Supreme Court decision means an end to crossborder beer runs Comeau

first_imgFREDERICTON – A New Brunswick man whose beer run to Quebec in 2012 sparked a constitutional battle over cross-border liquor sales says the Supreme Court of Canada has put an end to his beer-buying trips.Gerard Comeau was reacting Thursday to the court’s decision to affirm the constitutionality of a New Brunswick law that limits the possession of alcohol not purchased through the province’s liquor stores.“If it’s against the law, it’s against the law,” Comeau said in an interview.The unanimous decision effectively preserves the current trade regime, in which provinces have the power to restrict commerce if there is another overriding purpose. In this case, it’s the province’s the desire to control the supply of alcohol.Comeau, who lives in Tracadie, N.B., was fined nearly $300 in 2012 after he bought 14 cases of beer and three bottles of alcohol in Quebec, then tried to bring it all home.He said he received a great deal of support from people across Canada. However, he said he wasn’t surprised by the court’s decision.“According to the Constitution, you’re allowed to go and shop wherever you want in this country, but I guess tax revenues are more important than personal liberties,” he said.Many of his supporters were quick to comment on social media Thursday.One Twitter user said “So we will pay trained terrorists to come back and live in Canada, but you can’t drive a case of beer across the country?”Others said despite the court decision, Canada’s politicians now have a chance to change the laws and improve trade.“The government needs to get out of our nation’s refrigerators!” said one online post.However, the decision was welcomed by Roger Melanson, New Brunswick’s minister responsible for trade policy.“This confirms that the provinces have the right to regulate when it comes to alcoholic beverages. But it also affirms that this is no more a legal issue, it is a trade issue,” he said.Melanson, chairman of the Canadian internal trade committee, said a working group was formed last summer to look at the flow of alcoholic beverages within Canada to determine how it could be improved. A report is expected this July.He said trade policies in Canada need to evolve.“How can we embrace the new technologies and the new ways that consumers consume now? … Could we increase the quantities purchased per individual outside a particular province where you reside?” the minister said.But he stressed that the revenues generated by NB Liquor — about $170 million a year — can’t be overlooked.“That revenue is redistributed within the province for the common good, which includes health-care services, education and infrastructure,” he said.Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst for the Canadian Cancer Society, welcomed the ruling, saying it will help provinces adopt better health, safety and environmental standards.“It is very important that provinces have the ability to have appropriate prices and taxes for products like tobacco and alcohol,” he said. “This decreases consumption, especially among youth, and has a public health benefit.”John Nater, Conservative critic for interprovincial trade, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must change Canada’s trade rules.“Canadians recognize the economic benefits of reducing interprovincial trade barriers. It should not be illegal to work or to transport legal products across provincial lines,” he said.“It is extremely disappointing that the Trudeau Liberals have failed to take a strong stand against barriers to interprovincial trade in the Comeau case.”Corinne Pohlmann, senior vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said the ruling represented a missed opportunity.“We are concerned that the provinces continue to stand behind an archaic principle that flies in the face of everything their internal trade agreement stands for,” she said in a statement.Dan Albas, a Conservative MP from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, introduced federal legislation in 2012 to allow interprovincial trade of wine for personal use.“Unfortunately, it’s not the great leap forward I had hoped for,” Albas said in an interview, adding that the decision amounts to a loss for the public and wineries in general.As an example, he said Nova Scotia’s small, but growing wine industry could be hurt by the ruling.“Small wineries often rely on even smaller marketers; wine labels and website developers and couriers,” Albas said. “There are so many aspects to the wine industry that generates other industries.”last_img read more

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Drake wins rap song Grammy Childish Gambino makes history

