OTTAWA — The Senate’s ethics officer says ex-senator Don Meredith created a poisoned work environment by harassing a half-dozen employees, plus a constable in the upper chamber’s protection service.In a report released Friday, Pierre Legault says Meredith bullied, threatened and intimidated his own staff and repeatedly touched, kissed and propositioned some of them.The Pentecostal minister was named to the Senate by Stephen Harper in 2010.He resigned in 2017, after an internal committee recommended he be expelled over a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.The ethics investigation began nearly four years ago, and Legault says it’s stopped and started several times because of a criminal investigation and fights over his office’s authority.The report says Meredith believes he’s been treated unfairly and denied due process in the ethics investigation, and he stopped participating as it reached its final stages this spring.The Canadian Press
The explosives were recovered after occupants of the house alerted police to what they had discovered while a septic tank was being dug following which police were dispatched to the spot. Enquiries are on to find out why the trio had come to the town. Police had on Monday recovered more than 50 boxes of abandoned ammunition, 41 light machine guns, 22 machine guns and five landmines near Thangachimadam area in Ramanathapuram district. A Sri Lankan national was arrested at Uchipuli Valangapuri coast near Ramanathapuram while two others escaped into a nearby forest, the Police said today.Stephen from Thalaimannar was seen moving around in suspicious circumstances near the coast last night along with two others when he was arrested, ‘Q’ Branch inspector N Rajeswari said. The two others managed to escape into a nearby forest, she added. The trio had come from Thalaimannar by a fibreglass boat, she said. Police also seized the boat which was fitted with a Suzuki engine.
PELHAM, Ont. — David Ireland is frustrated by the “skunk smell” of pot that wafts down from two cannabis cultivation facilities roughly five kilometres away and lingers outside his home, even in the winter.“On hot humid days, it’s worse because they have to vent more often … You wouldn’t be able to open your windows,” he said.The town of Pelham, Ont., where Ireland lives — an hour away from Toronto, near Niagara Region wine country — has become a hotbed for legal commercial pot growers who have snapped up greenhouses and converted them from flowers and vegetables to the more lucrative crop.There are now six licensed marijuana production operations in the community of 17,500 people, and one cannabis company that has expressed interest, according to Pelham Mayor Marvin Junkin. Cannabis growers are racing to scale up with massive greenhouses — but not everyone thinks bigger is better Cannabis black market will thrive until small pot growers and sellers are included, advocates say Thick, skunk-like odour invades California town as farmers switch from growing flowers to marijuana And while the community is receptive to the jobs the companies bring, mounting complaints about odour and light pollution at night have prompted residents such as Ireland to form a group aimed at keeping the industry in check.As a result, Pelham has banned any new cannabis cultivation facilities and existing ones are prohibited from expanding for one year, under an interim control bylaw put in place on Oct. 15 last year.“Unfortunately, the ones that are here haven’t been the best of corporate citizens,” Junkin said.“It’s a two-edge sword right now,” the mayor said. “As a town we definitely like the jobs… If they can just meet a little bit more halfway on the emissions, light and odour.”This tension in Pelham highlights the growing pains of the cannabis industry as Canadian pot players ramp up production to meet domestic and global demand while balancing the concerns of the communities where they operate.As a town we definitely like the jobs… If they can just meet a little bit more halfway on the emissions, light and odourPelham Mayor Marvin Junkin The Green Organic Dutchman, based in Mississauga, Ont., has also faced resistance in Hamilton where it has a planned greenhouse expansion. Meanwhile, more than 30 Ontario municipalities have decided they do not want cannabis retail stores in their communities ahead of a Jan. 22 deadline.The domestic cannabis industry has exploded in recent years in preparation for legalization of adult-use pot last fall.The cannabis market in Canada, including medical, illegal and legal recreational products is expected to generate up to $7.17 billion in total sales in 2019, according to a recent Deloitte report. Of that amount, legal sales are expected to contribute more than half, up to $4.34 billion, in the first year, Deloitte added.Canada has emerged as the world leader in pot, with companies expanding their global reach as more countries around the world legalize the drug for medical use.The result has been an economic bump in communities such as Leamington, Ont. and Smiths Falls, Ont., helping to fill a void left behind by factories that once produced Heinz Ketchup and Hershey chocolate, said Ryerson University business professor Brad Poulos.