Cost questions abound as work set to start on navys new support

first_imgOTTAWA – The cutting of steel for the navy’s long overdue support ships will begin next month in Vancouver, even though the federal government doesn’t know how much the two vessels will ultimately cost.Federal procurement minister Carla Qualtrough confirmed plans for an early start to work on the supply ships during a breakfast address Thursday at the Cansec defence show in Ottawa.Seaspan Shipyards will receive $66 million to work on several dozen components of the so-called joint support ships during a lull in the building of two other Canadian Coast Guard vessels.The government is hoping that advance work will shave about a year off the expected delivery time for the first support vessel, which is currently slated to hit the water in 2023.It will also ensure Seaspan continues to have work for its employees during what would otherwise be a dead zone between construction of the last of three coast guard fisheries vessels and a new coast guard ocean science ship.“These support ships will deliver fuel and other vital supplies to vessels at sea,” Qualtrough said, “ensuring our women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces are able to carry out their missions for decades to come.”The navy has been without a permanent support ship since retiring its last two in 2015 because of an unexpected fire and excessive corrosion, and is currently relying on a converted civilian vessel to fill the gap.The first new vessel was originally supposed to be delivered in 2019, but the project has been plagued with delays.Even as work is set to begin, however, Qualtrough conceded later that the government still doesn’t have a concrete estimate of how much the two joint support ships are going to cost.“It’s too early to speculate on what the (support ships) will ultimately cost,” she said.The previous Conservative government set a budget of $2.3 billion for the vessels back in 2011, but that number has been under review for nearly two years.The parliamentary budget office pegged the full cost of two support ships back in 2013 at $4.13 billion, while the government’s new defence investment plan, released this week, said it could cost up to $4.99 billion.“There are a lot of things happening on (the support ships),” said Andre Fillion, head of military procurement at Public Services and Procurement Canada.“The acquisition of long lead items, the start of the (early work) and also a lot of engineering work.”Seaspan vice-president Tim Page told The Canadian Press that the shipbuilder is in negotiations with the government, but remains committed to delivering the support ships to the navy.Starting work early is a reasonable solution to what would otherwise be a troublesome lull in work at Seaspan, said defence analyst David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.But the government still doesn’t have an approved design for the support ships, he said, and the whole point of the federal government’s multibillion-dollar shipbuilding strategy was to prevent such production gaps.“It’s a solution to an immediate problem,” Perry said, “but it’s not by any means an ideal scenario.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

Mathews Park Frostival 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The City of FSJ will be hosting the Annual Frostival at Mathews Park Skating Loop.January 5th, 2019, come celebrate winter and the return of the skating loop at Mathews Park with campfires, hot chocolate, prizes, colourful lights, s’mores and skating. This event is weather dependent.City staff will be on site from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm for prizes, skate rentals will be available on site courtesy of Hard Edge Sports Skate Shop. For more information E-mail; recreation@fortstjohn.calast_img read more

Extradition of Paris Attacks Suspect Salah Abdeslam Suspended Minister

Paris – The extradition of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been suspended but is not being called into question, France’s justice minister said Friday.Jean-Jacques Urvoas said in a statement the delay is due to “the requirements of the investigation in Belgium” about another case.The French judges still have the possibility of requesting Abdeslam’s “temporary transfer” to France so that he can be questioned and charged, the statement specified. Abdeslam fled to Belgium after the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris and was arrested March 18 after four months on the run. Since then he has been in a prison in the Belgian city of Bruges.He faces preliminary terrorism charges for the Paris attacks, which killed 130 people.The Belgian procedure “does not in any way hamper the course of investigations in France”, Urvoas stressed.Abdeslam’s lawyer, Sven Mary, said Thursday that it will take some weeks before his client can be extradited from Belgium to France.With MAP read more

