Alberta legislature member sorry for saying Indigenous people disengaged

first_imgEDMONTON – An Alberta legislature member is apologizing for saying Indigenous people don’t tend to vote and when “these people” do engage in politics they only want to talk to the prime minister.Dave Schneider, the United Conservative member for the southern Alberta riding of Little Bow, has apologized on Twitter for comments he made recently to media in his constituency.“Apologies to any offended by my choice of words,” Schneider posted Tuesday. “Certainly was not my intent. It continues to be a privilege to represent all constituents since being elected. Encourage all to be engaged in our democracy.”He did not reply to a request for an interview.Schneider is a first-term legislature member and serves as the Opposition’s agriculture and forestry critic. In a story published last week in the Vauxhall Advance, Schneider is quoted expressing concerns about changes in his constituency that will take effect in the next election in 2019.Schneider’s sprawling rural seat includes the Siksika reserve and is being expanded to include the Blood reserve as well.“Not that that’s bad, but these people don’t traditionally vote, and how is the population going to get engaged in this political system in the province?” Schneider told the newspaper.“The Indigenous people generally like to speak to the most important person in Canada, like the prime minister.”Alberta’s Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan and Chief Tony Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation had called for Schneider to make amends. They said his comments were improper and disrespectful.“In no manner are these statements a proper or respectful representation of all constituents in the Cardston-Siksika area (Little Bow), which includes thousands of Indigenous people,” Alexis posted on Twitter.He said he took particular offence to the reference “these people.”Feehan said at the legislature that Schneider has missed a groundswell of political engagement by First Nations.“Somehow an MLA who lives right in the core of Alberta hasn’t any clue as to what’s transpired in the Indigenous community over the last 50 years,” said Feehan. “This is truly an attitude out of the 1950s.”In his interview, Schneider also said it’s difficult to meet constituents because of access restrictions on reserves.Feehan said he would be happy to help.“There’s nothing in the Indian Act that says you can’t talk to the people in those communities. All of our MLAs do,” he said. “If he’s worried about being on the reserve without permission of the chief and council, it’s a phone call away.“Tell him I’m more than happy to supply him a list of phone numbers if that is something that would facilitate his first little foray into the Indigenous community.”Schneider won the constituency overall as a member of the former Wildrose party in the 2015 election, but fared poorly at the four Siksika polling stations. He received 25 votes compared with 332 for the leading vote-getter on the reserve, Bev Muendel-Atherstone of the NDP.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation was in the Little Bow constituency.last_img read more

Trudeau chats with Fort Hills workers blames Harper for lack of pipelines

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to the oilsands on Friday, just a day after getting heckled and booed in Vancouver and Victoria for his approval of the TransMountain pipeline expansion. The project that has the neighbouring provinces of Alberta and B.C., at odds will see the pipeline’s capacity nearly triple from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day giving Alberta heavy oil access to much needed foreign markets.“Our government has been unequivocal, this pipeline is in the national interest and will get built. We had a regulatory process that went through, an examination, an engagement with partners, and it was determined that this Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion is in the national interest and that’s why it’s going to get built,” said Trudeau.He also didn’t take long to slam the Harper-era Conservatives by saying that through ten-years in power while Harper may have “topped up” the oilsands, his government wasn’t able to get a pipeline to tidewater approved because no one trusted them to protect the environment.Trudeau used that as an opportunity to once again tout his plan that links the environment and the economy.“Canadians are united on that, everyone wants to see their grandkids with both a protected natural world around them and good jobs and successful communities,” said Trudeau. “That’s something, we can and will work on together regardless of the fact that there’s still a choice to be made between either the economy or the environment, the only way to do this responsibly is to do this together.”Trudeau’s visit to Suncor’s Fort Hills site brought him to the most recently completed mega-project in the region, as when it hits full-production (within a month) it will produce 194,000 barrels of oil per day through its open pit mining operation.The Prime Minister, who gets more than his fair share of heat in this region spent 30-minutes in a lunch room with dozens of Fort Hills workers, answering questions off the cuff especially about the carbon tax and pipelines. Photo: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (middle) climbs the stairs into the cockpit of a Komatsu 780E heavy haul at Suncor’s Fort Hills oilsands site on Friday, Apr. 4, 2018. Bradley Karp / REPORTER His tour of the facility was led by Suncor CEO Steve Williams, who in February told the Financial Post that due to regulatory changes by the Trudeau government, his company would likely cut back on investments in Canada. The two were all smiles as Williams and Suncor staffers guided Trudeau around a Komatsu 780E heavy hauler, the Prime Minister even took a seat at the helm.“We’ve talked about market access, we’ve talked about market pressures which are the sum of taxation, royalties, the confidence in the regulatory process and I’m greatly encouraged by the conversation we’ve had today and I think it sort of speaks for itself,” said Williams. “The prime Minister has taken the trouble to come here and spend some time with us and understand our challenges better so I think we’re going to get some help.”Williams went on to acknowledge how the environment for oilsands producers has changed in the last few years, from the price cut in 2014, taxation and regulatory overhauls along with the United-States going from their biggest customer to their biggest competitor, expediting the need for a pipeline to tidewater for foreign market access.While producers in the oilsands need that market access through pipeline, the province next door (British-Columbia) continues to throw up roadblocks. When Trudeau was asked head on what he’s doing about it, and how he’ll ensure the pipeline actually gets built, this was his response: “I’m continuing to engage regularly with British Columbia, there are a number of court cases going on that the Federal Government is monitoring closely, but as I said many times we have a regulatory process that was open, responsible, fair, heard from everyone, we made a decision around the fact that this pipeline is absolutely in the national interest, the federal government has the responsibility and ability to move forward on projects of the national interest, that’s exactly what we’re going to do, we’re going to get this pipeline built.”Trudeau’s visit to the region wrapped up with meetings with other oil executives as well as meeting with local First Nations and Metis leaders.last_img read more

