first_imgVAUGHAN, Ont. – A cane fight that broke out between two elderly women in a parking lot north of Toronto resulted in police being called to break up the scuffle.York regional police say they were called to a No Frills grocery store parking lot in Vaughan, Ont. shortly after 11 a.m. on Tuesday.Const. Andy Pattenden says concerned citizens called police as the two women in their 70s were engaged in a cane duel, screaming and shouting at each other.He says by the time officers arrived, the fight had ended without injury, with one woman trying to take off in a vehicle and the other going inside the grocery store to shop for food.He says police spoke to both women, although he says the one inside the store didn’t want to talk and preferred to continue looking for produce.Pattenden says he doesn’t know what the two were fighting over, but neither are expected to be charged.“It just sounds like some angry older people,” Pattenden said.last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON (660 NEWS) — Alberta’s justice minister says the province is asking the courts to look into the constitutionality of the federal government imposing its carbon tax.Doug Schweitzer says the province has filed a reference case with the Alberta Court of Appeal.The court challenge comes a week after Ottawa announced it will impose the federal carbon tax on Alberta starting Jan. 1, 2020.Schweitzer calls it federal overreach — despite a recent Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruling that a federally-imposed carbon tax is constitutional.“By imposing a carbon tax on provinces the federal government would be disrupting the balance of Canada’s federation,” he said.He vowed to use all the legal tools at their disposal to fight the tax, one of United Conservative Premier Jason Kenney’s key promises in the April election.“Our government will continue to support other provinces’ challenges against this federal tax grab,” he stated.He says Alberta disagrees with the Saskatchewan ruling and wants to put its own legal case forward before the Supreme Court of Canada hears Saskatchewan’s appeal.According to Schweitzer, October is the earliest the Alberta Court of Appeal could hear the case if it is expedited. At this time he estimates the legal costs will be around $300,000.Alberta passed legislation earlier this month to repeal its provincial carbon tax.With files from 660 NEWS.last_img read more

first_imgOutside of Winnipeg Police Service headquarters in downtown Winnipeg. (APTN file)APTN NewsWinnipeg police have laid murder charges in a high-profile case that claimed the life of the 17-year-old, only son of Filipino immigrants on March 3.Jaime Adao was killed by an intruder in the home he shared with his parents and grandmother.Police say it was the sixth homicide recorded in Winnipeg this year.Police say Adao was on the phone with an emergency operator when he was fatally attacked by a man with a weapon. The type of weapon was not revealed.Police say responding officers shot and wounded the man, who was in hospital in critical condition.In a release Sunday, police say they charged Ronald Bruce Chubb, 27, with second-degree murder, attempted murder, and fail to comply with probation.Chubb was born in God’s Lake First Nation, which is about 1,000 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.Manitoba’s Independent Investigation Unit is now looking into the officer-involved shooting.Three more homicides have been reported in Winnipeg since Adao’s death, police add.Police have termed it a “senseless killing” they blame on the city’s battle with methamphetamine.A GoFundMe page was set up for Adao’s parents, who run a bakery in the city.last_img read more

