PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – A report of a suspicious man with a gun led to some tense moments in central Manitoba early Tuesday.Mounties in Portage la Prairie say they were called to a home in the community shortly before midnight and when the tactical team tried to enter, it discovered barricades had been set up.Four people inside refused to come out for negotiators, so police used tear gas to flush out a 25-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl.The tactical team then forced its way in and arrested two men, both 27.Police say the woman and teen, who were released from custody, are being treated as witnesses or possibly victims.One of the men arrested is a suspect in an earlier car theft from the same home where the takedown occurred.Police say all four people suffered minor injuries, but no officers were hurt.Police had asked the pubic to stay away from the home while officers were making arrests and not to post police movements on social media.“The RCMP thanks the public for their co-operation in staying clear,” Const. Sean O’Keefe said in a statement. “Public safety is our priority.”
OTTAWA — Longtime Conservative MP and finance critic Pierre Poilievre heads toward the 2019 federal election as one of his party’s chief agitators, relishing the task of getting under the skins of the Liberal government’s front-bench ministers.He doesn’t write lines or questions in advance and only has notes when he’s quoting someone or referring to data, he says. The zingers come out on their own.“After I say them I decide whether I’m excited about having said it or regretful,” he says, laughing, in an interview at a restaurant in Ottawa’s airport.One of his favoured approaches is to make fun of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau for being rich. Trudeau’s father Pierre was the heir to a fortune his own father made running Quebec gas stations; Morneau made his money in the family’s human-resources firm Morneau Shepell.Poilievre calls Trudeau the “millionaire trust-fund prime minister” in the House and similarly wrote on Facebook that Trudeau and Morneau are “trust-fund twins.”Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer have both said they expect the fall campaign to be one of the nastiest in recent memory.For Poilievre, the Tories need to focus on economic management, fiscal responsibility and “better quality of life for everyday people.”“Anything that distracts from that is unproductive and only helps Justin Trudeau. That’s how I would put it,” Poilievre says.Emphasizing the personal wealth of the two men at the top of the Liberal government is a calculated choice.So is asking constantly when the federal budget will balance itself. Before Christmas, Poilievre posted a video montage of himself asking the question over and over again. The line that combines two digs in one — reminding viewers that Trudeau said that his Liberals would run small deficits for a couple of years, when forecasts now show them persisting at least into the next decade and likely beyond, and that a growing economy takes care of government deficits fairly easily.And Poilievre recently posted a joking video of himself sitting in front of a Christmas tree and a fireplace while Christmas music plays lightly in the background. Poilievre pretends to open “Liberal fiscal treats” from Trudeau. Before reading aloud from the government’s long-term fiscal projections, publicized the Friday before the holiday, he pours a hefty slug of white rum into a stein of eggnog and takes a fortifying gulp.“He is not there because of his financial acumen or auditioning for a future role as minister of finance. He is there to serve as agitator-in-chief to the Liberal government in an area where they are perceived to be vulnerable,” says Tim Powers, a Conservative strategist and vice-chairman of Ottawa firm Summa Strategies. “He has performed well stirring the pot and putting the Liberals on the defensive.”Opposition leaders like to put established political agitators in key roles so they can get under a government’s skin, says Powers, like Liberal leader Jean Chretien’s deploying of the Liberal “Rat Pack” — a group of young and exuberant Liberals who mounted an energetic opposition to then prime minister Brian Mulroney. Don Boudria, Sheila Copps and Brian Tobin all went on to be Chretien-era ministers.As for what distractions might knock the Tory campaign off course in 2019, Poilievre says he’s thinking of “nothing in particular.”Not even Maxime Bernier, the former minister who sat next to him in the House of Commons before Bernier’s high-profile split from the Conservatives? He’s harshly criticized the Liberals on immigration, a line of attack the Conservatives have adopted. And he’s attacked Scheer for his defence of supply management in the dairy sector, charging that it means higher prices for consumers.“I’ve knocked on 20,000-plus doors since the end of July and I think his name has come up five or six times,” Poilievre says.Poilievre was quick to challenge questions about Bernier’s new People’s Party and whether it poses a threat at all to his own. He says he’s still waiting to see Bernier’s ideas, that he has no idea what his proposals are. Poilievre rejected quickly the idea that Scheer is taking any of Bernier’s moves into consideration.“It’s not clear what he’s doing,” he says flatly.The 39-year-old new father jokes the only job he’s running for is the one Morneau now holds, shooting down questions about whether he has any leadership ambitions of his own.“I have no plans of that whatsoever,” he says.Poilievre didn’t support anyone in the Conservative leadership race that put Scheer in charge of the party. And he says he doesn’t know why Scheer chose him as finance critic, but he’s “thankful and grateful.”“I was rather surprised when the leader offered it to me, to be honest,” he says of the appointment, “because I was neither a rival nor a supporter during the leadership race, so he owed me nothing.”Poilievre, who has won five consecutive elections in his south-Ottawa riding, said the 2019 election is “anyone’s game at this point.”“I’m in it for one more and I’m in it to win it, so we’ll see what happens,” he says.And after four more years? Poilievre recites the old adage: “Yesterday’s history, tomorrow’s a mystery, today’s a gift and that’s why they call it the present.”Janice Dickson, The Canadian Press
New Delhi: Their campaign back on track after the win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals are ready to upset table toppers Kolkata Knight Riders in their own den, said the team’s all-rounder Chris Morris. By virtue of the four-wicket win over struggling RCB in Bengaluru on Sunday, Delhi Capitals have moved up to the fifth position in the eight-team standings with six points from as many games. KKR are currently leading the chart with eight points out of four wins from five matches. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhAsked Morris about their next match, the South African said playing at the iconic Eden Gardens against the hosts would be a tough challenge. “KKR are playing some amazing cricket at the moment. They have some great match winners in their team, players with X-factor. We’ve got a few days in between to rest and recover, and to get our bodies strong and fresh,” he said. “Eden Gardens is a tough place to play for the visiting side, but as a team and as a unit, we look forward to the challenge Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterand hopefully we can pull off a win on Friday.” But it would be easier said than done as in their last outing against KKR at the Feroze Shah Kotla here, Delhi huffed and puffed to register victory in the Super Over. “We will of course go back to the drawing board and see what went wrong in the last match against them in Delhi which went to the Super Over. We will look to improve on those areas and make sure we are ready,” Morris said. Morris was happy with Delhi Capitals’ performance against RCB and said the victory on Sunday instilled confidence among the players. “It was a very pleasing performance from the boys yesterday. To go out and win against RCB was something the boys were preparing well towards. The performance throughout the whole game was great, and even though there was a slight hiccup towards the end of the game in our batting, it was very pleasing to register the win. “I feel that our bowlers have been executing their plans pretty well and this win has surely brought back the confidence among the group.” Morris has taken six wickets with an economy rate of 7.93 in the four matches he played for Delhi Capitals so far in this tournament. Besides, he has also bowled a total of 36 dot balls, which has only been bettered by four other overseas players — Rashid Khan, Jofra Archer, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir. “I think all the bowlers have been doing their respective jobs very well. I know that I have the responsibility of delivering for the team, especially in the middle overs and towards the end,” Morris said. “You will always face tough times during a long tournament like this, but having confidence in your own abilities is something that helps you get through that phase and come out on top.”
BRUSSELS — The European Union has reached a tentative breakthrough deal on copyright issues in the digital age, which it claims will better reward authors, artists and journalists and empower them in their relations with internet giants.Wednesday’s late evening deal between member states and European Parliament legislators will seek to make sure that internet platforms pay more for the use of creative work.EU Commissioner Andrus Ansip says that “the freedoms and rights enjoyed by internet users today will be enhanced, our creators will be better remunerated for their work, and the internet economy will have clearer rules for operating and thriving.”Christian Borggreen is vice-president of the Computer & Communications Industry Association and says the deal “could harm online innovation, scale-ups, and restrict online freedoms in Europe.”The Associated Press
A United Nations expert on the independence of judges and lawyers today voiced concern regarding the trial proceedings of Sigma Huda, a fellow Special Rapporteur who was sentenced to three years in prison by a Bangladeshi court. Leandro Despouy said that the sentence was handed down by the Special Anti Corruption Court of Bangladesh for aiding and abetting extortion found to have been committed by the husband of Ms. Huda, the UN independent expert on trafficking in persons, especially women and children. However, Mr. Despouy has “received information indicating that the right to legal representation and the independence of the court were severely affected during her trial.” He added that Ms. Huda’s attorneys – who had no opportunity to confer with their client in prison – felt pressured, having only met with her at the end of hearings. The lawyers also had difficulties accessing case files and other important information, “thus compromising their ability to ensure an adequate defence,” he said. “The atmosphere during the trial was reportedly intimidating, with military and police presence both outside and inside the courtroom, and access of the public and the media to the courtroom was considerably restricted.” Mr. Despouy said that these alleged irregularities violate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Bangladesh has ratified, and also called on the country’s authorities to respect Ms. Huda’s right to a fair and public trial during any appeals process. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today said that her Office is seeking clarification about the situation surrounding Ms. Huda’s conviction and possible appeal. OHCHR is requesting it receive confirmation directly from the South-East Asian nation’s Government, the UN presence in the capital Dhaka and Ms. Huda’s relatives. The High Commissioner noted that in a statement last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, after requesting and receiving information from Bangladesh on the nature of the charges brought against Ms. Huda and their linkages to her functions as Special Rapporteur, concluded that she is not being tried on charges related to her work as a UN independent expert. 30 August 2007A United Nations expert on the independence of judges and lawyers today voiced concern regarding the trial proceedings of Sigma Huda, a fellow Special Rapporteur who was sentenced to three years in prison by a Bangladeshi court.
28 October 2009Parliamentarians from some 115 countries pledged to promote sexual and reproductive health as well as women’s rights to decide how and when they give birth, at a United Nations-backed gathering which wrapped up today. The two-day gathering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, saw hundreds of legislators and ministers support the principles and goals of the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994, when 179 governments explicitly recognized sexual and reproductive health as a human right.“We are here to ensure that greater progress is made to advance human rights, including the right to sexual and reproductive health, and to hold governments accountable,” UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said yesterday at the fourth global parliamentarians’ conference on population and development.UN estimates in 2005 showed that, every minute, a woman dies of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, adding up to more than 500,000 women dying annually, and almost all in developing countries.“Participants unanimously adopted the Addis Ababa Statement of Commitment, in which they pledged to exercise their oversight responsibilities to break the silence around gender discrimination and to promote sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights,” UNFPA said in a news release.The delegates said that although some progress has been made in achieving universal access to reproductive health and a sharp reduction in maternal deaths by 2015, advances have been slow in many countries.In addition, the urgency to act has been heightened by conflicts, foreign occupation and emerging issues, including climate change, demographic challenges, environmental degradation, and the food and financial crises. Around 400 parliamentarians attending the conference committed to supporting accessible and affordable health services that promote family planning, HIV prevention and the health and well-being of women and girls. The participants also pledged to increase funding to at least 10 per cent of national budgets and development assistance budgets for population assistance, and to review laws and practices that still restrict access to sexual and reproductive health.The Addis Ababa gathering followed three similar global conferences in Bangkok in 2006, Strasbourg in 2004 and Ottawa in 2002.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – New research shows that delays in regulating greenhouse-gas emissions mean Canada is quickly “locking in” old-school infrastructure that will fill the air with carbons for decades to come.The new research is by the soon-to-be-defunct National Round Table of the Environment and the Economy, the federally funded advisory group formed to give advice and research on sustainable development.It’s likely the first time analysts have measured Canada’s shrinking room to manoeuvre as a result of investment that takes place under the old regime while waiting for governments to crack down on emissions.The research concludes that the longer Ottawa waits to clamp down on the emissions and business continues as usual, the more difficult and costly it becomes to meet Canada’s environmental targets.The research also shows that electricity could be Canada’s salvation, as long as that sector can attract huge investment of about $12 billion a year. by The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2012 3:44 pm MDT Delays in carbon rules mean Canada is locking in emissions, new research finds
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,078.00, down 75.12 points):Tahoe Resources Inc. (TSX:THO). Miner. Down $3.57, or 33.18 per cent, to $7.19 on 9.8 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up four cents, or 0.44 per cent, to $9.18 on 5.3 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 3.79 per cent, to $3.01 on 5.2 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down five cents, or 2.11 per cent, to $2.32 on 5.1 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 29 cents, or 1.18 per cent, to $24.83 on 5 million shares.BetaPro Crude Oil. (TSX:HOU). Oil and gas. Up six cents, or 1.15 per cent, to $5.27 on 4.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC). Airline. Up $1.86, or 10.73 per cent, to $19.20 on 3.5 million shares. The company’s stock was at its highest in more than 10 years after Air Canada announced analyst forecasts had significantly underestimated one of its earnings benchmarks. According to chief executive Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada’s EBITDAR (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, impairment and aircraft rent) will be better than the $475 million average forecast by analysts for the three months ended June 30. The company’s second quarter results will be announced Aug. 4. Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 6, 2017 3:20 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Measures protecting Canadian dairy industry under fire at U.S. NAFTA hearing OTTAWA – Canadian measures to protect the dairy industry came under the microscope at a U.S. congressional hearing on revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement Tuesday, suggesting the Liberal government will have a tough time convincing legislators to look past the long-standing trade irritant.“We want to end these discriminatory practices,” said Congressman Dave Reichert, the Republican chair of a House of Representatives subcommittee on trade that met in Washington, D.C., to discuss what they would like to see in a new NAFTA deal hammered out between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.The Trump administration released a list of its broad goals for the NAFTA talks on Monday, which include expanded access to U.S. agricultural exports.The 18-page document does not specifically mention the Canadian dairy industry, but said the U.S. wants to reduce or eliminating remaining tariffs, as well as try and get rid of non-tariff barriers to its agricultural exports.The dairy sector was excluded from the original NAFTA deal in 1994, but the supply management system, which limits the amount of dairy that can be imported into Canada without high tariffs, has long been a point of contention.A more recent dairy-related issue that also came up was a deal reached by the 12,000 dairy producers in Canada to sell milk proteins to domestic processors at a discount in order to further protect the industry from imports of cheap U.S. milk ingredients.Ron Kind, a Democrat lawmaker from Wisconsin — the heartland of the U.S. dairy industry — said he does not want to jeopardize a crucial trading relationship with Canada.But he also stressed things need to change.“We need to be able to feel assured that whatever system we have is a fair and balanced one — one that does level the playing field and right now, we don’t feel that is happening as it related to Canada,” Kind said at the hearing.Stan Ryan, the CEO and president of Darigold Inc., a Seattle-based dairy processor, told the hearing that while it is important to make sure that the U.S. keeps its access to the dairy market in Mexico, Canada poses a challenge.“NAFTA did not open up Canada the way it did Mexico,” he said.When asked whether the U.S. has any leverage when it comes to pushing Canada to allow greater access to its markets for American dairy products, Ryan said it should be brought up in the NAFTA talks.“I believe the leverage of the United States is ultimately one of the things, in a broader NAFTA negotiation, that the United States needs to stand up and say, ‘We’re standing on this issue,’” Ryan said, who added that he believes the World Trade Organization will eventually rule against it.“Do it right now, because it’s right and it’s what good trading partners should do,” he said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears unwilling to budge when it comes to supply management, which also protects eggs and poultry.“It’s a system that works,” Trudeau said Tuesday during a visit to Perce, Que.“We have signed significant trade deals with Europe, with North America, elsewhere, protecting our supply management system and we are going to continue to do that,” he said.The Dairy Farmers of Canada issued a statement Monday saying that the sector should not be part of the renegotiation of NAFTA.“Dairy wasn’t part of the first NAFTA agreement, and there is no valid new evidence to support that dairy be discussed in this round of discussions,” it said.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter by Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2017 2:03 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
From 1 August, SMMT will be ‘driving the motor industry’ from its new Westminster office. The new premises will reflect the UK’s modern and dynamic motor industry with staff housed over three open-plan floors.The new facility has been optimised for environmental performance, workspaces will be ergonomically designed and decoration will feature images of the broad range of industry sectors that make up SMMT’s membership.The first floor will be dedicated to meeting rooms with a total capacity of 100 people, while the ground floor’s reception area will feature a ‘showroom’ exhibition space to highlight industry’s latest products, technologies and innovations.All telephone numbers and e-mail addresses remain unchanged. The new address is:The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd71 Great Peter StreetLondon SW1P 2BNClick through for more information about getting to SMMT.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
THE JUSTICE MINISTER has said that the Garda Ombudsman is to have direct, unsupervised access to the Garda PULSE computer system.Minister Alan Shatter also said that a review of the judicial appointments system is to be carried out.Speaking this morning in the Dáil, Minster Shatter said the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) currently has access to the system, as part of their investigation into the penalty points controversy, with the assistance of two seconded Superintendents.He said the proper infrastructure and training would be put in place for GSOC to have access to the system without the need for supervision.However, Deputy Mick Wallace said that in the United Kingdom the minister’s “head would have rolled long before now” over his handling of the penalty points controversy, and that he was dragged “kicking and screaming” to launching an investigation.Confidential recipientDeputies questioned the minister on a review of the Garda Siochana Act, which is currently underway, calling for the removal of the post of confidential recipient.The holder of this position receives complaints from members of the force.“The confidential recipient was a creature created by my predecessors in 2007,” he said, saying he did not envisage that it would exist after the Act is reformed and that gardaí could report directly to the Ombudsman.The Minister also touched on a disagreement with Independent deputy Shane Ross over the date for discussion of the Private Members Bill aimed at removing political influence from the judicial appointment process.GreeceDeputy Ross has been requested to change the proposed date for discussion of the Bill in order for Minister Shatter to attend, as the minister will an official visit to Greece in his capacity of Minister for Defence.“As of today, it has not proved possible to change the date,” he said, noting that he wished to hear the contributions of members of the House.‘He kept saying he loved the guards’: No specifics but garda whistleblower a ‘credible witness’ >Wallace: Shatter’s focus is on whistleblowers themselves, rather than their allegations >
What has two thumbs and loves the look, smell, and taste of bacon? This guy. Although, I must admit a part of me is a little concerned when it comes to the newest flavor of soda by the Jones Soda Company. Maybe that is because one doesn’t usually think of bacon as a carbonated drink. That’s okay, though.Starting this week, Jones Soda and J&D Foods is offering a bacon package sure to delight anyone with a love of cured and smoked porcine products. For only $9.99 you can snag two bottles or Jones Bacon Flavored Soda along with some J&D’s Cheddar Bacon Popcorn, J&D’s Bacon Gravy, and some Bacon flavored lip balm.For those of you who wonder why bacon flavored soda? Hey, bacon doesn’t need a reason. But for the rest of you who are curious, Jones Marketing Director, Mike Spear has this to say:Bacon is like the eighth wonder of the world,” commented Spear. “We spend a lot of time listening to our customers on social media sites, and we couldn’t help but take notice of the hundreds of thousands of people taking part in bacon discussion boards and fan groups right now. We felt it was our duty as leaders in the premium soda category to carbonate bacon’s salty goodness. Read more at Jones Soda, via Neatorama
If you have any information on these shootings, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A shooting victim has been released from the hospital after bullets rang out at a vigil for a mother slain in Liberty City.Eighteen-year-old Devonte Williams, a student at Miami Central High School, was struck in the shoulder while attending a vigil for 30-year-old Victoria Tutson, Tuesday night. Miami-Dade Police said Williams and three others were victims of the shooting.Williams was released on Wednesday night. Officials believe the remaining victims will also be OK.Police believe the vigil shooting is connected to Tutson’s murder. City of Miami Police released surveillance video of Tutson’s murder, which officials are hoping can help narrow down those involved. A silver SUV was seen in the video, which is believed to be involved in the shooting.Tutson’s family spoke out, Wednesday, and made an emotional plea to the public. “We, as a family, we will never be the same again,” said Tutson’s father, Clarence. “There’s no way we will ever be the same again. She was the fiber of the family. She just was such a lovable person. We are tore up.”Related: Family pleas for help in finding shooter who killed mother in Liberty City“We just want justice,” said Tutson’s sister, Shakurah. “If you don’t want to do it for us, do it for her children. They deserve it.”
The U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.ReutersA six-year-old girl from India died of heat stroke in Arizona desert while crossing US-Mexico border after her mother left her with other migrants to go in search of water, a medical examiner and U.S. Border Patrol said on Friday.The girl, Gurupreet Kaur, soon to celebrate her seventh birthday, was found by U.S. Border Patrol west of Lukeville, Arizona on Wednesday, when temperatures reached a high of 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 Celsius), U.S. Border Patrol and the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (PCOME) said.The girl’s death, the second recorded fatality of a migrant child this year in Arizona’s southern deserts, highlighted the danger of summer heat as a surge of migrant families, mainly from Central America, cross the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum.An increasing number of Indian nationals are entering the United States from Mexico, according to immigration officials. They are among thousands of Africans and Asian migrants making the arduous journey, led by smuggling cartels.The girl and her mother were among a group of five Indian nationals dropped off by smugglers in a remote border area at 10am on Tuesday, 17miles (27km) west of Lukeville, a U.S. border town 50miles (80km) southwest of Tucson.After walking some way, the girl’s mother and another woman went in search of water, leaving her daughter with another woman and her child.”Once they went to look for water they never saw them again,” said U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jesus Vasavilbaso.The mother and the other woman wandered in the rugged Sonoran desert wilderness for 22 hours before being found by a U.S. Border Patrol agent who tracked their footprints.Four hours later, Border Patrol agents found the body of the deceased girl a mile (1.6 km) from the border.Agents tracked the remaining woman and her 8-year-old daughter into Mexico, before the mother and child re-entered the United States and surrendered to Border Patrol.The deceased girl died of hyperthermia and her death was ruled an accident, said Greg Hess, PCOME chief medical officer.Up to May 30, PCOME recorded 58 migrant deaths in southern Arizona, most heat related. It recorded 127 deaths in 2018.Border Patrol blamed Kaur’s death on the smugglers.”This is a senseless death driven by cartels who are profiting from putting lives at risk,” Tucson Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal said.Human rights activist Juanita Molina said U.S. border security measures were also partly to blame, along with the exhausted state of Indian child migrants once they reach the border.”They’re trying to unload people in places where they can avoid detection themselves,” Molina, director of Tucson-based Border Action Network, said of smugglers.”For a young child, death can come very quickly,” she added.
Electronic Consumers Association head Hal Halpin has spoken out on Bill S.978, the so-called “Anti-Streaming Bill” introduced in the U.S. Senate during the current session, saying “it’s very concerning.” Additionally, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson has chimed in with a developer’s response to the controversy.The problem, Halpin claims, is that the legislation currently casts a very wide net and that this covers people who post video captures of gameplay. He surmises that this wide net may be the result of the bill being crafted by representatives of copyright holders, including those for the film and TV industries. Despite the intent of the legislation to stop illegal streaming of copyrighted video content, Halpin exclaims, “Gamers should most definitely be worried!” and claims that the bill could apply to companies who use streaming technology including OnLive and Gaikai. He adds to the list of vulnerable businesses digital distributors such as Steam, Direct2Drive, and Origin. From there, he adds companies that make use of streamed gameplay, such as Major League Gaming, and even the quintessential streaming company, Netflix.Halpin was sure to inform his interviewer that gamers can join the ECA’s campaigns against streaming (and other allegedly anti-gaming) legislation by signing up for ECA newsletters and receiving information to contact elected representatives.Minecraft creator Markus Persson chimed in on the controversy via his personal blog. As he understands it, uploading videos of gameplay, such as Let’s Play videos (where players collectively discuss gameplay on a forum or social network and one player records and uploads the appropriate gameplay) or speed runs (where players race to complete a game as quickly as possible, chasing records) could become illegal. “And I love watching let’s plays and speed runs,” he added.Notch explained that if the bill were to pass, Minecraft studio Mojang would add a clause to the game’s Terms of Service specifically allowing players to post gameplay videos, and he suspected that many game companies would follow suit. He credited the YouTube community specifically in helping Minecraft‘s meteoric rise.Read more at Destructoid and Notch’s tumblrBlake’s Opinion Bill S.978 isn’t quite the broad, Orwellian law that it’s being made out to be by Halpin. It’s a modification to existing copyright law that changes the definition of criminal enforcement to include electronic “performance” of copyrighted material. Yes, it’s technically possible that a gameplay video on YouTube could constitute performance of copyrighted material, but that doesn’t automatically equal the Copyright Police knocking down doors and seizing computers belonging to OnLive customers or people posting Legend of Zelda speedruns.ECA’s raison d’être is to raise a fuss, so it’s easy to see why Halpin’s words may be a bit exaggerated. OnLive, Gaikai, Netflix and digital distributors won’t fall subject to this law since they legitimately license copyrights, and in that sense his discussion is largely scare-mongering. This is a good time to note that the ECA – an advocacy group – is distinct from the ESA, which represented the games industry in the Supreme Court case that just granted video games First Amendment protected speech status.Notch has provided the Internet with the right response to the bill. Instead of kicking and screaming, as the ECA collects money to do, he has taken a deep breath and acknowledged the bill’s status as a potential problem. And if it becomes a real problem, he has offered a solution.
Youngsters browsing through the latest rock album, an elderly couple searching for a devotional track and a tourist hunting for his favourite piece of Indian music -on any day this can be a close description for the city’s iconic music store, the Rhythm House.Except, it is the beginning of the end for the 67-year-old place which is slated to shut shop in 2016.Situated in south Mumbai, nestled between Kala Ghoda and Jehangir Art Gallery, Rhythm House was established in 1948. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damKnown for its extremely rich and diverse collection of music and movies, the store was so popular it was often frequented by personalities like Mumtaz, Shammi Kapoor, A R Rahman, Rahul Sharma and Zakir Hussain.This was, however, before the illegal music downloads on Internet became a norm, which led to the decision by owners to shut down by end of February, next year.“It saddens us to inform you the time has come for us to bid goodbye to the music and video business for reasons that need no elaboration. We are the last of our city’s large format music and video stores to yield to the challenges posed by new technologies and piracy,” it says on the shop’s website. Ajay Parmar, who has been working in Rhythm House for over a decade is now looking at a blank future ahead of the shop’s closure. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probe“We all are extremely sad. I have worked here for 12 years, and now I need to look for other jobs. The knowledge of music which I had accumulated over the years will go to waste. Where can I possibly use this knowledge now?” he says. The store withstood the forever dynamic market – from selling vending 78 rpm lacquered disc, LP vinyl disc, cassettes in the initial years, to comfortably adapting to the arrival of compact disc, VCDs, DVDs and even the newest optical Blu-Ray discs. But it seems the Internet age, with consumers downloading music at their finger tips, which served the final blow for the store.“Internet downloads and piracy has killed everything. What can we possibly do about that. Online shopping lacks the one on one interaction we have here at our store. You can’t get that anywhere else,” says Parmar.The store, which had a staff strength of 45, two years ago, now has almost 30 people. Even though the period from December-February has always been a “peak season”, the only crowd the store is witnessing this time is that of loyal patrons, coming to take in the last few days of the place.“A lot has changed over the years. The public has stopped coming to the store. Even today when there is a heavy sale going on, not many new people are coming. I have seen this place grow, to watch it in this state is sad,” says Raees, an employee at the store for nearly 20 years.
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