BILL BOYD AND CBC RESOLVE LAWSUIT

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement David Hutton, CBC Saskatchewan’s Managing Editor, said: “The CBC reported on a matter of public interest. We regret if Mr. Boyd or anyone else believed that the CBC was implying criminality or illegal conduct on the part of Mr. Boyd. That was not the case.”The matter was resolved without financial consideration. REGINA – Bill Boyd and the CBC have resolved the lawsuit commenced by Mr. Boyd in 2016 following the publication of two articles written by Geoff Leo about certain land transactions in connection with the Global Transportation Hub. The resolution was reached after the parties participated in a confidential mediation process. Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook Bill Boyd said that he is pleased to have the matter concluded. “For me, this was never about the money,” said Boyd, “this was about defending my reputation.”About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’strusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Mountie who said Colten Boushie got what he deserved disciplined on lower

first_imgAPTN NewsThe RCMP member who made racist comments about Colten Boushie online last February has been disciplined on the “lower level” of the force’s disciplinary spectrum says the new Commissioner Brenda Lucki.Lucki spoke to APTN National News in a wide-ranging interview Tuesday that focused on Indigenous people’s mistrust of the federal police force.Lucki wouldn’t name the officer due to privacy issues.She did say it involved some sort of “restorative-type” approach where the member “reconciled with the local Indigenous population in some format.”Lucki also said another Mountie was also disciplined for comments made online that was stationed in a different province.“I am satisfied after given the results of the discipline that both members have been held to account,” said Lucki during the interview. “It’s unfortunate that it happened but I really want to go on notice by saying that those types of comments are completely unacceptable in my organization and I will do my utmost to eradicate such behaviour.”APTN uncovered a number of private Facebook groups for members of the RCMP earlier this year.One involved an officer believed to be from Alberta who posted comments about the death of Colten Boushie.Boushie was killed after he went on a Saskatchewan farm in August 2016 with four friends.It ended with him being shot and killed and the owner of the property, Gerald Stanley, charged with second-degree murder.In February, Stanley was acquitted of all charges.The verdict divided a nation and created a storm of racist comments online.On one side Stanley got away with murder and system is stacked against Indigenous people.While on the other people wrote Boushie should never have been on the property to begin with, alleging he was there to steal from the Stanley farm. That was never confirmed in court, which heard testimony Boushie and his friends were there to get help for a severely damaged tire.Then one RCMP member wrote it was too bad Boushie died but he got what he deserved.The Mountie also had a picture of a large handgun on her Facebook page that said her home was protected by God and guns. If someone came on her property to steal they should be prepared to meet both.Before deleting their Facebook account, the RCMP officer in question had this photo as their cover photo on Facebook.Once APTN published the story the officer closed her account.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called the comments at the time “absolutely appalling, and unacceptable” and said, if proven to be true, ” there will be consequences.”But after the interview wrapped up, APTN asked Lucki to clarify her comments, particularly about the privacy of the officer involved.She said the internal investigation never reached the level of a code of conduct hearing, which would be made public.Instead, a code of conduct meeting was held to determine discipline, which keeps it from the public.“A conduct meeting, which is not a conduct hearing, is at the lower level of our internal system (and) is not public record,” she said.It’s not clear who the other member is that was disciplined and Lucki wouldn’t confirm if it involved other comments from members uncovered by APTN Investigates reporter Trina Roache.A slew of comments were made by officers in these private Facebook groups.Her full story can be found here: APTN Investigates: Racism in the Ranksaptnnews@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

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SNCLavalin wins contract to design track upgrades for Network Rail in UK

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says its Atkins business has won a contract to design track upgrades for Network Rail in the United Kingdom.The company says work is expected to begin in August.It says it will be worth up to roughly $500 million in revenue.Atkins will do the work as part of the Central Rail Systems Alliance, which includes Balfour Beatty and TSO.The group perform upgrades across London North West, London North East and East Midland routes for the next decade.The work includes track, crossings, points, and associated overhead lines and signalling. Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC) The Canadian Press

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UN refugee agency seeks to erase racial stereotyping in Italian media

