The Hope Zoo Preservation Foundation (HZPF) has received a well-needed donation of some $4 million, which will go toward protecting animals that are found only in Jamaica. The funds are being made available under the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme, and will go toward the Zoo’s biodiversity project, ‘The Establishment of Sanctuaries for Protected Flora and Fauna and Providing Energy Efficient Transportation for Educational Tours’. The animal species that are being protected are those under threat of extinction. Speaking at the official launch of the project at the Hope Zoo Restaurant Gazebo in St. Andrew on Friday, February 22, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke said the project is quite significant, as it is critical that Jamaica protects and preserves its endemic species. “Not only are we going to develop the zoo, but even more important is the educational aspect of it, which will bring the people here, teach the people that it is in their interest that we must preserve our biodiversity,” he stated, adding, “It is a part of our heritage and it must remain so.” The Minister further congratulated the Kenneth Benjamin-led HZPF on the tremendous work they have done over the past few years in restoring the Hope Zoo, which is considered a national treasure. He noted that the restoration of the Zoo is a perfect example of what private/public sector partnership can achieve. “You have taken this 2030 Vision very seriously, because what you have developed here is a world class facility and this is just the beginning. This place has risen like a phoenix from the ashes and it’s going to soar because of the efforts that you have put in it,” he stated. The key goals of the biodiversity project include: improving the husbandry standards for the key local species; and promoting awareness among Jamaicans about the need to protect their biodiversity. Jamaica ranks fifth in the world for its endemic species, boasting over 8,000 species of plants and animals have been recorded on the island. The country also has more than 6,000 species of flowering plants, including ferns and lichens of which 28 per cent are endemic. The country also has 120 species of butterflies, 19 species of frogs, 113 species of breeding birds, and 100 species of migratory birds. In his remarks Resident Representative, UNDP, Dr. Arun Kashyap, said the project underscores the UNDP’s commitment to working with partners to identify and implement appropriate interventions that meet the development needs of Jamaica. “The project supports our overarching goals of achieving the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and ensuring that there is sustainable development beyond 2015,” he said. “The assistance being given to Jamaica will help to further put the country on a path to realising the Vision 2030 Development Plan,” he stated.“The project supports our overarching goals of achieving the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and ensuring that there is sustainable development beyond 2015,” he said. “The assistance being given to Jamaica will help to further put the country on a path to realising the Vision 2030 Development Plan,” he stated.
QUEBEC CITY, Que. – Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says Canada’s doctors have a major role to play in improving the health of the country’s most vulnerable populations, including those at risk for a fatal overdose due to rampant opioid use and abuse, a crisis she characterized as a national public health emergency.In a speech Monday to delegates attending the annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association in Quebec City, Philpott said any approach to the crisis needs to be comprehensive and collaborative.“Doctors have a huge role, including promoting awareness that social inequity and unresolved trauma are often at the root of high-risk drug use. This includes homelessness, poverty, violence and sexual abuse,” she said.“Addiction is not a crime, nor a mark of moral failure. It is a health issue … people who use drugs are people who do not need judgment. They need what all Canadians expect from health systems — that is, compassionate care.”Asked by reporters after her speech if the opioid crisis should be formally declared a national emergency, Philpott said there is no federal public health law that would provide any additional tools to fight the crisis “that we don’t already have.”“It would offer no advantages to us,” she said, noting that one area the Liberal government has been focused on is harm reduction, including the approval of 14 new supervised injection sites, bringing their number to 16 across the country.Outgoing CMA president Dr. Granger Avery said the organization is “entirely congruent with how we need to work” in a collaborative manner with government and other health providers, not only to tackle the opioid crisis, but also to help other vulnerable groups focused on by Philpott, among them Indigenous Canadians and youth with mental health issues.“The whole principle of shared care … the CMA and doctors in general have that way high on the list,” Avery told The Canadian Press in an interview.In a question-and-answer session with delegates following her address, Philpott was questioned about the government’s intention to close tax loopholes for incorporated businesses, which includes many doctors’ medical practices.In July, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau released a policy paper that proposes significant changes to how private corporations are taxed. Doctors and other businesses have been asked to comment on the proposal during a 75-day consultation process that ends Oct. 2.The tax changes have become a hot-button issue for the 85,000-member CMA, which argues that doctors in private practice do not have pensions or receive benefits like most salaried employees, and tax changes would make it more difficult for physicians to save for retirement, cover maternity leave, or work part time while raising a family. Female physicians, in particular, would suffer, the organization says.