first_imgVANCOUVER – Amazon has announced plans to open a new Metro Vancouver shipping warehouse on Tsawwassen First Nation land in Delta, B.C.Amazon spokesperson Lauren Lynch said Thursday that the 41,800-square-metre facility will create more than 700 full-time jobs and is expected to open in time for the Christmas holiday season next year.The facility will be located within Delta iPort, a new industrial park developed by GWL Realty Advisors on behalf of the project’s owner Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, said a news release from the First Nation.Tsawwassen First Nation and the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan signed a 60-year lease agreement on the nine-hectare parcel in 2017, it said.When deciding on a place, Amazon looks for a few things, in particular, a talented workforce and proximity to customers so they can fulfil their one and two-day shipping promise, Lynch said.“We found that with Tsawwassen First Nation.”This will be Amazon’s third so-called fulfillment centre in B.C., where employees will pick, pack and ship items such as books, toys, small electronics and home goods.She said the centre will serve the rest of the country and all over the world depending on what item is selected.Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Bryce Williams said in a news release that the warehouse is a promising advancement that will continue to unlock the potential of the nation as a key economic driver in Metro Vancouver.In 2007, the nation ratified Canada’s first urban land-claim treaty, more than doubling the size of its reserve and providing members with millions of dollars in benefits that allowed it to develop its land.The tiny, 372-member First Nation reached the agreement after more than 15 years of negotiations, giving it ownership of more than 700 hectares of some of the most fertile agricultural land in Canada.The Tsawwassen First Nation is located on the shores of the Fraser River delta, bordered on one side by the BC Ferries terminal at Tsawwassen and on the other by the Roberts Bank Superport.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX — A new report from an ongoing public inquiry into decades of abuse at a Halifax-area orphanage says a fragmented system of care was not equipped to address the needs of children who were vulnerable.Inquiry co-chairwoman Pamela Williams says it’s an idea that has consistently emerged as the inquiry has conducted its work over the last three years.Williams, who is chief judge of the provincial and family courts, says there must be fundamental changes in the way agencies operate to create “stronger trusting relationships” with the community at large.Co-chairman Tony Smith, a former resident of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, says “silos” have to be broken down within a care system that is not designed to address the unique needs of the African Nova Scotian community.A report released by the inquiry in January also pointed to a culture of silence and shame that contributed to the abuse at the home.Friday’s interim report precedes the inquiry’s final report, which is expected in the spring.The restorative inquiry is made up of former residents of the orphanage, community members and the provincial government.Launched in late 2015, it has a mandate to examine the experiences of former residents and systemic discrimination and racism throughout the province. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgI must have visited Kerala more than a dozen times. Each time, I have stayed as a guest of either a luxury resort or in one of the famed Kerala homestay properties. Never did I venture to stay in Kerala’s many luxurious kettuvalams (houseboats) until my childhood friend Jacob Kutty urged me to try one of Kerala’s best backwater destinations – the shimmering Lake Vembanad, which happens to be one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes. While there is no dearth of luxury hotels and resorts in God’s Own Country, the Kerala houseboat segment has provided a kind of shot-in-the-arm for Kerala Tourism and today, Kerala has carved a niche for itself as one of the world’s premier backwater cruise destinations, welcoming the discerning world traveller in a most unique way. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an addressI hopped on an early morning flight from Kolkata to Chennai and from Chennai to Cochin. Around 3 pm, I reached Cochin. Jacob was there to receive me and we reached the magnificently appointed Kumarakom Lake Resort. The unprejudiced eye of the architect echoes in every nook and corner of the resort. Here, at the Kumarakom Lake Resort, the virtually impossible seems graceful and easy. Be it the ethnically designed Heritage Villas, Lake Villas or the marvellously luxurious Presidential Suites, the resort is a supreme adjustment to opportunity and local conditions. All attention has been concentrated on creating art, like one beautiful picture. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delightI was told by the resident naturalist that the Vembanad Wetland system has been integrated into the list of wetlands of global importance in terms of wetland conservation and happens to be the largest of the three Ramsar Sites in Kerala. Vembanad Lake today has become a major tourist destination due largely to its ethereal and picturesque setting. As we ventured towards the impeccably conceived Kumarakom Tourist Village, which happens to be the most popular site on the shores of the shimmering lake, a sense of fulfilment engulfed me. For the benefit of travellers, the village offers a bewildering array of recreational pursuits like luxurious boat cruises, yoga & meditation, the famed Kerala Ayurvedic massage therapies, fishing to name just a few. In fact, the ingenuity of Keralites is admirable – from thoughtfully prepared itineraries to an amazing array of holiday experiences like tracing family history, eco-friendly initiatives and a one-of-its-kind cultural experience with the host community to name just a few. They have compelled the new-age traveller to not only embrace the backwater holiday but also herald the beginning of ‘Responsible Tourism’ in this gem of a tourist state. Being a travel writer, it was most refreshing to absorb the sheer enthusiasm of the support staff at the resort who would go that extra mile just to see you smiling and satisfied. Since I had limited time at my disposal, I preferred to remain within the resort premises to explore every nook and corner of this Eden on Earth. It was only in the evenings, with the red molten ball setting on the distant lake horizon, that I would venture to the impeccably designed luxurious houseboat of the resort, embark on a peaceful 1-1.5 hour night cruise, indulge on a few sips of my favoured tipple, have a sumptuous dinner on board and retire for the night in the king-size bed onboard the houseboat. To explore the nocturnal joys of the backwaters, the concept of ‘Backwaters by Night’ is becoming a rage in Kerala; and I must admit that the joy of viewing nocturnal creatures is thrilling. There was just enough ambient light, courtesy the moon, and pretty soon things got interesting. The expert boatman knew the backwaters by the tip of his fingers and he would often halt at the right places, by the edges of the lake. All sorts of nocturnal creatures: frogs and snakes, fish, large aquatic insects and other weird and wonderful things could be seen prowling in the shallows, right next to the shore. If it is spring or summer, a nocturnal symphony of frogs may be on display. After indulging and being thoroughly pampered on the kettuvallam (houseboat), I can vouch that it is one thing to be pampered in a super-deluxe hotel but quite another to spend time on the banks of Kerala! From the splendid luxurious isolation of Kumarakom Lake Resort, it was now time to appreciate yet another niche backwater holiday in God’s Own Country. We proceeded to the west of Kumarakom and soon figured out the gorgeously anchored Park Apsara, which has provided a new dimension to backwater holidays in Kerala – a touch of boutique hotel experience along with a harmonious blend of the famed European yachting spirit; a spirit of inquiry in nature’s lap, a spirit of discovery and bliss. The sophisticated Park Apsara is a pioneer project of India’s one and only 5-star boutique hotel chain – The Park Hotels. This luxurious cruiser is innovatively built on two levels by the renowned Dubai-based CDB Yacht Design. With eight elegantly designed rooms, an exclusive gallery, saloon and dining area, a sundeck and a fabulous seating area that offers breathtaking vistas of the ethereal backwaters of Kerala, one couldn’t have asked for more. The interiors are sophisticated and ooze luxury. I was particularly impressed with the harmonious décor and quality of food served in the lakeside restaurant that offers some of the most amazing culinary delights from Kerala along with a bewildering array of gastronomic delights from the world over. Every evening, to keep guests entertained, the cruise staff organises cultural shows on the vessel’s deck (vallom) that reverberate with Kerala’s rich heritage and culture. On the penultimate day of my stay, after lunch, which consisted of the quintessential Chettinad cuisine, cooked to perfection by the resident chef, I ventured to an adjoining hamlet; quaint as it was, would you believe, gorgeously dressed womenfolk who were busy preparing for Onam that was just a week away, came out with all guns blazing – singing local Kerala hymns and folk songs as rehearsal that sounded incredibly melodious. The manner in which the quality of life of the rural folks has improved alongside the preservation of nature and cultural heritage is impressive. Here in God’s Own Country, the slow-moving carts still ply on village roads, thatched hutments are in existence, joyful village theatres are active, cows and buffaloes are still being used in tilling the soil and popular folklore remains alive. Add to it the characteristic features of a sustainable backwater holiday option and you have all the makings of an Eden on Earth. The entire experience reminds me of Rishi Aurobindo’s immortal poem: When you and I, we played together, Who my playmate was I did not know. Without a fear, without a shame, Life in quiet ease did flow…last_img read more

