Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday directed administration officials to check formation of transport cartels during the upcoming wheat procurement season. The orders came during a review by the state cabinet of the arrangements made for procurement of wheat during the Rabi season commencing April 1, 2018. While directing the Deputy Commissioners of all districts to ensure that the arrangements are made well in time, the Chief Minister ordered them to strictly enforce the law against the formation of cartels by transporters. The transportation and labour policy formulated by the government for procurement purposes should be strictly followed, he said, warning the DCs and SSPs that no laxity or complicity in this regard should be allowed under any circumstances. The Chief Minister asked the officials to monitor transportation to and from the markets closely to ensure total compliance with the law and complete ban on cartelisation, according to an official spokesperson. Alternate measuresThe State Food & Supplies Department should make alternative arrangements for transportation, if necessary, said Mr. Singh, while asking the department to review all arrangements with the procurement agencies to facilitate smooth and hassle-free procurement, and timely payments to the farmers.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Jugal Thakor were on Friday declared winners in Rajya Sabha by-polls for two seats in Gujarat.The bye-election was held as the two Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant after BJP leaders Amit Shah and Smriti Irani, who were elected to Lok Sabha, resigned from the upper House. Cross voting Two Gujarat Congress legislators, Alpesh Thakor and Dhavalsinh Zala, resigned from the State Assembly, after voting against the Congress candidates, defying the party whip. “The Congress observer tried to create a lot of issues over my vote, so you can understand for whom did I vote,” Mr. Thakor told mediapersons after casting his vote. According to sources, both Mr. Thakor and Nr, Dhaval are likely to join BJP soon and will contest the by-elections from their respective assembly seats.The BJP candidates also got additional votes of lone NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja and two Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP) legislators Chhotubhai Vasava and his son Mahesh Vasava.It may be noted that Mr. Vasava’s vote was crucial for Congress veteran Ahmed Patel’s victory in 2017 when Mr. Patel could barely win after a dozen legislators had split from the Congress. With both Congress candidates Chandrika Chudasama and Gaurav Pandya losing the bypolls, the opposition party is likely to challenge it in Gujarat High Court. Earlier, the Congress’ legislature party leader Paresh Dhanani had approached the Supreme Court challenging the Election Commission of India’s move to hold bye-elections for two seats separately instead of holding together. The Supreme Court, however, refused to interfere in the poll process and directed the petitioner to approach the Gujarat High Court with election petition challenging the election.
A 15-year-old girl met Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday and sought intervention in stopping her marriage. The girl, hailing from Tonk district, met the Chief Minister at a routine public hearing at his residence along with her uncle. She told Mr. Gehlot that her father wanted to marry her off after the demise of her mother.Taking note of the matter, the Chief Minister directed officials to ensure that the girl is not married off. Following this the officials gave necessary instructions to the Tonk District Collector and the SP, a release said. Mr. Gehlot asked the girl to focus on studies and assured her full support of the government, the release added. At the public hearing, people from different parts of the State apprised Mr. Gehlot of their problems. He directed officials to redress their grievances, a release said.
Former Indian cricketer Tinu Yohannan, a qualified Level-I coach now, thinks young Kerala paceman Basil Thampi had improved a lot in recent times and would represent the country soon. (IPL 2017: Suresh Raina fashions Gujarat Lions victory over Kolkata Knight Riders)WATCH: Nitish Rana, Manish Pandey dominate frenetic week 3 of IPL 2017Yohannan, the first player from Kerala to play for India, said the 23-year-old Thampi had shown a lot of promise and earned a spot in the IPL side Gujarat Lions due to consistent performances in the domestic tournaments. (Gujarat Lions were far more professional than us, says Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir)”He is a good prospect and is on a learning curve which would help him don the national colours. He is athletic, which is a key attribute for a fast bowler and looks quite strong,” he said after being appointed head coach of TNPL franchise Ruby Kanchi Warriors. (IPL: Suresh Raina edges past Virat Kohli in battle for all-time leading run scorer)If Thampi can work on his fitness and increase his strength, he can bowl quicker, Yohannan felt. (Exclusive: Suresh Raina shows off his singing skills)A few days ago, West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo had praised Thampi and said he was a very talented youngster and would get an opportunity to play for Team India in a year or so.The 38-year-old, who coached his home State last season when P Balachandran was sacked after the team fared poorly, said, they did “fairly well” when he was the head coach.advertisementHe said good performances in the South Zone T20 championship in Chennai had helped players get opportunities in the IPL. Apart from Thampi, Kerala’s Sanju Samson and opener Vishnu Vinod are part of IPL sides.Yohannan said apart from Thampi, Vinod, Sandeep Warrier, Sachin Baby and Daryl S Ferrario were talented players and said they need to be guided properly for them to shine consistently.On Kerala’s below-par performances in the domestic tournaments, he said lack of exposure was one reason and added that the lack of four-day cricket in the State resulted in the side not doing well in the Ranji Trophy.Yohannan welcomed the appointment of former Australian Test cricketer Dav Whatmore as the head coach for the 2017-’18 season and said, “he is a wonderful coach and will make a huge difference to the players’ mindset and confidence and thereby help improve the team’s performance.”Further, he said the renowned coach, who guided Sri Lanka to the World Cup triumph in 1996, would instill self-belief among the Kerala players and make them perform well.Meanwhile, Yohannan was upbeat after being handed the coaching job by Kanchi Warriors for the TNPL’s second edition likely to be held in July-August this year.”I am excited to be part of something as good as the TNPL. It will be a challenge to coach a T20 outfit and make them deliver,” he said.The Kanchi Warriors, which had former Australian paceman Brett Lee as mentor and former India under-19 star Baba Aparajith as captain, had a moderate run in the inaugural TNPL and Yohanan said doing well in TNPL-2 would be a priority.”It (role at Kanchi Warriors) will be a good opportunity to gain experience in coaching,” he said.
