Teachers wanted BC at crisis point in effort to fill jobs jobs

first_imgVANCOUVER – Teachers have their pick of jobs in British Columbia, but the head of their union warns that some students are going without their specially trained educators who are covering substitute positions that districts haven’t been able to fill.B.C. Teachers Federation president Glen Hansman said students requiring one-on-one attention or support in small groups from special education teachers are shouldering the burden of staffing issues.“The bulk of the time, it’s the child who’s supposed to be receiving special education services who’s unfairly having their program bumped that day,” Hansman said.There was already a lack of substitutes before the shortage of teachers became a crisis in the current school year, he said, adding some school districts don’t have enough special education teachers either.“The students with special needs are legally entitled to those accommodations and we’ve been putting a big spotlight, as have parents, on the fact that the system has been underserving those students for many, many years.”The Education Ministry couldn’t say how many teachers are still needed across the province after a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling last year restored smaller class sizes and composition of classes after the previous Liberal government stripped those bargaining rights from teachers’ contracts in 2002.“Schools and districts are very near the end of hiring over 3,500 full-time teachers, the largest hiring campaign of teachers in B.C.’s history,” the ministry said in a statement.A task force of education experts appointed to assess workforce challenges is expected to provide recommendations by the end of the month, it said.Hansman said the starting salary for teachers in British Columbia is the second-lowest in Canada, after Quebec, so that’s deterring people from moving to the province, where the high cost of housing is an issue.He said the Coquitlam and Central Okanagan school districts were among those that “got out of the gate” early with hiring strategies after the top court’s ruling.He singled out the Vancouver School District for acting too slowly.“Vancouver seems to be the number one star with not doing itself any favours when it came to recruiting people,” Hansman said.David Nelson, associate superintendent of the Vancouver School District, said 470 teachers were hired last spring but many have resigned to work in other districts closer to where they live as jobs opened up.“Our recruitment team has been working countless hours, evenings, weekends, as soon as we knew of the Supreme Court ruling and we did our very best to keep out in front of it,” he said. “But it’s been hard to keep up when you’re also seeing teachers leave on the other end.”Nelson said a team of 10 people travelled to a Toronto recruitment fair of 4,800 teachers last month but only two people accepted jobs.The district has implemented a $1,500 moving allowance as an incentive for anyone arriving from another province and is also looking into providing temporary home stays, Nelson said.“So asking employees or individuals who work for the school board if they have a room or a suite they’d be willing to make available either for a short- or long-term to help a candidate in relocating,” he said.Brent Mansfield was an elementary school teacher for three years before he left his job in 2010 to run a non-profit group but the long hours working from home and lack of social contact brought him back to his passion for teaching last June.“It was a personal decision that came at a really strategic time,” he said.“I actually found that within 24 hours of jobs closing, I’d had multiple offers, which never would have happened before,” Mansfield said, adding he got his first pick for a position at a school four blocks from his home in Vancouver, where he teaches grades 3 and 4.“They have a school garden and I knew a couple of the teachers, and that was my dream.”Several teachers at the school are recent graduates of the University of British Columbia, Mansfield said.“That was almost unheard of,” he said of his previous stint in teaching. “That being said, the struggle on the opposite side is we’re actually short of teachers so oftentimes when someone’s sick it’s actually a (special education teacher) who’s covering. It’s a little chaotic right now while the system gets settled down.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Community patrols starting to fill a gap in policing

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group that dragged a Winnipeg river in search for missing persons plan to resume their work this summer.Drag the Red is made up of volunteers some of them searching for their own missing loved ones.The members of the group say they feel the police don’t take their concerns seriously.Now that other community patrols are popping up around the country it seems local volunteer efforts are stepping up to fill a gap in policing.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports.last_img

Activist investors to withhold votes from key TransAlta directors

The Canadian Press CALGARY — Activist shareholders say they’re withholding support for three of TransAlta Corp.’s directors at the upcoming annual meeting to protest a $750-million deal between the utility company and Brookfield Renewable Partners.The protest is led by Mangrove Partners of New York City and Bluescape Energy Partners of Dallas, which collectively control about 10 per cent of TransAlta’s shares.They say they’ll withhold their votes for Gordon Giffin, Alan Fohrer and Beverlee Park at an upcoming meeting and may put forward previously announced alternative nominees.The Ontario Securities Commission will hold a hearing Friday to consider their application to delay the shareholder meeting and require a vote on the Brookfield transaction.Brookfield Renewable Partners and its institutional partners have signed deal to invest a $750-million in TransAlta’s hydro assets. Brookfield will also purchase shares to increase its stake in TransAlta to nine per cent.The U.S. investors say the deal was “rushed” and prevents TransAlta from looking at potential better options. Companies in this story: (TSX:TA, TSX:BEP.UN) read more

