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Winnipeg womans continuing fight for Shoal Lake 40

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe boil water advisory for the city of Winnipeg ended a week ago.But one city woman is carrying on and she says it’s part of an effort to educate Winnipegers about the situation in Shoal Lake 40.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img

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Federal Government invests 131 million to increase capacity at Stewart World Port

first_imgMinister of Transport, Marc Garneau, says the Federal Government is investing in projects, such as the Stewart World Port expansion, to ensure that Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.“Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors. We are supporting projects to efficiently move goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate economic growth, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.”These investments are expected to have important economic and employment benefits for the region by creating an estimated 275 jobs in the region during construction. STEWART, B.C. – The Government of Canada has announced that it will be investing $13.1 million for the Stewart World Port.According to the Government, this investment will go towards a project that aims to increase capacity at the Stewart Port and move Canadian goods to international markets more efficiently.Improvements to the Stewart World Port will enable shippers to move goods directly from Northern B.C., Yukon, Alberta and Saskatchewan to overseas markets via the port instead of trucking or shipping by rail to other western marine port locations.last_img read more

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President hopes LG polls will be held under new system

President Maithripala Sirisena said that he hopes it will be possible to hold Local Governance elections under the new electoral system this year.The President made these comments at the closing ceremony of the March 12 Movement, which looked at creating a better political culture in the country, held at the BMICH today. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution marks a revolutionary change. Under the previous government the President retained the sole authority to appoint judges, Solicitor General, Inspector General of Police, Elections Commissioner.People voiced their concern against this and it paved the way for the 19th Amendment. However, after the new government came into power, steps were taken to re-appoint a delimitation committee. Regardless of various allegations and accusations this is a necessary initiative towards the political and social reforms of the country, he said. “Although earlier Local Governance elections were held according to the electoral system, the inaction of the Delimitation Committee has caused the present issues. The main reason to postpone the Local Governance elections is the inability to finalize the limitations of electorates independently and impartially,” President said. He said he considers this as a first step towards the transformation of the country and society.“With the 1978 Constitution individuals not political ideologies became prominent,” he said adding that the present Local Governance election system is a victory of the people. read more

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Police digest Norfolk woman abducted assaulted

A Norfolk woman suffered minor injuries after being abducted and assaulted on the weekend.The woman was driving a vehicle in the Port Dover area late Saturday night when she was abducted by a male hiding on the rear seat of the vehicle. Norfolk OPP say the woman was directed to drive to an area in Norfolk County where she was physically assaulted. She suffered minor injuries.The incident occurred at some point between 9:30 p.m., on Saturday and 12:11 a.m. on Sunday.The Norfolk County OPP Crime Unit is investigating under the direction of Detective Staff Sergeant MaryLouise Kearns of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Criminal Investigation Branch.Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com.Suspicious person spotted peering into girl’s windowA young girl was in her bedroom in her home on Maple Street in Simcoe on Saturday night when she noticed a person staring at her through the window. She then told her parents who contacted police.The incident occurred at just before 10 p.m.Officers patrolling the area arrived on scene however the individual was not located. The suspect was described as wearing a dark coloured jacket with ’25’ written in white on the shoulder.If anyone recognizes the jacket that was described to police, they are being asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.Traffic enforcement results in chargesA 17-year-old male has been charged with driving while under suspension and fail to display two plates.On April 19 at about 9:24 a.m., a Norfolk OPP officer was conducting patrols in the area of Highway 59 and 2nd Concession Road in South Walsingham when a vehicle attracted the officer’s attention.The driver, a resident of Lake of Bays Township, is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice located in Simcoe at a later date.Suspected shoplifter facing chargesA 58-year-old man has been charged with theft under $5,000 after an incident at Real Canadian Superstore in Simcoe.Police were contacted on April 20 around 2:10 p.m. with complaints of a theft.The accused is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.Mischief to vehicleIn the early hours of April 20, vandals used a sharp object to damage the paint on a vehicle that was parked on a property on McDowell Road East in Charlotteville.Police were contacted about the mischief report around 7:58 a.m.The OPP are continuing to investigate and are seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation. If anyone has any information, they are being asked to contact the Norfolk County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.Female facing chargesA 48-year-old female has been charged after police received a report of a possible impaired driver on Head Street North in Simcoe.Officers patrolling the area on Friday arrived on scene and located the female. While the officers were conducting an investigation, the woman allegedly assaulted a male and was taken into custody without incident.The Norfolk County woman was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, failure of refusal to comply with demand, assault, and fail to comply with probation order.Vehicle impounded for 45 daysA driver has been charged with operation while prohibited and driver-fail to properly wear seatbelt.On April 20, around 9:41 p.m., an officer was conducting patrols in the area of Church Street West and James Street in Delhi when a vehicle attracted the officer’s attention. The vehicle was stopped and investigated.The driver, a 68-year-old Norfolk man, is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice located in Simcoe at a later date. read more

