Feds learned by accident of Harpers plans to visit White House next

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government only found out by accident that former prime minister Stephen Harper was planning to visit the White House next week in the midst of a looming trade war between Canada and the United States.According to one senior official, Harper himself didn’t mention the visit, bucking convention by not informing the Canadian government.Instead, the Canadian embassy in Washington got a call from John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, asking who would be accompanying the prime minister to the meeting on Monday.Baffled, the embassy contacted the Prime Minister’s Office, to see if Justin Trudeau had somehow forgotten to mention he was heading to Washington.Trudeau’s foreign policy adviser, John Hannaford, then contacted his counterpart in the White House, who eventually apologized for the mixup and explained it was former prime minister Harper who would be visiting.Harper’s office did not respond to a request for comment and it wasn’t clear Thursday whether the meeting is still scheduled to take place Monday — one day after Canada’s retaliatory tariffs on imports of a wide range of U.S. goods, and as well as steel and aluminum, are set to come into effect.Nor was it clear whether Harper might have been planning to meet with anyone else at the White House or what he intended to talk about.As president of the International Democrat Union, an alliance of right-of-centre political parties around the globe, there may have been any number of issues Harper would want to address, including Israel and Iran.The visit to the U.S. capital comes amid heightened tensions between Canada and the U.S. over the prospect of a trade war.Talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled since Trump last month imposed a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports from Canada and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum imports.Trump has since threatened to impose more tariffs on Canadian-made automobiles and dairy.And he and other administration officials have also engaged in personal attacks against Trudeau in speeches and on political talk shows and social media.In Montreal on Thursday, Transport Minister Marc Garneau noted that opposition parties have united behind the government in its response to U.S. tariffs and threats of a trade war.“We speak with one voice, and we certainly hope that will continue to be the case, and we fully expect it to be the case,” he said.Harper was a team player earlier this month when he appeared on Fox News to defend Canada’s trade relationship with the U.S. He suggested that Canada “is the wrong target” for Trump’s wrath over unfair trade practices.However, in a memo to clients last fall entitled “Napping on NAFTA,” Harper accused the Trudeau government of bungling negotiations on the continental trade pact.Asked Thursday if Harper should have advised the government that he planned to visit the White House, Garneau said: “Mr Harper is a private citizen and I’m sure he’s sensitive to those things because he’s a former prime minister himself.”last_img read more

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Small group protests antiterror bill on Parliament Hill

first_imgAPTN National NewsCritics of the Harper government’s anti-terror bill were on Parliament Hill Wednesday.They came to show their opposition hours before a vote in expected to pass in the House of Commons.APTN’s Annette Francis in Ottawa.last_img

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Trade optimism drives Toronto market to largest daily gain since midJuly

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock market posted its largest daily gain in more than two months on Tuesday as trade optimism produced a relief rally.There is anecdotal evidence from the United States and Canada that they are closer to some sort of deal even though there is no concrete evidence, said Sid Mokhtari with CIBC Capital Markets.“The market does have some element of optimism for maybe the U.S. is going to have cooler heads and be able to come to some sort of resolution with Canada in particular, some sort of a NAFTA deal,” he said in an interview.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland travelled to Washington to resume efforts to forge a new version of the continental trade pact.Mokhtari figures the TSX could gain three to five per cent if a deal is reached.The two sides are approaching a deadline this week to have a deal signed by the Mexican president before he leaves office. There are some signals from Canada, however, that a deal may take longer, which prompted a congressional ally of U.S. President Donald Trump to suggest that Canada was dragging out the talks for its own political purposes.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 113.73 points to 16,196.04, the largest daily gain since July 12. The index reached a high of 16,198.67 on 228.9 million shares traded.All sectors but consumer discretionary, utilities and real estate closed up. Health care led, rising 6.1 per cent, primarily due to gains from cannabis company stocks including Aurora Cannabis Inc., Aphria Inc. and Canopy Growth Corp.The important energy sector rose 2.6 per cent as the November crude contract was up 91 cents to US$69.59 per barrel, its highest level in two weeks.American stock markets also rose.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 184.84 points to 26,246.96. The S&P 500 index was up 15.51 points to 2,904.31, while the Nasdaq composite was up 60.35 points at 7,956.11.Investors appeared unfazed by China’s move to increase tariffs on US$60 billion worth of U.S. goods, in retaliation to the U.S. saying it will impose tariffs on an additional US$200 billion of Chinese goods starting next Monday.“We’re getting a lot of zigzagging behaviour between offence and defence,” said Mokharti. “Today is more of an offence tone for as yesterday and last week we did have more of a defensive tone.”Semi-conductor companies have historically been a good leading indicator for weakness in the technology sector, which is a very large part of the U.S. benchmark index. As it comes under pressure, the S&P 500 may feel it too, he added.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.97 cents US compared with an average of 76.81 cents US on Monday.The October natural gas contract was up 11.9 cents at US$2.93 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$2.90 at US$1,202.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 7.95 cents at US$2.73 a pound.last_img read more

