zoomImage Courtesy: Silversea Cruises Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has received an order for another ultra-luxury cruise ship from Silversea Cruises.Under the contract, valued at over EUR 320 million (USD 381.3 million), the new cruise ship is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2021. The unit is Silversea’s eleventh ship, and the third one in the Muse-class series.Named Silver Dawn, the new vessel will be a sistership of Silversea’s flagship, Silver Muse, which was launched from the Fincantieri shipyard of Sestri Ponente (Genoa) in April 2017.The order of Silver Dawn comes just months after the cruise line signed a contract with Fincantieri for the construction of Silver Moon, another sistership to Silver Muse, which is due to be delivered in 2020.“Following the extraordinary success of Silver Muse, we are delighted to announce Silver Dawn as the eleventh ship to join the Silversea fleet,” Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Chairman, said.
Premier Darrell Dexter will aim to protect health care for Nova Scotians, and ensure fairness across the country as he joins fellow premiers for Council of the Federation meetings in Victoria, B.C., starting Monday, Jan. 16. “Health care remains the number one priority of Nova Scotians and Canadians,” said Premier Dexter. “Ensuring all provinces can provide similar public health-care services, at similar costs, is paramount.” On Dec. 19, the federal government announced its approach for funding major transfer programs, including Canada Health Transfer, Canada Social Transfer and equalization to the provinces, which includes moving to a per capita funding formula with the Canada Health Transfer. “The differences that exist among the regions are very real,” Premier Dexter said. “The new federal funding formula for the Canada Health Transfer will place a greater burden on poorer provinces with weaker economies and aging populations. “If the rationale behind moving the Canada Health Transfer to a per capita formula is to ensure fairness, then the same rationale should be applied to equalization, and the cap on equalization should be removed.” Nova Scotia has the oldest and fastest aging population in Canada. In 2010, about 16 per cent of the population were 65 or older. This age group accounts for about half of provincial and territorial hospital expenditures. Nova Scotia has the highest prevalence of chronic disease in Canada and spends more on drugs per capita compared to most provinces. The premier said Nova Scotia has made significant progress in managing health-care costs, and moving toward a responsible and sustainable health-care system in the province. Nova Scotia is the first province to set standards for emergency care and the first to introduce collaborative emergency centres, or CECs, to address emergency room closures and long wait times, particularly in rural communities. The province is optimizing technology through Healthlink 811, has established a Fair Drug Pricing Act that makes life more affordable by lowering the cost of generic drugs for patients and taxpayers, and is investing in programs like the Caregivers’ Allowance that help seniors stay in their homes and communities longer. “As a province, we want to build on the investments made as a result of the 2004 Health Accord, and we want the federal government to be a fully committed funding partner,” said Premier Dexter. The province contributes about 80 per cent of health-care funding for Nova Scotians, with the federal portion sitting at about 20 per cent. The Canada Health Transfer, the largest major transfer, provides funding for health care. The Canada Social Transfer provides funding to provinces and territories in support of post-secondary education, social assistance and social services, early childhood development and early learning and child care. The equalization program is the primary vehicle for the federal government to address fiscal disparities among the provinces. In 2009, the government of Canada introduced measures to cap provincial entitlements and impose a ceiling on growth in the program. The Council of the Federation is comprised of all 13 provincial and territorial premiers.
The following is the speech from the throne read today, Sept. 6, 2018, by Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc at the opening of the second session of the 63rd General Assembly of Nova Scotia. I would like to begin by acknowledging that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq people. It is a privilege to speak here in the people’s House. And as we begin the second session of the sixty-third assembly, let us not forget those who brought us here: Nova Scotians of all generations and backgrounds who help our province grow and succeed, some of whom are with us in this house today. I am grateful for the opportunity to highlight their successes and speak to the strong foundation government has built and the measures it will undertake to continue that success.We are here on the heels of hosting the country’s Special Olympians in Antigonish — a national event that demonstrates the best of the human spirit, the celebration of sport and community. Congratulations to the organizers and the volunteers for putting on a world-class event. And to the 117 Nova Scotia athletes who competed, taking home a total of 134 medals — well done and thank you for inspiring us to work hard and be the best version of ourselves. This past year was one of impressive records and firsts in Nova Scotia. Our population reached an all-time high. We had a record year in tourism. We reached gender parity on the provincial and family court benches, and the first Mi’kmaw woman was appointed to the judiciary. In Whycocomagh, Premier McNeil sat alongside the family of Donald Marshall Junior to open Nova Scotia’s first aboriginal wellness court — a historic step in supporting indigenous justice in our province. Our Acadian and francophone community is one of several communities that make up the Nova Scotian identity, enriching our province’s diversity through its unique culture and heritage. On this occasion, I would like to congratulate the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse on 50 years of dedication to our province’s Acadian and francophone community. Avec sa culture et son patrimoine uniques, la communauté acadienne et francophone de la Nouvelle-Écosse est l’une des diverses communautés qui donnent à la Nouvelle-Écosse sa riche identité. Je profite de l’occasion pour féliciter la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui se consacre depuis 50 ans au service de la communauté acadienne et francophone. We have much to celebrate. Our cultural industries continue to thrive. Our wine and spirits are winning global awards. Andy Hay, of Dartmouth, was runner-up in Masterchef Canada — a great example of how our young