Growing opposition to proposals on tougher penalty point system

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – December 15, 2018 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Growing opposition to proposals on tougher penalty point system Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Plans to toughen the penalty point system for drivers have been labeled ‘draconian’.There is growing opposition to the proposals by the Transport Minister in Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.Earlier this week it emerged the Transport Minister Shane Ross was examining ways to crack down on speeding motorists.Among the measures being considered are a graded penalty point system, depending on the degree to which a motorist exceeds the speed limit.However the Irish Independent reports that there is growing opposition within Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to the proposals, with TDs labelling them ‘draconian’ and evidence of a ‘nanny state’.Suggestions that drivers who could not produce a licence to Gardai would receive penalty points, appear to have been dropped according to the paper.While the government insists they are only proposals, opposition TDs are demanding a greater focus on enforcement. Twitter Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Google+ Previous articleNo deal Brexit preparations to significantly step up next weekNext articleGood evening for Donegal Jockeys News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA last_img read more

CreditUnionsVote.com re-launched with latest COVID-19 voting info

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUNA has re-launched CreditUnionsVote.com leading up to this year’s elections with the latest information on changes to primaries and voting by mail/absentee ballot due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.“Life has changed drastically due to the ongoing pandemic, but primary elections still need to be held leading up to November’s general election, though perhaps under different circumstances than most are used to,” said Adam Engelman, CUNA’s director of federal grassroots and programs. “In addition to the usual information on registration and polling places, CreditUnionsVote.com contains the latest information on changing election dates, as well as mail-in and absentee ballot options. This election is still an opportunity for credit unions to make their voices heard.”CUNA launched its “Credit Unions Vote” Member Activation Program (MAP) campaign earlier this year, ahead of the New Hampshire primary, urging credit union members to vote in the 2020 elections.last_img read more

Three-point weekend keeps Leafs on top of Murdoch Division

first_img“Darnel (St. Pierre) returned and had a real great game for us last night,” McLellan said. “We’ve been really lucky that way, if someone is out we’ve had guys step up to replace them.”“We’ve been a little bit banged up as well, but it’s still early and we’re always trying to get better,” McLellan added.Nelson finished the game out shooting the Rebels 47-26.Soles got the start in both games to raise his season record to 4-0-0-1.“We just want to get one guy going and Adam is going to be back in the net here soon,” said McLellan when asked if there was anything wrong with his other netminder, Adam Maida.“With both (Adam Maida and Brett Soles) being two pretty good goaltenders we wanted to get one of them going and need one to be the starter and with Brett we’re sort of leaning to more maturity.”The three-point weekend keeps the Leafs in top spot in the Murdoch Division.Nelson, 5-1-2-1, holds a three-point lead over Spokane Braves and Grand Forks Border Bruins heading into Sunday action.Nelson returns home to complete what has been a steady string of games at the NDCC Arena Friday and Saturday.The Leafs open the three-game weekend against the Rebels before welcoming the Spokane Braves for a Saturday tilt.Both games begin at 7 p.m.Sunday Nelson travels to Castlegar for an afternoon game against the Rebels.BLUELINES: Team captain Aaron Dunlap missed both games with an upper body injury. The Alaskan native should be ready to return for the upcoming three-game weekend . . .. The three-game set is also dubbed as Parent Weekend for the Leafs. The franchise welcomes the player’s parents to watch all three games. Coach Dave McLellan said the weekend is a great opportunity for the players . . .. While Nelson is having a great start to the season, Osoyoos is having an incredible beginning; having won all 10 games played this season. The Coyotes hold a commanding 10-point advantage over second-place Summerland in Okanagan Division standings. Osoyoos leads the league in offence with 59 goals and holds plus-33 goals for-goals against average. It’s not often in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League two teams play to a 1-1 tie.However, that’s what happened Saturday as the Nelson Leafs and Castlegar Rebels battled to the overtime draw in the Sunflower City.“Last night was a game where we really dominated the play . . . from the get-go to the end but we just didn’t capitalize on the many quality scoring chances we had,” said Leaf coach Dave McLellan Sunday.“We practically outplayed Castlegar, we just couldn’t find a way to score.”All the scoring happened in the opening frame when Lindan Calliou for the Rebels and Leafs Darnel St. Pierre scored less than a minute apart.Castlegar’s goal came against the flow and in a period Nelson out shot the home side 10-3.After that it was a battle between the two goalies — Patrick Zubick, the busier of the two, and Brett Soles.“We’re a tough team to play against . . . last night in my estimation we limited Castlegar to (26 shots) and when you’re doing that your team is heading in the right direction,” McLellan explained.The Leafs were lifted by the return of last year’s captain Darnel St. Pierre to the blueline after the hard-hitting blueliner sat out the last two games with a suspension.St. Pierre’s presence definitely helped the Leafs, who lost another defender, Patrick Croome early in the game due to a checking-from-behind penalty.last_img read more

