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October 22, 2019

Traffic Advisory Lunenburg County

first_imgLUNENBURG COUNTY: Tancook Island Ferry The Tancook Ferry service has been suspended until further notice by weather conditions and high winds. -30-last_img

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October 20, 2019

BJP wins Gurugram Faridabad by massive vote margins

first_imgGurugram: If there is one word which can be described for the scale of victory for BJP in South Haryana constituencies of Faridabad and Gurugram, it will be massive. While in Gurugram, Rao Inderjit won with over three lakh fifty thousand votes in Faridabad, it was even higher for Kishan Pal Gurjar whose votes difference from his rival Avtar Singh Bhadana in Congress was over six lakh votes. Historically the trends in South Haryana seats of Gururgam and Faridabad decide what Haryana decides and it was no different this time. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe massive margin by which BJP won in Gurugram and Faridabad was reflected in the rest of the state as the saffron party achieved its best haul by winning almost all the seats. Co-incidentally just 10 years back, BJP did not have any standing in the state and had to rely on the alliance of regional parties for fighting polls. It was not supposed to be so simple for Rao Inderjit Singh who was contesting against Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, six-time MLA from Rewari. Yet, the 69-old old four-time MP from Gurugram Rao Inderjit not only bettered his previous record but in effect won by over three lakh fifty thousand votes. “I want to thank the voters of Gurugram who again laid their trust on me. I am committed for working towards their welfare,” said Rao Inderjit Singh, the Gurugram candidate. For the opposition, the situation was even worse in neighbouring Faridabad which competed with Karnal of how large the voting difference would be and will set the national record. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceIn effect, Kishan Pal Gurjar extended his lead first to three lakh to five lakh and then a mammoth lead of six lakhs from his rival Avataar Singh Bhadana. Such was the wave that the AAP state President Naveen Jaihind who was contesting his second Lok Sabha elections lost his deposit for the second time. “People of Haryana are nationalist and this was reflected in these elections where people gave emphasis to national issues and in effect defeated dynasty and regionalism that was promoted by the opposition,” said Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar.last_img read more

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October 17, 2019

Excerpts from MP Arnold Chans poignant June speech to House of Commons

first_imgOTTAWA – In one of his final speeches in the House of Commons, Liberal MP Arnold Chan — who died Thursday after a three-year battle with cancer — delivered earlier this summer a poignant appeal for civility and decency in politics. Here is an edited version of his remarks:—Mr. Speaker, I am so honoured to have so many honourable colleagues join us in the House today.I have not taken the floor in some time and I am going to ask you, Mr. Speaker and my colleagues on all sides of the aisle, for some indulgence today. I have every intention of speaking to the substantive motion before us, but before I do that, I have some matters of a personal nature that I have felt in my heart for some time and need to get out, and I am going to simply say them if the House would grant me that dispensation….First and foremost it is a tremendous honour to serve as the member for Scarborough-Agincourt. All of us treasure the privilege that we have serving in this particular place. I am so grateful to my constituents of Scarborough-Agincourt for having given me a mandate twice to serve in this wonderful place.While it is a very proud thing to serve as a member of Parliament, there is only one thing that makes me more proud and that is to simply let my parents know my greater pride is reserved for being first and foremost their son, and being Kevin’s brother, and most importantly, the spouse of my beloved wife, who has been there every step of the way. I simply could not ask for a better partner in life.As I mentioned, one of the difficult things that often confronts us, and it is not unique to Canadians but obviously it is a challenge for those of us who serve in public office, is the sacrifices that are made by our families. If I have any failings to my children, such as having missed some of their important milestones, like recently missing Ethan’s jazz concert at his school in order to perform my function here in the House of Commons, I ask them to forgive me, but I will explain the important reasons for why we do what we do.The most important people in my life have taught me three important lessons and they are the concepts of dedication, duty, and devotion. …Mr. Speaker, I wanted to get back to a more fundamental issue, one that has been raised a substantive number of times in the House, and that is how we comport ourselves.I am not sure how many more times I will have the strength to get up and do a 20-minute speech in this place, but the point I want to impart to all of us is that I know we are all honourable members, I know members revere this place and I would beg us to not only act as honourable members but to treat this institution honourably.To that extent I want to make a shout-out to our colleague, the member for Saanich-Gulf Islands (Green party Leader Elizabeth May). This parliamentarian, who despite the fact we are not in the same party and despite the fact that we may disagree on some substantive issues quite vehemently, I consider to be a giant, not simply because she exhorts us to follow Standing Order 18 but more importantly I have observed in her practice that she reveres this place. She is dedicated to her constituents. She practices, both here and in committee, the highest standard of practice that any parliamentarian could ask for. Despite strongly disagreeing, perhaps, with the position of the government of the day, she does so in a respectful tone. I would ask all of us to elevate our debate, to elevate our practice to that standard.It is only through that practice, which I believe she so eloquently demonstrates, that Canadians will have confidence in this democratic institution that we all hold so dear. It is important that we do that.The other thing that I wanted to speak broadly to is the practice of ditching what I call the ‘canned talking points.’ I am not perfect. I know that sometimes it takes some practice. There are instances where it is necessary for us to have the guidance and assistance of our staff, the ministries, and of our opposition research. However, I do not think it gives Canadians confidence in our debates in this place when we formulaically repeat those debates. It is more important that we bring the experience of our constituents here and impose it upon the question of the day, and ask ourselves how we get better legislation and how we make better laws.We can disagree strongly and in fact we should. That is what democracy is about. However, we should not just use the formulaic talking points. It does not elevate this place. It does not give Canadians confidence in what democracy truly means.The other thing I would simply ask all of our colleagues to consider is that while we debate and engage, what we are doing right now, when we listen, that we listen to one another, despite our strong differences. That is when democracy really happens. That is the challenge that is going on around the world right now. No one is listening. Everyone is just talking at once. We have to listen to each other. In so doing, we will make this place a stronger place.I have some comments that I want to speak broadly to Canadians … I believe strongly that despite what we see in this place, what gives us strength is the fact that we can actually do it. We can actually engage in this process without fundamental rancour, without fundamental disagreement and without violence. That is the difference, and that is why I so love this place.I would ask Canadians to give heart to their democracy, to treasure it and revere it. Of course, I would ask them to do the most basic thing, which is to cast their ballots. However, for me it is much more than that. I ask them for their civic engagement, regardless of what it actually may mean, whether it is coaching a soccer team or helping someone at a food bank. For me it can be even simpler than that.It is the basic common civility we share with each other that is fundamental. It is thanking our Tim Hortons server. It is giving way to someone on the road. It is saying thanks. It is the small things we collectively do, from my perspective, that make a great society, and to me, that is ultimately what it means to be a Canadian. We are so privileged to live in this country, because we have these small acts of common decency and civility that make us what we are. I would ask members to carry on that tradition, because that is the foundation of what makes Canada great.If I may quote the Constitution, it imbues peace, order, and good government. I would go to my friend from Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, who would appreciate that particular point. We have much to be proud of, and I would simply ask us to celebrate this incredible institution. By doing those small acts, we will continue to uphold our Canadian democracy and the values that bind us together.last_img read more

