For details on the other outages in the Peace, visit www.bchydro.com/outages. UPDATE: For the latest information about power outages in the B.C. Peace, visit www.bchydro.com/outagesFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 800 customers are without power around the BC Peace region due to the wind storm in the area.The largest outage is between Fort St. John and Dawson Creek along the Alaska Highway. Over 400 customers are without power. That outage is under investigation. There is no estimate on when power will be restored.
Fez- The Spanish national and Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola, is reported to have chosen the city of Marrakech to celebrate his wedding. According to Spanish daily El Mundo, the ceremony took place on Saturday in Morocco’s utmost tourist destination.According to the same source, the former FC Barcelona coach booked a charter flight on Friday to bring guests and close friends from Barcelona to Marrakech. Guardiola, who got married with his longtime girlfriend Cristina, is believed to have booked a helicopter to tour the city. The wedding was supposed to be attended by Guardiola’s three sons, as well as his close friends from Barcelona.Last December Pep Guardiola won in Marrakech the FIFA Club World Cup after Bayern Munich defeated the Moroccan Raja Casablanca Sport Club (2/0).© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Palestinian Diplomat Praises King Mohammed VIs Efforts for Palestinian CausePalestinian Diplomat Praises King Mohammed VIs Efforts for Palestinian Cause
Rabat – Palestinian Ambassador to Morocco, Zuhair Al-Shun, on Friday hailed the efforts of King Mohammed VI to defend the Palestinian cause and the importance given by the Sovereign for the preservation of the holy city of Al-Quds.The Kingdom’s support for the Palestinian cause is “a pioneering action which enjoys high esteem among the Palestinian leadership and people”.He recalled in particular the ties between the Moroccans and the city of Al-Quds, where neighborhoods and houses always testify to the depth and uniqueness of this relationship.Cited by a statement of the Moroccan Lower House, Al-Shun reviewed the main cooperation agreements signed between the Palestinian Authority and the Moroccan government, covering important areas such as environment, water, sport, Education and culture. The Palestinian diplomat also congratulated the Kingdom on its return to the African Union, saying that he was proud of the diplomatic success Morocco had achieved through this return.
Idaho governor orders police to conduct criminal investigation of CCA prison understaffingIdaho governor orders police to conduct criminal investigation of CCA prison understaffing
by Rebecca Boone, The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2014 5:19 pm MDT Idaho governor orders police to conduct criminal investigation of CCA prison understaffing BOISE, Idaho – Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has ordered the state police to conduct a criminal investigation of understaffing and falsified documents at a private prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).The governor made the decision Tuesday after meeting with Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. Otter wrote in a letter to Idaho State Police Col. Ralph Powell that after reviewing the available information, including an audit completed by the forensic auditing firm KPMG, he now believed the public would benefit from a formal criminal investigation.“After reviewing available information, including the KPMG audit report, I believe the public interest would benefit from a formal criminal investigation into the acknowledged falsification of Corrections Corporation of America’s staffing records at the Idaho Correctional Center during 2012,” Otter wrote in the letter to Powell. “Please accept this letter as my direction for the Idaho State Police to undertake such an investigation immediately, and to put whatever time, personnel and resources are necessary at the disposal of conducting it in a thorough and timely manner. I look forward to your findings and conclusions.”CCA spokesman Steve Owen has previously said the company has serious concerns with the KPMG audit and believes it contains multiple errors. CCA has hired an attorney and is trying to get KPMG to declare the audit “inconclusive.”Otter had previously supported Powell’s decision not to investigate the company.CCA has operated Idaho’s largest prison for more than a decade. The Idaho Department of Correction asked the Idaho State Police to launch a criminal investigation into CCA last year after an Associated Press investigation showed that the Nashville, Tenn.-based company’s staffing reports given to the state listed some guards as working 48 hours straight in order to meet minimum staffing requirements. CCA then acknowledged that its employees falsified the documents to hide understaffing at the prison in violation of the $29 million state contract.For the past 12 months, state officials have said that the investigation was underway. But after the AP filed a public-records request for the Idaho State Police investigation documents, the law enforcement agency revealed no investigation ever occurred. Powell said he decided early last year that there was no crime to investigate, and instead he attended meetings with the Idaho Department of Correction as the department sifted through the documents gathered for the KPMG audit.The KPMG audit found that more than 26,000 hours of mandatory guard posts were understaffed or otherwise problematic. CCA says that number overestimates the staffing problems by more than a third. CCA has agreed to pay the state $1 million to settle the understaffing issue.Todd Dvorak, the spokesman for Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, said he couldn’t share details of the meeting with Otter because it falls under attorney-client privilege.“We join with the Governor and look forward to the findings and conclusions of the investigation,” Wasden said in a prepared statement.Owen, the CCA spokesman, could not be immediately reached for comment. CCA officials have previously said they were co-operating fully with the Department of Correction as department officials examined the understaffing issue, and that the company has taken steps to ensure the problem never happens again. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Business travellersfavour Uber over traditional taxi services expense report survey findsBusiness travellersfavour Uber over traditional taxi services expense report survey finds
