Ottawa urged to pick up pace on amending Indian Act in Descheneaux

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewsIn August 2015, Stephane Descheneaux won his court case against the federal government.His three daughters will not only inherit his culture, but also his Indian Status as a member of the Abenakis of Odanak First Nation.But it’s a race against time.The federal government has until February to make the necessary legislative amendments to the Indian Act.But some say they need to pick up the pace.last_img

King Abdullah II to Start Official Visit to Morocco on Wednesday

Rabat – King Abdullah II of Jordan will pay an official visit to Morocco on March 22-24 at the invitation of King Mohammed VI, the ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery announced on Monday in a statement.King Mohammed VI will hold official talks with King Abdullah II and will offer an official dinner at the Royal Palace in Rabat, in his honor and the delegation accompanying him.The visit mirrors the depth and quality of bilateral relations based on a solid and lasting partnership, in favor of the common will to consolidate the multidimensional relations existing between the two countries, the statement said. read more

UN mission to support holding of Haitian local elections later this month

10 April 2007The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has announced plans to provide security and logistical support to the Caribbean country’s Provisional Electoral Commission when it holds local mayoral and municipal elections later this month. The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has announced plans to provide security and logistical support to the Caribbean country’s Provisional Electoral Commission when it holds local mayoral and municipal elections later this month. About 300,000 voters are expected to cast their ballots on 29 April, voting for 73 delegate seats across 10 districts, MINUSTAH spokesperson Sophie Boutaud de la Combe told journalists on Thursday at the weekly press briefing in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital. Ms. Boutaud de la Combe urged all eligible Haitians to vote in the polls, which follow successfully staged legislative and local elections last year. MINUSTAH has already provided training, coordinated with the Haitian Government, to thousands of candidates and civilians to help the municipal administrations better manage their affairs, especially in budgetary matters. The mission has been supporting the polling process in Haiti since 7 February 2006, when the presidential and initial round of parliamentary elections were held – the first nationwide voting since an insurgency forced former President Jean- Bertrand Aristide into exile two years before. MINUSTAH peacekeepers are also continuing law-and-order operations, most recently working with the Haitian National Police (HNP) in Port-au-Prince to detain 51 presumed gang members during the past week. The arrests are part of joint efforts to cut crime and improve security in the capital’s most crime-ridden neighbourhoods, where armed gangs have operated for many years. read more

Brock to host downtown arts project celebration event

Artist’s rendering of the future Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.Brock University will host a celebration event next week to mark the start of construction on its new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.The celebration happens Friday, May 31 at 11 a.m. at 198 St. Paul St., on the school grounds. Parking is not available on site.When it opens, the school will bring 500 students, faculty and staff into the city’s core when it moves from Brock’s main campus. The new school will be adjacent to a new Performing Arts Centre and Spectator Facility, which are being built by the City of St. Catharines. read more

HELOCs refinancing helped fuel spending Bank of Canada researchers say

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Research by staff at the Bank of Canada suggests Canadian homeowners who accessed their home equity through a loan or refinancing helped fuel household spending in recent years.The staff analytical note by several of the central bank’s researchers says household spending has moved in a similar direction to home prices over roughly the past decade, with both rising sharply in 2016 to 2017.That trend comes partly from the collateral effect of homeowners finding it easier to borrow against their homes, either through a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or mortgage refinancing, when property prices rise.In 2017, the researchers found Canadian homeowners extracted $89 billion in home equity through HELOCs and refinancing.The researchers say borrowers used that money to pay for big-ticket items, like cars and furniture, or to fund renovations, among other things, and their research suggests this “has likely contributed materially” to this kind of spending in Canada in recent years.They say that when the collateral effect is strong, it can leave the economy vulnerable to adverse effects, like a large house price decline as the absence of equity extraction can exacerbate spending cuts in bad times. read more