When you see sales down in three-quarters of the market, that means it’s pretty widespread[np_storybar title=”Toronto new home sales fall to record low for August” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2012/09/24/toronto-new-home-sales-fall-to-record-low-in-august/”%5D In yet another sign the housing sector in Canada is slowing down, Toronto new home sales in August were the worst ever for that particular month.Read more. [/np_storybar]OTTAWA — Canada’s housing market appears to be cooling across the board in the face of tighter mortgage rules that affect many first-time buyers of modest means, a new analysis from the Conference Board shows.The think-tank’s snapshot of resales for August shows a widespread decline in sales of existing homes, with 21 of 28 metropolitan markets registering a drop from July, and 16 of the markets showing a falloff of five per cent or more.As well, listings fell in 17 of the 28 markets, an indication that owners were reluctant to place their homes for sale due to soft conditions.Senior economist Robin Wiebe of the Conference Board said there was evidence of cooling in some markets — particularly Vancouver and Victoria — before the new rules went into effect July 9. But the new data shows the slowdown has spread to most markets and from coast to coast.“When you see sales down in three-quarters of the market, that means it’s pretty widespread,” he said. “It’s knocked down previously high-flying markets like Regina and Saskatoon down a peg. Vancouver had been showing signs of cooling, now it’s spread out into the Fraser Valley.”[np-related]At the time Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced maximum amortization period for mortgage would be reduced to 25 years from 30 years, the government estimated it would increase monthly payments by $184 on a $350,000 mortgage.It had been the fourth time Flaherty tightened mortgage requirements in four years, but the July measure was regarded as the one likely to be the most effective.While sales and prices were only temporarily sidetracked by the previous announcements, only to recover a few months later, this might “be the one that broke the camel’s back,” said Wiebe.Last week, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported that sales of existing homes fell 5.8% in August from July, and were down 8.9 per cent from August 2011.Still, the latest data shows that while sales and listings are down, prices appear to be holding steady.The report found prices fell in only nine of the 28 markets in August from the previous month. Compared to last August, prices were up in 25 markets.Andrew Barr/National Post Economists have generally been forecasting a correction of between 10 and 25% in prices over the next two or three years. Vancouver, which had for years been Canada’s hottest market, has seen a tumble of about 30% in resale homes.But Wiebe is not so sure the correction will be as severe as many predict, or that Vancouver’s market is as cold as the numbers suggest.He notes that Vancouver’s average home prices are skewed by the number of high-end property sold — many to investors from China. Both the meteoric rise and current decline are “overstated,” he said.Homes in the Toronto area, Canada’s largest market, are also likely to retain their value, he said, because the economy in the city remains healthy and the greater metropolitan area continues to experience strong population growth.The Canadian Press read more

“The Secretary-General commends the Elections Commission for again administering the process professionally and credibly. He also commends the extraordinary patience of voters and citizens, and reiterates that their will must be respected,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.Participation was very high, with voter turnout exceeding 80 per cent. However, Mr. Ban said he is “gravely concerned” at the decision to delay the second round, which was scheduled for today.“He urgently calls on all political actors and State institutions to show restraint, to respect the legitimate will of the people expressed in the election on 9 November, and to conclude the presidential election process without further delay in the best interest of the Maldivian people.”This is the third time that the electoral process has been delayed. The Supreme Court nullified the first round of elections held on 7 September on the basis of irregularities in the process, despite conclusions by national and international observers that the election was free and fair. The elections were further delayed on 19 October, after the police reportedly stopped officials from carrying them out.“The Secretary-General will continue to closely monitor the situation and stands ready to provide the support of the United Nations for democratic progress,” the statement said. Last week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the Supreme Court is interfering excessively in the presidential elections, and undermining the country’s democratic process.“All parties should seize this opportunity to restore the credibility of the democratic process,” Ms. Pillay said. “Whoever wins the election should embark on fundamental reforms to the judiciary to safeguard Maldives’ progress in democracy and rule of law.”The current election is seen as an important step in the country’s democratic transition. The Maldives underwent a regime change in 2012, when the previous democratically-elected president, Mohamed Nasheed, resigned in contested circumstances. He was succeeded by his former deputy, Mohammed Waheed Hassan. read more

Celebrated Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky will be a special guest at an upcoming Brock University Film Series (BUFS) screening of his latest film, Watermark.Watermark is a sweeping and often piercing look at humanity’s relationship with water.Edward Burtynsky (photo: Brigit Kleber)The film brings together stories from around the world about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. It is also the second collaboration between Burtynsky and multiple-award winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006.Burtynsky, a native of Niagara who donated a $617,000 photo collection to Brock in 2012, will take part in a Q&A about Watermark after a screening of the film on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Cinema, Pen Centre.His visit will mark his return to BUFS for the first time since the 2006-07 season, when he brought Manufactured Landscapes to St. Catharines.“One of our goals with BUFS is to feature works that engage with other initiatives taking place around Brock and in the community,” says Scott Henderson, associate professor and chair of Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film.“And Burtynsky is a good example of this because he’s a practising artist from Niagara dealing with environmental concerns and making interesting documentaries about it,” he says. “For him to come and introduce his film and take part in a question-answer after the screening, that’s just an added bonus for our audience.”Watermark premiered to great acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2013. In January 2014, the Toronto Film Critics’ Association named it the Best Canadian Feature of the year. Burtynsky and his collaborator Baichwal won the same $100,000 prize in 2006 for Manufactured Landscapes.Burtynsky’s visit is facilitated by Film Circuit, a division of TIFF, which provides support to 180 film groups across Canada, including BUFS and groups in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake.BUFS is an ongoing project of Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, bringing the best in international, independent and Canadian cinema to Niagara for nearly 40 years.BUFS screenings are open to the public. Tickets to Watermark are $10 each and go on sale at the BUFS ticket table in the theatre lobby of Landmark Cinema at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26.The BUFS winter season runs every Wednesday until April 2 (except March 12). read more

