Finance minister Morneau rejects Tory insinuation threatens legal action

first_imgOTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau is threatening to sue the Conservatives for suggesting he used his inside knowledge of a pending tax change announcement in 2015 to sell off stocks before their value dropped.On Tuesday, a day after sidestepping more than a dozen questions on the issue, Morneau called the insinuations by Tory finance critic Pierre Poilievre “absurd.”“If the Opposition want to continue with these absurd allegations, which have no basis in any sort of fact, they take them outside of the House and I will give them a sense of exactly how our legal system works,” said Morneau.Anything said in the House of Commons is subject to parliamentary privilege, which gives MPs legal protection from libel and defamation laws. Poilievre first raised the allegations Monday during question period in the Commons.He claimed Morneau’s December 2015 announcement that he would raise income taxes on the highest earners caused the entire stock market to drop, including the value of Morneau Shepell shares — 680,000 of which were sold off roughly a week earlier.Poilievre alleged the early sale of the shares saved the owner half a million dollars.He repeatedly asked Morneau if it was a coincidence that the 680,000 shares were sold off a week before the tax announcement. And he asked Morneau repeatedly to confirm he was the “someone” responsible for selling off those shares in the company founded by the minister’s father.When the Speaker questioned the appropriateness of questioning the government on the matter, Poilievre retorted: “It is actually the responsibility of government to ensure that no minister ever uses inside knowledge to benefit from transactions on the stock market.”While Morneau dodged those allegations of insider trading Monday, he had more to say at a hastily called news conference Tuesday.“What we’re hearing now is in my mind (an) absolutely crazy idea that something that we campaigned on, that we talked to 36 million Canadians about which was a rise in taxes in the top one per cent was somehow knowledge that was only my knowledge,” he said.Poilievre maintained he hasn’t “actually accused him of anything” and has only asked Morneau whether he was the one who sold the shares a week before the tax announcement.“I am absolutely confident that everything I’ve said out there and in here is true,” Poilievre said in the Commons, challenging Morneau to meet him outside the chamber to answer the question.Morneau was not present during question period Tuesday because he said he had a speech to deliver in Toronto. But under continued Conservative attacks over the stock sale, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asserted that the finance minister “continues to focus on the things that matter to Canadians and he has our full confidence.”On Dec. 7, 2015, the day of Morneau’s tax-change announcement, the Toronto stock index fell 2.4 per cent for its single weakest day of the quarter, BMO chief economist Doug Porter said after he was asked to look up his notes.Porter said already-low oil prices dropped “heavily” that day — by five per cent. He said that factor alone may have been responsible for much of the weakness in the market.Nevertheless, the New Democrats also applied pressure Tuesday on Morneau over the 2015 stock sale. The NDP has asked the ethics commissioner to look into Poilievre’s allegations.The ethics commissioner has already launched a formal examination to determine if Morneau was in a conflict of interest when he introduced pension-reform legislation, which critics have insisted would benefit Morneau Shepell — a company in which, until recently, Morneau owned about $21 million worth of shares.After the ethics controversy erupted, he sold off the remainder of his holdings in Morneau Shepell and vowed to place his other substantial assets in a blind trust.Morneau donated to charity the difference between what the shares were worth at the time of the sale and their value in 2015 when he was first elected — an amount estimated at about $5 million.He has also faced intense criticism about his integrity after information surfaced showing that, based on the ethics commissioner’s advice, he did not divest shares or place his holdings in a blind trust after being was named to cabinet.Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the stock sale occurred before the introduction of pension legislation.last_img read more

