Senate report calls for review of 2 cap inclusion of Metis and

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science, and Technology is recommending that Prime Minister Stephen Harper review the 2% funding cap on First Nations education, and expand education funding to include Metis and non-status Indians.Their report is called “Opening the Door: Reducing Barriers to Post-Secondary Education in Canada”. The committee’s chair, Sen. Kelvin Ogilvie, says that these problems “are kinda obvious to deal with, but it seems a lot of these things are not occurring”.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis sat down with Ogilvie, as well as Metis National Council president Clem Chartier and Liberal Aboriginal Affairs critic Carolyn Bennett, to talk about the report.last_img read more

Return of cultural treasures discussed at UNbacked conference

17 March 2008The return of the Stone Birds of Great Zimbabwe, the Axum Obelisk of Ethiopia and a ceremonial mask of the Kwakwaka’wakw people of Canada are among recent examples of successful restitution of cultural property to be discussed at a United Nations-backed conference opening today. Attending the two-day event in Athens, Greece, co-organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and the Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, will be lawyers, museum professionals, archaeologists, academics and cultural property experts. Participants will exchange experiences and cover ethical and legal aspects of the issue, along with the topics of mediation and diplomacy, display sites and cultural context of artefacts and international cooperation and research, UNESCO said.Discussions will also take place on ways to strengthen the action of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation. Established by UNESCO in 1978, the Intergovernmental Committee, a strictly advisory body, is composed of 22 elected member states. It establishes forums for debate and offers non-legally binding recommendations. read more

UN human rights experts to study more than 350 cases of enforced

4 July 2011The United Nations human rights experts tasked with helping families determine what happened to their relatives who have disappeared will this week review more than 350 cases of enforced disappearances around the world. The five-member UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, set up in 1980, is mandated to assist the relatives of disappeared persons by ascertaining their fate and whereabouts, as well as act as a conduit between the families and the governments concerned.During its current session, which began today and runs until Friday, the working group will hold meetings with government delegations, civil society representatives and relatives of disappeared persons to exchange views on both individual cases and the broader phenomenon of enforced disappearances.This week the group expects to review more than 350 cases, including recently submitted information on previously accepted cases, and other communications concerning more than 40 countries.The working group’s chair-rapporteur is Jeremy Sarkin of South Africa, and the other members are: Ariel Dulitzky (Argentina), Jasminka Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Osman El-Hajjé (Lebanon) and Olivier de Frouville (France). read more

