The Canadian Press In-The-News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Oct. 2.What we are watching in Canada …It’s debate night.Four federal leaders will take the stage in Montreal tonight for the first debate to feature Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.Conservative Andrew Scheer, New Democrat Jagmeet Singh, and Yves-Francois Blanchet of the Bloc Quebecois will face off with Trudeau at 8 p.m. Eastern time, in a debate hosted by the private TVA television network and the Montreal newspaper Le Journal.That means they’re spending most of the day preparing, though the Liberals have a campaign announcement featuring cabinet minister Navdeep Bains in Toronto and the Tories have one planned with Scheer’s Quebec lieutenant Alain Rayes in Montreal.Trudeau is planning a visit to a boxing gym for a photo op, and Singh is going on a walkabout at a market, ostensibly to buy snacks for his preparation team.The organizers didn’t invite Green Leader Elizabeth May or the People’s Party’s Maxime Bernier, both of whom are campaigning in and around their home ridings for the day.—Also this …A jury will begin hearing evidence in the trial of a man accused of stabbing an Edmonton police officer and striking four pedestrians with a van.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, who is in his early 30s, faces 11 charges including five counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault against the police officer and dangerous driving.Two years ago on Sept. 30, Const. Mike Chernyk was on duty outside a Canadian Football League game when a driver crashed through a barrier, got out of a vehicle, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing the officer.A few hours later, the driver of a speeding cube van hit and injured four pedestrians as it raced through the city’s downtown with police in pursuit.The trial in Court of Queen’s Bench is expected to last six weeks.—ICYMI (In case you missed it) …HALIFAX — This change is out of this world.The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a glow-in-the-dark coin that captures the eerie scene more than 50 years ago when what has been officially documented as a UFO crashed into Shag Harbour in southwestern Nova Scotia.The pure silver, rectangular-shaped coins are worth $129.95 each.The colourful image on the coin shows three fishermen aboard a boat, staring and gesturing as four orange lights gleam over a choppy sea.Shine the included black-light flashlight on the coin and the spaceship disappears, but four orange lights remain in the sky, as described by the many witnesses who reported seeing a UFO that night in 1967.—What we are watching in the U.S. …Setting a defiant tone, the Trump administration resisted Congress’ access to impeachment witnesses.House Democrats warned such efforts themselves could amount to an impeachable offence.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried to delay five current and former officials from providing documents and testimony in the impeachment inquiry that could lead to charges against President Donald Trump.But Democrats were able to set closed-door depositions for Thursday for former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and next week for ousted U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.In a Tuesday evening tweet, Trump cast the impeachment inquiry as a coup “intended to take away the Power of the People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!” In fact, a coup is usually defined as a sudden, violent and illegal seizure of government power. The impeachment process is laid out in the U.S. Constitution.—What we are watching in the rest of the world …Hong Kong students are decrying police shooting of a teen protester.It was the first time a protester had been struck by gunfire since the protests began in June and is sure to inflame anger at police, who already were accused of using excessive force against the demonstrators.In a fearsome escalation of violence, Hong Kong police shot a protester in the chest at close range Tuesday, leaving the teenager bleeding and howling on the ground.Hundreds of college students are striking to condemn the police shooting of their classmate during surging violence at Hong Kong pro-democracy protests that marred China’s National Day.Police have said the officer feared for his life and his shooting of the 18-year-old student in the chest at close range Tuesday was “reasonable and lawful.” News reports say he is in critical but stable condition.Students at the Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu memorial college — which the teen attended — called police “murderer” on Wednesday. They chanted anti-police slogans and demanded accountability.—On this day in 1895 …Much of Canada’s Far North was formed into the provisional districts of Mackenzie, Yukon, Ungava and Franklin.Yukon became a territory in 1897.The remaining area was divided in 1918 into the districts of Mackenzie, Keewatin and Franklin, now the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.—Weird and wild …ROME, Italy — You’ve heard of a bull in a china shop, how about a deer in a high-end fashion boutique?It took authorities hours to free a dazed an confused deer that stormed into a clothing store in the fashionable mountain resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy.Local authorities estimate the deer was four or five years old and entered the shop while the attendant was away.The shopping district around the store was cordoned off while veterinarians anesthetized the animal and took it back to the wild.—Your money …Thousands of Canadians move in with new roommates every fall and realize they’ve got a conundrum: How to handle splitting the costs.Done right, dividing expenses with a roommate can alleviate plenty of headaches. Done wrong, it can rip apart friends.Desirae Odjick, a personal finance blogger in Ottawa, says rent is the easiest to split when rooms are the same size. Trouble comes when rooms are different sizes or one has an ensuite bathroom.Unless there are extenuating circumstances where one person uses significantly more water or electricity, she recommends splitting utility fees equally. Odjick considers internet and television a shared resource.Food is one of the trickiest expenses to split with roommate. Odjick recommends roommates only share food if they are really close with their roommate.—Celebrity news …MONTREAL — A judge has ordered Quebec media star Eric Salvail to stand trial on three charges, including sexual assault.The 50-year-old also faces charges of harassment and unlawful confinement involving a single victim, Donald Duguay, now 46.At Duguay’s request, the Crown asked that his name not be covered by the standard publication ban in sexual assault cases.The allegations date back to 1993.Salvail had his own TV production company, hosted a popular talk show on Groupe V Media and was a fixture on afternoon radio in the province.—This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019.
