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Wynne pledges support for Ontario steel companies amid US tariffs

HAMILTON – Ontario’s Liberal premier says her first priority if re-elected will be to support the province’s steel industry in the wake of newly announced U.S. trade tariffs.Kathleen Wynne, who is days away from a provincial election, said Friday that her Liberals would provide support equal to “half the hardship” incurred as a result of the tariffs, and called on the federal government to cover the other half.“The tariffs on steel and aluminum exports imposed by (U.S. President Donald) Trump yesterday are completely unacceptable to me,” Wynne said at a campaign event near Hamilton, one of Ontario’s steel-producing cities. “They just make no sense and they put so many families at risk.”Provincial support could take the form of worker training or education but the Liberal party is still figuring out how to best support the industry if the tariffs persist, Wynne said.Ontario’s Liberals say the province’s steel industry employs 16,000 people and accounts for 70 per cent of Canada’s steel production capacity.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Ottawa will work with Canadian companies hit by the tariffs to protect jobs and workers but hasn’t offered further details.On Thursday, he announced retaliatory dollar-for-dollar tariff “countermeasures” on up to $16.6 billion worth of American imports.Wynne told reporters she is “150 per cent committed” to Trudeau’s response.“When you’re being bullied you have to stand up to the bully,” she said. “You have to say ‘We’re not going to take this, we are going to push back in order to protect our workers, their families, our communities.”Former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin, campaigning with Wynne in Waterloo, Ont., on Friday afternoon, applauded the federal government’s “very strong” stance on U.S. tariffs.“We are going to do far better than anybody thinks,” Martin said. “The reason is the strenght of the government’s response and the kinds of things that Premier Wynne has done.”Wynne said she will fight for the tariffs to be repealed and, until then, to make sure Ontario’s steel industry has the necessary support to remain competitive.She also criticized Tory Leader Doug Ford — who she said has not responded to her call for united opposition to the tariffs — and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who has said Wynne and Trudeau could have done more to prevent the tariffs.The premier said she has met with dozens of U.S. politicians to talk about trade and called Horwath’s response to the tariffs “inadequate.” Wynne’s criticism of her rivals comes as recent polls suggest either Horwath or Ford could be the next premier. read more

Brexit sparks showdown between UK Parliament and government

first_imgLONDON — As Brexit enters its endgame, the big divide is not between the U.K. and the European Union, but between Britain’s government and Parliament.Since Britain struck a divorce deal with the EU late last year, the executive and legislature have been at war.Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to win backing for the agreement ahead of Parliament’s vote next week while lawmakers try to grab control of the Brexit process.The battle has destabilized a country without a formal written constitution and where democracy rests on centuries of law, precedent and convention.London School of Economics Professor Iain Begg said Thursday that Britain is “getting very close” to a constitutional crisis.He says “if Theresa May loses the vote next week, we don’t actually know what happens next.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Increasing number of Afghan children caught in crossfire – UN official

19 June 2007Concerned about the increasing number of children killed in Afghanistan, the United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today urged all sides to take the necessary steps to protect the country’s young people amid the worsening security situation. “Children are caught in the crossfire and the number of victims is escalating,” stated Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.Anti-Government forces killed 11 children during a suicide attack against members of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on 15 June in Uruzgan province. In addition, they have been targeting schools, including the 12 June attack outside a girls’ school near Kabul that left two students dead and several injured.“The anti-Government forces are also suspected of using children as human shields,” added Ms. Coomaraswamy.She also expressed concern over reports that international coalition forces accidentally killed seven Afghan children in an air strike in Paktika province. Yesterday, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Chris Alexander, denounced the recent wave of terrorism in Afghanistan, citing in particular the devastation wrought by the attack on schoolchildren. “Those responsible for these attacks – those who have killed hundreds of Afghan civilians this year in cold blood – are committing brutal crimes. These are crimes against the holy religion of Islam; they are crimes against humanity,” he said. read more

Two killed nine injured in accident

Investigations in the accident are underway. In all eleven people were injured in the accident but two of them later succumbed to their injuries in hospitalThe police also said that one person who was among the injured had been transferred to the Kandy hospital for further treatment. Two people were killed and nine others were injured when the van they were travelling in collided with a parked lorry in Kantale this morning.According to the police media unit, the accident took place along the Habarana-Kantale main road. read more

Security Council condemns fighting in Juba demands South Sudans leaders prevent spread

