BC government invites public to share views on marijuana rules

first_imgVANCOUVER – A Vancouver councillor says it may take years, but he can see the day a craft cannabis industry emerges in British Columbia, with smoking lounges in the city allowing people to responsibly sample strains of specially cultivated marijuana.“It wasn’t long ago there was a government monopoly on beer and craft beer was illegal,” Kerry Jang said. “Now what do we see? We see a huge market for craft beer. We see responsible usage. We see breweries, brew pubs that didn’t exist before. Why not with marijuana?”Jang made his comments Monday at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention where the province announced a five-week public consultation process on the future of cannabis.The government wants to solicit input from residents as well as local government, First Nations and industry on how it can best protect children, keep roads safe after the federal government legalizes marijuana on July 1.Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said while the timeline imposed by the federal government is tight, the public must have a chance to propose ideas and raise concerns.“The best public policy isn’t imposed from up above,” he told reporters. “The best public policy is made when there’s a sense that people understand the questions … and they feel they’ve had a say.”The consultation process is scheduled to last until Nov. 1 to allow the B.C. government time to draft regulations ahead of the spring session of the legislature, which must happen in order to have a law in place by next Canada Day, Farnworth said.Federal legislation has yet to be finalized, but the provinces will have the power to regulate the retail sale of marijuana and to upgrade traffic safety laws to protect people on the roads from cannabis-impaired drivers.Farnworth said some elements of the provincial regulatory framework will have to be universal, such as the distribution model and the minimum age of consumption, but it must also give municipalities room to manoeuvre based on the wishes of local residents.“I don’t see any reason at all why we have to have a one-size-fits-all approach in terms of retail distribution in British Columbia,” he said.Jang agreed, adding the province will benefit from the experiences of Vancouver and Victoria in regulating the industry. He said he supports the government’s outreach plans.“My initial response when I talked with minister Farnworth was, ‘Gee, pinch me. Wake me up. Is this really happening?’” Jang said.Perry Kendall, B.C.’s chief medical officer, spoke earlier Monday to convention delegates about his work with the national task force on legalizing and regulating marijuana, and about the challenge of striking the right balance.Kendall spoke of how health experts concerned about the impact of marijuana on developing brains urge a minimum age of 25, but that kind of policy would relegate a significant number of young users out of reach and into the black market.Provinces have put pressure on the federal government to push back the July 1 timeline, echoing public health and safety concerns raised by police agencies and youth health experts.Ontario became the first province to release details of its plans to regulate cannabis, saying it will impose a minimum age of 19 for consumption, restrict sales to certain government liquor stores and limit pot use solely to private residences.Alberta is partially through its own public consultation, while Quebec’s wrapped up earlier this month.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Canopy Growth plans 40000squaremetre pot production facility in Denmark

first_imgODENSE, Denmark – Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) plans to establish a 40,000-square-metre cannabis production facility in Odense, Denmark to cater to the Scandinavian country’s medical marijuana patients.The new facility comes under a joint venture announced in September between Canada’s largest licensed marijuana producer and European hemp producer Danish Cannabis ApS, called Spectrum Denmark.The companies say the production facility in Denmark’s third-largest city is expected to have more than 125 staff and serve approximately 60,000 patients.Some 30,000 square metres of existing greenhouse infrastructure could be converted as soon as early 2018, subject to regulatory approval and licensing, the companies say.While Spectrum Denmark goes through the process of getting its license for production, it expects to import cannabis products from Canada.This comes as Canopy and other Canadian marijuana companies look to increase their international footprint to benefit from future growth in countries such as Jamaica, Germany and Brazil.“The Danish market is a stable, attractive market for a number of strategic reasons,” Bruce Linton, chairman and CEO of Canopy Growth said in a statement. “In Denmark, we see a strong pharmaceutical industry with an equally strong research tradition as well as a skilled labour pool and attractive energy rates.”last_img read more

