Opposition steps up attacks after feds purchase Trans Mountain expansion

first_imgThe federal Conservatives say if the Liberals are willing to put up billions of dollars to save the Trans Mountain pipeline to the West Coast, they should be willing to provide the same level of certainty to revive the Energy East line to the East Coast.Opposition parties are sharpening their attacks on the government’s decision to buy Trans Mountain for $4.5 billion to ensure it gets built, with the Conservatives looking to see how far the government is willing to go on other pipelines and the NDP arguing the Liberals have completely abandoned their environmental principles.Conservative MP Lisa Raitt says the government seems to take for granted the 32 seats it won in Atlantic Canada in the last election, since it is willing to give certainty to Trans Mountain but didn’t step in to save Energy East when TransCanada pulled the plug on that project last fall.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Energy East is “old news” and the Conservatives are just embarrassed that they couldn’t get pipelines built when they were in government.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in the meantime says he understands the frustration of those who are planning to protest hard against the Trans Mountain pipeline and while he condemns any violence, he will not instruct his caucus or anyone else on what limits should be placed on protesters breaking the law to stand up for what they believe in.Singh says there is a long tradition of non-violent civil disobedience in Canada and he will not condemn people who use protests to express their frustration and anger.last_img read more

TIFF 2019 IF THIS IS IT FOR THE SOCALLED CRONENBERG CANON THEN

first_imgThe movies need more David Cronenberg. But David Cronenberg isn’t so sure that he needs movies.Two weeks before the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, the Canadian icon is enjoying a light lunch – egg, cheese and turkey bacon croissant – on the sunny patio of a café in the city’s tony Forest Hill neighbourhood. Clad in a black tee and shorts, the 76-year-old is here to talk not about his latest film, but his performance in someone else’s: Albert Shin’s new thriller Clifton Hill, in which the Dead Ringers director has scored a third-billed role as a Niagara Falls conspiracy theorist. It’s a juicy part, and one equipped with especially Cronenbergian touches – his character is introduced emerging out of a cloudy lake, a primordial force of nature, ready to talk about the mysteries of the world.The job proved to be a refreshing change of pace for the director, too, so used is he to worrying about everything else on a set but memorizing lines. But his deadpan and curious performance underlines just how sorely missed Cronenberg’s presence has been in the cinematic landscape. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement David Cronenberg found himself getting bored with filmmaking. (Handout) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Indian city rounds up beggars ahead of visit by Ivanka Trump

first_imgHYDERABAD, India – Authorities in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad are rounding up beggars ahead of a visit by Ivanka Trump for an international conference.Over the past week, more than 200 beggars have been transported to separate male and female shelter homes located on the grounds of two city prisons. Authorities have been strictly enforcing a begging ban on the city’s streets and in other public places.The crackdown seems to be having the desired effect, with most of Hyderabad’s thousands of beggars vanishing from sight.Trump is a senior adviser to her father, President Donald Trump. Later this month, she is scheduled to be a featured speaker at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, which will also be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Officials say the drive against begging was launched because two upcoming international events are taking place in the city — the entrepreneurship summit and the World Telugu Conference in December.Begging is a criminal offence in India and can be punished by as much as 10 years in prison, although the law is rarely enforced.“We will complete the clearing of beggars from the city roads by the end of the month,” said V.K. Singh, a top police officer.The beggars have been rounded up from traffic junctions, bus stations and railway stations and transported by van to the shelters, where they often find themselves separated from their family members.They are being offered clean clothes, a shower and a bed. But they’re also being fingerprinted before they’re allowed to leave and told they could face jail time if they are found begging again.More than 20 per cent of India’s 1.3 billion people live on less than 2 dollars a day. For many, begging is survival.Beggars tend to crowd around cars at traffic signals, knocking on windows and asking for food and money. They include children as young as 5, who weave through dangerous traffic and often perform small acrobatic acts.A rights group that runs the two Hyderabad homeless shelters on the grounds of the Chanchalguda and Charalapally jails where the beggars are being taken estimates the city has 13,000 beggars.About half of them are begging because they are living in poverty while the other half want money for alcohol and drugs, said Gattu Giri, an official with the Amma Nanna Ananda Ashram organization.The entrepreneurship summit is an annual event that this year will focus on supporting female entrepreneurs. Running from Nov. 28-30, the summit is being jointly hosted by the U.S. and India.Singh said that next month, after Ivanka Trump has left, police will start offering cash rewards to people who inform them of a beggar’s location. Police have set up a control room to receive the information.This isn’t the first time the poor and homeless have been pushed out of sight as India hosts international visitors. Ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, slums were demolished and thousands of beggars pushed to the edge of the city.last_img read more