first_imgPrince Harry with the Army Air Corps graduates in front of an Apache helicopterCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Prince Harry talks as he visits the Army Aviation Centre Credit: Heathcliff O’Malley Prince Harry with the Army Air Corps graduates in front of an Apache helicopter Speaking at the Middle Wallop military base in Hampshire, Prince Harry told the 12 wings recipients, their families and senior military figures from the site: “You’re now going to end up flying some of the best aircraft that we have to offer.”In certain areas budgets are being shrunk, but essentially you guys are the assets, the aircraft is the asset and just don’t forget who you’re serving and who you’re supporting.” It is not the first time Prince Harry has addressed potentially political matters in recent weeks.On Thursday, during a speech to a conference about veterans’ mental health, he told delegates: “In an ever-shrinking defence community where every man and woman counts, we must consider that mental health issues are the second highest cause of absence after muscular-skeletal injury.”The Prince graduated from Middle Wallop in 2010, picking up his own Wings from his father the Prince of Wales. In 2013, he qualified as an Apache helicopter commander, with his own commanding officer saying he passed with “flying colours”. 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. On Friday, he wore a civilian suit with three medals pinned to his chest, including the Operation Herrick medal for his service in Afghanistan, as he delivered words of wisdom to a new generation. Prince Harry talks as he visits the Army Aviation Centre  Prince Harry with the Army Air Corps graduatescenter_img Prince Harry has publicly raised the issue of cuts to Ministry of Defence budgets, as he visited to the home of Army aviation to present graduates with their wings. The Prince, who flew Apache helicopters during his army service, said “budgets are being shrunk” in certain areas, as he urged a dozen pilots from the Army Air Corps to remember they are “the assets”.While he stopped short of explicit criticism, the comments, made in what appeared to be a heartfelt unscripted speech, highlighted the issue of cuts to a defence budget which senior military figures have warned is already “close to breaking”.In recent months there has been widespread speculation about further cuts to personnel and equipment owing to major pressure on the defence budget, alongside calls from MPs to increase spending to 3 per cent of GDP. “The Modernising Defence Programme instigated by Gavin Williamson will have to come up with more funding for defence.”Lord Campbell, defence spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said: “It may not quite be a Royal command but it’s as close as you can get.”Servicemen and women at every level in the forces are well aware of the serious under-funding of the defence budget.”In January, it was reported that proposed options to fund saving in the defence budget, including cutting 11,000 personnel from the Army, up to seven Royal Navy frigates and as many as 100 helicopters, had been put on hold. Lord West of Spithead, former First Sea Lord and Labour peer, said: “Any Royal ‘stands into danger’ when he makes comments that directly relate to political issues.”I am delighted he is saying it because it is true. Prince Harry  Prince Harry with the Army Air Corps graduatesCredit: Heathcliff O’Malley Prince Harry spoke to pilots without notesCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Sergeant Ryan Nelson, 26, from County Durham, who was awarded two prizes at the graduation, said of the Royal visitor: “He’s really normal, a really down to earth guy, he doesn’t think of himself as anything special.“He was firing away little nuggets, little tips on how we could better ourselves as a pilot.“The best tip he gave me is that he told me about the fact that when he first got in the Apache he could barely get in, he didn’t know where to put his helmet, his monocle was in the wrong place, he was just in a general state of rag to be honest.“He was like ‘just expect that, if it does happen don’t be put off by it, it’s all progression. It will get hard at times but it’s all completely doable’.”last_img read more

