RCMP member launches appeal to avoid new hearing over alleged harassment

first_imgOTTAWA – An RCMP member who was fined for disgraceful conduct in the workplace has launched a fresh court challenge to prevent further disciplinary actions against him.Marco Calandrini is asking the Federal Court of Appeal to overturn a recent decision that opens the door to a conduct hearing for alleged sexual assault and harassment, which could lead to his dismissal.The court action comes as the national police force grapples with new accusations of lewd and sexist social media posts by RCMP members.The Mounties have been wrestling for years with problems of bullying, harassment and other inappropriate behaviour in the police force.Calandrini, a civilian member of the force, was fined five days’ pay in early 2015 following an investigation into complaints of nudity at the explosives training unit of the RCMP-administered police college in Ottawa.Meantime, a male co-worker brought allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Calandrini, saying he had touched his buttocks, inner thigh area while making suggestive remarks on three occasions between Aug. 31, 2012, and Oct. 29, 2013.The RCMP notified the Ottawa police, but the local force did not lay criminal charges.However, an internal RCMP probe substantiated the allegations in October 2015 and a penalty of 15 days’ pay was levied against Calandrini, who apparently accepted responsibility and expressed a desire to resolve the matter promptly.The RCMP Act says that a conduct hearing — a more serious disciplinary step — may not be initiated against a member for an alleged contravention of the Code of Conduct more than one year after the alleged infraction becomes known.But the RCMP invoked a time extension clause in the law and Calandrini was told in May 2016 that a conduct hearing would be in the public interest.Calandrini unsuccessfully challenged the validity of the time extension in the Federal Court, which ruled last month the delay on the part of the RCMP “was not excessive.”On Thursday, Calandrini’s counsel filed a notice of appeal, alleging the judge made errors of law.When news of the controversy at the police college broke in early 2016, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale expressed outrage to Bob Paulson, commissioner of the RCMP at the time.Paulson, who retired last year, spent much of his tenure as top Mountie implementing measures aimed at making the police force more respectful and responsive.Fresh concerns emerged Friday as the CBC reported a new Facebook group supposedly created by, and limited to, male RCMP officers contains sexually suggestive material that has angered female colleagues.One post viewed by the broadcaster showed a painting of a fictional frontier scene of an RCMP officer with a burlesque dancer performing what appears to be oral sex on him.When concerns about disrespectful content believed to be written by an RCMP employee are brought forward, “they are and will be investigated and addressed,” said Cpl. Annie Delisle, an RCMP spokeswoman.“The RCMP has initiated Code of Conduct investigations in the past based on inappropriate comments in third-party applications or on social networking sites and we will continue to do so when these situations arise.”Public trust is essential for the RCMP to effectively fulfil its mandate, she added. “As a result, RCMP employees are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that meets the rightfully high expectations of Canadians.”Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Goodale, said some of the behaviour that has been reported on the Facebook site “clearly cannot be a part of the modern, respectful workplace Canadians expect in the RCMP.”“Our government is committed to taking whatever action is necessary to help all women and men feel safe and respected at work.”Goodale has been clear with RCMP leadership that the expects comprehensive, transparent investigations, serious disciplinary measures, support for victims and concrete action to end toxic behaviour, he added.Earlier this week, RCMP said it would undertake a Code of Conduct investigation into a private Facebook group posting by someone believed to be an officer who reportedly said a young Indigenous man deserved to die.An Aboriginal Peoples Television Network report said a Mountie on the Prairies posted the message, which said the shooting of 22-year-old Colten Boushie on a Saskatchewan farm should never have been about race.Boushie died two years ago when he and four others drove onto Gerald Stanley’s farm near Biggar, Sask.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

After 40 years CAP still pushes on

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Congress of Aboriginal Peoples held an anniversary this weekend in Ottawa.CAP is celebrating 40 years of serving off-reserve status and Metis people.The organization discussed housing, the economy and changes to the Indian Act.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Experts report on Constitution in Parliament tomorrow

The experts report on constitution proposals will be presented to Parliament tomorrow, Minister Mano Ganesan said.He insisted that the report to be submitted to Parliament is not the draft Constitution. “Experts report on constitutional proposals and NOT draft constitution will be submitted to constitutional assembly,” he tweeted.He said that the report will be submitted to Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. (Colombo Gazette)