How Frank Vogel Is Making Terrence Ross Feel At Home In Orlando

Related: Hot Takedown Still, there isn’t much pressure for Orlando in this situation. The Magic — better off losing at this point, for the sake of a higher draft pick — aren’t in the playoff race, so they can afford to give Ross reps regardless of whether he’s logging stellar outings. And because Ross is under contract for two more years, the team won’t have to make a decision on him anytime soon.But thinking about how long it takes for players to adjust to a new setting and cast gives me a greater appreciation for two groups: scouts and execs who can find those players who fit seamlessly and teams who take on multiple players at once. Hell, sometimes it’s hard to bring in one player and have him be on the same page as everyone else. Just ask Evan Turner.Check out our latest NBA predictions. NBA players were consumed by rumors and imagined scenarios last week, as the trade deadline approached and front offices shipped players around the league. But now comes the hard part for teams: trying to incorporate new players in the midst of a season.Lineups have to change. Guys have to learn when and where certain players prefer the ball. Getting up to speed on defense is often a process, too, since figuring out which teammates are (and aren’t) capable of guarding opponents straight-up, without needing to switch, takes time. And while practice would be a great place to acquire that knowledge, day-to-day workouts are pretty scarce in the jam-packed NBA schedule once the preseason ends in October.Which is why Orlando coach Frank Vogel sought to simplify things last week for swingman Terrence Ross, who had just joined the club from Toronto in exchange for Serge Ibaka. Vogel, shortly after coming out of a timeout in the Feb. 23 game against Portland, ran a double screen for Ross to get an open shot — and his first bucket as a member of the Magic.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/rossscreenwithorlando.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.After the three, Dante Marchitelli, a Magic sideline reporter for Fox Sports Florida, explained the genesis of the call: “During the timeout, coach Vogel told Terrence: ‘We’re gonna run this play, and it’s exactly the same play you ran in Toronto. Every time you ran it against me, you got a dunk or a three, so I expect exactly the same thing on this play.’ And lo and behold: wide open for a three there.”I confirmed the on-air anecdote by looking at past games between Ross and Vogel. But interestingly, Ross and the Raptors didn’t use this play against the Magic this season. Which means that Vogel must be thinking back to at least last season, when he still coached the Pacers.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/rossdoublescreenforthree.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/rossdoublescreenvsindfordunk.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It also says something about Vogel’s memory that he remembered getting burned repeatedly by Ross whenever that play came up. Those recollections, paired with Ross’s 52 percent mark from 3-point range against the Magic this season, likely factored into the organization’s desire to acquire him.Although Vogel’s playcall for Ross worked, the rest of the game against Portland highlighted that it may take some time for the 26-year-old to get a feel for the team. He shot just 4-of-17 in his Magic debut, with several of his jumpers looking rushed and out of rhythm. (Then again, he went 10-of-15 in his next game, so Ross may just be a hot-and-cold player.) When Did Sports Become So Political? read more

Man recently released from prison remanded for armed robberies

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSerial armed robber released on bailJune 25, 2019In “Court”19-Y-O charged for armed robberyJune 11, 2019In “Court”Suspect in robbery, shooting of wash bay operator remandedJune 14, 2018In “Court” A 27-year-old man who was recently released from prison has found himself before the court again on armed robbery charges.Omalo Williams, a father of two of Leopold Street, Georgetown, was released from prison on May 24, 2019 after he served time for several armed robbery charges.Omalo Williams at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court in 2018. (News Room Photo)Williams appeared before Chief Magistrate (ag) Sherdel Issacs-Marcus today and pleaded not guilty to yet another two armed robbery charges.It is alleged that on May 25, 2019, at Smyth and Leopold Streets, Georgetown – and while in the company of others – he robbed Latoya Lowenfield of a cellphone worth $170,000. The charge read that he and others were armed with guns.It is further alleged that Williams along with his accomplices robbed Odwin Lowenfield of a cellphone and cash totaling $91,000.Reports are that the Lowenfields were walking when they were confronted by Williams and his accomplices, who were armed with guns.A report was made and police ranks later arrested Williams. He was positively identified by the victims during an identification parade.Police Prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that Williams is no stranger to the court since he had served an 11-months sentence for similar charges, and he was released from prison on May last.The prosecutor further indicated to the court, that the accused has other charges before another court.Williams was remanded to prison and his next court appearance is slated for June 24. read more

