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CANADALANDS THUNDER BAY PODCAST ABOUT DEATHS OF INDIGENOUS YOUTH TO BE ADAPTED

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first_imgRyan McMahon, the podcast’s host and an executive producer on the TV series, says the adaptation will delve deeper into these themes while reaching a wider audience.The Anishinaabe comedian, writer and activist says the show will draw from the real-life stories in the podcast, but will feature elements of fiction that speak to broader truths.He says the impacts of systemic racism on Indigenous communities extend well beyond Thunder Bay, and the drama will “create a world we want to talk about.”“I hope … the people of Thunder Bay don’t feel like they’re going to be attacked in a dramatic television series. That’s not the intention,” McMahon said by phone from Winnipeg.“The intention is to continue the conversation and the investigation into how we make things better in this country.”McMahon and his fellow executive producers, Miranda de Pencier of Northwood Entertainment and Jesse Brown of the news site Canadaland, are in the process of finding a showrunner for the series.McMahon said one of the key criteria for the role is understanding the cultural context of the show, rather than relying on the tropes that have dominated representation of Indigenous Peoples on TV since the medium’s inception.“It’s really a unique opportunity, I think, to have a series like this led through an Indigenous story lens, right from the start. Not once the story is made and we need a cultural fixer,” he said.“We’ve been dehumanized for too long. And I think at the end of the day, making a series like this will really bring the humanity to the forefront, and show non-Indigenous people that we are very much the same as them.”He thinks the project signals a change within an entertainment industry that is willing to tell Indigenous stories to an audience that is ready to hear them.“We’re not just at the table as participants. We have a strong voice,” said McMahon.By Adina Bresge ~ The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – A true-crime podcast probing the deaths and disappearances of Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay, Ont., is set to be adapted for the small screen.Northwood Entertainment and the producers of Canadaland’s Thunder Bay are teaming up to develop the podcast into a TV drama series.Downloaded more than a million times worldwide, the podcast examines how the forces of crime, corruption and colonialism put Indigenous youth at risk in the northwestern Ontario city. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img
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Afghan Army Recruitment Slows Coalition Fails to Counter Taliban

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Rabat – Afghanistan is not seeing gains in its war, an armed conflict that has raged for the past 17 years. The violence continued Friday, when an explosive killed nine at a mosque in an Afghan army base in Khost province.The attack is part of a trend with the Taliban beginning to intensify combat against coalition forces. Since the Afghan army assumed control of the war in 2015, approximately 20 Afghan soldiers have been killed each day, said President Ashraf Ghani. Lack of control by the federal government is also affecting the Afghan army’s ability to find willing recruits. The Special Inspector General for the Reconstruction (SIGAR) of Afghanistan released a report showing the number of police and military personnel fell by 9,000 compared to last year. Afghans are showing signs of fatigue from the two-decade war, and as the US begins pulling out from the area, more territory is falling back into Taliban control.Taliban forces are reportedly better equipped than any point during the American intervention in Afghanistan.A report revealed that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, the force planning to take control after the US exit, is marked by widespread corruption, desertion, and extremely low morale. According to the Washington Post, in a fight earlier in the year, many Afghan troops cut deals with the Taliban, abandoning their posts before combat started. The Taliban’s success is highlighting flaws in the US’s policy in Afghanistan. The failure to adapt to Taliban strategies continues into the Trump administration. The US adopted a strategy of placing coalition forces mostly in the urban areas of Afghanistan.The strategy gives control over the major population centers, but it enables the Taliban to rule unchecked in the country, with statistics from SIGAR estimating the Taliban control about 56% of Afghan districts.The Taliban appear to be winning the current waiting game they are playing with the Afghan government and the US. The group realizes they cannot win against a US-supported coalition, but with US troops being focused elsewhere, and an underprepared Afghan replacement, the Taliban are likely to begin upping the ante to gain influence in the country as the coalition pulls out.
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UN mission condemns deadly attacks by rebels in eastern DR Congo

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Three members of the Congolese army (FARDC) and five rebels from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) were also killed during the fighting, which began late on Monday night and lasted around seven hours.The attack took place in the village of Hombo, which straddles the border between North Kivu and South Kivu provinces and is located about 120 kilometres west of the city of Bukavu. Both provinces have been wracked by violence in recent years.“We condemn all attacks such as these,” Madnodje Mounoubai, a spokesperson for the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUC), told the UN News Centre. “This is part of a pattern by the rebels where they try to terrorize the civilian population.”Mr. Mounoubai, who said the FARDC captured nine FDLR members in the fighting, also warned that the death toll may rise further.UN blue helmets have been working with the army in the Kivus to protect civilians and to ward off attacks by the FDLR and other rebel groups. The rebels and the army have both committed numerous human rights abuses against civilians during the fighting.“We are now exploring the possibility of deploying a UN protection team [to the Hombo area] to analyze the situation and see what kinds of action should be taken by MONUC,” Mr. Mounoubai said, stressing that the protection of civilians remains the Mission’s highest priority. 23 July 2009The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has deplored an attack this week by Rwandan rebels on Congolese armed forces in the DRC’s far east that has left at least 16 civilians dead.
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Closing Bell TSX ends higher after Bank of Canada maintains interest rate

