Union welcomes NSW Government intervention at Wingecarribee Shire Council United Services UnionA move by the NSW Government to appoint an independent administrator at Wingecarribee Shire Council for three months to address serious issues, including allegations of harassment and bullying of staff, has been welcomed by the local government union.The United Services Union said the formal notice of intention to suspend the Mayor and Councillors, issued on Wednesday afternoon by NSW Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock, is a positive step to address serious issues at the council and deliver better outcomes for staff and ratepayers.The council now has seven days to respond to the notice before a final determination is made on the suspension of the Mayor and Councillors, and their replacement with an independent administrator.USU organiser Rudi Oppitz said the union welcomed the Local Government Minister’s intervention.“The union welcomes the Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock’s formal notice of her intention to suspend the Mayor and Councillors of Wingecarribee Shire and appoint an administrator to the council,” Mr Oppitz said.“Like the Local Government Minister, the union has been made aware of allegations of harassment and bullying of staff, which are having a significant effect on the wellbeing of staff and the operations of the council.“As we understand, these allegations are a central consideration in the Minister’s intervention, and we encourage Ms Hancock to press ahead with this action in the best interest of the staff and ratepayers of Wingecarribee Shire.“We are aware that ratepayers have been calling for the NSW Government to step in and allow their voices to be heard.“We hope the actions of the Minister will provide a vehicle for both ratepayers and our members at council to get to the bottom of what has been occurring.“We are pleased the Minister is taking action on these serious allegations in an effort to deliver a better future for the residents and workers of Wingecarribee Shire.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:bullying, council, Effect, future, Government, harassment, Local Government, Minister, NSW, outcomes, press, U.S., vehicle, wellbeing
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Caribbean and European officials discussed issues germane to both regions, as well as the future of their relationship, at the European Union-Cariforum Political Dialogue at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston on Tuesday (March 23).Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh, highlighted that discussions will focus on the development of the first outline of a joint Caribbean-European Union political strategy, which will inform the EU-Cariforum and EU-Latin American and Caribbean Heads of Government meeting due for Madrid, Spain, May 17 to 18.He also said that the meeting will centre on an exchange of information, fostering of mutual understanding, facilitated agreed priorities and shared agendas.“Let us also bear in mind that we are meeting today against the background of a recently convened Stakeholder Seminar, where both Cariforum and the EU have already begun to define the parameters of our joint strategy,” Dr. Baugh told the political and diplomatic officials attending the opening ceremony.“Therefore any approach we take today will be more worthwhile, if we make the linkages to those discussions,” he went on.He also pointed out that the parties were meeting in advance of the EU/Cariforum Summit which will take place in the margins of the EU-LAC Summit in Madrid. “Let us be clear that the work we do here today, will serve to prepare us for engagement at that Summit and we must, therefore, develop the context for that encounter in this dialogue today,” he stated.Dr. Baugh said that there would also be focus on reconstruction and institutional support for Haiti.“You would also be aware of the tangible assistance that is still necessary, in the short, medium and long term, to shore up the courageous attempts being made by this proud state to cope with the devastation caused by a natural disaster,” he said.“It would be useful if we could leave this meeting with a clear, coordinated statement of the kinds of action that we will take, jointly, to move to the next phase of assistance, given that the needs of the country continue to be urgent and pressing,” he added.Minister of Economic Affairs, Empowerment, Innovation, Trade, Industry and Commerce of Barbados, Dr. the Hon. David Estwick, challenged his colleagues to evaluate the achievement of the last Summit, in order to effectively and accurately pave the way forward.“Clearly we must conclude that sufficient progress has not been made in any of the areas highlighted in the conclusions of the last Summit, except in respect of Haiti,” he argued.Dr. Estwick said for the upcoming Summit Government Heads should attempt to assure that they can implement decisions reached, and honour commitments made.“In that context we will need to seriously address the political management of Cariforum-EU cooperation. We will need to make arrangements for continuous political management and for a plan of action for the follow up, which must be undertaken,” he said.Also speaking at the opening ceremony was Spanish Secretary of State for Latin America and the Caribbean, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia and CARICOM Secretary General, Edwin Carrington. RelatedEU/Cariforum Prepare for Madrid Summit EU/Cariforum Prepare for Madrid Summit Foreign AffairsMarch 24, 2010 RelatedEU/Cariforum Prepare for Madrid Summit RelatedEU/Cariforum Prepare for Madrid Summit Advertisements
