CBI summons exKolkata police chief to appear before it today

first_imgNew Delhi/Kolkata: The CBI has summoned former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, asking him to appear before it on Monday for questioning in connection with the Saradha ponzi scheme case, officials said.Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, has been asked to be present at the Kolkata office of the agency in Salt Lake, officials said on Sunday. The CBI has also issued a Look Out Notice against Kumar to prevent him from leaving the country, officials said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCAll the airports and immigration authorities have been alerted by the CBI to prevent him from leaving the country and intimate the agency about any possible move, they said. On Sunday evening, a team from Kolkata CBI office went to Commissioner of Police (CP) bungalow located at Loudon Street in Kolkata. However, they were informed by the security personnel that he doesn’t live there anymore. Later, the CBI sleuths went to IPS officer’s quarters located inside the premises of Deputy Commissioner (DC), South office at Park Street. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsMeanwhile, the West Bengal government issued an order after withdrawal of Model Code of Conduct (MCC), reinstating Kumar as the Additional Director General (ADG) of Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Following the order, the CBI team went to Bhawani Bhavan. Sources informed that though Kumar was not there, CBI served a notice where he has been summoned at the CGO Complex in Salt Lake on Monday morning. The agency wants custodial interrogation of Kumar in connection with the ponzi scheme case as he was heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the West Bengal police to probe the case before the CBI took over, the officials said. The probe agency had told the Supreme Court that custodial interrogation of Kumar was necessary as he was not co-operating in the probe and he was “evasive” and “arrogant” in answering the queries put to him during his questioning by the agency. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the CBI, had said Kumar was the incharge of investigation by the SIT and had allowed the release of mobile phones and laptops, containing crucial records of alleged involvement of political functionaries in the scam, which were seized from the accused. Mehta had said the seized mobile phones and laptops were not even sent for forensic examination and material evidence were destroyed in the case The apex court had last month asked CBI to furnish evidence for seeking custodial interrogation of Kumar in Saradha case, saying it has to be satisfied that the agency’s request was “bona fide” and not for “political purposes”.last_img read more

UNs top political official urges neighbours to support Iraq

22 April 2008The United Nations political chief today urged further dialogue and stronger support by Iraq’s neighbours for stabilizing the strife-torn country, including through the opening of embassies in Baghdad. “The support of neighbouring countries is essential for the stability of Iraq,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe told a ministerial meeting of Iraq and its neighbours in Kuwait today, the third meeting of its kind since last year focusing on issues such as energy, refugees and border security. Addressing the gathering on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mr. Pascoe said the opening of embassies would be “a very positive step.”Mr. Pascoe also described stepped-up UN efforts to help the Government and people of Iraq through the work of the UN Assistance Mission there, known as UNAMI, which he visited over the weekend before arriving in Kuwait.The UN is helping Iraq with political dialogue, the resolution of internal territorial disputes, the holding of governorate elections later this year and the review of Iraq’s constitution. “Even though violence, political tensions and slow socio-economic progress persist, the institutions set up in Iraq in 2005 through democratic elections and a constitutional referendum are progressively taking root,” Mr. Pascoe stated. “A fundamental consensus on a democratic, sovereign, united and federal Iraq is emerging. Nevertheless, despite continuing improvements in the capacity of Iraq’s national security forces, the security situation still remains fragile,” he added.The Under-Secretary-General also highlighted the need to focus on alleviating the suffering of Iraq’s refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), “not only on humanitarian grounds, but also because it has regional repercussions.”The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) estimates that out of a total population of 26 million, some 4.4 million Iraqis are still uprooted, including 2.4 million displaced inside Iraq and 2 million outside – mainly in Syria and Jordan.“We believe that together with the Government of Iraq, and the wider international community, the United Nations can help host countries, particularly Jordan and Syria, with humanitarian and technical assistance,” Mr. Pascoe said, adding that the world body is also developing a programme for refugee return to ensure that the Iraqi Government and agencies are ready when the conditions are ripe for this to take place.Meanwhile, on the margins of the Kuwait meeting, a number of concerned countries, along with officials from the UN, Arab League and European Union, met as the “Friends of Lebanon” to discuss the situation in that country. The group ended their meeting with a joint statement, stating that they are deeply dismayed at the ongoing political stalemate in Lebanon, and calling for the immediate election of the consensual candidate, General Michel Suleiman, as President without prior conditions.Representing the Secretary-General at that meeting was his Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, Terje Roed-Larsen.Resolution 1559, adopted by the Council in 2004, calls for free and fair presidential elections in Lebanon without interference from foreign influences and for the disbandment of all militia groups operating in the country. read more

