Ottawa Alberta reach agreement on funding proposal for Calgary 2026 Olympic bid

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary city council will decide Wednesday whether a last-minute revamping of financial terms is enough to save a potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.A bid seemed destined for the dustbin after Tuesday’s meeting of the city’s Olympic assessment committee.Coun. Evan Woolley, who chaired the committee, brought forth motions to kill the bid and cancel a Nov. 13 plebiscite asking Calgarians if they want the Games or not.Those motions were referred to Wednesday’s council meeting.Woolley said the provincial and federal governments and the city could not come to a cost-sharing agreement on the $3-billion public investment asked for by the bid corporation Calgary 2026, which had estimated the total cost of hosting the Games at $5.2 billion.“The gap is too large,” Woolley said.But Calgary 2026 announced Tuesday night that an agreement was reached between the federal and provincial governments to consider a new funding proposal.The public investment required was reduced by $125 million to $2.875 billion, reducing the total estimated cost to $5.075 billion.Calgary 2026 chief executive officer Mary Moran said working with the RCMP produced $115 million in savings in the security budget and another $40 million in essential services.Under the revamped terms, the Alberta government’s commitment of $700 million would remain the same.The Canadian government’s contribution would be $1.453 billion in 2018 dollars, not the $1.75 billion in 2026 dollars the feds had offered.The remainder would be covered by the city in a breakdown that includes $370 million in cash, plus another $20 million augmenting a premium on a $200-million insurance policy against cost over-runs, for a total of $390 million.The city’s previous commitment to spend $150 million on improvements in the Victoria Park and Stampede Park area — the site of the proposed athletes’ village and potentially a new NHL arena — was also included in the city’s 2026 contribution.Calgary 2026 released a document signed by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and federal Sports Minister Kirsty Duncan agreeing to the new terms.“This is a proposal that makes sense and is a good deal for Calgarians,” Calgary 2026 board chair Scott Hutcheson said in a statement. “I’m confident we and our government partners can agree to move forward and reach an agreement in principle.“I know city council understands how important this is to Calgary, that they know what’s at stake here, and that they will show their strong leadership and allow Calgarians to decide the outcome of the Olympic and Paralympic bid at a plebiscite November 13.“These will be Canada’s games, Calgary’s choice.”Calgary 2026 was organizing a pro-Olympic rally to be held in front of city hall Wednesday morning.Advance voting for the plebiscite is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.Mayor Naheed Nenshi wasn’t ready to call Calgary’s bid for 2026 dead Tuesday.“If you know me, you know I am a Canadian football fan and in the CFL you often get that last field goal in the very last second going through the uprights,” the mayor said after the committee meeting.“What council has to do … is determine whether there’s enough there for Calgarians to vote on two weeks from today, or if they feel that the clock has in fact run out without the field goal.”Nenshi was not immediately available for comment Tuesday night.Calgary was the host city of the 1988 Winter Olympics. The venues still used for international and domestic competition and training are the foundation of a second bid.Calgary 2026 estimated $502 million would be required to get those venues Olympic-ready again.Moran predicted hosting the Games again would bring $4.4 billion into the local economy.The bid corporation says it has built $1.1 billion in capital and operational contingency funds into its draft host plan.The International Olympic Committee has committed $1.2 billion in cash and services to the 2026 host city.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the incorrect figure to get Calgary’s venues Olympic ready.last_img read more

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Key household debt ratio creeps higher in second quarter to 1691 per

first_imgOTTAWA – The amount households owe, relative to their income, crept higher in the second quarter, even as mortgage borrowing continued to slow, Statistics Canada said.The agency said Friday credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income increased to 169.1 per cent as growth in debt outpaced income.In other words, Canadians owed $1.69 in credit market debt for every dollar of household disposable income.The ratio was up from 168.3 per cent in the first quarter, however it was down from 169.7 per cent in the second quarter last year.BMO Capital Markets economic analyst Priscilla Thiagamoorthy noted the increase was “well below seasonal norms” and one of the smallest second-quarter increases since 2000.“Despite edging slightly higher in Q2, the closely watched household debt-to-income ratio appears to have finally turned the corner from all-time highs,” Thiagamoorthy wrote in a brief report.“The key takeaway here is that borrowing cooled with the housing market as households adjusted to a slew of policy changes including tighter mortgage rules and gradual rate hikes.”Household debt has been identified as a key vulnerability for the financial system by the Bank of Canada, however the central bank noted earlier this year that the risk has lessened.On a seasonally adjusted basis, households borrowed $19.6 billion in the quarter, down from $22.2 billion in the previous quarter.The decrease came as demand for consumer credit increased, but was more than offset by a decline in both mortgage and non-mortgage loans.The decline in mortgages came as the housing market slowed amid tighter mortgage rules and rising mortgage rates.Rates for five-year fixed mortgages have been rising as yields on the bond markets, where the banks raise money, have also climbed higher.Meanwhile, rates charged for variable rate mortgages have also climbed as the Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target.On an unadjusted basis, household credit market debt, which includes consumer credit, and mortgage and non-mortgage loans, totalled $2.16 trillion.last_img read more