Reading out portions of a statement to the press following a three-hour closed-door emergency session, Ambassador Koro Bessho of Japan, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month, said the body’s 15 members had expressed particular shock and outrage at the attacks on UN compounds and protection of civilians sites in Juba.The Council’s statement followed similar expressions of outrage by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), which both earlier today condemned the violence and urged calm in the wake fresh clashes in Juba between soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition. They also deplored that separately, UN and diplomatic officials have been targeted, as the world’s youngest country on Saturday marked the fifth anniversary of its independence.“The members of the Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against civilians and the United Nations. They emphasized the need for United Nations [civilian protection] sites and United Nations personnel to remain secure,” said the Council President, expressing sympathies and condolences to the families of Chinese and Rwandan peacekeepers who were killed or injured in the attacks.Urging an immediate end to the fighting by all concerned and demanding that President Kiir and First Vice-President Machar do their utmost to control their respective forces, urgently end the fighting and prevent the spread of violence, the Council in its statement also urged the two leaders to “genuinely commit themselves to the full and immediate implementation of the peace agreement, including the permanent ceasefire and redeployment of military forces from Juba.” People seeking shelter from ongoing fighting in Juba between soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition. Photo: UNMISS Further to the statement, the Security Council reminded all parties, including Government security forces, of the civilian character of the protection of civilian sites in South Sudan. As such, Council members stressed that attacks against civilians and UN premises and personnel may constitute war crimes. They also emphasized the importance of transparent investigations into these crimes and that those involved must be held accountable and could be potentially subject to sanctions as authorized under Council resolution 2206 (2015) for actions that threaten the peace, security or stability of South Sudan.The Council expressed its support for UNMISS and its readiness to consider enhancing the Mission to better ensure that the UNMISS and the international community can prevent and respond to violence in South Sudan, the President said.“The members of the Security Council encouraged States in the region to prepare to provide additional troops in the event the Council so decides. In the interim, [the Council] stressed the need for UNMISS to make full use of its authority to use all necessary means to protect civilians,” he concluded.For his part, the Secretary-General strongly urged the country’s leaders to do everything in their power to de-escalate the hostilities immediately and to order their respective forces to disengage and withdraw to their bases, saying: “This senseless violence is unacceptable and has the potential of reversing the progress made so far in the peace process.” According to the Secretary-General, UN compounds and civilian protection sites in Juba have been caught in the cross-fire. Expressing deep frustration that despite commitments by South Sudan’s leaders, fighting has resumed, Mr. Ban said they must take decisive action to regain control of the security situation in Juba. ̴[They must also] prevent the spread of violence to other parts of the country; guarantee the safety and security of civilians, United Nations and other personnel; and genuinely commit themselves to the full implementation of the peace agreement,” he stated.Earlier this morning, UNMISS expressed outrage at the resumption of violence in Juba, which it said was severely impacting the civilian population. In a press statement, the Mission reported that heavy fighting in Juba town, including in close proximity to the UNMISS compounds at UN House Jebel and Tomping, had prompted approximately 1,000 internally displaced people to flee from the UNMISS protection of civilians site (PoC) 1 into the UNMISS compound at UN House Jebel.[Civilian protection sites have been up and running in various parts of South Sudan for the past two years and according to its most most recent update, UNMISS estimates that the number of civilians seeking safety in the six sites located on UNMISS bases is 169,418.] The heavy fighting downtown Juba had forced hundreds of civilians to seek protection at UNMISS’ Tomping base, the statement went on to say and added: “The United Nations is gravely concerned about reports that armed forces have prevented civilians from seeking protection.” Both UNMISS compounds in Juba sustained impacts from small arms and heavy weapons fire, the Mission reported. “The United Nations urges all parties to respect the sanctity of the United Nations and condemns any deliberate targeting of United Nations premises and its personnel,” it added.Meanwhile, UN peacekeepers continued to protect displaced civilians at PoC sites 1 and 3. For the safety and security of those displaced civilians, the United Nations urged all parties to respect the civilian nature of the PoC sites. UN peacekeepers also mobilized to protect UNMISS bases in UN House and Tomping.“The Special Representative of the Secretary-General has directly called on the leadership at the highest level in South Sudan to immediately restrain their forces, to engage in dialogue to find a political solution to this crisis and to allow access to the United Nations to be able to patrol in order to reassure the civilian population,” the statement concluded.Just two days ago, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) noted that South Sudan has spent much of its short life at war with itself, riven by a political face-off between President Kiir and his then former Vice-President Mr. Machar that erupted into full-blown conflict late in 2013. Some 2.4 million people fled their homes in fear, before an August 2015 peace deal ended the major offensives. The country marked the fifth anniversary of its independence on 9 July. People seeking shelter from ongoing fighting in Juba between soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition. Photo: UNMISS President Salva Kiir of South Sudan addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak Despite the August 2015 peace agreement that formally ended the war, conflict and instability has spread to previously unaffected areas in the Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr-El-Ghazal regions. This past month, deadly clashes in Wau resulted in the deaths of more than 40 people, while up to 35,000 fled their homes. Such fighting is characteristic of the trend that produced fresh refugee outflows this year, a UNHCR spokesperson said Friday.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) yesterday expressed its “deep alarm” at the renewed violence and called on all parties to respect humanitarian principles and provide unrestricted access to civilians in need. After nearly three years of war, civilians are bearing the brunt of the conflict, with women and children facing the greatest dangers and hardships, the agency added.“Children and their families in South Sudan have suffered enough from violence, displacement and killings in this brutal conflict. It is time that peace becomes more than agreements on paper, but a reality for those who are most vulnerable,” said UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Leila Pakkala.The events in Juba come shortly after escalation of conflict in other parts of the country in recent weeks, disrupting lives and livelihoods. In Wau, where fighting has displaced at least 70,000 people since the end of June, UNICEF said that the agency and its partners are working around the clock to provide assistance to children and their families. read more

