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We have work to do Bellegarde says AFN has moved on from

first_imgNation to NationNational Chief Perry Bellegarde agrees there’s a “perception” of political interference during voting day at the Assembly of First Nations’ election of national chief Wednesday in Vancouver.But Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett meeting with Alberta chiefs about an hour before polls opened “didn’t have any implication or any impact on the election in any way, shape or form.”In fact, he said it’s old news.“We have moved on already. We have work to do,” said Bellegarde on Nation to Nation, APTN’s political show airing Thursday at 6:30 p.m. EST.After the first ballot didn’t declare a winner three candidates gathered on the main stage demanding answers after Bennett’s meeting saying she should have been nowhere near the election.In the end, Bellegarde was re-elected on the second ballot giving him a second term at the helm of the lobby group made up of First Nation chiefs.Only Russ Diabo maintained the election was “tainted” in what was supposed to be his concession speech.“I think this election is really tainted with the Crown minister being involved in the election process … this organization is basically controlled by the Trudeau government,” Diabo said as the crowd booed him.Candidates Sheila North and Miles Richardson spoke strongly against Bennett before the results of the second ballot but didn’t address it in their concession speeches and congratulated Bellegarde.Bennett addressed the controversy Thursday saying in no way was she trying to meddle with the election.As for Bellegarde he just wants to keep working.“We have momentum going on with child welfare. We have to fix that system … let’s get the work going and finish what we started,” said Bellegarde in a lengthy interview with Nation to Nation host Todd Lamirande.“I always say ‘closing the gap’ in terms of getting the same quality of life for First Nations people as everybody else in Canada.”That means the AFN needs to keep pushing.“For continued investments in education and training, continued investments in housing, continued investments in ending the boil water supply, developing strategies to deal with the 40,000 children in foster care,” he said.Bellegarde spoke about initiatives the Trudeau government is working towards like doing away with the Indian Act through the development Indigenous rights framework.He said First Nations need to seize that framework from the feds.“We’re not co-developing the rights reconciliation framework … the Crown is doing that on their own. We’re going to have to take control of that process and involve our people – the chiefs, the leaders, the elders, the youth, the women’s council. All of that will have to happen if we’re going to breathe life into it,” he said.Bennett said she has been meeting with groups across the country since the spring but critics say it’s being rushed as the Trudeau government wants it completed before the October 2019 election.“There’s only one piece of legislation that First Nations really feel good about, because it’s being co-developed – that’s the Indigenous Language Act,” said Bellegarde.He also addressed concerns that the AFN is out of touch with people and doesn’t speak for them.But he said the AFN is a chief’s organization.“The chiefs represent all the people, on and off the reserve,” he said.He added the AFN is always looking for ways to improve.N2N@aptn.calast_img read more

Fort Nelson RCMP investigating threat of a school shooting

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – The Fort Nelson RCMP are investigating graffiti found on the side of R.L. Angus School in Fort Nelson that suggests there could be a school shooting on May 7 and 8.According to a letter sent out to parents on May 4, the School District and RCMP discovered the graffiti and are now investigating the threat.  At this time, Superintendent of Schools Diana Samchuck says “the threat is not seen as entirely credible, however, one can ever be 100% certain.”The District says parents can decide if they want to bring their child to school on Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8. The RCMP will have an increased presence at the school both days and the side doors will be secured.  All students, staff and visitors will have to use the main entrance of the building.Absences will not be counted towards any attendance policy.District Staff are asking the public to contact the RCMP if they have any further information about the graffiti.A similar threat was found targeting the Fort Nelson Secondary School back in February.last_img read more

Cong announces Rs 1 lakh for identity of man seen exchanging money

first_imgAhmedabad: Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday said his party would give a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh to anyone who could reveal the identity of a man seen in a video purportedly exchanging demonetised notes with face value of Rs 5 crore.Speaking at a press conference in the city where he played the video clip for the media, Sibal claimed it was shot in Ahmedabad and that Kamalam, the ruling BJP’s headquarters in Gujarat, was also involved. The grainy video, reportedly shot by journalists here and obtained from a website called www.tnn.world, shows a bearded man exchanging demonetised currency with a face value of Rs 5 crore with new Rs 2,000 notes totalling Rs 3 crore. “The (video) episode happened in Ahmedabad. The person in the video was apparently very close to the BJP. He may well have been a member of the BJP. He, along with others, was running a racket of illegally converting thousands of crores of unaccounted currency after December 31, 2016 (post demonetisation on November 8 that year),” Sibal said. “The process of conversion must have involved politicians, bankers, brokers and others. Those involved in the chain of conversion earned commission of up to 40 per cent,” the Congress leader claimed. “Anybody who can identify the person in the video will be given a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh by the Congress party,” he said, adding that the BJP government had not bothered to probe the video. The video was first released at a press conference on March 26. Hitting back at the time, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that the Congress was bereft of real issues and was therefore leaning on “fakery”.last_img read more

