Final counts in BC election due in days high stakes for Liberals

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s final ballot count starts Monday to determine which party forms the province’s next government almost two weeks after election day, barring judicial recounts.Christy Clark’s Liberals held a slight lead heading into the final count, needing only one riding to change in their favour for the slimmest of majority governments in the province’s 87-seat legislature. But the prospect of a minority government also looms large.After the May 9 vote, the Liberals had 43 seats, New Democrats 41 and the Greens three.All eyes over the next few days will be on the Courtenay-Comox riding on Vancouver Island where the NDP won by nine votes. The riding is the focus of an official recount as is Vancouver-False Creek, won by incumbent Liberal Sam Sullivan by more than 400 votes.Once the results are known, political horse trading between the Liberals, NDP and Greens is expected to intensify as the parties manoeuvre towards co-operation agreements in what could be a minority government or a bare majority.Clark and NDP Leader John Horgan have reached out to the Greens since the election. Green Leader Andrew Weaver has appointed a negotiating team and articulated three major demands: official party status along with electoral and campaign finance reforms.“Andrew Weaver, I would say, is almost giddy with anticipation of a chance to play a role I don’t think he even dreamed about,” said Prof. Michael Prince, a social policy expert at the University of Victoria. “To get this split, 43-41, is kind of like a Hollywood movie for him.”Weaver was the only elected Green in the legislature prior to the election, but he was re-elected along with Vancouver Island Greens Sonia Furstenau and Adam Olsen, making Canadian history for the party.Prince said the Liberals have their fingers crossed the vote changes in Courtenay-Comox, giving them a one-seat majority, but Clark has already signalled she’s preparing to work with the Greens to preserve her government.“But the overlaps between the NDP and the Green platforms are much more obvious and substantial than they are for the Liberals,” he said.Weaver and Horgan have butted heads personally in the past and during the campaign, but the possibility of forming a government and wielding power has the adversaries looking to work together, Prince said.“This is politics,” he said. “This is about policy and having an opportunity for influence.”Glen Sanford, the NDP’s deputy director, said 60 per cent of B.C. voters rejected Clark’s Liberals and people want change.Sanford said his own family’s political history is repeating itself in the current election drama.His mother, Karen Sanford, served as the Courtenay-Comox member of the legislature for the NDP in the 1970s and ’80s. The riding was also subjected to a recount when her mother was in office.At the time he was working on a fishing boat and voted in Ucluelet. Sanford said his absentee ballot was among those that gave his mother the victory.“I remember my skipper saying it was a good thing it was a slow day for fishing, because if we had been catching lots of fish there was no way he’d have stopped to come in and vote,” he said.Elections BC, the government agency that administers provincial elections, said almost 180,000 absentee ballots must be counted.The final count will take place from Monday to Wednesday. Elections BC said the results will be posted and refreshed on the agency’s website starting on Monday.last_img read more

