The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, Oct. 2———TWO CANADIANS AMONG DEAD IN VEGAS: Two Canadians were among dozens of people killed in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of thousands gathered at an outdoor country music festival Sunday. Jessica Klymchuk, of Valleyview, Alta., and Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Maple Ridge, B.C., were among at least 58 people who died in the horrific attack that also left more than 500 others injured, including an unknown number of Canadians. In a statement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced the “senseless and cowardly act of violence.”———HIGH-RISE SNIPER KILLS DOZENS AT VEGAS CONCERT: A gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino rained heavy fire down on a crowd of over 22,000 at an outdoor country music festival, turning the expanse into a killing field from which there was little escape. At least 58 people died. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. At least 515 people were injured. Authorities said SWAT teams using explosives stormed the gunman’s hotel room in the gold-coloured glass skyscraper and found he had killed himself.———CHARGES LAID IN EDMONTON ATTACK: A suspect has been charged in an attack which saw an Edmonton officer stabbed and four people injured when they were hit by a rental truck fleeing police. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif faces five counts of attempted murder, four counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and one weapons-related charge. Police raised the possibility of terrorism charges on Sunday when revealing that Sharif had been investigated two years earlier for espousing extremist views and was found to have an Islamic State flag in his car.———ACCUSED IN QUEBEC MOSQUE SHOOTING GOING STRAIGHT TO TRIAL: The accused in the slayings of six men at a Quebec City mosque last January will bypass his preliminary hearing and go straight to trial, the Crown announced on Monday. Prosecutors filed a direct indictment against Alexandre Bissonnette during a brief hearing in Quebec City. Crown prosecutor Thomas Jacques also announced another charge — one more count of attempted murder with a restricted weapon.———PAYETTE NOW 29TH GOVERNOR GENERAL: Amid all the pomp and pageantry afforded the Queen’s representative in Canada, former astronaut Julie Payette took the formal oath of office Monday to become the country’s 29th Governor General in a traditional ceremony on Parliament Hill. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood by as Payette read the oaths of allegiance of the Governor General and commander-in-chief of Canada, and of the Keeper of the Great Seal of Canada. The audience included justices of the Supreme Court, political and Indigenous leaders and other dignitaries, including former governors general, several provincial premiers and Payette’s friends and family.———PREMIERS TO TALK TAX CHANGES WITH MORNEAU: The Liberal government has been fielding a lot of complaints about controversial proposed tax reforms and now the premiers are about to have their turn as they gather in Ottawa to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The provincial and territorial leaders will get a chance on Tuesday to hear Finance Minister Bill Morneau discuss his proposals to eliminate small business tax provisions the Liberals argue allow wealthy Canadians to avoid paying their fair share. The suggested changes have led to an outcry from doctors, farmers, small business owners and even some premiers, who are concerned about the effect they would have on their provincial economies.———TECH SECTOR WARNS FEDS OVER TAX PROPOSALS: The country’s fastest growing technology companies and industry investors are urging the federal government to meet the sector before going ahead with controversial tax-reform proposals. In a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, the Council of Canadian Innovators warns his tax proposals would limit tech entrepreneurs’ access to capital that’s vital for their companies’ growth and job creation. The association also says the changes, if implemented, would create uncertainty for corporate tax planning, intensify a brain drain of tech talent away from Canada and negatively affect Ottawa’s highly publicized investments to help high-potential firms scale up.———SINGH MEETING MPS ON 1ST DAY AS NDP LEADER: Jagmeet Singh spent his first day as the newly elected leader of the federal NDP meeting individually with MPs in Ottawa as he prepares to name an interim leader in the House of Commons. Singh, a member of the Ontario legislature who does not currently have a Commons seat, is expected to name an MP in the coming days who will oversee the work of the federal caucus. NDP national director Robert Fox says Singh will be paid directly by the party because he can’t be paid through parliamentary channels.———BORUTSKI MURDER TRIAL BEGINS: Basil Borutski had nothing to say for himself Monday as the former millwright, accused of killing three women in the Ottawa Valley in 2015, refused to enter a plea at the start of his murder trial. The 59-year-old remained silent in the prisoner’s box as a court clerk first asked him to confirm his name before asking how he would like to plead to the three first-degree murder charges against him. The charges relate to the deaths of Carol Culleton, 66, Anastasia Kuzyk, 36, and Nathalie Warmerdam, 48, whose bodies were found in separate crime scenes in and around Wilno, Ont., on Sept. 22, 2015.———DEVOS TO VISIT ONTARIO: U.S. President Donald Trump’s education secretary, who holds controversial views on publicly funded education, is set to visit Ontario to learn about its public school system. Ontario government officials confirmed Betsy DeVos’ trip is taking place but wouldn’t provide details. U.S. embassy officials provided few specifics, except to say DeVos’ visit is on Thursday and Friday and involves a study tour to Toronto “to examine best practices in Ontario’s education system.”———last_img read more

Woman 49 killed by her own dog in Alberta police say

first_imgROCKYVIEW, Alta. – Police say a woman was killed by her own dog in Rocky View, Alta., on Saturday evening.RCMP say the boxer-pitbull cross initially attacked a three-year-old girl, leaving her with serious but not life-threatening injuries, before turning on the 49-year-old woman.They say the deceased was the dog’s owner, and the attack happened in her home.Witnesses reported to police that the dog had not shown previous signs of aggression and was otherwise well-behaved.Investigators say the dog, along with one other in the residence, has been quarantined in Calgary and will be monitored.last_img