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 2, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2015 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week TORONTO – Five things to watch for in Canadian business this week:Dairy: Canadian dairy giant Saputo holds its annual meeting in Laval, Que., on Tuesday, followed by a first-quarter earnings conference call later in the day. The company has taken a hit from the decline in global cheese prices, and said in June that it will likely have to ride out the storm until the end of the year.Gold: Barrick Gold is out with its second-quarter results on Wednesday. The struggling mining company, burdened with debt and plummeting gold prices, just signed a deal to sell a 50 per cent stake in a copper mine in Chile for more than $1 billion.Sleep: Also on Wednesday, Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc. releases its second-quarter results. The country’s largest mattress retailer returned to the public markets last month after seven years in private hands, but its IPO price of $17 a share drew something of a yawn from investors.Election: The sputtering state of the Canadian economy — and who’s best positioned to jump-start it — is likely to be a key topic of discussion when the four federal party leaders hold their first debate on Thursday.Jobs: The monthly jobs figures for July are released on Friday, a key indicator of the state of the Canadian economy. On Wednesday, the federal agency is also out with the international merchandise trade figures for June. read more

The Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian Sudbury

first_imgNed Goodman, CEO of Dundee Corp, and The Goodman Family Foundation – JODAMADA, announced last week a historic gift to Laurentian University’s new School of Mines in Canada. In recognition of the Goodman family’s generosity, Laurentian University President Dominic Giroux announced that the university will name the school in the Goodman family’s honour. “Greater Sudbury has the best orebody and the largest concentration of expertise in mining supply, products and services in the world. We want to be associated with Laurentian University because it’s undoubtedly the go-to university for mineral exploration and mining in Canada. When I heard about Laurentian’s plans for a new innovative School of Mines, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. We will be encouraging our friends in industry to also support this great effort,” said Goodman after a recent visit to Sudbury. Ned Goodman’s business and investment experience spans more than 40 years as a geologist, securities analyst, portfolio manager and senior executive, and he has an established reputation as one of Canada’s most successful investment counselors. He was the driving force of the Dundee group of financial companies, which grew under his family’s leadership from a $300-million base to a $50-billion mutual fund entity. Goodman’s work in the mining sector helped bring investment and jobs to many remote northern Canadian communities. By providing financing to many junior companies and helping to build successful, growing companies, he helped thousands of other Canadians prosper. He described his family’s gift as a vote of confidence in the future of mining.The combination of an aging workforce, competition for skilled workers, and declining enrolment in mining-oriented academic programs in most other Canadian universities is of great concern to the mining industry. These deficiencies will likely cause accelerated cost increases, delay of new projects and squeeze profit margins. Many industry leaders have reported a critical need for graduates whose technical competencies are supported by skills in commercial, cultural and environmental aspects of mining. A global search for the Founding Executive Director of The Goodman School of Mines is in its final stages. The position will work towards: Enhancing the skills of future professionals in mineral exploration and mining, in areas such as occupational health and safety, Indigenous relations, mining management and financeDriving the creation of executive programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in modular, short-course or distance education formats, and other delivery mechanisms as opportunities may ariseFormalising new provincial, national and international alliances with other post-secondary institutions, including an International Network of Schools of Mines with Laurentian serving as a major hubDoubling enrolment in mining related programs by 2020Improving the university experience for students in Earth Sciences and Engineering.The Goodman School of Mines is a cross-faculty initiative, reporting directly to the Vice-President, Academic and Provost, which will be supported by a Global Advisory Council and a C$20 million endowment funded by donations from industry and by philanthropic gifts, a majority of which has now been raised. In addition, Laurentian University will be investing C$5 million in the Goodman School by 2023.The Goodman Family Foundation has placed a proviso that any financial commitment, present or future, remains confidential. The gift will be used exclusively by The Goodman School of Mines. “It will support the development of new mining-related courses and programs, improvements to the learning environment and opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, student recruitment, career and placement services, and guest speakers, and other specific use of funds to be mutually agreed upon,” explained Dominic Giroux. “Moreover, the Goodman family gift will ensure that we can attract the best and brightest students from around the world through scholarships, and promote our mining-related programs internationally.”Goodman’s eldest son, Jonathan Goodman, PEng., CFA, MBA, a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines and a JODAMADA participant and director, will serve as an Adjunct Professor at Laurentian.Ned Goodman was also attracted to Laurentian because he is a resident of Barrie. “I want to do everything possible to help secure Laurentian University’s new downtown Barrie campus, including attracting private gifts towards this important effort. Barrie absolutely needs it, and Laurentian has so much to offer.”  Laurentian has already pledged C$14 million towards its new downtown Barrie campus, a commitment which is being matched by the City.Laurentian University’s Next 50 Campaign, chaired by Terry MacGibbon, founder of FNX Mining, has now largely exceeded its original goal of C$50 million, having raised C$63.3 million so far with six months still to go before the end of the campaign.last_img read more

