Coalition party forms majority government ends provinces twoparty rule

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebecers charted a new course for their province Monday by giving the seven-year-old Coalition Avenir Quebec a majority mandate in an election result that could create waves beyond its borders.Quebec, Canada’s second most-populous province, has joined the even bigger province of Ontario in voting for change following about 15 years of Liberal governments. There’s also more potential for conflict between Quebec and the federal Liberals.On its path to victory Monday, the right-leaning Coalition shattered nearly a half-century of two-party political rule in Quebec with a majority government that will redraw the province’s electoral map.The party was elected in 74 of the province’s 125 ridings, compared with 32 for the incumbent Liberals.One of the major surprises of the night was the near-disintegration of the Parti Quebecois, which earned just 17 per cent of the popular vote — its worst ever electoral performance — and won just nine seats.Coalition Leader Francois Legault guided his troops to victory after pitching himself as the candidate for change.“Today, Quebecers chose hope, hope for a government that will bring positive change,” he told supporters in his victory speech.“Tonight, we will celebrate the victory, then we will rest a few hours. But starting tomorrow (Tuesday) we will roll up our sleeves and we will work to do more, to do better for all Quebecers.”Many predicted the tightly fought campaign would shake up the political landscape.It was more like an earthquake.The win delivered something Quebec hadn’t seen in 48 years — a provincial government headed by a party other than the Liberals or the PQ.In terms of popular support, the Coalition had more than 37 per cent, compared with about 25 per cent for the Liberals.Legault’s party left the Liberals in second place, Quebec solidaire in a distant third and the stunned PQ reeling in fourth.With support for independence sliding, the PQ is now facing an existential crisis. The party has steadily watched its backing slip after spending about 20 of the last 48 years in office.To be considered an official party, the PQ needed either 20 per cent of the popular vote on Monday or 12 seats. It got neither.PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee suffered a double blow by also losing his Montreal riding. It prompted him to announce his resignation in his post-election speech.Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard salvaged some pride by being elected in his own riding. In his concession speech, he said he would take a few days to ponder his political future.“I wish his government all the success that Quebec deserves — despite our significant differences of opinion, we are all Quebecers,” he said after congratulating Legault on his victory.“We must stay united — we are stronger united.”Couillard had touted his government’s balanced budgets as well as the province’s falling unemployment rate and strong economic performance. But early in his mandate he faced criticism for cutting health and education budgets.The departure of Couillard, a staunch federalist, could have implications for Canada. He had smooth relations with Ottawa during his four years in power.It’s unclear what Legault’s win will mean for Quebec’s relationship with the Trudeau government.But there have already been signs of potential friction between Legault, a former sovereigntist and PQ cabinet minister, and the federal government.Last week, a recording of Legault’s wife, Isabelle Brais, captured her telling a party meeting last month that while Trudeau’s father, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was “brilliant,” his son is not.She described the younger Trudeau as incompetent and suggested a Coalition government could have strained ties with his federal government. Brais later apologized.Legault declined to say whether he endorsed his wife’s comments about the prime minister, saying she’s “an independent woman who has her opinions, who is spontaneous, who apologized.”Trudeau issued a statement Monday to offer his “sincere congratulations” to Legault on the win.“I look forward to working with Premier Legault to make Quebec, a province we are all proud of, an even better place to live,” said Trudeau, who represents a Montreal riding.Looking ahead, the Coalition and Trudeau’s Liberals could also find themselves at odds over Legault’s pledges on immigration.He grabbed national headlines during the campaign when he proposed lowering Quebec’s annual immigration levels by 20 per cent. Legault also said he wanted to force newcomers to pass French and values tests within three years of their arrival — or face removal from the province.Responsibility, however, for such expulsions would fall to the federal government.In his victory speech, Legault, 61, appeared to address the issue of immigration:“I intend to govern for all Quebecers — all Quebecers,” he said.Legault’s win follows Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s majority victory in June. Ford’s Progressive Conservatives defeated the Ontario Liberals to end their run of 15 years in power.In Quebec, the Coalition win put an end to nearly 15 years of continuous Liberal rule, expect for a 19-month break when the PQ had a minority mandate between 2012 and 2014.The emergence of Legault’s party, which won just 22 seats in 2014 to finish third, came in large part at the expense of the PQ. Legault created the Coalition party in 2011 after quitting the PQ two years earlier.The PQ’s raison d’etre — Quebec sovereignty — has lost its lustre with voters and, for the first time in decades, talk of a referendum on independence was not a ballot-box issue.Faced with the shift in public sentiment, Lisee entered the race vowing not to hold a referendum on sovereignty in his first mandate as premier.“We absorbed a shock tonight, but we stand up straight and strong because Quebec still needs the Parti Quebecois,” Lisee said after the vote.“For as long as there are battles to fight for justice, equality, environment, secularism, French — Quebec will need the Parti Quebecois. For as long as Quebec isn’t a country, Quebec will need the Parti Quebecois.”The PQ finished one seat behind Quebec solidaire, which expanded its reach beyond its urban roots of central Montreal.“Today, our movement is bigger, stronger, more resolute than ever,” said Masse.“Quebec solidaire is not the party of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal (a hipster Montreal neighbourhood). Quebec solidaire is the party of the people who want things to change for real.”The Liberals had 68 seats at the legislature’s dissolution, while the PQ had 28, the Coalition 21 and Quebec solidaire three. There were five Independents.last_img read more

