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Bill of rights would prevent woes like those experienced by Air Transat

first_imgTORONTO – A bill of rights for Canadian travellers would prevent problems like those experienced by Air Transat passengers forced to withstand uncomfortably warm conditions on a flight stuck on an Ottawa runway for six hours this week, the parliamentary secretary to Canada’s Minister of Transport said Wednesday.Karen McCrimmon said the legislation — Bill C-49 — could become a reality in 2018, and would give consumers a legitimate way to hold airlines accountable in cases of mistreatment.“We’re giving the consumer more teeth, to be able to say, ‘no these are my rights, and I don’t have to accept being treated this way,”‘ she said in an interview. “It makes it in the airline’s best interest for this not to happen.”The importance of the bill was highlighted after an Air Transat flight from Brussels that was meant to land in Montreal diverted to Ottawa Monday due to bad weather. A passenger said the plane was grounded for six hours and the cabin grew very hot, with some people having trouble breathing. At one point, a passenger called 911, after which bottles of water were handed out.The Canadian Transportation Agency said Wednesday that it has ordered Air Transat to explain the circumstances of the incident, as well as another tarmac delay involving the airline. The agency said it wanted to know whether the airline respected terms and conditions of carriage for international flights with respect to the treatment of passengers.Air Transat has apologized to passengers involved in Monday’s incident, and said airport staff were unable to provide loading bridges or stairs that would have allowed passengers to disembark or ground crews to replenish the aircraft’s drinking water supply.McCrimmon said the upcoming bill of rights would lay out the basic standards airlines must adhere to, as well as the compensation passengers are entitled to if airlines don’t abide by the rules.Currently, McCrimmon says Air Transat isn’t obliged to compensate the passengers on the flight diverted to Ottawa.“Right now there are no consequences for what happened on the ramp,” she said. “The passengers, all they can do is complain about their situation. But there’s no requirement for the airline to actually reimburse or credit them for what happened to them on the flight.”The bill will guarantee a passenger’s access to basic necessities like water, climate-controlled cabins, and access to washrooms, McCrimmon said. It will also set guidelines for how passengers have to be accommodated if they are bumped off an over booked flight.Travellers will also be protected from involuntary removal from an aircraft, such as the case of a doctor who was violently dragged off a United Airlines flight from Chicago in April in an incident that left him with cuts and a bloodied face.One consumer protection group said such passenger rights legislation has been a long time coming, since most people now buy tickets directly from an airline — rather than an agent — and may not know everything about an airline’s policies.“What used to be a fairly consistent environment, is now fairly fragmented,” said Ken Whitehurst of the Consumers Council of Canada. “Many aspects of travel and travel contracts were handled originally through travel agents … so there’s kind of a disconnect over the public understanding of who’s responsible for what.”Some observers said, however, that the bill may not go far enough.Gabor Lukacs, an air passenger rights advocate, noted that the Canadian Transportation Agency will be involved in working out the specifics of bill’s regulations. He said the agency is too cosy with the airlines it is supposed to be policing.“It’s an empty shell,” Lukacs said of the bill. “What particularly troubles me about this is that it gives the false impression that there is something being done, while actually nothing is being done.”Bill C-49 will also include changes to allow a larger percentage of foreign ownership of Canadian airlines, modernize rail transport with voice and video recorders and will include other changes to long-term investment in the freight rail sector.last_img read more


UN sustainable development forum ends with call for more investment in research

16 May 2008The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) wrapped up its annual session today by emphasizing the need for ramping up investment in research and development in innovative and sustainable agricultural technologies and infrastructure in poor countries. The Commission, concluding two weeks of discussions in New York, examined the obstacles and barriers that have prevented sustainable development in the areas of agriculture, land use, rural development, drought, desertification and Africa. Countries will now follow-up on these issues with policy recommendations at next year’s meeting. The session also provided a foundation for international discussions on the global food crises that will take place in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – of which the CSD is a subsidiary body – next Tuesday in New York, and at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome in early June. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in an address earlier this week, said that “after a quarter century of relative neglect, agriculture is back on the international agenda, sadly with a vengeance. The onset of the current food crisis has highlighted the fragility of our success in feeding the world’s growing population with the technologies of the first green revolution and subsequent agricultural improvements.” The Secretary-General stressed that agriculture needs invigorating. “We need to work together to develop a new generation of technologies and farming methods which make possible a second green revolution, one which permits sustainable yield improvements with minimal environmental damage and contributes to sustainable development goals.” Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang said: “We do need to address the runaway food prices as an emergency. We need to take quick, targeted action to deliver emergency food aid to the people in need.” But he added that crisis management was not enough. “We need to make sure it does not happen again.” Many countries expressed concern that a number of factors had contributed to the present situation, including climate change, unfair trade policies, poor land management, biofuel production, and a lack of roads and access to markets in rural agricultural areas. Almost 60 ministers attended the CSD, along with 680 representatives from 126 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Representatives from civil society, including women, farmers, science, business, children and youth, local authorities, workers and trade unions, indigenous peoples and nongovernmental organizations participated far more extensively than in the past. Participants also elected Gerda Verburg, the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the Netherlands, as the next chair of the CSD – the first time that the subsidiary body of ECOSOC will be led by a woman. read more


