first_imgOTTAWA – The personal information of Canadians will be on the negotiating table when North American free trade talks begin this month.The United States has served notice it wants an end to measures that restrict cross-border data flows, or require the use or installation of local computing facilities.It is among the many American goals for the coming NAFTA renegotiation spelled out by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.Privacy advocates say that means trouble for Canada’s ability to shield sensitive information such as health or financial data from the prying eyes of foreign agencies by storing it in computer servers on Canadian soil.The U.S. proposal runs counter to public-sector privacy laws in British Columbia and Nova Scotia that require domestic data storage.It also seems at odds with the federal government’s strategy on cloud computing — the purchase of digital storage from third parties — that says all “sensitive or protected data under government control will be stored on servers that reside in Canada.”The B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association is urging Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to ensure legislation already on the books is not undermined by the NAFTA negotiations.“Canadians are concerned about their personal information being shared in any way, shape or form with an increasingly erratic United States,” says a recent submission to the minister from association executive director Vincent Gogolek.Some American companies offer a Canadian data storage option in response to market demand and governments should continue to have freedom to protect citizens’ information and privacy rights as they see fit, Gogolek says in the submission, part of federal consultations on the NAFTA renegotiation.Freeland is saying little about the government’s tactics for now, but Canada plans to soon outline broad objectives for the talks.The Ottawa-based International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group says Canadians must have a say before Canada signs off on any new provisions.“Privacy rights are something that are really fundamental for Canadians,” said Tim McSorley, the group’s national co-ordinator. “Our first concern is that any agreements made in NAFTA regarding privacy rights should be done in public and open to consultation and discussion, both in Parliament and with stakeholders.”The U.S. trade representative flagged the data storage issue in its 2017 report on foreign trade barriers, noting the B.C. and Nova Scotia laws prevent public bodies such as schools, universities, hospitals and government-owned utilities from using American services when there’s a possibility that personal information would be stored in, or accessed from, the United States.The report also highlighted the Canadian government’s major consolidation of federal email services, a procurement project that cited national security as a reason for requiring the contracted company to keep data in Canada.This requirement effectively precludes U.S.-based cloud-computing suppliers from participating in the process, unless they replicate data storage and processing facilities in Canada, the U.S. trade representative noted.The Information Technology Industry Council, a Washington-based lobby group, has expressed concerns about the national-security exemption to the Canadian government, according to correspondence obtained by Gogolek’s association through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.The council calls on governments worldwide to forbid local infrastructure requirements, denouncing them as discriminatory and contrary to the notion of cross-border trade.In the post-9-11 era, however, many countries remain skittish about U.S. law-enforcement and security agencies getting their hands on sensitive personal records.The U.S. Patriot Act, passed following the 2001 terrorist attacks, gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation broader access to records held by firms in the United States, including data on Canadians.Revelations in recent years by former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden about widespread surveillance of communications have done nothing to dispel the wariness of civil libertarians and privacy advocates concerning sovereignty over data.Analysts also point out that the European Union has been moving toward stronger control over data, including transfers between member states and the U.S.It would therefore be difficult for Washington to demand that Canada let U.S. firms host government data about Canadians with no restrictions, suggested Toronto lawyer David Young, who specializes in regulatory law with an emphasis on privacy.“I believe it has to be dealt with on a different level,” Young said.The best way to store sensitive domestic data — as well as when and how it can be transferred across borders — should be decided by Canadians, digital freedom organization OpenMedia says in its NAFTA consultation submission.“We should be able to make our own data privacy policies without the interference or intervention of other state actors, and Canadians’ sensitive data and privacy rights must not become a bargaining chip sacrificed for the sake of economic gain.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgCalgary filmmaker Matt Embry’s emotional documentary Living Proof picked up five trophies at the 2018 Alberta Film and Television Awards Saturday night, including wins for best director for a non-fiction feature and best documentary over 30 minutes.Living Proof looks at the filmmaker’s experiences with multiple sclerosis and his campaign to bring information about alternative treatments to the public despite resistance from pharmaceutical companies and MS charities.Embry and Tyler McLeod also won for best screenwriter for non-fiction over 30 minutes; Adam Naugler and Steve Dierkens picked up the win for best overall sound; while Todd Langille, Dean Evans, Jordan Bosch, Mike Kraft and Allan Thrush won for best editors. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The film, which screened at the both the Toronto and Calgary International Film Festivals, has been seen around the globe since being made available on iTunes, Embry says.“I get emails and messages from all over the planet,” Embry said in an interview with Postmedia after the awards. “To see a film about this small family in Calgary have this global impact is really wonderful.”The 44th edition of the awards, nicknamed the Rosies, were handed out at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Calgary to honour the best in Alberta film and television. Sixty trophies were awarded to Alberta-based productions and craftspeople who work in the industry. Matt and Ashton Embry in a scene from the documentary Living Proof. Courtesy, Spotlight Productions. (SPOTLIGHT PRODUCTIONS)last_img read more