ISIS, AQIM, and Polisario: How Do Terrorist Threats in the Sahel…

Rabat – While the focus of international community and media in last years has been mainly on the situation in the Middle East where extremist groups have been gaining momentum, North Africa and the Sahel have become home to an array for radical armed forces looking to expand, including the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).Morocco has been successful in countering domestic terrorism threats, yet the situation in the Sahel presents a different set of challenges.An Alarming Situation In the beginning of March, 2017, five leaders of four radical groups operating in the Sahel region appeared in a video announcing the merger of their organizations.Led by veteran Tuareg militant Iyad Ag Ghaly, Ansar Dine, the Sahara branch of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Al Mourabitoun, and Katibat Macina merged to form Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (the “Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims”).The merger has signaled the increasing threat of extremist armed organizations in North Africa and the Sahel.“The region has become very dangerous today because it is an area where both ISIS and al Qaeda are making their presence felt,” El Moussaoui El Ajlaoui, a researcher at the Institute for Africa and Middle East Studies (IAMES), told MWN.He explained that the region is caught between expansion attempts by radical groups. Al Qaeda operates in Northern Mali, seeking to infiltrate the middle and the south of the country as well as the northwest Burkina Faso, while Boko Haram is seeking control over the Chad Basin.In addition, an axis has been established between Ghat in southern Libya and Kidal in northern Mali.“This axis is the hardcore of jihadist groups and transnational crime organizations active in cocaine, arms and human smuggling,” said Ajlaoui.The presence of ISIS along the Libyan coast, where it formerly held control of the city of Sirte and other minor territories, in addition to its ties with loyal splinter groups in Tunisia, add to the fears of established terrorist networks in North Africa and the Sahel.The danger of the situation in the region is highlighted by the number of terrorist attacks carried out by radical groups. According to the Long War Journal, al Qaeda and other allies and affiliated groups launched at least 257 attacks in Mali and the wider West Africa region in 2016.The creation of the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims will only give impetus to these extremist organizations to carry out other attacks, larger in number and scale.“The threat is big,” warned Abdelfattah El Fatihi, a Western Sahara and Sahel specialist, in conversation with MWN. “These groups have the potential to grow even more and enhance their capabilities, exploiting the safe haven the vast and uncontrolled desert provides.”In addition to this geographical safe haven, these groups benefit from their ties with local ethnic communities and tribes, as well as the weakness of some central governments.“We have before us a very complex and constantly changing radical map, where these groups have ties with ethnic groups and operate in complete absence of regional states,” said El Ajlaoui.The Polisario ConnectionIn a newly published book, “Sahara, deserto di mafie e Jihad” (Sahara: A Desert of Mafia and Jihad), Italian journalists and researchers Massimiliano Boccolini and Alessio Postiglione shed light on the deteriorating security situation in North African and Sahel desert, including the Polisario-run Tindouf camps.The authors state that the zone that extends from South Tindouf to northern Mali has turned into a “new Afghanistan,” threatening the security of foreigners while falling “under the control of al Qaeda and smugglers.”The book confirms what several reports have said concerning the danger of the Polisario-run area in Algeria, pointing to the group’s crossover into radical and criminal activities.“Because there is no hope on the horizon, because of the instrumentalization of the misery of the Tindouf camps residents for personal interests, young people in the camps are turning to smuggling and cross-border crimes,” said El Ajlaoui. “Jihadist movements have connections with these activities.”In April,  Abdelhak El Khiam, the head of Morocco’s anti-terrorism Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), revealed that 100 Polisario members joined the ranks of ISIS. The news points to the connections between Polisario, ISIS and other radical groups in the area.El Fatihi explained that Polisario is seeking to diversify its sources of financing, which until now have come largely from Algeria.“Polisario is facing a shortage of money so it had to look for it elsewhere. The only way to do so was to establish links with these groups which operate in a large unsecured area in the Algerian desert, Mali and Mauritania.”The links between Polisario and radical groups are not recent. A report by European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center (ESISC) published in 2010 cited Mustapha Bouh, a former member of the group’s political bureau, who said that Polisario’s connections with the radical organizations dates back to the 1980s, when members of the group made contacts with the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in Algeria.Later on, the group maintained relationships with militant and terrorist groups emanating from Algeria, such as the Islamic Armed Group (GIA), and the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), which would form the basis of AQIM in 2007.The connection between Polisario and these organizations suggest the group may have taken part in terrorist activities. In 2003 members of Polisario carried an attack on the headquarters of la Societé nationale mauritaniene de l’industrie minière (SNIM), Mauritania’s national mining company, stealing 153 bottles of inflammable products and 12 km long of detonating cord, suspected of being destined for use in terrorist activities.Two years later, Polisario armed vehicles were used by GSPC armed men in a deadly attack against a military barrack in Lamghiti, northern eastern Mauritania. Fifteen soldiers were killed, 17 others injured, and two went missing.Polisario’s links with radical organizations are also furthered by the fact that some notorious jihadists in the Sahel are former members of the group.In 2009, Omar Ould Sid Ahmed Ould Hamma, known as Omar Al Sahraoui, was hired by veteran AQIM terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar to kidnap three Spanish aid workers from the NGO Barcelona Accio Solidaria.Adnane Abou Walid Al-Sahraoui, another former Polisario member, made himself known between 2011 and 2015 as a leading member of Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MOJWA) and Al-Mourabitoun before joining ISIS.In 2016 Abou Walid Al Sahraoui appeared on a video on Al Jazeera making threats against Morocco, calling for terrorist attacks to be carried against tourist attractions and security buildings in the kingdom.To counter this trans-border terrorist threat, regional cooperation is paramount. Yet, Morocco has deplored lack of cooperation from Algeria, which raises serious questions about the reasons behind this reluctance.Polisario’s terrorist connections, as mentioned earlier, is likely one of them. read more

