Street Light Pilot Project Funded

first_imgNova Scotia will conserve energy and further reduce greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions by using new LED lights on many streets and roads. A company in Amherst making street lights that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions will receive $1,156,000 in government assistance for a demonstration project. The province’s ecoNova Scotia for Clean Air and Climate Change fund is contributing $756,000 to help LED Roadway Lighting Ltd. demonstrate the new technology. Conserve Nova Scotia, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, is also investing $400,000 in the project. Premier Rodney MacDonald and Environment Minister David Morse announced the funding in Amherst today, April 8. “We are pleased to support a project that invests in our growing green economy,” said Premier MacDonald. “The government is committed to protecting the environment while supporting innovative Nova Scotia based businesses.” The pilot demonstration project will convert 1,100 high pressure sodium street lights in at least 10 municipalities to more efficient light emitting diode, or LED, lights. Many lights at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and along Nova Scotia highways will also be converted. Switching to LED lights could reduce energy use by more than 50 per cent. The conversion is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 288 tonnes and air pollutant emissions by close to 1,000 kilograms, annually. “The Climate Change Action Plan calls for a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in our province to at least ten per cent below 1990 levels by 2020,” said Mr. Morse. “This LED projectwill help us achieve that goal.” The LED street light demonstration project will support the high tech manufacturing sector and research and development in Nova Scotia. It will also benefit municipalities. “Given the number of street lights in Nova Scotia, municipalities can significantly reduce emissions and save in energy and maintenance costs through this demonstration project,” said Barry Barnet, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “These LEDs will help light the way toward cleaner, more energy-efficient roadways.” LED Roadway Lighting Ltd. plans to market the technology internationally. “This funding will help us partner with Nova Scotia municipalities to showcase this unique, green-friendly lighting to the world,” said Chuck Cartmill, President of LED Roadway Lighting Limited. “This homegrown LED technology has the interest of potential customers in the United States, Europe, the United Arab Emirates, and Panama.” LED lights have a lifespan of 20 years, compared to about three years for roadway lights currently in use. The longer lifespan will increase street safety and lead to less waste in landfills. LED roadway lights further protect the environment by being mercury and lead free. They also reduce light pollution in the night sky. The ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change continues to work with Nova Scotian municipalities, businesses, and organizations on ways to save energy and cut harmful emissions. It is funded by a $42.5 million federal grant. For more information about ecoNova Scotia projects or to apply for assistance, go to . To learn more about Conserve Nova Scotia, visit www.conservens.calast_img read more

Steve Ladurantaye not returning as managing editor of CBCs The National

first_imgTORONTO – The former managing editor of “The National” who was reassigned in the wake of a cultural appropriation controversy will not be returning to the CBC’s flagship news program.Steve Ladurantaye was reassigned in May for what the public broadcaster called “an inappropriate, insensitive and frankly unacceptable tweet” he made as part of a controversial online debate over cultural appropriation.At the time, the CBC said Ladurantaye had been reassigned to work on digital “storytelling strategies” and added that he would reach out to Indigenous communities “as part of his learning process.”In a memo to staff, CBC News editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire also said Ladurantaye’s future with “The National” would be reassessed in the fall.On Wednesday, in an interview with The Canadian Press, McGuire said Ladurantaye “won’t be going back to ‘The National.’” The decision was announced internally a month ago.She said Ladurantaye is now the managing editor of the CBC’s “content verticals,” which include the business, health and arts units.McGuire said the CBC hasn’t hired a new managing editor for “The National,” which will relaunch Nov. 6 with Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang and Ian Hanomansing as co-hosts.They take over for Peter Mansbridge, who stepped down from his role as anchor and chief correspondent in July after nearly three decades with the program.In May, Ladurantaye was among a number of journalists who engaged in a late-night Twitter conversation that was sparked by a contentious magazine article advocating for more cultural appropriation in Canadian literature.In the Writers’ Union of Canada’s magazine Write, novelist and then-editor Hal Niedzviecki suggested “anyone, anywhere, should be encouraged to imagine other peoples, other cultures, other identities.”The opinion piece also suggested there should be an appropriation prize in literature.After the article was published, apologies came from the union as well as Niedzviecki, who resigned.Meanwhile, former National Post editor Ken Whyte responded by tweeting he would “donate $500 to the founding of the appropriation prize if someone else wants to organize.”Ladurantaye replied that he would contribute $100. He later deleted the tweet and apologized, saying “what I did was hurtful, and my apology is without condition.”“In short, I wasn’t thinking. I didn’t stop to think,” he said in a string of tweets.“That’s a problem. I need to address it. I didn’t stop to think about what it is like to not have my position or my power or my voice.”last_img read more

