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Opposition blames Govt for prison unrest

first_imgBlame was laid solely at the feet of the David Granger-led Government for the events that led to the unrest at the Camp Street Prison on Sunday, which resulted in the death of one prison officer, injuries to several others and inmates, and the escape of five prisoners.In a strongly worded statement on Monday, the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, said “unbelievable incompetence” and “lack of accountability” were displayed on Sunday by those with political responsibility for security at the city penitentiary and law and order in the country.It was also highlighted that this was the second such incident that occurred at the Camp Street Prison in just over one year, which according to the Opposition, pointed to a lack of planning and eventuality that prevailed under the Granger Government’s watch.The Opposition also accused the Government of keeping secret the final report and recommendations of the presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that was commissioned after the first event.“The nation is yet to learn what recommendation was accepted and implemented. Conducting public policy in secrecy, in spite of public criticism, has now become a defining characteristic feature of this Government,” the statement added.In recounting the events of July 9, the Opposition used the opportunity to reiterate that the State bore full responsibility for the safety and well-being of all inmates.The Office of the Leader of the Opposition also called for full disclosure of all aspects of the tragedy at Camp Street Prison and repeated its call for the same full disclosure of all aspects of the identical tragedy, loss of lives and destruction of property that occurred there in March 2016.Condolences were expressed to the family of the deceased prison officer, Odinga Wickham, who died tragically after the horrific developments of the prison riot.“The Office of the Leader of the Opposition also extends its best wishes for the full recovery of those officers who were injured during the same incident and are currently hospitalised. Their services at that time again attest to their commitment to law and order under dire situations,” the statement said.The Opposition is also urging all Guyanese to extend their full support to the security services as they restore law and order, and reiterated that all of those who are responsible for these tragic events, particularly the politicians, must be held accountable.last_img read more

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Flyers score seven in game one win

first_imgHowever, Coyle made an immediate impact for his club, dancing around a handful of Fort St. John defenders and showing some great patience to out wait Troy Hunt, scoring for the Regals to cut the score to 7-2.Despite Powell River scoring a power-play marker while on a five-on-three, Fort St. John was too much for the Regals to handle Thursday evening, as the Senior Flyers emerged victorious 7-3.The victory was something the Flyers were unable to achieve the entire 2012 Savage Cup, as Fort St. John was swept by the Regals last year in Powell River.Following the game, Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy talked about the line of Middleton, Shipton and Fast, who combined for six points during game one.Advertisement “Middleton’s line with Fast and Shipton were our best line of the night, especially offensively. We tried to reward them with a little more ice time, and it will be hard to break them up. We had plans for a different line tomorrow, but I don’t know.”Credit must also be given to Senior Flyers goaltender Troy Hunt, who made countless key saves in the game, while remaining calm and composed throughout his 35 save win.Coach Leahy also talked about the physicality of game one, something he was pleased to see, but says there’s always room for more.“We wanted to go to the body and wear them down, and we did for the most part. I thought we let off at times, but I’d have like to seen us pound them all night long.”The 100th Savage Cup resumes tomorrow for game two between the Regals and Flyers, with the puck scheduled to drop at 8 p.m. as the Flyers look to double their best-of-five series lead to two games, while the Regals look to even the series.Advertisement Even before the opening puck drop, the Senior Flyers had the advantage, as a full Flyers roster was staring down a very limited Regals bench, which proved costly, as Fort St. John came flying out of the gate.Following a number of hard hits and tenacious forechecks, Fort St. John struck first as assistant captain Todd Alexander scored high-blocker side on goaltender David Brumbey just 6:16 into the game, with captain Dave Alexander and affiliate player Rod Stevens registering the opening assists.Stevens helped doubled that lead roughly four minutes later, jumping all over a rebound off a long slap shot from Arlo Hadland, providing a 2-0 lead to conclude the first period.- Advertisement -In the second, the offense was plentiful for Fort St. John, as Ryan Carter and Jeff Fast each scored once, while Jeff Shipton scored twice, compared to the lone goal scored by the Regals’ Jason Deleurme, to conclude the middle frame with the Senior Flyers in control, 6-1.The final frame began with a few new faces on the ice, as David Brumbey was replaced in net with Justin Mulholland, while a new forward for the Regals, John Coyle, took to the ice for the first time in the game.New faces didn’t stop the Flyers from extending their lead, as Ryan Carter scored the Flyers seventh goal just 1:38 into the third, providing the home team a 7-1 lead.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Remembrance Day Activities at the Fort St. John Legion

