Advocates encouraged by government plan to reopen prison farms

first_imgAdvocates for Canada’s prison farm system said they felt wind in their sails on Wednesday after learning the federal government was about to start reviving the program they’ve been fighting to restore for years.One of the measures announced in Tuesday’s federal budget earmarked $4.3 million over five years to reopen two shuttered prison farms that operated near Kingston, Ont. before their closure in 2010.The Joyceville and Collins Bay farms were among six shuttered when the then-Conservative government concluded they were unprofitable and ineffective.Advocates passionately fought for the farms, which operated in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and New Brunswick prior to the shutdown and produced much of the food consumed in the prison system in those provinces.They argued that inmates working on the farms gained valuable life skills that greatly decreased their odds of reoffending once they had served their time.One group formed in Ontario even launched a co-operative to purchase some of the dairy cattle from one of the defunct prison farms and paid to house them until they succeeded in their quest to reopen the facilities.Tuesday’s announcement in the Liberal government’s budget, they said, makes them feel like they’ve nearly achieved their goal.“It’s been nine-plus years of lobbying, campaigning, driving the country,” said Jeff Peters, chairman of the Pen Farm Herd Co-Op. “Finally, we’re getting close. We’re only on third base, this has been a long, long game, but we’re heading for home.”Peters was an early crusader for the farms, which had operated in Canada since the 1880s until they were axed during Stephen Harper’s tenure as prime minister.At that time, the Conservative government argued the farms consumed more money than they made while conferring minimal benefit on the prisoners.At a 2010 speech in Toronto, then-Public Safety Minister Vic Toews contended that less than one per cent of prisoners who worked on the farms actually went on to find work in an agricultural setting. He argued that rehabilitation efforts ought to be focused on the sorts of environments former inmates would find themselves in once their incarceration came to an end.But prison farm advocates said the facilities did much more than Toews gave them credit for. They argued that farm work for inmates not only promoted values such as work ethic and responsibility, but taught sometimes hardened criminals to view the world around them and even living creatures in a more productive light.Sustainable food activist Andrew McCann, who was briefly arrested over his efforts to prevent the Kingston-area farms from closing, said people serving time for murder developed a different outlook after helping cows give birth and raising calves on the farms.“Helping mothers give birth is a profoundly transformative process for many of these men,” McCann said. “That’s at the heart of the therapeutic program.”Advocates said they hope the newly announced funds from today’s government will allow for a more comprehensive program that includes research as well as farming.Peters said that while the land at the Collins Bay and Joyceville farms is still in good condition, the animals would benefit from more spacious, modern barns that will allow for more movement and provide safer shelter.“The cows have become bigger in the genetics and so on,” he said. “There’s just better ways to keep animals happy.”McCann, for his part, said he hopes the modernized program will also contain a research component that will allow government to track the effects of inmate participation both during and after their time on the farm.The 2018 budget makes no mention of the other four facilities that are currently sitting idle, but activists outside Ontario said the revival of prison farms in that province bodes well for their local efforts.Terri Cormier, who actively campaigns for the reopening of a large, mixed farm in Dorchester, N.B., said she was thrilled to learn that the Ontario facilities might soon be up and running, adding she’s hopeful farms elsewhere may eventually rejoin their ranks.“We know we’re on the roster,” she said. “I’m just pushing to make sure we stay on it. Then we’ll see what happens from there.”last_img read more

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Sudanese President Invites King Mohammed VI to Sudan

Rabat – The President of Sudan, Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir, has invited the Moroccan Monarch, King Mohammed VI, to make an official visit to Sudan. Special Envoy of the Republic of Sudan to King Mohammed VI, Lieutenant General Ali Osman Taha, made the announcement on Friday that Sudanese President, Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir, has invited the Moroccan Monarch to make an official visit to Sudan.Ali Osman Taha made the announcement in a press conference following a royal reception on Friday at the Royal Palace in Fez. The official also revealed that King Mohammed VI accepted the invitation. “I handed over a letter to His Majesty the King an invitation from President Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir to visit the Republic of Sudan. His Majesty accept the invitation,” he said.The Sudanese Special Envoy added that King Mohammed VI praised the deep-rooted Moroccan-Sudanese relationship and confirmed Morocco’s intention to develop existing relations by giving greater dynamism to joint ministerial committees. read more

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Sheriff seeks dismissal from lawsuit over antiprotest laws

