Senate report urges more support schools for French education in BC

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia needs to build more French-only schools and increase access to French language education to support the province’s Francophone community and prevent children from losing their linguistic birthright, says a Senate report.The report by the Senate committee on official languages says the federal government is not assuming its leadership role to ensure access to French first-language or French second-language education in B.C.“It is essential for the federal government, with the support of its provincial counterpart, to oversee the implementation of constitutionally-guaranteed rights by ensuring citizen’s access to French first-language education, from early childhood to post secondary,” says the report.The report, Horizon 2018: Toward Stronger Support of French-language Learning in B.C., makes 17 recommendations for the federal government and says parents have the constitutional right to have their children educated in French, but there are too few schools and they are overcrowded.It says the B.C. government should work with the federation government to implement the advice.The recommendations include: improve access to Francophone schools, increase bilingualism among youth, review funding and accountability and support Francophone communities.It says there are also barriers to accessing French immersion programs in the province and programs need to be improved.The report calls on the federal government to negotiate new French education access and funding agreements with B.C. by next year.“The committee’s recommendations apply to Francophone schools, French immersion programs and B.C.’s French-speaking community, including Francophones and Francophiles, and the support to which they are entitled,” the report says.A spokesman for the B.C. Education Ministry said on Thursday that they weren’t prepared to comment while the government was in its transition phase after the provincial election.The report says B.C. parents who want their children enrolled in French immersion programs face barriers.“It is also necessary to give the opportunity for all young Canadians to become bilingual by giving them access to French immersion programs.”Attendance at B.C.’s Francophone schools increased by 75 per cent in the last 20 years and demand for French immersion programs grew by 65 per cent over the same time period, the report says.Schools across B.C. report shortages of French immersion teachers and in many school districts parents are forced to line up to register their children for limited numbers of spaces in French immersion programs, it says.last_img read more

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change says UBC study

first_imgVANCOUVER — High school students in Canada may not be getting the full story about climate change, according to a new study by researchers from the University of British Columbia and Lund University in Sweden.The study analysed high school science textbooks and curricula in all 13 provinces and territories and interviewed people responsible for curriculum design in six provinces.It found in general, Canadian curricula covers the facts that climate change is happening and that it’s caused by humans, but not the strength of the scientific consensus behind climate change, its impacts or solutions.“That’s important because if students don’t understand that there are solutions or that experts agree this is a problem that’s caused by humans, they’re unlikely to be motivated to help solve the problem,” said Seth Wynes, a UBC doctoral candidate and the lead author of the study.“We know that part of the role of science education in Canada as laid out in various provincial documents is to prepare students to be environmental citizens,” he added.The study rated the curricula on six core areas: basic knowledge of the physical climate, rising global temperatures, the human-caused nature of climate change, its negative consequences and the possibility of avoiding the most severe effects of climate change through implementing solutions that reduce emissions from fossil fuels.The researchers found performance on these key areas varies by province and territory.Initially, Wynes said he suspected that provinces with a greater presence of fossil fuel industry might have lower coverage of climate change in classrooms. But the study did not reveal a correlation.In fact, it found that curriculum in Saskatchewan, which has the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in Canada and whose emissions have been steadily rising, had the most comprehensive coverage of climate change, followed by Ontario.“It’s an encouraging indicator of how curricula are designed in Canada,” said Wynes.British Columbia covered three of the key areas — the physical climate, the fact climate change is caused by humans, and its impacts — and new grade 11 and 12 curriculum is set to be implemented in the coming school year.Nova Scotia and New Brunswick had the oldest curriculum documents and also the least comprehensive coverage of climate change. The study found mandatory courses only covered the fact the climate is warming.It also found Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island presented human-caused climate change as being up for debate among experts.There may also be differences in what documents are instructing teachers to teach and what students are actually learning, according to Wynes.“It can be difficult for teachers if they’re in a community where this issue is polarized. On the other hand, there’s space for teachers who are passionate about the subject to really dig in deeper and engage students on a higher level,” he said.Teachers need extra support and Canadian curricula may need revision because of the fast-changing nature of the climate crisis, added Wynes.“Fifteen years ago, there were some things we didn’t know. That’s going to change the learning objectives and it might also change the amount of focus you’re going to put on this subject,” he said.Wynes conceded that the study is limited by its analysis of science curriculum alone, and that other subjects and courses can sometimes incorporate climate change education. But, he said, for the most part, science courses are where climate change is addressed.Previously, Wynes was a high school science teacher who trained in Ontario and taught in the U.K. and northern Quebec.“I had a lot of conversations with students and answered their questions about climate change. They often came to me with a lot of misunderstandings,” Wynes said, noting some students were concerned about running out of fossil fuels — unaware that meeting national and global emissions reduction targets means leaving a large portion in the ground.Wynes was motivated to conduct the study partly by his own experience as a teacher and also by polling from around 2015, which suggested that a large portion of young adults in Canada who were in high school in the recent past weren’t that concerned about climate change.“For this generation, where climate change is going to have such a large impact on their future and is already having an impact on their present, it’s really important they understand the fundamental aspects of this problem so they’re able to contribute to decisions that are made by society or through actions in their own life,” Wynes said.Brenna Owen, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Celine Dion LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Céline Dion took a break from making the rest of us cry with her heavenly music to shed a tear herself at the Valentino Haute Couture show at Paris Fashion Week. It appears the singer was moved to tears not by the gorgeous couture parading before her, but for a much sweeter and heartbreaking reason: the musical accompaniment was the song she danced to with her late husband at their wedding.#IG | Celine Dion is overcome with emotion as “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” plays at the Valentino Haute Couture Fashion Show – 1/23/19 #PFW [2]— Céline Dion Daily✨ (@celinedionorg) January 24, 2019Several show attendees caught the singer shedding a tear as Roberta Flack’s First Time Ever I Saw Your Face played – the song that some fans pointed out was her first dance with her husband of almost 22 years, René Angélil. Angélil passed away in 2016 after a lengthy battle with throat cancer and was buried at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal exactly three years ago to the day. Login/Register With:last_img read more

