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Guardians charged with neglecting fouryearold girl who later died

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Mounties have laid charges against relatives of a four-year-old girl, alleging they neglected her after taking over from the government as her legal guardians.Brenda Rabbit, 56, and Clyde Rabbit, 55, each face one count of failing to provide the necessities of life to little Serenity Rabbit, who later died.The accused from the central Alberta reserve of Maskwacis, south of Edmonton, have been released on bail and are to appear in court Nov. 9.Serenity had a severe brain injury when she was taken to hospital where doctors noticed she was underweight and had multiple bruises. She remained on life support for about a week before she died on Sept. 27, 2014.Late Friday, Mounties clarified that the charges against the Rabbits were related to the circumstances in which the child lived, noting that the specific injury that caused her death was not criminal in nature.RCMP Chief Supt. George Stephensen said Friday that he couldn’t release many details about the case and defended the length of time it took to get it to court.“This investigation in my opinion would be one of the most complex investigations that we’ve done in a long period of time,” said Stephensen, who added that the Crown was consulted on what charges should be laid.“This has been and continues to be a very difficult time for all who knew Serenity and we feel her loss. Our thoughts are with them.”Serenity’s death drew criticism and concern when details became public last year. Premier Rachel Notley struck an all-party panel to come up with ways to improve child welfare in the province.It has been reported that there were delays and secrecy over the girl’s autopsy and about police and government investigations. It was also reported that the child and youth advocate’s office was denied critical information in examining the case.Earlier this year, Alberta introduced legislation to increase the power of the advocate to investigate deaths of children in government care.The aboriginal girl had been with foster parents for two years before she was placed in what is called kinship care, a program that aims to keep children with relatives and maintain ties to their culture and communities. The relatives became her legal guardians and the government had not been involved with her for almost a year.Serenity’s birth mother had raised concerns to social workers that the child was being abused, and wanted her moved back to foster care.“I’m glad to see charges have finally been laid, but I still have questions as to why it took so long,” Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark said in a release. “We still don’t have clear answers about what went wrong, and we cannot wait for a fatality inquiry to provide those answers.”Clark said he wants assurances that court cases related to the abuse or death of children are not delayed.United Conservative Party members Jason Nixon and Ric McIver, who are on the province’s child-welfare panel, also issued a statement that said they are relieved to finally see charges.“It’s clear that this case was mishandled from the very beginning and we must understand what went wrong in order to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future. The United Conservatives remain committed to getting answers for Serenity’s family and seeing that our broken child intervention system is fixed.”Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said in a statement that Serenity’s death was a “call to action — a symbol of why we must never stop doing everything we can to prevent tragedies like this one.“Three years is a long time to wait for a family who has already suffered such heartbreaking loss. And we know that Serenity’s family, and Albertans, want answers.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Serenity was in government care when she died and that Jason Nixon and Ric McIver had been on child-welfare panel; while earlier headlines incorrectly suggested the charges were related to the girl’s deathlast_img read more

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Staffers on Parliament Hill call for closer look at workplace bullying survey