A western South Dakota sheriff is seeking to be dismissed from a lawsuit challenging new state laws that target disruptive demonstrations by anti-oil pipeline activists.Attorney Rebeca L. Mann said Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom must enforce state laws but isn’t responsible for defending them.“Pennington County is not a proper party to defend the constitutionality of state statues nor should it be burdened with the expense of defending statutes it has no power to change,” Mann argued in court documents filed last week.Pennington County is one of eight South Dakota counties along the route of TransCanada Corp.’s planned Keystone XL pipeline to move Canadian crude through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with lines to Gulf Coast refineries. The $8 billion project has the backing of President Donald Trump but is being fought in the courts by opponents.Activists and American Indian tribes also plan on-the-ground protests against construction. Such protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota in 2016 and 2017 resulted in 761 arrests and cost the state and Morton County $38 million. Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners also is seeking to recover millions of dollars in protest-related damages from Greenpeace, an effort the environmental group is fighting.In March, South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem and GOP leaders passed legislation allowing officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in “riot boosting,” which is defined in part as encouraging violence during a riot. Noem has said the law is meant to address problems caused by “out-of-state rioters funded by out-of-state interests.”The American Civil Liberties Union and tribes contend the law stifles free speech, and the ACLU is suing Noem, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and Thom in federal court on behalf of activists.Thom is named as a defendant because he’s sheriff in the county in which the activists are working, according to Courtney Bowie, legal director for the ACLU of South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming. Plaintiffs include the Rapid City-based NDN Collective non-profit, which advocates for indigenous peoples and climate change awareness.Mann argued “there is no jurisdictional basis for suing Sheriff Thom to challenge the constitutionality of state statues.” She also argued more broadly that since activists have pledged peaceful protests against Keystone XL, there is no “realistic fear of prosecution.” Attorneys for Noem and Ravnsborg made a similar argument earlier this month.Plaintiffs’ attorneys have not yet responded to Thom’s argument, but Bowie in a statement to The Associated Press said “our complaint alleges a chilling of free speech, which is itself an injury that our clients have suffered and continue to suffer.”“They do not have to wait for prosecution to bring a claim and, with the way the laws are written, they are subject to later civil or criminal liability for their organizing work,” Bowie said.The law states that people who solicit or pay someone to break the law or be arrested would be subject to paying three times the amount that would compensate for the detriment caused. The ACLU maintains it fails to adequately describe the speech or conduct that could subject protesters and organizations to penalties.___Follow Blake Nicholson on Twitter at: Nicholson, The Associated Press read more

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Brock OSSTF reach tentative deal for support staff

Brock University and OSSTF District 35 today reached a tentative agreement on a renewal contract for about 240 office, clerical, administrative and library support staff at Brock.Details of the agreement will not be made public until it has been ratified by OSSTF members and by the University’s Board of Trustees.University President Jack Lightstone welcomed the news and praised the work of negotiators to reach a settlement.“We are pleased that we were able to reach common ground with a group of employees who form such an important part of our University’s operations,” said Brock President Jack Lightstone.The tentative agreement with OSSTF would complete a series of renewal collective agreements negotiated between the University and unions representing Brock employees. Earlier agreements were reached with CUPE 1295 (maintenance and trades staff); CUPE2220 (Rodman Hall); CUPE 4207-1 (TAs, part-time instructors, course co-ordinators, lab demonstrators and marker-graders) and CUPE 4207-2 (ESL co-ordinators). read more

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Prince Charles charms delegates as Royal Familys Commonwealth mission continues

