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Expelled Canadian envoy says stable Saudi Arabia needed amid Khashoggi probe

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian and global foreign policy towards Saudi Arabia can’t be driven by revulsion over the treatment of individual human rights cases, Canada’s most recent ambassador to the country says.Dennis Horak, who was expelled from Saudi Arabia in August after its rulers were incensed by a tweet from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, essentially branded the desert kingdom too big to fail.“Whether we like it or not, the world needs Saudi Arabia … if Saudi Arabia were to descend into the kind of chaos that’s potentially there, it would make Syria look like a picnic,” Horak told a Tuesday night meeting of the Canadian International Council in Ottawa.“We need a stable Saudi Arabia, as imperfect as it might be.”Horak, who is no fan of Twitter diplomacy, said Freeland’s tweet was “ill-advised” but the Saudi reaction was “way over the top.”Saudi Arabia abruptly severed relations with Canada and demanded an apology after Freeland called for the immediate release of detained activists, including Samar Badawi, a champion of women’s rights and the sister of detained blogger Raif Badawi.On Tuesday, Freeland joined G7 foreign ministers in affirming freedom of the press and calling on Saudi Arabia to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.But Horak, a veteran diplomat, said Canadian foreign policy can’t be dictated by cases like Badawi’s — whose wife lives in Quebec — or Khashoggi’s, whose disappearance has sparked global outrage.“Those who know me, know I’m not this cold-hearted,” said Horak.“But you can’t let your foreign policy be dictated by an individual or an individual case. There are broader interests that need to be there. It doesn’t mean you ignore them. It doesn’t mean you forget about them.”Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and a U.S. resident, has written critically of the Saudi regime. He hasn’t been seen since entering that country’s consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, and multiple leaks to U.S. media, based on Turkish intelligence, say he was killed by a Saudi hit squad and likely dismembered with a bone saw.Freeland said Tuesday that Canada is very worried about Khashoggi’s disappearance, and she made no apologies for pushing a human rights agenda with Saudi Arabia.“Canada has raised the issue directly with Saudi Arabia and we are talking about the issue with our allies,” Freeland said Tuesday during a question and answer session at the Fortune Global Forum in Toronto.Freeland said she’s been in contact with her G7 and NATO counterparts, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as the German, British and Turkish foreign ministers.“We think that it is very important that there be a clear, transparent investigation. We need to know what has happened, and those responsible need to be held to account,” Freeland said.Her comments were echoed in a brief statement issued Tuesday by the foreign ministers of G7 countries.“We remain very troubled by the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” it said.“We encourage Turkish-Saudi collaboration and look forward to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia conducting a thorough, credible, transparent, and prompt investigation, as announced.”The allegations that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate have been strongly denied by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and King Salman in conversations with U.S. President Donald Trump.Trump offered his most robust defence of the Saudi regime during a Tuesday interview with The Associated Press, in which he linked the allegations of the Khashoggi case with the recent Brett Kavanaugh affair.In the interview, Trump compared the case of Khashoggi to the allegations of sexual assault levelled against Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.“Here we go again with, you know, you’re guilty until proven innocent. I don’t like that. We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I’m concerned,” Trump told AP.Freeland also dropped a strong hint that she has no regrets about the tweet that raised the ire of Saudi rulers.“It’s important to have private conversations. But I do think it’s a mistake — and it can be frankly a self-serving mistake — to think that a private conversation is always an equally effective substitute to taking a public stand,” Freeland said.“And sometimes it’s important to take a public stand.”Saudi Arabia also responded by recalling its ambassador in Ottawa, freezing trade, cancelling flights to and from Toronto and recalling its students from Canadian medical schools.Freeland said she’s been in regular contact with her Saudi counterpart, but she had nothing new to report on Tuesday.last_img read more

Man convicted for rape get death sentence

first_imgKolkata: A person convicted for rape and murder of a two-and half-year-old girl has been awarded with death sentence on Thursday by the Chief Judge of City Sessions Court. During the announcement of quantum of punishment, the judge said the case was ‘rarest of the rare’.On July 21, 2013, a two-and-a half-year-old girl, who was a footpath dweller, went missing from under the Kidderpore ramp of Vidyasagar Setu. The grandmother of the child lodged a missing complaint on the same night at the Hastings police station. On July 22 morning, her body was found from a drain near Victoria Memorial. During investigation police came up with the name of a horse keeper identified as Suresh Paswan, who worked at the Royal Calcutta Turf Club. Within a few days of investigation, police officers were sure that Paswan was the culprit. But, as he fled the city immediately after the crime was committed, police could not find him. But, shortly police nabbed him from his village at Vaishali district in Bihar. After the arrest was made, the homicide section completed the investigation and filed charge sheet. Though the convicted confessed to the crime, 32 witnesses were produced before the court during the trail. After five-and-a-half-years Paswan was pronounced guilty under IPC Sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 376A (rape), 302 (murder) and Section 6 of the POCSO Act (punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault). Though Paswan pleaded for less punishment, concerned judge narrated the incident as the ‘rarest of the rare’ and awarded him with death sentence. In another case of rape of a 15-year-old girl, the prime accused has been pronounced guilty and has been awarded 10 years of rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 15,000. On December 13, last year, the convicted person identified as Abhijit Paik abducted the girl and raped her. Later, he confined her at a house in South 24-Parganas. Abhijit was arrested from a place in Narkeldanga. Later, the girl was rescued from South 24-Parganas.last_img read more