first_imgOTTAWA – The #MeToo movement may have given national prominence to the issue of sexual misconduct on Parliament Hill, but some of the responses to a recent Canadian Press survey suggest bullying and exploitation of those who work for political bosses are largely unexamined problems.“Sexual harassment happens and is devastating to those that experience it, but it is dwarfed by ‘regular’ harassment that is far more prevalent and just as destructive,” wrote one respondent to the anonymous online survey, which asked political staffers in Ottawa for their views and experiences with sexual assault and sexual harassment.“Many staffers have broken down, were forced out of their jobs, and many have contemplated suicide over the intense harassment and exploitation of staffers.”The Canadian Press questionnaire was distributed among those who work in the Hill offices of MPs, senators and cabinet ministers. There is no way to verify the size of the population, so the non-representative results of the survey do not allow for broad conclusions about the prevalence of the problem.Still, the 266 responses do provide a rare glimpse into how both male and female employees perceive the challenges they face as they work behind the scenes for powerful political superiors.Sixteen of the 75 people who responded to an open-ended question at the end of the survey inviting additional comments or feedback raised the issue of workplace bullying, abuse of power, exploitation or other forms of non-sexual harassment.“You would be surprised by how many offices burn through staff and how many staff are afraid to speak out because there are no good options for recourse,” one respondent wrote.“I’m more concerned about a different type of power play on the Hill,” wrote another, noting the lack of job security leaves staffers vulnerable to exploitation. “I personally have more than 300 overtime hours each year, which are not even recognized in any way.”One respondent wrote that while it is difficult to believe sexual harassment would be more common in politics than elsewhere — especially considering the higher risk that allegations against elected officials become public — day-to-day workplace mistreatment is another matter entirely.“It seems clear that psychological harassment is a much more widespread (and very serious) problem in politics compared to other workplaces,” the respondent wrote. “This is because it is an environment where employees are treated as disposable resources and it is much more difficult to prove.”Another respondent described the bullying as sexist — rather than sexual — in nature.“My boss has made sexist comments towards me, belittled me and bullied me for the primary reason of me being a woman,” she wrote.“His microaggressions have resulted in increased stress at work, and I am actively seeking another job outside of Parliament Hill. I can no longer tolerate this abuse and I cannot depend on anyone here to make it stop.”The Canadian Press emailed the online survey, which was available from Feb. 20 to March 12, to staffers currently working in the parliamentary offices of MPs and senators, as well as to key ministerial aides.The emails were sent to roughly 1,500 people, although it is difficult to determine precisely how many actually received the message, since recipients were also encouraged to share the survey with any colleagues currently in qualified roles.The Canadian Press has agreed to shared anonymized, aggregated data with Samara Canada, a non-partisan charity that promotes civic engagement, for further research. The organization also provided feedback on the design of the survey.last_img read more

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Cities make power play for new fiscal order with eye to 2019

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s cities believe they will finally land easier and direct access to federal dollars in next year’s budget, or at least wrest a platform pledge from parties in the 2019 election.A pre-budget submission from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities asks the Liberals to end the buffet of application-based programs, and instead put the money into predetermined, annual payment programs.If Finance Minister Bill Morneau doesn’t answer the request in his 2019 budget, the federation is vowing to make their financial concerns an election issue and says it has willing ears from opposition parties.“Everyone is very interested and I feel we can get some important gains in the election of 2019,” FCM president Vicki-May Hamm said in an interview this week.Municipal officials also believe Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate letter to Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, released in late August, gives their argument a boost. Trudeau ordered Champagne to talk with provinces and territories about ways to “address the timeliness of the flow of funds” to projects.Champagne will meet with his provincial and territorial counterparts this week in Halifax, and his office said the new marching orders will form part of the agenda.Infrastructure spending is regularly subject to delays because dollars don’t flow to projects until cities and provinces submit expense receipts, which often creates a lag between when work takes place and when federal money is spent.“This has made it a challenge to account for project activity in real time or close to it,” Champagne spokeswoman Kate Monfette said in an email.“We want to change that and with the new mandate from the prime minister, we will be working with our partners to do so.”The federation’s pre-election push happens against the backdrop of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s threat to use the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause after a judge struck down his government’s bid to shrink the number of councillors weeks ahead of a municipal election.Although Ford backed down from the plan — an appeals court stayed the earlier decision this week — the FCM’s board of directors used the moment to publicly call for a “mature and modern conversation” among federal leaders “about how to strengthen municipal autonomy.”How cities get federal cash is high on that list.For years, cities have relied on a smattering of short-term federal programs to fund local work and services to ease the burden carried by the local tax base.“It’s really hard for municipalities to (not) have stable, predictable funding and to be able to work on the long-term investment plan,” Hamm said.The Liberals changed some of that with the introduction of their decade-long infrastructure program, which allocates $180 billion in government spending by province and project type to provide cities with some long-term planning ability.The money still flows through provinces, and municipalities see that as a fiscal — and federally, a constitutional — hiccup to a smooth flow of funds to address a backlog of infrastructure needs.“Our progress is constrained by an inadequate and outdated fiscal framework,” the FCM writes in the pre-budget submission, a copy of which was provided to The Canadian Press.“With this fiscal limitation, municipalities will continue to rely deeply on variable investment programs for other orders of government. Respecting our constitutional framework doesn’t mean we can’t innovate within it.”Hamm pointed to the gas tax fund that provides money directly to cities each year as the kind of thing the FCM is looking for in a new fiscal blueprint.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

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Morocco’s Latifa Ben Ziaten Wins Jacques Chirac Foundation ‘Conflict Prevention’ Award

