A-League The Covert Agent: FFA fight to keep Ante Milicic from Western Sydney Wanderers The Covert Agent Last updated 2 years ago 12:20 10/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) A-League Western Sydney Wanderers EXCLUSIVE: Goal’s resident spy reveals the governing body doesn’t want to lose another vital part of the national team set-up ahead of Russia The FFA are fighting to keep Ante Milicic as part of the Socceroos coaching staff while the Western Sydney Wanderers circle him as their No.1 manager target.The Covert Agent can reveal the FFA are understandably reluctant to release the Australian assistant coach from his contract after the departure of Ange Postecoglou was leaked to media.David Gallop and FFA management met recently with Milicic to discuss to him turning down the Wanderers and staying on with the Australian coaching set-up post World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. It’s also believed the FFA are worried the potential departure of both Milicic and Postecoglou will leave the national team short of coaches who know the players and current squad heading into a possible appearance in Russia.Milicic is highly regarded by the governing body and is seen as a future Socceroos head coach, who fits the code’s future model in Australia.As revealed by The Covert Agent last week, Milicic is the Wanderers’ one and only choice to replace Tony Popovic and has already had discussions with the club.He is yet to make a decision on his future.
Tottenham Hotspur Who is Ruby Mae? Dele Alli’s girlfriend and net worth of Spurs star Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:16 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Tottenham Hotspur Premier League FA Cup WTF It seems few footballers’ lives are complete without a model partner, and the Tottenham man is another on that list Dele Alli is living the dream of many young men, representing one of England’s top clubs and holding down a starting berth for his country at just 21 years old.And it doesn’t end there. They say success is nothing if you can’t share it, and Alli has had the pleasure of enjoying his young life alongside partner Ruby Mae – much to the envy of even some of his own fans, no doubt.But how much do we know about the Spurs star’s sweetheart? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Who is Ruby Mae? Ruby Mae, at 23 years old, has made a name for herself as a successful model, having done shoots for a series of high-profile fashion brands.Photos of her work can be found via her Instagram account, which she updates regularly with images from her glamorous life – including moments with her Tottenham midfielder boyfriend.Seemingly a lover of animals, Mae often posts photos of her black miniature poodle and footage from her account would suggest she is also a competent horse rider.Interestingly, Mae is cousins with fellow model Bealey Mitchell, former partner of England cricket player Stuart Broad.Who has Ruby Mae modelled for? Signed to Boss Model Management in Manchester, Mae has worked for several well-known brands such as Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Hidden Fashion and The Couture Club.Fashion sites Miss Pap, Pretty Little Thing and In The Style have also sought out the 5’9” beauty to promote their brands.How long has Ruby Mae been with Dele Alli? Mae is said to have been spotted holding hands with Alli in London as far back as April 2016.It wasn’t until the European Championships later that year that the pair’s status as a couple was confirmed, however, as the model leaned over advertising hoarding to deliver a kiss in the wake of England’s 2-1 defeat to Iceland.Since then the young couple have shared a raft of photos from nights out and travels together, the pair having been seen holidaying together in Mykonos and Ibiza during football’s summer break.What is Dele Alli’s net worth?It is difficult to put a set number on Alli’s overall worth as things appear set to change rapidly after the Spurs star signed up with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the same offices that represent Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.It is widely reported that Alli currently makes £50,000 per week with Tottenham, although he looks set to at least double that sum when he signs a new deal come the end of the season, with CAA certain to push for the best possible deal for their new client.Already enjoying lucrative deals with Adidas and BT Sport, Alli’s performance at the World Cup would likely boost his value even further as CAA, who work closely with super agent Jorge Mendes, look to push the midfielder into the top tiers of football’s highest earners.
