Trouble plaguing Ontario Tories bubbles up at leadership debate

first_imgOTTAWA – The Ontario Progressive Conservatives’ efforts to leave behind weeks of unprecedented chaos took a hit Wednesday as candidates vying to replace ousted leader Patrick Brown painted a picture of a toxic party culture rife with allegations of corruption, bullying and electoral fraud.With a spring election looming, all four candidates squaring off in the final leadership debate in Ottawa vowed to tighten rules around party nominations, combat sexual harassment, and ensure that the voices of the grassroot members are heard.“We have to address the corruption in our party,” said social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen, who is competing alongside former Tory legislator Christine Elliott, Toronto lawyer and businesswoman Caroline Mulroney, and former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford.Brown’s abrupt resignation amid sexual misconduct allegations has exposed cracks in the party’s structure, issues with its nomination processes, and discrepancies in its membership numbers. The Tories’ interim leader has vowed to “root out the rot” and the party has overturned nominations in two ridings.Granic Allen, who trails in various polls but has arguably been the most aggressive at the race’s two debates, repeatedly asked her competitors if they would reopen nomination contests where there have been allegations of interference and bullying.“The three of you have stood idly by as the party was run into the ground by Patrick Brown,” she declared.Ford, who often backed Granic Allen, said he would reopen problematic races and recounted being at nomination meetings where he heard accounts of ballot stuffing.“I’m going to make sure they’re transparent, people are held accountable and there’s going to be integrity here,” he said.Elliott said she would ensure rules were followed for races to be conducted properly, while Mulroney also promised to take action.“We need to make sure our nomination process is as fair and open and transparent as possible,” she said. “We need to make sure we’re as strong as we can be.”Following heated exchanges on the issue, Elliott, who has nearly a decade of experience as a provincial legislator, eventually called for a focus on the Tories’ real enemy — Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne.“I think it’s really important that we remember why we’re all here,” she said. “We all have to come together when this is all over because the star target here is Kathleen Wynne, not each other.”Elliott received some of the most withering attacks of the night as she was forced to defend her appointment as Ontario’ health-care ombudsman under the Liberals, a post she held until jumping into the race.“People want to know which Christine we’re gonna get?” Ford said. “Are they going to get the Christine who wants to replace Kathleen Wynne? Or are we going to get the Christine that took a $220,000 political appointment from Kathleen Wynne?”Elliott turned to Ford, a long-time family friend, and said she was selected by an independent panel and had nothing to apologize for.“I am very proud to have served as patient ombudsman,” she said.Elliott also clashed with Granic Allen over the province’s Green Energy Act. Both agreed it should be repealed but Granic Allen went a step further saying she would cancel all green energy contracts awarded by the Liberals.“I’m going to rip all of those wind turbines out of the ground,” she said.Elliott, a lawyer, argued tearing up contracts will hurt taxpayers, who will have to foot the bill for legal costs as businesses sue for breach of contract.“You can’t just rip wind turbines out of the ground,” Elliott said. “How are we ever going to get people to invest in Ontario if we don’t respect contracts?”Western University political science professor Cristine de Clercy said Elliott was the strongest performer but suggested her attempts to show party unity may have been overshadowed by some of the debate’s nasty attacks.“Ford and Granic Allen in particular seemed to want to often start airing the party’s dirty laundry,” she said. “I think Christine Elliott deliberately tried to move away from that trajectory and also demonstrate she can pull the party together.”Wilfrid Laurier University political science professor Barry Kay agreed Elliott was the most effective, noting she didn’t do anything to directly antagonize supporters in other camps, a key strategy that could help secure more support.“The safest bet for the Conservatives is Elliott and I think she probably reinforced that image,” he said. “She didn’t lose it.”Ford, whose populist message has resonated with the Tory base, nonetheless tried to cast himself as the candidate with the broadest appeal.“People coming up to me everywhere we go saying, ‘I’m a lifelong NDP, I’m not joining the PC party to be a PC, I’m joining the party because of you.’” he told reporters after the debate. “Everywhere I go. ‘I’m a lifelong Liberal, I’m joining the party because of you.’”All four candidates were also grilled on whether they would allow Brown to run under the Tory banner in the election.Elliott and Mulroney said they would let the Barrie, Ont., politician back into the fold if he cleared his name of the sexual misconduct and financial impropriety allegations he has denied. Ford said only that Brown “has to take care of a few things.”Granic Allen was the only one to say unequivocally that Brown would not be welcome under her leadership.Voting for the leader begins online Friday with the winner announced March 10.last_img read more