Rabat – Latifa Ben Ziaten, mother of Imad Ben Ziaten, the victim of the terrorist attack perpetrated by Mohammed Merah in France in 2012, was awarded the Conflict Prevention Prize by the Jacques Chirac Foundation for her efforts to initiate dialogue between religions.Latifa is the founder of the Imad Ben Ziaten Association, which aims to promote tolerance between religions. She was inspired to create the association after her son was killed in a terrorist attack.The Association brings together adults, youth, and adolescents, making them aware of religious extremism and its negative effects on society through organizing meetings and many activities inside and outside France. Latifa Ben Ziaten is an enthusiastic activist, given that she travels around the world to spread a culture of peace and religious tolerance. Moreover, the Association organizes many meetings that share information with different religious activists to overcome differences and pseudo-religious violent ideas.The Chirac Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was created in 2008 by former president of France Jacque Chirac, after finishing his term as a president in 2007.According to its official website, the Foundation’s objectives are to spotlight and relay effective programs that are being carried out and which could become solutions on a larger scale. The organization protects biodiversity, dialogue between cultures, and the environment. read more

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Trudeau government posted $300M surplus in first nine months of 2018-19

OTTAWA — A preliminary analysis of the federal books says the government ran a budgetary surplus of $300 million through the first nine months of the fiscal year.The surplus is an improvement compared with the April-to-December period in 2017-18, when Ottawa posted a deficit of $8.9 billion.The Finance Department’s latest fiscal monitor says overall revenues were up $19.3 billion, or 8.7 per cent, compared with the same period last year, due in large part to higher revenues from taxes and incoming employment insurance premiums.The report says program expenses were up $8.4 billion, or 3.9 per cent, compared with the same nine-month stretch last year, because of increases in major transfers to individuals, to other levels of government and due to an increase in direct program spending.The fiscal monitor also said public debt charges rose $1.7 billion, or 10.3 per cent, mostly due to the higher effective interest rate on government debt and the higher inflation adjustments.Last November, the Liberals’ fall fiscal update predicted the government was on track to run annual shortfalls of $18.1 billion in 2018-19, $19.6 billion in 2019-20 and $18.1 billion in 2020-21.The Canadian Press read more

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Three main factors push up insurance rates for BC drivers ICBC

VANCOUVER — The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia is under pressure on three fronts, all of which are contributing to a sharp increase in proposed rates for drivers, spokeswoman Joanna Linsangan says.More crashes, more damage and injury claims, and higher costs associated with those claims mean higher rates are needed to cover expenses.Here is an outline of those factors and how they have changed in recent years:— There are about 875 crashes on an average day in B.C., resulting in payouts of almost $13 million in claims. The number of crashes jumped by 23 per cent between 2013 and 2016.— Injury payouts have soared 80 per cent over the last seven years, while vehicle repair costs increased by 30 per cent between 2014 and 2016.— B.C. is the only province with no restrictions on filling lawsuits for vehicle accident claims, meaning victims tend to receive higher medical benefit and rehab pay-outs, but also higher legal costs for the Crown corporation.— Between 2004 and 2016, the percentage of claims involving legal representation doubled, from about 25 per cent to more than 50 per cent. Claims with legal representation are more expensive, partly because of legal fees and the need for expert reports and medical tests.Source: The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia read more

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Corporate profits slump again in 2Q

Corporate profits fell for a second straight quarter in the spring as the effect of last year’s tax cut wore off and companies contended with uncertainty from the Trump administration’s trade wars.As the second quarter earnings season winds down, companies in the S&P 500 index are on track to notch the first back-to-back quarters of slumping profits in three years. While the results weren’t as bad as Wall Street initially projected, analysts are already forecasting another drop in profits in the current quarter.Corporate profits soared last year after the tax rate was slashed to 21% from 35% by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Most of that windfall was handed over to the minority of Americans that own the vast majority of shares, as companies largely spent it on dividends or buying back their own stock, rather than investing in equipment or research.Profits are falling back to earth this year, however. The reversal comes amid the U.S.’s escalating trade war with China that threatens a global economy already facing slower growth. More companies are dealing with the impact of tariffs and fears that further tariffs will crimp sales and raise costs.“Odds that the dispute drags into 2020 have increased, introducing more risk to economic growth and corporate profits,” wrote John Lynch, chief investment strategist at LPL Financial, in a note to investors.Companies have been more vocal about the impact of tariffs in their recent round of earnings reports. There’s been a more than 40% increase in companies mentioning tariffs during calls with investors and industrial companies have been particularly strident, according to FactSet. The trade war has hurt heavy equipment makers like Caterpillar, which reported a 10% drop in profits.Slower growth hampers revenue, while tariffs, supply chain disruptions, and business uncertainty introduce near-term risk to profits, Lynch wrote.Chipmakers had a particularly tough quarter as they remain directly in the trade war’s crossfire. Many of them rely on China for much of their sales and components. Advanced Micro Devices’ profit fell 36% during the quarter, while Micron Technology reported a 68% drop, according to FactSet.Analysts predict corporate profits will contract by a further 3% or more in the third quarter. Slower economic growth and the lingering trade war will likely make for a rough second half of the year for the S&P 500.“It appears concerns about tariffs may be back on the rise for S&P 500 companies,” wrote John Butters, senior earnings analyst at FactSet, in a recent report.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