1 March 2007The United Nations refugee agency is seeking to solve a number of thorny issues in Europe, ranging from thousands of people who suddenly found themselves declared illegal in Slovenia to racial stereotyping by the Italian media. Stung by the Italian media’s demonising of a Tunisian linked to a recent gruesome murder case, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has worked with the industry on drawing up a code of conduct for coverage of refugee and immigration issues.“Strong and rather unexpected evidence of xenophobic sentiments emerged, as did a media system ready to act as the sounding board for the worst manifestations of hate,” UNHCR senior regional public information officer Laura Boldrini said.When the bodies of Raffaella Castagna, her two-year-old son, her mother and a friend were found in the northern town of Erba – the three women stabbed while the infant’s throat was cut ¬– some sections of the press swiftly blamed Castagna’s Tunisian husband, who had served prison time on drug charges.But it soon emerged that Azouz Marzouk had been in Tunisia at the time and the police arrested Castagna’s two middle-aged neighbours on charges of murdering her and the others, apparently due to a feud over noise.UNHCR argued that the media’s attitude needed to change and Ms. Boldrini wrote to the editors-in-chief of major media organizations calling for serious dialogue on the role and behaviour of the press in such cases and on coverage of refugee and immigration issues, which she said was often characterized by alarmist and warlike language and had influenced public opinion.Since then, UNHCR, working with academics, two press bodies and other experts, has proposed a draft code of conduct modelled on a 1990 charter that provides protection for minors who are subjects of press stories.The aim is to produce “a sort of code of ethics that, without prejudice to the right to information, treats immigrants as persons, regardless of their origin, and which leads to a correct use of language and adequate protection for all those who have requested and obtained protection in Italy,” Ms. Boldrini said. A small working group is preparing an initial draft.In Slovenia the agency is trying to resolve the issue of some 4,000 people who were deprived of legal residency status and its benefits, including facilitated access to nationality, housing, employment, health insurance, pensions and access to higher education, after Slovenia broke away from Yugoslavia, apparently due to the short window of opportunity when non-Slovenian residents could apply for citizenship.“They speak Slovene, they have professional qualifications,” UNHCR regional representative Lloyd Dakin said. “Many of them grew up in Slovenia. With sufficient political will, the whole issue could be resolved quickly.” Meanwhile UNHCR has welcomed draft legislation in Ireland that will, for the first time, allow refugees who are qualified medical doctors to register and practise. The agency estimates that from 100 to 200 doctors have gone through the asylum system in Ireland over the past decade, but most have not been able to practise. UNHCR country representative Manuel Jordão urged support for the draft as it moves through its various stages in the Dáil, or parliament. “Integration of its migrant and refugees will be a number one priority for Ireland in the next few years,” he said. “Although only one of many initiatives, the proposal to help refugee doctors to practise will be of immense benefit for their integration prospects and of great benefit to Ireland too.” read more

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UN maritime agency endorses campaign for fair treatment of seafarers

The head of the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has given his backing to a new campaign to raise the awareness of seafarers of their rights to fair treatment in the case of accidents at sea. The campaign is spearheaded by the International Shipping Federation (ISF), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) to promote guidelines on the issue developed by the IMO and the International Labour Organization (ILO). According to the guidelines, all necessary measures should be taken to ensure that seafarers are treated fairly when detained by public authorities in the event of a maritime accident. “Seafarers serving throughout the shipping industry will not only have a clearer understanding of the fundamental elements of fair treatment in the unfortunate event they are caught up in a maritime accident, but they will also feel encouraged by the knowledge that they have the international community at their side, which, should the situation arise, is prepared and willing to pay attention to their plight,” IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos said. He added that the campaign will, among other things, reassure young people considering a career at sea that” seafarers are not alone and unprotected when something goes wrong while at sea.” Through the use of posters, seafarers around the world will be informed of the guidelines, which state that seafarers are recognized as a special category of worker. As such, and given the global nature of the shipping industry and the different jurisdictions with which they operate, they need special protection, especially in relation to contact with public authorities. The guidelines recommend steps to be taken by all those who may be involved in an incident: the port or coastal State, flag State, the seafarer’s State, the owner of the ship and seafarers themselves. They also seek to ensure that no discriminatory or retaliatory measures are taken against seafarers because of their participation in investigations. 25 February 2008The head of the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has given his backing to a new campaign to raise the awareness of seafarers of their rights to fair treatment in the case of accidents at sea. read more

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Spring games nothing more than glorified practices

One of the hardest sporting events to draw conclusions from is a college football spring game.If a player breaks a 70-yard touchdown run or intercepts two passes, he’s pegged as a breakout star for the fall. Ohio State’s Spring Game was no different.Redshirt freshman quarterback Kenny Guiton was the media darling of the postgame interviews following his 167-yard, two-touchdown performance.In last year’s Spring Game, Terrelle Pryor’s strong performance riled up Buckeye fans, giving them dreams of the second coming of Troy Smith. Then the regular season commenced, and Pryor struggled through the year up until his MVP performance in the Rose Bowl.In Saturday’s game, there were times when Terrelle Pryor looked like Randall Cunningham, and then there were times when he channeled his inner Akili Smith. He was told not to scramble. Thus, it’s impossible to make sense of his performance at all.The defenses dominated the game for the most part. Ben Buchanan and Derek Erwin punted a combined 13 times. Tresselball in April anyone?The Spring Game is a lot like the NFL Draft. The beginning is filled with excitement and anticipation. But in the end, the game never measures up to the hype, and the media coverage is overblown.After the game, I hinted to junior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher that we in the media tend to put a lot of emphasis on the Spring Game, and he smiled in agreement.“Yes, you guys certainly do,” Sanzenbacher said.He added that the players are basically just trying to enjoy themselves during the game.“For us, it’s more fun than anything,” Sanzenbacher said. “We’ve been working hard the past 14 days, too.”Usually a good indicator of how the game will go is to take note of the weather forecast. Last year, 95,722 watched the Gray defeat the Scarlet 23-3 in a game that featured a handful of exciting plays and essentially perfect spring weather.The best word to describe the weather on Saturday would be mediocre. It was going to rain at some point during the game, and it arrived at halftime. When the downpour was over, the stadium looked like a Jacksonville Jaguars home game as the announced crowd of 65,223 had mostly filed out.The excitement didn’t arrive until late in the fourth quarter, when Guiton threw a beauty of a pass to junior receiver Taurian Washington to put the Gray up for good, 17-14.All in all, the game was mundane, which describes plenty of OSU games in recent memory. But in reality, that’s probably how it should be. The only difference between a normal spring practice and the Spring Game for Tressel’s crew is that the Spring Game is played in the Horseshoe.That’s the point. This game doesn’t mean anything. It’s an overhyped scrimmage that the media has fallen in love with, and expects too much of.On the other hand, sports fans have spoken, and they want to see as much football as possible. Nothing says success like excess. read more