Oilrich South Sudan faces fuel shortage as people suffer

first_imgJUBA, South Sudan – “In September there was no fuel anywhere,” Samson Kamuya says.The exhausted 45-year-old hangs his head. He’s been waiting four days at a gas station in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, to no avail.Wedged among hundreds of cars, trucks and desperate civilians carrying empty jerry cans, he says the fuel situation is unlike anything he’s seen in his eight years as a driver.It is a cruel irony in the world’s youngest nation: Ninety-eight per cent of South Sudan’s economy comes from oil, but the country faces one of its worst fuel crises since civil war began in 2013.South Sudan has Africa’s third-largest oil reserves, with 3.5 billion barrels. Based on government figures, current production should bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year. But without refineries, the country exports crude oil and must import fuel.Some observers blame the government and Nile Petroleum, the sole state-owned oil company, for nationwide fuel shortages.The situation deteriorated when the government “started monopolizing the fuel trade” by kicking out private oil companies to control access to U.S. dollars, says Edmund Yakani, executive director of the non-profit Community Empowerment for Progress Organization.Nile Petroleum says it can afford to bring in only enough fuel to serve one-third of South Sudan’s population. It denies expelling private companies, saying the economic crisis forced them to leave.“NilePet became responsible for the whole country,” says Yiey Puoch Lur, its public relations director.However, some say the numbers don’t add up, accusing government corruption of worsening the country’s overall crisis. South Sudan soon will enter its fifth year of fighting amid starvation, mass displacement and allegations of war crimes.“Instead of using oil revenue to provide public services and improve the livelihoods of South Sudan’s population, the ruling clique has used these funds to procure weapons, finance a horrific civil war and enrich themselves,” says J.R. Mailey, director of the investigative team at The Sentry, a Washington-based group that has reported on links between corruption and mass atrocities.“The money’s being kept abroad,” a member of South Sudan’s parliament, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of his safety, told The Associated Press. The money the government should be receiving for oil exports is enough to fuel the entire country, the lawmaker says.Nile Petroleum denies wrongdoing, blaming the lack of funds on a reduction in South Sudan’s oil production from almost 300,000 barrels a day before the civil war to roughly 130,000. It says declining global oil prices and the civil war’s damage to oil facilities have hurt.As South Sudan held its first oil and power conference on Wednesday, Minister of Petroleum Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said the government is moving “aggressively” to produce more oil, with target production of 280,000 barrels per day in the coming year. The minister said four refineries would be built in the country, with one in Bentiu underway.Gatkuoth welcomed foreign investors, saying they would team up with NilePet, then quipped that he wasn’t “encouraging them to leave — immediately”.Civilians feel the brunt of the crisis. Drivers like Kamuya often hire people to sleep in their parked cars at the pumps while they borrow other transport to keep working.Kamuya says he has been forced to buy fuel on the black market for almost 10 times the usual price. Instead of paying 1,200 South Sudanese pounds ($6.50) for 60 litres at the pump, he has paid up to 10,800 South Sudanese pounds ($58) for just 20 litres.In addition, government soldiers have been accused of threatening civilians at gas stations and cutting in line to stock up on fuel to sell illegally.“If someone tells you to move with a gun you can’t argue,” says Simon Kinuthia, a driver in Juba.The army denies the allegations. Other than a few isolated incidents soldiers “don’t break the rules,” says spokesman Lul Ruai Koang.Last month the Trump administration took initial steps to target those responsible for undermining stability in South Sudan, imposing sanctions on two senior members of government, the former military chief of staff and three local companies.“Corrupt officials and their facilitators that participate in the oil sector should be subjected to targeted network sanctions,” says Brad Brooks-Rubin, policy director for The Sentry, adding that an embargo should not be placed on South Sudan’s oil industry as a whole.“Fuel is connected to everything,” Kinuthia says. “And right now, it’s making people suffer.”last_img read more

Kauai officials sue vacation home owners for rental fines

LIHUE, Hawaii — Kauai officials are suing the owners of a vacation home, claiming they are violating county zoning ordinances for using the property as a short-term rental.The Garden Island reports the Kauai County Planning Department filed the lawsuit last week, seeking to compel Greg and Joanne Allen to pay $130,000 in fines.According to the lawsuit, county officials have been trying for more than a year to stop the couple from renting out their four-bedroom Wailua house that is outside the area designated for transient vacation rentals.A hearing officer sided with the county last year after the Allens contested the fines.Greg Allen says the planning department has been “overzealous,” and the previous proceedings were unfair.He says he has no immediate plans to stop renting the place out.___Information from: The Garden Island, Associated Press read more

Canadas Freeland says she has full confidence in PM Trudeau as leader

OTTAWA — Canada’s Foreign Minister Chyrstia Freeland said on Friday that though she was “troubled and disappointed” by images of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface, she had full confidence in his leadership of the party.“We do happen to have an election and I have tremendous confidence in Justin Trudeau as the leader,” said Freeland, the most visible minister of Trudeau’s government and a key ally.“The prime minister absolutely has my full and complete support,” she said in a telephone interview with Reuters from Toronto.Freeland’s comments are proof that Trudeau’s team is squarely behind him as he forges ahead with his campaign with less than five weeks to go before the Oct. 21 vote.Freeland said she reached out on Thursday to her constituents and government colleagues after the emergence the night before of damaging images of a 29-year-old Trudeau wearing dark make-up at a 2001 “Arabian Nights” party. Other Trudeau images from the early 1990s came to light on Thursday.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“I spent a lot of time yesterday speaking with some important members of my own riding, in particular some students who have been working on my campaign. It was important for me to talk to them,” she said.In a statement issued late Thursday, Freeland said she believed Trudeau’s apology was “sincere and deeply felt. I believe in his commitment to do better.”On Friday she pointed to the government’s commitment over the past four years “to fighting racism and to breaking down the systemic barriers in our country to people of color,” and said that Trudeau would help make more progress in the future.Freeland was one of at least four cabinet members who attended a Trudeau campaign announcement in Toronto on Friday. She sat directly behind him and could be seen clapping and nodding her support on the television broadcast.Due to the official campaign period, Freeland said she is unlikely to attend next week’s gathering of world leaders at the United Nation’s General Assembly in New York.“At the moment, it is looking very unlikely that I will be at UNGA next week,” Freeland said. Traditionally, ministers do not travel outside the country during the official election campaign period.Whether or not Freeland goes, several high level representatives will attend, including former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and former Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark, a foreign ministry official said.Deputy Minister Marta Morgan will head the delegation, the official said, supported by Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York, Marc-André Blanchard.Trudeau, who has long run on his progressive credentials, introduced a gender-balanced cabinet when he took office in 2015 and appointed a number of minorities to top cabinet positions, including the defense, immigration and natural resources portfolios.In the past, Freeland also offered unwavering support for Trudeau when a top watchdog said that he had breached ethics rules by pressuring his former justice minister to ensure a major construction firm avoid a corruption trial. (Reporting by Steve Scherer; Additional reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by David Gregorio and Daniel Wallis) read more