Dozens of army instructors have been accused of abusing recruits since 2015

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “We expect the highest standards from personnel and training staff are no different.”We fully investigate any allegation of misconduct, and while a case being brought to court martial does not equate a guilty verdict, action will be taken where appropriate.” More than 100 Army instructors have been court-martialled or disciplined in the last four years for offences including abusing recruits, it has been reported.Other alleged offences, carried out by at least 122 non-commissioned officers since 2015, include fighting, stealing, drug-taking and viewing child porn, according to a Sunday Mirror investigation.Some were found to have forced young recruits through cruel “hazing” initiation ceremonies, the reported findings from a freedom of information (FoI) request reveal.Recruits claim they were humiliated and physically abused, with one saying his training platoon were forced to parade in their underwear.The offending officers were from British Army training centres, with the worst record at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire, where at least 49 instructors faced court-martial or disciplinaries.Instructors faced 38 charges for offences at the Army Foundation College in nearby Harrogate. 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. The findings come just days after an inquest ruled 17-year-old Army recruit Private Geoff Gray committed suicide at Deepcut barracks in 2001.He was found with two gunshot wounds to his head and was one of four trainee deaths at the now defunct Surrey barracks between 1995 and 2002.His father, also called Geoff, told the Sunday Mirror: “I’m a firm believer in Army discipline. But it’s very sad that young, eager recruits are still being bullied despite assurances from the Ministry of Defence.” read more

Napoleons will in which he leaves items to his dear mother to

first_imgTWO HANDWRITTEN AMENDMENTS to Napoleon’s will that the late French emperor had drawn up because he feared the British would destroy the original will be auctioned in Paris.Artemisia Auctions, which is handling the sale, expects the manuscripts to fetch up to €120,000 when they are auctioned off on 6 November at the Drouot auction house.The codicils, or amendments, were penned in 1821 by Napoleon’s field assistant, the Count of Montholon, when the former French emperor was in exile on the British island of Saint Helena.“I want my ashes to rest on the banks of the Seine among the French people I loved so much,” says one of the amendments, written on 16 April 1821.Napoleon died just a few weeks later on 5 May.In another amendment, he lists his possessions in Saint Helena, including furniture, jewellery, silverware, porcelain, weapons and books to be divided among his closest aides and his “good and dear mother”.Napoleon personally wrote his own last testament, which is on display in the National Archives in Paris, but he had several copies made in case the British destroyed the original.The codicils were in the possession of the Montholon family, who have now decided to put them up for sale.Pierre-Jean Chalencon, the head of the Cercle France Napoleon group which aims to preserve the memory of the famous French leader, told AFP that Montholon had “used the same paper, the same ink and the same quill as Napoleon”.He said Napoleon had been right in not trusting the British as they kept the original “for decades” before returning it to France.Read: Got what it takes to be a ‘pillow astronaut’?More: Giant yellow duck descends on TaiwanRead: Starbucks ads to tell customers: Guns not welcome herelast_img read more

