Highway 113 Proposal to Get Environmental Assessment

first_imgNova Scotians will have the benefit of a detailed environmental assessment report before a decision is made on the proposed Highway 113 project. “After reviewing a focus report submitted by the proponent, I feel the more-detailed information available in an environmental assessment report is required,” Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, said today, July 10. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is proposing creation of a controlled access highway connecting Highway 102 near Exit 3 and Highway 103, just west of Exit 4. The Department of Environment and Labour will establish the terms of reference for the report and the Department of Transportation and Public Works will have two years to submit it. At that time, the Minister of Environment and Labour can make a decision on the proposal or refer the decision to the Environmental Assessment Board.last_img read more

Local Representatives Join School Review Meetings

first_img The meetings are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Meetings will also be held with local school advisory council representatives in each location. The deadline for recommendations to the minister is Feb. 28. Meetings with interested groups, such as the Nova Scotia School Boards’ Association, have also been held over the past month. The public meeting schedule, more information on the consultation process and a discussion paper can be found at www.ednet.ns.ca/schoolreviewprocess. People can also make submissions through the website, e-mail or regular mail. Public meetings begin today, Jan. 6, as a committee studying the school review process consults with communities across Nova Scotia. The consultations committee, headed by Robert Fowler, will hold nine meetings. Mr. Fowler and a local representative will attend each public meeting. The local representative will listen to the public comments and contribute feedback to the full committee when it meets to discuss recommendations. “I encourage every Nova Scotian who is interested in improving the school review process to come out and share their views with the committee,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. “We want a full discussion on a solution that works for all — students, families, school boards and communities.” The locations, dates and local representatives are: Sydney, today, Sherwood Park Education Centre, Eileen Lannon Oldford Port Hawkesbury, Tuesday, Jan. 7, Strait Area Education-Recreation Centre, Bob MacEachern Truro, Thursday, Jan. 9, Cobequid Education Centre, Laurie Jennings Bridgewater, Jan. 13, Park View Education Centre, Marg Forbes Yarmouth, Jan. 14, Yarmouth Consolidated High School, David Saxton Berwick, Jan. 15, Berwick and District School, local representative to be named Amherst, Jan. 20, Amherst Regional High, Michael Wilson Dartmouth, Jan. 21, Dartmouth High School, Dr. Henry Bishop Halifax (French language), Jan. 22, Ecole secondaire du Sommet (video conference), local representative to be namedlast_img read more

Lovato having fun with Johnson

first_imgLos Angeles: Singer Demi Lovato and Mike Johnson of The Bachelorette fame are “having fun” together. A source told people.com that the singer and Johnson are “having fun and getting to know each other”. The source added: “They’ve been talking privately for a bit and hanging out.” Lovato was vocal about her interest in Johnson during his time on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette, and things heated up earlier this month when Johnson commented on her unedited bikini photo. After Lovato shared the swimsuit photo alongside a powerful caption about appreciating one’s body, Johnson commented: “Look at me like that again … Love yaself.” In response, Lovato sent a flirty kiss and tongue-sticking-out emoji.last_img

Another hire another departure at MMIWG Inquiry

first_imgAPTN News The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has announced a new executive director. However, the announcement comes amid word of another high-profile resignation.Late Friday afternoon, ahead of a long weekend, the Inquiry announced the hiring of Debbie Reid, effective immediately.  Reid has previously worked for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and was a special advisor to former AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine.She also has more than 10 years experience with the federal government.The hiring of Reid comes amid another resignation. Numerous sources tell APTN News the director of research, Aimee Craft, has resigned. That makes more than a dozen staff changes since the National Inquiry started, including the departure of Commissioner Marilyn Poitras.Said MMIWG advocate Pam Palmater: “The loss of the director of research is a major blow to the Inquiry, especially at this stage when the interim report is due shortly.“It is also a strong sign that internal problems continue to plague the Inquiry and begs the question, ‘When will the prime minister intervene?’”The Inquiry began in September with a two-year mandate. An interim report is due in a matter of months.Two public hearings have been held with a third scheduled to begin in Winnipeg on Oct.16. – Staffnews@aptn.calast_img read more

