After pilots organize push is now on to unionize WestJet flight attendants

first_imgCALGARY – A recent successful bid to unionize WestJet (TSX:WJA) pilots has prompted a push to organize flight attendants at the airline.The airline, Canada’s second-largest, has long prided itself on its relationship with its employees, whom it refers to as co-owners. Among the benefits offered to WestJet staff are a company-matched share purchase plan.But in recent weeks, WestJet has found itself the target of two unions wanting to represent its flight attendants.The WestJet Professional Flight Attendants Association (WPFAA) says it has ramped up efforts, while the Canadian Union of Public Employees says it’s considering launching its own campaign to unionize flight attendants.Daniel Kufuor, interim treasurer at the WPFAA, said when the airline’s pilots voted last month to join the Air Line Pilots Association, International, that was a boost.“It is seen … as the first domino to fall,” said Kufuor, a former WestJet flight attendant whose dismissal is now the subject of a wrongful termination lawsuit.He said WPFAA has about 1,200 union cards signed and needs some 200 more to reach the 40 per cent threshold to trigger a union vote, but the numbers keep shifting as the six-month cards expire and WestJet adds flight attendants.CUPE, which already represents about 10,000 flight attendants in Canada, most of which with Air Canada, is now also considering a new unionization campaign at WestJet after past attempts in 2006 and 2013 failed.Hugh Pouliot, a spokesman for CUPE, said they’re still in planning stages and have been in discussions with flight attendants, but haven’t made a formal decision yet.“People have been talking to us about unionizing, especially now that ALPA has unionized the pilots,” said Pouliot.When the pilots organized, CEO Gregg Saretsky said he was disappointed but added he would work with the new union.“WestJet believes that management and employees work best together through open and direct dialogue,” company spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said in an email.“This is the hallmark of our success over 20 years.”The unionization efforts come as WestJet embarks on some of its most ambitious expansion plans since it was founded in 1996. It has set out to launch both an ultra-low cost carrier and expand internationally.Raymond James analyst Ben Cherniavsky said such growth, as well as other initiatives such as new baggage fees and its recently established flights to London, are helping drive the push towards unionization.Cherniavsky said the successful unionization, while not surprising, will likely result in higher costs for WestJet.“Although it is unfair to conclude that the unionization of WestJet’s pilots means that its culture is ‘broken,’ there is no question that labour relations have become more complicated for the company,” he said in a note to clients.The airline will continue to talk with employees as its expansion plans continue, Stewart said.“We are focused on our expansions plans and will work with our employees to ensure they are heard as we introduce these exciting new initiatives.”last_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs unable to do job faces high risk of deteriorating relationship

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsFacing rising legal costs,  cuts to its budget, a booming Indigenous population and a rights-based opposition, the federal Aboriginal Affairs department faces a “high risk” of a deteriorating relationship with First Nations that could lead to increased protests and “violence,” internal department documents show.The documents were obtained by Shiri Pasternak, a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University in New York City, and provided to APTN National News.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office did not provide a response to the content of the documents as of this article’s posting.Called Corporate Risk Profiles, the documents, ranging from 2011 to 2013, reveal a bleak picture of Aboriginal Affairs and depict a department on the brink of crisis, struggling to make ends meet as a result of government-wide cuts while facing increasing demands on its dwindling resources.The documents show that First Nations, despite limited financial resources, are drawing blood in their repeated legal, rights-based assaults on Ottawa. The documents also reveal that the current government’s policy direction is alienating First Nations and leading to increased tensions.“As the Aboriginal population grows, the demand for services also increases and (the department) is unable to respond. Funding cuts will make it more difficult to respond to Aboriginal needs,” according to the department’s Corporate Risk Profile from 2011. “As (First Nations) become impatient with outcomes, they often move disputes into the courts in order to increase the pace of resolution. Courts increasingly ruling that the federal government is not living up to the ‘Honour of the Crown’ obligations.”The same observation appeared in 2012.“Growth in the Aboriginal population outpaces (the department’s) funding growth making it increasingly difficult to respond to the needs of Aboriginal communities and people,” said a draft listing of the department’s risks from June 20, 2012.The observation was listed under the heading, “Risk 7: Aboriginal Relationship; (The department) will not build and sustain strong, productive and respectful relationships with Aboriginal people, communities and organizations to contribute to the delivery of its mandate.”The list was based on input from the department’s director generals.It notes that the Harper government’s position “vis-a-vis” the “rights-based agenda” and its willingness to “entertain reforms to the Indian Act” were “a source of frustration from some Aboriginal stakeholders.”In an updated draft version of the 2012 risk list, under the heading, Aboriginal Relationship Risk, the department notes, “Aboriginal people, communities, organizations and governments remain frustrated with some of Canada’s positions on Aboriginal issues (vulnerable communities, rights-based-agenda, treaty management, youth issues, reform of Indian Act, Bill C-38).”Bill C-38, the 2012 omnibus budget bill, streamlined environmental regulations and removed federal oversight over a large number of waterways.In a separate section titled Legal Risk, the document notes there is “tension” between the “rights-based agenda of Aboriginal groups” and the “non-rights based policy approaches grounded in improving socio-economic outcomes.”The documents show that First Nation groups that seek to push Section 35 of the Constitution, which guarantees Aboriginal rights, have been wrecking havoc on the department, both costing it millions of dollars in legal fees and forcing it to change course as a result of successive court wins.“Where (the department) is perceived as unresponsive or unwilling to adopt a rights-based agenda, FNs and other organizations increasingly turn to litigation,” according to the draft risk list. “The legal caseload is very heavy and fully consumes both legal and program/operations…. Court decisions can result in the need for (the department) to very quickly ‘change course’ which is very difficult in an environment where funding commitments are locked in through multi-year contribution agreements and contracts.”Ottawa has faced rights-based court challenges over everything from education to resource extraction. Shortly after unveiling a “historic” agreement on education with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), a Quebec organization, the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, launched a legal challenge against the federal government. Education is seen as a treaty right. Ottawa has also faced a litany of court challenges over Aboriginal rights and title linked to mining and energy projects.  Many of these court challenges are based on Ottawa’s failure to consult.The department admits that it faces an “ongoing challenge to align…programming with treaty rights,” according to its updated draft 2012 Corporate Risk Profile.Many First Nations see their relationship with Canada defined through treaties, either signed with the British Crown, or, as in the case of the numbered treaties, with Ottawa.The same risk profile also identifies the “increasing demands for consultation as development increases on and near reserves, within traditional use areas” as “emerging in 2012.”The document notes that the potential consequences of these risks could lead to “actions, demonstrations, public protests, violence.” In one instance, the Idle No More movement, was listed and then crossed out as an example of these consequences.The document also notes that “economic development projects will be delayed.”Added to this, the documents show, budget cuts have also decreased the amount of personal contact department officials have with First Nation communities.“Cuts to (the department’s) travel budget are limiting level of face to face contact with FN communities and stakeholders which may limit (the department’s) ability to fully understand and respond to Aboriginal issues/concerns and the ability to build and sustain relationship,” said the draft list of risks from June 2012.The Corporate Risk Profile is a “point in time of summary” of the department’s most “significant strategic and operational risks.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

