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Federal cabinet to appoint members of council set to oversee FN education

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe federal cabinet will appoint the members of an education council that will oversee on-reserve schools under the Harper government’s proposed First Nation education bill tabled in the House of Commons Thursday.Called the Joint Council of Education Professionals, the entity will advise the Aboriginal Affairs minister, receive budgets and performance reports from First Nation schools and First Nation education authorities along with executing a five-year review of the implementation and operation of the legislation.The bill comes with about $1.9 billion in new funding for education. The largest chunk of the money, $1.252 billion, will be spread out over three years beginning in 2016. Funding for education will also grow 4.5 per cent per year.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said the council will have input on every decision the minister makes on education.“They will play an advisory and oversight role over the implementation of the Act and the minister’s powers (will be) filtered through their advice all the time for every decision the minister makes,” said Valcourt, during a press conference on Parliament Hill. “The minister, under the Act, cannot make a decision unilaterally without the advice of the Joint Council and that is…how you ensure the point of views of First Nations will always be considered.”According to the proposed bill, called the First Nation Control over First Nation Education Act, the council will have nine members. The federal cabinet will appoint four members and the chair on the recommendation of the Aboriginal affairs minister. Cabinet will appoint the other four members on the recommendation of the Assembly of First Nation. The AFN will have a say in the selection of the chair.Valcourt said he didn’t know how much the education council members will be paid. According to the bill, the council is expected to meet at least three times a year.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo said the bill met the need for stable and guaranteed funding for education and would help maintain Indigenous languages.He said the bill would give First Nation communities a say over how their children are taught.“First Nations must and will drive a way forward for the development of their own education system,” said Atleo. “We will have to do a deeper review of the bill itself…we see a commitment of the principle of First Nation control of education and working with First Nations.”The bill would allow First Nations to group their schools together under education authorities, enter into agreements with provincial school boards or operate their own schools independently.Under the bill, all students graduating from First Nation schools will have recognized certificates or diplomas, receive a minimum number of instructional hours and be taught by certified teachers. The bill would also ensure all children have access to elementary and secondary education on reserves.Department officials said they did not know how many schools currently fail to meet those standards.Schools would also be required to appoint a “school inspector” responsible for ensuring the school is meeting all requirements under the Act, including the academic performance of students at the institution.The inspector, who can’t be the school principal or education director, would also be required to submit reports on the school to either the education authority or the band agency responsible for the school. The report would then be submitted to the minister and the education council. If a school fails to meet standards, it could be put under co-management or under third party management by the minister on the advice of the education council.The bill would also force parents and guardians to ensure children under 16 are enrolled in a school. The bill allows bands to pass bylaws make it mandatory for children under 18 to attend school.Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Chief Gina Deer said Kahnawake opposed the proposed legislation and the creation of an education council.  She said the bill appears to give Ottawa more control over First Nation education.“Kahnawake is not happy at all,” said Deer, whose Mohawk community sits just south of Montreal. “In Kahnawake, nobody wants to see this government take over education. We need more funding so students can go to post-secondary education and university.”Six Nations Chief Ava Hill said the bill only gives an illusion of giving First Nation control over First Nation education.“If they are giving us control, why is it an Act of the government? How is that control?” said Hill. “It’s like an oxymoron.”Hill and Deer, along with Tyendinaga Chief Donald Meracle, stumbled across Atleo’s press conference on Parliament Hill after meeting with NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.Atleo did not inform regional chiefs during an executive meeting Wednesday that he planned to hold a press conference Thursday after the tabling of the bill.Nova Scotia regional Chief Morley Googoo, who is holds the education portfolio with the AFN, said he knew little about the proposed bill and was concerned about the direction things were taking.“I think clarification of the whole process is a question from everyone,” said Googoo. “I definitely want more information.”According to Aboriginal Affairs, only 38 per cent of 18 to 24 year-olds living on reserve had completed high school. The department said 25.4 per cent of status Indians do not have a high school diploma and only 65.4 per cent had a post-secondary diploma or certificate.Sections of the Indian Act dealing with residential schools would be repealed under the bill, which won’t impact First Nations with self-government agreements.Quebec chiefs recently launched legal action against Ottawa in Federal Court over education.MPs begin a two-week Easter break next read more

