Donna Smith, aptn National NewsA federal committee that has been travelling the country is a waste of time.That’s according to Pam Palmater, a professor of Indigenous governance at Ryerson University in Toronto. The Status of Women’s committee has spent the past two weeks travelling to western and northern parts of the country talking to a number of Aboriginal women’s groups about violence in their community.But Palmater says there was no reason for this tour.“Of course it failed. I mean does anyone in this country need another study to prove aboriginal women suffer from high degrees of violence. we had statistics canada and sisters in spirit is the one who put the issue on the map.”The committee meetings were poorly advertised, poorly attended, no cameras were allowed during testimony and only certain groups were invited to speak.Palmater says the government is taking a paternal approach to the problem of violence against Aboriginal women.“Obviously they think they can do this better. and the way they do things is certainly not in the spirit of collaboration.Normally, the job of spreading awareness of the issue fell to the Sisters in Spirit Initiative. It’s ground breaking research exposed the fact that nearly 600 Aboriginal women have gone missing or have been murdered in the past 3 decades. But in the late fall, APTN reported that the project was being shut down because the federal government decided it can no longer use taxpayers dollars to conduct it’s research.Palmater believes the government is also controlling the Status of Women committee.“So doing it behind the scenes, not on television, not widely advertised, they can control who comes to the committee, what kinds of comments they’re going to recieve. And you can almost kind of prejudge what the report is going to be like. whereas if you opened it up to the general public and aboriginal women in general you would get a wide variety of perspectives.”In late October the federal government announced that it was spending 10 million dollars to address the issue of violence against Aboriginal women.But the bulk of the money is going to a database that is run by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ottawa and doesn’t specifically track Aboriginal women that have gone missing or have been murdered. It essentially means that no one is tracking of women who turn up dead or go missing.The Status of Women committee doesn’t have a date to release it’s study.
MONTREAL – Yellow Pages Ltd. says it has locked out about 130 of its unionized sales representatives in Quebec.The Montreal-based company says it made the move after numerous bargaining meetings and the intervention of a conciliator failed to reach an agreement.It says the company faced “no realistic choice” but to impose a lockout, accusing the union of being inflexible.Yellow says management will serve customers during the lockout.Chief executive David Eckert says the status quo is incompatible with the competitive market and that the company is willing to resume talks if the unions accepts that the market has changed dramatically.Yellow has sold off assets as it has worked to transform itself from a publisher of printed directories to a digital model.Companies in this story: (TSX:Y)
The Juventus player has been linked with a move to join Leo Messi’s team as Barcelona is looking to reinforce its defensive line.According to Mundo Deportivo, Napoli’s Raul Albiol and Lokomotiv Moscow’s Benedikt Howedes and Vedran Corluka are all included in Barcelona’s shortlist.Benatia, who is also the captain of the Moroccan national team, has already attracted the interest of big clubs, including l’Olympique Marseille, Arsenal, and AC Milan. Benatia, 31, has spent most of his career in Italy, where he has played for Udinese, AS Roma, and Juventus. He joined the Old Lady on loan from German football giant Bayern Munich in 2016. After his one-year season with Juventus, the Italian football giant converted Benatia’s loan to a permanent deal. In 2017 Juventus signed the Moroccan player with a three-year deal worth €17 million.Earlier this year, France Football voted Benatia best Maghreb player in 2017, ahead of Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez and Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market headed for a higher open Thursday amid strong earnings reports.The Canadian dollar was off 0.12 of a cent to 91.51 cents US after charging ahead almost four-tenths of a cent Wednesday in the wake of a much better than expected trade surplus for June.U.S. futures were also positive as the Dow Jones industrial futures rose 24 points to 16,419, the Nasdaq futures gained 3.7 points to 3,872.5 and the S&P 500 futures were ahead 3.5 points to 1,918.25.In the background are ongoing tensions over the crisis in Ukraine and fresh Russian sanctions on the West. Trading has been lacklustre over the last several sessions as traders worry about Russia getting more involved in the Ukraine government’s fight against pro-Russian rebels. Western leaders have accused Russia of massing troops on the border with Ukraine, although Russia has denied those claims.Analysts have said there are also concerns that the Federal Reserve could hike U.S. interest rates sooner than thought.But on Thursday, traders focused on earnings, particularly in the insurance sector where Manulife Financial announced it is starting to restore the big dividend cut it made in 2009 in the wake of the financial collapse. At that time, it cut its dividend in half. It is now raising its quarterly dividend 2.5 cents to 15.5 cents per share. Manulife also said that second-quarter net income more than tripled to $943 million, or 49 cents per share as the growth of its insurance operations in Asia continued to escalate and its North American mutual fund business improved.After markets closed Wednesday, Sun Life Financial Inc. delivered overall operating net income, excluding certain items and discontinued operations, of $488 million or 80 cents per share, up from $431 million or 71 cents per share in the second quarter of 2013. That beat analyst estimates of 66 cents a share.Great-West Lifeco Inc. had $615 million of net income in the second quarter, an 18% increase from the same time last year. The profit amounted to 61.6 cents per common share and in line with analyst estimates of 62 cents per share.Elsewhere, Air Canada says quarterly net income grew to $223 million, or 75 cents per share, compared to a loss of $23 million, or nine cents per share, a year ago. Operating revenues grew to $3.3 billion from $3.06 billion in the comparable period as the airline said that its lower-cost Rouge carrier operations have exceeded expectations.Canadian Tire Corp. posted second-quarter net income of $178.9 million, or $2.12 per share, compared to $154.9 million or $1.91 a year earlier. Despite a late start to spring, revenue increased to $3.17 billion from $3.02 billion helped by sales at its Sport Chek stores.Overseas, the European Central Bank said that it is leaving benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low of 0.15%. The decision was widely expected, in part because the ECB has little room to cut with rates so close to zero. Interest will turn to the upcoming press conference of ECB President Mario Draghi. In particular, investors will be interested to hear what he says about the economic impact of the Ukraine crisis and the overall shaky recovery in the eurozone.Oil and metal prices recovered after losing ground Wednesday with the September crude contract in New York ahead 32 cents higher to US$97.24 a barrel.September copper gained a cent to US$3.17. December bullion held steady after a $23 runup, off 60 cents to US$1,307.60 an ounce.
