Enhanced Protection for Nova Scotian Consumers

first_imgThe summer months are a popular time for direct sellers to conduct business with Nova Scotians. Direct sellers are businesses who operate without a retail space, such as door-to-door sales, home parties and telephone solicitations. Most are ethical in their business practices, however, some engage in practices that could be misleading and negatively affect consumers. To ensure Nova Scotians are better protected from unethical direct sellers, police can now issue summary offence tickets to direct sellers who are in violation of the Direct Sellers’ Regulation Act. Individuals caught selling without a permit face a minimum fine of $985, up to $2,422 for a third offence. Fines for corporations start at $2,400, rising to more than $11,000 for a third offence. “We want to ensure Nova Scotians who buy items from direct sellers are being treated fairly and that they are protected,” said Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Direct sellers who mislead or scam consumers in any way, sell without a permit, or fail to comply with the act can now be ticketed by police.” Direct seller companies require a permit to operate in the province and salespeople must identify themselves to consumers using the name listed on their identification card. Anyone who feels they have been treated unfairly by a direct seller should report the incident to the police. “The Better Business Bureau is proud to work hand-in-hand with Service Nova Scotia, helping people across the province by giving them the information they need to be smarter consumers, and responding to concerns when things go badly,” said Peter Moorhouse, president and CEO of BBB Atlantic. To check if a direct seller has a permit to operate in the province, visit https://data.novascotia.ca/Permits-and-Licensing/Licensed-Direct-Selling-Companies-in-Nova-Scotia/iite-snyb/data or call 902-424-5200 or toll-free at 1-800-670-4357. For more information on direct sellers, visit https://novascotia.ca/sns/access/individuals/direct-sellers.asp.last_img read more

KMC plans to set up residential school for boys

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation is planning to set up a residential school for boys which will be the first of its kind in the city. This school will come up at Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Sarani in Bhowanipore area in south Kolkata.The school will have facility to lodge students for a duration of 12 hours from 6.30 am to 6.30 in the evening. There will be facilities for their bath, breakfast lunch as well as tiffin in the evening, before they return home. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga”There are a number of students in schools run by us whose parents leave for work early in the morning and return in the evening. After they leave these kids skip school and roam here and there. The parents will drop these kids in the school and we will take care of them through out the day. They will receive education as well as food and other facilities ,” said a senior official of the Education department of the civic body. The KMC will recruit non teaching staffs to take care of the kids after their school hours. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThere are two schools located at Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Sarani in Bhowanipore among which one school is entirely for boys. “KMC’s plan is to upgrade the boys school to residential facilities having a capacity to lodge 100 students,” the official added. A similar school with residential facilities for girls is being set up at Kashiswari Chatterjee Lane in ward 1 of the civic body. Work for the school has already started. KMC maintains a total of 257 primary schools in the city and the student strength is over 25,000. Most of the students studying in KMC schools hail from poor financial background. It may be mentioned that the infrastructure of KMC schools have witnessed a sea change, since it was taken over by the Trinamool Congress board in 2010. The Education department has introduced Hindi medium, Urdu Medium and English medium schools catering to the demand of the people in different localities in the city.last_img read more

Officials from UN war crimes tribunals urge help in arresting fugitives

18 June 2007Senior officials from United Nations war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia today called for efforts to capture a number of infamous fugitives known to be hiding from justice in different countries. Senior officials from United Nations war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia today called for efforts to capture a number of infamous fugitives known to be hiding from justice in different countries.While observing “general progress” in Serbia’s level of support, Carla Del Ponte, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), told a meeting of the Security Council that she would continue to demand Belgrade’s full cooperation, including full access to documents and the arrest and transfer of fugitives, particularly Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic – suspected architects of mass crimes during the Balkans wars – who she said she believes “are currently in Serbia or within Serbia’s reach.”“The continuing impunity enjoyed by Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic gravely undermines all efforts to bring justice to the victims,” Ms. Del Ponte told the Council, adding that it also seriously affects the credibility of the Tribunal.ICTY President Fausto Pocar said the imperative for States to cooperate in the apprehension of the accused has reached a “critical stage.”He noted that General Zdravko Tolimir, a top aide to General Mladic during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, was apprehended by Bosnian authorities, while Vlastimir Dordevic, a senior Serbian police officer accused of participating in the campaign against Kosovo Albanians in 1999, was arrested in Montenegro just yesterday.Reaffirming the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s (ICTR) “firm and unwavering” commitment to completing its work on time, Prosecutor Hassan B. Jallow stressed the need to bring remaining indictees to trial, particularly well-known fugitive Felicien Kabuga.Asserting that the suspect is in Kenya, Justice Jallow called on the Security Council and Member States to “bring their influence to bear on the Government of Kenya for it to live up to its international legal obligations” by arresting Mr. Kabuga and handing him over to face justice at the Tribunal, located in the Tanzanian city of Arusha. In his first address to the Council as the new President of the Rwanda Tribunal, Dennis Byron emphasized that the purpose of the court’s establishment – to contribute to peace and international justice – will be “seriously impaired” if the remaining indictees are not brought to justice. “If these fugitives are not arrested and transferred in time for their trials to be completed by the end of 2008, a solution must be discussed that will allow the Tribunal or another mechanism to proceed with such cases beyond the end of 2008,” he stated.The calls for help in bringing suspects to justice were made as the Council discussed the completion strategies of the courts, with the ICTR expected to wrap up its work by 2009 and the ICTY the following year. Officials from both tribunals said referrals to national courts were critical to meeting the deadline.Mr. Pocar said the impact of referrals on his court’s overall workload has been “substantial,” noting that ten accused have been transferred for trial to the domestic courts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, two to Croatia, and one to Serbia. To ensure that international norms of due process are observed in those cases, he said it is imperative that domestic jurisdictions in the region receive strong support to strengthen their judicial capacity, including adequate detention facilities. By prosecuting war crimes cases at the domestic level, Judge Pocar said “it is these courts that will carry on the legacy of the International Tribunal long after it has completed its mission.” read more

