Recruiter Cordant scrambles to raise cash after clash with lenders

first_img Tags: UK jobs, employment and wages “The prospective purchasers of the business are keen to embark on an exciting new phase of the Cordant Group’s 60-year journey, and support our vision for future growth in the UK, Europe and overseas,” it added. whatsapp The company, whose clients include Lloyds, Amazon and Tesco, is racing to secure a deal with investors that would end the majority ownership of the Ullmann family, who have controlled the business since its foundation in 1957. A spokesperson for Cordant said it had been “working closely with management and shareholders to secure partnerships with key investors in the sectors” and was “nearing the end of that process”. A year later, Ullmann said “Capitalism isn’t working any more,” adding: “It serves shareholders and the elite, and we have a duty to change that.” Read more: Chief executive of recruiter Staffline resigns after string of profit warnings Recruiter Cordant scrambles to raise cash after clash with lenders In 2017, Ullmann announced that executive pay at the group would be capped at £400,000 — 20 times that of its lowest-paid employee — and that annual dividends to its owners would be capped at £3m. whatsapp The possible change in ownership, first reported by the Sunday Times, could derail Cordant’s plan to become the largest social enterprise in the UK.  Share Sunday 23 February 2020 1:39 pm Read more: Struggling recruiter Staffline warns on profit Cordant, one of the largest recruitment agencies in the UK is rushing to raise new cash after coming close to collapse following a row with its lenders.  Cordant is two months’ late filings its annual accounts with Companies House. The group’s last available accounts show it made an operating loss of £12.2m, an increase of almost 160 per cent on the previous year’s loss of £4.7m.  Recruiter Cordant has been owned by the Ullmann family since it was founded in 1957 (Getty Images) Anna Menin The recruiter was left close to collapse after one of its lenders refused to refinance a debt facility. Cordant’s lenders include the Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays, and Dutch bank ABN Amro, but it is known which of the banks denied the request.  Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comPolice 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.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.com Cordant’s biggest shareholder, Phillip Ullmann, is set to retain his role of “chief energiser” under the deal, but it is likely a new chairman will be appointed.last_img read more

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Boston’s gay veterans will march in St. Patrick’s Day parade

first_imgArts & Culture | Military | Nation & World | National News | NPR News | SpiritBoston’s gay veterans will march in St. Patrick’s Day paradeMarch 12, 2017 by Richard Gonzales, NPR News Share:OutVets founder Bryan Bishop wears the logo of his group while speaking in Boston. The group has been invited to participate in the city’s privately-run St. Patrick’s Day parade.Michael Dwyer/APUpdated: March 11, 2:46 p.m. ET According to member station WBUR, the OutVet group has accepted the invitation to march in the parade. The organizers of the privately run St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston have reversed course and will invite a group of LGBTQ veterans to participate in this year’s event.The announcement came in a terse Twitter message. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council said it had signed an “acceptance letter” to allow OutVets to join the march.Member station WBUR reports a lawyer for the group announced Friday night that the members had accepted the invitation after reviewing it.“We are honored and humbled by all the outpouring of support that has been displayed for our LGBTQ veterans — who are one of the most unrepresented demographics in our veterans community,” lawyer Dee Dee Edmondson said in a statement.As the Two-Way reported, the parade organizers had come under heavy criticism for barring the LGBTQ group this year after the gay veterans had marched in the event the past two years. Organizers had objected to the group’s display of the rainbow flag, the traditional symbol of gay pride.Many high-profile politicians, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, had withdrawn their support from the parade and said they would not march unless the gay vets were included, according to the Boston Globe.OutVets is not the only veterans group at odds with the parade organizers. A group called Veterans for Peace has been barred from the event for several years.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

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Personal rights and stigma: When and where can sex offenders participate in the community?