OTTAWA — The tax rules are changing in 2016 and even if Canadians don’t make enough to be hit by the new top federal income tax rate, their financial plans are going to need to be reviewed.The vast majority of Canadians will not be affected by the new tax bracket for income over $200,000 a year, but everyone will see their tax-free savings account contribution limit be reduced back to $5,500 for 2016.Combined with the new lower tax rate for income between $45,282 and $90,563, even those who aren’t in the top one per cent of income-earners should take a look at their finances to ensure they’re on track.Forget stocking stuffers: Why not make this year all about the big gifts? Here’s how to do itTFSA cap cancels out benefits of ‘middle class’ tax cut, critics warnThree ways to minimize Canada’s massive looming tax hikesPeter Bowen, vice-president of tax and retirement research and solutions at Fidelity Investments, says for many people this might be the most important tax planning season they’ve ever had.“With the changes just implemented both to tax rates and TFSAs, everybody needs to take care to make sure their tax planning is right for their own situation,” he said. “We always encourage people to get financial advice, but with these changes in place, it is more important than ever.”What you need to do depends on your tax bracket — and with the wider range of brackets now, that means planning is more complex.For those in the bracket that is seeing the rate cut, Bowen says to be sure to claim the deduction against your 2015 income to maximize its value if you’re planning on making an RRSP contribution. However, those who make more than $200,000 may want to delay claiming their RRSP contributions until 2016 due to the higher rate set to take affect.With the changes just implemented both to tax rates and TFSAs, everybody needs to take care to make sure their tax planning is right for their own situationEY tax partner David Steinberg says those making more than $200,000 may also want to look to maximize their 2015 income by crystallizing any capital gains or taking any bonuses or deferred income that may be due before the new higher tax rate kicks in.“I think you’re going to see a lot of people managing taxable income,” he said.Bowen also advises Canadians to carefully consider their future financial needs when weighing TFSA and RRSP contributions.How much will you be making throughout your career, what stage are you at in your career and where will you be in retirement? Those are all matters to ponder, he said.“These are the questions that people need to be prepared to at least think about because then that decision of using an RRSP or using a TFSA becomes more important,” Bowen said.The benefit of an RRSP is that you deduct contributions today and defer taxes until your retirement, when you will likely be earning less money and may be in a lower tax bracket.In contrast, TFSA contributions don’t generate a tax deduction, but any investment income you earn with the money isn’t taxed. So, if you think you’re going to be in the same or higher tax bracket, putting money into a TFSA might make more sense.Bowen noted it isn’t just high-income earners that will be hurt by the lower TFSA limits. Retirees looking to shelter a portion of their nest egg from tax will also be affected by the lower contribution limit even though they may fall into the low-income category.“They don’t have to be wealthy to benefit from TFSAs,” he said.The tax changes and TFSA rollback were part of the Liberal campaign platform during the federal election.The cut to the second tax bracket will save Canadians making less than $200,000 up to $679 per person.In addition to the rate changes, the Liberals ended the controversial income-splitting scheme for families plan put in place by the Conservatives that will see taxes rise for families where one parent earns significantly more than the other.And more changes are expected.The Liberals have promised a child benefit program to replace the universal child care benefit starting in July 2016.The plan, promised during the election, will see more generous benefits for poor families and the amount reduced as family income rises, and will be entirely eliminated for high-income earners.
