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Le premier ministre reçoit le rapport sur le traversier

first_img Le rapport indique que le succès d’un service de traversier durable du point de vue commercial dépend de la capacité d’atteindre un achalandage de 130 000 à 135 000 passagers par année. Les projections financières du rapport suggèrent que le service puisse atteindre le seuil de rentabilité vers la septième année et pourrait réaliser des profits modestes après cette période. Toutefois, les résultats seraient encore meilleurs s’il était possible d’attirer un plus grand nombre de passagers. C’est pourquoi une stratégie de marketing plus vaste est nécessaire pour attirer les visiteurs américains et pour améliorer le produit touristique du sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « Je crois que le comité a rempli son mandat visant à fournir au gouvernement les faits et les résultats de l’analyse opérationnelle dont il a besoin pour prendre une décision éclairée au sujet du service de traversier entre Yarmouth et le Maine, a dit Peter Nicholson, président du comité d’experts. Durant ce processus, nous avons grandement misé sur d’autres études importantes effectuées au cours des deux dernières années. » M. Nicholson est ancien président et directeur général du Conseil des académies canadiennes. Les autres membres du comité étaient les suivants : Michele McKenzie, présidente et directrice générale de la Commission canadienne du tourisme, Elizabeth Beale, présidente et directrice générale du Conseil économique des provinces de l’Atlantique, et Peter Wild, consultant basé au Royaume-Uni qui se spécialise dans le domaine de l’exploitation des traversiers et du tourisme. Mary Brooks, professeure à l’école d’administration des affaires de l’Université Dalhousie, a dirigé l’équipe responsable de la recherche et du soutien organisationnel pour l’examen. Le rapport intégral et les biographies des membres du comité peuvent être consultés au www.gov.ns.ca/econ (en anglais seulement). réparer et remettre à niveau les installations du terminal de Yarmouth, qui appartiennent au gouvernement fédéral; assurer une partie des coûts de démarrage pour la recherche de base, la publicité et certains coûts liés à l’acquisition et au financement des navires; couvrir les pertes d’exploitation des premières années. Un rapport indépendant reçu par le premier ministre Darrell Dexter, aujourd’hui 7 septembre, suggère qu’un service de traversier durable entre Yarmouth et le Maine soit possible, mais seulement avec un modèle de gestion différent de celui qui a été utilisé dans le passé. Le rapport final, rédigé par un comité d’experts nommé en avril, suggère qu’un service de traversier entre Yarmouth et Portland qui met l’accent sur l’expérience des passagers puisse être durable du point de vue commercial. « Je tiens à souligner les efforts extraordinaires déployés par les membres du comité dans l’élaboration de ce rapport très plausible, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. Leur travail fait honneur aux gens du sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et offre une orientation claire au gouvernement pour l’établissement d’un service de traversier durable. » Le rapport indique qu’un service de traversier fructueux exigera un investissement initial de 30 à 35 millions de dollars par les partenaires du gouvernement pour :last_img read more

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Metro services crash as power connection falters commuters in dire straits

first_imgKolkata: Metro services were disrupted on Monday evening after a rake got stuck on the Down line due to power failure. As a result, passengers had to face immense harassment while going to their destinations during the peak hours.According to sources, at around 6:30 pm on Monday a Kavi Subhash bound Metro rake got stuck at Sovabazar Metro station. Despite repeated efforts by the motorman, the rake could not be started. Later, it was found that the electricity connection was faltering despite repair works. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaHaving no other way, services were totally suspended for almost an hour. In the meantime, despite repeated requests, passengers of another Metro rake which was stuck at Central Metro station, refused to evacuate the rake to allow truncated service. Later at around 7:30 pm, Metro authorities convinced the passengers and started truncated service between Central and Kavi Subhas Metro stations. The first truncated service ran at 7:32 pm from Central Metro station. But after two service runs, the passengers got furious and started an agitation. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to the Metro Railway authorities, passengers have been refusing to cooperate and thus they were unable to run the truncated services. Till last news came in at around 9:30 pm, Metro services have not commenced yet. The rake which got stuck at Sovabazar Metro station, has been moved after three hours. It may be mentioned here that similar problems have occurred on several occasions in the said area in recent past. Though Metro Railway authorities claimed that the problems related to power connection have been solved, it can evidently be seen that the situation still needs rectification.last_img read more