Uber driver Karim Amrani sits in his car parked near the San Francisco International Airport parking area in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. In the three months ended in June, Uber overtook taxis as the most expensed form of ground transportation, according to expense management system provider Certify. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Business travellersfavour Uber over traditional taxi services, expense report survey finds NEW YORK, N.Y. – Taxis are losing business travellers to ride-hailing services like Uber, a survey shows.In the three months ended in June, Uber overtook taxis as the most expensed form of ground transportation, according to expense management system provider Certify. Uber accounted for 55 per cent of ground transportation receipts compared with taxis at 43 per cent.That’s a big jump from just the beginning of the year. In the first quarter, Uber Technologies had 46 per cent of receipts tracked by Certify compared with 53 per cent for taxis.“Established travel providers will need to adapt quickly or face further market share erosion to the sharing economy,” Certify CEO Robert Neveu said in a statement.Certify based its finding on the 28 million trip receipts its North American clients submit each year. It does not include receipts from business travellers whose companies use other services to track expenses.Uber connects travellers with various cars through its smartphone app. Some drivers work for car service companies; others spend a few hours driving their personal cars on the side for some extra money.Business travellers might be quickly moving toward Uber, but employers still have reservations about safety and liability. Depending on the city, Uber drivers aren’t necessarily regulated by government taxi licensing authorities. Both Uber and competitor Lyft insure their drivers during paid rides and also require the drivers to carry personal auto insurance that covers them the rest of the time.Uber’s pricing compared with traditional cabs can vary. Its UberX service, often drivers in Toyota Camrys or Honda Civics, is typically cheaper, but its high-end black cars and SUVs cost a premium. During peak hours, Uber charges a “surge” premium that can add anywhere from 20 per cent on to the cost to doubling or tripling it. During really busy periods the surge can be even more.In a few cities, Uber beat out taxis by a wide margin for business travellers. In its home town of San Francisco, 79 per cent of rides expensed through Certify during the second quarter were for Uber. In Dallas, 60 per cent were for Uber and 54 per cent in Los Angeles. Certify noted that it saw rental car transactions drop at the same time.__Scott Mayerowitz can be reached at http://twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott by Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2015 3:39 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 16, 2015 at 4:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Vague and overbroad laws stifling independent journalism in Myanmar – UN rightsVague and overbroad laws stifling independent journalism in Myanmar – UN rights
Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, whose Office (OHCHR) issued the report Tuesday, underscored that the findings show the severity of dangers independent journalists face in Myanmar.“Where journalists are jailed for merely visiting an area controlled by an armed group, when their sources are jailed for providing information from conflict zones, and where a Facebook post can result in criminal defamation accusations – such an environment is hardly conducive to a democratic transition,” she said.According to the report, The Invisible Boundary: Criminal prosecutions of journalism in Myanmar, laws relating to telecommunications, official secrets, unlawful associations, electronic transactions and even obscure laws relating to imports and aircraft, have been used to try and prosecute journalists in recent years.In one case, three journalists were arrested in June 2017 for covering an event to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in an area under the control of an armed group in northern Shan state. They were charged under the Unlawful Associations Act. The case was dropped, but not before they had spent 67 days in detention.Together, the cases outline to journalists a clear choice between self-censorship and the risk of prosecution […] Given the importance of journalism for the public’s right to information, the restrictions imposed on media personnel have a broader implication in society – OHCHR reportIn another case, two Christian Baptists from Kachin state, were arrested in December 2016 under the same law, for assisting journalists who had travelled to northern Shan state to report on the conflict there. They were held incommunicado for several weeks and eventually received prison sentences of two years and three months having also been charged under an Import-Export statute, relating to their alleged use of unlicensed motorbikes, the report states.Other cases involved the invocation of the same Law against journalists for using a drone to film the national parliament building and a Telecommunications statute was used to target a journalist for posts on the social media site, Facebook.The report also refers to “the instrumentalization of the law and of the courts by the Government and military in what constitutes a political campaign against independent journalism,” and the “failure of the judiciary to uphold the fair trial rights of those targeted.”In conclusion, the report also sets out a series of recommendations, including a review of all legal provisions impacting the right to freedom of expression with a view to repealing or amending those that do not comply with international human rights law.It also calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the two Reuters journalists, Kyaw Soe Oo (also known as Moe Aung) and Thet Oo Maung (also known as Wa Lone), as well as all other journalists currently in detention for the “legitimate and peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression”.The two Reuters journalists were sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment under the Official Secrets Act in connection with their coverage of a massacre, by the military, of men from the minority Muslim Rohingya community in the Inn Dinn village, Rakhine state.