Global stocks steady as Fed minutes fail to sway investors

Global stocks steady as Fed minutes fail to sway investors A man walks past an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Asian shares slipped Thursday after the latest Fed minutes raised the possibility that a U.S. rate hike could come sooner than expected. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 22, 2017 8:21 am MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2017 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Global stock markets were trading in narrow ranges Thursday after the minutes to the last policymaking meeting of the Federal Reserve failed to provide much of a steer as to the timing of the U.S. central bank’s next interest rate increase.KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 0.1 per cent at 7,294 while Germany’s DAX fell 0.2 per cent to 11,981. The CA 40 in France bucked the trend somewhat to trade 0.1 per cent higher at 4,890. U.S. stocks were poised for a steady opening with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures unchanged.RATE HORIZON: At their meeting last month, Federal Reserve officials discussed the need to raise a key interest rate again “fairly soon,” especially if the world’s No. 1 economy maintains its strength, according to the minutes. Analysts said next week’s official U.S. jobs figures for February could have a major impact on the prospects of a rate hike as soon as March.ANALYST TAKE: “It was always likely that the Fed would want to keep its policy options open, fiscal policy uncertainties notwithstanding, which is why last night’s minutes from the January Fed meeting were unlikely to add anything new to what we already knew, that a rate hike was coming ‘fairly soon’,” said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost less than 0.1 per cent to close at 19,371.46 and South Korea’s Kospi finished 0.1 per cent higher at 2,107.63. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.4 per cent to 24,114.86 and the Shanghai Composite index retreated 0.3 per cent to 3,251.38. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.4 per cent to 5,784.70.CURRENCIES: The euro rose 0.2 per cent to $1.0564 while the dollar fell 0.4 per cent to 112.92 yen.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil futures rebounded, rising 76 cents to $54.35 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, the standard for pricing international oils, rose 81 cents to $56.85 a barrel in London. read more

Brock team finds first Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Canada

Brock University scientists found what are believed to be the first Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Canada during surveillance in Windsor.The species, commonly known as the yellow fever mosquito, is responsible for the majority of human cases of Zika virus infections in the Caribbean, South America and Florida. Three Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were collected in Windsor earlier this month during enhanced surveillance activities following the recent discovery of another invasive species, Aedes albopictus. The discovery was made by a team from Brock University, Public Health Ontario, Entomogen Inc. and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.Bryan Giordano, PhD candidate in the Centre for Biotechnology at Brock, tested the three Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Brock’s CL3 laboratory and all tested negative for Zika.The discovery of Aedes aegypti is believed to be the first time the species has been found in Canada.Giordano said the specimens were found in garbage, specifically in a discarded Styrofoam container.“This is the species of major concern world wide as the vector for Zika virus,” Hunter said during a press conference held at Brock Friday afternoon.She said if there are more Aedes aegypti in Windsor, they will be killed off in the winter.“They are not cold hardy in the least,” she said.Hunter said surveillance for these mosquitoes will continue and researchers will start using both CDC light traps and a new trap that provides more darkness and uses human flesh to lure the pests.“This is something of concern so we are keeping an eye on it,” she said.Hunter said finding these two species so far north is not believed to be a threat to human health.She said because Aedes albopictus is more adaptable to cold, the biggest threat is whether that species can establish this far north. It is believed to be a potential vector for Zika virus. However, she said without a population of infected people, it’s unlikely the species will cause an outbreak in the near future.Hunter said finding these species was a surprise for researchers.“I always thought we’d get albopictus here but never in a million years did I think we’d find Aedes aegypti,” she said. “It was a huge surprise but it’s also frightening.”It is believed both types of mosquitoes came into Canada due to human activity.Although it is unknown exactly how the larvae arrived in Ontario, one possibility is that the eggs were transported from the U.S. in shipping containers or other cross-border vehicle traffic. Aedes aegypti eggs could also have been imported in recycled products, such as tires or other containers, Windsor-Essex Public Health said.Giordano, who specializes in range expansion and Zika virus, is working to trace the origins of the mosquitoes found in Windsor.“We have access to an entire world of knowledge,” he said in discussing the database that contains samples of mosquito DNA from around the globe.He is going to sequence the genes of the mosquitoes found in Windsor to try and determine where they came from.In the United States, the Aedes aegypti mosquito primarily exists in the southern states and along the eastern seaboard, where temperatures are more favourable for its survival.The Windsor-Essex health unit said the biting behaviour of Aedes aegypti is different than those that transmit West Nile Virus in Ontario. It is a sneaky, human, daytime biter; it tends to approach humans from behind and bite them on the elbows and ankles. Like Aedes albopictus, these mosquitoes do not breed in ponds, puddles or marshes. They typically lay eggs in and near standing water in items such as buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases. It is important to change water regularly, especially in pet dishes and water in bird baths. read more

Toronto Blue Jays nontender infielder Yangervis Solarte

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have non-tendered infielder Yangervis Solarte, who will become a free agent.The Blue Jays announced the move Friday night. MLB teams had until 8 p.m. (ET) Friday to tender a contract to arbitration-eligible players.The Blue Jays said all remaining unsigned players on our 40-man roster have been tendered contracts for 2019. The Canadian Press

