Toronto shooting survivor says details helped her as RCMP mum on BC

first_imgVANCOUVER — As the RCMP remains tight-lipped about why two young men may have killed three people in northern British Columbia, one of the survivors in Toronto’s Danforth shooting says she’s been following the story closely.Danielle Kane said the Toronto police department’s decision to release a detailed report on its investigation provided her with clarity about what happened the night she was paralyzed from the waist down and insight into the man who shot her.“It helped me process the whole thing and it also allowed the public to kind of figure out, well, what are the things that kind of lead up to this sort of thing happening? What are the factors?” she said in an interview.“I think that’s important for the public to know, instead of just wild speculation, because that’s what’s happening now.”Kane was one of 13 people injured when Faisal Hussain opened fire in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood then killed himself. Julianna Kozis, 10, and Reese Fallon, 18, were killed in the shooting on July 22, 2018.Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said in June that police took the “unprecedented step” of releasing their findings in the year-long probe out of compassion for the families and in recognition of the widespread impact the attack had on the community.The 23-page report did not identify a specific motive, but it said Hussain had a fascination with death and violence. He also had a long history of mental health issues and repeatedly harmed himself, the report said.On Wednesday, the RCMP announced they are confident that two bodies found in the dense brush outside of Gillam, Man., are those of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, suspected of killing a young tourist couple and a botanist in northern British Columbia last month.The finding marks the end of a manhunt for the Vancouver Island men, but questions remain unanswered about what exactly happened, including their motivation.RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett told a news conference Wednesday that determining a motive will be “extremely difficult” if the identities are confirmed through autopsies because investigators can’t interview Schmegelsky or McLeod.He did not commit to provide details of the ongoing investigation, saying: “There may be an opportunity for that in the future but I’m not in a position to speak about that today.”Legal experts argue that the Mounties should share more about what they know, while balancing the privacy rights of those who died and their families.“They may need to be cautious and careful about how they put things, but I would hope to hear more from police about motivation because ultimately we want to prevent future incidents of this kind,” said Neil Boyd, a criminologist at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.Boyd also defended the Mounties handling of the case, arguing that releasing too many details while the fugitives were still at large could have compromised the investigation.Some details may also be shared with the affected families alone, if they are needlessly gruesome or involve personal information, he said.Toby Mendel, executive director at the Centre for Law and Democracy based in Halifax, said questions about why the RCMP didn’t name McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects earlier adds weight to the argument that they should release information about how the investigation was conducted.The Mounties announced McLeod and Schmegelsky as missing persons on July 19 and as suspects on July 23. In the meantime, the pair interacted with a man in Cold Lake, Alta., on July 21, and band constables with the Tataskweyak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba on July 22. They were unaware of who the men were.“Whenever there’s an allegation about wrongdoing or inappropriate behaviour on the part of any official, the public interest in accessing information increases significantly,” Mendel said. “That means they correspondingly need a weightier argument not to release the information.”Investigators need to have the freedom to make decisions in the heat of the moment, including what information to release. But that doesn’t give them automatic protection from a review of the decision later, he said.The story’s notoriety means it affected many people across the country, some of whom have become fearful or felt their safety was threatened.“A British judge once famously said the public interest is not what the public is interested in. So the mere curiosity or sensational curiosity wouldn’t drive that. But I think in a case like this you have to look at what’s behind the curiosity,” he said.Hackett defended how the RCMP released information on McLeod and Schmegelsky as their status changed from missing persons to suspects.“This was a dynamic and constantly evolving investigation,” he said. “And with the help of the media we were able to get information very quickly into the hands of the public to enhance public safety. I don’t know if we could have gone much quicker than we did.”In deciding which details to release publicly, lawyer Lorne Randa said the RCMP will consider the fact that an individual’s privacy rights don’t disappear at death, and their family members also have a right to privacy.The Privacy Act does include a provision for police to disclose personal information where it would be in the public interest to do so. However, the definition of what’s in the public interest is discretionary, said Randa, who is based in Edmonton and chairs the Canadian Bar Association’s committee on privacy and access.“There’s nothing that would obligate the RCMP to disclose information of that nature,” Randa said.Peter German, a former assistant commissioner who retired from the RCMP in 2012, said he believes the Mounties will provide as much information as possible without violating privacy rights.“The option is to hold an inquest and I don’t think that’s necessarily in the cards in this case,” he said. “There will be a thorough investigation and the RCMP should be able to inform the families of all the details and hopefully the public to a certain degree, so it does bring closure.”— With files from Liam Casey in Toronto.Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