Fort St John and Dawson Creek drop in rankings for 2019 Best

first_imgThe new number one community is Squamish, jumping from number three last year.  The report says Squamish edged out Whistler for the top spot.  “The Sea-to-Sky Corridor owes its strength to several factors, including fast-rising incomes, generous spending on recreation and booming population growth. Squamish edges out Whistler thanks to one of the province’s busiest home construction markets.BCBusiness ranks 46 of the Best Cities For Work based on a number of factors, such as employment rates, annual income, and real estate values.To see the full list of rankings, you can view it here. In 2018, Fort St. John ranked in first for the Best City for Work. Fort St. John now sits at number nine on the list.Meanwhile, Dawson Creek now sits at number 30 on the list; a huge drop compared to when it ranked second in 2018.The report says the drop in rankings could be due to economic factors, such as persistently-low fossil fuel prices which leads to higher unemployment numbers.“Incomes remain strong in the Northeast, but the unemployment rate—although still healthy—is outperformed by much of the province. Population growth and housing starts have also cooled, perhaps because persistently low fossil fuel prices are finally taking their toll. But the relative decline of these communities may speak more to the economic uptick elsewhere in the province than their own shortcomings.”Despite this economic drop, the report expects an economic rebound as fossil fuel and natural gas projects return to the Peace Region within the next year or so.“Recent trends in oil and gas suggest that the Northeast is poised for an economic rebound. With fossil fuel prices gradually rising and the LNG Canada consortium moving ahead with its Kitimat export terminal for liquefied natural gas, the production centres of Fort St. John and Dawson Creek will share in the rewards—as will communities on the North Coast.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BCBusiness has released its 2019 list for the ‘Best Cities For Work’ in British Columbia.Within Northeast B.C. there have been some notable rank changes, particularly to Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.After two years of being in the top three, both cities dropped well below their previous rankings.last_img read more

Energy of African youth propelling new development era as UN ties bear

“They were not only developing their skills; they were challenging gender stereotypes and embracing the inclusive digital technology that will be critical to take the continent towards a low carbon, climate resilient future”, he said.“The boundless energy and optimism of Africa’s young people are propelling the continent into a new era of sustainable development”, he added through the implementation of the African Union’s “visionary” Agenda 2063 for the continent, which is aligned closely with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, agreed by all the world’s nations in 2015.  Africa Day marks the 56th anniversary of the founding of the AU: “Since I assumed office in 2017”, said Mr. Guterres, “I have prioritized the strategic partnership between the United Nations and the African Union. I am proud to say there has been a quantum leap in our cooperation, from the institutionalization of the annual United Nations-African Union Conferences, to the new joint AU-UN Frameworks on peace and security and sustainable development, and the Joint Declaration on cooperation for African Union-led peace support operations.  “We are providing strong support to AU initiatives on prevention and mediation, including ‘Silencing the Guns by 2020’ and the African Women Leaders Network”, said the UN chief.With the mutual focus on ending poverty, he said the UN and AU were “working closely together on mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 in national development plans and cooperating on unlocking new opportunities from the African Continental Free Trade Area.”He concluded saying that the renewed emphasis on the UN-AU strategic partnership “is already producing results. Let us build on these strong foundations to make our cooperation more effective, efficient and mutually-reinforcing, based on the principles of African ownership, mutual respect, complementarity and interdependence.” That’s according to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in his message on Saturday to mark international Africa Day. Earlier this year, the UN chief was in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where he spent time with schoolgirls from 34 different African nations, who were learning to code.On #AfricaDay, I encourage all countries to keep the #ZeroHunger vision at the top of African minds & hearts. Due to conflicts exacerbated by #climate hazards, 257 million people are still hungry in the continent, & #overweight and #obesity are growing fast. pic.twitter.com/HPH2lBIkII— José Graziano da Silva (@grazianodasilva) May 24, 2019 read more

Police officer sacked for abusing staff at takeaway wins job back as

Instead he claimed it was a one-off for which she should be given a second chance rather than the “nuclear option” of dismissal.She and her mother wept as she was given the green light to resume her career as an officer. The force had fought to block her return, claiming her slurs could “seriously damage” the police’s reputation.”Sadly it confirms a stereotype that is unfortunately held in some communities about the police,” said the force’s barrister Steven Reid.Questions will now also be asked over whether Pc Barratt can work well with Asian communities. The panel heard she would find that hard after her picture was widely used in national media. And even her own barrister admitted the slurs she used were an “abomination”.Mr Reid said  the force felt no racism from an officer – on or off-duty – was ever acceptable.”The appellant didn’t go out that night to deliberately racially abuse members of the public,” he stated.”But the fact remains she did.”Pc Barratt accepted “it was only luck” nobody else bar her colleagues heard her slurs. Me Landenburg said: “She knew she was being racist.”Her prejudice on that evening leaked out.”The three-person panel downgraded her punishment to a final warning after two hours of deliberations. 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. A policewoman who was sacked after she racially abused takeaway staff has been allowed to return to the beat after claiming her remarks “were not the worst kind of racism”.Pc Katie Barratt was dismissed over racist comments she made following a Northumbria Police Christmas party in 2017. However, a panel overturned the “unreasonable” dismissal in a ruling on Monday.It means Pc Barratt can return to the beat, while the force will have to hand her at least £15,000 in back pay.Pc Barratt was waiting to be served in the Spice of Punjab, when she said in front of colleagues: “I wish these f—— p—- would hurry up with my pizza”.It was also claimed she had called them “n—–s, something Pc Barratt never denied.But her barrister Guy Ladenburg said she had come from a “police family” and had led a promising career before the 2017 incident.The panel heard staff had been buying Pc Barratt drinks all night at the 2017 Christmas “jolly” but she had since addressed that.”She’s not touched a drop of drink after this incident,” said Mr Landenburg.And he said she felt that she shouldn’t have been sacked “because it is not the worst kind of racism”. read more

