APTN National NewsOTTAWA – Hunter Tootoo, the former Nunavut speaker of the legislator, was named minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard, ensuring an Inuk will again sit in the federal cabinet Wednesday.Tootoo is the second Inuk MP to hold a cabinet position – he beat out former MP Leona Aglukkaq who held several cabinet positions under the former Stephen Harper government.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet were sworn in Wednesday morning at Rideau Hall that included throat singing by two Inuk girls from Ottawa.The #SwearingIn of PM @JustinTrudeau is highlighted with throat singing by two #Ottawa Inuit girls. #PM23 pic.twitter.com/wkxUXtwzKv— OSGG / BSGG (@RideauHall) November 4, 2015There was speculation that Tootoo would be named to Trudeau’s cabinet prior to Wednesday.Many people took to social media to congratulate Tootoo, who is related to NHL hockey player Jordin Tootoo.Congrats @HunterTootoo new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard #cdnpoli #nupoli— ITK (@ITK_CanadaInuit) November 4, 2015Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed attended the swearing-in ceremony and said in an interview with APTN National News “it is a proud day for Inuit” and that he spoke to Tootoo shortly after he was sworn in as a minister.“This is a portfolio he holds that is quite near and dear to the hearts of the Inuit,” said Natan, adding he’ll be meeting formally with Tootoo soon. “He knows formal meetings are coming and there will be very difficult things (language and suicide prevention) I’ll be asking of him and I think he is ready for that.”The ITK is the national Inuit organization that represents nearly 60,000 Inuit.Other Aboriginal leaders like Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde also congratulated Tootoo and Sheila North Wilson, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak who tweeted:Very happy/hopeful that we now have an Indigenous Fisheries and Oceans Minister. Congratulations Hunter Tootoo— Sheila North Wilson (@shenorthwilson) November 4, 2015Others included former APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin.HUNTER TOOTOO is the DFO Minster! We have an Inuk in charge of Fisheries and Oceans! And the Coast Guard too! #CantEven!— Ossie Michelin (@Osmich) November 4, 2015
Kabul: US forces in Afghanistan revised on Tuesday the death toll from a Taliban attack the previous day near the main American base in the country, saying three service members were killed but not a contractor who was initially reported among the fatalities. The U.S. and NATO Resolute Support mission issued a statement “to clarify initial reporting” about Monday’s roadside bombing of an American convoy near the main U.S. base. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The Pentagon said later that all three service members killed were Marines. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe mission said a roadside bomb hit the convoy near the Bagram Airfield, killing three American service members, and said “the contractor who was reported as killed, is alive.” The statement said “the contractor, an Afghan citizen, was initially treated along with other injured civilians, later identified as a contractor and treated at Bagram Airfield.” Three other U.S. service members were also wounded in the attack. The base in Bagram district is located in northern Parwan province and serves as the main U.S. air facility in the country. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe wounded were evacuated and are receiving medical care, the statement said. Christopher Slutman, a 15-year New York City fire department member, was among the three Marines killed. He leaves behind his wife, Shannon, and three daughters. “Firefighter Slutman bravely wore two uniforms and committed his life to public service both as a New York City firefighter and as a member of the United States Marine Corps,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a written statement. The Pentagon identified the two other Marines killed as Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, New York, and Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania. In their claim of responsibility, the Taliban said they launched the attack and that one of their suicide bombers detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the NATO base. The conflicting accounts could not be immediately reconciled. On Tuesday, local Afghan officials said at least five Afghan civilians were wounded in the commotion after the attack on the American convoy. Four were passersby and the fifth was a driver of a car going down the road, said Abdul Raqib Kohistani, the Bagram district police chief. Abdul Shakor Qudosi, the district administrative chief in Bagram, said American soldiers opened fire immediately after their convoy was bombed. Monday’s U.S. fatalities bring to seven the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscoring the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked country even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year war, America’s longest. There are about 14,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan, supporting embattled Afghan forces as they struggle on two fronts facing a resurgent Taliban who now hold sway over almost half the country and also the Islamic State affiliate, which has sought to expand its footprint in Afghanistan even as its self-proclaimed “caliphate” has crumbled in Syria and Iraq.