first_imgCommunity | Crime & Courts | Local Government | SouthcentralPersonal rights and stigma: When and where can sex offenders participate in the community?November 24, 2017 by Aaron Bolton, KBBI-Homer Share:Homer Council on the Arts will host the Nutcracker Faire at the Homer High School. (Photo by Aaron Bolton/KBBI)Towns across Alaska have to grapple with what to do once a known sex offender returns to the community after serving their punishment.Though there are clear limits in some areas, there are massive gray zones, as well.Residents in Homer are struggling to balance fairness with safety ahead of one of the Kenai Peninsula’s biggest celebrations.Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20171122-02.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Every year, Homer hosts the Nutcracker Faire.The family-affair draws people from all over the Kenai Peninsula for a pre-holiday craft fair and children’s performance of the nutcracker.Abigail Kokai is an artist hoping to make a little extra cash by selling some of her stuffed whales made of repurposed materials.“Particularly with the Nutcracker, I get to have face-to-face opportunities to meet the people that are actually buying my product,” Kokai said.The Nutcracker is a big deal for local artists because it allows them to make a real-life connection with customers. Kokai was one of about a hundred vendors who applied to sell work at the festival.As the Homer Council on the Arts, which puts on the event, was sifting through those applications earlier this fall, they noticed one from a convicted sex offender.Erik Larson, a Homer man that was convicted of sexually abusing two teenage girls while he was a teacher in 2006, was applying to sell pottery.Arts Council staff and board members were concerned, posing the question of whether or not Larson should be allowed to participate in the popular community event.Kokai didn’t say whether or not she had a problem with Larson selling his work, but she thinks the choice comes down to faith in our current criminal justice system.“I mean are they going to be punished for the rest of their life and never be able to live as a functional human being as a result of something that has happened, or do we assume or hope that our rehabilitation processes have allowed that person to successfully be a part of society again?” Kokai questioned.Erik Larson didn’t want to comment for this story because he fears people in the community may lash out at his family.He said only that he wants “to be treated like everyone else” and have the same opportunity as other artists.The incident is prompting local non-profits to look for solutions that are as much about policy as politics.The Nutcracker Faire is held in the Homer High School.So, at first the council looked to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for guidance. But the district said its policy on registered sex offenders doesn’t apply here.That’s because the policy only restricts offenders from being on school property during the school day or during school-sponsored events, district spokesperson Peggy Erkeneff said.“In this case, an outside entity rented the Homer High School building for their event,” Erkeneff said. “When they’re renting our space, there are no restrictions from a district perspective, if it’s outside of a school-sponsored event and outside of the school instructional day, as to who can be present.”Since the Arts Council is just a tenant in the school building, it’s their own policy that guides rules.But the organization realized it didn’t have clear guidance on the matter, which left Executive Director Peggy Paver and her board with a lot of questions about what the small non-profit should do.“We did consult with legal, judicial and non-profit sources in order to get opinions because this is an area that we hadn’t really dealt with before,” Paver said.The council offered a compromise allowing Larson to sell his pottery as long as someone else worked the booth. Larson told the council he would think about it, but never responded with a decision.Larson also proposed having someone on hand to supervise him, but the council said it won’t have any staff and volunteers to spare.Ultimately, the non-profit had no policy or legal grounds to deny Larson a spot at the fair.Paver said that left the council with a choice: is it appropriate for Larson to participate or not?“It doesn’t escape us that this event is an event where minors are often off on their own, and then there are the Nutcracker kids that are participating in the ballet running around in their break time,” Paver added.The council also had to weigh Larson’s personal rights.It’s been more than 10 years since his conviction, he’s served his sentence in prison and completed parole.Paver and the council also worry they could be open to charges of discrimination if they reject Larson without a policy in place.The situation has caught the attention of other non-profits, who are now asking themselves what they would do in the same situation.“What considerations do we have, what protections need to be in place for our staff, for the people we serve in the community and what’s appropriate?” said Catriona Reynolds, executive director of Kachemak Bay Family Planning in Homer.Both family planning and the Arts Council plan to revisit their policies and possibly craft new ones to handle this particular situation and others like it.Paver didn’t directly say which way her organization would lean on the issue.She said the board will likely address it in the spring, and at least for this year, the council will allow Larson to sell his work in person.Share this story:last_img read more