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Enbridge says it will start pipeline clean up

first_imgThe blast knocked out Enbridge’s 91-centimetre line, but the Calgary company’s 76-centimetre pipeline near the damage site is supplying natural gas on a reduced basis.The incident has lead several major industries and institutions to switch energy sources, reduce operations or shut down temporarily.Enbridge says it recognizes the incident has had a significant impact on the communities where the company operates, and it’s working with those communities to make sure their needs are being met.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – Enbridge Inc. says it will begin cleaning up the site of a natural gas pipeline explosion in Prince George, B.C., but the company says it does not have a timeline for how long the task will take.In a news release Saturday, the company says the Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the investigation into Tuesday’s incident, has opened the area to begin site-safety work and clean-up planning.An explosion Tuesday at an underground Enbridge pipeline temporarily shut down two natural gas pipelines.last_img read more

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Catalysts of change

first_imgIn a few months, my term as the head of a large non-governmental organisation comes to an end. I thought I should write about the sector and inform readers of the things that I learned and discovered in my four years of work. The first thing is about the quality of people who work in what is called civil society, meaning the groups that are linked by common interests. They are called activists and their organisations are often called NGOs. I have found that some of the brightest Indian people are attracted to this line of work and we should all be proud that this is the case. The salaries offered in the sector are nowhere near the corporate world and that makes is all the more remarkable that bright young people are to be found in large numbers in this field. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe second thing is about the nature of the work that they do. You have people who have worked for decades on issues such as manual scavenging or physical disabilities or primary education. Of course, this is noble and meaningful work. But the other aspect of this is that such people carry with them expertise and understanding which is absent elsewhere, including in the government. This brings me to the third point that in India it is not easy for such individuals and institutions to work with the government. The state in India, meaning the bureaucratic and political apparatus, is quite closed-minded and often arrogant. There is a master-servant relationship with the citizen, even if the citizen has worked on the issue for much longer than the bureaucrat that she is engaging. Also Read – Insider threat managementBecause I work for an organisation that is also global, I can report that in other democracies, particularly in those of Europe, the relationship of the state with civil society is much close than it is in India. There is respect for the work done by the activists in those nations whereas in our country these individuals and groups are usually considered to be a nuisance. The fourth thing that people may not know or have considered is the value that these activists and NGOs bring when the government actually engages with them. The United Progressive Alliance set up a group of people from civil society and called this group the National Advisory Council. Most of the people in this group were activists and NGO-wallahs. They told the government to legislate such laws as the Right to Information and MGNREGA and so on. If these laws have remained and if they are thought to be still popular, it is because they were the result of the sort of thinking that the government was incapable of. There is no question to my mind that things like the Right to Information are transformative. Along with their vote, RTI is the most powerful tool in the hands of the common person. The fifth thing is that these activists and NGOs bridge the chasm that exists between our middle class and the poor. The middle class finds it easy to roll the window up at the beggar on the traffic signal and we work in environments that are secluded. Issues like farmer suicide and agrarian distress do not mean anything to most of us because we have no real contact with that reality. It is the members of the middle class like activists and NGOs who have personal and sustained contact with these non-middle class issues that are able to connect us to other Indians. The sixth thing is that on issues where most Indians have made up their minds, it is the activists and NGOs who have subtlety and nuance. Because of the nature of our mainstream media, the information that we receive on Adivasi rights or Dalit rights is limited. We only have one side of the story when it comes to Kashmir. Our understanding of violence in the Northeast and its causes is poor. However, the activists and the NGOs have engaged with this at much deeper levels than most of us. Here is an example that you might not be aware of. In 2012, an NGO called EEVFAM moved the Supreme Court saying that the armed forces’ encounters in Manipur were fake. The court ordered some judges to inquire into this and found that the NGO was right. Because of this, the number of encounters and killings in Manipur fell from about 200 to only a handful as the armed forces knew they were being watched. You will not get this information from the regular media. It is the presence of NGOs and activists that has safeguarded constitutional rights. A democratic state needs the presence of large numbers of activists and organisations that work on things that affect society as a whole. Most of us individuals are not interested in things that do not concern us directly. We should be supportive of those who work on things for all of us, even if we sometimes disagree with some of the things that they say. (The author is head of Amnesty International India’s operations. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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US Grants Waivers on Iranian Oil to 8 Countries