Budget negotiators close on debt 13T spending deal

WASHINGTON — Negotiations between the Trump administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a critical debt and $1.3 trillion budget bill are on the cusp of a deal.That’s according to aides on both sides of the talks, who say the tentative deal would restore the government’s ability to borrow into the next administration and build upon recent large budget gains for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies.The agreement would represent a win for lawmakers eager to return Washington to a more predictable path amid political tumult and polarization, defence hawks determined to cement big military increases, and Democrats who oppose spending cuts.The aides who spoke about the emerging deal did so on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly before a deal was final.Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press read more

Major issues minimal expectations for G7 summit in France

BIARRITZ, France — The world economy is getting shakier by the day, the Amazon has burned its way to the centre of the climate change debate, and the leaders of the world’s leading democracies will sit around a single table, theoretically charged with coming up with solutions for the biggest problems of the day.Except that U.S. President Donald Trump is largely uninterested in international agreements, and other G-7 leaders are seriously hobbled at home by political scandal, low poll numbers or lame duck status. Welcome to the annual Group of Seven summit, which begins Saturday in the southern French resort town of Biarritz.French President Emmanuel Macron, the host, has already made clear that he has little expectation that Trump will join any statement on fighting climate change even as the issue shot to the top of the agenda with the widespread fires in the Amazon. He already rejected Trump’s request to let Russia rejoin the group five years after being expelled over its seizure of Crimea. And he is trying to hold together the European line on the Iran nuclear deal over U.S. objections.At the same meeting last year, Trump left early and repudiated the final statement in a tweet from Air Force One. This year, Macron said, there will be no final statement.“The situation is difficult because on subjects like trade, Iran or the climate, for the first time in a long time the seven are not unanimous,” Macron told reporters earlier this week. “That’s why I wanted to avoid pointless declarations. Despite that, I think this work is indispensable because we have to exchange with the United States, because we have to find convergences, because I think it’s in our interest to rebuild co-ordination.”Lowered expectations are nothing new for the G-7, but this year’s intent seems to be just to avoid diplomatic catastrophe, salvage the possible, and show voters that their leaders have a role on the world stage.“When you have a figure whose positions, whose whims, whose interests seem to change on a dime, it’s impossible to plan co-ordinated policy on that basis. I think what we’re seeing is most countries now just trying to wait this out. There’s going to be no advancement on the big things that really matter,” said Tristen Naylor, a researcher focused on international summits.“There’s going to be no big moves on climate change as a united front of seven countries. There’s going to be no progress when it comes to the elimination of protectionist trade barriers. It’s simply not going to happen. So the best that they can do is just tread water, stop things from becoming worse. That I think is what success at this G-7 will look like,” Naylor said.All eyes will be on the dynamic between Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, two figures who relish the unpredictability they have sown. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on her way out of office. Canadian leader Justin Trudeau, up for re-election this fall, is at the centre of a political scandal. Macron himself is deeply unpopular at home, and the yellow vest protesters who have plagued him since last year have followed him to Biarritz.Even this beautiful resort town is rather grumpy at being locked down during the final week of summer break for most of France. The appropriately named Bellevue congress centre where the leaders will gather Saturday night overlooks the beach beloved by surfers and swimmers alike. It is entirely empty.Lori Hinnant And David McHugh, The Associated Press read more

