with the concert series said the Holocaust and the UN Outreach Programme lends its support to the Daniel Pearl Foundation and the Museum of Jewish Heritage to celebrate the continuing triumph of tolerance and diversity through the universal language of music. The Holocaust and the UN Outreach Programme, called for by the General Assembly, involves civil society partners in Holocaust remembrance and education, in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide. The programme is currently organizing training seminars on the lessons of the Holocaust for UN staff from over 60 offices worldwide and has created “Electronic Notes for Speakers,” an online pedagogical tool for educators and UN Member States to assist them in developing educational programmes. 4 October 2007The United Nations has announced plans to collaborate in organizing a series of concerts next week in New York at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days named for the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in early 2002. read more

Most Lankan refugees not willing to return

“The refugees were scared of interrogation” and this was “the basic problem” that came in their way to return home. “We are trying to reduce its duration of to the extent possible,” he said. Till now, the refugees, on their return, had to undergo interrogation by three agencies. Now, officials of the agencies were carrying it out together.Mr. Swaminathan said his Ministry had been working closely with the Army, Emigration and the Police authorities on this issue. Calling his department’s task “PR job,” he said only through closer coordination with other departments, work could be done. Only 35 per cent of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in Tamil Nadu are willing to come back, D.M. Swaminathan, Minister for Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs, said.In an interview with The Hindu at his office here, Mr. Swamianthan said that of about one lakh refugees in Tamil Nadu, most of them had got jobs there, married had children. “Not all of them will come here. It is all rubbish.” Mr. Swaminathan, who received 65 refugees on their arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport on Wednesday, said earlier, those returning to Sri Lanka had to face interrogation that would go on for four to five hours. Emphasising that his government would welcome all those refugees who were willing to return, Mr. Swaminathan said that of those who returned on Thursday, there were people who had Indian passports. “They can come back to Sri Lanka under the dual citizenship system. After all, it is their home country.”He urged those refugees who were planning to return to tell his Ministry in advance so that facilities could be provided on their return. “Those having own lands can go straightaway to their places,” he said. read more

The Latest Rescuer says 4 ship crewmen doing well

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — The Latest on The Latest on an overturned cargo ship off the coast of Georgia (all times local):10 a.m.One of the rescue co-ordinators who helped save four crew members from an overturned ship off the Georgia coast says the men are “doing well” after being trapped aboard the ship for more than a day.Salvage expert Sylvia Tervoort was part of a private team that assisted the Coast Guard in the rescues Monday of the South Korean crew members still aboard the Golden Ray. She told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday: “They were really exhausted when they came out.”Tervoort said the men waited roughly 30 hours for rescue in tough conditions — in the dark, breathing air filled with fumes in the ship’s engine room, in sweltering temperatures of nearly 150 degrees (65.5 Celsius).The Golden Ray rolled onto its side early Sunday after leaving the Port of Brunswick loaded with more than 4,000 vehicles. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Luke Clayton says removing the ship will likely take weeks. The port remains closed.___8:50 a.m.Now that four crewmembers trapped inside a cargo ship capsized off Georgia’s coast have been pulled to safety, the U.S. Coast Guard says it’s focused on safely removing the massive vessel while protecting the environment.Coast Guard rescuers pulled the four South Korean crew members from the Golden Ray on Monday after drilling through the hull’s steel plates. All four were described as alert and in relatively good condition.The rescues followed nearly 36 hours of work after the Golden Ray rolled onto its side early Sunday while leaving the Port of Brunswick with more than 4,000 vehicles.The ship remains stuck in St. Simons Sound, closing the busy port while shipping hazards are evaluated.Altamaha Riverkeeper, a group that works to protect water in the area from pollution, posted on Facebook that it will keep monitoring the salvage operations.The Associated Press read more

