first_imgWelcome to another edition of 60 Seconds in Touch, which will do it’s best to summarise the mountain-load of news that has been bombarding the front pages of Touch websites Australia-wide… Remember, if you have any news for the weekly column of 60 Seconds in Touch, simply email it to The Queensland State of Origin and Beach Touch launch was a huge success, with Beach Volleyball Olympic Gold Medalist Natalie Cook helping to launch the series and the Beach Touch competition and donning the Queensland #1 supporter jersey. With just a few weeks until the State of Origin takes place, the competition is certainly heating up. In the TFA tipping competition ‘Kiwi Mongrel’ is still leading the way on the NRL ladder, while the AFL split round and several upsets could shake a few of the ladder leaders next weekend. The TFA shop is up and running with the initial technical problems sorted out. Already orders have been coming in for different items, including the Fox Sport 2006 NTL DVD, referees uniforms, publications and ESUS Touch Shoes. To visit the shop and either look through the products or purchase something, just click on the TFA Merchandise picture/link on the left hand side of the website. Then you can browse through the different categories of items. If you have any questions call 1800 654 951. Touch Footy was a hit at the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders on the weekend as a Mixed and Womens match took centre stage for 30 minutes before kick off. In the Womens, it was the ACT Women who held off the Victorian Womens, while in the Mixed it was a 7-7 draw between the Victorian Aussies and Victorian Kiwis, with guest Aussie Tony Eltakchi leading the way. This year’s Queensland Primary School State Champs are being held in Bundaberg from the July 27-30. Referees are required for this event. Please contact David Bonser on (07) 41551104 or if you would like to officiate. Come and have a great time in the winter sun in Bundy! Nominations for the 2006 NSW Touch Association Vawdon Cup close this Friday June 23. Check out for more info. TFA would like to welcome Tracey Thompson to the national office, she’s just started her role as Assistant Finance Officer, helping TFA staff keep on top of all the financial ins and outs of the organisation. Welcome aboard Tracey, it’s good to have you here! The Federation of International Touch (FIT) have released their new website. Make sure you check it out at The survey on the 2006 NTL Fox Sports package has been completed and a story with all of the results and the random prize winner will be uploaded to the website ASAP. Overall, the feedback has been regular, with a large majority of viewers appreciating the package and its contents. Make sure you check out the story when it appears.  The 2006 Queensland Junior State Cup is being held from July 7-9 at the Glasshouse and with around 130 teams nominated it certainly looks as though Junior Touch in Queensland is thriving. ESUS footwear will be attending the Junior State Cup and their shoes will be available for purchase at the event. The 2006 NTL package that was shown on Fox Sports and also the raw footage of each of the 3 Open finals combined (footage shot from the tower camera) is available for purchase either by calling 1800 654 951 or visiting the TFA shop. Despite the 2-0 loss to the Brazilians Socceroo fever is still at an all-time high and TFA are still looking for a name that can symbolize our National teams traveling to South Africa next year for the 2007 Touch Football World Cup. We need something original…suggestions received already include the Wallaroos, Bilbies, Emus, Bandicoots, Southern Stars, Aussie Sixers and more. Email your suggestions to  Rachel Grant and Marianne Maguire are working their way through building the new AusTouch website. For those who aren’t aware, AusTouch is TFA’s junior Touch program and the site will contain loads of information on the program Australia-wide, resources, coaching examples and much more. The website will even contain some of the information available for leaders and other interested coaches found on the AusTouch DVD/CD resource, which is available for purchase in the TFA shop. Keep an eye on the TFA website over the coming weeks for the launch of the new site. Until then, all AusTouch enquiries can be directed to last_img read more

Noah Sewell, Country’s No. 2 ILB, Names Top 8 Schools

first_imgA general view of Oregon's stadium.EUGENE, OR -SEPTEMBER 06: A general view of Autzen Stadium during the second quarter of the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Michigan State Spartans at Autzen Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)Hailing from Orem High School in Utah, linebacker Noah Sewell is the top player in the state and one of the top players in the nation. With a little under a year to make his commitment decision, he’s narrowed down the list.Taking to Twitter this weekend, Sewell revealed his top eight schools. The list consists of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.I truly am grateful to all the Coaches & Universities that offered me an opportunity to continue my education. But moving forward, I will focus on these 8 schools, and find what best fits me. Please respect my decision. I apologize for not taking any interviews at this time.Sewell has clearly taken a strong interest in the Southeastern Conference, with six of his eight schools coming from the SEC. To date, he has had confirmed visits to most of the schools on his list.247Sports rates Sewell as a five-star recruit and the No. 23 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 2 inside linebacker in the nation, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Utah.I truly am grateful to all the Coaches & Universities that offered me an opportunity to continue my education. But moving forward, I will focus on these 8 schools, and find what best fits me. Please respect my decision. I apologize for not taking any interviews at this time.🙏🏽— Noah Sewell™️ (@Blessah_2) July 28, 2019Despite the glut of SEC teams on the list, 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions indicate Sewell will be staying local. 90-percent of predictions have him going to Oregon. He’s taken multiple unofficial visits to the Oregon campus in the past year.Sewell has a strong pedigree of college football talent. He has three brothers who all played for different schools: Oregon, Nevada, and Utah.Will Sewell staying in the Northwest, or will he be taking his talents to the Midwest or Southeast?last_img read more

