â€œAnd for this we are truly grateful to him and of course, wish him the very best in the next chapter of his professional life. Significant Achievements: â€œOne thing canvassed at a time like this is the legacy you leave; and this measure for me is to leave something in a better position than where it was previously. I feel this has been a key success of the period. â€œA solid foundation has been set over the last 10 years with ambitious targets set for our next cycle and I am certain the sport will go from strength-to-strength. I am incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to lead a sport that has been such an important part of my life. The friendships, achievements and memories will be with me always. Related Files170426_tfa_media_release_tfa_ceo_resignation_v1-0-pdfceo_announcement_apr_2017-pdfRelated LinksCEO Resignation For Maguire, he reflected on a decade of achievements with professional and personal satisfaction.â€œIn discussions with the Touch Football Australia Board, it was mutually agreed that the opportunity for a fresh approach was both timely and opportune. Having considered all that has been achieved, the organisation is in a great position to capitalise over the next decade, and beyond,â€ Maguire said. The Touch Football Australia Board of Management advised today that long-term Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Colm Maguire has resigned from the position effective 20 July, 2017. After 10 years as CEO, the Board also advised that with Maguireâ€™s resignation the time has come for renewed direction for the sport, the organisation and particularly with the advent of the new strategic cycle to 2020. â€œOn behalf of the Board, it is with regret that we announce the departure of Colm from the Touch Football Australia leadership position after an enduring period,â€ she said. â€œThe very significant contributions that he has made to the sport, the organisation, and the Board and broader team, is on par with the best sporting administrators across the country. â€œI thank the current Board and all previous Directors for their support and guidance as well as all staff, commercial and State partners and stakeholders for their contribution to the sport.â€The position will shortly be advertised and interim management arrangements are currently in place. TFA Chair, Anita Hagarty spoke on behalf of the Board expressing her deep gratitude to Maguire for his leadership and stewardship in the role since 2007; and that he goes with the very best wishes of the Board and the organisation. Contact Garry Foran ([email protected] or Tim Arnold ([email protected]) for information on TFA business operations or through existing TFA Leadership Team on specific portfolio matters. Implemented the unified governance model for Touch Football Australia and transition to a company limited by guarantee in 2016/17.Led with Board/Executive the financial recovery of the organisation and ongoing growth to a point of $4.5 million equity and an annual turnover of approx. $9 million; new/ongoing commercial partnerships.Instigated a strong international elite calendar with New Zealand to ensure the annual delivery of a Trans-Tasman; revamped the national domestic elite program and NTL and securing/hosting 2015 World Cup.Three successive strategic cycles focused on opportunities for participation growth, improved value proposition, commercialisation / development of the sport. Participation increased to 694,000 in 2016: target of 1M – 2020.Led the development and ultimately the strategic alliance with the National Rugby League (NRL). Significant benefits have been realised for both sports through a clear focus on collaboration and partnership.Developed a leadership/team structure that will support the ongoing needs of the sport through investment in our people, including culture / behavioural framework and â€˜One Voice. One Team. One Sportâ€™ trademark. â€œWorking closely with the TFA Board, he has overseen and administered significant reforms and a period of sustained success and legacy building. This is all you can ask of a leader and the leadership and wider team that he has steered with great skill and expertise over time.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has had an eventful year both regionally and internationally. We have seen advances in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, (CSME), the signing of the New Multi-Lateral Air Services Agreement and we have been invited to participate in meetings of major international partners. I bring season’s greetings to the people of our Caribbean Community on behalf of all Heads of Government at this joyous time of year.The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has had an eventful year both regionally and internationally. We have seen advances in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, (CSME), the signing of the New Multi-Lateral Air Services Agreement and we have been invited to participate in meetings of major international partners.A proper functioning CSME is essential to deliver the goals of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to the people of the Caribbean for the growth and development of our economies. Recognising this fact, my colleague Heads of Government and I renewed our focus on this initiative in 2018 given the need to accelerate its implementation. There has been progress.The St Ann’s Declaration issued after our Special Meeting