Nova Scotians Star in Tourism Television Campaign

first_imgNOTE: A social media version of this release with hi-res, downloadable photos and video clips is available at A complete list of winners follows this release. FOR BROADCAST USE Winners in the My Nova Scotia campaign are enjoying their moment in the spotlight. The talented Nova Scotians have won an opportunity to star in the My Nova Scotia regional tourism campaign. They are featured in television commercials airing in the Maritimes this summer. Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism says he is very pleased to have had almost 400 talented Nova Scotians participate in the contest. He says their passion and enthusiasm for our beautiful province will make potential visitors from around the world realize they must come and see Nova Scotia. -30- Winners in the My Nova Scotia campaign are enjoying their moment in the spotlight. The talented Nova Scotians have won an opportunity to star in the My Nova Scotia regional tourism campaign. They are featured in television commercials airing in the Maritimes throughout the summer. “The My Nova Scotia campaign has been a great success,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “We are very pleased to have had almost 400 talented Nova Scotians participate in the contest, and many more show their support, either online or at the auditions. “Their passion and enthusiasm for our beautiful province will make potential visitors from around the world realize they must come and see Nova Scotia for themselves.” Each week, for 21 weeks, different people will be featured. Some will also be included in a regional newspaper ad campaign. Each commercial will highlight the best festivals, events and experiences to enjoy in Nova Scotia this summer. Winner Elyse Delaney, a singer and performer from Cheticamp, called the My Nova Scotia contest a wonderful learning experience. “I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to promote the beautiful province I am proud to call home. I always look forward to seeing new faces and I know that they will always remember their time here in Nova Scotia, and hopefully come back.” “I gave an impromptu audition when I was stopped by the crew on the street in Wolfville,” said winner Lydia Stevens of Chester. “When asked why I love the province I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share all the reasons why I love this province. “Nova Scotia has given me many great experiences, surfing, sailing, snorkeling, competitive ski racing, completing a science degree at Acadia University and continuing research in the field of biology. So, when given the chance to share my love for Nova Scotia I couldn’t resist.” So many outstanding auditions were submitted that 12 people have received honourable mentions. Their names are included with the winning entries on “We are so impressed with the amazing Nova Scotians that have come out to show us their star power,” said Mr. Paris. “We have seen auditions from talented dancers, artists and singers from across the province. Alton MacKinnon from Sydney Mines even wrote and performed a My Nova Scotia theme song.” Contestants were invited to participate in the My Nova Scotia campaign by uploading their own videos, or auditioning at one of 14 events that took place across the province this spring.To view the commercials, go to read more

Vancouver film company producing Sly Stone documentary

first_img Twitter Funk and soul legend Sly Stone is getting the documentary treatment thanks to a Vancouver production company. Vancouver film production company Network Entertainment has acquired exclusive rights and started filming a documentary on pop-funk-rock star Sylvester Stewart better known as Sly Stone.In his early life, Sly Stone was identified as a musical prodigy, mastering guitar, bass, drums and keyboards by the age of 11. He joined a number of bands in high school and later worked as a DJ but is most famous for his work as frontman for Sly and the Family Stone. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

Discrimination case against Canada now in the hands of Human Rights Tribunal

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter a year and a half of detailed testimony and tens of thousands of documents, the fate of a discrimination complaint against Canada is now in the hands of the three commissioners charged with making a decsion on the case.The case was first launched seven years ago by the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.Each claim the federal government pays less for First Nations children on reserve in care than the provinces do off reserve.Amnesty International and the Chiefs of Ontario are both intervenors.After months of delays and attempts by government lawyers to derail the process, the hearings finally got underway.APTN National News covered the hearings and all testimony and evidence can be found at’s Annette Francis reports on the final day.last_img read more

