Premier Stephen McNeil will continue to focus on red tape reduction and reducing trade barriers at next week’s annual summer meeting of the Council of the Federation with provincial and territorial colleagues. Nova Scotia continues to be a national leader in eliminating internal trade barriers and reducing red tape. Government’s goal of helping businesses save $25 million annually through reduced regulatory burden was exceeded, reaching $34 million by the end of 2018. A new target has now been set – to reduce overall regulatory burden on businesses by nearly $45 million annually between 2017 and 2020. “Eliminating trade barriers by aligning regulatory differences among provinces provides businesses with better access to more markets across Canada and customers with more choice,” said Premier McNeil. “It ultimately makes us more competitive on a global basis and that results in more jobs for Nova Scotians across the province.” At last year’s premiers’ and territorial leaders’ meeting in New Brunswick, premiers called for immediate and real action to speed up the pace of reducing barriers to internal trade in Canada. Nova Scotia eliminated extra provincial business registration fees for businesses formed in another province or territory. This allows businesses registered in Nova Scotia to operate in another province without paying again. The province also removed the personal exemption limits for alcohol products transported into the province for personal use and continues to allow direct to consumer shipments of wine. By the end of this year, 10 reconciliation agreements will be finalized to resolve regulatory differences nationally in the areas of occupational health and safety, transportation, technical safety, construction codes and standards, business registration, aquaculture, agriculture and corporate registries. Work is also underway to align federal, provincial and territorial building, fire, energy efficiency and plumbing codes, as well as energy efficiency standards for household appliances. The Council of the Federation meeting takes place July 9-11 in Saskatoon.
PRESCOTT, Ont. – A bus carrying Chinese tourists crashed into a rock cut Monday in eastern Ontario, sending at least 24 people to hospital, four with life-threatening injuries, provincial police said.Const. Suzanne Runciman said the bus was carrying about 37 people, including the driver and a tour guide, when it went off the westbound lanes of Highway 401 and hit the rock cut.Runciman said the crash took place at about 2:30 p.m. between Brockville and Prescott.“My understanding is they are tourists, there was a tour guide with them,” Runciman said.The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said in a tweet Monday evening it was aware of the collision and “very much concerned about the conditions of the injured passengers.”“We are contacting the Canadian side for more information,” it said.A truck driver who passed by shortly after the crash said he could see passengers standing outside the bus holding bloody noses and some appeared to have facial injuries.The bus was sitting in the ditch, up against some rocks, he said. A dash cam photo of the scene he shared showed at least three ambulances and first responders, with about half a dozen people standing at the side of the road.“It definitely looked very surreal and chaotic,” said the man, who would only give his name as Robert. “OPP officers were assisting those who could get off the bus and to waiting ambulances. You could definitely see heavy damage to the front of the bus, including the passenger side of the front window.”Aiden Liang, a manager at Massachusetts-based Union Tour Express, said he had heard one of their buses was involved in the collision, but did not have any further information.Meanwhile, Ornge air ambulance spokesman Joshua McNamara said at least one person was taken to Ottawa via air ambulance.About 20 of the crash victims were also transported by school bus, with emergency personnel on board, to Ottawa’s Queensway-Carleton Hospital.Dr. Bhaskar Gopalan, the hospital’s chief ER physician, said the hospital was told that crash victims were on their way, but they didn’t know exactly how many.He said the hospital set up a triage centre in a garage beside the emergency department.“Then news came that these patients only spoke Mandarin, so we put the call out to see if anyone in the hospital could help translate, and several physicians and nursing staff showed up,” he said.The hospital said the injured were all in stable condition when they arrived and were being treated for a range of injuries that included cuts, bruises and possible broken bones. All of the injured ranged in age from 40 to 60, Gopalan said.Brockville General Hospital said it received five patients who all required critical care and said one other patient was sent to a hospital in Kingston by air ambulance.“All of the people that we have received are all Mandarin-speaking,” said spokeswoman Abby McIntyre. “What I’ve been advised is that we have received five of the most critical.”McIntyre said others injured in the crash are believed to be “walking wounded,” who were taken to other hospitals.“Our teams are working hard with the folks that we’ve received and there’s all hands on deck for the moment,” she said. The hospital said it had a Mandarin translator on site to support the patients.The leaders of Ontario’s three main political parties, who are days away from a provincial election, all tweeted that their thoughts were with those affected by the crash.