No consensus on India parliament resolution

“We have recently rejected Pakistan parliament resolution on Afzal Guru. How can we do the same to a friendly neighbour.At the UNHCR, India should do what is in the national interest and interst of Tamils of Lanka,” said SP leader Rewati Raman Singh while emerging from the meeting convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath. The all-party meeting convened by government to explore the possibility of Parliament adopting a resolution against Sri Lanka on Wednesday night saw most parties opposing such a move, leaving no scope for it.Sources said as most of the parties were not in favour, the idea is as good as given up. “We are with Lankan Tamils but there is no need for a resolution by Parliament as Lanka is the only country which stood with us during the 1962 China war. JD(U) Sharad Yadav also echoed similar views at the meeting where he is understood to have questioned the logic of adopting a resolution against a sovereign nation.He is believed to have told the meeting that if India has to provide relief to Sri Lankan Tamils, it should do so without antagonising the host country, sources said.Nath said the meeting was “inconclusive”. He said the meeting had been called to end the impasse in Parliament over the Lankan Tamil issue but “it has not produced any results”. DMK, which withdrew from the government yesterday, had demanded that government should get a resolution passed by Parliament against Sri Lanka.Swaraj said the government had told the Opposition that it wanted to hold the meeting to end the impasse in Parliament over Sri Lanka.“We had never created the impasse. The impasse is between government and DMK and it is for them to sit together and resolve it,” she said. Samajwadi Party, which supports the government from outside, said Sri Lanka is a friendly country and the Parliament should not pass a resolution against it. Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj questioned why all parties had been called for the meeting to discuss an issue which strictly is between the government and DMK. CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said the issue was between the government and DMK to settle.Though the DMK withdrew support to the UPA and its ministers in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet resigned on Wednesday, the government has decided to go ahead with the proposed resolution in Parliament on the Sri Lanka issue.Minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajeev Shukla said an all-party meeting has been convened this evening to discuss the resolution. There are differences between parties on the wording of the resolution with DMK and AIADMK demanding that the term “genocide” be include while condemning the atrocities against Tamils of Sri Lanka during the recent civil war.Earlier on the day, the government announced that it will also move amendments to the resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC to send a “resolute message” on that country’s human rights issue.Refusing to be on the back foot despite DMK’s withdrawal, the government on Wednesday asserted that it is “absolutely stable” and “not lame duck” amid BSP’s promise to stand by the UPA even as SP kept it guessing.The government also said India will move amendments to the US-piloted resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC to send a “resolute message” on that country’s human rights and was working to bring a resolution to be adopted by Parliament here, the two demands set by DMK.Stressing that India wanted the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to adopt a “strong” resolution on Sri Lanka, finance minister P Chidambaram said India will move amendments to the draft to send a “resolute message” to that country on alleged human rights violations of Tamils and “goad” it to have an independent inquiry, a key demand of the DMK.Chidambaram also dismissed allegations that India had sought dilution of the strongly-worded resolution by the US, saying it was an absolute “canard”.He had also said DMK’s demand for a resolution to be adopted by Parliament on Sri Lankan Tamils issue was in the process of consultations with other parties.DMK, UPA’s second biggest constituent with 18 Lok Sabha MPs, quit the alliance yesterday.Chidambaram claimed that the DMK was aware of the government’s position on the issue but had changed its position between night of March 18 and morning of March 19.“We are not aware of the reasons why the DMK changed its position between the night of March 18 and the morning of March 19,” Chidambaram said, while noting that DMK supremo M Karunanidhi had said the party would reconsider decision to withdraw support if Parliament adopts a resolution before the end of current sittings on March 22.DMK ally VCK, with one member in Lok Sabha, also quit UPA. With the exit of DMK and VCK, UPA is left with the support of 284 members in the 543-member House.Chidambaram and Kamal Nath rejected any impression that the government has become “weak” after DMK’s pullout.“The government is neither lame, nor duck. It is not lame duck. We are absolutely, absolutely stable. If there is any test, it is on the floor of the House. But no political party has come out to challenge our majority,” Nath, the parliamentary affairs minister, told the press conference.Chidambaram, while acknowledging “challenges” in running a coalition government, said, “it is our duty to steer the ship through the maelstrom and our hands are firmly on the wheel.”Putting up a brave front, Chidambaram said, “Just because one ally pulled out, the government has not become weak… There is no political instability or political uncertainty… Nobody has questioned our stability except for few voices in the media.”Asked whether the government will test its stability by going in for confidence vote, he said, “The question does not arise as we have the majority.”DMK made it clear that it has no intention to bring any no-confidence motion. (Hindustan Times) read more

Indias financial aid to Sri Lanka sees a decline

India’s development assistance to Sri Lanka was cut significantly in 2016-2017, the Press Trust of India reported.As per data presented to the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh, India had given Rs. 499 crore and Rs. 403 crore to Colombo in 2014-15 and 2015-16 respectively but the amount in the previous fiscal (till March 27) was only Rs. 73 crore. To a specific query on whether relations with neighbouring countries have strained due to the slash in aid, the minister claimed there is no cut as such. Singh said India had given a total of Rs. 2,985 crore to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Myanmar and Afghanistan in 2016-17 while the amount in 2015-16 was Rs. Rs. 7290 and in 2014-15, it was Rs. 6249. “However, the actual disbursement varies from year to year as per progress/actual need basis of various projects in the relevant year,” he said.To a separate question, he said India has committed to provide Rs. 4,500 crores to Bhutan during the country’s 11th Five Year Plan from 2013-18. Asked whether India’s strategic investments in the region are comparable to investments made by China, Mr Singh refused to make any comparison.“India’s investments and development projects are based on the priorities of India and the country concerned and these stand firmly on their own,” he said.The minister said India’s aid to these countries cannot be compared to investments made by any other country including China. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Birth tourism in Canada makes staggering jump in 201819 up 13 from

More pregnant moms from around the world than ever before are popping into Canada to have their child.Birth tourism, which involves foreigners visiting Canada to have their child born here so it will gain instant citizenship, has gone through the roof in the past year, going up a whopping 13%, according to a report by CTV News.And the increase in birth tourism — pregnant women posing as tourists — is becoming a national issue, according to one medical professional.“This is going to be an issue Canadians are going to have to discuss,” Dr. Fiona Mattatal, a Calgary-based obstetrician and gynecologist, told CTV News. “Our system is not built to provide services (for) people (from) out of the country. I’m worried as someone in the health-care system, we are already dealing with cutbacks.“(Birth tourism) is causing strain in the system, and we are helpless to do anything about it.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The double-digit increase in non-resident births was discovered in data collected by the Canadian Institute for Health Information from hospitals across Canada, with the exception of Quebec. In the year ending March 2019, 4,099 non-resident births were recorded, more than triple the number (1,354) from 2010 and 13% more than the previous year.Some of those births can be attributed to foreign students and non-residents in Canada for work reasons but Andrew Griffith, a fellow at the Environics Institute and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, believes the majority involve birth tourism.“It’s going up faster than immigration rates, faster than the overall population of Canada,”  Griffith said in an interview with CTV News. “The laws were never intended for people to fly in and fly out.”Canada is one of the few first-world countries to offer unconditional citizenship to children born here. Immigration brokers advertise that loophole in Canadian law, noting that citizens can get free education and travel here without a visa, in addition to sponsoring their parents to come here.The CIHI data shows hospitals in Ontario and B.C. had the most non-resident births.Richmond Hospital in B.C. had the most in 2018-19, recording 454 non-resident births during that time. That accounted for 23% of all births at the hospital.Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital in Richmond Hill, Ont., Birchmount Hospital in Toronto and St. Paul’s and Mount St. Joseph Hospital in Vancouver were also in the top 10. read more