Court rules against Beshear in dispute over opioid suitsCourt rules against Beshear in dispute over opioid suits
The ruling comes amid the hard-fought governor’s race between Bevin and Beshear.Beshear, a Democrat, says the court’s decision will have “devastating impacts” on his cases against pharmaceutical companies. He says Bevin gave the opioid companies “one of their biggest wins nationwide.”Bevin says the ruling shows that Beshear broke the law in awarding “outrageous, uncapped” contracts to his allies. The Republican incumbent says the contract could take millions of dollars away from Kentuckians who “need it most.”Related Article: High court declines to overrule cases on agencies’ power(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Opioid Rule Image via MGN Online LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has suffered a setback in defending his contract to add outside lawyers to his team that’s suing manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers.Kentucky’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration and lawmakers acted within their authority when rejecting Beshear’s decision to hire outside attorneys.- Advertisement –
There are far too many its nonsense says blue plaque chief MikeThere are far too many its nonsense says blue plaque chief Mike
If you have noticed blue plaques springing up all over town, you are not alone. The chairman of an organisation that puts up the plaques has agreed there are far too many of them.Mike Read, the former Radio 1 DJ and head of the British Plaque Trust, said some are erected at spots that have only a fleeting connection to the famous person in question.“There are too many. There are about 50 for Dickens,” said Read, who was speaking at the Henley Literature Festival. “And Tolkien has quite a few. I’m a bit against that. There’s one to Tolkien where he stayed for two nights. That’s nonsense.“In Basingstoke about eight years ago, they suddenly decided, ‘We don’t have any plaques’, so they said, ‘Let’s bang some up.’ One or two are appropriate, the others maybe not that appropriate.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“You can’t put one up saying, ‘This is a very old building.’ We have lots of very old buildings. That’s not terribly good.”The subjects of Basingstoke’s plaques range from Jane Austen, who attended dances in the town, to the local marketplace, where a plaque notes that markets have been held on that spot since 1214. One plaque marks the spot where the Beatles once had fish and chips in NorwichCredit:Leo Reynolds The British Plaque Trust is a separate body that recognises the contributions of “notable, influential and successful people from all walks of life” around the UK – the English Heritage scheme is limited to London – and its patrons are Earl Spencer and Lord Grade.Read says he can sometimes be overruled by his own committee. “One I didn’t agree with was Screaming Lord Sutch. OK, he was a character. But I didn’t think he was worthy of a blue plaque.”English Heritage requires recipients to have been dead for at least 20 years “to ensure that the decision about whether or not to shortlist a candidate is made with a sufficient degree of hindsight”.The organisation has admitted to a “historic blindness” over the achievements of women, after figures in 2016 showed that only 13 per cent of its honorees are women. Read said he did not approve of affirmative action. “I’m not [an] advocate of putting up a great flurry of plaques to women simply because they are women. But it will happen naturally. As time goes, more female plaques will appear.” 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. Official blue plaques are given out by English Heritage, which administers a scheme that began in the 1860s, and they currently number just over 900. However, councils and other organisations are free to put up their own.
