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COMMUNITY NEWS: RAPHOE BOXING CLUB THANK MIKE KELLY FOR SPONSORING TOURNAMENT

first_imgRAPHOE NOTES:Raphoe Family Resource Centre: Wellness WorkshopFollowing on from the recent successful Stress Control Classes in the autumn the Family Resource Centre and SOS in partnership with Connect Mental Health is delighted to be hosting a Wellness Workshop on Thursday 10th March 2016 from 9.30am-4.30pm in the Volt House Hall, The Diamond, Raphoe. Suicide or Survive is committed to running Wellness Workshops in every community in Ireland. These workshops aim to help you understand and take responsibility for your own mental health and are funded through The National Office of Suicide Prevention, The Iris O’Brien Foundation and SOS fundraisers. The workshop can be of benefit to anyone who is interested in looking after their mental health and wellness. The workshop which is informal and relaxed is facilitated by people with both lived-life experience of mental health difficulties, and experience of working in the area of mental health. They combine personal testimony with practical tools and tips that you can use in everyday life to improve your own wellbeing. Throughout the day the workshop will look at topics such as relaxation, mindfulness, stress management, our thinking process and how to develop a wellness toolkit and daily wellness plan. A full comprehensive workbook to support you in maintaining your daily wellness plan accompanies the workshop. Early booking is advisable. Contact Jacqui or Lisa by telephoning Lo Call 1890577577. A light lunch will be available.Valentines Pamper HamperTickets now on sale at the Post Office in Centra for a Valentines Hamper packed full of gorgeous goodies!!  Many thanks to Mc Carron’s Butchers, Friel’s Hotel and Raphoe Pharmacy who kindly donated to the hamper.  Please pop in a buy a line!! Women’s GroupThe next two meeting of the Family Resource Centre’s Women’s Group will be 8th February and the 22nd February 2016.  The Women’s Group has been together for many years.  We chat; we help each other out, make crafts, have cooking demonstrations, plan activities for International Women’s Day and have many social outings throughout the year.  If you would like to be a part of this group, don’t hesitate to come along.Raphoe Something Special GroupThe Something Special Support Group’s next meeting is taking place on Tuesday 9th February 2016.  The Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 8pm.  If you are a parent/guardian of a child with delayed communication or learning skills or Autism Spectrum Disorder, you will find support, advice and information by attending this support group. New members are always welcome.  If you would like more information about the support group please contact Melanie on 0749145796 / 0873641503.50-50 Bonus BallFollowing on from the success of last year’s weekly ‘100 Club’ Private Member’s Draw the Family Resource Centre is now introducing its weekly 50-50 Bonus Ball Fundraising Draw. There will be 47 numbers for sale each week keenly priced at €1.00 each. The winning number will be the Bonus Ball drawn in the National Lottery Draw every Saturday. Half of monies collected each week will be paid out to the winner, i.e. if we sell all 47 numbers the lucky winner will receive €23.50, if we sell 30 numbers the winner will receive €15. If the Bonus Ball number is not sold in any particular week, the money will roll over to the following week. We look forward to the community’s support for this fundraiser. The first draw will be held leading up to the National Lottery Draw of Saturday 30th January 2016. To enter the Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Family Resource Centre in The Volt House before Saturday 30th January and before Saturday of each week thereafter. Good luck! Seniors Alert SchemeThe objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.Funding is available under the scheme towards the purchase of equipment by a registered organisation i.e. personal alarm and/or pendant. The associated monitoring and service charges must be paid by the participant.A person will be eligible if he or she is: · Aged 65 years or older; and· Of limited means or resources; and· Living alone, living with another person who meets the eligibility criteria; and· Resides within geographical area of the relevant registered organisation; and· Able to benefit from the equipment supplied; and· Are prepared to maintain contact with the registered organisation.Raphoe Family Resource Centre has now taken over the administration of the Scheme.   Therefore,  if you or anyone you know are eligible for the scheme please do not hesitate to contact Laura at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074)9145796 or 0873641503 or alternatively call into our office located on the second floor of The Volt House, Raphoe. We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Friday Club based in The Volt House for all its excellent work with this Scheme going back many years.Raphoe Boxing ClubEveryone at Raphoe Boxing Club would like to express a sincere thanks to Mike Kelly (Scaffolding & Construction) who will be the major sponsor for the Raphoe clubs 28th annual boxing tournament to be staged in the Lifford Community Centre on Saturday 19th March.  More details of this bumper tournament will appear in the local press in the coming weeks.The Raphoe boxing club have two boxers through to the finals of the Ulster 9 County Championships in the Halfway House, Burnfoot on Sunday next.  Liam Crawford will face Derry boxer Cian Duddy, St. Joseph’s in his 44kgs final and Liam McMonagle, who had two very impressive wins in his quarter and semifinal bouts will face Corey McLaughlin, Errigal B.C, Co. Derry.  Liam Crawford has been selected to represent Ulster V’s Wales and everyone at the Raphoe club extend best wishes for every successSlimming World RaphoeDo you want to live happy and feel great? Find out how at Raphoe Slimming World. Come join our warm and friendly group every Tuesday night in the Cathedral Hall at 7.00pm. Make 2016 your year to live happy, get healthy and feel great. Contact Geraldine on 086-3348048.Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, The Volt House. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.COMMUNITY NEWS: RAPHOE BOXING CLUB THANK MIKE KELLY FOR SPONSORING TOURNAMENT was last modified: January 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Boxing ClubCommunityFeaturesnewsRaphoeTownlast_img read more

