Canadian Black Government Leaders to Meet in Ontario

first_imgBlack legislative leaders, including Tony Ince, Minister of African Nova Scotia Affairs, are meeting in Ontario this week to discuss ways to build a better future for African Canadians. The second Black Government Leaders’ Summit will take place in Toronto from Aug. 10 to 13. The first summit took place in Nova Scotia in Birchtown, Shelburne Co. last year and brought together federal and provincial legislators. Mr. Ince co-chaired that meeting. “This summit is a chance for African Canadian leaders to discuss issues that affect our communities, from racism to jobs to leadership opportunities,” said Mr. Ince. “I am proud to be a black leader in Canada, and I look forward to meeting with fellow black leaders once more to talk about how we can continue to build a bright future for our children.” This year’s meeting will focus on several key areas: youth engagement, economic opportunities, education and health of African Canadians. “The Black Government Leaders’ Summit is a unique opportunity for federal, provincial and municipal leaders to work on policy issues that impact black Canadians, “said Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services, and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism. “Ontario is proud to host the second annual summit, building on the success of last year’s inaugural event. “I look forward to working with my counterparts to examine effective methods to enhance business innovation and advancement in the black community, develop black leadership, and improve health and education outcomes for black Canadians. As co-chair for this year’s summit, I am thrilled to meet with my colleagues at this significant occasion.” The meetings will feature presentations by international and local experts. The summit is in support of the goals of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent.last_img read more

Second childrens hospital executive quits in NS as investigation unfolds

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s health minister says he still has confidence in Atlantic Canada’s largest children’s hospital after a second senior executive resigned in the wake of a scandal over spending by the former CEO.Randy Delorey confirmed on Tuesday that the chief financial officer of the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre has resigned as a police investigation and auditor general’s review of the matter continue.The hospital sent a memo to staff late on Monday saying that Stephen D’Arcy’s resignation was accepted to “ensure confidence around both the Nova Scotia Auditor General’s review and the police investigation.”Tracy Kitch, former chief executive of the hospital, resigned last month after an independent review said she owed more than $22,000 for “potentially personal” expenses charged to her corporate credit card.In a statement, auditor general Michael Pickup announced last week that he intends to conduct financial and performance audits of the IWK’s books and practices, saying he was gravely concerned with the poor financial controls.Delorey told reporters he maintains confidence that the hospital’s interim executive team is operating the facility well, and the board is bringing in improved financial oversight.last_img read more

Magic Johnson Leads Panel At Fifth Annual Ladylike Day At UCLA

first_imgLadylike Foundation hosted its Fifth Annual Ladylike Day at UCLA on Saturday, December 17th.Magic Johnson Attends 5th Annual Ladylike DayLadylike Day at UCLA is a program of classes that promotes and educates young ladies between the ages of 12-17 from L.A.’s inner city in the areas of Finance, fashion, health and fitness, etiquette, job interviewing and preparing for their future. Cookie Johnson opened the day, welcoming the young ladies and encouraging them to be the best that they can be.Each year, Ladylike Day at UCLA culminates with an open platform celebrity male panel where the young ladies attending are given the opportunity to ask the men on the panel any questions they wish without any restrictions or limitations, from advice about romance and relationships to how to handle bullying. This year, the panel was lead by Magic Johnson, and included Devon Franklin, Film Producer/Author/Motivational Speaker; Chris Spencer, Actor/Comedian and Creator of Real Husbands of Hollywood; Marcellus Wiley, NFL Veteran & ESPN Broadcaster/Analyst; Dondre Whitfield, Emmy-nominated actor and star on OWN Network’s Queen Sugar; and a surprise guest panelist, recent SAG and Golden Globe nominee, Anthony Anderson.Founded by Leah Pump, the LadyLike Foundation is a faith-based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to educate, empower and inspire young women living in underprivileged communities. Through cutting edge resource programs, workshops, mentorships and life lessons, young ladies are challenged to reach their highest potential and become the successful, well-rounded “Lady” they were created to be. Each year, the organization hosts two main events: LADYLIKE DAY AT UCLA and the Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, which is the primary fundraiser for LadyLike Foundation. For more information, please visit read more

