New Longterm Care Facility Opens in Yarmouth

first_imgThe province is providing more home-like surroundings for residents who need long-term care with a new 105-bed replacement nursing home in the Yarmouth area. Staff and residents celebrated the official opening of The Meadows today, Oct. 28. The new facility replaces Tidal View Manor, an older facility connected to Yarmouth Regional Hospital. “This new home is a positive addition to the community,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “The design is open and user-friendly and the level of care here is exceptional.” The Meadows is designed to meet new provincial standards. The facility has nine households with 11 or 12 people in each. The units are built on one level surrounding a central core. The layout reduces traffic, increases privacy and ensures facilities are easily accessible for staff and residents. It reflects the province’s Better Care Sooner plan to make the health-care system more user-centred. The facility also has a landscaped outdoor courtyard, central kitchens, living and dining areas, a spiritual room and a multi-purpose room. The Meadows has hired about 30 additional full-time staff. Most of the employees live in the Yarmouth area. “The new building is more comfortable and private. I know the staff, as well as residents and their families are pleased with the move,” said Sandra Boudreau, administrator of The Meadows. “The new location means more people can get outside and we’re in a residential neighbourhood, which is less institutional.” The Meadows delivers 24-hour nursing care, as well as medical, nutritional and pharmacy services, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. “I love it here, the rooms are big and spacious. There is more privacy than we had before; it is wonderful,” said Kathleen Laverie, president of the residents’ council. The province has opened, or plans to open, nearly 1,100 new beds in 13 new, stand-alone facilities and 10 facility expansions. Long-term care is a major priority of the province’s 10-year, $262-million Continuing Care Strategy. Access to The Meadows, as well as other provincial long-term care facilities, is through the Department of Health and Wellness’ single entry access system at 1-800-225-7225.last_img read more

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Government Opens Applications for New Aquaculture Leases and Licences Supports Growth

first_img To learn about submitting an application for a new site go to http://novascotia.ca/fish/aquaculture/licensing-leasing/. The regulations are available at http://novascotia.ca/fish/aquaculture/laws-regs/. Government is investing $2.8 million in the aquaculture sector to create more jobs in Nova Scotia. It was also announced today, July 6, that new applications are being accepted for ocean-based shellfish, cultivated-marine plant and trout farming. The investment supports a more rigorous approach to approving new aquaculture operations and provides $2 million for research projects focused on interaction between sites and their local environment, advanced planning for aquaculture development and innovation in production methods. “Making this investment while accepting new applications means more jobs and a growing sector in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Our new approach to regulating the industry means we can create jobs while protecting the environment.” Aquaculture is currently worth $60 million annually to the Nova Scotia economy, supports 600 direct jobs and contributes to seafood exports which were worth $1.68 billion in 2015. “We now have one of the most robust approaches for regulating aquaculture in the world,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “We’re now ready to engage Nova Scotians as we take aquaculture development to the next level.” Under the enhanced lease and licence process: “With greater access to more leasing opportunities, the Nova Scotia aquaculture industry is set for a new chapter of growth that will add good quality jobs and prosperity for our province while ensuring the sustainability of our resources for future generations,” said Tom Smith, executive director of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia. Since releasing new regulations in October, the department has: appointed a science advisory committee to identify research priorities tendered for equipment to help with environmental and fish health monitoring, including a submersible remote-operated vehicle established a committee chaired by the Nova Scotia Salmon Association to recommend a workable approach to trace escaped fish back to their origin appointed an aquaculture administrator for approving lease and licence renewals developed policies to operationalize the lease and licence process appointed a chief aquatic animal health veterinarian participated in training for Department of Environment compliance staff who will be responsible for enforcing new regulations begun work with the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association to establish criteria for accrediting aquatic animal health clinics advertised for members for the independent aquaculture review board that will be appointed later this year proposals are subject to approval by an independent aquaculture review board after an option to lease is granted by the minister a proponent has six months after an option to lease is granted to prepare a licence application and complete an assessment to identify any relevant environmental or technical impacts and engage with local stakeholders a licence application must include an aquaculture development plan the application is reviewed in detail and subject to consultation with other levels of government and, where required, First Nations the aquaculture review board would make a decision on the application after a hearing that is open to public inputlast_img read more