Oil above 103 a barrel boosted by US data on unemployment and

by The Associated Press Posted Sep 26, 2013 5:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil above $103 a barrel, boosted by US data on unemployment and growth NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil rose for the first time in six days Thursday on upbeat news about the U.S. economy.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery gained 37 cents to close at US$103.03 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil had dropped $5.41, or five per cent, over the five previous trading sessions.Oil prices rose as data showed that the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 305,000, the second-lowest level in six years. The U.S. economy, meanwhile, was confirmed to have grown an annualized 2.5 per cent rate in the April-June period.Oil has fallen nearly seven per cent since closing at a two-year high of US$110.53 on Sept. 6. Since then, diplomatic efforts have averted a U.S. military strike against Syria, and tense relations between the U.S. and Iran have shown signs of a thaw. As a result, the market has removed the so-called political risk premium from the price of oil. Some analysts put this premium at about $5 to $6 a barrel.Brent crude, the benchmark for international crudes used by many U.S. refineries, rose 89 cents to US$109.21 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose three cents to US$2.71 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose three cents to US$3 a gallon and natural gas rose one cent to US$3.50 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

From celebrity endorsements to branded logos the marijuana industry trying to build

From celebrity endorsements to branded logos, the marijuana industry trying to build brands DENVER – Snoop Dogg has his own line of marijuana. So does Willie Nelson. Melissa Etheridge has a marijuana-infused wine.As the fast-growing marijuana industry emerges from the black market and starts looking like a mainstream industry, there’s a scramble to brand and trademark pot products.The celebrity endorsements are just the latest attempt to add cachet to a line of weed. Snoop Dogg calls his eight strains of weed “Dank From the Doggfather Himself.” Nelson’s yet-to-be-released line says the pot is “born of the awed memories of musicians who visited Willie’s bus after a show.”The pot industry’s makeshift branding efforts, from celebrity names on boxes of weed to the many weed-themed T-shirts and stickers common in towns with a legal marijuana market, show the industry taking halting steps toward the mainstream.Problem is, those weed brands aren’t much more substantial than the labels they’re printed on. Patents and trademarks are largely regulated by the federal government, which considers marijuana an illegal drug and therefore ineligible for any sort of legal protection.The result is a Wild West environment of marijuana entrepreneurs trying to stake claims and establish cross-state markets using a patchwork of state laws.Consumers have no way of knowing that celebrity-branded pot is any different than what they could get in a plastic baggie from a corner drug dealer.“You can’t go into federal court to get federal benefits if you’re a drug dealer,” said Sam Kamin, a University of Denver law professor who tracks marijuana law.That doesn’t mean that the pot business isn’t trying.Hundreds of marijuana-related patents have likely been requested from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, according to those who work in the industry. Exact numbers aren’t available because pending patent information isn’t public.So far, federal authorities have either ignored or rejected marijuana patent and trademark requests, as in the 2010 case of a California weed-delivery service that applied to trademark its name, “The Canny Bus.”“They haven’t issued a single patent yet. But generally speaking, there is broad agreement within the patent law community that they will,” said Eric Greenbaum, chief intellectual property officer for Vireo Health, which is seeking a patent for a strain of marijuana to treat seizures.Companies like Vireo are betting that if marijuana becomes legal nationally, they will be first in line to claim legal ownership of whichever type of marijuana they have already developed.Pot companies also are filing state-level trademarks, thereby avoiding the snag in a federal trademark application: the requirement that the mark is used in interstate commerce, which remains off-limits for pot companies.In Colorado, for example, there are nearly 700 trade names and 200 trademarks registered that include the word “marijuana” or a synonym, Kamin said.Pot producers also are claiming everything they can that doesn’t involve actual weed. So a marijuana company could trademark its logo or patent a process for packaging something, without mentioning that the “something” is marijuana.The marijuana industry certainly has been on the receiving end of legal threats from other companies that do have trademark and patent protection. Cease-and-desist letters aren’t uncommon in the mailboxes of marijuana companies, whether it’s for making a candy that looks like a non-intoxicating brand or for selling a type of pot that includes a trademarked word or phrase in its name.The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., for example, says it has sent dozens of cease-and-desist letters to those selling a popular strain of pot known as Girl Scout Cookies or another called Thin Mints.“The use of our trademarks in connection with drugs tarnishes the Girl Scouts name,” the organization says in the letter it has sent to pot sellers primarily in California, Colorado and Washington.Last year, Hershey Co. sued two marijuana companies in Colorado and Washington for selling “Reefer’s” peanut butter cups and “Dabby Patty” candies, which resembled Hershey’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and York peppermint patties. Both pot companies agreed to stop selling the products and destroy any remaining inventory.But the industry can’t use those same laws to protect its own brands.“We’re in a new industry, where the benefits of federal protection aren’t open to us,” said John Lord, CEO of LivWell, a 10-store chain of Colorado marijuana shops that recently entered an agreement to sell Leafs By Snoop, the entertainer’s new line of marijuana.LivWell grows the Snoop pot alongside many other strains but charges up to $175 more an ounce for the rapper’s brand, which is sold from behind a glittery in-store display.“Brand differentiation is the normal progression of events,” said Lord, who wouldn’t share sales figures on the Snoop pot but says its performance has been “outstanding.”“Consumers will see more and more of this in the future.”___Kristen Wyatt can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/APkristenwyatt. by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press Posted Dec 30, 2015 9:55 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 30, 2015 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Womens Gymnastics Ohio State captures first win of the season in homeopener