Cornwallis statue removal marks historic day for Mikmaq

first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsAn eagle circled overhead as the statue of Edward Cornwallis came down Wednesday in Halifax.For hours members of the Mi’kmaq community and others watched as workers sawed and hammed away at the feet of the bronze statue erected almost 90 years ago to commemorate the city’s founder.They cheered when a crane lifted the large bust off a stone pedestal and onto the back of a truck to be taken away and put into storage indefinitely.Workers spent hours cutting and chipping away at the bronze statue in an effort to separate it from the stone pedestal it was placed on.In a 12-4 vote on Tuesday Halifax Regional Council voted to immediately remove the statue and continue with plans to form an expert panel that will include appointed Mi’kmaq representatives to determine the fate of the controversial statue.Cornwallis issued bounties on Mi’kmaq scalps in 1749 and 1750 while establishing a barracks at Halifax.For at least three decades Mi’kmaq have called for the statue’s removal, many arguing that a man who incited genocide against their ancestors should not be publicly celebrated, and that the statue’s prominence in downtown Halifax is a constant reminder of the pain, suffering and colonization endured by Mi’kmaq for hundreds of years.Tensions rose last July after five Canadian military personnel identifying as members of the Proud Boys interrupted an Indigenous mourning ceremony at the Cornwallis statue.Many Indigenous-led ceremonies and protests in recent months and years have been met with public displays of racism by settlers who some say reject facts and narratives that challenge Eurocentric perspectives of Canada’s history.Council’s decision to remove the statue came days after the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs announced it was pulling its support for the establishment of the panel to review the city’s commemoration of Cornwallis. The chiefs said the process of forming the committee was taking too long.After years of debate and previous votes against removing the statue, on Tuesday some Halifax councillors admitted changing their position on the matter after researching Mi’kmaq history and reading the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.“I look at the 500 years of broken promises since Europeans first arrived and settled on these shores. And those 500 years have been rife with disease, strife, broken treaties, broken promises, hidden agendas, military action — and circumstances which beggar the imagination to the point where a true decimation occurred in North America,” Councillor Richard Zurawski said in an impassioned speech.“If we want reconciliation, we pull down the statue immediately,” he continued. “We don’t discuss putting it someplace else. We don’t discuss temporary measures. For goodness sakes, let’s end the 500 years of broken promises and take away this visible symbol of supremacy.”Following the vote Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Morley Googoo said he hopes other municipalities across Canada are paying attention.“I think there’s a huge opportunity here for the City of Halifax to show how other municipalities across the country are dealing with the very same question, about how do they have relationships with Indigenous people,” he said.The statue of Edward Cornwallis is hoisted by a crane and placed on the bed of a truck before being taken away and put into storage. In the coming months an expert panel that will include members of the Mi’kmaq community will discuss the statue’s future.By the end of the day Tuesday posters appeared on benches and light poles in the statue’s vicinity at Cornwallis Park. They read “Save Our Statue” and contained a QR code linking to a Facebook community page that contains comments denying genocide ever occurred against the Mi’kmaq.Elder Daniel Paul, author of acclaimed Mi’kmaq history book “We Were Not The Savages,” said he “fully expected there’s going to be white supremacists coming out of the woodwork,” but that he does “hope that the majority of Nova Scotia is going to be supportive of reconciliation.”By Wednesday morning the posters had been removed, and there were no protests or visible dissent during the statue’s removal.Rebecca Cope-Moore (centre) looks for an eagle soaring above as others watch workers remove the Edward Cornwallis statue in Halifax Wednesday.Rebecca Cope-Moore, a Mi’kmaw activist and member of Pictou Landing First Nation who has long advocated for the statue’s removal, said it was “surreal” to watch Cornwallis come down Wednesday.A seventh-generation descendant of former Mi’kmaw leader Jean-Baptiste Cope, a signatory of the British-Mi’kmaq 1752 Peace and Friendship treaty, Cope-Moore said she felt she was watching a prophecy unfold. Rebecca Cope-Moore, member of Pictou Landing First Nation, describing the moment when an eagle flew over the area as the Cornwallis statue was being removed.“I was here to witness that moment along with my sister and lots of community members. And when Cornwallis came down an eagle flew over—right over all of us—and that’s not common here in the city to see them too often,” she said.“So for that eagle to come and fly right over us, right at the same moment as Cornwallis got removed from his pedestal, was just — it was very affirming to me.”Halifax Regional Council will now continue its effort to form the expert panel to review the city’s commemoration of Cornwallis and to make recommendations on what to do with the statue.Eagle did one low circle above #Cornwallis and the crowd gathered here in Halifax at the moment the statue was being laid down on the bed of the truck. The statue was then covered with a tarp and will be taken away and put into storage indefinitey. @APTNNews pic.twitter.com/OZUAU8Oo9Q— Justin Brake (@JustinBrakeNews) January 31, 2018last_img read more

Alberta child welfare survivor pens book about his experience with the system

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsA young Alberta man who survived abuse in the child welfare system is fighting to have a life and writing a book about his experiences.At the age of four, Steven Morin was put in child welfare.Throughout his life, he has battled drug and alcohol addictions.Now he’s writing a book about how he survived with the hope that he can help others.cstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchrislast_img

Starbucks citing ocean threat is ditching plastic straws from all locations

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver Starbucks locations will be the first in Canada to serve drinks without plastic straws as it works to eliminate the product from all its stores by 2020, the company announced Monday.The coffee chain is the latest big company to acknowledge the environmental threat plastic straws pose and promise to implement an alternative in the face of mounting public pressure.There’s been a tipping point in the public’s awareness that plastic is a global problem, said environmental lawyer David Boyd.A video showing a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose received more than 30 million views on YouTube, for example, said Boyd, who also teaches at the University of British Columbia.Companies like Starbucks are responding to that surge in environmental concern.Starbucks will make a strawless lid or straws made from alternative materials, like paper of compostable plastic, available at its more than 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. It has created a strawless lid that will be standard for its iced coffee, tea and espresso drinks.“This is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways,” CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.The strawless lid is currently available in more than 8,000 Canadian and U.S. locations for some beverages.The Seattle-based company will implement the lids for all cold, non-blended drinks first at its hometown and Vancouver locations this fall, with phased rollouts within the U.S. and Canada to follow next year. A global rollout of the strawless lids will follow, beginning in Europe where the will be used in select stores in France and the Netherlands, as well as in the United Kingdom.It’s the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder and plastic straws have become one of the most prominent targets.“I think that straws are just widely seen as kind of the low-hanging fruit,” said Boyd.Some cities, including Seattle and Fort Myers Beach in Florida, have banned plastic straws. Vancouver will prohibit plastic straws as well as some other items by June 1, 2019 as part of the Zero Waste 2040 Strategy.Similar proposals are being considered in places like New York and San Francisco, as well as by the European Union.The issue is coming up in company boardrooms, partly in response to changing municipal regulations and partly due to growing consumer pressure.McDonald’s shareholders voted down a proposal requesting a report on plastic straws in May.However, McDonald’s recently said it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by next year, and test alternatives to plastic straws in some U.S. locations.In Canada, McDonald’s has said it planned to monitor the market tests to understand the impact the changes may have before making any specific decisions. A company spokeswoman did not respond to questions about whether the company planned to do any testing in Canada and did not provide a timeline for implementing any changes.Rival burger chain A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. has said it will eliminate all plastic straws from its restaurants by the end of this year.Ikea recently announced it would eliminate single-use plastic products from its shelves by 2020, including straws. Canadian restaurant chain owner Recipe Unlimited Corporation, formerly known as Cara Operations, and its 19 brands will phase out using plastic straws by the end of March 2019.But banning the drinking instruments is only the tip of the iceberg, said Boyd, and does not solve the global problem of plastic pollution.Plastic drinking straws make up only about four per cent of the plastic trash by number of pieces, and far less by weight.A stronger, more comprehensive response is needed, he said, and called on Canada’s federal government to develop a national plastic waste strategy.In April, environment minister Catherine McKenna launched a public consultation asking Canadians to share their ideas on how the country can reduce plastic waste. Their feedback will help develop a federal, provincial and territorial approach.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Afghan children the victims amid deteriorating security situation – UN envoy