GuineaBissau Annan proposes extending mandate of UN peacebuilding support office

In a letter to the President of the Security Council released today, the Secretary-General says that President Kumba Yalá requested the extension, until 31 December 2003, of UNOGBIS to allow the Office to continue its activities, especially in support of economic reconstruction and growth.The letter also notes that UNOGBIS has continued to carry out its activities in support of the authorities’ peace-building efforts and has played a constructive role in helping the Government to meet its multiple challenges.”This extension will allow UNOGBIS, in close cooperation with other entities of the United Nations system, including the Bretton Woods institutions, to contribute further to the consolidation of the democratic gains in Guinea-Bissau, to help its people lay the foundations for durable peace and sustainable development and to strengthen the country’s friendly relations with its neighbours,” the Secretary-General writes.Last October, Mr. Annan had requested that the Security Council prolong the Office’s operations, which were due to expire on 31 December 2001, until the end of this year. read more

Annan welcomes coalition agreement on new Cambodian government

The accord between the Cambodian People’s Party and the United National Front for an Independent, Neutral, Peaceful and Cooperative Cambodia (FUNCINPEC) was signed today in the capital Phnom Penh nearly a year after elections were held.”It is [Mr. Annan’s] sincere hope that the agreement will be quickly formalized by the appropriate organs, so that a new government will be established as soon as possible,” a statement issued by a UN spokesman said.

Junk food bad for your health bad for your rights warns UN

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Anand Grover, blamed junk food – ultra-processed and ready to eat, but energy-dense and containing “empty calories” devoid of nutritional value –for the global obesity epidemic and urged the international community to deal with the alarming increase in deaths from diet-related diseases. Presenting his final final report to the UN Human Rights Council, which began its 26th session in Geneva yesterday, the Special Rapporteur warned delegations about disturbing figures, according to which 2.1 billion people worldwide are overweight or obese, and at least 2.8 million die every year because of their weight. “The culprit is ‘junk food,’” Mr. Grover said. “Containing high levels of sugar, salt, trans-fats and saturated fats, this ‘junk’ has unfortunately replaced healthy foods in our diets.”Primarily responsible for the burgeoning rates of obesity and non-communicable diseases across the world, “junk food is not a simple public health issue or a medical concern, it poses a serious challenge to our lives, our health and our rights,” he added.According to the expert, policies of globalization, market consolidation by transnational companies and supermarket chains, skewed foreign direct investment, aggressive advertising of ultra-processed foods and changes in our lifestyles have driven the social transition to unhealthy diets. To reverse the obesity epidemic, Mr. Grover urged States to implement their human rights obligations, not only by providing nutritious food but also by instituting measures to reduce the burden of diseases linked to junk food. In particular, the Special Rapporteur recommended that States formulate multi-sectoral policies with a view to, among others, promoting the availability and accessibility of healthy and nutritious foods; developing food and nutrition guidelines for healthy diets; ensuring that accurate information related to healthy diets is made available, thus allowing consumers to make informed choices; and regulating marketing and advertising of junk food; and adopting consumer-friendly labelling of food products. The human rights expert also underlined “the key role of the food industry in addressing the deleterious trend of unhealthy foods” and urged the industry to refrain from activities undermining people’s right to health. Where legislation is in place to discourage unhealthy foods and promote healthier options, Grover urged food and beverage companies to comply with such laws and stop any activity undermining them, he declared. read more