Babar Azam overtakes Virat Kohli, 3rd quickest to 11 ODI hundreds

first_img Next Babar Azam overtakes Virat Kohli, 3rd quickest to 11 ODI hundredsBabar Azam hit his 11th ODI hundred in only his 73rd match and 71st innings during the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Karachi.advertisement India Today Web Desk KarachiSeptember 30, 2019UPDATED: September 30, 2019 19:06 IST Babar Azam hit his 11th ODI hundred during 2nd ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBabar Azam smashed his 11th ODI hundred to surpass India captain Virat KohliBabar hit his 11th ODI ton in just 71 innings while Kohli needed 82 innings to the featSouth Africa’s Hashim Amla remains the quickest to 11 ODI hundredsPakistan’s Babar Azam moved past Virat Kohli to become the third fastest to 11 ODI hundreds. Babar reached his 11th hundred in one-day internationals in just his 71st innings while Virat Kohli needed 82 innings to get to 11 ODI centuries.Babar Azam, who had scored 96 in Pakistan’s last ODI against Bangladesh during the 2019 World Cup, steered the innings for the hosts during the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Karachi on Monday. The first match was washed out without a ball being bowled at the same venue on Friday.South Africa’s Hashim Amla remains the quickest to 11 ODI hundreds, getting there in only 64 innings. Another South African Quinton de Kock had brought up his 11th hundred in only his 65th innings.Two years ago, former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur had compared Babar Azam with Virat Kohli. But in February this year, Arthur conceded he might have jumped the gun in drawing that comparison although he added Babar Azam would be among the top 5 batsmen in the world very soon.”I think he will be in the top five [batsmen] of the world very soon across all formats. I thought I was a bit quick off the gun when I said two years ago that he would be almost as good as Virat Kohli but it has taken him a while to show that class,” Arthur was quoted as saying by Express Tribune.”But if you watched him in the nets couple of years ago, he was a young boy who has developed into a young man, he’s got stronger and fitter and his game gets better and better all the time,” Arthur had said.advertisementVirat Kohli, 30, is already rated among the greatest batsmen to have ever played the game. His 43 ODI hundreds is second only to Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 hundreds in the format. Besides, Kohli has 25 Test centuries and is the only man to average over 50 in all 3 formats in international cricket.Babar Azam, 24, has scored only 1 hundred in his 21-Test career but averages over 50 in the shorter formats of the game.Babar Azam also became the quickest to 1000 ODI runs in a calender year for Pakistan, getting to the milestone in only 19 innings.Also Read | May never be able to shake off nepotism tag, says Imam-ul-HaqAlso Read | Sarfraz Ahmed urges Pakistan fans to be ‘part of history’ as they host Sri Lanka in KarachiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jatlast_img read more

India Approves Maritime Transport Agreement with Egypt

first_imgzoom India’s Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of an agreement between India and Egypt on maritime transport.Through the agreement, India and Egypt will cooperate on enhancing and stimulating steady growth of maritime traffic, as well as on exchanging and training of staff and students from various maritime establishments.The countries will also exchange information necessary for accelerating and facilitating the flow of commercial goods at sea and at ports, establish joint ventures in the fields of maritime transportation, shipbuilding and repairs, maritime training, and information technology. The countries will also work together on development of simulators, port facilities and related maritime activities.”Recognizing the significant mutual benefit that can be derived from-cooperation in the area of shipping between the two countries, it has been decided to sign the Agreement with a view to strengthening cooperation and to render sustained mutual assistance and advice on merchant shipping and other related maritime matters. The Agreement would be signed on a mutually convenient date and venue,” the Cabinet said in a statement.last_img read more