KELOWNA, B.C. – British Columbia’s wine merchants say an Alberta ban on their product is having a crushing impact on the grape business and they plan to go to court to try to stop it.The B.C. Wine Institute says it has told the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission that it will seek a court injunction in Calgary as early as Monday to halt the two-week-old ban pending a legal review of its constitutionality.“It is severely impacting B.C. winery and grape growers, and many of them are small, family-owned operators,” Miles Prodan, president of the institute, said in an interview Wednesday.“The prospect of losing Alberta, even in the short term, is not good at all, and that’s why we reluctantly take this action.”Prodan said a survey of some members showed at least $1 million in lost revenue in the ban’s first week and another $4 million in losses are projected by month’s end.Alberta has said B.C. takes in $70 million a year on sales of 17 million bottles of wine to Alberta.Prodan said he has yet to hear about layoffs, but some wineries are putting expansion plans on hold pending a resolution to the dispute.The B.C. government is challenging the ban as a violation of Canadian free-trade rules, but that will take months to resolve.Prodan said wine producers can’t wait.“The ban has had an immediate, material effect,” he said. “We just feel that we’re backed into a corner somewhat and we need to step up for the best interests of our industry.”The institute speaks for 276 wineries and 923 grape growers who employ more than 12,000 people.It said Alberta takes in 20 per cent of all bottles produced in B.C., making it the province’s biggest customer.Prodan also noted that an estimated 25 per cent of space on Alberta liquor store shelves is for B.C. wines.“They’ve got to sell wine, and if B.C. wine is not available they’ll switch, even reluctantly, to something else,” said Prodan.“Once that’s lost, it’s not an easy return.”It’s also feared that the ban will affect wine tourism, he said. The most recent study in 2015 found that one million tourists visited B.C. wineries.B.C. has not retaliated to Premier Rachel Notley’s move so far. B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said in a statement Wednesday that the province will stand with wine producers against the ban.“The Alberta government’s unfair and illegal decision to ban B.C. wine threatens the livelihood of the families that have worked so hard to build B.C.’s world-class wine industry,” she said.Premier John Horgan has said the province will look to market wine elsewhere, including the United States and Asia.Prodan called that a welcome, but long-term, prospect. “You don’t just shift gears that easily.”Alberta Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous said in an interview that the pipeline bottleneck is costing Alberta — and Canada — billions of dollars and lost jobs due to discounted oil prices.He said Alberta will fight the court application and won’t back away from any of its ongoing actions.“We will see them in court. We’ll see them at a tribunal. We’ll see them in a courtyard. We will fight British Columbia wherever we need to in order to ensure that this pipeline gets built,” said Bilous.Notley imposed the ban in retaliation for a Jan. 30 pledge by Horgan’s government to reject increased levels of oil through the Trans Mountain pipeline until the province reviews spill safety measures.B.C. is against expansion of the Kinder Morgan line from Edmonton to Burnaby, although it has already been approved by the federal government.Alberta sees Horgan’s actions as an illegal way to kill the expansion.Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have made it clear that only Ottawa, not the provinces, has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines.Federal officials have been meeting with their B.C. counterparts to find a solution to the impasse. Notley, who has also scuttled talks to buy B.C. electricity, says she will take further retaliatory action this week if there is no progress in talks.She has been meeting with a 19-member committee made up of business people and academics to find ways to put more heat on B.C. She has also launched an online protest petition against Horgan, which now has more than 36,000 names.On Wednesday, the government spent $62,000 to take out full-page ads in B.C. newspapers. They warn that the B.C. government is “trying to break the rules of Confederation and ignore the national climate plan, choosing to agree with only parts of the federal decision.”— By Dean Bennett in Edmonton(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)
3 July 2008A United Nations team tasked with assessing the Georgian-Abkhaz peace process will be heading to the region this weekend to consult with key actors, a spokesperson for the world body announced today. Led by Bertrand Ramcharan, former acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the mission will visit Tbilisi and Sukhumi for meetings with the parties and representatives of the international community, Michele Montas told reporters.The group will also visit the capitals of the Group of Friends of the Secretary-General – comprising France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – and consult with relevant regional organizations.“The mission will report back to the Secretary-General on key challenges in the UN-led peace process and possible solutions,” Ms. Montas said.Since 1993 the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) has been verifying compliance with a cessation of hostilities and separation of forces accord following the armed conflict between the Georgian and Abkhaz sides.
An elderly woman was the victim of a brazen jewelry theft in downtown Simcoe on Saturday afternoon.Two females exited a vehicle and approached the victim, who was pushing a walker as she made her way along the sidewalk on Robinson Street at about 5 p.m.The two females removed a bracelet from the woman’s wrist, a necklace and her wedding ring.The duo then handed the woman two gold chains before fleeing in the vehicle being driven by an unknown male.Police are encouraging pawn shops, second-hand stores and people in the jewelry business to be on the lookout for anyone attempting to sell the stolen items.The wedding band was purchased 65 years ago. It is described as having a wide yellow gold band with diamond chips embedded on the outer edge and circling the entire ring. The ring’s monetary value was not provided by police.The bracelet is described as yellow gold with emerald and diamond squares. It’s valued at about $2,200.The necklace, valued at $700, is wide yellow gold with diamond chips on the outline of a gold heart.“We have to hold these people accountable,” said Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.One suspect is described as being about five-feet tall with a darker skin complexion. The second suspect is described as being dark skinned.The vehicle is described as an older model, black in colour.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1 – 888 – 310 – 1122, Crime Stoppers at 1 – 800 – 222 – 8477(TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com.
