Outgoing CRTC chair blasts industry at Banff World Media Festival

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first_img“How many of you attended any of these public hearings?” he asked, suggesting only criticism was levelled for some of his decisions and that he received little support for others. Blais called traditional thinking in government and the industry “flawed,” labelling archaic the system of quotas and tax credits in place to support Canadian producers and broadcasters. But this year’s event, which wrapped up earlier this week, didn’t quite reflect the surroundings amid talk of an “era of disruption” in a TV industry where the future is somewhat cloudy. Twitter The former NBC programming chief confirmed production on the second season of the story, based on Margaret Atwood’s famed book, will commence later this summer in Toronto, Hamilton and Cambridge, Ont. Advertisement He ripped into industry players in the room, accusing broadcasters of living within their own “echo chambers.” “Look, I would love to do more ‘Fargo,’” said Littlefield. “The hope is that one morning Noah is in his shower and has this dark little smile that comes across his face and says, ‘Yeah, I think I know where I want to go.’” Among other festival highlights, recent talks with Chinese government officials gave hope that one of the world’s largest markets will soon establish a stronger relationship for exports from the Canadian film and TV production industry. “It’s certainly nothing that’s guaranteed,” he said. “They’re as glaringly old-fashioned in today’s world as the steam engine or the horse-drawn carriage,” he said. BANFF, Alta. — The Banff World Media Festival is held in one of Canada’s most picturesque regions where the Rocky Mountain views are breathtaking and spectacular. There were also hints that some sort of Netflix “tax” — along the lines of what is gradually being introduced in Europe — may soon be announced, although how that might be imposed was not outlined. At the festival’s annual Rockie Awards, “The Handmaid’s Tale” was singled out as the TV program of the year. Executive producer Warren Littlefield saw the award as “a kiss from the international community.” Blais also reiterated that “CBC must be accountable to the public,” suggesting they derive profits by selling their stake in Sirius XM instead of turning to the government for additional funding. Joly told the same gathering a day earlier that her recommendations would come in September. She also announced the formation of an indigenous film office to be funded by all the major broadcast partners. At a packed breakfast session, Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission chair Jean-Pierre Blais scolded his audience in what amounted to a farewell address as his five-year term ended Friday.center_img Advertisement Facebook He called for more independence and longer terms for future top leaders at the CRTC. He praised Atwood, describing her as “a very active consultant” on the project. The second season will take the story beyond Atwood’s bestselling novel. By Bill Brioux – a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ont. Advertisement The sticking point is the availability of showrunner Noah Hawley, who is busy with the FX series “Legion” and several other projects. “Every engagement with Margaret, something wonderful comes out of it,” he said. Littlefield is also an executive producer of “Fargo.” The drama, based on the Coen brothers’ film, is shot in Calgary. With the Season 3 finale airing next week on FX Canada, Littlefield said he hopes there will be a fourth season. Jean-Pierre Blais LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Blais lashed out at what he saw as government interference, particularly during the debate a few years ago over a “Netflix tax.” Minister of Heritage Melanie Joly also came under fire as Blais urged her to issue her long-awaited report on the government’s role in supporting Canadian content creation.last_img read more

Dairy Queens Miracle Treat Day August 8th 2019

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tomorrow, August 8th, 2019, is Dairy Queen’s Annual fundraising event, Miracle Treat Day.To participate in #MiracleTreatDayHead to Dairy Queen and purchase a BLIZZARD Treat and the net proceeds from each BLIZZARD go towards local Children’s Miracle Network Canada hospitals such as BC Children’s Hospital. To view social media, CLICK HERElast_img

Grains livestock mixed

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Wheat for May rose 7 cents at 4.7100 a bushel; May corn was up 1.25 cents at 3.6275 a bushel; May oats advanced 7.25 cents at $2.8525 a bushel; while May soybeans fell 1.25 cents at $8.9875 a bushel.Beef was lower, pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Apr. live cattle was down .50 cent at $1.2577 a pound; Apr. feeder cattle fell .10 cent at $1.4475 a pound; while Apr. lean hogs gained .12 cent at $.7907 a pound.The Associated Press

Restructuring Deutsche Bank posts 345 billion loss

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FRANKFURT — Deutsche Bank says it lost 3.1 billion euros ($3.45 billion) in the second quarter as the bank booked heavy charges for its sweeping restructuring that will drop 18,000 jobs.The bank said in a news release Wednesday that without the charges it would have made net profit of 231 million euros and that a “substantial portion” of the deductions to earnings for the restructuring were now behind it.The charges included revaluing deferred tax matters, a lowered outlook for its business plans, and losses on software and service contracts.Deutsche Bank has struggled with low profits, high costs, questions about its business model, and fines and settlements with regulators for misconduct. CEO Christian Sewing took over last year with a mandate to cut costs and improve returns to shareholders.The Associated Press read more

