Teck Resources lowers Q1 coal sales guidance works to complete Elkview repairs

first_imgVANCOUVER – Teck Resources Ltd. lowered its guidance for steelmaking coal sales for the first quarter as it worked to finish repairs to its coal drying complex in B.C. that was damaged earlier this year.The company says steelmaking coal sales volumes for the quarter are now expected to be about six million tonnes compared with earlier guidance for 6.3 million to 6.5 million tonnes.The coal dryer at Teck’s Elkview operations was damaged in January in what a union executive described as an explosion.Teck says the coal dryer has been recommissioned after a “pressure event” and full commercial production is expected to resume early next week.Production lost due to the incident was estimated to be about 200,000 tonnes of clean coal and repairs were estimated at less than $10 million, in line with earlier estimates.Teck says coal sales continued to be hurt by logistics issues during the quarter, particularly ongoing poor performance at Westshore Terminals.Companies in this story: (TSX:TECK.B)last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,100.94, down 36.63 points).Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up $2.87, or 15.53 per cent, to $21.35 on 20.6 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 49 cents, or 5.65 per cent, to $8.19 on 19.2 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up $1.21, or 20.5 per cent, to $7.10 on 11.9 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down eight cents, or 2.2 per cent, to $3.54 on 9.1 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Down $1.95, or 2.85 per cent, to $66.52 on 9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down 26 cents, or 1.1 per cent, to $23.20 on 7.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A). Industrials. Down $1.64 or 5.23 per cent to $29.71 on 481,000 shares traded. The commercial printer and packaging company said its third-quarter revenue soared to $757.9 million but its profit plunged by 60.6 per cent to $19.3 million, mostly because of the printing and media company’s acquisition of Coveris Americas in May. Adjusted net earnings fell to $52.1 million, down 1.5 per cent from $52.9 million last year.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up $1.21 or 20.5 per cent to $7.10 on 11.9 million shares traded. An activist investor urged the marijuana company to launch a review of its strategic alternatives including a possible sale of the company. Riposte, its second-largest shareholder, praised the work of management at the firm formerly known as Hydropothecary, but noted that its shares trade at a discount compared with its peers.last_img read more

Grande Prairie Mounties still investigating disappearance of 33 yearold woman nine years

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP say they’re still investigating the disappearance of a woman nine years ago, and are hoping members of the public might have more information about the case.It was nine years ago Thursday when Jody Hockett was last seen in Grande Prairie. Hockett was last seen entering a white vehicle outside of the York Hotel on February 22, 2009.Hockett is described as Caucasian, standing 5’5” tall, with blue eyes and dyed strawberry blonde hair. When she was last seen she was wearing jeans, a tank top, a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, and high heeled shoes with fur on them. Hockett was 33 years old at the time of her disappearance. She may also be known by the names “Jody Smith”, “Jodi” or “Jessie”.After years of searching for her, Jody’s family is looking for closure. Police say they are continuing to actively investigate all leads, and urge anyone with any information about Jody Hockett’s disappearance to contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS).Photo supplied by RCMPlast_img read more

City looking at future options for water as the community grows

first_imgCity Staff will continue with community consultation before Council makes a final decision.  Staff will also look at grants to help some of the expected costs. The report said the City’s current wells located along the banks of the Peace River are slowly losing capacity and have higher operational costs than originally forecasted twenty years ago. Conservation measures that have taken place over the years such as metering and water efficient toilets have helped save a lot of years of having to build new infrastructure.The current system does already rely on dipping into storage which is “a little Risky,” said Peter Coxon of Urban Systems. ‘This water should be held in reserves for fire or emergency.”Further conservation measures could be implemented including possible water restrictions during the summer.  A new industrial water reuse facility is also being built.  The City received $5 million in grant money for the project, which should be completed in October of 2019.Additional ways to improve or rebuild ways to collect water were presented in the plan. These included upgrading the current water source to looking at other water sources in the area such as Site C. All options presented came with their own sets of challenges yet in terms of Source Option Comparison chart the most favourable option would be a horizontal collection well. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The current water system works hard to meet the City’s needs and will struggle as consumption and water demands grow.At the Committee of the Whole meeting, the ‘Long-Term Water Supply Plan’ was presented to Council by Peter Coxon of Urban Systems and Victor Shopland, General Manager of Integrated Services. The presentation outlined the current infrastructure, water use, projections, goals and future supply.Current water pumps are getting tired and work that has been done previously to upgrade never brought them back to peak capacity.  Victor Shopland, General Manager of Integrated Services, said, “There is less than a week of treated water in case something happens,” In regards to the holding tanks of reserved water. On average 410 litres of water are consumed per person per day in the City of Fort St. John.last_img read more

