Putin brands Canadas adoption of new Magnitsky law as political gamesmanship

first_imgOTTAWA – Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Canada of playing “unconstructive political games” by passing its own Magnitsky law this week.Putin made the comments Thursday in the Russian resort of Sochi at an international forum in which he fielded a wide range of questions. The Russian embassy in Ottawa posted a transcript of his remarks on Twitter on Friday.The embassy had already said that Parliament’s unanimous adoption this week of a Magnitsky act will cause irreparable harm to Canada-Russia relations.The law targets the actions of gross human rights violators in all countries, not just Russia.Canada’s new sanctions regime and those of other countries, including the United States, have been closely linked to the Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after accusing officials of a $230-million tax fraud.“What do I think about what you have just said, about Canada joining or wanting to join, or about somebody else wanting to do it?” Putin said Thursday.“These are some very unconstructive political games over things, which are in essence not what they look like, to be treated in such a way or to fuss about so much.”Putin was responding to a question posed by a Carleton University professor who specializes in Russian affairs.“Many countries have announced that they are ready to support this law too,” said Piotr Dutkiewicz, former director of the Institute of European and Russian Studies at Carleton. “Are you not worried about the consequences of this process? Would you mind commenting on this fact?”Liberal MP Bob Nault, the chair of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee, said earlier this week there’s no need for Russia to take personal offence to the passage of the new law.“Unless you have a reason to take things personally,” the veteran MP added in an interview with The Canadian Press.In a report, earlier this year, the all-party committee unanimously approved passage of the Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act.Putin went on to blame Magnitsky and the American-born financier Bill Browder, for whom he acted as a lawyer in Russia. Putin blamed Browder for defrauding Russia by moving massive amounts of money out of the country about a decade ago. Putin said the pursuit of Magnitsky act legislation is “anti-Russian hysteria.”In testimony before the Commons committee in March 2016, Browder described how he became a tireless campaigner on behalf of legislation in honour of his friend and said he has maintained until he was “blue in the face” that he is not being motivated by anti-Russian sentiment.Browder said he was fighting against the “total impunity” in Russia that protects people who persecute opposition figures and whistleblowers.“The bad guys in Russia get away with it,” Browder told Canadian MPs.“This piece of legislation is something that we in the West can do and that targets something in the West that they covet, which is their ability to keep their money safe and to travel here.”Conservative MP James Bezan, a committee member, accused Putin of overreacting and attempting to smear the reputation of Magnitsky and Browder.The new law, he said, will prevent wealthy rights abusers from coming to Canada and hiding their fortunes here when it becomes convenient or necessary. He said it potentially targets all countries, but he cited Ukraine, Iran and Venezuela as places where it could apply.Bezan said it would prevent corrupt officials from “taking advantage of our sound financial system, of our safety and security and allowing them to move their families here and educate their kids and hide their girlfriends.”last_img read more

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Chelsea Clinton To Visit Clinton Foundation Projects In Haiti

first_imgOn Tuesday, July 28, and Wednesday, July 29, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton and Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala will lead a group of philanthropists, business leaders, and Clinton Foundation supporters to visit Foundation efforts that are supporting the development and growth of the Haitian agriculture, health, entrepreneurship, and business sectors.Chelsea Clinton will also host a No Ceilings Conversation on empowering Haitian girls and women as entrepreneurs.Illustrating the Clinton Foundation’s innovative philanthropic model, efforts in Haiti take a multi-faceted approach in fostering sustainable economic development with a shared goal of increasing opportunities for girls and women. This includes helping to raise emergency relief funds; providing grants to local organizations; and creating partnerships between public, private, and nonprofit organizations.Since 2010, the Clinton Foundation has helped raise more than $30 million for Haiti, including relief funds and projects that are focused on supporting Haiti’s small and medium businesses; improving livelihoods; enhancing education; and exploring the nexus of agriculture, energy, and the environment. Today, the Clinton Foundation focuses on creating sustainable economic growth in the priority sectors of energy, tourism, agriculture, and artisans/manufacturing. The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, has also created a social enterprise in Haiti that works to address market opportunities in local supply and distribution chains.Additionally, through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, CGI members have made more than 100 Commitments to Action focused on Haiti, which will be valued over $500 million when fully funded and implemented. Now in its seventh year, CGI’s Haiti Action Network has a significant focus on creating sustainable jobs and encouraging investment in the country.last_img read more

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Live Nation Canada and Budweiser Canada team up to revitalize the amphitheatre

