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Feds spending 364M over five years on campaign about perils of legalized

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberal government on Tuesday rolled out the latest phase of its legalized-pot plans: a five-year, $36.4-million campaign to help teach Canadians — especially the younger ones — about the health and safety risks associated with using marijuana.The money is coming out of a $526-million envelope for marijuana legalization announced in last week’s fall economic update, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Toronto MP Bill Blair, the government’s point man on legalizing pot, told a news conference outside the House of Commons.“We have never indicated that we are promoting the use of marijuana,” Petitpas Taylor said.“We want to ensure that Canadians, and youth in particular, have access to the information that they need with respect to risks associated with cannabis use.”Public education up until now has focused in large part on consequences of breaking the law, Blair added, suggesting legalization will allow parents, teachers, health professionals to have conversations with young people.Tuesday’s announcement is in addition to a five-year, $9.6-million allotment included in the last federal budget. The campaign will be expanded once legalization takes hold to help explain how the new laws work, Petitpas Taylor said.The federal Liberals insist they’re still committed to passing that legislation by July 2018, although the Opposition Conservatives, health care experts, a number of provinces and police have raised concerns about the ambitious goal.The government is wedded to an arbitrary timeline for no good reason, said Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu.“It is definitely rushed,” said Gladu, who described the handling of the file as typical of the Liberals: grand promises and poor execution.“Everybody thinks this bill is flawed, whether they are cannabis activists, currently in the distribution area or in the policing force or in the provincial and municipal authorities.”Alistair MacGregor, the NDP’s deputy justice critic, agreed the government is moving too fast.“We … want to be cognizant of the fact that we want to make sure we get this right and all of the levels of government that are involved are comfortable with it,” MacGregor said, describing the idea of an awareness campaign as too little, too late.“We are still worried about the fact provinces and territorial governments are going to have to take on heavy responsibilities to bear the burden of legalization, which includes health care and enforcement.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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China UN health agency provides medical help to victims of deadly earthquake

Responding to a request by the Chinese government for medical support in wake of the massive 12 May earthquake which struck the East Asian’s south-west, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is sending urgently needed supplies and support. The devastating magnitude 8.0 tremors had their epicentre in Sichuan province has claimed over 65,000 lives, according to state media reports. “WHO will strengthen China’s power to reduce the risks of epidemic outbreaks and to treat any cases of communicable diseases that appear,” said Eric Laroche, Assistant Director-General for WHO’s Health Action in Crises cluster. “Damaged health facilities must start treating survivors as quickly as possible for injuries, potential diarrhoeal diseases and acute respiratory infections and psychosocial trauma.” The agency has received $1.3 million out of the $8 million in relief grants contributed by the UN through its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The funds will be used for purchasing and distributing surgical supplies and medicines to treat hundreds of thousands of people; preventing and controlling epidemics and communicable diseases; and restoring health and medical facilities through provision of essential medicines and supplies for primary healthcare and immunization services. Some UN Volunteers (UNV) are en route to Sichuan province to contribute to the medical relief effort in the aftermath of the earthquake. Liu Hai and Gao Wei, originally serving with the Beijing Youth League on a UNV and UN Development Programme (UNDP) for the upcoming Beijing Olympics were selected to participate in a relief mission. Ms. Liu will have a communications role while Mr. Gao will work in equipment supply. Meanwhile, Liu Lei was the only UNV volunteer serving in the area, working on a wetland biodiversity conservation project for UNDP’s Global Environment Facility (UNDP-GEF), when it was hit by the tremors, and is now serving as a volunteer field interpreter for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). In his diary tracking his efforts in the Mian Yang area, he wrote that “guaranteeing homeless people’s health is one of the most important aspects of the aid operation, as well as providing other basic support.” On Saturday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited one of the hardest-hit towns, pledging the United Nations’ support for the East Asian nation and expressing his condolences to the Chinese people.”My heart is filled with great sadness by what has happened to the Chinese people. It is a great natural tragedy,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, after stopping in the town of Yingxiu.”At the same time I’m moved by such strong leadership [as] demonstrated by the Chinese Government leaders, President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, and all the people who have shown such a great spirit of self-help and cooperation and resilience to overcome this natural disaster,” he added. 26 May 2008Responding to a request by the Chinese government for medical support in wake of the massive 12 May earthquake which struck the East Asian’s south-west, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is sending urgently needed supplies and support. read more

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UN troops move into disputed Sudanese area of Abyei

