Storm to Bring Heavy Rain

first_imgNova Scotians can expect heavy rain and strong winds beginning tonight, Oct. 21, and continuing Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a weather advisory that parts of the province can expect between 50 and 80 millimetres of rain. This could bring localized flooding. “We are asking Nova Scotians to do what they can to prepare for this storm,” said the Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office, Zach Churchill. “Clear your gutters and the path to storm drains, secure any loose items in your yard, and ensure your emergency kit is ready.” Transportation crews have been working non-stop to repair and reinforce infrastructure in Cape Breton after last week’s flooding. Crews will be patrolling during the weekend to monitor roads, bridges and culverts to quickly address any potential issues as a result of rain this weekend. People are also reminded not to drive into flooded roads, obey roadblock signs, stay away from riverbanks and listen to local officials for further instructions. The Emergency Management Office is monitoring weather updates and is ready to respond to any situations that arise. For information and updates visit read more

American Red Cross Launches Auction For Home Fire Safety

first_imgHome fires kill more people in an average year than all domestic natural disasters combined. That’s why The American Red Cross wants to ensure your family knows what to do to stay safe.The American Red Cross has launched an awesome auction to help get the message of fire safety across to everyone. The online auction features a number of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including the chance to meet Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, Elisabeth Rohm, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and many more.The auction can be accessed via CharityBuzz here.The American Red Cross responds to an average of nearly 66,000 disasters each year. The majority of these are home fires. You can change that by following 2 simple steps. Step 1: Practice your 2 minute drill. Make sure you and your family can escape a home fire in under 2 minutes. Step 2: Test your smoke alarm monthly to ensure that you and your family are alerted as soon as a fire is detected.With your donation, the American Red Cross can continue to help those affected by disaster, including home fires, by providing temporary housing, hot meals, financial and emotional support.last_img read more

