OTTAWA – Four out of every five Aboriginal reserves have median incomes that fall below the poverty line, according to income data from the 2016 census that provides insight into the depth of poverty facing Indigenous Peoples in Canada.A Canadian Press review of census figures for areas identified as Indigenous communities found about 81 per cent of reserves had median incomes below the low-income measure, which Statistics Canada considers to be $22,133 for one person.In absolute numbers, of the 367 reserves for which there was data on total individual median incomes, 297 communities fell below the low-income measure, while just 70 registered median incomes above the de facto poverty line.At the lowest end, 27 communities reported median total incomes below $10,000.Women fared marginally better than males, according to the data. About 22 per cent of female incomes on-reserve was over the low-income measure, compared to about 19 per cent for males.The income figures come from tax filings for 2015, the year the Trudeau Liberals were elected in part on a promise to improve economic outcomes for Indigenous Peoples, who collectively face the harshest poverty and housing conditions in the country.The Liberals are finalizing a national housing strategy with specific initiatives targeting Indigenous communities, and have been meeting with Indigenous leaders about what is needed in an Indigenous-specific poverty reduction strategy.But the figures are not a full picture of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Many of the communities registered so few residents that data had to be suppressed out of concerns for their privacy.Statistics Canada plans to provide more robust census data at the end of the month as part of its ongoing effort to paint a five-year portrait of the evolving Canadian population.So far, the emerging picture of Indigenous Peoples living on reserve shows a significantly younger population — thanks to a fertility rate that far exceeds its non-Indigenous counterpart — but with shorter life expectancies and much lower incomes.In September, Statistics Canada reported a spike in income levels in 2015, thanks to a prior boom in commodity prices, particularly in the Prairies, that pushed median total household income to $70,336, up 10.8 per cent from a decade earlier.Only 26 of the 503 of reserves with income data had higher median household incomes. Totals — which include sources like employment, investments and government benefits — ranged from $13,168 in Manitoba’s Roseau River First Nation to $114,381 in Cree Nation of Chisasibi on the eastern shore of James Bay in Quebec.What’s not clear from the numbers is precisely how those incomes are earned, whether resources are shared or if those who do better have specific advantages over those who do not. Each community is different, said Marshall Ballard, director of business, employment and social development with the Native Women’s Association of Canada.Indigenous leaders have pushed the Liberal government to help those communities where the need is greatest. In meetings last week, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde called for a meeting between Indigenous, federal and provincial leaders next year to work on closing the economic gap with the wider population.Previous research has shown that Indigenous Peoples regularly earn less than the median income. A 2014 study found they were almost as disadvantaged as in 2006 as they were 25 years earlier in 1981.Some of that is tied to location, or the geography lottery, as some communities know it, Ballard said. Location, he said, can make all the difference in the prosperity of the community.Martin Cooke, one of the authors of that 2014 study, said previous research has suggested income isn’t always tied to location, such as being in a remote community.“There’s not a clear geographic pattern,” said Cooke, an associate professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.“To me that’s the interesting thing: it’s not all geography.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues meets at “a historic crossroads,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the opening session today as some 3,300 participants from around the world converged on UN Headquarters in New York for the two-week event. Last year’s adoption by world leaders of the landmark UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples means this year’s Permanent Forum – established in 2000 – is taking on a new role, Mr. Ban said in a video message.“You will work to translate the Declaration into a living document at the national and international levels,” he said. “As you do, you will promote the UN development agenda and its vision of development for all. This includes the poorest and most vulnerable, a group to which many indigenous peoples belong.”The Declaration, a non-binding text that was adopted after two decades of debate, outlines the rights of the world’s estimated 370 million indigenous people and outlaws discrimination against them. It sets out rights to culture, identity, language, employment, health, education and other issues.Climate change is the special theme of this year’s session of the Forum, a choice applauded by the Secretary-General.“Indigenous peoples live in many of the world’s most biologically diverse areas. As custodians of these lands, they have accumulated deep, first-hand knowledge about the impacts of environmental degradation, including climate change. They know the economic and social consequences, and they can and should play a role in the global response.”Mr. Ban also welcomed the focus this session on several other issues and challenges, including the Pacific region and the need to protect and promote indigenous languages.“Indigenous languages represent an overwhelming majority of all languages spoken today, with most facing the threat of extinction.”Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, said the high interest in the event this year pointed to increasing awareness of indigenous peoples’ issues.“The Forum is thus fulfilling its mandate to make the challenges, opportunities and good practices in this field more visible, for public policy and for action,” he said.The participants at the Forum, a subsidiary of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), include senior UN officials and representatives of States, civil society and academia, as well as Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma, the first indigenous leader of his country.Briefing journalists outside the Forum today, its Chairperson Victoria Tauli-Corpuz said indigenous peoples have long been aware of the perils caused by climate change, often even before scientists because of their close connection to the land.Ms. Tauli-Corpuz said the increasing popularity of mono-crop plantations, so the crops can be harvested for biofuel products, was harming indigenous peoples by clearing land, cutting down forests and displacing local communities on a large scale.She also expressed concern that many indigenous peoples around the world were being excluded from governments’ decision-making processes about the mitigation of, and adaption to, climate change, such as the creation and use of carbon sinks. 21 April 2008The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues meets at “a historic crossroads,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the opening session today as some 3,300 participants from around the world converged on UN Headquarters in New York for the two-week event.