MADRID (AP) — In Group 2 of League C, Finland beat Greece 2-0 at home to remain perfect with four wins and a clean sheet after four matches. Estonia and Hungary drew 3-3 in the group’s other match.It was an odd scene at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville: The few visiting English fans were chanting “Ole” at every touch of the ball by their squad, while the home Spanish crowd was jeering its own players.It was only halftime on Monday and the Spaniards had already seen their national team concede three goals for the first time ever in a competitive match at home. By the end, they were witnesses to La Roja’s first home loss in 15 years.Raheem Sterling scored twice and Marcus Rashford once in a stunning first half for England, which held on to beat Spain 3-2 in the UEFA Nations League to get back in contention for a spot in the final four of Europe’s newest competition.In the other match in League A, Iceland lost to Switzerland 2-1 and was relegated to the second-tier League B.Sterling ended his three-year scoring drought with England with goals on each side of Rashford’s strike before the break, leading England to its first win in Spain since 1987.“For a young team, they put in an incredibly mature performance, withstood pressure reasonably well and should all be really proud,” England coach Gareth Southgate said.Finland’s Simon Skrabb, on the ground, and Jasse Tuominen, right, is challenged by Kostas Tsimikas, left, Kostas Manolas, 2nd left, and Carlos Zeca of Greece during the UEFA Nations League football match between Finland and Greece in Tampere, Finland, on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)Spain suffered its first loss in a competitive match at home since 2003 against Greece. It hadn’t lost at home in 38 matches, and had not conceded three goals in a home match since 1991 in a friendly against Hungary.“It shows how tough it is to come here and win and we have done that,” England forward Harry Kane said. “We came out of the blocks firing, great pressing.”Paco Alcacer scored Spain’s first goal early in the second half and Sergio Ramos claimed the second on the final play of the match.“We have to admit we played very badly in the first half,” Spain coach Luis Enrique said. “We made a lot of individual mistakes.”Despite the loss, Spain stayed ahead in Group 4 of League A with two more points than England after three matches. Croatia, with a game in hand, was five points behind Spain.Spain could have secured a spot in the last four with a win, while a draw would have ended England’s chances of advancing. Only the group winner moves on.Spain started well but its high defensive line struggled against the speed of England’s young forwards. The visitors were clinical, scoring on all of their attempts on goal. Spain totaled 25 attempts and 70 percent of possession, and blew it.England opened the scoring early in a fast breakaway. Rashford sent a nice ball into space for Sterling, who entered the area with only the goalkeeper to beat and found the top of the net with a superb finish. It was his first goal for England since 2015, and first ever away from Wembley.“It was a beautiful feeling,” Sterling said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to try to get in the box and score. Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s my position to score goals so I need to keep that going.”Rashford added to the lead in the 30th after a perfect through ball by Kane, entering the area and finishing with a shot from near the penalty spot.Sterling got on the board again from close range after Kane’s set-up in a move which started with a nice pass by Ross Barkley over the top of the Spanish defenders.Spain got on the board in the 58th through a header by substitute striker Alcacer, who has 10 goals in his last six games with club and country. Ramos’ last-minute goal also was a header.RELEGATED ICELANDIceland needed to beat Switzerland for the first time to avoid relegation but the Swiss got off to a two-goal lead and held on to victory.Switzerland routed Iceland 6-0 at home in the team’s opener. It moved into a tie with Belgium for first place in Group 2. The Belgians have a game in hand.LOWER LEAGUESIn League B, Bosnia-Herzegovina defeated Northern Ireland 2-1 at home to take a six-point lead over Austria atop Group 3.Luxembourg defeated San Marino 3-0 to take the lead in Group 2 of League D, ahead of Belarus, which was held by Moldova to 0-0.—By TALES AZZONI , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
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Virat Kohli is not going to be weighed down by the horror tour of 2014 where he scored 134 runs from five Tests as India went to lose the series 1-3 despite taking the lead at Lord’s. Four years later, Kohli has the chance to upstage Steve Smith at the top of the ICC’s rankings for Test batsmen but the Indian skipper is not too bothered about what awaits him over the next one month.Kohli has scored 15 Test hundreds including six double hundreds since the horror tour of England four years ago. He is the only man now to have scored double hundreds in four successive Test series. As a captain, Kohli has had a sensational run, winning 21 out of 35 Test.However, talk has revolved around Kohli’s Test record in England. He was phenomenal in Australia back in 2014-15 where he scored four hundreds. In South Africa earlier this year, he was the highest run-scorer in the three-Test series and finished the tour with 871 runs across formats.Virat Kohli, therefore, is not unduly worried about proving himself – even if it’s in a country where India have traditionally not done well.READ – Virat Kohli has improved since 2014, says