Ohio State field hockey set for No 18 Indiana Hoosiers

Sophomore midfielder Paige Hamilton (2) fights for the ball against Penn State on Sept. 28 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 4-3.Credit: Grant Miller / Copy chiefThe road has not been kind to Ohio State field hockey so far this season, but the team is looking to clean things up when it travels to Bloomington, Ind., for a 3 p.m. showdown with the No. 18 Indiana Hoosiers on Friday.The Buckeyes are 1-5 on the road this season and have yet to pick up a Big Ten victory. The team understands the importance of the late conference games and how it can use them as a stepping-stone to the Big Ten Tournament, junior forward Peanut Johnson said.“I think we take, especially Big Ten games, very seriously,” Johnson said. “And each one, we wanna come out with everything. Typically, at least in my career, we’ve come out in the tournament really hard and played really well, so hopefully we get it together for these last few games.”For OSU, it’s all about matchups when facing the Hoosiers. Coach Anne Wilkinson said she wants to find the best way to get her playmakers into space.OSU’s biggest playmaker on the season has been freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey, who leads the team with 11 goals and 30 points. Humphrey picked up her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor Tuesday after compiling seven points last week in games against Rutgers and Kent State.“My coaches help and even my players help,” Humphrey said. “They’ve taught me the little things that have helped me gotten these awards and helped me get the points I have with all their hard work.”Humphrey’s 30 points put her fourth in the Big Ten.Her next biggest test will be squaring off against All-Big Ten performer Audra Heilman, a senior forward for Indiana. Heilman is fifth in the conference in points with 29, and fourth in the conference with 12 goals on the season.Wilkinson said one of the keys against Indiana will be playing a complete game of field hockey against a team notorious for playing its best late in the game.“It’s gonna be that we need to be able to play consistent field hockey for 70 minutes first, and be able to play 70 minutes strong no matter what,” Wilkinson said. “Indiana’s a team that usually plays well in the second half. We need to be able to compete for 70 minutes.”OSU is then set to return home Sunday to play host to No. 12 Iowa at noon.Iowa boasts the Big Ten’s leader in goals (16) and points (37), Natalie Cafone. The junior forward from Fairfield, N.J., averaged 2.48 points per game in her sophomore season to lead the country.In her junior campaign, she is besting that mark, averaging 2.85 points per game. Cafone poses a major risk to the Buckeyes’ defense, but OSU’s freshman goalie Liz Tamburro has been under fire before.She leads the conference with 90 saves on the season, and it will be up to her to deny Cafone around the front of the net.With six of nine Big Ten teams ranked in the top 20 nationally, the season has become a grind for OSU, Humphrey said, but she added the Buckeyes like it that way.“It shows that we have a lot of competition nationally,” Humphrey said. “And we’ve played a lot of tough teams. We’ve been right there with them, so hopefully we can just finish it now in the next four games.”Those four matchups are the only games remaining on OSU’s regular season schedule. read more

Brazilians among trio busted in Central Rupununi with illegal gun ammo

The eight ammunition components found on the GuyaneseAccording to the police, the men are all being processed for court in the coming days. This is according to a Guyana Police Force statement which detailed that the Guyanese, 43, of South Rupununi was found in possession of eight ammunition components and the foreign nationals ages 43 and 48 years respectively, were found with a twenty-eight (28) gauge single barrel shotgun and five live cartridges. The twenty-eight (28) gauge single barrel shotgun and five live cartridges were found on the BraziliansRoutine patrols by ranks of the Joint Services, commanded by an army Lieutenant, in Central Rupununi, between January 26-28, 2018,  have resulted in the arrest of three males, two of whom are Brazilians, for unlawful possession of arms and ammunition. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMazaruni miners busted with unlicenced firearm, ammoFebruary 28, 2017In “Crime”Chinese national among several in custody for unlicenced firearms, ammoJanuary 20, 2017In “Crime”Guyanese, Brazilians caught with shotgun componentOctober 29, 2015In “Crime” read more

Handover of 25000 motherandbaby files indicates scale and breadth of investigation

first_imgCHILDREN’S MINISTER CHARLIE Flanagan has confirmed that 25,000 files have been handed over from the Sacred Heart Adoption Society to the Cork offices of the Child and Family Agency ‘TUSLA’.The Sacred Heart Sisters operated three of the country’s largest mother-and-baby homes: Bessborough in Cork, Castlepollard in Westmeath and Sean Ross Abbey in Tipperary.Speaking in the Dáil, Flanagan said the figure indicated the scale and breadth of the task facing the Commission of Investigation being set up to examine the country’s mother-and-baby institutions.He made the comments as his Department confirmed that it had received over 100 submissions from individuals and groups as part of the planned investigation.Senior officials from eight Government departments briefed Cabinet today on the interim findings of the cross-departmental review being carried out in advance of the formal start of the Commission of Investigation.A number of Government departments and state agencies were asked to scope the issues relevant to the Commission and to report by the end of June.Flanagan said he intended to move ahead with the finalisation of the terms of reference ”and to bring a resolution to the Oireachtas for consideration prior to the summer recess to facilitate the making of an order to formally establish the Commission”.Regarding the hand-over of documents to TULSA in Cork, he said:What we will have to do is go through these documents, as we in the context of the investigation deal with the very sensitive issues involved – by way of insuring that we have at this point in our history a full and detailed appraisal of what went on over the years.He said the number of files gave a good indication of the the scale of the inquiry, which he said would provide a “detailed history going back to the foundation of the state and up to the 1980s”.Flanagan has been meeting with survivors’ groups, campaigners, academics with expertise in the area, opposition politicians and religious leaders in recent weeks as part of the inter-departmental review.Yesterday afternoon was set as the deadline for submissions to the Department — after a dedicated email address was set up earlier last month.There have been calls to have the Commission include many of the various Protestant-run children’s homes and orphanages, while one group said the investigation may have to examine activities in “around 100″ institutions in all.Read: It’s not just Tuam… Mother-and-baby probe needs to examine at least 100 institutions, Minister toldExclusive: Children died of malnutrition, syphilis, heart failure at mother and baby homelast_img read more