Supreme Court denies report that two judges met Justice Bobde

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court denied on Sunday a media report that said justices RF Nariman and DY Chandrachud met Justice SA Bobde who is heading an in-house committee inquiring into the sexual harassment allegations against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.A statement from the apex court said “this is wholly incorrect” that the two judges met justice Bobde on Friday evening. The statement, which has been issued from the office of the Supreme Court’s secretary general, said that it is most unfortunate that a leading newspaper chose to state that the two judges met Justice Bobde. Further, the statement said that the in-house committee which is deliberating on the issue concerning the CJI deliberates on its own without any input from any other judge of the apex court. A report in a leading newspaper Sunday stated that justices Nariman and Chandrachud had met Justice Bobde and had expressed their view that the three-member committee should not go ahead with the proceeding ex parte. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe former woman employee of the apex court, who has levelled the sexual harassment allegations, has opted herself out from participating in the enquiry raising several grievances, including the denial of permission to have her lawyer during the proceedings. The newspaper has stated that justices Nariman and Chandrachud had suggested for the appointment of an advocate as an amicus curiae for assisting the in-house committee. Besides Justice Bobde, other members in the committee are two women judges of the apex court – justices Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee.last_img read more

Liverpool make huge Salah decision

first_imgSalah has been sensational ever since he came to Liverpool from Roma last summer, managing to score as many as 43 goals in this season alone and even looking to break the club record for most goals in a single season.This has caused all of the top European clubs to consider bidding for the Egyptian as it seems he is just getting started right now – Barcelona and Real Madrid have been heavily linked with interest in the Reds sensational player.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…However, Liverpool are already taking precautions – they are ready to double his salary to as much as 185 000 pounds per week in order for them to be able to keep him at Anfield, according to the Daily Star.He currently earns 90 000 per week and the management seems desperate to tie him down and stop him from departing from the club – he is one of the main reasons Liverpool are in the top four in the Premier League and in the semi-finals of the Champions League as well.last_img read more

Welbeck confident in Englands setpieces

first_imgEngland forward Danny Welbeck is feeling optimistic about the squad’s set-piece ability after scoring the majority of their goals from free-kicks and cornersThe Three Lions have scored six of their eight World Cup goals from set-pieces with only Harry Kane and Jesse Lingard being the only players in the national side to have scored from open play in their campaign.Head coach Gareth Southgate previously described England’s upcoming knockout game against Colombia as their biggest game in a decade and revealed that he has been training the players specifically for these kinds of matches since March.Speaking to Sky Sports, Welbeck said: “With the formation we play, we like to keep possession of the ball but we also like to create opportunities.“There has been a lot of talk about set-pieces and getting goals from that but in this tournament a lot of goals have been scored from set-pieces.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We have created opportunities but maybe we have been fouled in dangerous positions, which is leading to us not getting as many goals from open play.”The Arsenal player is confident that England have done their homework correctly on Colombia.“We will do our analysis of Colombia. We know the strengths and weaknesses we will be looking to exploit,” added Welbeck.“With the players in our squad, we can hurt any opposition.”England will face Colombia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Tuesday.last_img read more