TORONTO — A class action lawsuit has been filed against PayPal Canada on behalf of an Ontario man alleging that the online payments company charges Canadians hidden currency conversion fees, violating its user agreement.Court documents filed to the Ontario Superior Court on Nov. 24 on behalf of Leonid Kaplan state that when PayPal Canada account holders wish to withdraw foreign currency from their accounts, the company unilaterally and automatically converts those funds to Canadian dollars.The statement of claim says the conversions are not authorized by contract or otherwise and that PayPal Canada charges account holders an undisclosed fee to convert foreign currency on withdrawal as well as a percentage fee added to the exchange rate charged.Toronto law firm Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP is representing Kaplin, who will bring a motion to the court seeking certification of the action as a class proceeding.None of the allegations have been proven.PayPal Canada did not immediately respond to requests for comments. read more

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed sadness over the shooting in a US school.In a message to US President Barak Obama, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he was greatly saddened to hear the news of the shoot-out in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, where 27 persons, including 20 innocent little children were tragically gunned down. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the parents and siblings of the children who lost their lives, as well as the families of the six adults who were killed. In this Christmas season, our sympathies are also with the people of Newtown, who will need fortitude and courage to come to terms with their grief over this terrible carnage in their community,” he added. “I wish to convey my personal heartfelt sympathies to Your Excellency, while the people and the Government of Sri Lanka join me in expressing our sincere condolences to the Government and the people of the United States at this tragic moment,” Rajapaksa said. read more

The Ohio State men’s soccer team headed to Dayton this weekend to take part in a two game tournament.The Buckeyes faced off against Marshall on Friday, and Milwaukee on Sunday, losing both contests by a score of 1-0.As has been the story throughout the early part of this season, the Buckeye offense created chances for itself in the form of corner kicks and shots on goal, but were unable to get on the board.The Buckeyes nearly took the lead in the 16th minute against Milwaukee, but sophomore midfielder Mitch Bergman’s goal was called back due to an offsides call.The Ohio State defense, despite sporting a goal differential of minus two, held strong against both Marshall and Milwaukee attacks.Marshall scored in the second minute to get off to a quick start on Friday evening, but the Buckeyes rallied to battle evenly with the Thundering Herd, though ultimately unable to find an equalizer.In goal, redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried played well, making multiple impressive saves throughout the weekend to keep his team in the match.The Buckeyes will play once again on Friday when they take on South Florida at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Potato farmers are being forced to trial an ‘expensive’ new irrigation system because water levels are so low that a severe shortage of the vegetable has been predicted.A lack of rainfall last year and so far this year means that irrigation prospects across the country are low, meaning that new measures are having to be put in place in order to ensure at least some potatoes grow.The latest information for the Environment Agency shows the chips are down for potato growers; river flows are below normal for this time of year, with irrigation prospects declared “moderate to poor” for many areas.Prospects for East Anglia, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire are described as “poor”, while the situation in Yorkshire and the East Midlands is “moderate”.A dry winter and a summer drought last year put increased pressure on water supplies, and there has not since been enough rain to counteract this.The situation for potatoes could be even graver than it was last year, when restaurants including fast-food outlet Leon were forced to replace potato products with imported sweet potatoes.A spokesperson from ADHB potatoes said that trials of drip irrigation, a new way to enrich the soil with water, are taking place to safeguard the soil against drought.He explained: “The growers are making contingency plans.”We have a network of strategic farms across the country and we are running irrigation demonstrations.”One of the new and less used and more precise is called drip irrigation where you run thin pipes along your potato ridges and the water gradually drips into the ridges. This is rather than spraying.”We are running these trials across the country and growers are always considering the best ways to irrigate.”Less water is used and it’s more precise but it is more expensive.” Jerry Knox of the Cranfield Water Science Institute.told Farmers Weekly that water restrictions could be imposed sooner this year than last.He added: “We have started 2019 in overdraft. The position has changed since the first irrigation prospects were issued in March, as there has been very little rain for the past six weeks or so.”What took place in 2018 was a wake-up call for farmers