first_imgRiyadh: The weapons used to strike two Saudi oil plants were provided by the kingdom’s arch-foe Iran, the Riyadh-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Monday. “The investigation is continuing and all indications are that weapons used in both attacks came from Iran,” coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki told reporters in Riyadh, adding they were now probing “from where they were fired”. The Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen, where a coalition is bogged down in a five-year war, claimed Saturday’s strikes on two facilities owned by state energy giant Aramco which sent shock waves across oil markets. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pointed the finger squarely at Tehran, saying there was no evidence the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” was launched from Yemen. “This strike didn’t come from Yemen territory as the Huthi militia are pretending,” Maliki said, adding that an investigation was ongoing into the attacks and their origins. He labelled the Huthis “a tool in the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the terrorist regime of Iran”. Trump has raised the possibility of military retaliation after the strikes, saying Sunday that Washington was “locked and loaded” to respond. Oil prices rocketed on Monday after the strikes on Abqaiq, the world’s largest oil processing facility, and the Khurais oil field in eastern Saudi Arabia knocked out nearly half of the top crude exporter’s production.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — The accessibility law that took effect in Ontario 14 years ago and has served as a blueprint for similar legislation in other parts of Canada has fallen well short of its goals and continues to leave disabled residents facing daily, “soul-crushing” barriers, a former lieutenant governor has found.David Onley, a wheelchair user tasked with reviewing the implementation of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, delivered a withering indictment of nearly all aspects of the law in a report quietly tabled in the provincial legislature this week.The scathing report said disabled residents are barred from full inclusion in the province at nearly every turn, likening some of the barriers they face to long-abolished Jim Crow laws that perpetuated racial discrimination in the United States.He said Ontario is nowhere near realizing the goal at the heart of the act, which promises to make the province fully accessible by 2025. He said only urgent, wide-ranging action from the provincial government can put a stop to the ongoing cycle of human rights violations.“This is a matter of civil rights, and people with disabilities are being discriminated against on a daily basis in multiple ways,” Onley said in a telephone interview. “We don’t like to use the word discrimination because it gets tossed around, but what other word describes the situation? It is discrimination.”Onley said the most obvious manifestations of that discrimination can be found throughout Ontario’s public and private buildings, many of which have physical features that actively shut people out.Onley — Ontario’s first disabled lieutenant governor — said some personal examples include restaurants featuring automatic doors atop a flight of stairs or hotels with accessible washrooms but beds too high for him to climb into from his motorized scooter.“For a person using a wheelchair, stairs are like a sign that says you can’t enter here. The same goes for a deaf student in a classroom without captioning or a blind woman trying to find her way in a building without accurate Braille signage,” he said in the opening chapter of his report. “The message is: you don’t belong here.”Onley said design barriers are no different than “the signs of a bygone era in foreign countries, telling people which water fountains they could or could not use and which restaurants or buses they could or could not use.”While Onley identified built environment barriers as one of the most pressing concerns, he listed a host of other problems with the law he said the government has failed to properly address since it took effect in 2005.Other issues included lack of enforcement, accessibility rules that are slow to be developed and even slower to be implemented, and information-technology standards that are already out of date although they haven’t been fully applied.Some of the issues are even more fundamental, he said, citing the fact that the law does not currently define “accessibility” and leaves people across the province to come up with their own interpretations. Even the definition of “disability” is problematic, he said, saying AODA’s current language positions disability as a medical issue rather than one of social exclusion.Clarifying those key terms is among the 15 broad recommendations Onley provided to the current Progressive Conservative government, who had frozen work by committees tasked with developing accessibility standards since taking power last June.Others involve the government radically changing its approach. Onley urged Premier Doug Ford to lead the way in making accessibility a priority across all ministries, not just the one ostensibly handling the file.He also urged the government to redesign the provincial education curriculum to make accessibility a focus starting as early as kindergarten and extending through the post-secondary years. He likened the efforts he wants to see with past campaigns that brought public smoking and environmental protection to greater public prominence.Onley singled out architects as a particular target of educational efforts, noting trainees in the field learn next to nothing about inclusive design.Other recommendations included offering tax breaks and other financial incentives to those improving accessibility in public buildings and private homes, significantly bolstering enforcement efforts, and lifting the freeze on developing new accessibility standards in areas like health care and education.The government said it acted on the last recommendation already and will be meeting with committee heads to get work back underway.Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho did not respond to Onley’s other recommendations, but thanked him for the report.“We aim to modernize our approach to accessibility to make things easier for families, workers and businesses in today’s Ontario,” Cho said in a statement.Accessibility advocates lauded Onley’s report, saying his “blistering” findings should be of particular concern to other Canadian jurisdictions.David Lepofsky, chair of advocacy group AODA Alliance, said Manitoba and Nova Scotia both put legislation in place that’s weaker than Ontario’s in many respects. The federal government, he said, is poised to follow suit unless the senate makes amendments to strengthen the proposed Accessible Canada Act, the first national accessibility law in Canada’s history.“The thing that we’ve learned, that the Onley report shows, is that just doing what Ontario did has helped, but nowhere near as much as what we need,” Lepofsky said. “(Other governments) need to learn from that and be better.”Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwall received a canine guard of honour as she visited Battersea Dogs & Cats Home this week with her two Jack Russell terriers.Duchess of Cornwall and Paul O’Grady at Battersea Dogs & Cats HomeCredit/Copyright: http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/news-and-diary/the-duchess-of-cornwall-visits-battersea-dogs-cats-homeA dozen homeless dogs stood in two lines wearing blue jackets as The Duchess fed them treats, petted them and chatted to volunteers at the home, in south west London.The Duchess has recently adopted the two terriers from the charity and it was the first time she had visited Battersea with her new companions in tow.Her Royal Highness got Beth in August 2011 when she was a three-month-old unwanted puppy and later adopted Bluebell in September 2012 after she was found wandering alone in a London park with a painful skin condition.The pair appeared in fine form when they emerged with The Duchess from the royal car, straining at their leads to explore the smells of the home and barking at the cameras as they were photographed.Staff who treated the two dogs commented on how well they were looking and said they were delighted that Bluebell’s fur had grown back.“She’s the nicest dog,” The Duchess said of Bluebell. “Both of them are. They are very happy and they love it… These two, I must say, have turned out to be stars.”The Duchess visited the home in October 2010 to open the charity’s new London cattery and to mark Battersea’s 150th anniversary. During Wednesday’s hour-long visit The Duchess met Paul O’Grady, the television presenter and ambassador at Battersea who himself adopted a Jack Russell from the home in the summer.He told The Duchess: “I think mine’s got a bit of Rottweiler in her. She is tough.” The Duchess replied that her dogs are “very tough too”.Before leaving the Battersea home, The Duchess was given two goodie bags for her dogs, and in turn left the home a bag of Highgrove products donated by The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation.Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uklast_img read more

first_imgBill Clinton released the following statement on the sixth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010:“Six years ago, over 200,000 Haitians were killed in the devastating earthquake, and countless more were displaced from their homes, loved ones, and support systems.“I am deeply grateful to the many partners within Haiti and around the world — including through the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative — who have remained steadfast in their dedication to the rebuilding effort, often in the face of considerable challenges. Together, Haitians and their partners are working today to create jobs, grow small businesses, revitalize Haiti’s once-vibrant agricultural sector, and protect the environment.“Much remains to be done, but I continue to believe that Haiti has a bright future, and will continue to do what I can to support the resilient Haitian people as they build the country they envision.”last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Could the story of the Vegas Golden Knights be coming soon to a theatre near you? (Getty Images/CBC Sports) Advertisementcenter_img The Vegas Golden Knights’ run to the Stanley Cup Final feels like a ready-made sports movie — clichés and all.A scrappy group of literal outcasts defying the odds, sticking it to the establishment and rallying after a tragedy to reach improbable heights? The script practically writes itself.So, might as well cast it and start production, right? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Golden Misfits — working title — has the potential to fuse the sheer lunacy of Slap Shot and emotional stakes of Miracle with the mass appeal of the Mighty Ducks film franchise. The NHL even brought up the subject with the Golden Knights recently, with the players and coaches weighing in on their cinematic counterparts.But in order to achieve peak authenticity, it’s time for an expansion draft (er, casting call) to find the right actors. And should Vegas win the Cup, it’d be a bigger heist than anything Danny Ocean ever schemed up… Facebooklast_img read more

Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. says it logged net earnings of $44.8 million in the first quarter, or 81 cents per share.That’s down from net earnings of $50.8 million, or $1.02 per share, in the same January-to-March period a year earlier.Revenues reached $125.5 million in the quarter, which represents an increase of $12.4 million over the same periods in the prior year.The increase was primarily the result of increased destination guests and associated revenue per visit.As of March 31, 2012, total pass and card sales reached $41.5 million — a record for Whistler Blackcomb, exceeding last year’s record sales to March 31, 2011.Skier visits were 1.338 million in the quarter — an increase of 9.2 per cent over the same period last year. read more

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today opened an Asia-Pacific regional human rights conference in Beijing with a call for “ever closer partnerships” to combat human trafficking. “All too often, those who are trafficked are criminalized, for example as illegal migrants or prostitutes, when they should be receiving assistance as victims,” she said, noting that although the human rights dimensions of the problem are evident, it continues to be addressed primarily as a “law and order” issue.Some 150 delegates from member States, national human rights institutions, sub-regional organizations, non-governmental organizations(NGOs) and UN agencies are taking part in the 13th annual workshop on Regional Cooperation for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region, focusing this year on human trafficking.Ms. Arbour welcomed the mechanisms and initiatives in place to tackle the problems in the region, making it a leader in the fight to stem this gross form of human rights abuse. “But this is a struggle that will only be overcome through ever closer partnerships at the international, regional, and sub-regional levels,” she said.She highlighted the role regional mechanisms could play in tackling cross-border problems like trafficking. Their importance lies in the fact that they seek to “flesh out a common approach to a complex problem, one that seeks to assist States, from a position of shared regional values, to address shortcomings in their national frameworks to allow individuals both the means to obtain their rights in full, and seek effective redress when those rights are denied,” she added.Participants will hold in-depth discussions on the future of the Asia-Pacific Framework and review progress achieved in the four areas identified within a framework for technical cooperation in human rights in the region, namely national human rights institutions; and action plans; human rights education; and the realization of the achievement of the right to development and of economic, social and cultural rights. read more

TSX advances as Scotiabank misses expectations, U.S. consumer confidence surges AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A surprisingly strong reading on U.S. consumer confidence helped underpin a modest gain on the Toronto stock market Tuesday.The S&P/TSX composite index pulled back from session highs as gold stocks turned negative, but was still up 54.14 points at the close to 12,750.52 as traders also reacted to an earnings report from Scotiabank that missed expectations.The Conference Board’s U.S. consumer confidence index blew past expectations, coming in at a five-year high of 76.2 against the 72.3 reading that economists had expected. The April reading was 68.1.Scotiabank’s (TSX:BNS) adjusted earnings came in at $1.24 per share, two cents short of analyst estimates, but its overall net income rose to $1.6 billion from $1.46 billion a year earlier. The net profit amounted to $1.23 per share, up from $1.15 per share a year earlier.However, market disappointment was short-lived as Scotiabank shares closed unchanged at $59.61 after earlier losing about one per cent.“The results were a little bit disappointing but nothing material, nothing that’s out of the ordinary for normal course quarterly behaviour,” said Kash Pashootan, vice-president and portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company.He said the market is moving more towards a wait-and-see attitude regarding the banks, reflecting concerns about lower domestic loan growth as the Canadian real estate sector softens.“For example, you look at TD Bank results and you saw that in Canada, year over year for this year, loan growth in Canada grew by five per cent,” he said.“So it’s still growing but that momentum at which it’s growing has slowed, compared to the U.S. where it’s growing at 15 per cent.”The Canadian dollar was off 0.54 a cent to 96.2 cents US as the greenback picked up strength following the release of the consumer confidence report and other data showing rising house prices.Traders also looked to the Bank of Canada’s next interest rate announcement, scheduled for Wednesday morning. The central bank is widely expected to keep its key rate unchanged for some time to come.U.S. indexes were sharply higher but also well off the highest levels of the session. The Dow Jones industrials jumped 106.29 points to 15,409.39 after running up as much as 218 points in the morning. The Nasdaq composite index gained 29.74 points to 3,488.89 while the S&P 500 index was ahead 10.46 points to 1,660.06.CIBC World Markets senior economist Andrew Grantham said the U.S. consumer confidence index for May was supported by lower gasoline prices, soft inflation as well as rising home prices — which offset tax increases in January.