Halifax 2014 Announces International Bid Budget

first_imgHalifax 2014 today, Nov. 30, announced the details of its international bid budget. The budget of $14,310,200 covers the preparation of a detailed bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. “This is a serious budget for a serious bid,” said Fred MacGillivray, president and chair of Halifax 2014. “We recognize and accept our responsibility to manage it prudently in order to prepare a bid that creates a lasting legacy and sustainable benefits for Halifax, Nova Scotia and Canada.” The international bid budget covers activities related to detailed planning and design of all Games venues and facilities including competition and non-competition venues and the athletes’ village; local, national and international sport legacy and development programs; and a bid team including local, national and international experts. It also covers promotion of the bid locally, nationally and internationally; a delegation to Sri Lanka for the final presentation and vote in November 2007; and, administration and operational costs. The Halifax 2014 bid committee includes experts who have games experience to ensure Halifax’s bid meets the stringent and comprehensive requirements dictated by the Commonwealth Games Federation for the international bid process. “The requirements of preparing a winning bid for major multi-sport Games have increased dramatically in the last several years,” said Scott Logan, Halifax 2014 CEO. “Our international bid budget reflects the level of detail and planning we are engaged in — making sure we have the most accurate and detailed Games-time plans and cost estimates that meet the requirements of the Commonwealth Games Federation.” The budget includes funding from several sources including Halifax 2014’s primary funding partners, the federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as corporate and business contributions. The federal and provincial government will each contribute $3.5 million. Halifax Regional Municipality will contribute $3 million and corporate partnerships will account for $3.73 million. The remaining $580,200 will come from other sources including merchandising and lottery efforts for a total of $14,310,200. A breakdown of the $14,310,200 budget is as follows: $2,286,193, partnerships and relationships; $3,742,112, compensation and benefits; $2,986,137, finance and administration; $2,458,558, corporate partnership, marketing and communications; and $2,837,200 for games planning. In addition to the federal government’s investment in the international bid budget, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency announced $2 million in support of economic and business development opportunities associated with attracting the Games and strengthening local expertise in attracting major events. “The investment made today by our primary funding partners is not only a financial contribution — it’s a tangible commitment towards realizing the full benefits of hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games,” said Mr. MacGillivray. “We thank each of our government partners for their ongoing commitment and confidence in our collective effort to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.” “Clearly, our government partners have come through with a solid commitment to Canada’s bid for the 2014 Games,” said Dr. Andrew Pipe, president of Commonwealth Games Canada. “We see this as a strong vote of confidence and look forward with renewed optimism to what we’ll be able to accomplish together.” The Commonwealth Games are an international sport and cultural event held every four years in which athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories compete. In December 2005, Halifax won the right to be Canada’s candidate city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In competition with Glasgow, Scotland, and Abuja, Nigeria, the Halifax 2014 bid committee is now focused on developing and winning the international bid, which will be awarded by the Commonwealth Games Federation on Nov. 9, 2007, in Sri Lanka.last_img read more