10th week of Algeria protests aim for ex-president’s brother

ALGIERS, Algeria — Algerians are massing for a 10th week of protests against their country’s ruling class, calling for the ex-president’s brother to be put on trial.Friday’s protest took aim at Said Bouteflika, whose brother Abdelaziz was Algeria’s president for two decades until swelling protests forced him to resign instead of seeking a fifth term. A presidential election has been set for July 4 to choose the successor to Bouteflika, but protesters want his entire ruling entourage gone from power.Said Bouteflika has been a particular focus of their anger, and protesters on Friday accused him of being the “leader of the gang.”Three wealthy brothers believed close to Said were detained for questioning this week in investigation intended to respond to demands to root out widespread corruption.The Associated Press read more

Complex global challenges leave UN ready to thrive – Ban Kimoon

11 July 2007The United Nations is entering an era when it can prosper because the world’s major challenges have become so complex that individual countries cannot resolve them on their own, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. Calling on the world body to “grow and take on new roles” and to “develop and deliver on new fronts,” Mr. Ban told the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London that the UN was well placed to tackle issues ranging from climate change to disarmament.“You will know that our world of complex and global challenges is exactly the environment in which our United Nations should thrive – because these are challenges that no country can resolve on its own,” he said.The Secretary-General stressed that it was unrealistic to expect the UN to provide a solution to every challenge.“But we can, and should, serve as a forum to set a global agenda and consensus. We can, and should – given the necessary political resolve – implement the clearly defined will of the international community. We can, and should, be visionary and proactive.”To deal with this, the world needs greater dialogue, patience, resources and reform, he said.During his address to the Royal Institute, Mr. Ban outlined the major priorities facing the UN in the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development and human rights.He said the crises in Darfur, the Middle East, Lebanon and Iraq are at the top of his peace and security agenda, as well as efforts to fight terrorism and to overcome the current stalemate in disarmament and non-proliferation, particularly regarding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran.Turning to development, he urged Governments to take more concerted action towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of eight targets for slashing poverty and other social and economic ills, all by 2015.Mr. Ban also called on leaders to “accept their historical responsibilities” towards future generations and reach concrete agreements on reducing emissions and other ways of combating climate change.“I am convinced that this challenge, and what we do about it, will define us, our era, and ultimately, our global legacy. It is time for new thinking.”He added that greater attention must be paid to human rights, so that it is a pillar of the UN’s work “not only on the drawing board, but in reality, on the ground.”The Human Rights Council, introduced last year to replace the discredited Commission on Human Rights, must be scrutinized “to ensure that it delivers on its promise and shines a spotlight on the darkest places in the world.”Mr. Ban also detailed some of the internal UN reforms he has introduced to strengthen the world body’s capacity, especially in peacekeeping as the number of UN personnel in the field reaches a historic high of nearly 100,000.While in London today, Mr. Ban held talks with the new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. read more

ExMexican oil executive fined banned from public office

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s federal comptroller’s office has fined a former executive with the state-owned oil company $200 million and banned him from holding public office for 10 years.The authorities did not identify the executive, but said he had been director of partnerships and new business for Petroleos Mexicanos and had led the subsidiary PMI Comercio Internacional.The penalties arose from the executive’s decision to buy a fertilizer plant in 2013 for three times its market value. The comptroller said in a statement late Monday that the executive hid at the time of purchase that the plant’s machinery was 30 years old and hadn’t operated in 14 years. Pemex had to spend an additional $760 million on the plant in 2016.The heavily indebted Pemex is the subject of multiple investigations.The Associated Press read more