Theyre bigger than you think Tiny house workshop in Regina sheds light

BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post When people tour Kenton Zerbin’s tiny house and see a five-burner stove atop of full-size oven, he said they usually react one of two ways — “That’s awesome!” or “That’s stupid.”It’s unexpected to see such a luxuriously-sized appliance in a tiny house, and while it’s a perk for some, others might see it as a waste of already limited space.For Zerbin, it’s a sign that you don’t have to compromise your lifestyle to live in a tiny house.“This is the thing about tiny homes that’s the most exciting,” said Zerbin. “You pick your lifestyle and what you want out of your life and then you have your house help you get it.” An Alberta-based teacher of permaculture and tiny homes who is passionate about practicing what he preaches, Zerbin teaches workshops across Canada on how to design and build tiny homes. This weekend, he held a two-day crash course in Regina, his first time bringing the workshop to the Queen City.“A lot of people are interested in the movement. They want to know if they actually want it,” he said in an interview Sunday. “They can watch the TV shows, but what’s the reality?”A tiny home has numerous definitions, according to Zerbin, but the characteristic most commonly agreed on is the size — anywhere between 100 and 500 square feet.It can be mobile or not.Zerbin and his wife have been living in their tiny house for two and a half years on farmland just outside Edmonton. He said the biggest adjustment was going off-grid.“We collect all our own power. We hold all our own water and we manage all our utilities,” he said. “That was a big learning curve.” Kenton Zerbin teaches students about building tiny houses during a workshop being held at the Caledonian Curling Club on Sandra Schmirler Way. Alana Grubb, left, and Roger Watts sit with their floor plan for a tiny house during a workshop being held at the Caledonian Curling Club on Sandra Schmirler Way. Grubb completed the 3d portion of the plan utilizing straws from the curling club’s bar in order to help her visualize the multi-level dwelling. Looking for ways to shrink their environmental footprint, Roger Watts and his wife both took the workshop over the weekend.“We’ve been thinking about what our next home’s going to be,” said Watts during Sunday’s lunch break. “Maybe we can do something that’s a little more environmentally conscious.”After downsizing to live in the Netherlands for a few years, he said they grew to love the simplicity of it.“As we’ve moved and downsized, you realize ‘Ok, we don’t need as much as what we thought we needed,’ ” he said. “It was quite a liberating experience.”Related BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post A floor plan for a tiny house, created by Alana Grubb and Roger Watts, during a workshop being held at the Caledonian Curling Club on Sandra Schmirler Way. Grubb completed the 3d portion of the plan utilizing straws from the curling club’s bar in order to help her visualize the multi-level dwelling. Looking inside Regina’s first “tiny house” Sask. issues primer: Carbon pricing and the environment ‘It’s absolutely devastating:’ Solar companies face layoffs with SaskPower program on hold Zerbin said the tiny house movement is gaining momentum in Canada, especially in environmentally conscious places like B.C., where the climate is more mild, and in housing-challenged cities like Toronto.In provinces with harsh winters, there are of course special considerations to be made when building a tiny house, including extra insulation, good windows and heat recovery ventilators, but it can be done, he said.It cost Zerbin $90,000 to build his tiny house, which he and his wife paid out of pocket. They focused on making it as efficient as possible, but also spared no expense, splurging on top quality materials. Scaling back a little, he said it can be done for between $40,000 and $60,000.For people who think they could never downsize to a tiny home, Zerbin has two messages.“Our great-grandparents and even often our grandparents, they were in single-room houses and there was often 10 of them,” he said. “They had less square-footage than the average tiny house today. For those who don’t think they can do it, it’s interesting to try. They’re bigger than you think.”jackerman@postmedia.com read more