GCSEs may need a grade 10 private school chief suggests

Mr Lenon is a former headmaster at the £41,775-a-year Harrow School “The number of grade 9s is rationed to avoid the possibility of grade inflation anyway,” he told the Times Education Supplement magazine. Mr Lenon is a former headmaster at the £41,775-a-year Harrow School A spokesperson from the exams regulator Ofqual said: “Our role is to secure that standards are maintained in GCSEs in England and we have no intention to introduce any additional grades above grade 9.”The 9 to 1 grading system has allowed better differentiation of the highest performing students than the A* to G grades it replaced. We believe everyone would now welcome a period of stability.” GCSEs may need a grade 10, a private school chief has suggested as he revealed that at some of the country’s top fee-paying institutions the “most common” mark this year was 9.Barnaby Lenon, chair of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), disclosed that there are now a growing number of private schools where the majority of GCSEs are given 9s, the highest possible grade.Mr Lenon, who is a former headmaster at the £41,775-a-year Harrow School, said: “Nobody envisaged this three years ago. It does leave room for a grade 10.”This year, almost a quarter (23.1 per cent) of private school GCSEs were awarded a grade 9.  Across the whole of England, 837 students were awarded a clean sweep of seven grade 9s, Ofqual said, compared with 732 last year. Of those awarded seven grade 9s this year, two thirds (66.4 per cent) were girls. London’s Westminster School came top in the private school GCSE league tables, with 98.61 per cent of students achieving grades 7, 8 or 9, equivalent to As and A*s.The school, which charges up to £41,600 a year, counts the actress Helena Bonham-Carter and former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg among its alumni.Mr Lenon said that for now, the grade 9 serves its purpose in differentiating ability at the top end of the grading system. 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. But he added that a grade 10 could be introduced in the future “if over time the general standard of pupils at the top end continues to rise”.“Given we were told grade 9s would be very rare, it’s astonishing there are schools where it’s the commonest grade,” he said.This summer was the first group to take the reformed courses in virtually all subjects. The new GCSEs were created by former education secretary Michael Gove as part of an attempt to inject rigour into the qualifications and bring the UK in line with top performing countries in the Far East.The reformed exams, which are marked in numerical grades of nine to one rather than A* to G, are designed to separate the very highest achievers with the A* now split between grades 8 and 9.More than half of students were awarded a grade 9 in certain subjects, GCSE data shows. Of those taking Chinese GCSE, 59 per cent were awarded the highest grade, according to figures compiled by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). Meanwhile, 61 per cent of all Russian entries were given a grade 9, along with 49 per cent of those taking Ancient Greek. read more

Kindle Fire HD 2013 teardown reveals excellent repairability replaceable battery

first_imgAmazon’s next wave of not-quite-Android tablets has arrived, and like any new piece of hardware it has been ripped to pieces to satisfy the desires of those eager to know what lies under the plastic and glass. As it turns out, the Kindle Fire HD 2013 is a lot more like the original Kindle Fire than the Kindle Fire HD.The new generation of Kindle is a lot more than a hardware refresh with some new software options. Amazon has made some serious hardware decisions here, taking what they learned from the original Kindle Fire and Fire HD to focus on the best possible entertainment experience in a tablet. These new machines place a premium on delivering an HD experience with high quality audio and a superior dual band WiFi setup under the glass.The folks at iFixit have taken the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD and given it a full teardown, and discovered that this tablet isn’t like the competition.The most impressive thing about the Kindle Fire HD and is the focus on external audio. Aside from the HTC One, you odn’t see many manufacturers willing to completely augment the design of their hardware to promote a quality audio experience.The Kindle Fire HD has sharp angles on the back of the device that makes it natural to hold the tablet in such a way that your hands become parabolic amplifiers. Coupled with the nice speakers under the plastic and a virtual surround sound experience in the OS, and the audio from this tablet should be better than just about anything else out there. If you’re watching movies on a tablet, this will be a hard experience to beat.The high repairability score from iFixit comes from several positive points in the teardown. The tablet is easy to break into, the battery is easier to replace than most, and the glass separates from the digitizer to make it easy to replace one or the other in the event of an accidental drop.Amazon’s hardware team implemented a lot of things that made the repairability score of the original Kindle Fire so high, which is a big push away from the glue filled Kindle Fire HD of 2012. It’s all good news for Amazon in the end, which in the end is great for their customers.last_img read more