first_imgThe map below shows the route of the Remembrance Day Parade in Fort St. John View Fort St. John Remembrance Day Parade in a larger map – Advertisement -As in past years, Moose-FM Radio will present a two hour special Remembrance Day program beginning at 9am and, followed by the traditional two minutes silence at 11. Other Northeast BC Remembrance Day ServicesTaylorAdvertisement A Church Service is scheduled for 10am, which will be followed by a traditional service at 11am.  There will also be a reception at the Community Hall after 11amDawson CreekA service will take place at Unchaga Hall starting at 10:30am.  The service will include a minute of silence at 11am, the Kiwanis Band, the Legion Colour Guard and the RCMP;Hudson’s HopeAdvertisement Tomorrow Canadians will pause again to commemorate the war time sacrifices, past and present, of members of the armed forces and civilians.Local Remembrance Day Ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 10:00am, with the annual parade which will head down 100th street to 103rd avenue and then over to 102nd street and back to the Legion. Any organization is welcome to participate in the parade and is asked to be in front of the legion by 9:50am.The Parade will be followed by the traditional ceremonies at the cenotaph in the Legion parking lot and, then the annual service at the Legion hall. The remainder of the day will be full of socializing in the Legion lounge, including games, a supper and dance. Of course the entire day is open to the public and are encouraged to attend this important day of Remembrance. The community will gather starting at 10:45am at the Hudson’s Hope Cenotaph.  Following the service, refreshments will be available at the Community Hall.  There will also be a dinner at 6pm that evening.Tumbler RidgeStarting at 10am, a march will take place from the Legion to the High School.  A service will follow at 10:40amPouce CoupeThe service is planned for 10:45am at the Pouce Coupe Legion at 10:45am with an event to follow later in the day from 6pm to 8pmAdvertisementlast_img read more

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WATCH: Paul Pogba pushes reporter into pool following chat with Romelu Lukaku

first_imgRomelu Lukaku is set to join Manchester United in the coming days, and he has been spending part of his summer with future teammate Paul Pogba.The Belgium forward joined France midfielder Pogba in the United States, where the Red Devils are heading for their pre-season tour.And following United’s announcement that they have reached an agreement with Everton over the transfer of Lukaku to Old Trafford, the pair were interviewed by ESPN.After the interview, the reporter played a game of rock-paper-scissors with the duo, which ended in hilarious consequences for her.You can watch the video above…last_img read more

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€1M FUNDING BOOST FOR FALCARRAGH FIRM KELSIUS

first_imgA Falcarragh-based technology firm has secured €1m funding for a new food safety product.Kelsius, which also has offices in Belfast, says it secured funding with the Quinn (formerly Superquinn) Family investing alongside existing investors Enterprise Equity Northern Ireland and the Western Development Commission.The investment round will enable the Company to build on the significant market traction generated by its evolutionary new Food Safety solution, FoodCheck™. Kelsius has completed a new VC-led investment round injecting €1 million of capital into the Company. Eamonn Quinn (former Deputy Chairman Superquinn) has joined the board as non-executive chairman. Existing shareholders, Enterprise Equity Northern Ireland, the Western Development Commission and angel investor Art McGann also participated in the funding round.Kelsius supplies technology based automation systems for food and drug safety and regulatory compliance to the food services industry and the healthcare [hospital] sector. The tech company raised this latest round in order to fund its go-to-market plan for its revolutionary new product, FoodCheck™.FoodCheck combines wireless sensor technology for food temperature monitoring and recording with an intuitive tablet PC-based application which also facilitates the management and recording of hygiene related tasks.FoodCheck is undergoing trials with a number of major UK and Irish food services and retail companies at present. Commenting on the investment, Eamonn Quinn said: “Management of food safety is a constant task, no matter what other priorities are facing the business – we all know the consequences when things go wrong.“The Kelsius FoodCheck system applies modern technology for the first time to the task of food safety management. I believe FoodCheck will make retailers’ lives easier while improving standards in a transparent and cost effective way.”Kelsius CEO Ultan O’Raghallaigh said today: “Getting the endorsement of the Quinn family, with their track record over many years in the food industry, is probably as important for Kelsius as the financial investment.“FoodCheck has gained significant traction in the market since its launch in April of this year and is being evaluated and trialled by a number of international food services organisations.”Kelsius supplies products to the pharmaceutical, food services and the healthcare sectors. FoodCheck combines wireless sensor technology for food temperature monitoring and recording with a tablet PC-based application which can also manage and record hygiene related tasks.€1M FUNDING BOOST FOR FALCARRAGH FIRM KELSIUS was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:€1M FUNDING BOOST FOR FALCARRAGH FIRM KELSIUSlast_img read more