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In the news today July 23

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Monday, July 23———TWO DEAD, 13 INJURED IN TORONTO SHOOTINGOne woman was killed and 13 people, including a young girl, were injured after a shooting in a popular Toronto neighbourhood late Sunday that ended with the death of the suspected gunman. The incident began around 10 p.m. in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood, which is filled with restaurants, bars and boutiques. A man armed with a handgun made his way down busy Danforth Avenue, firing as he went, turning the tranquil scene into one of chaos and horror.———HEAT, WIND MEAN TROUBLE FOR B.C. FIRESOfficials in B.C.’s southern Interior say warm temperatures and gusty winds could soon spell the end of two days of relief from wildfires raging in the area. Environment Canada’s forecast for the next week in the southern Interior calls for temperatures in the 30s and winds gusting over 40 kilometres per hour. Along with the 35 properties already facing evacuation orders in the area, another 890 are on evacuation alert meaning residents may have to leave at a moment’s notice.———ONTARIO FIRES LEAVE PROPERTY OWNERS CONCERNEDCrews from across the country continued to cut down dozens of raging fires in northeastern Ontario on Sunday, after evacuation orders left some property owners uncertain of whether their homes and businesses would survive the flames. Provincial police issued a statement Sunday saying the largest fire in the area — known as “Parry Sound 33” — had grown to more than 50 square kilometres in size and was “not yet under control.”———CANADA TO TAKE IN ‘WHITE HELMET’ VOLUNTEERSCanada has offered to accept dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria following a dramatic rescue over the weekend that was orchestrated by the Israeli military and personally encouraged by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Named for their easily recognizable head gear, the all-volunteer White Helmets have been lauded and supported by Canada and other Western nations for their role as first responders and humanitarian workers who have saved hundreds of lives during Syria’s brutal civil war.———DEADLINE PASSES FOR FEDS TO FIND TRANS MOUNTAIN BUYERThe federal government is set to become the official owner of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after failing to quickly flip the project to another private-sector buyer. Pipeline owner Kinder Morgan had been working with the government to identify another buyer before July 22. But with that date passing without a deal, it was expected the pipeline company will now take Ottawa’s $4.5-billion offer to purchase the project to its shareholders.———CHURCHILL FACES UNCERTAIN FUTUREA Manitoba community on the shore of Hudson Bay is having an identity crisis. The port of Churchill was once bustling with ships laden with grain bound for markets. Now, the ships docked at the port are bringing essential supplies in rather than transporting anything out. Last year, severe spring flooding washed out parts of the only rail line to what’s known as the polar bear capital of the world. Propane is being brought to Churchill by marine vessel for the first time, while supplies for businesses are also coming in on ships or by air, at an exorbitant price.———PARALYZED BRONCO TACKLES TOUGH PHYSIOParalyzed Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki has begun a new round of physiotherapy in Calgary. The workouts at the Synaptic clinic include chin ups, boxing, heavy rope training and learning to pull himself into a full standing position from his wheelchair just using his arms. Straschnitzki was Paralyzed from the chest down on April 6 when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team and a semi-trailer collided north of Tisdale, Sask. His latest assessment indicates he’s regained some movement in the core muscles in his stomach and is able to flex them.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— HMCS St. John’s returns to Halifax after a six-month deployment in the Baltic Sea, Northern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.— Statistics Canada releases the wholesale trade numbers for May.— Organizations committed to women’s safety and gender equality hold a news conference in Toronto.— The Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics releases its annual comparison of police-reported crime statistics for 2017.———last_img read more

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Bennett says Ottawas UNDRIP embrace putting everyone on notice