But Alain Le Roy, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told a meeting of the Security Council that “deployment difficulties” in working with the Sudanese Government have left some of the troops facing a “critical food shortage.”Last month the Security Council established, for an initial six months, the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), after violence broke out in the town and surrounding areas which are contested by both north and south, forcing more than 100,000 people to flee.The Council acted a week after representatives from the Sudanese Government and their counterparts from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), representing South Sudan, reached an agreement that provides for temporary administrative arrangements for Abyei and the withdrawal of troops from both sides.Mr. Le Roy’s briefing follows a report to the Council by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on UNISFA. “I am pleased to report that as of yesterday, 521 of the authorized 4,200 military personnel in UNISFA have been deployed,” Mr. Le Roy said adding that he expected to have an operating capacity of 1,200 troops by the end of July. “While the security situation in Abyei remains tense,” he said, “both sides appear committed to avoiding an escalation of violence and ready to cooperate with UNISFA.”He said the blue helmets had made contacts with both sides and they each said they were willing to withdraw upon the deployment of UNISFA.“However, the deployment is facing difficulties as we work with the Government of Sudan to clarify the use of the El Obeid logistic base,” which had been part of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), whose mandate ended when South Sudan became independent on 9 July.As a result, he said, some troops and cargo have been stranded in the Southern Kordofan state capital of Kadugli for days “and the mission is facing critical food shortages for troops stationed in Abyei.”He also confirmed reports from UN humanitarian agencies that at least 113,000 persons remain displaced from their home and the area, and that “significant returns are unlikely to place prior to the deployment of UNISFA and withdrawal of the Sudanese Armed Forces.”The Secretary-General also announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Tadesse Werede Tesfay of Ethiopia as head of mission and Force Commander of UNISFA. Lt. Gen. Tesfay was Head of the Joint Training Department of the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF). 27 July 2011The top United Nations peacekeeping official today reported that more than 500 troops with the new UN mission in the disputed Abyei area of Sudan have been deployed and both of the contesting sides appear committed to avoiding combat and willing to withdraw in favour of the blue helmets. read more

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RCMP and CSIS accused of spying on Northern Gateway opponents sharing information

VANCOUVER — Civil liberties activists in B.C. have filed complaints against Canada’s spy agency and the RCMP for allegedly snooping on opponents of the Northern Gateway pipeline.Josh Paterson with the BC Civil Liberties Association alleges the spying activities include illegal searches of private information, and he says some of the details were shared with oil and energy companies and the National Energy Board.Paterson says it’s illegal for police and spy agencies to gather information on the activist groups, as none of them pose any threat to public safety or energy board hearings.ForestEthics Advocacy is one of the groups that alleges it was spied on, and campaign director Ben West says speaking out about environmental issues is part of the democratic process.The allegations stem from an access to information request filed by online publication the Vancouver Observer last November.Paterson says the documents suggest Mounties mostly gathered information through open sources such as websites, but it’s unclear what CSIS’s involvement was. read more

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Sierra Leone Annan recommends sixmonth extension of UN Mission

Despite the “encouraging” progress made in Sierra Leone so far, the continued engagement of the United Nations Mission (UNAMSIL) after the country’s May elections will be indispensable in helping to maintain the stability needed to consolidate the ongoing peace efforts, according to a UN report released today in New York. “The international community has invested heavily in Sierra Leone, both politically and financially,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan writes in his latest report to the Security Council, recommending a six-month extension – until 30 September – of UNAMSIL’s mandate. “It is therefore imperative that it safeguard the significant progress made and stay the course until its objectives are met.”The Secretary-General notes that more than 47,000 combatants have been disarmed, nearly 25,000 weapons destroyed and 2.27 million eligible voters successfully registered ahead of the parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for 14 May.However, Mr. Annan also points out that much work remains to be done. Following the elections, urgent attention will need to be paid to the unfinished aspects of the peace process, particularly to the extension of State authority, the re-integration of ex-combatants and the restoration of Government control over diamond mining.These efforts, the Secretary-General reports, will need to be complemented by the reactivation of the judicial system, the strengthening of law enforcement agencies and the restoration of basic public services throughout the country.The report also notes the important role to be played by the Special Court and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the post-electoral period. read more

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Kosovo protection corps members arrested UN envoy reports

Briefing President Ibrahim Rugova, Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi and other officials, Harri Holkeri said the action in no way constitutes an indictment of the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC). He also pledged that those arrested would be treated fairly. In another development, Mr. Holkeri and Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic today agreed that the Pristina-Belgrade direct dialogue will convene in the last week of February or the first week of March.Mr. Holkeri told Mr. Covic that in his recent travels to New York, Washington D.C. and London, the message was the same: consistent interest by the international community in favour of the dialogue and a sense of urgency that meetings should begin soon.