US consumer borrowing hits another record in June as Americans add 207

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In this June 8, 2015 photo, credit card customers are directed to a pay station at the green market in downtown Miami. The Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for June on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve says U.S. consumer borrowing hit another record in June, good news for the American economy.The Fed says Americans piled on another $20.7 billion in debt in June, bringing total consumer borrowing to a record $3.42 trillion.In June, borrowing in the category that includes auto and student loans rose by $15.2 billion. Borrowing in the category that includes credit cards rose by $5.5 billion.Economists expect consumers to borrow and spend more the rest of the year. That would boost growth in a country where consumer spending accounts for nearly 70 per cent of economic activity.Consumers are drawing confidence from an improving job market. On Friday, the Labor Department said employers added 215,000 jobs in July and unemployment remained at a seven-year low 5.3 per cent. by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2015 1:03 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 7, 2015 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US consumer borrowing hits another record in June as Americans add $20.7 billion in debt read more

Education students get a head start at Career Information Day

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For students about to graduate, making the move from classroom to career can be daunting.In hopes of gaining a leg up during the transition, close to 500 of Brock’s graduating Consecutive and Concurrent Teacher Education students attended the Department of Teacher Education’s Career Information Day at the Hamilton Campus on Wednesday, Jan. 17.For teacher candidates, it was a valuable opportunity to make connections and explore their options for the future.“It’s a chance to learn different things you hadn’t heard before that you can prepare for or to learn about initiatives in school boards you’re interested in,” said Stefanie DiSimoni, a second-year Consecutive Teacher Education student who hopes to teach high school math.Students like DiSimoni could explore opportunities with representatives from close to 60 Ontario school boards, private schools, First Nations school boards, out-of-province school boards, international schools, and international hiring agencies.For some students, those opportunities manifested quickly, with interviews happening and offers being made at the event.Brock students and graduates have made a positive impression on exhibitors.Sarah O’Shea of TimePlan, an international recruiting agency, was impressed by the professionalism students displayed while visiting her booth.Natasha Davey (BA ’14, BEd ’14) complimented the skills of the Brock graduates she’s worked with through her role as Teacher Development Manager at Teach for Canada.“Students have an ability to apply what they learn at Brock about pedagogy practices,” said Davey, who graduated from Brock’s Concurrent Teacher Education program in 2014. “They make learning goals visible and use scaffolding to make learning accessible.” Students were carefully prepared for the day by Faculty of Education staff, explains Dorothy Buchanan, Co-ordinator, Professional Development for Students, Recruitment and Retention.“Brock’s success in teacher education is built on having a rich, comprehensive academic program and strong relationships with educational partners,” she said. “Most of our exhibitors say our students ask good questions and are prepared. They have a deep knowledge of teaching and learning that comes through when they are speaking with potential employers at this event. We’re so proud to see them launch their careers.”Brock and Faculty of Education departments were on hand to make that launch easier, whether through information on further education or resumé help from Co-op Career and Experiential Education. Brock Alumni Relations offered free LinkedIn profile headshots as well as information on services available for Brock graduates.As for the students, they’re prepared and passionate about the career path they’ve chosen.“Brock has prepared me to go out as a new teacher,” DiSimoni said. “The experience-based learning has been the best. It’s very hands on. We have great profs who share their real-life examples about how they solve things in the classroom.” read more

Germany and Denmark join bid for WCh 2019

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Germany and Denmark want to organise Men’s World Championship 2019 together! That is a conclusion of meeting of two Federation’s president Bernhard Bauer und Per Bertelsen. Two famous handball countries joined their candidatures to host the most prestige handball tournament in order to get more chances on voting during IHF meeting in Doha, Qatar on October 28.The plan is that final match will be played in Denmark, while Germans will get oppening clash and semi-finals.Other candidates for the host are Sweden, Hungary with Slovakia, Poland and Norway.Denmark was home nation of WCh in 1978, while Germany organised fantastic event in 2019. ← Previous Story FRANCE: Montpellier again defeated by Cesson! Next Story → Nora Mork saves Larvik in Skopje DenmarkDohagermanyhandball world championshipIHF handballQatartogether handball read more