Alberta Métis settlements sign framework agreement with Canada

first_imgMetis Settlements General Council President Gerald Cunningham was joined by Metis settlement leaders from Alberta in signing a Framework Agreement with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett Monday in Ottawa. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN.APTN NewsA group representing the eight Métis settlements in Alberta signed an agreement with the federal government Monday in Ottawa that they say signals a new relationship  with Canada.The Métis Settlements General Council (MSGC) and Canada signed a framework agreement that will serve as the basis for ongoing negotiations toward a reconciliation agreement with the eight Métis settlement councils representing the people of Buffalo Lake, East Prairie, Elizabeth, Fishing Lake, Gift Lake Kikino, Paddle Prairie and Peavine.More on the framework agreement from Annette Francis. MSGC President Gerald Cunningham said the agreement “cements our relationship with Canada,” and that the Métis laid out health, education, housing, governance funding, and title recognition of the settlements under Canada’s constitution as priorities of the agreement.“It is with all humility that we go forward in this partnership knowing that you know best what your communities need,” Bennett told Métis leaders gathered in Ottawa for the signing.Cunningham said the Métis settlements have long fought for bilateral relations with Canada, as their communities currently fall under provincial jurisdiction.Métis Settlements General Council President Gerald Cunningham said the framework agreement “cements our relationship with Canada.” Photo: Justin Brake/APTN.He said following a meeting with Bennett in January 2017 it appeared the minister “recognized that the Métis settlements, being the only legislated land-based Métis in Canada, were very unique, and that Canada had to deal with the Métis settlements in a separate bilateral process.”Cunningham said that in the new year the MSGC will “do as much as we can while we can” toward striking a binding agreement with the Justin Trudeau government before the fall election.“Although this is an historic moment there is still much work to do, but I am very confident that with this new relationship we have with Canada, and the relationship that we have with Alberta, we will make some great strides to fulfilling our goals of political autonomy, self-determination, economic self-reliance and instilling some hope and pride back into our youth,” he read more

Aurora Cannabis to supply medical pot to Mexico through partnership

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:ACB)The Canadian Press EDMONTON — Aurora Cannabis says it will supply medical cannabis to Mexico through a partnership with pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor Farmacias Magistrales.Farmacias recently got the green light to import cannabis, which Aurora says is the first and only import license granted by federal Mexican authorities to date.Aurora’s chief executive Terry Booth says the exclusive partnership expands the cannabis grower’s early mover advantage in Latin America.The Edmonton-headquartered pot producer says Farmacias has a reach of roughly 80,000 retail points, and 500 pharmacies and hospitals across Mexico.It adds that Farmacias has also received licences from Mexico’s Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks to manufacture and distribute products with CBD and THC.Shares of Aurora rose as much as 10 per cent to hit $7.82 in intraday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Pompeo in London to discuss the UKUS special relationship

first_imgLondon: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in London for talks with British officials on the status of the special relationship between the nations amid heightened tensions with Iran and uncertainty over Britain’s exit from the European Union. Pompeo will meet Wednesday with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and will later deliver a speech on the potential for improved U.S.-U.K. ties after Brexit. At his first event in the British capital, a meeting about religious freedom with Hunt and British faith leaders, including Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Pompeo told participants that the Trump administration is committed to the rights of all people to worship as they please. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”In the United States it’s in our Constitution, the First Amendment, it’s central to our founding,” he said. Welby thanked Pompeo for the administration’s attention to the matter, noting that Christians in the Middle East and Africa and religious minorities everywhere are under threat. But he also sounded a note of caution by telling Pompeo that foreign military inventions often have severe consequences for religious freedoms. “Where the interests of religious minorities are concerned, foreign interventions can often have very serious, long-term (impacts),” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsPompeo didn’t address Welby’s comment. Pompeo arrived in London after canceling a trip to Germany to make an unannounced visit to Baghdad, where he warned Iraqi officials about what he called imminent threats to American interests in the Middle East. Iran said earlier Wednesday that it would partially suspend its compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal from which President Donald Trump withdrew last year. Britain remains a party to the deal and has been working with the other European participants, France and Germany, on ways to salvage the accord in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal.last_img read more