Starbucks Canada to provide inclusiveness training for corporate stores offices

first_imgTORONTO – Starbucks stores and offices across Canada will close for part of an afternoon next month to provide training about creating a “culture of warmth and belonging.”The announcement Friday comes nearly a month after Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. publicly apologized for the arrest of two black men who had been refused permission to use the washroom of a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia.A Philadelphia police spokesman said Starbucks employees called 911 after the men refused to leave.The parent company to Starbucks Canada said last month that it had ordered more than 8,000 U.S. Starbucks stores to close on the afternoon of May 29 so that nearly 175,000 employees can receive training on unconscious bias.Starbucks Canada initially didn’t follow suit, but said Friday it will provide training on June 11 for four regional offices in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, as well as 1,095 company-operated stores in Canada.The training session will address implicit bias and promote “conscious inclusion,” said a memo to Starbucks Canada staff.“We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. …We must never be complacent in our desire to be inclusive,” Michael Conway, president of Starbucks Canada, said in the memo.The founder of Toronto-based Sojourner Mediation & Consulting Services said she welcomed the Starbucks initiative, but added she wonders what the company hopes to accomplish.“Creating a warm and welcoming environment is really about how do you deliver excellent customer service to everybody. But that doesn’t take in mind that not everybody is going to be impacted by racialized discrimination,” said Tomee Sojourner-Campbell.She recommends going beyond customer service and training front-line staff and store managers how to deal with complaints and allegations that may arise.“There’s always a way of ensuring that you treat people with respect, within the boundaries of what you’re allowed to do.”The Philadelphia arrests prompted protests at the Starbucks and a national boycott.A video of the incident shows police talking with two black men seated at a table. After a few minutes, officers handcuff the men and lead them outside as other customers say they weren’t doing anything wrong. Philadelphia-area media said the two were waiting for a friend.Philadelphia police released a recording of the call from the Starbucks employee that led to the arrests. In the recording, a woman is heard saying, “Hi, I have two gentlemen in my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave.” She gives the address of the Starbucks store, and the entire call lasts less than 30 seconds. In the communications between police and dispatch that were also released, someone refers to “a group of males inside causing a disturbance,” and additional officers are sent.In the week since, the men received an apology from Philadelphia’s police commissioner, have met with the CEO of Starbucks and have started pushing for lasting change at the coffee shop chain, including new policies on discrimination and ejecting customers.Starbucks has said the coffee shop where the arrests occurred has a policy that restrooms are for paying customers only, but the company has no overall policy. The men’s lawyer, Stewart Cohen, said they were illegally profiled.last_img read more

Master Plan for Colombo to be unveiled in Jan

Minister Ranawaka speaking at the Monthly Committee Meeting of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, which is taken part by nearly 30 top corporate executives of the country, said the first phase will span from the year 2016 to 2020, while the second and third phases of the project will span from year 2020 to 2030. He said, the proposed Megapolis will be built with ‘Public Investment’, ‘Private Investments’, ‘Public and Private Partnerships’ and also ‘Foreign Direct Investments’, which would be the four pronged strategy that would be adopted. The Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Honorable Champika Ranawaka says the Government will unveil the ‘Master Plan’ it has developed to build Sri Lanka’s proposed ‘Western Region Megapolis’, during early January, 2016.According to the Minister, the government is planning to adopt a four pronged strategy to build the ‘Megapolis’ which will be built within three phases running between the years of 2016 to 2030. According to the Minister, the Government will consult the private sector and seek their views about the ‘Master Plan.’The meeting was chaired by Samantha Ranatunga, the Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. The Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce meets on a monthly basis to discuss important economic and business matters. read more

Uber suspends lowestcost service in France after managers charged Uber drivers attacked