2018 Juno Awards Winners – Complete List

first_imgAdvertisement Many of the Junos were handed out last night (March 24) at a special gala and dinner. Early winners included the likes of Grimes, A Tribe Called Red, Gord Downie, Kendrick Lamar, Michael Bublé, Do Make Say Think, Fred Penner, Lights, the Glorious Sons, Shawn Mendes and Diana Krall, among others.The Barenaked Ladies were also inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the awards show broadcast, which featured performances from the likes of Arcade Fire, Jessie Reyez and Daniel Caesar.Winners are bolded in the list of nominees below. Children’s album of the yearBig Block Singsong, Greatest Hits, Vol. 3Bobs & Lolo, Blue SkiesWinner: Fred Penner, Hear the MusicSplash ‘N Boots, Love, Kisses and HugsThe Moblees,The Moblees (Songs from the Hit TV Show)Classical album of the year: solo or chamberARC Ensemble, Chamber Works by Szymon LaksDavid Jalbert, Stravinsky & Prokofiev: Transcriptions pour pianoJames Ehnes with Andrew Armstrong, Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 6 & 9 “Kreutzer”Winner: Janina Fialkowska, Chopin Recital 3​Louis Lortie, Louis Lortie Plays Chopin, Vol. 5​Classical album of the year: large ensembleArion Orchestre Baroque, Rebelles BaroquesJames Ehnes with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Beethoven & Schubert: Violin ConcertoWinner: Jan Lisiecki with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Chopin: Works for Piano & OrchestraJohannes Moser with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Elgar & TchaikovskyWinnipeg Symphony Orchestra & Nunavut Sivuniksavut, The Shaman & Arctic Symphony​ Recording engineer of the yearBen Kaplan: “Widowmaker” (Five Alarm Funk, Sweat), “Speak” (Ninjaspy, Spüken)Eric Ratz: “Knocking at the Door” (Arkells, Morning Report), “My Little RnR” (Danko Jones, Wild Cat)Gus van Go: “Paradise” (Terra Lightfoot, New Mistakes), “Boys Like You” (Whitehorse, Panther in the Dollhouse)Winner: Riley Bell: “Get You” feat. Kali Uchis, “We Find Love” (Daniel Caesar, Freudian)​Shawn Everett: “Slip Away” (Perfume Genius, No Shape), “Pain” (The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding)Album artwork of the yearCatherine Lepage & Simon Rivest (art directors) (Arcade Fire, Everything Now)Geneviève Lapointe (art director), Martin Tremblay (photographer) (The Lost Fingers, Coconut Christmas)Jean-Sébastien Denis (art director, illustrator), Ian Ilavsky (designer), Guy L’Heureux (photographer) (Esmerine, Mechanics of Dominion)Keavan Yazdani (art direction, photographer), Sean Brown (designer), Eric Lachance (illustrator) (Daniel Caesar, Freudian)​Winner: Marianne Collins (art director, illustrator), Ian Ilavsky (designer), Steve Farmer (photographer) (Do Make Say Think, Stubborn Persistent Illusions)Video of the yearChristopher Mills, “Leaving the Table” (Leonard Cohen)Emma Higgins, “The Drugs” (Mother Mother)Winner: Claire Boucher, “Venus Fly” (Grimes)Peter Huang, “Gatekeeper” (Jessie Reyez)​Shane Cunningham and Mark Myers, “Knocking at the Door” (Arkells)Electronic album of the yearBlue Hawaii, TendernessCRi, Someone ElseDabin, Two HeartsKid Koala feat. Emilíana Torrini, Music to Draw to: Satellite​Winner: Rezz, Mass ManipulationMetal/hard music album of the yearWinner: Anciients, Voice of the VoidArchspire, Relentless MutationLonghouse, II: VanishingMetz, Strange Peace​Striker, StrikerAdult contemporary album of the yearAlysha Brilla, RootedJohnny Reid, RevivalWinner: Michael Bublé, Nobody But MeNuela Charles, The Grand HustleThe Tenors, Christmas TogetherComedy album of the yearCharlie Demers, FatherlandDJ Demers, [Indistinct Chatter]Winner: Ivan Decker, I Wanted to be a DinosaurK. Trevor Wilson, Sorry! (A Canadian Album)Rebecca Kohler, In Living KohlerHumanitarian AwardGary SlaightInternational Achievement AwardArcade FireWalt Grealis Special Achievement AwardDenise DonlonList courtesy of CBC Juno Fan Choice AwardAlessia CaraArkellsJessie ReyezJustin BieberShawn HookWinner: Shawn MendesThe WeekndTheory​Walk Off the Earth​​​Single of the yearAlessia Cara, “How Far I’ll Go”Arcade Fire, “Everything Now”Arkells, “Knocking at the Door”The Weeknd, “I Feel it Coming”​Winner: Shawn Mendes, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ me Back” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Classical album of the year: vocal or choralWinner: Barbara Hannigan with Ludwig Orchestra, Crazy Girl CrazyDaniel Taylor with the Trinity Choir, The Tree of LifeGerald Finley with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, In the Stream of Life: Songs by SibeliusIsabel Bayrakdarian with Coro Vox Aeterna, Mother of Light: Armenian Hymns & Chants in Praise of Mary​Philippe Sly & John Charles Britton, Schubert Sessions: Lieder with Guitar​Classical composition of the yearAlice Ping Yee Ho, Cœur à CœurAndrew Staniland, Phi, CaelestisJames Rolfe, BreatheWinner: Jocelyn Morlock, My Name is Amanda Todd​Vincent Ho, The Shaman​​Rap recording of the yearBelly, Mumble RapClairmont the Second, Lil Mont From the AveLou Phelps, 001: ExperimentsMaestro Fresh Wes, Coach Fresh​Winner: Tory Lanez, ShootersDance recording of the yearDVBBS feat. Gia Koka & CMC$, Not Going HomeFelix Cartal, Get What You GiveKAPRI, DeeperWinner: Nick Fioricci feat. Laurell, Closer​Sultan + Shepard feat. Nadia Ali & Iro, Almost HomeR&B/soul recording of the yearWinner: Daniel Caesar, FreudianJahkoy, Foreign WaterJessie Reyez, KiddoJhyve, Human​Keshia Chanté, Unbound 01Reggae recording of the yearAmmoye, The LightBlessed, Hold up Slow DownEyesus, Neva JudgeWinner: Kirk Diamond, Greater​Kreesha Turner & K’Coneil, Love How You WhineIndigenous music album of the yearWinner: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Medicine SongsDJ Shub, PowWowStepIndian City, Here & NowIskwé, The Fight Within​Kelly Fraser, Sedna​ Login/Register With: Country album of the yearDean Brody, Beautiful FreakshowHigh Valley, Dear LifeWinner: James Barker Band, Game OnJess Moskaluke, Past the Past​​Tim Hicks, Shake These WallsAdult alternative album of the yearWinner: Gord Downie, Introduce YerselfLeif Vollebekk, Twin SolitudeTerra Lightfoot, New MistakesTimber Timbre, Sincerely, Future Pollution​​Whitehorse, Panther in the DollhouseAlternative album of the yearWinner: Alvvays, AntisocialitesArcade Fire, Everything NowLand of Talk, Life After YouthTanya Tagaq, Retribution​​Weaves, Wide OpenPop album of the yearWinner: Lights, Skin & EarthRia Mae, My LoveRuth B, Safe Haven​Scott Helman, Hȏtel de Ville Contemporary roots album of the yearAmelia Curran, WatershedWinner: Bruce Cockburn, Bone on BoneBuffy Sainte-Marie, Medicine SongsThe Jerry Cans, InuusiqThe Weather Station, The Weather Station​Traditional roots album of the yearCassie and Maggie, The Willow CollectionCòig, RoveJayme Stone, Jayme Stone’s FolklifeWinner: The Dead South, Illusion & DoubtThe East Pointers, What We Leave Behind​Blues album of the yearBig Dave McLean, Better the Devil You KnowDownchild, Something I’ve DoneWinner: MonkeyJunk, Time to RollSteve Strongman, No Time Like Now​Williams, Wayne and Isaak, Big City, Back Country BluesContemporary Christian/gospel album of the yearJon Neufeld, We are FreeLove & the Outcome, These Are the DaysManafest, StonesMatt Maher, Echoes​Winner: The Color, First Day of my LifeWorld music album of the yearAutorickshaw, MeterBattle of Santiago, La Migra​Beny Esguerra and New Tradition, A New Tradition Vol. 2: Return of the KUISi​Briga, Femme​Winner: Kobo Town, Where the Galleon Sank​​​​Jack Richardson Producer of the Year AwardBrian Howes & Jason Van Poederooyen: “The Drugs” (co-producer Ryan Guldemond) (Mother Mother, No Culture)Winner: Diana Krall: “L-O-V-E,” “Night and Day” (co-producer Tommy Lipuma) (Diana Krall, Turn Up the Quiet)Felix Cartal: “Get What You Give” (Felix Cartal, Get What You Give), “Drifting Away” (Felix Cartal, Drifting Away)Jordan Evans & Matthew Burnett: “Get You” feat. Kali Uchis, “We Find Love” (Daniel Caesar, Freudian)​Thomas “Tawgs” Salter: “PDA” (Scott Helman, Hȏtel de Ville) Rock album of the yearBig Wreck, Grace StreetDeath From Above, Outrage! Is NowNickelback, Feed the MachineWinner: The Glorious Sons, Young Beauties and Fools​Theory, Wake up CallVocal jazz album of the yearBria Skonberg, With a TwistWinner: Diana Krall, Turn up the QuietKellylee Evans, Come OnMatt Dusk, Old School Yule!Michael Kaeshammer, No FilterJazz album of the year: soloBrad Cheeseman, The Tide TurnsChet Doxas, Rich in SymbolsHilario Durán, ContumbaoWinner: Mike Downes, Root Structure​​Ralph Bowen, Ralph BowenJazz album of the year: groupAndrew Downing’s Otterville, Otterville​Carn Davidson 9, MurphyChristine Jensen & Ingrid Jensen, InfinitudeWinner: David Braid, Mike Murley, Anders Mogensen & Johnny Aman, The North​​Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop, Rev​Instrumental album of the yearWinner: Do Make Say Think, Stubborn Persistent IllusionsFive Alarm Funk, SweatKristofer Maddigan, Cuphead​Oktopus, Hapax​Peregrine Falls, Peregrine Falls​​​Francophone album of the yearAlex Nevsky, Nos EldoradosWinner: Daniel Bélanger, Paloma​Klȏ Pelgag, L’étoile thoraciquePatrice Michaud, Almanach​​​​​Pierre Lapointe, La science du coeur​​ International album of the yearBruno Mars, 24K MagicEd Sheeran, DivideWinner: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.Post Malone, Stoney​Taylor Swift, ReputationAlbum of the yearWinner: Arcade Fire, Everything NowJohnny Reid, RevivalMichael Bublé, Nobody But MeRuth B, Safe Haven​Shania Twain, NowRelated:All the best, weirdest, wildest, funniest things we overheard at the 2018 JunosArtist of the yearDaniel CaesarWinner: Gord DownieLightsRuth B​Shania Twain​Group of the yearWinner: A Tribe Called RedAlvvaysArcade FireBroken Social Scene​ Advertisement Breakthrough artist of the yearAllan RaymanCharlotte CardinWinner: Jessie Reyez​NAV​​​Virginia to Vegas​Breakthrough group of the yearJames Barker BandWinner: The BeachesThe Dead SouthThe Franklin Electric​The Jerry CansSongwriter of the yearAmelia Curran: “Come Back For Me,” “Watershed,” “Try” (Amelia Curran, Watershed)Charlotte Cardin: “Main Girl,” “Paradise Motion,” “The Kids” (Charlotte Cardin, Main Girl)Winner: Gord Downie and Kevin Drew: “A Natural,” “Introduce Yerself,” “The North” (Gord Downie, Introduce Yerself)Rose Cousins: “Chosen,” “Grace” (co-songwriter Mark Erelli), “White Flag” (co-songwriter KS Rhoads) (Rose Cousins, Natural Conclusion)Scott Helman: “21 Days” (co-songwriters Simon Wilcox, Thomas “Tawgs” Salter, Michael J. Wise, Ron Lopata), “It’s Kinda Complicated” (co-songwriters Thomas “Tawgs” Salter, Todd Clark, Ron Lopata), “PDA” (co-songwriters Simon Wilcox, Thomas “Tawgs” Salter, Ron Lopata) (Scott Helman, Hȏtel de Ville) Twitterlast_img read more