AMMK wants EC to allow agents 24×7 in EVM centres till counting day

first_imgChennai: The Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) headed by TTV Dhinakaran Monday urged the Election Commission to allow agents of political parties to stay round-the-clock at centres where EVMs used in the April 18 Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu are stored. A day after a woman tahsildar was suspended for alleged violation of norms in entering a room where polling records were kept in Madurai, AMMK leader Thanga Tamilselvan said his party had ‘suspicion’ about state government officials deployed for poll work. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Presently agents were not allowed beyond 10 pm and the restriction should be eased to avoid escalation of suspicion, Tamilselvan, a key aide of Dhinakaran, told reporters here. “If the counting happens in a day or two, it would not be a problem. But it is a month-long wait (for May 23). We are okay with efforts taken by the EC, but its implementation lies with officials of state government,” he said. He also questioned the need for the official to visit the storage room. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral officer Satyabrata SahooSunday ordered the suspension of the tahsildar after an inquiry based on a complaint by CPI-M candidate in Madurai constituency. Officials had clarified the tahsildar did not enter the strong room, where the electronic voting machines were stored. Three-tier security system has been provided to the strong rooms, which are being monitored using CCTV cameras round-the-clock, according to poll officials. A delegation of leaders of DMK, Left parties and VCK called on the Chief Electoral Officer here Sunday and demanded a high level enquiry into the ‘lapse’ and criminal action against erring officials involved in the Madurai incident.last_img read more

Pakistan Foreign Ministers Sri Lanka visit cancelled

Qureshi was scheduled to visit the state on the invitation of the Sri Lankan Government. The Sri Lanka visit of Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has been cancelled, Pakistan Today reported quoting diplomatic sources.The tour has been cancelled due to a security clearance issue in a wake of the recent terror attacks in Sri Lanka.

Farms turn to technology amid water warnings in Southwest US

GREELEY, Colo. — Researchers and farmers across the U.S. Southwest are experimenting with drones, specialized cameras and other technology to squeeze the most out of every drop of irrigation water from the vital but beleaguered Colorado River.The river has plenty of water this summer after an unusually snowy winter in the mountains of the U.S. West.But climatologists warn the river’s long-term outlook is uncertain at best and dire at worst, and competition for water will only intensify as the population grows and the climate changes.Researchers say agriculture uses most of the river in the U.S. The problem is how to divert some of that to meet the needs of growing cities without drying up farms and ranches.Experts say soil monitors, Wi-Fi, cellphone apps and farm weather stations could help.Dan Elliott, The Associated Press read more

Annan appoints former Senegalese leader to help with DR of Congo peace

In a letter to the President of the Security Council released yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General said he would appoint Mr. Niasse, who had already served one stint in 1999 as the UN Envoy for the DRC, to help the parties negotiate an all-inclusive power sharing agreement.Mr. Niasse will work closely in consultation with the Organization of African Unity and the Facilitator of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue, Sir Ketumile Masire, according to the letter.Meanwhile in the DRC today, the deputy head of the UN Organization Mission, known as MONUC, was in Goma for talks with officials from the Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD-G).Lena Sundh and RCD-G officials met for over two hours, with the meeting taking place in a “positive atmosphere,” a UN spokesman said, adding that the RCD-G leadership said they guaranteed the safety of UN personnel. read more