OTTAWA — As he lays the groundwork for the Liberals’ last budget before the fall election, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has been highlighting two themes for a national drug plan: the twin drives for lower costs and wider access.Drugs are the fastest-growing component in health spending in Canada, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. New drugs have made it possible to live much longer with conditions such as diabetes and even cancer, and improve patients’ quality of life with afflictions such as arthritis. But unlike hospital care and doctors’ visits, most people’s medication needs aren’t covered by public health insurance.The Liberals have assembled a team of advisers, led by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, to consult the public and study options for a national pharmacare regime. The committee is to publish its final report this spring, but it’s unclear whether it will arrive before the budget, which is now widely expected to land the week of March 18.Late last week, Morneau told a business crowd in Victoria that the Liberals want to address a rapid rise in drug costs that has made them more expensive in Canada than in other countries.The other challenge on his mind is ensuring people can afford the pharmaceuticals they need most, he said.“I’m not sure how far we’ll get in terms of the budget,” Morneau said during an event hosted by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. “But I’d watch those two issues. We need to deal with the cost (and) we need to deal with the coverage as two really important issues that are on our agenda.”Canada now has drug plans administered by provinces (mainly for children and seniors and people on welfare or disability benefits), by the federal government (for Indigenous people, members of the military and the RCMP and veterans), and private insurance filling in gaps for some.Morneau has said he’d like to preserve parts of Canada’s existing drug plans rather than abandon them in pursuit of a new, country-wide program, and Hoskins’ committee is to look at how best to do it.“We’ve got an advisory committee that’s going to present to us options on how we can move forward and, yes, to your question we will inevitably need to have some negotiations with the provinces to make sure we get this right because this is going to be a shared area of jurisdiction,” Morneau said in an interview this week with Zoomer Radio. “So there is going to be some discussion of this, I hope, in the budget.”In the lead-up to this year’s election, the Conservatives and New Democrats will also offer voters their visions for pharmacare.This week, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said if elected his party would bring in a universal, public, comprehensive pharmacare system. Singh also accused the Liberals of being focused on a limited, industry-friendly model of pharmacare.Last April, an all-party House of Commons committee agreed in a report that publicly funded prescription drugs, under a universal pharmacare program, would provide better health care to Canadians at a lower cost than the status quo.The cost of national pharmacare is expected to be steep.An analysis by the parliamentary budget officer estimated a broad coverage regime would carry a $20-billion-a-year price tag. Former federal budget watchdog Kevin Page has said that with provincial and federal treasuries all facing challenges, he believes tax hikes would likely be necessary.The current government has taken steps to lower drug prices, which could allow Ottawa to create a pharmacare regime with less of a burden on taxpayers.In late 2017, Health Canada proposed changes to the regulations governing patented medicines — newer drugs that, at their best, bring breakthrough health benefits, but that can be very expensive because they’re legally protected from attempts to copy them. The government regulates prices to try to balance pharmaceutical companies’ incentives to develop new drugs and patients’ ability to get them.These would be the first major update to those rules in more than two decades. The potential amendments included an expanded list of countries Canada can use when comparing patented drug prices as well as new factors the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board can take into consideration when assessing whether a drug is overpriced.The effort to bring in the reforms has been unexpectedly sluggish, the board acknowledged in its newsletter last fall.“Progress on the issues under discussion has been slower than anticipated, owing to the complexity of the subject matter and conflicting views of participants on the merits of the underlying policy,” the document said.When it announced its proposals, the government said only the United States and Mexico had higher patented-medicine prices than Canada, when compared with the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The government said the amendments could save consumers about $12.6 billion over 10 years.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Press read more

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, addressing the annual high-level debate in New York, underscored how her country is suffering from the burden of soaring prices of food, fuel and rice.“Our people pursue the universal dream of a better life for themselves and their children: better education, better health care, higher wages, a dignified retirement,” she said.The Philippines has made “hard-earned” gains over the past seven years that have allowed the South-East Asian nation to weather the first tide of global price surges that swept across the world earlier this year, Ms. Arroyo said, but the recent economic turmoil in world markets has had a profound impact.“To address these global challenges, we must go on building bridges among allies around the world: to bring the [price of] rice to where it is needed to feed the people, investments to create jobs; and keep the peace and stability in the world,” she stated.The President praised Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for taking swift and decisive measures to address the global food crisis that brings together multilateral organizations, donor countries, civil society and the private sector. “This is a model of the Untied Nations in action,” she said.Regarding the southern island of Mindanao, which has been wracked by recent deadly violence, Ms. Arroyo voiced her commitment to peace based on inter-faith dialogue.“We maintain high hopes in inter-faith dialogue as a means to building bridges rather than barriers between communities of different cultures and ethnicity.”Viewing the global food crisis through the lens of climate change, Finnish President Tarja Halonen said that managing natural resources in a more sustainable manner will help to alleviate poverty, especially in rural areas, offering her nation’s support in this arena.Global warming has the potential to “bring into question the whole future of mankind,” she said, adding that recent extreme weather phenomena are a harbinger of worse events to come.“Multilateral engagement and shared responsibility are the only effective means to tackle this global menace,” Ms. Halonen said. “There is no place for petty politics and recrimination.”She highlighted the importance of the UN in responding to climate change, emphasizing the need to reach agreement next year in Copenhagen, Denmark, on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012.Many sectors of society – including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, individual citizens and governments – must be involved to mitigate global warming, the President noted. “We need everybody; it is necessary that also women can participate in this work.”Further, both industrialized and developing nations must take part in combating climate change, she said.Rwandan President Paul Kagame warned that Africa was at the frontline of the impact of climate change, with deserts and dry zones expanding across the continent.“Over-reliance on wood for energy by our populations is leading to severe deforestation,” he said. “Further, unpredictable weather and rainfall patterns, combined with limited scientific and technological capacities, are already undermining our continent’s ability to effectively manage water resources.”Mr. Kagame pledged to intensify his Government’s efforts in reforestation, terracing and irrigation so that water and land are more effectively used. 23 September 2008The developing world is at a “tipping point” due to fluctuations in the global economy, the President of the Philippines told the General Assembly today, calling on the United Nations for its assistance in ensuring that financial uncertainties do not roll back development gains. read more

