Newfoundland and Labrador police officer charged with obstruction of justice

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A police officer who was at the centre of a judicial inquiry into his fatal shooting of an injured Newfoundland worker has been charged with obstructing justice over his handling of an unrelated traffic stop last year.A news release from the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team issued Wednesday said Const. Joe Smyth was charged in relation to an incident on May 12 in St. John’s “that resulted in a traffic violation ticket being issued for an offence that did not occur.”The statement by the Alberta investigators, who were called in at the request of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, does not provide further details on the incident.Chief Joe Boland of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said at a news conference that Smyth has been suspended from the force without pay until further notice.Smyth shot and killed Don Dunphy on Easter Sunday 2015 after Dunphy suddenly aimed a rifle at him at his home in Mitchell’s Brook. The officer was cleared of wrongdoing in the incident.Public inquiry Commissioner Leo Barry said Smyth showed “certain errors of judgment,” but also found there was no evidence to disprove Smyth’s claim he acted in self defence.Smyth was a member of then-premier Paul Davis’s security team, and had visited Dunphy alone and unannounced after Davis’s staff flagged a single post on Twitter as being “of concern.”Smyth is scheduled to appear in provincial court in St. John’s on Aug. 23.last_img read more

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Miss America Joins Big Brothers Big Sisters

first_imgBig Brothers Big Sisters and the Ad Council are joining the Miss America Organization to announce a national collaboration to promote one-to-one long-term staff supported mentoring to help kids achieve in school and succeed in life.Miss America Laura Kaeppeler made the announcement during a special tour and luncheon with Big Brothers Big Sisters “Littles” at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York. Kaeppeler, whose national platform is “Circles of Support – Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents,” shared with the mentees her personal story of experiencing her father’s incarceration when she was a child. Nearly a quarter of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentees have a parent who is or has been incarcerated.Kaeppeler is starring in a series of videos, and using social media, to increase awareness for her platform and introduce Big Brothers Big Sisters as a solution. One video featuring Kaeppeler is featured on AOL.com today as part of AOL’s “You’ve Got” series, and a second video is featured on Big Brothers Big Sisters Facebook page. The collaboration is an extension of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Start Something campaign.This platform breaks new ground for the 91-year-old Miss America Organization. Previous Miss Americas have championed many important social issues and causes but Kaeppeler is the first to embrace a social platform related to incarceration.Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler stated, “I’ve experienced the impact of mentoring firsthand and I know it can make a real difference. I try to provide the children that I meet who have come from families of incarcerated parents with a positive light and message to let them know that the past doesn’t have to define them or limit their possibilities for the future. I’m excited to collaborate with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Ad Council to help give more children the support they need through mentorship.”Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest mentoring network, carefully partners with families, volunteers and communities to help children and teens overcome adversity through one-to-one relationships that help drive achievement in school and success in life.“We are delighted to have Miss America serve as a role model, supporting our mentees and our mission. As a donor-supported one-to-one staff supported mentoring organization, we need real reminders that mentoring can and does help children overcome adversity,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Charles Pierson. “Independent studies find that when enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters, children who face adversity are more likely to improve in school, avoid risky/delinquent behaviors and have higher self-esteem and aspirations.”The nationwide mentoring network’s Start Something campaign, developed in partnership with the Ad Council, was introduced in January 2011 through a website redesign and national TV, radio and online public service ads. Start Something is a call to action for donations; story sharing; volunteers; celebrity ambassador engagement and advocacy to strengthen Big Brothers Big Sisters’ capacity to help children overcome adversity and achieve lifelong success. The Start Something campaign also includes a web series on the organization’s website, which follows mentors, mentees, families and professional staffers – the people who make the program work.“The Ad Council has been working with Big Brothers Big Sisters for over a decade and with the Miss America Organization for over five years on various collaborations,” said Peggy Conlon, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “Laura is a powerful and impactful advocate for children, particularly given her personal story, and this collaboration is a wonderful extension of our Start Something campaign with Big Brothers Big Sisters.”The Ad Council has previously partnered with the Miss America Organization to address issues including childhood obesity prevention, high school dropout prevention and communicating the importance of children spending time outdoors and connecting with nature.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Philpott commits to spending more on child welfare calling it a humanitarian