Sheriffs and Conductive Energy Weapons OpEd Piece

first_imgIn Nova Scotia, sheriffs work hard every day to keep us safe. Our 235 sheriffs are responsible for court security, civil enforcement and prisoner transport. In rural areas, they also transport money from courts and serve summonses. Their duties can be dangerous and at times they can be exposed to violence. They take their responsibility to serve and protect Nova Scotians very seriously. We too have a duty to keep them and the places where they work safe. About a year ago, the union representing the province’s sheriffs raised concerns about the safety of their members. They told us that they want more tools to deal with potential violent situations and to improve their safety on the job. In response to the concerns, my department initiated an independent occupational health and safety review. It examined whether sheriffs are adequately equipped, trained and supported to do their jobs safely. There were 51 recommendations; one being a limited arming of the sheriffs. The report was thorough and we took the recommendations very seriously. When determining a go forward on the recommendation to arm the sheriffs, we were careful and systematic in our approach. Arming our sheriffs with firearms would be a significant change from the way our sheriffs currently do their jobs and we wanted to be sure our decision was based on research, evidence and facts. Our examination revealed that few other jurisdictions across the country arm their sheriffs. We also discovered through conversations with sheriffs, the courts and our correctional partners that many would like to see alternative measures to firearms explored. After significant study and review, we are confident we can address the safety concerns raised in the occupational health and safety review and reduce the risk to staff and public using other measures. That plan includes rigorous risk assessment, increasing physical security at courthouses when necessary, using armed police officers when risks are heightened and equipping designated sheriffs with conductive energy weapons, commonly known as Tasers, rather than firearms. Our plan includes training for 24 deputy sheriffs in the safe use of conductive energy weapons. They will have to meet the same rigorous fitness and mental health standards used by our police services. My department will also continue to work closely with occupational health and safety experts to ensure that our plan achieves the right balance between workplace and public safety and addressing the concerns of our sheriffs. Identification of candidates and testing is occurring now. Training for the sheriffs is expected to begin by May, with implementation of the new safety measures beginning in the summer. The purpose of arming the sheriffs with conductive energy weapons is to ensure that officers are able to protect themselves, the facilities, clients and staff they serve from significant or immediate threats. We are confident that our approach will achieve these requirements. I want to sincerely thank our sheriffs for the work they do every day to keep our communities safe. We did not take this decision lightly and we are committed to providing additional tools, supports and resources to help keep our staff and the public safe. -30–last_img read more

Fire Update Thursday Aug 18 4 pm

first_img -30- Following is a provincial wildfire update for Thursday, Aug. 18, 4 p.m. the fire at Seven Mile Lake, Annapolis Co., is under control and 100 per cent contained but still has hot spots being attended to the fire at Ten Mile Lake, Queens Co. is contained and being patrolled, but there is no fire activity the fire at Perch Lake, Pictou Co. is out the fire at Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co. is now out the section of Trunk 8 near Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co., that has been closed since last week is now open restrictions on travel in woods have been lifted for all of Nova Scotia but people are asked to avoid any activity that could potentially cause more wildfires campfire and brush burning in the province is not permitted any day between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The latest information on burning restrictions is posted daily at 2 p.m. at http://www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe more information on the fires can be found at http://www.novascotia.ca/nsfirelast_img read more

Court frames charges against Sengar others for murder of Unnao rape survivors

first_imgNew Delhi: Expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar and other accused, including three UP policemen, were charged by a Delhi court Tuesday for the alleged murder of Unnao rape survivor’s father in judicial custody, reported PTI. The court also framed charges against Sengar, others for allegedly assaulting him and framing him in the Arms Act case in 2018.The 19-year-old complainant in the Unnao case accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar and others of gang-raping her at his residence on June 4, 2017. The case was handed over to the CBI after the complainant’s father died in a hospital days after he was allegedly beaten in police custody at Sengar’s behest. The MLA was arrested on April 13, 2018 on orders of the Allahabad High Court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details On July 28 this year, a speeding truck collided head-on with a car in which the complainant, her lawyer and two aunts were travelling. The aunts died and the complainant and lawyer were severely injured. It was found later that the licence plate of the truck was blackened, which gave way to speculations of a conspiracy behind the “accident”. A day after the accident, Uttar Pradesh Police arrested the driver and cleaner of the truck. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Police lay 330 charges and arrest 33 during Queens homecoming weekend

first_imgKINGSTON, Ont. – Police say they laid hundreds of charges during Queen’s University homecoming celebrations in Kingston, Ont., over the weekend.They say 307 of the 330 charges were under the Liquor Licence Act for violations such as having open alcohol, underage drinking and public intoxication.Police say officers seized three kegs during the celebrations on Friday and Saturday.The number of charges was almost double the 166 laid last year and higher than the 203 handed out in 2015.Thirty-three people were arrested — 30 for public intoxication and three for breach of the peace — up from 19 in each of the two previous years.Police Chief Gilles Larochelle described it as a “very busy weekend” for his force.“I am extremely proud of their efforts to ensure public safety and order, balanced with restraint and appropriate enforcement,” Larochelle said Monday in a release.The university cancelled its fall homecoming in 2008 after police made 140 arrests on a variety of charges as thousands crowded Kingston’s streets.Homecoming returned in 2013 and had seen fewer arrests and charges until this year.last_img read more

