First Nations in BC negotiating to buy percentage of Coastal GasLink pipeline

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsFirst Nations in British Columbia are vying for a percentage of the Coastal Gaslink pipeline that will cost billions of dollars.Part of the pipeline is up for sale.Dan George, an elected chief in Burns Lake First Nation, one of six First Nations in Wet’suwet’en territory, has been in Vancouver discussing business.George said he wants to buy into the pipeline.In 2014, he signed a benefit agreement with Coastal Gaslink but says he hopes to do more for his community’s future.Now he’s working towards equity ownership of the pipeline with all other First Nations along the proposed route.“Being equity owners creates a lot more wealth for us because we’ll have a bigger piece of the pie,” George said. “And we won’t need any money from Ottawa anymore, we can run our own businesses by ourselves, under our own conditions, so I think it is going to help a lot of First Nations get out of poverty in the north because opportunities are few and far between.”The Coastal Gaslink pipeline project will push natural gas from Dawson Creek, B.C., 670 kilometres to Kitimat on the coast where it will be liquefied and shipped to markets in Asia.TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, presented the First Nations with the opportunity to purchase a 75 per cent stake in the line.The cost is approximately $6 billion.“It’s going to be ongoing for a while to come because it’s a huge submission and it’s a lot of money that we need to raise,” said George.George told APTN News that Jason Kenney’s win in Alberta comes at a crucial time for Canada’s oil and gas business.“I think it will be a good thing for all people of Canada to be on the world stage instead of just giving all our resources to the U.S. for half the price,” George said.But the Coast Gaslink pipeline project faces stiff opposition from Wet’suwet’en Nations’ highest hereditary Chiefs, despite approval from al 20 elected band councils along the route.The traditional leaders don’t want the pipeline and say they have jurisdiction – not elected leadership.George said he isn’t worried – his members want the pipeline so he’s focussed on making sure the project goes through.“As elected Chief I follow what my band members tell me what they want me to do,” he said.“So we had a vote on the LNG and they all voted for it so I do what my members tell me and Hereditary Chiefs have to do the same thing.”lhamelin@aptn.ca@laurie_hamelinlast_img read more

City staff of Fort St John will be holding Open Houses for

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Staff of the city of Fort St. John has been working on updating zoning bylaws and is now at the stage to be presented for public engagement.After a modernizing and refreshing of the current zoning bylaws, by making them more user-friendly and making them move into the official community plan, the strategic plans and the master plan it is time for public engagement before Legal review.City staff will use several platforms to engage with residents regarding the zoning bylaws through the “Lets Talk” engagement page online, direct mail and open houses like the recent charrette for the 100th Street update. Council asked city staff to include two dates of each topic on zoning as the first set of times for the open house was suggested for July 30 and 31st. Council was concerned residents that are interested in the engagement process could be on holidays, follow up open houses should be a week or more after the first one.To view the City of Fort St. John’s Let’s Talk Community Engagement Page; CLICK HERE.last_img read more

In police presence bouncers beat up patients family at AIIMS Trauma Centre

first_imgNew Delhi: In a shocking incident, a family of Delhi was brutally thrashed with sticks by private bouncers and security guards at the AIIMS Trauma Centre. Moreover, a video of the incident shows police present at the situations was just mute spectators, while guards were beating the kin of the patient.Talking to Millennium Post, Asgar Ali, the father of the girl patient named Adeeba, alleged that the guards present at the hospital used to pass lewd comments on his wife. When he and his relatives objected to this, the bouncers and guards started hitting them, leaving them critically injured. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to Ali, a resident of Delhi’s Nizamuddin area, his daughter Adeeba was admitted to the Trauma Centre on Monday after she fell from the fourth floor of a building while playing. She was operated the next day and was under observation. While his wife used to stay at the hospital during day, Ali used to stay at night. The guards present there – who belong to an agency named SWIFT Security – used to pass remarks on her, he alleged. “My wife complained about this to the head of the guards but he did not take action. She then told me about this. I also approached the security head but he was rude with me,” Ali informed. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Today, some of my relatives came to visit Adeeba. They were not allowed to enter the ward. We, along with other people present there, asked the guards to apologies to my wife on which they got angry started threatening us,” he added. Ali said he then dialled 100 and called the police. Meanwhile, the bouncers came out with iron rods and sticks and started thrashing them. The girl’s father has suffered bone fracture in his shoulder and 4-5 stitches in his head while his nephew Altaf has got 15 stitches on his head. Clearing it’s state, Dr Biplab Mishra said that around 8-10 people were trying to meet the patient in group but according to the norms only a attendant allowed to enter in side the ward. Hence, security person were opposing the entry of multiple relatives which lead to altercation and later turned into a scuffle. Even, our security gaurds were injured. Furthermore, We will initiated the internal inquiry and culprit will not be spared, said Dr Mishra. At about 3 PM a PCR call was received regarding quarrel at Trauma Centre . The complainant reported that gaurds at the gate had injured her husband and assaulted her sister also. In all, six people were injured. A case has been registered and 5 persons have been apprehended.last_img read more