first_imgSandvik Mining has commissioned its new high load hard rock cutting test rig as part of itscontinued investment in research and technology and commitment to hard rock mechanical cutting.The official inauguration ceremony took place on March 3 in Zeltweg, Austria. Members of Sandvik R&DBoard and representatives from Business Area Sandvik Mining joined the special occasion.“Sandvik Mining has identified hard rock continuous mining as a strategic initiative to align with our Customer Focus and Innovation values to develop safer, more productive and more cost efficient system solutions for our customers. As a result, the competence centre for mechanical cutting in Zeltweg has continued to investigate suitable cutting technologies and machine concepts and the critical need for a full scale test rig to validate hard rock cutting became evident for future product development.” The engineering design, planning, construction and assembly of the high load rock cutting test rig commenced in August 2013 and was completed at the end of 2014.Since the beginning of 2015, various cutting tests were initiated which will all contribute to the development of different hard rock cutting technologies for application in rapid mine development and production machineconcepts. Janne Uotila, Vice President Product Development and Global Technology, Global Equipment, pointed out the necessity of this investment. He emphasised the need for continuous pioneering results to stay relevant as a tool and equipment supplier, for which the cutting test rig will be of great value.last_img read more

first_imgL’Autriche lancera ses premiers satellites à l’été 2011L’été prochain, l’Autriche placera en orbite ses deux premiers satellites, a annoncé Otto Koudelka, professeur à l’Université technique de Graz. Ces engins auront pour mission de mesurer les variations du rayonnement lumineux des étoiles.Les deux satellites ont été mis au point par les universités techniques de Graz et de Vienne, en partenariat avec l’Université de Toronto, au Canada. Les engins, deux cubes de vingt centimètres, sont particulièrement petits, et ne pèsent chacun que sept kilos.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAC’est à la fin du mois de juillet, avec une fusée indienne, qu’ils devraient être lancés, avant d’être rejoints par quatre satellites identiques conçus par des ingénieurs polonais et canadiens, dans le cadre du programme international BRITE. Comme le souligne Otto Koudelka, cité par l’AFP, il s’agira de la première constellation de satellites dotés du même objectif d’observation. “Les satellites se complèteront. Le temps d’observation sera ainsi multiplié”, explique-t-il.Les données recueillies par les satellites seront étudiées au sol à Graz et à Vienne, et à plus long terme, par la Pologne et le Canada. Et si la durée de la mission est pour l’instant fixée à deux ans, “nous espérons qu’ils fonctionneront plus longtemps”, précise Otto Koudelka.Le 18 décembre 2010 à 18:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img AEW announces first World Title defense to take place during third television episode WWE will present the 1,000th episode of Smackdown tonight live from Washington, DC.Advertised for tonight’s show is two WWE World Cup qualifying matches featuring The Miz vs. Rusev and Rey Mysterio vs. United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura.The big focus will be on the Smackdown 1000 theme. WWE is advertising a reunion of Evolution featuring Batista, Ric Flair, Triple H and Randy Orton.Also advertised includes The Undertaker, Michelle McCool, Teddy Long, Vickie Guerrero and Edge. We reported yesterday two names that are scheduled, but not being advertised.Wrestleview.com will have live Smackdown 1000 results tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET.Don’t forget to join us live on YouTube after the show for a full review! Google+ Twitter AEW announces Women’s World Title Match added for episode three on TNT Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest AEW announces Boston and Philadelphia television episodes for TNT are sold out last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool’s midfielder Fabinho is bracing up for the challenge of arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday for what has been dubbed England’s El Clasico.Klopp’s men head into the clash 16 points ahead of United with Fabinho relishing the prospect of playing in another game that has additional significance for supporters, following his victorious Merseyside derby debut earlier this month.“I’m not really an expert on the history of this rivalry, but I believe it is the biggest rivalry in English football,” the Brazil international told Liverpoolfc.com.“They’re the two most successful teams in England, so history shows that there’s a huge rivalry. I think the geographical closeness, with Manchester being just down the road, adds even more to it.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“We’re going to approach this game like all the other games and I hope it’s a night to remember, like the Everton game.“I’m definitely looking forward to it. When you sign for Liverpool you have these types of games in mind. With the passion of the fans, their support, we go on the field to give our best to put on a show for them.“Against Everton, the fans left very happy with the victory and the way in which we won, and I hope against Manchester United we can put on a similar spectacle: representing the Liverpool shirt and playing with a lot of desire. I hope we’ll get the three points.”last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR McLean, Va.-based Elm Street Development has purchased seven adjacent parcels across the street from the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in northwest Washington to build housing.Elm Street paid $7.0 million for the lots, representing a significant amount of appreciation due to the District of Columbia’s selection of a master developer to convert 67 acres of the medical campus into a mixed-used development calling for retail, housing, a hotel and conference center, and “innovation core.” The previous owners acquired the parcels several years earlier for only $2.1 million, reported the Washington Business Journal.“That was the main driver, Walter Reed,” said Karen McJunkin, a regional partner at Elm Street. “We like the corridor as well. But for the product we’re planning, I think that the buyer in the District is very savvy and follows what’s ahead, and will buy, we hope, based on what’s to come,” she said.Elm Street and its partner, Craftmark Homes, plan to build two-over-two style housing, sometimes referred to as stacked townhouses. The previous owners had been planning to build a 100-unit condominium. Elm Street expects to complete its first row of homes by early next year, according to the story.last_img read more