Baloney Meter Andrew Scheer says the carbon tax has been proven to

OTTAWA — “Under Justin Trudeau, we are falling further behind and I do not understand why he is still going all-in on a carbon tax that has been proven to fail.”— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer in Thorold, Ont., on Sept. 24.After the Liberals promised to toughen their greenhouse-gas reduction targets to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was asked whether he would match the proposal.The Conservatives, he said, would stick to the current target of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, through a proposed plan for the environment that would scrap the current federal carbon-pricing regime.The Liberal plan includes a price on carbon-dioxide emissions of $20 per tonne, which the federal government imposes on New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan because those provinces did not have carbon-pricing systems of their own. It’s to expand to cover Alberta in the new year and the price is to rise to $50 per tonne in 2022.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Individuals get rebates through the tax system, meant to equal the average household’s carbon-tax payments. People whose lifestyles produce fewer emissions come out ahead.Economists have long argued that carbon taxes are efficient ways of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions over time, because they use a market mechanism to help shift the behaviour of consumers and corporations away from burning fossil fuels that produce carbon dioxide without favouring one way of reducing emissions over any other.Given the federal carbon tax only came into effect April 1, a reporter asked Scheer what proof he could provide of its failure.“We can point to British Columbia, which has had a carbon tax for a long period of time and whose emissions went up last year,” said Scheer.The B.C. carbon tax came into effect in 2008 and yes, data released earlier this month show that total greenhouse-gas emissions in the province reached 64.5 million tonnes in 2017, an increase of 1.2 per cent over the year before.That same data, the Conservatives noted, also showed that total emissions had declined by only about 0.5 per cent since 2007, which is the baseline year the province uses to measure the reductions.Dan Woynillowicz, policy director at Clean Energy Canada, said B.C. has been experiencing growth in population and the economy that has led to an increase in emissions, which he said would have been much greater if the carbon tax had not been in place.The province also did not increase the carbon tax between 2012 and 2017, before the new government of NDP Premier John Horgan committed to increasing it by $5 per tonne annually beginning in April 2018, which Woynillowicz said should help to put reductions back on track.“A good chunk of that was a period of stasis, where policies were not doing what they needed to be doing,” he said.Other research, Woynillowicz said, shows the carbon tax in B.C. has affected behaviour in ways that would reduce emissions.That has included declines in the consumption of gasoline, diesel and residential natural gas, as well as consumers buying more fuel-efficient vehicles.“All of those independent analyses have found that having the carbon tax made a difference,” he said.Scheer also said that emissions are still rising at the national level.“We can point to the fact that although it is relatively new, the carbon tax has still been in place for some time now and emissions are going to go up,” Scheer said Tuesday. “The projections by independent analysis are that they will continue to go up and so that is the basis of my statement.”The Conservatives shared several sources of data and information to support this claim, including a June report from the parliamentary budget officer.That report estimated Canada would be able to reduce its emissions to 592 million tonnes by 2030 under its current environmental policies, which include the carbon tax. That would leave Canada 79 million tonnes short of what it agreed to at the 2015 United Nations climate conference in Paris.To make up the gap, the PBO estimated Ottawa would need to impose an additional levy that would bring the total carbon tax to $102 per tonne by 2022 — $52 more than currently planned — that would mean an additional cost of 23 cents for a litre of gasoline.The analysis assumed, however, that raising the price on carbon would be the only thing the federal government would do.“That basically said if you froze all policies as they are today and you were going to just use increases in the carbon price to achieve the 2030 target, what would you need to do with that price?” Woynillowicz said, adding that is not what Trudeau, or anyone else, has proposed.Jean-Thomas Bernard, an economist at the University of Ottawa who has studied the impact of the B.C. carbon tax on the consumption of diesel, said it is true that a carbon tax needs to rise over time, and probably quite significantly, to remain effective.Still, Bernard said, that does not mean it was correct for Scheer to say the carbon tax itself has failed.“All the studies found these effects are not large enough … but the effects are on the right side of what we are looking at,” said Bernard, whose study on diesel concluded the carbon tax would need to rise to $262 per tonne to meet Canada’s Paris target.There are legitimate questions to ask about how the Liberals could reach their existing goal, or the new one revealed Tuesday, without increasing the carbon tax. That is different from saying, as Scheer did, the carbon tax has already proven unsuccessful.For that reason, his statement earns a rating of “a lot of baloney” — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truth.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2019.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter read more