Quebec nonprofit launches public awareness campaign for 35 missing children

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec non-profit group is launching a public awareness campaign for the cases of 35 missing children through a partnership with MSN Quebec.Throughout May, which is Missing Children’s Month, the MSN website will display records of children whose disappearances date from a few months ago to a few years ago.“They have close to a million visitors a day on their website, so imagine the number of people who will become aware of this,” said Pina Arcamone, executive director of the Missing Children’s Network.“Maybe someone in this group will have the information that will ultimately allow a family to have closure,” she said, noting that partnering with MSN Quebec will also help the organization share safety tips.Arcamone said the Missing Children’s Network has become a reference point for groups at home and abroad — particularly in Europe’s French-speaking countries — taking on 32 cases of missing children outside of Canada.“For us, there is no border when we talk about missing children,” she said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“All we want is communicate the information that a child is missing, support the family and work with the authorities so that we can find these young people and, above all, bring them home.”Runaways account for between 75 per cent and 80 per cent of all reports, according to ArcamoneThe number of missing children in Quebec fell by 18 per cent last year, due mainly to a steep drop in the number of runaways reported to police.There were 5,927 reports of missing children to police in Quebec in 2018 compared to 7,025 the previous year, according to an annual RCMP report listing all missing children across Canada.“I believe that young people are better equipped today to better recognize risk situations. They also know the importance of seeking help if they find themselves in difficult situations,” Arcamone said.“I hope that prevention and awareness campaigns are starting to bear fruit.”Helen Moka, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In Odisha, members of political families seek re-election, some pitted against kin

first_imgBhubaneswar: Several political families in Odisha are in the fray in the 2019 polls, with members of some either seeking re-election or crossing swords with their kin. In some cases, members of such families have been fielded by parties from different constituencies, including one in which the Congress has given a father the responsibility to retain an assembly seat and son to wrest a Lok Sabha seat from rival Biju Janata Dal (BJD). The assembly election will be held in Odisha along with the Lok Sabha polls in four phases – on April 11, 18, 23 and 29. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Kinship is evident in the Bolangir Lok Sabha seat, where sitting BJD MP Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo is pitted against his sister-in-law and former MP Sangeeta Singhdeo of the BJP. He is the son of former state minister A U Singhdeo and is seeking a re-election from the seat. For Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo, who won the Lok Sabha constituency in 2009 and 2014, the battle will be an interesting one. His father, now a BJD vice-president, has won all the state elections from the Bolangir assembly seat since 1990, but lost to Congress’s Narasingha Mishra in 2014. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo has said he is hopeful of another victory because of the development work carried out by the BJD government in the past five years in the state. Sangeeta Singhdeo’s husband K V Singhdeo, the BJP legislature party leader and a former state minister, is fighting to retain the Patnagarh assembly segment as a saffron party nominee. In Sundergarh district, veteran Congress leader and former chief minister Hemanand Biswal’s two daughters are in the fray as nominees of opposition parties in Sundergarh district. While Sunita Biswal is a BJD candidate for the Sundergarh Lok Sabha seat, her younger sister Amita has been fielded by the Congress from the Sundergarh assembly segment. Amita claims the candidature of her elder sister as a BJD nominee will not affect the poll prospects of the Congress which has a strong base in Sundergarh. Family ties seem important in south Odisha, too, as the baton of BJD MP Jhina Hikaka has been transferred to wife Kausalya. She has been fielded by the ruling party from the Koraput (ST)Lok Sabha seat, currently held by Hikaka in the outgoing House. Kalyani Devi, the great granddaughter of erstwhile king of Paralakhemundi Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, will contest the election on a BJD ticket from the Paralakhemundi assembly seat. She is the daughter of Gopinath Gajapati, who was a two-time Congress MP from Berhampur. Congress stalwart and Leader of Opposition in the Odisha assembly Narasingha Mishra has been given a ticket from the Bolangir assembly constituency, while his son Samarendra Mishra will fight the general election from the Bolangir parliamentary seat. Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Bhakta Charan Das has been fielded by the party from the Kalahandi Lok Sabha constituency, and his son Sagar Charan Das is the party’s candidate from the Bhawanipatna assembly seat. Similarly, George Tirkey is the candidate of the grand old party from the Sundergarh (ST) Lok Sabha constituency, his son Rohit Joseph has been fielded from Birmitrapur (ST) assembly seat, now represented by his father. Firebrand Congress leader Suresh Routray is a nominee from Jatni assembly segment, while his son-in-law Prasad Harichandan, former Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee chief, will vie for victory from the Satyabadi assembly constituency. Sisir Gomang, son of former Congress chief minister Giridhar Gamang, who is now in the BJP, has been fielded by the saffron party from Gunupur (ST) seat. Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, who made his foray into the poll scene as the heir of legendary leader Biju Patnaik, will fight the assembly elections from Bijepur and home turf Hinjli. Naveen fought his maiden poll battle in 1997 in a by-election from the Aska Lok Sabha constituency and won the seat as a nominee of the erstwhile Janata Dal.The bypoll was necessitated following his father’s death. Thereafter, the BJD was formed and Patnaik scored victory in the Lok Sabha elections in 1998 and 1999 from the seat. The BJD supremo is now in the race for a fifth consecutive term as CM.last_img read more