United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Piyal Nishantha told Parliament today that his life is under threat.The opposition MP said that a complaint was lodged with the police but the threat was not taken seriously. The matter was later conveyed to the Parliament privileges committee. (Colombo Gazette)
“For many decades, you have been our partner on the ground: delivering humanitarian assistance in places struck by conflict or natural disaster, and in quieter places, helping people who are striving to build stable communities and effective institutions,” the Deputy Secretary-General said in an opening address to the fifty-fifth annual UN Department of Public Information/NGO Conference being held at UN Headquarters in New York. “Today this extraordinarily fruitful cooperation is closer than ever.”Ms. Fréchette noted that while the United Nations could not hope to achieve its goals without the efforts and expertise of NGOs, perhaps it was time for some wider stocktaking of the entire UN-NGO relationship.”We need to look closely at what is working well and what isn’t, and then build on all that has been achieved so far to prepare for a future in which the NGO community looks certain to continue its extraordinary involvement in the work of the United Nations,” she said.For her part, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson told the gathering it was better to prevent large-scale deadly conflict rather than to have to pick up the pieces afterwards. Prevention must be a priority for all, including NGOs, she said, stressing that particular attention should be paid to the establishment of strong national human rights protection systems when rebuilding societies after conflict.”How many lives would have been saved, how much development advanced, had even a fraction of the funding needed to bring an end to deadly conflicts been used in their prevention?” Mrs. Robinson said. “How much suffering could have been avoided if the international community had summoned the will to act effectively over gross violations of human rights which so often foretell deadly conflict?”Lakhdar Brahimi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, pointed out that in post-conflict situations the roles of the United Nations and NGOs were complementary but not identical.The role of the international community was dramatically transformed during post-conflict situations, he noted, adding that all activities should support the national capacity and be responsive to the priorities of the government.”This means that we must ensure, first and foremost, that our activities strengthen national capacities – not our own institutional capabilities; and second, that we are responsive to the priorities articulated by the Government – and not our own agendas or priorities,” he stressed.Video – Opening session of the Conference
“He applauds the Independent Electoral Commission for having organized and carried out the elections in a professional manner in accordance with the law and the Constitution of Côte d’Ivoire,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. “He also wishes to acknowledge the role played by the different electoral observation teams, including from the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States,” it added.In addition, Mr. Ban acknowledged, in particular, the “commendable engagement” of civil society, which he underlined as having contributed to enhancing the transparency and credibility of the elections. “The Secretary-General believes the successful conduct of these polls confirms that Côte d’Ivoire is returning towards lasting peace and stability,” the statement noted. “He commends the Ivorian leadership and people for their tireless efforts over the past five years to consolidate peace, and promote democracy and the rule of law. He is hopeful that the same democratic and peaceful spirit will prevail in the conduct of the upcoming legislative elections.”The UN chief also said he looks forward to working closely with President Ouattara and the people of Côte d’Ivoire in defining the future role of the UN in support of the consolidation of peace, stability and democracy in the country.
The Ohio State men’s hockey team was out-gunned by No.1 Miami over the weekend. In a dramatic quarterfinal matchup, of the CCHA tournament, The RedHawks end the Buckeyes season Sunday night with a 2-1 victory.Miami out-shot OSU in all three games of the series and their extra chances paid off as they won both Friday and Sunday’s games, by scores of 6-2 and 2-1 respectively, to win the series. Even in OSU’s overtime victory on Saturday they were out-shot by Miami 46-21.“They force you to raise the level of your play,” coach John Markell said of Miami. “Our guys are capable of it. You try and teach your guys to stay at that level, to stay at that intensity.”The Buckeyes played with high energy and intensity throughout the series but they were outlasted by Miami, who displayed why it is the best team in the country.“I’ve got to give credit to Miami. They fought hard to get back in it,” forward Hunter Bishop said.Bishop had six goals and two assists for the Buckeyes in their five postseason games.For the Buckeyes, it’s a disappointing end to a disappointing season. After being picked to finish fourth in the CCHA in the preseason, the Buckeyes finished in eighth. OSU finishes the season with a 15-18-6 mark and will not qualify for the NCAA Tournament.Sunday’s finale served as senior Mathieu Picard’s final game for the Scarlet and Gray. Picard was the lone senior on this year’s team. Picard played one of the best games of his career in the first round in the conference tournament against Notre Dame. The Ontario native scored two goals to lead OSU to a 3-1 victory on Mar. 5. He finishes his career with 19 goals and 22 assists.