CAIRO – Militants set off four roadside bombs targeting a security convoy in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding five, the army said.The convoy was travelling from Rafah, on the Gaza border, towards the North Sinai provincial capital El-Arish further west, when the bombers struck.Militants then traded fire with security forces before fleeing, army spokesman Colonel Ahmed Ali said on his official Facebook page. One member of the security forces and a civilian were killed, and five security personnel wounded, Ali said.The army has poured troops and armour into the Sinai to try to crush militant activity, which has surged since it overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.A subsequent crackdown on Islamists has resulted in more than 1,000 people being killed and more than 2,000 arrested nationwide.In the Sinai, dozens of soldiers and policemen have been killed in near daily attacks.Since Morsi’s ouster, attacks have also targeted Egypt’s interior minister as well as Christian homes and churches.An Al-Qaeda-inspired group in the Sinai, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, said it was responsible for a car bombing on Saturday in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya that wounded six soldiers and a failed attempt to assassinate the interior minister last month.The military says it has killed or captured dozens of Islamist militants, some of whom proclaim allegiance to Al-Qaeda.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has promised to send 40,000 MT of fertilizer to Sri Lanka.President Maithripala Sirisena said that the assurance was given by Pakistan on a request made by Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)
The recommendation came in a report released today at UN Headquarters in New York by a Panel of Experts that was re-established by the Security Council in February to investigate Liberia’s compliance with a resolution adopted last year. Among its provisions, that resolution demanded that the Government stop its financial and military support of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in neighbouring Sierra Leone, and imposed an arms embargo on Liberia, restricted its diamond exports and banned the country’s senior officials from travelling abroad. Today’s report makes further recommendations in a number of other areas, including air transportation, travel by Liberian officials and diamond sales, where it urges UN Member States to help set up a credible certification scheme for the precious gems before a suspension of the diamond ban can be considered by the Council. The experts also link arms transport with Liberia’s Bureau of Maritime Affairs, noting that the country has the world’s second largest maritime fleet. The report concludes that while it found credible evidence of small clusters of ex-RUF forces fighting in Liberia as guns for hire, there did not seem to be a connection with the rebel group’s new political party in Sierra Leone. Speaking this afternoon at a UN press conference, panel members Harjit Singh Sandhu of India and Johan Peleman of Belgium agreed that in light of the changed circumstances on the ground, it was time for the Security Council to adopt a new resolution. “We still think that the situation in Liberia poses a threat to the stability to the sub-region, or a risk at least,” Mr. Peleman said. “However, given the positive peace process in Sierra Leone, we think that this new reality should be reflected indeed under a new rationale for a resolution.” The Security Council is expected to take up the Panel’s report in its consultations on Monday.
US trade deficit climbs 7.6 per cent in September; global economic slowdown hurts exports by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Nov 4, 2014 6:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit rose in September, as a broader global economic weakness caused exports to fall.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade deficit rose 7.6 per cent to $43 billion in September. That marks the first increase in four months.Economic slowdowns in Europe and China appear to have hurt demand for American-made goods. Since September, the dollar has appreciated in value more than 4 per cent against the euro to $1.25, making U.S. products less competitively priced abroad.Exports fell 1.5 per cent to $195.6 billion, led by declines in shipments of industrial supplies, consumer products and capital goods such as engines and computers.September imports held steady at $238.6 billion for the second straight month.The trade gap has been tempered this year by the boom in U.S. energy production, which has reduced dependence on foreign oil and increased U.S. petroleum exports. So far this year, petroleum imports are 7.6 per cent below the level of a year ago. Part of that decline has come from falling oil prices, with crude imports costing 3.1 per cent less so far this year.Petroleum exports will likely fall in the months ahead, as oil prices have slipped below $80 a barrel from more than $100 a barrel in June.“The collapse in crude oil prices means that the trade deficit will narrow again before the end of this year,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.The politically sensitive trade deficit with China surged 17.6 per cent to $35.6 billion in September, an all-time high. The release of the new Apple iPhone likely fueled much of the 12.7 per cent increase in imports from China, just as growth in that economy has slipped and caused U.S. exports to fall 3.2 per cent.The deficit with China is on track to set another record for the entire year, creating more pressure for Congress and the Obama administration to take steps to curb what critics call unfair trade practices in China.U.S. manufacturers say that China is manipulating its currency for a trade advantage. They accuse China of undervaluing the yuan to make the goods it manufactures cheaper when they are exported, and American products more expensive in China.U.S. exports to the European Union also fell in September, decreasing 6.5 per cent compared to August as several nations on that continent are grappling with the risk of a recession.Through September, the trade deficit totalled $378.1 billion, compared to $363.9 billion for the same period last year. For all of 2013, the deficit totalled $476.4 billion, 11.4 per cent lower than in 2012. Many economists believe the trade deficit will rise slightly in 2014, as a stronger U.S. economy is drawing in more imports.The trade deficit is a drag on overall growth. That’s because U.S. producers are selling less abroad compared to foreign companies, while imports subtract from gross domestic product. Steven Ricchiuto, chief economist at Mizuho Securities, estimated that the October figures could reduce the estimate of 3.5 per cent annual GDP growth in the third quarter by 0.4 per cent.
