Fire forcing evacuation of Keewaywin First Nation in northwestern Ontario

first_imgA raging forest fire in northwestern Ontario has prompted the full evacuation of the First Nation community of Keewaywin, authorities said on Thursday.More than 200 residents considered vulnerable had already been flown this week to Sioux Lookout, Ont., as the fire moved closer, while roughly 200 more were being sent to another city Thursday. Joe Meekis, a former long-time chief of Keewaywin — which has about 450 residents — called the situation scary.“The community is threatened,” Meekis said in an interview from Sioux Lookout. “Everybody has to get out.”Known as Red Lake Fire Number 23, the blaze which is now about 546 square kilometres began as a small fire a week ago about 40 kilometres from the community. Earlier this week, the winds picked up and it “grew really fast,” Meekis said.Smoke began drifting into the community, prompting residents to close windows and doors, and shut down air conditioners.Ultimately, the chief declared an emergency and the initial transfer of babies, pregnant women, and children under five and their families began. On Tuesday and Wednesday, a total of 227 people were flown about 330 kilometres south to Sioux Lookout, which has declared its own state of emergency aimed at defraying the cost of helping the arrivals.Volunteers in the town were helping provide access to snacks, supplies and information, as well as responding to requests from the evacuees, a spokesman said.“All evacuees are being housed at a local hotel, and a local restaurant is providing all of the meals,” said Brian MacKinnon, the town’s manager of corporate services. “(However), Sioux Lookout is presently at capacity with respect to the number of evacuees we can host.”As a result, the more than 200 remaining evacuees were being flown to Timmins, Ont., on Thursday, leaving just a skeleton crew in the community for security purposes, Meekis said.“They’re moving people today, as we speak,” Meekis said.By noon Thursday, the fire was 10 kilometres southwest of the Keewaywin boundary, which is 12 kilometres from the town itself, according to the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources.Jonathan Scott, an information officer with Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services, said an incident management team was on site looking for “aerial ignition opportunities” in which fires are deliberately set to take the blaze to natural barriers and slow its spread. Crews and equipment were also in the area.Despite some isolated heavy rains Wednesday night, the fire hazard in the region ranged from low to extreme. Speaking from Dryden, Ont., Scott said 12 new smaller fires were confirmed on Wednesday near Red Lake, Fort Frances, Dryden and Sioux Lookout.In all, more than two dozen fires are burning in northwestern Ontario, 12 out of control.Large numbers of huge forest fires are not unusual in the region. There have been 183 to date this season, well below the 500 of last year and about half the 10-year average of 366, Scott said. Still, the fires pose a logistical challenge.“Ontario is so stretched with their resources,” Meekis said. “There’s fires all over the place. So we have to sort of fight for the resources.”Keewaywin’s last full evacuation occurred in 2011. While the community was spared, damage to the surrounding area was significant.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Seven Generations shares slide after it increases 2018 capital spending plan

