Safety is Top Priority of Credit Unions

first_imgCredit Unions are a bit safer these days for customers and staff after the development of a number of robbery prevention and response tools. Nova Scotia credit unions are at the forefront in addressing workplace violence risks. North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 6-12, is the perfect time to spotlight some of the work they are doing. The week offers an opportunity to focus on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community. Georgina Fitzpatrick, risk manager of Credit Union Central in Nova Scotia, said, “Safety is our priority and we ensure, throughout all of our training workshops, that all employees are aware that their safety and the safety of our customers comes first.” The tools that are used in the credit union’s training cover a wide variety of topics and training methods. The Robbery: Are You Prepared DVD allows credit unions the flexibility to complete training in segments during early morning employee meetings. Employees have an opportunity to discuss security and prevention tools, robbery response, and the after effects of robbery. Along with the video, employees are provided a copy of the robbery procedures brochure, which acts as a quick reference guide for internal training. It has instructions for immediate response as well as a suspect identity chart. Employees are recommended to have a copy of the brochure in work areas. The robbery training program also includes a presentation and interactive training tool that provides employees an overview of the physical safeguards that protect credit union, procedures to follow before, during and after a robbery, and guidance for dealing with security equipment and media. They can be used as a stand-alone tool for internal training purposes or with the DVD, or local police. Employees also have access to employee assistance program services and it is standard procedure to have representatives from program services attend meetings with employees after any incident. Fitzpatrick recommends that all employees be trained on robbery response on a regular basis, preferably four times a year, and at least semi-annually. “This way employees have the procedures fresh in their minds should a robbery occur.” The credit union’s workplace violence prevention and awareness training has been implemented in all 81 Nova Scotia locations. -30-last_img read more

Public Meetings Begin for Aquaculture Regulations

first_img The date and location of the Halifax meeting will be announced in later this summer. More information is available at www.aquaculturereview.ca. Public consultations to help Nova Scotia develop world-class aquaculture standards that include economic development and environmental protection begin next week. In May, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau announced the plan to develop regulations to ensure Nova Scotia has a more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable aquaculture industry. There are about 20 public meetings scheduled around the province over the next seven weeks. The meetings will be led by independent consultants Meinhard Doelle and Bill Lahey, both Dalhousie law professors. “This information will be invaluable as we begin our work to develop a new regulatory framework for aquaculture,” said Mr. Lahey. “We look forward to learning about the values, interests, priorities and concerns of all interested members of the public,” said Mr. Doelle. Sessions will be 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. at each location. The scheduled meetings are: July 15 — Mabou Community Centre, Hwy. 19, Mabou Old Orchard Inn, 153 Greenwich Road South, Wolfville July 16 — Cultural Centre, 17 Bay St. Lawrence Road, Cape North Royal Canadian Legion, 34 Duke St., Lunenburg July 17 — Days Inn, 480 Kings Rd., Sydney Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Dr., Liverpool July 18 — Inverary Resort, Exit 9 Hwy. 105, 368 Shore Road, Baddeck Shelburne Fire Hall, 63 King St., Shelburne July 22 –- Royal Canadian Legion Branch 58, 23566 Hwy. 7, Sheet Harbour July 23 –- Oyster Pond Fire Hall, 51 Old Trunk Rd., Head of Jeddore July 24 –- St. James United Church, 3811 Old Sambro Rd., Sambro July 25 — Waterfront Jost House, 106 Main St., Guysborough Village July 30 -– The Rodd Grand Hotel, 417 Main St., Yarmouth July 31 –- Annapolis Basin Conference Centre, Cornwallis Park, Cornwallis Aug. 19 -– Parrsboro Fire Hall, 252 Willow St., Parrsboro Aug. 20 –- Best Western, 150 Willow St., Truro Aug. 21 — Tatamagouche Fire Hall, 202 Main St., Tatamagouche Aug. 26 –- Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, 606 Reeves St., Port Hawkesbury Aug. 27 –- Claymore Inn, 133 Church St., Antigonish Aug. 29 — Museum of Industry, 147 N. Foord St., Stellartonlast_img read more