Massive fire rips through heavily crowded tent at NSP, Police says no casualty

first_imgNew Delhi: A massive fire broke out in two tent houses in New Delhi’s Netaji Subhash Place on Tuesday. At the time of the incident, a function was going on and the place was heavily crowded. According to Delhi Fire Services, they received a call around 12.20 AM regarding the medium fire.Around 25 fire tenders reached at the spot to douse the fire. “Fire was under control at 4.40 AM but a fireman got injured during the operation and got admitted to a private hospital,” said DFS official. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe official further added that LPG cylinders caught fire which created hindrance in fire fighting operation. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West) said that three persons received minor injuries. ” A function was going at the place when the incident took place,” added DCP North West. Another police officer said that they cannot tell the exact number of people present at the spot that time but yes the place was heavily crowded and city police conducted the safe rescue operation. “Some said 500 people were there and other 2000. So the exact figure is not clear,” added officer. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsChief Fire Officer (DFS) Atul Garg said that they cannot tell the exact reason behind the incident. “First of all wind was blowing yesterday(Tuesday) and also tents were made of combustible materials which easily catch fire,” added Garg. At any function in Pandal, According to DFS, there should be proper access, open space around the pandal, distance from medium and high voltage electrical installations, means of exits, materials of construction, first aid fire fighting arrangements, water storage for fighting, electrical wiring, and availability of trained fire fighting staff.last_img read more

New Mandela portrait at UN should inspire work for better world –

“Most Africans of my generation retain a very strong association with Mr. Mandela’s walk to freedom,” Ms. Migiro said at ceremony at UN Headquarters Thursday evening.The portrait by Jan Beekman “could not hang in a better place,” she said. “Its spot near the Security Council brings one of the world foremost voices for peace and justice to the world’s leading forum for international peace and security.”Ms. Migiro also emphasized how Mr. Mandela, who she called “a true human treasure,” stands for tolerance, equality, justice and forgiveness, values also cherished by the UN.“I hope that having Nelson Mandela watching over us will help inspire us in our daily work for a better, more just world,” she said. “After all, that would be the best tribute we can all pay to this great man.” 2 March 2007Evoking her own recollections of when Nelson Mandela, or Prisoner 46664, walked out of prison after 27 years, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro paid tribute to the founding president of post-apartheid South Africa at the unveiling of his portrait at UN Headquarters in New York. read more

Several Asian countries not on track to reach development goals – UN

2 October 2007A new United Nations report finds that despite the region’s economic prosperity, some countries in Asia and the Pacific are not on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight targets to slash such ills as poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy by 2015. The report entitled “Millennium Development Goals: Progress in Asia and the Pacific,” which will be released next week, notes that progress has not been uniform in the region and that some countries face challenges in reducing poverty, child malnourishment and child mortality, as well as improving water quality and sanitation.While some developing nations in the region are making inroads in achieving the Goals, no country is on course to achieve all eight of them, according to the report, which will be launched by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).Detailed assessments of each country’s pursuit of the MDGs, as well as analysis that allows for comparison with other developing regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, are included in the report. read more

Chile UNICEF to reach out to 1 million quake victims

12 March 2010The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing emergency education and water services for 1 million Chilean children and their families in the wake of the powerful earthquake that struck the South American nation on 27 February. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing emergency education and water services for 1 million Chilean children and their families in the wake of the powerful earthquake that struck the South American nation on 27 February.A tsunami inundated part of the coastline, wiping out entire villages, following the magnitude-8.8 earthquake. Parts of Chile were rocked by a strong aftershock yesterday.The official death toll is just over 500, with six regions – home to 80 per cent of the country’s population – having been declared as “catastrophe zones.”Some of the hardest hit areas are also the poorest parts of Chile. Roads have been cut off, while Government buildings, schools, health facilities and at least half a million homes have been destroyed or badly damaged.“As in any disaster, children are the ones suffering most,” since they are especially vulnerable to cold, hunger and disease, said Gary Stahl, UNICEF Representative in Chile.“Their lives have been brutally disrupted and many of them will have difficulty coping with such an upheaval. We must help them now.”The agency is appealing for $3.5 million to meet the immediate and medium-term needs, including psychosocial support, of women and children.UNICEF is working closely with President Sebastian Piñera, who was sworn in yesterday.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who visited Chile last weekend, stressed that Member States must help the nation – which he said has been very generous in helping Haiti during its time of need after it was struck by a catastrophic earthquake in January – rebuild.Mr. Ban said that he has asked John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, to ensure there is coordinated support both in the emergency phase after the quake and in terms of longer-range disaster management.He also tasked Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to work closely with the Chilean Government, the World Bank and others to launch a post-disaster needs assessment. read more