Best Buy to Offer GoogleSamsung Nexus S

first_imgGoogle this week finally unveiled the Nexus S, the spiritual successor to the not particularly well-received HTC-designed Nexus One. The software giant used the forthcoming Samsung handset to promote Gingerbread, the latest version of the smartphone OS (the company talked up the forthcoming Honeycomb tablet OS yesterday, as well).The Nexus S will be the first phone to ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The device features a four inch display, a 1GHz Humming processor, cameras on the front and rear, and 16GB of memory. There’s also that Near Field Communication embedded tag reading technology that Google has been talking up a lot recently.The handset will be available starting December 16 through T-Mobile and in Best Buy stores. The Nexus S will run $529 without contract and $199 with. Check out a demo video of the handset after the jump.last_img read more

War for the Planet of the Apes Will Go Beyond Caesars Crew

first_img 8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old Sci-Fi FlicksPlanet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and Wild Stay on target The official trailer for the third installment of the Planet of the Apes reboot/prequel series has been released. War for the Planet of the Apes is, as you might guess, a war movie. At a press event, director Matt Reeves likened the story to Apocalypse Now. Only with apes. It takes place two years after the events of the last movie, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. War has broken out, and a particularly cruel human Colonel tests the limits of Caesar’s empathy for humans. Reeves says the war pushes Caesar into a more extreme place, making him more like Koba, the antagonist from the last movie.One of the most interesting things we learned from Reeves was that much of the movie’s setting came out of a desire to see how much punishment the motion capture equipment could take. In the first movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they filmed primarily on a stage. In Dawn, they took the actors and the equipment into the woods and found out that it all held up pretty well in the rain. For this movie, Reeves decided he wanted snow.The Colonel, played by Woody Harrelson, makes things bad enough for the apes that Caesar (along with two companions) make a journey north to confront him. They travel into the Sierra mountains, “and it’s snowing,” Reeves said. “And we go into all new locales… we took the equipment and pushed it to its limits. It was freezing.”Reeves said that as the film goes on, the characters learn that the intelligent ape world is much larger than they suspected. One of the highlights of the event was the introduction of a new character named Bad Ape. Played by Steve Zahn, Bad Ape is a chimpanzee who used to live in a zoo. As he got smarter, he slowly learned to speak English. The humans called him Bad Ape so much that he thinks it’s his name. The fact that there are other intelligent apes out there unrelated to Caesar’s group is a major part of the movie’s premise.Fox New Year Presentation – War for the Planet of the Apes -Pictured: Dave Karger, Matt Reeves, Steve Zahn -Photo by Patrick Lewis/Starpix -Loctaion: Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln CenterThis was the first time Zahn ever had to put on a MoCap suit. We even saw a glimpse of his raw performance as the footage shown to the press wasn’t quite done yet. (Some of the scenes still had the bare ape models running around, without any fur or other textures added yet. Other scenes had no apes at all yet, just the actors walking around in gray body suits with dots on their faces.) It was a great reminder that there is really no difference between mo-cap acting and on-camera acting. Reeves even said he gets annoyed when people say Andy Serkis (who plays Caesar) is a great MoCap actor. “He’s not a great MoCap actor. He’s a great actor.”Zahn, as it turns out, is also a great actor. He joined Reeves onstage to talk about the experience. Even though Bad Ape comes off as a comic relief role, Zahn got the role for a very non-comedic performance. They told a story about how Zahn had to audition over Skype because he was finishing up another project in Puerto Rico. Zahn describes auditioning to a laptop as one of the weirder experiences of his life. Even through the weirdness, he gave one hell of a performance. Enough to cement in Reeves’s mind that he was Bad Ape.“There’s a scene where he’s talking to Caesar… and you find out about his past,” Reeves said. “And as he’s talking about it, and you actually only find out about his past through what you (Zahn) do, which is the way you express yourself. And I, over Skype, was crying. I was like, “Oh my God. We just found Bad Ape.”Still from War for the Planet of the Apes. Via FOX.Zahn said he was surprised by how familiar the challenges of MoCap acting were. “I thought the things that were gonna obstruct the way I worked were technical things,” he said. “That I was going to have to adapt the way I worked… to this big MoCap, whatever that means, world. And what I realized, and it was frightening, was that the challenges were the same challenges I had doing experimental theater in Boston. It was working from here (he pointed to his heart), it had nothing to do with the technical. And it scared me.” Of all the films and TV series Zahn’s been a part of, this is the closest he’s felt to doing live theater.We didn’t see a lot of War for the Planet of the Apes, but so far, it looks like a fine follow-up. The new series has been great so far, and an Apocalypse Now-style war movie feels like a natural next step for the story. If this keeps up the quality level of the last two movies, we may even forget that awful Tim Burton remake even existed.last_img read more