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Developing countries opting for social protection over fiscal consolidation – UN report

According to the ILO’s Social protection global policy trends 2010-2015, 120 countries will be slashing public expenditure in 2015. Of these, 86 are developing countries and the overall number is expected to rise to 131 countries in 2016. But while many countries are making cuts to public expenditure, most middle-income countries are boldly expanding their social protection systems, with immediate impacts on reducing poverty and inequalities, thereby contributing to their domestic demand-led growth strategies.“This presents a powerful development lesson,” Isabel Ortiz, Director of the ILO Social Protection Departmentsaidtoday. “As this study shows, even in the poorest countries there are options available to expand fiscal space for social protection.” Indeed, countries like Argentina and South Africa have introduced universal child benefits in recent years. Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, China, Maldives, Namibia, Panama, South Africa, Swaziland and Timor-Leste have achieved universal or nearly universal coverage of pensions. Many others have introduced social transfers for the unemployed, mothers, children and older persons. Some lower-income countries have also extended social protection mainly through narrowly targeted temporary safety nets with very low benefit levels.The worldwide trends towards fiscal consolidation can be expected to aggravate the employment crisis and inequality trends, the report says. “In many countries, policy responses to the global crisis have been taken behind closed doors, as technocratic solutions with limited or no consultation. This has often resulted in a lack of public ownership, civil unrest and adverse socio-economic impacts,” Ms. Ortiz said.In Europe, these measures have contributed to increases in poverty or social exclusion, now affecting 123 million or 24 per cent of the population of the European Union.And in developing countries that are not investing in social protection, adjustment measures are expected to negatively affect millions of households that have been coping with fewer and lower-paying job opportunities, higher food and fuel costs, and reduced access to public services.The ILO paper – launched ahead of the meeting of Economic and Social Councils in Seoul, South Korea – shows that in the first phase of the crisis (2008–09), fiscal stimulus plans were launched in about 50 countries and social protection played a strong role in the response. However, in the second phase of the crisis (2010 onwards), many governments in Europe and elsewhere embarked on fiscal consolidation and premature contraction of expenditures.A fifth of countries are undergoing what is known as excessive fiscal contraction, meaning they are cutting public expenditures below pre-crisis levels. These include countries with major development challenges such as Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau and Guatemala.These measures include the elimination or reduction of food and fuel subsidies; cuts or caps on the wage bill, including for health and social care workers; narrower targeting of social protection benefits; and reforms of pension and health care systems. read more

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Christmas Jumper Day 2016 Stars join Save the Children campaign the best tweets