“It’s had a huge impact, basically brought these communities back to life,” Poulos said.There were 10,400 people employed in cannabis-related jobs in Canada in November, up 7,500 or 266 per cent from a year earlier, according Statistics Canada.Meanwhile, demand for legal recreational pot since Oct. 17 across Canada continues to outstrip supply, with widespread shortages that provinces and territorial suppliers have warned may last for months.The pushback against the industry in Pelham is a constraint on licensed producers such as CannTrust, hampering their ability to expand and cash in on the current supply crunch.“Overall, we consider this to be a potential negative development as a delay in CannTrust’s ramp to full production would limit its ability to capitalize on the near-term under-supplied Canadian market,” said Bank of Montreal analyst Tamy Chen in a recent note to clients.CannTrust opened a hydroponic facility in Pelham last June, which the company has said is capable of producing up to 50,000 kilograms of pot annually. The producer had also planned to expand the facility, in two phases, which would eventually increase its output to 100,000 kilograms.The company has not yet received the needed permits for the latter phase of its expansion. CannTrust chief executive Peter Aceto said those permit applications were submitted before the Oct. 15 bylaw was passed.However, Pelham’s director of community planning Barbara Weins said a sale transaction related to CannTrust’s planned expansion was not completed before Oct. 15 and therefore the permits could not be issued.The company has taken “significant precautions” to control odour at its Pelham facility and it hasn’t received any smell complaints, Aceto said, but it has been contacted by the county about light pollution.“It’s always been really important to us to be a good member of that community,” Aceto said. “So if there is something that is making people unhappy, we want to remedy it.”In any case, CannTrust is exploring other options to expand its production capabilities, such as outdoor growing, acquiring a licensed producer or buying existing greenhouses in other parts of the country, he said.CannTrust executives met with Pelham’s mayor on Friday and had a “productive” visit, according to Junkin.Leviathan Cannabis Group had announced plans for a greenhouse in Pelham, and has made an exemption application to the town, said its chief executive Martin Doane.The Toronto-based company, which is still awaiting its license from Health Canada, intends to build a sealed greenhouse with full shading to contain odour and light, he said.“Our company empathizes… We don’t want to be lumped in with these earlier-generation facilities.”The light pollution, rather than the pungent aroma, is the most pressing concern, said long-time area resident Josh Miner.“At night, it’s ridiculous… I can walk in my backyard and it’s bright as day,” he said.Still, Miner recognizes the economic boost the industry brings and has positioned himself to benefit from it. His business Fenwick Pie Co. is near one of the cannabis cultivators in Pelham, and has seen an influx of customers as a result.“People do need to realize that heavy industry is dead, or it’s on its way to dying. And if people need jobs — that’s a job,” Miner said.A pungent aroma is a common by-product of any industry, he adds.“The way I look at it, we’ve been an agricultural area forever and I grew up near a chicken farm,” Miner said.“So there’s a negative smell there as well, but nobody has stopped raising chickens.”
Held at the headquarters of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the event, which began yesterday, is being conducted in Arabic and French and brings together some 30 media representatives working in the Lebanese capital. The seminar is part of a global initiative aimed at promoting the use of the Internet as a tool to support the economic and social development efforts of the United Nations and the Organization of La Francophonie. It is also viewed as part of efforts to bridge what Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called the “digital divide” between developed and developing countries.