first_img(Jane Philpott addressing the AFN SCA Wednesday in Ottawa. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN)Paul BarnsleyAPTN NewsThe Minister of Indigenous Services has pledged to spend millions more on the First Nations child welfare issue in the coming budget to address what she called a “humanitarian crisis.”Jane Philpott was the third federal cabinet minister to address the chiefs when she spoke to the Assembly of First Nations Wednesday.Philpott, now three months into the job of heading a newly-created federal department, touched on a number of topics but she led off with the story she’d heard of a First Nation woman she called Laura.Laura was in care her entire life. She became pregnant at age 16. Merely because she had been in contact with the system, her first child was apprehended at birth by child and family services workers, the minister said. Her second and third children were likewise seized at birth.When Laura became pregnant for the fourth time, she went to the First Nation family advocate in her region.“She asked if she could just spend one whole day with her baby before it was taken,” Philpott said. “But when the child was born, it was seized. Laura did not get her wish.”The minister said she’s heard many such stories. She called the child and family services (CFS) situation for First Nations people a “humanitarian crisis.”The minister has called for an emergency meeting on CFS issues for next year. She said First Nation children make up 7.7 per cent of all Canadian children in the zero to 14-year-old age group, but make up 52 per cent of children in care.“And in some regions, it’s as high as 90 per cent,” she said. “That is absolutely unacceptable.”Noting that $635 million had been targeted for First Nation child welfare initiatives in the 2016 federal budget, Philpott acknowledged that the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has said that “much more must be done” by the federal government.The minister committed that there would be additional funding coming in Budget 2018 but would not say how much. She also committed to listen to and work closely with First Nation leaders in her search for a solution.“This must be fixed,” she said. “We have the opportunity to have a nation-to-nation direct conversation on this. We all know it’s going to take more than just money. It’s going to require systemic reform.”Later, during a media scrum after her address, Philpott made one additional point. She said social workers should not remove children from their families simply because they were low income.“I want to be on the record saying poverty should never be a reason to remove children,” she said.Memo to cabinet on education in the worksThe minister said she “was pleased to hear” that the chiefs had approved a resolution that would see First Nation control of First Nation education the day before. The resolution sought to open up access to large pool of money targeted at improving on-reserve education. The First Nation initiative sought to remove government controls and allow local governments to use the cash to tailor their education system to their own local needs.Philpott told the chiefs there was a memo to cabinet being prepared by her officials that would propose legislation that would enable just that.“This is the first memo to cabinet entirely co-developed by First Nations,” she said. “And yes, I will confirm, education is a treaty right.”S-3 poised to become law (A number of chiefs and delegates stood to challenge Philpott on how the government is dealing with First Nation communities. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN)Philpott told the chiefs that getting more First Nations people job skills and employment would bring $27.7 billion a year into the economy.She said that could be accomplished if the government and First Nations can repair their fiscal relationship.“There have been nine attempts since 1983 to do that so I can understand your skepticism,” she said. “To prove we’re serious a working group report recommendation to establish a permanent advisory committee has been accepted,” she said.The committee will be in operation by March of 2019, she added.The minister is looking to eliminate barriers to economic activity on reserve.“The excessive reporting burden needs to be addressed,” she said.She said government approaches with First Nations up to now have been “patronizing, punitive and regressive.”Rather than have hundreds of reports required for First Nations to account for federal program dollars, she proposed a United Nations model which looked at key economic indicators to assess the how effectively the money was being used.She also said the government was planning “10-year grants” to replace the current short-term funding agreements and added First Nations “would report to their own community members” rather than the federal bureaucracy.pbarnsley@aptn.ca (AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde at the AFN SCA in Ottawa. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN)“There are going to be more status Indians,” National Chief Perry Bellegarde told the chiefs Wednesday morning as they awaited the arrival of Philpott.Bellegarde was talking about the results of a vote in favour of an amendment to a bill that originated in the Senate. It moved through the legislative process but was stalled when Senator Lillian Dyck insisted on the amendment that would extend the reach of the bill – designed to eliminate discrimination against women in Section 6 of the Indian Act – all the way back to Confederation. The government was proposing to limit the reach of the new legislation at 1951, a year when extensive changes were made to the Indian Act.Section 6 of the Indian Act was thrown out by a BC judge in the 2009 McIvor decision and the court gave the federal government a deadline to replace Section 6. Eventually, the government passed legislation addressing the court ruling.But three Abénakis people from the Odanak First Nation in Quebec, Stéphane Descheneaux, Susan Yantha and Tammy Yantha, believed the government’s response did not go far enough. They went back to court and won in a case that has become known as the Descheneaux case.S-3 will restore status to women who were treated differently than men in certain situations.As with Bill C-31, the government’s first attempt to eliminate gender discrimination in the Indian Act which was passed in 1985, chiefs are worried that more status Indians will not necessarily mean more funding, which would result in a net loss for most on reserve residents.“It’s a good thing you’re ending discrimination,” the national chief said. “But will there be sufficient resources?”And Bellegarde pointed out that money is not the only consideration.“The crown, they’re making half a treaty Indian,” he said. “Where’s the land?”He said the treaties all called for so many acres per person or family and adding more people should mean adding more land.“First Nations currently have 0.2 per cent of the land,” he added.Permanent advisory committee to be createdlast_img read more

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ICE Futures Canada Friday morning Canola prices mostly higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were mostly higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Friday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $2.00 higher $509.80; Jan. ’18 $2.00 higher $518.30; March ’18 $1.90 higher $524.40; May ’18 $3.00 higher $527.90; July ’18 $3.30 higher $529.30; Nov. ’18 $1.30 lower $495.70; Jan. ’19 unchanged $498.70; March ’19 unchanged $501.40; May ’19 unchanged $501.40; July ’19 unchanged $501.40 Nov. ’19 unchanged $501.40.Barley (Western): Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’19 unchanged $151.00. read more

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Afghanistan UN chief calls for urgent ceasefire and opening of peace talks