Venezuela conducts antiTrump signature drive

first_imgCaracas: A nationwide anti-Trump signature drive took place in Venezuela over the weekend to protest the stepped-up US sanctions, a government source said. Called “No more Trump,” the drive kicked off on Saturday with the signatures of President Nicolas Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores, and continued on Sunday at central squares around the country, including the capital city of Caracas, Xinhua reported. “We agreed that at every main square in our country … there will be a signature drive,” said Dario Vivas, Vice President of events and mobilisations for the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The campaign serves to condemn the latest White House measures to further cut off the Venezuelan government’s access to capital in a bid to oust Maduro from power. US President Donald Trump issued an executive order that freezes all Venezuelan state assets in the United States on August 5. Esteban Franco, a Caracas resident who signed the petition, said the campaign was to send the message that the US sanctions “are not doing harm to the president, but are harming our entire population.” “I came to sign for the benefit of my country and against the measures they are implementing,” said Franco. The government hopes to gather some 13 million signatures to back a manifesto it plans to present in September to the 74th session of General Assembly of the UN.last_img read more

JVP talks with MR on abolishing Executive Presidency successful

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said that talks held with opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa today on abolishing the Executive Presidency, was successful.JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that Rajapaksa had noted that the policy of his party was to abolish the Executive Presidency. Meanwhile Rajapaksa told reporters that he will discuss matters that arose at the talks today with the joint opposition and decide on the next step. (Colombo Gazette) However he said there were some concerns raised by Rajapaksa on backing the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. Dissanayake said that Rajapaksa was prepared to meet again to discuss the matters further. read more

Trudeau visits Islamic conference

Justin Trudeau was the second Federal Leader in two days to visit an Islamic Conference in the Toronto area. As many as 30 thousand people came from across the country to attend the three day Ahmadiyya Muslim Conference. On Friday, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper attended, and on Saturday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau made an appearance. Harper spoke to the group about the threat if Isis. Trudeau spoke about religious freedom. Harper is taking the weekend off from the campaign trail before starting up again on Monday. NDP leader Thomas Mulcair took Saturday off but will be making appearances in Halifax on Sunday. read more

Laurentian Bank thirdquarter profits fall six per cent as revenue grows

Laurentian Bank third-quarter profits fall six per cent as revenue grows by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 30, 2013 9:35 am MDT MONTREAL – Laurentian Bank (TSX:LB) says its third-quarter net income fell six per cent as it booked higher costs from the integration of new businesses.The Quebec-based bank said its quarterly profits dropped to $28.3 million, or 91 cents per share, from $30 million, or $1.06 per share, a year earlier.On an adjusted basis, which filters out the one-time expenses, profit increased 13 per cent to $39.8 million, or $1.31 per share, which was two cents below analyst expectations, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.Revenue grew 14 per cent to $221 million from $193.8 million.The bank said it booked $14.6 million in higher expenses related to the integration of AGF Trust and the MRS Companies operations, including the IT systems, employee relocation costs and salaries.Laurentian noted that its provision for loan losses, or the money set aside to cover bad loans, increased to $9 million from $7.5 million a year earlier.“We continued to deliver solid revenues and earnings in the third quarter and leveraged our acquisitions to expand the Bank’s revenue base,” said president and CEO Rejean Robitaille.“In an environment of slower consumer loan demand and continued margin pressure, we are working diligently to increase the value in each of our business segments.”Gross impaired loans were $98.2 million, down from $156.4 million, as of July 31.Return on equity was 8.1 per cent, down from 10.1 per cent for the same period in 2012.Shares of Laurentian were down 48 cents to $44.47. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