Klopp reveals when Alisson will make Liverpool debut

first_imgNew Liverpool £67million signing Alisson Becker trained with the squad for the first time on Tuesday and will make his Liverpool debut in Saturday’s friendly with Napoli.With the squad set to leave their training base in France for Ireland this weekend, Alisson is expected to start the Reds’ friendly with Napoli at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:“I’m very pleased [to be able to work with him], but first of all it’s very important he can start now because the season starts in one and half weeks. Each player in the world needs training and time to adapt to his mates.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s pretty likely [he’ll make his debut]. We should not waste time. Then it’ll be nearly a week, or six days in training since he [started] and yes, he will play.“We have two games to do that before we start, so it’s really good. He obviously has a real presence, he’s smart, he’s very nice and it’s good to have him around.“We have two games to do that before we start, so it’s really good. He obviously has a real presence, he’s smart, he’s very nice and it’s good to have him around.last_img read more

The top 10 most read stories in December 2015January 2016

first_imgThe most-read stories online between 4 December 2015 and 13 January 2016:Fairline Boats fails to pay pension contributionsThe luxury boat-building organisation failed to pay employees’ pension contributions for three months prior to going into administration in December 2015. bit.ly/1RqfCJACarlsberg UK to launch car salary sacrifice schemeCarlsberg UK is to launch a car salary sacrifice scheme for its 1,600 employees in spring 2016. It will be available to all staff, including the approximately 300 employees who are members of the existing company car plan, which the new arrangement will sit alongside. bit.ly/1U0vQHpJudge rules on motions in FedEx same-sex spouse pension caseA US District Court Judge has allowed a pension benefits claim brought by the same-sex widow of a FedEx employee to proceed while dismissing two other claims by the plaintiff. bit.ly/1U0r7p2EDF Energy consults on opening defined benefit pension scheme to new membersNew employees at EDF Energy would be given access to its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme through a proposed deal negotiated with trade unions. bit.ly/1n69RELTowers Watson and Willis complete mergerWillis and Towers Watson have officially merged to create Willis Towers Watson. The two organisations first announced that they had signed a definitive merger agreement in June 2015. bit.ly/1ZAYCVYKPMG partner remuneration decreases by 13%Average remuneration for partners at professional services firm KPMG fell by 13% from £715,000 in 2014 to £623,000 in 2015, according to its UK annual report 2015. bit.ly/1n6akXjEY awards staff $1m through global recognition programmeEY has rewarded the achievements of staff through its new global employee recognition programme, Better begins with you. Five winners were awarded $1 million between them to further develop the projects they were recognised for. bit.ly/234Ny2yThe benefits of Lego building, beer smelling and train pushingFrom becoming a master Lego builder to taking on the role of beer smeller, there are numerous unusual vacancies emerging onto the 2016 job market.bit.ly/1Pga4LsCouncil employees receive two-year pay rise offerCouncil employees have been offered a 2% pay increase over two years starting from April 2016. bit.ly/1OmUtMIWolseley UK introduces car salary sacrifice schemeHeating, plumbing and building materials organisation Wolseley UK has introduced a car salary sacrifice scheme for all of its 6,500 employees. bit.ly/1OmUAbilast_img read more

Man riding scooter fatally struck police search for hitandrun driver

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a driver who struck and killed a man riding a scooter in West Miami-Dade.The deadly hit-and-run happened along Northwest Seventh Street and 111th Avenue, Monday morning.According to authorities, 60-year-old Jesus Cruz was hit and killed while riding his scooter.Police are now looking for that driver behind the wheel.Officials said another driver witnessed the crime and officials want to track that person down.If you have any information that can help police, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Instagram and Facebook are back