UN maritime agency dedicates 2010 to the worlds 15 million seafarers

31 December 2009As merchant sailors around the world face the perils of pirate-infested waters off Somalia, the risks of accidents at sea or abandonment in port, the United Nations agency entrusted with setting comprehensive regulations for shipping is dedicating next year to the 1.5 million seafarers who serving the daily needs of more than 6.5 billion citizens of Planet Earth. “Our intention is to pay tribute to you, the world’s 1.5 million seafarers – men and women from all over the globe – for the unique, and all too often over-looked, contribution you make to the wellbeing of all of us,” UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos said in a message announcing the decision.“We will do so with deep appreciation, in recognition of the extraordinary service you render every day of your professional life, frequently under dangerous circumstances, in delivering, to the more than 6.5 billion people of the world, the wheat that makes our daily bread, the gas and oil that warms our homes or moves our vehicles and the gifts we will share and enjoy with our families and friends over this Festive Season.”He stressed the important role seafarers play in helping to achieve safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans and reassured them “at the ‘sharp end’ of the industry, that we, who are responsible for the international regulatory regime and who serve shipping from ashore, do understand the extreme pressures that you face and that, as a result, we approach our own tasks with a genuine sympathy for the work that you carry out.”He underscored the efforts IMO makes to ensure that “you are fairly treated when ships on which you serve become involved in accidents; are looked after when you are abandoned in ports; are not refused shore leave for security purposes; are protected when your work takes you into piracy-infested areas; and are not left unaided when you are in distress at sea…1.5 million seafarers serving the daily needs of more than 6.5 billion citizens of the world! It is a fact that goes unnoticed or is taken for granted by most, but one that should be trumpeted loud and clear,” he concluded.“For seafarers the world over deserve our respect, recognition and gratitude and, during 2010, we at IMO are resolved to ensure that the world does take notice of your exceptional role and contribution and of the special debt that all of us owe to you.” read more

China wants outstanding issues on Port City project to be resolved

“The Sri Lankan side did express their welcome to Chinese companies to extend their investment in various fields including infrastructure in Sri Lanka, and the two sides are also exploring specific ways of cooperation. Specific information will be released timely if there is any,” he added.Lu Kang said that China and Sri Lanka have also agreed that relevant maritime issues should be properly resolved by parties concerned through friendly negotiation and constructive dialogue. “This is in line with China’s consistent policy and position. As you know, for issues that are in their nature sovereignty and maritime rights and interests disputes such as the South China Sea issue, certain country’s attempt to solve it through forceful arbitration is not helpful to regional peace and stability nor international practices in the long run. Therefore, China is strongly opposed to that,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) The spokesperson also noted that during Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to China, the two sides had an in-depth discussion on how to expand mutual cooperation including trade and investment cooperation following the principles of equality and mutual benefit. China hopes some outstanding issues on the Port City project are resolved so that work on the project can resume.Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said that China also hopes that the two sides will maintain communication and reach agreement on unsolved issues at an early date to pave the way for the resumption of the project. “As you have noted, the Sri Lankan cabinet has recently approved the environment evaluation report of the Colombo port city project, basically clearing the way for resuming the project. We also hope that the two sides will maintain communication and reach agreement on unsolved issues at an early date to pave the way for the resumption of the project. The cooperation between China and Sri Lanka has always been based on equality, mutual benefit and win-win situation. We also believe that the Sri Lankan side will actively discuss with the Chinese side on how to deepen pragmatic cooperation based on its own needs of social and economic development,” he told reporters in China. read more

Two men charged in series of Hamilton robberies

Two men have been arrested and charged after a series of robberies in Hamilton.On July 22 around 3:40 a.m. two men broke into the secure compound of PJ’s Automotive on Cannon St. E and stole a moped. A day later, two men reportedly forced the door open at EMMO Hamilton on King St. E around 6:18 a.m. and stole two e-bikes.And, on August 7, two men entered through the front door of Electric Avenue E-bike shop and robbed the shop of two bikes which were later found in an alleyway.A Hamilton man, Charles Shotwell, 49, is charged with three counts of break and enter.A Brantford man, Daniel Letchford, 31, is charged with three counts of break and enter, failing to comply with probation, and possession of burglary tools.Any witnesses are asked to contact police. read more