“A firmer labour market may have also played a role, with almost 11 per cent saying jobs were plentiful (up from 9.7 per cent) and the labour differential improving,” Grantham said.Confidence also improved in Canada as the Ottawa-based Conference Board of Canada said its index rose 5.1 points to 80.7.The U.S. data was scrutinized for how it might influence the Fed. There have been jitters on stock markets due to speculation that the U.S. central bank might scale back its aggressive bond-buying program, which is meant to stimulate the economy, due to a recent improvement in some economic indicators.Traders also took in further good news from the U.S. housing sector. The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index for March rose by 1.12 per cent, higher than the 0.9 per cent pace that had been expected. That translates into a 10.87 per cent year-over-year gain — the first double-digit increase in over six years.On the TSX, the industrials sector led advancers, up one per cent with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) ahead $2.55 to $139.40.The financial sector was up 0.8 per cent as Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gained 84 cents to $64.10 while Bank of Montreal, which reports earnings Wednesday, added 39 cents to $63.70.Oil and copper prices advanced after being buffeted last week after a survey by HSBC Corp. showed a decline in China’s manufacturing for May. An official report on factory production in the world’s second-largest economy will be released later in the week.The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 86 cents to US$95.01 a barrel and the energy sector was up almost 0.9 per cent. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) advanced 46 cents to C$31.58.The base metals sector gave up early gains to settle slightly lower even as July copper moved two cents higher to US$3.31 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) was up 19 cents to C$8.53.The gold sector fell about 0.7 per cent as the June contract in New York declined $7.70 to US$1,378.90 an ounce. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) faded 18 cents to C$19.88.There was also acquisition activity as Domtar Corp. (TSX:UFS) said it has signed a deal to buy Associated Hygienic Products, a maker of store brand infant diapers in the United States, from DSG International for $272 million. Domtar shares improved by $1.58 to $72.23.Telus Corp. has received approval from the Ontario Superior Court for its proposed $380-million acquisition of Mobilicity, a struggling rival that provides cellphone service in several major cities in three provinces. The acquisition has also been approved by Mobilicity’s bondholders, but Industry Minister Christian Paradis is still reviewing the deal. Telus shares slipped a dime to $37.18.In other earnings news, high-end jewelry company Tiffany says its first-quarter net income rose three per cent to US$83.6 million, or 65 cents per share as sales improved across all regions. Ex-items, earnings were 70 cents per share, well above the 53 cents that analyst expected. Revenue for the New York company known for its blue boxes rose 10 per cent to $895.5 million, topping Wall Street’s $855.7 million estimate and its stock was up 3.95 per cent to US$79.22. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2013 8:11 am MDT read more

European markets recover their poise despite earlier sell-off in Asia by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted Jul 8, 2013 5:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – European markets recovered their poise Monday, despite an earlier sell-off in Asia, as investors shrugged off fears of an imminent scaling back of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary stimulus.Investors in Europe regained their footing after last week’s stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs report prompted an end-of-week sell-off. After European markets closed on Friday, U.S. stocks posted solid gains.Given the prevailing focus on the U.S., the key day this week will likely be Wednesday, when the minutes to the last policy meeting of the Fed are published. The Fed’s chairman, Ben Bernanke, is also due to deliver a speech.“It is possible that the combination of these events will encourage speculation that tapering is almost upon us,” said Jane Foley, an analyst at Rabobank International. “Alternatively there is the possibility that Bernanke will push back against speculation that the Fed is ready to take a less accommodative position.”Without a clearer gauge, markets around the world have been volatile for weeks. For the past few years, the Fed’s stimulus, echoed by other central banks, has been one of the props shoring up a number of financial assets, in particular stocks.Volatility was a key feature Monday as European markets started the week positively following Wall Street’s late turn Friday and amid hopes that Greece will get its next batch of bailout funds. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 1 per cent at 6,437 while Germany’s DAX rose 2.2 per cent to 7,676. The CAC-40 in France was 1.8 per cent higher at 3,821.The mood in Europe was perked up by the news that Greece’s international creditors appear to have reached a deal with the cash-strapped country over further economic reforms required for the release of the bailout funds. A meeting later in the day of the finance ministers of the 17 European Union countries that use the euro is expected to confirm the release.Wall Street was poised for a solid opening with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up 0.5 per cent. Another key focus in markets will be the start of the U.S. second-quarter corporate reporting season after Monday’s close. As usual, aluminum company Alcoa Inc.’s will be the first to report.