The Prince officially launched @ComSecYouth during a visit to @UoNMalaysia in November.The Commonwealth Youth Programme recognises young people as assets to a country’s development and they should be empowered to realise their potential. #CHOGM2018— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) April 17, 2018 The Prince of Wales stands beside a huge whale made from plastic bottles as part of an environment campaign The Duchess of Cornwall speaks to guests at the Commonwealth Big Lunch “He has been a great supporter of ours,” he said. “People don’t realise how lucky we are to have this Royal Family. The great thing is they they are removed from politics. The Prince of Wales stands beside a huge whale made from plastic bottles as part of an environment campaignCredit:Getty The Duke of Cambridge offers a gift to Tanzania’s vice president Samia SuluhuCredit:AFP All four senior members of the Royal Family will be attending numerous events throughout the week of Chogm, with Meghan Markle joining her fiance on Wednesday.Lord Marland, a British businessman and Conservative politician leading the Commonwealth Business Forum, gave his support to the Prince of Wales becoming the next head of the Commonwealth. The Prince of Wales has showcased his credentials as the likely future head of Commonwealth, as he and his sons embarked on a Royal charm offensive.The Prince greeted hundreds of Commonwealth representatives in a lively lunch celebrating the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), sharing anecdotes about his time visiting most of its 53 countries.Attending events on climate change, plastics and a forum for young people, he made his way through some of the 5,000 delegates in London for a landmark week expected to see leaders decide whether he should automatically succeed his mother in the honorary role of head of the Commonwealth.The Duke of Cambridge, who on Monday took part in a business forum, and Prince Harry have already emphasised the central role the Royal Family has taken in the Commonwealth in a family-wide charm offensive, with the Prince praising his father’s foresight in environmental issues.The Prince of Wales has visited 44 of the 53 nations, and lost no time in regaling delegates with memories of his travels at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster. The Duke of Cambridge offers a gift to Tanzania's vice president Samia Suluhu The Duchess of Cornwall speaks to guests at the Commonwealth Big LunchCredit:Getty “I have really happy memories of the Uganda CHOGM all those years ago,” he told one group of delegates from the east African country, recalling his first trip to an overseas Commonwealth summit in 2007. The Prince and his two sons joined the Queen in hosting key figures from the Commonwealth, with the Presidents of Malawi, Rwanda and Botswana calling upon Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace, and the President of Kenya on the Duke.The President of the Republic of South Africa visited the Queen at Windsor Castle, while the Prince of Wales received the Prime Minister of Jamaica, and the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands at Clarence House. “For an organisation like this to have a non-politician as its head is something great, I believe.”The decision will be made by the heads of government of the 53 Commonwealth countries, who will all attend a private retreat at Windsor on Friday. 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. When he met Israel Nyoh, a youth delegate from the central African country of Cameroon, the Prince recalled a visit there in 1990. “I remember going to Cameroon years ago. I have never been so hot in my life. All the air conditioning broke down,” he said.His conversation with young environmentalists was peppered with anecdotes about official visits, including a trip to the Caribbean to see hurricane damage last November, recent visits to Singapore, Malaysia and India, and his tour of Australia, which also took in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. read more

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Whitmore launches satellite lubrication room for industrial sites

first_imgWhitmore, a CSW Industrials Company and leading innovator of products and services which increase the reliability, productivity, and lifespan of industrial assets, including mines, has brought to market the Satellite Lube Room, a full-featured “go anywhere” storage solution.“OilSafe has always been about streamlining storage and handling of lubricants in a way that is simple, clean, and efficient. But the demanding environments of many industrial sites can wreak havoc on equipment and lubricants if it isn’t housed well. Instead of forcing operators to bring the machine to the lube station, this product brings a lube room closer to the machine,” said Steve Anderson, Product Development Director at Whitmore.The Satellite Lube Room supports all the essential features of an OilSafe lubrication setup and packages them into a fully self-contained, regulation compliant structure that can be loaded (in its 20 ft configuration) onto a flatbed tow truck and moved easily with a forklift (both 20 ft and 40 ft models).Doug Reid, VP of Product Development describes the new lube rooms as, “A serious operational upgrade for clients struggling to find a lubrication storage option that is both robust and flexible enough to take into the field on a permanent basis.”Whitmore offers several different types of lubricants to serve the many needs of the mining industry. These include multi-service lubricants, open gear lubricants, extreme pressure lubricants, enclosed gear oils, propel machinery lubricants and wire rope lubricants.last_img read more

