Lawyers urge Canada to stop Chinese execs extradition to US on fraud

first_imgVANCOUVER — Defence lawyers for a senior Huawei executive have asked Canada’s foreign affairs minister to stop the extradition process against their client, saying the request made by the United States was for political purposes, not legitimate law enforcement reasons.Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers say in a statement they decided to deliver written submissions to Chrystia Freeland following former prime minister Jean Chretien’s comments that withdrawing extradition proceedings would improve relations with China and win the release of two Canadians being held there.Freeland has rejected Chretien’s view, which was reported in the Globe and Mail based on anonymous sources, saying heeding to external pressure in a single case would set a dangerous precedent that could make Canadians less safe around the world.In the statement released Monday, Meng’s lawyers say Canada is at a “crossroads” regarding the United States’ request to extradite Meng to face a fraud trial for alleged conduct that would not be an offence in Canada.Meng was arrested at Vancouver’s airport last December and a B.C. Supreme Court judge has accepted her defence team’s plan for the start of an extradition hearing in January, which would conclude in about 16 months.The U.S. Department of Justice laid charges of conspiracy, fraud and obstruction of justice against Meng and Huawei, alleging they misled a bank about Huawei’s ownership of a subsidiary called Skycom in an effort to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran.Both Meng and Huawei have denied any wrongdoing.Her defence team says the extradition proceedings are unprecedented.“What is most glaring about the extradition request is that the conduct alleged against Ms. Meng could never ground a criminal prosecution in Canada,” the lawyers say in the statement.“Canada does not police the conduct of foreign persons in foreign lands that have nothing to do with Canada.”They say all the allegations relevant to the extradition request occurred in Hong Kong, involving Meng, a foreign national, and a foreign bank.“None of the conduct occurred in the United States or Canada. No alleged victim resided in Canada. No aspect of any fact violated any Canadian law.”The statement from Meng’s legal team says the United States has stood alone since May 2018 in maintaining strict sanction laws against Iran, which neither Canada nor any of its allies support.Meng remains under house arrest at one of her two Vancouver homes and has filed a separate civil lawsuit against the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency.Both have denied officers searched her electronic devices at the airport in Vancouver, saying border officials only examined Meng and her luggage for immigration and customs purposes.Relations between China and Canada have been strained since Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained by Beijing last December for alleged spying after Meng was arrested.Freeland has maintained Meng’s arrest is lawful and her rights are being protected while rebuffing China’s demands to free her.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Russell Brand And David Lynch Bring Meditation To AtRisk Youth

first_imgDavid Lynch and Russell Brand joined forces to help bring Transcendental Meditation to 1,000,000 at-risk youth at the U.S. premiere of Meditation Creativity Peace at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 2.Russell Brand and David LynchCredit/Copyright: Amy Graves via The TASC GroupThe premiere marked the launch of the “Meditation in Education” global outreach campaign.“Proceeds from the global distribution of the documentary will be used to help students in the United States and across the world overcome traumatic stress, improve learning ability and raise performance through Transcendental Meditation,” said Lynch.Russell Brand and David Lynch On StageCredit/Copyright: Amy Graves via The TASC GroupMeditation Creativity Peace is scheduled to premiere in London, Paris, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Toronto and other global cities during May and June. The film will also be screened at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in West Palm Beach, FL on Saturday, April 6.The documentary chronicles Lynch’s 16-country tour of European and Middle Eastern film schools in 2007, when he addressed tens of thousands of students about his creative processes, filmmaking and his 40-year practice of Transcendental Meditation.The Billy Wilder Theater holds nearly 300 people, but more than 1,000 people unexpectedly showed up at the box office. The additional film buffs were able to view the documentary in an overflow hall at the museum and on large outdoor screens mounted in the museum courtyard.Russell Brand, a four-year meditator, said that TM had helped him overcome his decades-long addiction to drugs and alcohol. “I have become a better human being through meditation,” Brand said.Lynch and Brand were joined onstage after the film by Bob Roth, executive director of the David Lynch Foundation, for a 20-minute Q&A. Roth said the David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships for over 250,000 at-risk youth to meditate worldwide and is expanding its work to support veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress and women who have survived domestic abuse.The David Lynch Foundation (DLF), a nonprofit charity, brings Transcendental Meditation to underserved populations including inner-city youth, women and teens who have been victims of violence, veterans with post-traumatic stress, homeless adults and teens and incarcerated adults and juveniles. The Foundation has received public support from Hollywood luminaries such as Dr. Mehmet Oz, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Hugh Jackman, Martin Scorsese, Naomi Watts and Laura Dern.The benefits of meditation have been studied and found effective by the Harvard School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association. Meditation has been proven to reduce acute and chronic stress and stress-related disorders, decrease anxiety and depression, help individuals overcome addictions and simultaneously develop the brain and creative potential of the individual for a healthy, productive and self-sufficient life.last_img read more

