Watchdog slams former grain commissioner for postemployment ethics violations

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first_imgOTTAWA — The federal ethics watchdog says a former acting head of the Canadian Grain Commission took improper advantage of his public office when he went to work for one of the country’s largest grain-handling companies.Ethics commissioner Mario Dion says Jim Smolik broke two post-employment provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act that governs the conduct of people who hold public offices.The act stipulates that a person may not ever act in a manner that takes improper advantage of their previous public office and it imposes a cooling-off period of one year, during which a former office-holder is barred from making representations on behalf of anyone to any department, board, commission or tribunal with which they had direct, significant dealings during their last year in public office.Yet within a few weeks of leaving the grain commission to become Canadian head of corporate affairs for Cargill Ltd. in November 2016, Dion says, Smolik became involved in efforts to resolve a dust problem at the company’s grain terminal in Sarnia, Ont.Cargill, which was facing potentially significant fines under the provincial Environmental Protection Act. wanted permission from the commission to use white mineral oil to suppress the dust.Dion says Smolik “exploited his previous public office” to facilitate Cargill’s access to the grain commission and to “shepherd” the company through a process that ultimately led to the commission agreeing to grant Cargill an exemption to the prohibition on the use of mineral oil at grain terminals.Indeed, Dion says the application for the exemption was drafted with Smolik’s advice and was signed by Smolik.“In my view, Mr. Smolik was more than willing to assist his employer in any manner despite the post-employment advice he had received from this (the ethics commissioner’s) office,” Dion wrote in a report released Thursday.“In my view, Mr. Smolik took improper advantage of the relationships he had established while at the commission, as well as the knowledge and expertise he had acquired while in public office.”The commission is a federal agency that regulates grain-handling in Canada and certifies the quality, safety and quantity of grain exports. Smolik was appointed as assistant chief commissioner in 2007 by the previous Conservative government, which twice renewed his three-year term. He became acting chief commissioner in January 2016, before leaving to join Cargill in November of that year.Dion also took Smolik to task for initially denying any significant involvement in the dust issue and related interactions with the grain commission.“I found Mr. Smolik’s version of events to be inconsistent with the information contained in the documentation submitted by both Cargill and the commission,” Dion wrote.“In fact, many of the relevant documents which were either authored by Mr. Smolik or addressed to him directly showed a level of involvement in the Sarnia terminal’s dust issue that was far greater than Mr. Smolik had initially led me to believe. I also found Mr. Smolik to be less than forthcoming with his answers to questions relating to these documents during his second interview, including why he had not produced the documents himself.”Dion says it is up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “to decide on any further potential action” against Smolik.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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3 Labrador hunger strikers arrive home to a heroes welcome

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Shay Mitchell Shares Stunning Photos from Morocco Trip

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Rabat – Canadian actress, model and entrepreneur, Shay Ashley Mitchell,shared spectacular photos of her stay in Morocco with her 17.1 million followers.Mitchell began her trip as a guest at the wedding of the American DJs Hannah Bronfman and DJ Brendan, which took place in May at La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech. After the wedding, the actress traveled around Morocco and visited Fez, Meknes and the coastal village of Oualidia.Along the way, Mitchell, famous for her role inthe American television series Pretty Little Liars, snapped pictures and described her colorful journey on social media. Mitchellsince gained social media fame. After initially being shared and liked , and continued to spread the images from her trip. Her photos depicting have recently attracted new interest in the country. For anyone perusing her Instagram feed this it is easy to understand why. From the palatial hotel La Mamounia to the winding medina of Fez, her photos are bound to inspire “wanderlust.”Mitchell is not alone in her appreciation of Moroccan architecture and its cities. Indeed, the country’s breathtaking Southern and Northern architectural styles are one of the main reasons  why tourists chose to visit the country every year. read more

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Bangladeshi woman arrested with heroin in Dehiwala

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The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) arrested a Bangladeshi woman with over 32 kg of heroin in Dehiwala.The heroin was valued at around Rs 388 million.