Relentless fighting in Syria continues to exact terrible toll on civilians says

Ursula Mueller, the Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said the situation is most concerning in north-west Syria where recent fighting has claimed many lives and forced over 270,000 civilians to flee for safety.“Camps for the displaced are overstretched, forcing most of those displaced to seek shelter in some 160 makeshift settlements. During these cold and wet winter months, many families have nothing else than improvised tents which they share with others,” said Ms. Mueller, briefing a Security Council meeting on the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country.Elsewhere in Syria, fighting in Afrin (in Aleppo governorate) where on one hand, some 16,000 people have been displaced, but at the same time, civilian movement has reportedly been restricted by local authorities, particularly for those wishing to leave the area.The situation is equally concerning in eastern Ghouta and in areas of Damascus where at least 81 civilians – including 25 women and 30 children – were killed in the first ten days of January.RELATED: ‘Enough is enough;’ world cannot become numb to killing of children — UNICEF official in SyriaAccording to estimates, altogether 13.1 million people are in need of protection and humanitarian assistance, including 6.1 million people who are displaced within the country and a further 5.5 million people have become refugees in neighbouring countries.Wait for medical evacuations continue to claim livesMs. Mueller also informed the Security Council that although in late December, 29 patients in need of urgent medical care were allowed out of eastern Ghouta, hundreds more – most of them women and children – require immediate medical attention.The law is clear […] medical evacuations take place without conditions and without delay —UN deputy aid chief Ursula Mueller“So far, there have been 21 civilian deaths among those needing medical evacuation. Their needs are critical, and the law is clear,” she said, calling on all parties and all those with influence over the parties, “to see to it that all such medical evacuations take place without conditions and without delay.”In the midst of the catastrophe, relief workers delivering life-saving assistance continue to face considerable challenges, including access to those in need of assistance.Last month, none of the UN cross-line convoys could reach besieged locations and only two convoys reached hard-to-reach areas. This month, UN and partners have had no access to any such locations at all, stressed Ms. Mueller.“Not one convoy has been able to deploy. Discussions about convoys have stalled over requirements to lower the number of beneficiaries, and splitting convoys in a way that would not allow us to provide food or other essential items,” she said, noting also issues in other parts of the country preventing delivery of aid.“Our deliveries must continue to be based on humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law, impartially based on civilian need,” reiterated the senior UN official.Five key areas for concrete progressOur deliveries must continue to be based on humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law, impartially based on civilian need —UN deputy aid chief Ursula MuellerNoting five key areas where the UN is looking to make concrete progress, she called for urgent funding for the Organization’s Syria humanitarian response plan for 2018.Ms. Mueller also called for an urgent agreement on medical evacuations and assistance for those trapped in eastern Ghouta and other besieged areas of Syria. She further underlined the need for improved humanitarian access; and for an agreement on UN-supported aid convoys from Damascus to Rukban in south-eastern Syria.“Fifth, more effective arrangements to enable the UN to support the work of Syrian nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and to enable international NGOs to play the stronger role they can and are ready to play in relieving the suffering,” she said.Sochi talks on Syria proposes forming constitutional committee under the Geneva-processMeanwhile, talks sponsored by Russia on a political solution towards ending the seven-year Syrian conflict concluded today in Sochi.Speaking to the press in New York, via telephone from Sochi, Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria said that the main outcome of the talks was the declaration to set up a committee that will draft a new constitution for the war-torn country under the auspices of the UN-led Geneva process.The committee’s mandate, terms of reference, powers, rules of procedure and selection criteria for its composition will be decided by parties to the Geneva talks based on proposals made by the Special Envoy.The devil is in the detail [and] the job ahead is complicated – we always knew it – but we believe we can build on it —UN Special Envoy de MisturaMr. de Mistura further clarified that each of the guarantors – Russia, Iran and Turkey – will provide about 50 names which could be considered as, in his terms, “candidates for such a committee” but the body will “very likely” be composed of 45 to 50 members at a maximum.“I plan to consult widely, including those who did not attend the conference [in Sochi] and consistently with Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), will prepare a list of 45-50 people based on criteria that will be soon announced by me in Geneva, based on very wide consultations,” he added, elaborating on the declaration announced by the participants at the conference.“The devil is in the detail [and] the job ahead is complicated – we always knew it – but we believe we can build on it,” expressed Mr. de Mistura. read more