UN chief António Guterres stated that “the warring parties must do everything feasible to ensure that no civilians are further killed or injured by the fighting, and must allow and facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian assistance so that it can reach Ghazni”.In five days of hostilities, about 150 civilians have been killed in the fighting, along with hundreds of Government and Taliban fighters. Mr. Guterres conveyed his condolences to the families who suffered from these attacks. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), when the fighting began, about 270,000 residents were trapped in the city, which is located about 150 km south-west of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. Many seem to have fled the town, according to sources on the ground.Reliable sources on the ground are reporting that Ghazni Public Hospital is “overwhelmed by a continuous influx” of injured members of the government forces, Taliban fighters and civilians.From the humanitarian perspective, the situation in Ghazni “remains particularly grim”, UN Special Representative Yamamoto explained.“The fighting has led to electricity outages along with water and food shortages,” noted Mr. Yamamoto, Head of UNAMA,  in a statement on Wednesday, adding that “communication networks and media outlets have been shuttered, and roads remain blocked, preventing freedom of movement for families seeking safety.” According to OCHA, access into the town remains challenging for aid workers.In July, UNAMA highlighted the tragic toll that the conflict has had on Afghans in 2018, as the first half of the year was the deadliest for civilians since UNAMA began documenting civilian casualties in 2009. This, despite the unprecedented but brief ceasefire between the Government and the Taliban in mid-June to mark the end of Ramadan, which was the first one to be honored in nearly 20 years of conflict.“Equally unacceptable”, added Mr. Yamamoto, is that the fighting has “exacerbated deep-rooted wounds dividing Afghan communities at a time when cohesion is more crucial than ever before”.The Secretary-General stressed the “urgent need for an immediate ceasefire and the opening of talks between the parties to the conflict to negotiate a sustainable peace.”“The targeting of civilians and of civilian facilities are clear violations of international humanitarian law,” he noted, adding that “there can be no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and urgently calls for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the interest of building a more stable and prosperous future for all Afghans”. The UNAMA also chief appealed to all warring parties and the international community to help bring hostilities to an end. “The fighting in Ghazni must stop and the fighting in Afghanistan must stop”, he said, stressing that “the United Nations continues to maintain that there can be no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan”.Referring to the June ceasefire, the Special Representative said that “it illustrated to all Afghans, especially those too young to have known anything but war, what peace looks like.”He added that the UN “stands ready to support any endeavours that would advance” an Afghan-led negotiated settlement. “Confidence-building steps that immediately reduce violence are crucial, and talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are necessary to identify and expand common ground”. read more

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Mens Hockey No 15 Ohio State uses strong defense to secure OT

Ohio State junior forward handles a faceoff during Ohio State’s 2-1 overtime win against Minnesota Friday, Dec. 8. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternRedshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo had arguably his worst series of the season last week against Penn State, giving up nine goals in two games while not looking like the net-minder who places among the leaders at his position in nearly every statistic this year.Tonight, he showed why he’s been the backbone of this defensive-minded Buckeyes team.No. 15 Ohio State (9-4-4, 4-4-1-0 in Big Ten) needed all 33 saves from Romeo in a tight 2-1 overtime victory at the Schottenstein Center Friday against No. 7 Minnesota.“When someone comes down and you’re not scared that [Romeo] going to let one in it’s always nice,” senior forward Christian Lampasso said. “We did a great job blocking shots today … so it’s not just [Romeo] playing good defensively it’s our whole team, but it’s definitely good having someone so solid in the net.”Lampasso scored the winner in the extra frame for Ohio State after he found the puck on his stick in front of the net from teammate junior forward Dakota Joshua to give the Buckeyes three key points in the Big Ten standings.“Playing against Minnesota, they’re always hard to play against,” Lampasso said. “Any time you can beat a top 10 team it’s always a big W.”Ohio State maintained a 1-0 lead until late in the third period, where sophomore forward Rem Pitlick scored on an odd-man rush to break Romeo’s shutout and force overtime.The Buckeyes had yet to score in the extra period this season, with all four previous efforts eventually moving to a shootout, but Lampasso broke that streak, and gave his team a much-needed boost.“It’s nice to get a couple of bounces there at the end, but you have to work for those, and I just liked our mentality,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We kind of gave up the lead late there, but our team could have folded and we went the other way, overtime we had a couple good looks, and it was nice to finish it off.”The Buckeyes opened the scoring in the first period on a power play goal by sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski that beat junior goalie Eric Schierhorn in the top corner. The goal was set up by a series of passes that led to Laczynski being all alone, and he buried his opportunity. Junior forward Mason Jobst and senior forward Matthew Weis earned assists on the play.The assist gave Jobst 100 career points for Ohio State in only 91 games.“It means a lot for sure,” Jobst said. “It’s a milestone I wasn’t sure I was going to get when I got here, but I’ve been surrounded by a lot of great players, last year, this year freshmen year, and the coaching staff has put me in a good spot to be successful.”The second period ended scoreless, but there were strong chances on both sides of the ice. Redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo made some big saves while on the penalty kill, keeping Ohio State ahead despite being outshot by the Golden Gophers 16-11 in the period.Minnesota controlled most of the third period, and it was up to Romeo to maintain the thin margin, which he did until the Pitlick goal late.Ohio State went a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill, which Rohlik said was a major factor in tonight’s game.“We scored a big power play goal, and at the end of the day it’s a difference,” Rohlik said. “I mean our kill was a bend but don’t break, I don’t think they had a power play goal and we had one, so when you look at it at the end of the game special teams is a key.”The Buckeyes move just a point behind Minnesota after the win, and the victory marks only the second win for Ohio State at home this season.“When you have a good team that believes in themselves, you’re going to have some good finishes and we did that tonight,” Rohlik said.Game 2 puck drop for Ohio State and Minnesota is Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Mountain Lion and Windows 8 will kick off the next great MicrosoftApple