Developing world far from slashing hunger greater action needed UN report says

With hunger and malnutrition killing nearly 6 million children each year, the developing world is far from reaching the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of slashing the number of hungry people in half by 2015, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in its latest annual hunger report today. “If each of the developing regions continues to reduce hunger at the current pace, only South America and the Caribbean will reach the Millennium Development Goal,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said in the foreword to the report – The State of Food Insecurity in the World. To achieve agreed development goals and targets, the report calls for a twin-track approach consisting of national and international investments in strengthening productivity and incomes, including investment in small-scale irrigation, infrastructure such as roads and water, and promotion of fisheries and agro-forestry.At the same time it advocates providing direct access to food through social safety nets for the poor, feeding programmes for mothers and infants, school meals and school gardens, food-for-work and food-for-education programmes.Many of the children who die succumb to a handful of treatable infectious diseases including diarrhoea, pneumonia, malaria and measles. They would survive if their bodies and immune systems had not been weakened by hunger and malnutrition.The Asia-Pacific region has a good chance of reaching the MDG if it can accelerate progress slightly over the next few years, according to the report. In the Near East and North Africa, the prevalence of hunger is low, but it is increasing. But in sub-Saharan Africa, the prevalence of under-nourishment, FAO’s measure of hunger, has been decreasing very slowly. The speed of progress was slightly better in the 1990s than it is today. The region will need to step up the pace dramatically to reach the MDG target.The last statistics provided in 2004 (new estimates will be provided in next year’s edition) showed that 852 million people worldwide were undernourished during the 2000-2002 period, with some 75 per cent living in rural areas in poor countries.These regions are home to the vast majority of nearly 11 million children who die before reaching the age of five, including 8 million infants; of 530,000 women who die during pregnancy and childbirth; of 300 million cases of acute malaria and more than 1 million malaria deaths each year; and of 121 million children who do not attend school.Providing children with adequate food is crucial for breaking the poverty and hunger cycle and meeting the MDGs. Reducing the prevalence of child underweight by only five percentage points, on average, could save the lives of 30 per cent of children between one and five. This is based on a study of 59 developing countries. In some of the worst affected countries, the prevalence of underweight children under-five goes up to 45 per cent.“Reducing hunger should become the driving force for progress and hope, as improved nutrition fuels better health, increases school attendance, reduces child and maternal mortality, empowers women, and lowers the incidence and mortality rates of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis,” Mr. Diouf wrote.The report also notes that Inequalities between women and men prevent women from improving their families’ livelihoods. Research confirms that educated women have healthier families. Their children are better nourished, less likely to die in infancy and more likely to attend school.Giving women better access to land and credit and promoting gender equality could do more to reduce hunger and malnutrition than any of the other MDGs, the report says. FAO also stressed the role of healthier foods in reducing malnutrition and the need for nutrition education.“To be food secure, families need sufficient resources to produce or purchase adequate food. However, this does not guarantee good nutrition and health as we can see from the diet-related health problems among even more affluent population groups,” FAO Nutrition Officer Peter Glasauer said, introducing the agency’s Family Nutrition Guide.The Guide helps governments and non-governmental organizations to inform and motivate people to adopt healthy diets and lifestyles throughout their lives. read more

Landmark UNbacked treaty on mercury takes effect

“Governments that are party to the Convention are now legally bound to take a range of measures to protect human health and the environment by addressing mercury throughout its lifecycle,” the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a statement. The Minamata Convention commits Governments to specific measures, which include banning new mercury mines, phasing-out existing ones, regulating artisanal and small-scale gold mining, and reducing emissions and mercury use. Since the element is indestructible, the Convention also stipulates conditions for interim storage and disposal of mercury waste. The Convention – the first new global convention related to the environment and health in close to a decade – entered force today, 90 days after the fiftieth party ratified it on 18 May. There are now 74 parties to the Convention and 128 countries have signed it. “The Minamata Convention shows that our global work to protect our planet and its people can continue to bring nations together. We did it for the Ozone layer and now we’re doing it for mercury, just as we need to do it for climate change – a cause that the Minamata Convention will also serve. Together, we can clean up our act,” said Erik Solheim, head of UNEP. The Convention takes its name from the most severe mercury poisoning disaster in history. In 1956, local villages suffered convulsions, psychosis, loss of consciousness and coma from eating the fish in Minamata Bay, Japan, in which industrial wastewaters had been dumped since the 1930s. Thousands of people were certified as having directly suffered from mercury poisoning, now known as Minamata disease. According to UNEP, up to 8,900 metric tonnes of mercury are emitted each year. It can be released naturally through the weathering of mercury-containing rocks, forest fires and volcanic eruptions, but significant emissions also come from human processes, particularly coal burning and artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Mining alone exposes up to 15 million workers in 70 different countries to mercury poisoning, including child labourers. Other man-made sources of mercury pollution include the production of chlorine and some plastics, waste incineration and use of mercury in laboratories, pharmaceuticals, preservatives, paints and jewelry. “There is no safe level of exposure to mercury nor are there cures for mercury poisoning, which at high levels causes irreversible neurological and health damage,” UNEP said, particularly among unborn children and infants. The first meeting of the parties to the Convention will be held 24 to 29 September in Geneva. read more