Oil sands firm MEG Energy raising 800million in financing deals

CALGARY — MEG Energy Corp. announced a pair of financing deals Monday to raise a total of $800-million, including one with the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec.The agreements came as the oil sands company said it planned $1.9-billion in capital spending next year including some $90-million in deferred capital spending from 2012.MEG said the spending will include about $480-million on its RISER initiative to increase near-term production.Production for 2013 is expected to be 32,000 to 35,000 barrels per day, up from its guidance of 26,000 to 28,000 for 2012.The company set a target of 20% for production growth compared with 2012 and a goal of ending 2013 with production rate of 37,000 to 43,000 barrels per day.To help pay for the capital plan, MEG said it has agreed to sell nearly 12.13 million shares to a syndicate of underwriters for $33 per share and another 12.12 million shares to the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec for the same price.The underwriters have also been granted an over-allotment option for up to an additional 1.8 million shares. If the option is fully exercised, MEG would raise an additional $60-million.The deal with the Caisse, an existing shareholder of the company, will bring its stake in MEG to about 9%, not including the over-allotment option.MEG shares were down $1.07 or about 3% at $33.65 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.The company, which has oilsands operations in the southern Athabasca region in Alberta, was one of several smaller players in the industry to see its shares fall in the face of new foreign takeover rules announced by Ottawa last week.Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in approving the takeover of Nexen Inc. by Chinese company CNOOC, set out new rules that said state-owned enterprises would not be permitted to buy any more Canadian oilsands companies, except in exceptional circumstances. read more

INTERPOL help sought in VAT case

The accused had committed the crime between 2002 and 2004 at the Inland Revenue Department.They had been charged with the fraud of Rs. 3.99 Million following a case filed by the Finance Ministry in 2006. (Colombo Gazette) The police have sought the assistance of the international police INTERPOL, to track down and arrest 8 suspects wanted in connection with a multi million Rupee VAT fraud.The police media unit said that an open warrant has been issued to arrest the suspects who are overseas and INTERPOL assistance has also been sought. A statement by the police media unit today said that another 6 suspects who were produced in court yesterday over the case had pleaded guilty. Three of them were sentenced to jail by the Colombo High Court while the other three will be sentenced at the end of this month, the police said. read more