on the CSME in Port-of-Spain outlines the resolve that we have to move this process forward and to maintain the momentum that had been triggered from the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government in Montego Bay last July.The whole-of-society approach to driving the implementation of the measures is underlined by our agreement to have a formalised, structured mechanism to facilitate dialogue between the Councils of the Community and social partners, particularly private sector and labour.The importance of the private sector to spur growth and development in our Region has been further recognised by the agreement to take all necessary steps to allow for mutual recognition of companies incorporated in a CARICOM Member State. The trimming of the red tape within our domestic space can provide greater opportunity for intra-Community investment and cross-border fertilisation with our private sector.To diversify the range of skills available under the free movement regime, we have decided that Agricultural Workers and Security Guards with a Caribbean Vocational Qualification or equivalent will be added to the agreed categories of skilled nationals who will be entitled to move freely and seek employment within the Community. We also agreed that Beauty Service Practitioners and Barbers will also be permitted to so move and work. These are significant additions that will help to debunk the myth that free movement of skilled personnel caters only for the elite. It will be important for Heads to deliver on these commitments.To encourage greater use of the free movement regime, we adopted the Protocol on Contingent Rights which will cover the rights of persons moving to another country as well as their spouses and dependents. This is another historic step for our integration process taken at Montego Bay, the cradle of modern regional unity. It will give comfort to those wishing to utilise the free movement of skills provisions but have been reluctant to move without the assurance of their families being able to access services in their adopted country. Ten countries have so far signed the Protocol.We have also been making significant strides on the socio-economic front with the report of the Regional Commission on Marijuana being presented to Heads of Government. We have noted the Commission’s findings, conclusions and recommendations in particular with respect to human and religious rights; the social and developmental impact of use among adolescents; the economic benefits to be derived and issues related to its classification. We, therefore, have an analytical platform from the excellent work of the Commission, for whatever further action we wish to take with respect to marijuanaInternationally, His Excellency Jovenel Moise, President of the Republic of Haiti and I represented the Community at the G7 Meeting in Ottawa, Canada while I also represented the Community at the BRICS Summit in South Africa and the G20 Summit in Argentina. Jamaica also represented the Community at all the G20 sectoral meetings throughout the year of the Argentine Presidency. These invitations demonstrate the esteem in which the Community is held globally, being seen as a Leader among Small States.My colleague Heads of Government and I were pleased to receive His Excellency Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of Cuba, in Jamaica, during our 39th Regular Conference in July. President Canel’s visit to Jamaica came just three months after his assumption of office and was his second overseas trip as President. This emphasised the special relationship which our Community and Cuba have shared over the last 46 years.Our strong relations with Chile were underlined as His Excellency Sebastian Pinera, President of Chile made his first visit outside of South America since his inauguration in April to meet with CARICOM Heads of Government in July, also in Jamaica.There is no doubt that this is a Community on the move. A Community that is determined to provide opportunities for all its citizens to maximise their potential and so enhance our prospects for sustainable growth and development. This is a Community which continues to be recognised globally as a leader, whether in the battle against chronic non-communicable diseases, against the negative effects of climate change or within the framework of Small Island and low-lying coastal Developing States.We have a lot to be proud of and a lot more to accomplish. Let us remain resolute in the face of all challenges.I thank my colleague Heads of Government for their support during my term as Chairman and I am certain that Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis will receive the same support as he assumes the chair in January.Let us enjoy this Holiday Season and the message that it brings; with that spirit of peace and prosperity spreading throughout our Community.Happy holidays to all and a productive 2019. I bring season’s greetings to the people of our Caribbean Community on behalf of all Heads of Government at this joyous time of year. Story Highlights A proper functioning CSME is essential to deliver the goals of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to the people of the Caribbean for the growth and development of our economies. Recognising this fact, my colleague Heads of Government and I renewed our focus on this initiative in 2018 given the need to accelerate its implementation. There has been progress.
