Ontario premier calls Trumps withdrawal from climate change agreement appalling

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s premier is joining a growing number of politicians condemning Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate-change agreement.Kathleen Wynne says the U.S. president’s rejection of the 190-country agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is appalling and shows he is abandoning his responsibility to fight the biggest threat currently confronting the world.Wynne’s criticism on Friday comes after the federal environment minister called Trump’s decision disappointing and suggested the president was costing the U.S. a key opportunity to profit from the inevitable growth of clean-tech initiatives around the globe.Wynne says co-operation between sub-national governments has become even more important after Trump’s announcement, and she pledged to continue to work with other leaders, particularly U.S. governors, to combat climate change.“It’s really appalling to me that the president of the United States would abdicate his responsibility in the face of the greatest threat confronting humanity,” Wynne said Friday, at an event in Barrie, Ont. “The reality is the whole world needs to be involved in fighting climate change.”A group of mayors from communities in the Great Lakes region issued similar criticism Friday.“The decision is short sighted, ill advised, and not in the best interests of the people of the United States, Canada, or the world,” said the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a coalition representing 130 Canadian and United States mayors and their communities of over 17 million people.Ontario’s Liberal government launched a cap-and-trade program this year, which puts caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit and allows polluters to buy allowances at auction or from other companies that come in under their limits.Ontario is expected to join the Quebec-California carbon market next year.Ontario’s four-year climate change action plan is funded by cap-and-trade revenues of between $5.9 billion and $8.3 billion, which will go to green initiatives such as social housing retrofits, an electric vehicle incentive program and public transit.Since Jan. 1, cap and trade has added 4.3 cents per litre to the price of gasoline and about $80 a year to natural gas home heating costs, in addition to indirect costs that will be passed onto consumers.The Liberals have been criticized in recent months for high electricity rates in the province, something the Progressive Conservatives seized upon during a byelection campaign in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., that resulted in a Tory win Thursday night.Wynne said Friday that she knew the race was going to be a tough one for her party and wished the winner — Progressive Conservative Ross Romano — well.The Liberals had held the seat from 2003 until December, when former Liberal cabinet minister David Orazietti stepped down.Romano won with about 40 per cent of the vote, followed by NDP candidate Joe Krmpotich with 33 per cent and Amaroso trailed behind, with 23 per cent.last_img read more

Canadas defence spending questioned at NATO parliamentary meeting

first_imgThe Canadian Press HALIFAX — Canada’s deputy minister of national defence held fast to the government’s stance on defence spending, despite some pointed questioning about Canada’s commitment during a NATO parliamentary meeting in Halifax.U.S. congressman Michael Turner, the acting chairman of NATO’s defence and security committee, questioned Jody Thomas about whether Canada intends to table a plan for meeting the two per cent of GDP standard for defence spending that was agreed to by alliance members in 2014.Thomas stuck to the Liberal government’s line, saying Canada intends to increase its defence budget by 1.46 per cent by the end of 2024.She also reiterated that aside from its financial commitment, Canada believes it contributes to the alliance in a “qualitative” way through its participation in several NATO operations.But Bob Stewart, a member of the United Kingdom delegation, reminded Thomas that Canada agreed to the commitment along with the rest of its partners in 2014.Stewart, a Conservative MP, says Canada’s current spending on defence is “not enough,” and getting to two per cent is crucial to strengthening the alliance.last_img read more