Family of deceased Indigenous woman suing Toronto police for 14 million

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of an Indigenous woman that died in Toronto under suspicious circumstances is suing Toronto police for $14 million alleging the force was negligent in the events leading up to her death in April 2013 and during the subsequent police investigation that labeled it a suicide.Cheyenne Fox’s family alleges Toronto police didn’t properly respond to two 911 calls prior to Fox’s death April 25, 2013 when she fell to her death from a 24th floor balcony of a Toronto condo according to a statement of claim filed in Peterborough court Friday and obtained by APTN National News.None of the allegations have been proven in court and all defendants, including Toronto police, are expected to be served Monday.Fox died at about 11 p.m. that night, but the first 911 call came in at approximately 6 p.m. from someone who witnessed Fox jump from a moving taxicab on Highway 401.It’s alleged she lept from the “still moving” cab because the driver was sexually assaulting her.Two people stopped and picked her up on the side of the highway.The document states they drove Fox to her destination at 80 Harrison Garden Blvd. to meet an alleged “custumer” as she was working as a sex worker, potentially forced into it by a human trafficking ring.The second 911 call came about two hours later at 8 p.m. from someone inside condo unit 2419 at 80 Harrison Garden Blvd., the document alleges.The claim alleges someone from the unit called police upon Fox’s arrival claiming she was intoxicated, trespassing and refusing to leave the place.“No response from the Toronto Police Service Board ever came in respect of the two 911 calls that were made by third parties in relation to Cheyenne and the serious danger or harm that she was reported to be in,” alleges the statement of claim.It’s then alleged she tried to “escape” the home, but someone “physically forced Cheyenne to remain at his property.”The pair started drinking, according to the document.A third call to 911 was placed at 11 p.m. due to an alleged fight between Fox and the occupant.The caller said Fox had jumped over the balcony.Police arrived minutes later to “collect the badly beaten and lifeless body of Cheyenne.”Fox’s family say Toronto police also failed to provide “adequate or effective” reports or effectively communicate with the family after the death.The family alleges police failed, as well, in considering Fox “was murdered.”Last fall, the family said police told them the case was closed and Fox’s death was determined to be suicide.“(Police) blamed Cheyenne for her death attributing ‘risky’ behavior and a ‘high risk lifestyle’ instead of engaging an adequate or effective policing strategy to protect vulnerable women,” the document alleges.Fox’s father John Fox is scheduled to hold a press conference Monday at 2 p.m. in front of police headquarters in downtown Toronto.Attempts to reach Toronto police Saturday were unsuccessful.Kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

CPI for October up 14 from year ago StatCan

first_imgThe annual pace of inflation slowed in October as increases in the price of gasoline were smaller than in September, Statistics Canada reported Friday.Its consumer price index was up 1.4 per cent in October compared with a year ago, following a 1.6 per cent increase in September. Excluding gasoline, the index was up 1.3 per cent compared with a year ago – more than the 1.1-per-cent increase in September.Prices were up in seven of the eight major categories compared with a year ago with the transportation and shelter categories contributing the most.Transportation prices last month were up 3.0 per cent compared with a year ago following a 3.8 per cent increase in September as gasoline prices were up 6.5 per cent year over year in October compared with 14.1 per cent in September in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey. Shelter costs were up 1.2 per cent.Prices for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products were up 2.7 per cent from a year ago, while food costs were up 1.3 per cent as food bought in restaurants gained 2.9 per cent.Prices for clothing and footwear, the only category to move lower, fell 1.5 per cent compared with a year ago as the cost of women’s clothing fell 4.6 per cent compared with a year ago.The Bank of Canada, which uses a two per cent inflation target in setting monetary policy, raised its key interest rate target twice this year following strong economic growth to start 2017.However, economists expect growth for the second half of the year to come in at a slower pace and the central bank has suggested that while further rate hikes are likely, they will be cautious and pay close attention to the incoming economic data.Of the Bank of Canada’s three preferred measures of core inflation, which seek to look through the noise of more-volatile items, CPI-common increased to 1.6 per cent compared with 1.5 per cent in September, while CP-median slipped to 1.7 per cent from 1.8 per cent. CPI-trim held steady at 1.5 per cent.last_img read more

Ban calls on South Sudan to restore security after deadly ethnic fighting

23 August 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Government of South Sudan to restore security in Jonglei state, where recent ethnic clashes have claimed at least 600 deaths. Unconfirmed reports indicate that almost 1,000 people have also been wounded during the fighting between the Murle and Lou Nuer communities in Jonglei that followed large-scale cattle raids by members of the two groups which have led to the theft of between 26,000 and 30,000 cattle.“The Secretary-General calls on the Government of South Sudan to take all steps to restore security in Jonglei state, to protect civilians affected by this violence and to work with both communities to reduce tensions,” a statement issued by his spokesperson said. The statement added that the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) stands ready to assist the Government fulfil its primary role to provide security and protect civilians.An assessment and verification team from UNMISS has already visited the areas where the clashes took place and is working to help local authorities facilitate reconciliation efforts.Yesterday, the head of UNMISS and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan, Hilde Johnson urged all ethnic communities to exercise restraint.“This cycle of violence must stop,” she said. “That so many people have been killed and injured again in such wanton destruction is unacceptable.”UNMISS has been in place since early July, when South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan following a referendum held in January. It took over from the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which was created following the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the north-south civil war and paved the way for the referendum. read more