Increased uranium production and exploration in the USA

first_imgA new report recently released by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) documents various US uranium trends, including an upswing in exploration, production and employment in 2007. EIA’s Domestic Uranium Production Report, released May 13, documents a 63% jump in uranium industry employment in 2007 versus 2006. According to the report, total employment stood at 1,231 person-years for 2007. The report said uranium mining employment increased by 213%, with exploration employment jumping 100%. Uranium milling and processing employment rose 11%, while reclamation employment did not change from 2006 to 2007, according to EIA.By state, EIA said employment increased in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. For 2006 through 2007, EIA tracked new uranium employment activities in Alaska, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota,and Virginia.EIA reported that combined total American uranium exploration and development drilling totaled 9,347 holes covering 1.554 million m in 2007, marking a 90% increase over 2006 drilling. EIA also reported that total US uranium concentrate (yellowcake) production in 2007 was 4.5 Mlb, representing a 10% increase above the 2006 level. EIA also noted that shipments of uranium concentrate from American facilities totaled 4 Mlb in 2007, 6% above the 2006 level.last_img read more

New mining consultancy service for Australia

first_imgEngineering, environmental and mining consultancy Wardell Armstrong International has established a commercial agreement with Neville Bergin & Associates in Perth, Western Australia. That company will become the consultancy’s exclusive representative in Australia providing competitive technical and project management services to Australian mining companies – especially those looking to grow their business in other regions of the world.“We’ve been considering how we might enter the Australian market for some time” said Mike Hassall, Managing Director of Wardell Armstrong. “Building on a personal association with Neville that dates back to when he was at the Camborne School of Mines with one of our directors, we’re very confident that his skills and reputation in Australia will be a perfect fit with our international capabilities.“As Australian mining companies look beyond their own shores to opportunities elsewhere, we believe we can offer highly cost-effective support that combines close client liaison, technical advice and project management in Australia through Neville Bergin with a full international mining consultancy service that spans every stage of the mining life cycle from exploration planning, early stage scoping and feasibility studies to ESIA, mineral processing and eventual mine closure and restoration.“With offices in Moscow and Almaty, Kazakhstan and first-hand knowledge of many mining regions and individual projects in Africa, South America, CIS and Eastern Europe, we’re well placed to support Australian mining clients as they extend their operations globally.”Neville Bergin, a seasoned mining professional with special expertise in operational and project management and due diligence, has held many senior positions in a 35 year career in the industry, including General Manager Operations & Projects with Jubilee Mines, General Manager – Project Development with Minemakers and Vice President, Head of Operations Australia for Gold Fields. He has recently founded his own consultancy.“I’m really excited to be representing such an experienced and well regarded consultancy as Wardell Armstrong,” said Neville Bergin. “Together, we’re looking forward to providing a highly competitive, high quality service to Australian companies with projects around the world.”The image here, © Philip King, Wardell Armstrong International (WAI) shows a WAI team undertaking a due diligence study on a gold mine in Zimbabwe, last operated by Rio Tinto in the 1970s. The team, consisting of a mining engineer, geologist and process engineer, visited the site in order to review key aspects of the project, including:The deposit geologyFormer workingsThe historical infrastructureRecent explorationThe proposed mine plan and logistics.The project operator recently announced the commissioning of the ball mill and the carbon in leach plant, with initial production targeted from the oxide gold cap.This image shows Liv Carroll, one of WAI’s mineral project appraisal specialists, discussing the geology with the operators, the representative from the bank and Mark Mounde, WAI’s head mining engineer.last_img read more