7 July 2008A surge in recruitment of child soldiers, the maiming and killing of children, child detention and a serious humanitarian situation are all posing major threats to children in Afghanistan, according to the United Nations envoy on children and armed conflict who has recently returned from a five-day visit to the country. “The deteriorating security situation in the country was of concern to everybody everywhere. They are very worried about the kind of insecurity and lawlessness that is now prevailing,” Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, told reporters today in New York. Among child rights violations Ms. Coomaraswamy investigated during her visit was the killing and maiming of children during military operations by Taliban and anti-government combatants, as well as by international forces in Afghanistan. The envoy held discussions with ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] and OEF [Operation Enduring Freedom] commanders and said she had received updated guidelines on new procedures to limit “collateral damage” – civilians killed in military raids.“However, I must say even the religious leaders who were sympathetic to the Government complained bitterly about this type of collateral damage,” she added. “There is therefore a need for the international forces to take these complaints seriously, to put in place measures to prevent excesses, to have prompt investigations and, where necessary, pay compensation.”Ms. Coomaraswamy also stressed that she was concerned about children being detained after military operations by Afghan and international forces, and that there was a lack of guidelines and operating procedures on the issue.On the issue of child soldiers, Ms. Coomaraswamy said that she had received information from Afghan sources that there had been a surge in under-age recruitment by the Taliban and other anti-government forces in the last few months, especially from Pakistan.She noted that the Taliban had recognized that the recruitment of children was illegal through their own rule that mujahadeen fighters were not allowed to take young boys with no facial hair onto the battle field.“However, it seems that in the last few months this rule is not being obeyed and that children are being used even as suicide bombers,” she added, saying that she had three verified cases of failed suicide attempts by children. Condemning attacks on schools, Ms Coomaraswamy said such attacks “kill children who are completely innocent of the politics around them” and urged community and tribal leaders to unite to protect their schools, as well as to devise a security plan that did not militarize schools or endanger children. Citing a serious humanitarian problem in many of the conflict areas in Afghanistan, the envoy urged all parties to give access to relief organizations and praised the proposal by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to create “days of tranquillity” in the country when military operations would be suspended to allow immunization drives to take place. She noted that a previous polio vaccination campaign had been a success.“We hope the children then can be a bridge for the beginning of peace in Afghanistan,” she said.One of the major objectives of Ms. Coomaraswamy’s visit was to set in place the monitoring and reporting process called for by the Security Council in resolution 1612 (2005) to assess six grave violations against children in situations of armed conflict. The monitoring and reporting mechanism – which sets up a task force at the country level – will feed into a comprehensive report on the situation of children and armed conflict in Afghanistan that will be presented to the Security Council in October. read more