Will defeat Maken this time with bigger margin: Lekhi

first_imgThis time, Meenakshi Lekhi, the BJP candidate from New Delhi, is all set to sweep the Lok Sabha polls, at least according to what she said in an exclusive interview with Anup Verma & Abhinay Lakshman of the Millennium Post. Lekhi said some might think she is up against heavyweight candidates, but the only one formidable in New Delhi is none other than her. Excerpts: How has your campaign been so far? What are the issues you are focusing on? Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIt’s just absolutely fantastic. You can see the affection of people, enthusiasm of our party workers and the response from the general public. The whole thing is worth a watch. Look, issues change with changing times. But, what we are talking about here is the five years of work that the Modi government has accomplished. In addition to this, I am addressing the work that I have achieved in the last five years in my constituency, including how I have dealt with a variety of issues inside and outside of parliament. These are the things we are talking about. Development is definitely the agenda we are setting here, because an urban constituency comprises of an aware electorate. But nationalism and national politics remain as important and we are also talking about policies that our government has framed in this regard. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarWhat are some local issues your campaign will zero in on? The worst issue we are dealing with happens to be the water crisis. And I believe if New Delhi has water crisis, every other constituency will also have water crisis. I cannot deal with this because it is a subject matter that comes under the Delhi government’s jurisdiction. Earlier, as a representative of this area I had got Rs 900 crore sanctioned from the Central budget for the Delhi government to put to use. But the execution and work strategy of how this money is used remains under the purview of Delhi government. Since they never involved me, I don’t know what strategy or what plan do they have for dealing with the water crisis here. They got this budgetary allocation on my demand from the Centre. Further on, how do you plan to work with NDMC and the Delhi government, given that you share jurisdiction with them? Look, conflicts in this regard come and go on a daily basis. But, irrespective of conflicting issues, a lot can be done if intentions are well placed. My point is that I don’t bring politics into developmental aspects or helping people. I don’t believe in that and repeatedly I have made this clear to the Delhi government. I have always maintained that we should work together on dealing with the issues at hand. We will play politics when it comes to elections, but I have not received a positive response from the other side on working towards resolving these issues together. My faith in not politicising developmental issues and bringing basic amenities like water to the people of Delhi does not seem to be reciprocated. What has your crowning achievement been as an MP in the last five years? You see, there have been so many national policies that our government has introduced, launched, and nurtured. But a lot of them haven’t been applied in Delhi. As a legislator, my role has been to try to get these policies applied in New Delhi 100 percent. I have tried my level best to make sure that people of Delhi can reap the benefits of schemes that have been passed by our government. I have tried to bring these benefits to the people and help them, whether it is Mudra, Jandhan, or Ujjwala. As an MP, I’ve spent Rs 32 crore to develop my constituency, whereas the MPLAD fund only allows for Rs 25 crore. I utilised every bit of resource, including the leftover of Rs 7 crore of MPLAD fund from my predecessor. New Delhi is one of the top smart cities in India. What more you are planning for this smart city? There are many things which are possible. We have achieved a target of about 40 per cent smartness, so to speak. I wish I could achieve 100 percent and we’ve done quite a bit towards that end. The whole 100 percent is very much doable if all of the authorities invested in the issue work together and cooperate. But what I want to work on is garbage management and waste disposal. There are various possible ways that I’m looking at for garbage disposable solutions close to the area, in the vicinity of the constituency. This is because it is imperative that we find a solution that considerably reduces the number of garbage trucks we send to the landfills. Other than this, I intervened and got around 10 Sewage Treatment Plants put up. What’s the first thing you promise to do, if you are re-elected? There are still one or two places in New Delhi where open defecation is still a problem. So, I have decided that I’m going to build toilets there immediately. There is a place called Timbre Market in Moti Nagar, where a park is used as a place for open defecation and that particular cluster needs a bit of redoing. In fact, I went to Bhanwar Singh Camp on Monday and there was a place, a part of the ridge that was used for open defecation. I had got that area enclosed and converted into a park and built toilets in the area. Some would say you are going up against formidable opponents in New Delhi. How do you feel about that, given that things are different from what they were in 2014? Yes, I agree that things are different this time around. So, as compared to 2014, I believe our margins will increase. Mr Maken, whom I defeated by a margin of more than two and a half lakh votes, will lose this year by a larger margin. If somebody is formidable in this seat, it happens to be Meenakshi Lekhi and no one else. What are some other challenges you might face in the run-up to the polls? There is no challenge whatsoever that I feel I must be aware of. There is resounding confidence that I have nothing to worry about in these polls. The only thing that worries me is that the campaign is exhausting and as a result of speaking continuously, my throat has taken a toll. So, other than that there is nothing else that worries me.last_img read more

Art With Heart on the move

Art With Heart has moved to the heart of downtown Simcoe.Nikki Campbell-Schram, founder and CEO of Art with Heart, has announced that her business will be moving to Simcoe from Port Dover.The new location on Norfolk Street North had notes in the window giving hints to anyone passing by about what might be going into the space. Campbell-Schram said they were “like ninjas” sneaking into the store at night so no one would know who was putting the hints in the window.“We like to be fun and get the enthusiasm up, we’re all about energy. That was the perfect way to introduce the move to people,” said Campbell-Schram.The business, which has been running for five years, recently closed its Port Dover location.“Dover has been so supportive, wonderful, and lovely,” said Campbell-Schram. “The only downfall was that we couldn’t grow there, there was no spot to accommodate the larger class sizes.”She said being in Simcoe creates a more centralized location in Norfolk County for students to attend classes. She added that registration has shown growth from students that would be travelling from Waterford or Delhi areas.The new Simcoe location was supposed to be open in the beginning of July but now the goal is to open at the start of September.“The Norfolk Arts Centre has been instrumental for us in the move,” said Campbell-Schram. “They kindly allow us to run our programming out of their building right now to allow us to get our stuff together.”She said that the arts businesses in Norfolk collaborate well. She has worked closely with Suzanne Earls from Pieceful Arts, as well as the Norfolk Arts Centre to improve downtown spaces.“We want to make downtown Simcoe the place to be.”A few ideas floating around to make the space feel inclusive and welcoming for young people are kids karaoke and board game nights.The regular season programming, including after school art classes and drama kids, will be available soon.The programming also will be expanding now that there is a larger read more

Pipeline anomalies detected night before leak into North Saskatchewan River

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2016 8:56 am MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil is seen on the North Saskatchewan river near Maidstone, Sask on Friday July 22, 2016. Husky Energy has said between 200,000 and 250,000 litres of crude oil and other material leaked into the river on Thursday from its pipeline. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson MELFORT, Sask. – Husky Energy knew something might be wrong with one of its oil pipelines about 14 hours before it told the Saskatchewan government of a leak which has since forced communities along the North Saskatchewan River to seek alternative drinking water.In an update posted to its website Tuesday, the company said its monitoring detected “pressure anomalies” last Wednesday at 8 p.m. as several segments of the pipeline were being returned to service. Such a thing is common when pipelines are started up, the company said.Husky said it immediately began reviewing data. Crews were sent to check the pipeline, but they did not find a leak. The company also arranged for aerial surveillance to be done at daybreak.The company said that it began to shut down the pipeline as a precaution 6 a.m. on Thursday. That morning, a sheen was spotted on the river and Husky’s emergency response plan kicked into gear. Cleanup crews were sent to the spill site near Maidstone, Sask.The Saskatchewan government got word of the spill at around 10:30 a.m. that day.The pipeline runs from Husky’s heavy oil operations to its facilities in Lloydminster and carries oil mixed with a lighter hydrocarbon, called a diluent, that’s added to ease the flow.Husky vice-president Al Pate, who is overseeing the spill response, said the company will review what happened.“Our investigation is going to be comprehensive and it’s going to be thorough, so we will know in due course the sequence of events and what exactly transpired, but right now we’re focused on the response,” Pate said Tuesday.The company remains confident in its estimate that 200,000 to 250,000 litres spilled, he said. That’s the capacity of two rail cars.Laurie Pushor with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of the Economy called Husky “open and transparent” and a “responsible operator” and said a provincial investigation will examine whether the company responded appropriately.Greenpeace spokesman Keith Stewart said the time lag between leak detection and pipe shutdown isn’t surprising.“The paper version of spill response plans looks very impressive, but the reality looks like cities scrambling for new water supplies.”The water pipeline network that serves the city of Melfort stopped its intake from the Codette reservoir near the river at around 6 a.m. Tuesday as the oil sheen made its way downstream.A precautionary drinking water advisory was in effect for Melfort and about a dozen nearby communities. There is an ample backup supply of water, but its quality can’t be assured until authorities figure out the best way to treat it, said Sam Ferris of Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency.North Battleford shut off its water intake on Friday and Prince Albert followed on Monday.North Battleford’s reservoir supplies remain in good shape for now, but alternatives are being assessed, said Ferris. For Prince Albert, work continues on running a hose from the South Saskatchewan River about 30 kilometres away to bring in more supply.Strict water conservation measures are in place and people in the area are being advised to limit recreational activities on the North Saskatchewan River. That includes swimming, water-skiing or eating fish from the river. Officials say boating and catch-and-release fishing should not be a problem.— By Lauren Krugel in Calgary Pipeline ‘anomalies’ detected night before leak into North Saskatchewan River read more