Finding jobs on the roadside

first_imgLooking for work – men on the side of theroad.(Image: Men on the Side of the Road) The organised Men on the Side of theRoad sites are easily recognised by theirbright yellow banners.(Image: Masixole Feni)Jennifer SternSouth Africa has an unemployment rate of 38.3%, including those who have given up any attempt to find jobs. For those who haven’t, the only recourse is often short-term or casual labour – standing on the side of the road waiting for odd jobs. It’s highly insecure, but better than nothing.Casual labour is a strong tradition in South Africa, with informally designated sites in cities across the country known by both employers and job seekers, where unemployed men gather in the mornings hoping to get a job for the day.But it’s also been fraught with problems. The sites would have no toilets or drinking water so residents and businesses would complain to the police. But others would react with kindness by handing out soup and bread to job seekers. While the gesture was appreciated, all the men really wanted was a job.  So in 2000 a church group running soup kitchens approached charity worker Charles Maisel – and that was the start of Men on the Side of the Road (MSR).MSR started off by supplying toilets and water to a couple of sites, and working on job creation.“We didn’t really know what we were doing,” Maisel says. “It was a pilot. We were trying to work out the model.”Unfortunately, the harassment of job seekers increased after the sites become more organised.“There had always been harassment,” he says “but when we came on board it started getting worse.“After a lot of trying to negotiate with the communities and the police, we got a High Court order so the police couldn’t harass the men anymore.”The court order stated that it was the duty of the municipality to assist job seekers, and that the police were not to harass job seekers in specified locations.“We didn’t have much money at the time,” Maisel says, “but this was a major victory. It was a big thing. It legitimised job seeking on the side of the road.”Some of the men couldn’t get work because they didn’t have tools, so the next part of the project was a campaign to get the public to donate second-hand tools.“That really got us on the map,” Maisel says. “We got about 50 000 tools over two years. People sent tools from Holland, the UK, all over.But the most important result of the campaign, says Maisel, is that it made people aware of the problem – and the solution.“What’s interesting is that now, when anyone in the media is looking for an image to portray unemployment, they use a picture of men on the side of the road,” he says. “It’s become a symbol. Our biggest success is making the so-called invisibles visible. They are not beggars, they are genuine job-seekers.”A challenge was determining how many casual workers were out there.“We didn’t know how big the problem was, and we didn’t know how many sites there were. So we linked up with the Human Sciences Researches Council and the University of South Africa. They said they’d do a census of how many sites exist countrywide.”The researchers found that there were roughly 1 000 sites across South Africa.“A thousand sites, with about 100 people per site, means about 100 000 people per day. But with different people every day it’s probably about 300 000 people in total that use the sites. The numbers have remained basically static over the years.”With the pilot programme complete and the size of the problem determined, it was time to move on to the next stage.“After the census we knew what we were talking about. We identified needs. We needed to do training – of males between 15 and 60. And from the training, we moved on to job placement. And then the sites needed to be organised with cards and registration.”To be registered, each job seeker needs to produce a photograph, some form of valid ID, and any references. Their skills and qualifications are noted, and they are given registration cards that identify them as bona fide work seekers. Each worker is put on the central database, available on MSR’s website.Peter Kratz, MSR’s director, explains how it works. “Because the database lists skills, qualifications and work history, we’ve taken away the anonymity of the individual, and created a track record that is available to potential employers.“So anyone wanting to employ someone can register on the website and peruse the database,  send a request for a worker through the site, in which case we’ll call them back, or they can call 0861 WORKER.“And then we arrange which site they can pick them up from.“Some employers will still simply arrive and pick people up but it’s so much more efficient if they pre-arrange it,” Katz continues. “We can put together a team quite effectively. We’ve got people with all kinds of skills, brick layers, carpenters, gardeners, fork lift drivers, welders, you name it.”With more than 10 000 workers registered on their database, MSR placed about 6 500 members in almost 120 000 work days in 2008. MSR is a registered non-profit organisation, and do not charge for the placement services. Employers pay the men directly, and they keep everything they earn.Some of those day placements have led to permanent employment.“There have been some great success stories,” says Katz. “One man, Vuyisile Dyolotana, started standing on the side of the road looking for work and then, though MSR, got training from Stodel’s Nursery. That resulted in a permanent job with a landscaping business and, before long, he’d branched out and started his own landscaping business.”So far, MSR have 14 organised sites in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Pretoria and George.  They’re easy to spot. They’re usually at major intersections, and they are marked by bright yellow banners.So the men do still stand on the side of the road, but now many of them are standing there waiting for a specific prearranged job, so it’s a far less stressful process.Useful linksMen of the Side of the Road Department of Labourlast_img read more