Canada helps UN Childrens Fund jumpstart measles vaccination campaign in Angola

“This generous gift from Canada will truly be a life-saver,” said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. “With this measles campaign, millions of children will be protected from this killer disease – most for the first time. And millions of families across Angola will see that peace has real benefits.”According to UNICEF, measles is the first cause of vaccine-preventable mortality in Angola and one of the leading killers of Angolan children. The nationwide measles campaign, to be launched late this summer, will help the Government of Angola, UNICEF and WHO to reduce the number of measles cases and deaths by at least 75 per cent over the next five years.In the previous half-decade, the average measles immunization coverage in Angola stood at about 50 per cent, well below the 90 per cent level necessary to control the disease. A recent survey showed that only 91 of 164 municipalities were providing routine vaccination.The ratio of children who die from measles in Angola is 100 times that of developed countries, with up to 30,000 measles deaths among children every year. In recent years, Angola suffered the third-highest child mortality rate in the world, with a quarter of all children dying before they reach their fifth birthday. On average, children under five die at a rate of 18 per hour in Angola. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 8, 2012 5:27 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,191.05 down 39.54 points):Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 82 cents, or 8.78 per cent, at $10.16 on 10,167,488 shares. The Toronto-based miner’s stock jumped a day after posting a third-quarter profit of US$224.9 million or 20 cents per share, up from $212.6 million or 19 cents per share a year ago. Revenue totalled $1.11 billion versus $1.04 billion last year.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Down eight cents, or 2.32 per cent, at $3.37 on 10,098,102 shares. The train and plane maker posted higher third-quarter profits Wednesday despite a slight dip in revenue. Bombardier also pushed back the first flight of its new CSeries aircraft by six months and will let go of 1,200 railway employees will be next year.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Down 18 cents, or 1.50 per cent, at $11.82 on 8,451,791 shares. The insurer booked a third-quarter net loss of $227 million due to accounting items, charges and goodwill writeoff. That compared with a net loss of $1.277 billion a year ago.Uranium One. (TSX:UUU). Miner. Down three cents, or 1.50 per cent, on 8,180,071 shares. The metals and mining sector dropped 1.22 per cent to 956.85 points.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Down 93 cents, or 3.21 per cent, at $28.02 on 5,514,917 shares. The oil and gas company and North West Upgrading Inc. have formally decided to go ahead with building a new bitumen refinery in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. The $5.7-billion first phase of the Sturgeon Refinery is expected take three years to build.Talisma Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Up 22 cents, or 2.07 per cent, at $10.84 on 5,209,454 shares. The energy sector dropped 1.15 per cent to 249.17 points.TSX Venture Exchange (1,298.68 up 7.97 points):Goldrush Resources Ltd. (TSXV:GOD). Mine exploration. Down a penny, or 20 per cent, at four cents on 12,705,595 shares.Andina Minerals Inc. (TSXV:ADM). Mine exploration. Up 38 cents, or 95 per cent, at 78 cents on 11,512,340 shares. The Toronto-based company has agreed to a friendly takeover offer by Hoschschild Mining PLC.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up two cents, or 1.06 per cent, at $1.91 on 4,149,488 shares. The Montreal-based company earned $429 million, or $1.54 per diluted share in the third quarter, a significant improvement from a net loss of $124 million, or 45 cents per diluted share a year ago. Revenues increased 2.6 per cent to $3.3 billion as passenger revenues grew.Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG). Auto parts. Up 26 cents, or 0.58 per cent, at $44.71 on 1,165,172 shares. Founder Frank Stronach resigned from the board of Magna as he focuses on his newly formed political party in his native Austria. Magna’s profit nearly quadrupled to US$390 million, or $1.66 per diluted share in the July-September period, up from year-earlier $102 million or 42 cents a share. Sales totalled US$7.41 billion, up from $6.97 billion.Tim Hortons (TSX:THI). Fast food chain. Down $2.48, or 5.01 per cent, at $47.03 on 1,585,678 shares. The coffee, doughnut and fast food chain said third-quarter net income attributable to shareholders was $105.7 million or 68 cents per diluted share, an increase from a year ago, though transactions at its stores were lower. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets read more

Mason Marchment powers Toronto Marlies past Cleveland Monsters 65 in overtime

CLEVELAND — Mason Marchment scored his second goal of the night in overtime as the Toronto Marlies topped the Cleveland Monsters 6-5 on Friday in American Hockey League action.Carl Grundstrom also had a pair of goals for the Marlies (7-7-3), the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Andreas Borgman and Pierre Engvall also found the back of the net, while Eamon McAdam made 32 saves.Mark Letestu struck twice for Cleveland (9-7-2), while Kevin Stenlund, Paul Bittner and Eric Robinson also scored. Jean-Francois Berube turned aside 42 shots in net.Toronto did not score on its four power plays and the Monsters were 1 for 3 with the man advantage.The Canadian Press read more

Ukraines Prime Minister has resigned

first_imgUKRAINE’S PRIME MINISTER Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned today, a shock move in protest at the disbanding of the ruling parliamentary coalition.It has plunged the strife-torn nation into political uncertainty.“I announce my resignation in connection with the dissolution of the parliamentary coalition and the blocking of government initiatives,” a furious Yatsenyuk told parliament.Yatsenyuk said the “government and the prime minister must resign” after the withdrawal of several parties triggered the break up of the European Choice parliamentary majority in a move that paved the way for long-awaited early legislative elections.Parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov called on deputies to put forward immediately a candidate for a temporary premier “until parliamentary elections are held.”Early parliamentary elections in Ukraine have been expected since the February ouster of Kremlin-backed leader Viktor Yanukovych following months of deadly protests.The formal dissolution of the majority coalition in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada gives President Petro Poroshenko the right over the next month to announce a fresh parliamentary poll.Poroshenko had pledged though that the possibility of upcoming elections would not paralyse the work of parliament at a time when Kiev is struggling to end a bloody separatist insurrection tearing apart the east of the country.© – AFP 2014last_img read more