CUPW issues strike notice after it says Canada Post refused to extend

by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2016 9:51 am MDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A postal worker walks past Canada Post trucks at a sorting centre in Montreal on July 8, 2016. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says its plan to begin a rolling overtime ban at midnight Sunday has been placed on hold for 24 hours.CUPW issued a statement late Sunday night that it was delaying any possible job action in a “last ditch effort” to reach a negotiated settlement with Canada Post. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz OTTAWA – Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk said Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers will begin working with a special mediator Friday morning in the face of a union threat of job action.“In an attempt to push the two parties, help them facilitate a mediated, negotiated settlement, we’ve got a special mediator coming in who will start working with both parties tomorrow morning,” Mihychuk said Thursday evening in Saguenay, Que., where she was attending the Liberal summer caucus retreat.“We hope to have significant resolution by Sunday,” Mihychuk said.The union representing nearly 51,000 employees issued a 72-hour notice of job action Thursday, accusing the Crown corporation of forcing a labour dispute.It was not immediately clear whether the action would result in a disruption of mail and parcel deliveries, something that — if it does happen — could come as early as next week.The union said the notice, delivered to management just hours before a strike mandate was set to expire, “listed anticipated job actions” but stopped short of a full-blown walkout. The union hasn’t said exactly what actions it was planning.The notice puts postal carriers in a legal strike position by Aug. 28.In a statement, CUPW national president Mike Palecek said Canada Post forced the union’s hand by refusing to accept a request from the federal labour minister to continue negotiations under a 24-hour deadline extension with the help of a special mediator.“This was an eleventh-hour intervention from the government to avoid a dispute and of course we said, ‘Yes,’” said Palecek.“From the outset, our goal has been a negotiated collective agreement without service disruptions. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Canada Post, whose president and CEO Deepak Chopra refused the minister’s request.”But a spokesman for the agency said that was not the case.“Canada Post will fully co-operate in the (mediation) process,” Jon Hamilton said in an email.“We hope that the assistance of a neutral third party will help both parties address the real challenges facing the postal service caused by declining mail volumes and increasing pension obligations.”The union’s strike mandate was set to expire at midnight.Had it expired, Canada Post employees would likely have had to vote to approve another mandate, a costly process that could take up to two months to complete.CUPW had asked the agency to allow an extension of the mandate, a request that was refused as “inappropriate.”The two sides had been in sometimes bitter negotiations for more than nine months but were still far apart on key issues, including pay equity for rural carriers and proposed changes to the Canada Post pension plan, despite days of intensive talks that carried through last weekend.CUPW offered a glimmer of hope Thursday that a strike could be averted, saying it’s still prepared to talk.“We are still willing to withdraw our notice if Canada Post agrees to an extension,” said Palecek.The Crown corporation also has the option to lock out workers.A pay equity issue pitting rural and urban carriers against each other and a proposed move from a defined benefit pension plan to a defined contribution plan for new employees are the main stumbling blocks in the dispute.The union claims rural postal workers earn, on average, nearly 30 per cent less than city carriers.Other issues revolve around part-time and temporary work, staffing improvements and the possible closure of nearly 500 retail postal outlets that could result in the elimination of up to 1,200 full-time jobs that are currently protected.Although Mihychuk hoped the latest effort would bring results over the weekend, she cautioned that it might not work.“Canadians need to get prepared for a potential work stoppage,” she said.“I think that’s the reality.”With files from Joanna Smith in Saguenay, Que.Follow @tpedwell on Twitter CUPW issues strike notice after it says Canada Post refused to extend talks read more

