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Many Canadians relying on home values for retirement nest egg: study

CI’s new joint venture will invest in global real estate and infrastructure However, the findings of the poll of 1,002 Canadian respondents suggests that many don’t think they’re doing enough to reach that dream. About 40% say they’re not confident they can save enough to fund their ideal retirement plans, while 29% expect to have to delay retirement or work part-time due to a shortfall in savings. And 41% consider the equity they are building in their homes as an alternative source of funding their post-work plans. BMO warns that using a home as a nest egg is a risky idea and that personal savings must play a role in retirement planning. “The reliance on home equity to fund retirement is no surprise, given that almost half of Canadians say that their home is their biggest financial asset and, on average, accounts for half of their total net worth,” said Marlena Pospiech, retirement strategist at BMO Retirement Institute. “While it is true that, in the past, Canadians have enjoyed a stable housing market and increasing real estate values, there is no guarantee that this trend will continue. As a result, individuals shouldn’t count exclusively on their homes to fund their retirement and should be focused on building up their personal retirement savings.” According to the report, one-third of Boomers who intend to sell or have sold their home do so to supplement their retirement income. But BMO says while homeowners have seen values rise in recent years, an influx of Boomers selling their homes as the population ages in the next few years could drive prices down. Meanwhile, recent studies suggest many Boomers are carrying debt into their retirement. Canadians are taking on debt like never before. The latest figures from Statistics Canada show the household debt to income ratio has risen to a record high of 163%, about the level reached in the United States before the housing crash of 2007-08. Some experts have suggested older Canadians are being lured by low interest rates into piling on debt, something that could hurt their future living standards. Keywords Retirement,  Real estate Merger of B.C. financial services, real estate regulators nears completion Related news Canadian Press Earnings surge for Great-West Lifeco in Q4 About four-in-10 respondents to a new BMO study say they aren’t confident in their ability to save for retirement and the same amount are relying on the value of their home to help fund their retirement. The BMO Retirement Institute survey conducted by Harris Decima also finds that one-third believe living comfortably in retirement is the most important financial goal. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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Delhi High Court extends stay on import ban on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

first_imgDelhi High Court extends stay on import ban on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems By EH News Bureau on May 20, 2019 Related Posts Contrary to the government’s position, judges presiding over matters pertaining to ENDS have held that these products cannot be banned under the Drugs and Cosmetics ActThe Delhi High Court, in a hearing scheduled on May 17, extended its stay on the ban on electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), until the next hearing scheduled on August 22, 2019. A two-member bench under the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court had earlier, on May 16, denied the centre’s appeal against the interim stay that had been imposed on the ban. So far, contrary to the government’s position, judges presiding over multiple matters pertaining to ENDS have held that these products cannot be banned under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.Background of caseIn August 2018, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued an advisory to states asking them to ban sales, trade, import, manufacturing and promotion of ENDS.In November 2018, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) directed customs officials to refer all import shipments of ENDS to regional drug controllers to check for compliance under Drugs and Cosmetics Act.In February 2019, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) wrote to state drug controllers asking them to ensure that ENDS are not sold in their jurisdiction.On March 18, 2019, while hearing a writ petition filed by importers, Hon’ble Justice Vibhu Bakhru, Delhi High Court ordered a stay on both these documents until the May 17, 2019 hearing. He stated that since these products cannot be defined as drugs, they would not come under the jurisdiction of the DGHS.Present situationInstead of submitting a counter-affidavit, the Government had filed an appeal against the interim stay granted on the ENDS ban. The hearing was listed before a two-member divisional bench under the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on May 16, 2019. The Government’s Counsel argued that ENDS were akin to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products such as nicotine patches, gums, and would therefore, fall under the definition of ‘drug’ as per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. However, the Chief Justice agreed with Hon’ble Justice Bakhru’s stance that ENDS cannot be defined as ‘drugs’ and therefore, cannot be regulated or banned under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and dismissed the appeal.The writ petitions were scheduled for the next hearing on May 17, 2019, however, counsel for the Government of India sought further time to file their counter-affidavit. The Court allowed the Government time till July 1 to file their response, post which the petitioners will have four weeks to file a rejoinder. The single judge also extended interim stay order until the next hearing on August 22, 2019.So far, 10 states and union territories have banned ENDS, and most of these done so under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. In the absence of existing relevant legislation, the centre and state governments attempts to ban ENDS are essentially bad in law. Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Health policies News Public Health Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Comments (0) Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Article Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Delhi High CourtDrugs and Cosmetics ActElectronic Nicotine Delivery SystemsENDS Add Commentlast_img read more