Daily Gift Electronic Music Synthesizer Shirt

first_imgIf you didn’t find what you were looking for in PCMag’s roundup of the best gifts for music lovers, we found another great product that will surely make any music geek smile. The Electronic Music Synthesizer Shirt ($29.99) from ThinkGeek puts a real playable music synthesizer on your shirt. You’ll never leave home without your synth again. It’s no Moog, that’s for sure, but it allows you to play five different pro-quality sampled instruments. Also, up to eight keys can be played at once. This is the third musical instrument shirt from ThinkGeek. There’s already an Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt, and a Drum Kit Shirt, so I guess the only thing left ThinkGeek needs to make is a bass shirt. Then you and your three friends could walk around playing music from your shirts. The shirt comes with a wearable retro-style amp box with an adjustable tone knob. It’s perfect for the person who’s always humming tunes, and is always saying, “if I only had my keyboard here, I’d play you a jingle.” That happens, right? And in case you were wondering, the electronics are removable for easy washing. It requires 4 AAA batteries, which I assume go into the amp that clips onto your belt. One thing I’m wondering: How does this work for women? Want to see the shirt in action? Check out the video after the jump. There are some wonderful renditions of A-Ha’s “Take On Me,” and Europe’s classic “The Final Countdown.”last_img read more

Preview for tonight’s 6/11 WWE Smackdown on Syfy

first_imgFacebook Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Triple H Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Pinterest WhatsApp Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar The following is scheduled for tonight’s 6/11 WWE Smackdown on Syfy:* WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler* Roman Reigns & Randy Orton & Neville vs. Sheamus & Kane & WWE Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston* Paige vs. Alicia Fox* King Barrett vs. Jack Swagger* WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback vs. The MizRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page to crown first AEW Champion tonight on All Out Videos Articles Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns The Miz Now Playing Up Next Xavier Woodslast_img read more

Residents have options for Christmas tree disposal

first_imgWith this year’s Christmas over, it’s a matter of time before decorations get boxed up and the Christmas tree gets tossed.When it comes time to dispose of their tree, Clark County residents have options.Waste Connections Inc. will pick up natural trees with yard debris collection or regular garbage service. But, trees that are more than five feet tall need to be cut down into smaller pieces, regardless of whether they’re picked up with yard debris or as garbage. Flocked and artificial trees must be put with the garbage because they cannot be recycled.To recycle a Christmas tree, yard debris customers can put small trees in their yard debris cart for free; set one tree cut into sections of five feet or shorter next to an empty yard debris cart at no extra charge. Customers can also place one tree single tree cut at five feet or less next to a full yard debris cart for an additional pick-up charge.Customers without yard debris service can pay for an extra 32-gallon collection and put cut trees next to their garbage containers. Trees collected with garbage service will not be recycled.Before putting the tree on the curb, be sure to strip it of all lights, tinsel, wire, ornaments and whatever non-tree material might be hanging from it.“We encourage people to recycle their Christmas trees if possible,” Kim Harless, a solid waste operations specialist, said in a news release. “Recycling keeps those natural resources from being lost to the landfill, and the trees will be reused as mulch or fuel.”last_img read more

MV Sea of Love No Longer Stuck on Molasses Reef

first_img Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks & Caicos Islands, 16 Oct 2014 – The MV Sea of Love is no longer still stuck on Molasses Reef; finally freed from being trapped after two weeks of trying to get the private yacht off the tricky coral reef. Now officials are investigating if they will charge the owner with damage. Today, we spoke to Harold Walkin, a 12 year seaman who was instrumental in leading the expedition, where the boat was finally moved off molasses this past Sunday and he explained the vessel is still out at sea, but off the reef after they cut the shaft and tugged it out of the protected site. Walkin said the damage to the area was not too bad in his estimation, but explained a team from DEMA will over the next few days scour the area to see just what has been done to harm the reef, if any. It was two Saturdays ago that the Sea of Love, which had left the Southside Marina got trapped on the treacherous molasses reef… a couple was rescued from the boat which was taking on water. It was said the yacht was bound for the Dominican Republic. Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Related Items:dema, Harold walkins, molasses reef, mv sea of lovelast_img read more

John Laird Forget Romneys 47 Were all a bunch of moochers

first_imgI’ve never been very good at mooching, except for those not-so-rare occasions when I intentionally leave my wallet in my golf bag before we head to the 19th hole for nachos and beer.And at our house, we pay federal income taxes, although that’s just a guess on my part because I’m actually not allowed anywhere near the family finances.So please, Mr. Romney, kindly exclude me from the 47 percent of Americans who are moochers because they don’t pay federal income taxes. Maybe I don’t run with the dressage and polo crowd, but I’m no cradle-to-grave, nanny-state deadbeat, either.Then again, maybe I’m a big, fat moocher and just don’t know it. For example, each year Washingtonians save more than $500 million in federal income taxes because we’re one of eight states where sales taxes are deducted when filing our federal returns.And according to the Washington State Department of Revenue, our state has 452 state and local tax exemptions that “combine for an estimated taxpayer savings of $29.3 billion for the 2011-13 Biennium.” These tax breaks go to a vast array of people, organizations (such as nonprofits) and businesses (including newspapers).last_img read more