Seedorf opens up on lonely days as Milan boss

first_imgClarence Seedorf recently revealed he was a lonely man on the sidelines during his managerial career as AC Milan Coach and hit out at Filippo Inzaghi’s preferential treatment.Seedorf was instrumental in turning the fortunes of the club around midway through the 2013-14 campaign, in his debut coaching role after retirement.However, the former Madrid player was overlooked for Inzaghi, who lasted the following season despite leading the Rossoneri to their worst Serie A finish for 18 years.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“The advantage of being a great player lasts a week in the dugout. After that, the substance is needed,” the Cameroon boss told Football Italia via Mediaset.“I recorded some excellent numbers. Milan were in trouble and I came to help him. I was very lonely during that period, but we nonetheless built a group to record some important numbers: we picked up 35 points in 19 games, with an acceptable style of play.“I was ready to start the new season, but the club made other decisions. I wanted Inzaghi’s luck of continuing to lose yet being able to stay on.”last_img read more

Questex Taps New CRO as Top Execs Depart Rodale People on the

first_imgBeth Bronder (pictured) has joined Questex Digital as chief revenue officer, overseeing Questex’s full portfolio of digital media brands and reporting to president and CEO, Kerry Gumas.“[Beth] has a highly successful track record of driving digital revenue growth, identifying key profit drivers and developing customer-driven digital products that create value,” said Gumas in a statement. “We’re very excited to have her join our team.”A D.C. media veteran, Bronder most recently served as executive publisher and senior adviser to eRepublic, parent company of Governing magazine, and before that spent four years at CQ Roll Call as SVP and publisher.Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Hearst has officially completed its acquisition of Rodale, a Hearst Magazines spokesperson confirmed to Folio:. According to the Allentown Morning Call‘s Andrew Wagaman, that means an exodus of several of the company’s top execs. EVP and COO Beth Buehler, EVP and CFO Steve Twilliger, EVP and general counsel Paul McGinley, and SVP of human resources Miranda DeSantis are all leaving the company, Maria Rodale informed employees Tuesday, reports Wagaman. Reps for Rodale did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Two top advertising execs have departed Condé Nast. Lisa Valentino, who was chief revenue officer, industry and agency, is no longer with the company, a spokeswoman confirmed. Valentino joined Condé Nast from ESPN in 2014 as chief revenue officer of Condé Nast Entertainment. The New York Post‘s Keith Kelly, who first reported the news, adds that Chris Gibbons, chief industry officer, tech and finance, has also left the company.Megan Murphy is stepping down from her post as editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg CEO Justin Smith told employees Thursday, to spend more time with her family in London. She had been editor of the magazine since late 2016, and before that was Bloomberg’s Washington bureau chief.WeberSucceeding Murphy at the helm of Businessweek will be Bloomberg Markets editor Joel Weber. Weber has been with Bloomberg Markets since 2012 after joining from ESPN The Magazine, where he was senior editor. Christine Harper, a longtime staffer currently serving as executive finance editor, will replace Weber at the top of Bloomberg Markets‘ masthead. Harper has been with the company since 1998, spending eight years as a London-based reporter before coming to the New York office.Harvard Business Review has named Maureen Hoch editor of She’d been serving as acting editor since August, after Katherine Bell departed to take the editor-in-chief role at Barron’s. Hoch first joined HBR in 2013 following editorial stints at World Bank, PBS NewsHour, and The Washington Post.Time Inc. has promoted Josh Oshinsky to executive producer, sports video for Sports Illustrated, as well as its offshoot brands SI Swimsuit, SI Kids, and VP of programming for the new streaming network SI TV. Oshinsky first joined SI in June 2016 as supervising producer. He’s interviewed today by Gall has joined Marie Claire as accessories director, effective immediately. Gall had been senior fashion and accessories editor at Interview magazine since 2014, as well as a contributor to Vogue China and Vogue Mexico.CNN political reporter Miranda Green is joining The Hill as a congressional reporter covering environment and energy, Green tweeted Tuesday. Prior to CNN, Green spent time at Scripps News and The Daily Beast.Chris Suellentrop has joined Politico magazine as senior editor. A longtime New York Times contributor, Suellentrop has also held roles at Yahoo! News and Slate.Vice Media has suspended a pair of top executives in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations first reported by The New York Times‘ Emily Steel nearly two weeks ago. President Andrew Creighton and chief digital officer Mike Germano have been placed on leave, the company said, pending internal and external reviews of the situation and a decision by the company’s board of directors. Vice previously fired three unidentified employees in late November, for offenses the company said ranged “from verbal and sexual harassment to other behavior that is inconsistent with our policies.”And another: IGN has fired editor-in-chief Steve Butts following an investigation into workplace misconduct, Kotaku reports. Butts had been the lead editor at IGN since early 2013.Louisiana Cookin’ magazine editor Daniel Schumacher has taken on the additional role of editor of fellow Hoffman Media title Taste of the South. The magazine has a new look to match its new editor, debuting a redesign with the January/February issue.Kansas-based Mother Earth News has hired Jordan Moslowski as online content generator, in which capacity she’ll be responsible for expanding the bimonthly magazine’s web content and managing its contributing bloggers. Moslowski recently graduated from Rowan University with a B.A. in Writing.Purch Group has named John Burek the new editor-in-chief of Tom’s Hardware. Burek arrives after a long tenure at Computer Shopper magazine, where he started as a copy editor in 1993 before rising to editor-in-chief in 2008. Joining Burek at Tom’s Hardware will be Matt Safford, who has been named managing editor. Safford also joins from Ziff Davis, where he served under Burek as Computer Shopper‘s senior editor, and has also served as a freelancer for Popular Science and Smithsonian magazines, among others.WWD reports Erik Maza has joined Town & Country as style features director. Maza arrives at Hearst from Condé Nast, where he spent two years as digital features director at W.Katrin Wright has joined AdExchanger as director of strategic programming. Wright joins from mobile ad tech firm Tapad where she served as director of events. AdExchanger is owned by Access Intelligence, Folio:‘s parent company.last_img read more