Trump Saudi king firmly denies any role in Khashoggi mystery Pompeo en

first_imgWASHINGTON – Donald Trump appeared to be taking Saudi Arabia at its word Monday as he described how King Salman “firmly” and “strongly” issued a “flat denial” that he or his crown prince had any knowledge of or role in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.In describing his morning phone conversation with the king, the U.S. president repeatedly emphasized the strenuous nature of the ruler’s denials — even as he confirmed that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was travelling to the Middle East to learn more about the fate of the Saudi national and Washington Post columnist, who vanished inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.Khashoggi — a “Saudi Arabian citizen,” Trump noted, although he lived in the U.S. — was last seen entering the consulate two weeks ago. Turkish officials have said they have audio recordings that prove the journalist, a known critic of the Saudi regime, was killed inside, his body dismembered for easy disposal.“The king firmly denied any knowledge of it,” Trump said. “He didn’t really know — maybe, I don’t really want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers, who knows. We’re going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon. But his was a flat denial.”Before day’s end, media reports citing anonymous sources began to appear saying Saudi officials were considering issuing a public statement that would indeed say that Khashoggi died in Saudi custody, a consequence of an interrogation gone wrong. But it was unclear Monday when — or even if — such a statement would be released, according to the reports.Turkish and Saudi investigators began Monday what Turkish officials call a joint “inspection” of the consulate — but not before a cleaning crew walked in armed with mops, trash bags and cartons of milk, said to be good for removing bloodstains.American lawmakers have threatened tough punitive action against the Saudis, and Germany, France and Britain have jointly called for a “credible investigation” into Khashoggi’s disappearance. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted a link to that statement Sunday, adding, “Canada strongly supports our allies on this important issue.”Freeland said she spoke Monday with Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir, and remains in close contact with her U.S., German and British counterparts as the global community awaits more answers.“Canada and our government has a strong record of standing up for human rights around the world, very much including in Saudi Arabia, and we’re going to continue to do that,” she said outside the House of Commons.“It’s important to establish clear facts about what has happened, and it’s important for the international community to be clear that those facts need to be established in a clear and transparent manner.”Turkish officials allege a Saudi hit team that flew into and out of Turkey on Oct. 2 killed and dismembered Khashoggi, who had written Washington Post columns that were critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS. The kingdom has called such allegations “baseless” but has not offered any evidence Khashoggi ever left the consulate.If the allegations prove true, experts fear it would be just one more example of autocratic rulers feeling emboldened by the slow disintegration of the international world order, thanks in large part to a White House that’s willing to look the other way.“I do think the norms have eroded and the guardrails (have) come down under Donald Trump,” said Colin Robertson, a former Canadian diplomat and foreign policy expert who serves as vice-president and fellow at the Calgary-based Canadian Global Affairs Institute.Robertson cited the brazen poisoning in March of Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, an attack attributed to but denied by the Russian government, as just one instance of international malfeasance that seems to be filling the breach left by a lack of strong U.S. foreign policy.“Autocrats are taking liberties — Skripal, drug hit squads, poison gas, trolls and bots and fake news, prison without trial. They believe they can get away with it because for the new sheriff it’s ‘America First,’ full stop.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested Monday that Canada won’t shy away from taking up the cause.“Canada will always be very firm … about standing up for human rights all around the world because Canadians expect it of our government,” Trudeau said in an interview as part of the Fortune Global Forum in Toronto.“But the world also expects it of Canada — to be the clear voice saying, ‘You know what, this is right,’ or ‘This is wrong and you need to do better.’ And we don’t take kindly … to having people try (to) punish us for believing what we say.”That appeared to be a direct reference to Saudi Arabia, which lashed out at Canada — recalling its ambassador, freezing trade, pulling students out of Canadian schools and even cancelling flights to Toronto — after a tweet from Freeland calling for the immediate release of detained activists, including Samar Badawi, a champion of women’s rights and the sister of detained blogger Raif Badawi.The kingdom flexed its rhetorical muscles Sunday, saying that if it “receives any action, it will respond with greater action, and that the kingdom’s economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy.”In the U.S., the Post has been publishing full-page ads in its front section in an effort to keep the pressure up.“On Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 1:14 p.m. Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul,” reads the ad, which features an ominous-looking depiction of the consulate’s imposing double doors, adorned with the twin swords of the kingdom’s emblem.“He has not been seen since. Demand answers.”International business leaders have also been bailing en masse out of the kingdom’s glittering big-ticket investment forum, the Future Investment Initiative, including the CEO of Uber, billionaire Richard Branson, JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon and Ford executive chairman Bill Ford.last_img read more

After a bidding frenzy a hat finds a new home and UNICEF

The pale pink – and very high – hat worn by Princess Beatrice to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 29 April in London drew a frenzy of bids on the eBay website over the past 10 days, with the unknown winner paying £81,100.01 (about $130,000).The sum will be divided equally between the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Children in Crisis, a United Kingdom-based charity.A UNICEF spokesperson said that figure could buy more than 16,200 mosquito nets to protect children and their families from malaria, or at least 210,000 vaccines to protect children against measles or enough textbooks, stationery and school supplies for 8,110 children for a year. “I am so happy that we have raised the most incredible amount of money and can make an even bigger change in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children across the world,” said Princess Beatrice after the end of the auction.“Every single penny will make a difference to children’s lives around the world,” said Julie Weston, fundraising director for UNICEF in the UK.The hat, designed by the London-based milliner Philip Treacy, attracted bids from around the world – less than a month after many fashion observers mocked its debut. 23 May 2011Thousands of anti-malaria mosquito nets, countless school supplies or hundreds of thousands of measles vaccinations can now be bought by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) after a notorious hat sold at auction yesterday. read more