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TORONTO — The Bank of Canada’s widely anticipated decision to keep its key interest rate unchanged helped the Toronto stock market end higher on Wednesday.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 36.43 points to close at 13,988.20, while the Canadian dollar fell 0.95 of a cent to 90.19 cents US.The central bank kept the interest rate at 1%, while noting that inflation has been lower than expected and won’t return to its ideal target of 2% until 2016 even though the domestic economy has shown signs of improvement. The comments raised the possibility that interest rate hikes are even further in the future.“As far as the interest rate scenario goes, it’s pretty much in line with what we’ve been saying for the last 18 months, which is there’s not a lot of room to move here,” said Randy Leclair, Canadian fixed income strategist at Manulife Financial.He highlighted that competition in the Canadian retail industry and a lack of significant economic growth were factors in the central bank’s latest comments.“All of these things have a potential to be a further drag on the economy and I think we need to be concerned about that,” Leclair said.In commodities, the February gold bullion contract slipped $3.20 to US$1,238.60 an ounce, and pulled down the TSX gold sector.Weakness in the precious metal came after Morgan Stanley scaled back its expectations for gold prices over the next two years and suggested equity markets won’t need the safe haven of the precious metal as much as they did when economies were more pained.The report cut target prices by 12% to US$1,160 an ounce in 2014 and by 13% to $1,138 in 2015.March copper fell 1.4 cents to US$3.34 a pound.Financial stocks rose 0.3% as Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) gained 31 cents to $22.21.The energy sector was up 0.7% as the March crude oil contract moved up $1.76 to close at US$96.73 a barrel, its highest level of the year.Information technology stocks were the biggest gainer, rising 2.1%, with shares of BlackBerry ahead 9.9%, or $1.08, to $11.96.BlackBerry (TSX:BB) announced Tuesday that it is selling the majority of its commercial real estate holdings in Canada, but the struggling smartphone maker refused to say how much it expects to make from the deals.The company has been trying to change the course of its money-losing operations under the leadership of new CEO John Chen. BlackBerry shares are up about 50% from the start of the year.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials dropped 41.10 points to 16,373.34, the Nasdaq was 17.24 points higher at 4,243 and the S&P 500 index moved up 1.06 points to 1,844.86.Weighing on the market were disappointing financial results from IBM Corp. after market close on Tuesday.IBM reported that fourth-quarter net income grew 6%, surpassing Wall Street’s expectations even though revenue declined. Chief executive Ginni Rometty said she’s recommending that senior executives, including herself, forgo personal bonuses for the year.Shares of IBM were down 3.3% to US$182.25.In other corporate developments, Air Canada (TSX:AC.A) said its domestic pension plans had a small surplus as of Jan. 1, according to preliminary estimates — contrasting with a $3.7-billion solvency deficit a year earlier. Shares of the airline were up 8.5%, or 76 cents, to $9.68.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) shares gained 37 cents to $48.84 as it officially started shipping crude oil on the southern portion of its controversial Keystone XL pipeline.The Canadian Press
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Ringing cell phone leads Hamilton police to stolen property

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Hamilton police have located thousands of dollars worth of stolen electronics after an officer placed a phone call to one of the missing cell phones. Police responded to reports of a break and enter at 57 Forest Ave. shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday. Investigators say three young males had woken up to find their laptops, iPad, and cell phones were stolen from their apartment while they were sleeping.The officer and resident decided to use the iPhone tracker app and discovered the phone was somewhere in the apartment building. They walked down to the lobby area and tried to call the stolen cell phone. A green bag sitting next to a woman in the lobby started to ring. “Police approached the female and she could not provide any reasonable explanation on why the garbage bag was ringing,” said Hamilton Police in a news release. “Police located the phone and the stolen property inside the garbage bag.”A 35-year-old woman from Hamilton was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property under $5000.She was released on a promise to appear in court and is scheduled for a court date on March 8.Police are reminding residents about the safety of keeping your doors locked at all times.
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Cameco gets uranium licences renewed for northern Saskatchewan mines

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by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 29, 2013 2:01 pm MDT SASKATOON – The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has renewed Cameco’s uranium mine and mill-operating licences for three facilities in northern Saskatchewan.The licences are valid for 10 years starting next month.The commission says its staff will provide annual reports on operations at the Key Lake, McArthur River and Rabbit Lake operations.The reports will be made available at public hearings with a special focus on environmental performance.The decision to renew the licences follows three days of hearings earlier this month at which an environmental group raised pollution concerns.Cameco (TSX:CCO) said the Sierra Club’s allegations that it massively exceeded regulatory limits are false. Cameco gets uranium licences renewed for northern Saskatchewan mines AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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Syria opposition raises issue of detainees aid access as UNmediated talks continue