The Latest Trump family members dining at 21 Club

Vice President Joe Biden speaks about sound financial sector regulation at Georgetown University in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON – The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):7:20 p.m.President-elect Donald Trump is having dinner at one of his favourite New York restaurants: 21 Club.Trump was dining Monday night with his wife, Melania, his three eldest children — Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric — as well as Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner.The president-elect ate at the same Midtown Manhattan restaurant last month but did not notify the press pool, the group of reporters and photographers who follow his movements.That drew criticism from the White House Correspondents Association and other journalist groups. The press pool did travel with Trump to the restaurant Monday and waited outside in a van while the president-elect ate.___4:40 p.m.Vice-President Joe Biden says that some of the economic proposals under discussion as a new administration prepares to enter the White House are the same ones that led to “this God-awful recession of eight years ago.”Speaking at Georgetown University on financial regulation, Biden says banks and other financial institutions knew they had a backstop in the form of the American taxpayer, so they took excessive risks. He says legislation designed to reduce such risk-taking should not be repealed.Biden also cites cutting the income tax rates for the wealthy, dramatically reducing the estate tax and “deregulation orthodoxy” as contributors to the recession.Biden praised steps taken early in Barack Obama’s presidency, adding that “while the people have spoken, we can’t be lulled into a sense of collective amnesia.”___4:10 p.m.Congressional Republicans may include in a must-pass government spending bill a provision aimed at accelerating the confirmation of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be defence secretary.Capitol Hill aides say the measure, if it’s added, would essentially fast-track the legislative waiver required for President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to serve in the Pentagon’s top civilian post. A law prohibits an officer from leading the Defence Department before he has been out of the military for seven years. Mattis retired in 2013.The goal is to get a vote on the waiver legislation soon after lawmakers begin the 115th Congress in early January.Claude Chafin, a House Armed Services Committee spokesman, says there is no discussion about including the waiver for Mattis in the spending bill, known as a continuing resolution.He says what’s under consideration are the “procedures for how the waiver will be considered.”___3:30 p.m.President-elect Donald Trump is thanking supporters this week at rallies in a trio of battleground states.Aides to the Manhattan real estate magnate told reporters Monday that he’ll take breaks from interviewing candidates for his administration to hold evening rallies in states that helped him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 election.They say that after meeting with candidates Tuesday, Trump will hold an event in Fayetteville, North Carolina, followed by rallies Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa, and Friday in Grand Rapids, Michigan.In-between, Trump is holding meetings with candidates for secretary of state and other positions.___3 p.m.Sen. Joe Manchin says he had a “wide-ranging and constructive” conversation with President-elect Donald Trump last week and says he’s looking forward to talking to Trump again in a few days.The West Virginia Democrat says he’s a believer in setting aside “partisan politics to do what’s right” for his constituents.There’s been speculation that Manchin might be asked to join the incoming administration’s Cabinet.Manchin is up for re-election in 2018 and could face a challenging race since Trump carried West Virginia by 42 points last month. But he’s always had a strong political brand in the Mountaineer State and recently called himself a “born-in-the-wool West Virginia Democrat.”__2:25 p.m.The Rev. Jesse Jackson says it’s hard to know what Ben Carson’s nomination as Housing and Urban Development secretary means for the nation’s inner cities because Carson’s background as a surgeon is unrelated.President-elect Donald Trump says Carson is his pick to run the agency tasked with providing mortgage and loan insurance as well as state and local housing grants. If confirmed, the retired neurosurgeon would be in charge of federal programs for rental assistance and public housing to low-income families, the elderly and disabled.Jackson met with civil rights groups at the National Council of Negro Women building. They want Trump to meet with them to discuss urban policies, and to hold a White House conference on violence.___1:10 p.m.Former Vice-President Al Gore says he had a “productive” meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.Gore met with Trump at Trump Tower on Monday and spoke briefly to reporters afterward. He categorized his meeting as a “sincere search for common ground.”He also dubbed it “an extremely interesting conversation” but when asked what was discussed he only said “to be continued” before leaving.Gore says he also met with Ivanka Trump, the president-elect’s daughter. Transition officials said earlier Monday that the two would discuss climate change, which is Gore’s signature issue.The president-elect called man-made climate change a hoax and has pledged to undo a number of regulations to protect the environment.___12:45 p.m.The White House says progress in the United States’ relationship with China could be “undermined” if the issue of Taiwan’s sovereignty flares up.The comments from White House spokesman Josh Earnest follow President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call last week with Taiwan’s president.Earnest says Obama administration officials have been in touch with their Chinese counterparts to reiterate the U.S. support for the “One China” policy. The policy does not recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation.Earnest says it’s “hard to determine” what Trump’s aims were in speaking to Taiwan’s leader. He also said it’s unclear whether it helps Taiwan if this issue is raised.___12:30 p.m.Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is meeting with President-elect Donald Trump this week amid speculation he could become the next U.S. ambassador to China.Branstad told reporters Monday he has a tentative appointment to meet with Trump while the Republican governor is in New York for an economic development trip scheduled from Tuesday to Thursday.At a rally in Sioux City, Iowa, before the election, Trump had praised Branstad’s knowledge of trade and called him a “prime candidate to take care of China.”Branstad said Monday that Trump hasn’t offered him a position. Although Branstad didn’t directly reference becoming U.S. ambassador to China, he told reporters he’s had discussions recently with his family about possibly moving to China.Trump won Iowa and will hold a rally Thursday in Des Moines.__12:05 p.m.District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is scheduled to meet with President-elect Donald Trump.LaToya Foster, a spokeswoman for Bowser, said the mayor will meet with Trump, at her request. Foster says the issues on the agenda are public safety, education, unemployment, infrastructure and D.C. statehood.Bowser, a Democrat, has noted that 93 per cent of District residents voted for candidates other than Trump, and that “some mending of relationships” is needed.Bowser skipped the highly publicized grand opening of Trump’s hotel.__11:40 a.m.House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says imposing tariffs on companies that move their operations overseas could result in a trade war.President-elect Donald Trump said Sunday he’d impose a 35 per cent tax on companies that close U.S. factories, then relocate abroad and try to sell their products back to the United States.Republicans have long opposed such an approach, and it would likely need congressional approval.McCarthy tried to downplay suggestions that Trump’s proposal flew in the face of long-held GOP principles.But he said that comprehensive tax reform would be a better way of keeping companies and jobs in this country.“I think that’s a better way of solving the problem than getting into a trade war with a 35 per cent tariff,” the California Republican told reporters at the Capitol Monday.___11 a.m.Ivanka Trump is meeting with former Vice-President Al Gore, who is an aggressive advocate on the idea that humans are causing climate change.Ivanka Trump is a member of her father’s transition team, and aides told reporters Monday that the session would take place later in the day.President-elect Donald Trump said on the campaign trail that man-made climate change is a hoax. Gore told supporters of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton last month that Trump would walk away from international efforts to reduce carbon emissions.Ivanka Trump is viewed as being to the left of most Republicans on a range of issues, including climate change.___10:50 a.m.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is appreciative that Ben Carson is willing to take on the “challenging task” of leading the Department of Housing and Urban Development.In a statement released Monday, the Republican said the agency is in need of reform to “better serve all Americans.”McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said of Carson: “I’m confident his lifelong career of selfless service will be a positive addition to the incoming administration.”President-elect Donald Trump announced his decision to tap Carson as HUD secretary on Monday.___10 a.m.House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is calling Ben Carson a “disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice” to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.Pelosi says the country deserves someone with “relevant experience” to protect the rights of homeowners and renters.In her statement released Monday, she says “there is no evidence that Dr. Carson brings the necessary credentials to hold a position with such immense responsibilities and impact on families and communities across America.”Trump says, “Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all Americans.”___8:59 a.m.Rep. Dana Rohrabacher claims he is under consideration to become the next secretary of state and says it’s “terrific” that President-elect Donald Trump flouted decades of U.S. diplomatic convention by speaking directly to the leader of Taiwan.Trump’s phone call irritated China, whose leaders consider Taiwan a rogue province. Trump defended the contact in a tweet and accused China of economic policies that Trump says hurt the U.S.Rohrabacher told Fox News on Monday that it’s not as though Trump violated any treaties.He said: “I think it was a terrific message to them that we’re no longer going to be pushovers, and there’s going to be consequences for their hostile and aggressive actions.”Rohrabacher is a California Republican known for his favourable views of Russia.___6:19 a.m.Donald Trump has chosen former campaign 2016 rival Ben Carson to become secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.Trump’s decision, announced early Monday by his transition office, comes as the real estate mogul continues a series of interviews, meetings with aides and other deliberations aimed at forming his administration.In a statement, Trump says he’s “thrilled to nominate” Carson, saying he “has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities.”Carson has been coy about joining the new administration, saying shortly after Trump’s election victory that he wasn’t certain he’d fit into a Cabinet-style role. The discussion at that time centred on speculation that Carson might be selected to head the sprawling Department of Health and Human Services.Trump’s statement Monday says, “Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all Americans.”___This story has been corrected to show that Pelosi is the House Democratic leader, not the speaker. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2016 8:34 am MDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2016 at 6:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Trump, family members dining at 21 Club read more