TORONTO — The Ontario government says a cannabis retail licence will not be issued to a corporation if more than 9.9 per cent of it is owned or controlled by one or more licensed marijuana producers or their affiliates.The province’s new pot retail regulations also stipulate that this restriction applies whether the pot producer’s ownership of the corporation is direct or indirect.The detailed rules released today shed more light on the province’s private cannabis retail framework and deals a blow to licensed producers, some of which have purchased stakes in retail. In September, the Progressive Conservative government said licensed growers and their affiliates may not hold more than one retail location between them, located at a production facility.The executive director of the Cannabis Council of Canada Allan Rewak says it welcomes the additional clarity but is “disappointed” as some licensed producers who have invested in retail chains may be prevented from entering the Ontario marketplace.Applications for licenses will begin on Dec. 17 and retail stores are expected to open in April, with a market concentration of 75 stores per operator. The Canadian Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fire crews in Charlie Lake needed backup in dealing with a fast-moving grass fire that started west of Fort St. John yesterday afternoon.The Peace River Regional District’s Protective Services Manager Deborah Jones-Middleton said that the Charlie Lake Fire Department was called out to the fire just north of IPAC Services on the 271 Road at around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Jones-Middleton said that upon arrival, fire crews noted that the fire was spreading extremely quickly due to high winds and dry conditions. Charlie Lake Fire Department crews battle a fire off the 271 Road on Wednesday evening. Photo submitted by Ryne Mott via Facebook. Burn marks in a field off the 271 Road seen Thursday morning. Photo by Chris Newton According to Jones-Middleton, the Charlie Lake Fire Department called in additional fire crews from Taylor and Hudson’s Hope since sparks from the fire had started a spot fire roughly half a kilometre away. She said that 30 firefighters battled for roughly six hours, with the fire deemed under control by 11:30 p.m. However, Jones-Middleton added that at least one firefighter was monitoring through the overnight hours to ensure the fire did not flare up again. Jones-Middleton said that no properties were damaged by the fire, but she was not able to provide an estimate on the final size of the fire. At this point, there’s no word on what caused the fire, but Jones-Middleton did add a reminder that despite the sogginess of the ground, dead and dry grass and trees can spread fire incredibly quickly in windy conditions.
Earlier in the day, following a speech at a solar conference in Calgary, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said it’s vital that the bill be passed as soon as possible because it replaces a broken system that is preventing projects from being built.But critics including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers have demanded changes designed to prevent public policy debates from being part of project assessments, restrict application interveners to those directly affected by the project or with expertise, set firm timelines and limit government ministers’ discretionary powers.Monaco says he applauds the aggressive stance of Alberta’s newly elected United Conservative Premier Jason Kenney in support of energy projects.“I think it’s great news that people are going to take the extra effort to ensure that people really understand the role that energy plays and what it does for our quality of life,” he said.Enbridge pipelines handle about 62 per cent of Canada’s exports of crude oil into the U.S. and move about 18 per cent of all natural gas consumed in the U.S. CALGARY, A.B. – The CEO of Enbridge Inc. says it’s “critical” to Canada’s energy future that substantive changes are made to proposed federal legislation to revamp how big resource projects win federal approval.Speaking after his company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Calgary, Al Monaco says there are three or four major problem areas in Bill C-69 that must be addressed.His comments come as the Senate considers amendments to the bill that would repeal the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and retire the National Energy Board, leaving the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and the Canadian Energy Regulator as authorities responsible for assessments of the environmental, health, social and economic impacts of designated projects.
New Delhi: Opposition leaders on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of playing politics over scientists’ achievements while some parties complained to the Election Commission alleging violation of the model code. Taking a swipe at Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter, “Well done DRDO, extremely proud of your work. I would also like to wish the PM a very happy World Theatre Day.”West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that Modi’s announcement was “limitless drama and publicity mongering”, amounting to “gross violation” of the model code of conduct. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSamajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said Modi got himself an hour of free TV and diverted nation’s attention away from issues on the ground. “Today Narendra Modi got himself an hour of free TV and divert(ed) nation’s attention away from issues on ground Unemployment Rural crisis and womens security by pointing at the sky,” he tweeted. BSP supremo Mayawati accused Modi of playing politics over India’s anti-satellite missile capability.
New Delhi: Children from different parts of the national capital continue to go missing as in just 74 days, around 1,177 cases of missing children registered in the city. However, the law enforcement agency has traced more than 500 kids so far.As per the analysis, in most of the cases, children go missing due to reasons like parents not being at home, academic pressure, losing their way, elopement. Police sources told Millennium Post that up to March 15, as many as 585 kids were traced whereas 592 still missing. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs many as 1,080 kidnapping cases reported in which 315 were solved and 60 persons involved in the crime arrested. According to Delhi Police, Crime Branch made sustained effort to identify whether organised gangs were behind the kidnapping of children; however, no such gang was found to be active in the city. “Crime Branch has also conducted a survey of children begging at various traffic intersections to find whether they had been forced into begging by some organised gang. However, the survey did not reveal the involvement of any organised gang behind child begging,” claimed Delhi Police annual report of 2018. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsLast year, under the schemes like Operation Smile-II and Operation Muskan-II, police teams visited various shelter homes and spoke with children to find out their residential addresses so that they could be reunited with their families. This resulted in tracing and reuniting a total of 4,636 children. The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has identified 50 areas in the city from where cases of missing children are regularly reported. Samrah Mirza, member of DCPCR told Millennium Post that the reason behind the missing is many which include human trafficking, child labour, illegal adoption. “The human traffickers regularly keeps tab on the children who are economically poor. Once their parents went for their petty jobs like construction labourers, the traffickers flee with the kids,” said DCPCR member. In the year 2017, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has written to State Child Protection Society of Delhi and other states in which they have told them to search the children, who are from different states, living in children home and handover to the concerned state of the minor, so that there can be an effort to reunite them.