Hamilton continues to have the worst air pollution in the province according to a new study by Cancer Care Ontario. Volunteers like Jochen Bezner have been walking the streets tracking the air pollution for Environment Hamilton. They’re scanning for what’s known as fine particular matter, solid particles in the air that are so small you can’t see them but are breathing them in. The pollution can come from industry, cars or anything that burns.Environment Hamilton is encouraging people to take part in the city’s free tree planting program to help reduce the amount of pollution in the air.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 14, 2014 7:41 am MDT TORONTO – A late-day sell-off in the tech sector helped push the Toronto stock market slightly lower Wednesday.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 6.08 points to 14,673.73 as rising commodity prices lifted miners and traders considered a potential major shift in the Canadian retail landscape. The Canadian dollar rose 0.23 of a cent to 91.89 cents US amid general U.S. dollar weakness.U.S. retailer Sears Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq:SHLD) is considering selling its 51 per cent interest in Sears Canada (TSX:SCC) as the retailer continues with efforts to turn around its business. Sears Holdings’ overall business has been struggling after years of sales declines and it has been closing some unprofitable stores and selling leases in prime locations.“It’s a sign of how desperate the U.S. parent is and how much trouble they’re in,” said Colin Cieszynski, senior market analyst at CMC Markets.“Because all the money, all the leases they got out of, the money didn’t stay here, it went south to shore up the U.S. business. The U.S. company is the one that’s in real trouble and what’s left? You’re selling off your most valuable asset.”Sears Holdings shares gave up early gains to decline $2.53 or 5.85 per cent to US$40.70 in New York, while Sears Canada shares ran up 54 cents or 3.43 per cent to C$16.30 in Toronto.Glum earnings news and worries about inflation helped push U.S. indexes lower as the Dow Jones industrials dropped 101.47 points to 16,613.97, the Nasdaq shed 29.54 points to 4,100.63 and the S&P index was off 8.92 points at 1,888.53.The U.S. Labor Department said that the producer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 per cent from March to April, after a 0.5 per cent increase from February to March. The gains suggest that inflation is picking up from very low levels and raised concerns about when the Federal Reserve could act to hike short-term rates from near zero.Meanwhile, Deere is reporting a 9.5 per cent decline in second-quarter net income to US$980.7 million, or $2.65 per share, compared with $1.08 billion, or $2.76 per share, in the same quarter a year ago. Revenue fell 8.9 per cent to US$9.95 billion on lower demand for farming equipment. Deere expects a four per cent drop in equipment revenue for fiscal 2014, the same decrease it’s expecting for the current quarter and its shares were down $1.91 to US$91.70.Elsewhere in Canada, Power Financial Corp. (TSX:PWF) says it its first-quarter profits totalled C$467 million or 66 cents per share, up from $394 million, or 55 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2013. Operating earnings totalled $440 million, or 62 cents per share, compared with $407 million, or 57 cents per share, year over year. Revenues at the financial services conglomerate that includes Great-West Lifeco (TSX:GWO) and IGM Financial (TSX:IGM) were $10.58 billion compared with $8.15 billion a year ago. Power Financial climbed 22 cents to $34.95.On the commodity markets, the TSX base metals sector rose 0.7 per cent as July copper gained two cents to US$3.16 a pound.The gold sector rose about one per cent as June bullion rose $11.10 to US$1,305.90 an ounce.The energy sector edged 0.16 per cent lower as June crude in New York gained 67 cents to US$102.37 a barrel.Tech stocks led TSX decliners, down 1.7 per cent with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) down 12 cents to C$8. Techs push TSX slightly lower, Sears Canada rises as U.S. parent mulls sell-off
Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,734.69, up 53.93 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down six cents, or 2.29 per cent, to $2.56 on 21.7 million shares.Eastern Platinum Ltd. (TSX:ELR). Miner. Unchanged at 9.5 cents on 14.9 million shares.Element Financial Corp. (TSX:EFN). Credit services. Down 26 cents, or 1.95 per cent, to $13.04 on 10.9 million shares. The company will pay US$1.4 billion cash to buy PHH Corp.’s North American fleet management services business. PHH Arval had about US$4.6 billion of assets as of March 31, including US$4 billion invested in fleet leases. Element Financial shares fell 26 cents to C$13.04.Tembec Inc. (TSX:TMB). Forest products. Up four cents, or 1.67 per cent, to $2.44 on 5.5 million shares.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 0.72 per cent, to $11.22 on 4.7 million shares.IAMGOLD Corp. (TSX:IMG). Miner. Up 40 cents, or 12.08 per cent, to $3.71 on 4.2 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (982.02, up 3.55 points):Mooncor Oil & Gas Corp. (TSXV:MOO). Oil and gas. Unchanged at 2.5 cents on 9.2 million shares.Theralase Technologies Inc. (TSXV:TLT). Medical devices. Up one cent, or 3.03 per cent, to 34 cents on 3.