first_img Facebook Instagram WhatsApp We’re aware that some people are having trouble uploading or sending images and videos on Instagram. We’re sorry for the trouble and are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. #instagramdown— Instagram (@instagram) July 3, 2019 Share your voice I love seeing everyone go into meltdown on Twitter when social media crashes…..let me continue reading my book #instagramdown #whatsappdown #facebookdown pic.twitter.com/QbbEhisN3g— Pasha (@pash_heather) July 3, 2019 Originally published July 3, 8:36 a.m. PT. Update, 8:45 a.m.: Adds additional tweet reactions; 9:20 a.m. PT: Adds Facebook and WhatsApp to the headline; 9:40 a.m. PT: Adds tweet from Instagram and Facebook. 10:25 a.m. PT: Adds more information. 3:47 p.m. PT: Adds Facebook statement. 3:52 p.m. PT: Adds Twitter Support details. 5:08 p.m. PT: Adds Facebook update on coming back online. Instagram is down! To help everyone cope, here’s a seal. #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/zWTwRq9rjP— Sierra Club (@SierraClub) July 3, 2019 WHY IS EVERY SOCIAL MEDIA DOWN. I DONT WANNA GET OUT OF MY ROOM AND INTERACT #instagramdown #whatsappdown #facebookdown pic.twitter.com/M6ZeEiyxMU— luisa (@luisaaafg) July 3, 2019 Tags “We’re back!” Instagram tweeted at 4:45 p.m. PT Wednesday with a gif of fireworks. “The issue has been resolved and we should be back at 100% for everyone. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.”However, users responded to the Instagram tweet by complaining that hashtags are still not working on the platform.A Facebook spokesperson told CNET that the company “triggered an issue” during routine maintenance, which made it difficult for some people to send or upload photos and videos.”We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement Wednesday afternoon. “We’re sorry for the trouble and are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible,” Instagram tweeted earlier. We’re back! The issue has been resolved and we should be back at 100% for everyone. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. pic.twitter.com/yKKtHfCYMA— Instagram (@instagram) July 3, 2019center_img The hashstags #instagramdown, #facebookdown and #whatsappdown are trending worldwide on Twitter, which is packed with jokes and complaints about the social media disruption. Mobile Internet Applications Mobile Apps Internet Services Everyone going to twitter to see if Instagram is down #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/Iyo0FCbZ49— Ashtyn Taylor (@AshtynTaylor10) July 3, 2019 4 Everyone’s just trying to manage the best they can.  However, Twitter has been having its own issues, with its support page tweeting at 8:57 a.m. PT that it was “having some issues with DM delivery and notifications.” “We’re almost at 100% resolved,” Twitter Support updated at 3:34 p.m. PT. “There may be some residual effects for a small group of people, but overall your DMs should be working properly now. We appreciate your patience!” Comments Trying to scroll through Instagram or Facebook? You’re not the only one having issues.  NurPhoto Facebook says its platforms, including Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook itself, are all back up and running after an issue earlier Wednesday. For the majority of the day, the apps were experiencing issues uploading and sending images, videos and other files. The company confirmed this in tweets for Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram.”The issue has since been resolved and we should be back at 100% for everyone,” Facebook said around 5 p.m. PT. “We’re sorry for any inconvenience.”last_img read more

El Paso Shooting Suspect Said He Ordered His AK47 And Ammo From

first_imgGetty Images/iStockphoto via The Texas TribuneAn AK-47 rifle.When the alleged gunman walked into an El Paso Walmart earlier this month to carry out the worst massacre of Hispanic people in recent American history, he went in with an assault weapon he said he bought from Romania, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report obtained by The Texas Tribune.The white 21-year-old suspect in the shooting told El Paso police shortly after his arrest that the Romanian AK-47 was sent to a gun dealer near his home in Allen, a suburb outside of Dallas. He also said he bought a thousand rounds of ammunition from Russia.El Paso police have previously said that the AK-47 used in the shooting that killed 22 people was bought legally, but did not provide any additional details about its purchase. In a manifesto published just before the shooting, the alleged shooter said the rifle was a WASR-10, a semi-automatic version of a Romanian military AK-47 weapon. The DPS report obtained by the Tribune includes a summary of the suspect’s interview with police, providing more details on the weapon and the suspect’s actions in the racist slaying where he said he “wanted to shoot as many Mexicans as possible.”DPS referred questions about the report to the El Paso Police Department, which declined to comment on the investigation. The suspect’s lawyer did not respond to request for comment.Gun experts said it’s common for people to buy imported firearms online and have them delivered through local gun stores, which complete the necessary background check. Though the suspect said he purchased the gun from Romania, they said he likely bought online a Romanian-manufactured gun that had been imported into the United States.“Primarily the reason that people are attracted to these imports is that they’re less expensive,” said David Chipman, a senior policy advisor at Giffords, a national gun control group, referring to similar U.S. weapons like the AR-15.The suspected shooter told El Paso detectives shortly after his arrest that the Romanian rifle was delivered to “Gun Masters” in Allen, where he picked it up, according to the report. There is no store with that name in Allen, but there is a Gunmaster gun shop in neighboring Plano.Gunmaster’s owner couldn’t be reached Tuesday by The Tribune. Brian Park, the store’s gunsmith, said he didn’t know if the El Paso shooter received the AK-47 from his store. When a reporter mentioned the alleged shooter referenced a store called Gun Masters in Allen, Park said “that would be us.” But, Park added, he thought he would have heard if the shooter received his weapon from his store.Gun imports are regulated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and high-powered semi-automatic weapons must be recognized as being used for “sporting purposes,” not military use, to be admitted, according to a bureau guidebook. Last year, Romania exported about 9,000 semi-automatic rifles to the U.S., according to an Arms Trade Treaty report.“Largely, today these styles of assault weapons are being characterized as sporting weapons,” Chipman said, adding that the interpretation varies in different presidential administrations.Chipman said the importer for the WASR-10 was likely Florida-based Century Arms, which makes any modifications to ensure they’re U.S. legal and then transfers the purchased guns to a local dealer. Century Arms did not return calls or emails from the Tribune.Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works in Austin, said the process is similar to buying a foreign car — but with an added federal background check of the buyer at the local store. “Think of it like a BMW or a Mercedes,” he said. “You get it through a local dealer here.”Ammunition bought online, however, can be shipped from overseas directly to your door if it’s legal in the receiving state, Cargill said. Only six states and Washington, D.C. have bans on possessing assault weapons, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Violence. Texas is not one of them.In addition to information about the weapon, the alleged gunman told detectives about his manifesto, seemingly confirming he wrote the hate-filled writings that described the attack as a “response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” After the discovery of the manifesto, federal authorities began investigating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.According to the DPS report, the suspect told police he went into the Walmart, came back out to his car to finish and publish the manifesto, then walked back into the store to kill Hispanic shoppers.The report also said the suspect, wearing ear protection and carrying an assault weapon, “was surprised no one challenged him or shot him” when he walked into the store. In Texas, no license is legally needed to openly carry a rifle in public. He also said that, after the shooting, he left in his car and called 911, but he couldn’t get through to a dispatcher. He told detectives he was returning to the store to surrender when he encountered Texas Rangers.Disclosure: Walmart has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sharelast_img read more