James Anderson Virat Kohli stands the chance to topple Steve Smith in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen (Reuters Photo)”Back in the day when I did not know better, these things used to bother me because I used to read a lot. But honestly, I genuinely do not read anything (anymore),” Kohli told the media on the eve of the first Test.advertisement”I genuinely don’t know what’s going on. After the first two Tests in South Africa, I had no idea what was going on. My only focus was on my preparation and where the team has to head and if I waste my energy on all these things, then I am compromising my mindset already.”When I walk out to bat, I have the bat in mind, not people on the outside who predict things. I need to be in the most convinced and clear mental space that I can be and that happens when I am focussed on what I need to do.”I did not think 10 years ago I was going to be sitting here in my career so I have no complaints whatsoever and I am not in a frame of mind to prove myself in any country. I just want to perform for the team and take the team forward.”READ – Virat Kohli since England Tests of 2014: 15 hundreds, 3699 runs in 37 TestsKohli said India were well prepared and relaxed ahead of the opening match. He said his team was excited to play a five-Test series.”We are well prepared. The guys who played the ODIs have been here for a while and the Test specialists have also had good practice.. A few of them have played for India A and we had a good practice game. We are in a good frame of mind and we are excited to play a five-Test series.. In a longer series, we can be patient and we are relaxed and in a good space,” he said.Virat Kohli said his bowlers have come a long way. Even without Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, India will line up a formidable unit that is likely to comprise of Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya.”Our bowling attack has matured over the years. We have played many games all over the world. They are pretty matured about their game. Our bowlers have come a long way since we toured all these countries; they understand a lot more about bowling in partnerships now,” he said.?Kohli, who has undoubtedly come a long way since the dismal tour in 2014, said belief was the key to doing well in tough conditions.The two Captains – Joe Root and Virat Kohli pose with the silverware ahead of the five-match Test series.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/kEWt4S3DneBCCI (@BCCI) July 31, 2018″You focus on what you need to do. You need to have total belief in your own ability. We need to keep working hard on that. It all boils down to belief.READ – Virat Kohli in with a chance to upstage Steve Smith as best Test batsman”If you have belief, you can score hundreds on a green pitch as well. In the last three years, I have been pretty comfortable with my headspace,” he said.Meanwhile, as England announced their playing XI a day before opening Test, India stuck to tradition by not revealing their final line-up.advertisementKohli said a final call will be taken after the team management had a meeting later in the evening. On Monday, Ajinkya Rahane had made it clear that Kuldeep Yadav was an X-factor for the team but the captain and coach would need to decide which of the three spinners got to play.READ – Virat Kohli will show British public why he is the best: Ravi Shastri”It all boils down to your gut feel. If five people on the table agree, then there are no ifs and buts. If we take a decision, then there’s no looking back. We do not hold on to any decisions we have made.”In Test cricket, what matters is the balance of the side because the game is so long. We need to discuss what the best balance is,” Kohli said.
John Humphrey changed the face of Human Rights for the world when he drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The John Humphrey Freedom Award was named in his honour, and this year’s winners, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, will visit Halifax on Thursday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 5. “We are so pleased that Halifax has been chosen as one of the five cities that the award winners will be visiting,” said Krista Daley, director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights are very deserving of this honour for the work that they do, and it is a great opportunity to share their insight and learn from their experiences.” The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights organization has played a leading role in promoting and protecting human rights since its founding in 1996. They provide services ranging from legal support for victims of state-endorsed persecution, to public education and human rights training at the community level. Representatives Irene Petras and Andrew Makoni will speak at an event hosted by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Rights and Democracy, and the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute at Dalhousie Law School on Friday, Dec. 5. Ms. Petras will also speak at the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women ceremony the same day at 10:30 a.m. in Province House. “December is a busy month for human rights awareness,” said Ms. Daley. “With the International Day for Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3, and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights’ visit is another way to spread the message about the importance of promoting and protecting human rights. The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights event will be held Friday at 6 p.m. in room 104 of the Weldon Law Building, Dalhousie Law School, 6061 University Ave.