Half of Tim Hortons franchisees in Canada join unsanctioned group

Less than a year after it was created, a group looking to raise Tim Hortons franchisees’ concerns over the chain’s management has recruited half of all of Tim Hortons Canadian franchisees into its ranks.The Great White North Franchisee Association president David Hughes said in a letter sent to all franchisees that half of the chain’s franchisees have shown they support the significant issues the group publicizes.The association incorporated in March to raise franchisee concerns, including the use of advertising funds and cost-cutting measures that it says impact quality.Hughes said the GWNFA has decided to defer fee payments over a six-month period to give struggling store owners the chance to join, noting that many do so anonymously.The president encouraged franchisees to join the growing group, and said the association hopes to hold elections for a new board of directors in January 2018.The GWNFA and parent company Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR) have been at odds since its formation, and have initiated legal actions against each other.The GWNFA filed a $500-million lawsuit in June alleging RBI improperly used money from a national advertising fund. The allegations have not been proven in court and RBI has said it vehemently disagrees with and denies the allegations.In September, RBI subsidiary TDL Group Corp. served default notices to the association’s board members, including Hughes. The company accused them of providing confidential information to Tim Hortons former CEO Don Schroeder, who then allegedly gave it to a Canadian newspaper. Schroeder and the GWNFA have denied these claims.The association then filed a lawsuit alleging RBI, its subsidiary and several executives continually subvert their right to associate. None of the claims have been proven in court and Tim Hortons has called the lawsuit unfounded.Hughes told franchisees in the letter that the association’s efforts have helped bring about significant changes.“But we still have many issues still to tackle in order to bring profitability and sustainability to each of you.” read more

No civil war in Sri Lanka

Jayasekera recall;ed that the security forces carried out a humanitarian operation and ended 30 years of bloody terrorism which nearly destroyed my country. “Let me remind you that it was the LTTE terrorists who wiped out the Sri Lankan Tamil leadership including our foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, the mayor of Jaffna, Sarojini Yogeswaran, and MP Neelan Thiruchelvam, to name a few,” he added. “There was no brutal prosecution. There is no persecution of Tamils in Sri Lanka. They are our people and Sri Lankans,” he said. Bandula Jayasekara, Consul-general of Sri Lanka in Sydney, insists there was no civil war in Sri Lanka but only a terrorist problem.“Sri Lanka did not have a civil war. We suffered in the hands of a brutal terrorist organisation, LTTE, which tried to separate the island for nearly 30 years. They mastered and perfected the art of suicide bombings,” he told The Australian newspaper. read more

Thousands protest in London as Trump blimp flies

A giant balloon of U.S. President Donald Trump as a baby has taken to the skies in London during Trump’s UK visit.The orange baby Trump wearing a diaper and is holding a cellphone in his hand for tweeting.The blimp was approved by London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the name of free speech.Tens of thousands of people are marching in London in protests against Trump, accusing him of torture, misogyny and racism.Meanwhile in a news conference Friday, Trump said the U.S. supports the British people’s decision to “realize full self-government” as it negotiates an exit from the European Union.He called it a “very complicated negotiation.”In 2016, a slim majority of Britons voted to break from the EU.Trump criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of Brexit negotiations in an interview with a British tabloid published on Thursday.Despite the interview, Trump says his relationship with May is “very, very strong.” read more

UN signs agreement to help Sudan with landmine removal

Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding, the UN will seek to help both parties to jointly develop a national mine action strategy that meets the immediate needs of the emergency humanitarian situation and plans ahead to a post-conflict Sudan. Such strategy will eventually lead to a mutually agreed National Mine Action Plan.The agreement was signed yesterday in Geneva during the Fourth Meeting of States Parties to the Antipersonnel Mine Ban Convention. It focuses on the request of both parties to the UN to implement an emergency mine action project in Sudan with the overall objective of reducing mine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) casualties among the civilian population and the humanitarian aid community.Mine Action offices are being established in Khartoum and Rumbek.