PARIS – Uber is suspending its low-cost ride-hailing service in France, hoping to defuse an escalating legal dispute and sometimes-violent tensions with traditional French taxi drivers.The unusual concession comes after the stakes mounted this week in Uber’s standoff with France: Two senior European managers for San Francisco-based company were detained Monday and ordered to stand trial, charged with “deceptive commercial practices.”It reflects the broader struggle of governments to keep up with fast-moving technology — and how to tax operations like Uber’s and protect workers and consumers. Companies like Uber argue that governments are unfairly protecting entrenched industries instead of adapting to the times.Uber Technologies Inc. has run into legal problems elsewhere in Europe, as well as in China and India.The French battle centres around Uber’s low-cost service, in France called UberPop, which links users to drivers without professional taxi or chauffeur licenses. French authorities had ordered it shut down, but Uber refused, pending a legal decision at a top French court.Uber France chief Thibaud Simphaud said in an interview published Friday in Le Monde that the company changed its mind “in a spirit of bringing peace” with authorities. An Uber spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press that the service is being suspended starting Friday night.Simphaud and another European manager for San Francisco-based Uber were detained this week and ordered to stand trial Sept. 30. They are accused of six counts including deceptive commercial practices, complicity in instigating an illegal taxi-driving activity, and the illegal stocking of personal information.Claiming unfair competition, taxi drivers staged a violence-marred strike last week, blocking many roads across France.Uber’s regular app-based service, which connects registered drivers with riders, continues to function in France. Uber claims to have a total of 400,000 customers a month in France. Uber suspends lowest-cost service in France after managers charged, Uber drivers attacked by The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2015 5:55 am MDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2015 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Thursday, June 25, 2015 file photo shows a striking taxi driver holding a placard which read, “Stop Uber, Stop listening,” referring to the new US spying report in France, during a taxi drivers demonstration in Paris, France. French authorities took two Uber managers into custody for questioning on Monday over “illicit activity” involving its low-cost service. The detentions came amid rising tensions between the government and the ride-hailing company, which culminated last week in a violence-marred taxi strike that blocked roads around the country. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File) read more

Suffering from writers block A simple cup of tea gets the creative

first_imgA simple cup of tea sparks an instant burst of brainpower and creativity, according to a new study – within minutes of drinking a brew.Volunteers in the study almost immediately scored better results in creative and cognition tests than those who had drunk a glass of water, researchers found.The findings suggest it could be the antidote to everything, from writer’s block to artists looking for inspiration during brainstorming sessions.Although tea contains caffeine and theanine, both associated with increased attentiveness and alertness, these do not usually take effect instantly.Instead, researchers believe tea works to enhance and create a ‘positive’ mood which in turn sparks the brain’s cognitive regions into life.In tests for the specialist journal Food Quality and Preference, Yan Huang of Peking University’s School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences conducted two tests on up to 50 students, with an average age of 23. As the students gave their name, age and other details to researchers, half were given a cup of black tea to drink and the other half a glass of water, before immediately going into one of two different tests.The first test saw them asked to make an “attractive and creative” design out of building blocks and in the second they were asked to come up with a “cool” name for a new noodle restaurant. Their results were judged by other, non-participating, students for creativity and design and marked on a scale by the researchers.In the block building test, the tea drinkers scored 6.54 points against 6.03 points for the water drinkers. In the name test, the tea drinkers scored 4.11 against 3.78.The results show that tea helped both divergent thinking – the process of coming up with a number of new ideas around a central theme and what most people would consider to define creativity.The report said: “This work contributes to understanding the function of tea on creativity and offers a new way to investigate the relationship between food and beverage consumption and the improvement of human cognition.”They added: “Two biological ingredients, caffeine and theanine, have beneficial effects on attention, which is an indispensable part of cognitive function.”But the amount of tea ingredients our participants absorbed was relatively small. Also, theanine facilitates long-term sustained attentional processing rather than short-term moment-to-moment attentional processing.”Instead, tea is a ‘mood enhancer’ and this may have been why it worked so well in the short term, it added.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Open thread How do you think tonights Ireland match will go