Une SaintValentin sous le signe de lamour et de la techno

first_imgUne Saint-Valentin sous le signe de l’amour… et de la technoLa Saint-Valentin approche à grands pas, puisque c’est déjà mardi prochain. Et certains sèchent encore sur le cadeau à offrir…Vous jouez vos dernières cartes ce weekend et vous espérez dénicher le cadeau idéal pour la Saint-Valentin ? Vous savez qu’il ne vous reste plus beaucoup de temps, mais en fait, vous êtes comme tout le monde et vous vous y prenez à la dernière minute. Il ne reste plus que quelques jours avant la Saint-Valentin pour trouver LE cadeau qui fera plaisir à votre moitié. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Maxisciences vous donne un coup de pouce, sur les cadeaux un peu geek qui pourront ravir votre chéri(e). Découvrez notre petite sélection looove en images :https://www.maxisciences.com/saint-valentin/une-saint-valentin-sous-le-signe-de-la-technologie-images_art21617.html Le 11 février 2012 à 09:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Joint Investigation by Integrity Commission and RTCIPF

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 9, 2017 – Providenciales – The TCI Integrity Commission and the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are continuing their collaborative and joint operations in relation to complaints and allegations of acts of corruption and associated crimes which threaten the national security and wellbeing of the Turks and Caicos Islands. As part of these joint operations, officers of both agencies visited the offices of the Labour Department in Providenciales today (Tuesday), May 9, 2017. A large number of documents were seized in connection  with an ongoing investigation of these complaints and allegations and enquiries continue at this time. Further press releases may be issued in due course.Press Release: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Vijayawada Knee implant Triathlon launched at Sai Bhaskar

first_imgVijayawada: Dr Thomas Coon, founder and medical director, Coon Joint Replacement lnstitute, San Francisco, California & UK, designing surgeon Mako Robotic Knee visits Sai Bhaskar Hospitals Centre for Joint Replacement, Pushpa Hotel Centre, Vijayawada. He launched world famous knee implant Triathlon and identified Sai Bhaskar Hospitals as Centre for excellence and training centre for stryker – Triathlon knee system. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Sr Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr Busireddy Narendra Reddy welcomed him and expressed his happiness to launch the new system and bringing in available to the patients of Andhra Pradesh. He expressed Sai Bhaskar Hospitals always brought the technology and advancements in the field of joint replacement to Andhra Pradesh and made in available to the patients of AP with high success rates. Triathlon survives for longer years with high flexion and good range of movements. Dr Busireddy felicitated Dr Coon and members of Stryker India Ltd. This is followed by an educational programme at Novotel which is attended by Orthopaedic surgeons in and around Amaravati.last_img read more

Kylie Jenner terrified she will be dumped like Khloe Kardashian by Travis

first_imgTravis Scott and Kylie Jenner have been dating since 2017Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesKylie Jenner is reportedly worried that Travis Scott might cheat on her like Tristan Thompson. Khloe Kardashian’s former boyfriend was recently caught getting close to the make-up kit mogul’s best friend Jordyn Woods at a house party.A source told Hollywood Life “Kylie is terrified Khloe’s embarrassing relationship ending could happen to her too. Kylie would be beyond embarrassed and humiliated if Travis cheated, was inappropriate or in a disrespectful situation with another woman.””Kylie would feel even worse if things did not work out with Travis and she was forced to raise (daughter) Stormi alone,” the insider added.”Kylie learns so much from her sisters, and has avoided so many mistakes that Kim, Kourt and Khloe have all made by watching and talking to her sisters about life. After having struggles with Tyga and watching what Khloe has been through recently with Tristan, Kylie hopes that Travis never burns her the way Tristan hurt Khloe,” the source went on. In 2018, Khloe and the 27-year-old athlete’s relationship was on the rocks after he was caught cheating on the Revenge Body host with multiple women while she was pregnant with their daughter, True.Meanwhile, Kylie and Travis, who began dating in 2017, welcomed daughter Stormi in February 2018. During an interview with Rolling Stone, the 26-year-old rapper talked about his plans to settle down with Kylie. He shared: “We’ll get married soon. I just gotta sturdy up — I gotta propose in a fire way.” “People don’t understand how real my girl is. How ill she is. They have assumptions, bulls**t-a** remarks of what they think is going on. She’s the coolest motherf**ker of all time,” he added.Furthermore, Travis also gushed about fatherhood. He said: “We don’t let nothing come over Stormi time. Stormi Saturdays. We don’t f**k around with those. Even with me on tour, Stormi pulls up. She’ll travel. She got more stamps on her passport than a lot of motherf**kers.”last_img read more