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Operations unaffected as some Winnipeg airport staff go on strike

WINNIPEG – Flights and other operations were unaffected Monday as about 150 unionized support staff, maintenance workers and others at Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport went on strike.The workers — members of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees and the Public Service Alliance of Canada — have been without a contract since June of last year. They set up pickets after seven days of talks with a federal mediator failed to make progress.Marianne Hladun, executive vice-president with PSAC, said the airport authority’s negotiators seemed unwilling to meet.“We waited for them to come back to the table … and as far as I’m aware, we’ve not been notified that they’re interested in going back to the table.”The striking workers include duty managers, administrative personnel, information technology staff and airfield maintenance workers. A few dozen picketed outside the terminal but did not try to delay passengers, Hladun said.Flights and other services were on schedule, said airport authority spokesman Tyler MacAfee.“Everything is running pretty smoothly,” he said.The striking workers are a small percentage of the 4,000 or so workers at the airport, MacAfee added.The main hurdle in the negotiations is a union complaint that some of the work by its members has been contracted out. The authority has denied that, but Hladun said the union has seen it.“There are going to be situations where our members can’t do the work — highly technical stuff, some of the trades work … we understand that. But there’s absolutely no reason why an electrical contractor needs to come in to change lights on the runway or in the parkade.”The union asked for a show of support for its picket line by asking people not to use the airport. Steve Ashton, a former Manitoba cabinet minister who is running for the leadership of the provincial New Democrats, posted a message on social media that said he would not cross the picket line for a flight from Winnipeg to his hometown of Thompson, Mba.“Solidarity with PSAC at Wpg Airport. Having been elected off a Steelworker picket line. Cancelled my flight home,” Ashton wrote. Operations unaffected as some Winnipeg airport staff go on strike by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 24, 2017 7:37 am MDT Last Updated Jul 24, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 17 June 2011

DOWNLOAD  On this page you will find the current news from Brussels. These weekly reports are archived every Friday. Week in Brussels can be e-mailed to you on a regular basis if you register for News Alerts.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Queen to perform dressed down State Opening of Parliament wearing hat instead