Mondays Daily Brief Palestine demolitions nuclear watchdog chief dies UK troops to

The killing of a radio journalist in Afghanistan has been condemned by the head of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, who’s added her voice to calls to catch those responsible for the “gruesome crime”. In a statement, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization condemned the murder of Nadershah Sahibzada in the city of Gardiz, 10 days ago. Mr. Sahibzada presented an entertainment programme on local radio until he went missing. When his body was found, it showed signs of torture and stab wounds. Ms. Azoulay said that she hoped that a successful criminal investigation would help stem future attacks on freedom of expression and on the media, “which have a major role to play in the reconstruction of Afghanistan and efforts to consolidate democracy and rule of law”. According to UNESCO, 30 journalists have been killed so far this year.  Somalia commits to greater efforts to end sexual violence in conflict   UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, has just wrapped up a visit to Somalia, where she engaged with national authorities there on how to better address conflict-related sexual violence, resulting in a new Government commitment to help end the scourge.  Accompanied by Deqa Yasin, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Ms. Patten visited Baidoa for talks with the President of South West State, several members of his Cabinet and civil society organizations. She also met social workers involved in an International Organization for Migration (IOM)- supported Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration project, to assist women and girls formerly associated with extremist group Al Shabab.  Due to severe security constraints, she was unable to meet with survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, however she did liaise with women’s grassroots organizations and service providers in both Baidoa and Mogadishu that provided insight into the immense protection challenges faced by survivors, particularly in displacement settings.  The visit concluded with an express commitment by the Government to work with the UN, and the Office of the Special Representative to develop a new National Action Plan to End Sexual Violence in Conflict to implement the Joint Communiqué.   Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 22 July on SoundCloud: Israel’s destruction of Palestinian property, ‘not compatible’ with international humanitarian law, UN says  The United Kingdom is slated to send 250 troops to Mali next year to support the UN peacekeeping operation there, known by its French acronym, MINUSMA. A statement from the UK Government on Monday noted that the soldiers were being deployed in recognition of increased instability in Africa’s Sahel region. Their objective will be to deliver “long-term and sustainable peace in Mali” for an initial three-year period. According to the Ministry of Defence, the contingent will be based in Gao, eastern Mali, joining a total international force around 12,500 strong. Full coverage here.  UNESCO chief condemns murder of Afghan radio journalist  Following Israel’s destruction of Palestinian homes in Sur Bahir, three top United Nations officials issued a statement on Monday underscoring that the move was “not compatible” with Israel’s “obligations under international humanitarian law”.  Emerging information indicates that hundreds of Israeli forces entered the community early Monday morning, while it was still dark.  The large-scale operation forced families out of their homes and demolished a number of residential buildings in the West Bank on the East Jerusalem side of the Barrier.  Our full report is here. ‘Deep sadness’ at passing of UN nuclear agency chief, Yukiya Amano  The head of the UN body that oversees the nuclear activities of countries around the world has died at the age of 72, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Monday, confirming with “deepest sadness”, the passing of Director General Yukiya Amano.  Mr Amano, a Japanese national and IAEA head since 2009, was due to step down next March amid reports of an unspecified illness. UN chief António Guterres paid tribute, saying that through his stewardship of the IAEA, “Director-General Amano worked tirelessly to ensure that nuclear energy is used only for peaceful purposes. In leading IAEA in such an exemplary fashion, he advanced human well-being through efforts spanning medicine, agriculture and other vital areas”. For our full coverage, click here.  250 troops boost UN peacekeeping in Mali   read more