first_imgCALGARY – Negative market reaction to a slight rise in its 2018 spending plan by natural gas producer Seven Generations Energy Ltd. (TSX:VII) shows how little patience investors have for anything but conservative management in the oilpatch, analysts say.On Thursday, shares in the company plunged by as much as 10 per cent after it announced it would increase its budget by five per cent to about $1.75 billion next year compared with 2017. The stock closed at $16.58, down $1.37 or nine per cent from Wednesday.The reaction was in sharp contrast to the eight per cent rise in shares of Tourmaline Oil Corp. (TSX:TOU) on Nov. 9, the day after it announced it would chop its 2018 capital budget by 29 per cent to $1.08 billion from the previously planned $1.52 billion because of low gas prices.Both Calgary-based companies produce liquids-rich natural gas from wells near the sparsely populated northern Alberta-B.C. border.“I think the capital discipline within the sector seems to be getting some traction, the focus on capital allocation and returns rather than growth,” said National Bank Financial analyst Travis Wood.He said he was surprised at the Seven Generations selloff because its 2018 budget was very close to analyst forecasts and its production next year is expected to be only slightly reduced by ongoing outages at a third-party gas processing plant.Seven Generations CEO Marty Proctor said at the company’s investor day on Thursday it will “outspend” cash inflows in 2018 to increase production and complete construction of a new gas plant but will return to a balanced budget in 2019.“We are targeting cash flow self-sufficiency — that is, a balanced budget — in 2019,” he said. “We are targeting continued profitable growth … by around 100,000 boe/d to reach 300,000 boe/d by 2022.”The company plans to grow its output by around 15 per cent to roughly 205,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2018, with 55 to 60 per cent natural gas liquids.Tourmaline, meanwhile, cut its production target range for 2018 to a midpoint of 275,000 boe/d from the previous 290,000 boe/d, containing about 16 per cent liquids.“The company has elected to moderate growth in its natural gas business until the Western Canadian and North American supply/demand outlook is more transparent and balanced,” it said in a news release.Wood said investors were likely also attracted to Tourmaline’s introduction of a modest dividend of eight cents per quarter.“We have noted a strong theme of budgets funded by internally generated cash flows which is resonating with investors, and which differs from the previous mantra of ‘growth at all costs’,” wrote RBC analyst Michael Harvey in a report earlier this week.“However, we do expect upward revisions to most company budgets if commodity prices and access to capital improves in the medium term.”RBC said it believes Western Canadian producers will spend about seven per cent less in 2018 than in 2017 but production will increase by about 15 per cent as accelerated drilling in the fourth quarter comes on line early next year.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

US trade gap rises to 566 billion highest since 2008

first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit rose in January to the highest level since October 2008, defying President Donald Trump’s efforts to bring more balance to America’s trade with the rest of the world.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the trade deficit rose to $56.6 billion in January, up 5 per cent from $53.9 billion in December and the highest since October 2008’s $60.2 billion trade gap. The trade deficit — the gap between what America sells and what it buys abroad — has risen for five straight months.Trump rattled financial markets last week by promising to slap big tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. He blames persistent deficits on abusive practices by U.S. trading partners and on bad trade deals that put American companies at a disadvantage or encourage them to move factories overseas.Exports fell 1.3 per cent to $200.9 billion in January, and imports were flat at $257.5 billion.The United States ran a $76.5 billion deficit in the trade of goods, which was partially offset by a $19.9 billion surplus in services such as education and banking.The $36 billion January deficit with China was the highest since September 2015. The trade gap with Mexico narrowed to $4.1 billion from $5.4 billion in December.Trump upset America’s allies last week by vowing to slap tariffs of 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on aluminum. Europe has threatened to retaliate with sanctions on U.S. exports of blue jeans, bourbon and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, raising the risk of a potentially destructive trade war.“He is not afraid of getting into a trade war although that is not what we want,” Treasury Steven Mnuchin said in an interview Wednesday on the Fox Business Network. “We are just looking for fair and reciprocal trade.”Trump is also demanding a rewrite of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada in an attempt to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with Mexico and to shift more auto production north of the border.The president views trade deficits as a sign of economic weakness and as the result of unfair practices by America’s trading partners. Most economists say they are caused by bigger economic forces, mainly the fact that the United States consistently spends more than it produces.The trade gap has continued to rise since Trump entered the White House partly because the U.S. economy is strong and American consumers have an appetite for imported products and the confidence to buy them.____Martin Crutsinger contributed to this story.____Follow Paul Wiseman on Twitter at read more

