Rapports détape sur les objectifs environnementaux et économiques

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais vivent dans une province plus propre, plus écologique et plus durable grâce à des engagements pris par le gouvernement en vue de devenir l’un des endroits les plus durables au monde, du point de vue environnemental et économique, d’ici 2020. Le ministre de l’Environnement, Mark Parent, et le ministre du Développement économique, Angus MacIsaac, ont publié aujourd’hui 14 mai des rapports qui présentent les progrès réalisés par la province en ce qui a trait au respect de ses engagements dans la loi sur l’environnement et sur la prospérité durable (Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act) et dans la stratégie Possibilités pour une prospérité durable. « Aujourd’hui, je suis fier d’indiquer à tous les Néo-Écossais que nous progressons dans l’atteinte de nos objectifs, qui sont plutôt agressifs, » a dit M. Parent. « Notre succès environnemental et économique continu fait de la Nouvelle-Écosse un endroit encore meilleur où il fait bon vivre, travailler et élever une famille. » La loi établit 21 objectifs à très long terme pour la province, qui varient de la réduction des émissions atmosphériques et des déchets aux nouvelles normes relatives à l’énergie pour les édifices et la protection accrue de nos terres et de nos cours d’eau. Le rapport démontre que des progrès ont été réalisés, incluant le règlement sur les déchets électroniques visant à réduire les taux de déchets jetés, la protection d’une plus grande superficie de terres en vertu de la loi, et un plan d’action en réaction aux changements climatiques. « Afin d’assurer la prospérité future de la Nouvelle-Écosse, nous devons travailler ensemble : tous les ordres de gouvernement, les entreprises, les groupes communautaires et chaque Néo-Écossais, » a dit M. Parent. La loi appuie l’initiative Possibilités pour une prospérité durable, une stratégie de croissance économique pour la Nouvelle-Écosse. Elle aidera la province à atteindre un rendement économique égal ou supérieur à la moyenne nationale d’ici 2020 et à jeter les bases pour une croissance continue. « Ce gouvernement crée des conditions gagnantes pour profiter des possibilités d’aujourd’hui sans compromettre notre avenir, » a dit M. MacIsaac. « Notre stratégie de croissance économique combine les systèmes environnementaux, sociaux et économiques afin de renforcer le capital financier, matériel, naturel, humain et social. » Le deuxième rapport annuel sur la stratégie met en évidence les domaines de croissance et de progrès envers un climat d’affaires solide. Par exemple, les programmes gouvernementaux tels que le programme Opportunités Nouvelle-Écosse contribuent à assurer une main-d’oeuvre douée et solide à l’appui du développement des affaires. L’outil amélioré de remise sur les salaires de Nova Scotia Business Inc. permet une plus grande flexibilité et aide les entreprises à améliorer leur caractère concurrentiel. Il aidera Parrsboro Metal Fabricators Ltd. à maintenir au moins 68 emplois à temps plein au cours des cinq prochaines années alors que l’entreprise concentrera ses efforts sur l’expansion de sa gamme de produits de chauffage éconergétiques. Un autre exemple est le concours I-3 Technology Start-Up de InNOVAcorp. InNOVAcorp collaborera avec 50 des 121 entrepreneurs qui ont participé au concours afin de les aider à prendre les mesures nécessaires pour créer des entreprises axées sur le savoir. Pour plus d’information au sujet de la loi sur l’environnement et sur la prospérité durable et son rapport d’étape, consultez le site Web du ministère de l’Environnement au www.gov.ns.ca/nse. La stratégie Possibilités pour une prospérité durable et son rapport d’étape peuvent être consultés sur le site Web du ministère du Développement économique au www.gov.ns.ca/econ/ofsp.last_img read more

Jet Saga Buyers await regulators scrutiny of airlines flying license

first_imgNew Delhi: With prospective buyers lining up to take a shot at bagging Jet Airways cheap, its prime asset — the flying license — is under the aviation regulator’s scrutiny that might derail the NCLT-backed resolution process. Industry insiders privy to the development say that buyers are waiting for the final word from the regulator which is expected to be announced on July 16. Even the bankers to the now grounded airline are nervous. A revoked Air Operator Certificate (AOC) will render lower than expected recovery from the airline which has an outstanding of over Rs 8,000 crore. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep A meagre return will be equivalent to bank’s taking a massive haircut, somewhere in the tune of over 90 per cent. However, since the NCLT has stated that matter of resolution at Jet Airways is considered to be of “national importance”, the resolution professional is widely expected to request the aviation regulator to extend the AOC’s validity. At the same time, buyers have shown interest in the grounded airline. Recently, London-based AdiGroup partnered with Jet Airways Employee Consortium partnered to bid for 75 per cent stake of Jet under the insolvency resolution process. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs AdiGroup Chairman Sanjay Viswanathan said the combined bidding entity expects a likely investment of Rs 2,500 crore-Rs 5,000 crore, adding that the exact figures will be reached once complete financial details about the company’s liability emerge. Similarly, he did not reveal the source of funding, but said that AdiGroup will hold 49 per cent followed by employees consortium’s 26 per cent and the rest will be handed to Indian lenders. The NCLT process entails that resolution professional will first finalise a list of genuine claimants of due money from Jet. It has asked all to submit claims before the IRP by July. A committee of creditors will then be formed which will invite expression of interest (EoI) from potential bidders. If a bid is approved by a majority of CoC members, only then resolution can move ahead. A formal concurrence from the NCLT, though, will be required. Till recently, domestic lenders group led by SBI was in the process of selling the airline to recover their dues of over Rs 8,000 crore, but the plan fell apart as only Etihad gave its offer. Consequently, last week, a SBI insolvency plea was admitted by the NCLT to take the company under the resolution process. Besides the lenders, the airline is estimated to have a total liability of about Rs 25,000 crore which includes dues of operational creditors. Running out of cash, Jet Airways had suspended its entire operations on April 17. Subsequently, the government re-allocated the airline’s slots and foreign traffic rights to rival carriers.last_img read more

