Rival Indigenous bidder for the Trans Mountain pipeline cautiously welcomed

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe British Columbia director for a First Nations consortium planning to buy a majority stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline says the emergence of a rival Alberta Indigenous bidder raises concerns about weakening his group’s all-inclusive bid.But Shane Gottfriedson of Project Reconciliation says he welcomes the interest and competition from Iron Coalition, an Alberta-based organization co-chaired by Chief Tony Alexis of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, which is to announce details of its intended bid today.Iron Coalition says it is the only Alberta group mandated by the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs to pursue the stake and is inviting all First Nations and Metis communities in the province to join in.Gottfriedson, a former chief of the Tk’Emlups te Secwepemc First Nation and a former B.C. regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, says Project Reconciliation’s business model is more “inclusive” because it wants to enlist Indigenous groups from B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan in its $6.8-billion bid for a 51 per cent stake in the pipeline project.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has said the federal government won’t negotiate the sale of the pipeline it bought for $4.5 billion last summer until after construction of its proposed expansion is “de-risked,” without saying what that means.The CBC reported he met with Iron Coalition in March.The government is to make a final decision on whether the delayed expansion can proceed by June 18.“For me, it’s good for them (Iron Coalition). I think we knew going in it would be a competitive field to be involved in,” said Gottfriedson.“At the end of the day, the No. 1 goal is to get the product to the market.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Woman brutally thrashed for demanding salary in Gr Noida

first_imgGreater Noida: A 25-year-old woman, working as beautician at a unisex salon in Knowledge Park-II area of Greater Noida, was allegedly thrashed with sticks and dragged by hair by a group of men, including her employer, in broad daylight and in front of nearly two dozen people. Cops have arrested the owner of salon in connection with the case.According to police, the incident occurred on Saturday morning in Kaushalya residency area of Knowledge park. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe victim, a resident of Phase-II area of Noida, had been working at Venus Unisex salon from the past two months, said police officials. The woman was brutally thrashed in front of a crowd while a video of the whole incident was captured by an onlooker which went viral. In the video, it can be clearly seen that nearly four men were beating her up with sticks and she was dragged on the road with hairs by the mob. A few passerby also came to her rescue but the accused were seen thrashing even them. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarLater, the victim reached Knowledge park police station for lodging a complaint with police when she alleged that the salon owner refused to pay her salary and instead tried to coerce her into a physical relationship with the owner. Vineet Jaiswal, Superintendent of Police (rural), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that a heated argument broke out between the employer and the girl when she demanded her salary. “Preliminary investigations revealed that the girl was not paid her salary for the month of April for which she had insisted her employer several times. On Saturday morning, the girl had gone to the salon and demanded her salary. An altercation broke out between them, following which her employer along with three other men started thrashing the girl with sticks and she was pushed to the ground,” said Jaiswal. “Based on the complaint filed by the victim, an FIR under sector 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of Indian Penal Code has been registered at knowledge park police station of Greater Noida. The girl has been sent for the medical examination, reports of which are awaited,” added Jaiswal. Meanwhile police have arrested an accused who was named in the FIR. “Police have managed to arrest the owner of the salon who has been identified as Wasim ,a native of Sector 12 in Noida, while further investigations into the case are underway,” the officer said. A senior police officer from knowledge park police station said that the whole dispute involved an exchange of Rs 17, 000 which was being demanded by the woman as her salary.last_img read more

Afghanistan UN moves quickly to immunize 15 million children from polio

2 September 2010The United Nations is moving swiftly to vaccinate 1.5 million children after a polio case was detected in an area of north-eastern Afghanistan which had been free of the disease for more than a decade. The polio case was identified in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province. It had been assumed that the source of the virus was in neighbouring Tajikistan, which is currently in the midst of a large outbreak, but now it appears that it may have been the result of cross-border population movement from Pakistan.The UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry of Public Health have launched a rapid response plan to prevent the spread of the disease.For three days starting this Sunday, 1.5 million children under the age of five will be vaccinated in five adjacent provinces: Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz, Baghlan and Balkh.To ensure that no child is left unvaccinated, house-to-house visits will be carried out, mobile clinics will be set up, fixed teams will be established in hospitals and immunization posts will be created at border crossing points.“Afghanistan’s northern regions have been polio-free for some 10 years, making it all the more important to contain possible spill-over effects from outbreaks in neighbouring areas,” said Peter Crowley, UNICEF Representative in the country.Polio, sometimes called poliomyelitis, is a highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease, and is often marked by acute flaccid paralysis among sufferers. It has been eradicated from much of the world, but experience shows that the virus can travel far relatively rapidly.It has been eradicated in most parts of the world, but remains endemic in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria.Peter Graaff, WHO’s Representative to Afghanistan, stressed that even beyond next week’s mass immunization campaign, surveillance must be stepped up in the area.“We will also need to have ever-stronger cross-border coordination mechanisms, which include synchronizing vaccination activities, data-sharing and joint supervision, building on what already exists between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said.Every year, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health and its partners carry out at least four nationwide and four sub-national immunization campaigns in the country’s southern, south-eastern and eastern regions. Each national drive targets some 8 million children.In June, WHO announced that it had immunized more than 1.2 million children after an outbreak in Tajikistan. The agency also vaccinated more than 1 million children in Tajikistan in May. read more