From Mighty Mouse to Church Mouse Dara Calleary on Enda Kennys week

first_imgFIANNA FÁIL TD Dara Calleary said Taoiseach Enda Kenny is behaving like “a church mouse” in the aftermath of the publication of the Garda Inspectorate report into penalty points yesterday.Calleary said that Kenny’s “army of spin doctors” portrayed him as “mighty mouse” following Frank Flannery’s resignation from Fine Gael and Rehab earlier this week. However, he said that failing to make Justice Minister Alan Shatter apologise to whistleblower Garda Maurice MccCabe in light of the report’s vindication of his actions, made him seem “lily-livered” and like “a church mouse”.“Minister Shatter abused the privilege of this House to seek to sully and destroy the reputation of [McCabe],” Calleary said. He added that people “shouldn’t be surprised” by Shatter’s actions as he “did it before” – alluding to Deputy Mick Wallace. “Why does [Shatter] not say sorry? Is it not in his dictionary?”Calleary said the report highlighted “severe sloppiness to say the least” and that it “would not have happened without the persistence of whistleblowers”.The refusal of Minister Shatter to acknowledge their role … is beyond belief.Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, who was answering Leaders’ Questions as the Taoiseach and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore are in America and France respectively, denied that Shatter had failed to acknowledge the whistleblowers’ contribution to the report.Bruton said Shatter had not failed “in any respect” and that the report was “a consequence of his action”. Bruton noted that the report revealed “very severe weaknesses in the process that was there” and said people had to “learn from the shortcomings”.“The government’s intention all the time has been to restore confidence [in An Garda Síochána], ” he added.Bruton said the government accepts all 37 recommendations made in the report and that a joint committee would be meeting this afternoon to discuss their implementation. He added that the government was moving to introduce legislation to “ensure better protection” for whistleblowers.Bruton said that there was “danger in seeking to politicise every objective” and told Calleary “a lot of this was happening on your own watch”.‘Biggest problems’Meanwhile, Independent TD Séamus Healy asked Bruton if the government would bring in legislation that would allow “the writedown of all mortgages to their present value”.Bruton responded: “Very clearly that wouldn’t be possible. Someone would have to provide capital to the banks, probably €40 or 50 billion.” He added that the taxpayer could not be asked to do this as they have already “put in €64 billion to the banks”.Bruton admitted that tackling mortgage arrears was “one of the biggest challenges we face in getting over the legacy of the banking crisis”.However, he noted that the numbers of people in mortgage difficulty was “beginning to decline”, adding that the figure of mortgages in arrears for more than 90 days stood at 79,000 at the end of 2013, down from 81,000 in the third quarter of last year.Read: Damning report finds “inconsistent and widespread” breaches of penalty points policyRead: ‘I had no role in advising the government’: Frank Flannery resigns from Rehab and Fine Gaellast_img read more

Dr Rania Katavouta to receive Shanghais Silver Magnolia Award for teaching Greek

first_imgRania Katavouta, a doctoral candidate of modern Greek literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, relocated to China back in September 2014 to teach Greek language and literature at the Department of Greek Studies of the University of International Studies in Shanghai.On 6 September, exactly three years later, the city of Shanghai is to award her the Silver Magnolia Award for her exemplary work, the Athens News Agency (AMNA) reports. “The criterion for my candidacy,” Katavouta said, “was my teaching as well as the organisation and participation in a series of events related to Greek and Chinese culture.”The Magnolia Awards are bestowed on foreigners working in Shanghai, who contribute to the development of the city and to strengthening relations between China and their country of origin. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Shanghai International Studies University signed the Scientific Co-operation Agreement in 2013 and have been in collaboration since.“Teaching Greek to Chinese students, who are interested in Greek culture and know a lot about ancient history and mythology, was an interesting challenge,” the professor explained.“Even though Greek is not their first choice, they show determination and they manage and overcome the linguistic differences and difficulties.”According to Katavouta the main challenges for Chinese students learning Greek is pronunciation and sounds in the Greek language that don’t exist in Chinese.Katavouta was nominated as a candidate for the award by the Shanghai University of International Studies. “The criterion for my candidacy,” she noted, “was my teaching as well as the organisation and participation in a series of events related to Greek and Chinese culture.”Katavouta said the main challenge Chinese students are faced with when learning Greek concern pronunciation and certain sounds that do not exist in Chinese, something that requires a lot of training. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pension at 67 – Morrison drops the age change plan

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In a sudden decision pre-empting formal approval by cabinet, Australia’s new Prime Minister Scott Morrison scraped the Abbott government plan to increase the age of retirement to 70.The 2014 treasurer Joe Hockey had announced an increase in the pension age to 70 by 2035, saying that we should “celebrate the fact that Australians are living longer but we must prepare for the adjustments in our society”.Because the proposed increase in the pension age was almost a decade into the future, there was no indication of its net effect on the bottom line in the forward estimates. Moreover, it had never properly received the seal of the senate to be legislated, yet it remained official government policy up to this point.“I don’t think we need that measure any longer when it comes to raising the pension age,” Mr Morrison told Nine Network on Wednesday, responding to a question from a member of the audience.“I was going to say this next week but I may as well say it here … I’ve already consulted my colleagues on that. And next week, cabinet will be ratifying a decision to reverse taking the [pension] age to 70. It will remain at 67,” he said.Delving into the PM’s announcement who was seen by the Opposition as a desperate cry for approval leading up to the national election next year.“Mr Morrison for years has wanted Australians to work to the age of 70. As recently as July this year he said that was his commitment,” Labor leader Bill Shorten noted, stressing that the Coalition had argued for the policy since 2014.“Now he wants to drop it because he is worried about losing his day job.”Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack told Sky News that he find’s Mr Morrison’s thinking to be “pragmatic and rational” as the Government is also avoiding a budget crisis by foregoing saving that won’t affect crucial decisions.“If you are a tradie, or a brickie or a shearer in rural and regional Australia, you don’t want some suit in Canberra telling you you are going to have to work until you’re 70,” he said.Meanwhile, the Council on the ageing (COTA) welcomed the move, while Chief Executive Ian Yates suggested the Government instead focus on lifting the workforce participation rate for people over 55 and supporting people who want to work into their 70s.“That would contribute more to the budget than raising the pension age further could ever save, and it will result in better retirement incomes for many retirees, again saving the budget,” he said.The pension age has already started going up from 65 with those turning 66 in the first half of 2019 having to wait till July before they apply for a pension. The next age increase will be launched in 2021 when to be eligible for a pension, applicants should be over 65 years of age and six months.last_img read more