Fisheries Department announces conservation measures to protect chinook in BC

first_imgVANCOUVER — The federal government has announced commercial and recreational fishing restrictions in British Columbia as a way to conserve chinook salmon returning to the Fraser River this season.The Fisheries Department’s regional director general Rebecca Reid says urgent protection measures include the closure of a commercial fishery involving seven endangered stocks.Reid says an independent committee of wildlife experts and scientists conducted an assessment last November and determined seven chinook populations on the Fraser River are endangered, four are threatened and one is of special concern.One area salmon was considered not at risk while three others were not assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.Reid says harvest management measures alone won’t deal with declining numbers of chinook in recent years due to multiple factors including warming waters because of climate change and destruction of habitat that must be rebuilt.She says last year’s catch reduction by one-third to limit pressure on the stocks was not enough and the decrease in chinook also affects southern resident killer whales that depend on the salmon as their preferred prey.Reid told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a five-year plan to manage chinook and is committed to working with the B.C. government.“Collaboration with the B.C. government, Indigenous groups and stakeholders is a cornerstone of the implementation plan,” she says, adding the department will also consult with the province on land and water-use policies that impact critical habitat.“Community advisers and DFO work alongside the stewardship community, building partnerships with the community to support salmon and salmon protection and education activities at the local level across British Columbia.”Regional resource manager Jeff Grout says protection measures for the commercial sector in the northern community of Haida Gwaii mean no retention of chinook until August 20, a delay of about two months from the normal start of that fishery.Nicole Gallant, chief of enforcement operations for the department’s Pacific region, says 140 fisheries officers will be conducting patrols by land, air and water in order to monitor compliance.She urges the public to report poachers.The department says it will work with recreational and fish harvesters to look for additional fishing opportunities for stocks such as coho and halibut.Other limitations include:— On the west coast of Vancouver Island, the troll fishery that typically starts in May has been closed until August 1 to allow stocks of high concern to migrate there.— A small fishery that harvests chinook for sale in Kamloops Lake has been closed for the season.— A mix of management measures in the recreational sector on the west coast of Vancouver Island mean chinook can be retained starting this week and until July 14, after which there will be a return to the normal limit of two chinook a day.— In the southern Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, measures to protect chinook stocks of concern will include no retention of the salmon until July 31 before one chinook a day will be allowed in August, followed by an increase to two chinook daily.— For the recreational fishery in the Fraser River, no fishing for chinook will be allowed until late August and then no chinook can be retained for the season.— No new measures have been announced for the northern B.C. recreational sector, where the normal limit is two chinook per day.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Women protest outside SC over clean chit to CJI

first_imgNew Delhi: Several women including lawyers, activists and members of NGOs on Tuesday protested outside the Supreme Court after an in-house panel of the court cleared Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment charges.The women were detained by the police and taken to the Mandir Marg Police station. Soon after, prohibitory orders banning the assembly of four or more people were imposed outside the Supreme Court in the heart of Delhi. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe women held placards as they protested against the clean chit given to the Chief Justice by the in-house committee of his colleagues. “Do Constitutional rights to protest not apply to the Supreme Court?” tweeted noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan. CPI-M leader Brinda Karat said: “The procedure seems to be totally unjust. Why can’t the victim be given the report? It’s wrong. When they are dismissing the matter, more questions are being raised about the procedures adopted by the Supreme Court. It’s an injustice.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe protest comes after a three-judge top court panel headed by Justice S.A. Bobde found no substance on Monday in the sexual harassment allegations levelled by a former apex court employee against Chief Justice Gogoi. On Tuesday, the woman asked the in-house probe committee for a copy of the report giving a clean chit to the CJI. “I have a right to know how, why and on what basis have your Lordships found my complaint to have ‘no substance’,” she said, adding she was “deeply shocked” on the outcome of the committee’s findings. “Despite my detailed affidavit, ample corroborative evidence and clear, consistent statement reiterating my experience of sexual harassment and consequent victimization, the Committee has found no substance in my complaint and affidavit,” she said.last_img read more