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October 14, 2019

Process shields Lonechild from resignation calls

first_imgBy Larissa BurnoufAPTN National NewsSASKATOON-A Saskachewan chief who hid a drunk driving charge weeks before he was elected to the post of leading the province’s biggest First Nations organization is refusing to step down despite growing calls for his resignation.Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Guy Lonechild recently pleaded guilty to drinking and driving and is facing a sentencing hearing on March 23 in provincial court.Lonechild was charged weeks before he was elected to lead the federation, but he kept the incident hidden from the chiefs who cast the votes.Lonechild faced immediate opposition at the opening of the federation’s annual assembly Wednesday when a vote was held to prevent him from giving the opening address.The assembly went into a four-hour in camera session and Lonechild emerged saying he was still chief.“I am still the chief of the federation,” said Lonechild. “I believe the FSIN will emerge a stronger governing body as a result of the ongoing discussions.”Behind the scenes, however, machinations continued to push Lonechild out. A petition was circulated and reportedly signed by 30 chiefs calling on Lonechild to resign.The petition, however, was ignored and it appears Lonechild is being protected by the federation’s complex process for the removal of a chief which requires $1,000, a band council resolution and other paperwork from 25 bands before a non-confidence vote can be triggered. A vote of non-confidence needs the support of at least 35 chiefs for it to succeed.The issue is dividing chiefs.Lonechild, who appeared with supporters and family to face the media, said some chiefs backing his position say the matter is a personal one.“This was a personal issue that happened before I was chief of the FSIN,” said Lonechild, skirting the fact he was charged shortly before he was elected.Other chiefs are saying he should go.Chief Felix Thomas, the head of the Saskatoon Tribal Council, said Lonechild should step aside.“Our feelings are still such that we would not support him as the federation chief, and kindly ask him not to speak on our behalf,” Thomas told local radio station CKOM.last_img read more

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Report uses available data to illustrate plight of Aboriginal peoples

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s a surprise to no one Aboriginal peoples do not fare well compared to others.A new report pinpoints it down to the statistics.The numbers indicate Aboriginal peoples continue to face hardships on a level non-Aboriginal people do not in the areas of education, employment, economic well-being, health and housing.“It’s not news to anyone, the dice are loaded against Aboriginal people in Canada,” said David Gollob, a spokesman for the Canadian Human Rights Commission that released the report Entitled Equality Rights Data Report on Aboriginal People.Based primarily on Statistics Canada data between 2005-2010, the report confirms Aboriginal peoples, compared to non-Aboriginal people, make less money, are more likely to collect employment insurance and social assistance, as well face physical, emotional or sexual abuse.“If you’re born as an Aboriginal person in Canada today you face conditions of disadvantage that do not reflect a society to which there is a state of equality,” said Gollob.The report also shows Aboriginal peoples are more likely to be victims of violent crimes, be put in prison and less likely to be granted parole.The commission hopes their report will be used as a reference point for stakeholders and government departments moving forward.For more information the report can be found here.last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

Following accidents Dutch Uber lifts minimum driver age

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Ride hailing firm Uber is raising the minimum age of its drivers in the Netherlands and taking other measures to increase road safety after a recent series of fatal accidents involving Uber drivers.Uber Nederland General Manager Thijs Emondts says in a statement Monday that the company is lifting the minimum age of drivers from 18 to 21 years.Uber also will insist that drivers have at least one year’s driving experience and will develop a mandatory traffic safety training course for all drivers under the age of 25.Rob Stomphorst, a spokesman for road safety organization Safe Traffic the Netherlands, says four people have died in recent weeks in crashes involving Dutch Uber cars. He says the circumstances of the crashes remain under investigation.Uber’s Dutch arm did not immediately return calls seeking comment.The Associated Press read more