first_imgA report released Wednesday by the EPA’s Inspector General found the agency’s work in Bristol Bay regulating the development of proposed mines like Pebble has been unbiased and done without a predetermined outcome.Download AudioThe Nushagak District, shown in this June 2015 photo, is one of five commercial fishing districts in Bristol Bay. (KDLG photo)While the EPA’s role is currently being challenged by Pebble in federal court, the agency is touting the IG’s report as validation of its direction and efforts.EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran has been noticeably quiet over the past year and a half, declining KDLG-Dillingham’s frequent interview requests. On Wednesday morning, however, with affirmation of his team’s efforts in hand, he was eager to get back out in front of a story in the now long-running saga of EPA versus Pebble mine.“We feel very positive about the outcome and the findings,” McLerran said, speaking by phone from Oregon on Wednesday morning. “What the Inspector General confirms is that we conducted the assessment in compliance with all of our policies and procedures for ecological risk assessments, and that it was done appropriately, without bias and without prejudgment.”McLerran added that he has been advised against making too many public statements, on account of the federal lawsuit currently in its discovery phase. The EPA has also been temporarily ordered by the judge against taking further action toward finalizing its preemptive restrictions in the Bristol Bay watershed.The OIG evaluation, undertaken in May 2014, looked into whether McLerran’s staff had acted within EPA’s program guidelines, specifically between Jan. 1, 2008 and May 18, 2012. OIG staff interviewed more than two dozen people involved, but focused primarily on a keyword search of 8,352 emails of just three people:  McLerran, who is Obama’s appointee to the office; Nancy Stoner, EPA’s former Acting Assistant Administrator for Water; and Phil North, the EPA ecologist who has since retired (and disappeared).Pebble, which sent more than a dozen letters and hundreds of pages of documents to EPA’s Inspector General since the evaluation began, was quick to call it an “incredibly narrow investigation.”McLerran disagrees.“They did a very robust review of the communications back and forth, the correspondence, they did interviews, they looked at emails from a wide array of EPA employees and other folks including folks outside of EPA,” he said.“Given the serious issues that were raised here, the report was laughable,” said Pebble CEO Tom Collier on Wednesday morning. Collier has decades of Washington, D.C., experience in and out of government, and said he was disappointed not only in the findings, but also in EPA’s OIG.“To be only 30-something pages long, to not cite any of the really significant documents, it’s an outrage,” he said. “I don’t know what happened here, in this instance, but this report is clearly a whitewash, and I think it’s an embarrassment to IGs on good reputation around the country and at other agencies.”The OIG’s report wasn’t all praise for EPA’s efforts. It cites problems with Phil North, including his role in helping draft the 2010 letter from Bristol Bay area tribes requesting EPA’s intervention. The report is also critical of North’s use of a personal email account for government business. His personal emails were not turned over to OIG, despite a subpoena. Plus, 25 months worth of his government emails through the 52-month period under evaluation are gone, allegedly erased when his computer hard drive crashed. North was interviewed once by OIG, near the start of the process, but ignored further requests and ultimately a subpoena.Pebble, and federal court Judge H. Russell Holland, believe North was central to EPA’s intervention. McLerran said that’s not the case. “I want to be very clear, Phil North was not a central figure on this. I was a central figure, our Office of Research and Development scientists were central on this, the independent peer reviewers were central on this.” McLerran said the decision to initiate a 404c process was his to make, in consultation with EPA headquarters.Pebble has put together a long paper trail documenting North’s involvement, which has so far been enough to convince Judge Holland to subpoena him to appear for deposition. North left the U.S. after retirement, and has ignored requests subpoenas and requests for information from Holland, Congressional committees, and EPA’s OIG. He is believed to be living in Australia or New Zealand.“You know, I’m not surprised that Dennis McLerran, in order to save EPA’s decision, is throwing poor Mr. North under the bus,” said Collier. “It’s outrageous that that would be happening at EPA, but I guess that’s the only way they can defend their outrageous conduct here.”The OIG’s findings were well received by supporters of EPA’s work to block development of Pebble. It’s been a while since that process has seen any progress or had any good news. What difference the report will make at this point, like the Cohen report before it, is unclear. Right now the outcome of the agency’s efforts seem destined to be decided in federal court, in Congress, or perhaps in the hands of the next administration.last_img read more