South Sudan Runner Allowed To Compete In London Olympics

The IOC has cleared Guor Marial, a marathon runner born in what is now South Sudan, to compete under the Olympic flag at the London Olympics.The IOC executive board agreed today to allow U.S.-based Marial — a former refugee — to take part as an independent athlete.“The voice of South Sudan has been heard,” Marial told The Associated Press. “The South Sudan has finally got a spot in the world community. Even though I will not carry their flag in this Olympic Games, the country itself is there. The dream has come true. The hope of South Sudan is alive.”Marial has no passport and is not represented by a national Olympic committee. South Sudan gained independence last year after breaking away from Sudan but doesn’t yet have a recognized Olympic body.Marial moved to the United States as a refugee when he was a child and even though he has permanent residence in the U.S., he isn’t yet an American citizen.That meant he was unable to compete for the United States, South Sudan or Sudan, the IOC said, despite qualifying for the Olympics last year.IOC spokesman Mark Adams said it was the first case of its kind for the London Olympics.When he was 8 years old, Marial escaped child slavery in a labor camp in Sudan. He is now 28 and lives in Flagstaff, Ariz. — where he was preparing for training when he heard he was allowed to go to the Olympics.“I was getting ready to go for a run. Wow. This is so exciting,” he said. “It’s hard to describe. I’m speechless. The body temperature is up. I have to train like an Olympian now.”The International Olympic Committee said three athletes from Netherlands Antilles also would be allowed to compete under the Olympic flag in London after the group of islands ceased to be an autonomous country.Marial ran a time of 2 hours, 14 minutes, 32 seconds at the Twin Cities marathon last year, his first official race, to qualify for the London Games. He has improved on that time since.A U.S. senator from New Hampshire, where Marial went to high school, also lent support to his Olympic bid. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen sent a letter to the IOC appealing for Marial to compete under the Olympic flag.Marial attended high school in Concord, N.H., after fleeing to the United States. He graduated in 2005, earning an athletic scholarship to Iowa State University and became an All-American in cross country in his junior year.He declined Sudan’s invitation to compete under its flag because he didn’t consider himself a citizen of that country. He said he doesn’t want to compete for Sudan because he lost 28 family members during civil unrest.The athlete’s birth village is in what is now South Sudan and despite it being a newly independent state, it has struggled to form sporting bodies.South Sudan was allowed in as the newest member of world football body FIFA in May but hasn’t yet joined the Olympic family.Athletes can take part at a games under the Olympic flag if politics has prevented them from doing so for a country. read more