B&E International is now offering its operational expertise to its broad range of customers to design and engineer custom built solutions for specific applications. The company was established in 1972 as a drilling and blasting specialist in the Eastern Cape and soon diversified into the mobile crushing sector with its own mobile and static crushing division. In 1993 it entered the mining services sector and diversified further into bulk mining, processing and mineral beneficiation. B&E International was acquired by the Raubex Group in 2008, completing its transformation into a strongly focused crushing, mining and mineral processing company.Dewald Janse van Rensburg, Managing Director, said: “We have been designing and manufacturing plants at our Port Elizabeth facilities since the 1980s, but always on an in-house basis. It has only been over the last two years we decided that due to the skills and expertise we have garnered in this regard, we will now be offering this to the market as we believe there is a definite gap that we can fill in terms of purpose built plants and maintenance and operational plants for mine owners.”On the mobile crushing and screening side of the business the company operates various crushing plants ranging in size from about 50 t/h to 500 t/h and from single stage plants all the way up to massive five stage crushing plants. “Our equipment fleet consists of the most modern crushers on the market, giving B&E International the capability to produce a range of products from road stone to high quality manufactured concrete sand, base course, concrete aggregates, water bound Macadam, ballast and filter media,” Janse van Rensburg says. The high quality aggregates produced are deployed from Greenfield sites through to projects on existing commercial quarries in Sub-Saharan Africa.“B&E International’s particular skill set on the mobile crushing and screening side includes the ability to design our own mobile plants, complete with the requisite trailers, conveyors and bins. This encompasses rapid and efficient mobilisation and installation, in addition to prospecting for suitable rock and the operation and subsequent rehabilitation of project dedicated quarries,” Janse van Rensburg says. He adds that the company’s continued success in this sector is predicated on its proven ability to achieve product consistency at high volumes and in remote locations.On the surface mining and mineral processing side of the business the company has accumulated significant Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) expertise ranging from in-field mineral pre-concentration through to processing run of mine material for further treatment such as heap leach or heavy media separation.“Our competitive advantage is that we have been operating plants for many years and are therefore able to design plants that are more maintenance and user friendly as well as being more durable and having a much longer service life. In addition we are able to run this with a very low overhead as engineering is not our core business at the end of the day. Thus we have all the necessary skills combined with highly competitive pricing,” Janse van Rensburg says.In addition, B&E International has the flexibility to cater for a range of plant sizes, from a 200 t/h plant in Queenstown to a 500 t/h plant for the Tschudi copper mine project in Namibia for Weatherly International.“We are capable of design and manufacturing plants with even greater throughputs. It all depends on what the client wants.”The company is also looking to expand its geographical footprint, with Africa a definite focus at present.“If we get requests from the aggregates industry in Africa and there is definitely something we can do for them, we can size any plants according to the market demand. Obviously commercial crushing is a totally different ball game as it does not help if you are able to crush 100 000 t a month but can only sell 30 000 t. We can match the plant to whatever the specific market need is,” Janse van Rensburg says.B&E International’s service offering is a particular boon to mining companies facing a depressed industry in general and declining commodity prices across the board, which has placed the emphasis on cost cutting and value addition. “At Tschudi we financed that project as well and had the client pay us back on a per ton toll basis. This allows the client to actually take over the operation of the plant when its cash flow and margins have achieved a satisfactory level. This exposes us to a certain amount of risk but it is something we are willing to do for reputable mining companies,” Janse van Rensburg says.Such an arrangement works equally well for both parties, as B&E International has a guaranteed income stream while the client has peace of mind in terms of plant performance. “We are prepared to run it for you on a per ton basis which is agreed upon from the outset. If the plant does not perform according to specification then we will tweak it.” Janse Van Rensburg concludes that B&E International’s vast experience in the industry has allowed it to offer such value added services to its most important clients. “Not only do we now have an established track record in this regard but it is also starting to gain momentum. If our order book increases significantly in this regard then we will seriously look to ultimately expand our design, engineering and manufacturing capability.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In her ongoing efforts to change Australia’s position of the renaming of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, federal Labor’s Alannah MacTiernan entered the realm of highly-contested historical interpretation this week, saying it was not clear if “the original Macedonians can be described as ‘Greek’”.The comments, written in an email to an unnamed Greek Australian who expressed his concern over the MP’s position on the naming issue online, were subsequently published by the Skopje-based ‘Macedonian English Language News Agency’ as Ms MacTiernan’s response to “voiced arguments by Greek politicians from her Labor Party”.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, however, the MP refuted any suggestion that the remarks had been made in relation to any Australian politician. “There’s no doubt I wrote the comments, but to say they were made in response to something a Greek Australian politician said is complete nonsense,” said Ms MacTiernan. “It’s a fabrication.”The MP added that after press coverage of her visiting Woolongong last month, where she expressed her support for recognition of the name ‘Republic of Macedonia’, she had been inundated with critical comments – by email and through social media, many of which were abusive – from Australians of Greek heritage.In her retaliatory email to one critic, she was spurred to respond: “In classical accounts, [the original Macedonians] conquered the Greeks and unified them into the Macedonian kingdom, which was then Hellenised,” wrote the member for Perth, before adding that “the Battle of Chaeronea, where the Macedonians defeated the Greeks in 338BC, was said to mark the end of Greek history and the beginning of the Macedonian era”.Ms MacTiernan went on to equate the notion of Hellenic Macedonian identity with that of Irish Celts and the effects of Viking invasion, saying that “cultural victory of the vanquished is not unusual – the Vikings invaded Ireland but quickly embraced Celtic culture”. The MP added that the gene pools of Greek Macedonians “and those from the republic are likely to be very similar”, and that she did not see herself as “choosing between Australian Greeks and Australian Macedonians”.Ms MacTiernan’s latest intervention in the debate over Macedonian identity – and Australia’s relationship to it – is unlikely to bring the two sides together anytime soon.Victorian coordinator of the Australian Hellenic Council, Mr Peter Jasonides, described her comments as “inept and opportunistic”, and suggested Ms MacTiernan should “distance herself from playing the partisan political game, and look at history in a non-political way, as it has been written by internationally recognised historians, and not by propagandist spin-doctors”. Asked to comment on the accuracy of Ms MacTiernan’s historical analysis, Emeritus Professor John Melville-Jones of the University of Western Australia, an independent expert on Balkan history, told Neos Kosmos a number of the statements made by the MP were either one-sided interpretations or exaggerations. “I wouldn’t be able to give her a pass in Ancient History,” he said. “The suggestion that the ‘gene pools’ of Greek Macedonians and those from the republic are likely to be very similar is an exaggeration. This may be true of some places, for instance Florina, but it certainly wouldn’t be true of the whole of Greek Macedonia.”