2019 Jimmy And Rosalynn Carter Work Project To Head To Nashville

first_imgJust hours after hanging up their tool belts at the completion of the 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Indiana, the former president and first lady announced they will take their work project to Nashville, Tennessee, in October 2019.Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter show off their handiwork at the 2018 Carter Work Project in Indiana“It is such an honor to host a former President of the United States and his wife, especially such a notable couple who have done so much humanitarian work on behalf of affordable homeownership, not just in the United States but around the world,” said Danny Herron, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville. “We are excited about the opportunity to work alongside the Carters, hundreds of volunteers who may be visiting Nashville for the first time and all of the future homeowners.”Country music stars Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Eric Paslay, as well as talk show host David Letterman swung hammers and raised walls on new Habitat for Humanity homes in St. Joseph County, Indiana, this week.In Indiana, President and Mrs. Carter worked alongside future homeowners and hundreds of volunteers to build 22 new, affordable homes in Mishawaka. With additional construction projects throughout the year, a total of 41 homes will be built, renovated or repaired in Mishawaka and South Bend as part of the 2018 Carter Work Project.“After 35 years, no one would question if President and Mrs. Carter wanted to take a break from the build site. But the words ‘Carter’ and ‘retire’ aren’t even in the same vocabulary,” said Trisha Yearwood, who, with her husband Garth Brooks, has volunteered with Habitat alongside President and Mrs. Carter for over a decade. “Everyone deserves a decent place to live, but not everyone can afford it. That’s true in our town too, which is why we’re so excited to give a big Nashville welcome to the Carters.”“President and Mrs. Carter know the cause of affordable housing is only becoming more urgent, and so we are so grateful they will once again mobilize hundreds of hands and thousands more voices to this cause,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Through the 2019 Carter Work Project, President and Mrs. Carter will shine the light on not only Nashville, but our country’s struggle to address the real challenges facing the families who cannot afford safe and decent housing in their communities.”Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world with Habitat to build and improve homes. Their time and efforts help to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable homeownership around the world. For 35 years, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside more than 103,000 volunteers in 14 countries to help build, renovate or repair 4,331 homes.Affordable housing is an urgent need in Nashville. According to the latest housing report from the Davidson County mayor’s office, more than 200,000 people living in Nashville cannot afford the cost of housing. Nashville has lost over 20 percent of its affordable housing since 2000.last_img read more

Closing in Apotheosis of Thirteenth International Festival of Amazigh Culture in

Rabat – Call to consolidate diversity and reform school curricula in order to build intercultural and inter-civilizational understanding as ramparts against the rise of all extremisms.The thirteenth international festival of Amazigh culture, which was organized under the patronage of His Majesty the King in Fès from 14 to 16 July on the theme “Amazighity and Cultural Diversity in the Face of Extremism”, came to a close on Monday early morning.This festival was organized by the Fes-Saiss Association and the South South Center in partnership with the Fes-Meknes Region and the Esprit Foundation of Fès. It was a resounding success at the academic, artistic and organizational levels. It stressed the positive impact of  intercultural dialogue and the consolidation of cultural diversity, living together and peace. Participants at the international forum discussed relevant and varied issues, including aspects of Amazigh culture in North Africa; the importance of mixing between Amazigh, African and Mediterranean cultures; the fight against extremism and violence in the region; The role of art and culture in the struggle against extremism; the role of intellectuals and civil society in the resolution of conflicts and the fight against violence.This forum highlighted the contribution of Amazigh culture to the consolidation of peace, dialogue, and diversity. It advocated making cultural diversity a lever for integration and sustainable development.More than a hundred intellectuals, artists and musicians representing different regions of Morocco, and thirteen friendly countries participated in this festival, which also included book exhibitions, art and Amazigh carpets, More round tables and workshops on painting, writing and storytelling.The third musical evening of the festival ended last Sunday in a festive atmosphere. Thousands of festival-goers have come to the beautiful historical place of Bab Makina, to  vibrate on the Mediterranean rhythms. To satisfy all tastes, the Italian artist Laura Conti, Hadda Ouakki of the Middle Atlas and the great star of the modern Moroccan song Abdelhafid Douzi animated this unforgettable evening.Participants in the international Forum made the following recommendations:1) emphasize the central role of the Amazigh  culture as vectors of the universal values of living together2) strengthen and support the values common to cultures and civilizations3) establish intercultural and inter-civilizational understanding as a barrier against the rise of all extremism.4) strengthen gender equality in order to foster social integration.5) Reform and modernize school and university curricula to encourage living together and respect for diversity6) teaching interaction and exchange among civilizations7) teaching the history of religions, in order to compare religions in their historical contexts8) emphasize the values of peace and coexistence.9) separate religion from politics, and consolidate the separation of powers.10) strengthen the democratic culture and values of freedom, with a view to achieving global and sustainable development. read more

MR blames developed nations

Ban opened the session with a reference to the historic Earth Summit held in Rio 20 years ago, which spawned UN conventions on climate change, biodiversity and desertification, as well as the Agenda 21 blueprint for sustainable development. President Mahinda Rajapaksa today blamed developed Nations for the environment crisis, the President’s office said.Addressing the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil, the President said that global warming is a concern to island nations. On Sri Lanka, the President said that the island was on its way towards economic development after ending three decades of terrorism.Earlier the BBC reported that the UN sustainable development summit in Rio de Janeiro formally opened with a warning from UN head Ban Ki-moon that progress on the issue is too slow. He said that developing nations are facing increasing challenges and also it is the developed nations which largely contribute to the environment crisis. The secretary-general told world leaders and other ministers that “words must translate into action”.On the summit’s fringes, international finance institutions launched a $175bn fund to boost sustainable transport.And the UK government announced that major businesses will have to report their carbon emissions from next year. President Mahinda Rajapaksa also said that people wish to see the concept of sustainable development become a reality. read more