Donnarumma insists AC Milan players behind coach Giampaoloby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma insists the players are behind coach Marco Giampaolo.Milan threw away the lead to lose 2-1 to Torino on Thursday night.“It’s a defeat that burns. It’s a dark day and I struggled to sleep last night,” Donnarumma told Sky Sport Italia.“Yesterday I saw the team give everything, I’m sorry for everyone, the fans included. We have to follow the Coach because we’re working well and we have great ideas on how to play. We must follow him.“Giampaolo’s a great Coach. I’m sorry because yesterday we had a great game and we didn’t deserve to lose.“We’re all with him. It’s normal to struggle a bit at the start with new ideas and new players, but we should continue to follow him. We’re all with him.“After the first goal, we fell apart. We need to improve on this. If we’d remained compact, we would’ve been able to take the win home.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 9 of the college football season is in the books. We have a new Coaches’ Poll for Week 10.Week 9 was a time for mass chaos in college football. Several ranked teams were knocked off by unranked opponents, causing a shakeup in the polls.As you might imagine, the Coaches’ Poll looks very different this week. Syracuse, Mississippi State, Utah State, Virginia, Fresno State and Houston all joined the top 25.Here’s the full top 25.RANKTEAMRECORDPOINTS1ST PLACE VOTESPREVCHANGEHI/LOW1Alabama8-01598621–1/12Clemson8-0153722–2/43Notre Dame8-0145803–3/114Louisiana State7-1140304–4/245Michigan7-1129505–5/225Georgia7-112950612/67Oklahoma7-111900815/118Ohio State7-110960912/99Central Florida7-0108201019/2310West Virginia6-199201226/2011Washington State7-1962015411/NR12Kentucky7-1932014212/NR13Penn State6-279101638/1614Florida6-2743011-311/NR15Texas6-272107-87/NR16Utah6-2620024816/NR17Houston7-13800NR1217/NR18Iowa6-2356018–18/NR19Washington6-3285013-66/1920Utah State7-12810NR720/NR21Mississippi State5-32260NR1114/NR22Virginia6-22070NR1122/NR23Fresno State7-11910NR823/NR24Syracuse6-21830NR2024/NR25Boston College6-21710NR–25/NRThe latest Associated Press Top 25 is set to be released this afternoon at 2 p.m. ET.The first College Football Playoff rankings will be released in just two days well. They will drop on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:10 p.m. ET.For now, here are ESPN’s current playoff picks.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)There are seven college football teams receiving the most national championship bets heading into the 2019 college football season.ESPN.com outlined the college football betting picture heading into Week 1 of the 2019 season, which begins on Thursday night.Seven notable programs are receiving the most national title bets:GeorgiaOklahomaAlabamaOhio StateClemsonMichiganTexasAlabama has been the team getting the biggest action: The largest reported national championship bets have been on Alabama. MGM and CG Technology each reported taking $10,000 bets on the Crimson Tide, along with multiple four-figure wagers.Nebraska fans, meanwhile, have apparently invaded an Iowa sportsbook, putting down a ton of action on the Huskers to win it all.The sportsbook at @AmeristarCB casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa already has a $100,000 liability on the Nebraska Cornhuskers to win the national title. The sportsbook has been open a week.— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) August 27, 2019The 2019 college football season’s Week 1 slate kicks off on Thursday night, with several notable games taking place.No. 1 Clemson is playing Georgia Tech and No. 14 Utah is playing BYU to open the season.
Story Highlights Dr. Tufton said the report, which is “long overdue” brings into sharp focus the need for “greater emphasis on prevention as opposed to the curative approach”. The study indicates that personnel at public hospitals islandwide attended to more than 25,000 violence-related injuries, 13,000 resulting from traffic accidents, and 500 emanating from attempted suicide during the period. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has welcomed a report that highlights the significant costs associated with treating trauma-related cases in the public health system. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has welcomed a report that highlights the significant costs associated with treating trauma-related cases in the public health system.The Cost of Care report, which was launched on Wednesday (December 6) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) regional headquarters in Mona, St. Andrew, shows that the direct and indirect medical cost of treating injuries at public facilities resulting from violence, road traffic crashes and attempted suicides in 2014 totalled $12.6 billion.The study indicates that personnel at public hospitals islandwide attended to more than 25,000 violence-related injuries, 13,000 resulting from traffic accidents, and 500 emanating from attempted suicide during the period.It was prepared by the Violence Prevention Alliance in collaboration with the Health Ministry, University Hospital of the West Indies, Mona GeoInformatics Institute; JN Foundation, and the UWI.Dr. Tufton said the report, which is “long overdue” brings into sharp focus the need for “greater emphasis on prevention as opposed to the curative approach”.Noting that trauma cases account for 59 per cent of the Ministry’s resources, he said that the money can be routed into supporting cases that “we cannot avoid”.“More often than not, we place too little effort on the preventative side. What the study does is to provide the support for placing more resources and effort on prevention (because) prevention is, indeed, better than cure,” the Minister added.He said the report also provides better understanding of the impact of trauma-related costs on individuals, families and the country.“We support the work that has been done, and one of the things that we would like to do is discuss some of the possible solutions because, while it is important for us to help persons to understand the nature and extent of the problem, it is equally important for us to help them to appreciate their own role in securing themselves and helping us to solve the problem,” the Minister said.Dr. Tufton noted that public education around this issue has to be a “critical part of the solution” adding that “we are going to have to also work together and focus, now, on the real solutions”.The report, he contended, “will also add to the strategies that have to be employed, and, as a consequence, we are engaged and will continue to be so in the years ahead”.