The Government of Guyana and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Thursday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to conduct the sixth Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in Guyana.Finance Minister, Winston Jordan & UNICEF Representative Sylvie Fouet signing the Memorandum of UnderstandingThe signing was done by Finance Minister, Winston Jordon and UNICEF representative, Sylvie Fouet in the Ministry of Finance’s boardroom, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported.Minister, Winston Jordan expressed his satisfaction with “the sterling contributions” UNICEF has been making to the nation. He stated that over the years, the institution has been “very supportive in providing meaningful statistical data to Guyana and other developing countries around the world” through MICS.The MICS initiative has enabled governments to gain access to an array of statistical data, most notably the social sector to aid in filling data gaps which exist in their countries.According to the Finance Minister, through this support, “UNICEF has been able to build the capacity of local staff through survey design, collection and analysis of data.”MICS Six has introduced the use of electronic tablets in their data collection process. It was noted that this will “allow for the swift and effective transmittal of data…to the central office.”Minister Jordon expressed his hope that this “new modus operandi will greatly improve the timeliness and efficiency of the delivery of results of the MICS Six.”UNICEF Representative, Sylvie Fouet highlighted the importance of MICS by stating that “we are in a time where reliable data is very powerful in influencing decision-making.” She noted the MICS program has been operational over two decades in various countries around the world and would be able to show the data measuring the progression of that time period.In 2014, MICS Five was conducted and garnered support from the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and the Ministry of Communities. It was a source of information for the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) and Guyana’s Country Implementation Plan (CIP).MICS Six is slated to end in 2019 and is estimated to cost GYD $209.1 Million (US$1 Million). It was noted that the cost will be divided equally between UNICEF and the Government of Guyana, DPI reported. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGov’t, Fedders Lloyd sign MOU for construction of Specialty HospitalNovember 26, 2015In “Politics”20-30% of children sexually abused in Guyana – UNICEFJuly 30, 2019In “Crime”Jordan signs US$1.3M agreement with IDB to craft response to crime, domestic abuseDecember 23, 2015In “Politics”
FORMER NEW YORK Times editor Bill Keller and his wife, Emma, both caused controversy when they criticised a terminally ill cancer patient.The subject of their ire was not anything that Lisa Bonchek Adams had done, more what she had tweeted. Adams has around 14,000 followers on Twitter and has tweeted updates all through her battle with the disease.The upsurge in sites such as CaringBridge have made the process of keeping friends abreast of your health a more public affair.It isn’t always public, however.When Kerry-born Denise Horgan went to Duke University Medical Centre in Durham, North Carolina earlier this month, her mind was on the procedure she faced.Having cystic fibrosis, she was about to undergo a lung transplant, an operation that would completely change her life.However, having made friends across the globe, Denise wanted to be sure that they could be kept in the loop about how she was doing.With many friends across the world and her parents not using Facebook much, Denise enlisted her friend Cris Dopher.Cris, who had his own lung transplant in December, keeps his friends updated with his progress through his own Facebook page and did the same for the ten days that Denise was in a medically-induced coma.“They have sites for updates for patients, but I didn’t see the point. Everyone I know is on Facebook so we just went with that.“A lot of people are very thankful to be kept in the loop. In Denise’s case her family aren’t on Facebook much, so this was a help I guess.”Of course, the updates weren’t all positive, but the key was knowing where the line of privacy was.” I try not to get too specific but keep the line honest. As a patient I know where the line is.“I kept it to major milestones, such as walking or getting tubes out and other setbacks.”Cris says that he was happy to do the updating, but is hopeful that Denise will be able to resume Facebooking herself.“Denise will surprise us and come on line soon. Denise doesn’t have a voice yet and her frustration is really very clear. But, you can’t be in a coma for 10 days and not get weak.“She is an amazingly strong individual and I would have lost my shit 20 times over at this stage. Anyone else would have lost it by now. She has so much grace.”Read: Cystic Fibrosis charity withholds €1.8 million from hospital
None of Jupiter’s New Satellites Are Named Moony McMoonfaceNASA Greenlights Europa Clipper Design, Construction A massive head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet roughly 4.5 billion years ago may be to blame for puzzling gravitational readings from NASA’s Juno spacecraft, according to a new study.Astronomers from Rice University and Sun Yat-sen University in China say this startling impact scenario could explain surprising readings on the Gas Giant’s gravitational field, which suggest that Jupiter’s core is more extended and less dense than expected, said a Rice University press release. The team detailed their findings in a study published in Nature on Aug. 14.“This is puzzling,” said Rice astronomer and study co-author Andrea Isella. “It suggests that something happened that stirred up the core, and that’s where the giant impact comes into play.”According to Isella, leading planet formation theories suggest that the Gas Giant started off as a dense, rock, or icy planet that later on collected its thick atmosphere from the primordial disk of dust and gas that gave birth to the sun.At first, Isella was skeptical when lead study author Shang-Fei Liu suggested the possibility that the confusing data could be explained by a colossal impact that changed Jupiter’s core, mixing its core’s dense contents with less dense layers above. However, something changed his mind when Liu showed that the collision scenario may have played a role in the puzzling readings.