Halloween Weather: Trick-or-treaters advised to get out early

first_imgTrick-or-treaters hoping for an enjoyable Halloween night are being advised to go out early this afternoon to avoid the rain.Little witches, ghosts, superheroes, and many other characters are expected to be out and about in towns and villages across Donegal today.But with heavy rain expected in the evening, the trick to avoid getting the costumes wet is to go out before the showers hit from around 6pm. Met Eireann is forecasting a chilly night with low temperatures of 5 to 6C.‘Persistent and heavy rain’ is forecast for the north west in the evening time, which will ease later and clear slowly by early Friday morning.Friday will see further outbreaks of rain and heavy downpours could lead to local flooding in areas during the night.Met Eireann is warning of a washout weekend, with more rain forecast for Saturday and Sunday. Cold and clearer weather is expected for the early days of next week.     Halloween Weather: Trick-or-treaters advised to get out early was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa’s new National Library

first_imgIts music library will have listening posts for CDs and a DVD/video collection which will include South African and African content. Speaking at the official opening of the National Library in Pretoria on Friday, Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan said: “We are trying to make our libraries warm and engaging public spaces thronged by young learners seeking knowledge.” Jordan said an additional R200-million had been made available for building and renovating public libraries all over the country in 2008/09. The book stock will have a similarly strong focus on local content, and will be the only library in the city offering reading material in all 11 official South African languages. Warm, engaging public spaces Jordan said that access to information promoted critical thinking, particularly among young people, helping them to open up to differing, even conflicting, dimensions of the same issue. The aim, he said, was for the country’s libraries to have better staffing, more sensible opening hours, upgraded educational support material and other information resources, facilities promoting children’s literature, and more books in South Africa’s indigenous languages. 4 August 2008 Cape Town’s new central library, now housed in the Old Drill Hall, offers a wider selection of books, free internet access on 40 computers, a professional children’s collection intended for research purposes, an extended Art Library, and a Music and Performance Arts Library. Focus on local contentcenter_img Two state-of-the-art, multi-million rand public libraries opened in South Africa last week: the new National Library, built in Pretoria at a cost of R374-million; and Cape Town’s central libary, refurbished and upgraded to the tune of around R50-million. South Africa’s new National Library, situated at the corner of Proes and Andries Streets, can accommodate up to 1 300 visitors at a time and stocks around two million books, with capacity for another 3.5-million. The facility, which will contribute to the regeneration of Cape Town’s central business district, will also have a coffee shop, bookshop, meeting rooms, seminar rooms and an auditorium. “The power of written word resides in the fact that recording words transforms them into powerful means of communication, not merely between two people, but potentially amongst millions.” The upgrading of Cape Town’s central library was funded by a US$2-million (around R15-million) grant from the US-based Carnegie Corporation and R36.6-million from the City of Cape Town. At last week’s official opening, Carnegie Corporation announced that it would donate a further $2.495-million over the next three years to upgrade the library further. Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian said that libraries were invaluable to those who were engaged in lifelong learning, and who could not imagine an existence without something new to learn about every day. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Eastern Cape to get first botanical garden