Fund to support retired US Steel Canada workers to be running by

TORONTO – The Ontario government says a transition fund to cover health costs for retired employees of US Steel Canada should be up and running by Jan. 1.The $3 million fund was announced in October as U.S. Steel separated from its Canadian operations.A government statement issued Thursday said up to $2.5 million will be devoted to prescription drug costs while the remaining money will be used for urgent dental and other health services.Details on implementing the fund is subject to court approval; a hearing is scheduled for Dec. 23.U.S. Steel Canada employed about 2,000 people at the Hamilton Works in Hamilton and Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ont.It has been operating under court protection since last year while attempting to reach a compromise with its creditors. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2015 7:18 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 17, 2015 at 8:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fund to support retired US Steel Canada workers to be running by Jan. 1 read more

Buckeye seniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr earn 100th career win

Junior center Amir Williams led the Buckeyes with a career-high 18 points while Craft and Smith Jr. added 16 and 10 respectively.Matta said having Williams produce at a high level regularly has been a plus for the Buckeyes this season.“He was lacking a little energy on the defensive end to start the game and I thought he really elevated after that and guys did a nice job of finding him, getting him the ball … we’ve got to put him in position to be successful and I think we did that where we got him the ball tonight,” Matta said.Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle provided a spark off the bench, scoring a career-high 17 points and going 5-8 from 3-point land.No Buckeye starter had less than nine points on the night.As a team the Buckeyes shot 69.2 percent from the field and 60.9 percent from beyond the arc. Nine different Buckeyes scored and five were in double figures.Smith Jr. said a big part of the high scoring numbers was the team feeding off each other as the game went on.“I think when guys see other guys make shots it boosts everyone’s confidence,” Smith Jr. said. “It makes everybody think ‘why can’t I be the guy to make the next shot,’ and that stuff catches on fire and guys start swinging the ball and getting wide open shots and coach has been on us to make your open shots.”Next up the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Maryland (5-2, 0-0) at the Schottenstein Center as part of the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge Wednesday at 7 p.m. Junior center Amir Williams (23) dunks the ball. OSU won against North Florida, 99-64, Nov. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor One hundred wins. Nineteen losses.That is the record of senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. as members of the Ohio State men’s basketball team. The seniors clinched their 100th career victory Friday night with a 99-64 win against North Florida (4-4, 0-0).“I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder, today is their 100th win at Ohio State,” coach Thad Matta said after the game. “They’re the second fastest in college basketball to get there, Kansas got there in 116 and they got there in 119 … it’s amazing and I’ve never been prouder of two guys.”No. 7 OSU (6-0, 0-0) used a balanced scoring attack and a hot shooting night to secure their sixth victory of the season.The Buckeye starting five hit their first 13 shots, with team shooting 19-27 overall in the first half, and scored 19 straight points after falling behind 6-5 to build a comfortable lead.“We just really wanted to come out and make the most of this opportunity. We wanted to find a way to put 40 minutes together, something that we hadn’t really done this year … we just came in and wanted to get out to a fast start,” Craft said.After struggling over his last three games, only managing two made baskets in 20 attempts, junior forward LaQuinton Ross turned things around against North Florida.Ross hit his first four shots of the game and finished the day with 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting, including a career-high four 3-pointers.Craft said that Ross’ improvement was partially because of his effort in the practices leading up to the game.“LaQuinton’s a competitor, he’s the first one to tell himself he hasn’t been playing great and we didn’t have to really get on him. He took that on himself to come out in practice and do whatever he needed to do, just really try to find that role and he did that,” Craft said after the game. “He came into practice and had a couple great ones, and usually when we have guys practice well it carries over really well to the game and we saw that today.”OSU led 48-29 at halftime, and used a 14-2 run at the start of the second half to put the game away for good.North Florida struggled against the Buckeye defense, shooting 20 of 52 for 38.5 percent and turning the ball over 18 times. read more