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“There has been so far, as you know, the issue of humanitarian aid and the reduction of violence, but on the detainees’ aspect we have been having nothing in terms of outcome,” UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said in Geneva after a meeting with the High Negotiations Committee (HNC). This was the second day of the new round of intra-Syrian talks, proximity discussions between Government and opposition representatives being mediated by Mr. de Mistura.He said the HNC also raised the issue of extending humanitarian aid to more areas. These could include Daraya, where control has shifted between pro and anti-Government forces over the past years.Both issues, the envoy said, could be taken up by the humanitarian taskforce, which has been created by the International Syrian Support Group (ISSG) to oversee aid delivery since a cessation of hostilities took hold on 27 February. The ISSG, of which the UN is a member along with the Arab League, the European Union and 18 countries – including the United States and Russia – has been seeking a path forward for several months.Reacting to the announcement by President Vladimir Putin that Russia is withdrawing the bulk of its forces from Syria, Mr. de Mistura called it a “significant development” which “we hope will have a positive impact on the progress of the negotiations.”In addition to exchanging ideas, Mr. de Mistura has said that he and the HNC exchanged papers “on how to get deeper into the discussion at the next meeting on the transitional aspect of the political process.”The UN envoy had also received a paper from the Government, with whom he met yesterday, as part of his effort to “get all the input from all the sides and then metabolize them, see where there are overlapping, contradictions or even common thinking.”Mr. de Mistura said that he would meet again tomorrow morning with the Government delegation. He would then leave for Bern, where he would inform the Swiss Government, which is supporting the process, about the discussions.As an addition to his international team, the UN envoy appointed Vitaly Naumkin, a Russian expert and academic who will report to Mr. de Mistura. The UN official said he offered the same option to the United States, who is the other co-chair of the ISSG.“The more they are able to contribute professionally to my own capacity of better understanding, the better it is for us,” Mr. de Mistura said.
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Professor employed as independent witness in hunting prosecution tried to discredit opposition

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Professor Stephen Harris was said to have “ambushed” Mr Adams’ appeal against conviction by producing documents relating to his rival expert evidence Dr Daryl Hamilton Wallace half way through the case. George Adams, 67, was found guilty of using hounds to kill a fox despite the scientist who gave the main evidence against him being accused of “bias”. Peter Glenser QC, defending, told the court it was the second time during a hunting trial that evidence had emerged relating to the retired professor’s links to the... A professor employed as an independent witness in a hunting prosecution tried to discredit opposing witnesses using secret “intelligence files” from the League Against Cruel Sports.
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Cold uncaring uncivilised The motherandchild home where 222 babies died