Teen crushed was ketching his hand during visit to Kwakwani

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related15-Y-O crushed by skidder after falling off truckJune 11, 2019In “Crime”‘Thorough probe needed’ – says father of teen who died after being treated for ankle painAugust 7, 2019In “latest news”Corentyne labourer pinned to death under tractor, investigation launchedJune 5, 2018In “Crime” Roy Odel Welchman, the 15-year-old lad who lose his life Sunday last after being crushed by a skidder, was at the time visiting his sick father in Kwakwani.Welchman allegedly slipped off the side of a truck and fell between the wheels of a skidding machine at Bisarooni Backdam, Region 10. He was at the time working with T. Bovell Concessions.The young man, a former student of School of Excellence in Linden, was said to be working with the company to earn some money since his father was unwell.According to a relative, Welchman used the opportunity to “ketch his hand”. Welchman had only been working with the company for a short time, and was tasked with record keeping.“He [was] a student, but he recently travelled there to visit his sick father and like all young men, when they get bored, they do want to look work, you know, so he just went to ketch he lil raise in the meanwhile he was there,” the relative said.On Sunday, at about 17:30h at 16 km Bisarooni Backdam, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), Welchman was in the company of a driver and a porter when the accident took place.According to the police, the driver used the skidder to leave the backdam, and on the way out, the skidder hit a bump causing the teen, who was reportedly standing on the left side of the machine, to lose his balance and fall.The operator immediately brought the skidder to a halt, and in doing so, it ran over the teen.The driver and the porter rushed the injured young man, who was still conscious at the time, to the Kwakwani Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The police noted that the 15-year-old’s body was examined and it was observed that it had bruises to both temples, swelling of the face and eyelids, a bruise to the left forearm, and bruises on the upper left side of the back.Up to late Tuesday afternoon, the operator of the machine along with the porter were released on station bail as police continue their investigations. read more

3 arrested for possession of bulletproof vests

Three persons have been arrested in relation to the possession of bulletproof vests, the Guyana Police Force said.Ranks in “C” Division today arrested a food vendor on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), after a search of his premises unearthed, among other things, two bulletproof vests.Police said the 41-year-old suspect is wanted for questioning in connection with two recent crimes.Meanwhile, several days ago, ranks at the Berbice River Bridge checkpoint intercepted a motorcar and arrested two men, who had in their possession, bulletproof vests.The GPF said a further search of one of the men’s home revealed eight bulletproof vests.The suspect reportedly told the police that he imported the protective gear.Police said these two suspects have since been released on bail, pending further investigation into the matter. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: 9 busted in Barama River with high powered rifles, ammo, bulletproof vestOctober 25, 2017In “Crime”Bulletproof vest, face mask, toy guns found in Sophia raid, 9 in custodyJune 14, 2017In “Crime”Six arrested; shotgun, ammo recovered during investigations into robberyFebruary 2, 2014In “Crime” read more

Rio Tinto delegation visits XCMG HQ to discuss ecological mining equipment supply

first_imgA delegation from global mining company Rio Tinto recently visited XCMG’s headquarters in Xuzhou, China to join a workshop on building ecological supply chains for the global mining and heavy mobile equipment industry. The Rio Tinto delegation visited XCMG’s excavating machinery, mining machinery, road machinery and hydraulic parts business divisions as well as XCMG’s production lines, gaining insight into the company’s state-of-the-art R&D capabilities and excellent quality assurance system.The workshop brought focus to the safety of large-scale mining equipment, supply chain management and development of the global mining equipment market. Wang Min, Chairman and CEO of XCMG, noted that as China’s top construction machinery manufacturer, XCMG had achieved substantial development in areas of product R&D, Intelligent Manufacturing and technological innovation. “In the area of large complete sets of mining machinery, XCMG has invested strategically to improve the products, technologies, quality and market performance,” he said.Stephen Buys, Managing Director of Pilbara Mines, spoke highly at the event of XCMG’s manufacturing and R&D strength, especially in the real-time collection of equipment operation data for large-scale mining equipment. The workshop provided an excellent opportunity for both companies to further cooperation in the future.As one of the world’s most influential mining companies, Rio Tinto has high standards for mining equipment technology, safety, service and spare parts supply, and XCMG says it will make every endeavour to meet Rio Tinto and other high-end customers’ requirements and further explore the high-end market globally.The company states: “Abiding by the ‘Advanced and Endurable’ golden standard in every link of the production, XCMG’s mining equipment is playing an increasingly important role in the markets of Mongolia, Russia and Australia. XCMG has exported several orders of mining equipment to Australian customers in the past few years and established more than 30 standards and regulations in design, manufacturing and quality assurance for the Australian market, as well as 15 customised plans. XCMG also operates comprehensive aftersales service network in Australia that enabled the company to achieve greater success.”last_img read more