Miners weigh on TSX traders look to incoming Fed chair for stimulus

Falling mining stocks left the Toronto stock market little changed mid-morning Monday.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 3.14 points to 13,375.19 amid generally lacklustre trading as banks, many businesses and the bond market closed for Remembrance Day and Veterans Day in the U.S.On international markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 95.44 cents US, unchanged from Friday’s close.U.S. indexes were mainly higher with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 18.37 points to 15,780.15, the Nasdaq was down 4.58 points at 3,914.65 and the S&P 500 index was up 0.67 of a point to 1,771.28.North American markets racked up a solid gain Friday in the wake of a much stronger than expected American jobs reports for October as the economy created 204,000 jobs. That was the second indicator in as many days of improving economic strength as other data showed third quarter U.S. economic growth came in higher than expected.While indications of economic strength were welcomed, they also raised concerns that the U.S. Federal Reserve could start cutting back on its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases as early as the end of next month.The major economic event of the week likely occurs Thursday. That’s when the U.S. Senate Banking Committee will quiz Janet Yellen, president Barack Obama’s candidate to become the next chair of the central bank.Yellen has a reputation for being a dove as far as stimulus is concerned and traders will be listening for any hints as to whether she thinks the economy is strong enough to start tapering a key stimulus measure that has supported a strong rally on many stock markets.On the economic front later in the week, investors take in the latest reading on Canada’s trade balance and manufacturing shipments. Markets will also absorb U.S. trade data along with industrial production figures.The gold sector led TSX decliners, down 1.63 per cent as December bullion was down $2.70 to US$1,281.90 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) faded 35 cents to C$25.36 while Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) shed 25 cents to $18.82. Gold stocks and bullion prices have been under renewed pressure amid increasing speculation that the Fed is set to back off on its asset purchases, which has in turn pushed the greenback higher.The base metals sector gave back 0.6 per cent with December copper unchanged at US$3.25 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) shed 31 cents to C$28.06.The energy sector was slightly higher as the December crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange erased early losses to move up 13 cents to US$94.73 a barrel. Talisman Energy improved by 17 cents to C$12.59.The tech sector led advancers amid acquisition activity between two major telecom equipment companies.Telecom Mitel Networks Corp. (TSX:MNW) will acquire Aastra Technologies Ltd. (TSX:AAH) in a stock and cash deal valued at about $400 million. The combined company would have about US$1.1 billion of total revenue, with a global customer base and an opportunity to tap into demand for equipment that supports cloud computing. Mitel shares gained two cents to $7.11 while Aastra shares surged $3.76 or 13.32 per cent to $31.99.Shares in Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC) were three cents lower to $19.69 after the insurance giant became the latest big-name investor to buy into a $1-billion financing deal for struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (TSX:FFH) is leading the financing, which is being done through an issue of six per cent convertible debentures.Other partners include Mackenzie Financial Corp., Canso Investment Counsel Ltd., Markel Corp., Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and Qatar Holding LLC. BlackBerry shares climbed seven cents to $6.91.In other corporate news, SouthGobi Resources Ltd. (TSX:SGQ) is restating its financial reports for the first half of 2013 and the previous three years, and reporting bigger third-quarter loss than analysts expected. The Mongolia-focused coal company’s results fell short of estimates compiled last week before the restatements were issued Monday morning. Its shares shed seven cents to $1.In the retail sector, Sears Canada Inc. (TSX:SCC) is selling its 50 per cent interest in eight properties for about $315 million to Montez Income Properties Corp. Two weeks ago, it announced it would close five stores as part of a deal to sell its rights to the retail space in Toronto’s Eaton Centre and four other locations for $400 million. Its shares gained $1 to $17. read more

