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NDP’s Walsh looking to break through in riding

first_imgIn his second run to become the MP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington, NDP candidate Tony Walsh is finding he has a better opportunity to get his message out.The Chatham man said social media is playing a larger role than the last election while more debates are scheduled this time.“I’m hopeful that we can break through in this riding and that I can help contribute to more NDP members of Parliament fighting for the everyday people, small business and farmers, the folks that need a voice,” he said.Walsh earned 9,549 votes, or 18.3 per cent of the vote, in 2015, placing third. The member in the last Parliament, Dave Van Kesteren, is retiring and not seeking re-election.An investment specialist with CIBC, Walsh said his interest in running for politics goes back to volunteering in his community at a young age alongside his parents.“There has always been a sense that one should be active in one’s community and so, as I got older and developed a career, I went into a career where I was helping people,” he said.Eventually, he came to a point where he thought he needed to “make a bigger impact by affecting policy” and he became inspired by former NDP leaders Jack Layton and Tom Mulcair, Walsh said.He also started a family, which he said made him think more about the future he was leaving them.The biggest issues for the riding this time, he said, are addressing the cost of living and prioritizing job opportunities sustainable with the “current climate crisis.”“People are finding that they’re not getting ahead,” he said. “The economy is doing well, but they don’t see more money in their bank accounts, so why is that?”The candidate said there have been cuts to services and, with an aging population in the region, there needs to be a seniors’ strategy in place.Walsh said he “absolutely” trusts the 97 per cent consensus among peer-reviewed climate research that climate change is real and caused by human activity. He said the melting of polar ice caps, “massive” flooding and forest fires are all signs something needs to be done.“We can’t stand idly by when we have the technology and we have the resources to make life better for those that are in those spots,” he said.With the flooding experienced in the riding along Lake Erie and the Thames River, Walsh said the NDP has a $2.5-billion plan to help municipalities when disaster strikes and to improve infrastructure, as well as $15 billion to address the climate crisis.The NDP candidate said he has also heard from people in the riding about a national dementia strategy, national pharmacare, mental health and the opioid crisis. He said he believes addiction should be treated a health issue and not a criminal offence.Walsh said he encourages everyone in the riding to follow all of the candidates on Facebook.“It’s up to us, the candidates, to engage the voter to come out and vote,” he said. “I take full responsibility for that, for my part anyways, and if anyone is not feeling engaged . . . I would encourage them to contact me directly.”last_img read more

BPO giant in SA – more to follow

first_img31 December 2007The decision by US-based business process outsourcing (BPO) giant TeleTech to establish a facility outside Cape Town is proof that the country’s marketing campaign to attract new foreign investment is a success, says the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC).IMC chief executive Yvonne Johnston says TeleTech’s decision will stimulate further global interest in the country’s advantages in the fields of BPO and call centres.“The BPO industry is poised for significant growth in the near future and South Africa is an ideal location to set up base,” Johnston said in a statement following TeleTech’s announcement in November.“We deliver competitive advantages compared with other countries in terms of our geographic location and time zone, the quality of our infrastructure, our human resources and the widespread usage of English.”The IMC, the custodian of Brand South Africa, is responsible for promoting the country as a preferred trade and investment destination.Construction of the new TeleTech facility at the Old Match Factory in Salt River, Cape Town, kicked off in late November with a sod-turning ceremony attended by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa.Colorado-based TeleTech Holdings is the first multinational company to benefit from a new incentive plan launched by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which has identified the BPO sector as a major future source of employment.“BPO is critical to our economic development strategy, and we see TeleTech as an anchor company for this new industry,” Mpahlwa said at the ceremony.SA a ‘high quality location’TeleTech has already announced that it plans a number of new facilities in South Africa, which will create thousands of new jobs in the BPO industry. The company already employs more than 50 000 people in 18 countries, and Cape Town is its first base on the African continent.“Africa’s future is in services, and South Africa is a virtually untapped market for offshore BPO,” TeleTech Africa general manager Craig Reines said in a statement. “We are attracted by the country’s excellent infrastructure, talented and growing labour pool, and the widespread use of English.“South Africa is a high quality location linking Africa into the global BPO supply chain.”Johnston said the TeleTech investment was a high-profile example of the success of the trade and investment missions jointly organised by the IMC and the DTI.“For the past five years we have conducted at least one mission a year – twice to the USA, Europe and the UK, and in October this year we went to India for the first time,” Johnston said. “We use these missions to inform the business communities in these countries about opportunities and prospects for trade and investment and to connect them with local contacts.“I am optimistic that we will see an increasing flow of trade and investment from companies that have come to know South Africa better through these visits.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Princess Anne calls on Deputy President