Western Star fleet upfitted by Curry Supply for Guyana gold mine

first_imgCurry Supply Company, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of commercial service vehicles, has up-fitted 15 Western Star trucks for a gold mining operation in Guyana, South America. Guyana lies in the northeast region of South America with access to the Atlantic Ocean to the north and more eastern parts of the country. Venezuela lies to the west, Suriname to the southeast and Brazil to the south. Guyana has a tropical climate, which is very tough on heavy duty vehicles and other mining equipment.“Sierra Freightliner approached us with the challenge,” says Rick Romney, Western Regional Manager for Curry Supply Company. “The operation required heavy duty trucks properly up-fitted to meet the rigours of the humid tropical environment. In addition, the trucks needed to be shipped to Guyana, so access to a port was required. Our long-standing relationship and ability to install and service from our Houston location assisted with becoming the preferred up-fitting partner.”The order included six – 6×6 straight flatbeds designed to haul 20 ft long ISO containers weighing 30 t, five – 6×6, 7,000-gallon (approx. 26,000 litres) fuel tankers, and four – 6×6 dump trucks with Curry Supply Ox dump bodies.“We really appreciated the swift and thorough support that Curry Supply provided throughout the entire process,” said Sierra Freightliner’s Sales Manager, Jim Pescitelli.The fuel and flatbed trucks will play a crucial role in keeping the mine up and running by transport diesel fuel and supplies to the mine site, which sits a great distance from the port. In addition, the gold mining operation will need to keep the roads well-maintained to keep the supplies flowing smoothly.“Guyana has a tropical climate and there is generally a good amount of rainfall throughout the year. The roads are not paved and consist of dirt and mud,” says Romney. “This required Curry to upfit four- 6×6 heavy off-road trucks with Ox dump bodies. These trucks are perfectly suited for maintaining the roads in this environment.”Curry’s Houston, Texas facility executed the upfit order. “A key benefit of Curry Supply is our export capabilities. Our manufacturing facility in Texas is about 6 miles from the port. We can easily upfit and then export our products around the world from this location,” states Jason Ritchey, President/Owner, Curry Supply.last_img read more

Smith insists Villa are making progress

first_imgNewly appointed Aston Villa manager Dean Smith insists the club is making progress on the pitch despite losing their last two games in the Sky Bet Championship.Smith was appointed to replace former Villa boss Steve Bruce who was sacked after a bad spell of games for the club.Despite winning his first game in charge, a 1-0 victory the former Brentford manager has seen his team lose two on the bounce after their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Norwich City was followed by another narrow 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers on Friday night.The Villans have won just one of their lasts seven games across all competitions but Smith insists he has seen positive signs in his three matches in charge.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“In the short time we’ve worked together there’s a good structure about us, we just haven’t put the finishing touch to it,” he said, according to Sports Mole.“We played well and didn’t deserve to come away with nothing from this game.”“We created chances and gave away a poor goal. I think if we score at any time during the game tonight we go on and win it.”“We dominated the game for long periods and created big chances we didn’t take. QPR were very fortunate.”last_img read more