Elite criminal networks exploiting wealth in DR of Congo Security Council told

“The elite networks’ grip on the DRC’s economy extends far beyond precious natural resources to encompass territory, fiscal revenues and trade in general,” said Mahmoud Kassem, as the Council began consideration of the panel’s report, written after seven months of field work in the war-torn country. Mr. Kassem said the exploitation activities of the networks involved highly organized and documented systems of embezzlement, tax fraud, extortion, kickbacks, false invoicing, asset-stripping of State companies and secret profit-sharing agreements, and that these activities were orchestrated in a manner that closely resembled criminal operations. “The networks collaborate with organized criminal groups, some of them transnational organizations in order to maximize profits,” he said, adding that the networks use those criminal groups for discreet military operations, money laundering, illegal currency transactions, counterfeiting operations, arms trafficking, smuggling and many other activities aimed at political destabilization. Mr. Kassem said the war economy directed by these networks functions under the cover of armed conflict, manipulation of ethnic tensions and generalized violence that generate enormous profits for “small coteries of powerful individuals or the commercial wing on military institutions.” The activities drain the DRC’s treasury of revenues at the national and local levels and leave the population without basic services. The Chairman said his panel would be willing to provide extensive first-hand testimony and evidence based on insider information and documents. “Knowledgeable sources and a long paper trail have permitted the panel to also identify numerous intermediaries that help in marketing minerals and other commodities, the institutions that provide financial services, the companies that buy, process and re-sell the extracted resources and the criminal organizations that provide transport, arms and other services,” he said. Voicing hope that the report would be used as a constructive tool by the Council to motivate parties to honour their obligations under the recently signed peace agreements, the Chairman said the panel’s investigations and recommendations aimed at promoting peace and stability. Following Mr. Kassem’s briefing, the Council decided to allow more time to consider the panel’s report and postponed discussion of it until a later date. read more

UN says foreign staff still unable to return to Russian republic of

Briefing reporters today in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond said only local UN workers and international staff from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have resumed working in Ingushetia. He said UNHCR had planned to return its international staff – which were relocated within the Russian Federation after the violence on 21 June – on Wednesday, but the move fell through when guards were not available. UN staff are anxious to return to help an estimated 50,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from Ingushetia and the neighbouring Russian republic of Chechnya living in temporary settlements or private accommodation. In the wake of the fighting between Russian Government forces and rebels on 21 June, many IDPs living in temporary settlements have received hostile treatment from the local Ingush population, Mr. Redmond said. Many landowners have also pressured the IDPs to return home. One temporary settlement has been closed and local officials have threatened to evict IDPs from other settlements. Mr. Redmond said that while there had been “a strong response” by security services following 21 June, all but five of the 50 or so IDPs who were detained have since been released. He said UNHCR has raised its concerns about the evictions, detentions and other problems involving the settlements with authorities in Moscow, but stressed how important it was for all staff to be able to return. Magomed Getagazov, a local UN staff member, died after he was hit by crossfire during the fighting on 21 June. His death prompted a UN security review for staff working in the northern Caucasus region. read more

New UNICEF head promises results not rhetoric benefits not banalities

“I come to this position with a deep and abiding belief in the missions and work of UNICEF,” United States Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman told a news briefing at which she was introduced by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to succeed Carol Bellamy as the Executive Director of the 58-year-old agency. She will take over on 1 May.“Her qualifications are outstanding,” Mr. Annan said of Ms. Veneman, who has administered the vast and complex operations of the US Department of Agriculture since 2001.“She has focused strongly on new ways of feeding the hungry around the world, thus making an important contribution to the first of the eight Millennium Goals, and she has been a long and steadfast supporter of programmes to advance the welfare of children both at home and abroad,” he added, referring to the target of halving hunger by 2015.“Ms. Veneman’s extensive experience, as well as her personal commitment to UNICEF’s values and mission, make her an eminently suitable person to lead UNICEF,” he said.With more than 7,000 people working in 157 countries, the agency is the world’s leading body addressing the needs of youngsters, ranging from running massive child immunization campaigns to mobilizing urgent aid in unexpected emergencies such as last month’s devastating Indian Ocean tsunami.Mr. Annan paid tribute to Ms. Bellamy’s “outstanding contribution” over the past 10 years to the UN, UNICEF and welfare of children all over the world. “Carol’s record speaks for itself,” he declared. “She has led UNICEF into the 21st century with exemplary skill, determination and conviction, facing numerous challenges along the way. Her legacy must inspire us all as I am sure it will inspire Ann to do everything we can to make the world a safer, better place for children everywhere.”Ms. Veneman said the plight of children around the world is enormous. “Children today must face issues that no child, no human being should have to confront – malnutrition and hunger, illiteracy and disease, especially the scourge of HIV/AIDS, exploitation and suffering, wars and natural disasters,” she declared. “The challenges are imposing, but there is also a vast reservoir of will to solve them. I am committed to tapping into that potential.” Video of press briefing [14mins] read more