Urban Renewal Campers Taught Academics and More

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 31, 2017 – Nassau – Fundamental subjects of Math and English were drilled into the 100-plus children enrolled in the Nassau Village Urban Renewal Summer Camp but, equally important, the children were exposed to topics like bullying, hygiene, inappropriate touch, gang violence and conflict resolution through pep talks during the three-week program.“I’ve seen their mannerisms change over the course of the 3 weeks,” said Latisha Rolle, one of 13 facilitators at the camp.“Camp normally gives families temporary relief from chaotic situations at home.  Children act according to their culture at home. When they go home, even though Mummy may be loud, we help them to understand there is a way to deal with that. We teach them to deal with conflict. As a child, you have an obligation to honor your father and mother and that is one of the scriptures we teach them.“Every day they also say a pledge and 2 Bible scriptures… “Honor thy father and mother… and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.“They know these things by heart,” she said.Arnette Lunn, a camp facilitator who is also studying to become a Mediator, imparted some of her skills to the children. She explained that it is one thing to recite the pledge, but it’s another thing to know what it means. “We explain what the pledge means; respect for peers, elders, teachers, the community and anyone you may encounter. We also recite the Golden Rule every day … Do unto others as you would have them do to you. Treat people how you want to be treated.”The campers, ages 5-15, who are residents of Nassau Village, Pinewood and the surrounding area, also engaged in basketball and volleyball games for 20 minutes each day along with interpretive dance and sign language classes.Ms. Lunn emphasized that the children were “happy” to be at the camp and were making new friends in a school setting but in a “controlled” environment.The Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development is hosting the “free” camp which is being held at Sadie Curtis Primary School. Each day the children receive breakfast and lunch, fruits and drinks.The camp will officially closed with a special ceremony at Loyola Hall, Gladstone Road, at the end of July.Press Release: BISStory by: Kathryn Campbell Photo Captions: Header Photo:  Camp facilitator Latisha Rolle assists campers with preparations for the closing exhibition.Insert photo: Arnette Lunn, Urban Renewal Camp facilitator, views a Junkanoo piece to be displayed at the camp’s closing exhibition.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Nine shelters opened for Turks and Caicos

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Nine #shelters, possibly now reduced to eight shelters will be opened across the Turks and Caicos.     The list is available at MagneticMediaTV.com or with the #DDME.In the capital, Grand Turk there is one shelter at the TCI Community College; there is also one in South Caicos at the new community center there.  The Conch Bar Community Center was identified this morning, though that may be changed as the island of Middle Caicos is now with an evacuation order.    In North Caicos, there are three shelters: Adelaide Omeler in Bottle Creek, at the Sandy Point Community Center in Sandy Point and at the Kew Community center in Kew.Three shelters will be opened in Providenciales, and they are at Enid Capron Primary school in Five Cays, at Oseta Jolly Primary school in Blue Hills and at Faith Tabernacle, or what is commonly called, Butterfield’s church on Leeward Highway.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio Related Items:#magneticmedianews, DDME, shelters TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readinesslast_img read more

Two of three victims of deadly Encinitas cliff collapse identified

first_img August 3, 2019 Posted: August 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom ENCINITAS (KUSI) – Two of the three victims in Friday’s deadly cliff collapse in the Leucadia neighborhood of Encinitas were identified today as a mother and daughter.The women were identified as Julie Davis, 65, and Anne Clave, 35, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office. The identity of the third victim, who died at the scene, has not been released pending notification of relatives.Clave, from Encinitas, died at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla on Friday. Davis died at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, also on Friday.The bluff failure happened shortly before 3 p.m. Friday just north of a lifeguard station, Encinitas fire and lifeguard officials said at a news conference Saturday morning.Officials reopened Grandview Surf Beach before noon Saturday with signs posted to the north and south of the cliff collapse asking the public to keep out of the “active area,” Lifeguard Capt. Larry Giles said.City officials recommended that “given the apparent natural bluff instability, beachgoers should avoid areas near or under the bluffs and keep a recommended safe distance of 25 to 40 feet.”Four search dogs went through the site of the collapse late Friday and officials determined that no more people had been found, Encinitas Fire Deputy Chief Robert Ford said.Two people walked away uninjured after the collapse, Giles said.A lifeguard was in the tower next to the site of the cliff collapse and immediately began to rescue victims. Some good Samaritans helped the lifeguard in the rescue effort, Giles said. The lifeguard tower has since been moved away from the part of the cliff that collapsed.Experts in geology will continue assessing the coastline for any potential collapse threats. Geotech soil engineers said Friday’s failure was an isolated incident, Giles said, and unrelated to the recent earthquakes in Southern California. The failure isn’t affecting structures at the top of the cliffs, he said.“Our coastline is a beautiful area, but the coastline is eroding,” Giles said. Two of three victims of deadly Encinitas cliff collapse identified KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Regional Planning Group Seeks Consultant to Perform JLUS for Connecticut Sub Base

first_imgThe Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (SCCOG) is seeking qualifications and proposals from firms to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Naval Submarine  Base New London on behalf of its member municipalities — the town of Groton, town of Waterford, town of Ledyard, city of Groton, city of New London and town of Montville. DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) provides grants to state and local governments to conduct a JLUS to support the long-term sustainability and operability of the military installation complex. An award of a grant to the SCCOG to conduct a JLUS is pending approval by OEA.Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations.Responses to this request must be received by SCCOG no later than Friday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m. Responses received after this deadline will not be considered.Questions may be directed to James Butler, AICP, executive director, at jbutler@seccog.org or at (860) 889-2324. A copy of the full RFQ/RFP is available on the SCCOG website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmingtons New Police Chief Joe Desmond PART 1