House behind police tape on the citys east side

first_img The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton A fourth police vehicle arrived a short time later, and an officer was seen exiting the vehicle wearing forensic coveralls.Officers at the scene declined to comment about the nature of their investigation, but when asked, the on-duty watch commander with the Fort St. John RCMP this afternoon said that police were working on issuing a release.The watch commander was also not able to speak to the incident, saying that the investigation is ongoing.Comments on a post in a local Facebook group allege that three men entered the home brandishing a firearm, shooting and injuring a woman and fatally wounding a dog. Those allegations have not been confirmed.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mounties are investigating an incident that took place at a home on the city’s east side earlier today.At around 1:30 on Saturday afternoon, three RCMP vehicles were seen parked outside of a mobile home in the 8600-block of 76th Street, while the home itself was behind police tape.The home appeared to be quite dilapidated, with two windows in the home’s front room seen to be wide open with the windows’ blinds knocked askew, while the front porch and entrance stairs appeared to have collapsed. It is not known if the damaged occurred during the incident.last_img read more

Overflowing oil production continues to dampen oilpatch outlook prices

first_img“You can think of it as a bathtub that’s full. And as long as the bathtub is full, the pressure on the (price) differentials is going to be bad,” said Birn, the vice-president of North American crude oil markets for IHS Markit.“So you’ve got to drain it. And building rail, it will help. You’re seeing announcements around production curtailments and that’s an attempt to accelerate the meeting between supply and demand to drain the basin.”Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced this week the province would buy as many as 80 locomotives and 7,000 rail tankers to move the province’s excess oil to markets, with the first shipments expected in late 2019.But Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s opposition United Conservative Party, says it would provide faster relief if all companies in Alberta were forced to temporarily halt 10 per cent of their production.Canada had total production of about 4.6 million barrels per day of oil in September, with 4.3 million bpd produced in the West, according to the National Energy Board.That month, the country exported 3.47 million bpd of oil, with almost all of it going to the United States. Crude-by-rail exports rose to a record of almost 270,000 bpd. CALGARY, A.B. – Oil market analyst Kevin Birn likens Western Canada’s crude supply to a bathtub with a drain that’s too small to keep up with the increasing volume pouring out of the tap.As barrels of surplus oil lap the edge of the tub, desperate producers are forced to sell at rock-bottom prices to avoid a big mess.Meanwhile, no one seems to agree on how to either turn down the tap or install a bigger drain. After hitting highs of more than US$52 per barrel in October, the discount on Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate settled at about US$29 per barrel on Friday, according to Net Energy, about double the discount it typically fetches due to lower quality and transportation costs.Upgraded synthetic crude from oilsands mines was selling at an US$18.50 discount to WTI (it typically trades near par) and Edmonton light oil was receiving about a US$23 discount, although it is of similar quality to WTI.In an update report on Nov. 21, Scotiabank analysts said the wider-than-usual discounts will cost the Western Canadian oil industry $15 billion to $39 billion of earnings in 2019 compared with a scenario where pipeline capacity is adequate to take away export production.It added the Alberta government could miss out on $1.5 billion to $4.1 billion (roughly $350 to $950 per Albertan) in royalty revenue in 2019.center_img The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers officially estimates the cumulative economic impact of discounts nationally was at least $13 billion from the start of 2016 to the end of October this year.The oil industry’s problems are mainly due to the failure to build export pipelines to match increases in oil production, said Birn.The 525,000-bpd Northern Gateway pipeline was approved in 2014 by the federal Conservative government and then rejected by the Liberal government in 2016. The 1.1-million bpd Energy East pipeline was cancelled by TransCanada Corp. due to “changed circumstances” in 2017.That leaves the Line 3 replacement pipeline as the most likely to come into service next, adding more than 370,000 bpd of export capacity when it starts up in late 2019, after both the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline project and the Keystone XL pipeline were recently ordered halted by courts in Canada and the U.S.A hint of the trouble ahead came late last year when the Keystone pipeline was shut down for 10 days due to a leak in South Dakota and the heavy oil discount doubled to as much as US$29 per barrel, Birn said.The discount fell during the summer when oilsands production declined due to planned and unplanned project shutdowns in northern Alberta but rose again in the fall as refineries in the United States that use western Canadian heavy oil had their own maintenance shutdowns.Meanwhile, production continued to increase, driven by projects like Suncor Energy Inc.’s 194,000-bpd Fort Hills oilsands mine which began ramping up in late 2017.Birn said it’s tough to say where prices will go from here. Winter is the most active season for drilling in Canada and production normally rises but early indications are that the industry won’t spend as much as usual this year.Voluntarily production cuts, increases in crude-by-rail exports and a plan by the 80,000-bpd Sturgeon Refinery to begin processing bitumen will likely help moderate discounts in the months ahead, he said.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Video Late King Mohammed V Honored in New York For Protecting