Rockets trounce Spurs 136105 to snap fourgame skid

SAN ANTONIO — Clint Capela had 27 points and 12 rebounds, James Harden had 23 points and 10 assists and the Houston Rockets handed the San Antonio Spurs their second straight lopsided defeat, 136-105 on Friday night.Chris Paul added 14 points and 10 assists as Houston was able to sit its starters for most of the fourth quarter while holding a 110-74 lead after the third.San Antonio (10-12) fell two games below .500 for the first time since Nov. 20, 2009 when it was 4-6.The Rockets entered the game on a four-game skid but the Spurs were the troubled team. Two nights after a 39-point loss in Minnesota, San Antonio actually fared worse against Houston.“You need to take that embarrassment and bottle it up,” forward Dante Cunningham said during the team’s morning shootaround. “You have to never want that again. That taste has to stick around forever. You just can’t give up games like that. Pride has to kick in at some point.”Little changed as the Spurs allowed their biggest point total in a half this season and matched the most they have allowed in the third quarter.Houston scored 70 points in the first half. Harden set the mark by driving the lane untouched with 3.7 seconds left for a layup.The Rockets added 40 points in the third quarter. Houston finished 22 for 54 on 3-pointers.LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and DeMar DeRozan added 18 for the Spurs, who have dropped two straight.DeRozan provided some of the few San Antonio highlights, driving the lane twice to feed Rudy Gay for the Spurs’ first two baskets. Gay finished with nine points and DeRozan closed with five assists.DeRozan also had six points in the first quarter, including a driving finger roll that gave the Spurs their lone lead at 9-7.The Rockets went on an 18-4 run beginning midway through the first quarter and raced to a 31-15 lead.TIP-INSRockets: Houston’s 70 points in the first half tied its second most in any half. The Rockets scored 76 against Indiana on Nov. 11 and 70 against Detroit on Nov. 21. … Paul returned after a three-game absence. He has missed five games this season, all of which Houston lost. … James Ennis was assessed a technical foul after screaming at an official after he was whistled for a pushing foul with 7:38 remaining in the third quarter.Spurs: DeRozan is the first San Antonio player to score in double figures in each of his first 22 games since David Robinson did so as a rookie in 1989. … The most points the Spurs previously allowed in the first half was 68 to New Orleans on Nov. 3. … Only Roger Mason Jr., Richard Jefferson and Manu Ginobili have made more 3-pointers after 22 games than Bryn Forbes, who has 50. … Marco Belinelli has 245 3-pointers for the Spurs, the most he has made for any of the nine teams he has played for.UP NEXTRockets: Host Chicago on Saturday night.Spurs: Host Portland on Sunday night.___More AP NBA: and Dominguez, The Associated Press read more

Meghan Markle receives first official Royal gift an apron

first_imgPrince William in Finland, where he was given an apron to pass to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Their relationship blossomed over home cooked meals, and Prince Harry popped the question over a roast chicken supper.What better way for Meghan Markle to be welcomed into the business of the Royal Family, then, than with her first official gift: an apron.Ms Markle has made her debut on the annual list of gifts received by members of the Royal Family, with an apron presented to the Duke of Cambridge to pass on by a member of the public.The Duke had been making a solo visit to Finland in November, while his brother and future sister-in-law celebrated their engagement in London.The gift list offers scant details on the present, noting just that it was from an “individual” and was received by the Duke “on behalf of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle”. Prince Harry’s list of gifts, however, records a set of his’n’hers accessories for the couple, presented by a wellwisher and including: “Two jackets, two leather holdall bags, two leather belt-bags, two leather zipped pouches, two leather passport holders, four leather wristbands, two ice hockey pucks, two baseball caps, two t-shirts and two sports polo shirts.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who bonded over home-cooked mealsCredit:PA The Cambridge family on tour of Poland and GermanyCredit:Newsgroup UK In a long list of presents, Prince George and Princess Charlotte received 17 soft toys, two lollipops, three toy trains, a toy pram, three dresses, two pairs of socks and a dreamcatcher.Official gifts can be worn and used, but are not considered the personal property of the Royal recipient.The Royals do not pay tax on them, can eat any food they are given and pass perishable official gifts with a value less than £150 to charity or staff.Gifts cannot be sold or exchanged and eventually become part of the Royal Collection, which is held in trust by the Queen for her successors and the nation.The rules on official presents were tightened following the Peat inquiry in 2003 into the sale of royal gifts and the running of St James’s Palace. A bugle, presented by The Rifles, was also accepted.The Queen received glittery baubles for her Christmas tree, a purple fleece dog bed for her corgis and and the Union Flag from Major Tim Peake’s spacesuit. The Cambridge family on tour of Poland and Germany The Queen and Duke of Edinburghcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It is the first time Ms Markle has been named on the audit, following an altogether more circumspect entry, in September, while Prince Harry was in Toronto for the Invictus Games.Then, as the couple were not engaged, Ms Markle spent the trip apart from the Prince in public, save for one appearance together at the tennis and a relaxed moment in a private box at the closing ceremony. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Sandringham The Queen and Duke of EdinburghCredit:Matt Holyoak Ms Markle, who has previously spoken about her love of vegan leather, has not yet been spotted in public with any of the gifts.Among presents received by other members of the Royal Family were armfuls of items for Prince George and Princess Charlotte, including 59 presents from their week-long visit to Poland and Germany.Even the Duchess of Cambridge’s third baby, due in April, was not left out, with the family taking home three “soft toy baby’s sleep aids” in preparation for the newborn.The Duke of Edinburgh was given several gifts he may be able to make use of in retirement, from a travel backgammon set by luxury brand Smythson and some whisky from his Duke of Edinburgh Award team. She was also given an ostrich egg decorated with Maasai beadwork as a 91st birthday present from the Kenyan president, a decoration containing Enigma machine paper from GCHQ, and copies of love letters between Queen Victoria’s granddaughter Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenburg and King Alfonso XIII of Spain between 1905-6 from the Spanish Royal Family. Prince William in Finland, where he was given an apron to pass to Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit: Heikki Saukkomaalast_img read more