It isn’t too tricky to nail down near-term changes in smartphones and tablets. Faster processors, faster wireless, higher resolution displays, bigger batteries, updated software… there is a fairly short list of predictable upgrades. When you start looking at several years down the road, though, the advances get a bit trickier to nail down. We’ve grown accustomed to Apple’s multitouch devices looking mostly the same ever since the first iPhone. But will they look the same five years from now?The above video bets that they won’t. Though it brands itself as a concept video for the iPad 3, this is more like an iPad 7 demo. Some of its features could be here within the next few years, but others would be more at home in a Star Wars prequel than in any actual product we’ll see in the next decade.The software and the back of the device look familiar, but the first difference that you’ll notice is the bezel-less, edge-to-edge display. This part could actually happen sooner than later. Recent rumors have Samsung already producing a (nearly) bezel-less smartphone, and one of the many iPhone 5 rumors we’ve heard has Apple creating an edge-to-edge display. Tablet innovations generally follow soon after smartphone innovations, so we could potentially see these kinds of tablets within the next three or four years.Another cool feature in this concept video is the use of NFC and magnets to attach two iPads. The two tablets then share the screen real estate, similar to how PCs employ a second monitor — only much better.After that, though, we get into the silly season. This iPad can apparently create mid-air 3D projections for a football video game. Star Wars-like 3D holograms are a sci-fi favorite, but we’re nowhere near producing tech like this. Projections need some kind of surface to reflect off of — at least for now.That doesn’t, however, take away from the brilliance of these videographers. If you want to create something new, the first thing you’ll need is imagination. Concept videos like this inspire our collective imaginations, and could actually contribute to some of these features coming to fruition. … just don’t hold your breath for that 3D projected game of Madden 2016.Aatma Studio, via 9to5Mac
France : aucune exception d’euthanasie prévue dans la mission LeonettiAlors que la mission Leonetti vient à peine de rendre ses conclusions concernant sa réflexion sur une évaluation et une évolution de la loi sur la fin de vie, l’exception d’euthanasie n’est pas envisagée.Depuis plusieurs années, la question se pose en France : pourquoi ne peut-on pas demander à mourir lorsque l’on se sait condamné et que l’on souffre ? Plusieurs cas publics ont mis sur le devant de la scène cette préoccupation qui oppose le droit de disposer de sa vie comme bon nous semble, et une question d’éthique. On se rappelle notamment de Chantal Sébire, une femme atteinte d’une tumeur au visage incurable qui avait demandé publiquement le droit de mettre fin à ses souffrances et qui s’est suicidée. Ainsi, une mission d’évaluation sur la loi sur la fin de vie est aujourd’hui en cours, menée par Jean Leonetti, député UMP. Si la question de la légalisation de l’aide active à mourir a été évoquée, elle a également été vivement rejetée.L’homme souhaite tout de même que la question de la fin de vie soit mieux appréhendée et recommande au Premier ministre la mise en place d’un Observatoire des pratiques de la fin de vie ainsi que la création d’un médecin référent en soins palliatifs, explique Le Monde. Une “exception d’euthanasie” consistant à autoriser le droit de mourir seulement en cas de demande consciente d’un patient atteint d’une maladie incurable, était envisagée avant d’être totalement refusée. Pour Jean Leonetti, le suicide assisté ou l’euthanasie doivent être punis par la loi au contraire de l’aide au suicide. Un congé exceptionnel d’accompagnement d’un proche en fin de vie a été évoqué par le député.Le 26 janvier 2011 à 14:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
Last year’s clinic saw Wilkins Sylvain, Shadarno Clarke, Karl Shand Jr., Brendan Handfield and Willcan Seymour move on to the Elite Camp in Trinidad and Tobago, with Clarke being the first player selected to the top 8 for the NBA NYC Experience. Ten clinics are being held Caribbean-wide by Digicel and the NBA. The Jumpstart Clinic is set for this weekend Sept. 9th-11th, and Digicel says it will play host to the hoop dreams of 60 players – boys and girls. Cheshire Hall explains Monday power outage at hospital Woman shot multiple times in Provo still critical Related Items:Digicel and NBA team up again, Digicel Jumpstart program, takara bain Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 6, 2016 – Digicel will this Friday officially launch, for the second year running, its Jumpstart program. It is a sport initiative tailored to the Caribbean in partnership with the NBA. Takara Bain, Head of Marketing for Digicel TCI said: “We are excited to be hosting the Digicel Jumpstart programme here once again. This is part of Digicel’s continuing commitment to nurturing and developing sports in the TCI …” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Hospitals ready to ride out the storm
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., today. Southeast winds 50 to 65 mph with gusts to 80 mph are expected along Turnagain Arm and the Upper Hillside. While warning level winds are not expected over the lower elevations of the Anchorage bowl, the NWS is expecting southeast winds 20 to 30 with gusts to 45 mph to develop in town. Winds are expected to peak midday today and diminish below warning level by early Tuesday evening,though gusty winds are expected to persist through Tuesday night. According to the advisory, travel may be difficult. Trees may be blown over. Loose debris can be moved and damage property.