Hockey fight punishment raises questions of racism says Kahnawake chief

first_imgAPTN National NewsA hockey team in Kahnawake, Que., has had their season cut short.Members of a Kahnawake Mohawk hockey team aged 15 to 17 got into an altercation after a recent game and now find themselves suspended.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

NHL stars hit Yellowknife ice

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen hockey-starved fans in Yellowknife learned the NHL was coming to their hometown, they came out on mass to watch the game.A charity event featuring several locked-out NHL stars played to a packed arena last night.As APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers reports, for some, it was a once in a lifetime chance to see their stars up close and personal.last_img

APTN Investigates Cardston Canada

first_imgAPTN InvestigatesA town in southern Alberta is under scrutiny for racist and sometimes violent incidents.Rob Smith travels to Cardston, Alberta to find out what role the area’s history has played in the class between Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents. Follow APTN Investigates on Facebooklast_img

The Latest Germany denies report Merkel offered May help

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):10:55 a.m.The German government is denying a British tabloid report claiming Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered to help U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May get a better Brexit deal.Merkel’s office said The Sun had wrongly reported on the contents of a recent phone call between Merkel and May.The newspaper cited an unnamed senior British official claiming Merkel believed the European Union would provide more concessions to London after Tuesday’s vote in the U.K. Parliament.In a statement, Merkel’s office said she “gave no assurances whatsoever that went beyond what was discussed in the European Council in December and what was laid down in the letter from Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk.”British lawmakers are expected to reject the deal May negotiated with the EU, raising the prospect of the U.K. crashing out of the bloc at the end of March without a formal agreement.___9:35 a.m.British lawmakers are preparing to deliver their verdict on Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union after two years of political upheaval.Just 10 weeks before Britain is due to leave the EU, lawmakers vote late Tuesday on whether to accept the plan or risk leaving without an agreement on future relations with the bloc.May’s deal faces widespread opposition, primarily because of language designed to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which some fear will indefinitely tie Britain to the EU.Former education minister Nicky Morgan warned that the U.K. wasn’t ready for a no-deal Brexit, telling the BBC that “there are millions of people in this country watching Westminster and Parliament very anxiously today.”___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Air Canada suspends service to India as tensions rise on Asian subcontinent

MONTREAL — Air Canada says it has suspended service to India as tensions mount between that country and Pakistan.An airline spokeswoman says a flight en route to Delhi turned back over the Atlantic Ocean this morning and has headed back to Toronto.A second Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Delhi today was also cancelled.Spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur says the airline has implemented a “goodwill policy” for affected customers and is monitoring the situation in order to resume service once it “normalizes.”Pakistan said Wednesday it had shot down two Indian warplanes and captured two pilots in the disputed region of Kashmir, raising tensions between the two nuclear powers to a level unseen in this century.Air Canada operates daily service from Toronto and Vancouver to Delhi and four times weekly between Toronto and Mumbai.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC)The Canadian Press read more

Nuclear safety and security high on the agenda at upcoming UN events

21 September 2011Amid the heightened attention given to the issue of nuclear safety and security in recent months, world leaders will convene at United Nations Headquarters this week to discuss how to advance this goal as well as to promote the entry into force of the treaty that bans all nuclear testing. Tomorrow Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene the High-level Meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security on the margins of the annual general debate of the General Assembly.“Nuclear energy may well be the future for many nations, but it is important that we develop the strongest possible international safety standards,” he told reporters last week ahead of this week’s events. At the meeting, Mr. Ban will present a UN system-wide study on the implications of the nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan, in March following the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country.The report will touch on a variety of areas, including environment, health, food security, sustainable development and the nexus between nuclear safety and nuclear security. It will also present system-wide views on how to improve disaster risk preparedness.Then on Friday, foreign ministers from around 100 countries will convene to discuss how to promote the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which the Secretary-General has stated is key to the global effort to create a nuclear-weapon-free world.Out of a total listed number of 195 States, 182 have so far signed the CTBT and 155 have ratified it. For the treaty to enter into force ratification is required from the so-called Annex 2 States. Of these China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States have yet to ratify it. “The challenge is the nine outstanding ratifications,” Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), told a news conference at the UN today, referring to the remaining Annex 2 States that have yet to ratify the treaty.The CTBTO is tasked with building up the treaty’s verification regime so that it is fully operational when the treaty enters into force, and with promoting signatures and ratifications.This year’s meeting takes on added significance, said Mr. Tóth, since it is being held 15 years after the signing of the treaty, which took place on 24 September 1996. He noted a “dynamism” in terms of countries embracing the treaty and that the verification regime itself is being built up. read more