“It sounded very unlikely to me,” Isella explained. “Like a one-in-a-trillion probability. But Shang-Fei [Liu] convinced me, by shear calculation, that this was not so improbable.”This rendering shows the effect of a major impact on a young Jupiter’s core, as suggested by scientists in the study. (Photo Credit: Shang-Fei Liu / Sun Yat-sen University)The research team ran thousands of computer simulations and discovered that a fast-growing Jupiter may have unsettled the orbits of neighboring “planetary embryos,” protoplanets that were in early planet formation stages. According to Liu, these calculations included estimates of the probability of collisions happening under different situations and distribution of impact angles.In all cases, the team determined there was at least a 40 percent chance that Jupiter would “gobble up” a planetary embryo within its first few million years. According to the study, the Gas Giant also mass-produced “strong gravitational focusing,” making head-on collisions more common. Furthermore, Liu ran 3D computer models that showed how a head-on collision would impact Jupiter’s core.“Because it’s dense, and it comes in with a lot of energy, the impactor would be like a bullet that goes through the atmosphere and hits the core head-on,” Isella added. “Before impact, you have a very dense core, surrounded by atmosphere. The head-on impact spreads things out, diluting the core.”An artist’s rendering of the Juno spacecraft in orbit. (Photo Credit: NASA)According to Liu, smaller planetary embryos about as big as Earth would break apart in Jupiter’s thick atmosphere. Collisions at a grazing angle may result in the impacting planet becoming gravitationally stuck and slowly sinking into the Gas Giant’s core.“The only scenario that resulted in a core-density profile similar to what Juno measures today is a head-on impact with a planetary embryo about 10 times more massive than Earth,” Liu explained.Even though calculations suggest that the collision occurred about 4.5 billion years ago, it could take billions of years for Jupiter’s core to recover from this major event.More on Geek.com:Hubble Space Telescope Image Details Jupiter’s Dynamic AtmosphereNASA’s Juno Spacecraft Detects Jupiter’s Striking VistaScientists Spot Strange Table Salt Compound on Jupiter’s Europa Stay on target
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Reports in England have emerged that Arsenal have now joined Barcelona in the race for the teenage star Matthijs de Ligt for a move this summerThe Daily Mirror has reported that Arsenal had sent one of their top scouts for Holland’s friendly against England to watch the Ajax defender in action over the international break. De Ligt has now firmly established himself at the Johan Cruijff Arena this season and is now a regular for the Dutch national side under new manager Ronald Koeman at the age of 18 years old. Among Arsenal, it is believed that Barcelona have also held a strong interest in signing De Ligt with the Dutchman having been spotted recently in Catalunya with fellow rumoured target Justin Kluivert. Due to the ever increasing value being placed on De Ligt, Arsenal fear that he may soon be out of their reach and have listed Greece international Panagiotis Retsos as a suitable alternative for a young defender. The 19 year-old currently plays for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga after having completed a £15m deal from Greek giants Olympiacos.
Evan Levinton, left, looks over security forms with his business partner, Jane Stinson, right, and their contractor, Thomas Craig. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public MediaAs marijuana companies get closer to opening their doors, a cluster of industries is seeing a surge in business. But it isn’t growers, producers, or retailers.Instead, it’s the support services helping new pot companies navigate complex regulations. Many of whom never touch the actual products.Download AudioFor one information technology firm in Anchorage, services for aspiring cannabis businesses now constitute the vast majority of its work.“Try to envision a wall here, with a solid metal door right here,” gestures Jane Stinson near the entrance of an empty room she plans on turning into a pot shop.There’s some office furniture in a corner, and a sink leftover from when this 2,000 square-foot single-story Spenard building was a tattoo parlor. But besides that, the only hints of what the space might become are lines of blue tape on the floor. A provisional layout.“This is where we will have all of our marijuana products,” Stinson said, pointing to a tape rectangle in the center of the room, which will serve as the “restricted area.”“Imagine beautiful cabinets right here,” she said, her hands gliding over imaginary displays. “And you will come in here to see maybe four or five bud tenders.”“What’s a bud tender?” I asked.“A bud tender is an individual who knows everything about marijuana, and (has) a lot of good information,” Stinson replied.I press if it’s a bit like a sommelier in a fancy wine shop.“Exactly,” Stinson answered, guiding me toward another room beyond the main shop floor.For a room a little smaller than a basketball court, the actual restricted area for holding cannabis products is quite small. The whole business is being planned and designed around the regulations adopted by the state’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office.The regulations determine everything from the size of signage to how many people are allowed in any one room at a time (five per employee in the restricted area). Stintson and her partners are at a business phase where they’re focused on taking essentially an empty room, and figuring out how to fit a highly regulated and un-tested business model in between its walls.Stinson’s son and business partner Evan Levinton walks me past a secondary chamber that’ll serve as a back office, and all the way to a small backroom, a little bigger than a root cellar. It’s here that they’ll install two giant safes: one for cannabis products after they’re carted off the shop floor each night. And another for large piles of money, because in keeping with current financial restrictions Enlighten will be a cash-only business.The overall security philosophy is sort of like an interlocking Russian doll, Levinton explained, made of small secure rooms locked within larger secure rooms, with dense metal vaults at the core.