CPP Investment Board Ares to buy US retailer Neiman Marcus for US6

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 9, 2013 11:08 am MDT TORONTO – A US$6-billion deal for American luxury retailer Neiman Marcus comes at a good time because the strengthening U.S. economy provides opportunities for growth, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said Monday after announcing it and a partner are buying the Dallas-based company.“People feel more and more confident that the recovery is going to continue, and of course it’s much better to make an acquisition in the retail sector in that kind of environment,” said Andre Bourbonnais, vice-president of private investments in an interview.“When you combine the brand with the growth prospect and the sector and the positioning they have in the market, we think that it’s poised for continued growth. And it’s rare that those kinds of assets come to the market so we think it was a timely acquisition for us.”The CPP Investment Board and U.S. private equity firm Ares Management will be equal partners in the U.S. luxury retailer, while a Neiman Marcus management group will keep a minority stake.The deal is subject to approvals but is expected to close in the fourth quarter.Neiman Marcus is one of the largest luxury retailers in the United States, with 79 stores under the Neiman Marcus and other banners, including two Bergdorf Goodman locations in Manhattan.The deal follows a similar move by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, which recently backed a deal by Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) to acquire U.S. luxury retailer Saks for US$2.9-billion. Teachers will buy about US$500 million of the equity.There were reports in recent days that a deal between CPPIB, Ares and Neiman Marcus was in the works.The retailer was previously owned by a group of investors led by TPG Capital and Warburg Pincus.“It’s been operating under private equity for a long time so I think the management is comfortable in that environment,” said Bourbonnais.Bourbonnais said the company does not currently have any plans to open up Neiman Marcus stores north of the border.“The company will decide if and when it’s desirable, but there’s nothing in the works right now,” he said.Ares said in a statement that the retailer’s global brand recognition made it an attractive deal.“This investment fits with our longstanding approach of accelerating growth in companies in the consumer and retail sectors,” said David Kaplan, senior partner at Ares and co-head of its private equity group.Karen Katz, the president and CEO of Neiman Marcus, said she has “great confidence that our customers, associates and vendor partners will share my enthusiasm that our new investors will help us pursue a business dedicated to luxury and fashion, attentive service and innovative marketing.”The CPP Investment Board is a professional investment management organization based in Toronto that invests money not needed by the Canada Pension Plan to pay benefits. The CPP fund currently totals some $183.3 billion in assets. CPP Investment Board, Ares to buy U.S. retailer Neiman Marcus for US$6 billion AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Calgary Canucks charity banquet ticket sales suffering

Calgary Canucks charity banquet ticket sales suffering AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Mar 16, 2015 7:57 am MDT A local charity group is hoping the general public will help fill the financial void left from a struggling oil and gas sector. The Calgary Canucks Junior “A” Hockey Club is having trouble selling tickets to its upcoming charity banquet. The gala runs Saturday, April 25th and features hockey great Dennis Hull as the guest speaker.For further info on the event, including how to purchase tickets, click here.