In Brad Wall private sector had ally whose voice rang louder than

With Brad Wall’s departure from politics, the private sector is losing an ally whose voice reverberated louder than most on the public stage.During his 10-year tenure as Saskatchewan’s premier, Wall’s reputation as an advocate of free enterprise grew, whether he was defending the interests of potash or the oilpatch.“He has been a strong champion for pipelines, for oil and gas, for enabling Saskatchewan to reach its economic potential,” said Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. McMillan previously served in several key cabinet portfolios in Wall’s government including energy.“We will certainly miss his leadership,” McMillan said.When he was sworn in as premier in November 2007, Wall inherited a province gushing in oil revenue thanks to high crude prices. Still, he ushered in a wave of belt-tightening measures in the years ahead, partly in anticipation of the volatility of resource revenues.“During his term as premier we dramatically changed to a ‘can-do’ province,” said John Hopkins, CEO of the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce.“We witnessed record growth in terms of jobs, income, and investment and it really changed from being a place to be from … to being a place to be because there were a lot of things going on.”Scott Saxberg, CEO of Crescent Point Energy, said Wall’s consistent taxation and energy regulation policies helped enable his company to become the largest oil and gas producer in the province.“He’s probably been one of our greatest leaders in Canada,” he said.Saxberg and leaders of some other Calgary-based oil and gas companies with operations in Saskatchewan were invited in March to move their head offices there, a move that irked Alberta Premier Rachel Notley but for which Wall was unapologetic.That illustrates both Wall’s role as “Our No. 1 cheerleader” and the province’s growing economic clout, even if it didn’t result in any big company moves, said Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.“Decades ago, people would have laughed out of those Calgary offices to hear a Saskatchewan premier invite them to come here,” McLellan said.“(Now) it’s a logical consideration.”While he was a proponent of the free market, he also stood against any measures he perceived as a threat to his home province’s economy.A defining moment in Wall’s career occurred in 2010, when he aggressively opposed a hostile takeover bid of PotashCorp, a provincial Crown corporation, by Australia’s BHP Billiton. The acquisition was eventually blocked by the federal government.Wall is supporting the current proposed merger of PotashCorp with Calgary-based Agrium, in part because its head office would remain in Saskatoon.Colleen Collins, vice-president of the Canada West Foundation think tank, said Wall has been a strong voice for removing trade barriers in Western Canada and the Northwestern United States.“He’s taken on a role as a spokesman for the West,” Collins said. “Losing someone of that experience and vision is going to be really unfortunate.”While he was generally lauded in corporate quarters, others, including those from labour and environmental organizations, have a less favourable view of Wall’s legacy.Bob Bymoen, president of the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union, said Wall’s time in power has been defined by privatizing government departments and replacing workers with private contractors and consultants.“I hope the next premier doesn’t have such a hate-on for unions, that he respects working people and their right to organize and form a union,” said Bymoen, who represents about 20,000 government workers.His government’s long-standing opposition to a carbon tax also drew scorn from environmental groups.It’s a position that puts him “on the wrong side of history,” said Keith Stewart, a senior energy strategist with Greenpeace Canada.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more