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Drake surprised the music world Sunday when he emerged on the Grammy stage to accept the best rap song trophy but told the room of musicians that winning awards isn’t necessary if you have real fans attending your concerts and singing your songs.Drake, who rarely attends awards shows, won the honor for his massive hit “God’s Plan.”“You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown. Look, if there are people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here. I promise you. You already won,” he said at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.DRAKE’S HERE! “You’ve already won if you have people singing your songs word for word.” – @drizzy wins Best Rap Song at the #GRAMMYs #CitytvGRAMMYs He tried to continue speaking but was cut off as the ceremony suddenly went to a commercial.Rap has endured a longtime losing streak at the Grammys. The last time a rapper won album of the year was in 2004, with Outkast. Only a handful of rappers have won best new artist.Drake has a chance to become the first rapper to win record of the year later in the show. Childish Gambino made history when his track “This is America” became the first rap-based song to win song of the year. Gambino has won three awards so far, including best music video and best rap/sung performance.The Grammys kicked off with a group of powerful women, including Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, describing the role of music in their lives — a display that came a year after female voices were somewhat muted at the 2018 ceremony.“Music has always helped me tell my story,” said Obama, who surprised the audience with her appearance. “Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves. It allows us to hear one another.”Lady Gaga, from left, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez speak at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Gaga told the crowd: “They said I was weird, that my look, that my choices, that my sound wouldn’t work. But music told me not to listen to them.”Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez also spoke and stood in solidary with Obama, Gaga and Alicia Keys, who is hosting the show airing on CBS.“Yes, ladies,” Keys said. “There’s nothing better than this.”The opening contrasted with last year’s Grammys, where male acts dominated in nominations and the only woman competing for the top award, Lorde, didn’t get a chance to perform onstage.But this year, Gaga, Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves won three Grammys each.Carlile took three honors in the Americana category and will compete for the three biggest awards during the live show: album, song and record of the year.Gaga also won three, including best pop duo/group performance, a win she shared with Bradley Cooper.Gaga, now a nine-time Grammy winner, won best pop solo performance for “Joanne,” while hit “Shallow,” from “A Star is Born,” was named best song written for visual media. The song is nominated for an Oscar and also won at the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the Satellite Awards.Women have a strong presence in the top categories. Five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees are women, including Carlile’s “By the Way, I Forgive You,” Janelle Monae’s “Dirty Computer,” Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy,” Musgraves’ “Golden Hour,” and H.E.R.’s self-titled album are also in contention.Six of the best-new-artist nominees are women, including H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.When asked about the lack of women in the top categories at the 2018 Grammys, Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said women need to “step up.” He later acknowledged that it was a “poor choice of words,” and his much-criticized remarks forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.Musgraves picked up best country album for “Golden Hour,” best country solo performance for “Butterflies” and best country song for “Space Cowboy.”“I never dreamed that this record would be met with such love,” she said onstage.She also gave a shout-out to her husband in the audience, saying she wouldn’t have been able to make the album if he “didn’t open my heart like you did.”Musgraves performed “Rainbow” from “Golden Hour” during the show, and hit the stage for a second time to honor Dolly Parton. Musgraves and Katy Perry joined forces for “Here You Come Again,” later joined by Parton herself. The icon sang a duet version of “Jolene” with Miley Cyrus, who often covers the classic song. But the country music icon truly shined when she sang “Red Shoes,” with country foursome Little Big Town providing background vocals.Diana Ross earned a standing ovation when she emerged onstage in a bright red dress to perform “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” and “The Best Years of My Life.” She celebrated her 75th birthday early with the performance, saying afterward, “Happy birthday to me!” Her actual birthday is March 26.R&B singer H.E.R., who won best R&B performance for “Best Part” with Daniel Caesar, stunned as she played her guitar and sang. Monae grooved onstage during “Make Me Feel,” backed by several dancers. Post Malone performed with Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Cardi B grinded onstage during her latest single, “Money.”Laura Daigle poses in the press room with the awards for best contemporary christian music performance/song for “You Say” and best contemporary christian music album for “Look Up Child” at the 61st annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)All four acts are nominated for album of the year.Ariana Grande won her first Grammy in the same week that she publicly blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show.“I know i’m not there tonight (trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things … but (expletive) … this is wild and beautiful,” she tweeted after learning about her win.Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle won two awards each. Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ella Mai, Pharrell Williams, Hugh Jackman, Stingy, Shaggy, Dave Chappelle, “Weird Al” Yankovic, the late Chris Cornell, Greta Van Fleet and even former President Jimmy Carter also picked up early awards ahead of the live show.There was a tie for best rap performance, and Drake was surprisingly not one of the winners. Drake’s “Nice for What” lost to Anderson Paak’s “Bubblin’” and Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake’s “King’s Dead,” from the “Black Panther” soundtrack.Beck was a double winner during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-classical) for “Colors.” Emily Lazar, one of the engineers who worked on the album and won alongside Beck, said onstage that she was the first female mastering engineer to win in the latter category.___Online: https://www.grammy.com/last_img read more

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US State Department Warns Americans Against Travel to Algeria

by Ghita Benslimane Casablanca — The U.S. State Department has updated its travel advisory yesterday, warning Americans against travel to Algeria. The alerts and warnings page for Algeria hadn’t been updated since March 1, 2016. But as of December 13, the Department of State “continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to remote areas in southern and eastern Algeria, as well as isolated parts of the Kabylie region, due to a high threat of terrorist attacks and kidnapping.” Terrorist groups, says the US DoS, remain active in those regions. “While major cities are heavily policed,” it states, “extremists have conducted attacks (often using bombs, ambushes, or false roadblocks) in the mountainous Kabylie region (provinces of Boumerdes, Tizi Ouzou, Bouira, and Bejaia) an the southern and eastern border regions, including the Chaambi mountains area, south of Souk Ahras, near the Tunisian border.” The DoS further warns that although most terrorist attacks are directed at Algerian authorities, civilians and other foreigners are still at risk. To make its point, DoS recalls the murder of a French citizen in the Kabylie region in September 2014.In November, the DoS issued similar travel warning for Europe and other North African countries ahead of the holiday season, when travel tends to increase. As of right now, the only two North African countries the U.S. says it’s safe to travel to are Egypt and Morocco. And as for Europe, the State Department continues to alert “U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.” read more

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ABL Launches in Casablanca Becoming Africas First Aircraft Leaser

