NDP goes after Jean and Kenney over Rebel ties both respond

first_imgThe Alberta NDP is calling on United Conservative Leadership candidates Brian Jean and Jason Kenney to not only denounce the controversial Rebel Media, but also explain just how close they are with the site.Government House Leader Brian Mason said Thursday he’s concerned about the past interviews and events both candidates have participated in with the organization.“Explain to Albertans their association with Rebel Media,” Mason said. “Make sure that people in this province understand why exactly it has been that this racist media outlet, so-called media outlet, is something that has been promoting these kinds of views and is also something which they have regularly associated, by appearing on its programs.“I think it’s disgusting, I think that Albertans deserve better.”Both leaders have responded to Mason’s comments, with Jean saying in a statement that he’s always denounced hatred, bigotry and racism and that he doesn’t believe it is the role of elected officials to dictate who the media is.However, he also said he is concerned with the recent commentary and editorial direction coming from Rebel.“I have not appeared on the Rebel in seven months and unless their direction changes in a significant way, I will not in the future,” he said.Kenney also responded through Twitter saying it was sad to see Mason resorting to such tactics and that he’s been repeatedly attacked by the Rebel for criticising the site.“We can expect many more ridiculous attacks like this,” Kenney said, adding the government is “desperate to talk about anything but its disastrous economic record.”Kenney also claimed he hadn’t been interviewed by the Rebel in over a year, but videos posted on the website show him speaking to the organization in September and November of 2016.When that was pointed out to Kenney’s official fact-check Twitter account, it responded: “One appears to be some Qs in a parking lot in public (should he have run away?). Other a difference of a couple weeks. Splitting hairs, no?”Jean and Kenney are just the latest politicians to distance themselves from Rebel in the last few days following the backlash over its coverage of the chaos in Charlottesville.One of its correspondents on the ground called those marching on the neo-Nazi side as patriots and the coverage led to the resignation of co-founder Brian Lilley, as well as contributors Barbara Kay and John Robson.It also prompted the head of Rebel Media, Ezra Levant, to publish a memo denouncing the alt-right, calling it a racist movement and not conservative.Conservative Party of Canada Leader Andrew Scheer said he wouldn’t do any interviews with Rebel until it changes its ways and fellow UCP leadership candidate Doug Schweitzer has been outspoken in criticizing the site, calling for Jean and Kenney to do the same days before.Before Jean’s statement, he said earlier in the week that he hadn’t been on for months and had he been asked to go on now, he wouldn’t.But Mason said that wasn’t good enough.“Just quietly stopping appearing now that Rebel Media has been exposed for the racist outlet that it is, is not nearly enough,” Mason said. “They need to be held accountable, it’s too late in many respects.”There’s another connection between Jean and Rebel, as his campaign manager Hamish Marshall also serves as director on the company’s federal incorporation records.However, the Jean camp says Marshall was never part of any editorial decision-making and has been transitioning out of his role with Rebel since May, adding he had no day-to-day role in “quite some time.”When Mason was asked why Albertans who dislike the NDP would listen to him, he said that isn’t the point.“It’s the right thing to do and it’s something that Brian Jean and Jason Kenney should’ve done months and months ago and they haven’t done that,” he said. “It’s pretty clear where Rebel Media stands and it’s pretty clear that Brian Jean and Jason Kenney are standing with them.”last_img read more

UN political team to visit Maldives for talks on democratic transition

3 February 2012A United Nations political team heads to the Maldives next week for talks on how to help support the Indian Ocean archipelago in its transition to democracy. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters today that a mission from the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), headed by Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, is slated to arrive in the Maldives on 9 February.The mission will meet with Government officials, opposition leaders and civil society representatives to both discuss the current situation and identify opportunities to support the democratic transition, Mr. Nesirky said.In November last year UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay visited the Maldives and said the country had made “significant advances” during the first few years of its transition, but a gap still existed between the rhetoric and the reality on the ground.Multi-party presidential elections were held for the first time in 2008, ending 30 years of one-party rule, and the country has ratified six of seven core international treaties. read more

Goodman School of Business looks to introduce new graduate diploma

The Goodman School of Business has submitted a Statement of Intent that it wishes to introduce a new graduate diploma in accountancy.As part of the approval process, the statement is being made available for the information of the university community to allow the opportunity for comment prior to moving to the next step of the internal quality assurance process.Please view the Statement of Intent on the VP, Academic website under ‘quality assurance’ and submit any comments to ARC-SOI@brocku.ca and Ernest Biktimorov, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs at ebiktimorov@brocku.ca by 4:30 on Sept. 24, 2014.