Aimia shareholder claims chairmans outrageous conduct at AGM demands a redo

MONTREAL — An Aimia Inc. shareholder is calling for a redo of last month’s annual general meeting, which he says was “plagued with irregularities” and “outrageous conduct.”Charles Frischer, who says he speaks for a group of shareholders and holds 1.6 per cent of the company’s outstanding shares, says the chairman refused to conduct votes or take questions and allowed security guards to intimidate shareholders who attempted to speak, with one being forcibly removed.Frischer also questions whether chairman Bill McEwan held enough discretionary proxies to govern votes on all matters. He argues the board’s recent decisions have “destroyed shareholder value,” and that the future of the loyalty analytics company is “at risk.”Aimia says in an email that the June 28 meeting was conducted by the book and that directors and executives took questions from shareholders afterward.A spokeswoman says a do-over would be “redundant,” and that directors continue to act in the best interest of stakeholders.In January, shareholders voted to approve the $450-million sale of Aimia’s Aeroplan loyalty program to Air Canada, leaving the Montreal-based company with more than $1 billion in cash but also questions about its future. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:AIM, TSX:AC) read more

Tailgate Talent Show finale on Saturday

The Tailgate Talent Show is wrapping up its final episode in Simcoe on Saturday.The talent search travelled to Simcoe, Aylmer, Goderich, Port Elgin and Sudbury throughout the summer. The auditions included acts such as original music pieces, comedy sets, and dances. Judges selected two acts from each community to head to the finale to compete for $1,000 and studio recording time or video production to help with their acts.The finale is being held at the Simcoe Legion on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door.Simcoe’s two acts are comedian Nara Farrell and pianist Alesio D’Agostino. The finale performance can be a maximum of 90 seconds.Farrell, a singer and entertainer, decided to use her funny bone during her audition.“It was so much fun,” she said. “I do funny voices, and I wrote a script pretending it was a radio show mystery. I did five different voices for it.”Farrell said she wants to get into voiceover work so she decided to do her character voices.“I had no idea if that was the right thing to do because I didn’t know what people would be doing, but I just loved doing it,” she said. “I thought I’d be cheeky and do the voices instead.”Farrell has been preparing a script with more voices for her finale performance.“I live in my imagination all the time and I enjoy other voices more than my own.”D’Agostino, a Grade 9 student at Holy Trinity Catholic High School, auditioned with a section of Presto Agitato, the third movement of Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, and will be playing Clair De Lune by Claude Debussy at the finale.“I wanted to show off my talent and show people how great I am,” D’Agostino said about why he chose to audition for the show.He has only been playing piano for about a 1 1/2 years and already has taken his Grade 6 piano exam. He is now studying for his Grade 10 exam.Alesio’s mother, Karen, who is also his piano teacher, said the piece for finale has to be cut to meet the 90-second time requirement.“The piece is quite long,” she said, adding that some “gentle emotional parts” are missing.She expressed pride in her son.“He has big goals and incredible talent.”The event is being hosted by comedian Kyle Bergstresser. Local musician Felicia McMinn and TV actor and musician Kolton Stewart are judges.Tailgate Talent Show will air on Eastlink Community TV Channel 610 this fall. It has been filmed in partnership with Rainey Media.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Ukraine UN relief agencies urge full access to populations in need

The situation is especially precarious in Debaltseve, Horlivka, and other densely populated areas in the country’s restive east, where fighting has intensified between government forces and armed opposition groups. According to the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, of the 300,000 original inhabitants of Debaltseve and Horlivka, some have managed to escape the violence, but many civilians remain stranded in these hard-to-reach areas. “The need for humanitarian assistance is real, it is urgent,” said UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator Neil Walker in a note from his office.Reports indicate that every day some 30 to 60 emergency cases are being referred to Horlivka hospital, where doctors are still performing some surgical operations but at reduced scale due to constant shelling, he said. “This makes it increasingly difficult to deliver essential life-saving assistance to the affected population and of course for civilians to find safety.”“Unfortunately we continue to receive credible reports indicating that military positions are dangerously close to densely populated areas and close to social premises, including hospitals, schools, orphanages, elderly homes: even one shell in these areas can cause huge damage and casualties among the civilian population,” Mr. Walker said.The Humanitarian Coordinator urged an immediate humanitarian truce to enable civilians to leave if they wish, for aid workers to assist affected communities, and to allow safe evacuation of the injured and the peaceful civilian population. Indiscriminate shelling of civilians violates international humanitarian law and must stop, he emphasized. In late February 2014, the situation in Ukraine transcended what was initially seen as an internal Ukrainian political crisis into violent clashes in parts of the country, later reaching full- scale conflict in the east. Despite the Minsk cease-fire, the situation in Ukraine has since continuously deteriorated, with serious consequences for the country’s unity, territorial integrity and stability. read more