PM briefs premiers on NAFTA developments as more ministers bound for US

first_imgOTTAWA – As negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement falter, the Trudeau government is expecting premiers and federal cabinet ministers to fan out across the United States to push the merits of the trilateral trade pact.Federal cabinet ministers will be heading south in the coming days to continue their full-court press for the deal, following the end of the fourth round of NAFTA talks that saw American negotiators drop bombshell proposals on dairy, autos and other issues that Ottawa views as non-starters.Transport Minister Marc Garneau will attend Friday’s meeting of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence governors and premiers in Windsor and Detroit.Government officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the trade talks, say these moves are not a just a response to the latest round of talks, which exposed massive gaps between American bargaining positions and those of Canada and Mexico.They say the effort has been long planned as part of a co-ordinated attempt to reach out to U.S. lawmakers, using premiers and cabinet ministers to target key states.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., briefed the premiers on the latest NAFTA developments during a first ministers meeting two weeks ago.“It’s in everyone’s interest to continue the outreach that has been ongoing,” said one source.“I think the provinces and territories understand that as much as we do, which is why we’ve seen a strong level of engagement on their part.”Later this month, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will use a meeting of the Toronto Global Forum to meet Florida Gov. Rick Scott.“In the face of the NAFTA renegotiations and U.S. protectionism, our partnerships are demonstrating that free trade benefits businesses and workers on both sides of the border,” Wynne says in a statement promoting the conference.Earlier this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dispatched 11 cabinet ministers to key U.S. states to make the case for NAFTA and to keep people and goods flowing over the border.Their key talking point is that 35 U.S. states call Canada their top customer, while nine million Americans depend on trade with Canada for their jobs.Those efforts continued on Wednesday when Freeland met in Washington with Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who has been highly critical of Trump.In the coming days, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan is to travel to North Carolina to meet politicians and academics.In November, MacNaughton and Andrew Leslie, Freeland’s parliamentary secretary on U.S. relations, are to attend the Halifax Security Forum in anticipation of meeting Sen. John McCain.Garneau’s visit to the Friday meetings in Detroit and Windsor will have him in the company of several key U.S. politicians, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan.Wisconsin was the setting for some of Donald Trump’s harshest anti-Canadian trade rhetoric when he criticized Canadian dairy policies for hurting mid-western farmers.This week, U.S. negotiators called for an end to Canada’s supply management system for dairy, chicken, eggs and turkey within the next decade.On auto parts, the U.S. also tabled a proposal for all cars to have 50 per cent U.S. content to avoid a tariff. The U.S. has requested this policy be phased in within one year, which automakers call impossible.Government officials say they are noticing how U.S. business and labour groups are starting to speak out in support of NAFTA and its economic benefits. They point to warnings coming from prominent business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that tearing up NAFTA would be bad for the economy.last_img read more