A Model to Implement Moroccan Development

Rabat – In terms of human development potential, Morocco is a nation of immense promise. It is where gifted fortunes of nature (including agricultural) come together with dynamic social development Frameworks that could launch the country into a bottom-up haven in Africa and the Near East of community-managed projects and change.Sadly, however, for the majority of people, the application of the country’s combined initiatives for development is not seeming consequential.  The problem is that Morocco’s programs for national growth and development through people’s participation are not being orchestrated together. Integrating these programs would enable their mutual reinforcement to promote accelerated growth and success of development initiatives. Commenting on the calls in Morocco, publicly by King Mohammed VI, that the nation must now reconsider its development model: I submit that it is specifically the model to implement the nation’s development model that requires the major reevaluation and overhaul.These Moroccan Frameworks–among others, including those that intend to advance women’s and youth empowerment–set out to structurally guide local and national growth:1) The Municipal Charter, amended in 2010, requires the creation of multi-year community development plans that are formed by people’s participation;2) The National Initiative for Human Development was launched in 2005 to provide access to sub-nationally managed funding for multidimensional development projects; and3) The Decentralization Roadmap, first unveiled in 2008, innovatively synthesizes three pathways–delegation, deconcentration, and devolution–to empower regions in development;How can the three Frameworks better fulfill their individual purposes, and how can they relate with each other to create human development that is sustained by the local beneficiaries?The first Framework, the Municipal Charter, requires locally elected representatives to assist participatory community planning in the determination of projects.  This could and should be a major pathway for sustainable development to take hold, due to the fact that people’s participation (along with finance) is the key factor of sustainability.Further, people-driven projects, instituted in the Municipal Charter, are necessary for sustainable development and actualization of the other Frameworks that compose the Moroccan model.  However, in Morocco there is a constant challenge: elected members to municipal councils are typically not trained in facilitating participatory methods.Catalyzing widespread, inclusive development projects, means first implementing experiential training programs for university students, school teachers, technicians, civil society members, elected officials, and local people, for example, to be active agents of participatory development. Through training-by-doing, the aforementioned municipal development plans can then reflect the actual will of the people in regards to the projects and future they most want.The second Framework, Morocco’s National Initiative for Human Development, is a national fund for infrastructure projects, capacity-building, social and cultural revitalization, and job generating activities on sub-national levels. This fund should include a multi-billion-dollar budget over five years for participatory planning training and community-identified projects.The NIHD should primarily help actualize the development projects designed according to the Municipal Charter.  Indeed, the NIHD and the Municipal Charter can only be successful if they work in tandem.  NIHD should help fund the participatory development plans embodied in the Charter, and finance projects that local people expressed they most need and want to implement.Third, the “Roadmap” of Moroccan decentralization–taken from the public statements of the King of Morocco since 2008–aims to utilize ongoing national level engagement (devolution) along with sub-national partnerships (deconcentration), to help implement community projects (delegation).  In other words, the Moroccan pathway aims to rally national resources and partnerships for local development, which in principle is good for the sake of sustainability.Without the Municipal Charter and the NIHD working together, however, adequate decentralized arrangements of public administrations will not be enduring.  Overall in Morocco, decentralization is not significantly taking hold, which further adds to the suppression of new local development. The national level still generally decides the parameters, terms, cases, and situations for sub-regional actions.As far as destabilizing political outcomes that may be a concern and caused by decentralization, as described in international cases, the following seems clear in regards to the Moroccan case, certainly based on my experience: the entire emphasis of people during community-based discussions centers on livelihoods and meeting immediate human needs. I have observed no basis for concerns that stem beyond these developmental factors.Understandably, executing decentralization, particularly in regards to its pace, is a delicate process.  The local level is stratified socio-economically, environmentally, and in regards to gender just as it is on the societal level and globally.  Advancing decentralization quickly can be fraught with unhelpful consequences, such as entrenching further the locally affluent and political classes. However, genuine implementation of the Municipal Charter in close conjunction with the NIHD could create the needed participatory democratic conditions which would enable Morocco to eventually opt for an emerging form of communalization–or decentralized management to the municipal level.The Moroccan Frameworks for development bear essentially what are needed in order for sustainable development for marginalized areas and groups to be catalyzed with enduring results.  The Municipal Charter could provide the plans for projects that the NIHD may then help accomplish.  Decentralized arrangements are subsequently built in that wake of community project implementation that involves multi-sectoral partnership.Moroccan agriculture, with its enormous income-generating and environmental-enhancing potential, can and should be the engine for self-reliant financing of the people’s projects.  Agriculture projects may also become identified and determined through the process of implementing the mandates of the Municipal Charter.It is not the insufficiency of these Frameworks that accounts for the hardships that afflict Moroccan people, especially in rural areas.  It is their inadequate implementation stemming from a considerable lack of their popular understanding and the skills that are needed in order to translate them into reality.  I have found that all that is needed is to give men and women of all ages the chance to come together for community workshops that if followed through can ultimately deliver the projects that they and their families have hoped for far too long. read more

Myanmar and UN agriculture agency agree framework to improve nutrition and food

The launch of the CPF follows intensive consultations and agreements with the Ministry of Planning and Finance and relevant line ministries, civil society organizations (CSOs), the private sector and other development partners.Specifically, the CPF intends to help the Government achieve three primary goals.Enhanced food security, nutrition and food safetyStrengthened governance and sustainable management of land, forests, water resources and ecosystemsEnhanced resilience of local communities and farming households to natural and humanitarian disasters, climate change and transboundary and emerging infectious disease risks.Despite having reached a state of self-sufficiency in staple foods, food insecurity, particularly seasonal food insecurity, remain a concern across Myanmar, which risks being worsened due to climate and weather-related shocks and instances of social instability. Myanmar had experienced a rapid decline in malnutrition figures in just a few decades. The prevalence of stunting among children below the age of five was reduced from around 40 per cent in the 1990’s to less than 30 per cent in 2016 but the improvements have since slowed.“With nearly one child in three stunted much work remains to be done for Myanmar to achieve SDG-2, the Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger by 2030,” said Ms. Kadiresan. “But the fact that the Government and FAO have produced and published this comprehensive framework sets us on a clear path forward.” “FAO is ready to do its part to help,” she added. “The agriculture sector has a major role to play in addressing [the] sustained rates of food insecurity and malnutrition through agricultural diversification and rural income generation,” Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said at the launch of the accord in Nay Pyi Taw.The Country Programming Framework (CPF) was signed by U Than Aung Kyaw, Director General, Foreign Economic Relations Department (FERD), Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations (MIFER) and Ms Xiaojie Fan, FAO Representative in Myanmar. read more

Annual main campus switch from heating to cooling

Facilities Management is busy preparing the main campus cooling systems at the central chilling plant for summer operation. Due to the type of heating and cooling system that is used at Brock University, many buildings on the Main Campus are not capable of heating and cooling during the same cycle. With the arrival of unseasonably warm temperatures and lower outside temperatures at night, building heating at this time of year still remains a priority. As typical springtime daily cycles of low nighttime temperatures and higher daytime temperatures continue, some areas on the main campus will experience higher than normal temperatures during regular office hours. Facilities Management staff will continue to make the main campus as comfortable as possible by bringing in cool fresh air to the areas that are normally cooled by the central chilling plant unit until nighttime heating is no longer required.If your area experiences cooling issues please refrain from operating any heat producing equipment which is not necessary and shut off any lighting that is not required. Offices with windows should close blinds when possible to keep out radiant heat.If your area is experiencing any extreme or ongoing cooling issues please notify Facilities Management at x3717 or facilitiesmanagement@brocku.ca or Dave McArthur, Associate Director, Maintenance & Utilities at dmcarthur@brocku.ca so the situation can be investigated. read more