The Newsstand Channel Is Being Hollowed OutThe devastating first-half sales are, as we’re all aware, not an anomaly. The steep decline began in the first half of 2008 and has essentially continued unabated since then. A brief recap illustrates the accumulative depth of the sales slide: To paraphrase Senator John McCain—let’s have some straight talk. The newsstand as we know it is nearing endangered species status. How much further do newsstand sales have to decline before publishers take corrective action? It’s well known that newsstand sales are in the dumper, but the depth of the audited publication sales slide in the first half of this year is even greater than has recently been reported by the media. A 9.6 percent sales decline (reported by the media) is huge, but the extent of the actual slide is more than 20 percent greater.The reason for the difference is that the numbers reported by the media only represent the sales status of titles that were audited in both the first half of this year and the first half of last year. It doesn’t, however, include titles audited a year go, but have either ceased being audited and/or have discontinued being published. Examples include; Soap Opera Weekly, Soap Opera ABC, Soap Opera CBS, Cooking with Paula Deen and Spin. If sales data from discontinued/no longer audited titles are included in the calculation, the overall unit sales decline is estimated (based on preliminary ABC reports) to be a breath-taking 12.8 percent and a corresponding 12.2 percent fall in revenue. The unit sales of audited publications have declined nearly 45 percent in the last four and a half years. Since 2007 it’s estimated that by the end of 2012 the annual unit sales of audited publications will have fallen from about 930 million to 510 million—a staggering annual sales loss of 420 million copies. The revenue will have declined from $3.2 billion to approximately $2.4 billion.What’s Gone Wrong?There are many explanations for this decline—the great recession, fewer store visits and a more cost conscious consumer. But the most significant has been the impact of technological change that has increased the proclivity of consumers to acquire news and information on a range of mobile devices that are offering better and better user experiences. Together all of these things have contributed to the decline.Should the Decline Have Been So Steep?In this 4-year period of unprecedented change a substantial sales decline would certainly have been expected. But should it have been so severe? I would argue the decline has been exacerbated by a timid publishing community and the restraints of an antiquated newsstand channel distribution system. The channel has, in effect, been held hostage by a costly, inefficient system loaded with duplication of effort. This is largely a product of its two-middlemen (wholesalers and national distributors) configuration.Years ago the channel probably required a two-middlemen check and balance approach in order to meet the needs of accommodating a vast distribution network with over 500 independent wholesalers. Today just three wholesalers control the majority of all magazine newsstand distributions and the two-middlemen configuration seems seriously out of date. However, the corrosive often adversarial nature of this configuration continues to persist, which has seriously thwarted the prospect for channel reform.As I indicated in a February story (after the audit bureaus reported last year’s second-half sales) the magazine newsstand had reached viral conditions and it was clear that the desperately persistent decline was now feeding on itself. Six months later the first half results (the steepest sales decline in recent history) only confirms the viral nature of channel conditions.Publishers and Wholesalers: Coping in the Age of Newsstand AusterityPublishersFor years publisher’s newsstand actions were dictated primarily by competitive self-interest. They largely ignored the health of the supply chain and the financial sustainability of its wholesaling “partners.” These actions, although seemingly counter productive, were precipitated by the huge diversity of the publishing community (like herding cats) and by the knowledge that they had a range of other alternatives (not just newsstand circ) for delivering readers to meet their circ level requirements.The trend to less single copy circ has been continuing for many decades, but the recent 4-year newsstand sales decline, coupled by the advent of digital (replica) circ, has intensified the effect of the newsstand sales decline.Let me give you a current example of how this works. People Magazine, the undisputed newsstand sales leader, experienced a nearly 19 percent decline in newsstand sales in the first half of this year. This translated to a 214,000 drop in newsstand circ. But People’s total paid circulation (nearly 3.6 million) remained virtually the same as it was in the year previous period (actually it was up about 6,000). To compensate for the “lost” newsstand circ, the subscription circ was increased by 220,000—this included a 77,000 increase in verified circ. Additionally People reported (for the first time) 37,000 replica circ.The point here is publishers have alternatives for compensating for “lost” newsstand circ. But it comes with some serious tradeoffs. Adding subscribers to meet circ level requirements generally increases reader acquisition costs and, of course, the added subscribers remove potential newsstand buyers from the market, which has a subtle, but real, impact on future newsstand sales.WholesalersOn the other hand wholesalers have far fewer alternatives for compensating for declining newsstand sales. Essentially those alternatives come down to reducing costs and increasing scale (growing market share). That’s exactly what’s happened. Wholesalers have lowered costs by reducing staff, consolidating distribution management at central locations and curtailing much needed system improvement