2 March 2010The United Nations system in Bangladesh is closely monitoring the situation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region, which has been the scene of recent violence between different ethnic groups, and stands ready to assist those in need, a spokesperson for the world body said today. According to media reports, the clashes that began over a week ago between Muslim settlers and Buddhist tribals in the region has led to several deaths and many injuries. In addition, several hundred homes have been burned and thousands left homeless.The UN “hopes that all will unite to help the recovery from this tragedy in a spirit of peace for the greater good of the nation,” spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.“The United Nations stands ready to provide targeted assistance to those in need, in close collaboration with the Government,” he added. read more

The girl was rescued but the man who was right in front of the human chain, lost his grip and was pulled away by the currents. A Sri Lankan in Italy is in critical condition after saving a girl from drowning today, the Italian media reported.The Sri Lankan man had jumped into a river in Rivolta d’Adda to save the girl who was being swept away by strong currents. Rescue workers later found the Sri Lankan man and airlifted him to hospital where he is in critical condition. (Colombo Gazette) He and several others formed a human chain to pull the girl to safety.

Local school boards are weighing their options now that the province has pledged a large sum of money for teacher retention.Come the spring, school boards in Ontario notify teachers who will be laid off at the end of the academic year or who can look forward to re-assignment at a different school in September.The Grand Erie District School Board issued these notifications to elementary and secondary school teachers Wednesday and Thursday.For its part, the Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk Catholic District School Board was assessing its staffing needs when Education Minister Lisa Thompson announced Friday that a special fund of $1.6 billion has been created to ensure teachers don’t lose their jobs because of the Ford government’s education reforms.Tracey Austin, spokesperson for the local Catholic board, said the new funding is being analyzed and promises to have a significant impact on the board’s deliberations.“It is still premature for us to provide a statement,” Austin said in an email Friday.“The (Grant for Student Needs) wasn’t set to be released until (Friday) so we’re still taking a look at our numbers and system needs. Once we receive that additional piece we will be able to move forward and will then be in a good position to share the impact on the system.“Our numbers looked quite good. But we were happy to hear today’s announcement as we will now be able to factor that into our data and allocations.”Last week, 21 elementary school teachers with the Grand Erie board and 84 public high school teachers were formally notified that they were deemed “redundant” for the 2019-2020 academic year. That means they will be out of a job once the school year ends in June.Also last week, 37 Grand Erie elementary teachers and 20 Grand Erie high school teachers were declared “surplus.” That means they have jobs to look forward to in September but that they might be relocated to another campus.Even though the $1.6 billion in teacher retention has been confirmed, the Grand Erie board said Friday it is not prepared to say how that might alter its position.In a statement Thursday, Grand Erie school board chair Greg Anderson said the comparatively large number of teachers receiving layoff notices last week was due to the changes the Ford government announced to the education system in recent weeks.“Grand Erie redundant and surplus teachers at the elementary level are a result of changes announced by the Ministry of Education last month, the end of local priority funding, and the cancellation of some education program and other (provincial) grants,” Anderson said.Anderson also cited new policies for the impact on high school teachers.“Grand Erie redundant and surplus teachers at the secondary level are a result of changes announced by the Ministry of Education last month, the end of local priority funding, lower enrolment, and the cancellation of some education program and other grants,” Anderson said.Anderson’s comments came before the $1.6 billion in retention funding was announced.In a release issued Monday, the board said last week’s staffing impacts will remain unchanged until more details are provided by the province.“Grand Erie is pleased that the Ministry of Education has finally released its 2019-20 Grants for Student Needs (GSNs),” Anderson said in a release. “The information provided on Friday, however, is very high-level and does not include the specific details we need to move forward with our planning for next year. Until this detailed information is received and analyzed, including the funds promised by the Education Minister for attrition protection, Grand Erie’s staffing impacts for 2019-20 remain the same.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