first_imgAPTN National NewsIndigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said Monday Canada would fully embrace the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and remove its “permanent objector status” to the document.Bennett made the announcement during a press conference in New York City Monday. She said the government would officially make the shift on Tuesday.“I think it means a great deal in Canada, but it means a great deal around the world, that Canada is no longer a persistent objector, that we are fully adopting this and working to implement it within the laws of Canada, which is our Charter,” said Bennett, during a press conference at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.It appears that while the Harper government announced in 2010 it would “endorse” UNDRIP it officially maintained an objection to the document. The previous Conservative government said UNDRIP was an aspirational document that would be interpreted “in a manner that is consistent with our Constitutional and legal framework.”Bennett said the government’s change in position also put the resource sector on notice that it needed to “seek free, prior and informed consent” before moving on projects impacting Indigenous lands.“If you don’t do that, if you wait until after the project is launched and started, this won’t be possible,” said Bennett. “This is putting everyone on notice, you better get this done, or else the project will flounder.”Bennett said the change on position toward UNDRIP would also allow the country to begin a “conversation” on Indigenous rights.“What this allows is for us to proceed with a conversation with Canadians. It is a step for us pursuing a full reconciliation process that is based on the principles within the UNDRIP,” said Bennet.She said the document was “breathing life” into section 35 of the Constitution which guarantees Aboriginal rights.University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran said the government’s announced change is the equivalent of removing a checkmark from a ledger.“That’s pretty much it, but don’t get too excited, because the UN declaration is not legally binding and has no teeth anyway, objection or no objection,” said Attaran.The minister said Ottawa would be consulting with First Nation, Inuit and Metis people before moving to codify UNDRIP in Canadian law.Bennett also said a private member’s bill on UNDRIP introduced earlier this year by NDP MP Romeo Saganash didn’t meet that consultation threshold.“It would be very important that we consult First Nation, Inuit and Metis on anything we would do in order to codify (UNDRIP),” said Bennett. “It is very important we understand and we being that conversation as nation-to-nation, Inuit-to-Crown. I don’t think we can go forward based on a private member’s bill without proper consultation.”Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould also delivered a speech on the opening day at the UN Permanent Forum which called on the international community to make Indigenous peoples the focus of this century.“I say let us make this the century of the world’s Indigenous peoples, one where Indigenous peoples, no matter where they live, deconstruct their colonial legacy and rebuild their communities,” said Wilson-Rabyould, who is Canada’s first ever federal Indigenous justice minister. “Let us make it a century where nation states and Indigenous peoples work in partnership towards true reconciliation that supports strong and healthy Indigenous peoples that are in charge and in control of their own destinies.”UNDRIP was originally adopted in 2007 by 144 countries. Canada, U.S., Australia and New Zealand voted against the document.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Wildfire Service cautioning public after personcaused fire erupts near Mackenzie over the

first_imgAccording to Reynolds, no lightning was recorded in the area at the time the fire was discovered, leading officials to suspect the fire was human-caused. She said that though the fire appears to largely be under control, the Prince George Fire Centre is concerned about the potential for more wildfires to erupt in the coming days as the fire danger rating is forecast to increase.The current fire danger rating across much of the Peace is currently moderate to high, but those values are predicted to increase to ‘extreme’ by the end of this week across much of the Fire Centre. MACKENZIE, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service is cautioning residents in Northeast B.C. about the increasing danger of wildfires with the current heatwave after a wildfire erupted near Mackenzie over the weekend.Prince George Fire Centre Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds said that the Lion’s Lake Fire was reported to officials on Saturday and has since grown to around 47 hectares in size. She said that air tankers were deployed to drop water onto the fire on both Saturday and Sunday and that currently there are 23 firefighters on scene battling the flames with 16 more on the way.The BC Wildfire Service has taken over command of the fight against the fire from the Mackenzie Fire Department, which is continuing to provide assistance against the blaze. The fire is said to have slowed its growth significantly after it experienced rapid growth over the weekend.last_img read more

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High level of informal jobs reported in AsiaPacific region UN report finds

24 March 2010Unemployment rates are artificially low in Asia and the Pacific because many people hold jobs in the informal sector, according to a United Nations report released today that provides a comparison of economic, social and environmental trends in the region. “There are still millions of people in Asia who work in the informal sector, and stand outside of formal statistics,” said Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). “We must work to improve our ability to gather this information. Without accurate data to develop good policies, these people remain uncounted and unprotected,” Ms. Heyzer added, highlighting the usefulness of the Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2009.The report also noted that Asia and the Pacific, particularly China, spend more on research and development than many other world regions.The negative cost of high economic growth in Asia and the Pacific is reflected in deforestation, forest degradation and loss of biodiversity. According to the report, the Asia-Pacific region was last year home to about one third of all threatened animal and plant species – the highest rate in the world.Humans are also under threat, from smoking and related non-communicable diseases.While only about 6 per cent of women in the region light up, in East and North and South-East Asia more than half of all men smoke. The numbers are even higher in the Pacific islands. read more