Dez Bryant Skips Surgery Will Play With Broken Finger

Dez Bryant intends to Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers despite a broken left index finger that a hand specialist said requires surgery.ESPN reports that the Dallas Cowboys’ medical staff will work to create a protective contraption that will protect the finger from further damage while not preventing the team’s biggest weapon from catching the ball.Apparently, though, the team is still awaiting final word from the doctor, who could determine it is mandatory for Bryant to have surgery, which would end his season, according to the network.Owner Jerry Jones said this week that the decision would be left up to Bryant as to if he wanted to play with the fracture or undergo surgery that would sideline him the remainder of the year.Bryant will be limited in practice on Thursday, according to an ESPN source, and will catch a few passes to see how he feels. During practice, he likely will wear a protective,  taped-up splint, similar to what he wore the remainder of the Dallas win at Cincinnati. After injuring the finger, Bryant returned to the game and caught an important touchdown in the Cowboys’ comeback win.The hand specialist has told Bryant and the Cowboys that a re-injury to the finger could cause permanent stiffness and would impact his ability to catch passes in the future.“One of the things that we know about Dez is that he’s a tough guy and he loves playing football,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday morning. “He’s going to give himself and our team every chance possible to play in (Sunday’s game) and continue to play this season.“We just need to get more medical information about how to handle the situation right now, the best way to handle it for now and for the future.”In the last month, Bryant has emerged as a lethal receiver. He caught 30 passes for 438 yards with six touchdowns over that stretch and had seven touchdowns in the last five games. Bryant ranks 10th in the NFL in receiving yards (1,028) this season and is tied for third with nine touchdowns. read more

Four in five heart disease patients may be being denied lifesaving treatment study

first_imgProf Jeremy Pearson, the associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “This demonstrates that doctors may not have been as astute as they should have in providing the most up-to-date evidence-based therapies, leading to some heart failure patients not be being optimally treated.”He said some doctors might not be up to date, and wrongly think that older patients would not benefit from the drugs, when in fact the medication should be considered case by case.  “Evidence-based, guideline-recommended therapies are underused, and used at lower doses than those shown to be effective. Prescription rates of therapies must increase, and therapies must be prescribed at higher doses, to reduce hospitalisations and help these patients live longer.” The research, funded by drugmaker Novartis, found that just 57 per cent of patients were prescribed a beta-blocker, which costs as little as 3p a tablet and reduces stress on the heart, and 31 per cent were given a mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist, which costs 6p a pill. Only 80 per cent were given an ACE inhibitor, at 3p a tablet, or an ARB angiotensin receptor blocker, at 28p a pill – and of these most were given the wrong dose. Prescription rates of therapies must increase, and therapies must be prescribed at higher doses, to reduce hospitalisations and help these patients live longerDr Pardeep Jhund Up to four in five Britons suffering from a potentially deadly heart condition may be being denied life-saving treatment, a study has found.The research, which tracked 15,000 UK heart failure patients for two years, suggests thousands of lives could be being shortened because of NHS failures to adhere to cardiac guidelines.One in five people will develop heart failure – the term used when the heart becomes less effective at pumping blood around the body – within their lifetime, and it carries a high risk of early death. center_img More than half a million people are estimated to suffer from the condition and it is the leading cause of hospital admissions for over 65s.Under European guidelines, patients suffering from heart failure are supposed to be given a combination of drugs, costing pennies per pill, which used correctly have been shown to improve survival rates by up to a quarter.However, just 20 per cent of cases appeared to be receiving the right mix of medications at the right doses, the 2009 to 2011 study led by University of Glasgow found. Presenting the findings at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Rome, lead author Dr Pardeep Jhund, a cardiologist at the University of Glasgow, said: “Our results highlight that rates of hospital admissions and deaths in patients with heart failure remain substantial.  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.last_img read more

Britain tops healthy league table in supermarket sold food Oxford University study

Later this year, Public Health England is due to issue new calorie guidelines setting out stringent calorie limits on hundreds of foods, such as sandwiches and ready meals. The body has already set targets for sugar content of common foods, which critics say would result in the elimination of traditional sweets, such as Sherbet Lemons and Parma Violets.  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. Britain isn’t on a junk food diet – the food sold in its supermarkets tops health league tables, a study by Oxford University suggests. The study of more than 400,000 food and drink products from 12 countries ranked Britain best for the levels of sugar, fat, salt and calories in common foods. The ranking came despite the fact the UK has the highest obesity levels in western Europe. And the US – which has the highest obesity levels in the world – was found to have the second healthiest offerings on sale, followed by Australia. The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford analysed assessed countries using Australia’s Health Star Rating system – which measures the levels of the nutrients such as energy, salt, sugar, saturated fat as well as protein, calcium and fibre.  It found that the UK had the highest average Health Star Rating of 2.83, followed by the US at 2.82 and Australia at 2.81. India got the lowest rating of just 2.27 followed by China at 2.43 with Chile coming third from bottom at 2.44. The results were published in Obesity Reviews.Lead author Dr Elizabeth Dunford said: “Globally we’re all eating more and more processed foods and that’s a concern because our supermarkets’ shelves are full of products that are high in bad fats, sugar and salt and are potentially making us sick. Our results show that some countries are doing a much better job than others.” read more