Canada welcomes Syrian Refugees With Song Honoring Prophet Mohammed

New York – The first group of Syrian refugees that have arrived in Canada for resettlement have been welcomed with open arms, both by the Canadian government and its citizens.A video posted on YouTube shows a choir of dozens of Canadian students singing a song in Arabic that was sung to Prophet Mohammed when he emigrated from Mecca to in Medina.The beautiful voices of the children paired with the act of respect and appreciation shown to the refugees, who are of a Muslim-majority, have brought tears and joy to people around the world who have left comments of gratitude.“Best thing I saw in YouTube today. To see a country, a government, children who are [more] human than all the other countries combined…” a YouTube user posted. “The idea to sing a classic Islamic Song to say Welcome is genuinely Amazing. Thank You Canada, give your neighbors lessons!” he added.Another user compared the positive actions of Canadians with those of other countries, which have rejected refugees or mistreated them.“Thank you Canada for looking after Syrian refugees. [Canada] a truly civilized country when a lot of countries try to find an excuse for not accepting Syrian refugees…” another user wrote.“God bless you Canada you behaved in Muslim morals and principles, while a lot of Muslim countries forgot Islam and what it stands for (peace for all human race). Salam Alykum (peace be upon you),” the user added.Canada’s Prime Minister personally welcomed the first group of 163 Syrian refugees for resettlement at the Toronto Airport.“We define a Canadian not by a skin color or a language or a religion, or background – but by a shared set of values, aspirations, hopes and dreams…” Trudeau said defining the refugees that arrived as Canadians from now on.While Canada is welcoming Syrian refugees in the most beautiful way, an increasing number of American politicians have turned hate speech against Muslims into their trade mark. Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to close all American borders and ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.In addition, representatives from many U.S. states have said they will not allow their respective states to accept the refugee resettlement plan. read more

First Ontario Universities Accounting Symposium Sept 2627

The Goodman School of Business will host the First Ontario Universities Accounting Symposium from Sept. 26-27. The symposium is organized by the Goodman School of Business’s CPA Ontario Research Excellence Centre.The symposium will welcome close to 40 Canadian and international academics to campus and provides attendees with the opportunity to present papers focused on current issues in accounting research.For more information about this conference, please contact Samir Trabelsi, director of Goodman’s CPA Ontario Research Excellence Centre.

Lady Louise Windsor ends up on crutches after fall on family ski

first_imgPrince Edward is pictured with his wife Sophie Countess of WessexCredit: FRVI, BRNA Prince Edward is pictured with his wife Sophie Countess of Wessex Louise Windsor got injured on the slopes and was forced to walk with crutches This week, she will host a Commonwealth Fashion Reception and a Charities Forum Meeting, both at Buckingham Palace. Louise Windsor got injured on the slopes and was forced to walk with crutchesCredit:FRVI, BRNAcenter_img When the Earl and Countess of Wessex whisked their children off for a family ski trip to the Swiss Alps, one of their chief concerns would have been to ensure no one ended up on crutches.Sadly Lady Lousie’s time on the slopes didn’t quite go to plan. The couple’s oldest child, 14, was seen walking on crutches and requiring support to help her walk around the resort of St. Moritz. Edward and Sophie had been joined by their children James, Viscount Severn, 10 and Lady Louise, who is a keen skier.Sophie also joined her husband on the chair lift, looking a little cold as temperatures dropped below freezing 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.last_img read more

Ian Paisley says he was angered by Bloody Sunday

first_imgFORMER UNIONIST LEADER Ian Paisley has said he was angered by the events of Bloody Sunday in 1972 when British soldiers shot dead civilians who had been taking part in a civil rights march, and has praised British Prime Minister David Cameron for “telling the truth” about the matter.In a BBC documentary on his life, Paisley, who was one of the most controversial political figures of the Northern Ireland conflict, talked to veteran journalist Eamonn Mallie about his life over a four-month period.In the documentary, Paisley accuses the Irish government of provoking the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings which killed 33 people, saying that the bombings were a result of “their ridiculous attitude to Northern Ireland”.He also calls the bomb attack on Downing Street which almost killed British prime minister John Major and other senior politicians in 1991 “a cracker”.The one-time firebrand preacher who became the First Minister of Northern Ireland also said the gerrymandering and religious-based discrimination that existed in Northern Ireland was wrong, the BBC reports.“If you vote down democracy, you are responsible for bringing in anarchy,” he said. “It wasn’t one man, one vote. I mean, that’s no way to run a country. The whole system was wrong”.Paisley founded the Democratic Unionist Party in 1971 and led the party until he stepped down as leader in 2008. He served as First Minister in the Stormont executive from 2005 to 2008 alongside Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin.Paisley: Genesis to Revelation will air on BBC1 Northern Ireland on Monday at 10.35pm.Read: Ian Paisley admitted to hospital for tests > Read: Britain ‘does not intend’ to hand over Dublin-Monaghan files >last_img read more