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ATT Intelligent Pairing Ups Agent Success

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The AT&T story also highlights that deploying AI isn’t about getting rid of agents, it’s about helping them be more successful in what they do. This is one of the many themes I’ll be exploring at Enterprise Connect 2019 in the session, “Contact Centers 2022: Automation vs. AI-Assisted Humans — Where to Draw the Line.” Join me in Orlando, Fla., for Enterprise Connect the week of March 18, and discover all the latest contact center and customer experience trends and technologies! With the intelligent routing, Tuggle explained, AT&T is able to send such a caller to an agent who has had success with similar customers. “Similar” is defined based on a series of attributes — e.g., a similar pattern of inbound calling or a similar type of inquiry. Directing calls to agents versed in handling similar customers or inquiries will likely lead to greater success, measured by time to resolution and customer satisfaction. To get started, I asked Tuggle how the Afiniti technology works in the DIRECTV loyalty centers. What happens when a caller wants to cancel an AT&T service? How is the customer and agent experience different with Afiniti? How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. AnthonyTuggle_at-AvayaEngage.jpg AT&T is using Afiniti’s artificial intelligence (AI)-based routing solution to support almost 5,000 agents who work in what Tuggle described as AT&T/DIRECTV loyalty centers. Based on the energy and passion for his work that I saw in Tuggle while on stage, I arranged to speak with him and Chishti to get a deeper dive on how AT&T works with Afiniti and what their future plans include. Last week’s Avaya Engage event featured a variety of customer success stories, beginning on Monday, Jan. 22, when Anthony Tuggle, vice president of sales for AT&T Entertainment Group, took part in a keynote address highlighting the strategic partnership between Afiniti and Avaya. Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? Note that AT&T has a premises-based deployment of Avaya contact center but is successfully using and planning to expand its implementation of AI with thousands of agents. It’s a fact that contradicts industry observations that AI can only successfully be implemented with a cloud contact center. The business outcomes AT&T has realized by using Afiniti’s intelligent routing in the DIRECTV loyalty centers have been straightforward: reduced churn and increased revenue with cross-sells. Now work is underway to extend the behavioral pairing solution to AT&T sales centers, which would expand the solution to thousands of additional agents, Tuggle said. Register now using the code NJPOSTS to save $200 off the current conference price.Tags:Inside the EnterpriseAvaya EngageAfinitiAT&Tintelligent routingContact Center & Customer ExperienceAI & AutomationAPIs & Embedded CommunicationsCase StudiesDigital TransformationPartner Ecosystem Articles You Might Like Zia Chishti, Afiniti CEO (at left) and Anthony Tuggle, vice president of sales at AT&T Entertainment Group, on the keynote stage at Avaya Engage. Other than looking at success patterns, I asked Chishti what else Afiniti was doing to improve performance of AT&T contact centers. Chishti didn’t have to think about it — “a great data partnership,” he answered. “AT&T is one of the leading partners that we have in understanding the value of the data relationship,” he said. Tuggle ended our conversation by returning to his theme that using Afiniti in more AT&T contact centers allows the company to increase employee satisfaction. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. Log in or register to post comments In addition to improved customer metrics, equally important to AT&T is agent impact. As Tuggle explained: “if I pair you up with the right type of customer, you have a higher probability of being successful in providing the customer resolution. You have a better opportunity to make a connection with the customer and to make it long-lasting,” Tuggle said. “We want our agents to be proud of the call,” he added. AT&T also wants its customers to be wowed, to think, “I had the best experience with that agent.” Adding behavioral pairing of customers and agents in sales contact centers will grow revenue as well as enable the company to deliver a best-in-class customer experience, Tuggle noted. Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » As an example, Chishti mentioned the deep customer relationship management (CRM) information that AT&T shares with Afiniti to support the pairing process. This isn’t just about having CRM information, but the classification and willingness to communicate that data to its partners in a secure environment is what sets AT&T apart and allows the solution to be so successful, Chishti said. read more

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African Metals finally gets DMS plant for Luisha South