How micro condos are facing their first real test in Canada this

TORONTO — The appeal of so-called shoebox condos — no larger than the size of two average living rooms — will face its first real test in Canada this year, with an influx of the compact homes set to hit the country’s largest real estate market.[np_storybar title=”Four years on, economist stands by prediction of Canadian housing’s ‘day of reckoning’” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2015/02/05/the-economist-realtors-love-to-hate-david-madani-stands-by-2011-prediction-of-canadian-housing-day-of-reckoning/”%5D ‘Enjoy it while it lasts… Tell these real estate people just because it hasn’t happened, doesn’t mean it won’t,’ Canada economist of Capital Economics says [/np_storybar]Investors are betting on big returns from young renters who can’t afford to buy in the red-hot real estate market and don’t mind living in a unit, about 500 square feet, where their dining table might have to fold down into a bed.Although developers are pitching micro condos as an affordable entry point into the market, brokers say it’s mostly investors — catering to a demographic of young professionals increasingly flocking to the downtown core — that’s driving demand.Micro suites tend to fetch higher rents per square foot than larger units, as many renters are willing to live in a slightly smaller space in order to save a bit on costs and live closer to the city core.Shaun Hildebrand, vice president of condo research firm Urbanation, says condos under 500 square feet can bring in well over $3 per square foot, while the rest of the market averages around $2.50 or $2.60.There are nearly 3,000 micro condo units under construction in Toronto that are slated to be completed this year, Hildebrand says. If investors snatch them up, that could spur developers to build more of the micro units to satisfy demand from investors.“This is something that the market and developers are going to be paying very close attention to in 2015,” Hildebrand said. “Sometimes we don’t know how strong demand is until we’re shown the supply.”Why you should care about the banks’ posted rates on mortgagesCanadian housing starts defy expectations and rise in JanuaryThe challenge comes in securing a mortgage for the micro units. Brokers say Canada’s five biggest banks are hesitant to provide financing for units below a certain minimum square footage, concerned that investors will sell off the properties if the housing market starts to slide.“If there’s a downturn in the housing market, is the lender going to be able to sell and recover the mortgage financing they provided?” said Christopher Molder of Axess Mortgage.“Because these units under 500 square feet are relatively new, no one’s tested the market to see how desirable they are.”The major banks say the size of a property is only one of several factors in the decision to offer financing.“There are minimum square-footage guidelines that vary market to market, but the most important factor is the condo’s marketability,” CIBC spokeswoman Caroline Van Hasselt said in an email.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Reliance Properties Stovell has proposed a development at Davie and Hornby Streets that would feature a number of “nanosuites” measuring under 200 square feet. But the proposal is mired in bureaucracy, as the city decides whether the units, which fetch higher rents than larger spaces do, could drive up land values, and exacerbate Vancouver’s affordability problem.Vancouver and Toronto were identified as among the most unaffordable real estate markets in the recent international Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. In Vancouver, the report said the median home price was $704,800 while, Toronto, it was $482,900.Latif also wants to ensure that any communities where micro condos are built have the services needed — from parks to libraries to late-night coffee shops — to support a population of condo-dwellers who will be spending a lot of their time outside of their homes.“It’s about making sure you’ve got a vibrant community around you that can support you living in a smaller unit,” he says.The Canadian Press Marketability is determined by factors such as the building’s location, whether the unit has a separate bedroom and whether it comes with a parking spot.Marcus Tzaferis, the founder of mortgage brokerage MorCan Direct, says some buyers end up turning to credit unions or private lenders who charge higher interest rates.It’s not only the banks that are leery of micro-living. In Vancouver, city bylaws dictate that condo units can be no smaller than 398 square feet, although city council has occasionally loosened the restriction down to 320 for rental-only units.Jon Stovell, president of Reliance Properties, would like to see the restrictions scrapped.“Vancouver has this tremendous affordability problem and yet the city of Vancouver has just gone completely tone deaf to these needs,” the developer says. “They’re keeping a lot of young people out of the market.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Reliance Properties read more

Annan regrets DPR of Koreas decision to withdraw from nuclear weapons treaty

“While noting the denial by the DPRK of any intentions to acquire nuclear weapons, the Secretary-General stresses the importance of adhering to Treaties and their legal obligations in achieving international peace and security in accordance with international law,” said a statement issued by a UN spokesman in New York. “He takes this opportunity to reiterate that the problems regarding DPRK’s nuclear programme must be resolved through peaceful dialogue.”The statement described the NPT as the lynchpin of the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime, “and with 188 States Parties is the most widely subscribed to multilateral treaty in this area.” It also noted that no state party has ever withdrawn from the accord in the 33 years since its entry into force. read more

Cooling Vancouver home sales cramp average price but BC market still strong

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 13, 2016 8:35 am MDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cooling Vancouver home sales cramp average price, but B.C. market still strong VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Real Estate Association says home sales in Vancouver have slowed but the overall housing market across the province is healthy.Association chief economist Cameron Muir says 8,945 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service in August.He says that’s a 1.5 per cent increase compared to August 2015.Muir points to the B.C. government’s newly introduced 15 per cent foreign buyer tax and the 3 per cent property transfer tax on homes over $2-million for slowing the top end of the Vancouver market last month.But strong demand across most other regions of the province offset Vancouver’s drag, Muir says in a news release.Although the total value of sales was down 6.7 per cent compared to last year, and the average B.C. home price skidded 8.1 per cent to $569,393, Muir says those numbers mainly reflect the slower Vancouver market.“The decline in the average home price was due to a change in the composition and location of homes sold in the province,” he says.The real estate association says the dip in the average price statistic reflects fewer supercharged prices from detached Vancouver properties and cooling sales in the city compared to the rest of B.C. read more