Inmarsat Skywave critical telemetry helps Ivanhoe track assets at KamoaKakula

first_imgIvanhoe Mines’ flagship Kamoa-Kakula project is situated 25 km west of the provincial capital Kolwezi, in the Lualaba Province of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It has been independently ranked as the world’s largest undeveloped, high-grade copper discovery, with the Kamoa copper deposit discovered in the 2008, followed by the high-grade Kakula deposit in 2015. During this exploratory phase there has been significant movement of people and supplies across the sites and the regional base in Kolwezi.The state of the DRC’s roads posed a significant risk to their contractors, geologists and administrative staff as they travelled between sites during the exploration process. Potholes as big as three metres in size, lack of maintenance and the remote location of many of the roads were just some of the factors that meant a journey that would normally take a few hours, could take several days. Dust clouds obscuring the driver’s vision meant that there was a greater likelihood of accidents occurring, and damage was often done to vehicles by gravel kicked up by other vehicles. The unpaved roads were also very susceptible to flooding and thick mud during the rainy season, which could cause further issues for drivers, who often needed towing assistance.Access to the site is through unmade roads to the villages of Kasekelesa and Musokantanda, which meant that ensuring the safety of their inhabitants, who were suddenly confronted with more traffic became a priority. The fleet managers also had no idea where their 30 off-road vehicles, trucks and ambulances were at any given time, leading to concerns around security. To compound matters, terrestrial connectivity outside of urban areas was patchy and unable to properly support any type of fleet management application in the region.With the need to understand where vehicles are and how quickly they are moving and to ensure safety and security, Ivanhoe Mines turned to Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite solutions. Inmarsat utilised the Skywave IDP-780, powered by its highly reliable L-band connectivity service, to enable a mission critical telemetry solution for tracking assets. The solution allows the control centre to visualise the vehicles and includes a number of geofences set up to enforce policies introduced by Ivanhoe Mines to improve driver and public safety and security. Reports are automated at night so that managers can cross-check inventories to see that assets are where they should be.Matthieu Bos, Vice-President, Corporate Development at Ivanhoe Mines, explained some of the measures introduced by the company: “We wanted to reduce the speed at which our drivers travel on the roads, to reduce the damage done to vehicles if they hit potholes or other obstructions, and to reduce the risk of accidents. Inmarsat’s solution enables us to track the speed of every vehicle every minute, and if this speed exceeds 80 km per hour or over 30 km in certain zones the office and driver are alerted and the vehicle is prompted to slow down. We can also monitor location with pinpoint accuracy, so that if a vehicle hasn’t moved in some time, we can contact the driver to establish whether they’ve had an accident or a breakdown.”Inmarsat’s satellite connectivity has been critical to the success of Ivanhoe’s Kamoa-Kakula driver safety project. The fleet management solution required consistent connectivity across the entire field of operations, large areas of which are not covered by cellular networks. Inmarsat therefore provided a dual satellite-cellular tracking device and fleet management solution, which utilises GSM connectivity where available and then switches seamlessly to Inmarsat’s satellite connectivity when required. This provides a consistent and reliable communications network between control centre and vehicles, delivering real-time updates to Ivanhoe Mines on vehicle status and location, enabling the company to act to secure the safety and security of their staff and assets if necessary.Bos explains the benefits the company has seen since the deployment of Inmarsat’s solution: “Our top priority is making sure our staff and the public are safe. The Inmarsat solution enables us to track vehicles across the region and as a result we have seen a notable decrease in incidents. The speed at which we can also resolve any issues our drivers have out on the roads, has also improved immensely. We now have complete confidence that we will be instantly aware of any issue with a driver or vehicle and can respond immediately to provide assistance. Additionally, we have improved relations with people from our local communities by reducing disruption as our vehicles pass through their villages.”“Inmarsat’s solution has been instrumental in moving people, equipment and supplies to where we need them to be. Overall, the solution is helping to improve our bottom line, and has been integral to the successful development of this world-leading mine project.”last_img read more

Lunchtime Fix 8 things you need to know

first_img Due to cabin crew strike @AerLingus parks up Airbus A320s @DublinAirport #Aviation pic.twitter.com/7nTtwtR7JG— Trevor Buckley (@IrishAero) May 30, 2014 WHAT’S THE STORY?1. There was a sharp message from IDA Ireland to Bausch and Lomb’s at-risk workers today – take the pay cut or face a ‘stark reality’. Source: Rock Hard Place via Shutterstock2. Some horrific news emerged from India today after two young sisters were found hanged in Katra village. The teenagers had been gang raped and murdered.3. Aer Lingus staff have gone ahead with their strike today – and most of the airline’s flights have been cancelled. 5. The HSE has confirmed that people who lost their discretionary medical cards before yesterday’s announcement will not get them back. 6. We may be looking at some good news (!) in the energy sector. Price experts have welcomed the July date set for the deregulation of the gas market. They say that allowing Bord Gáis to set their own prices will mean better competition.So, we might be able to get rid of this? Source: Hot Water Bottle via Shutterstock7. Know a baby that was born last year? Is its name Jack or Emily? There’s a chance it is as they were, by far, the most popular names of 2013. Very different from the Johns and Marys born 50 years before. Image created by DataConversion Direct Ltd. Source: Dataconversion Direct Ltd.8. And finally, 2FM have chosen its Miss Personality. We’ll leave the commentary on this to DailyEdge.ie here. Source: @SB_Comms via TwitterCatch up on the rest of today’s stories> 4. Alex White has confirmed what we’ve all known for ages – he wants to be the next leader of the Labour party. It’s on.  Source: Trevor Buckley™/Twitterlast_img read more