No Strictly Come Dancing star will be knocked out partway through final

first_imgWith viewers grumbling that the results are a fix and the celebrity dancers stung by some unkind comments, this series of Strictly Come Dancing has been in danger of losing the feelgood factor.But the final is guaranteed to be a happier place after the BBC announced they are scrapping the early elimination.Traditionally, one of the four couples is voted out in the opening hour of the final, leaving three to battle it out for the Glitterball trophy.This year, all four will dance through to the very end, where the winner will be decided by a public vote.The BBC said the decision was taken at the beginning of this series, and is not a response to anything that has happened since the show began.But the more inclusive final follows accusations that the BBC One show has taken a nasty turn this year. 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. Alexandra Burke has suffered negative commentsCredit:Andrew Crowley  McFadden, McGee and Burke will be joined in the final by Gemma Atkinson, the Hollyoaks actress. All will perform three dances: a judges’ pick, a show dance and a favourite dance.The final is expected to attract one of the highest audiences of the year. Saturday’s show was watched by an average of 10.2 million viewers and a peak audience of 11.3 million. Burke faced the dance-off for two consecutive weeks despite high judges’ scores, but on Sunday was voted through to the final. Mollie King, the girl band singer, was the last contestant to be eliminated.center_img Alexandra Burke Alexandra Burke, one of the four celebrities left in the competition, said she has struggled to cope with some of the negative comments aimed at her. Some viewers have accused her of faking tears, and have claimed the judges are ‘fixing’ the result by awarding her higher marks than her dances deserve.It has also been suggested that she and Debbie McGee have an unfair advantage because they have previous dance experience, with Burke appearing in musical theatre and McGee trained in ballet. However, neither has ballroom experience; the bookmakers’ favourite, Joe McFadden has also appeared in West End musicals. Other criticism this series has been directed at Shirley Ballas, the new judge, who has received hate mail from viewers who believe her judging is too harsh.”I don’t want to say what they say. I won’t go there. But some people are just inappropriate,” she has said. “I think it’s unfair to say that I’m mean. I think I’m constructive. I’m there to do my job and do it to the best of my ability.”Last year, in an anomaly, there was no elimination in the final because only three contestants were featured, following Will Young’s decision to quit. Producers thought it was more seamless than in previous years, when proceedings paused to send one couple home.A BBC spokesperson said: “The producers always wanted a final in which all the couples danced three times. It proved hugely successful in 2016 and we’re very excited about the routines that will be performed this weekend.”last_img read more

Europes largest modern slavery ring smashed after trafficking 400 vulnerable people to