investments.Although it’s difficult to measure the sales effect of these cost-saving initiatives, by all accounts the cost containment strategy of wholesalers has definitely contributed to the sales slide. In the process the three remaining wholesaler groups continue to battle for market share. The News Group, one of three major wholesaling groups, has recently taken the Kroger account (a major seller of magazines) from another super-wholesaler, The Source. The News Group and Hudson News teamed to buy CMG, a large national distributor, from Hearst and Condé Nast. It’s still too early to read the results of this precedent-setting move, but I suspect it’s quietly resonating in the market. All of this appears to be setting up the inevitable battle for wholesaler survival among the three remaining wholesaling giants. This battle may come to nothing, but in the interim it’s helping keep the fragile newsstand channel in an unsettled condition.In a declining newsstand market publishers have options, albeit they’re often costly. Wholesalers have a lesser number of viable options for coping in a down market. They are desperately trying to keep their financial ships afloat, while fighting a market share battle, which could eventually reshape the newsstand channel.It’s Up to Publishers to Save the Newsstand ChannelPublishers have alternatives for replacing “lost” newsstand circ. This, however, has provided a false sense of security that has partially blinded them to the perils of a newsstand channel with greatly diminished capabilities. Yes, the prospect of more digital circ is in publisher’s future, but let’s be clear about the realities of consumer magazine publishing—for many years to come publishing survival will continue to be based on producing quality print products, attracting a cadre of advertisers, cost effectively acquiring print readers and protecting prime sources of circ (reader) acquisition.None of the many circulation sources is more important than the newsstand. Without a viable newsstand sales market the prospect for the survival of consumer magazines will be seriously diminished.Wholesalers and publishers, whether they like it or not, are bound at the hip. Publishers desperately need a viable newsstand channel and wholesalers need publishers that are fully committed to producing product with retail sales appeal.What Can Be Done to Slow the Sales Slide?At this juncture it’s not a matter of growing sales, but slowing the devastating 10 percent rate of annual decline. It’s no secret that channel efficiencies can be improved, duplicate effort eliminated and costs reduced. If that happened it could go a long ways towards stemming the severity of the sales fall.If publishers and wholesalers needs are mutually dependent why aren’t these things being done?Resolve the Scan-Based Trading IssueThere is no simple answer. But if I were to pick the major sticking point it involves the publisher/national distributor/wholesaler battle over how to adjust to the effects of scan based trading. Scan based trading now dominates wholesaler relationships with their major retailing clients. However, publishers/national distributors have not fully accepted this reality. It’s too complicated an issue to fully discuss in this note, but the gist is it revolves around publishers accepting scanned sales data, shifting inventory control to publishers and coming to grips with the so called “shrink” factor (the difference that may occur between scanned data and actual counts). There are also some audit bureau issues involved.Scanned-based trading is a thorny issue, but resolving it may hold the key to unleashing the prospect for improving efficiencies and reducing channel costs. Publishers and wholesalers should be encouraged to resolve the scanned-based trading differences, which, in turn, will enable them to get on with the task of working more cooperatively to address the more important issue of stemming the sales slide.I believe the ball is in the publisher’s court. They must step up to bat and get this done. If not the future for the newsstand looks very gloomy.
Haridwar: A BJP lawmaker in Uttarakhand, who was suspended by his party last month, dances with abandon to a Hindi song as he holds guns in both his hands and one in his mouth, in a video that has been widely shared on social media. In what appears to be a night of revelry, Kunwar Pranav Singh ‘Champion’ – dressed in a black vest and white trousers – takes a sip of a drink as he holds up two pistols in his left hand in his living room. He then gives the glass to his assistant and takes another gun from him, continuing to wave them as he moves to the song. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Justifying brandishing guns, Singh says the weapons were not loaded and he has a license for them. “This is a conspiracy. They are licensed weapons and not loaded. I am not pointing towards anyone or threatening anyone. What’s the crime? Is drinking alcohol and keeping a licensed gun a crime?” The BJP has expressed its displeasure at the lawmaker’s act and said action will be taken against him. Last month, Mr Singh was suspended by the BJP for three months on disciplinary grounds after he allegedly misbehaved with journalists. He was also given a show-cause notice. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us He is the lawmaker from Laksar in Haridwar. “I’ve seen that video. I condemn it. These kinds of complaints came against Pranav Singh ‘Champion’ earlier as well, that’s why he was suspended for three months. We’ll talk to the Uttarakhand unit about it. Strict action will be taken,” the BJP’s national media in-charge Anil Baluni said. “We will look into the matter and also verify if the weapons are licensed or not,” a police officer was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Three years ago, Kunwar Pranav Singh ‘Champion’ was among nine lawmakers who revolted against then chief minister Harish Rawat and switched from the Congress to the BJP.
