Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference to Feature the ‘Gov’t at Your Service’

first_img The ‘Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference’, which is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will be held under the theme ‘Partnering for Growth’. Visiting participants in the upcoming Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, slated for July 23 to 26 in Kingston, will experience the benefits of the ‘Government at Your Service’ one-stop shop facility, which will be utilised at the event.This provision will see 11 State agencies collaborating to provide their services to attendees.They include the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency; Registrar General’s Department (RGD); National Housing Trust (NHT); National Insurance Scheme (NIS); and Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ), among others.Scores of persons from the main diaspora locations of Canada, the United States of America and the United Kingdom, as well as other non-traditional locations, are expected in the island for the biennial conference, which will be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre.It is anticipated that many of these persons will use the opportunity to transact engagements, including passport renewals and updating birth certificates, for which they are expected to benefit from speedy and efficient service delivery with the various agencies engaged.Chair of the Government at Your Service Committee and RGD Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte, says the participating agencies will be endeavouring to meet the needs of the visiting delegates, in recognition of the conference’s duration.” We will be there from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. offering whatever services they require. We’ll have individual booths, and they can come and conduct the business there,” she says.Miss Whyte, who outlined some of the services to be offered, notes that persons who, for example, may have black and white versions of their marriage certificates that they want upgraded to the new coloured format, whose documents may have errors for correction or might want additional copies will be accommodated by the RGD.“So we (will) offer those services… in such a way that they can transact business on Monday and pick up the certificates on Tuesday.  So they are able to come to the conference and transact business, go back to their sessions and when they are ready to leave the conference, they are in possession of what they paid for,” she adds.National Housing Trust Assistant General Manager for Marketing and Sales, Joyce Simms-Wilson. Photo contributed by the National Housing TrustMiss Whyte says while certain activities cannot be done overnight, participants can be assured of efficient service delivery from all participating agencies, adding that “it’s really about providing a convenience and all of these (entities) are here to make doing business with the Government easy for them”.Director of Citizenship at PICA, Carol Hammond, tells JIS News that the agency welcomes the opportunity to be a part of Government At your Service, noting that services will be available in three areas.“We will be offering the services for persons who wish to renew their Jamaican passport, for persons who are eligible for unconditional landing to make their application and for persons who wish to apply for citizenship,” she outlines.Additionally, Mrs. Hammond says if delegates’ family members travel to the conference, they, too, can apply for the benefit by submitting the requisite documents.  These include the original of both sets of certificates.She advises that conference participants who intend to change their documents or have them adjusted can submit an application to the Embassy or Consulate closest to them, which will then forward it to the relevant agency, thereby allowing for adequate time for processing and delivery when they get to Jamaica.Mrs. Hammond says persons who intend to take advantage of the express service while at the conference should be prepared to come in early.“They should come in before 10:00 a.m. on day two of the conference so that the passport can be delivered on the following day (day three) of the conference.  If the application is made after 10:30 a.m., other arrangements will have to be made for the passport to be delivered here at our office, or we (will) have it delivered to them at the mission closest to them wherever they live,” she statesThe NHT’s Assistant General Manager for Marketing and Sales, Joyce Simms-Wilson, says the agency considers its participation in the conference key to the entity’s business, as it offers an opportunity for face-to-face dialogue with Jamaicans living overseas to discuss the voluntary contributions programme.She says there are three categories that the Trust is interested in. One is those interested in owning homes in Jamaica or in helping persons in Jamaica to own homes but have never registered with the Trust, hence the agency will be using the opportunity to broaden the contribution network Chair of the Government at Your Service Committee and RGD Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte, says the participating agencies will be endeavouring to meet the needs of the visiting delegates, in recognition of the conference’s duration. Story Highlightscenter_img Visiting participants in the upcoming Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, slated for July 23 to 26 in Kingston, will experience the benefits of the ‘Government at Your Service’ one-stop shop facility, which will be utilised at the event. Chair of the Government at Your Service Committee and the Registrar General’s Department Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte. Photo contributed by the Registrar General’s Department“The other set are those who were contributing and are now no longer contributing. We want to encourage them to continue contributing. There are also mortgagors whom we want to come forward so we can give them the status of their accounts. We also want to target the millennials to let them be a part of the Jamaican landscape, to own something,” she says.Mr. Simms-Wilson also notes that the NHT will be endeavouring to learn more about Jamaicans in the diaspora, in order to understand what it is they want and what are their expectations.  To this end, she says the Trust will be carrying out a survey, so as to understand the participants.The ‘Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference’, which is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will be held under the theme ‘Partnering for Growth’.Its schedule also includes church services to launch the week; the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards to recognise Jamaicans for outstanding service in their communities of residence overseas; a conference dialogue to facilitate an exchange of views and ideas on building a better and prosperous nation; a marketplace exposition to highlight the best of Jamaica’s culture and entertainment; and a youth forum that engages second-, third- and fourth-generation diaspora members.The activities will culminate with the Diaspora Day of Service, which will see members being mobilised in projects that enable them to give back to their communities.last_img read more

Mystic Eagle Joins Eagle Bulk Shippings Fleet

first_imgUS-based ship operator Eagle Bulk Shipping has taken delivery of the first of nine Crown-63 Ultramax dry bulk sister vessels, which were purchased from Greenship Bulk Trust in March 2017.The 63,500 dwt MV Mystic Eagle, previously named JS Tamise, joined the company’s fleet consisting of 41 vessels on the water, including 3 Ultramax ships.The bulk carrier was constructed in 2013 by China’s shipbuilder Dayang Shipbuilding.Following the delivery of the remaining eight Ultramaxes, which are scheduled to join Eagle Bulk Shipping’s fleet over the coming months, the company’s pro-forma owned-fleet will consist of 49 Supramaxes and Ultramaxes.Under the agreement between the parties, which was first unveiled in late February 2017, the US owner initially agreed to acquire six Crown-63 Ultramaxes. The company later received an approval to acquire another three dry bulk sister vessels.“We are pleased to have been able to secure this fleet acquisition of 9 quality Ultramax vessels, and look forward to having them join Eagle’s fleet over the coming months,” Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, earlier said.Eagle Bulk acquired the nine ships, which would be renamed after Connecticut coastal towns, for a total of USD 153 million.last_img read more

Premier LGBTI Network Community Groups Celebrate Pride Week

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter joined members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) Network, and their supporters today, July 20, at Province House to celebrate the launch of Pride Week 2009 in Halifax. “Today, we launch Pride Week, but we also celebrate a first in government with the establishment of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex Network,” said Premier Dexter. The network, formed in March, is a safe-place for public servants who identify with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities to discuss opportunities to create a more inclusive work environment. With more than 35 public servants as members, the network is growing and gaining support. Laura Barbour has been a member of the network since it began. Events like pride week celebrations and the start of the network help Ms. Barbour feel supported by the provincial government. “Creating an inclusive environment for LGBTI public servants and all LGBTI Nova Scotians is important,” said Ms. Barbour. “I’m pleased to be able to work with people across government and community-based organizations to address the challenges facing LGBTI people in this province.” The event also brought together all levels of provincial public servants and community organizations, such as the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, The Youth Project, the Halifax Pride Committee, Capital Pride Health, and the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project. “We are all here together because our communities go beyond geography,” said Premier Dexter. “Supporting inclusion and diversity within the public service and Nova Scotia’s communities is important.”last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the end of March 2013. -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: Riverside Road Sections of Riverside Road are closed for work to improve drainage. The road is closed from two kilometres north of Route 236, Civic No. 3472 to Civic No. 3608. A detour is available on Route 236 to Princeport Road. The road will re-open March 31. CONTINUING WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 23 eastbound off Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue’s ramp and intersection, will have periodic lane closures for the installation of traffic signals until further notice. Traffic control people are on site. Please take alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice for repairs. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road.last_img read more