Poorest big US city endorses predictable work schedules

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The poorest big city in the United States has passed legislation that will ensure fast-food, retail and hospitality workers will know when they’ll work and how much they’ll work.Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym introduced and championed the measure approved Thursday. She says it will affect about 130,000 hourly workers in retail, food service and hospitality.Workers say that without predictable schedules, they can’t budget or make plans like doctor’s appointments, and it keeps them in a cycle of poverty.The bill includes provisions for advance notice of schedules, a path to more hours of work, compensation for last-minute schedule changes, and protections from retaliation.Opponents say the measure will hurt growth and tourism.Philadelphia is now the second-biggest U.S. city, after New York, to approve a scheduling law.The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgFew, if any, racecourses in the world will compare with the scenic beauty of the lush greens laid out by Royal Calcutta Turf Club. Nestling in the heart of busy urban Kolkata, it has oft been called the ‘lungs of the city’ – particularly for its unending expanse of greenery, punctuated with the magnificent Victoria Memorial as backdrop. Walking through the turf, one can almost hear gentle whispers pouring through the swaying grass – once the land of the reigning monarchs of colonial Britain, it has been home to many a lineage that has embraced the City of Joy as its very own, gracing the turf to watch the ‘sport of kings’ from the stands that remain tall even today. Also Read – Remembering Sudhir PhadkeRoyal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC), founded in 1847 in Calcutta, British India, had been the country’s premier horse racing organisation during British Raj. In fact, at one time, it was the governing body for almost all racecourses in the subcontinent, defining and applying the rules that governed the sport. 1847 was a milestone year for Calcutta, as the establishment of Calcutta Turf Club lent wings to the city’s bustling racing scene. The club fulfilled important roles in regulating the protection and promotion of racing and the turf in Calcutta. Elections to the club were conducted on ballot and a committee of five was appointed to manage the club’s everyday affairs. Also Read – YOUR HEALTHY FESTIVE PALATECalcutta, the first centre in the subcontinent, hosted a Derby race called the Calcutta Derby Stakes in 1842, with a prize of Rs 5,000 for the winner – a lofty sum for that time. During its heyday, the races it organised were among the most important social events of the calendar, opened by the Viceroy of India. There appeared in Calcutta in 1860 a man who was responsible, more than any other, for the birth of a remarkable new era in the life of Calcutta racing. For the next 25 years, Lord Ulrich Browne, ICS, was to dominate the racing scene in the same way as Admiral Rous influenced English racing at about the same period. By this time, the stature of Calcutta Turf Club had gained renown. By 1889, its jurisdiction extended to all courses of India, excepting Bombay, Pune, Karachi and Khelapur, which raced under Bombay, and there were as many as 52 courses in India (and Burma) at that time. The appointment in 1908 of a stipendiary, for the first time in India, was also an innovation of Calcutta Turf Club. In the same year, Maharaja Dhiraja Sri Bijoy Chand Mahtab of Burdwan became the first Indian to be elected to the full membership of the club. In due course, his son, Sri Uday Chand Mahtab, was also extended full membership, among other important personalities such as Sir Biren Mukherjee and Sachin Chowdhury (later Finance Minister, Govt. of India). Thereafter, in 1912, came the granting of the appellation ‘Royal’ to the title of the Club, following King George V’s second visit to the Calcutta Races. The extensive stands of the Calcutta Race Course, white amidst lush green open space, have a special charm. Away on the horizon rest the high-rise city buildings and, nearer, the white marble grandeur of Victoria Memorial sitting in its well-planted park. This magnificent edifice stands sentinel as it did in the year when Calcutta Races was honoured by the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – on which occasion, she presented her own trophy, which she continues to donate every year. RCTC has been graced by the visit of a galaxy of dignitaries. In earlier days, Viceroys and Governor Generals, with the exception of Lord Wellesley, were active patrons of racing in Calcutta. The visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in February 1961 has been the greatest event in the history of RCTC. A race was run in her honour and she presented the first Queen Elizabeth II Cup. Every year since, a new cup is sent from Buckingham Palace to Calcutta. On a brilliant sunlit February afternoon, there is a confluence of history, heritage, tradition and sport at Royal Calcutta Turf Club as Queen Elizabeth II Cup takes centre-stage. Not many races in the Indian racing calendar can compare with this prestigious event which dates back to 1856, when it was run for the very first time as the Governor General’s Plate. Buckingham Palace sends the cup to the winner from Her Majesty. The racecourse today has three viewing stands. The main pavilion has three tiers, with elaborate turrets and railings of wrought iron. Across the grounds from the stand, to the east of the racecourse, is Victoria Memorial, a marble monument dedicated to Queen Victoria. The stand is now open to all members of the public. The public can buy tickets to attend the races. RCTC, today, has around 400 horses that are well-maintained and trained. The Centre’s move in to impose 28 per cent GST could kill the sport. When it comes to the horse racing industry, many believe that the sport is cash-rich and an absolute display of luxury, given the fact that it is only the ones with deep purses who can afford these beautiful thoroughbreds. The Supreme Court had said racing is a game of skill and is not simple gambling. Punters have been affected and their investments have lessened. The livelihood of people surviving and sustaining their families in this industry has been threatened. This move perhaps nourishes the illegal quarters which run parallel with the totalisators and official bookmakers. The ground reality and outcome sadly is still far away from the objective. In fact, today, the very existence of horse racing in India is under serious threat with the Centre’s decision to impose 28 per cent GST on betting, virtually dragging the sport to its knees. From July 2017, the slide began and, since then, collections have gone just one way – spiralling downward. In 2016-2017, Gross Collection on Race Betting in India was Rs 3,954 crore. In 2018-2019, it will not even cross Rs 1,900 crore. Turf authorities, in an impassioned plea to the government, have done all they can to highlight the plight that threatens to throw the ‘sport of kings’ off the rails. However, Turf Club is a premier club in the country with a major centre of interest. Royal Calcutta Turf Club continues to glorify the city’s, and indeed, the country’s, rich heritage and will do so in the years to come. While changing taxation dynamics are imperative for a growing country, they can never come at the cost of an industry – particularly one that is so intrinsically linked to heritage and historic livelihoods.last_img read more