Broad welcome for President Higginss planned trip to Britain

first_imgTHERE HAS BEEN a broad welcoming of the announcement that President Michael D Higgins is to become the first Irish head of state to make an official visit to Britain.President Higgins and his wife Sabina will travel to London for a three-day visit in April. They will stay in Windsor Castle, one of the Queen’s official residences.The visit will take place almost exactly three years after the Queen became the first British monarch to visit the Republic of Ireland on what was seen as an extremely successful official visit. Presidents have visited Britain many times in the past – Mary Robinson had tea with Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace in 1993 – but this will be the first official state visit.Speaking this morning, Mary Robinson said the announcement brought back many positive memories for her and praised the Queen for her approach to Anglo-Irish affairs.“I think this is really important symbolism; symbolism matters,” she told RTE Radio One’s Morning Ireland.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he warmly welcomed the visit. “This is a further demonstration of the warm and positive relationship that now exists between Ireland and the United Kingdom,” he said last night.His comments were echoed by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, who said the visit could help to push forward remaining issues in the peace process.“This event should be a catalyst for the Irish and British governments to implement outstanding elements of the Good Friday and other agreements,” he said. “The process of political change and peace building needs to be advanced urgently. This visit could be a focus for this”.Separately Eamon Gilmore said the visit was a ‘historic development’.“The visit will be immensely important for the Irish in Britain,” said the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs. “It marks a further milestone for the peace process in Northern Ireland”.It reflects an economic, social and cultural relationship that has grown steadily closer. In short, it will bring British-Irish relations to a new level.The official programme of events will be announced closer to the visit but is likely to include a state banquet hosted by the Queen.Michael D Higgins has already visited Britain on four occasions since he took office.Read: President Higgins accepts invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to visit the UK >Read: “A Úachtaráin agus a chairde” – Queen offers ‘sincere sympathy’ to victims of Anglo-Irish conflict >last_img read more