Victims of Crime Receive More Funding for Support Services

first_img services for Mi’kmaq and other aboriginal Nova Scotians that are tailored to meet the unique needs of aboriginal victims of crime services for tracking unpaid restitution orders travel assistance for victims of crime to attend sentencing hearings to read their victim impact statements testimonial aid equipment to help victims testify and/or read their victim impact statement in court more specialized training for victim services officers technology improvements. Victims of crime in Nova Scotia will benefit from a new $3.75 million multi-year agreement announced today, Oct. 12. This federal-provincial agreement provides a 50 per cent increase in funding per year from the Government of Canada for victim services when compared to the previous five-year agreement. “I want to thank the Government of Canada for their investment in victim services on behalf of all Nova Scotians,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “This agreement will help victims of crime navigate the justice system and receive the support they need.” Projects and services covered by the funding agreement include: “Victims should have access to services and programs that can help them recover from the crimes committed against them, as well as opportunities for meaningful participation in the criminal justice system,” said Halifax MP Andy Fillmore, on behalf of Jody Wilson-Raybould federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General. “I am pleased that this funding will provide enhanced supports to victims in Nova Scotia.” More than $3.8 million will be spent on victim services in Nova Scotia this fiscal year, with $750,000 coming as a result of this agreement.last_img read more

Unaware of Ktaka MLAs presence in Mumbai says BJP Cong hits out

first_imgMumbai: The Maharashtra BJP claimed on Sunday that it was not aware of the presence of 10 dissident MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) combine from Karnataka in Mumbai, even as a saffron party leader was spotted at a hotel where the legislators are put up.Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan accused the BJP of attempting to topple the democratically elected Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka and misusing official machinery in the saffron party-ruled states for “murdering” democracy. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka plunged into a crisis on Saturday, with 13 MLAs of the alliance submitting their resignation to the speaker. After putting in their papers, 10 MLAs boarded a chartered flight to Mumbai and arrived at the hotel late Saturday night, sources close to them said. When contacted, Maharashtra BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhye said, “We are not aware of the presence of any MLA from Karnataka in Mumbai. We have nothing to do with the developments.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedHowever, Karnataka Congress MLA Mahendra Singhi and Maharashtra BJP legislator Prasad Lad were seen at the hotel on Sunday morning. Singhi later told reporters that he met Congress MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi to discuss the reasons behind the latter quitting the Assembly membership. “There is no threat to our government as the issues will be resolved on the chief minister’s return,” Singhi said. Lad, however, refused to speak on his presence at the hotel.”I don’t know anything about this and came to know about it in the media. I am busy with the BJP membership drive,” he said. Meanwhile, Ashok Chavan alleged that the BJP leadership had a dictatorial mindset and does not want to allow state governments headed by opposition parties to function. “Their singular agenda is to ensure the downfall of opposition parties-led governments by hook or crook, including misusing the government machinery. The BJP wrested power in similar ways in Goa, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. The focus is now on West Bengal and Karnataka,” he charged. Referring to the presence of 10 dissident MLAs of the Karnataka ruling combine in Mumbai, Chavan said instead of focusing on solving people’s issues, the BJP-led Maharashtra government was busy working for the downfall of the southern state’s government. “BJP leaders are bringing Congress legislators by private flights to Mumbai and keeping them at five-star hotels. The richest political party is luring legislators from other parties with money and this needs to be condemned,” Chavan said. Earlier, rebel JD(S) MLA A H Vishwanath told reporters on Saturday that “14 MLAs from Congress and JD(S) have resigned”, but Karnataka Assembly secretariat sources said 13 legislators have put in their papers, including Vijayanagara MLA Anand Singh, who had submitted his resignation to the speaker’s office earlier in the week.last_img read more