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first_imgAfrican Metals Corporation (AFR) has reported the successful delivery of the Dense Media Separation (DMS) plant, spirals bank and ancillary equipment to the Luisha South copper project in the DRC’s Katanga province. Clarification of pre-existing import documentation issues with DRC customs had caused a delay in the transfer of ownership registration to Kundelungu Mineral Resources (KMR), a subsidiary of AFR.A discrepancy in the original importation documents associated with the DMS plant resulted in a delayed transfer of ownership registration to KMR. The DMS Plant was originally imported under a two year temporary importation certificate in 2010. A failure to comply with importation protocols and procedures resulted in DRC customs delaying transfer of registration of equipment to KMR until the previous owners resolved the documentation issues. The issues have since been resolved to the satisfaction of customs, and all necessary documentation for full registration of the DMS plant with KMR and the payment of due taxes by the previous owner have been finalised.M&J Investments have successfully decommissioned and mobilised the DMS plant to the Luisha South project and is currently completing site preparation and construction. The company is targeting dry commissioning of the plant by mid-December. Nigel Ferguson, CEO and President of African Metals Corp, commented: “The company is very pleased to report the delivery of the DMS plant. The delays with import documentation issues have been unfortunate and beyond the company’s control, but with the successful resolution of the issues the company now has a clear way forward for commercial operation. The experience of the M&J team should enable efficient construction and commissioning of the plant in a timely manner, targeting oxide copper concentrate production by year end.”last_img read more

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South Dakota School of Mines adds PhD specialisation in mining engineering

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first_imgThe decision to add a new Ph.D. specialisation in the Mining Engineering and Management Department at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will increase research opportunities and funding, and develop critical collaborations. The Mining and Engineering Department recommended the Ph.D. mining engineering specialisation in response to increased interest from students; an increased need within the industry and government for Ph.D. employees; and a desire for more federal research funding opportunities. The addition will also develop stronger collaborations between the earth systems programs at Mines – geology, geological engineering, petroleum systems and mining engineering, says Lance A. Roberts, Ph.D., and head of the Department of Mining Engineering and Management at SD Mines. “Working collaboratively with the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering allows us to efficiently leverage numerous resources and attract new students into a unique interdisciplinary program,” says Roberts. “Our goal is to graduate top-notch academics, engineers and researchers who are needed to solve the most complex minerals-related problems facing the United States and the world today.” Roberts said the new specialization in mining engineering, in concert with the existing specialisation in geology and geological engineering, will allow the departments to “incubate and nurture emerging programs” that could lead to additional specializations. Interdisciplinary specialisations also make departments more competitive when vying for research funding, as many funders want research expertise in multiple areas. Roberts says one example is the development of strategic minerals, which are minerals critical to both the national defense of the United States and its industry. Currently, the United States must often import the minerals from less-than-friendly nations. “To ultimately solve this problem will involve the disciplines of multiple specialties.”The addition of this Ph.D. specialization at Mines was approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents summer 2017.last_img read more

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Disney robot can play catch with humans

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first_imgAlthough it’s most famous for delighting audiences with anthropomorphic vermin and turning even the most emotionless people into sentimental kids-at-heart, Disney is also renowned in the field of robotics. The company has proven its relevance in that area again by introducing a humanoid robot that can play catch with ordinary humans.The robot is being developed at a Disney research facility in Pittsburgh, and it aims to change the universal paradigm that while theme park robots are cool, guests aren’t allowed to interact with them at all. This robot encourages interaction, and could be headed to a Disney park near you before too long.It hasn’t been given an official name (at least not one that Disney has revealed), but the robot is capable of monitoring the movements of colored balls. When they appear close to the robot, it moves its hand to be able to catch it. It then slowly tosses the ball back to the person who threw it.Of course, because it’s Disney, that isn’t good enough. It needed extra “human” elements. So the robot also moves its head in the direction of the ball, even though such movements are not vital to its ability to catch it. In addition, if the robot misses a catch, it will either shake its head, shrug its shoulders, or look around as if trying to see where it went.In its initial stages of development, researchers actually used the Xbox Kinect camera for object recognition, but because it doesn’t actually need the panning motor or the microphone, the Kinect ended up being overkill. Instead, they settled on the more focused Xtion Pro Live from Asus.This isn’t just an unnecessary concept. Disney is actually thinking about placing this kind of robot in its theme parks. There would still be a short fence or some kind of barrier between the guests and robots, but they would be able to pass balls back and forth. It would fit in nicely in Tomorrowland, don’t you think?YouTube via PopScilast_img read more

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The scope for him to improve even further at Munster is really