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Former Kivalina substitute teacher charged with sexually exploiting children

first_imgCrime & Courts | Northwest | Public SafetyFormer Kivalina substitute teacher charged with sexually exploiting childrenFebruary 28, 2020 by Wesley Early, KOTZ – Kotzebue Share:Kivalina, Alaska, in August 2009. (Creative Commons photo by Lt. Cmdr. Micheal McNeil/U.S. Coast Guard )A former substitute teacher at the McQueen School in the Northwest Arctic village of Kivalina has been charged with several child exploitation crimes.According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, 21-year-old Jayson Knox was arrested on Wednesday. He is suspected of soliciting explicit pictures from children in Kivalina. He’s also charged with sending obscene photos to a minor and attempting to meet some of the children for sex.According to the charging documents, Knox corresponded with 10 girls in the village — the youngest is 11 years old. Using Snapchat and Facebook Messenger, he solicited photographs from several of them, while also sending sexually explicit messages and photos. Investigators said Knox admitted to kissing and groping one of the girls behind the school, and asked to meet several others at an abandoned warehouse in the village.Knox said in interviews that he believed most of the girls were under the legal age of consent, which in the state of Alaska is 16 years old. He stated he thought one of the girls may have been 16. He said he had begun corresponding with the alleged victims shortly after he began working for the school in 2018.If convicted, Knox faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison.Share this story:last_img read more

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Could Nicky Morgan be the next Conservative leader? Women and equalities minister says she is considering the top job when David Cameron steps down

first_img whatsapp Lauren Fedor Thursday 1 October 2015 1:45 pm Show Comments ▼ A woman should be in the running to become the next Conservative leader, education secretary Nicky Morgan has said, hinting that she may throw her own name into the hat for the top job.Morgan, who has risen quickly through the Tory ranks to sit on Cameron’s front bench, said in an interview published today that she’s considering running for the party’s leadership when Prime Minister David Cameron steps down. Morgan, who has a young son, told The Spectator that whether or not she stands for the top job will “depend on family”. “I’d be saying this if I was male or female,” Morgan said, “In the sense that being leader of the party is so all-consuming, putting such a pressure on family relationships.””I hope that, in the not-too-distant future, there will be another female leader of a main Westminster political party,” Morgan, who also holds the role of minister for women and equalities, added. Margaret Thatcher was the Conservatives’s first and only female leader. Labour has yet to appoint a woman to lead the party, though Harriet Harman has served as acting Labour leader twice.Cameron said earlier this year that he would not serve a third term as Prime Minister.Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne, mayor of London Boris Johnson and home secretary Theresa May are all also widely expected to have a go at the Conservative leadership when Cameron steps down.In the most recent poll of Tory members by the website Conservative Home, 33 per cent of respondents said they would vote for Osborne, followed by 18 per cent for business secretary Sajid Javid, 15 per cent for May and 13 per cent for former defence secretary Liam Fox.Johnson trailed with 12 per cent, while Morgan had the backing of just one per cent of respondents.A separate new poll from Ipsos Mori showed that while Johnson is the most-popular potential candidate among the wider electorate, Conservative voters are more likely to support Osborne.Just under a third – 32 per cent – of Tories polled told Ipsos Mori they would back Osborne, compared with 29 per cent for Johnson. A further 18 per cent said they would support May. whatsapp Could Nicky Morgan be the next Conservative leader? Women and equalities minister says she is considering the top job when David Cameron steps down Sharelast_img read more

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News / Breaking the bottleneck: Egypt’s president opens expanded Suez Canal this week