Trump taps Perry to lead Department of Energy

first_imgWASHINGTON — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry holds the Department of Energy in such low regard that he famously couldn’t even remember it was on his list of federal agencies to eliminate altogether.Now Donald Trump has chosen Perry to run it, according to multiple news reports.In Perry, Trump would have another oil industry ally and climate skeptic in an administration that is shaping up to be dominated by them. And like other Trump picks for Cabinet posts, Perry is deeply skeptical of the department he would lead.It was Perry’s disdain for the Energy Department — or, rather, his inability to articulate it — that helped sink his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. “It’s three agencies of government, when I get there, that are gone: Commerce, Education and, the, uh, what’s the third one there?” Perry said during a primary season debate. “Commerce, Education and the uh, the uh … ”He continued. “The third agency of government I would do away with — the Education, uh, the, uh, Commerce, and let’s see — I can’t . the third one, I can’t. I’m sorry … oops.”It was one of the more awkward moments in the history of presidential politics. Later in the debate, Perry finally remembered the agency he was reaching for was Energy.last_img read more

Vancouver man accused of trying to stab romantic rival

first_imgA Vancouver man is accused of attempting to stab a man he found in his bed with his girlfriend.Luis Armando Lopez-Montejo, 26, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree assault.Judge John Nichols held him on $50,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Jeffrey Barrar to defend him against the charge. His arraignment is scheduled for Friday.According to a court affidavit, Lopez-Montejo returned home to find a man in bed with his girlfriend. Lopez-Montejo grabbed a 12-inch kitchen knife and told the man in Spanish: “I’m going to kill you,” according to the affidavit. He attempted to stab the man in the abdomen, but the man grabbed the knife’s blade, the affidavit says. After a struggle, the man seized control of the weapon from Lopez-Montejo, but he sustained a cut to his hand from the blade and a cut to his nose during the struggle, the affidavit says.Vancouver police responded to the residence in the 2100 block of Northeast Bridgecreek and found a large amount of blood on the bedroom floor, window, the victim and Lopez-Montejo’s girlfriend, according to the affidavit. Police said they found the blood-drenched knife in the kitchen sink. The date of the incident was not included in the court affidavit.Lopez-Montejo turned himself in to the Vancouver Police Department East Precinct early Saturday, according to the affidavit. He allegedly confessed to the crime beforehand in a phone conversation, the affidavit says.last_img read more

Revoking Article 370 is step towards realising Sardar Patels

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hailed his government’s decision to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, saying that it was a step towards realising the dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 73rd Independence Day, Modi said: “The government is yet to complete 10 weeks and we have provided speed to the development programme. We did not wait even a day to start our work. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us “In this short span of time, we have taken important steps in every sector. Article 370 and 35A being revoked from Jammu and Kashmir is a step towards realising the dream of Sardar Patel.” He said the work which was pending for the last 70 years was accomplished in less than 70 days under his government. The Prime Minister said everyone wanted Article 370 to be scrapped, but they were waiting for the appropriate time. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us He added that his government had taken important steps to end triple talaq, for the welfare of farmers and traders and also to make the medical sector even more people friendly. Talking about water conservation, the Prime Minister said: “India understands the importance of water conservation and thus, a new Ministry for ‘Jal Shakti’ has been created.” Advertise With Us He also paid tribute to the those who laid their lives for the independence of the nation. “There were many who laid their lives for the nation. Many were hanged to death for our freedom. Today I remember all of them. Today, for the development of our free India, everybody who has contributed to this, I remember all of them.”last_img read more