Saudi Cleric Issues Fatwa Forbidding Entertainment and Sports Journalism

Rabat – A prominent Saudi Arabia cleric has whipped up controversy this Friday, by issuing a religious ruling forbidding entertainment and sports journalism.Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for journalists to report on entertainment and sports, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munjid replied as saying that “it is forbidden because entertainment and sports journalists waste their lives in worldly things with no avail to their religion.”According to Saudi daily Al Watan newspaper the prominent sheikh argued that entertainment and sports reporters invest their time in what will not avail them in the afterlife. Mohammed Saleh al-Munjid went on to add that entertainment reporting is more sinful than sports reporting. He pointed out that entertainment journalists spend their lives following artists and dancers, making their sins greater.Meanwhile, he said that it is permissible to reporters to specialize in military, politics or economics.This fatwa provoked swift responses from Twitter users writing in Arabic and identifying themselves with Arab names. Saudi twitter users already lunched a hashtag in Arabic, mocking the fatwa and the prominent sheikh.“We are longing to see another fatwa that forbids football players to waste their time in games,” a twitter user identified as Abou Adil wrote.Bandar Sikt, another twitter user said: “Fatwa has become just like Oxygen for them (Saudi clerics)… They cannot breathe without issuing a new fatwa.”This not the first time Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munjid issues a controversial fatwa. Earlier this year, he made the headlines worldwide, sparking controversy, after he issued a fatwa forbidding snowmen.Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid said “It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun.”Sheikh Munajjid argued that to build a snowman was to create an image of a human being, an action considered sinful under the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Sunni Islam.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

COPE report submitted legal action sought on Arjuna

The Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) submitted the report on the alleged Central Bank bond scam to Parliament today.The report recommends that legal action be taken against former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran over the bond scam. COPE chairman Sunil Handunneththi presented the report to Parliament when the House met today. Handunneththi said that the final report was not changed from the original document despite some divisions in the COPE committee. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the Government will respect the report and proposed that it be sent to the Attorney General for further action.The joint opposition called for a debate in Parliament on the contents of the report. Wickremesinghe said the Government is ready to debate the report once it is printed. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Chinas January trade soars exports up 25 per cent imports 28 per

China’s January trade soars; exports up 25 per cent, imports 28 per cent BEIJING, China – China’s trade growth surged in January but much of the increase was driven by the traditional Lunar New Year holiday.Exports soared 25 per cent over a year earlier, up from the previous month’s 14.1 per cent, as companies rushed to fill orders before shutting down for up to two weeks, data showed Friday. Import growth rocketed to 28 per cent, more than quadruple the previous month’s 6 per cent.China’s trade growth has rebounded in recent months in a sign of economic recovery but longer-term trade measures are likely to show lower growth than January’s double-digit increase.“Seeing the underlying trend is a little difficult. Nevertheless, the data were above expectations and seem generally positive,” said Moody’s Analytics economist Alaistair Chan in a report.Last year’s Lunar New Year shutdown began in January, leaving fewer work days and boosting this year’s figures by comparison. This year’s holiday falls entirely in February, which will make this month’s trade look unusually weak.Once holiday distortions are factored out, trade growth for the full quarter should be in high single digits, said Goldman Sachs economists in a report.China’s economic growth ticked up in the final quarter of last year from a three-year low. Analysts say a recovery in the world’s second-largest economy still is shaky and will be too weak to drive a global rebound without a turnaround in the United States and Europe.The World Bank and private sector forecasters expect economic growth of about 8 per cent in 2012 and about 7.5 per cent this year. That would be stronger than the West and Japan but China’s weakest performance since the 1990s.A slowdown in Chinese demand could hurt trading partners from Africa to Australia to Brazil where exports of oil, iron ore and other raw materials to China’s factories have fueled an economic boom.Beijing is pinning its hopes for recovery on government-driven investment and domestic consumer spending that is rising but not as fast as authorities want. Officials warned last year that global demand was so weak that trade would contribute little or nothing to overall economic growth.The country’s global trade surplus in January was $29.2 billion. Exports were $187.4 billion while imports totalled $158.2 billion.Analysts warn China’s recovery could be vulnerable if trade weakens or the government fails to pump enough money into the economy through investment. Societe Generale said last month there still is a chance of a “hard landing” this year, with growth dropping below 6 per cent — dangerously low for China.“A deceleration is likely by the end of the year if further stimulus measures are not forthcoming, which they probably won’t because of latent inflation pressures,” said Chan of Moody’s. “Exports are expected to record moderate growth as the global economy recovers.”___Genneral Administration of Customs of China (in Chinese): www.customs.gov.cn AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2013 12:34 am MDT read more