The drone show at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics has clinched the world record for “most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously” with more 1218 little drones swarming about the stadium.This is an impressive achievement, in no small part due to the sheer coordination of it. Each drone can be exceptionally challenging to fly. So Intel doesn’t really bother. Instead of having pilots, a computer system dubbed “Shooting Star” handles everything in the same way that PowerPoint handles what goes up on the display for your big presentation.As PCMag reports, this system makes it essentially effortless to add however many drones you like. Shooting star simply treats them as extensions of the “display” adding more resolution to more easily show the effects of animation or increased depth.“What you have is a complete three-dimensional viewing space, so you can create lots of interesting effects and transformations when you use that full capability. It’s always easy to fly more drones for animation and increase the perspective,” Anil Nanduri, general manager of Intel’s drone group told Wired. “It’s in essence technology meeting art.”The light show for the official opening ceremonies was just a recording, in part because there are still enormous constraints on this tech. Each quadcopter can only fly about 20 minutes — less if you include the time it takes to get into position — and there were concerns that it might not work.Stunts like this have been done before, of course, as was the case with the flag behind Lady Gaga at last year’s Superbowl. But this time, it’s different. For one, Intel’s algorithms can practically important an image and create a pre-established pattern for where the drones need to be and when. From there, the computer system takes over and a single human is all that’s needed to watch over the show.“The Olympics are a time when the sports and entertainment industries are buzzing with record-setting performances, so it was the perfect stage for Intel Shooting Star drones and our team to set their own kind of record,” Natalie Cheung, general manager of Intel’s drone light show team, said in a statement. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
University of Alaska Fairbanks (Creative Commons photo by Jimmy Emerson)The University Of Alaska Board Of Regents is holding a special meeting Thursday in Fairbanks to discuss contingency plans in light of State Senate approved budget cuts. Last week the Senate passed a budget that cuts $22 million from the $325 million in UA funding supported by the House and Governor Bill Walker.Listen now”In the event that a number comes from the legislature that is less than that, the University needs to be prepared for those cuts,” UA spokeswoman Roberta Graham said.Graham said Regents anticipated the Senate reducing the level of funding, but not by $22 million. She said UA President Jim Johnsen is talking about additional budget options with campus chancellors.”What they think would be likely cuts on those campuses,” Graham said. “And those will be options that come forward to the regents.”President Johnsen last week called the Senate cut “devastating”, while noting that the UA budget has already been reduced by $53 million over the past three years, and that UA is in the process of downsizing, but needs time to carry out a plan to reduce reliance on state funds by 2025.Graham said there’s also concern about a lack of capital funding for UA, noting a $1 billion backlog in deferred maintenance. The UA Regents meeting is scheduled for Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Butrvich Building, and will be live streamed.
New Delhi: Kashmiri Pandits, displaced from the Valley in the 1990s, hailed the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution as a “historic event” and hoped it would pave the way for their return to homeland with honour and dignity. Following the Centre’s move, an uneasy calm prevailed at two of the Jammu and Kashmir Houses in Delhi, even as authorities said security deployment at these establishments remained as usual. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us Kashmiri students in the city termed the the central government’s move as “dictatorial” and expressed concern about the safety of their family members back home. Former Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Shehla Rashid, who has been vocal against the scrapping of Article 370, said they would approach the Supreme Court in the matter. Rashid is a member of former IAS officer Shah Faesal’s political outfit Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement (JKPM). Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us “We will challenge the order passed today in the Supreme Court. The move to replace “Government” by “Governor” and Constituent Assembly by “Legislative Assembly” is a fraud upon the Constitution. Appeal to progressive forces for solidarity. Protests today in Delhi and Bangalore,” she tweeted. JNUSU general secretary Aejaz Ahmed Rather said, “It is unconstitutional and dictatorship is being perpetrated from the floor of Parliament.” Advertise With Us “Nothing is left for us. I had spoken to my family on Sunday night and they said, ‘Please come and see us once. We do not know how much more time we have’. With everything being shut there, we are not even able to contact our families,” Rather said. However, Kashmiri Pandits, displaced from the Valley in the 1990s, hailed the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution as a “historic event”. Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora (GKPD), a body representing the community across the world, said the decision cements territorial, political and cultural unity of the Indian Union. “August 5, 2019 will go down in the history of the country as a day that has put the lasting seal on the sovereignty of Parliament over the entire Indian Union,” it said in a statement. “The draft bill presented by Home Minister Amit Shah in Parliament vindicates the ideals of our great leaders like Syama Prasad Mookerji, Deendayal Upadhyaya, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and others who dedicated or sacrificed their lives for the integrity and sovereignty of India,” the GKPD said. This is for the first time that the exiled community has heaved a sigh of relief that its identity, culture and symbols of heritage will find full protection and perpetuation under the Union territory dispensation, the statement said.