first_imgTHE END IS NEAR for Signor Trapattoni, it would seem.Ireland are in Torshavn for what is just their third game of the current World Cup qualifying campaign but if reports that the FAI are ready to cut their losses with the Italian, tonight could soon be remembered as the last time he took charge of the Boys in Green.Whatever happens after the final whistle, there are still 9o minutes of football to be played and due to the unavailability of several regular names on the teamsheet, tonight’s starting XI actually looks quite a promising one.There are first competitive starts for Robbie Brady and Marc Wilson, who come into a team already possessing youth in Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy. We follow Wilson for a long time,” Trap said yesterday. “He has a good technical quality, he is also a little bit fresh. (Stephen) Ward has a swollen knee but that’s not the reason (he doesn’t start). We need fresh players and more energy. Two or three changes could be very important.” Returning captain Robbie Keane has said they owe the country for the shambles that was last Friday and added that he has been trying to “rally the troops” in training this week.Ireland have beaten the Faroes, who are ranked 130 places below us in the FIFA rankings, on the two occasions that the sides met previously and normally you would expect the result to be a foregone conclusion.However, preparations have been far from ideal and it will be interesting to see if Ireland can recover from what has been a strenuous couple of days.Kick off is 7pm tonight so, how do you think it’ll go?Let us know in the comments section below.‘There are rifts in football every week,’ says Keane‘I’ve crossed the Alps barefoot and overcome most difficult situations in my career’ – Trap vows to soldier onlast_img read more

Google announces 250 Samsung Chromebook

first_imgBack in June 2011 Google decided to try and redefine what a laptop could be by launching the Chromebook. It differentiated itself by requiring a connection to the cloud to work, which was both a great and not so great idea depending on good your connection was. The other issue was the price, with a typical Chromebook costing around $350–too close to a more fully-featured laptop with a much higher spec.Today Google is trying to rectify that stumbling block for consumers by introducing a new Chromebook with Samsung that costs just $250.For that you get an 11.6-inch display (1366 x 768 resolution), 6.5 hours of battery life, 100GB of Google Drive Cloud Storage (for 2 years), dual band a/b/g/n WiFi, a VGA camera, HDMI port (for 1080p output), and Bluetooth 3.0. All that comes packaged in a laptop that’s just 0.8-inches thick, weighs 1.1Kg, and boots in under 10 seconds.One detail hidden in the spec and must help account for the low price is a move away from an x86 processor. The new Samsung Chromebook relies on a Samsung Exynos dual-core chip rather than the more typical Intel offering. The amount of RAM on board hasn’t been made clear either, but at that price I doubt we’ll get more than 2GB (edit: confirmed as 2GB).Google wants the Chromebook to be accessible to everyone while remaining fast, simple, and light. They also see Chromebooks as additional computers for around the home rather than your main machine. The lower price point is meant to open up the possibility of that happening and everyone in your home carrying one around. At $250, the potential is certainly there for that to happen.You can pre-order the new Samsung Chromebook from 12pm PST today from a number of retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, TigerDirect, and Newegg.More at the Google Chrome Blog and the Google Chrome websitelast_img read more

Meteorite Slammed Into Moon During Januarys Lunar Eclipse

first_imgStay on target Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface A meteorite slammed into the moon at 38,000 mph during the January 2019 lunar eclipse, according to research conducted by a team of astronomers.From Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, observers noticed a bright flash in the sky when the object reportedly collided with the moon and generated a crater approximately 33 to 50 feet in diameter, Space.com reported. Some astronomers, including Professor Jose Maria Madiedo of the University of Huelva and Dr. Jose L. Ortiz of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, studied the space rock’s movements and published their findings in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.Total lunar eclipses occur when the moon moves completely into the shadow of the Earth, and then, the moon has a slightly red hue, said a Royal Astronomical Study press release. Just after the total eclipse began on Jan. 21, a flash was spotted on the moon’s surface, and astronomers say this flash, which was believed to be from a meteorite impact, was bright enough to see with the naked eye. The impact site was close to Lagrange H, a crater on the moon.Madiedo and Ortiz monitor the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS) and use eight telescopes in the south of Spain to monitor the moon’s surface. Video footage from MIDAS recorded the moment of impact. The team measured a 0.28-second flash from the meteor collision, and they claim it’s the first ever filmed during a lunar eclipse.A 45 kg space rock hit the #Moon at 61,000 km an hour during January’s lunar eclipse, and left a crater the size of two buses. New #MNRAS paper by Madiedo et al. https://t.co/SBDgMV98O5 pic.twitter.com/oKQtheM6sE— Royal Astronomical Society (@RoyalAstroSoc) May 1, 2019“Something inside of me told me that this time would be the time,” said Madiedo, who observed the impact and said it was brighter than most of the events regularly detected by the survey.The MIDAS telescopes observed the impact at different wavelengths (different colors of light). Madiedo and Ortiz estimated that the incoming rock was roughly 45 kg (99 pounds), measured 30 to 60 centimeters across, and hit the lunar surface at 61,000 kph. They also estimated that the debris ejected from the impact reached a peak temperature of approximately 5,400 degrees Celsius (9,752 degrees Fahrenheit), which is almost the same temperature as the surface of the sun.“It would be impossible to reproduce these high-speed collisions in a lab on Earth,” Madiedo added. “Observing flashes is a great way to test our ideas on exactly what happens when a meteorite collides with the Moon.”More on Geek.com:Unusual Ice Formation on Saturn’s Titan Moon Stretches for MilesNASA’s Experiment Might Be ‘Alive’ After Beresheet Moon Lander CrashLimited-Edition Budweiser Brew Celebrates 50 Years Since Moon Landinglast_img read more

