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  • Giant bikini-clad Sadiq Khan balloon flies over London in response to baby Donald Trump blimp

    whatsapp Jessica Clark More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little whatsapp Giant bikini-clad Sadiq Khan balloon flies over London in response to baby Donald Trump blimp Share Khan, who took office in 2016 and will stand for re-election in two years, approved the balloon but told ITV London  “if people want to spend their Saturday looking at me in a yellow bikini they’re welcome to do so – I don’t really think yellow’s my colour though.”Read more: London mayor Sadiq Khan should park the cap on taxis Saturday 1 September 2018 12:48 pm A giant bikini-clad balloon of London mayor Sadiq Khan was flown over the capital this morning.A crowdfunding campaign raised almost £60,000 for the stunt, which was in response to a similar balloon of Donald Trump wearing a nappy that was lifted when the US president visited the UK in July. Read more: Meet the Tories who are hoping to take on Sadiq Khan in the mayoral raceYanny Brure, who describes himself as a free speech campaigner, led the protest against the mayor in Westminster today. “In light of the Donald Trump ‘Baby Trump’ balloon being allowed to fly over London during his visit to the U.K., let’s get a ‘baby Khan’ one and see if FREE SPEECH applies to all and whether or not Mr Khan and the London assembly will also approve this,” Brure wrote on the Crowdfunder page.”Under Sadiq Khan, we have seen crime sky rocket to unprecedented levels. People in London don’t feel safe and they aren’t safe, 81 murders this year alone! Khan Out.”More than 3,400 people donated to the campaign, which is aimed at ousting the mayor from his position. read more

  • People / Ex-Menzies chief Craig Smyth named new CEO at WFS

    first_img“I’m thrilled about the opportunity to join WFS, an ambitious and fast growing company with a sterling reputation for customer service,” said Mr. Smyth. “I look forward to engaging right away and working with our customers, employees and partners to help move the business forward and maximize its potential.”He said he’s especially excited to relocate to Paris where he will be stationed at WFS’s Charles de Gaulle offices in Roissy.“It’s an honor to join such a geographically diverse global company with great French heritage and a highly dedicated workforce,” Mr. Smyth added.Mr. Smyth joins WFS following more than 20 years at John Menzies plc, where he most recently served as CEO of Menzies Aviation since 2004. Prior to that, he also served as the company’s chief financial officer. He first joined Menzies in 1993. During Mr. Smyth’s tenure, Menzies Aviation grew from small beginnings into one of the largest aviation services businesses in the world.“Craig helped build a business from the ground up into one of the world’s top competitors,” added Mr. Lueken. “He knows the industry, he knows the customers, and he knows what it takes to be successful. We are excited for him to bring that same vision and energy to WFS.”Mr. Smyth earned a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Glasgow and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. By David Badger 24/08/2016 Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), the world’s largest air cargo handler and one of the leading providers of ground handling and technical services to the aviation industry, announced today the appointment of industry veteran Craig Smyth as CEO. Mr Smyth, former CEO of Menzies Aviation, will take over as WFS CEO on August 29.Bastian Lueken, head of the European investment team at Platinum Equity, which acquired WFS last year, praised Mr. Smyth’s qualifications and said he is a perfect fit for the company.“Craig has the right combination of leadership skills and industry expertise to build on WFS’s success and deliver on our long-term goals for the company,” said Mr. Lueken. “He is one of the most experienced and respected executives in the aviation services industry and has proven himself over a distinguished 20 year career.”Mr. Smyth said he’s eager to get started and to contribute to the company’s momentum.last_img read more