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South Sudan UN chief launching special investigation into July hotel attack

According to a statement issued last night by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the Secretary-General is alarmed by the preliminary findings of a UN fact-finding investigation into the attack on Hotel Terrain in the nation’s capital, and concerned about allegations that UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) did not respond appropriately to prevent this and other grave cases of sexual violence committed in Juba.The statement said that the Secretary-General has decided to launch the special investigation “due to the gravity of these incidents, related allegations and the preliminary findings by UNMISS.”Also in the statement, the UN chief reiterated his outrage over the acts of violence committed by the government and opposition forces in Juba from 8 to 11 July, during which many South Sudanese civilians and two UN peacekeepers were killed.“The Secretary-General urges, once more, the Government of South Sudan to investigate these human right violations and to prosecute those involved in these unspeakable acts of violence,” the statement said. read more

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NBA Playoffs Preview The Cavs Down Two Players Are Still Favored Against

Kevin Love’s dislocated shoulder leaves the Cleveland Cavaliers with just two of their “Big Three” for the rest of the playoffs. But the remaining “Big Two” — LeBron James and Kyrie Irving — are probably enough to outlast the Chicago Bulls. FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, which is based on Real Plus-Minus, gives the Cavs a 70 percent likelihood of moving on. The Cavs will also be without J.R. Smith — who was suspended for the first two games of this series after throwing an ill-advised elbow against the Boston Celtics.1These projections assume he plays 20 minutes per game, down from 32 minutes per game this year.The Cavaliers’ offense is spectacular; it ranked third, behind only the Clippers and Warriors, in points per 100 possessions. It is built on shooting a ton of threes — the second-most in the league, as a percentage of total shots — and highly efficient attacking drives to the hoop from James and Irving. The Cavs also excel at offensive rebounding, especially Tristan Thompson, who will play big minutes now that Love is out. Admittedly, it’s still not clear exactly how Cleveland will adjust its rotation. The Bulls are tough and will put up a fight, but the Cavs’ offensive firepower, led by James, will most likely be too much to handle.The Bulls, by contrast, win on defense. Chicago held opponents to the second-lowest shooting percentage in the league. The defense carried them through an inconsistent year from Derrick Rose, who was sidelined with sporadic injuries. Rose, however, showed flashes of brilliance in the first round. And Jimmy Butler is the Bulls’ real star — with a +3.7 Real Plus-Minus rating, he’s the second-best player in this series behind James. Rose and Butler will have to have a transcendent series against a short-handed Cleveland team for the Bulls to have a chance. read more

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Venezuelas recent claims aim to influence Good Officer process – Govt