International EarthCache Day is October 9!

first_imgOn October 9, you can earn a new souvenir by learning more about the Earth (aka geocaching’s game board). All you have to do is go out and find an EarthCache on International EarthCache Day!EarthCaches don’t have physical containers, but instead bring you to a unique location and teach you a geological science lesson. Check out these stunning EarthCaches to learn more.On International EarthCache Day, this special geocache type will be free to all players in the Geocaching® app.* The app makes finding and logging EarthCaches easy. Just send your answers to the geocache owner via Message Center!Get the Geocaching® App.*Excludes specifically designated Premium Member Only caches.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedInternational EarthCache celebration for 2018October 8, 2018In “Events”Earn a new souvenir for International EarthCache DaySeptember 8, 2015In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Discover EarthCaching and 11 Stunning LocationsAugust 5, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United: match preview

first_imgPremier League WHU37TOT63% Substitutes Fouls 33 Davies Topics 9 Janssen West Ham United Spurs 2 7 23 Diop 3 Rose news 1 Lloris 6 Sanchez Goal attempts West Ham 52 Skipp 7 Arnautovic Share on Pinterest 20 Alli 2 Trippier 5 Zabaleta Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn 21 Foyth Reuse this content Substitutes 37 63 41 Rice Corners Share via Email 22 Gazzaniga 3 8 (s 66′) 7 Son Match stats 1 Fabianski (s 80′) 15 Dier 13 Adrian 26 Masuaku 12 Wanyama 23 Eriksen (s 85′) Share on Twitter 8 Felipe Anderson 16 Noble Share on Facebook Possession 16 Walker-Peters Match previews (s 85′) (s 77′) 24 Fredericks 21 Ogbonna WHU TOT 10 Spurs Off target 9 West Ham 4 Spurs On target 7 West Ham 19 Wilshere Lineups Tottenham Hotspur 14 Obiang (s 77′) 17 Hernandez 27 Lucas Moura 11 Snodgrass 27 Lucas Perez It is all very well for Tottenham’s players to say they have no thought of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Ajax but, according to Mauricio Pochettino, “it is not easy to manage your unconscious mind.” And so the Spurs manager has had to be firm in his pre-West Ham message. “Without tomorrow, there is no Tuesday,” he said. How West Ham would love to dent the home side’s perfect record at their new stadium and their top-four push. David HytnerSaturday 12.30pm Sky Sports Premier LeagueVenue Tottenham Hotspur StadiumLast season Tottenham 1 West Ham 1Referee Anthony TaylorThis season G29 Y92 R1 3.24 cards/gameOdds H 4-9 A 6-1 D 4-1TOTTENHAMSubs from Gazzaniga, Vorm, Trippier, Sánchez, Foyth, Rose, Skipp, Eriksen, JanssenDoubtful NoneInjured Winks (groin, 30 Apr), Aurier, Lamela (both hamstring, unknown), Sissoko (groin, unknown), Kane (ankle, June)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y52 R1Form LLWWLWLeading scorer Kane 17WEST HAMSubs from Adrián, Trott, Johnson, Masuaku, Obiang, Coventry, Wilshere, Diangana, Pérez, Holland, Silva, Sánchez, Fredericks, Diop, Hernández, CresswellDoubtful Cresswell (knee), Hernández (ear), Lanzini (groin), Sánchez (knee)Injured Carroll (ankle), Nasri (calf), Reid (knee), Yarmolenko (achilles, all unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y56 R1Form LWLLLDLeading scorer Felipe Anderson 9 4 Balbuena 18 Llorente Share on WhatsApp 4 Alderweireld 30 Antoniolast_img read more