people are showing the rest of the country what Nova Scotia has to offer. We may be a small province, but we have a big presence on the international stage and that is thanks to our passionate, creative, and innovative people. As we begin this session, let us also take a moment to reflect on the lives of remarkable Nova Scotians we have lost: Grand Chief Kji Saqamaw Ben Sylliboy, who served as the voice for his people for 25 years and led his community for decades. Freeman Douglas Knockwood, a Mi’kmaw elder who helped countless people cope with addiction by using his own experience to educate and counsel them. Joan Grant Dillon, an active volunteer and Order of Nova Scotia recipient, who was a founder of the X-Project, which pairs students from St. FX with children in nearby communities to help with homework and other activities. Philip Riteman, who survived the Holocaust and made his way to Atlantic Canada to build a new life, sharing his story of survival, love, and hope with future generations. And Dr. Robert “Arnold” Burden, who served his community of Springhill for many years, famously responding to help miners who were trapped underground during the town’s mining disasters in the 1950s. We also remember individuals whose contributions were felt in this very chamber: James (Buddy) McEachern, Russell MacNeil, David Muise, and Gerald Doucet. And finally, we remember Kenny Greenham, who was a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces and served this legislature faithfully as Sergeant at Arms for nearly a decade. As we remember their contributions and honour their lives, we also look to our future generations to continue to lift up this province. Young Nova Scotians are stepping up. They are entrepreneurs; they are hard workers. They are taking a chance on our province, and they are succeeding. They are contributing to the economy and building pride in their communities. Ils misent sur notre province et en sortent gagnants. Ils contribuent à l’économie et ils font la fierté de leurs collectivités. You only need to look around the corner to see it, wherever you live. Young people like Quentrel Provo, the founder and CEO of the Stop the Violence Movement. Quentrel continues to speak and sing at schools, conferences, and other events all over the country, spreading the message of love against violence. Entrepreneurs like cousins Nick Walsh and Erika Usher, who opened a branch of Nova Scotia-founded restaurant Burrito Jax in Sydney River after graduating from Cape Breton University last year; Joey Hawkins, who started Skilled Masons and Restoration in Dartmouth; and the trio of Matt Winchester, Dougal Armour, and Mitchell Kane, who founded the startup company FoodByte out of a sandbox at Acadia University. These and many more young people show courage and confidence in themselves and in the future of this province. Government’s focus is helping to give youth the tools to succeed and grow here at home. Co-op education, Mitacs internships, and new and improved workforce attachment programs are providing young people and under-represented groups with more opportunities. Right now, students are developing their innovative and entrepreneurial skill sets through 10 different sandbox programs on university and community college campuses around the province. The Graduate to Opportunity program is helping employers fill new positions with young people within their first year of graduating from a post-secondary institution. More than 650 new graduates have been hired into full-time jobs in their chosen field of study. Since the diversity bonus was offered in 2017, the number of diverse hires under the program now tops 100. Young people, new residents, and local and international graduates now have more opportunities to connect with leaders in their communities as the Connector Program expands across the province. Nova Scotians like Maigoro Yunana, who moved from Nigeria in 2011, are now able to make meaningful connections that help them build successful careers here in our province. Today, Maigoro works at Green Power Labs in Dartmouth as a building energy modelling specialist. Apprenticeship is on the rise in Nova Scotia. As a result of investments such as the Apprenticeship START program and eliminating tuition for technical training, more apprentices are being trained and more employers are hiring them. As well, dependents of those who receive Employment Support and Income Assistance and youth in the care of the Minister of Community Services now have access to the Career Rising program. Following a successful pilot with 15 young people last year, this program aims to help end the cycle of intergenerational poverty and create career opportunities by giving youth access to training and skills development, paid work experience with local employers, and a grant to help offset the cost of post-secondary studies. Government will continue to identify creative economic solutions, ensuring our youth are part of building a stronger Nova Scotia. Government also relies on the knowledge and experience of our older population. Earlier this year, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of the launch of Shift: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population. Shift pushes all of us to think differently about our changing demographics and to consider the opportunities and benefits that come with an older, more experienced population. The progress made in the first year reflects our commitment to action — from new entrepreneurship and mentorship initiatives for older adults, to new funding for community transportation and housing. Innovation is critical to the long-term economic success of our province. L’innovation est essentielle au succès économique à long terme de notre province. Our startup community is thriving. There are nearly 500 startups and high-growth companies in the Atlantic provinces, most of which are based in Nova Scotia. The tech sector has become a significant employer in our region, with about 6,400 people working in this area and employment growing at an estimated seven per cent per year. Starting this fall, Mashup Lab’s “Dream” program for budding entrepreneurs will be available across Cape Breton as well as mainland Nova Scotia, in cooperation with Nova Scotia Community College and the Cape Breton Partnership. It’s a six-week program supporting rural entrepreneurs working at the idea stage. Incubators are driving growth across all regions of this province. COVE, the Centre for Oceans Ventures and Entrepreneurship, on the Dartmouth waterfront, will soon be home to 40 ocean technology companies. Halifax’s tech superhub Volta Labs tripled in size over the summer, bringing more startups and innovation-driven enterprises under one roof. Volta has housed more than 50 startups since 2013, employing more than 300 people and raising more than $60 million in