Shaneen Robinson APTN National NewsA popular Winnipeg radio host is now suspended but community activists are calling for him to be fired after he released two controversial videos on social media.Dave Wheeler poked fun at poverty, violence and disrespect women in Winnipeg’s North End.Protesters converged on the station Tuesday.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson email@example.com
CALGARY, A.B. – One of the two Calgary-based pipeline companies that own Alliance Pipeline Ltd. says there will be an unspecified number of job cuts as the partners move to end its standalone management structure.Alliance says 50-50 partners Enbridge Income Fund, a division of Enbridge Inc., and Pembina Pipeline Corp. will manage Alliance through an “owner-operator model,” with implementation to be completed during the summer.Enbridge spokeswoman Suzanne Wilton says “some workforce reductions” are expected but declined to give details. She says Enbridge is to manage Alliance’s operations and Pembina will be responsible for commercial and finance functions. According to a filing last year, Alliance had 294 employees in Canada and 56 in the United States as of the end of 2016. Wilton says the current total is about 360.Alliance president and CEO Terrance Kutryk left the company in December and was replaced by co-presidents Jason Wiun from Pembina and Mark Fiedorek of Enbridge.Alliance operates a 3,800-kilometre pipeline system that transports liquids-rich natural gas from Western Canada and North Dakota to the Chicago market. The pipeline came into service in late 2000 and currently delivers an average of 1.6 billion cubic feet per day to the Aux Sable natural gas liquids extraction facility.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
TORONTO — At least three more big Canadian banks have joined Royal Bank in quieting reducing some of their mortgage rates.Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank and TD Canada Trust all lowered rates this week. Like RBC, none issued a news release announcing the changes.[np_storybar title=”How factory-built homes are shedding their ‘cheap’ label and exploding in popularity” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/01/20/how-factory-built-homes-are-shedding-their-cheap-label-and-exploding-in-popularity/”%5DMost new homes are built stick by stick, brick by brick, by a construction crew on-site, but a growing number of Canadians are buying homes right off the factory floor to be assembled on the lot within daysContinue reading [/np_storybar]For example, Scotiabank lowered its five-year closed fixed term mortgage 10 basis points to 3.49% on its website Tuesday, down from 3.59% posted on the site Monday.BMO, meanwhile, lowered a number of its rates between 10 and 20 basis points, including its posted five-year fixed rate to 3.69% from 3.89%, according to Ratehub.ca.The changes, first reported by the Business in Canada website, follow a move on the weekend by RBC to quietly lower its rates on several fixed-rate mortgages by 10 basis points, bringing its five-year closed rate to 3.69%.TD followed suit on Wednesday and now has a posted discounted rate of 3.69% for its five-year fixed mortgages, down from the rate of 3.79% that had been in effect since August. The bank has also made changes to several of its other closed rates.RBC said in an email Monday that it was only matching lower rates offered by other financial institutions.“Competitors have been pricing at lower rates for several weeks and this rate change now puts us in line,” the bank said.Battling between banks lowered rates to 2.99% for a five-year fixed-rate mortgage last year, a percentage that drew the ire of Jim Flaherty, the finance minister. At that rate, the banks were barely above discounters.Discounters still have an edge heading into the spring market, as banks have been reluctant to pass on all of the savings in the bond market.One might say we are entering a busier period for home buying so we will see a more competitive marketplace [in 2014]Jim Murphy, chief executive of the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals, said 2013 turned out to be a major year for discounting with the average consumer saving 2.12 percentage on points on a five-year closed fixed-rate mortgage. The average rate for that term was 3.06% while average posted rate for the term was 5.21% in 2013.“One might say we are entering a busier period for home buying so we will see a more competitive marketplace [in 2014],” Mr. Murphy said.The other issue for some lenders is trying to make up for ground lost because of skinny margins in 2013, said Wade Stayzer, vice-president of retail and investment services of Meridian, the largest credit union in Ontario.A shrinking market for housing sales could put its own pressure on the market. “Corporate targets don’t drop when financial forecasts drop. Everybody is out chasing the same mortgage,” said Mr. Stayzer.With files from Garry Marr