SC grants fourweek parole to Sahara chief to attend his mothers funeral

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday granted four weeks’ conditional release to Sahara chief Subrata Roy to perform the last rites of his mother, who passed away at the age of 95. The businessman has been in the jail for over two years over non-repayment of money to Sahara investor, said the Mint.An apex court bench granted four-week parole as against the three weeks requested by the beleaguered businessman’s counsel.Chabbi Roy, who was critically ill for two years, passed away in Lucknow at around 1:30 a.m. on Friday.Roy was arrested in March 2014 after his company failed to comply with a court order to refund money paid by millions of small investors for bonds Sahara had offered them. The bonds were later ruled to be illegal, according to an NDTV report. A sale of Sahara assets by market regulator Securities Exchange of India (Sebi) on the direction of the apex court — to refund the investors — had also fallen flat. The regulator, after scrutiny of the assets, had said that the property titles of the Sahara Group also had legal issues that could hinder their sale.last_img read more

Baytown Steel Plant To Expand Amid Presidents Push For US Steel

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:48 Listen Spectra Energy A pipeline from Houston-based company Spectra Energy is seen during construction. Oil and gas companies say they rely heavily on imported steel.An Indian steel company plans to pump $500 million into a manufacturing plant it owns in Baytown, Texas. Governor Greg Abbott said Monday the state will give the company a $3.4 million grant to jump start the expansion.The plant, owned by JSW Group, makes pipe and other products for the oil and gas sector, among others.The governor describes the deal as a win for the state, and for President Trump’s “America First” agenda.“One thing that the administration in Washington is asking for, one thing we want to see in the state of Texas, is increased production of steel and steel-based products in the United States, and in the state of Texas, and that’s exactly what we got today,” Abbott said.The expansion means 500 new steel jobs for Baytown, and a manufacturing boost of specialized products for drillers and pipeline companies. But those companies still rely mostly on imported steel and worry the president’s new steel tariffs will threaten energy jobs.Abbott said the plant’s growth could ease “some” of those concerns, but energy trade groups still say their industry should be exempt from the tariffs. Sharelast_img read more

Mega Drive Tetris signed by creator has 1 million price tag

first_imgTetris could be considered a household name. It can be found on nearly any platform, from a clamshell phone to the media console on most airlines. But there is only one version for the Sega Mega Drive that can be had for a bank-busting million dollars.After some legal fisticuffs with Nintendo, Tetris was released in very limited quantity for the Japanese iteration of the Sega Genesis, the Mega Drive. RacketBoy estimates that there are about ten copies of the Mega Drive version of Tetris in existence which has driven up prices for any aspiring or hardcore collectors.Ebay seller shinsnk posits his Tetris copy as the rarest in existence. It is justified, though, because it is signed by the game’s creator, Alexey Pajitnov. With this in mind, shinsnk attached a $1,000,000 price tag to the game. He also has a photo of himself with Alexey on the eBay page. Based on that marker free game cover in that image, the photo was taken before the signing.He freely admits, however, that he only paid roughly 11,000 Euros, about $15,800, for the game. The jump in price is staggering, but shinsnk says he is willing to consider all serious offers.Currently, the game is being offered as a Buy It Now item for the heavy price tag, but it’s unclear what he considers to be a serious offer. He noted in the Q&A section that he has already rejected offers over £12,000 GBP, about $19,500.How much would you pay for one of the rarest video games on Earth?via Yahoo! Games UKlast_img read more