The 2128 Native American Mascots People Arent Talking About

When Samuel Henry was a kid growing up in D.C. in the late 1950s, he and his friends were devoted Washington Redskins fans — they had the jerseys and knew the lore. And as the lore had it, the “reddish-brown tint” of paint on the team’s downtown D.C. headquarters came from the blood of Native Americans. “When I was a kid, me and my friends, we really thought that they had captured and killed Native Americans and pasted them all over the building,” Henry said. “We were just kids, we didn’t know any better. But we really, honestly believed that.”Now, almost 60 years later, the Redskins are enmeshed in a debate about whether their name is a racist epithet and should be changed. Advocates for keeping the name reference its origins: In 1937, owner George Preston Marshall changed the team name from the Braves to the Redskins. Marshall said the change was in honor of the head coach at the time, William Henry Dietz, who claimed to be part Sioux (although that claim is suspect). Critics including Henry say its origins are irrelevant and that the name is racist and demeaning. “I’d love to see a boycott of all things Redskins,” he said.Dan Snyder, the current owner, purchased the team in 1999, when it was fighting its first legal battle over the name. The lawsuits have continued, and earlier this year, the Trademark Trials and Appeal Board canceled the franchise trademark because “a substantial composite of Native Americans found the term Redskins to be disparaging.” Snyder has faced mounting pressure to change the name, even from President Obama and George Preston Marshall’s granddaughter. But Snyder plans to appeal the trademark decision and says he will “NEVER” change the name. Polling suggests Snyder has the backing to ignore the calls; most NFL fans (and Redskins fans in particular) oppose a name change.What’s considered an outrage in the NFL is embraced or at least tolerated all over the country. While we’ve been consumed by the debate about the Washington Redskins, we’ve overlooked thousands of team names and mascots depicting Native Americans, often stereotypically. These teams are not feeling the kind of pressure that Snyder is. To understand the Washington Redskins, we have to understand the Estelline Redmen, the Natick Redmen, and the Molalla Indians, too.Terry Borning, the proprietor of MascotDB, has kept a database of the nation’s mascots since 2006. He gathers his data from a variety of sources, including state high school athletic associations, websites and local newspapers. Borning’s database doesn’t have every high school, college and pro team in the country, but it does have 42,624 of them. Looking at MascotDB is as close as we can get to understanding how prevalent Native American team names and mascots are across the country. “There were a lot of interesting mascots where I lived growing up,” Borning said. “But those have mostly fallen by the wayside. Some of those things of the past were definitely offensive, but also more interesting than the generic mascots we have now.”I searched the database and found 2,129 sports teams that reference Braves, Chiefs, Indians, Orangemen, Raiders, Redmen, Reds, Redskins, Savages, Squaws, Tribe and Warriors, as well as tribe names such as Apaches, Arapahoe, Aztecs, Cherokees, Chickasaws, Chinooks, Chippewas, Choctaws, Comanches, Eskimos, Mohawks, Mohicans, Seminoles, Sioux and Utes. (Not all teams with the names “Raiders” and “Warriors” are referencing Native Americans, but we spot-checked 20 schools with each name and a majority of each did.)Some 92 percent of those 2,129 team names belong to high schools (the rest were college, semi-pro, pro and amateur league teams). Of all the active high schools in the database, 8.2 percent have Native American team names.I reached out to about a dozen of those high schools, and most didn’t want to comment on a controversy that hadn’t yet arrived. But the conversations I did have suggested that the way communities regard their teams’ Native American names and mascots depends on the makeup of the communities themselves.Estelline High, home of the Redmen, is located in a small town in South Dakota, 24 miles west of the Minnesota border. South Dakota has the third-largest Native American population share in the country, but Estelline hasn’t seen the kinds of protests directed at the Washington Redskins. The town has experienced little, if any, controversy over the Redmen name.The mascot dates back to sometime between 1915 and 1920, when a local newspaper referred to the Estelline athletic team by the color of its uniforms — “the men in red.” The name wasn’t officially adopted, but the team soon became known by its unofficial moniker, the Redmen. According to Estelline superintendent and high school principal Patrick Kraning, the association with Native Americans didn’t come until around 1930. Estelline followed with its own depiction of a “Redman” as a stereotype of a Native American chief wearing a headdress. Events such as the annual naming of a “Moon Princess” and “Big Chief” at homecoming became part of the tradition.“There’s been very little controversy over the team name,” Kraning said. “In the ’90s there was some discussion about changing the name for a series of schools [throughout southeastern South Dakota] that still referred to themselves as ‘Redmen.’ But in the end, a lot of us — Estelline included — decided to keep the name and just keep away from any Native American imagery associated with it.”Since then, the only symbol associated with the Estelline Redmen is a logo of an E with two feathers attached. Kraning believes that this change, combined with the fact that Estelline doesn’t have a significant Native American population, is why there hasn’t been much local debate on the topic.“There’s a community feeling that since the origin of the nickname was not a Native American reference, there’s not a desire for change,” he said. “If there were a discussion, most people would probably view it as going against 80 or 90 years of tradition.”Natick, Massachusetts, did go against tradition. In 2007, the school board dropped its high school mascot — also the “Redmen” — after an alumna of Native American descent came to the board and said she was offended by the activities surrounding the team she had experienced at Natick High School. The historian for the local Nipmuc tribe told me that the logo and mascot used by the school depicted a “stereotypical northern Native with a headdress,” but that depiction bore no resemblance to the actual indigenous people who lived in the Natick area. Nevertheless, protest groups soon sprouted up, claiming that the Natick Redmen honored Native Americans and were an important tradition.Soon after the change, school board meetings and a town-wide referendum turned the issue into a much broader discussion. The main critique came from the Redmen Forever Committee, a self-described grassroots effort that sought to influence the non-binding referendum. “We added a question to the referendum asking if townspeople wanted the Redmen name restored,” said Erich Thalheimer, co-founder of the Redmen Forever Committee. “It won overwhelmingly, but the school committee didn’t abide by the town’s wishes.”