Commotion as college hosts Lankan students

The Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts in Trichy has had to pay a heavy price for hosting Sri Lankan students at its premises. Volunteers of Naam Thamizhar stormed the institution accusing them of harbouring Sri Lankan nationals and conducting cultural programmes with the latter. As soon as the news that about 70 A-level (equivalent to Plus Two) students of Sri Lanka had landed in the college broke out, Naam Thamizhar volunteers staged a dharna in front the college demanding cancellation of all programmes involving the Lankans with immediate effect.A police team led by assistant commissioner Gandhi visited the college after getting wind of the protest, and stopped a cultural programme that was scheduled at 2 pm. It was a Sri Lankan Tamil Catholic woman in her late 30s who had brought the Sri Lankan students to Chennai. The woman, whose identity has not been not revealed, had come to Kalai Kaviri using her Catholic credentials, and managed to forge a friendship with the management. In fact, the students were taken to Velankanni church on Wednesday and returned to Trichy the same day. Margaret told TOI that they allowed the students on humanitarian grounds and served them food since it would be very expensive for them outside. Since the college pleaded its inability to accommodate all the students overnight, they were taken to a lodge in Samayapuram and stayed there overnight on Wednesday.They were scheduled to stage a cultural performance at the college at 2 pm on Thursday, which was stopped. The college neither sponsored the students, nor had they anything to do with the Sri Lankan students, except that the mystery woman had been given a warm treatment as she happened to a Catholic. In fact, it was the last aided college started in the state in August 1996 with recognition of the Government of Tamil Nadu for teaching South Indian classical music and dance. The college belongs to the Catholic Diocese of Trichy, and it was here that the late poet Kannadasan translated the Bible into poetic verses in Tamil titled “Yesu Kaviyam”. Both the Sri Lankan students and the college management paid a heavy price for not taking into consideration the ground realities existing in Tamil Nadu, and the strong anti-Sri Lankan sentiment blowing in the southern parts of the state. “Had I known that this was such a serious issue, we would not have entertained the students at all,” Dr Margaret Bastin, principal of the college told TOI. Gandhi blasted the college principal saying, “For you, it is merely a dance and song programme, but for us it is a perennial political headache”. The principal later told TOI that she was never exposed to such harsh language before, and had to pay a huge price for something that was not her fault. However, she admitted that she was naive enough not to have known the implications of allowing Sri Lankan students at this juncture. (TOI) read more

Burundi as new President takes office Annan laments unstable environment

Former Vice President Domitien Ndayizeye was sworn in as new President, together with Alphonse Kadege as Vice President, in the second phase of power transfer as outlined by the 2000 Arusha Peace Agreement.Mr. Annan, in a message delivered by his Special Representative for Burundi, Berhanu Dinka, called on all parties to cease hostilities and respect the commitments undertaken. He also reminded the incoming leaders of the tasks ahead.”The Government will have to establish the necessary mechanism for the return and resettlement of refugees and displaced persons,” the Secretary-General said. “The Government will also have to establish the necessary mechanisms for the return and resettlement of refugees and displaced persons.”Despite the change in authority, Mr. Annan said, “the United Nations, which has always supported Burundi, will continue to uphold and promote the peace process and the effective implementation of the ceasefire agreements through the Joint Ceasefire Commission. It will also support the Africa force.”Extending his warm congratulations to the new incumbent, Mr. Annan also paid tribute to outgoing President, Pierre Buyoya for “demonstrating maturity and wisdom in reaching a consensus which does credit to Burundi and the Burundians.”He also thanked the African Union for deploying the Africa mission and its military observers in Burundi, Heads of States and other personalities of the region, “for the countless efforts they have made to restore peace in Burundi.” read more