“The U.S. is going to remain in the spotlight in the coming weeks, as investors try to make sense of companies’ second quarter earnings at a time when the Fed is looking to withdraw its support and begin tapering its asset purchases,” said Craig Erlam, market analyst at Alpari.Earlier, most Asian markets fell amid renewed worries over the economic recovery in China.“Credit data this week will give investors clues to how much the cash squeeze is affecting the world’s second biggest economy,” said Lee Mumford, a trader at Spreadex.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng closed down 1.3 per cent at 20,582.19. Mainland Chinese shares sank, with the Shanghai Composite Index down 2.4 per cent to 1958.27. The smaller Shenzhen Composite Index lost 3.6 per cent to 889.53. Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 1.4 per cent to 14,109.34. South Korea’s Kospi dipped 0.9 per cent to 1,816.85.In other financial markets, the mood was fairly benign. Among major currencies, the euro was up 0.2 per cent at $1.2856 while the dollar was flat at 101.19 yen.In commodity markets, the price of oil was down 16 cents at $103.06 a barrel. read more

by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 7, 2016 8:06 am MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Federal banking regulator steps up supervision of mortgage underwriting OTTAWA – The federal banking regulator served notice to the Canadian mortgage lending industry on Thursday that they’ve got their eye on them.The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada sent a letter to all federally regulated financial institutions telling them it’s stepping up scrutiny of mortgage lending amid concerns about rising home prices and the consequences for lenders if the economy weakens.The regulator said low interest rates, record levels of household debt and the sharp rise in house prices in some cities such as Vancouver and Toronto could generate significant loan losses for banks and other lenders if the economy deteriorates.“With rapid price increases in some areas and current exceptionally low interest rates, the risks are getting larger,” superintendent Jeremy Rudin said in a statement.“OSFI wants to see sound mortgage underwriting procedures in place that adapt to the ever-changing circumstances in this area.”The regulator identified several areas that it said it will be watching closely, including the verification of a borrower’s income, debt service ratios and the reliability of property appraisals.OSFI did not make any regulatory changes, but said it will be putting a “greater emphasis” on confirming that mortgage lenders and insurers have sound controls and practices to mitigate risk. It also said it will be reviewing its guidelines that set out its expectations for prudent home mortgage underwriting.The Canadian Bankers Association said it understands the regulator’s concern, but added that the banks exercise careful judgment before handing out mortgages.“They only lend to clients who demonstrate the willingness and ability to repay their loans,” the association said in a statement.“This is demonstrated by the banks’ mortgage in arrears numbers (no payments in 90 days or more) which are extremely low at 0.28 per cent of outstanding mortgages.”The letter from OSFI follows an announcement by the regulator late last year that it was working to update the regulatory capital requirements for loans secured by residential real estate. The regulator hopes to begin to implement those changes in November.Last month, the Bank of Canada raised concerns about the housing market and noted that vulnerabilities due to the continued rise of household debt and greater imbalances in regional housing markets were higher than they were six months ago.The central bank said the severity of the risks associated with a sharp correction in real estate prices in Vancouver and Toronto as well as from household financial stress have risen.The federal government announced a working group last month that is expected to meet throughout the summer to review factors that affect housing supply and demand, affordability and stability of the market.A spokesman for Finance Minister Bill Morneau welcomed the move by the federal regulator.“The independent actions of OSFI are consistent with the minister’s own actions to address pockets of risk in Canada’s housing market,” said Daniel Lauzon, Morneau’s director of communications. read more