Hudak wants Ontario distillers treated the same as wineries brewers

Hudak wants Ontario distillers treated the same as wineries, brewers TORONTO – An Opposition member of the Ontario legislature wants to change the province’s “antiquated” liquor laws so small distillers are treated the same as craft brewers and wineries.Former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak says there are dozens of wineries in his Niagara-area riding that can sell a glass of VQA wine to people who visit for a tour, and craft breweries have the same option for their customers.But Ontario’s “backwards and outdated” liquor laws prohibit distillers from selling customers a drink on site, even though they can sell them bottles of their alcoholic products at the on-site store, said Hudak.“You can pull off the highway and buy some of the products, but if you want to get a Manhattan with one of those local ryes, they are prohibited by law from doing so,” he said in an interview. “When it comes to brew pubs and wineries, of course you can buy a glass.”Hudak said he was surprised to learn distillers can’t sell customers a mixed drink.“They can add in some local products to make it a very interesting experience for the guest, and spin off sales for local farmers through the mixed drinks,” he said.Hudak said Canadian distillers are the third-largest purchasers of food-quality grain, buying 225,000 tones a year, along with 105 million bushels of corn — about 2.2 per cent of Canada’s total annual output — for the production of distilled spirits.Provincial law also forces small distillers to ship their products to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario for distribution to bars and restaurants, but wineries and brewers can deliver directly to bars without going through the LCBO.Hudak said a friend with a restaurant about five minutes’ drive from the Dillon’s Distillery in his riding can’t get direct delivery of their products for his customers.“They have to ship it to Toronto to the LCBO warehouse which then delivers it to the restaurant, and that’s an anachronism,” he said.A distiller keeps about $10 from a bottle of gin that retails for $33.50 at the LCBO, and Hudak said there should be a “stepped” taxation system that lowers what he calls the “punishing government mark ups” for the smaller distillers.There’s been an explosion of small distillers in the United States, and Hudak is worried Ontario’s liquor laws are discouraging a similar growth in the sector here.“It’s a punishing tax and the result is small ones won’t grow and hire more people, and other start-ups will never happen,” he said. “We made changes that allowed direct delivery of wine to restaurants. Why can’t we do the same for distillers?”The LCBO said it expects the “emerging trend of craft distillers” to attract more consumer interest and sales of local Ontario products, and is looking for opportunities to highlight their products.“We are also working on enhancing the on-shelf presentation and visibility for Ontario craft spirits in addition to incorporating education on this emerging industry to our staff and customers,” said LCBO spokeswoman Christine Bujold. “The LCBO further supports local craft distilleries through programs designed to help small Ontario distillers sell their products to bars and restaurants.”The Ministry of Finance declined comment on Hudak’s proposed changes because of an ongoing court case involving a Toronto distiller and the LCBO.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 30, 2016 5:15 am MDT Last Updated Jan 30, 2016 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Netflix still piling up viewers — and big programming bills