first_imgThe Queen will undertake a dressed-down State Opening of Parliament for the first time in more than 40 years, as ceremonial plans suffer major disruption because of the general election. The Queen will not wear her Imperial State Crown or robes for this year’s State Opening, with the annual service of the Order of the Garter also cancelled for the first time since 1984. The changes to the Royal schedule, announced by Buckingham Palace today, will see the State Opening of Parliament take place on June 19, with the Order of the Garter service previously in the diary for the same day now cancelled.  It is the first time since March 1974 that such a scaled-back ceremony has taken place, with the only other occasion following Labour leader Harold Wilson defeating Edward Heath in a snap election. The changes, sources said, were down only to timing, with the Trooping of the Colour now falling on June 17 just two days before the State Opening of Parliament.  Some observers were quick to note that the timing would allow the Queen to attend Royal Ascot, which runs from June 20th to 24th.Sources said the 19th was the first suitable date after the election, with a quick turnaround of 11 days agreed to maintain continuity. But Royal sources insisted this year’s decisions were merely down to logistics, with a return to business as usual planned for next year.  The Duke of Edinburgh will accompany the Queen wearing a morning coat rather than full naval uniform. The Queen’s procession to the Chamber of the House of Lords, where she takes the throne and delivers her speech, will also be reduced, with no heralds present.  Members of both houses of parliament fill the Chamber of the House of Lords for the 2012 State Opening  The Opening Of Parliament 1974 The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive for the Order of the Garter Service 2016 The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive for the Order of the Garter Service 2016 For only the second time in her reign, the Queen will wear “day dress” and a hat for the State Opening of Parliament, abandoning the traditional Robes of State. She will travel in car rather than by carriage, with her heavy crown being carried by an officer of state along with the Sword of State and Cap of Maintenance, symbols of her power and authority.  It is understood that postponing or rearranging the day was not considered possible, due to the number of dignitaries expected to attend. The annual event staged at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle usually attracts hundreds of well-wishers who gather to watch the colourful spectacle of Garter Knights processing to the service.The announcement immediately led to speculation that the changes would suit the Queen, who at 91 would have to endure wearing the famously heavy 2.5lb crown. Last year, the Queen used a House of Lords lift for the first time, avoiding 26 stairs, in what was seen by many as a concession to her age.    March 1974 — the last time a “dressed down” Queen attended the State Opening of Parliament pic.twitter.com/Mbh0LQUC4z— Peter Hunt (@BBCPeterHunt) April 27, 2017 Members of both houses of parliament fill the Chamber of the House of Lords for the 2012 State Opening Both events usually feature a Sovereign’s Escort from the Household Cavalry Regiment, with the Queen’s route flanked by hundreds of servicemen acting as street liners.The proximity of the two major events would make the logistics of a normal State Opening too difficult, it is claimed, leaving too little time for rehearsal for an event of that scale. The Order of the Garter annual service will be cancelled entirely; the third time it has happened in the Queen’s reign following a rail strike in 1955 and a 1984 date where there was no vacancy for a new knight to be appointed.   The Opening Of Parliament 1974 Trooping the Colour 2016 Trooping the Colour 2016 A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: “To allow Her Majesty to attend in support of the parliamentary and constitutional process, The Queen’s programme of engagements has been revised. “As a result, the annual service for the Order of the Garter, which had been due to take place on 19th June, has been cancelled. Knights of the Garter and others due to attend have been informed. “Additionally, owing to the revised calendar, the State Opening of Parliament will take place with reduced ceremonial elements.” 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.last_img read more

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Watch NASA launch the Juno Jupiter spacecraft

first_imgNASA is about to launch the Juno spacecraft and begin its journey to Jupiter. You can watch the live stream of the launch right here.NASA’s latest mission involves sending a spacecraft on a long journey to the hostile planet of Jupiter. The aim is for Juno to go into orbit so we can learn more about what is below the clouds on the planet, which could help answer a few questions about our solar system and its formation.Getting Juno to Jupiter is no easy task. The distance to the planet is nearly 900 million kilometers, and it takes a radio wave travelling at the speed of light 34 minutes to reach us from Jupiter. NASA has worked out it has a 22 day window in which to launch Juno. If they miss the window, they have to wait another 13 months to try again. Even then, Earth will be required to act as a slingshot to get Juno up to speed and on its way. If all goes to plan Juno will reach Jupiter in 2016.Here’s an additional video explaining more about the purpose of Juno and what’s involved in the launch.More at NASA and Space.comlast_img read more

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Keeping our cash

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Confidence in an economy is an important factor, and confidence always thrives on consistency. In the past two weeks we’ve had some strange news that is not making much sense. First was an inflation figure for the March quarter, which was more than twice what is usually announced. A week later, this inflation bubble – which suggests we’re all spending too much – burst with the announcement that in the March quarter, national house prices fell 1.7 percent, the biggest fall since the September quarter of 2008. The housing information service, RP Data-Rismark, actually had more drastic figures than the Australian Bureau of Statistics: they had March quarter houses prices falling 2.1 percent, the biggest fall since it started collecting its house data in June 1999. Auction clearance rates in Melbourne and Sydney fell by about a third of where they were a year before. So how does inflation blow-out in March while Australians are pulling back from property, keeping their cash to themselves? What does it mean? The first one is interest rates: following the GFC Australians have experienced a steady rise in interest rate rises, eroding the comfort margins in many households. Business credit rate rises have been larger and given that most of our large business owner community are ‘mums and dads’, that pain ends up in the household. So potential home buyers are holding back their cash. The second big factor that holds people back is the cost of living: interest rates are going up, inflation is on the rise (according to the Reserve Bank), and electricity price rises are ridiculous. And on top of that you have a constant threat of a ‘carbon tax’ which hangs over everything. You don’t have to have a political outlook or be an environmentalist to understand what a carbon tax will do. Most Australians I talk to see it as something that raises the prices of everything, which causes inflation. And when inflation rises, the Reserve Bank raises interest rates. Householders can see a power bill and they can read in the papers what the interest rates are on their mortgage or business loan. But they can’t see the carbon tax. This eats away at confidence. The current economic system is confusing people: they see governments raising the price of electricity while also taxing the coal that produces it; they see mining companies and banks making huge profits while their own household becomes more constrained by the rising cost of living. It’s no wonder Australians put their cash in a bank account and wait for a more consistent picture. What do you think? Please send me an email. Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on mark.neos@ybr.com.au with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.last_img read more