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple recently caught up with Wilmington Police Chief Joe Desmond, who was appointed to the position on Monday, July 15. Question #1: You grew up in Wilmington. You’ve been on the force for more than 30 years. Can you describe what it’s like to now be Chief?Chief: “It’s been quite a journey. I started July 2 of 1988. It doesn’t seem so long ago as things do move quickly. I never envisioned myself becoming chief. I was never one of those people who had an ambition to be the leader of the department. I always wanted to be involved and extend my responsibilities as best I could, but I never saw myself here. It’s an honor and I’m looking forward to it.”Question #2: You told the Town Crier: “We’ve always had a department that has had a very good reputation in the community and that’s responsive to the community’s needs.” How do you plan on continuing to maintain this reputation and responsiveness? Will the public see any noticeable changes now with you at the helm?Chief: “Being responsive to the community’s needs is one of the most important things that we can do. I try to stress to [my staff] that our reputation doesn’t happen by accident. You get a good reputation by being responsive to the community’s needs and being professional. My goal is to keep that going and improve on it in any area that we can.”“I don’t think you’ll see any major changes right away. The best, longest lasting change you can make is change that happens slowly. Our biggest priority right now is staffing issues with Deputy Chief Richter going to Kittery and the Chief Begonis going to the private sector. We had two retirements last year and two more coming up, so the amount of time it takes to hire people, train them at the academy and get them road trained and ready to go is a big turnaround. One of my biggest issues will be getting up to staffing levels. Once you get there, you can begin to broaden out a bit.”Question #3: What are your thoughts on the new Police Explorers Program your department is starting? Chief: “One of the ways we always look to improve is outreach to the community. We’re a reactive profession in a way. We wait until someone calls us and then come and try to solve their problem. We’re looking for ways to be proactive. We think the Explorers program is a nice way of doing that. Officers Dan Furbush and Mike Cabral are spearheading this. We hope to be starting in October. We’ve got some good early feedback. They’re looking for 20 participants. We’re looking forward to it. It’s a way of making the younger generation have a positive response to this profession. For some reason, we’re not getting the type and number of recruits we used to get. Not as many people are taking the civil service test. For whatever reason, this job doesn’t have the appeal that it used to have. A program like this can be almost like a farm system, where we instill that this is a good profession. We hope some of these kids who participate will grow up and someday join our ranks.”Question #4: Your department is holding its National Night Out event at Rotary Park this coming Tuesday, August 6. What are your thoughts on the event and what are you trying to accomplish with it? Chief: “I agree with [former Chief Begonis] that National Night Out is one of the best nights of the year for the department and I want to carry on what he did with it. Because of the Cummings Foundation’s generosity, we were able to hold the event, although most of what you see is volunteers. All the agencies are doing this on their own free time. Red Heat Tavern donates all the food. The evening provides a relaxed atmosphere where citizens can come out and meet people in law enforcement in a nice setting, not a stressful setting or in positions of authority. There’s also an educational aspect to it too — citizens can learn more about what we do. And, for those wondering, yes, we have the helicopter back for this year’s event, weather-permitting, which is always a crowd favorite.”Question #5: Lt. Brian Pupa was recently appointed Deputy Chief of Police. What are your thoughts on his promotion? Chief: “Once I was promoted to permanent chief, the issue of filling the deputy chief came up. The two candidates at the top of the list were Lt. Dan Murray and Lt. Brian Pupa. There was no way I could lose. I’m very much looking forward to working with Brian. His civil service rank is Deputy Chief, but I really want to view this as Chief and Chief 1A. I have that much confidence in him and value and trust his opinion that much. It’s going to be great and I’m excited about it.”Look for 5 more questions with Chief Desmond tomorrow on Wilmington Apple.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 Police Chief Joe Desmond & Deputy Police Chief Brian Pupa Sworn InIn “Police Log”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 2)In “5 Quick Questions”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”last_img read more