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Novelist Steven Galloway files defamation suit over sexual assault allegations

first_imgVANCOUVER – The former chair of the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia is suing a woman, claiming she falsely accused him of sexual and physical assaults.Steven Galloway’s lawsuit also accuses two dozen other people of repeating the accusations on social media.The lawsuit filed by the novelist in the B.C. Supreme Court claims he was defamed and suffered damage to his reputation. It asks for damages and an injunction preventing the defendants from repeating the allegations, as well as having them removed from the internet.“The defamation began with false statements by (the woman) to several other defendants, who recklessly repeated and asserted the truth of the accusations both within UBC and publicly on the internet, including on Twitter,” the statement of claim says.Galloway was suspended from the university in November 2015 while an investigation was completed into what the school said were serious allegations of misconduct.In December of that year, the university asked a former B.C. Supreme Court judge to investigate complaints against Galloway. Mary Ellen Boyd’s report, submitted in April 2016, has never been made public.Galloway was fired that June.A labour arbitration decision later ordered the university to pay Galloway $167,000 in damages for statements the school made during the process that violated his privacy rights and harmed his reputation.However, the faculty association withdrew its claim to have Galloway reinstated to his post without giving details. The issue of whether the university had cause to dismiss the professor was no longer contested.Galloway’s statement of claim, filed on Friday, says he had a consensual romantic affair that lasted two years with one of the defendants. Unless consent has been granted, The Canadian Press does not identify those who allege they have been sexually assaulted.The statement says both were married, and their affair was adulterous. It asserts that the woman made the false allegations to “deflect blame and create a false narrative to portray herself as innocent in the affair.”None of the allegations made in the statement of claim have been proven in court and no statements of defence have been filed.The woman could not be reached for comment, but a lawyer who represented her previously, including during Boyd’s investigation, says no client of hers has been served with a claim.“It appears the plaintiff took the story directly to the press,” Joanna Birenbaum said in an emailed statement.Birenbaum directed The Canadian Press to an open letter posted online that she wrote to university president Santo Ono, asking him to release Boyd’s full report to her client.“UBC’s refusal to disclose an unredacted copy of the Boyd Report to (the woman) is preventing her from responding to defamatory attacks on her character and causing harm and damage to her reputation,” says the letter, dated Aug. 29, 2018.Attached to the letter were excerpts of redacted sections of the Boyd report that she received.The document says Boyd accepted the woman’s allegations that Galloway made increasingly inappropriate sexual comments and advances towards her over a number of months in late 2010 and 2011.“I find that (the woman) found herself in a situation where the ‘stakes were high’ since she believed that unless she tolerate this conduct, her acceptance into the MFA (master of fine arts) program and other special treatment she had been promised … might be in jeopardy,” the letter says.Galloway responded to a request for comment with a statement saying he was prohibited from discussing matters related to his termination.He said Birenbaum’s comments deflect attention away from his claims that the woman made multiple false and malicious allegations against him, “the most destructive of which includes sexual assault.”“I have already apologized for my consensual relationship with (the woman); I deeply regret it, but I do not accept her lies or attempts to promote herself and profit from them.”Galloway’s lawyer, Daniel Burnett, said the lawsuit is about far more severe accusations than those mentioned in the redacted Boyd report.Galloway said in a statement issued in November 2016, shortly after the Boyd report was released to him, that on the balance of probabilities the retired judge found he had not committed sexual assault.In an article written for the National Post that was published in July, Galloway wrote that he did not assault his accuser, referred to as the Main Complainant or MC.“A highly respected former B.C. Supreme Court judge, Justice Mary Ellen Boyd, after conducting an exhaustive, five-month investigation, determined that she was ‘unable to find’ that any of MC’s allegations happened, and that not a single one of the ancillary complaints constituted any form of misconduct,” he said.The lawsuit names 24 other people for allegedly repeating the allegations of sexual and physical assault. The Canadian Press attempted to reach many of those named, although some use a pseudonym and others are only identified as John or Jane Doe.Glynnis Kirchmeier is accused of defamation in a tweet from February of this year.“That piece said Galloway had an ‘affair,’ which we now know is what he calls raping,” the statement of claim says of a comment on social media.Kirchmeier said in an interview she hasn’t been served the statement of claim and she’s not concerned about the allegation.“I don’t know how much of an economic strait he’s in, but if he thinks that one tweet justifies any sort of damages to him, I just don’t see it.”Mandi Gray says she also hasn’t been served the document and doesn’t know what she is alleged to have done.“I tweet a lot, so I’d have to see the actual tweets themselves,” she said, adding she has been outspoken about the way the university handled the case.“I think it’s really concerning if we aren’t able to talk about these cases, especially when we have people in his corner speaking so loudly about due process.”Others named in the lawsuit declined comment, while many couldn’t immediately be reached.Galloway is the author of three novels, including “The Confabulist” and “The Cellist of Sarajevo.” He was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.Burnett said if his client were to sue over every unfair statement that is in the public domain the lawsuit would involve many more people.“He has focused this lawsuit on the most serious allegations, the allegations that are effectively criminal in nature, people who are calling him a rapist, a sexual assaulter,” he said.Burnett said several of those named in the lawsuit have been served the statement of claim.last_img read more