Gaza as hostilities resume Ban urges swift return to ceasefire negotiations

“The Secretary-General expresses his deep disappointment that the parties were unable to agree to an extension of the ceasefire in their talks in Cairo,” said a statement issued by a UN spokesperson in New York.Media reports suggest that Palestinian militants in Gaza refused to extend a ceasefire that has held for the past three days and resumed rocket fire into Israel. As a result Israeli air strikes on the enclave reportedly began earlier this morning.“[The Secretary-General] condemns the renewed rocket fire towards Israel. More suffering and death of civilians caught up in this conflict is intolerable,” said the statement from the UN chief’s spokesperson. Mr. Ban urged the parties to swiftly find a way back to respect of the humanitarian ceasefire and to continue negotiations in Cairo to reach a durable ceasefire.“The extension of the ceasefire is absolutely essential for talks to progress and to address the underlying issues of the crisis as soon as possible,” continued the statement, adding that the Secretary-General firmly calls on the parties not to resort to further military action that can only exacerbate the already “appalling” humanitarian situation in Gaza.Meanwhile on the ground, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that, during the 72 hour ceasefire, aid agencies began to assess needs and stepped up the delivery of urgently needed relief.Humanitarian needs remain enormous, with the provision of fresh food and drinkable water the most pressing, according to OCHA.During the pause, rescue teams were able to retrieved additional bodies, bringing the cumulative death toll of Palestinians to 1,922, of whom 1,407 are believed to be civilians and 448 of those were identified as children. More than 9,500 people have been injured. OCHA’s latest situation report also states that 67 Israelis have been killed in the month-long conflict, including 64 soldiers, and three civilians, including one foreign national.The number of people displaced by the violence remains fluid; as of last night, nearly 200,000 people were sheltering in 119 UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and government schools (166,000 of them in 90 UNRWA shelters).The UN says that preliminary estimates indicate that some 65,000 people whose homes were totally destroyed or heavily damaged need urgent support, including basic household items. The ceasefire allowed for some repairs of critical electricity, water and sanitation infrastructure by local authorities.The World Food Programme (WFP) has provided ready-to-eat food rations every day to 330,000 people sheltered in UNRWA and government schools. Some 46,000 household kits have been distributed since the beginning of the conflict.In addition, UNRWA continues to distribute water to emergency shelters and their Community Mental Health Programme has provided psychosocial support to 73,000 parents and conducted recreational activities for 79,000 children. read more

In Helsinki UN appeals for nearly 5 billion to help Syrian refugees

“Unless these additional funds are promptly secured, the UN and its partners will have to scale back life-saving assistance, not only for Syrians but also refugees and host communities, with catastrophic consequences,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien.“It will force families to try to survive with inadequate food intake; it will stop short nutrition programmes to bring babies back to health; it will mean families having to sleep without even plastic sheeting to protect them,” added Mr. O’Brien, who also heads the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which co-organized the conference alongside the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Hosted by Finland, the Helsinki Conference on Supporting Syrians and the Region focuses on key humanitarian priorities: saving lives, protection, and building resilience, according to a press release from the organizers. “The international community must send a clear message that it stands with them and provides the urgently needed support,” Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said in reference to displaced Syrians and host communities in remarks ahead of the funding appeal.Some 13.5 people urgently need protection and life-saving aid, according to OCHA, including 2 million children under the age of five.Within Syria, there are 13 besieged areas with some 650,000 men, women and children cut off from aid.Those people who have been able to flee to neighbouring countries continue to struggle, along with their host communities, to meet the challenges of the political, economic and social spill-over from the Syria crisis.“As millions have fled Syria, we have seen extraordinary generosity and solidarity on the part of host countries and communities – and they must not be left to cope alone,” said Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP. “UN agencies and NGO partners are committed to helping governments and host communities build resilience in the face of this crisis. We’ve made important strides, but we need more support.”The Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) for 2017 and 2018 launched today aims to assist over 4.7 million refugees from Syria and 4.4 million people hosting them in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. The appeal is in addition to the $3.4 billion that the 2017 humanitarian response plan. read more

Beside The Points For Friday Dec 1 2017

See more NBA predictions NBA See more NFL predictions Things That Caught My EyeKansas City shuffling out of the playoffsThe Chiefs have been really bad for the past several weeks, so bad that their very season is in jeopardy. Looking at their team’s Elo rating between Week 5 and Week 12, the -116 point difference is the largest meltdown observed of teams with an Elo rating of 1700 or better in at that point in the seasons. [FiveThirtyEight]This means WARThe sabermetric concept of wins above replacement has gone mainstream in baseball coverage, but the statistic is at something of a crossroads: How precisely the wins above replacement are calculated varies from database to database, and right now the baseball nerd community is attempting to get to the bottom of what precisely the statistic should entail. [The Ringer]The parade is in the worksA Cleveland Browns fan named Chris McNeil has successfully obtained permission to have a parade circle around the Browns home stadium in the event the team does in fact go defeated and finished the season with an 0-16 record. Cleveland has an 11 percent chance of beating the Chargers, a 25 percent chance of beating Green Bay, a 20 percent chance of beating Baltimore, a 22 percent chance of beating Chicago and 6 percent chance of beating Pittsburgh. That approximates to a roughly 39 percent chance of five consecutive defeats. [FiveThirtyEight, Uproxx]NFL nears player agreementThe NFL’s negotiations with a group of players to address social justice issues that have prompted player protests across the league appear to be approaching a conclusion, with a number in the ballpark of $89 million over seven years going towards causes identified by a league-controlled panel. [ESPN, Deadspin]Jeff Fisher is the worst thing to happen to quarterbacks since the creation of the NFL defensive endJared Goff’s total QBR was 18.3 last season under head coach Jeff Fisher, leading to indications he may be one of the worst quarterbacks ever. Now that he is no longer under Jeff Fisher, his QBR is 55.2, above average and on a winning Rams team. Case Keenum, also once under the stifling Fisher, is now 7-2 behind center for the Vikings. Both quarterbacks could be enjoying the biggest year-to-year QBR bumps. [The Undefeated]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number31The number of teams in the NFL that have used at least three starting quarterbacks since Week 11 of 2004. The team that has not is the New York Giants, who have been the beneficiaries of the second-longest quarterback starting streak in NFL history. This week the team announced that ironman starter Eli Manning would be unceremoniously benched in favor of Geno Smith. Yeah, the Giants really, really botched this. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: neil:I just noticed Terrell Suggs is having one of the great old-guy sack seasons everHe’s on pace for 14 on the season, which would rank 5th among players age 35+(Apparently 1998 was an insane year for old pass rushers)daniel.levittThat 1992 Clay Matthews season. 111 tackles at age 36…waltwait how old is clay matthewsohwaiti see it nowthat’s on mePredictions NFL Oh, and don’t forgetAre you as smart as an NFL ref? We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more college football predictions College Football All newsletters read more