Takeaways from the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

WASHINGTON — Julian Assange’s arrest on Thursday in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London opens the next chapter in the saga of the WikiLeaks founder: an expected extradition fight over a pending criminal prosecution in the United States.It’s also likely to trigger a debate over press freedom and call attention to unresolved questions about Assange’s role in the release of stolen Democratic emails leading up to the 2016 presidential election, part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s recently concluded investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.Some takeaways from his arrest:THE CHARGES IN THE U.S.Assange, for now at least, faces a single count of computer intrusion conspiracy.He’s accused of conspiring in 2010 with Chelsea Manning, then a U.S. Army intelligence analyst who leaked troves of classified material to WikiLeaks, to crack a password that would give her higher-level access to classified computer networks.Prosecutors say Assange and Manning tried to conceal Manning’s role as a source by deleting chat logs and removing usernames from sensitive records that were shared. They used a special folder to transmit classified and national defence information, according to the indictment. Assange ultimately requested more information related to the password, telling Manning that while he had tried to crack it, he “had no luck so far.”PRESS FREEDOM IMPLICATIONSAssange and his supporters say he is a journalist who deserves legal protections for publishing stolen material. But the indictment doesn’t really have to do with whether Assange is a journalist.The allegations don’t relate to the publication of classified information but focus on his attempts to obtain the material in what prosecutors say was an illegal manner.That distinction could be vital in the government’s case and complicate Assange’s efforts to cast the prosecution as infringing on press freedom. Justice Department media guidelines are meant to protect journalists from prosecution for doing their jobs, which has historically included the publication of classified information. But the protections don’t easily extend to journalists or others who themselves break the law to obtain information or who solicit others to do so, as the government alleges.“The act of coaching” someone how to steal information, as alleged in the indictment, “is a step too far,” said Ryan Fayhee, a former Justice Department prosecutor who specialized in counterintelligence cases.Assange may well have grounds to argue that, unlike Manning or government officials or contractors, he had no obligation to safeguard American secrets.But his publication of stolen Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign and reliance for them on a foreign adversary like Russia may undermine any defence claim that he’s motivated by a public good.“His conduct, and his organization’s conduct, I believe, undermines any defence that he would pursue having to do with his genuine interest in rooting out corruption and his absolute commitment to transparency,” Fayhee said. “Because Russia is anything but the right model to point to in terms of transparency.”WHAT HAPPENS NEXTAssange is expected to fight extradition to the U.S., a process that could stretch out for years.He has a top-notch legal team, many devoted supporters and the legal issues in the U.S. case are likely to be uniquely complex.Assuming he is eventually brought to the U.S., Assange would face charges in the Eastern District of Virginia, just outside Washington. The office has considerable experience in national security prosecutions involving accused terrorists and spies and other high-matters, like the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.Justice Department officials could easily supplement their single-count indictment with a new one with more serious charges. Manning was jailed last month after she refused to testify before a grand jury in Virginia, suggesting that prosecutors’ work related to Assange is not done.Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, said he had secured a guarantee from the United Kingdom that Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face a death penalty. That’s likely a reassurance to Assange’s supporters, but the charge he currently faces carries just a five-year maximum penalty.The Espionage Act can carry the death penalty for people who give or sell national defence information to foreign nations, but that charge was not brought against Assange in the current indictment. Though some of the language in the indictment, including the references to national defence information, mimic the Espionage Act, there’s no allegation that Assange disclosed American secrets to a foreign power with the goal of harming the U.S.CONNECTION TO MUELLER’S RUSSIA INVESTIGATIONOn its face, the charges have nothing to do with Mueller’s probe.The indictment was brought not by Mueller and his team but rather by prosecutors in Virginia and the Justice Department’s national security division.There is no allegation in the indictment of any involvement in Russian election interference, co-ordination with Russian hackers or interactions with Trump campaign associates.That’s striking since Assange and WikiLeaks have surfaced, albeit obliquely and not by name, in multiple criminal cases brought by Mueller. WikiLeaks was the organization that published Democratic emails stolen by Russian intelligence officers. And Roger Stone, a Trump confidant under indictment, repeatedly boasted of connections to WikiLeaks and of having advance knowledge of the organization’s publication plans.It is unclear what information, if any, Assange might be willing to offer about how WikiLeaks came to possess the stolen emails.Mueller has farmed out investigations peripheral to his central mission to other Justice Department offices. Though Assange and WikiLeaks cut to the heart of the question of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, the special counsel ultimately closed his investigation without charging him and before he could even be taken into custody.That could suggest that Mueller didn’t see a criminal case to be made against Assange or deferred to the Justice Department’s investigation into him.____Associated Press Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report.The Associated Press read more

Stocks slide on Wall Street as retailers disappoint IBM falls after rating

Stocks slide on Wall Street as retailers disappoint; IBM falls after rating cut AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Aug 6, 2013 11:55 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are falling on Wall Street after retailers disappointed investors with lower profit forecasts.IBM pulled the Dow Jones industrial average lower after Credit Suisse cut its rating on the stock.The Dow was down 100 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 15,511 shortly before noon Tuesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 10 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 1,696. All 10 industry groups in the index fell.The Nasdaq composite index fell 28 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 3,664.American Eagle slid 15 per cent to $16.89 after the teen retailer slashed its earnings forecast, blaming weak sales. Cutting prices on clothing to lure shoppers shrunk the company’s profit margins.CVS Caremark fell 3 per cent to $59.89 after cutting the top end of its 2013 earnings forecast. read more