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first_imgCONVULSIONS. MALNUTRITION. DELICACY.Babies died at the Bethany Home in Dublin’s Rathgar for a raft of reasons. Some, like Victory (1924) and Addison (1925), were stillborn.Others, like Patricia Bass and Eleanor Allen, who died within a day of each other in February 1925, aged four months and five weeks respectively, died of ‘general debility’.Evelyn Dixon was six weeks old when she died on 3 October 1926. The cause of death was marked as ‘syphilis’.Charles Heffernon was 18 months old when he died of German measles on 17 May 1924 at the home. In 1935, both Margaret McKnight (three months) and Helen Parker (two-and-a-half months) died of ‘stomach trouble’ on the same day: 15 November.June Spence lived for just six weeks before she died of marasmus (malnutrition) in the Bethany Home.Buried in unmarked graves Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandThe list goes on. And on, and on. 222 names of children who died far too young at a home that was for Protestant mothers who had found themselves, in the parlance of the day, ‘in trouble’.Their children were sent for adoption to Northern Ireland, England, and the United States. Some of the women at the home weren’t pregnant, but had been convicted of crimes or were sex workers.The full list of the deaths was collated by Niall Meehan, head of the Journalism and Media Faculty at Griffith College, Dublin, who discovered them during his research into the home.The children, who died between 1922 and 1949, were all buried in unmarked graves in Mount Jerome cemetery in Dublin’s Harold’s Cross area. In April of this year, on a grey and drizzly day, a memorial to these babies was unveiled in the cemetery.Present were some of the children who were born at Bethany Home, and lived.They survived, but their lives were not all full of health and happiness. Derek Leinster is one of the survivors, and has spent almost all of his time over the past number of years trying to get recognition for what he and his fellow Bethany children went through. What the survivors wantLeinster, Niall and the Bethany Survivors Campaign members wanted a memorial to the lost children not just to mark their deaths, but to show they had a family, a family who may not know they existed.A family that might uncover their existence now.The memorial was paid for by the Government, after years of campaigning. It was part of an agreement by the government to fund a memorial and look into making records related to the home available to survivors.What the Government did not agree to, and which the survivors are still looking for, is redress: financial compensation for what they went through at the home.They were told by Alan Shatter, in his former position as Justice Minister, that “Government has decided that it is not appropriate that a scheme be put in place for Bethany Home”.This caused grave disappointed to the survivors, but they continue to campaign for redress. “The fight isn’t over,” Leinster said last July, when the announcement was made.Bethany Home was not included in the 2002 Residential Institutions Redress scheme as the women were said to be there voluntarily, and it was also not part of the recent Magdalene redress scheme.It was one of almost 20 homes and institutions that were not deemed eligible for inclusion, such as the Bessborough home in Cork.Earlier this week, the Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan said that Bethany Home will be included in the Government’s Commission of Investigation into mother-and-baby homes in Ireland.Ireland’s treatment of unmarried mothersWith the uncovering of the deaths of hundreds of babies at a mother-and-baby home in Tuam, the topic of Ireland’s treatment of unmarried mothers and their children is on the public agenda.For Leinster, the story “wasn’t any real big news to me”. Not because he didn’t care, but because he had already heard, “years ago” about the home in Tuam.In one way, it served to underline what he and his fellow Bethany survivors already knew: that mother-and-baby homes were not always safe spaces for children.It also underlined how the Bethany Home story had not been acknowledged by international media.“What was big news to me was how the media ran with it,” said Leinster. “It looked as if there was a chance that it may help a lot of survivors and rightly so. There should be proper respect given to those situations in Tuam, and there should be a proper investigation into it.”He believes those responsible for what happened in Tuam – if they are still alive – “should be rounded up, banks frozen, and arrested and taken before a court”. To him, what happened is similar to a war crime: “In this case, crimes committed against children by religious vested interests, aided and abetted by a State.”He feels ashamed about what happened in Tuam, about how the children were treated once they had died. He is “sickened” by the notion of unmarked graves for dead babies born ‘out of wedlock’.I just don’t know how a State could ever square this,” he said. “And how they could hold their heads up at international levels and say ‘we are civilised’. It is beyond belief.The Bethany Home children were generally Protestant (it was an evangelical Protestant home), and the survivors feel that as a religious minority they were treated differently.“We were a double unwanted minority,” said Leinster.Leinster is worried about justice, and whether people who were in Protestant homes like Bethany, Westbank Orphanage and the Dennan Home, will get justice.“Are we a lesser people? Do we count for less? That’s the question the State and media has to ask itself in Ireland today,” said Leinster.What I’m hoping for is the State will do the right thing now and not wait for anything. We are ready to go to court at any time. We have made our case to take them to court, to prove I was treated wrong.Not a home, but an ‘uncaring place’Leinster believes the Bethany Home “would have been exactly as near as any other [such] home in Ireland, irrespective of if it was Tuam or anywhere else”. He believes the word ‘home’, when used in this context, is an oxymoron.“It was a cold, uncaring, uncivilised place and a place where ‘home’ is a contradiction to the word. Normally if you say ‘home’ it means comfort, it means protection. None of that was there. It should have been called a concentration camp, or a prison of some sort for children.”Leinster is hoping “the State will do the right thing now and not wait for anything”. But he’s cautious. “I’ve been here before.”I am in a fight. The ref hasn’t called time – until the ref says stop boxing, I have to keep my guard up.Read: Bethany Home survivors call for cross-border investigation into neglect>Column: I’m a Bethany Home survivor and, at 74 years old, I’m finally happy> I’m a Bethany Home survivor and, at 74 years old, I’m finally happylast_img
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Red carpet Vancouver style

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first_imgAffleck earns nice consolation prize as ‘Argo’ wins best-picture OscarThey glided across the 25-foot-long red carpet as if in Hollywood: starlets, glamour queens and leading men in tuxedos.Under the Kiggins Theatre marquee, they described their gowns to fashion luminaries who call Clark County home.It was “Vancouver Goes Hollywood” on Sunday night at the 1936-era Kiggins.An estimated 150 attended the soiree sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and the Kiggins. The Hough Foundation was involved, too, raising money by pouring James Bond-style cocktails for guests dressed to the nines.They arrived in a silver limo-bus and were greeted and announced over the sound system by civic/social enthusiasts and bloggers Gary Bock and Jim Mains. Video of those arriving played on the Kiggins big screen before guests watched a live streaming broadcast of the Academy Awards at the iconic theater on Vancouver’s Main Street.While a canopy covered the red carpet, it wasn’t needed as sunshine ruled.“Work it,” photographer Barbara Hill called to Teresa Lawwill, stunning in her black gown.“The earrings and ring are from Erik Runyan Jewelers and worth $13,000,” said Lawwill, a marketer for the chamber. Then she revealed that her two daughters (Erica and Courtney) were wearing another $73,000 in borrowed bling from Runyan’s.Lynzee Lamb, 25, of Vancouver chatted with Seth Aaron Henderson (Season 7 winner of TV’s Project Runway) about her aquamarine full-length gown and plum-colored heels. “It’s by an independent designer, Diane,” she said. “He (Seth Aaron) was really interested in where I got my dress from.”“She’s a fashion diva,” announced Karen Groves, who turned out to be Lynzee’s mom. Groves was in a faux fur stole and a beige gown with a black overlay. “It’s very Fifties,” Groves said.last_img
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35 of CFOs see sustainability as defined benefit pension scheme end goal