first_img “Egypt’s gift to the world!” posters proudly proclaim at the arrivals hall of Cairo International Airport.While much of the international shipping community’s attention in the past few years has been on the Panama Canal expansion and plans for a rival canal through Nicaragua, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi this week opens an expanded Suez Canal, just a year after announcing the project.The new canal will, effectively, allow convoys to pass both north and southbound simultaneously. Hitherto, the canal could only have traffic heading in one direction, limiting transits to one northbound convoy and two southbound each day. Southbound convoys would anchor at Bitter Lakes, an open expanse of water which is part of the canal, to allow a northbound convoy to cross.One of the key advantages to shipping of the new canal is that the transit time for southbound convoys will be reduced from 18 hours to 11 hours.“Eliminating that bottleneck at Bitter Lakes is very important,” Maersk Line Egypt MD Mohammad Shihab said in Cairo today. The capacity of the waterway will increase from 49 vessels per day to 97.Maersk is the canal’s largest customer, paying the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) around $523,000 per transit, with an annual bill of $729m for 1,400 transits annually. This represents around 14% of the SCA’s revenue, while the SCA itself is the Danish carrier’s single largest supplier.The expansion could also prove a considerable fillip to the Egyptian government’s plans to develop the Suez Canal Zone, a vast area adjacent to the waterway that is to be turned over industrial and logistics activity.At its heart is APM Terminals’ Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT), which in its 10 years of operation has carved out a healthy business as one of the Mediterranean’s most important transhipment ports, but still has a relatively small share of Egypt’s import and export volumes, largely because of its location on the eastern side of the canal.Klaus Holm Laursen, SCCT chief executive, said today he expected President Sisi to also use the opening ceremony on Friday to formally announce the dredging of a new side-channel at Suez’s Mediterranean entrance, which will remove another bottleneck at the entrance of the canal.Currently, ships calling at SCCT have to be part of a convoy and the dredging of a new access channel will remove that need.Mr Laursen said: “The side-channel will increase the ability to do business in Port Said East Port [where SCCT is located]. If Egypt does not go ahead with this we will not be able to handle any more traffic there.”In the original concession document between APMT and the Egyptian government, the new channel was due to have been completed by 2012, but was delayed due to the political and social upheaval that befell the country in 2011.“Having this channel is a very significant part of our business case, and if this isn’t fulfilled our business case looks very different, and a lot worse, and a major part of the East Port plan won’t be able to fly,” added Mr Laursen. By Gavin van Marle in Cairo 04/08/2015last_img read more

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News / Trucks on the world cargo crime front line – hijacking still the main threat

first_img In-transit hijackings are the number-one threat to trucking operations around the world, according to a new report by insurer TT Club and supply chain intelligence provider BSI.Cargo Theft 1H 2018 reports that haulage is by far the most vulnerable freight mode and that, in global terms, hijacking is the most likely way theft would take place.In South America, hijacking represents 55% of all truck theft, while in Africa and the Middle East it accounts for 51%.And being a trucker in Brazil now appears to mean working on the frontline of the country’s terrifyingly violent drug wars.Cargo hijacking incidents were in the tens of thousands in the first half of this year alone, as organised crime gangs increasingly see cargo has a way of bolstering revenue, as well as a means of transporting drugs.“One likely factor that explains why cargo theft has risen so steeply in Brazil is the entrance of major gangs into the country’s illegal drug trade and their need to finance such ventures,” says the report.“The First Capital Gang is one such organised criminal group that BSI has identified as being tied to both cargo theft and illegal drug trafficking via cargo shipments.“A lack of sufficient police resources and response almost certainly enabled the rate of cargo theft to expand in Brazil over the last several years,” adds the report.Brazil accounted for some 90% of South America’s cargo thefts, while in North and Central America, Mexico led with the way with 68% of the region’s freight crime.Unsurprisingly, with such a violent recent history, hijacking is also the number-one criminal tactic in Mexico, with thieves using guns to stop trucks, routinely taking drivers hostage and “holding these personnel generally for a short period of time in an attempt to delay police response”.In contrast, thieves in the US and Canada tend to target “unattended cargo trucks, parked at unsecure locations, including truck stops and gas stations” and that hijacking remains rare.A similar picture was found in Europe, where unsecure truck stops are a huge concern for truck operators, particularly since strict regulations on drivers’ hours often force trucks to stop in unsecured locations.“It is much easier for thieves to target an unsecured cargo truck than it is to infiltrate and steal goods from often more-secured warehouses and other types of supply chain facility locations,” says the report.“The prevalence of soft-sided trailers in Europe also promulgates this trend and primarily explains the high frequency of the slash and grab tactic, in which thieves cut into the tarpaulin covering trailers in order to quickly remove goods.” By Gavin van Marle 09/11/2018 ©Welcomialast_img read more