Morocco Alcohol consumption in decline

first_imgRabat- A recent study conducted by Euromonitor International revealed a decline in the consumption of Alcoholic drinks in Morocco.The London-based market intelligence firm said that “Morocco’s dire economic situation” continues to negatively impact the performance of alcoholic drinks and the decline of volume sales.“There was a consensus among Moroccan consumers that, in order to save money, it was necessary to reduce spending on all non-essential goods and leisure activities. As a result, there was a shift in alcoholic drinks consumption”, said the research’s executive summary about Morocco. The research suggested that the Moroccan government’s continuous increase in consumption taxes “had a strong influence on the activities of alcoholic drinks companies as volume sales recorded a significant decline terms in 2012. The tax increase, says the market intelligence firm, boosted unit prices in alcoholic drinks. Consequently, the consumption of alcoholic drinks declined during 2012 and the consumption of contraband and clandestinely produced products increased. Marjane’s decision to cease selling alcoholic beverages in its hypermarkets throughout Morocco was also a crucial factor in the declining performance of the industry.“The company embarked on this strategy in an effort to attract more families who refuse to shop in outlets which sell alcoholic drinks for religious reasons”, added the research.The report mentioned the leading position of Group des Brasseries du Maroc, a local player that dominates sales of Alcoholic drinks in Morocco due to the fact that beer is the alcoholic drink most preferred by Moroccans. The research hailed the Group’s excellent distribution network and strong brand name in maintaining its leading position in the industry.Euromonitor International is expecting a modest performance for the alcoholic drinks industry in Morocco in the near future “While there remains a great deal of uncertainty about the depth and duration of the current economic downturn, the future performance of alcoholic drinks in Morocco is expected to remain negative throughout the forecast period”.A previous Reuters report ranked Morocco as the number one exporter in the Arab world. The kingdom allocates 37 thousand acres of land for the cultivation of grapes and vines used in wine production.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Illinois sues company after lead found in villages water

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. — Illinois alleges that a company that provides water to a Chicago suburb made changes without permission from state regulators that caused lead to contaminate the village’s drinking water.Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed a lawsuit Friday against Aqua Illinois, the company that supplies water to residents of University Park, a village about 40 miles (64 kilometres) south of Chicago.The lawsuit says Aqua Illinois switched the source of the village’s water from groundwater wells to the Kankakee River in 2017. It alleges a chemical added to the water system to address resident complaints about the taste removed a protective layer in residential plumbing, causing lead to leach into the water.Raoul says the company didn’t obtain required permits from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency before switching the water source, or before it added the blended phosphate mix to the water system.The company notified the state in May that testing the company is required to conduct every six months had detected elevated lead levels. Raoul says Aqua Illinois later warned residents not to drink the water and that the company also is providing impacted residents with bottled water and filters.A company spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment Saturday. Raoul said that the company has been co-operating and working with the state to correct the problem since it reported the elevated lead levels.More than 85% of the village’s nearly 7,000 residents are black, and Raoul noted serious damage has occurred in other predominantly minority communities where contaminated water wasn’t immediately addressed. In the majority-black city of Flint, Michigan, for example, the toxic metal leached into the supply in 2014 and 2015 due to a lack of corrosion-control treatment following a switch in the water source while the city was under state emergency management.“All Illinois residents, regardless of their ZIP code, deserve clean, safe drinking water,” Raoul said.The lawsuit says additional testing done in July and August continued to show elevated levels of lead, which can cause brain damage and emotional and behavioural damage in children. The August sampling found 27 out of 60 samples collected from Aqua Illinois customers had lead levels above the regulatory action level, Raoul said.The suit lawsuit seeks civil penalties, along with an injunction to require Aqua Illinois to immediately correct the situation and to continue providing safe drinking water to residents, Raoul said.The Associated Press read more