TORONTO — Martinrea International Inc. says it will be forced to close an automotive factory when General Motors winds down production at its Oshawa assembly plant next year in one of the clearest indications of the knock-on effects of the closure on suppliers.Rob Wildeboer, executive chairman of manufacturer Martinrea, says the company will have no choice but to end operations at its Ajax, Ont. plant and offer relocation to the 77 people who work there because the site is entirely dependent on GM’s Oshawa assembly line.“If they’re not making vehicles there then obviously they don’t need our assemblies,” he said in an interview Wednesday.North America is at ‘peak car.’ What does that mean for Canada’s remaining auto plants?So, how do we feel now — was the USMCA deal a win for Canada?‘More to come’: Why GM closed its Oshawa plant and what it means for Canada’s auto sectorThe closure of the Oshawa plant and the nearly 3,000 jobs that will be lost have raised concerns of ripple effects through the supply chain, with Unifor estimating every job represents seven spin off jobs in the local economy.Parts manufacturers and other suppliers have, however, downplayed the overall impact of the closure thanks to diversification efforts after the global economic downturn that helped lead GM into bankruptcy in 2009.Automotive manufacturer Linamar Corp. said it expects to see minimal to no impact from the closure since most of its GM parts are exported to assembly plants in the U.S.“The impact to GM’s total vehicle build is expected to be quite minimal at this point in time meaning we will still be supplying product to the powertrain programs that supply those vehicle platforms at expected volumes,” said Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz in an emailed statement.Wildeboer said that the Oshawa closure will affect about one per cent of Martinrea’s revenue, since the company is internationally diversified. He said the company has also been able to ramp up its headcount at a plant that supplies GM’s Cami Ingersoll plant from 200 to 500 but that the Oshawa closing will still affect Martinrea.“This is a hit. It’s like two steps forward one step back.”Automotive consultant Dennis DesRosiers said he expects many suppliers will pick up other contracts from GM and others to minimize impacts, but that not all will be able to replace the work.“Not all will, there will be an impact. It might be 1,000, 2,000 jobs, I’d be surprised if it was more than that,” said DesRosiers.“The ones that are sole-sourced to the plant, you know, who’ve been living off GM rather than getting out and hustling other business, they’re vulnerable.”Some smaller operations did see signs of trouble at Oshawa and have been actively looking for alternatives.Mike Prencipe, part-owner and director of Mississauga-based packager TEC Business Solutions, said the company started shifting business away from exposure to the Oshawa plant as GM kept cutting back production.“We planned for it, we kind of said, this is where GM is heading, we’re not going to supply to manufacturers that supply GM.”He said the move was part of a wider need to stay nimble and adapt, especially after the 2008 recession.“We diversified. Not only did we go to other sectors, other types of packaging, but it forced, in a good way, forced us into the freight business as well.”The company is now about 60 per cent reliant on the auto sector, down from 80 or 90 per cent in the past.Despite the Oshawa loss, Prencipe said he still has faith in the automotive sector in Canada.“I think automotive’s safe here, I think we’re good. There’s too much integrated systems here, I don’t see any cause for concerns in the short-term or even the mid-range, long-term, I think we’re fine.”Wildeboer said he also believes Ontario’s automotive sector is still largely secure both because the industry is still sizable and investments have kept workforces and factories up to date.“We have some of our most competitive parts plants in the world in Ontario…we have a very good workforce, we have very good equipment, and the latest in manufacturing. And that’s how you get competitive.”He said higher energy costs and rising minimum wages have put pressure on the province’s economy, but that there’s still enough production to anchor the industry.“If you’re producing a million and a half plus vehicles, I think you’ve got a good critical mass.”
Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics shows:Output for export hit record levels in 2004, up three per cent to 1,179,753 unitsProduction for UK market fell 9.1 per cent bringing total just short of 2003SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘Stability has returned to car production landscape in the last few years. Total volumes have remained steady at around 1.65 million units, although output for export has been rising steadily and is now running at record levels.‘However, while the picture is generally positive we need to guard against complacency. The UK hosts some of the most productive car plants in Europe, but rising raw material and fuel costs, as well as unfavourable exchange rates, play their part in threatening future prosperity, particularly for companies in the supply chain.’Strong growth in CV assembly in 2004 Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics shows:CV output volume up 10.8 per cent in 2004 with exports up 24.5 per centDecember was only the third fall in output over the past 15 months2004’s assembly of 209,293 was the highest total since 1999‘The 2004 figures show UK commercial production figures over 10 per cent up on the previous year,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Last year was a record breaker for CV registrations in the UK and it is encouraging to see production climbing too. European demand has helped export figures increase by 25 per cent and new UK product developments will help keep those figures up. It’s great to have so much good news from the CV sector.’For full press release, please click on the link below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
OSU then-junior outfielder Alex Bayne (left) high-fives then-junior pitcher Shelby Hursh during the 2015-16 season. Credit: Courtesy of OSUWhen Ohio State senior right fielder Alex Bayne started playing softball, it was because her dad, a former baseball player himself, wanted to see his daughter take up the sport that he so dearly cherished. Little did Bayne’s father know at the time that his influence bred one of the Big Ten’s most dominant players.Alex Bayne’s first start came in 2015, but she really made a name for herself the following year. She tied OSU’s single-season home run record with 19, led the team in RBIs (49), runs (53) and OBP (.461), and was even named first-team All-Big Ten, as well as first-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Midwest Region. While Bayne’s breakout season was certainly one for the history books, softball hasn’t always come so naturally to the Manvel, Texas, native.She originally began her college career at Marshall University, eventually transferring to OSU, making the team as a walk-on.“Marshall wasn’t a good fit for me personally, so I took the year off and contemplated whether I wanted to play softball still,” Bayne said. “My boyfriend — now fiance — was going to OSU, and I’d come to visit him. I fell in love with OSU and knew I wanted to play softball again, so I started getting ready for tryouts to show that I was worth it.”Despite proving that she was worth it during tryouts, Bayne was still anything but a refined softball player. It was through the guidance of the coaching staff and some former teammates that helped Bayne realize her full potential.“The coaching staff has developed me exponentially,” Bayne said. “I came in a wide-eyed sophomore who was a walk-on coming from tryouts. My coaches saw potential in me that I didn’t even see yet, and they developed my talents. Also, the leaders of the team back then took me under their wing and allowed me to really grow.” Not only is Bayne one of the top softball players in the country, she’s now a leader for OSU. Senior pitcher Shelby Hursh said it’s Bayne’s reliability that sets her apart from the pack. “It’s the best feeling to have players like Alex behind you,” Hursh said. “Especially as a pitcher, you know that if you give up a couple runs, we have a hitter like her and we’ll be able to get those runs back.”Bayne has picked up right where she left off through OSU’s first eight games this season. She has already hit six home runs, scored 11 runs, and has a .407 batting average. In order to attain such consistency, a player has to be willing to work hard and be coachable, OSU coach Kelly Schoenly said.“What I appreciate so much about Alex is that she learned from the leaders during her first year on the team,” Schoenly said. “Alex purposely attached herself to them so she could learn from the very best. She was never bitter, and Alex learned that if you want to get in the starting lineup, you have to put in the extra work, and she started doing it.”In her final year of eligibility, Bayne has not begun to seriously reflect on her time as a Buckeye. Although she’s been a part of some memorable moments in the last two seasons, the best is yet to come, as far as Bayne is concerned. “I definitely think this season’s up for a lot of special memories,” Bayne said. “Obviously, going to the postseason last year and being one of the qualifying teams in the NCAA Tournament is probably at the top. I still think there’s more in store this year. There’s room for pretty great memories.”