Labour Studies prof lauded by students for teaching approach

Simon Black just got a big nod of approval from his students.The assistant professor in the Department of Labour Studies was recently honoured with a Teaching Excellence Award by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) after being nominated by Brock students.The OUSA annually presents Teaching Excellence Awards to educators who excel at unlocking the potential of Ontario’s young people.All professors who receive the honour are from the OUSA’s member campuses and have been nominated by students from their respective schools.“It’s particularly special to be recognized by students,” says Black. “We have wonderful, passionate, committed students here at Brock, and it’s an honour to have the opportunity to engage with them in the classroom and in the university community more broadly.”The teaching award is the second Black has received this school year. In December, he received the Don Ursino Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Large Classes, presented annually by the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) to an outstanding teacher who demonstrates commitment to the improvement of student learning in a large class.Two teaching awards in such a short span of time is a noteworthy accomplishment for any professor, but rings particularly true for Black who is only in his sixth year of teaching at the university level.“On behalf of the Faculty of Social Sciences, I would like to congratulate Professor Black on this remarkable achievement and thank him for his dedication to teaching excellence,” says Ingrid Makus, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. “He exemplifies our commitment to providing students with an outstanding experience both inside and outside the classroom.”Black views his students both as learners and as engaged citizens. He focuses his teaching practice on three key commitments: an emphasis on active learning, the creation of a learning environment that is inclusive and empowering, and ongoing efforts to become a stronger and more effective educator.“As a teacher and a scholar, I am in the process of becoming,” says Black. He therefore tries to refine and improve his pedagogical practice “through engagement with research on teaching and learning, creating spaces for informal student feedback, and through critical reflection on my teaching philosophy and its actualization in the classroom.”Inspired by scholar bell hooks, whose beliefs about education Black keeps posted in his office, Black asserts that education is “the practice of freedom, and the classroom is a space of transformation.”“That’s why teaching is rooted in hopefulness. And my hope for a better world emerges, in part, from the classroom.”Black is also quick to point out that his efforts in the area of teaching are well supported at Brock.“I’d like to shout out the valuable supports for teaching at Brock, especially CPI and Experiential Education,” he says. “These folks have made me a better teacher and I’ll continue to learn from them.” read more

Medical Council to probe death of children at GPHC

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDeaths of children at GPHC…Guyana Medical Council concludes probe into doctors’ conductMay 12, 2019In “Health”Deaths of 3 children at GPHC: 6 months after, Medical Council still to decide on fate of doctorsJuly 9, 2019In “latest news”Medical practitioners responsible for deaths of leukemia patients still employedMarch 25, 2019In “Crime” The Medical Council of Guyana – a regulatory body – will be launching an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of three juvenile cancer patients at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).GPHC recently concluded its own probe into the matter, which found that the medical personnel did not follow the established protocol in administering drugs to the three children, who died earlier this year.“We have not received the report but we have asked for the report from GPHC and we are expecting that soon…there has to be certain investigation I would believe because on our part we still have to look into the matter,” explained Dr Navin Rambarran, Chairman of the Council.Parents and other activists have been calling for the suspension of medical licenses from those doctors responsible for the deaths of seven-year-old Curwayne Edwards on January 14 and three-year-old Roshini Seegobin on January 18 and six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca on January 24.Family members of little Mendonca has since indicated their intention to sue the GPHC. read more

Bank of Guyana report Balance of Payment deficit widens

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIncreasing balance of payments deficit worrying- AliAugust 15, 2018In “Business”$171B in taxes collected for 2017May 7, 2018In “Business”Govt taxation strangles struggling economy – AliAugust 19, 2019In “Business” . as exports show 4.4% decline for 2018The Bank of Guyana’s recently released annual report has shown that while the Government has optimistic projections for next year, the Balance of Payment deficit and export earnings for the previous year continue to be a source of worry.According to the figures provided by the bank, the overall Balance of Payment deficit widened due to a relatively larger current account deficit.Speaking with<<<>>>, Financial Analyst Sasenarine Singh said this is a clear sign that Guyana is stricken by a crisis of confidence as the export sector implodes. The report notes that while the overall deficit in 2018 is US$132.2 million, this is 90 per cent deterioration from 2017 when it was at $69.5 million. According to the report, the current account deficit worsened to US$679.7 million in 2018 from a deficit of US$297.2 million in the previous year. Singh’s stated principle reason for this is the state of the export sector.The report stated that exports declined by 4.4 per cent. This is an equivalent of US$63.6 million to US$1,373.8 million. The report explained that revenue from sugar, rice, timber and gold declined by 44.1 per cent, 7.5 per cent, 6.9 per cent and 6.2 per cent respectively. Both the decline in exports and the average export price was cited in the case of sugar.But Singh also pointed to the decline of exports from the fish and shrimp industry, which was down 2.5 per cent; exports of fruits and vegetables were down; pharmaceutical exports were also down; diamond exports were down; and molasses exports collapsed. Singh said, “this is the story of Guyana, the export sector is in a tailspin and yet, we are in April 2019 and we cannot hear one word of a coordinated set of policy measures to stem this implosion in the export sector”.“Sugar export earnings amounted to US$27.1 million, 44.1 per cent less than the 2017 earnings. This outturn was attributed to a 28.0 per cent decline in the volume of sugar exported as well as a decline in the average export price… the volume of sugar exported amounted to 77,796 metric tonnes or 30,191 metric tonnes less than the level exported in 2017,” the report states.The sole bright spots were bauxite and other exports, which actually increased by 22.6 and 1.0 per cent respectively. Bauxite export earnings totalled US$128.2 million, 22.6 per cent above the 2017 level. And meanwhile, other exports include commodities like rum.“The capital account surplus resulted from higher inflows to the Private Sector in the form of FDIs and to the Non-Financial Public Sector in the form of disbursements,” the report also states. This, Singh highlighted, is mainly as a result of the oil investments, which are nothing other than a book entry when it comes to Guyana because the bulk of that investment does not directly impact the local economy, but those countries that are building the machinery and equipment needed out there in the sea. The Dutch, for example, are building the FPSO to temporarily store the crude oil.  That is where those dollars will end up, in Holland, after just passing through the Guyanese books for bookkeeping purposes. Singh asks what good is that for the well-being of the locals?  Where are the hundreds of oil jobs from these billion-dollar investments?”According to the report, the overall deficit was financed from the gross foreign reserves of the Bank of Guyana and debt forgiveness. It noted that Guyana’s entire international reserves were equivalent to approximately 2.3 months of import cover.“The total volume of foreign exchange transactions increased by 19.6 per cent to US$8,548.1 million… the market was impacted by increases in transactions in most segments – licensed bank and non-bank cambios, as well as hard currency and foreign currency accounts.”The Balance of Payment tables in the report contains statistical data on a country’s fiscal transactions, including imports and exports. To record a deficit, Guyana would, therefore, have had to spend more on imports, among other things, that is derived from exports.The parliamentary Opposition had previously expressed concern over the increasing deficit in the country’s balance of payments, which it had said would continue to have serious implications for the local economy. read more