Donald Trump offers warm support to Theresa May over the General Election

first_imgEmmanuel Macron Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Emmanuel MacronCredit:AFP/Getty Donald Trump rang Theresa May to offer his warm support  over  the election, a White House spokesman said.”President Trump emphasized his commitment to the United States-United Kingdom special relationship and underscored that he looks forward to working with the Prime Minister on shared goals and interests in the years to come,” the spokesman added.French President Emmanuel Macron also called Mrs  May on Friday to congratulate her after her Conservative Party won the most seats in a national election.Mrs May, whose party fell short of winning an majority in parliament, has said she intends to lead a minority government backed by Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party. “French President Emmanuel Macron called to congratulate the Prime Minister, and said he was pleased that she would continue to be a close partner,” a spokesman for the Prime Minister said in a statement.”They agreed that the strong friendship between our two countries was important and would endure.”The Prime Minister’s spokesman said said Mrs May and  Mr Trump had also agreed to continue the close cooperation between their two countries.last_img read more

These armoured trains played vital role in both world wars

first_img See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack TRAINS MAY SEEM an innocuous part of the travelling furniture in the 21st century but in the last century, armoured trains were a vital piece of machinery.The armoured train was first seen in the American Civil War, according to The Jamestown Foundation. But the battle-ready form of transportation came to prominence in World War I, when Russia used it as a means of defence during cross-country travel.The trains were used by most of the European nations fighting in World War II: Poland took advantage of them extensively, Nazi Germany reacted and began using them, the Russians kept their fleet up. Even Canada patrolled its west coast with one for a time in case of an invasion, according to Canada’s Virtual Museum.The main photograph on this piece shows the early Polish train, Smialy, is one of the most famous of the era. The rotating turret on the front helped clear out anything that got in the way.These trains were not just armoured, they were heavily armed. Cannons, machine guns, anti-aircraft weapons, and even tanks were on board these moving walls of terror.While the armoured train could transport large amounts of firepower rapidly cross country, they also had quite a few drawbacks.They were hardly stealthy. Their reliance on tracks not only limited where they could go, it provided the enemy with an easy target: Sabotage the tracks, and you disable the train.After World War II, automotive technology had caught up sufficiently to render the armoured train obsolete. But these insane trains have left an indelible mark on history. 10 things in tech you need to know today 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change last_img read more

Chine une taxe carbone bientôt créée

first_imgChine : une taxe carbone bientôt créée ? La Chine serait actuellement en train d’étudier la possibilité de mettre en place une taxe carbone pour réduire l’utilisation d’énergies polluantes dans le pays, aujourd’hui devenu principal émetteur mondial de gaz à effet de serre. Alors que le Canada s’est retiré du Protocole de Kyoto le 12 décembre dernier avant de devoir subir des sanctions quant à ces émissions, le principal émetteur mondial de gaz à effet de serre semble avoir la ferme intention de réduire son utilisation d’énergies polluantes. En effet, la Chine serait actuellement en train de réfléchir à l’instauration d’une taxe carbone, selon Su Wei l’un des principaux négociateurs chinois dans ces questions qui s’est exprimé mercredi à Washington.À lire aussiLa messagerie cryptée Telegram victime d’une cyber-attaque, la Chine pointée du doigt”Je pense qu’une taxe carbone est l’un des instruments qui pourrait être utilisé pour se diriger vers un modèle de développement avec peu d’émission de carbone”, a-t-il expliqué. Selon lui, le pays étudierait donc actuellement l’impact que pourrait avoir une telle taxe, entre autres par rapport au projet chinois de mise en place d’un système d’échanges de quotas d’émission de carbone. Néanmoins, M. Su a ajouté que les responsables chinois n’avaient encore pris aucune décision et que le terme “taxe carbone” n’était également qu’une possibilité. “Qu’on l’appelle ‘taxe carbone’, ‘taxe pour l’environnement’, ‘taxe pour les ressources’ ou même ‘taxe sur l’énergie’, nous avons déjà beaucoup de taxes. Il faut donc étudier attentivement son assiette et ses caractéristiques”, a-t-il poursuivi cité par l’AFP. La semaine dernière, un organe de presse a ainsi affirmé qu’un projet avait déjà été soumis au ministère des Finances. Celui-ci prévoirait une taxe de 10 yuans (environ 1,20 euro) sur la tonne de carbone d’ici trois ans, et viserait les utilisateurs locaux de pétrole, de charbon et de gaz naturel.Au cours de son discours, M. Su a également déclaré que la Chine étudiait la possibilité d’apposer, sur un mode volontaire, des labels sur les produits fabriqués avec peu d’émission de carbone, “pour envoyer un signal clair aux milieux économiques et industriels”. Toutefois, si le pays s’est engagé à réduire ses émissions, il a souligné qu’il n’était pas réaliste de vouloir qu’il réduise ses émissions en termes nets alors qu’il tâche de faire sortir de la pauvreté ses habitants. Le 12 janvier 2012 à 16:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Top 10 most read stories 1016 May 2018