Column Ill never forget the moment I heard the news of the

first_imgTHE SHOCK, FINALLY, has begun to wear off. Yet as long as I live, I will never forget the moment I heard the news of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.Before, thankfully, I was able to confirm that my relatives and friends back there were safe and accounted for, I had a frantic, out of body experience that left my wife and older son deeply concerned. My uncharacteristically manic reaction was borne out of disbelief.  How could this happen in our city?The Boston Marathon takes place on our holiday, Patriots’ Day, and coincides every year with a very out of the ordinary, late morning baseball game played by our often begrudgingly beloved Boston Red Sox in our woefully outdated Fenway Park.  Consequently, the atmosphere is electric in Boston on the third Monday in April. Patriots’ Day is our version of Mardi Gras.  In future though, the day’s festivities will always be tempered by the memory of what happened on April 15, 2013.Boston writers reflectOther Boston writers – Dennis Lehane, bestselling author of “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone,” and, like me, a graduate of Boston College High School in the city’s Dorchester neighbourhood, and Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe foremost among them – have written eloquently about the events of this terrible day and the impact on the city they love so much.  They’re there, however, and I’m here, 3,000 miles away.  I can’t help but feel guilty about that.  Because I love the city with all my heart too, and I know how badly it’s hurting right now.I know from talking to friends and family there since Monday.  The wife of one of my best friends ran the Marathon.  A superb runner, it was fortunate that she finished ahead of the large group crossing the finish line on Boylston Street when the explosions went off and that she, her husband and their two young children escaped the maelstrom.That same friend has told me subsequently of heavily armed personnel in unusual places and of tank-like vehicles outside the city’s main train station.  My brother has informed me of the wild rumours that flew like wildfire after the explosions and of the panic that ensued.I first found out about the explosions on TwitterI know from following the traditional and social media coverage of the explosions’ aftermath exceedingly closely.  If nothing else, this Patriots’ Day revealed the incredible strength and equally incredible weakness of Twitter.  Like lots of others, I first found out about the explosions on Twitter – mere minutes after they happened.  On the other hand, I was misinformed about what transpired immediately thereafter and, as were traditional media outlets, about the authorities’ alleged capture of a suspect later in the week.  I wasn’t alone.Many in the unmanageably large crowd that gathered outside the federal courthouse looking over Boston Harbour on Wednesday were doubtless drawn there by what they saw on their Twitter feeds.  Moreover, the tweeting and re-tweeting around the world of camera phone photos of persons critically injured in the explosions was tasteless and grotesque.I know, above all else, because I never thought this would happen in our city. Notwithstanding the cataclysmic acts of terror on September 11, 2001, which were caused by planes that took off from our Logan Airport, I’ve always felt completely safe, and actually quite insulated, when I’ve been back there, even when I visited in those difficult days just after 9/11.  This feeling of comfort stemmed from a belief that Boston was a relatively inoffensive, tiny little place compared to what remains the financial capital of the world.  It will take some time for this comfort to return.  And when it does, it will be after a period of conversely uncomfortable, tightly enforced security measures.The cost of any lifeIn the days since the explosions, reasonable and unreasonable attempts to contextualise things have been made. Unreasonably, a small minority in the Unionist community  claimed that explosions which took place in Northern Ireland and cost many more lives were fuelled by money collected for the IRA in Boston’s innumerable Irish bars in the 1970s and 1980s.  As such, this is payback.  They have no point.Reasonably, commentators have observed that more than 50 people died as a result of explosions in Iraq on the same day.  While the death of three people in Boston commanded international attention, there was nary a mention of the Iraqi victims.  They do have a point.  Frankly, I can’t answer it.Also in the days since the explosions, I’ve been heartened by the stories of the first responders – fire fighters, police, doctors, nurses and ordinary people – who did so much to prevent a greater loss of life and more severe injuries.  I’ve been heartened by vigils held throughout Massachusetts, especially the one to honour the memory of young Martin Richard and to pray for his family.Irish supportIt drew some 2,500 people to a park near their home. And I’ve been heartened by the expressions of solidarity I’ve heard from countless Irish people who have such a special affinity with the most Irish city in the US.This weekend, after 24 hours of chaos, drama and, sadly, further loss of life, the identity of the two prime suspects is known.  The Tsarnaev brothers, Chechen immigrants, lived in the Boston area for a decade.  One is dead; the other is in custody.  The authorities will push the surviving brother to the limit for every bit of information there is.  But we are unlikely to get a sufficient answer to the key question: Why?In the end, now more than ever, I am proud of where I come from. This Christmas time, my family, including my six month old son who’s never been to his father’s home city, will wake up in the house I grew up in some seven miles away and get on the T (Boston’s public transit system).We will get off at Copley station, walk down Boylston Street and savour everything that led famous jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1858 to label Boston “the hub of the universe.” I can think of no better way for us simultaneously to diminish the perpetrators and to pay homage to the victims of the unspeakable events of Patriots’ Day 2013.Larry Donnelly is a Law Lecturer at NUI Galway and a political columnist with IrishCentral.com. To read other articles by Larry for TheJournal.ie click here.Read: Criticism after Aussie TV host draws ‘Irish’ link to Boston bombings>Read: Boston remembers marathon victims with this hair-raising national anthem>last_img read more