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Survey Majority of TDs believe funds for community mental health services should

first_imgTHE MAJORITY OF Dáil members believe that the provision and funding of mental health services should be made a priority over the next three years, according to a new survey from Millward Brown Lansdowne.Today marks World Mental Health Day, which aims to raise awareness about mental health issues and help to fight the stigma relating to depression.The survey shows the majority of TDs believe that delivering community mental health services (63 per cent) and increasing funding (59 per cent) should be “top priorities” if the country is serious about improving mental health services over the next three years.The survey contains responses from nearly half of Dáil members (71 out of 166) and reveals that 56 per cent of politicians surveyed see the topic of mental health raised ‘very often’ or ‘frequently’ within their constituency clinics – a significant increase from the 27 per cent reported last year.The emphasis on improving mental health services is also reflected in a nationally representative survey run at a similar time, which found that more than two-thirds of the public (68 per cent) believe that the importance of mental health services needs to be focused upon over the next three years.Deputy Simon Harris, one of co-convenors of the the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Mental Health, said there is “a clear appetite” for improvement in our mental health services from politicians, regardless of their political affiliation. “We owe it to our constituents to ensure we don’t forget how crucial this issue for everyone, even among all the difficult budget decisions that will be made this Dáil term,” he said.The survey, commissioned by the One Foundation, also revealed:Political view The provision of mental health community services (61 per cent) and budget increases (59 per cent) are seen as top prioritiesA large majority of the 71 TDs interviewed (83 per cent) believe money for community mental health services must be ringfencedNearly four in five support a legal obligation for government to deliver mental health services within the communityThe vast majority (87 per cent) agree teachers should receive training on mental health, with 86 per cent agreeing mental health should be on the curriculumPublic viewsTwo-thirds (66 per cent) believe cuts in health spending have hit mental health services more than other areas of the health spendThe majority (85 per cent) agree that the state needs to prioritise mental health by increasing its budget over the next three yearsMore than nine in 10 (92 per cent) believe awareness and understanding of mental health issues should be part of the curriculum in Irish secondary schoolsThere is a strong consensus that teachers should receive training to recognise and respond to mental health issues among students (in primary school 82 per cent agree, and in secondary schools this jumps up to 93 per cent)Meanwhile, a senior psychologist has spoken out about the need to pay particular attention to young people’s mental health.Dr Michele Coyle, a senior clinical psychologist at Saint John of God Hospital Stillorgan in Dublin, says  the symptoms of depression in young people can vary. She said that while many adolescents display low mood similar to adults who are depressed, adolescent depression may also be masked by anger and acting out behaviours.Signs can include:Continuous feelings of sadness, and/or angry outburstsPersistent thoughts of hopelessness, worthlessness or guiltSocial withdrawal and isolationDifficulty experiencing pleasure or enjoymentIncreased sensitivity to rejectionChanges in appetite and sleep patternsIncreased periods of tearfulnessDifficulty concentrating, fatigue and low energyPhysical complaints, such as stomach aches, headaches that do not respond to treatmentThoughts of death or suicideCoyle recommends the following advice for helping young people who are depressed:Validate feelings: acknowledge the pain and sadness they are feelingOffer support: let depressed teenagers know that you’re there for them and that they are not alone in their feelings – hold back from asking a lot of questions, but make it clear that you’re ready and willing to provide whatever support they needListen without lecturing: resist any urge to criticise once they begin to talk; the important thing is that they are communicating – avoid offering unsolicited advice or ultimatumsBe gentle but persistent: don’t give up if your adolescent shuts you out at first – be respectful, while still emphasising your concern and willingness to listenSeek professional help: depression is very damaging when left untreated; if you see depression’s warning signs, seek professional helpFor information or support on mental health and suicide, contact the following organisations:Samaritans 1850 60 90 900 or email jo@samaritans.orgTeen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634Console 1800 201 890Aware 1890 303 302Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email Read: World Mental Health Week marked with opening of €300,000 facility>last_img read more

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It is positively medieval barbaric New figures show injuries to hares