“If it were decided by popular vote, we would have the name,” said Anne Blanchard, a member of the Natick School Board. “But we had to take into account our nondiscrimination policy, as well as minority and majority interests.”The Redmen Forever Committee says it won’t give up the fight. “We chose the name of our committee very intentionally, very purposefully,” Thalheimer said. “This is our town. We’re going to live here until we die. We will forever try to re-establish the Redmen name.”While the controversy in Natick stemmed from a decision that affected one school, several states have taken a grievance from a single school and used it to forbid Native American mascots. One of the more sweeping bans so far was implemented with the help of Samuel Henry, the man who grew up earnestly believing that the Washington Redskins had painted their downtown D.C. headquarters with the blood of Native Americans. Henry is currently the chair of Oregon’s Board of Education, which instituted a statewide ban on Native American mascots and team names in 2012.The story goes back to 2006, when Che Butler, a member of the Siletz tribe and a student at Taft High School, raised the issue before the board. Butler said he was offended by the stereotypical and inauthentic manner in which the mascot of a rival school, the Molalla Indians, portrayed Native Americans. He and fellow Taft student Luhui Whitebear, a member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Tribe, made a presentation at a board meeting asking for a statewide ban on mascots that “misrepresent” Native people, who instead “should be represented with true honor and respect.”According to Henry, the board agreed that “having Native American mascots did not seem like a good idea,” but decided to defer the decision.The grievance was taken up again six years later, when the director of public instruction decided to put it back on the board’s agenda. This time around, after some member turnover, the board agreed to ask its chief attorney to draft a proposal for a ban on the use of Native American mascots in public schools. The only dissenting vote came from a woman who claimed that it was too selective, and that devils and saints should be banned as well.As in Natick, one of the major arguments against the ban came from people who said that the mascots didn’t disparage Native Americans, but honored them. Many of these opponents knew little of Native American culture, Henry said. “I asked one of the students who made that argument what the name of the local Native American tribe was, and she didn’t know,” he said. “To me, that indicated that her reliance on saying that they were honoring Native Americans — that the support for that argument was pretty thin at best.”For high schools, a statewide ban is about as sweeping as it gets. Graduate to the next level, though, and schools have broader authorities to answer to. In 2005, the NCAA implemented its own de facto ban1The NCAA was careful not to implement an outright ban because the board didn’t feel it could. The language of the ban intentionally provided a lot of loopholes so that it didn’t infringe on schools’ institutional autonomy. on Native American mascots for all NCAA colleges.2In my survey of MascotDB, 4.9 percent of the Native American mascots and team names did belong to colleges, but almost all of those colleges did not belong to the NCAA. The ban focused on a specific list of schools whose mascots were deemed “hostile or abusive,” and precluded them from participating in postseason play if those nicknames or mascots appeared on any team uniforms or clothing.The NCAA had already taken a stand on a similar issue: the use of Confederate flags. In 2001, the organization banned arenas in South Carolina and Mississippi from hosting postseason championships because the Confederate flag flew proudly on their statehouse grounds. After that decision, the president of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota asked the NCAA to impose a ban on Native American mascots.The NCAA called on 18 schools (out of 1,046 total member schools at the time, or 1.7 percent) to drop their mascots.Not all of the targeted schools felt that their nicknames or mascots were “hostile or abusive,” and the ban was followed by a surge of criticism.“I must have gotten 2,000 emails from people just complaining about it,” the NCAA’s executive committee chairperson at the time, Walter Harrison, said. Even almost 10 years later, he still remembers one persistent caller. “He, or she, I don’t know if it was a man or a woman, would call my office phone at four in the morning and just play their school’s chant until the answering machine cut off,” he said.But the more serious backlash came in the form of appeals. One came from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its Fighting Illini. The Fighting Illini were portrayed at halftime performances by a student dressed in full Lakota regalia, including face paint and a headdress. He went by the name “Chief Illiniwek,” and became the focus of the university’s fight against the ban.Controversy surrounding Chief Illiniwek predated the NCAA’s ruling by decades. The university’s board of trustees had been quietly in the process of considering a potential mascot change since 2001, and the publicity surrounding the nationwide ban reignited already-existing tension among students and alumni. Lawrence Eppley, who was the chair of the university’s board of trustees at the time, said he received hundreds of comments from foundations and alumni organizations threatening to withhold donations. He and the rest of the board figured the only option was to strike a compromise to keep both sides — passionate students and alumni and the NCAA — happy.Through its appeal, the school was allowed to keep its team name, but not its mascot. Chief Illiniwek portrayers, who had been a part of an official student organization called the Council of Chiefs, could continue the tradition as long as the group no longer had any official affiliation with the university. “One of the things that made it tough to retire it was making sure the fans knew that, if you loved the chief, that was nothing to feel guilty about,” Eppley said. “It’s just that times change, and there’s not much we can do about that.”Ivan Dozier, who currently portrays Chief Illiniwek, said that officially retiring the mascot was the wrong way for the university to respond. He believes that Native American mascots are a way to reach and educate an audience that wouldn’t normally be knowledgeable about Native American culture or history. “What concerns me is if you eliminate all references to Native American culture, people aren’t asking questions anymore,” he said. “Sports fans here are the vocal majority. They’re the ones who need this information the most, and now they have no way to go about getting it.”Eight of the schools on the NCAA’s list secured vocal support from local Native American tribes to successfully appeal and retain their team names and mascots. Eight others have changed their names and one dropped the use of a mascot entirely. Carthage College changed its team name from the Redmen to the Red Men and dropped all Native American imagery, which satisfied the NCAA’s requirements. Turning the Washington Redskins into the Red Skins is unlikely to appease the team’s critics, though. Given that the name is racist by definition and no tribe has come out in support of Snyder, it probably wouldn’t pass the NCAA’s grounds for appeal, and it certainly doesn’t pass in the court of Native American opinion.But even if the Redskins became the Red Skins or the Red Flyers or the Red Snyders, there would still be thousands of other teams that reference Native American imagery. Whatever happens with the Redskins, there will still be the Estelline Redmen, Chief Illiniwek, and the West Texas Comanches, each upholding the questionable legacy of Native American sports names. read more