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VANCOUVER – Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has a message of reassurance for Canadians who may fear that legalization of recreational marijuana next week will come with a wave of negative consequences: It’s not as bad as you think.Washington and Colorado became the first U.S. states to broadly legalize recreational marijuana in 2012 and Inslee says few of the concerns expressed at the time became a reality.“The decriminalization of marijuana by all ways of judging it, I believe, largely has been a success in the sense that the fears of those who were not supportive of our efforts really have not been realized,” Inslee told reporters at the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference in Vancouver on Wednesday.“We’ve not had crime associated with it, we’ve not had adverse health effects, there is not evidence of significant increase in youth usage.”However, there is still a need for more research on traffic related issues and the state has struggled with impaired driving, he said.While Washington has not documented any increase in traffic accidents tied to an increase in marijuana consumption, Inslee said it has seen a rise in chemicals in drivers’ blood streams including alcohol, amphetamines and barbiturates.“That has happened, but we haven’t seen it necessarily tied to marijuana,” he said.Recreational marijuana will be legalized across Canada on Oct. 17.Inslee recommended that the various levels of government have strong regulatory frameworks in place, including packaging rules that ensure consumers know exactly what they’re getting — especially when edibles become legal in the future.He said Washington benefited by issuing only as many production and retail licences as it could handle, compared with other states that issued unlimited licences and created a “Wild West” environment.British Columbia Premier John Horgan said his government has taken cues from Washington state including limiting the number of licensed outlets but said transitioning to legalization is a “challenge.”A number of existing dispensaries will have to go through the process of being licensed again, he said.“Many are very well on their way to becoming recertified or re-established but that’s going to take some time and I think I would appeal to the public for patience and also to the providers for patience,” Horgan said.Horgan said law enforcement is focused on how to best manage impaired driving and he’s hopeful that governments will have more answers for the public soon.“That’s been an issue right across the country. When I talk to other premiers, that’s the highest priority.”
Prosecutor: No charges in toxic tea incident that nearly killed woman at Utah restaurant by Brady McCombs, The Associated Press Posted Sep 26, 2014 10:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SALT LAKE CITY – No charges will be filed in the case of a customer who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals at a suburban Salt Lake City restaurant, prosecutors said Friday.But Dickey’s Barbecue isn’t off the hook just yet: Jan Harding and her family will enter into mediation with the restaurant later this year to try to reach a monetary agreement, her attorney said. If that doesn’t work, they’ll file a lawsuit.Harding and her family accept the decision by Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill and are glad the investigation is complete, their lawyer Paxton Guymon said.“I agree that there was no intent to injure, but the level of recklessness on a number of fronts was so egregious that it was a train wreck waiting to happen,” Guymon said. “Somebody was going to get hurt. … There was very poor management, poor training. There were a lot of things that could have been differently to prevent this from happening.”The Dallas-based Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc. didn’t immediately have any comment. The company earlier said the incident was isolated and unprecedented in the chain’s 73-year history.Authorities have said an employee at Dickey’s Barbecue in South Jordan unintentionally put the heavy-duty cleaner lye in a sugar bag, and another worker on Aug. 10 mistakenly mixed it into an iced-tea dispenser.Later that day, Harding took a single sip of the sweetened iced tea while out to eat with her husband, and suffered deep, ulcerated burns to her esophagus. She was hospitalized in critical condition.Lye, an odourless chemical that looks like sugar, is used for degreasing deep fryers and is the active ingredient in Drano.Harding, 67, spent nearly two weeks in a Salt Lake City hospital. She has been out of the hospital for weeks but still hasn’t regained her sense of taste, her lawyer said.She continues to see doctors about the damage to her esophagus. She also still suffers some emotional distress.“It’s been challenging for her to go out and eat,” Guymon said. “There’s still some lingering anxiety.”Gill said Friday that after an extensive police investigation, prosecutors determined there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.They analyzed more than 700 hours of video from inside the restaurant, along with interviews with several current and former employees and business partners, he said. They also reviewed another lye incident at the restaurant in July, when a worker burned herself when she stuck her finger into a sugar container and licked it to test for the chemical cleaner.“There were certainly errors or mishaps that occurred, but none of that rose to the level of what we were charged to do: Look for criminal charges,” Gill said.Harding’s family is tentatively scheduled to meet with Dickey’s Barbecue representatives in November to see if they can reach a monetary agreement, Guymon said. They also want the chain to change how its restaurants handle dangerous substances to ensure nothing like this happens again, he said.Harding and her Baptist minister husband, Jim Harding, declined to comment Friday. They previously said they were not angry with anyone at Dickey’s and decided to share their story in hopes that other restaurants will take measures to prevent something similar from happening, perhaps by adding colored dye to chemicals.“My clients are really adamant that this is about more than money,” Guymon said. “That’s why the mediation approach is the right one to try at this point. If you go to court, you can’t necessarily force them to adopt some new policy.”