By Trista YoussefRabat- The eight countries are all major buyers of Iranian oil. China and Turkey, both large importers of Iranian oil, also sought sanction waivers from the US. A full list of countries receiving waivers is expected to be officially released on Monday when the US renews its sanctions on Tehran.Although Trump’s policy is to limit Iran’s oil revenue, the recent waivers on sanctions aim to prevent spikes in oil prices. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told US reporters, “We are determined to implement our policy of maximum pressure on Iran. That’s our strategy.” He continued, “But we are prepared to work with countries that are reducing their imports on a case by case basis.”In May, the Trump administration warned importers of Iranian oil to halt all trade with Iran by November 4. Countries continuing to import Iranian oil following the US’s reimposition of sanctions face the risk of economic exclusion from the US market. Iran’s deputy oil minister, Ali Kardor, responded to the US’s political move, stating, “The waivers granted to these eight countries shows that the market needs Iran’s oil and it cannot be pulled out of the market … I don’t know whether these waivers are permanent or temporary ones.”So far, the US has managed to reduce Iranian oil exports from 2.7 to 1.6 million barrels per month through sanctions, according to internal US estimates. read more

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UN official briefs Djiboutis President on latest developments in Darfur

Mr. Gambari, who heads the AU-UN mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and is the Joint Special Representative to the region, stressed the importance during his meeting with Mr. Guelleh of implementing early recovery and development projects in Darfur, saying they must go hand-in-hand with efforts to enhance security, while pursuing the peace process.The Special Representative, who was accompanied by several senior UNAMID officials on the visit to Djibouti on Tuesday and Wednesday, commended Mr. Guelleh for his efforts to promote peace and development not only in Djibouti, but also in States that are members of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) regional group. 25 March 2010The top United Nations official in Darfur has concluded a two-day visit to Djibouti, where he briefed the country’s President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh on recent developments in the conflict-affected region of western Sudan. read more

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At least 20 people injured in Dambulla accident

At least 20 people were injured following an accident in Dambulla this morning involving a bus and a lorry.The police said that the driver of the bus, which was travelling to Colombo from Vavuniya, had lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into a lorry. The accident resulted in at least 13 men and seven women sustaining injuries and being admitted to hospital.Investigations have been launched into the accident. (Colombo Gazette)

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OpEd Constitutional breaches squander mania continue