Widespread floods in Ecuador prompt UNICEF to begin distributing aid

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will soon begin distributing mosquito nets, mattresses, blankets, hygiene kits, water tanks and other basic items to communities in Ecuador, which has been hit by some of the worst flooding in two decades.UNICEF is also supplying oral rehydration salts to help prevent diarrhoea-related diseases and training 100 officials in charge of organizing emergency shelters, the agency reported on Friday. Officials are also concerned about the potential outbreak of dengue fever, malaria, respiratory infections and problems caused by snake bites.A disaster assessment and coordination (UNDAC) team with the world body is currently evaluating the situation inside the small Andean nation to determine how best to assist Government relief efforts. UNICEF is already requesting $800,000 so that it can respond to the most urgent needs of the population.At least 14 of Ecuador’s 23 provinces have been hit by the floods, with the Government declaring a nationwide state of emergency late last month. So far, 19 people are confirmed dead, including five children, and some $82 million worth of crops have been lost.The latest estimates indicate that more than 16,000 people have been forced into emergency shelters, and at least 315,000 people have been directly affected by the floods, which have swollen rivers to overflowing, destroyed homes and fields and submerged croplands.In a situation report issued today, UNICEF said national meteorological officials have predicted that rains are likely to continue and in some provinces even increase, with flooding expecting to last until as late as May.Ecuador is not the only Andean nation to suffer from heavy flooding this year – Bolivia has also been hard hit, and UN agencies are also operating there to bring relief. 3 March 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will soon begin distributing mosquito nets, mattresses, blankets, hygiene kits, water tanks and other basic items to communities in Ecuador, which has been hit by some of the worst flooding in two decades. read more

Karuna released on bail by Colombo Chief Magistrate

Former Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman was today released on bail by the Colombo Chief Magistrate.The court had on Monday refused to free Karuna Amman who was in remand over the alleged misuse of a Government vehicle. Karuna Amman however has been banned from leaving the country. The case will be heard again in February. (Colombo Gazette) Karuna Amman had filed a bail application but it was rejected on Monday by the Colombo Chief Magistrate.However today the Colombo Chief Magistrate granted bail to the former Deputy Minister.

Afghans want end to militiaimposed sexual apartheid official tells UN rights panel

Humayum Tander told the UN Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights that his country’s legitimate Government was currently beset by insurgencies funded by a foreign State which supplied support and an army of fanatical volunteers. These militia fanatics were “profoundly” defying women’s rights.He said the culture they were imposing was not genuine Afghan culture, which supported the rights of women. In the past, Afghanistan had had female government ministers and elected officials, while women worked as university professors and schoolteachers. The explanations offered by the fanatical militias for their current treatment of women were distorting the true picture of Afghan history and culture, he added.Mr. Tander called on the Subcommission to consider these conditions in its draft resolution on Afghanistan, pointing out that the country’s people wanted an end to the abhorrent sexual apartheid currently being inflicted on the country.The Afghan representative’s comments came as the Subcommission wrapped up its annual general debate today. The panel will consider several draft resolutions and decisions concerning economic, social and cultural rights, prevention of discrimination and other human rights issues before the conclusion of its current session on Friday. read more

UNESCO panel on ethics of science and technology research to meet in

UNESCO said today that its World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST), created in 1977, will meet for the first time outside of Europe when its third conference takes place from 1 to 4 December in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The 18 COMEST members have been given the task of providing those who advance scientific and technological research with criteria for decision-making that are not based solely on economic and financial issues. To that end, it promotes dialogue between scientific communities, decision-makers and the public at large.The Commission is divided into four sub-commissions that reflect on the ethics of the uses of fresh water, outer space, energy and the information society, all in the broader context of environmental ethics and sustainability.Its first session will tackle ethics education, seen as a pressing need in a time of rapid scientific change. On 3 December COMEST is scheduled to have a round table discussion on “the ethical implications of research on human beings in developing countries.” read more

