Canadian Conservatives vow to defend Arctic sovereignty

Canadian Conservatives vow to defend Arctic sovereignty

By | March 23, 2017

Friday, December 23, 2005

The Conservative Party of Canada leader Stephen Harper today made bold claims about the Canadian Arctic region at a campaign stop in Winnipeg, “The single most important duty of the federal government is to protect and defend our national sovereignty.” . The prime minister-hopeful stated, “There are new and disturbing reports of American nuclear submarines passing though Canadian waters without obtaining the permission of —or even notifying — the Canadian government.”

Harper promised a significant increase in military presence in the Canadian region, which has had notable soveriegnty disputes with the United States, Russia, Denmark and Norway. “You don’t defend national sovereignty with flags,” Harper said. “You need forces on the ground, ships in the sea, and proper surveillance.”

Among other promises, Harper stated he would station three armed naval heavy ice breakers in the area of Iqaluit with 500 regular force personnel, recruit 500 more Canadian rangers, and build a new army training center in the area of Cambridge Bay on the Northwest Passage.

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“As prime minister, I will make it clear to foreign governments — including the United States — that naval vessels traveling in Canadian territorial waters will require the consent of the government of Canada,” Harper stated.

The Conservative Party Website states this ““Canada First” Northern Strategy will increase surveillance, navy, army and air force presence”.

The Liberal Party of Canada, the Conservatives’ most powerful rival in the election, quickly posted a rebuttal on their website. They claim Stephen Harpers stated defense budget of $5.3(CAD) billion over 5 years is not enough to afford the two polar icebreakers, which the Liberal party claims will cost $3(CAD) billion with the party estimating an upkeep of $150(CAD) million per year. “Where does Mr. Harper plan to find another $1 billion?” the party asked in their rebuttal.

The Arctic may be an important issue in the future for Canadians, as scientists expect the fabled Northwest Passage of the Arctic to open up for year round shipping by 2050 as a result of global warming. According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, trade routes from Europe to the Far East could save 4000 km through the passage, as compared to the current routes through the Panama Canal.

Canada last flexed its muscle in the Arctic in 2004 in its most massive Arctic exercise ever, with six hundred personnel from the three services (army, air force, navy) involved in a large exercise in the Baffin Islands.

Canadians are scheduled to go to the polls on January 23, 2006 in an early election as a result of a non-confidence motion in parliament against the former ruling Liberal party.

UK drivers urged not to panic buy during delivery strikes

UK drivers urged not to panic buy during delivery strikes

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Friday, June 13, 2008

British drivers have been urged not to panic buy fuel because of the 4-day walkout by delivery drivers working for companies delivering to Shell petrol stations. The 600 workers have walked out over pay disagreements, wanting an increase to their current pay of £36,500, however their union Unite turned down a last-minute offer of £41,500.

Hoyer UK, which employs tanker drivers for Shell, said, “We extended our offer to the very limits that our business could sustain.” However Unite said in a press release that, “this dispute could have been resolved if Shell had advanced a fraction of the billions of pounds in profit they make every month”, continuing to say, “one of the world’s richest companies is prepared to play Pontius Pilate and see the British public inconvenienced rather than settle this dispute for a sum smaller than the chairman’s pay increase last year”

Shell admitted that the walkout could leave some of its 1,000 forecourts without fuel, but the UK Petrol Industry Association, which represent oil refiners, said that forecourts would have around 4 days of supply, maintaining usual stocking levels. Shell also commented that the strike impact would be “significant”, as the company runs around 1 in 10 of all petrol stations in the UK.

British Business Secretary, John Hutton, said that “the strike, which will have a disproportionate effect on people in Britain, cannot be justified,” and urged both sides to resume negotiations in order to settle the dispute. “We have been working closely with industry to put in place detailed contingency plans to reduce as far as possible the disruption for the driving public,” he added. Unite’s press release also confirms that “provision has been made for fire, police and the emergency services.”

Tanker drivers on strike have set up picket lines at many of Shell’s UK refineries, including those in Stanlow, Avonmouth, Plymouth, Pembroke, Cardiff, Kingsbury, Basildon, Grangemouth, Aberdeen, Inverness, Jarrow and Luton Airport.

Athletes prepare for 2012 Summer Paralympics at the Paralympic Fitness Centre

Athletes prepare for 2012 Summer Paralympics at the Paralympic Fitness Centre

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Monday, August 27, 2012

London, England — As Paralympians ready for the Games which are set to open later this week, they have access to a world class fitness center inside the Paralympic Village which is designed to maximise their pre-Game preparations.