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Wrestling No 2 Ohio State comes away with second straight Big Ten

Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder runs out of the tunnel prior to his match in the the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEAST LANSING, Michigan — Ohio State is back on top.For the second straight season, the Buckeyes claimed a Big Ten championship with four wrestlers taking home individual titles. This is the third conference championship under head coach Tom Ryan. After the championships, he was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. All 10 Ohio State wrestlers qualified for the NCAA championships in Cleveland on March 15-17. Nine of 10 wrestlers for Ohio State advanced to the semi finals, with seven advancing to the final and four winning it all, which was enough to seal the team title over No. 1 Penn State. “This weekend, we felt like we had a little more margin of error [than last year], and the guys wrestled out of their mind,” Ryan said.No. 2 seed Kyle Snyder won the heavyweight title 4-2 with a takedown in the second overtime round against No. 1 seed Adam Coon of Michigan, avenging a loss to Coon on Feb. 11. This was Snyder’s third straight Big Ten championship.“They have clearly done a great job preparing him for someone that’s got great leg attacks, so there were some adjustments Kyle made and tonight, one of those adjustments worked out,” Ryan said.Snyder gameplanned specifically for Coon, which lead to him shooting less often than usual, leading to the lack of scoring. “His leg defense has got better, so I gotta be a little more strategic with what I do, but takedown in overtime is cool,” Snyder said. Ohio State senior Nathan Tomasello defeated Minnesota No. 5 Ethan Lizak 10-7 in the 125-pound final. It was the fourth individual Big Ten championship for the Buckeyes’ No. 3 seed. No. 1 seed Joey McKenna shutout Illinois’ No. 3 Michael Carr 13-0 in the 141-pound final. This is McKenna’s third straight conference title, after he won two Pac-12 championships during his time with Stanford, before he transferred to Ohio State in 2017. Sophomore Kollin Moore was the top seed at 197 pounds, but he entered the tournament a loser of two of his last three bouts. However, he put all those struggles behind him and claimed another Big Ten championship.“Kollin Moore is a workhouse out there, and when you don’t have the volume of training behind someone who’s a workhorse late in matches,” Ryan said. “When you shoot 30, 40, 20 times, you start to feel it more than if you just got that cardio behind you, but he’s had some great practices in the last few weeks and he’s looking strong right now.”In the 184-pound final, Nittany Lion No. 1 seed Bo Nickal beat Ohio State No. 2 seed Myles Martin in 7-4 decision. Martin scored one takedown against Nickal, but the riding time advantage in favor of Nickal, along with tough defense, found Martin out of time to mount a comeback. In the second straight meeting between the two, Wolverine No. 1 seed Stevan Micic won against Ohio State No. 2 Luke Pletcher in the 133-pound final. In Pletcher’s semifinal match Saturday, he rallied against sophomore Mitch McKee, the No. 3 seed for the Golden Gophers. McKee heald a 3-0 lead going into the third period, but Pletcher scored three straight takedowns to win 6-4. Ohio State No. 4 seed Micah Jordan earned runner-up at 157 pounds, losing to Michigan No. 3 seed Alec Pantaleo in the finals 3-1. A late second-period takedown proved the difference between these two. Pantaleo also beat Jordan 12-7 on Feb. 11.Ohio State No. 2 174-pound Bo Jordan lost to Michigan then-No. 6 Myles in the dual meet, and hoped to get revenge against the now-three seed in the semifinals in order to have a shot at Penn State No. 1 seed Mark Hall. However, Bo was pinned by Amine in a surprise result Saturday night. Bo later earned the third-place match.Ohio State No. 5 Ke-Shawn Hayes outwrestled Nebraska’s Colton McCrystal 7-5 at 149 pounds. At 165 pounds, Ohio State junior Te’Shan Campbell finished 9th, which earned him a spot at NCAA championships. read more