Netflix still piling up viewers — and big programming bills SAN FRANCISCO – Netflix is pulling in new viewers and award nominations in droves, but the online video service still faces a long-term problem: Its acclaimed programming line-up is costing far more money than what subscribers pay for it.That hasn’t been a big issue so far, thanks to investors’ willingness to accept scant profits in exchange for robust subscriber growth.Netflix delivered on that front again Monday, announcing that it added 5.2 million subscribers in the second quarter covering April to June. That’s the largest increase ever during the period, which has always been the company’s slowest time of year.Wall Street rewarded Netflix by driving up its stock by more than 10 per cent to $178.30 in extended trading, putting the shares on track to hit a new high in Tuesday’s regular trading.INTERNATIONAL COSTSThe Los Gatos, California, company now has 104 million subscribers worldwide. For the first time in its history, most of those subscribers (slightly more than 52 million) are outside the U.S.That milestone could further complicate Netflix’s cost issues, since the company will need to keep creating more shows that appeal to the unique interests of viewers in countries such as Japan, India and Indonesia.“It is going to be imperative for them to have more locally produced content,” says CFRA Research analyst Tuna Amobi. “They can’t afford to pursue a ‘one-size-fits-all’ strategy.”As part of its efforts to boost its profits, Netflix is becoming more aggressive about dumping shows that aren’t drawing enough viewers to justify their costs. In the second quarter, Netflix jettisoned both the high-concept science fiction show “Sense 8” and the musical drama “The Get Down.”In a Monday letter to shareholders, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made it clear that the company plans to exert more discipline in the future. So far, Netflix has renewed 93 per cent of its original series, much higher than the historical rate of traditional TV networks.“They are becoming more like any other Hollywood studio and paying more attention to the economics of their shows,” Amobi said.PROGRAMMING COUPSThe subscriber growth further validates Netflix’s decision to expand into original programming five years ago. Two of its longest running shows — “House of Cards” and “Orange Is The New Black” — recently launched their latest seasons.Those two series, along with new hits like “Master of None” and “13 Reasons Why,” helped Netflix easily surpass the average 1.8 million subscribers it has added in the second quarter over the past five years.This fall, new seasons of two other hits, “Stranger Things” and “The Crown,” are due. Those two series accounted for about a third of the 91 Emmy nominations that 27 different Netflix programs received last week — more than any other TV network except its role model, HBO, which landed 111 nominations.CASH BURNBut the success hasn’t come cheaply.Netflix is locked into contracts requiring it to pay more than $13 billion for programming during the next three years, a burden that has forced the company to borrow to pay its bills.After burning through $1.7 billion in cash last year, Netflix expects that figure to rise to as much as $2.5 billion this year. It’s continuing to invest in more original programming amid increasing competition from the likes of Amazon, Hulu and YouTube.“We have a long way to go to please more and more members,” Hastings said Monday during review of Netflix’s second-quarter results.Netflix expects to be spending more money than it brings in for several more years. It posted a more detailed explanation about its negative cash flow to give investors a better grasp of its programming expenses.Hastings on Monday described the negative cash flow as “an indication of tremendous success,” reasoning that Netflix wouldn’t be able to finance new programming if it wasn’t attracting so many new subscribers.Netflix is still profitable under corporate accounting rules, although its earnings remain puny by Wall Street standards. It earned $66 million on revenue of $2.8 billion in revenue during its latest quarter.Netflix could make more money by raising its prices closer to the $15 per month that HBO charges for its streaming service, but the company has said no increases are planned in the near future. Netflix’s U.S. rates currently range from $8 to $12 per month. by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2017 3:11 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Netflix logo is displayed on an iPhone in Philadelphia, Monday, July 17, 2017. Netflix’s shows are pulling in new viewers and award nominations in droves, but the online video service is burning cash at a furious pace to support production. Netflix, Inc. reports financial results, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) read more