73yearold rice farmer counting losses after Essequibo fire

A 73-year-old rice farmer is left counting his losses after his Essequibo Coast home of several years met with a disastrous fire on Thursday morning resulting in the loss of the entire upper flat.Based on police information, the fire occurred at Lot 2 Windsor Castle, Essequibo Coast at about 09:00hrs today (Thursday).The owner of the house, Harry Nanan Parmanan told investigators that he had left home at around 07:00hrs with his son, to visit the Suddie Public Hospital.He said that shortly after, his teenaged grandson returned to the two storey wooden and concrete structure, and observed smoke emanating from the upper flat of the house.The 15-year-old reportedly began to raise an alarm, and his mother and other siblings who were present in the lower flat of the house managed to flee the building.Neighbours in the area attempted to carry out a bucket brigade as they awaited the arrival of the fire fighters. However, this proved futile as the blaze was too intense.As such, when the fire service responded to the scene, they only managed to save the lower flat of the home from a fiery destruction.A number of important documents and an undisclosed sum of valuables were lost as a result of the blaze.Police have not yet ascertained the exact cause of the fire.An investigation has been launched. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPensioner’s house goes up in flamesMay 23, 2019In “latest news”Enterprise home destroyed by fire, arson suspectedMay 11, 2018In “Crime”West Berbice farmer’s house destroyed by fireSeptember 13, 2017In “Local News” read more

Verizons first iPhone ad says one thing The wait is over

first_imgVerizon just posted their first iPhone 4 advertisement. It doesn’t highlight the phone’s beautiful design, the slightly modified antenna, Apple’s huge app store, or even Verizon’s favorite subject (their network). Rather, Verizon highlights the simple fact that the anticipation is over. And it makes sense… after years of questions the iPhone will be finally available on the US’ largest carrier.Interestingly enough, the commercial doesn’t even show the Verizon iPhone. It shows a number of alarm clocks and expectant people, but no iPhone. The phone is ubiquitous enough at this point that only one thing is needed to wrap up the commercial: 2.10.11, the phone’s availability date.via PCmaglast_img read more

Family of rancher killed in Oregon standoff sues US police

first_imgPORTLAND — The family of an Arizona rancher who was killed by police during the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon alleged in a U.S. lawsuit Friday that he was “deliberately executed by a preplanned government ambush.”The wrongful-death lawsuit filed in Portland on the second anniversary of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum’s death seeks at least $5 million in damages for his widow and each of their 12 children. The United States is listed as a defendant, along with the FBI, Oregon State Police, Gov. Kate Brown and others.FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said the agency does not comment on pending litigation. Representatives for the governor and state police did not immediately return messages seeking comment.Finicum served as a spokesman for the armed group led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy that occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 to oppose federal control of land in the U.S. West and the imprisonment of two ranchers.Investigators determined that state troopers were justified in shooting Finicum three times in the back after he exited his vehicle at a police roadblock, put his hands in the air and then reached toward a handgun in his inner jacket pocket.last_img read more

Battle Ground family among many that struggle as wages stagnate

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — Compared with juggling four kids younger than 14, asking for a raise should have been easy, thought Chris Waller.Waller, 38, works for a family company that fits expensive products into safe packaging, such as computer chips into tailored foam cases. He earned $14 per hour to start. More than six years later, he was making only $15.70.With costs rising, he asked a supervisor about a raise. But he was rebuffed again and again until, finally, he gave two weeks’ notice.“I was asking for (a raise for) eight months and kept getting the runaround,” he said. “I work hard.”Despite a growing demand for workers, stagnant wages have been a common plight for people like Waller who earn less than $48,000, the Clark County median annual wage. Incomes rose only 6 percent on average for those workers in the past decade, according to state data.By contrast, people whose income ranks in the top 20th percentile saw their paychecks grow 14 percent. The top 5 percent of local earners averaged raises of 20 percent.It’s a global trend that is largely out of the hands of local governments and businesses. But many in Clark County still risk being left out of economic growth.last_img read more

The first words of Muriel on his return to Italy

first_imgColombian forward Luis Muriel is back in the Italian Lega Serie A, and as soon as he landed he spoke about how he feels now with Fiorentina.Colombian forward Luis Muriel has returned to the Italian Lega Serie A.The 27-year-old already knows the league, having played there with Udinese, Lecce, and Sampdoria.But he spent more than one year and a half with Sevilla in the Spanish La Liga.And now he signed with Fiorentina on a one-year loan with an option to buy him.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I am really happy to be here,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.“I gave my word to [director of football Pantaleo] Corvino.”“I can’t wait to get on the field,” he said with a smile.“It is nice to return to Italy and it is a league that I know well.”last_img read more

Holiday Gift Show hosted by San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Holiday Gift Show hosted by San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association Posted: November 14, 2018center_img November 14, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association is getting ready to hold a “Holiday Gift Show” at their member shop.“The shop will be turned into a “Winter Wonderland” full of high quality wooden treasures such as jewelry boxes, bowls, cutting boards, sushi boards with chop sticks, laser cut wine bottle gift boxes, toys, furniture, wall hangings, toaster tongs, wood jewelry, vases, pens, games and much more,” said the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association.The Holiday Gift show” will be on November 16th and 17th,For more information click here. Updated: 7:10 AMlast_img read more