Gymboree begins winding down operations after 2nd bankruptcy

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Gymboree is filing for bankruptcy protection for a second time in as many years, but this time the children’s clothing retailer will begin winding down operations for good.The San Francisco company said late Wednesday that it will close all of its Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores, and attempt sell its Janie and Jack business, intellectual property and online business.Gymboree, which began offering classes for mothers and their children in 1976, runs 380 Gymboree stores in the U.S. and Canada. When it first sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June 2017, it ran 1,300 stores.The company has suffered in the post-recession years like almost all mall-based retail stores.Gymboree was bought by the private equity firm Bain Capital for $1.8 billion in 2010 and taken private.The Associated Presslast_img read more

King Mohammed VI Receives Egypt’s Foreign Minister

first_imgMarrakech- King Mohammed VI received on Friday at the Royal Palace of Marrakech, Egyptian foreign minister, Nabil Fahmi.The meeting, held on the sidelines of the 20th session of Al Quds Committee held in Marrakech this January 17-18, took place in the presence of Morocco’s minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, and Egypt’s ambassador in Morocco, Ahmed Ihab Abdelahad Jamaleddine.last_img

HBC appoints interim CFO as Ed Record takes medical leave of absence

TORONTO — The Hudson’s Bay Co. says its chief financial officer is taking a medical leave of absence.HBC says Ed Record’s leave begins today.The retailer did not provide any additional information on Record’s condition.It says the company has appointed Becky Roof to serve in the role in the interim.Roof is currently a managing director at AlixPartners LLP, a global consulting firm.She has previously served as interim CFO for other large companies.The Canadian Press

Canadians remain in Caribbean Resort during Hurricane Irma

As the storm bore down on Caribbean resort nations yesterday, frantic Canadian travelers tried to get home, many of them without success.The resort looked wet, but not damaged the day after Irma passed by the Dominican Republic.Wednesday, tourists learned they could be in the path of a category five hurricane, and airlines started announcing that planes would be bringing Canadians home early. Nina and Larry Demerling got onto Facetime with their daughter Melissa, who is in Punta Cana with her husband Josh.Melissa and Josh spoke to us from their hotel room today, the couple finally left the airport so they would not have to wait out the storm there.In the end, the storm skirted around them. Melissa and Josh expect to leave on their scheduled flight this Sunday, and make the most of their last vacation days. read more