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Young Palestinian refugee wins UN film competition

The film by 25-year-old Tahani Awad from Nahr el-Bared refugee camp in Lebanon impressed the panel of judges with its powerful, yet understated portrayal of the experience of the family, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which organized the competition.The theme of the contest, which was open to young Palestinian filmmakers across the Middle East, was ‘My World.’“We invited young Palestinian refugees to show their talents, and to tell us about their world and their lives because the refugees, and in particular, our young students deserve a chance to speak to the world,” said Filippo Grandi, the UNRWA Commissioner-General, at a screening of the winning entries.“What we received was an incredible glimpse into the reality, creativity and potential of people who have so often been marginalized and ignored but who are increasingly making their voices heard,” he said.Over the next few weeks UNRWA will feature a selection of entries on its website and YouTube channel, starting with Ms. Tahani’s film.UNRWA is mandated to provide services to 4.8 million Palestinian refugees living in Gaza, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and the West Bank.In his message to mark World Refugee Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world to consider the plight of the millions of people forced from their homes and who, in most cases, want to return to their places of origin to start lives afresh.“Let us never lose sight of our shared humanity,” said Mr. Ban.He noted that whereas traditionally the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) supported those fleeing conflict or persecution, people are increasingly forced to leave their homes as a result of extreme poverty, environmental degradation, climate change and the growing and complex interrelationship between those factors and conflict.“The burden of helping the world’s forcibly displaced people is starkly uneven. Poor countries host vastly more displaced people than wealthier ones. Anti-refugee sentiment is heard loudest in industrialised countries. This situation demands an equitable solution,” said the Secretary-General. 20 June 2011A short film based on the story of a Palestinian refugee family returning to their ruined home in a conflict-ravaged camp in Lebanon was today declared the winner of a film competition organized by the United Nations to mark World Refugee Day. read more

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NewsAlert Under fire Morneau says his assets will be in blind trust

OTTAWA — Embattled Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he has put his substantial personal assets in a blind trust, an effort to tamp down an escalating controversy over conflict of interest allegations that have threatened to undermine the federal Liberal government.Morneau also says he plans to sell off all of his and his family’s assets in Morneau Shepell, the human resources firm that bears his name.The former businessman has insisted he made sure to disclose all his assets to the federal ethics watchdog when he came into office, and he that he followed her recommendations very carefully to avoid any conflicts of interest.However, today’s move — designed to silence Morneau’s increasingly vocal critics — could also be considered a tacit acknowledgment that the rules themselves are in need of an update, something the ethics commissioner herself has suggested in the past.Commissioner Mary Dawson said this week she told Morneau a blind trust wouldn’t be necessary, since his shares were indirectly held through private companies and were therefore not considered a “controlled asset” under the Conflict of Interest Act.However, Dawson urged the previous Conservative government in 2013 to amend the law to require blind trusts for personal assets owned by public office holders, regardless of whether they were directly or indirectly owned — a change that was never made.More Coming read more

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Sri Lanka looks to deepen ties with the United States

Illinois is home to a substantial number of Sri Lankan–Americans, including a sizable student population. The state is also home to several major US companies, which have business interests in Sri Lanka. Sorini brings into the position over a decade of experience in high-level positions in the federal government at the Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).In 1989, Sorini was appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the US Senate to the position of Chief Textile Negotiator at the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), holding the rank of Ambassador. He is a founding partner of Sorini, Samet & Associates, a leading international trade firm in Washington D.C. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says it is looking to deepen ties with the United States and appointed a new official for this purpose.The Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington said Sri Lanka’s deepening political and economic partnership with the United States, and it increasing people to people contacts require further expansion of Sri Lankan representation throughout the United States. Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam handed over the Commission of Appointment to Ronald James Sorini to serve as the Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in the State of Illinois. read more

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Sweet potato and apple win at the Souper Star lunch