Google Inc launches Nexus 5 smartphone

TORONTO — Google is marking the five-year anniversary of its Android mobile platform with the release of the new Nexus 5 phone, which is manufactured by LG.The phone — which diehard Android fans had been expecting since some details previously leaked online — officially went on sale Thursday through the Google Play online store, starting at $349 for a 16-gigabyte unit. The 16-gigabyte and 32-gigabyte black model, and 16-gigabyte and 32-gigabyte white Nexus 5 all appear to be sold out on the Google Play website, which says “We are out of inventory. Please check back soon,” when users try to purchase one of the devices.“It was actually five years ago this month that we launched that adorable first Android brick called the G1,” said Google Canada spokeswoman Wendy Bairos during a product briefing.“People just want things to work and they want it to look good and they want it to work simply and beautifully, and I think in the (last) five years we’re seeing that happen.”Handout/The Canadian Press Like Google’s previous Nexus phones designed in partnership with outside manufacturers, the Nexus 5 has top of the line hardware including: a 4.95-inch screen with a sharp 445 pixels per inch; a quad-core processor and two gigabytes of RAM; and an eight megapixel camera that’s driven by a significantly improved photo-taking app.The phone comes loaded with the new version of Google’s operating system — 4.4, nicknamed KitKat — which will also become available for some other Android phones.Google also announced Thursday that the new HP Chromebook 11 will be released in Canada on Nov. 8 for $299.Chromebook devices are low-cost laptops designed for users who primarily use their computers to access the Internet and don’t regularly use sophisticated software. Google doesn’t market Chromebooks as full-blown laptop replacements and instead considers them to be ideal second computers for a household, since they’re fully capable of surfing the web, sending emails and watching online video.“We’re working with retailers … to make sure that customers understand exactly the trade-offs they’re making,” said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product development for Chrome and Chromebooks, noting he worked at Best Buy for a day to better understand how consumers are making purchasing decisions for computers.“Most people are really not that technically sophisticated … if you see the broad variety of people using computers today and ask them, ’What do you do?,’ they’ll say, ’I go to Facebook, or I look at photos, I do some online banking, some shopping’ — the consumer use cases actually get addressed incredibly well by something like Chromebooks, that’s what we’ve designed for.”With files from Financial Post read more

Carrier says it has deal with Trump to keep jobs in Indiana

by News Staff Posted Nov 29, 2016 7:12 pm MDT Carrier says it has deal with Trump to keep jobs in Indiana AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Air conditioning company Carrier said Tuesday that it had reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana. Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence planned to travel to the state Thursday to unveil the agreement alongside company officials.Trump spent much of his campaign pledging to keep companies like Carrier from moving jobs overseas. His focus on manufacturing jobs contributed to his unexpected appeal with working-class voters in states like Michigan, which has long voted for Democrats in presidential elections.The details of the agreement were unclear. Carrier tweeted that the company was “pleased to have reached a deal” with Trump and Pence to keep the jobs in Indianapolis.A transition official confirmed that the president-elect and Pence, who is ending his tenure as Indiana governor, would appear with Carrier officials Thursday. The official insisted on anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the trip ahead of an official announcement.Trump said last week that he was “making progress” on trying to get Carrier to stay in Indiana.In a September debate against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, he railed against Carrier’s decision to move hundreds of air-conditioner manufacturing jobs from Indianapolis to Mexico.“So many hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this,” Trump said. “We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us. We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States.”During the Republican primaries, Trump said he would said he would demand that Carrier parent company United Technologies reverse a decision to move two of its Carrier heating and ventilating parts plants to Mexico, eliminating 2,100 U.S. jobs.Carrier wasn’t the only company Trump assailed. He pledged to give up Oreos after Nabisco’s parent, Mondelez International, said it would replace nine production lines in Chicago with four in Mexico. He criticized Ford after the company said it planned to invest $2.5 billion in engine and transmission plants in Mexico.The event in Indiana will be a rare public appearance for Trump, who has spent nearly his entire tenure as president-elect huddled with advisers and meeting with possible Cabinet secretaries. He plans to make other stops later this week as part of what advisers have billed as a “thank you” tour for voters who backed him in the presidential campaign._Follow Julie Pace at read more

Developing the next generation of automotive talent

From 3 March SMMT will be supporting its members’ nationwide activities around national apprenticeship week. This annual focus on ways business of all sorts develop the next generation of workers offers automotive businesses the opportunity to put a spotlight on the year-round work that goes on to attract, train and develop new automotive sector employees.SMMT also supports the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award, which hunts out the best graduate brains to produce inventive ideas for the automotive sector. The 2014 competition launched this week and will result in the winner being rewarded with a £7,500 paid work experience package, comprising one month at each of the contest sponsors: Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren Automotive, Peugeot, Skoda and Toyota.Head judge and Autocar Editor-in-Chief, Steve Cropley, said, “The UK automotive sector is seeing incredible growth and success and now is a great time to join the industry. The future is just as important as the present; fresh talent with new ideas is crucial to the continuous evolvement and achievement of the industry and, as such, it welcomes new and original concepts.”The winner of the 2012 competition, Roberto Pace, now works at McLaren Automotive and 2013 winner Jake Larsson starts his work experience this month at Skoda. The contest launched in 2009 to offer students a unique chance to launch their automotive industry career. To enter the competition, students need to answer, in 500 words, a brief set by Steve Cropley and submit their entry at by 1 September 2014.———————————–Brief: Describe, in no more than 500 words, an idea, innovation or change to corporate policy that would improve the UK automotive business.The idea could work in any area of the automotive business – from concept through to the sales showroom and aftermarket.If selected for the next stage of the competition, students will need to demonstrate how the idea could be made viable within a business environment and the advantages it would offer.Submissions are welcomed from all disciplines, including – but not limited to – engineering, marketing and communications, design and media. Special credit will be given to the originality of entrants’ suggestions.The six best entrants will attend a mentoring session with one of the assigned judges from the 2014 sponsor companies to refine their idea and presentation skills.The three finalists will be invited to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ Annual Dinner in London on 25 November, where the winner will be announced.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State routs UNC Pembroke in exhibition 8163