New York  – Princess Lalla Hasna received on behalf of King Mohammed VI, on Sunday in New York, the “Martin Luther King Jr. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel” Freedom Award given posthumously to late King Mohammed V.The award ceremony, which took place at a glittering event held in B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue in the heart of New York, was marked by the reading of a message of HM King Mohammed VI by the King’s Advisor André Azoulay.The ceremony was attended notably by Moroccan Ambassador-at-Large Serge Berdugo, Morocco’s Ambassador to the United States Rachad Bouhlal and Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, Omar Hilale. Presenting the award to Princess Lalla Hasnaa, on behalf of the students, staff and executives of the prestigious Kivunim Institute, co-chair of the conference of the graduates of this institute, Eliana Lauter, recalled that Late HM King Mohammed V objected the racist laws of the Vichy government, expressing his “firm opposition” to any segregation between his subjects regardless of their religions.“When the villainous laws of Nazi Germany against the Jews were imposed by the Vichy government, Late HM King Mohammed V loudly proclaimed his benevolent protection of his Jewish subjects, setting an example to follow,” she said.The students, staff, faculty and board of the Kivunim institute decided, on this occasion, to highlight and pay tribute to the honorable action of Late King Mohammed V, which will remain forever etched in the annals of human history, and to highlight “the image of justice” that he represents, she underlined.The evening was wonderfully wrapped up by a Jewish-Arab music concert with the participation of Mira Awa and David Broza. read more

Another suspect arrested over Seyas rape murder

Two others arrested earlier, including a 17 year old boy, were released after DNA tests found they were not directly involved in the rape and murder of the child. The 17 year old boy has later complained that he was tortured while he was in police custody. (Colombo Gazette) The police have arrested a fourth suspect over the rape and murder of 4 1/2 year old Seya Sadewmini in Kotadeniyawa.According to the police, a court order has been obtained to detain the suspect for 72 hours to be questioned. A third suspect arrested recently over the murder of the child had confessed to the killing. The suspect, identified as 33 year old Dinesh Priyashantha, was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Gampaha.