first_imgApple and Microsoft have a rivalry that is the stuff of legend. In recent years, though, each company has come to dominate separate arenas. Microsoft still owns the desktop PC market, while Apple has the most popular smartphone and is the undisputed ruler of the tablet.So the Apple/Microsoft rivalry has fizzled a bit. Apple even stopped running its Get a Mac (“I’m a Mac,” “I’m a PC”) ad campaign a couple years ago. Each company now has its bread and butter, and those niches aren’t necessarily in direct conflict with each other.But that is about to change. Both companies envision the desktop and mobile spaces converging. Naturally, their views of how this will happen coincide with their respective strengths. Microsoft, the desktop market leader, wants Windows to seep into mobile. Apple, makers of the iconic iPhone and iPad, naturally wants its mobile ecosystem to bleed into the desktop.So the stage is set for the next great Apple/Microsoft showdown. This year we will see the increasingly similar Windows 8 and Windows Phone do battle with the converging OS X Mountain Lion and iOS. It will be a battle of opposing halo strategies.Round oneMicrosoft has already previewed its first line of attack: Windows 8. The operating system will run on both desktop PCs and tablets. The tablet UI, in turn, will look nearly identical to its smartphones. It’s a bold strategy that begins the unification process and will signify the biggest fundamental shift for Windows since Windows 95.OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), meanwhile, will continue the transformation that began with last year’s Lion. iOS features like Notifications, AirPlay, Messages, Reminders, and Game Center will all show up in OS X. iCloud will be the glue that holds it all together. The cloud service will let Apple retailers pitch long-time Windows users on the ease of having their iPhones and iPads sync effortlessly with this shiny new iMac or MacBook Air.Opposing strengthsOn the desktop end, Microsoft has a huge advantage: price. No matter how popular Macs become, they are still much more expensive than your average Windows computer. Until Macs are routinely sold for $500 or less (not likely), Microsoft is going to retain a large share of the desktop market. Many customers don’t want anything fancy, they just want something that gets the job done and doesn’t break the bank. That is most often a Windows computer.Apple, on the other hand, has customers’ imaginations on its side. Apple product announcements have become pop culture landmarks. The company’s iconic products have bred a collective passion for its devices that Microsoft can’t come close to rivaling. The iPhone and iPad have grown to exemplify the 21st century merging of technology and lifestyle. Apple wants to take that momentum, and carry it into other areas — including Macs.The gateway drugApple has another distinct advantage: the desktop and the smartphone are at the extremes of this “one OS to rule them all” shift, but more crucial is the middle ground. It will be the gateway drug that leads customers from one end to the other. This middle ground is, at present moment, utterly dominated by Apple. The middle ground is the iPad.Microsoft knows this, and is scrambling to turn the tables before it’s too late. It’s hoping that Windows 8 will play the Pied Piper, ushering legions of desktop users towards Windows tablets and smartphones.But Redmond will have its hands full. The only tablet that has gained any traction — that isn’t an iPad — is the Kindle Fire (which doesn’t necessarily compete with it directly). Amazon accomplished that by undercutting the iPad at a lower price point. Windows 8 tablets, however, won’t be $200 color readers. Instead, they’ll take the same route that countless Android tablets have: going head-to-head with the iPad on the high end. None of those tablets have gained any significant market share.Microsoft’s ideal futureIn Microsoft’s ideal future, consumers will eat up Windows 8 on the desktop, and fall in love with the Metro UI of Windows 8 tablets. Even if the iPad is still the top-selling tablet, the goal is for Windows 8 tablets to take away from that invincible iPad mystique, and give customers the perception that there are lots of worthy tablets. If Microsoft can do that, then it will have some solid footing and can use the volume and variety that come from a licensed platform to eventually lead the market.This will be done alongside a heavy Windows Phone marketing push. Though Windows 8 and Windows Phone are still separate platforms, the Metro will unite them in customers’ eyes. The success that Windows finds in tablets (the gateway drug) will naturally lead customers towards Windows Phones.Microsoft will perform an epic comeback, using its stronghold in the desktop market to make up for lost ground in mobile.Apple’s ideal futureIn Apple’s ideal future, everything hinges on the iPad continuing to dominate. As the tablet market eventually outgrows the PC market, Apple will lead the way. This is an end in itself, but the company will also build on its share of the shrinking PC market. Customers will dismiss Ultrabooks as pretenders, and the iPad will serve as a halo device that leads former Windows users towards, first, the MacBook Air, then the MacBook Pro and the iMac.In this future, Microsoft will continue to fall behind. It will find its niche, but its days of domination are over. The PC market will shrink, and Windows’ share of it will dissipate as well. Its tablet and smartphone attempts will be too little, too late. RIP to the Gates-era Microsoft of old.Will we have a winner?Of course this won’t be a winner-take-all battle. Even if Microsoft’s tablets and smartphones flop, Windows isn’t likely to lose its leading position within the next five years. Likewise, even if Microsoft’s desktop halo strategy does give its mobile devices a boost, Apple isn’t going anywhere.This battle isn’t going to be decided overnight. Two years from now, the desktop, tablet, and smartphone markets probably won’t look much different. Ten years from now, though, we could see a changed landscape — possibly even a radically changed one.No matter how this saga plays out, it’s guaranteed to rekindle a classic rivalry, and will be loads of fun to watch. Throw Google into the mix, and we have a geek’s steel cage match for the ages.last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Friday Mike Pence’s visit to Ireland, beef protests and Brexit had everyone talking today. 13,038 Views https://jrnl.ie/4790005 Get our daily news round up: Aug 30th 2019, 9:03 PM By Órla Ryan Short URLcenter_img Share2 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 30 Aug 2019, 9:03 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Billie Eilish performing at Electric Picnic today. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieUS Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Ireland has been brought forward to Monday, it was confirmed.The High Court granted a permanent order against blockades by farmers protesting outside meat factories.A probationary garda was arrested for allegedly stealing cash from a wallet that was handed into his station.A no-deal Brexit will plunge Northern Ireland into turmoil, the High Court in Belfast heard.More than 9,000 students have appealed their Leaving Cert results – a 74% increase on the number in 2018.Ryanair announced that Eddie Wilson will succeed Michael O’Leary as the chief executive of the company. Businesswoman Deirdre Foley last year shared in a €16.49 million dividend payout arising from the sale of the former Clerys department store site.A rainfall warning for the west of the country will remain in place until tomorrow morning.Electric Picnic kicked off in Stradbally, Co Laois.WORLD An employee from auction house Christie’s with a version of Banksy’s ‘Girl with Balloon’ near one of the locations the artwork originally appeared on the Southbank in London. Source: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images#BRITAIN: Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended suspending parliament, as former prime minister John Major joined the legal action being taken against Johnson over the move. #BRAZIL: A 60-day ban on burning in Brazil came into effect following a global outcry over fires raging in the Amazon.#US: Residents in Florida are preparing themselves for Hurricane Dorian, which is set to make land this weekend. PARTING SHOT Local businessman Jack Ruby approaches and fires a gun at Lee Harvey Oswald, centre, in handcuffs (James R Leavelle is on the left in the paler suit). Source: Jack Beers/Dallas Morning News/MCTJames R Leavelle, the detective who was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when the killer of John F Kennedy was shot dead by Jack Ruby, has died at the age of 99.Here, the Guardian looks back at the historic events of November 1963.  2 Comments last_img read more