I Am OKAH Teaches Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship

first_imgAisha DaCosta lost her sister Kahdine Ann DaCosta in 2004 to breast cancer. Kahdine Ann DaCosta was the first in the family to go to college and had a great friendly spirit. “Kahdine was one of those people that when she came into a room she lit it up. She was one of those vibrant spirits that everyone wanted to be around,” DaCosta told the AFRO. “Kahdine had a way of asking people, ‘Are you ok?’ and sometimes when people ask that question they quickly move on before you have a chance to answer the question. But she honestly wanted to know whether or not you were ok.”DaCosta created the organization I Am O’KAH to honor her sister’s legacy and to carry on a lifelong dream her sister never was able to fulfill. DaCosta knew her sister had financial support for college, but lacked guidance and mentorship. Before her passing, she talked about creating a foundation to help teach youth practical skills.DaCosta in May 2011 started the I Am O’KAH foundation to teach Baltimore youth about financial literacy and entrepreneurship to better prepare them for the world they will enter. “Our parents gave us a blueprint of going to college and getting a job and that job would take care of us for the rest of our life, but that’s not true anymore,” said DaCosta. “I can’t give that blueprint to my son.”A key program of I Am O’KAH is the Financial Rock Star Academy, an 18-week course with lessons about financial security and investing. Currently, DaCosta comes to Mars Estates Elementary school in Essex twice a week teaching 4th graders the mechanics of business development. “Our intention is not to turn every child into an entrepreneur, but it is our intention to have our kids think like entrepreneurs,” DaCosta Said.She said not all people will want to be business owners, but will end up working for businesses and need to learn to be an asset to the company. As part of the program, the students learn how to identify an idea that can be a business and how to turn that idea into a profit. Along with getting the skills, the students interview current business owners to break down the barrier and fear of interacting with adults.DaCosta said, “The very first objective was to teach kids to understand that kids can own businesses, it doesn’t have to be something you defer until you’re an adult.”DaCosta’s son Ali DaCosta-Paul is a 4th grader in the class. He took the initiative, starting a T-shirt line called “Young and Talented.” DaCosta-Paul said, “It’s not easy to be an entrepreneur because you need practice now at a young age and that’s why you should be good at it when you get older.”In addition to Financial Rockstar Academy, I Am O’KAH sponsors the Kahdine Ann DaCosta scholarship, awarded to two high school seniors. The seniors must be ambitious, have potential, and demonstrate great community service to go along with a good resume.Aisha Elmore was one of the 2012 scholarship recipients, and is currently studying Early Childhood education at Towson University. Elmore is the first in her family to go to college and loves the support DaCosta has given her. “Out of all the scholarships I applied for she just seemed more involved and wanted to help us out as a mentor, said Elmore.DaCosta knows that sometimes financial support is not enough and wants to prepare her mentee’s for the job market. “A college degree is great, but it is not penicillin or Motrin, it’s not going to cure everything,” said DaCosta. “There are more kids in college than jobs available.” For more information on the I Am O’KAH foundation visit their website at http://www.iamokah.org/last_img read more

