6 days agoJuventus concerned over Aaron Ramsey struggles

first_imgJuventus concerned over Aaron Ramsey strugglesby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus management have concerns over Aaron Ramsey’s season start.The Wales international left Arsenal in the summer and moved to Turin on a free transfer.The Daily Mail says with just three starts across all competitions so far this season, Ramsey is just an added cost to the income statement and has not yet proved the value the Old Lady had hoped for.Juventus have, so far, not been satisfied with their summer investment.Since his injury as an Arsenal player away to Napoli in April in the Europa League, Ramsey has played just a handful of games. The Caerphilly-born midfielder is muscular yet fragile and at the age of 30, he finds rapid physical recovery difficult to achieve. Then there is a secondary layer to his struggles. It seems to those at the club that Ramsey has not understood the correct rhythm and demands of Italian style training. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jobs jobs jobs Union membership balloons with film sector workers

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement But in October 2015 a few members of Sudbury’s filmmaking community decided it was time to unionize to receive the benefits that have been commonplace in other sectors locally.Matthew Ellis, currently first assistant art director with the locally produced show “The Food Market”, and a nine-year veteran of Sudbury’s film sector, was one of those film technicians to get the ball rolling on unionization.Instead of reinventing the wheel, Ellis and his colleagues decided it made more sense to join and expand a union that already had 24 members with northeastern Ontario’s live theatre sector.That union is the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada (IATSE) — Local 634. The union opened its doors to local film technicians, who already had similar skills and qualifications to their peers in live theatre.Since then, the union’s local membership has ballooned to 250 technicians in Sudbury, Parry Sound,  North Bay, Timmins and Sault Ste. Mary.Ellis said now that it has established itself in northeastern Ontario, IATSE Local 634 can leverage jobs for its members.“A lot of people think the unions will scare away producers, but it’s a symbiotic relationship,” he said. “They’re going to get the best crew from us. They’re coming to us.“When you have a pool to pull from, of 250 technicians across all departments, it’s very appealing to a production.”Once a production brokers a deal with the union, they sign a collective agreement that includes stipulations for overtime and contributions into a registered savings plan for the union members.Ellis said the local plans to purchase a health plan for its members within the next six months.The size of a production dictates the terms of the collective agreement, said Ellis.In recent years, larger productions have come to Northern Ontario – thanks to tax incentives and funds from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation – that have allowed Local 634 to set aside funds for training and development.There are currently three Tier A shows shooting in northeastern Ontario (with budgets of $2 million or more per episode). Those shows are “John Cardinal”, “Eye Witness” and “The Food Market”.Ellis said the union local was able to use funds the “John Cardinal” production had set aside for the training and development of its members to host a two-day symposium Sept. 24 and Sept. 25. The symposium included 14 certified courses for members on everything from working at heights to accounting. https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/train-the-new-film-industry-and-sudbury-will-succeed-expert-423079Ellis said the courses gave members the skills to do their jobs safer and better, making them even more attractive to producers looking for film crews.The union is also making careers in film more attractive to people in the region, Ellis said, thanks to the benefits it can provide for workers in the industry.“There are hundreds of people with careers in film now,” Ellis said.But Ellis said now that IATSE 634 has 250 members, the focus is shifting more towards additional training and development for those members, as opposed to recruiting new members. Until recently, basic benefits and recognized overtime were not a reality for most film crew members in Northern Ontario.Film technicians – including workers with the electrical, transportation , hair and makeup, wardrobe, sets and props, construction and special effects departments – would sign a contract with a local production and get paid a daily rate that wouldn’t change based on hours worked.If film technicians wanted to invest into a registered savings plan, they would have to do so on their own, and wouldn’t get matching funds from their employer. And benefits were non-existent. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Infrastructure spending delay point to problems with Liberal program Opposition