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first_imgMore than a third (35%) of chief financial officer (CFO) respondents cite scheme sustainability as the end goal for their organisation’s defined benefit (DB) pension scheme, according to research by Hymans Robertson.The survey of 100 pension trustees and 51 CFOs at organisations with more than 1,000 employees also found that 25% of CFO respondents would rule out a medically underwritten buy-in over the next year, while 92% of pension trustee respondents would reject this option.The research also found:29% of CFO respondents are targeting an insurance buy-out as the ultimate goal for their organisation’s DB pension scheme. Just 15% of pension trustee respondents have the same goal.63% of CFO respondents would like to start working towards a buy-out this year, compared to 9% of trustee respondents.16% of CFO respondents want to achieve self-sufficiency by investing scheme assets in a similar way to an insurer.78% of trustee respondents rule out a longevity swap in the next year, compared to 25% of CFO respondents.27% of CFO respondents believe having a clear understanding of scheme risks and knowing when to de-risk is a key challenge.31% of CFO respondents feel that pension trustees do not share their objectives.Jon Hatchett, head of corporate consulting at Hymans Robertson, said: “With one in seven CFOs considering their DB scheme to be one of the biggest risks to their business this year, it’s no surprise that solving the DB pensions problem is a key priority for CFOs.“Brexit has only exacerbated the challenges most schemes face. The high profile pensions problems at BHS, Halcrow and Tata Steel are raising this up the agenda and putting pressure on the industry to find solutions.”last_img
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Local leaders hold workshop discussing proposals to solve South Floridas traffic problems

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first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Local leaders held a workshop in Miami Beach to discuss a variety of proposals to solve South Florida’s day-to-day traffic problems.In the Monday meeting, leaders discussed proposals that included six rapid transit routes in the Miami area and a proposed monorail that would connect Miami to Miami Beach.“I think it’s necessary because, obviously, if you look at the streets, the kind of traffic problems that you have means that some kind of a mass transit solution was needed. It’s been needed for a long time,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said.“We have to figure out what to do about the terrible congestion that happens in our community, and the only way we’re going to do that is by coming up with solutions that make sense,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said.State lawmakers have expressed concerns over the casino company, Genting, which wants the contract for the monorail.However, Gimenez stated that other companies will have the opportunity to bid on the construction of the transportation route.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img
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POLICE LOG for August 17 Parking Traffic Issues Lost Wallet Brush Fire

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, August 17, 2019:Police conducted parking enforcement in front of Market Basket and moved several vehicles along. (10:59am)Police extinguished a small brush fire on Ballardvale Street. (12:32pm)Caller reported a lost wallet in the area of Rocco’s, likely lost on August 9. Credit card companies already contacted. (1:17pm)Police received a report of a black jeep traveling at a high rate of speed, almost striking a transit bus on Main Street. Police were unable to locate. (3:01pm)Police secured an open manhole cover that was causing a traffic hazard at Church Street and Adams Street. (4:34pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn "Police Log"POLICE LOG for August 13: Woman Arrested After She Quits Her JobIn "Police Log"POLICE LOG for August 9: Man Peeing In The Woods?; Neighbor DisputeIn "Police Log"last_img
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Huawei remains on Commerce Departments blacklist despite Trumps deal

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first_img Now playing: Watch this: Huawei remains on the Commerce Department's Entity List, a report said. Angela Lang/CNET The Commerce Department is apparently still treating Huawei as blacklisted. This news comes despite President Donald Trump's announcement that he'd ease limitations on companies selling equipment to the Chinese telecom. A senior official emailed enforcement staff Monday to assert that Huawei remains on its Entity List and that a "presumption of denial" licensing policy is still in place, Reuters reports.The email came two days after Trump agreed to lift some restrictions he put in place with a May executive order in an effort to kickstart trade talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. After that, National Economic Council Chairman Larry Kudlow noted that US companies can only sell widely available products to Huawei. 4:59 Tags Huawei has been the subject of long-running US national security concerns due to suspected links with the Chinese government and the belief that its equipment could be used for spying -- suspicions the company denies.It still isn't sure where it stands with US companies. It's also reportedly waiting to hear from the Commerce Department about using Google's Android operating system in future mobile devices.Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei also told the Financial Times that Trump's weekend move won't affect the company much."President Trump's statements are good for American companies. Huawei is also willing to continue to buy products from American companies," he said in a statement to the paper. "But we don't see much impact on what we are currently doing. We will still focus on doing our own job right."He stressed that Huawei is confident in its ability to source equipment from other countries if Trump's agreement doesn't pan out.Neither the Commerce Department nor Huawei immediately responded to requests for comment.First published at 2:45 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:40 a.m. PT: Adds Ren Zhengfei comments Share your voice What is going on between Huawei and the US? 24 Photos 0 Huawei P30 Pro's camera put to the test in Paris Post a comment Mobile Politics Huawei Donald Trumplast_img
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EXCLUSIVE PR Sreejesh great wall of India in hockey on past present