first_imgMerry Christmas Jumper Day from Maple class! pic.twitter.com/gFBlJviMdK— Maple Class (@maple_yacademy) December 16, 2016 It’s #ChristmasJumperDay, or as I like to call it, My Cat Wore It Better. pic.twitter.com/IjnLfSIOkx— Mitten d’Amour (@MittenDAmour) December 16, 2016 Your support makes all the difference. Don’t forget to pay in £2 this #christmasjumperday and help save children’s lives! pic.twitter.com/MIBzYmIRMP— Save the Children UK (@savechildrenuk) December 16, 2016 The hipster, the scrooge or the reluctant adopter: Which #ChristmasJumperDay camp are you in? https://t.co/iKdqp5XF5j pic.twitter.com/PjdUCRl6lD— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) December 16, 2016 #christmasjumperday I’ve got mine on 👊🏻 pic.twitter.com/Ec0cozrljS— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) December 16, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Social media users have been sharing photos using the hashtag #ChristmasJumperDay, with celebrities also tweeting about the campaign.Stars join in #ChristmasJumperDay Text jumper to 70050 to donate £2 to Save the Children. Retreated to my natural habitat before graft starts, hope no one spots me so stay here all day #Xmasjumperday #XmasJumper #sagexmas @sageuk pic.twitter.com/oB4GV7P8KA— Neil Wheatley (@WheatleyNeil) December 16, 2016 Are these the worst ever Christmas tree efforts? Twitter’s shocking festive fails.  #ChristmasJumperDay tomorrow! Still time to get involved👇 https://t.co/DTu1dvAU9m pic.twitter.com/T5UILHuc6o— TheArsenalFoundation (@AFC_Foundation) December 15, 2016 Many others have shared photos on Twitter   2016 in picture form.Happy #christmasjumperday. pic.twitter.com/xrLyu7EKqf— David Schneider (@davidschneider) December 16, 2016 It’s @savechildrenuk #ChristmasJumperDay; we want to see yours! RT with your Christmas Jumper pic for a chance to win 1 of 10 free pizzas! pic.twitter.com/b1vpbzzAeJ— Papa John’s UK (@PapaJohnsUK) December 16, 2016 @BannockburnHigh Christmas Jumper Day 🎄Biology getting in the Christmas Spirit! #funfridays #everydaysafundayinbiology pic.twitter.com/ZD4511M0mC— BHS_SciTech (@BHSScDT) December 16, 2016  “On Christmas Jumper Day, there’s a serious side to all the silliness: the money you raise by taking part will help us save children’s lives,” Save the Children explains.“It gives children from Surkhet district, mid-Western Nepal access to after school clubs which help to educate them about the dangers of child marriage.“It could also help us bring essentials like healthcare, education, protection and food to the millions of children around the world who are missing out on the most basic support.”center_img Even the dog is getting involved #christmasjumperday @savechildrenuk pic.twitter.com/bqkAG3kgT6— BK Guildford (@BKinGuildford) December 16, 2016 A few animals joined in too  Yaaaaaay it’s #christmasjumperday have you got the #FridayFeeling #dogsoftwitter #dogsinsweaters #dogs Baxter has…. pic.twitter.com/c4JnLVbUZO— The Urban Dog (@theurbandogworc) December 16, 2016 Cats in Christmas jumpers #christmasjumperday #xmasjumperday #cat #cats #Caturday #cutenessOVERLOAD #pets #pet #jumperday @Catownersuk pic.twitter.com/79KGIePwnG— Liz Burman (@LeawoodCattery) December 16, 2016 Janey the service dog is doing her bit for #christmasjumperday at our Leigh service #dog #christmas #cuteanimals pic.twitter.com/vq09hkJJkN— Richmond Fellowship (@rfmentalhealth) December 16, 2016 Here’s SMT, inc @NCCollPrincipal, getting in the festive spirit this Christmas Jumper Day @NCCHairBeauty #NCCjumperday @savechildrenuk pic.twitter.com/Tlmut1Ifuz— Nelson&ColneCollege (@NelsonColneColl) December 16, 2016 Its #christmasjumperday at Collinson.. raising money for @savechildrenuk #feelingfestive pic.twitter.com/LlqpoOM0Bk— CollinsonAgriculture (@CollinsonAgri) December 16, 2016 It’s #ChristmasJumperDay! I’ll be on @SkyNews at 2.30pm GMT talking about my trip to India with @savechildrenuk. pic.twitter.com/WB8AiLIzFc— Luke Evans (@TheRealLukevans) December 16, 2016 Even Coco the office dog is joining in with #christmasjumperday <3 pic.twitter.com/ee4PwgGLZy— Gift Company (@Gift_Company) December 16, 2016 Is this the best Christmas Jumper ever? #christmasjumperday #bsl pic.twitter.com/2KfqbhJqub— BID Services (@BIDServices) December 16, 2016 The organisation adds: “Every year, millions of children around the world die before their fifth birthday from easily preventable diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia.“Many more are forgotten simply because they were born in the wrong place, or because they are girls, refugees, disabled or from a minority.“We won’t rest until every last child gets the chance to grow up healthy and happy. Your support will help us achieve our goal.” Christmas Jumper Day 2016 is finally here, that time of year when workers up and down the country put on ridiculous festive tops to raise money for Save the Children. I’m getting silly for a serious cause... It’s @savechildrenuk’s #ChristmasJumperDay! Join me here: https://t.co/ih0PYNShJa pic.twitter.com/qtsqHLdqor— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) December 16, 2016 Christmas jumper day! #savethechildren #christmasinthechemistrylab #dcp pic.twitter.com/7CRpeJjfzv— Dominican Science (@DCPscience) December 16, 2016last_img read more

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EHF CL RNL storm over Montpellier – Fantastic Sterbik helps Vardar to

← Previous Story Filip Jicha – six weeks out! Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 7): HSV Hamburg with the first victory! Here are the results of the first Saturday at EHF Champions League 2014/2015:Orlen Wisla Plock – Besiktas 28:19Chekhovskie Medvedi – MVM MKB Veszprem 32:37Celje PL – Vardar 26:27RNL – Montpellier 35:24

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Asus Padfone 2 makes an unschedueld TV appearance

first_imgIn just a few more days, Asus will be holding a launch event in Taipei to show off the Padfone 2, its follow-up smartphone-tablet hybrid. The company’s CEO clearly couldn’t wait to show off the device he’s so proud of, however, and appeared on Bloomberg TV in India to demo the Padfone 2 a few days early.Not many hardware specifics were given during the interview, but Chen did confirm a few details that leaked out before. The Padfone 2 will indeed feature a 4.7-inch HD display, though that means 1280 x 720 and not full-on 1080p. That’s still good enough for a pixel density of 312ppi, and the display certainly looks nice enough in the video.Also confirmed is the 13 megapixel rear-facing camera, and Bloomberg’s Anant Dwivedi called the demo photos he saw “phenomenal” while underscoring that the “level of detail was amazing.” The shots do look fantastic, and Asus will no doubt show off some full-resolution images at the launch event to highlight the quality of the camera.The Padfone‘s tablet dock is slimmer and lighter than the original, though the docking system remains mostly unchanged. Chen reported that the tablet packs enough juice for a full day of use, and it can also be used as an emergency refueling station. If your Padfone 2 is running dangerously low on power, just dock it and fill ‘er up — provided, of course, that you’ve remembered to charge the tablet.To get a glimpse of the Padfone, skip ahead to the 1:42 mark in the video above. If you like what you see, make sure to keep your eyes peeled on the 16th. Hopefully, Asus will have good news for its fans in the west this time around and the Padfone 2 will be more widely-distributed than its predecessor.More at Liliputing and @evleakslast_img read more