Key articles in draft disability treaty approved at UN meeting

The General Assembly committee on a convention on the rights of persons with disabilities forged accord on draft articles addressing access to justice, privacy, independent living, full inclusion in the community and other individual rights.“This major human rights convention represents a shift in the way governments interact with persons with disabilities,” the Coordinator of the talks, Ambassador Don MacKay of New Zealand, said at a press conference on Friday at the close of the two-week session. “Many have said that the rights of persons with disabilities are already guaranteed in existing human rights treaties, but the reality is that persons with disabilities have been deprived of those rights.”“Many conventions say that such and such people should not be treated differently from others – but people with disabilities are treated differently from others,” Mr. MacKay observed, adding that existing treaties had prescribed equal rights, but had not set out in detail what those rights were.The Convention would say not only that persons with disabilities had the same rights as those without, but would spell out in detail what those rights were, he said. “We’re setting up a new regime, a new way of thinking and a new sort of paradigm.” The Committee Chair, Ambassador Luis Gallegos Chiriboga of Ecuador, told reporters that the negotiations were part of an historic process aimed at integrating 600 million people into society.“The owners of the convention are the people with disabilities; they are the actors who are moving forward the convention,” he said. “They are the ones who tell us what their problems are, and how to address them.” The Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities agreed on a text providing that States parties should take all measures to ensure that persons with disabilities can exercise their right to freedom of expression and opinion, including the right to seek, receive and impart information on an equal basis with others. That provision calls on States parties to facilitate the use of sign language, Braille and augmentative alternative communication. The agreed draft text also stipulates that persons with disabilities shall not be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with their privacy and correspondence. There was broad support for committing States parties to take measures to enable persons with disabilities to live independently and as full participants in the community, including the right to choose one’s place of residence and living arrangements.A separate draft article was proposed on protection of the home and family, which would ensure the rights of persons with disabilities to decide freely and responsibly on the number and spacing of their children on an equal basis with other persons. read more

Inspector finds State Department lax on preserving emails as public records

by Calvin Woodward, The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2015 12:55 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The State Department’s internal watchdog has found that many department employees are not preserving emails for the public record as required by the government. That could mean a substantial amount of lost government information.The inspector general’s office, in a report out Wednesday, said that in 2011, when Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state, department employees wrote more than 1 billion emails but only marked 61,156 for the public record. There’s no way to know from the figures how many should have been designated as public records. Even fewer were marked for public records, 41,749, in 2013, the year when she left the department.Clinton is under scrutiny for using her personal email exclusively for official non-classified business during her tenure and for doing so with a private server. The new report does not address the use of personal email accounts, which the department discouraged employees from using in earlier guidance.But the investigation found that employees had no central oversight of their record-keeping responsibilities with email, many did not know about the rules and some feared the consequences of their emails being searched and exposed.“Department officials have noted that many emails that qualify as records are not being saved as record emails,” the report says. “Some employees were under the impression that record emails were only a convenience; they had not understood that some emails were required to be saved as records.”The report found the laxity despite a 2009 upgrade in the system used to preserve emails as public records. It recommends better training, sharper guidelines for what should be made a public record and a department-wide review of how emails are used and kept.Branches within the department varied widely in their preservation practices: The secretary’s office designated only seven emails as public records in 2013; the office of diplomatic security did so with 409 emails.Emails are required to be preserved for the public record if they deal with policy, actions by officials, historically relevant information or meet a variety of other benchmarks. Among the more than 1 billion emails sent in 2011, some were work emails that did not meet those standards, others were personal and still others should have been captured for the record but weren’t. Emails that are not designated for the record may still become available for release later but become harder to find in the mountain of untapped government information.Clinton turned over to the State Department some 30,000 emails from her personal account that she said were work-related, out of about 60,000 emails she had in the same account. Because the emails were sent to and from her personal server, there is no way to verify her assertion that they were, as she said, “within the scope of my personal privacy and that particularly of other people.”With Clinton’s use of a private server, her emails are potentially even more out of reach than those that should have been designated for the record by her employees, but were not. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Inspector finds State Department lax on preserving emails as public records Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the reporters at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of “convenience.” (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) read more