UNICEF study finds one billion children in poverty

It shows that one in three children lives in a dwelling with either a mud floor or more than five people per room, and that one in five does not have safe water sources.The study – which analyses survey data taken in the late 1990s on almost 1.2 million children in 46 countries – is the largest of its kind and uses innovative methodology to assess the effects of poverty.”Child Poverty in the Developing World,” launched today in London, measures poverty not just in terms of income, but also in access to such basic human rights as shelter, food, water, sanitation, health, education and information.The report also shows that more than 90 million children in South Asia have to go hungry every day and, across the globe, 134 million children between the ages of seven and 18 have never been to school.Girls suffer the most – they are much more likely than boys to miss schooling, especially in North Africa and the Middle East.UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said eliminating the worst aspects of poverty “is a practical and affordable possibility – and it starts with investing in children.” read more

UN seeks funding to tackle neglected crisis of 16 million displaced in

Expressing concern over “this neglected long term humanitarian crisis,” the Director of the UN’s Internal Displacement Division, Dennis McNamara, told reporters in Nairobi, Kenya, on his return from the area that the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) there surpassed that in Darfur, western Sudan, which has received far more world attention. “The United Nations needs to strengthen its role, its presence and its capacity but unless we are properly funded, we won’t be there to do what we should do,” Mr. McNamara said, adding that IDP camps in northern Uganda are “as desperate looking as in Darfur,” where there are more than 1.2 million IDPs.Roads and bridges are collapsing under food convoys, and the situation for women and children is particularly alarming, he said.He indicated that the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had already expanded its presence and that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was dispatching a senior representative.Mr. McNamara also noted that there were few non-governmental organization (NGO) partners in northern Uganda and that they were needed to work alongside the UN.Despite some political progress, he also underlined that there was “no effective civilian management” of IDP camps and that only the military exerted control over the region.”There is no functioning of the rule of law,” he declared.Only last week UNICEF said the continued kidnapping of youngsters by the LRA as soldiers and sex slaves remained a “cause for great distress.” Up to 12,000 children are estimated to have been abducted by the group since June 2002 alone, and in April the plight of these child soldiers was included on the list of “Ten Stories the World Should Know More About” compiled by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). read more