In a press statement issued after being briefed by Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Council members welcomed recent efforts by UNRWA and Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Envoy, Ramzy Ramzy, and called for unhindered humanitarian access to Yarmouk and for the protection of civilians inside the camp.They stressed the need to support the emergency relief effort for civilians in Yarmouk including through funding the $30 million emergency appeal and to provide diplomatic and political support for the agency.Supporting UN efforts to assist trapped Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk, the Council highlighted a three-point plan including assistance for civilians in the camp, assisting those wanting to ‘temporarily relocate’ from the camp in accordance with international humanitarian law, and assisting residents who have already fled.The Council called for support of the UN framework in line with legal obligations, and condemned all acts of terrorism, demanding that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front withdraw from Yarmouk immediately.In addition, members called on all parties to immediately implement the relevant Security Council resolutions including Security Council resolutions 2139, 2165 and 2191, all adopted last year.Mr. Krähenbühl, who briefed the Council from Jerusalem via video link, spoke to journalists at UN Headquarters afterwards, updating them on the briefing and on recent happenings in Yarmouk.Having recently returned from a four-day humanitarian mission to Damascus, he said that he told the Council about the situation inside Yarmouk and his concerns about the security, safety and levels of protection of civilians in the camp. While he acknowledged that the humanitarian situation remains “very extreme” in terms of the circumstances and hardships faced, he pointed to “concrete achievements” coming from discussions with the Government about possibly widening the scope of humanitarian access.Many people had described the terrible impact of the situation they faced in the last two years, he said. Several thousand people remain in Yarmouk and he said he was determined to establish distribution points to allow them to access humanitarian aid, and to enhance distribution of assistance to those who had managed to escape to nearby neighbourhoods.Describing some of the assistance that UNRWA was distributing, he underscored the need for ongoing financial assistance. A total of $30 million was needed for immediate emergency aid in addition to over $400 million requested for the overall Syria Appeal, which had received only 19 per cent funding.Mr. Krähenbühl stressed that the Council should remain seized of the matter and said a visit by members to Syria would be a strong signal of the importance that it attaches to the situation. read more

The annual Brock University Residence Awards will be held Friday, April 1 in the Lowenberger Dining Hall.The event starts at 5 p.m. with dinner with the presentation of awards at 6 p.m. Some of the awards being given out include:House/Hall/Court/Block Award: Given to one student in every H/H/C/B in residence to recognize outstanding contributions, involvement and leadership to their residence community. McBride Award: Given to one student in every residence hall for contributing to the quality of residence life through any one or more of the following:a) setting an example in academics or athletic achievementb) organizing eventsc) being a supportive neighbourd) demonstrating leadership qualities that have made residence an attractive place to live. Sheaffe Hall Award: Given to one student in residence annually with high academic standing and who has made a worthy contribution to residence life. Residents Committed to Excellence: Given to a maximum of 24 students annually. These are students who have made exceptional contributions to enhance residence living; and they must be a graduating or senior residence student.In addition, there are other awards given to residence students by various residence groups including the RLS, RAC, Crew, Dons of Academics etc. If you can’t make it, the event will be streamed on BrockTV.ca read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGWI employee stabbed to death in row over cigarettesSeptember 14, 2018In “Crime”Accused in Christmas day fatal stabbing remandedDecember 29, 2017In “Court”Stabroek Market row leaves 1 dead, 1 criticalJuly 4, 2017In “Crime” Accused: Matthew ParksMatthew Parks, 20, of East La Penitence, Georgetown was on Wednesday morning arraigned before the Chief Magistrate, charged with the stabbing death of Roger Allen following an alleged row over cigarettes.The man who was not allowed to plea to the indictable offence and who was not represented by an Attorney was remanded to prison.He is expected to make his next Court appearance on October 10, 2018.INews previously reported that 22-year-old Allen, a Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) employee, was killed when he allegedly attacked the defendant at his place of work on Durban and Chapel Streets, Georgetown.Allen had reportedly visited a mini mart where the Parks worked and the two had an argument over cigarettes.Following the argument however, Allen allegedly left and returned to the mini mart at around 05:00h armed with a knife and a piece of wood.He reportedly attacked the suspect who fought with him managing to disarm him of the knife.The man then allegedly proceeded to stab Allen to his body but before doing so he also received a blow to his body.Both men fell to the ground but were picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where Allen succumbed to his injuries. read more

first_imgPic: Brian ReganGARDAÍ WERE CALLED to the concourse at NUI Galway today over a protest involving students and members of the university’s Christian Union.The protest related to stalls being manned by two brothers running in the upcoming student union elections, and also a referendum on same-sex marriage due to take place tomorrow.ReferendumSean Kearns, the Student Union (SU) president, told TheJournal.ie that the university’s LGBT group gathered the required 500 signatures to enable a referendum on NUIG supporting same-sex marriage to be held.He said that an opposition group against the referendum was set up, and it includes members of the Christian Union society.This opposition group “released some flyers and posters that have caused quite a lot of offence”, said Kearns, as they “correlated homosexuality with paedophilia”.Stalls were set up at the NUIG concourse, near the café Smokies, today from which leaflets were distributed. As these leaflets were anti-same-sex marriage, students began gathering at the concourse in protest.There are currently 2-300 students at the scene, with two gardaí monitoring the situation.“The union’s stance would be that everyone has the right to have equal views shared when a referendum is called. We are asking students get out and vote tomorrow,” said Kearns.He added that it is important that intimidation and bullying isn’t allowed during the protest, as these would be grounds for the referendum to be cancelled.Student electionsEoghan Holland of Flirt FM, NUIG’s student radio station, said that brothers Enoch and Isaac Burke were at the stalls at the concourse along with members of their family.Enoch is running for Equality Officer, while Isaac is running for Post-Graduate Officer in tomorrow’s student union elections.“When I went down, the situation was in full flow and there were two garda present,” he recalled.The decision of Enoch Burke to run for the role of Equality Officer “has caused tension on campus”, said Holland.All Burke family members refused comment to Flirt FM at the time.  According to Holland, the stands were related to an anti same-sex marriage poster that has caused controversy on campus. There was also pro-life material on the stands, said Holland.Last week, the students union voted for the campus to remain pro-choice.The students had been protesting all day and it is understood they are due to remain there overnight. SIN Newspaper, NUIG’s student newspaper, reports that students are holding signs which read “love not hate”.There was also a mock same-sex marriage ceremony held at the concourse today.Read: Teenagers to tell politicians what they think about same-sex marriage… as Gaeilge>last_img read more