Black Lightning Is Something New and Exciting in Superhero TV

first_img Everyone wants a superhero show now. ABC has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Syfy’s getting Krypton, Hulu has Runaways, and Netflix has all its Defenders shows. Nobody has pulled it off quite so well as The CW. It started with Arrow, which everyone assumed was going to be another Smallville, but with Green Arrow this time instead of Superman. Then, they spun off The Flash. The next year, it was Legends of Tomorow and Supergirl. The CW has built an interconnected DC universe that, despite working with a fraction of the budget, consistently turns out better stories than DC’s attempts at a Cinematic Universe. For its latest outing, it’s taking a bit of a risk. It’s giving us a different kind of superhero: a mature and thoughtful one. A hero that tells a story we haven’t already heard a million times before. It pays off beautifully.As much as I love superhero TV shows, it can start to feel like they’re telling the same story over and over again. An impossibly pretty 20-something is given some kind of extraordinary ability. They make some mistakes, learn how to control their powers and defeat the evildoer, only to find out there’s a bigger, more powerful villain out there. Black Lightning doesn’t tell that story. Or rather, it has a new take on it. The players involved are all still impossibly pretty. It is a CW show. And there is a bigger, badder villain that shows up right at the end of the pilot. That’s just how superhero TV works. But this isn’t Black Lightning’s first time fighting crime. He’s been there before and long since retired. A superhero show centered on a real, grown up adult who has his life together from the start is a refreshing twist on the genre.Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce (Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW)It also makes his motivations for getting back into the superhero game more powerful. This isn’t a superhero origin story. It’s a superhero resurrection story. The closest thing we’re given to an origin is a flashback scene where the hero makes the decision to retire. We see Jefferson Pierce bleeding in a bathtub. His wife Lynn, now his ex in the present day, begs him to stop his superhero double life. They have kids now, and she can’t bear to see him come home all beat up anymore. He promises he’s done, and you know it’s going to take something big to make Jefferson don the tights again. From the beginning of the episode, we see that present-day Freeland is in desperate need of a superhero. A gang called The 100 (no it’s not a crossover with that other CW show) runs the streets. Jefferson’s oldest daughter, the politically active Anissa, has just been arrested protesting the gang. Jennifer, his younger daughter still in high school (at which Jefferson is the principal), is starting to act out in the way you expect teenagers to. She’s a good student, but isn’t happy about the expectations put on her as the daughter of the principal. She doesn’t like being known as the good girl, so she sneaks out to a club. Which happens to be run by The 100.More than any other superhero show on the CW, Black Lightning feels like it has something to say. In its first episode, it’s a real, grounded family drama that addresses gang violence, racial profiling and police brutality. The show has something to say. Right away, that sets it apart from the CW’s usual Arrowverse fare. Those shows are a ton of fun, but Black Lightning is that and more. There’s something real behind the engrossing story and spectacular superhero fights. One of the opening scenes has Pierce being pulled over and handcuffed by cops who suspect him of robbing a liquor store. He’s let go when the victim of the crime says he’s not the guy, but the damage is done. Even worse, this appears to be a regular occurrence. Jefferson says it’s the third time this month this has happened. He points out that whoever robbed the store probably wasn’t wearing a suit and tie, driving a Volvo wagon. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out he’s not the guy. All it takes is, you know, not being racist.China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce (Photo: Mark Hill/The CW)The cops don’t seem to care too much for the citizens of Freeland. When Jennifer fails to come home from the club (and is almost forced into prostitution by The 100), Jefferson shows up looking for her. The brief display of his Black Lightning powers we see creates just enough chaos for Jennifer to escape. Not before beating and humiliating the guy who put her in that situation, though. We know both daughters eventually get superpowers, but it’s nice to see that they can kick some ass when they need to. When the cops show up at the club, the immediately target Jefferson, telling him to “get his black ass on the ground.” There’s no question about the attitude of these cops at this point. They shoot him with tasers (thankfully, that’s all they drew), which turns out to be a real bad idea. Jefferson ends up with a couple of minor cuts, and the racist cops get a satisfying dose of electricity.Even after his minor superhero adventure, Jefferson still tries to do things the “right” way. When the guy from the club shows up at his school looking for Jennifer, he deescalates, tells the guy that the police are on their way and sends him running. He then goes to the guy’s boss, a gang leader called Lala. Lala, it turns out, is a former student of Jefferson’s and there’s some respect there. It’s a welcome bit of nuance in the hero-villain relationship. The episode still proves Lala to be a terrible person, but it at least gives him some real motivation. Lala is the guy who got by on strength, and that’s how he keeps his friends and family safe. You see the reasoning behind his actions, even as he does some pretty horrible things. It’s still satisfying when he gets harpooned in the shoulder by Tobias, the season’s main villain and apparent kingpin of organized crime in Freeland.Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce (Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW)Of course, this is a superhero show. Going about things the “normal” way isn’t going to work out. While Jefferson is talking to Lala, two 100 members walk into the school with guns and kidnap his daughters. That’s what it takes for Black Lightning to come out of retirement. His mentor/tailor/father figure (another well-written, interesting, fleshed-out relationship… God, the character work on this show is so good) has a new suit waiting for him, and he’s off to the motel on a rescue mission. Everything about the episode’s big action scene works so well. Cress Williams shows he’s able to play both the upstanding school principal and the bulky, intimidating hero. He storms through the motel, blasting people with lightning powers, deflecting bullets and generally being the coolest hero we’ve seen on the CW in a long time. He even gets a badass closing line as he suspends the guy who’s been hounding his daughter all show in the air. “Is that your car? It was nice,” before dropping the dude through his own windshield.Black Lightning is exactly the show superhero TV needs right now. It’s politically aware, relevant and has a message without getting preachy. It’s a story about a hero who already had his origin and gone through the learning periods we see from every other superhero show and movie. It tells a grounded, affecting story about a family, violence, corruption and prejudice. Best of all, it does all of that without skimping on the action. If all you want is a cool superhero, Black Lighting does that too. Everything else it does though, makes The CW’s latest superhero show the blast of fresh air the genre needs. 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EXCLUSIVE 93 believe childcare vouchers are best taxefficient benefit