After Yarly Raygoza attended a drug prevention program at the Boys & Girls Club in Westminster, Calif., last year, she used what she learned to talk a few friends out of using marijuana.The 14-year-old took the class again this year but worries that counseling her friends will become more difficult.Recreational marijuana is now legal for adults in California, which could bring a massive boom in drug sales and advertising when stores can begin selling the drug without a prescription in January.But it’s bringing a new challenge, too. Yarly believes that as more people 21 and older use marijuana legally, teenagers will have trouble understanding that they shouldn’t use it. Teens may also have easier access to the drug as recreational pot shops start to open, on top of the already plentiful medical marijuana shops sprinkled throughout the state, she says.“Now that there are so many shops … kids have a better chance of getting their hands on it,” she says. “And having a discussion with them like this could be a little harder.”Last November, voters approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, making California one of eight states — plus the District of Columbia — to legalize the drug for recreational use. The measure immediately made it legal for those 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce, or about 28.5 grams, of cannabis. It delayed legal pot sales by licensed stores until January 2018.The legalization of recreational marijuana for adults in California and other states makes things harder for youth-oriented drug education and prevention programs. Teachers are trying to explain the risks of marijuana just as stores are preparing to open and marketers are planning campaigns.Anna Gorman/KHNJeovan Davila leads a discussion about marijuana use and perceptions among students at the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, Calif.Medical marijuana has been legal in California for more than 20 years, but experts say the new law on recreational marijuana could prompt more youths to believe that the drug is safe.“That is an unintended consequence of legalization,” says Pam Luna, a consultant with the Rand Corp., a nonpartisan research organization. “They think that if it’s legal, it must be OK.”Luna, who trains teachers on drug prevention education, said legalization has also prompted questions and confusion among young people. They may be getting misinformation — and peer pressure — through social media, she says.While evidence shows that medical marijuana can help ease chronic pain and other conditions, use of the drug is linked to poor respiratory health and increased car accidents. Among adolescents, marijuana use can have negative effects on their cognitive and mental health.Recent studies show that teens who use marijuana frequently exhibit lower cognitive performance and brain function than those who don’t. They also perform worse in school.Despite that, teen perception of the harms of marijuana has dropped over time and many think it’s safer than alcohol, according to Elizabeth D’Amico, a senior behavioral scientist at Rand. Currently, more than half of 10th- and 12th-graders believe that smoking marijuana isn’t dangerous, according to a recent Rand report.Adolescents in states with legal medical marijuana are less likely to believe the drug is harmful, research shows.“The changing legal landscape has a lot to do with adolescents’ changing perceptions,” D’Amico says. “That’s why we really need to change the conversation around this drug.”That conversation should remind young people about the drug’s potential harms and that recreational marijuana in California is still illegal for those under 21, she says. D’Amico recently made a video for parents about how to talk to kids about marijuana.The state Department of Public Health recently unveiled a website called “Let’s Talk Cannabis” to explain the law. Underage users will have to complete community service and undergo drug education or counseling if they are caught smoking, buying or possessing marijuana, the website says.Advertising is another factor that may complicate drug prevention education for young people, says Stanton Glantz, a professor at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine who focuses on tobacco, e-cigarette and marijuana issues.Exposure to marijuana advertising is associated with a higher likelihood of using marijuana one year later, according to research.“It’s just everywhere now, and the market hasn’t been fully opened,” he says. “It’s the same thing as alcohol and cigarette advertising. It is all directed at normalizing it and presenting it as a fun thing to do.”D’Amico says she and her children see the ongoing changes near their house in the San Fernando Valley. “It just creates a conversation pretty much every day because a new billboard pops up on our way to school,” she says.To provide middle school students with up-to-date information about alcohol, marijuana and smoking, D’Amico developed a voluntary program called Project CHOICE, which is used by after-school programs like the Boys & Girls Club. In five sessions, participants role-play and discuss how to make healthful choices. They also talk about the pros and cons of marijuana and the differences between medical and recreational use.During the first session at the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster recently, facilitator Jeovan Davila asked the group of students what percentage of eighth-graders they believed used marijuana over the past 30 days. The guesses ranged from 10 percent to 60 percent. When Davila told them the correct answer was about 7 percent, the group looked surprised.Davila said he doesn’t lecture teens about what’s right and wrong. Rather, he gives them facts to help them make their own decisions in the future. For example, if they know that most of their peers don’t use marijuana, perhaps they will be less likely to use it.With the legalization of marijuana and the discussion on social media, Davila has seen young people talking about the drug more. During the class, some said teens might want to use because they see their family members using marijuana legally.“The kids do bring it up,” he says. “We’ve just got to be ready, letting them know the facts.”Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit health newsroom whose stories appear in news outlets nationwide, is an editorially independent part of the Kaiser Family Foundation.Copyright 2017 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News. Share
Kolkata: The state government will set up an information bank of various projects which have benefitted crores of people in the past few years.The District Magistrates have been asked to give details of the names of the beneficiaries of the Sabujshree project. The main objective of the move is to ensure that the benefits have gone to the genuine persons. The preliminary report maintained that around 24 lakh families have got benefits of the Sabujshree project. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSabujshree is one of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s pet projects. She has mentioned about the project over and again in her speeches. Under the Sabujshree project, a sapling is given free-of-cost to the parents of newborn children in state-run healthcare establishments. The parents are asked to maintain the saplings and when the children become adults, the parents can sell the tree and the money thereby received can be spent for the higher education of their children. The scheme has gone very well with the parents of newborns. During the programmes, the Chief Minister herself had distributed saplings to the parents. Generally, saplings of Mahogany, Saal and Segun trees are given to the parents, the prices of which go up with time. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that nearly one crore bicycles have been distributed among the students of Classes IX to XII of state-run and aided schools by the Backward Classes Welfare department (BCW). The BCW department has names of the beneficiaries along with the names of their parents or guardians, names of the school where they are studying along with their classes and the date when they had received the cycles. Because of this solid database, the Sabuj Sathi project has even received an award from the United Nations.