Surgeon admits marking his initials on patients livers during transplant ops

first_imgQueen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham After Bramhall’s pleas were entered, prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC said the Crown accepted the medic’s not guilty pleas in a case which was “without legal precedent in criminal law”.Bramhall, who appeared in the dock wearing a pink shirt and dark suit, was granted unconditional bail and will be sentenced on January 12.Judge Paul Farrer allowed Bramhall to stand in front of the dock, in the well of the court, as the surgeon pleaded guilty to assaulting a patient whose name is protected by a court order during an operation in August 2013. Describing the offences as an abuse of position, Mr Badenoch said they had been carried out with a disregard for the feelings of unconscious patients.The prosecutor said of the assaults: “It was an intentional application of unlawful force to a patient whilst anaesthetised.”His acts in marking the livers of those patients were deliberate and conscious acts. “Suffice to say, for current purposes, these pleas meet the broad public interest.”It will be for others to decide whether and to what extent his fitness to practise is impaired.”The offence of assault by beating was brought against Bramhall to reflect the act of marking the liver and there is no suggestion that he was responsible for physically “beating” either patient.Crown Prosecution Service  specialist prosecutor Elizabeth Reid said: “Simon Bramhall was a respected surgeon who assaulted two of his patients while they were undergoing surgery.”It was an intentional application of unlawful force to a patient whilst anaesthetised. His acts in marking the livers of those patients, in a wholly unnecessary way, were deliberate and conscious acts on his part.”Those assaults were wrong not just ethically, but also criminally. It was an abuse of the trust placed in him by the patients.” A surgeon has admitted burning his initials into the livers of two transplant patients with a laser beam.Consultant Simon Bramhall, 53, branded “SB” on the organs of a man and a woman undergoing transplant operations.On Wednesday, he admitted two counts of assault by beating at Birmingham Crown Court but pleaded not guilty to alternative charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.Liver surgeons use an argon beam to stop livers bleeding, but can also use the beam to burn the surface of the liver to sketch out the area of an operation.It is usually not harmful and the marks would normally disappear.But the female patient’s liver did not heal itself in the normal way and the initials were found in a follow-up operation, it is alleged. Queen Elizabeth Hospital in BirminghamCredit: SWNS.com He also entered a guilty plea relating to an operation performed on an unknown patient in February of the same year.Addressing the court after the pleas, Mr Badenoch said: “This has been a highly unusual and complex case, both within the expert medical testimony served by both sides and in law.”It is factually, so far as we have been able to establish, without legal precedent in criminal law.”The barrister added that Bramhall was employed as a consultant surgeon in Birmingham at the time of the transplant operations and that both patients had been under anaesthetic.”The pleas of guilty now entered represent an acceptance that that which he did was not just ethically wrong but criminally wrong,” Mr Badenoch told the court.”They reflect the fact that Dr Bramhall’s initialling on a patient’s liver was not an isolated incident but rather a repeated act on two occasions, requiring some skill and concentration. It was done in the presence of colleagues.”Bramhall was a liver, spleen and pancreatic surgeon who worked at the liver unit within the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, West Midlands, for 12 years.He was also involved in tutoring and examining medical students and supervising postgraduate students in higher degrees, management and research. 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.last_img read more

Alesha MacPhails murderer revealed as boy 16 who bought cannabis from victims

Alesha MacPhail was raped and murderedCredit:Twitter Prior to the ruling, Campbell’s mother told the Scottish Daily Mail: “I wanted him to grow up in a safe place, a peaceful environment and get a good education.”They said in court that he was depressed but I never saw any signs of depression. He would get down now and again, like other boys his age, but he was doing well. Alesha MacPhail’s mother Georgina Lochrane leaves Glasgow High Court following the judge lifting the ban on the murderers anonymityCredit:Getty Images Aaron Campbell Tony Graham QC, the lawyer representing several news organisations, told Lord Matthews at the High Court in Glasgow that it would be “naive” to think the teenager’s identity is not already known among members of the Bute community and at Polmont Young Offenders Institute.He said the name of the boy, convicted on Thursday of the six-year-old’s rape and murder, had been on Facebook, Twitter and available via a Google search since last July.A “substantial majority” of Scotland’s printed press and broadcast media are represented in the application, the lawyer said.He asked the judge to allow the publication of the boy’s name, address, school, and images of him.The Crown remained neutral but Brian McConnachie QC, representing the boy, said: “The fact that things may be on social media is not a reason that the court should overrule the prohibition.”He added: “It’s little argument to say, well, it’s going to happen (his identification) when he’s 18 anyway.”Mr McConnachie also said the fact that the boy had incriminated another person was no reason to identify him. Aaron Campbell He said: “To make an order on the basis that Toni Louise McLachlan was incriminated would simply be tit for tat and nothing more than that.”Mr McConnachie said the accused had been warned there was a “price on his head” and that publishing his name could exacerbate the situation as it would increase the number of people aware of his identity.He said: “It is also important to identify at this stage that there is a history, so far as the accused is concerned, of self harm.”There is a history of anxiety and depression and he had been previously tested for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and was awaiting further testing in relation to that matter at the time of his arrest, so as far as he is concerned there are issues with regard to attacks from others and because of his identification other people knowing the situation and the effect this could have on that issue.”Also there is a potential of self harm.” He said: “I can’t think of a case in recent times that has attracted such revulsion. I intend to grant the application. The press may name the accused and publish images of him.” The schoolgirl suffered 117 injuries in the violent attack, with a pathologist telling the jury he had never seen anything like the injuries inflicted on her private parts.Campbell accused of killing her was arrested on July 4. It emerged on the first day of the trial that he knew the family because he had bought cannabis from Alesha’s father.Ms McLachlan also learned on the same day that he was accusing her of killing the schoolgirl. In what the prosecution described as a “preposterous” defence, he said he had previously been in a sexual relationship with the 18-year-old and claimed he had sex with her the night Alesha went missing. He claimed she then took a condom and “planted” his DNA at the scene of the murder.Campbell gave evidence in his own defence and was branded a “confident liar” by the prosecution. But the jury was unanimous in rejecting his evidence. The MacPhail family also issued a statement saying they could not believe they would never see their “wee angel” again. They added: “We miss her so much. We hope that the boy who took her from us is jailed for a long time because of what he has done to our family.” Alesha MacPhail was raped and murdered “He had passed some exams – he was especially good at maths and planned to go to university. He wasn’t a violent boy. He was very normal.”Yes, he smoked cannabis but it’s rife among kids on this island. I knew he was buying it from Rab and Toni (Alesha’s father and his girlfriend) but what could I do?”If I went to the police my son would be in trouble. I just hoped it was a phase and he’d grow out of it. Anyway it wasn’t every weekend. It was only occasionally.”Alesha’s mother Georgina Lochrane, who sat through the trial, issued a statement saying she could not express how devastated she was to have lost her “beautiful, happy, smiley wee girl”. The teenage boy who raped and murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on a Scottish island has been named as Aaron Campbell.Judge Lord Matthews, who presided over his trial, agreed to lift a legal restriction on revealing the 16-year-old’s identity following an application by media organisations.Under Scots law a convicted criminal cannot be identified until they turn 18 but such was the severity of the crime, that the judge has ruled that he could be named and his photograph published.The ruling came the day after he was found guilty  of Alesha’s murder at the High Court in Glasgow, where he attempted to blame 18-year-old Toni McLachlan, the girlfriend of Alesha’s father Robert MacPhail, for the murder.Campbell took the schoolgirl from her bedroom, carried her along the shore in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute and left her “brutalised” body in woodland at the site of a derelict hotel.The teen killer, who is from Ardbeg near Rothesay, faces a mandatory life sentence on March 21.Lord Matthews allowed the media to name him and publish his picture despite Campbell’s lawyer warning there was a “price” on his client’s head.The judge said: “Parliament has provided the court with a discretion to dispense with the prohibition.” Alesha MacPhail was raped and murderedCredit:Facebook Alesha MacPhail's mother Georgina Lochrane leaves Glasgow High Court following the judge lifting the ban on the murderers anonymity His DNA was found “all over” Alesha and her clothes, which lay near her body, and he had been caught on CCTV leaving his home on three separate occasion in the early hours of July 2. 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. The six-year-old lived with her mother in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, but was on the holiday island in the Clyde to spend three weeks with her father and grandparents.She had only been there for a matter of days when her grandmother Angela King, 47, discovered she was missing for her room at around 6.30am on July 2.The family launched a frantic search for her and were joined by dozens of islanders. But her naked “brutalised” body was discovered in the grounds of the old Kyles of Bute Hotel less than three hours later. Alesha MacPhail was raped and murdered read more