“We assume the risks of establishing offices and clinics, employing staff and purchasing equipment. Many of us do not have access to paid sick leave benefits or retirement pensions,” said Dr. Gigi Osler of Winnipeg.“What assurance can you give us that the government will take our concerns into serious consideration?” asked Osler to thunderous applause, hooting and table-pounding by fellow delegates.Philpott responded that the concerns expressed by doctors are being taken into serious consideration, but she encouraged CMA members to read the proposals carefully and not to believe hearsay being circulated on social media about what they might mean.“This really is actually about fairness. Does it make sense to create a system where some of you in the room can take advantage of those mechanisms in a way that others can’t?” she asked, referring to such tax deductions as income splitting.“If you are someone who has a spouse that makes significantly less income than you or you have children of a certain age of 18 to 24, then you can take advantage of legitimate rules that currently exist to reduce your personal income tax burden.“But the person sitting beside you or across from you who is single, who has very young children, no children, children who are grown up and making their own income, are going to pay much more tax than you.”Avery said the proposed tax changes could affect how doctors are able to operate their practices and may lead to some people thinking twice about going into the profession.He also said physicians were troubled by the “tone” in Morneau’s paper outlining the potential alterations and the reasons behind them.“I think there’s been implications that doctors — and other small businesses, too — really are in some way tax cheating,” Avery said. “And that is absolutely not true.”Philpott, who formerly had a family medicine practice, was also challenged by reporters after her presentation about her own status as an incorporated physician. Her professional corporation with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario was “revoked” late last week, and she was asked whether there was a link with the pending tax changes.“I can say unequivocally that it has absolutely nothing to do with the recent tax changes,” she replied. “I decided that I would not be practising medicine for at least four years (after being elected) and that it made no sense to keep the corporation open. I took steps to shut down that corporation. It was shut down on Oct. 19, 2016, because I had no use for the corporation anymore.”— By Sheryl Ubelacker in Toronto.
APTN National NewsAn 11-year old boy is dead after a shooting on the Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba.According to the RCMP, three young boys were playing in a house when they located a firearm.A 12-year old boy was handling the firearm when it was fired striking and killing the 11-year old.Police said the firearm was improperly stored and a 12-year-old is charged with criminal negligence causing death and careless use of a firearm.His father will be charged with careless storage of a firearm.Garden Hill First Nation is a signatory of Treaty 5 and is a fly in community about 600 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.It has a population of about 5,000 on email@example.com
In a joint statement, the UN, the African Union, the European Union, the InterGovernmental Authority on Development and the League of Arab States said the attack “once again demonstrates that the extremists will stop at nothing in their attempt to seize power by force from the legitimate Somali Government,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York.“These extremists are a threat, not only to Somalia, but to the entire eastern African region and larger international community. “The organizations urged the Somali Government not to be deterred by the violent crimes of a small minority and to continue its efforts for peace and reconciliation through the Djibouti Process,” she added.It was the UN-facilitated Djibouti process which aided the formation of a new Government of National Unity in February, as well as the creation of a newly-expanded Parliament and election of President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.Today’s attack in Beledweyne, which is north of the capital, Mogadishu, is the latest in a new wave of violence that began in early May between Government troops and the opposition Al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam groups.Also voicing his concern about the upsurge in violence is the independent UN expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Shamsul Bari, who stressed that the fighting must stop immediately and that perpetrators be held to account. “All the parties to the conflict have a responsibility to save lives and protect the civilian population,” he said. In addition to the ongoing fighting, the recruitment of children by armed groups has reportedly been taking place, said Mr. Bari. “I was told during my recent visit to the region that there are specific well-organized camps set up to receive young boys, and that children are being used on the front line.” He also noted that various groups appeared to be specifically targeted – including human rights defenders, aid workers and journalists. At least three journalists have been killed since the fighting escalated in early May.Mr. Bari undertook a mission to the Horn of Africa region from 1 to 12 June, during which he visited Somalia, notably Hargeisa in Somaliland and Garowe and Bossasso in Puntland, as well as Kenya, where he visited the Dadaab refugee camp, which houses some 270,000 Somali refugees. He was unable to visit Mogadishu and the South and Central areas because of the security situation. 18 June 2009The United Nations has joined international partners in strongly condemning today’s suicide car bombing in Somalia that killed the national security minister, Omar Hashi Aden, and a number of innocent civilians, and urged the Government not to be deterred in its pursuit for peace by the actions of a small minority.
Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart takes its most aggressive step into the beauty business this weekend with its first stand-alone clinic to offer Botox injections, fillers, laser treatments and medical-grade peels.But while the Beauty Clinic by Shoppers Drug Mart is being touted as “a natural extension” of the drugstore chain’s moves into the cosmetics space, some wary observers fear it further commodifies medical procedures increasingly regarded as casual touch-ups that don’t require the expertise of a physician or surgeon.The inaugural shop opens Saturday in Oakville, Ont., just west of Toronto, after a soft opening Dec. 22 that saw a steady stream of customers come through the sparsely furnished, three-bay clinic, says Sarah Draper, senior director of healthcare partnerships & innovation. Loblaw rolls out Amazon Prime-style loyalty program for $99 a year Shoppers Drug Mart gets medical pot licence from Health Canada Manulife launches Canada’s first medical marijuana program with Shoppers Drug Mart “This is really what our customers have been asking for,” says Draper.“We’re kind of a trusted expert in the space and are positioned pretty well, I think, to offer enhanced beauty services in a setting that’s comfortable and convenient for people.”Tucked into the corner of a suburban strip mall, the nearly all-white colour scheme, minimalist decor and serene atmosphere evoke a spa-like retreat.A “concierge” greets arrivals and confirms appointments in the entryway, where a bank of medical-grade beauty products covers one wall. Visitors are ushered into a tucked-away waiting area, where cushioned seats, tablets and sleek wood privacy screens offer a quiet space to fill out paperwork.Draper says one of three nurse practitioners then conducts one-on-one consultations with each client and takes “an in-depth medical history” to determine a treatment regimen.“Our nurse practitioners all have medical esthetics certification and over a decade experience in nursing,” she says, noting their higher medical classification gives them authority to prescribe and administer injectables.A medical esthetician handles lasers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion.Inside the Beauty Clinic by Shoppers Drug Mart. The Loblaw-owned chain says procedures and training were developed in consultation with doctors who provide ongoing advice, but physicians are not onsite.That’s what bothers Dr. Michael Brandt, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Toronto who wonders about quality and whether staff are able to adequately respond to medical emergencies.“You wouldn’t sign up for surgery at a grocery store,” says Brandt, noting that while there are many excellent providers in the field, the lucrative industry has also attracted less qualified practitioners.“All medical procedures have indications, contra-indications, alternatives and limits as to what each of those procedures can provide and with each of these procedures you need to go through a very careful assessment of the patient and then make an accurate diagnosis. None of this is cookie-cutter.”And while nurse practitioners have the authority to conduct these beauty treatments, Brandt questioned whether all of them should.“Just because a professional has the authority to perform a procedure does not automatically mean it is appropriate to do so,” he says, noting there are nonetheless very qualified nurse practitioners in esthetics. “Is it appropriate for a nurse practitioner to be performing surgery? They might have the capacity to do it, they might be allowed as a delegated act to do it, but most people would choose to have a surgeon perform their surgery.”Brandt warned that if improperly applied, lasers carry the risk of severe burns, scarring and discolourations. If a filler is injected into a blood vessel, it can cause an occlusion of that vessel, killing anything it supplies.Still, there’s no denying that growing public interest has ignited a specialized industry previously the domain of dermatologists and plastic surgeons.Milica Duran, a co-ordinator for the esthetician program at Centennial College in Toronto, calls it “the fastest growing industry in the world.”“Our numbers and the interest has been skyrocketing,” she says of the school’s programs, which includes a special one for nurses entering the field.Job openings, too, are growing: “Now we have more placement sites than students.”She credits that to advertisements, youth-obsessed images on social media, and the aging population.“We have our baby boomers, we have more money here happening, more social media, more awareness, more education,” says Duran. “This is why so many nurses want to go into the field — there are so many doctors’ offices that cannot find qualified staff.”Oakville esthetician Cynthia Webb notes that while some dermatologists and surgeons do their own injections, most delegate to a nurse, such as herself.She works for a Toronto plastic surgeon and conducts treatments in that clinic, as well as in her own clinic. She can’t help but wonder whether the retail giant will erode business for independent operations like hers.She notes that many patient decisions are driven by cost, and that’s what can get them into trouble.“When they call, the first thing they’ll ask is: ‘How much is a unit of Botox?’ Well, you’re not paying for the Botox or the neuromodulator or the filler. You’re paying for the experience of the practitioner,” says Webb, a registered nurse who sends all her patients to a doctor for consults and follow-ups.Shoppers Drug Mart customers can earn PC Optimum points on a variety of services, and Botox injections start at $10 per unit.Draper says prices are “in line with the market” and that the goal is not to be more competitive than the little guy.“For us, this is really about providing the service that our customers want in a trusted and convenient space and improving on the beauty offering that we have at the table.”Duran isn’t surprised Shoppers has entered the fray and guesses they will expand rapidly beyond the Oakville pilot and a Toronto location set to open later this year.“We’ve come so far with lasers, chemical peels and this is all very lucrative,” she says. “All plastic surgeons, all dermatologists have either nurses or medical estheticians working for them, even GPs as well. Everyone’s in on it.”