Womens basketball No 4 Ohio State advances to Sweet 16 with doubledigit

The Ohio State women’s basketball team huddles before its first round game against Western Kentucky in the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Kentucky. Credit: Dana Lewin | Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 5 seed Ohio State women’s basketball team dominated the No. 4 seed Kentucky Wildcats 82-68 with sharp shooting and tough defense in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Kentucky.Freshman Tori McCoy and redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper dominated on the floor for the Buckeyes, each recording a double-double.This was a battle between two of the most powerful guards in the country — Kentucky’s senior Makayla Epps and OSU’s junior Kelsey Mitchell, who each led their team in scoring with 21 points a piece.The Buckeyes had five players scoring in double figures including Mitchell, senior forward Shayla Cooper (10), Harper (12), McCoy (14) and redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun (10).Mitchell started things off right for the Scarlet and Gray, draining a 3 just five seconds into the game. OSU got an early 12-8 lead thanks to 10 points from Mitchell in the first five minutes of play.Kentucky kept the OSU lead to just four-points at the end of the first quarter, with senior forward Evelyn Akhator leading the team in points and dominating rebounds on both sides of the floor. She finished with 14 points and 23 rebounds.In the beginning of the second quarter, the Buckeyes took control of the game, going on a 15-2 run in the first five minutes. OSU led the fast-paced game 46-31 and sunk six from 3 compared to the Wildcats’ one.Kentucky came out with more fire in the second half and out-scored the Buckeyes 22-15 in the third quarter. Epps and Akhator led the Wildcats in scoring as they decreased the deficit to just 8-points.Sophomore Wildcat Maci Morris downed a 3-pointer with 8:55 left to play to bring her team within one possession of the Buckeyes, 61-58.The Wildcats never obtained the lead, however, and OSU went on an 8-0 run which resulted in a 82-68 tournament victory.Harper, who transferred to OSU from Kentucky halfway through the 2015-16 season, was essential in the victory over her former team. She nearly had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.OSU will move on to the regional semifinals in the Sweet 16 round on March 24 at Rupp Arena. The Buckeyes will take on the winner of No. 1 seed Notre Dame and No. 9 seed Purdue. read more


Prince Harrys girlfriend Meghan Markle would not fit in with the Royal

first_imgPrince Harry’s new girlfriend Meghan Markle would not fit in with the Royal family because of her behaviour, her half-sister has claimed.The actress, best known for her role in US legal drama Suits, is allegedly driven by “social climbing” and wants to “become a princess”, Samantha Grant, 51, said.Her desires have allegedly led to the 35-year-old failing to contact her family as often as her half-sister would like, The Sun reported. She did not comment on the rumours in the interview but admitted she was a “brash American” who liked to have her say and worried about the sexiness of her character in Suits.Miss Markle also posted several new images on social media, including one of a pair of bananas “cuddling” each other with the caption “sleep tight” and another of an elephant teapot and cup.She also posted a picture of her two dogs and promoted her lifestyle website, The Tig, in a breakfast shot. Her new clothing line is released this week. Kensington Palace has not commented on the romance claims. The actress's desires have allegedly led to the 35-year-old failing to contact her family as often as her half-sister would like 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. I think her ambition is to become a princess… it was something she dreamed of as a girlSamantha Grant It comes after sources said yesterday Prince Harry, 32, and Miss Markle had been serious since August, having met in the summer.Ms Grant, who lives in Florida, told the paper had a “soft spot” for gingers. She added:  “Hollywood has changed her. I think her ambition is to become a princess… it was something she dreamed of as a girl when we watched the royals on TV.” Miss Markle’s sister, a former actress and model, also claimed their father, Thomas Markle, had known about the alleged royal romance for as long as five months.Both papers also reported that Mr Markle, 72, had recently become bankrupt, having once been a successful lighting director in America.The reports come after the actress declared she was the “luckiest girl in the world” in an interview with a Vancouver newspaper. The reports come after the actress declared she was the “luckiest girl in the world” in an interview with a Vancouver newspaper The reports come after the actress declared she was the “luckiest girl in the world” in an interview with a Vancouver newspaperCredit:INSTAGRAM The actress’s desires have allegedly led to the 35-year-old failing to contact her family as often as her half-sister would likeCredit:Matt Barnes / Chilli Media She claimed that she had not spoken to Miss Markle much since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis eight years ago.”I am not sure how the Queen would feel about someone who shuns their own family,” she claimed. “Meghan is narcissistic and selfish, I think the Royal family would be appalled.”She added to the Daily Mail: “The truth would kill her relationship with Prince Harry, he wouldn’t want to date her any more.” The Telegraph has contacted representatives for Miss Markle for comment.last_img read more


Tin PT Timah excels in first half

first_imgThe Indonesian state-owned tin producer, PT Timah, has announced a 57% year-on-year increase in refined tin production to 14,905 t in the first half of 2017, with Q2 refined tin output at its highest level since Q4 2014 at 7,942 t.The increase in refined tin output is correlated with a 77% year-on-year increase in tin-in-concentrate production to 16,078 t over the same period. This largely reflects a nearly five-fold increase in onshore tin mining output to 8,323 t, although offshore tin production also increased 7% to 7,755 t in the first half of the year.The company’s downstream facilities have also performed well, with first-half sales of tin chemicals up 150% to 2,124 t year-on-year and tin solder up 28% to 386 t. Additionally, between the end of 2016 and the end of June, the company’s refined tin stocks have risen 13% to 3,892 t, while tin contained in ore and slags has risen 9% to 11,649 t.ITRI View: “Indonesian exports of refined tin based on trade ministry data totalled 35,390 t in H1, up 19% year-on-year. While the higher tin price in 2017 has no doubt been a key driver behind Timah’s improved performance, disruption from flooding and export delays in H1 2016 have also been an important factor behind the 2017 revival. The company has also been more competitive in its purchase of ore, which has weighed on Indonesian private smelter production. Timah believes that refined tin output of 32,000-35,000 t will be easily achieved this year, up from its 2016 total of 23,756 t. We estimate total Indonesian refined tin production will rise to 75,000 t in 2017 due to the increased output by Timah, with production from other Indonesian sources expected to remain broadly stable.”last_img read more


