(Leo Baskatawang in the shadow of peace tower after cross-country walk with Indian act chained to his body. APTN/Photo)APTN National NewsOTTAWA–After 135 days walking across the country, Leo Baskatawang, an Iraq war veteran, climbed the stairs to Parliament Hill Tuesday dragging a copy of the Indian Act attached to his waist by a length of chain.Baskatawang, who did two tours of Iraq with the U.S. military, said the end of his 4,400 kilometre journey, under the name March for Justice which began in Vancouver, was really the beginning of a new movement to scrap the Indian Act and replace it with Indigenous authored legislation to define the relationship with Canada.“This is not the end of it,” said Baskatawang, 32. “I don’t think this will be the last time you hear of March for Justice. I think this will be an ongoing thing.”He ended his journey with five other companions who he met at stops at places like Winnipeg and Thunder Bay.Edmond Jack, 17, from Grassy Narrows First Nation in Ontario, is no stranger to long journeys. Two months ago, he walked from his community on the western edge of Ontario to Toronto to press for compensation over mercury that poisoned his people’s waters and land.“When they told me what they were walking for to change the Indian Act and get legitimate representation in the government I thought it was a good place to learn more about the Indian Act,” said Jack. “I jumped right away and said I was going to join them.”Every step of the way, Baskatawang and his companions dragged a copy of the Indian Act, the piece of legislation dating back to 1876 that governs the life of First Nations people living on-reserve.“I recognize the need for change with how the government consistently treats our people with apathy, ignoring the issues that are affecting our communities,” he said. “I felt a strong obligation as a scholar to do something about it.”The relentlessness of the pavement destroyed up to 40 of their copies, said Baskatawang. Once on Parliament Hill, Baskatawang, accompanied by dozens of his supporters, piled the remaining copies of the Indian Act, each contained in haggard and torn binders covered in duct tape, on the steps below the Peace Tower.The meaning behind the imagery of the beaten copies of the Indian Act dragged across the country by Baskatawang was not lost on Saskatchewan Conservative MP Rob Clarke who was on Parliament Hill in support of March for Justice.“He has gone through so many copies and just seeing how passionate he is, seeing how he sees the Indian Act being so archaic and outdated,” said Clarke. “What he has done is he raised awareness across Canada and in the communities. He is very passionate about wanting to get rid of the Indian Act and now you have membership out there saying it’s time to get rid of the Indian Act.”Clarke is behind a private member’s bill to repeal sections of the Indian Act dealing with residential schools, governing wills and a ban on prairie First Nations from freely selling agricultural products. The proposed bill, which was introduced in late spring, would also require the minister of Aboriginal affairs to report yearly on work to replace sections of the Indian Act with modern amendments or legislation.Clarke, an 18-year member of the RCMP and member of the Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, said his support for Baskatawang had nothing to do with his private member’s bill.“Everyone knows this isn’t about my private member’s bill today, I am here to support Leo and his cause,” said Clarke.Baskatawang said he welcomed Clarke’s support even if he didn’t agree with the Conservative MP’s proposed bill.“The important thing is he’s bringing the discussion on the Indian Act front and centre. But for me, personally, I would take it a step further,” he said. “Any piece of legislation that replaces the Indian Act should be written by Indigenous people. If there is going to be a piece of legislation that is going to be written about our people, it should be written by our people.”Baskatawang, an Anishinaabe from Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation, has seen his own people lose their land as a result of government action and inaction.His community had its reserve lands flooded by development in the 1950s, forcing residents to abandon their territory in Ontario’s north-west. Some now live in Thunder Bay, but many are scattered across the country. Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation is still a registered band with a membership list of about 500 members.Baskatawang joined the U.S. military in his early 20s before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He served two tours in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division from March 2003 to February 2004 and October 2005 to September 2006.Despite his war experience, Baskatawang said he could not have finished his cross-country walk without the help of his companions and the kindness of strangers along the road offering a bowl of soup and a place to rest in the evenings.“It wasn’t easy. Every single day there were ups and downs. We were battling fatigue and sore feet,” he said. “The last week of the march was really, really hard, my feet were really torn up. I was able to lean on my team to help me get to the finish life. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Nunatukavut president Todd Russell (left) and Aboriginal Affairs minister Bernard Valcourt arrive at the roundtable meeting.Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Judy Maas, from Blueberry River in British Columbia, whose sister Cynthia Maas was killed in 2010, delivered a powerful message that brought rousing applause from some delegates in the room during the morning session of the national roundtable on murdered and missing Indigenous women, according to people who were at the meeting.Outside the Marriott Hotel meeting room, which is guarded by Ottawa police and plain-clothed RCMP personnel with ear-pieces, Maas said she was just telling the truth.“I spoke the truth. I heard my own story and the stories that were told at the gathering and I wanted to deliver a message in a way, in a good way, in way that allows us to be heard,” said Maas, whose sister was killed in Prince George, B.C.Maas says it remains to be seen whether the roundtable, which includes federal and provincial representatives, including premiers, the leaders of Indigenous organizations and delegates representing the families, will achieve anything by the end of Friday.“Time will tell and the opportunity to be heard is a first step,” said Maas, who was one of four delegates selected to represent the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women. “However, we are awaiting what is going to take place after this.”Bev Jacobs, a former president of the Native Women’s Association, said she told the roundtable, now was the time to act.“I also acknowledged the families who aren’t being heard and that they need to hear them,” said Jacobs, who was also one of four delegates selected to represent the families. “I talked about policing and responsibilities and acting immediately on missing persons, rather than waiting 24 hours.”Some of those in attendance said they were disappointed the format of the meeting did not allow for a real exchange of views and prevented family representatives from challenging the federal representatives, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch, over their claims that the issue of violence against women stems from Indigenous communities themselves.The meeting is being chaired by Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynn, along with Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Yukon Premier Darrel Pasloski are the only provincial leaders in attendance. The other provinces are represented by minister and senior officials.The roundtable meeting runs until later Friday email@example.com
Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday formed an independent five-member commission to probe the alleged abduction, forced conversion and marriage of two teenage Hindu girls in Sindh province that led to massive protests by the minority community in the country. A high court bench led by Chief Justice of IHC Athar Minallah heard the petition filed by the two sisters — Reena, Raveena — and their alleged spouses, Safdar Ali and Barkat Ali, to seek protection. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn their plea, the girls claimed that they belong to a Hindu family of Ghotki, Sindh but converted willfully as they were impressed by Islamic teaching. The counsel for the girls’ parents, however, asserted that the case pertained to forced conversion. Their father on Monday also filed a petition in the IHC for a medical board to determine the exact ages of the two sisters as well as to test the girls for Stockholm Syndrome, a state of mind when a victim develops trust or affection for kidnappers. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsJustice Minallah said the matter requires transparent inquiry and it is the government’s job to conduct probes not the judiciary’s. The chief justice said the court had to ensure that there was no forced conversion. The bench formed a five-member commission to probe the matter. The commission includes Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Chairperson Mehdi Hasan, National Commission on the Status of Women Chairperson Khawar Mumtaz, veteran human rights activist I A Rehman and renowned Islamic scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani. The federal government has been tasked to organise meeting of the commission. The incident came to light when a video surfaced online showing the teenagers’ father and brother claiming the girls were abducted and forcefully converted. It was followed by another video snippet in which the two girls claimed that they had converted to Islam. Amid the uproar, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed Sindh and Punjab to investigate the matter and recover the girls if the forceful conversion allegation was correct. Chief Justice Minallah also ordered that a medical board be constituted to determine the age of the girls. The court ordered the medical board to submit its report at the next hearing on April 11. Earlier, a medical report by Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences stated that the girls were not minors at the time of their marriages. The report was dismissed by the family of the girls as well as opposition lawmaker from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Darshan Punshi, who belongs to the Hindu community. Both the family and the lawmaker demanded an independent medical board to determine the age.