  • Fr Paddy: Parable of the Prodigal Son challenges us all

    first_img Pinterest Home Columnists Fr Paddy: Parable of the Prodigal Son challenges us all Columnists The story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 1–3, 11–32) has an extraordinary amount of wisdom and good advice packed into it.Indeed, the more you read the Bible, both Old and New Testament, the more you realise how relevant its words are for contemporary times. The prodigal Son fits well into the Season of Lent.When we first read the story of the Prodigal Son we are charmed by how the wayward young man, after his years of wine, women and song, is welcomed back into his father’s arms. Facebook Fr Paddy: Parable of the Prodigal Son challenges us all Pinterest WhatsApp By Fr Paddy – 6th April 2019 WhatsApp TAGSFr PaddyFr Paddy Byrne Facebook Twittercenter_img The story is so well told you can actually see his father’s jubilant excitement greeting his son as he makes his way home.Instinctively we admire his dad. Our hearts go out to him for his spontaneous generosity in forgiving his errant son.If only more of us could find the heart and the courage to behave in such a manner. In many ways it’s the perfect fairytale to read to children.But then you realise that the parable has deeper layers of meaning. Did the Prodigal Son only return home because he had nowhere else to go? Did he cynically decide it was time to go home and enjoy his father’s wealth once more?Perhaps he had no alternative but to come home if he wanted to save his own skin. Now the viewpoint changes and we see a clever opportunist and manipulative young man.And then there’s the dutiful stick-in-the-mud older son, who has spent his life doing all that has been asked of him. Doesn’t he have a right to be annoyed when he sees his father giving all his attention to his younger brother and forgetting about his years of loyal service?Worse still, the fatted calf, which the older brother had reared, is now to be hijacked and used for the feast to celebrate the homecoming of his wayward brother.Do we react like this in the 21st century? For example, we say we ‘allow’ foreigners into our country, and no sooner have they landed at the airport, they are off to the nearest social welfare office to draw the dole.We have been working hard all our lives, paying our taxes and these foreigners arrive and the fatted calf is wheeled out for them.And on it goes. The story of the prodigal Son provides a multilayered insight into the lives we live in the developed world today.Of course, we can get sentimental and talk about how wonderful the father is to forgive his son. But shouldn’t we also ask ourselves how can we go on living in a world that allows a seventh of the population to starve, where the few have vast resources?The parable of the Prodigal Son is a clarion call to all of us to realise that we have cliched the message of Jesus out of existence, that we run a real risk of turning it into a cosy fireside tale, keeping us all content and smug in our ways.It suits us all, Church and state, me too, to praise the wonderful and forgiving father. But there is so much more to it.When we read Jesus life in the Gospel it’s difficult to understand how some adherents to the Christian faith can be so smug. How can Christianity appeal in any way to people with far-right leanings?And yet the church attracts many such adherents, some of whom have yet to accept the true meaning of love, respect and humility.When critics presume to ‘correct’ Pope Francis and accuse him of contradicting himself and preaching ‘heresy’, are they really trying to make our faith, our religion, into a “comfort blanket” of simple, pious answers?It’s always dangerous to hijack one specific element of God’s message at the expense of the overall picture. God’s love, kindness and mercy are infinite.Once we try to find comfort in any one aspect of God’s message at the expense of another, we risk losing the very meaning of God’s perfect goodness.This parable puts paid to the mushy sentimental ideas we have about forgiveness. Forgiveness makes demands of us which we – the faithful – may not ignore.Yes, the parable of the Prodigal Son is a delightful story but it is also a challenging reminder to us of the importance of embracing all the many aspects of our relationship with God.Most importantly as we prepare to celebrate Holy Week we are called to build bridges not walls of prejudice and harsh Judgements.SEE ALSO – Fr Paddy: A mother’s love – A blessing Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA GAA Twitter GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Previous articleThe Heath Golf club hosting fashion extravaganzaNext articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, April 6, 2019 Fr PaddyFr Paddy is a curate in the hugely vibrant Portlaoise Parish. From Carlow town, he was educated in Carlow CBS and studied Business and Politics in Trinity College Dublin before training to be a priest in Carlow College.He is the youngest priest in the Kildare & Leighlin diocese and writes for a number of media outlets. He has almost 14,000 followers on Twitter.last_img read more

  • Former Nesbitt Burns president dies

    Related news Investment industry veteran John MacNaughton is to be buried today. He died at home on February 15. A father of two and grandfather of three, MacNaughton spent 31 years at brokerage firm, Fry and Company and its successors, ultimately serving as president and CEO of Burns Fry from 1989-1994, and president of Nesbitt Burns from 1994-1999. Keywords ObituariesCompanies BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Former Quebec premier Bernard Landry dies at 81 OSC’s John Mountain dies Warren Moysey dies at 79 Share this article and your comments with peers on social media MacNaughton was also the founding president and CEO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) starting in 1999, until he left in 2005. He was later chairman of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and a director of TransCanada Corp. Additionally, MacNaughton served as chairman CNSX Markets Inc; did a stint as chairman of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (IDA); and was founding chairman, BMO Financial Group’s Retirement Advisory Council. He was also part of the Crawford Panel, which developed a proposal for the creation of a single Canadian securities regulator in 2006. Outside the financial industry, MacNaughton served variously as chairman of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, chairman of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, a trustee of the University Health Network, a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service; vice chairman, the Canadian International Council; president of the Empire Club of Canada; and, as a trustee of Rosedale United Church. MacNaughton was awarded the Order of Canada in 2004 for his “outstanding leadership in the financial services industry as well as in the voluntary and public sectors.” He was also awarded Huron College’s Medal of Distinction, named a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. read more