Heres what happens when youre arrested on suspicion of drinkdriving

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first_img“If you fail or refuse to give a breath sample it’s a separate penalty, and guess what? The penalty’s exactly the same as if you’d failed the test.“The reality is if you blow into the machine there’s some chance you may be under the limit, but if you refuse, there’s no chance of not getting convicted.” A breathalyser machine at Store Street Station [Image: An Garda Síochána]And what happens when you’re ‘booked’?There must be a 20 minute wait between the last consumed drink and the in-station breath test — so officers observe that waiting period from the time of arrest.Once arrested, suspected drink-drivers arriving at the garda station will be sat down at a ‘booking area’ that looks something like this:[Image: An Garda Síochána]After that, it’s a trip down the hall to the breathalyser test… You’ve to blow into the tube and you’ve to blow a specified volume of air and the machine then processes it.This idea of holding your breath, for instance, all you’ll do is go red — but the machine will tell you there’s no air in there… So yes, it’s a myth. “You’ll be given a tube — you blow into the machine twice, and it averages the two readings and it prints out a cert, which will basically be good news or bad news.“The reading determines if it’s a fixed charge or a court summons immediately — it depends on the concentration.“If you’re over the limit it tells you you’re over and there and then — that’s proof, that’s produced in court if it goes to court.“One copy of that goes to the driver, the other to the garda.” “It’s be to the closest station with an intoxilator [breathalyser] machine. There are 86 machines dotted out around the country — spread out on a national basis.“It may not be the local one, but it will be the closest station with a tester to where you are.” “No, it’s the scientific breath method, but any time a guard stops you we’re always checking to see if your speech is slurred, your eyes are glassy, or you have difficulty coordinating yourself . They’re the tell-tale signs to us.“It’s about observation — you might think, if a garda stops you at a checkpoint and asks ‘where are you going?’ that it’s a stupid question but what he’s really checking is if you can give a coherent answer.“The engagement is purely so the garda can decide ‘is this person fit to drive’.” Here’s a breakdown of the limits, and the penalties applied…In addition to the above, drivers who don’t accept the fixed penalty notice, go to court and lose their appeal can have their driving bans doubled. Those who test above 100mg face an automatic court appearance and a ban of 12 months. The maximum penalty is a fine of up to of €5,000 and/or six months in prison. [Image: National Documentation Centre on Drug Use]Urban myth time… Is it possible to beat the breathalyser?We’ve all heard myths about ways to beat the breath test: the US TV show Mythbusters once ran a series of tests on different substances — including breath mints, onions, mouthwash and batteries — and all failed to fool the machine.And Garda Cloughley’s pretty certain it’s scientifically impossible: [Image: An Garda Síochána]‘Double jeopardy…’What about in cases where a garda has driven the car to the station — has it ever happened that a person’s been processed, failed the breathalyser and then walked out and climbed back into the driver’s seat?“Yes. Has happened, yes.”And what happens then? DRINK DRIVING IS still a major problem on the country’s roads — and although the latest official stats indicate drivers are getting the message, gardaí also confirmed during the week that they’d made 805 drink-drive related arrests over the Christmas period.So what happens if you fail a roadside breath-test? What’s the procedure once you’re taken to the Garda station — and how do people generally react once they’re detained?Garda Derek Cloughley of the National Traffic Bureau sat down with TheJournal.ie to talk us through the procedure…A Garda MAT checkpoint in Dublin last weekend [Image: An Garda Síochána/Facebook]‘Licence, please…’Cloughley’s first message is a bit of an eye-opener: “The first thing to say is that there’s an obligation to carry your drivers licence with you at all times”.“If for some reason you cannot produce it at the side of the road at a mandatory alcohol testing checkpoint, you as the driver are tested at the lowest limit.”The logic of this is obvious when you think about it —  in the absence of a licence, there’s no way for the garda to know whether or not you’re a learner driver. (The minimum Blood Alcohol Content level for learners is just 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, whereas for full licence holders it’s 50mg).If you can’t produce a licence and fail the lower limit test, “you’re arrested, and you’re conveyed to a garda station where you’re processed by breath, by blood or by urine”.“For what are known as specified drivers [this also includes the newly-qualified, as well as professionals — like bus drivers] the penalties are harsher from the start.”Experienced drivers stopped at an MAT who are carrying their licence are breathalysed at the 50mg limit.Are drivers ever asked to “walk in a straight line”?[Image: Shutterstock]Mostly as a result of over-exposure to US cop shows, we’re all familiar with coordination tests where drivers are asked to walk in a line or touch their nose. But are these ever applied in Ireland?In short, it turns out — no. “There’s no obligation to bring it to the station, no.“What would generally happen is that it’s parked up, locked up and left at a location close to the checkpoint.”center_img Gardaí prepare for checkpoints in Dublin [Image: An Garda Síochána]How do people generally react, once they’re processed? “By and large the vast majority are very remorseful.“It’s a failure to plan their journey home that has brought them here, but by and large they’re fairly remorseful and would cooperate with you — dealing with the public though there’s always exceptions.“Some people cry, some people fight, some say they’re sorry a hundred times… every case is different.“The process is the same, and for most cases they could be there one hour, two hours, two-and-a-half — it depends how busy the station is.” [Image: Shutterstock]Related Gardaí made 805 drink-drive arrests during Christmas clamp-down “A second prosecution… It has happened. Generally speaking though, for most people who go through the process, they collect their car the next day.“The perfect scenario for us though is if we have someone to hand them over to — a friend or family member. People might not be in a state where they’re thinking rationally, so ideally it’s best for us if someone they know comes down.“For most people at this stage, the wind’s very much gone out of their sails — what’s done is done.“As they sober up, the consequences kick in — and there are severe consequences.” [Image: Shutterstock]Hang on — where is the driver’s car while all this is going on?Is it left on the side of the road, or does a friendly garda drive it to the station for you behind the squad car? Generally speaking, the only reason blood or urine tests would be used instead is if a person is medically unable to comply with the breathalyser procedure, Cloughley explains.What if a driver refuses to be tested? Will I be taken to the nearest garda station?Not necessarily, it turns out… Read Senior gardaí “looking closely” at drink-drive ‘loophole’ verdictlast_img read more