OSU gymnastics team celebrates senior Kaitlyn Hofland, who earned a career high of 9.925 on uneven parallel bars during 2018 season premiere after recovery from shoulder surgery. She competed against Minnesota and Illinois State Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at St. John Arena. Credit: Megan Russell | Senior Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (1-3) seized its first win of the season during its home-opener at St. John Arena against Minnesota and Illinois State Saturday after losing its first three meets of the season on the road. The Buckeyes posted a season-high point total of 196.775, while garnering seven other podium appearances, nine new personal record scores, and three season-best event finishes. Minnesota finished in second with a 195.775 score and Illinois State finishing in third with a 190.875 mark. “This is the meet I’ve been waiting for,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “It’s great to be in St John, it helps that we have already been in here, and [the team] just did their gymnastics tonight. So it was amazing. I’m super happy for them, because that’s what they’re capable of.”In their first event of the night, the Buckeyes posted a season-high 49.075 mark to take the gold on vault. Sophomore Olivia Aepli finished in the top slot with a career-best score of 9.900 while Mattern finished in second with a 9.875 tally. Freshman Morgan Lowe recorded a personal-best 9.850 mark to finish tied at No. 3 with Minnesota’s Lexy Ramler.Also during the first rotation, Illinois State posted a 46.850 score on balance beam while Minnesota scored 48.375 on uneven parallel bars.On its second rotation, Ohio State earned a 98.400 tally on uneven parallel bars to seal another first-place finish. After receiving clearance for competition before the meet, senior Kaitlyn Hofland made her 2018 season premiere on bars. Hofland delivered for her team, garnering a 9.925 score, to take second for the event. “It felt like it was a long wait, but it was worth it waiting to be home first,” Hofland said. “That was my career high, and it was so fun to have that at home.”Freshman Jenna Swartzentruber also set a career high with a 9.900 mark on bars, tying for third place with Ramler. The Buckeyes held first place with a running total of 98.400 midway through the meet, while Minnesota trailed at 97.125 after its second rotation on balance beam. Illinois State sat in third with a 95.575 running score after its performance on floor exercise. Ohio State continued on balance beam with a score of 48.800. Lowe scored a team-high 9.800 to take fifth in the event.Illinois State, dealing with an injury to Kylie Meyer, scored only 47.550 on its third rotation on vault. Minnesota received a 49.550 on floor exercise in its third performance.The Buckeyes closed the meet on the floor with their best collective performance of the night. Almost finishing with a complete 9.900 score-range slate, Ohio State had five athletes earn career-high scores. “I have seen a ton of improvement in their gymnastics,” Paulicivic said. “I said that at the beginning of the year, we hadn’t seen it out on the floor. I finally feel like all the lines and the things they’ve been working on are coming together.”Junior Jamie Stone earned a 9.950 tally to tie for first place with Ramler, while Mattern tied for third alongside Minnesota’s Ona Loper with a 9.925 finish. Mattern scored a season-high 39.375, earning her second place in the all-around competition, while Swartzentruber trailed with a career-best 39.225 score to take bronze. Ramler finished took home the gold at 39.600.“Tonight was one of the most incredible things I have been a part of here at Ohio State,” Mattern said. “There was so much energy, so much positivity, just good vibes all throughout.”Ohio State will be on the road again to compete against Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey, at 7 p.m. Feb 3. read more