Rabat – Morocco has launched a tender for Global Mobile for Personal Communication System (GMPCS) mobile satellite phone service licenses.A press release by Moroccan telecom regulator ANRT said that interested parties have until December 2 to purchase the bidding documents for MAD 24,000.Earlier this month, the Moroccan cabinet approved the award of five satellite communications licenses. Three of the new licenses were for VSAT services, previously awarded by ANRT to Maroc Telecom, Wana Corporate, and Societe d’Amenagement et de Developpement Vert (SAMV).The license holders must pay MAD 19 million for the licenses and start service within one year. The other two licenses were for 3RP trunked radio services, awarded to Cires Telecom and SAMV.The license fee is set at MAD 600,000, and service must also begin within one year. Both types of licenses have a 10-year term and can be renewed in increments of 5 years.It was reported in July that the two applicants for GMPCS licenses – CLS Maroc and Global Satellite Morocco – were turned down in the first tender, when VSAT and trunked radio network licenses were awarded.
Kenya stands to lose $300 million in revenue from tea, tourism and energy if the forest of the country’s Mau Complex continues to be degraded and destroyed, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned today. “For the past few years UNEP has been documenting for the Kenyan Government and the people of Kenya the continued destruction and erosion of this vital ecosystem. It has reached a point where if no measures are taken, Kenya will lose one of its fundamental assets,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director. UNEP says the Mau Complex, which is the country’s largest forest ecosystem, is an asset of national importance that supports key economic sectors, including energy, tourism, agriculture and water supply, and is also the single most important water catchment area in the Rift Valley and western Kenya. “The excisions and the widespread encroachments have led to the destruction of nearly a quarter of the Mau Complex area over the last 15 years. Such an extensive and ongoing destruction of a key natural asset for the country is nothing less than a national emergency,” said Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga. A forum, convened this week by the Government, highlighted the need to restore the forest of the Mau Complex. A high-level task force was established to address encroachments into the forests. A new enforcement structure will also be set up to tackle rampant illegal logging and charcoal making in the area. 18 July 2008Kenya stands to lose $300 million in revenue from tea, tourism and energy if the forest of the country’s Mau Complex continues to be degraded and destroyed, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned today.
As José Bayardo Mairena and Manuel Juárez, who worked for the radio stations Excélsior and Super 10, drove from hosting a radio programme in Catacamas, in eastern Honduras, their car was sprayed with bullets by unidentified armed men, according to reports. “Such despicable crimes against media professionals undermine the fundamental right of freedom of information, cornerstone of a democratic society,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Also killed last month were journalist Nahúm Palacios Arteaga in Tocoa on 14 March; radio reporter David Meza on 11 March in La Ceiba; and, on 1 March, reporter Joseph Hernández Ochoa in Tegucigalpa, in a shooting that seriously wounded another journalist. “I call on the Honduran authorities to make every possible effort to arrest the perpetrators and put an end to this unprecedented and intolerable wave of violence,” Ms. Bokova said. Reporters Without Borders, a non-governmental organization (NGO), has said that Honduras and Mexico are now the deadliest countries by far for journalists working in the Western Hemisphere. A new report issued by UNESCO last week found that rising numbers of journalists are being killed worldwide, mostly in countries that are at peace, calling for an end to impunity in the murders of media professionals. Last year set a new record, with 77 murders reported by the agency. The high number is due in part to the murder of some 30 journalists in one day during an ambush in the Philippines on 23 November 2009, the publication says. “Sadly, the frequency of acts of violence against journalists is increasing,” it notes. “In most cases, impunity precludes the way of justice, and if this trend prevails, journalists will remain easy targets. “Needless to say this represents a severe threat to freedom of expression and to our ability to seek the truth.” 1 April 2010The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today spoke out against the murders of two radio journalists ambushed last week, bringing the total number of media professionals killed in the Central American nation last month alone to five.