Earthquake repairs at Anchorage schools could top 150M

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Repairs and upgrades at Anchorage-area schools damaged in an earthquake could cost more than $150 million.The Anchorage Daily News reported Monday that the Anchorage School District says the new estimate triples the original assessment of damage caused by the Nov. 30 quake.District officials say two schools need more than $20 million to repair and improve seismic performance.Officials say six schools may require at least $10 million while improvement projects at 14 schools could cost at least $1 million each.District Chief Operating Officer Tom Roth says the estimates include immediate repairs needed and optional improvements that would improve the quake readiness of schools.Roth says the district has spent between $8 million and $9 million so far on post-quake repairs to return facilities to working condition.___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press read more

Hundreds flee western Sudan as militia continue attacks UN refugee agency says

Nearly 81,000 refugees are now living in the seven camps in eastern Chad, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Kris Janowski told the press in Geneva.The figure is up from some 78,000, the total UNHCR gave last Friday.In the Sennette area, near the Chadian border town of Birak, a UNHCR team is pre-registering 250 new refugees who said the Janjaweed militia attacked their villages last Saturday afternoon, he said.Those refugees, mainly women and children, walked all night, crossed the border and built makeshift shelters in Chad, Mr. Janowski said. They are slated to be relocated further west in Mille camp.Today 14,000 registered refugees in the northern border town of Bahai are receiving sorghum, oil and beans from the UN World Food Programme (WFP).Meanwhile, the existing camp in Kounoungo, which houses over 8,200 refugees, would be extended to shelter a further 4,000, Mr. Janowski said. read more