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PCJ Donates Solar Project to St. Mary Basic School

first_img Issued by: PETROLEUM CORPORATION OF JAMAICA Advertisements RelatedPCJ Donates Solar Project to St. Mary Basic School FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail In keeping with its national energy efficiency and conservation programme, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has donated a Solar powered system valued at approximately$1.1 million to the Woodpark Basic School in St. Mary. The school was outfitted with a 1 kW peak Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System to power indoor and outdoor lights in the form of 36W T8 Fluorescent lamps (indoors) and one dusk-to-dawn 65W fluorescent lamp. Prior to the PCJ’s intervention, the school operated without electricity. At a handing over ceremony held recently on the school’s compound, Group Chief Technical Director of the PCJ, Dr. Earl Green said that the donation was indicative of the PCJ’s unwavering commitment to optimize energy use in the public sector by auditing Government operated facilities, identifying energy conservation opportunities and implementing initiatives that will realize tangible savings. He told the gathering that he expected the project to act as a catalyst for the development of an energy culture in which members of the Woodpark community embrace energy efficiency and renewable energy. “Energy efficiency and renewable energy represent the way forward and through projects like this, we hope to communicate this message to as many persons as possible throughout Jamaica…  We hope that this project will serve as an early introduction to the energy industry for the young ones. They seem fascinated by the system and with the right encouragement and opportunities, we believe that this fascination can one day be converted to a career in energy”, Dr. Green said. Meanwhile Principal at the school Donnett DeSouza stated that the project was a blessing and will enhance the learning experience for the students. “This project means a lot to our school and community, the light was well needed. Whenever it rained and became dark it was difficult for us to teach but now we no longer have that problem as we have electricity. This is just the start and we hope to continue to improve our energy infrastructure”, she said, adding that the project has piqued the interest of many members of the Woodpark community “who now want to know more about the system, whether they can get one for their home, business etc.” The overall goal of the PCJ’s energy efficiency and conservation programme is to create a paradigm shift towards the use of alternative energy,supported by the propagation of evolving energy saving technologies. In recent months the PCJ has implemented a number of energy efficiency initiatives in health institutions and schools, namely: The Bustamante Hospital for Children, Mandeville Regional and Black River Hospitals, Hope Institute, Jamaica College and Half Way Tree Primary. RelatedPCJ Donates Solar Project to St. Mary Basic School PCJ Donates Solar Project to St. Mary Basic School EducationJuly 4, 2011 RelatedPCJ Donates Solar Project to St. Mary Basic Schoollast_img read more

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Police Stations to be Equipped to Deal with Children

first_imgPolice Stations to be Equipped to Deal with Children National SecurityJanuary 31, 2013Written by: Andrea Braham RelatedPolice Stations to be Equipped to Deal with Children RelatedPolice Stations to be Equipped to Deal with Children FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedPolice Stations to be Equipped to Deal with Childrencenter_img Story HighlightsYouth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says that the Government will be equipping one police station per parish to deal with issues relating to children.Addressing the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of St. Andrew held on Tuesday, January 29, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, she informed that the police stations have been identified and the costing prepared to be presented to the Ministry of Finance and Planning, following which a submission will be made to Cabinet for approval.She noted that the project will be implemented under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP). Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says that the Government will be equipping one police station per parish to deal with issues relating to children.Addressing the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of St. Andrew held on Tuesday, January 29, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, she informed that the police stations have been identified and the costing prepared to be presented to the Ministry of Finance and Planning, following which a submission will be made to Cabinet for approval.She noted that the project will be implemented under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).On the matter of children in correctional facilities, the Minister stated that efforts are being made to improve accommodation for juveniles. She noted that the Ministry of National Security has upgraded the South Camp Rehabilitation Centre to house inmates that will be moved from Fort Augusta “in very short order”.“The girls will be kept separate from the women in two different facilities while on the same compound, but in different dorms and they will be partitioned so they won’t intermingle with each other,” she explained.In addition to Fort Augusta, girls are also being housed at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre on Spanish Town Road and at Armadale (Diamond Crest) Juvenile Correctional Centre in Manchester.Minister Hanna said that in circumstances where a child is remanded for care and protection they are immediately removed from the adult facility. If, however, the child is remanded for uncontrollable behaviour, then that becomes the remit of the Department of Correctional Services, she pointed out.She informed that approximately 30 children were removed from adult correctional facilities last year.Minister Hanna also advised that the Justice Ministry has just completed a national plan of action for violence against children, which will look at mediation opportunities and parish committees to keep children out of court.She noted however, that under the Child Care Protection Act, a judge has the authority to remand a child to an adult facility if they see it fit to do so. Advertisementslast_img read more