In Texas Falling Behind On Your Student Loan Payments Can Cost You

first_img Share By Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneRoderick Scott outside Forest Meadow Junior High in Dallas on March 12, 2018, where he is the AVID and college career instructor, campus parent engagement specialist and after hours site coordinator.When Roderick Scott Sr. submitted an application to renew his teacher’s license in the summer of 2015, he thought the matter was handled. He had no idea that, months later, a decades-old Texas law would nearly derail his career as a middle school teacher in north Dallas because he’d defaulted on his student loans.Over the course of three years, Scott said he swiftly lost a “dream job,” was evicted, had his bank account garnished and eventually filed for bankruptcy. He’s not the only one who’s suffered such dramatic repercussions. Texas is among several states that bars teachers, dentists, nurses and other professional license holders from renewing their licenses if they are in default on their student loans.The ban was designed to push people to pay off their debt — or face the consequences. But even in Texas, a state that holds more than $70 billion of the country’s $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loans, critics call the practice counterproductive since it can impede people’s ability to work and make it even harder for them to pay back their debt.There is no comprehensive source of data on how frequently this happens in Texas. Records from multiple organizations and agencies suggest more than 4,215 people in the state – including security guards, cosmetologists and pharmacists – were at risk of losing their license because of student loan default in 2017.Since 2010, 530 nurses were unable to renew their licenses because they were in default on their student loans, according to information provided to The Texas Tribune through a public information request. And nearly 250 teachers, like Scott, had an application for a license renewal denied for this reason over the course of five years, data from the Texas Education Agency shows.For Scott, 43, the first sign of trouble came one day in the fall of 2015. The school’s head of human resources called Scott into an office and asked why he hadn’t renewed his teacher’s license – a certification most Texas educators must have. Scott said he was confused. He’d submitted an online application and paid the fee to renew his license weeks ago.It took one frantic phone call to discover there was a major problem. Scott’s renewal hadn’t been processed because he had fallen behind on his loan payments, and he quickly realized he was about to lose his best chance of getting back on track: his job as a teacher.   “You do understand that, basically, I have been fired because you won’t allow [the Texas Education Agency] to renew my certification,” he remembers telling his loan collector on the phone that day. Now, “you’re going to ‘fix things’ so that I can’t pay anything?”“I was like, ‘Oh my, you’re crazy,’” Scott said.Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneRoderick Scott, in his Dallas classroom on March 12, 2018.A tool that “wouldn’t really address the problem”Texas is one of 19 states that will hold or revoke the work licenses of teachers and other professionals if the person is in default on their student loans, according to The New York Times.The practice in Texas dates back to 1989, when the Legislature passed a bill making loan default grounds for not renewing a license. At the time, Texas was experiencing historically high rates of student loan default, much of it coming from a burgeoning sector of lightly-regulated for-profit schools. Suspending professional licenses, state staff said then, could create “a powerful incentive for a person to stay current on his payments.”Already, lenders and loan guarantors had an array of financial hammers they could use to jolt borrowers into repayment. Tom Melecki, a long-time financial aid officer, said the rationale for the law might have been that it could be another “effective tool at kind of bludgeoning [borrowers] back into repayment.”Members of the state commission that helped pass the law are deceased, could not be reached or did not remember details about its passage. But a legislative liaison who met with government staff about the law said he recalls thinking that it “wouldn’t really address the problem” of defaults in the for-profit sector.“It may be helpful, but the defaults you see out there are largely among those who went to private trade schools and who probably didn’t get certified in what they went to school to be,” said George Torres, then the governmental relations director for the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, a public nonprofit that’s since been privatized and renamed Trellis Company. Suspending licenses penalized a different group of students, he said – those who’d graduated, gotten a certification, and had a lower risk of not paying back their loans. Still, Torres said, it was a tool proposed by legislative staff — one that could be fine-tuned later, if needed.