Greek museums and sites extend opening hours

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s most popular museums and archaeological sites will be open for longer from Wednesday.The extended timetable, introduced for the first time last year, will run until October 31.Sites, including the Acropolis, Sounio, Vergina and Delos, will be open from 8am to 7pm, while museums will open their doors at 8am and close at 8pm.The only exception to this will be on Sunday, April 5, when sites and museums will close early in the afternoon.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Coutinho equals Messi in goals scored from outside the box this

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho has now equalled Lionel Messi for the most goals scored from outside of the box this season after netting the winner in Barcelona’s final game of their campaign against Real SociedadAfter arriving from Liverpool in the January transfer window, Coutinho had initially struggled to adapt to his new surroundings at the Nou Camp.However, the Brazilian midfielder has had a strong end to his first season with the Catalan giants and has scored seven goals in his last six outings.Coutinho again proved to be the difference for Barcelona in their final game of the season on Sunday with the 25-year-old superbly pending the ball past the Sociedad goalkeeper, Miguel Ángel Moyá, and into the back of the net to ensure that Andres Iniesta would leave the club on a high.GOAL! Philippe Coutinho 57′ (1-0) #BarçaRealSociedad pic.twitter.com/0yja4v7bmQ— Media Cules Goal (@mediaculesgol05) May 20, 2018Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The strike means that Coutinho has now levelled his teammate Messi for the most goals scored from outside the box this season.8 – No other player has scored more goals from outside the box than Philippe Coutinho in Europe’s big five leagues this season (level with Messi, four with Barcelona and four with Liverpool). Missile. pic.twitter.com/khzjk9RyrC— OptaJose (@OptaJose) May 20, 2018Coutinho capped off his first season in La Liga with eight goals and five assists in his 18 appearances for Barcelona.last_img read more

Update From Hon Premier Sharlene Robinson

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 10, 2017 – Providenciales – Got into Grand Turk today by Cayman Islands Police Helicopter.   As reported already, there is much structural damage to homes, businesses and Government buildings, no lives lost.   LIME will travel there tomorrow to begin its work to restore connectivity.   A state of emergency has been declared for Grand Turk.Salt Cay was reached today where Police were able to speak with 12 of 16 persons who remained on the Island.   Structural damage.Police traveled into South Caicos.    Confirmed the Reports that was already received by me from the DC.    Considerable damage and no loss of life is the case.    I had an aerial view and will travel tomorrow to South Caicos.    Relief has been organised for South for tomorrow.   Relief items are being organised as well for Grand Turk.Emergency aid and relief continues to come in tomorrow…boats and planes.   Full update on Monday morning.   Electricity and communication (phone) is top priority as we provide relief items.Hon. Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Fire destroys Camas business

first_imgA hot Sunday morning fire destroyed a shop building that was home to a Camas boiler repair business.Firefighters were called to Lanz Boiler Repair, 3405 N.W. 38th Ave., in the Grass Valley area.The alarm was sounded at 10:14 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find a hot fire in a large pole barn behind a home owned by Jerry and Virginia Lanz. As they arrived, some acetylene and oxygen tanks in the barn began to explode, which kept firefighters back and forced a defensive fire attack.The pole barn is home to the boiler repair business. It also contained about 20 tires and numerous vehicles.The 4,800-square-foot pole barn and its contents were destroyed, but firefighters were able to save the Lanzes’ home and a horse barn. A truck and a tractor parked next to the barn were able to be moved and saved.One upstairs window of the home was broken by the concussion from the explosions, said Capt. Kevin West.The fire was big enough to trigger a second alarm. In all, 14 firefighters from Camas, East County Fire & Rescue and the Vancouver Fire Department responded.The fire was contained about 11 a.m. without any injuries being reported.The cause is under investigation.last_img read more