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC). Retail. Down two cents, or 0.12 per cent, to $17.25 on 495,266 shares. HBC posted a first-quarter profit from continuing operations of $176 million or 97 cents a share, compared with a loss of $22 million or 19 cents a share in the same quarter of 2013. Retail sales jumped to $1.85 billion, up from $884 million in the same quarter last year. Same stores sales, which take into account stores that have been open for at least a year, were up 2.8 per cent year-over-year. The retailer’s shares edged two cents lower to $17.25.Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B). Communication services. Up nine cents, or 0.20 per cent, to $44.54 on 495,266 shares. The Vodafone Group of telecommunications companies has signed an exclusive Canadian partnership agreement with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B).Rogers chief executive Guy Laurence, who headed Vodafone UK until he joined Toronto-based Rogers, said the new partnership will be a big benefit to its customers. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2014 3:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
He also voiced concerns about hundreds of people still missing in Government and rebel-held areas in the east, and reported human rights violations in the Crimea. Minorities there, such as the Tatars, have seen their situation deteriorate considerably in the two years since the Russian Federation extended its control over the peninsula. “Anti-extremism and anti-terrorism laws have been used to criminalize non-violent behaviour and stifle dissenting opinion, while the judicial and law enforcement systems have been instrumentalized to clamp down on opposition voices,” he said. “Worst affected are Crimean Tatars, whose main representatives body, Mejlis, has been banned, and whose representatives I met during my visit.” In addition, accounts of torture and ill-treatment, arbitrary and incommunicado detention by the armed groups have continued to surface in the conflict zone, where 2.7 million people live. Those responsible “will be held to account sooner or later,” Mr. Šimonović said, before adding that war crimes, crimes against humanity and grave breaches of human rights cannot be the subject of any amnesty. Human rights violations in BurundiAlso today, the Human Rights Council heard directly from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who presented on the status of human rights in Burundi. He detailed a “tragic and comprehensive” deterioration of human rights of the people of Burundi during the year following the political crisis of April 2015, according to the Council. The perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses, including extra-judicial executions, enforced disappearance, arbitrary arrest and torture, were members of the security and intelligence forces, members of an armed element connected to the Imbonerakure, which itself was associated with the governing party, as well as other armed groups and individuals. “Almost 270,000 people fled the country and a further 100,000 were internally displaced,” he said, adding that the economy was in free-fall, squandering the development gains made during eight years of sustained growth. The situations in Ukraine and Burundi are among the countries currently on the agenda of the Human Rights Council , whose session started on 13 June and will last through this Friday. Wide view of the Human Right Council during its 32nd session. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ivan Šimonović, the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, appealed to the leaders of the warring sides to respect a ceasefire agreement and said he was people he had met on both sides of the front lines. “I have heard them loud and clear: they want peace, human rights and the rule of law,” he said.The conflict has claimed the lives of nearly 9,500 people since fighting erupted two years ago – more than one in four civilians – and left nearly 22,000 people injured. While the rate of casualties has slowed substantially since a ceasefire in September 2015 and the signing of the Minsk Peace Accords – an agreement signed under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to halt fighting in the Donbass region of Ukraine – some 10 people are killed each month. These dire figures are part of the latest report from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) covering the period between 16 February and 15 May 2016. It notes that since 15 May, half of all civilian casualties were caused by shelling from mortars and howitzers – weapons which use in the conflict zone are prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. Mr Šimonović said that clashes and exchange of fire happened “on a daily basis” near Donetsk and Horlivka – cities controlled by the armed groups – and in the towns of Avdiivka and Mariinka, which are under Government protection. Those living on either side of the contact zone also face severe restrictions on their freedom of movement, the UN official said, in reference to the 20,000-30,000 people who cross the front line every day to get their pensions or see a doctor.