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Global Counterterrorism Forum Tackles Threats of Repatriated Terrorists

Rabat- Nasser Bourita has said, during the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), that the number of global terrorist attacks decreased by 20 percent in 2017.Morocco’s foreign minister Nasser Bourita and his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok co-chaired the 9th GCTF Ministerial Plenary Meeting on Wednesday in New York, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.Bourita pointed out that the number of terrorist attacks in the world was estimated at 10,900 attacks in 2017 which caused the death of 18,488 victims, down 20 percent compared to 2016. Bourita stated, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), that member countries must take effective measures against the “misuse” of online social networks to promote extremist propaganda.“Our approach must remain strategic, with a long-term perspective that goes beyond territorial victories to face the foundations of terrorist and extremist ideologies,” he said.Bourita also warned of the threat that repatriated fighters and their families represent, calling for “extreme and continued vigilance” to detect actions such as incitement of people to carry out terrorist attacks.Bourita said that more attention should be paid to regions such as the Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The five regions were the target of 93 percent of the attacks in 2017.Read Also: King Mohammed VI: ‘Religious Coexistence is Real in Morocco’New GTCF initiatives against terrorismThe GCTF meeting produced two new GTCF documents for two current initiatives on fighting homegrown terrorism and handling the returning families of terrorist fighters. Morocco and the US will co-lead an “Initiative on Improving Capabilities for Detecting and Interdicting Terrorist Travel through Enhanced Terrorist Screening and Information Sharing.” The initiative was agreed on during the meeting. The terrorist travel initiative aims to help countries combat terrorist travel through the use of “Advance Passenger Information (API), Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, watchlists, and biometrics.” Morocco and the US have been allies in combating terrorism, especially within the framework of GCTF.In its newest Country Reports on Terrorism, the US Department of State praised Morocco’s efforts to combat terror threats globally, reiterating that the North African country has a “comprehensive counterterrorism strategy that includes vigilant security measures, regional and international cooperation.”In January 2018, the US Department of Defense gave Morocco arms equipment worth $18 million to reinforce the country’s special forces units combating terrorism, in light of the threat ISIS poses to North African countries. The US allocated $60 million as security assistance to allies in the MENA region.Meanwhile, the US and Germany will co-lead the initiative to “Counter Unmanned Aerial System Threats” to raise awareness of the “growing” threat that drones pose and make plans to tackle those threats.According to the US Department of State, “Both initiatives will produce a set of non-binding good practice documents for endorsement at the GCTF Ministerial in 2019.”The GCTF is a apolitical and multilateral counter terrorism platform launched on September 22, 2011, in New York. The objective of GCTF is to develop a strategic approach to counterterrorism and prevent the violent extremist ideologies supporting terrorism. read more

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Boycott Hirak Imlil and More The Events that Shaped Morocco in