PM speaks of Indigenous Peoples climate middle class at UN General Assembly

first_imgUNITED NATIONS, N.Y. – Following is a condensed version of the prepared text of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s remarks Thursday to the UN General Assembly:Mr. President, fellow delegates, friends.Before I begin, I would like to offer Canada’s condolences, in the light of Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico, to all families and friends in mourning.We wish a speedy recovery for all those who have been injured, and thank all first responders for their tireless efforts to help keep people safe.Our thoughts are also with our friends in the Caribbean who continue to suffer from devastating hurricanes.The generosity and resilience that millions have shown in the face of these natural disasters is an inspiration to the world, and Canada stands ready to lend a helping hand in whatever way it can.It is an honour to be back here with you today, and to have an opportunity to speak to this year’s theme: “Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet.” …Canada remains a work in progress.So I want to tell you about the Canadian experience because for all the mistakes we’ve made, we remain hopeful.Hopeful that we can do better, and be better, and treat each other with the dignity and the respect that is the birthright of every human being.I want to tell you our story because I know that the challenges we have faced — and continue to face — are not unique in the world.And neither are the solutions.An approach that values human dignity — that emphasizes fairness and real opportunity for everyone — has a home in Canada and in every country.It’s an approach that doesn’t just serve domestic needs, but that makes the world a better, more peaceful, more prosperous place for all.This year, in 2017, Canada celebrated the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Our 150th birthday, if you will.But Canada is much older than that.It has been home to the descendants of settlers and immigrants for hundreds of years, and Indigenous Peoples for millennia.We are a country is built on different cultures, different religions, different languages all coming together.That diversity has become our great strength.But that is not and has not always been true for everyone who shares our land.Canada is built on the ancestral land of Indigenous Peoples — but regrettably, it’s also a country that came into being without the meaningful participation of those who were there first.And even where treaties had been formed to provide a foundation for proper relations, they have not been fully honoured or implemented.For First Nations, Metis Nation and Inuit peoples in Canada, those early colonial relationships were not about strength through diversity, or a celebration of our differences.For Indigenous Peoples in Canada, the experience was mostly one of humiliation, neglect, and abuse. …There are, today, children living on reserve in Canada who cannot safely drink, or bathe in, or even play in the water that comes out of their taps.There are Indigenous parents who say goodnight to their children, and have to cross their fingers in the hopes that their kids won’t run away, or take their own lives in the night.Young Indigenous people in Canada struggle to get a good education.And though residential schools are thankfully a thing of the past, too many Indigenous youth are still sent away, far from their families, just to get the basic education most Canadians take for granted.And for far too many Indigenous women, life in Canada includes threats of violence so frequent and severe that Amnesty International has called it “a human rights crisis.”That is the legacy of colonialism in Canada.Of a paternalistic Indian Act.Of the forced relocation of Inuit and First Nations communities, and a systematic denial of Metis rights and history.Of residential schools that separated children as young as five years old from their families, punished them for speaking their own language, and sought to extinguish Indigenous cultures entirely.The good news is that Canadians get it. They see the inequities. They’re fed up with the excuses.And that impatience gives us a rare and precious opportunity to act.We now have before us an opportunity to deliver true, meaningful and lasting reconciliation between Canada and First Nations, the Metis Nation, and Inuit peoples. …In the words of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the declaration provides “the necessary principles, norms, and standards for reconciliation to flourish in twenty-first-century Canada.”That’s not an aspiration. That’s a way forward.Last year, at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Canada’s then minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs finally corrected Canada’s position on the declaration, and announced that we are now a full supporter of the declaration, without qualification.In partnership with Indigenous Peoples, we’re moving ahead with a thorough review of federal laws, policies, and operational practices, to get our house in order.To make sure that our government is meeting its obligations, including international obligations under the declaration.We know that the world expects Canada to strictly adhere to international human rights standards — including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples — and that is what we expect of ourselves, too.We are working closely with Indigenous Peoples in Canada to better respond to their priorities, to better understand how they see and define self-determination, and to support their work of nation rebuilding.Along with Indigenous partners, we are co-developing programs to ensure the preservation, protection and revitalization of Metis, Inuit and First Nations languages.In short, we have been working hard, in partnership with other orders of government, and with lndigenous leaders in Canada, to correct past injustices and bring about a better quality of life for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.I’ll give you a few examples.Many will sound familiar to you, because they are closely aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals — goals that apply to all of our countries, without exception.Our efforts include investments to help bring safe and clean drinking water to all Indigenous communities – part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #6: clean water and sanitation.So far, more than two dozen long-term drinking water advisories in Indigenous communities have been eliminated, and we have a plan to bring to an end those that remain. …That’s why our efforts include working with Indigenous communities to help build and refurbish homes.Construction work on nearly 4,000 homes has been completed or is underway, helping to fulfil SDG #11: making communities safe and sustainable places to live.And across the country, we are also working on a National Housing Strategy, to give more Canadians access to housing that is safe, adequate, and affordable.Our efforts also include a stronger focus — in Indigenous communities, across Canada, and around the world — on SDG #5: combating gender-based violence and giving women and girls equal opportunities to succeed.We need women and girls to succeed because that’s how we grow stronger economies, and build stronger communities.That is why our government will be moving forward shortly with legislation to ensure equal pay for work of equal value.You see, the Sustainable Development Goals are as meaningful in Canada as they are everywhere else in the world, and we are committed to implementing them at home while we also work with our international partners to achieve them around the world.This is important, because poverty and hunger know no borders. We cannot pretend that these solvable challenges happen only on distant shores.The need for greater equality and decent work — those are real and persistent human needs. Ones we cannot afford to ignore especially in our own countries. …In Canada, this means new relationships between the government of Canada and Indigenous Peoples – relationships based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.Recently, we made changes to our own government structures, to help with the transition to these new relationships with Indigenous Peoples.We are dismantling the old colonial bureaucratic structures and creating a new department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, led by Dr. Carolyn Bennett, an experienced and effective advocate for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.In her new role, she will lead our government’s efforts to better support Indigenous Peoples as they strengthen their distinct political, cultural, legal and economic institutions, and assume autonomy over their own affairs, including the recognition and implementation of self-government as an expression of self-determination.At the same time, we recognize that in Canada, the federal government has a historic responsibility for providing services to Indigenous Peoples, and an ongoing role to play.To better do this work — while at the same time supporting Indigenous self-determination — we will create, in consultation with Indigenous Peoples, a new Department of Indigenous Services, led by our former minister of health, Dr. Jane Philpott.Over time, programs and services will increasingly be delivered by Indigenous Peoples, as part of their move toward true self-government, and the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. …For the federal government, this means making changes to how we operate. The departmental change I mentioned is part of fulfilling that responsibility.For Indigenous Peoples, it means taking a hard look at how they define and govern themselves as nations and governments, and how they seek to relate to other orders of government.Indigenous Peoples will decide how they wish to represent and organize themselves.Some may choose to engage with our government based on historic nations and treaties, others will use different shared experiences as the basis for coming together.The choice is theirs. This is precisely what self-determination demands.Though this path is uncharted, I am confident that we will reach a place of reconciliation.That we will get to a place as a country where nation-to-nation, government-to-government, and Inuit-Crown relationships can be transformed.A place where the standards enshrined in the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples are fully realized – not merely by government mandate, but in true partnership with Indigenous Peoples.Part of that new partnership will involve addressing the shared challenge of climate change.Indigenous and northern communities are particularly affected by its stark reality.In communities across the north — places like Paulatuk, Kugluktuk and Tuktoyaktuk — where community members are finding sea ice conditions more dangerous and unpredictable for travelling and hunting in the winter.In Canada’s western Arctic, the permafrost is melting and huge pieces of tundra are eroding into the ocean.And around Baffin Island, Inuit elders are finding it difficult to forecast the weather like they used to. So difficult that many are now reluctant even to try.At home, we are working hard to help these communities adapt and prepare for the future.At the international level, our commitment is unwavering.There is no country on this planet that can walk away from the reality of climate change.And for our part, Canada will continue to fight for the global plan that has a realistic chance of countering it.We have a responsibility to future generations, and we will uphold it.We have a chance to build in Canada — and in fact, all around the world — economies that are clean, that are growing, that are forward-looking. We will not let that opportunity pass us by. …Likewise, the global community has a responsibility to do all that it can to reduce inequality within and among countries.In Canada, we are working hard to achieve this goal.We improved child benefit payments. Our new program gives nine out of 10 families more money to help with the high cost of raising their kids, and because of that, we expect to reduce child poverty in Canada by 40 per cent.We raised taxes on the wealthiest one per cent so that we could lower them for the middle class, and we’re continuing to look for ways to make our tax system more fair.Right now we have a system that encourages wealthy Canadians to use private corporations to pay a lower tax rate than middle class Canadians.That’s not fair, and we’re going to fix it. …We are also working hard to deliver progressive trade agreements like the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union, which comes into effect today.CETA will expand opportunities for businesses; create good, well-paying jobs for workers; and deliver meaningful economic growth – the kind of growth that benefits all our citizens, not just the wealthiest.We have the opportunity – and I would argue we have the responsibility – to ensure that trade agreements include strong provisions to safeguard workers’ rights, to protect the environment, and to ensure that the benefits of trade are felt more broadly.Because when we do that, we don’t just grow our economies — we live up to our values.And we say to ourselves and to each other that good enough … just isn’t good enough. That better is always possible. …Our efforts to build a better relationship with Indigenous Peoples in Canada are not only about righting historical wrongs.They are about listening, and learning, and working together. They are also about concrete action for the future.The reconciliation we seek has lessons for us all.We can’t build strong relationships if we refuse to have conversations.We can’t chart a more peaceful path if the starting point is suspicion and mistrust.And we can’t build a better world unless we work together, respect our differences, protect the vulnerable, and stand up for the things that matter most.As I said last year, we know it will be hard work.But I remain confident — for Canada’s experience shows this to be true – that any challenge can be met if we meet it together.Thank you.last_img read more