Ohio State started the game on a 13-2 run and never looked back, defeating UNC Pembroke 81-63 in its final exhibition before the start of the regular season.Ohio State used the exhibition game to its advantage, bringing out a variety of lineups, each showing a strong defensive intensity and willingness to move the ball. Every player active on Ohio State’s roster saw time on the court during the exhibition.“A lot to take from this game for us, good and bad, a lot to take from it, so I was glad we got to play a lot of different guys,” head coach Chris Holtmann said. “We’ll move forward, a lot to improve on, we have some significant, significant areas that need improvement, significant areas.”The Buckeyes held the Braves to 32.8 percent shooting, and allowed 20 free throw attempts in the game, 16 of which came in the second half.Among the multiple switches in lineup, freshman guard Luther Muhammad stood out, finishing a plus-32, the highest on the team.Muhammad finished the game with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting to go along with three assists.The freshman guard said he sees his role as mainly a defensive player that can work well with senior guard C.J. Jackson.“I’ve been known for my defense, so that comes first,” Muhammad said. “Be a high-intensity guy and try and set the tone with C.J. and the rest of the three other guys that’s on the floor, and basically just be yourself.”Late in the first half, Muhammad drove to the basket, forced contact, earned the foul and finished the layup while falling to the ground, one of several strong drives to the basket by the Buckeyes throughout the game.The Buckeyes used their size advantage, especially through junior and sophomore forwards Kaleb and Andre Wesson, to gain a massive edge on the boards.UNC Pembroke, a 27-win team and Peach Belt Division II conference champion in 2018, was held to 35 rebounds on the night.“I think it’s a solid defensive team that we have to start the game,” Holtmann said. “We don’t have the versatility that we have with last year’s group in [Jae’Sean Tate] and Keita [Bates-Diop], and that’s significant, we’re gonna have to figure some things out as coaches because we don’t have that versatility.”Kaleb Wesson led the team with 10 rebounds, helping the team total 56 boards, including 21 offensive rebounds. Ohio State went up 42-24 in the first half, led by Muhammad’s nine points. Junior center Micah Potter scored eight on 3-3 shooting in the half, each of the three shots coming with an and-one opportunity.Potter led the team with 13 points, making all four of his attempts. He added a fourth and-one chance in the second half, getting a pass down low and finishing a tough layup before adding the free throw, putting the Buckeyes up 61-31.Even with an 18-point lead halfway through the game, the Buckeyes had nine turnovers and shot 2-10 on its three-point attempts. The second half was more of the same. Ohio State totaled 21 turnovers, and shot 5-of-25 from three on the night.“I’m not as worried about our shooting, because I think some of that is just you’re getting a feel and jitters,” Holtmann said. “But certainly turnovers, certainly, way too careless with the ball today.”Holtmann said he will not play guys extended minutes moving forward that don’t take care of the ball.Ohio State will officially open the season Wednesday when the Buckeyes take on Cincinnati at 6 p.m.Story updated at 10: 28 p.m. to include quotes from postgame interviews. read more

Mad Max bikers cause chaos in Leeds with police forced to close

first_imgI see Leeds has gone all Mad Max on us tonight… #Scenes 🏍— Gavin Wilson (@GavWilson) October 31, 2016 Jack Hurley, who posted footage from the road showing bikers doing wheelies, added: “Bloody hell – it has all gone a bit Mad Max.”Others described the group as a “nuisance” and “scary”. One warned: “About 50 mopeds and quads causing chaos and damage all along Kirkstall Road and surrounding areas. Don’t go out if you don’t have to.” If anyone fancies the fright of their life tonight try driving through the dirt bike carnage currently happening on Kirkstall Road. #hellish— Kerry Ramsay (@kezmatronic) October 31, 2016 Dozens of “Mad Max” bikers caused Halloween chaos in Leeds with police forced to close a major road after a “ride out” was organised on social media.Footage taken by a pedestrian showed off-road bikes and quads racing down Kirkstall Road on Monday night, with some doing U-turns and riding on the pavement.Residents compared the scene to one from post-apocalyptic show Mad Max. One wrote on Twitter: “Apparently part of Kirkstall Rd is now closed due to rampaging biker gangs. #Leeds is dressed up as Mad Max for Halloween, it seems.” A teenager, 16, was arrested near London Bridge on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle while the final person, a 22-year-old man, was arrested for dangerous driving and driving without insurance in the Streatham area.Superintendent Ade Adelekan, from the Met Command and Control, said the riders’ “recklessness” endangered themselves, other road users and pedestrians.He added: “This is totally unacceptable behaviour that tied up significant resources that could have been better employed in emergency situations elsewhere.”  No arrests were made in Leeds.  West Yorkshire Police confirmed the event had been organised on social media. A spokesman said the road was closed as the bikers were riding up and down it causing disruption to traffic.The road is believed to have been closed for 90 minutes before police were able to reopen it. The footage came as the Metropolitan Police announced it had made eight arrests following a ride-out across London on Sunday.Four men, aged between 17 and 32, were arrested in Blackheath for failing to stop, while two others, aged 20 and 28, were arrested near London Bridge for failing to stop and dangerous driving. 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