Skagway Ferry Dock Is Floating Again

first_imgWestern Marine Construction began working early Tuesday to refloat the dock. (Photo courtesy Jeremy Stephens, Alaska DOT&PF)The Skagway ferry dock is floating again after a contractor hired by the state brought the sunken dock to the surface. But it’s still not ready to host Alaska Marine Highway ferries.Download AudioWestern Marine Construction of Juneau began working at low tide Tuesday to pump water out of the chambers that float the dock.State transportation department spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says all 24 chambers were flooded. He says it’s still not clear why.Skagway city officials think a potable water pipe that runs from the ferry terminal to the dock and underneath may have burst, but Woodrow says the state is not yet ready to declare that as the official cause.He says DOT engineers are inspecting the dock and divers will exam the structure underwater structure.Early estimates indicate repairs may run around $400,000. Woodrow says passenger ramp, electrical system and vehicle ramp hydraulic system repairs are underway, and other work will likely need to be done.Ferry service has been suspended to Skagway until at least May 9th.last_img read more

Japanese emperor Akihito resumes duties after illness

first_imgJapan`s ageing emperor Akihito resumed his official duties on Thursday after three days of treatment for insufficient blood supply to the brain, a palace spokesman told AFP.The 84-year-old had cancelled engagements from Monday after suffering dizziness and nausea caused by the condition, known as cerebral anaemia.A palace spokesman said the monarch on Thursday was “doing his official duties as usual,” declining to comment further.On Wednesday the palace had reported Akihito’s health was improving.The monarch has previously had surgery for prostate cancer and heart problems, and the state of his health is carefully watched in Japan.He shocked the country in 2016 when he signalled his desire to step down after nearly three decades in the job, citing his age and health problems.On Monday, a government spokesman said the monarch had been treated for cerebral anaemia, and the following day the palace said he was still suffering vertigo and a stomachache.Akihito is set to be the first emperor to retire — on 30 April 2019 — in more than two centuries in the world’s oldest imperial family.He will be succeeded by his eldest son.The status of the emperor is sensitive in Japan — a legacy of the massive Pacific war waged in the name of Akihito’s father Hirohito, who died in 1989.Akihito has embraced the more modern role as a symbol of the state, which was imposed on the royal family after World War II ended. Previous emperors including Hirohito had been treated as semi-divine.last_img

