UCP Leader Kenney Ontario Premier Ford to hold Calgary anti carbon tax

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta’s United Conservative Party has invited Ontario Premier Doug Ford to Calgary for a “Scrap The Carbon Tax Rally.”The UCP has posted an image on Twitter of its leader Jason Kenney and Ford both beaming at the camera with an arm around each other to promote the Oct. 5 event.Kenney, the leader of Alberta’s Opposition, has promised to repeal the province’s carbon tax if his party wins the 2019 spring election.He has also pledged to fight any attempt by Ottawa to impose a national price on carbon.Ford’s new Progressive Conservative government is challenging the federal government’s carbon pricing plan in court.A United Conservative party official says both leaders will give speeches at the rally.last_img read more

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

first_imgThe attacks resulting in so many victims in the churches and hotels in Sri Lanka leave us in profound shock. We must always fight hate and intolerance wherever they arise. Our most sincere condolences to all those affected.— GGJuliePayette (@GGJuliePayette) April 21, 2019Sri Lanka’s government has imposed a nationwide curfew and blocked access to social media in the wake of the attacks at churches, hotels and a guesthouse on Easter Sunday.The country’s foreign minister says at least 27 foreigners were among those killed in the coordinated attacks, but it’s not clear if any Canadians are among the victims.The Sri Lankan defence minister says seven suspects linked to the blasts have been arrested.— with files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Press Absolutely horrific news from Sri Lanka. Canada strongly condemns the heinous attacks on Christians at churches and hotels. Our hearts & thoughts are with the families & loved ones of those killed and all those injured.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 21, 2019 OTTAWA — The federal government is warning Canadians in Sri Lanka to limit their movements and avoid affected areas after a series of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka killed at least 207 people.Global Affairs Canada has issued a statement warning that the situation in the island nation remains “volatile,” and more attacks are possible.The government has also warned that the High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka in the capital Colombo will be closed on Monday due to the security situation.Justin Trudeau also reacting to the attack, condemning the incident.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement on the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka: https://t.co/8hlZgXXysQ— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) April 21, 2019last_img read more

Starlight Childrens Foundation To Host 2016 Dream Halloween

first_imgStarlight Children’s Foundation will host LA’s iconic Dream Halloween costume party and fundraiser at the historic Park Plaza in downtown Los Angeles on October 22, 2016.The popular family-friendly event returns this year as a charity benefit for Starlight, a US-based children’s health charity. Starlight is providing free event tickets to hundreds of seriously ill children and their families who are supported by LA-area children’s hospitals. This one-of-a-kind costume party will delight children and adults with two floors and three ballrooms full of games, crafts, food, toy giveaways and live performances from Butterscotch, Leftover Cuties, Mahkenna, Aussie Youth and Le Petit Cirque.Among those expected to attend are Ella Anderson (“Henry Danger”), Ashley Argota (“The Fosters”), Allisyn Ashley Arm (“Astrid Clover”), Thomas Barbusca (“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”), Jailen Bates (“OMG!”), Megan Batoon (“Making Moves”), Oliver Bell (“Westworld”), Luna Blaise (“Fresh Off the Boat”), Cassie Brennan (“Speechless”), Jake Brennan (“Richie Rich”), Ava Cantrell (“Lights Out”), Cree Cicchino (“Game Shakers”), Sage Correa (Kidnap), Koda Corvette (recording artist), Ava Cota (“Dance Moms”), Abby Donnelly (“Just Add Magic”), Chloe East (“Jessica Darling’s It List”), Tiffany Espensen (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Kacey Fifield (“Clique Wars”), Hunter Fischer (“Kids vs. Zombies”), Mckenna Grace (“Designated Survivor”), Sammi Hanratty (“Mom’s Night Out”), Ronni Hawk (“Stuck in the Middle”), Jacob Hopkins (“The Amazing World of Gumball”), Rusty Joiner (“Melrose Place”), Serena Laurel (“Outcast”), Merit Leighton (“Sofia the First”), Sam Lerner (“The Goldbergs”), Lance Lim (“School of Rock”), Joey Luthman (“Mad Dog and the Fly Boy”), Elise Luthman (“The Hollywood Complex”), Kayla Maisonet (“Stuck in the Middle”), Jax Malcolm (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), August Maturo (“Girl Meets World”), Jeremy Miller (“Growing Pains”), Aubrey K. Miller (“Just Add Magic”), Aidan Miner (“School of Rock”), Alexa Nisenson (“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”), The Official AJ (recording artist), Hunter Payton (“The Jonses Unplugged”), Marlowe Peyton (“Fresh Off the Boat”), Aiden Prince (“The Ellen Show”), Terrell Ransom (“The Amazing World of Gumball”), Chad Roberts (“Modern Family”), Brooklyn Robinson (“Married with Secrets”), Bryson Robinson (“Class Dismissed”), Matthew and Benjamin Royer (“Best Friends Whenever”), Kara Royster (“Pretty Little Liars”), Olivia Sanabia (“Just Add Magic “), Sarah Shahi (”Person of Interest”), Madisyn Shipman (“Game Shakers “), Matt Shivley (”The Real O’Neals”), Belle Shouse (“Project MC2”), Dylan Riley Snyder (“Astrid Clover”), Jillian Shea Spaeder (“Walk the Plank “), Benjamin Stockham (”About a Boy”), Justin Tinucci (“Lady Dynamite”), among others.Title sponsor Michaels Stores will transform the 2nd floor of The Park Plaza into a Halloween fun house where guests are invited to experiences such as DIY stations, face painting, festive games and prizes, and live entertainment from artist Stephen Fishwick.Event sponsor Nintendo will offer an immersive gaming experience featuring one of its new games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Guests will be among the first people in the world to get their hands on Mario Party Star Rush, the newest game in the popular and hilariously fun Mario Party series. Guests can even participate in some on-stage competitions inspired by the game to win cool prizes, while supplies last.Starlight’s mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families by turning pain, fear and stress into laughter, fun and joy – because a sick kid is still a kid at heart. Founded in 1982 Peter Samuelson and Emma Samms, Starlight has helped more than 60 million sick children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK by providing programs that offer the best in entertainment, education and innovative technology. Steven Spielberg serves as the organization’s Chairman Emeritus.WHENSaturday, October 22, 2016Red carpet – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Dream Halloween – 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Media check-in for CREDENTIALED MEDIA ONLY – 3:30 p.m.WHERE The Park Plaza, 607 S. Park View Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057Find out more here.last_img read more