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Jagdeo says SOCUs visit was a test to see if Govt

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP intends to have charges against Govt Ministers refiled- JagdeoNovember 7, 2018In “Crime”Political directives responsible for SOCU’s low conviction rate- Opposition LeaderOctober 11, 2018In “latest news”‘We will not be intimidated!’ – Jagdeo declares after arrestMarch 8, 2017In “Politics” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo as he made his way from the SOCU compoundThe recent decision to attend an interview with investigators of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) was to test the system and set a precedent for others to follow, Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has revealed.“I went there, I could’ve said that I choose to remain silent like everyone who had gone in there but I used the constitutional provision that is there because I want it tested. And the testing sets a precedent” Jagdeo said.He was explaining to members of the press why he decided to adhere to a request for an interview with SOCU last week.“Now that I have gone in although I’m a constitutional post holder and as chairman of the cabinet, I still attended the interview when I could’ve refused it, I expect reciprocity in terms of how Government officials will be treated”  the former President explained.Jagdeo said he was assured by Head of SOCU Sydney James that in spite of Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson sending a statement he will have to attend an interview.Referencing Patterson, the Opposition Leader said “I hope you will do the same thing that I did and that is I informed the press before I went there as I promised at my press conference so they had a nice picture of me going into SOCU”.Moreover, Jagdeo said he also expects that all Cabinet members including President David Granger will visit SOCU since they approved Patterson’s contract when they had no authority to do so. The contract in question was awarded to Dutch company, LievenseCSO, for a feasibility study into the new Demerara River bridge. The Opposition had requested that the Public Procurement Commission investigate the award of the $148 million sole sourced contract.In its report on the matter, the Commission flagged Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson for requesting from Cabinet that the contract be sole sourced, instead of being processed through the Procurement Board as the law says should be done. It was subsequently announced that SOCU would be investigating the contract award. read more

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THW Kiel wins derby over SC Magdeburg

dkb bundesligaGerman derbySC MagdeburgTHW Kiel In the first match of DKB Bundesliga after break because of German NT matches against Serbia, THW Kiel had to give 100% of capabilites to secure a triumph against SC Magdeburg 33:30 (16:17) in Sparkasse Arena. Team from the East showed a great form against “Zebras” and was a equal rival to the current EHF CL winner until the last moments of the match. THW Kiel broke resistance of the rival in the last few minutes (28:27, 51.) led by Filip Jicha with 6 goals.THW Kiel:Omeyer (1.-24., 31.-60., 10/2 saves), Palicka (24.-30.); Toft Hansen (n.e.), Sigurdsson (5), Sprenger (3), Ahlm (5), Wiencek, Ekberg, Zeitz (5), Palmarsson, Narcisse (3), Ilic (2), Jicha (6), Vujin (4/2); Trainer: Gislason SC Magdeburg:Gustavsson (n.e.), Eijlers (1.-60., 13/1 saves); Wiegert (1), Kneer (6), Rojewski (2), Landsberg, Pajovic (1), van Olphen (2), Grafenhorst (4), Tönnesen (2), Schäpsmeier (6), R. Weber (3), Jurecki (3); Trainer: Carstens ← Previous Story Renato Vugrinec joins RK Metalurg! Next Story → Petar Nenadić (“Petar Pan”) has repeated his “pirouette” (VIDEO) read more

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Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Android tablet rocks IFA with 199 price tag

first_imgBeen waiting for someone to make a serious splash with a budget-priced Android tablet? Hold on to your hats, people, because Lenovo has just rocked IFA 2011 by announcing the $199 IdeaPad Tablet A1.The price is less than half what you’ll pay for most 8 or 10 inch Android tablets in retail stores right now (including Lenovo’s own). The 7-inch A1 will feature a 1024×600 IPS touchscreen display, a single-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 3MP rear and VGA front cameras, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS and accelerometer, microSD expansion, and Android 2.3. Lenovo estimates the A1’s battery to be good for about 7 hours of Wi-Fi web surfing, though it’s capacity isn’t specified in the press images.Four different color options will be available: black, white, blue, and pink. And while you might not expect a sub-$200 to be all that sturdy, the IdeaPad A1 sports a magnesium-alloy skeleton to protect its internals from jolts.Concerned about the fact that the A1 isn’t going to ship with Honeycomb? Don’t be. An upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to arrive shortly after Google makes the code available to its partners.Those of you who missed out on a dirt-cheap HP TouchPad might want to seriously consider the IdeaPad A1. Then again, you may want to wait and see how other manufacturers respond now that Lenovo has thrown down the gauntlet.More at Liliputinglast_img read more