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Quebec Innu say Newfoundland and Labrador Quebec living in bygone era over

first_imgAPTN NewsTwo Innu communities are lashing out at two provincial governments for ignoring their duty to consult over plans to develop a swath of mineral-rich land that straddles the Labrador, Quebec border.“Quebec and Newfoundland continue to live in a bygone era, one in which they believe it is still possible to disregard First Nations on their own territories,” said Chief Mike McKenzie of the Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-utenam in a release.“Not only was Quebec just recently trying to sideline us from federal environmental assessments, but is now entering into partnership agreements that we are learning about after the fact,”The land is called the Labrador Trough.The Innu say it is “largely” located within the traditional territory of the Innu of Uashat mak Mani-utenam and the Innu of Matimekush-Lac John.Both say they are asserting Aboriginal title and rights to the Labrador Trough and the minerals found there.Quebec Premier Phillipe Couillard, and Newfoundland and Labrador held a news conference Thursday in Quebec City to announce the deal.Quebec is encouraging the federal government to join the provinces in the project.The Labrador Trough is a 1,600 km wide swath of territory that runs from the northern border of Quebec and Labrador to the south.The Innu of Uashat mak Mani-utenam and the Innu of Matimekush-Lac John are currently involved in a court case over mining and Aboriginal rights and title.They’re suing the IOC mining company for $900 million for not sharing in the profits of the mining operation on its territory.The case is currently pending before the Supreme Court.“What is most bothersome and harmful is that yesterday’s announcement completely ignores the legal conflict regarding IOC-Rio Tinto’s exploitation, without agreement, of a portion of such territory.“We are not opposed to responsible development so long as the companies seeking to operate on our territory are willing to respect our rights, our Mother Earth and our traditions,”  said McKenzie in the release.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Hyderabad missed Warner-Bairstow magic at top vs DC

first_imgNew Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) failed to go past Delhi Capitals in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday in Vizag and while pundits spoke about how the DC youngsters put up a brilliant show, one cant ignore the fact that SRH missed the services of the duo of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow at the top of the innings. With both Warner and Bairstow leaving for their respective preparatory camps for the World Cup, Hyderabad were forced to open with Martin Guptill and Wriddhiman Saha. And the duo failed to recreate the magic that saw Warner and Bairstow take the opposition bowlers to the cleaners at the top of the innings. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuBatting at the top for SRH, the duo of Warner and Bairstow scored 1145 runs with Warner getting 692 of them and Bairstow hitting 445 runs from 10 games. They played an integral part in SRH starting the season on a winning note. While the performance of SRH deteriorated after their exit, the early kickstart ensured the Hyderabad-based franchise qualified for the playoffs with just 12 points. Guptill and Saha failed to rise to the challenge and the responsibility seemed to be too huge for them. While Guptill could manage only 81 runs in the three matches that he played, Saha hit a dismal 53 runs in his three innings that he opened in. The result was there for all to see as SRH could manage only 54/1 in the powerplay, having lost the wicket of Saha for 8 in the fourth over against Delhi Capitals. Williamson too accepted that the team missed the two swashbuckling openers at the top of the innings. “Warner and Bairstow were brilliant when they were here and they were prolific with the bat. We were without them for the last two or three games, but we still played very well despite missing them,” he said.last_img read more

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Bombardier signs $343-million train contract in Australia to fix accessibility issues

BERLIN — Bombardier Inc. has signed a $342.6-million contract with an Australian state government to upgrade a regional train fleet by correcting for a design flaw that saw wheelchairs unable to fit properly into onboard washrooms.The contract aims to redesign the washrooms for better disability access and to install an additional lavatory on each six-car train.It is tacked on to a problem-plagued $4.18-billion project to design, deliver and maintain 75 new passenger trains under a public-private partnership between the Queensland government and a Bombardier-led consortium that includes the U.K-based John Laing Group, Japan’s Itochu International Inc. and U.K.-based Aberdeen Standard Investments.Since Bombardier came on board in 2014, the project has been beset with design issues tied to air conditioning, braking and trains that appeared to be too wide for the tunnels.Bombardier shares closed 2.59 per cent higher on Wednesday, at $2.77.Delays and repair problems have plagued Bombardier train contracts over the past decade, most recently with transit authorities in Toronto, New York, Switzerland and France.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press read more

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A comfortable retirement for the wealthy now costs 23million