“The money is needed around the house”The threat of losing his license — and therefore his job — pushed Scott, the Dallas middle school teacher, to take drastic action.He immediately paid the loan collector — borrowing money to do so — and entered into a repayment plan that let him keep his license. But during the time it took him to sort out the paperwork, his students were moved to a different teacher and he lost a department-chair position that came with an added stipend – making it even harder to make the loan payments, he said. Scott then made a string of financial sacrifices to afford the more than $300-a-month payment his loan collector asked for. He put the loan payment before rent and other bills. He was evicted, stayed with his brother and considered setting up a GoFundMe page to help ends meet. He tried to hide the trouble from his students, and from his 11-year-old and 3-year-old kids.“I just did not have that discretionary amount available,” Scott said. “If I was single, it probably wouldn’t have mattered. But, you know, being married and having children, it’s a different story. The money is needed around the house.”Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneTeachers like Roderick Scott make up one of the largest groups of professionals in Texas at risk of losing their license because of student loan default, according to data maintained by Trellis.Scott’s loans were issued by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which a division in Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office is responsible for collecting on. Trellis, the privatized descendant of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, plays a similar role for a handful of federal loans.A spokesperson for Paxton’s office said they don’t draft policy and so couldn’t comment on how effective not renewing a license is at getting borrowers back on track with their loans. Trellis has never tried to check.But Jeff Webster, the director of research at Trellis, said the company only uses the license provision as a last resort. Trellis, which also provides financial and loan counseling, will first offer eligible borrowers options like a deferment or to switch to an income-driven plan — a repayment option for federal loans that lets a low-earning borrower make smaller payments over a longer period of time, Webster said.“By the time it comes to having people have their professional licenses renewed, there’s been a lot of interaction and conversation and attempts to talk with the borrower before you get to that point. And it really is kind of a last resort to try to engage the borrower to be able to — I know they’ve defaulted — but to get them into a repayment plan that can get their financial house in order,” Webster said. “One can do that with pretty reasonable and affordable payments, and sometimes that is really seen as a lifesaver for some of these borrowers.”Scott, whose loans are not with Trellis, says he wasn’t given this option.“It’s clear that anything that encumbers someone from getting a job is a lousy way to try and collect debt payments from them.”— Louis Malfaro, president of the Texas American Federation of TeachersEffective at getting a borrower’s attentionProfessional organizations contacted by the Tribune, including the Texas affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, said they hadn’t heard of this situation befalling their members and thought it did not happen frequently.This may be because the 1989 legislators’ hypothesis was correct: Holding a professional license hostage is an effective way of getting a borrower’s attention. Data from the Texas Education Agency suggests that, like Scott, many educators whose licenses are denied for student loan default make payments and are able to have their renewal processed soon after.Critics of the practice, however, say it can also tee up an entirely new set of financial challenges for the borrower.“When teachers and nurses in Texas receive letters saying they’ll lose their professional license unless they make a payment they can’t afford, too many of them wind up doing whatever it takes to stave off financial ruin,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. “It doesn’t actually get the loans paid off any faster, it just drives them deeper in the hole.”Scott, for example, said he stopped paying rent in order to have his teacher’s license renewed — leading him to be evicted. In an email to his loan collector on August 30, 2016, Scott tried to explain that he’d again fallen behind on the payments after receiving notice from his landlord. “When we initially set up the payments,” Scott wrote, “you pointed out to me that you noticed I did not have enough funds to cover my living expenses and make such a payment. With current stress levels, I need time to gather myself and formulate some type of plan so that I can re-enter a payment plan.”Scott said his bank account was later garnished and he had to file for bankruptcy.It’s “obvious that the payment plans offered are sometimes unrealistic for someone to tackle on a teacher’s salary,” said Louis Malfaro, president of Texas AFT. It’s also counterproductive to deny a professional of the certification they need to work, he said.  “It’s clear that anything that encumbers someone from getting a job is a lousy way to try and collect debt payments from them.”Scott now teaches classes for AVID, a college readiness program, and helps with a career and college preparatory program at the middle school.“I’m enjoying what I’m doing now, but no, I never got my position” as a department-chair back, he said.last_img read more