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San Diego homeless count decreases

first_imgSan Diego homeless count decreases 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings“Homelessness is a complex issue but efforts to collect information directly from San Diegans experiencing homelessness will provide the precise, actionable information needed to better set polices, direct funding, and inform the public,” said task force CEO Tamera Kohler.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that cities receiving federal funding to combat homelessness complete the Point-In-Time Count each year. The county received roughly $20 million in federal funding as a result of last year’s survey.The task force collected data for the latest count, known locally as the WeAllCount survey, during the early morning hours of Jan. 25. For this year’s survey, the task force’s more than 1,5000 volunteers used a new methodology to ensure a count that’s as accurate as possible. Volunteers not only counted homeless residents throughout the county, but also interviewed them on-site to gauge their needs and priorities, allowing county and local homeless advocacy groups to better assist homeless residents.Volunteers also changed how they counted residents living in vehicles or temporary shelters such as tents. In previous years, surveyors multiplied each observed vehicle or shelter by two to estimate the number of residents living in their cars or a makeshift shelter.For this year’s count, the task force counted each resident who was engaged or visibly seen by surveyors regardless of the type of shelter they lived in. Homeless residents who were observed living in vehicles or tents or on sidewalks and park benches were designated unsheltered for the purposes of the survey.“The improved methods used focus on direct, consistent engagement with homeless San Diegans and align us with nationally recognized best-practices,” said San Diego City Councilman Chris Ward, who chairs the task force. “This improved outreach methodology sets the tone for formalizing and standardizing a qualified outreach protocol for use throughout the county.”The bulk of the county’s homeless population, 5,082 residents, live in the city of San Diego, according to the survey. More than 1,000 homeless residents live in east county cities like El Cajon, La Mesa and Santee while several hundred each live in south county, the coastal areas of north county and the inland sections of north county.In all areas surveyed, unsheltered residents outnumbered sheltered homeless residents. One-tenth of survey participants are veterans, according to the task force, while 62 percent of sheltered residents and 73 percent of unsheltered homeless residents are men.“As we look beyond the numbers, we know that each person experiencing homelessness has a unique story and needs a unique combination of housing and services in order to achieve stability,” said Deacon Jim Vargas, president and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages and the task force’s secretary. “A comprehensive plan that spans the region will be necessary to effectively and efficiently deploy adequate resources.” 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego County’s homeless population remains above 8,000 but is down roughly 11 percent from 2017, according to the results of the latest count released today by the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless.The task force’s 2019 Point-In-Time Count survey put that the county’s homeless population total at 8,102, down from both last year’s observed total of 8,576 and the 2017 total of 9,116.The total of sheltered homeless residents remained fairly stagnant at 3,626, while the county’s population of unsheltered residents fell from 4,990 last year to 4,476 this year. According to task force data, 78 percent of those surveyed said they first became homeless in San Diego.Councilmember Chris Ward joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the point in time count for homeless. Posted: April 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 7:25 AMlast_img read more

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Cruise ship air quality violations spike in Alaska

first_imgThe Norwegian Pearl in Juneau on Tuesday, Sept. 4. (Photo by Tim Olson/KTOO)This summer cruise ships have been falling afoul of Alaska’s air quality standards. The cruise industry says it can and will do better.Listen now“This summer it seems like there’s been a lot more pollution in the channel,” said Suzy Cohen, who has lived and worked in downtown Juneau since 1992. “Some mornings I’ve woken up and looked out and just seen this heavy, blue cloud hanging over the channel and it’s kind of worrisome. You don’t know what you’re breathing and it seems like it’s coming up into the neighborhoods.”Cohen is among more than 134 people this year who’ve phoned the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s cruise ship hotline.“This season we’ve received a lot more complaints,” Ed White, head of the DEC’s cruise ship air quality program, said.Some of the calls, White said, were about relatively harmless steam coming from the ships’ stacks.“But we were also receiving more complaints now about things like smell, about the smoke in addition to the steam,” White said.The state’s air quality standard for cruise ships is measured by opacity. Basically that’s how see-through the plume coming out of a ship is.Last year the state collected $75,000 in fines for two ships that violated this standard. This year it’s already sent nine violation notices for ships in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Haines and Seward. One violation can carry a fine of around $46,000, though companies often settle with the state for less.The cruise industry admits it has a problem.“We’re disappointed that we are not able to get the visual plume to where we want it to be,” Cruise Lines International Association Alaska president John Binkley said during a Thursday speech addressing civic and business leaders at Southeast Conference in Ketchikan. “And we’re committed to continue to work on that, regardless of what it takes.”There are multiple reasons for more plumes, one is just a matter of volume.“A couple years ago maybe we’d have four ships. Now we have six ships in port and they’re bigger ships as well,” White said. “So there’s more input into the air.”But state and industry officials also point to a more technical explanation. About three years ago, cruise lines installed systems called “scrubbers” that mix exhaust with water to filter out emissions. It was in anticipation of stricter federal sulfur standards.“We’re in compliance in terms of the sulfur limits but we’re not happy with the (scrubber) systems,” Binkley said.Ed White said his agency recognizes that its current method of measuring air quality has limitations.“Unfortunately, the opacity standard is often more of an indicator where we can look at that there’s smoke present,” White said. “But knowing what is in that and the potential health risks, that would be something that takes more study and more data.”That’s why state regulators are investigating ways to update its methods and possibly the standard itself.In the meantime, coastal residents like Suzy Cohen in Juneau, said anyone who witnesses apparent cruise ship pollution should speak up.“I think that citizens really need to call when they think that there’s a problem, call into the DEC,” Cohen said. “They have a hotline and make sure that you report it.”Alaska continues to grow in popularity with cruise lines. During Binkley’s speech in Ketchikan, he said next year’s cruise season is projected to bring 1,361,400 cruise ship passengers — a new all-time record for the third year running.last_img read more