Samantha Akkineni gives befitting reply to trolls over her comment on Kabir

first_imgVishu‏ @vishu010599 Btw whats wrong in the statement … He said if they cant Slap EACHOTHER it means both have rights oneach other when in relation ship Samantha Akkineni and her Instagram postTwitterActress Samantha Akkineni, who is basking in on the success of Oh Baby, has given a befitting reply to the people who trolled her over her comment on Kabir Singh director Sandeep Reddy Vanga.Two weeks after the release of Kabir Singh, Sandeep Reddy Vanga responded to critics and defended the violence in the name of love. “If you don’t have the liberty of slapping each other, then I don’t see anything (love) there.” The clip featuring his statement went viral on social media and created a lot of buzz with many feminist criticising the director for his views.Samantha Akkineni, who apparently got to know about the clip from her friend Chinmayi Sripaada, shared it on her Instagram story on Sunday and captioned it with, “Deeply disturbing.” Many of her fans were angry and upset with her comment, which they mistook for the movie Kabir Singh.Some of them reminded her of her appreciation for Arjun Reddy, which she tweeted on August 27, 2017. Samantha Akkineni’s tweet read, “#ArjunReddy is the most original film I have watched in a long time. The golden days of TFI are upon us. Team #ArjunReddy OUTSTANDING!!”A few people also reminded Samantha Akkineni of a scene from Rangasthalam in which Ram Charan slaps her. Her character Ramalakshmi kisses him and it was an act of love and not violence.A fan with a handle @myhonop tweeted, “In a scene in #Rangasthalam, Ram Charan slaps Samantha. She kisses him as the character Ramalakshmi saw it as an act of love and not violence. Every critic has given a thumbs up for the film & called it the best scene in the film. #WeSupportSandeepReddyVanga.”Some people trolled Samantha for her double standards but she was quick to reply to them. She said that she did not talk about the movie but disagreed with Sandeep Reddy’s statement. She tweeted, “Liking the film.. and disagreeing with a comment are two different things. I loved the story of one ‘Arjun Reddy’.. not the generalisation that love means having the liberty of slapping people around.”However, Samantha Akkineni’s befitting reply could not stop people from questioning her:Akshay‏ @AkshayKongallacenter_img @Samanthaprabhu2 do u think that u r more liberate vth Ur @chay_akkineni. nope. @imvangasandeep his says that from his point that love eachother can do similar things ……b mature Sam….. @Samanthaprabhu2 sry I am fan of u…but this I won’t likelast_img read more

Unveiling Freedom

first_imgBy Xavier UnderwoodWhen most think of the National Archives, the Bill of Rights, Constitution of the United States, or the Declaration of Independence, known collectively as the “Charters of Freedom” comes to mind.  I was excited to visit the National Archives on June 19 for another reason.Albeit, we never learned in school the significance of June 19, also known as Juneteenth, my mother made sure that I was apprised of its gravity. Juneteenth celebrates the commemoration of the official ending of slavery in the United States. More than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Major General Gordon Granger arrived with Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 with the news that the Civil War had ended and the slaves were now free.From left to right Trevor Plante, Maureen MacDonald, David Ferriero, Candy Carson, Secretary Ben Carson, Ben Carson Jr., Murray Carson, Armstrong Williams, Lerone Carson, Raffi Williams, and Xavier Underwood take their photo with the Emancipation Proclamation in the Treasure of the National Archives in Washington DC.154 years later, I found myself standing in one of the side-entrances of the National Archives awaiting Secretary Ben Carson’s arrival. I could not have anticipated the chilling effects of what I would soon come to face with. Now I must admit, I am a bit of a geek when it comes to history. In fact, I’ve sat and watched Jeopardy with my grandfather & uncle more times than I can remember.Naturally, all I could think about were the series of National Treasure movies, as we navigated back passages through the highest of security checkpoints. Once we finally reached the “private stacks,”  the most secure of the Archive’s vaults, I make my way through the wall of Secret Service agents and am greeted by the Secretary with a, “nice suit, Xavier.”As I lean in towards one of the staffers from the Archives to get clarity on what I can & cannot take footage of, one of the agents jovially interjects, saying, “nothing,” and chuckles. Branch Chief in Research Services Trevor Plank led our immersion into American history. From left to right, Trevor Plante, Ben Carson jr, Xavier Underwood, Murray Carson, and Armstrong Williams look at the 13th Amendment in the Treasure Vault of the National Archives in Washington DC.Another intriguing man just to the side oversaw our tour; I’d soon learn that he was, in fact, the Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero. What I found most interesting chatting with him, was his in-depth knowledge of the 377 treaties signed between the U.S. and Native American nations. If it hadn’t already emerged, my inner-nerd was certainly kindled as we went on to discuss how the U.S. broke every last one. Working our way around the table adorned with originals of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Brown v. Board of Education, U.S. Housing Act of 1937 and the 13th & 15th Amendments, my eyes fell gazed upon a beautiful hand-stitched velvet chenille book. It was none other than the Louisiana Purchase. Penned in the diplomatic language of French, it was amazing to see the largest land purchase the U.S. have ever made right before my eyes.After reveling in those priceless documents, Plant put a pair of white gloves on and carefully opened the next box. “That all persons held as slaves,” within the rebellious states, “are, and henceforward shall be free,” were words that resonated more now than ever. Centuries old – the actual Emancipation Proclamation – provided an ever-present understanding of the strides that our beloved United States have made. Even the seal, which now resembled a smudge, emboldened the veracity of this historic document.I think the only thing that could’ve made this sobering experience more special, would’ve been an offering of Donald Glover’s “Juneteenth Juice” or “Frozen Freedom Margarita,” from the FX show Atlanta. Xavier Underwood is head of production for Howard Stirk Holdings, the nation’s largest minority broadcaster.last_img read more