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Vaccination vaccins obligatoires recommandés et leur calendrier

first_imgVaccination : vaccins obligatoires, recommandés et leur calendrierLa vaccination est une thérapie préventive visant à préparer le système immunitaire contre une maladie infectieuse. Quels vaccins sont obligatoires ou fortement recommandés ?Définition : qu’est ce qu’un vaccin ?La vaccination est une thérapie préventive visant à préparer le système immunitaire contre une maladie infectieuse. Elle consiste à introduire des agents pathogènes affaiblis afin de stimuler les défenses naturelles de l’organisme.Le vaccin est une des interventions sanitaires les plus efficaces et les plus économiques selon l’Organisation mondiale de la santé. Il a en effet permis d’éradiquer, ou de limiter, de nombreuses maladies infectieuses et sauverait la vie de 2 millions de personnes chaque année dans le monde.Comment fonctionne un vaccin ? En cas d’infection par un agent pathogène, les globules blancs qui circulent dans notre sang défendent notre organisme en étudiant toutes les possibilités pour venir à bout des envahisseurs. Ils créent également des anticorps, des cellules “mémoire” qui sauront réagir en cas d’une nouvelle attaque par le même envahisseur. Au cours de cette période, le corps est malade et présente des symptômes représentatifs de la maladie concernée. La vaccination est une manière de mettre en route la réponse immunitaire de l’individu avant qu’il ne soit réellement touché par l’agent pathogène. Le vaccin contient en effet des agents pathogènes affaiblis qui ne pourront normalement pas provoquer de maladie. Le corps se met alors à détruire ces cellules infectieuses et à produire des cellules immunitaires mémoire. Cela permet à l’organisme de mémoriser une défense contre un agent pathogène spécifique. C’est ce qu’on appelle l’immunisation.Vaccins obligatoires Les vaccins obligatoires sont :- Vaccin contre la diphtérie, le tétanos et la poliomyélite (vaccin DTPolio) : À lire aussiÉpidémie de rougeole : New York déclare l’état d’urgence sanitaire et rend la vaccination obligatoirePremière administration entre 2 et 4 mois puis un premier rappel à 11 mois. Les rappels suivants (6 ans, 12 ans, 25 ans, 45 ans…) sont recommandés mais pas obligatoires, sauf pour le vaccin contre la poliomyélite, obligatoire jusqu’à 13 ans.- Vaccin contre la fièvre jaune pour les personnes résidant en Guyane Obligatoire pour toute personne de plus d’un an résidant en Guyane française. Vaccins recommandés Les vaccins fortement recommandés sont : – vaccins BCG (pour les enfants exposés à un risque élevé) Recommandé dès la naissance – vaccins contre la coquelucheRecommandé à l’âge de 2 mois- vaccins ROR contre la rubéole, les oreillons et la rougeoleRecommandé à l’âge de 12 mois avec un rappel entre 16 et 18 mois – vaccins contre la varicelle- vaccins contre l’hépatite A et l’hépatite BRecommandé à l’âge de 2 mois- vaccins contre les infections à papillomavirus humain, à méningocoque ou à pneumocoque. Le 19 août 2016 à 11:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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House Communication By Bahamas Labour Minister Hon D Shane Gibson – Increase