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first_imgPR Sreejesh is one of the senior members of the Indian hockey teamIANSThe current Indian hockey team is full of talented youngsters. But no team can survive without the wisdom that only experience brings. PR Sreejesh is a repository of such wisdom apart from being one of the finest goalkeepers in the World. The Arjuna Awardee who has served the Indian team for more than a decade has seen the team go through thick and thin over the years but has stood constantly and defiantly as a reassuring presence in the Indian goal post. In this exclusive interview with Akshay Saraswat of International Business Times, India, the 33-year old veteran talks about the challenges of a goalkeeper and of his team as it seeks to regain glory of old days. In the last year, your team has faced some big disappointments – losses in the World Cup quarter-final, in the Asian Games semi-final and in the final of Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament. How do you and your team recover from such setbacks?Sreejesh: The World Cup was a bigger disappointment than the Azlan Shah because the latter was more of a preparatory tournament for us before the FIH Series Finals. Also, the experience of losing in the World Cup was more painful for us because everyone had worked really hard throughout the year. We spent one year preparing for the big event.But it sometimes happens that you are unlucky and you get to play a tougher team in the knockouts. The team that we lost to (Netherlands), ended up as runners-up. The team we drew against (Belgium) in the group stage eventually became the World Champions. It's not that it was a bad day but a day where we got a better opponent. PR Sreejesh was one of the best players for India in Rio Olympics.ReutersYou can react to the situation in two ways: You can be disappointed about the performance or you can take the positives from it. If you look at the team that played in the World Cup, majority of the players were youngsters. That experience of playing in front of your own crowd, playing in a crucial match and the disappointment, all that experience is going to help us throughout this year and the next.This year, we are going to play one more crucial event – the Olympic qualifiers – and next year, the big one - Olympics itself – is coming up. Prior to that, all these negative things can be turned into a positive. We can learn from that and perform much better in the upcoming tournaments. That is going to be crucial for us.The assistant coach of your team at the moment, Chris Ciriello, was a drag-flicker that you faced many times in your career as an opponent. Now that he is working with you, how is the chemistry between you two?Sreejesh: When you are playing against someone as an opponent, they always analyse what your strengths and weaknesses are. Chris, now as our penalty corner coach, trains with our drag-flickers and I always have a conversation with him about what he used to think when he faced me."What you felt was my weak point and how to get rid of that" – asking those type of questions and getting those kind of inputs is always good for us and vital for me. That's because whenever I faced opposing teams, they always planned something especially for me. They would look at Australia, how they scored against me and take cues from that. PR Sreejesh was also the captain of the Indian team for a whileIANSThey have their own plans. When you get an opponent's view, then you can definitely work on your weaknesses. Through the drag-flickers, it's quite easy to find out goal-keeper's mistakes. This is what we do with Chris.Also, he has got enough experience of playing in not just major events, but crucial matches like Olympic semi-finals, World Cup finals, Champions Trophy finals, etc. He scored goals in crucial moments in those sort of matches. That experience and those insights are really valuable for the youngsters, those who are working under him as drag flickers. They can learn and improve themselves and mentally prepare for the bigger challenges.You were also the captain of the team at one stage. Usually captains tend to be midfielders or, sometimes, forwards. How challenging is it for a goalkeeper to lead the team?Sreejesh: On the field, captaincy doesn't influence anyone. Because everyone on the field has to take lead for themselves and take responsibility. You can't influence any player during the game. When you are having the ball, you have to take the decision. As a second party, I cannot guide them. I can guide before or after receiving the ball but not when you are in possession of it.So, it's your own decision and you need to make that play. You are your leader and you are your captain. That's how you need to think. Compared to other sports, in hockey, captaincy mostly works off the field, because that's where you need to keep the team united and have to look after them. You need to sort out all the issues with the team members and keep them happy and keep them in a fresh note for coming matches. So, on the field, it's the responsibility of all players to give 100 percent effort and take up their responsibility. TwitterIn the FIH Series Finals, your team played in a very attacking manner. But there were times when it seemed vulnerable against counter attacks as a lot of space was given to the forwards of the opposition. Did that bother you?Sreejesh: No, no. There is a lot of difference between that tournament and the upcoming events. In the FIH Series Finals, we were playing against low-ranking teams. Their game strategy is totally different compared to ours.If you look at the score-line, we were doing very well. So, that was a time when everyone felt that we can manage things in this way. That is how we managed to win by big margins. We gave less importance to the defence because we were scoring a lot of goals. That is what happened in the FIH Series Finals.Definitely we need to have some experience like this: getting counter attacks, getting more PCs. So, you can look at it both ways. You can look at it as a negative but you can also take it as something positive. I think, in this camp, we are looking after our defence. We are sharpening our defence as we have got a bunch of experienced defenders. We also have penalty corner specialists and forwards. TwitterThere is a new system of penalty shootouts in place now. As a goalkeeper, you must be happy as this system gives a better opportunity to goalkeepers to succeed. How much do you practice and prepare for it?Sreejesh: If you look at the old system, I always believed that it was 99% in favour of the striker. The goalkeeper only had a 1% chance of saving the goal. But now, it's an equal battle but still the advantage goes to the player because he gets eight seconds. He can take as many shots as he wants.But it gives us an opportunity. I think it is 45:55 in favour of the strikers. So, they still get an advantage but we have a good opportunity to succeed also. During the camp days, twice a week, we train for the shootouts. Probably, this is where the goalkeeper's mind-set is important. The experience matters, the management of pressure matters and mental strength matters. So, we need to keep working on that. Just practice is not sufficient. You need to experience the shoot-out in a match, during a tournament. That is going to help you improve.Who is the most difficult striker you have faced in penalty shootouts?Sreejesh: Everyone! Everyone's got a different talent. Somebody merely pushes the ball to get a goal, somebody hits the ball at 175 km/h speed to score and some people don't do either to score a goal. All the forwards have got their own talents and everyone has their own way of scoring.last_img
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What the Future of Fitness Trackers Looks Like