WhatsApp Scraps Subscription Fee Announces New Communication Tools for Businesses

first_img 2 min read January 18, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freecenter_img WhatsApp has scrapped the 99 cent annual fee that users paid to retain the service after one year of free use in favor of a new monetization model.Starting now, the messaging app “will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organizations that you want to hear from,” according to a blog post. “That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight.”This smacks of a similar strategy being forged for Facebook Messenger, which recently allowed shoppers to sign up for updates, receive receipts and shipping information and interact directly with brands via the app. Facebook, which acquired WhatsApp for $22 billion in October 2014, also recently integrated Uber ride-hailing within Messenger.Whatsapp said it would abandon subscription fees because many of its nearly 1 billion users across the globe “don’t have a debit or credit card number.” It will take “several weeks” to remove the fees from all of its different versions, according to the company.Related: Report: Google Is Building a ‘Smart’ Mobile-Messaging App to Rival Facebook MessengerWhile WhatsApp has long vowed to remain ad free (a notion that came under question following the Facebook acquisition) and reiterated its commitment to steering clear of third-party ads and spam in its recent announcement, the company’s latest move could ultimately pave the way for a Facebook-like advertising model.On an earnings call last year, notes Re/code — which was first to report the subscription cancellation — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that the monetization approach to WhatsApp and Messenger would mirror Facebook’s own approach to News Feed ads in 2006 and 2007.Rather than focusing on banner ads, Zuckerberg said, the company built Pages to get as many businesses as possible onto the network, knowing that “the ads and monetization would perform better if there was an organic interaction between people using the product and businesses.”Related: This New Startup Wants to Be Your WhatsApp for Professional Networking Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Seattle predicted to get its first lesbian mayor with election of Jenny

first_imgJenny Durkan was last night revealed to be convincingly ahead in the Mayoral race in the US city of Seattle, Washington.The Seattle Times says the Democrat polled 61% of returns in yesterday’s vote – well ahead of rival Cary Moon’s 39%. Both women are seeking to replace former Mayor Ed Murray.Murray, who is also gay, resigned in September, following a string of sexual abuse allegations. He has consistently denied the allegations but said he felt moved to step down as the scandal was overshadowing his office.Legal careerDurkan, 59, is a prosecutor. She served as United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington from 2009-2014, under President Barack Obama. She and partner Dana Garvey have two teenage sons.Although around half the ballots remain to be counted, commentators say her convincing lead is almost insurmountable.‘I know there are a lot more votes to be counted,’ she said in a speech to supporters last night, ‘But I have to tell you: We are feeling really, really good about where we are.’ In another part of town, Moon addressed her own set of supporters, saying, ‘We’re up against really tough odds … But Seattle late voters may surprise everyone.’Durkan’s expected win was welcomed by the Victory Fund, which supports LGBT candidates across the US. Its President, Aisha C. Moodie-Mills said in a statement.‘We are thrilled Jenny will become the first lesbian mayor of Seattle—and just the second woman elected to the position.‘While Seattle voters chose Jenny because of her proven track record of leading innovative reforms and fighting for all communities, it is also an undeniably proud moment for the LGBTQ community, which continues to see this strong leader break down barriers.’The new Mayor will take office 28 November.See alsoSalt Lake City’s first openly gay mayor weds longtime partner eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Jenny Durkan for Mayor | FacebookJenny Durkan Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… 7 more election victories for LGBTI candidates and beyond9 in 10 LGBT voters prefer David Cameron to Theresa May, PinkNews poll findsBermuda Tourism and LGBT Discrimination: Governor John Rankins has to decideRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/seattle-jenny-durkan-mayor/last_img read more