Vendor arraigned for murder of Timehri teen

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSoesdyke man to face High Court trial for alleged murder of teenAugust 19, 2019In “Court”Son killed, father, stepmother injured during brawl with othersApril 19, 2019In “Crime”Vendor granted bail on attempted murder chargeDecember 21, 2018In “Court” A vendor was on Thursday arraigned for the murder of 18-year-old David Toney of Alliance Road, Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD), who was fatally stabbed on Saturday last at the Timehri Docks.Rickland Bovell, of Swan Village, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, was not required to plead to the indictable charge when it was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The Police stated that on April 19, 2019 at the Timehri Docks, Bovell murdered Toney.The court heard that on the day in question, about 03:30h, the accused was engaged in an argument with the victim and his parents over non-payment for cabbage.During the argument, the accused pulled out a knife from his pants waist and stabbed the victim.However, it was also reported contrarily that the now dead teen intervened in an argument between his father, Mark Toney, and a group of men.The argument had reportedly stemmed from the packing of cabbage into a truck at the Timehri Wharf. The argument reportedly escalated into a scuffle and it was then both the young man and his father, along with his stepmother, were injured.The young man attempted to run, but collapsed a short distance away. He sustained at least three stab wounds to his abdomen and chest.His father was stabbed to his back and his stepmother to the left hip and left shoulder. They were taken to the Diamond hospital where they were treated and sent away.The young man’s body was removed some five hours after the stabbing incident and taken to the Lyken Funeral Home.After committing the act, the accused had fled the scene, but had been later arrested and charged.The accused was remanded to prison until his next court appearance set for May 15, 2019. read more

2YO feared dead after reportedly falling into canal

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBody of 44-yr-old New Amsterdam man fished out of Mazaruni riverNovember 7, 2016In “Local News”Mother of kidnapped 8-year-old begging for her return, implicates grandmotherFebruary 9, 2018In “Crime”Losing a Child…May 12, 2019In “Featured” A two-year-old girl of Charity Squatting Area, Essequibo Coast has gone missing, after she was left unattended at her home near a landing on Thursday morning.Samantha Layne had taken her daughter, Zaverha France to the landing to bathe sometime between 09:00hrs and 09:30hrs.However, the mother changed her mind and took the little girl back inside the house, which is located a short distance away from the landing.INews understands that the mother proceeded to her chores but within minutes, she realised that the child was nowhere to be seen.It is suspected that the little girl ventured out to the landing, where she fell overboard.A search party immediately went into action but up to press time, the body was not recovered. read more

Woman survives fall over Tumatumari Waterfall

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedZeelugt fisherman drowns in Waini RiverNovember 12, 2017In “Local News”UPDATE: Lethem woman died due to fractured skull, blunt force trauma to head – post mortem revealsFebruary 21, 2017In “Crime”Nabaclis murder: Wife suffered years of abuseAugust 23, 2019In “Crime” A woman has survived a fall over the Tumatumari Waterfall at Region Eight, following a boat mishap which occurred Wednesday morning.Reports are that the woman, along with a male companion, were in their private boat when it capsized, causing her to fall overboard.As the male managed to make it to shore safely, the woman had disappeared.A report was subsequently made to the police for assistance in locating the woman’s body, and after many hours had passed, it was feared that she had drowned.However, to many persons’ surprise, the woman was seen by villagers later in the evening, walking back to her village.According to Commander of “F” Division, Kevin Adonis, the woman swam her way to safety.She was subsequently taken to the hospital in that area to receive treatment for the minor injuries she sustained. read more

OPINION Eyewitness The ambiguity continues…

…on electionsThe long-anticipated ruling by CJ Roxane George on the H2H Registration challenges was a bit of a downer to your Eyewitness. In trying to give something to each of the parties – the Govt, the Opposition and GECOM – she didn’t quite come off as Solomonic as your Eyewitness had hoped. As a result, it was the poor baby – in this case, our Constitution – that came out the worse for wear. Without citing all the cited Articles and their clauses, what was the gravamen (to filch a legal phrase) of the cases??The Constitution always had the stipulation that, after a successful NCM, elections had to be held in 3 months. After the NCM was passed on Dec 21 2018, the PRO of GECOM announced they’d be getting ready to have elections by March 21. Yet, for reasons well ventilated in the public sphere – mainly having to do with foot dragging by Granger’s hand-picked Chairman, James Patterson – GECOM didn’t do a damn thing, even after the same CJ ruled that the NCM was validly passed.Further appeals by the Govt – having nothing to do with GECOM, but on mathematical esoterica – placed the clock on hold; but nothing prevented GECOM from getting their systems in place to meet any new 3-month deadline when the clock started ticking again.At this time, their major time cruncher was preparing an updated Official List of Electors (OLE), which is extracted from the NRR. There were two options: a claims- and-objections programme using the OLE from the just concluded LGE, or H2H. The first would take two months, while the second a year at least!! The Government, however, insisted that the OLE was “bloated” by some 200,000 names, and this could be rectified only by a H2H exercise.It was against this background that Patterson decided to initiate H2H Registration. Soon after, he was declared by the CCJ to have been illegally appointed and the NCM validly passed. And we arrive at the present decision by the CJ, in which she, like the CCJ, insisted on using Gnomic rather than plain, unambiguous language. And so left the political pot boiling like molten lava as before.Why couldn’t she say clearly that while she can’t order an exact DATE, GECOM must use a method of creating a list to meet, as closely as possible, the three-month parameter of Sept 18, after the clock started ticking again on June 18??Didn’t she realise we aren’t dealing with persons of integrity, as the CCJ presumed when they pointed out that the 3-month deadline for elections after an NCM needed no “gloss”?Fortunately, Claudette Singh cannot be Gnomic!!…on “top schools”While the announcement of the CSEC and CAPE results were overshadowed by the goings on over at the High Court, they still gave your Eyewitness that frisson of excitement to see our youths can still be motivated to achieve set goals. He’s constantly in trepidation that the Americanisation of mores that make young people so blasé might have reached our shores. He’s still in awe of our sixteen-year-olds writing TWENTY subjects at CSEC and succeeding with all grade ones!!But two things made this year’s results more interesting. First, three of the top students are drawn from hinterland communities… and, more than anything else, he believes this will be the start of the deconstruction of the persistent notion in coastlanders that our hinterland folks aren’t quite “with it”. Of course, they are, but these results are proof of the pudding!The second point is the performance of regional schools! They’re edging out the “premier” schools in G/town, even though the latter get the “cream” of each crop!The times are a changin’…in WI cricketThe times are a changin’ in cricket also. With Test cricket fighting to stay relevant by bringing in a two-year championship format, the T-20 format is still setting the pace.But whither the WI Team? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOPINION: Eyewitness: Picking senseJune 26, 2019In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: Jooking…February 5, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”OPINION: EYEWITNESS: False…September 10, 2019In “latest news” read more