Neil McCartney, left, and Shawn Lymburner serve up some soup.Five chefs battled it out today, and in the end, Shawn Lymburner was victorious with his sweet potato and apple soup.Daud Grewal and Tara LisoyLymburner went head-to-head with four fellow Sodexo chefs for the Souper Star lunch, which benefits Brock’s United Way campaign. His sweet potato and apple with maple crème fraiche was voted the best by diners in attendance at Pond Inlet.Lymburner, as well as celebrity sous chef Neil McCartney, Dean of Applied Health Sciences, received medals for the victory.Other competitors were:Jim Harper (with director of Athetics Robert Hilson) – meat chiliTara Lisoy (with Brock University Students’ Union president Daud Grewal) – roasted garlic and pumpkinJohn French (with Mike Plyley, Dean of Graduate Studies) – borschtRoger Gallagher (with Barb Daly from the Graduate Students’ Association) – New England clam chowderBarb Daly and Roger GallagherThe fun competition doubles as the official launch of Brock’s United Way campaign, which runs until Nov. 25. The goal is $115,000.Upcoming United Way events include:Halloween 5k Fun Run/WalkDate – Monday, Oct. 31Time – Registration at 11:45 a.m• More informationUnited Way Trivia NightDate – Friday, Nov. 18. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., pasta dinner at 7 p.m., trivia starting at 8 p.m.Where – Club Roma, 125 Vansickle Rd., St. CatharinesCost – $25 each. Teams of eight are $200. Tickets are available at the Centre for the Arts box office at 905-688-5550 x3257Scotiabank is also holding a cupcake sale this week to benefit United Way.Robert Hilson and Jim HarperMike Plyley and John French read more

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Mens hockey Buckeyes attend NHL development camps

Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski (center) poses for a photo with Cam Lee and Wyatt Kalynuk at Philadelphia Flyers development camp. Credit: Zack Hill | Philadelphia Flyers senior director of public relationsAfter the success the Ohio State men’s hockey team saw last year, reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009, a handful of players from the team received opportunities to skate for NHL teams during the summer.Five players who are returning from last year’s team — forwards Mason Jobst, Tanner Laczynski, Dakota Joshua and John Wiitala and defender Wyatt Ege — and three players who graduated — forward Nick Schilkey, defender Josh Healey and goalie Matt Tomkins — were invited to development camps for NHL teams across the country. These camps are meant to give teams a chance to check out prospects whom they already drafted, as well as give other young players a chance to gain experience with NHL coaches and staff.“It was really fun,” said Wiitala, who skated with the Minnesota Wild. “My family has been season-ticket holders for [the Wild] for a long time so I’ve seen a lot of games there, but it was cool getting to meet players around the rink that I’ve been watching for a really long time.”This was Wiitala’s first year attending the camp, as it was for Ege, who skated with the Vegas Golden Knights expansion team.While this was a new experience for Ege and Wiitala, Laczynski and Joshua went to their second and third NHL camps this past summer, respectively.Joshua was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, and Laczynski was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Both players attended their respective teams’ development camps.“I came in this year with a little bit more confidence, and it was more of a better experience overall, just enjoying my time there and not being so nervous, knowing most of the guys and coaching staff,” Laczynski said.Making his third appearance to an NHL camp, Joshua said he feels more like a veteran, and the camps give him a taste of what he hopes to achieve.“Going there as a young kid obviously I knew it was going to be a long time before I had a chance of making it somewhere in the organization, but now that I’m getting older, it’s getting closer and closer,” Joshua said. Jobst, whose 55 points led the Big Ten a season ago, was the fifth returning player to attend a camp. He attended camps for both the Boston Bruins and the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.“It was pretty surreal to put the jersey on for the first time and just get to meet all of the coaches and the coaching staff, and seeing the Stanley Cup was an unbelievable feeling, and everyone was so great there,” Jobst said.The Buckeyes have an exhibition game at home against Ryerson on Sept. 30, and then start the regular season on the road at Wisconsin on Oct. 6.  Despite losing key contributors like Schilkey and goalie Christian Frey, the hockey team has continued to maintain lofty positions for this upcoming season.“I think that every player has their individual goals, but I think what’s really important is the team goals, getting back to the tournament, and not just making it there, making a dent, and making a little run,” Witala said.To make this run, new players will need to step up — the Buckeyes graduated two of their three leading scorers this offseason — but each player said there are things he learned in development camps, like the importance of nutrition and skating stride, that he can bring back to Columbus. “The biggest thing is the work ethic,” Joshua said.  “The ones that you see make it are working really hard, learning how to try and match that and bring that every day I think is a big thing for me to bring back here.” read more