Council leader faces calls to resign amid fiasco after Grenfell Tower meeting

first_img“I have not been confident about the outcome of this, a lot of people from the tower have concerns about the transparency and integrity of it.”  After meeting residents earlier in the day, the judge said he was “doubtful” all of their concerns could be addressed by his inquiry.  Responding to his comments, Mr Miller said: “That goes against what the Prime Minister has said, that has gone against the official statement, that it would ‘leave no stone unturned’.”  On the night their home was ravaged by fire Mr Miller had received a call from his partner as she escaped from the building.“I was outside the building, I had just got back from my mum’s and my partner called me and told me the building was on fire, which didn’t really penetrate,” Mr Miller said.  Ms Jones, who was marking her 32nd birthday on Thursday, added: “I came out just before 1am, when I came out one side of the building was on fire.”  Since then, the family have been living in a hotel and unable to begin the process of rebuilding their lives.   Mr Miller said: “It has been very stressful, we are stuck in a hotel, we cannot purchase new items like kids’ bunk beds and the trauma has been extended because we cannot really grieve.   Labour councillor Robert Atkinson speaks to the media outside Kensington Town HallCredit:PA Mr Paget-Brown told councillors: “I’ve been advised that if there are others present we cannot have an open discussion. “We can’t have an unprejudiced discussion  in this room with a public inquiry that’s about to take place if journalists are recording and writing our comments.”I’m told the press are here because of the result of legal intervention and that therefore means we cannot have the discussion that we intending to have because that would prejudice the public inquiry.  Fire consumed Grenfell Tower near Latimer RoadCredit: Guilhem Baker A couple left homeless by the Grenfell Tower fire have said failure to invite all survivors to a consultation about the public inquiry was “disrespectful”.   Fire consumed Grenfell Tower near Latimer Road Sir Martin Moore-Bick said it was ‘doubtful’ his inquiry would satisfy survivors and admitted it would be “pretty well limited” in its scope. Sir Martin, 70, who was a former lord justice of appeal, also suggested his inquiry would not be quick, saying he hoped an interim report could be produced within a year. Sir Martin Moore-Bick was at the scene on ThursdayCredit: Photoshot The leader of Kensington and Chelsea council was facing renewed calls to resign after he scrapped a public meeting on the Grenfell Tower disaster because journalists were present.Nicholas Paget-Brown took the astonishing step of dissolving the meeting when he realised newspaper reporters were in the council chamber.The move was branded “anti-democratic” while Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, called it “disgusting”.Earlier in the day, the council had announced the cabinet meeting would be held behind closed doors because of a claim of a risk of violence to councillors and staff.But a High Court order was obtained by newspapers giving the media the right to attend the cabinet session. Reporters were finally let into the meeting shortly after it began but when Mr Paget-Brown, who is a Conservative, was made aware of the presence of reporters, he called it off. “That is the legal advice I have received and therefore have to declare the meeting closed.” He said that inquiry “did not consult with the families and the survivors” and “the same thing seems to have happened all over again”. Theresa May said she expects one “as early as possible”. It emerged yesterday that ​Sir Martin previously ruled in favour of Kensington and Chelsea council, which is at the centre of the Grenfell Tower scandal, in an appeal court case in which an Iranian asylum seeker objected to accommodation she was being offered because it resembled her jail cell in Iran.Sir Martin’s appointment was announced by the prime minister at 9.30am yesterday but within three hours he had angered local residents in North Kensington on a tour of the site and at a meeting with survivors.Sir Martin said after his discussions with victims: “I’ve been asked to undertake this inquiry on the basis that it would be pretty well limited to the problems surrounding the start of the fire and its rapid development in order to make recommendations about how this sort of thing can be prevented in future.“I’m well aware the residents and the local people want a much broader investigation and I can fully understand why they would want that – whether my inquiry is the right way in which to achieve that I’m more doubtful.”Sir Martin refused to put a timescale on the inquiry, immediately prompting concern it could go the way of Mrs May’s other ill-fated inquiry into child sexual abuse, which is now expected to cost more than £100 million and will take at least six years. Sir Martin Moore-Bick was at the scene on Thursday Labour councillor Robert Atkinson speaks to the media outside Kensington Town Hall Jason Miller and Corinne Jones escaped the 17th floor of the burning block with their two children and have since been living like “refugees” in emergency accommodation.   On Thursday morning Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the judge leading the forthcoming probe, met a handful of residents to discuss the investigation.  Many who lived in Grenfell Tower were unaware of the meeting and few had confidence in the outcome of the inquiry, Mr Miller said.  The 37-year-old told the Press Association: “The first we heard about the meeting was when my partner spoke to someone from a law firm who said the judge would be visiting the tower and she asked fellow residents if they knew that and no-one knew about it.  “Not being aware as residents of the tower, we found that a bit disrespectful.   “We have reservations about the judge as well and previous cases he has presided over because it has related to people in social housing.”  Controversy about Sir Martin’s appointment to the role began brewing when it emerged he had ruled a mother-of-five had to move 50 miles away from her home in 2014.  “Hearing that was like salt in the wounds,” Mr Miller said.   Downing Street said it wanted all parties involved in the aftermath of the fire “to be as open and transparent as possible, both with residents and the wider public, to ensure full confidence in the response effort”. A spokeswoman said: “We would encourage everyone involved to respect this wherever possible.” “We are out every day just getting items such as driving licences and passports.  “We feel like refugees at the moment.”   His partner added they simply wanted to “go back home”, saying: “We will never be able to sit back in our front room, we just want a permanent house.”  The judge also addressed concerns that his ruling on a housing case in November 2014 would cause issues for the inquiry.In the proceedings he had sided with Westminster City Council’s decision that mother-of-five Titina Nzolameso should be rehoused 50 miles (80km) away.  His ruling was later overturned in the Supreme Court.   With permanent accommodation for the Grenfell Tower residents being an urgent concern, there were fears that his involvement in the case could inflame sensitivities.  Sir Martin said: “I was rather surprised to see myself described as controversial.  “The case is one of many that I have decided over my time as a judge. I have been a judge for over 20 years and, particularly in the Court of Appeal, one deals with an enormous range of work, much of which involves local government or central government.  “One simply reaches the conclusion that you think is right, applying the law as you see it, and that is the work of a judge.   “You can’t pretend to get every case right, at least in the eyes of the Supreme Court.” The ruling, condemned as ‘social cleansing of the poor on a mass scale’ – was overturned by the Supreme Court.  The Telegraph can disclose that in a 2015 appeal court hearing, he ruled in favour of Kensington and Chelsea council against Vida Poshteh, an Iranian asylum seeker who was refused accommodation after rejecting the council’s offer of a two-bedroom flat because it reminded her of her prison cell in Iran. Sir Martin said: “The purpose of this independent inquiry is to discover the truth about what happened at Grenfell Tower, so that we can learn lessons for the future and ensure that a tragedy of this kind never happens again.  “It is vitally important that the inquiry be open, transparent and fair to all those whose involvement with Grenfell Tower comes under scrutiny.  “It is important for everyone that the inquiry should establish as quickly as possible the cause of the fire and how it was able to spread so quickly to the whole of the building.  “I understand the desire of local people for justice; justice for them, and for all those involved in whatever way, will best be served by a vigorous inquiry that gets to the truth as quickly as possible.”   Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor, said: “One of great things about our country is we believe in open democracy. Kensin and Chelsea needs to reflect on the way its behaved since Grenfell.”    In a statement released after the cabinet meeting was dissolved, Mr Paget-Brown said: “We are under sustained media criticism for a slow reaction to the fire, non-visibility and for failing to invest in North Kensington.  “I believe that many of these criticisms need to be challenged and over time they will be, but I can think of nothing more demeaning to the memory of those lost and missing in the fire than seeking the resolution of political scores.”The row came on a dramatic day with the retired judge chairing the Grenfell Tower inquiry angering residents within hours of his appointment yesterday, admitting he was “doubtful” his investigation would satisfy them. The announcement prompted chaotic, angry scenes. Mr Paget-Brown was furiously confronted by opposition councillor Robert Atkinson who stood up to demand the cabinet’s resignation.”An absolute fiasco, this is why I am calling for your resignation,” he said.”Our reputation is absolutely in the gutter,” another councillor in the room said.Ahead of the meeting, the council had posted on its website: “Please note this meeting will be held entirely in private session, pursuant to Standing Order 31.01, in the light of the risk of disruption (as witnessed on Friday 16 June) and consequent security and public safety concerns.”The council had been stormed shortly after the fire with residents and others furious at the council’s slow response to the catastrophe – and blame for it happening in the first place.   Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said in reaction to the announcement: “It was a young MP called Margaret Thatcher who changed the law to allow the public to attend council meetings and it is utterly shameful that a Conservative council is trying to stop democracy. This is frankly disgusting.” The terms of reference of the inquiry are still to be decided but one legal source said Sir Martin will be ‘efficient’ and that would likely mean not giving a platform to every resident of the tower to tell their story at public hearings. Scotland Yard has said 80 people died in the blaze but the final toll may not be known until the end of the year. Mrs May said “no stone will be left unturned” by the inquiry as she confirmed Sir Martin’s appointment. She said: “I am determined that there will be justice for all the victims of this terrible tragedy and for their families who have suffered so terribly.”Sir Martin’s appointment was recommended by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd.Downing Street denied claims it had some unease over the choice because Sir Martin had presided over a 2014 appeal court case in which he ruled in favour of Westminster city council in a dispute with a tenant facing homelessness after she refused to be rehoused near Milton keynes. Sir Martin said: “I think it’s impossible to say how long it’s going to take; I have said on other occasions a matter of months, some people have talked about two or three months.”I don’t think that’s realistic; on the other hand I would be very disappointed if we couldn’t get a preliminary report out in under a year.“I would rather not say with any precision now when that is likely to be.” Residents who met Sir Martin at a church close to Grenfell Tower told of their concerns, including his background as a commercial lawyer, who had specialised in shipping and insurance law. Joe Delaney, 37, who worked with Grenfell Action Group, said: “He seems to want to keep the scope very narrow, to do with why the fire spread so quickly, while we are more looking at why was it started in the first place, why were residents ignored?“Can a technical insurance man like that deliver those answers?”Oluwaseun Talabi, who fled Grenfell Tower with his partner and four-year-old daughter, said: “We need a criminal judge.A well-placed source told The Telegraph: “The judge’s comments are very problematic.”Michael Mansfield QC, who has met survivors of the fire, said it was “unbelievable that lessons are not learned” from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which is now on its fourth chairman. 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Mad cow disease detected at farm in Britain for first time in