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The majority (93%) of respondents feel that childcare vouchers are the most popular tax-efficient benefit offered by their organisation, according to the Employee Benefits/Xerox HR Services Benefits research 2016, published in June 2016.The government’s tax-free childcare scheme, aimed at replacing childcare vouchers, will be phased in from 2017, with the current scheme remaining open until April 2018 to support the transition between the two.Those benefits exempt from the government’s suggested plans to limit salary sacrifice arrangements, such as pension contributions (72%) and bikes for work (78%), also feature in the top three tax-efficient benefits offered by respondents via a salary sacrifice arrangement. Meanwhile, more than a third of respondents provide holiday trading (36%) and give-as-you-earn and payroll giving (37%) in this manner, with 17% offering car salary sacrifice schemes for staff.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday April 23 2019

first_imgState ends Wellpath contract to run psychiatric institute, could open up contract for bidsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe company will continue to work at the facility through December. The state also has hired a contractor to study whether it makes sense to privatize API.Defense department chooses icebreaker contractor Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Plans to construct a new icebreaker reached an important milestone today. The Defense Department announced it has selected a contractor to design and build the ship.As Capitol reporters dwindle, Alaska lawmakers grapple with rise of political blogsNathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe newest member of the Alaska Capitol press corps isn’t your average reporter — he once made the news for posing for photos in a Speedo. But he’s one of a growing number of political bloggers who are trying to fill in gaps left by Alaska’s shrinking mainstream media.As part of Dunleavy administration directive, ADF&G considered selling its hatcheriesAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerWhen Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveiled his budget proposal back in February, he also issued a directive asking departments to seek out state-owned properties that could be sold in an effort to save money.Anchorage files appeal over $2M award to former police officerCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe municipality of Anchorage is appealing an award of almost $2 million to an Anchorage police officer who was fired four years ago.Fairbanks City Council approves ‘cannabis cafes’Tim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksThe Fairbanks City Council voted Monday to allow consumption of marijuana at authorized cannabis shops in town.Southeast business survey shows misgivings over Dunleavy budgetJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauA questionnaire sent to business leaders across Southeast Alaska found deep misgivings over the governor’s approach to balancing the budget.Lawmakers urge Dunleavy to continue pursuing BC over transboundary mine pollutionJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauLawmakers are urging the Dunleavy administration to continue the state’s engagement with British Columbia over pollution threats from transboundary mining.Cruise industry responds to community concerns about environmental impactsAdelyn Baxter, KTOO – JuneauWith another cruise season about to begin, the tourism industry and Juneau are both looking at ways to respond to public concerns about air quality.‘Ragin’ Contagion’ exercise tests Nome’s ability to respond to widespread diseaseDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeThe fall of 2018 marked one hundred years since the Spanish flu hit Western Alaska, devastating Alaska Native populations and wiping out some villages in the region. This month, public health officials participated in a statewide exercise that tested how communities would respond if a similar widespread airborne disease happened today. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNewslast_img read more