first_imgOTTAWA – Opposition parties say that a plan to shift more than $2 billion worth of federal infrastructure spending points to problems with one of the government’s cornerstone programs, despite what the Liberals say.The cash comes from planned spending in multiple years and multiple funds set up by the Liberals and the previous Conservative government, as well as large-scale projects, such as the Champlain Bridge replacement in Montreal.More details are expected some time next week when departmental reports are tabled in Parliament.Conservative infrastructure critic Michael Chong said he is hearing concerns from cities that they don’t have enough time to spend their transit and water money, pointing to a need to change the terms and conditions on the Liberal infrastructure cash.“This is not just a cash flow issue, this is actually impacting real infrastructure decisions that are being taken on the ground,” Chong said.He also said the delay conveniently helps the government “with its ballooning deficit, something that they’re clearly worried about.”NDP critic Matthew Dube said the figures should give the government some pause as it negotiates longer-term agreements with provinces and territories to make sure the money delivers the social and economic benefits the Liberals have promised.“We can brag about how much money is being invested into infrastructure, but at the end of the day, if the shovels aren’t in the ground, and the projects aren’t happening … you can’t start looking at that upside.”Infrastructure Canada’s website shows that as of last Friday, there was about $20.5 billion left unspent across 13 different programs, including two set up by the Liberals. More than half the money, about $12.8 billion, is from the marquee infrastructure fund the Tories set up.The two Liberal funds — one for public transit projects, the other for water systems — have together doled out about $82 million, leaving about $5.2 billion unspent.The federal government regularly has to carry over infrastructure money from one fiscal year to the next: Spending analyses have shown about one-quarter of infrastructure funds don’t get spent in the year for which they are budgeted.Federal dollars only flow once project proponents submit receipts for reimbursement, often leaving a lag of weeks, months or years between when work takes place and when infrastructure money is actually spent. Projects can also be delayed for reasons beyond the control of the federal government, such as bad weather or a labour disruption.The Liberals have already carried over $828 million to this fiscal year because it couldn’t be spent in the 12 months leading up to April 1.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said Tuesday that the majority of the approximately 4,000 projects the government has approved for funding since November 2015 are underway, based on the information cities and provinces have provided the Liberals — even though federal payments so far are a fraction of what’s budgeted.Sohi said the government’s plan to move funding to later years has more to do with cash flow management than it does with the state of infrastructure work.“We’re the last ones to pay out because that’s how the system works,” Sohi said. “If you visit various communities where these projects are being funded, you can actually see the work being done.”The Liberals promised in the last election to move unspent infrastructure money into the gas tax fund that goes directly to cities for transit, water or roads projects.The government closed out several old infrastructure programs at the end of March, giving the gas tax fund $30.1 million of money that provinces didn’t earmark for any projects.That won’t happen in this case because the money comes from programs that still have years left before they expire.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

CDI launches quality of life survey for Fort St John residents

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents of Fort St John are being asked to share their thoughts and opinions about the quality of life in the community by taking the Community Development Institute’s ‘Your Voice Fort St John’ community survey from now until October 12th.The City of Fort St John and UNBC’s Community Development Institute office in Fort St John, which is called The Forge, have a partnership to develop and implement strategies for economic diversification, community resiliency, and social capacity. As part of this work, a community indicators program, including this community survey, has been developed.“‘Your Voice Fort St John’ gives our citizens a powerful voice in enriching the quality of life in our community. The results of the survey will help celebrate our strengths while identifying and addressing challenges. Please make sure Your Voice is heard,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and asks respondents to rate a number of community issues, including healthcare, education, accessibility, diversity, and mobility.“The work of The Forge contributes to building a foundation for change and innovation through engagement and deliberate long-term planning,” said The Forge’s senior facilitator Jennifer Moore. “This community survey, just one component of the overall work plan, is vital to building a stronger community for all citizens.”To take the survey, click this link: https://ca.research.net/r/YourVoiceFSJlast_img read more

UPDATED Missing man located in Fort St John

first_imgUPDATE: According to Constable Chad Neustaeter with the Fort St. John RCMP, 29-year-old Brian Wied has been located safe and unharmed.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St John RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man who hasn’t been heard from in a year and might be in the Peace Region.According to RCMP Constable Chad Neustaeter, 29-year-old Brian Wied was declared missing earlier today. Cst. Neustater said that Wied’s mother has not spoken with him for a year and tried to message Brian over Facebook three days ago but has not received any response and believes him to be missing.Wied is thought to be in the Fort St John/Dawson Creek/Tumbler Ridge area of B.C.Wied is described as Caucasian, standing 6’3”/190 centimetres tall, weighing 200 lbs./91 kg, with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo of his surname in large letters on his forearm, and a tattoo of a Christian Cross on his shoulder and upper arm.Wied is not known to be in possession of a vehicle but does have a German Shepherd dog named Marley that is said to go everywhere with him.If you have any information about Brian Wied or his location, please contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca. You do not have to give your name, address, or telephone number.last_img read more