OTTAWA — A strong stock market and rising home prices helped make Canadians richer as they also trimmed household debt, albeit only slightly in the first quarter of this year.[np_storybar title=”Number of wealthy Canadians grew 7.2% last year, but lagged other countries: report” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/06/18/canada-wealthy-report/”%5D [/np_storybar]Statistics Canada said Thursday that the level of household credit market debt to disposable income edged down to 163.2% in the first quarter, compared with 163.9% in the fourth quarter of 2013.The decrease means Canadians owe just over $1.63 for every $1 in disposable income they earn in a year compared with nearly $1.64 at the end of last year.Bank of Montreal chief economist Douglas Porter called it “a tantalizing hint that the corner is turning,” but noted it did not represent a “decisive” break from the upward trend.“Before policy-makers break out the party favours and exchange high-fives, note that the figures are not seasonally adjusted,” Porter said.“The debt/income ratio has dropped in each of the past five first-quarters, before jumping again in the spring and summer, during prime home buying season.”Mortgage debt at the end of the first quarter was up by 0.6% from the previous quarter, the slowest pace of growth since early 2009, to more than $1.1 trillion at the end of the first quarter. Meanwhile, consumer credit debt edged down 0.3% from the fourth quarter to $507 billion.The move came as household net worth grew by 2.5% in the first quarter, led by a 3.2% gain in the value of shares and other equities as well as a two% gain the value of household real estate.On a per capita basis, household net worth rose to $222,600 in the first quarter. TD Bank economist Diana Petramala noted that given the recent turnaround in the housing market, the debt-to-income ratio is likely to temporarily resume an upward trend over the rest of 2014.After a slow start to the year due to the frigid and lengthy winter this year, the housing market has picked up in May.The Canadian Real Estate Association said earlier this week that sales were up 5.9% compared with April, the largest month-over-month increase in nearly four years, while the average price for a home sold in May was up 7.1% compared with a year ago.“Elevated debt levels suggest that household spending will remain moderate over the next few years and more of Canada’s economic growth will have to be driven by business investment and exports,” Petramala said.She also cautioned that households are likely more sensitive to movements in interest rates than they have been in the past because of the large debts.
The police said that the woman was found hanging while the bodies of the children were found in a well. Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) A woman and her two daughters were found dead in Anuradhapura, the police media unit said.The police said that the 35 year old woman and her 1 1/2 year old and 4 year old daughters were found dead in the house in Vihara-kalanchiya in Anuradhapura.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2013 10:15 am MDT Consumer confidence rebounds in February, but there’s worry they won’t spend NEW YORK, N.Y. – Americans are more confident in the economy than they have been in the past few months, but that doesn’t mean they’re willing to spend more money.Consumer confidence rebounded in February, reversing three straight months of declines, as Americans started getting used to the higher Social Security payroll tax, The Conference Board, a private research group said Tuesday.But the rosier outlook follows major companies from Burger King to Wal-Mart that have cautioned in recent weeks that Americans are pulling back on their spending as they try to stomach their smaller paychecks since the tax rose by 2 percentage points last month.Robert Zamora, who lives in Boston, says while he feels encouraged that the value of his home and his stock portfolio are rising, he’s decided to spend less because of the higher payroll tax, which has reduced his monthly income by $250.“There is no more discretionary money to go around for anything other than the basics,” says Zamora, who works in web development for a financial services firm.The way Americans feel about the economy has gone through peaks and valleys as they’ve tried to reconcile improving stock and housing markets with new economic challenges. In addition to the higher payroll tax, gas prices are rising and there are worries that lawmakers won’t resolve a budget impasse that threatens to trigger $85 billion in spending cuts starting Friday.The Conference Board’s index is closely watched by economists because it attempts to keep a monthly pulse on how Americans are feeling about everything from their jobs to their incomes. That’s important because when Americans feel good, they spend. And since consumer spending accounts for 70 per cent of U.S. economic activity, the economy benefits greatly when Americans feel good about it.The January reading shows that Americans are more confident, but still skittish. Confidence rose to 69.6, up from a revised 58.4 in January and the 60.5 analysts polled by research firm FactSet expected. That’s the highest reading since November’s 71.5, but well below the 90 that indicates a healthy economy.The Conference Board’s survey, which was conducted from Feb. 1 through Feb. 14 on a sample of 2,300 shoppers, shows that Americans are particularly upbeat about their job and income prospects. But that’s coming off gloomier numbers over the past three months. The number of people anticipating more jobs rose to 16.7 per cent from 14.4 per cent, while those expecting their incomes to increase rose to 15.7 per cent from 13.5 per cent.