Julianna Chodakiewicz and Natalida ZmudaCredit:West Midlands Police/PA  Victim’s living quartersCredit:West Midlands Police/PA (Clockwise from top left) Justyna Parczewska, Marek Brzezinski, Wojciech Nowakowski, Jan Sadowski, Marek Chowaniec, Ignacy BrzezinskiCredit:West Midlands Police/PA Meanwhile, the gang’s bosses lived the high life off the backs of those they exploited, sporting lavish clothes, and driving luxury cars, including a Bentley. Gang member's Bentley GT Continental Credit and debit cards that were created in victim's names 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. Gang member’s Bentley GT ContinentalCredit:West Midlands Police/PA “We are doing a lot more as organisations, both West Midlands Police and nationally through the National Crime Agency, but I think it is a really difficult problem to tackle.”I think the point there is we all need to work together to tackle it – we can’t solely investigate our way out of this.”Addressing how the victims were persuaded to work for the traffickers, Mr Dale said: “They were legally entitled to work in this country and spend their wages how they saw fit and live where they saw fit.”But that was abused by traffickers. They would convince the victims that they were unlawfully in the country, that if they left the house the traffickers provided for them they would be arrested by police.”Sometimes they were given a debt, so they were told that they owed the traffickers £5,000 and had to work off that debt – so there’s a lot of these methods the traffickers would use to make them feel trapped.” Judge Stacey said the conspiracy, which ran from June 2012 until October 2017, was the “most ambitious, extensive and prolific” modern day slavery network ever uncovered.Investigators believe it is the largest such criminal prosecution of its type in Europe, to date. After the end of two trials, it can now be reported how five men and three women, all originally from Poland, exploited their destitute victims for pure “greed”.They have all now been convicted of modern slavery offences and money laundering.Jurors heard the accounts of more than 90 victims, but it is believed at least 350 more had been through the gang’s hands, who had since either returned to their homeland, could not be traced, or were too scared to come forward.At the end of the second case last month, a jury at Birmingham Crown Court convicted two men, 52-year-old Ignacy Brzezinski, of Beechwood Road, West Bromwich, and Wojciech Nowakowski, 41, of James Turner Street, Birmingham, of modern slavery offences.A third, Jan Sadowski, 26, of Dartmouth Street, West Bromwich, admitted his part on the first day of trial.At a previous trial ending in February, leading conspirator Marek Chowanic, along with Ignacy’s cousin, Marek Brzezinski, recruitment consultant Julianna Chodakiewicz, Natalia Zmuda and Justyna Parczewska, the group’s matriarch, were all convicted of their roles. Toilet plugged by a duvet in victim’s living quartersCredit:West Midlands Police/PA The gang seized identity cards, registered victims for National Insurance and opened bank accounts in the victims’ names using bogus addresses, while their criminal masters also claimed benefits without their knowledge.The ring also infiltrated a recruitment agency, meaning work could be directly sourced, without raising suspicions with third parties.Victims would in some cases be “frog-marched” to cash points, to withdraw money and told they owed debts for transport costs, rent and food, the charity said.When one worker died of natural causes at an address controlled by the gang, Parczewska ordered that his ID and personal effects be removed from his pockets before paramedics arrived. Toilet plugged by a duvet in victim's living quarters Victim's living quarters Abuse shows ‘callousness’ of gangThe physical and mental abuse of vulnerable modern slavery victims showed the “callousness” of a gang of traffickers behind one of the largest operations ever uncovered by police.Detective Chief Inspector Nick Dale of West Midlands Police said hundreds of victims were exploited by at least eight people who each played a role in the “largest conspiracy of its type convicted in the UK”.Following the convictions of the five men and three women after two trials, the senior investigating officer said the victims were “trapped” and then “systematically coerced” into working for the gang. The gang operation was smashed after victims were uncovered by anti-slavery charity Hope for Justice.The charity said 51 of the victims eventually made contact through its painstaking outreach efforts at two drop-in centres.The organisation was then able to flag the slavery ring’s existence to police.West Midlands Police then launched an investigation in February 2015.Opening the second of two trials, Caroline Haughey QC, prosecuting, said: “When you are deprived of your freedoms and exploited for your weakness, that is criminal – and it is of such exploitation and degradation that this case concerns – where human beings have become commodities.”Chowanic, 30, of Mount Street, Walsall, Marek Brzezinski, 50, of Lindley Avenue, Tipton, Chodakiewicz, 24, of Evesham, Worcestershire, Zmuda, 29, of Canute Close, Walsall, and Parczewska, 48, of Beechwood Road, West Bromwich, were jailed in March.Ignacy Brzezinski, who since conviction has skipped his bail the judge heard, Nowakowski and Sadowski will be sentenced later on Friday. She added: “Any lingering complacency after the 2007 bi-centenary celebrations of the abolition of the English Slave Trade Act was misplaced.”The hard truth is that the practice continues, here in the UK, often hiding in plain sight.”Together the group helped in the targeting and trafficking of people from their Polish homeland, placing them in cramped, rat-infested accommodation in the Black Country and putting them to work on farms, rubbish recycling centres and poultry factories.In some cases, the gang waited outside the front gates of jails in Poland, to approach ex-cons who had just been released.Victims, aged 17 to over 60, were housed across at least nine different addresses in West Bromwich, Walsall, Sandwell and Smethwick, crammed up to four to a room, fed out-of-date food, and forced to scavenge for mattresses to sleep on.Some had no working toilets, heating or furniture. Julianna Chodakiewicz and Natalida Zmuda Detailing the facts of the case, Mr Dale said: “We identified 92 victims – we think there were a number more.”He added: “There were, at its height, a total of 12 suspects in the case, so it has been a really long journey to get to where we are now.”The judge in her summing up for the first case described it as the largest conspiracy of its type convicted in the UK.”Asked if trafficking was a problem in the UK, Mr Dale said: “I think there are a lot of criminal groups who will exploit that will to come to the UK to work. At the first trial sentencing, Judge Mary Stacey said their “degradation” of fellow human beings had been “totally unacceptable”, jailing the five for between 11 and four-and-a-half years.She said the defendants had subjected victims to a “demi-life of misery and poverty”, robbing them of their dignity and humanity “without care or regard for the rights of the individuals affected”. “For example they might have been recently released from prison, they might have been homeless, suffering from alcoholism, or other issues.”In some cases, they were desperate for the money to pay for urgent medical care for family members.”They were systematically, psychologically predominantly but sometimes physically, coerced into doing the work for the organised crime group.”This demonstrates the callousness of it.”At a trial, ending in February, Marek Chowanic, Marek Brzezinski, Juliana Chodakiewicz, Natalia Zmuda and Justyna Parczewska were convicted of their roles in the conspiracy, and jailed for between four-and-a-half and 11 years.Following a separate trial last month, Ignacy Brzezinski, of Beechwood Road, West Bromwich, Wojciech Nowakowski, of James Turner Street, Birmingham, and Jan Sadowski, of Dartmouth Street, West Bromwich, were also convicted. Credit and debit cards that were created in victim’s namesCredit:West Midlands Police/PA (Clockwise from top left) Justyna Parczewska, Marek Brzezinski, Wojciech Nowakowski, Jan Sadowski, Marek Chowaniec, Ignacy Brzezinski Questioned on how the traffickers chose their victims, Mr Dale said: “They were recruited in Poland because they really needed the work, because they were in a position in life where they needed to get out of that situation. The largest-ever UK modern slavery ring, which forced more than 400 people to work for a pittance while their criminal masters earned £2 million, has been smashed.A three-year police investigation uncovered a well-organised criminal gang led by the Brzezinski family – which preyed on the homeless, ex-prisoners and alcoholics, from Poland.The ring lured and then trafficked vulnerable victims to the UK with the promise of good money, but instead housed them in squalor, and used them as what a judge described as “commodities”.Victims were paid as little as 50p for a day’s labour and in one case a worker was given coffee and a chicken as payment for redecorating a house.Another man had to wash in a canal because he had no other access to water, while one house’s leaky toilet had to be plugged with an old duvet, such was the standard of disrepair.One victim, describing “horrible” living conditions, said: “I would say some homeless people here in the UK live better than I lived after I arrived over here.”Victims were reduced to recycling used cigarette butts off the street, and going to soup kitchens and food banks to get enough to eat. If any complained, gang enforcers would humiliate, threaten or beat them up, while “house spies” – previously trafficked individuals turned trusted informers – kept an eye on the workers.On several occasions, anti-slavery investigators with charity Hope for Justice, and West Midlands Police, uncovered shocking brutality against those who stepped out of line.One man who complained about living conditions and pay had his arm broken, was refused medical care, and then ejected from the accommodation because his injury left him unable to work.Another was stripped naked in front of other workers, doused in surgical chemical iodine, and told that the gang would remove his kidneys if he did not keep quiet. read more