Sanders cheers strikers as 39K Verizon workers walk out

Sanders cheers strikers as 39K Verizon workers walk out by Michael Balsamo And Karen Matthews, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2016 11:28 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., greets a CWA worker as he arrives to join a Verizon workers picket line, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders cheered on striking Verizon workers Wednesday after 39,000 landline and cable employees walked off the job.Sanders told workers at a picket line in Brooklyn they displayed courage by standing up to the telecommunications giant.“I know your families are going to pay a price,” Sanders shouted. “On behalf of every worker in America who is facing the same kind of pressure, thank you for what you’re doing. We’re going to win this thing!”Sanders’ rival, Hillary Clinton, said in a statement earlier Wednesday she was “disappointed” that negotiations had broken down between Verizon and its unions.“Verizon should come back to the bargaining table with a fair offer for their workers,” Clinton said. “To preserve and grow America’s middle class, we need to protect good wages and benefits, including retirement security.”Later, Clinton met striking communications workers outside a Verizon store in midtown Manhattan.The two striking unions, the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, represent installers, customer service employees, repairmen and other service workers in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., for Verizon’s wireline business, which provides fixed-line phone services and FiOS Internet service.Verizon spokesman Rich Young said the company was disappointed by the strike. He said Verizon has trained thousands of nonunion workers to fill in for striking workers and “we will be there for our customers.”But some customers said the strike was affecting them.Jennifer Aguirre, 27, said she and her husband had an appointment scheduled for Wednesday to install cable and Internet at their home in Washington. Her husband called to confirm and was told that systems were down and the appointment was cancelled.“We’re kind of stuck, waiting to see what’s going to happen,” Aguirre said. She said Verizon is the couple’s only option for home Internet service.Keith Purce, president of CWA Local 1101 in New York City, said the unions have been without a contract for eight months.Between 300 and 400 union members walked a picket line outside the company’s office in downtown Albany, where workers set up an inflatable “greedy pig” and rat.In Philadelphia, about a hundred striking workers took to the streets near the company’s regional headquarters and chanted, “Scabs, go home!” at nonunion replacement workers.The unions say Verizon wants to freeze pensions, make layoffs easier and rely more on contract workers. The company has said that health care issues need to be addressed for retirees and current workers because medical costs have grown and that it wants “greater flexibility” to manage its workers.Verizon also is pushing to eliminate a rule that would prevent employees from working away from home for extended periods of time. In a television ad, the unions said the company was trying to “force employees to accept a contract sending their jobs to other parts of the country and even oversees.”“The main issues are job security and that they want to move workers miles and miles away,” said Isaac Collazo, a Verizon employee who has worked replacing underground cables in New York City for nearly 19 years.“We have a clause currently that they can’t just lay anyone off willy nilly and they want to get rid of that,” said Collazo, a single father of three children. “I feel if the company had the opportunity, they would just lay people off.”But Young said the unions’ talk about offshoring jobs and cutting jobs is “absolute nonsense.”“These contracts have provisions that were put in place decades ago. … They need to take a look at where the business stands in 2016,” he said.Some 45,000 Verizon workers went on strike for about two weeks in August 2011.Verizon Communications Inc. has a total workforce of more than 177,000 employees.___Associated Press writers Ula Ilnytzky and Tali Arbel in New York, Shawn Marsh in Trenton, New Jersey, and Chris Carola in Albany, New York, contributed to this report. read more

Charles handson grandfather seen with Prince Louis in new Royal photo