The UK High Court last week ruled that the nation’s largest ISPs would have to block subscribers from accessing the notorious BitTorrent tracker The Pirate Bay. This is part of an effort to reduce usage of the site to obtain copyrighted materials. But those pesky pirates, they never seem to do what you want them to. Following the ruling, traffic to The Pirate Bay has rocketed up 12 million hits past the all time daily record.The blocking regime is set to be undertaken by Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media. Already, customers of Virgin are seeing the page blocked, but BT is still considering its legal options. Customers on these ISPs will have to find a way to circumvent the block, which a Pirate Bay insider calls “free advertising.” The pirates didn’t release total number of hits, though. We just know it beat the old (probably very high) record by 12 million.Because the block is going to be implemented over the coming weeks for most ISPs, and The Pirate Bay is seeing so much traffic, they are using the opportunity to educate their users. The people behind The Pirate Bay are of the opinion that any method of site blocking can be circumvented, and this one is no exception.The Pirate Bay blog already has a number of suggestions that moderately tech savvy people should be able to follow. The site links to legitimate services like OpenDNS, Tor, and various VPNs that can be used to get around ISP-level blocks. Typing in the IP address of the site should also work. The pirates seem sure that traffic to the site won’t be negatively affected.The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) pushed hard for the ban, and things are already looking grim. If the block goes into effect fully, and the determined pirates continue accessing the site, what course of action is left for the BPI? The longer these court cases go on, the more unsinkable The Pirate Bay looks. After a criminal conviction, raids, and blocking, it is still sailing along.via TorrentFreak
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has called for the introduction of feeder clubs in the lower leagues for Premier League teams to help young players develop in a first-team environment.The former England captain who spent time as a youth coach with Spurs before becoming manager believes too many young players miss out on the experience of first-team football because leading clubs stockpile players to safeguard their expensive investments.The feeder club is seen across many European leagues – the most notable being Barcelona B who play in the second tier of Spanish football but cannot be promoted.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Sherwood, who is credited with the development of Harry Kane at Tottenham, thinks a radical change to the league system which would see clubs part-own teams in the lower leagues would help young English players develop.“Why other countries bring their young players through so well is because they have feeder clubs,” he told The Debate on Sky Sports.“People don’t want to hear this but to accelerate the development of young English players we need to have feeder clubs in League One and League Two. There is enough clubs out there who are willing enough to do it for their clubs, who are dying a slow death and haemorrhaging money. Clubs will be willing to open their arms out to Premier League teams and say ‘you can use this club for your young player’ but the FA has to allow it to happen.”
The Presidio Trust last month began gathering public input about alternative designs for transforming the former San Francisco installation by creating an unbroken landscape from the main post of the historic Army installation to Crissy Field and San Francisco Bay.The “New Presidio Parklands,” a 13-acre tract, is being made possible by the construction of a bluff to cover the rebuilt Doyle Drive which runs through the Presidio connecting San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge. The trust views the project as a starting point for visiting the Presidio and the larger Golden Gate National Recreation Area, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.“Our aspiration centers on wanting to create a place for people to begin their visit,” said Noreen Hughes, the project manager for the trust.The trust held the first of five public meetings last month, with the aim of subjecting three of five alternatives to a full environmental review this summer.The trust’s schedule calls for completing a full schematic design in mid-September. Construction would begin next year on the $51 million project, which is being funded by private donations, according to the story. The Presidio Trust is collaborating with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy on the effort. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Post a comment 0 Google is honoring Anne Frank with an online exhibit. Getty Images Google new online exhibit transports you to Anne Frank’s childhood home in Amsterdam. All the rooms are viewable in their 1930s style, the search giant said in a blog post Wednesday.The exhibit was unveiled on what would have been Anne Frank’s 90th birthday. Frank is known for her diary, which detailed her life before she was sent to a Nazi concentration camp, where she died of typhus at age 15. Frank, who was born in Germany, lived in the Amsterdam flat for nine years with her family before they went into hiding during World War II. The Jewish family had initially left Germany for the Netherlands due to increasing anti-Semitism. “Everything is light, comfortable and warm,” Edith Frank, Anne’s mother, wrote to a friend about the home, according to the exhibit. The exhibit features the bedroom Anne Frank shared with her sister, Margot, as well as photographs depicting her childhood. Additionally, you can view the only known video of Anne Frank, which was filmed a year before she went to hiding.”We’re honored to have worked with the Anne Frank House to shed a light on Anne’s life at Merwedeplein 37-2 Amsterdam, so anyone can explore an online exhibit and indoor Street View imagery of Anne’s childhood home, which is currently closed to the public,” Liudmila Kobyakova, program manager at Google Arts & Culture, said in a statement.Currently the