first_imgThe Cwebe Nature Reserve, on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast, is one of the province’s natural attractions. (Image: Eastern Cape Parks) Dignitaries sign a memorandum of understanding between Sanbi and the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, as part of the commitment to establish two new botanical gardens in the province.(Image: Sanbi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lavinia Subboo  Marketing manager, Eastern Cape Parks  +27 43 705 4400 • Sybert Liebenburg  Acting CEO, ECTPA  +27 43 742 4450 RELATED ARTICLES • Kirstenbosch best place to picnic • Teaching people to work with nature • New solutions for water conservation • Summer concerts at Kirstenbosch • Research to boost rooibos exportsChristel JordaanThe Eastern Cape province’s first national botanical garden has been proclaimed. It will be situated at the Kwelera Nature Reserve, part of the greater East London Coastal Nature Reserve which is overseen by the Eastern Cape Parks authority.Kwelera lies just north of East London, between the coastal towns of Gonubie and Queensbury.The announcement has been met with praise and approval, with the interim CEO of the Eastern Cape Tourism and Parks Agency (ECTPA), Sybert Liebenberg, describing it as “an absolute winner for the province”.While this is the province’s first national botanical garden, it will join nine others already established around the country.They include the Walter Sisulu, west of Johannesburg and famous for its nesting pair of Verreaux’s or black eagles; the stark but beautiful Karoo Desert in the Western Cape; and the world-famous Kirstenbosch on the Cape peninsula, which was the first botanic garden to be devoted to a country’s indigenous flora.The Kwelera reserve is currently managed by the provincial parks authority, but in future will be co-managed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), which cares for the country’s botanical gardens.Ensuring ecological sustainabilityEnvironmental affairs minister Edna Molewa said in a statement that the botanical garden will be established in two phases.Phase one sees the official proclamation of the existing reserve as the Kwelera National Botanical Garden, while the second phase will involve the expansion of the existing facility onto adjacent land that will be bought during the 2012/2013 financial period.Under the international definition system relating to botanical gardens, Kweleza will be classified as a conservation garden, said Molewa, who has committed to the creation of two new national botanical gardens by 2014.“The role of botanical gardens in the provision and maintenance of ecosystem goods and services, thereby ensuring sustainable livelihoods, cannot be underestimated,” she said.“The establishment of the tenth national botanical garden is a major achievement in reaching the country’s conservation targets, ensuring ecological sustainability.”It is also hoped that Kweleza will boost tourism in the area, and help in educating residents of the region in the importance of conservation.Protecting South Africa’s floral diversityThe establishment of the other botanical garden in the Nelson Mandela metro area’s Port Elizabeth is also in progress. The development will encompass St George’s and Victoria parks in the city, as well as the 80ha Settlers’ Park, and Dodd’s Farm to the west of Settlers in the Baakens River Valley.The 23km-long Baakens River meanders through Port Elizabeth and joins the sea just north of the harbour. It is considered one of the city’s most precious greenbelt areas.At the announcement in 2011, Mandela Bay councillor Noluthando Mapu said that the various parks will have different focus areas. She said that St George’s will focus on plants from around South Africa and Victoria on endangered and vulnerable species.Settlers will be home to plants found naturally in the region and Dodd’s Farm will continue to be a recreation hub, with picnic, cycling and hiking facilities.Visitors will connect to the four areas via an eco-friendly transport system – the use of golf carts has been proposed.The development will create jobs for local people and will also address a number of security concerns, as the botanical garden will be fenced off and patrolled.In 2011 Sanbi, during a presentation in Port Elizabeth, mentioned a figure of R10-billion (US$1.3-billion) a year as the total economic value of the Cape Floristic Region, the world’s smallest but richest floral kingdom and a proclaimed Unesco World Heritage Site.The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is part of this floral treasure, forming its western border. Most of the kingdom is covered with the indigenous vegetation known as fynbos, and of its 9 600 plant species, 70% grow only in this little part of the planet.last_img read more