Prof Neil Mabbott, Personal Chair in Immunopathology at The Roslin Institute & Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Edinburgh, said: “While the identification of a new case of BSE in Scottish cattle is worrying, the measures that remain in place in the UK should ensure that there is no risk to the public.“Clearly urgent research is now required to identify the potential source and characteristics of the BSE in this outbreak.”UK Chief Veterinary Officer, Christine Middlemiss, said: “While it is too early to tell how this animal became infected, this detection shows that the surveillance system is doing its job.“As it has been made clear, there is no risk to food safety or human health in any part of the UK.” BSE originally occurred in UK cattle through the feeding of infected meat and bone meal. And during the UK outbreak in the 1980s and early 1990s, it is estimated that up to half a million cattle may have been infected in this way.Cows are now fed a strict vegan diet to avoid infection, but BSE can sometimes also occur sporadically in the cattle population – causing a disease known as atypical BSE, which has been the cause of the most recent outbreaks in Britain.In rare cases, BSE can be passed between people and animals by eating contaminated meat, causing the disease variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). Since the CJD outbreak in Britain in 1996 there have been 178 cases diagnosed in Britain and no new cases since 2016. Animal tissues where the BSE prion proteins are concentrated such as the brain, spinal cord and spleen are now banned from the human food chain. A number of cattle on an Aberdeenshire farm will be destroyed after a case of mad cow disease was identified, the first in Britain since 2015.A movement ban has been put on the estate in Huntley, 40 miles from Aberdeen, to prevent the disease spreading further, after one dead cow was diagnosed during routine testing.The Scottish Government said no infected meat has entered the food chain but said it had initiated its response plan and said an investigation has been launched to find out how the animal became infected. It is the first case in Scotland since 2009.North east MSP Peter Chapman, of the Scottish Conservatives, described the infection as “very concerning”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“We need to know all about the animal, where it’s been, where its offspring are, and offer as many reassurances as we possibly can that this is a one-off instance.”Scotland’s Chief Veterinary Officer Sheila Voas said the government was working closely with Defra and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to find out how the cow became infected.“I would urge any farmer who has concerns to immediately seek veterinary advice,” she said.A Whitehall source told The Telegraph that it is believed to be an isolated case and that rigorous testing of livestock at abattoirs meant that the “food chain is incredibly well protected”, adding that there are “incredibly robust inspection measures in place”. A number of cattle on the affected farm will be destroyed and a no movement ban has been imposed Credit:AP 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. Asked whether the discovery of BSE would lead to increase checks at border crossings, they said it was highly unlikely as the UK was already under a “controlled scenario” due to previous outbreaks.Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as ‘mad cow disease’ is a deadly brain condition in cattle that is caused by infection with prions.Prions are infectious proteins with abnormal shapes and once they enter the brain they cause extensive brain damage. There is no cure. Animals on the affected farm will be destroyed and a no movement ban has been imposed  read more