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Budweiser and Live Nation Canada today announced they will collaborate on music events and projects across the country, with the common goal of enhancing the concert experiences of music fans. The multi-year partnership will include a revitalization of the amphitheatre at Ontario Place, which will be named Budweiser Stage beginning in 2017.“The Budweiser brand has a long association with music in Canada and around the world, and we look forward to continuing to grow and evolve our music presence in collaboration with Live Nation. Our partnership marks the beginning of great things to come for music fans from coast to coast,” said Todd Allen, vice president, marketing, Labatt Breweries of Canada. “We’re also thrilled that the iconic venue for musicians at Ontario Place will carry the name Budweiser Stage, and that music fans will now be able to enjoy Canada’s most popular beer at the country’s premier music venue.”For the 2017 concert season, the new partnership between Live Nation and Budweiser Canada will focus on heightening the fan experience at Budweiser Stage, including:decreasing wait time in queues by adding more concession locations, and expanding the cashless payment options at point-of-sale locations with tap, chip and pin, and mobile payment apps;refurbishing all concession stands to create an upgraded look and feel for concert-goers and upgrading concession offerings; andenhancing the pre-show experience, allowing fans to arrive at the venue earlier and enjoy the space before the show. Advertisement “The amphitheatre at Ontario Place has been a landmark entertainment destination for the Ontario and Toronto communities for years,” said John May, president, media and corporate partnerships, Live Nation Canada. “With the upgrades to Budweiser Stage, we look forward to enhancing the concert experience for the fans as we continue to fulfill our mission of connecting fans with the artists they love.”Budweiser Stage and the new partnership with Live Nation Canada is the latest dimension of Budweiser’s growing commitment to music in Canada, and across the world. Since 2010, Budweiser has positioned itself as the world’s first global beer brand, and investing in music – a global, social experience – has been central in fulfilling this goal. Globally, Budweiser’s well-attended and popular music events include Budweiser Made in America and the world’s largest EDM festival, TomorrowLand.In Canada, Budweiser is involved in largescale music events like North by Northeast (NXNE) and the Calgary Stampede. Over the past five years alone, Budweiser’s presence and investment in music has grown significantly in Canada. In addition to Budweiser Stage, music fans will see the partnership between Live Nation and Budweiser in action across the country, with Budweiser as the new, lead beer sponsor at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, as well as at select Live Nation concerts and festivals, including Trackside in London, Ontario, One Love in Calgary, Alberta and many more. Together, Live Nation and Budweiser will continue to give music fans access to some of the most popular musicians and artists across the country, and concert goers will be offered a larger portfolio of beverages to choose from than ever before.About Budweiser CanadaBudweiser – the King of Beers – has been brewed since 1876 under the highest quality standards. Brewed in Canada for more than 35 years, Budweiser uses only the finest ingredients without any artificial ingredients, additives or preservatives. Budweiser is distinguished by its clean, crisp, distinctive flavour, the result of a unique beechwood aging process.About Live Nation EntertainmentLive Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Dianes doubledouble helps CSU Northridge beat Pepperdine

MALIBU, Calif. — Lamine Diane had 29 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, Darius Brown II added 20 points and a career-high nine assists, and CSU Northridge beat Pepperdine 90-83 Monday night.Terrell Gomez scored 13 of his 19 points in the final 16 minutes and finished with a season-high seven assists for CSU Northridge (2-5). Cameron Gottfried had 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists.Pepperdine (5-3) led by as many as 10 points in the first half and opened a 57-52 lead when Colbey Ross hit a 3-pointer with 16:23 to play. Gomez scored 13 points from there, including with a 3-point play that sparked a 17-2 run over the next six minutes that gave the Matadors a 10-point lead midway through the second half. Darryl Polk Jr. hit a jumper that trimmed Pepperdine’s deficit to 71-65 with nine minutes left but Gomez answered with a layup and then a jumper to push the lead into double figures until the closing seconds.Ross led the Waves with 24 points and career-high tying 11 assists.The Associated Press read more

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Alex Salmond shows sympathy for rates protesters in northeast