International Monetary Fund approves 76 billion package for Pakistan

17 November 2008The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan have agreed to an assistance package worth $7.6 billion to help the Asian country combat the worst effects of the global financial turmoil. IMF staff and Pakistani authorities reached the agreement on the 23-month standby arrangement on Saturday, according to a press release issued by the Fund, which said the package falls under the institution’s emergency financing mechanism procedures.In the statement IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said the agreement had been struck after Pakistan developed a policy package to help the country meet its serious balance of payments difficulties.“The authorities’ programme has two main objectives: to restore the confidence of domestic and external investors by addressing macroeconomic imbalances through a tightening of fiscal and monetary policies; and to protect the poor and preserve social stability through a well-targeted and adequately funded social safety net,” Mr. Strauss-Kahn said.He added that the IMF support to Pakistan is part of a broader package that includes financing from other multilateral institutions and regional development banks, and he called on the international donor community to move quickly to support Pakistan as it implements its economic programme.The IMF has recently provided a series of financing agreements to help countries in need, including Hungary and Ukraine. read more

Teen arrested after police find flare gun modified to hold ammunition

A Hamilton teen is facing several charges after allegedly modifying a flare gun to hold ammunition. Over the weekend, police say they received information that a man was in possession of a handgun.Officers went to a home and found a flare gun sitting on a coffee table. “Police continued to check out the flare gun and noticed it had been modified to chamber .22 cali ammunition and it was loaded,” said Hamilton police in a news release. Ethan Holdsworth, of Hamilton, is facing multiple firearm-related charges as well as failure to comply with probation.

Naloxone saves mans life

OPP are crediting the quick thinking of a bystander with saving a man’s life, after administering naloxone.On Sunday morning police and paramedics were called to an address in Delhi for a man in medical distress.When the first responders arrived a female resident had already recognized the male’s distress was from an opioid overdose and immediately administered naloxone.As a result, the man was conscious, responsive, and walking by the time paramedics were on scene.“The bystander recognized that the male was in medical crisis and administered naloxone that ultimately saved his life. When someone is overdosing, minutes can make the difference between life and death,” said Norfolk OPP Inspector Joseph Varga.