“Basically the point of that is the response time: by the time (thieves) try to get to something in here the police will come and they won’t be able to get in,” Levinton said, his foot not far from a large piece of metal chain on the floor.Enlighten Alaska checking over progress with their security consultant, Thomas Craig, who works for Cardosa IT Solutions handling on-site security that is particular to technology systems and strategies.Craig is clean cut, mild-mannered, and not exactly what comes to mind when you imagine the intersecting worlds of security and drug sales. His shirt is from Nordstrom’s.He is extremely professional, from his demeanor to even the hard-plastic briefcase he carries that has a special external compartment just for business cards.That Craig appears to know well what he’s doing is in part because his company has handled a lot of surveillance equipment over the years. And the surveillance piece of the security requirements for a cannabis business to reach compliance is huge. The state rules are strict about retail shop like this monitoring every entrance, exit, point of sale, and restricted area around the clock, even when a store might be closed and locked up.“The real big kicker for most of the costs is storing that data,” Craig said.Enlighten is setting up 16 to 20 high resolution cameras, and in keeping with the regulations, everything they record has to be saved for 40 days. And because no Alaska companies have the infrastructure for inexpensive cloud data storage, all that footage has to be archived on-site. They’re planning on about 36 terabytes worth of capacity (that’s the equivalent of around 9,000 feature length films, or 612,000 songs).Like Craig’s other clients entering the cannabis business, Enlighten is going above and beyond the regulations that are on the books, figuring out what system they need to meet compliance, and then opting for the best version of that system available. Because the burgeoning consensus is it is simply too large a financial and fiscal liability if something breaks down.“If you do have a hard-drive failure,” Craig explained, “you’re going to be out of compliance, and you’re going to have to shut down your business for the time being. That’s a problem.”When I asked Craig if these types of security measures are similar to what’s required of a liquor store, he said it was the wrong comparison. More apt, he offered, is a pharmacy. But the state’s cannabis regulations, he said, seem much more detailed.Security is what’s known as a “pick and shovel” industry. Because when there’s a gold rush, it’s the tertiary businesses selling the essential tools like picks and shovels that tend to steadily profit.“I would say about 80 percent of our business right now, at this juncture, is with the marijuana industry,” Craig estimatd.He doesn’t expect that rush to last, though. Right now, it’s the pioneer pot businesses working their way through the requirements. Though hundreds of residents started the permit application process, it has been relatively few with the capital and savvy to get to the point of having real-estate locked down and beginning security consultations.Craig sees the current rush as more of a big pulse that will trickle off, but leave a permanent client-base.While Cardosa IT will stay involved on the technology and equipment side, they don’t provide other big safety components like guards, locks, or transportation.The other twist, is that because cannabis is still illegal under federal laws, bigger security firms handling federal contracts or based out of state can’t do business with company’s like Enlighten. Craig, who grew up in Wasilla, thinks that’s a benefit for the state’s economy because it keeps money from flowing out.“The way the regulations are set up it is allowing Alaskans to do business in this arena,” Craig said. “It’s not going to be a huge industry up here, but it is important to have that infrastructure within Alaska.”The consultations, the hardware, the security programs: they aren’t inexpensive. Stinson estimates she and her partners put about $50,000 getting their permit application prepared to submit. In the two months since, they’ve poured in another $25,000, much of it towards figuring out security systems that haven’t been installed yet. But Stinson says they are willing to pay more now, because they see it as a long-term business strategy.
TIBTransparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has expressed shock and disappointment at the reported hike of airfares by 3-4 times by domestic airlines taking the advantage of the higher demand for the Eid holidays, reports UNB.Calling it an ‘atrocious extortion’, the non-governmental anti-corruption organisation in a media statement on Saturday demanded justice and accountability in public interest and for corporate integrity.”We’ve been deeply shocked and disappointed to see the media report that some airlines of Bangladesh have brazenly involved themselves in an unprecedentedly atrocious act of extortion of passengers taking the advantage of the higher demand for travels during the Eid holidays,” TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said.This, he said, is an extremely shameful example of non-compliance of national and international standards which is unthinkable for outfits involved in airlines business, never experienced by any country befitting civilised corporate behaviour.”If these airlines represented responsible and prudent corporate practice, they could have planned to make special arrangements to temporarily expand their fleet of aircrafts and/or increased number of flights to cope with the increased demand and thereby make additional profit,” Iftekharuzzaman said, adding that but in no circumstance, they can resort to such illegal profiteering by collusive abuse of corporate power and indulge in such corrupt activities.He called upon the authorities concerned, especially the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP) and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), to duly investigate the matter and bring to justice those responsible for this collusive corruption and harassment of the customers holding them to hostage.”Accountability must be ensured for public interest and in order to ensure the minimum level of corporate honesty and integrity. Given proper commitment they can still be even caught on the spot for action to be taken”, the TIB said in the statement.