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3 killed in alleged gunfights in 2 districts

first_img.Three people were killed in alleged gunfights with police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Munshiganj and Chapainawabganj districts early Friday.Prothom Alo’s Munshiganj correspondent said two people were killed in a reported gunfight with a team of police in KC Road area of Srinagar upazila.The deceased could not be identified immediately, said Srinagar police station officer Md Masudur Rahman.Police were checking people at a check post in the KC Road area, he said.Two people came riding a motorcycle in the area around 2:30am. They opened fire on the policemen while the law enforcers were checking them, which prompted police to shot back, OC Masudur added.The injured motorcycle riders were taken to Srinagar upazila health complex where physicians declared them dead on arrival, he added.Additional superintendent of police in Munshiganj (Srinagar circle) Quazi Maksuda Lima said they suspect the deceased could be militants.In Chapainawabganj, suspected drug trader Abul Hossain Babu was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Nayadiari in Gomostapur upazila, reports UNB.Tipped off that a group of drug traders gathered at a mango orchard for drug dealing, a team of RAB-5 conducted a raid there around 1:00am, said the RAB.Sensing presence of the elite force, the drug peddlers opened fire on the RAB members, forcing them to fire back, the force added.After a brief gunfight, the RAB members found bullet-hit Babu and took him to the upazila health complex where doctors declared him dead.Two RAB members were injured in the incident, the force claimed.One pistol, three bullets, one magazine and 177 bottle of phensidyl were recovered from the spot, the UNB report added.The law enforcement’s versions of the events, however, could not be verified independently as no versions of the incidents were available immediately either from any witness or from the victims’ families.last_img read more

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Ministers wealth sees exponential increase

first_imgASM Firoz Emaz Uddin Pramanik Anisul Islam Mujibul Huq Chunnu Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Shahriar Alam Nuruzzaman Ahmed Kazi Keramat AliThe net worth of another 10 cabinet members has increased exponentially over the past 10 years, according to their wealth statements submitted ahead of the 11th parliamentary election.Some of these statements are filled with interesting information.State minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam topped the list, even his losing concerns now making profit. State minister for labour Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu has no clue about his wife’s jewellery and its worth.Textile and jute minister Emaz Uddin Pramanik’s declaration had no mention of his allowance. State minister for education Kazi Keramot Ali has outstanding dues of Tk 2.6 million for construction materials purchased for building his house.Shahriar and wife’s wealth sees exponential growthAccording to his wealth statement, state minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam is in the top echelons of wealthy cabinet members. His intangible property has seen a surge from Tk 31.20 million in 2014 to Tk 657.80 million in 2018. In that span of time, wife’s wealth has also increased from Tk 10.40 million to Tk 94.30 million.And Tk 593.34 million of Shahriar and his wife’s intangible property has been invested in the share market.His annual income has also spiralled up. In 2014, he incurred a loss of Tk 2.5 million in business but now he makes profit of over Tk 26.40 million annually.No info on Pramanik’s allowanceTextile and jute minister Pramanik gave an estimate of his total intangible assets as Tk 1.7 million in 2008 that increased to Tk 6.5 million this year.The minister, however, did not mention about his annual income and allowance as a minister and a member of parliament.Anisul Islam’s assets doubledEnvironment and forest minister Anisul Islam Mahmud’s intangible assets increased twice in 10 years. He had shown an amount of total intangible property worth Tk 120 million in 2008 that has increased to Tk 260 million in 2018.The minister’s annual income increased by 12 times in 10 years. His current annual income is Tk 40 million that used to be Tk 3.3 million in 2008, according to his declaration.Multiple income sources of chief whipThe number of income sources of MP for Patuakhali-2 and parliament chief whip ASM Firoz has increased this year. In the ninth general election, Firoz showed earnings of Tk 2.7 million from house rent. The income increased fourfold this time due to additional income sources like interest from bank deposits, allowances received as freedom fighter and MP.His annual income turned to be Tk 13 million and his intangible asset is Tk 21 million in 2018, according to the declaration.Mujibul does not know about his wife’s jewelleryThe state minister for labour does not know how much jewellery his wife possesses and its worth.The Jatiya Party leader has given a detailed list of intangible assets. However, he wrote, ‘value unknown’. He wrote the same in the previous election as well.Mujibul Haque owns intangible assets worth around Tk 45 million, most of which is cash, bank deposits, company shares or saving certificates. Five years ago, his total intangible assets were Tk 14.5 million.Wife is wealthier than state minister of landState minister for land Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Jabed’s income and intangible assets decreased in the past five years while the amount of tangible resources increased.On the contrary, his wife’s wealth and income increased. The minister said that income has been reduced due to giving up his profitable position.Wealth of Nuruzzaman increasedThe income of state minister for social welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed has increased significantly in the form of cash and bank savings in the last five years. In 2014, he had Tk 86,000 but now the amount is Tk 24.80 million. He has a fishery on 35 bighas of land.Nuruzzaman’s annual income is around Tk 3.43 million, the statement says.Keramat’s outstanding dues Tk 2.6 millionEducation state minister Keramat Ali has outstanding dues of Tk 2.6 million for purchasing house building materials. He has a home loan of Tk 3.5 million.Keramat’s annual income has increased from Tk 350,000 to Tk 5.35 million in five years.last_img read more