Gotham Returns and Brings Back the Dead

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first_img NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News After the first half of the season’s relatively slow start, Gotham wasted no time getting to the action for its midseason premiere. This episode had pretty much everything that makes Gotham fun. There were plenty of villains, creepy foreshadowing, mob hits and of course, Jim Gordon making stupid decisions.The show begins with one of those, actually. Gordon decides to show up to Mario Falcone’s funeral. You know, his ex’s late husband and the son of gangster Carmine Falcone. Bullock shows up to tell Gordon just how terrible an idea this is. Bullock can talk some sense into Gordon, but not before Carmine sees him. This leads to Lee and Carmine deciding to put out a hit on Gordon.That means we get a very Zsasz-heavy episode. Zsasz is an underrated Batman villain, and one of my favorites in the comics. His gruesome kills and sadistic arrangement of bodies is terrifying. When Zsasz shows up on the page, you know something real messed up is about to happen. On Gotham, he’s been toned down a lot, but he’s still creepy. This version may rely on guns too much, but Anthony Carrigan knows how to unsettle you with just a look.Donal Logue and Ben McKenzie (Credit: Jeff Neumann/FOX.)In addition to dealing with Zsasz, Bullock and Gordon have to investigate a strange case involving the dead coming back to life. A woman who had been murdered by her boyfriend a few days prior was found dead again, having left the morgue to walk on the railroad tracks. When they question the morgue attendant, Gordon notices a hat with a strange logo on it. It’s a face with the words “Ha Ha Ha Ha” forming a bright red smile. Oh yes. He’s back. Or will be anyway. The detectives tail the attendant to a secret meeting in an abandoned theater. A group of Joker (or Jerome, in this case) cosplayers watch his old video messages to the city, having memorized every word.Gordon and Bullock break up the meeting and chase everyone outside. The morgue attendant is nowhere to be found. The investigation is cut short by Zsasz and his two assistants trying to murder Gordon. He leads the assassins into a restaurant, which gives us the episode’s big action scene. Gordon dives behind a kitchen counter, allowing him to deal with the threats one at a time. After using one of Zsasz’s assistants as a human shield (damn, Gordon), he beats Zsasz unconscious with a baking sheet. It’s a pretty cool-looking fight.Gordon and Bullock escape to Gordon’s home, but Zsasz follows close behind. He gets the drop on Bullock, but Gordon appears behind him with a shotgun. The standoff doesn’t last long. They’re interrupted by Carmine, who has been asked by Lee to call off the hit. Partly because she saw how insane Barnes had become since his infection, and partly because she still loves Gordon. With the hit called off, Bullock and Gordon survive to continue their investigation in the next episode. At the close, we learn that the morgue attendant is experimenting on dead bodies, with the ultimate goal of reviving Jerome.Cameron Monaghan as Jerome’s corpse in Gotham. (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)The detectives aren’t the only ones dealing with the return of the dead. While all that is going on, Penguin’s life is spiraling out of control. Nygma is nowhere to be found, and he doesn’t fully trust his deputy chief of staff. That lack of trust is exacerbated by what appears to be the ghost of Penguin’s father telling him not to trust “the birthday boy.” Penguin soon finds the corpse of his father has been dug up and put in his closet. He murders his deputy chief of staff and has a meltdown on national TV. His empire is starting to crumble. Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Nygma is behind all this. It’s the first step in his elaborate revenge plan. The “ghost” was actually Clayface taking the form of Penguin’s father. Gotham is bringing back all the hits this week.The only storyline that doesn’t really go anywhere this week is Bruce’s. There’s a hint that shining a light through the owl statue they recovered the last episode does… something. We don’t see what. Their subplot this week focused on Selina’s relationship with her mom. Selina rejects her at first, angry about being abandoned at five years old. Bruce, who doesn’t want anyone else to miss out on having a family, convinces them to give each other a chance. Things go well until a man catches up to Selina’s mother and demands a large chunk of money. Selina mentions Bruce’s name and the man leaves to go after him instead. That’s all that happens for them.The second half of “Mad City” started off really strong. It had great action, some genuinely scary moments and a surprising amount of classic Batman villains. Even though it was pretty obvious that Nygma was behind all the weird stuff happening to Penguin, it still came as a surprise when the “ghost” was revealed to be Clayface. And I couldn’t be more excited for the return of the Joker/Jerome. It was smart of Gotham to keep Jerome in the background for so long. The presence of any Joker-like villain would overshadow all the other fun things the show has going for it. Now, three and a half seasons in, I’m ready for him to come back and I can’t wait to see what they do with him. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Vancouver police searching for missing woman