Short URL By Michael Kelly I’VE HEARD SOME of my fellow growers argue that you shouldn’t bother growing onions on the grounds that they are so cheap and ubiquitous.Why, they sniff, would you allocate precious growing space to such a mundane vegetable when you could be growing something cool and exotic like asparagus or salsify or globe artichokes? Onions… pfff….sure, they are practically a condiment, darling.OK, so yes onions are cheap and plentiful. And yes, it’s true that if all you are using them for is the starting point to your spag bol, then it probably won’t matter a whole lot whether they’re homegrown or from a Dutch mega-farm.But try the delicious, cheesy, oniony panhaggerty recipe below and you will see that onions deserve to be centre stage. Make an onion tart or a proper French onion soup and then try telling me that onions are not venerable in their own right.A superfood Source: Shutterstock/CergeusBecause they are so darn common, we tend to forget just how good onions are for our health. They don’t hoover up the superfood column inches like kale, beetroot or garlic. They won’t be top of any nutribullet favourite list. But did you know that onions protect us from cancer and heart disease more than high-profile foods like pomegranate, red wine, and green tea?So, here’s another thing. I’m convinced that the flavour of home-grown onions is better, and though I can’t prove it, I also think they make you cry more than the supermarket ones.I’ve often wondered, why don’t shop-bought onions make me cry anymore? Am I just getting used to chopping them? Are my tear ducts drying out as I get older? Or is there something fundamentally different about the modern, commercial onion?From a growing perspective, onions give a more-than-decent return in terms of “value for space”. I can get three rows per 1m wide bed and because onions are spaced just 10cm apart in the row, I get 30 onions per metre of bed or 150 onions in a 5-metre bed.They are also a relatively successful “storage” crop. If I am lucky, onions will be perfectly contented hanging in a braid in the kitchen until around February of the following year (at which time they start to get soft and sprout).So harvesting from September, we will have 25 onions a month until February of next year. If it’s not exactly a high value crop in the way that others might be, that’s still a return not to be sneezed at.The Basics – Growing OnionsGenerally most GIYers grow from “sets” (basically baby onions) but you can also grow from seed. Sets will mature quickly and are pretty much fool-proof. They are however more expensive than seed.Dig in some well rotted manure or compost the previous winter and apply an organic fertiliser (like chicken manure pellets) before sowing. Don’t plant onions in the same place year after year. Include in crop rotation.SetsSow 4 inches apart in rows 8 inches apart in March or April. Hold off if the weather is very cold. Onion sets won’t do well in cold, damp soil. Push the set into the soil so that the tip is just about visible above the surface. Firm in well.Frost can “heave” the sets from the soil at night. If this happens push them back in the next day.SeedSow in module trays from February and transplant when seedlings are well established.Onions hate weed competition so keep your onion bed weed free. Hoe carefully around the bulbs every week or so and hand weed if necessary. Water if weather is dry or mulch (but remove mulch when bulbs start to form). Never overwater. An occasional liquid feed will help.Onions are ready to harvest when foliage turns yellow and topples over (approx 20 weeks after sowing). Gently loosen the soil around the onions at this point (or turn the onion very carefully and very slightly in the soil) and leave for another two weeks.Loosening the soil like this allows the onion to expand in the soil. Then lift carefully.Onions can be eaten fresh from the soil. For storage, leave to dry on a rack in the sun (or indoors in a greenhouse or polytunnel if the weather is wet) for about 10 days. Then plait them in ropes or hang in nets.Recipe of the Week – Panhaggerty Source: Shutterstock/FanfoHere’s the Hairy Bikers’ version of the classic panhaggerty – the ultimate comfort food in the Kelly household.Ingredients 1 tbsp vegetable oil250g/9oz streaky bacon6 potatoes, thinly sliced into rounds2 onions, peeled, sliced5 carrots, peeled, sliced500ml/17½fl oz chicken stocksalt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste150g/5oz cheddar cheese, gratedcrusty bread, to serveDirectionsHeat the vegetable oil in a deep ovenproof pan. Fry the bacon for 3-4 minutes, or until golden-brown and slightly crisp. Remove from the pan and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.In the same pan used to cook the bacon, arrange a layer of the sliced potatoes in the bottom of the pan. Cover the potatoes with a layer of sliced onions, then a layer of sliced carrots.Layer over some of the crisp bacon, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Repeat the process with the remaining potatoes, onions, carrots and bacon, finishing with a layer of potatoes on top. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.Pour in the chicken stock so that all of the ingredients are covered, then bring to the boil. Cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 15-25 minutes, or until the potatoes and carrots are tender.Preheat the grill to high. Uncover the pan and sprinkle over the grated cheese. Grill for 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and golden-brown.To serve, spoon the panhaggerty into bowls and serve with some crusty bread to mop up the juices.Michael Kelly is founder of GIY and GROW HQ. Click here for more GIY tips and recipes. Share Tweet Email2 Michael Kelly 114 Views http://jrnl.ie/3349791 Apr 22nd 2017, 12:30 PM Gardening: Grow your own ingredients for the Hairy Bikers’ cheesy, oniony panhaggerty The humble onion is one of the most important and versatile vegetables of all, so much so that it’s still worth shedding a few tears over, writes Michael Kelly. Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 12:30 PM Gardener No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Should mandatory registration of bicycles be introduced in Ireland? 3,929 bicycles were reported stolen from Dublin in 2018. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4606343 By Cónal Thomas Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 26th 2019, 6:00 AM This means that in the unfortunate, but sadly not unusual, event that a bike is stolen, registration details can be provided to the Gardaí who can then correctly identify the owner of the bike. This will not interfere with any other aspect of cycling in Dublin.Noone went on to say that such a measure would increase cyclist security and deter thieves. Database abroadSo, how does bicycle registration work elsewhere?In Japan, cyclists must register new bicycles with local police. Similarly, Romania operates a free bicycle register while New Zealand operates a bicycle registry which allows the general public to search through a list of stolen bikes before purchasing a second-hand bike.Through BikeRegister, the National Cycle Database in the UK, cyclists are encouraged to register their bicycles online and to mark and protect their bicycles with security marking kits such as tamper resistant QR Code labels, permanent unique BikeRegister ID markers and UV cover technology. According to the database, over 800,000 bicycles are registered with BikeRegister, which is operated by Selectamark Security Systems, which collaborates with the British police and Transport for London to recover stolen bicycles. Co-founded in 2013 in Chicago, Bike Index boasts over 150,000 registered bicycles on its system, which, similar to Bike Register in the UK, allows cyclists to register stolen and non-stolen bicycles online free of charge. A 2017 study by a student at the New York City Data Science Academy showed that approximately a third of these bicycles are marked as stolen. In addition to allowing individuals to search the database, Bike Index “partners with local businesses and organisations, law enforcement agencies, and other apps to alert the community when a bicycle is stolen,” the study notes. According to Bike Index, 5,512 bicycles have been recovered since 2013.Practical solutionsThe question for Ireland, however, is if mandatory registration of new bicycles comes into force as Noone suggests it should, who will establish such a system? According to Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe, who chairs Dublin City Council’s Transport committee, there have been numerous attemps over the years to have a bicycle registration system set up for the capital through the council’s Walking and Cycling sub-committee. Cuffe told TheJournal.ie that neither An Garda Síochána nor Dublin City Council wanted to trial it, though. “Nobody wanted to take it,” Cuffe has said. As the city looks to implement improved cycling infrastructure, bicycle registration is a practical solution, Cuffe said. Not necessarily mandatory registration, though, he added. Improved infrastructure Earlier this month, the NTA unveiled plans for a 5km cycle track along Dublin’s River Liffey. In December, Minister for Transport Shane Ross suggested that the NTA establish a new ‘Cycling Office’. Share Tweet Email4 Proposes Liffey Cycle Route Source: National Transport AuthorityThe number of people travelling into the city by bike has dropped recently. With 12,227 people cycling – down from 12,447 last year -there’s been a drop of 2%, the first time since 2010 that cyclists have declined in numbers. The number of cyclists in Dublin, however, has increased overall over the past 10 years. Lock it or Lose ItFor those who do report their bicycle stolen it’s An Garda Síochána’s remit to investigate the theft. For now, however, it looks unlikely the gardaí intend to set up a bicycle register or enforce mandatory registration of new bicycles sold here. Asked about Noone’s call for mandatory registration of bicycles, a garda spokesperson referred to An Garda Síochána’s 2018 ‘Lock it or Lose It’ campaign which urges cyclists to take extra precautions by locking bicycles in the most secure way possible.Gardaí advise cyclists to lock their bikes tightly to an immovable object, keep the lock off the ground and to take a photo of the bicycle and its serial number. According to the gardaí, the average cost of a bike stolen is around €510. The most common time for a bike to be stolen is during the hours of 8am and 5pm, with Friday being statistically the most common day for bikes to be stolen. Between 1 January 2016 and 30 June 2018, 9,918 bicycles were stolen in Dublin, 683 were stolen in Cork and 646 were stolen in Limerick. Of the 14,000 or so bikes stolen since 2016, only approximately 16% of the bicycle frame numbers are recorded, according to a garda spokesperson. Drury Street Underground Bicycle Parking Source: Dublin Cycling CampaignEffective preventionPrevention is a more effective measure in tackling bicycle theft in Ireland, according to David Timoney, of Dublin Cycling Campaign, who has conducted research into bike theft and who says that a lot of bicycle theft in Ireland goes unreported.Based on CSO data from 2015, Timoney estimates that 12,000 bicycles are stolen in Dublin each year. “It’s roughly a three-to-one ratio” between bicycles stolen and bicycles reported stolen, Timoney told TheJournal.ie.Although registration could aid unlucky cyclists in recovering their bicycles, prevention is a more effective measure in Timoney’s experience. It’s so hard to get your bike back, maybe bicycle registration might help that. But the easiest thing to deal with bike theft is a good lock and a good[cycling] rack.