Lithium to be extracted from SAGD oil sands wastewater

first_imgMGX Minerals Inc reports that the company has successfully extracted lithium from heavy oil wastewater. Results are part of an ongoing optimisation for completion and deployment of a pilot plant in support of its 487,000 ha Alberta lithium project. The company owns a patent pending process (United States Provisional Patent #62/419,011) for the extraction of lithium and other valuable minerals from oil brine.This technology is the first of its kind, reducing production time of lithium from brine by 99% compared with conventional lithium brine production times that use solar evaporation. Process time is reduced from approximately 18 months to 1 day using MGX’s process. Heavy oil evaporator blowdown wastewater (EBD) is one of the byproducts of steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) during production of heavy oil. EBD was specifically targeted as the wastewater contains mid-level concentrations of lithium and has the potential to generate high environmental revenue based on current disposal costs.MGX and PurLucid Treatment Solutions are working to integrate their respective technologies and develop a pilot plant suitable for commercial use that will treat EBD to provide oil sand producers with additional environmentally-friendly disposal options as well as recover valuable minerals such as lithium.As reported by Dr Preston McEachern of PurLucid:-Starting EBD with Li concentration of 87 mg/L-Final recovery of Li was 34.8 mg/L or 40%.-Li was lost in the initial softening of the EBD (18%) when approximately 20% of the fluid mass is lost due to removal of silica and other solids-1% of the Li was lost in the NaCl removal step-16% of the Li was lost in the magnesium removal step-4% of Li was lost in the CaCl2 removal step-21% of the total Li remained in the final brine. This portion of lithium has a high probability of recovery by further reaction or during a second pass-Li was crystallised as lithium carbonate-Other primary recoveries of minerals in total were 83% and calcium 100%-The final brine still contained high concentrations of sodium, potassium, and boron indicating where optimization will focus on.-Additional applicable data was collected for the potential extraction of boron, bromine, magnesium and potassium.-The treatment process removed all suspended solids, 99.97% of the hydrocarbons and reduced scale forming ions such as silica to levels suitable for reuse in steam generating processes.MGX and PurLucid have agreed to extend their investment schedule by 30 days pending receipt of a grant application decision. A final decision on the application may be imminent and both parties have agreed to delay crystallising the acquisition valuation for 30 days. MGX will continue to fund development under its engineering and integration agreement with PurLucid whereby PurLucid has been engaged by MGX to optimise and construct a pilot plant for its lithium extraction process and integrate this system with PurLucid’s patented filtration systems for the removal of residual oil from production wastewater. The front-end water treatment portion of the pilot plant is complete and, upon completion of optimization testing, the mineral extraction system will be integrated and deployed. Under the terms of the Investment Agreement, MGX has the right to acquire up to 100% of PurLucid.last_img read more

10 of the cheekiest things that have ever happened

first_img Source: Imgur5.6. Source: Imgur7. Source: @cawley_m8. Source: Imgur9. Source: Reddit 10.Girl goes diving in lake full of jellyfish, we say “NOPE”>Actual Irish trainee priest kicks Bishop Brennan up the arse> Source: imgur3. Source: Oopsmile4. 1. Source: Imgur2.last_img

Central Bank completes sale of its Dublin HQ for €67 million

first_img Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 10:33 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 21,959 Views Central Bank completes sale of its Dublin HQ for €67 million The iconic Dame Street building has been sold to real estate investors Hines Ireland and Peterson Group. 30 Comments Jan 17th 2017, 10:33 AM Source: Rollingnews.ieTHE CENTRAL BANK has completed the sale of its iconic Dublin city centre building to an group of international real estate investors.The bank this morning confirmed that the sale price was for “in the region of €67 million”.The sale had been in the pipeline for some time given the bank’s pending move to its new Dublin Docklands location, on the site of the never-finished Anglo Irish Bank HQ.The bank will maintain a presence on its current premises, which was first constructed in 1978, until the end of March 2017. The site of the Central Bank’s new headquarters, a building initially intended for Anglo Irish Bank, in Dublin’s Docklands in 2015 Source: Brian LawlessThe sold buildings, comprising the Tower and Commercial buildings at 6-9 College Green off Dame Street in the south city centre, have been acquired by a partnership between Hines Ireland, the Irish arm of international real estate firm Hines, and Hong Kong-based property investors Peterson Group.“We are delighted to be partnering with Peterson Group on their first dealings in the Irish market,” said Hines Ireland managing director Brian Moran.Given their enviable locations and potential, the Central Bank buildings and 2 Grand Parade both represent excellent investments for Hines Ireland and Peterson Group.It is the first such foray in the market by that partnership. Along with the Central Bank HQ, the group has also acquired 2 Grand Parade in Dublin 6 – formerly the headquarters of the now-defunct Irish Nationwide Building Society, and currently leased to online sales giant Amazon.The sale-price for the Grand Parade premises is unknown, although the combined price of the two properties is understood to be in excess of €100 million.Read: Charities Regulator to animal charity – ‘sort out your books or else’Read: How to make your ‘escape room’ tourist attraction stand out? Build it in a boat Short URL Share104 Tweet Email By Cianan Brennanlast_img read more