US cinema shooter escapes death penalty

first_imgThe American gunman who stormed a Batman movie premier and killed 12 cinemagoers has escaped the death penalty but will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.A Colorado jury failed to find unanimity on execution for 27-year-old former graduate student James Holmes, obliging the judge to impose a sentence of life without parole.Last month, the killer had been convicted on 12 counts of murder in the first degree and scores more charges including murder, attempted murder and explosives possession. But defense counsel argued he has a mental illness and urged jurors to show clemency, an appeal apparently heeded by at least one of the panel of nine women and three men.  Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortOn each of the 12 murder counts that could had merited the death penalty, the jury said, in a statement read to the court “we do not have a unanimous final sentencing verdict on this count and … understand the court will impose a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.” District Judge Carlos Samour thanked the jury for their service and set August 24 to 26 as the dates for Holmes’ formal sentencing. Holmes attacked the packed premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century 16 theater in Aurora on July 20, 2012, spraying bullets into the dark auditorium.Clad in body armor and with peculiar dyed-orange hair, he fired hundreds of rounds before police halted a spree that had left 12 people dead.last_img read more

Your smartphone may soon pack 1TB in storage thanks to Samsungs

first_imgSick of filling the limited space on your phone with apps, photos and videos? Sometime in the near future, your smartphone could ship with more than one terabyte (1TB) of internal storage and run 10 times faster than a standard memory card.Samsung is best known for making smartphones, but the company’s memory division — one of its most profitable units — just announced it has begun mass-producing a 1TB flash storage chip for phones. There’s no word on when they’ll be inside smartphones, but Samsung said it plans to increase production during the first half of this year.“Smartphone enthusiasts will soon be able to enjoy storage capacity comparable to a premium notebook PC, without having to pair their phones with additional memory cards,” Samsung said.That 1TB capacity is double the previous highest that the Korean firm has produced. Its newest chip gave the Galaxy Note 9 a 512GB model, which passes the terabyte milestone when a 512GB SD card is added. This new breakthrough promises to offer that without the help of a card, but the company also boasted of improved performance.Samsung said its new tech reaches speeds of up to 1,000 megabytes per second (MB/s) — that would transfer a 5GB-sized full HD video in just five seconds, as opposed to nearly one minute with conventional microSD cards. Increased memory will also enable better-quality high-resolution video shooting thanks to faster random read speed, it said.Sounds good, but might this ship before the end of the year? The Samsung rumor mill is already speculating that the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 could include a 1TB model, but at this stage there is no concrete evidence. Keep an eye out for future leaks for more hints.last_img read more

Airbnb agrees to collect sales tax from hosts in Costa Rica

first_imgRepresentatives ofAirbnb, the online marketplace that allows people to list or rent lodging in residential properties, said the company is willing to collect taxes from its hosts in Costa Rica and that it will collaborate with the drafting of a bill for that purpose.Pablo H. Abarca Mora, president of the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR), said in a written statement that he met with Airbnb’s public policy lead for Central America and the Caribbean, Shawn Sullivan, on Jan. 13 to discuss the proposed regulations.Sullivan indicated that Airbnb is very interested in working with CANATUR to outline a legal framework to regulate this type of sharing economy enterprise.“Costa Rica is a world leader in tourism, and it would be the first Latin America country to approve legislation like this,” Sullivan said, adding that the San Francisco-based company is willing to adjust its platform to facilitate tax collection from Airbnb hosts of short-term rentals of less than thirty days.CANATUR’s Abarca said that this agreement is a proof that sharing economy platforms should become tax collectors.Abarca said that the chamber is already working on the drafting of a bill to collect sales tax from these types of businesses, plus an additional five percent that would fund improvements to the country’s national parks.That percentage will only be charged to Airbnb hosts who do not obtain a tourism business recognition issued by the Costa Rican Tourism Board.“These kind of incentives will help to better control these businesses, will improve tax collection and curb informality,” Abarca said.Airbnb’s platform operates in 192 countries and has over 2 million properties registered. There are some 5,500 Airbnb hosts in Costa Rica; according to company data, a total of 147,000 people used the platform to find accommodation here in the past year. Facebook Comments Related posts:Government tables draft bills aimed at approving fiscal reforms Administrative Court bans dry law during holidays Tax information returns extension deadline ends next week Tourism Chamber: Please support businesses outside Poás safety perimeterlast_img read more