first_imgUpdated July 30thCALLS HAVE BEEN made by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports (ICABS) for hare netting licences to be refused for the coming season.The group are currently seeking a meeting with Arts and Culture Minister Heather Humphreys, whose department have responsibility for granting a licence for the season to clubs around the country.This comes in the wake of new information about the number of hares killed or injured over the coursing season last year.The figures were revealed by a Freedom of Information request made by ICABS on the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), the State body involved in natural conservation.During the 2013 coursing season, the NPWS oversaw 23 meetings. This was a significant reduction on previous years. Throughout the season, over 100 hares “required assistance” after being struck during races, leading to over 20 of them dying of natural causes or having to be put down.The coursing season runs from September to February. Estimates are that there will be around 80 meetings this year. Source: ICABS/YouTubeSpeaking to, spokesperson for the ICABS Aideen Yourell said: “These are wild animals. It is positively medieval, barbaric. The idea of it in a modern society. Every hare is traumatised.”On whether the coursing clubs had regard for the safety of the hares, Yourell went on: How can they have regard when they are using them as live lures. they just treat them as things to be used. They come under pressure to make sure that hares aren’t killed, but what can they do, they can’t avoid it. It is a 60 pound greyhound chasing after a six pound hare.At one meeting in Liscannor, County Clare on the 28 and 29 of September last year, an inspector from the NPWS “wished to check the paddock on the morning of the releases but was unable to due to lack of co-operation and intimidation”. At the same event, 14 hares were hit by dogs, with one being injured and three being mauled.On the issue of lack of cooperation with staff, Treasa Seoighe, a spokesperson for NPWS said:“The Department is in communication with the Irish Coursing Club on a number of matters arising from the contents of some of the NPWS monitoring reports relating to the operation of the meetings during the 2013/14 season and compliance with the conditions attached to the licences including issues concerning lack of co-operation with NPWS staff.”The Irish hare is a protected species under the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000. Hare coursing is illegal in Scotland, Wales and England and became illegal in Northern Ireland in 2011.The Irish Coursing Club were contacted but is yet to respond.READ: Hiring out greyhound stadia as film sets could help the industry’s money woesREAD: Animal rights activists unhappy as Department issues licences for hare coursinglast_img read more

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Expert Links Sexual games to Increase in Rape

first_imgYeesh. Here’s the sort of quote that’ll make you stop dead in your tracks, even in the middle of an already fairly sensationalistic piece: “The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games.”The quote comes from Carole Lieberman, a psychiatrist, in a story about the forthcoming game, Bulletstorm–and the rise of sexuality in video games in general. The piece is titled “Is Bulletstorm The Worst Video Game in the World?” It opens with the line, “Parents had better beware: There’s a Bulletstorm on the horizon.”And even after all of that, Lieberman’s comment still manages to up the ante. Perhaps it’s the fact that these sorts of stories have traditionally been hung up on blanket concepts of violence, rather than specifically that of the sexual variety, but I don’t remember ever seeing some come out and say, so blatantly that video games can lead to rape.Anyway, as for Bulletstorm itself, the game that’s causing so much controversy already isn’t even out yet. It’s hitting the PS3, Xbox 360, and Windows on the 22nd. The game, naturally, is rated M.last_img read more

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Vatican confirms Pope Francis to visit Ireland almost 40 years after John

first_img Image: Alessandra Tarantino 157 Comments Image: Alessandra Tarantino Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 5:03 PM POPE FRANCIS PLANS to visit Ireland in August next year, the Vatican confirmed today, four months after Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced what will be a landmark trip.A senior Vatican official told journalists that Pope Francis “will do everything he can” to attend the World Meeting of Families.Cardinal Kevin Farrell announced plans and final dates for the ninth edition of the gathering of Catholic families, which is to take place on 21-26 August 2018.Francis will be the first pope to visit Ireland since John Paul II in 1979.Kenny ruffled feathers by announcing the pope’s plans to visit after an audience at the Vatican in November, at which point the Holy See had not even confirmed any of the pontiff’s 2017 travel plans.The Taoiseach has praised Pope Francis for improving the church’s efforts to combat sex abuse by clerics – an issue on which he had accused the Vatican of “dysfunction, disconnection and elitism” in 2011.At their meeting in November, Kenny and Francis discussed the possibility of the pope’s visit including a leg in Northern Ireland.No decisions have been made on that front amid fears of the region’s peace deal unravelling due to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.Cardinal Farrell told reporters the theme of the 2018 World Families Meetings would be the Church’s conception of married life between a man and a woman.The last gathering of its kind, in Philadelphia in 2015, was also addressed by Pope Francis, who has made family life one of the central themes of his papacy.- © AFP 2017 Read: Ireland has officially invited Pope Francis over for tea in 2018> By AFP Share371 Tweet Email8 Mar 30th 2017, 5:03 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Vatican confirms Pope Francis to visit Ireland, almost 40 years after John Paul II The Taoiseach announced the trip in November. 28,861 Views Short URLlast_img read more