The Duke, whose children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are the Prince’s only grandchildren until the arrival of the Sussex baby in the spring, said his father was “brilliant” with all three, expressing…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– In the programme, the Duke of Cambridge spoke of his hopes that the Prince of Wales will spend more time with his grandchildren as he reaches the age of 70, as he and his brother celebrated the landmark birthday with a moving public tribute.  The photo was released by Buckingham Palace to coincide with this evening’s BBC One documentary, Prince, Son and Heir. Prince Charles has been photographed with his grandson Louis and the Duchess of Cambridge in a newly-released image.

Irish Examiner and local papers sold in complex restructuring

first_imgUpdated, 18:34THE ‘IRISH EXAMINER’ and a series of local papers have been sold as part of a complex internal restructuring, after their existing parent company went into receivership.The Examiner and a series of related regional titles, including the Cork-based Evening Echo, have been purchased by a new company formed by the Crosbie family who owned the previous company.The sale has been made by Kieran Wallace of KPMG, who was appointed as receiver to Thomas Crosbie Holdings Ltd (TCH) – the previous parent company behind the newspapers – earlier today.The Sunday Business Post, the other major paper published by TCH, is to apply to the High Court to enter examinership – a process where the company is protected from winding-up orders as it attempts to establish a viable business plan.Another related company, Thomas Crosbie Printers Ltd – which printed TCH’s newspaper titles – is to apply to be put into liquidation with the loss of 12 jobs. The titles purchased by Landmark Media Investment will now be printed at the Irish Times’ printing presses in Citywest.New firm takes over local titles and radio stationsTCH’s local papers – the Waterford News & Star, the Wexford Echo, the Western People, the Roscommon Herald, and the ‘Nationalist’ local newspapers in Carlow, Laois and Kildare – have also been purchased by the Crosbie family’s new vehicle, which has also purchased TCH’s digital businesses.The new company also hopes to take over TCH’s shareholding in the local radio stations WLR FM, Beat 102 and Red FM, but will need to seek regualatory approval from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland before this can be completed.The procedures are continuing with the support of AIB, the main lender to the group.Tom Murphy, the chief executive of the new vehicle, said today’s arrangements “represent an important opportunity for the Irish Examiner and associated titles and media to make a fresh start and that is very welcome news”.“In a challenging environment, this re-structuring and consequent acquisition provides a stable platform from which to build a sustainable business. I look forward to working closely with the management and staff to review and improve operations to successfully achieve this aim.”The media outlets bought by Landmark Media Investments employ a combined total of 554 people, all of whom will be taken on by the new firm on their existing employment terms and conditions. Landmark Media Investments intends to continue publishing each title as usual.The Sunday Business Post employs 76 people, who will be retained by the interim examiner if appointed at the High Court tomorrow. That paper will also continue publication if the examiner is appointed.The National Union of Journalists said it was “gravely concerned” about the potential threat to the future of the Sunday Business Post, and that it would seek an urgent meeting with the new owners of the other papers.It said the loss of any of the titles would be a “disaster”, and that staff had made significant sacrifices in recent years to ensure the future of the titles.“Our members employed in these titles require urgent clarification of the implciations for them of this complex restructuring. The safeguarding of employment and of media diversity is a priority for this union,” it said.“We hope this marks a new phase in the history of the company and look forward to engaging in a postive manner with the new owners on the protection of terms and conditions of employment.”Read: Newspapers record falls in circulation in second half of 2012last_img read more