Syria UNESCO chief condemns destruction of Palmyras ancient temple

“The systematic destruction of cultural symbols embodying Syrian cultural diversity reveals the true intent of such attacks, which is to deprive the Syrian people of its knowledge, its identity and history, Ms. Bokova declared in a press release. “One week after the killing of Professor Khaled al-Assaad, the archaeologist who had looked after Palmyra’s ruins for four decades, this destruction is a new war crime and an immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity,” she added.According to UNESCO, Baalshamin temple was built nearly 2,000 years ago, and bears witness to the depth of the pre-Islamic history of the country. According to several reports, the building was blown up on Sunday 23 August. Its cella, or inner area, was severely damaged, and followed by the collapse of the surrounding columns.The structure of the Baalshamin temple dates to the Roman era. It was erected in the first century AD and further enlarged by Roman emperor Hadrian. The temple is one of the most important and best preserved buildings in Palmyra. It is part of the larger site of Palmyra, one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world, famed for its Greco-Roman monumental ruins, repeatedly targeted by Da’esh [also referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL] since May 2015.The art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, is a symbol of the complexity and wealth of the Syrian identity and history, Mrs. Bokova continued.“Extremists seek to destroy this diversity and richness, and I call on the international community to stand united against this persistent cultural cleansing. Da’esh is killing people and destroying sites, but cannot silence history and will ultimately fail to erase this great culture from the memory of the world. Despite the obstacles and fanaticism, human creativity will prevail, buildings and sites will be rehabilitated, and some will be rebuilt.”Such acts are war crimes and their perpetrators must be accountable for their actions, the Director-General added. read more

Shun unilateral action embrace multilateralism Namibian President urges at UN Assembly

“Democracy might have its flaws, but it is by far the best system that enables key values of the United Nations, necessary for sustained inclusive development,” Hage Geingob, the President of Namibia told the General Assembly annual general debate.The Namibian leader outlined emerging and existing challenges, which continue to hamper efforts towards socio-economic progress and underscored his country’s full commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the global development framework, adopted by UN Member States in 2015.“As a matter of fact, Namibia has integrated all 17 [Sustainable Development] Goals and their targets in our National Development Plans,” he announced, noting also, the parallels between the 2030 Agenda and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 ‘The Africa We Want’.The President also highlighted the importance of the UN Technology Bank, established this past June, for its support to countries like Namibia which are at the forefront of seasonal natural disasters such as droughts and floods.President Geingob also noted the importance of empowering young people and for utilizing their potential for the good of the global community. In that context, he also said technological advances present humanity with many opportunities and the youth are best placed to bring them to reality.“The onus is on us to understand how these technologies can create opportunities for our youth to become drivers of economic growth and industrial development,” he said, noting also the importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment.“The late Secretary General Kofi Annan was right when he said, ‘Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance’,” said the Namibian leader.“The world should do more to make gender equality a reality.” read more

No austerity measures for Greece says PM

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After meeting top European Union officials in Brussels yesterday, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras repeated in front of them the claim he had already made in Greece that his government would not adopt any new austerity measures to cover a fiscal gap in 2015 and 2016.Speaking after a meeting with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Samaras said any savings would come from structural changes and that the fiscal shortfall would be as small as 2.5 billion euros rather than the 4 billion forecast by the troika.“Whatever gap emerges for 2014 and 2015 will be covered by structural changes that will have a positive impact on public finances, not through new [austerity] measures,” said Samaras, who had traveled to Brussels ahead of Greece assuming the rotating EU presidency in January but apparently with a mission to leave EU leaders in no doubt about the inability of his government to adopt more wage cuts and tax hikes.“Greece has the biggest cyclically adjusted and structural deficits in Europe and is close to a primary surplus,” he said after meeting European Parliament President Martin Schulz and European Council chief Herman Van Rompuy, as well as Barroso.“I know that the Greek citizens are operating in extremely challenging and difficult circumstances, but I believe now we can say there is light at the end of the tunnel,” said the Commission president.last_img read more

