Paramedics take down picket lines

first_imgThe union representing striking BC ambulance paramedics has decided to permanently suspend the picketing, of six regional BC Ambulance Service Dispatch Centres, across the province.The CUPE local president John Strohameir says the action wasn’t having much of an impact and 250 members of the BC Government and Service Employees Union, who were honoring the lines, were losing benefits… [asset|aid=1519|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2b2a6ed6062e737415625ca93f121352-Strohameir-1_1_Pub.mp3]The 3,500 hundred paramedics have been on strike, since April first but have been restricted in their job action, by essential services legislation.- Advertisement -However, Mr. Strohameir says there’s a real possibility, that may change, with a full scale province-wide walkout… [asset|aid=1520|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=aca1116d5ea6f48ee9466676626a978a-Strohameir-2_1_Pub.mp3]The union is taking the pulse of rank and file membership, on what action to take next, following what it calls zero progress during two days of new bargaining last week.last_img read more

Money laundering report a wakeup call for Canada but some provinces skeptical

first_imgVANCOUVER — The authors of a report that found $47 billion was laundered across Canada last year debated whether to include a graph that indicated Alberta, Ontario and the Prairies were hotspots for dirty money, says the lead writer.Maureen Maloney said her expert panel used the best mathematical model available to reach the estimates, but it’s more reliable at a national level than a provincial one, so they questioned whether to publish the figures.“But we thought, ‘No, we need to do this, because people need to know it’s not just a B.C. problem,’ ” said Maloney, the province’s former deputy attorney general and a public policy professor at Simon Fraser University.“It’s a big B.C. problem, but it’s everybody’s problem. And to the extent that B.C. starts fixing our problem or at least makes our province less enticing to money launderers, they’re going to go elsewhere. They’re not going to disappear.”The report, one of two recently released by the B.C. government, aimed to sound a nationwide alarm about money laundering. But some provinces have reacted with skepticism, as Alberta questioned the numbers and Ontario said it will monitor the issue.Maloney said there is no reliable data on money laundering in Canada, so the panel used what’s known as the gravity model, which estimates the flow of dirty money between countries based on characteristics including GDP per capita and crime rates. The panel divided Canada into six regions and treated each region as a country.The panel estimated that Alberta led the country for money laundering in 2015 with $10.2 billion, followed by Ontario with $8.2 billion and the Prairies — Saskatchewan and Manitoba combined — with $6.5 billion.To the surprise of many, B.C. came in fourth with $6.2 billion, scuttling its reputation as the money laundering capital of Canada.The authors noted that the relatively high estimates in Alberta and the Prairies might arise from the importance the model places on crime rates and GDP levels, which were high prior to the oil downturn.“If money laundering in Alberta and the Prairies have been overestimated … that implies that money laundering in B.C., Ontario and Quebec have likely been underestimated,” the report said.Still, the panel concluded that money laundering is corroding “the very fabric of society” across Canada, and laid out a vision for it to become a national priority. Multiple recommendations call for the B.C. government to persuade its provincial and federal partners to take action.Other provinces have yet to confront the issue with the zeal of B.C., which announced this week it will hold a public inquiry.Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer said the province takes criminal activity seriously, but the figure presented in the report is the product of modelling that may not be completely reliable.“We use intelligence from front-line law enforcement agencies, not data we can’t verify. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to protect law-abiding Albertans,” he said in a statement.Money laundering is nearly impossible to quantify because, by nature, it’s hidden, but the report’s estimate for Alberta seems high, said Greg Draper, a national lead of valuations, forensics and litigation support with law firm MNP LLP and a former RCMP investigator based in Calgary.“I would expect that Vancouver has a bigger issue than Alberta, which is not to say that Alberta does not face its own money laundering risks,” he said, adding illicit money is being washed through the province’s casinos, housing and cash businesses.Ontario’s real estate association was so alarmed by Maloney’s report that it contacted its provincial government to call for a beneficial ownership registry. B.C. has already announced plans for such a registry, which collects the names of people buying property using corporations, trusts and numbered companies.“Today, drug lords, gun runners and other criminals can hide behind the veil of Canada’s privacy laws,” said Tim Hudak, chief executive officer of the Ontario Real Estate Association and a former provincial Progressive Conservative leader.Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli wasn’t available for an interview and in a statement his department didn’t indicate it was planning to take any urgent action.“What I can tell you is that we are discussing this issue with our federal and provincial partners — most recently at the last meeting of Canada’s finance ministers. This is something we will continue to monitor,” said spokesman Peter Spadoni.Both Saskatchewan and Manitoba said they are taking measures to combat money laundering and pointed to their civil-forfeiture programs, which enable provinces to seize assets believed to be the proceeds of crime without laying criminal charges.Saskatchewan added that it will pursue legislative amendments to ensure that corporations hold accurate and up to date information on beneficial owners. But it noted it was difficult to draw conclusions about the province from the Maloney report.“The report itself states there are limitations on the methodology, so it isn’t clear what proportion of the Prairie figure in the report applies to Saskatchewan,” it said.Jason Childs, an economics professor at the University of Regina, said he would expect money laundering to be worse in B.C. due to its sky-high real estate market, but Saskatchewan’s gaming industry is extremely vulnerable.“We have a lot of comparatively small casinos that are going to be operating with different levels of oversight,” he said. “And then you’ve got, also, a lot of cash business going on in Saskatchewan still.”As for the federal government, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the reports as “alarming” and said his government has strengthened audits on real-estate transactions and is working with provinces to do more.Maloney said better data is needed, but if anything, the panel’s estimates might actually be lower than the reality.“Our numbers are not definitive. Nobody’s numbers can be definitive. But we think at the moment, given the data that is available to us, this is probably the best guesstimate there is,” she said.“But I would say if we were erring on any side, it would be on a cautious, conservative side.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Laura Kane, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