TRC taking feds to court over documents

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission is heading taking Canada to court hoping to force the federal government to hand over what they say is much needed documents.The TRC has collected thousands of statements from survivors of Indian Residential Schools, many who have shared their painful stories of abuse and being torn away from their families. Tens of thousands of children were removed from their homes and put in the schools.The TRC say part of their mandate is to review millions of government documents but to date only a portion of 150 years of documents have been handed over given.The feds say they see no issue with how things have been handled.last_img read more

Alberta passes bill that could cut oil to BC in Trans Mountain

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. –  Alberta has passed landmark legislation giving it sweeping power to intervene in oil and gas exports that could result in punitive price spikes in British Columbia in the dispute over the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion.Premier Rachel Notley won’t say when and how the power will be used, but said she won’t wait long.“Alberta will be equipped with new tools to assert our rights to control the flow of our resources to British Columbia,” Notley said Wednesday prior to Bill 12 passing third and final reading. “Albertans, British Columbians and all Canadians should understand that if the path forward for the pipeline through B.C. is not settled soon, I’m ready and prepared to turn off the taps.”The bill would give Alberta the power to intervene in the energy market, to decide how much fuel is sent and by what means, be it by rail or pipeline.B.C. Premier John Horgan called the Alberta law provocative.“Instead of asking how can we work together on this, they took aggressive action,” he said in Chilliwack, B.C.B.C. Attorney General David Eby, in a letter, said legislation designed to inflict harm on another province violates the constitution.He urged Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley to first run the bill past the courts to confirm its legality. “In the absence of such a commitment, I intend to instruct counsel to bring an action challenging its constitutional validity in the courts of Alberta,” said Eby.“Bill 12 is a step back towards trying to resolve differences through threats of economic harm.”Cutting oil flow to B.C. is expected to cause price spikes in gas at the pumps along with other related fuel fees.But Notley said it’s justified legislation, given that Alberta is losing billions of dollars due to transportation bottlenecks and the fact that B.C. is frustrating the federally approved Trans Mountain project.center_img “With pipeline capacity stretched to the limit, Albertans have the right to choose how our energy is shipped,” said Notley.“Alberta has the right to act in the public interest.”The Trans Mountain expansion would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to tankers on the B.C. coast.Notley said Alberta oil sells at a discount because of tight pipeline capacity and because most of it goes to the United States. A better price could be fetched on overseas markets.The $7.4-billion project was approved by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government in 2016, but since then has been hamstrung by permit delays and court challenges in B.C.Horgan has said his government remains concerned about the effects of spills on the inland waterways and coastline.The pipeline owner, Texas-based Kinder Morgan, has scaled back spending on the line and has given Trudeau’s government until May 31 to show that there is a way to complete it.The Alberta and federal governments have committed to backstopping the project with public dollars if that’s what it takes to make sure it’s completed.Earlier Wednesday, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said those talks continue. He said if Kinder Morgan wants to abandon the expansion, there are plenty of other investors willing to step up.Notley’s bill echoes similar legislation passed in Alberta a generation ago in the early 1980s in a dispute with Ottawa over oil ownership and pricing.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Tyrannosaurus rex found in Canada is world’s biggest

first_imgMontreal: The towering Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in western Canada in 1991 is the world’s biggest, a team of paleontologists said Friday, following a decades-long process of reconstructing its skeleton. Nicknamed Scotty for a celebratory bottle of scotch consumed the night it was discovered, the T. rex was 13 meters (yards) long and probably weighed more than 8,800 kilos (19,400 pounds), making it bigger than all other carnivorous dinosaurs, the team from the University of Alberta said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”This is the rex of rexes,” said Scott Persons, lead author of the study and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences. “There is considerable size variability among Tyrannosaurus. Some individuals were lankier than others and some were more robust. Scotty exemplifies the robust,” Persons said. While the giant carnivore’s skeleton was discovered in 1991, paleontologists spent more than a decade just removing the hard sandstone that covered its bones. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOnly now have they been able to study it and realize its uniqueness, which is not limited to its size. “Scotty is the oldest T. rex known,” having lived into its 30s, Persons said. “By Tyrannosaurus standards, it had an unusually long life. And it was a violent one,” Persons said. “Riddled across the skeleton are pathologies — spots where scarred bone records large injuries.” An exhibit featuring the dinosaur’s bones is to open in May at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.last_img read more