Selver Forbes chime in on NHIP Finances

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 1, 2016 – Independent Candidate O’Brien Forbes said calling for resignations in the aftermath of the NHIP financial situation is premature and political posturing.The All Island Candidate, who is running as an independent said even an attempt to fix things now would only seem reactionary and like a political gimmick; for Forbes the best move is and I quote, “a thorough audit of the NHIP books be carried for the benefit of the people. NHIP plays a vital role in the lives of our residents and it must remain an institution that is free of the dark shadows of corruption, political chicanery and maladministration.”Clarence Selver; a former Health Minister for the TCI and candidate for the all island race is also chiming in, he thanks Tamera Robinson, the NHIB Interim CEO, for her courage in delivering on the information to Cabinet.Selver called the PNP Government spin doctors in their comments in defense of themselves as the financial reality of a $6 million dollar deficit was last week exposed; Selver said he believes the intention was for the PNP Administration was to raise taxes on the people to pay for the mounting medical bills at the health plan.“This PNP government is saying that NHIP is experiencing financial problems because of increase demand for healthcare.  How come the managers, and the Minister of Health, and the Minister of Finance did not bother to look at the reports years ago, and identify the problems and address them, or did they take a policy position that it does not matter what is happening at NHIP, they would just continue to find the money by taxing the people.”Clarence Selver in a statement to Magnetic Media said there is no excuse for the unhealthy state of affairs and that there should be a breakdown on who is making the demands on health care and he chastised the Health Minister, Rufus Ewing for keeping the financial audit report of the Hospitals away from the House of Assembly and by extension away from the people of these islands.last_img read more

Facebook to Launch App Center

first_imgAs for monetization, Brady writes, “Many developers have been successful with in-app purchases, but to support more types of apps on Facebook.com, we will give developers the option to offer paid apps. This is a simple-to-implement payment feature that lets people pay a flat fee to use an app on Facebook.com.”App detail pages must receive Facebook approval, and those who submit completed pages before May 18 will be given review priority.CNN.com reports Facebook operates under an Apple-like revenue split with brands selling through the social network, pocketing 30 percent of each sale. While it is unclear whether Facebook’s fees will be in addition to what the App Store typically charges for download, the announcement is generating buzz throughout the industry. “We’re still gathering information about the App Center, but Atlantic Media currently reaches millions of monthly users via Facebook platform through our brand page and audience sharing, and thus the potential to reach one billion users with Atlantic Media Apps is certainly attractive. The App Center should become an important distribution channel for Atlantic Media as we accelerate our investment in mobile and app development on all platforms, including HTML5,” Scott Havens, SVP of finance and digital operations with Atlantic Media, tells FOLIO:. “Having said that, Facebook is smartly launching the App Center to help Facebook compete against Apple, Google, Microsoft and other social media networks, not necessarily to help Atlantic Media drive incremental revenue, traffic or engagement. So of course, understanding the ROI and/or the tradeoffs—such as using FB login—is important for a media company our size to evaluate before we invest too much time.” The App Center will be available on the Web, as well as for iOS and Android systems. If an app requires installation, Facebook will redirect the user to either the App Store or Google Play to complete the process. Just in case publishers didn’t have enough platforms to push their apps through already, Facebook is jumping into the game with the debut of its App Center. In a post on its Facebook Developers page, software engineer Aaron Brady urges, “All developers should start preparing today to make sure their app is included for the launch.”Positioned as “the new, central place to find great apps,” the App Center mandates an app detail page for each submission. FB will decide which products to promote by monitoring app success through its Insights feature, a system already in place for brand pages (the tool monitors likes, number of users “talking about this,” weekly reach and a combined social circle tally dubbed “Friends of Fans”). Brady writes, “Well-designed apps that people enjoy will be prominently displayed.” Quality is quantified through characteristics such as “an easy-to-use interface, clear content, value to users and no significant bugs”; minimal advertising; positive user feedback; and included apps must “set clear expectations about what user activity it shares on Facebook, and when.”last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Fold is ready to hit the market exec reportedly says

first_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge People try the Galaxy Fold for the first time 5:50 Mobile The Galaxy Fold could be out soon…again.  Angela Lang/CNET Samsung’s Galaxy Fold missed its release date in April due to screen problems with review units. Since then, the company hasn’t given a new release date for the foldable phone. Now one Samsung executive reportedly says the device is ready to go. Kim Seong-cheol, vice president for Samsung Display, said during a speech Tuesday that the Galaxy Fold is “ready to hit the market,” according to The Korea Herald. “Most of the display problems have been ironed out, and the Galaxy Fold is ready to hit the market,” he reportedly said at the Korean Information Display Society conference in Seoul. Samsung Display is the subsidiary that provides displays for the Korean company. Samsung didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment. In April, review units of the Fold began experiencing issues such as bubbling under the screen and displays flickering. Samsung announced it would delay the release of the folding phone soon after these issues became public. Since then, Best Buy and AT&T canceled preorders for the phone, citing the lack of a release date provided by Samsung, which continues to say the phone will be coming out in the “coming weeks.” Samsung previously denied reports of a Galaxy Fold July release. First published at 6:12 a.m. PT on June 19.   Updated on June 20 at 4:21 p.m. PT: originally published under the headline “Galaxy Fold ‘ready to hit the market,’ Samsung exec says” Share your voice 3 Tags 60 Photos Samsunglast_img read more