Qamea Resort and Spa Rated In Top 10 Beach Breaks in the

first_imgSource = Qamea Resort & Spa USA’s CNBC has just released the latest report from boutique travel advisers Mr & Mrs Smith From glam coastal getaways to private island escapes, Mr & Mrs have rated some of the best beach breaks around the world. Swimming fans, surfers and poolside posers will find much to like in this top 10.  Qamea came in at number 5, being noted as Back-to-nature bliss! Their report states,If barefoot luxury is your bag, then a stay at Qamea Resort & Spa Fiji will have you kicking off your shoes in no time. Traditional thatched bures are dotted among palm trees on Qamea Island, a petite tropical isle in Fiji’s lush north-east. Inspired by Fijian village houses, the Beachfront Bures are just a hop from sugar-white sands and glass-clear seas. Scuba fiends will dive right into the PADI programmes on offer here, with world-class dive sites and soft corals just offshore. Sybarites should slip straight into the spa, a canopy-level retreat that employs age-old techniques and local ingredients, such as cane sugar and coconut, to soul-soothing effect.last_img read more

The sun is shining the wildflowers are blooming

first_imgThe sun is shining, the wildflowers are blooming, and the temperatures are climbing in Vermont, but the team at Stowe Mountain Lodge is already getting ready for snow! For those who can’t wait to be the first on the lift, the Lodge will offer up to a 20% discount on nightly room rates with its First Tracks package, an early ski season promotion.Skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of this special early season offer which includes lodging for two in a studio guestroom, (2) two-day ski passes, complimentary ski storage and boot warming. To ease the inevitable aches and pains from the first few runs of the season, one guest per booking will also receive a Royal Foot Treatment at The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge — a 25-minute wrap, scrub and massage for the feet and lower legs.A two-night minimum stay is required to book this package, which is based on availability, and blackout dates apply. To take advantage of the best deal of the ski season, the First Tracks package must be booked no later than August 31, 2009.www.stowemountainlodge.comlast_img read more

My friends call me Joe Bidenopoulos

first_imgBy Staff ReporterUS Vice President Joe Biden has spoken of a new opportunity for a “win-win breakthrough” involving Cyprus, Turkey and Israel and the creation of a gas pipeline from the Levant to Europe.Biden was addressing Harvard students in the US and spoke in response to a question from a Cypriot on energy issues in the Eastern Mediterranean. Biden responded that the world was changing.He said he had been deeply involved and “passionately engaged” when it came to the Cyprus issue since the mid-seventies. “As a matter a fact my friends call me Joe Bidenopoulos. You know where I come from. It’s not a joke. I am passionately engaged ever since the illegal occupation,” he said, referring to his ties to the Greek-American community.Commenting on his visit to the island last May, Biden said there have been fundamental changes in the situation in the region.“Turkey fully understands that it is no longer in its interests… they have no interest to have troops remaining on Cyprus. None, whatsoever,” he said.He added that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, “has made the break with the only constituency to whom ‘occupation’ mattered, and that was the military.”“I recently met with him and he has committed to seeing me in Ankara to see if we can do two things, one, reach a solution which he says he will agree to a ‘bi-zonal, bi-communal’ island and [two], he is beginning to realise, in my view, and I will not speak for him, that there is an overwhelming self-interest for Turkey in taking advantage of the significant resources, particularly gas, that are in the Eastern Mediterranean that could play a significant role in liberating not only Turkey, but, Greece…  a pipeline… from Russia’s use of energy as a weapon.”What was beginning to happen, he added, was that there was a new possibility and where opportunities were arising where there were benefits. “Because the irony is… just as the one thing that will keep the Kurds in Iraq which is oil…  is the very thing that may be the lubricant to bring an end to a very unfair circumstances that exist since the late 1970s,” he said.He added that a senior US official was currently in Ankara discussing the issue.Biden urged all involved not to “dwell on the past” but to “look at the opportunities presented” in the future, and “see if there was a ‘win-win’ situation for everybody.”“And the reason I can say that is because I am Irish. And we understand about occupation. As George Mitchell said, the Irish Accord was 700 days of failure and one day of success,” he said, a comment he had made during his visit to Cyprus.  You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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