first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski addresses the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, Oct. 16, 2015. (Photo by Mikko Wilson, KTOO – Juneau)The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has endorsed Sen. Lisa Murkowski for U.S. Senate.Central Council spokesperson Raeanne Holmes says the organization doesn’t often endorse candidates for political office, though they did endorse Sen. Mark Begich against Dan Sullivan in 2014. Sullivan won. And they supported the so-called Unity Ticket that brought together Bill Walker as candidate for governor and Byron Mallott for lieutenant governor.Murkowski is running against Margaret Stock, Joe Miller and Ray Metcalfe to keep her seat. She was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2002 by her father, then-Gov. Frank Murkowski.The incumbent senator chairs a subcommittee that funds the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service and serves on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.Murkowski also chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.The committee has jurisdiction over federal public lands law, including the implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, two laws that are paramount when considering Alaska Native policy issues.When asked if the tribal organization would be making other endorsements in the November election, Holmes said she hadn’t heard of any but added, “I could tell you very clearly we’re not going to support Trump.”last_img read more

first_img Listen 00:00 /01:18 Sandra Bland/FacebookSandra Bland, who was found dead at the Waller County Jail on July 13. Sharecenter_img X State Rep. Garnet Coleman of Houston has introduced the “Sandra Bland Act” (HB 2702). The bill would mandate sweeping criminal justice reforms, including a crackdown on racial profiling.Among other measures, the bill would ban so-called “pretext stops.” That’s the practice of a police officer stopping a car for an alleged traffic violation, in order to investigate another suspected, unrelated crime.“Now that happened to me when I was growing up,” said Coleman, who introduced the bill on the steps of the Texas Supreme Court. “It’s not supposed to happen to my children. This is 30 years later. So that’s the reason why I think this is important, and that’s the reason the people standing here with me think this is important, because this led to a death that didn’t have to occur.”In 2015, Sandra Bland, an African-American woman, was stopped in Prairie View by a white state trooper over a failure signal a lane change. The trooper arrested Bland. Three days later, she was found dead in her jail cell. The death, which Waller County authorities ruled a suicide, became a flashpoint in the Black Lives Matter movement.The Sandra Bland Act faces a difficult road in the Republican-led state legislature. The Texas Municipal Police Association has already criticized the bill as misguided. The bill’s high number makes it unlikely the measure will make it through both houses before the end of the session in May. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