“The combination of the bicycle lock plus a high-security rack will stop most bicycle theft.”Dublin Cycling Campaign has called on Dublin City Council to ensure all new apartment and office blocks contain Sheffield bicycle stands – standalone metal racks bolted to the pavement. However,Timoney has said that often cyclists don’t have bicycle details or registration numbers for gardaí.Similarly, when gardaí recover stolen bicycles they can’t link them with owners because there is no serial number. “Bicycle registeration…could deal with that.”‘A no-brainer’ Fine Gael’s Noone has said the NTA should take the lead on enforcing mandatory bicycle registration. “It seems like a no-brainer.”Cuffe has said he’d like to see the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport advance voluntary bicycle registration in Ireland. “But if not, then a private operator should.”Given the prevalence of bicycle registration abroad, bicycle registration could work in Ireland. Political will, however, is required to advance Noone’s proposal for mandatory registration. For now, it is unclear where that leadership will come from. It is also unclear how practical such a solution is. “We’d want to ensure a scheme that isn’t overly bureaucratic and costly,” Cuffe has said. “The private operators running these schemes seem to be doing a good job.”“I’d really worry that a state-led scheme could be cumbersome and inflexible as new technologies arise.”Instead, Cuffe has said, the State could encourage voluntary registration. 23,712 Views Friday 26 Apr 2019, 6:00 AM Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieIF YOU LIVE in a major Irish town, there’s a fair chance you’ve had a bicycle stolen or know someone who has.Nearly 4,000 bicycles were reported stolen from Dublin last year, according to the most recent figures, and of those 3,929 bicycles just 286 were recovered. While there has been a decrease from the number of bicycles reported stolen in 2017 (4,365) and 2016 (4,436), campaigners have said the real figure is likely higher than 4,000.Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone is now calling for mandatory registration of new bicycles sold in Ireland to prevent theft. In a recent statement, Noone said that the mandatory registration of all bikes sold should be introduced in order to counter increases in bike theft.Deter thieves“Currently we do not have any central database of bikes owned in Dublin and registration can be done through some online sites but this remains a minority and voluntary endeavour,” Noone has said. “By introducing registration of all bikes at shops and other outlets, we can ensure that the vast majority of new bikes on our streets are registered.” 125 Comments
Jenny Brown loves her job even though she is on the road most days — anywhere from Walla Walla to the Long Beach Peninsula or north to Olympia. As a representative for more than 1,000 wines, making personal visits to her accounts — wineries — offers her the opportunity to see what new things they’re doing, pick up more information and decide how she might best promote their products to restaurants and lodges in Southwest Washington. And those folks love to see her coming. She meets with chefs to discuss wine pairings and menus for wine dinners. When one of the wines she represents gets an award from Wine Spectator or Wine Enthusiast, “it’s a big deal,” she said. “They’re tough graders. If one of our wines gets graded over 90, we’ll print it so customers know about it. It’s good for us when we sell their labels.”Her best wine advice? “If you want to have a great wine experience, don’t skimp on the experience. Pair your $50 steak with a really great wine, either local or California or European. But I’m a wine snob. I will spend as much on wine as I will a good dinner.”Business name: NW Wine Distributors.1101 W. 11th St., Vancouver; 360-693-0085, www.nwwinedistributors.com.Residence: Lincoln.Age: “A proper vintage.”Educational, professional background: I was educated in Clark County and traveled the world for business, then relocated back to the Northwest.How — and when — you got started in your business: I have always been passionate about wine. As a second-generation Italian, my family had deep roots in the wine industry and I soaked it up nonstop. My grandparents made their own wine. My aunt, Mary Reinke, was the first female winery owner in the state of Oregon in the 1950s. I was involved in the business from picking to planting to working in the winery — and a lot of wine drinking. Italians give you wine from the time you’re a baby!When the opportunity arose to purchase NW Wine Distributors in 2014, my partner, Neal, and I moved forward. The business had existed for 23 years at that point, so we knew that there was nothing but potential with the purchase of the business, which sells to wholesale customers.Personal/business philosophy: Provide the best customer service possible. It’s the only way to set yourself above the competition. My personal philosophy is to hire people who are better than I am and treat them as I would want to be treated. In Italian they are “famiglia” — family.