As NDP and Greens do battle Jagmeet Singh breathes new life into

LONGUEUIL, Que. — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said his party is happy to welcome Quebec sovereigntists into its ranks, as the seemingly dormant independence question resurfaced on the campaign trail Monday.Singh was questioned on the issue as he announced environmentalist Eric Ferland will be his party’s candidate for the Quebec riding of Longueuil-Saint-Hubert, south of Montreal.The announcement added a strange twist to the feud between federal New Democrats and Greens, who have been locked in a fierce battle for third place in public-opinion polls as each seeks to attract progressive voters unhappy with the governing Liberals and worried about climate change.Not only is Ferland a former leader of Quebec’s Green party, but the incumbent in the riding is former NDP MP Pierre Nantel, who defected to the Greens shortly before the election call.In addition to switching parties, the two have something else in common: they’re both sovereigntists who have advocated for Quebec independence, either currently or in the past.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. Federal election 2019 roundup: Scheer proposes children’s tax credit, while Trudeau promises daycare funding Rex Murphy: Chillin’ with Jason Kenney’s miraculous letter Kelly McParland: Singh’s impossible promises can still hurt Trudeau While support for Quebec separation is polling low on voters’ lists of priorities, a number of candidates have had to answer questions about their pasts as sovereigntists after deciding to run for federalist parties.When asked about his past association with Quebec’s sovereignty movement on Monday, Ferland said he’s a federalist for the moment but could not rule out promoting Quebec independence in the future.But he said for now, he’d rather focus on issues of climate change and social justice.“The subject is sovereignty is not even on the table right now, it’s far away, I see it’s not moving forward so I prefer to work on things that move us forward,” he said.Singh, for his part, reiterated that he is a federalist but is happy to work with candidates from other political backgrounds as long as they share the party’s progressive values.“I believe in building a Canada that’s united, that’s my value,” he said.“I think it’s important to recognize there is strong nationalism in Quebec that has a place in the New Democratic Party,” he said, adding that federalists “couldn’t ignore the desires of the people of a place.”Alexandre Boulerice, the NDP’s deputy leader, also said he’s one of the almost 50 per cent of Quebec voters who voted “Yes” in the 1995 referendum on separating from Canada. He said there’s room for nationalists in the party.In Longueuil-Saint-Hubert alone, at least three federalist party candidates have separatist pasts, including incumbent Nantel, who won his riding south of Montreal in for the NDP in 2011 and 2015.The NDP dropped Nantel in August after it became known he was courting at least one other party, and he joined the Greens soon after.I believe in building a Canada that’s united, that’s my valueNantel’s defection to the Green party led to uncomfortable moments for leader Elizabeth May, who was forced to answer questions about her new candidate’s sovereigntist leanings last week after he told a radio host he wants Quebec to separate from Canada as soon as possible.May initially said Nantel wasn’t a separatist, describing him as “a strong Quebecer within the context of Canada,” and said her party wouldn’t endorse a candidate advocating for the breakup of the country. She later backtracked after he repeated the comments. Nantel remains a Green candidate and May has said she is comfortable with Nantel’s position and how he fits in the party.The Liberals are running former Parti Quebecois minister Rejean Hebert. The former provincial health minister has renounced sovereigntism, saying Quebecers don’t want another referendum.On Monday, Singh described Ferland’s decision to turn New Democrat as evidence that his party’s environmental plan “is the most complete,” even as he sought to underscore what he described as the main differences between the NDP and the Greens.“We believe in the importance of tackling the climate crisis. We know how important that is and we are going to do similar things,” he said.“But where we differ is we’re not going to leave workers behind. Where we differ is we have a solid position on a woman’s right to choose. With New Democrats, there’s no question what you’re getting. You know you’re going to get candidates that all unequivocally support a woman’s right to choose and will defend that and will also expand access to abortion services.”Ferland described his decision to run for the NDP as “obvious” given the party’s plan for tackling climate change, which includes ending fossil-fuel subsidies, providing more incentives for the development of clean energy and expanding the price on carbon to include Canada’s largest emitters. read more

Afghanistan UN envoy to visit country to assess conflicts impact on children

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Olara Otunnu, will visit Afghanistan from 22 to 28 July, travelling to Kabul and other regions, including Kandahar and Mazar-i-Sharif, and visiting children in camps for internally displaced persons.Mr. Otunnu is expected to meet with civil society groups, non-governmental organizations, national authorities and UN humanitarian and development personnel.On 28 July, Mr. Otunnu is scheduled to address the international conference on “Building a Peaceful Future for Afghanistan: A Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Mines.” According to the Special Representative’s office, about 35,000 children have been victims of landmines in Afghanistan, the most mine-contaminated country in the world.In other news, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today said that Afghan returns have surpassed 1.3 million, including more than 1,190,000 refugees who have repatriated from Pakistan since the initiative started on 1 March.Some 98,000 people have returned from Iran since the operation began there on April 9 and another 10,000 returnees have arrived from the Central Asian states, UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski said in Geneva. The agency has also helped up to 200,000 internally displaced persons return home, out of a target of 390,000.The scale of returns has put a financial strain on the agency, forcing it to focus its aid on four priority areas – protection, travel assistance/returnee packages, shelter and water – and leaving previously anticipated expenditures in education and basic medical assistance to other agencies, Mr. Janowski said.”Financial constraints mean that UNHCR has no further funds to purchase items like plastic tarpaulins, blankets, buckets, or jerry cans,” he noted. “In some parts of Afghanistan, we’ve already exhausted supplies of these items that are included in the returnee packages, and we’re using stocks from the International Committee of the Red Cross and [the UN Children’s Fund].” read more