President Bill Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton kicked off the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting with the Clinton Global Citizen Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, of NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”The awards, which honor outstanding individuals who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership, recognized Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez for their work on behalf of farm workers throughout the United States, Leonardo DiCaprio for his dedication to environmental causes and preservation efforts of the world’s oceans, Hayat Sindi for her work to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among young people in the Middle East, Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs for bringing the transformative power of wireless technology to underserved communities globally including developing women’s access to wireless technology and their economic empowerment, and President of the Republic of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga for promoting reconciliation in the region and building Kosovo’s political and economic institutions to gain EU membership.“These honorees represent some of the most visionary leaders in the world and embody what it means to be a true global citizen,” said President Bill Clinton. “Having brought together and lifted a nation, given a voice to marginalized populations, worked to protect our fragile environment, and equipped our next generation with the skills they need to succeed, I’m encouraged by their efforts and optimistic about our collective future.”Leonardo DiCaprio, an award-winning actor and a four-time Academy Award nominee, has been an outspoken advocate for environmental issues throughout much of his career. In 1998, at the age of 24, DiCaprio established his foundation with the mission of protecting the Earth’s last wild places and implementing solutions to build a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world. Through grantmaking, public campaigns, and media projects, DiCaprio has worked to bring much-needed attention and funding to three focus areas — protecting biodiversity, ocean and forest conservation, and climate change. Over the last several years, his foundation has rapidly scaled up its grantmaking operation, allocating over $10 million to projects that protect fragile ecosystems and key species around the globe, while also improving the lives of local communities. Recently, he led several innovative fundraising events, raising over $60 million for projects the foundation is developing and supporting. Additionally, in an effort to empower his fans to make a difference, DiCaprio uses digital media to inform and inspire the public, offering them ways to take action on an array of issues – from protecting sharks in California and Elephants in Africa to supporting the transition of our society to clean, renewable energy.The event featured musical performances by Aloe Blacc, Natalie Merchant, Jason Mraz with special guests Raining Jane, Harlem Samba, Jeremy Ellis, and The Roots, with appearances by Madeleine Albright, Eva Longoria, Former All-Pro NFL Player and Chairman & Co-Founder of The Asomugha Foundation Nnamdi Asomugha, President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund Carter Roberts and Randy Jackson, who served as music director for the event.The Clinton Global Citizen Awards have honored outstanding individuals in civil society, philanthropy, public service, and the private sector who exemplify global citizenship through their vision, leadership, and impact in addressing global challenges since the first Clinton Global Citizen Awards in 2007.
Advertisement Advertisement Facebook He had worked at Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Quebec for roughly three decades. The school says in a statement Tuesday that it conducted an investigation in the allegations and concluded it needed to terminate Sicotte’s contract. But it did not provide specifics of the allegations or how many students came forward. MONTREAL — A renown Quebec actor and professor at the province’s music and dramatic arts conservatory has been fired from his job following allegations of “psychological harassment.” Sicotte worked in television, theatre and in film and was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2014. Gilbert Sicotte, 70, was suspended from the conservatory’s Montreal school after he was accused in November of harassing students over a period of many years. “Our thoughts are with the people who came forward to say they lived through difficult moments,” Marc Lalonde, director general of the school, said in a statement. “(The conservatory) has the responsibility of offering a health learning and work environment.” Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement An agency that represents Sicotte says, for the moment, he will not be providing a statement.
The discount increase has been blamed on the difficulty in getting western Canadian oil to market because of tight pipeline capacity as three proposed export pipeline projects face ongoing delays.AltaCorp says the rate of growth in crude-by-rail volumes since the discount rose above US$25 per barrel last year has actually lagged behind that seen in 2011-12, the last time the differential was as wide.It attributes the slower growth to reluctance by rail companies to increase capacity and producers to sign long-term transport contracts to deal with market conditions that may only last until new pipelines come on stream, possibly as early as late 2019.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada set another record in June, rising to 204,558 barrels per day.That’s up almost three percent from 198,800 in May and 86 percent from 109,500 in June 2017.In a report Wednesday, analysts at AltaCorp Capital linked growth in railway oil shipments to the wider-than-usual discount being paid for Western Canadian Select crude compared with New York-benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil.
The Love BC Project helps to get a community involved and invested in itself by being able to be showcased on a platform they may not otherwise be able to do for themselves. The Love BC Project helps these businesses by offering media packages that;Featuring first-rate photography, storytelling and a variety of independent locally-owned businesses in each community.Offering a search bar and directory function to quickly find businesses online, and a map function that helps residents and tourists to the community locate and visit each business with ease.The program is available to communities located within Northern Development’s service region and participating communities receive ongoing program planning and implementation support from the Northern Development staff. Businesses that wish to participate in the program are required to pay a one-time registration fee of $100 per business.The program is open to independent locally-owned businesses (non-franchise). Certain kinds of home-based businesses are eligible, but direct sales home-based businesses that are distributing for a larger brand are not. Love Northern BC shares they are a marketing tool that works best for businesses that are focused on retail goods and services rather than industrial companies.For more information on the program; CLICK HERE To view the site; CLICK HERE PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Northern Development Initiative Trust has developed the ‘Love Northern BC’ movement to help connect people with independent locally-owned businesses through unique marketing campaigns to keep more dollars in the local economy.Love Northern BC is the largest shop local program in Canada. With more than 74 northern BC communities participating, the program has helped to showcase more than 1,600 unique, locally-owned and independent northern B.C. businesses.The funding from the NDIT helps the Love Northern BC project by continuing to find and develop opportunities throughout the region to help to build connections between neighbours, shoppers, business owners, and visitors.