first_img 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. Alex Salmond has admitted some complaints over huge business rate rises are “legitimate”, days after a leading hotelier and close friend of the former first minister called for a nationwide boycott of swingeing increases.In the wake of a widespread outcry over a rates hike that has left some businesses facing increases of up to 400 per cent, he said there were companies that were “feeling the hard edge”  of the revaluation.His comments, in a video blog for a local newspaper, will heap further pressure on the Scottish Government to intervene.Mr Salmond was speaking after Stewart Spence, owner of the five-star Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen and a friend of the MP, said he would not pay the 25 per cent increase he is facing and called on other firms to join him.He told The Daily Telegraph he had since been contacted by independent hoteliers, restaurant and pub owners ready to join a non-payment campaign.Mr Spence also expressed disappointment over Nicola Sturgeon’s failure to react to the row and said he was considering leaving the SNP, which he joined around eight years ago. Hotelier Stewart Spence plans to boycott rates riseCredit:Bloomberg Stewart Spence Mr Salmond said in the video that ministers deserved credit for the “small business bonus” which exempted many companies from rates.But he added there was an argument against some of the rises, saying: “Of course people are feeling the hard edge of it, and in the north-east of Scotland there’s a very legitimate case because of the date of estimation, when independent valuation officers made their assessment, and when, because of oil, the economy was much stronger than it is now.“That’s why I welcome the Aberdeenshire Council initiative to put pounds3 million into rate relief to try and take some of the edge off the hardest cases, because in times like this we need our businesses to feel wanted, to be able to grow, to be able to survive and to be able to prosper in the future.“But don’t tell me that any rates revaluation doesn’t have an outcry because they all do – that applies in England, that applies in Scotland.”Mr Salmond said the argument should be concentrated on the cases of genuine concern where “huge increases seem to be applied following a time of economics which was quite different from the reality that we are experiencing now in the north-east of Scotland”.Ministers have been asked for help by tourism, licensed trade and hospitality groups, but Derek Mackay, the finance minister, has responded by saying rating valuations are carried out by independent assessors and funded by councils, not government.Murdo Fraser, the Scottish Conservative spokesman, said that if Mr Mackay would not listen to the firms affected, perhaps he might “listen to his former boss.”Mr Spence revealed last week that the revaluation – the first since 2010 – meant his rates were due to rise by 25 per cent, despite his business experiencing a 40 per cent drop in turnover because of the slump in the oil price.He added: “I’ve been asked to pay £315,000 as against £253,000. I’m just going to continue paying the old amount until there’s a settlement.”A spokesman for Mr Mackay said: “We agree there are some firms in the north-east who face a challenge, which is exactly why we have worked with local authorities on schemes that could support those businesses.”last_img read more

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Manila isnt happy that Dan Brown called it the gates of hell

first_imgNOVELIST DAN BROWN’S description of Manila as “the gates of hell” in his latest book has not gone down well with officials in the Philippine capital.‘Inferno’, which is being sold in the Philippines, describes a visitor to the city who is taken aback by poverty, crime and prostitution.The chairman of metropolitan Manila, Francis Tolentino, wrote an open letter to Brown on Thursday, saying that while ‘Inferno’ is fiction, “we are greatly disappointed by your inaccurate portrayal of our beloved metropolis.”Tolentino objected to the “gates of hell” description, and to Manila being defined by what he calls terrible descriptions of poverty and pollution.He said that the novel fails to acknowledge Filipinos’ good character and compassion.“Truly, our place is an entry to heaven,” Tolentino said. “We hope that this letter enlightens you and may it guide you the next time you cite Manila in any of your works.”Brown’s publisher, Doubleday, declined to comment when contacted.‘Inferno’ is already a best-seller, a little over a week since its debut. The story, drawn partly from Dante’s epic, again features Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, the protagonist for Brown’s previous blockbusters ‘Angels and Demons’, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘The Lost Symbol’.In the book, Langdon’s companion depicts Manila as a city of “six-hour traffic jams, suffocating pollution, horrifying sex trade.”“I’ve run through the gates of hell,” she said.It’s not the first time that authorities have been angered by an unflattering description of the sprawling city of some 12 million people, where urban shanties and the homeless exist side by side with glitzy shopping malls and walled residential compounds.In 1999, then-President Joseph Estrada banned Hollywood actress Claire Danes, who shot the movie ‘Brokedown Palace’ in Manila, from entering the country after she said in an interview that the city was smelly, weird and full of rats.Estrada was elected mayor of Manila in last week’s elections on a promise to reverse the city’s decay.PHOTOS: Filipino voters hit the polls in vital elections of over 18,000 politicianslast_img read more

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Callers help recover stolen car arrest made

first_imgTwo citizen reports Thursday helped Vancouver police recover a stolen car and arrest its driver, police said.Vancouver police Cpl. Duane Boynton said the case began at 2:33 p.m. when emergency dispatchers received a call about a possible intoxicated driver near 15th Avenue. A check of the license plate found that the car — a brown Toyota Corolla — was stolen.Officers checked the area and couldn’t locate the car, but got another lead at 2:59 p.m., when Randy Scrivner, a code enforcement officer who had heard the earlier radio traffic, called dispatchers and told them he was behind the car on 39th Street near Leverich Park, Boynton said.Boynton arrived and pulled behind the car — only to see its driver pull over and flee down a freeway onramp before jumping a retaining wall into a neighborhood. Boynton pursued on foot. Police set up a perimeter around the neighborhood and an officer detained a man who was trying to leave the area. Boynton identified the man as the Corolla’s driver and took him into custody. Michael J. Treadway, 41, no known address, was booked on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, obstruction and driving while suspended.last_img read more