Twitter CEO Explains Decision Not to Delete Alex Jones Account Unlike Facebook

first_img“Truth is we’ve been terrible at explaining our decisions in the past,” he went on. “We’re fixing that. We’re going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories.”Dorsey added that Twitter didn’t want to “simply react to outside pressure,” and that it “serves the public conversation best” to allow journalists to refute inaccuracies that surface on accounts like Jones’. He concluded by pasting a link to the social media platform’s rules.Twitter came under pressure on Monday after Apple removed all episodes of five of Infowars’ six podcast series from iTunes, saying they violated its hate-speech rules. Spotify also removed all of “The Alex Jones Show” from its platform after yanking multiple episodes the prior weekend, and Facebook quickly followed suit on Monday, scrubbing four pages operated by Jones. After Facebook, Apple, YouTube, and Spotify wiped conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off their platforms, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explained why his company did not take the same action following considerable backlash.In a series of tweets, Dorsey said, “We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday. We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules.” Truth is we’ve been terrible at explaining our decisions in the past. We’re fixing that. We’re going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories.— jack (@jack) August 8, 2018 If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principles we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints, we become a service that’s constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction. That’s not us.— jack (@jack) August 8, 2018 ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 YouTube also banned multiple channels run by Jones on Monday, saying his main channel had been “terminated for violating YouTube’s community guidelines.”This isn’t the first time that Twitter has faced criticism over its treatment of far-right agitators. Late last year, the company came under fire for verifying the account of Jason Kessler, the right-wing extremist who organized last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. As a response, the company temporarily suspended the verification process for all accounts.However, Twitter has booted some far-right leaders from its platform in the past. The company deleted the account of Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos after he incited a harassment campaign against “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones. And in October, the company announced a plan to ban organizations that promote violence.See Dorsey’s full thread below. Accounts like Jones’ can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it’s critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions. This is what serves the public conversation best.— jack (@jack) August 8, 2018 Many more details here: https://t.co/58dc4fwjQz— jack (@jack) August 8, 2018 Popular on Variety last_img read more

Theres Still Time To Apply To Be The First Lego Professor

first_img To clarify, that doesn’t mean your likeness will be immortalized as the first professor minifig. They’ve already made a few (like these three fellows). This is about a very real job. One that pays over $100,000.Jobs with six-figure salaries tend to be fairly demanding, high-profile gigs, and this is definitely one of those. The successful applicant will become Lego Professor of Play at Cambridge University.Yes, that Cambridge. The one that educated Eric Idle, John Cleese, and Graham Chapman.This professorship is kind of a big deal. It’s been in the works since at least the summer of 2015, and Cambridge has the full support of the world’s largest toymaker in their endeavor. Lego, in fact, has contributed nearly $5 million to establish the Professor of Play and the accompanying Center for Research on Play in Education, Development, and Learning (PEDAL).Interim PEDAL director Professor Anna Vignoles told The Guardian that “the aim of the[..]center is to conduct rigorous research into the importance of play and how playful learning can be used to improve students’ outcomes.”While the benefits of play are frequently mentioned, there’s not an awful lot of actual hard evidence to back up such claims. Vignoles says that the new professor will gather evidence. Without Lego’s thumb on the scale, of course.Lego won’t have any influence over who’s chosen to fill the position. Cambridge says they’re looking for someone who’s “extremely curious, open-minded, imaginative, and creative.” Vignoles is confident that they’ll attract an “outstanding scholar.”If there’s any chance that person might be you, you’ve got two more days to get them your application and resume. Good luck, Lego geeks! Stay on target Lego Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetThis Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set Ever last_img read more