Mississippi Election Lawsuit is Timesensitive Judge says

first_imgBy EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated PressJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge says he’s aware of the “time-sensitive nature” of an election-year lawsuit that says Mississippi has a racially discriminatory method of choosing statewide officials, including governor.U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III has set mid- and late July deadlines for state attorneys to respond to the suit filed May 30 by four African American plaintiffs. The suit seeks to end what they say is a system aimed at thwarting the election of Black candidates.Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, addresses editors and publishers at the annual Mississippi Press Association Candidates Forum in Biloxi, Miss., Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)A Mississippi constitutional provision written in 1890 says candidates must win a majority of the popular vote and a majority of the 122 Mississippi House districts. If nobody wins both majorities, the election is decided by the House. It was written at a time that White politicians across the South were enacting Jim Crow laws to erase Black political power that had been gained during Reconstruction. No other state in the U.S. uses such a method.Mississippi has August primaries and a November election for governor and other offices, and the lawsuit seeks to block the two-pronged election method from being used this year.State attorneys originally had a June 20 deadline to respond to the lawsuit but sought more time because they said the suit deals with “complex and important issues.”Jordan granted an extension, setting deadlines of July 15 for the state to respond to plaintiffs’ general arguments and July 20 for the state to respond to plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction that would block the multi-pronged election process from being used this year.“The Court understands the time-sensitive nature of the case and anticipates that it too will need time to consider the merits once fully briefed,” Jordan wrote June 20.Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the first African American to hold that job, is chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, whose affiliated foundation is providing financial and legal support for the lawsuit.Fourth-term Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is running for governor this year, and if he were to win the Democratic primary in August, his campaign could be affected by the outcome of the lawsuit.A spokeswoman for the office, Margaret Ann Morgan, said Thursday that she would check on why Hood or assistant attorneys general are not representing the state, as they normally would in lawsuits. Morgan said in a statement Friday: “Pursuant to the rules on attorney/client privilege, our office will refrain from commenting.” She did not answer the question about whether the attorney general’s office is not handling the case because of Hood’s candidacy.____Follow Emily Wagster Pettus on Twitter: read more

Trinidad Work on turtle nesting beach was crucial

first_imgThe leader of Trinidad’s Environment and Water Resources ministry said Wednesday that officials “regret that any killing of eggs or hatchlings has taken place.”___David McFadden on Twitter: Sponsored Stories “We truly regret the slaughter of these magnificent sea creatures,” Mohammed said in a government statement issued Wednesday.The director of the local Turtle Village Trust, Allan Bachan, said the area where machinery was used was determined to be the best place to move sand on the 1-kilometer beach “in order to save the remaining 97.9 percent of the eggs, which is estimated to be over a million eggs.”Witnesses in Trinidad’s tiny coastal town of Grand Riviere, where locals depend on ecotourism for their livelihoods, claim they saw leatherback eggs and healthy hatchlings wantonly crushed by a heavy machinery operator over the weekend as crews redirected a shifting river that was eroding nesting sites and threatening a hotel where tourists stay to catch a glimpse of a tiny leatherback hatchling or a massive adult.Local residents said they managed to rescue hundreds of tiny hatchlings dredged up by the machinery, but others were injured and eventually devoured by vultures and dogs on the beach, where experts say roughly 3,500 nesting females deposit over 200,000 eggs a year.Diego F. Amorocho, species program coordinator with the World Wildlife Fund’s Caribbean and Latin American programs, said even if 2,000 eggs were lost during the weekend operation in Grand Riviere it would represent only about 1 percent of the total production for the northern Trinidadian beach. 0 Comments   Share   (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “Even though this is a terrible situation, fortunately it does not represent a significant threat to the stability of the leatherback turtle colony in Trinidad. Nonetheless, local authorities in Trinidad should take the necessary measures to avoid such a tragedy from happening again,” Amorocho said in an email.Leatherback sea turtles have existed since prehistoric times, but are endangered today. Only a small fraction of hatchlings survive and even fewer go on to reach adulthood and reproduce.Italian hotelier Piero Guerrini, whose Mt. Plaisir Estate Hotel had been threatened by the shifting river, which began meandering closer to his business in December, has said the work redirecting the waterway was “done too late and it was done in the wrong way.” He and other local stakeholders said they had pressed the government for months to intervene.Government officials have not explained why it took so long to organize the much-needed intervention, which came around the peak of hatching season.Marc de Verteuil, of the Papa Bois Conservation Organization in Trinidad, said the Grande Riviere River had eroded some of the dense nesting areas on the beach before the weekend, but the government work crews made a bad situation worse. His group has called for an investigation into the matter, claiming the work crews blatantly failed to follow protocol. Top Stories Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Authorities in Trinidad and Tobago said Wednesday they regret that heavy machinery may have crushed leatherback eggs or hatchlings on a section of a prime nesting beach but stressed the work was crucial to redirect a meandering river that was threatening to erode bigger nesting areas for the endangered sea turtle.Shamshad Mohammed, drainage director for Trinidad’s Environment and Water Resources Ministry, insisted the nesting areas on Grand Riviere beach where heavy excavators shifted sand was waterlogged and 80 percent of the eggs were already destroyed. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Four benefits of having a wireless security system More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more