Rwanda tribunal confirms a sentence for genocide and starts two more trials

The Appeals Chamber disagreed yesterday with the Trial Chamber’s finding that Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda instigated, aided and abetted genocide and extermination, but found that it correctly held him responsible for ordering genocide and extermination.Mr. Kamuhanda was found to have supervised the killings in his native Gikomero commune, in the Kigali-Rural prefecture. He distributed firearms, grenades and machetes to the Hutu Interahamwe militia and led attacks at the parish church and adjoining school in Gikomero, where several thousand Tutsi civilians were killed, ICTR said.He was arrested in Bourges, France, on 26 November 1999, and on 7 March 2000 he was transferred to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha, Tanzania.ICTR also began the trial of three former senior officials from the Interim Government of Rwanda and ICTR Prosecutor Hassan Bubacar Jallow gave his opening statement in the case.Edouard Karemera, Mathieu Ngirumpatse and Joseph Nzirorera were charged with seven counts, including conspiracy to commit genocide, direct and public incitement to genocide, genocide, alternatively complicity in genocide, rape and extermination as crimes against humanity, and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions.The three accused had pleaded not guilty to all charges against them on 21 March, ICTR said.Mr. Karemera was a former Minister of the Interior and Vice-Chairman of the Mouvement Révolutionnaire National pour le Développement et la Démocratie (MRND) party. Mr. Ngirumpatse was formerly Director General for Foreign Affairs and MRND Chairman, while Mr. Nzirorera was a former Minister of Industry, Mines and Handicraft, former Speaker of the Rwandan Parliament, and MRND National Secretary. read more

Fridays Daily Brief Indigenous Peoples Day Yemen food aid IDs for Rohingya

‘Preserve, revitalize and promote’ indigenous languages, or lose a ‘wealth of traditional knowledge’, UN chief says  Life-saving food aid distribution is set to resume to 850,000 people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, following guarantees by Houthi opposition forces that the supplies will reach those who need them most, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. Under a deal that ends a partial two-month break in WFP assistance to Houthi-held areas of the war-torn country after the agency said that humanitarians were being denied access and local authorities were interfering with deliveries, spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel insisted that a new registration process had been agreed. “We have written guarantees from the Houthis,” he said, in reference to a document signed with the Sana’a-based authorities. Read more here. More than half a million Rohingya in Bangladesh get ID cards for first time: UN refugee agency  More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees who fled a brutal crackdown in Myanmar two years ago, have received identification cards that the UN insisted on Friday were critical to safeguarding their right to return home. Issued to all refugees over the age of 12, in camps in southern Bangladesh, the biometric, fraud-proof card is for many, the first time that they have owned an official document that proves their identity. “Most of these people are stateless and most of these people have not had any form of identification document, so for the vast majority of the Rohingya refugees, this is the first ID, a first proof of identity that they have,” UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told journalists in Geneva. Here’s our full coverage. Malians fleeing violence should be given international protection, says UN  The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) announced on Friday that because of the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in Mali, neighbouring countries should provide protection to those fleeing conflict. Not all Malians need protection, the agency said, but the threat has spread from northern Mali to other regions. It cited armed groups affiliated with Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad and others that have failed to respect the 2015 Peace and Reconciliation in Mali agreement.  The conflict has been further escalated by Islamist extremist groups. According to UNHCR, civilians, politicians and civil servants along with security forces are being targeted and murdered.  Nearly 200 peacekeepers have been killed since 2013, making it the deadliest peacekeeping operation in the world.  And people who collaborate with national or international defence forces subsequently find themselves targeted for attack and may be in need of international protection, the agency said. Nagasaki: ‘Beacon for global peace’  Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the urgency to “preserve, revitalize and promote indigenous languages” in his message for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Celebrated on Friday. “Languages are how we communicate, and they are inextricably linked to our cultures, histories and identity”, the UN chief said, noting that 2019 also marks the International Year of Indigenous Languages.   He pointed out that almost half of the world’s estimated 6,700 languages, which are mostly indigenous, risk extinction. “With every language that disappears, the world loses a wealth of traditional knowledge” said Mr. Guterres. See what others had to say here. UN food aid to Yemen will fully resume after two-month break, as Houthis ‘guarantee’ delivery  Paying tribute to the victims and survivors of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki on 9 August 1945, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the annual Nagasaki Peace Ceremony on Friday that the city “has emerged to become a beacon for global peace and understanding”.   “I was profoundly moved upon seeing this for myself when I travelled to Nagasaki last year to take part in this ceremony”, he said, adding that the “brave survivors” testimony “touched my heart” as did their devotion “to ensuring that the great tragedy that befell this city is never visited upon any other”. In the face of rising tensions between nuclear armed States and the demise of existing arms control and disarmament treaties, the UN chief lamented that “the nuclear danger persists”. “The international community must join forces to safeguard the security benefits that existing treaties bring to us all” he urged.  The “only true guarantee” against nuclear weapons is “their total elimination”, Mr. Guterres said, calling it the UN’s and his personal “highest disarmament priority”. Calling youth the “future peacemakers of the world” and “the ultimate force for change to secure our common future”, the Secretary-General maintained that by carrying the message forward together, “we will achieve our shared goal of a world free of nuclear weapons”.  Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 09 August on SoundCloud: read more