Gardaí probe at least four different potential motives after machete murder of

first_img By Garreth MacNamee http://jrnl.ie/4064680 Jun 12th 2018, 10:51 AM Mikolaj with his wife Elzbieta. Gardaí probe at least four different potential motives after machete murder of man in Cork Mikolaj “Nick” Wilk (35) was killed in his home in Ballincollig, Cork. 29 Comments GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE brutal murder of Mikolaj “Nick” Wilk (35) at his home in Ballincollig, Cork, are probing a number of different theories as to why he was killed including that he was involved in a personal feud with someone he knew.Wilk was attacked by four men armed with machetes for a period of up to 10 minutes. He was subjected to the assault in front of his wife and two children. He later died in hospital.His wife Elzbieta suffered serious slash wounds to her arms and hands. Her two children were physically unharmed but are said to be in a deeply distressed state.Wilk was known as a friendly, hard-working man who had his own gardening business in Cork. There was no immediate motive for the attack.However, gardaí will now access his social media profiles as well as his phone records to check if there could have been a personal reason for the attack.Gardaí will also investigate if Wilk’s death could be in any way linked to his work.Detectives believe the nature of the murder – a sustained attack with machetes for up to 10 minutes – indicates that the reason behind the killing was personal. Gardaí also recovered a gun from a car which was burnt out close to the murder scene.The fact the men had access to a firearm and decided not to use it is more evidence for gardaí, albeit circumstantial, that there was a personal motive for the case.Aga Deryng, who is a friend of Elzbieta, said she is raising money for the bereaved family.Writing on a GoFundMe page, Deryng said: “A caring husband, loving father and very close friend to a lot of us, was brutally attacked and killed. Everyone is still in shock and heartbroken over this tragic incident. We are gathering money to help his poor wife that also [has] been injured and two children that he has orphaned. Even a small donation would help them to recover after this tragedy.”The scene at The Bridge House, Maglin, Ballincollig is still currently preserved. Gardaí are continuing to carry out house-to-house enquiries.Speaking at Gurranabraher Garda Station today, Superintendent Colm O’Sullivan said: “We are continuing to appeal to anyone with information or to anyone who may have witnessed this incident, [including] any drivers who may have dash cam footage and travelled in the Maglin, Ballincollig, Ballinora and Waterfall areas between 2am and 5am on 10 June 2018.“If anyone noticed any suspicious or unusual activities in these areas in the days leading up to the incident, contact Gurranabraher Garda Station on 021- 4946200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.” Share413 Tweet Email center_img Image: Facebook Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 10:51 AM Mikolaj with his wife Elzbieta. Image: Facebook Short URL 78,152 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Multiculturalism under the microscope

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “On the one hand people say they love multiculturalism, but if you ask how we got to become a multicultural society, this is where you need to explain how it works.Maria VamvakinouA new report says that despite Australia’s embracing of multiculturalism, discrimination against ethnic minorities is on the increase, and a majority of Australians do not support public funds being used to assist ethnic minorities to maintain their traditions. While the Scanlon Foundation’s 2013 Mapping Social Cohesion Survey strikes an upbeat tone on perceptions of the term ‘multiculturalism’ in Australia, the report published this week admits that since the benchmark of 2007, its findings “arguably reflect a deteriorating rather than improving situation”, with “a marked increase in the reported experience of discrimination, especially amongst Australians of non-English speaking background”. A hardening of attitudes towards asylum seekers was also evidenced by the research, which has been conducted annually for the past six years. While the findings indicate strong levels of support for the concept of multiculturalism – 84 per cent of respondents agreed that ‘multiculturalism has been good for Australia’ – and a similar proportion agreed that multiculturalism benefited the nation’s economic development – more than half of those asked did not agree that ethnic communities should receive public funds to maintain customs and traditions. The reticence of a majority of Australians to acknowledge the importance of funding multicultural programs suggests a disconnect with broader views on the benefits of multiculturalism. The survey’s authors described multiculturalism as “an ambiguous term that individuals interpret in different ways” but was “a strong and supported ‘brand’ [and] one that resonates with the Australian people”. The report’s findings were largely welcomed – with caveats – by politicians and multicultural lobby groups. Victoria’s Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras described the results as reinforcing the concept of Australian multiculturalism “as a success story”, whilst noting that research in Victoria – which showed over 80 per cent agreed that multiculturalism benefits Australia’s economic development – was higher than the national figure. “Victoria’s approach to multiculturalism sets a benchmark for other states to follow,” Mr Kotsiras said, whilst conceding that the survey flagged “some less positive developments”. “This demonstrates that while Victoria and Australia are, on the whole, harmonious, we must remain vigilant and resolved in our efforts to combat racism and discrimination wherever it occurs.” Victorian Labor MP John Pandazopoulos said the report highlighted the need for the federal government to reconsider the downgrading of multicultural affairs as a key ministerial portfolio. “The report’s outcomes highlight why the Abbott government’s recent decision to shut down the portfolio is completely wrong,” said the Member of Dandenong, who added that the Victorian experience – of bipartisan support for diversity and multicultural programs – was key to changing negative trends as highlighted by the survey. “The federal government should emulate this, rather than use approaches that have proven wrong overseas and only divide society. “It’s a crying shame that the principle of the Australian ‘fair go’ in the eyes of many has diminished over the last 10 years,” he said. Maria Vamvakinou MP – who chaired a cross-party federal inquiry into multiculturalism during the last Labor government – echoed the state MP’s sentiments. Ms Vamvakinou told Neos Kosmos that the survey’s findings provided further evidence that Tony Abbott’s decision to downgrade the multicultural portfolio was a mistake and “counter productive”. “People don’t understand that the reason why we have a cohesive society today is that governments funded programs and policy. Cohesion didn’t happen accidentally,” she said. “That’s where the disconnect is. On the one hand people say they love multiculturalism, but if you ask how we got to become a multicultural society, this is where you need to explain how it works. We can’t take it for granted everybody knows. They don’t.” Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria Chairperson Joe Caputo described the survey’s results as “mostly promising” but was “saddened” to see an increase in discrimination of people from non-English backgrounds and a progressively negative view of asylum seekers. “The fact that survey respondents consider asylum seekers the third most important problem facing Australia today goes to show how much the issue has been portrayed negatively by politicians and the media,” he said. The Scanlon Foundation’s 2013 Mapping Social Cohesion Survey can be viewed at: www.scanlonfoundation.org.aulast_img read more