Crump scores careerhigh 25 Georgia beats Texas Southern

ATHENS, Ga. — Tyree Crump scored a career-high 25 points, Nicolas Claxton added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Georgia had little trouble beating Texas Southern 92-75 on Monday night.Derek Ogbeide added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Rayshaun Hammonds finished with 14 points to help the Bulldogs (5-3) win their second straight.Derrick Bruce scored 17 points, and Jeremy Combs added 15 or Texas Southern (3-6). The Tigers have dropped two in a row against Power 5 conference opponents since upsetting then-No. 18 Oregon last week.Crump’s straightaway 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs their first 20-point lead midway through the second half and he added his career-best fifth trey to make it 81-66 at the 4:56 mark.Georgia looked sharp throughout as first-year coach Tom Crean tries to move his team past disappointing performances last month in losing consecutive games to Clemson and Georgia State.Claxton and Jordan Harris each hit two of the Bulldogs’ 11 3-pointers, but it was Georgia’s front line that made the biggest difference. With 6-foot-11 Claxton, 6-9 Ogbeide and 6-8 Hammonds collapsing on Trayvon Reed, Texas Southern’s 7-2 centre wasn’t the same force that scored 23 points and had nine dunks in the Oregon win.Reed finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, but he was outmatched midway through the second. Claxton was defending Reed tightly enough that he couldn’t pivot and decided to feed Devocio Butler for a layup. Claxton turned toward the basket to swat Butler’s shot away and begin Hammonds’ drive down the floor for a quick 3 that made it 59-42.BIG PICTUREFirst-year coach Johnny Jones has put Texas Southern through a tough early schedule with trips to Baylor, Gonzaga, Iowa State and San Diego State. Facing tough competition will likely help the Tigers when their Southwestern Athletic Conference schedule tips off next month, but they will need Reed to be at his best if they are to advance to the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in the last six seasons. He wasn’t a force at Arizona State after picking up two fouls in the first 93 seconds.Crean was pleased to watch his team not let up in the second half to keep Texas Southern from making a run. Georgia took the lead for good midway through the first on Harris’ 3, beginning a 33-15 run that ended on Teshaun Hightower’s 3 at the 1:59 mark. The Bulldogs led 52-35 at halftime and were never threatened in the final 20 minutes.UP NEXTTexas Southern: Hosts Concordia on Saturday.Georgia: Hosts Arizona State on Dec. 15.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25George Henry, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State womens soccer falls to Michigan State 21

Then-OSU freshman forward Nichelle Prince makes a pass during a game against Eastern Michigan Aug. 25, 2013. OSU won 2-1 in OT.Credit: Lantern file photoIn a hectic final minute of play, the Ohio State women’s soccer team suffered a heartbreaking loss against Michigan State, 2-1, on Thursday.The Spartans got on the board during the opening minute of the game after junior forward Allyson Krause put in a rebound that slipped past the hands of redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick.OSU tried to respond in the 19th minute with a strike from freshman midfielder Nikki Walts but redshirt-senior goalkeeper Courtney Clem made a diving save to maintain the lead. The Buckeyes came close again in the 43rd when junior forward Katelyn Kraft missed a 15-yard shot wide left.Michigan State held on to enter halftime with a 1-0 lead. The Spartans also held a 10-9 lead in shots while the Buckeyes had a 5-3 lead in shots on goal.OSU came into the second half looking to tie the score but struggled against the Michigan State defense. Sophomore forward Nichelle Prince almost tied the game in the 75th minute but Clem deflected it off the crossbar.In the final minute, a foul against the Spartans gave the Buckeyes a chance with a penalty kick. Senior forward Kayla Varner struck the ball past Clem to even the game, 1-1.Seconds later, senior forward Paige Wester stunned the Buckeyes with a header off a cross from freshman forward Jamie Cheslik. The last-minute shot gave Michigan State the 2-1 victory.OSU ended the game leading 18-17 in shot attempts and 10-5 in shots on goal. The team fell to 5-8-2 overall and 2-5-2 in Big Ten play.Up next for the Buckeyes is a trip to play against No. 24 Michigan.“Obviously we always want to win the Michigan game,” freshman midfielder Sydney Dudley said. “It would be a big momentum booster and also just get our mentality right.”The team is looking forward to the game for the atmosphere surrounding the rivalry and will try to avenge a 2-0 loss against the Wolverines from last season, senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said.“It’s always fun playing Michigan,” Gruber said. “It’s a good environment there and there’ll be a lot of fans and it’ll be fun.”“It’d be a nice little revenge after losing to them there last year,” Varner said. “It’d be nice to go into their home stadium and beat them.”“We thought that we were done with our season after that so that feeling we do not want again,” Gruber added.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Wolverines on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