Aqua Star USA creates a two man underwater scooter

first_img Citation: Aqua Star USA creates a two man underwater scooter (2011, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-aqua-star-usa-underwater-scooter.html (PhysOrg.com) — Have you ever had a Jacques Cousteau fantasy? A yearning to live your own version of 20,000 leagues under the sea? Or maybe, you just want to see the great barrier reef on something other than the Discovery Channel? Either way, unless you are an experienced swimmer with a solid set of diving skills, your dreams are out of reach. Right? More information: www.aquastarscooters.com/products/ The AS-2 Scooter is powered by a rechargeable battery, which can last up to 2.5 hours. For more details on pricing and availability interested parties will need to contact Aqua Star USA. Explore further The AS-2 Scooter can seat two people at a time, which is an improvement over the previous model. It features an improved helmet which allows the user to have a 99% distortion free view of the ocean. This model is also both lighter and faster than its predecessor, which allows users to go farther in the same span of time, and between the air supply and the battery time is a factor.The helmets give the user up to 70 minutes of oxygen, taken from scuba tanks. Driving the AS-2 is a lot like driving an on land scooter. The only noticeable difference is the dual engines, which allows for both vertical and horizontal movement at the same time. The AS-2 is able to travel at speeds of up to 3.1mph, with a maximum depth of up to 12 meters. So, maybe you won’t be recreating 20,000 leagues under the sea, at least not yet.center_img High-tech hydrogen scooter designed to sell clean technology © 2010 PhysOrg.com Not anymore.Aqua Star USA has created a mini submarine like device, that can take you down into the depths without having to have friends at the local naval academy. The device, called the AS-2 Scooter, is basically an underwater scooter. The scooter, which is designed with boaters, diving enthusiasts, turnkey leisure operators and dive operators in mind, is the successor to the AS-1. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Delhi court takes cognizance of complaint against Gaur

first_imgA court here on Thursday took cognizance of a complaint against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Bhavna Gaur for allegedly misrepresenting facts about her educational qualifications in her election affidavits.Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma took cognisance of a complaint filed by lawyer Samarendra Nath Verma through his counsel PS Singh against the legislator from Palam Assembly constituency.The petitioner alleged that Gaur has furnished different information about her educational qualifications in her two election affidavits filed during the Delhi Assembly elections in 2013 and 2015. In 2013, she claimed to be Class 12 pass but in the 2015 affidavit, she mentioned herself as a Delhi University graduate and holding a Bachelor of Education degree from Maharshi Dayanand University in Rohtak, the petitioner claimed.last_img read more

East Hotel wins multiple awards at the 2013 AHA Act Hospitality Awards

first_imgSource = East Hotel EAST Hotel has won in four categories at the 2013 AHA ACT Hospitality Awards. In it’s inaugural year and the year the Awards celebrated 100 years of hospitality in Canberra, EAST took the top prize for Best Superior (4.5 star) Accommodation, Best New/Re-developed Venue (Accommodation), Best Suite/Apartment Hotel and Best Environmental Practice.“The whole team is overjoyed with our success at the Awards,” said Todd Handy, General Manager of EAST Hotel. “These Awards are a testament to the strong culture we have built at EAST and the incredible team we have on board. To have won four Awards after opening our doors in August last year, really reflects the hard work of my team and I couldn’t be more proud.  This achievement will not only raise the bar for Canberra as a destination but also for ourselves as we continually strive to be the best in Canberra. We are also holding our hopes high as we compete against our colleagues nationally at the AHA National Hospitality Awards.”EAST Hotel has quickly established itself as Canberra’s premier four and a half star design and lifestyle hotel. With its focus on providing a memorable Canberra experience and its premium location between the fashionable retail and restaurant hubs of Manuka and Kingston, EAST Hotel ups the ante for local guests and visitors to the nation’s capital.“We could not be more proud of the entire team at EAST for winning these Awards,” said Dan Bisa, owner of EAST Hotel and Director of Bisa Hotels. “We are bringing something fresh to the Canberra market at EAST Hotel, with great, memorable service and an atmosphere that ensures our visitors and guests feel comfortable, relaxed and inspired and winning these categories at the AHA ACT Hospitality Awards means that we are genuinely succeeding in our vision.”last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Cunards flagship ocea