Woman found guilty of trying to murder stranger as she walked home

first_imgWoman found guilty of trying to murder stranger as she walked home from work Laura Kenna had argued that she was legally insane at the time. Image: Collins Courts. No Comments I sliced her like you would a goat.The main issue for the jury to consider was Kenna’s state of mind at the time; there was a conflict of opinion between the experts on this issue.A consultant psychiatrist engaged by the defence testified that the accused was suffering from a mental disorder at the time, and so was entitled to the special defence of not guilty by reason of insanity.UnemotionalDr Stephen Monks of the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) told the jury that she was suffering from schizoaffective disorder, a chronic mental illness related to schizophrenia.He said she had carried out the ‘frenzied and vicious’ attack on Burke with the intention of killing in the context of delusions about death, vampires and cannibalism.She had a knife for the purpose of killing somebody, he added. He testified that she did not know the nature and quality of her actions and couldn’t stop what she was doing.However, a consultant psychiatrist engaged by the State disagreed. Professor Harry Kennedy, also of the CMH, testified that she was not delusional at the time, but carried out the attack in anger and out of a ‘sense of entitlement’; she told gardai she’d needed money.Prof Kennedy said her attack would not come under the definition of insanity. He said that she possessed ‘callous’ and ‘unemotional’ personality traits and had the ability to ‘fabricate for her own interests’.She’d told him that she had followed another woman that night ‘but let her go’, something he said indicated that she knew what she was doing in selecting her victim.Barristers for both sides delivered their closing speeches yesterday.Barry White SC, defending, reminded the jury that both doctors had agreed that Kenna had fit the criteria for the special insanity verdict when she had attacked another woman a few weeks before this attack.A jury, in that case, had later reached a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity on that charge.However, he pointed out that Prof Kennedy considered her to have a mental disorder after the Drumcondra attack, but not during it, and said the professor had ‘Ms Kenna going from mad to bad to mad’.“You heard from Dr Monks that this is highly improbable,” he said.Anthony Sammon SC, prosecuting, reminded the jury that he had said at the outset that this would not be an easy case.“I did not tell you that this was a retrial and that another jury had struggled with this,” he said, referring to a previous jury failing to reach a verdict, something the defence had disclosed in this trial.“That is now known to you and it endorses the statement I made that this is a difficult case,” he said.He noted that there was no blood test that could establish a mental condition.“One has to go through the torturous process that has been revealed to you in this case,” he continued, referring to the doctors’ interviews with the accused and reviews of her history.He explained that the Oireachtas had decided that 12-citizen juries would have to answer the question of insanity.The six men and six women of the jury were told that the State had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Kenna had carried out the attack. However, the defence had to prove only on the balance of probabilities that she satisfied the special defence of not guilty by reason of insanity.Justice Tara Burns sent them out to begin considering their verdict yesterday afternoon. They had spent a total of two hours and 23 minutes deliberating before reaching their unanimous verdict of guilty on both counts.Justice Burns said she was extremely grateful to them for their work on what had been ‘a particularly difficult case’ and exempted from jury service for 10 years.She adjourned sentencing until Monday 25 March for preparation of a victim impact statement. She also directed a report from Kenna’s treating doctor. A 37-YEAR-OLD WOMAN has been found guilty of attempting to murder a civil servant by slashing her neck as she walked home from work in Dublin two years ago.Laura Kenna had argued that she was legally insane at the time and had attacked Fionnuala Burke in the context of delusions about death, vampires and cannibalism.Kenna, of no fixed abode, was charged with attempting to murder Burke on Lower Drumcondra Road in the city on 3 January 2017, and of assault causing serious harm to her on the same occasion.She had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to both counts and went on trial at the Central Criminal Court.The trial heard that Burke was working for the Department of Social Protection, and was walking home when she noticed a woman sitting on a wall outside a house. As Burke approached, the woman, Laura Kenna, sprang up and pushed her back onto a grassy area. Kenna didn’t say anything but started to stab her.Burke felt the short stab wounds and could also feel her face being slashed before she felt a dramatic slash straight across her neck. Kenna then spoke, telling Burke that she’d let her go if she handed over her bag.The jury saw photographs of the large, deep cut across Burke’s neck. It had penetrated through muscle and cut through the thyroid gland. She was operated on and treated in intensive care after the attack. She also had other injuries to her face and body.Kenna later admitted to gardaí: Laura Kenna https://jrnl.ie/4524493 Laura Kenna Image: Collins Courts. By Natasha Reid Share57 Tweet Email2 45,732 Views Mar 5th 2019, 12:23 PM Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 12:23 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Bai Lowes 13 year old son relatives detained for 21 days

first_imgBy Mustapha JallowYusupha Lowe, who is 13 years old, Pa Alieu Lowe, 19 years old, and Jarriatou Lowe, who are the son, brother and ex-wife of Baboucar ‘Bai’ Lowe, Warrant Officer Cass 2 of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), are all being detained for 21 days now (today) without release or bail, according to a family source.Bai Lowe is alleged to be part of the insurgents who attacked the state house on 30 December, last year, who is said to be on the run.The source said the family is worried about the arrest and continued detention of their loved ones and especially the schooling of both Yusupha and Pa Alieu. He said they have made attempts to visit the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) office in Banjul to take clothes to them but were told that they are being held there.The source indicated the trauma that the detention is causing the family as access to them is denied and their whereabouts unknown.He said the family is calling on the authorities to release their loved ones including the boys who are now missing their classes.The trio was arrested in Lamin around 3pm on 1 January 2015 by men in plain clothes who claimed to have got their orders from the Office of the President and whisked away in a waiting vehicle with tinted glasses to an unknown destination.Their detention, however, has exceeded the 72 hours required by the 1997 Constitution of the Second Republic of the Gambia for the detention of a person without a court order.]]>last_img read more