Austrian roster for Spanish challenge

Bozovic PV Bauer Hermann Bregenz Handball 0 LW Sebastian CB Fabian Alexander 32 7 29 LB 41 Romas Janko 24 LW Christoph SC Magdeburg / GER 124 Patrekur Johanesson choose the roster for upcoming matches in EHF EURO 2018 qualification in which Austria will meet Spain.Austrians have two points from two opening matches. After loss against Finland, they beat Bosnia and Herzegovina.Roster: Posch PV Esegovic Dominik RB 26 125 Nikola Bregenz Handball Marinovic TEXT: DJORDJE PEVCEVIC 24 Ante 4 Sporting Lissabon / POR 20 0 SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN 147 92 20 20 15 Julian Bammer 118 Weber  6 9 68 19 18 RW 53 277 Robert 163 GK 632 Bergischer HC / GER 88 Gerald 9 Bregenz Handball RW RB PV SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN Zeiner 2 ALPLA HC Hard Raul 39 4 Kirveliavicius Aleksic 280 Ranftl THW Kiel / GER Wilhelm GK ← Previous Story Miljan Pusica to GWD Minden Next Story → VIDEO: No winner in Slovenian derby Pays aix Universite Club Handball / FRA Frimmel 0 Moser Medical UHK Krems 121 10 Jelinek SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN Nikola 7 37 28 CB Bilyk Goran 19 THW Kiel / GER LB LB Kadetten Schaffhausen / SUI 94 4 Santos 38 20 ASV Hamm-Westfalen / GER 12 95 63 1 HSC Coburg 2000 / GER Neuhold 91 33 Thomas GK read more


Apple loses initial bid to prevent Amazon from using Appstore name

first_imgWith more than 15 billion app downloads to date and billions paid out to developers, there’s no question that the iOS App Store is very, very important to Apple. But then, a quality digital store that provides apps is critical to the success of any current platform — like Android, Windows Phone 7, webOS, and BlackBerry.All four of those competitors, however, slapped unique monikers on their stores. Amazon, however, figured that the most logical name for its digital download marketplace was Amazon Appstore. That didn’t sit well with Apple, which responded by firing off several cease and desist requests to Amazon. When those initial efforts were unsuccessful, Apple proceeded to file a a trademark  lawsuit against Amazon.Two months later, U.S. Distrcit Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton has struck down Apple’s initial request for an injunction against Amazon. According to her ruling, Apple failed to prove that its App Store trademark is “prominent and renowned” further adding that several other companies use the phrase “app store” to describe a place from which mobile software can be purchased and downloaded — in much the same way people describe a place where you can purchase groceries as a grocery store, or hardware as a hardware store.Hamilton also took issue with Apple’s assertion that Amazon’s Appstore would allow malicious or inappropriate apps to enter the market and that would harm the company’s reputation. That’s highly unlikely, she stated, since Amazon doesn’t offer downloads for iOS devices.Plenty of folks besides Amazon will be happy about the ruling — including Microsoft, who voiced its displeasure over the initial “App Store” trademark application back in January.The full ruling is available over at Scribd, for those of you who feel like diving into the legalese.More at Cnet and Scribdlast_img read more

Innocent Drinks to discuss the workforce of the future

first_imgInnocent Drinks will present the opening keynote session at Employee Benefits Live 2015 on 21 September, focusing on how employers can engage the workforce of the future.Jane Marsh, group people director at Innocent Drinks, will discuss how the organisation has created a culture of engagement among its staff.Innocent Drinks’ workplace philosophy embraces healthy living, an approach that it entwines with its reward and benefits package, as well as what it offers to its customers.Marsh says: “Our benefits are informed by the kind of [organisation] we are, and the reward package we offer has changed as we have evolved as a business.”This is one of the reasons why Innocent Drinks has introduced a shared parental leave policy, as well as a pension scheme where staff contribute 3% of their monthly salary and the organisation contributes 4%.Innocent Drinks also has a philosophy of communicating with its 370 employees face-to-face whenever possible, and engaging with them on a one-to-one basis.Marsh adds: “All the departments [at Innocent Drinks] are integrated together to make sure people socialise and get to know each other.”She also notes that future-proofing a business can present a challenge to employers because of how changeable the benefits market can be. Marsh explains: “We’re in a world where everything is so changeable, including workplace benefits, so it’s important to make sure what you offer suits your staff demographic.”Employee Benefits Live 2015 will take place on 21-22 September at Olympia National, London.View the full conference programme and register to attend.last_img read more

In Other News Navy to Reach 355 Ships in Mid2030s

first_imgNavy officials told lawmakers Thursday the service plans to achieve a fleet of 355 ships by the mid-2030s, moving up the date for reaching the target by two decades. To expedite the effort to reach 355 ships, the Navy plans to extend the service life of its entire class of Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyers to 45 years, reported the Daily Press.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sabrina Fine Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