ASOBAL Round 23 BM Aragon beat Granollers now firm on 5th place

ademarAragonASOBALGranollersla rioja ← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 25): TuSEM Essen closer to safety zone, beats HBW Balingen Next Story → SEHA: Vardar Skopje seal their place at the F4 with win over Lovcen Cetinje BM Aragon strengthen their 5th place in the ASOBAL league, after they have beat Fraikin Granollers today with 35:32 (18:14). Now the points distance between these two teams which are placed 5th and 6th is 5 points, while BM Aragon will take much more victories if they want to challenge La Rioja or Ademar for the 3rd or the 4th place. read more

Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_img Aug 24th 2019, 7:48 PM By Cónal Thomas Saturday 24 Aug 2019, 7:48 PM No Comments Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday The G7 summit, internal tensions at the OPW and the National Broadband Plan made headlines today. NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Sandagsuren Yadamsuren with Enkhmaa Dashsambuu from Mongolia at the Festival Of Nations in Mountjoy Square park, Dublin. Source: RollingNews.ie A 21-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after he was assaulted in Navan, Co Meath in the early hours of the morning.The government has spent more than €25 million on reports from consultancy firms about the National Broadband Plan.OPW staff emails show the internal tensions over a decision to ban visitor books due to GDPR concerns. Cockroaches, mould and aggressive staff are just some of the issues people living in homeless emergency accommodation in Ireland say they face. The parents of a teenager who died after he took a substance at a music festival in Cork hope that his death will raise awareness of the risks of taking drugs.Minister for Education Joe McHugh told six schools in Dublin to provide more critically needed special education places.There have been fresh calls for a change in An Garda Síochána’s entry requirements to allow prospective recruits with dyslexia join the force with just one language.The Heritage Council has not ruled out the Church of Scientology’s involvement in National Heritage Week next year.THE WORLD  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Get our daily news round up: Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4780641 People jump in the sea at Cullercoats Bay in North Tyneside. Source: Owen Humphreys/PA Images#G7: Leaders of the G7 countries met southern France today, with the burning Amazon rainforest, falling stock markets and divisions over trade and Brexit providing the backdrop to proceedings.#E-CIGARETTE: A US patient has died after developing severe lung disease linked to the use of e-cigarettes, officials in the state of Illinois said yesterday.#THE AMAZON: Brazil’s government has authorised the deployment of Brazil’s armed forces to help combat ongoing fires in the Amazon rainforest.PARTING SHOT The New York Times reports today that an astronaut who accessed the personal bank account of her estranged spouse from the International Space Station (ISS) is reportedly being investigated by NASA in what is being termed the first instance of space crime. Mark Sundahl, the director of the Global Space Law Center at Cleveland State University, told the New York Times he was not aware of any previous allegation of a crime committed in space.https://t.co/p5iqIFb7qB— TheJournal.ie (@thejournal_ie) August 24, 2019 Share2 Tweet Email 10,998 Views last_img read more