Rabat – Moroccan-born CEO Ali Ben Lmadani held a press conference on Tuesday to announce the start of ABL Aviation’s operations and its receipt of the Casablanca Finance City status. The status facilitates business operations in Morocco, providing tax incentives and other financial benefits. ABL Leasing came to Morocco in 2017 and is the first commercial aircraft leasing company in Africa. The company offers a number of services including sourcing and remarketing aircraft, leasing, aircraft technical management, and debt sourcing and restructuring. “By setting up operations in Casablanca, we aim to offer innovative solutions to African air companies as well as the unique business offering we have already achieved in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle-East,” Lmadani said in the press conference, reports Moroccan television channel 2M.“We strongly believe in the potential of the aeronautical market on the African continent, and we consider we have the expertise and experience necessary to accompany its development,” he stated.Africa “is a region where we see huge potential” ABL Aviations said on social media. According to a 2017 – 2036 market outlook document by Boeing, air traffic for African carriers is forecast to grow 5.9% annually over the next 20 years. The number is above the world average and is driven by African economic growth and the increasing numbers of travelers from, to, and within the continent.According to Boeing, African airlines will need 1,220 new airplanes over the next 20 years to accommodate the growth.The African air market is challenging. Direct flights between countries are limited because bilateral agreements control which direct connections are available. The market also faces safety issues arising from inconsistent enforcement of international safety standards as well as challenges due to political instability. Based in Dublin, ABL Leasing also has offices in New York, Hong Kong, and Dubai. read more

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Timorese institutions and people show resilience SecretaryGeneral reports

Timor-Leste’s institutions and people have shown impressive resilience after the violent attacks in February that almost claimed the life of the country’s President, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the work of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the tiny nation. But he warns that the national police will still need long-term training and support for many years and greater efforts are required to strengthen the rule of law, boost economic and social development, and promote a culture of democratic governance. The report, made public today, is the first since an armed group headed by the fugitive Alfredo Reinado launched a series of attacks on 11 February that almost led to the assassination of President José Ramos-Horta. Mr. Ban writes that the Timorese Government took a restrained approach to the aftermath of the attacks and tried to focus on achieving national stability. “The leaders and people of Timor-Leste did not allow these events to jeopardize the country’s overall stability,” he states. “The security situation remained calm. Efforts to foster dialogue and reconciliation continued.” The Secretary-General notes that his Special Representative Atul Khare has also used his ‘good offices’ role to promote “a more conciliatory atmosphere among the political leaders and aimed at instilling among political actors the appreciation of the value of a strong opposition and an effective Parliament.” Progress is being made in reconstituting the national police, although he stresses that “a continuing robust UNMIT police presence” is needed across the country, which the UN helped shepherd to independence in 2002. He writes that creating job opportunities, especially for youth, remains a major priority, as well alleviating persistent and widespread poverty. Given the fragile security situation and the struggles faced by the country, no change in the mandate of UNMIT is currently necessary, Mr. Ban observes. 4 August 2008Timor-Leste’s institutions and people have shown impressive resilience after the violent attacks in February that almost claimed the life of the country’s President, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the work of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the tiny nation. read more

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Maldives will seek Sri Lankas assistance to deport Nasheed

“It is ironic that Nasheed and his legal team are accusing others of attempted kidnapping when he himself is a fugitive from the law for the well-publicised kidnapping of a Chief Judge,” Mohamed Hussain Shareef said. The Maldives says it will seek the assistance of relevant authorities in Sri Lanka to return former President Mohamed Nasheed using diplomatic channels, if required.Mohamed Hussain Shareef, Maldives’ Ambassador-designate to Sri Lanka said that Nasheed is a fugitive and left the Maldives midway through a jail sentence after being allowed to seek medical treatment overseas. International legal counsel representing former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed earlier raised concerns about a threat made by the Maldivian ambassador-designate to Colombo to detain their client in Sri Lanka and forcibly return him to the Maldives. Legal counsel Amal Clooney said any attempt by a Maldivian diplomat to detain President Nasheed in Sri Lanka would constitute a violation of international law as well as Sri Lankan criminal law.She had said President Nasheed should not be returned to the Maldives to serve a sentence that resulted from a sham trial, and it is incumbent on the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure that his rights are respected while he is in their country. He said that as the very first foreign official to personally visit and congratulate President Maithripala Sirisena following the 2015 electoral victory and having lived and studied in Sri Lanka for many years, it is a rare privilege for him to have the opportunity to serve in Sri Lanka. “With a massive boost in Sri Lankan investment in the Maldives in recent years, the Government of President Yameen is keen on working closely with the Sri Lankan Government in promoting ties at various levels. We also continue to abide by our long-held tradition of non-interference in domestic politics of neighbouring countries, a principle cherished by successive Sri Lankan Governments as well,” Mohamed Hussain Shareef added. (Colombo Gazette) “Should a relevant authority in the Maldives request the Embassy to seek the assistance of relevant authorities in Sri Lanka to return him or any other fugitive in accordance with our Constitution and laws, all avenues available through diplomatic channels will be utilised to fulfill the obligation,” Mohamed Hussain Shareef said.He also said that Nasheed and his supporters have continuously attempted to create diplomatic friction between Sri Lanka and the Maldives, including assertions of bias by the Sri Lankan Government.“Our ties with Sri Lanka are multi-layered and based on an age-old practice of non-interference in each other’s domestic politics. The close ties between our two Governments and responsibility of officials on both sides have been instrumental in avoiding misunderstanding in spite of erroneous claims by Nasheed and senior officials in his 2008 2013 regime. Among their most recent attempts is the ongoing social media campaign to create friction between the two Governments on the procedural issue of agreement to my appointment as Ambassador. I thank the Sri Lankan authorities for the speed with which our request was processed favourably, and look forward working closely with Sri Lankan authorities in promoting bilateral ties,” Mohamed Hussain Shareef said. read more

