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From todays Liverpool Echo;
CASH is on offer for community organisations who want to help current and former members of the armed services.
As part of the Community Covenant, signed by Liverpool City Council leaders earlier this year, applications are being invited by groups for grants.
Up to £250,000 can be awarded from a nationwide £30m Ministry of Defence fund to projects that support the forces.
The money can go towards activities and equipment that help foster greater understanding among the public of the lives of members of the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy and their families.
Cllr Peter Mitchell, Armed Forces champion on the city council, said: “Liverpool has always been a hugely supportive and service-friendly city and I look forward to us getting some good quality applications for money from this fund. They will help promote a better understanding and awareness of the issues that affect the Service community, creating even stronger enduring bonds.”
Applications for the first round of bidding for cash in Liverpool can be made visiting www.liverpool.gov.uk, searching for “community grants” and filling in an application form which must be submitted by 3 August 2012.
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Getting the picture?
Customers must show their faces: LCBO
By VICTORIA PTASHNICK, QMI Agency
Last Updated: July 24, 2012 6:39pm
. TORONTO - The LCBO has taken immediate action after it was revealed alcohol was sold to a burka-wearing 14 year old last week.
“We have sent notices to employees, reminding them that it is necessary to look at the customer’s face in full to ensure alcohol is being served to a person of age,” Chris Layton, spokesperosn for the LCBO said on Tuesday.
Layton also said that the LCBO has updated their training program to include a segment on how to deal with culturally sensitive situations, such as asking a customer to remove a burka for identification purposes.
“This is very new to us and we haven’t seen it before. Our staff are used to dealing with facial coverings like Halloween masks and sunglasses. This is new territory,” Layton said.
The teen was served at three different GTA liquor store locations where he bought booze without a problem.
It was filmed by Sun News host David Menzies, who sent the eighth grader, dressed in Islamic female’s traditional clothes of a burka, headscarf and facial covering.
In each incident, the cashier rang up the booze for the teenager without asking for identification.
Menzies said the unopened bottles of alcohol, totaling a little over $80, were taken from the teen when the day was done.
Under the organization’s Check 25 program, cashiers are instructed to ask for the IDs of anyone who appears to look younger than 25 years of age.
“The LCBO staff do take pride in serving people responsibly and in surveys that employees do, making sure their customers are of age always is of great importance to them,” Layton said.
He added that last year, LCBO staff challenged over 6 million people who appeared underage or intoxicated and in 84% of those cases, the customer was refused because they appeared underage.
Layton said he can’t speculate on why those specific cashiers didn’t ask for identification and that it’s still being looked into.
“Our staff may have faltered in the their obligations because they weren’t sure how to deal with a culturally sensitive situation,” he said.
The notification told staff they should be well aware that if people do not remove their facial coverings of any kind, they will not be receiving service.
“We want to provide options to Muslims who come in covering their faces. They can show their face to a female employee if it makes them feel more comfortable, or if they still don’t wish to identify themselves, they can buy a gift card,” he said.
Layton said with the new culturally sensitive segment in their training program and the notifications that went out, he is confident that LCBO employees will be well-equipped to deal with scenarios of facial covering.
“I don’t think this will ever happen again,” he said.
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Here we go again.
Canada a refuge for Egyptian Christians: Officials
By Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau
Last Updated: July 24, 2012 4:22pm
Members of the Egyptian Canadian Association gather to watch the country’s election. (QMI Agency File/GILLIAN WHEATLEY)
OTTAWA - Christians in Egypt will increasingly see Canada as their chance to escape from a country whose president belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, immigration officials warn.
"The (permanent resident application) volume continues to trend upwards and the number of applications submitted may accelerate, given the election of a new, Islamic government in Egypt," a Canadian immigration program officer said in documents obtained by immigration lawyer Richard Kurland through Access to Information requests.
Other Egyptians will seek a shorter stint in Canada through a temporary resident visa (TRV).
"With the resulting political and economic instability in Egypt, combined with the new government, the push factors are now stronger than ever," the program officer said. "The minority Christian community is especially concerned and they have been seeking exit from Egypt in record numbers."
While 2012 statistics on permanent resident and temporary visitor visas in Egypt are not available, figures from previous years show numbers were on the rise even before Islamist Mohamed Mursi won the country’s presidential election last month.
There were more than 9,500 TRV applications processed in Cairo in 2011.
That’s a spike from the period between 2007 and 2010 when TRV applications from Egypt ranged between 6,100 and 6,900 per year.
Mursi’s election has caused concern among Egypt’s eight-million-strong Coptic Christian minority.
The Muslim Brotherhood that Mursi is part of has spawned violent spinoffs, while some of its officials have previously questioned Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel, as well as the rights of women and non-Muslim minorities.
-- with files from Reuters ______________________________________
This is what happens with ’ over - immigration’ when we have politicians that still want to talk and appease Dictator gov’ts instead of taking them out ’quick’
"I say, speak once, no compliance, shoot now and talk later"