Apple store in Aventura Mall set to open Saturday

first_imgAVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – Apple hosted a preview of its new Aventura Mall store ahead of the grand opening this weekend.The store will be moving from a traditional indoor mall space to an outdoor pavilion on the southeast side of the building.Apple officials said the move to a larger location will solve issues of overcrowding that became a problem at the old location.The store will open at 10 a.m., Saturday, and it will also host Latin Music Fridays starting Aug. 16.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Multiple Units Respond To Fire Off Beaver Loop Rd On Friday

first_imgFire personnel will return to check the fire for any residual heat, over the next few days, until it can be called Out. According to Howie Kent with the DOF in a press release issued on Saturday, crews responded with 2 Engines, 1 Helicopter and 9 Firefighters. The fire is currently under investigation but is suspected to be human caused, according to Kent. Kent: “Due to the quick response and efforts of firefighters the fire was stopped at 1/10th acre.  The fire was contained and controlled by 3:05 pm and placed into monitor status at 4:46 pm.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Firefighters from the Division of Forestry, along with Engines and Fire Personnel from the Kenai Fire Department and Central Emergency Services responded to a fire near Beaver Loop off of Aleene Way at 2:35pm, on Friday.last_img read more

House Leaderships Support for Sage Grouse Provision Frustrates Policy Bill Negotiations

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The greater sage grouse, a black and brown grassland bird whose habitat encompasses parts of 11 western states, has taken on an oversized role in House-Senate negotiations over a conference agreement for the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill.The House’s Republican leadership is insisting the compromise bill retain language from the House version barring the sage grouse from being placed on the endangered species list through 2025 even though the issue is only loosely connected to the use of military training grounds. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has said he would not allow the final version of the annual defense policy to be considered on the chamber floor without that provision, in a bid to protect energy, mining and ranching interests, reports Defense News.Both the “Big Four” — House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-Wash.), and Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) — and the Pentagon oppose the language but Thornberry says his hands are tied. “It’s a very significant issue to some people, but essentially, these decisions get made above my pay grade, as far as whether a bill can come back to the House without a sage grouse provision in it,” Thornberry said.McCain’s primary objection to the provision is the likelihood that it would trigger a White House veto. “The veto would be sustained — and I don’t know what the point is because it has nothing to do with defense,” McCain said.On the surface, it’s not clear why the issue is so intractable. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last September determined the sage grouse does not require protection under the Endangered Species Act. But advocates for private development object to the habitat conservation plans wildlife officials have imposed to protect the bird, according to the story. “This is a proxy battle in their fight for state control of federal land in the West,” said a Democratic staffer for the House Natural Resources Committee.The Armed Services committees have made significant progress on most other sticking points that could hold up agreement on a final authorization measure. But how lawmakers overcome the dispute over the sage grouse is anyone’s guess. “The Obama administration said they’re not going to list the darn thing anyway, but promises have been at a very high level in the Republican caucus, and I don’t know how we get around that because that would be veto bait,” Smith said. last_img read more

HASC Democrat Looks for Defense Spending to Decline in Future

first_imgThe nation cannot afford to continue spending $716 billion annually on national security as it is slated to next year, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee said Wednesday at the Defense News Conference. “I think the number’s too high, and it’s certainly not going to be there in the future,” he said, reported Defense News. Smith pointed to the rising debt along with the need to balance defense spending with domestic requirements such as infrastructure, health care and education. “I think we are going to take a more realistic look at that and then try to figure out how to fund it [national security],” he said.Smith’s comments came two months ahead of an election which could cede control of the House to Democrats and hand the Armed Services Committee gavel to the 11-term congressman.Despite the need to address severe spending challenges, Smith expressed confidence the United States would remain the preeminent world power. “We are going to be a major, major player, probably the major player, on the global stage” for a long time to come, he said. “But we are not going to be utterly and completely dominant.”DOD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