Alamo Drafthouse MoviePass Introduce New Cinema Subscription Options

first_imgStay on target For £17.90 (less than $24) per month, I can see unlimited films (and get 10 percent off concessions) at any location of a popular UK cinema chain.Considering one adult ticket costs nearly £12, if I see even two movies a month, I’m already saving money. And that’s enough for me to justify premium membership. And while movie theater gimmicks are nothing new, Alamo Drafthouse’s Season Pass is.The entertainment group has been beta testing a ticket subscription service in New York, North Carolina, and now Colorado. The unlimited plan will launch across all theaters by the end of the year.“It’s working for us, and we love it,” company founder and CEO Tim League told Business Insider. “It’s one of our biggest priorities this year, to get that rolled out.”For $20 a month, Alamo Victory members can tap into the mobile app to reserve seats and access tickets to any standard 2D movie (premium flicks with premium prices could require an additional charge).“Head straight into the theater, find your spot, and show your ticket to your server. It’s that easy,” according to a recent blog post.Still in the beta phase, Season Pass is testing different features at different price points; it’s possible one user may subscribe to a slightly divergent plan than someone else.It is also possible that the features or price point you initially subscribe to may change over time. Users will be notified of any modifications and given the chance to cancel.(via MoviePass)Want to get more bang for your buck? MoviePass this week launched a new version of its “Uncapped” subscription service, now available for a limited-time price of $9.95 for 12 months or $14.95 per month.For reference, the standard price of MoviePass Uncapped will be $19.95 per month.“While we’ve had to modify our service a number of times in order to continue delivering a movie-going experience to our subscribers, with this new offering we are doing everything we can to bring people a version of the service that originally won their hearts,” Ted Farnsworth, chairman and CEO of MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics, said in a statement.MoviePass’ Select, All Access, and Red Carpet plans, introduced in December, are no longer available for purchase, but remain effective and working for users subscribed to them.More on Geek.com:Hipster Dream Come True: Alamo Drafthouse to Open Video Rental StoreNetflix Is Raising Its U.S. Subscription Plan PricesFilmstruck Is a Fantastic Subscription to Film SchoolMoviePass and More: Your Guide to Movie Theater Subscriptions Report: Netflix to Buy L.A.’s Egyptian TheatreWatch First-Run Films From the Comfort of Your Home—For $3K last_img read more

Say Media Nabs Business Insider Editor

first_imgSay Media’s tech site ReadWrite has named a new editor-in-chief. Again.Industry vet Owen Thomas has agreed to come to ReadWrite, replacing Dan Lyons who joined the company in October. Lyons left on April 1 for a position at marketing software company, HubSpot.Thomas–one of several candidates for the gig, according to Say Media spokesmen via TechCrunch–had most recently been West Coast Editor for Business Insider, but held editorial leadership roles at several big-name brands before that, including VentureBeat, NBC Universal and Gawker’s Valleywag. “A decade ago, Richard MacManus launched ReadWrite by noting how the Web was beginning to fulfill its potential as a two-way medium–one meant for conversation, not broadcasting,” Thomas says in a release. “I’m proud to build on that heritage by leading a team that will explore where technology is taking us next, with an analytical and critical eye.”Prepared statements aside, Thomas is known for his snark. It’s a voice that that fits in with the Say Media’s trademarked “Point-of-View Publishing” and a general rise in first-person storytelling.”Owen is a brilliant writer with great experience covering every aspect of the technology industry,” says Kate Lewis, senior vice president and editorial director at Say Media. “He has a distinct point-of-view and a cleverness that makes his work resonate both inside and outside of his community.”Thomas’ hire comes a little over two years after Say Media acquired the site in December of 2011, and just six months following its rebranding from ReadWriteWeb to ReadWrite.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