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first_img‘The scope for him to improve even further at Munster is really exciting’ Joey Carbery’s contract extension was discussed by Murray Kinsella and Bernard Jackman on this week’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly. By Ryan Bailey Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 10:00 PM Subscribe Share114 Tweet Email 29 Comments “The scope for him to improve even further is really exciting. It feels like there is still more to come. It’s really exciting for Munster.”You can listen to the full episode below: Short URLcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://the42.ie/4565873 JOEY CARBERY’S DECISION to commit to Munster for a further two years is not only a major fillip for the province, but a reflection of how seamlessly the out-half has settled into life down south. That’s the view of former Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman and Murray Kinsella, who discussed Carbery’s new Munster contract on this week’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly. Carbery has quickly become a Munster fan’s favourite. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOAlthough the Ireland international had a year left on his existing deal with Munster, Carbery this week put pen-to-paper on renewed terms which will see him remain at Thomond Park until June 2022.Carbery has clearly benefited from consistent game time in the number 10 jersey following his summer switch from Leinster, emerging from the Champions Cup pool stages as the tournament’s top points scorer.“Whether you agree or disagree with players being moved, I think if they make that move you’d like to see them actually leave a legacy there and buy into it and Joey has done that,” Jackman said.“It’s great by Munster to put it to bed quite early. This time next year there would have been huge speculation, it could have been distracting. He’s just cut all that messing out and just actually committed to it.“It’s a great bit of business from Munster.” Carbery’s decision to commit his long-term future to Johann van Graan’s side shows how much he has bought into the club, and is also a testament to the South African head coach’s vision in Limerick.  Source: The42.ie/YouTube“Extending it to June 2022 is a real statement of that,” Kinsella said. “I think initially when the move happened, I guess there was a bit of resistance, a bit of concern on his side.“It was something totally out of the blue almost to him, he’d come through at Leinster and felt very much at home there and he probably went down with those doubts in his mind but they were quickly expelled.“He settled in quickly, and the Munster fans, really importantly, took to him so quickly. There wasn’t any sense that ‘this guy needs to prove himself to us’. There was an immediate kind of love for him down there and he really has become a bit of hero to the fans in a short space of time, and deservedly so.“He has performed really well and the exciting thing about that deal is he’s only 23. He has 18 Test caps, he’s been part of a Grand Slam, he’s beaten the All Blacks,  he’s done some incredible things already in his career and he’s still only 23. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Mar 28th 2019, 9:01 PM 20,241 Views last_img read more

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Sturridge focused on Reds title charge

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first_imgLiverpool striker Daniel Sturridge admits he is clearly focused on helping Liverpool win the Premier League title and not his future at the club.The former Chelsea forward’s contract runs out in the summer and has been limited to cameo appearances with the front trio of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane ahead in the pecking order.Although the 29-year-old is in the best physical shape in several years, lack of first-team opportunities is likely to mean there will be no extension to his contract.“I’m staying focused on right now. You’ve got to live in the present, you can never live in the future,’ he told BBC Radio 1 Extra and cited on Daily Mail.“I’ve been at Liverpool a long time and I’m happy too. I want to try and help bring the team some success, to win a trophy with them would be amazing.“We’ve come close before, finals, almost won the Premier League before but we didn’t quite do it.”Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…Fellow forward Mane echoed Sturridge’s sentiment as he is optimistic the Reds can end the jinx and win the elusive Premier League title this season.“Of course we are confident if we’re winning – but not too much, we know what can happen,’ the Senegal international told liverpoolfc.com.“We are still professional footballers and we’re still going to try to take it game by game.“We have experience now. The season is long and we have many games.“Making pressure for ourselves doesn’t help. Why not just try to win games until the end of the season?”last_img read more

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Detroits I Prevail Conquer Hardship To Deliver New Album Trauma Announce Tour

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first_imgNews Twitter The heavy-hitting quintet emerge from adversity to drop their second full-lengthNate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 29, 2019 – 5:36 pm There’s no scarier injury for a singer to sustain than one to his vocal chords. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the challenge I Prevail vocalist Bria Burkheiser faced in 2016, just as the band’s debut, Lifelines, began to gain steam. Today, the Detroit five-piece make their triumphant return, dropping their sophomore album, Trauma, releasing a video for its song “Paranoid” and announcing a headlining tour kicking off next month.The road to the aptly titled LP wasn’t easy. According to a statement by the band, Berkheiser’s injury caused him to deal with “the aftershocks of stress and anxiety.””Conflicted with thoughts of potentially leaving the band, he made a decision,” the statement continues. “He got together with his band brothers in 2018 and they decided to craft the record they wanted to hear without outside input. Joined by producer Tyler Smith [Falling In Reverse], they emerged from 10 months in the studio with Trauma.”The album’s first two singles, “Bow Down and “Breaking Down,” hit YouTube last month, each eclipsing the two million mark in views.  I Prevail will also hit the road for an extensive tour with Issues and Justin Stone starting Apr. 24 in Kansas City, Mis., and wrapping in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Aug. 9. For a full list of dates and ticket info, visit the band’s website. Slipknot Announce Summer Knotfest Roadshow And New Studio Album Facebook Read more I Prevail Get “Paranoid” On New Album ‘Trauma’ detroits-i-prevail-conquer-hardship-deliver-new-album-trauma-announce-tour Detroit’s I Prevail Conquer Hardship To Deliver New Album ‘Trauma’ & Announce Tour Email last_img read more