LUV Lands In West Michigan Southwest Airlines Launches Service At Ger

first_imgSouthwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is excited to announce that LUV has officially landed in West Michigan with service to Grand Rapids Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR).  The Grand Rapids community rolled out the red carpet today as Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan (RAAWM) Founder & Chairman Dick DeVos joined the Gerald R. Ford International Airport officials and community leaders in welcoming Southwest’s first Customers to Grand Rapids. With the introduction of Southwest’s larger Boeing 737 aircraft to the market, passenger seat availability will increase 117 percent, up dramatically from approximately 2,600 seats per week available on AirTran to Southwest’s availability of more than 5,800 seats per week.  Southwest’s vast network will provide Grand Rapids Customers with more availability and better options. “Our arrival in Grand Rapids represents one of the true benefits of our integration with AirTran Airways, allowing us to continue to bring low fares and legendary Customer Service to the People of Grand Rapids,” said Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President, Ron Ricks.  “We’re thrilled to provide West Michigan Customers access to our broad network of destinations; and just as importantly, giving better access to Michigan for our existing Customers across America.  This growth is exciting for Southwest Airlines.” Southwest attributes its entrance into the market to the roots planted by its wholly-owned subsidiary AirTran Airways.  AirTran served three daily nonstop departures to Baltimore/Washington International Airport and Orlando International Airport.  Southwest doubles service options with six daily departures to Baltimore/Washington, Orlando, St. Louis, and Denver, connecting Customers to more than 70 destinations—a 35 percent increase in cities served.  And beginning next spring, the carrier will add daily nonstop departures to Ft. Myers and Tampa Bay.center_img “Today is a special day for West Michigan with the addition of Southwest Airlines in our market,” said Brian Ryks, Executive Director of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.  “We appreciate Southwest embracing our community to bring the very best in air service and we are eager to expand our partnership as we promote LUV throughout West Michigan.” Southwest celebrated its inaugural Grand Rapids service today with a press conference and welcome reception at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.  Southwest showed its dedication to the community by partnering with Make-A-Wish® Michigan to help make a child’s wish come true.  Southwest and Make-A-Wish Michigan will help send five-year-old Aryka and her family from Grand Rapids to Orlando to go to Walt Disney World® Resort.last_img read more

Freddie Mac Noise Disrupting Housing Hopes

first_img Consumer Confidence Forecast Freddie Mac Home Sales Mortgage Rates 2014-04-18 Colin Robins in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News April 18, 2014 457 Views Freddie Mac: ‘Noise’ Disrupting Housing Hopescenter_img Share Freddie Mac released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for April, noting that the housing market continues to be “noisy,” giving mixed signals heading into spring.Freddie Mac projects that new home construction will increase by 18 percent, while home appreciation will moderate to an annual growth of 5 percent for 2014.The company also commented that due to a slower than normal first two months of the year, it is lowering its home sales projections slightly from 5.6 million to 5.5 million.”We’re getting mixed signals as we start the spring home buying season. Tight inventory may pose a significant challenge for home buyers in many markets across the country, which may result in higher home prices and sales being lower than expected,” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at Freddie Mac.Nothaft added, “This is good news for those markets that have room to run on the house price appreciation front, but it’s also going to increase the affordability pinch in many markets, especially along the country’s east and west coasts. Two indicators that are supporting local housing activity are rising consumer confidence and declining unemployment rates.”The housing market is being helped by local employment, which saw all 50 states experience a decline in unemployment rates, according to Freddie Mac. Eighteen states saw at least a half percentage point reduction in their unemployment rate over the previous three months ending in February.Although consumer confidence waned slightly over the latter half of 2013 from an increase in interest rates, Freddie Mac found that confidence is tracking higher, and noted, “March was at the highest level since January 2008.”The company believes that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage will continue its path of gradual increases, eventually ending the year around 5 percent.last_img read more

Qualified Forest Program bills signed into law

first_imgOn hand for the ceremony were from left: Jamie Clover Adams, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development director; McBroom; Sen. John Moolenaar; Gov. Rick Snyder; Rep. Frank Foster; Sen. Darwin Booher, Rep. Bruce Rendon; and Sen. Tom Casperson.Legislation to encourage owners of the 11 million acres of private forestlands in Michigan to join the state’s Qualified Forest Program for timber harvesting and management was signed into law today. The nine-bill package, which includes a measure sponsored by Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, updates the program’s property tax incentives and offers educational and technical assistance.The program is capped at 1.2 million acres but less than 80,000 acres have been enrolled in the program designed to ensure and increase a steady, sustainable supply of timber to an industry that generates $14 billion annually and directly employs 26,000 residents. The package includes Public Acts 42-50 of 2013. 06Jun Qualified Forest Program bills signed into law Categories: Newslast_img read more