Cannabis marketing rules still hazy postlegalization

first_imgTORONTO — Despite strict rules limiting the promotion of now legal recreational pot now in effect, cannabis promotions continue to pop up amid loopholes and a lack of clarity on how the legislation’s grey areas should be applied.Nearly one month on since legalization, there is disagreement in the sector on murky portions of the Cannabis Act governing marketing, with some licensed producers taking a more aggressive approach and others holding back.“The fact that you aren’t seeing that an overwhelming wave yet of those kinds of tactics, to me, demonstrates that there is still uncertainty,” said Rebecca Brown, founder of Crowns Agency, a Toronto-based marketing consultancy focused on the marijuana industry.Canada legalized pot for recreational use on Oct. 17, when strict guidelines governing the plant’s promotion came into force.The blitz of cannabis industry billboards, sponsored concerts and pop-up information kiosks seen ahead of legalization have abated, but marijuana brands can be seen on taxi cabs or on social media — which may or may not run afoul of the law depending on interpretation.The Cannabis Act prohibits promotion of cannabis to young people and ads in places where it can be seen by those under the age of 18.Also barred is the use of endorsements or a depiction of a person, character or animal or marketing which presents “a way of life such as one that includes glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.”Some companies have run afoul of this particular clause in the Act, Health Canada says.Since legalization, the health agency has reached out to seven regulated parties “to promote an understanding of the new prohibitions relating to the promotion of cannabis… and to bring specific concerns to their attention,” said agency spokesman Eric Morissette.All regulated parties contacted have addressed, or are in the process of, addressing the issues raised, Health Canada added.The government agency would not detail what portions of the Act were violated, but did say “for example” it raised concerns about “promotion using the depiction of persons and promotions that present a product or brand that associates it with a particular way of life, such as a glamorous or recreational lifestyle.”Health Canada said it would not identify the parties involved “provided that they have acted in good faith and taken the necessary corrective measures.” Still, government guidelines on pot promotion also has several exceptions and clauses which, some say, are open to interpretation.One exception allows for promotion using a “brand element” on a “thing that is not cannabis or a cannabis accessory,” if that thing isn’t associated with young persons or “vitality.”To some, this means ads with just a brand name or logo and a website may be allowable on things such as billboards, said Brown.“If you are reading the act plainly or literally, that should be allowed… There are certainly LPs that do feel uncomfortable with that.”Earlier this month, a cannabis ad was seen on a taxicab in Toronto with its brand name and the tagline: “Buds don’t travel high. Drive safely.”The Canadian Marketing Association’s cannabis marketing activities guide says advertising solely with a brand element, without appealing to young people or suggesting a glamorous lifestyle may be allowed, but “proceed with caution and consult legal counsel.”Canada’s largest newspaper publisher Postmedia Network Inc. intends to run ads that fit into the loopholes in the act, said spokeswoman Phyllise Gelfand.Postmedia announced earlier this month that it would stop delivering print editions to schools for fear that sending the papers containing ads directly to students would violate the law. The last newspaper delivery to schools was on Oct. 31, but papers can still be delivered to homes if directly to people over the age of 18, Gelfand said in an email.When asked whether ads with simply a brand element and a website in a newspaper would be considered compliant, Health Canada said it could not comment on a specific situation.“Newspapers available to the public should not generally contain any promotional material, including advertising, related to cannabis,” said Health Canada spokeswoman Maryse Durette, noting that any promotion related to pot can only be in a publication that is addressed and sent to someone 18 years of age or older.The exemption was likely designed for things such as T-shirts and hats but more clarity from Health Canada is needed, said Trina Fraser, an Ottawa-based lawyer who advises the cannabis industry.“Certainly, I don’t think it was intended to provide essentially for mass brand promotion through conventional advertising means, even though, again, I think it at most it would be limited to the actual logo or brand name,” said Fraser.Nick Dean, chief executive of Emblem Cannabis, said the pot producer won’t be running ads on billboards on highways or in newspapers but will look to leverage social media influencers, he said.“There’s lots of opportunities for us to still be creative in how we market these brands, post-legalization,” Dean said.Other exceptions include ads in age-gated areas where young people are not permitted.Canopy Growth Corp.’s marketing campaign utilized billboards, concerts and informational kiosks but promotions stopped on the night of Oct. 16, said its co-chief executive Bruce Linton on a recent analyst call. Now, the licensed producer is using ads in age-gated areas, such as posters in bar bathrooms, he said.“We did not receive a letter from Health Canada to say that we were not in compliance,” Linton said.Another exception is in the digital realm where “reasonable steps” must be taken to ensure it cannot be accessed by non-adults. However, it is unclear whether a social media page with a description asking that its followers be adults is a “reasonable step,” the CMA said in its guide.Yet, many cannabis companies continue to post on Instagram, with the phrase “By following, you confirm that you are 19+” on their accounts.The industry desires more guidance from Health Canada on cannabis promotional activities, and more transparency about the warning letters issued thus far, said Fraser.“We don’t know what they were about, who they were sent to or what the basis for the objection that Health Canada took in the letter was… That is limiting us all as an industry from learning and growing.” — with files from Nicole ThompsonArmina Ligaya, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN hands out shelter materials to Haitian quake survivors hit by storm