Students, families, and teachers were outraged by the faltering heating systems at the 80+Baltimore school buildings during the recent freeze. The finger pointing that followed fromstate and local officials added insult to injury. City residents simply expect their government officials to work collaboratively and act quickly to fix the problems. So, what are the problems?Insufficient funding over many decades is at the core of Baltimore’s school facilities crisis. The math is simple. There’s a standard level of investment needed to adequately maintain and renew building space, but the amount of funding provided to Baltimore schools over recent decades fell drastically short.Funding for facility maintenance comes from the school system’s operating budget. By thestate’s own measure, Baltimore schools are underfunded by $290 million. Another recent state-hired consultant put that number at $358 million. This deficit has led City Schools to prioritize teaching and support staff in schools and shortchange facilities staff.In the capital budget, which funds facility renovations and construction, the gap is larger. Most City school buildings are in very poor condition and much of the mechanical systems and structures like roofs are past their useful life. Adjusted for inflation, $3 billion is needed now to fix all deficiencies, based on a 2012 assessment. Of this total, $1 billion isneeded for heating and air conditioning systems.While the $1 billion 21st Century Schools Program – 2/3 of which is paid for by local sources – is estimated to fully renovate and rebuild up to 28 schools, 100+ buildings are still dependent on the state and city’s capital program, which provides less than $50 million annually. City schools are deteriorating faster than they can be fixed.Recent reports that City Schools sent back $66 million to the state are false. The $66 million was held in a state account until City Schools received enough money to proceed with projects planned for the year. That $66 million is being spent now on facility upgrades in accordance with state protocol. But it’s far from what’s needed.So, what are the solutions?1. Establish an Emergency Fund. Emergencies will continue to occur given the poor condition of City school buildings, especially with extreme weather. The state legislature should pass SB611 – Healthy School Facility Fund – and amend the bill to include $30 million so that City Schools and other school districts can access funding quickly in the event of an emergency.2. Overhaul the State’s Public School Construction Program. The state should pass HB1783 – 21st Century School Facilities Act – which would make the state’s school constructionprogram more equitable, efficient and flexible. The bill includes a plan to assess schoolbuildings statewide; we then must ensure that immediate health and safety deficienciesare prioritized.3. Increase State and City Capital Funding. The state should increase school constructionfunding to at least $400 million annually, because there are significant needs statewide.While Baltimore City’s tax base cannot support school construction contributions at thelevels seen in the wealthier surrounding counties, the city can do more than the $19 millionplanned for FY19.4. Expand the 21st Century Schools Program. This program was designed to allow City Schools to move beyond putting band-aids on festering facility problems and insteadcomprehensively rebuild schools. More state and city funding – not funding from the cityschool system – should be secured for this program.5. Kirwan Should Include Sufficient Maintenance Funding. The new state education fundingformula, which will be considered by legislature next year, should include more funding fordistricts that have higher costs in maintaining old and deficient buildings. City Schoolsneeds more staff to perform preventative maintenance and manage more capital projects.Frank Patinella (LinkedIn Photo)The state has a constitutional obligation to provide a “thorough and efficient” education, and for schools to “provide by taxation, or otherwise, for their maintenance.” The language is clear. Black and Brown students should not have to rely on charity for winter coats and space heaters to keep them warm in school. Our current elected officials have the opportunity to course-correct on long-standing inequities and ensure that all Baltimore students have access to safe, healthy, and modern school buildings.Frank Patinella is the senior education advocate for the ACLU of Maryland.
Taika Waititi’s ‘Thor 4’ Pushes Back ‘Akira’MCU News: Donald Glover’s Role, a Chris Stays On, & Ms. Marvel Updates One of my biggest criticisms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the uncaring way the machinery chews up and spits out the actual artists who make the movies in the first place. Anyone got a copy of Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man they could lend to me? However, sometimes a filmmaker is lucky and savvy enough to turn that corporate gig into a blank check to take on whatever project they want next. And fortunately for us sometimes that filmmaker is the hilarious Taika Waititi.Following his successful reinvention of the God of Thunder in Thor Ragnarok, Waititi has 1. Turned his great vampire movie What We Do In The Shadows into a great vampire TV show 2. Starred as an imaginary idiot version of Adolf Hitler in his upcoming movie Jojo Rabbit and 3. Signed on to direct the long-anticipated live-action adaptation of the legendary manga Akira. And now you can add a fourth project, an animated Flash Gordon movie, to that list.Even if you don’t know Flash Gordon specifically, you know its vibe. The 1930s space opera comic strip by Alex Raymond, starring a Yale polo player who battles space aliens, is one of those nerd ur-texts like John Carter or The Lord of the Rings or Dune that massively influenced pretty much everything else that came after them in the genre. Star Wars arguably started as a Flash Gordon fan film.The shiny gaudy magical sci-fi camp fantasy aesthetic of Thor Ragnarok certainly owes a lot to Flash Gordon, especially the 1980s movie version. What is Thor in that movie if not a heroic space jock? So Waititi makes sense as a pick. Plus his sense of humor should keep it on the right side of ridiculous considering there’s a character named Ming the Merciless. We’ll be interested to see how he does with an animated project though.There’s no release date for Flash Gordon, which makes sense considering Waititi has at least two other movies to get through before then. In the meantime, just check out our review of Thor Ragnarok again. Stay on target