equity financing. Volta’s newest tenants include smart travel startup Trip Ninja. Trip Ninja helps travellers book multi-city routes. Co-Founders Andres Collart and Brett Ziegler started the business while attending Dalhousie University. They have since completed their studies and are working on Trip Ninja full-time. Ignite Labs in Yarmouth is helping more technology companies get started, too. Six companies are already working out of Ignite Labs. Scott Dauphinee is one of the first residents of the new business incubator. Scott has developed a recyclable lobster trap that is made of plastic and will last up to 10 years, far outliving the wire traps that most fishermen currently use. Momentum Cape Breton is bringing the island’s startup community closer together, through business coaching, networking, and mentorship opportunities. Sixteen new technology entrepreneurs participated in Momentum activities last year, and a new maker space for entrepreneurs, students, and other creative minds will open soon, in the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation in downtown Sydney. There is now more support for businesses who want to grow their exports and those who want to start exporting — companies like Angus Poulain’s Halifax-based DRIVECARE which he created following his family’s experience in a serious traffic accident. It is the world’s first device that eliminates cell phone use while driving. And now he deals with businesses from around the globe. Government continues to promote the province to the rest of the world. Le gouvernement continue de faire connaître la province au reste du monde. We are all ambassadors for Nova Scotia and have a role to play in helping investors understand the many reasons why they should look at this province. Exports to Asia continue to grow. Ten years ago, we exported $315 million to Asia. This past year, exports have more than tripled to $1.16 billion, with China as our largest export partner in the region. We are making progress in attracting a direct passenger flight between Halifax and China, which will bring more people to our province and help export our world-class products. Nova Scotia’s first culture sector mission to Asia opened the door for new partnerships, including exhibit opportunities featuring the works of treasured Nova Scotia artist Maud Lewis. We had our best year yet for tourism in 2017, and last year was the fourth consecutive year of growth. Tourism revenue reached $2.7 billion, and a record 2.4 million visitors came to the province. Towns like Tatamagouche are building on our history to invigorate our communities. Led by dedicated volunteer and road train buff Dave Gunn, the town is believed to be the first of its kind in Canada to have a road train. The 28-passenger vehicle looks like a 1950s steam engine with a passenger car and ferries local residents and tourists among the town’s attractions. Our traditional sectors are also embracing innovation. One time-honoured tradition will soon get an innovative twist in Nova Scotia. Researchers have identified a Christmas tree that holds its needles for three months longer than the average balsam fir. Growers will be able to sell the SMART tree for a higher price in established markets, get to market sooner, and supply new markets across greater shipping distances. Our ocean provides us with a significant opportunity for innovation and economic growth, and government will continue to seek ways to drive our ocean advantage. For the third year in a row, Nova Scotia was Canada’s top exporter of seafood last year, with export revenues reaching $2 billion. Our world-famous lobster, crab, scallops, and shrimp were served around the world, on tables in North America, Asia, and Europe. The value of the aquaculture industry itself more than doubled over the previous year. We are proud to be part of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, which will use innovation to improve competitiveness in our ocean-based industries. Government’s focus will continue to be on creating the conditions for more businesses to start and grow here, to reduce the regulatory burden on business, and to improve government services that support economic growth — efforts that are all being recognized nationally. Innovative and future-minded Nova Scotians are leading the way to help prevent and mitigate the effects of climate change.Thermo Dynamics of Dartmouth designs, manufactures, and installs solar thermal systems for homes and large buildings. Helping Nature Heal of Bridgewater uses natural materials to stabilize shorelines and manage coastal erosion. And Nexus Robotics, a Nova Scotia startup company, is working on a farm in Barss Corner testing its autonomous vehicle that uses artificial intelligence to perform agricultural tasks. These are local people, and national leaders. Every Nova Scotian deserves timely access to primary healthcare. And it’s a government priority to ensure that happens. Healthcare needs are changing, and we must adapt. Our healthcare system needs to reflect how new doctors want to practice and what is sustainable in the long term. Government has worked with doctors to create incentives for them to take on new patients, encourage collaborative practice, and use technology to connect with patients — and incentives for new medical graduates to stay here. Since April 1st, 2017, 160 family doctors and specialists have started working in Nova Scotia. As a result, nearly 18,000 Nova Scotians have been matched with a primary care provider. We know there is more to be done, and government is working hard to make sure all Nova Scotians have access to the care they need, when they need it. Earlier this year, government launched a new immigration stream to attract more doctors and specialists. The new stream makes it easier and faster for doctors to immigrate to Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Health Authority heard from more than 400 family doctors who expressed interest in working in collaborative teams. There are now more than 50 collaborative practices in various stages of development across Nova Scotia, and the health authority is working with 100 groups to enhance existing teams and create more. Marla MacDonald is the nurse practitioner at the Westville Medical Clinic. She cares for approximately 800 patients who were on the Need a Family Practice Registry in that area. Team members at clinics like hers support one another and are able to take on more patients, improving access to health care for Nova Scotians. Government is funding a new incentive program and paying for additional seats at Dalhousie University that will result in more nurse practitioners graduating and working in Nova Scotia. Up to 10 registered nurses will continue to receive their salaries while they return to school to become nurse practitioners. Government remains committed to improving