“Consumers are feeling better, but they don’t feel a whole lot better,” says Mark Vitner, an economist at Wells Fargo.There’s no wonder Americans are torn between positivity and angst. There’s a mix of good and bad economic news.Stocks have roughly doubled since June 2009. And the job market, while still tough, also is rebounding: In January, employers added 157,000 jobs. Still, the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 per cent from 7.8 per cent in December.But whether or not Americans open their wallets and pocketbooks may rely on a few economic wildcards. One of them is gas prices, which started to climb in mid-January. As of Tuesday, they are $3.78 per gallon, 40 cents higher than they were a month ago. If gas prices keep climbing, that could squeeze Americans, particularly those already living paycheque to paycheque.And many economists worry that the budget fights in Washington could really hurt Americans’ confidence. They worry that the impasse could persist for much of this year, and drag on economic growth and Americans’ willingness to spend.Zamora, the Boston resident, certainly frets about how lawmakers are going to resolve the budget crisis.“Nobody knows what the ripple effect will be,” he says. “I don’t want to be caught blowing in the wind.”—-AP Economics writer Chris Rugaber contributed to this report.
by The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2015 10:19 am MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OGUNQUIT, Maine – The Canadian economy is in decline and Maine’s tourism industry is feeling the pinch.The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1HxMYMA ) the state estimates that about 4 million Canadian tourists will visit Maine this year — a dramatic drop from 5.5 million in 2013.Canadians’ buying power in the U.S. is down from what it was then. The Canadian dollar coin or “loonie” — once equal to the U.S. dollar — is now worth 78 cents.Sarah Diment, owner of the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit, said she’s still trying to fill a vacancy left by a Canadian who cancelled. She said the plummeting value of the Canadian dollar was given as the reason for the cancellation“It’s definitely had an impact,” she said of the exchange rate.Maine tourism officials say that in 2014, 22 per cent of the state’s visitors came from Massachusetts. Tied at second place were New York and Canada at 16 per cent.Greg Dugal, executive director of the Maine Innkeepers Association, tells the newspaper that business started slower this year than anticipated and there are noticeably fewer Canadians.During the Great Recession, when many Americans cancelled their, Canadians continued to visit and spend money in Maine.“In 2009 they saved us,” Dugal said. “It’s almost like the opposite is occurring this year.” Plummeting value of Canadian currency blamed for drop in Canadian visitors to Maine
A couple have been arrested on suspicion of trying to abduct a premature baby at Great Ormond Street Hospital.The couple, a 31-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, entered the the world-renowned hospital in Camden, north London, on Monday afternoon.They told staff that their child had been born at 21 weeks at the Royal London Hospital in nearby Whitechapel, about four miles from Great Ormond Street Hospital, on March 1.They showed staff a photo of “their baby” in an incubator – believed to be a printout from the internet – and said they had come to collect their child from the neonatal unit.Staff checked with managers at the Royal London Hospital for premature babies being born on March 1, but found no records and alerted the police.A police source said the photo shown by the couple had been “screen-grabbed and printed from the web”. It is not yet known if it was an image of a baby being treated in Great Ormond Street. Officers arrived at the scene and arrested the couple on suspicion of conspiracy to abduct a child.The couple have now been released on bail on the condition that they should not enter any hospital – unless they are suffering a “medical emergency”.Inspector Paul Clarke, of the Met Police, said: “The actions of the staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital in making all of the necessary checks and the quick response of police in arresting a couple prevented what could have been a very frightening and harrowing incident.” A spokeswoman for Great Ormond Street Hospital said: “Thankfully, this type of incident is exceptionally rare.”We are pleased that staff at the hospital acted so swiftly and calmly to ensure the safety of all our patients.”A Met Police spokesman said: “We were called at approximately 1400hrs on Monday, 6 March by staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital following a report of an attempted abduction.”Officers attended and arrested a 31-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman on suspicion of conspiracy to commit child abduction. “They were taken to a central London police station and have since been bailed to a date in mid-April. Enquiries continue.” The incident comes a year after the Royal London Hospital was instructed to improve tighten security on its maternity ward, following an inspection by the health watchdog. The Care Quality Commission revealed that some newborn babies at the east London hospital had no name tags, and that staff had demonstrated a “lax” approach to checking them.Inspectors also found that senior member of staff were unaware of the baby abduction policy and there were not enough midwives to provide safe cover.Following the report last year, the trust in charge of the hospital, Barts Health, said it had introduced new policies to resolve security issues. Police praised the response of nurses at Great Ormond Street Credit:AP 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.
UNITE HAS INSTRUCTED its members within EBS Building Society to serve notice of strike if no satisfactory resolution is achieved in talks by this coming Monday.The union held a meeting yesterday evening to consider further action following the breakdown of talks at the Labour Relations Commission earlier this week.Following a briefing from union official Colm Quinlan, the meeting passed a motion proposing the action, by an overwhelming majority. Members are now instructed to serve notice of a one-day strike, as a first step in escalated industrial action, on a date to be specified, but to take place no later than 30 September.The union will engage in talks with management until Monday and if all outstanding issues are not satisfactorily resolved, formal notice of action will be served the following day.This dispute centres around payment of a so-called 13th month which was a contracual element of annual pay that was discontinued in EBS in 2011. The Labour Court held that this payment comprised a bonus and was therefore prohibited following the incorporation of EBS into AIB. However it held that this prohibition did not apply to the 2011 payment and recommended that the company pay the two weeks still owed for that year, which it has failed to do.Speaking after the meeting yesterday, Quinlan said that the workforce had displayed what he termed “extraordinary patience” throughout the process which culminated in Monday’s breakdown of talks, and he said members were “astounded that an institution now owned by the state should blatantly disregard a recommendation made by the same state’s supreme body for resolving disputes”.Read: 200 jobs to go at EBS Building Society>Read: EBS apologises after double-charging error on debit cards>
At least nine Ukrainian soldiers were killed in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the east overnight, the Kiev defence ministry has said.Eight were killed and another 17 wounded when rebels opened fire on a military checkpoint near the town of Volnovaha in the Donetsk region, ministry spokesman Bogdan Senk said.Heavily armed “terrorists” carried out the attack, the ministry said.Another soldier was killed and two injured in clashes in the neighbouring Lugansk region.It’s the the deadliest day for the military in weeks of fighting between Russian separatists and Ukrainian security forces in the area.Includes reporting from AFP.Read: Russian diplomat for talks over Charles’ Putin-Nazi comment
SaturdayCloud will increase from the northwest tomorrow night, with patchy rain or drizzle developing on Atlantic coasts overnight.But the day it’s set to clear into a dry, bright day, with good sunny spells generally.Lowest temperatures between six to eight degrees and the wind will be light to moderate. Top temperatures will be in the mid- to high-teens in sunshine, but the low teens along exposed southern and eastern coasts.Southern sunshine will turn hazy in southern and eastern coastal counties (sorry) and sea fog may affect parts of the coasts at times.Moderate south to southeasterly breezes, may become fresh in some coastal areas. Source: Michael Probst/PA ImagesSundayA cooler feel to the day on Sunday caused by southwesterly winds veering to the northwest during the course of the day.It will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of April showers spreading eastwards across the northern half of the country during the morning and afternoon.South and southeastern counties get the best of the weather this time – as they are likely to remain mostly dry, say Met Éireann.Highest temperatures 11-14 degrees, perhaps touching 15 degrees in the southeast.Read: There’s enough Irish sunshine for Vitamin D needs all year round – but big differences depending where you live 17,261 Views Source: An Aimsir Láithreach/Twitter Short URL Friday 7 Apr 2017, 9:21 PM Tá sceitimíní orainn! Aimsir bhreá gealta don deireadh seachtaine.Teocht dé Sathairn: 17°C#Grian pic.twitter.com/92UYq0yi6f— An Aimsir Láithreach (@AimsirTG4) April 4, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3330129 DID YOU ENJOY the sunny weather today?Well there’s more of that on the way for Saturday and Sunday, according to Met Éireann. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article There’s more warm weather on the way this weekend Sunday might bring some rain and cloud, though. Share85 Tweet Email Apr 7th 2017, 9:21 PM 8 Comments