TORONTO — No need to pity the affluent, even if they have to save more than twice as much as average Canadians before retiring.[np_storybar title=”Five points to consider before deciding when to take Canada or Quebec Pension Plan benefits” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/01/10/canada-pensions/”%5DWhen should you take Canada or Quebec Pension Plan benefits? It all depends on your income, health, and what you want to do with the money. Consider these points [/np_storybar]A new poll issued by BMO Harris Private Banking says richer Canadians, on average, feel they need at least $2.3 million set aside before calling it a career.The figure for the affluent — those defined as having at least $1 million of investable assets — is two and a half times the $908,000 that average Canadians said they needed.But the study also found that most affluent Canadians — fully 95% — were confident of their ability to fund their ideal retirement lifestyle.That compared with 69% of Canadians overall.Meanwhile, the majority of respondents among the affluent — 70% — expected stocks to generate the most solid returns over the next five years, well ahead of real estate, bonds and cash.“How much you require will be determined largely by what kind of lifestyle you envision for yourself, including where you plan to live, how much you want to travel and other factors that could require funding,” said Yannick Archambault, chief operating officer at BMO Harris Private Banking.“While it’s encouraging that so many of the country’s affluent are feeling good about the prospects for their retirement, it’s important to be mindful that market conditions can change very quickly and impact one’s investments.”The online survey was conducted for BMO by Pollara between March 28 and April 11, with a sample of 305 Canadians with at least $1 million in investable assets. Results for the general public come from online surveys involving 1,000 Canadians conducted in the second half of 2013.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. read more

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Petition seeks release of fishermen

He had stressed the need for greater awareness among the fishermen to avoid crossing into the Sri Lankan waters for their own safety.The Minister’s statement was in contravention of Art.6 of the 1974 agreement which had become final and binding after the Presidential assent in July 1974, the petitioner said. When the matter came up before the First Bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice M. Sathyanarayanan, the Government Pleader, S.T.S. Moorthy and the Special Panel Counsel, C. Kanagaraj, took notice for the Tamil Nadu and Central governments. The matter has been posted for October 9. According to an official statement on August 29, 82 fishermen were in Sri Lankan prisons, besides the 35 arrested recently.By another petition, the organisation sought a direction to the Centre to clarify a statement said to have been made by the External Affairs Minister in the Rajya Sabha on August 22 this year with regard to Tamil Nadu fishermen crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line. The petitioner said the Minister had said that fishermen from Tamil Nadu had been crossing the boundary line with impunity. As per a news report based on information obtained through an RTI query by activists, “more than 378 fishermen had been killed allegedly by the island navy between 1983 and 2005.” An organisation to protect the interests of fishermen has moved the Madras High Court for a direction to the Centre to take diplomatic steps to secure the release of Tamil Nadu fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan jails. It also sought a further direction to the authorities to take up the issue with the island government of frequent attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy and find a permanent solution to the problem, the Hindu newspaper reported.Fisherman Care, represented by its president, L.T.A. Peter Rayan, submitted that several fishermen had been killed and wounded by the Sri Lankan Navy. Till date, no clear solution had been formulated by the Centre and the human rights violation against the Tamil Nadu fishermen continued. In June this year, 57 fishermen were abducted by the Sri Lankan Navy. The petitioner submitted that the State’s fishermen under Art.6 of the 1974 agreement between India and Sri Lanka on the maritime boundary and related matters Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen enjoyed their traditional right of fishing in each other’s waters. But they were being arrested and imprisoned by the island navy. read more

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Pakistan supports consolidation of democratic process in Sri Lanka

The High Commissioner of Pakistan, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat met Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya today.During the meetings, the current political situation in Sri Lanka was discussed. The High Commissioner reiterated Pakistan’s support for continuation and consolidation of democratic process in Sri Lanka.He expressed the hope that the ongoing political situation will be overcome peacefully and amicably in accordance with the constitution and aspirations of Sri Lankan people. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN agency to assess environmental damage in conflictravaged Afghanistan

Five four-member teams comprised of both Afghan and international experts will collect samples and examine sites around the country, according to UNEP. Among other tasks, the teams are charged with identifying pollution hotspots and other health threats, identifying strategies to protect and improve Afghanistan’s natural resources, and training the country’s own experts in environmental protection. The experts’ report, which will be published in December, will include recommendations for dealing with environmental threats, increasing Afghanistan’s capacity for environmental management, creating jobs in the environmental sector, and implementing international environmental agreements.”Although often forgotten when conflicts end and reconstruction begins, the natural environment is the foundation for all human society and civilization,” said UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer. “To succeed in the long term, the rebuilding of Afghanistan must therefore include efforts to revive and protect wildlife and ecosystems, clean up contaminated sites, and manage natural resources such as freshwater and forests more sustainably.”Pekka Haavisto, Chairman of the UNEP Afghanistan Task Force, said three decades of conflict in the country had ravaged the environment. “Assessing and repairing the country’s environment will prove vital to the long-term well being of the Afghan people,” he stressed. “In addition, protecting the environment will support sustainable rural development and enhance job creation in Afghanistan.” read more

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DR of Congo new clashes in Bunia leave two dead five wounded