27 September 2010Residents of more than 160 of the numerous temporary settlements that sprang up in Haiti following January’s catastrophic earthquake have been hit by a deadly rainstorm that lashed the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Friday and are in urgent need of shelter material, the United Nations reported today. At least 1 million people are still living in tent camps or makeshift housing, eight months after the earthquake struck the country, killing around 200,000 people.Needs assessments in the camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) have identified 11,000 families requiring shelter assistance after the brief but intense storm. Humanitarian agencies have so far distributed more than 5,400 tarpaulins and nearly 4,670 tents to over 3,200 families, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).While sufficient stocks of shelter material are available to meet the needs created by the storm, they will need to be replenished quickly.Camp health facilities that were identified as having been damaged by the storm have since be repaired, according to OCHA.UN Police have conducted 191 joint patrols with the Haitian National Police in IDP camps and no incidents have been reported. Some 200 soldiers have provided escort security to aid workers distributing tarpaulins to camp residentsAccording to media reports, at least five people in Port-au-Prince died as a result of the storm, which was brief but sharp and brought heavy rains and high winds to the city, including the many camps for internally displaced persons who have been homeless since the quake.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced sadness on Saturday at the loss of life and damage caused by the storm and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.He stressed the need for donors to continue to support post-quake relief and recovery efforts across Haiti, with an estimated $450 million in additional funding still required. read more

2013 wasnt a great year financially for most Canadians survey finds

TORONTO — Sun Life Financial says 2013 wasn’t a great year financially for most Canadians.An Ipsos Reid survey conducted in November for Sun Life found that, overall, 57% of Canadians felt they were not any better off financially than they were a year ago.Those feelings were even stronger among women and those aged 55 and older, with 61% of both groups saying their financial position had not improved year over year.On the flip side, 38% of those surveyed did say their finances had improved compared with a year ago.Albertans were most likely to say they felt better off, at 47%, followed by those in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, at 45%, and Atlantic Canadians at 43%.Quebecers were least likely, with 63% saying their financial position was no better than a year ago.“It’s concerning that a majority of Canadians aren’t feeling better off financially than they were last year as we head into a holiday season where we tend to spend more and save less,” Sun Life president Kevin Dougherty said of the results.“Canadians can take steps toward feeling better by putting a financial plan in writing and perhaps consider it as a new year’s resolution.”As it is, the survey found only 36% of Canadians contribute to an RRSP, although that number rose to 50% among those who felt their financial situation had improved.The Ipsos Reid survey interviewed 1,239 Canadians online between Nov. 25 and Nov. 29. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. read more

78 Magnitude Earthquake hits Nepal

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal today around noon, local time.It rolled through Nepal’s densely populated Kathmandu Valley.The death toll is at 688 and rising. Included in the death toll are a group of climbers at a Mount Everest base camp who died in a quake-triggered avalanche.Rescue efforts are now underway to find countless missing people in the rubble.The Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa and Canadian offices abroad are working with local authorities to help Canadians in Nepal.Canadians with family or friends in the region can get information by emailing sos@international.gc.ca. or online at international.gc.ca. read more

HBC takes out 20year mortgage on Saks Fifth Avenue store in New

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 24, 2014 5:49 am MDT HBC takes out 20-year mortgage on Saks Fifth Avenue store in New York AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC) says it is taking out a US$1.25 billion, 20-year mortgage for the ground floor of its Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York City.The mortgage has an expected interest rate of less than 4.4 per cent, with the transaction anticipated to close in early December.“What we love about it is that we have locked in these historic low interest rates for the next 20 years, which is going to be substantial cash savings to the company,” HBC governor and chief executive Richard Baker told analysts during a conference call Monday.Shares in HBC were up $1.78 or nearly nine per cent at $21.98 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the announcement.The Canadian retailer said the building at 611 Fifth Ave. has been appraised at approximately $4.1 billion (US$3.7 billion), leased at current market rates.The mortgage is expected to save the company at least $5 million in annualized cash interest expenses. The transaction will incur approximately US$76 million of one-time expenses.HBC said it also plans to spend US$250 million to renovate the New York store in the first half of 2015.Baker said the deal gives the company flexibility and control over its most important flagship property, including the possibility of setting it up as part of a potential real estate investment trust.“It allows us to maintain all the options of doing other things with the building over time as we decide if it’s something that should be or needs to be done,” he added.Baker said in June that the company was “committed to surfacing the value of our real estate, which we believe is unappreciated by the market.”Last year, the company signed a $650-million deal to sell and lease back its Queen Street store and Simpson Tower office complex in Toronto.Across Canada, the company has 90 Hudson’s Bay department stores and one outlet location as well as 69 Home Outfitters locations.It also has 50 Lord & Taylor department stores and 39 Saks Fifth Avenue locations in addition to 80 Off 5th discount stores.In 2011, Hudson’s Bay sold more than 200 Zellers locations in Canada to U.S. discounter Target as part of a $1.8-billion deal. read more