The Barcelona footballer won’t play in the two friendlies against Mexico this month; the coach also omitted players from Boca Juniors and River PlateArgentinean superstar and Barcelona footballer, Lionel Messi, has been left out of the squad that will play against Mexico this month.The following was reported by the AFP as presented by the Albiceleste interim coach Lionel Scaloni.Messi has not played since the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and this will be the sixth match he has missed with his national team.Scaloni also said he did not add any players from Boca Juniors or River Plate, as both Argentinean clubs will feature in the Copa Libertadores Final.Argentina will host Mexico twice in November. The first match will be held in November 16 in Cordoba and then again in Mendoza four days later.Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin (Club America/MEX), Sergio Romero (Manchester United/ENG), Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad/ESP)Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Defenders: Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal/ESP), German Pezzela (Fiorentina/ITA), Renzo Saravia (Racing), Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax/NED), Walter Kannemann (Gremio/BRA), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City/ENG), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla/ESP), Emmanuel Mammana (Zenit/RUS), Juan Marcos Foyth (Tottenham/ENG)Midfielders: Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Franco Vazquez (Sevilla/ESP), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis/ESP), Leandro Paredes (Zenit/RUS), Santiago Ascacibar (Stuttgart/GER), Rodrigo Bataglia (Sporting Lisbon/POR) Matias Zaracho (Racing), Roberto Pereyra (Watford/ENG)Forwards: Giovani Simeone (Fiorentina/ITA), Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ITA), Erik Lamela (Tottenham/ENG), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica/POR), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese/ITA), Franco Cervi (Benfica/POR), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan/ITA), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan/ITA)#SelecciónMayor El director técnico de @Argentina, @lioscaloni, dio a conocer la lista de convocados para la doble fecha FIFA ante México. pic.twitter.com/trGICqNHcy— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) November 1, 2018
An unseasonably early mudslide has forced Amtrak service off the rails for 48 hours between Vancouver and Tacoma.The slide occurred about 3 a.m. Tuesday near Titlow Beach, 8 miles south of Tacoma, said Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF Railway. Mud and rocks fell down a saturated 250-foot slope, covering one of two parallel railroad tracks and scattering debris on the other.Freight service was disrupted for only about a half hour, but Amtrak, following safety guidelines, will not be able to use the tracks in that area for 48 hours. It runs its frequent Cascades service and the flagship Coast Starlight through the area, a total of 10 trips per day.Amtrak will bus Cascades passengers to all stations between Portland and Seattle, and continue to run trains between Portland and Eugene, Ore., and Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., said spokesman Steve Kulm in Oakland, Calif. The Coast Starlight, which serves the Bay Area and Los Angeles, will temporarily originate and terminate at Portland’s Union Station, with passengers north of there to be bused.Assuming there are no more problems with the track, normal passenger service should resume Thursday morning.Meanwhile BNSF will use heavy equipment this morning to clear the track nearest the hillside, which was covered about three feet deep for approximately 40 feet.Melonas said that although slides are not uncommon in the Pacific Northwest, this one was earlier in the season than usual. Last year was the worst year in decades for the BNSF in terms of service disruptions, with heavy rain, snow, landslides and mud causing more than a dozen disruptions throughout the region.
Load More The Macau government’s direct taxes from gaming grew 17.0% to MOP$80.3 billion through the first nine months of 2018, including MOP$9.6 billion in September alone according to latest figures released by the Financial Services Bureau.Gaming tax revenue has comprised 80.9% of the MOP$90.3 billion in total revenue so far this year, helping the government achieve 94.3% of its target revenue for all of 2018 with three months still remaining. Officials had budgeted MOP$105.3 billion in total revenue for 2018 including MOP$82.4 billion in gaming taxes. RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August The surplus currently stands at MOP$45.8 billion.September’s strong tax contribution comes despite gross gaming revenue for the month growing just 2.8% year-on-year to MOP$21.9 billion due to the impact of Typhoon Mangkhut, which forced all of Macau’s casinos to close for a period of 29 hours mid-month.
Enlarge ImageMmm, wagon. BMW BMW revealed its new 3 Series Wagon on Wednesday, but don’t get your checkbook out just yet. Last we heard, BMW isn’t planning to offer the longroof 3 Series in the United States anymore. And that’s a shame, since this one looks to be a seriously nice package.Up front, the 3 Series Wagon — or Touring, as it’s known in BMW parlance — shares its fascia with the G20-generation 3 Series Sedan. Around back, the wagon’s taillights use a similar design to the sedan’s, and the angular rear glass kinks nicely into the overall shape of the hatch.Speaking of the hatch, all 3 Series Wagons come with an electronically operated tailgate, and you can set how far it opens in the car’s iDrive infotainment system. BMW says the luggage compartment is wider than before, with both a taller and wider loading aperture, making it easier to load cargo. The back seats have a standard 40:20:40 split, and can be folded flat. Maximum cargo capacity is 53 cubic feet, which is about the same as a compact SUV.Enlarge ImageInside, the Touring is the same as any other new 3 Series. BMW A total of seven engines will be offered in Europe. The gas-fed 330i and M340i xDrive variants that we get on the US-spec sedan carry over, and a third, less powerful 320i is also available. On the diesel front, buyers can select engines ranging from 150 to 265 horsepower in output — or more importantly, 320 to 580 pound-feet of torque. For folks who might tow, the base 320i Touring can pull 3,500 pounds, while all other versions can handle 4,000.For front passengers, the 3 Series Touring is identical to the 3 Series Sedan — the design, switchgear and multimedia systems all carry over unchanged. The most robust iDrive 7 setup features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.2-inch central screen, with BMW’s voice-controlled AI assistant on board.BMW says customers will be able to preorder the new 3 Series Touring this month, ahead of its official on-sale date in September. Again, it’s unclear if this shaggin’ wagon will ever be offered in the US, but for now, we’ll keep our fingers crossed. The 2020 BMW 3 Series Touring is a wagon we want 1 Wagons Luxury cars Share your voice Tags 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i review: A potent and tech-rich SUV BMW 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy More From Roadshow Comment 74 Photos BMW 2019 BMW 330i xDrive review: The new and improved 3 Series