“We are going to inform our people in Damascus, or we have already informed them about this, so hopefully, starting tomorrow, women and children will be able to leave the old city of Homs,” Lakhdar Brahimi told journalist at the Palais des Nations. “I hope that the rest of civilians will be able to leave soon after that,” he added, noting that the Government has asked for a list of the men’s names first.The UN, along with the International Red Cross and civil society organizations, has also been discussing humanitarian access to Homs, with an aid convoy on standby. “There is an agreement now from the armed groups inside that they will not attack a humanitarian convoy if it enters Homs,” Mr. Brahimi said. The city Governor was supposed to meet with his advisors and Damascus today to agree on access to the town which has been surrounded since last year by pro-Government forces. “We hope that something will happen tomorrow, Monday,” Mr. Brahimi said. He noted that despite a political agenda, the two parties felt “that you cannot start negotiations about Syria without having some discussions about the very, very bad humanitarian situation”.Well over 100,000 people have been killed and nearly 9 million others driven from their homes since the conflict erupted in March 2011 between the Government and various groups seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.More than 9.3 million people within the country need humanitarian aid, the UN has said, with over 2.5 million of them living in areas where access is seriously constrained or non-existent. The joint envoy met with both sides together this morning, then held separate discussions with each in the afternoon – a format that is expected to be duplicated tomorrow.In addition to humanitarian concerns, today’s agenda also included detainees, prisoners and people who have been kidnapped. “The Government has asked the opposition to give them the list of the people that are in detention in the hands of the various armed groups,” he said. “And the opposition agreed that they will try and collect the lists that have been asked from those organizations they have authority over or contacts with.”He noted that “there are unfortunately very many parties, and there are no contacts with some of them, and therefore we will not know who are the people being held by them and who died”.The talks are expected to continue tomorrow with the two parties making “some general statements on the way forward”.The goal of the conference is to achieve a political solution to the three-year-long conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the two sides for the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué, adopted after the first international meeting on the issue on 30 June 2012, and since endorsed by the UN Security Council.The communiqué lays out key steps in a process to end the violence. Among others, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.Mr. Brahimi said he is happy that, in a general way, there is mutual respect in the talks.“God willing this mood that I mentioned will continue and that we will make progress gradually,” he said.
Brock University is saddened to announce the tragic death of Amelia Durocher, a first-year Accounting student who passed away on Feb. 18, 2019.Visitation will be held at Patrick J. Darte Funeral Chapel, 39 Court St. in St. Catharines, on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.Flags at the University will be flown at half-mast on the day of the service.A vigil organized by some of Amelia’s friends and colleagues was previously held Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Glenridge Quarry Naturalization site, 1860 Sir Isaac Brock Way, which is located behind the Quarryview Residences.Any students wanting to speak to a support counsellor should call 1-833-276-2533 . This line is answered 24 hours a day.
Meanwhile, 84 per cent of gay men said they had slept with at least 10 partners, as did 33 per cent of bisexual men. And 28.9 per cent of bisexual women, and 14.3 per cent of lesbians said they had slept with at least ten partners, the study, published in BMJ sexual and reproductive health found.The findings were self-reported, with “double standards” about women’s sexual behaviour, and the fact men were more likely than women to talk about sexual conquests likely to explain some of the differences, researchers said. The research only involved those aged 50 and over, meaning that the difference could also be explained by men being more likely than women to sleep with younger partners. Sporty women are likely to have more sexual partners than those who are less active, research suggests.The study of almost 7,000 men and women aged 50 and over asked them how many partners they had had over their lifetime.The findings showed that around one in five men British men over 50 and one in 12 women in the same age group have slept with 10 or more people.And the study found that among women, those who took part in regular exercise were more likely to have more partners. Overall, women who were vigorously active at least once a week were found to be 73 per cent more likely to have at least 10 partners compared with those who were less active.Researchers said that taking part in sports might increase opportunities for social interaction, increasing the number of potential sexual partners one might meet.They said that participation in physical activity might boost confidence, increasing the chance of sexual encounters. The research by University College London and Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge, also found that gay men and women were more likely to have higher numbers of sexual partners, compared with straight participants.While 21.1 per cent of straight men claimed to have slept with at least 10 partners, among straight women the figure was 6.8 per cent. 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.