Child casualties rise dramatically in latest fighting in Somalias capital – UN

Of the 1,590 reported weapon-related injuries in May alone, 735 cases or 46 per cent were suffered by children under the age of five, compared to only 3.5 per cent in April.“This is the highest number of injured children that has been reported since the beginning of this year,” said Marthe Everard, WHO’s representative for Somalia, in a press release. “Many children are suffering from very severe wounds, burns and other injuries due to bullets, blast injury and shrapnel.”Fighting intensified in March, especially around the sprawling Bakara market. For many internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other civilians in Mogadishu, the market is one of the cheapest places to rent accommodation.Since the beginning of this year, more than 3,900 patients injured in the conflict have been admitted to three main hospitals within Mogadishu. Civilians are particularly vulnerable when fighting flares up because most of the clashes occur in the streets.“Service delivery is hampered by accessibility issues, poor infrastructure and an insufficient number of health facilities,” said Dr. Everard. “Wherever health facilities are operating, they often lack very basic and essential medicines, supplies and equipment, operational and logistical support.”In response to the high child casualties, WHO trained 50 doctors and nurses in Mogadishu’s Banadir Hospital on how to treat burns and chest injuries in children.The agency has also provided the hospital with a trauma treatment kit and two operating theatre kits, including an operating table, operative lights, surgical instruments, medical supplies, drums and sutures.UN humanitarian agencies and their non-governmental organization (NGO) partners have requested $58.8 million to fund health services in Somalia this year, but only $9.4 million or 16 per cent of the appeal has been received. 31 May 2011Violence in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, has driven the number of child casualties to a new high, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, noting that the main cause of children’s deaths were burns, chest injuries and internal haemorrhage resulting from blasts, shrapnel and bullets. read more

Governor signs law on protections for Uber drivers others

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed sweeping legislation aimed at giving wage and benefit protections to rideshare drivers and workers in other industries.The legislation makes it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees, who are entitled to minimum wage and benefits such as workers compensation.Its potential effect on companies like Uber and Lyft had prompted intense lobbying at the Capitol.Newsom in a Wednesday signing message called the legislation an important step to rebuilding the middle class.There’s been dispute over whether making rideshare workers employees will allow them to unionize.The federal government considers so-called gig workers to be independent contractors.Newsom says he wants to convene labour and business leaders to find a way to ensure those workers can organize.The Associated Press read more

TD says Bank of Canada may sound dovish but wont cut interest

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 22, 2014 2:18 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TD says Bank of Canada may sound dovish, but won’t cut interest rates OTTAWA – Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz is often accused of sounding dovish — to keep the loonie in check — but that won’t lead to lower interest rates, says the TD Bank in a new analysis.At a news conference last week, Poloz made headlines by referring to the “serial disappointment” of the global recovery, while downgrading Canada’s economic outlook once again, this time to 2.2 per cent growth this year.Markets reacted to Poloz’s cautionary words by clipping the wings of the loonie in anticipation that if the central bank wasn’t going to gut interest rates, it would at least keep the current one per cent setting in the overnight rate in place longer than expected.Given what’s happened in the economy during the first six months of 2014 — stalled jobs growth, 1.2 per cent economic growth in first quarter in Canada, contraction in the U.S. — Alexander said more monetary easing could be justified.But, he added, it’s “highly unlikely” the bank will go in that direction and that markets are probably correct in pencilling in the first rate hike for the fourth quarter of 2015, or about 15 months from now.That’s because the U.S. Federal Reserve is moving toward tightening, and a lower rate in Canada could encourage more borrowing in real estate. As well, inflation is perking up, even if the bank does not yet see it as a problem.“One can debate whether the Bank of Canada will tighten monetary policy before, in tandem, or after the Fed,” said Alexander.“But one cannot debate that higher rates in the U.S. will also mean higher rates in Canada.”The Bank of Canada’s overnight rate has been set at one per cent since September 2010.David Madani of Capital Economics has been among the vocal private sector analysts in suggesting that Poloz should consider cutting rates, but he has also said the most likely outcome is that rates will stay unchanged for a longe term.Most analysts, however, believe it would require a major economic shock, such as another recession, for the Bank of Canada to ease rates further, in part because borrowing costs are already at or near historic lows.The unofficial C.D. Howe monetary policy council is recommending that the overnight rate be jacked up by three quarters of a point to 1.75 per cent by next July.Alexander says when rates do start heading north, the central bank will likely do so in slow and incremental steps, until it reaches a normal or neutral position.The question is what the “new normal” will look like. In the 1990s, the normal or neutral policy rate — the setting when the economy is operating at full capacity — was between 4.5 and 5.0 per cent, said Alexander.Now, some U.S. economists believe the Fed’s new neutral, when it comes to it, will be at about two per cent, which would imply a similar setting for Canada.“In my mind, this is too low, as it implies a real neutral level of zero per cent (when inflation is factored in),” Alexander says.“In other words, the next move is a hike, but the rebalancing of monetary policy should not lift it beyond (that) range.”That’s can be attributed to the new cruising speed of the economy will also be slower, at about two per cent, according to the Bank of Canada. read more