house is leased by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and serves as a temporary refuge for foreign writers who cannot work freely in their home countries. “It is a place where freedom, tolerance and freedom of expression are given the space to breathe,” Ronald Leopold, general director of the Anne Foundation, said in a statement. The Anne Frank House, a museum that focuses on the secret annex where the family lived in hiding for just over two years, released a virtual-reality experience of the annex last year. The Anne Frank House has worked with Google Arts & Culture for several years. The new exhibit is an effort to make her story more accessible to the public, according to Michelle Timmerman, Google’s communications and public affairs manager. The exhibit will exist “indefinitely.”Google Arts & Culture features information on about 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries. Share your voice Tags Culture Digital Media Google
Synergy Gardens freshly harvested garlic – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBIA local farming couple is trying to change the way the state grows garlic by developing special strains resilient in the northern climate.Download AudioLori Jenkins and her husband Wayne live on a farm tucked away in the Fritz Creek area outside of Homer called Synergy Gardens. She loves organic farming. But she really loves garlic.“When I was little, one of the funnest things was pulling a carrot from the ground and digging a potato and seeing how many and how big. And it’s that same thrill – obviously I get cheap thrills – of digging garlic. It’s just, is it there? Is it perfect? Did something happen to it? Or- there it is, and it’s like little white pearls in the soil,” says Jenkins.She’s standing in a large shed. On the back wall, rows and rows of garlic are hanging to dry. She pulls some of them down.“Well, the softnecks- this is a Nootka Rose variety. I’ve already dried them for three weeks and cleaned off the root and cleaned the stems and I’m going to make some braids.”She deftly weaves them together with rosemary sprigs. She says nowadays, people are used to buying pre-peeled garlic at the store and sometimes are a bit wary of buying a whole head. But the braid makes it extra special.“To me there’s nothing like a garlic braid. Not only are you bringing something beautiful to their kitchen, but something that tastes delicious. Then, when they go and cook it, it smells so good,” says Jenkins. “I just think it’s so fun when you reach for a braid and twist off a bulb and there’s still some left. It’s almost like you get to harvest again.”The Nootka Rose that she’s using today is one of three varieties of softneck garlic she’s growing this year along with Silverskin and Red Toch.Garlic is grown around the world, from Siberia to Guatemala, with different varieties acclimating best to warmer or colder environments. The standard grocery store garlic is a softneck- usually artichoke or silverwhite, much of which is grown in Gilroy, California, known as the Garlic Capital of the U.S. Softnecks do well in warmer places, mature quickly, and stay good for a long time.“Most Alaskan gardeners advised me not to grow the soft neck. They said it won’t grow good in Alaska,” says Jenkins.Typically, hardnecks fare better in areas with cold winters, often making them the go-to type for Alaskan growers. Jenkins is growing three of those as well: Georgian Fire, Chesnok Red, and Romanian Red, along with a turban, or hybrid, called Xi’an. But she didn’t want to stick with just those.“I realized, more research needs to be done. Our weather is shifting, global warming is happening and the change is causing earlier springs and longer falls. And with that, the success of softnecks is possible. I thought, well, instead of importing our seed from the lower 48, for our resilience in Alaska, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a grower who sold varieties that were successful in Alaska?”That was the start of what she’s named, the Alaska Garlic Project. She wants to develop strains of garlic perfectly suited to both the cold winters and long summers of this state.We walk outside behind the drying shed where she has several high tunnels filled with tomatoes, veggies, and garlic.“These first four rows is where I experimented with my silverskins and Nootka Rose softneck garlic. I did outside trials and inside tunnel trials and they sized up equally good but the outside silverskin is still not ready; these ripened a little sooner,” says Jenkins.But, she says next year, she won’t dedicate her prime tunnel space to garlic; she’ll just wait a little longer. Out in the open air garlic beds, her husband Wayne is digging up heads.“So I’m using a broadfork which speeds up the harvest of the garlic, getting it broken up out of the soil, so that you can pull the roots without breaking off the stem, so they can be hung up to be dried,” says Jenkins.He knocks the excess dirt off of one and lays it down in the long row of garlic behind him.He says, he wishes they could grow several times what they have now, but they are still in the research and development phase of their project.“It’s all dependent on markets. If we can find out which varieties perform the best for our area of Alaska and then build a website and find out what the size of the market is for fresh garlic cloves, you could refer to it as seed if you wanted to,” says Jenkins. “You know, we’re not just going to go crazy and overplant. It’s all dependent on whether or not we can develop different markets for it.”Cultivating business is the next step. For now, Lori has already graded out the best of this year’s crop, which came from last year’s which was seed from two years ago. That means, come next summer, she’ll have third year Alaskan-cultivated garlic.“It’s like apples, you know, we grew up on Red Delicious and Granny Greens. And all of a sudden now, we’re in love with Galas and Pink Ladies and the different varieties of apples are more popular than your old-time favorites. So, just because we knew garlic was good from Gilroy, I think we’re ready to try new varieties for flavor, taste, and sensations,” says Jenkins.And she wants to show it can be done right here on home soil.