Jaguar Land Rover uses light to tell pedestrians where selfdriving cars are

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Preview • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace: This cat will hunt 0 Post a comment Review • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace: Traditional Jag values, truly modern powertrain More From Roadshow More about 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Jaguar Land Rover Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Auto Tech Future Cars Enlarge ImageKeep your eyes on the road — literally. Jaguar Land Rover We caught our first glimpse of Jaguar Land Rover’s self-driving development pods when it slapped a set of creepy googly eyes on ’em. Now, it’s working on a system that is equally informative but not nightmare fuel.Jaguar Land Rover’s “projection pod” technology uses lights to cast images on the ground. Those images are meant to convey directions to pedestrians, so nearby people can see what the vehicle intends to do next. The lights are dynamic, too. The space between the lines displayed on the road will shorten as the vehicle prepares to brake, and that space will expand as the vehicle speeds up. They can also flex to the left or right to announce an upcoming turn.Removing the human-driver element eliminates the usual method of looking at the driver and waiting for them to either ignore you or wave you past, so JLR’s trying to figure out how to make up for that. Its creepy googly eyes were meant to mimic making eye contact with a driver to determine that you’ve been noticed and accounted for. But since those are creepy as all get-out, this seems like a better solution.”The trials are about understanding how much information a self-driving vehicle should share with a pedestrian to gain their trust,” said Pete Bennett, a mobility research manager at Jaguar Land Rover, in a statement. “Just like any new technology, humans have to learn to trust it, and when it comes to autonomous vehicles, pedestrians must have confidence they can cross the road safely. This pioneering research is forming the basis of ongoing development into how self-driving cars will interact with people in the future.” Tags Land Rover Jaguar Self-driving carslast_img read more

Bail for BJP leader arrested for Mamata Banerjee meme Twitter calls out

first_imgPriyanka Chopra at MET Gala 2019 and Mamata Banerjee meme.TwitterBJP activist Priyanka Sharma was released on bail on Tuesday after she was arrested for making a meme on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The meme was an image of the face of Banerjee superimposed on the face of Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra at the Met Gala.The image went on social media on May 10 was shared by Sharma, who is BJP’s Yuva Morcha leader.This image drew the ire of many Mamata Banerjee supporters who called her out and led to her arrest. The Supreme Court on May 14, Tuesday, let her out on bail and asked her to apologise to the West Bengal chief minister for the insensitive image.An official of Howrah City police’s Cyber Cell told TOI that a complaint against Sharma was lodged at the DFasnagar Police station. The FIR accused her of uploading and sharing Mamata Banerjee’s meme which featured a morphed image of the West Bengal chief minister ion the face of Priyanka Chopra. This image allegedly violated the community guidelines on Facebook. Those who were on Priyanka’s side were against her arrest and started a social media campaign with the hashtag #ISupportPriyankaSharma. The users of the hashtag commended Priyanka Sharma’s act and mocked Mamata Banerjee and her supposed intolerance for the freedom of speech and expression. They asked why Priyanka was not given the fundamental right in the constitution of India.Here are some of the reactions after news broke out that Sharma was released but had to apologise to the West Bengal chief minister.last_img read more