RMI Pressure Systems takes step forward with certification in China

first_imgRMI Pressure Systems has taken a major step forward in expanding its support of the Chinese mining market by achieving a five year mining approval certificate for its complete product range, including the pump control system. The company has now been issued with the certificates, concluding an extended process which included detailed examinations of both the products and the production facilities. As a global leader in the supply of high-pressure and high-volume fluid pumping stations, RMI has been involved with the Chinese coal mining industry for over 30 years. It has been installing high pressure pumping systems in over 10 provinces across China and it has also established a sales and service network designed to provide extensive product support to this important market.But until this point, RMI, like many of its competitors, has applied for batch certification, which states that the product in question has met the applicable requirements; but the certification is only valid for a very restricted time. Any subsequent shipments, even of the same model, from the same factory would require a new certificate. In order to simplify the importation process for the increasing numbers of high pressure pumps being sold to the Chinese mining industry, RMI submitted applications for the entire product range over two years ago and has been working through the process ever since. This has involved technical reviews, a factory audit and random product testing before a general review ultimately led to the 5 year approval certificate being issued.The certificates are issued by the Mining Products Safety Approval and Certification Center (MA Center) and they encompass the entire pump range from the S200 up to the S500 pump station, in both water and emulsion configurations, as well as the PC21 control system. Coupled with the recent move to a new headquarters in Manchester, RMI is expecting to reduce lead times and improve sales even further within the Chinese market. Mike Sherman, RMI Marketing Manager, comments: “Achieving long term MA approval in China is a huge step that validates our company values of high quality and excellent reliability. An enormous effort has made this possible and now we will be able to improve our delivery times and continue to support the Chinese mining market.”For over 100 years the company’s research and manufacturing facilities have consistently delivered innovative, practical solutions for customers across the globe. With particular expertise within the mining industry, both above and below ground, many of RMI’s most popular products include certifications and approvals from some of the world’s leading mining organisations.last_img read more

Man with screwdriver in forehead smoked cigarette then called help

first_imgA 25-YEAR-old man has undergone a three-hour operation to remove a screwdriver lodged about five centimetres (two inches) into his head.Dr Jan Kochanowicz, one of the doctors who treated the man in the Polish city of Bialystok, said the man apparently fell and lost consciousness, but does not remember that.When he regained consciousness he was at first aware only of pain in a hand before realising something else was wrong. He walked to his car, looked in a mirror and noticed the screwdriver, penetrating his forehead just above his right eye.Kochanowicz told the station TVN24 the man smoked a cigarette before calling a neighbour who got him to the hospital.The screwdriver did not damage the man’s eyes or brain.NFL player tweets X-ray of what his mangled finger looked like during the playoffs>last_img read more

Patriot Prayer Washington 3 Percenters plan Saturday rally in downtown Seattle

first_imgTwo right-wing groups, Washington 3 Percenters and Patriot Prayer, are planning a “Liberty or Death” rally Saturday by Seattle City Hall that also is expected to draw counterprotesters from the left.The rally is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. at City Hall Plaza. Left-wing counterprotest groups, including Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity, Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party, are planning to stage a rally from noon to 4 p.m. at the same site to “unite against fascism.”The right-wing rally is intended, in part, to oppose Washington gun-control Initiative 1639. The initiative, if passed, would increase the age requirement for purchasing semi-automatic weapons to 21, establish enhanced background checks for these weapons and secure gun-storage requirements for firearms.However, a judge on Friday dealt a major blow to the proposed firearms-regulation measure, raising questions about if it will appear on the fall ballot.Seattle police wrote in a tweet Friday that officers will be directing traffic during the rallies.Matt Marshall of Washington 3 Percenters, in an Aug. 6 Facebook posting, said that members of his group will be “exercising our 2nd amendment rights, which includes open carry” of firearms.last_img read more

Martial goal vs Newcastle cost Man United €10m

first_imgAnthony Martial’s equalising goal in Manchester United’s comeback win against Newcastle United cost the club €10mAfter falling two goals down early on, Jose Mourinho’s produced an excellent second-half comeback.Spanish midfielder Juan Mata got things started at Old Trafford with a wonderful free-kick before Martial scored probably one of football’s most expensive ever equalisers in the 76th-minute.The 22-year-old forward has now managed 25 goals for United with the Telegraph reporting that the landmark has triggered a new clause in United’s deal with AS Monaco.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The Red Devils signed Martial from Monaco in September 2015 for an initial £36m with a clause included that entitles the French club to another €10m (£8.73m) if the striker scores 25 times.The final transfer fee for Martial has now risen to a staggering £44.73m.Alexis Sanchez came off the bench to net the match-winner for United to end their four-game winless run.last_img read more

Oregon health care official resigns

first_imgPORTLAND — A senior information technology official who oversaw most of the development of Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange resigned Thursday.Carolyn Lawson stepped down as chief information officer of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services for “personal reasons,” the agencies’ leaders wrote in a short memo to Lawson’s staff and other senior officials.Lawson oversaw the development of the technology behind the online enrollment system for Cover Oregon, which is a separate, semi-autonomous state agency. When Lawson ran out of money unexpectedly in May, the development work was hastily handed over to staff at Cover Oregon, where an official wrote a scathing report highlighting serious problems with its functionality.The online enrollment system still doesn’t work more than two months after it was supposed to launch, a high-profile embarrassment for the state. Officials have had to use paper applications, with more than 400 people working around the clock to process them by hand.Lawson was hired in 2011 to oversee technology projects for the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services. The state had just approved creating a health insurance exchange.The exchange project was tacked onto a separate project to modernize the internal computers systems for both agencies, which administer public assistance programs like Medicaid, food stamps and welfare.last_img read more