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Trump Suggests Summit With North Koreas Kim Jong Un Could Be Delayed

first_imgAPNorth Korean state media reported that Kim Jong Un “personally ordered” an ICBM test this week, a milestone for the country’s nuclear program.President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that a planned historic meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could be delayed. He said, “There’s a very substantial chance that it won’t work out” for June 12.Trump raised the possibility that the meeting could be pushed back during a White House meeting with South Korea President Moon Jae-in, trying to coordinate strategy as concerns mounted over ensuring a successful outcome for the North Korea summit.Trump told reporters: “If it doesn’t happen, maybe it happens later,” reflecting recent setbacks in efforts to bring about reconciliation between the two Koreas. The North pulled out of planned peace talks with the South last week, objecting to long-scheduled joint military exercises between U.S. and Republic of Korea forces. And the North threatened to abandon the planned Trump-Kim meeting over U.S. insistence on denuclearizing the peninsula, issuing a harshly worded missive that the White House dismissed as a negotiating ploy.“There are certain conditions that we want,” Trump said Tuesday. He added if they aren’t met, “we won’t have the meeting.” He declined to elaborate on those conditions.Trump said “there’s a very substantial chance” that the meeting won’t take place on June 12. “That doesn’t mean it won’t work out over a period of time,” he said. “But it may not work out for June 12. But there is a good chance that we’ll have the meeting.”Moon said in the Oval Office that the “fate and the future” of the Korean Peninsula hinged on the talks, telling the U.S. president that they were “one step closer” to the dream of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.Trump said he’d noticed “a little change” in Kim Jong Un’s “attitude” after Kim took a second trip to China this month in the run-up to the summit. “I don’t like that,” Trump said.Trump said he hoped that Chinese President Xi Jinping was committed to the goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, calling him a world-class poker player. But he said he was displeased by China’s softening of border enforcement measures against North Korea.Trump encouraged Kim to seize the opportunity for the meeting and to make a deal to abandon his nuclear program, pledging not only to guarantee Kim’s personal security, but also predicting an economic revitalization for the North.“I will guarantee his safety, yes,” Trump said, if Kim agrees to complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization. He said if an agreement is reached, China, Japan and South Korea would invest large sums to “make North Korea great.”Trump said the long-term status of the peninsula will be up to the North and South, and that the immediate goal for his summit is “two successful Koreas.”He added, “Ultimately, maybe someday in the future” you’ll “go back to one Korea.”The two Koreas both seek reunification of the divided Korean peninsula on their own terms but it has always been a distant aspiration because of the incompatibility of their political systems and their mutual suspicion. Any move toward reunification would first likely require a peace settlement to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, which the two Koreas say they are aiming for.Fresh questions were raised Tuesday about North Korea’s goals and motives, with a Pentagon report to Congress that says nuclear weapons are central to North Korea’s strategic goal of ensuring the perpetual the rule of the Kim family dynasty. The report on North Korea’s military capabilities was based on an assessment of developments in 2017 and was provided to Congress in April. It was posted online by an anti-secrecy group. Sharelast_img read more

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Ginnie Maes Monthly MBS Issuance Reaches New Highs in July