The board of the state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has reportedly given the green-light for a Rs 4,022 crore buyback of 25.29 crore shares.The government, which holds 65.64 per cent stake in the company, will benefit to the tune of about Rs 2,640 crore by offering some of its shares in the buyback programme, according to reports.The move is part of the government policy of getting cash-rich public sector units (PSU) to liquidate their surplus.ONGC has said in a regulatory filing that the board of directors approved the buyback of equity shares not exceeding 25.29 crore, being “1.97 per cent of the total paid-up equity shares of the company at the price of Rs 159 per equity share” payable in cash at a maximum cost of Rs 4,022 crore.According to reports, the government has been pushing rich PSUs to deploy their funds to buy shares back or pay a higher dividend as it is struggling to rein in a runaway budgetary deficit. It is eying the liquidation of some of its shareholdings in cash-rich PSUs and a higher dividend for the shares it holds.The ONGC, however, will not pay an interim dividend now as its capital expenditure has eaten up all surplus, media reports say, citing sources.ONGC was trading flat in NSE at Rs148.05 at 12 pm, having opened at Rs149 following the previous close of Rs148.60.Indian Oil Corp, in which the government directly holds about 56.75 per cent shares, recently announced a buyback of 29.76 crore shares for about Rs 4,435 crore and dividend amounting to Rs 6,556 crore. IOC will buy back 3.06 per cent of its total shares at Rs 149 per share.The media have been abuzz with the buyback programmes of PSUs that have a cash surplus. The major companies among them are the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), Coal India, Oil India Ltd, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), National Aluminium Company (NALCO), mining major NLC India Limited, Cochin Shipyard, and KIOCL.According to reports, the government hopes to net about Rs 5,000 crore from the buyback programmes and dividend announcements.Oil India has also announced a buyback of 5.04 crore shares for Rs 1,085 crore.
A key question in so-called “consent-search” cases is why people so readily agree to allow intrusions into their privacy. The answer, as we argue in a forthcoming article in The Yale Law Journal, is that psychologically, it’s much harder to refuse consent than it seems. The degree of pressure needed to get people to comply is shockingly minimal — and our ability to recognize this fact is limited. The legal standard for whether a consent search is voluntary — and thus whether any contraband police discover is admissible in court — is whether a reasonable person would have felt free to refuse the officers’ request. Courts tend to judge the voluntariness of consent by looking for clear markers of coercion. Did the officer phrase the request as a demand, instead of a question? Were weapons drawn? If not, the search is likely to be deemed voluntary. But this approach misunderstands the psychology of compliance. It takes much less pressure than it seems to secure people’s acquiescence. Police don’t need to use weapons to get people to accede to their requests; they just need to ask. Our research shows that a simple, polite face-to-face request is harder to refuse than we think. Read the whole story: The New York Times Law enforcement officers on the doorstep threatening to “come back with a warrant” is a cliché of police procedural dramas. Things are much less dramatic in real life: The officers ask if they can take a look around, and the civilians say yes without putting up a fight.