2018 Farm Bill Work Continues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Senator Sherrod Brown is the first Senator from Ohio to be on the Senate Agriculture Committee. Work on the 2018 Farm Bill continues inside the beltway and The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins recently visited with the Senator about the latest progress.last_img

Thoughts on Nuclear Power

first_imgContinuing in the recent thread of examining various power generation technologies, this week I’ll weigh in on nuclear power. I do this against my wife’s better judgment, and perhaps out of concern that my columns haven’t been generating enough controversy.Let me start with the bottom line—that I am generally opposed to nuclear power, and I do not support the relicensing of Vermont Yankee beyond 2012. But some of my thoughts on both the benefits and concerns about nuclear power differ considerably from the standard no-nukes arguments.What’s to like about nuclear power?Given the specter of global climate change precipitated largely by fossil fuel combustion since the dawn of the Industrial Age, society must find alternatives to these old habits and the corresponding emissions of carbon dioxide. While nuclear power isn’t quite the carbon-free energy solution that most nuclear proponents suggest (due to carbon emissions associated with the uranium fuel cycle, plant construction, decommissioning, and so forth), the carbon intensity associated with nuclear power is far lower than that of coal, oil, or natural gas power generation. Many experts, including vice president Al Gore, argue that dealing with climate change is the “moral imperative” of our age, and quite a few environmentalists are suggesting—to even their own surprise—that nuclear power needs to be a part of the solution.Solving the waste storage conundrumHere’s where I’ll raise some eyebrows among my environmental friends. I believe that one of the most commonly raised concerns about nuclear power could be solved quite easily if we were a little smarter and were willing to consider a wholesale shift in our approach. The storage solution being developed today and for the last 30 years—sequestering high-level waste deep inside Nevada’s Yucca Mountain—would provide the highest level of safety at day one, then that level of safety would steadily decrease over time due to seismic activity, volcanism (the ridge is comprised mostly of volcanic tuff, emitted from a volcano), erosion, migrating aquifers, and other natural geologic actions. (Completing this facility has also met with so much resistance and delay that many doubt it will ever actually be opened.)It seems to me that a far better solution for nuclear waste storage would be to put it in a place where the level of protection would increase over time. Why not bury it in a stable area of seafloor where sediment is being deposited at a fairly rapid rate. We know how to drill holes in the bottoms of oceans using undersea oil drilling technology—which could be adapted for this new purpose.The nuclear waste could be stabilized (perhaps by “vitrifying” it into a glass form) and dropped into these holes, which would then be filled back in or capped. In some areas, more than a centimeter of sediment is being added to the seafloor every year. Over a few hundred years, a foot of compressed sediment would be deposited in these locations, and over several thousand years, that compacted sediment would be well on its way to becoming protective sedimentary rock. These small areas of ocean could be designated as off-limited to other uses to avoid accidents.I’m far from an expert in nuclear waste, but I did take some geology courses back in my college days, and it just seems like common sense to put a dangerous material somewhere where the protection would get more—rather than less—robust over time.Guessing that I wasn’t the first to suggest this storage option, I went to Google to see what’s been said about it. I found some fairly well-developed science on “sub-seabed storage” (the technical term for this approach)—and even support for the idea from a past president of the Union of Concerned Scientists.Research into sub-seabed storage was supported by the U.S. Government from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s, when the efforts were killed in favor of the Yucca Mountain “solution.” Politics, not science, seemed to spell its demise. There’s an excellent article on this from the Atlantic Monthly in October 1986.Lest you think I’ve joined the ranks of Patrick Moore and other environmentalists who have shifted their position on nuclear power, I have not. I believe that some of the problems with nuclear power are solvable—such as long-term storage—but others are much tougher. Stay tuned; next week I’ll lay out these concerns.last_img read more