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 10 and 16 May 2018 were:Employee Benefits’ Benefits Research 2018Luton Airport employees vote for strike action over payEAT rejects Addison Lee’s appeal in employment status caseAirsorted introduces ‘pawternity leave’ for new pet ownersBEIS committee to question employers on gender pay gapBT and Travis Perkins shortlisted for Best benefits technologyCrest Healthcare fined more than £20,000 for pensions non-complianceTPR to take tougher approach on employers that do not take pensions seriouslySkyscanner and North West Ambulance Service shortlisted for staff travel benefits73% of employees have active workplace pensions due to auto-enrolmentlast_img read more

Girl dies after Turnpike crash in SW MiamiDade 5 hospitalized

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A 5-year-old girl who was among six people rushed to area hospitals after a crash along the Florida Turnpike in Southwest Miami-Dade, Saturday night, has died from her injuries, authorities said.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Carla Vergara was riding with three other children and two women in a 2008 Jeep Liberty near Mile Marker 7 when, at around 7 p.m., the woman driving the SUV, later identified as 22-year-old Guillermina Vergara Cerda, lost control while trying to avoid a semi-truck that had changed into her lane.Officials said the Jeep fishtailed, causing it to overturn at least four times before coming to rest in the right shoulder facing southbound. Four passengers were ejected from the vehicle as the vehicle overturned.Paramedics transported all occupants to area hospitals. Carla was pronounced dead just before 10:30 p.m. at Kendall Regional Medical Center.Northbound traffic on the Turnpike was shut down for miles due to the wreckage and the investigation. The roadway was later reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

EU calls for probing deaths in antidrug crackdown

first_imgEuropean Union flag Credit: EU websiteAmbassadors of the European Union countries on Monday called on the government to investigate deaths of drug suspects during the ongoing anti-narcotics drive.In a statement, they obliquely referred to the killings in the ‘gunfights’, which were described by the international media as Filipino president Duterte-styled murder.“We expect the authorities to ensure that all incidents involving the deaths of alleged criminal suspects are investigated fully and in accordance with due processes,” the ambassadors said.In the statement, they mentioned that the high level of casualties and reports of the use of excessive force in the drive against narcotics, however, is reported to have resulted in over 120 deaths since 4 May.The diplomats reminded Dhaka that Bangladesh is committed to upholding rule of law and ensuring that all law enforcement actions are carried out in accordance with the law and in adherence to international standards and norms, including with appropriate safeguards over the use of force.The signatories to the statement are: Rensje Teerink, ambassador at Delegation of the European Union in Dhaka, Mario Palma, ambassador of Italy, Thomas Heinrich Prinz, ambassador of Germany, Leoni Cuelenaere, ambassador of the Netherlands, Alison Blake, British high commissioner, Mikael Hemniti Winther, ambassador of Denmark, D Álvaro de Salas Giménez de Azcárate, ambassador of Spain, Charlotta Schlyter, ambassador of Sweden, Marie-Annick Bourdin, ambassador of France and Sidsel Bleken, ambassador of Norway.last_img read more