Senate passes Indigenous Languages bill with amendments addressing Inuit concerns

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Senate has passed legislation that lawmakers say could help save many Indigenous languages on the brink of extinction and facilitate the language revitalization currently underway in many Indigenous Nations.In a late evening sitting Thursday the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples delivered An Act Respecting Indigenous Languages with several amendments, some of the changes in response to concerns expressed by Inuit leaders.Bill C-91 will see the government provide long-term, sustainable funding of Indigenous languages, establish an Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous languages, and facilitate collaboration between federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous governments to deliver supports for Indigenous languages.Among the Senate committee’s amendments are provisions to ensure “access to services and programs in Indigenous languages where there is sufficient demand and access,” Aboriginal Peoples committee Chair Senator Lillian Dyck said, citing concerns raised by Inuit witnesses during the committee’s pre-study of the bill.“Specifically mentioned now are programs and services pertaining to education, health, and the administration of justice,” Dyck said Thursday evening, prior to the bill’s third reading.“In addition, the committee passed an amendment that required the minister to review and report to Parliament on the availability and quality of federal government services provided in Inuktut in Canada.”When Canadian Minister of Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodriguez tabled the proposed legislation in February, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) President Natan Obed attended the announcement but did not join First Nations and Metis leaders in celebrating the milestone.Obed said at the time that Canada had “engaged in bad faith throughout this legislative initiative.”He called the bill a “symbolic gesture” that doesn’t address Inuit rights to speak their language, or include provisions necessary to support its revitalization, maintenance, and promotion.“The absence of any Inuit-specific content suggests this bill is yet another legislative initiative developed behind closed doors by a colonial system and then imposed on Inuit,” he said.ITK President Natan Obed said Bill C-91 did not go far enough to protect and advance the Inuktut language. File photo.A couple weeks after the Bill C-91 announcement, ITK said in a written submission to the Hose of Commons Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs that the organization—which advocates for the rights of Inuit across the four regions spanning the Inuit Nunangat homeland—wanted serious amendments to the bill that reflect provisions that were previously invited by the Department of Canadian Heritage.ITK submitted an Inuktut-specific annex document it hoped would be added to C-91.Among its “substantive Inuktut-specific provisions” were ones “that recognize and build upon existing statutory protections for Inuktut,” ITK’s submission to the House committee reads.“We do not accept that a federal government focused on reconciliation with indigenous peoples would contemplate providing weaker protections for Inuktut than those provided by territorial, provincial or Inuit governments.“Despite being characterized as a reconciliation and co-development initiative, the absence of any Inuit-specific content suggests that Bill C-91 is yet another legislative initiative developed behind closed doors by a colonial system and then imposed on Inuit.”Eighty-four percent of Inuit within the 51 communities spanning the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut report the ability to speak a dialect of Inuktut.Inuktut has official language status in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, and is an official language of the Nunatsiavut Government in Labrador.Responding to the Senate’s amendments and passage of C-91, on Friday evening ITK said in a statement that while it welcomes some of the amendments it recommended, “it is regrettable that not all of the well-reasoned and thoughtful considerations put forward by Inuit were included” in the draft of the bill that the Senate passed.“ITK encourages Parliamentarians in the House of Commons to include all Inuit recommendations in consideration of the Senate amendments in the final passage of Bill C-91.”Senator Dennis Patterson, a former premier of the Northwest Territories, chastised the Trudeau government over its handling of the bill and its dealings with the Inuit.“The government did pride itself on having worked hard to co-develop this legislation. But one of the three Aboriginal groups in Canada, the Inuit, were very clear to the committee that the process had fallen far short of fulfilling the government’s commitment to develop distinction-based legislation.”Conservative Senator Dennis Patterson is “disappointed” the Trudeau government didn’t afford Senators more time to consider Bill C-91. File photo.Patterson said the bill as originally drafted had “several significant flaws,” and that the Senate committee “did good work” to address them, “despite the time pressures.“I have to say that, given the significance of this bill, I am disappointed that this government left it to the dying days of this Parliament and has had to rush it through.”Senator Murray Sinclair, the bill’s Senate sponsor, said before third reading Thursday night that “the importance of language cannot be overstated.“It is one of the issues that most young people growing up take for granted because they learn it almost from the time of birth, through song, through actions, and through listening to conversations between their parents.“For Inuit, Metis and First Nations children, that has not been the case, largely because of the influence of Canadian society, residential schools, and other social impacts that they’ve experienced,” Sinclair continued.“But now there is a revitalization of culture and language going on, and I think that this bill does a great deal to encourage that to continue.”During a committee meeting last month, Mi’kmaw Senator Daniel Christmas asked Rodriguez about the status of ITK’s annex submission for C-91, which ITK proposed would apply to Inuit and Inuit Nunangat.Rodriguez said ITK’s proposal was problematic because it defined a territory that isn’t legally recognized by Canada, Inuit Nunangat—which comprises all four Inuit regions—which would then be legislated in a bill.“I don’t think an Indigenous languages bill is the right vehicle to start defining territories like the Nunangat,” he said, adding, “whatever applies to one group in the bill applies to everybody.“So it’s very important to understand that if we agree on something for the Inuit, the same goes for all the First Nations and the Métis.”Métis National Council President Clement Chartier told the House committee in February that for all of the past oppression and exclusion of Métis — from the Residential Schools settlement, comprehensive land claims processes, and from programs and services that were available to First Nations and Inuit — being included in the Indigenous Languages Act is significant.“If we can’t enjoy our own languages and our own cultures, in the end, while rights are important, they become meaningless if you cease to be who you are as a people,” he said, explaining there are around 1,000 speakers of the Métis language, Michif, remaining.