A gas flare on an oil production platform is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf July 25, 2005 (representational image).Reuters fileIran was the second-biggest oil supplier to Indian state refiners between April and June, India’s oil minister said on Monday, replacing Saudi Arabia as companies took advantage of steeper discounts offered by Tehran.India, Iran’s top oil client after China, shipped in 5.67 million tonnes or about 457,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil from the country in the first three months of this fiscal year, Dharmendra Pradhan told lawmakers in a written reply.He did not provide comparable numbers from the year-ago period. Data compiled by Reuters shows that India imported about 3.46 million tonnes, or about 279,000 bpd, from Iran between April and June last year.State refiners, accounting for about 60 percent of India’s 5 million bpd refining capacity, had curbed imports from Iran last year in protest against Tehran’s move to grant development rights for the giant Farzad B gas field to other parties.The refiners – Indian Oil Corp, Chennai Petroleum Corp, Bharat Petroleum and its unit Bharat Oman Refineries Ltd, Hindustan Petroleum and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals – shipped in 9.8 million tonnes of Iranian oil in 2017/18, about a quarter less than a year ago, Pradhan’s reply showed.For this fiscal year, the refiners had decided to almost double imports from Iran, which offered almost free shipping and extended credit period on oil sales.Iraq continued to be the top oil supplier to India in the April-June period. New Delhi shipped in 7.27 million tonnes of oil from Iraq, while shipments from Saudi Arabia totalled 5.22 million tonnes, making it the third largest supplier, Pradhan’s statement showed.India and other major buyers of Iranian oil are under pressure to cut imports from the country after Washington in May withdrew from a 2005 nuclear deal with Tehran and decided to reimpose sanctions on the OPEC member.Reuters reported last month that India had asked refiners to prepare for drastic reductions or even zero Iranian oil imports. The first set of sanctions will take effect on Aug. 6 and the rest, notably in the petroleum sector, following a 180-day “wind-down period” ending on Nov. 4.”Indian refineries import crude oil from diverse sources including Iran, depending on technical and commercial considerations,” Pradhan said, without elaborating if the refiners would cut imports from Tehran.India’s overall oil imports from Iran in June declined by about 16 percent from May as refiners started weaning their plants off crude from Iran to avoid U.S. sanctions.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /50:35 On Tuesday’s edition of Houston Matters: How, and where should Houstonians rebuild differently after Harvey? Our panel of experts share their ideas as we invite you to join in on the conversation.Also this hour: We hear how Houston’s technology community pulled together to help during and after the storm. And we learn about a hidden message discovered in a Houston home damaged by Harvey.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Listen Share
By Brianna Rhodes, Special to the AFRO National grassroots coalition, 51 for 51 released a video last week starring District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine as a call to action to pass a law to make D.C. the 51st state in America.The coalition, which is made up of groups in D.C and nationwide, are requesting that residents in D.C. have voting representation. This effort will allow the 700,000 individuals who live in D.C. to have a voice in Congress, with 51 votes in the Senate and have “control over local laws,” according to 51 for 51 press release. Attorney General Karl Racine teamed up with the grassroots coalition 51 for 51, advocating for D.C. to become the 51st state. (Courtesy Photo)“[There are] folks who serve their country and still do not have a voting member in Congress,” Racine said in the video. “Its residents want to pass laws that reflect their values and Congress can come in and essentially overrule the will of the people.”Some issues the Attorney General believes D.C. residents should have an influence over through voter representation include societial issues such as marijuana laws, abortion, reproductive health, gun violence prevention. But unfortunately, Congress is able to override voters stance due to Congressional regulation.The grassroot coalition makes the point that D.C. residents pay federal taxes, serve in the military, impact the national economy, among other contributions to the country, but have no authority to influence on the laws that are made and how their tax dollars should be used, according to its website. D.C. residents actually pay the highest federal taxes per capita even though they have no representation in Congress, the Associated Press reported.“Although Congress has denied D.C. statehood, we still have to perform the functions of a state in addition to those of a city government,” the 51 for 51 site states. The coalition is hoping Sept. 19 will be the first step towards change. The House of Representatives will be holding its first hearing in 26 years to discuss D.C. statehood and the hearing will be led by Rep. Elijah Cummings.Ten organizations have recently supported this effort and the coalition within in the past month, including national gun violence prevention groups and partners from states advocacy groups such as Guns Down America, March For Our Lives DC, Blue Rising, and Progress North Carolina.Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives announced his support in D.C. becoming a state in May. Thirteen presidential candidates have also endorsed 51 for 51. Some include Secretary Julián Castro, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Marianne Williamson.“Having your vote count, having a say in how the federal government proceeds, those are democratic principles,” Racine said. “It has nothing to do with socialism. This is what every other state has. This is what D.C. deserves. It’s all about democracy. D.C, statehood needs to move forward.”To learn more about 51 for 51 and their efforts to make D.C. the 51st state in America check out their website at https://www.51for51.org/ and follow their Twitter: https://twitter.com/51for51.