Out of the five admins of the group, one has been arrested. The arrested man has been identified as Nikhil Verma, a resident of Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh. According to Deccan Chronicle, 20-year-old Verma is an unemployed commerce graduate.As per The Hindu, other administrators of the WhatsApp group are Mumbai resident Satyendra Chauhan, Delhi’s Nafis Raza and Zahid, and Noida’s Adarsh. Calling the activity a “global crime”, the CBI busted the racket on the basis of intelligence inputs. The members of the group — KidsXXX — included members of foreign countries like the US, China, Pakistan and Brazil, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Mexico and New Zealand, besides India. An investigation has revealed that Sri Lankans are part of a WhatsApp child-porn racket.India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has busted a multi-national child-porn racket running through messaging platform WhatsApp and conducted raids in Delhi, Noida, Kannauj, and Mumbai, Times Now reported. The CBI clarifies that sharing, seeing, uploading and downloading explicit videos pertaining to sexual activities is a crime in India. (Colombo Gazette) The agency has registered a case against members of the WhatsApp group for allegedly uploading and circulating child pornography videos. The WhatsApp group had 119 members. A case has been filed against them under Section 67-B of the Information Technology Act and the provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). The WhatsApp child pornography group had been active for about two years. The central agency is planning to write to the investigators of the foreign countries concerned, whose members are part of the group.The minor victims in the videos and photos are, however, yet to be identified, a CBI spokesperson said.The CBI on Tuesday also searched the premises of the group’s administrators in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra and recovered computers, hard disks, phones and incriminating videos and photos of children being sexually abused. CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said they are investigating all angles in this case including a well-organised racket shooting children’s sexual abuse videos and selling them in the virtual world.
MONTREAL — Aimia Inc. is announcing the departure of its president and chief strategy officer less than three months after taking the job.In late August, the Montreal-based company hired Nathaniel Felsher from Deutsche Bank in New York, where he co-headed the firm’s aviation corporate and investment banking group.Aimia says in a two-sentence release from Thursday that it acknowledges Felsher’s contributions and wishes him well in his future endeavours.Aimia launches strategic review amid efforts to close Aeroplan saleAimia appoints new president and chief strategy officer in wake of Aeroplan dealWith Aeroplan back under Air Canada’s wing, Aimia’s future is up in the airFelsher, who has experience in data analytics, had worked with Aimia chief executive Jeremy Rabe in the past, and reported to him directly over the past 12 weeks.Aimia is in transition mode, as it works to complete the sale of its flagship Aeroplan rewards program to an Air Canada-led consortium for $450 million.The company, which has seen its shares struggle in recent years, launched a review of its strategic direction earlier this month, with Rabe suggesting more asset sales on the horizon.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Grammy Awards are a hit with television viewers, with Nielsen reporting in its preliminary ratings that 28.5 million viewers tuned in to music’s biggest night.If the Nielsen Company’s fast national rating holds up when a more complete report is issued later Monday, that would be a slight increase over last year’s 28.4 million viewers and the second-biggest Grammy audience since 1993.In the age of social media, awards shows and other live programs on broadcast TV have prospered. The Grammys reached nearly 40 million people in Adele’s big year two years ago and hasn’t been below 25 million since 2009. Grammy Awards reach 28.5 million viewers in what would be 2nd-biggest audience since 1993 Host LL Cool J speaks on stage at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 27, 2014 11:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“All three activists have been detained or sentenced purely for their criticism of government authorities,” the independent experts said in a statement released today.“Such criticism is not only fully legitimate according to Bahrain’s obligations under human rights law; it is also essential to the free and public debate necessary for a healthy civil society.”The three activists include two sisters Ms. Maryam Al-Khawaja and Ms. Zainab Al-Khawaja, and Ms. Ghada Jamsheer. Ms. Maryam Al-Khawaja, the co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, was sentenced on 1 December for allegedly assaulting airport security officers. Her sister, Ms. Zainab Al-Khawaja, a women’s rights and social media activist in Bahrain, was sentenced on 4 December to three years in prison and fined $7,900 for tearing a picture of Bahrain’s King during a court hearing in October. Several days later, she was sentenced to an additional year for “insulting a public servant” and is facing further charges for insulting a police officer and trespassing. The two women activists are daughters of Mr. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, the former president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, who has been in detention since 2011. UN experts have called for his release numerous times. Ms. Ghada Jamsheer, head of the Women’s Petition Committee, a network of Bahraini women human rights defenders who campaign for the codification and reform of Bahrain’s family laws, was detained for more than three months since mid-September at Isa Town women’s prison on charges of “defamatory tweets” and for her critical views about corruption in the management of a local hospital. Since 15 December, she has been under house arrest and is currently facing 12 charges, including new charges of ‘assaulting a police officer’ during her detention. “We are extremely concerned about the ongoing harassment and criminalization of activists in Bahrain,” the experts said today. “We urge the authorities to turn away from such persecution and immediately drop all the charges against the Al-Khawaja sisters and Ms. Jamsheer.”On a number of occasions the experts have expressed grave concerns to the Bahraini Government concerning the harassment of human rights defenders, including Nabeel Rajab and Abdulhadi al-Khawaja. They have urged the authorities to review Bahraini laws and practices to be compliant with Bahrain’s obligations under human rights law, especially the freedoms of expression and association and the right not to be arbitrarily deprived of liberty. The experts commenting on the matter include Mads Andenas, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; and Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.UN human rights experts are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. They are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.
“An estimated 3,000 people are transiting through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia daily,” UNICEF said in a press release. “A third of them are women and children – up from 10 per cent in June. Some 12 per cent of the women are pregnant.”UNICEF went on to say that “many families have been on the move with their children for months, enduring searing hot days, arriving with only the clothes and shoes they are wearing. They are physically exhausted and in desperate need of a place to rest. Many are suffering dehydration, blisters, cold, diarrhoea and sunburn.”“Despite the best efforts, they need more water and greater access to sanitation and hygiene facilities,” the agency said. “Many are deeply distressed and some need medical assistance.”Since June 2015, more than 52,000 people have been registered at the border’s Reception Centre in Gevgelija after entering from Greece, according to UNICEF, which also said “‘it is estimated that just as many transit through the country without being registered.”The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported seeing people arriving in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and moving on almost immediately by bus or train up to Serbia and then onwards from there.According to figures from the Ministry of Interior, 80 per cent originate from Syria, while 5 per cent are from Afghanistan and another 5 percent are from Iraq.And “the number of women and children fleeing violence in their countries of origin and passing through the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seeking refuge in Europe has tripled in the past three months,” according to the agency.UNICEF said “regardless of their status, children moving across borders, with their families or unaccompanied, should be given appropriate help and protection” and that earlier this year UNICEF had put forward a 10-point plan to the European Union to be guided on the best interests of children who were migrants or refugees.“Their applications for refugee status should be processed swiftly and fairly at border crossings with proper monitoring and enforcement.” It said. ”Authorities in Europe should apply existing laws and policies to safeguard and protect the rights of children.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “condemns the terrorist attack” and “hopes that those behind this crime will be identified and brought to justice,” his spokesperson said in a statement, adding that Mr. Ban “stands firmly by Bangladesh as it confronts this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to prevent and combat terrorism.”The Secretary General also assured the Government that the UN is prepared to assist in efforts to prevent violent extremism in all its forms, the spokesperson said.A condemnation also came from the UN tourism agency.“UNWTO [World Tourism Organization] strongly condemns the hideous attack perpetrated yesterday in a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh,” Taleb Rifai, the agency’s Secretary-General, said in a statement.“This is not an attack on Bangladesh but is once again an attack on our way of life, an attack on freedom,” he added.Mogens Lykketoft, the President of the UN General Assembly, also condemned the terrorist attack.“We must stand together again terror,” Mr. Lykketoft said. “This deadly and cowardly act must not go unpunished,” he said.Mr. Lykketoft said he hoped that the perpetrators of this crime would be identified and brought swiftly to justice.Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), reiterated his solidarity with the Government of Bangladesh in its efforts to combat all forms of terrorism and violent extremism.The UN officials all conveyed their heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of the victims, as well as the people and Government of Bangladesh.
Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Nov. 22, 2017), Neil, Chris and Kyle take a look at how the recent injury to Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap will affect the team. Millsap will reportedly have surgery on his wrist and could miss three months. Next, the crew discusses why the Thunder haven’t clicked yet. After bringing Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City last summer, the Thunder were anticipated to be a contender in the West. But it hasn’t all come together so far. We investigate what’s going right, what’s going wrong and how they might turn the season around. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on Lonzo Ball.Here are links to what we discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Chris Herring wrote that the Thunder aren’t far from being good.ESPN’s Royce Young took a look at the still-developing chemistry between Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Keeping the plank…January 25, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Paying…April 9, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The occasion…September 28, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …a comrade?Clive Thomas has been in the news recently on account of suggesting that every household be given $1million annually from the coming oil revenues. One thing this has done is to knock criticisms of the oil contract “negotiated” by Raphael Trotman completely off the map! Maybe this is not entirely coincidental? At the time Thomas made his gambit, the place he chose to do it was interesting to your Eyewitness: at an Emancipation commemoration.Now, even though Thomas’s proposal covered “all” Guyanese households, surely he chose a gathering of the descendants of African slaves because they prompted the thought that they needed to be helped. But Thomas was also Chairman of GuySuCo when the corporation fired 5,700 descendants of mostly indentured servants. Didn’t it cross his mind then that he could’ve made the suggestion to the authorities to give those sugar workers some hope for the future? Are they not also people, and deserving of some compassion?Be it as it may, your Eyewitness’s thoughts were drawn to Thomas for another reason: the other day, when he learnt that Samir Amin had passed away. Well, dear reader, if you’d gone to university in the 1970s, you wouldn’t have asked “Who is Samir Amin?” Amin was a revolutionary Marxist, along with Thomas — yes, the same Clive Thomas, zipping his lips when thousands of workers under his charge are fired – leaders in pushing for developing countries to make a radical break with the advanced economies, especially the US! Thomas’s book summarising his position was “Dependence and Transformation”, while Samir’s was “Unequal Development”.Under their “dependency” thesis, there was no way developing countries could actually “develop” if those links were not sundered. Their whole thesis was more anti-American than anything else, and they pushed a line that Europe should make common cause with China, India and Russia to neutralise the US. So, with Samir joined at the hip with Thomas – including their association with the Marxist Journal “Monthly Review” – your Eyewitness wondered why Thomas hadn’t even issued a message of condolence at his old comrade’s passing.Was he embarrassed about what his old comrades at Monthly Review think about him joining the PNC in Government after what they did to Walter Rodney? Was he embarrassed that Samir didn’t sell out his Marxist principles on the altar of race? Or is it he doesn’t want to remind the US that he spent most of his life on the frontline denouncing their “hegemony” with their creation and maintenance of “Monopoly Capitalism”??Be as it may, Samir Amin was a product of his times, and made some useful observations and analyses of the “World Order”.He doesn’t deserve to be dropped like a hot potato by Thomas!…or traducing the Rule of Law?Sometimes the application of the law in particular circumstances leads to unfair or ridiculous outcomes, and it‘s said “the law is an ass”! But it’s another thing to make an ass of the law, which is what this Government, in general – and its Attorney General in particular — insists on doing.Take this nonsense going on with the AG about the application – more specifically, the NON- application – of the Judicial Review Act (JRA), which “makes provision for citizens to challenge actions of public authorities on the grounds that their actions are unlawful, illegal, and capricious, contrary to some written law, ultra vires or violate the rules of natural justice.” Now why in goodness’ sake would the AG want to hold further “consultations” when the Chief Justice has confirmed it must be applied pronto? He’s just making an ass of the law and the Judiciary. Now we hear the JRA will be discussed in Cabinet!So the Executive’s perception of the law will trump the Judiciary’s?…injustice to the ordinary citizenCabinet will also be looking into the Broomes Affair…eventually! Ordinary guards are immediately detained for performing their duties.But Broomes doesn’t even get a rap on the knuckles for abusing her authority!