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UN welcomes Summit of Americas pledge to support antipoverty goals

“We welcome the commitment by the Summit of the Americas to halve the number of people living in poverty by the year 2015,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.Mr. Eckhard’s comments came in reaction to yesterday’s signing in Quebec, Canada, of an agreement endorsing the poverty alleviation goal, which was set by leaders attending the UN Millennium Summit in September, 2000.On that occasion — the largest ever gathering of heads of State and government — the Summit adopted a visionary Declaration on the future role of the UN, spelling out clear targets for achieving peace, cooperation and development. In addition to setting a specific timetable for cutting poverty, the Millennium Summit pledged to ensure — by the year 2015 — universal primary education for boys and girls, a reduction in maternal mortality by three quarters, and a halt to the spread of HIV/AIDS. read more

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Proxy advisory firm ISS Pershing has compelling case for change at CP

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Proxy advisory firm ISS: Pershing has ‘compelling’ case for change at CP by News Staff Posted May 3, 2012 1:43 pm MDT CALGARY – A prominent proxy advisory firm is backing activist shareholder Pershing Square Capital Management’s view that Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. needs to replace its CEO and shake up its board of directors.“Because the dissidents have demonstrated a compelling case that poor board oversight has allowed the company’s performance to drift further and further below both its peers and its potential over at least half a decade, it seems clear that change on the board is needed,” said Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.In the report released Thursday, two weeks before shareholders have their say at CP’s annual general meeting, ISS recommends shareholders vote for all seven of the nominees the New York hedge fund, which owns 14.2 per cent of CP, wants on the board of directors.The advice firm is also backing nine of the nominees CP (TSX:CP) has put forward for the 16-member board, including newly-retired Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) CEO Rick George and former cabinet minister John Manley.Pershing Square managing partner Bill Ackman is included on both the management and dissident slates.ISS recommends shareholders vote out CEO Fred Green, whom Pershing Square wants to replace with Hunter Harrison, ex-boss of rival railroad Canadian National (TSX:CNR).“In the short term, we believe Green has not served shareholders well enough as a director to merit support in this proxy contest,” ISS said. “Over the longer term, we would expect to see the company appoint its anointed CEO to the board.”Nor does ISS recommend CP shareholders vote for chairman John Cleghorn, former chief of Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY), who has steadfastly backed Green’s leadership.Ed Harris, who has held senior management positions at both CP and CN and has also been a vocal supporter of Green, also did not make the ISS cut, despite his many years of railroad experience.“Harris’ repeated public pronouncements throughout this contest that Green is the right CEO for CP, despite all the evidence to the contrary, raises questions about his commitment to facing hard truths in the service of all shareholders,” said ISS.CP said in a release that ISS has reached the “wrong conclusion” and that is analysis was “flawed.”“The CP board has significant breadth and depth of expertise and experience in both the railroad industry and other complementary fields and is the right board to drive shareholder value by guiding the company through the successful execution of the multi-year plan,” it said.“The entire board of CP is holding Fred Green and the CP management team fully accountable for the success of this plan.”It reiterated that its board is unanimous in its view that replacing Green with Harrison “would delay and damage CP’s value-generating plan, and represents unwarranted risk to shareholder value at a critical time.”The crux of CP’s plan, as well as Pershing’s criticism, revolves around how the railway will improve its operating ratio — the percentage of revenue required to pay for operations — to boost profitability. CP has set a target to bring the ratio down from 80.1 per cent to 70 to 72 per cent for 2014, but Pershing says it can do better and achieve 65 per cent by 2015.ISS said CP has “significantly underperformed” other North American railroads. In the five-year period ended April 30, CP had a total shareholder return of 19.4 per cent while its peers delivered between 56 and 117 per cent.The firm doesn’t buy CP’s arguments that factors beyond its control have affected its performance, like the 2008-2009 downturn and structural factors that put it at a disadvantage to other railroads.“If commodity cycles can work against you one year they must, one has to believe, work for you in other years, so that the dismal trend relative to peers does not extend unbroken. Strangely, this does not appear to have been the case,” ISS said.ISS also blasted a study Canadian Pacific commissioned earlier this year weighing the feasibility of its plans versus the targets put forward by Pershing Square.“One helpful signal that a corporate culture may lack accountability might be the impulse, when faced with a potential proxy contest over poor performance, to hire a consultant — five senior partners, shareholders have been soberly informed, working more than 5,000 hours over four months — to measure what is impossible to achieve, then use those results to explain why management and the board cannot be held accountable for underperformance.”And ISS noted a “flurry” of management changes at CP during Green’s six-year tenure. The company has changed chief operating officers five times and swapped out chief financial officers three times, it said.One or two management changes would be understandable, ISS said, but the level of turnover among CP executives is “akin to playing Whack-A-Mole in the C-Suite.”“How, one might ask, is it possible to plan for the long term, much less execute on those plans, which succession planning in the executive suite looks more like crisis management?”Canadian Pacific shares fell 73 cents to $76.71 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