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UPS wants to bring drone deliveries to hospitals across the US

first_img 0 Drones deliver blood to health clinics across Rwanda Comments 2:32 Now playing: Watch this: Ganesh said UPS is still evaluating the potential for home-delivery drones, along with other ideas, but didn’t offer a timeline on when such a service may come around.”That’s going to be our first priority,” he said about hospital lab deliveries. “Our goal is to take that and expand it throughout the United States.” Share your voice 24 Photoscenter_img Drones A UPS drone delivering lab tests at a hospital. UPS UPS is getting much more serious about drone deliveries — though not quite yet to your home.The shipping company on Tuesday said it created a new subsidiary called UPS Flight Forward to build up its young drones operations. The subsidiary is the culmination of four years of drones testing at the company, which included the development of a UPS truck outfitted with a drone launchpad and the funding of a blood-delivery service via drones in remote parts of Rwanda.”We’ve done the testing, we’ve done the prototyping and now it’s time to make it operational,” Bala Ganesh, vice president of the UPS advanced technology group, said in an interview.mobile0c9a66-assets-img-media-upsdrone20Setting up a UPS hospital delivery. UPS Ganesh said UPS Flight Forward will start its work within sprawling hospital campuses, focusing on delivering lab samples from neighboring buildings to a central lab center. Currently, those samples can take three to four hours to arrive by ground couriers, but the drones cut that time down to minutes, UPS said.The company said hospitals will pay it for this service, which it expects will be much faster and eventually cheaper than current couriers. In some emergency situations, UPS says, drone deliveries could even help save lives by quickly getting lab results back to doctors.This work started in March at WakeMed’s flagship hospital campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, and UPS plans to expand the service across the US to other major hospitals. At WakeMed, about 10 drone flights take place every day, with drone maker Matternet providing the drones and UPS providing logistics and health care delivery knowhow.From there, Ganesh said the new subsidiary plans expand to other urgent-need deliveries that UPS sees as new potential profit centers. He mentioned the possibility of offering drone deliveries to factories in need of replacement parts to fix critical machinery. UPS partners for drone deliveries in Rwanda Tags UPS’ new efforts are part of a crowded field of competitors trying to develop the drone delivery market. Amazon is the best-known name in the industry, having worked for years to create home-delivery drones. It’s already started piloting drone home deliveries in the UK. Google, DHL and others are also working on shipping drones.But with the US Federal Aviation Administration still tightly restricting drone usage to only operators’ line of sight, long-distance drone deliveries aren’t yet available in the country. Drones are used instead for shooting on Hollywood sets and for inspections on construction sites, where drone operators can closely monitor the vehicles.UPS’ strategy appears to be notably different and more industry-focused than that of other drone developers. Ganesh emphasized the importance of focusing first on profitable and urgent-need deliveries, while the cost of drone deliveries is still high. That strategy contrasts with Amazon’s work delivering books or Google delivering burritos, which are cheap products and not must-have shipments. Amazon Droneslast_img read more

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Czech climber dies while skiing on Denali

first_imgDownload AudioA mountaineer from the Czech Republic is dead after an estimated 1,500-foot fall on Denali Mountain.The National Park Service reports 45-year-old Pavel Michut was skiing Messner Couloir when he fell Saturday.Nearby climbers found his body within 10 minutes.A park service statement says hard-packed snow conditions had developed in the area because of days of extreme wind.The body will be flown to the Alaska State Medical Examiner once the weather is safe.last_img

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Nation seeks prosperity in Eid prayers

first_imgMuslims participate in the Eid prayers at Baitul Mukarram national mosque in Dhaka on Monday. Photo: Hasan RajaThe country is celebrating the holy Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday with much enthusiasm and religious fervour.The main Eid-ul-Fitr congregation was held at the Jatiya Eidgah in the capital at 8:30am.President Abdul Hamid offered his Eid-ul-Fitr prayers along with Cabinet members, judges of the Supreme Court, members of parliament, senior politicians, and high civil and military officials and hundreds of devotees from all walks of life at the National Eidgah.Muslims participate in the Eid prayers at Baitul Mukarram national mosque in Dhaka on Monday. Photo: Hasan RajaProsperity and progress for the country was sought following the prayers.Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies, including police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), have taken additional security measures across the country on the occasion to avert any untoward incident.**This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla Online, has been rewritten in English by Saimul Huda.last_img read more

