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first_imgBut other assaults on human rights are not so widely reported. And there is one area where we can be all louder: the crisis that is the treatment of vulnerable migrants. DNA samples and bedroom intrusions? The abuse of migrants is a national disgrace Opinion If you choose to migrate to another country, there are fair trade-offs you must make in terms of privacy and handing over data. But these injustices go far past fair policy; they are direct abuses of fundamental rights that no person, regardless of their residency status, should be subject to. Kate AndrewsKate Andrews is associate director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Share In February, we learned of fast-tracked deportations and lengthy detainments for Zimbabwean refugees. In April, a Guardian expose revealed that genuine couples were having their wedding ceremonies broken up by Home Office officials who accused them of having a sham marriage and rifled through their personal belongings. It also found some migrants subjected to home raids at dawn, to see if the couple were sharing a bed. The news from last week that a lesbian couple were brutally assaulted on a London bus because of their sexuality stopped many of us in our tracks. That such a violent, misogynistic and homophobic attack could occur in our capital serves as a reminder that our expectations around human rights still do not always line up with reality. Sadly, society is imperfect and our fellow men and women sometimes fall short of this expectation. Thankfully, there has been a loud outpouring of disgust for the attack and support for the victims. From the most senior politicians to commentators across the political spectrum, it is clear that such abuses will not be tolerated in a free society. We live in a time when human rights are considered inherent to all people, not just the majority. Regardless of race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or any other distinguishing trait, it is expected that your rights are equal to anyone else’s. Such human rights abuses do get some degree of coverage, but we can make sure that they get much more. The Windrush scandal in 2018 drew attention to the exploitation and unfair treatment of immigrants. But while these migrants dominated the conversation at the time, abuses continue to be reported which garner far less publicity. The mark of a free speech advocate is someone who will stand up for the right to express opinions completely opposed to their own. The mark of a human rights advocate is someone who will help to spread the stories of those who struggle to have their voices heard. If government officials stormed any British couple’s home at dawn to investigate their sex life, there would be protests in the streets for the victims of such an abuse. whatsapp The “hostile environment” promoted under Theresa May’s time in the Home Office has resulted in the completely inappropriate treatment of migrants, which we would never tolerate if inflicted on UK citizens. whatsapp LONDON – APRIL 28: A reflective sign displays the name of The Home Office in Marsham Street on April 28, 2006 in London. Home Secretary Charles Clarke will update Parliament today on the hunt for foreign prisoners not considered for deportation upon release from jail. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) News broke this week that over 1,300 migrants were illegally forced to provide DNA samples to submit their applications for UK residency – almost treble the figure that was previously estimated. Some families had their applications rejected because they would not provide these samples – a gross infringement on one’s right to privacy. Friday 14 June 2019 6:21 am The Home Office has worked to correct the error, issuing an apology and reversing some of the decisions. But this is not a one-off offence.last_img read more

first_img Facebook “Because of you and the generosity of those who donated to your fundraiser, we can focus all our efforts now on providing cancer patients and their families with the information, advice and support they need at this time by calling 1800 200 700 or visiting cancer.ie”Anyone wishing to donate to Noelle can do so here. Noelle’s head shave will be shown live on her fundraising page but will be made available only to people who donate and then make a friend request.SEE ALSO – Man flown to hospital in ‘unresponsive state’ following attack in Laois Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic Previous articleLaois Doctor explains how Coronavirus has changed practice, testing issues and offers advice for non-Covid patientsNext articleAnaesthetist in Portlaoise Hospital seeking help in sourcing Personal Protective Equipment Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. TAGSIrish Cancer Society Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 3rd April 2020 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Twittercenter_img Pinterest Twitter Electric Picnic Home News Laois mam raises €4,000 for head shave in memory of beloved neighbour News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp News Laois mam raises €4,000 for head shave in memory of beloved neighbour A Laois mother has raised more than €4,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.Noelle Hallissey, from Mountrath, decided to shave her head in memory of her neighbour and mother of her friend, Ellen Carthy – Kathleen McDonald.Katheleen passed away from cancer and her month’s mind will take place today – Friday April 3.And that is also the same day that Noelle, who initially hoped to raise €500, will shave her head with the help of her husband.The Irish Cancer Society, who lost their Daffodil Day fundraiser, learned of Noelle’s efforts and paid tribute to her.The Irish Cancer Society said: “Thank you so much Noelle for choosing to help the lives of those affected by cancer, in memory of Kathleen.“As you may know, we have had to cancel Daffodil Day 2020 street sales and events given the risk posed by the Coronavirus.“We are overwhelmed with the support we have received in response to this tough decision and we are so grateful for your incredible support.last_img read more