Child sex abuse inquiry threatens to drag up false allegations against Leon

The Government’s beleaguered child sex abuse inquiry is threatening to drag up false allegations against Lord Brittan in a move that has caused deep distress to his widow.The £100 million inquiry has written to Lady Brittan warning her that she is likely to be ‘upset’ by the re-examination of previously discounted allegations against her husband, the former home secretary.Lady Brittan has already received £100,000 in damages from the Metropolitan Police over a botched investigation into unfounded claims that a paedophile ring existed in Westminster.But now the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is threatening to dredge up a series of historic claims made against Lord Brittan – despite the fact police have exhaustively investigated and dismissed them.The inquiry, which has lurched from one scandal to another since its launch, is expected to rake up a series of claims as part of its investigation beginning in March into allegations that senior politicians in Westminster were paedophiles whose abuse was covered up by authorities.IICSA will also examine a series of claims against Sir Edward Heath, the former prime minister who died almost 15 years ago and cannot defend himself.A £2 million inquiry into Heath found no corroborating evidence to suggest he had sexually abused children.The letter sent to Lady Brittan last month – at about the time of the anniversary of his death – has caused her huge anxiety and concern, according to her friends, who have branded it a renewed ‘witch hunt’.As Leon Brittan, he was one of the towering figures in Margaret Thatcher’s government. He died of cancer in 2015 and is unable to defend himself, friends pointed out. Lady Brittan leaves her home in central London Daniel Janner QC, son of the late Labour peer, Lord Janner, criticised the Westminster strand of the inquiryCredit:PA Sir Leon Brittan with his wife Lady Brittan and their daughters at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Ian Jones  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. Daniel Janner QC, son of the late Labour peer, Lord Janner, criticised the Westminster strand of the inquiry Lady Brittan leaves her home in central LondonCredit:Warren Allott for the Telegraph  One friend of Lady Brittan said: “She is really upset over this. Why are they wasting their time and money on these false claims? She has had this very patronising letter saying: ‘we are sorry for your distress’.“Lady Brittan just doesn’t understand what they are doing and why they are doing it? All it is is yet another witch hunt. But why? People like Leon have no voice.”The IICSA letter is understood to have warned Lady Brittan: “We are giving you advance notice that we are investigating the Westminster strand and in the course of all this your husband’s name will come up. We are sorry if this might cause you distress’.”The source said: “But she is really upset. Leon is dead and they don’t care. They are going to impugn a dead person who doesn’t have a right of reply – and that is a shocking thing to do. It feels politically motivated. Lady Brittan is just incredibly distressed. She had to go through all this before Leon’s death and now IICSA is dredging it up again.”Lady Brittan declined to comment last night.The allegations against Lord Brittan stem from a  Malicious briefing campaign against the Conservative home secretary, dating back to the 1980s.  It was suggested at the time he had been the victim of anti-Semitic smears by disgruntled members of the security services.MI5 has submitted documents to IICSA that includes a list of politicians whose names appear in its files over child sex abuse allegations. Lord Brittan may be on the list.Allegations against Lord Brittan began to resurface in 2012 after Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, stood up in parliament and claimed there was a “powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10”. Daniel Janner QC, son of the late Labour peer, Lord Janner, also criticised the Westminster strand of the inquiry, which he said would allow people to make unsubstantiated allegations against those who were unable to defend themselves.He said: “IICSA was launched on the bandwagon of hysteria following Tom Watson’s claims that there was a child abuse network reaching into Downing Street. That hysteria saw the wrongful naming of former politicians such as Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan, my late father, Lord Janner and others linked to Operation Midland.”The inquiry has already racked up costs of £60 million and there is no end in sight. It now looks like IICSA will allow a stream of allegations against the dead who are unable to answer back and defend themselves. It is wrong to allow the presumption of guilt to be aired in the court of public opinion.”Sir Edward Heath’s godson Lincoln Seligman said: “It is quite appalling that the still grieving relatives of wholly innocent people, like Lady Brittan, should be put through further pain because of a pointless wild goose chase.”IICSA has continued with its Westminster strand despite the fact that there is no evidence that any VIP paedophile ring existed among senior politicians.Police inquiries including investigations in to Heath, Lord Brittan, Harvey Proctor and others have all concluded that unfounded claims have been just that.IICSA has struggled since it was set up by Theresa May, the then home secretary, in 2014 in the wake of Mr Watson’s claims and the furore over the failure to prosecute the disc jockey and presenter Jimmy Savile in his lifetime.Three chairwomen have resigned along with Ben Emmerson, the then counsel to the inquiry, who was suspended from duty and later forced to resign after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a lift within IICSA’s premises.Mr Emmerson denied the claim and was later cleared after an inquiry by a judge at his chambers.The current chairwoman Professor Alexis Jay, a social worker, took over in August 2016 after her predecessor Dame Lowell Goddard, a New Zealand judge quit suddenly, complaining that IICSA’s “legacy of failure… has been very hard to shake off”.A spokesperson for IICSA said: “The Inquiry does not comment on private correspondence in ongoing investigations.” The claims were thoroughly investigated by police and no evidence found of any such network. Unfounded allegations linking Lord Brittan – among others including celebrities – to Elm Guest House, in Barnes in south west London, where it was alleged boys had been sexually abused also began to circulate.But a list of VIP abusers was traced back to Chris Fay, a one-time Labour councillor subsequently convicted of fraud.His claims were investigated by the Metropolitan Police over the course of almost two years and found no corroborating evidence.When Lord Brittan died in January 2015, Mr Watson described Brittan as “as close to evil as any human being could get”. Mr Watson later apologised for the distress he had caused.IICSA is also likely to hear claims made against the former Tory MP, Harvey Proctor, who has been given core participant status for the Westminster strand of the inquiry.But last night he said he had still not been informed what claims had been made against him.Mr Proctor said: “I am frustrated that with just over a week to go before the Westminster strand starts, I have not been furnished yet with the full allegations that have been made against me.” Sir Leon Brittan with his wife Lady Brittan and their daughters at Buckingham Palace read more

VIDEO Threetrailer Thursday

first_imgWHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?Decide for yourself with trailers of these three films, opening in cinemas tomorrow.What Richard Did(Drama; directed by Lenny Abrahamson; starring Jack Reynor, Lars Mikkelsen, Roisin Murphy, Sam Keeley; 1hr 27mins; 15A)Average critic rating on RottenTomatoes.com: No rating yet(EPDistribution/Youtube)The Perks of Being A Wallflower(Drama/comedy; directed by Stephen Chbosky; starring Ezra Miller, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson; 1hr 42 mins; 15A)Average critic rating on RottenTomatoes.com: 86 per cent(E1EntertainmentUK/Youtube)Sinister(Horror; directed by Scott Derrickson; starring Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, James Ransone, Clare Foley, Juliet Rylance; 1hr 50mins; 16)Average critic rating on RottenTomatoes.com: 96 per cent(VisoTrailers/Youtube)Watch previous Three-trailer Thursdays>last_img read more

Mozilla launches Firefox 5 adds Do Not Track to all versions

first_imgThe Mozilla Foundation promised that they would speed up Firefox releases after Firefox 4 shipped, and they weren’t kidding. Today they released Firefox 5, which includes the addition of the Do Not Track feature to all versions (including Firefox for Android,) support for CSS animations, and a number of security and stability fixes.Aside from this however, there aren’t very many notable features in the new version. Over at the Mozilla blog, the developers point out that this is just an indication that they’re shifting to a faster release cycle, and that not every full-digit release will have a host of groundbreaking features. In the same post however, they tout over 1,000 improvements and performance boosts in Firefox 5.The Do Not Track feature already exists in Firefox 4, but the new version makes it standard across all versions of Firefox, including Firefox for Android. It also moves the Do Not Track feature to a more prominent location so users can find it and toggle it quickly.The release notes, on the other hand, note the support for CSS animations and several performance enhancements for idle HTTP connections and the browser’s built-in JavaScript engine. The new version also enhances Firefox’s support for HTML5 and a number of other web standards, and addresses a security issue with WebGL.Read more at Firefox Release Notes via the Mozilla Bloglast_img read more