Alderon Iron Ore and Schneider Electric working on fully digital advanced mine

first_imgAlderon Iron Ore and the Kami Mine Limited Partnership (The Kami LP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Schneider Electric Canada related to the both acquisition of equipment and development funding for the Kami iron ore project, in western Labrador, Canada.Tayfun Eldem, Alderon’s President and CEO, said: “We have chosen Schneider Electric because of their vast array of product and service offerings in power and energy management, process control and mine digitisation. The Kami LP will leverage Schneider Electric’s sustainable solutions to optimise energy usage and operating costs for the Kami project’s mining and processing operations.”Eldem said this partnership could potentially reduce capital spending and equipment cost targets from its September 2018 updated feasibility study, tap into a broader range of export credit agencies (ECA) and accelerate the project schedule.The September 2018 feasibility study envisaged a capital cost of $982.41 million for an operation producing 7.84 Mt/y of 65.2% Fe concentrate at an average estimated operating cost of $30.72/t. it also envisaged a 26 month construction period.Alderon said the MoU provides for The Kami LP to evaluate the lease or purchase of equipment from Schneider Electric for use at Kami, a project owned 75% by Alderon and 25% by HBIS Group through The Kami LP.It also provides for Schneider Electric to assist The Kami LP in its capital raising efforts by making introductions and facilitating discussions with potential financing sources for the Kami project, including funding from ECAs in regions where Schneider Electric manufactures its equipment.“This assistance is expected to help The Kami LP raise the capital required to start construction of the Kami project,” Alderon said.David Willick, Schneider Electric’s Vice President and Mining, Metals and Minerals Segment Leader in North America, said: “We are pleased to be a part of the Kami project and look forward to helping Alderon create an efficient and fully digital advanced mine, using our EcoStruxure architecture.”The EcoStruxure platform is the “digital backbone connecting best-in-class operational technology solutions with the latest in IT technology to unlock trapped value in your operations and tap into the true potential of the Internet of Things”, Schneider says.The Kami LP and Schneider Electric need to enter into definitive documentation in order for the transactions set out in the MoU to proceed, including agreements for the purchase of equipment.last_img read more

Leinster hit with fiveday turnaround for crunch Heineken Cup matches

first_imgSaturday 18 JanSaracens v Connacht (1.35pm)Leicester v Ulster (6pm)Sunday 19 JanMunster v Edinburgh (12.45pm)Check out the full Round 5 and Round 6 fixture list here >Gatland recommends quota system is considered for future Lions tours LEINSTER’S HEINEKEN CUP hopes will hinge on a five-day turnaround between their final two pool games.Matt O’Connor’s side are likely to need two wins against Castres and Ospreys to qualify as a top seed and clinch home advantage for the quarter-finals.The ERC confirmed today that their Round 5 game against Castres will be a lunchtime kick-off (12.45pm) on Sunday 12 January at the Stade Pierre Antoine.And Leinster will be one of the first teams to finish their pool matches when they host Ospreys in a Friday evening kick-off (8pm) at the RDS on the 17th.Northampton and Ospreys meet in Pool 1′s other Round 5 fixture on 12 January, leaving them with a similar Sunday/Friday schedule.Only the top four pool winners are guaranteed a home quarter-final, and the quick turnaround could leave Pool 1′s eventual winner at a disadvantage in the race for the all-important seeding.Munster travel to play their Pool 6 rivals Gloucester at Kingsholm at 6pm on Saturday 11th before finishing at home to Edinburgh at 12.45pm on Sunday 19th.Ulster host Montpellier on Friday 10th (8pm) and then travel to Welford Road for what is likely to be a Pool 5 decider against Leicester on Saturday 18th (6pm).Connacht finish with two Saturday fixtures, hosting Zebre at the Sportsground on the 11th (3.40pm) before heading to Allianz Park on the 18th to play Saracens (1.35pm).Heineken Cup (selected round five fixtures)Friday 10 JanUlster v Montpellier (8pm)Sat 11 JanConnacht v Zebre (3.40pm)Gloucester v Munster (6pm)Sun 12 JanCastres v Leinster (12.45pm)Selected round six fixturesFriday 17 JanLeinster v Ospreys (8pm)last_img read more