timely access to mental health and addictions services. This year, more mental health specialists will be working in schools. CaperBase — an adolescent outreach program — will expand to the Northern and Western areas of the province, and four new youth health centres will open. The Bloom Program is an example of a team of health providers supporting people with mental illness and addiction. The program, led by David Gardner and Andrea Murphy, sees community pharmacists offering patients education and resources about mental illness, addictions, and medications to support their recovery and connect them with local services when needed. Government recognizes that the best quality care must be matched by the quality of the facilities. The QEII and Cape Breton redevelopment projects are once-in-a-generation opportunities to rethink and rebuild the way we deliver healthcare in Nova Scotia. Both projects will see significant investment to modernize services and structures. These changes are about delivering better, more accessible care to Nova Scotians in improved spaces, with newer technologies, helping us recruit and retain more doctors, nurses, and other health specialists. Nova Scotia’s first two residential hospices will open next year and will provide a home-like setting for patients and their families in Halifax and the Annapolis Valley. People often turn to government when they feel they have no other option. They may have lost a job, be raising a child with complex needs, or fleeing an abusive relationship. They may be trying to overcome addictions, or dealing with mental health challenges, or living with physical disabilities that make staying at home next to impossible. Whatever the situation, people in need must be supported to help build the income security they need to lead fully independent lives. Quelle que soit leur situation, il faut aider les gens dans le besoin à obtenir la sécurité du revenu nécessaire pour qu’ils vivent une vie pleinement autonome. That’s why government is working with the Halifax Regional Municipality to pilot a program that provides transit passes to people on income assistance. All those on income assistance in the city, along with their spouses and dependents, are eligible for the pass. Many people told us that getting the transit pass is life changing, because it allows them to go the grocery store, visit with friends and family, and take part in their communities. This year, Nova Scotians saw the biggest tax cut in our province’s recent history as the basic personal exemption increased for half-a-million taxpayers. With this change, 60,000 people will no longer pay provincial income tax. On October 1st, government will introduce part one of the Standard Household Rate — a wage exemption allowing those receiving income assistance to keep more of the money they earn. This will stabilize their income while they transition away from assistance and into the workforce. The more they work, the more financially stable they will become. Also, beginning next month, a new personal items allowance will provide more money each month to help those living in homeless shelters and transition houses to buy essential and personal items. Government is committed to building a stronger province where all Nova Scotians have the dignity, self-esteem, and self-confidence they need to enjoy productive and fulfilling lives. This week, we welcome students, teachers, and support staff all across the province back to school. As they come back to class, students across Nova Scotia will have more inclusive education supports: 190 new staff, including child and youth care practitioners, parent navigators, education assistants, psychologists, and speech-language pathologists, will join our education system to address student and complex classroom needs, with a focus on behaviour and autism supports. Additional classroom specialists will help students like Colleen Murphy’s son who needs more one-on-one support in the classroom. Ms. Murphy, who is from Halifax, says having more support and training for teachers will mean her son and others like him can receive the help they need to thrive. Nova Scotia’s pre-primary program, introduced last year, will welcome more than 2,500 children this month. This free universal program helps support social and emotional development, identifies children with special needs sooner, and supports a successful transition to school. Pre-primary is a great equalizer, and every four-year-old in Nova Scotia will have access to the program by 2020. Government has also created more child care spaces and subsidies, and made it easier to provide regulated child care at home. Government is creating 135 new seats in early childhood education programs over the next three years through the Nova Scotia Community College and will support people from under-represented groups to access early childhood education training. Government is connecting and building stronger communities.Investments in transportation and infrastructure will better connect Nova Scotians to schools, jobs, recreation, healthcare, and other services, both within their own communities and with others. An accessible province is good for everyone. Government wants a province where everyone can live in a positive environment that is inclusive, supportive, and fulfilling. Une province accessible est une bonne chose pour tout le monde. Le gouvernement veut que la province soit un endroit où tout le monde peut vivre dans un environnement positif qui est favorable à l’intégration, solidaire et épanouissant. My congratulations to Callum MacQuarrie who was the driving force behind the project that saw Inverness Beach become one of the most inclusive beaches in Atlantic Canada this summer. Visitors to the beach can now access new beach-friendly wheelchairs, mats that make it easier to move on the sand, and floating chairs that allow people to go in the water. All across the province, people are recognizing the benefits of taking steps to make their businesses and communities more accessible. This fall, government will fulfil its commitment to bring forward a plan to make Nova Scotia an accessible province by 2030. Our 100-series highways are the backbone of our transportation network. They carry people, goods, and services across Nova Scotia every day and are crucial to growing our communities. Our Premier and the Prime Minister stood beside Joe MacDonald, Chief of the Barney’s River Volunteer Fire Department, this summer to announce the twinning of highway 104 from Sutherlands River to Antigonish. This project will make the road safer for generations to come, and we want to thank Chief MacDonald for his continued dedication to road safety. This session, government will introduce a new Traffic Safety Act to replace the outdated Motor Vehicle Act. The new act will make our roads safer for all users — drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Government will introduce legislation that will support businesses to grow our economy and create jobs. We will reduce barriers for entrepreneurs who want to start new businesses. We will reduce inter-provincial trade barriers to help Nova Scotia products get to new markets within Canada. And we will formalize Develop Nova Scotia’s role to drive inclusive economic growth and strategic economic infrastructure. One of Develop Nova Scotia’s top priorities will be to work with communities, service providers, and other levels of government to build a strong, vibrant high-speed internet system across Nova Scotia. In this session, government will build on the tremendous momentum that has been created in Nova Scotia, by Nova Scotians. The people you have heard about in this House today, and many others. There is a buzz about this province, on the national stage and beyond. From Scotiabank Economics: “The compilation of growth initiatives looks to Nova Scotia’s existing strengths, including its skilled work force, multiple post-secondary institutions and growing reputation as an East Coast hub.” From BMO Capital Markets Economics: “Nova Scotia is distinguishing itself from most of its Central and Atlantic-Canada peers.” And from Michelin: “Any company that’s looking to expand in North America should seriously consider Nova Scotia.” We are at a pivotal moment in our history. There are numerous indicators that Nova Scotia is performing at a high level compared to other provinces — and while that can and should make us proud, we must not become complacent. We must capitalize and build on this success, at this moment in time, to propel Nova Scotia toward even greater prosperity. This will require progressive government policy, and it will also require all of our communities and citizens to work together, to support one another, and to truly believe that this is our time. Government believes it is our time — our time to achieve a level of success that would make past generations proud, our time to ensure that future generations prosper. Le gouvernement croit fermement que c’est notre tour; notre tour d’atteindre un niveau de succès qui rendraient fières les générations précédentes; notre tour de faire en sorte que les générations futures soient prospères. Thank you, to all my fellow Nova Scotians. Merci. -30-
Mumbai: The central bank is closely monitoring the developments in the NBFC sector and housing finance companies and will ensure that financial stability is maintained, governor Shaktikanta Das said Thursday. The comments come following the bond defaults by mortgage lender DHFL on June 4, which led to a slew of rating downgrades of the company. The stock lost more than 20 percent Thursday. “We have been closely monitoring the performance and developments in the NBFC and HFC sectors,” Das told reporters during the customary post-RBI policy conference. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents Stating that the central bank is committed to have a robust NBFC sector, Das said, “the RBI will not hesitate to take any measure to ensure financial stability in the sector.” After DHFL’s bond repayment default, rating agencies Crisil and Icra had on Wednesday downgraded rating on its Rs 850-crore commercial paper to ‘default’ from ‘A4’. The rating revision factors in further deterioration in DHFL’s liquidity profile and delays in meeting scheduled debt obligation on June 4, 2019, Icra had said in a note. The company has commercial paper worth Rs 750 crore maturing in June with the first repayment on June 7.
OTTAWA – Canada Post issued wide-ranging new contract offers to its employees Wednesday in the hope of preventing a work stoppage at the Crown corporation ahead of the busy holiday online shopping season, The Canadian Press has learned.The offers included “improvements to pay and benefits, adding job security for rural and suburban employees and no changes to the existing defined benefit pension plan,” the agency confirmed in an emailed statement.“It also includes more certainty and opportunities for temporary and part-time workers,” Canada Post said.The proposals came after high-level talks were held over the weekend aimed at bridging an impasse in negotiations with the union representing 50,000 of its workers.The talks had stalled in recent weeks, mainly over wages and working conditions.Failure to reach agreements with the agency’s 42,000 unionized urban carriers and 8,000 rural and suburban employees could result in a strike or lockout once a 72 hour notice period expires.Any job action at Canada Post this time of year could threaten deliveries of packages to consumers who shop online. Canada Post said last year that it delivered about one million parcels per day during the holiday season — an increase of 20 per cent over the same period in 2016.Canada Post said its new offers acknowledged a “rapid increase in the number of parcels” by including what it called “short and long-term measures to address the resulting workload issues for employees.”A spokesman for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers confirmed the union had received new proposals from the Crown corporation late Wednesday, but said the bargaining agents would need to analyze them before commenting.The counter offers were issued more than two weeks after CUPW issued broad-ranging contract proposals of its own that included demands for 3.5 per cent annual wage hikes.Canada Post had earlier offered wage increases of 1.5 per cent per year but did not provide details on it latest proposals.The agency did say, however, that the new offer for rural and suburban carriers, known as RSMCs, “goes above and beyond the important changes made as a result of the recent pay equity ruling.”An arbitrator last month ordered Canada Post to give RSMCs pay increases of up to 25 per cent to settle a long-fought pay-equity dispute.Not including added benefits that were part of the ruling, CUPW said the pay increase amounted to as much as $13,000 annually, retroactive to the beginning of 2016.In bargaining for a new RSMC contract, CUPW had sought hourly pay rates for rural and suburban carriers equivalent to what urban letter carriers are paid, along with better job security and minimum guaranteed hours.An initial Sept. 26 deadline for reaching agreements passed with no job action after the union said it would wait to see whether progress could be made at the bargaining table.Postal workers have been without contracts since the beginning of the year.The union has said it also hoped the latest round of bargaining would see agreements for both sets of workers combined into a single, new contract.Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu has encouraged both sides to continue negotiating toward collective agreements, with the help of a mediator, to avoid a work stoppage.