10 months agoLeicester boss Puel to bench Vardy for Man City Cup clash

first_imgAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Puel to bench Vardy for Man City Cup clashby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel is set to omit Jamie Vardy from his line-up for their Carabao Cup quarterfinal tie with Mannchester City.Puel is planning to prioritise Saturday’s Premier League match at Chelsea by making a number of changes to his line-up on Tuesday, including starting Vardy on the bench, even though Leicester are three games from Wembley.Vardy, Leicester’s joint-top scorer with five Premier League goals, has been managing a groin problem but returned to fitness for Saturday’s match at Crystal Palace where he played the full 90 minutes against expectations, says the Daily Mail. Puel has been advised Vardy requires some recuperation and has decided to provide it for the visit of City. last_img read more

Horizons launches Canadas first ETF driven by artificial intelligence

first_imgTORONTO – Horizons ETFs Management Inc. says it has launched the first exchange-traded fund in Canada to use artificial intelligence for all security selection decisions.The Horizons Active A.I. Global Equity ETF began trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MIND.The ETF, sub-advised by Mirae Asset Global Investments, uses an investment strategy run by an AI system that analyzes data and extracts patterns.Horizons ETFs president Steve Hawkins says MIND is expected to process market data and allocate assets more efficiently than any human manager.MIND monitors more than 50 investment metrics from which it analyzes patterns and makes investment decisions.South Korean-based Qraft Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of AI investment systems, created the technology powering MIND.last_img read more

Report Feds got seat complaints on van model teen died in

first_imgCINCINNATI — Federal regulators received nearly 180 seating complaints about Honda Odyssey minivans over the years, according to a newspaper’s investigation after a teenage boy died trapped in one such van.A coroner said 16-year-old Kyle Plush, of Cincinnati, died April 10 of asphyxiation because his chest was being compressed. It’s suspected the 2004 minivan’s rear, third-row seat flipped over and pinned him as he reached into the back.The Cincinnati Enquirer reported its investigation shows that a quarter of Odyssey seating complaints were over stability and that one of five stability cases involved problems with third-row seats.More than a dozen warnings about the Odyssey’s third-row seating for models made between 1999 and 2012 were found by the newspaper. Some complaints said seats were loose, rusting or wouldn’t latch; others noted instances when heavy seats suddenly slammed down or flipped out of place.The Enquirer also reports it obtained documents showing local investigators inspecting the minivan indicated that they had difficulty getting the rear seat to latch in place and that it would “rotate freely” after appearing to be locked.Honda said in an emailed statement Wednesday that it hasn’t received any direct claims of fatal injuries from “interaction with third-row seats” in 1999-2004 Odysseys.Honda spokesman Chris Martin said that the automaker has requested permission to inspect the Plush vehicle but hasn’t received it and doesn’t have any specific information “from which to definitively determine what occurred in this incident.”Martin also said there were no seat-related recalls of the 2004 Honda Odyssey in the United States.Honda last year recalled some 900,000 later-model Odysseys because of concerns about second-row seats tipping forward if not latched properly.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told The Enquirer that it worked closely with local authorities and Honda to “understand what happened” in the Cincinnati death.“Based on the available information, including internal data analysis, the agency has not found evidence of a vehicle safety defect trend,” the agency said.The NHTSA said part of its review included past Odyssey complaints and it would “continue to monitor complaints” and “take further steps as appropriate.”The agency didn’t immediately respond Wednesday to an Associated Press message seeking further comment.The teen’s father found his son dead nearly six hours after the first of Kyle’s two 911 calls seeking help. Two officers sent in response to the student’s first 911 call drove through parking areas around the school but didn’t get out. Police have said they didn’t have information needed to narrow their search.A prosecutor determined that no one would face criminal charges in the death. The family has expressed frustration over what they say are incomplete explanations and the slow pace of reforms in emergency response. The city already has been upgrading smartphone communications, computer-assisted dispatch, police in-car mapping, and training.The Enquirer reported that the Plush family didn’t respond to messages seeking comment on the newspaper’s investigation.___Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more