TOKYO — Japan’s Supreme Court has turned down an appeal by the lawyers for Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn to end his detention following his arrest for the fourth time on financial misconduct allegations.The court decision came Friday, and was relayed to foreign media Monday.Ghosn was arrested in November and released on bail last month, but was re-arrested April 4.He’s been charged with falsifying financial documents in under-reporting his retirement compensation and with breach of trust in allegedly dubious payments.He says he’s innocent, noting that the compensation was never decided and that the payments were legitimate.His detention has been approved through April 22 but can be extended. It’s unclear when his trial will start.Ghosn led Nissan for two decades, rescuing it from the brink of bankruptcy.The Associated Press
“She told me probably six months ago, ‘You know maybe at end of the year — at the end of the two year period — but by the end of the year I want to take a little time off, I want to take a break,’” he added. The President also said Haley could have her “pick” of administration posts if she ever decides she wants to rejoin his administration. However, a source familiar with the situation told CNN that Haley notified Trump about her decision last week and did not tell Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or White House national security adviser John Bolton.Both Bolton and Pompeo were surprised by the announcement, a source familiar told CNN.Officials inside the White House, who had little indication Haley was resigning on Tuesday, are questioning her timing. “We’re all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose — hopefully you’ll be coming back at some point but in a different capacity. You can have your pick,” Trump said as Haley smiled broadly.Yet, in the wake of her resignation, two sources familiar with Haley’s relationship with Trump told CNN that she had lost clout with the President in recent months.When Rex Tillerson was still secretary of state, Trump sought out Haley’s advice often and she was regularly seen in the Oval Office. But with Pompeo in that role, and with Bolton serving as national security adviser, Haley has seen her time with the President diminish, sources said. While Trump said she told him six months ago she wanted time off, there are questions among senior administration aides about why Haley chose this moment — four weeks before midterms, and right after a bruising political battle involving gender — to take her leave.One official says there was little coordination on the announcement and sources tell CNN that almost all senior administration officials found themselves caught off guard by the announcement.Still, Trump lavished praise on Haley during the Oval Office event, saying she has “been very special to me” and calling her “somebody that gets it.” President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has resigned and will leave her post by the end of the year.Sitting side-by-side in the Oval Office, Trump praised Haley as a “fantastic person” who has “done an incredible job” and said he would gladly welcome her back into his administration down the line. The President said he plans to name a successor for the US’s top diplomatic post at the United Nations in two to three weeks.Trump has a working list of contenders to succeed Haley, but has not shared it widely with even the most senior White House officials, one senior White House official told CNN.He plans to work through it and seek advice from advisers as he works to make a decision in the coming weeks, the official said.Among the names floated as possible replacements for Haley are: Trump’s former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and senior adviser and daughter of the President Ivanka Trump.Powell was with Haley in South Carolina over the weekend, according to a photo posted to her Twitter feed. A source who talked to the President in the last week about replacing Haley told CNN that the Trump mentioned he likes Dina a lot.Grenell was confirmed as ambassador to Germany in April but he also served as the US spokesman and political appointee at the UN from 2001-2008.A source familiar with discussions told CNN that Ivanka Trump laughed Tuesday morning when she heard about the speculation that she would replace Haley.Haley called serving as UN ambassador “an honor of a lifetime,” but added that it was time for her to depart the administration.“There’s no personal reason,” she said, explaining her rationale for departing. “It’s very important for government officials to understand when it’s time to step aside.”“I want to make sure this administration, this president, has the strongest person to fight,” she said.But a source familiar with the issue told CNN that financial considerations did come into play for Haley, something she alluded to in her resignation letter dated October 3, a copy of which was obtained by CNN.With one child in college and another heading there soon, Haley felt like she needs to make some money, the source said.Sitting alongside Trump in the Oval Office Tuesday, Haley went on to praise the current administration’s foreign policy, saying “the US is respected.”“Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do,” she said.She also complimented members of Trump’s team, including senior advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.“Jared is such a hidden genius that no one understands,” she said. “We’re a better country because they’re in the administration.”In response to the news, Ivanka Trump tweeted out kind words about Haley, saying: “Ambassador Haley has served America with dignity + distinction. She is a bold reformer and has been an unwavering champion of truth, principled realism and integrity within the United Nations.”Haley sought to tamp down speculation she may challenge President Trump in two years.“No, I am not running for 2020,” Haley said. She raised the topic unprompted, saying she knew it would likely arise.“I can promise you what I’ll be doing is campaigning for this one,” Haley said.She said she was stepping aside after almost a decade on the national stage, including her tenure as South Carolina governor.“It’s been 8 years of intense time,” she said. “I’m a believer in term limits.In her resignation letter Haley noted that she has served in public office for 14 straight years and expressed a desire to return to the private sector.Axios was first to report the news that Haley resigned.A senior State Department official said Haley told her staff this morning.The announcement comes one day after Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) requested that Haley be investigated by the State Department Inspector General for potential ethics violations for accepting free flights from a South Carolina businessmen.The watchdog group, citing Haley’s 2017 financial disclosures, said Haley and her husband accepted seven flights on luxury private aircraft from three South Carolina businessmen, but that Haley claimed the flights qualified for an exception based on a personal relationship with the giver.CREW charges that the financial disclosures do not provide enough information to determine whether the flights were eligible for such an exception.“In this case, Ambassador Haley’s relationships with these individuals appear to have significant political and professional components,” CREW’s request reads.There is no evidence to suggest that CREW’s request played any role in Haley’s resignation. (Courtesy CNN) “She’s done a fantastic job and we’ve done a fantastic job together. We’ve solved a lot of problems and we’re in the process of solving a lot of problems,” Trump said.