Experts at the seminar called for a number of recommendations to be considered, including the need for easy access to medical detoxification for poly-drug users. The highlighted the fact that many detoxification centres are currently aimed people who use only a single substance such as heroin, or require users to meet relatively high thresholds of stability to access treatment – which they say can further marginalise a proportion of drug users from treatment.A need for access to blood borne virus (BBV) testing and treatment to be available in current service centres such as MQI’s Health Promotion Unit and ALDP’s Medical Service was also raised. Exploring the concept of Medically Supervised Injecting Centres (MSIC) currently in use in other cities like Madrid or Sydney was also recommended, with data showing these centres can provide early intervention and address issues related to on-street injecting.“The report confirms people are still using heroin, but polydrug use is now the dominant trend. This means detox services in Ireland have to match the need,” Tony Geoghegan CEO of Merchants Quay Ireland said. “In Ireland there are currently no detox options for this group. Furthermore the report shows a critical need for testing for Hep C and other Blood borne viruses (BBVs) in this at risk group to improve individual health through appropriate treatment but also to reduce the spread of the these diseases.”“MQI’s current Needle and Syringe Programmes are about harm reduction. Service provision reduces levels of anti-social behaviour, reduces the harm of drug use and can be a first point of contact for detox and rehabilitation options”Tony Duffin, Director at Ana Liffey Drug Project, also commented on the main findings of the report, saying: “Of particular interest to me is the finding that 14 per cent of the people surveyed reported generally using in public areas. Ana Liffey is committed to exploring innovative models to address these concerns”.Column: ‘Your hope goes, and that’s that’ – a homeless drug user’s storyColumn: To fight the drug problem, we must treat users with compassion NEW APPROACHES ARE needed to respond to intravenous drug users in Dublin city centre, with high levels of poly drug use being noted by experts working in the field.A seminar a report launched by Alex White,TD, Minister of State for Primary Care shows that while the most prevalent drug used was heroin, the majority of drug users are now poly drug users with (75 per cent) using more than one drug.The report, “A Safer City for All – addressing the risks of injecting drug use”, was organised by Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI) and Ana Liffey Drug Project (ALDP). It showed:High levels of poly drug use. While the most prevalent drug was heroin, the report shows the majority of drug users are now poly drug users with (75 per cent) using more than one drugHigh levels of Hepatitis C (Hep C) and other blood borne viruses (BBV) amongst intravenous drug users (IDUs). 45 per cebt of IDUs in the study reported being positive for Hep CA high risk group of IDUs, where a high incidence of unsafe injecting practices and sharing of equipment are combined with low rates of testing for HIV and Hep CLow access to treatment amongst IDUs who tested positive for Hep C. out of 125 who tested positive for Hep C only 18 were in treatment.
EXCLUSIVE: Countrywide will discuss how to structure and implement a cost-efficient benefits strategy at Employee Benefits Live 2016.Neil Goodwin (pictured), head of reward, human resources, at Countrywide, will present the session on cost-efficient benefits strategies as part of the benefits on a budget conference stream on Wednesday 12 October 2016.During the session, Goodwin will provide examples of the steps he has taken at Countrywide to enhance cost-efficiency, such as improved communication to boost benefits take up, and offering staff discounts on the organisation’s own products and services.The presentation will examine the initial quick wins that can be made to achieve cost savings, followed by a wider strategic approach. Goodwin will also discuss how the savings generated can be used to make the business case for further investment in benefits and to gain executive buy-in.Goodwin said: “When [organisations] are designing a benefits strategy, understanding what is currently in place and why is key. Exploring any quick wins and cost savings is also key to fund any future investment. Then [organisations should] define clear objectives and success measures.”Employee Benefits Live 2016 will take place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October at Olympia National, London. Register to attend for free and view the full conference programme.
Technology consultancy organisation Cambridge Design Partnership (CDP) has launched an employee ownership trust.The Cambridge-based organisation, which employs 120 scientists across the UK and California, has transferred its equity into an employee ownership trust. This was in part financed by a loan from Barclays, which was completed last week.CDP decided to become employee-owned in order to give all staff the opportunity to share in the organisation’s profits, as well as to enable the business to be more flexible when planning future expansions. CDP also sought to reinforce its status as a key local employer in Cambridge, and foster the skills of locally-trained engineers, digital experts and designers.CDP wants to use the employee ownership trust to reap dividends for employees, the organisation and the wider economy.As part of the organisation’s new structure, CDP’s 10 partners will continue to manage the firm. Employees will be able to contribute to business-related decisions through an elected employee committee. A committee member will be invited to attend every monthly management meeting to encourage employee responsibility and involvement.International law firm Fieldfisher advised CDP on the employee ownership trust process.Mike Beadman, founding partner at CDP, said: “As a technology consultancy business, CDP recognised that people were the real value in the [organisation] and the key to future growth, so transferring ownership to the employees was the most logical progression.“For the clients of CDP, [employee ownership] demonstrates the commitment of the [organisation] to independence and the long-term relationships that fuel their success. The team at Fieldfisher have provided unbiased, well-considered advice from the outset and have listened to, and incorporated, all of our concerns and requirements to structure the [employee ownership trust] such that CDP can continue to build its reputation and success.“We are now looking forward to the next phase of growth where we can take on even more challenging developments for our clients.”
Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights More 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Email Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech The other nominees in the Best Singer-Songwriter Album category were Satiago Cruz’ Trenes, Aviones Y Viajes Interplanetarios, Alex Cuba’s Lo Único Constante, Erika Ender’s Tatuajes, and Debi Nova’s Gran Ciudad. 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See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 16, 2017 – 9:03 pm Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images “I am very happy and excited. I want to dedicate this award to my country, [my] fountain of infinite inspiration, [and] also to Juan Luis Guerra who has been for me a constant inspiration. I don’t know what to say. I am very excited. Thank you to the Academy, Eduardo Cabra, John Blaze [and] Wendell for working [from] the heart. … And … to all the people that helped me make this record. A million thanks.” — Vicente GarcíaFormerly the lead singer of the Dominican alternative rock band Calor Urbano, he left in 2010 to pursue a solo career. He has collaborated with esteemed artists such as Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro Sanz, Juanes, and Maná. Now that solo career is starting to pay off.García took home his first career Latin GRAMMYs at the 18th Latin GRAMMYs, including for Best Singer-Songwriter Album for A La Mar and Best Tropical Song for “Bachata En Kingston.” He is also up for Album Of The Year and Best New Artist later this evening. 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Bill Evans gives a farewell handshake to Forrest Dunbar during his final Assembly meeting (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media)During a meeting Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly certified the results of this month’s municipal elections. It was also the last time the body’s current members will all share the dais. Though the Assembly deals mostly with the nuts-and-bolts of municipal governance, the occasion was a rare glimpse of personality and sentiment.LISTEN NOWOf the 11 people on the Assembly, four are saying goodbye. All but one of those departures are due to term-limits. That includes Chugiak/Eagle River representative Bill Starr, who used his remarks to wax sentimental about what his nine years on the Assembly have meant.“This is the things that we changed our little world by,” Starr said, recounting budget deficits solved and code revisions made. “Pretty much non-sexy stuff.”The Assembly’s work is highly technical and mostly thankless. The regular meetings in midtown’s Loussac Library are the most public display of the body’s work, but it can be hard to follow what’s going on because of all the technical jargon and procedural rules flying back and forth. While there might be little bits of banter, it’s rare to see displays of collegiality or friendship.“Let’s talk about comic books for a second,” said south Anchorage member John Weddleton during the start of his remarks, his motorcycle helmet sitting beside his elbow. Weddleton owns a comic book store, and last Christmas gave each of his fellow members “a little jar of tasty jam” along with custom made buttons featuring a fictional character speaking to a likeness in the recipient.“Bill Evans was Magneto,” Evans explained, referring to a character in the X-Men franchise.“Lotta people loathe him, lotta people champion him. Magneto doesn’t care,” Weddleton went on. “But where ever Magneto is, you know big things are going to happen.”Going down the list, outgoing downtown representative Patrick Flynn was Loki, chairwoman Elvi Gray-Jackson of midtown was Storm. And Bill Starr was Iron Man.“”Not just because he’s a rich guy who likes to fly,” Weddleton said to laughter. “But also, one way or another he ends up fighting really hard for what he thinks is right, and that’s important.”Though the Assembly is technically non-partisan, it’s hardly immune from political divisions.However, on Tuesday night, even members who have sparred in the past reflected sentimentally on working with one another. Eagle River representative Amy Demboski, a champion of conservative causes on the body, cried as she recalled passing her first piece of legislation with the progressive Gray-Jackson.As for Gray-Jackson, she found a way around tearing up during her final remarks.“I’m tired of crying,” Gray-Jackson said. “I’ve been crying all day.”With that, Gray-Jackson handed prepared remarks to Municipal Clerk Barbara Jones to read on her behalf.“The only words of wisdom I have for all of you is to remember why we’re here,” Jones read. “We’re here to represent the citizens of Anchorage. To all, thank you for making the last nine years some of the best of my life.”Shortly afterwards, new members were sworn in, and the full body rearranged its leadership. Dick Traini was voted in as chair, a position he’s held multiple times over the years. And former congressional candidate Forrest Dunbar, who represents east Anchorage, was picked as vice Chair. The newcomers will have their first full meeting next week.