Shatter I was secretly put on trial and wasnt given a chance

first_imgUpdated 5.17pm Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeTHE FORMER MINISTER for Justice has blasted Senior Counsel Sean Guerin for failing to adhere to procedures when compiling his report on allegations of garda misconduct.Alan Shatter said this is “of far greater general importance than any impact on me personally”, describing the approach taken as “unprecedented”.The report led to Shatter’s resignation from Cabinet, however he likened the inquiry to a ‘kangaroo court’ as it “completely failed to observe fair procedures in accordance with constitutional and natural justice”.[This] places in peril a value system crucial to the well-being of all our citizens.He dismissed the report’s findings that he had not paid “sufficient heed” to allegations made by garda whisteblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.Speaking today in the Dáil, Shatter said that he is “entitled” to an explanation as to why Guerin failed to interview him, and why “a single question [was not] put to me or to Justice officials”.Read Alan Shatter’s speech in full >He said the report is littered with “omissions and inaccuracies”, which could have been cleared up if Guerin had spoken to the former Minister for Justice.However, Shatter accused Guerin of ‘simply choosing not to’ speak with anyone whose reputation may have been affected by the report. The former Minister for Justice said the Senior Counsel “knew” the report’s publication would have forced his resignation. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe conversation would have also revealed, Shatter said, that he had paid “substantial attention” to allegations made by McCabe, and that he had not accepted the views of the Garda Commissioner “without question”.Seán Guerin had explained in the report that the Minister had a statutory responsibility to act once Maurice McCabe had brought his complaints to the Confidential Recipient, but accused him of not taking any action.Guerin also said that in the absence of any documentary evidence, it appears that Alan Shatter did what he did on foot of advice from then-Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, without the advice being questioned or analysed.Shatter said:I believe all of us should be entitled to know that we cannot, by way of any form of inquiry or review or other means, be secretly put on trial have charges levied against us of which we have no knowledge, be prosecuted without being informed of the evidence, and convicted without being given the opportunity to speak or defend ourselves.Booklets of allegationsShatter has accused Guerin of misreading a letter attached to three booklets of allegations made by McCabe that had been submitted to the Department of Justice.The report says that the letter advised that the booklets be forwarded to Shatter straight away, but that he had failed to act.“Mr Guerin has misquoted the letter which actually advised that the two files concerned be furnished by Justice officials to the Garda Commissioner and that no copies of the documents be retained in the Department of Justice,” he said.“It makes no reference whatsoever to them being furnished to me.”“Rushed to judgement”Shatter said he was “very puzzled as to why Sean Guerin did not take the additional time necessary to properly complete his work and why he rushed to judgement”.He compared the time frame in which the report was put together to the Cooke Report, which had a much more narrow scope but a longer time frame.“[Guerin’s] Terms of Reference allowed him all the time he needed to properly complete his work. What was his hurry?” Shatter asked.He explained although a time-limit of eight weeks had been set, Guerin could have published the report “as soon as maybe thereafter” this deadline. Cooke used this mechanism, citing the time taken to analyse correspondence between GSOC and Verrimus.Shatter staunchly criticised Guerin for failing to review crucial documents, with, what the Senior Counsel describe himself as, “the care required”.“Failure”“With regard to GSOC, Mr Guerin partially explains his failure by attempting to minimise the importance of GSOC’s role and recounts that it became involved in a small number of the cases he reviewed,” he said.“This assertion is disingenuous,” Shatter said.For example, GSOC was central to determining complaints of Garda misconduct with regard to serious offences committed by Jerry McGrath, one of which involved an alleged catastrophic Garda failure which, if it had not occurred, may have resulted in McGrath being held in custody on the tragic day in December 2007 when he murdered Sylvia Roche Kelly. Read more on what Guerin said about McGrath here >The former Minister for Justice welcomed the findings of the Cooke report, but said that it raises “genuine concerns” whether GSOC has the capacity to carry out its statutory obligations.On GSOC’s failure to provide a statutory report on the alleged bugging until four days after the publication of the information in the Sunday Times, Shatter said this delay was as “the finding of ‘nothing’ in the public interest investigation was an embarrassment”.He described as “disturbing” that when GSOC appeared before an Oireachtas committee, “the GSOC Commissioners were so imprecise and unclear in their presentation as to fuel speculation that my first statement to the Dail was inaccurate in circumstances in which it was entirely based on their verbal and written briefing”.“No effective steps were taken by them to correct that perception,” he noted.Guerin recommended in his report that the allegations made by McCabe should now be the subject of a statutory inquiry.Shatter concluded his speech by outlining four areas he believes should be examined:All cases dealt with in Bailieboro Garda Station which have given rise to complaintShatter’s reaction to issues surrounding penalty points, as there is a clear connection to this and whether he took heed of McCabe’s complaintsAll of McCabe’s conversations and dealings with the Confidential ReceiptThe 19 hours of conversation between Guerin and McCabe. Shatter added that this should be made public.Originally published 3.57pmRead: So what was in the chapters of the Guerin Report that led to Alan Shatter resigning? >last_img read more