by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 27, 2016 12:08 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 27, 2016 at 4:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect a slowing U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.Six weeks after it raised rates from record lows, the Fed took stock of a more perilous international picture that could alter its plans for further raising rates. Fed officials issued a statement after their latest policy meeting that suggested they might reduce the pace of future rate hikes if market losses and global weakness persist.But stock investors were disappointed that the Fed did not commit outright to delaying its pace of rate increases. The Dow Jones industrial average closed down about 223 points, or 1.4 per cent. The Dow had been up slightly before the Fed issued its statement.Sam Stovall, U.S. equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ, said investors had been hoping for a “clear signal” that the Fed would raise rates more gradually for the rest of 2016 and felt discouraged when they didn’t get it.Many point to the Fed’s December rate hike as a key factor in the stock market’s tumble in recent weeks. The move amounted to only a small rise in the Fed’s still-extremely low target rate for overnight bank lending. But it signalled that a seven-year period of near-zero rates was ending and that while borrowing costs wouldn’t be rising fast, they would be headed up.The Fed’s new statement said it’s studying “global economic and financial developments and is assessing their implications for the labour market and inflation.”“This is intended to lull us into lower expectations as to when the next move is going to come,” said Patrick O’Keefe, director of economic research at the consulting firm CohnReznick.Since the Fed raised rates Dec. 16, stocks have plunged, oil prices have skidded and China’s leaders have struggled to manage a slowdown in the world’s second-biggest economy. The Fed’s statement Wednesday noted that U.S. economic growth has also slowed.Some economists say they now expect just two modest Fed rate increases during 2016, rather than the three or four they had foreseen when the year began. But no one is sure.The Fed’s signal in December that it would raise rates four times this year “has become less plausible as we’ve gotten a little bit into the year,” O’Keefe said. “Reality has refused to co-operate.”In a key change to the statement, the Fed dropped language it had used in December that it was “reasonably confident” that inflation would reach the Fed’s 2 per cent target over the next few years.By dropping this language, the Fed appeared to signal concern that inflation has fallen further as a result of a further drop in oil prices and a stronger dollar. Chair Janet Yellen and other Fed officials have stressed the importance of higher inflation. A key inflation gauge has run below the 2 per cent target for more than three years.The Fed’s policymakers left their benchmark rate unchanged in a range of 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent. For seven years until December, they had kept that rate at record lows near zero.“It was very noncommittal,” Asha Bangalore, economist at Northern Trust, said of the Fed’s statement.Still, the changes the Fed made in describing economic conditions signalled that it might be prepared to slow its credit tightening until it sees more evidence that the markets and the economy are stabilizing.The December statement had said the economy was expanding at a “moderate pace.” The new statement notes that “growth slowed late last year.”The previous statement also described risks to the outlook as “balanced.” That description was dropped Wednesday. In its place, the Fed inserted its concern about global economic and financial developments.The Fed’s statement was approved by a vote of 10-0.In the first three trading weeks of 2016, the Dow shed more than 7 per cent of its value China has unnerved investors because of an economic slowdown that Beijing seems incapable of steering properly. That country’s decelerating growth has shrunk global commodity prices and the emerging market countries that have supplied them to China.The tumbling markets so far haven’t shaken consumer confidence. One measurement of confidence climbed for a second month, the Conference Board said this week. Much of the optimism stems from solid job growth: U.S. employers added an average of 284,000 jobs a month in the final quarter of last year. And the unemployment rate remains a low 5 per cent. Home and auto sales have also been solid.But American manufacturing has remained weak. Export sales have slowed in part because a higher-valued dollar has made goods more expensive overseas. The strong dollar has also made imports cheaper and helped hold down inflation.The economy’s growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, has lagged, with many analysts suggesting that it slowed to a sluggish annual rate below 1 per cent in the October-December quarter. Still, they foresee a rebound to a rate of around 2 per cent in the current January-March quarter. Fed voices concern about global economic pressures