Lynn Ruane It should be a source of major embarrassment to Ireland

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4507164 Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 8:30 PM 29 Comments Share113 Tweet Email3 Lynn Ruane ABUSE COMES IN many forms and one of the ways that vulnerable people are deprived of their liberty is through the withholding or overuse of medication.I have spoken before about my own Da and his time in hospital with dementia.For the most part, his care was as it should be, but on one occasion I arrived at the hospital to find him drowsy and sedated. I instantly questioned this as my Da was a placid person and I couldn’t imagine a situation where he would need to be sedated.I was informed by the nurse on the ward that my Da had been given medication during the night because he was singing and it was disturbing the other patients. Basically, medication was used to silence my Da and to stop him from doing something that made him feel safer. Lynn Ruane: ‘It should be a source of major embarrassment to Ireland that we are yet to ratify this important treaty’ Abuse within institutions and care situations isn’t just part of Ireland’s history, writes Lynn Ruane – it’s something that is still a reality for vulnerable groups today. My Da loved to sing and throughout his years of dementia he used songs as a way to feel happy, especially when he was in an environment unfamiliar to him.To sedate a man for singing is wrong and we must question whose life or shift was made easier by using medication to curb a sick man’s behaviour unnecessarily. This was not the only incident where I witnessed medication being used in this abusive manner.On the other occasion, it was in a low-threshold homeless service. A worker refused to give a man his HIV medication until he addressed her properly.This man was in a very vulnerable situation and when someone is a resident in a wet hostel it can be difficult to have any real structure and consistency in regards to their health.The fact the man was at the hatch asking for his medication is to be welcomed and no person in a position of authority should ever use their power to control someone else in this way.This type of abuse of power can go unnoticed and unchallenged but there are steps we can take address all forms of abuse within our institutions and services.Institutional abuseWe know Ireland has a history of institutional abuse and subsequent cover-ups. A prime example is the appalling suffering women endured in state-sponsored institutions, such as the Magdalene Laundries.We would be foolish to think that this is part of history as abuse within institutions and care situations is still a reality for vulnerable groups within today’s society.People are more at risk of abuse when they are detained or in the care of institutions, in part because of the huge power disparity between those in charge and those in care.The most vulnerable people are the most likely to be abused, especially when they are kept behind closed doors.This applies equally to prisons, secure children’s care homes, nursing homes and the addiction and homeless sector.One way of addressing the potential for abuse in institutions and care settings is to ensure independent and regular inspections.Inspections shine a light on otherwise ‘closed and hidden spaces’, often the common thread of institutional abuse.Even after the litany of revelations of institutional and historical abuse in Ireland, our inspections regime is seriously flawed.There is no inspection body for people detained in Garda Stations following the arrest. The Inspectorate of Prisons has published only one prison inspection report since 2014.There is no oversight body for Direct Provision centres or homeless services. And some of the existing inspections bodies are not clearly entitled by law to conduct unannounced and regular inspections.UN conventionAs a party to the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment  – Ireland is obliged to improve protections against all forms of torture and ill-treatment.But there is an optional protocol to that treaty which Ireland has yet to ratify. Providing for inspections in places of detention is the central idea behind Optional Protocol to that treaty  (OPCAT). This treaty assists states by outlining and requiring a system of inspection of places of detention. Such a system is designed to prevent abuse before it happens.Ireland signed OPCAT in 2007 but has not ratified it, meaning the government does not have to comply with its requirements. Under OPCAT, Ireland would be required to establish a National Preventive Mechanism, which is a coordinated inspection regime that is independent of the government and has real powers.Independent inspectors could go to any place of detention unannounced and inspect any part of the place. They could also interview anyone there in private and receive documents relevant to their treatment.The inspectors could then publish reports, identifying those responsible for ill-treatment, and make recommendations for improvements. Crucially, the government would be required to respond.Creating an effective National Preventative Mechanism would be the most powerful response to our history of mistreatment – a powerful sign that we are serious about ensuring that no one will be kept in silence and darkness again.The government needs to get that mechanism right, which means it should take the time to consult relevant actors, including those involved in and affected by deprivation of liberty, civil society groups and state agencies and bodies.Groups working in immigration and in health and social care should be included.Care facilitiesPrison and garda station inspections are vital but in my view, and in light of the stories I outlined at the beginning, the government needs to include all care facilities, including homeless facilities, as well as all traditional places of detention.Many people are deprived of their liberty in health and social care settings, including immigration detention facilities, psychiatric hospitals, care homes, secure accommodation for children and nursing homes.Thorough and sustained monitoring and oversight of all these places are needed to protect people from inhuman or degrading treatment.A National Preventative Mechanism could create specialist monitoring bodies and bring together existing inspectorate bodies under one coordinating body.This might include the Inspector of Prisons, GSOC and the Garda Siochana Inspectorate, Chief Inspector of Social Services, Inspectorate of Mental Health Services, Ombudsman for Children’s Office, Children’s Visiting Panels and Prison Visiting Committees, as well as the Health Information and Quality Authority.The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission would be the ideal body to oversee and coordinate the different inspection mechanisms, given its independence and its statutory obligations to promote and protect human rights in Ireland. Ireland is only one of four EU countries yet to ratify this Protocol. Numerous international bodies, such as the UN Committee against Torture and the European Committee on the Prevention of Torture have called on Ireland to ratify OPCAT.It should be a source of major embarrassment to Ireland that we are yet to ratify this important human rights treaty, especially as we campaign to be elected onto the UN Security Council.Lynn Ruane is an independent senator. center_img By Lynn Ruane Feb 24th 2019, 8:31 PM Independent Senator 38,400 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Major cities in disagreement over Sunday store opening

first_imgJust one in eight (12.3 per cent) Athens merchants is in favour of commercial stores operating on Sundays beyond the seven per year that the law provides for, according to a survey conducted by the Athens Tradesmen Association among its members. Their Thessaloniki counterparts, however, beg to differ, and are planning two more Sunday openings per year. The survey of 198 members of the Athens association on August 28-30 found that 86.3 per cent are against opening on any more Sundays than the seven dictated by law, with shopkeepers in areas popular with tourists in the capital being the most vehement in their opposition to extended Sunday openings (91.7 per cent). In contrast, the head of the Thessaloniki Tradesmen Association, Costas Hantzaridis, and the chief of the Regional Authority of Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzitzicostas, agreed this week on the trial opening of the city’s commercial stores for two additional Sundays, during the operation of this year’s Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) starting today. The new law dictates that regional authorities have until November 8 to decide whether on any additional Sundays stores up to 250 square metres can open beyond the two Sundays before Christmas, one before Easter and once during each of the four sales periods. Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Samaras radically reshuffles Cabinet