The deportation of 56 Tamil men was halted after a dramatic hearing at the High Court in Sydney late on Monday.The department agreed to halt the men’s forcible deportation, expected to take place this morning (TUESDAY) and all parties will reappear in court on Thursday. A department spokesman said no blanket decision had been taken not to accept Sri Lankans and each claim would be assessed individually. The court action was brought by refugee advocate Ian Rintoul and Bala Vigneswaran from the Australian Tamil Congress.Tamil community supporters had become highly upset after the Immigration Department moved on Friday to forcibly deport several Tamils. “Screening out is a travesty of justice,” Mr Rintoul said. “All asylum seekers should have access to independent legal advice.” (Peninsula Weekly) A list of 56 Tamils in the detention network and threatened with deportation was drawn up and on Sunday lawyers received written instruction from seven men.Mr Vigneswaran said he was deeply concerned the asylum seekers were not being given a fair hearing.“If they file their case and they are found not to be refugees, that is understandable. But not to given them an opportunity to present their claims properly is unfair,” he said. A department spokesman said it was ‘‘not uncommon’’ for the department to face legal challenges of this kind, but no other deportations would be affected by the hearing. But he said a claim by a person they face persecution in their home country did not automatically trigger Australia’s international obligations.Mr Rintoul said 35 Tamil men who Australia had returned to Sri Lanka had been arrested last friday and taken to Negombo prison, outside Colombo.He said several of them had told Australian officials of their fears of return, and said they would rather die than be sent back. He said the department “will continue to remove unlawful non-citizens where it is in accordance with the Migration Act”.
Raghavan visited the former stronghold of the LTTE in Kilinochchi yesterday to award grants to some 1,233 small and medium scale businesses. India and Sri Lanka have agreed to resume the ferry service between Rameshwaram and Talaimannar within the next two months, Additional Secretary of the Indian External Affairs Ministry P S Raghavan said.The service was suspended in 2012. “The government of India will be with you in your economic development and prosperity”, Raghavan, part of a team of officials with a 5-member Indian parliamentary delegation, told the gathering.The 1,233 businesspersons received cash grants ranging between Sri Lankan rupees 50,000-200,000 based on the scale of devastation suffered by them due to military clashes between the government troops and the LTTE. India has also extended financial grants to businesses in northern Sri Lanka, ravaged by the nearly three-decade-long civil war, to promote economic development and prosperity in the country, the Press Trust of India reported. Raghavan said that building of two railway tracks to link Talaimannar with Pallai in Jaffna and the building of 50,000 homes are two key Indian assistance-funded projects in the north.India will also fund the commissioning of a factory to process palmyra-related products.
SPOKANE, Wash. — Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimura each scored 18 points as top-ranked Gonzaga beat North Dakota State 102-60 on Monday night to remain undefeated.Corey Kispert added 17 points and Zach Norvell Jr. 15 for Gonzaga (7-0), which reached No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 earlier in the day by virtue of beating former No. 1 Duke at the Maui Invitational.Vinnie Shahid scored 16 points for North Dakota State (2-5), which shot just 36 per cent in the game.Clarke made all nine of his field goal attempts and added eight rebounds and five blocks for Gonzaga. Six Zags scored in double figures.Gonzaga has beaten four teams from Power Five conferences already this season, and came in averaging 97 points per game to 71 for the Bison.North Dakota State stayed close early, and led 19-18 with just over 10 minutes left in the first.Gonzaga replied with a 19-0 run, making seven consecutive field goals, for a 37-19 lead. Clarke had 10 points and Josh Perkins had a pair of 3-pointers in the run.The Bison were scoreless for more than 6 minutes before Cameron Hunter’s 3-pointer ended the Gonzaga run.But Gonzaga then embarked on a 16-3 run to take a 53-25 lead at halftime. The Zags shot 72.5 per cent (21 of 29) in the first half, while North Dakota State shot just 37 per cent and committed eight turnovers.Kispert sank three consecutive 3-pointers as a 22-2 run put Gonzaga up 85-38 midway through the second.Gonzaga students chanted “we want Cleveland” in the final minutes.BIG PICTURENorth Dakota State: The Bison of the Summit League have only beaten UC Santa Barbara and Towson this season. In their game notes they noted: “The Zags are really good. They almost never lose.” The Bison lost to Gonzaga in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.Gonzaga: The Zags played without guard Geno Crandall, who is out several weeks with a fractured hand, and forward Killian Tillie, out for another month with an ankle injury. Gonzaga now enters the toughest portion of its remaining nonconference schedule, with games in the next two weeks against Creighton, Washington, No. 6 Tennessee and No. 11 North Carolina. Only the Washington game is home.UP NEXTNorth Dakota State plays at Drake on Saturday.Gonzaga plays at Creighton, which is receiving votes in the AP poll, on Saturday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press
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“To allow them to damage the Miami Beach brand, from a businessman’s point of view, that is literally — I’ll use one word — dumb,” Levine said.While both sides make their arguments — the future of “Last Call’ on Miami Beach remains in the hands of the voters.Election day is Nov. 7. Residents will also be voting for mayor and two commission seats.For information on polling stations and hours, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – As early voting gets underway for Miami Beach residents, one of the big issues on the ballot is how late you can drink on Ocean Drive.Ocean Drive is the place to go for locals and tourists looking to party and enjoy the nightlife Miami Beach has to offer, but a major vote on this year’s ballot could change all that.“We’ve heard from the residents for the last few years, and what the residents don’t like to keep hearing is the horrible crimes that they’re listening to in the news — which is not only national, international news — on Ocean Drive, between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.,” said Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, “so what we did is, we put it to the people.”Voters will decide the future of the late-night party atmosphere when they answer the ballot question of whether the city should end drinking at 2 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. on the street.If approved, all establishments along Ocean Drive — except indoor portions of bars — would have to stop serving alcohol at 2 a.m. It’s sparking outrage among some business owners.During a press conference in May, business owner David Wallack clashed with Levine over the proposed regulation.7News cameras captured Levine and Wallack’s escalating war of words. “You’re talking about businesses that created the famous label of Miami Beach. You should be talking with respect,” Wallack said. “Do you know what you did? You inherited a business,” Levine responded as he pointed a finger at Wallack. “Go get a job. Go build a company.”After, the news conference, Wallack spoke to 7News. “They don’t want to sit down and talk about how to solve it,” Wallack said. “They want to use an atom bomb to kill tourism.”Owners of bars and clubs said more police would make the street safer, but they argue that limited alcohol sales will deal a serious blow to the local tourism economy.