Jerritt Canyon hits 8 Moz in Nevada and going strong

first_imgVeris Gold has just announced that the 8 millionth ounce of gold was produced from the Jerritt Canyon processing plant in Nevada on March 21, this year. The long-lived gold mining operations at Jerritt Canyon make it part of only a few leading gold production properties in Nevada. In the early operating years from 1983 to 2006, the processing plant consistently produced over 200,000 oz/y of gold. Recent upgrades to the processing plant by Veris Gold and the startup of two new underground mines (Starvation Canyon and Saval 4) will enable the company to target production of at least 175,000 oz of gold in 2013.  Production will come from SSX-Steer and Smith, the two new underground mines, and from third party ores based on recently finalised toll milling agreements.The first ounce of gold was produced on July 4, 1981 when Freeport-McMoRan and FMC Corp owned and operated the Bell open pit mine. Mining at Jerritt Canyon has continued since 1981 with underground mines providing most of the ores since 2000 under several other company operators. AngloGold operated the mine from 1998 to 2003.Veris says it “is proud of achieving the 8 million ounce production milestone and will continue to provide employment opportunities to people in the region. The company recently returned the mine to profitability in the third quarter of 2012 and plans to continue the successful mining operations into the foreseeable future.”Mining at the new Starvation Canyon mine commenced in early April and is targeting 600 t/d of ore production.“Using the December 31, 2011 NI 43-101 Technical Report, with identified Measured and Indicated resources totalling 2.3 Moz at an average grade of 6.48 g/t Au, reserves of some 1.1 Moz at an average grade of 6.00 g/t, an Inferred resource of 0.75 Moz at an average grade of 6.24 g/t, an existing four-plus year life of mine plan, a new tailings storage facility, a revitalised environmental awareness and dedication, and a top-notch mine staff, Jerritt Canyon is poised for future success. [The] mine will continue to significantly contribute to Nevada’s pre-eminent gold mining stature in the US and the world.”Veris Gold also holds a portfolio of precious metals properties in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, Canada, including the former producing Ketza River mine.last_img read more

Veszprem want to take revenge Better defense to break PSG Handball

Ljubomir VranjesPSG HandballTelekom Veszprem An “earthquake” was a match between Paris Saint Germain and Telekom Veszprem 33:28 in French capital. Both teams proved TOP class with the highest ambitions in VELUX EHF Champions League. Battle for the first place will be continued at Veszprem Arena on Saturday, 17.30 hrs.– We know that we can play better. Paris played well in the last game and they deserved to win but now we want to take a step forward and win in front of our fans on Saturday. We have to be better in 60 minutes. We had a really bad 20 minutes in defense on Sunday. We have to be better at defense. Of course, at the end we have to score 1 goal more – said Veszprem’s coach Ljubomir Vranjes before the match.Norwegian right back Kent Robin Tönnesen looking forward to another clash with French champions: It is going to be a tough game but also fun to play. I think we did not play that well last weekend, we will try to show our better side this Saturday, and we will get those 2 points for sure in front of our fans. We have to be at a better level in our defense because 33 conceded goals are too much. We have to get better at that and help our goalkeepers. If we do that, I think we will have a good chance. ← Previous Story PORTUGAL: Four teams on four points Next Story → Meshkov Brest present own perfume! read more

Poll Do you think the law should be changed to allow for

first_img Poll Results: No (3606) YesNoVote DOCTOR DONALD LOW, a Canadian microbiologist, has ignited a controversial debate with a posthumous plea for assisted suicide.His pleaHe recorded the video eight days before his death on 18 September. Seven months ago he was diagnosed with a brain stem tumour. You can view the video here.Today’s topic therefore is: Do you think the law should be changed to allow for assisted suicide? Yes (3743)last_img