CJIA air bridges temporarily suspended

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCJIA puts its boarding facilities to the testJune 29, 2018In “latest news”CJIA expansion:$346.5M being sought for 2 more air bridgesApril 28, 2018In “Business”Patterson says CJIA’s new arrival building to be completed in JuneApril 25, 2018In “Business” The Passengers Boarding Bridges at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has been temporarily suspended to facilitate additional works under the expansion project.The announcement was made by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure which said the works will be completed “within the shortest possible time”.This is not the first time that air bridges at CJIA are not functioning.In May, despite the millions of dollars in improvements being made at CJIA, passengers on social media vented their frustration as they were forced to use the tarmac after one of the airport’s air bridges malfunctioned. read more

Rio Tinto provides funding for Australias first automation course

first_imgRio Tinto has welcomed the introduction of Australia’s first nationally recognised qualifications in automation at the South Metropolitan TAFE Technical and Further Education institution, in Fremantle, Western Australia.The course will provide workers in the resources sector and others looking to join it, with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in an increasingly science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based industry, the miner said.“The new certificate courses, the first to provide education pathways to jobs in the area of autonomous operations, are the result of an historic collaboration between Western Australia’s resources sector including Rio Tinto, South Metropolitan TAFE and the Western Australian Government,” Rio said.The courses have been developed over the last year and are now accredited by the Training Accreditation Council (WA), with Rio contributing up to A$2 million ($1.37 million) to development of the new qualifications.A Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations will be introduced to TAFE curriculum and piloted by a group of Rio Tinto’s iron ore workforce from August, Rio said. It will also be piloted for Year 11 and 12 students in selected high schools across the state.A Working Effectively in an Automated Workplace micro-credential course for trade-qualified, apprentices and technicians will also be available, according to Rio, which said a Certificate IV in Remote Centre Operations was also in development.Rio Tinto Iron Ore Chief Executive, Chris Salisbury (pictured furthest right), said: “Australia’s workforce is in the midst of an important shift, as innovation and technology create new business models across all industries. Mining has moved to become a genuine leader in innovative technology and we recognise the critical need to provide effective education programmes and opportunities to help our people succeed in this new era.“We believe these courses will make a long-lasting and positive difference to the lives of many Australians. It will help ensure our industry remains globally competitive and is a leader in innovative technology.”last_img read more

Macmahon buys GBF bolsters underground business

first_imgMacmahon Holdings in a widely expected move has announced it has executed a binding agreement to acquire 100% of GF Holdings (WA) Pty Ltd and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as the GBF Underground Mining Group) (GBF).The purchase price will comprise an upfront component reflecting an enterprise value of circa A$48 million, and two further earn-out payments which are subject to GBF achieving agreed performance hurdles in the next two financial years.“The acquisition of GBF is consistent with Macmahon’s strategy of growing capability and scale in its underground division to capitalise on the significant level of underground opportunities that Macmahon is seeing with its current and potential clients.”Macmahon Chief Executive Officer Michael Finnegan said GBF’s capability and track record, combined with Macmahon’s financial strength and client reach, would give it a strong platform to compete for upcoming underground mining opportunities.“GBF is a strategically compelling and financially attractive acquisition for Macmahon. With GBF we have the opportunity to achieve meaningful scale in our underground contracting business, which is a key pillar in our strategy of becoming a leading mining contractor that can service clients through the life cycle of their mining operations,” Finnegan said.“There are also potential synergies to be realised as the two businesses are combined, but growth is the key driver of the transaction.”“GBF’s brand and key personnel will be retained, with its capabilities and strong client relationships being fully integrated into Macmahon’s underground business, to maximise our ability to win new work.”GBF’s founders, Michael Foulds and Ross Graham, will continue in the business with incentives to drive further earnings growth via performance based earn-out payments in FY20 and FY21.Foulds said he and the management team at GBF were pleased to be partnering with Macmahon and looked forward to achieving the growth opportunities that would be available to the combined business.“We are excited to join the Macmahon team and are confident this acquisition will create a strong group that will benefit our current clients and unlock new contract opportunities,” he said.last_img read more