The Arizona Cardinals won 11 games this year — the long-suffering franchise’s highest single-season win total since 1975. But Arizona went 2-4 down the stretch of the regular season, then were handled rather easily by the Carolina Panthers in a playoff contest where the Cardinals’ win probability broke 50 percent for just three plays.There was a certain injustice to a team like Arizona (the runner-up in what our Elo ratings consider far and away the best division in football), having to travel to Carolina for a playoff game against the Panthers, winners of one of the worst divisions in NFL history and only the second team ever to qualify for the playoffs with a losing record (excluding strike seasons). But the Cardinals also squandered their chances to avoid such a scenario during the regular season.Going into Week 12, Arizona was an NFL-best 9-1 and had a 71 percent probability of winning the NFC West, which would have guaranteed it home-field advantage in its opening playoff game. (There was also a 66 percent chance the Cardinals wouldn’t even have to play a divisional-round game, because the top two seeds in each conference are awarded first-round playoff byes.)However, starting quarterback Carson Palmer had also been lost for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee shortly before. And while Palmer’s understudy, Drew Stanton, played admirably in his stead, he, too, was sidelined indefinitely several games later. That left third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley to close out the team’s regular season in poor form, then post one of the worst QB performances in playoff history as the Cardinals lost in Carolina on Saturday.So, what might have been for the Cardinals had Palmer not been injured?They certainly might have fared better against Carolina with their No. 1 quarterback under center. Lindley’s -0.59 adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A) in Saturday’s game was 6.44 below that of Cam Newton, his counterpart on the Panthers, and there’s a definite relationship between ANY/A differential and winning football games. Based on a logistic regression model for all games since the league opened up the passing attack with major rule changes in 1978, there’s just a 3.7 percent chance that a team would have a -6.44 ANY/A differential in a game and somehow find a way to win.For Palmer’s part, his career ANY/A index is 104 (where average is 100, and every 15 units represents one standard deviation in performance), which would translate against the 2014 Panthers’ defense to an expected ANY/A of +0.23 relative to Newton’s performance. That differential would buy a team the win about 53 percent of the time. But in fairness, Saturday’s terrible game was something of an outlier for Lindley as well; although his career ANY/A index of 58 is rather ghastly, if he had even played to that norm, the Cardinals could expect to steal a win nearly 20 percent of the time. That means Palmer’s absence may have cost the team something like a third of a win.Back when Palmer was last healthy, Elo graded Arizona as the fourth-best team in football, with the league’s second-highest probability of winning the Super Bowl (narrowly trailing New England). But on the other hand, those Super Bowl chances were still just 19 percent at their peak, while the betting markets were nowhere near as high on the Cardinals as Elo was (largely because statistics say a chunk of their success was the product of unusually good luck).We’ll never know how high the Cardinals might have soared if not for their epic spate of QB injuries, though — and that’s a shame for a franchise that almost never has seasons as magical as 2014 was shaping up to be.
If you want to watch Buckeye football in high definition this fall, it doesn’t mean you have to sell your tickets. Stretching 124 feet wide and standing 42 feet tall, Ohio Stadium’s monstrous new scoreboard offers fans a whole new experience in the Horseshoe. The HD Panasonic jumbotron sits atop the south end zone, replacing the 30 feet by 90 feet scoreboard that has been in use for the past 11 seasons. The televisions at concession stands have also been replaced with HD monitors. The new scoreboard is grouped with a new sound system as well, with 25 speakers flanking each side of the scoreboard. In total, the renovations come with a price tag of more than $7 million, according to an athletic department release. Don Patko, associate athletic director of Facilities Management, said the improvements were necessary and well worth the cost. “It was time for the video board to be replaced,” Patko said. “The usual life for a scoreboard is 12 to 15 years, and the last one was 12 years old.” Prior to installing the new system, the athletic department researched similar projects at other stadiums such as the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field. Patko said that by researching other projects, and understanding the shortcomings of the old scoreboard, they were able to put together the best possible game day experience with the new system. “Everybody that has an HDTV at home knows that it provides better clarity,” Patko said. “The new board also allows you to have better viewing angles. The entire industry is moving toward HD, and we feel that we have one of the best systems out there.” Newly enrolled OSU freshmen had an early glimpse at the stadium’s improvements Aug. 20 during convocation, as they walked through Ohio Stadium and saw themselves on the big screen. “It was my first time in the stadium, so I didn’t even know it was new,” said Michael Gross, a first-year in health professionals exploration. “But it was something you noticed the moment you walked into the stadium, just the size of it was really impressive.” Benjamin Sokobin, a first-year in business, didn’t even have to enter the stadium to notice the scoreboard. “It was one of the first things my family noticed when I moved in,” said Sokobin, who lives in Lincoln Tower. “Ohio Stadium is known as one of the best venues in college football, and I think it’s great that they are making it even better.”
Ohio State has named its next women’s basketball coach. The school announced Tuesday that Washington’s Kevin McGuff will be the next coach of the Buckeye program. “We are excited with the opportunity for Kevin to lead our women’s basketball program,” said OSU athletic director Gene Smith in a released statement. “He is a proven leader and has done a marvelous job everywhere he has been. We welcome him back to his home, Ohio.” The move comes less than a month after splitting ways with former coach Jim Foster on March 19. Foster spent 11 seasons in Columbus and garnered a 279-82 record. McGuff, who spent nine seasons at Xavier (214-73) in Cincinnati before jumping ship to Washington in 2011, led the Huskies to a 21-12 finish that ended in a loss to Pacific in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament second round this year. “I am extremely excited and humbled to be the next women’s basketball coach at Ohio State,” McGuff said in a released statement. “This is an amazing opportunity for my family and me to come back to the state of Ohio. I would like to thank Gene, Miechelle Willis (executive associate athletic director) and President (E. Gordon) Gee for putting their faith in me to be their next head coach. As someone who is from the state of Ohio, I know how special of a place this is and my goal is to have Ohio State competing at the highest level of women’s college basketball.” McGuff, who was 41-26 in two seasons with Washington, signed a contract extension on March 26 through 2020, according to a press release. An OSU spokesman said the terms of McGuff’s contract will be made available at a press conference Wednesday.