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Up to $200,000 for Active Innovations

first_imgUp to $200,000 for Active Innovations Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport The Honourable Stirling HinchliffeThe Palaszczuk Government is investing up to $200,000 in innovative solutions to get inactive Queenslanders moving.Innovation and Sport Minster Stirling Hinchliffe said the $4.34 million ActiveKIT fund would support start-ups, or small to medium-sized business to develop new innovative services and products that encourage Queenslanders to increase activity levels. “We want to support sports-tech companies, businesses and local governments to help Queenslanders become physically healthy by being physically fit and active.” Mr Hinchliffe said.“The possibilities in the Active Industry are limited by only by ingenuity.“It could include a physical activity program targeting specific groups, a smartphone product or service tailoring physical activity based on recent movement, an app delivering real-time access to local eco-tourism or infrastructure such as low maintenance lawn grass.“Other ideas could involve innovative events for target groups that drive economic benefits for the Active Industry, or inventions to help clubs share resources.“If you have the idea, the Palaszczuk Government’s ActiveKIT fund could help with up to $200,000 to make it a reality or take it to the next level.”Health and Wellbeing Queensland Chief Executive Dr Robyn Littlewood said the ActiveKIT fund is an important way to improve the overall health of Queenslanders.“We know that over 420,000 Queenslanders are not getting enough physical activity each week, and more than 48,000 Queensland children are getting less than one hour of physical activity each day,” Dr Littlewood said.“Low physical activity has a direct impact on our overall health and wellbeing, including increasing our risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.“Physical activity also helps prevent hypertension, overweight and obesity, and can improve mental health, quality of life and wellbeing.” Dr Littlewood said.Mr Hinchliffe said by harnessing Knowledge, Innovation and Technology (KIT), the ActiveKIT fund could help deliver solutions that otherwise might not come to fruition.“We’re encouraging organisations with products or services that are beyond concept stage and can help the Active Industry by increasing membership, lowering costs, driving new revenue streams or reducing the burden on volunteers,” Mr Hinchliffe said.“Innovators might have a solution which can be used in the Active Industry by partnering with state sporting bodies, universities and local government.“Importantly, we’re after solutions that target specific groups who aren’t sufficiently physically active because of age, health, ability, time or socio-economic factors.”Funding is available across two Tiers:Tier 1 is up to $100,000. Tier 2 is between $100,001 and $200,000.Funding can be used in the delivery of innovative, unique and new products, salaries, services, equipment, travel and other costs related to meeting the challenge requirements.Funding cash co-contributions are required from applicants – at least 20 per cent of the funding requested for Tier 1 and 50 per cent of the funding requested for Tier 2.Online applications will be open from 22 March until 19 April 2021, with approved projects to start from 1 June 2021.For more program information, including eligibility requirements, go to //www.dtis.qld.gov.au/activkit /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Government, health, heart disease, hypertension, industry, infrastructure, innovation, mental health, Palaszczuk, physical activity, QLD, Queensland, resources, smartphone, Stirling, technology, wellbeinglast_img read more

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Minister Bibeau and Minister Carr join Prairie farmers to discuss on-farm climate action investments in Budget 2021