According to volunteers staffing the center, instead of being a single large room, as in Beijing, the building has numerous rooms. It, along with the adjacent Village Services Centre, is designed to be converted into a school after the games conclude. Rooms have been structured as a gym, an auditorium, and science laboratories.

Gym equipment is supplied by Technogym, an Italian firm that has supplied gym equipment for the Olympics since 2000. Equipment has been provided not just for for the Fitness Centre, but for gyms at all the Olympic venues. The newest equipment is oriented toward maximum flexibility, allowing athletes to exercise the particular muscles that they most require for their sport.

In addition to the equipment, the Fitness Centre also provides instructors trained in the use of the equipment, the likes of which athletes from many countries have never seen before. There are also a number of instructors available to provide motivational training.

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Tips For Learning Greek}

By | March 19, 2017

Tips for Learning Greek


Nick Nikolis

Whether you are planning a vacation to Greece, traveling on business, or simply looking for an interesting challenge, learning Greek is an exciting and rewarding experience.

For travelers vacationing in Greece, learning even a few phrases is worthwhile. The attempt (however halting) to speak Greek is always appreciated, and having some understanding will enhance your enjoyment of your travel experience. Likewise, business travelers with some command of the language are at an advantage and earn increased respect from their business associates.

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There are many opportunities for instruction for those who wish to learn Greek. Instructional methods vary according to personal preference and time constraints, and anyone who wants to learn will be able to find a course which best suits their needs.

For beginners who want to learn Greek on their own, at their own pace, a good option would be to purchase an audio book or CD-ROM learning course. These programs allow learners to work at their own pace, either at home or even while traveling. A variety of fun and entertaining sources are available which focus on listening to native speakers, vocabulary building, and learning common words and phrases. CD-ROM courses often include coaching on pronunciation, allowing users to record themselves and compare their pronunciation with that of a native speaker. CD ROM courses also incorporate colorful graphics and interesting cultural facts into their programs. Audio books and CDs can be purchased either online or at most bookstores.

As an alternative to purchasing an audio book or CD-ROM course in Greek, a number of online courses are also available. Users pay a registration fee based on the type of program they are seeking and then work at their own pace. Some courses are suitable for both adults and children, and they offer everything from basic instruction for beginners to more advanced tutoring for students taking a comprehensive course in modern Greek. Exploring several different options is wise in searching for an online program, as different courses encompass different objectives.

Those who prefer a more personal method of learning have several options, as well. Students looking for a one-on-one experience may find a tutor who will be able to provide personal attention, as well as an opportunity to listen to a fluent speaker of Greek. Local universities which offer programs in modern Greek often provide a listing of capable students who are willing to provide instruction for a small fee. Local Greek communities are also a good source for locating a tutor; Greek-speaking community members may offer tutoring for their non-fluent neighbors.

Taking a class in modern Greek is an especially rewarding way to learn the language. Community colleges and other local sources frequently offer evening language classes for adults, and this can be a fun way to learn Greek while meeting new people and socializing. This setting is also useful for practice in speaking with others.

Again, flourishing Greek communities may offer classes to people in their area as a way to promote their culture; this is an excellent opportunity to practice Greek with native speakers.

Of course, the most intensive way to learn the language and become fluent is to live for a time in Greece, whether for study, business, or an extended visit. While it can be daunting at first to immerse oneself in a foreign culture and foreign language, almost anyone will quickly learn enough of the language to get by. Those who are dedicated to mastering the language will find that spending time in Greece, surrounded by the language and customs of the country, is a wonderful way to become fluent and to connect with the people and their culture.

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Wikinews interviews evicted London Metropolitan University occupier

Wikinews interviews evicted London Metropolitan University occupier

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A group of students at London Metropolitan University (LMU) who had been occupying the graduate centre at their university since the afternoon of Wednesday May 4 were evicted just before midnight on Monday by police, university security and private bailiffs.

Wikinews, in contact with the occupiers, obtained a first-hand interview with one of the occupiers less than two hours after the occupation ended. The students staged the occupation in protest against cutbacks to courses at the university which, if enacted, would close 70% of the courses the university offers.

John Hughes, 35, a mature student born in the North London borough of Hackney and living in Brixton, was one of over twenty students who were sleeping overnight in the university building. A second-year student in sociology and international development, one of the courses at risk, Hughes described the police intervention at around 11:40pm:

As I came in the area we were occupying they came straight in the door…There was no warning. […] We were served the injunction on the spot by two county court sheriffs, four police officers, ten bailiffs and one member of London Met security. We said, ‘we need time to read this’. We were given ten minutes to read it and take our stuff.

The occupiers have not had access to legal advice, although they have had “a bit of advice from some people who are not actually lawyers”. The occupiers complain they were given no notice of the injunction and that it is inaccurate, naming at least one person “who hadn’t committed trespass at all”.