Beefeaters could strike for first time in 55 years amid pension row

#OTD 1963: The Beefeaters were on strike. Does anybody know why they are called the Beefeaters?— BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) August 2, 2017 The last time they went on strike it was in an attempt to negotiate an extra 25 shillings a week – around £3 in today’s money.But now, Beefeaters from the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace could vote to strike for the first time in 55 years in a row over pensions.Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) employees, including Jewel House Wardens and other workers, who have been affected by the closure of their pension will be balloted on strike action from Friday, November 30, which could result in a walkout. Unions claim changes will mean members’ final salary pensions will be replaced by an inferior plan. Mick Ainsley, GMB regional officer said: “Pensions really matter to our members and in the day-to-day contacts we have with them across HRP, the importance to them of continuing to be able to build the pension they were promised when they were transferred to HRP from the civil service is emphasised to us over and over again.”They see their defined benefit pension entitlement as a critical element of the employment package, and quite rightly put a great value on it.”HRP’s decision to close the scheme came as a great surprise. Difficulties or the ability to afford the pension had never been muted before and members just see this attack on their standard of living for the rest of their lives. “We need to act in the best interests of the charity and of the majority of our staff, who will all benefit from a 2 per cent increase in employer contributions to their pensions from April 2019 as part of the changes.”This is not a decision we have taken lightly and we have consulted extensively with the staff affected over the course of the past year, as a result of which they will be receiving compensation and transition arrangements among the best in the market.”They will be joining the same competitive Defined Contribution scheme as their colleagues. The Trade Unions will shortly ballot their members and we will await the outcome of this.” John Barnes, Chief Executive, Historic Royal Palaces said: “In April 2019, we will be closing our Defined Benefit Pension scheme, affecting 11 per cent of our staff.  The scheme has become financially unsustainable, and the rising costs pose too great a risk for Historic Royal Palaces. “HRP are just jumping on the band wagon as they see other companies ending good defined benefit schemes, preferring instead to let the tax payer pick up the shortfall in the years to come.”GMB members have made it very clear that they want more negotiations and are prepared to talk. Strike action is the last thing they want to do, but HRP have left them with nowhere else to go. “Currently, Government responsibility rests with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport but all the palaces in HRP care are owned by The Queen ‘in Right of Crown’. This means that the Queen holds the palaces in Trust for the next monarch and by law cannot sell, lease or otherwise dispose of any interest in the palaces.”The notion that buildings are more important than the dignity of workers and that the people caring for and responsible for these palaces are not worthy of being cared for in their retirement is quite frankly disgusting.”This is a pay cut for the rest of their lives.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Gender neutral boats on the rise as Maritime Museum vows to remove