Falkland Islands voting in referendum on British status

first_imgFALKLAND ISLANDERS ARE holding a referendum today and tomorrow to send a message to the world that they want to stay British in defiance of claims to the territory by Argentina.Buenos Aires has however already dismissed the vote as meaningless, saying it will not affect its dispute with Britain over the South Atlantic islands which sparked a brief but bloody war in 1982.In a move instigated by residents themselves, 1,672 eligible voters are being asked whether they want the Falklands to remain an internally self-governing British overseas territory.Homes and shops across the archipelago are festooned with posters urging people to vote “yes” as well as the British Union Jack and the deep blue Falklands flag, which has the Union Jack in one corner and a crest with a sheep in the middle.People drive their vehicles bearing British flags and stickers in favor of keeping the Falkland Islands as an overseas territory (Paul Byrne/AP).ResultThe result, due overnight tomorrow, is not in doubt but the scale of the ‘yes’ vote will be closely watched as a sign of the Falklanders’ strength of feeling.“People realise the importance of a high turnout because that is what is important,” Barry Elsby, a member of the island’s legislative assembly, told Sky News.“It is showing the world that the majority of the people here want to remain as we are. We don’t want to become a colony of Argentina.”The referendum is a logistical challenge across an inhospitable territory of 12,000 square kilometres and organisers are sending out mobile ballot boxes by plane and by Land Rover to ensure everyone will have a chance to vote.Four-fifths of the 2,563 residents live in the capital Stanley, with its pubs and red telephone boxes, but several hundred are scattered in sheep farms and settlements across the rugged area beyond, known collectively as “Camp”.Britain has held the barren islands since 1833 but Buenos Aires claims what it calls “Las Malvinas” are occupied Argentinian territory.Diplomatic tensions have risen in recent years, fuelled by the discovery of oil near the Falklands, with Argentine President Cristina Kirchner ramping up her demands for the island’s return.“Utterly meaningless”The ambassador to Britain, Alicia Castro, this weekend branded the referendum “utterly meaningless” from the perspective of international law.“Its predictable outcome neither ends the dispute nor affects Argentina’s unquestionable rights,” she told Infobae news from London.But Falklanders hope the referendum result will arm them with an unambiguous message to take to other capitals when pressing their case for acceptance on the international stage.The United States, for example, has studiously avoided taking sides on the issue despite its close ties with Britain.Across the islands, posters emulating a British military recruitment campaign from World War I urge residents to vote, while a vehicle rally was planned on Sunday afternoon through Stanley.At least 30 Land Rovers were also lined up on Saturday to spell “YES” on a patch of land opposite Stanley that has historically been used by Royal Navy vessels to commemorate their vessels.“I’m quite proud to be a British overseas territory,” sheep farmer Ailsa Heathman told Britain’s ITV news.The Penguin News, the local newspaper named after the flightless birds that are native to the Falklands, urged residents to show their support for the vote to the visiting media.“When you pass journalists open your window, smile, wave or give the thumbs up,” it wrote. “Face painting, especially with children, is encouraged. Please bring your flags.”“A British attempt to manipulate” Argentina, 400 kilometres away, has branded the referendum “illegal” because, it claims, the islanders are “implanted” and thus do not have the right to self-determination.The Argentinian foreign ministry said on Friday that the vote was “a British attempt to manipulate” the status of the archipelago.London says it will not discuss sovereignty issues with Buenos Aires unless the islanders expressly wish it.A YouGov opinion poll for Sky News published yesterday found that 24 percent of Argentinians surveyed said the Falklands was the most important foreign policy issue, against just one percent of Britons.But a ComRes poll for ITV news showed that 77 percent of Britons thought the Falklanders should decide their future, and 60 percent believed London should keep military options open against any threat to the islands.On April 2, 1982, Argentina’s then-ruling junta invaded the Falklands, sparking a 74-day war with Britain which cost the lives of 649 Argentine and 255 British troops.If the invasion hardened the minds of the staunchly pro-British islanders, Kirchner’s tub-thumping has done likewise for a whole new generation.“The only people who can really decide what is in their best interests are the Falkland Islanders,” Dick Sawle, another of the islands’ eight elected legislative assembly members, told AFP.Diplomatic friction between Argentina and Britain has intensified since 2010, when London authorised oil prospecting in the waters around the islands.But Falkland Islanders suspect Kirchner’s often-emotional crusade is a ruse to divert domestic attention away from Argentina’s mounting economic problems.Several international observers, many of them from Latin America, are monitoring the polls, which are open between 1pm and 9pm today and tomorrow.- © AFP 2013.last_img read more