Online Modern Greek now a reality

first_imgQueensland’s Greek community in the South East has seen its tireless efforts to campaign for Modern Greek come to fruition with the inclusion of online Modern Greek courses in 2014 at Griffith University. Griffith University language students will soon benefit from new courses and scholarships arising from a tertiary partnership between the university and the Greek community. The online Modern Greek courses will begin in 2014 and, given Greece’s status as the birthplace of democracy, reflect a fittingly democratic collaboration between Griffith University and South Australia’s Flinders University. Representatives of the Greek community, government and education gathered in Brisbane on Tuesday to celebrate the launch of new tertiary language courses in Modern Greek. Guests at the gala function held at The Greek Club in South Brisbane included Griffith University’s Pro Vice Chancellor (Arts, Education and Law) Professor Paul Mazerolle, his Flinders University counterpart Professor Richard Maltby, and the Honorary Consul-General of Greece in Queensland, Mr Jim Raptis. Griffith’s Dean (Learning and Teaching) of Arts, Education and Law, Professor Glenn Finger, said the new courses demonstrated contemporary online learning innovation. “The opportunity was enabled as Flinders University in South Australia received significant funding from the South Australian government and Greek government to develop Modern Greek online units,” Professor Finger said. “A working party was formed comprising senior members of the Greek community, along with Griffith University’s Head of the School of Languages and Linguistics, Professor Cliff Goddard, and Professor Michael Tsianikas from Flinders’ Department of Language Studies. “That led to an agreement with Flinders to teach and assess students in ten courses constituting a Modern Greek specialisation in the Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Linguistics.” Meanwhile, the Greek community has also established a foundation to provide up to six scholarships each year and to assist with the promotion of Modern Greek. “The Greek community has such a strong cultural heritage and a firm partnership with Griffith. The Lexion Foundation exemplifies both,” Professor Finger said. The new courses are seen as a milestone in the Greek community’s Queensland history and both Griffith and Flinders believe they will draw interest from, and have applications and benefits in, the wider community. John Kotzas is the Chief Executive of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, but in his teaching days introduced Greek to Brisbane State High School students. “I think Modern Greek is a significant and worthwhile development and not just because of my Greek heritage,” Mr Kotzas said. “To study a language is to be granted entry to another world. It’s a passport to opportunities that are already there and opportunities that you create.” Meanwhile, long-time stalwart of the Greek community, Beulah Castan, hailed the years of dedicated teamwork behind the establishment of Modern Greek and acknowledged the “virtual classroom” as a means for language learning to flourish. “For Greeks, the maintenance of the language means learners can access a greater cultural awareness and learn more about their history, geography, mythology, philosophers and literature by reading their own works in their own language,” Mrs Castan said. “But in all cases, language is a tool for connection, and mastery of a language enriches us by explaining a culture more fully, breaking down barriers and creating better and more understanding global citizens.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Algues vertes 53 000 m3 ramassés à la fin août en Bretagne

first_imgAlgues vertes : 53 000 m3 ramassés à la fin août en BretagneSelon un bilan qu’elle a établi, la préfecture de région a totalisé au 29 août environ 53.000 mètres cubes d’algues vertes ramassées sur les plages bretonnes. Une augmentation de 11 % par rapport à l’an passé, a t-elle estimé.Près de 53.000 mètres cubes d’algues vertes ont été ramassées sur les plages bretonnes au 29 août. C’est ce que vient tout juste de révéler la préfecture de région qui a établi un bilan du ramassage depuis les premiers échouages de 2011. Une estimation qui démontre une augmentation de 11 % par rapport à l’année dernière à la même période.Plus précisément, si dans les Côtes-d’Armor la quantité ramassée est inférieure à celle de l’an passé avec 31.101 mètres cubes contre 33.596 en 2010, dans le Finistère en revanche, elle est beaucoup plus importante avec 22.011 mètres cubes ramassés en 2011 contre 12.494 l’année précédente.La préfecture indique alors que, concernant ce département : “on s’aperçoit qu’en cette fin d’été on suit toujours la même évolution qu’en 2010 avec deux mois d’avance, ce qui confirme la précocité des échouages de 2011 qui ont débuté mi-avril alors qu’ils avaient débuté mi-juin en 2010”, rapporte Sciences et Avenir.Un plan national de lutte À lire aussiEn Russie, une décharge de bouteilles se métamorphose en une incroyable plage de verreDe son côté, l’Agence de sécurité sanitaire de l’environnement (Anses) précise que la prolifération des algues vertes “est principalement liée à des concentrations élevées de nitrates dans les eaux, apportés par les activités humaines, en particulier l’agriculture”.Un plan national de lutte contre les algues vertes a été lancé en février 2010. Il prévoit une prise en charge par l’Etat du ramassage et la mise en place d’actions préventives telles qu’une reconquête de zones naturelles ainsi qu’une évolution de l’agriculture vers “des systèmes de production à très basses fuites d’azote” via “un appel à projets territoriaux”. Mais les algues vertes ont beaucoup fait parler d’elles durant cette saison en raison de la mort de sangliers retrouvés intoxiqués sur des plages bretonnes. Le 2 septembre 2011 à 13:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hon Premier Sharlene Robinson on National Prayer Praise and Thanksgiving Services