Anchorage Man Charged With Murder In Weekend Stabbing Death

first_imgA 40-year-old Anchorage man has been charged with murder in weekend stabbings that left a man dead and a woman critically injured.Alvin Rodriguez-Moya also is charged with attempted murder, felony assault and burglary.Anchorage police say Alvin Rodriguez-Moya is suspected of killing 33-year-old Paolo Grassi early Sunday at a home on Anchorage’s east side.Police responded to the home just after 3:30 a.m.A 56-year-old female also suffered stab wounds. She was taken to a hospital and is reported as stable.Police say the injured woman had been in a relationship with Rodriguez-Moya.Police say Rodriguez-Moya broke into the home, fought with Grassi and stabbed him.Police Sunday announced they were looking for Rodriguez-Moya. He called police to turn himself in at 9 p.m.He’s being held without bail.last_img read more

Organic growth or aggressive approach Why Infosys needs to decide soon

first_imgA general view shows workers at a cafeteria inside a building at the Infosys campus in Electronic City, Bengaluru. REUTERS File PhotoFor long, the bellwether of Information Technology in India, Infosys, was percieved to have preferred organic growth, hence adopting a cautious approach to acquisitions. Indeed, its legendary co-founder NR Narayana Murthy, was mentioned as studying potential acquisitions until the time it was too late to decide whether the acquisition should go ahead.Given its avowed reluctance to inorganic growth, many investors and private equity firms held off in approaching Infosys with potential acquisitions since Infosys did not seem interested anyway, or at best, was expected to be tardy towards them.Things seemed to changed with the retirement of the founders and the consequent hiring of Vishal Sikka as the Chief Executive Officer. Sikka went all out to change the company’s perception with a series of high profile acquisitions that included the Israeli startup, Panaya, and Skava.The changes under Sikka buoyed the markets to such an extent that analysts were soon proclaiming a changed vision and a transformed approach to inorganic growth. Former Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka speaks during the announcement at the company headquarters in Bengaluru. [File photo]Within Infosys, however, there were murmurs of dissent, though the majority were of the opinion that it represented a New Infosys, unencumbered with the baggage of the past.As the events transpired, Sikka left the company with a cloud hanging over the Panaya deal and for a while, uncertainty crept in with the return of Nandan Nilekani at the helm. However, the reconstituted Board of Directors was quick to divest the firm of its Panaya acquisition and adopt a more cautious stance as far as new acquisitions were concerned.Now, with global IT majors such as Capgemini and Accenture gaining market share in the IT space with their aggressive approach to acquisitions, there has been a debate surrounding Indian firms like Infosys, with many of the opinion that the company should decide soon if they want to remain without acquisitions and base their business models on good old organic growth.In other words, it is time for Infosys, under its new CEO, Salil Parikh, to make its stance known on the future growth strategies in a fast changing global landscape where the outsourcing deals are dwindling which calls for a new strategy to sustain its growth momentum.last_img read more