If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Given the human rights nightmare that is the modern prison-industrial complex, an accurate video game jail simulator sounds like the most torturous (literally) thing in the world. So how does The Escapists 2 keep itself enjoyable rather than interactive version of Oz? By ramping up the parts of itself that are a video game, with quirky systems and a pixelated art style including the most adorable shivs you ever saw. Still, even with these concessions, actually escaping these jails can be as soul-crushing as escaping real jail… I assume.The first Escapists came out in 2014 and this sequel launched last year. But we’re taking a look at it now because it’s just debuted on Nintendo Switch. In any case, the concept remains the same. Players are put in jail and have to escape by any means necessary. Again, the cute (if generic) River City Ransom retro art style and tongue-in-cheek dialogue do a lot to smooth things over, but you’re really being asked to be the most cunning incarcerated criminal you can be.AdChoices广告This is an awesome premise for a video game and fortunately The Escapists 2 has the depth and freedom to back it up in practice. There are no set ways to get out of jail. You just have to arrive at whatever solution you arrive at. But there are various systems to help you out. First off, to not draw unwanted attention to yourself, you must follow the routine of the prison. This means making appearances at each meal, exercise session, role call, and whatever else within the time limit. Beyond adding Animal Crossing or Stardew Valley-esque life sim repetition to each day, the routines help you instinctively learn the layout of each prison, crucial for fast getaways. They also help you level up stats like strength and intelligence.You can fight guards with your fists but all that will usually earn you is a trip to solitary confinement (or a bullet in your back). So you’ll also spend much of your time crafting useful equipment. It’s a deep, if grindy, system. Work jobs or take favors from fellow inmates to earn cash for scraps or steal stuff from other cells when nobody’s looking. Your inventory is limited though so you’ll need to hide contraband in hidden desk compartments or by blocking your cell walls with bed sheets to avoid losing everything during a random inspection.With the right pieces you can slowly but usually build tools like shovels for digging tunnels, wire cutters for hopping into vents, brass knuckles for beating up cops with high-level key cards, and more. These items break with repeated use though, and unlike in Breath of the Wild where you’re tripping over weapons, here you’ll have to spend a lot of time foraging and making deals if you want another reinforced grappling hook. No wonder there was a Walking Dead spin-off of this franchise instead of, say, The Shawshank Redemption.Therein lies my biggest problem with The Escapists 2. It gives you an impressive, almost Hitman-level of ways to approach an encounter in terms of sheer variety. But it’s so easy for so many plans to fail that I didn’t feel like my stealth and creativity were being rewarded. It also doesn’t help that a failed plan can waste a ton of time considering the resources it burns through, resetting you back to square one. It’s not so much a difficulty curve, more a difficulty plateau.At first the building tension that underlined all my preparation was absolutely thrilling. It really felt like a dramatic prison break movie as all the gears started turning and the pieces fell into place. Having a bunch of short-term tasks (work this job, build this tool, tail this guard) leading to one big goal (escape!) also makes this an engrossing portable game. However, after so many failures so fast the tension evaporated and I just wanted to beat this video game, not escape this prison. In the first minimum-security prison I eventually found a solution involving stolen clothes that was ultimately more of a specific crafted puzzle to solve and less a moment of guided yet emergent chaos like a Grand Theft Auto heist. I felt like I was promised the latter and was disappointed as a result.That’s a shame because The Escapists 2 really does have the content and overall design to back the strength of its ideas. There are multiple prisons to learn and break out of ranging from cowboy jails to hidden government black sites. You can also compete with friends online or with two Joy-Con to see who can break out of jail the fastest. It’s a super cool console local multiplayer game, even if the interface seems more rooted in PC sensibilities.I just wish the escaping itself wasn’t so tedious. Not everyone would be into easing back on the difficulty, but if it was easier to break free, even in cheesy ways, I would be more tempted to replay levels, if just to see what I could get away with. Despite how it looks, the biggest flaw with The Escapists 2 is that it is actually, ironically, too much like real jail.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. The Escapists 2 is an adorable game about breaking free from hellish prisons.2. As you follow your daily routines you’ll learn the layout of each new jail.3. Try all sorts of plans like knocking out guards with high-level key cards to earning enough cash and scrap to build a shovel for digging a tunnel.4. Unfortunately, it’s discouraging how easy it is for a plan to fall apart, wasting lots of time and resources.5. Multiple jails and multiplayer modes gives you reasons to try for freedom again and again.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… Stay on target
Empowerment, a socio-cultural not for profit NGO, aims to preserve art and cultural heritage of India through promotion and revival of arts and crafts presented Colours of Himalayas a showcasing of handmade products of tribal women from flood affected area of Uttarakhand.The chief guest of the event Santosh Kumar Gangwar Minister of State for Ministry of Textiles (IC) inaugurated the exhibition December 12 at Artizen Art Gallery in New Delhi. On display were shawls, stoles, carpets, bamboo products, copper ware products, paintings and photographs depicting Uttarakhand and its crafts. Empowerment also hosted a ramp show where models wearing the traditional outfit of Uttarakhand showcased the dresses. The exhibition remained open till December 14. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All proceeds from the resulting sales of the products will directly go to these women artisans and weavers, motivating and inspiring them to return to normal stream and move towards sustainable development. The exhibition was curated by Sonika Agrawal and Kumar Vikas Saxena, who have closely watched these women going from being totally helpless and dejected to the spirit of wanting to move ahead and create a better living for themselves and their families. They said, “The immersion of the tribal women in crafts have given them a purpose of life and renewed their strength and courage, providing them with hope for the future.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEmpowerment spreads its message and works through capacity building of women and youth. In June 2013, a cloudburst on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides becoming the country’s worst natural disaster. Though relief poured in from various sectors, a sustained effort is required so that people are rehabilitated and empowered through capacity building and work towards sustenance.