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Pupil leaning against wall when it collapsed and killed 12yearold schoolgirl

first_imgA teenager has told an inquiry she was leaning against a wall while “mucking about” in a school changing-room when the structure collapsed, killing another pupil.The girl also described how she felt “scared” to talk to police when they questioned her about the tragic incident the following day.Keane Wallis-Bennett, 12, died when a “modesty wall” in the PE block at Liberton High School in Edinburgh collapsed on her on April 1, 2014.A fatal accident inquiry (FAI) is being held at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to examine the full circumstances surrounding the incident.Two schoolgirls who were in the changing-room at the time were called to give evidence to the inquiry on Wednesday.One of the girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the hearing she was changing in the shower area for football at PE, the second lesson of the day, when the accident happened.Giving evidence via a video link, the teenager said: “Me and (another girl) were sort of mucking about, having a laugh, and we just sort of had our feet on the opposite wall, it was only for a couple of seconds. She later said she was “already getting blamed for stuff” from other pupils.Another girl, who cannot be named, told the court how she sustained bruises when the falling wall hit the side of her legs as she stood in the changing room.The inquiry continues. liberton high “Then I can’t actually remember what happened after because all I remember was the wall falling back.” The witness demonstrated how her back had been on the wall that fell down, with her feet on an opposite wall.”I was facing the shower wall, so I leaned on the wall that fell down,” she told Gavin Anderson, the advocate representing Keane’s parents.The witness told the FAI she did not need to climb up to get into that position. “It wasn’t like that big a gap (between the two walls),” she said.The girl said she then fell with the wall when it collapsed and she had to get back on her feet.Asked if she had been pushing back towards the wall she was leaning on, she replied: “No, I think I was just trying to keep myself up. (It was) only a couple of seconds because it went by so quickly … maybe two or three seconds.”The witness said that was the first time they had done something like that and she had never seen anyone else doing so. She said the pupils were all in “shock” following the incident.The inquiry heard the girl was spoken to by police the following day. Asked whether she had told them everything she knew, she replied: “No, I was scared and didn’t know what to do.” Police outside Liberton High School in 2014Credit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Poll Do you think prenuptial agreements should be legal in Ireland

first_img Poll Results: Yes, people should have the right to protect their assets.No, everything should be equal and shared between two people.I don’t know.Vote I don’t know. (416) IN TODAY’S COLUMN, Aaron McKenna writes that marriage is a contract and therefore there should be no reason why people who are entering into an agreement should not be allowed to protect their respective assets.It was announced in October that the Department of Justice will be considering the legal position of prenuptial agreements as part of legal reforms.At present, prenuptial agreements are not binding in Irish law with settlements at the discretion of judges as part of divorce proceedings.Today’s poll is: Do you think prenuptial agreements should be legal in Ireland?center_img No, everything should be equal and shared between two people. (2253) Yes, people should have the right to protect their assets. (1892)last_img read more

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High achiever gets dream job

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Dean honours, two years running, Melbourne National scholarship, and the Deutsche Bank Penultimate year scholarship, made graduate Elias Vitsentzatos a man to remember at his graduation. Vitsentzatos was given the honour of the valedictory speech to his fellow classmates after graduating this year from his Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University. In his speech he praised the strong relationships created in class and outside. “Today I’m part of a group of diverse and very talented individuals, who have the strength and ability to pursue their goals in life with great vigour and intensity,” he said. “We have all grown as individuals during our time at university and in the future I am sure we will all continue to better ourselves and excel in all aspects of personal and professional life.” He took the time to thank his parents and specifically his brothers and his grandparents. On the cards for Vitsentzatos is a budding career at Deutsche Bank as an analyst. He starts next year.last_img read more

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Davis Advises Women To Get Ready

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 17, 2017 – Nassau – Fully aware of the reputation, which Bahamian women possess as the ’Backbone’ of the nation, Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip ‘Brave’ Davis admonishes PLP women to get ready for a great change that is to come.The Opposition Leader Davis, while speaking at the Party’s New Providence Central Regional Meeting at the Columbus Primary School on Monday, informed the women of his desire to see them take on greater roles and responsibilities that would make the PLP stronger.   Moved by the incredible out pouring of cheers from the crowd, Davis vowed that once he is reinstated as leader, PLP women can be assured of their place around his leadership table.Describing women as the “heart and soul” of the PLP, Davis recently spoke to members of the New Providence Women’s Branch of the PLP at the Sir Lynden Pindling Centre, where they were also encouraged to step up their purpose, as nothing can be done in any society without women.As the party prepares to hold its National Convention from October 22 – 25, Davis encouraged all PLPs, especially women, to come with a made up mind to promote positive change, as all Bahamians deserve nothing less!@bebravecommunications#changewillcome#braveCaption: PLP women supporters all smiles at the Davis/Cooper Central Region Branches meeting Monday evening. Related Items:last_img read more