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Fire engulfs Londons 27storey apartment block

first_imgThis handout image received by local resident Natalie Oxford early on June 14, 2017 shows flames and smoke coming from a 27-storey block of flats after a fire broke out in west London. The fire brigade said 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters had been called to the blaze in Grenfell Tower, which has 120 flats. AFPA massive fire ripped through a 27-storey apartment block in west London in the early hours of Wednesday, police and fire services said.The fire brigade said 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters had been called to the blaze in Grenfell Tower, which has 120 flats.“Fire is from 2nd to top floor of 27 storey building,” the fire service said on Twitter.A dramatic photograph posted by the fire service showed the side of the building engulfed in flames.Caption: Flames engulfing a 27-storey block of flats in west London. The fire brigade said 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters had been called to the blaze in Grenfell Tower, which has 120 flats. Photo: AFPPolice said in a statement they were called at 1:16am (0016 GMT) “to reports of a large fire at a block of flats in the Lancaster West Estate”.They said an evacuation of the block was “underway” and at least two people were being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.The apartment block was built in 1974.last_img read more

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Nearly A Year After UT Stabbing Mother Of Slain Student Wants To

first_imgLori Brown knows all that.But still, “I would love to see that bill completely repealed,” she said in a recent interview, punctuating her words with emphatic hand gestures. “Let’s come up with a license, a timeframe, a background check. Mental health issues are also a big problem.”Brown also said she’d like to see metal detectors at every door to every campus building. She’d like the state Legislature to address mental health issues, like thetroubles that seem to have plagued White.She’s started by calling her local representatives, as well as the author of the bill. A pink post-it on her calendar lists her targets, and her progress. It’s not clear where the effort will go next, but she does not plan to take “no” for an answer.Brown’s state Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, has already spoken with her about the issue (there’s a “yes” scrawled next to his name on the post-it). Springer told The Texas Tribune he respects her grief but disagrees with her on knife policy. Repealing HB 1935 wouldn’t solve the problem, he said; instead, the Legislature should focus on addressing mental illness. Frullo made much the same point.Brown attributes the Legislature’s near-unanimous support of the bill to the six weeks that Todd Rathner, the director of legislative affairs for the national organization Knife Rights, spent at the Capitol advocating for it. Rathner also said he empathizes with Brown but disagrees with her policy ideas.“I’m not really sure what repealing HB 1935 or any other law will do to stop a madman from committing murder,” Rathner said. “I just don’t think there’s any policy having to do with knives that would’ve saved him.”Brown has predicted this argument — she knows, she says, what knife advocates will tell her. Cooper Neill for The Texas TribuneLori Brown, whose son Harrison Brown died in a May 2017 stabbing at the University of Texas at Austin, poses for a portrait at her home in Graham, Texas on February 27, 2018.The first thing you’d notice is the “B”s. In Lori Brown’s tidy, sweet-smelling two-bedroom home, there’s a whole kitchen wall tacked up with the letter — a big silver metal “B,” a red and yellow woven “B,” a capital “B” tucked into the womb of a lowercase “b.” She even has “HBI” tattooed on her right wrist (and, she emphasizes, “I am not a tattoo person.”)That’s dedicated to her son Harrison Irwin Brown, who was stabbed to death at the University of Texas at Austin in May. Now, in memory of Harrison, Lori Brown has set her sights on another HB: House Bill 1935,  a new state knife law that allows Texans to wield just about any knife just about anywhere. The irony of the initials, she says, still jabs at her. Share The bill was up for consideration in the Texas House in early May 2017, the week Harrison Brown was killed.On that Monday, police say Kendrex White, then a 21-year-old biology major at UT-Austin, stabbed four male victims outside the campus’s main gym. White has since been charged with murder and assault, and been found competent to stand trial despite past mental health issues.Harrison Brown, who had just finished a workout, was the only fatality. He had just called his mother — to reassure he that he was awake for class and tell her that he loved her — as he did every day. Lori Brown has kept his bloody backpack, still stocked with everything he was carrying that day, down to the half-full water bottle.On the Friday after the stabbing, the Texas House unanimously passed a resolution honoring Harrison’s memory. Four days later, the lower chamber passed the knife bill with just one “nay” vote; it would pass the Senate nearly unanimously two weeks later. Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed it into law in June.Before the law went into effect Sept. 1, knives with blades longer than five-and-a-half inches could not be legally carried outside the home. They can now be carried anywhere except a handful of restricted locations, including bars and college premises. The location restrictions were added in an amendment after the UT-Austin stabbing, and lobbyists said they hope to roll them back in future, though the bill’s author, Lubbock Republican John Frullo, said he’d like to wait and see.But for now, the restriction means that the Bowie knife that killed Harrison Brown remains illegal 10 months later. “‘The law isn’t gonna matter, they’re gonna do it anyway,’” she said, quoting the argument she expects to hear. “Don’t tell me it isn’t going to matter. It’s so easy for people to say that.”Brown has been planning to get involved in advocacy work since her son’s death. It was the recent deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that spurred her to action now, she said.She hasn’t been able to watch much of the coverage of the event — she says she knows too well what victims’ families are feeling. But she has been particularly inspired by the high school students who, after losing their classmates in the attack, have launched gun control lobbying efforts at the state and national levels.“Watching those students make their way to Tallahassee — and just the passion and how eloquently they spoke, their purpose — I just thought, ‘They’re doing something,’” she said. “More people need to be doing this. And that’s when I thought, ‘I need to be out there — now is the time for me.’”Brown is petite, and she speaks firmly and forcefully, with the unique determination of a mother who has lost a son. Her ideas are not yet fully formed, but she’s just getting started. She and her older son, John, promised each other they would.“I’m doing the right thing,” she said last week, with conviction. “I need to be out there — for Harrison.” last_img read more