Marie Okabe told reporters in New York that Mr. Annan has received “numerous communications from individuals, groups and organizations all over the world” asking him to ensure that emergency assistance is delivered to those in need and calling for action to prevent the situation from deteriorating further.”The Secretary-General fully shares the concerns of the public at large, and in that regard would like to inform all those who wrote to him that he has been following the situation in Darfur very closely and with great concern,” Ms. Okabe said. She recalled that in the early days of the Darfur crisis, he engaged the Sudanese Government, as well as others, and sought a political settlement to the problem.”He regrets that those efforts could not help in preventing the grave humanitarian emergency and the massive violation of human rights in Darfur,” the spokesperson said.She added that Mr. Annan stands ready to continue to help the Sudanese parties, in close coordination with the African Union, the Government of Chad and others concerned, to reach a political settlement soon. “To that end, he will designate an envoy, who will represent him at the political talks due to resume in N’djamena, Chad, shortly,” she said.
Haiti’s Government is working to foster stability and economic growth but will require international support to back its efforts, the country’s ambassador told the United Nations General Assembly today during its annual debate.Léo Mérorès said in order to provide relief to the suffering masses in the country and eliminate the roots of gang recruitment, the Government had launched a programme aimed at generating jobs. To create a climate conducive to good governance, the Government had worked with all concerned to achieve social cohesion and political reconciliation.The international conference on Haiti earlier this year produced promises of financial commitment, he noted, adding that the Government was preparing to carry out a long-term development plan and the international community should do its part to help. Donors should live up to their promises and support Haiti, he stressed. “In the long-term, the financial aid from the international community will facilitate the consolidation of democracy and will help us to establish the basis for sustainable development.”He voiced Haiti’s gratitude for international assistance it has received so far, pledging that with this continued global backing, “my country will attain its goals.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 8, 2012 5:16 pm MDT Nova Scotia NDP government deal to outsource IT to IBM angers union base HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s NDP government outsourced its computer information system to IBM Canada on Thursday in a deal it hopes will create up to 500 jobs, but the decision shocked and angered one of its traditional supporters.The 10-year agreement will see the global technology giant manage the government’s computer system that contains provincial budget, procurement and payroll information.Under the deal, 75 government employees including 60 unionized workers would be offered jobs with IBM. The unionized workers would also have the option of returning somewhere within the civil service, but the non-unionized employees would not.Another 21 would have an opportunity to work with the Finance Department.“Their livelihood has been sold to IBM with no guarantee of job security,” said Joan Jessome, the president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union.She said the government’s decision has driven a wedge in its relationship with the province’s largest union.“I believe it certainly will shake the support,” said Jessome.“We are kind of walking around in disbelief that for the promise of new jobs they were willing to call into question one of the principles of a labour party, and that’s public services belong in the public sector, not in the private sector.”The IBM announcement has caused another fault line between the NDP and public-sector unions, which have criticized the government in recent years for cutting spending, particularly on education.But Premier Darrell Dexter said the IBM deal offers “the best of all possible worlds” for the workers.“They can choose if they like to go to work and to have a career with a global leader in IT, or they can choose to stay with the public service,” Dexter said.He bristled when asked why an NDP government would outsource government jobs to IBM, saying the province took advantage of an opportunity that would generate high-paying jobs.“Contracting out is a philosophy that tries to cut government costs by trying to run down benefits and wages of workers,” he said.“This is the farthest thing from that.”IBM Canada president John Lutz said the workers would be offered two-year contracts at pay comparable to what they are getting now. It’s not known what would happen after that.The government is not expecting to save money under the arrangement because it would cost about $8.4 million annually — about the same it does now — not taking into account inflation.The government said it has also entered into an eight-year agreement that would see one of the world’s most profitable companies get a $12.2-million payroll rebate if it creates 500 new jobs at a new data analysis centre at a yet to be determined site in Halifax.Liberal Opposition Leader Stephen McNeil said he has reservations about the deal, despite Dexter’s assurances that the information would not be compromised in IBM’s hands.“What is the benefit to the taxpayers?” McNeil said. “There’s no financial savings and on top of that, we’re having an outside firm handle the private information of Nova Scotians that should be held by government.”But Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie said he was somewhat supportive of the agreement.“We need to do this to make the government more efficient and actually create real permanent jobs around the province,” said Baillie, though he added it would have been better if it saved costs.IBM is to take over management of the government computer information system on March 1.