Opinion Time to start supporting the Columbus Blue Jackets after 7game win

The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate a goal during a game against the Los Angeles Kings Jan. 21 at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won, 5-3.Courtesy of MCTWhile Ohio State’s men’s basketball team seems to have forgotten how to win games, Columbus’ professional hockey team has decided to stop losing.The Blue Jackets are the NHL’s hottest team, having tallied seven straight victories after a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Columbus Tuesday night. They have risen from being a team that looked to be on its way to another underwhelming season following a 5-10-0 start all the way to becoming one that is currently in contention to make the playoffs after this franchise-best winning streak.It’s not completely luck, a beneficial schedule or even simply playing over their heads. They are doing it the old-fashioned way, using an excellent penalty kill, some of the best 5-on-5 offense in the NHL and fantastic goaltending to close out games.That goaltending comes courtesy of 2013 Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, who has started six of the seven games on this winning streak. Bobrovsky got off to a mediocre start to the year by his standards, but since returning Jan. 6 from a groin injury to play against the New York Rangers — a game ending in the first of the seven wins comprising the streak — he has been a force in the crease.But it has been the offense that has truly been the Jackets’ strength in the new year. The continued offensive firepower of centers Ryan Johansen and Brandon Dubinsky is converging with the midseason resurgence of defenseman Jack Johnson at just the right time. Johnson, whose disappointing first few months to the season likely led to his being excluded from the United States’ Olympic roster, has been playing with a chip on his shoulder since the Sochi selections were announced. In addition to notching five points in his last five games, Johnson has also been playing improved defense in front of Bobrovsky.The main cog on offense, however, has been right wing Nathan Horton. Horton, who sat out the three months of the season with a shoulder injury, has been everything coach Todd Richards could have hoped for when he was signed to a seven-year $37.1 million contract in July. Since making his Jackets debut Jan. 2, the team is 8-1-0, with much of the credit going to the point production and leadership Horton brings.This dominant Jackets run has been a pleasant surprise. But it was not completely crazy to think a postseason appearance could be possible before this year’s campaign had even begun, given the team’s 24-17-7 performance in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season that captured the attention of many fans. Now that they have thrust themselves into the playoff mix again, it is time for a franchise that has yet to win a playoff game since their 2000 inaugural season to start dreaming big.If the playoffs began today, the Jackets would be the second of two Eastern Conference wild card teams and would have a first-round date with the Pittsburgh Penguins, against whom they are 0-4-0 this season.That is why the Jackets must now set their sights on capturing one of the top three spots in the Metropolitan Division, which are currently occupied by the Penguins, the Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers in that order. If they can take over one of those spots in the standings and secure a more favorable first round matchup, it is very possible that they could not only win their first playoff game but also emerge victorious from a series. As of Wednesday evening, the CBJ are just three points back of the Rangers and two behind the Flyers and are slated to play the latter at Nationwide Arena Thursday night.It is time for Columbus to start embracing the Jackets, the best sports team the city has going for it when football season is over. They currently rank 28th in average attendance, according to ESPN. While the fans at Nationwide Arena can be very loyal and passionate, nothing could top the atmosphere of a capacity sold-out crowd cheering on their team in a huge game.The Jackets appear to be going places this season, and I implore you to “Join the Battle” for these last 33 games and enjoy the ride. read more

Suncity launches Japanese website unveils Wakayama IR concept

first_img Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Leading Asian VIP promotor Suncity Group has launched its Japanese website as it steps up its bid to win an IR license in Wakayama.The website provides an overview of the company’s Japanese IR concept, including a detailed 5-minute video featuring artist’s impressions of the proposed waterfront development. The video can be viewed here. RelatedPosts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions “We will challenge regional revitalization centering on integrated resort facilities,” the website states.“Nature, culture, history and people’s activities. We will promote the development of international tourism cities that make the most of the assets of Wakayama Prefecture, focusing on integrated resort facilities.”Suncity has remained relatively quiet in Japan since the IR Implementation Bill was passed by the Diet last year, but has accelerated its involvement in recent weeks including presenting at an IR seminar in Wakayama earlier this week.The company’s Japanese entity, Suncity Group Holdings Japan Co Ltd, was established on 1 August 2019.Although best known for its VIP gaming services, Suncity has been actively looking to enter casino operations and will launch its first IR, Hoiana, in Vietnam later this year. It also purchased a 29.68% stake in Summit Ascent, owner and operator of Tigre de Cristal in Vladivostok, in April. Load Morelast_img read more