The entrance to the New Polaris Mine shown in this undated photo. It’s near the Tulsequah River just over the border in British Columbia. It shut down in 1951 after 14 years of operations. (Photo courtesy of Canarc Resource Corporation)A Canadian mining company wants to reopen a long-shuttered mine about 40 miles east of Juneau. It’s just a few miles from the Alaska border, and conservationists question the Dunleavy administration’s commitment to engaging British Columbia over potential pollution from mines upstream from Alaska waters. New Polaris — once known as Polaris Taku — sits near the confluence of the Taku and Tulsequah rivers a few miles upstream from the border. It’s been closed since the 1950s. Now its owner is looking for partners to reopen it and recently released a rosy economic assessment for the mining project.“By any measure, those economic results are extremely robust and peg this as a very attractive gold project,” said Canarc Resource Corp. CEO Scott Eldridge in Vancouver.The Tulsequah River is in a roadless area with just an airstrip. Any mining operation would need supplies brought upriver.“It will be transported to site using shallow draft river barges along the Taku River,” Eldridge said. “But keep in mind that’s seasonal, right? It’s only between May and September.”The ore would be processed on site using a patented biological process with bacteria before it’s treated with cyanide. The gold bars would be flown out.Canarc President Garry Biles said waste would be trucked about a mile from the site for storage.“There will be a retainment dam, dewatered with compacted tailings,” Biles said. “And then at the end of the mine’s life, we will cover that with top soil.”Canarc has attempted to reopen the mine since the 1990s. The company blamed earlier failed efforts on difficulty attracting investors. But with gold fetching $1,300 an ounce, the company sees the project paying for itself in less than three years.Critics point out barging has been explored as an option before.“The Taku is not like the Yukon,” Chris Zimmer of Rivers Without Borders said. “It’s not half a mile wide and 50 feet deep. It’s very shallow, it’s very dynamic, it changes a lot. It’s just incredibly difficult and hazardous to run barges up and down it.”The toxic legacy of the shuttered Tulsequah Chief Minehas long been a source of concern for fishing and environmental groups, who have been applying pressure as British Columbia’s mining sector expands on Alaska’s doorstep.Alaska and British Columbia signed a formal agreement in 2015 to cooperate on transboundary mining issues.Alaska’s official web page on transboundary cooperation with British Columbia apparently didn’t survive the political transition.Zimmer and other conservationists worry that momentum has stalled.“Dunleavy has said nothing about this,” he said. “So it looks like it just may have just hit a brick wall and ended.”Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer’s office referred questions to Alaska’s mining regulators.“I continue to organize regular teleconferences with B.C. officials,” mining coordinator Kyle Moselle of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources said. “And I coordinate the state of Alaska’s engagement at the project level.”A Bilateral Working Group made up of top B.C. and Alaska officials has met three times since 2016. This year it’s Alaska’s turn to set up the meeting.Officials from both countries confirm both sides are committed. But no date has been set.“So all those conversations are still happening about transboundary because, obviously, transboundary issues remain a high priority,” Moselle said.Meanwhile, progress toward cleaning up the former Tulsequah Chief Mine is moving forward.B.C.’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources said in a statement that contract valued at $573,000 Canadian dollars was awarded to a consortium of contractors that plan to visit the site this summer.A full remediation plan is expected in November.Editors’ Note: An earlier version of the audio story had misreported a 2012 study by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. That study did not find heavy metals consistent with mine waste in sampled fish. The story has been updated.