first_imgMinister Bibeau and Minister Carr join Prairie farmers to discuss on-farm climate action investments in Budget 2021 From: Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaBudget 2021 is the Government of Canada’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that is inclusive of all Canadians.Budget 2021 is the Government of Canada’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that is inclusive of all Canadians.Today, on Earth Day, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, and the Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies, joined young farmers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan to discuss regenerative agricultural practices and on-farm climate action investments from Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience.Farmers are major players in Canada’s fight against climate change. The agricultural sector has the potential to scale up climate solutions, many of which are already underway across the country. Building on Canada’s climate action programs for farmers-including the $185 million Agricultural Climate Solutions program, and the $165 million Agricultural Clean Technology Program-a new investment of $200 million over two years, starting in 2021-22, will help launch immediate, on-farm climate action under the Agricultural Climate Solutions program. This will target projects accelerating emission reductions by improving nitrogen management, increasing adoption of cover cropping, and normalizing rotational grazing.These investments will help Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector meet its emissions targets and capture new opportunities in the green economy.Budget 2021 is also about creating more jobs and prosperity for Canadians in the days – and decades – to come. It is an historic investment to address the specific wounds of the COVID-19 recession, put people first, create jobs, grow the middle class, set businesses on a track for long-term growth, and ensure that Canada’s future – and the futures of Canadian farmers, their families and their communities – will be healthier, more equitable, greener, and more prosperous.Quotes“Budget 2021 presents a historic plan to get us through COVID-19 to better times, by putting people first, creating jobs and bridging businesses to a future positioned for long-term growth. We are giving farmers the support to implement the climate-smart agriculture practices that will ensure the young farmers of today can continue farming sustainably for decades to come.”– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food“Investing in climate-smart agricultural practices continues to help Canada’s farmers, like those in the Prairies we met today, to build on their success while protecting and preserving our natural resources. Budget 2021 will allow farmers to compete and innovate while farming their land today and into the future. Now more than ever, the spirit of resilience, ingenuity and innovation will help shape Canada’s future.”– The Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the PrairiesQuick factsBudget 2021 includes $101.4 billion over three years in proposed investments as part of the Government of Canada’s growth plan that will create good jobs and support a resilient and inclusive recovery. Key measures include:Allocating $60 million over the next two years, from the Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund, to target the protection of existing wetlands and trees on farms;Returning a portion of the proceeds from the price on pollution directly to farmers in backstop jurisdictions (currently Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario), beginning in 2021-22. It is estimated farmers would receive $100 million in the first year;Ensuring the recently expanded $165.5 million Agricultural Clean Technology program will prioritize $50 million for the purchase of more efficient grain dryers for farmers across Canada;Allocating $10 million over the next two years, from the Agricultural Clean Technology program, toward powering farms with clean energy and moving off diesel;Investing $17.6 billion in a green recovery to help Canada to reach its target to conserve 25 per cent of Canada’s lands and oceans by 2025, exceed its Paris climate targets and reduce emissions by 36 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, and move forward on a path to reach net-zero emission by 2050. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Canada, clean energy, climate change, Earth, first year, Government, innovation, Investment, Paris, pollution, Prairie, recession, resilience, resources, technologylast_img read more

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City of Vancouver offers limited fitness access at community centers with new Fit Pass

first_imgCity of Vancouver offers limited fitness access at community centers with new Fit PassPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Tuesday, September 15, 2020in: Community News, Healthshare 0 A FIT Pass allows participants to reserve time slots to exercise at Firstenburg or Marshall community centersVANCOUVER – Vancouver Parks and Recreation is now offering limited access to designated fitness areas at the Firstenburg Community Center (700 N.E. 136th Ave.) and Marshall Community Center (1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.) with the new 30-day FIT Pass.The fitness center at the Firstenburg Center is one of the facilities area residents can access if they purchase a Fit Pass. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Parks and RecreationThe fitness center at the Firstenburg Center is one of the facilities area residents can access if they purchase a Fit Pass. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Parks and RecreationA FIT Pass allows participants to reserve time slots to exercise at Firstenburg or Marshall community centers. Available fitness areas vary by location. Each fitness area has been arranged to provide space for physical distancing during workouts. Face coverings are required unless you are using cardio equipment with exertion or when you are swimming in Marshall Pool. The reservation system ensures both facilities remain in compliance with Washington’s Safe Start capacity guidelines for gyms and fitness centers.The FIT Pass may only be used at the community center selected at purchase, so customers should carefully review each location’s available fitness areas before starting a reservation. The FIT Pass is added to your cart the first time you reserve a time slot, so you can start scheduling workouts immediately.FIT Pass Areas Available at Firstenburg Center:• Fitness center• Weight room• Basketball• PickleballFIT Pass Areas Available at Marshall Center:• Fitness center• PoolCost for a FIT Pass is $29 for Vancouver residents and $33 for non-residents. Passholders must be 13 years or older. The FIT Pass is valid for 30 days from the date of purchase. No long term commitment is needed; you can choose to purchase a pass at any time for the same price, for as long as this pass is available.Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/FITpass to learn more and start a reservation.Vancouver Parks and Recreation is following current guidelines to keep facilities safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19. To provide space for physical distancing, services are limited at this time. More services will be made available as Clark County moves through the phases of Washington’s reopening plan. For more information about the steps being taken to protect passholders and staff, read the Community Center COVID-19 Protocols.Information provided by city of Vancouver.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyVancouvershare 0 Previous : ilani named best casino, looks ahead to its future Next : Registered voters in Clark County do not need to request mail-in ballotsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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