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Minnesota regulators reaffirm approval for Enbridge Line 3 pipeline

first_imgST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota regulators reaffirmed their support Monday for Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across the northern part of the state, while dozens of protesters walked out of the overflow hearing to make a point about climate change.The Public Utilities Commission unanimously rejected a motion by opponents to reconsider its previous decision to grant a certificate of need for the project. And the commissioners agreed that Calgary-based Enbridge has met several conditions that they imposed when they approved the plan in June.“Line 3 is a climate change disaster so we will stop Line 3,” several protesters in the main hearing room chanted early during the proceedings. Other opponents watching from an overflow room took up the chant and marched across the street to the Capitol, where they presented governor-elect Tim Walz’s staff with a recent gloomy UN report on climate change.But the hearing continued, unlike a previous PUC hearing on the same issues in September that commissioners postponed until Monday after protesters disrupted it. Monday’s hearing was held in the Minnesota Senate Building, which has larger hearing rooms than the PUC’s headquarters, and it’s secured by state troopers, who were out in force.The existing Line 3 was built in the 1960s and carries crude from Alberta to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wis., clipping a corner of North Dakota along the way. It currently runs at about half its original capacity because it’s increasingly subject to corrosion and cracking. Enbridge says the replacement, which would follow a partly different route across Minnesota, will restore that capacity and ensure reliable deliveries of crude to Midwestern refineries.The approval is “good news for Alberta’s energy sector,” Premier Rachel Notely said in a Facebook post Monday.She said replacing the pipeline will “make it safer, more reliable and able to operate at full capacity.”“Construction on Line 3 is already complete in Wisconsin and has picked up in Canada — the section from Hardisty, Alta., to Kerrobert, Sask., is now almost 95 per cent complete, compared to 85 per cent on Oct. 1, 2018,” she said. “Two sections in Saskatchewan are already finished.”Notley added that Enbridge expects Line 3 to being operating in the second half of 2019.Environmental and Indigenous groups say the project would aggravate climate change, because crude from oilsands generates more carbon dioxide emissions, and that it would endanger pristine waters in northern Minnesota where Native Americans harvest wild rice and claim treaty rights.On a series of 5-0 votes, the commissioners agreed that Enbridge has largely met the conditions they attached to their earlier approval, including requirements for insurance coverage against spills and financial assurances for covering the costs of removing the pipeline at the end of its life. Enbridge agreed to secure $940 million in insurance coverage and cover any additional cleanup costs itself. The company estimates the clean-up costs of a worst-case-scenario rupture at $1.4 billion.The state Department of Commerce, which tried unsuccessfully to persuade the commission this summer that the project isn’t necessary, argued that Enbridge’s financial guarantees are inadequate, especially if the company should have to deal with more than one spill on its system at the same time. The rupture of a different Enbridge pipeline into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan in 2010 cost the company about $1.2 billion to clean up.“Enbridge has demonstrated its … capacity to have extraordinary losses anywhere on its system that could wipe out all insurance for its entire operations,” said Julia Anderson, an attorney for the department.Enbridge supporters, many of whom wore blue “Minnesotans for Line 3” winter caps, arrived early and outnumbered the opponents, who mostly had to settle for seats in the overflow room.Afterward, Nancy Noor, chairwoman of the Jobs for Minnesotans business-labour-community coalition, praised the commission for standing firm on its approval and letting the project move forward.Winona LaDuke, executive director of Honor the Earth, and other opponents vowed to press forward with appeals and protests.Steve Karnowski, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Pandya, Rahul needed the rap on their knuckles, says Shastri

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s head coach Ravi Shastri says Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul needed “rap on their knuckles”, referring to the duo’s sexist comments on a popular TV show. Pandya and Rahul were in the eye of a massive storm following their sexist comments on a chat show in January. “Pandya and Rahul needed the rap on their knuckles. They would have learnt a lot from what happened, which is good,” Shastri said. “You are bound to make mistakes and you are bound to be punished at times but that’s not the end of the world. Such experiences just help players to come back stronger, harder and wiser,” he said. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe TV show was aired on January 6. In the show, Pandya and Rahul talked about their relationships, crushes, favourite movies, actors and actresses. Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and even spoke about how open he is with his parents on the matter. Shastri was asked about the differences in opinion between the BCCI and the team over partners of cricketers travelling with them on long overseas tours. “The players know if it is going to affect their performances they will take the decision accordingly. When you see the amount of time they spend away from home, you got to be practical there. “But yes, if it is big event like a world cup or a big tournament where you need the boys to be absolutely focused 24×7 then it’s different but otherwise — this day and age you got to be practical and be a little open minded.” Shastri also said that there is immense mutual respect between captain Virat Kohli and his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni.last_img read more

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Last UN collective centre for refugees in Montenegro shuttered

20 May 2008The United Nations refugee agency has ended its emergency shelter programme for refugees in Montenegro, closing its last collective centre in the Balkan nation which is home to 24,000 people who fled from Croatia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. On Monday, the Trudbenik Collective Centre, which opened in 1993 in the central cit of Niksic, was shuttered.Its 65 residents were moved into family apartments in a new building called the European House, which is owned by municipal authorities. The move was made possible by funding from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners.The new residence “offered a more dignified life and future for all those who have moved into it,” said Serge Ducasse, UNHCR’s Representative to Montenegro.But he stressed that many refugees require assistance in accessing proper housing, as they still reside in sub-standard, privately-owned homes or are squatting in informal collective centres.One of the last residents of the Trudbenik Collective Centre could not contain her delight at moving to their new home after 9 years.“We still cannot believe it,” said Gordana Vekic. “Although the flat is owned by the municipality, this is now our home! We finally have our own door, our own bathroom, our freedom.”But Mr. Ducasse warned that international support is still crucial to help refugees integrate who can or will not return to their home countries. “It is time they are provided with a legal status that gives them real local integration opportunities and allows them to contribute to their new society of adoption.” read more

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Ban calls on reelected leader to ensure freedom and democracy for all