Share Carrie Kahn/NPRRudy Migdael Ramirez in Jutiapa, Guatemala.The Trump administration has one week left to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite over 2,000 children separated at the border from their families suspected of entering the U.S. illegally.Logistically, it’s going to be tough for the government. The children were sent to dozens of different shelters and foster homes around the United States, in many cases, thousands of miles from their detained parents.Then there are dozens more parents who’ve already been deported without their children, further complicating the reunification process.Rudy Migdael Ramirez, 36, is one of those parents.He opens the chain-link lock to his concrete house outside the town of Jutiapa in southern Guatemala to show NPR around.“This is my son Rudy Jr.’s room, there’s his bicycle and all his toys,” says Ramirez of his 9-year-old. Asked why the boy doesn’t have a bed in his room, he says, it’s next door in his and his wife’s room. They’ve always all slept in the same room, he says, not wanted to be apart, even for just a few hours.Ramirez’s hazel eyes are red and swollen. “I just want them back here, with all of us sleeping together again. That’s what I ask god for. Every night I ask god for mercy,” he says overcome with tears he pauses. “It’s so painful not to have my son here, not to have my wife,” he cries.Ramirez says in early May, while they were in Guatemala, he and his wife began getting threatening phone calls from unknown people.“First they called her phone, saying they were going to kill her. Then they called mine and said they would kill all of us,” he says.Ramirez reported the calls to the police. It’s not uncommon for gangs to extort and threaten residents in Jutiapa, say local residents.The calls didn’t stop, so Ramirez says his family fled north, traveling through Mexico to the United States border. On June 8, he says, the family was attempting to cross into Texas, but somehow he and his son got separated from his wife. Soon he and Rudy Jr. were picked up by U.S. Border Patrol agents. Ramirez says he told them about the threats.“They told me, ‘why don’t you apply for asylum in Mexico or Argentina, anywhere but here,’ ” says Ramirez.The following day, around 2 in the morning, the guards came for Rudy Jr. Ramirez says his son cried and cried, and he tried to comfort him, telling him he wouldn’t go back to Guatemala without him. Rudy Jr. was sent to a shelter in New York City.Ramirez says the officer gave him a bunch of papers to sign.“I asked them if they were for my deportation, and they just laughed at me,” he says.He tried to show the officers the Guatemalan police forms he was carrying documenting the death threats. But according to Ramirez, the officer told him that the documents were not valid in the U.S. and that his son would be on the plane with him once he was deported.Rudy Jr. wasn’t on the plane. That was June 14. Ramirez hasn’t seen his son. Nor has the boy’s mother. She crossed into the U.S. a few days after her husband and son, hoping to reunite with them. She turned herself in to the Border Patrol. She’s been in detention in Texas ever since.Jodi Goodwin, her lawyer, says the mother is distraught. “Oh my God, she is beside herself. She is deathly terrified that she might get deported and [Rudy Jr.] he might get stuck here and they will give her son to somebody else,” says Goodwin.On Thursday, the Trump administration said it has reunited 364 immigrant children with their families after they were separated at the border, but hundreds of minors still remain separated ahead of the July 26 deadline.Goodwin says it’s unclear whether or how reunification will extend to parents already deported.Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not return requests for information about deported parents and how they will be reunited, nor about the Ramirez family’s case. NPR could not independently confirm their story.In the family’s Guatemalan home town, the waiting has been excruciating.In a sparse office overlooking Jutiapa’s main plaza, Oscar Folgar, an official at Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry, sees many parents going through what the Ramirez’s are experiencing.“At least 40 parents have been returned here and are waiting for their children to come back,” says Folgar. He says he does his best to try to help them locate their loved ones and give them updates on when they will return.María Mendez Ramirez, the father’s 62-year-old mother, hopes that day is soon.“It’s been two months, nearly two months since I’ve seen my baby,” she says sobbing. She says she doesn’t wish this anguish on any parent, or grandparent, and urges those leaving Jutiapa for the U.S. to reconsider their decision.This week, Ramirez got word that his wife could soon be released.As of Friday morning, she was still in detention waiting for Rudy Jr. to arrive from the shelter in New York.Relatives of the father in Guatemala said he was briefly hospitalized Thursday with symptoms of anxiety and unstable blood pressure.NPR international correspondent Carrie Kahn reported in Jutiapa, Guatemala.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
MerlionSingaporeSingapore Tourism Board If you have clients travelling to Singapore, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) wishes to advise that the iconic Merlion statue at Merlion Park is still undergoing restoration works, extended until 15 May 2019.STB says recent rainy weather has caused restoration works to be delayed. The statue will not be available for photo-taking as scaffolding has been erected around it to facilitate the works. The nearby Merlion cub statue, however, is not affected.
by The Associated Press Posted Dec 24, 2018 6:29 am PDT ISTANBUL — Turkey’s official news agency says prosecutors are investigating two prominent actors for comments on a television program.Anadolu agency on Sunday quoted a statement from the Istanbul prosecutors’ that said actors Metin Akpinar and Mujdat Gezen were “invited” for questioning following media reports about their alleged insults of Turkey’s president and threats of “a coup and death.”The actors appeared on a talk show Friday on opposition television channel Halk TV. During the broadcast, Akpinar said Turkey needed to be more democratic and if that wasn’t achieved peacefully, “maybe leaders could be hung from their feet or poisoned in cellars.”Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Akpinar on Sunday. More than 77,000 people have been arrested in Turkey since a 2016 coup attempt.The Associated Press Turkey opens probe of actors’ alleged TV insults of Erdogan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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the police department and he would no longer be an on-duty officer The department serves the cities of St Anthony Lauderdale and Falcon Heights where the shooting occurredDuring his trial Yanez 29 testified that Castile ignored his commands not to pull out his gun after he told the officer he was armed Castile had a permit for the gun but did not disclose that information to Yanez who told jurors during his trial that he feared for his life when he opened fire The shooting gained widespread attention after Castile’s girlfriend who was in the car with her 4-year-old daughter livestreamed its aftermath on FacebookIn the wake of Castile’s death St Anthony agreed to undergo an assessment by the US Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services In March the office outlined goals and objectives for its assessment of the police department The assessment includes traffic stopsSherman and the other speakers Tuesday night also pointed to other issues with the city’s 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them in a family living-type situation”This led to Lipp Dick Christensen and Clarence Ohlsen — all professionals working in children’s services at the time — founding the original Development House in 1974 which was a foster home on Dyke Avenue for children who needed care at what was formerly the Medical Center Rehabilitation Hospital where Lipp worked at the timeTwo of these first children were Dawn Goulet 13 and BJ Cammack 11Forty years later the two women were present at the Development Homes open house to celebrate the progress they have made toward achieving independenceDevelopment Homes CEO Sandi Marshall had nothing but good things to say about Goulet who is now 52 perpetually smiling and living in her own apartment with her pet rabbit Molly“She is the most pleasant person I’ve met in my entire life” Marshall saidEnding institutionalizationWhile Goulet and Cammack were able to experience 40 years of DHI’s home-based treatment many others before them were denied such treatment until a major lawsuit in 1980 led to drastic changes in how developmentally disabled people were treated in North DakotaThe Association for Retarded Citizens of North Dakota (now know as The Arc) brought a case against the state regarding what used to be known as Grafton State School’s conditions and treatment of individuals The lawsuit resulted in a drastic reduction in patient populations and improved treatment for those who remainedFor those that were de-institutionalized DHI helped move many people from institutional settings to home-based settings DHI continued to build more homes in the area and now has seven residences in neighborhoods around Grand Forks many of which aren’t recognizable as group homesMarshall said DHI serves nearly 200 people Forty-five live in the group homes approximately 80 are provided in-house care in their own residences 15 families receive family support and around 45 are involved in the company’s employment programTori Johnson president of DHI’s board of directors said the company’s staff is very personal in their work“It really is a vocation and passion” she said “It’s not just a job to them”To conclude the open house program a short video played telling the stories of Goulet and Cammack At the end of the video presentation Goulet could be seen on the screen being asked how she felt about her 40 years’ experience with DHIHer smile matched her response:“Happy” she saidFranken announced last week that he intends to resign amid allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior from several womenIt’s widely speculated that Dayton will pick Lt Gov Tina Smith — a stalwart ally of his with a career of working behind the scenes but never in the glare of a spotlight such as that which shines on a US senatorDayton has the sole authority to appoint a replacement who will serve until 2019 Minnesotans will have their say during the November 2018 general election which will now include both US Senate seatsSince Franken hasn’t actually resigned Wednesday’s announcement will be just that: an announcement not a swearing-in with pompDayton will no doubt say why he’s picking his designee And that person is expected to be on hand as well perhaps with prepared remarks and most likely ready to answer questions from the mediaIt’s safe to assume that Dayton a Democrat will appoint a like-minded Democrat so don’t expect any major pivots on policy issuesStill there are questions that need to be answered Here are a few:CARETAKER OR CANDIDATEDoes the new senator plan to merely hold the seat as a caretaker as some Democratic strategists are hoping or does she plan to run in the 2018 election as other Democrats are hopingThis is a political question A caretaker path would appease some local Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party activists who want to respect the DFL nominating process opening the field to numerous candidates for vetting On the other hand an appointee who wishes to run in 2018 would have the advantage of incumbency — a tactic strongly urged by some national Democratic strategistsLT GOVERNOR SUCCESSIONIf it is indeed Smith who will become lieutenant governor According to the Minnesota Constitution and state law the president of the state Senate would ascend to the post This could get awkward since Republicans currently control the Senate and the president is state Sen Michelle Fischbach of PaynesvilleAdding to the intrigue: the Senate currently tilts Republican by one vote 34-33 A Fishbach vacancy would make it an even split — except that Sen Dan Schoen’s resignation (also amid allegations of sexual misconduct) takes effect Friday CONSTITUENT SERVICESHow will the continuity of the Senate office be ensuredThis is more than a mere bureaucratic question Constituents — regular Minnesotans with federal concerns ranging from citizenship to Social Security problems — rely on our two senators to shepherd their concerns when other options fail These sorts of transitions happen whenever a senator leaves office but usually there’s a lot more lead timeBengaluru: Questioning Rahul Gandhi’s temple visits ahead of the coming Karnataka assembly polls union minister and Karnataka election-in-charge Prakash Javadekar said Congress was earlier "pseudo secular" but is now "pseudo Hindu" "They are changing brands They were earlier pseudo secularists now they represent pseudo Hinduism People understand what is an election gimmick and what is true devotion" the minister said He claimed that Gandhi did not go to temples in Delhi when he was elected Congress president which was the biggest day in his life File image of BJP leader Prakash Javadekar Reuters "He goes to temples in Gujarat and Karnataka because there is election So it is a vote gimmick But people are not fools Robust common sense works and people understand who is a real devotee and who is an election devotee" He took a dig at the ruling Congress in Karnataka saying that on the one hand its leaders are visiting temples and on the other brought out 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