Massive Events Planned For World Childrens Day

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, singer, songwriter and actress Pink, actress Millie Bobby Brown, singers, songwriters and musicians Chloe x Halle, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and FCB and FCB Foundation are among the many stars, leaders and organizations lending their voices to children for World Children’s Day, UNICEF has announced.“It’s a fun day with a serious point. A day for children by children to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfill their potential,” said Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director.The day, set for November 20, marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the mobilization of the first World Children’s Day. Children from around the world will ‘take over’ key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfil their potential.13-year-old British star of hit series Stranger Things 2 Millie Bobby Brown, who is backing the initiative, said: “I am so excited for the first ever global celebration of World Children’s Day on November 20th with UNICEF. It’s our day, everyone! A day for us to raise our voices and unite. So let’s do it – in our schools, with our friends, with our families!”Below is a calendar of key events:Tuesday, November 14:Spanish footballer and New York City FC captain David Villa will be put through his paces in a training session led by children from his New York DV7 Soccer Academy.Wednesday, November 15:Children from around the world will take over singer, songwriter and actress P!nk’s latest smash hit What about us with a brand new music video cover of the song. French music group and UNICEF Ambassadors Kids United, PS22 Chorus and a group of child musicians and dancers have recorded their own version of the track for children, by children.P!nk said: “This World Children’s Day, I am teaming up with UNICEF to remind the world that children and young people’s voices matter and that their perspectives must be included in the decisions that will shape their future. I am excited to lend What About Us to a global kids take over on November 20 as we celebrate the power of kids around the world speaking out about the issues that affect them.”Saturday, November 18:All Blacks rugby stars Ryan Crotty, Kane Hames and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen will team up to hold a special one-off training session with children, sharing skills and practising game moves.Actors and philanthropists Debora-lee Furness and Hugh Jackman are supporting the fundraising efforts for World Children’s Day through #Workout for Water – taking place in gyms in over 100 countries. Instructors and gym goers can participate to help children and their families access safe water, healthcare and food in some of the world’s poorest nations. Click here.Monday, November 20:World Children’s Day event at the United Nations, New York. UNICEF will bring together high-profile supporters, influencers and special guests alongside children who represent some of the world’s most vulnerable children to speak out to the international community on issues that matter to them. Singers, songwriters and musicians Chloe x Halle will debut a specially penned track to mark the day. Isabela Moner from Transformers: The Last Knight and Nickelodeon, Logan actress Dafne Keen, Jaden Michael, star of Wonderstruck; Zari, star of the local Afghan version of Sesame Street; and Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President of Global Impact, Sesame Workshop will all join UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and 150 children in a take-over of United Nations Headquarters.Blue carpet photo call from 09.00am – 09:45am ET in the United Nation’s East Foyer. Media should arrive at 08:30am.World Children’s Day event at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. In Geneva, around 200 children and young people will ‘take over’ the Palais des Nations, with the participation of the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) Mr. Michael Møller. The French youth music group and UNICEF Ambassadors, Kids United, will perform their version of P!nk’s smash hit What About Us, in an event organized entirely by young people.UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham will release a short film in which he quizzes children about their views of the world. During the heartwarming film, Beckham is seen in conversation with five children asking a series of questions such as what changes they would like to see for children in the future and what rules they would give grown-ups.The film was recorded in New York with children aged 6-10 years-old: Smith (6), Jenna (7), Fiona (7), Jayla (8) and Royce (10).Beckham said: “This World Children’s Day we are handing over the reins to children, encouraging them to speak out for each other. One important lesson from my travels with UNICEF is that we need to listen to children about the world they want to live in. On November 20th children will unite to discuss what matters most to them such as violence, bullying, education and demand a better future for every child.”In Spain, the mighty FC Barcelona football pitch, home of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi, will be taken over by 24 children aged 9 and 10 years-old who will be put through their paces in a practice session with Coach Ernesto Valverde, before being joined by the players for the game handshake. Children will also storm the boardroom and take over the roles of President and Vice President at the Club’s Board of Directors. Over at Fundació FC Barcelona, children will take over key roles.In India, 22 special child athletes aged 13-18 years-old will take over the cricket field and play with legendary cricketer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth. At the event, 14 year old Raseel Arora will also unveil a unique idea ‘cricket scoreboard’ idea that recognizes girls’ achievements in India.In Copenhagen, South Korean actor and long-serving national UNICEF Ambassador Ahn Sung-ki will help children take over the work of the world’s largest humanitarian supply warehouse.In Accra, 10 children from eight African countries will tell the world about the Africa they want during a series of TED Talk-style events called Africa Dialogues. The event will be streamed live, and recordings of the 5-10 minute talks by the children will be disseminated on digital platforms. The children come from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Gambia. Click here.Around the world, leaders across levels of government will support World Children’s Day, including Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Taoiseach of Ireland (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar, President of France Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of Jordan Hani Al-Mulki, President of Chile Michelle Bachelet and with support from the United States Conference of Mayors, mayors from across the U.S. will participate.More than 50 organizations globally will turn over roles to children including LEGO, Qantas and H&M Foundation. For example, to celebrate children’s right to play, children will take over the roles of Chairman of the LEGO Foundation Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, and Chief Marketing Officer of the LEGO Group Julia Goldin. The children will spend the day directing a team of advertising creatives at LEGO House and LEGO offices in the making of a LEGO stop-motion advert on the power of play to be released early January 2018.In schools around the world, children will also take over classrooms and assemblies to raise their voices and fundraise in solidarity with the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children.last_img read more