CPL 2017 Warriors Captain Guptill replaced by fellow New Zealander Ronchi

The Guyana Amazon Warriors have replaced their Captain and opening batsman, Martin Guptill with fellow ‘New Zealander,’ wicket-keeper/ batsman, Luke Ronchi for the remainder of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament.Luke RonchiAccording to Warriors Media/ Marketing Officer and Assistant Operations Manager John Ramsingh, unfortunately, Guptill has to return to New Zealand because of an important family health matter and as such the Guyana Amazon Warriors team will be without their appointed Captain for the rest of the 2017 Hero CPL.Ronchi has just completed his stint in the Natwest T20 Blast in England where he played with Leicestershire and is currently one of the top ten run scorers in the League with 429 runs at a strike rate of 180.25.Martin GuptillOmar Khan, Operations Manager of the Guyana Amazon Warriors said: “it’s unfortunate and hugely disappointing to lose Martin at this stage of the Tournament but we empathize with his situation and he has our full support as he returns home to his family. We welcome Luke to the Guyana Amazon Warriors family and his wealth of experience and explosive batting in this format will certainly be an asset to our team.”A Press Conference with Head Coach Roger Harper and Operations Manager Khan is scheduled to be held on Friday at the Guyana National Stadium, after the Warriors complete their final practice session, to announce the appointment of the team’s new captain.Guptill who scored 142 runs from seven innings was in his fourth year with the Guyana Amazon Warriors.The Guyana Amazon Warriors have a viable shot of making it to the play-offs and will face the Barbados Tridents on Tuesday August, 29, at the Kensington Oval Stadium.The 2017 tournament will run from 4 August – 9 September 2017.Guyana Amazon Warriors Full Squad:Rayad EmritSohail TanveerChadwick WaltonRashid KhanJason MohammedSteven TaylorVeerasammy PermaulRoshon PrimusGajanand SinghAssad FudadinSteven JacobsKeon JosephSteven KatwarooKeemo PaulMuhammad Ali KhanLuke Ronchi Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRonchi, a good addition to Warriors’ lineupMarch 7, 2018In “latest news”CPL Player Draft 2018: Malik, Delport, Tahir among Warriors’ top picksMarch 1, 2018In “latest news”Guptil retained by Guyana Amazon Warriors for CPL 2017March 9, 2017In “Sports” read more

EHF EURO 2012 Star of the Day 2″ – Gabor Csaszar

Great role has playmaker Gabor Csaszar in the Hungarian team against Russia 31:31, in front of fantastic fans in Novi Sad in the openning Round of Group C. That was recognized by the Hungarian, but also international fans, who voted for him fot the “Star od Day 2” of EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. Second is Croatian goalkeeper, Mirko Alilovic, third one, hero of the Spanish win, Javier Hombrados. ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2012 (Round 2, Nis): Germans survived Macedonia Next Story → EURO 2012 (Round 2, C and D): Last second draw for Hungary! read more

Greek owned cafe caught in wrangle over city lease

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Popular Bourke Street cafe, Sweet Mama’s Cafe has been evicted from its Melbourne council owned premise to make way for large youth fashion chain, Globalize.The City of Melbourne is currently in the process of finalising the new lease arrangements with Globalize for the 225 Bourke Street ground level floor that housed Sweet Mama’s Cafe up until two weeks a fortnight ago.The decision comes off the back of a petition signed by thousands of loyal customers to save the eight year standing cafe.The council’s refusal to grant the cafe a lease has not been taken lightly by cafe owners George Mantizanidis and and Agyris Straseas, who will now seek $250,000 in compensation for the damages.“I feel very bitter because it’s the end of a great little business which we improved on and built a good little clientele since we started in 2002,” said Mantizanidis.“It has put a huge dint in our finances, and cost four staff, including myself and my business partner, our jobs.”It was inevitable that Sweet Mama’s Cafe would have to relocate its position as it occupied a disabled access area.However when Commonwealth Bank departed from the ground floor in 2008, Mantizanidis says that he was, “presented with plans basically asking us if we would like to take an area where Commonwealth Bank was.”Mantizanidis stayed on past the end of lease date and paid the extra rental costs (previously paid by the Commonwealth Bank) in the belief that Sweet Mama’s Cafe would be relocated.However much to his surprise on Christmas Eve 2009 he received an eviction notice.“I hired a tenant’s advocate who served them with an injunction and they backed off straight away because they knew they were in the wrong but it didn’t help me much because it only extended our stay for 4 months,” he said.“We’re out now and we have nothing to show for it. “According to the tenancy advocate Ange Kondos of The Lease Police, Melbourne City Council presented Sweet Mama’s Cafe with a Heads of Agreement offer to lease in late January which they (Sweet Mama’s Cafe) signed off on, however no dates were specified.“As soon as we filled in the dates to make them accountable and equitable to Sweet Mama’s, the council withdrew their offer,” he said.“It is clear that there are separate agendas…they can’t keep chopping and changing their minds and putting people on the street because of a third party.”A spokesperson for the City of Melbourne informed Neos Kosmos that the council The City of Melbourne did not at any stage confirm a new lease would be offered.“The City of Melbourne made an offer subject to some necessary conditions but Sweet Mama’s Cafe did not reply to the offer by the stipulated deadline,” she said.The council did not disclose the details of the offer when asked by Neos Kosmos.Victorian Civil and Adminstrative Tribunal (VCAT) proceedings have been filed and will commence within weeks.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Cashiers, Cooks, Grill Cooks, Pizza Makers at LaRosa’sPart-Time/Full-Time Counter/Register Help at Wilmington House of PizzaFull-Time Delivery Driver at J. Polep Distribution ServicesFull-Time Warehouse Associate at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time Finance Manager at Skillville Corp.Full-Time Professional Driver & Mover at Xpress MoversPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Benefits Representative at Serur AgenciesPart-Time Physical Therapist at Centra HealthcareFull-Time Analytical Mechanical Design Engineer at Solidus(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Pattiseema water enters Krishna District