BC climate change plan aims to build economy around renewable energy

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The British Columbia government has introduced a strategy to shift away from fossil fuels and build the provincial economy around reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also leaves portions of the plan to be determined.Premier John Horgan said Wednesday the plan called CleanBC will rely on cutting emissions from buildings, industries, vehicles and organic waste while boosting the carbon tax and the production of clean hydroelectricity.The plan will move the province to a low-carbon future, said Horgan, who introduced the plan with Green Leader Andrew Weaver. “We want to make shifts: shifts in our homes, shifts in our vehicles, shifts in our industry to move away from burning fossil fuels and towards a cleaner, greener approach using British Columbia’s abundant electricity and other abundant opportunities that are now emerging and will emerge into the future,” the premier said.The climate-change plan will require all new buildings to be net-zero energy ready by 2032, meaning they could generate enough on-site energy to power their own functions.The government says new buildings will be 80 percent more efficient by then compared with homes built now.The plan also includes diverting 95 percent of organic waste from landfills and converting it to other products.By 2030, 30 percent of all sales of new light-duty cars and trucks are expected to be zero-emission vehicles, rising to 100 percent by 2040.The plan also includes phasing in more renewable fuels to consumer gas products by ramping up new production of 650 million litres of renewable gasoline and diesel by 2030 and increasing the low carbon fuel standard by 20 percent. That means gas at the pump could include a mix of biofuels and other cleaner fuel products, one official said. Horgan said the challenges of climate change mean people must move away from burning fossil fuels.“Every year, we’re seeing the unprecedented wildfires and floods that hurt so many people, communities and businesses,” he said in a statement. “We need to begin changing how we live, work and commute to put B.C. on a cleaner, more sustainable path.”The cost of the plan will be outlined in next year’s budget, Horgan said, and officials said it will be fully funded.The government has said the climate plan will be designed to meet legislated targets, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, 60 percent by 2040 and 80 percent by 2050.center_img Overall, the plan aims to reduce the province’s dependency on fossil fuels by more than 20 per cent and increase its dependence on clean energy by 60 per cent by 2050.When LNG Canada said in October it was proceeding with its plan to operate a $40 billion export terminal at Kitimat, Horgan said the government would still meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets.The plan says one of the conditions for liquefied natural gas development is that it fits in the climate commitments, noting that the LNG Canada project could add to 3.45 megatonnes of carbon emissions to the province’s total.“More reductions from LNG’s climate impact will be achieved through investments in electrification of upstream oil and gas production so extraction and processing are powered by electricity, instead of burning fossil fuels,” it says.Weaver’s party has an agreement that supports the province’s minority NDP government and he shared the stage with Horgan in making the announcement.“I look forward to working with government, business and other stakeholders to action this plan, so that British Columbians can count on a bright future where all our communities enjoy a thriving economy and a high quality of life for generations to come,” he said in a news release issued by the provincial government.Horgan’s government already boosted the carbon tax in this year’s budget to $35 per tonne and will increase that by $5 a year until 2021. As the price rises, CleanBC will offer tax reduction incentives to further reduce emissions, and a carbon tax exemption for any company that proves it’s the cleanest in its sector globally.The switch to cleaner energy means increased biofuel consumption and a shift to hydro-generated electricity.The government’s plan says by 2030, its new policies would require an additional 4,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity over the current demand.“This is equivalent to increasing BC Hydro’s current system-wide capacity by about eight per cent, or about the demand of the city of Vancouver,” the plan says.The added demand up to 2030 can be met by existing and planned projects, however, it will require new energy sources that could range from geothermal to wind power beyond that date.Auditor general Carol Bellringer released a report on Wednesday that said Hydro’s generating facilities are running at near capacity and some of them are more than 85 years old. Her audit didn’t cover the $10.7 billion Site C dam project, which is under construction on the Peace River in northeast B.C. and not slated for completion until 2024.How the province will achieve one quarter of its emission reductions is still unclear. The government says the initiatives laid out in the plan combine to reduce the province’s emissions by 18.9 megatonnes, getting it 75 percent of the way toward its 2030 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent of 2007 levels.Strategies for achieving the remaining 6.1 megatonnes in reductions will be identified within the next two years, officials said.Some environmental groups backed parts of the plan but questioned how the future liquefied natural gas industry fits into it.“It’s one of the most important steps we’ve seen in years and yet we believe it doesn’t quite go far enough,” said Caitlyn Vernon, campaigns director with Sierra Club BC.“We’re yet to be convinced how LNG and fracking will fit into this plan, how you square the circle of increasing emissions on one hand while on the other hand working to decrease emissions.”Vernon said she’s looking forward to seeing the complete plan beyond 75 percent. The speed of the plan’s commitments aren’t fast enough to meet what the science says is required to prevent excessive wildfires and other climate change effects, she added.The B.C. Business Council said CleanBC begins to position the province and its businesses as a supplier of choice for international markets seeking lower-carbon intensive energy and commodities.It also said there’s a need for greater understanding of the plan’s cost implications for both employers and individual British Columbians, but the council will work with the government to ensure policy solutions meet economic realities.“By leveraging our low-carbon assets, including renewable hydro electricity, British Columbia can play an outsized role in reducing global climate impacts in high-emission jurisdictions, while building a competitive and innovative economy for British Columbians and reducing emissions here at home,” president and CEO Greg D’Avignon said.last_img read more