Four teams on 100 after three rounds of DKB Bundesliga

dkb bundesliga 1.Flensburg-H.330096:686 12.Coburg 2000310271:822 PHOTO: IHF, Stephane Pillaud 11.Lemgo310277:882 9.TVB Stuttgart210148:512 17.MT Melsungen300371:840 2.Rhein-Neckar330090:656 8.Leipzig311174:673 14.Minden310278:942 4.Gummersbach330091:716 18.Bergischer300370:900 After three rounds of matches in German DKB Bundesliga, four teams are still on 100% – SG Flensburg, VfL Gummersbach, Fuchse Berlin and Rhein Neckar Lowen.Here are the results and scorers:SG Flensburg-Handewitt – SC Magdeburg 26:25 (10:13)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (5 saves), Møller (15/1 saves) – Karlsson, Eggert (5/2), Glandorf (1), Mogensen (3), Svan (6), Wanne, Djordjic (1), Jakobsson (1), Toft Hansen (6), Mahé (3/1)SC Magdeburg: Quenstedt (16/1 saves) – van Olphen, Bagersted (3), Bezjak (1), Weber (4/2), Musche (7), Damgaard, Christiansen (4), O´Sullivan, Zelenovic (2), Pettersson (3), Musa (1)TVB Stuttgart – Bergischer HC 26:24 (13:11)TVB Stuttgart: Schagen (7/5), Schimmelbauer (5), Weiss (4), Baumgarten (3), M’Bengue (3), Kraus (2), Kretschmer (1), Schweikardt (1)Bergischer HC: Thor Gunnarsson (7/1), Artmann (4), Oelze (4/1), Preuss (4), M. Hermann (3), Babak (2)Füchse Berlin – TSV GWD Minden 36:26 (20:13)Füchse Berlin: Zachrisson (9), Elisson (5), Drux (5), Wiede (5/1), Vukovic (4), Nenadic (3/1), Kozina (2), Gojun (1), Fäth (1), Tönnesen (1) –TSV GWD Minden: Svitlica (6/2), Michalczik (5), Rambo (5), Korte (3), Larsson (3), Freitag (2), Südmeier (1), Freiman (1)TBV Lemgo – HC Erlangen 28:27 (17:13)TBV Lemgo : Hornke (7/3), Hermann (7), Suton (5), Stenbäcken (4), Mansson (3), Klimek (1), Zieker (1)  –HC Erlangen:Theilinger (6), Rahmel (4/2), N. Link (4), Stranovsky (3/1), Guardiola (3), Thümmler (2), Horak (2), Bissel (1), J. Link (1), Sabljic (1)DHfK Leipzig – TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 23:25 (11:12)DHfK Leipzig : Janke (6), Jurdzs (5), Steinert (3/2), Rivesjo (2), Semper (2), Binder (1) Meschke (1), Milosevic (1), Rojewski (1), Strosack (1)  –TSV Hannover-Burgdorf: Mortensen (5/1), Häfner (5), Böhm (4), Olsen (4), Johanssen (2), Kastening (2), Patrail (2), Karason (1)MT Melsungen – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 26:30 (12:14)MT Melsungen: Rnic (7), Müller (6), Sellin (4/3), Fahlgren (3), Golla (3), Schneider (2), Allendorf (1)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Schmid (8/1), Sigurdsson (5/2), Ekdahl du Rietz (4), Groetzki (3), Petersson (3), Reinkind (3), Larsen (2), Pekeler (2)VfL Gummersbach – HSC 2000 Coburg 31:27 (16:13)Gummersbach : von Gruchalla (7/4), Pevnov (6), Schröder (5), Nyokas (4), Kühn (3), Schmidt (3), Bult (1), Ernst (1), Mestrum (1) –Coburg: Cossbau (6/3), Billek (5), Lex (5), Kelm (3), Büdel (2), Harmandic (2), Kirveliavicius (2), Riehn (1), Weber (1)STANDINGS: ← Previous Story Vujovic and Cervar dismiss gossips about Croatian bench! Next Story → Lemke to leave, Bezjak extends in Magdeburg 13.Goppingen310276:892 7.Hannover-Burgdorf320179:814 16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten200241:520 6.HSG Wetzlar320175:734 3.Kiel4301115:936 10.Erlangen310279:882 15.SC Magdeburg301266:761 5.Fuchse Berlin220063:484 read more

Cr Pavlidis helping young people crack the cultural glass ceiling

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cr Kris Pavlidis has been elected as mayor of the City of Whittlesea for the second time following a council meeting last week.Now in her fourth term as a councillor, she was the first female mayor of Greek background to serve the municipality. To ensure she is not the last, as one of her first matters of business in the top job, Cr Pavlidis acknowledged her commitment to “gender balance and equity through the creation of concrete opportunities” and is kicking off with an initiative to encourage young people to get involved in politics. “More than 50 per cent of our demographic are women and yet that isn’t reflected in the decision-making structures, positions and levels,” Cr Pavlidis told Neos Kosmos. “If we go back to quite a few years ago, it was a similar drive that I was pushing and this is going back many years now and we’ve made little progress.”While women are continuously working towards shattering the glass ceiling, she says one of the reasons women have sometimes shied away from getting involved in politics is that traditionally they have not been encouraged to enter the space which for decades was overwhelmingly male-dominated.“What I’ve understood is that a lot of women see politics as a much more difficult space to enter. I want to break it down a little bit so it’s a lot more meaningful and the comprehension around it is more real, rather than the perception. Some of the perceptions are accurate, but some of them are not,” she explains.For the newly elected mayor, entering politics wasn’t particularly intimidating given she grew up being exposed to her migrant father’s involvement in politics at a community level, and being passionate about pursuing real change, she knew it could only be addressed systemically.But not everyone comes from a politically engaged household, and as a result she says through her exposure speaking to young people, when it comes to both young men and women, that there is not enough interest at a grassroots levels, negatively impacted by a lack of understanding of the significance of the political processes.“People turn around and say ‘I’m not interested in politics, I couldn’t care less about it, why should I?’. Well, politics are everywhere: they’re in the schoolyard, they’re in the office. We’re all involved in it, we’re all impacted by it, and not enough of us are taking enough interest or responsibility in how we drive the politics around us. It’s not about learning the science of politics, that’s a degree in itself. This is about how you can use politics as a tool so you’re a more effective practitioner in your sector, whatever that may be,” she explains.The mayor plans on addressing this with a mentoring program offered to schools and tertiary institutions and aimed at both genders with the chance to ‘walk with a mayor’ to spend a week or a month with Cr Pavlidis to be exposed to the different approaches to decision-making, structures, the various positions in local government, and budgets.“Sometimes they say if people don’t understand something it develops a fear, well I want to break that down a little bit and say it’s around you anyway, it’s not such an intimidating concept. Come and have a look and see how decisions are made at a senior level.”last_img read more