More trouble for Johnny Depp as Amber Heard accuses him of perjury

first_imgAmber Heard and Johnny DeppTwitterThings do not seem to cool down for former Pirates of the Caribbean movie star Johnny Depp. In a shocking turn of events, Amber Heard has reportedly accused her former husband, Johnny Depp of perjury — meaning he lied to the court about one major fight. In addition to this, Aquaman movie actress reportedly has proof of Depp’s lying.Amber Heard has accused Johnny Depp of verbal and physical abuse in May 2016 and she filed for divorce on May 23. Ever since their divorce, Depp has denied Heard’s accusations and even stated once that she painted on bruise herself.That being said, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s personal lives are currently gathering a lot of media attention, and all for the wrong reasons. As per a recent report by The Blast, Amber Heard has now accused Johnny Depp of lying to the court. The said accusation has come after the Fantastic Beasts movie star claimed that only one 911 emergency call was made on May 21, 2016.However, Heard has produced records showing that two calls were made to 911 on the said night of May 2016. The first call was made at 8:30 pm and then another one was made at 10:09 pm. But it should be noted that Depp’s legal team has also produced some proofs that show a discrepancy in the stories. As per Depp’s legal team, they have CCTV footage of him leaving the house at about 8:30 pm. Johnny Depp with ex-wife Amber Heard at The Art of Elysium Presents on the 9th Annual Heaven by Visionaries Vivienne Westwood & Andreas Kronthaler.Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of ElysiumAs per the released documents, the log states that authorities received a call from victim friend Amber, “assaulted by boyfriend, refused to give further [information].” As per the police records, a second call was then made at around 10:09 pm — apparently, Depp’s legal team claims that this was the first 911 call made by Depp’s former wife.As per the records, “Female stated she was on phone with her friend and she began screaming at her husband, subj Amber Heard, Husband Johnny Heard.”Another log also confirms that the actress told the police officers that they were only engaged in verbal abuse. This is the same point which Johnny Depp’s attorneys have also made about the alleged abuse case.last_img read more

Texas to Receive 555 Million in Federal Funding for Prevention of Terrorism

first_imgTexas will receive $55.5 million in Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) funding to support state and local efforts to prevent terror attacks and crack down on terroristic activity in the state.Governor Greg Abbott announced the funding Wednesday. The grants will help fund local anti-terrorism efforts across the state, including 227 different State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) projects and 134 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) projects designed to combat terrorist activity in Texas.“Texas is confronted with a wide range of threats that pose a risk to our safety and security each day, and as Governor, my first priority is to ensure the safety and security of all Texans,” Abbott said. “These grants will enhance state and local officials’ efforts to not only confront, but also prepare for and prevent, attacks before they happen.”The grants will invest in the core capabilities outlined in FEMA’s National Preparedness Goal including $19.9 million to provide equipment, training, and exercise support for local, regional, and state level response teams such as SWAT, Bomb, HAZMAT, Search and Rescue (SAR), and for other law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services personnel that serve communities across the state.Additionally, $12.1 million will support state-wide planning and preparedness efforts and $8.1 million will help sustain and enhance operational communications capabilities to facilitate information sharing and effective coordination essential for the successful response to all types of threats and hazards. Sharelast_img read more

Bengal aims to make 6 lakh youths independent within current fiscal

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government has set a target of providing employment to around 6 lakh youths within the current financial year.Purnendu Bose, the minister of Technical Education, Training & Skill Development in the state, said that altogether 6 lakh youths would be undertaking various skill development training, before they secure employment. The state government would ensure that the unemployed youths become economically independent through the training programmes. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTraining has already been provided to 2.5 lakh unemployed youths, while the remaining number of candidates would complete the courses within March 31 next year. After completion of the various training programmes, the youths can also start up their own business, Bose said. After being instructed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Technical Education department has started various vocational training programmes for youths, free of cost. A large number of youths have been undergoing training at various centres. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that after coming to power, the Chief Minister had laid great stress on the generation of employment in the state, through technical training. The Utkarsh Bangla scheme, which was launched by the Bengal government, has also been providing vocational training among unemployed youths. The beneficiaries of the scheme are being imparted knowledge on skill development. There are various government departments that are rendering assistance on skill development, thereby helping village youths secure employment. After successfully completing the training, the youths can step into the IT sector, work in various service centres, or even start a new venture, Basu said. He also added that the state government will extend all possible assistance to the youths so that they can start small units after going through the training. Setting up new units will generate employment for others as well. “We will train as many as 6 lakh youths within this financial year, some of whom have already completed the training course,” he said. Basu had earlier stressed on the importance of training among local youths in various sectors like soil testing labs, soil diagnosis, seed production, production of bio fertilisers, etc. If the unemployed youths are trained in these sectors, they will be able to contribute towards the growth of agri-economy in the state.last_img read more