Lotus creates 100 UK engineering and manufacturing jobs

UK-based sports car manufacturer and engineering expert, Lotus, has announced that it will create more than 100 jobs in engineering and manufacturing at its Hethel, Norfolk headquarters.Lotus will recruit 45 specialist engineers and 18 graduates to help develop new products within its engineering division. A further 40 manufacturing operatives will be employed to help meet increasing global demand for Lotus cars, which is set to grow as the manufacturer enters new markets worldwide.The manufacturer’s recruitment drive follows significant levels of investment in recent years by owners DRB-HICOM, which has allowed the company to increase its focus on engineering, productivity, efficiency and quality.Mark Pym, Group Head of Human Resources at Lotus, said, “Lotus’ successes have always been built on our talented and dedicated workforce and as we embark on a period of strengthening, it’s crucial that we grow our workforce to support this.“It’s a positive sign for both the UK car industry and Lotus that we are able to recruit such a high number of experienced specialists and graduates, who will take their first steps on an exciting and rewarding career path.”Aslam Farikullah, Chief Operating Officer at Lotus, said, “It’s been a period of substantial change at Lotus and we are now in a strong position to expand our work on future products and to increase production in our manufacturing facilities. We wantLotus to be at the forefront of the global automotive industry and for us to remain competitive, we will introduce more exciting products – there has never been a better time to be part of the future of Lotus.”Applications for the new roles are currently being accepted; click through to find out more and apply to work for Lotus.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Tiger Woods Up 2 Shots at Doral After Shooting

TIger Woods put on another masterful putting display Friday, helping him shoot a 65 and earn a two-shot lead going into the weekend in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.Woods, who has won three times at Doral and has captured this World Golf Championship event six times, gave himself numerous chances with a solid ballstriking round in which he barely missed a green.His 7-under 65 gave him a two-shot lead over 2010 U.S. Open champion Graem McDowell and a three-shot lead over Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker, his buddy who gave him putting tips that Woods attributes to his solid play with the flat stick so far.Woods has won 26 -of-31 times when he has the outright 36-hole lead in his PGA Tour career.On Wednesday, Stricker gave Woods some advice during a 45-minute session on the practice green, one that has led to two days of exceptional work.“I’ve always liked the way he putts it,” Stricker said. “We’ve talked a lot about it over the years. We have the same ideas, although we do different things to get it there. We have the same principles. He’s open to hearing what I have to say sometimes.”This time, it worked, as Woods made nine birdies Thursday and added eight more Friday. He has had 22 one-putt greens in the tournament, and on Friday he hit 15-of-18 greens in regulation.For a time, it appeared Mickelson would play his way into a third-round pairing with Woods, reprising their epic 2005 final-round duel here in which Woods prevailed by a stroke to regain the No. 1 world ranking.But McDowell had other ideas, birdieing his last two holes for a 67.“I saw Phil sneaking up the leaderboard there behind me, and I said to (caddie) Kenny (Comboy), ‘Let’s spoil this party tomorrow,’ ” McDowell said. “I’m sure they would have liked Tiger and Phil in the last group tomorrow, would have been great for the tournament, but I certainly will enjoy the position of being in the last group and the mix. That’s right where I want to be.“Great to see the best players in the game playing as well as they are. Always exciting to have Tiger and Phil playing well. It brings the crowds and puts people behind their TV screens, and that’s what’s important.”Mickelson has shot 67-67 after an early-week visit to Augusta National to scout the Masters venue.“I saw Tiger was playing well and I wanted to make a couple birdies to get in the group with him,” Mickelson said. “It seems since 2007, when we played at Deutsche Bank in Boston, I’ve been playing some of my best golf when we get paired together.“I hope that tomorrow that I play a good round and so does he, and we get a chance to get paired together in Sunday’s final round, because he seems to somehow bring out my best golf.” read more