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Monday carried out a radical overhaul of his cabinet, replacing Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras with economist and former prime-ministerial adviser Gikas Hardouvelis (photo) and introducing different faces from both coalition parties.As expected, Stournaras left the Finance Ministry and is likely to take the top post at the Bank of Greece, replacing Giorgos Provopoulos, whose term expires later this month. Hardouvelis, a professor of finance and banking administration at the University of Piraeus, economic adviser to Eurobank and former adviser to ex-premiers Lucas Papademos and Costas Simitis, will be tasked with pushing reforms and leading debt relief talks in the fall.Other key changes in the cabinet included Sofia Voultepsi taking over as government spokesperson from Simos Kedikoglou, who left the government. It was Voultepsi who announced the new lineup on Monday.Additional surprise moves include the appointment of New Democracy MP Argyris Dinopoulos as interior minister, replacing Yiannis Michelakis, who was not given another post.ND MP Constantinos Tasoulas took over as head of the Culture Ministry, ejecting Panos Panayiotopoulos, while Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos was replaced by former PASOK minister Andreas Loverdos. ND’s parliamentary spokesman Makis Voridis took the top slot at the Health Ministry, replacing Adonis Georgiadis, his former fellow MP at right-wing LAOS. The new public order minister is ND’s Vassilis Kikilias, with incumbent Nikos Dendias picking up the Development Ministry portfolio, replacing Costis Hatzidakis, who has left the government. The Agricultural Development portfolio meanwhile went to ND’s Giorgos Karasmanis who replaces Athanasios Tsaftaris.Those staying in their posts include Evangelos Venizelos, as deputy PM and foreign minister, Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis, Transport Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis, Tourism Minister Olga Kefaloyianni and Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis.The new cabinet is to be sworn in during a ceremony on Tuesday led by Archbishop Ieronymos. Main opposition SYRIZA dismissed the reshuffle as cosmetic, noting it would not change the direction of the government’s austerity drive.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Australians are investing more in Greece

first_imgMeeting with @AusAmbAthens | 🇬🇷 & 🇦🇺 good friends with historical ties – Greece is on a growth path & the timing is great to boost economic relations | Strengthening bilateral trade & attract Australian investments key priorities ➡️ https://t.co/Uaqf5foMwg— Γιάννης Δραγασάκης (@YDragasakis) November 22, 2018Mr Dragasakis continued to say that making Greece attractive to investors with a more long-term plan in mind is a priority, as “venture capital creates new jobs that will contribute to the reform of the economy as a whole, with emphasis on extroversion and innovation”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thank you for a productive exchange, Deputy PM, about new investment opportunities in Greece, conducive business environments and the benefits of free trade 🇬🇷 🇦🇺 https://t.co/6R4VYqvBTJ— Kate Logan (@AusAmbAthens) November 22, 2018center_img Australia’s Ambassador to Greece Kate Logan had a meeting last week with Greece’s Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Yiannis Dragasakis to discuss trade relations between the two countries.Mr Dragasakis highlighted that the Greek government is currently implementing a strong reform program to boost growth, while business environment and opportunities for foreign investors. The Comprehensive Strategic Growth program will also aim to modernise public administration and limit bureaucracy when it comes to legal documentation and issuing permits.Mrs Logan agreed that the successful result of the ongoing free trade agreement negotiations between the EU and Australia will help trade between Greece and Australia improve, especially regarding Greek exports and the penetration of Greek products into the Australian marketplace.Meanwhile, she noted that potential investors come mainly from tourism, logistics and real estate.last_img read more

AP source Mueller team has draft letter on Comey firing

first_imgWASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators is in possession of a letter drafted by President Donald Trump and an aide, but never sent, that lays out a rationale for firing FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with the investigation.The letter was written in the days before the May 9 firing of Comey, but was held after objections from the president’s lawyer and others, according to two other people familiar with the process who were not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.On that day, the White House released a different letter announcing Comey’s firing, one signed by Deputy Attorney General Attorney Rod Rosenstein that cited the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation as a basis for Comey’s dismissal.The earlier letter could serve as key evidence to Mueller’s team, which is now investigating whether Trump fired Comey to impede the FBI investigation into his campaign associates’ ties to Russia. The White House has said Trump was acting on the Justice Department’s recommendation when he fired Comey, though the president said in a television interview days later that he was thinking of “the Russia thing” when he made the move and had planned to fire “regardless of recommendation.”The new letter, which was first reported by The New York Times, could provide additional context on Trump’s thinking and motive as he prepared to oust Comey.last_img read more