11 Trade Ministers Reach Deal On Pacific Trade Without US

first_imgPhoto via Twitter Justin Trudeau‏ @JustinTrudeauJapanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin TrudeauIn a major breakthrough, trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries said they reached a deal Saturday to proceed with the free-trade Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that was in doubt after President Donald Trump abandoned it.A statement issued in the early hours Saturday said an accord was reached on “core elements” of the 11-member pact. The compromise was delayed by last-minute disagreements that prevented the TPP leaders from meeting to endorse a plan on Friday.“Ministers are pleased to announce that they have agreed on the core elements of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership,” the 11 nations said in a statement.It said that the ministers maintained “the high standards, overall balance and integrity of the TPP while ensuring the commercial and other interests of all participants and preserving our inherent right to regulate, including the flexibility of the parties to set legislative and regulatory priorities.”In January, Trump pulled out of the deal that was championed by his predecessor Barack Obama. Leaders of the 11 countries remaining in the TPP had been due to meet and endorse a deal worked out in last-minute talks overnight.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said earlier Friday that the 11 leaders had to postpone their meeting on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Danang, Vietnam. Abe spoke after meeting with Canadian Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau, who had said days earlier that Canada would not be rushed into an agreement.The TPP member countries are trying to find a way forward without the U.S., the biggest economy and, before Trump took office, one of its most assertive supporters. Trump has said he prefers country-to-country deals and is seeking to renegotiate several major trade agreements to, as he says, “put America first.”Trump reiterated his markedly different stance on trade before the 21-member APEC summit convened late Friday with a gala banquet.The U.S. president told an APEC business conference that “we are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore.” He lambasted the World Trade Organization and other trade forums as unfair to the United States and reiterated his preference for bilateral trade deals, saying “I am always going to put America first.”Trump said he would not enter into large trade agreements, alluding to U.S. involvement in the North American Free Trade Agreement and the TPP.In contrast, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the same group that nations need to stay committed to economic openness or risk being left behind.The Chinese president drew loud applause when he urged support for the “multilateral trading regime” and progress toward a free-trade zone in the Asia-Pacific. China is not part of the TPP.APEC operates by consensus and customarily issues nonbinding statements. TPP commitments would eventually be ratified and enforced by its members.But even talks this week on a declaration to cap the APEC summit had to be extended for an extra half day as ministers haggled over wording. It’s unclear what the exact sticking points were, but officials have alluded to differences over the unequal impact more open trade has had on workers and concerns over automation in manufacturing that could leave many millions in a wide array of industries with no work to do.As a developing country with a fast-growing export sector, this year’s host country, Vietnam, has a strong interest in open trade and access for its exports to consumers in the West. The summit is an occasion for its leaders to showcase the progress its economy has made thanks largely to foreign investment and trade. Danang, Vietnam’s third largest city, is in the midst of a construction boom as dozens of resorts and smaller hotels pop up along its scenic coastline.APEC’s members are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.S. and Vietnam. Sharelast_img read more

Education Stands as Main Priority for DC Budget

first_imgDistrict of Columbia residents recently told Mayor Muriel Bowser to spend more money on improving the city’s educational system. “I do think education is a priority but the question isn’t how we allocate it but how we spend,” Anthony Lorenzo Green said. Green, a Ward 7 advisory neighborhood commissioner, was a leader at one of the 22 tables assembled for the Feb. 25 budget engagement session held at the District’s Department of Employment Services headquarters. Two-hundred and fifty residents participated.Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia, is scheduled to present her budget to the D.C. Council in April. (Courtesy Photo)“This is our third budget season and we are determined to present [a] third balanced budget to the D.C. Council,” said Bowser.On April 5, the mayor will present her budget to the council. The council will hold hearings on the budget and make changes and revisions and submit it back to the mayor for approval on May 31 after the legislative body supports it on a second and final vote.Bowser will likely sign the budget and then she will submit it to the U.S. Congress for approval of its federal funds.The fiscal year 2018 budget will go into effect on Oct. 1.The District’s budget is $13.4 billion with $1 billion in capital improvements. The District budget is unique in that it acts as a city, county, state and school budget, unlike most jurisdictions. The federal portion of the budget that includes Medicaid is $3.4 billion.Bowser is in the process of creating her budget while the city is undergoing a financial boom. On Feb. 1, the District’s chief financial officer, Jeffrey S. DeWitt, said in a statement that the city is in excellent financial health. “We now have $1.165 billion in liquidity, which covers 56 days of the city’s operations,” he said. DeWitt said that the city can fund all cash flow needs without short term borrowing.There were about 10 people per table including the moderator. Residents were asked to come up with budget priorities on a $100 budget.“We need to get education right in this city,” Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles said. “If we get education right, public safety and economic development will be right.”Niles is Bowser’s point person for the public and charter schools as well as the Community College of the District of Columbia and the University of the District of Columbia.Niles was followed by Hyesook Chung, deputy mayor of Human Services; Acting DOES Director Odie McDonald, speaking on behalf of the economic development cluster; Kevin Donahue, deputy mayor of public safety; and Polly Donaldson, deputy mayor of Housing and Community Development.Education was the top spending priority for each of the tables. The portion of the budgets for education ranged from 40 percent to 20 percent while government operations was downplayed or cut outright. “You don’t think government operations are important?” the mayor asked rhetorically with a sly grin on her face. “Don’t you think 9-1-1 is important?”After education, public safety and economic development came in second and third, among most of the tables. Some tables put housing as the third priority while many acknowledge that affordable housing was an important matter for the city to tackle. “There are a lot of people who want to stay here in Washington,” Green said. “They have problems paying rent though and they don’t have the money to stay here.”Bowser circulated to each table and greeted the participants and the members of her executive team did so also. While the majority of the residents at the session lived in eastern Washington, residents from other areas of the city came to the session, too. “I came here to Ward 7 to hear what they wanted to do,” Terry Goings, a resident of Ward 4, said. “I like Mayor Bowser’s approach where the people are engaged, as opposed to her sitting at a table and listening to people tell her what they want.”last_img read more