Shard climber reaches 95th floor without harness as police deny giving daredevilsShard climber reaches 95th floor without harness as police deny giving daredevils
A daredevil free climber who scaled The Shard without safety equipment was let go by police without being arrested, as officers deny they are giving people ‘carte blanche’ to climb landmarks.The 19-year-old man was spoken to by officers from the Met after reaching the 95th floor of the building, but was not taken into custody after being seen on the side of the skyscraper at around 5.15am on Monday.Onlookers posted video footage of the climber, a Brit called George King, who apparently made most of the ascent up one of Europe’s tallest buildings without ropes or suction cups.The Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at 5.15am on Monday July 8 following reports of a ‘free-climber’ on The Shard.”Emergency services attended and the man went inside the building where he was spoken to by officers. He was not arrested.” “Public safety and the security of the people who live, work and visit The Shard and the surrounding area is of paramount importance to us. Fortunately no-one was hurt by this dangerous activity and we are in dialogue about this matter with the Metropolitan Police and the other relevant authorities.”We will always push for a prosecution if it is clear that any law has been broken to maintain the ongoing safety of the area.” This move surprised some people, who argued that it could set a precedent for more climbers attempting dangerous stunts without the threat of legal action.Police sources told The Telegraph: “The officers make case by case decisions when it comes to arrests, and they saw no arrestable offences here.”Of course that doesn’t give people carte blanche to do what they like on London’s buildings, and although it was judged that a criminal offence didn’t take place, there may be a civil element between the owners of the building and the climber.” A spokesperson from Real Estate Management (REM), the asset management company that operates the Shard, said “We dealt with an incident at The Shard this morning involving a member of the public who climbed the building. The person was safely apprehended and detained by Police. 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. “Your mission is to find that gift, make it your passion, and then make it your purpose. Since my climbing began, I’ve gone to places I never knew existed, met people I’ll never lose touch with, and experienced things I could never have foreseen.” Previous climbers who have set their sights on the 310-metre (1,017ft) building include YouTuber CassOnline, who climbed from the public viewing platform to the apex in 2017.In 2013, a group of Greenpeace activists also scaled the building to protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.The previous year, The Shard secured a High Court injunction against Alain Robert, the climber nicknamed the French Spiderman, to stop him attempting to scale the building.Mr Robert, whose feats have included climbing Dubai’s 2,717ft (828m) Burj Khalifa, climbed the Heron Tower in the City of London and was arrested by police in October 2018.The 56-year-old daredevil, who is known for scaling skyscrapers with his bare hands, said before his climb: “I fully feel alive when my life is at stake. It may sound a bit scary and crazy but this is the way it is.”The illegal ascent of the 662ft (202m) tower – now known as the Salesforce Tower – is with no safety gear, without a rope and with bare hands. The man was spotted approaching the top of London’s tallest buildingCredit:David Kevin Williams Uniformed City of London Police officers set up a taped cordon stopping traffic around the building and ushered the growing crowd to move back and keep out of the road.Police officers waited for him at the top of the building and escorted him away. On Monday evening, George King, who calls himself a Stuntman / Urban climber on his social media profiles, took credit for the climb.He wrote on Instagram: “Freesolo the shard. 45mins. A lot of misinformation about suction cups in the media at the moment. Here is a little snippet video. Enjoy. “I was thirteen and on a school trip when I first laid eyes on The Shard. I felt an immediate passion to climb it – the same type of passion I want to the world to feel. In the past I’ve been called a daredevil, an adrenaline junkie, a reckless teenager and much more.”I’ve always found that these names come from those who are ignorant or misunderstood about what I really do and why. It takes years of training and careful preparation to be where I am today, and this practice is achievable only because I see myself as someone who has followed a respectable passion, albeit an unusual one. I believe that every single one of us has a gift.
BOG Governor General urges SMEs to use technology expand knowledgeBOG Governor General urges SMEs to use technology expand knowledge
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBOG Governor: Local banks “hard hit” by de-riskingDecember 16, 2016In “Business”Bank of Guyana launches new coin to celebrate 50 years of serviceMarch 27, 2015In “Business”Central Bank to build resilience in pension, insurance sectorsDecember 19, 2016In “Business” Governor General of the Bank of Guyana (BOG), Dr Gobind GangaAs Guyana prepares for the benefits from the impending oil and gas industry, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are being urged to be use technology not only to expand their knowledge but to also become more efficient so that they are better prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that would be available when oil production commences.Governor General of the Bank of Guyana (BOG), Dr Gobind Ganga, addressing a gathering at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Small Business Development Finance Trust Inc. (SBDF) on Wednesday, said that the future is bright for SMEs in Guyana.However, he asked whether those enterprises are ready to harness the challenges and grasp the opportunities ahead.To this end, he encouraged the use technology to expand their knowledge of their respective fields.“In Guyana, many business opportunities abound and these opportunities will increase in the near future. The Small and Medium Enterprises have to position themselves to grasp these opportunities. In looking forward to opportunities, focus must not be lost of the challenges these businesses face. While some may be systematic, some of the challenges can be overcome by knowledge and innovations,” Dr Ganga posited.Moreover, the Central Bank Head noted that extensive knowledge of production, markets, operations, finance, innovating and so on, will go a long way in ensuring success.