Hundreds of thousands visit San Diego beaches over Memorial Day Weekend

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — An estimated 105 thousand people flocked to the beach Monday to celebrate Memorial Day.According to San Diego Lifeguards, crews performed 28 rescues, 1,173 preventatives acts and responded to 30 medical aid calls.Over the course of the entire holiday weekend, an estimated 354 thousand people were at the beach.Crews performed 96 rescues, 4,212 preventative acts and responded to 148 medical calls in total. , Hundreds of thousands visit San Diego beaches over Memorial Day Weekend Posted: May 28, 2018center_img May 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Falcons become first NFL team to lower concession prices

first_img(WSVN) – Are the prices of beer and snacks keeping you from heading to the ball park?Some sports team owners say they feel your pain, and are starting to lower concession prices.The Atlanta Falcons decided to revamp their venue’s menu for 2017 to coincide with their move to the team’s new Mercedes-Benz stadium.Cheeseburgers and 20-ounce domestic beers will cost fans just $5 each, while chicken tenders with fries will be $6, Thrillist reports. Sodas will cost $2, and even come with free refills. Hot dogs will also be sold for just $2, the team says.Photo credit: Atlanta FalconsThe move has Falcons fans applauding – literally.“When I talk about the new stadium’s Fan First pricing in front of crowds, the initial reaction most people have is just spontaneous applause,” said Mike Gomes, Senior VP of Fan Experience for the AMB Sports & Entertainment Group, which owns the Falcons. “And I’m serious. People actually stand up and applaud. That should tell you everything.”The team’s decision to lower prices stemmed from talking with fans, who considered concession pricing to be “overwhelmingly unsatisfactory.” The Falcons aren’t the first sports team to lower concession costs. The Oakland A’s lowered beer prices at their stadium earlier this year, according to the Mercury News.But the Falcons’ pricing is the first of its kind in the NFL, and could (hopefully) spur similar actions across the league. The team’s owners hope the lower prices will encourage more fans to spend more time – and money – inside their stadium.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

New 20182022 State Suicide Prevention Plan Released

first_imgAlaskans accept responsibility for preventing suicide.Alaskans prevent and mitigate the impact of trauma, substance abuse, and other risk factors contributing to suicide.Alaskans communicate, cooperate, and coordinate suicide prevention efforts.Alaskans have immediate access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services they need.Alaskans support survivors in healing.Quality data and research is available and used for planning, implementation, and evaluation of suicide prevention efforts. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Statewide Suicide Prevention Council released an updated five-year State Suicide Prevention Plan for the state of Alaska. The action plan stresses that all Alaskans  play a role in building resilient individuals and resilient communities. Council Chairperson Sharon Fishel: “We’ve seen tremendous progress in public understanding that people can support mental health like they can physical health, and mental illnesses such as depression and substance misuse disorder are chronic conditions that should be managed like heart disease and diabetes.” The plan referred to as “Recasting the Net” builds on the 2012-2017 state plan, with updated information and resources and broken down to six main goals. Fishel: “We’re excited to build on the progress we’ve made with help from community partners like You Are Not Alone clubs in high schools.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-suicide-prevention-plan.mp3VmJennifer-on-suicide-prevention-plan.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Priyankas aide booked for assaulting journalist during Congress

first_imgSONBHADRA: A journalist has filed a police complaint here against an aide of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, alleging he assaulted and threatened him during the Congress general secretary’s visit to Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh. Nitish Kumar Pandey, a resident of Varanasi, said in his written complaint that Gandhi’s personal secretary, Sandeep Singh, also touched his camera when he was covering her visit to Umbha village on Tuesday for a regional TV channel. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Ghorawal police station in-charge CP Pandey confirmed an FIR has been filed based on the journalist’s complaint. A video of Gandhi’s aide misbehaving with a journalist during her visit had gone viral on social media. It showed a reporter asking a question to Gandhi on scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution when he was pushed back and an argument started. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The aide is heard accusing the reporter of being pro-BJP and asking questions at the behest of the saffron party in return for money. Tagging the video, the media advisor to the UP chief minister asked the Congress leader to stop doing “theatrics”. In a tweet, Mirtunjay Kumar said, “Priyanka Gandhiji please stop the theatrics of wiping the tears of the poor”. Advertise With Us He wondered where were those who claimed to side with press freedom when Gandhi’s secretary misbehaved with a journalist and she did not say anything to him. “The UP government is committed to ensuring the security of journalist,” Kumar said. Gandhi was visiting Umbha to meet the families of 10 tribals shot dead in a land dispute last month.last_img read more

Mamata as PM is not an isolated comment by BJP Somen Mitra

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra Monday said BJP president Dilip Ghosh’s comment that Mamata Banerjee has the best chance to become PM, is proof of “tacit understanding” between TMC and the BJP. “Dilip Ghosh’s statement that Mamata Banerjee has the best chance to become the first Bengali Prime Minister is not an isolated statement. It is a reflection of tacit understanding between both the parties in the state. We have been saying this for a long time but now the cat is out of the bag,” Mitra told reporters here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Ghosh had, however, on Sunday made a U-turn and said his remark the day earlier on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s prime ministerial prospects was made in jest. Mitra termed Ghosh’s u-turn as a “lame excuse” and said that the people of the state very well understood the kind of “political setting” that exist between parties. Mitra claimed that by making the statement, Ghosh has virtually accepted that the BJP will not return to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and might extend support to Mamata Banerjee in such a scenario. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Commenting on the general strike called by various Left trade unions on January 8 and 9, Mitra said TMC’s opposition to the strike call is another example of ‘TMC-BJP fixed match’ in the state. “Why is she opposed to the strike call in the state? It is not against the state government. It is a nationwide strike call against the policies of the Modi government. This only proves that the TMC and BJP are both on the same page regarding economic policies and TMC’s call to fight against BJP is nothing but a farce,” he said. As many as 10 central trade unions have called a nationwide general strike on January 8 and 9, against the “anti-people” policies of the Centre and have placed a charter of 12 demands before the Centre. The demands include minimum wage, universal social security, workers’ status and including pay and facilities for the scheme workers, against privatisation of public and government organisations. Leaders and activists of various parties including TMC, Union Muslim League and CPI(M) Monday joined Congress and vowed to fight against the communal politics of TMC and BJP in the state.last_img read more