Committee state govt to sit for final meeting on Bhangar substation today

first_imgKolkata: The “final meeting” of the state government and the Jomi, Jibika, Poribesh O Bastutantra Rakshya Committee over the issue of the power grid sub-station in Bhangar is going to take place on Tuesday.Sources said that the District Magistrate of South 24-Parganas district and senior officials of the state Power department will be representing the state government in the meeting that is considered to be the ultimate one before the ‘final minutes’ is signed with the committee. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBased on the final minutes, the remaining work of the power grid sub-station will be carried out.The work of the power grid sub-station had to be stopped almost two years ago, after around 90 percent construction of the building was over and nine out of 13 towers were set up following protests, as there were various misconceptions among people about the setting up of the sub-station.With various steps taken by the state government, the committee members had realised the need of setting up the power grid sub-station. They had initiated the process of making local people understand the usefulness of the same and it came after a meeting of the committee’s representatives with the district administration on June 23. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn the meeting which is going to be held on Tuesday, there will be further discussions on the issue. Sources said there will be elaborate talks over the “final minutes”, which is expected to be signed within a couple of days after the meeting on Tuesday.It may be recalled that the committee had placed some of their proposals before the district administration in the June 23 meeting that include some “modification of the plan” of the power grid sub-station, so that the remaining work can be completed. The work of the power grid will resume a day after the ‘final minutes’ gets signed. The committee members had also approached the common people in the area and made them understand about the need of the power grid sub-station.Tuesday’s meeting is quite crucial as this is the first time when members of the committee will be speaking to the district administration after they took steps to make local people understand the advantages of a power grid sub-station in the area.This comes at a time when the trial run of the Subhasgram-Sonakhali 132/33 KV line has become hundred percent successful on Monday. It may be mentioned that 41.2 km long high tension overhead electric wires from Subhasgram to Sonakhali have been laid for the benefit of around 2.5 lakh residents of North and South 24-Parganas.last_img read more

Isla Blanca ferry service running again from Isla Mujeres

first_imgIsla Mujeres, Q.R. — After being shut down for more than five months, maritime authorities say that the Isla Blanca ferry service is now up and running.The Ports and Maritime Affairs Captaincies Unit says that after compliance with the new guidelines established by The Deputy General Directorate of Maritime Protection and Certification, the Isla Blanca ferry service is now operating.On Thursday, the company Marítima Isla Mujeres says they are again able to offer the ferry service. The ferry was taken out of circulation this year after officials found inconsistencies during an inspection.After the failed inspection, ferry Sergio Gracia Aguilar was taken out of service, however, authorities say that after improvements, the service has been resumed in both directions including cars and passengers.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blackout hits Havanas colonial tourist zone

first_imgHAVANA (AP) – A blackout left thousands without power Thursday in much of Havana’s colonial quarter, a densely populated neighborhood popular with tourists.The outage coincided with a Wednesday night explosion and fire related to the area’s underground electrical system at an apartment building on a central plaza.“We heard the explosion, and when I went out on the balcony I saw fire and smoke,” said Mayra Gonzalez, who lives nearby. “We stayed outside until midnight because we were afraid.” Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 The following day a charred smell still hung in the air, and the building’s portals and yellow facade were blackened from the flames and smoke. There were no reports of injuries or deaths.Dozens of shops and restaurants were closed. Most hotels switched to backup generators and were functioning normally, though at least one was without power or water.“There is nothing,” said Jens Peter, a 31-year-old bodyguard visiting from Berlin. “They put candles in the rooms.”Electricity went out in other parts of Old Havana following another explosion Thursday morning several blocks away on a well-trafficked pedestrian street. Many businesses including an optician’s shop next door were forced to close.It was not clear what caused the blasts. Government officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Service was being restored to at least some buildings by the afternoon.Old Havana, home to about 91,000 people, was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1982.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