Recycling review underway in Norfolk

Changes could be coming to household recycling routines in Norfolk.Two waste-management consultants conducted an audit over two days last week at the county’s recycling facility on Grigg Drive in Simcoe.County staff will review their findings to determine whether adjustments to the system are warranted. This could translate into revisions of what the county’s contractor will and will not collect curbside.“Sometimes they’ll look at just the blue box,” Merissa Bokla, Norfolk’s supervisor of waste management, said in a news release.“Other times they’ll rip open garbage bags from the curbside and see if there’s recyclables in there. It gives you an idea because – otherwise – you don’t really know if your system is working and if the communication pieces that you’re putting out are working.”Whatever changes are pending, some things can already be said with certainty.For one, the 14 employees who work at the recycling facility appreciate households that take time to rinse away food material and other residue before putting items out for recycling. Nearly 5,000 tons of material pass through the Grigg Street facility each year and every piece is sorted by hand.As well, expect to hear more about what the county contractor – Norfolk Disposal of Waterford — will and will not collect curbside.Norfolk’s program, for example, is not set up to recycle complicated items such as old frying pans, toys and garden hoses.Other common household items such as propane tanks, clothes hangers and ice-cube trays also pose problems. Expect to hear more on this subject when Norfolk publishes its 2020 Waste Guide.“That’s called ‘wish-cycling,’ meaning that people put it in with the hope that we’ll recycle it,’” Bokla said. “But it ends up costing more money because it has to go through sorting and then ends up going to the landfill.”Norfolk public works also asks households to refrain from bagging materials for recycling.Bagging keeps items from blowing into the street but ultimately bags have to be ripped open and emptied. Bokla says this requires a lot of time and effort and is not an efficient way of processing the county’s recyclables. read more

Big cheques for counties

Norfolk and Haldimand counties have received significant funding to help them in their search for savings and efficiencies.The Ford government announced recently that each county will receive $725,000 for this purpose.“Taxpayers need their local government to deliver modern, efficient services that show respect for their hard-earned dollars,” Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, said in a news release.“This funding will help small and rural municipalities improve how they deliver services and reduce the ongoing costs of providing those services. I look forward to continuing to work together with our municipal partners to help people and businesses in communities across our province thrive.”As one of its first acts after taking office last year, the Ford government undertook a line-by-line review of how the province does business. The objective was finding savings and efficiencies. With the funding announcement, the province expects municipalities to do the same.Areas where the funding could be used include the development of shared services agreements with neighbouring municipalities, digital automation, updated equipment, and formal reviews of service delivery models.“This money – with the wide diversity of eligible projects – is one way this government is helping people in rural Ontario,” Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett said in the same news release.The funding is aimed at small and rural municipalities. A total of 405 municipalities have qualified. Funding totals were calculated on the basis of total households and whether a municipality is urban or rural.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