Woman sentenced in roommates death

first_imgA 62-year-old woman was sentenced to prison Thursday in the death of her roommate.Karin M. Depee pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, acknowledging that it was her criminal negligence that caused last year’s death of Rachelle Law, 39. The two were roommates, and Depee refused to call 911 for Law, who had Type 2 diabetes.When Law eventually arrived at the hospital, she had diabetic ketoacidosis and was unresponsive.Law, who was developmentally disabled, met Depee through the Special Olympics. Depee has an IQ of 64 and had been receiving Social Security disability payments.Clark County Superior Court Judge Daniel Stahnke rejected a joint recommendation from Deputy Prosecutor Scott Ikata and defense attorney Jeff Barrar to sentence Depee to one year and a day — the minimum sentence it takes to transfer an inmate out of the Clark County Jail and into the state prison system.“I’m not comfortable with that,” Stahnke said.Barrar said Depee’s failure to call 911 reflected her low IQ. He gave the judge a report from Vancouver psychologist Kirk Johnson, who estimated Depee functioned at best at the level of a sixth-grader.“Given her level of functioning and the stress involved, she didn’t react like you’d expect a normal person to react,” Barrar said. “Because she’s not normal.” Barrar said Depee was not capable of being anyone’s caregiver.last_img read more

2 muggers shot in RAB gunfight in capital

first_imgTwo suspected muggers were hit by bullets in an alleged gunfight with members of the Rapid Action Battalion near Dhakeshwari Temple in Old Dhaka on Thursday.The identity of the injured could not be known immediately.The RAB claimed that they arrested two muggers and seized their car, and firearms after a gunfight around 5:00pm.RAB-10 commander additional deputy inspector general Md Shahbuddin told Prothom Alo the arrestees are members of an organised mugging group.Tipped off, the RAB men traced the mugging group and chased them in the afternoon.At one stage, the muggers opened fire on the RAB men and they retaliated with gunshots too when the two muggers were hit by bullets, Shahbuddin added.The injured ‘muggers’ have been sent to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment.last_img read more

Hasbros Unicron SDCC Transformer Toy Almost as Big as Orson Welles

first_imgStay on target I’m kind of a self-hating Transformers fan. Cars that turn into robots is one of the most brilliant toy ideas of all time. And those Cybertron video games are great because they focus on the war-torn alien planet instead of dumb Earth. But the cartoons are pretty bad for anyone who isn’t eight. And the movies are extremely bad for anyone who is or has ever been alive.However, I sincerely love Unicron. He’s Transformer Satan who disguises himself as an evil moon. In the underrated animated movie he was voiced by Orson Welles, the final role from the icon whose Hollywood’s legacy was also as big as a planet. He’s a toy that eats other toys and that rules.Given Unicron’s stature, we get why consistently making toys of him at anything approaching proper scale has been difficult for Hasbro. They’ve done it, I had a huge Unicron toy back in the day, but it’s a rare event. Fortunately, for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Unicron is rising again, this time with your help.View as: One Page Slides1/51. 2. 3. 4. 5. HASLAB is Hasbro’s personal toy crowdfunding platform. It allows enthusiasts to pledge for big pricey “dream products” that might not otherwise have a profitable enough market to exist. For example, right now you can back a massive Star Wars set based on Jabba’s sail barge in Return of The Jedi.And this new War For Cybertron Unicron figure is getting the same crowdfunding treatment. The massive Transformer toy towers over regular robots, including previous biggest boy Fortress Maximus. It’s over two feet tall in toothy humanoid mode, with 50 points of articulation including adjustable eyes, and it turns into a spiky mechanical planet with a 30-inch diameter. There’s a posing stand to keep this thing from toppling under its own weight.However, you can only get this new Unicron toy if at least 8,000 backers pledge by midnight on August 31. If that happens, expect the $575 toy to ship in early 2021. Let Unicron darken your lightest hour. For more on SDCC check out what we think Marvel has in store and here’s everything else we expect to see at the show. Why ‘Transformers’ Still Resonates, 35 Years Later11 Geeky Splurges to Spend Your Tax Refund On last_img read more