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFirst Juvenile Court declared open; more to be established in 2019October 31, 2018In “latest news”Judicial officers being trained to deal with Oil, Gas industry matters – Chancellor (ag)February 15, 2018In “Court”Judicial system still plagued by major hurdles in TIP cases – ChancellorMarch 2, 2019In “Crime” Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards recently disclosed that with the passage of the new Juvenile Offences Bill in the National Assembly, a Children’s Court will be established.Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-EdwardsAccording to a release from the DPI, Justice Cummings-Edwards said the Judiciary is proactive and has implemented measures in preparation for the court’s opening.The new Juvenile Offences Bill, is expected to be laid in the National Assembly shortly and according to the acting Chancellor, “We are not waiting until it is law, we have already started training of our magistrates.”The two magistrates that will preside over the court have already been identified.In 2017, four magistrates including the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan, attended a study tour in another jurisdiction to observe the operations of their Children’s Court, to learn the best practices and the pitfalls to ensure that when Guyana’s system is efficient and adheres to international standards.“We are getting assistance from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in this regard and we are going to start that court in a short while,” Justice Cummings-Edwards informed.She noted that the existing legislation, the Juvenile Offenders Act also makes provision for the establishment of such a court.These matters are currently heard in camera, where the public is disallowed in the Chambers, but with the new court, there will be dedicated personnel “because our children need more than what obtains at present,” Justice Cummings-Edwards said.In relation to domestic violence cases, the acting Chancellor is assuring that these are being handled expeditiously by the magistrates in spite of the many constraints.She disclosed that in 2017, various agencies were engaged as well as Non-Governmental Organisations, who were given the opportunity to share their thoughts on how these matters were effectively handled.“We have to see the situation from all angles, so we have had courses…the magistrates do their best but they are some persons who come to court and say they have made up with the perpetrator and they do not wish to proceed and that is their right.”Training is ongoing for magistrates since the bulk of the domestic violence cases are dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court, however, those that result in felonious wounding, murder or manslaughter are handled at the High Court. Further, the acting Chancellor alluded to the fact that having specialised courts to deal with juveniles, sexual offences, domestic violence and other sensitive matters will eliminate re-victimisation and trauma for victims, as well as the speedy disposal of the cases.She said as an example, in any given session of the November 2017 established Sexual Offences Court there are over 100 cases to be tried coming from the chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).“There is also a component which comes through the Ministry of Social Protection and we are working with them in that regard for a Victim Support Unit and we are working with all stakeholders in relation to the Sexual Offences Court,” she added.According to the DPI, a Trinidad specialist in child abuse and sexual offences cases will be in Guyana, within the next month, to provide psycho-social training to magistrates and judges.
There will be new building control regulations some time soon but unfortunately, they won’t be retrospective.HorrifiedTD for Dublin North Central, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, is also due to attend today’s march, telling TheJournal.ie that everyone “was horrified by what happened in Priory Hall” a year ago.“I have a suspicion that Priory Hall is the first of many of these situations that will be coming up over the next number of years,” he says, while acknowledging that a number of apartments in his own constituency are “clearly not up to standard.”While hopeful that a resolution can be found, Ó Ríordáin remains cautious:The problem with issues like this is that when the media spotlight moves onto something else, it can be difficult to keep the pressure on… if we don’t get this right, we will have failed the people.Remembering back to 2004 when he was first elected to Dublin City Council, Ó Ríordáin believes that “planning permissions were being handed out willy-nilly”.What we have here [in Priory Hall] are apartments that are completely worthless. The city council have a huge amount to answer for. THE FORMER COUNCILLOR for the Donaghmede electoral area and current Labour TD, Seán Kenny, has told TheJournal.ie that the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan will meet those from Priory Hall – once the current resolution process has completed.“I have spoken to the minister,” Kenny said. “Once this report has been completed, he is agreeable to meeting the residents then.”Kenny is one of a number of TDs which are due to attend today’s ‘March for Justice’ to mark the one year anniversary of the eviction of residents from Priory Hall.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Kenny spoke of his reasons for attending today’s march. On the subject of the resolution process which is still underway, Kenny believes that its completion remains “the next important landmark” in the ongoing saga, which he believes has been “handled very badly by Dublin City Council,” who had too much control.Dublin City Council were a planning authority, a housing authority, a building control authority and a fire authority in this development, so they were a partial landlord in this development. This [incident] has been unique in several respects, and if a solution could be found, it would be a Priory Hall specific-solution. It’s just the start of it, it really is just the start of it.Read: Priory Hall: ‘Families have had to press pause on their lives for the last year’ > I’ll be going there to show solidarity and support on account of the terrible legacy that was left behind by [Tom] McFeely, the cowboy developer, who’s walking away from the whole scene, and on account of the failure of building regulations.