Matt AielloLet’s make one thing very clear right up front: The Modi government’s demonitisation plan would never have succeeded without the support and tolerance of the common citizen, who spent hours out of their busy days to stand in queues at ATMs and banks to withdraw their OWN money.7th Pay Commission: EC’s order on Budget 2017 could bring cheer to Central govt employeesThere were no riots, nor acts of civil disobedience because the common citizen believed in the government’s intention to wipe out the scourge of black money.Now is the time for Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley to reward the patience of the common man; reward them for their support and belief in the claims made by the government. But will the politics of finance take priority on Budget 2017 Day?Here is what the common man would like to see from the FM and his budget.Raise the taxable limitThe taxable limit should be raised so as to give people the extra allowance for savings, education, housing and maintenance, etc.No Tax on income less than Rs3.5 lakh (up from Rs2.5 Lakh)2. 3.5-7 lakh: 10%3. 7-12 lakh: 20%4. above Rs12 lakh: 30%Protect senior citizensFor senior citizens the government has serious intentions to reduce interest rates thereby encouraging citizens to apply for bank loans for housing, vehicles, startups, industries, corporate financing, infrastructure, restructuring of bad debts, etc.The main source of income for seniors is investments in Fixed Deposits, PPF, NSC certs, etc. This rate reduction will cause a serious depletion in their earnings and hence a revision in their tax deduction needs to be given serious consideration.Senior Citizens 60-80 years of age1: No Tax on income less than Rs4 lakh (up from Rs3 lakh)2: 4-6 lakh: 10%3: 6-12 lakh: 20%4: Above 12 lakh: 30%Senior Citzens above 80 years of age1: No Tax on income upto Rs6 lakh2: 6-12 lakh: 20%3: Above 12 lakh: 30%The maximum cap on Tax Saving Instruments should be raised from Rs1.5 lakh to Rs2 lakh. This limit could be increased by Rs5,00,000 for those with an income of more than Rs12 lakh.The Short term and Long term Capital Tax structure should remain the same to avoid FIIs pulling out their finances, which would result in a major setback to the Indian Stock Market. The US plan to increase their interest rates and reduce corporate tax would result in an exodus of Funds of Foreign Institutions back to the US.Increase in Housing Loan Tax exemption from Rs2 lakh to Rs2.5 lakh.Set up government agencies and cold storage facilities in rural areas to assist farmers in procuring a better price realisation for their crops, thereby eliminating middle men, brokers and hoarders.This direct investment by the government will lift the rural economy and result in a drop in market retail prices.Cashless transactions will promote transparency and to encourage this the government should offer tax sops to card users as well as institutions that invest in machines for cashless/ digital transactions.The recent government scheme on demonitisation was hampered largely by corrupt bank officials, brokers and hoarders of black money. The government should offer an incentive to whistleblowers so as to unearth the nexus of operators who illegally helped in converting black money.Also the government must publish the degree of punishment to corrupt officials, whether they be bankers, law enforcement officers, Income Tax officials, corporate accountants, etc.Declaration of funds received and held by political parties is a must. Limit the expenses they incur during elections. No promises that are detrimental to the financial welfare of the state/country, no freebies for the electorate just to win over vote banks. Politicians with criminal records and involved in hate speeches, money laundering, anti-national remarks, etc, should be barred from running for office.Make it a punishable offence for event organizers to pay cash to entertainers, actors, sports persons, celebrities, etc, as this will result in non-payment of taxes and accumulation of unaccounted for black money. Those being paid should also be made aware of this penalty.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday said the next general election is a challenge for the Awami League, not for the principal opposition party.“This is because the people will not vote for the Awami League. And that’s why, the (AL) government is up to all sorts of mischief,” he told a press briefing at the BNP‘s Naya Paltan central office.The BNP leader pointed out that, angered by the misrule of the Awami League, the people of Bangladesh will take to the streets.“Then the house of cards will collapse. The people will bounce back (to restore their democratic rights) and this government will fall,” Mirza Fakhrul said after a meeting of the party to chalk out programmes on its founding day on 1 September.The BNP leader told a questioner that it is important that the media and the civil society play a key role in restoring fundamental rights of the people as well as to ensure free and fair elections in the country.He expressed his frustration at the censorship the media is dealt with nowadays. “The people will remember this,” he added.Mirza Fakhrul regretted that a section of critics said the BNP is in crisis. “The BNP cannot be ruined. This party has come here overcoming many odds… The next general elections, if held without participation of the BNP, will not be credible.”He also rejected out criticism that the opposition party does not announce programmes demanding the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia.“Programmes are being announced and observed regularly. You will see at an opportune moment what kind of (other) programmes are announced.”The BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the party’s programmes to mark the BNP’s founding anniversary on 1 September. The party held a joint meeting to finalise the programmes.According to UNB, the programmes include a public rally, discussions, hoisting party flags, and placing wreaths at the grave of party founder Ziaur Rahman.As per the founding anniversary programmes, the party flag will be hoisted atop its Nayapaltan central office and all other offices of BNP across the country at 6am on 1 September.Besides, the party leaders and activists will place wreaths and offer fateha at the grave of its founder ex-President Ziaur Rahman at 11.00am on the day.The BNP is scheduled to hold a rally at 3pm the same day either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of BNP office subject to permission by the authorities concerned.The party will also arrange a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh the following day.The party’s associate bodies and all of its units across the country will also mark the day with various programmes, including discussions.On 1 September 1978, late president Ziaur Rahman formed BNP with a 19-point programme to build a self-reliant Bangladesh. BNP ruled the country for several terms.