Global trust declining our world needs steppedup global leadership

“On the other hand,” he added, “ambitious climate action will not only slow temperature rise, it will be good for economies, for the environment and for public health. Climate solutions represent opportunity, and technology is on our side.  They are wise investments in an equitable, prosperous and sustainable future.  Green business truly is good business.”Turning to the funding needed for climate change mitigation and adaptation, the Secretary-General recalled the pledge to mobilize $100 billion per year for climate action in support of the developing world by 2020, and welcomed Germany’s Wednesday announcement to donate $1.5 billion to the Green Climate Fund: “the members of the G20 (group of industrialized nations) are responsible for more than three-quarters of greenhouse emissions. Yet it is equally true that G20 members have the power to bend the emissions curve. They also have the resources to provide the financing needed for both mitigation and adaptation.”Ahead of the opening of the G20 on Friday in Buenos Aires, Mr. Guterres has sent a letter to the Heads of State taking part, in which he warns of the “increasingly acute” threats to human prosperity posed by climate-change and rising inequality, and underlines the need to preserve and renew multilateralism in order to “redirect globalization towards sustainable development for all.”To achieve the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the UN’s blueprint to transform the world for the better, the Secretary-General outlines 7 areas for G20 leaders to prioritize: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Financing for Sustainable Development, Climate Action, Sustainable Food Future, Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, The Future of Work, and Migrants and Refugees.The letter ends with an appeal to the leaders to conclude with an ambitious communiqué that “responds to the challenges of our time and upholds the spirit of cooperation.” In a press briefing on Wednesday, Mr. Guterres said that the meetings, both of which he is attending, come at a crucial moment: “Our world is obviously facing a crisis of confidence. Those left behind by globalization are losing trust in governments and institutions,” he told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York.“Inequality is pervasive and increasing, especially within nations. Trade disputes are escalating. And an undercurrent of geopolitical tensions is adding further pressure to the global economy.”The UN Chief outlined some examples of the stark, climate-related challenges the world is facing, such as Tuesday’s UN Environment report – calling for a five-fold increase in climate action to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century – and the World Meteorological Organization’s announcement that carbon dioxide levels have increased to levels not seen in 3 million years.Mr. Guterres made a passionate call for immediate action, pointing out that the social, economic and environmental costs of climate change dwarf the costs of acting now: “Failure to act means more disasters and emergencies and air pollution that could cost the global economy as much as US$21 trillion by 2050.” read more

UK Four new products found to contain horsemeat

first_imgMakro frozen MQ 100 per cent Aberdeen Angus Beef burgers 12 6ozThe Burger Manufacturing Company – a range of beef productsThe FSA has published 1797 new results, which show that over 99 per cent of its tests continue to show no horse DNA at or above the level of 1 per cent.ConfirmedThere are now 17 products confirmed as containing over 1 per cent of horse DNA, and to date, no tests of products containing such DNA have found the presence of the veterinary medicine phenylbutazone (bute).The FSA said its focus continues to be on gross contamination of beef products with horse meat – more than 1 per cent horse DNA detected in them – and it believes:such levels of horse DNA indicate either gross negligence or deliberate substitution of one meat for another.The FSA said that industry will continue to test for the presence of horse DNA in its beef products, reporting to the FSA, and these tests will be published at quarterly intervals. However, food businesses will report any cases of contamination of above 1 per cent. These figures will be published, as soon as they are received, on the FSA website.Next week, the FSA will publish the first wave of data from the UK-wide sampling programme being carried out by local authorities on behalf of the agency.Read: Traces of horsemeat DNA found in Polish beef> THE UK’S FOOD Safety Authority has released the latest information on its tests for horsemeat in food products.It said that four new products were found to contain horsemeat, since the previous set of industry results was announced last week.These are covered by 10 test results that show horse DNA at or above the threshold. The products have been withdrawn from sale.last_img read more

Greek NGO heralds a new dawn in the battle against leukaemia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A special piano recital took place last month in Athens, marking the launch of Aurora, a charity born to celebrate the life and memory of Nicola David-Pinedo and embody her vision of supporting patients in their fight against haematological diseases.While undergoing leukaemia treatment in Athens, Nicola witnessed firsthand the needs facing patients and their families in Greece, and, along with her husband Clemente, envisaged an organisation that would make a difference in these peoples’ lives.Aurora’s stated mission is eradicating leukaemia and other haematological diseases by promoting research in the field of onco-haematology, while improving patient care, offering support to their families and investing in specialised medical centres.Clemente Pinedo announcing the launch of Aurora in the memory of his beloved wife, Nicola.The launch event, held at Parnassos Literary Society in Plateia Karytsis, was inspired by an idea shared by 17-year-old pianist Alexandros Kyriakopoulos, a friend of Nicola’s sons, who suggested to hold a tribute dedicated to her memory.The talented young performer interpreted pieces of classical music that Nicola loved dearly, by Bach, Liszt, Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin.“I feel deeply moved that I have been given the opportunity to honour the memory of the mother of my dear friends, Pavlos, Alejandro and Sergio, who lost their loving mother at such a tender age with this evening’s special artistic tribute,” says Alexandros.Born and raised in Greece by a Greek Australian mother, Alexandros began piano lessons at the age of five, and most recently he was invited to perform at the 8th International Symposium of Kytheraismos to be held in November in Brisbane.Knowing the Pinedo family personally, Alexandros described Nicola as an inspiring and compassionate woman whose loss caused profound sorrow and pain.Her legacy, Aurora, honours her memory and brings into fruition her vision of supporting those afflicted by haematological diseases win their battles.Among its undertakings, Aurora provides free accommodation for patients travelling to Athens for treatment, counselling support for patients and families, and research grants for scientific projects.To find out more about the organisation and how you can support its work, visit aurora-together.com/last_img read more