  • Teachers’ earns 11.8 per cent return in 2014

    first_img “These strong results were achieved in a turbulent investment environment,” Teacher’s president and chief executive Ron Mock said in a statement. “With continuing low interest rates, intense competition pushing up asset prices, the slide in oil prices and resulting stock-market volatility, 2014 was not an easy year for investment success.” Teacher’s invests and administers the pensions of 311,000 active and retired teachers in Ontario. The plan’s public and private equity investments earned 13.4 per cent for 2014 while its fixed income assets earned 12 per cent. Teachers’ Private Capital earned 22.0 per cent. Investments in the natural resources group lost 19.4 per cent, the fund’s real estate portfolio — managed by Cadillac Fairview — returned 11.1 per cent, while its infrastructure portfolio earned 10.1 per cent. Related news Keywords PensionsCompanies Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Canadian Press Budget 2021 revives tax issues from 2019 Federal budget fails to support needed pension reform, retiree group sayscenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan earned an 11.8 per cent return on investments last year, taking its net assets to $154.5 billion. The result topped the fund’s benchmark of 10.1 per cent return on investments and put the pension in a surplus for a second consecutive year. Its liabilities were 104 per cent funded, with a preliminary funding surplus of $6.8 billion at Jan. 1. Canadian plan sponsors post positive quarter despite bond slump Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

  • Gus Papageorgiou appointed head of research at PI Financial

    first_img Keywords Appointments Related news PI Financial Corp. (PI) has made a new appointment.The Western Canada–based investment dealer has named Gus Papageorgiou head of research, the firm said in a release on Wednesday. He’ll be based in Toronto. PenderFund names new SVP for investments IE Staff TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning In addition to overseeing PI’s research activities, Papageorgiou will provide analyst coverage of the technology sector, leveraging his more than 25 years’ experience across several technology areas, the release said.Jean-Paul Bachellerie, PI’s CEO, said Papageorgiou had an “outstanding” track record as an equity analyst. “PI’s clients and investment managers will benefit from his deep technical experience across the Canada and U.S. technology sector,” Bachellerie said in the release.Over the last 20 years, Papageorgiou has been consistently ranked one of the top technology analysts in Canada, and was named the 2019 top stock picker for software and IT services by StarMine/Refinitiv, the release said.Most recently, Papageorgiou was director of equity research for technology at Macquarie Capital Markets, and previously spent 15 years covering technology at Scotiabank. Prior experience includes roles at BCE Ventures and Nortel Networks.Papageorgiou is a CFA and holds a Masters in Business Design from the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, where he specialized in innovation and design, and an MBA from Dalhousie University. appointment 123RF CETFA elects new board leader Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

  • Harvest boldly goes where no Canadian ETF has gone before

    first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Oakville, Ont.-based Harvest Portfolios Group Inc. wants to take investments to the stars.Harvest announced on Tuesday it has filed a preliminary prospectus for an ETF focused on the space industry — the first of its kind in Canada, according to a release. The Harvest Space Innovation Index ETF (ticker: ORBT) will follow the Solactive Space Innovation Index.“ORBT is another first in Canada for Harvest and will provide investors with access to some of the most prominent space innovation companies in the world” said Michael Kovacs, president and CEO of Harvest, in a release.The ETF will invest in large-cap companies in North America and other developed markets that offer products and services related to the space industry, such as satellites, space probes, space launches, space flight and tourism, and space stations and habitats.Harvest will act as the fund’s promoter, trustee, manager and portfolio manager and will also be responsible for the ETF’s administration. IE Staff Share this article and your comments with peers on social media BMO InvestorLine launches commission-free trading for ETFs SEI Canada adds new classes to mutual fund lineup Ninepoint launches three ETFs on NEO Keywords ETFs,  Fund companiesCompanies Harvest Portfolios Group Inc. Related news space shuttle and space station in space 3dsculptor/123RFlast_img read more

  • Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Ensuring Proper Gaming Sector

    first_imgAdvertisements RelatedBetting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Ensuring Proper Gaming Sector RelatedBetting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Ensuring Proper Gaming Sector FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Gaming is big business the world over and Jamaica is no exception. As the industry grew here, thegovernment recognized a need for regulation, and so in 1975, it created the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission.In an interview with JIS News, Executive Director of the Commission, Derek Peart explains that the purpose of the Commission is to regulate the gaming industry. “The Commission has the responsibility of regulating them, licensing or approval being given and also to ensure that only persons who are licensed or receive approvals are able to participate. If not, it would be committing a breach and the Commission has the responsibility as well to correct those breaches,” he points out.Mr. Peart says the major function is to ensure that the country has a modern gaming sector in which people are involved in leisure activities, that the promoters are licensed, that they are fit and proper and that there is protection for the punters and for the public as a whole.The Commission is now organised on a sectoral basis, meaning that there is a Betting Division, Gaming and Lottery Division, Enforcement Division, and Administration.Mr. Peart explains that there will be a change within the Commission, which will result in the organisation becoming more process driven.“This means that you will have a Licensing and Registration Division, which will license and register the entire gamut of the gaming sector. You will then have an audit and compliance division, which will ensure that there is compliance to the rules and to the regulations,” he informs.“These particular changes are very important as you are now looking at separating the two main activities one from the other. So licensing and registration will be in one division and that would involve betting, gaming and lotteries, all of those,” Mr. Peart adds.He points out that similarly, the audit and compliance division will cover all areas or all sectors.There was a period in Jamaica’s history where all forms of gambling were illegal and this continued up until 1899, when the first gambling Act was passed. This Act was subsequently repealed, paving the way for the passing of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act in 1965, and the establishment of the Commission 10 years later.Many persons can attest to hearing the phrase, ‘Authorized under the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act,’ or seeing this phrase on entry slips. This is usually associated with prize promotions, which is a major marketing tool used by corporate entities. Organizations involved in this activity must first obtain permission from the Commission.Charitable gaming, such as fund-raising bingo parties organized by a school or church group, is not covered by the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission, although organizers of such events will need to obtain permission from the relevant authorities, such as the Ministry of Education, in the case of a school.In addition to its work of regulating the gaming industry, the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission has been funding various social interventions to tackle the issue of problem gambling.One such is a grant to RISE Life Management Services (RISE), which has enabled this Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) to operate a gambling prevention and counselling programme, where activities include school interventions, training of Guidance Counsellors and providing counselling for problem gamblers.“The Commission has been monitoring the whole issue of problem gaming in Jamaica, and in that regard we have provided a grant to Rise Life Management Services, which has now put on its portfolio, problem gaming (gambling), where people can call in and provide counselling and they provide educational services,” Mr. Peart tells JIS News.He also informs that the Commission has made a grant to RISE to do a study on the extent to which Jamaican adolescents are involved in gambling, and that very shortly the results will be made available.The Executive Director says that internationally, it is perceived that between three and five per cent of persons who are engaged in gambling have problems and “maybe in the region of three per cent, you may consider it to be pathological gambling.”“So we have taken up this particular challenge and have been providing resources for combating this problem and also to fund a study which would give us an idea as to the magnitude of the problem and therefore to equip the Commission and also of course RISE, as to how best to craft the strategy for its combat,” he explains.He informs that one of the disturbing things that has “come up (from the study), speaks to the extent to which young people are engaged in gambling.”“Quite a number of them are in the schools, not necessarily the particular activities that are prescribed by law. We have had one or two unfortunate instances where, through gambling, there has been violence,” Mr. Peart says.On the issue of making gambling illegal, Mr. Peart says this question will continue to be raised, in terms of dealing with the issue of problem gambling.”If you ban it, are you going to be really able to effectively ban it, or are you just going to create a climate where there is neither rule nor regulations,” Mr. Peart argues.Jamaica’s gaming industry includes horseracing, lotteries and lottery type games, gaming machines and gaming lounges and prize promotions.center_img Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Ensuring Proper Gaming Sector UncategorizedSeptember 30, 2007 RelatedBetting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Ensuring Proper Gaming Sectorlast_img read more