first_img This is good news. Never had a problem with The Coach! Velvet Sky Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Nick Noel Twitter January 29, 2018 at 8:22 pm Google+ Rob ‘Hotlanta’ Lewis Videos Articles Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Pinterest you can’t have him on with Byron because they’re carbon copies… WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next JFJ Facebook Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It January 29, 2018 at 10:28 am Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Because Graves is the only good announcer on the main roster Roman Reigns is in Remission WhatsApp 8 COMMENTS Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Jeffery Adam Phillips Tha Real McCoy January 29, 2018 at 2:05 pm January 29, 2018 at 2:28 pm Now Playing Up Next DeeTrain Steven Herrera January 29, 2018 at 7:23 pm January 29, 2018 at 4:57 pm coach vs cole Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wow, I didn’t know Coach was off ESPN. Aaron David Harwood WWE.com announced this morning that Jonathan Coachman (aka The Coach) has signed a deal to return to the company and will join the RAW commentary team starting tonight.Coachman will join Michael Cole and Corey Graves going forward every Monday night, replacing WWE Hall of Famer Booker T. WWE noted that Booker T will continue to take part as a panelist for WWE kickoff shows as well as being a “WWE ambassador.”Coachman first signed with WWE (then the WWF) back in 1999, taking on a role as a backstage interviewer and later transitioning to a career on commentary on RAW with Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler. He also served as an interim RAW General Manager.He left WWE back in 2008 and signed with ESPN in an on-air anchor role. Coachman would later be part of WWE segments on ESPN interview various talent. He then quietly parted ways with ESPN last year when the company began cutting jobs.Coachman appeared on the RAW 25th Anniversary episode last Monday night.BREAKING: @TheCoachrules has signed with @WWE and makes his official return to the #RAW announce team TONIGHT! https://t.co/ILfo4qjla5— WWE (@WWE) January 29, 2018 So why still have Graves on both shows?! cutbacks and all that i guess… January 29, 2018 at 4:02 pm XFL announces multi-year television deals with ESPN and FOX to air games starting in 2020 Coach left ESPN before the cutbacks. January 29, 2018 at 10:49 am The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

first_imgBLOOMS OF HOPE: A farmer inspects his sunflower crop near the city of Chandigarh in Punjab in this file photo. The GST Council’s decision on Saturday to slash rates on fertiliser from 12 percent to 5 percent is expected to make prices of this vital agricultural input cheaper and benefit farmers to the tune of Rs 1,261 crore. REUTERS/Dipak KumarUnion Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar said on Saturday that the government has decided to reduce the GST (Goods and Services Tax) rate on fertilisers from the existing 12 percent to 5 percent.The decision was primarily taken in the interests of the farmers, he said. The government is also taking up with industry the question of passing on the benefits of the rate cut to farmers, the minister said.Ananth Kumar was briefing reporters on the outcome of the 18th meeting of the GST Council, held on Friday, regarding the fertiliser sector.Under the new rates announced by the GST Council, average weighted MRP will decrease to Rs 5,909 per tonne (or Rs 295.47 per 50 kg bag) as compared to the existing All India weighted Average of Rs 5,923 tonne (or Rs 296.18 per 50 kg bag).Farmers will benefit to the tune of Rs 1,261 crore under the GST regime, Ananth Kumar said.The GST regime is expected to deter inter-state smuggling of fertilisers by integrating the entire fertiliser market into a single market. Farmers will benefit to the tune of Rs 1,261 crore under the GST regime, Ananth Kumar said. Following the advent of the GST regime, Ananth Kumar said, a uniform MRP of Rs 295.47 per 50 kg bag will be implemented across the country, except in a few states where additional VAT is charged on natural gas as natural gas has not been brought within the ambit of GST.However, even in these states, MRP will reduce by Rs 3 per 50 kg bag. Similarly, MRPs of P&K (Phosphatic and Potassic) fertilisers, the prices of which are not administered, are also expected to come down on an average basis as incidence of tax will be lower than the existing tax on an average, the minister added.The GST regime, apart from integrating the entire fertiliser market into a single entity, will also deter interstate smuggling of fertilisers which may be currently happening due to differing levels of taxes, and consequently, MRPs in different adjoining states.The GST will realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘One Nation, One Market, One Tax’, Ananth Kumar said.last_img read more