PositionNumber of Positions Gross Salary Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedThe systematic dismantling of the Constitution and Rule of LawJuly 31, 2016In “Opinion”NO GECOM Chairman: Democracy, Rule of Law, Constitution under threatFebruary 17, 2017In “latest news”Halting Police promotions: PSC ceding its independence by obeying President’s instruction- NandlallAugust 12, 2017In “latest news” Legal Officer1$700,000 Over 50 years ago, the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) was created by the Constitution as an independent and autonomous institution. In this institution, the then Constitution resided the exclusive power to institute, take over and discontinue all prosecutions within Guyana.The pre-independence Constitutions had resided these powers in the office of the Attorney General. The independence Constitution, crafted in Westminster, effected the change. This position obtains today in Guyana and throughout the British Commonwealth.The removal of prosecutorial functions from the Attorney General’s office and the placement of same in an independent body was one of the mechanisms employed in institutionalising the independence of that office and to insulate it from Executive Government and all forms of interference.The rationale lies in recognition that the eventuality may arise whereby members of Government may have to be prosecuted and as such, prosecutions ought not to be contaminated with, or influenced by fellow Ministers, politicians or political considerations.Therefore, whenever the Attorney General or the Government plays any part, whatsoever, in the prosecution of offences, such participation is unlawful and unconstitutional.It is against this constitutional backdrop that the retention of Special Prosecutors in Guyana must be viewed.It is undisputed that these Special Prosecutors are handpicked by and paid from the budget of the Attorney General’s office. In fact for the budget of 2018, in the Committee of Supply, the Attorney General proudly announced that approximately $300M is being budgeted by his Ministry for, inter alia, the hiring of private lawyers, including, Special Prosecutors, blissfully oblivious to the constitutional violations he is committing.The issuance of the legally required fiat to prosecute is perfunctorily done by the DPP upon the instructions of the AG – another unconstitutionality.Article 187 (4) of the Constitution expressly prohibits the DPP from being directed by any person or authority in the discharge of the functional responsibilities of that office. The, apparent, willing subjugation of this office, to these directions, is a heavy blow to its integrity and impartiality.That 2 of these Special Prosecutors are operating out of the former law office of the Attorney General while he was in practice and the other 3 have well known connections to the PNC compounds the constitutional incest.Recently, in response, the AG disclosed in the National Assembly that these Prosecutors are retained at the staggering rate of $2M per head, per case, along with a charge-out rate of $20,000 per hour spent on each case (whether in or out of court).For most of the cases filed, so far, five Prosecutors are retained per case. This aggregates to $10M plus $100,000 for every hour spent on the case.Most of these cases require a minimum of over a dozen witnesses to be called. Each of these cases will attract a minimum of approximately 100 billable hours – $100,000 x 100 = $10,000,000 + $10,000,000 = $20,000,000. So, each case will attract a minimum cost of $20M.You will note that there is no mechanism in place to prevent fabricated billing hours.Therefore, this arrangement is susceptible to serious abuse.  According to the AG, from 7th June, 2017, twelve of these cases have been filed. The sum of money thus far expended is $240M ($20Mx12).I have used minimum figures in these computations. I predict that none of these cases would yield a conviction.In that same sitting of the National Assembly, in answer to questions which I asked, the Minister of Public Health disclosed that as of March, 2018, the Government has already paid $264M as rent for a house in Albouystown to be used as a “drugs bond”.As of 30th June, 2018, the total rent the Government would have paid will be $306M but yet no drugs have ever been stored in this building. I further enquired of the steps taken to renegotiate a lower rent or terminate the contract as the Government had promised. The Minister’s response almost floored me. I can do no better than reproduce it here:“The actions taken were a Notice to Quit dated October 31, 2016 by the Permanent Secretary, Trevor Thomas. A reminder dated October 3, 2017, was sent by the Permanent Secretary, Ms. Colette Adams.”I apprehend this answer to mean that the Ministry served upon the Landlord a “Notice to quit” the premises by October, 31 2016, but failed to do so. One year later, they reminded the Landlord again they would vacate and again, they have failed to do so.Significantly, what they have NOT failed to do is dutifully pay the rent every month. I categorise this as insanity not incompetence! The Ministry now says that the contract would be terminated by year end. They said so since 2016. There was no such termination. Six more months of rent will add another $84M. The total rent would be a whopping $390M!Yet still, to other questions which I posed, the AG disclosed that no Commissioner has been appointed to the Law Reform Commission although millions of dollars have been budgeted for this unit, by this Administration, since 2015.By a written agreement of Tenancy dated 14th November 2017, the Ministry of Legal Affairs rented the 2nd and 3rd flats (not the 1st flat, which is normally the high rent yielding flat) of a building located at 59 Robb Street, Bourda (the lessor commercial side of Robb Street which ought to attract a lower rent), for the whopping sum of $850,000 per month. As I indicated, there is no Commissioner appointed therefore, the Law Reform Commission cannot be functioning without Commissioners. Yet the following persons are currently employed presumably since November, 2017: Legal Clerk2$150,000 (x2) $1,785,000 Below is an opinion piece by Attorney-at-Law, Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Mohabir Anil Nandlall. TOTAL per month Driver1$120,000 Typists3$130,000(x3) This institution costed taxpayers a total of $12,495,000 in salaries and $5,950,000 in rent, totalling $18,445,000 up to June, 2018, but has done no visible work whatsoever.In short, these 3 initiatives from 2 Ministries costed taxpayers a total of $648,445,000 ($240M+$390M+$18,445,000), but other than their friends and cronies, not a single benefit trickles down to the ordinary Guyanese (irrespective of race), directly or indirectly.In fact, they are all expenditures which are absolutely unnecessary. As I said, these are only 3 initiatives.Multiply the same a thousand times and you get a clear picture of the level of wastage, corruption, graft and nepotism taking place within the bowels of this Government.The country is simply not earning at a rate to sustain these parasitical excesses. At the same time, monies cannot be found to pay severance to over 4000 sugar workers, lawfully due to them.To date, the fate and future of these workers and their families remain in flux. Cleaner1$75,000 Office Assistant2$100,000(x2) read more