Over the weekend, Mr. Ban made an unannounced visit to Kabul, where five UN staff members were killed and nine others injured in an attack on a guest house on 28 October, for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.In a meeting with Mr. Karzai in the Afghan capital, Mr. Ban said that he urged the leader to ensure good governance, “including the eradication of corruptive practices prevalent in Afghanistan, controlling drug trafficking and forming a unity government with experienced ministers and government officials.”He told reporters in London today that he also called on the President to reach out to “all the ethnic groups, all people, and political and religious leaders,” including those who were themselves presidential candidates such as Mr. Abdullah. He gained nearly one-third of the popular vote in the first round of elections.In spite of the last week’s “heinous” terrorist attack, the Secretary-General vowed that the United Nations will continue supporting Afghanistan’s Government.“We cannot and will not be deterred,” he emphasized.Last Wednesday, Mr. Ban paid tribute to the victims of the attack, saying that “those who gave their lives… came to Afghanistan armed not with guns or bullets. They came with a more powerful weapon – hope. Hope for a better day for Afghanistan and a commitment to help its people build a better world and a better future. “We will not be deterred from this noble mission. We stand by the people of Afghanistan today, and we will do so tomorrow,” he added.While in Kabul, Mr. Ban also met with his Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Kai Eide, as well as the heads of UN agencies working in the country and security officials. 3 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai – re-elected after his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew from the run-off planned for next week – to take all steps necessary to ensure that the people of the South Asian nation can “enjoy genuine freedom, democracy, stability and prosperity.” read more

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French artist Hedva Ser to be named UN Artist of Peace

13 October 2011The United Nations agency tasked with conserving and promoting humanity’s cultural heritage will next week officially designate French artist Hedva Ser as an Artist for Peace in recognition of her contribution to the spirit of tolerance and bringing cultures closer together. The United Nations agency tasked with conserving and promoting humanity’s cultural heritage will next week officially designate French artist Hedva Ser as an Artist for Peace in recognition of her contribution to the spirit of tolerance and bringing cultures closer together.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said the designation of Ms. Ser as an Artist for Peace by the agency’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, in Paris on Tuesday will also be in appreciation of her dedication to UNESCO’s ideals.Through exhibitions of sculpture, tapestry and jewellery all over the world, Ms. Ser has placed her art at the service of peace, of which her monumental sculpture, ‘Tree of Peace,’ has become an emblem, according to UNESCO.She is also the founder and co-chair of the Centre for Women Artists in the Jordanian capital, Amman, which she established in close cooperation with the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Ivonne A-Baki.UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to promote UNESCO’s message. They include Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango, musician Gilberto Gil of Brazil, Portuguese actress and singer Maria de Medeiros and author Frankétienne of Haiti. read more

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The Situation gets arraignment in tax fraud case delayed while he films

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEWARK, N.J. – A former member of the “Jersey Shore” case is delaying a court hearing in his tax fraud case so he can film another reality TV show.Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was scheduled to be arraigned on federal conspiracy and tax fraud counts Monday in Newark. But the proceeding was moved to Oct. 23 after Sorrentino’s lawyer said his client has to tape another reality show in Los Angeles.Sorrentino and his fiancee are scheduled to appear on “Marriage Boot Camp” which films for two weeks ending Oct. 19.Sorrentino and brother Marc pleaded not guilty at an initial court appearance last week. Prosecutors contend the pair filed false tax returns and overstated business expenses on about $9 million they earned through two businesses.Both are free on $250,000 bail. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2014 12:12 pm MDT ‘The Situation’ gets arraignment in tax fraud case delayed while he films ‘Marriage Boot Camp’ read more

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Ohio State mens hockey swept by No 6 NebraskaOmaha drops to 39

Senior forward Anthony Greco during a game against Canisius on Nov. 13. OSU won 4-1. Credit: Courtesy of OSUWeek after week, Ohio State men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik preaches how important the special teams game is in hockey and how it determines outcomes more often than not.This weekend in Omaha, Nebraska, his team lost that battle.Coming off of a bye week, OSU (3-9) entered back into the realm of facing opponents ranked in the top 20 after taking three of four games from Mercyhurst and Canisius. The three-game winning streak came to a close as the Scarlet and Gray were swept by No. 6 Nebraska-Omaha (11-2-1) by scores of 3-1 and 6-4 on Friday and Saturday, respectively.After a scoreless first period in Game 1, sophomores Luc Snuggerud and David Pope found the back of the net past OSU junior netminder Christian Frey, putting the Mavericks up 2-0 after 40 minutes of play.OSU senior captain Craig Dalrymple lit the lamp for the second time this season on the power play to put the Buckeyes within one with 7:07 left in the game. Fellow senior captain Anthony Greco and freshman Dakota Joshua assisted on the play.The OSU comeback effort fell short, however, as Nebraska-Omaha junior forward Austin Ortega scored his 10th goal of the campaign into an empty net with one minute and two seconds remaining.The Buckeye power play received seven attempts to make Nebraska-Omaha pay for its mistakes throughout the evening, but the Dalrymple tally was the only one registered on the scoreboard. The Mavericks were unable to convert on any of their three opportunities on the night.Frey made 30 saves on 33 Maverick shots while Nebraska-Omaha freshman netminder Evan Weninger stopped 34 of the 35 pucks sent his way.In Game 2, it was the Mavericks’ turn to enjoy some time with a man advantage, and they cashed in accordingly.Ortega scored his second of the weekend just 30 seconds into the game. But that was followed up by OSU freshman Mike Gillespie’s first collegiate goal four minutes and 22 seconds later.A Tommy Parran game misconduct penalty due to checking from behind combined with a Sasha Larocque boarding penalty put the Buckeyes on a five-on-three disadvantage that they were unable to overcome, as a goal from junior forward Jake Guentzel started a run of four straight goals from the Mavericks, three of which came on the power play.Instead of fading away faced with a 5-1 deficit with 4:23 left in the second period, the Scarlet and Gray battled to the final buzzer.Larocque continued the trend of Buckeyes scoring their first collegiate goals, as the freshman made it a 5-2 game at the 17:28 mark of the middle frame assisted by sophomore Christian Lampasso and Joshua.Then the captains took over in the third period, as Greco and Nick Schilkey made it a 5-4 game with 4:45 remaining in the game.OSU outshot the Mavericks 24-8 in the final 20 minutes.  Again, the rally would end in the form of an empty net goal, this time via Guentzel’s second of the night with 44 seconds left, ending the scoring for the game.Nebraska-Omaha went 3-of-6 on the power play, ending the Buckeyes’ stretch of 18 consecutive killed penalties in the process. OSU went 0-of-2.Junior Matt Tomkins, who started between the pipes for the Buckeyes, was removed after the fifth Maverick goal and replaced by Frey. Tomkins made 18 saves on 23 shots, while Frey stopped all 10 shots he faced. Weninger received the nod again to start for the home team, and he made 42 saves on 46 pucks sent in his direction.The Buckeyes will look to rebound in Minneapolis next weekend, as they are set to take on Minnesota in their Big Ten opener on Friday at 8 p.m., followed by a rematch on Saturday at the same time. read more