DeVos Tours Texas Schools Hit By Harvey Recovery Efforts In Humble

first_img– / 6More than two months since Hurricane Harvey made landfall and shut down schools for more than one million Texas children, the nation’s top education administrator made a second visit to the state.On the tour, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made three stops, one in Port Aransas, which was hit hard by the hurricane, and two stops in Humble, northeast of Houston, where severe flooding devastated Kingwood High School.Kingwood’s nearly 3,000 students are doubling up shifts at Summer Creek High School, while the Humble school district spends over $67 million to repair the damaged campus by March. Students are expected to return then to finish out the year.During her visit to Summer Creek High, DeVos checked out sopapilla cheesecake students prepared in a culinary arts class and visited with teenagers working on Dodge Ram radiators and transmissions in auto shop.Then she toured ongoing repairs at Kingwood High, which took on several feet of water and where commercial dryers still blow.DeVos told reporters that she’s impressed with the “creativity” and “flexibility” in recovery efforts in Texas.But the doubled shifts and repairs aren’t enough relief for many Texas educators.The Houston Federation of Teachers as well as several local superintendents have pressed state and federal officials to relax testing and accountability for storm-affected schools this year, because Harvey disrupted the lives of so many students and teachers.DeVos said that she’s committed to working with state leaders to help students succeed but didn’t say if accountability should be relaxed. Sharelast_img read more

Even with scifi tech it may be impossible to explore the known

first_imgFor the entire history of humanity, we’ve lived on this one small unassuming planet in the spiral arm of a very average galaxy called The Milky Way. We can’t even send people to the nearest planets yet, let alone other stars or galaxies, but what about in the future? How far could humanity venture with science fictional technology? YouTuber Kurzgesagt hypothesizes that we’ll forever be limited to our own galactic neighborhood, known as the local group.To get the gist of this perspective, you need to know a thing or two about the scale of the universe. It’s big. Really, really mind-bogglingly big. The Milky Way is about 100,000 light years across consisting of billions of stars. The similarly sized Andromeda galaxy is nearby, as are more than 50 dwarf galaxies. This is known as the local group, a region of space about 10 million light years in diameter.There are other groups like our local group making up superclusters throughout the universe, but they’re so far away that the nature of gravity in the universe means we might never reach them. Even if you imagine humanity has developed the fastest sci-fi warp engines or hyperspace drives, even if you rub the engine with cheetah blood, you could never reach the next local group.The problem, according to Kurzgesagt, is that only the galaxies in the local group are gravitationally bound to us. Those galaxies elsewhere in the observable universe are just getting farther away as the universe expands, and the universe expands incredibly fast thanks to the mysterious nature of dark energy. So, if you tried to fly a very fast space ship to the next local group, you’d just never get there. You’d be lost forever in empty space.Humans may be confined to the local group, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. That’s trillions and trillions of stars, after all. In the future as the universe expands, everything outside the local group will be too faint to detect and the local group will actually be the entire observable universe. In a few billion years, intelligent life forms might not have the data they need to realize the universe started with a bang or that it’s expanding.last_img read more

Aussies choosing Melbourne over Sydney

first_imgMore travellers may have been booking hotels in Sydney over the Christmas holidays, but ultimately Melbourne is the preferred holiday destination among Australians.According to the latest Roy Morgan Holiday Tracking Survey, 22 percent of Australians said they want to take a holiday in Melbourne over the next two years, ahead of Sydney with only 12 percent.The Gold Coast came in second favourite amongst Australian travellers, winning 18 percent with its surf and sun while the Sunshine Coast was favoured among 12 percent.Roy Morgan international director of tourism, travel and leisure Jane Ianniello said Melbourne’s appeal has increased over the past decade, particularly among Australians under 30.“The shopping, dining, nightlife, and special events all appeal to this younger age group,” Ms Ianniello explained. More travellers choosing Melbourne over Sydney. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