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County Board of Supervisors extends local emergency proclamation for Lilac Fire recovery

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires Tags: Lilac Fire FacebookTwitter Updated: 3:56 PM Posted: January 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom County Board of Supervisors extends local emergency proclamation for Lilac Fire recoverycenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The county’s estimated cost of cleanup and erosion control in areas affected by the Lilac Fire stands at $3.9 million, officials said Tuesday as the Board of Supervisors voted to extend a state of emergency in connection with last month’s massive and destructive blaze.San Diego County could recoup about half that cost from a federal grant. Officials are requesting additional state and federal reimbursement that would cover efforts beyond initial erosion control, road repair, debris removal and other cleanup.By the county’s count, 113 homes were destroyed and 55 were damaged in the Lilac Fire, which broke out in Pala Mesa on Dec. 7. Driven by Santa Ana winds, the blaze that scorched 4,100 acres in North County over several days also destroyed two business structures and damaged another five. Ninety other buildings, such as sheds or barns, were destroyed and 18 were damaged, according to the county.The county has overseen the removal of more than 14,500 pounds of hazardous waste from areas burned by the fire; repaired 1,300 feet of guardrail along Old Highway 395; replaced 15 road signs and posts that were damaged; and removed 15 trees that toppled in public areas.The overall cost of the fire response has not yet been calculated. January 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Project lets Amphitheater shrink for some concerts

first_imgClark County’s Sleep Country Amphitheater is getting some renovations to make the big venue smaller for some concerts.A $1.8 million project to allow 7,900 covered seats within the 18,000-person capacity arena to be enclosed for certain shows also could boost ticket revenue by attracting entertainers who won’t risk the bad publicity of playing for a sparse crowd in the giant venue. The list includes most musical acts these days, said Justin Kobluk, executive director of the Clark County Event Center, which shares the 170-acre county fairgrounds with the amphitheater and a collection of smaller buildings west of Interstate 5 at the 179th Street exit.“No artist wants to play to an empty venue,” Kobluk said. “If you put 3,000 or 4,000 people in a space that holds 18,000, it looks empty.”Concerts were a booming industry when the amphitheater opened in 2004, Kobluk explained. Post recession, “there are very few Rolling Stones acts anymore,” he said. “The amphitheater was conceived and built at a time when the economy and live-show touring industry was huge.” Crews from Portland-based Precision Construction started work this week to enclose the open, 300-foot-wide rear end of the structure’s covered pavilion. Project manager Mike Telling expects the work to finish up before the venue’s first concert June 16, featuring country star Tim McGraw. Retractable 25-foot-tall steel panels with interlocking vertical edges will close out the amphitheater’s uncovered lawn area, which accommodates up to 10,000 people, for certain concerts.last_img read more

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The Morning Press Streets pay for citys growth newcomers flock to county

first_imgA skateboarder travels along Northeast 18th Street near Evergreen High School on Tuesday. Finishing the transformation of 18th Street from a rural two-lane road to a major urban arterial with sidewalks and bicycle lanes ranks among the city’s top transportation priorities, but infrastructure funding has been scarce and the city council will be discussing a new revenue source. Check out the week’s weather forecast for Clark County here.This weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed:Streets pay for Vancouver’s growth“Boom Town,” read a headline from 1994: “Vancouver annexes more land in the ’90s than any other city in Washington, and it’s just the start.”The city’s territory had grown more in four years than it had in the past four decades. And that was before the 1997 Cascade Park annexation — the largest in state history — brought in 58,000 more residents and made Vancouver the state’s fourth-largest city.With an estimated 164,500 residents today, Vancouver remains the fourth-largest city. Its likely to stay that way.Vancouver has no plans for large-scale annexations of Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek or other areas in its urban growth boundary, even though by doing so it would become the state’s second-largest city with a population of more than 275,000 and have arguably greater clout in Olympia.Those “boom town” days are over, partly because of the impact the city’s rapid growth has had on its streets.Read the full story here.Newcomers flocking to Clark CountyClark County newcomers Michael and Sheryl Hendrix are still unpacking the boxes in their newly built Camas house. But they are already feeling at home.Since moving to the small town in June to be near their first-born grandchild and their adult children in Portland, the Seattle transplants are amazed by the friendly people in Camas.last_img read more