Essar Steel Algoma files for creditor protection as commodity prices bite

Essar Steel Algoma files for creditor protection as commodity prices bite by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 9, 2015 1:38 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 9, 2015 at 3:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario-based Essar Steel Algoma Inc. filed for creditor protection on Monday as it deals with steel prices that have fallen by more than half since February.The company has filed requests with Canadian and U.S. courts as it seeks to restructure its debt and buy enough raw materials to last through the winter. It has also raised US$200 million from a group of investors led by Deutsche Bank to fund ongoing operations.Essar Steel Algoma, a subsidiary of India-based global conglomerate Essar Steel, is the second biggest steel producer in Canada, churning out 2.5 million tonnes of steel products per year for automakers and other manufacturers.The company says it has roughly a $163 million shortfall between now and the end of January and needs new funding to cover its costs, which include raw materials, pension contributions, and loan and interest payments.The Ontario Superior Court has appointed Ernst & Young as the monitor to oversee the restructuring. At the end of September, Essar Steel Algoma’s outstanding liabilities totalled roughly $2.7 billion and its assets amounted to just over $2.2 billion, with $847,000 in free cash on hand.The company’s mill in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., employs close to 3,000 people, making it the city’s largest employer. Unlike most other steel mills, that plant is designed for continuous operation, but the company says that may be in jeopardy.A pricing dispute with its suppliers has left Essar Steel Algoma low on the iron ore pellets it uses to make its steel since deliveries ceased on Oct. 5, and the company has cut production and laid off 100 full-time employees as a result.The company says alternative suppliers are charging higher prices and can’t supply the volume it needs before its most economical supply lines close for the winter.The Sault Ste. Marie mill receives much of its iron ore supply by ship via the Great Lakes and stockpiles the pellets before ice floes make shipping impossible and leave more costly rail transport as the only option.Without enough iron ore, the blast furnace may be shut down, which would cause “significant damage and disruption to the business,” according to a filing from Ernst & Young.The price of a metric tonne of steel billets on the London Metal Exchange peaked at US$480 in February before plummeting to US$100 in June, where it stayed until rebounding slightly to US$170 in October.While iron ore prices have also fallen, Essar Steel Algoma says that doesn’t do nearly enough to make up the difference.In 2013, the Ontario government approved a new rule that allowed Algoma to lower its pension contributions, which the company said had become unsustainable.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the company was seeking bankruptcy protection. read more

NonOPEC oil producers to cut output 558000 barrels a day

by Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted Dec 10, 2016 10:56 am MDT Last Updated Dec 10, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Persons stand in front of the headquarters of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. OPEC member states are meeting with Russia and other non-OPEC countries in Vienna for talks about a reduction in oil production. Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo said the discussions began Saturday in a “positive atmosphere” at the headquarters of the oil producers’ cartel. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) VIENNA – OPEC has persuaded 11 non-member countries to cut their oil production in an attempt to raise low prices that have put pressure on government finances in resource-dependent countries.Qatari Energy Minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada said Saturday that non-members agreed to cut 558,000 barrels per day, less than the 600,000 OPEC had hoped for.Those non-member cuts would come on top of an OPEC decision Nov. 30 to reduce member output by 1.2 million barrels a day.Major oil producers such as Russia and Saudi Arabia have seen an oil glut send prices lower and cramp their state budgets. It remains to be seen whether an OPEC-led cutback will do much to raise prices, given members’ track record of exceeding agreed production amounts. Non-OPEC oil producers to cut output 558,000 barrels a day read more

UN rights expert concerned for wellbeing of nine young defectors from DPR

“The status and whereabouts of this group, many of them children, is currently not known,” said Marzuki Darusman, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in DPRK, “but I have very real concerns about the penalties and treatment they could face if returned to DPRK, and all the concerned authorities have an urgent responsibility to ensure their protection.” The nine orphans were reportedly arrested by the Laotian police while crossing the Laos-China border and sent back to China on 27 May, according to a news release issued by the UN human rights office. “I am extremely disappointed that the Laos Government appears to have abdicated its protection responsibilities in this way, and I urge the Chinese authorities not to do the same,” said Mr. Darusman. “No one should be refouled [sent back] to DPRK where they may face persecution or severe punishment, including torture and the death penalty,” the Special Rapporteur underscored. If the group has already been returned to DPRK, Mr. Darusman appealed to authorities in Pyongyang to show transparency and give the group access to an independent actor who could determine their status and well-being. In successive resolutions on DPRK, the UN General Assembly has expressed serious concern about the situation of refugees and asylum-seekers expelled or returned to DPRK and the sanctions imposed on those repatriated from abroad. Like all special rapporteurs appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, Mr. Darusman works in an independent and unpaid capacity. Currently, he also serves on the three-member commission of inquiry set up by the Council to investigate alleged human rights violations in DPRK. read more