Bethesda, the publisher that now owns Quake creator id Software, has announced the show lineup for QuakeCon 2011, and it includes a keynote from John Carmack, a playable version of id’s upcoming Rage, and demonstrations of Bethesda-published titles Prey 2 and Skyrim.Carmack, in keeping with tradition of QuakeCons past, will kick off the show with a keynote address with a mind-melting combination of inside details on id’s latest projects and extremely technical discussions of wide-ranging programming topics. There’s always a few gems in these talks that make them worth watching by gamers and developers alike.If Carmack’s talks are a little too high-brow for the assembled throngs of gamers hungry for details, the crowd will then be satisfied by the first public demonstration of the latest Elder Scrolls title, Skyrim, by Bethesda producer Todd Howard. Human Head’s Prey 2 will also be shown off by project lead Chris Rhinehart.What’s more, Quakecon attendees will, as usual, be among the first to play the next id game. Rage will be playable on the show floor, and another demonstration of the title will be given by id design director Matt Hooper. So far we’ve seen some pretty stunning gameplay videos of Rage in action, but it’s not until gamers actually get their hands on the controls that we’ll truly know if it lives up to the hype. When Carmack is involved you really can’t doubt a solid 60fps means exactly that. We just have to hope the gameplay lives up to the id Tech 5 engine.The party – which is free to enter – kicks off on August 4 in Dallas, TX.Read more at Bethesda’s official blog, or hit up quakecon.org to register to attend.
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 26, 2018 City of Del Mar names new community services director/lifeguard chief KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 26, 2018 DEL MAR (KUSI) — The City of Del Mar has announced that Jon Edelbrock will be the new Director of Community Services/Lifeguard Chief for the City of Del Mar.Jon has served the City of Del Mar and the Community Services Department for over twenty-five years. Since being hired as a Seasonal Lifeguard in 1992, Jon quickly progressed through the lifeguard ranks ascending to his recent position of Lifeguard Lieutenant in 2010.In this role, Jon has been responsible for the budget, private use of public space, hiring, and training of lifeguard staff.He also brings a breadth of knowledge and experience across the Parking and Facilities divisions of the Department after serving in multiple capacities including operational management of both divisions over the past 17 years.“His dedication and long-term commitment to the Del Mar community, his co-workers, lifeguarding profession, as well as his longevity in public service are just some of the many reasons why Jon Edelbrock was selected to lead the Community Services Department,” said City Manager Scott Huth. “I have no doubt that Jon will do a great job leading the department and continuing to provide a high level of service to the community and the many visitors that enjoy our beautiful beach each year.A longtime resident of coastal North County, Jon lives locally with his wife and two children. He enjoys time with his family, traveling, surfing, and recently received his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a resolution to rename the assembly chambers as the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers. In 1981 Betty was recognized in the “Who’s Who of American Women” for her dedication to her community and to Alaska. She served on the Kenai City Council, and on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly from 1982 through 1995 and then again from 2002 through 2005. Assemblymember Dale Bagley: “We will have some signs made up, and on December 4, at about 4:45pm we will have a brief ceremony and hopefully Betty can make it.” According to the resolution Glick has selflessly served the constituents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough since her arrival to Alaska in 1961. She served as Assembly Vice President and as Assembly President multiple times during her tenure, and on a number of other committees. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Chambers are officially known as the “Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, August 24, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 83. Light southwest wind.In The Community: Come and enjoy music-themed movies on the Swain Green every Friday night this August at 7:45pm! Tonight’s film is Grease. Check the library’s Facebook page in case of inclement weather. This program is presented by the Wilmington Memorial Library in partnership with the Wilmington Rotary.At The Senior Center: Sewing Class at 10am. Video Exercise at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting Karaoke from Winnell Entertainment at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For May 4, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For August 10, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