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Multiculturalism report reflects tensions

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia is a vibrant multicultural society and a model to the world on how to build a cohesive society, according to a report tabled in federal parliament last month. The report – authored by the Joint Standing Committee on Migration – made 32 recommendations to enhance the government’s delivery of multicultural policies after receiving over 500 submissions and holding 27 public hearings in its two year investigation. Its recommendations include enhancing research into multiculturalism, factoring cultural and linguistic diversity into the government’s social inclusion agenda, and ensuring greater flexibility in English language training and support for micro enterprises, especially for women. Job Services Australia – the government agency whose mission it is to support job seekers – was slammed in the report, with the inquiry saying it had to lift its game in delivering services to people of diverse backgrounds. Migration Committee chair Maria Vamvakinou told Neos Kosmos the report told a story of Australian multiculturalism as an unparalleled success. “We are a cross party committee, and for me the journey we went on was inspiring. We stuck to the evidence – much of which was very politically charged – and produced a report that responded to that evidence.” “Overall it has reaffirmed for me how successful has been our experience of multiculturalism in Australia, but we need to refine it, and address the faultlines,” said the federal member for Calwell. Whilst the report describes Australia as a vibrant multicultural society, the inquiry did highlight public tensions about Islamic integration and reaffirmed “inclusiveness and engagement within the framework of Australian laws”. With some submissions expressing concerns at a perceived introduction of elements of Sharia Law, the committee made plain that it did not consider legal recognition of Islamic practices necessary or desirable. “It needed to be said. ‘No legal pluralism’,” said Ms Vamvakinou, who added that the views espoused by the controversial Dutch MP Gert Wilders had informed the narrative of many people who had written to the inquiry. “Notwithstanding those submissions, the overwhelming number actually put forward strong cases explaining how multiculturalism has succeeded.” Ms Vamvakinou described the inquiry’s findings as further evidence that commentators who portrayed multicultural policies as divisive were wrong. “The committee believes that access to Australian citizenship has been at the heart of the success and cohesion of Australian society. “Settlement is a long-term and intergenerational process, and we need a whole government approach and better coordination between all three tiers of Australian government,” said Ms Vamvakinou. On the issue of 457 visas, which the Gillard government has vowed to reform in recent weeks, Ms Vamvakinou said she was critical of recent rhetoric used by the prime minister on the subject. The PM’s comments on rorts by temporary foreign skilled workers and employers – portrayed as protecting Australian jobs – rang alarm bells for the chair of the Migration Committee. “We’d picked up concerns over 457 visas during the inquiry. The emphasis and the rhetoric should have been focusing on how migration agents and a few employers are rorting the system. “At the end of the day running a debate which says ‘we don’t want foreigners’ is a false debate,” says Ms Vamvakinou. “It’s not the way I would have advanced the discussion. I’m very aware of how sensitive this kind of narrative is. It backfires.” Coinciding with the tabling of the Migration Committee’s report, the inaugural Australian Migration and Settlement Awards were also held in Canberra last week. The awards, presented by the Migration Council of Australia, recognise finalists from around the country who are exemplary in their commitment to providing world-class services to migrants. The PM and Minister for Multicultural Affairs Kate Lundy congratulated Sir James Gobbo for being awarded the Australian Migration and Settlement Lifetime Achievement Award. Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott, who was also present, said that he and the PM shared a common ancestry in their families’ migration from the UK. “Like millions of others, they came because they sought a new life here and because they had the skills and the attitudes that our country needed, principally the determination to become Australian and to succeed in their new home,” said Mr Abbott. “Our support for refugees indicates our warm hearts as a people. Our support for skilled migrants indicates our cool heads as a people because why not take the best from anywhere in the world and make them ours?”last_img read more