BBC reports a 107 mean gender pay gap

first_imgMedia organisation the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has reported a mean gender pay gap of 10.7% as at 31 March 2017 for its public service staff.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the public sector submission deadline of 30 March 2018. In addition, the organisation’s BBC statutory gender pay report 2017 also includes voluntary disclosures, such as its ethnicity pay gap.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.The median gender pay gap for hourly fixed pay is 9.3% as at 31 March 2017.The mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 31 March 2017 is 20.3%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus pay is 0%. Over this period, 8.6% of men received a bonus or a voucher, which forms part of the organisation’s recognition scheme, compared to 9% of women.Over a third (38%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at the BBC are women, compared to 42% in the second quartile, 50% in the third quartile, and 58% in the lowest pay quartile.The organisation reports that 48% of its overall public service staff, which excludes employees working for its commercial subsidiaries such as BBC Worldwide, Global News Limited, BBC Studioworks, Children in Need and Media Action, are women.More than half (58%) of the BBC’s female employees are in its lowest pay grades, compared to 42% of male employees. This shows a -2.4% gender pay gap. More than two-fifths (41%) of female employees are in pay grades 10 and 11 and senior managers, compared to 59% of male employees. This relates to a 5.9% mean gender pay gap for pay grades 10 and 11, and a 5.2% mean gender pay gap for senior managers.The mean black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) pay gap is 5.7%, and the median BAME pay gap is 0.4%. The mean disabled pay gap is 5.2%, and the median disabled pay gap is 3.3%. The BBC has also reported its pay gap between part-time and full-time staff, which has a mean pay gap of 4.9% and a median pay gap of 3.4%.The BBC attributes its gender pay gap to the structure of its working demographic, because more women are employed in the lower pay quartiles. It also states that the residual pay difference could arise from market factors, as well as where employees have differing levels of skills and experience yet otherwise perform similar jobs. The BBC has published an independent equal pay audit to further analyse the causes of pay differences for staff in pay grades two to 11.The equal pay audit, which was conducted independently by law firm Eversheds Sutherland and professional services organisation PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), was published alongside the BBC’s statutory gender pay gap report. It found that there is not a systemic gender discrimination at the organisation. Out of 575 distinct job roles, 123 have a median pay gap of more than or equal to 5% in favour of men, 100 job roles have a median pay gap of more than or equal to 5% in favour of women, and 162 job roles have a pay gap in either direction of less than 5%.The BBC has also published a set of management actions detailing how the organisation plans to tackle its pay gaps. These include consulting on the creation of ‘fair pay principles’, making pay data accessible to employees, the introduction of formal fair pay reviews, where managers and their HR lead will have a twice yearly one-to-one meeting to discuss team members pay, providing specialist pay advice for employees, and committing to complete another pay audit in two years’, which will then be continued on a regular basis.To specifically tackle the gender pay gap, the BBC will be looking into its recruitment and selection processes, as well as how the organisation can better champion talent, for example by using mentoring.The BBC has committed to having 50% of its leadership roles filled by women by 2020, as well as 15% of leadership roles filled by BAME staff by 2020.Pay differences at the BBC were brought to light after the organisation published its BBC annual report and accounts 2016-17 and BBC pay disclosures July 2017 reports in July 2017. This highlighted the pay gaps between male and female on-air staff, with presenter Chris Evans listed as the highest paid on-air talent at the BBC, earning between £2,200,000 and £2,249,999, and presenters Claudia Winkleman and Alex Jones, listed as the highest paid women, earning £450,000-£499,999 and £400,000-£449,999 respectively.Following the publication of these reports, the BBC committed to consult with staff over the gender pay gap, as well as complete the aforementioned reviews in order to analyse pay differentials.Tony Hall, director general at the BBC, and Anne Bulford, deputy director general at the BBC, wrote in the BBC’s gender pay gap report: “The analysis of our gender gap figures shows that the majority of the gap has arisen because we have a lower proportion of women in leadership and senior roles in our organisation.”last_img read more

Half of employers predict pay rises of between 2 and 3 for

first_imgJust under half (48%) of respondents predict they will deliver pay rises of between 2% and 3% for 2019, while 32% anticipate they will have a pay review budget of between 1% and 2%, according to research by management consultancy Paydata.Its UK reward management survey, spring 2019 report, which polled 154 professionals, including HR staff, finance directors and reward and compensations specialists, also found that 50% of respondents believe that the number of employees receiving an annual bonus will remain the same, while 41% predict that the size of bonus payments will also stay at the same level for 2019. In addition, 16% estimate that annual bonus amounts will increase and 13% expect a decrease in the size of bonuses.Less than a third (31%) of employer respondents offer long-term incentive plans at spring 2019, compared to 43% of organisations that operated these in spring 2018.Tim Kellett (pictured), director at Paydata, said: “Loyalty no longer equates to larger pay packets. Two-thirds of organisations have had to offer new recruits salaries that conflict with those paid to existing employees.“Pay increases are similarly varied. However, more respondents indicated that there would be no pay reviews this year within their organisations, suggesting pay freezes continue to operate and are potentially on the rise.”Employers are also exploring their gender pay gaps, with 46% conducting further analysis in to gender pay and 5% implementing an equal pay audit. Around a third (31%) of respondents say they are not taking any action at all.More than half (58%) are taking pay gap data a step further by looking at figures around ethnicity for their employee population, or are planning to do this. Around 44% are exploring their demographic in terms of disabled employees, while 42% are studying employees’ age.Just under two-thirds (62%) expect retention issues to continue for the next 12 months, compared to 40% who said the same in spring 2018.For 2019, 78% of respondents think that pay benchmarking is the key agenda item for HR departments, while 76% cite employee opinion surveys as an important activity. A further 69% plan to analyse their pay review process, while 41% are considering conducting an equal pay study.“Incremental progress is being made in closing the gender pay gap, which stands at a median of 16.3% [among] respondents,” added Kellett.“Perhaps this is, in part, due to the breadth of the initiatives already in place that are designed to effect wider diversity in the workplace. We explored the initiatives organisations have in place to promote and champion a diverse workforce. We welcomed reports of varied and inclusive practices that 86% of employers offer, which all aim to effect long-term change.“Despite definitive detail around what Brexit will mean for business and trading conditions, business optimism holds steady in spite of this political turbulence, with caution remaining a key approach for the majority of businesses.”last_img read more