Regulatory reforms of homesharing services may penalize casual users Airbnb says

first_imgVANCOUVER – As Canadian cities continue to wage a regulatory crack down on online home-rental platforms, Airbnb maintains it’s open to regulation provided new rules don’t penalize casual users and recognize not every host runs a full-fledged business.Vancouver and Toronto are both weighing imposing a number of restrictions on users, while Quebec, the first province to regulate the industry, may revamp its law in the near future.“There are still a lot of misperceptions about what homesharing is all about,” said Alex Dagg, Airbnb’s director of Canadian public policy, warning about unintended consequences from rushed regulations.“That’s the concern — that you come up with something that you think makes sense. And without understanding really what your community is looking like and how they’re using the platform and how they’re benefiting from it, you can really design something that isn’t helpful.”Many homeowners or tenants use the platform to rent out a portion of or their entire home to earn some extra cash. Airbnb’s critics include the hotel industry that says hosts face less stringent regulations and don’t have to pay the same taxes, as well as those saying it has created additional housing problems in cities with low vacancy rates and high home ownership costs.Dagg is in Vancouver to argue the American company’s case in front of a city council holding public hearings into a proposed home-sharing bylaw. If approved, it would take effect in April and require hosts to have a licence that costs $49 each year and to only rent out their primary residence.The city argues limiting short-term rentals to primary residences will protect existing long-term rental housing and potentially add new units to a heated rental market.In Oct. 2016, metro Vancouver’s vacancy rate was 0.7 per cent, according to the CMHC’s most recent figures. Meanwhile, the benchmark price for a property in the Vancouver area was $1,037,300 in September, according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.Dagg wants the city to consider allowing Airbnb rentals in some circumstances where a person’s primary residence is outside Vancouver. For example, if someone has a primary residence on Vancouver Island where they live on weekends but owns an apartment in Vancouver for work during the week, she said they should be allowed to continue renting that space on Saturdays and Sundays.“It’s complicated,” she said, and the system requires carefully thought out regulations.In Quebec, the provincial government has imposed numerous restrictions and Dagg said the company understands the provincial tourism minister will make some amendments this fall.“It’s really designed in a way for much more professional operators,” said Dagg, while not reflecting a large, casual homesharing community. The law requires anyone renting a property via Airbnb and other online platforms for no more than 31 consecutive days to hold a permit and pay a hotel tax.Toronto, another market grappling with high rents and housing prices, recently wrapped public consultations on its proposed home-sharing regulations.The city wants to allow people to rent their principal residence for no more than 28 consecutive days. It will also require hosts to register with Toronto at a cost of $40 to $150 annually. In November, the city will hold committee meetings to vote on the regulations and, if passed, the regulations will head to council in early December.On Wednesday, Airbnb announced an arrangement with Neptune Waterpark Condos in Toronto that will allow residents to rent their primary residence in the building using Airbnb and receive a portion of the profit. It’s the first building in Canada to join the company’s so-called friendly buildings program, which had only operated in the States up to now.The system could help ease some condo boards’ concerns about security if units are rented to travellers as it gives management access to a guest registry. Dagg said there’s “no reason” a similar set-up couldn’t work in Vancouver.But she believes it’s too early to say whether Vancouver will side with the home-sharing industry and its proponents, or stick to its proposed bylaw. The public hearing is scheduled to continue Thursday.Regardless, she said, it’s important to keep monitoring regulations once they’re in place.“We’ll obviously continue to work with the city.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