The renewed fighting erupted yesterday afternoon between the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) and the Ituri Patriotic Resistance Front, with at least two dead, and five wounded, spokesman Fred Eckhard said at a press briefing. He added that military observers from the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) continue to patrol in Bunia.”The UPC released a statement on the radio this morning, asking all internally displaced persons currently seeking shelter with the UN mission to return to their homes,” Mr. Eckhard said. “If they did not, the UPC has threatened to forcibly remove them from the UN premises.” Thousands of people have sought refuge inside the local UN compound, at the airport and in the heart of town.”The UN and its humanitarian partners have strongly condemned the statement, and see any such attempt as a contravention of international law and humanitarian norms,” Mr. Eckhard said.The hospital in Bunia was attacked on Saturday night. A number of refrigerators storing vaccines and medicines were removed. Only two of the refrigerators have been returned so far, seriously hampering the vaccination efforts of the humanitarian agencies.Meanwhile, after a visit to Bunia on Sunday, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno met yesterday in Kampala with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who pledged to extend cooperation to MONUC in bringing an end to fighting in Bunia.The UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Caroline McAskie, was also in Bunia on Sunday to review the humanitarian situation there. read more

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Project of UN agency and Microsoft to bring computer training to refugee

The Community Technology Learning Centres (CTLC), which will be fully funded by Microsoft, will be located at Dadaab refugee camp in eastern Kenya, which hosts more than 100,000 mainly Somali refugees, and in St. Petersburg, to benefit more than 6,000 mainly Afghans and Iraqis.“Refugee youth will be targeted under the training programme that will give them contact with the latest software and hardware, giving them new perspective on the broader world and skills they can eventually use,” Ron Redmond, a spokesman for UNHCR, said at a briefing in Geneva.The curriculum being developed covers basic information technology skills and literacy, focussing on software applications such as word processing, databases and spreadsheets that can be used in a variety jobs once the refugees are repatriated or settle in the host country.The agreement was signed on the margins of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and brought about with help from the UN Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), which serves as “a sort of marriage broker” of high-impact programmes and projects and innovative partnerships between UN organizations and civil society in furtherance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UNFIP Executive Director Air Dossal said.“We encouraged [Microsoft] to reach out to UNHCR again,” he said, noting that the software company had previously collaborated with the UN agency during the Kosovo crisis in 1999, when it developed portable registration kits for UNHCR.The Fund ? the interface between Ted Turner’s UN Foundation (UNF) and the UN system ? provides “one-stop shopping” for partnership opportunities with the UN family and facilitates access to the UN system, including by providing advice on UN processes, best practices and lessons learned, Mr. Dossal added. read more

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Geoscientists call on government to resuscitate Australian mineral exploration