Philippines UN seeks 65 million to provide lifesaving aid to survivors of

In a news release, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that the funds would be used for the so-called Action Plan for Recovery, which outlines how the humanitarian community – made up of UN agencies, international and local non-governmental organisations working alongside the Government – will deliver, over a six-month period, assistance to meet the priority needs of survivors. According to assessments, those needs are emergency shelter, water and sanitation, food and livelihoods. “The Plan will deliver urgently needed food, water and emergency shelter, and other urgent assistance to 480,000 seriously affected people in the worst hit areas,” OCHA stated. “In the weeks and months to come, support will be provided to assist emotional as well as physical recovery, with particular attention to the needs of the most vulnerable.” Typhoon Bopha, known locally as Pablo, cut across the southern Philippines between 4 and 7 December, triggering flash floods and landslides, killing hundreds, devastating houses and crops and affecting the lives of millions of people. It is the strongest typhoon to hit the area in decades. “I have seen total devastation of villages. Neighbourhoods are completely flattened and houses reduced to debris,” the world body’s Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines, Luiza Carvalho, said from Davao City in the affected area of southern Mindanao. “Entire communities, including pregnant women and children, have no shelter,” she said, adding that typhoon’s impact was “beyond imagination” and people desperately needed help. In the wake of the typhoon, humanitarian agencies immediately began helping the Government to respond by providing assistance, as requested, from existing stockpiles and carrying out joint rapid damage and needs assessments. On 7 December, the Government of the Philippines declared a state of national calamity and accepted the offer of international assistance made by the world body’s Humanitarian Country Team. In the longer term, OCHA added, the Action Plan for Recovery focuses particularly on the need to rehabilitate the agriculture sector. The humanitarian agency said that that farmers in Mindanao, one of the poorest areas of the Philippines, have seen their crops devastated, meaning that – in an area highly dependent on subsistence agriculture – thousands are now completely unable to provide for their families. “I am profoundly moved by the Filipino people and their determination to help each other during this time,” said Ms. Carvalho. “We pledge to work alongside them and the Government for as long as it takes to get everyone back on their feet.” read more

March decline for UK car manufacturing as industry repeats call for continued

UK car production declined in March, with demand falling -13.3% year on year, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 147,471 cars were built in British factories as the domestic market continued to slow, with demand falling -17.7%.Exports also declined, down -11.9% due to fluctuations in demand in some global markets. In addition, some manufacturers were impacted by the adverse March weather conditions which negatively affected production operations.Overall output in the first quarter of 2018 fell -6.3%, with 440,426 cars leaving production lines in total this year. Almost 80% of these were exported, and while demand from overseas customers fell -4.0% in Q1, this was dwarfed by the -14.1% decline in manufacturing for the UK market.Britain’s vehicle and component manufacturers are important contributors to the UK economy and are responsible for 13.0% of all the country’s export in goods. For every one pound generated by the industry, three pounds are delivered to the economy via adjacent sectors such as logistics, retail and finance, with SMMT calculations putting the total economic impact at £219 billion – 10% of UK GDP.1Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,A double digit decline in car manufacturing for both home and overseas markets is of considerable concern. Following recent announcements on jobs cutbacks in the sector, it’s vitally important that the industry and consumers receive greater certainty, both about future policies towards diesel and other low emission technologies, and our post-Brexit trading relationships and customs arrangements.Maintaining free and frictionless trade is an absolute priority – it has been fundamental to our past success and is key to our future growth.Notes to editors1 Calculation based on 2010 OECD ‘automotive’ output multiplier of up to 3 using 2017 projection using UK ONS official sources, estimates and projections to 2017. N.B Multiplier values will vary by country, position in economic cycle, activities within the value chain and between domestic and all traded linkages.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 147,471 cars roll off UK production lines in March, down -13.3% on same month in 2017.Output for home market falls for eighth consecutive month, by -17.7%, with exports also dropping -11.9%.Q1 manufacturing down -6.3% year on year to 440,426 units, with eight in 10 shipped overseas.SMMT restates need to maintain frictionless UK-EU trade, highlighting importance of automotive to Britain’s economy and jobs. read more