These 3Dprinted NFCtagged figures are basically DIY Skylanders

first_imgSkylanders, the runaway hit spawned from the Spyro franchise, became so popular mainly because it is a product that incorporates video games with action figures. Each figure represents a character in the game, and can be summoned into the game through the use of its Portal of Power. The tech behind the game is pretty simple — the Portal is just an NFC reader and each action figure has a tag embedded within.Now NFC company Flomio has launched a service that makes it possible for you to 3D-print what is essentially your own do-it-yourself Skylanders figures. By using a process that can embed an NFC tag into a 3D-printed object, one could — in theory — rip the tag out of a Skylander, and include it into a custom-built, 3D-printed figurine. Granted, the new figurine won’t show up in the game, but at least you can confuse your friends for a minute, or perhaps even make improvements to current Skylanders models.You can send a file of the desired 3D model (.stl is the only currently accepted format) to Flomio, pick a size (largest being 15 x 15 x 15cm), which NFC tag to use, and either blue, green, or white plastic. If you accept Flomio’s price quote — 50 cents per cubic centimeter, plus four bucks shipping — they’ll print the figurine and ship it back to you.You may want to be a bit careful before you shove a Skylanders tag into a Flomio figurine, though, as Activision won’t be too thrilled about it.Now read: Geek.com’s review of Skylanders Giantslast_img read more

Hollande Says Tsipras talks to pave way for Greece deal

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram French President Francois Hollande opened the prospect of striking a political deal with Greece to unlock bailout aid, as three-way talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reached deep into the night in Riga.Hollande, speaking as he arrived for a European Union summit in Latvia, said the meeting with Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would help pave the way for an accord to be hammered out by finance ministers at the end of May or early June. Negotiations between the three leaders began in a Riga hotel on the Daugava River after dinner and stretched beyond midnight.“With Tsipras we want to find solutions to restore confidence and release the funds that have been planned,” Hollande told reporters before the summit. “So it will be a friendly talk, but a talk in which we have to be able to draft solutions.”Hollande’s comments build on signs of determination to end the stalemate that has buffeted Greek markets since Tsipras’ election in January at the head of a coalition committed to ending austerity. The French and German leaders called two days ago for the pace of talks to pick up, and Merkel is already considering making a keynote speech to sell any deal to the German public and members of her Christian Democratic-led bloc.Greece’s benchmark ASE Index rose 0.6 per cent on Thursday, as the Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 0.4 per cent to 407.87 at the close of trading.Momentum buildingThe Greek government believes momentum has been building toward an end-May agreement with creditors that would alleviate the country’s cash crunch, according to an official from Greece attending the EU leaders’ meeting in Riga.Tsipras planned to highlight progress made in the staff-level negotiations between Greece and its creditors when he met with Merkel and Hollande, the official told reporters, asking not to be named because the talks are private.For all the signs of optimism, other policy makers warned of hard negotiations yet to come as officials haggle over pensions, wages and other contentious points of detail needed to free up the remaining 7.2 billion-euro ($8 billion) tranche of aid. Without an agreement, Greece risks a default that would put in question its future in the 19-nation euro region.Merkel didn’t comment on Greece when she arrived for the EU leaders’ meeting, instead focusing on the summit agenda of the bloc’s relations with six eastern nations including Ukraine.She and Hollande helped broker a ceasefire agreement in Ukraine during all-night discussions in February with President Vladimir Putin in Minsk, Belarus, another of the EU’s so-called eastern partnership states.‘Expected Deadline’Hollande said that the discussion with Tsipras would “help prepare for the expected deadline, especially the eurogroup” meeting of euro-area finance ministers “at the end of May or in early June”. That suggests an extraordinary finance ministers’ meeting on Greece, since the next regular gathering isn’t scheduled until June 18.BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest money manager, said it judged the chance of Greece leaving the euro area at 20 per cent to 25 per cent. While Greece remains a “major existential risk,” a debt deal is likely to be reached, according to Ian Winship, a London-based money manager at BlackRock.“The Greek people seem keen not to leave,” said Winship. “At the end of the day, Mr Tsipras may have to go with whatever is being offered by Europe. We don’t think Greece is going to leave.”France and Germany are not trying to force the matter for the rest of Europe, according to Hollande.“We are working to facilitate the process and at the same time to pass on certain messages useful to Greece and useful to Europe,” he said.last_img read more