Discovery : la navette prête à décoller pour son ultime volC’est ce jeudi soir que la navette spatiale américaine Discovery doit être lancée pour la dernière fois depuis le centre spatial Kennedy, situé près de Cap Canaveral, en Floride. Un ultime vol qui était à l’origine fixé au mois de novembre dernier.C’est à 16h50 (22 h50, heure de Paris) que la navette devrait décoller, avec à son bord six astronautes. Toutes les conditions semblent enfin réunies pour que Discovery puisse accomplir son dernier vol vers la Station spatiale internationale. Lors de cette mission, censée durer onze jours, la navette transportera vers l’ISS le premier robot humanoïde à voyager dans l’espace, Robonaut 2. Il restera de façon permanente dans la station, où il assistera dans diverses tâches, les astronautes occupant l’ISS. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESADiscovery livrera également sur la station, le module de fret pressurisé Leonardo, qui sera attaché à la station à laquelle il offrira un espace supplémentaire de stockage. Le module sera aussi utilisé pour l’installation d’expériences scientifiques.La navette de la Nasa devait décoller au début du mois de novembre pour effectuer ce dernier vol. Mais à la découverte d’une fuite d’hydrogène dans le système de remplissage du réservoir externe, a succédé celle de plusieurs fissures au niveau des structures en aluminium de ce réservoir. Il aura fallu près de trois mois aux ingénieurs pour réaliser les réparations nécessaires.Après cette ultime mission, Discovery prendra définitivement sa retraite. Elle prendra place dans un musée où la rejoindront dans quelques mois les deux autres navettes de la Nasa, Endeavour et Atlantis.Le 24 février 2011 à 15:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) The following was taped on Saturday from Brooklyn for this week’s episode of WWE NXT.* Bianca BelAir def. Deonna Purrazzo.* Advertisement aired to the live crowd for Trish Stratus vs. Alexa Bliss for the all-Women’s Evolution PPV on October 28.* Pete Dunne def. Zack Gibson to retain the WWE United Kingdom Championship.Thanks to Sandro T for sending along the live report. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook
Related Items:#customerservicecenter, #newgovernmentcustomerservice Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 20, 2016 – The Ministry of Border Control and Employment is pleased to announce the opening of a new Customer Service Center aimed at improving service delivery within the Ministry.Led by Customer Service Quality Assurance Manager Mr. Emilio Seymour in Providenciales and Customer Service Center Supervisor Ms. Chrishandra Hall in Grand Turk, the unit will serve as a rebranded interface between the Ministry and the general public, and will work towards improving customer service standards in the delivery of work permits, visas, birth and death certificates among various other categories and products within the Ministry.To add to the current staffing within the Ministry, the unit in addition to the managers, will consist of four Customer Service Clerks and three Telephone Hotline Agents, all focused on improving service delivery.Following on from the staff’s attendance at various TCIG staff orientation programs, Her Excellency, Deputy Governor Anya Williams and Minister of Border Control Hon. Ricardo Donahue Gardiner along with Permanent Secretary Clara Gardiner, met with the staff to discuss with them the importance of their roles and the new vision and goals for the Ministry of Border Control, Labour and Employment.Deputy Governor Anya Williams commented that, “As the Ministry of Border Control, Labour and Employment has the largest customer service interface between the government and the general public it is imperative that we work to improve service delivery in that ministry so that we are able to more efficiently provide services to the general public. To do so we are committed to not only providing additional staffing, but also to bolstering training and to streamlining the operating procedures within the ministry and its departments which would help to eradicate many of the general concerns and complaints currently raised by the general public.”The Minister of Border Control and Employment noted that, “The Ministry of Border Control has a very important role to play in all facets of life in the Turks and Caicos Islands and is central to building and supporting the existence of a strong economy. I have every confidence that with a commitment to improving customer experience and the provision of new equipment, resources and technology, the opinion of the service provided by my Ministry will get better.”Permanent Secretary, Clara Gardiner echoed her delight in having new staff to assist with implementing much needed change in our Ministry. She added that that there is already notable signs of improvement since the new team was recruited and encouraged the team to remain dedicated to ethos of constant improvement.In recent weeks the Ministry has launched a new website which provides a wealth of information and application forms which is aimed at empowering customers and reducing reliance on staff. Other initiatives are currently in progress which will result in enhancing customer satisfaction within the coming weeks.