Rabat – 2018 was a year full of big events in Morocco that  impacted the political, social, and economic aspects of Moroccans’ lives. The events from 2018 listed below were major news in Morocco.April: BoycottMany Moroccans started a national campaign on April 20 to boycott three major companies in Morocco: Centrale Danone dairy, Sidi Ali bottled water, and Afriquia gas stations. The campaign aimed to speak out against rising commodity prices. The boycott lasted through the spring and early summer and negatively impacted the earnings of the companies it targeted. The main actor in the Moroccan dairy sector, Centrale Danone, experienced the largest loss this year. In September, Central Danone, which was the company most responsive to the campaign, decided to cut milk prices by 30 centimes, selling a 470-milliliter milk carton at MAD 3.20 instead of MAD 3.50.June: 2018 World Cup in Russia and 2026 bidAfter 20 years of not qualifying for the FIFA World Cup, the Moroccan team participated in 2018 World Cup in Russia (June 14-July 15) bringing joy and enthusiasm to Moroccan fans. Unfortunately, Moroccans did not achieve full happiness because the Atlas Lions were eliminated in the group stage.Morocco was placed in Group C which included Iran and two strong teams: Spain and Portugal.However, the Moroccan team played great games in the last two matches against Portugal and Spain after losing the first match to Iran (0-1) with an own goal. FIFA used video assistant referee (VAR) technology for the first time in the 2018 World Cup. Several football teams and fans were not satisfied with the “unjust” use of VAR throughout the Russia tournament due to the alleged mistakes referees made in using VAR.Morocco complained that VAR was not used to judge fouls in Morocco’s favor in its Portugal game (0-1), but the technology was used to allow an equalizer for Spain in Morocco’s last game (2-2).One day before the start of the 2018 World Cup games, Morocco lost its bid to host FIFA’s 2026 World Cup disappointing many Moroccans. Only 65 countries voted for Morocco’s bid to the 134 countries which voted for the United (North American) bid at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow.Many Moroccans were surprised that some Arab countries—Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Jordan, Iraq, Bahrain, and Lebanon—voted against Morocco. Morocco, however, was able to count on the support of Algeria, Tunisia, Qatar, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Yemen, and Oman.Read Also: Top Moroccan Achievers of 2018June: Hirak Rif trialOn June 26, the judge of Casablanca’s Appeals Court pronounced sentences in the case of 53 detained Hirak Rif activists. The Hirak Rif leader, Nasser Zefzafi, received 20 years in prison. Other leaders of the protest movement, such as Nabil Ahemjik, El Boustati, and Samir Ghid, received the same heavy sentence.The court sentenced dozens of other Hirak activists to between 1 and 15 years in prison. The court convicted most of the activists of “undermining the internal security of the state” and “preparing a conspiracy against internal security,” following their participation in protests which broke out in the northern Al Hoceima province in 2016 and 2017.  Many citizens condemned the sentences because they found them “very heavy and unfair.” Zefzafi was also selected as one of the three finalists of the EU’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.August: Reintroduction of compulsory military serviceOn August 20, the Moroccan Council of Ministers approved a draft bill to reintroduce mandatory military service. The delegate minister in charge of the National Defense Administration, Abdellatif Loudiyi, introduced the bill, saying it aims to “promote the spirit of sacrifice and self denial.” Many Moroccan youth and activists opposed “the legislative speed” which accelerated the ministerial council’s approval of Bill 44.18 “unlike other more important laws that have not been adopted yet.” Some Moroccan intellectuals stressed the need for the government to open public dialogue to discuss all aspects surrounding the mandatory military service.However, the government did not hold public hearings on the bill. On December 26,  the House of Representatives in Parliament passed Law 44.18 at a plenary session. The bill has not yet been passed in the upper house.Both men and women aged 19 to 25 would be subject to 12 months of military service. Beginning in September 2019, 10,000 young people are expected to begin service in the military each year.September: Implementation of Law 103-13 on gender-based discriminationSeptember 12, 2018, was a historic day for Moroccan women, as the Moroccan court implemented Law 103-13 on eliminating violence against women.It took the government six years of consultation and public debate to pass the law published in the official gazette in February 2018. The law then went into effect on September 12.The law on the elimination of violence against women provides women the ability to file complaints of sexual harassment and ensures harassers receive harsher punishments.According to the law, people who sexually harass in public spaces, by use of words, acts or signals of a sexual nature for sexual purposes, can receive prison sentences ranging from one to six months and fines from MAD 2,000 to 10,000.Perpetrators of cybercrime, such as sexual blackmail, could face one to three years in prison and a fine ranging from MAD 1,000 to 20,000 if found guilty.Moroccan women have expressed positive feelings about the law, which defines any act of violence and harassment as a crime. But for some activists, the implications of the law are still vague since women do not know exactly what they should do if they are harassed.The activists assert that the “law has to put into place the implementing mechanisms.”Read Also: In Memoriam: Moroccan Celebrities Who Died in 2018October: Bouknadel train accidentOn October 16, a train heading to Kenitra from Casablanca derailed in Bouknadel, near Rabat, at about 10:30 in the morning. The accident killed 7 people, including the train’s engineer, and injured at least 125 people.After an investigation, the public prosecutor of Sale’s Court of First Instance blamed the driver for going 158 kilometers per hour.Many Moroccans expressed rage against ONCF, Morocco’s state-owned railway company, blaming it for the accident after a recording of a conversation between ONCF employees blaming faulty tracks, improper signage, and speeding went viral.October: GMT+1 year-round On October 26, the government adopted Draft Decree 2.18.855, adding 60 minutes to the standard time in Morocco, moving Morocco to GMT+1 year-round.The government adopted the change overnight, only two days before Morocco was set to turn back the clocks one hour with the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) October 28. The government’s last-minute decision to maintain GMT+1 year-round was based on “an evaluation study.” The decision, which according to the government was “a sovereign decision,” angered many Moroccan people who raised questions about whether a study was ever conducted.Many Moroccans took to social media to reject the move and express their worries about the long-term effects of the decision.October: UN Security Council’s Resolution 2440 On October 31, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2440 which extended the mandate of the UN mission, MINURSO, in Western Sahara for 6 months for the second time since 2008. The mandate had traditionally been extended for 12 months. The resolution mentioned Algeria for the first time since 2002 and since the start of the political process in the Western Sahara conflict.For the first time since 2012, the four parties in the conflict took part in a roundtable discussion. Morocco, Algeria, Polisario, and Mauritania all participated in the Geneva round-table December 5-6 to discuss a framework for negotiations. November: King Mohammed VI’s call for dialogue with Algeria In an unprecedented speech, King Mohammed VI showed a willingness to open the border with Algeria with “no need for third-party mediation.”On the 43rd anniversary of the Green March on November 6, the King expressed Morocco’s readiness for “direct and frank dialogue with Algeria to settle the transient and objective differences impeding the development of relations between the two countries.” He suggested the countries set up a joint political mechanism for dialogue and consultation.Many international officials ,such as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and former US Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley, lauded King Mohammed VI’s call. The African Union also praised the King’s offer.Countries like the US, Spain, France, the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, and Tunisia all backed Morocco’s dialogue initiative.However, Algeria has not officially responded to the King’s dialogue offer yet. Several sources from Algeria spoke anonymously about the Moroccan offer to the press. One anonymous source said that King Mohammed VI’s offer is “questionable” and “not sincere.”Read Also: Ali Squalli, Moroccan National Anthem Writer, Man of 2018November: Launch of first high speed train in AfricaOn November 15, King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated Africa’s first high speed train (LGV) in Morocco, named Al-Boraq.The high speed train links Tangier and Casablanca in two hours and 10 minutes instead of the normal five-hour train ride. The train also makes stops in Kenitra and Rabat. The trip from Tangier to Kenitra now takes 50 minutes, while the trip from Tangier to Rabat takes 80 minutes.Morocco received loans from several countries, foreign companies, and financial institutions to construct the LGV, which cost €2 billion.Morocco’s railway company, ONCF, set promotion prices for passengers under certain conditions.Some Moroccans and MPs opposed the LGV, saying the country has more important priorities. They stressed the need to improve the already existing railway network and trains. They also called on the government and ONCF to extend the railway network to other parts of Morocco in the south and southeast.November: Launch of Mohammed VI-B satellite into orbitOn November 21,  the French Arianespace satellite launching company launched into orbit the new Mohammed VI-B satellite from the Vega Launch Complex in Kourou, French Guiana.The Mohammed VI-B is the second satellite of Morocco’s Mohammed VI – A and B program to orbit. Mohammed VI-A was launched in 2017 and cost €500 million.The Mohammed VI-B satellite is capable of taking up to 1,000 images per day with a resolution of up to 70 centimeters and will be circulating in the same orbit as the first satellite, 620 kilometers above the earth.The satellite will be mainly used for mapping, surveillance, and agricultural activities. It will help with “prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring changes in the environment and desertification, as well as border and coastal surveillance.”December: Imlil Murders Unfortunately, 2018 ended with a horrible double murder after terrorists murdered two young Scandinavian women near Imlil, 90 kilometers south of Marrakech in the Atlas Mountains. The crime took place on December 17 against Danish tourist Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Norwegian tourist Maren Ueland who came to the area to camp near Mount Toubkal.Shocked and horrified by the act of terror, Moroccans condemned the murder and expressed sympathy for the victims’ families on social media, on the streets, and in front of the Norwegian and Danish embassies in Morocco.Moroccan authorities have arrested 23 suspects in connection with the murder. The first four appeared in a video online pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Police arrested the latest suspect, a man of dual Swiss and Spanish citizenship, on December 29.According to a statement from the general prosecutor, 15 suspects in the Imlil murder appeared before the investigating judge at Rabat’s Court of Appeals on December 30. read more