Flat and extraordinarily arrogant Micheál Martins verdict on Mary Lou McDonalds speech

first_img 41,955 Views Jun 17th 2018, 3:18 PM McDonald delivers her speech in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.In response to that namecheck today, Martin said that winning seats does not mean a party deserves to be in government. He added that the “serious issues” he has with Sinn Féin have not dissipated since McDonald became leader.“Every party that gets elected and the people who vote for them, their votes will be validated in terms of the composition of the next Dáil. It doesn’t give any party an entitlement to government. You have to earn that and you have to work with other parties.”“I certainly think it’s an extraordinarily arrogant proposition from Mary Lou that somehow someone owes Sinn Féin government. We don’t,” Martin said.Just because you change the podium, doesn’t mean you change the party, or the substance of the party. And I’ve made it very clear from the outset that we have very clear and serious issues with Sinn Féin as a political party.There had been suggestion during this week that Sinn Féin was planning to table a motion of no confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, but the party decided against it.Such a motion would put strain on the confidence and supply agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil which is underpinning Varadkar’s minority government.Asked about this, Martin was critical about what he said was the “hype and credibility” surrounding talking of the no confidence motion.“This is a week when we’ve had record waiting lists, people waiting for outpatient appointments, record levels of homelessness and children in hotel rooms. That’s where the focus should be for all politicians in Leinster House right now, and not on this sort of phoney talk of an election and attempts to manufacture an election by both Fine Gael and Sinn Féin.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil leaders. Share417 Tweet Email Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 3:18 PM 94 Comments There was no radical proposals or solutions contained within the speech. And there was a sense of entitlement that somehow Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael owed Sinn Féin power. ‘Flat and extraordinarily arrogant’, Micheál Martin’s verdict on Mary Lou McDonald’s speech The Fianna Fáil leader accused Sinn Féin of ‘an entitlement to government’. MICHEÁL MARTIN HAS described Mary Lou McDonald’s speech at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis last night as “extraordinarily arrogant”.The Fianna Fáil leader said this afternoon that the election of TDs does not give any party “an entitlement to government” and that this must be earned.Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme, Martin said that he did tune in to McDonald’s address yesterday evening.“I did watch the speech last night, I think it was a flat speech, I think there was an absence of substance,” Martin said. The Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil leaders. Image: Image: By Rónán Duffy “There is this sense from Sinn Féin and Fine Gael that they’re all talking about power, getting in to power. And not focusing on the key issues and challenges facing the people of the country,” Martin claimed.In her Ard Fheis speech last night, McDonald criticised both Martin and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, accusing them of seeking to “exclude” Sinn Féin from governing in the south.“I invite them to wake up and smell the coffee. To realise that Irish political life is no longer dictated by them, it is no longer their way or the highway,” McDonald said.We are here, we are equal. Our democratic mandate and more importantly the people who vote for Sinn Féin will be respected. It is not for Leo Varadkar or Micheál Martin to decide whether or not we enter government. That decision will be made, in the first instance by the people. Short URLlast_img read more

Parapharmacies Leclerc interdites de publicité

first_imgParapharmacies Leclerc : interdites de publicitéFrance – Le tribunal de grande instance de Colmar a rendu son verdict : le géant de la grande distribution Leclerc n’aura plus le droit de faire de la pub pour ses médicaments.Leclerc avait osé s’en prendre aux entreprises pharmaceutiques via sa publicité. Il avait dénoncé l’absence d’une vraie concurrence  et des prix qui peuvent “varier du simple ou triple” en ce qui concerne les médicaments non remboursés. Le groupe avait en outre fait référence aux prix plus élevés des médicaments dans les pharmacies classiques.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Deux groupes de pharmaciens se sont soulevés contre cette campagne. Le jugement a été rendu par le tribunal de grande instance de Colmar dans le Haut-Rhin. Leclerc n’a plus le droit de citer les prix des pharmacies concurrentielles dans ses publicités et devra payer 100.000 euros aux trois groupes qui avaient porté plainte : Udgpo, Univers Pharmacie et Directlabo.De plus, la société doit avertir les utilisateurs sur son site internet ( que toute mention des tarifs des autres enseignes est interdite.Le groupe a expliqué qu’il souhaitait simplement lancer un débat sur le prix des médicaments, qu’il estime trop élevé, espérant ainsi obtenir l’accord de l’Etat pour vendre de la pharmacie.Le 21 janvier 2010 à 16:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Woman fleeing abusive relationship leaves puppy in airport with heartbreaking note