7 Ways to Stay Ahead of Hackers and Keep Your Companys Data

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global When news about a data breach breaks, it’s tempting for people to just roll their eyes and return to their overflowing to-do lists. But these threats are getting closer and closer to seriously affecting individuals’ own precious data. Turning a blind eye could be the death of their budding businesses.Big-name Sony Pictures is the latest in a long line of brands that have garnered attention for the wrong reasons. In November, Sony was hacked, leaving a number of financial records vulnerable after one of its servers was compromised — not to mention the embarrassing pre-release of a bunch of movies the company didn’t want out yet, which is immeasurable in the amount of revenue it will lose.The U.S. Postal Service is another scary example. The breach, which potentially endangered more than 800,000 employees, customers and even top directors’ data, shows just how easily threats can undermine even the most trusted organizations.Yet, many people still think that data-hacking is at a safe distance. They’re aware of threats on the horizon, but because they’re not directly affected, they don’t spend the time and money to build secure practices. However, members of the business community can’t allow themselves to become immune to the bad news of each new breach.The scariest thing about the data-hacking trend is that no one knows what form it will take next. That being said, business leaders need to arm their businesses now so they can adapt to the next threat. Here are seven steps to get started:1. Build the business around security.Security needs to be built into every aspect of a business. Establishing security controls often becomes more complicated the longer businesses wait, so it’s easiest and safest to found every aspect of a business with security in mind.Related: 5 Lessons Leaders Can Learn From the Sony Hacking Scandal2. Strengthen every link in the chain.As Sony discovered, it only takes one weak component to destabilize a whole business. Train every single employee to have security awareness. When working with engineers or third parties, make sure they have secure mindsets and don’t allow anything to be distributed until it’s absolutely secure.3. Get your workflows right.Secure DevOps isn’t a buzzword. Build awareness and adjust methodologies so security becomes a part of the cyclical workflow. If software is produced internally, be aware of development and operations workflows, and be constantly thinking about how operations can be connected with development.Related: Which Age Group Is Most Likely to Be Hacked?4. Encrypt just about everything.Follow best practices when it comes to encryption. Encrypt web traffic and make sure laptops have encryption turned on.  Most vendors, including Apple, have the capability to remotely wipe information if a device is compromised. Use it.5. Invest in security.Just like any other part of a business plan, security needs to be budgeted. Attackers often have the latest tools and adapt quickly, so  benchmark spending and invest in ahead-of-the-curve technology. The price tag for security needs varies, so regularly reassess and reinvest.6. Build awareness into your continuity plan.If “security response” hasn’t been rolled into the continuity plan, do so immediately. If a reliable way to solve security problems does exist, then it’s through awareness of threats and tools. Be constantly aware of the risks, and prepared to react against security slips.7. Unite against hackers.Don’t face the problem of data-hacking alone. Businesses can build safety in numbers by spreading awareness about secure practices, uniting with others and encouraging everybody to be aware of the latest developments in threats and protection.Expert, dedicated hackers are patient criminals. They’re ready to adapt and bring new, unforeseen infringements into the next news bulletin. But next time, instead of rolling their eyes, business leaders need to show them the force of up-to-the-minute technology, well-funded strategies and aggressive resistance. Data’s integrity depends on it.Readiness: Why Competitors Should Collaborate More on Cyber Security Issues February 26, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Redefining the happy meal

first_imgDepression Stats:http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-statistics/Depression: A Global Crisis – http://www.wfmh.org/2012DOCS/WMHDay%202012%20SMALL%20FILE%20FINAL.pdfUK Mental Health Org: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-statistics/common-mental-health-problems/Depression Perception: http://www.depressionperception.com/depression/depression-facts-and-statistics.html#faq001Science Daily report: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110725202240.htm Julie Godfrey WholeFood diet benefits:Book – The China Study by T. Campbell and Thomas CampbellJunk Food and Mental Health: http://www.mentalhealthy.co.uk/news/963-junk-food-and-mental-health.html Happy meals can take on a new meaning and when you know that a plateful of fruit and veggies can keep depression at bay. At least this is suggested by a study carried out on more than 2,000 men from Finland. Mental illnesses are the new world threat in disease, with anxiety and depression being the most common. Statistics show that 8-12 percent of adults are experiencing depression at any given time. Treatment for this can be difficult and costly, plus for many people, there is a stigma attached to admitting they have a mental health issue. Hence, combating this via diet can be a low cost, embarrassment-free solution. But why is junk food a path to depression and fruits and vegetables the way to happiness? Well unfortunately, the experts are still in the dark as to the actual reason. Still, there are some plausible theories.The headline makes it sound easy, but it is not as simple as eating junk food or eating fruit and vegetables. Consumption of these products tends to be more representative of a person’s overall dietary and lifestyle choices: Those who’s diet contains a significant amount of junk food (highly processed fare such as ready meals, desserts, processed meats, high fat and high sugar foods) are usually found to combine this with low amounts of fruit and vegetables and less physical activity. Meanwhile, people who eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables are often more active and tend to eat more whole grains and less junk. In additional to the benefits of exercise on mental health, it is this whole-food approach with its plethora of nutrients and fiber, versus the processed, nutrient-poor foods, that is said to protect against depression.For example: B vitamins found in whole grains, nuts and vegetables optimize oxygenation of the blood and are necessary for nervous system function, with B6 being vital in the production of the body’s own natural antidepressants. Chromium, which is found in whole grains, broccoli and a variety of other vegetables and fruits, regulates blood sugar levels and the delivery of glucose to the brain. Zinc, found in wheat germ, spinach, pumpkin seeds and cashew nuts, is necessary for brain function and is often found to be deficient in those with brain disorders. Polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats found in fruits, seeds and oily fish boost brain and nervous system function, while high levels of saturated fats and trans fats can impair brain operation. Meanwhile, phytonutrients (micro nutrients found in plants) keep blood vessels healthy and relaxed, which facilitates blood flow and helps deliver oxygen to the brain. Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables mop up free radicals that can be damaging to brain tissue and function. This is contrary to the action of refined and processed foods, which are more inclined to increase the number of free radicals roaming the brain.This advice to dump the junk and adopt a more unprocessed food diet is nothing new, but does add to the long list of advantages in doing so. Therefore, start today and chase those blues away!Julie Godfrey BSc (Hons) is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, full member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and registered with the UK Nutritional Therapy Council. See www.foreverhealthyco.com or email jgodfrey@foreverhealthyco.comNews source: Why burgers and biscuits can make you depressed but…. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2423492/Why-burgers-biscuits-make-depressed–eating-fruit-veg-ward-blues.htmlOther sources: Fast Food linked to depression: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2012/04april/Pages/fast-junk-food-depression-link.aspxcenter_img Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Puerto Rico closes dozens of schools as economic woes deepen