Kolkata: Nearly a month after Sajal Kanjilal, a passenger, was dragged to his death by a Kolkata Metro train with his hand stuck between its sliding doors, a girl commuter on Tuesday complained that the Metro train she was travelling in, started moving with her shoulder stuck outside the doors.According to a social media post by the victim, Aatreyee Bhattacharya, the incident took place at the Park Street Metro station on Tuesday morning, the very station where the previous accident had occurred. However, the Kolkata Metro Railway authority refuted the charges. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”@RailMinIndia I was going to die today, thanks to you. My shoulders were stuck on the doors, and I felt the metro starting to run. Again? @metrorailwaykol how many more before you take a step,” tweeted Bhattacharya. Minutes after her tweet, the Kolkata Metro Railway authority came into action and started scrutinising the CCTV footage of the Metro station. According to sources, the incident took place at the Park Street Metro station when the rush of passengers was less. The Kolkata Metro Authority claimed that no such incident took place. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We have thoroughly scrutinised the CCTV footage of the station. But there was no such incident,” said Kolkata Metro Railway Chief Public Relation Officer Indrani Banerjee. She reiterated that the Metro police personnel have been asked to keep a close eye on passengers trying to force their way into the rakes at the last moment to avoid any untoward incident. This apart, a penalty is also there for passengers who are caught getting into the train forcefully. Hours after complaining on social media, the girl deleted her tweet. The incident reminded of 66-year-old Kanjilal who eventually died after being dragged through the tunnel between Park Street and Maidan Metro stations last month. The passenger count of Kolkata Metro Railway has increased during the first four months of this financial year (2019-20) in comparison to the same period of 2018-19. During this period, from April 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019, the Metro Railway carried 698.49 lakh passengers in comparison to 690.60 lakh passengers carried in the same period of the previous financial year (2018-19), registering an increase of 7.89 lakh commuters.
Emperor Cruises has launched the first five-star all-inclusive cruise on Nha Trang Bay and plans to begin overnight cruises on the bay by the end of the year.The cruise ships have eight all-inclusive suites, butlers on board, and limousine services to and from the port, with plans to grow to 18 suites next year.Emperor Cruises spokesman Allister Esguerra said the cruise is a fantastic five-star experience. “Emperor Cruises plans to bring tourists to the bay to gaze at the sunset, sip on cocktails, and enjoy romantic dinners while cruising on one of the 29 most beautiful bays in the world,” Mr Esguerra said.“The first cruise was a success and marks an important milestone not only for the company but also for Nha Trang’s tourism industry.”Guests can also enjoy a set seafood dinner with unlimited wine and romantic music, while taking in the stunning views of Nha Trang Bay. The cruise was inspired by the luxurious life of Emperor Bao Dai, as he often chose to spend his leisure time in Nha Trang, and fishing on a beautiful dragon boat.The cruise takes 40 minutes along the coastal road from Cam Ranh International Airport to reach downtown Nha Trang and another 15 minutes to reach the port.Destinations on its Day Cruises include a visit to Hon Mieu, snorkeling and diving at Hon Mun, cruising around Hon Mot and Hon Tam, and dropping in at Dam Bay for lunch, before continuing on to Tru Beach for trekking, beach activities, and kayaking.The cruise ends with views of the Bao Dai villas, which is nestled on a small headland near the city.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
Both parents of a three-month-old baby boy who died last month from head injuries are expected to be prosecuted, a police spokesman said on Thursday.According to the head of the Paphos CID Michalis Ioannou, Attorney-General Costas Clerides ruled that both parents of the baby ought to be prosecuted. After the completion of investigations police sent the file of the case to the state legal services to receive instructions as to how to proceed.Following instructions of the attorney-general, he said, both the baby’s parents are expected to be prosecutedThe couple, both 29, were arrested four days after the baby died, and were remanded for six days. Their remand was extended by six more days. It expires on Friday. The offences for which the couple will be investigated will be made known then.Police decided to further investigate the case following the post mortem results. The parents had reported that their son sustained the injuries by falling from a couch but they were arrested after a post mortem revealed that the severity of his injuries was incompatible with a fall from a 70cm high sofa. According to the pathologists in charge of the case such injuries can only be caused by a fall from a greater height.The baby died on February 22, four days after his father rushed him to Paphos general hospital in a comatose state. Doctors initially declared him dead, saying he had ingested his own vomit but they managed to resuscitate him. He was transferred to Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia but died later. A head scan showed brain injury and an epidural hematoma.The couples other two children, aged two and three, are being cared for by the welfare services.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Stelios OrphanidesThe Central Bank of Cyprus is likely to issue new and stricter guidelines to supervised lenders governing anti-money laundering requirements as early as next week, a source familiar with the matter said.“There are two areas that need to be addressed more effectively,” a source familiar with the matter said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “One concerns shell companies, which essentially are not engage in any business (activity) but are used to transfer funds from one place to another. The other serious issue concerns business introducers where things have to get stricter”.While the Central Bank of Cyprus has not taken its final decision about the specific contents of the new anti-money laundering guidelines, the new measures come days after the US praised Cyprus for its recent efforts in combatting financial crime.On Friday, the Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billinglea had meetings with central bank governor Chrystalla Georghadji, finance minister Harris Georgiades and foreign minister Nicos Christodoulides.Billingslea discussed with them “the positive improvements and reforms that Cyprus has made in its anti-money laundering regulations and regulatory oversight,” the US embassy in Nicosia said in a statement on its website. “Discussions also explored areas where the United States and Cyprus can continue to partner to fight threats to the international financial sector”.