Des clichés directement mis en ligne avec Google sur iOS

first_imgDes clichés directement mis en ligne avec Google + sur iOSL’application pour les terminaux iOS du réseau social de Google a été mise à jour pour permettre une publication directe des clichés sur le Web.Il est désormais possible de mettre en ligne directement les clichés pris à l’aide d’un appareil équipé d’iOS grâce à l’application Google +. Du moins grâce à sa nouvelle mise à jour. En effet, cette fonctionnalité baptisée Instant Upload était déjà présente au sein de l’application sur Android mais pas encore sur iOS. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Désormais, les photos viendront donc directement prendre place sur Picasa Web Albums grâce à la mise à jour 1.0.9.4278 de Google +. Il s’agit pour le géant américain de concurrencer l’outil d’Apple, le service Photo Stream proposé par la marque à la pomme au sein de son offre iCloud qui permet de publier automatiquement chacune des images prises par l’appareil pour les répliquer sur iPhoto. Notons que par défaut, l’album est privé et qu’il est possible d’attribuer différents paramètres pour le chargement des photos et des vidéos. Enfin, depuis l’appareil ou l’interface Web, il suffira de changer les droits de lecture d’une photo pour la publier sur son flux de mise à jour, note Clubic.com.Le 19 février 2012 à 16:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un séisme de magnitude 59 secoue lIndonésie

first_imgUn séisme de magnitude 5,9 secoue l’IndonésieHier, à 11H18 GMT un tremblement de terre d’une magnitude atteignant 5,9 sur l’échelle de Richter a frappé l’île de Java, la plus peuplée de toute l’Indonésie.La terre a tremblé a plusieurs reprises au cours des derniers jours en Indonésie. Des secousses dont la première significative s’est déclenchée hier à 11H18 GMT soit 18H18 heure locale sur l’île de Java. Selon les agences de géophysique indonésienne et américaine, l’épicentre du tremblement de terre, d’une magnitude de 6,1 réévaluée ensuite à 5,9, se situait à 64,7 kilomètres de profondeur sous l’océan Indien et à 121 km au sud-ouest de la ville de Sukabumi, une ville côtière. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? La secousse a été ressentie jusqu’à Jakarta, la capitale se situant pourtant à 214 kilomètres de distance. Sur place, les employés de bureau auraient ressenti l’intense secousse pendant une dizaine de secondes environ. Celle-ci aurait même été suffisamment intense pour faire trembler les immeubles. Selon l’AFP, dans les régions plus proches de l’épicentre, la secousse sismique aurait duré près de trois minutes, ce qui a fortement inquiété la population. Néanmoins, aucune alerte au tsunami n’a été émise et le séisme ne semble avoir occasionné aucun dégât ni aucune victime. Au cours des dernières 24 heures, plusieurs répliques se sont produites avoisinant des magnitudes de 4-5. Le 5 juin 2012 à 15:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

US Gun Law changes could impact Caribbean crime rates

first_img Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Recommended for you Related Items:barrack obama, CARICOM, gun law Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jan 2015 – US President Barack Obama says Gun Dealers MUST do background checks or face criminal prosecution. It is now US law, which begin to take effect immediately and can cost offenders a $250,000 fine. Obama cried as he talked about the constitutional rights being infringed upon by those exacting gun violence on the innocent and unsuspecting. A lot of reference was made to the massacre of first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut. The President announced that half a billion dollars is now allotted to expanding mental health services; the US president reminded that many dying to gun violence are not only attacking others but are committing suicide. Better gun safety technology is coming; the President said maybe there’s an APP for that and added that, “If a child can’t open a bottle of aspirin, then they shouldn’t be able to fire a gun.” The private sector is to assist with these ground breaking, life-saving technologies. The US will also now beef up staff to process background checks and ATF staff to combat gun violence. President Obama used executive action to establish these new initiatives and slammed Congress for blocking ‘common sense laws’. It is said 48% of Americans support mandatory background checks; 51% do not. Obama says the move does not make it any harder for law abiding Americans to get guns, but he believes it will reduce the figure of 30,000 who are reportedly killed in the United States every year in gun violence. One state reports a 30% decrease in gun deaths since instituting the law for mandatory checks. CARICOM has for years now been calling on the United States to improve gun laws as guns into the region are sourced mainly from the USA. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high notelast_img read more