TurboJETs Hong KongMacau ferry sees 1H18 passenger decline but luxury class on

first_img RelatedPosts The number of passengers travelling between Hong Kong and Macau via Shun Tak Holdings Limited’s flagship ferry service, TurboJET, declined 3% year-on-year to 6.7 million in the six months to 30 June 2018. But the company reported a 14% increase in passengers using its Premier Grand class luxury travel segment, which the company attributed to enhancements made to its Premier Plus land transfer service and Premier Lounge facilities.The figures formed part of Shun Tak’s 1H18 results announcement on Friday, which saw group-wide revenue fall 45.9% to just under HK$2 billion and profit by 40.3% to HK$492.8 million – primarily due to fewer sales opportunities in its property segment in Macau and Hong Kong. Load More Ferry service provider TurboJET falls into loss as Hong Kong protests, bridge opening impact key Macau route Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests In the company’s transportation segment – headed by TurboJET – revenue fell slightly from HK$1.16 billion in the first half of 2017 to HK$1.14 billion, with profit declining by a similar level to HK$186 million.TurboJET controls ferry services into Macau’s Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal and has two berths at the recently opened Taipa Ferry Terminal.Shun Tak is also part of the consortium awarded a contract to operate shuttle bus services on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, due to open in the coming months. While the launch of another key transportation option for those travelling to Macau threatens to further reduce the number of passengers using ferries, Shun Tak said it remains confident in TurboJET’s long-term growth.“With the opening of the Bridge, TurboJET believes that its ferry business will sustain its pivotal role in the integrated transport network and remain resilient with newly generated traffic from increased cross-border exchanges and more diverse market segments in the long run,” it said.“The company will continue to sharpen its competitive edges by diversifying its offerings in order to respond to the changing market dynamics and build sustainability to its core business.” Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge helps Macau visitation climb 16.3% in Julylast_img read more

Apple investors debate political diversity at annual shareholder meeting

first_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • reading • Apple investors debate political diversity at annual shareholder meeting Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags Should Apple have more “ideological diversity” on its board?That was the question facing CEO Tim Cook, along with Apple’s board and investors, at the company’s annual shareholder meeting Friday, when activist Justin Danhof pushed a proposal aimed at increasing such diversity on the company’s board of directors.”Diversity is not what someone looks like, it’s the sum of what they think,” Danhof said while speaking at the meeting.Danhof, who’s general counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research, added that the tech industry’s focus on increasing racial and gender diversity is “racism and sexism.””True diversity comes from diversity of thought. There is ample evidence that the Company — and Silicon Valley generally — operate in ideological hegemony that eschews conservative people, thoughts and values,” the center wrote in its proposal to shareholders. “This ideological echo chamber can result in groupthink that is the antithesis of diversity. This can be a major risk factor for shareholders.”The proposal was shot down, with more than 98 percent of voting shareholders casting ballots against it.”We are open to people from all walks of life,” Cook said, noting that this includes political points of view, religious beliefs and sexual orientation. He also encouraged anyone with concerns to “say something.””We live in a very polarized world today,” Cook said, adding that he doesn’t believe it needs to be and that he doesn’t “check people at the door” about their beliefs. He also noted that though Apple is pro-immigration, pro-environment and pro-privacy, he doesn’t see that as politics. “For us, we focus on policy things.”The dustup was the latest in a series of debates that have spread across Silicon Valley over the past couple of years as tech companies and their leaders increasingly speak out against President Donald Trump and far-right extremism. Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter in particular have come under fire for banning some activists for what the companies say is inciting harassment and spreading hate. Cook in particular has spoken out on issues such as immigration and gay rights.During the debate, another shareholder raised concerns that after the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Apple donated $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which the shareholder called a hate group (the SPLC regularly studies and releases reports about hate groups around the US). Caanan Reiersgaard, a different Apple shareholder and a business consultant from Seattle, said he was “shocked” to hear the remark about the SPLC. Reiersgaard voted against the center’s proposal and said he appreciated Cook’s statements, calling the CEO “courageous” to speak up about these issues in this politically divisive time.When contacted about the “hate group” characterization, the SPLC called it absurd. “It’s a ridiculous allegation,” the group’s president, Richard Cohen, said in a statement. “Our process for identifying hate groups parallels the process used by federal and state lawmakers to identify hate crimes. The fact that we call out groups for their hatred doesn’t make us the haters.”Concern about political views was just one of several items Cook discussed with shareholders in attendance at the company’s Steve Jobs Theater on its “spaceship” Apple Park campus. He also touted the Apple Watch and its success in helping identify people’s heart issues, and the popularity of AirPods, which he called a “cultural phenomenon.”He also answered a question on privacy issues, saying that he believes privacy is “ingrained in the Constitution” but that he’s worried about how other companies have built detailed digital profiles of people. “We think regulation is necessary,” he added. “It’s not just a marketing thing; this is who we are.”Elephant in the roomWhat wasn’t directly discussed however, was Apple’s iPhone. The blockbuster device may’ve ignited the smartphone revolution and Apple’s bottle-rocket growth, but it’s recently been a drag on the company’s sales performance. Consumers broadly appear to be suffering from phone fatigue, analysts say, prompting them to hold onto their devices longer. That’s easy when annual updates feel less revolutionary, and price tags are greater than those on laptops. The iPhone may’ve turned Apple into one of the world’s most valuable companies, but now people are asking what’s next.Apple’s competitors are placing their bets on foldable phones. Over the past couple of weeks, Samsung, Huawei, TCL and Xiaomi have all announced or shown off new phones that unfurl into tablets. These new devices also come with hefty price tags, including one that reaches $2,600, but they offer a glimpse of where the tech industry is heading. And they’re undeniably exciting.Apple may also have plans for its own take on a foldable phone. A few weeks ago, it filed designs with the US Patent and Trademark Office for an “electronic device” with a “flexible display” that can fold both in half and in thirds. When, or even if, it’s coming is anyone’s guess. At the meeting, shareholders didn’t get a clear answer as to where Apple is headed. (They rarely do.) They did, however, approve all the company’s board members for another term, including former US Vice President Al Gore and Disney CEO Bob Iger.First published March 1, 11:13 a.m. PT.Updates, 11:18 a.m.: Adds shareholder comments; 3:17 p.m.: Includes statement from SPLC. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Mobile Tech Industry Share your voice Comments 7 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See All Apple Tim Cook Applelast_img read more