Microsoft to build new Dublin headquarters and take on 200 extra staff

first_imgUS COMPUTER GIANT Microsoft looks set to take on 200 extra staff after it lodged an application with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to build a new headquarters in Leopardstown.The 35,000 square metre development is expected to employ around 200 construction workers and will allow the company expand their European headquarters to 2,200.The application says that the company plans a new office development, to be called the Microsoft Ireland Dublin Campus, comprising a four or five-storey building over two levels of basement.The building will also have 558 car parking spaces, 24 motorcycle spaces and 220 bicycle parking spaces.It will also have a staff gym/leisure centre with changing areas, a roof level to include additional plant/services and green roof. It will be powered with “intelligent” solar panels and rainwater will be harvested.Assuming permission is granted, the development will commence in late 2014 and be fully operational in two years.The council will take observations on the plan until 10 July.Read: So here are the games Xbox One announced at E3 2014last_img read more

Poll Have you ever smoked cannabis

first_img Joan Burton accidentally posed with a giant spliff back in December 2014 Image: Richard Forrest YesNoVote Image: Richard Forrest Poll: Have you ever smoked cannabis? There were protests across the globe yesterday as people seek to have the drug legalised. Short URL Friday 21 Apr 2017, 12:45 PM 33,757 Views Joan Burton accidentally posed with a giant spliff back in December 2014 Apr 21st 2017, 12:45 PM center_img No (6141) Yes (13804) 154 Comments YESTERDAY, PEOPLE THE world over celebrated 4/20 – a day marked by those who use cannabis – by turning out to demonstrations for the drug’s legalisation.The code 4/20 is most often used in North America, attributed to a group of young people in the 1970s who met up at 4.20pm to smoke.Several dozen people gathered at Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance to hold their own protest.Today, we want to know: Have you ever smoked cannabis? Poll Results: By Fora Staff Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Responders bring gifts to 6yearold girl a month after cardiac arrest call

first_imgPolice officers, medics and firefighters made a surprise visit to the Pierro family in east Vancouver on Sunday afternoon, bearing gifts and well-wishes that the rest of family’s holiday season will be as uneventful as possible, as a change of pace.“It was a complete roller coaster,” Scott Pierro said of the past few weeks.The weekend before Thanksgiving started on a high note for the Pierros. That Friday, their 6-year-old daughter, Kierra, earned her first belt at taekwondo. On Saturday, her 13-year-old brother, Alexander, earned his second-degree black belt.That Sunday, while the two kids were playing outside, Kierra fell.“She collapsed, right there,” Christine Pierro said, pointing at the front of the house.Alexander found that his sister wasn’t breathing, then ran to get his parents, Christine Pierro said. They called 911 and performed CPR until an officer arrived and took over, followed by medics and firefighters.An ambulance rushed Kierra to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, and then she was taken to Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland.Doctors gave Kierra, who previously had surgery for a heart defect, a pacemaker.“We spent Thanksgiving at the hospital,” Scott Pierro said.Vancouver police Officer Tanya Wollstein said her group of officers likes to do a squad Christmas project each year, helping out a family in need, and Kierra’s case stood out, as it was one of them who responded with an automated emergency defibrillator.Officers and firefighters responding to the call didn’t know that their patient was a small child until they arrived, as there aren’t many cardiac arrest calls for 6-year-olds, Wollstein said.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly July 23 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioKuskokwim Fishers: Stop Commercial Openings, Call in FedsDaysha Eaton, KYUK-BethelThe Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group wants the state to end to all commercial openings for the remainder of the summer.  The say despite unmet subsistence needs the state has allowed commercial salmon openings. Some upriver fishermen are fed up with the state, and want the Federal Subsistence Board to manage the river from here on out.Community Protests Enstar Rate VolatilityAnne Hillman, KSKA-AnchorageCommunity members packed the hearing room of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska Wednesday morning in Anchorage. They pushed for consistent gas pricing from Enstar in response to a recent big jump in rates.Judge Rules In Favor of Commercial Set Netting BanAlexander Gutierrez, APRN-JuneauA superior court judge has ruled in favor of an initiative to ban commercial set netting for salmon in urban areas. Earlier this year, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell blocked the initiative sponsors from collecting signatures to appear on the ballot, based on a recommendation from the Department of Law that the measure would qualify as an unconstitutional appropriation. The state also argued that such an initiative would count as an allocation to sport fishermen and that it would erode the power of the Board of Fisheries.State Releases New Guidelines for Mercury and FishJoaquin Palomino, KSKA-AnchorageThe state Epidemiology office has released a new mercury contamination risk determination for Alaska fish. The new guideline basically increases the number of Alaskan fish that they say can be eaten safely and without restriction. Ali Hamade, Environmental Public Health Manager for the state, says Alaska fish has a lot going for it.Arctic Birds Show More Signs of MercuryThea Card, KDLG-DillinghamA new study from the journal Waterbirds shows there’s an increasing amount of mercury occurring in birds in Alaska’s Arctic coast.Canadian Environmental Officials Give OK to Mine NE of KetchikanEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska-JuneauCanadian environmental officials just gave provisional approval to a controversial mine planned for an area northeast of Ketchikan. Their counterparts in British Columbia have done the same.New App Out for Cup’ik LanguageCharles Enoch, KYUK-BethelThe Cup’ik language is about to get its biggest audience yet. A new app has been developed to help Cup’ik students learn their language and show it off to the world.Dee Daniels Teaching Jazz to Fine Arts CampersRobert Woolsey, KCAW-SitkaThe Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop is underway this week in Sitka.  For the last two years, Daniels has interrupted her touring and teaching schedule to live at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and coach a half-dozen students of widely-ranging ages and ability.last_img read more