BMA Daunia met coal mine cuts truck service time

first_imgThe maintenance team at BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Daunia metallurgical coal mine has introduced a new service approach for the haul trucks running at the Queensland mine, in the process, cutting the average truck downtime for a regular service from two hours to just 40 minutes.The haul trucks at BMA Daunia shift around 226 t of coal or overburden every load, with the fleet of 16 running 24 h/d. This means each truck needs to be serviced every 250 hours, or about every two weeks, according to BMA.“The time it takes our maintenance team to service trucks is critical to our mine efficiency and productivity because it directly impacts how long they are out of action,” BMA said. “And it is vital they are serviced safely, effectively and consistently.“That’s why we are excited about some recent improvements in the service time for the truck fleet.”BMA did three things to transform its work:Introduced a dedicated service bay;Allowed maintainers time to set up tooling and service kits before the truck enters the workshop, and;Introduced technology to design, monitor and improve the way it works.The results have exceeded the team’s expectations, BMA said.“We reduced the average truck downtime for a regular truck service from two hours to just 40 minutes. That’s a saving of one hour and 20 minutes for each truck a fortnight, or a potential 10 hours of extra work each week for the fleet.”Not only that, the service process is safer for BMA’s maintainers and more consistently delivered.BMA says it is about to roll out a similar approach for its larger 363 t payload trucks and will shortly progress to bulldozer servicing, it said.This work is all part of the BHP Operating System (BOS), according to BMA, a process that also includes standardised work.“This empowers frontline teams to solve problems and design solutions to streamline their processes,” BMA said. “It also encourages greater collaboration to reduce waste, overloading and variation, and produces more effective and consistent results.”The company continued: “We started applying standardised work to truck maintenance at Daunia a year ago. We used technology to track our work and then analysed the process to find ways it could be improved. We then helped build a custom app that runs off an iPad or iPhone that walks a maintainer through every aspect of this scheduled maintenance in the most efficient, safe and effective way.“The app means we complete the service the same way every time and it is interactive, so we can continue making suggestions through it to improve what we do.”Using a standardised work approach to this important scheduled maintenance process has made BMA’s work quicker, safer, easier, and more efficient, consistent and collaborative, according to the company.“Best of all, the truck service improvements and the associated technology are transferrable. It is being trialled at two other BHP mine sites and, with a few tweaks to suit each site, looks set to be implemented across all BHP-operated mine sites.”last_img read more

Ground support electrification automation digitalisation all part of MacLeans PERUMIN 34 showcase

first_imgThe upcoming PERUMIN 34 mining convention in Arequipa (September 16-20) is providing Canada-based mining vehicle manufacturer MacLean Engineering a chance to share its latest field data and learnings from product development efforts in the areas of ground support, electrification, automation, and digitalisation.This includes face bolting, full-fleet battery electrification, tele-remote and driver assist vehicle operation, real-time vehicle monitoring, and virtual reality training.MacLean’s participating delegation includes a full contingent of sales and product management specialists both from the MacLean Peru branch, in Lima, as well as from head office in Canada.The company first established a branch in Lima in 2012 to provide technical and sales support to the local mining industry. Since that time, the company has grown its in-country staffing contingent to over 50 employees, including over 40 mining vehicle technicians who provide site-level service and support to mines throughout the country.Peru is also the first international mining jurisdiction where MacLean has sold and commissioned its latest ground support installation option – face bolting on the 975 Omnia scissor bolter – with two units currently working underground for bolting the face within the underground mining cycle. At least one of these is at the Nexa Resources’ owned Atacocha zinc-copper-lead-silver-gold operation in the Peruvian Andes (pictured).MacLean President, Kevin MacLean, said the company’s Lima branch is at the heart of its commitment to underground mining, not only in Peru but also across South America.Tony Caron, MacLean’s Vice President of Latin America, Quebec and Nunavut, said: “Our approach in Peru has stayed faithful to our approach to building a lasting business in other international markets, which is to establish local roots and take a long-term view, focusing on nurturing customer partnerships.“From the Abitibi region of northwest Quebec to the nickel basin and gold mines of northern Ontario; from the Kivalliq region of Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic to Nevada, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Australia – in each of these unique mining geographies, geologies and cultures, the one constant is the importance of in-country service and support.”MacLean’s Product Manager for Bolting, Stephen Denomme, said the MacLean bolter is the benchmark for ground support installation safety, productivity and versatility in Canadian hard-rock mines. “With our latest face bolting design, we are able to offer up to the mining industry in Latin America, a semi-mechanised bolting option where the operator is always working under protected ground, where you get best-in-class productivity for bolts and screen installed per shift, along with the versatility of multiple bolt-type installation and a deck configuration that allows for the storage of a full shift of consumables,” he said.“This is the MacLean bolting approach and technology that we look forward to sharing with industry colleagues during the week of PERUMIN 34 in Arequipa.”last_img read more

Dublin remembers victims of Ballymurphy Massacre 43 years on

first_imgSource: Wikimedia CommonsTODAY MARKS THE 43rd anniversary of the Ballymurphy Massacre in 1971 which killed 11 people, and a demonstration will be held in Dublin later in support of victims’ families.Over three days, the 11 people, including a priest and a mother-of-eight, were shot by the Parachute Regiment of the British Army in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast, following orders to arrest people suspected of paramilitary activity.The shootings took place hours after the government introduced a policy of internment, where suspects were detained without charge or trial.Six people were shot on the first day – 9 August – ranging in age from 19 to 50. This included Fr Hugh Mullan who is said to have been attempting to give a seriously injured man his last rites when he was taken down by a sniper. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesAnother civilian was shot the next day and a further four on 11 August. Some of the soldiers posted in Ballymurphy were later also involved in Bloody Sunday.The families of victims have always maintained that their loved ones were innocent and unarmed.At the start of this year, they met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny as part of their campaign for an independent panel to investigate the deaths – similar to the Hillsborough inquiry. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesKenny later said he would press the issue with British Prime Minister David Cameron but there have been no further developments since then.In support of the campaign, a group in Dublin has organised a demonstration which will congregate at the Spire on O’Connell Street at 1pm today.Read: Taoiseach to press Cameron on the Ballymurphy Massacre>last_img read more

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