Morning Press UPS fires man for stolen truck snow two found dead

first_imgWhat will will the weather throw at us this week? Find out with our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed readers’ attention this weekend.Vancouver man fired by UPS says truck lacked protectionsZachery Scalf, who was driving for UPS, stopped at Natural Grocers in Hazel Dell earlier this month to make a delivery.When he turned around, he found the rented truck was gone, stolen. Days later, he was fired.“It sucks, because not only did this thief drive away with the truck, but it’s like they drove away with Zach’s job,” said Alison Gootee, Scalf’s wife.Scalf is searching for a new job now, but to him and his wife the UPS response seemed overly harsh and short-sighted.The couple moved from Atlanta to Vancouver a year ago. Scalf had worked as a flight attendant for a few years. He was still based in Atlanta, and commuting thousands of miles each week proved draining. So he got a new job as a seasonal delivery driver for UPS in Vancouver.Two found dead in Hazel DellClark County Sheriff’s deputies searching for some wanted persons in Hazel Dell instead located two bodies Thursday.last_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Man United to prove haters wrong

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic revealed that his main motive in signing for Manchester United was to prove his “haters” wrong by conquering the Premier League.The Swedish striker arrived at Old Trafford in 2016 on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain and on the verge of becoming 35 years old.Due to this, questions were naturally raised over the kind of impact Ibrahimovic could make at United at that stage of his career.But the Swede quickly set about proving doubters wrong by netting 28 goals in 48 appearances for his debut campaign before suffering serious ligament damage in his right knee during a Europa League match in April 2017 against Anderlecht.Amid struggles to regain full fitness from the setback, Ibrahimovic left Old Trafford in February 2018 in favour of a move to MLS at LA Galaxy.“My challenge was, at the age I was, coming to England, where I had years of everybody was saying I wasn’t good enough,” Ibrahimovic told the club website.“I like those things because they trigger me. They give me adrenaline.“After three months, all of them were eating their own words. I needed new haters because all the old ones became my new fans!“Wherever I went before United, I won, and it was my pleasure that it happened again in England. Winning is in my DNA, I need to win – that’s my mentality. I hate losing. I’m not a bad loser, but I hate it and I love to win.“I said we would win and we won two big trophies. That speaks for itself.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“That whole first season at United was fantastic. Everything was. I really enjoyed it. The family was happy, everybody was happy, the club took care of me and made it really easy for me. I just needed to turn up, put on my football boots and perform.“When I came to United and I said I would conquer England, people were laughing at me. I wasn’t joking.”The one and only won the treble in his only full campaign at United in the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and the Europa League.And Ibrahimovic also paid tribute to the Red Devils’ supporters.He added: “The United fans are amazing. I’m not just saying that because I played for United. I know now because I’ve been on their side and I know the feeling they give you.“They really appreciated what I did and they were thankful. That is the best credit a player can get because when you do something and you get that response from the fans, it’s amazing.“They are 50 per cent of everything we do. Imagine if you played in empty stadiums… you would not play.“In Old Trafford, it was always full. Always. In every away game they always showed up, always supported.”Ibrahimovic managed 22 goals and seven assists in 26 MLS games for Galaxy in 2018 and had been strongly linked with a return to AC Milan in the January transfer window.LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 26: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United celebrates victory with the trophy after during the EFL Cup Final between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on February 26, 2017 in London, England. Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)last_img read more

Millrock calls Alaska Peninsula coppergold exploration disappointing

first_img(Credit Millrock)Millrock Resources announced the outcome of their copper and gold exploration at the Dry Creek site north of Chignik Bay last week.Millrock President and CEO Greg Beischer said the deposit contained a concentration of copper of about .2 percent.“To be honest, these results were a little disappointing to us, we were hoping for a higher concentration of copper, something around .5 or .7 percent copper would’ve been encouraging,” he said. “So at this point we’re not really sure what this is going to mean for our project. We’ll have to discuss it with our funding partners and determine the path forward for the coming year.”Beischer said the values for gold and molybdenum were also weak.The near-surface deposit is on lands owned by Far West Inc, and Chignik Lagoon Native Corporation. Bristol Bay Native Corporation holds the subsurface rights, and signed an agreement with Millrock in early 2014.The exploration was funded by British Columbia-based First Quantum Minerals.BBNC has staunchly opposed the development of a copper-gold mine at the Pebble site near Iliamna, saying it would endanger the ecosystem of Bristol Bay watershed. BBNC executives have said that the Chignik exploration does not conflict with the corporation’s stance on Pebble.Millrock’s other Alaska prospects include two other sets of claims in Southwest Alaska, both northeast of Dillingham. No exploration work was done at either this summer. The company also has prospects in other parts of the state, including two gold sites in Southeast Alaska, a prospective zinc-lead-silver deposit in Northwest Alaska, and some in the interior.last_img read more