Scottish Labour suspends entire council team over coalition with Tories

first_imgKezia Dugdale visiting a food bank during campaigningCredit:Getty ruth davidson Ruth Davidson said Kezia Dugdale would rather prop up the SNPCredit:PA Kezia Dugdale Speaking in Glasgow earlier Ms Dugdale said the deal was rejected by the party executive because “they didn’t believe there was enough evidence within the proposals put forward that there would be no compulsory redundancies and there would be no end to austerity”.Callum McCaig, SNP candidate for Aberdeen South, said the coalition was “shameful behaviour” from Labour, although his party also went into local council coalitions with the Conservatives before the recent election.He added: “They can no longer call themselves a party that supports public services, given this anti-democratic pact with a right-wing Tory party obsessed with austerity and cuts.” Kezia Dugdale has been accused of “showing her true colours” after suspending her entire team of Labour councillors in Aberdeen for entering a coalition with Conservative members to keep the SNP out of power.The Scottish Labour leader said she had suspended all nine member of the party’s group to protect its “values” because the Tory deal would mean imposing further austerity.But Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, said the unprecedented move showed Ms Dugdale would rather prop up the SNP in the country’s councils than work with “pro-UK colleagues” to oust the Nationalists.Following the suspension, she tweeted a tongue-in-cheek welcome to the “@ScotTories/independent coalition working hard for people across the granite city”.Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, tweeted that it was a “total shambles” and said the suspensions did not change the fact that “these councillors have used Labour votes to give Aberdeen a Tory council”.center_img Ms Dugdale said: “Labour values must always run through any deals in local government.“The hundreds of thousands of Scots who vote for us have the absolute right to expect us to defend local services against cuts and properly fund the services that so many people rely on such as education and care for the elderly.“Labour cannot do any deal with another party if it would result in further austerity being imposed on local communities.“Tory austerity risks hurting so many families in Aberdeen, and the Labour Party simply will not stand for that.”Ms Davidson pointed out that Labour and Conservative councillors had previously formed the Aberdeen City administration and claimed that as soon as the SNP came under pressure, Ms Dugdale “couldn’t wait to help them out by propping them up in local government”.She added: “She really is lost. No wonder Scottish Labour is continuing its death spiral.”The deal saw Labour members team up with 11 Tory councillors and three independents to form an administration that would lock the SNP’s 19-member group out of power. Ms Dugdale’s decision to rule out a deal with the Tories – but not the SNP – appears likely to haunt her during the next three weeks of the General Election campaign. It was even more extraordinary because Labour and the Tories have been in coalition together in Aberdeen for almost all her time as leader. The two parties were also in discussion about forming the administrations in several other council areas following this month’s local government elections, which saw the Conservatives overtake Labour following a surge in support. The electoral system used meant no party in any of Scotland’s 32 councils won a majority. But Labour said the group was suspended for breaching party rules after the Scottish executive committee decided on Tuesday to “reject a proposed power-sharing deal in Aberdeen with the Conservatives and independents”.The Labour members went ahead regardless, with the party’s Barney Crockett being elected Lord Provost and Cllr Jenny Laing being named council leader.Ms Dugdale then imposed a 5pm deadline, calling on them to stand down from the multi-party arrangement, and when they failed to do so each councillor was told they had been suspended from Scottish Labour pending investigation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Floating homes estate refused planning permission over fears it will wipe out