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Police given extra time to question McConville suspect

first_imgPSNI DETECTIVES HAVE been given until tomorrow night to question a 77-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of Jean McConville.Detectives in the Serious Crime Branch have been given until tomorrow night to continue interviewing the suspect at Antrim police station.McConville, a widow and mother of 10 children, was 37 when she wasabducted in December 1972 from her flat in the Divis area of west Belfast and shot by the IRA.Her body was recovered more than 30 years later on a beach in Co Louth in August 2003.Read: 77-year-old man arrested in connection with Jean McConville murderlast_img

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Man in his 60s dies in car crash in Co Clare

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4599619 2 Comments Short URL Share Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,355 Views A MAN IN his 60s has died in a fatal car collision in Co Clare this afternoon. Gardaí were called to the scene of the single vehicle collision on the R352 near the village of Mountshannon at 2.45pm. It is understood the car left the road and struck a ditch. The man was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.The man’s body has since been removed to the mortuary at University Hospital Limerick for a post-mortem examination.Another man in his 60s was also removed to the hospital by ambulance. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.Garda forensic collision investigators have attended the scene and traffic diversions were put in place. Gardaí in Killaloe are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ennis Garda Station 065-6848100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. By Cónal Thomas Apr 18th 2019, 10:51 PM Man in his 60s dies in car crash in Co Clare Gardaí in Killaloe are appealing for witnesses. Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 10:50 PMlast_img read more

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Des officiers de police formés à lutilisation des réseaux sociaux

first_imgDes officiers de police, formés à l’utilisation des réseaux sociauxGrande-Bretagne –  Les autorités s’adaptent à la délinquance sur le web. Aujourd’hui, des officiers britanniques sont formés à l’utilisation de réseaux sociaux tels que Facebook ou Twitter. Les officiers de police sont formés à l’utilisation de Facebook et Twitter. Leur rôle sera de récolter des indices pouvant amener à l’arrestation d’un criminel qui sévit sur ou grâce au web. Chaque année, 3.500 policiers suivent un stage de formation ou de perfectionnement. Nick Gargan, député et chef de l’agence nationale de la police, explique : “Ce programme est très important dans la carrière d’un officier puisqu’il peut désormais enquêter à des endroits qu’il ne connaissait pas forcément auparavant. Ces améliorations sont exactement ce dont les officiers avaient besoin pour affronter les défis et la complexité des enquêtes de la police moderne”.L’Angleterre est sensible à l’utilisation des réseaux sociaux. Lors d’une affaire récente, la page web d’une jeune fille avait été actualisée par son propre père après sa disparition. Accusé du meurtre de sa fille, il a été retrouvé mort dans sa cellule en prison peu avant son procès. Le 2 novembre 2010 à 12:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Ariane 5 Eutelsat perd un satellite lancé par la fusée

first_imgAriane 5 : Eutelsat perd un satellite lancé par la fusée France – Jeudi 28 octobre, une fusée Ariane 5 était lancée depuis la base de Kourou, en Guyane française. Elle devait placer en orbite deux satellites de télévision. Mais l’un d’entre eux, le W3B lancé pour Eutelsat, a été perdu quelques heures plus tard.Jeudi, Arianespace se félicitait d’avoir placé avec succès deux satellites en orbite. Mais le lendemain, Eutelsat Communications publiait un communiqué dans lequel il annonçait “la perte du satellite W3B à la suite d’une anomalie de fonctionnement observée sur le sous-système de propulsion du satellite, après son lancement par une fusée Ariane 5”.L’origine de cet incident très rare est aujourd’hui encore inconnue. Alors que l’accident a affecté le cours de la Bourse du groupe, des enquêtes sont en cours pour déterminer la cause du problème. “Nous avons connu des lancements qui ont échoué mais nous n’avons jamais connu d’anomalie de ce genre sur nos satellites” a déploré auprès de l’AFP une porte-parole d’Eutelsat. 25e satellite du groupe lancé par Arianespace, W3B devait permettre l’essor de la télévision numérique en Europe centrale et dans les îles de l’océan Indien, tout en développement l’accès au haut débit en Afrique et l’interconnexion des réseaux d’entreprise et de téléphonie GSM.W3B devait être positionné à 16° de longitude est afin de remplacer les satellites Eurobird 16, W2M et Sesat 1. “En l’absence de W3B, ces trois satellites continueront d’assurer tous leurs services actuels à cette position jusqu’à l’arrivée de W3C, dont le lancement est prévu pour mi-2011”, a précisé Eutelsat, avant d’annoncer être sur le point de lancer la construction d’un nouveau satellite, W3D, dont la mise en orbite est prévue au premier trimestre 2013. “La perte de W3B est une déception. Nous allons maintenant concentrer notre attention sur la livraison du satellite W3C et sur la mise en œuvre d’un nouveau programme satellitaire pour compenser cette perte”, a souligné le directeur général d’Eutelsat, Michel de Rosen.Le 2 novembre 2010 à 15:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Boyfriend surprises girlfriend with proposal at MIA