Facebook lapplication iPad dévoilée en même temps que lIphone 5

first_imgFacebook : l’application iPad dévoilée en même temps que l’Iphone 5 ?Les possesseurs de l’iPad attendent depuis des mois l’arrivée de l’application Facebook dédiée à la tablette d’Apple. Alors que la présentation de l’iPhone 5 est fixée au 4 octobre, cette conférence pourrait également être marquée par l’officialisation d’un partenariat entre le plus populaire des réseaux sociaux et la firme à la pomme.L’application Facebook dédiée à l’iPad pourrait être très prochainement dévoilée. “Enfin !” s’exclameront certainement les possesseurs de la tablette d’Apple, qui doivent pour l’heure se contenter de la version iPhone de l’application, mal adaptée aux performances et aux dimensions de l’écran de l’iPad.À lire aussiDonnées personnelles : Facebook propose de vous surveiller… contre rémunérationL’annonce de ce nouveau partenariat entre Apple et le réseau social aux 800 millions de membres pourrait avoir lieu le 4 octobre, rapporte le site Mashable, au moment de la présentation de l’iPhone 5, qui devrait se tenir dans les locaux d’Apple, à Cupertino. Facebook devrait en outre dévoiler une nouvelle version de l’application pour iPhone. Plus inattendu : certaines rumeurs annoncent une possible intégration de Facebook dans iOS, le système d’exploitation mobile d’Apple.Grâce à ce partenariat, les deux sociétés visent un seul et même objectif : combattre Google et son réseau Google +, qui, trois mois après son lancement, peut se targuer d’avoir conquis près de 50 millions d’internautes, selon les dernières nouvelles.Le 28 septembre 2011 à 09:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Israel Hamas accept Gaza war ceasefire

first_imgGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory.Hamas declared victory and bursts of celebratory gunfire erupted across Gaza, but the terms of the deal fell far short of Hamas’ demand that Israel and Egypt open Gaza’s borders.Under the Egyptian-brokered deal, Israel is to ease imports into Gaza, including aid and material for reconstruction. It also allows Palestinians to fish six nautical miles offshore, up from three nautical miles.In a month, the cease-fire calls for talks to begin in Cairo on more complex issues, including building a seaport and airport in Gaza, and Israel’s demand that Hamas disarm.However, the agreement appeared to contain no major Israeli concessions and previous understandings after a round of fighting in 2012 quickly dissipated.Previous cease-fire deals have collapsed since the war began July 8, and it was not clear if this one would hold. The truce took effect at 7 p.m. local time (1600 GMT), but violence persisted until the last minute.last_img read more

Search underway for woman abducted outside Allapattah auto shop

first_imgWe need your assistance identifying the female depicted in the video below, who was abducted on 2/8/19 from 2345 NW 36 St. The vehicle is being described as a newer model white Nissan Altima bearing a paper tag. Anyone with info is asked to contact our Robbery Unit @ 305.603.6370— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) February 10, 2019A few minutes later the video shows a white car pulling up to the business, and a man is seen getting out of the vehicle. He is then seen grabbing the victim. “He was running over here. He takes her from the restroom and hit her like, I don’t know, 20 or 50 times,” said a witness who was not identified, “and then he wanted her to drive the car, so he put her in the driver’s seat. He hit her 20 more times with the door.”“The way that he was fighting or screaming and everything, we knew that he had to get a gun or something,” the witness added.Investigators said the victim is between her mid-20s and early 30s, stands between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall. She was last seen wearing a blue or light-colored long-sleeve shirt and dark pants.Police said they are looking for a white Altima, possibly a 2015 model, with a paper tag. Officials believe the tag number is partially either CFJ7 or CJF7.“We’re not sure if he’s armed. However, we did receive some information that he was observed physically abusing this female,” said Miami Police Officer Kiara Delva. “Once again, he may be dangerous, so please do not approach him, and contact the police department.”If you have any information on the woman’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a woman who was caught on surveillance video being forced into a car by a man outside of a tire shop in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood, in what officials are calling an abduction.City of Miami Police tweeted out the security footage showing the subject with his arm around the victim’s upper chest area as he forced her into a white Nissan Altima along the 2300 block of Northwest 36th Street, Friday.Officials said the woman asked employees to call 911, saying she was hiding from a man and that he was “going to kill” her.Witnesses said the woman then went inside a restroom.last_img read more

SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT Senior Center Seeking Drivers For Home Delivered Meal Program

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a message from the Wilmington Senior Center:The Senior Center is looking for home delivered meal drivers for mother’s hours. Call the Senior Center at 978-657-7595 for more information.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… RelatedSENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington Senior Center Wants To Thank Residents Who Help Out Their Senior NeighborsIn “Community”SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington Senior Center Looking For Help With Home Delivered Meals ProgramIn “Community”SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington Senior Center Issues Scam AlertsIn “Community”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for January 20 Plows Cause Some Issues Driver Suffers Medical