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Ban announces new initiatives to enhance UNs work with and for worlds

Mr. Ban used the opportunity provided by International Youth Day, celebrated annually on 12 August, to announce the new steps to advance peace, promote employment and tackle poverty. Indeed, in his message on the day, he said: “Young people are directly affected by the tragic contradictions that prevail today: between abject poverty and ostentatious wealth, gnawing hunger and shameful food waste, rich natural resources and polluting industries.” With these things in mind, he announced the formation of an Advisory Group of Experts for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security, as mandated by UN Security Council resolution 2250 (2015), the first such measure to recognize the important and positive role young women and men play in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security. By that historic text, the Council requested Mr. Ban to “to carry out a progress study on the youth’s positive contribution to peace processes and conflict resolution, in order to recommend effective responses at local, national, regional and international levels.” The findings and recommendations of the study will be presented to the Council in December 2017, on the second anniversary of the adoption of the resolution. Also today, the UN chief announced a new Special Envoy for Youth Employment, the former Chancellor of Austria, Werner Faymann. With more than 70 million youths unemployed worldwide, the new official will aim to help tackle the challenge posed by the fact that young people have all the skills and energy needed to contribute to society – but they lack opportunities for decent work. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) with Werner Faymann, former Chancellor of Austria (April 2010). UN Photo/Mark Garten Going forward, Mr. Fayman will work with the Secretary-General’s Youth Envoy, Ahmad Alhendawi, and the UN International Labour Organization (ILO). Delivering his address, A Call to Youth, at the University of Calgary in Canada where he announced the initiatives, Mr. Ban said that education is not something to take but be used to give back to the world. “I am here with a call to help us rise to three global challenges: sustainable development, employment and peace,” he said. The UN and Canada are in sync – especially when it comes to the power of young people to change the world, he said, explaining that the UN Mr. Alhendawi as its first-ever Youth Envoy, and Canada has Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister, the only world leader who is also Minister of Youth. With more than 70 million unemployed youth around the world, youth can do more than find jobs – they can create them, Mr. Ban said. “Every successful entrepreneur climbed to the top on a stack of failures,” he said. “The trick is to keep climbing. Along the way you will get something more valuable than any material reward. You will gain resilience, confidence and compassion for others.” Turning to the advisory group of experts to study progress on the historic Security Council, the Secretary-General said that nearly half of the group’s members are young, with some having survived conflict, and one that lost her father in war, another who had been shot, and others who were refugees. “We need you to help generate change. Raise your voices. Prove that youth are not a liability – they are an opportunity. Build trust in your communities. Help the United Nations build peace in our world,” Mr. Ban said. The Secretary-General also said that the UN will name the first-ever class of 17 young leaders for sustainable development from among 18,000 nominations, and bring the winners to the UN Headquarters in September. “All of you can be sustainable development leaders,” he said, stressing that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are comprehensive. In an opinion released today, Mr. Ban wrote that “these steps may seem small and largely symbolic” because the 17 leaders are just representative of the change needed, the advisory group has only a handful of members, and a new appointment may not seem game-changing. But “incremental progress adds up,” he stressed. read more

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Track and Field Ohio State wins 2018 Mens Outdoor Big Ten Championship

Senior Zack Bazile competes in the long jump during a meet in the French Field House. Bazile has a chance to win the NCAA indoor national championship when Ohio State travels to the NCAA indoor national championships. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterAfter finishing fourth overall in last year’s Big Ten championships, head coach Karen Dennis, named as the 2018 Big Ten Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year, brought home another championship on Sunday. The Ohio State men’s track team won the 2018 Big Ten Outdoor Championship, recording 109 points ahead of Indiana and Nebraska.The men’s track team ended its championship drought in February, winning the Big Ten Indoor Championships for the first time in 25 years. With top- five finishes in five different events, Ohio State recorded first-place finishes in two events. Freshman sprinter Eric Harrison, junior sprinter Duan Asemota, senior sprinter Drelan Bramwell and senior jumper Zach Bazile recorded a first place finish in the 4×100-meter relay, finishing in 38.93 seconds. Harrison added a first-place finish of his own, running the 200-meter dash in 20.39 seconds. Junior sprinter Nick Gray came in second place, finishing in 20.55 seconds. The Ohio State women’s team tied for fifth place with Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska with 60 points. Despite not winning any single event, the women’s team recorded seven top-five finishes including second-place finishes in the 200-meter dash and the 4×400-meter relay read more

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EHF CL THW Kiel revenges against Veszprem Chekhovski fails to win in

← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 21): HSG Wetzlar wins Hessenderby against depleted Melsungen squad Next Story → EHF CL (W): FTC – 3 games, 3 wins! Buducnost with first victory atletico madridGorenjeiliclazarovomeyerSavehofsilkeborgTHW Kielveszprem THW Kiel gave Veszprem their first defeat this season in the Champions League in a very dominant way. Led by brilliant Thierry Omeyer on the goal, and almost perfect attack and counter-attacks, the German Champions were able to humiliate Veszprem by beating them 32:21.Chekhovski Medvedi had a nice lead of around 4-5 goals with 10 minutes to go, but Montpellier fought back and in the end took a lucky point which moves them on the 4th place now just one more than Ademar Leon.Bjerringbro-Silkeborg also had a very exciting home game against Gorenje and with Lauge’s goal in 59th minute and 59th second, they secured a home win with 27:26, which now makes Gorenje most likely to finish third place if Metalurg are to beat Bjerringbro at home next weekend.Atletico Madrid had not much trouble and beat 32:25 at home against IK Savehof, and secured them the third place in the group. read more

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HSG Wetzlar to keep coaching staff until 2019

German team HSG Wetzlar decided to continue successful cooperation with coaching duo – first coach Kai Wandschneider and his assistant and goalkeeper’s coach Jasmin Camdzic. They will stay at the promising German club until 2019 according to new two years deal.HSG Wetzlar ended last season at 10th place. The best resuls is seventh place in season 2012/2013.Team from Wetzlar became world famous after signing contract with Ivano Balic in 2013. The World best handball player every by IHF ended career in Wetzlar in 2015. ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest to keep Ivan Pesic until 2019! Next Story → Best European Beach Handball clubs compete for crowns! Join them via live stream! Jasmin CamdzicKai Wandschneider read more

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US support for Iraq will be intense sustained but only if leaders

first_imgUS SECRETARY OF of State John Kerry vowed Monday that the United States would provide “intense” support to Iraq to help it battle a militant offensive.“The support will be intense, sustained, and if Iraq’s leaders take the steps needed to bring the country together it will be effective,” Kerry told reporters after a day of meetings in Baghdad.He also described the jihadists who have spearheaded an offensive that has overrun swathes of territory north of Baghdad as an “existential threat” to the country.“It is a moment of decision for Iraq’s leaders,” Kerry said. “Iraq faces an existential threat and Iraq’s leaders have to meet that threat.” Kerry made the remarks at the US embassy in Baghdad, in the heavily-fortified Green Zone, after talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and other leaders from across the political and communal spectrum.A major militant offensive, led by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) but involving a raft of other Sunni groups as well, began in Iraq’s main northern city Mosul on June 9.The militants took the city the following day, swept through the surrounding province of Nineveh and took major parts of four more provinces as well.Baghdad has appealed for US air strikes against militants, but Washington has not acceded to that request, instead offering up to 300 military advisers.- © AFP, 2014Read: In one of his last outings, Eamon Gilmore to discuss what to do in Iraq with other EU ministers >More: Obama warns that Iraqi extremists could destabalise other countries >last_img read more

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Man 20 who threatened to shoot schoolkids while he robbed them is

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3045851 Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 6:21 PM Share2 Tweet Email1 Athlunkard St, Limerick Image: Google Streetview Man (20) who threatened to shoot schoolkids while he robbed them is remanded in custody Clyde Keogh appeared at Limerick Circuit Court today for sentencing. No Comments By David Raleigh A MAN WHO threatened to shoot and stab three schoolchildren while he robbed them as they made their way to school has been remanded in custody for sentencing.Clyde Keogh, (20), appeared at Limerick Circuit Court today for sentencing, after pleading guilty to three counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery.The four offences took place on the morning of 21 January last in the Athlunkard Street area while Keogh was on a ‘bender’ of alcohol and drugs, the court heard.Keogh, of Ballyclough Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, was arrested by gardaí after he was caught and held by a parent of one of his young victims.The court heard the terrified youths handed over their phones to Keogh for fear of being shot or stabbed after Keogh told them he had a knife and a gun.No weapons were found on him when he was arrested.Keogh pleaded guilty to mugging two boys, aged 13 and 15, and an older teenager, aged 18, and stealing their mobile phones.He also admitted attempting to rob another boy, aged fifteen.Drunk and disorderlyGardaí said Keogh, who had previous convictions for being drunk and disorderly, and for possessing drugs, was “highly intoxicated” on the morning in question.Garda Steven Noonan agreed with Brian McInerney, defending, that Keogh had been abusing drink and drugs following the death of his grandparents, who the court heard had reared him to the age of 12, following the death of his father when he was aged two.Mr McInerney added:“He could not be questioned by gardaí for six hours because he was so intoxicated. He was so drunk he picked up some staples and tried to eat them.“He was a physical wreck. In fact, he was in such a ragged state he couldn’t have survived much longer.”He added:Today he is a different man.Keogh threw a plastic bottle of Coke at judge Marian O’Leary after he was refused bail on the same charges when he appeared before Limerick District Court last January.Today, he was remanded in continuing custody for sentencing at the Circuit Court on 16 December.Read: More likely man was drunk than sleepwalking when he allegedly raped friend, court told >center_img Oct 25th 2016, 6:21 PM Image: Google Streetview Athlunkard St, Limerick Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19,514 Views last_img read more