The Government of Guyana said that it remains faithful to the Good Officers Process to resolve the long-standing border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela amid new claims being made by Venezuelan authorities.Norwegian diplomat; Dag Halvor NylanderRegional and local media reports indicate that Venezuela’s Energy and Petroleum Commission is contending that Guyana violated the Geneva agreement of 1966 and Article 10 of the Bolivarian Constitution of Venezuela with its oil exploration within the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana.In a report in a Venezuelan newspaper, El Nacional, the Commission claims that the area being explored by ExxonMobil and its partners was declared Venezuelan territory under the 1966 Agreement.According to GINA, Minister of State Joseph Harmon in response to questions from the media at today’s post-Cabinet press briefing said that he believes that statements that are made by Venezuelan authorities are meant to influence the process.The Minister added that Guyana remains committed to seeing the resolution of the matter, GINA said.“We are very faithful to our commitment under this arrangement, we would not wish anything to be done to derail that process,” Minister Harmon said.Last month, the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, announced the appointment of a Norwegian diplomat, Dag Halvor Nylander as his personal Representative in the Good Offices Process on the border controversy.The Geneva Agreement of February 17, 1966 saw Guyana and Venezuela referring to the Secretary-General for a decision to settle the controversy that had arisen as the result of the Venezuelan contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899 about the frontier between Venezuela and what is now Guyana, is null and void.If the dispute is not resolved by the end of the year, the UN Secretary General will choose the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as the next means of settlement. “We’ve always said that there is an agreement and therefore it should be dealt with by the International Court,” Minister Harmon was quoted by GINA as saying. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident Granger sees Venezuela’s claims to Guyana’s territory as “expansionist ambition”March 17, 2017In “latest news”THE GUYANA-VENEZUELA BORDER CONTROVERSYJune 11, 2016In “latest news”Fmr Venezuelan Ambassador weighs in on expanding claims to Guyana’s TerritoryJune 13, 2015In “Politics” read more

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Monsanto NKM assure que la culture du maïs OGM sera empêchée

first_imgMonsanto : NKM assure que la culture du maïs OGM sera empêchéeLa ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a annoncé hier que la mise en culture de semences de maïs transgénique serait interdite. L’action de militants anti-OGM contre le groupe américain Monsanto, qui stocke ces semences dans l’Aude, est à l’origine de cette décision.Lundi vers 6h30, une centaine de membres de la Confédération paysanne et des Faucheurs volontaires ont pénétré dans un centre de stockage de Monsanto, à Trèbes, dans l’Aude. Ils ont découvert puis déversé dans un hangar des sacs de maïs MON 810 en exigeant un “arrêté d’interdiction de cession, de circulation, et de mise en culture” de la semence OGM. Une action qui a rapidement fait réagir les autorités. Ainsi, la culture du maïs génétiquement modifié Mon 810 sera empêchée par une nouvelle clause de sauvegarde que le gouvernement prendra “avant la fin février”, a assuré lundi la ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet à l’AFP, “mais pas trop tôt avant, pour que la Commission européenne n’ait pas le temps de la remettre en cause”.Les militants se sont félicités que l’action ait pu mettre en évidence le fait que du maïs OGM conditionné dans des sacs dans un entrepôt du groupe Monsanto était prêt à être distribué en France. “Si un agriculteur sème du MON 810, il sera dans l’illégalité”, s’est réjouie Christine Thelen, membre des Faucheurs volontaires et agricultrice bio sur le plateau du Larzac. L’écologiste José Bové a salué l’annonce de Mme Kosciusko-Morizet. “On savait que Monsanto avait commencé à stocker du MON 801 et se préparait à le livrer à des agriculteurs, donc il était important que la ministre annonce l’interdiction très rapidement”, a-t-il souligné. “Ça coupe court à la volonté de ces industriels peu soucieux du bien commun de commercialiser leurs produits”.De nouvelles bases pour une interdiction rapide  À lire aussiLe café au brocoli, une nouvelle mode saine et écolo venue d’AustralieLa ministre a précisé que la nouvelle clause “sera construite sur la base d’études sorties en 2009 et 2010”. En effet, l’annulation de la précédente clause se basait sur des études datant de 2008. “On sait bien qu’on n’est pas d’accord avec la Commission européenne sur le sujet, ce n’est pas nouveau, alors prendre la clause en février nous permet de la rendre active sans attendre la réponse de la Commission au titre de l’urgence parce qu’on est juste avant la période des semailles”, a expliqué la ministre.”Aux agriculteurs qui disent hésiter à acheter du maïs Mon 810, nous disons : nous nous opposerons à la culture du Mon 810, donc ce n’est pas la peine d’acheter des semences de Mon 810″, a-t-elle conclu. Une nouvelle défaite pour le groupe d’agrochimie qui, suite à la relaxe en 2008 des faucheurs, José Bové, en tête, avait fait part de son exaspération. Le groupe avait estimé que la France était “une zone de non-droit pour les auteurs d’actes de violence et de vandalisme menés par les opposants aux biotechnologies”.Le 24 janvier 2012 à 16:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Samoa New Casinos New Worries

first_img Opposition Mounts to Casinos in Samoa RelatedPosts A Pacific service for New Zealand’s Problem Gambling Foundation is urging Samoa to start a similar service after two casino licences were issued.The licenses have been awarded to Aggie Greys Beach Resort and Exhibition Tourism Group from China. Load Morecenter_img The manager of Mapu Maia, Pesio Ah-Hone Siitia, warns of more problem gamblers in Samoan communities, whether they be tourists or locals holding foreign passports.“We’ve seen people losing everything, people losing their homes, their relationships and we’ve seen people actually losing their businesses, and for a nation or for a community like Samoa, who is a developing nation, and who are solely reliant on low wages and also remittances from overseas, we can definitely see that the impact of problem gambling will be very high.” Samoa May Seek Bids for Casino Licenselast_img read more

