“The Prime Minister and I take every opportunity to raise Canada’s concerns with respect to the need for progress on reconciliation, accountability and respect for human rights in Sri Lanka”, Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird said last month. “Canada calls on the Sri Lankan government to finally put the people of that country first”.MP Seeback extended his thoughts and prayers towards all those that have been affected by the latest events in Sri Lanka and encourage the international community to call on the Sri Lankan government to implement measures to ensure the protection of human rights, statement from the MP’s office said. Another Canadian MP has raised concerns over the situation in Sri Lanka, particularly in Jaffna.Kyle Seeback, Member of Parliament for Brampton West, expresses serious concern over the continued detention of the Jaffna University students in Sri Lanka. “Continuing arrest, harassment and intimidation of university students is unjustifiable. I urge the Sri Lankan authorities to exercise restraint, respect peaceful demonstrations and release the students from Jaffna University”. “Freedom of speech, association, and independent judiciary are pillars of any democracy. The recent threat to these pillars of democracy in Sri Lanka is a serious concern to me and my constituents from Sri Lanka,” said MP Seeback. Recently Patrick Brown, the Member of Parliament for Barrie in Canada, had expresses serious concerns over the recent threats to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly in Sri Lanka.“On November 28, the beating of a reporter in Jaffna, harassment by Government of Sri Lanka officials towards independent media outlets and searches of journalists without warrants all serve to stifle the freedom of the media,” he said in a statement.
An early morning raid Wednesday by law enforcement led to the seizure of these weapons and $10,000 in cash from an Ocean City residence. (Photo provided by Ocean City Police Department) On Oct. 10 at 5:05 a.m. the Ocean City Police Department and Cape May County Regional SWAT Team served a search warrant on an apartment located inside a condominium complex at 921 Wesley Ave., resulting in the arrest of three residents for alleged drugs and weapons offenses.The search warrant was a result of a month-long investigation into the sale of controlled dangerous substances from that location, according to a police press release. Authorities arrested Russell McGraw, Mary Hyson and Tomas Pratts, all of Ocean City. Seized during the search warrant was an AR-15 assault weapon, pistol grip shotgun, brass knuckles, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, high capacity magazines and ammunition and almost $10,000 in cash. An AR-15 was among the weapons recovered Wednesday morning. (Photo provided by the Ocean City Police Department)Hyson and Pratts were charged with CDS related offenses and released pending court appearances. McGraw was charged with illegal weapons possession and CDS related offenses and his being held on a warrant at the Cape May County Jail. This investigation was conducted by the Ocean City Detective Bureau.The charges are as follows:Mary M. Hyson, age 20, Ocean City• Charge: Possession of CDS Tomas Pratts, age 18, Ocean City• Charges: Possession of CDS • Distribution of CDS • Distribution of CDS, 500 ft. of public place Russell B McGraw, age 29, Ocean City • Charges: Distribution of CDS • Distribution of CDS 500 ft. public place • Possession of weapon for unlawful purpose • Possession of defaced firearm • Possession of assault rifle • Possession of brass knuckles • Possession of large capacity magazine • Possession of large capacity ammunition • Possession of property from criminal activity
OTTAWA – A possible clue to how the federal Liberal government will arrive at its annual immigration targets for 2018, to be unveiled Wednesday, can be found in a similar provincial plan unveiled just last week.Quebec — which sets its own immigration targets in connection with the federal government — is aiming to bring in some 51,000 people, a target that is unchanged from 2017.That has observers saying they expect the federal numbers for next year to remain largely in line with the 2017 goal of 300,000 newcomers, though a slight bump is likely.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen offered no details Monday.“The main priority will be to focus very strongly on the real need of employers, and many sectors of the economy, saying we need immigration,” Hussen said before question period.“We need skilled immigrants to not only come and fill certain jobs, but also create more jobs for everyone else, and prosperity for all of us.”In 2016, the government’s economic advisory council recommended boosting levels to 450,000 over the next five years to address an aging workforce and declining birth rate, both of which are leaving major gaps in Canada’s labour market.But that bumps up against practical considerations, said Kareem El-Assal, a senior researcher with the Conference Board of Canada.“It would require a significant increase in federal government expenditures to hire visa officers to send them overseas and whatnot, and the question is where will the money come from.”The same holds true of a call for the government to set immigration targets for a wider window, not just annually. At the last federal-provincial meetings of ministers responsible for immigration, all emerged united on the need for a multi-year approach. Many eyes are on whether Hussen follows through.Being able to plot out immigration over a longer period of time would lend additional certainty for everyone from employers to refugee settlement agencies, who are among those calling for a three-year planning document.