Cadre urged to make enrollment drive successful

first_imgMettuguda: Deputy Speaker of Telangana Assembly T Padma Rao Goud said that TRS party had been following a unique tradition of honouring festivals of all religions. He was speaking after launching party membership enrollment drive in Mettuguda division near Old Amar Talkies on Wednesday.Speaking on the occasion, Padma Rao Goud said that they had been looking after the welfare of every section in Secunderabad constituency. Many developmental programmes, which previous governments ignored in the last 50 years, had been taken up by TRS government. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us He urged party cadre to help poor people avail the government schemes. He exhorted the party workers to explain people the various initiatives taken up by the state government and make the enrolment programme successful. Among those who were present on the occasion include TRS party state secretary Bakki Venkataiah, corporator Bhargavi, party senior leaders, activists and others.last_img read more

How Johnsons chief adviser is driving Brexit

first_imgDominic Cummings, special advisor for Britain`s PM Johnson, is seen at Downing Street in London. Photo: ReutersBoris Johnson has lost no time in making his mark as British prime minister. In two weeks, he has toured the country telling Britons a spending squeeze will end and they will leave the European Union on 31 October no matter what.His moves bear the hallmark of one man who has stayed behind the scenes since Johnson became prime minister on July 24 but has a vital role — senior adviser and de facto chief of staff Dominic Cummings.Cummings, the architect of the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign in the 2016 Brexit referendum, says little in public. Yet comments by two sources who worked with him at Vote Leave, his essays, blogs and reports from insiders over the last few years suggest a policy of moving fast and bypassing others in pursuit of a goal.The two sources, one supporter and one critic, say the threat of a no-deal Brexit is a plan by Cummings designed to force the EU to compromise on the departure deal agreed by Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May, and to pin the blame on the bloc if no new agreement can be reached.Parliament rejected that deal because some lawmakers feared it could bind Britain to EU rules it would no longer have any say over, leading to a “Brexit in name only”.But Johnson’s insistence that the government will, if it has to, pursue a no-deal Brexit, has weakened the pound as investors bet Britain, already at risk of recession, could see a disruptive departure.Making a splash with pledges to voters in pursuit of Brexit is also part of Cumming’s plan, the sources said, building on a similar strategy which swayed Britain’s 2016 referendum on continued EU membership.The 47-year-old strategist, who did not respond to a request for comment for this article, has dismissed assertions by critics that he puts ideology before the interests of the economy or population.”I’ve never been a party person. I’m not Tory (Conservative), libertarian, ‘populist’ or anything else. I follow projects I think are worthwhile,” Cummings wrote of himself on his blog in early 2017.His desire to move fast is born partly out of a decision, which he later regretted, to take time off after the Brexit referendum victory.Cummings said in his blog the government then “screwed it up” and told supporters not to worry about any “permanent” commitments made by May’s government in the Brexit negotiations. He described those commitments as being the product of “officials and their bullshit ‘legal advice'”.His driving philosophy – according to the articles on his blog – seems to be that much of Britain’s system of government has been taken over by “groupthink”, unable and ill-equipped to deal with the problems of modern-day statehood.”SOVIET PROPAGANDA TECHNIQUES”On Monday, less than two weeks after Johnson took over from May, Johnson announced a cash injection of 1.8 billion pounds ($2.2 billion) into the struggling public health system, which regularly ranks among the top concerns for voters.He had already promised to ease the purse strings on a tour of Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England – areas hard hit by an almost decade-long spending squeeze by his Conservative Party.The opposition Labour Party has questioned the motives of Johnson’s spending promises, saying he is preparing to call an election to strengthen his government’s majority of one.The central message of the victorious “Leave” campaign masterminded by Cummings was that a departure from the EU was an opportunity to “take back control” and spend more at home.It outflanked critics who questioned where the money will come from, particularly if Britain leaves the EU – its biggest trading partner – without a deal to smooth over the disruption that would cause.The two sources said Cummings knew that a “Vote Leave” slogan promising extra funds for the health service instead of sending money to the EU could cause an outcry during the Brexit campaign, but that this was part of the plan.The public questioning of the figure of 350 million pounds, which was emblazoned on the side of a campaign bus, gave it prominence and the message got through to voters rather than the scepticism around whether Britain would actually have that amount to spend.”In a way this is rather typical of Cummings’ approach. It was effective but rather cynical,” a source who worked with, and is criticial of, Cummings on the leave campaign said on condition of anonymity.Cummings has dismissed such characterisations. “Some people now claim this was cynical and we never intended to spend more on the NHS. Wrong,” he said in another blog in early 2017.He said he had told Johnson at the time: “on day one of being PM (prime minister) you should immediately announce the extra 100 million pounds per week for the NHS is starting today and more will be coming – you should start off by being unusual, a political (politician) who actually delivers what they promise.”He quoted Johnson saying: “Absolutely. ABSOLUTELY. We MUST do this, no question, we’ll park our tanks EVERYWHERE.”Cummings once recommended readers of his blog to read a book outlining the political style of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s adviser, Vladislav Surkov, who Russian political analysts say is an expert in diverting public attention from pressing issues with political theatre.A close colleague at Vote Leave and Cummings supporter said the now senior adviser to Johnson uses “Soviet propaganda techniques” in pursuit of his goals.Yet that colleague and the other one who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity said Johnson’s threat to leave the EU without a deal is a calculated strategy, not a reckless one.”I think it’s a high risk strategy but I think it’s probably right,” one of Cummings’ former colleagues said.SECRECYCummings is likely to remain secretive and keep his team small, as he did during the Vote Leave campaign.His appointment compares with Steve Bannon’s key role in the early days of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration after helping him to power or that of Martin Selmayr, adviser to Jean-Claude Junker before and after he became President of the European Commission.The whole team at Britain’s Vote Leave campaign headquarters numbered around 40 to 50 people, while Cummings’ core team amounted to 10 to 15 people, his former campaign colleague said.”He was very hands on. He had tight control over everything, he was very disciplined in his approach and people, you know, just had to stay in line,” the source said.It is a modus operandi built up while working as a special adviser to minister Michael Gove, another Brexit supporter who is now in charge of no-deal planning, at the education department between 2011 to 2014.After he left that job, he sharply criticised then-Prime Minister David Cameron and others in government. Cameron described Cummings as a “career psychopath”. In turn, Cummings said of Cameron: “I do not hate Cameron. I do not respect him, which is different.”Cummings said in his blog he kept three timetables to ensure his plans did not get railroaded by Downing Street or others.One contained “the real plan” to be shared with fewer than 10 people; another excluded sensitive matters but would not be shared with Number 10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s office; and a “‘No. 10 friendly’ plan with everything important removed in order to keep them in the dark”.For many Brexit supporters, Cummings – as much as Johnson – is the man that can unlock the Brexit crisis, which has slowed economic growth and has diminished Britain’s standing, and deliver its departure on Oct. 31.But Cummings alienated many people while running the Vote Leave campaign, and will be in no rush to befriend negotiators in Brussels or many of the lawmakers who must vote for any deal for it to be approved, the critical Vote Leave source said.Several lawmakers are also rallying around to try to find ways to prevent Britain from leaving the EU without an agreement.”I think this may be the danger,” said the source. “… which is he’ll finish up with a sort of iron control over a whole range of people who in the end will buckle down and work very hard for him, but at the expense of alienating a whole lot of other people he really needs to keep on board.” ($1 = 0.8226 pounds)last_img