University of Alaska Fairbanks cuts 20 million from budget

first_imgThe University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced it will cut $20 million from its budget this upcoming year.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that some of the cuts come from 150 eliminated positions, reduced campus services and widespread consolidation. The detailed budget plans were released Wednesday.UAF academic programs plan to slash 68.5 full-time positions, as well as 17 teaching assistants and adjunct faculty jobs. UAF spokeswoman Marmian Grimes says students will likely see more crowded classrooms and fewer duplicate offerings of required introductory courses.The cuts come as the greater University of Alaska system faces declining state funding.This is the third year UAF has dealt with major budget gaps, which now total more than $42 million.last_img read more

Hideaki Anno Is Already Working On His Next Project

first_img Shin Godzilla Reminds America That Japan Is Still Better At This If you’re a Neon Genesis Evangelion fan, chances are you know who Hideaki Anno is. If you don’t, perhaps you live under a rock. He directed the seminal giant robot anime series, one of the most popular series in the world, having also worked on Shin Godzilla.During the Cinema Jump awards ceremony recently in Japan, he was unavailable to accept the award for Best Scriptwriter, having sent executive producer Akihiro Yamauchi on his behalf, who gave the following statement:“I’m sorry to those who hoped to see Director Anno! Director Anno is a man of few words, so all he had to say was “thank you very much.” He puts all his heart into his work, so please see it two or three times. He is already working on his next project.”Of course, that doesn’t give us much to go on regarding what to expect from Anno’s upcoming project. Last year, according to Anime News Network, the director had made a statement last July that he would be able to continue working on the fourth and final Evangelion film with Shin Godzilla having been wrapped and out of the way.He has also mentioned in the past that he’d be interested in working on a sequel to Shin Godzilla, but somehow I doubt that’s what he’s putting together. This is likely something much different. We’ll have to see what he announces going forward, though just about anything related to Evangelion would be exciting. Unfortunately, that’s probably not what this is. One can hope, though.What do you think Anno-san is working on next? Possibly a callback to another property he’s worked on before? Something entirely new? An explanation of all of the intricacies we’re still not sure about with Evangelion? Let’s be patient and see what time brings us. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Edison International In Process of Launching Photovoltaic Project on Roof Tops

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In an exclusive interview with John Bryson, Chairman and CEO of Edison International by CNBC reporter, Dylan Ratigan explained a new direct method of delivering solar energy. The process is called Photovoltaic technology,which means it converts sun energy directly into power within the solar cell. The unique aspect of this project, as explained by John Bryon involves leasing about 2 ½ miles of rooftops in the hotter regions of Southern California. The roof tops will be fitted with thin-film solar cells and have the ability to literally dump electricity into the surrounding community. The communities have been preselected to include areas where Southern California Edison has a growing customer base. The advantage of the photovoltaic technology is that it does not require a separate transmission station or added fuel costs. The thin-cell solar manufacturers has not been determined at this time.According to Mr. Bryson, the Photovoltaic Roof Top Project is planning to be up and running in its initial phase by this Summer. The process when it begins can almost immediately begin to produce electricity to relieve the additional burden of air conditioning and the like during the hot season. The cost of the project is estimated to be 875 million dollars. The advantage to Edison and its customers is the ability to eventually according to large scale production reduce the cost of energy. Mr. Bryson estimates the new technology on a large scale is cost effective because other methods like natural gas, coal and hydro sources require additional expenditures for transmission and fuel. The State of California is at the forefront of legislation concerning alternative energy sources and has set a mandate that 20 percent of all electricity must be generated by alternative energy sources by 2010. According to Mr. Bryson, Edison International and its subsidiaries are in complete accord with energy conservation. Edison International , local economies, customers and manufacturers may see big dividends in the future for their investment in energy conservation. The project is the single largest solar energy project of its kind on a world-wide basis. See video at: The competitive benefits of a modern energy system Edison International plans to launch a roof top photovoltaic solar project. The process requires no fuel or a transmission station to operate. The plans include an initial phase to be up and running by Summer, 2008. center_img Citation: Edison International In Process of Launching Photovoltaic Project on Roof Tops (2008, March 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