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated Joins the Call for Change at CNN

first_imgDelta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporate. (Courtesy Image/Logo)Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, IncorporatedA Service Sorority Founded in 1913DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INCORPORATED JOINS THE CALL FOR CHANGE AT CNNWASHINGTON – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated has a 106-year record of taking proactive measures that result in equity and dignity for the African-American community. Because the picture of a people as portrayed in the media is singular in setting the tone for the world’s view and value of those people, we stand with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) in their call for CNN to make their newsroom reflective of America’s diverse population.NABJ reports that their preliminary research finds a “lack of Black representation within the ranks of CNN’s executive news managers and direct reports to CNN President Jeff Zucker,” and that CNN has not presented any evidence to the contrary.As the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) stated when standing with the working journalists of NABJ, “It is vital that news organizations reflect the diversity of our country, which includes people of color, in key decision-making roles which are responsible for shaping news coverage and providing nuanced perspectives, especially around issues directly impacting Black America.”NABJ states these specific concerns:▪ CNN President Jeff Zucker has no Black direct reports.▪ There are no Black executive producers at CNN.▪ There are no Black vice presidents on the news side at CNN.▪ There are no Black senior vice presidents on the news side at CNN.Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is pleased that NABJ is also moving forward to convene a special team for additional research and analysis of CNN’s diversity, inclusion and equity practices. The organization also reports they are “calling for a civil rights audit to examine the company’s hiring, promotion and compensation practices involving Black employees.” The Sorority supports this fact-finding process.The largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, NABJ is expressing concern that they have not been able to meet with CNN leadership, even as they are in talks that they deem productive with the leaders of other broadcast media companies – FOX, CBS, NBC and ABC – about their diversity efforts.“This would mean that CNN, a global leader in disseminating images of our community, stands alone in not sitting down at the table with NABJ,” said Beverly E. Smith, National President and CEO, “these journalists are taking a stand to seek inclusion for Black media managers – and to have a role in shaping the images projected around the world of our people and our nation – and we support them.”Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated therefore stands with NABJ and calls upon CNN to take the necessary steps to enter dialogue and to increase the diversity in executive news leadership. NABJ notes that “National organizations representing millions of voices of color, including the NAACP, NNPA, Color of Change and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., have joined NABJ’s call for more diversity at CNN,” and Delta proudly adds her voice to this call to action.Twenty-five years ago, the Sorority passed a resolution calling for the inclusion of Black voices in newsrooms, advocating for “public access to the media and increasing the number of minority women at every level in the field of communications including programming and policy-making positions.” While it is difficult to believe we stand today making this same demand, we note with pride of purpose that we are joined by millions of supportive voices and that we are not deterred. We call upon the media to hear our combined message of concern.1707 New Hampshire Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20009 | (202) 986 – 2400www.deltasigmatheta.orglast_img read more

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Melias Q1 results include a 7 jump in MeliaPro agent portal bookings

first_img Share Melia’s Q1 results include a 7% jump in MeliaPro agent portal bookings LONDON — Meliá Hotels International’s revenues were up 4.2% and earnings grew by 13.8% in the first quarter of the year, boosting its “positive momentum” in the Caribbean where it will open more than 3,000 new rooms in 2018, specifically in Cuba, Mexico and the D.R. as well as Colombia.MHI earned 22.1 million euros in Q1 2018, an increase of 18.9% when compared to 2017. The positive performance of the hotel business was negatively affected by the significant depreciation of the dollar, which decreased by 15% in comparison with the first quarter of 2017, given that a large part of the company’s revenue is generated in U.S. dollars despite accounts being stated in euros.The resort chain is focusing on both direct B2C sales through melia.com (+8.9% in the first quarter on a constant currency basis) as well as B2B sales, noting that sales through travel agent portal MeliáPro increased by 6.9% in the first quarter.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe growth of Melia’s groups business through the new MeliáPro Meetings website was up 30.48%.The company has launched eight new hotels in 2018 so far (four in Cuba, two in Spain and two in Vietnam) and to date Meliá Hotels International has signed seven new hotels in 2018: three in Vietnam and one each in Thailand, Portugal, Dubai and Morocco.The pipeline for future hotel additions currently includes 63 hotels comprising 16,000 rooms as of March 31, 2018, 85% of which are undergoing management agreements.MHI says it reaffirmed its commitment to the one of the world’s most dynamic travel destinations, the Caribbean, in Q1 with new openings in Cuba, including four of the seven hotels that are in the pipeline, adding more than 2,150 new rooms to its portfolio.Five of the hotels are located in World Heritage cities including Camaguey and Cienfuegos. The other two hotels are major resorts in Cayo Santa Maria (Paradisus Los Cayos) and Varadero (Meliá Hotels & Resorts).More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalAt the end of 2018 MHI will also open the new Paradisus Playa Mujeres resort with 392 rooms on the coast of Isla Mujeres, a few kilometres from Cancun, as well as the Grand Reserve in the D.R. with 432 rooms and an exclusive concept for luxury travellers, plus the Meliá Cartagena, the company’s first hotel in the Colombian Caribbean. Thursday, May 10, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Melia Hotels Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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TravelBrands announces limitedtime 15 commission on South Pacific