Sign inside the Scottish Maritime museum, Irvine with its gendered terms removed Rifle, a private steamer in the 1800s The Royal Navy has a long tradition of referring to its ships as ‘she’ and will continue to do so, a spokesperson saidCredit:Steve parsons / PA “However, I don’t think there is anything wrong with calling ships ‘she’ in conversation. It’s a respectable maritime tradition.” But a spokesperson for the trade body, the British Marine Industries Federation, said their organisation would stand firm. “Our owners have always referred to them as ‘she’ and will continue to do so because, to many, they are part of the family,” they said.The exact reason why ships are referred to as “she” has been debated for many years. In 2014, Dr Pieter van der Merwe, a naval historian at the national maritime museum in Greenwich, was asked that very question.“Old sailors used to answer this with a sexist joke: “Like a woman, a ship is unpredictable,” he replied, in an article for The Guardian. “A more likely suggestion relates to the idea of goddesses and mother figures playing a protective role in looking after a ship and crew,” he added, noting that Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic in a ship called La Santa Maria, named after the Virgin Mary.Yesterday, Richard Meade, the current editor of Lloyd’s List, said: “Perhaps making them feminine was understandable in the day of wooden sailing ships that arguably had a personality, but I challenge anyone to look at a modern 400 meter-long containership and identify a gender. HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving Portsmouth Harbour It was The Queen who said: “May God bless her and all who sail in her,” as she commissioned Britain’s latest warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, in 2014.But now the tradition of referring to boats as “she” or “her” is under threat after centuries of naval history.On Tuesday it emerged that a British maritime museum has begun referring to ships it exhibits as “it” in a bid to appear more gender neutral.The decision taken by the Scottish Maritime Museum near Troon was sparked by vandals. Twice in four months, references to boats as “she” have been scratched out of information signs, forcing the charity’s director to scrap the gender-specific term altogether.A 19th century steam yacht called ‘Rifle’, which once carried Queen Victoria across Loch Arkaig while she was visiting Inverlochy castle in 1873, had its display signs defaced last week in the latest attack. Rifle, a private steamer once carried Queen Victoria across Loch Arkaig while she was visiting Inverlochy castle in 1873Credit:Collect Lloyd’s List, a weekly shipping publication which ran in print for more than 250 years, has already abandoned centuries of seafaring tradition by calling all vessels “it”.Julian Bray, the former editor, wrote: “The shipping industry does need to move forward if it is not to risk becoming a backwater of international business.”They are maritime real estate. The world moves on. I can see why ‘she’ would suit a magnificent cruise liner but to a rusting old hulk it could be rather offensive. “We are moving in line with other maritime institutions,” said Mr Mann, who reported the incident to the police.“The debate around gender and ships is wide ranging, pitting tradition against the modern world. But I think that we have to move with the times and understand the way people look at things today.”On social media, supporters of the museum expressed their dismay. “This isn’t how it works. You don’t get to erase history, and like it or not ships have always been referred to as she,” said Jennifer Sorbara.”Political correctness is getting out of hand, the few are trying to bully the majority,” said Harry Silvers. “There is room in this world for everyone.” A passage which read: “Although she is in a very fragile condition, her propeller is a well preserved example of an early design and she continues to fascinate viewers,” had all the gendered terms scratched out.The museum’s director David Mann has now vowed to update all signage around the building with gender neutral terms, using “it’ instead. This sign inside the Scottish Maritime museum, Irvine was defaced to have its gendered terms removedCredit:Facebook “This seems like an odd debate to be having in 2019.”The Scottish Maritime Museum holds an important internationally recognised collection, encompassing a variety of historic vessels, artefacts, personal items and the largest collection of shipbuilding tools and machinery in Scotland.  It is home to the MV Spartan, Scotland’s last Scottish-built puffer, the harbour tug Garnock, and SY Carola, a steam yacht built in 1898. A Royal Navy spokesman said: “The Royal Navy has a long tradition of referring to its ships as ‘she’ and will continue to do so.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Greek Festival on George Street

first_imgThe annual George Street Greek Festival will be held on George Street, Thebarton on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December, outside the church of St Nicholas. The festival brings the best of Greek culture, turning the busy road strip into an two-day Greek outdoor party. For the fourth year in a row, the festival will host many Greek dance groups and live music by Acropolis Band on both days. This time, singer Kalliroy Kanavos from Melbourne will be performing at the event, accompanied by George Kirkopoulos on the clarinet. This is a free-entrance to all event.When: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December 2014 Where: George Street, St Nicholas Church, Thebarton, South Australia Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Grocery Outlet expanding into Hazel Dell in early 2013

first_imgLow-price food seller Grocery Outlet Bargain Market will go after Hazel Dell shoppers with a new store set to open early next year in a long-vacant Albertsons’ space.The retailer’s third Clark County store will be in the Northgate Village Shopping Center on the northeast corner of Hazel Dell Avenue and Northeast 99th Street, said Josh Oliva of HSP Properties in Vancouver. Grocery Outlet is a Berkeley, Calif.-based chain of more than 175 independently operated stores in six Western states. Local company stores are in Camas at 3308 N.E. Third Ave. and Vancouver at 5800 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.With the site established by Alberstons as a grocery retail location, the Hazel Dell location should come with built-in clientele, said Bill Coyle, a vice president with the Grocery Outlet chain. “We liked the fact that it was last occupied by Albertsons, a very dominant grocery player in its day,” he said.Oliva confirmed the Grocery Outlet chain has signed a lease to take up about 22,000 square feet of the former Albertsons’ store, which closed in August 2006.“It’s a good tenant and we’re certainly happy to get the space leased back out,” said Oliva, whose father, Steve Oliva, co-owns the retail center with Tualatin, Ore.-based Gramor Development Inc., a regional shopping center developer.last_img read more