“It’s starting to come back, but we certainly need assistance to enable us to go forward. We need to find ways and means to do that.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde told the same committee that, if passed, C-91 would “mark the first time that Canada has upheld Indigenous language rights as existing Aboriginal treaty rights as recognized in section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.“Five elements are needed for the inherent right to self-determination to be recognized not only within the nation state called Canada, but globally: your own languages, your own lands, your own laws, your own people and your own identifiable forms of government,” he said.“Language is one of those five. It’s fundamental to our existence. This legislation commits the government to providing sufficient sustainable and long-term funding toward the revitalization of our languages.”But there is a minority among First Nations peoples who believe the Trudeau government’s legislative changes through C-91—and other bills that could pass in the coming week, such as child welfare Bill C-92 and U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Bill C-262—represent a back-door attempt to domesticate inherent rights that pre-date Canada.“Canada is trying to pass legislation without our consent, and it’s contrary to our treaty relationship,” Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians Deputy Grand Chief Gord Peters told APTN during a rally and march in Toronto last month.Peters said Canada doesn’t have a right to consult with the AFN on decisions that will impact the proper rights and title holders, who he says are the people and the distinct Nations themselves.“Consent has to come from the people in the grassroots, our communities, and our people,” he said.A demonstrator at a May 29 rally in Toronto holds a sign directed at Bill C-91 and the Trudeau government’s effort to legislate Indigenous language rights in Canadian law. File photo.According to the government, the bill’s content was co-developed with Indigenous groups through more than 50 engagement sessions.But Peters is not alone in his criticism of the proposed legislation.In a article posted to her blog after the bill’s announcement in February, Mi’kmaw lawyer and author Pam Palmater called C-91 “bountiful in flowery wording and empty on substantive rights,” arguing the bill “appears to utilize the same federally-controlled legislative framework concept for rights definition, limitation and scoping.“It is important to remember that legislation is not legally required for the federal government to provide services in Indigenous languages or to provide funding to First Nations for Indigenous languages,” Palmater wrote.“One should always be weary of a government bearing gifts in the form of legislation, as it usually comes with federal control, provisions which limit First Nation rights, and can ultimately be amended or repealed at the will of government.”On Thursday Palmater took to Twitter to urge Senators to reject Bill C-91 (and Bills C-92 and C-97), “and any other legislation that purports to impact First Nation rights.“You have no legal or moral right to impose your governing will on First Nations anymore. Genocidal laws policies & practices must stop,” she said.Three quarters of the approximately 90 Indigenous languages spoken in Canada are at risk of being lost.In an effort to protect Indigenous language and the knowledge transmitted through language, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has called on Canada to “recognize Indigenous languages as official languages, with the same status, recognition, and protection provided to French and English.”Bill C-91 will now be returned to the House of Commons, where Parliamentarians will either accept the Senate committee’s amendments and pass it into law, or return the bill to Senate for further consideration.Editor’s note: This story was updated June 15 at 6:58 p.m. to include a response from ITK.jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

Names of children who died in residential schools to be released

first_imgA banner created to display the names of 2,800 children who died while attending residential schools. Photo: Annette Francis/APTNThe Canadian PressThe National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is to reveal at a ceremony in Gatineau, Que., today the names of 2,800 children who died in residential schools.The act will break the silence over the fate of at least some of the thousands who disappeared during the decades the schools operated.Their anonymous deaths will be honoured and finally known.“It is essential these names be known,” said centre director Ry Moran.A total of 150,000 Indigenous children are thought to have spent at least some time in a residential school.The 2,800 to be honoured are those whose deaths and names researchers have been able to confirm. Moran said there are another 1,600 who died, but remain unnamed.There are also many hundreds who simply vanished, undocumented in any records so far uncovered.Some schools have an extensive list of students who died; some list none. Moran wonders at such large discrepancies.“Even our recent research efforts have uncovered another 400 students,” Moran said. “We know there’s many more students to be found.”The age range is wide.“Infants, three-year-olds, four-year-olds all the way up through their teenage years. We’ve got some students on this list that are named as ‘babies.”‘(The grand entry for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Gatineau, Que. Photo: Annette Francis/APTN)The ceremony — to be broadcast later in an hour-long APTN special — is to include the unveiling of a huge banner. The broadcloth fabric, 47 metres long and more than a metre high, will display the name of each known child and the school in which he or she died.“This is a way for us to literally lift up these children, to hold them up,” Moran said.Click here for more information on the APTN Special: National Centre for Truth and ReconciliationAlthough the names will be public, ther information researchers have been able to uncover will be restricted to families.The work won’t stop, Moran added. The team continues to seek the names of the 1,600 confirmed deaths and to find some kind of resolution for the children who disappeared.Researchers plan to return to First Nations communities to refine the list, fill gaps, and add as much as they can. Many, many graves need to be located.They will also try to collect as many and as much of the stories behind the names as they can.“That is the next phase — making sure that when we remember these children, we bring life to them and help understand what really went on. That’s got to be led by the communities and the families. We’re there to help.”The work has been difficult and draining — “really, really harsh,” said Moran.The team does what it can to make things easier — for themselves and the young victims they’re trying to identify. During the research, a ceremony was held that included everyone gathering in a circle and singing a song together.“During the second round of that song, each one of us had to call out to our ancestors,” Moran said. “We called out their names, and the idea was that each one of those people would come down and help four of these children find their way home, if they were lost.“It was hard. It was really, really, really hard.”news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