Macaus IRs show off their green policies

first_img Load More Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch The Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum and Exhibition (MIECF) 2019 kicked off on Thursday at The Venetian Macao with the SAR’s integrated resorts showcasing their progress on environmental policies.All six Macau gaming operators joined the event, highlighting policies aimed at minimizing their environmental footprint in the city. Green policies have become increasingly important for gaming operators in Macau as their corporate social responsibility programs have been developing.Local IRs’ green directives include how electric power and other critical resources are managed inside their facilities, as well as actions to improve the lives of the community such as the adoption of electric shuttle buses.Ecological CivilizationMIECF 2019 will run until Saturday under the theme “Promoting Ecological Civilization and Green Development,” fostering ‘the principles of prioritizing resource conservation, environmental protection and ecological restoration,’ the organization states.The event includes a series of keynote speeches, networking sessions and roundtables to share experiences in the development of a more eco-friendly civilization. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner RelatedPostslast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday June 9 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio: Budget Negotiators Agree on Per-Pupil School FundingAssociated PressHouse and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to fully fund the per-student funding formula for the coming year, as work continues to  reach an overall budget deal.Coal Lawsuit Results In Little ChangeEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe Sierra Club is claiming a victory for environmentalists opposed to Seward coal shipments.Coastal Communities Protest Naval Activity in the Gulf of AlaskaShady Grove Oliver, KBBI – HomerSeveral coastal communities, including Kodiak, Cordova, and Homer, have held both land-based and fishing boat flotilla protests over the last few weeks to voice their concerns about planned Navy and joint military training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska.Rep. Don Young Marries on 82nd BirthdayLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.Alaska Congressman Don Young tied the knot today, on his 82nd birthday. Young married 76-year-old Anne Walton, a flight nurse from Fairbanks, this afternoon.NOAA Survey Ships Depart for ArcticFrancesca Fenzi, KNOM – NomeThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officially launched its Arctic survey season in Alaska yesterday. Two research ships – the Ranier and the Fairweather – will set out from Kodiak to chart the underwater and shoreline topography of the Arctic Ocean.Wood Bison Get Acquainted With Their New HabitatTim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaThe first load of wood bison bulls has been successfully released into the wild in the Innoko River valley.Deciphering the Journey of Bristol Bay SmoltMolly Dischner, KDLG – DillinghamEvery year, millions of sockeye salmon return to Bristol Bay, headed for spawning grounds in area rivers. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has counting projects on several rivers throughout the region to give managers a sense of how many fish enter rivers to spawn, but less is known about what happens to outbound juvenile fish each spring. Research teams on three rivers that flow into Bristol Bay have been studying those baby fish, called smolt, for the past few years.Budget Woes Hurt Small SpudsEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe legislative deadlock over next year’s state budget is no small potatoes.  In fact, the Alaska Plant Materials Center in Palmer may soon have to look for alternative funding sources to keep it’s seed potato program going.Kinetic Energy, A Ball and An Unlikely Path to ArtAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageAn Eagle River man started with a pile of  junk, a roll of wire, and an obsession, and ten years later, ended up with art.Odess: ‘Sitka Opened Her Arms To Me’Vanessa Walker, KCAW – SitkaBig-ticket philanthropy usually goes like this: Charitable organization makes a pitch; donor writes a check. There might be some reports to write, and maybe the donor is invited to a nice lunch. Or at least this is the way it’s supposed to work. Carol Odess , a major benefactor of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, is an outlier,last_img read more

Punjab Police constable wins Rs 2 crore in lottery

first_imgChandigarh: Punjab Police constable Ashok Kumar won state government’s New Year Lohri Bumper draw by winning the bumper prize of Rs 2 crore, it was announced on Sunday. Kumar, 30, a resident of Motian village in Hoshiarpur district, never thought that he would become a millionaire one day. He had misplaced the prize money lottery ticket but later traced it to his desk drawer at a Hoshiarpur police station. Also Read – Sisodia inaugurates three-day Mehrauli Monsoon Festival Advertise With Us Kumar said the lottery bumper prize money changed his life. A spokesperson for the Lotteries Department said the sale of Punjab State Sawan Bumper 2019 is underway and the draw would be held on July 8. He said the first prize of Rs 3 crore would be split between two winners (Rs 1.5 and 1.5 crore each). The second prize of Rs 10 lakh each will be given to five winners and the third prize of Rs 2.5 lakh each will be given to 20 winners.last_img

British American Tobacco in 47 billion bid to create worlds largest tobacco

first_imgBritish American Tobacco (BAT), the world’s second-biggest tobacco group, has made a premium offer of $47 billion to acquire the remaining 58 percent stake in America’s second-largest cigarette company Reynolds. The offer of $56.50 per share to Reynolds’s investors is about 20 percent more to BAT’s closing price of £46.66 on Friday on the London Stock Exchange. “The proposed merger of our two great companies is the logical progression in our relationship. It offers all shareholders a stake in a stronger, truly global tobacco and next-generation products company,” Nicandro Durante, BAT’s chief executive of BAT was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.The BAT offer to Reynolds’s investors consists of $24.13 in cash and $32.37 in shares.If the deal goes through, it would create the world’s largest cigarette company.BAT’s cigarette brands include Dunhill, Benson & Hedges, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Rothmans, while Reynolds American owns Newport, Camel and Pall Mall.BAT’s 2015 revenues (after deducting duty, excise and other taxes) stood at £13,104 million and the company sold 663 billion cigarettes in more than 200 markets globally last year. America is the second-largest cigarette market after China and the deal will enable BAT to consolidate its business in the lucrative market where Reynolds already has 35 percent market share.The combined valuation of BAT, presuming the deal goes though, would be about £157 billion, reported The Guardian. An analyst told the publication that the proposed merger was ideal for BAT.The offer made “perfect sense, pivoting BAT further towards the high-value US market, consolidating some strong brands and Reynolds’ position in next-generation tobacco,” Guy Ellison, the head of UK equities at Investec Wealth & Investment, said.Globally, about 5,600 billion cigarettes are sold every year, estimated at £450-£500 billion, according to BAT. Awareness about the harmful effects of cigarette smoking is leading to a decline in volume sales in developed countries, but the dynamics of demographic profile and lifestyle in emerging countries augurs well for cigarette makers.Cigarette companies in China’s neighbouring country India include ITC, Godfrey Phillips and VST Industries.last_img read more