Anarchist squatters turfed out of £15m Belgravia mansion

first_imgThe property was bought by Russian oligarch Andrey GoncharenkoCredit:Mark Kerrison / Alamy Live News The property was squatted by the Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians Anarchist squatters have been evicted from a £15 million Grade II-listed mansion owned by a Russian billionaire in a “heavy handed” raid on Wednesday morning.Around 40 activists and homeless people were evicted from one of Britain’s most desirable addresses by a team of 10 bailiffs who smashed in the front and basement doors at 8.10am.The bailiffs spent around half an hour banging on doors and removing the squatters from the building in Eaton Square, Belgravia. Jessica Ellis, a member of the Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians, who opened the squat a week ago was dragged out by bailiffs.The 23-year-old said: “One of them grabbed me for no reason and I was manhandled and I said I have asthma but they didn’t listen.”I had a bottle of squash and I threw it at one of them, they shoved me against a fence and I went to head butt another because they were pushing me down the stairs.”Then I was shoved to the floor and eventually they took me round the corner and let me go.”Police say they counted 42 squatters leaving the five-storey mansion which is owned by Russian oligarch billionaire Andrey Goncharenko. A police officer, who was offering for the squatters to go to Westminster police station to keep warm and make phone calls, said: “They’re all out now. I counted 42 in total, it was quite peaceful there wasn’t a lot of protest.”The eviction comes after a judge ordered the activists to leave on Tuesday.A 19-year-old who did not want to be named said: “There were more than ten bailiffs, they kicked us out at about 8.10 this morning, I was sleeping but some people were awake.”It’s always like this, they kick us out and we find somewhere new, it will never change.”The bailiffs were grabbing people and chucking them out, we were quite peaceful but the bailiffs were aggressive.”The house was bought by billionaire Russian banker Andrey Goncharenko in 2014, one of four properties he purchased during the year, including London’s most expensive house for which he paid £120 million.The Eaton Square property, built in 1829, has had planning permission since September, but despite that work hadn’t started before it was occupied.Plans include a mega-basement complete with swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym, hot-tub and massage room.The rest of the 15,000 square foot home will include two huge reception rooms, a playroom and six bedrooms – with the sprawling master suite across the second floor including his and hers living rooms, dressing rooms and bathrooms.Previously the building was used as a Spanish cultural centre, with a library occupying the whole of the first and classrooms on the second.The squat is now being boarded up and bailiffs stand guard at the entrance. 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. The property was squatted by the Autonomous Nation of Anarchist LibertariansCredit:David Mirzoeff/PA Wire The property was bought by Russian oligarch Andrey Goncharenko We were housing homeless people and the other day we went around Victoria and picked up lots of people on the streetJohn Daniels The Grade II listed £15m building on Belgrave Place, London The squatters gathered on the pavement outside, littering the street with belongings and rubbish before eventually drifting off.It is believed they may have moved upmarket to take over a £25m property just yards from Buckingham Palace.The new property two minutes away is the former of home renowned ethnologist and archeologist Augustus Pitt-Rivers.One squatter, John Daniels, 28, said the bailiffs were intimidating and dragged one girl out of the building because she resisted.Mr Daniels said: “They smashed the doors down at about ten past eight this morning, it was very heavy handed. They were quite intimidating and frightening, there were about 40 people here.”We were housing homeless people and the other day we went around Victoria and picked up lots of people on the street. “They smashed the front door and the door downstairs at the same time, they went round the squat and banged on the doors to get us all out.”Some people were dragged out the doors, it was very over the top. Some people were in a stand-off with the bailiffs and resisted but others left peacefully.”Nico Phillips, 36, who has cerebral palsy, was one of several who locked themselves in a room to try to keep the bailiffs out.He said: “We knew that it was better to stay out of the way of any violence and to stay away from what was happening.”Some people were trying to kick things off, we were on the ground floor. We were just trying to stay safe.” The Grade II listed £15m building on Belgrave Place, LondonCredit:David Mirzoeff/PA Wirelast_img read more

Muirfield golf club ditches menonly member policy

first_imgAt the time of the last May’s vote the then Prime Minister David Cameron described the club’s policy as “outdated”, while Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, called the result of the ballot “indefensible”. The rule change required a two third’s majority and Tuesday’s vote appears to have exceeded that with ease. More than 92 per cent of members voted.A first postal ballot on admitting women members held last May came up two per cent short, causing the R&A, the ruling body which oversees the game’s oldest major, to tell the privately-owned links that it would no longer be considered as a host venue of the Open.“The Open is one of the world’s great sporting events and going forward we will not stage the Championship at a venue that does not admit women as members,” a statement at the time said. Muirfield golf club clubhouseCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA In a statement the R&A – golf’s governing body – said: “In light of today’s decision by the Honourable Company we can confirm that Muirfield will become a venue for The Open once again. Muirfield has a long and important history of hosting the Open and with today’s vote that will continue.”It is extremely important for us in staging one of the world’s great sporting events that women can become members at all our host clubs.”In a second ballot on the question, the motion was passed by 498 votes to 123.Following the vote the club said: “We look forward to welcoming women as members.” Muirfield golf club clubhouse Muirfield has staged the Open 16 timesCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFPcenter_img Muirfield golf club voted by a large majority yesterday to drop its men-only policy and welcome female members for the first time.Members of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers voted by 80 per cent in favour of allowing women to join the club.The result means that Muirfield will again become a venue for The Open, thought to be worth around £80 million She said: “Muirfield is a private club and they’re in charge of their own rules and regulations, and I accept that, but this is 2016.“Scotland has women leaders in every walk of life, in politics, in law, in business and everywhere else.  I think this decision is wrong and I hope there’s a way of looking at it again and overturning it.“As well as being wrong, it’s damaging to Muirfield as a club. I want to see The Open played at Muirfield – it’s a fantastic golf course – so this really is a regrettable decision.”With politicians, golfers, media and, more pertinently, the public heaping their derision on Muirfield, the embarrassment was so great that another vote was quickly planned. Muirfield has staged the Open 16 times 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.last_img read more