The Prime Minister of Mongolia U. Khurelsukh and other government representatives and Rio Tinto Chief Executive J-S Jacques met in Ulaanbaatar yesterday to progress their partnership. The two sides discussed ways to strengthen the relationship by setting up a joint working group to explore:Whether funding costs can be reduced to improve benefits from the Oyu Tolgoi project for all shareholdersAn accelerated path of development for a power solution in MongoliaAn acceleration of Oyu Tolgoi’s strategy to enable private and public investments towards sustainable community development in Khanbogd, the town proximate to the mine.Jacques said: “Rio Tinto remains fully committed to Oyu Tolgoi and Mongolia. Our nearly 14,000 employees and the people of Mongolia should be proud that Oyu Tolgoi is one of Rio Tinto’s safest and most productive mining businesses in the world. We remain committed to creating opportunities for talented Mongolians to build their careers on a global stage.“We want to work with the Government of Mongolia to create long-term sustainable solutions that benefit all stakeholders and the country while staying true to the established investment frameworks.“We will continue to work together to solve outstanding issues as the joint working group progresses win-win solutions on matters such as power and community development.”
IT WAS ABUNDANTLY clear from Ireland’s responses during its periodic review before the UN regarding its obligations under the Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, that the nation faces many challenges in addressing its ‘legacy’ human rights abuses as well as its ongoing ones.Having lived in Ireland for over a decade now, I feel I have learned a great deal about this nation, but I am also often reminded that there are things I will never quite understand. At times I don’t feel I can comment on the Irish experience, but when I found myself forced while resident here into seeking an ‘Irish solution to an Irish problem’, I felt I became uniquely positioned to speak out on how my own experiences tie in with the overall state of women’s rights in Ireland today.In December 2011, we lost our much-wanted baby girl, Aoife, to a fatal foetal abnormality. Choosing to end the pregnancy early, we were denied medical services here. My journey since that loss has been both heartbreaking and healing, and attending the UN’s human rights review marks another point on that journey for me.Ireland can’t pat itself on the back just yetWhen arguments are put forth for the need for changes in relation to women’s rights, I have often heard it said that we must remember just how much Ireland has changed in this respect. As if to say, give us a break, we can only change so much so fast. But let’s face it. Ireland had so far to go in comparison with other democratic nations, that there is simply no time to stop and to pat itself on the back for allowing things like divorce (with serious restrictions) access to contraception, and – yes – legislating in limited circumstances to allow for abortion when a women’s life is a risk, albeit 20 years after the supreme court case paving the way to do so.This month, I had the honour of attending Ireland’s review in Geneva, the findings of which were published last week. I was struck how much the current issues flow directly from the dark rivers of the ‘legacy’ ones. As regards women, at the heart of the Irish attitude is the inescapable fact that it has been enshrined into its laws, and sanctioned in its social service provision and practise that we are second class citizens; vessels to be filled and emptied at men’s discretion. The Magdalene Laundries, mother-and-baby homes, the barbaric practice of symphysiotomy, marital rape laws, unequal pay, high cost of child care, the lack of clear and accessible reproductive rights supports, the list could go on on. What becomes starkly clear is that Ireland urgently needs to face the fact that it continues to be decades behind in its laws and its attitudes towards women.Lame excuses and shocking justificationsYet at the review, there was the Irish Government offering up only lame excuses and justifications for ongoing practices, no accountability for ‘legacy’ ones, most shockingly, to me, regarding the women who suffered symphysiotomy. On the issue of access to abortion, the Government attempted to argue that Irish laws represented the ‘will of the people’ and as such its human rights obligations could not override this, citing article 25 of the Covenant itself.To say the Committee were not impressed would be an understatement; I would say they were offended and possibly even shocked by this bizarre argument being put forward. Committee member Mr Shany requested the Irish Government should withdraw this argument, as it clearly could not be used to justify a government continuing to carry out human rights abuses. Later, when it was pointed out by the committee that the economic cost or immigration status of some women could pose a discriminating barrier to them accessing abortion services abroad, the Government’s response was that they had ‘no solution’ to this and appeared to be saying that as they had not been sued about this yet, they did not see it to be a problem.Finally being taken seriouslyFor myself as an individual, and