“Positive, long-term economic development requires a strong and well-regulated banking sector,” the statement said. “It is vital that illicit actors know that Cyprus is not open for business. The US was encouraged by the commitments made by Cypriot officials today and will continue to work together to combat corruption, money laundering, and other financial threats”.A year ago, Georghadji said that the US Treasury had threatened in July 2014 to ban the entire banking system of the island from transacting in US dollar unless authorities took action against the Cyprus branch of FBME Bank, which it described as a financial institution of primary money laundering concern. The central bank subsequently placed the lender under administration and subsequently under resolution.“We got the message and it is up to us to do what we have to do to get results,” the source added.In December 2013, the Central Bank of Cyprus issued its fourth directive on the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing in an attempt to strengthen compliance in the banking sector. The new directive was based on the recommendations of an audit requested by Cyprus’s international creditors who financed its 2013 bailout.You May LikeThe Bowling Pro Shop in Gardnerville, Nevada: Summer Doubles TournamentBowl In Our Summer Doubles TournamentThe Bowling Pro Shop in Gardnerville, Nevada: Summer Doubles TournamentUndoL&C MagazineThe Most Unforgettable Oscars Outfits Of All TimeL&C MagazineUndoBuzzsteackStrong Differences Between American Fillet or Steak TartarBuzzsteackUndo State Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Turkey will continue its drilling activities with determination, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Sunday from Kyrenia.“Whoever intends to limit the Turkish continental shelf in the Gulf of Antalya should be aware that Turkey will pursue its exploration and drilling activities with determination,” Anadolu news agency quoted him as saying.“Every centimetre of our land is valuable and essential,” he added during the launch of a rescue ship called Gemi Kurtaran.Turkey currently has two drill ships stationed off the coast of Cyprus with Turkey saying this week that more would be dispatched.The rescue ship will be used in possible sea accidents in the Mediterranean and also to prevent pollution, Oktay said.“Turkey defends the eastern Mediterranean so it is a sea of peace and it is right to extract the natural resources and thus to share them”.Oktay is in the north as part of celebrations to mark the 45th anniversary of the Turkish invasion on Saturday.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoTales from the Coffeeshop: Lies, lies and holy revelationsUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
LANSING – The Michigan Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, to help reduce municipal costs, advancing the bill to Gov. Rick Snyder for his review and possible signature into law.House Bill 4888 would allow an assessor to maintain the local property assessment roll electronically, instead of on paper only. The legislation would eliminate the need to reprint entire rolls for storage should a single mistake be found.“To see the Senate agree unanimously proves this is common-sense legislation, helping our county, township and local governments improve in efficiency and cut costs,” said Rep. Hughes. “This bill is a direct result of my meetings with local officials in Muskegon, leading the way to common sense practices for the whole state.”Rep. Hughes credited Muskegon County Equalization Director Donna VanderVries with helping develop the bill and also testifying twice before House and Senate committees in support of the legislation.“This bill addressed a critical need and will help bring storage of assessor rolls into the 21st century,” said VanderVries during her testimony before the Senate Committee on local Government in early February.HB 4888 also garnered the support of the Michigan Department of Treasury, Michigan Assessors Association and Michigan Townships Association. Categories: Hughes News,News 24Feb Rep. Hughes’ assessor legislation gains unanimous Senate approval
Categories: Lower News,News State Rep. James Lower of Cedar Lake, chair of the House Local Government Committee, voted in support of a trio of bills before the committee on Wednesday.Lower was active in guiding House Bills 4105 and 4334 to the House floor for further consideration. The bills create two separate acts to prohibit local units of government from enacting or enforcing ordinances that prevent police from communicating with federal officials regarding a person’s immigration status.HB 4105, introduced by Rep. Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township, creates the Local Government Sanctuary Policy Prohibition Act, which applies to cities, villages, townships and charter townships.HB 4334, introduced by Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain, applies to counties.“We can’t have local politicians barring our police officers from communicating or coordinating with Federal Immigration officials. Police officers should be allowed to do their job.” Lower said. “This legislation simply ensures political gamesmanship won’t stand in the way of law and order.”According to data from the Pew Research Center, in 2014 Michigan had approximately 130,000 unauthorized immigrants. In Michigan, four cities – Lansing, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Ypsilanti have passed ordinances that limit police involvement or reporting on immigration matters. Lansing recently declared itself a sanctuary city in April, but then rescinded the resolution a little more than a week later. Other cities have considered similar measures.Lower was also instrumental in advancing House Bill 4616, introduced by committee member Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch, to the House floor.The bill allows individuals to act against a local government in circuit court for enacting firearms ordinances that are in violation of state law. Penalties would be levied to local officials who knowingly enforce those ordinances and would be necessary to ensure that ordinances in violation of existing state firearms laws are not adopted.The bill provides that local governments will have 60 days after the effective date of the bill to repeal all invalid ordinances. Any local unit of government refusing or neglecting to repeal such ordinances could be sued by any state of Michigan resident in circuit court.“This allows for citizens to bring action when this particular constitutional right is being threatened,” Lower said. “We needed to have some teeth in state law; otherwise there is no consequence for having local ordinances that do not conform with existing law. If you are not following laws that are already in place, there will be consequences.” 09Jun Rep. Lower votes in support of key legislation moving to House floor