Marc Gasol Is Joel Embiids Kryptonite

To put it another way: Against average competition, Embiid rivals Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden as the most prolific scorer in basketball in terms of points per 100 possessions. But when he’s guarded by Gasol, he essentially turns into Dewayne Dedmon.At 7 feet tall and 250 pounds, Embiid can usually bully smaller defenders and tactically position himself in the post. But Gasol is too big to be pushed around, and it’s forcing Embiid out of his sweet spots. Throughout the series, Gasol has refused to cede ground to Embiid, denying the entry pass into the post and forcing Embiid to catch the ball outside of the paint. During the regular season, Embiid averaged 7.4 touches in the paint per game. Against Gasol and Toronto in the playoffs, Embiid is averaging just 4.2 touches in the paint per game.Another factor contributing to Embiid’s lack of paint touches is the crowd that’s been forming right around the basket. Fellow Sixer Ben Simmons can’t shoot outside of 10 feet and so positions himself near the rim, which brings his defender to effectively provide help defense when Embiid is in the post. That’s a problem especially when the help defender is Kawhi Leonard, the player who has guarded Simmons most of the series.To make up for his lack of paint touches, Embiid has had to rely on his jump shot to generate points. But that’s not his strong suit. In the regular season, Embiid shot 34 percent on jumpers. In this series, he’s just 10 for 37 (27 percent) on those shots. Gasol is forcing Embiid to do what he does least well, and it’s working to the Raptors’ advantage.The fact that Gasol has given Embiid trouble shouldn’t be all that surprising. Even at 34 years old, Gasol can still play like the defensive player of the year he once was. Just ask Nikola Vucevic: Gasol neutralized the All-Star center during the Raptors’ first-round series against the Magic. Vucevic scored just 17 points per 100 possessions when Gasol was the primary defender — a far cry from Vucevic’s season average of 32 points per 100 possessions.When Gasol was brought to Toronto in a midseason trade, it was reasonable to wonder whether the big Spaniard had enough in the tank to make a difference on a contending team. Those doubts have been put to rest, in part because Gasol has chiseled out a perfect role for himself. In Toronto, Gasol doesn’t need to anchor a defense while also serving as a primary scorer, like he was forced to do in Memphis. Instead, he’s able to focus on what he does best, which is lock down the opposing team’s best big man.In all fairness to Embiid, he’s reportedly battled through injury on top of illness during the playoffs. And if we’ve learned anything from his monster Game 3, it’s that a healthy Embiid can live up to his self-proclaimed title. The only question is whether he can do it consistently against an elite defensive stopper like Gasol.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Joel Embiid has described himself as the “most unstoppable player in the league” — and for good reason. When he’s at his best, like in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, he can make defenders look downright foolish as he pump-fakes his way into windmill dunks. But so far in Philadelphia’s series against Toronto, Game 3 has been the exception. The Raptors have all but shut Embiid down on the offensive end, thanks in large part to Marc Gasol — the man who has perfected the art of stopping the league’s most unstoppable player.Through five games of the series — which the Raptors lead 3-2 — Gasol has matched up with Embiid on 201 possessions, holding him to just 21 points per 100 possessions. That’s a significant dip from Embiid’s season average of 37 points per 100 possessions.If you think those numbers are obscured by Embiid’s recent upper respiratory problem, consider this: Over the past two seasons (which is as far back as the NBA’s matchup data goes), Gasol has played against Embiid on nine separate occasions (including the regular season and this year’s playoffs). During that stretch, the two have matched up on a total of 379 possessions. Embiid averages just 19 points per 100 possessions when Gasol is his primary defender, by far his lowest average against anyone who has guarded him on at least 100 possessions. read more

Students banned from accessing university emails for failing to pay rent against

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Compliance with consumer protection law is an important way to ensure that students have the right information to make informed decisions about what and where to study and are treated fairly when they get there.”The CMA declined to comment on whether they would be taking action against the University of Liverpool. The University of Liverpool has also been criticised by its students for setting “extortionate” rent prices. Rory Hughes, president of the Liverpool Guild of Students, said: “The University of Liverpool has one of the most extortionate rent portfolios for halls of residence in the country, in one of the cheapest student cities to live. “Currently, the average rent in halls is more than 110 per cent of the average student’s maintenance loan.”Last academic year, 16 per cent of students failed to pay their rent on time and are therefore subject to academic sanctions, compared to the national average of 1.7 per cent, according to The Tab student paper. A spokesman for the University of Liverpool said: “We always seek to deal with these matters in a fair and proportionate way and we are of course aware of the guidance provided by the CMA.“The University keeps its approach to sanctions for non-payment of residential costs under review and is working with the Liverpool Guild of Students and others to discuss this, and additional support for students in arrears.”   Students have been banned from accessing university emails and shut out from campus libraries after failing to pay rent, it has been revealed.  Undergraduates at the University of Liverpool who live in university-owned accommodation and are unable to pay their rent on time are being handed “academic sanctions”, contrary to Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) guidance. Punishments include being locked out the library and being denied access to their university account which allows students to submit coursework and respond to emails. Students are not allowed to enroll for the next academic year if their rent remains unpaid.They could even be prevented from graduating if their debts have not been paid off, according to the university’s guidance. Academic penalties for non-academic debt are prohibited by the CMA.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––In 2017, 687 Liverpool students were given sanctions. It was found that they are subsequently 12.9 per cent less likely to successfully complete the year and were almost twice as likely to resit exams, according to the university’s assessment feedback working group.In July 2016, the CMA published an open letter to all British universities telling them that they could “no longer apply academic sanctions when students are in non-academic debt”. Nisha Arora, the CMA director, has previously said: “Students shouldn’t be prevented from graduating or re-enrolling because they owe money for accommodation or other non-academic services. read more