The Latest Lawyer Focus on mental health after mall attack

MINNEAPOLIS — The Latest on the case of a Minneapolis man who is charged with attempted murder for allegedly throwing a child off a balcony at the Mall of America (all times local):5:30 p.m.The attorney for a man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America urged the community to focus on mental health options for those who need it, instead of waiting for bad things to happen and demanding retribution.Paul Sellers is a public defender appointed to represent Emmanuel Aranda. Sellers says his client has been in mental health court before.Aranda is charged with attempted premediated first-degree murder in Friday’s attack. Police say Aranda told them he went to the mall “looking for someone to kill” and chose the boy at random.During a brief hearing Tuesday, his client appeared lucid and followed the court’s directions.Sellers says once he gets all the evidence from the state he’ll work to determine the best outcome.__2:30 p.m.A man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America said little during his first court appearance.Emmanuel Aranda is charged with attempted premediated first-degree murder in Friday’s attack. Police say Aranda told them he went to the mall “looking for someone to kill” and chose the boy at random.Aranda appeared behind a glass partition Tuesday in a courtroom at the Hennepin County jail. Asked by the judge whether he had any questions, he said, “Not at all.”Aranda’s bail was kept at $2 million and an omnibus hearing was set for May 14.Stephen Tillitt, an attorney appearing for the victim’s family, said the child remains in critical condition.The Associated Press read more

Urging unity in Security Council Annan calls for Iraq to comply with

“If you allow yourselves to be divided, the authority and credibility of this Organization will undoubtedly suffer,” the Secretary-General said in a statement delivered on his behalf by Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette at the outset of the Council’s open meeting.“But if you act in unison, you will have greater impact, and a better chance of achieving your objective, which must be a comprehensive solution that includes the suspension and eventual ending of the sanctions that are causing such hardship for the Iraqi people, as well as the timely implementation of other provisions of your resolutions,” he said.In calling on Iraq to comply with the Council’s resolutions, the Secretary-General said Baghdad must implement the disarmament programme and allow unfettered access to the inspectors. “This Council will expect nothing less,” he said, adding that he thought it would be appropriate if the 15-member body chose to pass a new resolution to strengthen the inspectors’ hand and to avoid any weaknesses or ambiguities.“The new measures must be firm, effective, credible and reasonable,” he stressed.The Secretary-General said that the situation created by Iraq’s failure to comply fully with the Council’s resolutions since 1991 “is indeed one of the gravest and most serious facing the international community today.”While the situation poses a great challenge to the UN, it also presents it with an opportunity, Mr. Annan stressed. “If we handle this properly, we may actually strengthen international cooperation, the rule of law and the United Nations – enabling it to move forward in a purposeful way, not only in this immediate crisis but in the future as well,” he said, adding that it was entirely proper that the Council debate its course of action in public in order to give other Member States the opportunity to air their views.If Iraq fails to make use of this last chance, and defiance continues, however, the Council will have to face its responsibilities, the Secretary-General said. “In my experience, it always does so best and most effectively when its members work in unison,” he said. “If the Council succeeds in this, it will strengthen the United Nations in a way that will place future generations in its debt.” read more

Annan calls for allout effort to stamp out torture

“As surely as it stands for peace and development, the United Nations stands equally for freedom from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and for bringing the perpetrators of such grave crimes to justice,” Mr. Annan said in a message marking International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.“We must continue to develop new strategies and follow through on those already in place,” he added.He noted that the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, adopted by the General Assembly last December, establishes a framework that will allow visits by independent international and national bodies to places where persons are deprived of liberty.“I call upon all States that have not yet done so to ratify the Convention and its Optional Protocol as a concrete step in the struggle to prevent torture in our world,” he said.Mr. Annan thanked all those who had contributed to the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture who “often carry the physical and mental scars with them throughout their lives.” He added: “I call on all others to follow this example by giving generously to the Fund, so that an even greater number of projects can be funded in the coming year.“On this International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, let us harness our moral outrage at this practice and commit ourselves to concrete steps to end it once and for all,” he concluded. “We owe this to the victims of torture. And we owe it to our common humanity.”In Geneva, the acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Bertrand Ramcharan, marked the day by approving, on behalf of the Secretary-General, grants amounting to about $7.2 million to organizations supporting survivors of torture.Mr. Ramcharan joined the UN Committee against Torture, the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on torture and the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture in a joint appeal to governments, non-governmental organizations, private and public entities and individuals to contribute generously to the Fund.As part of the commemorations of the Day, the OHCHR and the UN Office in Geneva have organized an exhibition of the about 230 works of art by torture victims from around the world. read more

South Sudan UN voices deep concern at deteriorating situation in Pibor town

The United Nations today voiced deep concern about the deteriorating situation in and around Pibor town in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, including recent violence, looting and displacement, and called on the Government to take immediate action against the perpetrators. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is particularly alarmed by reports about the involvement in some of the incidents of “allegedly defected and ill-disciplined members of security forces,” as well as by statements issued by David Yau Yau’s led armed group demanding civilians to leave Pibor as well as the town of Kapoeta, in Eastern Equatoria state.In addition to the “significant displacement of the civilian population out of Pibor,” the Mission said in a news release that it had also received reports of widespread looting of civilian dwellings and humanitarian organization premises.The looting of food and other relief supplies is of great concern, especially given the upcoming rainy season in Jonglei, according to UNMISS spokesperson Ariane Quentier. “This food that is pre-positioned is meant to be used in the coming months when roads will be impassable and when civilians will be in need of food to be able to survive,” she said in an interview with UN Radio.“We want the Government to take action against the perpetrators of the violence that has been going on and make sure that those people are held to account… We have demanded that a number of measures be taken.”The Mission noted that the Government of South Sudan has the primary responsibility to protect the population. “UNMISS calls on the civilian and military authorities, at the national, Jonglei state and Pibor County levels, to immediately take control of the situation, take action against any perpetrators and hold them to account.” UNMISS, whose troops were already patrolling Pibor town before the looting started, has reinforced its presence there with additional troops and has deployed a military unit to protect pre-positioned food stocks. UNMISS peacekeepers also have clear instructions to assist in protecting the civilian population in Pibor.In a similar statement yesterday, the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Yasmin Haque, said she was “alarmed” that once again, civilians from Pibor town have fled for their safety in large numbers. “I am also gravely concerned about the widespread looting of civilian property and humanitarian supplies witnessed by aid workers over recent days,” she added.Dr. Haque said aid organizations had seen armed, uniformed personnel taking apart homes and breaking into small shops where those who fled the town had placed belongings for safekeeping.“Food and household items, including nutritional supplements for malnourished children, were stolen from humanitarian common storage facilities, just a few hundred metres away from the town’s military barracks and county commissioner’s offices,” she said. “We have been told by some of our NGO (non-governmental organization) colleagues that their compounds were completely looted, and that everything inside – even fixtures like solar panels – have been taken,” she added.Condemning the incidents, Dr. Haque said such attacks against humanitarian facilities made it harder to provide live-saving assistance to people affected by hostilities. Humanitarian organizations had been forced to relocate their staff and “only a handful of aid workers” remained in Pibor.“The humanitarian community stands ready to provide neutral and impartial assistance to all civilians in need,” she stated. “This can only happen if all parties respect and facilitate humanitarian activities, in line with their obligations under national and international law.” read more