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Government orders investigation into public school cheating scandal as regulator considers change

first_imgWinchester College, Oxfordshire, is among the schools investigated by CIE Ofqual is thought to be assessing whether teachers should be allowed to set exams for boards used by their schools, or be given knowledge of which questions will appear in the tests before they are sat. Robert Halfon, the chair of the Education Select Committee, last night said: “What appeared initially to be a few ripples in the water now seems to be becoming a tidal wave. What started off in one or two schools is now in danger of becoming a scandal.“Clearly this is a potentially a scandal for those exam boards affected and the private schools involved. Parliamentarians and the Government need to find out what has been going on and, with utter urgency, the exam boards and the private schools need to get their houses in order so that the integrity of examinations is respected.”Eton headmaster Simon Henderson said he had been “appalled” at the actions of teacher Mo Tanweer, but stressed that students had not been found guilty of any wrongdoing and had been “inadvertent recipients” of the leaks.He also admitted that the school was aware that confidential information might have been passed to a pupil at another school, and that this had been referred to the exam board.“If we become aware of further allegations, then we will pass these immediately to CIE as Eton would never condone or ignore any suggested breach of exam security,” he added. The scandal began last week when it emerged that teachers at Eton and Winchester had passed information to pupils about upcoming exams.Both teachers were also working as examiners at CIE. The practice led to suggestions that there was a conflict of interest in the dual roles. This is something Ofqual will now be investigating.Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph can reveal that Cambridge International Examinations -the exam board the teachers worked for – refused to rule out that the exam material had been shared among pupils from other schools.The two academics, Mo Tanweer, head of economics at Eton, and Laurence Wolff, head of art history at Winchester, faced disciplinary action by the schools following investigations by CIE, which found that they had shared confidential information about papers they helped administer.Mr Tanweer was dismissed for gross misconduct, whilst Mr Wolff was suspended and later agreed to take early retirement.Students sitting a Pre-U paper in art history at Winchester College have now had their marks for the test voided, as have students entered for the economics exam at Eton. 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. Last night Charterhouse school said its pupils may have received information about the economics exam before sitting the test. It has reported its concerns to CIE.“Cambridge International Examinations thoroughly investigated allegations of maladministration on Pre-U Economics and Pre-U Art History,” a CIE spokeswoman said.“We took decisive action where we found maladministration had occurred at two schools to protect the integrity of our examinations and to ensure our examinations are fair for all students.“Students directly affected also received an appropriate and valid grade. If anyone has evidence that maladministration has occurred in any of our examinations they should contact us direct.”The Daily Telegraph understands that the information leaked by the academics to their students may also have been shared with others via social media and email exchanges.According to a source familiar with the investigations, suspicions of malpractice were raised with Winchester College after a female student at  Downe House, an independent school for girls, learned on social media that boys sitting art history had obtained advanced knowledge of the exam. Winchester College, Hampshire, is among the schools investigated by CIE A spokeswoman for Charterhouse said: “After an Economics examination, pupils anonymously raised a concern regarding a prior communication with revision advice received from a pupil at another school.“Charterhouse immediately reported the matter to CIE. CIE then took the action it decided to be appropriate in the circumstances.“Charterhouse pupils who sat the examination papers were all awarded their marks in the normal way, whereas pupils at the school where malpractice was adjudged by CIE to have occurred had their marks for one of the economics papers concerned estimated according to an established procedure.”Ofqual issued a statement on Thursday night saying it will “conduct a review of the rules under which serving teachers take part in writing and reviewing question papers, and the safeguards in place to prevent disclosure of confidential information.”The exam regulator’s statement went on: “The involvement of serving teachers in the process of exam setting has many benefits and exam malpractice by teachers is rare.”However, access to live materials must be appropriately controlled and risks to security minimised. We will investigate whether the safeguards in place are sufficiently robust and whether changes are needed.” It is unknown how many students were involved, and whether students from other schools aside from Eton and Winchester were passed advanced information about the paper. An investigation was tonight ordered into the private school cheating scandal as ministers suggested that teachers could be banned from setting exam questions.Schools minister Nick Gibb confirmed that Ofqual had begun an inquiry following revelations reported by The Daily Telegraph which saw at least four leading public schools investigated over allegations of malpractice.It came as the exam board at the centre of the disclosures admitted that the scandal could have involved other schools as it urged parents or teachers with information to come forward.It also admitted for the first time that pupils had passed on the inside information to friends at other schools, raising fears that the true scale of the cheating is greater than originally thought.Announcing the inquiry, Mr Gibb said: “The public must have confidence in the integrity of the exam system and cheating of any kind is unacceptable.“The exam regulator Ofqual is now reviewing the rules under which teachers take part in writing and reviewing question papers and have confirmed to me that they are considering whether action is needed.“The overwhelming majority of teachers act appropriately when working with exam materials but where they do not schools have a responsibility to report it to the exam board for investigation.” What appeared initially to be a few ripples in the water now seems to be becoming a tidal wave.Robert Halfon, Chair of the Education Select Committee Winchester College refused to comment, but said in an earlier statement that it had taken the investigation “very seriously” and “greatly regrets what happened”. The exam board has also voided marks for Eton students that completed the art history paper, after it found they had been passed details of the exam by a friend at Winchester.CIE is now appealing for anybody with information about cases of malpractice to come forward, amid fears that leaked exam details were shared more widely than originally thought.last_img read more