Mr. Robert K. Irving of Windhaven in Moncton, NB has been honoured with the 2017 Dressage Owner of the Year Award in recognition of the consistent and impressive results achieved by the farm’s elite dressage horses.Through Windhaven, Robert has been a great supporter of dressage since 1988, owning many of Canada’s top equine athletes, including Donnatella, Soccer City, Dio Mio, Florencia 22, and Hudson 18.The newest stars to come from Windhaven are Degas 12 (De Niro x Regazzoni), a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding, and Arthur (Jazz x Contango), a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Robert’s wife, Jill Irving racked up ribbons within Canada and around the world with the two horses in 2017.Degas 12 entered his fifth season competing with Jill in 2017, with highlights including a strong start at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL during the winter months. The duo earned many top-five placings in the big tour, with their best showing coming during the CDIO 3* Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup in March. Their placings of fourth in the Grand Prix (68.480%) and fifth in the Grand Prix Special (69.588%) contributed to the Canadian Dressage Team’s first-ever Gold Medal in the prestigious annual Nations Cup. Plus, their score of 72.875% in the Grand Prix Freestyle proved to be their highest of the season, landing Jill and Degas 12 just shy of the individual podium in fourth place.The 2017 season also marked Jill’s European debut with Windhaven’s horses. After earning top-10 placings in June and July at CDI 4* competitions in Austria and Germany, Jill and Degas 12 headed to the renowned CHIO Aachen on a high note. They kicked things off with a score of 67.480% in the Grand Prix for a top-20 placing against the top dressage athletes in the world, then cracked the top 10 in the Grand Prix Special after scoring 69.375% for ninth place.Arthur also had a stand-out year, entering just his second season at the FEI level. He and Jill made their mark at the AGDF over the winter, with highlights including back-to-back third place finishes in the Grand Prix Special with scores of 68.059% and 68.157%, respectively. From there, Arthur also traveled to Europe with Jill in the summer, earning an impressive second place finish (69.471%) in the Grand Prix Special at the CDI 4* Achleiten in Austria.Arthur and Degas 12 are just two within a string of accomplished horses that Windhaven has produced over the years. The consistent success of Windhaven horses in the ring is a testament to Robert’s conscientious approach to high performance horse ownership.“I am so thrilled that my biggest supporter has received recognition for his support in our sport,” said Jill of Robert’s Dressage Owner of the Year title. “I would not have such amazing horses and the success I’ve had without his tireless encouragement.”Robert added, “I am so pleased to have been able to support my wife Jill over the last 30 years in her endeavours and want to congratulate her on her achievements. Jill is passionate about her sport and I know she will continue to compete at the highest level. I’d like to thank Equestrian Canada for this recognition.”Olivia and Megan Irving accepted the 2017 Dressage Owner of the Year Award on behalf of Robert Irving and Windhaven during a special presentation by Equestrian Canada (EC) Dressage Committee Chair, Victoria Winter and EC Dressage Manager, Christine Peters, on Nov. 9, 2017 at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON.EC is thankful for the incredible support Canadian Equestrian Team (CET) owners provide by supplying talented horses that enable Canadian athletes to compete on the world stage, and proud to recognize the contributions of owners. For a complete list of past recipients of the Dressage Owner of the Year Award, click here. Tags: Robert K. Irving, Windhaven, Dressage Owner of the Year, Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe Dog Mountain resort in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, has been attracting dog lovers and their pups for almost 20 years—and leashes are optional.Dog Mountain chapel – SWNSDesigned by American artist Stephen Huneck, it features swimming ponds, a doggy agility course, and a canine art gallery.But it’s perhaps the chapel that has become most famous, with its walls festooned by notes, pictures, and poems commemorating beloved canine friends who have passed away. “He decided he wanted to create a space that allowed people to gain closure for lost, furry loved-ones.POPULAR: Man Cajoles His 17 Dachshunds into Christmas Sweaters So They Can Pose for Best Family Photo in HistoryNow the space brings in thousands of people from all of the world, who all share the same love for dogs.SHARE This Pup-Friendly Destination With Your Pack of Friends on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore “It’s a traditional New England looking chapel, where people can come, remember their dogs and celebrate the bonds they had between them and their pets, after they pass,” said Dog Mountain general manager Pam McCann.“The chapel walls are full of remembrances, lovely notes, and photos of dogs that have passed, left by people from all over the world” she continued.SWNSRELATED: When Guy Writes Letter to Neighbor Asking to Play With Their Pup, He Gets Letter Back From the DogThe lush grounds are set on 150 acres of private mountaintop and open year around—even these days—for free, so the public can enjoy some socially-distanced dog fun.“We’re glad we are still able to offer the park space as a COVID-friendly retreat and activity,” added McCann.“Dogs are free to run, play, swim, and (best of all) meet other dogs,” states the website. “Dogs are not just welcome here, they are cherished.”LOOK: Dog Breaks World Record for Most Tennis Balls Held in His Mouth—And Social Media Users Are ThrilledSWNSStephen Huneck, an artist who specialized in woodcut prints of playful dogs has redefined the phrase “dog person.”Huneck and his wife, Gwen, bought the property in 1995 and immediately began building the dreamy dog sanctuary.SWNSAfter the couple died their family and friends created the nonprofit Friends of Dog Mountain, which now owns and manages the space in their memory.Originally an art studio for Stephen, it was transformed into so much more.