Buckeyes among contenders for No 1 seed

Usually, when a team vying for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament loses late in the regular season, there is cause for concern. But that concern can be alleviated when all the other teams looking for No. 1 seeds also happen to lose. That’s exactly what happened last week. With its loss to Purdue on Sunday, No. 2 Ohio State (26-2, 13-2 Big Ten) was able to maintain its grip on a top tournament seed last week because No. 3 Kansas (26-2, 11-2 Big 12), No. 4 Pittsburgh (24-3, 12-2 Big East) and No. 5 Texas (24-4, 12-1 Big 12) lost. This allowed fifth-ranked Duke (25-2, 12-1 ACC) to jet to No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. Jerry Palm, bracketology expert and owner of CollegeRPI.com, said the Blue Devils’ ascension in the rankings isn’t necessarily deserved. “Duke went from No. 5 to No. 1 because the four teams ahead of them lost,” Palm told The Lantern, “not because Duke’s better.” One of Duke’s losses came to Florida State (19-7, 9-3 ACC), whom the Buckeyes beat, 58-44, Nov. 30 on the road. Duke’s other loss came Jan. 30 to then-unranked St. John’s (17-9, 9-5 Big East). OSU’s two losses came to No. 12 Wisconsin (20-6, 10-4 Big Ten) and No. 8 Purdue (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten). In Palm’s most recent bracket, Pittsburgh, OSU, No. 6 San Diego State (27-1, 12-1 Mountain West) and Kansas are all No. 1 seeds with Texas and Duke right on the cusp. He said Pittsburgh and OSU clearly have the best résumés at this point in the season. Despite losing to No. 7 BYU (25-2, 11-1 Mountain West) on Jan. 26, San Diego State remains a viable contender for a top seed, even though it plays in the lesser-known Mountain West Conference. Behind leading scorer and rebounder Kawhi Leonard — who’s averaging a double-double with 15.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game — the Aztecs are in a better position for a No. 1 seed now than anyone could have anticipated. They get a rematch against BYU on Sunday in a game that could solidify their position. Palm said that of the top four teams to lose last week, the Longhorns’ loss to Nebraska (18-8, 6-6 Big 12) was “the worst” loss of the group. The Cornhuskers are fighting for a chance at an at-large bid, and the loss dropped Texas to No. 5. The Buckeyes will be favored in each of their three remaining regular season games — against Indiana (12-15, 3-11 Big Ten), on the road against Penn State (14-12, 7-8 Big Ten) and the rematch game against Wisconsin — and they need a solid showing in the Big Ten Tournament to warrant the No. 1 overall seed in the Big Dance, Palm said. “It’s a grind,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “I’m glad I’ve chosen the attitude I’ve always had in my approach to coaching — I’m not looking back. “Every day in college basketball is survival mode; there’s no doubt about that.” The other most likely contender for the top overall seed is Pittsburgh, which will have to face a gauntlet of Big East teams finishing off its regular season and in its conference tournament. The Big East is arguably the best conference in college basketball. read more

Kid shaves his head so his friend with cancer wont feel alone

first_imgTHERE’S PLAIN OLD friendship, and then there are the friendships you have as a kid.6-year-old Zac Gossage was diagnosed last year with a type of fast growing cancer of the white blood cells, acute lymphoblastic leukemia.However, he rarely missed school, looking forward to playing with his best buddy Vincent Butterfield every day at lunch time.The pair are inseparable, and Vincent began to get curious about his friend’s illness.One day he showed up to school wearing a stocking cap, telling the boys’ teacher that he had a ‘surprise’ for Zac. Pulling off the cap, he revealed that he had shaved his head “to make Zac feel like he’s not the only one without any hair.” But that’s not all. When little Vincent learned that treatment was expensive, he started selling scarves for $15, raising $200 to go towards Zac’s treatment.Seriously, it’s far too early to be chopping onions. Source: WTNHvia TodayMeanest parrot ever bites owner and laughs about it>Dublin’s ‘Prince Charming’ reunites schoolgirl with lost phone>last_img read more