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Flu patients pack emergency rooms while researchers look for universal vaccine

first_imgHomeNewsFlu patients pack emergency rooms while researchers look for universal vaccine Jan. 22, 2018 at 7:30 amNewsFlu patients pack emergency rooms while researchers look for universal vaccineKate Cagle3 years agofluNewspublic safetySanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica newsSaint John’s Health Center (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) The avalanche of flu patients that began filling local emergency rooms this holiday season has yet to relent. A mismatched flu vaccine compared with a particularly aggressive strain of influenza A has led to a pile-up of patients in Santa Monica urgent care centers and hospitals. The flu season typically peaks in February.“There is no comparison to previous years,” said Dr. Wally Ghurabi, medical director, Nethercutt Emergency Center at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. “You come at 10, 11 o’clock in the morning in the ER and the place is wild. We have chairs and stretchers in the hallways and three – sometimes four – doctors working continuously.”Ghurabi says the onslaught began two days after Christmas, when he saw more than 200 patients in 24 hours. The symptoms of the flu are not worse, per say, but the effectiveness of this year’s vaccine is only about 30 percent, meaning more people are getting it.Providence hospitals, including St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, have seen a 70 percent increase in emergency room visits this flu season. The flu is particularly dangerous to the young and elderly and patients with weakened immune systems from illness or treatment.If you are not in an at-risk group, doctors recommend you stay home, rest and drink plenty of water as soon as you feel yourself coming down with symptoms. Going to work or social gatherings while recovering from the flu risks spreading the illness to coworkers, friends and family. More doctors are turning to virtual visits to keep the spread of the flu down in medical centers.“This year, with overcrowded ER waiting rooms, you risk exposure to the flu coming into the ER – where you might be told you just have a severe cold,” said Dr. Russ Kino, a caregiver at Saint John’s. “The best thing to do is old-fashioned resting at home in bed, boosting fluid intake and using over the counter medicines.”The flu vaccine is developed based on previous years’ popular strains and its effectiveness fluctuates from year to year. It is a challenge for scientists to stay ahead of the constantly mutating virus – at best, the seasonal vaccine is 60 percent effective. A few years ago, protection dropped to 19 percent because of a mismatch. This year has been a difficult year.“Please get the vaccine,” Dr. Ghurabi said. “It’s about 32 percent effective. But that’s one in three. So if you can protect yourself with 32 percent of not getting the flu, I’d take it.”Labs around the country are hunting for a supershot that could eliminate the annual fall vaccination. A universal flu vaccine is now a top priority for the National Institute of Health’s infectious disease department. To develop a better shot, researchers are dissecting the cloak that disguises influenza as it sneaks past the immune system and finding some rare targets that stay the same from strain to strain, year to year.“We have to do better and by better, we mean a universal flu vaccine. A vaccine that is going to protect you against essentially all, or most, strains of flu,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci of the NIH.“We’ve made some serious inroads into understanding how we can better protect ourselves. Now we have to put that into fruition,” said well-known flu biologist Ian Wilson of The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla.The new vaccine quest starts with two proteins, hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, that coat flu’s surface. The “H” allows flu to latch onto respiratory cells and infect them. Afterward, the “N” helps the virus spread.They form the names of influenza A viruses, the most dangerous flu family. With 18 hemagglutinin varieties and 11 types of neuraminidase – most carried by birds – there are lots of potential combinations. The strain causing so much misery this winter, H3N2, is a descendent of the 1968 pandemic strain.Scientists now think people respond differently to vaccination based on their flu history. “Perhaps we recognize best the first flu we ever see,” said NIH immunologist Adrian McDermott.The idea is that your immune system is imprinted with that first strain and may not respond as well to a vaccine against another.“The vision of the field is that ultimately if you get the really good universal flu vaccine, it’s going to work best when you give it to a child,” Fauci said.Until then, doctors say the best defense is getting the yearly vaccine and then cutting your risk of exposure to those who are sick. This year, Dr. Ghurabi says those worried about becoming infected because of a compromised immune system may want to wear a mask when they leave the house. 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Upright Walking and African Witch Doctors