Child porn defendant claims he did not know he was looking at

first_img 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. A man charged with viewing child pornography did not know he was looking at images of under 16-year-olds because he is blind, a court has heard. Andrew Shaw, 44, was aided into Blackpool Magistrates Court, Lancashire by his black Labrador guide dog.His wife who was supporting her husband is also blind and was led to the court by her white Labrador guide dog.Shaw of Derby Road, Thornton Cleveleys, Lancashire faces three offences of possessing 71 downloaded obscene images of children on his computer. Twelve of the images are alleged to be of the worst variety.He said: “This is an unusual case as my client is registered blind. He has no sight in one eye and only a small amount in the other.””It may be argued that difficulty with his vision makes it difficult for him to put an age to images he downloads. He may think he is looking at 16-year olds.”Shaw was granted bail.last_img read more

Festival City man granted bail for allegedly wounding security guards

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSecurity Guard lands in Court for allegedly cuffing man to headMay 28, 2018In “Court”“Whistle”, accomplice charged with armed robberies, remandedAugust 29, 2018In “Court”“Whistle”, accomplice on bail for armed robberiesSeptember 26, 2018In “Court” An Office Assistant who reportedly dealt lashes with a broken bottle to two security guards attached to the 704 night club was earlier today (Monday) charged for the offence when he appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman.Twenty seven year old, Leon Duncan of 1977 Williams Street, Festival City, denied the charge which alleged that, he, on February 23 2018 at Lamaha Street wounded Gremie Adams and kenrick Maynard.According to his Attorney, Mark Waldron, his client was a victim of mistaken identity. He explained that there was an altercation with the security guards and others when they (security guards) were struck.He noted that Duncan was wrongfully identified and is not the person who was involved in the incident.However, Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore revealed facts which stated that the accused reportedly carried out the act.As such he objected to bail being granted based on the seriousness of the offence and the penalty attached.Bail was granted in the sum of $80,000 each for both offences and Duncan is expected to return to Court on March 26 2018. read more