Oregon man pleads guilty in babys car crash death

first_imgAn Oregon man accused of causing a crash this summer that killed a 3-month-old boy pleaded guilty Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court to vehicular homicide.Christopher A. Roman, 26, who admitted to being intoxicated at the time of the accident, will be sentenced Dec. 9 by Judge Daniel Stahnke.He faces between about four and a half years and five and a half years in prison, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu. Roman’s sentencing range includes a two-year enhancement because he was previously convicted of DUI in San Jose, Calif, in 2005.Vu said Roman’s plea wasn’t the result of a plea bargain; he was simply pleading guilty as charged.“He’s accepting responsibility and admitting fully what he did,” Vu said. “That counts for something.”Because of Roman’s cooperation, Vu said he has agreed with defense attorney Clark Fridley to recommend a punishment at the low end of the sentencing range.Roman was arrested following the Aug. 21 crash on northbound Interstate 5 near the Main Street exit. Prosecutors say he was intoxicated and driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his Acura and hit another Acura on the side of the freeway.The baby’s parents, Terra Pina, 21, and Angel Pena, 23 (authorities said their names are spelled differently), were on their way home to the Puget Sound area from a camping trip. They were stopped on the left shoulder to fix a flat tire. The infant, Gabriel, was inside the disabled car and died at the scene, Washington State Patrol troopers said following the crash.last_img read more

Oregon Legislature kicks off 5week session

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers kicked off the 2014 legislative session on Monday.Before legislative committees got down to business, the House and Senate opened with a bit of pomp and circumstance. Members of the Portland Lesbian Choir serenaded the House while senators listened to notes from the Willamette Master Chorus.The newest member of the Legislature also was sworn in. Rep. Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego, replaces Democrat Chris Garrett, who resigned to become a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals. Rep. Betty Komp, D-Woodburn, was elected to replace Garrett as speaker pro tem and will fill in when Speaker Tina Kotek is unavailable.In the coming weeks, debates over gun control, marijuana legalization and the proposed Columbia River bridge are likely to dominate. The state budget will need to be revised, and lawmakers are likely to look at the fiasco with Cover Oregon, the state’s health insurance exchange that has not yet launched a fully functioning website.None of those hot-button issues were on the agenda for Monday, however.A House committee advanced a bill that would allow the children of reserve police officers and volunteer firefighters to qualify for scholarships that are available to the children of paid public safety officers killed in the line of duty. The bill follows the death in November of Robert Libke, an unpaid reserve police officer for Oregon City who was shot in the head responding to a report of a house fire and an armed man.“These reserve officers serve all of our communities and they put their lives on the line,” reserve Capt. Robert Ball of the Portland Police Bureau told the House Business and Labor Committee. “I felt that we as a community needed to give back and honor that service and stand behind that service when something as tragic as this happens.”last_img read more

Kaiser will no longer buy furniture treated with chemicals

first_imgAiming to make its hospitals and medical offices healthier for people, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, the nonprofit health care consortium, said Tuesday it will no longer buy furniture treated with flame-retardant chemicals.The decision applies to all Kaiser facilities across eight states, including Washington and Oregon, and the District of Columbia, serving 9.3 million health-plan members. That includes eight medical and dental offices in Clark County.The announcement means Kaiser is the first health care system to make such a change, said Kathy Gerwig, a vice president and environmental stewardship officer for Kaiser, “but we expect many more announcements to be forthcoming.”That’s partly because Kaiser believes that its decision to shift the $30 million it now spends annually on furniture toward chemical-free chairs, benches and sofas will trigger a ripple effect in the larger supply chain, prompting others to follow suit.“We want manufacturers to shift to new products that don’t contain harmful chemicals,” Gerwig said. “That won’t happen without marketplace pressure.” The decision by Kaiser — an Oakland, Calif.-based company that operates more than 38 hospitals and 600 medical offices — also responds to a state law recently passed in California. That law updated flammability standards for upholstered furniture, allowing manufacturers to meet the standards without using flame-retardant chemicals.last_img read more