Suso believes Milan miss striker like Gonzalo Higuain

first_imgMilan winger Suso has admitted that they have what it takes to become great again, suggesting that a  striker like Gonzalo Higuain is what Milan were missing.”For two consecutive season, the Rossoneri finished seventh in Serie A and will be in the Europa League.“Milan have the opportunity to become great again,” Suso told Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo via Football Italia.“We signed a great striker like Higuain and I think he is what we were missing. (Coach Gennaro) Gattuso knows what we can give and this can be the perfect season to get back on track.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Suso also hopes his form at San Siro can help him get a regular foothold in the Spain squad.“It’s nice to come home and being called up for international duty is something to be proud of, always. When a Coach includes you in his first squad, that is very important and I can only be happy with that.“Luis Enrique knows Italy and Serie A very well, so he is aware of what it’s like to play here.”last_img read more

Arsenal interested in signing Roma starlet

first_imgArsenal Football Club are reportedly interested in signing AS Roma winger Cengiz Under.The Mirror reports that the Gunners have leaped ahead of neighbors and rivaled Tottenham Hotspur as well as German Bundesliga Champions, Bayern Munich, both of which are also reportedly interested in the signature of Under.The 21-year-old joined Roma from Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir in 2017 and has impressed in Serie A.He is currently valued at around £50m by the Giallorossi but the Gunners are one of a number of clubs keeping tabs on his situation.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Reports in Italy suggest Unai Emery’s team are leading the chase ahead of other top European clubs should Roma decide to cash in on the Turkey international.The eternal club have become famous for improving young players and selling them at the premium, especially after the sales of Mohamed Salah and Brazilian goalkeeper, Alisson Becker to Liverpool.Under has started the season in impressive fashion, and already has two goals and four assists already this season and is likely to be open to a move to the Premier League.last_img read more

Tourists regretfully cancelling TCI holidays due to crime wave

first_img Related Items:#crimewaveimpactingtourisminTCI, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 31, 2017 – Providenciales – A Friday night armed robbery where again an American tourist was shot is already having the worst possible impact on the country’s low crime, reputation.    Guests are cancelling their trips to the Turks and Caicos Islands and opting for other destinations, saying that while crime happens everywhere, it appears local authorities are unable to get the situation under control.This latest story of an armed invasion of a luxury villa in the Leeward area of Provo around 10pm Friday, where the security guard was tied up with his shoestrings, and a Washington DC man was attacked inside the villa, is being carried by media around the world where they point out that this the second tourist shooting in weeks in the Turks and Caicos Islands.Police Commissioner James Smith, in a rare TV interview, where he appears on camera with ABC News explained that there were two men, that Police have not yet determined why the tourist was shot but that both suspects fled the scene immediately after the shooting and stole only a laptop.  It was explained in that Good Morning America news report on Sunday, that a special investigation team is on this case and Police are using security footage to help.No advisory against travel to this low crime destination has gone out by the US State Department, thankfully, but there is a warning for Americans to be alert to their surroundings.   The 57 year old victim, who was reportedly shot in the back, was on Saturday airlifted to Florida and he is in stable condition at hospital.#MagneticMediaNews#crimewaveimpactingtourisminTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Administration Misses Opportunity to Close Guantánamo Prison McCain Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Obama administration’s failure to complete a detailed plan for closing the military prison at Guantánamo Bay has cost it a prime opportunity for gaining Congress’ assent to transfer detainees to a U.S. facility, John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said this week.McCain, who supports closing Guantánamo, intended to include language in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill permitting the detention facility’s closure if the White House submitted a proposal that passed congressional muster. But despite its promise months ago, the administration failed to deliver a closure plan before conferees finished putting together the conference report for the annual defense policy bill, which was unveiled on Tuesday.If conferees had been able to see the plan and agreed with it “we would’ve put into the bill,” McCain said. “If the administration complains about the provisions on Guantánamo, it’s their fault because they never came forward with a plan, that we probably could’ve supported, to get rid of this issue,” he said, reported Defense One.“We acted as we had to, without any plan or blueprint from the administration,” McCain added.Instead, the bill returns to a stricter standard that would freeze the remaining population at Guantánamo for at least the next year. The legislation would prohibit the transfer of detainees to the United States, or the construction or modification of facilities in the United States for housing the detainees.In place of McCain’s initial plan for providing a pathway to closure, the final version of the authorization bill would require DOD to submit a plan within 90 days on the current and future detention of individuals, including a “specific facility or facilities that are intended to be used” for holding detainees, reported CQ.“The conferees expect that discussion to include an explanation of the department’s plan for the disposition of all detainees held at Guantanamo, on a case-by-case basis, and the costs associated with each element of that plan,” according to the conference report.A senior administration official said the White House strongly opposes language in the defense authorization bill that would “impede efforts to close” the Guantanamo detention center and said its closure plan will be ready soon.last_img read more