first_img Bahamas raising Minimum Wage by mid August Recommended for you Related Items:shane gibson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCOMMUNICATIONBYHON. D. SHANE GIBSON, M.P.,MINISTER OF LABOUR AND NATIONAL INSURANCE&MINISTER OF THE PUBLIC SERVICEONINCREASE IN THE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE22ND JULY, 2015Mr. Speaker, I am so grateful to the good people of the Golden Gates Constituency on whose shoulders I stand on today and whom I have the privilege to serve. Today, Mr. Speaker, I rise to deliver a brief, but very important communication on a decision taken by the Government to cause an increase in the National Minimum Wage. Mr. Speaker, subsequent to the enactment of the National Tripartite Council Act 2014, on 1st June, 2015, the National Tripartite Council held its inaugural meeting. During this historic meeting, Social Partners representatives, namely the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers Confederation, the National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Trade Union Congress; and the Government, discussed a number of important matters that impacted the working people of our beloved Bahamaland. This meeting, Mr. Speaker, is considered a milestone in the history of industrial relations in The Bahamas, as it marks a turning point in social dialogue and another achievement by this PLP Government.In the Charter of Governance, Mr. Speaker, we made a covenant with the trade union movement and the working people of our country that this Perry Christie led Administration will take deliberate steps to improve the standard of living and quality of life for Bahamian workers. One of the first things we did was to institutionalize the principles of ILO Convention 144 concerning Tripartite Consultations to Promote the Implementation of International Labour Standards. I wish to remind this Honourable House that it was on 2nd March, 2015, that the Governor General, Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite Pindling, signed into law the National Tripartite Council Act, 2014 and laid another pillar in our plan towards a stronger and safer Bahamas.Today Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to publically announce and formally communicate to Parliament that the Government of The Bahamas, acting on a recommendation from the National Tripartite Council, has taken a decision to increase the National Minimum Wage.To this end, Mr. Speaker, and pursuant to Section 4(3) of the Minimum Wage Act, Chapter 321C of the Statute Laws of The Bahamas, I, acting in my capacity as the Minister with responsibility for Labour, signed the Minimum Wages Order to increase the minimum wage to Two Hundred and Ten dollars ($210.00) per week or Forty-two dollars ($42.00) per day or Five dollars and twenty-five cents ($5.25) per hour. This increase will become effective on 15th August, 2015, once both Houses of Parliament have affirmed a Resolution that I intend to formally move in due course. The National Minimum Wage, Mr. Speaker, was statutorily enacted on 21st January, 2002, and effectively mandated that no person employed in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas should be paid less than One Hundred and Fifty dollars ($150.00) or Thirty dollars ($30.00) per day, or Four ($4.00) per hour.The new minimum wage, Mr. Speaker, is a 40% increase, and while we in the government would have liked to have seen it a bit higher, we have accepted the recommendation of the National Tripartite Council and acted accordingly. I am advised that the recommended increase came about after extensive consultation with national, regional, and international experts in the area of industrial relations. Additionally Mr. Speaker, the Social Partners, I am told, deliberated, agonized and analysed data acquired both locally and internationally, as well as it examined comparative legislation from a number of CARICOM member states, before coming to a compromise on a final figure for the new national minimum wage. It is envisioned that the Council will monitor the cost of living and the retail price index, and it is prepared to recommend additional increases to ensure that weekly wage of Bahamian workers is able to keep pace with any increase in these index.Our research has confirmed that despite the false rumours that an increase in the minimum wage will lead to higher levels of unemployment, this notion should be rejected. In fact, Mr. Speaker, in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States, the increase in minimum wage has had a positive effect on the growth of the economy, as persons would very quickly utilize any wage increase by purchasing goods and services thus increasing economic activity. I wish to caution those unscrupulous employers that would try and undermine this increase and deliberately and intentionally withhold the additional wage from hard working Bahamians, that the Inspectorate Unit of the Department of Labour have been instructed to implement a comprehensive inspection plan to ensure that there is compliance, and it will aggressively pursue violators and prosecute them to the full extent of the law.Mr. Speaker, it is with much pride and on behalf of the working people of the Bahamas that I move the following resolution: WHEREAS section 4(2) of the Minimum Wages Act (Ch. 321B) hereinafter referred to as “the Act” provides that the Minister responsible for Labour may by order, increase the sums of minimum wages specified in section 4(1) of the Act after consultation with –(a) a confederation being in the opinion of the Minister a confederation representative of employers and associations of employers generally; and(b) an association of registered trade unions being an association in the opinion of the Minister representative of employees generally;AND WHEREAS the Minister has consulted with a The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers Confederation, a confederation representative of employers and associations of employers generally, and both the National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Trade Union Congress, associations of registered trade unions which are representative of employees generally;AND WHEREAS pursuant to section 4(3) of the Act, as soon as the Minister has made a minimum wages order it shall be subject to affirmative resolution of both Houses of Parliament;NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this House approves the increase of the minimum wages set forth in paragraph (2) of the annexed Minimum Wages (Increase in Minimum Wages) Order, 2015, that is –“The minimum wages shall be fixed as follows –(a) if the employee is employed by the week the minimum wages shall be two hundred and ten dollars per week;(b) if the employee is employed by the day the minimum wages shall be forty-two dollars per day;(c) if the employee is employed by the hour the minimum wages shall be five dollars and twenty-five cents per hour.” LABOUR MINISTER HON. D.SHANE GIBSON RESPONDS TO LATEST EMPLOYMENT FIGURES Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Press Statement By The Hon. D. Shane Gibson, MP Minister of Labour & National Insurancelast_img read more