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Summers withdraws from Fed consideration

first_imgWASHINGTON — Lawrence Summers, who was considered the leading candidate to succeed Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chairman, has withdrawn from consideration, the White House said Sunday.Summers’ withdrawal follows growing resistance from critics, including some members of the Senate committee that would need to approve his nomination. His exit could open the door for his leading rival for the post, Janet Yellen, the Fed’s vice chair. If chosen by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate, Yellen would become the first woman to lead the Fed.In a statement, Obama said he had accepted Summers’ decision.“Larry was a critical member of my team as we faced down the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and it was in no small part because of his expertise, wisdom and leadership that we wrestled the economy back to growth and made the kind of progress we are seeing today,” Obama said.As director of the National Economic Council, Summers oversaw the administration’s response to the economic and financial crisis early in Obama’s first term.Yet Summers faced strenuous opposition from some Democrats, including members of the Senate Banking Committee. Summers alluded to the opposition to his candidacy in a letter he sent Sunday to Obama to formally withdraw from consideration.last_img read more

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Mavs Ellis sink Blazers at buzzer

first_imgPORTLAND — Monta Ellis’ one-legged jumper at the buzzer spoiled a late-game comeback by the Portland Trail Blazers to give the Dallas Mavericks a 108-106 win at the Moda Center on Saturday. After a 32-point snoozer Friday against the Utah Jazz, the Blazers were locked in a battle of offensive firepower with the Mavericks. The Blazers struggled to shoot for most of the game after setting an NBA record for three-point percentage Friday against the Jazz. The Blazers shot 9-of-30 from three, good for 30 percent. Making matters worse for the home team was that the Mavericks feasted in the paint, scoring 54 points. “We tried some different coverages just to try to slow down Dirk (Nowitzki),” Damian Lillard said. “There was a few miscommunications out there but we stuck with it and we had a chance to win the game at the end.“They just hit a good shot.”Ellis’ shot ruined what would have been a spectacular Blazers comeback in the final 45 seconds of the game. The Blazers were down by six but were able to get a stop and force a turnover to give themselves a chance. The Mavericks led for most of the game and the Blazers had to dig deep many times but it seemed each time the veteran Mavs had an answer.last_img read more

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MercedesAMG S65 Final Edition is a super luxe V12 sendoff

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better • 10 Photos Share your voice Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Geneva Motor Show 2019 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Tags More From Roadshow Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Mercedes-AMG S65 Final Edition is a 621-horsepower swan song See All 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value reading • Mercedes-AMG S65 Final Edition is a super luxe V12 send-off 0 Post a comment Mercedes’ monstrous 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 engine isn’t long for this world. And to commemorate all the badassery associated with this absolute brute of a power plant, Mercedes is bringing a limited-production AMG S65 Final Edition sedan to the Geneva Motor Show.Just 130 of these special S65 sedans will be sold around the world, painted in obsidian black with matte bronze, 20-inch wheels. Inside, black Nappa leather lines the seats, with copper-colored contrast stitching. A “1 of 130” badge adorns the center console — a reminder to your passengers of this four-door’s exclusivity.Enlarge ImageOK, these’ 20-inch, matte-bronze wheels are rad as heck. Mercedes-Benz Every Final Edition model will come fully loaded, with every option package currently available on the S65. From the Magic Sky Control panoramic roof, to the First Class rear seating package, to the Warmth and Comfort package, it’s all here. You even get the AMG Driver’s Package, which ups the sedan’s top speed to 186 miles per hour.The S65’s 6.0-liter V12 produces 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, and can propel this big boy to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. As if fuel economy is even a concern at this price and power, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG S65 is EPA-rated at 13 miles per gallon city and 22 mpg highway. (Good luck actually seeing those numbers.)Mercedes hasn’t released pricing information for the Final Edition, but considering a fully loaded AMG S65 already tops $250,000, it certainly won’t be cheap. Of course, with only 130 destined for customers around the world, we’re sure they’ll have no trouble finding homes with the hifalutin set. Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mercedes-Benz Luxury cars Performance Cars Sedanslast_img read more