Opinion Our most important family law reform for a generation isnt child

first_imgIF YOUR CHILD was having behavioural and/or emotional problems would you go to your local solicitor to have them deal with the problem? I think not and I certainly would not advise you to. Yet, in practical terms, this is arguably what the Oireachtas will bring about with its proposed Child and Family Relationships Bill. It is beyond dispute that children encounter emotional and/or behavioural difficulties when their parent’s relationship is fractured, and these problems can last a lifetime in a substantial minority of cases. The existing dysfunction in our family courts system will be further exacerbated by what the Oireachtas is proposing in the Bill. I choose the descriptor ‘dysfunctional’ deliberately having read Roisin O’Shea’s detailed research on our family court system as it currently exists. Compared with best practice elsewhere, our courts currently have major shortcomings from the perspective of children and the new Bill, as proposed, instead of addressing these problems will make them worse. Don’t be misled by the almost exclusive focus in the media on important issues such as guardianship, adoption and surrogacy which are addressed in the Bill – even though the Bill does contain good proposals in some of these areas.However, divorce and separation are becoming increasingly commonplace and, as a consequence, the effect of the proposed Bill will be very negative for a large number of children who are neither adopted nor conceived through surrogacy. In attempting to fix a problem for a small number of cases emotional damage could be done to children in a much greater number of cases if our legislators are not careful or mindful. The failure to recognise this is a classical example of the ubiquitous cognitive error of ‘ignoring base rates’. Guardianship, adoption, and surrogacy problems can be easily fixed by legislation solely for that purpose, and it is the other aspects of the Bill that people should be very concerned about.Exemplars of best practice  The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) is regarded as the premier interdisciplinary and international association of professionals from different countries dedicated to the resolution of family conflict.  AFCC members are legal practitioners, researchers, social workers, judges, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and policymakers working in the family court arena. The current President is Peter Boshier who until December 2012 was Principal Family Court Judge of New Zealand. A current Board member is Diane Bryant who was appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia in 2004. Unlike Ireland, the Australian and New Zealand family court systems are regarded as exemplars of best practice when it comes to dealing with divorced and separated families and their relationship with a country’s legal system.In its April 2014 Family Court Review journal the AFCC’s Task Force Report on Shared Parenting was published: Shared parenting connotes that the parents have joint decision-making authority and that the child spends at least 30-35% of his or her time with each parent…Promotion of shared parenting constitutes a public health issue that extends beyond a mere legal concern. Parents who collaborate in child rearing have a positive effect on their children’s development and well-being….Children benefit from parents sharing in their upbringing throughout their life span, where appropriate, including in the earliest stages of life…In order to maximize the court’s potential to assist parents in achieving as much self-determination and collaboration as possible, both alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options and case management tools are strongly preferred. When compared and contrasted with what the AFCC recommends Roisin O’Shea’s research showed that, among other things, what happens when it comes to shared parenting in Irish family law cases is the exact opposite of what the AFCC recommends:In 95% of the cases observed the primary carer was the mother, and in 100% of cases where access was unilaterally withdrawn, it was done by the mother.In no case was the primary carer sanctioned for persistent unilateral cessation of access in breach of court orders. In 93% of the cases before the court, children under the age of 12 resided with the mother.1% of children resided with both parents under 50/50 parenting arrangements.Mandatory mediation Unlike the situation in Ireland, in the Australian Courts mediation between couples is mandatory. Australian judges and politicians recognised, some years ago, that the adversarial legal system was counter-productive from the children’s perspective when it came to family law cases, and based its current best practice approach on a far less adversarial approach than that practised in Ireland. All the Child and Family Relationships Bill proposes in this regard is the continuation of the current defective system whereby the solicitor is simply required to advise her or his client that they can go for counselling/mediation. There is nothing mandatory about this.The only mediators allowed in Australia are those with a qualification in the behavioural sciences as well as a minimum number of years of relevant clinical experience. Mediation by skilled professionals with clinical experience has been empirically shown to be very effective in reducing conflict between couples, improve the short- and long-term emotional and behavioural outcomes for children and, by reducing litigation, substantially reducing unnecessary legal fees which divorcing or separating families can usually ill-afford.A child-unfriendly family court systemThe proposed Bill gives the judiciary even greater powers to remove parents from their children’s lives in the case of separating or divorcing parents, and this together with the obstinate adherence to the adversarial approach will exacerbate what is already a very dysfunctional legal system, from the perspective of children. In fact, if our legislators set out to deliberately do the maximum emotional damage to the children of separating or divorcing parents they would not have been able to design a more child-unfriendly family court system. Incredibly, the proposed Bill will make the current situation for most children even worse.This is not at all surprising from a historical perspective. Time and time again, when it comes to children, the Oireachtas has enacted legislation which turned out to be very defective. The Industrial and Reformatory schools were operated under Irish legislation enacted by the Oireachtas. Some 80% of children who ended up in these schools passed through our courts on their way to these schools. We should always bear this poor record of the Oireachtas in mind when it comes to protecting children. The proposed Bill, for the vast majority of children who will be affected by it, is yet another example of Irish legislators at their worst when it comes to legislation affecting the largest non-voting section of our population – our children.What the AFCC’s report contains is consistent with the extensive scientific evidence in support of the AFCC’s position on shared parenting. The Child and Family Relationships Bill is anti-child in the case of most children who will be affected by it. Fixing the problems of guardianship, adoption and surrogacy should not blind the general public to the inherent problems with the Bill.Gerry Fahey is an Occupational Psychologist and a graduate of TCD and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.Read: Oireachtas committee says children should have a right to know who their biological parents areDoctors: Punishing parents using commercial surrogacy services won’t benefit anyonelast_img read more

Consultants at Cork and Galway hospitals failed to provide evidence of tax

first_img Source: SipoIn a statement released today, Sipo noted that senior office holders in a wide range of public bodies, not just the medical profession, “must provide evidence of tax compliance on appointment”.The commission stated that most individuals who are notified of their obligations do comply, adding that it launches an investigation “if an individual fails to comply or does not engage”.People escaping scrutiny The statement added that there “may be a number of appointees to senior office that have escaped scrutiny as not all public bodies notify the commission of appointments to public office”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4555825 Consultants at Cork and Galway hospitals failed to provide evidence of tax compliance Sipo investigated the doctors after they missed a deadline by which they had to reply. File photo Source: Shutterstock/Andrei_RTWO CONSULTANTS FAILED to provide evidence of tax compliance, the Standards in Public Office (Sipo) Commission has said.Sipo has today released reports into its investigations into non-compliance of the Ethics in Public Office Acts by Mr Ciaran Brady, consultant at Mercy University Hospital in Cork, and Dr Bryan Jones, consultant at Galway University Hospital.Under the Standards in Public Office Act 2001, appointees to senior positions of employment in, or to directorships of, public bodies are required to provide evidence to the commission of compliance with taxation legislation within statutory timeframes.The two consultants failed to comply with their obligations upon their appointment to senior office.The commission wrote to Brady and Jones on 12 July 2018 advising them of their obligations. Both men had not provided the necessary evidence by the deadline of 11 August.Sipo, at its meeting on 12 November last, decided to investigate and ultimately found that both men had contravened the 2001 Act. As legally required, the commission has given copies of the reports to the Oireachtas as well as the doctors’ employers. Short URL Share5 Tweet Email 23,561 Views 1 Comment By Órla Ryan For the purposes of ensuring that individuals subject to tax clearance obligations are aware of their obligations and to facilitate compliance, the commission has asked all public bodies to provide details of all relevant appointments made.There is no statutory requirement for public bodies to do this and, as a result, the commission admitted that adherence to its request has been “inconsistent”.In its most recent annual report, Sipo noted the difficulties it continues to experience in this regard.“The commission will continue to pursue the compliance of individual appointees and continue to seek timely information from public bodies about appointments to senior office. Further reports may issue in other cases of non-compliance,” today’s statement added.Comments are closed for legal reasons. Mar 22nd 2019, 2:24 PM Friday 22 Mar 2019, 2:24 PMlast_img read more

Party Like Its 1983 With Apple Lisa OS Source Code

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week center_img Apple’s most famous flop will return in 2018.The Computer History Museum (CHM) recovered source code for the Apple Lisa computer, released in January 1983.Currently under review in Cupertino, the code should be cleared and released at some point next year.“Just wanted to let everyone know the sources to the OS and applications were recovered … and they are with Apple for review,” CHM software curator Al Kossow announced on a Lisa mailing list.Apple Lisa was one of the first personal computers to offer a graphical user interface (GUI) in a machine aimed at individual business users.Generally considered a failure, the Lisa (“Local Integrated System Architecture”—a backronym invented to fit the name, inspired by Steve Jobs’ eldest daughter, Lisa Nicole Brennan) was an important step in Apple history: It required a “clever pointing device called a mouse” to operate (state-of-the-art stuff in 1983).It also led to the famous feud between then-Apple CEO John Sculley and co-founder Jobs, who subsequently quit to start a new company, NeXT Computer. NeXT was later acquired by Apple, bringing Jobs back into the fold; he served as chief exec from 1997 to his death in October 2011, driving the firm to its current superstar status.In the end, Lisa’s massive price tag ($9.995—more than $24,000 by today’s standards), relatively low performance, and unreliable floppy disks, however, led to poor sales. Three years after its debut, the computer was discontinued.Until now.Fans can keep an eye on the Museum’s blog, where news about the impending arrival of the Lisa source code—as well as “the historical significance of the software”—will be posted, according to Kossow.“The only thing I saw that probably won’t be able to be released is the American Heritage dictionary for the spell checker in LisaWrite,” he added.Apple did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.last_img read more