first_img Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp “As society and healthcare services start to return to normal, and we begin to enjoy the things we missed, for people with dementia and their carers this too brings challenges.“Upheaval and changes in the person’s condition and routines may make some people with dementia more reluctant to return to community life.“Every one of us can play our part in reaching out to, and supporting, people with dementia and their carers, as together we navigate a new way forward.”Dr Suzanne has outlined three ways in which people can help:Make contact safely: Though we all need to protect ourselves and each other, staying connected is important in supporting people with dementia, their carers and families. If you’re planning a visit, agree the time in advance. Take your cues from the person you’re meeting and be prepared for a short visit.Do an activity together: Whether it’s enjoying a craft activity, joining in an online sing-along or spending time gardening – engaging and enjoyable activities are vital for mental stimulation and physical wellbeing.Offer to help: While there are times allocated by retailers for older people, the medically vulnerable and carers to shop, some people may still be reluctant or unable to get out. Offering to do the groceries or other errands could give the carer a well-earned break.She continued: “When visiting a friend or family member who is at greater risk from COVID-19 in an indoor location or where social distancing is difficult, you should wear a face covering.“Seeing you with a face covering could, however, be confusing for a person with dementia. Try showing your face from a two-metre distance or through a window before you put the face covering on and explain why you’re wearing it. A face covering in a cheerful or favourite colour can also help.“If you haven’t seen a family member or friend with dementia for a while, the person’s condition may have changed. That is all the more reason to make the connection and to help bring joy into each other’s lives.“The HSE’s Dementia: Understand Together campaign has a range of resources to support people with dementia during COVID-19 including an At Home Activities booklet and Weekly Activity Planner available at www.understandtogether.ie.“For information and support on dementia, Freephone 1800 341 341 (Monday to Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm).“For the latest health information, including how to make and wear face coverings, and how to protect yourself and others, visit www.hse.ie.“It may be a different world right now, but together we can make it a better one.”SEE ALSO – Laois County Councillor calls for a commercial airport to be constructed in Laois Electric Picnic Home News Calls for people to help the 800 suffering with dementia in Laois News TAGSDementia Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datecenter_img Facebook A call has been made for people in Laois to reach out and help the 800 living with dementia in the county.Dr Suzanne Timmons, of the National Dementia Office, has outlined how the past few months of living with Covid-19 has been extremely difficult for those living with the disease, their carers and their family.She said: “Recent months have been a challenge for everyone. For the over 800 people living with dementia in Laois, and their families, it has been especially difficult.“Many have been cocooning or staying at home to minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19.“To protect people with dementia from COVID-19, some of our services had to be changed, and they may also have been missing important social connections and activities so crucial for wellbeing. Facebook Twitter Calls for people to help the 800 suffering with dementia in Laois By Alan Hartnett – 2nd July 2020 Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, July 2, 2020Next articleGAA outline protocol for clubs on how to deal with a case of Coronavrius Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitterlast_img read more

Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto-based Horizons Exchange Traded Funds Inc. said Friday that it will terminate Horizons GMP Junior Oil and Gas Index ETF (TSX:HJE) at the close of business on Friday, August 10. Effective immediately, no further direct subscriptions for units of the ETF will be accepted. Friday, August 3 is expected to be the last date on which a redemption request for the ETF may be placed. The ETF is expected to be voluntarily de-listed from the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday, August 7, with all units still held by investors being subject to a mandatory redemption on August 10. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IE Staff Companies Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. read more

Merger of B.C. financial services, real estate regulators nears completion Related news Keywords Credit unionsCompanies Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, Desjardins Group There’s $149 million in B.C.’s lost and found Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Fiona Collie For Redies, there are a few reasons why the firm’s growing partnership with Desjardins works. “We both really believe in the co-operative financial services model, number one,” she says. “Number two we both believe that we have to grow our businesses. And number three, we have business synergies, with us being strong in Western Canada, them being strong in product manufacturing, wealth management, insurance etc.” The agreement is in keeping with Desjardins’ current strategy of building its presence outside of Quebec through partnerships. Desjardins: Beyond Quebec “It’s been no secret that we’ve wanted to be a catalyst to create greater relations and contacts in the Canadian co-op field,” says Christiane Bergevin, executive vice president, strategic partnerships, Desjardins. Fostering corporate agreements with other co-ops, such as Coast Capital, she says, provides Desjardins and its partners with a framework to work on product or marketing initiatives. With 505,000 customers, Coast Capital is the largest Canadian credit union in terms of membership and, like Desjardins, Redies hopes the partnership will help the co-op to grow past its provincial borders. Says Redies: “We have aspirations to go outside the province of B.C. at some point in time.” Ontario regulator to provide $500M credit facility to PACE Credit Union Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Montreal-based Desjardins Group and Surrey, B.C.-based Coast Capital Savings Credit Union have entered into an agreement to share expertise in products and services. The partnership was announced at Desjardins Group’s Annual General Meeting on Friday. The partnership will allow the two co-operatives to share expertise in areas such as product manufacturing, distribution, strategy development and marketing. The firms already have a history of partnering together, says Tracy Redies, CEO of Coast Capital, as Desjardins provides Coast Capital with credit card back office support. read more

first_img Related news Business man at a fork in the road alphaspirit/123RF NEO offers MFDA reps real-time ETF data Sterling Mutuals adds ETFs to product shelf Chan said the continued growth of the ETF market in recent years is “testament to the fact that the industry is self-regulating and doing the right thing.” In spite of their rapid growth, ETFs still don’t represent a large enough share of the capital markets to pose a systemic risk, Chan said.He explained that the OSC monitors global regulatory developments regarding ETFs, and also studies the unit creation and redemption process for the ETF market. He described the unit creation of ETFs as the “key difference” between ETFs and mutual funds.The OSC is in the process of examining whether the traditional framework for market-making should apply to ETFs, Chan said. He indicated that the OSC might eventually issue a new regulatory framework for the unit creation process.In the meantime, Chan said he did not foresee an immediate need for the OSC to introduce any legislation regarding ETFs.“If the industry self-regulates — if they have really good, robust practices — then I would say, from a regulatory burden lens, I don’t [see the need for] a rule,” he said. “To make a rule, we really have to understand that there is an issue.”Chan emphasized that the OSC wants to see the ETF industry succeed. “In the end, what we’re trying to do is build confidence in the industry, so the industry can flourish on a sustained basis,” he said.Continued growth is expected. Earlier in the day, Dave Cassie, PwC’s managing director, consulting and deals, shared findings from PwC’s global ETF survey, which polled ETF manufacturers from around the world about their expectations for the industry.According to PwC’s findings, Canadian ETF manufacturers expect assets under management to grow from approximately $120 billion today to more than $400 billion by 2023.Also read:ETF Guide 2019 Share this article and your comments with peers on social media BMO InvestorLine launches commission-free trading for ETFs Keywords ETFsCompanies Ontario Securities Commission Greg Dalgetty The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has no plans to introduce legislation to regulate ETFs in the immediate future — although that could change if ETFs are eventually deemed a systemic risk.Speaking at the second annual ETF Summit co-hosted by Investment Executive and Advisor’s Edge in Toronto on Tuesday, Raymond Chan, director of investment funds and structured products at the OSC, said the ETF industry has so far done a good job of regulating itself. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