President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina pay tributes to the martyrs of the liberation war at the National Memorial on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. Photo: PIDPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the War of Liberation by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar, Dhaka on Tuesday morning, marking the 49th Independence and National Day, reports UNB.President Hamid first placed a wreath at the altar of the memorial followed by the prime minister.After placing the wreaths, the president and the prime minister stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation in 1971.A smartly turned-out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force presented a state salute on the occasion, while the bugles played the last post.Ministers, advisers, parliament members, the chiefs of the three services, freedom fighters, foreign diplomats and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.Later, flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, laid another wreath at the National Memorial on behalf of her party.
Virtual reality for gaming has seen an influx of support recently due to the existence of the Oculus Rift VR headset. The headset is nearly finished and has growing support from developers, including Valve and John Carmack.The Oculus Rift won’t be a success unless it has the games to support it, but it looks as though adding support isn’t actually that difficult. Modder Nathan Andrews has already got the headset working with Half-Life 2, and now he’s ported his Oculus Rift mod over to Crysis. The video above shows him playing the game using the headset. Unfortunately there’s no footage of him moving around, just the game being played from his perspective.The other good news is Andrews says he’s working on adding support for CryEngine 3, meaning Crysis 2, Crysis 3, MechWarrior Online, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, and many more titles could get patched in the future to also support Oculus Rift.What you may notice from watching the video is the aiming isn’t great. That’s simply because this is a work in progress and Andrews has yet to get the crosshairs tracking properly. He also says the game takes a bit of getting used to playing in this way, which is understandable, and the recording is one of his earlier sessions.The potential is certainly there for Oculus Rift to be a huge hit with gamers, and Andrews says its accuracy is continuing to improve. He has started using a 9DOF 1000hz YEI 3-space tracker and claims he’s seeing a 4-fold accuracy increase over what Carmack was enjoying with the Hillcrest tracker beta firmware.Here’s the Half-Life 2 video Andrews created which actually shows him moving around while playing.
Bangalore’s Khalin Joshi shot a course record of nine-under 63 on the final day to register a sensational come-from-behind victory at the PGTI Ahmedabad Masters golf championship on Friday.