Heath Robinson Memorial Bridge considered

first_img Categories: News 23Oct Heath Robinson Memorial Bridge considered House panel hears father, Foster testimony to honor war heroDan Robinson of joined state Rep. Frank Foster before the House Transportation Committee this week to provide testimony on naming the U.S.-2 bridge over the Cut River the Heath Michael Robinson Memorial Bridge. Heath was killed in action Aug. 6, 2011 in Afghanistan during a Navy SEAL rescue mission.The US-2 bridge crossing the Cut River in Mackinac County could be renamed to honor Heath Robinson, a 1995 Petoskey High School graduate and Navy SEAL who was killed in action Aug. 6, 2011 when a Chinook Helicopter he was in with about three dozen other military personnel was shot down in Afghanistan.State Rep. Frank Foster is working on House Bill 4957 with Hendricks Township residents and businesses to recognize Special Operator Senior Chief (Navy SEAL) Heath Michael Robinson’s service and sacrifice, while maintaining the legacy of the Cut River area.This week, Foster welcomed Robinson’s father, Dan Robinson, to provide testimony to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the legislation.“It would truly be an incredible honor for the Robinson family, the state of Michigan and the United States of America, to acknowledge a Michigan heroic warrior by aligning Heath with such a magnificent structure, the Cut River Bridge,” said Robinson of Emmet County. “People from coast to coast and around the world travel over this passage some 140 feet above the Cut River’s bottom and cruise the magnificent 600-feet plus span to safely arrive on the opposite side. I am  sure Heath would take great pride knowing he still is working diligently to protect and serve this great nation and her citizens, and this will be his new mission, always guarding against any foe, always protecting freedom!“Heath is buried in Arlington National Cemetery as a permanent memorial — the memorial bridge will pay tribute to all our fallen heroes, and the merger between Heath Michael Robinson and the Cut River Bridge will be a great story shared with visitors for years to come, with the pride for which this great nation was built.”The bridge is located about 25 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge and was selected for the memorial as a link to Heath’s great-grandfather and grandfather, who built bridges all over Michigan, according to his mother, Debora Robinson-Coxe of Moran Township, in written testimony. She said he also often traveled over this particular bridge often while visiting friends, and it served as a connection between Heath’s two favorite places – Mackinac Island and Coronado Island, California.“There are many similarities between my son, the warrior, and the bridge,” she wrote. “Heath was a Navy SEAL sniper; the bridge is located in a wooded area and is mostly hidden from view. Heath was silent, unpretentious, and did the job he loved, much like the Cut River Bridge. I can image his teammates repelling off it, climbing up it, or simply raising a glass at the base of the bridge to honor the memory of all the fallen heroes. Something to share is that even as brothers in arms, SEALS are extremely competitive, and the challenge of whose bridge is taller, wider, stronger, longer, or better looking brings a smile to my face, because at some 147 feet above the ground, Heath’s bridge might be one of the tallest. And I love that this bridge is close to home.”A 34-year-old chief petty officer, Robinson was born in Alma, MI, joined the U.S. Navy in January 1996 and served on six Special Warfare Units from 2000 to 2011.Robinson was killed while attempting to re-enforce U.S. Army Rangers under fire in the single largest loss of U.S. troops in the 10-year war in Afghanistan.He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full honors, leaving behind a wife, daughter, his parents and two brothers.Foster said the bill remains before the transportation committee while some technical revisions are worked out.“The loss of a father, husband, son, brother and friend can never be replaced,” said Foster, R-Petoskey. “Heath’s family, friends and all of us can be proud of his commitment to bring freedom and democracy to people throughout the world, and his sacrifice in serving to help rescue his comrades in arms. Memorializing Heath at the Cut River Bridge recognizes the life and memory of a special person at a special place.”last_img read more

Rep Coles bill to reform civil asset forfeiture signed into law by

first_imgLANSING, MI — Gov. Snyder signed five bills into law on Tuesday as he approved a bipartisan bill package to reform civil asset forfeiture laws. State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona, left, authored House Bill 4503 now Public Act No. 150 of 2015, which will safeguard oversight of civil forfeiture by ensuring that forfeiture funds are properly used and that state department agencies do not pursue an improper source of revenue. The approval of this landmark legislation will provide much need transparency to the forfeiture process and serves as a good starting point going forward with the new forfeiture-reporting act.###### Tags: #SB, civil asset forfeiture, Cole, HB4503 Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News,Photoscenter_img 22Oct Rep. Cole’s bill to reform civil asset forfeiture signed into law by Gov.last_img read more