“WE’RE ALREADY PART of Irish life,” says one of what is believed to be about 30,000 undocumented migrants living in Ireland today.“I want to say to Irish people: we’re your neighbours and friends, we care for your children and your grandparents. We serve you in cafés and we shop in your stores,” continued spokesperson for Justice for the Undocumented Allan Danou.The group will gather outside the Dáil from 9am today for a 24-hour Vigil of Hope. They want to highlight their plight ahead of Christmas time. A candlelit family gathering has also been organised for 6pm this evening.“I wish I could be with my children at Christmas, but if I go back then how will I support my family,” added Danou.Philippines native Jayson Montenegro has already spent 10 Christmases away from his family.“I have been in Ireland through the good and the bad times,” he says. “I feel Irish. I have been here so long. But this is not just about me: it is also about the 30,000 undocumented migrants, including children, who are seeking a solution to their situation.”The Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland has tabled a proposal which would allow undocumented people to come forward, register, pay a fine and begin to earn their way to permanent residency. The Earned Regularisation scheme would take five years of working, paying taxes and participating in the community.It is a similar plan to what is being debated in the US Congress which would help thousands of undocumented Irish there.“Irish politicians have spent years lobbying for regularisation for Irish people who find themselves undocumented in the United States,” says Edel McGinley, deputy director of the MRCI.“How can they expect their words to be taken seriously when they continue to ignore the plight of undocumented migrants here in Ireland?” she argues.“Earned Regularisation is a pragmatic, realistic solution to a Celtic Tiger problem. Our immigration system is broken, and it’s not hard for people to fall through the gaps.One of our young members has just turned 17 and Ireland is the only home she has known.“The government needs to give workers, families and children the chance to come forward and earn their way to a regular status; it’s the right thing to do, and it’s the smart thing to do.”How do people become undocumented?According to the MRCI, most undocumented migrants entered Ireland through legal channels – often a student or tourist visa. People who were here as dependents often become undocumented at the breakdown of a relationship.The majority of undocumented have been here for more than five years, many for as long as 14 years. They come from 87 countries, with the largest numbers from the Philippines, China, Mauritius, Pakistan, Ukraine, Brazil, Bangladesh, Moldova and South Africa.Most are in employment, many with the same employer for more than three years.Yesterday: Ireland is failing to meet its international obligations on asylum seekers says the Irish Refugee CouncilMore: Over 100 Syrian refugees rescued from boat off Sicily coast
A Vancouver woman accused of trying to fatally shoot her husband after he asked for a divorce was charged Tuesday with first-degree attempted murder.Prosecutors also filed felony harassment charges against Gayle Bethke, 60. Both charges carry firearm enhancements.Bethke is being held in the Clark County Jail on $750,000 bail. She made her first appearance on Monday in Clark County Superior Court and will be arraigned on Friday.Prosecutors said Bethke’s husband of nine years told her he wanted a divorce on Friday night, leading her to retrieve a .380 semiautomatic pistol. Bethke jumped on the bed where her husband, Roger, was lying and allegedly pointed the gun at his head, according to court documents.As she squeezed the trigger, Roger Bethke, 41, managed to wrestle the gun away. As a struggle ensued, Gayle Bethke allegedly kept threatening to kill him, said Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Nugent. Her husband pushed her to the floor and she left the house in the 14600 block of Northeast 49th Circle.Later, Gayle Bethke left two voice mail messages for her grown daughter, apologizing “for trying to kill Roger,” Nugent said.Police didn’t apprehend Gayle Bethke until Saturday. She was arrested following a pursuit into Skamania County.Court documents indicate she is a recovering alcoholic with a history of mental illness. Bethke has a pint-of-vodka-a-day habit and is currently detoxing, those documents state.Judge John Wulle set the $750,000 bail and appointed defense attorney Tom Phelan to represent her.