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85 jump in number of complaints received about HSE care of vulnerable

first_imgSafeguarding (41 complaints in 2016, down from 54 in 2015)Client placement/planning (68 in 2016, 35 in 2015)Access to equipment (six in 2016, five in 2015)Level of staff to support client (18 in 2016, 12 in 2015)Financial charges (four in 2016, three in 2015)Staff behaviour (four in 2016, two in 2015)There were 31 concerns received in relation to alleged abuse – including physical, sexual, psychological, financial, neglect, discrimination and institutional abuse – in 2016, down from 43 the previous year.Lack of communication between HSE staff and families was also raised as an issue.The majority (199) of the 220 concerns and complaints received by the office were closed out during 2016. Some 21 concerns and complaints remained open and under investigation as of 31 December. The 13 concerns that remained open at the end of 2015 were dealt with during the first three months of 2016.Case studiesThe report highlights a number of case studies that were resolved during the period in question.One of the cases relates to a person who received “a very serious spinal cord injury several years ago”.  After initial treatment and rehab in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, they were transferred back to an acute hospital bed because of lack of funding to resource the amount of support they needed to move back home.The report notes:They came to this office in the summer and eventually the funding was found to allow them to move back to the community with the appropriate high level supports they need, which included nursing support as well as round the clock PA services. This person is happy to be back in the community and working toward getting back to life in their community.Another case study looked at people with severe intellectual disabilities who were told they were being moved away from the home they had lived in for many years – as a cost-saving measure.The report states: “This is not in line with the HSE’s own policies and the move was stopped. Families are now satisfied that these people will be left in what is their home and will not be moved, unless down the road there is medical justification.”Commenting on today’s report, Gath said: “My role is to act as a voice for the complainant and help them navigate the system. By passing the concern on to the relevant person, I further ensure that the HSE reviews or investigates appropriately within agreed timelines.Of the 119 concerns received in my first year in office, 106 are now closed, either based on the complainant’s satisfaction with how the concern has been dealt with by the HSE, or where I have decided that no further action is required. I have also been contacted by many people simply seeking advice or support, which is encouraging.The HSE said its policy on safeguarding vulnerable people at risk of abuse “seeks to provide a consistent approach to protecting vulnerable people from abuse and neglect, to ensure all services have a no tolerance approach to any form of abuse, and to promote a culture that supports this ethos”.The full report can be read here.Read: HSE ‘regrets but understands’ why Grace’s mother won’t accept their apologyRead: Differences between the Grace terms of reference before-and-after? There aren’t many, but they mean a lot… Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7,631 Views By Órla Ryan THERE WAS AN 85% increase in the number of complaints or concerns received about the care of vulnerable adults in HSE-funded services last year.In 2016, 220 concerns or complaints were received, compared to 101 in 2015. However, there was a reduction in the number of safeguarding concerns – down from 54 in 2015 to 41 in 2016.The figures are included in second annual report by the independent Confidential Recipient for Vulnerable Persons, Leigh Gath, which was published today.Gath’s role is to receive and examine concerns and to provide help and advice to vulnerable adults, or anyone concerned about a vulnerable adult in a HSE-funded service.The majority of concerns and complaints related directly to the provision of services by the Social Care Division – 80% of all concerns received, an increase of 61% on 2015. Some 13% of concerns and complaints related directly to Mental Health Services (both hospital and day-care services) throughout the country.The type of concerns raised with the Confidential Recipient included: Image: Shutterstock/Bignai Image: Shutterstock/Bignai Short URLcenter_img Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 12:56 PM Share38 Tweet Email2 https://jrnl.ie/3278721 Mar 9th 2017, 12:56 PM 85% jump in number of complaints received about HSE care of vulnerable adults A cost-saving decision to move people with severe intellectual disabilities away from their long-term home was overturned. 3 Comments last_img read more

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La Trobe moves on new Greek Centre

first_imgTHE Research Centre for Contemporary Greek (RCCG) studies will replace the former National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research also known as EKEME at La Trobe University. EKEME was closed down by the University at the end of 2008. According to Neos Kosmos English Edition exclusive information, La Trobe is considering a draft proposal for the setting up of the new Centre. Although these plans have not been finalised by the appropriate University authorities pending further consultations, it is understood that some of the key aims of RCCG will be: To be the leading Australian centre for academic research into matters relating to contemporary Greece and people of Greek heritage; to develop high quality academic research focusing on contemporary Greece and people of Greek heritage; to use its research activities to deliver a Greek Studies program in the School of Historical and European Studies; to be a centre through which research relating to Greek Studies can be discussed and communicated to the academic and wider communities; and to collaborate with other research centres and researchers at La Trobe ensuring that the study of contemporary Greece and people of Greek heritage is undertaken within a broad context. The new Centre will employ a Director who will be responsible for academic and financial matters, seeking research grants, donations and benefactions. His salary will be paid by La Trobe for the next five years. Specific details have yet to be formulated but it is the University’s intention to link the Centre more closely to Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, thus making it more accountable for its academic as well as financial activities. Community engagement is expected to take the form of a broader participation of the Greek and Cypriot communities, particularly taking account of government representation and the importance of religion in community life. It is anticipated that it will take at least sixmonths before the RCCG becomes operational. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Xbox One S in Storm Grey or Military Green will include Battlefield