Geek deals Ivy Bridgepowered HP laptop for 849

first_imgThe Ivy Bridge floodgates have opened, and now you can stop waiting for its release to buy a new computer. (That’s why you were waiting, right? Right.) HP has finally re-released their Pavilion dv line with the upgraded platform, and it’s time to treat yourself so some serious horsepower. Additionally, these models are being offered at the same prices as their Sandy Bridge counterparts a few weeks ago. Go figure…What comes in this particular build? This version for $849 features a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, a 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics, and a 750GB hard drive. There are options to improve your chosen build as well, but free upgrade options from HP include 8GB RAM and Blu-ray player/burner. The 30% discount on a 9-cell battery might be a wise investment if you plan on making this laptop your primary PC, and the same goes for the mammoth 16GB RAM option. After all, the first 8GB were free.As for the Ivy Bridge CPU, make sure you buy something that says “3rd generation Intel Core”. This phrase will ensure that you’re outfitted with the latest gear — Sandy Bridge was the second generation Core line. The specific part in the $899 build of the dv6 is the Core i7-3610QM processor which runs at 2.3 GHz. It’s a very solid way to get going with a new system.Although it’s not the lightest or slimmest laptop on the market, 5.66 pounds is still pretty darn good for a 15.6-inch laptop that houses everything, including HDMI, USB 3.0, a fingerprint reader, tons of hard drive space, optical drive, Blu-ray, and a backlit keyboard.Check out this deal on LogicBuy.last_img read more

US offers 1 million reward for information about Osama Bin Ladens son

first_img Mar 1st 2019, 7:49 AM Friday 1 Mar 2019, 7:49 AM Image: Rewards for Justice THE US HAS offered a $1 million reward for information that could lead to the location of a son of former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.Hamza bin Laden, sometimes dubbed the “crown prince of jihad”, is seen by the US as an emerging face of extremism and he has been the subject of speculation for years, with reports of him living in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria or under house arrest in Iran.“Hamza bin Laden is the son of deceased former AQ leader Osama bin Laden and is emerging as a leader in the AQ franchise,” a US State Department statement said.It said that it would offer $1 million for information leading to his location in any country.Bin Laden, who according to the United States is around 30 years old, has threatened to attack the United States to avenge the killing of his father, who was living in hiding in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, by US special forces in 2011.US intelligence agencies increasingly see the younger bin Laden as a successor to his father, especially as the Islamic State group is down to its last sliver of land in Syria.In 2015, bin Laden released an audio message urging jihadists in Syria to unite, claiming that the fight in the war-torn country paves the way to “liberating Palestine”.And in a message a year later, following in the footsteps of his father, he urged the overthrow of the leadership in their native Saudi Arabia.Osama bin Laden’s three surviving wives and his children were quietly allowed to return to Saudi Arabia after his killing.But Hamza bin Laden’s whereabouts have been a matter of dispute, and he is believed to have spent years with his mother in Iran.Observers say that the clerical regime in Tehran kept him under house arrest as a way to maintain pressure on rival Saudi Arabia as well as on Al-Qaeda, dissuading Sunni militants from attacking Iran.One of Hamza bin Laden’s half-brothers told The Guardian last year that Hamza’s whereabouts were unknown but that he may be in Afghanistan.He also said that Hamza bin Laden married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the 11 September attacks.With reporting from – © AFP 2019 39 Comments Short URL 22,396 Views Image: Rewards for Justice Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share105 Tweet Email2 US offers $1 million reward for information about Osama Bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden is seen as a growing force in global extremism. By Stephen McDermottlast_img read more

Brock Lesnar advertised for RAW after SummerSlam Reason for Kane storyline at

first_img Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Facebook The official Twitter account for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn just announced that WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is confirmed to appear on August 20.This is the Monday Night RAW taping following SummerSlam.JUST ANNOUNCED: @WWE Universal Champion @BrockLesnar will appear LIVE in Brooklyn for Monday Night RAW on 8/20!— Barclays Center (@barclayscenter) July 16, 2018Reason for Kane storyline at Extreme RulesAccording to a report by PWInsider, WWE did the storyline with Kane being attacked backstage at Extreme Rules because of an actual injury to his left foot.If you missed it, WWE had The Bludgeon Brothers attack both Kane and Daniel Bryan backstage at Extreme Rules before the Smackdown Tag Team Championships match.center_img WhatsApp WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Pinterest Impact World Champion Brian Cage undergoing stem cell treatment for injured backlast_img read more

Stones praised Kompanys character

first_imgBoth of them helped Manchester City to win the Premier League title and they could face each other when England will face Belgium in the last game of the group stage – but John Stones thinks about Vincent Kompany as a friend.Stones admitted that Kompany has helped him a lot by giving him advice from the position of the more experienced player – and he has been very valuable for him despite his injury struggles.The Englishman spoke about the Belgian as he said, according to BBC:Virgil van Dijk, Premier League, LiverpoolKompany names van Dijk as the best center-back in the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 The former Manchester City star believes Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is better than what John Terry and Rio Ferdinand were.“He is a class act. I remember Vinnie was injured in my first season at Manchester City, and this season, but he got some clips he wanted to help me out with.”“We got the clips, sat down together and he wanted to give his advice and opinions on these actions.”“For someone to do that and try to help me as a young player says a lot about the person. I look up to him as a captain and as a friend because of the things he has done for me in the last two years.”last_img read more