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Juneau Youth Services Offers Housing For AtRisk Teens Young Adults

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first_imgThe Black Bear Apartments in the Mendenhall Valley is one of two youth transitional living complexes operated by Juneau Youth Services. (Photo by Sarah Yu/360 North)Homeless youth in Juneau don’t have a lot of options when it comes to housing, especially if they’re on their own. The lucky ones stay with family or friends. Many of them couch surf or go camping when the weather’s nice.Download AudioBut there’s another option many probably aren’t aware of: Juneau Youth Services’ transitional living program.Alyssa White says she hit rock bottom before moving into a JYS transitional living apartment. The 21-year-old had been living in the dorms at the University of Alaska Southeast.Alyssa White says she hit rock bottom before finding the JYS transitional living program. “I owe a lot to those people,” she says. (Photo by Casey Kelly)“I was a partier − a pretty bad partier − and it got out of hand,” says White.She says JYS gave her a place to live, set her up with substance abuse counseling and generally helped turn her life around.If she hadn’t gotten into the transitional living program, White says she probably would have ended up on the streets, selling stuff to feed her drug habit. Today she works two jobs and lives with her mom. She says they have a good relationship after a rough patch in her teens.“I owe a lot to those people,” White says. “Like they really changed my whole perspective, and helped me like maintain my jobs and helped me realize I’m a worthwhile person.”The Black Bear Apartments are nestled into a stand of trees in the Mendenhall Valley. Transitional living supervisor Henry Wyatt says it’s one of two complexes where clients live during the program.Compared to transitional living facilities in other parts of the country, Wyatt says these apartments feel less institutional. They range from efficiencies to a 4 bedroom unit. He says the girls’ apartments tend to be decorated like home, while the boys’ are more like college dorms.“We had one client awhile back, he was a gamer, super into video games,” he says. “He covered his wall in video game posters and he took all the discs out of their boxes and had them all hanging on the wall.”JYS has nine apartments, and can serve up to 18 clients, ages 16-21.“Some of them are coming from homes where there’s a lot of drug abuse, maybe physical, emotional abuse,” says Wyatt. “Some kids are just living on the street. They’ve literally been kicked out of their house and are couch surfing or sleeping in the woods.”Besides housing, the transitional living program offers life skills classes, which Wyatt admits doesn’t sound very exciting.“It sounds like something a 50-year-old said: ‘These kids need life skills,’” he says.But he says it’s better than the alternative of figuring it out on your own.“A lot of people learn how to manage their credit by totally destroying their credit in their early 20s, and then go, ‘Oh yeah, OK, that’s what I shouldn’t do!’” Wyatt says with a laugh. “A lot of people learn how to budget by not budgeting well for 10 years, and then going, ‘Oh OK, well I should probably budget my money. That makes more sense.’”JYS does have ground rules. For example, clients are expected to have a job or be in school. If they can’t find a job, they can do community service while they look for one. They pay 30 percent of their income as rent, an amount based on the federal definition of affordable housing. They get 30 percent of that back when they leave the program.Clients are only allowed to stay in transitional housing for a year and a half, and they age out once they turn 22.Drugs and alcohol are not allowed. JYS offers its own substance abuse counseling, or it can set up clients with third-party services. Counselor Lindsey Bray says some issues are too serious for kids to be in the program.“If they do come in and they have some issues with chemical dependency or they’ve got a chronic mental health concern, then we expect that they’re either already actively managing that situation or we try to connect them with resources to make that happen,” Bray says.Alyssa White says for her, stability was the most beneficial part of the transitional living program.“I never really had that one person or group of people to be, like, hey we’re here for you,” she says.White says she’s still in touch with the JYS staff, and knows they’ll be there for her no matter what issues come up in her life.last_img read more