first_imgFall is nearly here which means that we’re about to see a slew of new console bundles from both Sony and Microsoft. Today, Microsoft announced several Xbox One S bundles that are themed around EA’s upcoming Battlefield 1. Given how Microsoft has an exclusivity deal (of sorts) for the game, this announcement isn’t much of a surprise.The bundles come in three varieties. The first of them features a standard 500GB Xbox One S console that comes with a digital copy of Battlefield 1 for $300. The next bundle is exactly like the previous one, except that the system comes in “Storm Grey.” Interestingly enough, this bundle, which will only be available in Microsoft stores and Walmart, comes out on November 1, a full week after the game launches on October 21.Those who want the best bundle available will want to pick up the 1TB “Military Green” variant. This one comes with the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition of Battlefield 1. This version of the game comes with several pieces of DLC, including the Hellfighter Pack, the Red Baron Pack, the Lawrence of Arabia pack, and a new skin for Behemoth vehicles. This bundle will set folks back $350 and goes on sale on October 18. This is definitely the bundle to get for those who want to play several days before the official release.All of these bundles come with a free month of EA Access. Those with EA Access, even if they do not have one of these bundles, will be able to play Battlefield 1 on October 18.Battlefield 1 is set to be one of the biggest games of the holiday season, so these bundles should help Microsoft compete with Sony who is set to launch its PlayStation 4 Pro on November 10. It should be noted that bundles purchased from GameStop stores will come with physical copies of the game. Most bundles come with digital codes, so this could be a big incentive for people to buy the system.last_img read more

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Emery wants Auba to aim for the Golden Boot

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery is confident that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can go all the way to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot this season.Aubameyang became the first player to hit double figures and currently top of the scoring charts with 10 league goals after his double inspired the Gunners to a win over rivals Spurs on Sunday.And Emery in a recent report on FourFourTwo challenged the Gabonese striker to maintain his hot streak in their game against United.“I want him to continue improving, and his challenge is also collective and individual,” Emery said ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on Wednesday.10 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the first player to score with 10 consecutive shots on target in the Premier League since October 2007 (Benni McCarthy for Blackburn). Pinpoint. pic.twitter.com/CHa1Tjyzfb— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 2, 2018Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I want his challenge to be that he has the opportunity to be the best scorer in the Premier League.“We want to help him achieve this and that is because, if he is scoring, he is helping us.“In the last two matches, he has had a very big performance, working and scoring. I want to say to him, ‘Don’t stop, continue with this commitment every match.’“It is also important that he takes confidence from matches like Tottenham. Now is the moment to say to him, ‘Don’t stop’.”last_img read more

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JayZs Foundation Gears Up For College Bus Tours To Help Students Visit

first_img Jay-Z’s Foundation Gears Up For College Bus Tours To Help Students Visit HBCUs The legendary rapper’s organization teams up with Toyota to take prospective college students from New York and New Jersey to visit various historically black colleges and universitiesNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 24, 2019 – 11:33 am GRAMMY-winning rapper and music mogul Jay-Z has announced his Shawn Carter Foundation is joining forces with Toyota to provide free bus tours to help students visit historically black colleges and universitiesThe annual tour, which has been operating since 2007, will take high school students from 125 invited schools in the New York and New Jersey area on a week-long trip to visit 11 HBCUs around the country. The tour includes stops in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta and will give students the opportunity to meet with college admissions counselors as well as students invovled with the Shawn Carter Foundation at each school. Fittingly, all high school seniors selected for the tour have been provisionally accepted to at least one college or university on the tour schedule.The foundation will facilitate college preparation workshops at the 125 participate in weekend sessions that focus on, “ACT/SAT prep, college essay and academic resume building, interview skills, and how to dress for success,” according to Black Enterprise.Since its inception in 2003, when Jay-Z and his mother Gloria Carter founded the organization, the Shawn Carter Foundation has touched the lives of hundreds of high school students, helping them prepare with the tools – and in some cases, the finances – for a successful transition into college. During their celebrated On The Run II tour last year, Jay-Z and Beyoncé donated over $1 million in scholarship funds, with a $100,000 scholarship being awarded to one exceptional high school senior during each of the tour’s U.S. stops.For more information on the Shawn Carter Foundation, visit the organization’s website.Beyoncé Created A Space To Celebrate Black Culture At Coachella & More Things ‘Homecoming’ Taught UsRead more Facebook News Email Twitter Jay-Z’s Foundation Gears Up For College Bus Tour jay-zs-foundation-gears-college-bus-tours-help-students-visit-hbcuslast_img read more

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REMINDER Wilmington Community Fund To Give Away Reusable Tote Bags On June 23

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Community Fund is helping residents reduce waste by helping to protect the environment in a more sustainable day-to-day effort. Their reusable tote bags offer many environmental benefits, as well as convenience, value and ease!The Wilmington Community Fund wants to help by giving away reusable bags (1 per person) at the following locations on Sunday, June 23, 2019, starting at 10am:Elia’s Country StoreFarmers Market (140 Middlesex Avenue)Lucci’s SupermarketMarket Basket PlazaThe giveaways are on a first-come, first-serve basis.​Be sure to bring your Wilmington Community Fund tote bag on your next grocery trip. While you’re there, consider donating a non-perishable food item to the Community Fund’s Food Pantry. With your help, WCF can achieve its motto, “People Helping People.”Facts on Reusable Bags vs. Plastic & PaperPlastic, disposable shopping bags equate to nearly 2 billion bags tossed away every week across the country. In a typical landfill, it can take centuries for a plastic bag to decompose. Sadly, recycling costs are high, with the EPA reporting only about 2% of all plastic bags are recycled. Since they are lightweight, plastic bags also have a high risk of blowing away and harming sea life, birds, and other animals, either through consumption or entanglement. Switching to paper bags is not necessarily a better alternative as they take previous natural resources and produce twice the atmospheric waste as plastic.Reusable Bag Tips:Keep reusable bags by your door or in your vehicle.Make “bring reusable bags” a line item on your shopping list.Wash cloth bags once a week in hot water and soap, air dry before storing.Bags aren’t just for groceries! Use them for all your errands, carrying books, beach supplies, picnic lunches, and any other common use where a sturdy bag is useful.​To learn more about how you can support WCF, click HERE.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Community Fund.)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… RelatedWilmington Community Fund Giving Away Reusable Tote Bags On June 23In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, June 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On June 23In “Community”last_img read more