FBI releases photos of armed Miami Springs bank robber

first_imgMIAMI SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – FBI investigators are releasing pictures of an armed man who allegedly robbed a bank in Miami Springs.Miami Springs Police responded to a Wells Fargo bank in the area of Northwest 36th Street and Kenmore Drive just before 9 a.m., Monday.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where officers could be seen putting up crime scene tape outside of the building.FBI officials said the man told an employee he had an explosive device on him before he demanded money from the bank teller.It remains unknown how much money the man fled the bank with.There were no injuries reported.If you have any information on this armed bank robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Connecticut Sub Base to Host New Command

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A new command to train Navy forces in advanced tactics, techniques and procedures for anti-submarine warfare will be formed over the summer at Naval Submarine Base New London, the Navy announced this week.The Undersea Warfighting Development Center will be led by a one-star admiral and bring 52 jobs to the base in Groton, Conn., including 33 military personnel and 19 civilians.The announcement represents the “natural progression” of the significant federal investments made at the base over the past eight years, Rep. Joe Courtney (D) told the Day.The new command, which will have detachments in San Diego and Norfolk, Va., should help protect the submarine base in a future round of base closures.“BRAC is a wild card process,” Courtney said. “You never want to take anything for granted, but in terms of making the case for Groton’s long-term value, it doesn’t get much better than this.”last_img read more

Lawsuit seeks to eliminate Medicaid application backlog

first_imgAnchorage resident Jennifer Spencer applied for Medicaid in December. Under Medicaid rules, she was supposed to know whether she was eligible within 30 days. The wait is 90 days for people who are applying for a disability determination.Spencer is a social work student at University of Alaska Anchorage. She didn’t realize a long wait was unusual, but through a training program she learned about the Medicaid backlog.“And so when I found out about it, I started talking more about it among my peers at school and people had similar stories,” Spencer said. “And I was just, like, ‘Wow, this is really like an issue, but no one’s talking about it, because they don’t know who’s going through it.’”She filed a class-action lawsuit, with the help of the Northern Justice Project. The lawsuit cites state records that show at least one in three applications haven’t been processed in time for the past five years.Spencer has asthma. She’s concerned that Alaskans who are sick aren’t getting the health care they need.“And that’s the reason why this lawsuit is taking place,” Spencer said. “Because so many other people who have ongoing health issues who have applied, they’re not receiving the things they really need.”Twenty-nine percent of Alaskans  — or 213,436 people as of April 1 — are covered by Medicaid and Denali KidCare.The state has had a backlog stretching back to before when former Gov. Bill Walker expanded Medicaid eligibility in 2015. But the backlog grew after the expansion. In June, more than 15,000 applications had been waiting more than four months.Division of Public Assistance Director Shawnda O’Brien said the backlog has been shrinking recently. There’s been a large decrease in the past month, from 9,479 applications waiting to be processed on March 1 to 5,935 on April 1.This year’s budget added funding for 20 more workers to process applications. But while some of these positions have been filled, O’Brien said the money also allowed for more overtime for long-time workers.“The staff that we have on board have really made tremendous progress in just addressing the backlog issues through overtime,” she said.O’Brien said the state’s goal is to eliminate the backlog. But it may grow in July. That’s when social service benefit reductions proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy would take effect, which will require state workers to recheck the eligibility of residents for public assistance programs.“I can’t really speculate on exactly when we might be able to say successfully that we are out of backlog, but I do think that, given the amount of progress that’s been being made, it’s inevitable that will happen within the next year,” O’Brien said.James Davis with the Anchorage-based Northern Justice Project is Spencer’s attorney for the class-action suit. The firm focuses on representing low- to middle-income Alaskans in complex lawsuits against the state and federal governments and large corporations.“The state’s known about this for years,” Davis said. “There’s been much wringing of hands. But the state hasn’t been able to do the simple thing, which is to clear up the backlog.”Spencer, the plaintiff, said that when she gets her social work degree, she wants to work with homeless people in a hospital or other setting. And she hopes that her lawsuit will ensure that future clients received health care in a timely manner. Anchorage resident Jennifer Spencer is a student at University of Alaska Anchorage. She waited more than two months after applying for Medicaid to file a class-action lawsuit. The suit aims for the state to eliminate its Medicaid application backlog. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Spencer)A lawsuit aims to force the state government to close the backlog of thousands of applications for Medicaid. The lawsuit was moved to federal court from Anchorage Superior Court last week.last_img read more