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first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 3, 2017 – 2:01 pm Recording Academy Remembers Tom Petty Facebook News https://twitter.com/lorde/status/914987370382020609 Musicians pay tribute to the late singer/songwriterTim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 3, 2017 – 7:45 am The music community is reeling from the sad news of the death of GRAMMY winner Tom Petty.  https://twitter.com/SherylCrow/status/914950059514621954 Twitter Following the minute of silence, Peter Buck joined the band for this wonderful rendition of Freefalling by Tom Petty.R42 pic.twitter.com/KzRMHYGKwS— Coldplay (@coldplay) October 3, 2017 A variety of musicians have taken to social media to express their condolences and pay tribute to the iconic singer/songwriter. Content Not Available Safe passages to the summerlands, brother. You couldn’t have left more dreams here for us. Thank you.RIP pic.twitter.com/EhiuyHRINQ— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) October 3, 2017 https://twitter.com/Slash/status/915048009477574656 Jack Antonoff, Paul McCartney, Lorde Mourn Tom Petty Musicians Pay Tribute To Tom Petty jack-antonoff-paul-mccartney-lorde-mourn-tom-petty Content Not Available center_img https://twitter.com/MrChuckD/status/914940286341570560 Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017 https://twitter.com/travisbarker/status/915074359412133888 “I wanna write her name in the skyI’m gonna free fall out into nothingGonna leave this world for a while” Rest in peace Tom Petty 💔— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) October 3, 2017 I feel like today, the music truly died. Can’t go see/hear music and be safe and one of the greats just passed. 💔— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 2, 2017 https://twitter.com/TheRyanAdams/status/915070552058028032 https://twitter.com/PaulMcCartney/status/914986631249133568 Devastating news about #TomPetty A profound loss. Sad sad day today. RIP https://t.co/Hr4JeQEyag— Slash (@Slash) October 3, 2017 https://twitter.com/jackantonoff/status/914945765167874048 Email Damn ….Tom Petty I remember standing backstage w him & he tells me ‘Go Get Em at a. Presentation #rockAnointed— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) October 2, 2017 https://twitter.com/coldplay/status/915083328700563456 Tom Petty, 1950-2017Read morelast_img read more

OBITUARY Alfred S Venuti 82

first_imgWINDHAM, NH — Alfred S Venuti, 82, of Windham, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA, died Wednesday, June 20, at the Salemhaven Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Salem, NH where he stayed briefly after complications from surgery.Alfred was born in Lowell, MA the son of the late Alfred and Stella (Fierley) Venuti. Alfred grew up and was educated in Woburn, MA. He is a US Air Force veteran and worked as a respected Police Officer in Wilmington, MA for over 20 years. He was a resident of Windham for the past 20 years. He enjoyed gardening and working around the house.Alfred is survived by his beloved wife Mary G. (Santo) Venuti, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Mark Venuti and his wife Erica (Svenson) of Newton, NH; David Venuti and his partner Wendy Daigle of Windham, NH and Elizabeth (Venuti) Collins and her husband John of Hudson, NH. Loving grandfather of Alyssa Collins, Lindsey Venuti, Camden Collins, Joseph Venuti, Anthony Venuti, Benjamin Venuti and Angelina Venuti. Loving great-grandfather of Paislee Lortie-Collins. In addition, he is survived by his sisters Catherine (Venuti) Rosander and her husband Henry; Marcia (Venuti) DeLeo and her husband Alphonse and several nieces and nephews.Friends and relatives are invited to calling hours on Sunday June 24th from 2-6 PM at the Carrier Family Funeral Home, 38 Range Rd, Windham, NH. Funeral services will be held on Monday June 25th at 10:30 AM the funeral home. Burial will follow in New Plains Cemetery, Windham, NH.In lieu of flowers, donations in Alfred’s Memory can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation at http://www.parkinson.org.For directions or to send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at http://www.carrierfuneralhome.com.Alfred S. Venuti(NOTE: The above obituary is from Carrier Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Philip M. Coolberth, 82In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Hobart W. Spring, Jr., 88In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Alfred N. Rongone, 82In “Obituaries”last_img read more