Skube ahead of Veszprem A very hard place to play

Sebastian Skube from Bjerringbro-Silkeborg knows how difficult it is to play in Veszprem. He expects a very tough game for the Danish champions when they visit on Saturday.The Slovenian playmaker of Bjerringbro-Silkeborg, Sebastian Skube, scored seven goals last time he visited Veszprem. With his former club of RK Celje, he was millimeters from making quite a big upset back in 2013 but in the last seconds, Celje missed a penalty and the chance to draw. Instead, Telekom Veszprem won like many time before and since on the dreaded home court. The home court Veszprem Arena that was awarded best home court in the VELUX EHF Champions League earlier this season.– I have played in Veszprem quite a few times. It is a very hard place to play. There is a very intense crowd and Veszprem is one of the strongest teams in the world, said Sebastian Skube, before he once again visit Veszprem Arena when Bjerringbro-Silkeborg play Telekom Veszprem in the VELUX EHF Champions League on Saturday.– There is a huge difference between playing in Veszprem and playing in Denmark. I Denmark there is a little group of supporters among the spectators, while 5.000 people in red shirts cheer on their team in Veszprem, told Sebastian Skube, who as Slovenian know the special Balkan atmosphere very well.The Danish champions of Bjerringbro-Silkeborg is highly underrated against Telekom Veszprem, who have reached the VELUX EHF Champions League final in the last two seasons. The fact, that Telekom Veszprem have no less than 11 newcomers while only two players left the club before this season, tells the story about one of the strongest squads in the world with world class players like Momir Ilic, Aron Palmarsson and Laszlo Nagy in front. Telekom Veszprem has almost 30 skilled players in their squad and any Danish club would be lucky just to own number 20 and 21 in the Veszprem-hierarchy.– They have a great team. They have over 20 players on an international level with a lot of experience. It is a team without weak spots, said Skube.So it would be a huge surprise if you win in Veszprem?­– If anybody wins in Veszprem, it is a surprise.Bjerringbro-Silkeborg travel to Hungary with high heads after a win on Wednesday against TTH Holstebro. The Danish champions was down by 20-13 at half time against the team they beat in last season’s final in the Danish Championship, but in a crazy second half Bjerringbro-Silkeborg managed to turn the game around and win by 34-33.– It was an important win for us yesterday but we have many things to learn. We have to be mentally prepared and it is not enough just to play well in the second half, when we play in the VELUX EHF Champions League. Usually, we play on a high and stabile level and we need to do that again on Saturday, told the only non-Danish player in the Bjerringbro-Silkeborg squad.– In order to have just a small chance to win in Veszprem, all of us need to play a very good game and at the same time, Veszprem shall have a bad game. We do not hoist the white flag. We will fight for the upset but it will be very difficult for us.Throw off between Telekom Veszprem and Bjerringbro-Silkeborg is Saturday afternoon at 17.00. The game will be live on DR3 Denmark, Sport 1 Hungary and bjerringbro-silkeborgSebastian Skube ← Previous Story Significant win of TATRAN over Medvedi in Chekhov Next Story → RK Vardar score 40 against champions from Kielce! read more