Bobby Lawrence Karate Opens Studio in Orangeville

Bobby Lawrence Karate was recently welcomed to Emery County with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the studio. Heather Orgill, operator of the studio, was joined by the Emery County Business Chamber to cut the ribbon. Several students and their families also joined in the celebration.Bobby Lawrence Karate (BLK) is an eclectic style of karate blending Shotokan Karate, Kenpo Karate, Kwon Shu Karate, Arnis, Dan Zan Ryu Ju Jitsu, Brazilian Jui Jitsu, American Sport Karate and Folk Style Wrestling. The studio is located in Orangeville in the S&V Glass Building (30 West 300 South).In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, the event also featured belt promotions for many students to commemorate the advancements they have made in karate.“Congratulations to everyone at belt promotions last night,” the studio shared following the event. “You all did great. It is a joy to see your progress.”Miss Emery BrookLynn Potter and her attendants were on hand to round out the fun and welcome the business to the county.The Emery County Business Chamber was part of a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome the Bobby Lawrence Karate studio operated by Heather Orgill. They have a new location in the S&V glass building in Orangeville at 30 West and 300 south. The students were also part of a ceremony where they received their new belts which they have earned for their advancements in karate. Miss Emery BrookLynn Potter and her attendants were on hand to welcome the business to the county. Photos courtesy of the Emery County Business Chamber read more

Football Mike Weber becoming a leader in the locker room

OSU redshirt freshman Mike Weber (25) scores the Buckeyes’ first offensive touchdown of the day during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 overtime win against Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber has a lot to learn. However, after only one season as the featured tailback, Weber has been deemed the leader of the young Ohio State backfield. With big shoes to fill after running back Ezekiel Elliott declared for the NFL draft, Weber excelled in 2016 winning the Thompson-Randle El Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The Detroit native rushed for a team-high 1,096 yards with nine rushing touchdowns. Even with all of the success last season, Weber is not taking that for granted. “I try to put it past me and work as hard as I can to do better, reach more goals that I set for this year,” Weber said. OSU running backs coach Tony Alford said that he has seen a change in Weber’s approach to his body, on and off the football field, as well as his approach as a leader in the locker room to the younger running backs. Alford said that maturity and accountability comes with experience. “He’s growing up, and I’ve said that. And every time, there’s a little bit more growth process going on,” Alford said. “He’s much better pro now than what he was as far as how he’s handling his business.”Weber said that he has seen improvement in his ability to slow the game down a bit, watching the wide receivers and the tight ends and knowing what they will be doing. This increased knowledge, according to Alford, is the next step that the premier back needs to take. “That’s the biggest thing for guys like Mike (Weber) is we know you know, you’ve done it before,” Alford said. “Now it’s time to perfect it and challenge yourself on every small little detail on what’s going on.”One of the challenges Weber is facing is coming back from the rough end of the 2016 season. In the final two games of the 2016 season, a 30-27 double-overtime win over Michigan and a 31-0 Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson, he combined for 50 rushing yards on 16 carries with only one touchdown run. The sting, especially from the loss to the Tigers, has not quite gone away from Weber. “I’m still getting over it actually,” Weber said. “I know we have to put it past us. I use it as fuel and I think we all do, on our team. I’ll tell you what, that bad taste won’t get out of our mouth until we play the first game.”Even if Weber is focused more on what is happening on the football field, Alford views him as a leader and an example to the younger backs on the roster, such as freshman running back JK Dobbins. “You are talking about a guy who has done it, done it at a very high level and he’s done it at a pretty good rate of speed,” Alford said. “JK (Dobbins) can learn from him by just standing with him, the same way Mike (Weber) learned from standing next to ‘Zeke.’” read more