Moshiri wanted me out – Wayne Rooney

first_imgFormer Everton striker Wayne Rooney has revealed the club’s major shareholder Fahad Moshiri rather than former manager Sam Allardyce wanted him out of the club.The ex-England captain returned to Everton in the summer of 2017 after 13 successful seasons with Manchester United, where he became the club’s all-time leading top scorer.Rooney who moved to MLS side DC United earlier this year insists Allardyce wanted him to stay at the club without guarantee of regular game time but Moshiri wasn’t keen on it.“[Leaving] was the owner’s decision. He knew he was going to bring a lot of players in and wanted to free money up. That’s his decision but I’m disappointed how it happened,” Rooney told The Sunday Times.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I started to think: ‘Is there something being said?’ So I went to see Sam [Allardyce]. I said ‘listen, I’m not a kid, what’s going on – do you want me or not?”“Sam was the honest one. He said, ‘If I’m still here next season you might not play as much but I still want you’. But then he said: ‘I’m not sure the owner has the same opinion’. And trying to get an honest answer out of the owner took three months.“I kept trying and trying. All I wanted was clarity. Even [current Everton boss] Marco Silva was surprised because before he came in he was told I was leaving – but that was before I was told I could leave.”last_img read more

EAT rules shared parental leave pay and maternity pay are not comparable

first_imgThe Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that the rate of pay for a male employee taking shared parental leave cannot be compared to a female employee on maternity leave pay because the purpose of the leave arrangement is different.The case, Mr M Ali v Capita Customer Management, was taken to the EAT after an Employment Tribunal decision, published in June 2017, found that male employee Madasar Ali was subjected to sex discrimination when his employer did not allow him to take additional paternity leave at full pay.However, EAT allowed this decision to be appealed, ruling that the purpose of maternity leave and pay is for the health and wellbeing of a woman in pregnancy, confinement and recent childbirth, while shared parental leave and pay is designed to aid parents with childcare. The EAT ruled that the correct comparator in this case, therefore, would be a female employee on shared parental leave and pay rather than a female employee on maternity leave and pay, and since shared parental leave is delivered on equal terms to both men and women, this would mean Ali was not subjected to sex discrimination.This aligns with the European Union’s (EU) Pregnant Workers Directive, which requires employers to provide pregnant women and those who have given birth a minimum of 14 weeks’ maternity leave with adequate pay in order to promote the health and wellbeing of the mother. This is compared to clause two of the framework agreement on parental leave (revised) annexed to the Parental Leave Directive, which identifies the purpose of parental leave is for parents or adoptive parents to care for their child. There is no EU law requiring employers to provide paid parental leave although domestic law caters for this.Ali joined Capita Customer Management via a Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment (Tupe)) transfer from Telefonica in 2013. As a male employee, Ali was entitled to two weeks of paid leave following the birth of his child. A female employee who had transferred from Telefonica would have been entitled to up to 14 weeks of leave at full pay following the birth of a child.Ali took two weeks of paid paternity leave following the premature birth of his daughter in February 2016, followed by a week’s paid annual leave. Ali wished to take further leave to care for his daughter after his wife was diagnosed with post-natal depression and received medical advice to delay returning to work to aid her recovery.Ali was informed that he would only be eligible for shared parental leave under the Capita policy, entitling him to statutory pay. Ali claimed that this would leave him at a financial disadvantage and he argued that he was therefore deterred from taking further paternity leave. He contended that he should receive the same paid leave entitlement as a female colleague who had transferred from Telefonica and the fact that he was not eligible for the same length of paid leave amounted to direct discrimination on the grounds of sex.The complaint focused on the 12-weeks following the two-week period immediately after the birth of the child. Ali accepted that in the two weeks after the birth, he received his paternity leave at full pay, while his wife received compulsory maternity leave to help her physically recover.The Honourable Justice Slade, who ruled over the EAT hearing, stated in the published court documents: “The Employment Tribunal erred in failing to consider or have regard to the purpose of maternity leave with pay, which is the rationale for domestic law provision for maternity leave and pay and the European legislation which it implements. That purpose is for the health and wellbeing of a woman in pregnancy, confinement and after recent childbirth. The Employment Tribunal erred in holding that the circumstances of the claimant father were comparable within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010 to those of a woman who had recently given birth as both had leave to care for their child. Such a finding fails to have regard to the purpose of maternity leave and pay. A mother will care for her baby but that is a consequence not the purpose of maternity leave and pay.