Trinamool worker found dead in Kushmandi

first_imgBALURGHAT: Tension gripped Kushmandi’s Maligaon area on Saturday morning after the body of a local TMC worker was found around 5 km away from his residence by the locals. Murder is being suspected.The deceased TMC worker has been identified as Harihar Das (50), a resident of Panchhata. Police have initiated an investigation. No arrests have been made so far. Das had gone missing since Friday afternoon. As he had not returned till late in the evening, his family members initiated a search operation but in vain. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn the morning, the locals discovered his body lying beside a pond with traces of rampant beating on the head. The stick was also found beside the body. Police rushed to the spot after being intimated and faced public demonstration as he was a popular face of the party there. Police, however, managed to recover his body after positive assurances. Later it was sent for postmortem to Balurghat district hospital. A local, named Bachchu Das, said: “I discovered the body in the morning while crossing the field. I screamed for help. The locals from adjacent areas rushed in and later we informed the police and Das’ family members. His body was lying beside a pond with deep head injury, probably from a bamboo stick, that was left next to him and had dry traces of blood.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayLocals and Das’ family members demanded immediate arrests of the culprits. Local Trinamool leader and karmadhakshya of South Dinajpur Zilla Parishad, Shyamal Saha said: “Harihar Das was an active Trinamool worker and a popular face of the area. He had close association with the party workers and locals. He also had a lot of responsibilities for the upcoming polls. The locals want quick action and have also demonstrated before the police regarding the same.” A large contingent of police force has been deployed in the area to maintain the law and order situation.last_img read more

Its TMC healing touch vs BJP NRC vow in Basirhat

first_imgBasirhat: Known as one of Bengal’s most porous border areas with Bangladesh and a hub of illegal migration, Basirhat is set to witness a high octane electoral battle between Nusrat Jahan, Bengali screen actress and Trinamool Congress candidate, and Sayantan Basu, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary, in the final phase of the Lok Sabha polls on May 19. Basirhat town is dotted with sugar mills, metalware manufacturing units and is a major trade depot for rice, jute, mustard, dates and potatoes produced in the surrounding areas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn the semi-urban and rural parliamentary constituency, comprising seven Assembly seats of Baduria, Haroa, Minakhan, Sandeshkhali, Basirhat Dakshin, Basirhat Uttar and Hingalgunj, Muslims dominate by accounting for over 50 percent of the population. In July 2017, Basirhat, located on the southern bank of the river Icchamati, witnessed “communal” tensions following a derogatory social media post on Prophet Mohammad. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Trinamool’s Idris Ali defeated Communist Party of India’s (CPI) Nurool Hooda by over one lakh votes. While Ali secured around 38 percent votes, his nearest rival Hooda received around 30 percent. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBJP’s Samik Bhattacharya, though a distant third, had secured over 18 percent votes, increasing the party’s vote share by 11.81 percent compared with 2009 elections. In 2019, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee replaced sitting MP Idris Ali with a political greenhorn Nusrat Jahan. The Congress nominee is a veteran local leader Abdur Rahim Kazi, while the CPI has fielded Pallab Sengupta. The choice of Trinamool candidate is being seen as its attempt to project a fresh face with a mass outreach. During her election rally in the constituency, Banerjee termed Jahan as “a young girl who does not have deep understanding of politics” and appealed to the people to render whole-hearted support to Jahan. The BJP candidate has courted controversies by asking the Central Forces to shoot potential miscreants in the chest. “If Trinamool goons come to loot votes on polling day, I will ask the Central Forces to shoot them in the chest and not feet. The state police work for the Trinamool Congress. “We will make sure that they are confined within the police stations, and only CRPF does the poll duty,” Basu said during his campaign. This statement drew sharp criticism and led the Election Commission to issue a show-cause notice against him. On the other hand, Banerjee’s decision to oppose both NRC and Citizenship Amendment Bill is all set to make her party a clear favourite among the Muslims. Jahan, campaigning nearly 12 hours a day, said she was confident that her message of love would win over people across communities as nobody liked violence. “It is not about me. The people know voting for any other party will not cause them any good. I am representing the party that has worked for their good for years,” she remarked.last_img read more

Report Rashford to stay fight for Man Utd future

first_imgMarcus Rashford has reportedly decided to stay and fight for his Manchester United future, despite a lack of recent first-team footballThe young striker has made just one start in United’s opening four Premier League games and will now serve a three-match suspension following his red card in the 2-0 win over Burnley last time out.But Rashford gave United coach Jose Mourinho a timely reminder of what he is capable of by scoring both of England’s goals in their double-header with Spain and then Switzerland during the recent international break.The 20-year-old’s displays have led to suggestions that he should seek a move away from Old Trafford in order to gain more regular playing opportunities elsewhere and, ideally, in his favoured position.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Rashford is understood to favour playing either through the middle or as a number 10, although Mourinho often deploys him on the left wing at United.But the Daily Mirror claims Rashford is determined to prove himself at the Red Devils and will not contemplate a departure.Rashford has scored 32 goals and provided 17 assists in 126 appearances in all competitions for United since debuting in the 2015/16 season.last_img read more