first_imgJane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Human Origins Upright Walking and African Witch DoctorsOlufemi OluniyiJune 13, 2019, 4:32 AM Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Editor’s note: We are delighted to welcome Olufemi Oluniyi, PhD, as a new contributor. He is executive director of the Centre for Values and Social Change in Lagos, Nigeria. In the documentary Human Zoos, Dr. Oluniyi offers his expertise on the history of Social Darwinism in shaping European colonialism.From the 18th century to today, the image of the African witch doctor has lingered in the Western imagination. Travelers to my continent mocked this weird figure. For phenomena he did not understand, he offered ridiculous explanations and uninformed guesses, addressed to his followers who seemed powerless to tear themselves away from his enchantment.Does this sound at all familiar? The Western scientist, including the evolutionary scientist, is thought to be light years ahead of such superstition. But sometimes I wonder. Consider an article for The Guardian, “Exploding Stars Led to Humans Walking on Two Legs, Radical Study Suggests.” Ian Sample, the newspaper’s science editor, summarizes research published in the Journal of Geology.According to Mr. Sample, the scientists report that “a series of stars in our corner of the Milky Way exploded in a cosmic riot that began about 7m years ago.” The explosions, we are told, led to an evolutionary leap that transformed the human species, endowing us with the ability to walk on two legs and differentiating us from other apes that went on all fours. After that, nothing would be the same.The notion looks to a series of supernovae in the Earth’s neighborhood of the Milky Way, over the course of millions of years: “The surge of radiation triggered a chain of events, the scientists argue. As cosmic rays battered the planet, they ionised the atmosphere and made it more conductive.”Result: SavannasThe mega-explosions, in this telling, caused extreme lightning and forest-consuming wildfires. The result was today’s savannas, with grass instead of trees. Man, according to the theory, was beckoned to stand upright by the changed environment where distance vision, among other things, became a special asset.Remember, though, that walking upright is no simple achievement, but instead one requiring a range of coordinated changes. As Evolution News has noted:Upright walking remains a distinctive characteristic of humans. Many organs and systems are involved. We lack the stability of four feet, and being relatively thin and tall, we are at risk of falling over from gravity more than most animals. Staying upright requires many systems to work together: muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, the balance organs, the brain, and rapid feedback between all of them.In this context, the nexus between exploding stars and extreme lighting, on one hand, and humans standing on two feet, on the other, can only invite observations and questions. Sleight of HandFirst, what appears as an explanation does not actually add any new information. Rather, it is a sleight of hand, an assertion posing as an explanation.Second, while we hear about wildfires devouring African forests and leaving savannas in their wake, there is no mention of the more immediate impact of the fires on the protohumans living in the vicinity. Such destruction seems more consistent with wiping species out of existence, not transforming and gifting them with complex new functionality. Third, why was the anatomy needed for walking upright the only part of the body to be affected — and affected in one particular way, to cause human beings to walk as we do, whereas there are countless other imaginable outcomes? What of the nose, the intestines, the ankles, the thighs, the vocal cords, and the fingers? Did the “cosmic intervention” sculpt any of these? If not, why not? It appears arbitrary. Or perhaps purposeful! But banish that thought. This latest research could just as easily be taken as supporting intelligent design, yet the pseudo-scientists would swear and recoil from such a conclusion. Yes, it does all sound familiar. In seeking to explain what makes humans exceptional, current evolutionists convert guesswork into a methodology, as humans did for long ages in the pre-scientific past. The African witch doctors of old would sympathize.Photo: Savanna landscape, South African, by Gossipguy [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Recommended A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsAfricabrainCentre for Values and Social Changecolonialismcosmic raysdistance visionEvolution Newsfunctionalityhuman originsHuman ZoosIan SampleJournal of GeologyligamentsMilky WaymusclesnervesNigeriaOlufemi Oluniyipseudo-sciencesavannaSocial DarwinismsupernovatendonsThe Guardianupright walkingwildfirewitch doctor,Trendinglast_img read more

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Lennox Versus Dawkins: “Science and Religion as Alternative Explanations”?