BC grants environmental certificate for Kootenay gypsum mine

first_imgVICTORIA – The British Columbia government has granted an environmental assessment certificate for an open-pit gypsum mine in the West Kootenay.The government says it considered a report from the Environmental Assessment Office and it’s confident the 135-hectare project by CertainTeed Gypsum Canada Inc. will be built, operated and closed in a way that ensures no adverse effects are likely to occur.Environment Minister George Heyman and Mines Minister Michelle Mungall say the protection of water quality in the nearby Kootenay River is important and they have received assurances that the sedimentation ponds for the project are constructed to stringent standards.The mine’s annual production is estimated at 400,000 tonnes of gypsum, which is used to make drywall, cement and plaster of paris.The government says the company worked with two local First Nations to develop the certificate and ensure the concerns for their territories were met.Construction of the new mine in southeastern B.C. is expected to cost $23.7 million, with annual operating costs of $4.3 million.last_img read more

CBS Moonves the latest powerful exec felled in MeToo era

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The #MeToo movement fighting sexual misconduct had already claimed one of Hollywood’s top movie moguls in Harvey Weinstein. Now it has done the same for Leslie Moonves, one of the television industry’s most powerful executives.The CBS Corp. announced its chairman’s exit late Sunday, hours after The New Yorker magazine posted a story with a second round of ugly accusations against Moonves. A total of 12 women have alleged mistreatment, including forced oral sex, groping and retaliation if they resisted him. Moonves denied the charges in a pair of statements, although he said he had consensual relations with three of the women.CBS said $20 million will be donated to one or more organizations that support #MeToo and workplace equality for women. That sum will be deducted from any severance due Moonves, a figure that won’t be determined until an outside investigation led by a pair of law firms is finished.The network’s chief operating officer, Joseph Ianniello, will take over Moonves’ duties as president and CEO until its board of directors can find a permanent replacement, CBS said.With about an hour before Monday’s opening bell, shares of CBS rose more than 3 per cent, but they are down sharply for the year. Shares tumbled 6 per cent in late July, the worst one-day sell off in nearly seven years, after details of the accusations surfaced.It has been nearly a year since Pulitzer Prize-winning articles by The New York Times and the New Yorker exposed a pattern of misconduct by Weinstein, who now faces sex crime charges in New York. Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and Kevin Spacey are among other figures that lost jobs after men and women came forward with their own stories, often on social media with the hashtag MeToo, about sexually inappropriate behaviour by powerful men.Moonves ruled first the programming, then the full network and other corporate entities such as Showtime for two decades. CBS has consistently been the most-watched network on television, even as changes transformed the industry, first with cable networks investing in shows and then streaming services like Netflix. He’s been paid handsomely for his success, earning just under $70 million in both 2017 and 2016.Those paychecks made Moonves the second-highest paid executive in the S&P 500 among those holding the top job at their company for at least two consecutive years, according to an analysis by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.Yet accusations emerged against the affable, raspy-voiced former actor last month, when six women accused him of misconduct similar to what came out Sunday. CBS announced an internal probe yet Moonves, who was also involved in a separate power struggle that threatened his future control of the company, remained in charge. In recent days, however, reports leaked that the CBS board and Moonves, 68, were discussing an exit plan. Reports that it could include a multi-million dollar