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1 driver in critical condition after Fourth Plain crash

first_imgA man is in critical condition after a collision just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Maple Tree area.A man driving a red four-door car and a woman driving a black sport-utility vehicle side-swiped each other while driving in opposite directions near Northeast 102nd Avenue and Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard, Vancouver firefighter-paramedic Joe Hudson said. The car sustained heavy damage, and the man suffered an arm injury and severe bleeding, he said.The man, who was not identified, was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in critical condition, Hudson said. The woman involved was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries, he said.last_img

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Ask House Members to Sign on to Letter Extending Biodiesel Tax Credit

first_img·         Dave Loebsack (D-IA) ·         Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) Please contact your Members of the House of Representatives and urge them to sign onto the biodiesel tax credit letter being circulated by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).  Visit the Soy Action Center here. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is circulating a letter in the House supporting immediate action to extend the biodiesel tax credit. House offices that would like to sign on to the letter should contact Christian Lovell at christian.lovell@mail.house.gov in the office of Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). Those that have already agreed to sign-on include: ·         Annie Kuster (D-NH) ·         Dusty Johnson (R-SD) ·         Angie Craig (D-MN)center_img ·         Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) ·         TJ Cox (D-CA) ·         Cheri Bustos (D-IL) ·         Cindy Axne (D-IA)last_img read more

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In Pictures Spains La Tomatina festival in Gujarats Ahmedabad as people celebrate

first_imgGujarat people can be seen enjoying the La Tomatina-themed Holi party.Twitter/ANIGujarat has proved that the festival of Holi is much more than powdered colours and bhaang. Hundreds of people in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad came together to celebrate Holi with tomatoes, not colours. Yes, you read it right. Indians love celebrating festivals. The world-famous – La Tomatina festival – held every year in Spain, happened in India’s own Gujarat this time.In the pictures below, people can be seen enjoying the La Tomatina-themed Holi party. Squashed tomatoes were thrown at each other, instead of colours. Twitter/ANILa Tomatina is celebrated on the last Wednesday of August in Spain’s Valencian town of Buñol every year, which sees thousands of people gathering near the Plaza del Pueblo, to participate in the world’s biggest food fight and pelt tomatoes at each other.The actual event happens on a much larger-scale but India will definitely be a trendsetter for other countries.WHAT IS LA TOMATINA?La Tomatina, a popular festival celebrated in Spain every year, due to the larger interest of international tourists. Back in 2018, more than 160 tons of over-ripe tomatoes were used in the festival. The festival has been running since 1945 and is held in the Valencian town of Bunol. Getty imagesIn 1945, few local youths who were fighting in the street grabbed some tomatoes from a nearby grocer’s stall and started throwing them at each other. Since then, the Spanish have thrown tomatoes every year until the road in the Spanish town is filled with juice and pulp. Getty imagesTomatoes are squashed before they are thrown in order to avoid people getting injured. There is seemingly no escape from the festival once you get involved, as it takes part in a narrow street in the town.last_img read more

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UPDATE Senate Approves Overturning FCCs Net Neutrality Repeal