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first_imgUpdate 8/29/18: The Vancouver Police Department says Morrison was found this morning in Hazel Dell.****The Vancouver Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a 26-year-old woman last seen Friday in the Salmon Creek area.Police described Summer Morrison as a white woman, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a small build, and brown hair and eyes.She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts and gray tennis shoes.Morrison takes medication for a medical condition, police said, and her family is asking for help in finding her.Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Morrison is asked to call 911.last_img

Benjamin Pavard denies Bayern Munich agreement

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first_imgVfB Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard has refuted claims that he has agreed on a deal to join Bayern Munich.Pavard was a World Cup winner with France in the summer. He seems set to remain with Stuttgart, insisting he is happy at the Bundesliga club.Pavard has been linked with several Premier League clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, but he has now rubbished reports of his agreed deal to join Bayern.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“I did not sign anything at all (with Bayern). You are the journalists who say that I signed (for Bayern),” Pavard told L’Equipe, via Sky Sports.“I’m in Stuttgart, I’m fine there. My career plan was to stay one more season in Germany. I am in a very big German club, with fantastic fans. This club is a family, that’s what I need and that’s what I like about this club. I’m very good there.“It’s true that the World Cup came faster than expected, nobody expected it, not even me at the very beginning.”last_img read more

Car fire causes traffic jam on Route 54 in National City

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first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: October 14, 2018 Car fire causes traffic jam on Route 54 in National City October 14, 2018 NATIONAL CITY (KUSI) – A car fire briefly caused a traffic jam on Route 54 in National City Sunday.Shortly after 11 a.m., dispatchers were told flames were beginning to come from underneath a gray SUV parked in the left shoulder of eastbound Route 54 near National City Boulevard, according to a California Highway Patrol officers.Firefighters headed to the scene, and the left lane of the freeway was closed while they worked, backing up traffic to Interstate 5.The fire was out and lanes had been reopened by about 11:30 a.m., according to the CHP.There was no information on whether anyone was in the vehicle when the fire was reported. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Man uses counterfeit cash to buy 200 gift card at Deerfield Beach

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first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man accused of using counterfeit cash to buy a gift card.According to detectives, the man used fake money in April to buy a $200 gift card and a bottle of soda at a Deerfield Beach Target on South Federal Highway, near Southeast 13th Court.A loss prevention employee notified police after the transaction took place.Investigators believe this man is part of a larger fraud network.If you have any information on this fraud case, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Neighbors File Suit to Stop Extra Flights at DavisMonthan AFB

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first_imgThree residents of neighborhoods near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., filed a lawsuit Friday against the Air Force to stop it from increasing the number of flight operations associated with the installation’s training of visiting military units, including foreign military partners.The plaintiffs asked the U.S. District Court of Arizona to issue an injunction to stop the installation from carrying out an updated plan issued last May for training visiting units, reported the Arizona Daily Star. They say the Air Force failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act because officials did not adequately notify affected communities. The Air Force also did not prepare an environmental impact statement, according to the complaint.The plaintiffs allege the increase in flight operations has hurt their homes’ value; they also claim the aircraft noise caused emotional and physical injuries.Capt. Casey Osborne, spokesman for the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan, said he could not comment on the specifics of pending litigation but defended the environmental assessment.“Davis-Monthan Air Force Base fully complied with all applicable laws when conducting its Total Force Training environmental assessment,” he told the paper.“The environmental assessment places a cap on the total number of annual Total Force Training flights. It should be noted that even if we reach that cap, all Total Force Training flights combined would represent less than 6 percent of the total annual D-M airfield operations numbers,” Osborne said.Last May Air Combat Command issued a final environmental assessment on the proposed expansion of its program training visiting units at Davis-Monthan and determined that increasing the number of sorties by 65 percent would not pose any significant environmental issues. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Libertarians Independents And WriteIns Here Are Texas NonMajor Party Options in 2018