first_img 123RF Keywords Banking industryCompanies Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions OSFI seeks to step up sector’s cyber resilience The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is seeking comments on a consultation paper related to the capital and liquidity requirements applicable to small and medium-sized deposit-taking institutions, the federal banking regulator announced Friday.In the paper, OSFI proposes changes to the capital and liquidity requirements for smaller institutions and summarizes stakeholder feedback on a July 2019 discussion paper: Advancing Proportionality: Tailoring Capital and Liquidity Requirements for Small and Medium-Sized Deposit-Taking Institutions. Translating climate risks into financial risks takes work James Langton How should banks allocate capital for crypto? Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Draft capital and liquidity requirements specific to small and medium-sized deposit-taking institutions will be published in late spring 2020, OSFI says in a news release.The goal of the consultation is to improve institutions’ preparedness and resilience to financial risks, OSFI says, and to ensure that OSFI’s capital and liquidity regime remains appropriate for smaller, less complex companies.“This initiative strives to further align capital and liquidity requirements with the unique characteristics of small and medium-sized deposit-taking institutions in Canada, ensuring the protection of depositors and other creditors while allowing these institutions to compete effectively and take reasonable risks,” says Ben Gully, assistant superintendent, regulation, in a statement. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgNew information enhances transparency A dedicated information hub has been launched to further enhance transparency and accountability at Noosa Council.Mayor Clare Stewart said the Open Council webpage provides residents with easier access to a raft of council information.“This council remains committed to being as open and transparent as possible,” she said.“Much of the information has always been available on council’s website, but staff have now collated it and placed all relevant links and information in one section so the community has easier access and can better scrutinise how council spends ratepayers’ money.”Information published on the webpage includes detailed financial records from council, purchasing data, current tenders, councillor expenses, capital program delivery schedule and allocation of council grants.Cr Stewart and Deputy Mayor Frank Wilkie flagged the idea of an Open Council webpage, after attending a presentation at last year’s Local Government Association Queensland convention.Cr Stewart said transparency, accountability and trust are at the heart of good governance.“We are here to serve the community so it’s important we provide the mechanism for residents to monitor our decisions,” she said.“The Open Council Hub has the full support of all councillors and demonstrates responsible and transparent decision-making.”“I encourage residents to make use of the site to better understand how council operates and to stay well informed on a range of council’s financial decisions,” she said.The Hub can be found here > https://www.noosa.qld.gov.au/open-council /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Clare, community, council, Government, heart, Local Government, money, Noosa, Noosa Council, Queensland, websitelast_img read more