Second man arrested after £48m golden lavatory stolen from Blenheim Palace

The lavatory, called “America”, had been plumbed into the water system so that visitors could fully engage with the artwork, as long as they obeyed a three-minute time slot.However, just hours after the launch party for the show finished, police say thieves using at least two vehicles smashed their way into the property, and made off with the expensive artwork. A second man has been arrested over a burglary in which an 18-carat solid gold toilet, valued at £4.8 million, was stolen from Blenheim Palace.Thames Valley Police said a 36-year-old man, from Cheltenham, has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle before being released under investigation.It is understood the lavatory – which was the centrepiece of a new exhibition by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan at the Duke of Marlborough’s country home where Winston Churchill was born – was taken in the early hours of Saturday morning. A 66-year-old man was arrested immediately on suspicion of burglary and has been released on police bail until Oct 9. Thames Valley Police have yet to find the elaborate piece, and it is feared it has already been melted down. Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Steven Jones, said: “We are continuing to investigate this incident and have made a second arrest in connection with it.”Our priority is to locate the stolen item, and I would urge anyone with any information to contact police by calling 101.” Just two days after it went on display, burglars broke into the Palace, ripped it from the wall and drove off, leaving “significant damage and flooding”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Opinion Inappropriate comments by customers in the workplace are not good craic

first_img Laura Farrell “THE NEXT TIME – I swear I’ll eff the pervert out of it,” I said to my friend and colleague in the pharmacy where I work. But ‘the next time’ came and went and still I didn’t tell that customer to ‘eff off’. The incident, which happened repeatedly, went like this. When I handed the patient his Viagra tablets, I was met with a comment of “sure I wouldn’t need these yokes if you were my pharmacist all the time”.That was accompanied by a wink and the whole thing made me feel sick. While part of me is able to laugh this off, it also makes me feels sick to my stomach. One inner voice says “ah sure he doesn’t know any better – different generation”, while another voice in my head wills me to call him out as a pervert. You might not expect women to be subjected to sexually inappropriate comments while working as pharmacists in Ireland but it happens fairly often. Incredibly, the comment outlined above is on the milder end of the scale. Of course, the majority of the public are courteous, wonderful people who enrich my workday, but this type of inappropriate comment is also surprisingly common. This makes me wonder if my profession is unique – or is this what a lot of Irish women experience in the workplace? Commonplace?I’ve discussed this topic with female friends and colleagues and it seems that these sort of remarks are an expected, if eye-roll-inducing, part of everyday work for most women. They are seen as something to be laughed off.It is only now after a few years working, and as my confidence in the workplace grows, that I have been struck by how absurd it is that modern women have to face this type of objectification.  And if it is so common, then why don’t we hear much talk about it?We do discuss how to handle inappropriate behaviour in the workplace when the person is your colleague – but what if the offending party is your client, patient or customer?Then you are into trickier territory.A bit of craic?When such comments are made to me, I have no idea how to handle them.I am so taken aback and so caught off guard that all I can do is laugh awkwardly and manoeuvre myself out of the situation as soon as possible.I hide in the back until the offending customer leaves the premises and then I return to work.Sometimes I feel a little shaken, sometimes consumed with fury but usually, I just feel annoyed. Do I report it to management? ‘Ah no, that would only be making a fuss’ I tell myself.I’m sure this happens in lots of other countries, but I also feel there is an onus on Irish women to roll along with this type of ‘banter’. Irish women often feel they can’t be seen to be ‘precious’, overly feminist or ‘no craic’ in the workplace.  They need to be seen to be able to handle themselves and take ‘the craic’ as much as any man.But this means that the comments are made again and again without retaliation and so our response could even be seen as contributing to the behaviour continuing? So what is the appropriate level of reaction?An appropriate reactionShould colleges and employers train their staff on how to handle inappropriate comments made by clients, patients or customers in a manner that is fitting?  What I am currently doing, which is awkwardly laughing off such situations and maybe making a joke out of it with friends in the pub on a Saturday night, is a definite inappropriate, under reaction.But on the flip side, telling someone to ‘eff off’ or calling them a pervert (which I like to do in my head) might be an inappropriate, overreaction.The solution must lie somewhere in-between. Of course, it would be great if employers and educators developed best practice for responding to such incidents, but in the meantime, I think each of us should take responsibility for teaching people how to treat women in the workplace – and in life. So next time it happens, I will steady myself and simply request the customer refrains from making such comments in future, it can’t be too hard right?Watch this space…Laura Farrell is a pharmacist and freelance writer living in Dublin.   35,027 Views Opinion: Inappropriate comments by customers in the workplace are not ‘good craic’ You might not expect women to be subjected to inappropriate sexual comments while working as pharmacists in Ireland, but it happens fairly often, writes Laura Farrell. By Laura Farrell Wednesday 17 Apr 2019, 7:00 AM Apr 17th 2019, 7:01 AM center_img https://jrnl.ie/4594088 70 Comments Share85 Tweet Email2 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Fire destroys mobile home near Amboy

first_imgInvestigators likely won’t be able to determine what caused a Sunday evening fire that destroyed a mobile home northeast of Amboy.Firefighters responded to a fire at 44407 N.E. Yale Bridge Road shortly after 5 p.m., following a call from the home’s occupant, Clark County Fire District 10 Capt. Ben Goble said.“At the time, we were notified the house was fully involved,” Goble said.Firefighters with District 10, Clark County Fire District 13, Clark County Fire & Rescue and from Cowlitz County responded.The firefighters were at the scene for roughly 3 1/2 hours, Goble said. Although fire didn’t spread beyond the building, the single-wide mobile home was destroyed.No one was hurt, Goble said, adding that the last he heard, the occupant was staying with family.Deputy Clark County Fire Marshal Curtis Eavenson said it’s unlikely he’ll be able to definitively say what sparked the fire.What evidence was left indicated that the fire originated near the wood stove.“It was just too far gone to tell much,” he said.The fire did about $50,000 in damage.last_img read more