There must be discipline Sidhu can not refuse portfolio

first_imgNew Delhi: Navjot Singh Sidhu cannot pick and choose ministries as generals cannot refuse work given to them, said Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday speaking about the resignation row hitting his government. Saying he has not seen the content of Sidhu’s resignation letter, the Chief Minister said that “there should be some discipline”. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Amarinder Singh, who called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament earlier in the day, said that Sidhu was given the key portfolio of Power. Explaining the rationale behind changing Sidhu’s portfolio from Tourism and Culture, he said it was crucial assignment as Punjab was reeling under power crisis and he needed a hands-on minister to do the job. Sidhu had on Sunday handed over his resignation to party leader Rahul Gandhi.last_img read more

Mystery over death of martyred journalist Selina Pervins son

first_imgSumon JahidThe body of Sumon Jahid, son of martyred journalist Selina Parvin, was recovered from the rail line near Khilgaon Bagicha in the city on Thursday morning.The police recovered the mutilated body from the rail line at 8:00am.“I think he has been killed. He has been threatened with death after he had appeared as a witness in cases against Chowdhury Moinuddin and Ashrafuzzaman at the International Crimes Tribunal,” Sumon’s close relative Kazi Md Bakhtiar Twinkle told Prothom Alo.“The police knew the matter. He was provided security. The police advised him to move with arms.”After carrying out autopsy, the forensic department chief at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), Sohel Mahmud told journalists that viscera of the body has been collected. He said his back, head, face, and nose bore injury marks.Sohel Mahmud, however, said it seems that the head has been separated from the body after being crashed under a train.Asked whether Sumon was left on the rail track after making him unconscious, the physician said it might have happened. After getting complete reports of viscera and autopsy, the cause of death could be ascertained, Mahmud said.Railway police station officer-in-station Yeasin Faruk said Sumon’s body was lying on the rail line.Those, who live in Shajahanpur railway station area, used to see him in the area. Sumon Jahid lived in Shajahanpur area, local people said.last_img read more

Russian defense plant worker convicted of treason

first_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Anna Lastovitskaya, a spokeswoman for the regional branch of the Russian Federal Security Service, the top KGB successor agency, said Gniteyev had divulged missile secrets to foreign intelligence, but wouldn’t say what country Gniteyev was spying for.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Twitter that Russia should toughen its punishment for espionage. “If they had sentenced him to 80 (years), that would have reduced the number of those eager to pass state secrets,” he tweeted.Rogozin said that Gniteyev had handed over secrets related to the Bulava missile, developed to arm the latest generation of Russian nuclear submarines.Military officials have repeatedly boasted of the Bulava’s ability to penetrate any prospective missile defenses and described it as the core of the nation’s nuclear deterrent for years to come. The Bulava suffered a string of failures during its development, but the latest launches have been fine and officials say it will be commissioned later this year.The court verdict follows February’s conviction of a Russian military officer accused of providing the CIA with secret information on new missiles. U.S.-Russian relations have also soured over U.S.-led NATO missile defense plans for Europe, which Russia sees as a potential threat to its nuclear forces. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision? MOSCOW (AP) – A Russian defense company worker was convicted Friday of passing missile secrets to foreign intelligence in the latest espionage case amid a cold spell in Moscow’s relations with Washington.The Sverdlov Regional Court in the city of Yekaterinburg handed an eight-year prison sentence to Alexander Gniteyev, a worker at a defense company dealing with automatic systems. Court spokesman Yelena Maryina said Gniteyev also has been ordered to pay a 100,000 ruble ($3,200) fine. Vladimir Putin frequently lashed out at the U.S. during his campaign for a third presidential term, which he won in March, accusing Washington of driving the mass protests against his rule in an effort to weaken Russia. He has snubbed the Group of Eight Summit in Chicago this weekend, saying he is too busy forming his new Cabinet. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will represent Russia at the summit.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Meeting in the Middle Economics Push Residents Inland