first_imgAustralia’s reputation as one of the world’s foremost destinations for mineral exploration is under threat from a critical market failure that discourages ‘greenfields’ exploration, according to Australia’s leading professional institute for geoscientists. Additionally the organisation says, Australia’s current precious and base metals mining production is increasingly reliant on a small number of major deposits which are largely ‘mature’ and in decline – presenting a clear threat to mine production and in turn, the export earnings of the economy.The concerns are expressed in a major report released by the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and titled – Market Failure in the Australian Mineral Exploration Industry: The Case for Fiscal Incentives“. The report was authored by exploration geologists, Chris Cairns (Integra Mining) and Dr Jon Hronsky (Western Mining Services) and by mineral economist, Richard Schodde (MinEx Consulting).The report finds that the heavy reliance of companies exploring in Australia on short-term market capital has impeded their ability to undertake high risk but potentially high reward “greenfields” or “grassroots” exploration capable of yielding the new major discoveries needed to sustain Australia’s precious and base metals mining production.“Additionally, Australia’s current tax regime offers no incentives, concessions or support for investments in greenfields exploration by companies that do not already have producing mines generating cashflow against which exploration expenditure may be fully offset for taxation purposes,” AIG Vice President, Andrew Waltho, said.“Essential work by ‘junior’ exploration companies — which now undertake the majority of metals exploration in Australia — receives no recognition under our current taxation system during the often protracted time it takes to discover a new deposit and turn it into a viable and sustainable mine,” Waltho said.“Instead, these ‘juniors’ are driven by very short-term market forces and by the need to constantly report good news and stay on brokers’ and investors’ radars. This approach does not encourage longer-term investment in exploration, typically without short-term newsworthy results, that is needed to find the next generation of major discoveries. The study clearly demonstrates that the way by which we fund and reward metals exploration has actively discouraged exploration in greenfields areas for the best part of 20 years, leading to a steady decline in the number of new high-quality precious and base metals discoveries in Australia.”Waltho said successive governments had contributed to a clear market failure affecting the exploration sector, apparently through a fixation on the income generated by mining projects discovered decades ago. “This has resulted in a failure to implement measures to address the critical market failure affecting funding of greenfields exploration.“The upcoming Federal Budget presents the Commonwealth Government with the opportunity to correct this market failure, and to begin to resuscitate the exploration sector on which the long-term sustainability of Australia’s resource industries critically depends.”No flow through – decline inevitableThe AIG, in concert with other representative mining industry bodies, has long been pressing for the introduction of a flow-through share (FTS) scheme similar to that in Canada, which provides an exploration tax credit designed to “flow through” to shareholders in junior exploration companies.The Canadian scheme, initially introduced in October 2000 and recently extended, is credited with stimulating the exploration that has led to some of the most important new minerals discoveries in Canada, including the world-class Eleanor gold deposit in northern Quebec.“Unless the Government takes bold action in the near-term, Australia’s mining industry’s resource base will decline to a point where we become reliant on fewer and poorer quality projects, eventually lose our prominence in global markets and be unable to continue performing our key role in underpinning Australia’s economic performance and therefore Australia’s quality of life,” Waltho said.“Australia remains a highly prospective place to explore – our geology has many more high-quality deposits to potentially be found in both previously explored areas and vast, essentially unexplored terrains where prospective geology is buried under shallow cover. Australian geoscientists continue to develop new tools and technologies for exploring deeper through these cover rocks and integrating different sources of geological, geochemical and geophysical data that will contribute to new, major mineral discoveries if the ability of explorers to apply these new technologies in a systematic and persistent manner is resolved by securing sustained exploration investment.”The AIG says a FTS scheme would address a notable disparity in Australian tax law by which most junior explorers are ineligible for deductions for investment in exploration under Australian tax laws simply because they do not generate any taxable income.“A FTS would rectify this anomaly by allowing explorers that cannot use the deduction to enable tax credits to ‘flow through’ to their shareholders, making these companies more attractive to investors and providing the exploration sector with greater and more sustained investment,” Waltho said.Last year, an independent study by Synergies Economic Consulting and the Centre for Policy Studies concluded that a flow-through shares scheme in Australia would generate some 4,000 new jobs and up to A$1 billion in additional exploration investment over a four-year period, making it one of the most cost effective economic stimulus measures available to the Commonwealth Government.The Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) is Australia’s leading professional association representing geologists and geophysicists employed in all sectors of industry, government and education throughout Australia. Further information regarding the Institute is available at www.aig.org.aulast_img read more

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France book last place for Rio 2016

← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16 BEST 7: Balkan guys, Uwe, buzzer-beater guy and Jurecki Next Story → WISLA TV: Tarabochia rescuer against Vardar… The Women’s Olympic tournament in Rio 2016 is now complete. The last passengers for Brazilian summer adventure are coming from France. The French team beat Japan 25:17 in the decisive match and booked second place on the qualification tournament behind Netherlands.France joined Dutch girls, Russia, Sweden, Romania and Montenegro, who booked placement after only two matches…RIO 2016:Brazil, Argentina, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Romania, Montenegro, France, The Netherlands, Angola, Korea and Spain. rio 2016 handballWomen’s Olympic handball tournament read more

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Am I Worthy of an Electric Car Yes Theres an App for

first_img“Is an electric car for me?” BMW Monday announced Evolve, a platform-agnostic smartphone app that tracks your current driving habits and distances, then tells you if you’re a candidate for an electric car with its typical 100-mile driving range. It’s out for the iPhone now and is due on Android by month’s end. Here’s how it works, says BMW EV (electric vehicle) product manager Aaron Singer-Englar: Take a couple typical driving trips, to work, shopping, to visit friends. Three is the minimum to get useful feedback. Evolve pings the smartphone’s GPS sensor to see how far you’ve gone and by interpolation how fast you’re going. AdChoices广告“We thought about using the [integrated smartphone] accelerometer but we didn’t want to drain the phone’s battery,” Singer-Englar said. So it’s not a second-by-second record of gentle (or jackrabbit) starts. But there’s enough information to get a sense of driving patterns, especially if you’re driving a lot of highway miles where there’s less chance to regenerate the battery (unless it’s stop-and-go during rush hour). The information applies to any electric car. The only BMW-specific content is your zip code. If your driving style is compatible with an electric car – daily driving that won’t outrun the battery – the zip code tells you if you’re in one of the six regions of the U.S. with the ActiveE trial beginning this fall: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Franciso, Sacramento, Boston, and New York — and their surrounding suburbs. * BMW Announces ActiveE Electric Car and $499 Leaselast_img read more