“The challenges and opportunities that immigration provides to this country necessitate a much broader public consultation than one focused on annual levels planning,” said the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance in its briefing note to Hussen on the immigration plan.“We strongly believe that we should be moving beyond annual level plans to multi-year immigration level plans.”Hussen wouldn’t say Monday whether that’s his plan.When the issue was raised with focus groups earlier this year, some respondents said they felt a multi-year approach would give immigrants false hope that if their application wasn’t accepted one year, it might be the next.And backlogs are already plaguing many parts of Canada’s immigration system.For example, the 2017 levels plan called for about 15,000 people to be admitted under the in-Canada asylum system. So far this year, there have been upwards of 35,000 claims filed in Canada, thanks to a surge in asylum seekers at the border — 10,000 of those claims are still pending before the Immigration and Refugee Board.Hussen said Monday that space will be created within the levels plan to address backlogs, but at the same time he also suggested refugee levels will be maintained.That’s sure to be a disappointment to the United Nations, which is also watching the plan closely to see whether Canada increases spaces for resettled refugees. The UN had hoped to see Canada take the lead at a time when the politics in other countries — most notably the U.S. — have led to refugee programs being scaled back.But domestic politics is at play as well, said Jack Jedwab, the executive vice-president of the Association for Canadian Studies.While the same socio-cultural concerns about immigration that dominate political debate around the globe don’t seem to be as much in play in Canada, they still underpin the immigration debate here to an extent, he said, so the government will only go far.“I think they feel that there is still come concern out there about a significant increase and they want to be sensitive to that.”
But since we know that it is 10 times cheaper to return an existing customer than to get a new one, they were also asked what is most important to them to repeat the purchase. As expected, most of them will return if they aresatisfied with the purchase and service, and only after that if they are satisfied with the purchased product, and if the trader pointed them out attractive new offers. Therefore, good user experience with a retailer is most important to most online shoppers, which suggests that the most important factor on the internet – gain the trust of customers. The eCommerce Croatia Association conducted a survey of 1959 online customers with the help of its members – web retailers. More than 36 percent of respondents shop online at least once a month, while as many as 20 percent shop several times a week. The surveyed Croats mostly buy clothes and shoes on the Internet, followed by household items and electronic devices. Also, a significant portion of them buy online travels and tickets. According to information obtained from merchants who participated in the survey, 50 to 70 percent of purchases end with the choice of payment upon collection, but when these same customers are asked which payment method they prefer, most of them like the “card”, while “cash on delivery” second, and PayPal in a high third. The aim of the research was to find out what online shoppers in Croatia want, what they buy most often, which payment methods they prefer, how they make the purchase decision, and what bothers them the most after the purchase. Although as many as 23,4 percent of respondents give up shopping due to the search for a better price, slightly more of them give up due to negative reviews. When asked about the most important criteria for the first purchase, they put “the possibility of preferred payment”, But follow in their footsteps”positive customer reviews”And”safe purchase certificate”. One of the reasons for the discrepancy between desire and reality is probably the “fear of data theft” that still has over 56 percent of respondents, but also the fact that they can not ask for a card and type data. Given the recent introduction of a new PSD2 regulation that brings biometric verification, it is believed that the card payment process will be facilitated in the future. Source / photo: Ecommerce Croatia Although the research did not directly address the tourism sector, it provides a good overview and reveals the habits of online consumers. As we can see, if customers are satisfied with the quality of service, they are willing to repeat the purchase. On the other hand, if the reviews are negative, the buyer will cancel the purchase. Also, it is interesting that the possibility of preferred payment to customers is even more important than negative reviews, so every caterer and renter should offer several different payment methods when booking a tourist offer. According to the data of the Ecommerce Foundation from the Netherlands, Croatian ecommerce is continuously growing from year to year, and in 2019 it reached 449 million euros, which is about 6 percent of the total value of retail in the Republic of Croatia. Over 70 percent of the population in Croatia uses the Internet, and almost half of Croats have bought something online at least once. But how many of them do it a little more often?