Vacancies due to students not availing SEBC EWS quota

first_imgMUMBAI: Maharashtra School Education Minister Ashish Shelar Friday told the state Assembly that students belonging to Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC), as well as the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), had not availed quota meant for them in junior college admissions, resulting in a large number of vacancies. Shelar told the Lower House that 34,251 seats were reserved for the SEBC category and 28,636 seats for EWS applicants. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us In the first round of admissions, 4,557 students have taken benefit of the 12 per cent quota for SEBC (for Marathas) and 2,600 have taken benefit of the 10 per cent EWS quota. The minister said special guidance cells are being set up for students who wish to avail reservation in these two categories. For SEBCs, he said an undertaking by parents on plain paper, instead of caste validity, will be required. For students from the EWS category, income certificate can be provided in three months time, the minister informed.last_img read more

Soninlaw of Bangabandhu killer held

first_imgFuad ZamanPolice have arrested Fuad Zaman, the son-in-law of Sultan Shahriar Rashid, a killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, for posting on Facebook defamatory remarks about Bangabandhu and ‘attempting to instigate disorder’.A text sent from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police said the DMP’s Counter Terrorism And Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit arrested Fuad.He has been placed on a seven-day remand in connection with a case filed with Dhanmondi police station.last_img

Harris County Moves to Dismiss Charges Against Former Deputy In Dennys Murder

first_img Share Photo: Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeChauna Thompson.The Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced on Wednesday they’re dismissing the criminal case against Chauna Thompson, the wife of Terry Thompson, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for the strangulation death of John Hernandez during a confrontation at a local Denny’s restaurant in May of 2017.During Terry Thompson’s trial in November, prosecutors argued that he wanted to kill 24-year-old Hernandez and kept him in a choke hold, even after he stopped resisting. The incident began after Thompson confronted Hernandez about urinating in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant in the Crosby area, in northeast Harris County.Chauna Thompson, who was with her husband at the time of the incident, had also been charged with murder. Her trial was scheduled to begin on April 26.“We’ve looked at this top to bottom,” said Harris County First Assistant Attorney Tom Berg as he announced the decision, “we can’t go forward.” He said his office has analyzed the documents related to the investigation and the transcripts of Terry Thompson’s two trials.Berg said prosecutors don’t have “sufficient evidence” to prove Chauna Thompson had an intent to harm Hernandez during the confrontation with her husband.Video of the incident showed her holding Hernandez down on the floor while her husband applied a choke hold, but Berg said Chauna Thompson tried to perform CPR at one point.Chauna Thompson worked as a deputy with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office but was fired after the fatal incident. “Ms. Thompson’s former employment as a deputy sheriff played no role in our decision to dismiss, just as it played no role in our original decision to present the case to a grand jury,” Berg said in a statement.Terry Thompson is serving his sentence at a prison in Snyder, 450 miles northwest of Houston.Hernandez’s parents, Ignacio and Maria, were at Berg’s announcement. He said the family is disappointed but has to respect the DA’s decision. “They leave us with doubts in our soul,” Hernandez said in Spanish.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement it was aware of the decision made by the District Attorney. The statement says Thompson is appealing her employment termination and the case is pending before the Civil Service Commission.last_img read more

Edmondson High School Class of 64 – 50 Year Class Reunion

first_imgThe Edmondson High School Class of 1964 will hold its 50 Year Reunion, Aug. 15 at the Embassy Suites Hunt Valley, 213 International Drive.  There will be dancing, fine dining, gifts and a veterans’ remembrance as part of the event.According to Brenda Henson-Pinnick, committee chairperson, in addition to the gala event on Aug. 15, there will be a picnic at the Gwynn Oak Park on Gwynn Oak Avenue, Aug. 16 and church service on Aug/17.Ticket cost is $100 per person.  Because of the significance of this event, an invitation is extended to other Edmondson alumni, family members and friends.  For tickets or further information, Brenda Henson-Pinnick is the contact person.last_img

PRSI celebrates National PR Day

first_imgThe Public Relations Society of India, Kolkata Chapter organised a debate on ‘Criminality is an Unavoidable Ingredient of Political Governance’, at iLead campus and auditorium to commemorate National PR Day on April 21. The event which was inaugurated by Pradip Chopra, Chairman, iLead was attended by various media and mass communication colleges and universities.Out of them, St Xaviers University emerged as the winner and JIS University was the runner-up in the competition. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPR toppers from various colleges, universities, institutions like Amity School of Communication, Amity University, Rabindra Bharati University, ADAMAS University, University of Calcutta, Viswabharati and iLead were felicitated, as an initiative from Rita Bhimani – a veteran Public Relations practitioner and Founder-CEO of Ritam Communications, to commemorate her 50 years in the PR profession. She gave the valedictory address to students on the new trends they should follow in the PR profession. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking at the event, Rita said that image plays pivotal role in building perception and trust, as it works on two way communication between an organisation and public. And, being the largest democracy of the world and the most vibrant economy in recent times, whole world is looking at India. Representing India to the world or an organisation to its public and building bridges of trust, PR and Communication professionals of India work with dedication and commitment. Chairman of PRSI, Kolkata Chapter, Soumyajit Mohapatra, said that ‘Beyond the Classroom’ initiatives would continue apace as a proactive initiative of the PRSI, Kolkata Chapter.last_img read more