The eviction also pre-empts an agreement, negotiated by London Metropolitan University Students’ Union president Claire Locke, for LMU vice-chancellor Malcolm Gillies to meet with the occupation on Tuesday morning. The occupiers feel certain now that Gillies’ office made this agreement with the Students’ Union and occupiers in bad faith, knowing that an injunction evicting the occupation would be served before then.

The injunction follows a night after the occupation was itself invaded by members of a private security firm hired by the university management. In the early hours of Monday morning, occupiers say security staff kicked open the doors and entered an area where people were sleeping. Security personnel say an alarm was going off in the area; occupiers say there was no such alarm. Private security have also been sexually harassing and verbally intimidating the occupiers, Hughes alleges. “One of the members of the security team said through the doors to a young lady, ‘you should put up a picture of yourself, something that’s more sexy’ and ‘I’m quite a big bloke, and if I wanted to come into the occupation I would. Two young ladies are not going to stop me.'” Occupiers have also heard some racist comments from private security; the occupiers themselves are “a very mixed group” of all ages and ethnicities, “some from London, some from outside London, working class and some middle class.”

If the occupation had not been evicted, Hughes says they could have held out. “We had water, food and drinks for a while. I’m not sure for how long.” Students at Aberystwyth University in Wales occupied two rooms at their university for over a month earlier this year.

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Six Reasons To Use Zoom Business Relocation For Moving Interstate}

By | March 14, 2017

Submitted by: Suliman Mossab

Zoom Business Relocation to Fit Your Needs

Are you planning to move your business to a new location soon? Are you looking for a relocation service that can provide you a safe and stress-free move? Zoom Business Relocation is one of the best relocation services in Sydney. They are prepared to help you move locally or interstate. Regardless of how big your business move is, Zoom is prepared to take it head on. All of your professional removal needs will be completely covered. It can be stressful to move your business; therefore, Zoom is here to help.

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There are quite a few reasons why you should choose Zoom for your next business move:

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The convenience of having your business all in one place

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There are many factors that need to be considered before you hit the road on your business move. You will need to find a relocation service that can provide you with all the perks that you need to make your move as smooth as possible. Zoom Relocation Services can provide you with several of these high-quality perks.

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Zoom understands just how stressful and complicated it can be to prepare for a move. This is no exception when it comes to a large office move. They understand just how important it is to make sure that your belongings arrive to their destination quickly and safely. Their experience varies from small offices to large corporate units. Whatever it is that you need to move, they can get it done in an exceptional manner.

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Zoom also has experience packing and shipping sensitive materials that need extra special care. Office furniture and equipment must be handled with extreme care. That is why Zoom Moving Office Sydney takes every move very seriously, regardless of what needs to be removed. No job is too big or too small for them to handle. They have everything you need to make sure every aspect of your move from the planning to the aftermath are taken care of. That means less stress on you and your business.

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If you are looking for an office relocation service in Sydney, then Zoom Relocation Services is there to help. Whether you are moving locally or interstate, they have a team of experts ready to get you on the road sooner rather than later.

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Canadian media company Bell Globemedia to acquire rival CHUM

Canadian media company Bell Globemedia to acquire rival CHUM

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Canadian media company CHUM Limited has announced that it has agreed to be acquired by larger rival Bell Globemedia Inc. for $1.7 billion CAD cash, bringing the CTV and Citytv broadcast-television networks and such specialty channels as MuchMusic, TSN and Bravo! under the same corporate umbrella.

Shareholders will receive $52.50 per common share of CHUM and $47.25 per Class B (non-voting) share. The estate of the late Allan Waters, who died late last year, has agreed to tender all its shares to the bid, netting the Waters family nearly $450 million.

In a joint statement, CHUM’s chairman, Jim Waters, said, “In Bell Globemedia’s offer, we not only found value for shareholders, but confidence that we would be placing CHUM in the hands of an owner with the financial resources and track record to continue to grow and build on our collective legacy.”

Globemedia CEO Ivan Fecan added, “We are able to make this premium offer because Bell Globemedia is clearly the most logical buyer of CHUM. There is a unique strategic fit to our operations that can make the united company a stronger national champion in broadcasting. We intend to maintain and build the valuable CHUM brands and develop more opportunities for Canadian programming.” He added that CTV and Citytv will remain separate networks and “will maintain separate and independent news divisions in order to ensure a continued diversity and competition in news coverage.”