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first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneA “vote” sign in a yard in west Austin on March 6, 2018.Today’s Texplainer question was inspired by reader Karen.Hey, Texplainer: I don’t like the Republicans or Democrats running in 2018. What are my other choices?For Texans who aren’t fans of either of the nation’s two major parties, writing in a random person — or meteor — may sound appealing. (Yes, voters in 2016 cast ballots for Giant Meteor, Deez Nutz, Oprah Winfrey, Harambe or just left a somber message like “America U R Broken.”)No, those votes don’t count. But you still do have some real options besides the chosen Democrats and Republicans.Third party candidatesTexas Libertarians have fielded a candidate in nearly every statewide race this election season, according to Mark Tippetts, the party’s nominee for governor. A full list of the Libertarians that will be on the ballot this fall can be found on the party’s website.In order to get their candidates on the general election ballot without a petition, third parties must have at least one candidate win more than 5 percent of the vote in a statewide race during the previous election cycle. Libertarian petroleum engineer Mark Miller barely cleared that hurdle for his party in 2016, winning 5.3 percent of the vote in the race against Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian.“We’ve maintained ballot access throughout the state by running candidates and getting the percentages needed,” Tippetts said. “It is a really good feeling to have ballot access and it really takes away the argument of the Democrats and Republicans that they are the only ones you can vote for.”Despite enthusiasm from the state’s only third party to clinch ballot access this year, a Libertarian has never won a statewide race in Texas. According to Tippetts, however, winning an election this fall isn’t the only goal. Rather, he hopes to prove that third parties can compete against the nation’s two major parties and have at least one Libertarian statewide candidate earn enough votes to ensure they’ll be on the ballot again in 2020.“We must maintain ballot access and we have enough statewide candidates running that I think we should be able to do that,” Tippett said. “We believe we have the best platform and the best principles, but we also realize a party grows little by little and our intent is to keep the party going and maintain ballot access.”Independent candidatesCandidates unaffiliated with a political party are allowed access to the general election ballot as long as they file the necessary paperwork and gather a certain number of signatures — depending on the office sought — from people who didn’t attend either the Republican or Democratic party conventions this year or vote in either party’s primary.“It’s up to their personal campaign on how they want to portray themselves [but] when you’re an independent, you haven’t attended the convention of another party,” said Sam Taylor, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office.Independent candidates were required to register with the appropriate office by June 21. This year, eight candidates are registered as independents — seven in congressional races and another vying for a state House seat. None are running for statewide office. Independent U.S. Senate candidate Jonathan Jenkins missed the filing deadline for the November ballot.Here’s the full list of independent candidates: Ben Mendoza in El Paso’s 16th Congressional District. Benjamin Hernandez and Kesha Rogers in Houston’s 9th Congressional District. Scott Cubbler in the 2nd Congressional District in the Houston area. James Duerr in Texas’ 27th Congressional District along Texas’ Gulf Coast. Kellen Sweny in the Houston area’s 22nd Congressional District.center_img Write-in candidatesFive parties in Texas made an effort this year to get November ballot access — America’s Party of Texas, the Christian Party of Texas, the Green Party of Texas, None of the Above and the Texas Independent Party. However, none of the parties secured the nearly 50,000 valid signatures needed for ballot access this fall.There’s a last-ditch effort these parties can utilize, however: filing a declaration of write-in candidacy. The window to file declarations opened on July 21 and will close Aug. 20, Taylor said.As of Friday, Taylor said, only one candidate had filed a nominating petition: Samuel Lee Williams Jr. (who will appear on the ballot as Sam Williams). According to his campaign filing, Williams is running as a candidate for the Independent Party against Democrat Veronica Escobar and Republican Rick Seeberger in the race fill the U.S. House seat that’s being vacated by Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso.But don’t be surprised if more write-ins file to get on the ballot over the next several weeks. Jan Richards, a Green Party of Texas candidate for governor, told The Texas Tribune she plans to send her paperwork to the secretary of state’s office in the final days leading up to the declaration deadline — but first she said she needs to collect the $3,750 needed to be eligible as a write-in. She said she wasn’t aware of other candidates in her party that planned on doing the same.“My own platform represents the needs of a large number of Texans,” Richards said. “There’s a huge number of people who could be served by a candidate like me. What I’m trying to accomplish is talking about issues relevant to people — like education, universal healthcare and workplace improvement.”Andy Prior, the former state chairman for America’s Party of Texas who’s the party’s nominee for land commissioner, also said he’s considering filing paperwork to be an eligible write-in. According to its website, America’s Party supports a pro-life and pro-liberty platform.“I plan on making a final decision probably this week, which would give me two weeks to get everything done that would be necessary,” Prior said.Spokespeople for the Christian Party of Texas, None of the Above and Texas Independent Party did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding their plans for the November election.The bottom line: For Texans who don’t want to vote for either the Democrat or Republican on the ballot, there are other options available. Libertarians fielded a candidate in nearly every statewide race this year, and there are eight eligible independent candidates running. Neal Katz, in Texas House District 6 in Tyler. Martin Luecke in Texas’ 25th Congressional District, which spans from Fort Worth to Austin. Sharelast_img read more