Karnatakas betting mafia now wagers for Lok Sabha candidates

first_imgWhen Michael was apprehended CBI officer said the investigators recovered Rs 17 lakh from the accused. [Representational Image] in the picture: Stacked bundles of demonetised notes seen.  Reuters [Representational Image]The betting fever has got hold of the people in Karnataka as they are eagerly pledging their land, cattle and money, that too huge sums to earn double of what they have paid.Now the gamble in the state is for who will win the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Earlier, a high wage was declared over the candidates of Mandya district, Sumalatha Ambareesh and Nikhil Kumaraswamy. As the district saw an amazing 80 per cent voter’s turnout (highest in the state) people are betting cash and other valuables on the outcome of the elections.According to the reports, there are several agents or bookies who collect cash from the people who want to place their bet over the preferred candidate in all parts of Karnataka. The betting scene has increased drastically after the first round of polls in Karnataka. While the youths are organising and placing bets on social media the older generation is pledging theirs inside their own circle or villages.While the capital city Bengaluru had a very low voter count, the people have not backed their interest in the elections due to the illegal betting.According to News9, BJP candidate Tejasvi Surya is a favourite among the betting mafia in Bengaluru South and the prices are also high here. For a bet of Rs 25,000, the winner can take as much as Rs 1,00,000 with him, which is triple the amount they have paid. The same scene amount is applicable to the Congress candidate DK Suresh from Bengaluru rural.In Bengaluru Central, the tough competition between the Congress candidate Rizwan Arshad and BJP’s PC Mohan has also created a curious wave among these betting mafias, reports News9.The rates may differ slightly from bookie to bookie, but the amount placed are ridiculous in the state. In Mandya, where there is a neck-to-neck fight between the JD(S) candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Independent candidate Sumalatha, there is higher bid on these candidates. The mafia is branching out to their client’s in order to flourish themselves in this illegal racket.The betting mafia has taken the state by storm with their doubled and tripled rates over the Lok Sabha candidates who are contesting from different constituencies of the state. People are also visiting the districts to understand the ground reality there in order to place their bets.The voters in Karnataka may shy out from exercising their franchise but not from illegal money making at this crucial time of elections and who knows maybe some of the millionaires will be born during this polling season.last_img read more