first_img SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Francisco Oller Elementary School once bustled with kids, but now birds nest in classrooms strewn with leaves and glass from shattered fluorescent lights. Long-discarded homework assignments paper the ground. Graffiti covers the walls.Located in a city just outside San Juan, the school is among more than 150 shuttered in the last five years as a worsening economic crisis has prompted hundreds of thousands of people to move to the U.S. mainland over the past decade. In the meantime, the government is putting some of the closed schools up for sale on a real estate website. The listing for the Francisco Oller school says it would be a good location for commercial businesses, medical offices or even a new school.City officials say the asking price is $1.8 million.So far, there are no takers.___Danica Coto on Twitter: www.twitter.com/danicacotoCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Among the tens of thousands of people who left last year was 27-year-old Devis Gonzalez, who moved his family to Orlando, Florida, after finding a job as a truck driver.“The reason was plain and simple: work,” he said. “Like everyone else, we were looking for a better quality of life.”His young son attended a school in a rural area of Puerto Rico’s central mountain range that teachers say is among dozens expected to close permanently this summer, raising concerns that some children might have to travel a half-hour by bus to the nearest school.Nina Craig, a biologist from Ontario, Canada, who lives in the north coastal municipality of Arecibo and whose son attends school there, said the countryside is being stripped of services.“I think it’s inappropriate to be closing schools in the country just because they have a smaller population,” said Craig, who owns a farm in Arecibo, her husband’s hometown. “We can’t just all of us move to the city or all of us be commuting to the city.”The closures have also hit urban areas. The Francisco Oller school, named after a Puerto Rican impressionist painter, closed in 2010, reopened its doors for part of 2012 to receive children from another school that was being remodeled, then was abandoned for good. People in an adjacent working-class neighborhood complain that the empty school has been vandalized and is now being used as a shelter by drug addicts, a scene repeated around the island. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Many criticize the government’s handling of the closures, including Sen. Mari Tere Gonzalez, president of the Senate’s education commission.She said officials did not take transportation logistics and special education needs into account. The Boston Consulting Group noted that 30 percent of Puerto Rico students receive specialized education, twice the average in the U.S. mainland.“We have to condemn the way in which it was done,” Gonzalez said. “Our duty is to make sure that the rights of students aren’t being affected when it comes to services.”Education Secretary Rafael Roman did not respond to requests for an interview. He has said the exodus of nearly 45,000 Puerto Ricans a year and the island’s low birth rate will keep driving down enrollment. The island has seen its population dwindle to 3.5 million people, with nearly 411,000 students attending public schools. Roman’s department has not said which schools it will close next, angering parents and school officials who note that enrollment for the upcoming school year ended in March.“All of us parents are in limbo,” said Rafael Feliciano, a former teachers union president who now leads a group fighting the closures. “They are taking these measures behind our backs … It’s a disgrace.” 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Driven by a combination of budget cuts and declining enrollment, the loss of so many schools is having a profound impact on communities in the U.S. island territory, forcing many children to commute to new campuses and creating a blight in places already hard-hit by recession.The government says the situation could get much worse. It warned just days ago that by early 2016 it may run out of money to pay its bills, and over the next five years it may have to close nearly 600of the 1,460 public schools that once existed to save $249 million a year. Currently, there are 1,387 schools across the island.The trend “speaks volumes about how we’re losing population, about how we’re not being efficient in building the island’s future, about how we’re losing opportunities to create citizens,” said San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz. “I’m extremely concerned this will increase the hopelessness and mistrust that the island has in itself and lead people to think that the only option to succeed and support their families is to leave the island.”Puerto Rico has seen school enrollment drop 42 percent in the past three decades, and an additional 22 percent drop is expected over the next five years, according to a report by the Boston Consulting Group, which signed a multimillion-dollar deal with the government to help restructure the island’s education system. Much of the drop is the result of parents moving to the mainland U.S. in search of better opportunities, including many teachers being recruited from the island for their bilingual skills. Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Patients with chronic pain give advice This May 7, 2015 photo shows a hallway in closed Francisco Oller Elementary School in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The school located just outside the capital is among nearly 100 that have been shuttered as the island struggles through a worsening economic crisis that has prompted many to move to the U.S. mainland over the past decade. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)last_img read more

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first_imgSource = Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island wins the Restaurant and Dining Award at the 2010 Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards, awarded on the 25th February 2011.This was the 14th annual AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards. The chief guest at this prestigious event was The Fijian Prime Minister along with 350 guests from all walks of the tourism sector.  On the evening, 13 premium awards were presented in as many categories.Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island won the Restaurant & Dining award for CROSS restaurant in recognition of an establishment that delivers impeccable service, exceptional food and great atmosphere. CROSS restaurant is regarded as the premiere dining choice on Denarau by locals, resort guests and visiting dignitaries.Radisson Resort Fiji opened its doors in 2007 with 270 spacious guest Rooms and 1 bedroom suites providing a unique blend of accommodation options on Denarau Island. Over the last few years, Radisson Resort Fiji invested heavily in its Food and Beverage operations to cater to the changing needs of its customers as well as understanding the challenges of Food and Beverage quality, variety and value on Denarau. CROSS restaurant underwent a complete refurbishment in 2010 with upgraded air conditioned area, new entrance, furniture and an extensive hand selected wine cellar to boost.  All this combined with attentive service and outstanding cuisine in an appealing beachfront location. The new look CROSS restaurant also includes a private dining area to cater to small groups. Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island now has a perfect combination of dining options with Neptune on the beach for casual meals, Water Court Asian restaurant overlooking Denarau’s only water fall feature, Blu restaurant with Churassco Fijian style cuisine and Lomani Wai which means “dining in the water” in Fijian.Acknowledging the high level of service delivery and broader success, Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island was nominated in two categories: Restaurant & Dining and Accommodation DeluxeGreg Maloney, General Manager of Radisson Resort Fiji said, “It is an honor and privilege to be recognized for this specific award. Over the years, the challenges in food and beverage have always been a point of contention for visitors to Fiji and we had to step up to the plate so to speak, to ensure we did all we could to change this. The menu we provide is varied and features local produce in a diverse culinary style. A specialty of the restaurant is Kava Ice-cream which is quiet unique.  In addition, there is a wide selection of wines not readily found in other locations around Fiji enhancing the overall dining experience. This is also a strong acknowledgment for the team at CROSS who have worked hard to build and deliver an exceptional product”last_img read more