Bill Cosby Gets 3 to 10 Years in Prison for Sex Assault

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first_imgBy The Associated PressHis Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, an 81-year-old Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, becoming the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison.The punishment all but completed the dizzying, late-in-life fall from grace for the comedian, former TV star and breaker of racial barriers.Bill Cosby is the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)“It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come,” Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill said. He quoted from victim Andrea Constand’s own statement to the court, in which she said Cosby took her “beautiful, young spirit and crushed it.”Cosby declined the opportunity to speak before the sentence came down, and afterward he sat and chatted with his spokesman and a lawyer, seemingly in good spirits. His wife of 54 years, Camille, was not in court. Constand smiled upon hearing the punishment and was hugged by others in the courtroom.Cosby’s lawyers asked that he be allowed to remain free on bail, but the judge appeared incredulous over the request and said he would not treat the celebrity any differently from others.The punishment came at the end of a two-day hearing at which the judge declared Cosby a “sexually violent predator” — a modern-day scarlet letter that subjects him to monthly counseling for the rest of his life and requires that neighbors and schools be notified of his whereabouts.The comic once known as America’s Dad for his role on the top-rated “Cosby Show” in the 1980s was convicted in April of violating Constand, Temple University women’s basketball administrator, at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004. It was the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.Cosby faced a sentence of anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison. His lawyers asked for house arrest, saying Cosby — who is legally blind — is too old and vulnerable to do time in prison. Prosecutors asked for five to 10 years behind bars, saying he could still pose a threat to women.Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele rejected the notion that Cosby’s age and infirmity entitle him to mercy. “He was good at hiding this for a long time. Good at suppressing this for a long time. So it’s taken a long time to get there,” Steele said.The sentencing came as another extraordinary #MeToo drama unfolded on Capitol Hill, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stands accused of sexual misconduct more than three decades ago.The Cosby case “really raised awareness of the pervasiveness of … sexual misconduct against subordinates and against women of relatively less power,” said Daniel Filler, dean of Drexel University’s law school. “For jurors, I think it’s inherently changed the credibility of the accusers.”In the years since Constand first went to authorities in 2005, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, though none of those claims have led to criminal charges.The judge ruled on Cosby’s “sexually violent predator” status after a psychologist for the state testified that the entertainer appears to have a mental disorder that gives him an uncontrollable urge to have sex with women without their consent. When the ruling came down, a woman in the courtroom shot her fist into the air and whispered, “Yessss!”In a statement submitted to the court and released Tuesday, Constand, now 45, that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt. She said she now lives alone with her two dogs and has trouble trusting people.“When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities,” she wrote in her five-page statement. “Now, almost 15 years later, I’m a middle-aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward.”She also wrote of Cosby: “We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator, but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over.”The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Constand and other accusers have done.Constand went to police a year after waking up in a fog at Cosby’s gated estate, her clothes askew, only to have the district attorney pass on the case.Another district attorney reopened the file a decade later and charged the TV star after stand-up comic Hannibal Buress’ riff about Cosby being a rapist prompted more accusers to come forward and after a federal judge, acting on a request from The Associated Press, unsealed some of Cosby’s startling, decade-old testimony in Constand’s related civil suit.In his testimony, Cosby described sexual encounters with a string of actresses, models and other young women and talked about obtaining quaaludes to give to those he wanted to sleep with.Cosby’s first trial in 2017 ended with a hung jury. He was convicted at a retrial that opened months after the #MeToo movement had taken down such figures as Hollywood studio boss Harvey Weinstein, NBC’s Matt Lauer, actor Kevin Spacey and Sen. Al Franken.Constand said Cosby gave her what she thought were herbal pills to ease stress, then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilized on a couch. Cosby claimed the encounter was consensual, and his lawyers branded her a “con artist” who framed the comedian to get a big payday — a $3.4 million settlement she received over a decade ago.Five other accusers took the stand at the trial as part of an effort by prosecutors to portray him as a predator.Cosby, whose estimated fortune once topped $400 million, broke barriers in the 1960s as the first black actor to star in a network show, “I Spy.” He went on to superstardom as wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” a sitcom that showed America a new kind of black TV family: a warm and loving household led by two professionals, one a lawyer, the other a doctor.He also found success with his Saturday morning cartoon “Fat Albert,” appeared in commercials for Jello-O pudding and became a public moralist, lecturing the black community about young people stealing things and wearing baggy pants. He won a Presidential Medal of Freedom and countless Emmys, Golden Globes and Grammy awards.As the allegations mounted, his career all but collapsed, “Cosby Show” reruns were taken off the air, and one college after another stripped him of his honorary degrees.last_img read more