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Looking Back on the Buyback — Activists Remember Events That Protected Kachemak

first_imgRecently, Cook Inletkeeper sponsored a panel discussion to commemorate the 40th anniversary the Kachemak Bay oil and gas lease buyback. The buyback prevented oil and gas development in the Bay and protected it as a critical habitat area.Download Audio Part OneThe Homer Spit on Kachemak Bay. (Photo from the KBBI database)Frank Tupper helped found the Kachemak Bay Defense Fund.“It was a story,” Tupper said. “It was a David and Goliath, a little town in Homer, at the end of the Sterling Highway, is under pressure from those big oil companies.”In one corner, David was a motley crew of commercial fisherman, Homer’s budding environmental movement — including Tupper — and other Homer residents desperate to protect Kachemak Bay. In the other were oil companies and the state of Alaska, which in December 1973 held a Lower Cook Inlet lease sale that opened up the bay to drilling and production activities.What followed was a three-year battle fought in all three branches of state government and all aspects of the community. On May 25, Cook Inletkeeper sponsored a panel discussion to commemorate the 40th anniversary of these events.“It was a local, human-scale fight over our human destiny with great characters and great arguments on all sides,” said Tom Kizzia, who was editor of the Homer News at the time.“Homer really changed as a consequence of what happened in that period. I think you can see a lot of what Homer became, was seeded and started to grow at that time,” Kizzia said.The seeds of environmentalism flourished from the fight, and the community became centered on tourism and fisheries, rather than oil and gas.Loren Flagg was the commercial fisheries area biologist for Fish and Game when the lease sale was announced, and had all of two days to prepare comments.Frank Tupper was one of the founders of the Kachemak Bay Defense Fund. (Photo by Jenny Neyman, KBBI – Homer)“At that time the bay was producing 5 million pounds of shrimp a year, 2 million pounds of king crab, a half million pounds of tanner crab, and, of course, salmon, halibut,” Flagg said. “It was extremely, extreme valuable resources.”But Gov. Bill Egan supported the sale, so it went ahead, much to the surprise of Homer residents. The sale had been announced through the usual governmental and industry channels, but not in a way that reached community members. Ken Moore fished crab, herring and salmon in the bay. He says fishermen felt like they didn’t have a say in the matter.“No effort to find out if the people whose front yard it was all going to be in wanted it there,” Moore said. “Or it didn’t seem that anybody really cared whether they did or not, it had happened already. And that just added insult to injury when you discovered what was going on.”Frank Tupper was making ends meet as a self-proclaimed hippie at the time, when a friend came by his trailer to tell him about the pending lease sale.“Neither one of us could believe that that would be possible, that people were not that stupid, that they wouldn’t just do it just for the dollars,” Tupper said. “Naïve we were, but, still, that’s what we thought because of this beautiful, intrinsic area that we live in. So I think I said to Chuck, ‘Well, dammit, there’s two of us, let’s get going.’ From the citizen side of it that was the beginning of going out and just beating the streets and talking to people, ‘Do you know what’s coming, do you know what’s coming?’”.Such was the grassroots of the community campaign that eventually gained national attention. Activists established the Kachemak Bay Defense Fund, led by Tupper. They joined forces with the North Pacific Fishermen’s Association, led by Moore, to spread the word of the oil incursion into the bay and raise money for a legal battle.A popular tactic was to hold shrimp and crab feeds, serving up information and donation forms along with the shellfish.“I would hold up a quart of oil and I would say — after they were wiping their mouths with the butter and the garlic and everything — I said, ‘Now, which would you prefer in the bay?’” said Tupper.The fund helped pay for legal challenges to the leases. The issue made it to the Supreme Court. Warren Matthews was an attorney for the plaintiffs. They brought three challenges: Failure to give notice — they lost on that one; failure to make a reasoned decision that the lease sale was in the best interest of the state; and failure to conduct a study of potential impacts to be shared with affected communities. The court found merit in those two claims, but not enough to reverse the sale.“A majority of the court said, ‘Well, you’re right, but do we want to disturb all these other leases that have been made in the past?’” Matthews said. “They answered, ‘No. And therefore, we’re not going apply this ground to you, either.’”But political tides were changing. Republican Jay Hammond was elected governor in 1974, in part on his conservationist platform to protect fisheries.Homer fishermen, environmentalists and others had been fighting to protect Kachemak Bay from development after the state of Alaska held a lease sale for oil and gas exploration.“We were fighting for our homeland, we were fighting for the bay, the intrinsic beauty of the area. So it wasn’t just a bunch of people with an ‘ist’ at the end — conservationist, environmentalist, developmentalist. It was people. People from a little town that had a common goal, and we fought like hell,” said Frank Tupper, of the Kachemak Bay Defense Fund.Tupper’s group raised money to bring a legal challenge to the leases. Though the Supreme Court agreed with some of their arguments, it offered no practical relief, not wanting to step on a slippery slope that could affect many other leases already issued.That left the state’s lawmakers and administration to settle the issue. Gov. Hammond submitted a bill to the Legislature in 1976 calling for a one-year moratorium on oil drilling in the bay, in which time the state could negotiate with the oil companies to buy back the leases. After that year, the state could reacquire the leases through eminent domain. Going forward, Kachemak Bay would be protected as a critical habitat area.It was not an easy sell in the Legislature, with many Democrats still loyal to Gov. Bill Egan, who authorized the sale, or supportive of industry development in the state. Republican Legislator Clem Tillion, from Halibut Cove, was one of the main champions of the bill, both to protect fisheries and because the oil industry only paid 1 percent severance tax at the time. New legislation would impose taxes on the oil industry similar to what Texas required.“Why would I give up one fish for something that doesn’t pay me anything? Those are my grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s resources. But I’m certainly not going to give it away,” Tillion said.Chancy Croft was a Democrat lawmaker, but on the same side of the issue.“By ’75 you had a Republican governor and a Legislature that was overwhelmingly Democrat,” Croft said. “And, so, the question was, ‘Were a group of Democrats going to say that the former Democrat governor of Alaska was wrong in what he did?’ It turned out a majority were willing to say that.”As the clock wound down in the 1976 legislative session, Tillion was short three votes to get Hammond’s bill passed. Ironically, the oil industry provided the extra push needed.The jack-up rig George Ferris had been towed to Mud Bay, along the Homer Spit, for repairs after it was damaged at Cape Kasilof early that year. By August, rumors were flying that the rig’s iron legs were stuck in the mud. In May, Shell Oil attempted to move the rig, but the legs failed to retract and the rig got swamped by the tide, spilling diesel fuel into the bay. The oil boom meant to contain any possible spills was stuck on deck. Another boom brought in to contain the spill turned out to be already dirty and released its own sheen into the water.Kizzia covered the fiasco for the Homer News.“To this day you can find plenty of quotes from industry officials about the care that they were going to take if drilling went ahead. And as soon as there was actual trouble all the promises evaporated,” Kizzia said.Most anyone on the fence about protecting the bay was pushed over by the resulting outrage.Loren Flagg was the commercial fisheries area biologist for Fish and Game at the time.“One of the biologists with Chevron testified that it would not be possible to spill enough oil to do harm in Kachemak Bay,” Flagg said. “And then, just as the Legislature was getting ready to vote, the George Ferris. And that was enough for the Legislature to change their votes.”Homer was indelibly changed by these events, and those involved learned lifelong lessons.“Trust but verify. Don’t take everything you hear,” Flagg said.“Don’t give away that which lasts forever for something that’s going to be here a short time,” Tillion said.“The belief in people power, in self-advocacy, in the strength that you as an American citizen has,” Tupper said.The panel discussion panel discussion to commemorate the 40th anniversary the Kachemak Bay oil and gas lease buyback took place on Wednesday, May 25 at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer. Cook Inletkeeper plans to make a full recording of the discussion available on its website, at inletkeeper.org.last_img read more