The commercial fishing season in Kotzebue came to a close Friday, and while both the chum salmon run and the payout to fishermen pales in comparison to the gargantuan success of last year, the fishermen at Alaska’s northernmost salmon fishery still have plenty of reason to smile.Commercial fishermen delivering chum salmon in Kotzebue. Photo: Hilary Upicksoun.“Right now we’re a little over 300,000 harvested, and this was the third best harvest in over 25 years in the Kotzebue fishery,” said Alaska Department of the Fish and Game biologist Jim Menard, fresh from a visit to Kotzebue this week. He was checking in on the small commercial fishery just 26 miles north of the Arctic Circle, saying the payout to fishermen this year would surpass $800,000 by the close of Friday.Menard said it’s a huge but expected drop-off compared to last year’s harvest of more than 600,000 fish that brought in a nearly $2.9 million combined payout.“Last year was a once in a generation thing, it was either the greatest all-time run or the second greatest all-time run,” Menard recalled. “It just kept coming and coming. The strength of that run was amazing.”But last year wasn’t memorable simply due to the fish. “You had three buyers [in Kotzebue], buying as much as they could. It was just an incredible season.”By comparison, this season Kotzebue has had just one buyer, Copper River Seafoods, and on Friday, Aug. 21, the seafood company’s buyers on the ground announced Friday would be the last day they’re buying fish, ten days before the official closure of Aug. 31.A single buyer has meant less capacity to buy fish, even though more permits were fished this year than last. The buying bottleneck got to the point where Copper River put fishermen on 1,500-pound limits, and even refused to buy for several days at a time. (Those limits, enforced per permit, also contributed to the high number of permits fished, as idle permits were dusted off for a chance to delivery an additional 1,500 pounds to market.)In the end, only 29 days were actually fished between the start of the season on July 12 and Friday.Still, Menard said this year’s run ranks within the top ten for the Kotzebue fishery’s 54-year history. The $800,000 payout is strong, too, even in the face of falling salmon prices.“Definitely throughout the state it was a big drop in price all over for the value of salmon. The price started out this year at 37 cents per pound and later dropped to 27 cents a pound.”Despite Copper River Seafoods closing up shop Friday, there may be one final pulse of sales for Kotzebue fishermen: regional nonprofit Maniilaq may buy some salmon before the season formally comes to a close on the last day of August.
John Weedman, general manager of Western Auto Marine in Juneau, said the federal form asking potential gun buyers if they use marijuana is outdated. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau)When Americans buy guns, they’re asked whether they use marijuana. If they say yes, they can’t buy the gun. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants to change that, and some Alaskan gun sellers, marijuana industry advocates and local officials applaud the move.Listen NowJuneau Assembly member Jesse Kiehl owns several rifles and pistols. And he also supported the ballot question legalizing marijuana in Alaska. Kiehl was pleased when the Wall Street Journal reported that Murkowski wants the federal government to stop asking whether gun buyers use marijuana.“Where you have a conflict between a federal law that maybe doesn’t make a lot of a sense and privacy right that the Alaska Constitution respects and that now Alaska law respects, you have a weird situation with wiggle room,” Kiehl said. “And that’s not good public policy. It’s not good public safety.”Murkowski asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch whether Lynch could change the policy requiring gun buyers to answer the question on the federal firearms transaction record, or if a new law is needed. The form asks prospective gun buyers if they’re “unlawful users of, or addicted to, marijuana” or other controlled substances. Murkowski noted an Alaska ballot question two years ago set rules for legally growing and selling marijuana. Legal marijuana sales started in Valdez in October and have been rolling out in other parts of Alaska. It remains illegal under federal law.Sen. Lisa Murkowski opposed the ballot question legalizing marijuana sales, but doesn’t want the federal government to keep people who’ve used marijuana from buying guns. (KRBD file photo)The Department of Justice said in its response that the department was enforcing federal drug and gun control laws. In an email, Murkowski said she’s disappointed with the reply, because it reflects a bias against firearm owners.Some gun sellers don’t like the question, including John Weedman. He’s the general manager of Western Auto Marine, a Juneau store that sells guns. He said that with the change in state law, the federal question is outdated.Weedman said he hasn’t heard concerns from customers.“If an applicant puts down on the form that they’re not a user of marijuana, we have no way to verify one way or another on that, OK? And we have no obligation to do that,” Weedman said. “We have a reasonable suspicion — they come in smelling like pot, then yeah — that’s a different story.”Bruce Schulte is the former chairman of the state Marijuana Control Board and spokesman for the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation. He said, in the short term, he’d like to see the federal government stop asking the question about pot use. In the long term, he said new federal laws are needed.“The question alone – it hearkens back to an attitude that’s just not in sync with current social norms,” Schulte said.Schulte noted that the federal government doesn’t ask about alcohol use on the firearm transaction form, though he said it’s more dangerous. He also said some injured military veterans may choose to use marijuana rather than prescription opioids, whose use, combined with guns, could also be more dangerous.It’s a point reinforced by Kiehl, the Juneau Assembly member.“I’ve filled out this form quite a few times myself,” Kiehl said. “And it does not ask if you ever take the gun out of where it’s stored when you’ve been drinking. It does not ask if you take a perfectly legal prescription medication that makes you dopey as a side effect. Those are serious safety issues.”What happens with federal enforcement of marijuana laws – and how they interact with legalization in Alaska and other states – will depend on the next attorney general. President-elect Donald Trump’s choice is Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions. Sessions opposes legal marijuana, but it’s not clear how he’ll handle state legalization.