first_imgBuilding company director fined for deceiving clients and defects Mr Marusco misled clients by falsely claiming homes were built by the companyDirector failed to ensure company’s building projects were properly supervisedInspections found many defects and breaches of standards and practicesA director of a registered building company has been fined $8,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for deceiving clients about the company’s previous projects and for failing to ensure that the company’s projects were properly managed and supervised which resulted in numerous defects.Marco Marusco, director of M3 Building and Construction Pty Ltd (in liquidation), was dealing with prospective clients in June 2014 who planned to build a house on a block of land at Golden Bay.Before signing, the clients wanted to see properties built by the company. Mr Marusco provided a list of addresses on behalf of the company, including so called ‘high end homes’, but none were actually built by the company. The clients viewed the homes and were so impressed they went ahead with signing the contract.During mediation, Mr Marusco admitted his actions had caused the company to breach the Building Services (Registration) Act by engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct in connection with a contract for the carrying out of a building service.The disciplinary action by the Building Services Board also involved Mr Marusco’s failure as a director to ensure that the company’s building projects were properly managed and supervised, resulting in a large number of defects at the sites.This was due in part to the directors not establishing robust systems and ensuring arrangements were in place to adequately manage and supervise the projects. Another contributing factor was the company not allowing its nominated supervisors to have effective control of the building services carried out on the sites.There was also a period of about six months in early 2015 in which the directors allowed the company to continue construction without a nominated supervisor at all.Inspections of the sites found numerous issues: installation of incorrect materials, unapproved deviations from approved plans; non-compliance with applicable building standards; unacceptable building practices; poor workmanship; and many defects not detected and rectified in an efficient and timely manner.Executive Director of Building and Energy Saj Abdoolakhan said the behaviour of both the director and company was unacceptable.“There is no place in the industry for deceiving prospective clients into signing a contract by falsely claiming credit for the work of others,” Mr Abdoolakhan said.“Also, Mr Marusco failed as a director by not ensuring the company’s nominated supervisors properly managed and supervised its building services. Mr Marusco’s failure contributed to the company’s building services not complying with approved plans and specifications or acceptable building practices.“The result has been building projects with scores of defects needing to be rectified and owners being extremely dissatisfied at not getting the standard of construction that the community reasonably expects.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:building, Building and Construction, community, director, energy, failure, Government, house, industry, Industry regulation, Western Australialast_img read more

first_imgLinkedin AdvertisementPeterson Winery is excited to release a fresh new look for their longstanding Tollini Vineyard wines, with new labels that highlight and respect the wine’s source, integrity and value.  Peterson has been producing wines from fruit grown by the Tollini family in the Redwood Valley of Mendocino for two decades.  The relationship began with ancient-vine Carignane for their “Zero Manipulation” blend in 2000, followed by dry farmed Petite Sirah and Syrah for their Mendo Blendo in 2008, Barbera in 2009, Grenache as a blending component in 2012, and Zinfandel from a mature hilltop planting for their Old School bottling in 2015.The Petersons love working with generational growers who have reverence for the land. They are also pleased to be sourcing fruit for wines that reflect true value—single vineyard, hand crafted, minimal intervention, sustainably farmed wines—all at a suggested retail price of around $20 a bottle.The new labels are designed to highlight the vineyard, provide clarity and easy understanding for the wine consumer, have a cohesive look through the lineup for brand recognition—and still retain a playful attitude. Serious wines with a serious label that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The hope is the new label will help Peterson Winery’s retail and wholesale partners and their customers gain a deeper appreciation for what Peterson has been doing for over 30 years.Each of the wines in the new series has received gold medals from well-regarded local and regional competitions in categories with wines at twice and three times their price.For additional information on Peterson Winery, or their Tollini Vineyard wines, please contact Emily Peterson at [email protected], or 707-431-7568.About Peterson WineryPeterson Winery has been producing wine in Dry Creek Valley for over 30 years. Owner Fred Peterson is an iconoclast with a reverence for sustainable farming. The Peterson winemaking approach is to capture the essence of vintage and vineyard—a philosophy they call Zero Manipulation—with a low tech, yet high touch approach to produce wines of a place, wines with soul. As a winegrowing team, Fred and his son and winemaker, Jamie, celebrate vintage differences. They don’t tweak or homogenize the wine to obtain consistency of flavors, instead letting the wine tell its story of each vintage. Learn more at petersonwinery.comAdvertisement Share Facebook ReddIt TAGSPeterson Winery Email Pinterest Previous articleFrank Family Vineyards Guarantees All 2017 Wines Came from Grapes Harvested Before the FiresNext articleTo Mark 50th Wedding Anniversary, Alta Colina’s Bob Tillman Surprises Wife and Unveils the Winery’s First Sparkling Wine Press Release Twitter Home Industry News Releases New Look Highlights Peterson Winery’s Tollini Vineyard Sourced WinesIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessNew Look Highlights Peterson Winery’s Tollini Vineyard Sourced WinesBy Press Release – June 17, 2019 440 0 last_img read more

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