N Korea says no plans to meet US officials at Olympics

first_imgOympic-2018-North Korea-Members of North Korean cheering squad arrive at a hotel in Inje, South Korea on 7February 2018. Photo: ReutersNorth Korea has no intention of meeting US officials during the Winter Olympics that start on Friday, the KCNA news agency reported, dampening hopes the Games will help resolve a tense standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons programme.USbicepresident Mike Pence, who described North Korea as the world’s most tyrannical regime on Wednesday, flies in to South Korea on Thursday ahead of the opening ceremony in the mountain resort of Pyeongchang, just 80 kilometresfrom the heavily armed border with North Korea.The ceremony will also be attended by a senior delegation of North Korean officials, including the younger sister of leader Kim Jong Un and the North’s nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam.”We have never begged for dialogue with the United States and it will be the same going forward,” KCNA reported on Thursday, citing Cho Yong Sam, director-general of the North American department of North Korea’s foreign ministry.”To be clear, we have no intention of meeting with the US during our visit to South Korea”, and no plans to use the Winter Olympics as a political vehicle, Cho said.South Korea wants to use the event to re-engage with North Korea and open the way for talks to resolve one of the world’s most dangerous crises, in which US President Donald Trump and Pyongyang have swapped nuclear threats.Speaking after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on his way to South Korea, Pence said Washington would soon unveil “the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Koreaever”.US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions would be unveiled “in the coming weeks” and urged all countries to fully implement existing UN sanctions and to back the US pressure campaign by expellingNorth Korean “financial facilitators and trade reps”.North Korea is set to mark the founding anniversary of its army with a large military parade in Pyongyang on Thursday, having last month changed the date of the celebration to the eve of the Olympics.Pence will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul later on Thursday. On Friday, before he attends the Olympic opening ceremony, he will visit a memorial for 46 South Korean sailors killed in 2010 in the sinking of a warship that Seoul blamed on a North Korean torpedo attack.Pence is taking the father of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died last year after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months.Kim Yo Jong, the 28-year-old sister of the North Korean leader, will be sitting in the same stadium as VIP guests along with ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam.She will be the first member of the Kim family to cross the border into the South. Kim Yo Jong is a propaganda official and was blacklisted last year by the US Treasury Department over alleged human rights abuses and censorship.Japan’s Abe, whose nation has been within range of North Korean missiles for decades, will also attend the ceremony, adding to seating complications for hosts South Korea.South Korea asked the United Nations on Wednesday for an exemption to allow a UN. sanctioned North Korean official, ChoeHwi, to attend the opening ceremony with Kim Yo Jong.A group of 280 North Koreans arrived in South Korea on Wednesday to support athletes from the two sides at the Games. The group included a 229-member cheer squad, taekwondo performers, journalists, and the sports minister.last_img read more

Man killed in alleged gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo Illustration of gunfightA man was killed in a reported gunfight with police near Chandpur Bridge in Bhairab upazila of Kishoreganj early Wednesday, reports UNB.Deceased Mahram Ali, 32, of Kalipur Village in the upazila was a ringleader of a robber gang, claimed the law enforcement.Tipped off, that a gang of robbers was taking preparation to commit robbery in the area, police conducted a drive in the area around 2:00am, said Mokhlesur Rahman, officer in-charge of Bhairab police station.Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the robbers opened fire to them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.At one stage, police arrested Mahram with bullet injuries and took him to Bhairab upazila health complex where physicians declared him dead.Three policemen including sub-inspector Jahangir Alam were also injured in the gunfight, the police claimed.Mahram was wanted in several cases including that of robbery and drugs.An LG gun, five cartridges, two sharp weapons, 25 bottles of phensedyl and 100 yaba pills were recovered from the spot, the OC added.According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In January and February of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 50, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

7 killed in suicide attack near Kabul prison

first_imgA suicide bomber targeting a bus carrying employees of Kabul’s biggest prison killed at least seven people on Wednesday, officials said, in the latest attack in the Afghan capital.Another five were wounded in the blast near the facility, which police spokesman Basir Mujahid said had hit a vehicle that staff of Pul-e-Charkhi prison were travelling in.The attacker was on foot, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, but the Islamic State group has claimed most suicide attacks in Kabul in recent months.The attack comes days after a suicide bomber blew himself up near the entrance of Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission in Kabul, killing at least one person and wounding six.last_img