Bob Marley Foundation Joins The Sandals Foundation To Empower Women

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bob marley foundation, empower, sandals foundation, woman Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2016 – Two of the Caribbean’s most influential brands, the Sandals Foundation and The Bob Marley Foundation, are joining forces to address the chronic issue of gender inequality in the Caribbean with the introduction of Women Helping Others Achieve (WHOA). WHOA is a multi-year women’s empowerment program designed to provide support, mentorship, education and skills training to help marginalized women across Jamaica and the Caribbean find inspiration and strength to transform their lives and, in doing so, positively impact their families and communities for generations to come. According to Heidi Clarke, Director of Programs for the Sandals Foundation, gender inequality remains a pervasive problem in the developing world and its legacy is poverty, not only for women, but for families and ultimately entire communities. “Through WHOA, we have an opportunity to address and close the gender gap, which is essential to our region’s ability to break the cycle of poverty,” says Clarke. “It’s a paradox…two thirds of the world’s illiterate are female yet studies show that even just one additional year of education for women of reproductive age can reduce child mortality by 9.5%. This fact alone speaks volumes and I believe, together, we can touch so many lives through this wonderful relationship.” Cedella Marley, eldest daughter of global legend Bob Marley and CEO of the Marley Group of Companies, is set to be the Good Will Ambassador for WHOA, using her family’s renowned philanthropic and social media muscle to raise awareness and drive fundraising efforts for programs empowering women in the Caribbean. “Equal opportunity is at the heart of my father’s legacy,” said Marley. “We are thrilled to join the Sandals Foundation to not only bring recognition to gender issues, but to create meaningful initiatives that address the obstacles facing Caribbean women and their children today.”WHOA will be supporting existing as well as developing new programs across many industries and services including agriculture, education, community development and healthcare. Special attention will be given to programming aimed at youth, an obvious concern for mothers, critical to their own success. To that end, WHOA is committed to youth mentorship and sports opportunities in the Caribbean region.The campaign will also feature a six week crowdfunding component which is being hosted at crowdrise.com/cedellamarley. Contributions made through the on-line platform will go towards needed funding of WHOA projects throughout the Caribbean. There is also added incentive for donors as each contribution of $5 or more enables a download code for the campaign song which i refreshed and modern version of Bob Marley’s famed “Could You Be Loved” re-recorded by Cedella which is at the forefront of the new fundraising campaign. Donors will be eligible for unique prizes during the campaign, including a Grand Prize to the individual with the largest contribution. The Grand Prize consists of a 3 night, 4 day Luxury Included vacation for two to a Sandals or Beaches resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, roundtrip airfare for two to Jamaica, a tour of the Bob Marley Museum and Tuff Gong Recording Studios in Kingston, Jamaica and an invitation to meet a member of the Marley family (note restrictions apply) The following organizations have pledged their support to the Sandals Foundation and the Bob Marley Foundation on the WHOA efforts and will be the beneficiaries of their collective fundraising efforts including: Antigua and Barbuda Youth in Agriculture Project in Antigua; The Reggae Girlz, Women’s Health Network and The Women’s Centre in Jamaica; P.A.C.E in The Bahamas; Sweet Water Foundation and Grenada Zero Hunger Initiative in Grenada; and The Barbados Agriculture Society in Barbados. Woman shot, vehicle shot up in Kew Town ambush this morning Recommended for you The Sandals Foundation Joins With Scholastic Book Fairs To Promote The Gift Of Reading In Tci Shoolslast_img read more

TCIG initiative set to bring water to community in Long Bay

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 25, 2016 – The Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning in collaboration with the Public Works Department, is pleased to announce that works in the Long Bay Sub Division Water Project has commenced.This project, which was brought to the Ministry’s attention by Hon Akierra Missick was discussed and approved by Cabinet and subsequently the budget amount approved by the House of Assembly, granted approval for TCIG to enter into a hand over agreement with Provo Water Company, to assume full ownership of over 33,500 length of 3-6ft pipe, through the network in the Long Bay subdivision and with this, the sole responsibility for the maintenance of the city water pipelines for the purposed Long Bay sub-division water project.Hon. Akierra Missick, Deputy Premier, and Member of Parliament for Leeward and Long Bay ED5 said: “This project arose from a need for the Long Bay Community to have access to City Water provided by Provo Water Company, as this Community was not fitted with the installation of a piped water network and the one provided by PWC is solely sourced and installed by the company.” “As a result, many residents were not able to afford the exorbitant cost of installing their own network to connect to the central water system, forcing them to rely solely on water cisterns.”The TCIG took the initiative to procure and install this network and afforded the over 250 plus homes in the Long Bay Community, affordable and reliable access to this vital resource.  It has now become necessary to revert the obligation of the new installed network and the sole responsibility for its operation and maintenance to the Provo Water Company in the completion of the four proposed phases.The Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, her Ministry staff and the team at PWD, would like to congratulate the residents of the Long Bay Community for the delivery of this project and thank them in advance for their patience during the implementation of this project.last_img read more