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I75 reopens in Pembroke Pines after crews put out car fire

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Pembroke Pines have reopened to traffic after crews put out a car fire.Firefighters responded to the single vehicle blaze on the side of the road, between the Sheridan Street and Pines Boulevard exits, just before 10 a.m., Monday.As a result, two left lanes were shut down, causing heavy traffic delays.The driver of the vehicle is said to be OK.The cause of the fire remains unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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The 5 best things about the new iPad Mini

first_img Apple Now playing: Watch this: The cheapest ticket to an A12 processor.Before the newest iPads, the least expensive A12-equipped iOS device was the $750 iPhone XR. $400 for an iPad Mini is a nearly half-price way to go if you want performance.It’s definitely easy to carryThe Mini’s tweener size feels more like a thin booklet than a mini-laptop, and is a lighter travel companion. It’s easy to hold in one hand or slip in a jacket pocket. No, it’s not as small as even a super-large phone, but it’s a lot less baggage than larger iPads.ipad-mini-2019-17 Angela Lang/CNET Get artistic with pencil support  Most artists will prefer a larger iPad screen size, for sure. But the A12 and Pencil combo mean it could function as a portable work device for artists. But only if you’re fine with the 7.9-inch work area.You can keep your old accessories It’s disappointing that the new Mini didn’t try to reimagine the screen-to-body ratio or find a more organic way to fit a Pencil in. But since it’s the same size as the iPad Mini 4, there are lots of old cases and accessories it can slot into. That could be helpful for budget shopping.Wild card: Battery life? In battery tests so far, the iPad Mini is doing surprisingly well. It’s lasting significantly longer than 10 hours when playing back streaming video. But note that these are early returns and we’ll have more details later.You may not need an iPad Mini, but it’s got a good handful of advantages in its corner, too.See the iPad Mini at Amazon Comments Who is the new iPad Mini for, exactly? Apple reading • The 5 best things about the new iPad Mini Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 4 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tablets 3:01 • Share your voice Tags See All Angela Lang/CNET Apple’s iPad lineup has a few recent additions: the 10.5-inch iPad Air and the new 7.9-inch iPad Mini. Both are basically the same iPad in two different sizes, with slightly different prices. I’ve been using the updated Mini for a couple of weeks, and it’s not always a perfect fit for my needs.But the idea of a small iPad isn’t crazy. Neither is choosing this iPad Mini in particular. In fact, it has some advantages you might want to consider. They’ve become even clearer after more time with the tablet. These are my favorite features.Read next: iPad Mini…will it bring you joy?Read also: Our iPad 9.7 reviewIt has a headphone jack! The new iPad Pro models went to USB-C and ditched the 3.5mm headphone connection unless you use a dongle. It’s a lot nicer to just have a jack onboard. I mostly use wireless headphones now, admittedly, but it’s still helpful to have.last_img read more

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TDP leader Uma Yadav murdered in Mangalagiri

first_imgGuntur: TDP leader Uma Yadav was brutally murdered in at his residence in Mangalagiri town on Tuesday. He is fourth ward leader in Mangalagiri town for some time. Three persons attacked with knives and brutally killed him. He died on the spot. The deceased is accused in another murder case and staunch supporter of former MLA Kandru Kamala. The TDP leaders are feeling that after general elections,the attacks on TDP leaders on raise. Police registered the case and took up investigation.last_img read more