Six AAP candidates file nominations for LS polls

first_imgNEW DELHI: Six candidates of the Aam Aadmi Party filed their nominations on Monday for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. The six candidates who filed their papers are Chandni Chowk candidate Pankaj Gupta, East Delhi candidate Atishi, North West Delhi candidate Gugan Singh, South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha, North East Delhi candidate Dilip Pandey and New Delhi candidate Brajesh Goel.While Chadha carried out a roadshow on Sunday against, what he said was, the “gundaraj” of South Delhi incumbent BJP’s Ramesh Biduri, the other five candidates carried out mega roadshows before filing their papers on Monday morning. Senior party leaders accompanied the candidates. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAtishi was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, while Gupta was accompanied by senior party leader Satyendar Jain. Singh was partnered by Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and Pandey was seen with senior party leader Gopal Rai. Goyal filed his nomination in the presence of senior leader N D Gupta. The party’s west Delhi candidate Balbir Singh Jakhar filed his nomination papers on Thursday. According to the affidavits, Chadha has movable assets of around Rs 16.4 lakh and does not own any house or motor vehicles. Atishi has movable around of nearly Rs 60 lakh and Dilip Pandey has movable assets of around Rs 2 lakh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAmong the candidates, Atishi is an Oxford scholar and is a member of the Political Affairs Committee of Aam Aadmi Party and has played a major role in transforming the government schools of New Delhi. She served as the Advisor to the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, primarily on education, from July 2015 to 17 April 2018, when she was sacked by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. Raghav Chadha is a practising chartered accountant Chadha has established himself as not only Aam Aadmi Party’s but one of the country’s most recognisable youth leaders. From joining India Against Corruption movement in 2011 at the age of 23, he has grown with the party. AAP’s Chandni Chowk candidate Pankaj Gupta and North East Delhi candidate Dilip Pandey are from an engineering background. AAP North West Delhi candidate Guggan Singh has been a social worker and New Delhi candidate Brajesh Goel was a prominent traders’ leader. “The upcoming elections will see BJP’s hooliganism pitched against the people of South Delhi. It is the public that’s fighting the election for change, and it is the public that will emerge victoriously. I am nothing but a representative of the people. I am just a common man with very little political experience,” Chadha said while going to file the nominations.last_img read more

Two UN staff among dead in Kabul bombing

The two staffers killed in the attack, the second incident of its kind in three days, were Afghan nationals, as is a third colleague who was wounded and is currently being treated for his injuries. A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General was “deeply distressed” by the news, and offered his deepest condolences to the families of those killed and his best wishes for a rapid recovery to the injured. Mr. Ban’s Special Representative, Kai Eide, said the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is in the process of contacting the families of the deceased. “I am shocked and greatly saddened to have learned that two of my staff members were among those killed in today’s suicide bombing,” Mr. Eide, who heads UNAMA, said in a statement. “I condemn completely those responsible.” Speaking at a news conference earlier today, Mr. Eide stated that security is his main concern as the country prepares to go to the polls on 20 August. “I appeal again to those who threaten with violence – and use violence – to allow Afghans to choose who should be the future leader of Afghanistan,” he said. “I would like to repeat: this is an election organized by the Afghans themselves, not by the international community,” he stressed. “It is an election where the international community is and remains truly, totally impartial. It is up to the Afghans to choose their own leaders.” Forty-one presidential candidates, including two women, are running for the nation’s top post while more than 3,000 Afghans are competing for provincial council seats during the elections, which are being organized by the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC). The other challenge, Mr. Eide noted, is organizing an election effectively in a country “which is in conflict, which has a weak infrastructure, where remote areas are difficult to access and where illiteracy is high.” “But I can assure all Afghans that everything has been done that can be done to make the elections credible and as secure as possible under the current circumstances.” 18 August 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his deep distress at the news that two United Nations staff members were among those killed in today’s suicide bombing in Kabul, which reportedly killed at least seven people, just two days ahead of Afghanistan’s presidential and provincial council elections. read more