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCunard’s flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 has undergone a significant refit costing in the region of $132 million. The luxury liner has been lovingly remastered with new contemporary interior designs and guest experiences, many of which take their design inspiration from the original Queen Mary, which debuted in New York 80 years ago. Queen Mary 2 holds a unique place in the cruise landscape, continuing the legacy of the great ocean liners and transatlantic travel.A number of VIPs were in attendance at the US Remastering launch which included a day of celebration and fanfare. Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc, commented on the occasion, “More than any other ship in our Carnival Corporation fleet of more than one hundred ships, Queen Mary 2 is the most famous, the most recognisable and certainly the most unique. It was the dream of our Chairman Micky Arison to build the Queen Mary 2 almost 15 years ago. He aspired to recreate that luxurious ocean liner experience from the past and Queen Mary 2 is the glorious result.”The refit was conducted in the Blohm + Voss Shipyard, in Hamburg, one of the only shipyards in the world large enough to hold Queen Mary 2. It was a 24-hour a day operation, with over one million man hours put into the refurbishment, during a 25-day period.The Remastering Features:Redesign and refurbishment of the Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites and restaurants, as well as Britannia staterooms, the latter to be fully completed by the end of the year.The addition of 30 further Britannia Club staterooms, 15 Britannia single staterooms and five Britannia inside staterooms.Redesign of key public spaces and restaurants, including the transformation of the former Winter Garden into the Carinthia Lounge, the introduction of The Verandah as the ship’s new specialty restaurant, and the complete refresh and restructuring of the Kings Court, the ship’s popular buffet area.12 additional kennels and other enhancements.And as befitting the flagship of the Cunard fleet, a complete repaint of the ship exterior and significant technical enhancements and structural changes.Expanded Kennels:As the only passenger vessel to carry dogs and cats, Queen Mary 2 has expanded its kennel service during this multi-million dollar renovation. Pet travel has soared in the United States over recent years and due to increased demand, Cunard has added 12 new kennels for a total of 24. In addition, the ship extended the kennel area, adding an owner’s lounge, new pet playground, and a larger outdoor area with an historic English lamppost and American fire hydrant so canines from both sides of the pond will feel at home. The artwork in the lounge was specifically created by Karen Katon-Oprey, daughter of Captain Kevin Oprey, Master of Queen Mary 2. A full-time Kennel Master takes care of daily pet responsibilities including feeding, walking and cuddling the pets onboard.Cunard’s pet-friendly policy dates back 176 years to the maiden voyage of the Britannia in 1840 when the ship sailed with a cow to provide fresh milk for passengers. Famous canines such as Rin-Tin-Tin, Elizabeth Taylor’s pampered pups and the Duke of Windsor’s dogs travelled on Cunard and to continue that tradition, NYC’s top Instagram dogs, @ChloeTheMiniFrenchie, @WallytheWelshCori, and @EllaBeanTheDog, joined Cunard on board the ship to cut the ribbon on the new kennels.“The remastering of Queen Mary 2 continues the transatlantic tradition by the thoughtful contemporising of the product for today’s discerning traveller, while maintaining the refined design aesthetics and service standards that are deeply based in British style and refinement. The Remastering is a testament to Cunard’s attention to detail, incorporating inspiration from our past that continues to propel the powerful Cunard story, which we think will strongly resonate with today’s travellers,” said David Noyes, CEO, Cunard.The essence of Queen Mary 2 lies in allowing guests to lose themselves in a world of glamour, timeless sophistication and luxury. The legendary liner experience is revered for its exceptional crew – in its 176-year history Cunard has seen seven of its Commodores knighted, an honour no other shipping company can claim. On board Queen Mary 2 today the level of expertise and tradition is not forgotten, with highly trained and attentive staff, all graduates from the ship’s White Star Service Academy. From skilled personal butlers and concierge teams of the Cunard Grills to the teams of sommeliers and waiting staff across the breadth of dining venues – all are ready to cater for the needs of every guest.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

TORONTO – An unauthorized exhibition featuring the

first_img TORONTO – An unauthorized exhibition featuring the work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy is headed to Toronto.Organizers say “The Art of Banksy” will make its North American premiere in the city on June 13 at 213 Sterling Rd.Banksy’s former agent, Steve Lazarides, curated the exhibit.It features more than 80 original works worth over $35 million and is billed as “the largest Banksy exhibit ever assembled.”Among the pieces is the famous painting known as “Girl and Balloon.”The show also has the “Laugh Now” piece depicting a monkey with a sign hanging from his neck.Banksy, whose identity remains a secret and does not appear in public, is also a social activist and filmmaker.His evocative graffiti art pops up unexpected in locations around the world.“The Art of Banksy” exhibit has already travelled to Melbourne, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Auckland, New Zealand.It’s expected to be in Toronto for four weeks.Starvox Exhibits, in association with Live Nation, will present it in the city.“This is a one of a kind exhibition. You will never again have the opportunity to see this many of Banksy’s works in one place,” Lazarides said in a statement.“Once the exhibition is over, the artwork will be returned to art collectors around the world, and the chances that they will be displayed together again in the future are extremely slim.”Online:Home People pass by a mural by British graffiti artist Banksy protesting the imprisonment of Turkish artist Zehra Dogan in New York on March 16, 2018. An unauthorized exhibition featuring the work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy is headed to Toronto. Organizers say “The Art of Banksy” will make its North American premiere in the city on June 13 at 213 Sterling Road. Banksy’s former agent, Steve Lazarides, curated the exhibit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Frank Franklin II ‘The Art of Banksy’ exhibit to open in Toronto next monthcenter_img by The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2018 8:10 am PDT Last Updated May 8, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more