“Further the ET erred for similar reasons in holding that the payment to a woman who had recently given birth and was on maternity leave at a higher rate than that given to parents of either sex on shared parental leave the purpose of which was different, the care of the child, did not fall within Equality Act 2010.”Sarah Jackson, chief executive officer at Working Families, said: “[This] decision is an important safeguard for the special employment protection needed for pregnant women and new mothers. We intervened in this case because the particular workplace disadvantage women face having experienced pregnancy and childbirth must continue to be recognised in law. Only women can experience childbirth, and maternity leave is to protect women’s health and wellbeing; it cannot simply be equated with ‘childcare’.“We have long called for greater rights and pay for working fathers, including properly paid, standalone period of extended paternity leave for fathers; but these should complement, not undermine, the rights of working mothers. This is a not a zero-sum game.“We encourage all our employer members to match shared parental pay to enhanced maternity pay, because well-paid leave is vital if we are to see more fathers take up their rights, and ultimately to improve equality at work and at home.”Lauren Pullen-Stanley, senior associate in the employment team at Norton Rose Fulbright, added: “Employers which made the decision to pay enhanced maternity pay to employees on maternity leave, but only statutory shared parental pay to employees on shared parental leave, will be very pleased to hear of the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision that this does not constitute direct sex discrimination, a point that was previously subject to conflicting case law. For now, at least, employers can breathe a sigh of relief on this front.”Michelle Morgan, employment solicitor and senior associate at Gardner Leader, said: “Capita Customer Management appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal which has handed down its  decision. Businesses will be pleased to hear that failure to enhance shared parental pay in line with enhanced maternity pay is not discriminatory on the grounds of sex.“The reasoning behind this decision is that the purpose of maternity leave and pay is to protect the health and wellbeing of a woman during pregnancy and following childbirth. The level of pay is inextricably linked to the purpose of the leave. The EAT held that the father’s situation was not comparable to a woman on maternity leave, a decision that will be seen as a welcome relief to employers and women who are currently seeing the ramifications of laws such as the gender pay gap reporting.”last_img read more

Fraudster held for cheating unemployed youth

first_imgHyderabad: The sleuths of Central Zone Task Force on Wednesday arrested a job fraudster Garikapati Suresh (30) for cheating the innocent unemployed youth with false promises of providing jobs in government departments. The accused would promise the unemployed that he would provide jobs in Secretariat and other government offices and Metro Railway station and collected lakhs of rupees from them. The sleuths seized one mobile phone and other incriminating certificates from his possession. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us According to Task Force sleuths, the accused after discontinuing his Engineering course started working under the PA of MLA’s and developed contacts with Secretariat employees and gained knowledge in government works. By using the influence in the Secretariat he used to give recommendation letters and TTD Devasthanams break darshan, railway tickets etcetera to the needy persons and use to take money from them. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us He also used to apply for CM’s relief fund by collecting medical receipts and other related documents from the hospital where the patient admitted and collect cash from them in advance. As such he started doing government works by taking commissions. Later he planned to earn easy and started collecting huge amounts from the unemployed youth by assuring them that he would provide jobs in Secretariat and other government offices and he use to charge an individual from Rs 2 to 3 lakh. So far, he has cheated about 30-40 jobless aspirants, government employees, other innocent people and collected lakhs of rupees from them. He used to threaten the people if they question him about the said job and to return their money with dire consequences. In total six cases were registered against him in various police stations in Hyderabad and Rachakonda Commissionerate limits.last_img read more