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NUGAS to host talent show

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Harking back to the variety shows of yesteryear, the National Union of Greek Australian Students (NUGAS) of Victoria will be showcasing their best talents in their first ever talent show, entitled Nugasvision.Taking its name from the popular European song contest, Eurovision, the Nugasvision event will work a little differently, with participants able to showcase anything they deem as a talent. The event is designed to show a number of disciplines, so participants are encouraged to show off any artwork, videos or music they’ve been working on. Bonus points will be given for using the Greek language or referencing all things Greek.Those truly talented go into the running to win a variety of prizes, with $100 going to first place, $50 for second and $25 for third.All those who participate don’t leave empty handed, as they get a free drink on arrival. Organisers will also have special presentations and surprises on the night.Those wishing to participate will need to fill out a registration form detailing their talent and any requirements on the night. The event will be held on December 4 with a time and location to be confirmed.To register for the event or for more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1587115528178746/last_img read more

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Kalmbach Media Expands Modeling Portfolio with International Partnership

first_imgHobby publisher Kalmbach Media and Spanish-based hobby modeling and media company AK-Interactive have entered into a partnership this week where Kalmbach will serve as the exclusive North American publishing partner for AK-Interactive’s Damaged, Weathered & Worn Models magazine. The modeling magazine will have its North American launch in November and Kalmbach will print a total of four issues over the course of the next year. Damaged is a new, quarterly publication from AK-Interactive’s brand Abteilung 502 and is on its fourth issue. At 80 pages, its North American cover price is set at $9.99, compared to the cover price of €4.95 ($5.79) in Europe.In addition to publishing and distributing Damaged in North America, Kalmbach will also develop a digital presence for the magazine’s content as well as promote Damaged and other AK-Interactive products across its print and digital platforms, which see a total reach of 35 million.The new magazine will be a familiar addition to Kalmbach, whose own portfolio of modeling hobby publications include FineScale Modeler, Scale Auto, Model Railroader and Trains. “[AK-Interactive] came to us with the challenge of growing awareness for their brands in the North American market,” said Kalmbach CEO Dan Hickey in a statement. “With our connection to passionate modeling enthusiasts, FineScale Modeler and Scale Auto are the undisputed leaders in that space. Our ability to reach this audience with the content and products they need is unmatched.”According to the Hobby Manufacturers Association, the model hobby industry in the United States alone is expected to exceed $1 billion in annual sales this year.last_img read more

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Ariana Grande Teases New Single No Tears Left To Cry

first_imgAfter rumors earlier this month, it appears the “Dangerous Woman” is ready to release new musicRenée FabianGRAMMYs Apr 19, 2018 – 10:42 am We first got wind of potential new music from Ariana Grande earlier this month when Hits reported that a “source” revealed that the first song from her upcoming album would be released April 27. Luckily, it looks like we won’t have to wait that long.The “Dangerous Woman” singer/songwriter released a song snippet and what appears to be the cover art for a new single, “No Tears Left To Cry,” via a series of social media posts along with the message, “Friday.” In the song snippet, which doesn’t give too much away, we hear about 20 seconds of a chorus effect. Cryptically, the text on all her posts is upside down and backward. Email Ariana Grande Teases New Single “No Tears Left To Cry” News Facebook center_img Twitter Listen: First Taste Of Ariana Grande’s New Song ariana-grande-teases-new-single-no-tears-left-cry Variety reports that Grande has been collaborating on her upcoming album with Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and Pharrell Williams. It’s also “said to be deeply personal and inspired by her experiences over the past two years,” which includes the devastating Manchester bombing that occurring during her performance in the U.K. in May 2017. Her latest will be her fourth LP, following 2016’s GRAMMY-nominated Dangerous Woman.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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GRAMMY Museum Announces Quarterfinalists For Music Educator Award