Former Houston Police Officers Charged In Gambling Ring Takedown

first_imgChief @ArtAcevedo addresses the arrest of two former HPD officers charged with money laundering in year-long illegal gambling investigation with @HarrisCountyDAO Kim Ogg— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) March 28, 2018 Share Davis LandHarris County District Attorney Kim Ogg speaks to reporters on March 28, 2018.A year-long investigation of gambling rings in Houston’s Chinatown area resulted in charges against twenty-two people including two former Houston police officers, Larry Nguyen and Huy Ly.The two officers will voluntarily surrender and cooperate with the case, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. Both resigned from the Houston Police Department in February 2018.“The game room itself is not illegal. That’s what’s confusing to the public,” Ogg said. “We have to prove that the machines are actually used illegally and what makes it illegal is when the owner/operators pay out over the lawful limit.”The two are accused of financing luxury cars and other items to mask the profits of the group’s alleged leader, Theien Hoai Vo, also known as “Tim Vo.” Ly financed a 2016 Lamborghini Huracan through the Houston Police Federal Credit Union. Authorities said they recovered $2.3 million from Vo’s personal safe.News conference re gambling network— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) March 28, 2018last_img read more

Delhi Police Commissioner graces badge ceremony at DPS

first_imgThe Chief Guest Amulya Patnaik, Delhi Police Commissioner, along with three Deputy Commissioners, visited Delhi Public School, R K Puram for the Annual Scholar Badge Ceremony for Class XI. Organised around the theme ‘Celebrating Life’, it was a much-awaited event to recognise the academic and co-curricular excellence of students with accolades.The Principal began her welcome address by praising the backbone of the society: Parents, teachers, and the police. She said that the most suitable person as the Chief Guest was the Commissioner, who is also the father of an alumnus of the school. She narrated an anecdote about privileged people, who shop in a mall, whining about the items that they could not buy; while on the other hand, a few street children, who had practically nothing with them, were still cheerful. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFollowing this, she regretted that she had spent a major part of her life waiting for the right moment to do things. “It is only when a moment becomes a memory that you realise how valuable it is”. She advised the parents to teach their children to enjoy life to the fullest. She concluded her speech with a quote by Abraham Lincoln, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years.” Amulya Patnaik began his speech by complimenting the school authorities. He talked about how India is turning into a superpower economically but is not really excelling in the civic sense. He laid emphasis on the importance of discipline: civic and self. In his speech, he narrated an anecdote about when he went to the UK for training. This incident made him realise how deeply rooted self-discipline should be in school kids. He praised the school and its excellence. According to him an introspective approach towards society is very important and he advised the kids to maintain an equilibrium between job, family, and health. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePatnaik talked about the cyber world that we are living in today. He mentioned how technological advancement has led to the gadgets becoming an integral part of our lives. He advised kids, parents, and teachers to have a ‘Cyber Recess’: a day’s break from the cyberspace which could be utilized for recreational purposes. He mentioned the various programmes that the Delhi Police has initiated for the youth – Sashakti, a programme that reaches out to the girl students of various Delhi schools and teaches them self-defense as well as HimmatPlus, a mobile app. The Chief Guest, Principal, Vice Principal, Dr Renu Nayyar, and class representatives felicitated the scholars by presenting badges, blazers, pins, ties, and certificates of merit. The Prantik Roy Memorial Gold Medal, for an all-around performance, was awarded to Sagnik Anupam.last_img read more