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Apple audit finds fewer supplier problems touts green successes

first_img Tags Share your voice See it Mobile Tech Industry Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Boost Mobile Apple’s supplier responsibility reports for years have chronicled its stated attempts to clean up issues in its massive supply chain. That was particularly important a decade ago, when employees’ mental health, safety and mistreatment were front-page news around the world.Now, Apple says, its publicly released supplier audits offer a blueprint for other companies to ensure humane treatment of workers and increase environmental standards.A greener AppleThe company said one of its goals this year is to increase education of workers. It said 17.3 million people were trained on workers’ rights since 2007. In that same time, 3.6 million people received advanced skills training. And in 2018, 1,500 people earned a college degree. One of the company’s new education programs is in app development. The first class produced 42 apps, which Apple said were everything from workplace tools to games.On environmental goals, Apple said it’s diverted 1 million tons of waste from landfills in China and cut enough emissions in 2018 to remove the equivalent of 100,000 cars from the roads.On an instance of underage labor, the company said the child was a nearly 16-year-old employee who got the job using false identification. After the violation was detected, that child was transported home and enrolled in school while still continuing to receive pay from the supplier. Post a comment Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Apple’s next launch events: Everything we know Sprint $999 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple’s latest audit report for 2018 brought a lot of shine back to the company’s supply chain.The iPhone maker said it uncovered 27 “core violations” of labor rules, according to its 13th annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report, or a little more than half the 44 it reported last year. The report included 24 cases of falsified working hours and two cases of debt-bonded labor. Perhaps the best news for Apple: It didn’t find any serious health and safety violations, instead mostly identifying poor health screenings and lack of appropriate permits.Meanwhile, the company said it hit a new environmental achievement. Last year, it announced the iPhone was manufactured with a zero waste certification, and this year it added the iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods and HomePod to that program. (The company’s also increased its recycling programs, with new iPhone disassembly robots to speed up the process.)Overall, that spelled good news for Apple as it assessed the 770 suppliers it manages across 30 countries. The company also audited 279 mineral smelters and refineries. Overall, Apple said it audited more than 90 percent of all the people it buys parts and materials from last year.”We are constantly raising the bar for ourselves and our suppliers, because we are committed to the people who make our products possible, as well as the planet we all share,” Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, said in a statement. “Our goal has always been not just to drive progress in our supply chain, but to drive meaningful changes across the industry.” CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS Apple $999 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See It 0 See It See All $999 6:18 • Now playing: Watch this: Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR reading • Apple audit finds fewer supplier problems, touts green successeslast_img read more

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Kiran Khabad plans to better lives with public welfare and his remarkable

first_imgBorn on the 1st August 1988 at pipero village of Dahod District, Kiran Bachubhai Khabad’s passion for public service is genetic. He has done an M.A., B.Ed. with English.Kiran Khabad’s willingness to serve the people and being useful to society is the result of family learning.Interestingly, his mother is a housewife and has contributed up to a great extent into his sensitive approach towards public issues. His father Bachubhai Khabad has inspired him to ensure public welfare and to make public centric decisions.Kiran’s elder brother Balwantbhai Khabad serves as an Excecutive President of Taluka Panchayat, Dhanpur, district Dahod; whose works and efforts have always motivated ‘Kiran Khabad’ to work more efficiently. His elder sister serves as a primary teacher, who has always provided him support throughout his journey.Being an eye-witness and a close observer of his father’s extra ordinary efforts to serve people, he has mastered the art of sacrifice and service. His father’s intentions, abilities and or has contributed in building up his character.Kiran Bachubhai Khabad serves as YuvaMorcha Vice- President of Bhartiya Janta Party, Dahod district since year 2013-14.Kiran has devoted his existence to complete the journey started by his father towards the goal of public welfare.Even after being a well known son of such an influencing personality, Kiran Khabad thrives hard towards achieving the goal of public welfare and has managed to gain his own individual identity and people’s support.Kiran tries his best so that everyday of his life provides something meaningful to the mankind. He wants to bring change in the society for good!IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

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