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first_imgStay on target This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Ah, phone plans. We know you can’t live without ‘em, but maybe you could live without paying ridiculously high monthly fees?Despite what the carriers say, all network coverage is essentially the same in 2019. So, what are you really paying for? Hint: it isn’t the network — it’s the retail stores and overhead. Mint Mobile re-imagined the wireless shopping experience and made it easy and online-only, allowing them to cut out the overhead and pass on significant savings to you.Wait, what’s Mint Mobile, you ask? Mint is a wireless service with wallet-friendly options that won’t cramp your swipe-happy lifestyle. When you sign up for a three-month plan, Mint Mobile hooks you up with a free SIM card and premium wireless service including 3GB 4G LTE data with unlimited calls and texts nationwide for just $15 a month.Still need convincing to break up with your carrier and leap to Mint Mobile? These five themes behind Mint’s refreshing approach to wireless service make it a no-brainer:1. Bulk shopping, but for your wireless serviceIn the most basic terms, Mint Mobile works in bulk. The same way you restock your apartment with giant packs of toilet paper and toothpaste, Mint Mobile embraces the bulk savings model for cell service by offering different plans, with economy-sized 3, 6, or 12-month servings. The more you buy, the more you save.2. Use your existing phone or buy one from MintMint Mobile lets you keep your phone number, whether using your existing unlocked phone, or buying a new one through Mint. Right now, Mint is offering a sweet deal on the latest iPhone XR: snag an unlocked XR with 0% financing and get 3-months of wireless service for free.3. Personalize your planDid you know that the average American uses 5GB of data each month? Stop overpaying for data you don’t need. Mint’s 3-month intro offers start at $15 for 3GB 4G LTE with unlimited calls and texts nationwide. Their best-selling plan includes 8GB of 4G LTE data per month for $20 per month. All of Mint Mobile’s intro plans, which cap out at $25 per month, also have a risk-free, seven-day money back guarantee.4. Switching over is super easyMint Mobile is online only, a big perk for anyone who knows the monotony of waiting for help at a major retail store. Just head to and choose a plan and Mint Mobile mails you a SIM card. You can also check out their step-by-step videos for setting up your phone and answering common questions.5. No sneaky data overage feesEach plan comes with an allotment of super high-speed 4G LTE data per month — either 3GB, 8GB, or 12GB — but if that runs outs, you have the option to buy more data: get I GB of 4G data for $10, or $3GB for $20. Or you can just run on a slower speed until your month restarts. Either way, you’re still paying far less than the average monthly plan on a big carrier, with the same level of premium service.last_img read more

WISHH Illinois FarmerLeaders Meet with Food Industry Leaders in Central America

first_imgSeveral Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSB) that fund ASA’s WISHH program sent grower leaders on a one-week mission to Guatemala and Nicaragua this week. WISHH Committee Vice Chair Andy Welden (Mich. QSSB and ASA Board member) and Committee members from Iowa Dean Coleman and Randy Van Kooten.The delegation joined WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey and Program Manager-Latin America & Pakistan Liz Hare in meetings with importers of U.S. soy on Wednesday in Guatemala City. Also participating in the mission were Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Board members Paul Rasmussen and the ISA Soy Ambassadors.Isabelle Bosch, Chair of Guttierez Foundation and former Rotary District Governor in Guatemala, Liz Hare Program Manager Latin America & Pakistan for WISHH and the World Soy Foundation, and a local Rotary official listen to the closing remarks delivered by Guatemala’s First Lady, Rosa Maria Leal de Perez. (WISHH photo)National Soybean Research Lab’s Bridget Owen and her staff helped arrange part of the trip and made a presentation about soy dairy technology at a nutrition conference sponsored by Guatemala Rotary, NSRL, WISHH and the World Soy Foundation.While Guatemala imports thousands of tons of U.S. soy protein for use in an array of food products, 50 percent of Guatemalan children suffer from stunting.”Our soy does a lot of good here, but there is clearly more opportunity and need,” said Welden.last_img read more