I just took her up in my arms and held her Mother

first_img Dec 7th 2016, 6:21 PM Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 6:21 PM 15,787 Views A MOTHER ON trial, charged with the manslaughter of her profoundly disabled daughter by giving her too much sedative, has said she loved the child ‘more than life itself’ and denied writing a suicide note before her death.Bernadette Scully said she wrote the note after the child had passed away. She was giving evidence in her defence today on the seventh day of her trial.The Offaly GP is charged with unlawfully killing 11-year-old Emily Barut, who was profoundly disabled, at their home at Emvale, Bachelor’s Walk, Tullamore.It’s alleged that she killed her by an act of gross negligence involving the administration of an excessive quantity of chloral hydrate on Saturday, 15 September 2012.The 58-year-old has pleaded not guilty and is on trial at the Central Criminal Court.Ms Scully testified that she had IVF treatment and suffered two miscarriages before becoming pregnant with Emily.Emily’s birth and diagnosisEmily didn’t cry when she was born but the doctor told her she had a lovely, quiet, baby girl. Emily had difficulty feeding and when she was two weeks old, she fell asleep and wouldn’t wake up. Ms Scully drove her to hospital in Dublin; her husband didn’t drive.She said she fell into the arms of the doctor she met in Crumlin and began crying.Measurements were taken and tests carried out.“It was awful to watch her going through that,” she said.A doctor then showed her a centile graph for measurements.“Emily was about this much below the graph,” she said, indicating with her figures.“I fell back into the seat and I just said: ‘Oh, my God’,” she recalled.When I saw it, I could understand.Another doctor told her that Emily’s head was significantly small.He said: ‘She’ll have severe mental retardation. She’ll probably develop epilepsy. She may not walk. She may not talk. She may have difficulty hearing’. This all just came out just like this. He said a few more words and he just left.“He came back into the cubicle and he said: ‘I mean severe retardation, not mild,” she continued.My world just fell apart… I just said: ‘You don’t know. She’s too small. You can’t know all that’.The night of her deathShe described the following years with Emily, including her development of epilepsy and having 30 to 50 small fits a day at one stage.She was asked about the hours leading up to her death on that Saturday.She said she had been off work for six months, but had returned to work shortly before Emily died. The Friday was her second day back.She said that Emily went to sleep around 9 that night and Ms Scully went to sleep in the bed beside her around 11 or 12.“She woke at 2, upset, crying. It was building up to a crescendo,” she recalled.I got her in beside me, massaged her, walked around a bit with her… She liked to have her head in my chest.She said she couldn’t settle her, and she was beginning to cry louder and louder.“I said I’d have to help her rest,” she said.She said she didn’t want to give chloral hydrate, which she kept for emergencies, without having tried other things. She said she gave it to her at that stage and Emily fell asleep.She explained that she had given her a 10ml syringeful, holding one up in the witness box.“I didn’t sleep after that. I cried. I just felt so sorry for the poor little thing,” she said.It was hard to sleep when she’d be in beside you but she just needed warmth.She said that Emily was whimpering in her sleep and woke and again around 6, and was really upset.“She was sort of stiffening a little as well. You might have said she was fitting at the same time,” she said. “She was crying and distressed.”She said that on that night the cry was like that of a baby with colic, who couldn’t be consoled.She said she did all the ordinary things again to try to comfort her.