Tusla chiefs email to staff ahead of McCabe reports release We can

first_img THE HEAD OF child and family agency Tusla has warned staff, via email, to expect “further adverse media and political commentary for the agency” this week.It comes ahead of the publication today of a report sparked by the agency’s handling of a file pertaining to claims made against Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe. The probe by health watchdog Hiqa was ordered in spring of last year by Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone.Initial claims against McCabe were examined and dismissed more than a decade ago – but it emerged last year that a far more serious allegation against the Garda whistleblower had made its way into a Tusla file due to an error made by a counsellor, which went uncorrected.Hiqa was directed in March last year to investigate what the minister believed to be “the apparent poor handling by Tusla of information provided to it” arising from the McCabe case. Investigators were charged with examining “Tusla’s national practices in the handling of referrals of allegations of sexual abuse which involve adults of concern”.Hiqa is due to publish the report and hold a press conference to discuss its findings this afternoon. Fred McBride, the Tusla chief executive, and other top officials from the agency will give their response to the findings at a separate media event later in the afternoon.McBride writes in his email that he wants to reassure staff that the agency can “weather this storm and continue to be motivated by the very reason which brought us all to work in the area of child protection and welfare”.Disclosures The issue has also been examined as part of the Disclosures Tribunal. The first module last summer looked at the creation, distribution and use by Tusla (formerly the HSE) of a file which contained false allegations of sexual abuse against McCabe and which was sent to gardaí five years ago.The Tusla file was opened after the teenage daughter of a garda colleague of McCabe, known only as Ms D, sought counselling in 2013 about a previously reported allegation investigated by gardaí in 2006.That was in spite of the Director of Public Prosecutions having previously decided not to bring any charges and finding there was no basis for any offence having been committed. The case had been formally closed in 2007.Appearing before the Tribunal last year a local social worker described how she had created the report about the alleged incident of sexual abuse involving McCabe and amalgamated two separate and unrelated incidents into a single report. Gardaí, the tribunal was told, hadn’t responded to queries as to whether the allegations were the ones that had been investigated years earlier.The social worker said she only realised two weeks before the tribunal began that she had made a “catastrophic” mistake by making the files – no-one had contacted her after Tusla was alerted to the error in May 2014.A Tusla manager said that the series of errors which resulted in the false allegations being made against McCabe were coincidences, while Tribunal barrister Pat Marrinan SC noted that every error that was made was “to the detriment of Sergeant McCabe. There [wasn’t] an error in his favour.”McCabe’s barrister Michael McDowell told the Tribunal earlier this year that his client accepted that the false claims were not the result of any deliberate action or ill will and that the mistakes arose from “some form of cut and paste error”.The Hiqa probe was tasked with investigating the safety, quality and standards of the services provided by Tusla in relation to referrals of allegations of child sexual abuse.In particular it was charged with investigating and assessing interactions between the agency, the gardaí and relevant third parties.EmailIn his email to staff Fred McBride writes that the findings to be published today highlight “many issues faced by the Agency which we are already aware of and which you, the management team and I have been actively working to address over the past four and a half years, through a comprehensive organisational and cultural reform programme”.Staff are told that the findings and inevitable publicity “may cause you some concern”. However McBride says he wants to reassure workers in advance “that the radical journey of change we are on together, has already made a tangible difference to the lives of vulnerable children and families in Ireland”.“We know some inconsistencies and delays still remain in the system. While we accept that this is so, it is also crucially important to say that there is no indication anywhere in the Hiqa report that any child was either harmed, as a direct result of something we did or did not do.McBride adds: By Daragh Brophy We also face a very challenging legal and policy context in relation to historical child sex abuse allegations. We have been consistently emphasising that the law is inadequate in supporting us to deal with these issues, and we have had to continually amend our policy in response to case law and court decisions. Jun 19th 2018, 12:06 AM Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 12:05 AM I look forward to talking to you again later in the year to update you on how our journey of progress is going. Share58 Tweet Email1 Short URL 18,701 Views Tusla chief’s email to staff ahead of McCabe report’s release: ‘We can weather this storm’ Health watchdog Hiqa is due to publish its report into Tulsa’s handling of information, ordered by Minister Zappone last year. Image: Leah Farrell Maurice McCabe Image: Leah Farrell No Comments CEO of Tusla Fred McBride alongside Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone. Source: Leah FarrellStressing that progress had been made in many areas, he writes that when Tusla was established “we knew it inherited many outdated systems and significant challenges”.“It is important for everyone to know that this investigation was an analysis at a point in time and reaffirms much of what we had already knew in terms of what we had to put right across the entire system in how we deliver services to children and families. We have developed a deep understanding of the issues we faced and have put a robust action plan in place to bring about reform, in a collaborative way, learning as we proceed.”In anticipation of the report’s publication, senior managers had met with the Minister, the Oireachtas children’s affairs committee and other organisations with a stake in child protection, McBride wrote, “to convey our progress on our programme of change”.A comprehensive communications plan had been put in place, he said, starting with today’s press conference.“Following this, you can expect to see many representatives from the senior management team partaking in news and current affairs shows in the days ahead, to deal with any likely media coverage.”The email concludes:I want you to reassure you that you have my support and also that of the management team, and together we can weather this storm and continue to be motivated by the very reason which brought us all to work in the area of child protection and welfare from the start, to endeavour to do our utmost to support children and families. 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No Zika reports for TCI