Railway west zone earns Tk 396b revenue

first_img.The west zone of Bangladesh Railway earned revenue worth around Tk 3.96 billion during the first nine months of the current 2018-19 fiscal year, a sharp rise of Tk 127.7 million than that of over the same period of the previous 2017-18 fiscal.Of the total earning, Tk 1.14 billion was earned by selling tickets to passengers while Taka 1.19 billion from goods and other parcels transportation. A total of Tk 3.83 billion was earned as revenue in first nine months of 2017-18 fiscal.West zone chief commercial manager Shah Newaz said the zone, covering Rajshahi, Rangpur and Khulna divisions, has been operating 159 trains, including 50 intercity and some inter-country ones, on different routes, including the capital city of Dhaka and Kolkata of India at present.Forty-six locals or shuttle and sixty-three commuter or mail trains are also being operated on various routes which are very popular among the passengers, he added.He stated that the number of passengers of intercity trains on various routes has increased significantly in the last couple of years.Considering the benefit of the passengers in general, he said 31 major stations have been brought under the modern computerized seat reservation and ticketing system. Some of those including Rajshahi have launched ticket selling and seat reservation through online system.Shah Newaj, however, said the revenue earning could be enhanced to a greater extent if the stations which remain dysfunctional are re-launched as early as possible.Additional chief operating superintendent Ahsan Ullah Bhuiyan said there are 76 out of total 238 stations remained inoperative for long due to various problems including shortage of stationmasters, points man, shunting man, booking clerk and other necessary staffs.At present, there are 249 vacant posts of station master out of 559 while 254 points-man posts out of 695.“We have installed computer based interlocking colour light signaling system in Chatmohar, Jamtoil, Bangabandhu Bridge West and Bangabandhu Bridge East stations on Ishwardi-Joydevpur section,” said Asim Kumar Talukder, Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer.The modern system has ensured security to train operation with boosting its operational facilities on the vital route.Backdated mechanical signaling system has been replaced by computer based signaling system in eleven other stations on Ishwardi-Darshana route, he added.Zone general manager Khandakar Shahidul Islam told BSS that many of the non-functioning stations are expected to be functional when the process of manpower recruitment will be completed.In order to improve passengers’ services and the railway sector as well, implementation works of ten infrastructural development projects are being implemented with an estimated cost of around Tk 166.27 billion at present.A non-stop intercity train has been launched for the first time on Dhaka-Rajshahi route last month for benefit of the passengers.The zone has also launched ‘Tungipara Express’ train on Rajshahi-Gopalganj route with another train ‘Pabna Express’ from Rajshahi to Pabna via Ishwardi bypass for the first time for convenience of passengers.“We are committed to providing safe, reliable, cost-effective and time efficient rail transport services everywhere in the zone through modernizing, expanding and maintaining rail system,” Shahidul Islam added.Modernizing signaling, interlocking and telecom systems and up gradation of locomotives, coaches and other rolling stocks are being maintained, he said.last_img read more

American Medical Association Elects Black Woman President

first_imgBy AFRO StaffDr. Patrice A. Harris, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, was recently elected president of the American Medical Association during its annual conference. When she assumes the helm in June 2019, she would become the first Black woman to hold the position.“It will be my honor to represent the nation’s physicians at the forefront of discussions when policymaker and lawmakers search for practical solutions to the challenges in our nation’s health system. I am committed to preserving the central role of the physician-patient relationship in our healing art,” said Dr. Harris in a statement.Dr. Patrice A. Harris, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, was recently elected president of the American Medical Association. (Twitter Photo)Founded in 1847, the AMA is the largest association of physicians and medical students in the U.S. and the first of its kind worldwide. It lobbies for a range of issues but its core mission is to support scientific advancement, set and maintain standards for medical education and medical ethics with an eye toward improved public health.Dr. Harris said she means to continue that long legacy of medical advocacy.“The American Medical Association has well-crafted policy concerning the changing health care environment in this country and I look forward to using my voice to help improve health care for patients and their physicians,” she said.Dr. Harris was first elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 2011 and has held the executive offices of AMA board secretary and AMA board chair. She has also chaired the influential AMA Council on Legislation and co-chaired the Women Physicians Congress.A private psychiatrist who consults with both public and private organizations on matters such as the emerging trends in practice and health care, Dr. Harris also is an adjunct assistant professor in the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.last_img read more