“Ordinary things didn’t do anything for Emily. They wouldn’t stop it. The consultants couldn’t stop it,” she said.I gave her some more chloral hydrate. I think it was about 7 mls.Ms Scully said that she herself had been crying.“I wasn’t able to help her,” she said. “I could cure everybody else and I couldn’t help Emily.”She said that some time after 11am, Emily started to cry loudly again and she had again tried to comfort her.“It was just relentless,” she said. “You’d have a pain in your brain. I was so tired, I thought, what else can I do?“She let out a really odd shout out of her. Her little body arched back,” she said.She really started to stiffen and jerk. The bed was shaking. That wasn’t normal for Emily.Third doseShe said she was subconsciously ticking off all the medicines she couldn’t give her because she couldn’t tolerate them. She said she remembered what a consultant had said said about chloral hydrate being an anticonvulsive, as well as a sedative.“It wasn’t a normal fit. It just wasn’t and it wasn’t stopping,” she continued. “Her little face was contorted. I didn’t know what was going on.”She said she would usually have someone with her when giving chloral hydrate but her partner had gone to her nephew’s memorial service.“I took the bottle with me and I gave her 10 mls and waited a few minutes,” she said. “The seizure continued all the time. You’d think it’s an eternity.”She said the medicine didn’t change it.“That’s what really panicked me,” she said. “After a few minutes, when it was still going, I gave her some more.”She said she thought she gave 5 mls at that stage.“Everything went quiet and her little lips went blue on her little face,” she said.I just took her up in my arms and I just held her and it was just so quiet. I knew she wasn’t breathing. I said: ‘Em, please don’t go’.She said they had always been together.“She was part of me. We went everywhere together. She was the little baby I always wanted,” she said.“I knew what resuscitation was about and Dr Sheridan had said to me years ago about Emily not being for resuscitation,” she said.Her life was miserable at times but we did have some lovely times.She said that when her daughter was gone, she told her she was coming with her.“I fixed her hair and I put her Padre Pio medals beside her,” she said.“Something just happened in my head. I could not let Emily go somewhere else and suffer somewhere else without me being with her to help her,” she said, describing two failed suicide attempts after Emily had passed.Suicide noteHer barrister, Kenneth Fogarty, SC asked about a suicide note she had written that day.He said that, on one reading of it, it might appear that it had come into existence before Emily’s death. She said it had not.“I loved that child more than life itself,” she said. “That letter did not come into existence until afterwards.”She said she was single-minded after Emily had passed.“I needed to get to wherever Emily had gone,” she explained.Tara Burns SC has now begun cross examining Ms Scully will continue that cross examination tomorrow morning before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men.More: Gardaí considered other possible causes of death in case of GP accused of killing daughterRead: Bernadette Scully manslaughter trial hears her care of disabled child was “nothing short of superb” By Natasha Reid Share Tweet Email2 1 Comment http://jrnl.ie/3125973 center_img Bernadette Scully, right, outside court last week Image: Leah Farrell Bernadette Scully, right, outside court last week Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Leah Farrell ‘I just took her up in my arms and held her’: Mother gives evidence about the night her daughter died Bernadette Scully administered multiple doses of chloral hydrate to her 11-year-old daughter Emily. last_img read more