New Vision Sought for Baltimores Historic Lexington Market

first_imgMany have written off the commercial prospects of downtown Baltimore, particularly the area surrounding the historic Lexington Market. They’ve called the market a relic, pointing to the down-and-out individuals who frequent the area and drugs flooding the neighborhood. But a new vision for Lexington Market may be around the corner, with market officials launching an online public survey targeting people throughout Baltimore’s neighborhoods and seeking input on plans for a major renovation of the landmark. “I hope to see a good solid implementable plan,” Robert Thomas, assistant general manager of Lexington Market told the AFRO. “A plan that would facilitate the revitalization of the market as a vibrant public market that services a broad mix of customers.” For decades, Lexington Market was center stage in the 400 block of West Lexington Street. It is one of the largest, continuously-run markets, offering consumers fresh fruits, vegetables and an array of seafood products since 1782. In the market’s heyday, farmers came together to sell their goods and Lexington Market was a melting pot and destination for Baltimore’s various generations. In his 17 years at the market, Thomas said he’s seen a lot of changes. “There have been some structural and operational changes that have all affected the market,” he said. “It later became an incubator for immigrants it has continued to change and adapt.” Redevelopment efforts for Lexington Market seek to maintain the authentic elements that make it a revered community institution, while also considering the needs of the growing downtown neighborhood, expanding local foods and farmers’ markets and the health needs of area residents. “Improving Lexington Market is essential to the city’s efforts to support a thriving district for residents, businesses and visitors, while continuing to attract new investment,” Rawlings-Blake told the AFRO. She said major capital investments are needed for the market’s facilities, and the city is “exploring new ways that Lexington Market can best serve Baltimore residents and people from throughout the region, regardless of economic status.” “We are thrilled that so many people have taken the on-line survey,” Casper Genco, executive director of Lexington Market, said in a statement. “I think it shows how strongly Baltimore residents feel about Lexington Market and how much they want it to succeed.” The mayor said 2014 appears to be a “breakout year” for the two-story market and the Bromo District—the area covering 117 acres around the market. She said her administration and the University of Maryland launched the UniverCity Partnership in 2011, the end result of two and a half years of planning and aimed at rolling out low-cost, high impact development actions. She said investors and entrepreneurs are noticing the changes and buzz surrounding the market. “We have vibrant, West African-owned cafes 1 block north of here (the market) and at Charles Center Plaza; Ethiopian restaurants 3 blocks northeast of here on Park Avenue; a vibrant Vietnamese restaurant called Mekong Delta 3 blocks east of the market on Saratoga Street; and a fantastic Indian restaurant called Mem Sahib attached to the market,” Rawlings-Blake said of Lexington Market. The on-line survey takes 10 minutes to complete and should be done no later than March 23 at www.facebook.com/LexingtonMarket, www.lexingtonmarket.com. “Anyone can see, food entrepreneurs are clustering around Lexington Market—our mission is to attract that type of quality food choices INSIDE our market,” added Rawlings-Blakelast_img read more

SoulFLY Theatre Society Presents For Colored Girls – Curvy Girls Edition

first_imgThe SoulFly Theatre Society is showcasing a Curvy Girls Edition of the Ntozake Shange play “For Colored Girls…” starting Nov. 19 at 1231 Good Hope Road S.E. The shows are scheduled for  Nov. 19 at 7 p. m., Nov. 20 at 7 p. m., and Nov. 22 at 3:30 p. m.  Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit soulflytheatresociety.com or e-mail soulflytheatre@yahoo.comlast_img