first_imgLaura Skelding for The Texas TribuneThe South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley is one of two family immigrant detention centers in Texas.President Donald Trump’s administration is working to dramatically ramp up its capacity to detain immigrants — especially in Texas.Despite protests, several facilities have opened to hold more migrant adults and children this summer, and there are proposals that would nearly double the total number of beds at authorized centers. For family detention and child-only shelters, the capacity would nearly triple.The vast majority of the requested increase would hold children and families on two Texas military bases. The federal government has made initial requests for up to 15,500 beds at the Fort Bliss Army post in El Paso and Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, according to Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a spokesperson with the U.S. Department of Defense.And the state has already seen new and revived facilities pop up along the Texas-Mexico border, like the temporary tent city in Tornillo holding migrant children and a new adult facility in the Rio Grande Valley on the site of a detention center that closed years ago amid accusations of horrid conditions.The new and prospective facilities have faced controversy — protesters have rallied outside the facilities, including Texas lawmakers, and immigrant advocates have raised renewed criticisms over the civil detention facilities being primarily run by private prison corporations with deep pockets and powerful political connections.“The pattern with the private prison industry and this administration is to give away contracts to companies no matter how bad they are,” said Bob Libal, executive director of Grassroots Leadership, an immigrants rights and anti-prison group. “You also see … extreme problems when you rapidly expand the system like this: There’s a lack of oversight, a lack of accountability.”Increased detention has been a key part of Trump’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration since he took office last year. Days after his inauguration, he signed an executive order that included building more detention facilities to enable ending the “catch-and-release” policy where migrants apprehended at the border are released while they await a court date.“We’re going to create more detention space for illegal immigrants along the southern border to make it easier and cheaper to detain them and return them to their country of origin,” said Sean Spicer, then the White House press secretary.But the issue of detention sparked a crisis at the border this year after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in April a “zero tolerance” policy promising to criminally prosecute all those who cross the border illegally, regardless of potential asylum claims. The policy led to more than 2,500 migrant children being separated from their parents at the border and placed in federal custody, some of whom have yet to be reunited.Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneThe tent city erected to house children separated from their parents at the border in Tornillo, on June 16, 2018.After harsh backlash from Democrats and his own party, Trump hastily reversed the practice of separating children from their parents but vowed to continue “zero tolerance” while detaining families together. Though the prosecution of migrant parents seems to be on hold and there are legal restrictions against prolonged family detention, the administration has trudged ahead to build more facilities to hold immigrants while they undergo the often-long asylum process. Currently, only three facilities nationwide are authorized to detain immigrant families together: a small center in Pennsylvania and two larger sites in Texas south of San Antonio, run by private prison corporations GEO Group and CoreCivic. The Texas centers can hold about 3,500 migrants together, and advocates have reported that they are now holding reunited families set for deportation and aren’t near capacity.Still, the federal government has looked to drastically increase that number by seeking bed space at the military bases. Davis, the defense department spokesperson, said federal government agencies have asked the defense department to find room for up to 12,000 beds to detain families.Under the proposal, the first 4,000 beds would be at Fort Bliss, and if they need more, Goodfellow would be targeted to house another 4,000 migrants, he said. The military has also marked Goodfellow to be able to house up to 7,500 children alone.The necessary checks have been met to house children at Goodfellow, Davis said Wednesday morning, but the government has yet to officially request the use of the base — which is when a 45-day clock to develop a facility would start. Fort Bliss has not yet passed all its bureaucratic hurdles.Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneA proposed child migrant center in a converted warehouse in downtown Houston has been criticized by state and city officials.Aside from space at military bases, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which regulates child immigrant shelters, has given at least 14 facilities permission to increase their capacities as of mid-July, including a converted Walmart in Brownsville that now can house about 1,500 migrant children. Though some centers closed, the increase far outweighed the loss, and two groups are seeking to establish new shelters in the Rio Grande Valley and downtown Houston.The increase hasn’t only been for families and children — ICE is also expanding its capacity for adults. In April, the White House greenlit a new $110 million, GEO Group-run complex in Conroe near Houston that is expected to be completed later this year. Last month, ICE opened a Raymondville lockup on the same site and with the same management — private prison company Management and Training Corporation (MTC) — as a notorious center that closed down after reports of inhumane treatment.And in early June, ICE announced a new, temporary agreement with the FederalBureau of Prisons to hold up to nearly 1,700 civil detainees in five federal prisons throughout the country — one of which is in El Paso.The agencies arranged to hold up to 220 detainees at La Tuna prison’s low-security satellite campus, according to the prison bureau. In June, more than 150 detainees were held at the prison; on Wednesday, the number had dropped to 40.Despite assurances that the detainees were not to be housed with federal prisoners, the president of the American Federation of Government Employees slammed the agreement in a statement, citing safety concerns for detainees and the already short-staffed guards under Trump cuts.“At any given moment, at almost any prison in any community you could have an accountant, teacher, or food service worker augmented to oversee hundreds of murderers and rapists,” said J. David Cox Sr. “And instead of properly funding the Bureau of Prisons to remedy the situation, this administration has jammed almost 2,000 detainees into the system.”Adult detention centersThese are detention centers that are regularly inspected by ICE and hold people for more than 72 hours. Almost all are run by private prison companies — largely The GEO Group and CoreCivic.Child-only facilitiesThese facilities are usually regulated by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, but Tornillo isn’t because it’s on federal property. New military installations would also likely be managed by the federal government.Family detentionTwo Texas centers are currently able to hold families together, but that may change with the request for more space on military bases.Darla Cameron contributed to this report. Sharecenter_img Holding adults, families and childrenlast_img read more