Mazda recalls 188000 Mazda3 vehicles for windshield wiper failures

first_imgChevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Preview • 2019 Mazda3 first drive: More style, more substance News • 2019 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback earn IIHS Top Safety Pick 71 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Recalls Mazda 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 0 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 3 Share your voice Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Car Industry 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? Comments 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Fiat 500X first drive: New engine, same problems Tags 10 Photos 81 Photos 52 Photos 49 Photos 26 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatnesscenter_img 69 Photos Enlarge ImageAdding rain repellent to the windshield might save you from needing to use the wipers in light rain, but it’s not a panacea. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Trying to drive in the rain without windshield wipers can go wrong in a hurry, which is why Mazda has to recall over 100,000 vehicles for wipers that might stop working.Mazda has issued a recall for 187,798 examples of the 2016-2018 Mazda3. It’s unclear how many are hatchbacks and how many are sedans, but the affected vehicles are split across six different VIN sequences. Concerned owners can head to NHTSA’s website to check and see if their VIN is affected prior to receiving an official recall notice.The problem stems from the hardware that controls the front windshield wipers. A bad relay might cut power to the wiper motor, rendering the wipers useless against rain or other bad weather. The relay goes bad when heat generated during regular use create metal deposits that eventually stick the relay’s contacts together. Mazda chalks it up to “Improper design.”Thankfully, Mazda is not aware of any injuries or accidents that have come as a result of this defect.The remedy is pretty straightforward. Mazda’s technicians will take the recalled vehicles and swap out the front body control module for a new, improved version of the part. In case you’re curious, the new module has a differently sized condenser and a new relay, which should eliminate the problem. Mazda expects to begin mailing recall notifications to owners on or before June 3. 69 Photos Tags More From Roadshow 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Car Industry Hatchbacks Sedans Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 68 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. More about 2019 Mazda3 12 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Share your voice Review • 2019 Mazda3 review: Still sporty, but more complete 18 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Mazda,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Mazda3: A sporty compact with few compromises Post a comment Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 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