first_img Share Evan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump argues that his power to pardon would include even himself — but says he doesn’t need to use it because he’s done nothing wrongPresident Donald Trump rocked the region with the stunning announcement Tuesday that he was halting annual U.S.-South Korean military drills — and wants to remove the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in the South as a deterrent against North Korea.Trump’s surprise, almost offhand comments, made during a news conference after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seemingly upended decades of the U.S. defense posture on the Korean Peninsula.The remarks contradicted countless previous declarations by U.S. political and military officials over the years that the drills are routine, defensive and absolutely critical.Trump has now essentially adopted the standard North Korean line, calling the military exercises a “provocative” drain of money and announcing they would stop while he continues talks with Kim, whom he repeatedly praised as a solid negotiating partner.His statement was quickly portrayed by critics as a major, unreciprocated concession to a country that only last year was threatening Seoul and Washington with nuclear war.It also seemed to leave officials completely off guard in South Korea, where the presence of U.S. troops has long been described as necessary to maintaining peace on the peninsula.Seoul’s presidential office told The Associated Press that it was trying to parse Trump’s comments. The South Korean military seemed similarly surprised.“At this current point, there is a need to discern the exact meaning and intent of President Trump’s comments,” Seoul’s Defense Ministry said, adding that there have been no discussions yet with Washington on modifying drills set for August.U.S. forces in South Korea said it has “received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises” and will continue to coordinate with South Korean partners and maintain the current posture until it receives an updated guidance from the Department of Defense or the Indo-Pacific Command.Trump’s comments will be questioned by many in South Korea and beyond, with some seeing in them an effort by North Korea to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington.North Korea regularly calls the military exercises provocative preparations for a northward invasion, and many of the scariest standoffs in recent years on the Korean Peninsula have happened when the drills were being staged. Outside analysts believe the North objects to the drills because it must spend precious resources on its own war games and troop movements. North Korea also insists that the U.S. troop presence in the South, as well as its nuclear “umbrella” over allies Seoul and Tokyo, are part of America’s “hostile” policy toward the North.“I want to bring our soldiers back home,” Trump said, although he added that it’s “not part of the equation right now.” Then he said: “We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should. But we’ll be saving a tremendous amount of money. Plus, I think it’s very provocative.”The comments could fundamentally change the way the United States, whose alliance with Seoul was forged after a 1950 surprise attack by the North started the Korean War, operates in South Korea.Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would stop military exercises, his description of those drills as “provocative” and his suggestion that he wants to pull U.S. troops out at some point are “all things that Trump is putting on the table as concessions, all in exchange for some vague promises by the North Koreans,” said Paul Haenle, a former China director at the White House National Security Council in the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations.Annual military drills between Washington and Seoul have been a major source of contention between the Koreas for years, and analysts have wondered whether their continuation would hurt the inter-Korean detente that, since an outreach by Kim in January, has replaced last year’s insults and threats of war. North Korea last month broke off a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea’s participation in a two-week military exercise with the United States.North Korea’s state media, referring to the drills, recently demanded that Washington “stop the acts of threatening its dialogue partner by force.”Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have held a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops. There are also annual springtime drills. Drills called Team Spirit, one of the largest annual military maneuvers in the world at the time, were held from 1976 until 1993, when, after North Korea agreed to dismantle its existing nuclear facilities, the exercises were canceled and have not been held since.Moon Seong Mook, a former South Korean military official, said Trump’s comments on the drills confirmed what many in South Korea had feared all along — that North Korea would attempt to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul and gain substantial concessions from an unconventional U.S. president who thinks much less of the traditional alliance than his predecessors.“The core of the U.S.-South Korea alliance is the U.S. troops stationed in South Korea and the joint U.S.-South Korea military drills, but the American military presence in South Korea wouldn’t mean much if the militaries don’t practice through joint drills,” said Moon, now a senior analyst for the Seoul-based Korea Research Institute for National Strategy. “I am concerned that the summit between Trump and Kim will prove to be a setback in the global efforts to denuclearize North Korea and also introduce instability in the alliance between Seoul and Washington.”last_img read more

first_img‘Asmita theatre group’ is celebrating its 25 glorious years in the world of art. To celebrate this special occasion ‘Asmita’ is organising a two-month long ‘Summer Theatre Festival’ which will enthral the audience from May 20 to July 28 at various eminent venues in the Capital. This “Summer Theatre Festival” shall begin with play ‘Court Martial,’ directed by Arvind Gaur and written by Swadesh Deepak with music composed by Dr Sangeeta Gaur at Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn this festival, the group will showcase 17 plays, all of which are directed by Arvind Gaur and the music is composed by Dr Sangeeta Gaur. ‘Ambedakar Aur Gandhi’ and ‘Hindu Code Bill’ written by Rajesh Kumar; ‘Operation Three Star’ written by Dario Fo (adapted in Hindi by Amitabh Srivastava) and lyrics by Piyush Mishra; ‘Unsuni’ ; ‘Moteram Ka Satyagrah’; ‘Ek Mamooli Aadmi’; ‘Log-Baag’; ‘Final Solutions’; ‘Ye Aadmi Ye Choohe’; ‘Kharashein’ and many other fabulous plays are going to be enacted at this festival. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveArvind Gaur, the leader of ‘Asmita’, is known for his work in socially and politically relevant theatre in India. Gaur’s plays are contemporary and thought-provoking, connecting intimate personal spheres of existence to larger social political issues. His work deals with Internet censorship, communalism, caste issues, feudalism, domestic violence, crimes of state, politics of power, violence, injustice, social discrimination, marginalisation, and racism. The founder of the ‘Asmita’ theatre group believes that his work is not just sheer entertainment, but a medium to address concerns which are rooted in every individual’s time and space. “To me, theatre is a tool to sensitise people towards their own existence. I feel responsible for inciting the concerns of my audience, especially youth, towards the needs of our society.” Gaur believes that stage training acts as a catalyst to create better human beings. “We must work on the most basic unit of society i.e. the individual, for developing sensibility on a broader scale.”last_img read more