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Crook steals cash from Wilton Manors cellphone repair shop

first_imgWILTON MANORS, FLA. (WSVN) – – Surveillance video captured the scene as a crook got away with fast cash at a Wilton Manors store.The footage, recorded on March 14, showed the man as he rummaged through the back office of the cellphone repair store.The crook managed to get away with cash from an employee’s wallet and a register.He then argued with the clerk outside after refusing to pay for phone repairs at the shop, which is located along East Oakland Park Boulevard and Northeast Second Avenue.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Alaska Lawmakers Frustrated After Meeting With Interior Secretary Jewell

first_imgAfter President Barack Obama announced a plan to designate most of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, Alaska lawmakers seized a chance to meet his Interior Secretary on their own turf.Download AudioA team of nine legislators took a break from session work in Juneau to travel to Kotzebue this week to confront Sally Jewell about those actions. But while the meeting was hyped, neither the delegation nor the Secretary described it as a showdown.The meeting location was kept secret from the public, so secret that Sally Jewell herself reportedly was delayed half an hour. Once the Interior Secretary arrived, a team made of nine legislators and North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower proceeded to air their grievances over how the Obama Administration is managing Alaska. But despite the delegation’s fury leading up to the event.“There were no fireworks,” Sen. Mike Dunleavy, a Mat-Su Republican who previously lived in Kotzebue, said. He says he left the meeting unsatisfied.At a Monday night press conference at the Nullagvik Hotel, Dunleavy described the conversation as polite, but said nothing was really accomplished and that Alaska lawmakers might have better luck dealing with the state’s congressional delegation if they want to see more land opened to drilling.“What’s the definition of insanity?” Dunleavy said. “Doing the same thing over and over again.”“So, we have to have a discussion with them and come up with a game plan that is a little different from what we’ve been doing in the past.”Over the course of the press conference, legislators used variations of the word “frustrated” about a dozen times. They stressed the importance of developing more oil in the state, because most of Alaska’s tax revenue comes from its production.While some, like Senate President and Anchorage Republican Kevin Meyer described it as a “good dialogue,” Majority Leader Charisse Millett noted the meeting got “heated” at points. When Jewell gave a justification for the administration’s wilderness plan, the Anchorage Republican confronted her about so-called “legacy wells” that were drilled by the federal government but never cleaned up. Millett was not placated by the response.“I understand she wants to hit the reset button. She said it several times. Hitting the reset button with Alaskans would mean that she would have to and the federal government would have to sit down and listen to us,” Millett said. “Not just come up and give us platitudes, and pat us on the head.”At a press conference held outside, with snowmachiners racing in the background, Jewell pushed back when asked if the meeting was a “showdown.”“A showdown?” responded Jewell. “I think there is a lot of pain being felt in Alaska because of oil prices. I may be an easy target, but the reality is oil prices have fallen dramatically and that’s impacted the state’s budget.”Jewell said she understood the state’s economic position, but that low oil prices could be a “shorter term phenomenon.”And in the long term she said, “The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is not going to solve dependence of a state on a commodity price.”The proposal to designate 12 million acres of Arctic refuge land as wilderness would have to be approved by Congress, unless the president takes an executive action and treats the land as a monument under the Antiquities Act. While Jewell said there were no plans to use that authority, she was firm on the Administration’s position on the refuge.“We believe the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is – I mean it is – one of the most intact ecosystems in the world, and we think keeping it that way is very important,” Jewell said. “We do know that oil and gas development has impacts. It has impacts on wildlife, it has impacts on water quality and air quality. And we believe the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is too special to develop.”Jewell added that she hopes to see better cooperation between the state and federal governments in the future, and that in her meeting with legislators she suggested creating a task force to improve communication.Watch the full Sally Jewell press conference:last_img read more

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Video of Samantha Akkineni touching Naga Chaitanyas feet goes viral

first_imgI don’t understand the lyrics bcoz i’m Tamil but really i can feel the love between this pair ❤❤❤. 2.20 to 2.40 Wahoo !!! i can’t express with words ❤❤❤ That is sam touching chay feet and feeling like chay is god to her what a conservation of song JAI CHAITHU&SAM Satesh Kumar Mahe Chinna Swetha 2.28 when Sam touche chay feet….goosebump scene….eagerly waiting for this chemistry…. 2:19-2:39 Wonderful scene… Istamaina sakhudaa awsome lyrics..center_img Samantha Akkineni and Naga Chaitanya in MajiliTwitterThe makers of Majili have released the lyrical video of the song Priyathama Priyathama and the scene showing Samantha Akkineni touching Naga Chaitanya’s feet is creating a lot of buzz on the internet.Aditya Music, which has acquired the audio rights of Majili, released the lyrical video of the second song Priyathama Priyathama on its YouTube channel on March 11. Samantha Akkineni tweeted the link and wrote, “❤❤ here it is … @chinmayi your voice is magic In love with our second lyrical #Priyathamapriyathama #Majili #MusicalMajili  #MajiliOnApril5th #GopiSundar”Naga Chaitanya also shared the link and tweeted, “Our 2nd lyrical #Priyathamapriyathama @chinmayi as usual your voice.. magic  and beautiful lyrics chaitanya Prasad.”The song Priyathama Priyathama is all about how much a girl loves her man. Chaitanya Prasad’s touching lyrics, Chinmayi Sripada’s romantic voice and Gopi Sunder’s soothing music make this soundtrack melodious number. The track struck a chord with the audience and registered over 1 million views in less than 24 hours of its release.An excited music lover named Rachitha Thotam wrote about the song, “To be frank this song really melts my heart…❤❤ Its been many days…no one has composed such melodious songs 🙂 This song is simply awesome  #chaysam has made the best pair ever….  Lots of love from Tamil Nadu… ❤”This lyrical video of song Priyathama Priyathama features bit and pieces of some interesting scenes from the movie Majili. One of the scenes is of Samantha Akkineni touching Naga Chaitanya’s feet, which has become the talk of the town with many filmgoers.Here are some of the comments:-Kancharla Manikanta Jana Sainikudu This scene is truly heart touching one SamChay babuDirected by Siva Nirvana, Majili is a romantic drama film and Samantha is playing Sravani, the wife of Naga Chaitanya (Poorna). The movie is slated for grand release on April 5. There is huge hype because Samantha and Naga Chaitanta are working together for the first time post wedding. Deva‏ @devaralas At 2:20 I can feel it but I can’t express…..  Wahh what a feeling….. Total credit goes to director Siva.last_img read more