Bank of America Merrill Lynch expands returntowork programme

first_imgThe Bank of America Merrill Lynch has expanded its return-to-work programme.After seeing almost 200 participants take part in its Returning Talent programme in London, the scheme is now open to applicants in Chester.The scheme aims to help those who have been out of the workplace, such as former stay-at-home parents, carers or those who have taken a career break to support a partner serving in the Armed Forces, to re-enter the workforce.The programme, provided in partnership with the Executive Coaching Consultancy, is targeted at people who have been out of work for a year or more and who have interests in finance, technology, banking operations or other professional services.The Chester-based programme will see 25 successful applicants attend a two-day conference in September, which will explore the changing workplace and the role of the returner in today’s office environment.The programme will also feature talks from guest speakers, workshops, practical guidance, interview skills sessions, executive coaching, networking opportunities and insight into how to balance work and home lives.Steve Miller, head of the Chester site, global head of FX operations and Returning Talent Chester executive sponsor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said: “I am very excited to see the expansion of the Returning Talent programme to Chester. This builds on its great success in London and is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to re-enter the workplace.“We know there is enormous untapped talent in the returner population, and we think this matches very well with the expanding opportunities at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Chester.”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday March 30 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowCongress lets states block some Planned Parenthood moneyAssociated PressThe Senate has voted to let states block federal family planning money from going to Planned Parenthood affiliates and other abortion providers.Searching for signs of Seward in DCLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Exactly 150 years ago, on March 30, 1867, the United States signed a treaty to buy Alaska from Russia. The treaty changed the course of Alaska history, but did it leave any mark on the city where it was signed?Naknek Electric sues former manager for $1 million over embezzlement allegationsDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamThe Naknek Electric Association has filed a lawsuit against its former longtime manager Donna Vukich, seeking $1 million in damages. NEA alleges Vukich used the company credit card for personal expenses going back more than a decade, and says she is no longer cooperating to pay back the embezzled funds.Immigration agents round up 84 in Alaska, Washington, OregonAssociated PressImmigration authorities say agents rounded up 84 people – including 60 with criminal records – during a three-day operation in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.Ask the Energy Desk: What about wave and tidal energy in Alaska?Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauWhen you think about renewable energy in Alaska, what comes to mind? Probably wind, which contributes to about 3 percent of the state’s power generation. And maybe solar panels, which are starting to gain momentum. But there’s also the potential for what lies along 6,500 miles of coastline.Formerly all-Boeing Alaska Air to keep Airbus jets for ‘foreseeable future’Tom Banse, Northwest News Network – OregonAlaska Airlines executives say the integration of former rival Virgin America is proceeding on track. Parent company Alaska Air Group updated Wall Street analysts on the merger at an “Investor Day” briefing in New York City on Wednesday.Bill would halve Gov. Walker’s pension bond authorityAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAlaska is projected to owe public workers more than $6 billion more in pensions than it has in assets. So state officials are looking for ways to save money.Specialty crop grant deadline approachesCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageTis the season for specialty crop grant applications. The grants are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s effort to expand certain crops and are distributed by the state Division of Agriculture.Hanneman realizes dream with national championship winDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Super Tour spring series cross country ski races continued in Fairbanks last (Weds) night with national championship skate technique sprints.Bethel organizers prepare for Cama’i Dance FestivalAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelThe 2017 Cama’i Dance Festival begins tomorrow at the Bethel Regional High School. The weekend-long cultural celebration marks the largest annual gathering of Alaska Native dance in the world.last_img read more

Donlin Mine nabs two major permits at Army Corps signing

first_imgDonlin Gold’s general manager Andrew Cole (right) signs the permits with Colonel Michael Brooks (left), district commander for the Army Corps of Engineers (Photo by Krysti Shallenberger/KYUK)A huge proposed gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta cleared a major hurdle on Monday, Aug. 13.Listen now“The spirit of this joint record of decision is about everyone coming together and working together and coming up with a quicker decision,” David Hobbie, of the Army Corps of Engineers’s Alaska District, said.Hobbie and other top federal officials joined representatives from the mining industry and Native Corporations at their Anchorage office to commemorate the occasion.It took six years of environmental review, but Donlin Gold has finally received two major permits from the Army Corps and Bureau of Land Management. Donlin is trying to develop one of the biggest gold mines in the world.Because the mine will impact thousands of acres of wetlands, it needed a permit from the Army Corps. The plans also include a 315-mile-long gas pipeline, which crosses over federal land run by the Bureau of Land Management. So it needed a permit from them as well.And for two Native Corporations, the permits means the Y-K Delta could get more jobs. Andrew Guy is the CEO of the Calista Regional Native Corporation, which leased the subsurface rights to Donlin Gold.“This is one of those steps that we need in order to improve conditions we have out in the region,” Guy said.But Donlin faces growing opposition from Y-K Delta tribes. Nearly a dozen have passed anti-mine resolutions in the past two years.The tribes fear the mine would damage their subsistence lifestyle. And they fear a mine accident could contaminate the Kuskokwim River, a vital food source.The Orutsaramiut Native Council and the local working group, the Yukon Kuskokwim River Alliance, oppose the mine. They released a statement Monday saying the permitting process left out many voices from the region.But Andrew Guy says their concerns have been heard throughout the process.“We are involved in subsistence too with our own families, so that’s a very valid concern that we’ve always kept in the top of our heads,” Guy said.The gold mine needs at least one hundred permits before it can start mining. Donlin Gold says they plan to get the major ones out of the way this year. The rest of them could be completed in two years.last_img read more