and the supply chain. There are challenges from changes in rainfall patterns and from abstraction reform, which has removed some of the previous leeway that existed.”For some businesses, there is an urgent need to critically reappraise what they can feasibly grow against what area they can reliably irrigate from their existing licenced resources”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgKidnapped Greek Australian girl Chrysovalanto Nisyros was freed from her kidnappers after being taken from the Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens more than a year ago. Nisyros, who comes for a wealthy family known for their large properties, was kidnapped and taken to Kurdistan where she was used as a slave. Her kidnappers had knowledge of her wealth and demanded a hefty sum as the ransom. The girl risked her life to make contact with her family to alert them to where she was. With the help of the Australian government, relevant American authorities and the full assistance of the UN in Kurdistan, Nisyros was freed from her kidnappers. She was transferred to a safe place in Istanbul and later to Athens. Nisyros has returnd to the island of Karpathos where she is safe and sound with her family. There is a current criminal investigation underway into the kidnapping, where it may be possible that there were collaborators involved in the abduction due to the known wealth of the family. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgEnvironment and Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis, his alternate Sokratis Famellos and Interior Minister Panos Skourletis heralded a government plan to initiate the demolition of properties that have been illegally built on forestland and coastal areas.This decision comes as a response to the backlash the national and local government received following the destructive Mati fires.“The demolition will be a matter of days or weeks,” Mr Stathakis said announcing that the government will have a list of the 100 first properties to be demolished by early next week.The plan will include knocking down close to 2,500 reportedly illegal buildings on forestland and another 700 on the coastline.“In all these cases, the properties have been declared illegal by Greek courts. However, the owners have the right to appeal to the Council of State against the move within 15 days of receiving notices regarding the impending demolition,” he noted in a joint press conference.Mr Famelos added that municipal authorities are not free of responsibility and that they should be held accountable.“The land, which [Mati] had been built on, is officially designated as a coastal area and therefore any construction is illegal,” he said.Meanwhile, a legislative amendment submitted to Parliament yesterday stipulated the financial relief that will go toward victims of the wildfires, Kathimerini reports.Co-signed by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, each damaged home owner will receive 5,900 euros for repairs and victims will be granted 4,400 euros for permanent physical injury.  Each disabled beneficiary or those with large families are to receive another 600 euros on top of that.Finally, Mr Skourletis promised that the government would soon unveil “a plan for the radical overhaul and re-planning of civil protection”, explaining that area fell within the remit of Alternate Citizens’ Protection Minister Nikos Toskas. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgPolice officers Friday arrested a transient man suspected of recklessly starting the fire that damaged a duplex in the Hough neighborhood earlier that day.The fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. at 1013 W. 24th St. The Vancouver Fire Department said firefighters arrived to find flames coming through a single-story duplex’s front window.No one was hurt, and no one was inside at the time.According to a police probable cause declaration filed in Clark County Superior Court, a neighbor called 911 to report the fire, and said she saw a man on a bike leaving the property.Officers responded to the area and located a man on a bike — identified as Gary Cothren, 42 — nearby.The officers read him his Miranda rights and he agreed to speak, the court records said.According to the probable cause declaration, Cothren told the officers he was inside the house and sleeping in a bedroom closet prior to the fire.He said he fired up a camp stove’s fuel canister and set it on a couch cushion beneath his feet.Cothren said he woke to find his sleeping bag and the walls of the closet had caught fire, according to court records.He said he tried to put it out, but it spread to the rest of the house and he fled.According to a police probable cause declaration, the fire did significant damage, rendering the building uninhabitable. Investigators with the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office found the fire originated in the closet where Cothren said he slept.last_img read more