Criminals with dyslexia could get more lenient sentences under new guidelines

Criminals with a wide range of mental health conditions and learning difficulties could receive more lenient sentences under guidelines being issued to judges and magistrates.Conditions ranging from schizophrenia to post traumatic stress disorder, and low IQ to dyslexia, ought to be taken into consideration when a court is deciding what punishment to hand out, according to proposals being introduced by the Sentencing Council.As part of the guidelines, judges will be asked to assess what extent a person’s condition or disability might have played in them committing their offence.The move is part of an effort to ensure that judges and magistrates have a clearer structure when dealing with people with a wide range of conditions.According to the Sentencing Council, almost a quarter of all prison inmates have had some prior contact with mental health services.In addition around seven per cent of the prison population is thought to have a learning disability, compared with two per cent of the rest of the population.In setting out the proposals, which are now the subject of a public consultation, the Sentencing Council stressed it was important to “balance the consideration of the rights and needs of offenders, with the protection of the public and the recognition of the rights and needs of the victims to feel safe and see justice done”.But under the new guidelines, judges will be asked to consider a series of questions when sentencing, intended to explore how much responsibility an offender bears for their crime.Among the issues the judge will be expected to examine is to what extent a person’s condition prevented them from making a rational decision. Judges will be asked to consider a convict’s mental health condition when sentencingCredit:AFP 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. Another factor that could be relevant is whether they sought appropriate treatment or care for their condition, or whether they exacerbated it by drinking alcohol or taking drugs.The draft guidance covers conditions and disorders including learning disabilities, schizophrenia, depression, post-traumatic stress, dementia and disorders resulting from drug or alcohol misuse.Dyslexia and IQ below the national average of between 80 and 120, could also be considered as relevant factors in some crimes.The “mere fact” that an offender has such a condition or disorder does not necessarily mean that it will have an impact on sentencing, according to the draft guidance, which is subject to consultation.It says: “In some cases the condition may mean that culpability is significantly reduced, in others, the condition may have no relevance to culpability.”The proposals state: “The relevance of any condition will depend on the nature, extent and effect of the condition on an individual and whether there is a causal connection between the condition and the offence.”It is for sentencers to decide how much responsibility the offender retains for the offence, given the particular disorder or condition and the specific facts of the case at hand.”Sentencing Council member Judge Rosa Dean said: “As a society we are becoming increasingly aware of the prevalence of mental health conditions and disorders, particularly among people in the criminal justice system.”The council believes that offenders who have a mental health condition or disorder, neurological impairment or developmental disorder should be confident that the court has the information it needs to take a consistent approach to sentencing and pass an appropriate sentence.”The offender’s mental health is just one element that the courts must consider, and the guideline strives to balance the rights and needs of offenders with protecting the public, the rights of victims and families, and their need to feel safe.”Lucy Schonegevel, head of health influencing at charity Rethink Mental Illness, said: “This is a big step towards the justice system having a better understanding of mental illness, as it’s the first time there will be specific sentencing guidelines in this area.”Sentencing guidelines must be followed, unless a judge or magistrate considers it is not in the interests of justice to do so. Judges will be asked to consider a convict's mental health condition when sentencing read more