Layoffs Begin At YukonKuskokwim Health Corporation

first_imgThe Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation started handing out pink slips on Monday.YKHC officials announced the layoffs in May.Download AudioOfficials said the reduction was necessary due to an $11.7 million budget shortfall. They say the shortfall is due to several factors: sequester cuts to Indian Health Service funding, not meeting revenue collection goals and hefty investments in a new elders home and a new medical records system.It’s the second round of cuts in less than a year. Last fall around 50 positions were cut.110 employees will be let go across departments and 50 more vacant positions will not be filled. Officials say village clinics will be impacted, but no doctors will be cut.YKHC consists of a regional hospital in Bethel, nine regional facilities and 47 village clinics. The corporation employs around 1,500 people and has an annual payroll of $70 million.Officials say the layoffs will continue this week and they’ll release more information Friday.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday June 3 2019

first_imgAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau Alaskans weigh in over Carnival Corporation’s deal with federal prosecutors Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka Juvenile shoots 2 in woods off Anchorage arena Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNews A new bill in the state Senate would provide for a sixteen hundred dollar Permanent Fund Dividend this year. It would keep state spending on the dividend within the mandates of a law passed last year that aims to allow the fund to grow by keeping draws from fund earnings at a sustainable level. As Carnival Corporation executives appeared Monday in a federal courtroom in Miami to answer for felony probation violations, Southeast Alaskans penned letters to the court urging the judge to take tough action. A stretch of the Denali Park Road sits atop a creeping landslide. And it’s picking up speed. ‘Sketches of Schizophrenia’ captures Anchorage family’s struggle June Leffler, KSTK – Wrangell Work has started on Wrangell’s new hospital. A tribal nonprofit health consortium is replacing the city-owned medical center that had been struggling financially. Anchorage police are looking for a suspect who shot two people, killing one, on Sunday near a trail in the heart of the city. Two more felony sexual assault charges have been brought against a Sitka physician, bringing the total now to 13. Associated Press Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau Felony count climbs to 13 in sexual assault case against Sitka doctor Officials at Denali National Park and Preserve are studying whether the existing path of the park’s 92-mile road can be spared from a creeping landslide, in what scientists say could be a preview of Denali’s future as its permafrost thaws. Amy Mostafa, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Ground broken at soon-to-be SEARHC hospital in Wrangell Alaska’s Tlikakila and Koyukuk Rivers get own Forever Stamps Two of Alaska’s rivers are now featured on their own postage stamps on sale across the country. Bill would provide $1,600, with aim of growing permanent fund Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Author Marin Sardy grew up in Anchorage, fishing, hiking and camping with her family — all experiences Sardy remembers fondly. But she also saw her brother, who suffered from schizophrenia, go from a hearty, adventurous Alaska man, to living homeless in Anchorage.last_img read more

Slew of measures to help speciallyabled voters

first_imgKolkata: Election officials of the North Kolkata Parliamentary constituency segment have initiated various steps to reach out to the specially-abled voters under its jurisdiction and encourage them to exercise their electoral franchise.Braille-enabled Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) will be arranged for visually-impaired voters, officials are visiting the homes of the specially-abled persons to know about their disabilities and locations, a ramp will be put up on the ground with handrail so that wheelchairs can be rolled on the them and some of them will picked up from home and dropped back after the voting process. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe North Kolkata will go to poll in the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections on 19 May. The district election officer (DEO) of North Kolkata, Dibyendu Sarkar, has already directed the other election officials to make all the necessary arrangements to ensure a pleasant voting experience for all the specially-abled voters. The officials have also been asked to chalk out a detailed plan to help differently-abled voters to exercise their franchise without any difficulties. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe office of the DEO has already carried out a survey to identify these voters and their locations in order to make special arrangements for them on the day of poll. The poll personnel have started visiting their homes to know about their disabilities and what kind of assistance they would need to reach polling booths to cast their votes. They have been asked to collect details of the locations and contact numbers of such voters. According to district election officer Dibyendu Sarkar, there are altogether 1,500 differently abled voters in North Kolkata. The election officials have prepared a list of these voters with the data provided by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the office of the commissioner for persons with disabilities. “We are making necessary arrangements for the differently-abled voters at the polling stations. A ramp will be put up on the ground with handrail so that wheelchairs can be rolled on the ramp. Voters with physical deformities need not to stand in the queue and they will be allowed to cast their votes the moment they step into the booth,” Sarkar said. Sarkar further said: “Braille-enabled Electronic Voting Machines will be arranged for visually-impaired voters. There will be special arrangements for elderly voters as well. We have decided to arrange 150 wheelchairs in North Kolkata. Vehicles and wheelchairs will be arranged for persons requiring special assistance. We have already spoken to various organisations and NGOs to arrange for wheelchairs. Arrangements will be made to pick up these individuals from their homes and drop them back after voting.” An audio-visual documentary for specially-abled people has been released by the District Election Officer where these voters have been urged to cast their votes. The video will encourage the specially-abled people to take part in the election process, said a senior election official.last_img read more