first_img17 April 2012 Britain’s Princess Anne, in South Africa for three days as part of Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee celebrations, met Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in Pretoria on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma on Monday extended his warm wishes to Princess Anne, saying her visit would “further strengthen relations between South Africa and the United Kingdom”. Zuma was unable to meet the Princess himself, as he had engagements in KwaZulu-Natal. The three-day visit by the Princess Royal – the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II – is part of the celebrations marking the Queen’s 60 years on the throne. On Monday, Princess Anne visited a number of non-government organisations she supports, including Save the Children and the St John’s Ambulance Service. On Wednesday, as part of her duties as member of the International Olympic Committee and President of the British Olympic Association, she will mark the 100-days countdown to the 2012 London Olympic Games at a Cape Town school which forms part of the International Inspirations legacy project. The Princess Royal will also lead a ceremony of remembrance and wreath-laying at the graves of Commonwealth soldiers and the grave of the nanny of her father, the Duke of Edinburgh. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Barack Obama’s Change.gov Adds OpenID

first_imgOpenID has had a lot of big supporters, but this week President Elect Barack Obama’s Change.gov added the ability for users to log in using an OpenID account and to post comments to sections of the website using OpenID. That’s big news and is going to introduce a whole lot of people to the concept of federated identity.Every other major player that has announced support for OpenID has in fact only allowed accounts with their company to be used as an OpenID elsewhere – they have not allowed other OpenIDs to be used to log in to their own sites. That means Barack Obama is cooler than AOL, MySpace, Google (except for Blogger.com comments) and Yahoo!. Maybe you already knew that, though.The site uses the commenting plug-in system Intense Debate, which was recently acquired by Automattic, the makers of WordPress. Change.gov isn’t allowing comments on every blog post they put up, just on particular pages set up to discuss particular issues. Nonetheless, it’s pretty awesome.You can see the OpenID implementation on this page for discussing health care policy. Thanks to Sebastian Küpers for capturing an image of the implementation under Creative Commons on Flickr. Tags:#NYT#politics#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Four Arrested after Returning to Site of Store Theft

first_imgA return visit to the Vacaville, California, Costco by a crew accused of stealing from the store weeks earlier led to the four Vallejo residents being arrested Friday.An employee of the Costco on Hume Way called the Vacaville Police Department just after 6 PM to report that a crew believed to have stolen more than $1,000 in merchandise from the store was back, according to a post on the department’s Facebook site.Officers were able to place three individuals inside the store under arrest on charges of burglary and conspiracy, as all three were identified by employees of the store as having been involved in the previous theft. Arrested were… The Reporter- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Schemer Gets 8 years in Prison for Role in $2.2M Credit Card Theft Ring

first_imgrear view of prison officer leading prisoner in handcuffsA 29-year-old man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for his role in an international multi-million dollar credit fraud and money laundering conspiracy that spanned four years.Bruno Macedo Correia will also be required to complete three years of supervised release and pay more than $2.2 million in restitution under terms of his sentence, which was handed down Thursday.Correia pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He had previously admitted to using “skimmers” on ATMs and global cash advance machines to steal account information, among other schemes to obtain money, between January 2013 and January 2017, according to the US Attorney’s Office.- Sponsor – He is one of 12 people, as of Thursday, who have pleaded guilty or have been sentenced in connection with the conspiracy. Twenty-one were indicted… Las Vegas Review-Journal Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more