Paria Cycling apparel is a new clothing company based in Leeds, England who is bringing a sense of urban flair to the cycling world with their outside-the-box designs. After checking out their wares it won’t surprise you that company owner and avid cyclist Sam Morgan is somewhat of an anti-conformist, stating in his press release “I’m that guy who stands out in the group. Not always for the right reasons, but what the hell? Who wants to blend in?”Paria does not have their own in-house designers, but instead they collaborate with creative minds like tattoo artists and illustrators from all over the world to produce their apparel. The clothing is manufactured in Italy, and while style is obviously a key factor for Paria they take their products seriously- no compromises on technical aspects and quality are made in the name of fashion. Currently Paria offers a selection of men’s and women’s jerseys with some pretty unique designs.Check out some of Paria’s signature style plus Search and State’s new leg warmers after the break… There’s also a couple of stylish jerseys for the ladies, with some priceless names to boot. The most radical looking ironically has the most plain-sounding name, called the EDK Cycling jersey. The jersey features a leopard print design and is constructed with Coolmax side panels and sleeves. It also has three rear pockets with a zippered middle, flat seams, silicone waist grippers and a semi-covered full front zipper. For men, the Summer of ’88 jersey has an old-school flavour with those classic 80’s stripes. The jersey is made of Coolmax and Mondrian fabrics, has a semi-covered full length zipper and flat seams. Silicone bands in the sleeves and bottom hem hold it in place, and the jersey has three rear pockets including one that zips shut. Paria’s ‘T-Rex’ fit provides a snug hug for race-ready aerodynamics, so you can win the race and the best dressed award. The Summer of ’88 jersey will cost you €88 ($98 USD), and comes in M-XXL sizes. The Chain Gang jersey is a little brighter and louder, but not funkier. The jersey is made from Italian MICRO moisture wicking fabric with an antimicrobial treatment to keep you smelling of roses. The fabric is soft and stretchy for all day comfort, and the jersey also features a full front zipper, three back pockets and silicone grippers inside the waist. The Chain Gang sells for €55 ($62), in sizes M-XXL. These two jerseys are just a sampling of Paria’s men’s line, so check out their website to see more. The ‘Droplet Like It’s Hot’ jersey and the “C Word Cycling Jersey” share the same materials and construction as the EDK jersey, but have much more entertaining model names. The designs are both all-over prints, so we’re just going to show you the fronts here. All three women’s jerseys sell for €65 ($73) and are available in S-XL sizes.paria.ccSearch and State- S1-LW Leg WarmersIn 2012, Search and State launched from the heart of NYC’s historic garment district. The company keeps all design work in-house, and seeks to produce the best possible cycling clothing for riding and hanging out after. With the release of their new S1-LW leg warmers, SAS now offers a complete head-to-toe all-season riding outfit. The new leg warmers are designed to be durable, light weight, and comfortable. They feature dual locking zippers at the ankle closures and wide gripper elastics for a solid fit that stays put, and are made from the same soft fabric as the company’s arm warmers but in a heavier weight. The leg warmers are thin enough to stuff in a jersey pocket when not needed, and feature a logo on the left leg that matches up with Search and State’s arm warmers. The S1-LW’s come in black only, and S/M/L sizes are available. MSRP is $85 USD.searchandstate.com
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator’s Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) released statements after President Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. Senator Sullivan: “I thought it was a strong speech. I thought it was an optimistic speech—optimism that was actually based on real results that we’re seeing in America because of our policies that we’re working on with the Trump administration. Growing the economy. Seven million new jobs created in just the last three years. The lowest unemployment rate in over 50 years. Wages are going up, poverty is going down. We’re going to be bringing this economic dynamism to our state. We have to. I think we’re on the verge of that.” During the Presidents address he highlighted the economy’s strength, including low unemployment, stressing how it has helped blue-collar workers and the middle class, though the period of growth began under his predecessor, Barack Obama. And what President Trump calls an unprecedented boom, economic growth was 2.3% in 2019, matching the average pace since the Great Recession ended a decade ago. On nights like this, I think back to one of my first conversations with President Trump, when he told me he wanted to get things done for the good of the country, and I told him I want to get things done for Alaska. We agreed to work together wherever we could, and we continue to work with the administration on issues important to Alaskans.” Senator Murkowski: “The past few months have been painfully polarizing in the Congress and across much of the country. But tonight, we saw reminders of why we should have hope for our nation. It starts with those who defend our freedoms with their very life. Our military – the men and women who serve in uniform, often far from home in difficult and dangerous conditions. Our thoughts tonight are with all our military and particularly the thousands who are based in Alaska, but currently deployed to Iraq. President Trump stressed the new trade agreements he has negotiated, including his phase-one deal with China and the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement he signed last month. While the White House said the president would have a message of unity, he also spent time on issues that have created great division and resonated with his political base.