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LAS VEGAS (WSVN) — A woman fleeing an abusive relationship had to leave her beloved puppy behind in an airport. However, not before leaving a note with the pup explaining what happened.A woman was forced to make a heartbreaking decision after she left her 3-month-old puppy in an airport, FOX 13, reports.According to a note left behind by the woman, she was in an abusive relationship and was attempting to leave but could not afford to have Chewy fly with her.“Hi! I’m Chewy! My owner was in an abusive relationship and couldn’t afford me to get on the flight,” the note reads. “She didn’t want to leave me with all her heart, but she has NO other option. My ex-boyfriend kicked my dog when we were fighting, and he has a big knot on his head. He probably needs a vet. I love Chewy sooo much, please love and take care of him.”According to FOX 13, Chewy was found by a concerned passerby and taken to Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue.According to a Facebook post, the rescue group is close to finding a home for the puppy.last_img read more

Miami Police investigating after student shot at friends house

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A high school student was shot while skipping school at a friend’s house in Miami.City of Miami Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene located near 24th Avenue and Flagler Street on Friday morning.Miami-Dade Schools officials said a couple of young people were at a friend’s house when a gun discharged, striking one student in the arm.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene where multiple police vehicles could be seen outside of the home.City of Miami Police officials stated a gun owner was cleaning his weapon when it accidentally when off.The 18-year-old victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition.Police are currently investigating and have taken the gun owner into custody. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Rain brings fears of landslides again

first_imgRain brings fears of landslides againThe inhabitants of Rangamati are in fear of fresh landslides as it rained again on Thursday evening. Drizzling started from the night and has continued till Friday morning, when this report was being written.The people in the hill areas were taking refuge in the shelters. The local administration used megaphones to caution the people and helped them reach the shelters. A total of 12 shelters were opened with a capacity of housing around 2000 people.Shabana Khatun, one of the inhabitants of the hilly area who took shelter at the shelter house said she feared landslides would resume any moment.Rabi Mohan Chakma, the councilor of Bhedbhedi ward no 6, said people are in fear after rain resumed.Meanwhile, members of the fire service have resumed rescue operations in the BhedBhedi area where three people are reportedly still missing.last_img read more

Khaleda cant use left hand physician tells AFP

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia (C) looks on as she is escorted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in Dhaka on 6 October, 2018. Photo: AFPBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, Khaleda Zia, transferred to hospital last weekend from the 19th-century jail where she is the only prisoner, can no longer use her left hand, her physician told AFP on Tuesday.Khaleda Zia, 73, was jailed in February for corruption and has been on trial in a special room in the abandoned Dhaka Central Jail on additional graft charges that her supporters say are politically motivated.On Saturday Zia, a long rival to prime minister Sheikh Hasina, was transferred to hospital because of poor health following an order from the High Court.”Her symptoms have worsened in the last few months,” Abdul Jalil Chowdhury, one of the physicians at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital who has since examined her, told AFP.”She has developed deformity of left hand in the last few months due to long standing rheumatoid arthritis. She can’t use her left hand,” he said.”In addition, she has developed left frozen shoulder,” he said, adding Khaleda Zia was also suffering from neck and back pain and she is a diabetic.Lawyers for Zia, prime minister from 1991-1996 and 2001-2006, had argued that the government was putting her health at risk by refusing her specialised care in prison.When Khaleda Zia — who leads the Bangladesh Nationalist Party — was jailed in February for corruption, the sentence triggered clashes between police and thousands of BNP supporters.She was found guilty of embezzling money intended for an orphanage.Khaleda Zia is appealing against the verdict — which bars her from standing in the general election set for December — and was granted bail earlier this year.However she remains in custody while she fights dozens of other violence and graft charges.Last month the authorities turned a room of the jail into a court — a move her lawyers said was illegal.Khaleda Zia already had health issues including arthritis, diabetes and knee replacements when she was sentenced.She is the only inmate in Dhaka Central Jail, built in the 19th century under British colonial rule and declared abandoned in 2016.Her party boycotted the 2014 election in which Sheikh Hasina returned to power but is expected to contest the election due in December.last_img read more