One person was killed in a collision between a motorbike and a VW Polo near Clover (road leading towards the N11) this afternoon.It is unclear exactly how the accident happened. The motor vehicle’s right-hand side took the impact, and the motorbike is completely written off.The biker was declared dead at the scene, and the driver of the Polo sustained moderate injuries.EMRS paramedics treated the driver of the Polo and transported him to hospital for further medical attention.Police and Public Safety were also on scene. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
Tags: Myrtle Beach Many of Myrtle Beach’s Can-Am Days discounts available through spring MYRTLE BEACH — Good news for Canadians! Discounts and savings during the 57th annual Canadian-American Festival, which takes place this year from March 10-18, have been extended throughout the spring season.Ranging from 25-55%, the discounts are designed to help Canadians ‘make up’ the difference in the Canadian exchange rate. Through May 2018, travellers with a valid Canadian passport can receive discounts at select hotels, attractions, golf courses, restaurants and live entertainment venues during their visit to the Myrtle Beach Area.Can-Am discounts are offered to offset at least a portion of the 80-cents-on-the-dollar Canadian to U.S. dollar ratio. It is the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s hope that with these discounts, the destination will continue to be popular among Canadians looking to escape the cold this spring.“We have seen a growing number of Canadian visitors to the Myrtle Beach area, especially in the past decade,” said Julie Ellis, public relations and communications manager for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB. “The late winter and early spring seasons offer mild weather, more affordable accommodations and more elbow room at area attractions. The special promotions for our Canadian neighbors provide even more incentive by bridging the gap in the exchange rate.”More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsSeveral hotels, resorts and attractions are offering deep discounts during Can-Am Days and throughout the spring for Canadians, including:Crown Reef Beach Resort and WaterparkLandmark Oceanfront ResortPrince Resort at the Cherry Grove PierSeaside ResortVacation Myrtle Beach ResortsCoral Beach Resort & SuitesOceanfront Litchfield InnGrande Shores Ocean ResortOcean Creek ResortSea Watch ResortSouth Wind on the OceanAvista Resorthotel BLUEBeach Colony ResortSea Crest Oceanfront ResortBeach Cove ResortCaravelle ResortSand N Sun ResortCaptain’s Quarters Oceanfront ResortOther attractions in the area that are also offering deals include the Myrtle Beach Speedway, Ripley’s Myrtle Beach Attractions, WonderWorks and The Carolina Opry. Special discounts are available for valid dates listed on the individual deal/coupon. To receive discounts, visitors must show a valid Canadian ID.This year, Myrtle Beach will welcome Canadians with a wide array of new developments and offerings, including a new Pearl Harbor Exhibit at Ripley’s Aquarium, a new park and building complex in the Market Common district featuring three miles of new paths and picnic tables (opening by summer), and a new restaurant district in the Barefoot Landing shopping and entertainment complex.More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionOther new attractions include The Asher Theatre, Myrtle Beach’s newest live performance, conference and event centre, a new Topgolf featuring point-scoring golf games, food, drinks and live music, and a 55,000 square-foot complex that will bring new restaurants, retail stores and a live music venue to the boardwalk (opening by April).As for accommodations, Strand Capital Group is collaborating with Hilton Grand Vacations to build a new hotel featuring 33 luxury oceanfront units, scheduled to open in summer 2019. Plans are also in the works to demolish two Breakers Resort buildings and replace them with a Marriott branded resort (construction to begin in fall 2018), while ground has already broken for a 17-storey Residence Inn Marriott (completion date TBD). In addition, a new oceanfront resort property developed by Buchanan Motels called South Bay Inn & Suites is currently under construction, opening in May 2018 with 242 guestrooms, a gym, game room, bar area and sit-down restaurant.Nonstop flights to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from Toronto are available on Porter Airlines and WestJet. For more information go to VisitMyrtleBeach.ca. << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Posted by Share
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