Borough mayors are asking to be part of the discussions on terms related to a mega-liquefied natural gas project that will affect local communities.Download AudioAn agreement signed by the state and companies pursuing the project says subject to consultation between the state and local governments, payments in lieu of property taxes would be paid by the companies.The mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Mike Navarre, told the Senate Finance Committee that consultation is not a strong word.The mayors are seeking greater assurances for the level of input they will have as the process moves forward.The committee is weighing a bill that would make the state an equity partner and allow for the project to move into a phase of preliminary engineering and design.
Toronto-based Entertainment One (eOne) has announced that the animated series “Cupcake & Dino: General Services” will debut on Brazilian Netflix on Nov. 13 and Disney XD Brazil on Nov. 15.Created by Brazilian director Pedro Eboli, the series is an eOne co-production with Brazil’s Birdo studios, the company behind another Eboli series, the Brazilian Cartoon Network smash hit “Oswaldo.”Birdo was founded in 2005 by Luciana Eguti and Paulo Muppet. After designing the mascots for the 2016 Paralympics, the company created its first TV project “Vinicius & Tom: Funny by Nature,” commissioned by Cartoon Network. The series was Cartoon Network’s highest-rated show in 2016 and helped the 2016 Rio games surpass all Olympic licensing records.After selling “Oswaldo” to Cartoon Network Latin America, Eboli co-directed and co-wrote the series’ first season. Recently, he and Canadian Graham Peterson pitched “Monster Pack” as part of the Nick Shorts program, where they were finalists. That project is currently in development. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Cupcake & Dino” follows the oddball adventures of two best friends, Cupcake and Dino. An unlikely pair, the two start their own general services industry, and look to make a name for themselves by doing any number of various one-off jobs. Each job starts off innocuous enough, but the thrills quickly multiply as the two make every task more difficult than it need be. The show’s off-the-wall action, bright colors and goofy voice acting should fit in with young Brazilian audience sensibilities and other popular series like “Oswaldo” and Copa Studio and Cartoon Network Latin America’s “Jorel’s Brother.”In a statement, eOne’s Olivier Dumont, president of family and brands said: “We’re incredibly excited to bring ‘Cupcake & Dino’ to families in Brazil, which is the home territory of both Pedro Eboli and our co-production partner Birdo Studios. The show is full of heart and encapsulates the funny and original creator-driven content that we champion here at eOne which will resonate strongly with its audience.” Popular on Variety
in Daily Dose, Featured, News August 22, 2016 763 Views Share The 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York has denied the request of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office for a new trial of Bank of America for alleged mortgage fraud just before the crisis in 2008, according to a report from Reuters.In late May, a federal appeals court overturned a $1.27 billion penalty and a jury verdict against Bank of America which found the bank liable of mortgage fraud through Countrywide Loans’ High Speed Swim Lane (HSSL, or “Hustle”) program. Bank of America acquired Countrywide for $4 billion in 2008.In early August, Bharara’s office asked a three-judge panel on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to grant a new trial in the case, arguing that the May decision that overturned the verdict “overlooked a wealth of evidence” which established that Bank of America committed fraud through the Hustle program.According to Reuters, the 2nd Circuit Court gave no reason for denying the request from Bharara’s office for a new trial.Bharara’s office originally filed suit against Bank of America in 2012 based on a complaint from whistleblower Edward O’Donnell. Late in 2013, a jury found Countrywide liable for selling toxic mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac through the Hustle program. In July 2014, a judge ordered Bank of America to pay a $1.27 billion civil penalty and also fined former Countrywide executive Rebecca Mairone $1 million for her alleged role.From the time the verdict and the penalty were issued, Bank of America fought to have both dismissed, claiming not only that the Hustle program ended prior the bank’s 2008 acquisition of Countrywide, but that the government’s accusations in the case amounted only to breach of contract and not fraud. On May 23, 2016, the 2nd Circuit Court overturned both the jury’s verdict and the judge’s imposed penalty as well as the penalty against Mairone.Bank of America had no comment on the 2nd Circuit Court’s decision not to grant a new trial; in May, at the time the Hustle verdict was dismissed, a bank spokesperson said, “We are pleased with the appellate court’s decision.” Mairone told MReport in May of the dismissal of the penalties, “I think it was a fair decision, and it was a long time coming. I’m relieved to finally be vindicated from the whole fraud issue. I couldn’t be happier. It took a long time to get to this point, but you have to keep fighting for the right thing.” Bank of America Hustle Case Mortgage Crisis 2016-08-22 Seth Welborn Court Denies Government’s Bid for New Trial in BOA ‘Hustle’ Case