Kolkata: A 19-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her in-laws here on Saturday. Local residents caught them red-handed while they were trying to dispose of the body.According to local residents, Arpita Sen of Joynagar got married to Sanjay Sen of Pravat Pally in Narendrapur approximately one year ago. It is alleged that the Arpita’s in-laws had received a lot of money and jewellery as dowry at the time of marriage. But they kept torturing her for more money. A source informed that recently Arpita’s in-laws had demanded Rs 2 lakh from her. She had also informed her father about her in-laws’ demand. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThough her father knew about the torture and the demands he only tried to convince his son-in-law to not to torture his daughter. But the convincing did not work. Despite Arpita’s father committed to provide the money, Arpita’s in-laws kept torturing her. She was supposed to go to her father’s house on Poila Boisakh. But before that on Saturday morning her in-laws started beating her. Some of the neighbours even heard Arpita crying and they reached the house and told Arpita’s in-laws not to torture her. But in the afternoon Arpita was beaten up again. This time, she could not bear the torture and reportedly died because of severe physical assault. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn the evening, when Arpita’s in-laws tried to remove the body from the house with the possible intention to dump it somewhere, the neighbours saw them. Immediately, they rushed into house and found Arpita dead. The police were immediately informed. Local residents claimed that several injury marks could be seen on Arpita’s body. Later, three members of the Sen family were arrested on charges of murder and domestic violence. Some neighbours have also ransacked the house of the Sen family demanding stringent action against them. Despite strict action by the police and strong laws against dowry demand, several deaths due to the social evil are reported from various parts of the country.
Kolkata: Calling the Election Commission of India’s decision to curtail campaigning time for the Lok Sabha elections in the state and remove two senior officers as “unprecedented, unconstitutional, unethical and politically biased,” Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that the ECI is working at the behest of the BJP, its president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.She also wondered whether the directives were due to the “threat” issued to the poll panel by Shah during a media meet in Delhi on Wednesday morning. The Election Commission announced: “No election campaigning to be held in 9 parliamentary constituencies of Bengal — Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, South and North Kolkata from 10 pm tomorrow (Thursday) till the conclusion of polls”. Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya has been removed and his work will be presided over by Chief Secretary Malay De. The Election Commission also ordered the removal of Additional Director General, CID, Rajeev Kumar from his posting. Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, who is in charge of Bengal, said Bhattacharya “stands relieved” from his current charge immediately, “for having interfered in the process of conducting elections” by directing the state Chief Electoral Officer, which he was not supposed to. He further added that Rajeev Kumar has been attached to the Ministry of Home Affairs and should report to his new assignment by 10 am on Thursday. Bhattacharya had written a letter to the Election Commission complaining about the highhandedness of the Central Forces. Bimal Chatterjee, former Advocate General, said the decision to end the campaign by 10 pm has “infringed the rights of the candidates.” Mamata Banerjee, on the other hand, alleged that the EC has imposed the decision as Modi’s campaign is coming to an end on Thursday. “I have rescheduled my programme. I will address two rallies at Mathurapur and Diamond Harbour and will take part in a roadshow in Behala and South Kolkata. It will be very stressful but I will have to do it.” She further said that it is most unfortunate that those who had vandalised the statue of Vidyasagar have been rewarded. “Amit Shah had come to the city to organize riots. BJP goons had beaten up students of Calcutta University and later destroyed the statue of the great social reformer. There was a riot-like situation. The EC should have issued show-cause notice to Shah. But it did not do anything. She further alleged that Jain, the Deputy Election Commissioner, had asked the police to help BJP host the roadshow. “The destruction of the statue of Vidyasagar has hit the sentiments of the people of Bengal and the EC has taken this decision just to divert the attention of the people,” she remarked. She categorically maintained that the law and order situation is not bad in Bengal. “In the sixth phase, there was trouble at Keshpur and that too because of the Central Forces. They had opened fire and were found campaigning for the BJP,” she added. She also alleged that the EC has reduced the time of the campaign of the candidates as “Nirmala Sitharaman had said that I should not be allowed to campaign.”