8th Annual Wine Cellar Golf Fishing Tournament

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 16, 2018 – Providenciales – The Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament (WCGFT) is a fun-filled, family oriented 3-day weekend event. 100% of proceeds will be donated to local charities: Edward Gartland Youth Centre, CARIFTA TCI and Commonwealth Games Association TCI.Starting Thursday March 8th, 2018 with the Calcutta and Captains’ Meeting (Fishing portion), the pre-party and bidding on boats begin (5:30 pm @ Blue Haven). Then, 2 days of fishing (Friday and Saturday, March 9th and 10th) are each followed by a fresh fish auction of the day’s catch, music, entertainment and kid friendly games are hosted at Salt Bar & Grill at the Blue Haven Resort & Marina (Friday, March 9 th @ approx. 4:30pm; Saturday, March 10th starting at 12pm).Preferred fuel pricing is offered to participants of the fishing tournament by Blue Haven Resort & Marina.  Rounding out the weekend is the Golf tournament of the event, at Provo Golf Club, where 4 player teams vie for bragging rights and fantastic prizes as well as a silent auction.The WCGFT is a not-for-profit charity event hosted every year with all proceeds donated to Charity.  This year’s recipients will be Edward Gartland Youth Centre, CARIFTA TCI and Commonwealth Games Association TCI.  The last 7 Tournaments have raised an incredible $200,000.00 to help the different youth-oriented charity organizations..This year we anticipate a great number of boat signups.  New prizes include a $50,000 prize for Record Wahoo (150+ lbs) .. a $10,000 prize for the first hole-in-one on any of 3 Par3 holes of the golf tournament.  A pair of his/her Rolex watches or a Weekend Getaway for 2 to New York City can be won by purchasing a $20 raffle ticket prior to the event, all helping to raise funds for the charities.Join in on the FUN!  We are looking forward to once again hosting a memorable event!For more information or to sign up for the fun, please visit the website at www.golfandfishingtci.com or Contact: Desmond Williams at 649-946-4536 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Madhyamik rerun Becoming doctors top choice among HS toppers as well