Finally, KFC Makes A Colonel Sanders Dating Game

first_img One of my favorite ironic gaming subgenres is the fast food crossover. These glorified commercials slap some grease mascot into a cheap cash grab and the results are always hilarious. You’ve got those awful Doritos games, the amazing game of the year quality stealth game where you control the Burger King, and most recently Wendy’s slate of Super Mario Maker 2 levels.Now KFC has gotten on-board the gaming train and the end product is as hellish as you would hope. Finally, here’s a Colonel Sanders dating game.I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator wants you to think it’s an actual weird Japanese dating sim like Hatoful Boyfriend or whatever. But really it’s closer to an indie Western tribute of that genre like Dream Daddy. Only instead of having a progressive message of inclusiveness to help make the joke sweeter, this is just a game about gawking at an uncomfortably attractive anime Colonel Sanders.Coming this month for free on Steam, the game presents several real screenshots where players seem to attend some kind of cooking academy. Presumably you make friends, battle rivals, and try to impress “the most famous chicken salesman of all time.” Other bullet points include “multiple hours of play” and “11 herbs and spices.”Are there actual cooking mechanics like Cooking Mama or Battle Chef Brigade. My god, am I actually interested in this as a game? The developer is listed as “Psyop” which to some people really just admits that reality is an illusion.Of course this isn’t the first time KFC has decided to get weird online, the go-to move for any #brands hungry for young people. They had the fried chicken firelog, the hot fake Colonel Sanders, the KFC drone, and the chicken sandwiches covered in Cheetos. Compared to those, a KFC dating game might be the best thing for your heart figuratively and literally. Stay on target KFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in AtlantaKFC’s Loaded Cheetos Sandwich Is Here to Sabotage Healthy Diets last_img read more

Review Belgium – England

first_imgThomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scored in a deserved 2-0 victory for Belgium which earned its first ever World Cup medal.Here are the teams for #BELENG! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Wv14Z5zrXW— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018Thomas Meunier, the man who missed the semi-final against France, scored in the 4th minute to give Belgium an early 1-0 lead. Danny Rose did not cover Meunier, allowing him to get at the end of a Nacer Chadli cross just a few meters away from goal. The game was nowhere near as closed as the first group stage encounter between the two. Despite good defensive positioning, both teams were finding space to create opportunities. De Bruyne had a shot blocked by Pickford, Lukaku failed to control a ball inside the box, while Loftus-Cheek and Maguire had a header each. Harry Kane was forgotten by Belgium’s defenders in the 24th minute, but he slipped in the last moment and fired his shot wide.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.In the 35th minute, Aiderweireld had an overhead shot go over the bar following a corner kick. Soon after that, The Red Devils had a counter attack which slowed down once Chadli grabbed his hamstring. He couldn’t continue and was replaced by (somewhat surprisingly) Thomas Vermaelen. England had the initiative for around 15 minutes in the middle of the first half, but then Belgium regained control and had several attempts at goal blocked before Sandro Ricci blew the half-time whistle.Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford strengthened England’s attack at half-time, entering the pitch in place of Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling. In the 55th minute, De Druyne saw a free zone and sent a through ball to Lukaku, who would’ve had a one-on-one with Pickford if he had managed to receive the pass. However, for the second time in the match, he didn’t. The center forward wasn’t fully invested in the contest. Roberto Martinez saw that and replaced him with Dries Mertens in the 60th minute.In the 70th minute, Eric Dier and Jess Lingard played a great one-two pass which freed up Dier, who chipped the ball over Courtois. When everyone thought it was 1-1, Toby Aiderweireld came flying in and cleared the ball off the goal line. It was by far the best chance of the game for The Three Lions, who began increasing the pressure. In the 78th minute, Moussa Dembele came in for Youri Tielemans. Two minutes later, we saw the best counter attack of the entire championship which included two backheel passes and ended with Jordan Pickford making a one-handed save on Thomas Meunier’s volley. If he would’ve scored, it would’ve been the goal of the tournament.Eden Hazard finally got a goal from open play in the 82nd minute. Kevin De Bruyne pushed the ball between four defenders and gave it to Hazard, who avoided being in an offside position and was quicker than Phil Jones. It was routine afterwards, as he beat Pickford at the near post to make it 2-0 Belgium. Dele Alli substituted Ruben Loftus-Cheek following the goal. The Belgians calmly brought the game to a close, winning their first bronze medal in football history.last_img read more

Omar Archers case now a Human Rights matter

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#FredSmithandOmarArcher, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 13, 2017 – Nassau – Popular Human Rights activist and lawyer, Fred Smith, QC says that Mr. Omar Archer is now his client. This comes after Archer was yesterday remanded to jail yet again.  It is also being reported that Archer’s 28-day sentence has since been squashed. However, an instruction was given that he be remanded an additional seven days and his bail revoked.QC Smith told members of the media, “To keep Omar Archer in jail under an alleged offence of criminal libel is to make him a political prisoner.”  He added, “Criminal libel must be abolished so that the Bahamas can grow as a democracy.”Smith believes it is a Human Rights case now since offences like this “has sent an element of fear and anxiety and concern throughout the citizenry.” He believes people are now afraid to speak out against the government because they may be politically victimized like Archer and others.According to QC Smith, the Human Rights Association would also be taking international measures to ensure the international communities become aware of Archer’s case and the current laws in the Bahamas. He added, “This government in particular have been using these offences to prosecute people.”Archer’s team, however, believe it is uncommon for someone facing such minor matters to not be fined and freed. They found the judge’s ruling shocking and thinks that Archer is being treated like criminals who commit more serious crimes. Archer will now face the Supreme Court next Wednesday, and Smith revealed they are currently seeking his bail.Story by: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews#FredSmithandOmarArcherlast_img read more

San Diegans participate in Race for Autism 5K at Balboa Park

first_img March 24, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Posted: March 24, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez Updated: 2:05 PM San Diegans participate in Race for Autism 5K at Balboa Park 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez was live in Balboa Park for the Race for Autism 5K to raise funds for autism awareness and programs.The National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR) has invested more than $1.6 million dollars in the San Diego community, improving the lives of thousands of children with autism.NFAR goes beyond just raising autism awareness, aiming to make an impact through all stages of life with autism – from early identification to employment opportunities – funding the development of programs and services critical to the long-term success of those with autism.Every Step in 5K Race Represents a Child Living With Autism in San Diego.Every 11 minutes a child is diagnosed, autism now affects more children than Cancer, Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, and Diabetes combined.The Race brings hope to families. Autism can be overwhelming, this event connects parents with other parents, available treatments and services in the San Diego communityRace proceeds provide critical funding to help keep autism programs available and to increase treatment services for San Diego families. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more