The Costly Wars Between the US and Floridas Seminole Tribe

first_imgThe United States fought a series of three wars against the Seminole people of Florida, beginning in 1816 and ending in 1858. These wars cost the lives of some 1,500 Americans and cost millions of dollars. Though other conflicts in the West captured the imagination of historians, novelists and film-makers since the opening of the frontier, to this day the three Seminole Wars are the costliest the United States fought against Native tribes. And they never officially ended.When the wars (which began in 1816) ended in the late 1850s, no treaty was ever signed ending the conflict between the United States government and the various groups of Seminoles in Florida.Marines battle Seminole Indians in the Florida War: 1835-1842.What ended the war was an offer of money to the leaders of the Third Seminole War to move west to reservations set aside in Oklahoma – after American troops had captured relatives of the main Seminole chief Holata Micco, known in English as “Billy Bolek” or more usually as “Billy Bowlegs” (which he did not have). Small groups of Seminoles remained in Florida, and those and their tribe-mates who returned to the state formed the basis of the Seminole in Florida today.The Seminole Tribe is not truly indigenous to Florida, though Florida today is recognized as their homeland. The Seminole are a successful example of people from many nations coming together to form a new one.The groups were originally formed by tribes that came southward, trying to avoid the expansion of white colonists in the Carolinas. The two original groups of people, the Yamasee and the Yuchi tribes, migrated to Florida in the early 1700s and were later joined by people from the Lower Creek tribe in the late 1700s.Yuchi Town, painting by Martin Pate (1990).The Lower Creek held land in southern Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and western Florida, but were in conflict with both white colonists and other tribes. Later migrations included groups of Choctaw and Chickasaw, both fleeing Georgia due to white expansion and tensions/conflict with tribes allied with the whites. Eventually included in some Seminole groups were bands of escaped slaves. These were known as the “Black Seminole.”19th century engraving of a Black Seminole warrior of the First Seminole War (1817–8).Throughout the 1700s these groups (which may have included handfuls of whites escaping harsh conditions in the penal colonies of Georgia) formed a new group of people that called themselves “Seminole,” which is a Creek word which can be translated as meaning “wild men” or “runaway men.”By the time the First Seminole War began in 1817, a larger number of Creeks, calling themselves “Red Sticks” after the color of their war clubs, joined the Seminole bands in Florida. The Seminole are estimated to number about 6,000 people at this time.Seminole woman painted by George Catlin, 1834.The groups were scattered about northern and north-western Florida at this time. Florida in 1817 was a Spanish possession, but at the time the Spanish Empire was in decline and among their possessions in the New World, Florida was the least profitable, and of least interest.They also paid various tribes to raid American border settlements in Georgia to keep the Americans at bay. Conversely, the Americans frequently made incursions into Florida, attacking Spanish garrisons at times, but mainly raiding Indian settlements in the search for escaped slaves. Some of the fighting resulted in the deaths of women and children of both sides.These incidents led to the First Seminole War. The U.S. forces were led by future President Andrew Jackson, who lately had achieved fame in the War of 1812. The First Seminole War also involved British and Spanish nationals and their treatment by Jackson — two British citizens were executed by order of Jackson for acting against the U.S. government.Andrew Jackson.Spain supported the Seminoles against the Americans and U.S. forces employed large numbers of Creek natives in their war in Florida. In many ways, this was to be the model of later Indian Wars on the western frontier – divide and conquer.The First Seminole War ended in 1819 with the Spanish ceding Florida to the United States, and the Seminoles agreeing to move to a large reservation in the center of Florida, though some Seminole chiefs did keep lands in north Florida.Barracks and tents at Fort Brooke near Tampa Bay.The second and most bloody of the Seminole Wars began after a short period of peace, which saw the Seminoles living on the assigned land, but occasionally wandering off it to hunt.Increasing white settlement and larger numbers of escaped slaves allying themselves loosely with the Seminoles were the reason for growing calls by whites to have the Seminoles removed to the Creek reservation in Oklahoma – though the Seminoles had deliberately removed themselves from the main group of Creeks in the last century.Andrew Jackson led an invasion of Florida during the First Seminole War.Disorganized at first, a group of chiefs went to the Creek reservation and met with U.S. representatives. The U.S. government made a show of it, stating that the Seminoles had agreed to leave Florida. When they returned to Florida, the Seminole chiefs loudly declared their opposition to being moved.As this was happening, and for a short time afterward, a series of extremely violent events occurred between white settlers, troops and the Seminoles – some of which were marked with mutilation, rape, etc, by all sides.Though some American officers, such as Major Ethan Allen Hitchcock saw the Seminoles’ reaction as being the result of Americans going back on their word, most Americans were inflamed with hatred for the Seminoles, and the Second Seminole War broke out in late 1835.Osceola, Seminole leader.The war did not initially go well for the U.S. forces. At the time, the U.S. Army as a whole numbered less than 10,000. Volunteers were called for, and those that did were woefully unprepared for combat, the climate, and the nature of Indian warfare.For about a year, the Seminoles inflicted a series of defeats on the Americans, who called forth more and more troops to force the Seminoles into a treaty or destruction. The most famous leader of the Seminoles was Osceola, a firebrand, but many other chiefs were involved in the war.Osceola was seized at the orders of Gen. Thomas Jesup when he appeared for a meeting under a white peace or parley flag.Eventually, U.S. troops led by future President Zachary Taylor did subdue the Seminoles, but it took more than just armed force. A combination of bribes to move, hunger and war reduced the Seminoles in Florida to about 300 by 1842.Zachary Taylor.By this time too, the American public and government was tired of the war, which threatened to continue as a violent guerrilla type conflict for years. Perhaps 1,000 U.S. troops and twice that number of Seminoles had died, along with hundreds of non-combatants.Eventually, the Second Seminole War just petered out – Congress would authorize no more funds for it, the Seminoles in Florida had been reduced in number, and the public was tired of war.View of a Seminole village shows the log cabins they lived in prior to the disruptions of the Second Seminole War.The Seminoles were limited to the reservation area in central Florida and a “buffer zone” was placed around it which theoretically forbade both whites and Natives from entering. However, some whites entered to settle and Seminole hunting parties often left the barren reservation for food.Another problem was miscommunication. A trading goods store on the west coast was destroyed after Seminoles believed white rumors about the proprietor being an agent of the government, plotting to remove the Indians from Florida.Woodcut from ‘A true and authentic account of the Indian War in Florida,’ Saunders & Van Welt, 1836.Between 1848 and 1855, small bands of Seminoles throughout the state fought with militia, troops and raided settlements. Though nowhere near the size of the tribe of the Second Seminole War, their small size allowed the Seminole bands to more successfully evade the U.S. Army.However, a tireless pursuit kept the Indians hungry and on the run. By 1858, the main Seminole chief, “Billy Bowlegs,” a veteran of the Second Seminole War, finally agreed to a cash payment and land in Oklahoma. He and about 200 Seminoles headed west, though the chief died shortly thereafter.One or two other groups did the same, but various small bands remained in Florida. The government, believing that the main resistance had been quelled, left them alone in the swamps. No treaty ending the war was ever signed.Read another story from us: White House Poisoning? President Zachary Taylor’s Body was Exhumed and Tested for ArsenicThe Seminoles faced discrimination after the Civil War, and it was not until the Civil Rights Act of 1965 that they gained the right to vote. Slowly building small businesses based on tourism and small and then larger scale gambling, the Seminoles of Florida gradually became an economic force. Today, they own, of all things, the “Hard Rock Cafe” chain.Other recognized groups of Seminoles live in Oklahoma, and the Miccosukee band of Seminoles, a more traditional group, live in central Florida, making their living through Eco-tourism.last_img read more