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Barjuan Barcelona could be interested in signing Isco

first_imgFormer Barcelona defender Sergi Barjuan reckons Real Madrid’s Isco is a player that would interest his old club due to his style of playThe 26-year-old midfielder allegedly refused to shake hands with Real coach Santiago Solari after their 3-0 defeat at Eibar this month.Reports in Spain claimed that this was the reason behind Isco’s omission from Real’s 2-0 Champions League win at AS Roma last week.The Spain international is yet to handed a start by Solari in his seven games in charge of Los Blancos, which has fuelled rumours of a potential exit.And Barjuan reckons Barcelona could be one of those clubs interested in signing Isco.“I don’t know how each coach manages their starting line-up and backups, but it’s true that coaches are there to take decisions,” Barjuan told Radio MARCA.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Solari took a decision. From Barcelona’s point of view, he is a player who could interest them because he plays with touch and can link up with people well.“With this, we’re speaking a little bit in a joking manner. In the end, the season is long and Real Madrid will have a lot of matches and will need everyone.”Barjuan spent 12 years at Barcelona and made 382 appearances at senior level after graduating through the youth ranks.The Catalan left Barcelona in 2002 with three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and Supercopa de España crowns along with the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.Barjuan now coaches Chinese side Zhejiang Greentown.last_img read more

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Gregoire pushes for implementation of health law in state

first_imgDemocratic Gov. Chris Gregoire asserted in a federal court brief Monday that Attorney General Rob McKenna’s participation in a Florida lawsuit challenging national health reform doesn’t reflect the state of Washington’s position — and shouldn’t stand in the way of the law’s implementation. McKenna, a Republican and likely candidate for governor in 2012, is one of 26 state attorneys general who have signed on as plaintiffs in a suit challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the 2010 Affordable Care Act — the requirement that all Americans enroll in a health insurance plan or pay a penalty.The Obama administration has asked U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to clarify his Jan. 31 ruling striking down the health reform law in its entirety. Clarification is necessary, the Department of Justice wrote, “so that defendants know how to proceed in this litigation and in implementing the act, and to dispel the confusion of the public and many plaintiffs regarding their rights and obligations going forward.”Three federal district judges have ruled that the law’s individual mandate is constitutional, while two have struck it down. Vinson ruled that the whole law is unlawful because the mandate is central to its functioning.The White House has appealed the adverse rulings to two appeals courts rather than asking the Supreme Court to review the contradictory rulings on an expedited basis.last_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 6 Wilmington Students Graduate From Bridgewater State University

first_imgBRIDGEWATER, MA — More than 2,100 bachelor’s degrees in the sciences, arts, business and education were awarded during two ceremonies at Bridgewater State University on Saturday, May 18 on the Boyden Quadrangle. It was the 178th Spring Commencement Convocation in the university’s history.The following Wilmington residents were among those who graduated:Kimberly DonoghueCarlyn GillisErin HartyJulianne HooperJared LloydKatherine McKenna(NOTE: The above modified announcement is from Bridgewater State University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Graduate From Bryant UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Kristen Luise Graduates From University Of New HavenIn “Education”last_img read more

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Asia stocks dollar edge lower as markets await Fed Bank of Japan

first_imgAsian shares and the dollar edged lower on Monday as investors awaited central bank meetings in the United States and Japan this week that are expected to hold clues to future policy moves.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent in early trading, taking its cue from a mixed day on Wall Street on Friday.Markets in Australia were closed for Anzac Day, a public holiday.Japan’s Nikkei stock index shed about 0.5 percent as the yen pulled off its lows. Investors also locked in gains after the index soared to an 11-1/2 week high following a report the Bank of Japan will consider another easing step at its two-day policy review that ends on Wednesday.Bloomberg reported on Friday that the BOJ is considering applying negative rates to its lending programme for financial institutions.But some investors still believe the central bank might opt to hold steady as it assesses the impact of its negative interest rate policy unveiled on Jan. 29. A semi-annual report on the country’s banking system issued on Friday by the central bank said the policy has caused some disruption in fund flows and will hurt financial institutions’ profits for the time being.Underpinning sentiment, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered his government on Sunday to compile an extra budget package to fund reconstruction from recent earthquakes that hit Kumamoto prefecture in southwestern Japan, with an aim to put it into effect by June 1.Against the yen, the dollar slipped about 0.4 percent to 111.41 yen after it earlier rose as high as 111.90, its loftiest peak since April 1.”The wide interest rate differential between the U.S. and Japan make it costly to be long yen without momentum,” Marc Chandler, global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York, said in a not to clients.”Momentum and trend followers appear heavily represented in the futures market, and they have been caught the wrong way. This may see the tone shift from selling dollar rallies to buy dips,” Chandler said.The euro added about 0.1 percent to $1.1231. Last week the European Central Bank held its policy rates at historic lows as expected.The Fed, which lifted its benchmark overnight interest rate in December for the first time in nearly a decade, meets on Wednesday.Policymakers are expected to hold interest rates steady when they meet this week, but may tweak their description of the economic outlook to reflect more benign conditions, leaving the path open for future rate rises.A Reuters poll showed on Friday showed that economists expect the Fed to stand pat and then deliver a rate hike in June, and follow up with another by the end of this year.Crude oil prices slipped after rising on Friday and notching their third straight week of gains as market sentiment turned more upbeat amid signs a persistent global supply glut may be easing.Brent fell about 0.7 percent to $44.79 a barrel, while U.S. crude shed about 0.9 percent to $43.36.last_img read more