“It is a calculated attack on that. It’s gonna hurt, not only financially, but it’s gonna hurt the brand, tourism and everything that goes around our city that makes it evolve and become what Miami Beach is,” said Mike Palma, the owner of the Clevelander and Essex House hotels.But Miami Beach has recently seen its share of crime in the late night hours. Memorial Day weekend, in particular, caused a headache for residents. From fatal shootings to stabbings to fights in the streets, many residents say they’re fed up.“We got three bullets coming through the front door,” said resident Morris Sunshine. “The president of my condo building had to take shelter on the floor.”Levine has renewed his call for scaled-back alcohol hours in the name of public safety.
VIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – A rescued manatee is ready to be released back into the wild.The manatee, named Commandyr, was in rehab at the Miami Seaquarium after he was injured from a boat strike.When officials found him in November, he was floating and underweight.Since his treatment, he’s healthy and ready to go.“We wanted him to gain weight, so we gave him lots of lettuce so he could gain weight,” said Jessica Schiffhauer with Miami Seaquarium, “and he was able to work out his floating issues, and then we dive tested him, so we knew he could navigate all the water columns.”The 1,000 pound Commandyr is headed back to the waters off Key Largo, where he was originally found.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
file photo of Cambodia mapThirty-two pregnant Cambodians were detained on Friday for their suspected involvement in an illegal surrogacy operation, carrying babies for Chinese clients, a court official said on Friday.Five other people, including a Chinese person, were arrested and charged with human trafficking following raids at two apartments in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.The pregnant women were discovered during the raids last month and 32 were charged with cross border human trafficking on Thursday, said Y Rin, a spokesman for Phnom Penh Municipal Court. They were placed in pretrial detention.Cambodia had been a popular international destination for infertile couples looking to have babies through commercial surrogacy, a practice made illegal in 2016.Police have said that each of the 32 women was promised $10,000 for carrying baby for Chinese clients.Once a woman becomes pregnant she receives $500, police said. When the baby is delivered, she is paid $300 a month until the full $10,000 is paid off.
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Naturally,More than 140 protests are planned across France the biggest culminating at the Bastille monument in Paris where unions expect 25000 demonstrators Rail workers will also join Thursday’s action before launching strikes on two days out of every five from 3 April until 28 June unless the government drops its reform plans Only 40 percent of high-speed TGV services will be running on Thursday and four Eurostar trains between London and Paris have been cancelled Just one in four regular mainline trains across the country will be operating while in Paris some suburban commuter lines will be affected though metro and bus services are expected to run normally File image of French president Emmanuel Macron AP Many parents will be scrambling as some schools and daycare centres will be closed while strikes are also expected to affect hospitals libraries and other public services A third of flights into and out of the main Paris airports of Charles de Gaulle Orly and Beauvais will be cancelled during a strike by air traffic controllers though long-haul flights are not affected Separately at Air France staff including pilots and cabin crew will strike Friday seeking a six-percent salary hike and have already promised another strike for 30 March What’s the strike about Public servants are angry over pay that hasn’t kept up with inflation while unions accuse Macron of wanting to dismantle the public sector FSU union official Bernadette Groison said the reforms would herald "the end of the social model we know today with public services that have been broken apart" Macron has pledged to cut 120000 public jobs by 2022 and his government has raised the prospect of voluntary redundancies for civil servants prompting fears that the quality of services will take a hit Plans to use more contractors and increasingly offer pay based on merit rather than on experience are seen by unions as attacks on traditional job security On the railways an overhaul that would strip new recruits of a guaranteed job for life and other benefits have riled unionists who also fear that a restructuring of the SNCF could eventually see it privatised Macron’s critics also oppose plans to use presidential decrees to pass the rail reforms a bid to avoid lengthy parliamentary debate which they say is undemocratic He already used this strategy to pass labour reforms in September which loosened France’s strict regulations on hiring and firing workers What’s the government perspective Macron has stayed sanguine through criticism over his reforms insisting he was elected on a mandate to shake France up "We’re never happy when things change yet we want things to change— that’s the paradox of France" he tweeted last week The president argues the public sector is too bloated and he is keen to trim spending and balance France’s national budget by the end of his term for what would be the first time since the 1970s His government says the behemoth rail operator in particular is crying out for reform saddled with 466 billion euros ($573 billion) of debt The SNCF runs trains at a 30 percent higher cost than European neighbours the government says arguing it is urgent that it becomes more efficient as EU countries prepare to open passenger rail to competition by 2020 How bad could the strikes get Macron has so far been spared the scale of industrial action seen under his Socialist predecessor Francois Hollande but tensions have been growing Though surveys suggest a majority see rolling rail strikes as unjustified they could potentially be the biggest since 1995 when weeks of walkouts paralysed the national network Tens of thousands of people have already taken to the streets in three rounds of protests over Macron’s labour reforms Retirees have come out to demonstrate over tax changes that reduce their pensions and prison guards staged nearly two weeks of protests in January over security risks and poor pay Care workers have gone on strike twice in six weeks over stretched resources and unsanitary conditions in many state retirement homes The announcement came after visiting South Korean president Moon Jae-in and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed toured the $20-billion Barakah plant.