Reporter needles Angolas power elite from his kitchen table

first_imgThis photo taken May 11, 2014 shows Angolan journalist and human rights advocate, Rafael Marques de Morais, during a visit to Johannesburg, South Africa. Marques was last month found guilty of libel and defamation after publishing a 2011 book that alleged that a group of generals and three companies were linked to human rights abuses at diamond mines in Angola. (AP Photo/Simon Allison) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Patients with chronic pain give advice Marques, who runs Maka Angola, an investigative news website, asked the attorney general to look into his book’s findings. Instead, he was sucked into a legal battle that at times bewildered him. He was charged, then the charges were dropped, then they were reinstated and he went to trial, at the end of which he was given a six-month suspended sentence, meaning he can be jailed for six months if his reports are believed to be defamatory or libelous during the next two years.“They put this cloud hanging over my head so, anything they don’t like for two years, they can lock me up for that,” Marques said. In April, his site was hacked and he is unable, at least for now, to post updates.Marques has received awards abroad and international rights groups criticized his trial, accusing the Angolan government of manipulating the court. The U.S. State Department said it was concerned by the negative impact Marques’ conviction will have on freedom of expression in Angola. His investigations are not widely known inside Angola, though, because of its restrictive media environment, said Lara Longle, editor and writer for news outlet Rede Angola.Angola’s minister of justice and human rights, Rui Mangueira, said Angolan citizens and the press can express themselves freely as long as they do so “appropriately” and do not undermine the Constitution, state-run news agency Angop quoted him as saying in May. Marques, 43, has long been an agitator.In 1992, as a rookie newspaper reporter, Marques pushed for better working conditions. More than 40 journalists shared 10 typewriters and one telephone that was held together with a rubber band, he said. Their reports were increasingly censored by the newspaper’s editors.Marques said in a Skype interview with The Associated Press that he was once detained for calling President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, in power since 1979, a dictator in a newspaper article. That time, Marques was detained for 43 days and sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years, which he learned about via state radio.After Angola’s civil war ended in 2002, the country became one of sub-Saharan Africa’s top two oil producers. Rapid development followed, creating more opportunities for corruption.Angered by what he saw happening to his country and branded a troublemaker in local media circles, Marques founded Maka Angola in 2009. In Kimbundu, Marques’ first language, maka means a problem that must be solved. On his site, Marques reports on how millions of dollars could have disappeared from Angola’s state oil company, corrupt dealings in the diamond sector and alleged incompetence of state officials. Top Stories Marques co-authored, for Forbes, a story on how Isabel dos Santos, the president’s daughter, became a billionaire. He said that state media, in apparent retaliation, reported that Marques was a CIA spy and a traitor.For Marques, investigative reporting remains a passion, and he must also keep pushing not only for the means to publish his findings but also for the right to do so.“Here I cannot only write,” he said. “I have to defend the space for me to be able to write because that space is under constant harassment, under constant threat.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Often writing at his kitchen table, Rafael Marques de Morais, a journalist and human rights advocate, needles Angola’s ruling establishment with reports on alleged wrongdoing by officials, military figures and business executives. A rare voice of criticism in this southern African country, he is often in trouble.Last month, for instance, Marques was found guilty of libel and defamation after publishing a 2011 book that alleged that a group of generals and three companies were linked to human rights abuses at diamond mines. The book details more than 100 killings and 500 instances of torture that Marques alleges were carried out by private security firms owned by the generals, with members of the Angolan army allegedly participating in some of the abuses. The generals denied the accusations. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more