In a separate release, CHUM announced it would be cutting 281 jobs at its stations across the country, particularly at its Citytv stations in western Canada. Effectively immediately, evening newscasts at CKVU-TV Vancouver, CKEM-TV Edmonton, CKAL-TV Calgary and CHMI-TV in the Winnipeg market are being eliminated, with plans for a new newsmagazine tentatively titled In Your City at the three Prairie stations, and more resources being put into each station’s local version of Breakfast Television. Less drastic changes are planned for its A-Channel stations in smaller markets. The company said these changes will result “in a significant reduction in staffing and operating costs.”

The companies said that they expect to sell CHUM’s A-Channel stations, as well as Alberta educational broadcaster Access, to third parties, despite CTV’s historical ties to several of them. Many of the A-Channel stations were originally acquired by CHUM from Baton Broadcasting, the predecessor of Bell Globemedia, in 1997, as part of a trade that sent CHUM’s ATV and ASN assets in Atlantic Canada to Baton and allowed Baton to acquire the CTV network itself.

Despite CHUM’s ownership of MuchMusic and CTV’s recent launch of MTV Canada, the companies claim their specialty channels are “complementary” and did not indicate any sale plans.

Bell Globemedia is currently majority-owned by BCE Inc. but is awaiting regulatory approval for a restructuring involving the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Torstar Corp., and the Thomson family. In the interim, the takeover offer will be made by a new company owned by the proposed new shareholder structure.

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How the Army Corps of Engineers closed one New Orleans breach

How the Army Corps of Engineers closed one New Orleans breach

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Friday, September 9, 2005

New Orleans, Louisiana — After Category 4 storm Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, on the night before August 29, 2005, several flood control constructions failed. Much of the city flooded through the openings. One of these was the flood wall forming one side of the 17th Street Canal, near Lake Pontchartrain. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the primary agency for engineering support during such emergencies. A USACE team was assessing the situation in New Orleans on the 29th, water flow was stopped September 2nd, and the breach was closed on September 5th.


  • 1 Background
  • 2 August 27: Before the storm
  • 3 August 29: Day of the storm
  • 4 August 30: Flood
  • 5 August 31: Recovery begins
  • 6 September 1: Construction
  • 7 September 2: Water flow stopped
  • 8 September 3
  • 9 September 4: Almost done
  • 10 September 5: Breach closed
  • 11 September 6: Pumping and moving on
  • 12 See also
  • 13 Sources

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Phone Repairs In Windsor And What They Can Do For You}

By | March 10, 2017

Phone Repairs In Windsor And What They Can Do For You


Vikram Kumar

Phone repairs are some of the quickest regular maintenance practices needed to keep the phone in a good working condition. With several companies and firms taking up the business of phone repair, picking on the right firm to conduct the repair is the surest way to ensure your phone is done a service worth the payment. Here is a detailed list of possible and common challenges that may arise when looking for phone repairs Windsor.

The time spent in repairing the gadgets speaks a volume about the experience, and the expertise that the firm has acquired over the course of its repairs. This technology when amassed can be accurately used to piece together the possible causes of any problem and consequently, line up the best repair needed to get it back on track. This expertise is further utilized in ensuring that the required solution is quickly implemented to ensure that the client continues enjoying their gadgets as soon as possible.

Challenges and solutions in seeking for phone repairs Windsor

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Getting the best services at affordable prices can always be a challenging task. With most of the service providers providing premium services quoting quite high bills, it is highly possible that the phone repair will attract quite a lump sum to warrant a complete repair. However, this challenge can be overcome by making a comparison of the different service providers along with their respective prices to strike out a compromise.

Timing is always a critical issue when looking for phone repair services. In most cases, the repair firms may quote an estimated time during which the phone repair is expected to be completed. However, depending on the issues that may arise throughout the repairs such as time limits may be surpassed. For this challenge, it is always advisable to look at the various options that you can utilize and probably have the phone repaired while you take on other issues that may be urgent.

The question of some of the phone parts that will need to be replaced arising from time to time is a real one and is set to crop up sooner than later. It is always important to consult with the technicians undertaking the repair to have a clear view of the available options complete with their merits and demerits. The information can then be used to make an informed decision on the purchases that are to be made. If the firm conducting the repairs also sells phone parts, then that is one of the good places to acquire the much-needed components.

If several phones need repair such as in corporate settings, having the technicians visit the site and conduct their repairs can be a good option to avoid moving the gadgets from one point to another, which may also cause more harm during the process of transportation. Such technicians will always show up with their complete set of tools for inspection of the components and eventual repairs.

For persons who need to travel over long distances before they can access the services of phone repairs Windsor, it is worth utilizing the postal system where the discounted SIM-cards along with the gadgets that need to be repaired are sent via the post with the details of what repairs need to be done.

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