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Justice John Ikyeh, and Portland Ore and its expanding service between Raleigh and Charlotte where ridership has nearly tripled since 2005 You need a pretty crimped sense of "somewhere" to argue that the money is going "mostly nowhere" One can certainly argue the money should have gone elsewhere Its nice that a new bridge and other Missouri projects have improved on-time performance between Kansas City and St Louis from about 20 percent to 80 percent but thats still not a popular train route Floridas Scott and Wisconsins Republican governor Scott Walker both scuttled solid projectsthe $45 million their states spent beforehand was the only inarguably wasted high-speed rail moneybut Ohios Republican governor John Kasich had a strong case for scuttling an absurdly slow-speed project in his state Many critics have suggested Obama should have focused on the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington which is wildly popularand profitableeven though its much slower than it should be In fact the Administration has steered about $850 million to the Northeast Corridor Szabo was in Trenton last week to tout a massive upgrade to an 80-year-old electrical system that will reduce delays and increase top speeds to 160 mph on Americas most traveled 23-mile stretch of track The work will be a prototype for projects along the rest of the corridor where rail has already replaced air as the dominant form of travel even though logjams keep average speeds at 70 mph Still its true that the bullet-train rhetoric from Obama and the White Houses main train buff Vice President Joe Biden has not lived up to the bullet-train reality Its also true that the Administrations spread-it-thin strategy featuring incremental improvements in 32 states is hard to justify in a vacuum You need to walk before you can run but it doesnt make much sense to upgrade trains from slow speeds to semi-slow speeds if theyre never going to be able to compete with cars or planes Thats why in 2011 Biden announced a new six-year $53 billion plan to expand high-speed rail beyond the initial stimulus investments a plan that would have built much more groundwork for a truly competitive national passenger rail network That plan however really has gone nowhere Once Republicans took over the House Congress stopped appropriating money for high-speed rail Period There was never any chance that bullet trains would be whizzing all over America by now but the reason theres no realistic prospect of that happening anytime soon has nothing to do with executive incompetence and everything to do with politics And while I love the New York Timeseven when it publishes ludicrous essays slagging my hometownits validation of the "mostly nowhere" nonsense will help make sure America’s passenger rail system remains a global joke Contact us at editors@timecomThe first week of the Trump presidency is on the books and it went exactly as should have been expected The businessman-turned-politician has bucked convention promulgated falsehoods and begun the work of implementing his agenda President Trump’s first foray onto the global stage as president is already a mixed bag As he hosts British Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss Brexit Syria and other global challenges Trump is still smarting from the cancellation of the planned visit of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto The controversy was only heightened after the White House floated and then walked back a proposal for a 20% tax on Mexican imports to pay for the border walla plan that would have in effect had American consumers paying for it But the more protectionist idea is something that the Trump administration is considering if in an altered form and signals that his rethinking of American trade policy is coming to fruition UN Ambassador Nikki Haley delivered a warning to foreign countries that the US involvement with the UN is changing”For those that don’t have our back we’re taking names” she said Friday It comes as the Trump administration seeks to redefine American foreign policy to one of “America First” What Trump’s wall plan could mean for consumers What to know about Trump’s SCOTUS finalists And what the First Family has been up to Here are your must reads: Must Reads Trump’s Plans Mean That the Cost of the Wall Could Be Passed on to US Consumers White House floats then walks-back a Mexico import tax [TIME] Here’s What to Know About President Trump’s 3 Supreme Court Finalists Announcement to come Thursday [TIME] In Trump’s White House a Day of Confusion and Change A chaotic first week [Associated Press] President Trumps First Seven Days of False Claims Inaccurate Statements and Exaggerations Fact-checking the president [Washington Post] Politics Newsletter Sign up to receive the day’s top political stories View Sample Sign Up Now Sound Off “We dont need this Some people have come in with evil intentions Most havent I guess but we cant take chances” President Trump to Sean Hannity on his planned 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