Japanese connection strengthens Uranium One

first_imgUranium One has entered into a subscription agreement with a corporation formed by The Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), Toshiba Corp and The Japan Bank for International Cooperation providing for the private placement of Uranium One common shares, for gross proceeds of some C$270 million. Concurrently with the execution of the subscription agreement, Uranium One has also entered into a long-term offtake agreement and a strategic relationship agreement with the Japanese consortium, both of which will become effective upon closing of the private placement. Uranium One is one of the world’s largest publicly traded uranium producers, with a globally diversified portfolio of assets located in Kazakhstan, the US, South Africa and Australia.The offtake agreement provides the consortium with an option to purchase, on industry-standard terms, up to 20% of Uranium One’s available production from assets in respect of which Uranium One has the marketing rights. Under the strategic relationship agreement, the Japanese consortium has the right to appoint two directors to the Uranium One board and a right of first opportunity to invest in any uranium mining asset or project whichUranium One may in its discretion decide to make available to third parties.This agreement also contains a standstill provision under which the consortium has agreed, subject to certain exceptions, not to acquire without Uranium One’s prior approval more than 19.95% of Uranium One’s issued common shares. The Japanese consortium has also agreed not to dispose of any significant portion of its Uranium One shares except by way of a broad market distribution or pursuant to certain other limited exceptions.The rights granted under both the offtake agreement and the strategic partnership agreement are generally subject to the consortium continuing to meet certain equity ownership thresholds. Upon closing of the private placement,the consortium will have a 19.95% equity stake in Uranium One.Jean Nortier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Uranium One commented: “Uranium One is very pleased to partner with such highly respected leaders in the global nuclear industry. We will benefit from the consortium’s knowledge and expertise in the nuclear industry, from its high level relationships in Kazakhstan and from its significant financial resources. The proceeds from the private placement, combined with Uranium One’s consolidated cash balance of approximately $185 million at the end of January, will result in a solid balance sheet to fund our growth and development plans.”TEPCO is the largest electric utility in Japan and provides power to the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. It has an electricity generating capacity of over 62 GW, approximately 28% of which is from nuclear power. Toshiba is a diversified manufacturer of electric and electronic products and is involved in a broad range of power systems businesses around the world. It has a 67% ownership interest in Westinghouse Electric, whose technology today provides the technological basis for approximately half of the world’s operating nuclear power plants. The Toshiba Group hasindustry-leading capabilities in both boiling water reactor (BWR) and pressurised water reactor (PWR) nuclear power plants. The Japan Bank for International Cooperation is the international arm of the Japan Finance Corporation. JBIC contributes to the sound development of the Japanese and international economy in the three fields of: (i) promoting overseas development and acquisition of strategically important natural resources to Japan; (ii) maintaining and improving the international competitiveness of Japanese industries; and (iii) responding to disruptions in the financial order of the international economy.last_img read more

France beats Norway again before going to the EURO 2012

← Previous Story Stranovsky for HP: “We expect a lot at the EHF EURO 2012” Next Story → Hungary off to EURO 2012 after a victory against Bahrain The French National team won against Norway for the 2nd time in a row, in their last preparation games before the EURO 2012. After winning in Toulouse, the “tricolours” were the better team again in Bercy now. They have shown again that it will be very hard for any opponent to take victory against France, and that they will be the favorites number 1 for the title.France – Norway : 28 – 24 (13-13)14 000 spectatorsReferees :HORVARTH P. et MARTON B. (Hungary)FranceGoalkeepers : Omeyer 60 minutes, 14 and 1/3 pen, Dumoulin 1/1 pen.Players : Fernandez 4/9, Dinart, Barachet 2/3, Gille G., Gille B. 2/3, Narcisse 4/7, Joli 2/2, Nyokas K., Karabatic 5/10, Accambray, Abalo 4/6, Sorhaindo 1/2, Guigou 3/4 dt 2/2 pen., Bosquet, Bingo 1/2NorwayGoalkeepers : Medhus 18 min., 4 saves, Dahl , Erevik 42 min., 12 saves, 0/2 pen.Players : Jensen, Hippe, Bjornsen 0/1, Myrhol 2/3, Lund 3/8, Tvedten 6/9 dt 3/4, Mamelund 7/10, Rambo 1/5, Hansen, Jondal, Samdahl, Koren 1/3, Paulsen 2/3, Tonnesen, Klev 2/5 read more