Hellenic Dance back again

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Lessons for the Hellenic Dance Group Norwood kick off again on 15 January and anybody can join. With free lessons, you will learn traditional, folk and modern Greek dances. Dances taught are from all regions including Mainland / Central Greece, Thrace, Peloponnese, Ioanian and Aegean islands, Pontos, Macedonia, Cyprus, Asia Minor, Naousa, Cappadocia, Crete and many more. When: Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Where: 87 Beulah Rd, Norwood, SA. Contact: For more information contact 0434 902 165last_img

Aegean Airlines takes Olympic Air

first_imgThe European Commission has approved Aegean Airlines’ takeover of rival Olympic Air because it thinks Olympic Air cannot survive on its own. This leaves Greece with one single carrier. Competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia says “the merger causes no harm to competition that would not have occurred anyway”. The commission blocked a proposed merger between the two in 2011 over concerns it would dominate the Greek market. Since then, the airlines have cut the number of routes on which they offer competing flights. Almunia said Greece’s government debt crisis caused a 26 per cent fall in passenger traffic out of Athens between 2009 and 2012. A further decline is expected this year. Aegean is buying Olympic from Marfin Investment Group for 72 million euros ($98 million). The acquisition is set to be finalised by October 18. Source: AP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Get a Second Private Secure Phone Line for Just 25

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Public meetings for the week of Feb 19

first_imgMondayPresidents DayTuesdayClark Public Utilities Commission, Education Center, 8600 N.E. 117th Ave. Vancouver.• 9 a.m., commissioners meeting.Regional Health Improvement Plan Council (RHIP Council), Clark College Columbia Tech Center Campus, Room 144, 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.• 9 a.m., regular meeting.Skamania County commissioners, Skamania County Courthouse, 240 N.W. Vancouver Ave., Stevenson.• 9:30 a.m. regular meeting.Clark County Council, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth floor, Vancouver.• 10 a.m., council hearing: request approval of an agreement to represent the county in potential litigation, local agreements, approve Treasurer’s Office to terminate active agreements with WAUSUA Financial Systems Inc related to the Joint Payment Processing Center.• Noon, meeting to discuss State of the County logistics.Educational Service District 112, Educational Service District 112, Columbia Room, 2500 N.E. 65th Ave., Vancouver.• 3 p.m., regular meeting: Agenda includes revision to sick leave and employee classification policies, consideration of proposed 2018-2019 employee work calendar.Behavioral Health Advisory Board, Clark College Main Campus, Scarpelli Hall, Room 214, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.• 4 to 6 p.m., regular meetingCamas City Council, City Hall, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.• 4:30 p.m., workshop: presentations on forms of government, administrative services department level of service and finance service level, Northeast Birch Street 10-minute parking request, Public Works engineering development review and inspection.• 7 p.m., public hearing: helmet requirements.Battle Ground City Council, second floor, City Hall, 109 S.W. First St., Battle Ground.• 6 p.m., study session: sign code.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: city beautification program, intent to annex 4.5 acres on the east side of North Parkway Avenue.Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, FVRLD Operations Center, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd.• 6 p.m., regular meeting: Mall Library Connection Report, purchasing and procurement policy first reading, rules of conduct policy, new resolutions regarding partial rural library district and surplus sale.City of Vancouver Land Use Hearing, council chambers, 415 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.• 6 p.m., public hearing: hearings on Four Seasons Landing subdivision and the Port of Vancouver dredging program.Woodland City Council, Council Chambers, 200 E. Scott Ave., Woodland.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: supporting passage of an ordinance and the adoption of a charter by the Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners re-establishing the Cowlitz County Public Safety Answering Point as an independent public authority, resolution supporting the creation of a Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Economic Development Council, fourth quarter 2017 budget amendments.WednesdayClark County Council, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth floor, Vancouver.• 10:30 a.m., work session: indigent defense.Clark County Council, Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.• 3 p.m., State of the County.Port of Camas-Washougal Commission, 24 S. A St., Washougal.• 5 p.m., regular meeting.La Center City Council and Planning Commission, Public Works office, 305 N.W. Pacific Highway, La Center.• 6 p.m., work session: transportation element of the Capital Facilities Plan.ThursdayVancouver Housing Authority, board room, 2500 Main St., Vancouver.• 1 p.m., special annual meeting: agenda includes reports from the audit and finance committee.Ridgefield City Council, Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield.• 6:30 p.m., regular meeting: permitted overnight camping, complete streets policy, approval of Main Street access interlocal agreement.last_img read more