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Malaysian officials disguise as cooks to catch Muslims who dont fast

first_imgReligious Muslim students prepare their outfits before reading and memorising the Koran at a seminary during the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan in Bentong, outside Kuala Lumpur in the nearby Pahang state on 16 May 2019. Photo: AFPMalaysian officials are disguising themselves as cooks and waiters to catch Muslims who don’t fast during Ramadan, with a rights group Thursday blasting the “disgraceful act of spying”.Thirty-two enforcement officers from a local council in the Muslim-majority country are going undercover at food outlets as part of the scheme, the New Straits Times newspaper reported.Muslims are required to fast from dawn until dusk during Islam’s holiest month, unless there are special circumstances such as illness.While Muslims in multi-ethnic Malaysia have traditionally followed a tolerant form of Islam, critics say conservative attitudes have been gaining ground in recent years.The team in Segamat district, in southern Johor state, will be monitoring 185 outlets, with two of the officers selected as they are good at making popular dishes such as spicy fried noodles.”We have specially selected enforcement officers who are dark skinned for the undercover job,” Mohamad Masni Wakiman, president of the Segamat Municipal Council, was cited as saying by the paper.”They sound convincing when they speak in Indonesian and Pakistani lingo, so that customers will believe they are really hired to cook and serve meals, and take menu orders.”Many staff at food outlets in Malaysia are migrant workers.If Muslims are seen ordering food during the daytime, the officers will secretly take pictures of them and contact the local religious affairs department for further action, Masni said.Malaysia has a dual-track legal system, with Muslims subject to Islamic laws in certain areas. In Johor, Muslims who skip fasting can be punished with up to six months in jail or a fine of up to 1,000 ringgit ($240), or both.Sisters in Islam, a group promoting the rights of Muslim women in Malaysia, said that the plan was “shameful and gives the wrong impression of Islam in the eyes of fellow Muslims and people from other faiths.”We strongly demand that all parties cease this disgraceful act of spying.”Over 60 percent of Malaysia’s 32 million inhabitants are ethnic Malay Muslims and the country is also home to substantial ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities, who do not typically follow Islam.last_img read more

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Avianca Brasil dropping Sao Paulo flights ex JFK MIA

first_img Share Travelweek Group Posted by Friday, January 18, 2019 Tags: Avianca, Brasil, Discontinued, Miami, New York, San Paulocenter_img Avianca Brasil dropping Sao Paulo flights ex JFK, MIA TORONTO — Avianca Brasil is discontinuing its direct flights from New York and Miami to Sao Paulo (GRU) effective March 31.The carrier filed for bankruptcy protection in December 2018, citing soaring fuel costs, currency fluctuations and Brazil’s sluggish economy for its financial troubles. Flights have continued despite the bankruptcy filling.Now Avianca Brasil’s is notifying agents via its GSA in Canada, APG, that it will discontinue the direct flights from Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport (GRU) to Santiago, Miami and New York at the end of March.The airline says its focus is now on “guaranteeing the business’ sustainability” and reiterates that flights to all of its other 26 destinations remain and continue to operate regularly with 240+ daily flights.Avianca Brasil says it is in contact with all clients who bought tickets on the impacted flights and says each case will be handled individually. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Appraisal Institute Announces 2018 VP

first_img The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, recently announced Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, of Highland Heights, Ohio as its 2018 VP.Sherman’s term, which spans one year, will begin on January 1, 2018, followed by one year each as President Elect, President, and Immediate Past President. He will serve on the Appraisal Institute’s Executive Committee and policymaking Board of Directors all four years and chair the Finance Committee and National Nominating Committee in 2018 and 2021 respectively.“It is an honor to be elected to serve the Appraisal Institute and its professionals,” Sherman said. “I am humbled to be offered this opportunity, and I look forward to working with my fellow valuation professionals to make the most of it.”Sherman is an industry veteran with 44 years of experience including being a broker in both Colorado and Michigan. His practice is concentrated on the eminent domain field with an emphasis on litigation review. Sherman-Andrzejczyk Group, Inc., Sherman’s firm, is compromised of 6 people, including his son. He has served as President of the Battle Creek Board of Realtors twice and was named 1982 Realtor of the year.In Ohio, Sherman served twice as an Appraisal Institute Chapter President and worked on two successful chapter merger teams. He has served on the National Board of Directors from 2000-2002, Vice Chair of the Finance Committee in 2002, Nominating Committee in 2002, Education Committee from 2010 to 2013 and International Relations Committee in 2016. He currently serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and has served almost continuously on the Region V committee since 1993, including a number of years at its parliamentarian.Since 1992, Sherman has taught two courses for the Appraisal Institute in 10 states and Saudi Arabia. in Government, Headlines, News Appraisal Institute Announces 2018 VP September 1, 2017 561 Views center_img Appraisal Institute 2017-09-01 Brianna Gilpin Sharelast_img read more