Elderly residents at Clare hospital stay in bed all day as theyve

first_img No Comments Elderly residents at Clare hospital stay in bed all day as ‘they’ve nowhere else to go’, court hears The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is attempting to close St Joseph’s Hospital to further admissions until 2021. Monday 12 Jun 2017, 6:24 PM St Joseph’s Hospital, Ennis Source: Google MapsELDERLY RESIDENTS AT a HSE long-stay hospital are spending a large part of their day in their beds at the hospital’s two largest units because they have nowhere else to go.That is according to counsel for Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) Remy Farrell SC who was addressing Ennis District Court where the HSE is appealing a Hiqa order that will effectively close St Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis to new admissions until 2021.The senior Hiqa inspector who carried out the two inspections that resulted in Hiqa imposing the order, Mary O’Mahony told the court: “Isn’t the night very long if you go to bed at 4pm and you are in bed until 8am the next morning?”O’Mahony said that in one unit at St Joseph’s Hospital it wouldn’t be unusual if 18 of the 24 residents were in bed for tea at 4pm or 4.30pm or to have 15 out of 24 residents by their bed for their dinner.She said: “Their whole life revolves around their bed. One carer said to me that residents become territorial about their space and they don’t want to leave their space because they themselves are being institutionalised.” 21,834 Views Jun 12th 2017, 6:24 PM The old people there think, ‘This is it. This is the best that can be done for me’ and don’t realise that there should be better there for them.O’Mahony said that there is an institutionalised culture at the hospital.In the first case of its type, Farrell said that the case goes beyond the HSE not complying with building regulations and that is how the HSE incorrectly characterised this in their opening statement.‘Quality of life’Senior Hiqa official Susan Cliff said: “We have concerns about the quality of life of the residents at St Joseph’s. We have concerns about the culture that prevails in the centre.”The residents accommodated there have become institutionalised. They are now in a situation where their daily routine is getting up in the morning, sitting in a chair by their bed and remaining there until 4.30 in the afternoon when they go back to bed. By Gordon Deegan Short URL When you move from that practice, it generates anxieties in the residents and they don’t feel safe. What you don’t want is new residents going in there and becoming part of that culture as well.Cliff said that you want a culture where staff encourages residents to go see their visitors in the sun room in the afternoon and have lunch outside their unit.She said: “When I was at the centre in April, I spoke to one woman who was afraid to leave her bed space because she was afraid that her bed would be gone when she comes back. That is not the space we want these residents to move into.”Henry Dowling BL for the HSE said that the Hiqa action in effectively closing down the two largest units at the hospital to further admissions is “using a sledgehammer to crack a nut”.There are other ways of dealing with this.In reply, Judge Patrick Durcan said: “That is my thinking on it.”Dowling said that the effect of the order by Hiqa would have a debilitating effect on the provision of health services for Co Clare.He said that the order that will result in St Joseph’s long stay hospital being no longer able to admit residents for its two largest units, the Hazel and Alder units which accommodate a combined 84 patients, is “unreasonable, unnecessary and disproportionate”.‘No options’Senior HSE official Bernard Gloster told the special court sitting that the Hiqa action “would effectively close down the county home”.Gloster said that last year, the hospital had 308 short stay admissions, 78 long stay admissions and 216 rehab admissions.Asked where the residents who availed of short stay admissions would go if the Hiqa order was to be affirmed Gloster said: “I don’t know what options they would have.”Gloster said that if the Hiqa order was to be affirmed by the court, it would also impact on the numbers lying on trolleys in acute hospital as the hospital provides a very important step down facility for recovering patients.Under cross-examination from Farrell, Gloster admitted that non-compliances in relation to the building have been highlighted by Hiqa since 2010.He said that the economic climate since then meant the State couldn’t afford to carry out those works to address the non-compliances.Gloster said that the Government has committed €12 million for the development of 52 new beds that will result in the reconfiguration of the two large Hazel and Alder units.He said that the new works will address the Hiqa concerns in relation to privacy and dignity of patients.Dowling said that a design team will be appointed for the project next year and that the project will be delivered by 2021.Gloster said that, in 2015, €79,000 was spent on refurbishment works at St Joseph’s; €105,000 in 2016 and €195,000 is set aside for spending on refurbishment this year.The case before Judge Patrick Durcan continues tomorrow.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoingRead: Charges dropped against one of the seven Jobstown defendantsRead: Remains from two sites in Wicklow Mountains believed to be of the same person https://jrnl.ie/3440549 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share301 Tweet Email5 last_img read more

Dragons Crown Pro Launches on PS4 on May 15

first_img During last year’s PlayStation Experience event, Sony announced a remastered version of Dragon’s Crown for the PS4 called Dragon’s Crown Pro. At the time of announcement, a solid North American release date was not disclosed. We knew it would release sometime in 2018, but that was it. Today, Sony has revealed that the hack-n-slash title will release in North America on May 15.So what’s so “pro” about Dragon’s Crown Pro? As expected, this edition of the game features 4K resolution. The original game already looked gorgeous, but the enhanced resolution will make it look even better whether you’re playing on a 1080p or 4K TV. The visuals aren’t the only thing getting a makeover. The game’s entire soundtrack has been newly recorded by a live orchestra. This will surely give the already epic soundtrack a whole new level of heft. Dragon’s Crown Pro also sports both English and Japanese voice-overs.One of the best features of the original Dragon’s Crown was its cross-play functionality between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. You could start a game on PS3, upload your save file, download it to your Vita, and continue where you left off. Dragon’s Crown Pro also has this feature. It’s nice to know that folks who’ve sunk hundreds of hours into the game won’t have to start over from scratch on PS4. Perhaps it will give them a good reason to dust off their Vitas.With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Atlus has launched a Dragon’s Crown Pro Valentine website. Users can create an e-card to send to someone they love/admire. I know I wouldn’t mind getting a Valentine’s Day e-card with one of the game’s wildly-proportioned characters on it.Dragon’s Crown Pro will retail for $49.99 when it drops on May 15. If you can’t wait that long, you can always buy the Japanese version which launched today. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The Morning Press Benton oil and coal terminal unemployment college football