first_imgKyle Grillot/Reuters via NPRSenate Democrats say they have the votes to formally disapprove of FCC’s Internet policy that will take effect next month. Here, supporters of net neutrality protest the decision to repeal the Obama-era rule.Updated at 4:02 p.m. ETThe Senate approved a resolution Wednesday to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rollback, dealing a symbolic blow to the FCC’s new rule that remains on track to take effect next month.As expected, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Me., joined Democrats in voting to overturn the FCC’s controversial decision. But two other Republicans — Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — also voted in favor of the resolution of disapproval.The outcome is unlikely to derail the FCC’s repeal of Obama-era rules that restrict Internet service providers’ ability to slow down or speed up users’ access to specific websites and apps.“Today is a monumental day,” said Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., during debate over the resolution. “Today we show the American people who sides with them, and who sides with the powerful special interests and corporate donors who are thriving under this administration.”Critics of the FCC rollback say they’re worried about consumers being forced to pay more for less consistent or slower service. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, part of the Republican majority, has said the Obama rule was “heavy-handed” and isn’t needed.The legislative victory is fleeting because the House does not intend to take similar action, but Democrats are planning to carry the political fight over internet access into the 2018 midterms.Markey described a coalition of internet voters that bridge the usual philosophical party lines when it comes to government regulation. “The grandparents, the gamers, the gearheads, the geeks, the gif-makers, the generations x, y, and z. This movement to save net neutrality is made up of every walk of American life,” he said.Republicans overwhelmingly support ending net neutrality because they want to shift regulatory power away from the federal government and towards the private market. Republicans also argue that Democrats are playing on unfounded fears that internet service providers will jack up costs and anger their consumer base. “If the Democrats want to run on regulating the Internet, I think that’s a losing strategy,” said Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who runs the Senate GOP’s 2018 campaign operation and voted against the resolution.This issue doesn’t cut along clean party lines, said Steven Kull, who runs the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland and has studied public attitudes on net neutrality. The program’s research has found that majorities of Americans support government-mandated net neutrality protections.“People are on the internet a lot and it’s a big part of their daily experience and the prospect that it will be changed in some fundamental way is disturbing to quite a lot of them,” Kull said.Fear is a great motivator for voters. Senate Democrats believe their resolution that put every Democrat on record in support of net neutrality–and most Republicans on record against it–can turn what was once considered a wonk issue, into a wedge issue this November. “People underestimate the passion of internet voters, at their peril. They are mad, and they want to know what they can do, and this vote will make things crystal clear,” he said.Republicans like Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia think Democrats are wrong on the policy of net neutrality, and that eliminating FCC rules will expand competition and consumer choice. However, he concedes that Democrats have done a better job of selling their message to voters and says there could be consequences if Republicans don’t engage more directly with voters on an issue they care about.“It’s important Republicans have a clear and concise message to tell them why net neutrality, while it sounds good, and maybe it’s even well intended, is not the right answer for them,” Taylor said.‘Net neutrality’ doesn’t make for catchy campaign slogans, but there are indicators that voters are clocking this issue. According to data provided by Google, net neutrality regularly ranks among top political searches in each state.In Pennsylvania and Nebraska, which held their primary elections on Tuesday, it ranked second in political searches behind healthcare. “This is one of those areas where Washington DC sometimes gets in a bubble and doesn’t recognize what’s going on in the rest of the country,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who runs the Senate Democrats’ 2018 campaign operation.Kull is more skeptical that net neutrality will be a potent voter motivator this year unless people start to see changes to their internet costs, speed, or access. Voters may know soon enough: The Obama-era net neutrality rules expire June 11.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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Largest Group of Black Women Graduate in University History

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comSince its founding in 1802, West Point has been known for its prestige, not its diversity; however 217 years since the university’s doors opened, the esteemed military academy will graduate its largest class of African American women in the school’s history.  When 34 Black women receive their degrees this weekend, they will not only be holding the weight of a distinguished degree, but of the knowledge that the ability to do such was a long time coming.This weekend 34 Black women will graduate from the United States Military Academy West Point, making for the largest class of African-American women in the school’s 217 year history. (Cadet Hallie H. Pound/U.S. Army via AP)According to “CBS News,” West Point did not graduate its first Black cadet, Henry O. Flipper, until 1877.  It would be almost over 100 years later that West Point graduated its first class with women, which was in 1980.  Pat Locke was the first African American woman to graduate West Point. She has been a constant mentor, providing encouragement throughout her time at the military academy, Locke told “Inside Edition” in a May 20 article.Photos of the 34 Black women graduating in West Point’s 2019 cohort are going viral, as many are revelling in the fact that so many females of color are getting degrees from a place that did not want them to attend their institution until recent history. “My hope when young Black girls see these photos is that they understand that regardless of what life presents you, you have the ability and fortitude to be a force to be reckoned with,” cadet Tiffany Welch-Baker told Because of Them We Can.“We’re gonna be going out and having to solve complex problems. And so that’s gonna take creative solutions,” Gabrielle Alford told CBS News. “It really helps if you can look up to a leader who looks like you who comes from the same background as you.” Other military leaders are excited about the diversity coming out of this year’s West Point graduating class.“We don’t want everybody in the Army to look like me,” First Captain David Bindon told CBS This Morning national correspondent Jerika Duncan.  “For me, working with people who don’t look like me brings different perspectives to my approach to problems. And that helps me solve problems better.”last_img read more