first_img Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Recommended The film highlights debates between Professor Lennox, arguing the case for theism, supported by science, against prominent atheists including Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens. The film’s website includes lots of great resources including this gem — the 2008 debate between Dawkins and Lennox, filmed at Oxford’s Natural History Museum! I think Lennox gets to the heart of a great question by challenging Dawkins on the assumption that science and faith cannot coexist but must be understood as “alternative explanations” for reality. Of course that hopelessly prejudices the question. Find the full debate here: “Has Science Buried God?” TagsAgainst the TideatheistsChristopher HitchensdebatesfaithJerusalemjohn lennoxKevin SorboOxford UniversityrealityRichard Dawkinstheaters,Trending In the film, Lennox journeys with actor and interlocutor Kevin Sorbo from Oxford to Jerusalem. It’s very well done. You will enjoy it. Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Photo: John Lennox in Against the Tide.I am alerting readers to the upcoming event in movie theaters across the country. Against the Tide: Finding God in an Age of Science stars Oxford University mathematician John Lennox. There will be one night only when the film is screened — Thursday, November 19. You can and should get your tickets now. Here’s a sample: Faith & Science Lennox Versus Dawkins: “Science and Religion as Alternative Explanations”?David KlinghofferOctober 3, 2020, 7:12 AM last_img read more

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Whitefish Mountain Resort Employees Push for Change After Racist Encounter

first_imgCurrent and former Whitefish Mountain Resort (WMR) employees protested at the mountain on March 21 to raise awareness of what they call the resort’s tolerance of “racism and sexism,” which came to a head last month when an employee allegedly used the n-word in front of a Black co-worker. The employee who used the slur against Rine was disciplined but has since returned to work, according to McKay, although she also would not comment on what discipline was levied. Rine said the employee was present for her meeting with Graves and that the employee apologized. Graves went on to share that the employee who used the slur would be disciplined but that he could not disclose the details of that discipline. The WMR employee handbook allows for the company to initiate disciplinary action, “up to and including termination of employment” in response to employee harassment. WMR spokeswoman Maren McKay said the resort would not comment further on any specific meetings with Rine, but wrote that management staff had spoken with Rine on multiple occasions and that she was asked to “confirm in a written statement exactly what happened.” As of March 22, McKay said the resort had received no “formal statement” from Rine or any witnesses. The incident occurred after work hours and at a location not operated by the resort. As for the resort going forward, organizers detailed five demands ahead of their protest, and the resort addressed each one in an email to employees on March 18, pledging to make a number of changes. Those changes include immediately adding “stronger zero tolerance language” to its employee handbook and hiring a consultant to oversee training programs for all levels of resort staff, which has already been done. WMR will also be forming a committee to address diversity, equity and inclusion (protesters had asked for a full-time employee in that role) and pledged to “cast a wider net” to create “the diverse workforce we want.” “The intention of the meeting with Mariah was not to ‘shut her up,’” he wrote. “It was to engage with her in conversation about the incident.” Rine, who was back at work as a liftie on Monday, said she was pleased with the resort’s response in recent days and expressed optimism that the kind of change she’s advocating for could be on the horizon. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. “Repeated incidents of verbal abuse, slurs and microaggressions have negatively impacted past and present employees’ mental health, safety and desire to be at WMR,” they wrote in a press release. Rine said she reported the incident the following morning to her supervisors in the lift department, and had subsequent conversations with resort management, including a meeting with WMR Chief Executive Officer Dan Graves. Despite her complaints, Rine said she initially felt unheard by management and thought the purpose of her meeting with Graves was “to help them shut (her) up.” The protest prompted a public response from the resort, which sent out its own press release Sunday afternoon stating that it became aware of the planned protest on March 17 and “responded immediately with changes that are already in place.” That press release followed an email sent to employees on March 18 from senior management staff that outlined the action the resort would be taking in response to the protesters’ complaints. “They figure this is seasonal work, we’ll leave, he’ll bring in a new group of people next year and everyone will forget about this,” Rine said. “But the thing is, things are changing very rapidly in this world as a whole … and this isn’t going anywhere.” “We know there is work to do across our society on this topic and we are committed to doing our part and following through on the plan we laid out to employees last week,” he wrote. In an email to the Beacon, Graves disputed Rine’s characterization of the meeting. On Sunday, March 21, Rine and several current and former co-workers decided to draw attention to what they saw as the resort’s inaction by staging a protest and sit-in between Chair 1 and Chair 2. Around 30 people gathered there for several hours, and both Rine and resort management confirmed the event was peaceful. Organizers said the protest was intended to “raise awareness of the racism and sexism being tolerated on the policy-making level” at the resort. “It is about the culture … and the fact that he felt so comfortable and free to say that because he knew he would still have a job,” Rine said. “What I want to see is for him to be retrained, for him to be a part of these conversations and to maybe open up and try to see someone else’s perspective, because it’s way bigger than him.” For Rine, whatever discipline the employee could or should receive was not her primary concern. She and other current and former employees interviewed for this story said they at times felt uncomfortable and unwelcome, and that the resort’s slow response to Rine’s complaint only reinforced that belief. “I think we’re in a more positive place and we want to continue that and show the mountain that we respect them and we love it here,” Rine said. “We’re just wanting to make it a good place for all of us.” But in the days before the protest, organizers including Rine said the resort’s response came too late, and that senior employees knew about their grievances weeks ago, beginning the morning after the slur was used. Graves, in fact, emailed the lift department staff on March 5, saying he had just become aware of an incident involving racist language and that he should have been informed sooner “considering the severity of the topic.” “If you take nothing else away from this note, it should be that racism in any form is abhorrent and is an offense to the culture of this resort,” Graves wrote. “It will not be tolerated.” A group of about 30 protesters gather near Chair 1 at Whitefish Mountain Resort on March 21, 2021. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon About 30 protesters gather near Chair 1 at Whitefish Mountain Resort on March 21, 2021. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon Mariah Rine, 27, a seasonal lift worker at the resort, was at an on-mountain bar with a friend and a co-worker after a shift in late February. Rine says that during a conversation about equal representation, the co-worker — who was still in uniform at the time — turned to her and said, “Well, we have a (n-word) right here that works on the mountain, so what are you complaining about?” In a statement to the Beacon the day after the protest, Graves expressed his specific support for the changes outlined in the email. Emaillast_img read more