Enroll Now for Free 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Thursday the agency paid more to get into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters than he will make in the remaining seven years and four months he has in his job.According to figures from the FBI and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Comey’s annual salary as of January 2015 was $183,300. Without a raise or bonus, Comey will make $1.34 million over the remainder of his job.That suggests the FBI paid the largest ever publicized fee for a hacking job, easily surpassing the $1 million paid by U.S. information security company Zerodium to break into phones.Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in London, Comey was asked by a moderator how much the FBI paid for the software that eventually broke into the iPhone.”A lot. More than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months for sure,” Comey said. “But it was, in my view, worth it.”The Justice Department said in March it had unlocked the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone with the help of an unidentified third party and dropped its case against Apple Inc., ending a high-stakes legal clash but leaving the broader fight over encryption unresolved.Comey said the FBI will be able to use software used on the San Bernardino phone on other 5C iPhones running IOS 9 software.There are about 10 million 5C iPhones in use in the United States, according to estimates from research firm IHS Technology. Eighty-four percent of iOS devices overall are running iOS 9 software, according to Apple.The FBI gained access to the iPhone used by Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California on Dec. 2.The case raised the debate over whether technology companies’ encryption technologies protect privacy or endanger the public by blocking law enforcement access to information.(This version was officially corrected to change active U.S. 5C iPhone estimates to 10 million from 16 million in paragraph 8 after analyst IHS corrects figure.)(Reporting by Julia Edwards in Washington; additional reporting by Julia Love in San Francisco; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore) Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story originally appeared on Reuters April 22, 2016
Judge threatens to stop Carnival Corp. ships from docking in U.S. << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 11, 2019 MIAMI — A U.S. federal judge has threatened to temporarily block Carnival Corp. from docking cruise ships at ports in the U.S. as punishment for a possible probation violation. U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said Wednesday that she’ll make a decision in June, and she wants company chairman Micky Arison and president Donald Arnold to attend that hearing. “The people at the top are treating this as a gnat,” Seitz said. “If I could, I would give all the members of the executive committee a visit to the detention centre for a couple of days. It’s amazing how that helps people come to focus on reality.”Miami-based Carnival has been on probation for two years as part of a US$40 million settlement for illegally dumping oil into the ocean from its Princess Cruises ships and lying about the scheme, according to court filings. Despite this, prosecutors say ships have dumped grey water into Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park, prepared ships in advance of court-ordered audits to avoid unfavourable findings, falsified records and dumped plastic garbage into the ocean. The company has acknowledged these incidents in court filings. In a statement after the hearing, Carnival said: “It appears there were some mischaracterizations made by others to the court. We intend to fully address the issues raised at today’s court conference.”Carnival’s Chief Communications Officer Roger Frizzell said “our environmental responsibility has been and continues to be a top priority for the company.”The five-year probation began in April 2017 and requires a third-party auditor to inspect ships belonging to Carnival and its subsidiaries. Carnival owns nine cruise brands and has 102 ships. The court filings say that during 2017 Carnival had a program in place to prepare ships in advance of the audits to avoid negative findings. Seitz ordered the company to stop in December 2017, and it stopped. But federal prosecutors said the practice continued in 2018. Share Tags: Carnival Corporation, Carnival Cruise Line, Law By: The Associated Press
by The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2018 6:09 am PDT Last Updated Feb 5, 2018 at 6:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ruffled, sparkly rock star outfits worn by Prince and one of his famous white “Cloud” guitars are among memorabilia of the late superstar up for auction May 18 to kick off a two-day “music icons” sale, Julien’s Auctions announced Monday.The auction will take place both online and live at the Hard Rock Cafe. The Prince items are being sold by family members and former employees, a Julien’s spokeswoman told The Associated Press.The Schecter electric guitar was commissioned by Prince in 2002 and designed in the style of the one used in the 1984 film “Purple Rain.” It was designed by Dave Rusan and gifted to a Paisley Park employee and has a pre-sale price tag of $10,000 to $20,000.A custom electric blue two-piece ensemble Prince wore onstage in a 1999 pay-per-view concert at Paisley Park with Lenny Kravitz will also be auctioned, with a pre-sale value set at $40,000 to $50,000. A purple glitter outfit he wore during tours in 1997 and 1998 was estimated at $6,000 to $8,000.Various pairs of Prince’s signature high-heel booties are included, along with jewelry, clothing designed by Versace and Prada, record awards, posters, tour schedules, backstage passes and set lists.Last November, a bidding war resulted in a $700,000 sale of a Prince guitar, the highest price ever paid for one of the late icon’s guitars, according to Julien’s. The teal blue Cloud guitar had a pre-sale value set at $60,000 to $80,000. Prince white Cloud guitar among items set for auction