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Preventing Bird Divorce: Mates Take Different Flights, Arrive Together

first_imgA shorebird named the black-tailed godwit presents a puzzle to biologists: “arrival synchrony” (leave it to scientists to give big names to simple concepts).  The males and females of this bird mate for life, but like some humans, live apart for months at a time.  This presents two puzzles: how do they stay apart without getting divorced, and how do they arrive together for the summer fling when they take different routes to the destination?  Some birds migrate together; others stagger their take-off and landing.  But the faithful black-tailed godwits winter in different areas averaging 955 km apart, yet somehow find a way synchronize their migrations to arrive within 3 days of one another.  This remarkable synchronization shows that “The mechanisms required to achieve this synchrony and prevent ‘divorce’ illustrate the complexity of migratory systems,” write four UK biologists publishing in Nature:1Long-lived migratory birds generally show high degrees of mate fidelity, and divorce is often followed by a decrease in reproductive success.  Synchrony in timing of arrival on the breeding grounds is thought to be crucial for retaining a mate from the previous year and avoiding a costly divorce….How is this degree of synchrony maintained between pairs when they winter so far apart and the environmental conditions for migration are likely to differ locally?  It is possible that pairs of birds may winter in areas of similar quality (despite their geographic separation) and so be in a similar condition to arrive at specific times in spring; or they may share some genetic or physiological determinant of timing of migration; or they may independently synchronize their arrival to the optimal time for each specific breeding location (for example, to exploit peaks in resource abundance).  As individuals often use a series of passage sites during spring migration, they may refine these timings as they approach their breeding grounds.  Identifying which of these mechanisms is operating is likely to be key to understanding how synchrony is achieved and divorce avoided in migratory species.Thus they leave it an unsolved puzzle, and offer no explanation for how the chicks learn this by their first anniversary, or what form the “genetic or physiological determinant” might take that could explain another wonder of nature.1Gunnarsson et al., “Pair bonds: Arrival synchrony in migratory birds,” Brief communications, Nature 431, 646 (07 October 2004); doi:10.1038/431646a.Humans can learn some things from birds.  Does absence make the heart grow fonder, or does absence make the heart go wander?  Somehow these godwits are able to maintain remote relationships and stay faithful (although “faithful” has no moral meaning to a bird).  (Notice that divorce is costly to birds, too, even without lawyers.)  More amazing is how they can synchronize their arrivals without a long-distance phone call and Priceline.com.  Do they plan ahead and communicate their schedules with loving chirps?  How can they even find one another after landing, among all the other couples, when they all look alike?  There are still lots of puzzles out there for naturalists.  Just don’t bore us with another evolutionary just-so story.  This bird apparently was given some kind of God wit.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Wine and food tourism experts talk growth