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Mans body found off Lauderhill road

first_imgIf you have any information that could help investigators, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – A death investigation is underway in Lauderhill after a man was found dead on the side of a road.Lauderhill Police received a call about someone lying face down off of the 4200 block of Rock Island Road at around 5 p.m., Sunday. The person did not appear to be moving or breathing.Responding officers confirmed the victim was male, and the rescue team declared him dead.“This area is pretty desolate in that it butts up against the Florida Turnpike over here between Commercial and Oakland [boulevards], and there’s nothing around,” said Lauderhill Police Lt. Mike Santiago. “The body’s lying on the north side of the road on the embankment over here, and if you notice that you have a golf course over the west side and there’s a lot of trees, it’s a pretty covered, desolate area.”There were no visible injuries to the body.Police shut down Rock Island Road for hours while they investigated. It has since reopened.Police continue to investigate. last_img read more

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Small military plane crashes in Cuba

first_img(WSVN) – The Cuban government has reported a small military plane has crashed about 40 kilometers outside of Havana.The plane, described as a Soviet era MiG fighter jet, went down in a rural area in the southwest part of the country, Tuesday.The fighter jet is said to date back to the ’60s.Officials said the only person on board was the pilot, who was able to safely eject from the plane before it crashed.Witnesses who heard the wreck rushed to the scene.No injuries have been reported.It remains unknown from where the plane departed. Please check back on and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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M Scott Havens Tapped as President of The Atlantic

first_imgHavens, who was named to the 2012 Folio: 40, is taking over the brand during a time of growth. The Atlantic turned the corner at the end of 2010 to make its first profit, following that with a second profitable year in 2011. The company, which includes The Atlantic, Government Executive and National Journal groups, and on Monday launched its long-awaited business news site Quartz, says revenues and profits for The Atlantic are tracking ahead for this year as well. Michael Finnegan, director of business development and analytics digital, will take over Havens’ previous financial responsibilities as vice president of finance and analytics. And in another executive move, Zazie Lucke is moving from The Atlantic’s New York offices to the company’s Washington D.C. headquarters to become vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships. She was previously associate publisher for marketing at The Atlantic. In her new role, Lucke will turn sales and marketing into a corporate endeavor, building the company’s first sales and marketing team and strategic outline that will be applied company-wide. She’ll also develop and market the corporate brand. The Atlantic has named M. Scott Havens as president effective today. The move puts a dedicated executive into the top spot for the  brand and allows Justin Smith, who has held the dual role of president of Atlantic Media Company and The Atlantic, to shift solely to corporate oversight. The move also signals a continued emphasis on digital strategies for The Atlantic. Havens joined the brand in 2009 as its vice president of digital strategy and operations and then was promoted to senior vice president of finance and digital operations for the entire company. Havens’ new position pulls him out of a corporate role and lets him focus on the brand specifically. “Scott is the right person at the right time to take the helm of The Atlantic, our company’s flagship brand,” says Smith in a statement. “For the past few years he has been Atlantic Media’s digital business brain, implementing a ‘digital-first’ strategy within each of our companies.” last_img read more

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Amit Shah filed false affidavit disqualify him from contesting LS polls Congress

first_imgCongress said that Amit Shah has undervalued the property which as per the govt guidelines is valued at Rs 66.5 lakh but Amit Shah has declared its value at Rs 25 lakh.Accusing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah of filing “false affidavit”, the Congress party on Friday (April 6) asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to disqualify him from contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar. The party also demanded action against the BJP president for filing a deceptive affidavit.In its complaint, the Congress said that Amit Shah has “once again filed a false affidavit with two glaring omissions”. “First, with regard to a plot in Gandhinagar and second, with regard to loans taken from a commercial bank by his son for which he is the guarantor,” the Congress said in its complaint.Citing reports, the party said that Shah has “undervalued the property which as per the government guidelines is valued at (at least) Rs 66.5 lakh but Amit Shah has declared its value at Rs 25 lakh”.The Congress said that before filing his nomination for the Lok Sabha polls, Shah had already mortgaged two of his properties (in 2016) to Kalupur Commercial Cooperative Bank (one of Gujarat’s largest cooperative banks) for his son Jay Shah’s business venture Kusum Finserve.”The properties were mortgaged in lieu of a large and substantial loan of Rs 25 crore extended by the bank to his son’s company. It is, therefore, a fact that the properties are mortgaged to Kalupur Commercial Cooperative Bank and hence constitute a liability that should have been declared,” the complaint said.The party alleged that the omission of liabilities was “deliberate and not inadvertent”.”The Election Commission of India must take immediate note of this and initiate appropriate proceedings to disqualify Amit Shah from contesting the upcoming elections. Further, the ECI must initiate proceedings against Amit Shah for the filing of a false affidavit,” the Congress mentioned in its complaint.(Inputs from agencies)last_img read more