Emery Victory can push Arsenal on in top four challenge

Emery Victory can push Arsenal on in top four challenge

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery was delighted to claim a 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town today and hopes it will give his side a boost in their challenge for a top-four spot.The Gunners got off to a promising start at the Kirklees Stadium this evening with Alex Iwobi’s deflected goal handing them a deserved lead in the 16th-minute.Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross then found Alexandre Lacazette, who pulled off a tidy finish just before half-time for his 10th Premier League goal of the season.The French striker and Iwobi wasted opportunities to extend Arsenal’s lead in the second half with Saed Kolasinac’s own goal in stoppage time setting up a nervy ending.However, Arsenal held on to claim a badly needed victory that moves them within a point of fourth-placed Manchester United and level with Chelsea, who will face Manchester City on Sunday, in fifth.Speaking afterwards, Emery hailed the significance of the three points today and voiced his confidence over Arsenal’s prospects of finishing in the top four this season in the Premier League.“It was very important, this victory, it is three points for us to be closer to the top four, and our target is this,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.“Knowing we need to take the regularity at home and away, and today this victory I think can give us confidence and the possibility to continue our target in the Premier League.”He added: “It is game 26 and there is a one-point difference between Manchester United and us. If we ask if it’s easy or difficult for us then I think it’s difficult, but we can [do it].Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“On game 26 we are on our way. Our motivation is very great and every player wants to [work hard] in every match and have regularity and consistency in the Premier League in 38 matches, and now we are getting close to our target and to the other teams.”Kolasinac’s own goal denied Arsenal a fifth clean sheet in the Premier League this season.Emery’s side have conceded the most goals of the top six teams in the league at 37 and are currently down in 17th-place in the clean sheets tally with leaders Liverpool having collected 14 in comparison.“Yes, but we won. The clean sheet is important but above all is to win,” said Emery.“We can take a clean sheet and draw only. We spoke before with the team and we said that above all it is important to win and take individual targets also.“The most important thing is to score one more goal than them, and after that, a clean sheet.“But I think every player worked very well, and in the last action unfortunately for us they scored, and maybe they deserved it.”Arsenal will next face BATE Borisov in the first leg of their Round of 32 Europa League tie on Thursday.HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal FC at John Smith’s Stadium on February 9, 2019 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)last_img read more

24 Million Can Now See Soy in Downtown DC

first_imgVisitors to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., can now get a lesson in soybeans and other crops including a firsthand look at soybean plots just steps away from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) buildings and adjacent to the USDA Farmers Market. The exhibit officially opened July 26 as part of the Trust in Food Initiative and America’s Conservation Ag Movement, one of the largest public-private partnerships in history, focused on empowering farmers to adopt profitable conservation and stewardship practices. Anchored by the leadership of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the program includes extensive communication, educational and activation components, from national TV to on-the-ground peer-to-peer sharing in watersheds across the nation. The program will reach all food production segments – crops, protein, produce and influencers – and includes interactive consumer outreach such as the National Mall garden installation.The garden installation at the Mall includes two soybean plots, corn, wheat, and myriad fruits and vegetables. It showcases technologies critical to producing affordable, wholesome food and healthy soil, clean water, and abundant wildlife habitat. The National Mall receives more than 24 million visitors annually, each of whom can now see and hear agriculture brought to life through the narration of farmers and ranchers. Educational elements include video-based kiosks, a farmer-voiced smartphone walking tour, and a quiz app. Garden ambassadors are on hand to answer questions. Find out more here.last_img read more