BrochuresDiscover AustraliaSeaLink

first_imgBrochuresDiscover AustraliaSeaLink Explore Australia’s cities, famous Islands, landmarks and sights, beautiful beaches, rivers and wineries with SeaLink Travel Group’s ‘Discover Australia 2019/20 ‘brochure. The new 32-page brochure features SeaLink Travel Groups suite of brands and experiences across New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and for the first time Tasmania.According to Jeff Ellison, Chief Executive and Managing Director of SeaLink Travel Group, “our new ‘Discover Australia 2019/20 ‘brochure celebrates SeaLink’s 30th Birthday and links our Island destinations with our mainland experiences.“The brochure is filled with tours, packages, cruises and ferries plus many new experiences and destinations including Tasmania and the SeaLink Ferry Service to beautiful Bruny Island.” Some new offerings in much-loved destinations also feature in the brochure including Captain Cook Cruises indulgent six-course Gold Lunch cruises on Sydney Harbour and their first ever ‘premium-end’ charter and private Super Yacht, ‘AUSPRO’.last_img read more

TORONTO – Torontos Mirvish Productions is adding

first_img TORONTO – Toronto’s Mirvish Productions is adding standing-room tickets for the hit Canadian musical “Come From Away.”This is the second time the company has made such a move for the smash show, which runs for 100 minutes and sells out tickets well in advance.The last time was when “Come From Away” played in Toronto from December 2016 to January 2017.A Canadian production of the Tony Award-winning musical is running at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.Sixteen standing-room locations for all performances will be added at the ground-floor level beginning March 13, priced at $25 each.Mirvish says they will be available in-person only on a first-come, first-served basis at the theatre’s box office on each performance day.Customers are limited to two standing-room tickets each.Mirvish’s director of communications says in the almost 30 years he’s worked at Mirvish, the only time they’ve ever used standing-room locations has been for “Come From Away.”“Adding standing-room locations wasn’t an easy decision to make, because we would rather people sit in comfort to see the show and we would rather they bought tickets to actual seats in the future (thus naturally extending the run of the show for as long as possible),” John Karastamatis said Friday in a statement.“However, the demand is so large, that we have succumbed to it.” Mirvish adds standing-room tickets for Toronto’s ‘Come From Away’ by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 9, 2018 9:36 am PDT Last Updated Mar 9, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Senate sends Rep Garcías SmartZone bill to Gov Snyders desk

first_img18Jun Senate sends Rep. García’s SmartZone bill to Gov. Snyder’s desk Categories: Garcia News West Mich. lawmaker’s bill spurs job creation,expands local economic opportunitiesThe Senate today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Daniela García bringing interested communities one step closer to establishing satellite SmartZones.“Creating jobs and attracting talent are key benefits of having SmartZones across the state,” said Rep. García, R-Holland. “Pending the enactment of my legislation, communities throughout Michigan will be able to apply for SmartZone satellite status, creating more opportunities for collaboration, entrepreneurship, innovation and investment.”SmartZones and satellites are partly funded through a mechanism allowing them to capture for up to 15 years a portion of the increase in state and local education taxes. Tax captures help establish SmartZones and leverage private investments that often outweigh the cost of the region’s tax capture.Under current law, up to three satellites are permitted to capture taxes, and those opportunities have been filled. While satellites can become established without them, Rep. García’s House Bill 4226 permits tax captures for up to six new satellite SmartZones for a total of nine allowable.There are currently 15 SmartZones in the state, one of which is anchored by the Medical Mile in Grand Rapids.“For over a decade, the Grand Rapids SmartZone has helped support entrepreneurship and growth in West Michigan’s high-tech business sector,” said Rick Baker, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are thankful to Rep. Garcia for her leadership on this issue and to the legislature for passing this important bill. It will allow us to build upon our success in Grand Rapids and include our partners in Ottawa County. This is one more tool that helps support our shared goal of making West Michigan a top of mind region.”Rep. García said the MSU Bioeconomy Institute, in Holland Township, can serve in a similar capacity to create local jobs and encourage private investment.“We are excited, and relieved, that the Smart Zone legislation has passed the Michigan Senate,” said Jane Clark, president of the West Coast Chamber. “Our community has always had an innovative business culture, and now we will be able to attract, support, grow and sustain the best and brightest organizations, professionals and entrepreneurs. It is definitely a win for the MSU Bioeconomy Institute and greater Holland/Zeeland area.”HB 4226 awaits gubernatorial approval.last_img read more

Bellino plan would modernize boater safety certification system

first_img Categories: Bellino News 27Apr Bellino plan would modernize boater safety certification system Legislation creates new designation for driver’s license, state ID cardsState Rep. Joe Bellino today announced a plan that would allow boaters and jet-skiers to do away with the paper boating safety certification cards they are currently required to carry while on the water.The proposal establishes a designation that could be placed on the driver’s licenses and state identification cards of residents who hold a boating safety certification.“A paper license that disintegrates when it gets wet is clearly not the best option for boaters,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “It would be much more practical and convenient for boaters to indicate their eligibility with the ID card they carry around each and every day.”Bellino recently introduced the legislation alongside Reps. Steve Marino of Harrison Township and Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain. The plan laid out in House Bills 5836, 5879 and 5880 would also allow boaters to present electronic proof of their boater safety certificates when stopped by law enforcement.Under the proposal, officers would be able to take the boater’s electronic device to their vehicle or request the documentation be forwarded by email or text. Bellino said search and seizure protections are included to prevent officers from looking through phones if they are handed over for e-proof verification.The procedures are similar to those laid out in laws enacted in 2016 and 2017 allowing drivers to present electronic proofs of their vehicle insurance and registration.“We live in a society where most people are never more than an arm’s length away from their smart phone. If someone can show a digital copy of their boater education card it should serve the same purpose as a paper copy,” Bellino said. “An update is long overdue.”The legislation was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee for consideration.###last_img read more