Greg Cosell breaks down the film on Aaron Rodgers impressive Philly performance

first_imgThere are two types of NFL fans. The ones that watch highlights, and the ones who want to get smarter by learning from the game film.Every week, Senior Producer of NFL Matchup and NFL Films, Greg Cosell, stops by the show to take the audience inside the Herd Film Room to break down the tape from the most talked about performances from the past week.Today, he’s breaking down the film from NFL Week 12.Roll the tape. Advertisement Aaron Rodgers played well in Green Bay’s Monday night win over the Philadelphia. What does the film say about his performance? Could he finally be snapping out of his year-long funk?Cosell:Monday night was the best game Rodgers has played in any game this season. He played with a high level of mental quickness and physical execution. He went from being random and dangerous, to surgical and precise. He played a high level first reaction game, instead of a “maybe yes, maybe no” second and third reaction game. Because of the lack of running game and an injured defense, he has to be consistently precise for the Packers to win games, not just occasionally spectacular. He was 9/10 on third down against the Eagles by getting rid of the ball in the structure if the offense.???? Aaron Rodgers threads the needle to Davante Adams#GoPackGo #FlyEaglesFly #GBvsPHI— The Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) November 29, 2016 Colin always thought of Kirk Cousins as a dink and dunker, but this season it looks like he’s getting the ball down the field more consistently and the Washington offense can move the ball on anybody. He just carved up the Cowboys for 450 yards on Thanksgiving. Does the film say Cousins has been as impressive as Colin thinks?Cosell:He’s played well all season. It’s hard to read too much into his huge stat line against Dallas, because a huge chunk of the yards came on a couple of big plays. Cousins’ strength is his ability to make “thrown touch throws”, which are throws that don’t require a cannon arm, but velocity with touch. Jay Gruden runs a great scheme to match Cousins’ strengths, and Washington has great weapons. It’s a perfect fit. They would be wise to lock him up long term. Who are they going to get that is an upgrade?Touchdown #Redskins to DeSean Jackson on a sick post-route!! Kirk Cousins looking sharp early in this game vs #Packers #HTTR #WASvsGB— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) November 21, 2016center_img Colin believes the legacies of Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford shouldn’t be judged just on wins and losses. He thinks what each inherited is an important factor to consider. Rodgers was drafted into a stable organization and NFC Championship roster, while Stafford was handed organizational chaos, poor coaching, and a below average roster. How does the film say Stafford compares to Rodgers? Has he surpassed him?Cosell:Stafford is a classic example of good coaching channeling an extremely talented player. Since the arrival of Jim Bob Cooter last year, the offense has been centered around a quick rhythm pass game, and fewer random plays from Stafford. In the past, Stafford would make some big plays outside of the structure of the offense because of his huge arm, but he would also make a lot of bad ones. Now he’s playing with structure and playing the most consistent football of his career..@davearchie on Matt Stafford’s 4th quarter comeback drive with less than 90 seconds left vs Washington:— Inside the Pylon (@ITPylon) October 29, 2016 Jared Goff made his second start for the Rams, who were blown out in the second half on the road in New Orleans. What does the tape say about Goff, and what went wrong against the Saints?Cosell:It’s not a game where one thing happened. The Saints were aggressive, blitzing on more than 50% of the defensive snaps.  When the offensive route concepts anticipated the defensive scheme, and Goff got what he was looking for, he looked efficient. He needs to be better with his ball placement. He made some excellent throws, but was scattershot at times. Because he lacks mobility, he needs to become consistently precise. He has a good arm, not a great arm. Carson Wentz has a bigger arm.Jared Goff throws his THIRD touchdown pass of the 1st half on this 15-yard strike to Lance Kendricks! #MobSquad— LA Rams (@ChatRams) November 27, 2016Colin can’t stop talking about the Raiders, and his budding bromance with MVP candidate Derek Carr. Last week against Carolina, Carr played superhero and glued his pinky back onto his hand to pull out another fourth quarter comeback. What has been the most impressive thing about Carr on film?Cosell:Carr’s biggest improvement this year has been in the consistency of his footwork and lower body mechanics. He’s throwing with a much better base and balance than last year. He has a strong arm, a snap quick delivery and can make every throw. As the young Raiders core gains more experience, they are using multiple personnel packages and formations and attack the defense at every level. It’s a nightmare for opposing defenses.ChatRaiders: Derek Carr hits Seth Roberts for the acrobatic touchdown!! #RaiderNation #Raiders #NFL— Mon V (@GoTeamMV19) November 27, 2016The perception with the Broncos is that their offense, led by quarterback Trevor Siemian, won’t score enough points to win games or win in the playoffs. What does the film say on Siemian and his recent play?Cosell:Siemian has been playing extremely well, especially last week against an impressive Kansas City defense. He has a great sense of timing in his drop, his set, and his delivery. He has shown consistent footwork and deceptive mobility, and has been effective in the context of the Denver offense. Siemian is very similar to Matt Schaub, who head coach Gary Kubiak coached in Houston.From out of the pocket and into the end Zon! @TrevorSiemian evades Houston and finds Jordan Taylor for the TD.— Draftstars (@DraftstarsAU) November 28, 2016It’s no secret that Colin hasn’t been a believer in Ryan Tannehill, but the Dolphins are rolling right now, and Tannehill is playing the best football of his career. What does the film say Tannehill is doing better this year? How much credit does head coach Adam Gase deserve?Cosell:Tannehill has improved in the subtleties of playing the quarterback position. Credit should go to Tannehill, but also to Adam Gase and the Miami coaching staff. He’s developed good habits, like moving his feet with his eyes to stay on better balance can be the difference between incompletions and significant plays in a game. It doesn’t show up on a highlight tape, but it shows up on the game film.What a money throw from Tannehill. Amazing effort by Kenny Stills. This one won the game.— SouthFlaSportsBlog (@SouthFlaSports) November 27, 2016last_img read more

How Steve Jobs Misled a Room Full of Tech Media and Changed

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free July 14, 2017 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Have you ever purposely misled a customer? The public? The media? Steve Jobs did. And he did it to change the world.The story goes back to 2007, when Apple was first introducing the iPhone. Jobs knew that he had a product that would have an enormous impact on the way humans use technology — and also have an enormous impact on his company’s future profits.Unfortunately, Jobs had a big problem: the iPhone didn’t really exist. Yet in January of that year, he planned to demo the iPhone to an audience at the company’s Macworld conference that included customers, partners, tech media…and the world. All he had to show them was a flawed, unfinished model and some big ideas. So what did Jobs do? He decided to mislead his audience.Related: 6 Reasons Why Steve Jobs Was Truly One of a KindAccording to Shawn Knight, who wrote about this story in Techspot a few years after Jobs’ death, the iPhone at the time was “riddled with bugs.” What kind of bugs?Related: Steve Jobs and the Seven Rules of Success”For example,” Knight wrote, “the phone could play a section of audio or video but not an entire clip without crashing. If you sent an email then surfed the web, it would work. Do that step in reverse and it’s likely to crash.”Undeterred, Jobs demanded a workaround that would fool the audience. His development team created a “golden path” which was basically a step by step, scripted procedure of features that he could show in a specific order so that the phone wouldn’t malfunction. Jobs took the further step of demanding that his programmers rig the iPhone so that it always showed five bars of signal strength to demonstrate its wireless capability, even though the actual signal was less than reliable.But that wasn’t all. The iPhone developers still hadn’t fixed major issues with the device’s memory management which frequently caused a restart. The workaround was for Jobs to keep a few iPhones on stage and switch from one to another when memory became low.In the end, after five days of constant practicing, the 90-minute demonstration went off without a hitch and Apple would soon make history. It was “practically a miracle,” according to one Apple engineer at the time.Related: These 11 Steve Jobs Quotes Will Motivate You to Change the WorldSure, there was no way that Jobs was fully certain that all the features he promised on the iPhone would actually work in the real world. But he plowed ahead anyway with his fake demonstration. Why? Because he believed he was doing the right thing.Do you sometimes mislead your customers? Of course you do. Hopefully you’re doing it for the right reasons too. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Another strong month reports IATA despite some shocks to the travel industry