first_img This weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed:Benton’s ballyhooed management experience is hazyDon Benton traded on his experience managing his own company to land a top job in local government.But it’s difficult to say just how much managing he did there. The company’s main employees appear to be Benton and his wife. Not only that, the company’s biggest disclosed client is Benton’s Senate campaign.Benton, a five-term state senator, has declined to list his company’s clients on financial disclosure forms, despite state laws that apparently require him to do so. Campaign expenditure reports, however, show Benton’s 2012 campaign for state Senate funneled $100,000 in advertising payments through the company.Benton’s private-sector experience escaped scrutiny when Clark County Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke appointed the fellow Republican politician three months after forcing out the previous department director.Democratic Commissioner Steve Stuart alleged cronyism. Past boards of commissioners relied on the human resources department and county administrator to narrow the field of applicants to be department heads — vetting résumés, conducting multiple interviews and inviting candidates to meet with the prospective department staff in a process that typically took three months. Kumoricon attendee Trevor Scott, 21, of Longview turns away from a mirror after fixing his costume depicting Drossel Keinz from the anime series “Black Butler.” The convention took over the Hilton Vancouver Washington and the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay as well as Esther Short Park.last_img read more

Janasena MLA Rapaka surrenders in police station

first_imgEast Godavari: The Janasena party MLA Rapaka Varaprasad have surrendered at the police station on Tuesday. A criminal case has been registered against him and his followers for attacking Malikipuram police station. Along with MLA Rapaka, 15 of his followers were also taken into custody by the police. A non-bailable case has been booked for allegedly destroying public property and obstructing duties of police. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us Malikipuram SI KV Rama Rao and his team raided a guest house belonging to Kaligithi Kumar on Sunday and arrested nine persons for indulging in gambling and seized Rs 37,700, six bikes and five mobile phones. Having learned about the arrest, MLA Rapaka, along with his followers, went to the police station to get them released. On the occasion, a heated argument broke out between followers and police. In this context, the police have filed a case against them for allegedly attacking the police station. However, Janasena activists alleged that the police had abused the MLA. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us On the other side, Eluru Range DIG AS Khan has inspected Malikipuram police station which got destroyed in the attack by the Janasena activists. Speaking to media, DIG Khan said that the irresponsible behavior of an MLA is not good for society. He added that such incidents would send false signals into the youth over the police system. He clarified if the SI has made some mistakes then file a complaint with relevant evidence to the higher authorities and action will be taken.last_img read more

CPJ urges president Hamid to return Digital Security Act for revision

first_imgThe Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) expressed its deep concern about the Digital Security Act passed by parliament on 18 September.The independent press freedom advocacy organisation, in a letter to Bangladesh president Abdul Hamid, called for returning the act to parliament for review.The letter said CPJ is concerned that this legislation, if allowed to become law, would violate constitutional guarantees of freedom of the press, and would create extensive legal dangers for journalists in the normal course of carrying out their professional activities.“CPJ respectfully urges you to exercise your constitutional authority to return the legislation to parliament for revisions that would eliminate these dangers,” read the letter signed by CPJ’s Asia Programme Coordinator Steven Butler.The letter outlined the concerns repeatedly expressed by the Bangladeshi journalists and asked the members of parliament to address those.“One of the most worrisome provisions of the Digital Security Act is an amendment added at the last minute in Section 43, which will allow police to arrest or search individuals without a warrant.“In addition, the Digital Security Act includes problematic aspects of Section 57 of the Information and Communications Technology Act, despite public promises by government ministers to eliminate it.“Section 57 has been repeatedly used to imprison journalists in defamation cases. Government ministers had previously acknowledged that police have misused Section 57, and had promised that procedures would be established to prevent this. Instead, journalists continue to be subject to the danger of arbitrary arrest in the normal course of their activities.”Also of concern, CPJ added, is the inclusion of the colonial-era Official Secrets Act in the Digital Security Act, which seems to contradict the Right to Information Act provisions, included elsewhere in the legislation. “The extension of the Official Secrets Act into the digital sphere escalates the hazards faced by investigative journalists who play a vital role exposing corruption in government.”The letter expressed fear about the extremely heavy fines and punishments, up to Tk 50 million (US$600,000) and life imprisonment depending on the offense, threaten to make journalism an unacceptably hazardous profession and will result in a timid press that cannot play the important role required to support a vital democracy in Bangladesh.CPJ also expressed concerns over the vague descriptions of potential offenses, such as hurting religious values or causing deterioration in law and order, and said this would invite arbitrary use and misuse of the law to restrict the media.Praising Bangladesh’s 46-year history as a secular democracy with strong affirmations of human rights and freedom of speech and the press, the body feared this legislation will damage that tradition, and severely harm the country’s standing among the community of democracies as a defender of press freedom.“We urge you to take action to prevent this, and ensure that the next bill the legislature sends you adheres to the guarantees made in Bangladesh’s constitution as well as to international norms,” the letter concluded.last_img read more