988 flats for govt officials in current fiscal year

first_imgParliament (Jatiya Sangsad) building. Photo: BSSHousing and public works minister engineer Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday said the government will hand over 988 flats among its officials and employees after construction through two projects during the current fiscal year.“456 flats will be distributed by constructing multi-storied building at Azimpur government colony…and 532 flats at Mothijheel govt colony,” said the minister while responding to a query placed by Feroza Begum Chinu at parliament, reports BSS.The government has already handed over 524 flats among its officials and employees after construction through two projects during the current fiscal year for resolving the housing crisis, he said.Of these flats, 448 flats were handed over among the officials and employees of the parliament secretariat at Sher-e- Bangla Nagar.Another 76 flats were constructed for the justices of the Supreme Court, the minister said.Besides this, the National Housing Authority will construct a total of 279 flats in the city.The construction of those flats will be completed during this year, he added.last_img read more

3 Ways Tech Entrepreneurs Can Help and Grow During a Natural Disaster

first_img 5 min read October 8, 2013 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Disaster is a growth industry — in a good way. Dire circumstances affecting lots of people can be a crucible for the kind of problem-solving and collaboration that can yield long-term entrepreneurial opportunities. That’s because few things highlight unmet needs and important gaps more vividly than disaster.Last month when sudden, severe floods struck Boulder, Colo. and the surrounding area, many local tech startups and professionals leapt into action and started volunteering. And they continue to lend their unique skills to the long-term recovery effort.Here’s what they’re doing and how it might help their business as well as their community:1. Volunteering with tech-focused relief efforts.Volunteers install temporary Wi-Fi at at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, Colo.Image credit: Disaster Tech LabEvert Bopp, founder of Disaster Tech Lab, connected with several eager volunteers when he spoke recently at a biweekly gathering of Boulder’s vibrant tech startup scene. Disaster Tech Lab quickly deploys wireless “mesh networks” to provide local communications, internet access, voice-over-internet (VOIP) phone service and more in disaster-stricken areas. This can help emergency responders and traditional relief organizations work more effectively, as well as help residents connect with their families, insurance companies, and resources for help.In the first days of the Colorado floods, Bopp’s team and equipment arrived in Lyons, Colo. — a town just north of Boulder that was completely cut off when all surrounding roads were destroyed. And he needed more help in the form of volunteers.How can tech professionals and companies benefit from volunteering during disasters? Besides the sheer good of helping people in need, the tech industry particularly thrives on collaboration, innovation, experimentation and strong personal ties.The Disaster Tech Lab crew’s satellite internet connection gear set up for making Skype calls.Image credit: Disaster Tech Lab”Tech-sector folks who volunteer for disaster relief gain a clear picture of acute systemic needs and gaps,” Bopp says. “And they also see quickly which solutions really work — not just locally, but also for major relief organizations, government agencies, utilities, and even the National Guard. Those contacts can lay the groundwork for very lucrative business relationships — or for new products, services or even new companies or nonprofits.”Tech volunteering also can sharpen your business skills. “There are lots of similarities between disaster relief and launching a startup. Talk about instant bootstrapping,” Bopp observed. “Sadly, we’re only going to see more and more natural disasters. People are going to need a lot of help, so why not set up your career and business to do some real good in the world?”2. Building tools and networks for fundraising, coordination and resource sharing. When the Boulder floods hit, Tim O’Shea, a lead organizer for Boulder Startup Week, was slated to attend events for the nearby Denver Startup Week. Instead, he felt compelled to assist local flood relief efforts. He created Boulder Flood Relief, a hub to help people request help with cleaning and rebuilding, and make donations.”We pretty much had to create an instant startup to get this done, and I leveraged all my contacts in the tech community to make it happen and get the word out,” he says.Similarly, in 2010 when a devastating wildfire destroyed many homes in Fourmile Canyon just outside of Boulder, tech entrepreneur Eli Hayes teamed up with local developers to create SparkRelief, a set of mobile-friendly tools to enable resource-sharing for disaster relief. Since then, these tools have been deployed for disaster relief efforts around the world — as well as during the recent Boulder flood. Experience with helping people use technology to work together to survive crises can create a lasting focus on mission which can strengthen any entrepreneurial effort — whether for-profit or nonprofit. And it can also make a strong, positive impression on your community and potential customers.3. Gathering and sharing data to enhance disaster resilience.Disasters can be stark “teachable moments” if people pay close attention to what went wrong, and why.Boulder resident Jeff McWhirter has long been active in civic efforts to mitigate flooding and drainage problems in the southeast corner of Boulder. He’s also a software developer with experience building geoscience applications. During the recent floods he used the open-source data framework he created, Ramadda, to gather and publish local flood-related data and context.McWhirter is building a mobile application powered by Ramadda that will allow neighborhood volunteers to go door-to-door gathering specific information about basement flooding — how much flooding occurred, the source of the water, damage estimates, and more.Once compiled, this data can help residents lobby local governments for more effective stormwater management and flood mitigation measures, which might spare both the city and residents considerable expense and loss in the future.”In our neighborhood of about 400 homes, roughly two thirds were damaged by this flood. That didn’t come out of nowhere — it’s an extreme outcome of a known long-term problem,” McWhirter says. “If we want to convince the city to finally take action, we need uniform, quality data — not just spotty reports.”There’s a real demand for flexible tools to collect structured data — not just in emergencies, but for understanding all sorts of issues, McWhirter says. “So we’ll pilot test this in Boulder, because there’s nothing like eating your own dogfood when you’re building a business.” Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Tens of thousands of Las Vegas casino workers OK strike