A local leader of Awami League was found slaughtered in Koikhali of Assasuni upazila early Monday.Being informed by locals, police recovered the body of Solaiman Ali Gazi, 45, general secretary of Awami League of Nolta union’s ward No 9 unit and son of late Moksed Ali from the spot in the morning, said police.Ayesha Khatun, wife of the deceased, alleged that Solaiman’s rivals slaughtered her husband to death over a land dispute.The body was taken to Assasuni police station, said officer-in-charge Shahidul Islam Shahin.
Jatiya Oikya Front convenor Kamal Hossain. File PhotoGono Forum president Kamal Hossain on Monday called upon people to put up a strong resistance against those creating obstacles towards implementing Bangabandhu’s dreams of establishing democracy and ensuring free and fair elections in the country, reports UNB.”Bangabandhu’s dreams were written in the constitution. His first dream was to establish democracy. He also gave the highest importance to ensuring free and fair elections,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, Kamal also said those hampering democracy and the path of fair elections are showing disrespect to Bangabandhu. “They’re also defying Bangabandhu. We must identify them and ostracise them. We’ll resist those defying Bangabandhu and creating barrier to materialising his dreams.”Gono Forum arranged the discussion at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium, marking the 99th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Kolkata: Subhabrata Majumdar who had put his mother’s corpse in a deep freezer for three years got a bail on Friday day.Majumdar was released on a bail bond worth Rs 500. The judge has instructed the police to treat him in a state run hospital.The doctors at the Institute of Psychiatry said he was suffering from Schizophrenia. He has “auditory hallucination” and often heard “voices of the Russian and German consulates talking to him.” The patients suffering from auditory hallucination often hear voices from unknown persons who give them instructions. The voices even use filthy words. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMajumdar’s mother died three years ago in a hospital. Instead of cremating her, Subhabrata brought her corpse back home and kept it in a commercial chest freezer.The doctors said Subhabrata had acquired profound knowledge in preservation of bodies particularly the technique used by the Russians in the 1970s. In a bid to study books, he learnt Russian language. He can talk on different things. Police have seized many books on human Anatomy and Physiology from his residence. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe doctors said his body language and attitude suggest that he is suffering from “non affective psychosis.” During interaction, the doctors found that he is talking incoherently at times.He was taken to the Pavlov Institute where he was put up. The Psychiatrists will talk to him later. He will be put under observation and his behavior will be closely monitored and studied.During interrogation, Subhabrata told the police that he thought that his mother would come back to life. Police will interrogate the bank employees to find out the reasons Subhabrata had put forward to express his mother’s inability to come to the bank to withdraw pension and who had signed the documents which are submitted annually to the bank by pension holders.Cops have found another deep freezer of similar size at the residence. Preliminary investigation had revealed that his father did not know anything about his son’s misdeeds and that her corpse was kept inside the deep freezer.