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first_imgDecember 22, 2014 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Fitness activity trackers have come a long way since Leonardo da Vinci sketched a rudimentary gear-and-pendulum pedometer to track the treks of 15th century Roman soldiers.Today’s devices count calories, measure sleep patterns and monitor heart rates as well as steps. Fitness experts predict their popularity and usefulness will grow as they become more sophisticated.“Two big changes to fitness trackers since last year is that more of them now support heart rate monitoring and several of them have smartwatch functionality,” said Jill Duffy, a senior analyst at the computer magazine PCMag.com.She said smartphone functionality means, for example, showing incoming text messages from one’s smartphone on the tracker itself.“The upcoming Apple Watch, which is due out in January, will be both a complete smartwatch and fitness tracker, and will include heart rate data,” Duffy said.Consumers bought an estimated 84 million fitness tracking devices in 2013, ranging in price from $49 to $200, according to the analyst group IHS technology. It predicts that number will grow beyond 120 million by 2019. “Even with all the options for fitness trackers, we’re still early in the game,” said Neal Pire, an exercise physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine.He said tracking information and storing it in the cloud for easy access helps some, but not all exercisers stay on track.“There are people who work really well with keeping a food or exercise log,” he explained. “Others are not only disinterested: they hate it.”Los Angeles-based trainer Shirley Archer agreed but added their use is not always long lasting. “Surveys show that as of September 2013, one in 10 American adults wore a fitness tracker,” said Archer, author of “Fitness 9 to 5.” But 30 percent of people who buy a device, no longer use it within six months. To select a tracker, Archer suggests considering three factors - how it is intended to be used, where it will be worn and how much data will be tracked.She also said novices should begin with a simple model, establish a baseline, and try to gradually increase those levels.Duffy envisions a time when trackers will focus more on overall health than exercise. “Imagine if your doctor had access to your heart rate information over the last 60 days and could see when a change occurred?” she said. “That's why all these trackers are meaningful in the long run.” Enroll Now for Freelast_img
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NRMA adjusts products under Adventure World

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first_imgNRMA Tourism and Leisure specialists will continue providing agents with “expert knowledge” CEO Keith Stanley explained, as the operator focuses on consolidating its products under the Adventure World brand.Commencing 1 July, Mr Stanley told e-Travel Blackboard the move to market Value Tours, Coral Seas and Creative Cruising under dual branding with Adventure World was designed to simplify the product model for agents as well as minimise marketing efforts without dissolving the company’s level of expertise. “I think it is more effective for us to support and manage the business,” he said.“We will still have specialists but the real benefit is it will be simpler for us to market, it will be more cost effective and make it simpler for our agents to deal with.“The team are still retaining the specialisation and are really focused on giving agents the best expert knowledge that we can offer.”Mr Stanley hinted that depending on the market’s response the dual branding is part of the company’s initiative to move the entire range under the Adventure World title “on a wholesale basis”.“[Adventure World] has a good reputation as a niche operator and we will leverage that in order to get a simplified model for our agents and our people,” he added. “The streamlining of systems, processes, and services offered to our valuable partners will improve our effectiveness. “In addition to having an exceptional range of wholesale product available, we will have the power to develop our range even further to satisfy the demand for unique experiences and adventures in comfort.”The announcement comes on the back of the successful launch this year of Cruise Adventures and Luxury Adventures to the product portfolio. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img
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Premium Sports Tours has outgrown its old premises

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first_imgPremium Sports Tours has outgrown its old premises and relocated to a bigger office in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda, a move MD John Schibli says was precipitated by “… great support and growth from the Travel Industry, which sits at over 98% from travel agents.” The company’s Reservations number remains unchanged: 1800 477 678New Premium Sports Tours addressWaldorf BuildingSuite 6, 155 Fitzroy StreetSt. Kilda VIC 3182Enquiries can be directed to:Ryan AlexanderGeneral ManagerPremium Sport ToursPhone: (03) 9525 5126 | Toll Free: 1800 4 SPORT (1800 477 678)Fax: (03) 9593 9289ralexander@sporttours.com.au AgencyPremium Sports ToursSportslast_img
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Traditional healer Master Jason Chan will guide p