Womans body found in Kulberia

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first_imgKolkata: The body of a woman was found inside her house on Friday morning at Kulberia village in Kolkata Leather Complex.The deceased identified as Rinku Dey (18) was alone in the house last night. Her husband was out of the city for work. According to sources, on Friday morning, around 7 am, one of Rinku’s neighbours called her but got no response. When he went inside he found the door of the house was open and Rinku was lying on the ground in a pool of blood. Immediately Rinku’s neighbor called up her husband Avijit. Kolkata Leather Complex police station was also informed. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLater, police investigated the crime scene and found an injury mark on her head caused by a heavy object. According to police, Avijit works in a private security service provider and was on duty when Rinku was killed. After her body was sent for autopsy examination, sleuths from homicide section of Detective Department (DD) also investigated the incidetn. A sniffer dog was also brought but that did not help much in the investigation process. A murder case has been started at the Kolkata Leather Complex police station. Probe is on to nab the murderer.last_img read more

Supreme Court strikes down Maryland tax law

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first_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The Wynnes argued that Maryland was unfairly subjecting them to double taxation and taxing earnings that have no connection to the state.Maryland’s highest court ruled in 2013 that the tax violates the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.Maryland officials estimate the ruling will cost the state about $200 million in refunds it will have to pay residents going back seven or eight years. The decision also will cost local governments about $42 million annually.In dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said nothing in the Constitution requires a state to avoid taxing its residents just because another state has a similar tax regime targeting the same income. She was joined in dissent by Justices Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan.Scalia also wrote separately to note his longtime opposition to “a judge-invented rule under which judges may set aside state laws that they think impose too much of a burden on interstate commerce.” Clarence Thomas wrote separately to say the Commerce Clause cannot be used to strike down a state law.Joe Henchman, vice president for legal projects at the Tax Foundation, a conservative Washington-based think tank, said the decision could jeopardize tax laws in other states. That includes telecommuter taxes that New York and some other states impose on people who work from home. These workers also face double taxation on income by their home state and the state in which their employer is located, he said. “Any law that is justified by the idea that ‘We’re going to tax the out-of-staters more heavily than in-staters,’ those laws should now be evaluated very closely to see their harms on interstate commerce,” Henchman said.___Associated Press writer Brian Witte in Annapolis, Maryland, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The justices agreed with a lower court that the tax is invalid because it discourages Maryland residents from earning money outside the state.The unusual split wasn’t along ideological lines. Writing for the court, Justice Samuel Alito said the tax “is inherently discriminatory” under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause. The court has interpreted that provision to ban states from passing laws that burden interstate commerce.Alito was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.Maryland allowed its residents to deduct income taxes paid to other states from their Maryland state tax, but it did not apply that deduction to a local “piggy back” tax collected for counties and some city governments.Maryland officials argued that the state has authority to tax all the income its residents earn to pay for local services like public schools and fire protection and police services.The case arose after Maryland residents Brian and Karen Wynne challenged their tax bill. They had been blocked from deducting $84,550 that they had paid in income taxes to 39 other states. Brian Wynne’s out-of-state income resulted from his ownership stake in a health care company that operates nationwide. Top Stories Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down as unconstitutional a Maryland tax that has the effect of double-taxing income residents earn in other states.Maryland officials say the 5-4 ruling means the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues. It also could affect similar tax laws in nearly 5,000 local jurisdictions in other states, including New York, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

A chocolate affair to remember

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first_imgThe Park Hyatt Sydney is now tempting guests with delectable chocolate after becoming the first restaurant in Sydney to introduce Valrhona organic chocolate to its line-up of delicious desserts. The French chocolate, which has a higher consistency of cocoa than regular run-of-the-mill varieties, is 100% organic and supports fair trade, is according to harbourkitchen&bar’s Executive Chef, Andrew McKee, the best quality chocolate available in Australia.“There has been a big boom of chocolate in Australia in the last few years, but Valrhona has been a stalwart for chocolate worldwide,” he said, during an exclusive chocolate tasting hosted at the hotel.The 70 per cent Valrhona organic chocolate will be used across the entire menu from hot chocolate to milkshakes and has been used exclusively in Pastry Chef, Fabien Berteau’s specially designed, Black Forest.For more information, or to make a reservation at harbourkitchen&bar, visit sydney.park.hyatt.com Black Forest Park Hyatt Sydney, Pastry Chef Fabien Berteau & Executive Chef, Andrew McKee Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img read more