first_imgBoyfriend: “Me.” MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A passenger at Miami International Airport surprised his girlfriend with a proposal.The couple was catching a flight to Barcelona for a friend’s wedding. As they were walking to their gate, MIA’s social media team secretly asked the couple a few questions for a short video.After the team asked a few questions, the boyfriend then popped the big question.The proposal was all caught on camera.MIA: “Have you ever heard of anyone getting engaged at the airport before?’Boyfriend: “Well, not actually, no. Well, I have seen it sometime, but I don’t know. I may know someone though.”MIA: “Yeah. Who?” Federica & Luis take off to their next destination: Happily Ever After. Congrats to the newly engaged couple! pic.twitter.com/rmhI4uCsgi— Miami Int’l Airport (@iflymia) June 14, 2018The couple had their first date three years ago at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant right outside the airport.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Amtrak to Launch New National Magazine

first_img Editor-in-chief Leigh Flayton left Manifest on June 30, after 10 years at the magazine. That includes OnTrak magazine, a quarterly publication on the Cascades route, published by Statehood Media and funded by Oregon and Washington state. The magazine launched in 2014 and continues to print issues today, according to Kevin Max, chief content officer of Statehood Media. Jordan Heller is the editor-in-chief. He is also editor-in-chief of Rhapsody and Hemisphere, the inflight magazines for United Airlines. Alex Hoyt is the executive editor, as well as senior editor of Rhapsody. Under Flayton, the magazine hosted an array of celebrity cover stars, from President Bill Clinton in March/April 2012 to actor Olivia Wilde in January/February 2016. The magazine was especially popular among the New York comedy set, earning mention on NBC’s “30 Rock,” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” “In our first issue you’ll find all kinds of stories — travel essays, reported pieces, fiction, poetry, and fine-art photography — and a range of voices from across the country. As you pass the hours, we hope you’ll find it an enjoyable read — and a compelling case to see America by train,” Hoyt said in a statement. Amtrak is launching its first national magazine in October. The National, a bi-monthly print magazine and digital portal, will be produced by the London-based publisher Ink. The new magazine will be available on up to 300 daily trains across the US. Amtrak will continue to carry state-sponsored magazines. A spokesperson with the company said it has an open offer with the 48 continental states to keep regional magazines in train seat pockets.center_img Arrive publisher Manifest voluntarily resigned its publishing in spring, according to a Manifest spokesperson. Though only distributed on the Northeast Corridor, Arrive was the official Amtrak magazine, along with Corridor, its accompanying digital portal. The company now publishes 28 magazines, including American Airlines’ American Way, which will move to Miami from its long-held home in Dallas.   Ellen Carucci, the group publisher of Arrive, has been with Manifest since 2015 and remains at the company, along with the rest of Arrive’s staff. As The National gets going, Amtrak says goodbye to its current onboard magazine, Arrive. The current summer/fall 2016 issue of Arrive is its last. The National will be based out of Ink’s New York office, with Anna Szpunar as publisher.last_img read more

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After Infosys TCS and Wipro Q4 results to be in focus