first_imgSingapore’s new low-cost carrier, Scoot, has made bookings available for airfares on its first two routes between Sydney or the Gold Coast and Singapore. Opened to the public at 6am on 22 March Singapore-time, Scoot offered its first departures from 26 June (Sydney) and 27 June (Gold Coast) through till 27 October 2012. “The commencement of sales is a huge milestone for Scoot, so we wanted to celebrate in a big way. “Besides being a fantastic deal, $88 each way, including taxes, it’s also a statement of intent: that Scoot will continue to offer exceptional value and give more people more opportunity to travel farther,” Scoot’s CEO, Campbell Wilson said.Scoot made use of social networking giant Facebook in order to promote its product and allowed the public to bid the price of airfares down. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Scoot Chief, Campbell Wilson celebratesImage Source: SMHlast_img read more

first_img July 18, 2012 455 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology SourceLink Offers MORE for Lenders Capitalizing on Refinancing “”SourceLink””:http://www.sourcelink.com/ has launched a new platform for lenders seeking strong refinancing prospects. [IMAGE]The company recently debuted its MORE program, which SourceLink describes as “”an innovative campaign solution that gives lenders the ability to reach prime mortgage refinance prospects by utilizing direct mail and personalized campaign microsites.””[COLUMN_BREAK]The company went on to note that MORE, a single-stop mortgage refinancing module, will help users in “”maximizing return on marketing investment and significantly lowering acquisition costs.””According to SourceLink, the data strategy behind MORE will facilitate the identification of ideal candidates for refinancing by combining a wide array of attributes including loan-to-value ratio, interest rates, behavioral and lifestyle factors, and credit scores. Additionally, SourceLink stated that the “”eye-catching creative”” associated with MORE will drive would-be borrowers to a microsite that displays their potential savings, as well as an interactive payment calculator.””With historically low interest rates, many homeowners are responsive to refinance offers,”” reports SourceLink’s chief strategy officer, Matt Graham. “”The challenge is with the depreciation in home values in recent years and other financial challenges, many of those interested are unable to qualify … MORE’s personalized, interactive savings calculator, combined with a sophisticated modeling strategy, ensures that lenders are spending their time with pre-qualified prospects with reasonable expectations.””center_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-07-18 Abby Gregorylast_img read more

first_imgCrowne Plaza Melbourne has unveiled the results of a $25 million revamp, with all 402 guestrooms completely transformed, with contemporary bathrooms, standalone showers with state-of-the-art showerheads, premium bedding, designer furnishings and striking artwork a feature. Connectivity throughout the entire hotel has also been upgraded.The hotel’s City View rooms now boast spacious walk-in wardrobes with sleek workstations, while the hotel’s Luxury suites feature deep bathtubs, walk-in showers, plush bedding, new furniture and sweeping views of the Yarra River and Melbourne city skyline.Area General Manager for InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) for Melbourne and Canberra, David Mansfield, said the renovation is the first step in a new chapter for the hotel. “Few properties in Melbourne have a history as rich as Crowne Plaza Melbourne and the standard to which all of the hotel’s guestrooms have been refurbished is outstanding.” “The property is absolute riverfront and is in a premium position – close to Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, the CBD and on the doorstep to Melbourne’s tram network. With Phase 1 of the refurbishment now complete, together with the hotel owners SB&G Group, we are excited by the appeal the new rooms will have for business, long-stay and leisure travellers and we look forward to welcoming them”.Phase 2 of the hotel’s multi-million dollar refurbishment will commence in the second quarter of 2019 and will see all of the hotel’s public areas redesigned, including updates to the hotel’s conference and event facilities, a new restaurant and bar concept, and updates to the hotel pool, gymnasium and lobby. australiaCrowne PlazahotelsMelbournelast_img read more