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Wipro opens new London centre for digital services to up hiring

first_imgWipro Digital, the digital business unit of India’s third largest software firm Wipro Limited, has opened a new London pod to provide improved digital transformation services to its client in UK and Europe.Wipro Digital also plans to hire more people in the UK to grow its business and expand the range of services offered by it. In the past one year, the Bengaluru-based software major has recruited more than 600 people and currently it has a headcount of over 4,000 people in the United Kingdom.”Wipro has shared a long standing and synergistic relationship with leading UK businesses over the past two decades. Our intimate knowledge of the local market, combined with our global experience and operational excellence allow us to help our clients achieve their desired outcomes. Wipro is deeply committed to job creation in the UK and has an abiding interest in engaging closely with the local communities,” said T K Kurien, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board, Wipro Ltd.The new pod is purpose-built for Wipro Digital’s strategy, design and engineering teams to work in a collaborative and adaptive workspace side-by-side with clients.Both clients and employees will greatly benefit from the open, free-flowing design, enabling the easy formation of multi-disciplinary and agile groups to help businesses transform and succeed on their digital transformation journeys, the company said in a statement.Wipro Digital officially opened its new London pod in the presence of several dignitaries including the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment, The Rt Hon Lord Maude of Horsham (Francis Maude).”UK companies, customers and employees have all greatly benefited from Wipro’s investment in this country since 1995,” commented Lord Maude, UK Minister of Trade and Investment. “We are very grateful for their commitment and continued investment, and their decision to locate Wipro Digital’s office here in London. I look forward to seeing the results of Wipro Digital’s innovative work with UK companies, and the new experiences they will provide for customers around the world.”last_img read more

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US student dies after release from N Korea

first_imgUS student Otto Frederick Warmbier ®, who was arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, speaking at a press conference in Pyongyang. AFP file photoOtto Warmbier, the US student released in a coma last week after nearly 18 months in detention in North Korea, died on Monday, prompting President Donald Trump to slam the “brutal regime” in Pyongyang.The 22-year-old was medically evacuated to the United States last Tuesday, suffering from severe brain damage. He died six days later surrounded by relatives in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.“The awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible,” the family said in a statement announcing Warmbier’s death.The young man was on a tourist trip when he was arrested and sentenced in March last year to 15 years hard labor for stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel, a punishment the United States decried as far out of proportion to his alleged crime.Trump lashed out at Pyongyang following news of his death.“It’s a brutal regime,” he said during a White House event. “Bad things happened but at least we got him home to his parents.”In a separate written statement, Trump said, “Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency.”“The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”Added Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier’s unjust imprisonment, and demand the release of three other Americans who have been illegally detained.”‘At peace’Doctors last week revealed that Warmbier had suffered severe neurological injuries, and described him as being in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness,” opening his eyes and blinking, but showing no signs of understanding language or of being aware of his surroundings.His family said Monday that he first appeared anguished when he first arrived home, but died “at peace.”Kim Jong-Un’s regime claimed Warmbier fell into a coma soon after he was sentenced last year, saying the college student had contracted botulism and been given a sleeping pill.Medical tests carried out last week in the United States offered no conclusive evidence as to the cause of his neurological injuries, and no evidence of a prior botulism infection. Warmbier’s doctors said he had suffered extensive tissue loss in all regions of his brain, but showed no signs of physical trauma.They said that given his young age, Warmbier’s severe brain injury was most likely caused by cardiopulmonary arrest cutting the blood supply to the brain.‘No excuse’Warmbier’s release came amid mounting tensions with Washington following a series of missile tests by Pyongyang, focusing attention on an arms buildup that Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has dubbed “a clear and present danger to all.”The young man’s death also brought attention to North Korea’s human rights record. A Washington-based rights group tied Warmbier’s fate to many others “starved, tortured, brutalized and killed in North Korea’s political prison camps.”“Millions of unknown North Koreans are subjected to the brutality of the Kim regime,” the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea said in a statement.Warmbier’s father, Fred, lashed out at North Korea last week, telling a news conference, “there is no excuse for any civilized nation to have kept his condition secret and denied him top-notch medical care for so long.”In their statement Monday, Warmbier’s family said they believed the young man had found a peace of sorts after being flown home.“When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable—almost anguished,” they said.“Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed—he was at peace. He was home and we believe he could sense that,” they added.Three more US citizens are currently being held by North Korea. Two were teachers at a Pyongyang university funded by overseas Christian groups, and the third a Korean-American pastor who was accused of espionage for the South.Following Warmbier’s death, the tour group that arranged his trip to North Korea said it would no longer take Americans into the isolated country.“The devastating loss of Otto Warmbier’s life has led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists. There had not been any previous detainment in North Korea that has ended with such tragic finality and we have been struggling to process the result,” China-based Young Pioneer Tours said in a statement.“Now, the assessment of risk for Americans visiting North Korea has become too high. The way his detention was handled was appalling, and a tragedy like this must never be repeated,” it said.last_img read more