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Nepal revises plane crash death figure to 49

first_imgPeople light candles in memory of the victims of the US-Bangla aircraft crash in Nepal, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 15 March, 2018. Photo: ReutersThe home ministry of Nepal has corrected the number of deaths in the US Bangla plane crash in Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday afternoon, reports Nepalese newspaper Kathmandu Post.Earlier, the ministry had put the death toll at 51.Rescue workers work at the wreckage of a US-Bangla airplane after it crashed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal 12 March, 2018. Photo: ReutersAccording to the Kathmandu Post, the ministry in a statement on Wednesday said 49 persons including four crewmembers were killed in the crash.Of the dead, 26 were Bangladeshis, 22 Nepalese and one Chinese.last_img

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Heres Why Its Hard For Texans To Get Alcohol Shipped Directly To

first_img Share Graphic by Ben HassonToday’s Texplainer is inspired by a question from Texas Tribune reader Richard O’Dell.Hey, Texplainer: Can liquor be mailed into or around Texas? Liquor stores outside of my area say they aren’t able to send their products to me. I would also enjoy joining out-of-state wine clubs, but they can’t send me their merchandise. What is the issue?Texas liquor laws are infamously complex, and the reason dates back to the end of Prohibition.That was when states began creating their own regulatory structures to administer the production and sale of alcohol — and when Texas, in an effort to stop manufacturers from cozying up to retailers, opted for a system that separates the process into three tiers:Manufacturers that make the product — wineries, breweries and distilleries.Wholesalers and distributors that buy from manufacturers and sell it to retailers.Retailers that sell the product to consumers.Texas law — specifically, the Alcoholic Beverage Code — only allows businesses with an appropriate permit to sell alcohol to consumers. So if you want to buy booze, you need to get it from a retailer (e.g., a grocery store, convenience store, bar or restaurant).The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission oversees all three tiers — and issues separate permits and licenses for each. This is where the confusion starts.Only TABC-licensed carriers can transport alcohol, and only permitted businesses — including those out of state — can sell alcohol to Texas consumers. Without a permit, liquor can’t be shipped directly to Texas consumers, and there currently is no permit that would allow out-of-state liquor stores to sell products directly to Texas consumers.Here are some of the licenses and permits that stores, carriers and manufacturers need to move booze into and around the state:To ship alcohol into, out of or within Texas, businesses must have a carrier’s permit.Licensed wineries in Texas may ship their products to people in the state.Stores that want to make deliveries within their city limits need a local cartage permit. TABC spokesman Chris Porter said most stores have this permit because it allows them to transport alcohol within a city, both to customers and between store locations.Legally, distilled spirits can’t be shipped from a store to a Texas consumer who lives outside of the city where the store is located — instead, they have to be shipped from a package store in the same county as the consumer, said Dick Wills, the CEO of the Gerald Franklin Agency, a liquor licensing business.If a company has multiple liquor stores in cities around the state, each of those stores could deliver liquor to customers living in the cities where the stores are located.“The company could accept orders online, then forward the order to one of their stores in the customer’s city, which would then fulfill the order and deliver the product to the customer,” Porter said.So what about those out-of-state wine clubs?“The wine clubs likely don’t have a TABC out-of-state winery direct shipper’s permit, as that would be required to ship wine directly to consumers in Texas,” Porter said. “Most wine clubs would fall into the category of ‘retailer,’ and there’s no law which allows an out-of-state retailer to ship alcoholic beverages directly to Texas consumers.”For any other out-of-state liquor manufacturer that wants its product in the hands of Texans, a nonresident manufacturer’s license allows them to sell products to Texas distributors that, in turn, sell to Texas customers.Another thing to note: Alcohol cannot be shipped via the U.S. Postal Service. Only TABC-licensed common carriers, which includes most commercial shipping companies, can ship alcohol.The bottom line: Legally, distilled spirits can’t be shipped directly to Texas consumers. They have to be shipped from a package store in the county you live in. Any any out-of-state wine club needs an out-of-state winery direct shipper’s permit to ship wine directly to Texas consumers.last_img read more

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YoYo Ma At The Border And A Sesame Street Snub The Good

first_img 00:00 /16:00 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly.When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of it all.This week, our panel weighs in on these stories:Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing at the borderSesame Street snubbing Houston on its 50th anniversary tourOur panel of non-experts this week includes:David Branham, professor of political science at the University of Houston-DowntownFred Goodall, marketer, writer, and publisher of MochaManStyle.comVivian Ho, health economist at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine Sharelast_img read more

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