first_imgGinnie Mae’s Monthly MBS Issuance Reaches New Highs in July August 13, 2015 446 Views Ginnie Mae Guarantee July Mortgage-Backed Securities 2015-08-13 Seth Welborn Sharecenter_img Ginnie Mae set a new monthly issuance record in July by guaranteeing $47.06 billion in mortgage-backed securities during the month, according to an announcement from the corporation on Thursday.The new record set in July surpassed the previous mark of $46.1 billion, set in July 2009. For Fiscal Year 2015, Ginnie Mae has guaranteed more than $346 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities, way ahead of the $242 billion the corporation guaranteed by this point in FY 2014.”This growth is clear indication of the value of our single securitization platform,” Ginnie Mae president Ted Tozer said. “The scalability of our platform allows Ginnie Mae to support the shift from traditional depository institutions to new entrants – which have primarily been non-depositories. The rapid rise of these new entrants has been critical to our growth and to keeping mortgage credit available to middle class America.”Given recent consumer demand, FHA’s lowering of the mortgage insurance premium by 50 basis points early in the year, and competitive interest rates for FHA, Veterans Affairs (VA), and Rural Housing Service (RHS), overall government lending is expected to continue at its current all-time high pace. In July, purchase activity comprised more than 60 percent of total issuances – compared to 34 percent for loan refinances.“The increase in purchase activity is further proof that the housing recovery is moving into high gear,” Tozer said.The vast majority of July MBS issuances were of the single-family variety ($45.5 billion out of $47.06 billion). Ginnie Mae II single-family pools comprised $43.8 billion of the single-family issuance, which includes $809 million worth of Ginnie Mae Home Equity Conversion Mortgage-Backed Securities. Ginnie Mae I single-family pools added another $1.6 billion. Multi-family MBS issuance totaled $1.5 billion in July for Ginnie Mae.Ginnie Mae’s MBS portfolio totaled $1.57 trillion in unpaid principal balance at the end of July, according to the announcement. Tozer stated that “Despite this rapid growth, the Ginnie Mae platform, while fueling competition, also spreads risk among our issuers.” in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketlast_img read more

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Fruits that could be affected include cherries and

first_imgFruits that could be affected include cherries and stonefruit – which are now in the middle of their season – as well as apples, which will start to be harvested in a few weeks’ time.For cherries, Alvear said the high temperatures could lead to splitting, while for apples they could lead to dehydration and potentially severe consequences during post-harvest.He added that such high temperatures also lead to a rapid rate of evapotranspiration, which brings the roots’ ability to absorb water to their limits.  You might also be interested in Chile: Fruit exports contract in H1 as leading com … U.S. table grape import season “interesting and un … Chilean kiwifruit exports to Europe tumble, contin …center_img Chile: SAG launches phone app to identify ag pests … January 04 , 2019 A heatwave roasting the central-northern regions of Chile this week could negatively affect fruits that are currently being harvested or that will soon enter into season.Temperatures of up to around 36ºC are forecast for multiple days this week for the Coquimbo, Valparaiso and Metropolitan regions.Sara Alvear, an agronomic engineer at the Agricultural Meteorological Service, said this could put stress on the plans and trees, affecting fruit grown or development, or it could lead to marks and blemishes on the fruits’ exterior.last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires PHOENIX — Last week, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported the Arizona Cardinals were “deep in negotiations” to sign Tyrann Mathieu to a contract extension.That the Cardinals and Mathieu were interested in coming to a long-term agreement was not news, but what Rapoport said about potential contract terms was.“And from what I’m told, a new pay day is expected to make him among the highest paid — if not the highest paid — safety in the NFL,” he said. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   New Orleans Saints fullback Austin Johnson (35) is knocked out of bounds by Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) That news came out on May 16; by May 22 no deal had been reached, but while walking the red carpet at Steak 44 in Phoenix for the Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser Dinner, Mathieu said he’s aware of the chatter.“I saw it on TV, which was encouraging, so we’ll see though,” he said. “Obviously this is the place I want to be. I know my coaches want me here so we’ll see how that goes.”Given recent reports, might a deal be coming soon?“I think the thing about it is everybody wants to get paid right away, but it’s one of those things that takes time,” he said. “There’s a lot of different dymanics that go into it. Like I said, we’ll see where it goes, but I feel like we are kind of close.”The highest-paid safeties in the NFL, at least on a per-season basis, is Seattle’s Earl Thomas, who is earning $10 million per year, while the Patriots’ Devin McCourty landed $22 million in guaranteed money in the contract he signed in 2015.Kansas City’s Eric Berry is set to play under the franchise tag, which would pay him about $10.8 million for the 2016 season.Where the numbers for Mathieu’s deal will end up is anyone’s guess, but those are probably a reasonable baseline.center_img By all accounts it is more a matter of when, and not if, something will get done. Mathieu, who last season finished third on the team with 89 total tackles along with one sack, five interceptions, 16 passes defensed and one forced fumble, is an important part of the defense and one of the team’s building blocks for the future.The former third-round pick out of LSU was a Defensive Player of the Year candidate last season until he suffered a torn ACL in Week 15 when he was returning an interception. It was his second major knee injury in three NFL seasons, but in terms of his recovery from his latest issue, Mathieu said he couldn’t be happier or more pleased with where he is at right now.“Back-pedaling, doing different drills, running at about 70 percent,” he said. “I feel great; it’s not one of those things I want to rush though. But I feel good.”Mathieu is rehabbing on the side while the Cardinals participate in OTAs, the second week of which begins Tuesday. There has been no set timetable for Mathieu to return to the field, but so far his recovery is moving forward at a nice pace.“I would have to say I’m ahead of schedule,” he said. “I’m just four months removed from surgery and I’m doing a lot of different things so that’s encouraging.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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