TravelManagers Announce Exclusive Partner Supplier Agreement

first_imgTravelManagers’ Finance & Commercial Manager – Tanyu CilekTravelManagers Announce Exclusive Partner Supplier AgreementMore than 230 personal travel managers (PTMs) and NPO staff were joined by 90 suppliers representing 53 partner supplier brands at TravelManagers’ annual national conference, which took place in Honolulu this weekend.The conference was the ideal forum in which to announce TravelManagers’ newest supplier partnership: with e-commerce travel provider, Luxury Escapes.TravelManagers’ Finance and Commercial Manager, Tanyu Cilek, says the new partnership will provide PTMs with access to Luxury Escapes’ offering of great deals in amazing places.“Currently no other retail travel network has direct access to Luxury Escapes’ prominently advertised and promoted holiday content, which is a real coup for both our PTMs and our clients,” Cilek explains.Luxury Escapes’ Co-Founder and CEO, Adam Schwab, says from his company’s point of view, the value of partnering with one of Australia’s most experienced retail travel networks is indisputable.“Luxury Escapes is proud to be associated with TravelManagers in this pilot program and excited to be working with a network of personal travel managerss who are highly respected within the travel industry.”Luxury Escapes is a B2C business that has a community of 2.6 million travelers who influence the global travel ecosystem and with whom they communicate daily, via online, print, TV and radio.“Luxury Escapes is not only a travel e-commerce site: we see great value in supporting a trade partner who deals with its existing and potential consumers on a face-to-face basis,” Schwab adds.According to Cilek, over half a million travellers will enjoy a Luxury Escapes experience this year, and the new partnership will allow PTMs the opportunity to add value via flights, insurance and pre and post arrangement for clients who want Luxury Escape product.“In the past, customers have been able to browse holidays and pick their Luxury Escapes experience, but now they have the additional benefit of being able to process their Luxury Escapes experience and book related supplementary arrangements via their very own personal travel manager.”“It’s fitting that our exciting new partnership with Luxury Escapes was announced at our annual national conference, at which the overall theme was ‘success’” Cilek adds. “For our PTMs, success comes from constantly striving to offer our clients great products and experiences, more choice and great value – which this partnership will deliver in abundance.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $2 billion for 2018. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 540 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases. Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more

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first_imgInitially operated Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Daily operations will commence from 9 November 2018.20451955SQ37Los Angeles-Singapore Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.20100540 (+2)*All times local. Flight schedules are subject to slots and regulatory approvals. Go back to the enewsletterSingapore Airlines will launch non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles using the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) aircraft in November. In addition, SIA will step up existing daily non-stop Singapore – San Francisco services to 10 times per week. Together with the earlier announced non-stop Singapore – New York services, SIA will link Singapore and the US with 27 weekly non-stop flights by the end of 2018. “Our US services have always been popular with our customers and we are pleased to be able to provide even more travel options with the launch of non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles, and an increase in frequency on the existing non-stop Singapore – San Francisco route,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Goh Choon Phong.“Together with our non-stop flights between Singapore and New York that will launch in October, SIA will redefine the convenience of travelling between Singapore and the United States, delivering on our promise to constantly enhance the travel experience of our customers.” Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon PhongSIA will be the first airline in the world to operate the A350-900ULR, with seven on firm order with Airbus. The ultra-long-range aircraft will be configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats. SIA’s existing A350-900s feature a three-class layout with 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy Class and 187 Economy Class seats.Singapore Airlines currently has 21 A350-900s in its fleet, with 46 more on order including the seven ULR variants. The first A350-900ULR is due for delivery in September, enabling the launch in October of the world’s longest non-stop flights, between Singapore and New York (Newark).Singapore Airlines currently operates 40 flights per week to the US cities of Houston, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. With the new flights, total US frequency will increase to 53 per week by December.Los Angeles A350-900ULR Flight SchedulesNorthern Winter (to 30 March 2019)SQ38Singapore-Los Angeles Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.08200730SQ35Los Angeles-Singapore With the introduction of non-stop services between Singapore and Los Angeles, SIA’s existing one-stop service to Los Angeles via Seoul will cease after 30 November 2018. Singapore – Seoul frequency will be maintained at four flights per day with the introduction of a new Singapore – Seoul return flight from 1 December 2018, operating as flight SQ612. Together with SIA’s current daily one-stop service to Los Angeles via Tokyo, Los Angeles will be served 17 times per week.SIA will also be increasing frequency on the existing Singapore – San Francisco route with three more weekly flights, with effect from 28 November 2018. The three additional services will operate as SQ34, departing every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday to San Francisco and will complement existing daily SQ32 non-stop services. Together with SIA’s current daily one-stop service to San Francisco via Hong Kong, San Francisco will also be served 17 times per week. Go back to the enewsletter Flight SQ38 from Singapore to Los Angeles will commence on 2 November 2018. The route will initially be served three times per week, departing Singapore on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Daily operations will commence from 9 November 2018 after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service. From 7 December 2018, a further three services per week will be added as SQ36, lifting the total non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles to 10 times per week. Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.15201350SQ33San Francisco-Singapore Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.09151905 (+1)*All times local. Flight schedules are subject to slots and regulatory approvals.San Francisco A350-900ULR Flight SchedulesNorthern Winter (to 30 March 2019)SQ34Singapore-San Francisco Initially operated Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Daily operations will commence from 9 November 2018.22250815 (+2)SQ36Singapore-Los Angeleslast_img read more