Permanent Fund Amount To Be Announced Next Week

first_imgAlaskans will find out the size of their Permanent Fund dividends next week.Download AudioGov. Sean Parnell is set to announce the amount on Sept. 17 in Anchorage.Dividends are distributed annually to Alaska residents who meet certain requirements, with the amount based on a five-year average of the Alaska Permanent Fund’s investment earnings.Last year, dividend recipients each received $900.last_img

Sony Plays Nice With Allowing CrossPlatform Play With Fortnite

first_imgStay on target Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsSwatting Attack Targets Fortnite World Champion Today, Sony announced a cross-platform beta for PS4. This will allow PS4 users to play Fortnite with players on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. This announcement is somewhat shocking considering how Sony seemed disinterested in such a feature.“Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content,” said John Kodera on the PlayStation Blog. “We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.“The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective.”AdChoices广告Kodera went on to say that Sony recognizes the desire for cross-platform play. It also appears this will not be a one-time occurence, as Kodera said Sony looks to open up the platform in the future.This is a big change in Sony’s policy when it comes to cross-platform play. Originally, the company all but dismissed the notion, saying that PS4 had the larger install base and that PS4 was the best place to play Fortnite. It appears the outcry from the gaming community made Sony have a change of heart. It’ll be interesting to see where things go from here. If Fortnite has cross-platform play, will titles like Call of Duty, Overwatch, Battlefield, and others implement the feature? It looks like this is all but inevitable. We’ll keep an eye on this and report any updates as they happen.Learn how to correctly download Fortnite for Android. And see our complete hands-on of the game on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Follow all the latest on Fortnite news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Microsoft brings PostgreSQL extension and SQL Notebooks functionality to Azure Data Studio

first_imgMicrosoft announced the March release of Azure Data Studio, yesterday. This latest Azure Data Studio release explores features such as preview support for PostgreSQL in Azure Data Studio,  corresponding preview PostgreSQL extension in Visual Studio Code (VS Code), and SQL Notebooks, among others. What’s new in Azure Data Studio? PostgreSQL extension for Azure Data Studio There’s new preview support for PostgreSQL in Azure Data Studio. The preview support adds on-premises and Azure Database for PostgreSQL to its existing support for SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Managed Instance, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, and SQL Server 2019 big data clusters. The Azure Data Studio extension for PostgreSQL comprises a Tools API service that offers data management and high performant query execution capabilities. Azure Data Studio also provides a modern, keyboard-focused PostgreSQL coding experience, that simplifies your everyday tasks. Users can also run on-demand SQL queries now such as the view and save results as text, JSON, or Excel. There’s also an extension marketplace for Azure Data Studio for developers that help them build and contribute back into the open source ecosystem. Microsoft team states that it is making the new PostgreSQL extension experience open source under the MIT license. This will allow the users to connect to all PostgreSQL databases in case they’re running on Azure (Azure Database for PostgreSQL). SQL Notebooks Using SQL Notebooks, you can easily interleave the written instructions, analysis, diagrams, and the animated GIFs using markdown. You can then add code cells with the SQL code to be executed. The SQL Notebook functionality has been built into the base of Azure Data Studio product and requires no additional extensions to connect to servers and execute the SQL result sets. These SQL notebooks can be used like any other regular query editor. You can get started with SQL notebooks just like a regular query editor. In case you’d like to use other languages such as Python, R, or Scala, you’ll be prompted to install other additional dependencies. PowerShell extension PowerShell extension from Virtual Studio (VS) Code is now featured in the Azure Data Studio marketplace. The new PowerShell extension aligns with the other automation scenarios used by the database administrators and developers. There’s an integrated terminal in Azure Data Studio that makes it easy for users to integrate PowerShell experiences with data. SQL Server dacpac extension Microsoft team mentions that it has been trying to improve the Data-Tier Application Wizard in Azure Data Studio after receiving feedback from the community. Originally shipped with the SQL Server Import extension, this feature will now be shipped as a separate extension. This is because the team plans to bring more features making it easy to use dacpacs and bacpacs in Azure Data Studio. This extension will also be included in the Admin pack for SQL Server, an extension pack that lets you quickly download the popular features from SQL Server Management Studio. Other Changes Community extension highlight: Queryplan.show The Queryplan.show extension adds integration support to visualize query plans using the community extension Queryplan.show. Visual Studio Code Refresh from 1.26.1 to 1.30.2 There have been a few refresh updates from the July release (1.26.1) to the November release (1.30.2) of VS Code. Highlights are as follows: New Settings editor UI making it easy to modify Azure Data Studio settings. Multiline search improvements. Better macOS support. SQL Server 2019 Preview extension The Microsoft team has been moving features from the SQL Server 2019 preview extension into the core Azure Data Studio tool for decades now. Here is a summary of the features moved into the core tool: Jupyter Notebook support has been moved to Azure Data Studio. Bug fixes in the External Data wizards: New schemas typed into the table mapping controls were getting lost. This is fixed now. Oracle type mappings have been updated. For more information, check out the official March release notes for Azure Data Studio. Read Next Microsoft Azure reportedly chooses Xilinx chips over Intel Altera for AI co-processors, says Bloomberg report Microsoft Azure now supports NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) Microsoft Azure’s new governance DApp: An enterprise blockchain without mininglast_img read more