Live A53 blocked by fallen tree

first_imgTwo major North Staffordshire roads have been blocked this morning. The A53 also blocked due to a fallen tree in Newcastle Borough this morning. Whitmore Road is reportedly shut from Seabridge Lane to Sutherland Drive. Inrix says police are at the scene and local diversions are in place – with the closure first reported at 9am. The A34 Stone Road Southbound was blocked just before the Monkey Forest Roundabout in Tittensor but has now cleared. Read MoreBike stolen after victim posted it for sale online and gave away his location We’ll bring you live updates on both these stories as we get them on the live feed below.13:50A53 still reported shutThe A53 is still reported shut.12:21A34 reopensThe A34 has reopened but the A53 remains closed11:21Inrix still reporting closuresInrix have updated their informaton and are still reporting both closures are continuing.10:27Both closures still in placeInrix is still reporting both closures are in place.09:57Location on A53 (Image: Inrix)09:57Location on A34Location of the reported closure on the A3409:53A34 Southbound blockedThe southbound carriageway of the A34 is shut.last_img read more

TICO says Bill 166 gaining momentum passes third reading

first_img Travelweek Group Share Thursday, December 14, 2017 TORONTO — TICO is advising Ontario travel industry stakeholders that Bill 166, also known as the Strengthening Protection for Ontario Consumers Act, 2017, has passed third reading in the Ontario legislature.The amendments to the Travel Industry Act, 2002, will strengthen the consumer protection in Ontario for consumers purchasing travel services and reduce burden for the approximately 2,400 Ontario registered travel agents and travel wholesalers, says TICO.The changes include: Enabling the creation of new rules for representations, such as advertising, by out-of-province travel sellers who target Ontarians. Creating a registration requirement for individual travel salespersons.Lessening the burden on travel agents and travel wholesalers by creating a registration class of travel seller so that the businesses would no longer need to register as both a travel agent and travel wholesaler. Improving compliance with the rules by providing new enforcement tools, such as administrative penalties and compliance orders, including a new appeal mechanism to the License Appeal Tribunal for these new enforcement measures.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionTICO says further consultation by the Ontario government with all stakeholders will be required for the development of changes to the supporting Regulation before the changes to the Travel Industry Act, 2002 take effect.The consultation on proposed Regulation changes will include strengthening consumer protection by:Requiring registered travel sellers to disclose additional information to consumers so they can make informed choices; andRequiring continuing education for travel salespersons.Lessening the burden on travel sellers, the majority of whom are small businesses, by updating requirements, such as financial reporting and security deposits.In a statement to the industry, TICO President and CEO Richard Smart says TICO commends the Ontario government for this initiative and welcomes the opportunity to continue to work collaboratively on the proposed changes to the Regulation.In the coming months, TICO will proactively communicate and seek out opportunities to engage all stakeholders to contribute and provide feedback on proposed regulatory changes towards modernizing the consumer protection legislation in Ontario, he added. Posted bycenter_img Tags: TICO TICO says Bill 166 gaining momentum, passes third reading << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

IAG confirms plans to acquire struggling Niki

Share Tags: British Airways, Iberia, Low-Cost Carriers TORONTO — International Airlines Group (IAG), parent company of British Airways and Iberia, is moving forward with plans to acquire the assets of struggling low-cost carrier Niki, which opened insolvency procedures in Austria last week.IAG announced plans last month for a subsidiary of Vueling to buy the Austrian airline’s assets for 20 million euros, plus invest another 16.5 million euros into the company. Niki was part of the airberlin group, which entered liquidation last year.Germany’s Lufthansa was also in the running to purchase Niki, but withdrew its bid in December.The IAG transaction is pending approval under EU competition laws. If passed, it will include up to 15 A320 aircraft and include slots at airports like Vienna, Zurich and Munich. IAG says the new company will employ approximately 740 former Niki staff. Posted by Tuesday, January 16, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group IAG confirms plans to acquire struggling Niki read more

COD 2912 Beautiful ocean view home for sale in Puntarenas

first_img info heading info content No related posts. Previous Image Price: $550,000Email: realestate@ticotimes.netProvince: PuntarenasCantón: GarabitoLand: 13146m2Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 2Located on the outskirts of the Jacó district in the province of Puntarenas, this beautiful house with an ocean view is perfect to enjoy Costa Rica’s great scenery. On one side of the property, we have the Pacific Ocean and on the other we have the amazing protected Central American rain forest.The house sits on a 13,146-m2 property with a pool and a guard house. The house itself is very comfy, with surrounding outdoor hallways and a beautiful garden. Privileged location for sunsets! Equipped with 4 spacious bedrooms, 2 complete bathrooms, a living/dining room area, laundry area and an open kitchen. The house has been remodeled about 6 months ago and has new bathroom finishes, windows, doors, ceiling and electrical system.The house is equipped with security cameras that can be monitored online.Great opportunity, commercial land use is also approved! Facebook Comments Next Imagelast_img read more