Fallen trees blocking roads and dozens without power as winds batter region

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.  Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Share this video Watch again Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Nextcenter_img Click to playTap to play How to download The Sentinel’s new FREE app Video will play in  We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comFallen trees have blocked several roads and dozens are without power as strong winds batter the region. Staffordshire Police have received more than 100 weather-related calls as conditions worsened overnight. Earlier this week the Met Office issued a Yellow Weather Warning for wind and this remains in force across the region until 1pm this afternoon. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Key EventsThree arrested18:53Do you recognise this man? CCTV appeal after dog salon arson attack12:35Youth seen wielding crowbar at former bar as police attend suspicious incidents10:48Jason King actor Peter Wyngarde dies after 80-year career08:5721:31End of live reportAnd that concludes today’s live reporting. We will resume live reporting first thing tomorrow. Have a good night and stay safe. 21:28Weather alertThere is a weather warning in place until tomorrow morning for ice but the forecast for Leek suggests there could be snowfall from 10pm until 3am. Read more.21:06Traffic easingTraffic is easing on the M6 southbound at junction 16, Crewe. Lane two of three had been closed earlier due to an accident. 20:41Low calorie treatsWith January comes that annual health kick and fast food giant McDonald’s now offers a range of meals for under 600 calories. Read more.20:28Parents urged to vaccinateParents are being urged to get their children vaccinated against measles following a number of outbreaks across the country. Read more. 20:03Queuing trafficTraffic is queuing and lane two (of three) is closed due to an accident on the M6 southbound at junction 16, Crewe.19:38Four roads due to be closed until morningDrivers are being warned that high winds, rain and snow fall mean that some roads are unlikely to reopen until tomorrow morning. The A537 Cat & Fiddle, and A53 Leek Road are due to remain shut as are the A57, Snake Pass, and A6024 Holme Moss in Derbyshire. Leek Road had reopened earlier but had to close for a second time due to a number of vehicles getting stranded. 19:30£6,000 of damage for Paralympian’s familyEleven-time Paralympic champion Sir Lee Pearson tweeted that high winds had caused £6,000 of damage to his parent’s Cheddleton-based arena. The wind damaged a number of dressage mirrors.19:19M6 motorwayTraffic is queuing on the M6 southbound between junction 19, Knutsford, and junction 18, Holmes Chapel in the roadworks area.19:16Trees fall downWeeping willow among 50 trees to come crashing down as 70mph winds batter North Staffordshire. Read more.18:53KEY EVENTThree arrestedPolice officers arrested three people this morning on suspicion of supplying a class A drug and carrying a knife. Read more.18:04Scout group targeted by criminalsA scout group targeted by thieves is to install CCTV at its headquarters after winning a competition. Read more.17:55The A53 Leek Road has reopened in both directions between the A54 Macclesfield Main Road, in Buxton, and Brown Lane, in Flash. Police advise drivers to take a different route as vehicles are getting stuck in the snow. The road had been closed at around 1pm but is now reopen. 17:29HGV stuck on closed roadA heavy goods vehicle has become trapped on the Cat & Fiddle A537.A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “We are working with partners to get the HGV removed from the Cat and Fiddle A537 but the weather conditions mean the road will remain closed.” Officers had earlier warned motorists travelling from the Bosley crossroads to Derbyshire to find an alternative route if they were planning on using either the A537 or A54.17:06Judges uphold sentenceA man who was jailed after burgling a family home to fund an addiction he has had since he was a teen deserved every day of his sentence, judges ruled. Read more. 16:52Traffic moving normalCongestion has eased on the A50 westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road, Sideway Roundabout 16:34Heavy trafficThere is reports of heavy traffic on the A50 westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road, Sideway Roundabout.16:13Exchange pound coins Even though the old £1 stopped being used as legal tender in October 2017, many people still have some of them at home. Read more.15:37View from Cat & Fiddle roadThe A54 is closed due to snow between the Bosley Crossroads and the A537 Cat & Fiddle Road, Buxton. Police are advising motorists to find and alternate route.15:27Traffic easingTraffic is easing after an accident on the M6 southbound between junction 18, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel, and junction 17, Sandbach. Lane one of three was closed until around 2.25pm.15:15Weather warningMet Office has issued a yellow weather warning from 7pm tonight for ice. Read more.14:58Police appeal for witnessesPolice officers are appealing for witnesses after a supporters’ coach was damaged following a football match on Saturday. A coach was damaged after Port Vale’s 1-1 draw with Yeovil Town. Read more.14:04M6 Southbound BlockedTwo lanes are blocked on the M6 southbound between junction 18, Middlewich and junction 17, Sandbach, in the roadworks area. Travel time is being reported as around 40 minutes. 13:22A53 now closed in BuxtonA53 Leek Road in both directions closed due to snow between A54 Macclesfield Main Road (Buxton) and Brown Lane (Flash).Due to the worsening conditions, the road has now been closed as of around 13:15. 12:58Hazardous driving conditions in the MoorlandsSlow traffic and hazardous driving conditions on A53 Leek Road in both directions between A54 Macclesfield Main Road (Buxton) and Brown Lane (Flash).Hazardous driving conditions due to snow. 12:35KEY EVENTDo you recognise this man? CCTV appeal after dog salon arson attack (Image: Staffordshire Police)Police have released CCTV of a man following an arson attack on a newly-refurbished dog grooming boutique.A blaze tore through Posh Pugs, in Liverpool Road, Kidsgrove, in the middle of the night earlier this month.Read more here.12:19Road closed due to snowA54 closed due to snow between A523 (Bosley Crossroads) and A537 Cat & Fiddle Road (Buxton).The A537 Cat & Fiddle Road is also closed. 11:49Wall and fence fell into road overnightDuring last night our highways maintenance team were called to an out of hours incident in Longton where a wall and fencing had fallen into the highway. Our teams responded to the area to ensure the safety of our residents. Were #notjustpotholes #notjustgritting #notjustdrainage— Stoke Highways (@stokehighways) January 18, 201810:48KEY EVENTYouth seen wielding crowbar at former bar as police attend suspicious incidentsFormer bar The Club in Hillcrest Street, HanleyA youth has been spotted ‘wielding a crowbar’ at a former city centre nightclub as police respond to reports of suspicious incidents.Officers were called to The Club in Hillcrest Street, Hanley, at around 1.15pm on Sunday after passers-by spotted the main door to the venue wide open.A search of the building revealed nothing, but at around 5.20pm the following day police were again called to the site after a group of male youths were spotted at the property.Read more here.10:16Traffic easing on A50Delays cleared and traffic easing, earlier broken down lorry on A50 Westbound at A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot).Affecting traffic travelling between Uttoxeter and Stoke-onTrent.last_img read more

Price Growth Slows as Some Markets Top PreCrash Peaks

first_img Home price increases slowed on a monthly basis in July as more markets approach their pre-crash peaks, “”Lender Processing Services””: (LPS) reported in its monthly Home Price Index (HPI) report.[IMAGE]Nationally, LPS’ index was up to $231,000 in July, a 0.6 percent gain over June. Compared to last year, July’s index was up 8.7 percent.Among other things, July’s annual growth could be attributed to the sharp increase in non-distressed sales, which rose about 45 percent over last summer as distressed sales fell off, LPS reported.[COLUMN_BREAK]As of the end of the month, the average national price was 14.7 percent off from its peak in June 2006.There was a bit more geographical spread in the list of states reporting the most upward trajectory in July. Minnesota at Utah took the top spot, with both seeing 1.1 percent monthly growth. Florida and Nevada were next at an even 1.0 percent, while Georgia tied with a handful of states at 0.9 percent.On the bottom 10, Pennsylvania had the poorest performance month-over-month, posting no change. Vermont was next with 0.1 percent growth, followed by Connecticut, Nebraska, and Arkansas, which were just a few of the states posting 0.2 percent price gains.At the local level, California and Florida markets continued to occupy half of the spots for the areas with the largest improvements. Orlando, Florida, was No. 1 with 1.6 percent, followed by Stockton and Modesto, California (1.4 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively). Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Salt Lake City, Utah, rounded out the top five (each with 1.2 percent growth).Meanwhile, several of the largest metros around the country continue to outperform their pre-recession highs. Those markets include Texas’ largest cities–Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio–as well as Denver, Colorado. Price Growth Slows as Some Markets Top Pre-Crash Peaks Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lender Processing Services Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-09-23 Tory Barringer Sharecenter_img September 23, 2013 460 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