Syrias embattled president admits manpower shortage

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Assad’s televised speech Sunday morning, given to local dignitaries in the Syrian capital, Damascus, was his first public address since he was sworn in for a third, seven-year term in July last year. Assad has given interviews to several Arab and international media outlets in the meantime.Assad acknowledged that his generals have had to move forces from one front to another in order to protect areas that are militarily, politically or economically more important. He added that the loss of some areas to insurgents has led to “frustration” among Syrians.Syrian forces have suffered several setbacks since March, including the loss of the northwestern city of Idlib, the capital of a province that borders Turkey. In May, the government lost the historic central town of Palmyra to IS extremists, who also captured parts of the northeastern city of Hassakeh.Those losses could be partially offset by greater support from the government’s key ally, Iran, now that Tehran has agreed to a nuclear deal with world powers that would see international sanctions lifted.“We are not collapsing. We are steadfast and will achieve victory,” said Assad, who was interrupted several times by applause. “Defeat does not exist in the dictionary of the Syrian Arab army.” Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist “Regime forces are on the outskirts of the city of Palmyra,” said activist Bebars al-Talawy, who is based in the central province of Homs that includes the historic town. Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said troops and pro-government fighters are getting close to the town.Al-Manar reported that troops captured several mountains southwest of the Palmyra, adding that IS fighters are fleeing the area. It aired footage said to be taken in the desert outside the town with troops moving forward.Since IS captured Palmyra, many feared that the group would damage the archaeological site as the extremists did in Iraq earlier this year. Regaining control of it will be a major victory for Assad.Assad’s government announced a general amnesty for army deserters and draft dodgers Saturday. There are thousands of army deserters in and outside Syria, many of whom have gone on to fight with rebels. Many young men have fled the country to avoid compulsory military conscription.Assad has issued similar amnesties for criminals, but has not released any of the thousands of political prisoners believed to be in Syria’s prisons. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Top Stories This image made from video broadcast on Press TV, Iran’s English language state-run channel shows Syrian President Bashar Assad delivering a speech in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, July 26, 2015. Assad says he supports any political dialogue to end his country’s civil war even if its effects are limited. But he says any initiative that is not based on fighting “terrorism” will be “hollow” and “meaningless.” (Press TV via AP video) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Assad tried to justify the loss of some areas, including Idlib. Assad-allied forces, including fighters from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and Iranian advisers, control a little less than half of Syria’s 185,000 square kilometers (71,400 square miles).“It was necessary to specify critical areas for our armed forces to hang on to,” Assad said. “Concern for our soldiers forces us to let go of some areas.”“When we concentrate our forces in an important area, what happens is that we bring reinforcements but this is usually at the expense of other areas,” Assad said. “Sometimes we have to abandon some areas in order to transfer these forces to the area that we want to hold.”“There is a shortage of manpower,” Assad said, adding that “I don’t want to give a dark image that hostile media will use to say that the president is saying that people are not joining the army.”Assad said that in recent months, mostly in April and May, the number of people joining the army has increased. He added: “Every inch of Syria is precious.”Hours after Assad spoke, activists and Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV said government forces were advancing on Palmyra and had captured several mountains overlooking the town, known for its UNESCO world heritage site marked by 2,000-year-old Roman colonnades. Check your body, save your life BEIRUT (AP) — In his first public address in a year, embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed Sunday to win his country’s long-running civil war while acknowledging his troops had lost territory to rebel forces and were running short on manpower.Assad’s speech, while confident, came in the fifth year of a conflict pitting his forces against rebels, Islamist insurgents and the extremist Islamic State group. Turkey, which has long backed the rebels, has begun striking the IS group and Kurdish fighters battling the extremists, adding a new layer of complexity to a brutal war with no end in sight. The Observatory recently reported that at least 49,100 troops and 32,500 pro-government gunmen have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011.The group, which gathers information from a network of activists inside Syria, says there are some 70,000 draft dodgers in government-controlled areas alone.Last month, Syria’s prime minister called on young men to fulfill their mandatory military service obligation, promising better pay for troops on the front lines as well as one hot meal a day.Assad said his government did not want war, “but when it was imposed on us, the Syrian Arab army repelled the terrorists everywhere.” Assad refers to all those fighting against his rule as terrorists.The U.S. has begun training some moderate rebels who oppose Assad, but Islamic extremist groups have had the most success against his forces. The Islamic State group holds about a third of Syria and neighboring Iraq in its self-declared “caliphate.”Speaking about political dialogue, Assad said any initiative that is not based on fighting “terrorism” will be “hollow” and “meaningless.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