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Surveillance clips show Chinese billionaire with accuser

MINNEAPOLIS — An attorney for founder Richard Liu said Monday that surveillance video showing the Chinese businessman in an elevator and walking arm-in-arm with a woman who has accused him of rape provides a different account of what happened that night.Two edited videos of Liu and his accuser were posted Monday to a Chinese social media site. One video shows the pair leaving a group dinner in Minneapolis on Aug. 30, with the woman getting up to leave after Liu gets up, then following him out the door. The other video shows the woman holding onto Liu’s arm as they walk to her apartment, where she says he raped her as she begged him to stop.Liu, founder of the Beijing-based e-commerce site, was arrested Aug. 31 in Minneapolis on suspicion of felony rape, but prosecutors announced in December that he would face no criminal charges because the case had “profound evidentiary problems” and it was unlikely they could prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.The woman, Jingyao Liu, a Chinese college student at the University of Minnesota, sued the businessman and his company last week. She alleged she was groped in Richard Liu’s limousine and raped in her apartment after a dinner at Origami, a Japanese restaurant in Minneapolis, in which she felt pressured to drink as Liu and other executives toasted her. At one point, Richard Liu said she would dishonour him if she did not join in, the lawsuit says.Richard Liu and Jingyao Liu are not related.It’s not clear who posted the videos, which were posted on Weibo under an account for Mingzhou Events. The clips are short and the content is edited, but Richard Liu’s attorneys in China confirmed their authenticity. The videos do not contain audio, and they do not show what happened in his limousine or in the woman’s apartment.Jill Brisbois, Richard Liu’s attorney in Minnesota, said in a statement to The Associated Press that the clips “further dispel the misinformation and false claims that have been widely circulated and clearly support the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office decision not to file charges against our client.”Brisbois said the videos speak for themselves and show events as they are happening. While the woman has alleged she was impaired and coerced to drink, she appears to be walking without assistance and linking her arm with the businessman.The law firm of Florin Roebig, which is representing the woman, said the clips that have been posted online, as well as the full surveillance videos, are consistent with what the woman alleged in her lawsuit and with what she told law enforcement. The lawsuit says the woman went to her apartment building with Liu to be polite and respectful, and believed he was simply walking her to the door.The clip in Jingyao Liu’s apartment complex shows Richard Liu and the woman walking through multiple lobbies and taking multiple elevators. Initially, Richard Liu’s female assistant is with them and the woman leads the way. At one point, the assistant does not get on an elevator with Richard Liu and the woman, and when they exit the elevator, she has her hand through his arm and he has his hands in his pockets.She leads him up a short stairway, then through another set of doors and continues to link her hand through his arm. As they get off another elevator, she leads him down a hallway to an apartment. She opens the door and goes in, and Richard Liu follows.The other clip features surveillance video from the end of the dinner at Origami. It shows Jingyao Liu seated at a table with other men, and Richard Liu is a few seats away, appearing to have an animated conversation with others at the table. One man at the dinner party is slumped over and appears to be passed out. The woman is seen talking to the man next to her, and when Liu gets up to leave, she gets up and appears to follow him. They walk out next to each other. Video from outside the restaurant shows her leaving with Richard Liu and his assistant.Richard Liu walks ahead and it appears the woman and Liu’s assistant have a brief conversation, then she follows Liu.Text messages previously reviewed by The Associated Press and portions of the woman’s interviews with police show the woman alleges Liu pulled her into a limousine and made advances and groped her despite her protests. The lawsuit says Liu forcibly raped her at her apartment, again over her protests and resistance. She texted a friend: “I begged him don’t. But he didn’t listen.”The alleged attack happened while Richard Liu was in Minneapolis for a weeklong residency as part of the University of Minnesota’s doctor of business administration China program. The four-year program in the university’s management school is geared toward high-level executives in China and is a partnership with Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.Jingyao Liu is a Chinese citizen studying at the university on a student visa and was a volunteer in the doctorate program while Richard Liu was there. The Associated Press does not generally name alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent, but the Florin Roebig law firm has said she agreed to be named. She was 21 at the time of the alleged attack.Richard Liu, known in Chinese as Liu Qiangdong, is a prominent member of the Chinese tech elite, with a fortune of $7.5 billion. He is part of a generation of entrepreneurs who have created China’s internet, e-commerce, mobile phone and other technology industries since the late 1990s. The son of peasants, Liu built a Beijing electronics shop into, China’s biggest online direct retailer, selling everything from clothes to toys to fresh vegetables.___Follow Amy Forliti on Twitter: Forliti, The Associated Press read more