Unions limit states budgetcutting options

first_imgFive years ago, the state of Washington began collective bargaining with its workers on a large scale over pay and benefits. Now the state is hoping to extract enough in wage and benefit concessions from its 63,500 unionized government and higher education employees to make a significant dent in the $5.7 billion budget chasm it faces in the next budget cycle.But with state employee unions and the governor’s office now on equal footing in contract negotiations, and the Legislature relegated to the role of approving or rejecting their agreements, the state’s ability to achieve deep cuts in compensation at a time of fiscal crisis is limited. “The unions are doing exactly what they are supposed to do,” said Jason Mercier, a budget analyst for the conservative Washington Policy Center. “They’re representing the interests of their members.” The question, Mercier says, is whether the Legislature gave up too much power when it passed the 2002 Personnel System Reform Act.“If you really want to get back control of the budget, that law has to be repealed and the Legislature has to be put back in the driver’s seat in making budget decisions,” he says. Today, 47,652 of the state’s 63,674 general government employees —74 percent — are represented by unions, from marine engineers and ferry agents to state troopers and fish and wildlife biologists.last_img read more

Fort Lauderdale Commission candidates say they will vote against Wave streetcars

Fort Lauderdale Commission candidates say they will vote against Wave streetcars

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Wave rail system in Fort Lauderdale is in jeopardy after candidates running for city commission seats said they would vote to kill the project.Current Fort Lauderdale commissioners approved a new agreement to help pay for the costly 2.8 mile rail system, called the Wave Streetcar.However, all six candidates running for city commission seats in an upcoming election said they will vote against the endeavor.Supporters of the Wave Streetcar said that, although the trolley does not go far and is not expected to reduce traffic, it is still a critical piece of an eventual rail network.They hope that it will tie into other transportation systems like the Brightline and Tri-Rail trains as well as the county bus system.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

LG Stylo 5 comes to Cricket in Blonde Rose costs 230

first_imgThe LG Stylo 5 in Blonde Rose, aka a kinda shiny shade of pink. Cricket Wireless The LG Stylo 5 has made its way to the US. The phone is on sale at Cricket Wireless starting Friday for $229.99 with qualifying service plans. It’s available in a platinum gray color as well as an exclusive Blonde Rose, which appears to be a metallic shade of pink.With a stylus and large display, LG’s Stylo phones are generally seen as a (much) cheaper alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy Note lineup. The Stylo 5 features a 6.2-inch display, a 3,500 mAh battery, a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The phone’s stylus has customizable settings for writing, drawing and coloring. The phone also has features like Screen-off Memo, which lets you use the stylus to take notes without turning on the display, and Draw Chat, which lets you add drawings to a text message. The LG Stylo 5 runs on Android 9 Pie. Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Midnight Black) LG’s 5G-rocking V50 ThinQ and G8: Editors react Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sprint Mobile $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $699 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy $999 Read the Rylo camera preview Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Phone 0 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Rylo $155 at Google Express Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Cricket LG Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $520 at HP Review • Galaxy Note 8 is powerful, pricey and soon-to-be-replaced The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $329 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Comments Tags Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Boost Mobile $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It Read Google Home Hub review I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Turo $59 at eBay Angela Lang/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See it Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Chris Monroe/CNET $60 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy See at Amazon Share your voice Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Amazon $960 Sarah Tew/CNET See It What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Preview • Galaxy Note 8 could be the Note 7 you should have had, and then some Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 7:44 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $299 at Amazon Read the AirPods review Amazon Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Post a comment Sprint The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $471 See It Apple iPhone XS Best Buy See at Turo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7 $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $6 at Tidallast_img read more