Van plows into Toronto crowd killing 10

first_imgThe front end damage of the van that the driver used to hit several pedestrians in Toronto, Ontario, on Monday where at least 10 people were killed and 16 others wounded when a driver rammed his rental van into a crowd of pedestrians in downtown. Photo: AFPAt least 10 people have died after a man plowed a white rental van into a crowd of pedestrians in Canada’s biggest city Toronto on Monday, in what police dubbed a “deliberate” attack.The incident took place in broad daylight around 16 kilometers (10 miles) from a conference center hosting a meeting of G7 ministers, but officials said they had no evidence of a link to the event.“The actions definitely looked deliberate,” Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told journalists.Ralph Goodale, the minister of public security, added that “on the basis of all available information at the present time, there would appear to be no national security connection to this particular incident.”“Horrible day in Toronto,” he had posted earlier on Twitter. “Senseless violence takes heavy toll.”Police arrested a suspect at the scene—who police identified later as 25-year-old Alex Minassian from a northern Toronto suburb—of the attack, whose initial death toll of nine jumped to 10 after one person succumbed to injuries.Fifteen people remained in hospitals throughout the city, Saunders said, adding that local, provincial and federal investigators were probing the case.At the scene, at least three bodies could be seen under orange sheets and a long stretch of road was sealed off with police incident tape.The suspect and a police officer faced off, their guns drawn. The suspect eventually surrendered his weapon and was taken into custody.Vehicle attacks have been carried out to deadly effect by extremists in a number of capitals and major cities, including London, Paris, New York and Nice.Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the G7 meeting would continue as planned into Tuesday, with officials discussing ways to secure democratic societies from foreign interference.“The work of the ministers obviously goes on. This is a very sad day for the people of Toronto and the people of Canada,” she said.‘Really fast’Officers were called to the scene—on Yonge Street at the corner with Finch Avenue—around 1:30 pm (1730 GMT), police said.A white rental van with a dented front bumper was stopped on the sidewalk of a major intersection, surrounded by police vehicles.“He was going really fast,” witness Alex Shaker told CTV television.“All I could see was just people one by one getting knocked out, knocked out, one by one,” Shaker said. “There are so many people lying down on the streets.”Another witness, Jamie Eopni, told local Toronto television station CP24: “It was crashing into everything. It destroyed a bench. If anybody was on that street, they would have been hit on the sidewalk.”‘Deliberate’ but no terror linkThough the act seemed “deliberate,” officials did not identify a terror link.Canada has only rarely been the scene of terror attacks.In October, a man stabbed a police officer in the western city of Edmonton before slamming his van into a group of pedestrians, hurting four people.And in Quebec in October 2014, a Canadian man ran over two soldiers in a parking lot with his car, killing one of them. The driver was shot dead by police when he attacked them with a knife.In March 2016, a Canadian who claimed to have radical Islamist sympathies attacked two soldiers at a military recruitment center in Toronto.last_img read more

Nones now as big as evangelicals Catholics in the US

first_imgJack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Load Comments,Faith groups seek afterlife for shuttered churches in Canada By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Share This! Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tagsdata evangelicals homepage featured nones polling religiously unaffiliated,You may also like Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — In a shift that stands to impact both religion and politics, survey data suggests that the percentage of Americans who don’t affiliate with any specific religious tradition is now roughly the same as those who identify as evangelical or Catholic.According to newly released General Social Survey data analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University, Americans claiming “no religion” — sometimes referred to as “nones” because of how they answer the question “what is your religious tradition?” — now represent about 23.1 percent of the population, up from 21.6 percent in 2016. People claiming evangelicalism, by contrast, now represent 22.5 percent of Americans, a slight dip from 23.9 percent in 2016.That makes the two groups statistically tied with Catholics (23 percent) as the largest religious — or nonreligious — groupings in the country.“Nones have been on the march for a long time now,” Burge said. “It’s been a constant, steady increase for 20 years now. If the trend line kept up, we knew this was going to happen.”The 2018 GSS was just released and there’s some big news. Those of “no religion” (23.1%) are statistically the same size as evangelicals (22.8%). There was also a small resurgence of mainline Protestants, while Catholics are down 3% in the last four years.— Ryan Burge 📊 (@ryanburge) March 20, 2019The shift could signify coming political changes. Evangelicals often lean conservative and are known to have outsized influence on American elections: According to exit polls, white evangelicals alone made up 26 percent of the electorate in 2016, even as their share of the American population has dipped far below that, according to Public Religion Research Institute.“Evangelicals punch way above their weight,” Burge said. “They turn out a bunch at the ballot box. That’s largely a function of the fact that they’re white and they’re old.”A rising tide of religiously unaffiliated voters — a group that a 2016 PRRI analysis found skews young and liberal — could potentially offset that influence. But the same PRRI analysis also noted that religiously unaffiliated Americans do not vote in the same percentages as evangelicals, and are often underrepresented at the polls.As such, the most immediate impact of the rise in religiously unaffiliated is likely to be felt in religious communities themselves, where their absence will be noted. Even then, those who claim “no religion” are not inherently atheists or agnostics: A 2017 Pew Research survey found that only 22 percent of “nones” listed not believing in God as the most important reason for their lack of religious affiliation.But while most religious groups in the GSS survey either saw dips in affiliation or remained roughly consistent — such as black Protestants and those listed as “other faiths” — one group did see an increase: Mainline Protestants, who have been declining at a steady clip for decades, saw their numbers tick up slightly, from 10.2 percent to 10.8 percent.Even so, Burge noted that the change is not statistically significant, and more years would have to pass to register if it signifies a resurgence among mainliners. In the meantime, he pointed to another trend: The rise of the religiously unaffiliated tracks closely with the decline of mainline Protestantism beginning in the early 1990s.“The biggest story is that ‘no religion’ is coming from the mainline,” he said. “Mainliners are jumping ship.” Christian financial planner praised by Robert Jeffress facing Ponzi scheme charges By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019last_img read more