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Hamas military chief topped Israels wanted list

first_img Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona During nine years as leader of the Hamas Izzedine al Qassam Brigades, Jabari largely stayed out of the public eye. His highest profile appearance came in October 2011, when he escorted the captured Israeli soldier, Sgt. Gilad Schalit, out of Gaza in a swap for about 1,000 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.In a public appearance late Wednesday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called Jabari “the military chief of staff of Hamas.”Jabari was born in 1960 in Gaza City. He began as a member of Abbas’ Fatah movement, but switched his allegiance to Hamas during his time in Israeli prisons.After Israel released him in 1995, he worked for a Hamas-run support group for prisoners. In 1998, he was jailed by Palestinian security forces in Gaza for his involvement with the Hamas military wing. Jabari was released two years later, after Israel shelled Gaza prisons as part of its crackdown on a Palestinian uprising.In 2003, Jabari became the de facto commander of the Hamas military wing after then-chief Mohammed Deif was seriously wounded in an Israeli attack. Jabari survived four attempts by Israel to kill him. In 2004, an air strike on Jabari’s house killed his son, Mohammed, a brother and three other relatives. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 but still controls its airspace, seacoast and all but one of its land crossings.Hamas has ruled Gaza with an iron hand since the 2007 takeover, deepening the political split with Abbas. Repeated attempts at reconciliation have failed.The takeover deepened the isolation of Hamas and prompted the group to rely increasingly on Iran and Syria. Jabari was instrumental in developing the Hamas military arsenal and the group’s networks in Iran, Sudan and Lebanon.The Hamas founding charter calls for the destruction of Israel, though the group has been grappling with its political direction in recent years.Founded in Gaza in 1987, Hamas carried out scores of suicide bombings in Israel, killing hundreds of Israelis, but halted most such attacks several years ago. Gaza militants, including those from Hamas, have fired thousands of mortars and rockets at Israel in the past decade, drawing Israeli retaliation.Jabari was considered close to Hamas hard-liner Mahmoud Zahar, a Gaza strongman. In 2011, Jabari wrote in a Hamas publication that “as long as the Jews occupy our land, they have one thing (in store), death, or they leave the occupied Palestinian territories.”center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Comments   Share   Associated PressGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – The shadowy Hamas military chief killed in an Israeli missile strike Wednesday had long topped the Jewish state’s most-wanted list for masterminding a string of deadly attacks.One was the 2006 capture of an Israeli soldier in a complex cross-border raid that killed two other soldiers.Ahmed Jabari, a former history student who spent 13 years in Israeli prisons, also commanded Hamas fighters during a 2007 takeover of Gaza in which they drove out forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.last_img read more

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first_imgDurban is fast emerging as a venue of choice for all MICE-led events, promising a winning combination of large convention centres and diverse experiences across wildlife, adventure as well as attractions for shopping and nightlife. This was further reinstated with the city being named as the host city for Africa’s Travel Indaba for the next five years.Africa’s Travel INDABA 2017 boasts large numbers of delegates, tourism industry decision-makers from all over the world and excellent year-on-year growth in numbers. The event drew the presence of President Jacob Zuma who announced at the inauguration that following a comprehensive bid process, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and Durban had been awarded as the annual event’s venue for the next five years.KwaZulu-Natal’s MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala said, “We are thrilled that the province has won the bid to host INDABA for the next five years. This will give us an opportunity to further invest in the show and ensure that it continues to grow, thereby increasing its contribution to the province’s GDP. Furthermore, it will allow us the opportunity to engage tour operators to partner with us in growing intra-African travel into KwaZulu-Natal.”Phillip Sithole, Acting Deputy City Manager, eThekwini and Head of Durban Tourism, said, “It is evident that robust engagements need to take place between the public and private sector to grow tourism together. We look forward to the innovation and transformation of Africa’s Travel INDABA over the next five years.”Hanneli Slabber, Country Manager– India, South African Tourism, said, “It is great that Durban has been awarded INDABA for the next five years. As a destination Durban has lots of potential for the Indian market. It is excellent that we will have the chance to continue to showcase Durban to the Indian travel trade through the INDABA platform. We hope that it will cement their belief in the city’s tourism potential and help Durban enjoy recall value among travel.”last_img read more

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