Jamaat leader sentenced to death for war crimes

first_imgA T M Azharul Islam, a top leader of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party, was sentenced to death on Tuesday by a Bangladeshi special court for committing warcrimes during the country’s independence war against Pakistan.The International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Islam to death after finding him guilty of charges likes genocides, murders, tortures and rapes.“He shall be hanged by neck until he is dead,” pronounced chairman of the three-member panel of judges Justice Enayetur Rahim while delivering a 158-page verdict after Islam appeared on the dock. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenHe said the convict deserved no punishment other than death penalty as five of the six charges against Islam were proved beyond doubt while in subsequent years after the independence he never showed any gesture of remorse for his acts in 1971.Under the law, Islam, however, could challenge the verdict in the Supreme Court while he is the last of the top Jamaat leaders who were exposed to justice for committing crimes against humanity siding with the Pakistani troops in 1971. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanIslam, 61, was charged on six counts of atrocities and in one of the major proven charges he was accused of is leading the massacre of 1,225 people in Rangpur. He was also found guilty of abducting and murdering a Carmichael College professor and his wife.Tight security vigil was enforced as a microbus carried Islam, attired in a cream colour coat, to the tribunal at the Supreme Court complex in the central part of the capital from Dhaka Central Jail. Senior police officials including Dhaka’s police commissioner visited the court complex to oversee the security arrangements with witnesses saying extra numbers of CCTV cameras were installed in different parts of the compound to enforce a close vigil on activities of the visitors.Islam was arrested in August 2012 and was indicted on November 12 last year while the prosecution lawyers said they were satisfied with the judgment as they successfully proved the charges with adequate evidence.“But we are not at all satisfied with the verdict. It was based on fictitious testimonies of witnesses, we will challenge the verdict in the Supreme Court,” defence counsel Tazul Islam told reporters.last_img read more

Knock on wood

first_imgThe expo will be held at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, from February 4 – 7. It will comprise eight country pavilions, 450+ exhibitors from 20 countries including China, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Taiwan, Turkey and USA along with India. Visitors will be able to access world’s most modern woodworking technology, over 500 varieties of machines, tools, materials, and furniture hardware and accessories. The expo is likely to be visited by more than 15,000 buyers which will include craftsmen, woodworkers, furniture manufactures hardware distributors /dealers etc. Buying delegations from Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and South East Asian Countries have also confirmed their participation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The tremendous growth of the Indian woodworking industry and its continuous growth into a refined and mechanised sector have opened up immense business opportunities in India for global Woodworking majors. The Indian furniture manufacturing industry is pegged at Rs 120,000 crore and employs more than 300,000 people in the organised sector. But a mere 15 per cent of India’s woodworking industry is organised. Its semi-skilled carpenters, self-styled interior decorators and small-scale local manufacturers will need to be trained and organised to meet future market demands and exploit business opportunities. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDelhiWood 2015 will help in transforming the unorganised woodworking units in the country into adopters of material and manufacturing technologies for organised, industrial-scale production.In such a scenario, DelhiWood 2015 will offer a great opportunity to small, medium and large wood-based manufacturers to become competitive and benefit from the burgeoning market. The Expo will catalyze the growth and demand by opening opportunities whilst connecting the woodworking community with international and domestic innovations in production technologies.last_img read more