Singapore Tourism Board Singapore Airlines launch a new campaign

first_imgIn an attempt to share the festive spirit with Indian travellers, Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Airlines have announced the launch of its new campaign called ‘3 Celebrations, 1 City – Singapore,’ which would run from October 2016 to March 2017, spanning across three key festivals starting with Deepavali, Christmas, and then Chinese New Year.The campaign is aimed at inviting Indian tourists to celebrate the festivities in Singapore during the holiday seasons. Tourists who book flights to the Lion City on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir between October and December 2016, either on their website or mobile app, would gain exclusive access to the ‘Singapore 241 Passport’ smartphone app. This app is packed with value-for-money 2-for-1 deals and offers worth up to Rs 48,000 across 24 participating outlets in Singapore, including popular restaurants and spas. The ‘Singapore 241 Passport’ application is compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones.STB Regional Director, SAMEA, GB Srithar said, “Singapore is a great place for celebrating holidays, with three back-to-back festivals taking place this time of the year. Indian travellers will find reasons aplenty to enjoy and bond together with their family and loved ones. Eligible visitors from India transiting on flights through Singapore may utilise the Visa Free Transit Facility to explore and experience Singapore’s many festive and tourism offerings for 96 hours without a visa.”Singapore Airlines’ General Manager India, David Lim said, “Singapore Airlines and SilkAir are delighted to partner with Singapore Tourism Board to bring together a complete, travel experience. Our endeavour is to provide our customers with a holistic package, allowing them to make the most of their festive holidays. Travellers not only experience in-flight comforts synonymous with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir but also avail of value-added benefits at the destination through the Singapore 241 Passport app.”last_img read more

Title Insurance Company Names new Division President

first_img new hire Title Insurance 2019-05-08 Mike Albanese in Featured, Headlines, News May 8, 2019 851 Views Title Insurance Company Names new Division Presidentcenter_img Brian Baker was named the new President of the Dallas-Fort Worth Division for WFG National Title Insurance Company.WFG National Title Insurance Company (WFG), an Oregon-based provider of title insurance and real estate settlement services for commercial and residential transactions nationwide, announced that Brandon Baker has been named the new President of the company’s Dallas-Fort Worth division.In this role, Baker will manage the day-to-day administrative operations for the DFW market, including working with the WFG team to establish short and long-term goals, plans and strategies. He will also be looking to recruit additional revenue-producing employees to add to the company’s branches. Baker comes to WFG from another title company, where he was most recently a Vice President and was responsible for strategic growth, fee attorney operations and recruiting. Before that he held several executive sales positions.”Joining WFG and leading the DFW office is a great opportunity to continue to develop in this marketplace,” Baker said. “With our current team and new recruits, we look to build on our relationships with the local real estate community to increase our market share.  Our ultimate goal is to create a better real estate experience for home buyers and sellers.”Rob Sherman, Senior Vice President and Regional Director at WFG, said the company concentrates on taking time and cost out of real estate transactions as it focuses on clients and their processes.”Brandon’s experience is a valuable asset to WFG,” Sherman said. “He has demonstrated his leadership skills in maximizing growth through internal collaboration as well as in developing client relationships and cultivating talent within the industry. He’s a great addition to the team.” Sharelast_img read more

Berlin film fest to open with new movie from Lone

first_imgBerlin film fest to open with new movie from Lone Scherfig by The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2018 4:56 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img BERLIN — Organizers of the Berlin International Film Festival say the 2019 event will open with a premiere of Danish director Lone Scherfig’s new movie, “The Kindness of Strangers.”This winter’s “Berlinale,” the first of the year’s major European film festivals, will be the last under longtime festival director Dieter Kosslick.Organizers on Thursday announced the movie from Scherfig, “An Education,” which follows an ensemble of characters through a New York City winter, as the opening film on Feb. 7. It features Zoe Kazan, Andrea Riseborough and Bill Nighy among others. Kosslick said that Scherfig’s “feel for characters, strong emotions and subtle humour promises a wonderful start to the festival.”The 69th edition of the event runs through Feb. 17.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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