first_img Why some electrons quickly kick into high gear has been debated for more than a decade, with two theories considered the most viable. Now, physicists from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have verified one of these theories using data collected from several satellites. The research, published in the September issue of Nature Physics, may lead to better space-weather models, which may help scientists predict when ultrahigh-energy electrons are abundant and, therefore, most dangerous.“These ‘killer’ electrons can harm astronauts and even passengers on regular airline flights that go through Earth’s polar regions,” the paper’s lead author, LANL physicist Yue Chen, said to PhysOrg.com. “Therefore, people need to know the source of the these electrons so as to develop the ability to predict when they’ll be most numerous. Our paper finally settles the argument.”The group’s work may also eventually help improve the design and operation of satellites, which are very susceptible to radiation effects and very expensive to repair or replace when damaged. Killer electrons can penetrate satellite radiation shields and cause malfunctions in the electronics on board.The LANL group shows that the electrons’ acceleration is mainly due to “gyro-resonant wave acceleration,” the end result of a complex domino effect that begins when particles from the solar wind and Earth’s ionosphere (the layer of the atmosphere that is about 50-400 kilometers above the surface and contains molecules that are ionized by solar radiation) are sporadically injected into the radiation belt. This influx, bearing an unstable distribution of particles, excites many electromagnetic waves. The relative motion of waves and particles along the belt’s magnetic field lines induces a Doppler shift of the wave frequency. Next, a resonant interaction occurs between the Doppler-shifted waves and electrons in the belt that are gyrating (moving in a circle around the field lines) at the same frequency as the waves – an effect known as gyro-resonance.Most of the electrons injected into the belt follow trajectories that are nearly parallel with the magnetic field lines, and they soon lose energy. But for electrons that were initially injected at angles more perpendicular to the field lines – those with larger “pitch angles” – gyro-resonance has the opposite effect: a serious energy boost.The losing theory, which was the accepted explanation until satellite data cast it into doubt in the mid 1990s, is “radial diffusion.” It states that fluctuations in the magnetosphere’s electric and magnetic fields send electrons diffusing down into the belt from Earth’s plasma sheet, a region of relatively low-energy energetic particles that extends behind Earth, away from the Sun. As the electrons descend into the stronger magnetic fields closer to Earth, they accelerate.Chen and his colleagues used several instruments to collect the electron data that ultimately led them to verify that the gyro-resonant wave-particle interaction is the dominant acceleration mechanism. These included the Los Alamos energetic particle sensor, which sits on-board a global positioning system (GPS) satellite; the lab’s GEO Synchronous Orbit Particle Analysis instruments, and a set of instruments mounted on NASA’s Polar satellite, collectively known as the Comprehensive Energetic Particle and Pitch Angle Distribution experiment.Citation: Chen, Y., Reeves, G. D. & Friedel, R. H. W. Nature Phys. 3, 614–617 (2007)Also see: Horne, R. B. Nature Phys. 3, 590–591 (2007)Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Electrons trapped in the outer Van Allen radiation belt, a doughnut-shaped region of high-energy particles that surrounds Earth, kept in place by our planet’s magnetic field, can have velocities approaching the speed of light. But the number of these “killer” electrons varies wildly: a few one day, many more the next. The cause has puzzled scientists – until now. Citation: Physicists Determine Source of ‘Killer’ Electrons in Earth’s Radiation Belt (2007, October 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-physicists-source-killer-electrons-earth.htmlcenter_img Explore further SpaceX launch puts UMass Lowell research into orbitlast_img read more

first_imgMothers are the major style influence for millions of women, who take on board hints, tips and habits passed on to them over the years, reveals a research.Among the most common pieces of advice women take on board from their mothers are blending in make-up around the jawline and always carrying a spare pair of tights, says the research conducted by cosmetic brand Lancôme, reports femalefirst.co.uk.‘It’s heartening mothers and daughters share a similar style. Most women have a genuine interest in fashion and beauty and it’s nice grown women are still chatting to their mum about what products they’re using and what suits them,’ said the spokesperson for Lancome.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘We inherit so much from our mothers they are always going to be the most trustworthy person to turn to, and on the whole women tend to have a similar skin tone, body shape and colouring as their mother, so who better to speak to.’‘Many women look to their mums as a gauge to see how they are going to age which is very interesting us as our scientists have devoted years to the study of Genes and their role in youth and beauty,’ the spokesperson added.The study also found women trust their mother’s opinion more than a celebrity style expert, and they totally rely on their mothers for advice.last_img read more