Adelaide SightseeingappointmentsSeaLink Travel Gro

first_imgAdelaide SightseeingappointmentsSeaLink Travel Group Adelaide Sightseeing Tours and Charters, part of the SeaLink Travel Group, has appointed Tania Dalton as Business Development Executive for conferences and events, and the management of direct group bookings and corporate relationships.Tania has been employed with the SeaLink Travel Group for almost two years in the position of Business Development Executive for Adelaide Sightseeing and prior to that spent seven years in Business Development in the finance sector.“My new role gives me the opportunity to work closer with event organisers to find the most efficient way of providing transport and touring options for delegates,” she said.“Currently we take all of the leg work out of transportation and booking of activities for private touring, saving organisers from having to do the ring around to multiple venues. Now we are working hard to provide systems to take the co-ordination of these delegate bookings off organisers’ plates giving them more time to work on the event itself.” last_img read more

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0 Comments   Share   A first-team All-Big 12 selection as a junior at Oklahoma after leading the Sooners with 119 tackles — 3.5 of which were for loss — with two interceptions and three passes defensed, Jefferson did not hear his name called on any of the draft’s three days. Between Eric Fisher, who went first, and Justice Cunningham, who went last, a total of 254 players were selected. None of them, though, were Jefferson.“Draft day was, that was a terrible day for me, personally,” Jefferson said. “A guy who you thought was going to get picked second day and second or third round, end up not getting picked at all was rough. But I fought my way through and I think I showed that I can fight through adversity.“Look where I am now.”The one benefit to going undrafted was that Jefferson could pick where he would sign, and he said he chose the Cardinals because of the talent on the roster and what the team already had at his position. But now the position is his, and he has to find a way to be the “next man up” after playing sparingly for most of the season.“It is what it is, whether it’s tough or not, you’ve got to be tougher,” he said. “This is a ‘show me what you’ve got’ game, especially for me.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Jefferson pointed to teammate Antoine Cason, who stepped in last week against the Titans and produced three key turnovers, as someone who was able to do what he’s hoping to accomplish this week: come up big for a team that is suddenly relying on him. It’s a lot of pressure for a young player, but that’s life in this sport. “You’ve got to just be mindful, you know, you’re a football player, you belong here,” he said, adding it’s about self-motivation and understand there will be mistakes and room to improve. Because though there are bound to be ups and downs, he would not be in the game if the coaching staff didn’t have any confidence in his abilities.“I’m comfortable with Tony,” defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said. “He played early in the year when Rashad and Ty weren’t around. It’s not like he was playing bad, he was just behind two good ball players. I’m very comfortable in Tony.”Now it’s up to Jefferson to validate that faith. Though his role is new, the sport he’s playing is not. And at the end of the day, that’s an important fact to remember.“Just know that it’s football, regardless of yes, you’re going against the best players in the world,” he said. “But you belong here; you’re here for a reason.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo For Jefferson, it took both Tyrann Mathieu and Rashad Johnson going down to get his crack in the lineup. So now he, with all of 20 tackles and little experience under his belt, will play an important role in a must-win game.“I’m so excited,” Jefferson said. “Not to put anything against Rashad — if anything I want him to be healthy, but when my opportunity is here, it’s time for me to do what I’ve got to do.”Cardinals coach Bruce Arians admitted Jefferson does not have enough experience for the role, but added that the only way to get experience is to play, and it’s worth noting that Jefferson did get a start in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions. He recorded three tackles that afternoon. And just last week, his pressure on Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in overtime led to an errant throw that was picked off by Antoine Cason.“He’s been a playmaker everywhere he’s been,” the coach said. “Every time he’s had an opportunity with us, he’s made plays. He jumped in the other night and basically won the game because he forced the interception.”But it’s getting the opportunity that hasn’t come easy for Jefferson. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — From undrafted rookie free agent to starting safety on a team with playoff aspirations in a must-win game, such is the life of Tony Jefferson.“I’m basically just like ‘it’s about time’ for me, that’s just how I feel,” Jefferson said of the opportunity that’s in front of him. “I’m ready to go, I’m fired up.”It’s been a bit of a journey for Jefferson from draft day disappointment to now, and he would likely not be getting this chance had it not been for injuries to some of his teammates. It’s the brutal truth of the NFL, though, that sometimes it takes someone’s misfortune for someone else to get an opportunity to make an impact. read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email President Donald Trump reviews an honor guard during a ceremonial welcome in the garden of Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019 on the opening day of a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2019 10:24 am PDT Trump, in tussle with CNN, suggests boycott of parent AT&T NEW YORK — President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to reiterate his complaints about CNN and suggest a boycott of its parent company, AT&T.Soon after his arrival in London for a pomp-filled state visit to Britain, Trump tweeted that CNN is his chief source of such reports but that “after watching it for a short while, I turned it off. All negative & so much Fake News, very bad for U.S.”Trump asked why doesn’t AT&T “do something” and said that if people stopped using or subscribing to AT&T, it would be forced to make “big changes” at CNN. CNN is owned by Turner Broadcasting System, a division of AT&T’s WarnerMedia.AT&T and CNN declined to comment.Trump has long criticized CNN over its coverage of him and his administration. Fox News Channel is his preferred network.The extension of Trump’s CNN complaints to its parent company is unusual but not surprising. When AT&T’s bid for then-CNN owner Time Warner Inc. became public in 2016, it drew fire from then-candidate Trump, who promised to kill it “because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few.”After he became president, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against AT&T and Time Warner to block the proposed deal, arguing it would hurt consumers . A judge ultimately ruled in favour of letting the $81 billion acquisition continue and it was completed in June 2018. The Department of Justice lost an appeal in February . The department declined to appeal further to the Supreme Court, where its chances of prevailing were considered dim.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgAnd part of the crew finishes the surface of the individual stairs,This has been a difficult task. As the concrete is poured for the second and third step, the weight of it has to be guided to not increase the mass of the first step.Ron Chandler periodically washes the still wet concrete steps and uses a heavy brush to roughen the surface before the concrete cures.More to come. September 29, 2014We continue our report about upgrade work in the East Crescent Keystone area. You can see an elevation and a plan of this project in our report from August 15. and the beginning of the work is reported on 8/20/2014. Continuing reports were posted on 9/1, 9/3, and on 9/10, 9/12, 9/15, 9/22 and 9/26/2014.The form for the stairs is in place, plus guides for the crew and a ramp for the mixed concrete to slide into place.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Part of the crew is mixing the cement and another part of the crew guides and shovels the concrete into place.last_img read more