Romney angers Palestinians with proIsrael comment

first_img“There are 57 Muslim and Arab countries here, and while U.S. diplomats are exerting every possible effort to explain their position, here comes Romney, with no knowledge of the region, its history and culture, and gives such statements, which will only serve as ammunition in the hands of extremists in this region,” Erekat said.In recent years, the U.S. has remained constant in its support for establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel, regardless of whether a Democrat or a Republican sat in the White House. But two decades of on-again, off-again U.S.-led peace efforts have been bedeviled by violence and have not nudged the sides towards a final peace deal that would settle borders and other issues.“We need the U.S. as an honest broker for peace, between us and the Palestinians,” said Alon Liel, a former senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official. “It’s not enough being a friend. If we don’t have the honest broker, we don’t have peace. There are no signs that Romney understands it.”Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington, came to Romney’s defense, saying he was impressed by “his intellect, by his breadth of knowledge and his vision.” As criticism mounted as he traveled from Israel to Poland later Monday, campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said the candidate’s comments were “grossly mischaracterized.” The Republican’s campaign contended Romney’s comparison of countries that are close to each other and have wide income disparities _ the U.S. and Mexico, Chile and Ecuador _ showed his comments were broader than just the comparison between Israel and Palestine. While speaking to U.S. audiences, Romney often highlights culture as a key to economic success and emphasizes the power of the American entrepreneurial spirit compared to the values of other countries.Palestinians noted that Romney’s comments did not address the stifling effect of Israel’s occupation. Although Israel withdrew its soldiers and settlers from Gaza in 2005, it continues to restrict Palestinian trade and movement there and in the West Bank. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have said repeatedly the Palestinian economy can only grow in a sustainable way of Israel lifts those restrictions.Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official, said Romney’s comments are hurting U.S. efforts to restore Washington’s standing in the Muslim and Arab world. That came on Monday when Romney addressed the stark economic differences between Israel _ a high-tech powerhouse with the per capita income of a developed nation _ and the poorer Palestinians. Romney told an audience of affluent Jewish donors _ including gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson, who is pumping millions into a crusade to defeat President Barack Obama _ that some economic historians have theorized that “culture makes all the difference.”“You notice a stark difference in economic vitality” between Israel and the Palestinians, Romney said, proceeding to badly flub the economic output numbers on both sides. “And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things,” he said, citing an innovative business climate and the Jewish history of thriving in difficult circumstances.Palestinian leaders were outraged.“The statement reflects a clear racist spirit,” said Palestinian Labor Minister Ahmed Majdalani. “If Romney came here to rally Israeli and Jewish support in the U.S. election, he can do that without insulting the Palestinian people.” Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Comments   Share   “It is unfortunate that the Palestinians find every reason and opportunity to discomfit or to criticize or to attack Israel or anyone who pays respect to Israel and Jewish culture or anyone who supports Israel,” Ayalon said.It’s become the norm for U.S. presidential hopefuls to make a stop in Israel in hopes of winning support from Jewish voters in the U.S., and Palestinian officials say Romney’s embrace of Israel’s positions was expected, especially with polls showing a close race. Romney apparently hoped to exploit the sense that Obama’s relations with Israelis and the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been rocky.Israeli officials received Romney warmly as he agreed with Israel that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, disregarding the Palestinians’ claim to the war-won eastern sector, annexed by Israel in 1967 in a move that is not internationally recognized. Romney also suggested he was open to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something the Israelis have long sought but the U.S. has refused to do because it would imply recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the entire city.Romney also spoke categorically about protecting Israel from Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which both Israel and the U.S. think are directed at producing bombs, despite Tehran’s denial. He also cancelled a planned meeting with Israel’s opposition Labor Party leader, sparking concerns among Israeli commentators that Netanyahu and his visitor appeared so politically allied that it might endanger Israel’s standing in Washington if Obama were reelected. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologycenter_img During his 36 hours in Israel, Romney did not make the 30-minute trip to the West Bank or seek a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, though he did meet briefly with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Jerusalem. Romney left Israel on Monday.Romney’s remarks also managed to offend some Jews, who thought the talk about Jewish prosperity played into an anti-Semitic stereotype. “When I heard the association between Jews and money, it really caused me some uncomfortable feeling, I must say, because that was what was said by anti-Semites all over the years,” said Abraham Diskin, a political science professor at the Inter-Disciplinary Center outside Tel Aviv.___Laub reported from the West Bank. Associated Press writers Diaa Hadid in Jerusalem and Mohammed Daraghmeh in Ramallah, West Bank contributed reporting.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – Mitt Romney’s campaign stop in Israel left behind furious Palestinians charging that the Republican presidential candidate hasn’t fully grasped the complexities of one of the world’s most intractable conflicts.Romney’s sweeping embrace of Israeli government positions _ especially on the Iranian nuclear program _ came as no surprise. But Palestinian _ and some Israeli _ critics say he overshot by seeming to snub the Palestinians’ president, dismiss their claims to Jerusalem, and suggest their culture is inferior to Israel’s. Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Parents, stop beating yourself uplast_img read more