first_img The last decade has seen many residents relocate to the East and West Coasts due to the strong job markets in those locations as well as employment and income growth. But a recent survey found that trend is likely about to change.According to Zillow’s Quarterly Home Price Expectations Survey (ZHPE) released Wednesday, job growth in the middle of the country is expected to attract more residents as businesses look for cheaper locations to expand. More than half of the survey respondents (56 percent) said that job expansion in the middle of the country and nearly one quarter (24 percent) said that high housing costs on the coasts will prompt residents to relocate to Middle America.The ZHPE is conducted quarterly by Pulsenomics and includes opinions of more than 100 housing experts on their expectations for the housing market.As to the question of whether the trend of residents moving to the coast would reverse, more than half of the experts surveyed said it has already started to reverse or expect it to reverse in the future. A quarter of the experts said they believe the shift toward Middle America is permanent; slightly more than one-tenth (11 percent) said they believe the trend of residents moving to the coast is an illusion.Job growth was the most popular reason among survey respondents believe residents will move away from the coasts and toward the middle; 20 percent cited more affordable housing was the reason, and 13 percent said they believe Americans will migrate to the middle in search of the lifestyle only that area of the country has to offer. Only 2 percent of the experts said they thought people would move away from the coasts because of climate.“Since the Recession, employment has boomed in relatively expensive coastal areas, often attributed to a shift in preferences among workers—especially millennials—but also facilitated by soft labor markets that have resulted in a plentiful supply of available workers,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “Now, as labor markets tighten and the country approaches full employment, employers will have to look elsewhere to keep costs in check. For some businesses, this will mean relocating away from expensive coastal areas to more affordable interior communities. Sooner or later workers will follow the jobs, providing an impulse to local housing markets.”Survey respondents said they believe home price appreciation will be 4 percent by the end of this year and will slow down to an annual pace of 2.9 percent by 2020.“Panel-wide, the experts currently expect U.S. home values to finish 2016 with a healthy 4.5 percent year-over-year gain,” Pulsenomics founder Terry Loebs said. “This projection implies a somewhat cooler, but still solid, second half of the year. Although further price moderation is expected next year, nearly 90 percent of the panel is projecting lower home value gains in 2017. The longer-run outlook for housing market performance remains steady. Overall, the expected five-year average annual growth rate for home values actually rose, albeit slightly, for the first time in three years.” Meeting in the Middle: Economics Push Residents Inland in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News August 10, 2016 604 Views center_img Home Prices Housing Market Expectations Zillow 2016-08-10 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

On Wednesday 12th November celebrate Loy Krathong

first_imgOn Wednesday 12th November, celebrate Loy Krathong on the full moon, with a festival that brings together family members. The Peninsula Bangkok combines the traditions of this age-old festival with an evening filled with contemporary Thai entertainment, fireworks and superb dining.One of the highlights of the evening is a performance by award-winning traditional Thai puppet show Hun Lakorn Lek from the Joe Louise Theatre. The group has won “The Best Traditional Performance” at the 10th World Festival of Puppet Art 2006, in Prague. This form of traditional art reflects the Thais’ sophisticated culture, knowledge, and creativity of mind and spirit.Enjoy dinner under the full moon with world-class performances and float a “Krathong” on the Chao Phraya River to bring good luck in the coming months.The Pool Enjoy an exotic moonlight evening by the pool with contemporary Thai dance. This beautifully landscaped three-tiered tropical retreat with a private sala offers a six-course Loy Krathong set dinner inclusive of a bottle of The Peninsula Champagne at Baht 15,000 per couple.The Peninsula Lawn and Terrace It’s the best time to have dinner by the river, featuring an extensive Gala dinner buffet selection and entertainment. Live performances will showcase an award-winning puppet show, traditional Thai dance, a lantern procession, Thai live band and fireworks. All this for Baht 5,200 per person.The Lobby Terrace A six-course Western set dinner goes down well with entertainment from an award-winning puppet show, traditional Thai dance, a lantern procession, Thai live band and fireworks at Baht 5,200 per person.Thiptara Be inspired by the elegance and charm of beautiful teak pavilions by the river set in lush tropical surroundings. Enjoy a six-course Thai set menu while being entertained by contemporary Thai dance. Baht 4,800 per person.Jesters Award-winning Mediterranean restaurant with unparalleled views of the Chao Phraya River, a prime location for romantic dining. Diners will love the six-course Western set dinner at Baht 4,800 per person.Dress Code: Smart CasualAll prices are inclusive of 10% service charge and applicable government tax.A very traditional and exciting way to travel to and from The Peninsula on Loy Krathong is by the Peninsula river shuttle boat for guests and visitors. The Peninsula Pier is located on the ground floor of the River Garden Apartment. Guests and visitors may also take the boat from the Saphan Taksin skytrain station to the hotel.For further information please call 66 (0) 2861 2888 extension 6402 or email us at diningpbk@peninsula.comlast_img read more

Parliament passes bill to create fund for depositors affected by 2013 crisis

first_imgParliament passed a bill on Friday to create a solidarity fund for depositors and bondholders affected by the bank haircut in 2013.The bill was put forward by the Disy, Diko, and the Solidarity party, and includes two proposed laws.The one proposal concerns the modification and redefinition of the operation, purpose and foundations of the National Solidarity Fund, while the second proposed that the state hand over government property to the fund.The head of the house finance committee, Angelos Votsis said that the government was convinced to give €103 million in property and €55 million in funds.However, the bill will not stop any cases brought to court by the depositors.Akel MP, Stephanos Stephanou said that the government was lying and that the taxpayers would be required to pay for the fund.He added that he was afraid millionaires would be benefitted by the bill, and that they were picking and choosing what was compatible with the constitution.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more