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HSA gives evidence against legal challenge by Donegal County Council

first_img Google+ Facebook Google+ Pinterest Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Twitter The Health and Safety Authority has argued before the High Court that it’s entitled under health and safety laws to conduct an investigation into a road traffic incident in Co Donegal which resulted in the death of a 22-year-old woman.In submissions opposing Donegal County Council’s application for orders preventing the HSA holding an investigation into the death of Sinéad McDaid, senior counsel for the HSA Shane Murphy said the authority is entitled to conduct an inquiry because of concerns expressed to it.22-year-old Sinead McDaid, from Carndonagh, died after her car skidded on the road at Dunross, between Culdaff and Malin on the Inishowen peninsula, at about 8 o clock on the night of June 12th, 2001.The single-vehicle crash occurred on a road where resurfacing works were being carried out by the council and Ms McDaid’s family has conducted a long campaign to have the matter fully investigated.In judicial review proceedings, the council claims the HSA has adopted unfair procedures in the way it has opened the investigation and alleges that the investigation is oppressive.Senior Counsel Shane Murphy for the HSA, which previously declined to investigate the accident, decided to do so after it had received new information. This included claims that the road where the accident occurred was swept of loose chippings, and that additional signage had been erected after the accident.James O’Reilly SC, for the council, argued that the HSA “exceeded its jurisdiction” in deciding in late 2006 to conduct the investigation.The scene of the crash was not a place of work, Mr O’Reilly submitted. While it was accepted that the scene was swept for loose chippings the day after the crash and that additional lighting had also been placed following the tragedy, that didn’t change the fact that the scene “was not a work in progress”.Ms McDaid’s family were unhappy with those investigations and claimed that the scene had not been properly preserved. They had made representations to politicians and the HSA.Having heard concluding submissions from both parties yesterday, president of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns reserved his judgment, saying he would deliver it in due course. Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 LUH still not ready to restore IT systems By News Highland – June 17, 2010 Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored center_img News WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleMc Hugh backs Bruton as FG leadership bid intensifiesNext articleDonegal deputies split in Fine Gael leadership battle News Highland HSA gives evidence against legal challenge by Donegal County Council Pinterest Twitter Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglarylast_img read more

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Milford Gardai arrest two drivers for drug driving

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – May 8, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Two motorists have been arrested for drug driving by Milford Gardai last evening. One driver tested positive for cocaine and the other for cannabis.Court appearances are to follow. Homepage BannerNews Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Milford Gardai arrest two drivers for drug driving Google+ Facebook Previous articleTanaiste acknowledges fishing industry is crucial to DonegalNext articleCabinet ministers set to approve alternative plan for Leaving Cert News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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