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Breast Cancer Awareness Brought to the Community

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFROApproximately 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetime according to breastcancer.org. In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month the Doctors Community Hospital celebrated their 4th annual Pink Ribbon Rally, this past Monday, Oct. 15.Doctors Community Health System is a network of health service providers offered in the Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County communities. The healthcare professionals they employ specialize in an array of areas, ranging from Breast Health to Digestive Disease Care.October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and for the fourth year in a row, Doctors Community Hospital has brought information to the community pertaining to the illness.The Doctor’s Community Hospital located in Lanham, Md. is the Doctors Community Health System’s chief facility.Local grocery store, Wegmans-Woodmore Towne Center and the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority were this years’ partners. Additionally, over a dozen community organizations committed to raising breast health awareness were in attendance, lending their support.The Doctors Community Hospital Director of the Center for Comprehensive Breast Care, Terrie Trimmer expressed her enthusiasm about the success of the Pink Ribbon Rally.“The community really came out and supported this event,” Trimmer said. “We distributed more than 400 breast cancer awareness tote bags, performed 47 clinical breast exams and provided 50 mammogram screenings.”Bringing such awareness programming and testing to the community proved very beneficial.“About eight of the screened women had never had a mammogram before.”It is recommended that women perform breast exams at least once a month. For women over 40 it is recommended to get a mammogram and clinical breast exam annually.To schedule an annual mammogram screening with Doctors Community Hospital, request a free breast health brochure or contact the Center for Comprehensive Breast Care at 301-552-8524.last_img read more

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Harrison Moves Closer to Confirmation

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comLast night (March 6), Michael Harrison, the Baltimore Police Department’s (BPD) acting commissioner moved one step closer to becoming the city’s full-time top cop and leading one of the most beleaguered police departments in the nation.“I am committed to reform,” said Harrision during his confirmation hearing before more than a dozen members of the Baltimore City Council, as well as several community members who spoke for and against his confirmation. Members agreed to move Harrison’s nomination forward to one more council hearing on March 11, where a final vote for or against confirmation will take place. Harrison, who is expected to be confirmed by a significant majority of the City Council would become the BPD’s fifth commissioner since the Uprising in 2015.Acting Commissioner Michael Harrison (right) with Acting Deputy Commissioner Commissioner Melvin Russel during Harrison’s confirmation hearing March 6. (Photo courtesy Melvin Russell)He will lead a police department considered to be one of the most corrupt in the country, one still reeling from the last chapter in the saga of the notorious Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF).This week, a federal grand jury indicted former Baltimore Police Sergeant Keith Allen Gladstone on charges of denying the civil rights of a Baltimore man who was wrongfully charged. Specifically, according to AFRO reporter Stephen Janis, “Gladstone planted a BB gun on the suspect after a member of the GTTF identified only as “WJ.” intentionally struck him with a police vehicle,” wrote Janis in the current issue of the AFRO.  It is widely speculated that the “WJ” referred to in the case against Gladstone is Wayne Jenkins, the acknowledged ringleader of the GTTF.“It was my decision as the executive to make sure we send the right message internally and we send the right message externally to our community that we won’t tolerate that,” said Harrison to local media following the hearing in reference to the Gladstone case.last_img read more

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CM asks to crack down on students collecting money for admissions

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed police commissioner Rajeev Kumar to take stern actions against those involved in collecting money for giving admission in colleges.Kolkata Police on late Friday night arrested two persons involved in the racket. Extra police force will be deployed outside colleges where admissions are going on. Outsiders will not be allowed inside the college premises and only merit should be the criterion for admission. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedChief minister Banerjee has urged students to report to police against those who will ask for money.It may be mentioned that in the core committee meeting held at Netaji Indoor stadium recently, Mamata Banerjee had categorically said that no money should be taken from students on the pretext of providing admissions in colleges and stern actions would be taken against those involved in the matter.It was learnt that Chief Minister became furious after reports of students asking for money from freshers to get them admitted in different colleges surfaced in the media. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt is alleged that a student was asked to pay Rs 65,000 for a seat in Geography in a private college. Another student was asked to pay Rs 16,000 for a seat in English. Even in state-run colleges, freshers are often asked to pay money to get admission. Banerjee had repeatedly warned the student leaders in the core committee meeting about their role and that they should be helping students, rather than extorting money and if any such case is reported, then it will be dealt with seriously. Partha Chatterjee, state Education minister reiterated on Saturday that no one involved in the extortion racket will be spared. He has urged students not to give any extra money and report the matter to the police and the principal of the college against those asking for money. Copies of the complaint may be sent to the Chief Minister’s office (CMO). He said the state government is determined to break the racket and warned stern actions against those involved.For quite a some time, there have been reports of money extortion by students leaders from the freshers assuring them seats in colleges at the undergraduate level. Both Mamata Banerjee and Partha Chatterjee have warned the union leaders to stop this malpractice.Banerjee, who was an active Chatra Parishad leader, said it is the duty of the student leaders to help juniors in studies and improve the academic environment in colleges. But their requests have fallen flat. Partha Chatterjee said the Education department is determined to put an end to this malpractice and the state government will go all out to arrest those involved in the racket.last_img read more

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