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 8, 2017 – The Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands takes this opportunity to invite the general public to the National Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving Services to be held throughout the Islands.As a Christian nation, it is imperative that we recognize that as we journey through life, we embrace the opportunity to give thanks and praise to the Almighty God for his goodness and mercies that have been bestowed upon us. God has truly been good to us and we have much to give him thanks and praise for as we reflect on the course of our lives. We as a people continue to face many challenges and we need to see God’s face so that we may receive His guidance and heal our land.These Church services seek to bring all of the Turks and Caicos Islands together, representing all sectors of society in praise and thanksgiving to God for protecting our people and in prayer with one unified voice ensuring that the voice built on by our fore-fathers will prevail as we, collectively work together in partnership to address and alleviate the social ills of our communities.Our country has been faced with an increased number of social ills plaguing our community from crime, drugs and self-harm amongst our general population. Undoubtedly, our country calls for desperate Prayer and Thanksgiving.  Throughout the services, there will be prayers for our Churches, our children, youth and Schools, all Parliamentarians and non-elected arm of Government, the law enforcement officers/ agencies Prayers for our Civil Servant and Private sector and our elderly.The services will take places at the following days and time:Grand Turk – Salem Baptist Church on February 12, 2017 at 2:30 pmMiddle Caicos – Mount Moriah Church on February 19, 2017 at 11:00 amSouth Caicos – New Testament Church of God March 3, 2017 at 2:30 pmProvidenciales – Bethany Baptist Church on March 5, 2017 at 2:30 pmNorth Caicos, Kew – Church of God of Prophecy March 19 2017 at 2:30 pmSalt Cay – St. John’s Anglican March 10th 2017 at 1:00 pm.The Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson is inviting the General Public to attend these services as we seek God’s guidance and give him thanks for the countless blessings for our beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands.Press Release: TCIG ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Pochettino pleads for more time to end trophy drought

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has pleaded for more time to build a squad that is capable of competing for trophies on all fronts.The Argentine manager claimed it is “completely unfair” to equate his team with the likes of big-spending rivals Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea after warning it will take some years to build a trophy winning team.Spurs may end up trophyless if they are knocked out of the FA Cup tie at Crystal Palace on Sunday as they navigate the tie with a thin squad. But manager Pochettino launched a passionate defence of his record.Pochettino said via the Mirror: “When Arsenal moved after playing in Highbury, people talked about massive problems, they’re still paying, and Tottenham, with no history of winning…our glory, I watch the video about the glory, it’s with Nicholson. It’s black and white.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“And I watch it nearly every week and to create again that feeling you need time. Four years, five years, that’s nothing in the history of the club.“If you want to win, you need to be consistent and consistent and consistent. The most important is to be there. And if you lose 3-0, 4-0 last night and in the first leg you lose 3-0 or 4-0, you say ‘eh, come on, impossible’. But we are close, we are close…“Remember, we were unbeaten, 19 games in the Premier League, at White Hart Lane in our last season there. And no one say what it means to move to Wembley to play and create another project.“But not only this, but we are going to play only one season and then it’s nearly two seasons and no one says nothing.”last_img read more

CropLife America Study Finds US Agricultural Exports Threatened by EU Pesticide Regulation