Sponsored Stories Associated PressHAVANA (AP) – A sudden jump in import taxes on Monday threatens to make life tougher for some of Cuba’s new entrepreneurs and will mean higher prices for many of their customers by raising the cost of goods ranging from jungle-print blouses to jewelry.The new measures steeply hike duties on cargo shipments, as well as on many bulk goods brought in by airline passengers, a crucial supply line for many of the small businesses the government has been trying to encourage as it cuts a bloated workforce in the socialist economy. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Officials insist the taxes are similar to those in other countries, but many small-business owners view the change as an ominous sign.While the published official description seems aimed at items such as clothing, soap, food and other personal-use goods, it is so complex it leaves importers of other products unsure if they will be affected, now or in the future.Some of the entrepreneurs, such as Javier Ernesto Matos, say they have prepared for the blow by stocking up on parts before the tax takes effect.He also has prepared for a worst-case scenario if supply dries up entirely: “It’s pretty shocking, but the strategy we have in mind is to consolidate in a single shop and leave prices the same to recoup what we can from our investment,” said Matos, who together with two business partners operates three mobile phone repair shops called the Cellphone Clinic.Others say they’ll have no choice but to raise prices. That, along with the higher taxes on goods brought in by friends, has worried consumers in a country where the average monthly wage is about $20.“For our family these are important items, from a little soap to a backpack for school,” a woman identified as Loraine wrote on the state-run Cubadebate website. “We all make sacrifices to help them. Nothing falls from the sky. Why are they turning their backs on reality? Knowing how many shortages there are in the country, why be so strict?” (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement While President Raul Castro has tried to expand the private sector, the government has done little to provide wholesale outlets where businesses can buy parts and materials for the goods they sell, so many supplies are either unavailable or prohibitively expensive due to high government retail markups.Arturo Lopez-Levy, a Cuban-born economist at the University of Denver, said it’s not unusual for countries to levy high customs duties, but Cuba has exceptional circumstances that make it inadvisable right now.“The right timing was to create the wholesale market first and then try to crack down on this type of activity,” Lopez-Levy said. “If you don’t have a wholesale market, then you are implementing the measures without the proper sequence, especially if you really want to promote the small- and medium-size nonstate sector.”“In the long term, this resolution was necessary,” he said. “Right now, it’s a mistake.”The new duties seem primarily targeted at so-called “mules,” who make frequent shopping trips to places such as Ecuador, Panama and Miami and bring back duffel bags bulging with food, underwear, shoes and electronics. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Starting Monday, Cubans who travel abroad more than once a year not only will pay higher tariffs, they’ll pay in hard currency rather than the more-easily obtainable national peso, which trades at 24 to the U.S. dollar and is used for most salaries.Cubans will also begin paying dollar-based sums of $4.55 a pound ($10 per kilogram) above a certain weight to receive packages shipped by air and sea. That rate doubles if they bring in large shipments.The impact is already being felt by people like Rafael, a 50-something who imports clothes to Havana. Before, he paid the equivalent of $65 in the local currency to import 550 pounds (120 kilograms) of clothing. Under the new, progressive duty schedule, that would apparently cost between $1,300 and $1,800.“This idea of raising taxes is crazy. … I don’t know where this decision came from, because it hurts everyone,” Rafael said. “But it hurts the people the most, because we have to raise our prices.”Already costly for Cubans _ a pair of jeans costs an average month’s wage _ Rafael’s prices stand to rise an initial $2-3 per garment and could go up even more, he said.He declined to be identified by his full name because his business license only authorizes him to make clothing, but he essentially resells imported garments. Comments Share But it did little to ease concerns, judging by the dozens of exasperated reader complaints posted in the comments section.“Why should a Cuban citizen have to pay the taxes in a currency in which they themselves are not paid?” said a poster identified as Roberto Suarez. “That’s not fair. I don’t travel, but I don’t see the logic in that.”Some said the regulations could force entrepreneurs to turn to black-market goods pilfered from state-run concerns.Others, however, predicted that Cubans, famous for their knack for finding a make-do solution to any problem, will figure a way to sidestep the duties.“Something will be found to get around this,” said Maria, another clothing vendor who also would not give her last name because her business activities exceed the scope of her license. “It always happens in this country. It’s like they say: `He who creates the law, also creates the cheat.’”___Associated Press writer Anne-Marie Garcia in Havana contributed to this report.___Follow Peter Orsi on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Peter_Orsi Top Stories The new rules will mostly affect clothing stands and boutiques, but could also hurt the supply of things such as artificial nails to beauty salons, or fabric, buttons and zippers to dressmakers.It could also make it harder for some Cubans to visit family abroad. Trips are often funded by agreeing to bring back large bags on behalf of someone who pays the airfare.The Cellphone Clinic’s Matos said he began doubling his normal purchases this summer and has stockpiled enough parts like fragile electronic ribbons to stay in business for two more years, no matter what.“If buying pieces becomes more expensive, if people are bringing in less, you have to reevaluate and prices will have to rise,” he said. “It’s a bad thing, because if you raise the price not everyone will come like before. It’s not worth it, you know?”It’s not clear that any state-run operation would offer some of the Clinic’s services, such as unblocking an iPhone 4.Separate tax rates cover food and electronics, including 400 pesos (or $17) for a Cuban to import a 32-inch or larger flat-screen TV on a first trip, and $400 on subsequent travels.Authorities insist they’re just trying to improve service at Cuban airports, where excess baggage clogs conveyor belts in passenger terminals. In mid-August, state-run website Cubadebate published Customs officials’ explanation of the tariffs along with several examples. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like