also as a member of TFMR Ireland, it was a very healing experience to be out of the climate of Irish politics; a land too often populated with excuses, avoidance of ‘sensitive issues,’ of feet dragging, offering only tea and sympathy and ultimately meaningless support behind closed doors. It was like a dream come true to visit this land where human rights were taken seriously and where countries were expected to make the changes required, to be serious about their commitment to human rights and the treaties governing them.To hear the bewilderment in the committee members voices at the arguments offered up by the Irish delegation, I felt at last I was in a safe place where I did not have to justify my reasons for choosing to end early the pregnancy of my much-wanted baby girl when she was diagnosed with a fatal condition. I did not have to spell out the reasons why my husband and I should not have been told we would have to travel to another ‘jurisdiction’ should we make this decision.The Irish Government needs to stop making excuses while women in this horrendous situation continue to contact us, week after week, unsure of where to go or who to turn to; in shock at the extent to which they are abandoned and stigmatised in the wake of the Irish Government’s ongoing excuse making. Enough is enough. If it takes a referendum, so be it. You are the legislators, you are the law makers, you have signed up to deal with these, the ‘sensitive’ issues, it your job.I am tired of this sadness and anger that comes with answering phone calls and emails of distressed expectant parents in the same situation we faced two-and-half years ago and having so little to offer them other than emotional support. Change is beyond due, and I would say to this Government it is time to finally recognise that when it comes to human – and specifically women’s – rights obligations, you are out of excuses. It is time to act.Amanda Mellet is a founding member of TFMR Ireland, a group formed in April 2012 to campaign for provision for the option of termination for medical reasons to be available in cases of a fatal foetal diagnosis.Read: UN: Ireland must take action to decriminalise abortionOpinion: A fatal foetal diagnosis is nobody’s fault – the deliberate lack of support by the State is.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 27 Apr 2019, 9:25 AM White House welcomes new talks to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing executive Talks are set to commence following the local elections in Northern Ireland next week. Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley during a press conference in Stormont, Belfast yesterday Image: Brian Lawless via PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4609158 THE WHITE HOUSE has welcomed new talks between British and Ireland over reviving Northern Ireland’s power-sharing arrangement. “The United States welcomes the initiative today of the British and Irish governments to convene political talks in Northern Ireland,” the White House said in a statement.“We encourage Northern Ireland’s political leaders to return to the negotiating table to restore the region’s local government.”The new talks were announced in a joint statement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday. Karen Bradley, Northern Ireland’s secretary of state, and Tánaiste Simon Coveney met in Belfast yesterday afternoon to set out an approach. Talks are set to commence following the local elections in Northern Ireland next week. The talks come following the death of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee, who was killed during riots involving dissident republicans in Creggan, Co Derry the night before Good Friday.On Wednesday, leaders from across the political divide, including DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, sat side-by-side at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, at McKee’s funeral.The Trump administration has said it was “shocked and saddened” by the death of McKee. Cross-party talksSpeaking to reporters in Belfast yesterday afternoon, Coveney said the talks would include all of the parties in the north and not just the DUP and Sinn Féin.He said previous talks, dominated by the two biggest parties was a “frustrating process the last time” and that the Ulster Unionist party, the SDLP and the Alliance would be central to the new round of talks.Coveney did not speculate on a specific time frame for a deal to be made, but suggested Stormont could be back up and running “well in advance of mid-July”.The joint-statement from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May said: “In coming together with other political leaders in St Anne’s Cathedral to pay tribute to Lyra McKee, we gave expression to the clear will and determination of all of the people of these islands to reject violence and to support peace and a better future for everyone in Northern Ireland.We also heard the unmistakable message to all political leaders that people across Northern Ireland want to see a new momentum for political progress. We agree that what is now needed is actions and not just words from all of us who are in positions of leadership.Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald repeated previous comments that “credible and sustainable institutions based on equality, respect and genuine partnership government” were central to the talks. “These talks will be a test of whether the British government and the DUP are finally willing to resolve the issues of equality, rights and integrity in government, which caused the collapse of the power-sharing institutions two years ago,” she said. DUP leader Arlene Foster said her party “would not be found wanting in any talks process” but that the assembly should be restored first of all, and talks to run “parallel” to this. “Our preference would be for the Assembly to be restored and have the talks process in parallel,” she said. “Talks should respect the three stranded approach and be focused on delivering a fair and balanced deal that both unionists and nationalists can support.“Anyone who thinks agreement can be reached through a one-sided wish-list being implemented is not routed in reality,” she added. With reporting by AFP and Conor McCrave By Hayley Halpin Share Tweet Email Image: Brian Lawless via PA Images Short URL Apr 27th 2019, 9:25 AM Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley during a press conference in Stormont, Belfast yesterday 8,000 Views 45 Comments
Fichage biométrique : “une vraie bombe à retardement” !Aujourd’hui, l’Assemblée nationale se prépare à adopter un texte contenant les données privées de 60 millions de personnes. De son petit nom, “Fichier des gens honnêtes”, il devrait inclure tous les renseignement sur l’identité des Français. Il est tout de même important de préciser que ce n’est pas la première fois qu’un tel fichier existe. Mais il avait été détruit à la Libération car il remettait en question le principe même des libertés individuelles.Mais cette après-midi, l’Assemblée nationale va-t-elle se souvenir de son Histoire ? Va-t-elle adopter le texte sur le fichage des empreintes digitales et des photographies numérisées de 60 millions de Français ?En pratique, ce “Fichier des gens honnêtes” devrait contenir l’état civil, l’adresse, la taille, la couleur des yeux, les empreintes digitales et la photo des personnes fichées. Mais à quoi rime cette expression “gens honnêtes” ? En réalité, cette appellation semble, à priori, viser M.Tout-le-monde, qui devrait accepter sans rechigner l’existence d’un tel fichier. En tout cas, on est pas loin d’atteindre le point Godwin…Destiné à protéger l’identité, le statut juridique d’un tel fichier, constitué des données des demandeurs de passeports ou de carte d’identité reste flou. En effet, sera-t-il mis à la disposition de la police judiciaire et des procureurs pour identifier une personne ou des empreintes ? Cette utilisation, allant à l’encontre des lois nationales et européennes, a déjà été réfutée par le Sénat. Virginie Klès, rapporteur PS de la proposition de loi au Sénat considère le texte “dangereux pour la vie privée des individus”, comme expliqué sur le site Owni.De son côté, l’Observatoire National de la Délinquance et des Réponses Pénales indique que le nombre de fraudes concernant les faux documents administratifs oscille entre 6.000 et 10.000 par an. L’organisme précise que ce chiffre est en baisse de 24% depuis 2005. Le nombre total de fausses cartes d’identité saisies par les services de police étant inconnus, on peut douter de l’urgence, voire de la pertinence d’un tel projet de loi. Ce chiffre aurait pourtant permis de cerner réellement le problème tout en s’interrogeant sur la nécessité d’étendre le fichage à l’ensemble de la population. Car créer un fichier qui inclue 60 millions de personnes pour lutter contre la fraude à l’identité, semble légèrement disproportionné, lorsqu’on sait que le problème ne touche qu’une dizaine de milliers de Français.Mais le gouvernement, en adoptant une procédure parlementaire, a privilégié une proposition de loi à l’initiative du Sénat, évitant ainsi l’avis du Conseil d’État. Selon Owni, le député PS Serge Blisko a déclaré que la création d’un tel fichier “ne peut pas se passer d’un avis préalable du Conseil d’État et d’une étude d’impact”. D’autant plus que, selon le ministère de l’Intérieur, 10% de faux passeports biométriques seraient en circulation alors même qu’ils ont été créés pour être plus sécurisés. À l’instar d’autres pays tels la Grande-Bretagne ou les Pays-Bas, une étude d’impact aurait révélé l’utilité réelle de créer des papiers d’identité biométriques. François Pillet, rapporteur UMP de la proposition de loi au Sénat, a même qualifié ce fichier de “bombe à retardement pour les libertés publiques”.À lire aussiLe projet de loi sur la Copie Privée retourne au SénatCependant, la proposition de loi devrait exclure “la reconnaissance faciale des individus dans la rue, dans les transports en communs ou lors des manifestations”. Mais peu importe les opinions de certains sénateurs, car en cas de désaccord, c’est l’Assemblée Nationale qui aura de toute façon le dernier mot.En six ans, le gouvernement a déjà tenté trois fois de modifier la carte d’identité française pour lutter contre la contrefaçon. Ces trois tentatives infructueuses ont quand même donné lieu à la création d’un délit d’usurpation d’identité, puni de 15.000 euros d’amende et d’un an d’emprisonnement, en mars dernier.Alors, 2012 marquera-t-il l’avènement du règne des “gens honnêtes” ? Le 1 février 2012 à 12:43 • Maxime Lambert