April 11, 2008 CANNON-FIRE Jazz Showcase brings a series of monthly dinner-show performances for presenting regional, national, and international artists. The programs offer quality weekend opportunities for family enjoyment. The ‘artists’ will appear each ‘Second Sunday’ of the month, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on the Colly Soleri Amphitheater stage at Arcosanti. The April 13. schedule presents Cannon Fire Showcase Review with THE CUNNINGHAM’S. [photo of the Cunninghams during their dynamic performance at the 2007 Juneteenth festival at Arcosanti]. [Photo: tt & text: sa] A crew of staff and volunteers gets the theater ready for the first out-door performance of this season. [Photo & text: sa] A new canopy is in the design stage. For this event a small parachut will keep the stage shaded. Show only $20.00 pp Dinner and show $35.00 pp VIP weekend retreats are available and include dinner & show, overnight stay, continental breakfast and the official tour of Arcosanti. For reservations call  237-7908 or  632-1735 [Photo & text: sa]
By Stelios OrphanidesThe head of strategy and communications of the state-owned Co-op Yiannos Stavrinides said that he had an “exclusively advisory” role at the bank, compelled to sell its operations to Hellenic Bank after failing to reduce its delinquent loan stock fast enough.“My role was exclusively advisory to my superiors and the committees in which I participated,” he said in an emailed letter to the committee probing the reasons that led to the demise of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank.Stavrinides’ reaction may have been prompted by the testimony by the bank’s former chief executive officer (CEO) Marios Clerides who told the committee, appointed by Attorney-general Costas Clerides, that Stavrinides had accumulated “super powers”.“I presented proposals as assigned to my superiors to the board’s strategy committee which decided the organisation’s strategy before forwarding it to the plenary for approval,” Stavrinides said. “Let it be noted, that ethical banking was the compass of our strategy and was crowned by the return of €100m in interest to customers resulting from overcharging”.Clerides told the committee on Friday he felt that Stavrinides also had access to Finance Minister Harris Georgiades, just like the minister’s childhood friend and former Co-op chairman Nicholas Hadjiyiannis, before becoming himself CEO after Clerides stepped down in mid-2015. Clerides said in his testimony that Stavrinides had become a “super executive”.According to Clerides’ testimony, the bank’s communications and strategy manager, was dealing with the board daily without reporting to him.Stavrinides said in his letter that after being hired in June 2014 by Clerides as head of strategy, a position advertised by accounting firm PwC, for a 12-month probation period, he participated in the bank’s asset liability committee (ALCO) upon the CEO’s recommendation, and in the Executive Committee (EXCO), proposed to the bank by International Monetary Fund (IMF) when it offered technical assistance in governance issues.As head of strategy and communication he was reporting to both the chairman of the board and the CEO, which continued after Hadjiyiannis became the bank’s top executive and was succeeded by Christakis Taoushanis and following the latter’s resignation, his successor George Hadjinicholas.“I was hired as chief of the strategy division in compliance with supervisory requirements,” Stavrinides said. “Following the resignation of (Andreas) Trokkos in January 2016, I took over the unit for the restructuring of the cooperative credit sector and my strategy and communication division became (the) strategy and transformation directorate. “So, I became head of a directorate, one of the 34 directors in accordance to the bank’s administrative structure”.“My remuneration also confirms the above in comparison and in absolute figures,” he said and added that his initial position was not related to the chairman’s office.Stavrinides said that he was ready to provide further clarifications and also testify to the committee.You May LikeAmazingWomanMagTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldAmazingWomanMagUndoTopGearUp.comWarning! These 20 Jobs Will Disappear in The Near FutureTopGearUp.comUndohot10.org10 Incredible Places You Have To Visit In Your Lifetimehot10.orgUndo Clear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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