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Indian EC bans Mayawati Yogi Adityanath for provocative speech

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first_imgDalit leader Mayawati and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath. AFP File PhotoIndia’s election watchdog on Monday banned two outspoken politicians from campaigning in the country’s national vote for making provocative speeches which it said could stir communal unrest.The measures came after the Supreme Court called on the election commission to get tough on hate speech during the world’s biggest election, which started last Thursday and runs through to 19 May.Mayawati, a leader for low-caste Dalits, was banned from campaigning for 48 hours for calling on Muslims to vote in a bloc against prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Yogi Adityanath, firebrand BJP chief minister of India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh, was sidelined for three days for his response to Mayawati, comparing the election to a battle between Muslim and Hindu gods.Hindus — who make up the majority community in India — had “no option” but to support the BJP, he added.Both politicians made “highly provocative speeches” which had “the tone and tenor to aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred between different religious communities,” the commission said.Indian politicians are often accused of using hate speech and intimidation to win votes.The Indian campaign has been marked by headline-grabbing declarations by politicians.Adityanath has already waded into trouble by calling Muslims the “green virus” who are set to “engulf the nation”.BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj caused controversy last week by saying he was a “saint” who would put a “curse” anyone who votes against him — while another BJP contender, Maneka Gandhi, said Muslims should vote for her or their future requests could be shunned if she wins.The Supreme Court has in turn called on opposition congress party leader Rahul Gandhi to explain why he “incorrectly” attributed remarks to the court saying that Modi had “committed a theft” in agreeing a fighter deal with France.The election commission — often accused of being ineffective — has been flooded with complaints since campaigning started in March, and the Supreme Court told it to “act very promptly” on potential violations.The watchdog told the court its code of conduct limits the punishments it can mete out however.”We can’t de-recognise them (parties) or disqualify candidates,” the counsel representing the commission at the hearing on Monday said.The commission sought to counter critics this month by postponing the release of a fawning film biography of Modi. It also ordered a clampdown on a TV channel dedicated to the prime minister, NaMO TV.last_img read more

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Houston City Council Approves Major Bike Share Expansion

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first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Under that expansion, the number of bike share stations will grow by close to 40. That will give Houston a total of 97 stations with the vast majority inside the 610 Loop.That program is operated by Houston BCycle and it’s funded primarily through a federal grant. District J Council Member Mike Laster says he likes the way the program is being rolled out.“This is really holistic and a good program, as much as anything because it is strategic,” commented Laster. “And it is happening on a course-by-course basis. Quite frankly, we’re not just putting thousands of bikes on the streets.”While many council members praised the expansion, the only person to vote against it was District D Member Dwight Boykins. He says he’s frustrated bike share hasn’t expanded to underserved neighborhoods like Sunnyside and South Park.“Midtown is not all of District D,” said Boykins. “And until they can allow the people can access quality heath in my community, they will not get another vote from me.”District K Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum said she’s also concerned about bike share access. She says she’s now having conversations with BCycle about proposed locations outside the Loop.Council Member @DwightBoykins is correct! We look forward to working with his office to offer the cheapest ($0.27/day), healthiest (~280 cal burned/ride), and most sustainable (zero emissions) public transit in the city to more underserved communities. https://t.co/yL4FtOV8ph— Houston BCycle (@HoustonBCycle) August 8, 2018 – / 3 Xcenter_img 00:00 /00:53 Sharelast_img read more

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Argentinas Dirección Nacional de Migraciones has