Mnuchin and Senate Gearing Up for Hearing

first_imgMnuchin and Senate Gearing Up for Hearing One day before President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, his pick for Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, will sit on the hot seat for his confirmation hearing in the Senate Committee on Finance on Thursday, January 19.Mnuchin, 54, is a hedge fund manager, former Goldman Sachs partner, and former executive with IndyMac and OneWest Banks. Like Trump’s choice for HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson, Mnuchin has never held a government position.Stakeholders in the housing industry will be watching closely, since Mnuchin has vowed to end the government’s controversial conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which began more than eight years ago and was meant to be temporary.“We will make sure that when they are restructured, they are absolutely safe and don’t get taken over again. But we’ve got to get them out of government control,” Mnuchin said, according to Bloomberg, when he was nominated for Treasury Secretary in November. Mnuchin has also said he would roll back key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.“Part of Treasury’s mission is to encourage a strong economy and promote growth and stability across the market, which Mr. Mnuchin, with his background in banking and entrepreneurship will be well suited for,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute and a former executive with Wells Fargo and Freddie Mac. “He has promised to cut back regulations and advance GSE reform, two priorities essential to progress across the industry and economy.”Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, praised the nomination of Mnuchin for the Treasury Secretary position.“Mr. Mnuchin is an effective choice to lead our Treasury Department,” Hatch said. “Getting America’s economy back on track is a top priority for this new administration and his wealth of private sector experience will serve him well in this new role.  He understands that advancing meaningful policies to reform the tax code, promote investment and spur job creation are essential to growing our economy and ensuring middle-class families get to keep more of their paychecks. I look forward to having Mr. Mnuchin before the Committee to further examine his numerous qualifications to lead the Department.”Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), was more cautious.”Our staff is continuing to carefully and thoroughly vet Mr. Mnuchin to ensure that he will put the interests of working families before his own,” Wyden said. “I look forward to asking tough questions about his history of predatory lending and his plans to create prosperity for all Americans, not just the ones at the very top.”Tim Rood, Chairman of Washington, D.C.-based business advisory firm The Collingwood Group, said of Mnuchin’s plans, “A resolution of the conservatorship of Fannie and Freddie appears likely with Mnuchin as Treasury secretary. His experiences at Dune Capital, particularly the IndyMac/OneWest purchase and turn around, will most certainly influence his decision-making calculus, but as a representative of the U.S. government this time around.”Democrats and progressive groups have been critical of the choice of Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), a prominent opponent of Wall Street, called him the “Forrest Gump” of the financial crisis because “he managed to participate in all the worst activities on Wall Street.”In response to Warren’s comments, Republican fundraiser and Trump supporter Anthony Scaramucci tweeted, “@SenWarren let’s stop the name calling and demonization. We have common goals to help the American people. Lunch on me anyplace anytime.”The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. EST on Thursday, January 19. Click here to view the hearing live at that time. January 16, 2017 693 Views Steve Mnuchin Treasury secretary 2017-01-16 Seth Welborncenter_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more


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as a host openly uninterested in the Oscars’ image of themselves as the paragon of good taste. The directive also makes it mandatory for all new houses coming up in Chandigarh and housing societies to install rooftop power plants. Then there are those like Pallav Bannerjee, Launch the camera by double tapping the home button On Samsung’s newer phones, The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge pack several improvements over their predecessors," a second of the 10,S. ? Jurgens said but there was no evidence to confirm those reports Law enforcement do not believe the two are dangerous but agencies in Pembina Walsh and Cavalier counties are asking for the public’s help in the search Jurgens said"They could be at this point in any of those areas" he saidThe US Border Patrol has been notified of the situation on the chance that the couple attempts to cross the Canadian border Jurgens said there is no indication that would happen"I think being that close to the border we always have to take that precaution" he saidSchaf and Ramsrud could face charges of unlawful entry into vehicle theft of property and fleeing officersRamsrud has a criminal history in North Dakota that includes drug-related charges simple assault and preventing arrest Schaf has faced multiple criminal cases in the past in North Dakota including ones accusing him of theft aggravated assault terrorizing and drug-related chargesAnyone with information on the whereabout of Schaf or Ramsrud can call several sheriff’s departments—Walsh County at (701) 352-2041 Pembina County at (701) 265-4122 and Cavalier County at (701) 256-2555The Ogun State government has given an update on injured members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who were involved in auto mishap on Monday DAILY POST reports that several members of the NYSC who left the orientation camp in Ogun State on Monday were involved in an accident along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway Report said of the 37 NYSC members in the bus 19 were injured while four whose injuries were determined to be more serious were transferred to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) for further treatment Giving update on the incident Adeniyi Akinbobola Press Officer Ogun State Ministry of Youth and Sports said thirty three out of the thirty seven corp members who were involved in the accident were said to be under stable and perfect condition Akinbobola quoted the Ogun State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Mr Afolabi Afuape as making this disclosure after his visit to the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Sagamu The Ogun State NYSC Coordinator Mrs Josephine Bakare who took the State Commissioner round the camp clinic to see the present condition of the corp members said 37 were involved in the accident but 33 of them who were with minor injuries were medically certified fit She said three of them were released to go home after thorough medical checks Bakare said the only one currently at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) was delayed for X-Ray to be carried out on him The State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Mr Afolabi Afuape who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr Joseph Fabi said the state government was shocked by the news of the accident saying that the commissioner also sent his greeting to the affected NYSC members as well as offers prayers and words of encouragement to them Fabi said the Governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun and the State Commissioner for Sports who were on a separate official assignment would be duly briefed on the present state of the corp members for further official interventions Confirming the release of the 33 injured corp members to the State NYSC Coordinator Dr Tijani Olatunji and the Chief Nursing officer Emergency Room of OOUTH Mr Jacob Oke said 33 corp members who were brought in with various degrees of injuries were quickly given medical attention and were released while those who sustained serious injuries may likely be discharged soon has 17 years of experience from "start-up, They use their farm to protect a variety of endangered tortoises from warm climates.

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