YouTube to Launch a Separate Video Game Service

first_img This summer, YouTube is making a major play in the gaming world.The Google-owned video platform is slated to launch YouTube Gaming — a site and app dedicated exclusively to video game-related content. The most popular performer on all of YouTube, for instance, is PewDiePie, a gamer with more than 37 million subscribers and 9 billion views.“On YouTube, gaming has spawned entirely new genres of videos, from let’s plays (humorous playthroughs with commentary), walkthroughs (strategic guides) and speedruns (an attempt to complete a game as fast as possible) to cooking and music videos,” wrote Alan Joyce, product manager, in a blog post announcing the endeavor.Related: As Facebook Video Swells, YouTube Creators Cry Foul Over Copyright InfringementThe new hub will feature specific pages for more than 25,000 total games as well as channels from game publishers and popular creators. Live streaming will be at the epicenter of YouTube Gaming, Joyce wrote, and in coming weeks, YouTube will revamp its streaming capabilities with features that make it easier to record and alert viewers when a stream is under way.Gaming is the third vertical that YouTube has pursued. After launching a music subscription service called YouTube Music Key late last year, which is still in beta, the company unveiled YouTube Kids, a standalone app, in February.YouTube Gaming is Google’s answer to Twitch, a live-stream gaming site that the search giant reportedly sought to acquire last year, but which Amazon ultimately purchased for $1.1 billion. One key difference, however, is that while Twitch offers creators the ability to monetize by charging for subscriptions, YouTube Gaming will only offer advertising opportunities.Related: WATCH: The 5 Most Popular YouTube Ads of the Past Decade Register Now » 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 15, 2015last_img read more

Global Vinpocetine Market Report 2019 and Future Opportunity Assessment 2023

first_imgVinpocetine is a synthetic derivative of the vinca alkaloid vincamine, an extract from the lesser periwinkle plant. In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market.Vinpocetine Market Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China).The report firstly introduced the Vinpocetine basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.The major players profiled in this report include:•Runhong•Zhiying•Sun Pharma•Micro Labs•Tailison•COVEX•Gedeon RichterThe end users/applications and product categories analysis:On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into-•IV solutions•Tablets•CapsulesOn the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Vinpocetine for each application, including-•Cerebrovascular disorders•Age-related memory impairment•Neuroprotective effectsGet Discount of this Report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452Email: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Tenyearold drag kid takes center stage in NYC Pride campaign

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘Desmond is Amazing’ is the moniker for Brooklyn’s Desmond Napoles. He has already earned attention for his androgynous drag looks. He recently walked the runway for label Gypsy Sport as part of New York Fashion Week.Desmond recently announced that he was launching the ‘first and only drag house for drag kids’: HausOfAmazing. On Instagram, he describes himself as an ‘unapologetic gay youth.’Yesterday, NYC Pride unveiled the first of a series of social media films. The theme of this year’s Pride, and the series, is ‘Defiantly Different.’[embedded content]In the 30-second film, which features Desmond being made-up by a makeup artist, he explains what makes him ‘defiantly different.’‘I am different because I am very young and doing drag at a very young age.‘It makes me feel amazing. It gives me courage, and it also gives other people courage to do what they want.’ Drag kid picture used to promote fake Pride sponsored by pedophile groupNYC Pride Parade: Everything you need to know before the big dayNo, this isn’t a real Pride flag—it represents pedophilesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Defiantly DifferentNYC Pride organizer’s announced the theme yesterday. ‘Defiantly Different celebrates the rallying cry of generations who laid the groundwork for equality, the next wave of creative thinkers prepared to score their own trails, and each distinctive individual in between.’As well as social media films, the theme was launched with the revealing of a photo by photographer Danielle Levitt. Among the dozens of LGBTI people featured are Desmond, curator Kiyanna Stewart, transgender model Pêche Di, and 94-year-old community activist, Frances Goldin. The latter is famously-known for consistently known for attending NYC Pride every year with a sign saying ‘I Love My Lesbian Daughters.’This year’s NYC Pride runs 14-24 June.See also12-year-old boy talks about being bullied for wearing make-up Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A 10-year-old ‘drag kid’ stars in a new campaign film for NYC Pride. Desmond is Amazing (Desmond Napoles) as he appears in the NYC Pride film (Photo: NYC Pride | GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more