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Man dies at Wildwood Correctional Complex

first_imgA man died in state custody on Sunday afternoon at the Wildwood Correctional Complex in Kenai. Michael Talcott, 57, was found unresponsive in his cell, according to Department of Corrections spokesperson Corey Allen-Young.Listen now“He was found by his cellmate who said that Mr. Talcott collapsed,” Allen-Young said. “After informing Corrections staff and medical staff, they attempted to save him through efforts of CPR and defibrillator. And also the emergency responders from the Nikiski Fire Department tried to help.”He was pronounced dead at 4:48 pm on Sunday.Talcott was not being treated for a medical condition at the time of his death nor did his body show any signs of trauma. His death is being investigated by the State Troopers, the State Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Department of Corrections.Talcott had been in custody since 2008. He was serving a 20-year sentence for Sexual Assault of a Minor in the 1st Degree.He is the seventh person to die while in custody this year.last_img read more

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Heartbreaking reason why Tom Cruise is not seeing Suri Cruise

first_imgTom Cruise leaves his hotel carrying daughter Suri for her gymnastics class on July 17, 2012 in New York, NY.MEHDI TAAMALLAH/AFP/GettyImagesTom Cruise is busy with his Top Gun: Maverick and Mission Impossible movie series. But the whole world wants to know why Hollywood’s biggest star is not maintaining a healthy relationship with his daughter Suri Cruise.Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes parted ways in 2012. The reason behind the split was not revealed to the public and to this day, neither one has talked about what led to the divorce. As per our recent reports, Katie has reportedly started dating again as she has spotted several times with Jamie Foxx. But Tom, on the other hand, has remained single.Katie Holmes is spending most of her hours with her daughter Suri but Tom Cruise has reportedly not been in touch with Suri ever since he and Katie got divorced. According to a recent report, the real reason why Tom Cruise cannot get in touch with his daughter is because of his religious beliefs.According to Us Weekly, Suri is not being raised as a Scientologist by her mother Katie Holmes and as everyone knows, Tom is an ardent believer of The Church of Scientology. As per the laws of the Church, the Vanilla Sky movie star is not allowed to see Suri or communicate with her. Tom Cruise and Katie HolmesReutersThe last time Tom Cruise was publicly spotted with daughter Suri Cruise was back in 2013. But the outing was their way to create a public image. A former Scientologist revealed to Us Weekly that the sightseeing was reportedly just for appearance.”Maybe he did it for a photo op to make it seem like he was connected so he wouldn’t be criticized,” said the former Scientologist.It should be noted that several reports in the past suggested that Scientologists are allowed to see their children if they wanted to but as per other alleged claims, it was Tom’s own choice not to see his youngest daughter.It is not like Tom Cruise is not in touch with his other children. As per several other statements, he reportedly shares a close bond when it comes to his other children.last_img read more

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