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, January 20, 2019:A jeep crashed into a snow bank on Richmond Street. Driver suffered a “medical issue,” but no injuries from the crash. Driver was transported by the Fire Department. DPW cleaned roadway. Vehicle was towed. (9:35am)A Marion Street resident reported a town plow truck struck and damaged her fence. Snow was pushed into the fence, causing the plastic to buckle. Homeowner will work with town to rectify issue, as fence may be too close to street. (11:33am)Police notified that a plow struck a large rock in front of a Woburn Street residence. Rock was creating a traffic hazard. DPW responded to push back off roadway. (1:47pm)A caller stated a plow took off the man hole cover on Main Street, near St. Dorothy’s. DPW notified. (2:44pm)Police noted the stop sign and and road signs at Route 62 and the 93 North Exit 40 ramp were flattened by a plow. (10:18pm)(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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 12: 2 Juveniles Laying On Train Tracks; Motorcycle Crash; Tractor Trailer vs. PoleIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 23: Break-Ins on Ballardvale Street; Ride-On Lawn Mower vs. Parked Car; Erratic DriverIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for March 10: Jeep vs. Hydrant; Car vs. Pole; Homeowner vs. Plow Driver; Trash Barrels StolenIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Jubo League leader detained for yaba peddling

first_imgYaba. File PhotoA local Jubo League leader was arrested in a decoy operation reportedly while selling yaba pills in Rajshahi city’s Shalbagan area on Sunday afternoon, reports UNB.The arrestee is Shamim Hossain, son of Moslem Uddin of Natunpara area in Poba upazila and general secretary of ward-18 (North) Jubo League in the city.Raju Ahmed, sub-inspector of Chandrima police station, said Shamim had long been involved in Yaba peddling.Based on the information, police contacted him to buy Yaba and asked him to come to Shalbagan area in the afternoon.As Shamim turned up, they caught him red-handed while he was selling Yaba to them, Raju said, adding that they recovered 36 contraband pills from his possession.Contacted, city Jubo League president Ramjan Ali said they will look into the matter. “Organisational action will be taken against Shamim if he is found to be involved in Yaba business.”last_img read more

Feds 80 Charged in Maryland Prison Racketeering Drug Conspiracies

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Correctional officers at Maryland’s largest state prison for years helped scores of inmates smuggle narcotics, tobacco, pornography and cellphones into the facility in exchange for money and sex, according to a pair of sweeping federal indictments against 35 inmates, 18 jail guards and 27 “outside facilitators” unsealed Wednesday.In this 2012 photo, correctional officers watch inmates as they walk the yard of the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, M.D. Correctional officers at Maryland’s largest state prison for years helped scores of inmates smuggle narcotics, tobacco, pornography and cellphones into the facility in exchange for money and sex, according to a pair of sweeping federal indictments unsealed Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (Todd Dudek/The Daily Times via AP)The indictments allege a racketeering scheme at the East and West compounds of the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Maryland, that involved smuggling heroin, cocaine, MDMA, ecstasy and Suboxone, among other narcotics, into the jail in exchange for cash, money orders and in some cases, sexual favors. The indictments say guards were able to sneak the contraband past security screenings and deliver it to inmates in their cells or at pre-arranged “stash” locations, laundry rooms, staff bathrooms and other areas.“Prison corruption is a longstanding, deeply-rooted systemic problem that can only be solved by a combination of criminal prosecutions and policy changes,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a statement.Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen Moyer said he assigned eight investigators to work with the FBI and other federal agencies to crack the case. The indictments, he said, “send a strong message that we will no longer tolerate corruption committed by a few tarnishing the good work of our 10,500 dedicated and committed department employees.”According to the indictment, defendant correctional officers routinely warned inmates when prison administrators were planning to conduct cellphone raids. In some cases, when participating prison guards learned that inmates were supplying administrators with information, or “snitching,” they would alert other inmates and encourage them to retaliate, often using violence. Twice in July, prison guards encouraged inmates to stab other prisoners.The indictments come on the heels of a high-profile prison contraband scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center in 2014 in which 44 people were federally indicted. The racketeering scheme’s ringleader, Tavon White, who was also a known member of the Black Guerrilla Family gang, impregnated several prison guards and on a recorded telephone line famously told a friend on the outside, “This is my jail.”According to this indictment, prisoners and guards were very much aware of the Baltimore case, as evidenced by telephone calls that were recorded with them discussing it.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Marvel Comics to Get Audiobook Treatment

first_imgStay on target ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe Perfect for a long commute, relaxing bath, or meal prep, audiobooks are an increasingly popular way to lose yourself—hands-free—in a story.In an effort to capitalize on the growing trend, Marvel Entertainment has inked a deal with audiobook publisher Dreamscape Media to bring some of its iconic tales to your ears.Among the two dozen exclusive recordings, fans can expect read-to-me-style versions of prose stories featuring Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, the X-Men, and other characters from authors David Michelinie, Tony Isabella, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, and Peter David.“Marvel Entertainment has changed pop culture with its emphasis on character-driven stories that bring out the superhero in all of us,” Dreamscape publisher Tammy Faxel said in a statement. “We are proud to collaborate with Marvel Entertainment to give fans a new way to connect with their favorite superheroes.”The audiobooks will hit digital shelves in September. There is no word yet on an official launch date or pricing.Dreamscape Media parent company Midwest Tapes is set to handle distribution of recordings, selling them through Amazon, Audible, iBooks, Google, Overdrive, and other platforms.The firm will also distribute Marvel audio titles via its Hoopla subsidiary—a digital media service that collaborates with thousands of U.S. and Canadian libraries to serve up free audiobooks to patrons.Hoopla previously partnered with Marvel to bring 250 comic books to its app, available for phones, tablets, and smart TVs.As The Verge pointed out, Marvel is no stranger to audio adaptations.The firm recently released two seasons of its original Wolverine podcast, and partnered with Serial Box to produce a handful of stories featuring Marvel characters—each installment accessible in print and audio.More on Steals 14 Rare Comic Books Worth $42,000 From Denver Store‘Avengers #1’ Among 180,000 Comics Donated to University of S. CarolinaGeek Pick: Comixology Is Still Netflix for ComicsEditor’s note: This article was updated at 10:10 a.m. to clarify that the audiobooks will be recordings of Marvel’s prose stories, not comic books.last_img read more

Xbox One controller will be PC compatible but not until 2014

first_imgYesterday Major Nelson spent 7 minutes breaking down why the Xbox One controller is going to be awesome. And now we’ve had it confirmed that PC gamers should get excited about the controller too, although not immediately.Microsoft has stated that it fully intends to support use of the Xbox One controller on PC, but that we shouldn’t expect compatibility to appear this year. The reason for the delay is one of architectures.Microsoft needs to make the Xbox One pad work seamlessly with any and all PC games that currently function using the Xbox 360 pad. However, the architecture of the two controllers is very different, as is the wireless protocol, which means the software required to support the Xbox One pad is more complex and therefore is going to take a while to finish.That delay also has to be in part because PC support is a secondary issue, and Microsoft is fully focused on getting the Xbox One to market and selling units. After that initial launch period is over, the dev support team will have more time to focus on PC support and making those intriguing impulse triggers available for use in games that run on Windows.Of course, it’s a different story for the Kinect sensor. Microsoft has stated that the Xbox One version isn’t compatible with anything other than the console. That means the second generation Kinect will be a completely separate product for PC, and one that is expected to cost $399, which is almost as much as the Xbox One with Kinect bundle costs.last_img read more