Deloitte UK reports a 182 mean gender pay gap

first_imgProfessional services organisation Deloitte UK has reported a mean gender pay gap of 18% for hourly fixed pay at 5 April 2017.The organisation has reported its gender pay data in its 2017 gender pay report, in advance of the government’s April 2018 deadline for compliance with gender pay gap reporting requirements.This is the third year that Deloitte UK has published its gender pay data, after it voluntarily published reports in both August 2015 and August 2016. Deloitte UK has also published its data on the government’s online gender pay gap reporting viewing service.Deloitte UK has a median gender pay gap of 15% based on hourly fixed pay. The mean gender pay gap for bonus pay, which takes into account the bonuses paid in the year to the snapshot date of 5 April 2017, is 51%, and the median gender pay gap for bonuses is 39%. Over the same time period, 62% of women received a bonus compared to 61% of men.A third (33%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Deloitte UK are women, compared to 42% in the second quartile, 46% in the third quartile, and 49% in the lowest pay quartile.Deloitte UK has attributed its gender pay gap and bonus gender pay gap to the fact that women hold fewer senior positions within the organisation than men. In April 2017, 43% of the overall employee workforce were women, however, only 18% of partner-level roles were filled by women. Partner roles attract the highest levels of remuneration at the organisation. According to Deloitte UK’s pay analysis, if the gender pay gap is adjusted for this structural difference in the workforce, the pay gap drops to 2.5%.In order to reduce its gender pay gap, Deloitte UK will maintain its focus on its Women in leadership action plan, which was implemented in 2014. The plan features a range of interventions introduced between 2014 and 2016 to help women reach senior positions within the organisation. Measures within the programme include maintaining a bias-free recruitment process that ensures to mention agile working opportunities, a return-to-work programme that offers women a 20-week paid work placement to support them in re-launching their careers, and a 12-month programme for senior women in the business that provides development opportunities and access to networking groups.The organisation also runs a working parents transitions programme. This helps primary carers transition from maternity, paternity or adoption leave back into the workplace, and includes coaching sessions for carers and line managers.Deloitte UK is also working towards gender diversity targets that it set in 2012. The organisation committed to women making up 25% of partners by 2020, and 30% by 2025. In June 2016, 31% of the employees who were promoted to partner level were women, compared to 21% in June 2014. As of 1 June 2017, 19% of partners at Deloitte UK are women.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.Emma Codd, managing partner for talent at Deloitte UK, said: “Increasing gender pay gap transparency is a topic we’ve taken a leading and visible position on for some time. We have been voluntarily reporting our gender pay gap since 2015 and worked closely with the Government Equalities Office to produce their report Trailblazing transparency: mending the gap.“Our aim is for everyone at Deloitte to be able to build a successful career without compromising their life outside work, whether that be for family life, personal interests or other reasons. We believe achieving this goal requires a combination of deliberate programmatic actions and ensuring that we provide an inclusive culture and an agile, flexible working environment for our people to operate in.”last_img read more

Twofifths feel their quality of work is affected by financial worries

first_imgTwo-fifths (41%) of employees believe their quality of work is affected when they are uneasy about the state of their finances, according to research by financial wellbeing provider Salary Finance.Its survey of around 10,000 UK employees also found that 77% trust their employer to treat their financial situation as confidential.Asesh Sarkar, chief executive officer at Salary Finance, said: “Employers are in a unique position to provide support, through financial education, salary-deducted savings, advances and loans, to help employees increase their financial fitness and ultimately improve their financial wellbeing. The added dividend for businesses comes in the form of a happier, healthier and more productive workforce.”Two-fifths (40%) of UK employees have financial worries; of this group, 73% experience stress and 46% suffer from depression. Of the respondents that earn more than £100,000 a year, 55% state that they suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, while 53% say they experience depression. Furthermore, 53% of respondents overall think they lack financial resilience.The research also found that UK employees take 1.5 days off work a year because of financial stress.Sarkar added: “As April is National Stress Awareness Month, we wanted to further highlight the issue of financial stress and the impact this can have on people, particularly in the workplace. This added level of stress is something that employers need to address by removing the taboo of talking about money worries in the workplace.”last_img read more

Truck crash fire shuts down Florida Turnpike in North MiamiDade

first_imgNORTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A box truck crashed and went up in flames on the Florida’s Turnpike Thursday morning, causing the highway to shut down for hours.The crash and fire took place just after 6:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the Turnpike near the Golden Glades Interchange in North Miami-Dade.The fire shut down all lanes of traffic as firefighters cut a hole in the cargo area of the truck to extinguish all of the flames.One person was injured and taken to Aventura Hospital.Traffic has since reopened in the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests Issue 1 Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Log, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between July 12, 2019 and July 18, 2019.Friday, July 12, 2019NoneSaturday, July 13, 2019NoneSunday, July 14, 2019NoneMonday, July 15, 2019Derek Neil Held (24, Methuen) was issued a summons for Number Plate Violation To Conceal ID. (2:36am)Tuesday, July 16, 2019Amanda Leigh Fay (34, Billerica) was arrested on warrants. She was also cited for unregistered motor vehicle and no inspection sticker. (2:53pm)Wednesday, July 17, 2019A 14-year-old was arrested for Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle, Use Of Motor Vehicle Without Authority, and Negligent Operation Of A Motor Vehicle. (4:30am)Thursday, July 18, 2019None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issues 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Dallas Seavey Aaron Burmeister Battle For Iditarod Lead

first_imgDallas and Mitch Seavey talk before the ceremonial start of the 2015 Iditarod. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)Dallas Seavey and Aaron Burmeister are running neck-and-neck down the Yukon River, leading the Iditarod field between Tanana and Ruby.Mitch Seavey and Martin Buser are running in third and fourth place, respectively, trailing the Iditarod leaders by less than two miles.The leg between Tanana and Ruby is the longest of the race, spanning 119 miles.last_img