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TravelBrands announces limited-time 15% commission on South Pacific Monday, June 18, 2018 Share MISSISSAUGA — Travel agents can earn more with TravelBrands Specialty, by Exotik Journeys, which has just announced 15% commission on all South Pacific bookings.This limited-time offer applies to bookings made between June 18 and July 16, 2018. Locations featured in this promotion include Australia, Fiji, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and New Zealand.“After the rebranding to Exotik Journeys, we felt it was important to showcase some of the exotic destinations we offer,” said Nathalie Tanious, Vice President, TravelBrands. “This commission promotion is a fun way to feature South Pacific travel and thank our agents for their dedicated work.”Exotik Journeys currently offers hundreds of travel options to South Pacific destinations, many of which are featured in its latest brochure. Clients looking for extended journeys can also inquire about the upcoming long stay programs to both Australia and Cook Islands.To book the South Pacific and receive the 15% commission, all TravelBrands’ reservations department at 1-844-582-7263.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureEarlier this year, TravelBrands unveiled an updated rebrand across all subsidiaries – including TravelBrands Specialty, by Exotik Journeys – as a way to streamline its market presence. For more information go to exotikjourneys.com.center_img Tags: Agent Incentives, Exotik Tours, TravelBrands Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more

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Palestinians usually held until end of case by army courts

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they meancenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories B’Tselem said it based its findings on partial figures because full statistics are not made public. The Israeli military said the report used “selected examples in a biased manner which distorts the reality of the situation.”Thousands of Palestinians appear before military courts every year on charges ranging from stone-throwing to membership in outlawed groups, violence and weapons offenses.B’Tselem said military court judges ostensibly rely on conditions set in Israeli law for approving remand, such as initial evidence of guilt and the lack of alternatives to detention. However, the group alleged that the judges interpret these conditions in a way that renders them meaningless.For example, judges accept a single confession as initial evidence of guilt and ignore complaints of ill-treatment during interrogation, the report said.The military said the courts act “in accordance with the principles of the detention laws and high court rulings of Israel,” and order defendants released when there are no grounds for detention.Israeli settlers in the West Bank appear before regular courts.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military courts routinely order Palestinian defendants held until a verdict is reached, turning legal proceedings into a “hollow formality,” an Israeli rights group said Monday.Remand to custody is “the rule rather than the exception,” the group B’Tselem said in a report. It said most defendants enter plea bargains because waiting for trial means more time behind bars. Comments   Share   last_img read more