A father attempts DIY drone buddy to watch his kid

first_img Analyzing energy potential (—”Last winter, I fantasized about sitting at my computer while a camera-equipped drone followed him overhead.” That is the revelation of a
 father who provides a detailed account of building an Arduino-based gyrocopter that could follow his son, in grade school, who he normally walks 400 meters down a hill to the bus stop each morning. He chose a quadcopter design for its maneuverability and ability to hover. He did not buy a kit but instead got his parts separate. His project involved a central frame to hold the electronics, aluminum to support motors and propellers, and legs to cushion landings, a main control board and sensors, batteries, power distribution board, power controllers for the motors, radio receiver for standard remote-control flying, and an RF modem for computerized control. Explore further Credit: Paul Wallich, via IEEE Spectrum Paul Wallich, an IEEE Spectrum contributing editor shared many details behind his DIY device with the magazine. He chose an ArduPilot Mega for the main control board. ArduPilot Mega is a fully programmable autopilot that requires a GPS module and sensors to create a functioning Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. He said the whole board is powered by a 5-volt feed from one of the motor controllers. He installed Mission Planner on a Windows desktop to initialize the ArduPilot Mega’s firmware and calibrate all its sensors and controls. He decided against using RFID systems, opting instead for a GPS beacon. “Reading an RFID tag from meters rather than centimeters takes more amplification and a fancier antenna than I was willing to have my quadcopter carry.” How successful was he? Getting the thing up in the air was trivial. But he still had to rate his success based on how it worked. He said it “mostly” worked. Windy conditions were a problem, making the copter skittish. GPS guidance was good to ten meters at best. “Because my particular front yard is only about 15 meters across, with a long, tree-edged driveway leading to the street, I either have to follow automatically above the treetops—where I can’t really see what’s going on—or else supplement the autopilot with old-fashioned line-of-sight remote control.” 
Wallich said he plans more sonar units for “collision avoidance,” and maybe an optical flow sensor for better position control.He discovered another difficulty, rechargeable battery life. “Just hovering in the air requires two to three amperes; moving around or fighting a breeze expends twice that or more.” He said the typical 2200-milliampere-hour lithium-ion battery gave him just enough time to fly to the bus stop, wait a few minutes for the bus and fly back. More information: … iy-kidtracking-drone Citation: A father attempts DIY drone buddy to watch his kid (2012, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