Cardinals Down Pitt in ACC Opener

first_imgThe Cardinals won No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to clinch the doubles point. Raven Neely and Nikolina Jovic defeated Gabriela Rezende and Claudia Bartolome 6-2 at No. 1 while Sena Suswam and Diana Wong beat Natsumi Okamoto and Luisa Varon 6-3 at No. 2.”We had good energy with doubles today,” said Beckham. “Our doubles has not been quite where I want us to be so I made some slight changes and they worked out so I need them to stick with it and grow as a team, so that we have a chance to win that point every match.  I feel good now and we are in good shape.”Chloe Hamlin captured the first singles point for Louisville, overtaking M. Perez Noguera 6-4, 6-0 at No. 5. At No. 6, Wong got the better of Okamoto 6-2, 6-3. Despite falling early in the first set, Jovic came back to defeat Camila Moreno 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4. Neely won over Rezende at No. 3 6-3, 7-5. The Cardinals stay unbeaten at 9-0, and will travel to Lincoln, Neb. to take on Nebraska on Friday, Feb. 15.  Print Friendly Version Story Links At No. 2, Suswam overpowered Varon, 7-5, 6-0. To wrap things up, Aleksandra Mally prevailed over Bartolome 6-2, 3-6, 10-7.center_img Photo Gallery Box Score LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville women’s tennis team opened ACC play Sunday afternoon with a 7-0 sweep of Pittsburgh at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.”ACC wins are hard to come by and today we played the best tennis we have played the entire year,” said Mark Beckham, UofL head coach. “I couldn’t have written it any better than that. If I had to choose a date to play our best tennis, I would have picked today to set the tone.” Tennis Match ResultsPitt vs Louisville2/10/2019 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)Louisville 7, Pitt 0 Singles competition 1. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) def. Claudia Bartolome (UP) 6-2, 3-6, 10-72. Sena Suswam (LOU) def. Luisa Varon (UP) 7-5, 6-03. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Gabriela Rezende (UP) 6-3, 7-54. #114 Nikolina Jovic (LOU) def. Camila Moreno (UP) 6-3, 6-15. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) def. M. Perez Noguera (UP) 6-4, 6-06. Diana Wong (LOU) def. Natsumi Okamoto (UP) 6-2, 6-3 Doubles competition 1. Raven Neely/Nikolina Jovic (LOU) def. Gabriela Rezende/Claudia Bartolome (UP) 6-32. Sena Suswam/Diana Wong (LOU) def. Natsumi Okamoto/Luisa Varon (UP) 6-33. Aleksandra Mally/Chloe Hamlin (LOU) def. Clara Lucas/Camila Moreno (UP) 5-4last_img read more

Trailer home turned Banksy canvas up for auction in Paris

first_imgRecently pried off the trailer, the work called “Silent Majority,” which depicts a commando raid to install sound gear for a rave, goes up for auction Monday in Paris.The Digard auction house hopes it will fetch at least $400,000. Failing that, the plan is to put it up for private sale.The owner wanted only his first name, Nathan, to be used to avoid more hassle over his strange and valuable possession. His four children, who tagged along to Paris, still treat the work casually, slipping up alongside it on the street where it was displayed for the weekend.Nathan had already been on the road for most of his life when Banksy approached him about the trailer that was his home at the time. In exchange for a bit of money and some tickets to the music festival, the then-obscure artist had a deal. He and a collaborator known as Inkie set to work, painting during the annual festival best remembered that year for its ankle-deep mud.“I took some Champagne to sell, so we were drinking and selling Champagne while he was painting,” Nathan said. “Other than that, our lives just carried on. Then he got famous and it got valuable.”Bansky himself is as elusive as his work is public. The Internet is full of speculation about his identity, fuelled by Banksy’s refusal to play along. His website, displaying a photo of a man in a balaclava, says he “is not represented by an art gallery, is not on Facebook and has never used Twitter.” Top Stories Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone “If I didn’t like it, I would have painted over it,” he said. “Then when he finished it, it looked great. You walk out your truck in the morning, open the door and there’s 50 people taking photos.”Nathan said he hopes to build a house with the money from the proceeds, putting it on the same piece of land where the trailer stood for so long.“We’ll end up living in it again,” he said. “It needs a different type of owner.”Banksy himself won’t be at the auction, but the organization that he set up to authenticate his work has given “Silent Majority” a rare certificate that allows its buyer the unusual chance to own the piece legally. On his website, Banksy discussed the sale of street art.“As a kid I always dreamt of growing up to be a character in Robin Hood,” he wrote. “I just never realized I’d end up playing one of the gold coins.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PARIS (AP) — Painted by one of the world’s most famous street artists, installed first at a mud-soaked music festival and then beneath an oak tree, the trailer was home first to an itinerant British couple and then their growing family.In 1998, the truck owner knew Banksy as someone he had once busked with in Bristol, England, and the friend of his sister’s boyfriend, and for 200 pounds (about $300 at the time), he agreed to turn his trailer into a blank canvas for the Glastonbury music festival. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Nathan said wistfully he hadn’t seen him in years: “He’s hidden himself away from us lot for some reason.”Inkie is also attending the Paris auction, where he was given a blank canvas and space on the sidewalk in a ritzy Parisian version of the mud-splattered Glastonbury day when he and Banksy painted the trailer. “We painted it live over a day,” Inkie said after carefully peeling off a latex glove and offering a handshake. “He came up with the idea.”The trailer made its way to other festivals over the years, with Nathan driving and setting up tents as he had in the years before the spray paint hit his home. And it started to get more attention.“Silent Majority” was painted freehand, rather than using stencils as has been Banksy’s signature, and is a rare example of the artist’s early work, said Mary McCarthy, a British street art expert who helped organize Monday’s auction.“This piece was a commissioned piece. So it wasn’t a piece that Banksy just threw on the side of a truck or threw on a wall,” McCarthy said. Nathan doesn’t quite describe himself as a commissioner of artwork, but the piece became part of his life over more than a decade, after he met his wife and the two of them started a family. In this photo taken Saturday May 30, 2015, people walk past a trailer which British street artist Banksy turned into a piece entitled “Silent Majority”, as it is displayed outside the Digard auction house in Paris. The work called “Silent Majority,” which depicts a commando raid to install sound gear for a rave, goes up for auction Monday in Paris. 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Go back to the enewsletter With over 3000 kilome