first_img Related Items:Dr. Dwayne Vernon, social development commission Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Dec.10 (JIS): The Social Development Commission (SDC) has created some 839 jobs for residents at the local level, through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP). Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on December 8, Executive Director at the SDC, Dr. Dwayne Vernon, said the SDC is using its platform of community involvement as the driving force to encourage community businesses for economic development and to create employment.He said that the LEDSP, an initiative of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, was launched in May 2015 to formalise community businesses, and grow entrepreneurship in communities. Dr. Vernon noted that of the 839 persons currently employed, 232 are full time, 408 part time, 199 seasonal and others assist, based on the need. “Currently, there are 138 active projects happening in different communities and these Local Economic Initiatives (LEIs) have a capital layout of $530 million,” he pointed out.He informed that 32 per cent of these community businesses are from the agro-processing industry, adding that there is a heavy use of agricultural produce and raw materials from these produce to make secondary products, such as pastries, sauces, jams, pickles, chocolate and other confectioneries, juices and wines. Another 29 per cent of the community businesses are poultry, and the remaining are manufacturing, art and craft, fashion and community tourism.Dr. Vernon said if all communities take the Local Government and community-based approach to economic growth, such as the LEI, this will improve employment in the country.He called on members of the public to embrace the Local Government Reform, which is a tool that will help them to participate in the decision-making and economic growth at the community and parish levels. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Kings Valley Road In Western Westmoreland Refurbished Recommended for youlast_img read more

first_imgIn a post to readers editor Christian Beckwith wrote: “We folded because there weren’t enough of you.” According to a 2005 article in Outside magazine, Ewing threatened to back out of the magazine at least once before. At the time of the story, had already put $1.5 million into the title, which had yet to become profitable. “At some point, even Medicis run out of patience, and it seems inevitable that Alpinist will either have to make its way in the marketplace or fold.”It’s been a tough year for Alpinist. In December, a warehouse fire destroyed the magazine’s entire inventory of back issues and merchandise. Alpinist, the 9,000-circulation quarterly about alpine-style mountain climbing, has shut down. The six-year old, high-gloss, high production-value publication served a small but passionate community of climbers and had, until now, the backing from Red Hat software founder Marc Ewing.It appears Ewing, who has threatened to cut the cord before, has finally decided to pull out.According to an announcement on its Web site, “explorations of the options for the various Alpinist businesses are underway.” Those businesses include the magazine, its Web site (which, according to the site, gets 50,000 unique visitors a month) and the annual Alpinist Film Festival.One potential suitor involved in the exploring of options could be Skram Media, which has been busy building a mini-outdoor enthusiast platform, recently adding Mountain Gazette and Primedia’s Climbing to its portfolio.last_img read more

first_imgLucknow: After banning mobile phones in meeting, asking officials to report on duty by 9 a.m, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has now come up with another new diktat — no officials will henceforth accept any gift from anyone. A circular to this effect has been issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Sachivalaya administration) Mahesh Gupta. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us According to the circular, no person will be allowed to enter the Sachivalaya (state assembly) and other buildings that house government offices with gifts of any kind, and government employees will not accept any gifts without prior permission of higher authorities. All Ministers in the state government have also been apprised of the circular. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Gifts have, over the years, been a perfect form of bribe for government employees. Calendars in the New Year, dry fruits on Holi and silverware on Diwali has been known to be distributed among government personnel. Besides, gift boxes to celebrate weddings are also a common practice. A class 3 level government employee said that the order was “unfair”. Advertise With Us “IAS officers get gifts that are delivered to their homes while we get sweets etc. in office. If the Chief Minister is sincere in checking this practice, he should keep a check on the houses of officers where expensive items are delivered,” he said. Adityanath has also banned the entry of firearms in government buildings. Most legislators and contractors are seen entering government offices with their personal security guard in tow. These security personnel are seen carrying rifles and pistol which can be an intimidating sight. Official sources said that security personnel will now be asked to deposit their firearms at the gate. The Chief Minister has also banned chewing of ‘gutka’ and paan’ in government offices. Those found chewing the same will have to pay a fine of Rs 500.last_img read more