Get a Spoton look

first_imgWho doesn’t like being complimented? Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd.  ‘You look Gorgeous!’ Doesn’t that remark bring happiness to you and make you blush? However, it is not the heaps of makeup that give you the perfect look. Good hairdo, subtle makeup with a perfect stroke of blush, right amount of mascara, eyeliner and arch eyebrows, all bunched together make the difference.However, not everyone knows how to put makeup according to their faces. Sometimes we just land up doing the wrong makeup at the wrong occasion. There are steps which one should follow to get that right look. The most prominent part of the face are the eyes. Hence, one must take proper care while doing eye makeup. According to makeup artist Nirmal Randhawa, “Never apply a dark eyeliner on your bottom water line, as this will make your eyes look even smaller. Instead swipe a thin line on your top lash line and the outer corner of your bottom lash line to gently frame your eyes. Likewise, while using a particular lip shade one must select it according to one’s skin tone. For the ones who have fair skin, bold reds and dark colours can be a fun way to play up your makeup, while the ones with olive skin tone, could opt nude, red, pink, orange shades. The ones with a darker complexion, look fantastic with deep plums, berries and reds.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’However, when it comes to applying eye-shadows, Dr Blossom Kochhar, beauty expert says, “Using complimentary colours or contrasting colours to the colour of your dress will not just draw emphasis to your eyes but will also be more pleasing. For instance, when donning a blue dress, use pink eye shadow and for a green dress use bronze eye-shadow”. One should also make sure that the makeup is done according to the occasion. “During a day party, the lip colour should be soothing, keeping the eye makeup light and natural. However, for night parties dramatic eyes with glitters and shimmers should be used and the new trend to have neon lip colour that glows in the dark are perfect for party purpose,” says Kochhar. For a glowing skin, a nutrition-rich diet along with daily physical activity, and a regular intake of vitamin C- are some helpful tips. Apart from this sunlight exposure should be reduced. While the Sun is a great source of vitamin D, morning sun from 7 am to 9 am is good for the skin. However, after this avoiding the Sun is very essential especially from 10 am to 2 pm, advices Randhawa.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday, July 18. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing womancenter_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . 17:16Potteries man arrested as he attempted to board flight at Manchester AirportHe was about to take off for his family holiday when police swooped – and now he has been jailed. More here16:56Road cleared following accident in Farley Road cleared and traffic returned to normal, accident cleared on Farley Lane in both directions from Chained Oak Farm Hotel (Farley) to New Road (Alton). 16:51’Injured’ goose flies out of water after firefighters called to rescue bird in parkThe goose flew out of the water after the fire service were called by the RSPCA. More here.16:01Heavy traffic in SandbachHeavy traffic on A533 Old Mill Road in both directions at High Street.The A534 Southbound is also heavy approaching the junction. 15:39Accident on Farley Lane near Alton TowersFarley Lane near Alton Towers (Image: Inrix)15:38Accident in FarleyFarley Lane in both directions partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident from Chained Oak Farm Hotel (Farley) to New Road (Alton).Officers are currently on route to the scene. 15:37Broken down vehicle on M6A Highways Englanf spokesman said:M6 northbound between J14 Stafford North and J15 #StokeonTrent there is a van broken down in Lane 3 of the contraflow. Traffic Officers and free recovery on route .”13:12Issues on M6Lane 1 (of 4) is closed on the #M6 Southbound between J13 #StaffordSouth and J12 #Gailey due to a broken down vehicle. #TrafficOfficers en route.— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) July 18, 201912:28Long delays now due to accidentOne lane closed and very slow traffic due to accident and broken down car on A500 D Road Southbound between A5271 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank, Porthill) and A527 (Wolstanton Retail Park, Wolstanton). Note change of details. Note change of location.One lane is closed heading towards Stoke. Initially reported as an accident and the sensors confirm that this is just after the Porthill Roundabout. 12:12Accident on D-RoadA500 D Road Southbound partially blocked, very slow traffic due to accident from A527 (Longbridge Hayes) to A527 (Wolstanton Retail Park, Wolstanton). 11:29Busy in Tunstall Heavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 10:50Vicky Road busy…A50 Victoria Road busy but moving at A5007 City Road. 09:55Delays on the trainsDelays of up to 15 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast Northbound at Lichfield Trent Valley due to signalling problem. 08:56Queues in Weston Coyney Queuing traffic on A520 Weston Road in both directions at A5272 Park Hall Road. 08:56Busy in Leek New RoadA53 Leek New Road busy but moving at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane. 08:39Breakdown on M6M6 Northbound lane closed on exit slip road, queuing traffic due to broken down lorry at J14 A34 (Stafford North).Lane one (of two) is closed heading down to the roundabout. 08:13Issues resolved on M6All lanes now open on the #M6 Northbound between J3 #Nuneaton and J3A #M6TollLink following the earlier broken down vehicle .— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) July 18, 201908:05As is Bucknall Road…Usual congestion on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 08:04Leek Road busy A52 Leek Road in both directions busy but moving at A50 Lichfield Street (Joiners Square). 08:04Traffic light failure in Shelton Queuing traffic due to traffic light failure on B5045 Shelton New Road in both directions at Pyenest Street. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights stuck on red. 07:50Issue on the M6Lane 1 (of 3) is blocked on the #M6 Northbound between J3 #Nuneaton and J3A #M6TollLink due to a broken down vehicle. #TrafficOfficers and free recovery en route.— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) July 18, 201907:43Busy at the Meir Tunnel Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 07:43Traffic light failure in Baldwins GateQueuing traffic due to traffic light failure on A53 in both directions at Woodside. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights stuck on red. 07:31Stay safe this summer!Water safety is a vital life skill for children – and we have FREE lessons for 8-14-year-olds covering:✅Open water dangers ✅Cold water effects✅How to rescue yourself or someone else ✅Beach flags✅Currents✅Emergency help + more #SwimSafer— Stoke-on-Trent CC (@SoTCityCouncil) July 18, 201907:22Your forecast…Good morning! It will start off quite cloudy today across parts of southeast England with isolated showers, perhaps turning heavy and thundery in the afternoon. Elsewhere, it will be fine. Feeling fresher for most. Hannah, Jen and Chris will be here to answer all of your tweets.— Met Office (@metoffice) July 18, 201907:14Nice start to the day…Some of us are seeing a little #rain to start this morning and in the south this is the first rain for around 3 weeks— Met Office (@metoffice) July 18, 201907:11Getting busier on the A500…Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 07:04Queues in UttoxeterQueuing traffic on A50 Eastbound at B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout). 07:04Today’s UV & Pollen countWith fine weather around for many today, grass and weed #pollen levels will be high. #UV levels will also be high for most, so don’t be fooled by that fresher feel— Met Office (@metoffice) July 18, 201907:01So far so good on the D-RoadTraffic moving well on A500 D Road Through The Roadworks Southbound before A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowlast_img read more

Caribbean Islands plan to climateproof their tourism industry

first_imgAccording to tourism officials, the Caribbean tourism industry faces significant future threats related to both competitiveness and climate change impacts.Visitor expenditures also hit a new high, growing by an estimated 3.5% to reach 35.5 billion dollars. And the outlook for 2017 remains rosy, with expected increases of 2.5 and 3.5% in long-stay arrivals and between 1.5% and 2.5% in cruise passenger arrivals.Dominican Senator Francine Baron said, “The impact of more severe hurricanes and the destruction of our most valued tourism assets, our beaches and coral reefs and the damage to our infrastructure threaten to reverse the developmental gains that we have made. Our efforts to attain the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations cannot be achieved without dealing with the causes of climate change.”The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has received a much-needed boost with a 460,000 euro grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to implement a project to increase the Caribbean tourism sector’s resilience to natural hazards and climate-related risks.CTO’s Secretary General, Hugh Riley said, “Global climate change and its impacts, including the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events, pose a significant risk to the Caribbean region and threaten the sustainability of Caribbean tourism. The CTO is pleased to have the support of the CDB to implement this project which will contribute to enhancing the resiliency, sustainability and competitiveness of the region’s tourism sector.”CDB President, Dr Warren Smith noted that the tourism sector makes an enormous contribution to the region’s socioeconomic development. He said, “Tourism, given its multi-sectoral nature is a very effective tool for promoting sustainable development and poverty reduction. However, maintaining this critical role calls for adequate safeguards to be erected against the enormous threats that climate change and natural hazards pose to the sustainability of our region.”last_img read more

The Mexico Tourism Board MTB is partnering with

first_imgThe Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) is partnering with the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) to bring prominent Mexican film productions to the 5th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival to be held from April 17th to April 29th in select theatres around Chicago. A total of eight feature films and seven short films make up the series of Mexican movies that promise to transport the audience into Mexico’s legendary past and present.To celebrate Mexico and honor the country’s film talent, on Wednesday, April 22nd the MTB will host the CLFF’s traditional “Noche Mexicana” (Mexican Night) at the Thorne Auditorium of Northwestern University located at 375 E. Chicago Avenue. Tickets for cocktail and movie screening ($50) are available to the public at auditorium’s box office. Attending this Noche Mexicana will be Director of Arráncame la Vida/Tear This Heart Out, Roberto Sneider.“We take great pride in our talented artists and the magnificent places where these films are shot,” says Rodrigo Esponda, Director of the MTB in Chicago. “This artwork gracefully portrays Mexico’s culture and heritage.” www.magicofmexico.comlast_img read more

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