Growing Your Offline Business Via eBay

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 24, 2006 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Enroll Now for Free Not long ago, Bill Rosinger had a dozen or so employees and abrick-and-mortar storefront selling photographic equipment inAmityville, New York. Then he began selling a few items on eBay.Today, Rosinger’s business, Cameta Camera, is a TitaniumPowerSeller (eBay User ID: cametaauctions) that may have thousandsof listings open at a time. Most striking is the effect eBayselling has had on Cameta. “We went from 10 or 11 [employees]three or four years ago to 55 people today,” says Rosinger,who ran his business for 20 years as an offline enterprise beforefinally trying eBay. After that many years in photography, Rosingerknew cameras. But he didn’t know how to manage a sizable eBayenterprise.Rosinger found help in the plethora of tools and servicesavailable for offline entrepreneurs who want to expand theirbusinesses onto eBay. As Cameta Camera’s business on eBay grew,Rosinger found it particularly challenging to manage communicationswith buyers.”Let’s say in a given day, 200 listings willclose,” he says. “eBay will send e-mails to notify thewinning bidders. But I want to send my [customized] e-mails to tellthem what to do next. These have to be generated automatically, andthey’re different for every person. I [needed] a system where Icould automatically send out specific e-mails depending on the itemthe person bought.” Rosinger also needed software that wouldupdate the status of an order, showing whether it was at thepayment or ship stage, for instance.Custom Business SolutionsFor help, Rosinger turned to Tobe Goldfinger, owner of Woodmere,New York-based JDT Technologies Ltd., a custom software company andCertified Provider for sellers on eBay who find that existingoff-the-shelf solutions don’t quite fit their needs. “Thebiggest issue is often inventory control,” Goldfinger says.”This becomes a real challenge if you’re selling itemsthat are available in limited quantities, such as tickets orantiques.”Inventory problems intensify when sellers use multiple channelsto sell, such as a brick-and-mortar storefront and eBay. “OneBay, your feedback is critical,” Goldfinger says. “Andnothing upsets customers faster than selling them something youdon’t have.”JDT also helps sellers set up bi-directional information feedswith fulfillment houses; creates tools that generate custom,automatic listings from inventory information; sets pricing forsellers based on fluctuating sourcing costs; and more. “Theybasically ask us to build a customer tool that fits into theirexisting selling platform,” Goldfinger says. And that’swhat JDT did for Cameta Camera, focusing on custom list strategiesand order and inventory management.eBay ToolsCustom developers such as JDT may charge anywhere from a fewthousand to tens of thousands of dollars for seller solutions, withongoing fees for support, upgrades and maintenance. But there arequite a few tools from eBay and third parties that cost little ornothing and are suitable for growing existing offline businesses oneBay.One of the most useful eBay tools for entrepreneurs is theSeller OnRamp Program. According to eBay’s Katie McNerney,OnRamp teaches proven selling strategies through phone-basedconsulting. “We have helped thousands of companies acquire newcustomers and sell slow-moving inventory more efficiently,”says McNerney. “Our research shows that OnRamp businesses aresignificantly more successful than other businesses oneBay.”The program is free. Any business looking to grow on eBay cancall a Seller OnRamp consultant toll-free at (866) 304-EBAY. SellerOnRamp helps sellers improve listings to make them more marketable,giving specific suggestions on topics such as writing listingtitles. They’ll also consult on marketing strategies, includingchoosing the best day and time to launch a listing.”We can also help them with cross-promoting within theireBay Store,” McNerney says. If a seller has many items tosell, he or she can promote related items to interested buyers.Item listing pages will display a “See More Great Items FromThis Seller” box near the bottom, which shows other itemsavailable from that seller. If an eBay shopper clicks on any of thefour items in the box, he or she will be taken to the item page forthat listing. Cameta Camera uses this feature in its Store.”eBay Stores offers a lot of different marketingopportunities,” McNerney adds. For example, sellers canautomatically send out an e-mail newsletter to people who indicatethey want to receive it.The MerchanteCommerce Solutions Center is another free eBay tool forexisting businesses expanding onto eBay. It helps merchants with awide range of eBay selling activities, from getting started withselling online to setting up an eBay Store. You can get instantonline access to how-to information on many matters of interest tobusinesses selling on eBay. There are broad overview topics, suchas developing an e-commerce strategy, setting up businessoperations and using PayPal. And there are valuable tips on thefiner details, including choosing listing formats, taking advantageof programs such as PayPal Seller Protection, and even printingshipping labels from your home computer.Certified ProvidersMidway between custom software developers and broad-based eBaytools such as Seller OnRamp are third-party, off-the-shelf productsand services available from Certified Providers. Theseorganizations are validated by eBay as having the expertise andexperience to satisfy customers.eBay Certified Providers come in two flavors: technical andnontechnical. The nontechnical providers help sellers design sitetemplates, plot sales strategies and the like. Technical providersinclude custom developers like JDT, as well as off-the-shelfsoftware and service providers such as Infopia, which sellsConfigurator, a product to help sellers create listings that allowshoppers to configure custom products–such as computers andperipherals–right on the item page. The tool from the Salt LakeCity-based company has been shown to sharply increase sale prices,conversion rates and other e-commerce vital signs. With the varietyof Certified Providers creating tools for eBay sellers, you’lllikely find one that’s right for your business (see http://solutions.ebay.com). Some services are free;others require a subscription fee or a percentage of the final saleprice.Paving the Way from Offline toeBayThe solutions for helping offline businesses grow on eBay continueto multiply and evolve. eBay’s platform is morphing steadilywith modifications such as the category expansion planned, at presstime, for later this year. On a smaller scale, software developersand their customers are constantly coming up with new ways tosmooth and automate the multitude of tasks required for growing abusiness on eBay. Rosinger, for instance, says he has dozens ofideas he is going to discuss with JDT Technologies. “We figureout what we need, I talk to JDT, and they build it. It’s anever-changing system.”Even while he waits for improvements, Rosinger knows hewouldn’t be the owner of a star business on eBay today withoutthe tools and services he has deployed to date. Says Rosinger,”We couldn’t possibly handle the number of orders wedo–and handle them as well as we do–without the software to backus up.”Mark Henricks writes on business andtechnology for leading publications and is author of Not Just a Living. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Tech Firms Seeking Talent Spring for Spacious Luxe Quarters