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Microsoft Wallet will be standard on every Windows Phone

first_imgGoogle has had a major problem with their NFC payment system: though there are many Android phones that are capable of transmitting data via NFC, few of them can install Google’s Wallet app from the Play Store. In fact, it is widely suspected that Google’s problems getting Wallet onto NFC-enabled phones played a big part in their recently leaked plans to release a Wallet credit card. When Microsoft fully unveiled Windows Phone 8, one of the features that was announced with the platform was their own Wallet system. What has been made clear now is that Microsoft Wallet will be standard on every NFC-based Windows Phone 8 smartphone.According to two different sources reporting to Geek.com, Windows 8 launch phones on every carrier will come with Microsoft Wallet pre-installed. This includes carriers in the US that are currently partners in the ISIS payment system, which is expected to offer its own NFC-based payment system.A Microsoft Wallet tile will appear on the home screen of phones like the HTC 8X on Verizon Wireless, and will allow users to add any bank or credit card to the app for use. Cards loaded into the Wallet app can also be used for purchases in the Windows Phone Store and for in-app purchases throughout the OS.For those in areas that support NFC payment gateways, Microsoft will be able to offer the feature Google was unable to deliver on carriers like Verizon Wireless. Phones that lack NFC will still be able to use Wallet for transactions in the Windows Phone Store through the Wallet app, as well as any banking apps that take advantage of the Windows Phone 8 SDK.We’ve learned that Windows Phone 8 will have a significant number of NFC-enabled smartphones, including the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 822. If Windows Phone 8 is able to restore even a fraction of the market share that Microsoft’s mobile operating systems have lost to iOS and Android over the last two years, Microsoft Wallet will likely be the tool that dramatically increases the volume of NFC transactions across the world.last_img read more

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Its a matter of humanity

first_imgMake your life count for something – that was my parents’ view. They taught me the values of Greek culture at its best: filotimo, welcome for the stranger, and a sense of sharing whatever you have with those that don’t..– Kon Karapanagiotidis –Asylum Seekers’ Resource CentreKon Karapanagiotidis is a very busy man. In the one hour that I spent with the head of the Melbourne Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, his phone rang at least a dozen times. He found a quiet spot for the interview as he has no office of his own, preferring to mingle with staff, volunteers and clients in the open space of the centre that helps thousands of refugees each year.Driven and passionate about the plight of asylum seekers and refugees, he began this organisation from scratch in 2001 while teaching a welfare course at TAFE. “I suggested to the students that we do something practical. A friend had an empty building in Footscray that he said I could use and we set up a food bank for refugees.“Many refugees were not eligible for Centrelink so this was one thing we could provide for them – food. «We found cheap supermarkets and I went shopping with my mother for bargains at the market.”People coming for food also had other needs that no one else could meet. “They would ask me for help with learning English, they needed a lawyer, they needed a doctor for themselves or their children.”Karapanagiotidis, himself a graduate in law, psychology and social work found himself providing these services and getting assistance from where he could. Slowly, he was able to secure funding from various philanthropic organisations and through fundraising to set up the centre that now employs 32 paid staff and coordinates 700 volunteers. The centre provides aid (food, school kits), medicine, employment placement, English language classes, crisis programs, community development and even family outings. He claims that his Greek background and his experiences as a child of migrant working class parents were what led him into aiding refugees ‘who lived in desperate circumstances’. His parents, who migrated to Australia in the 1960s, initially settled in Mount Beauty where they were tenant farmers, cultivating tobacco. “It was my father’s dream to have a farm and work on the land,» he says.Karapanagiotidis recalls that it was a ‘brutal life’ with 15-hour-days and as tenant farmers they did not make a lot of money. He experienced a great deal of racism growing up and he says that nothing much has changed in the ensuing years.“There’s all this propaganda about multiculturalism, but Australia is a racist country. The pressure to assimilate is very strong, to change or shorten your name and I meet people with Greek backgrounds who have done that.“I think: why change your name? It’s your identity.”He cites his parents as major influences on him, passing down to him a sense of humanity and purpose in life.“Make your life count for something – that was my parents’ view. They taught me the values of Greek culture at its best: filotimo, welcome for the stranger, and a sense of sharing whatever you have with those that don’t.”But he expresses disillusionment that many Greek Australians of his generation do not respect that legacy, believing that they have forgotten their roots or have little understanding of their parents’ experiences. “I’m always frustrated when they think they’re special because they went to university. They don’t appreciate that it was their parents’ hard work and sacrifice that enabled them to a large extent to get where they are.”He is also disheartened that Greeks come last in the ethnic groups that volunteer at the centre.“People of all backgrounds volunteer, but the smallest number are the Greeks. And the Greek church needs to show some leadership as well. Their lack of participation is shameful.” All this riles Karapanagiotidis, especially given the large numbers of Greeks who live in Melbourne.“Why are we not visible in this area? To me it’s pretty clear – what the people we help here are going through is exactly what our parents went through – the same struggle to survive in a hostile country.” He is angry with the Labor government’s politicisation of asylum seekers. “Labor started off well, shutting Nauru and Manus Island detention centres, but they’ve opened two others and there are currently 4,000 people, including 508 children, in detention – something they said they would never do.“It costs $973.6 million to keep the Christmas Island detention centre open – an amount that would fund this centre for 540 years. There is only one other country that has offshore detention centres.”He reminds me that out of 43 million refugees, Australia’s intake is 13,000. “All this hysteria around boat people is ridiculous when you consider that our intake is miniscule.”What would he like to see happen?“For us to take more people, for asylum seekers to live in the community while their cases are reviewed.“And to see more Greeks get involved.”Neither of them seem a big ask. The Asylum Seekers’ Resource Centre is holding a Volunteers’ Information night on 3 August at 6.30 at 12 Batman Street, West Melbourne. Phone (03) 93266066 for more information. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Coalition proposes party finances rules