Employers let temporary workers go first during economic crisis – UN report

19 October 2009Workers who found jobs through temporary employment agencies were among the first to find themselves out of work as a result of the global financial and economic crises, according to a new United Nations report released today. The International Labour Organization (ILO) report noted that the largest number of temporary job losses was recorded in the manufacturing sector of developed countries, especially in the car industry. Spotlighting Germany, where between 100,000 and 150,000 temporary workers are estimated to have lost their jobs in the four to six months after October 2008, the report points to similar trends in Japan, the United States, Spain and France.“Many of the largest private employment agencies are saying that it will be 2010 at least before they see any upturn in business,” said John Myers, an industry specialist from the ILO and author of the report.“This would generally happen after overtime hours and the length of the working week begin to rise among the core workforce of user enterprises, and companies’ slack capacity begins to fall,” said Mr. Myers. “When firms consider turning to agencies to meet their needs, this will be one of the first signs that the economic crisis is beginning to end.”The ILO report also underscored the importance of balancing the corporate need for flexibility in the workforce with employee calls for job security, a safe working environment, decent conditions and social security – a role fulfilled by temporary employment agencies.These type of agencies act as the middle-man in modern labour markets, allowing businesses greater flexibility to increase or cut their workforce, while ensuring workers receive sufficient security in terms of job opportunities and employment standards, including pay, working time and training.At the same time, the report stressed that ratification of ILO Convention No. 181 on private employment agencies can help to promote decent work and ensure better functioning labour markets.“Countries that have not yet ratified Convention No. 181 are encouraged to do so, as its implementation can be an engine for job creation, structural growth, improved efficiency of national labour markets, better matching of supply and demand for workers, higher labour participation rates and increased diversity,” the report said.“It also sets a clear framework for regulation, licensing and self-regulation, thereby encouraging reliability; ensuring effective protection of workers against unfair practices; discouraging human trafficking; and promoting cooperation between public and private employment services,” it said.The report is slated to come under discussion at a two-day gathering which kicks off tomorrow at ILO Headquarters in Geneva, titled “Workshop to promote ratification of the Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997 (No. 181).” read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Thursday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9733Brazil real 0.3896China renminbi 0.1860Euro 1.4506Hong Kong dollar 0.156130India rupee 0.01902Indonesia rupiah 0.0000920Japan yen 0.01103Malaysia ringgit 0.2900Mexico peso 0.06879N.Z. dollar 0.8792Norway krone 0.1544Peruvian new sol 0.3766Russia rouble 0.02118Saudi riyal 0.3252Singapore dollar 0.9038South Africa rand 0.09265South Korean won 0.001075Sweden krona 0.1522Switzerland franc 1.2633Taiwanese dollar 0.04048Thailand baht 0.03685Turkey lira 0.3540U.K. pound 1.6320U.S. dollar 1.2198Vietnam dong 0.000054 read more

Mahinda has said he will contest the polls

The former president was defeated in the presidential Election in January by his one time Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena and since then he has remained silent about his future political career. In recent talks with President Maithripala Sirisena, the first since his defeat, Rajapakse had requested Sirisena to make him the prime ministerial candidate of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which was rejected by the president. His supporters including several opposition parliamentarians have been holding mass public rallies in many parts of the country in support of the former leader and have been calling on Sirisena, as the leader of the SLFP, to appoint him as the prime ministerial candidate of the party.Local media reports on Sunday said that Rajapakse had already appointed a shadow cabinet which consists of about 15 former ministers in order to discuss the current political situation, the policies to be adopted and alternative policies. (Colombo Gazette) Former President Mahinda Rajapakse has informed his close aides that he will contest in the parliamentary elections, the Xinhua news agency quoted a senior opposition member as saying.Speaking on the grounds of anonymity, the senior parliamentarian said that Rajapakse had already begun to conduct meetings on a weekly basis with the opposition parliamentarians who were publicly supporting him and Rajapakse’s future in politics was being discussed. read more

Archbishop takes a swipe at west on human rights issue

Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith today took a swipe at the western world on the human rights issue.Speaking at St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church in Ekala, the Archbishop said that human rights has now become a religion for some western countries. “They keep it on their heads and keep preaching to us saying human rights, human rights. Like it is something new,” he said. The Archbishop said that those who speak about human rights are those who have no religion. He said that if one follows a religion then there is no need for human rights.The Archbishop urged the public not to be misled by what others say and to act wisely. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Deadly fire engulfs London high rise

A deadly fire ripped through a 24-floor apartment building in London overnight, killing six people and injuring at least 64 others; 20 of them critically.More than 250 firefighters were called to the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington just after midnight Wednesday. A witness told local media she saw a member of the public catch a baby that was dropped from the burning tower.London Police commander Stuart Cundy said the number of fatalities is likely to rise during what’s expected to be a complex recovery operation over several days.London Mayor Sadiq Khan says questions need to be answered about tower blocks around the city following a devastating fire. He released a statement saying, “there will be a great many questions over the coming days as to the cause of this tragedy and I want to reassure Londoners that we will get all the answers.”I’m truly devastated to see the horrific scenes of major fire at #GrenfellTower in #Kensington. Read my statement— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) June 14, 2017 read more