first_img GENEVA — Global passenger traffic remains strong, says IATA, which in its February traffic results report a second month of demand to begin 2017.Total revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) rose 4.8%, compared to the same month last year. Although this was below growth achieved in January, year-to-year comparisons are distorted due to the fact February 2016 was a leap month. Adjusting for the one fewer day this year, the underlying growth rate was estimated at 8.6%, just under January’s increase of 8.9%. Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 2.7%, and load factor rose 1.6 percentage points to 79.5%, which was the highest ever recorded for February.“The strong demand momentum from January has continued, supported by lower fares and a healthier economic backdrop. Although we remain concerned over the impact of any travel restrictions or closing of borders, we have not seen the attempted US ban on travel from six countries translate into an identifiable traffic trend. Overall travel demand continues to grow at a robust rate,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalFebruary international passenger demand rose 5.8% compared to February 2016, which was down compared to the 9.1% yearly increase recorded in January. Adjusting for the leap year, however, growth actually accelerated slightly compared to January. Total capacity climbed 3.4%, and load factor rose 1.8 percentage points to 78.4%.European carriers saw February demand increase by 6.5% compared to a year ago, while Middle East carriers had the strongest growth, with a 9.5% demand increase. North American airlines’ traffic climbed 0.3%, which was the slowest among the regions. However, adjusting for the leap year, growth was estimated at 3.4%.The bottom line? “The year has opened with some shocks”, says IATA, like the attempted travel ban to the U.S. and the electronics ban from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa on direct flights to the U.S. and the U.K. The potential implications of the Brexit talks on the air transport industry are significant and the political rhetoric of protectionism and closing of borders is adding to the ambiguity.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“It’s intolerable that governments continue to add to the uncertainties facing the air transport industry by failing to engage airline operational know-how on issues that can damage public confidence. The introduction of restrictions on the carry-on of large electronic devices was a missed opportunity and the result was a measure that cannot stand-up to the scrutiny of public confidence in the long term. Although Australia’s measures were also implemented without consulting the industry, they at least demonstrate the potential to mitigate the threat with less disruptive means. We all want to keep flying secure. And we can do that most effectively by working together,” said de Juniac. Share Posted by Another strong month, reports IATA, despite some “shocks” to the travel industry Tags: IATAcenter_img Thursday, April 6, 2017 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Aus tax a punishment to NZ TTF

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J A departure tax increase for Kiwi travellers has been rejected by the Australian tourism industry and described as ‘unfair’ to our biggest travel market.Announced this month in the yearly budget and effective from 1 July this year, the Australian Government said it would increase the departure tax on New Zealanders visiting Australia from $47 to $55 per person.Local industry voice, Tourism and Transport Forum chief executive John Lee said the increase was unjustifiable and would “disproportionately” impact tourism from “our nearest neighbour”, New Zealand.With up to 1.2 million Kiwis travelling into Australia annually, Mr Lee said a family of four travelling from NZ would be expected to pay up to $280 just to return home, a cost he said will have a negative impact on tourism across the Tasman.“While we have long-standing rivalries in many areas, in this case we should be working together to grow the tourism industries on both sides of the Tasman instead of punishing the Kiwis who travel to Australia every year,” he explained.“Indeed TTF, in partnership with New Zealand’s Tourism Industry Association, has been pushing for streamlined  border  processing  between  Australia  and  New  Zealand,  with  Anzac  Express  Paths  at both  ends  and  ‘mates  rates’  to  halve  the  PMC  for  Kiwis,  with  a  common  border  as  the  ideal outcome. “We  don’t  believe  visitors  to  Australia  should  prop  up  government  revenues  when  they  already make a massive contribution to the Australian economy, spending billions of dollars every year and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs across Australia.”  The TTF is not the only Group determined to have the increased tax turned over, with New Zealand’s industry leaders urging the country’s Prime Minister to lobby against the rise. Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) spokesperson said yesterday the Group had lobbied to the country’s leader to discuss the tax with his Australian counterpart.last_img read more

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