first_imgPakistan will get a home for older trans people that will offer free food and accommodation. GAYSTARNEWS- Members of Pakistan’s trans community. | Photo: Facebook/TransAction Pakistan Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Pakistan’s first-ever school for the trans community set to openThe first trans designer fashion label in Pakistan is about to take offFor the first time, trans people will contest elections in PakistanRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/woman-uses-her-savings-to-open-pakistans-first-aged-home-for-trans-people/center_img ‘They aren’t able to keep up the performances due to illness and old age.’Dancing at private events is one of the sole sources of income for trans people in Pakistan who often find it difficult to find other types of employment.A new home in PakistanThe aged care home will provide a refuge for poor trans people and those whose families have rejected them.A doctor will be on call around the clock to provide free medical care.The home will have prayer corner, lounge room with TV and a games area. Their meals will also be provided to them and made to their tastes.Due to open at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan (15 May), 60 people have already applied to move into the home.‘These people, rejected by their loved ones, can live in this old home like a big family,’ Butt said.‘(They) will be together in each other’s sorrow and happiness.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The home will open  in Lahore – Pakistan’s second biggest city – and comes just weeks after the country opened its first school for transgender students.Aashi Butt, a long-time trans activist funded the home entirely from her own money.She started working on the passion project in 2011 and is thrilled it has finally come to fruition.‘I’ve spent all of my earnings from dancing and singing on this project,’ she told The Tribune. ‘Built for the transgender community, the project aims at providing food and shelter to the transgenders who’ve spent their lives dancing for others’ happiness or begging on streets, but now, due to ageing have no place to go to.last_img read more

first_img October 22, 2014 424 Views Refinances Up in August; HARP Volumes Keep Falling Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac HARP Mel Watt Refinances 2014-10-22 Tory Barringer Sharecenter_img Ongoing declines in mortgage interest rates helped spur a pickup in refinance volumes at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in August, even as interest in the government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) continues to wane.According to a report released this week by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), total refinance volumes at Fannie and Freddie came to 131,075 in August, up more than 11,000 from July as mortgage rates slipped slightly to an average 4.12 percent.FHFA described August’s refinance volume as “comparable to levels in 2008.”While overall refinancing activity increased, however, the number of refinances completed through HARP fell again to a combined 14,066—accounting for about 11 percent of total volume compared to July’s 13 percent.Year-to-date, HARP refinances at the GSEs totaled 160,706 as of the end of August, a meager total compared to the 721,813 HARP refinances recorded by this time last year. Despite the hundreds of thousands of Americans still eligible for the program, interest in HARP has steadily fallen off in the last year, prompting FHFA to launch an outreach initiative to educate borrowers on its benefits. So far this year, the agency has hosted events in Atlanta, Chicago, and Detroit in an effort to tap into those markets.Speaking at the Chicago event in July, FHFA Director Mel Watt said HARP numbers are down partly because hold-out borrowers are skeptical about the program.”We are down to the people who don’t believe this is a credible program,” Watt said. “We’ve got approximately $72 million that we’d like to give away in this metropolitan area. People won’t come in and say, ‘I want that money.'”Despite declining volumes, a handful of states continue to see a large portion of HARP refinances as a share of total activity. Year-to-date through August, HARP refinances represented 34 percent of total refinances in Georgia, double the national share of 17 percent. HARP refinances are also popular in Florida, where they account for 32 percent of total volume. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more

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general told Fox News on Sunday “They know that We’ve been knocking off lines of communications and isolating Mosul now for weeks with air power too They know we would like to do that probably before Ramadan or do it after So timing is something that they can figure out themselves” Both sides also know that it’s better to launch a counteroffensive sooner rather than later thereby limiting the defenses ISIS can dig and build which narrows the timeframe down to the spring The US military knows that it cannot support its Iraqi allies in that fight without being confident they will prevail Their training and outfitting will take at least several more weeks The arrival of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan (June 17) and summer (June 21) pretty much shuts the window on the operation about that time Pentagon officials say citing religious sensitivities and heat By default that leaves the April-May timeframe cited by the Pentagon briefer Thursday as the soonest the counteroffensive to retake Mosul could be launched if it is to be attempted before fall The official from the US Central Command which oversees US forces in Iraq heavily caveated the timing of the Mosul operation in his telephone Q&A with Pentagon reporters from Centcom headquarters in Tampa “The mark on the wall that we are still shooting for is the April-May timeframe” he said implying the timing wasn’t new and wasn’t secret Beyond that he said more than once the US and its allies would delay the assault if the Iraqi forces are “not ready if the conditions are not set if all the equipment that they need is not physically there” The fact is the US has routinely telegraphed offensive operations before launching them There was a flurry of stories detailing the “shock and awe” bombardment that would open the 2003 invasion of Iraq before it began “If asked to go into conflict in Iraq what you’d like to do is have it be a short conflict” Air Force General Richard Myers chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in response to a question from TIME at a breakfast two weeks before it started “The best way to do that would be to have such a shock on the system that the Iraqi regime would have to assume early on the end was inevitable” The US military also offered previews of coming destruction before the battle for Fallujah in Iraq in 2004 and in advance of the offensive against the Taliban in Marjah Afghanistan in 2010 Leaking word of such attacks in advance Pentagon officials say can convince enemy fighters to abandon the fight But they concede it can also stiffen the backbone of others Such a tactic can also encourage the non-ISIS population in Mosul to rebel against the occupiers So just how many Iraqi troops will retaking Mosul require “We think it’s going to take in the range between 20000 and 25000” the Central Command official said Thursday He wasn’t risking the success of the eventual mission He was simply echoing what McGurk told Congress more than two months ago Write to Mark Thompson at 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