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Adventure Resorts and Cruises will launch the firs

first_imgAdventure Resorts and Cruises will launch the first-ever extended cruises on the beautiful Kerala Backwaters in southern India, in October 2019.To mark the debut of the tropical, seven-night journeys aboard a traditional wooden, 18-passenger barge, a discount of 20 per cent is available for sailings from October 2019, to April 2020, and no single supplement for solo travellers, with the special offers available until sold out.Adventure Resorts and Cruises will offer 36 seven-night sailings aboard the nine-cabin RV Vaikundam from Cochin to Alleppey and vice versa from October 2019 to March, 2021. “Our unique, new cruises will, for the first time, offer travellers a genuinely immersive cultural and natural journey through the Kerala Backwaters,” said Adventure Resorts and Cruises Managing Director, Sanjay Basu. “Described as the ‘Green Venice of the East’, the Backwaters were previously only open to travellers for a night or two on houseboats but our new, week-long cruises will offer an authentic, in-depth insight into the local life, traditions, and customs of these peaceful, coastal waterways.” Adventure Resorts & CruisescruiseindiaKeralasolo travellersspecialslast_img read more

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Turks would not budge on troops says Anastasiades

first_imgThe two sides were close to reaching a settlement deal in Switzerland but this was prevented by Turkey’s insistence on the permanent presence of 1,800 Turkish soldiers on the island, President Anastasiades said.Speaking to Politis, in an interview that was published on Sunday, Anastasiades said he was considering writing a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asking for confirmation of the statements of special adviser Espen Barth Eide that Turkey had agreed to the termination of the guarantees from the first day of a settlement.Eide’s comments made following the collapse of the talks was challenged by Anastasiades and Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias, both of whom branded the UN official a liar. Eide blamed the collapse of the talks on a “collective failure,” while Anastasiades maintained that Turkey’s intransigence was 100 per cent to blame. Eide said the termination of guarantees was on the cards and also rejected Cyprus government claims that Guterres had misunderstood the content of a private conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Crans-Montana about Ankara’s willingness to ditch the guarantees system from the first day of a settlement.Anastasiades said in the interview that he was ready to return to the negotiations table “if what Mr Cavusoglu implied was true, that what Mr Eide is saying is the reality, that Turkey that is, would agree to the termination of the guarantees from day one, […], for the reduction of the Turkish troops and agree to a minimum number and timeframe for the departure of the troops”.The president also denied charges that he was against the arrival of the prime-ministers of the three guarantors – Greece, Turkey, the UK – in Crans-Montana.“Nothing could be further from the truth. We never refused, on the contrary, we agreed with the UNSG for a brief statement to be issued, that would provide for the termination of the guarantees and the abolition of intervention rights, in order to facilitate the arrival of the prime- ministers,” he said.He added that the Greek Prime Minister was ready to travel to Crans-Montana as long as “our positions were satisfied and Mr Cavusoglu made clear that he meant (what he said) as to the first day of the solution”. He added: “I want to make clear that that was also the suggestion of the UNSG”.But Tsipras could not travel to Crans-Montana, Anastasiades said, because neither the two other PMs would go unless an agreement was reached regarding Turkey’s intentions concerning the first day of a settlement. “The position of all three was clear,” he said. Tsipras, he said, had spoken with both his Turkish and British counterparts.“Therefore, misinformation is no good for anything,” Anastasiades said.He also said that the stumbling block on the abolition of the Treaty of Guarantee, was not on the refusal of the Greek Cypriot side to agree to the presence on the island of a Greek and of a Turkish contingent of 950 and 650 men respectively.“I will have to reveal that the Turks wanted a military base and permanent presence of a contingent of between 1,800 and 2,000 soldiers. That is Turkey’s position,” Anastasiades said.Cavusoglu, Anastasiades said, had even proposed to Kotzias for Greece to do the same, since the UK already had bases on the island, but that the Greek minister said no.The president said he remained committed to the goal of liberation and reunification of the country which could be achieved through his proposals. He refuted claims by rejectionists that he made “unacceptable concessions”, but that he made compromises “that could allow us to co-exist safely, as long as we are not pawns of third parties or serve the interests of third parties”.Anastasiades said that there cannot be a solution however without the contribution of Turkey, and that during a meeting he had with Cavusoglu on July 4 he had tried to convince him of withdrawing Turkey’s demand for military bases on the island.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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