first_imgStewards are seen behind desks with the logo of Wipro Ltd at the company’s headquarters in Bengaluru, October 21, 2016.Reuters fileWith Infosys kicking off the Q4 earnings season on Thursday, the focus will now shift to the other two major IT services companies — TCS and Wipro. India’s largest software services exporter, TCS, will declare its results on April 18 while the third-largest exporter, Wipro, will come out with its performance on April 25 after the conclusion of the two-day board meeting.Wipro had given a revenue guidance of $1,922-1,941 million for the fourth quarter (Q4) after reporting $1,902.8 million for the December 2016 (Q3) quarter.IT stocks were faring far lower on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Thursday in comparison to the 30-scrip benchmark index, Sensex. The BSE IT index was down 1.72 percent at around 10.21 am in sharp contrast to the Sensex that was trading 0.15 percent lower at 29,599.Wipro shares were trading 1.55 percent lower at Rs 493 apiece while TCS was down 2.39 percent to Rs 2,337. Tech Mahindra and HCL Technologies were also trading in the red, down 0.99 percent and 1.05 percent, respectively.Industry body Nasscom had estimated revenue growth for the ~$150 billion Indian IT industry to come in the range of 8.6 percent, lower from the earlier 8-10 percent projection in November 2016 and 10-12 percent in February last year.Nasscom deferred its growth forecast for the next fiscal (FY2018) at its February summit to May, citing global uncertainty and US President Donald Trump’s policies to defer projections for FY 2018. “This (the postponement) has been attributed to global macro uncertainty, cross-currency fluctuations, structural shift in the industry, political volatility, headwinds in healthcare around the repealment in the US of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and lack of firming up of discretionary spending by customers, especially in the critical BFSI sector (which accounts for 40%-45% of industry revenues),” Girish Pai, analyst at brokerage Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities, had written in his note in February this year. As already reported, Infosys’ Q4 (March 2017) net profit was Rs 3,603 crore, a marginal rise of 0.2 percent from its December 2016 quarter net profit of Rs 3,597 crore but a fall of 2.8 percent from Rs 3,708 crore for the March 2016 quarter.He had also expected Nasscom to make a growth projection of 6-8 percent for the current fiscal (FY2018), close to the actual dollar revenue guidance of 6.5-8.5 percent given by Infosys.”The company’s outlook (consolidated) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, under IFRS is as follows: Revenues are expected to grow 6.5%-8.5% in constant currency,” Infosys said on Thursday. Employees of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) at the company headquarters in Mumbai March 14, 2013.Reuters Filelast_img read more

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Bringing Infosys board founders on the same page doable says cochairman

first_imgInfosys Co-chairman Ravi Venkatesan. REUTERS/Vijay MathurInfosys co-chairman Ravi Venkatesan on Tuesday said his priority is to get promoters and management working together as “one Infosys” and not operating in different pockets, according to a PTI report.The report said that Venkatesan’s comments assume significance in the wake of a recent public spat between some promoters and the top management of India’s second largest IT firm with a turnover of over $10 billion.Venkatesan said that bringing promoters and management together is “doable” and he spends four to five days in a week on this despite being only a non-executive co-chairman.”I agree, there is a lot of work to do… I tell people, I am a non-executive co-chairman, but when I think about this task of getting everybody working as one… I spend four to five days in a week,” he told PTI.Venkatesan was replying to a query that there must be a lot of work left for him to achieve the goal of “one Infosys”.He said that his priority would be to get the promoters and management working together, under one roof as “one Infosys”. If the company can create this spirit and feeling of oneness, everything will fall in place, Venkatesan said.Asked how big is the task to bring the board and founders together, Venkatesan said, “I don’t know how to measure oneness, but a lot of it is still left… Yes, but it is doable.”Asked if his quest to meet the goal of “one Infosys” will get hampered and cause alarm to CEO Vishal Sikka, going by founder N R Narayana Murthy’s comment on regretting quitting the company in 2014, Venkatesan said it won’t lead to fresh set of challenges, for Murthy was still incredibly passionate about Infosys and the company takes his positive suggestions on board. “Just because you have differences of views on compensation and other sundry issues, that doesn’t change the fundamentals. So, when a man like that speaks, we obviously pay a lot of attention to it and try and see what is the merit in the idea and embrace it. So, I would not put too much stock on these comments, but the question should be better addressed to him directly,” he said.Murthy has been vocal by raising the issue of corporate governance, questioning the severenace package given to former Infosys chief financial officer Rajiv Bansal and the pay hike of top executive personnel including CEO Vishal Sikka.Venkatesan said Sikka was Murthy’s pick and he drove a lot of positive changes in the first two years of his stint by talking about various new things but stressing mainly on employees’ innovative skills.”Sikka has completed three years, but for the first couple of years I think things were quite good. After all, Vishal was hired by Murthyji. He was his pick. Vishal drove a lot of positive changes. He said we must show – even Indians can innovate and every employee has to innovate. So, these ideas were appreciated by employees, clients, and also by Murthy, I believe,” he said.last_img read more

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HC sets Khaleda bail hearing for Sunday