The Latest Chicken company says it obeys immigration laws

MORTON, Miss. — The Latest on immigration raids in Mississippi (all times local):5 p.m.The company that owns one of the plants targeted in a Mississippi immigration raid says it follows strict procedures to make sure full-time employees are eligible to work in the country.Koch Foods is based in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge and is one of the largest poultry producers in the country.On Wednesday, about 600 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents fanned out across plants operated by five companies, arresting nearly 700 people in the largest immigration raid in a decade.In a statement, Koch said it vets full-time employees with E-Verify, a federal government database employers use to check if employees can work legally in the U.S.Company spokesman Jim Gilliland says Koch Foods also relies on temporary workers that come through a third-party service, which is tasked with checking those workers’ eligibility.__11:14 a.m.Dozens of immigrant workers have been released a day after being detained in the largest immigration raid in a decade in the United States.Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials say 680 people were arrested in Wednesday’s raids.But immigration lawyers say that by Thursday morning, about five busloads of people had been released.The terms of the workers’ releases were unclear. It also was unclear whether any of those released were determined to be living in the country legally. ICE officials did not return telephone calls Thursday morning.Officials had said Wednesday that they would release detainees who met certain conditions, such as pregnant women or those who hadn’t faced immigration proceedings previously.Karla Vazquez-Elmore is a lawyer representing arrested workers. She said even those not arrested are terrified.The Associated Press read more

Freeport proves and maintains its environmental leadership

first_imgAn external environmental audit of PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) mining operations and support facilities was conducted in November 2008. The audit, coordinated by Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH) was conducted by five independent auditors comprised of environmental professionals from various countries, including Indonesia. “MWH was selected after undergoing a transparent and highly competitive tender. This audit is one of the realizations of PTFI’s commitment, as listed in the 1997 Environmental Impact Analysis 300K document,” explained PTFI Manager – Environmental Andi Mukhsia. Its tailings management is a feature of the second in IM’s major series on the operation, in the September issue.This external audit is conducted voluntarily every three years, with the aim of measuring and evaluating company performance in the area of environmental management, adherence to the laws and regulations of the Indonesian government, and fulfillment of PTFI’s commitment to complying with environmental best practices as part of the international mining community. This last audit is the fifth external environmental audit at PTFI since 1996.The final audit report was published in July 2009 after receiving constructive input from related operational departments and PTFI Environmental Department. The executive summary of the complete audit report is available at PTFI’s response to the recommendations as of July 2009 may be viewed at This response will be updated periodically through routine communication with operational departments in order to gather the latest data, project status, and other supporting data that supports implementation of auditor recommendations.Generally Freeport gets a glowing report. Its tailings management is discussed in the September issue of International Mining, as part of a series of articles on this great mine thast will extend into 2010. MWH says current Freeport management practice of controlled riverine tailings transport and deposition to an engineered area remains the best option available for the operation. The lateral limits of environmental impacts associated with tailings disposal within the Modified Ajkwa Deposition Area (ModADA) are fixed and defined by the levee systems.Impacts associated with the fraction of tailings, not reporting to the ModADA, remain consistent with those anticipated and covered by the Government of Indonesia (GOI) approved 300K ANDAL. Freeport commissioned a detailed evaluation of sediment retention technologies, and large-scale implementation and evaluation of these techniques is ongoing.Freeport hydrology staff has continued to refine the groundwater regime, including flow gradients and velocities for the ModADA and adjacent areas including Timika, using monitoring data from wells and piesometers. MWH recommends that the groundwater flow and transport model for the ModADA be finalised, including potentimetric levels and local and regional groundwater gradients.The current procedures and high level of commitment of all relevant Freeport departments has greatly facilitated the effective implementation of the tailings ARD control program. Overall, the results suggest that the risk of ARD from tailings depositing in the bulk of ModADA in 2008 has been low to negligible. An independent review of the ARD program by Environmental Geochemistry International (EGI) provided an interpretation of recent ModADA geochemistry data and found that the Acid Neutralising Capacity (ANC) to Maximum Potential Acidity (MPA) ratio continues to meet or exceed the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) target of 1.5 at all locations. Further recommendations for prevention of ARD in the ModADA are provided in the Audit report.MWH continues to recommend that Freeport evaluate the environmental implications of the Otomona River post-closure. Each option poses challenges that should be carefully evaluated in relation to regulatory requirements, so that preferred options may be incorporated into current planning activities.Freeport has completed a comprehensive Tailings River and Management Plan (TRMP) Incident Action Plan (TIAP) written in both English and Bahasa Indonesia. The TIAP is a significant improvement in emergency planning, but certain aspects need refinement.last_img read more