Charles Barkley is mad that Kevin Durant did the same thing as

first_img Advertisement The most astounding thing about Barkley’s comments is their lack of self of awareness. Barkley forced his way out of Philadelphia in 1992 to Phoenix. And at the end of his career, he created a failed super team in Houston with Hakeem Olajuwon and Scottie Pippen.Today in the Herd, Colin pointed out that the public doesn’t like Kevin Durant to the Warriors, or LeBron to the Heat, because they’re foregoing the struggle, and traditional story arc, for a short cut to a ring.“We don’t like 26 year-old tech billionaires. We don’t like you to just hop over to a team that’s loaded to win. That’s not the way the story works. There’s an order to stuff, and we like that certain order. And if you mess with that order, it messes with us.”The romantic NBA memories of yesterday are rooted in a false premise that “players didn’t used to leave”. They did, they just did it at the end of their career. From Charles, to Mitch Richmond, to Gary Payton, to Karl Malone, ring hunting at the end of a career is nothing new.Nobody has a problem that David West just signed with the Warriors for so little he has to get a part time job at Best Buy to cover some expenses. Ray Allen has expressed interest in un-retiring to play for the Warriors after a two-year absence from the league. They paid their dues.Durant is just accelerating the timeline and people can’t stand it. He doesn’t see nobility in the masochistic struggle of giving all of his best years like Karl Malone. He’d prefer to sit back in the Warriors G5 and enjoy the luxury ride to a title in his prime. Social media is melting down from all the “Kevin Durant isn’t tough enough” hot takes. Predictably, critics are jumping on Durant for not having what it takes to be the main man for a title team, and joining the superstar collective in Golden State for an easier path to his first title.Charles Barkley has been an outspoken critic of Durant leaving, in a recent interview he called out Durant for trying to “cheat” his way to a title.Charles Barkley: ‘Kevin Durant is Trying to Cheat His Way into a Championship’ https://t.co/A2BIF2vuK6— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) July 6, 2016last_img read more