Man thought responsible for murder of Chiapas journalist arrested in Playa del

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — A man alleged responsible for the murder of a Chiapas journalist has been arrested in Playa del Carmen.State and federal police detained Juan David Martínez Trujillo, one of the alleged murderers of Chiapas journalist Mario Gómez Sánchez in Playa del Carmen. The arrest took place over the weekend after police reported receiving tips from the public.On September 21, Chiapas journalist Mario Leonel Gómez Sánchez was shot four times outside his home in Yajalón. The Attorney General of Chiapas, Raciel López Salazar, said that since his arrest, three others have been taken into custody for their alleged involvement in the murder.The arrest of Juan David Martínez Trujillo came “Thanks to the coordination with the various federal and state agencies, as well as the timely participation of citizens,” explained López Salaza. Hours after his arrest, he was transferred back to Chiapas.At the time of his arrest, police also seized a van which matches the descriptions given by witnesses outside the home of the victim. Martínez Trujillo is considered a leader of a band of small-scale drug traffickers who will also be investigated for other crimes.The arrest of Martínez Trujillo was made in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office, Federal Police and Prosecutor’s Office of Quintana Roo along with citizen tips. Mario Leonel Gómez Sánchez was a journalist with El Heraldo de Chiapas.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Low Housing Supply Impacts Housing Affordability in Major Cities

first_img Homebuyers Housing Affordability Zillow 2015-03-30 Samantha Guzman Low housing supply is causing affordability to decrease in U.S. cities, according to a report from Zillow. Affordability is worst in fast growing cities that have fallen behind in building homes to keep up with population growth. Currently the average U.S. homebuyer can expect to spend 15.3 percent of their monthly income on a mortgage payment.Affordability is best in places with slow population growth, like Detroit, or places who have met new growth by building new housing units. Chicago permitted 906 new housing units in 2013 and 2013 for every 1,000 new residents. This has made the city more affordable, with homebuyers paying a slightly lower percentage on their mortgage than the national average. Chicago residents can expect to pay about 13.9 percent of their income on a mortgage.”As the economy continues to improve, more Americans are slowly moving off of their buddies’ couches and out of their parents’ basements into homes of their own, first likely as renters and then eventually as homebuyers,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries. “Unfortunately, the supply of affordable homes, especially affordable rentals, is insufficient in many areas to meet this growing demand. As a result, the competition for those homes that are available can often be fierce, driving up prices and contributing to worsening affordability. More construction will help ease the crunch, and getting a mortgage is also getting easier, which will help more current renters transition to homeownership and further ease rental inventory shortages. But these fixes won’t happen overnight.”Detroit had the most affordable housing on the list. Homebuyers living in this city will pay about 10 percent of their income on a mortgage. St. Louis and Pittsburg tied for a close second. Homebuyers in either of those cities will pay about 10.8 percent of their income on a mortgage. Houston, Virginia Beach, and Tampa were all more affordable markets, while San Diego, San Jose, and Sacramento were less affordable.San Francisco has become one of the country’s least affordable housing markets. For every 1,000 new residents, there were just 193 new housing units permitted. Residents of San Francisco pay 39.2 percent of their income on a monthly mortgage payment, more than double the national average. Los Angeles has the highest rate, with a mortgage in that city costing a homebuyer 40 percent of their income.Policy makers have been trying to combat the short supply. The mayor of San Francisco has pledged to add 30,000 housing units by 2020, and a Boston city report made a similar recommendation to meet demand with 53,000 new housing units by 2030.Since 2000, rents have grown at roughly twice the pace of incomes. Partially as a result, the percentage of Americans citing “cheaper housing” as a reason they moved to a different home has almost doubled since then, from 5.6 percent to 9.6 percent currently, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.Over the past several years, renting – historically a budget-minded choice – has become increasingly less affordable. Meanwhile, recovering home prices, along with historically low mortgage rates, have made buying more affordable than it was historically, on a monthly basis.  Zillow’s February Real Estate Market Reports showed home values up 4.9 percent year-over-year to a Zillow Home Value Index of $178,700. U.S. rents rose 3.4 percent to a Zillow Rent Index of $1,355. Low Housing Supply Impacts Housing Affordability in Major Cities March 30, 2015 520 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured Sharelast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element. Larry Fitzgerald and Darnell Dockett joined the NFL as part of the same 2004 draft class.Neither has played for any team other than the Arizona Cardinals, and each has experienced a good amount of success in the league.However, their respective contracts led to this offseason being an interesting one for both, as their deals were going to have to be restructured if the players were to continue their careers in Arizona. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img LISTEN: Michael Bidwill, AZ Cardinals president The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Last week, the team and Fitzgerald agreed on a deal that will keep the receiver in town for at least another two years.From there, Cardinals GM Steve Keim said the next step was to work out something with Dockett, who missed the entire 2014 season after tearing his ACL in training camp.He is slated to make $9.5 million in 2015 with a cap hit of $9.8 million.“It’s our hope, same thing, we love Darnell,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill told Doug and Wolf Tuesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “We drafted him in the same class as Fitz; I’d love to have him retire as a Cardinal, I think that’s what he needs to do is stay in a Cardinal uniform and we’re looking forward to working with him to restructure his deal.“It’ll free up some cap space so we can be out there, being aggressive and building a team and getting a ring on his finger.”A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Dockett ranks seventh in franchise history for career sacks with 40.5. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more