Personal Travel Managers living the Shanghai life

first_imgPersonal Travel Managers living the Shanghai lifeShanghai is one of the world’s great financial centres, but five Victoria based personal travel managers (PTMs) who took part in a TravelManagers exclusive famil discovered that visitors who focus purely on business during their stay, miss out on much of what this vibrant city has to offer.For PTM Margherita Cilauro, representative for Pascoe Vale South it was her first visit to Shanghai, and she now feels comfortable and confident promoting the destination to her clients.“I used to think that the majority of visitors to Shanghai were there for business, but I now realise that it is a city that has so much to offer, with something for everyone.”Daniel Price, representative for Windsor, agrees that the famil has changed his perceptions of the city.“Getting a sense of Shanghai airport and the layout of the city, especially the downtown area around Nanjing Rd including the People’s Park, was really beneficial for me,” he explains.PTMs also attending the famil were Jeremy Ferguson representative from Brunswick West, Luke Vaughan representative from Kooyong and Frances Cochrane representative from Mooroolbark along with Marlene Lane, representing TravelManagers’ national partnership office.Lane was fascinated by the different styles of architecture and many unique modern buildings that make up the city skyline.The city lights provide a spectacular backdrop for PTMs’ hosted first night dinner in Shanghai, atop the Radisson Blu at Epicure 45 restaurant. Front Daniel Price, from left to right Luke Vaughan, local guide, local Radisson Blu host, Kathryn Quigley, Jeremy Ferguson, Mark Mulville, Fran Cochrane, Marlene Lane and Margherita Cilauro“At night, it was even more amazing. We had dinner at the Radisson Blu Shanghai New World hotel’s restaurant, Epicure on 45, and as the restaurant revolved it revealed an incredible light show. The following night we saw the same show from another angle, as we took a 45-minute cruise along the river.”TravelManagers’ exclusive Shanghai famil included a day trip to Tongli water townHowever, the group’s time was not spent solely in Shanghai. On the Go Tours hosted the participants on a day trip which gave the opportunity to experience a very different side to China which included a visit to the village of Tongli, just one and a half hours’ drive from the city. This ancient village, which is sometimes described as ‘the Venice of the East’, is criss-crossed by 15 small river lanes that are spanned by 49 stone bridges in a variety of styles.Cilauro says the village’s well-preserved architecture, private gardens, temples and houses made their visit a journey back in time.“The authenticity of the village, shops, restaurants and gardens took us back hundreds of years to how life used to be in China. I would highly recommend my clients make the effort to see it for themselves.”TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says the experiences of the PTMs on this famil support the company’s philosophy that first-hand knowledge is essential for providing great service to clients.“For many of our PTMs, Shanghai is thought of primarily as a business destination and this famil has shown them a different side to the city, knowledge and experience they can share with their clients.”Gazal adds, “First-hand experience also makes it easier to answer questions such as ‘what sort of power adapter will I need?’, ‘what are the local taxis like?’ and ‘what is internet access like?’ It’s this type of personal expertise that provides real value to their clients.”PTMs Daniel Price and Fran Cochrane made a formidable team in the famil’s day-long ‘Amazing Race’- discover Shanghai activity at the entrance to the city’s Ocean AquariumThe seven-night famil included plenty of time to explore the city, including a full day mystery Amazing Race-style activity and a free day to enjoy shopping on Nanjing Road or soak up the views during a walk along the Bund.Experiencing a Shanghai river cruise from left to right local guide, Mark Mulville, Margherita Cilauro, Kathryn Quigley, Fran Cochrane, Jeremy Ferguson, Marlene Lane, Danial Price and Luke VaughanThe famil was escorted by Kathryn Quigley from Carlson Rezidor Hotels and Mark Mulville of Malaysian Airlines with the participants appreciating the opportunity to experience both Malaysian’s business and economy class products. All five PTMs agreed that they were greatly impressed by the service in both cabins.“Business class obviously offers you amazing personalised service and comfort that is truly fantastic. You can put your feet up and enjoy a chair-massage whilst you watch a movie, or lie flat for a good sleep,” says Cilauro, who adds that she was surprised and happy to find sufficient leg room and equally good service in economy class.Mark Mulville – Malaysian Airlines with PTMs Fran Cochrane, Daniel Price and Margherita Cilauro at Tongli water townPrice says Shanghai surprised all five first-time visitors, who found the locals to be friendly and helpful, and the city safe, easy to get around and paradise for shoppers.“I was impressed by the number of trees in the downtown area and how clean and organised everything is, it is truly a holiday destination for anyone – solo travellers, families or honeymooners.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. About TravelManagersTravel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2017. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases.Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more

Suppliers and partners got together last week for

first_imgSuppliers and partners got together last week for the celebratory Grand Opening event at the brand new Helloworld Travel at Essendon Fields in Melbourne, to toast the new store and wish owner Vas Nikolovski and his team all the very best!L-R:Sahil Nijhawan – Office Manager, Vas Nikolovski – Owner, Michelle Hallan – Consultant, Natalie Carmody – Consultant and Jack Blackwell – Consultant Helloworld Travellast_img