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first_imgArgentina’s Dirección Nacional de Migraciones has suspended the Reciprocity Fee for Australian citizens entering Argentina, effective 1 July 2017. The Reciprocity Fee of USD$100 per person was previously applied to holders of valid Australian passports entering Argentina for tourism or business purposes.Chad Carey, co-founder Chimu Adventures says the suspension brings Argentina one step closer to becoming Latin America’s favourite travel hot spot for Australians.“Demand for Argentina has been booming for us and the fee suspension will only reinforce this trend. “With air capacity being at record heights and airfares as competitive as never before, we are expecting Argentina to fly high for years to come. With its amazing culture, food & wine, architecture and spirit, Argentina truly combines everything Australians love in a destination.”Chimu offers a 4-day Buenos Aires Stopover package, priced from AU$ 679*, that takes in the city’s colourful neighbourhoods, its art galleries, antique stores and its historic landmarks as well as a tango show and a day spent in an exclusive Argentinian estancia.*T & Cs applyIMAGE: Colourful Buenos Aires ArgentinaChimu AdventuresSouth Americalast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterStarwood Hotels & Resorts announced on 10 February 2016 that it has entered into a franchise agreement with Brighton and Hove Albion to open a new Aloft hotel in the popular southern England coastal city. The 150-room Aloft Brighton, which is due to open in September 2017, will expand the brand’s growing footprint to four hotels in the UK, including two in London (Aloft London Tobacco Dock opens 2018), one in Liverpool and now one in Brighton.“This agreement illustrates the strong demand for stylish, yet affordable accommodation in mature and strategically important cities such as Brighton,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East.Located adjacent to the new American Express Community Stadium, home of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, Aloft Brighton will form a key part of a new major development that includes a proposed specialist cancer treatment centre underneath the hotel. The site also enjoys superb transport links, with an on-site mainline rail station and parking for 422 cars (including 27 disabled spaces), and is located within close proximity to Brighton city-centre and its popular attractions.Delivering urban-influenced design and an energetic guest experience, Aloft Brighton will offer 150 loft-like guest rooms with ultra-comfortable plush platform beds, large walk-in showers and complimentary Bliss amenities. The hotel will feature the brand’s signature W XYZ bar, a buzzy public space where guests can mix and mingle, work or grab a drink with friends. Additionally, every Aloft hotel around the world offers live, free access to emerging artists and performances from some of the hottest local bands.Designed with the needs of the savvy next-generation traveller in mind, Aloft Brighton will feature SPG Keyless—Starwood’s industry-first keyless entry system that enables guests to use their smartphone or Apple watch as a room key—and fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Hotel amenities will include an onsite restaurant; Aloft’s signature Re:charge fitness centre; 55 square metres of creative meeting space equipped with the latest audio-visual hardware; and Re:fuel by Aloft, a unique and convenient deli option for guests on the go, offering an array of food and drinks available 24 hours a day.The signing of Aloft Brighton reaffirms the momentum behind the brand’s fast-moving global expansion, with plans to introduce new properties in Europe from St. Petersburg to Kiev. Starwood also announced plans to open a second Aloft in London at the historic Tobacco Dock area in 2018—a dual-development hotel that will also feature the company’s first Element property in the UK.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgSeabourn Encore has arrived in Sydney for the first time, becoming the youngest ship to ever visit the Harbour City. Carrying just 600 guests in ultra-luxury style, Seabourn Encore was officially christened in Singapore only three weeks ago.Her arrival in Sydney on Wednesday night came on the first day of Sydney’s busiest cruise month, with a total of 26 ships scheduled to make 45 calls to Sydney across the 28 days of February, including 15 days where two or more ships will visit.Seabourn Encore features all-suite accommodation, award-winning cuisine and an open-bar policy throughout the ship. Designed by hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany to feel like a luxury yacht, her modern design elements and innovations include The Retreat with private cabanas, a production show created exclusively for Seabourn by lyricist Tim Rice, a wellness programme by Dr Andrew Weil and The Grill restaurant by three-Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller.The 40,350-GRT Seabourn Encore is making her maiden call to nine Australian ports between 22 January and 17 March 2017, including overnight stays in Cairns (26-27 Jan, 12-13 Mar) and visits to Darwin (22 Jan, 17 Mar), Townsville (28 Jan, 11 Mar), Hamilton Island (29 Jan, 10 Mar), Mooloolaba (8 Mar), Sydney (1 Feb, 6 Mar), Phillip Island (4 Feb), Melbourne (5 Feb, 3 Mar) and Geelong (4 Mar. In total, she will make 15 calls to Australian ports this summer injecting millions of tourism dollars into local economies.Seabourn Encore is the fourth ultra-luxury vessel to join the Seabourn fleet, with sister ship Seabourn Ovation scheduled to launch next year. After spending her first summer cruising local waters, the ship will return for an encore season, offering five 16-day voyages in the region between November 2017 and February 2018. Prices start from AU$ $14,499* per person for a 16-day voyage from Sydney to Auckland on 4 December 2017 or 21 January 2018.last_img read more

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