first_img Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM CDC says: Men spread Zika through Sex Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 28, 2017 – Providenciales – The Premier said there have been no health reports related to a surge in the #Zika virus, a mosquito borne disease which among others things causes Microcephaly in unborn babies.   Both the Canadian and UK Governments have cited Zika in travel advisories to its citizens.Late yesterday, a fogging schedule was making the rounds on social media.   This morning areas like Kew Town, all of Blue Hills and Wheeland – including Phase 1 and 2 housing subdivisions were sprayed to help with the mosquito population boom since Hurricane Irma.  Tuesday night, the fogging moves into Glass Shack, Discovery Bay, Richmond Hills, Thompson Cove, Turtle Cove, the Bight, Juba Sound and on Venetian Road.On Wednesday, the mosquito fogging will happen in Long Bay, including Long Bay Hills, Leeward and Leeward Palms and Grace Bay.  The notice explained that if it is raining or too windy, no fogging will take place but this schedule will be repeated and residents are advised to try new bug sprays to help in keeping mosquitoes at bay.#MagneticMediaNews CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region Related Items:#magneticmedianews, ZIkalast_img read more

Roberto Pereyra expects tough Chelsea test on Boxing Day

first_imgWatford midfielder Roberto Pereyra says he’s expecting a tough test when Chelsea visit the Vicarage Road on Boxing Day.The Argentina international insists the Blues are a different team under the tutelage of Maurizio Sarri and he’s prepared for a high-intensity affair on Wednesday.“There are always a great team, especially with Sarri this season they have improved a lot,” said Pereyra, according to the club’s official website.“They have more intensity and possession in midfield. It will be a very tough game for us.”Pereyra scored the Hornets’ fourth goal in their 4-1 home win against Chelsea last season, with the Javi Gracia’s men scoring three after Eden Hazard leveled the scores at 1-1.The former Juventus player is well aware of the threat that the Belgian captain poses.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“The Premier League has lots of great players, and we need to be ready to face him,” said the midfielder.“We are aware of their strengths and we will be ready to face them.”“We are fully aware a couple of wins can send us high in the table, but also a couple of defeats can send us towards relegation zone.”“January and February is when everything is decided so we need to get points in these games.”last_img read more

Cal Fire experiencing shortage of firefighting pilots

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Cal Fire is having to periodically ground some of its firefighting aircraft because of a pilot shortage.Some of the reasons for the shortage include the strains on pilots fighting massive fires in Northern California this summer. Those pilots obviously need days off to keep them sharp.Another reason is other aviation companies poaching the Cal Fire pilots away….pilots who are highly skilled in making retardant/water drops while flying through smoke and flames in mountainous terrain…not to mention having to watch out for power lines and other aircraft.Cal Fire assures the public it will be able respond and deal with any fires that break out in spite of this situation. September 5, 2018 John Soderman Cal Fire experiencing shortage of firefighting pilots John Soderman, Posted: September 5, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

1 in custody after Coconut Grove commercial burglary

first_imgCOCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – Police have apprehended one subject in connection to a commercial burglary in Coconut Grove, prompting a lockdown at a local elementary school, Friday morning.Miami Police responded to the scene of the burglary at 3235 Day Ave. Investigators said the break-in had started at around 2:45 a.m.Officers responded to the scene and set up a perimeter, eventually taking one subject into custody.According to the Miami-Dade County School Board, there was a lockdown at Tucker Elementary School at 3500 Douglas Road. It has since been lifted.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

24 dead as bus plunges into gorge in Uttarakhand

first_imgAt least 24 persons were killed and eight others injured when the bus they were travelling in plunged into a deep gorge in Uttarakhand late on Tuesday, police said.The accident took place near Nalupani in Uttarkashi district when a bus full of pilgrims from Indore, Madhya Pradesh were returning from the Gangotri shrine.Three people are still missing and the eight injured, who were rescued after great efforts and difficulty, have been admitted at the Community Health Centre at Chinyalisaud, an official informed IANS.Some passengers of the ill-fated bus also fell in the Bhagirathi rover flowing below. District officials including district magistrate Ashish Srivastava rushed to the spot but owing to darkness rescue efforts were hampered.With the hill being very steep, rescue was further delayed and went on till the morning. SDRF, police and ITBP teams then went down from the other side and rescued eight passengers. Bodies have been recovered but are yet to be identified.Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has condoled the loss of lives in the mishap and has announced an ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh each for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each for those injured.Officials have also been asked to identify danger zones on routes of the annual ‘Chaar Dham Yatra’, put up speed monitors, turning warnings and put up crash barriers.last_img read more