first_imgAn artist's impression of the homes Berfield claimed nightingales are not given special protection under law but the council said the colony was ‘significant in national terms’ and its loss would be unacceptable.Berfield said: “We estimate the total loss to the community to be in the region of £60m. We are now considering our next steps.” An estate of luxury ‘floating’ homes designed to alleviate flooding has been refused planning permission over fears it will wipe out nightingales. The little brown birds were once common across the UK but they’re now clinging on in just a few isolated pockets of woodland, mainly in the Thames Valley, Kent and East Anglia, and their numbers are dwindling fast.The scheme for an estate of expensive homes perched high on stilts above the water on a lake at Theale, near Reading, one of the birds’ last strongholds, would help drive them to extinction in Britain, nature lovers protested. An artist’s impression of the homesCredit:center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They said noise from the homes would drown out the birds’ song and the disturbance would make them flee.Now developers Berfeld Ltd have been refused planning permission by West Berkshire Council to build 24 Can-Float homes, along with 201 conventional houses, along the north and western edge of Theale Lake.Can-Floats are designed to rise and fall with water levels during flooding and Berfeld said they are an innovative way to increase housing stock in areas usually unsuitable for human habitation.The plans were met with 328 objections, largely over the impact on local wildlife, especially the nightingales, which arrive from their winter migration to Africa to build nests beside the lake in April.last_img read more

MySpace Slices Staff in Half

first_imgMySpace yesterday announced plans to practically half its staff–cutting around 500 jobs. The company chalks the unfortunate move up to plans for a “much tighter focus” for the company. AdChoices广告CEO Mike noted that the decision to cut jobs was made in order to slash costs for MySpace, not as a reflection of job performance,Today’s tough but necessary changes were taken in order to provide the company with a clear path for sustained growth and profitability. These changes were purely driven by issues related to our legacy business, and in no way reflect the performance of the new product. The new organizational structure will enable us to move more nimbly, develop products more quickly, and attain more flexibility on the financial side. We are also committed to rebuilding the company with an entrepreneurial culture and an emphasis on technical innovation. Such a move has been anticipated for some time now, in spite of the company’s recent much-publicized site-wide redesign. The company has been struggling in recent years to fight increasing marginalization at the hands of Facebook.last_img read more

Police: Bicyclist strikes, robs elderly man

first_imgOfficers were investigating Thursday after an elderly male walking in east Vancouver was knocked down and robbed by a man on a bicycle.The robbery was reported shortly before 2 p.m., near the intersection of Southeast 121st Avenue and Southeast Fifth Street.After knocking the man down, the cyclist reportedly took his wallet, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.The older man was unhurt and declined medical aid, she said. The suspect was not found.last_img

Delph says long days are not a problem for the England

first_imgFabian Delph recently claimed that the lack of darkness where the English international team are staying is not a problem to anyone despite such rumours already being spread.The Three Lions squad is based on the Gulf of Finland in a rather small and quiet town, 30 miles away from St Petersburg.The Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph claimed he himself doesn’t have any problems with the long days – the sun sets around midnight and rises back up at 3.30 AM where the team has been situated.“We’re sleeping fine, we’ve got a great team here,” Delph said, according to BT Sport.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We’ve got our own mattresses and our own pillows. We got used to them at St George’s Park. It’s a home from home.”“When we arrived in the hotel there were a lot of homely things. We brought home comforts – pictures of our families, I had my Yorkshire Tea bags. It’s just like being in Yorkshire, really!”“The curtains are not bad, we’re not getting much light in my bedroom,” Delph went on to add.last_img read more

Solari Bale focused on Barcelonas clash

first_imgSantiago Solari has dismissed concerns about Gareth Bale’s angry celebration in Real Madrid’s win over Levante on Sunday suggesting his sole focus is the El Clasico tie.Bale netted the winning goal from the penalty spot but pushed aside his teammates in the course of the celebration raising concerns about the unity in the team.However, Solari disclosed everything has been resolved behind closed doors ahead of their Copa del Rey clash against Barca on Wednesday night.“Our focus is only on the game and we’ve already talked about Gareth. It is a beautiful game and we want to enjoy it,” Solari disclosed via Marca: “We have had to overcome a lot to get here and after our work in the first leg, our focus is only on this game, as it is with Gareth and all of the players.“I see in Gareth and the other players that they are 100 percent ready for this game and we want to get out of the game with a chance at three competitions.“It is a game for everyone to enjoy. It puts Spain on the map as the world capital of football.”Solari also refused to reveal whether Bale and Marcelo would be handed starting berths for the game and was not amused with suggestions that Lionel Messi is a player who scares them.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Santiago Solari dodged seven questions about Gareth Bale as the Welshman’s celebration snub continues to dominate the build-up to Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey Clasico against Barcelona.#CopaDelRey https://t.co/VDvXlVLJCj— Firstpost Sports (@FirstpostSports) February 26, 2019“Fear is a word that does not exist in football for those who compete like we do every single day,” Solari added.“We put heart and physicality into everything we do and always go out to fight and the perspective of the players is to enjoy it.”With the tie all square(1-1) in the first leg, both teams will go for the jugular at the Santiago Bernabeu for a place in the final.last_img read more