Brave Davis questions manner in which BAIC arrests were done

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#BraveDavisQuestionsBAICArrests, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 19th 2017: Interim Leader of the PLP, Phillip Brave Davis is questioning the manner in which he says the police treated nine members of staff at the Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation. On Tuesday, reports flew of the arrests of some nine workers who worked with former chairman of the corporation Dion Smith. However, Davis in describing the manner in which officers descended on the corporation, as ‘gestapo style’ and overkill, as guns were drawn following allegations made against the employees. He called on the government “to be careful that it does not live up to the widespread expectation of witch hunts by them following a campaign”. As he says the recent action comes across as just that. Davis adds if this “is not the intention, the police and government owe the country a full and frank explanation”. Davis says the perception of the police must always remain neutral to political position.Meanwhile, Police are today saying that they expect more persons to be brought in for questioning. It is alleged that several employees attempted to destroy files and remove evidence from the offices of the BAIC. The files are said to show funds misused. Reports say CCTV footage showed computers and documents being removed from the office the day after elections. However, since then officers now have those items in custody, while a forensic team is currently going through the evidence.Employees have hired a lawyer to represent the charges and claims. Attorney Wayne Munroe hopes the case is not one of ‘victimisation’, as so far none of his clients have been questioned of the alleged missing monies.The matter is the latest to arise since the new cabinet was ordered to conduct audits of all ministries and state agencies.#MagneticMediaNews#BraveDavisQuestionsBAICArrestslast_img read more

Acura Type S Concept previews the brands very attractive future

first_img 2019 Nissan Maxima review: The ‘four-door sports car’ that isn’t Acura’s Type S concept is the sexy shape of things to come Concept Cars Sedans Comment 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride More From Roadshow Monterey Car Week 2019 Acura Tags Acura 2020 Cadillac XT6 first drive: Sometimes ‘more’ is more 1 Originally published Aug. 13.Update, Aug. 15: Adds live photos and quotes from the debut event. 32 Photos Enlarge ImageBring some cut-resistant gloves — this concept looks sharp. Steven Ewing/Roadshow Acura’s Precision Concept previewed a look that still applies to today’s design language, and the Precision Cockpit Concept gave us a very early peek at its new infotainment layout. Acura’s concepts have been pretty straightforward ways for the automaker to say, “Hey, here’s what’s coming down the pipeline,” and that bodes well for its latest concept.Acura unveiled the Type S Concept on Thursday, as part of its Monterey Car Week activities. Not only does the car give us a pretty darn good idea of what to expect from future Acura models, it also previews the return of the Type S trim, which is good news for those hoping that Acura would get its performance lineup back in order — aside from the NSX, natch.”Everyone at Acura is aligned around performance,” the brand’s vice president, Jon Ikeda, said at the Type S Concept’s premiere. “This is the time for Type S.”What you see here is a pretty strong preview of what the upcoming TLX Type S will look like. The front end is wide and sharp, echoing more than a little influence from the NSX. I’m a huge fan of how the hood has just a little bit of lip as it hangs over the right-sized grille and thin headlights. The rear end looks positively futuristic, with lots of interesting angles that extend to the taillights, as well as four monster tailpipes at the bottom of everything. The concept appears to lack an interior, given the opaque glass on all sides.Acura Type S ConceptEnlarge ImageThe long dash-to-axle ratio and short rear deck give the Type S concept rear-wheel drive proportions, but the production car will have front-wheel drive architecture. Steven Ewing/Roadshow While it looks like a beefy rear-wheel drive sedan, that’s not the case. Considering all the wheels wear 285-width summer performance tires, there’s a pretty strong indication we’ll be looking at a car with all-wheel drive. Behind the rollers are four-piston Brembo brake calipers.Acura didn’t confirm anything about the powertrain, but we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. We first learned of Acura’s determination to revive the Type S badge at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. At that time, the automaker said it was working on a twin-turbocharged V6 that will accompany at least one of the two vehicles first destined for buyers. We don’t know anything about the latter, but it will likely be a crossover to complement the TLX sedan.The Type S badge previously saw life on four different models. The 3.2CL and 3.2TL Type S models debuted in the early 2000s with a 260-horsepower V6, followed by the RSX Type S with a 200-hp I4. The last Type S to grace this mortal coil was the TL Type S, which was introduced in 2007 and wielded a 286-horsepower V6. A manual transmission was available on all but the 3.2TL Type S, so here’s hoping that Acura has yet another stick shift up its sleeve for the future. Share your voicelast_img read more

Upcoming Alaska Navy training exercises prompt protest plans

first_imgA Navy training exercise planned in the Gulf of Alaska has sparked heated opposition in a small Alaska fishing town whose residents say the drills are taking place in the critical habitat of breeding and migratory marine life.Critics in Cordova are planning to protest the mid-June drills by surrounding the town’s fuel dock with their boats on Saturday.Emily Stolarcyk is with the Eyak Preservation Council, a local nonprofit group organizing the protest. She says migrating salmon and other marine animals will be harmed by explosions, sonar and up to 352,000 pounds of debris that includes toxic materials like lead and cyanide.Military officials with the Alaskan Command say the Navy has conducted training in the area for decades without major environmental harm.last_img read more