payout provoked some online anger.The latest allegations were not addressed in CBS’ announcement of Moonves’ exit.One of the accusers who came forth in the New Yorker’s article on Sunday, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, also filed a complaint with the Los Angeles police last year, but no charges were filed because the statute of limitations had expired. She said Moonves, while an executive at the Lorimar production studio in the late 1980s, pushed her head into his lap and forced her to perform oral sex.At another time, she said an angry Moonves pushed her hard against a wall. When she resisted later advances, she began to be frozen out at the company, she said.“He absolutely ruined my career,” she told The New Yorker.Another woman, Jessica Pallingston, said Moonves forced her to perform oral sex on her first day working as his assistant at Warner Bros. productions. Other women told the magazine of unwanted touching or advances.In a statement to the magazine, Moonves said the “appalling accusations” are untrue, but he acknowledged consensual relations with three of the women before he started working at CBS. Moonves was married at the time; he divorced his first wife and married CBS on-air personality Julie Chen in 2004.“I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women,” he said. “In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation and my career. Anyone who knows me knows that the person described in this article is not me.”In a second statement after his departure, Moonves said he was “deeply saddened” to be leaving the company and its employees. “Together, we built CBS into a destination where the best in the business come to work and succeed,” he said.With Moonves’ exit, CBS viewers will wonder what the future holds for Chen, who is a panelist on the daytime show “The Talk” and host of the summer series “Big Brother.” She stood in support of her husband when the first allegations hit last month.Organizations that have supported women coming forward with stories of abuse, including Time’s Up and Press Forward, said Sunday that CBS should be transparent about the findings of its internal investigation despite Moonves’ ouster.It’s difficult to imagine CBS without Moonves. The network was struggling when he took over as entertainment chief in 1995, hot from a job at the Warner Brothers studio, which developed hits such as “ER” and “Friends.”He quickly turned things around and churned out programming appealing to the older, more tradition-bound CBS audience — broad appeal sitcoms such as “Everybody Loves Raymond,” ”Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory” and procedural dramas such as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “NCIS.” ”Survivor” was an early reality show hit, and continues to this day.Many CBS viewers knew Moonves from the relentless ribbing he took from former late-night host David Letterman. Moonves said there were legitimate hard feelings between the two in his early years, but the relationship warmed before Letterman’s retirement.Moonves was an advocate for the traditional broadcast network model when others worried it was becoming obsolete, but he also launched streaming services for CBS entertainment and news. He took over the broader CBS Corp. in 2006 but kept his hand in entertainment duties, down to casting decisions for new shows.His status as an industry king was never more evident than each year in May when CBS introduced the next year’s schedule before an audience of advertisers and media executives crammed into Carnegie Hall. He starred in each year’s presentation, often in elaborate filmed skits.Yet this spring there were already signs the end was near. Locked in a battle for corporate control with Shari Redstone of National Amusements, Moonves received a standing ovation from an audience that sensed it could be his last year. He even skipped an event he created and relished, an annual breakfast meeting with reporters dubbed “Lox with Les.”CBS’ board also announced Sunday that Redstone’s National Amusements will not propose a merger between CBS and Viacom, which Redstone had been urging, for two years. Six new CBS board members were also appointed.last_img read more