first_img 8 Comments   Share   GLENDALE, Ariz. – Starting quarterback Sam Bradford will take more reps when the Cardinals face the New Orleans Saints in a preseason game on Friday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and backup Josh Rosen will get some first-team reps, coach Steve Wilks said Monday.Rosen played exclusively with the second-team offensive line against the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday and things didn’t go well.There were protection issues, run-blocking issues and center Daniel Munyer had a half dozen bad shotgun snaps. Rosen completed just 6 of 13 passes for 41 yards and the running game managed just two yards on four carries while he was in. “We need to improve with our second offensive line,” Wilks said.“I’m not really concerned about it. I think we have a good group. They made progress back from OTAs and minicamp. It was an opportunity to see where we are right now. We’re going to get better. I think we have some guys in that second group who will step up and perform well.”Wilks also said that starting running back David Johnson would play more against the Saints. Johnson carried two times for 28 yards (14 yards on each carry) before exiting the game on the team’s first offensive series.Johnson is coming off wrist surgery that that limited him to one game last season, so Wilks thinks he has work to do.“You talk about the timing,” Wilks said. “I think it’s important he plays quite a bit. When I say quite a bit, I’m talking my standards.”Wilks said he has a set number of snaps that he’d like his starters to play, numbers that vary from player to player. Johnson may not play into the second or third quarter, but he’ll play more than Saturday.MUNYER FACES MUSICTwo days after he struggled in relief of starting center Mason Cole against the Chargers, Munyer was one of a handful of players to talk to media on Monday. “Everyone saw it wasn’t my best performance by any means. I’ve got to do what these coaches and this organization know I can do. I had about five or six bad ones which was frustrating because I don’t do that,” he said.“I did feel bad because it was when Josh was in at quarterback and I just told him afterward, ‘man, I’m sorry, I didn’t even know I was doing that until it was too late’ and that definitely killed some momentum in terms of timing with the throws.“I think at times it might have been a lack of focus or just a little thing — one slight movement, just not following through. I ended up fixing it in the second half.”Related LinksWilks: Cardinals QB Josh Rosen will see first-team snaps on FridayCardinals RB Johnson focused on proving he’s great, not contract talksCardinals waive injured linebacker Jeremy Cash, sign LB Gerald HodgesArizona Cardinals linebacker Jeremy Cash injures knee, carted off fieldWhile Rosen refused to blame the snaps for his uneven performance, Munyer said it was obvious the snaps had an impact.“If it’s a bad snap it’s on me,” he said. “There’s no one else to blame but the center.”Munyer said the entire second unit was ready to move on and learn from that performance.“When we’re out there and you’re going three and out constantly, yeah, you feel like there’s pressure,” he said.“We talked about establishing an identity. We want to be a physical offense, a physical unit up front and when you don’t do that, you’re not looking at each other pointing the finger but you want to pick it up yourself because you know what you’re capable of. To have it not correlate to the game is frustrating but at that moment that’s when you find out a lot about yourself.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “He looks like the old Iupati, the way he’s playing right now,” Wilks said. “He’s been that way [since] the spring. He has definitely responded and accepted a chance and he’s doing well.”— It’s a little too soon to get excited about defensive end Cap Capi’s performance against the Chargers’ reserves, but his three sacks and a forced fumble caught Wilks’ eye. Now Wilks would like to see Capi round out his game.“This game is all about production,” Wilks said. “He had a great game. Hopefully he can put another one back-to-back. Biggest thing, we need to see him do a much better job anchoring at the defensive end and holding the point in the run game, but he is definitely very exciting to watch when it comes to getting after the quarterback.”— Wilks said injured linebacker Airius Moore and injured cornerback Jonathan Moxey would return to practice on Monday.center_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) throws against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) ROSTER TURNOVERThe Cardinals signed linebacker Gerald Hodges to a one-year contract and waived linebacker Jeremy Cash, who sustained a knee injury in Saturday’s preseason opener against the Chargers and left the field on a cart.Cash had two tackles and returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the game. He had been a strong candidate to make the 53-man roster and was listed No. 2 on the depth chart behind Deone Bucannon heading into Saturday’s game.“It’s just a freak accident,” Wilks said of Cash, who was in Carolina with Wilks the past two seasons.“He understands the defense. He understands the philosophy, the vision that we’re implementing here because he’s been a part of it before. He had a pretty good game, he was having a pretty good camp so [it’s] disappointing for him.”Hodges (6-2, 236) is a five-year NFL veteran who has played in 65 career games (26 starts) with New Orleans (2017), San Francisco (2015-16) and Minnesota (2013-15) after entering the league with the Vikings as a fourth-round pick (120th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft from Penn State.EXTRA POINTS— Wilks praised the play of guard Mike Iupati, who took a $3 million pay cut this season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Sonya is a regular performer at our annual and bel

first_imgSonya is a regular performer at our annual and beloved Colly Concert, this year honoring us with her presence for Italian Night. Interestingly, Sonya Lee is the daughter of alumnus Doug Lee, who worked with Paolo Soleri during many of the early years of the Cosanti Foundation. July 12, 2017The evening’s performance featured vocalist Melina Kalomas and renowned pianist Sonya Kumiko Lee, introduced by Cosanti Foundation co-president Jeff Stein.[photos by lvb, text by kl] The duo provided a selection of pieces, both classical and opera. They spared no emotion, as each piece filled our eyes with vistas far and wide; enlarging the specious present to include, again, memories of a forgotten past, we danced. Melina Kalomas has also performed in Arcosanti concerts, prior. Beautiful voice and a supreme vibrato, Melina highlighted forms of musicality that have all but lost their audience in our modern day.center_img Friend, film producer and actor Johnny Kwon assisted with a reading of Petrarca during a piece by Liszt. Thank you to everyone that came out and made Italian Night such a special evening.last_img read more