Rain and temperatures reaching into the 40s are forecast for Seward and Anchorage. (Image via NOAA)After about a week of negative double-digit temperatures, rain and warmer weather is expected throughout much of Southcentral Alaska this week.Listen nowJason Ahsenmacher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Anchorage, said a weather system is moving in from the North Pacific.“What we expect is that warm front to bring in much more moist, much warmer air into all of Southcentral, really,” Ahsenmacher said.Ahsenmacher expects the system to move into the area Wednesday and stick around through Thursday. Rain is forecast for Anchorage and Seward, and he said Turnagain Pass should see significant snowfall.“Accompanying that rain and snow we’re going to be seeing strong winds coming down Turnagain Arm and Portage Valley, 50-60 mph – possibly gusts even higher than that,” Ahsenmacher said.The state Department of Transportation is still cleaning up from last weekend’s storms, which brought heavy snowfall throughout much of Southcentral.And now, DOT spokesperson Shannon McCarthy said the agency is preparing its response to the incoming change in weather.“We have our crews on call; we’ve staged equipment that is particularly effective with removing ice,” McCarthy said. “And we also are getting ready, if we need to, to use rock salt to prevent ice buildup.”McCarthy said DOT typically pre-treats roads with a salt brine – a mix of salt and water – but it’s not as effective in the anticipated weather conditions as rock salt.A mix of rain and snow showers and temperatures reaching into the 40s are forecast over the next couple of days in Anchorage and Seward.
Delhi High Court.IANS File PhotoThe Delhi High Court has sought a response from the Election Commission of India regarding a petition that mandates Aadhaar numbers to be linked with citizen’s election identity cards.The petition was filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay who sought provisions for ‘Aadhaar-based election voting system’. The plea urges to “eliminate bogus voting and voters duplicity.””Authentication of voters, the security of the voting process and protecting the voted data” were identified as key challenges of the current voting system according to the petition, ANI news agency reported.The plea proposes to implement ‘e-voting system’ that will use finger and face biometric data saved in the Aadhaar database.”In this system, the database would be updated every time before an election. The main benefits are that voting process shall be speedy and most of the tasks shall be done automatically by the system,” the plea proposes.The petition is likely to be heard by the court on Tuesday.In May, a plea filed by Upadhyay was moved before the Delhi High Court which sought directions to implement two-child norm to control India’s population.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.A Texas Tech student is facing capital murder charges for Monday night’s shooting death of a campus police officer. Nineteen-year-old Tech freshman Hollis Daniels confessed to shooting 48-year-old officer Floyd East, Jr. in the head while he was at the Texas Tech University Police Department.John Curnutt, the director of training at Texas State’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program, also know as ALERRT, says information has not become public yet about how the suspect obtained the firearm.“We’re all left to speculation because we don’t have the information that the Texas Tech police department has at this time,” he says. “In time, we’ll find out more.”The incident raises questions about how police should frisk or pat down students who are brought in for observation.“It’s entirely possible that a frisk or a pat down was not done, or it was done haphazardly. That happens as a result of people getting too complacent because they do it a thousand times and nothing’s ever happened, nothing’s ever found,” Curnutt says.Frisking students can be a controversial procedure.“If there’s a lot of complaints about certain things, and we don’t think that it’s necessary because no one’s ever had a gun on them and no one’s ever done anything to us, then there’s this tendency to kind of let your guard down or just kind of let things slide so that we don’t offend anybody,” Curnutt says. “But in this case, it demonstrated why a proper pat down or frisk needs to be done.”Curnett says it’s too early in the investigation to have a conversation about policies.“I would think that we would all want to have all the facts before we start forming too strong of opinions,” he says. Share
Bordering Chatra in Jharkhand, the ‘Shakti circuit’ is expected to give a big fillip to tourism in the region. Efforts are on to connect the three ‘Shakti circuit’ shrines of Kauleshwari and Bhadrakali (Itakhori) in Chatra district and Chhinmastika at Rajrappa in Hazaribagh. All three shrines fall in red zone and most parts of the proposed Shakti circuit are covered with jungles.To further speed up the process, the Jharkhand government, in association with the Union Tourism Ministry has conceived the Rs 100-crore project for the integrated development and beautification of the shrines to international standards.While Kauleshwari is already linked by road with Dobhi, the gateway of the circuit, direct roads from Kauleshwari to Bhadrakali (Itkhori) and Rajarappa will be needed to complete the Shakti Circuit, as per the plans mooted.Chatra MP, Sunil Kumar Singh, said, “We have plans for integrated development and beautification of Kauleshwari, including ropeway, safari market complex on the hilltop, apart from educational institutions at the foothills. The Government of India has already approved a Sainik school for the Kauleshwari region.”
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