first_imgTrends in tourism – visitors seeking experiences – and ways to market South Africa’s excellent wine and food tourism industries were unpacked at the first annual Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference.Strategies on growing South Africa’s wine and food industries were debated at a conference in Stellenbosch, the epicentre of the country’s winelands, in November 2016. Wine tourism contributes R6-billion annually to South Africa’s GDP. (Images: Alfred Thorpe, @Vuurtoring)Melissa JavanMore tourists were interested in sharing their experiences of South Africa’s wine and food tourism industry, delegates heard at the Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference. It is planned for the gathering to become an annual event.The two-day conference, which took place on 1 and 2 November 2016 at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, was attended by industry insiders and experts.Research undertaken by the Western Cape’s destination marketing, investment and trade promotion agency, Wesgro, found that 86% of tourists wanted to sample local wines and food. SABC also reported that more people wanted customised experiences.A million bottles of South African wines were sold daily worldwide. “This is a million opportunities to tell South Africa’s story through wine tourism,” said Mariette du Toit-Helmbold from destination and tourism marketing agency Destinate.Destinate has been commissioned to develop an industry-led wine tourism plan as part of the Wine Industry Strategic Exercise. This initiative was introduced to promote a robust, adaptable and competitive industry.“South Africa’s competitive edge is not only our wine, but also our hospitality and passionate people. That matched with unique experiences, exceptional food and breath-taking scenery, all accessible to the visitor,” said Du Toit-Helmbold.Plenty of the ideas were given about ways of enhancing wine and food experiences:“Restaurants are important, as they are the platform for the development & marketing of a nation”, #jprossouw @winefoodconf #wfconf2016— Ian & Lise Manley (@manleycom) November 2, 2016Are our restaurants reflecting our cultural dishes? What’s our national signature dish?Which dish do we defend internationally? #wfconf2016— Wesgro (@Wesgro) November 2, 2016You may not have big budgets for marketing campaigns – do one thing well; train your staff, give them knowledge. #winetourism #wfconf2016— Wesgro (@Wesgro) November 2, 2016A strategy being developedWine tourism currently contributes R6-billion annually towards South Africa’s GDP. The aim is to increase that amount to R15-billion by 2025, with the help of the wine tourism strategy.Du Toit-Helmbold said the strategy was being developed as a dynamic industry framework and practical plan. “Our immediate priorities are to get buy-in from role players and to finalise the implementation plan with input from and alignment with the government.”Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said he supported the development of a wine tourism strategy that would unite the industry behind a common vision, brand and aligned plan to take wine tourism forward. “We look forward to working with the industry to help realise the enormous potential wine tourism has in contributing to our country’s overall tourism growth.”Watch Tim Harris, chief executive officer of Wesgro, talk about the different food and wine experiences in the Western Cape:Rico Basson, chief executive officer of VinPro, said the conference would have long-term benefits for wine tourism and related industries: “We need to adapt to international trends, while offering the best authentic, local offerings – best of what is local.”Wine tourism is a major revenue generator for South Africa. It also presents an important opportunity in terms of job creation,” he said.Already 289,000 jobs had been added in the wine value chain to date, said Basson. “The new strategy will pave the way for significant growth in the wine tourism sector over the next 10 years.”VinePro represents South African wine cellars and wine grape producers. It had provided funding to conclude the strategy and implementation plan and enable a number of interventions within the next 12 months, said conference organisers.On the strategy agenda is the development of a national wine tourism brand and message with a wine tourism marketing kit to train the trade and hospitality industry, providing them with the tools, messaging and visual inspiration to promote wine tourism more effectively.Furthermore, the establishment of a neutral wine tourism digital marketing platform with interactive website, activated social media platforms, aligned wine tourism event calendar, and fresh content providing links to all the wine regions and routes for cross- marketing purposes is a priority.Collaboration is keyOne million bottles of South African wine are sold daily worldwide. (Image: Alfred Thorpe, @Vuurtoring)Siobhan Thompson, chief executive officer of Wines of South Africa said: “South Africa exports wine to markets across the world. The bulk of the country’s exports are aligned with South Africa’s key source tourism markets such as the European Union, with exports to markets in the rest of Africa, the US and China growing.“It makes sense for wine and tourism to collaborate and promote our wine tourism offering as a differentiating factor within our broader wine and tourism marketing initiatives.”Hein Koegelenberg, chief executive officer of estates La Motte and Leopard’s Leap, said: “We need each other – not only to create a successful and profitable wine tourism industry, but also to sustainably have a quality offering that will result in job creation and that will make a difference to the lives of our people and communities.”The conference was a wonderful opportunity for the industry to get together and discuss the various facets of wine tourism, which included international best practice and benchmarks; getting to grips with digital aspects; and the importance of service excellence, he added.“What I hope everyone took away from these two days is that wine tourism is a national asset that requires commitment and strategy and very importantly, co- operation between industries, between disciplines and also between Cape Town and the winelands.”Other topics“Relax with Dax” blogger Dax Villanueva is a speaker at the Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference on 1 and 2 November 2016. (Image: Alfred Thorpe, @Vuurtoring)The importance of marketing, whether face to face with customers or virtually, was another topic discussed at the conference. Other topics included Marketing what’s hot? What’s not?; Maximising direct customer sales; and Eating South Africa: How do we plate ourselves to the world?Asked about the next big thing in marketing, Paula Hulley of digital agency Gloo singled out short form video. She stressed the importance of visual storytelling in a content-cluttered world.Tips were given on Twitter:We need to keep the customer’s journey in mind, and that now includes a digital journey – Roslyn Lavery @PayFast #wfconf2016 pic.twitter.com/Ke1hZymO95— wine.co.za | SA Wine (@winecoza) November 2, 2016It is important to have a digital marketing plan, as part of your PR and traditional marketing plan @RelaxWithDax #wfconf2016 #destineering pic.twitter.com/sR4L7GCOJj— Annareth Bolton (@yourbubblyness) November 2, 2016The conference ended with an awards ceremony celebrating South Africa’s 2017 Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Award winners, with the country’s global and regional winners honoured.The next Business of Wine and Food Tourism conference will be held at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town on 19 and 20 September 2017.Sources: Destinate and BrandSouthAfrica reporter.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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South Kashmir encounters: Videos triggered search for militants

first_imgVideos by militants, leaked and uploaded on multiple social media platforms, became “the main technical input” for carrying out triple “coordinated operations” in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Shopian on Sunday, the police said.A video uploaded in the last week of March showed 19 armed militants, several carrying two AK-47s, with a foliage-filled backdrop, “hinting that the video is recent and shot in south Kashmir”. One slain militant, Ubaid Shafi Malla, figured “prominently” in the video. “The video triggered a major lookout,” said a senior counter-insurgency official.last_img read more

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$300,000 Penalty Imposed on US Firm For Paying Low Wages to H-1B Employees

first_imgA US-based IT staffing company has been asked to pay over USD 300,000 to its 12 H-1B employees for paying them far below their salary and imposed a penalty of over USD 45,000 for violating the labour provisions, amidst the Trump administration’s crackdown against the abuse of the visa category popular among Indian professionals. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

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