By Elias HazouCyprus will await the outcome of offshore drilling this year and the next before deciding on a potential new licensing round, energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said yesterday.Discovery of additional hydrocarbons in current offshore concessions would boost interest – and thus the economic benefits – in a future licensing round, he added.Lakkotrypis said the government is waiting for ENI-KOGAS to identify specific dates on which they would bring a drilling rig to Cypriot waters.The Italian-Korean consortium is planning to drill its first exploratory well in the second half of this year, sometime during the summer, he said.Meanwhile Noble Energy would conduct prospecting in their Block 12 concession in the last quarter of this year, and French energy major Total expects to start drilling in mid-2015.Lakkotrypis was speaking to reporters after meeting with the new board of the Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company (CHC).For her part, CHC chairwoman Toula Onoufriou said that the company would soon begin contacts with concession-holders, which have expressed an interest in the development of an onshore natural gas liquefaction plant.Also yesterday, Lakkotrypis met in Nicosia with Yiannis Maniatis, Greece’s Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change.The two ministers discussed energy cooperation, in particular the proposed East Med pipeline, for which Greece recently commissioned a feasibility study.The project seeks the construction a pipeline connecting the Leviathan field offshore Israel, to Cyprus and the eastern part of the island of Crete in Greece. In order to connect the supply of this pipeline to the EU market alternate routes are possible, including connections from Crete to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) and the Revythousa LNG terminal close to Athens.The pipeline project is being talked up by Greece as it seeks to become a transit point for Eastern Mediterranean gas going to Europe.Lakkotrypis and Maniatis agreed to set up joint work groups to discuss this project and energy cooperation between the two nations in general.Lakkotrypis said Cyprus is “interested” in the East Med feasibility study, which would elucidate the potential areas in Greece to which LNG might be delivered.But there was a hint of dissonance in his remarks, as Lakkotrypis reiterated that an onshore LNG plant remains a “strategic priority” for the island.In a report last year, Italy’s ENI assesed that the East Med Pipeline may cost up to $20 billion and is not a feasible project. By contrast, an LNG plant might carry half that price tag. Given the enormous costs, the two projects are most likely mutually exclusive.The Israelis’ approach to the East Med project has been lukewarm. During a visit to Athens earlier this month, Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said any decisions regarding natural gas – be it by pipeline or otherwise – rest first and foremost with the private companies and investors.In the meantime a farm-out agreement to sell 25 per cent of the rights in Israel’s Leviathan gas field to Australia’s Woodside Petroleum was expected to be signed in Jerusalem last night. The signing ceremony was however delayed due to Woodside’s objections to the formula for taxing exported gas as recommended by the Israeli government.The amount of gas slated for LNG exports will not exceed four trillion cubic feet (tcf), 20 per cent of Leviathan’s commercial reserves. The rest of the gas is intended for customers in Israel and the region, which will be delivered by pipeline to a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) ship, above the gas field.A partnership with Woodside is seen as favouring the floating natural gas solution for Israeli exports, which would diminish the prospects of Israel pooling its gas reserves with Cyprus’ via an onshore LNG plant here. Woodside intends to construct a floating liquefaction plant in order to export gas from the Leviathan field to East Asia.And Israeli business website Globes reports that more than 10 bids from Turkish and foreign companies have been submitted in the tender by the partners in Leviathan for the purchase of gas from the gas field. The bids are for the purchase of 7-10 billion cubic meters of gas a year.Amid all these developments, Cyprus appears to be falling behind the curve. It’s understood, for instance, that talks between the government and Noble – geared at signing a final project agreement on an LNG plant – have been stalled for months.So far the proven reserves in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone are insufficient to warrant the operation of an onshore LNG facility.Meanwhile in an address to the 3rd Cyprus Energy Symposium in Nicosia, President Nicos Anastasiades said yesterday that hydrocarbons in the Eastern Med could become the catalyst for a solution of the Cyprus problem.The symposium, which focuses on the role of Cyprus in the new European energy strategy, began last night and concludes today.In his speech, Anastasiades said that energy could and should be a source of cooperation, not conflict.“A few months ago, I read an article on the discovery of huge quantities of natural gas in the Levantine basin, which stated that God must have a sick sense of humour for endowing this region of the world with all this wealth,” Anastasiades said.“Our intention,” he went on, “is to prove false those who view the godsend of energy as an element of conflict and antagonism. Imagine the same map of the region where the Cyprus-Turkey problems have been resolved. That would completely change the equation. Cyprus can become the transit hub for the region’s natural gas to any destination.“This can be achieved through bold moves and decisive steps, without prejudices and ideological fixations, the only guide being the national interest. Hydrocarbons can serve as a catalyst for the solution of the Cyprus problem. In the context of a federation, both communities would have rights to the country’s wealth.”Publicly, Nicosia has ruled out the option of exporting its gas via a pipeline through Turkey unless the island’s political conflict is first resolved.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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