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Tech hubs are springing up across the country and not necessarily in areas that might initially come to mind. Cities around the country, including Eugene, Ore., to Charleston, S.C., as well as in places in between, are catching the innovation bug.And with tech hubs blossoming nationwide, both startups and established companies are competing for top talent. So what’s drawing software engineers to Kansas City, Mo.? The short answer is that the tech companies are creating not just job opportunities but lifestyle opportunities to attract the highly skilled work force they seek.The same is true about their desire to retain employees.Tech companies in New Orleans, Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah, are trying to keep employees happy by creating the lifestyles that techies crave in the hopes that such workers will stay put and not decamp to Sillicon Valley. These companies know what their employees want and seemingly will go to any lengths necessary to deliver it. Their strategy is to create office environments too attractive to pass up — or too accommodating to give up.Consider the fact that on average people spend 54 percent of their waking hours at work. Knowledge workers spend even more time in the office. This means that leaders effectively control their team members’ environment for more than half of their waking hours. Do business owners, influencers, designers and architects realize how important it is to make their company, culture and environment shine? Do they realize that it all begins with what’s within the walls of their office spaces? Many do — and they are willing to pay for office upgrades and amenities as retention levels prove that it’s worth the added investment.When companies have a lot of money on the line, solutions are often found very quickly. If companies can attract top talent, increase revenue and productivity, reduce churn and subsequently a myriad of other costs, then does it matter if they pay a little more in rent every month? Absolutely not, and this is the way tech companies do business. They have moved away from dedicated work spaces in favor of more functional and open work environments.Related: Why It’s Time to Redesign the Way We Think About Office SpaceGovernment agencies reducing office square footage. Yet wouldn’t higher utilization rates of work stations allow them to reduce their overall square footage and subsequently their rent? On the surface, less overhead and more productivity sounds like a win-win. That type of approach will work for some organization. The General Service Administration has embarked on a plan to cut its real estate footprint 28 percent. As a result, many real estate experts across the country are citing a potential reduction in office space per employee as an imminent threat to commercial real estate portfolio owners.After all, it would only take a small percentage of decrease in the average space per worker across the board to cause markets nationwide to be drastically overbuilt.The doomsayers are correct in saying that companies have the option to decrease their overall square footage, and some have done so. This may work for the GSA, but rest assured, technology companies are doing the exact opposite of what the GSA has proposed. Indeed, tech firms determined to attract and retain top talent are spending more per employee — and they are happy to do so. Related: What Is the Office of the Future? Tech firms offering workplaces decked out with amenities. You see, as strange as it may sound, increased cost, even when coupled with fewer dedicated work spaces, is not a bad thing. It’s merely fulfilling tech companies’ modus operandi for them to re-energize their facilities with updated common areas that can enhance company culture. In these offices, there may be a pool table, a game room and a gym. There’s probably a fully stocked kitchen. The point is, these extras enable them to recruit the talent they need to thrive.Shrinking the size of the office to save money is frankly tripping over dollars to pick up pennies. Investing in appealing real estate is one of the most effective ways to attract and capture the coveted tech talent, and it’s a trend that’s here to stay.Evidence of this trend can be seen in tech offices all over the country. More often than not they are located in areas experiencing a renaissance of sorts — places with coffee shops and restaurants within walking distance. The offices will be close to transit centers, shopping areas and afterwork hot spots. The reason is simple: Young innovators want to be stimulated socially, physically and mentally at all hours of the day. Their employers are seeing to it that they provide precisely this type of inspiration.Silicon Valley is somewhat of an anomaly because most of the companies there that are committed to recruiting and retaining top tech talent are so big that they have included many of the amenities that their work force needs in their monstrously sized office campuses. This has reduced the need for nearby shopping centers although plenty do still exist.Most of these big Silicon Valley firms do have shuttle buses that run into San Francisco to cater to their urban team members.  A lot of companies are choosing the city over the valley for their corporate headquarters, though. Some of the innovative companies that are pioneering this movement are Twitter, Salesforce.com and Dropbox.The future growth of tech companies is virtually limitless, and the real estate development surrounding these emerging tech hubs is already — or will soon be — commensurate with the influx of talent. Watch and see. Related: Quirky Startup Perks: ‘A Mating Call’ for Tech Talent? 5 min read March 21, 2014last_img read more