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki moon has taken note of the appointment today of Samy Badibanga as Prime Minister ahead of the formation of a transitional government of national unity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in line with the political agreement of 18 October.“The Secretary-General welcomes this first concrete step in the implementation of the political agreement, which is expected to culminate in the holding of credible elections in the country,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. The UN chief called on the Government to be formed by Prime Minister Badibanga to create a climate conducive to upholding the fundamental rights and freedoms essential to political debate and credible, inclusive elections, as called for in Security Council resolution 2277 (2016).Welcoming the mediation efforts led by the Conférence épiscopale du Congo (CENCO), the Secretary-general in his statement called on political groups that did not sign the political agreement to remain engaged and work towards the peaceful resolution of their differences. “He further calls on all political actors to continue working in good faith and in a spirit of compromise towards a political solution that paves the way for peaceful, credible, inclusive and timely elections in the DRC, in keeping with the Constitution and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance,” the statement added.The statement went on to say that M. Ban thanked Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo for his leadership over the last four years and that he looked forward to working with the Government led by Prime Minister Badibanga.Last month, the Constitutional Court granted a petition of the National Electoral Commission (CENI) to postpone the elections to 2018. Meanwhile, on 18 October, participants in the national dialogue on elections signed an agreement to conduct the polls in April 2018. However, the dialogue is being boycotted by several of the main opposition groups, some of which have been staging popular protests.Visiting the DRC this past weekend, members of the UN Security Council called on on Congolese political and social actors to take greater responsibility to adopt a consensual and inclusive electoral calendar and asked that the ban on public demonstrations be lifted. read more

In a statement from his spokesman late Tuesday, the Secretary-General extended his deep condolences to the Government and people of Nigeria, and wished those injured a speedy recovery. “He calls for those responsible for these repeated heinous acts in Nigeria and neighbouring countries to be swiftly brought to justice,” according to the statement. Mr. Guterres reiterated the UN’s solidarity and support to the Government in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism. “The Secretary-General also renews the commitment of the United Nations to support efforts within the framework of the counter-terrorism initiatives of the Lake Chad Basin Commission,” the spokesman said referring to an intergovernmental organization comprised of the eight countries near Lake Chad.The Security Council met yesterday to discuss the African-led force on terrorism that has been set up in the Sahel by the so-called Group of Five (G5), which includes Nigeria, along with Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Mauritania. The joint task force is operational, but faces a number of challenges, including funding. read more

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 17, 2016 – The Attorney General’s Chambers advised the PNP Administration during House of Assembly debate earlier this month that it is best not to name, ‘This Land of Ours’, by Rev Dr. Conrad Howell as the National Song in the new legislation.  The country’s legal arm says the Government ought to first secure proper rights to the song before naming it in the Flag and Coat of Arms Ordinance.Wheeland Member, Hon Delroy Williams exposed that at least one community group claims that they own the song which was actually a poem written by the late Rev Dr Conrad Howell.  The Native Men’s Fellowship reportedly has some right to the This Land of Ours.Premier Rufus Ewing said his government is in talks with the family of Howell about the song being adopted officially as the national song, but had to admit those discussions are not yet final.  At this time, the passed legislation does not name This Land of Ours as the National song, the clause was taken out, but the law gives TCIG the right to name any song they choose in that category for national events.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington has just posted the following job opening:Public Safety DispatcherFull-time (40 hrs/wk) 4/2 Schedule Salary Range: $757.01 to $985.83/weekly Plus EMT stipend (if applicable) and shift differential Full benefitsThe Wilmington Police Department seeks a candidate to staff a 24-hour Police/Fire combined computer-aided dispatch (CAD) center. Applicants should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to interact with the public, primarily through telephone response to requests for service. Prior experience working with emergency services and radio, telephone and computers is preferred. Duties include, but not limited to: dispatching police, fire and ambulance personnel; providing field personnel with relevant and timely information; and keeping up-to-date computer databases.Candidates with APCO Public Safety Telecommunicator 1, Mass State E-911 Certification, CAD, CJIS and IMC experience will be given preference.Comprehensive background check, including CORI screen, physical exam with drug screen, psychological exam and receiving a passing grade on a general dispatching exam are conditions of employment.The Town’s required application form can be obtained HERE, at the Town Manager’s Office, 121 Glen Road, email jobs@wilmingtonma.gov or call (978) 658-3311.Application deadline is May 25, 2018.Read the complete job posting HERE.(NOTE: The above job listing was submitted by Town Hall.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Wilmington Police Seeking Public Safety DispatcherIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Town Of Wilmington Seeks Public Safety DispatcherIn “Government”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more