Guernsey court appoints JP Overseas administrators

first_imgA court in Guernsey has appointed two administrators to oversee the winding up of construction company J&P Overseas Limited, which went into administration last week after its lenders rejected its restructuring proposal.The court appointed Ben Cairns, a managing director at consulting firm Alvarez and Marsal, and Carl Bowles, a senior director at the same firm, to oversee the winding up of J&P Overseas, which has been struggling since early this year.Last week, the company said that challenging local market conditions, unfavourable final contract settlements, delays in contract receipts and limited financial resources to pursue new projects had led the company into collapse.During the past few months, it said, it had been facing significant liquidity problems and had actively engaged with all its stakeholders in seeking to develop a viable solution that would allow it to continue trading.“Unfortunately, a comprehensive restructuring plan submitted to the company’s lenders and developed with the assistance of professional advisors was recently rejected, which has left limited room for the Company to manoeuvre and meet its ongoing obligations.”The decision to appoint administrators has been taken to protect the interests of creditors, employees and customers given the liquidity position across the J&P Group, it said. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Parties seeking to postpone football fan ID cards Updated

first_imgThe football fan card must not be scrapped, Justice Minister Giorgos Savvides said on Wednesday after political parties called for the ID card to be temporarily abolished until the end of the year, citing lack of necessary equipment at stadiums.The minister said after a meeting of the House legal affairs committee that a bill amending the existing regulations governing the use of the fan card is currently at the state legal services for vetting. He said that there was no time however for the bill to be discussed in parliament before the summer recess.The football fan ID card was introduced last year as a way of combating hooliganism.Savvides said the card is an important tool in tackling football violence and it had yielded results last year.So far 72,000 people have acquired the card, he said.A police representative told MPs that since the card was introduced there have been no serious cases of violence within sports stadiums and zero injuries of officers or members of the public.“We see no reason why there should be any change either through its abolition or postponement,” Savvides said.He added that the final word however lies with parliament.The head of the committee, Giorgos Georgiou said after the meeting that the parties have agreed on preparing a proposal for postponing the provisions concerning the fan card until the end of the year.Georgiou said the lack of the necessary equipment at stadiums meant the fan card regulations were not being fully implemented.Most requirements concerning closed-circuit TV systems, electronic tickets, stadium stewards and electronics system for the identification of persons are not fulfilled by any stadium and sports arena. Therefore, based on the licensing authority no stadium where football matches take place meet the requirements, he said, adding that the authority will need until the end of December to prepare a report on the suitability of stadiums.The proposal to postpone the card is to be discussed by the committee next week.Savvides said that the amendment bill his ministry prepared, following consultations with football clubs, provides for the expansion of the clubs’ loyalty cards to be used also as fan cards and making changes concerning some offences.“We have removed the offence of mere insult from the law of violence in football pitches and we have replaced in some offences the penalty of imprisonment with expulsion from stadiums,” he said.The minister said the bill also suggests excluding the over 65s from the need to have a fan card.He said that there were bound to be disagreements by football clubs on the bill since each of them had submitted different proposals.“I am at their disposal to discuss issues they are concerned about or issues that would help increase the attendance of fans in stadiums,” he said.The fan card was opposed by fan clubs of all major football clubs, citing concerns that police would use the data to keep tabs on them. First division clubs are not too happy about fan cards either claiming that their introduction had led to a 30 per cent decrease in ticket sales.  You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more