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda ZiaThe High Court has accepted the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail petition against the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The higher court on Thursday set the bail hearing for Sunday after staying a fine order against the BNP chief by the Dhaka Special Court-5.An HC bench comprising justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Shahidul Karim directed the judicial court to send the files of the case to the High Court within 15 days.Lawyers AJ Mohammad Ali and Joynul Abedin and Mahbub Uddin Khokon represented the BNP chief at the court while attorney general Mahbubey Alam stood for the state.On 8 February this year, the Dhaka Special Court-5 sentenced the former prime minister to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The BNP chairperson has been imprisoned in the Nazimuddin Road jail.The special court also sentenced five others, including the BNP chief’s son Tarique Rahman, for 10 years in the graft case.Meanwhile, Khaleda Zia also filed a separate bail petition with the High Court in the graft case.last_img read more

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Rule Changes Would End Remnants Of Electric Bill Assistance For LowIncome Texans

first_img Listen Share 00:00 /00:45 State regulators could move this week to get rid of rules designed to help low-income Texans with their electric bills. Under a proposal being considered by the Public Utility Commission of Texas on Thursday, electric companies would no longer have to give low-income customers a break on late fees, and they wouldn’t have to make special payment plans available for those customers.Carol Biedrzycki, with the advocacy group Texas Ratepayers’ Organization to Save Energy – or “ROSE” – worries about that.“Those things can very well make it more difficult for people to maintain utility service,” she said.A now-defunct state program used to directly help low-income families pay electric bills. The utility commission said these changes are essentially meant to fully wind down that program, as state lawmakers intended, and to remove references to it in the rules. The commission notes the changes would also create a new requirement that companies let all customers split up their deposits for new electric plans.Commissioners could vote on the proposal at a Thursday meeting, or ask for more information before considering it on a later date. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

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Baltimore City NAACP Looks to Provide Resources for Youth in Baltimore City

first_imgCommunity leaders gathered to discuss initiative.Worried about the impact of the stricter youth curfew law passed by the Baltimore City Council, the Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP decided to take action. The NAACP Branch is building a coalition of community organizations and businesses to create a “database of the resources” that provide mentorships, jobs, housing, and other necessary services to youth and o ther members of the Baltimore City community.At a meeting of community activists and leaders in June, Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore City Chapter, recalled her childhood in Cherry Hill. “When I was little, even in Cherry Hill in West Baltimore, if you threw a stone at someone’s car or you were running across somebody’s grass, if my mother wasn’t out front the next door neighbor could tell me ‘don’t do that,’” Hill-Aston said. “And it was okay for her to do that … What we have to do is find things and ways to support people when they need help.”The initiative is being supported by a wide array of enterprises, from former military and private businesses to entertainment industry insiders and labor unions. Ronald Holcombe, a state officer for the American Legion in Baltimore City, helps run Boys State, an annual summer camp in Maryland that teaches civics. “I’m very involved with trying to financially help the youth, get them educated, just teach them the new things of life and how to be a citizen of this country,” Holcombe said.Baltimore City NAACP President Tessa Hill-Aston speaks to the community leaders gathered to discuss the resource database initiative.Holcombe would like to see more information about military programs and careers in the schools, believing that for many young people, especially those who in trouble, military discipline will get them on the path to being productive citizens.Anita Foster is a filmmaker and playwright, and operates Being Me LLC Productions. With a number of other artists and entertainment industry insiders she created Hip Hop for the Homeless, an annual food drive and fundraiser for shelters and other organizations who work with the homeless. “What’s important is bringing back the unity in the community starting with the youth, and building different strategies and outlets, [and] resources … providing more recreational activities and educational programs to enhance our youths’ minds [and] to build our future leaders,” Foster said, speaking on the importance of the initiative.In addition to Hip Hop for the Homeless, Foster is adding her program for high school juniors and seniors to the database. The program, called ‘Motivation to Success,’ provides what Foster termed a “hard blueprint” for youth graduating from high school – making sure they can complete an employment application and working to secure employment before they finish school.Glen Middleton, president of the Baltimore City branch of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union, said, “I bought into it [the database initiative] right away when Tessa called me up, because we want to do a mentorship program and then help to fund raise to provide money, to provide different events for [youth] to go to.”At the June meeting, Hill-Aston suggested quarterly meetings, acknowledging the reality of everyone’s busy schedule, in order to develop the resource database. Those gathered, however, felt the initiative was too important and set a monthly meeting schedule.Hill-Aston said she expects a first version of the database to be ready by early August.last_img read more

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