first_imgTens of thousands of Las Vegas casino workers OK strike Wednesday, May 23, 2018 By: The Associated Press Tags: Las Vegas, Strike NEVADA — Las Vegas casinos could watch tens of thousands of employees walk off the job for the first time in more than three decades after union members voted to authorize a strike at any time starting June 1, a move that could cripple the city’s world-famous resorts.About 25,000 members of the Culinary Union who work at 34 different casino-resorts across the tourist destination cast ballots in two sessions Tuesday, showing the collective power of the largest labour organization in Nevada. The move hands union negotiators a huge bargaining chip as they work to solidify new five-year contracts.The union last voted for a strike in 2002 but reached a deal before employees walked out. The last strike, in 1984, spanned 67 days and cost the city and workers tens of millions of dollars.The latest strike would mean losing workers with roles critical to making a casino-hotel run: bartenders, housekeepers, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks and other kitchen workers. It would affect properties including Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Stratosphere, The D and El Cortez.It also could cause problems for fans heading to the city to watch the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team play in the Stanley Cup Final in early June, a rare feat for a team in its first year.“I’m here to show the younger generations that this is the way we fight to maintain our jobs, job security, health benefits and to gain a pay raise,” Lewis Thomas, a utility porter at the Tropicana casino-hotel, said. “This will be a wake-up call to let (the companies) know we are together, we are united, we are not separated.”More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsThe contracts of 50,000 unionized workers are set to expire at midnight May 31, and negotiations with individual casino-operating companies have not led to agreements for new terms.Union officials have said they want to increase wages, protect job security against the increasing use of technology at hotel-casinos, and strengthen language against sexual harassment.“We’ve been in negotiations with the companies, and they are not giving the workers what they deserve according to the economy right now,” Geoconda Arguello-Kline, union secretary-treasurer, said after the first voting session. “They are very successful. They have a lot of money.”MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. operate more than half the properties that would be affected by a strike. MGM said it will keep meeting with the union.“A vote such as this is an expected part of the process,” the company said in a statement after results were released. “We are confident that we can resolve the outstanding contract issues and will come to an agreement that works for all sides.”Caesars released a statement late Tuesday saying it expects to reach an agreement with the union “on or about June 1.”Shares of both casinos slid around 2 per cent before the opening bell Wednesday and other gaming-affiliated companies were under pressure as well.Union members enthusiastically gathered Tuesday at the Thomas and Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. They high-fived, took selfies and carried signs urging people to vote.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksBanners outside said, “Show up or give up, security strike vote” amid pro-union chants in English and Spanish. Some workers chanted, “Hey, Caesars, look around, Vegas is a union town” and “No contract, no peace.”Some employees stopped by in their casino-resort uniforms on their way to or from work, while others donned shirts emblazoned with “Vegas Strong” and the union logo.Inside, union organizers verified people were eligible to vote, and workers dropped their paper ballots in numbered boxes.When casino workers across Las Vegas went on a strike in 1984, union members lost an estimated $75 million in wages and benefits and the city lost a similar amount in tourism revenue. Millions more were lost in gambling income.Don Leadbeter, a bellman at the MGM Grand, has worked at Las Vegas casino-hotels for more than four decades and participated in previous strike votes. He said workers this time want to protect their job security and ensure that employers provide training as they adopt more workplace technology.He said bartenders are already using automated systems that could potentially eliminate their jobs, and guests are now able to check in and out of resorts without interacting with front-desk personnel, putting those jobs at risk, too.“I want the companies to open up their eyes and think what’s going to happen if we go on a strike,” Leadbeter said. “That’s a lot of business that’s going to go down.” Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

World Expeditions Franklin River Rafting Named Best River Trip By US

first_imgSource = World Expeditions Leading Australian adventure travel company, World Expeditions, has been named winner of the Best River Trip globally, by Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle magazine.The 2013 Best River Award follows the Franklin being named best whitewater trip in Outside Online 2012 best-of listing.Outside’s Active Travel Award winners were selected by the company’s global network of correspondents, who spent months on the road travelling from the Philippines to Switzerland to Namibia and then some, to report a definitive roundup of the best new adventures, secret paradises and mountain epics. As well as looking at the overall experience, the Outside team took into account the quality of the operating company and the “awe factor” of the trip.   Other finalists included Chile’s Futaleufu River, Zambia’s Zambezi River, the US’s Colorado River, Tibet’s Drigung Chu River, and Peru’s Rio Cotahuasi River. According to World Expeditions’ Domestic General Manager, Chris Buykx, winning the Award is recognition for the long-term sustainability of the Franklin River Rafting trip. “World Expeditions pioneered this wilderness adventure back in 1978 and it’s gone on to become one of the world’s best examples of sustainability in wilderness adventure,” Buykx said.  “The river environment is in better shape now than at any time since they attempted to build the Dam back in 1983.” “The careful stewardship of the Franklin River guiding community has ensured that more than 30 years of commercial rafting operations has effectively left no trace on the wilderness,” he said.The Franklin Award is the second to be awarded to World Expeditions in recent times.  The company also won the Most Amazing Nature Tour, for its Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar trek, in a competition arranged by TourRadar.TourRadar, an on-line social platform for participants in organised group tours, awarded World Expeditions the Most Amazing Tour in the nature category, based on an analysis of what past participants in the trek wrote on-line about their experience.  World Expeditions trekkers raved about the Everest base camp Kala Pattar trek for its spectacular natural beauty and because of the World Expeditions’ itinerary, which allows extra days to ensure there’s time to acclimatize. ……last_img read more

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