Taxi app expected to revolutionise cab service

first_imgA new application, Taxify, which is being launched on Wednesday in Nicosia is expected to revolutionise the taxi sector in Cyprus.The app allows users to set their location and see where the nearest partner taxi is and order it. The taxi can be tracked heading to the customer’s location and indicates how long far away it is and how long it will take to arrive.Customers can also track their routes while inside the cab, preventing drivers from taking longer routes and overcharging for trips. Customers will also be able to pay via their phones.Taxify, which is being used in Europe already will start operating in the capital, with an expansion of services to the whole island planned in the near future.According to the Cyprus News Agency, the application was created in Estonia and has been a great success in Europe, Central America and Africa. With 5 million users in 30 countries and with transactions over $ 1 billion, it is today the most rapidly growing technology company in Europe.Sotiris Tigarides, head of the service in Cyprus, said the company will use only registered taxis with professional taxi drivers who are mostly self-employed and will be able to continue to work with both existing taxi offices and Taxify.Customer safety and the legal aspects of the industry will be a priority, he said.The app will offer different payment methods and has a ratings utility. It is available for Android, iOS and Windows phones.Drivers are charged a commission of only 15 per cent, while other, similar applications charge 25 to 30 per cent, he explained.You May Likewww.TheDiabeticGuide.com12 Warning Signs of Diabeteswww.TheDiabeticGuide.comUndoCollegeBuzzoTop 10 Universities In The Amazing Hotels In Striking Locations You Must Visit! Greece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Teachers union asks for designated smoking rooms in schools

first_imgSECONDARY teachers’ union Oelmek is asking the education ministry to recall its announcement on the total ban of smoking in schools and called for the creation of smoking rooms for teachers.The education ministry sent a circular to schools in April reminding teachers that smoking is banned from all school areas, internal and external, citing the legislation but also pedagogical reasons.All those teachers who do not abide, the circular said, will be reprimanded and in the case of serial offenders, the ministry’s rules also provide for interruption of their pay increments by up to six months.In his letter to the minister, Costas Kadis, the head of Oelmek Demetris Taliadoros is asking for the recall of the circular in question including the provision on the sanctions non-abiding teachers are subject to.“We find the provision in question unacceptable and with which we believe the relations between educators will be upset, but mainly it will cause conditions of unnecessary friction between parents and students and teachers,” the letter to the minister said.Oelmek, the letter said, does not disagree with banning smoking in the yard and within school grounds, but is asking for the designation of smoking rooms, “as per the ruling of the attorney general”.The union also said that there is an “intense problem” in schools as many pupils smoke, and proposes the launch of a campaign to “shape anti-smoking awareness” within the student population.The ministry in its circular had said that the total ban on smoking in schools is “the most substantial prevention measure”.According to existing legislation, smoking is prohibited in all workplaces and public buildings, including schools and hospitals excluding open-air spaces.Even though the legal services excluded school yards from smoking bans in a 2012 ruling, the circular said, the ministry still has the right to impose a total ban for educational purposes while violation of its rules constitutes a disciplinary offence.“Furthermore, based on the existing legislation, it is not allowed to create smoking rooms in places where smoking is banned like schools,” it said.Consequently, it said, teachers or other adults smoking indoors in schools is a criminal offense based on the existing legislation, while teachers smoking in outdoor school premises violate the pedagogical role of the school and is a disciplinary offence.The total ban on smoking in schools will prepare the ground for shaping a smoke-free culture, it said.The new bill on smoking which is currently under discussion by the House health committee, stipulates that smoking will be prohibited in all workplaces, hospitals and schools, including open spaces. The bill aims to replace the existing law on smoking controls and to align national legislation with the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive.According to the bill, electronic cigarettes, herbal smoking products and water pipes (hookah), will also be prohibited.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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