CFPB Proposes Rule Revisions in Response to Industry Concerns

first_img Share June 25, 2013 459 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Compliance Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investors Lenders & Servicers Regulation Service Providers 2013-06-25 Krista Franks Brock The “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/ (CFPB) announced Monday proposed revisions to its ability-to-repay rule, mortgage servicing rules, and rules regarding consumer protections. [IMAGE]””Today’s proposal revises and clarifies certain aspects of our rules to ease implementation and to pave the way for more effective consumer protections in the marketplace,”” said Richard Cordray, director of the CFPB. One of the clarifications specified in Monday’s announcement is the definition of a loan originator. CFPB rules detail qualifications and compensation guidelines for loan originators, and industry participants have expressed a need to ensure tellers and administrative staff are not considered loan originators for the purposes of these new guidelines. Also related to compensation, the CFPB specified points and fee thresholds specifically for manufactured housing employees. [COLUMN_BREAK]Monday’s proposals also addressed the ban on financing credit insurance premiums, which is set forth in Dodd Frank and in the CFPB’s loan originator compensation rules. “”The proposal would provide guidance on when credit insurance premiums are considered to be calculated and paid on a monthly basis for purposes of an exclusion from the statutory prohibition,”” the CFPB stated. Additionally, the CFPB proposed changing the implementation date of this and other compensation-related rules from January 10, 2014 to January 1, 2014. “”The Bureau believes that having the rule take effect at the beginning of a calendar year may help compliance since compensation plans, training, and licensing and registration are often structured on an annual basis,”” the CFPB said. The CFPB also plans to spend the next two years refining its definitions of “”rural”” and “”underserved”” areas for the purposes of encouraging lending and protecting consumers in these areas. Small creditors not operating in these areas would be exempt from some rules, such as the ban on high-cost balloon mortgages.The CFPB also clarified rules relating to loss mitigation. If a loss mitigation application is incomplete, the servicer must notify the applicant and let him/her know what is missing. The proposed revision also protects consumers from falling into foreclosure until they have “”had a reasonable time to supply the needed documents or information,”” according to the CFPB.center_img CFPB,CFPB Proposes Rule Revisions in Response to Industry Concerns in Government, Origination, Servicinglast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Larry Foote, inside linebackers coach of the Arizona Cardinals. (AP Photo) 0 Comments   Share   “I was told that management was fighting for me and I was excited that (Wilks) hired me,” Foote said on Wednesday.Related LinksAt least five coaches from Bruce Arians’ staff will join Steve Wilks’“It tells you that they appreciate the work that I have done.”Foote arrived in Arizona as a player prior to the 2014 season, recording 105 tackles and an interception in 15 games at linebacker.The following year, Foote joined the coaching staff as the linebackers coach, where he has remained for three seasons.The 37-year-old’s coaching career has been highlighted by the transition of Deone Bucannon from a safety in college to linebacker in the NFL.Bucannon recorded 82 tackles along with two forced fumbles and an interception last season despite missing the first three games after undergoing surgery on his ankle in May.Foote said the surgery “drained” Bucannon, but acknowledged his growth as a vocal leader last season. Now, Foote is ramping up his expecatations for the 25-year-old linebacker.“You want to show this league who you are and I am expecting his best season,” Foote said. “Just keep coming to work.”Along with Bucannon, Foote retains a talented group of linebackers for the 2018. Led by Pro Bowl linebacker Chandler Jones, the Cardinals will have Markus Golden back from injury and will look for Haason Reddick to find his niche during his second year. Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “He worried about not making a mistake too much,” Foote said of Reddick. “Which is a good thing because he cares. Now it’s time to comfortably get with the defense and just play.”The Cardinals’ defense led the team last season after numerous injuries plagued the offense, keeping them in games on the way to an 8-8 record.Despite having to learn a new defensive scheme under Wilks and defensive coordinator Al Holcomb, Foote believes the Cardinals’ players will be eager to prove their talent to the new coaching staff.“The good thing about having a new coaching staff is it brings excitement and new faces,” he said. “I don’t care what year you are in the league you want to prove it. You want to prove to your coach what kind of player you are.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals offseason has been a whirlwind of uncertainty and excitement, with a new coaching staff taking over for the first time in five years.Former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks was hired as head coach following the retirement of Bruce Arians. Since the January hire, Wilks’ coaching staff has taken shape, including five former assistants from Arians’ staff.Linebackers coach Larry Foote was among those that were retained.last_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Two New York City artists are hop

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Two New York City artists are hoping to give travellers at LaGuardia Airport something to look forward to with custom short stories written at the terminal.Lexie Smith and Gideon Jacobs set up two weeks ago inside LaGuardia’s Terminal A, writing free short stories for patrons getting on their flights. The New York Post reports the stories are delivered to patrons’ phones after they land at their destination.Jacobs says they start writing the moment they get the request, and the plane landing is their deadline.The pair got permission from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to set up in a former Hudson News storefront.The project is sponsored by Queens Council on the Arts and the Port Authority, which gave Smith and Jacobs a stipend of $3,000.___Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com Artists offer stories to travellers at LaGuardia Airport by The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2018 5:32 am PDT Last Updated May 18, 2018 at 7:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more