Men share eerily similar circumstances pain

first_imgIt was an eerily familiar scene before Justin Carey on Monday as he entered the hospital room at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center — only this time, the teen wasn’t the one lying in the bed.He and his family came to see 34-year-old Paul Adams, who was struck Feb. 20 by an alleged hit-and-run driver while walking along a road in Vancouver’s Truman neighborhood.Two tragic crashes allegedly caused by two members of the same family each cost Carey, then 16, and Adams one of their legs.“It brings back a lot of memories and hours here,” Carey’s mother, Janette Chumley, said of their visit. “I’m a little anxious. But they’re both here and that’s all that matters.”Amputated legsAdams’ lower left leg was amputated a few weeks ago. It will likely be months, he said, before he knows if he can keep his right leg, which is badly broken and required bone-graft surgery last week.“What happened to you, I hope happens to me,” Adams told Carey, 19. “There are so many similarities. There’s no way the universe can let me lose two legs.”last_img read more

Hugo Chavez fiery Venezuelan leader dies at 58

first_img CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.Vice President Nicolas Maduro, surrounded by other government officials, announced the death in a national television broadcast. He said Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. local time.During more than 14 years in office, Chavez routinely challenged the status quo at home and internationally. He polarized Venezuelans with his confrontational and domineering style, yet was also a masterful communicator and strategist who tapped into Venezuelan nationalism to win broad support, particularly among the poor.Chavez repeatedly proved himself a political survivor. As an army paratroop commander, he led a failed coup in 1992, then was pardoned and elected president in 1998. He survived a coup against his own presidency in 2002 and won re-election two more times.The burly president electrified crowds with his booming voice, often wearing the bright red of his United Socialist Party of Venezuela or the fatigues and red beret of his army days. Before his struggle with cancer, he appeared on television almost daily, talking for hours at a time and often breaking into song of philosophical discourse. A supporter of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez holds photos of Chavez in Bolivar square in Caracas, Venezuela on Tuesday. Venezuela’s Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced on Tuesday that Chavez has died. Chavez, 58, was first diagnosed with cancer in June 2011.last_img read more

Vancouver man gets 46 months in child porn case

first_imgA Vancouver man was sentenced Monday to 46 months in prison for possessing child pornography he accessed through the Internet.Richard L. Walsh, 48, was convicted Oct. 9 of three counts of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.Walsh, who was represented by Camas attorney David Schultz, faced a possible sentence of 46 to 61 months under state sentencing guidelines. As part of a plea deal, Deputy Prosecutor Randy St. Clair agreed to dismiss five counts of dealing in child porn and two counts of possession of child porn.Walsh will be required to serve 36 months of probation and register as a sex offender upon his release.An undercover FBI database revealed that Walsh shared multiple child pornography digital files between December 2011 and Feb. 13 of this year in a peer-to-peer network on the Internet, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court.Peer-to-peer networks allow users connected to the Internet to link their computers and are commonly used for illegal activity, according to the FBI’s website.Walsh was arrested after Vancouver police served a search warrant Feb. 13 at his home and seized 7,650 image files and 59 video files of child pornography from his digital devices, the affidavit says.last_img read more

Fireworks Illegal In The Kenai Peninsula Borough

first_imgTucker says there is one other exception for Kenai: fireworks are allowed on December 31 and January 1 of each year, within city limits only. Fireworks are forbidden in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, except for planned, professional, permitted displays. If you have a campfire, make sure it is placed on dirt or gravel, keep it small, never leave it unattended and make sure it is completely extinguished before you leave. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As Alaska residents and visitors prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, the state’s wildland fire officials would like to remind the public to be extremely cautious with any activity that could ignite a wildfire. The use of fireworks is also a major wildfire safety concern over the Fourth of July. If you plan to celebrate with fireworks, use them carefully and only where legal. Keep in mind, it is illegal to use fireworks on forested state lands, public or private, during fire season from April 1 to August 31. Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker says those rules hold steady within the City of Kenai: “With fireworks, at least within the City of Kenai, we’re hoping people don’t use them. It is illegal. I’ve had people call and at the station we’ve had to let them know that’s the case, and again the beaches within the City of Kenai limits are also not allowed for fireworks, so hoping folks don’t go out there and do that.” Holiday weekends on the Kenai traditionally results in an increase in traffic in the woods and on rivers and roads as people head out to go boating, camping, fishing, hiking, off-road riding, and partake in other recreational activities.last_img read more