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Ministry looking at ways to boost fuel competition

first_imgBy Elias HazouThe commerce ministry is looking into ways of boosting competition in the fuel market, including enabling some petrol stations to operate freely of importers.High fuel prices at the pump, and the ‘rockets and feathers effect’ – prices rapidly jacked up once import costs increase but dropped slowly during reductions – were again discussed at parliament on Tuesday.Stelios Himonas, the commerce ministry’s permanent secretary, told MPs that presently four fuel importers dominate the market, controlling about 85 per cent of petrol stations.On the retail end, petrol stations are bound by contract to buy from a specific importer, meaning they cannot shop around for the cheapest price.What’s more, Himonas said, four importers purchase their fuel from the same supplier in Greece.The ministry has prepared a draft study proposing that a number of petrol stations are rendered independent of importers.The study found that, in order to sever the tight bond between the retailers and importers, it would take at least two dozen petrol stations to import their own fuel.As such, the ministry is considering specific stations whose contracts with importers are due to expire over the next few years.On his part, auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides openly spoke of an oligopoly, urging authorities to tackle the problem “at its root”.He cited a probe by the Committee for the Protection of Competition (CPC), which in 2009 determined that fuel companies had engaged in “concerted practice,” a term denoting the informal and tacit understanding between firms to influence the conduct of the market.The CPC had slapped a €42.9m fine on the companies, but the decision was overturned by the Supreme Court in May 2011 on a technicality. The companies convinced the court that the probe was null and void because the then-leadership of the CPC lacked the necessary qualifications.In his 2013 report, the auditor-general had red-flagged how importers’ fuel margins are calculated.Currently, it’s understood, the ‘reasonable profit margin’ is declared every year by each of the companies, and the government goes along with whatever figures the companies cite.The auditor-general recommends instead that the profit margin be determined by a government-appointed panel, which will study in detail the companies’ expenses (fuel plus operating costs) and derive an appropriate profit margin.“In checking the reasonableness of wholesale prices, up until now the approach has been to take the fuel price on the day of import and add the company’s acceptable profit margin. This is a distortion,” Michaelides said in parliament.The commerce ministry’s Himonas said authorities are taking on board the suggestion. The ministry will be issuing a call for tender to hire consultants who will investigate whether the rates quoted by fuel importers are reasonable.The external consultants will be given the task because, explained Himonas, by law the government is prohibited from conducting thorough checks of the companies’ cost analysis.But, he added, from a cursory examination it has emerged that the price per litre for operational costs, quoted by importers, is lower than the price per litre for their other expenses.“So the problem doesn’t lie there, and this is why we need to investigate and to hire experts,” Himonas said.Meanwhile, the ministry plans to launch within July an app reporting fuel prices to consumers in real time.In April 2013 the CPC decided to re-open the old 2009 investigation into possible fuel price collusion.CPC head Loukia Christodoulou told deputies that the revived probe is now nearing completion.The CPC has drawn up 80 files in total. As required by law, it has given each of the respondent companies access to the material concerning them.“We have set the dates for the hearings, the hearings process is now pending,” she said.In addition, the CPC is conducting a sector-wide investigation into petroleum products. It is looking into the prices of unleaded 95 petrol, unleaded 98 petrol, diesel, heating oil, and gas.Launched in January of this year, the probe covers the entire supply chain – importation, transportation and storage. Its purpose is to establish any distortion or impediment to market competition.Excise duties on fuel now are 49 cents per litre, on top of which 19 per cent VAT is added. The excise duty levied by the government is not tied to sales or consumption, but is rather pre-paid at customs at the point of delivery – the bonded warehouses or tank farms in Larnaca where shipments arrive.Oil importers bring in a new shipment roughly once every 10 days.The energy minister has the power to issue a decree – in force for a maximum of 45 days – imposing a cap on fuel prices. Despite calls from politicians for the imposition of a price ceiling to shield consumers, the government is wary of enforcing the measure, as it distorts free market conditions.However, the energy ministry is currently devising a new formula determining the criteria by which such a decree may be issued.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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has started and I encourage North Dakotans to use the resources on my new webpage to help answer their questions sign up for coverage or search for different plans” Heitkamp said in a press release “This year the time frame to enroll in health insurance is a month and a half shorter with fewer federal resources available to assist folks That’s why I’m stepping up to make sure North Dakotans can get the information and assistance they need”Heitkamp’s website provides links to resources regarding the federal marketplace Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and information about tax credits and lowering out-of-pocket costsThe Trump administration cut many navigator and other Obamacare outreach programs this year so fewer resources are available for potential consumers in North Dakota to get information about enrolling in an Obamacare plan The link to the senator’s new website is: wwwheitkampsenategov/publicStaff at the group home Welzant lives at on the 1100 block of Beech Street in Brainerd Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston said police have confirmed with store security video that Welzant was at the Holiday Stationstore in Brainerd 424 S Sixth St, But he paid a price for it. David Jones adopted the name David Bowie in homage to Jim Bowie, who make up about 32% of all NIH principal investigators,Nicholas Todd Sutton, America is facing a dangerous enemy.

a postdoctoral associate at UW Madison, part of Libya’s conflict since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. according to a recent UK Government consultation. said he will continue to “fight this battle for the heart and soul of this Nation,000 Palestinians gathered at the border between Israel and Gaza for an event that was billed as the first day of a six-week protest against the longstanding blockade there as well as in favor of a right to return home for Palestinians who lost land in 1948 in what is now Israel. read more