first_imgCropLife America on Thursday released a new report that finds more than 40 percent of U.S. agricultural commodity exports, including soybeans, could be blocked by upcoming changes in the European Union (EU) Plant Protection Regulation.According to a news release from CropLife America, if the EU regulation is implemented as proposed, it could block more than $4 billion of U.S. agricultural exports to the EU, in addition to exports of crop protection active ingredients. Such actions would imperil the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).The report, “Potential Trade Effects on U.S. Agricultural Exports of European Union Regulations on Endocrine Disruptors,” was commissioned by CropLife America (CLA) and authored by Kyd D. Brenner, senior consultant at DTB Associates LLP.EU Regulation 1107/2009 diverges from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory approach, which uses science-based risk assessment procedures for regulating crop protection products. While scientific risk assessment is the internationally accepted practice for regulating crop protection products, the EU increasingly regulates based on hazard identification, without taking into account exposure or risk. This runs counter to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement to which the EU is signatory.U.S. agricultural exports containing trace amounts of approved crop protection products will be blocked because Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for food and feed treated with these crop protection products will default to a near-zero level of 0.01 parts per million (ppm). This arbitrary threshold is a result of the EU regulatory requirement to categorize compounds as endocrine disrupters, which then triggers a market cut-off, or ban.Exports from the U.S. to the EU have already fallen significantly relative to other exporting countries, in large part due to existing EU SPS barriers to trade. The report estimates, based on MRLs established in the U.S., that at least 24 active crop protection products and 25 different types of agricultural commodities could be impacted by the EU regulation. The largest effects would be felt in exports of tree nuts and fruit ($1.577 billion); soybeans and groundnuts ($1.516 billion); and grains ($0.586 billion).“CLA is concerned by the findings of this report and the potential impacts a hazard-based precautionary regulation may have on agricultural trade between the U.S. and EU,” Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA, said in the news release. “As one of the main objectives of TTIP is to seek regulatory convergence, differing regulatory frameworks for crop protection products present serious economic and trade impacts. While TTIP works to open up trade between the U.S. and the EU, Regulation 1107/2009 could shut it down.”In the U.S., the EPA requires extensive testing on all new pesticide active ingredients in order to determine their potential impacts on human health and the environment. These tests include acute and chronic health effects, as well as reproductive and generational effects that are important to consider for endocrine disruption. The testing also addresses sensitive sub-populations including children and pregnant women. In addition, the EPA has developed a two-tiered screening program for all chemicals to identify adverse effects specific to endocrine-disrupting activity – the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). CLA members actively support science-based regulation and the EDSP, and have committed significant resources to the testing required by the EPA to develop the program.Research demonstrates that there are thresholds of exposure that do not adversely impact the human endocrine system, which is complex and interacts with both natural and manmade compounds, such as soy, sunlight and stress. It is important that regulators have the ability to discern between substances that do and do not pose concern. Understanding potency and exposure enables regulators to minimize risk while still benefiting from technology. Risk assessment serves as the basis of the regulatory approach taken in the U.S., while the precautionary approach being pursued in the EU seeks to remove beneficial technologies from the market.The full report is available for download at http://www.croplifeamerica.org/EU-Impact-Assessment. For more information about the EDSP, visit the EPA website: http://www.epa.gov/endo/.last_img read more

Melcos City of Dreams Mediterranean IR delayed by six months reports

first_img Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Load More Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options RelatedPosts Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry Melco Resorts & Entertainment has delayed the opening of its €550 million City of Dreams Mediterranean in Cyprus until the end of 2021.Originally scheduled to open mid-year, Cyprus news outlet Phileleftheros is reporting that the company has been forced to push back the launch date due to changes to the initial design. The changes include expansion of infrastructure, layout adjustments, more guest rooms and a larger gaming floor. Phileleftheros also suggested the final cost of development will comfortably exceed €550 million.City of Dreams Mediterranean is a joint venture project owned 75% by Melco Resorts and 25% by local firm Cyprus Phassouri Ltd (CPZ). The original design provides space for 126 gaming tables and 1,200 gaming machines plus a five-star hotel with 500 hotel rooms, 11 restaurants and cafeterias, a wellness center, sports center, extensive pool area, high-end retail area, an outdoor amphitheater and 9,600 square meters of MICE space.last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 21 and 27 January 2016:Halfords cuts bonuses by £2 million.M&S gives staff thermal underwear to combat the cold.9% have reviewed salary sacrifice against national living wage compliance.Ombudsman upholds pensions tax duty-of-care complaint against police.42% of millennial parents feel burnt out most or all of the time.Carter Law introduces enhanced bonus scheme and childcare vouchers.What are the key areas of focus for financial education?Viewbank Dairy breaches holiday pay requirements.33% say their employer has a negative approach to mental health.Blue Apple boosts stress resilience by 10% through wellness scheme.last_img read more

CES Responds To Early Morning Chimney Fire 1 Firefighter Injured

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services responded to report of chimney fire at a residence off Northern Lights Blvd, in Soldotna, while fighting the fire one firefighter was injured and was taken to  Central Peninsula Hospital. CES was called to the fire early this morning 12:14 a.m.,, the home received significant damage as a result of the fire.The firefighter that was injured as a result of the fire is doing okay. The identity of the injured firefighter has not been released at this time. The new CES ladder 1 was used to open up the roof of the home to get to fire. The new ladder truck , 2 engines, 2 medic units are now in service. Updated at 6:20 a.m., Roy Browning with CES confirmed the injured firefighter was treated and released from CPH. This is a developing story- additional details will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more