12Jun Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours Categories: Barrett News State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours.The meet-and-greet will take place Wednesday, June 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside Café located at 420 E. Capital Ave., in Bellevue.“I always look forward to talking with people of Eaton County,” Barrett said. “Meeting face-to-face to discuss the concerns of citizens is what helps make me an effective representative.”No appointment is needed to attend coffee hours. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Barrett’s office by phone at 517-373-0853 or by email at TomBarrett@house.mi.gov. ###
Share56TweetShare6Email62 SharesMarch 15, 2017; New York TimesAmong its $54 billion in domestic spending reductions, the president’s proposed draft budget blueprint eliminates funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. How important are these to the big picture?The two endowments have existed since 1965; President Lyndon B. Johnson signed them into law in the belief that an “advanced civilization” should value arts and culture. The $300 million spent in total on their annual budgets could be considered a “rounding error” for their tiny portion of the federal spending, but they have had an impact on artists of all genres for over 50 years.Jane Chu, the chair of the Arts endowment, requested that her staff continue their normal routine as Congress takes up its part of the budget’s creation. William D. Adams, chairman of the Humanities endowment, released a statement that said, “We are greatly saddened to learn of this proposal for elimination, as NEH has made significant contributions to the public good.” He pointedly mentioned the endowment’s support in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell home state of Kentucky and for “theater work by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”As we know, arts and humanities organizations are overwhelmingly nonprofits. Since fundraising is a priority, arts advocates as well as board members of cultural nonprofits have raised the question, “What does this do to the individual perspective, the individual donor, and the corporate donor? Will the arts slide farther down the list of priorities in a community?” As Sopan Deb wrote for the New York Times:Some advocates for the arts endowment, which doles out far less money as a percentage than many other governments around the world, have said that its importance is less about the money and more about the message that it sends about the importance of culture in the United States.In a timely report, the University of Pennsylvania, the president’s alma mater, has issued a study on the social impact of culture that provides a counterpoint to the argument that the arts do not count. “Culture and Social Wellbeing in New York City” used all the boroughs of the city to gather data on the impact of culture in communities. The report found:In lower-income neighborhoods, cultural resources are “significantly” linked to better health, schooling, and security. The research, which was controlled for economic wellbeing, race, and ethnicity, found the presence of cultural resources is associated with:A 14 percent decrease in cases of child abuse and neglectA 5 percent decrease in obesityAn 18 percent increase in kids scoring in the top stratum on English and math examsAn 18 percent decrease in the serious crime rateThe study made use of over 50 nonprofit organizations, which provided data along with qualitative interviews on direct experience in their individual communities. As reported by A.M. New York, some of the funding for the study came from the New York Community Trust.“This research confirms and builds on what we’ve seen about the power of art to shape communities and improve lives,” said Kerry McCarthy, director of thriving communities at the Trust. “Our grantmaking boosts the arts in neighborhoods that need it most, so we are thrilled to use the findings to hone this strategy.”Tom Finkelpearl is New York City’s Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, overseeing a budget the same size as the federal arts endowment. He knows the pressure of fundraising for the arts; prior to the appointment, he spent a dozen years with the Queens Museum of Art on the former grounds of the 1964 World’s Fair.From personal experiences with works of art, to regional economic development—no matter how you look at it, art and culture have a transformative effect on our communities. […] Now, SIAP’s groundbreaking report brings us a greater understanding of how these benefits play out on a neighborhood level. This remarkable research makes it clearer than ever: Access to culture is a defining feature of a healthy community. As we continue to develop the CreateNYC cultural plan, we will use these findings to better appreciate and advocate for the role that art and culture play across all five boroughs.Before Congress decides to cut funding to the arts and humanities, they should be made aware of the interrelations between arts and education, safety, and the economy. This report should be required reading, and perhaps the administration and Congress would benefit from a bipartisan board retreat. Nonprofits know the value of bringing their boards together for a whole day to get to know each other, strategize for the best direction for their organizations, and plan to obtain the tools to achieve their goals. Congress could have their retreat in the Smithsonian, an excellent arts and culture organization just down the street.—Marian ConwayShare56TweetShare6Email62 Shares