Cancun, Q.R. — Several more people were rescued from the sea due to strong currents in the Cancun Hotel Zone after being pulled away from shore. Several others were assisted by marine lifeguards while swimming at El Mirador beach in Cancun. Two Mexican adults and two minors from Colombia along with one adult, were also pulled from the sea after experiencing problems while swimming. There were no deaths or injuries reported in any of the rescues, which the Navy says, is part of their Operación Salvavidas Verano 2019. Lifeguards assisted both safely back to shore. According to the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico, several people were rescued from waters over the weekend in separate operations. Another tourist, a 32-year-old man of Mexican nationality, was also rescued from the water at the same time as the young woman. Marine officials report that one of those rescued was a 14-year-old American girl who required assistance returning to shore while swimming at the city’s popular Playa Delfines. The young woman was swimming when she was dragged from shore and experienced problems returning. Photo: la Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México Last week, three American minors were pulled from Cancun waters after they experienced problems dealing with the strong current. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Related posts:Abortion and politics on the campaign trail Lawmakers move forward with bill to legalize morning-after pill, therapeutic abortion for rape victims In El Salvador, Nicaragua, abortion can mean death or jail Activists Mobilize Against Abortion Ban A University of Massachusetts student raped during a study abroad trip to Monteverde said that her case should be a wake-up call for educational institutions sending their students abroad,reported The Daily Hampshire Gazette on Monday.The woman, who the newspaper did not identify as a matter of policy, said that the Monteverde Institute mishandled her case in that its management was more concerned with legal waivers and assigning blame than her emotional well-being. In a previous blog post, the victim accused the institute’s director, Debra Hamilton, of emotionally violating her during the week after the assault when she reportedly pressured the student to sign a legal waiver and report the crime to the police.The sexual assault took place when the student left the cloud forest town of Monteverde for the beach during Thanksgiving last year.The victim told the newspaper that the 27-year-old institute was mistaken when it fired Fran Lindau and Catherine Murray, two employees who the victim said assisted her during the first 48 hours after the assault.The Monteverde Institute maintained that the two staff members were at fault when they did not inform Hamilton immediately and sought legal emergency contraception without informing the administration. The student reportedly did not want to go to a medical center at the time.Hamilton told the Gazette in a letter that they had begun a review of the institute’s emergency response protocols for sexual assault, including a task force of staff, medical and legal professionals, and women’s groups to revise their procedures. The letter also said that the institute would update its staff training and student orientation.“The staff and board of the Monteverde Institute are deeply saddened by the events of the past few months,” Hamilton wrote, according to the Gazette. “We are committed to improving; we will share what we learn with our colleagues working in study-abroad programs in hope that they can benefit from our experience.”Hamilton reportedly did not comment on the accusations of mistreatment or insensitivity but wrote that the institute has a policy of supporting students with a range of legal, medical and psychological services in Costa Rica.UMass cut ties with the Amherest-based Living Routes company, which operated the school’s accredited study abroad program with Monteverde Institute, among others, after it waited 20 days report the rape to school administration, according to the Gazette. Living Routes has since closed because of a loss of tuition money from the university. Facebook Comments
Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – The U.N. human rights chief says Zimbabwe’s president has acknowledged the nation faces “current problems” but blames influences of the past.U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday that President Robert Mugabe attributed continuing economic and political woes to the nation’s history.Pillay, on a weeklong visit to assess human rights, said she had “an important meeting” with Mugabe, at his official State House offices in Harare. She said he outlined historical aspects affecting current events. Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments Share How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Pillay said she commended his recent calls for an end to political violence.The 88-year-old president is widely seen as condoning human rights violations and has ruled since independence in 1980. He repeatedly accuses Western countries and Britain, the colonial power, of plotting to oust him.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News After dipping in April, the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index saw modest improvement in May as optimism for the job market grew.The index rebounded to 83.0 in the latest reading, up from a downwardly revised 81.7 in April, the group reported Tuesday.”Consumer confidence improved slightly in May, as consumers assessed current conditions, in particular the labor market, more favorably,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board. “Expectations regarding the short-term outlook for the economy, jobs, and personal finances were also more upbeat.”The index component measuring confidence about current conditions rose nearly two points in the latest reading to 80.4, while the measure of expectations for the next six months improved to 84.8, an increase of just less than one point.Compared to April, consumers’ assessment of the current job market was more favorable, with more claiming jobs are “plentiful” and fewer saying work is “hard to get.” However, the number of those with a pessimistic view of the labor market remains more than double the number of those expressing confidence, and economists Mark Vitner and Michael Brown at Wells Fargo’s Economics Group say there are concerns about what “the lack of a ringing endorsement on the labor market” could mean for recent jobs numbers.”The modest trajectory in the jobs are plentiful series … casts serious doubt on the idea that hiring has accelerated in a major way, as the nonfarm employment data would appear to indicate,” they said in a commentary, noting that plans for purchases in the coming months—including homes—have declined.Meanwhile, both the number of consumers expecting more jobs in the months ahead and those expecting fewer jobs increased, further indicating uncertainty in the labor picture.Nonetheless, the data points to increased spending in the current quarter, said Amna Asaf, economist at Capital Economics: “[A]t face value, the expectations index still appears to be consistent with a modest second-quarter consumption growth of around 2.5 percent annualised. But judging by the strength in the actual income and spending data, we would be surprised if it wasn’t stronger.” Consumer Confidence Improves with Payroll Gains May 27, 2014 418 Views Capital Economics Conference Board Confidence Consumer spending Jobs Wells Fargo 2014-05-27 Tory Barringer Share
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