September 04 2018

first_imgSeptember 04 , 2018 North American produce distributor Oppy says that with kiwifruit ‘on-trend’ and the organic produce sector skyrocketing, there is an ‘excellent opportunity’ to drive sales performance with Zespri Organic kiwifruit.“The time for organic kiwifruit is now,” said Chris Ford, organics and foodservice category manager for Oppy, Zespri’s North American sales and marketing partner.“Zespri Green and SunGold Kiwifruit are at their peak of flavor. With summer stone fruit availability wrapping up, this is the time to fill shelves with a great-tasting and nutritious fruit grown in New Zealand for quality, consistency and an amazing eating experience.”In a release, Oppy said that Zespri Organic kiwifruit growers joined Ford at the recent Organic Produce Summit, where they gained a greater understanding of the market.Ford points out that the greatest opportunity may lie in fixed-weight packs of organic green kiwi.“Industry-wide, sales of one-pound clamshells of organic green kiwifruit are up 76 percent compared with a year ago, according to IRI data,” he said.“We offer Zespri Green Kiwifruit in one-pound clamshells and bags. Packaging enables us to tell kiwifruit’s terrific nutrition story, share some usage ideas, and create a connection between shoppers and the brand.” Police uncover huge Italian ‘kiwigate’ scandal … You might also be interested in Another reason to take advantage of the packaged kiwifruit opportunity is differentiation, according to Sarah Deaton, Zespri’s marketing manager for North America.“With increasing volumes of yellow-fleshed Zespri SunGold coming into the market, packaging helps consumers understand how it differs from green kiwifruit, especially its flavor,” she said.“A benefit for the retailer, of course, is that the larger unit increases the ring.”Deaton said that the kiwifruit category is growing at a faster rate compared to all other fruit sales, with SunGold contributing to much of the category growth.“Efforts to build consumer awareness and trade confidence in both organic and conventional SunGold are really starting to turn the dial,” she said.“Our target consumer is a higher-income working mom—or woman who plans to start a family soon—who’s proactive about health and interested in food trends,” Deaton said.Organic and conventional Zespri Kiwifruit is available now from Oppy, with organic green and SunGold from New Zealand continuing through the next few months, dovetailing into supply from Italy that will extend availability through February 2019. center_img Sinclair launches compostable labels for fresh pro … Chilean kiwifruit exports to Europe tumble, contin … NZKGI hails success of labor shortage declaration …last_img read more

European Investment Fund and RCB sign €10m agreement

first_imgThe European Investment Fund (EIF) and RCB Bank on Friday signed the first European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) agreement in Cyprus, which will provide €10m to innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).Under the new agreement, RCB will provide attractive loans to innovative SMEs and mid-caps over the next two years. The EFSI is now active in all EU 28 Member States.EIF’s guarantee is provided under the EU InnovFin Finance for Innovators initiative, backed by Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme.“With today’s agreement, the Investment Plan for Europe has reached another significant milestone,” European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said. “I am delighted that every Member State is now availing of the opportunities provided by the EFSI to boost investment in SMEs in order to create jobs and growth.”RCB Bank Chief Executive Kirill Zimarin stressed the lender’s commitment to working closely with the EIB, the EIF, and the government, in providing the necessary liquidity to the market thus boosting the island’s real economy.“Through such agreements, we are fulfilling an important part of our role. The role of the banking system in Cyprus is to provide the much-needed liquidity to the healthy businesses that want to implement their investment and growth plans. This is how we help the efforts of the government to achieve viable growth,” Zimarin said.RCB also signed a second deal with the European Investment Bank for an additional €40m. It follows a €20m loan signed with RCB in February 2016, which has already been fully allocated to more than 10 new investments. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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