Hughes Hale vie for Senate F

first_imgWhen Senator Bill Stoltz announced his retirement from political life, he left Senate F seat up for grabs. Senate F bridges the Anchorage suburbs of Chugiak and Peters Creek with the greater Palmer-Wasilla area, two regions with strong Republican leanings. Now Republican Representative Shelly Hughes has set her sights on Senate F, but newcomer Tim Hale wants to give her a run for the money.Listen Now Shelley Hughes particpating on the RUNNING program (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Former state representative Shelley Hughes has represented the District 11 half of Senate F for the past two terms. Hughes was appointed to the House in 2012, and went on to win two successive elections.Hughes has lived in Alaska communities from Southeast to the Arctic. She’s been a librarian in Fort Yukon, a volunteer radio broadcaster in Bethel, even a farmhand in Hoonah.“In fact, we were trying to live off the the land, which was challenging because of the rain forest. Initially, we were trying to do it with oxen.. we were featured in National Geographic at one point,” Hughes said.A Palmer resident for over two decades, she prides herself on her frugality. Hughes told KAKM  -TV recently, that reducing the state budget is priority number one during the next session.“In the district, the constituents have been letting me know that loud and clear the last couple of years,” Hughes said. “They want to see reductions first.”She calls a $4 billion or less budget “a very achievable amount.”Tim Hale particpating on the RUNNING program (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Tim Hale disputes further budget cuts. Hale is a political upstart from Valdez, the boyhood home of current Governor Bill Walker and the home of Alaska’s first governor, Bill Egan. He’s living in Palmer now, working as a construction surveyor and running as an independent. Hale calls the current state budget situation a “disaster.”“And it’s one that the Institute of Social and Economic Research has been warning us about since before the Representative was appointed to her seat,” Hale said. “Yet the leadership that she supports has continued with these policies that have put us on the hook for one point one billion dollars in cash payments to for-profit entities in fiscal year 2018.”It’s statements like that that that prompt Hughes to paint Hale as a Democrat in disguise.“You have stated that you are an independent, yet it is clear you have a lot of Democratic support,” Hughes said. “My question to you is, if you were elected, would you caucus with the Democrats?”Hale counters he’ll stick with anyone willing to back ISER’s current budget plan, although he’s brash enough to say he’ll go his own way, if necessary.“I’d have a very difficult time caucusing with any of the current leaders in the legislature, mainly because they have not taken to heart ISER’s warnings,” Hale countered. “I intend to start my own caucus, and if that does not work, I may be in a broom closet.”Hale wants to follow the ISER formula of reducing state spending, instituting a new tax, and using a portion of the Permanent Fund earnings to balance the budget. He says he wants to raise $700 million with a 1% flat rate income tax and bolster that with a flat rate sales tax.Hughes says she favors a different model. She’ll cut to a what she believes is a sustainable $4 billion budget, then put a state sales tax before voters.“I have a proposal where you get down to that. You bring the reductions down to that sustainable amount, and then you assess, Hughes continued. “If there is still a gap, then you do the statewide sales tax. If people wanted to put a PFD reductions or restructuring or anything, I think that should go on the ballot. If that is denied, then you have to look at the sales tax again.”Hughes says further education cuts could be necessary, and she favors a plan to consolidate the three UA campuses, merging administration costs, while better using technology to reach students. Hale was not specific as to how he’d handle education cuts. But he wants to put legislators on a $75 per day per diem and give them the option of living in a Juneau bunkhouse.Both candidates have ideas about diversifying the economy. Hughes points to her work with drones.“You talk about diversification,” Hughes said. “There’s going to be a billion dollar plus annually in that industry.”Hale’s on-board with cannabis.“With this whole cannabis legalization thing, we are missing a big point. And that’s industrial hemp,” Hale said. “This area where we live is very much a farming community. And we could be growing acres and acres of hemp for fiber, and we could have a manufacturing plant down there at Point MacKenzie at the port.”Hale wants to be riding the crest of an anti-incumbent wave that swept a number of Valley representatives out of the general election during the August primary, although Hughes beat two challengers in the primary to get her party’s nomination for Senate F.last_img read more

Payments banks struggle to add more depositors after almost 1 year of

first_imgAirtel Payments BankTwitterPayments banks are struggling to draw depositors after almost a year of starting operations in India.Currently, India has four operational payment banks — Airtel Payments Bank, Fino Payments Bank, India Post Payments Bank and PayTM Payments Bank. And as of September 30, all four banks’ combined outstanding demand deposits stood at Rs 236.45 crore, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in a response to an RTI application filed by BloombergQuint.Demand deposits are deposits that customers hold in their savings accounts and current accounts, and can be withdrawn without any prior notice.For payments banks, the central bank has capped demand deposits at Rs 1 lakh in each account. Payment banks are not allowed to offer fixed deposits and provide loans to customers. Moreover, RBI has mandated payment banks to invest majority of their deposits in government securities.Of the Rs 236.45 crore demand deposits with the four banks, the largest share — worth Rs 224.03 crore — lies with Airtel Payments Bank, while Rs 6.8 crore is parked with Fino Payments Bank, and PayTM Payments Bank has demand deposits worth Rs 3.25 crore as on September 30, BQ reported.Airtel Payment Bank has the highest market share in the payment banking space because it offers highest interest for demand deposit in India 7.25 percent. Peers like India Post Payments Bank offer 4.5-5.5 percent interest to its customer, while Paytm Payment Bank offers 4 percent.”As a business we are not chasing customer deposits right now. We have a well established presence and customer transactions have been growing steadily. That is the part of the business that we are focussing on right now. Deposits will start flowing in as the payments bank grows,” Rishi Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, Fino Payments Bank, told the business news portal.Do the numbers suggest that payments banks are waning in popularity over the quarters? Difficult to say, as it has been just one year since payments banks were rolled out. But one thing is evident: Payments banks’ managements want to polish their strategy to lure more customers.However, some experts feel the other way. “For a payments bank CASA won’t make much sense since it is not permitted to lend. It can only invest in government securities and other bank deposits and use the differential as a way to earn some margin. These companies would rather use the data they collect through transactions and use it to sell third party products to make an income,” Kalpesh Mehta, partner, Deloitte India, told BloombergQuint.last_img read more

Waste Management To Pay 55 Million for Hiring Undocumented Workers

Waste Management To Pay 55 Million for Hiring Undocumented Workers

first_img Share Waste Management has agreed to pay the federal government $5.5 million to settle allegations that it made a practice of using labor in the U.S. illegally.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Houston said Wednesday that a Waste Management subsidiary employed at least three managers at a West Texas waste site who actively encouraged the hiring of workers in the country illegally between 2003 and April 2012.Homeland Security investigators found 16 such workers at the Afton, Texas, site. At least 100 workers in company records were verified as fraudulently documented or using identities not belonging to them.In a statement, Houston-based Waste Management says it was unaware of the situation until alerted by federal officials. It says the three managers were fired and its relationship terminated with a temporary staffing agency.The company is North America’s leading waste collection and disposal provider.last_img read more

Advocates and Citizens Rally for Law Enforcement Reform in Annapolis

Advocates and Citizens Rally for Law Enforcement Reform in Annapolis

first_imgFarajii Muhammad, of Young Leaders for Peace, emceed a rally in support of law enforcement reform bills in Annapolis March 12. (AFRO/photo by Roberto Alejandro)Advocates and residents from around Maryland gathered in Annapolis March 12 to rally in support of a slate of bills aimed at reforming law enforcement practices.With an important House Judiciary Committee hearing on a number of efforts to increase transparency in policing set to take place later in the day, advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, American Friends Service Committee, CASA de Maryland and Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle used their grassroots muscle to bring together a diverse group of people to the state capital for a bilingual rally that called for greater justice for marginalized communities in the state.“Whether you’re talking about Black youth, whether you’re talking about any community of color, whether you’re talking about our Latino brothers and sisters, there has been a lot of marginalization of many communities,” said Farajii Muhammad, a community organizer with the American Friends Service Committee and co-founder of Young Leaders for Peace, during a press conference prior to the rally. “And so today, we’re deciding to stand together, to come together, to show our support for various bills that are going to be in both the Senate and in the House here, and we want to make sure that our voices are heard.”After activists from CASA de Maryland, which advocates on behalf of Latino immigrants, led the familiar chant of “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now” in Spanish, the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church said, “What I love about this is that justice . . . is a universal language. I feel a little bilingual right now.”Brown then sought to place the day’s efforts within the context of the historical arc of justice, a strong current in the Baptist civil rights tradition from which Brown hails.“We never want to put all of our dependency on elected officials to do what’s right.  We’re here doing them a favor; we’re giving them a chance to do what’s right, because at the end of the day, the history books will record and write down, whose side did you stand on?” Heber said. “We want to give them a chance to stand on the right side, the side of justice and righteousness, the side of truth, the side of love, the side of well-being.”A number of survivors and mothers of victims of police brutality recounted their experiences of dealing with police violence, including one mother who said, “We need accountability. Rogue cops need to get off the force. How many times [can] you kill and continue to be a police officer?”Muhammad, who emceed the rally, told those gathered that they should expect legislators at the hearing to ask a lot of questions about numbers and statistics and emphasized the importance of voices, like those of the mothers who spoke, over pages of figures.“I know legislators don’t like to hear about the personal, they want to get down to the nuts and bolts,” said Muhammad. “But last time I checked, in government, the nuts and bolts of government is people. It’s the experience of people. It’s not pushing papers, it’s not data, it’s about governance in the interest of people.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

GUIPropView extensive program window information

GUIPropView extensive program window information

first_imgGUIPropView: extensive program window information by Martin Brinkmann on November 22, 2016 in Software – 6 commentsGUIPropView — which stands for Graphical User Interface Properties View — is a new program by Nirsoft that lists all open program windows and their properties in its interface.While I cannot really say how useful it is to get access to the information dump in the program, it could be an eye opener for some users as the program may show open windows that are not really visible on the screen.When I ran the program on a Windows 10 machine for instance, it highlighted that Photos, Store and Settings windows were open even though they were not visible at all on the screen.GUIPropViewGUIPropView is a portable program. This means that you can run it from any location after you have downloaded it and extracted the contents of the downloaded archive. The application is provided as a 32-bit and 64-bit copy for Windows, and is compatible with all versions of Windows starting with Windows XP and going all the way up to Windows 10.The program displays the list of open top level windows right on start. Each window is listed with its handle and ID, title if available, state and visibility, as well as position and size, style, process and thread ID, class name, process and instance file name, and more.Note: The program does not display “most” invisible top level windows. You need to turn on the feature with a click on TopLevel > Display Hidden Windows. You may also enable the display of windows with a size of zero by selecting the appropriate option.All child windows of the selected window are listed in the lower pane. Information are nearly identical with the exception of parent handle.The information provided can be useful. Since process IDs are listed, it is easy enough to identify “hidden” windows by opening the Windows Task Manager or a third-party program like Process Explorer.You can use the information then to find out why a window / process is open, and to find a solution on how to stop it from being opened automatically on the system.GUIPropView ships with a couple of extra features that you may find useful. You can use the crosshair icon in the program toolbar to identify any program window you drop it on.A right-click on a window displays powerful context menu options. you may use the options to switch to the selected window, close it, show it, maximize or minimize it, or perform a variety of options on the selection.GUIPropView ships with the usual Nirsoft program options to create HTML reports, save the selected items to various formats such as XML or csv, or use the built-in search to find windows of interest quickly.Closing WordsGUIPropView is another niche but powerful program by Nirsoft. It is an ideal addition to a tools collection as it is portable and tiny.Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 8 votes Software Name GUIPropViewOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/gui_prop_view.html Advertisementlast_img read more