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by Mike Silverman The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Mike Silverman, The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2019 8:25 am PDT Mezzo J’Nai Bridges rising fast in opera world AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK — J’Nai Bridges was just 24 and still in school when she sang her first “Carmen” as a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2011.“I was, oh, way too young,” she recalls with a laugh. “It felt good back then, but it just fits like a glove now.”Bridges will be trying on that glove again, headlining a production of Bizet’s masterpiece at the San Francisco Opera in June. It’s her biggest step to date in a career that has taken the African-American mezzo-soprano to major houses in the United States and Europe — that will lead to her Metropolitan Opera debut next season as Nefertiti in Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten.”Young as she was in that Glimmerglass performance, she impressed Francesca Zambello, who had just become director of the summer festival in Cooperstown, New York.“Her singing was already memorable, as were her animal stage instincts,” Zambello said in an email. “I remember I was drawn to watching her always, and one could see she was a young singer with vast potential.”Zambello will be directing her in San Francisco, and Bridges, just turning 32, thinks she now has the “life experience and vocal maturity” to do justice to the role of the free-spirited gypsy who refuses to flinch even at the prospect of death.“The tunes are so popular, but it’s actually quite difficult to sing,” Bridges said in an interview last month in her New York apartment. “The tessitura (prevailing vocal range) sits quite low and middle-y. … And to sing over an orchestra in your lower register, it just doesn’t project as much, so you really have to have that grounding and maturity in your voice.”Said Bridges: “She takes advantage of people for sure, but she’s a strong woman who says what she wants and gets what she wants.”“She’s also extremely fearless,” Bridges said. “She brings on her own death and she knows it. I can’t quite relate to that yet … but I had a fearlessness about me at a young age. I came all the way across the country when I was 18, having never done that. This career, it’s not easy at times, and it takes a bit of that same strength that I think Carmen has.”Bridges had been studying voice while growing up in Washington state but also was a star shooting guard on her high school basketball team. Had it not been for a falling out with her coach, she might well have pursued sports rather than singing.Instead, she left home to attend the Manhattan School of Music in New York, continued her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and then did a three-year residency at the Ryan Opera Center, the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s artist development program, finishing in 2015.“As a performer, J’Nai really has everything,” said soprano Renee Fleming, who got to know Bridges as adviser to the Ryan Center. “She is exciting onstage, a compelling actress, with a gorgeous presence. But most important of all, J’Nai’s voice has a beautiful, distinctive timbre. … I don’t see any limits to how far she could go.”Up to now, many of Bridges’ roles have been in contemporary opera, starting with her professional debut in 2015 in the Lyric Opera’s “Bel Canto,” an adaptation of the Ann Patchett novel with music by Jimmy Lopez. She’s also been featured in two Philip Glass operas and sang in the San Francisco Opera’s world premiere of John Adams’ “Girls of the Golden West,” a role she’s repeating in Amsterdam this season.She jokes that she started getting offers for modern opera “when people found out that I could count. … These different time signatures that change every measure, it doesn’t faze me. I actually like the challenge.”In December, Bridges gave a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and after ending her program with a group of spirituals and an encore of the Habanera from “Carmen,” she did something unusual: Addressing her audience directly, she linked the message of spirituals to the need for social change.“I debated saying anything,” she recalled. “But as Americans, we’ve gone through a lot. … I feel we’re in a really trying time. As an artist, as a singer, not only do I have this gift and calling, but I feel like an ambassador for change through my gift.“And I feel that way because being an African-American opera singer, it’s not something you see every day,” she added, “… and so I know a lot about our history, that it’s taken a lot of trials and tribulations for me even to be able to sing at Carnegie Hall.“I sing spirituals in almost every concert that I do,” she said. “There is a struggle and a forgiveness and a strength and a love in these songs that people are missing,” she said. “And they have the ability to make someone walk out thinking about something, maybe think outside of yourself.”Mike Silverman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Arrest after explosives and weapons found

first_imgA man was arrested in Paphos on Wednesday evening after police found weapons, explosives and burglary tools in his possession.A number of searches were carried out in three residences in Paphos and the suspect’s car in the afternoon, during which two guns, a number of cartridges, a knife, a precision scale, a bag containing 1,030 grammes of explosives, two sledgehammers and other items were found.A warrant was issued against the 33-year-old man and he is being detained to facilitate further investigations.You May LikeYouZoop.comManatees Far Outnumber People In This Small Florida TownYouZoop.comUndoHealthZapSad Lioness Was Not In The Best Of Her Health, Then This Lion Entered Her LifeHealthZapUndoCareers Advisor9 Worst College Degrees For Job MarketCareers AdvisorUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Arrests linked to attempted murder updated

first_imgThree men were arrested on Tuesday, after a motorcycle – thought to be connected to an attempted gangland hit on Monday – was found in Pallouriotissa, Nicosia, police said.Police were not able to confirm that the motorcycle was the one believed to have been used in the murder attempt on Nicos Rodotheou, but authorities said it looked like it, and that tests would be conducted on it.In the afternoon, police arrested the three men, two Greek Cypriots, 34 and 28, and a Palestinian, 32, for illegal possession of the motorcycle.On Monday night, unknown individuals on a motorcycle fired shots at Rodotheou, 57, in Nicosia but missed, police said.He was on Ethnikis Frouras Street when the assailants fired five shots at the rear of his vehicle at around 11pm.The motorcycle then accelerated and left the area.Police said they were treating the incident as attempted murder.Rodotheou is the brother of businessman Andros Rodotheou who was gunned down while at a friend’s house at the village of Gerasa, Limassol in April last year.Andros Rodotheou was shot while standing behind a glass door. The shooter or shooters are believed to have shot him from the opposite bank of a river that runs outside the home.The 61-year-old was struck by a single bullet, puncturing his spinal cord and rupturing his abdominal aorta – the largest artery in the abdominal cavity – leading to profuse bleeding.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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