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October 8, 2019

Financial market highlights on Monday SPTSX 1570500 up 7006 points

Highlights at the close Monday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,705.00, up 70.06 pointsDow — 22,557.60, up 152.51 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,529.12, up 9.76 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,516.72, up 20.76 points (record high)Currencies:Cdn — 79.97 cents US, down 0.16 of a centPound — C$1.6601, down 1.15 centsEuro — C$1.4687, down 0.55 of a centEuro — US$1.1745, down 0.67 of a centOil futures:US$50.58, down $1.09(November contract)Gold futures:US$1,275.80 per oz., down $9.00(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:Monday $21.693 oz., $697.43 kg.(Friday: $21.840 oz., $702.16 kg.)

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WatchChanges coming for BCs public auto insurance agency amid financial losses

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government will announce changes today to the province’s public auto insurer amid predictions the agency will lose $1.3 billion by the end of the fiscal year.Insurance Corporation of B.C. chairwoman Joy MacPhail and Attorney General David Eby will hold a news conference in Victoria this morning to detail the changes.In January, Eby described the crisis at the corporation as a “financial dumpster fire.”He blamed the former Liberal government for ignoring warnings and recommendations made in a 2014 report and noted that before the last election, the Liberals said the losses would be $11 million.The insurance corporation has already posted a net loss of $935 million in the first nine month of its fiscal year.Eby has said the financial situation will have implications on the provincial budget. read more

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India calls for fair elections

He said that India has emphasized the need for  adhering to the commitments made by the Government of Sri Lanka to India and the international community on a durable political settlement in Sri Lanka. India wants “meaningful” devolution of powers in Sri Lanka to ensure all citizens of Sri Lanka, including the Tamil community feel they are equal stakeholders and are able to lead a life marked by equality, justice, dignity and self respect, he said.The High Commissioner said that the end of the armed conflict presents an unparalleled opportunity to build a better future for all the people of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The Indian government says it hopes the Northern Provincial Council elections next month will be held in a free, fair and credible manner.India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Y.K. Sinha said that India has also conveyed to the Sri Lankan government its views on the recent political developments and looks forward to further steps that facilitate the process of national reconciliation. Sinha said this in a message today to mark India’s 67th Independence Day anniversary. read more

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October 3, 2019

All United Continental flights in US grounded temporarily due to computer problems

All United Continental flights in the U.S. were grounded for about two hours on Wednesday due to computer problems, delaying some arrivals and departures at Canada’s three largest airports.United cited “network connectivity” for the problems, the second time in two months that the airline has been hit by major technical issues.The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said the airline had requested the “ground stop” order and then asked for it to be lifted mid-morning.An industry analyst said the grounding will frustrate Air Canada (TSX:AC) passengers travelling on codeshare with United, but have little lasting impact on United or its Canadian partner.“The next time you book a flight you probably will remember it but you’re going to most likely look for the cheapest fare or the best connection. That’s going to be a minor consideration,” said David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity.Tyerman said there should be no impact on WestJet (TSX:WJA) unless passengers are able to switch from United to the Calgary carrier.WestJet said it did not see any increase in demand Wednesday morning.“However, we do have some overlapping routes with United, so we could possibly see some bookings made today as they work to clear the backlog,” said spokesman Robert Palmer.Chicago-based United Continental also halted all takeoffs in the U.S. on June 2 due to what the airline described as computer automation issues.The Federal Aviation Administration used the same language in its notice about the outage Wednesday.United suffered a series of computer problems in 2012 after switching to a passenger information computer system previously used by merger partner Continental Airlines.In each case, hundreds of flights were delayed. A number of high-paying business travellers defected to other airlines and revenue dropped.“We don’t know everything behind this morning’s issues yet, but today’s incident underscores the sense that something is very wrong at United,” said Gary Leff, co-founder of frequent-flier website MilePoint.Shares of United Continental Holdings Inc. slid 2 per cent to $53.08 in early morning trading.__________With contributions from Associated Press reporters Scott Mayerowitz and Michelle Chapman in New York, Matt Small in San Francisco, and Joan Lowy in Washington, D.C. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 8, 2015 7:20 am MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2015 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email All United Continental flights in US grounded temporarily due to computer problems FILE – In this Tuesday, July 22, 2014, file photo, United Airlines jets are parked on the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport, in Newark, N.J. All United Continental flights in the U.S. were grounded Wednesday morning, July 8, 2015, due to computer problems. United said in a statement that it is working to resolve the problems, which are related to “network connectivity.” (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) read more