first_imgKolkata: Shovan Mandal from Birbhum Zilla School, who has jointly ranked first along with Rajarshi Barman of Jenkins School in Cooch Behar, has expressed his desire to become a cardiologist to serve poor people in the villages. Rajarshi on the other hand wants to study Physics. Both of them have scored 498 marks out of 500.Shovan, who had stood eighth in the Madhyamik Examination in 2017, was a little surprised when his name was announced. “It was surprising for me as I didn’t expect that I could rank first. It is, however, a great feeling for me. Human physiology is my favourite subject and I want to become a doctor. I have appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year. I have seen that a large number of patients in the villages suffer from heart related ailments. All the patients cannot bear the cost of treatment. I want to treat the patients in the villages at a lesser cost.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShovan also spoke on one of the keys to his success, saying: “I always used to read the text books thoroughly. I also used to practice question-answer series that has paid dividends in the examination. I like to watch cricket and read story books in my leisure time.” Rajarshi, who appeared for the exam from Jenkins School, wants to pursue studies in Physics. He also stressed on the reading of text books minutely to succeed in the exam. His father Bishnupada Barman is a teacher by profession. “I thought that I would get around 475 marks. The number has jumped to 498 in the final examination. I used to read whenever I had time on hands. I always followed text books. I was taken aback when I saw my name flashing on the TV screen,” he said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSanjukta Bose of Bidhannagar Govt High School, who is among the six students securing second position, used to study 17-18 hours per day before the exam. She aspires to be a teacher. One of her relatives said that she wants to study Economics. A resident of Baguiati, Sanjukta has succeeded in the examination despite financial constraints affecting her family. She has received 98 in Economics, 100 in English and 93 in Bengali. All the second rankers have obtained 496 marks. The other students who have jointly ranked second are Tanmay Maikap of Bajkul Balai Chandra Vidyapith of East Midnapore, Swarnadip Saha of Dinhata High School in Cooch Behar, Hritam Nath of Krishnagar Collegiate School, Md Mausam Akhtar of Sundarban Adarsha Vidyamandir and Anatap Mitra of Jenkins School. Tanmay Maikap said that he wants to be a doctor. Mathematics has been his favourite subject. He has scored 100 marks in Mathematics and Chemistry, whereas in English and Physics he has got 99 and 98 respectively. Shreyashi Sarkar of Taki House (Govt Sponsored) Multipurpose Girls High School has jointly ranked fourth and she aspires to be an engineer. She has obtained 492 marks, while Rakesh Dey from Sainthia Town High School, another co-ranker said he wants to study History and become a professor. Satyam Kar from Jadavpur Vidyapith, who has ranked fifth along with 13 others securing 491 marks, said that an extensive reading of text books was his key to success. He wants to be a doctor as well. He had ranked sixth in the Madhyamik Examination in 2017. “I used to study whenever I felt like it. Bio-science is one of my favourite subjects. HS examinees should read the text books thoroughly to get good marks. I want to serve people in the villages after becoming a doctor,” Satyam said.last_img read more

Upcoming Pokémon Game on Nintendo Switch Hopes to Capture Huge Mobile Fan

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Pokémon Go released on mobile platforms on July 6, 2016. It wasn’t long before the augmented reality game became a global phenomenon, with more than 800 million downloads as of December 2017.Soon, Nintendo, the publisher of Pokémon games on its consoles (the IP is owned and managed by The Pokémon Company), will see whether these mobile gamers will convert into customers of its Switch platform. The company on Nov. 16 will release two versions of Pokémon Let’s Go, a new entry in its long running line of role playing games featuring critters such as Pikachu and Charmander. It will be the first Pokémon game to be released on Switch and will also integrate with the mobile game.Related: 3 Major Marketing Insights From Pokemon Go”Our main objective with entering into mobile has been to expand the overall Nintendo business,” a Nintendo of America spokesperson tells Entrepreneur. “More specifically, we are aiming to maximize the number of people that have access to Nintendo IP and, thus, to further expand the gaming population.”Image credit: NintendoThe company has already released several mobile games based on its properties, including Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Two games featuring Mario — Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — are the two highest selling Nintendo games on the Switch.Most of the highest selling games on the 3DS platform feature Pokemon. While these titles are for more experienced players, the upcoming Pokémon Let’s Go, developed by Game Freak inc, is taking a different approach.“With the launch of Pokémon Go in 2016 and the global sensation that ensued, millions of new players were introduced to the world of Pokémon,” said Junichi Masuda, director at Game Freak inc, in a press release. “For many people, Pokémon Go was their first experience with the Pokémon brand, so we have crafted these two new titles to be an accessible entry point to our core RPG series while giving our longtime fans a new way to play Pokémon.”Related: 3 Amazing Effects of Pokémon Go, Which Is Now a Year OldThe games, set for release on Nov. 16 for $59.99 each or bundled with a controller resembling a Poké Ball for $99.99, will integrate Pokémon Go by allowing players to transfer captured Pokémon from the mobile game onto the Nintendo Switch. In the game, players will guide a trainer, capturing pokémon after turn-based battles, then challenging in-game characters.The integration with Pokémon Go is a smart way to both reward player investment and incentivize mobile users to buy in to the Switch platform. 3 min readcenter_img Register Now » August 29, 2018last_img read more