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first_imgTraditional healer, Master Jason Chan will guide participants through his Infinite Arts techniques from 6 to 10 July 2017 as part of an exclusive five-day/four-night wellness experience designed for guests at Banyan Tree Phuket. Ideal for guests on honeymoon, or urbanites seeking a break from their hectic schedules, the rejuvenating Sense of Wellness programme allows time to unwind and reconnect with inner peace through a series of engaging classes and activities, featuring two special healing sessions by Master Jason Chan as a highlight.Banyan Tree Phuket’s Sense of Wellness package is available for guests staying in the Signature Pool Villas or its Grand Two-Bedroom Pool Villas. The experience begins with a naturopathic health consultation after arrival at the resort, along with a gift of a traditional healing kit, an exquisite dinner at the hotel’s signature Saffron restaurant, followed by an in-villa aroma bath for ultimate relaxation.The following days seek to restore the mind, body and spirit to a state of balance through guided lessons in yoga, Thai boxing and pilates conducted at the beachfront, as well as healthy cooking and handicrafts workshops. A boat trip is included for guests to enjoy the scenery of the Laguna Phuket destination. In addition, guests can look forward to an award-winning Banyan Tree Spa treatment for complete renewal of the senses. Participants will get the opportunity to learn the art of Infinite Tai Chi and Infinite Chi Kung from the creator himself, Master Jason Chan. Voted as one of the leading “evolutionaries” in United Kingdom, his teachings have enlightened generations of students and spiritual seekers.This package is themed around Traditional Healing, as part of Banyan Tree’s six pillars of wellness which encompasses Nourishment, Healing Heart, Centering, Keeping Fit, Enlightenment, and Traditional Healing.Prices for the five-day Sense of Wellness package are THB 128,000 nett for two guests at a Signature Pool Villa, or THB 226,500 nett for four guests in a Grand Two-Bedroom Pool Villa. The package includes healthy gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner each day as part of the package offer, along with other benefits which includes round-trip airport transfer and 30 per cent off packages and products at the Banyan Tree Phuket Spa and Gallery.last_img
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New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFrom sleek timepieces and delicate baubles to ultra-luxe accents and onboard playthings, these stocking-stuffers guarantee a very merry Christmas.1 TravelTec FourX, Carl F. Bucherer’s latest addition to its Patravi collection, is a nod to frequent fliers in search of a watch that can keep time with their globetrotting schedules. The timepiece—a sleek amalgam of 18K rose gold, titanium, ceramic and rubber—has integrated the movement and case for the first time to feature three time zones simultaneously. Jetsetters can select their direction of travel with a press of the monopusher, which causes a jump to the next time zone ($52,900). Contact: Carlos Fernandez at H&H Jewels in Miami, (305) 442-9760; www.carl-f-bucherer.com2 With the recent launch of Vertu’s new Constellation Smile, fans of the luxury mobile manufacturer can stay connected and support an important cause in the process. For every smart phone sold, Vertu will donate $250 to Smile Train, an organization that provides life-changing cleft surgeries for children in need—while maintaining the same bespoke services (including Vertu Concierge and City Brief) users have come to love ($5,000). Contact: Zorana Fabre at Vertu in New York, (212) 371-8701; www.vertu.com3 Ulysse Nardin pays homage to North America’s premier yachting destinations with its newly unveiled Boutique Freak Diavolo. Limited to ten pieces and available only at the Swiss watchmaker’s two flagship south Florida boutiques, this timepiece comes with a “black horn” power reserve housed in an 18K platinum case etched with “Miami” or “Boca Raton.” Like the cities that inspired it, the Boutique Freak Diavolo’s charm is more than skin deep. Beneath the crystal whirs a flying tourbillon—doubling as the seconds indicator—and another tourbillon carousel churns behind it, counting off the hours ($175,000). Contact: Josh Wolf at Ulysse Nardin in Miami, (305) 830-1786; www.ulysse-nardin.com4 Montblanc has added a pair of precious pens to its StarWalker Collection. Resin and Metal, both constructed in elegant red gold with 14K gold nibs, are studies in the intricate art of pen making. Metal features diamond-cut markings on a black-lacquered surface while its partner is fashioned from a rich dark resin set with gold fittings (Metal: from $900; Resin: from $445). Contact: Kevin Mantell at Montblanc in New York, (212) 223-8888; www.montblanc.com5 Formula One driver David Coulthard, a TW Steel brand ambassador, has been honored by the watchmaker with an eponymous timepiece inspired by his feats on the racecourse. The CEO Diver David Coulthard Swiss Automatic Limited Edition is the first model to be unveiled in the new CEO Diver Collection and is available in only 492 pieces, marking the sum of Coulthard’s Formula One accomplishments. Its black dial features raised steel indexes with red highlights and an arrow-tipped seconds hand that speak to the sportsmanship of the watch’s namesake ($1,595). Contact: Managers Michael and Richard Finn at EB Horn in Boston, (617) 542-3902; www.twsteel.comlast_img
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