first_imgVijayawada: Pattiseema water entered in Krishna district on Tuesday. Former Minister and TDP national general secretary Nara Lokesh and former Water Resources Minister Devineni Uma visited the Patti Seema canal at Sitaramapuram in Krishna district. They welcomed the water and offer special pujas.The rank and file of TDP participated in the programme.last_img

Young DC Natives Bring Fresh Take On a Timeless Business Venture

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROThree young D.C. entrepreneurs aim to serve some heart-warming hope and hospitality as they open their first venture, The Village Cafe, inside Union Market. Kevon King, Mahammad Mangum and Ryan Williams who met as kids, and bonded at Woodrow Wilson High School, maintained a friendship, and recently agreed to make a change in their career trajectories.“Basically last summer we all came together trying to pursue something more than what we were doing at the moment,” Mangum said. “We wanted to create an opportunity for ourselves and others.”Mayor Muriel Bowser (center) enjoys a cup of coffee with Village Cafe co-founders Kevon King and Ryan Williams.The trio had worked in a variety of culinary positions. King held various restaurant management jobs, and Mangum was a barista at several coffee houses while he was studying history at Monterey Peninsula College, in Monterey, California. Williams attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and worked with local chef Nick Stefanelli. They created a pitch book for their idea, and met with everyone, from local government to business and development leaders, anyone to help them solidify their business. Ultimately they were led to Eden Development who helped them solidify their venture at Union Market.“We pretty much had to go and get the funding and be able to make sure that this works but Eden played a big role in helping us materialize our idea and create a creative concept,” King said.Union Market,1309 5th St. NE, Washington, DC, 20002, which is owned by EDEN, is a hotspot in the city with over 15,000 people visiting the spot each weekend according to a 2016 report from the Urban Land Institute. Union Market boasts over 22,000 square feet of retail space and hosted over 400 events that year.For King and his fellow founders, the District was the only place they could see their business saying, “D.C. has always had a special place in our hearts.”The community seems to be welcoming the young entrepreneurs with open arms. D.C. City Council member Kenyan McDuffie said in a press release, “It is with a great sense of pride that I welcome The Village Cafe to Ward 5 and the Union Market area, which continues to grow more vibrant every day.”“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy, employing District residents and keeping dollars circulating within our communities. I congratulate my fellow Wilson High School alums, Kevon, Mahammad and Ryan on their new venture and look forward to the many cups of coffee I will be enjoying at The Village Cafe for years to come.”Coffee is big business according to a report from research firm Mintel. Coffee sales exceeded $23.4 Billion in 2017, which is a 41% increase since 2011. But the report also mentioned a “cooling of coffee shop grow to just over 2%, the lowest spurt in six years. But Mungum points to a more strategic and holistic approach to Village Cafe, and a dedicated effort to building community, and partnering with local vendors, which he believes will improve their chances for success.“There are other shops around,” Mangum said, “But a lot of what we do is mission based. We want to showcase entrepreneurs to underserved communities and give them a platform to showcase their products.”Village Cafe is dedicated to working with local partners including Politics and Prose and Southeastern Roastery, which is The Cafe’s coffee partner.The Village Cafe will have a host of offerings besides fresh brewed coffee and snacks, including, Sign language classes with Gallaudet University, “Village Talks,” including healthy eating panel discussions, Children’s story time with Politics and Prose, career skills workshops + “coffee culture” training, Partner highlight podcast and Wilson High School alumni panel.Though the Village Cafe had a soft opening on Tuesday, the store plans a big Grand opening Oct. 23rd.last_img read more