“While some may argue that formal training is needed in some of these areas, I would suggest that knowledge abounds on the internet. Knowledge is empowerment and any topic could be researched on the internet. This freely available knowledge could lead to improved products and services, market strategy, provide links to new markets and allow for improving efficiencies,” he noted.On the other hand, pointing to government’s initiative to set ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Hubs country wide, one of the Directors at SBDF, Mohamed Ali, also encouraged farmers to take advantage of technology.“Access the internet and look at market prices what the millers are getting per ton for the rice, see what paddy prices are so you become educated and you can speak armed with knowledge,” he stated.Ali added too that the use of technology in the agriculture sector can boost efficiency, particularly with rice. “If you go on the net, you will see farmers today are using drone technology… If a farmer has 600 or 300 acres, he need not walk the entire field, he can sit at the back and send the drone up and the drone can show him the status of the conditions of the rice… and even monitor his workers… all of this will also help you to reduce your cost,” the Director asserted.Despite a decline in the number of loans granted in 2017, the SBDF created a surplus of $28.4 million from revenues of $79.9 million, better than what was earned in 2016.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of immigrants who have lived in Greece for years, chiefly Albanians, are moving back to their homelands as the impact of the financial crisis bites into their incomes.Travel agencies across the capital are reporting a significant increase among migrants buying coach tickets to their native countries for themselves and their families. “My office is reserving tickets for about 10 families every month,” said Petros Matzaris, who runs an agency in central Athens that organises coach trips to Albania. He said the exodus began about two years ago and has peaked in recent months. He said many families are leaving earlier than usual for their summer vacations as work has dried up. Many have no intention of returning while some will send back their wives and children so the kids can finish school, he added.Nikita Tsiprian, who works in another travel agency on central Acharnon Street, reported the same trend. “Some construction workers tell me that they have hardly had any work at all for the past six months,” he said.Some migrants from Bulgaria and the countries of the former Soviet bloc are also leaving.
CAIRO — Egyptian anti-riot police fired tear gas Sunday at hundreds of supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president, besieging them inside a prestigious Muslim institution after stone-hurling protesters cut off a main road.Sunday’s clashes marked the second day of unrest at Al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam’s most prominent center of learning. Many supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood are students at Al-Azhar, a stronghold of the group. The campus is also near where Islamists had a sprawling protest camp that security forces raided in August, leaving hundreds dead and sparking days of unrest.The students’ protest started with a march inside campus, where protesters hurled stones at the administrator’s offices, smashing windows and breaking doors, said Ibrahim el-Houdhoud, deputy head of the university. He told satellite news channel Al-Jazeera Mubashir Misr that he warned protesters against leaving campus and clashing with security forces.The protesters however ignored the advice, marching out of the main gates to hold “prayers for the dead” — honoring students killed in earlier clashes between security forces and protesters in July.The protests come amid heated debate over a new law that would place tougher restrictions on demonstrators, which includes imposing heavy fines and possible jail time on violators.
Broward County courtroom turns into classroom for high school studentsBroward County courtroom turns into classroom for high school students
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Broward County courtroom was turned into a classroom for a group of South Florida students.Students from various area high schools participated in a voter’s workshop at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Thursday.The students learned first-hand about the role of the judicial branch.The workshop is part of the Informed Voters Project, which is endorsed by former U.S. Supreme Court and state court justices, as well as the National Association of Women Judges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The first round of funding is expected to enhance the user experience and utility of Keaton Row’s mobile product. Time Inc. established itself as Keaton Row’s lead investor in its Series A funding round, according to a company statement on Wednesday. Time Inc. suggests this is just the first step of a more comprehensive e-commerce strategy. “As we build out our fashion and beauty network, e-commerce will serve as a cornerstone and this is the first of several opportunities we’re considering,” says Evelyn Webster, Time Inc. EVP, in a statement. She goes on to say, “Keaton Row’s peer-to-peer social commerce model matches our sensibility and will open up an arrary of e-commerce opportunities. We are excited to explore how our premium content can enhance the Keaton Row Marketplace and help fuel the growth of its business.” InStyle will be one of the expected brands to develop synergies with Keaton Row. Not only does it purportedly have a total brand reach of 21 million, but it also claims that 83 percent of its readers look to it for shopping advice. The investment secured Time Inc. a seat on the two-year-old online fashion marketplace startup’s board of directors. Neither party has disclosed financial terms of the investment. But according to Fox Business News, Keaton Row already received more than $4 million in investments from a group that includes Menlo Ventures, Rho Capital and Grape Arbor Venture.
Hyderabad: TPCC secretary Mohammad Saleem on Friday said scrapping of Article 370 and strengthening NIA were a conspiracy against minorities. In a statement, he said the Centre was interfering with Sharia Law with Triple Talaq Act. During BJP rule, people of India are experiencing conditions prevailed during the Quit India Movement. He said that decisions being taken by the BJP government have been bringing back the memories of the British Rule.