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October 2, 2019

FROM THE FIELD Comoros farmers battle climate change

Increasingly unpredictable weather patterns including a severe decrease in rainfall have led to soil erosion and widespread deforestation as well as decreased crop yields.UN Environment/Hannah McNeishA UN climate change expert panel determined in a special report on Monday that the world needs to move much faster and more dramatically, if global warming is to be contained to anything like the levels demanded by the 2015 Paris Agreement.The Comoros sits some 300 kilometres off the coast of East Africa and is amongst the most underdeveloped countries in the world.But now, a project backed by UN Environment has been launched to plant 350,000 trees per year across the three islands of the archipelago, in the hope that reforestation will protect the environment and boost development there.Read more about the challenges that Comorian farmers face here. read more

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September 28, 2019

Ohio State baseball hoping to get back on track in Big Ten

After dropping two of three games to Michigan State last weekend, the Ohio State baseball team (18-8, 4-2 Big Ten) is hoping to get back on track for its third Big Ten weekend series as it travels to face Minnesota. OSU coach Greg Beals is hoping his team can bounce back from last weekend’s series. “We had an opportunity to take the Michigan State series and it’s disappointing we blew it,” Beals said. “Good thing is, we have games this week to get back to winning.” OSU has been trying to work on its winning mindset for a few weeks. “It’s just the mentality of all eight innings, man,” said senior shortstop Kirby Pellant. “The pitching has been there all year and the defense has been there all year and finally the bats are starting to come around.” The Buckeyes beat Youngstown State Tuesday night in Columbus in a 3-0 shutout and took down Miami (Ohio) in a 1-0 shutout Wednesday night. Beals said this week’s games were important for the Buckeyes in preparing for more conference play. “The week games get our guys a lot of at-bats,” Beals said. “They help position players get in the groove and they allow our pitchers to get extended innings.” The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 17-12 and 2-1 in Big Ten play on the year. Minnesota redshirt junior infielder Dan Olinger is a guy to keep an eye on for the Golden Gophers, batting .314 with 14 RBIs and a .984 fielding percentage. Junior pitcher Tom Windle has 1.44 ERA with 45 strikeouts and a 4-2 record in 50 innings pitched. Windle has been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week twice this season. Minnesota will be opening the brand new Siebert Field for this series, having played its previous home games at the Metrodome. An OSU series win brings the team that much closer to capturing the conference title. While it’s still early in the season for talk of the Big Ten Championship, it has been on some of the players’ minds for weeks. “When I was a true freshman, that was the last time we won the Big Ten Championship, so I know what that feels like,” said OSU redshirt senior outfielder Joe Ciamacco. “I’m putting everything out there for the team this year. I want us to win this season. I want to bring back the winning tradition to Ohio State. We haven’t had it here in a while.” OSU is set to take the field against the Golden Gophers at 4:05 p.m. Friday at Siebert Field in Minneapolis. read more

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September 25, 2019

Fire in tower block sends dozens fleeing for safety in Stratford east

first_img“Fire engines from Stratford, Plaistow, Leyton, East Ham, Bethnal Green and surrounding fire stations attended the scene.”The cause of the fire is not yet known and is currently under investigation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters and officers have been called to a fire in a flat on Leather Gardens #Stratford More info follows— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) April 16, 2018 About 100 people were forced to flee their homes after a fire broke out in a 17th-floor flat in east London.A total of 58 firefighters rushed to the scene on Leather Gardens, Straford, after 999 operators received dozens of calls from concerned members of the public.The blaze had engulfed the flat, leaving it completely destroyed.Pictures from social media showed flames and thick black smoke billowing from the flat’s windows.London Fire Brigade, which received the first reports of the fire at about 1.20am on Monday, said there were no reports of any injuries.center_img The fire was brought under control by about 2.50am.A spokesman for the fire service said: “The brigade’s 999 control officers took 26 calls to the fire. Tower fire in Stratford— Shay (@i_JustaDream) April 16, 2018last_img read more