Average gas prices rise again in San Diego County

first_img April 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Average gas prices rise again in San Diego County Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Ugh… gas prices on the ride for the 24th consecutive day! How much have you paid? @KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) April 11, 2019SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose today for the 24th consecutive day, increasing 3.5 cents to $3.943, its highest amount since Aug. 3, 2015.The average price has risen 30 of the past 31 days, increasing 62.1 cents, including 4 cents on Wednesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.It is 24.1 cents more than one week ago, 62.1 cents higher than one month ago and 38.2 cents greater than one year ago.The recent sharp increases are the result of a series of refinery issues that have reduced supply, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager. last_img read more

Longserving Florida senator ready to retire

first_imgTALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WSVN) – A longtime Florida senator is ready to retire after sparking controversy.After 40 years in public service, Gwen Margolis, who represents parts of South Florida, announced she is leaving Tallahassee.Margolis chose not to seek reelection days after publicly disparaging her five opponents by calling them “three Haitians, some teacher and some lawyer.”Margolis is currently the longest serving legislator in Florida, making history in 1990 when she became the first woman to lead the State Senate.The senator said, “My commitment from day one was to make our community a better place for all. I look back at 40 years of public service with great humility and joy as I reflect on all the work we accomplished to empower people’s lives.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Teen diagnosed with deadly illness caused by exercising too much

first_imgJared’s mother Judy researched the symptoms and made a startling discovery. Her son was hospitalized for five days with rhabdomyolysis, which can be caused by working out too hard.Rhabdomyolysis, which in extreme cases can lead to death, is the rapid destruction of skeletal muscle resulting in leakage into the urine of the muscle protein myoglobin.Jared picked up weightlifting after receiving a gym membership for his birthday. He felt as if he had to “go hard fast” in order to catch up with his brother and father, who have been lifting for years, according to the news outlet.He’s expected to make a full recovery and has plans to return to the gym.Jared’s family is warning other to seek medical attention if muscle pain, weakness and severe swelling persists after exercising. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – A 17-year-old boy who just started lifting weights was recently hospitalized after developing a potentially deadly illness caused by overexercising.Jared Shamburger, of Texas, told KTRK-TV that 90 minutes of weightlifting last week left him feeling “super duper sore.” The pain and swelling did not subside, prompting his mother to take action.last_img read more

Operations Resume On Whittier Dock Following Explosion

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Operations have resumed at the Delong Dock in Whittier following an explosion at the dock on July 7 that temporarily halted much of its commercial fishing industry. According to the declaration, funds from the Whittier Small Boat Harbor reserves will need to be used to pay for the damage. The declaration of emergency expired within seven days of it being issued but was extended by the Whittier City Council. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued one person, but on July 9 suspended the search for a 49-year-old Cordova man who went missing after the explosion. The proclamation from the city manager says the aftermath of the fire is beyond the city’s means and has caused “extreme peril to the wellbeing of persons and property within the City of Whittier.” According to investigators the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.  The City of Whittier declared a state of emergency following the explosion on the fishing vessel Alaganik.last_img read more

RMLD Offers New Years Savings On LED Light Bulbs

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD), in partnership with Energy Federation, Inc., is pleased to offer its residential customers an additional 19% off LED light bulbs at RMLD’s online store through January 31, 2019 with the promo code SAVE19. This is in addition to the standard 50% discount offered by RMLD. Customers are eligible for a maximum of 24 discounted light bulbs per calendar year.RMLD’s online store is limited to residential customers with a delivery address in one of RMLD’s four service communities: Reading, North Reading, Wilmington and Lynnfield Center (zip codes of 01867, 01864, 01887 or 01940). Customers are required to provide their RMLD account number to complete an order.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Reading Municipal Light Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Invites Wilmington Customers To Free Solar Workshop On June 20In “Government”RMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”last_img read more