Labour union stops dispatch of first flush tea over unpaid dues

first_imgDarjeeling: The Himalayan Plantation Labour Union (HPWU), affiliated to the Gorkha National Liberation Front has stopped the dispatch of premium first flush manufactured tea from the Rangili-Rungliot tea estate in Darjeeling, protesting against the non-payment of dues to the tune of more than Rs 1.5 crore accumulated since 2011. “The management of the tea estate has not paid the second instalment of bonus as per agreement, along with other dues. Despite repeated requests the management has turned a deaf ear. We have stopped the dispatch of manufactured tea from the garden since April 14″, stated JB Tamang, general secretary of HPWU. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe dues include gratuity, provident fund, leave travel allowance, salary, wages, staff kitchen allowance, JCO and tea makers salary, medical bill and LTA of temporary workers.”Till February 14, 2018, the accumulated due was to the tune of Rs 1,45,76,481. Dues have continued accumulating since then. Gratuity has not been paid since 2011″, added Tamang.HPWU on Wednesday had submitted memorandums to the District Magistrate, Superintendent of Police and the Assistant Labour Commissioner of Darjeeling calling for legal action to be taken against the management. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”If the management pays the 2nd instalment of the bonus and part of the pending dues we will allow the dispatches. However, if they try to commence dispatch forcefully, we will stop the dispatch till the total due amount is paid up”, cautioned Sudesh Rai, branch president of HPWU.The union has made an appeal to other trade unions to join the agitation in order to create adequate pressure.The tea estate has 350 workers and around 100 staff and sub staff. It produces 1,60,000 kg of tea annually. The trade Union had earlier threatened to stop the dispatches of manufactured tea in all the 87 tea gardens, if the gardens fail to give the stipulated fringe benefits to the workers by April 21. “As per the Plantation Labour Act, workers working for 120 days in a year are entitled to fringe benefits. However, the management of the gardens is only providing fringe benefits to workers who have worked for at least 180 days. This needs to change. Till now, no tripartite meet has been called to resolve this issue. We will stop dispatch of tea in all the tea gardens in the Darjeeling hills from April 21 if our demands are not met”, threatened Tamang.last_img read more

Student killed one injured in bike mishap

first_imgKolkata: A Class 12 student was killed and his friend seriously injured when their bike skidded off the road on the Vidyasagar Setu here, police said on Sunday. Laloo Sahani (18) died and his friend Amit Balmiki (19) riding pillion received injuries after the bike hit the divider on the bridge and veered off the track on Saturday, a police officer said. Balmiki is undergoing treatment at the S S K M Hospital. The two, without wearing helmets, were coming from the Princep Ghat side at high speeds, he said, adding, Sahani was seen performing some stunts before the accident took place. Police is examining CCTV footage to ascertain the exact cause of the mishap.last_img

CostSaver now offering adventures in the Americas starting at 163day

first_imgTags: CostSaver, Mexico, Trafalgar Posted by CostSaver now offering adventures in the Americas starting at $163/day Share Travelweek Group center_img Friday, December 2, 2016 TORONTO — CostSaver, operated by Trafalgar, has announced that it is expanding its travel adventures to include the Americas, launching the brand new ‘USA, Canada & Mexico 2017’ program.Featuring both Regional Experiences and Panorama Tours styles of travel, the program showcases 14 different journeys throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico priced from $163 per day.“The response to the CostSaver Europe and Britain program has been wonderfully positive with our clients who love the value, ease and fun of our tours,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “For 2017, we are excited to launch our first ever CostSaver USA, Canada and Mexico program because we’ve listened to our guests who wanted Trafalgar to take them to new destinations and who know that with our itineraries everything is taken care of from hand-picked 3 and 4-star hotels and fantastic local meals, all at unbeatable prices.”Among the 14 value tours, clients have the chance to explore some of Mexico’s most memorable treasures on the eight-day ‘Mexico’s Great Copper Canyon’ priced from $235 per day, take in some of Canada’s most scenic views and plan their vacation to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on the 10-day ‘Wonders of the Canadian Rockies’ journey through Lake Louise, Jasper, Victoria and Vancouver priced from $185 per day, explore the ‘Landscapes of Eastern Canada and USA’ priced from $173 per day, or discover ‘California and the Golden West’ on a 14-day journey.For the month of December, agents can earn $25 gift cards for each client they book on any CostSaver tour. Clients will also receive a special gift of a $50 optional excursion voucher when they book a CostSaver trip.For more details go to costsaver.trafalgar.com. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more