  • Caribbean Water and Wastewater Conference for Montego Bay

    first_imgAdvertisements RelatedCaribbean Water and Wastewater Conference for Montego Bay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), in conjunction with the Ministry of Water and Housing, will be hosting the 17th Annual CWWA Conference and Exhibition, under the theme ‘Integrated Water Resources Management – Developing Water Systems and Managing Waste’, at the Rosehall Resort and Country Club in Montego Bay, St. James from October 6 to10.The CCWA is a regional Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), of professionals involved in the water and wastewater sectors, and groups all the water utilities in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).“There will also be a training session before the conference, which will be sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to train participants on waste water management,” Jamaica’s Representative for the CWWA and Programme Director of the GOJ/IDB Water Programme, Ian Gage, told JIS News. “There will also be a high level Ministerial Session beginning on October 5 and continuing to the next day,” he added.The High Level Ministerial Session, dubbed HLS-4, will be attended by regional Ministers responsible for water, Permanent Secretaries in the relevant Ministries, Chairmen of the water utility boards and the Managing Directors of the water utilities. This session will comprise presentations on issues of common interest to the region, and will be held on Sunday, October 5, to be followed by a Roundtable Discussion on Monday, October 6. The discussion is aimed specifically at the key decision-makers within the regional water sector.HLS-4, is intended to provide a forum for the decision-makers in the water and wastewater public sectors in the region, to meet and discuss issues of mutual interest, and identify policy issues that may benefit from a regional perspective and approach.Some 53 exhibitors have so far come on board, and will be showing their wares to between 250 and 300 participants, who are expected to attend the conference. Participants will be drawn from within the Caribbean as well as from North America, Latin America, and Europe. RelatedCaribbean Water and Wastewater Conference for Montego Baycenter_img RelatedCaribbean Water and Wastewater Conference for Montego Bay Caribbean Water and Wastewater Conference for Montego Bay UncategorizedOctober 2, 2008last_img read more

  • Governor-General Designate Receives Outpouring of Love from Church Family

    first_imgGovernor-General Designate Receives Outpouring of Love from Church Family Governor GeneralFebruary 24, 2009 RelatedGovernor-General Designate Receives Outpouring of Love from Church Family Advertisements RelatedGovernor-General Designate Receives Outpouring of Love from Church Familycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Governor-General Designate, Dr. Patrick Allen and his wife Patricia, were on Sunday (February 22), honoured in a service of commendation and consecration, by the West Indies Union (WIU) Conference of Seventh Day Adventists.The function, held on the campus of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Mandeville, Manchester, was emotionally charged as accolade after accolade was poured on a couple that had served the union with distinction for the past eight and a half years.In his response, Dr. Allen proclaimed it a singular honour to have functioned as the President of the WIU.“These past eight and a half years have been a great experience, as I have learnt from you. I trust that you learnt something from us also, and the type of leadership we tried to give to propel this union forward. It was a great partnership, working with the fields and the union, for indeed, the union is the composite of all these entities,” he said.“I feel that I am extremely honoured,” Dr. Allen continued, “to be given this opportunity of a lifetime, to lead this union. An opportunity I greatly cherish.”As he prepared to assume the role of Governor-General, he pointed out that the decision to accept the Prime Minister’s offer was not easily reached, but was the result of much prayer and agonising.“We are confident that the path that we are now ready to pursue, will be alright because God is leading. It is the Lord’s doing, and not ours,” he asserted.Dr. Allen said that it was essential, that at a time such as this, people remain focussed and cling to the possibilities of hope and optimism.He said that this was the theme he would endeavour to posit most forcefully as Governor-General, as people need to arrive at a new perspective of the importance of the role they play in the development of their country.“As I leave this position to assume another position, I will be pushing a theme of hope, and urging individuals to commit themselves to something outside of themselves. I will be asking the country to, in the sentiments of John F. Kennedy, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” he emphasised.Dr. Herbert Thompson, President of the NCU where Dr. Allen also served as Chairman, remains strongly supportive of Dr. Allen, believing his humility, integrity and work and academic background, will allow him to carry out his work efficiently, fairly and with the dignity for which he is known.“I am delighted that Dr. Patrick Allen has been asked to serve as Governor- General of Jamaica, and by extension that his wife will be first lady of the land. I believe because he is approachable, he is humble, he is a man of integrity, and he is firm when there is need to be firm, he is businesslike and he is a very hard worker,” Dr. Thompson said.He remarked that Dr. Allen was a man who loves his country and Jamaicans, and that he felt that he will bring special service to the country as Governor-General.“I look forward to seeing how things will unfold as he serves in that position. That couple will be a couple of whom we are justly proud, as they carry out their duties in King’s House,” he said.Pastor Derek Bignall has succeeded Dr. Allen as President of the West Indies Union Conference of Seventh Day Adventists. RelatedGovernor-General Designate Receives Outpouring of Love from Church Familylast_img read more