UMB Student Raises Funds to Help Gilmor Homes Community

first_imgJazmyn Thompson, a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, says she and her friends managed to raise over $10,000 via a social media campaign to provide food and other supplies to the residents of Gilmor Homes. (AFRO/Photo by Roberto Alejandro)The riots that struck Baltimore on April 27 brought out the best in many Baltimore residents. Countless efforts to provide food, medicine, supplies, and assistance with cleaning sprung up around the city.Having woken up on April 28 to a city in need of aid, Jazmyn Thompson, a University of Maryland, Baltimore student transplanted from New York, set out to assist her new home.“A few of my friends got together on Tuesday (April 28) and decided we really wanted to support Baltimore and raise – our goal was to raise $5,000 in 48 hours for Baltimore,” she said.Thompson reached out to Baltimore Bloc and the One Baltimore United coalition and told them about the effort. With the two groups on-board, Thompson began to push the fundraising effort on social media.By May 2, Thompson had reached the initial goal, and she and her friends handed out bagged lunches, household supplies like toilet paper, as well as drinks and fruit to the residents of Gilmor Homes.“As of [May 2], I think we’ve raised a little over $10,000,” said Thompson. “We really wanted to get supplies, and food, and things that the community really needed.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Costa Rican surfer disappears off Pacific coast

first_imgThe Red Cross is also collaborating with area lifeguards and pedestrians on the beach to find any traces of González. Despite contradictory media reports in the Spanish-language press, Jiménez said that Red Cross authorities did not locate González’s surfboard.Many of Costa Rica’s beaches are often without lifeguard supervision and the country has seen up to 60 annual drowning deaths since 2000. Facebook Comments A 22-year-old surfer named Ricardo Andrés González has been missing off the coast of Caldera on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast since Friday afternoon, authorities say. Costa Rican Red Cross spokesman Gerald Jiménez told The Tico Times that authorities have been scanning the waters from 7 a.m. until sunset each day, looking for the lost surfer who is originally from San Antonio de Belén in Heredia.Jiménez said Monday that a group of 10 Red Cross officials are working the long hours each day to locate any sign of González near the Puntarenas beach popular with locals who make the short trip from the Central Valley.“We’re continuing to search,” Jiménez said. “But because there is currently a high swell of waves off the coast, it has complicated search efforts.” Related posts:Update: Missing US tourist found dead in Costa Rica UPDATE: Red Cross locates US cyclist who went missing during Costa Rica’s Ruta de los Conquistadores Body of missing surfer found off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast Canadian man drowns off coast of Costa Rica’s Playa Hermosalast_img read more

NZ fears for Aussie tourism

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Tourism authorities in New Zealand are worried about the immediate future of tourism from Australia. Although visitors from Australia last year made up 44 per cent of all international tourist numbers to NZ, increasing 3.4 per cent to 1.25 million, Tourism New Zealand boss Kevin Bowler is expecting a fall in numbers for the start of this year.”I’m pretty worried about Australia at the moment,” Mr Bowler said. “We had a pretty good December but I’m picking that January will be down, given all of the natural disasters that happened.” According to Stuff.co.nz, lower trans-tasman air fares have brought with them a change in spending patterns, with the average Australian traveller in the year to June 2010 spending NZ$1548 per visit, compared to $1640 the year before.”The lower Tasman fares are helping people come over more regularly, which is great, but once you’ve done some of our attractions you don’t come back and do that every time,” Mr Bowler said. Also of concern to Mr Bowler is the strong Aussie dollar, which has seen record numbers of Australians travelling to the United States and other faraway destinations, Stuff.co.nz reported. More Aussie visitors has notequalled more Aussie dollars last_img read more

Choice Hotels new marketing campaign set to be a game changer

first_imgChoice Hotels’ new marketing campaign set to be a game changerChoice Hotels’ new marketing campaign set to be a game changerChoice Hotels Asia-Pac, one of New Zealand’s largest hotel franchise groups, has today launched its new marketing campaign, ‘Need A Break’, aimed at inspiring everyday Kiwis to head out and explore their own backyard.The direction is in response to new independent research[1] commissioned by Choice Hotels that showed 65 per cent of Kiwis are feeling stressed, with 44 per cent agreeing the best way to alleviate this stress was to take a short break (one to three nights) from the daily grind. The ‘Need A Break’ Report also revealed that 81 per cent of New Zealanders would like to take more short breaks, but believe they are just too busy.Choice Hotels’ comprehensive campaign strategy will include the launch of its new online platform www.NeedaBreak.com, a new TVC, a tactical partnership with TVNZ, storytelling-focused advertising, search advertising, a new social direction, email marketing, innovative programmatic digital display advertising, outdoor media and traditional PR.The television commercials will run throughout the year and have been produced with clever creative that shows an office descending into chaos, after a seemingly innocent and relatively innocuous source of irritation sets off a chain reaction of hilarious events, ultimately ending with a photocopier in flames being thrown out of a building.General Manager, Marketing for Choice Hotels Asia-Pac, Matt Taylor, says he is thrilled to launch the innovative new campaign and creative direction for the brand.“After 12 months of rigorous research, we identified a huge opportunity to hone in on the short break market,” said Mr Taylor.“Utilising a full suite of advertising and marketing creative and launching a new travel-centric website, we believe we can position Choice Hotels as champions of the short break and ultimately be front-of-mind for people who are looking to take these types of getaways in the future.“We wanted to adopt an upbeat, light-hearted tone to our campaign to reflect the sense of revitalisation that short breaks provide. Our research confirmed 83 per cent of Kiwis and 82 per cent of Aussies feel revitalised after a short break and that ultimately short breaks renew a sense of happiness, healthiness, work motivation and sense of connection to partners and kids,” says Mr Taylor.This strategy also enables Choice Hotels to showcase its breadth of accommodation options across New Zealand and Australia.“Choice Hotels has over 250 properties across all regions of New Zealand and Australia. Through this offering we can allow people to explore all areas of our two great countries. The NeedaBreak.com website will be a vital driver to facilitating this, providing a range of information, travel tips, ideas and advice and planning tools, including a unique itinerary builder that will help everyone to get away from their daily grind,” added Mr Taylor. Choice HotelsNeed a Break?Source = Choice Hotelslast_img read more