— Special teams work at the start of practice focu

first_img— Special teams work at the start of practice focused on kickoffs. Among those deep to receive were Andre Ellington, J.J. Nelson and rookie T.J. Logan.Injury updateIt may be a few days, perhaps longer, before wide receiver John Brown sees the field again. He hurt his quad in Thursday’s practice, according to Arians, who added Aaron Dobson, a free-agent wideout, will be sidelined longer with a hamstring injury.Linebacker Ironhead Gallon (knee) practiced on a limited basis.Not practicing at all were cornerback Elie Bouka (ankle), linebacker Alani Fua (knee) and defensive tackle Ed Stinson (hamstring). Linebacker Deone Bucannon (ankle) remains on the physically unable to perform list and linebacker Jarvis Jones (quad) on the non-football injury list. Arizona Cardinals linebacker Haason Reddick (43) runs drills during the team’s first day of NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) 0 Comments   Share   GLENDALE, Ariz. – His nights are spent studying as if he were back in school. His mornings and afternoons, too.Rookie linebacker Haason Reddick is learning as much as he can. Perhaps too much, according to head coach Bruce Arians, who put Reddick in the same sentence as former Cardinal Daryl Washington in terms of the potential impact they have on a defense.Right now, though, Reddick is playing too cautious “because I’m not trying to make so many mistakes,” he said. “I’m trying to learn as much as I can and once you know what you’re supposed to do, when you really know, that’s when you can let loose.” And early on it was sloppy work, at least offensively; though that may have had more to do with No. 3 not practicing.Quarterback Carson Palmer dressed for practice and at times had his helmet on but he never attempted a pass, leaving Drew Stanton in charge of the first-team offense.Palmer also did not practice on Thursday.Notable— Too many thrown passes landed on the field, especially in red zone work. Brandon Williams and former Arizona State Sun Devil Gump Hayes nearly had interceptions.— During 11-on-11, both Karlos Dansby and Antoine Bethea picked off Stanton.— The offense performed better later in practice when they worked on late-game situations. With 22 seconds left and the ball on the 19-yard line, the Cardinals scored three times with D.J. Johnson, Ifeanyi Momah and Kerwynn Williams scoring touchdowns.— Phil Dawson put on a kicking display. He was good from 48, 52 (hit the left upright and went in) and 56 yards away on field goals; the latter ended practice some 16 minutes early.— Ronald Zamort, on the practice squad last season, saw first-team reps at cornerback as Justin Bethel watched from the sidelines. It’s not known what’s wrong with Bethel but he did have a sleeve on his right leg. Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img So, is Reddick studying too much?“Yeah, that’s a thing,” Dansby said. “That sponge gets full sometimes so you got to be able to squeeze it out and you got to be able to know when to squeeze it out and let some water out of it. He’s soaking it all up right now; and that’s a good thing, that’s a great thing.”And if you’re Reddick, there’s not many better people to learn from than Dansby and his position coach, 13-year veteran Larry Foote, who Reddick often stands next to in the end zone, behind the defense, when not on the field.Combined, Dansby and Foote have nearly 30 years of playing experience.“I’m always learning,” Reddick said. “In the classroom with Foote, learning; when I come off on the sideline I’m next to Foote, learning. It’s just always pointers that he’s teaching me. Same thing when I’m on the field when I’m with ‘Los, I’m learning. I’ll hear Foote when I’m on the field sometimes, too. I’m constantly learning and listening to the both of them. I got one in his ear and one in the other ear.“Having them two has been the best thing that could’ve happened to me as a rookie.”PALMER DOES NOT THROWA day before the annual “Red & White Practice”, the Cardinals ditched the pads, that they had worn the prior three practices, in favor of shells for their work on Friday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more