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first_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing The “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””: (FHFA) released a house price index Thursday that tracked a 0.2-percent shortfall in prices on a seasonally adjusted basis from September to October.[IMAGE]The FHFA releases home price indices each month to denote figures for home prices from across the country.[COLUMN_BREAK]September’s 0.9-percent upswing entered a downward revision that saw home prices fall 2.8 percent, with the U.S. index 19.2 percent below a peak seen in April 2007.Census divisions from the report included regions from across the country, which by and large saw marginal downward revisions from September to October.The Pacific underwent a 0.1-percent dearth in home prices, for example, while the Mountain region surged in a southerly direction by 0.7 percent.West North Central saw gains by 0.1 percent, roughly compared with gains by 0.2 percent for West South Central.East North Central bore witness to a 0.5-percent decline while East South Central reported 2 percent in gains.New England went down by 0.1 percent, while the Middle and South Atlantic regions both reported 0.6-percent declines in home prices. December 22, 2011 422 Views center_img Home Prices Fall 0.2% Over October: FHFA Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Census Bureau FHFA Home Prices Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-12-22 Ryan Schuettelast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCelebrity Cruises announced the planned acquisition of award-winning Galápagos Islands tour operator Ocean Adventures and its two ships, the 48-guest ship M/V Eclipse and the 16-guest catamaran M/C Athala II. The move expands Celebrity’s guest capacity in the Galápagos by 65%.Ocean Adventures’ 64 permits will grow the Galápagos fleet capacity for Celebrity, which has operated the 100-guest Celebrity Xpedition there for more than a decade. The expanded line-up means modern luxury travellers looking to experience the Galápagos Islands will be able to choose a ship whose size and intimacy suits their personal preference.“Our guests use the most amazing words to describe their journeys to the Galápagos Islands,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises.“They tell us the experience is ‘once in a lifetime’, ‘awe-inspiring’, even ‘life-changing’. That’s why we’ve made Celebrity Xpedition such a special experience, and why we are thrilled to expand our Galápagos programme with these two intimate ships. We want to make more lifetime memories.”The unique range of ship sizes creates more opportunities for regular cruises, group bookings and custom charters. The ships’ smaller sizes – 100, 48 or 16 guests – will also present an intimate modern luxury experience.“Our unique Galápagos fleet will offer an up-close look at the region’s breathtaking natural beauty, paired with Celebrity’s highly intuitive service and award-winning cuisine,” Lutoff-Perlo said.The new ships also make possible distinctive itineraries that feature an expanded list of destinations for Celebrity, like Puerto Villamil, Darwin Bay, Black Turtle Cove, Chinese Hat Islet and Wall of Tears.Guests can choose from a number of immersive explorations of the local culture, including local hotel stays, encounters with local residents, and unique tours. The fleet expansion also allows Celebrity’s guests to take advantage of new packages that celebrate the most breathtaking spots in Ecuador – such as the Andes Mountains – and Peru, where Machu Picchu and Amazon packages are enduringly popular.The two vessels will join the Celebrity Cruises fleet in the autumn (southern hemisphere) of 2016, pending the closing of the acquisition deal. Until a January 2017 drydock, the ships will continue to offer the Ocean Adventures experience; after the refresh, the ships will sail as part of Celebrity Cruises’ fleet, and guests will enjoy Celebrity’s signature modern luxury elements. All existing Ocean Adventures’ bookings and reservation commitments will remain unchanged, both before and after the drydock.Ben Dod, President of Ocean Adventures, said, “After 16 years of building Ocean Adventures into the one of the leading operators in the Galápagos Islands, we are proud to have caught the attention of a world-class cruise company like Celebrity and proud to be part of their ambitious plans to expand in the region. The MV Eclipse and MC Athala II are the best vessels in their class and we are delighted that both ships will continue to deliver an unequalled level of service and experience to guests.”As part of its commitment to the Galápagos Islands, Celebrity rigorously follows guidelines set by local authorities to protect the assets of the Ecuadorian archipelago, including the robust kaleidoscope of flora and fauna found there, like giant tortoises, prehistoric iguanas and blue-footed boobies.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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