Aid agencies fear for Rohingya relocation plan

first_imgTen Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. ReutersBangladesh has failed to persuade aid agencies to sign up to its plan to move 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island in June, internal documents show, amid fears they could be trapped there at the mercy of cyclones, floods and human traffickers.Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas from neighbouring Myanmar are living in crowded camps in Cox’s Bazar district where they are threatened by flooding, disease and landslides with the monsoon season scheduled to start in the coming weeks.The government of Bangladesh has for months been developing Bhasan Char island as an alternative location. However it has not allowed aid agencies to view conditions, and officials failed during a 4 April briefing to convince them it was safe.The Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), which oversees the camps in Cox’s Bazar under the leadership of the humanitarian agencies’ Strategic Executive Group (SEG), expressed deep caution about the plan.”Basic questions of the island’s habitability remain unanswered,” the ISCG said in an 10 April paper, which has not previously been made public.”Given the incompleteness of information shared by the government, the SEG should avoid the appearance of premature endorsement of the island as a viable alternative,” it said.About 700,000 refugees have crossed into Bangladesh since Rohingya insurgents attacked state security forces on 25 Aug, sparking a military crackdown. Myanmar has repeatedly rejected evidence that its soldiers targeted civilians.Aid agencies are struggling to accommodate the refugees, and a March assessment by UNHCR said 203,000 people at risk of floods and landslides in the largest camp should be relocated.However, in their 4 April briefing, Bangladesh officials said that “land is very scarce”, and “no suitable land is available nearby” the existing camps.Bhasan Char, which means Floating Island, emerged over the past two decades from sediment built up at the mouth of the Meghna River. The government has budgeted $280 million to turn it into a permanent landmass and a temporary home for refugees.Slides from the government presentation, seen by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, noted that 120 cyclone shelters would be built, along with 13 kilometres (8 miles) of embankments to protect the island from flooding and being washed away.A summary of the 4 April briefing by Canada’s mission to Bangladesh said work was expected to be sufficiently completed by the end of May, and 100,000 refugees brought there in June.In an internal report after the presentation, the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said it remained concerned about whether “proper cyclone and flood preparedness measures” had been put in place, among other risks.”The concentration of a vulnerable population in a restricted environment may lure trafficking networks and extremists to prey on refugees,” said UNHCR.Its report also expressed concern that refugees would not be given a “free and informed choice” to relocate to the island, which might then constitute “arbitrary detention”.The slides – which were presented to humanitarian agencies and diplomats – showed the government is also building office facilities for aid organisations, along with accommodation for refugees and security personnel.Bangladesh has asked the United Nations to “support the relocation” to Bhasan Char, said Fiona MacGregor, a spokeswoman in Cox’s Bazar for the U.N. migration agency IOM.”We are now in discussion over technical details, trying to better understand the conditions,” she said in an email.last_img read more

ICC team examines Rohingya atrocities

first_imgRohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar.File photo ReutersA team from the office of the International Criminal Court prosecutor was in Bangladesh on Wednesday for a preliminary probe into alleged atrocities committed against the Rohingya by the Myanmar military in 2017.A statement emailed to AFP from the ICC confirmed the tour — the maiden official visit by the ICC — but said it was part of prosecutor office’s “ongoing preliminary examinations concerning the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar”.”A preliminary examination is not an investigation. