Potential Trans Mountain pipeline buyer says it agrees with federal principles

The Canadian Press CALGARY — One of the leaders of a First Nations consortium planning to offer $6.8 billion for majority ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline says federal government principles for Indigenous buyers are “exactly aligned” with its goals.Harrie Vredenburg, a Project Reconciliation executive board member and professor at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business, says the principles unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Monday don’t affect his group’s plan to invite all Indigenous communities in Western Canada to join in a united bid for 51 per cent of the pipeline.The four points suggest that discussions of potential Indigenous ownership of the pipeline can proceed only if the communities involved have “meaningful economic participation,” if the deal can proceed in the spirit of reconciliation, and if the resulting entity works to the benefit of all Canadians and goes forward on a commercial basis.Vredenburg says the principles are consistent with messages his organization has shared in meetings with federal department officials over the past five months.He says the project, led by executive chairman Delbert Wapass, a former chief of the Thunderchild First Nation in Saskatchewan, is well-advanced and there have been meetings with investment banks, oil companies and First Nations.Morneau has said the government won’t negotiate the sale of the pipeline it bought for $4.5 billion last summer until after construction of its controversial proposed expansion is “de-risked.”Court-ordered consultations with affected Indigenous groups are expected to wrap up in May, allowing the expansion to go to Ottawa for a decision on approval. read more

SecretaryGeneral urges DPR Koreas cooperation in audit of UN activities

6 March 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to help facilitate an external audit of the world body’s funds and programmes there. “Your continued cooperation would be much appreciated to allow the audit to be completed in a timely manner,” Mr. Ban said in a letter dated 28 February and made public today which was addressed to Pak Gil Yon, the Permanent Representative of the DRPK to the UN.In the letter, Mr. Ban recalled that earlier this year, he initiated an evaluation of UN programmes in several countries, of which the DPRK was one. On further review, it was decided further work was necessary to ensure that UN operations in the country were in line with the world body’s rules and regulations.On 9 February, he added, the Board of Auditors – an external body serving the UN – was formally requested to carry out a special audit of UN activities in the DPRK. In mid-January, upon hearing press reports that funds from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which conducts multi-million dollar operations in the DPRK, were channelled improperly to the Government, Mr. Ban called for an external review of all UN activities, ranging from staff hiring to hard currency, in the country from 1998 to the present.The Secretary-General’s letter was in response to concerns raised by the DPRK, conveyed in correspondence dated 13 February, that the audit was “in line with the hostile manoeuvres of the United States,” given that the external review was announced at approximately the same time as the US contended that the DPRK “might have used the UNDP aid funds for the development of nuclear weapons.”The DPRK said that it denies the “allegations of the United States” and called them “sheer fiction aimed at politicizing international aid.” read more

SecretaryGeneral dispatches Myanmar envoy to meet with regional partners

11 October 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he is sending his Special Adviser on Myanmar back to the region this weekend to meet with regional partners about the situation in the troubled South-East Asian nation. Ibrahim Gambari recently returned from a visit to Myanmar, where the Government used force – what the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro characterized as a “brutal crackdown” – against peaceful demonstrations led by monks.According to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the Special Adviser will start his consultations in Thailand next Monday morning before visiting Malaysia, Indonesia, India, China and Japan, with a view to returning to Myanmar shortly thereafter.In a related development, the Security Council issued a presidential statement today strongly deploring the Government’s use of force against the demonstrators. The 15-member body urged authorities to take major steps towards inclusive national reconciliation and underscored the importance of dialogue between the Government and the opposition figure and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. read more

Key foreign currency quotations

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Friday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Fri Thu 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2586 1.2647 1.3611 1.2767 British Pound 1.6197 1.6290 1.7678 1.6813 Japanese Yen 0.0115 0.0115 0.0123 0.0128 Euro in U.S. 1.1749 1.1732 1.1115 1.1364 Euro in Cdn 1.4787 1.4837 1.5128 1.4509Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada

IMF reaches agreement on third review of funding for Sri Lanka

IMF also said that the central bank should stand ready to head off pressures on inflation and credit growth, while continuing to enhance exchange rate flexibility. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it has reached a staff-level agreement with the Sri Lankan authorities on the third review under an economic reform program supported by a three-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement, subject to the completion of a prior action by the authorities and the approval of the IMF Executive Board.The Board is expected to consider Sri Lanka’s request for completion of the third review in December 2017, by which time the 2018 budget—consistent with the EFF-supported program—is expected to be submitted to Parliament as a prior action. IMF says incorporating the new Inland Revenue Act, the 2018 budget should continue fiscal consolidation supported by stronger revenues. “The authorities have been improving the country’s fiscal position and strengthened its international reserves, but more needs to be done in the area of SOE reforms. Upholding the reform momentum will be important for addressing fiscal and external imbalances and meeting the government’s ambitious social and development objectives. Renewed effort toward bolstering competitiveness, improving social protection programs, and boosting private sector development will be important for making growth more robust and inclusive.”IMF said the staff-level agreement was reached after constructive discussions with the authorities in Colombo and during the Annual Meetings in Washington DC. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Development moratorium looms in Port Dover

Port Dover is the latest community in Norfolk to face a moratorium on new development due to capacity issues involving water and sewer.In Port Dover’s case, the concern is the county’s ability to produce and store treated water versus its ability to satisfy peak periods of demand.The shortfall is the subject of a staff report that will be tabled at Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council. The report recommends a hold on new development applications requiring water service until these capacity issues are addressed.Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp, for one, will support the move.“This issue has been building in magnitude for years now, and the health and safety of our residents needs to be our first priority,” Chopp said Friday in a news release.“We need to be the council that deals with difficult issues such as this one. Staff have made this a priority and are hard at work finding solutions — both short-term and long-term.“I hope my colleagues around the council table will join me in working to fix this situation quickly so we can get back to business as usual in Port Dover.”Chopp alluded to the urgency of the situation in early May during the annual state-of-the-county address in Renton.She told a breakfast meeting of the Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce May 8 that capacity issues in Port Dover – Norfolk’s fastest growing community — are among the biggest challenges facing the county.Chopp said Norfolk has the capacity to treat 2,454 cubic metres of water a day in Port Dover, which itself has the capacity to draw 4,579 cubic metres at peak demand.“That is less than 50 per cent (capacity),” Chopp told the chamber. “It is a nightmare. This is the Dover issue that keeps me up at night, not the Misner Dam.”Norfolk has been here before. In recent years, holds on new development applications have been imposed while the county addressed water- and wastewater-treatment issues in Simcoe, Waterford and Port Rowan.The situation in Waterford was recently resolved, allowing the long-delayed Villages of Waterford subdivision in the north end of town to proceed.The proposed moratorium will not affect the subdivision projects already underway in Port Dover. It would, however, delay proposals that are not yet registered, have not received site plan approval or where construction has yet to begin. These projects will be dealt with on a “case-by-case” basis.“The municipality is obligated to have servicing capacities in operation before making commitments for developments,” the staff report to council says.“The county cannot over-commit the plants that provide potable and wastewater servicing. Over-committing is not sustainable and may result in constructing treatment capacities that are never used or not used until late in the treatment plant planning period.”The report and its recommendations will be tabled at Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council.The meeting begins in the council chamber at Governor Simcoe Square at 3 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

New London rail line to be named Elizabeth Line after queen

New London rail line to be named Elizabeth Line after queen by The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2016 5:34 am MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2016 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – A new rail line under London is to be named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.Developers say the project known as Crosssrail will be named the Elizabeth Line when it opens in December 2018. When it is finished, the line will run for more than 60 miles (100 kilometres) from east to west, including a 13-mile (21-kilometre) underground stretch through London.The monarch, who turns 90 in April, unveiled a sign with the purple “Elizabeth Line” logo on a visit to a Crossrail tunnel on Tuesday.Several London transit lines already have royal connections. The Jubilee subway line was named in honour of Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee marking 25 years on the throne in 1977, while the Victoria Line and Victoria railway station are named after Queen Victoria. read more

Brock statue Sure and steady wins the race

In the foundry, The General patiently awaits his completion. The General is coming home. He’s just taking a bit longer than expected.In the meantime, some new photos should excite a Brock community that has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a bronze sculpture of University namesake Major-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock.When it does arrive, the artwork — a gift from longtime Brock supporter and former board chair David Howes — will be placed on a plinth in front of Schmon Tower, where it will instantly become the University’s signature icon.Artist Danek Mozdzenski demonstrates the pose he gave to The General.The piece by renowned Canadian sculptor Danek Mozdzenski is in its final stages of production. Sometime in the new year, University officials will be informed of a firm completion date.Intricate detailed casting work has been taking longer than anticipated because of the sculpture’s complex design. But new photos from the Oregon foundry where the sculpture is being completed give glimpses of the statue’s impactful beauty and impressive size.More than 100 component parts of Mozdzenski’s design have been cast in bronze and must be fitted together. All bronze sculptures are assemblies of smaller components, closely overseen by the artist. Once the intact piece is approved by the artist, a surface patina and lacquer finish will be applied.“Mozdzenski wants to get this right,” said an official who has been working on the project. “Regardless of reputation and experience, for an artist of this calibre, every sculpture is different from the last one. This can create new sets of challenges in bringing the bronze to life.“There is no formulaic production method. He has done large sculptures, he has done famous ones, and they’re all different. The Brock design is one-of-a-kind and very unique, and during the casting he’s got to work through all the challenges, big and small.”The base of the sculpture awaits its resident. To the right is Brock’s boot, on the floor is his hat. read more

Theresa May warns the SNP that politics is not a game as

first_imgThe Prime Minister will address the Scottish Conservative conference in Glasgow on Friday as speculation continues that Ms Sturgeon could be about to demand the right to hold a second independence referendum.The First Minister has said she believes she has a “cast iron mandate” to hold a second such ballot after Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU last year, while the rest of the UK voted to leave.Mrs May will tell the conference: “My first visit as Prime Minister was here to Scotland. I wanted to make clear that strengthening and sustaining the bonds that unite us is a personal priority for me.”I am confident about the future of our United Kingdom and optimistic about what we can achieve together as a country.” In a speech in Glasgow, Theresa May will tell Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP that ‘politics is not a game’Credit:Jonathan Brady/PA In a speech in Glasgow, Theresa May will tell Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP that 'politics is not a game' “I don’t think another independence referendum is inevitable at all. I still hope that Nicola Sturgeon would take it off the table, end that uncertainty, work with the UK Government to get that best possible deal for Scotland,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.”Of course there could be another independence referendum but there shouldn’t be one.”The people of Scotland have decided and we should stick with that verdict.” Attacking the SNP on public services, she will say Scotland’s schools are “outperformed in every category” by those in England, Northern Ireland, Estonia and Poland.”As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, I am just as concerned that young people in Dundee get a good start in life and receive the education they need to reach their full potential as I am about young people in Doncaster and Dartford,” she will say. “People in Scotland deserve a First Minister who is focused on their priorities – raising standards in education, taking care of the health service, reforming criminal justice, helping the economy prosper, improving people’s lives.”The Tories overtook Labour to become the second largest party at Holyrood in the 2016 Scottish election, and since then Scottish party leader Ruth Davidson and her “formidable” team have “exposed the SNP’s mismanagement of Scotland’s schools,” Mrs May will say.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Scottish Secretary David Mundell said that while a second independence referendum was possible, it was not the right course for Scotland. “The SNP’s neglect and mismanagement of Scottish education has been a scandal,” she will add.Ms Sturgeon, however, has insisted the Scottish Government’s approach since the European referendum has been “to offer compromise and to seek consensus at every turn”.She said: “Where we have spoken the language of consensus and co-operation, theirs has been the language of Westminster diktat.”Where we have been prepared to offer a solution short of our ideal outcome, they have refused to seriously engage.”And where we have offered compromise, we have been met by a brick wall of Tory intransigence.”The paper the Scottish Government produced outlining options for keeping Scotland in the single market “is a genuine attempt at finding a compromise solution”, the SNP leader insisted.”Given that this falls well short of what Scotland actually voted for… these proposals represent significant movement and a substantial concession on our part.”In response, the UK Government has not only shown no similar willingness to compromise but has in fact hardened its position.” Theresa May is to make clear that keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom is a “personal priority”.With the union between Scotland and England under pressure in the wake of the Brexit vote, the Prime Minister will use a visit north of the border to highlight her commitment to “strengthening and sustaining the bonds that unite us”.She will tell Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP that “politics is not a game”, and accuse the Scottish Government of having neglected schools because of its “obsession” with independence.last_img read more

Six Lotto jackpot winners Theres more chance of Bono becoming Pope

first_img[GIF: i-saw-light]By way of context, the folks at Paddy Power have provided a couple of accumulator options for events they estimate are far more likely to happen: Over 100 million to one: Jedward to be the next Irish President(s) (10,000/1) & Roy Keane to be the next Taoiseach (1,000/1)So — whatever else, at least the lucky ticket holders from the weekend can draw some satisfaction from the fact that they were part of what was an incredibly unlikely mathematical event.A National Lottery spokesperson said Saturday’s draw had been a record-breaker — previously, the highest number of ticket-holders to share a jackpot on the current 45-number game was three.*A ‘Tallafornia’ person.Read: Daily Mail assumes that woman named Mary Bono is Bono’s wifeRead: 11 uplifting moments to brighten up your Blue Monday Over 50 million to one: Crystal Palace to win the Premier League (10,000/1) & Carlow to win the All Ireland Hurling Championship (500/1) IT’S THE VERY definition of a ‘first world problem’ — still, Saturday night’s Lotto jackpot winners can’t have been thrilled to discover they’d be sharing the main prize six ways rather than banking the entire €3.5 million amount.The jackpot winners will get €588,144 each — not bad for a few euros outlay, but obviously not quite as good as a cheque for €3,528,865.So, what are the odds of such an unlikely event coming to pass? Confident in the knowledge that the task of calculating the chances was a little out of the comfort zone of anybody at TheJournal.ie, we asked the experts over at Mathstutor.ie. Here’s what company founder Eamon Toland came up with (you may have to read it more than once):There are 45 numbers in the Irish Lotto.  Out of these, players must choose six different numbers correctly to win the jackpot.The number of possible combinations is based on a calculation known as nCr e.g. 45C6.  This means “out of 45, Choose 6″.  You can do this using the nCr button on your calculator, or by punching in (45x44x43x42x41x40)/(6x5x4x3x2x1).  This gives you 8,145,060.So, the chances of you picking the 6 numbers if you play one line are 1 in 8,145,060.  How do you like those odds?And of course, anyone else can pick the same numbers, meaning that, in the extremely unlikely event that you win, you might have to share it with one or more other winners.  The chances of this happening depends on how many lines are played.As an example, if there are 1.5 million individual lines played, then the odds of exactly 6 winners are approximately 22.6 million to 1.But if there are only 700,000 individual lines played, then the odds are almost 2 billion to 1.It’s not true to say (as has been reported elsewhere) that you can simply multiply by six to calculate the chances of six people sharing the jackpot. Over 37 million to one: Marty Morrisey to be the next James Bond (5,000/1) & Nikita Murray* to be Justin Bieber’s next girlfriend (750/1) Over 5 million to one: New York to win the All Ireland Football Championship (5,000/1) & Ireland to win Euro 2016 (100/1) Over 3 million to one: Bono to be the next Pope (1,000/1) & Alec Baldwin to be the next US President (300/1)last_img read more

Air Force Now Using PlantBased Biofuel For Jets

first_imgThe Air Force has certified its first plane to begin using biofuel. The C-17 Globemaster III will use a blended fuel, that’s composed of both a plant-based biofuel and traditional jet fuel. The mixture will be 50/50.The fuel mixture burns much cleaner than traditional jet fuel and doesn’t feature many byproducts, such as sulfur. And it does so without hindering the performance of the plane.“When blended as we’ve done, this is a potential drop-in solution for jet fuel for our aircraft, requiring no modification to systems or special handling or monitoring,” Jeff Braun, the Air Force’s alternative fuel certification office chief, said in a statement. “We expect to conclude HRJ flight testing within the next 12 months, supporting fleetwide HRJ [hydrotreated renewable jet fuel] certification within the next 22 months.”last_img read more

Beaches Restaurant offers reward for castaway sign

first_imgThat old proverb about teaching a man to fish had it all wrong.Beaches Restaurant and Bar is offering a dinner for 20 to anyone who can get down the Columbia River and retrieve its Beaches Float Thru sign, which was whisked away sometime Wednesday.The sign had been sticking out of the water near the riverside restaurant since it first opened over two decades ago, according to owner Mark Matthias. He said he’s hoping to see it back, safe and sound.“We put a little contest out there to see who could find it and bring it back,” he said. “That sucker’s been out there 22 years.”The sign is built on four pilings hooked together, also known as a dolphin. It was an advertisement first, but has become a playful calling card for the restaurant. Over the years they’ve tacked on a joke phone booth, a toy lifeguard and a miniature basketball hoop.Matthias, who also owns WareHouse ’23, said he suspected the sign was on its last legs after heavy rains in the winter caused the river to rise to levels not seen since the mid-90s.last_img read more

Farato Case Referred to High Court

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowThe criminal case involving 7 residents of Madina Nemasu was referred to the High Court because count 4 of the charge sheet attracts life imprisonment.Magistrate I.O. Njie of the Brikama Magistrates Court said the court lacks jurisdiction to hear count four of the amended charge sheet which is rioters demolishing machinery contrary to section 76 of the Criminal Code Cap 10:01.Counsel Jainaba Bah Sambou appeared for all the 7 accused persons whilst Superintendent M.D Mballow and Inspector K. Gibba appeared for the Inspector General of Police. The accused persons  Lamin Darboe, Sainey Bayo, Alieu Touray, Ebrima Secka, Alieu Faal, Bakary Manneh and Alieu Faal were all present.About one hundred or so sympathisers could be seen in the court premises but all of them including those in the congested courtroom waited patiently from 10 am till 1.40 pm when proceedings resumed. These included family members, relatives and loved ones.The Defense counsel Sambou expressed her dissatisfaction with the manner in which the prosecution formulated their amendment but the Magistrate held that the prosecution can  amend charges of trials at any stage. She also said she lacks the jurisdiction to hear the matter because of count four which attracts life in prison penalty and further referred the matter to the High Court because it has the jurisdiction to hear such matters. She ordered the accused persons to be taken back to where they were before coming to court (police custody) because she lacks jurisdiction to hear the case and also lacks jurisdiction to grant bail or order for them to be remanded. She also rejected an attempt by the prosecution to get the court to remand the accused in custody saying that she does not have the jurisdiction to do so.The 7 accused persons on count one are said to commit malicious injuries to property contrary to Section 312(1) of the Criminal Code. They on or about the 23rd May, 2017 at Farato village damaged a caterpillar and a V-Boot Benz being properties of Babu Saho and Sarja Gibba respectively.On count 2, they are alleged to obstruct police officers in the due execution of their duties contrary to Section 230 (b) of the Criminal Code. They are alleged on the same day of May to have wilfully assaulted Cpl Yaya James Baldeh and men.Count 3 is incitement of violence contrary to Section 59B (b) of the Criminal Code. They are said to incite violence which led to the destruction of a caterpillar and a V-Boot Benz vehicle by burning them ablaze being property of Babu Saho and Sarja Gibba respectively.Count 4 is rioters demolishing machinery contrary to Section 76 of the Criminal Code. They are alleged to riotously assemble together and unlawfully destroy a caterpillar and V-Boot Benz by burning them ablaze.All the counts are found in cap 10:01 volume 3 laws of the Gambia.last_img read more

Police help beautify 80yearolds NWMD house

first_imgRoss lived in the house for nearly 50 years, and officers saw that she could use the help. “This was a home that was in need of a paint job, of landscaping,” Perez said. “We partnered up with awesome community partners in the community that donate certain items for Mrs. Ross and her beautiful home. We put it all together.”This effort is part of the Northside District’s Home Beautification Project. Four times a year, officials select a family to assist and help.Her home now is a little brighter after these officers went above and beyond the call of duty. “I love the house! I say ‘wooo!’” Ross said. “Praise God! Yes, I really enjoyed that.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police are helping an 80-year-old woman spruce up her South Florida home.Officers worked to paint her house and plant flowers in Catherine Ross’ front lawn, Friday.“This is from the heart,” said Miami-Dade Police Maj. George Perez. “What you see here is officers taking action to beautify this home.”Ross raised five children as a single mother after her husband died, all while working for Miami-Dade Schools as a custodian for decades.Despite her challenges, Ross became known in her community as someone who always helped others.“Whenever someone would get sick, she would be the one, out of all the neighbors, to come to where they were,” said Ross’ daughter, Marcella Robinson.Now Ross is on the receiving end of generosity. “We felt we could serve her at a time of need,” Perez said. last_img read more

Road crash kills 2 students in Gazipur

first_imgOfficer-in-charge of Sreepur police station Asaduzzaman said the cattle-laden human hauler crashed into the auto-rickshaw carrying five schoolboys at noon while returning home after sitting for a model examination, leaving the duo killed on the spot and three others injured. The deceased are Siam, 12, son of Shahjahan Miah, and Shihab, 12, son of Nazrul Islam of Doyaibari village in the upazila. Two primary school students were killed and three others injured when a human hauler hit an auto-rickshaw at Shahjahanpur in Sreepur upazila on Tuesday, reports UNB. The injured were taken to Sreepur Upazila Health Complex. Both of them are Class-V students of Doyaibari Madhyapara Govt Primary School. They were supposed to appear in this year’s Primary Education Completion (PEC) examination.last_img read more

Lalu Prasad Yadav jailed for 35 yrs in fodder scam case

first_imgLalu Prasad Yadav. IANS file photoIndia’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad on Saturday was sentenced to three and a half years jail in a fodder scam case.Special CBI judge Shivpal Singh announced the sentence after hearing arguments on quantum of sentencing.He also slapped a Rs 5 lakh fine on the former Bihar Chief Minister.The court had on 23 December convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the case relating to the multi-million-rupee scam.last_img

Protesters Take to the Streets After Davis is Confirmed as Baltos Police

first_imgProtesters took to the streets on Oct. 19 after members of the Baltimore City Council voted to confirm Police Chief Kevin Davis as the head of the city’s police department.Protester Mecca Verdell cries as she chants during a demonstration, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Baltimore. Protesters marched after the City Council confirmed Kevin Davis as the city’s permanent police commissioner. The council’s vote came five days after a committee voted in favor of hiring Davis and demonstrators held a sit-in to demand meetings with Davis and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Davis won the vote 12-2 with City Councilman Carl Stokes, who is running for mayor, and Councilman Nick J. Mosby, who is rumored to be considering a run, voting no. Davis was a former deputy under Anthony W. Batts who was fired from the position earlier this year.“We need stability in the Police Department,” said Brandon Scott, city councilman, during the hearing. “We cannot have a temporary captain of the ship with all the violence in the city and the [Freddie Gray] trials coming up. … I have confidence that the commissioner will do a better job of working with everyone to get the crime rate down.” Following protests last week, Bernard C. “Jack” Young, council president ordered the balcony overlooking the chamber closed citing safety concerns. Many of the people who had come to witness the proceedings were unable to get in. About 20 minutes into the meeting, many protesters spilled out of the meeting, chanting things like “No justice, no peace, no racist police!”The group of about 40, marched from City Hall to the Inner Harbor – often walking directly in the streets and stopping traffic. They stopped at McKeldin Square and eventually headed back to City Hall, where police had set up barricades.Organizers told the group to follow police orders and avoid getting arrested. The group had dispersed by around 6:30 p.m.Activist Kwame Rose said that Davis went back on his word after a meeting that was held Oct. 18 involving several activists and Davis.Protesters block traffic, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Baltimore, after the City Council confirmed Kevin Davis as the city’s permanent police commissioner. The council’s vote came five days after a committee voted in favor of hiring Davis and demonstrators held a sit-in to demand meetings with Davis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)“Last night the Commissioner met with four young activists including myself and he agreed to the 19 rules of engagement. We went and we reworked every word of those 19 rules of engagement and even added a 20th rule of engagement which was that Baltimore City Police would designate one community liaison from the police department to coordinate with the protesters so that our First Amendment rights would be respected.” “Today he had until 12 p.m. to adhere to that and make a public statement and we agreed. We left that meeting with an agreement that that would happen and that did not happen. The Commissioner has continued to show that he is not interested in the respect of black young people in this city who care about their lives and their first amendment rights.”Baltimore mayoral candidate Calvin Young was inside the City Council meeting. He was in the overflow room officials had set up since the balcony was closed. People inside the overflow room could watch the proceedings on a monitor.“The vote came up and it was passed. After it was passed that’s when the demonstrators – those that were in the overflow room where I was – they all proceeded to get up and go towards the chambers. Also, from the screen we could see that demonstrations had begun in the chambers. I got up, the group that I was with, and we started paying attention and they had actually closed the doors to the chambers so those who were in the overflow room from what I could see did not make it into the actual chambers. Eventually everybody was escorted out and they started marching.”Damon Mathews-Bey, a Baltimore City employee who said he had come to the meeting because he was concerned about an issue unrelated to Davis’ confirmation, said he was upset that he wasn’t let into the meeting.“I was disturbed, very disturbed, because it’s supposed to be open to all the citizens in Baltimore and I’m a tax paying citizen also a worker for the city of Baltimore. I felt a little let down.”Following the vote, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake swore Davis in as new commissioner at a community meeting. “We have to fight violent crime in a new and different way,” Davis told reporters. “It’s going to take our best efforts and building relationships with the community.” Davis’s five year, $200,000 annual salary, contract will face another vote on Wednesday in the form of the Board Estimates. The Board of Estimates is in charge of spending for the city and is controlled by Rawlings-Blake.last_img read more

No 25ranked Cardinals Down Miami RedHawks 30 in Exhibition

first_imgUofL opens the regular season Next Friday, August 30 at 7 p.m. with Florida at the Cardinal Classic. The Cardinals home slate includes 15 matches against teams that were nationally ranked in 2018, as well as 11 matches against teams that earned an NCAA Tournament berth last season. The Cardinals posted a 22-9 record in the 2018 season and made their 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. UofL is led by returning HM All-American Melanie McHenry as well as starters Emily Scott and Piper Roe, a member of the US Collegiate National Team.   The season will highlight one of the best Cardinal recruiting classes in recent memory. The 2019 UofL volleyball recruiting class was ranked No. 16 in the nation, the highest ranked class in the ACC and the highest ranking Cardinal class since 2006. UofL hit .413 in the match with five aces and 12.5 blocks.  Miami hit .065 with two aces and one block.  The RedHawks were led by Lindsay Taylor’s seven kills. Single match tickets can be bought here  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Claire Chaussee, Aiko Jones and Melanie McHenry each had eight kills to lead the No. 25-ranked University of Louisville volleyball team to a 25-8, 25-23, 25-14 win over Miami University in an exhibition match Saturday afternoon at L&N Federal Credit Union Arena.    Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 502-GO-CARDS, or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Single match tickets will also be available for purchase on match days at the L&N Federal Credit Union Arena ticket windows starting one hour prior to match time. In the first set,  UofL hit a torrid .458 led by Claire Chaussee’s four kills.  After taking a 15-1 lead, the Cards cruised to a 25-8 win.   The RedHawks pushed back in the second set, never trailing by more than two points  until 16-14 when a kill by Piper Roe sparked a four point run to go up 20-14. The teams traded points before the Cards prevailed 25-23. In the third set,  UofL ran out to a 14-6 lead early and then closed out with a 25-14 win.center_img Photo Gallery The ranking was announced by PrepVolleyball.com, where a panel of college coaches from across the country and representing all three NCAA women’s volleyball divisions determines the top list of classes. Story Links To see the complete schedule, click here   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

30yearhistory of 50 plots in Bhangar to be compiled for widening of

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Highway Development Corporation is taking initiative to prepare data containing the 30 year history of 50 plots at Bhangar I and II blocks in South 24-Parganas.Sources have confirmed that the need to prepare the data was felt for carrying out the work to widen the Basanti Highway. The 23 km long stretch of the highway from Eastern Metropolitan Bypass to Ghatakpukur in South 24-Parganas will be widened.It had been a long standing demand of the local people to widen the road and both police as well as administrative officials had also suggested its widening to check frequent accidents on the throughfare. The traffic load on the road remains high almost round-the-clock as it connects major parts of South and North 24-Parganas with Kolkata. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe work of widening the road will be carried out by the State Highway Development Corporation and now the move has been made for “preparation of 30 years research report” of certain plots at Bhangar I and II blocks in South 24-Parganas on an urgent basis. It has been stated that details of the past 30 years of around 55 plots of 210 people will be prepared.Firms having the required expertise and experience of carrying out such work will be engaged to prepare the data and it has to be prepared within 45 days from the day the work starts. The report has to be submitted to the State Highway Development Corporation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedTop brass of the corporation will be taking decisions on their next course of action on the basis of the data that will contain the history of the past 30 years of the plots. The data will contain the sale records of private plots for “title investigation”.It may be mentioned that the road will be widened to a two-way carriage way, with a road divider in between. According to engineers,the widening of the road, alongwith a median in between will bring down the number of accidents.Engineers are also taking necessary steps to check accidents at the sharp turns.In most of accidents on Basanti Highway, vehicles fall into ditches while taking sharp turns at high speeds. “Widening of the road will be helpful to lakhs of people as they won’t have to risk their lives anymore to reach their destinations,” said an official.last_img read more

Marriott International and Universal Music Group

first_imgMarriott International and Universal Music Group (UMG) have created a global marketing partnership that will include exclusive performances by established and emerging recording artists, branded video series, social content, music downloads, ticket offers and more.The partnership joins Marriott International’s 19 brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, JW Marriott, Renaissance and Marriott Hotels, with illustrious UMG music labels such as Capitol Music Group, Def Jam Recordings, Interscope Geffen A&M, Island Records, Republic Records and UMG Nashville.St. PancrasMarriott and UMG are setting out to engage a new generation of experience-seekers, travelers and music fans to deliver unique #WithTheBand experiences. Starting this summer, the partnership will premiere live performances for hotel guests at select properties across Marriott International’s portfolio of brands around the globe. On June 30, 2015, the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel will feature a live performance by pop sensation and ‘The Voice Australia’ judge, Jessie J, kicking off a series of exclusive, on-property performances on five different continents.“Our new partnership with UMG reinvents the way we market to next generation travelers,” said Karin Timpone, global marketing officer, Marriott International. “We are bringing together the global traveler and the universal language of music in order to create and deliver unique experiences. The partnership will also help to amplify the benefits of the Marriott Rewards program for both new and loyal guests.”“We are thrilled to partner with Marriott International as they share our determination to build progressive, creative, long-term relationships with brand partners. This relationship brings to life our vision to develop truly integrated partnerships beyond standard transactional opportunities for our artists and their fans around the world,” said Mike Tunnicliffe, executive vice president, business development and partnerships, UMG.Each Marriott brand has its own distinct personality and through the UMG partnership, the full portfolio will be able to match talent with the unique styles and tastes of each brand’s guests. This will come to life in the form of social content and an online video series that draws from UMG’s extensive roster.In addition to receiving special ticket offers, exclusive downloads, and artist merchandise, Marriott Rewards’ 50 million strong member community will be eligible to participate in more than a dozen sweepstakes to win VIP concert experiences to see their favorite artists. For the first time, Marriott Rewards members will also have the opportunity to attend UMG-sponsored events and after parties at premiere music industry events and festivals such as The Grammy Awards, SXSW, The ACMs, Billboard Music Awards, CMA Fest, MTV Video Music Awards and CMA Awards.last_img read more