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September 22, 2019

6 people who could pass for the new Pope

first_img2. Governor Weatherby Swann from Pirates of the Caribbean(AKA Jonathan Pryce.) thethingaboutflying.com4. Rudy GiulianiFormer mayor of New York thesopranosblog.com6. Droopy Dog 5. Junior Soprano(AKA Dominic Chianese.) hbshows.comAll images Press Association except where notedWhat do you think? Is there anyone we’ve missed? (Other than McLovin in 70 years’ time?)Pope’s Twitter account is back in business with this tweet> 1. Jim Bowen from Bullseye pirates.wikia.com3. George Bluth Sr from Arrested Development(AKA Jeffery Tambor.)last_img

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September 21, 2019

Dublinlisted property investment firm with portfolio worth €15 billion is up for

first_img Monday 15 Apr 2019, 8:46 AM Share69 Tweet Email3 George’s Quay Plaza is part of Green Reit’s portfolio Image: Google Maps 26,989 Views Apr 15th 2019, 8:46 AM Our primary responsibility as a board is to deliver shareholder value. Given this imperative and following detailed analysis and due consideration, we have decided to focus on the sale of the company or its portfolio of assets.Co-founders of the company Stephen Vernon and Pat Gunne have said they won’t make an offer for the company, or participate in a takeover bid. George’s Quay Plaza is part of Green Reit’s portfolio Image: Google Maps Short URL Dublin-listed property investment firm – with portfolio worth €1.5 billion – is up for sale Green Reit earns €75 million a year in rent on its primarily Dublin-based properties. DUBLIN-LISTED property investment trust Green Reit is up for sale, with its board citing the company’s consistently disappointing share price as it now looks to sell the company which has a portfolio worth €1.5 billion.It comes after a “comprehensive and carefully considered review” of the options available to the company to try to maximise value for its shareholders, it said.Green Reit earns €75 million in rent a year on its primarily Dublin-based properties, with most of this consisting of office space in the capital.It owns sites like George’s Quay Plaza in Dublin city, Central Park in Leopardstown and One Albert Quay in Cork.JP Morgan Cazenove have been appointed to lead the sales process, which is set to begin immediately. Gary Kennedy, chairman at Green Reit, said: “The company’s share price has been subject to a material and persistent structural discount to its net asset value per share for over three years now. 32 Comments By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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September 14, 2019

Advertising Now Smallest Piece of the Pie VSS Communications Industry Forecast

first_imgMarketing Services was the second largest at $216 billion and Consumer End User, which includes newspaper and magazine subscription and sales, was third at $215 billion.Four Segments To Generate More than $100 BillionWhile the VSS report says the downturn has caused several of the industry’s segments to post their weakest growth in five decades, it also cites four segments-subscription television, professional & business information services, direct marketing and entertainment media-as poised to generate more than $100 billion in spending by 2013.   But while the report predicts growth for online, event marketing, tradeshows and b-to-b e-media, it says traditional advertising-driven products–including consumer and b-to-b magazines–will continue to shrink. Total communications industry spending will drop 1 percent to $882.6 billion in 2009 (the sector’s first decline since 2001), according to the newly released Veronis Suhler Stevenson Communications Industry Forecast, covering 2003-2013. However, the report forecasts that communications spending will rebound over the next five years, growing 3.6 percent per year to more than $1 trillion, making it the third fastest growing sector of the U.S. economy for that timeframe.The report looks at four main sectors, including Institutional End User, Advertising, Consumer End User and Marketing Services. For the first time since VSS began the communications forecast in 1986, Advertising (including magazines, newspapers, television and radio and Internet display advertising) was the smallest of the four categories at $210 billion. Institutional End User, which includes professional and information services, business information services, education, Internet & wireless data access, cable network license fees and tradeshows, was the largest of the four sectors at $241 billion.last_img read more

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September 13, 2019

Making Military Housing More Available A Conversation with Up for Growth

first_img ADC AUTHOR Mike Kingsella is executive director of Up for Growth.The issue of affordable housing in our defense communities mirrors national issues of housing availability. Could you share some background on your organization and its approach toward the national housing problem? Up for Growth National Coalition is a broad and diverse member-driven organization made up of builders, major employers, housing advocates, environmental and conservation groups, financial institutions and social justice advocates united in the belief that a healthy housing ecosystem is essential for communities to grow for the benefit of every person.We, along with our related organization Up for Growth Action, work at state and national levels to provide research, education, policy development and advocacy aimed at eliminating artificial barriers to housing at all affordability levels and in the communities that need it the most.You are involved on these issues at the national level and state/local levels. What is working to address housing affordability/availability, and how can defense communities adopt similar approaches? When housing options in defense communities are scarce and unaffordable, service members and their families are forced to make a choice: live farther away from the communities where they work or make financial and quality-of-life sacrifices to live close to the base or post.Policies aimed at removing artificial barriers to housing, such as accelerating project permissions, reducing unnecessary costs, and allowing, by-right, more variety in types of housing are proven ways to reduce housing costs. We believe these approaches can address the housing shortages present in defense communities across the U.S.What is one thing all defense communities can do to ensure great housing for military families today?Tragically, those who are called to keep us safe – police officers, firefighters, nurses, teachers and service members – are among those most affected by skyrocketing rents, a lack of housing choice, and a lack of access to homes in rapidly growing job centers.To ensure great housing for military families you can support pro-housing policies that mitigate or eliminate exclusionary zoning, work to remove artificial barriers to housing, or increase resources for affordable housing.Is your community changing its approach to affordable housing? ADC is looking to share more great ideas.last_img read more

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