first_imgThe government is to draft legislation aimed at creating greater transparency regarding party finances and to reduce the total funding they receive to around 10 million euros a year, sources told Sunday’s Kathimerini.Over the last few weeks Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos have been discussing proposals aimed at restoring some trust in the political system. While the measures that are going to be proposed will be of a permanent nature, the government wants to publicize them before the local and European Parliament elections in May in the hope that they will also benefit New Democracy’s and PASOK’s ratings.The latest idea is to introduce a new set of measures regarding party finances. The proposals being considered mean that parties would be forced to keep more detailed accounts and that their finances would not be checked by Parliament but by a special committee of judges. Also, citizens’ donations to parties would not be allowed to exceed 50,000 euros and, regardless of the amount, would have to be made public.Any legislation would also contain provisions to reduce state funding for parties that have MPs elected to Parliament. A number of reductions over the last few years led to the total amount parliamentary parties receive dropping to 20 million euros last year. The government is thinking about halving this.A bill containing these proposals is due to be submitted to Parliament in June.The issue of party finances, particularly in terms of the debts racked up by New Democracy and PASOK, has been troublesome for the government. Last month, pro-business party Drasi called on New Democracy to come clean about the state of its bank loans after the conservatives insisted they are paying off their debts without delay. The exchange was prompted by European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia informing Drasi leader Theodoros Skylakakis, who is an MEP, that ND owes 145 million euros and PASOK a little less. The commissioner also said that the majority of the loans were nonperforming as of January 2013.Drasi called for further clarification and claimed that New Democracy is likely to be paying 11 to 12 million euros in annual interest, when its state funding only reaches 6 million euros a year.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Metro crown jewel of twin cities ESL Narasimhan

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan on Tuesday said that the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project was the crown jewel of twin cities and the citizens shall make use of this modern public transport facility regularly.In an impromptu programme, the Governor along with his wife Vimala Narasimhan and grand-daughter travelled in Metro train on Tuesday afternoon from Ameerpet to Nagole Metro Station as a common citizen and visited Uppal metro Depot. HMRL Managing Director NVS Reddy accompanied the Governor in the metro travel. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us L&THMRL Managing Director KVB Reddy and other senior officials received the Governor at Nagole metro station and took him round the metro depot. The officials showed him the state of the art features of the Hyderabad Metro Rail project and particularly the functioning of Operation Command Control (OCC) Room. Earlier, the Governor and his wife planted fruit bearing saplings on the premises of L&T Metro Rail Depot. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us In the return journey from Nagole, the Governor got down at Begumpet Metro Station. While speaking to the media at Begumpet Metro Station, the Governor said, the maintenance of Metro stations and operational systems were excellent and added, “He is personally congratulating NVS Reddy and his team of officers”. Replying to a query the Governor said, he himself has inaugurated the Metro Rail operations between Ameerpet Junction to LB Nagar Metro Station and Ameerpet to Hi-Tec City Metro Station about a year back and in this context, he wished to travel today in the Hyderabad Metro to get the first hand information.last_img read more

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Khaleda bail petition hearing adjourned

first_imgBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia (L)The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on the leave-to-appeal petitions challenging BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail granted by the High Court in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, till Wednesday.The four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, heard the case, reports UNB.On 19 March, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail till 8 May in the graft case in which she was convicted by the lower court and sent to jail. The SC also allowed the state and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to file petitions against the HC order that granted bail to Khaleda. On 8 February, a Dhaka court convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust case. She was then taken to now abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city. She secured four months’ bail from the High Court in the case on 12 March. On 15 March, the ACC and the State filed two leave-to-appeal petitions before the Appellate Division challenging Khaleda Zia’s bail secured from the High Court in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Later, the Appellate Division stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail till 8 May in the case.Meanwhile, Khaleda Zia asked her lawyers to bring the matter of her ‘serious illness’ to the notice of the Supreme Court during the hearing on her bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on Tuesday as they went to meet her on 5 May.last_img read more

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