first_img“I really struggled with school when I was little. I wasn’t really confident in myself. I was so shy and I didn’t believe I could do anything,” said the 2018 MEA recipient Melissa Salguero about her own elementary-school music teacher and mentor, Miss Bower. “She taught me to believe in myself and it really sparked a passion for helping other people.”From this pool of 188, a total of 25 semifinalists will be announced in September. Of those, 10 will move on to the final round and the other 15 will each receive a $500 honorarium. The 9 finalists who are not selected for the MEA will each receive an honorarium of $1,000. Matching grants to the schools are generously provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund.The winner of the 2019 Music Educator Award will receive a $10,000 honorarium, a matching grant for their school, and in addition to being honored personally will participate in GRAMMY Week for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards celebration.”This is one of the most epic moments of my life,” said Salguero when she accepted hers.Music teachers are uniquely equipped to change lives through the power of music. This special recognition gives music’s community a chance to help a few of the best be even better equipped to plant the seeds that grow into a lifelong love of music for many and even into careers for some students.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more 188 quarterfinalists are now in the running for 25 semifinalist spots, all competing for the 2019 Music Educator AwardPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jun 11, 2018 – 2:49 pm The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum’s annual Music Educator Award is entering its 6th year, and on June 11 the organizations announced 188 quarterfinalist selections for 2019, representing 171 cities and chosen from more than 2,800 nominations.Quarterfinalists learned the good news over the weekend, and social media has been lighting up with schools excited to learn they are in the running. Before winning in 2018, Melissa Salguero was a 2017 semifinalist herself. GRAMMY Museum Announces Quarterfinalists For Music Educator Award Facebook Twitter https://twitter.com/phxboyschoir/status/1005636323917664256 News Music Educator Award Quarterfinalists Announced grammy-museum-announces-quarterfinalists-music-educator-award Email last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Monday June 4 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowInterior sees first wildfire of note this seasonDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Interior’s first substantial wildfire of the season was ignited by lightning last night outside Fairbanks.Seaton files to run as independent in Democratic primaryAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerHouse Rep. Paul Seaton of Homer has represented House District 31 on the Kenai Peninsula as a Republican since 2002, but he filed Thursday to run as an independent in the Democratic primary.‘Little slice of heaven’ Juneau subdivision threatened by river erosionElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe neighborhood can’t seem to agree: As the erosion gets worse, who should pay for it?UA Regents defer consideration of Haines timber sale planAbbey Collins, KHNS – HainesThe University of Alaska Board of Regents is delaying a decision on whether to approve the plan for a Chilkat Valley timber sale.How hard is it to find an electrician in Bethel?Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageA recent letter from the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative startled residents in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The letter told customers to repair their electric equipment by August or have their power cut off.Remembering our friend, Native media pioneer John ActiveAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelOur friend, Yup’ik storyteller, culture bearer, translator and longtime KYUK radio and TV host John “Aqumgaciq” Active died this Monday morning at age 69.Turning a temporary stay into long-term stability, 30 days at a timeAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageEmergency shelters are supposed to be supportive safe havens. But in Fairbanks, it was a little too supportive. So staff developed a new plan for pushing people out the door by helping them stand on their own feet.last_img read more

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Terror attacks unleash thorny debate on UK strategy

first_img.A string of attacks claiming 34 lives in less than three months has sparked a tough debate about Britain’s counter-terror strategy and buffeted the country’s election campaign.After seven people were killed in central London on Saturday, less than a fortnight after 22 concert-goers were slain by a suicide bomber in Manchester, Prime Minister Theresa May declared “enough is enough” and sketched plans for tougher anti-terror measures.She pointed to longer jail terms for terrorism offences, even minor ones, and said internet companies should deny extremism a place in which to breed.Other proposals floated in the British press include electronically tagging or even interning jihadists on watch lists, requiring proof of ID for unregistered SIM cards for mobile phones, and police background checks for people who want to rent a car immediately.But after a one-day suspension of campaigning ahead of Thursday’s vote, May’s record has become a hot election issue and the ruling Conservatives — traditionally popular on the issue of security — find themselves on the back foot.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Monday called on May to quit, pointing to the loss of 20,000 police jobs, mostly during her six years as interior minister under David Cameron.Labour has promised to recruit more police officers, adding to neighbourhood security that it sees as an essential element for counter-terror strategies.Asked by ITV television if he backed the calls for May to resign, Corbyn said: “Indeed I would… We should never have cut the police numbers.”Mark Garnett, a lecturer in politics at Lancaster University in northwest England, said Corbyn was trying to hit a sweet spot with just three days left before voting day.”From Mrs. May’s point of view, it’s very difficult for her to suggest anything radically different because of course she’s been in charge of security policy for the last seven years, either in overall charge or as home secretary,” he said.”I think she’s absolutely under terrible pressure.”- Caution -Outside the political arena, commentators say tackling Islamic radicalisation is a delicate challenge, and electioneering could have unwanted consequences.”If you intervene in Muslim communities, you may actually radicalise people. But if you don’t intervene in Muslim communities, then you may actually allow people to be radicalised,” said Steven Fielding, a professor of political history at Nottingham University.Tougher laws and police powers may fail to prevent low-technology attacks, such as the two van-and-knives assaults that occurred in London, and may well end up alienating British Muslims, he said.Britain already has a long roster of security tools, headed by so-called Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures, or TPims.Introduced in 2012 and toughened in 2015, TPims apply to people who are deemed a threat but cannot be prosecuted or, in the case of foreigners, deported.They grant the authorities the ability, lasting initially for one year but which can be extended to two, to implement a form of house arrest and relocate a subject up to 200 miles (320 kilometres) from their normal residence.In November last year, lawmakers granted sweeping surveillance powers for the police and intelligence services.Among other things, the law requires websites to keep customers’ browsing history for up to a year and gives legal footing to existing, but murky, powers such as the hacking of computers and mobile phones.The rights watchdog Liberty denounced it as a “snooper’s charter” that authorised “totalitarian-style surveillance powers”.Fielding pointed to a scheme called Prevent, set up after the July 2005 London bombings, which promotes grassroot anti-radicalisation programmes among Muslim communities.”A lot of people are saying, this is actually the way to go, but it’s very difficult to do and very under-resourced as well,” he said.”It’s very easy to say in front of No. 10, ‘enough is enough,’ but when it comes to precise measures, you might make things worse. And it’s very easy to say, ‘We need more police on the street because that might have stopped some of these things,’ but — really — would it?”Radicalisation “is a very difficult and complex social issue that doesn’t lend itself to electioneering campaigning and sloganeering, but this is where we are.”last_img read more

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