Police rescue truck full of snapper turtles

first_imgTurtle soup will not be on the menu in the eastern municipality of Pococí today after police detained two men for transporting 18 snapper turtles in a truck.The turtle thieves were apprehended after police received a phone tip that the contraband creatures would be traveling on the highway from Cariari to Guapiles. Police arrested a Chinese citizen with the last name Huanqiao and a Costa Rican driver with the last name Serrano. The driver claimed he was unaware that his cargo contained turtles, and said that Huanqiao had paid him to transport a load of crabs.Snapping turtles are endangered in Costa Rica and are protected by law. The turtles were turned over to officials with the Environment Ministry who will return them to the wild. Facebook Comments Related posts:Police arrest suspect selling poached turtle eggs NOT GUILTY: 7 men acquitted of murder of Costa Rica sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora US government sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets New trial in killing of Costa Rica conservationist Jairo Mora to start Jan. 25last_img read more

Barrett boiler bill breaks barriers

first_img Categories: Barrett News,News 02Feb Barrett boiler bill breaks barriers State Rep. Tom Barrett, chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, has introduced key reform legislation to remove red tape for Michigan veterans seeking jobs and a better quality of life.During the 2013-14 session, a number of bills were passed into law allowing veterans to use their military training and experience when seeking civilian licensures in a variety of trades. With the passage of Barrett’s House Bill 4134, service members who worked as a boiler repairer, inspector or installer would be able to receive state certification to perform the same task without having to go through additional state-mandated training.“One of the most important things we can do for our returning veterans is to ensure they have access to good employment,” Barrett said. “I believe removing barriers to give access to work for our servicemen and women is the right thing to do.”Barrett is a freshman lawmaker from Potterville, representing most of Eaton County in the 71st House District. He is the only post-9/11 Iraq War veteran in the state House, and still serves as an UH-72 Lakota helicopter pilot in the Michigan Army National Guard.“I’ve seen a lot of my peers in uniform return from a deployment and struggle to find work back here at home. I hope this bill will ease some of that burden,” Barrett said.HB 4134 was introduced with bipartisan support and a total of 15 co-sponsors.Many automobile factories, schools, armories, commercial businesses and municipal buildings utilize boilers as a means of heating their facilities. Barrett has pledged to do everything he can to improve the lives of Michigan’s veterans.#####last_img read more

Rep Cox and state leaders promote Sexual Assault Awareness Month

first_img19Apr Rep. Cox and state leaders promote Sexual Assault Awareness Month Categories: Cox News State Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia and other lawmakers today held a bipartisan press conference at the state Capitol to encourage education, awareness and community involvement to prevent sexual violence and create a safer environment for everyone. April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month across the country.To highlight the need to address sexual assault, Reps. Cox and Kristy Pagan introduced resolutions in the House declaring April 2017 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the state of Michigan and Campus Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in the state of Michigan. Companion resolutions were also introduced in the Senate.“Sexual assault is a serious issue plaguing college campuses across the country,” Rep. Cox said. “The goal of the legislation that I introduced with Senators Schuitmaker and Warren allows courts to properly take into consideration a suspect’s history of sexual assault as we work to take these dangerous predators off our streets. This legislation will be an important tool in cold case prosecutions, to help hold serial sexual assault perpetrators accountable. I am proud to be a part of the team that’s helping to put an end to sexual assault on and off campuses throughout the state of Michigan.”For the past year, Rep. Cox has worked alongside Michigan’s first lady, Sue Snyder, to develop methods to end sexual assault on college campuses. The Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault initiative was formed by Snyder in an effort to research ways to uniformly work with victims. The program intends to end campus sexual assaults by changing the culture that leads authorities to dismiss allegations, encouraging victims to report the crime and developing uniform punishments for offenders.Lore A. Rogers, staff attorney for the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, and Kathy Hagenian, executive policy director for the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, also attended the press conference. About one in six women will be the victim of sexual assault in her lifetime, and statistics show that sexual violence is more prevalent at college in comparison to other crimes.State Rep. Laura Cox speaks to the press about promoting Sexual Assault Awareness Month and was joined by, from left, state Reps. Julie Alexander and Michele Hoitenga, state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, state Rep. Kristy Pagan, state Sen. Rebekah Warren and State Rep. John Chirkun.last_img read more

Rep Berman Auto insurance reforms to bring Oakland County drivers savings protections

first_img Categories: Berman News 30May Rep. Berman: Auto insurance reforms to bring Oakland County drivers savings, protections Long-overdue auto insurance reform supported by Rep. Ryan Berman was signed into state law today, guaranteeing lower rates for drivers in Oakland County and across Michigan.The bipartisan reforms – approved earlier by Berman and the Legislature – give drivers more choice on personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, combat fraudulent claims and take steps to rein in medical costs. Berman said depending on the PIP coverage level chosen, motorists could see hundreds of dollars or more in cost savings each year.“During the last five months I’ve heard from countless people about the need to reform our state’s no-fault system,” said Berman, of Commerce Township. “This bipartisan plan guarantees rate reductions for all Michigan drivers and reduces medical costs for auto accident victims.”Michigan has had the most expensive auto insurance in the nation mainly because it was the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance, without any cost containment. The new law will provide drivers more affordable options while allowing those who currently use the unlimited coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it.Starting in July 2020, many drivers will be able to opt out of personal injury protection altogether, including seniors with retiree health coverage such as Medicare and those with health insurance policies that cover auto accident-related injuries. Others will be able to continue with unlimited coverage or choose PIP limits of $250,000 or $500,000. A $50,000 option will be available for drivers on Medicaid.Other reforms include:A fee schedule to rein in runaway costs that result from medical care providers charging far more to treat auto accident victims than other patients.Non-driving factors, such as ZIP codes, home ownership, and educational level, cannot be used to determine rates.An anti-fraud unit will help crack down on those abusing the system, helping further lower auto insurance rates.last_img read more

Krugman – Public Policy Has Bought Into SkillsGap Myth

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares March 30, 2014; New York TimesYou can always count on Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman to raise issues that many of us in nonprofits may not have fully considered or examined. Last week, in the New York Times, Krugman challenged the concept of the “skills gap,” a core concept embedded in many workforce development programs. His point was to address an article by JPMorgan chief Jamie Dimon and Marlene Seltzer, the CEO of the nonprofit Jobs for the Future. Their argument is that there are 4 million jobs unfilled that would be filled by some of the 11 million unemployed Americans were it not for the “the gulf between the skills job seekers currently have and the skills employers need.”Krugman counters that “multiple careful studies have found no support for claims that inadequate worker skills explain high unemployment…[but] the belief that America suffers from a severe ‘skills gap’ is one of those things that everyone important knows must be true, because everyone they know says it’s true.” He says that this “zombie idea…that should have been killed by evidence…does a lot of harm.”“Yes, workers with a lot of formal education have lower unemployment than those with less, but that’s always true, in good times and bad,” Krugman writes. “The crucial point is that unemployment remains much higher among workers at all education levels than it was before the financial crisis. The same is true across occupations: workers in every major category are doing worse than they were in 2007.”What is Krugman’s evidence that the skills gap is a myth? He argues, “if employers are really crying out for certain skills, they should be willing to offer higher wages to attract workers with those skills.” He cites a study from the Boston Consulting Group, among many others, that concluded, “worries of a skills gap crisis are overblown.” Krugman says, for example, that the long-term unemployed are “pretty much indistinguishable in skills from laid-off workers who quickly find new jobs.” He suggests that the problem for the long-term unemployed is really “the very fact of being out of work, which makes employers unwilling even to look at their qualifications.”  By reiterating the myth of the skills gap, Krugman believes that public policy is “blaming workers for their own plight…[and] shift[ing] attention away from the spectacle of soaring profits and bonuses even as employment and wages stagnate.” This suits corporate executives, he indicates, but mischaracterizes the nature of the problem that has to be addressed if long-term unemployment is going to be attacked.A little more than a month ago, President Obama raised something of the same issue. He announced a program to get some of the nation’s largest employers, such as Wal-Mart, General Motors, Ford, and Apple, to commit to hiring practices that would eliminate discrimination against job applicants who have been unemployed for a long time. It was oblique recognition of Krugman’s point by the president, though he has frequently cited the skills gap as a primary target for workforce development public policy.Why is this a problem? Because in blaming workers for lacking skills, this theory lets government off the hook from what it could and should be doing, which is to create jobs to absorb the unemployed. “The skills-gap hypothesis is troubling because policymakers can use it as an excuse for government not to take the lead in job creation,” according to the authors of the Ending Hunger report. “After all, if high unemployment is due to significant skills deficits among U.S. workers, the solution must be education and training.”When employers complain about a shortage of skilled workers, “it’s hard not to break out laughing,” says Mark Price, a labor economist at the Keystone Research Center. “If there’s a skill shortage, there has to be rises in wages. It’s basic economics.” It certainly is basic economics—unless employers want to keep wages low.Have nonprofits bought into a counterproductive myth about the skills gap? Krugman thinks we have. “We need to kill this zombie, if we can,” he writes, “and stop making excuses for an economy that punishes workers.”—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more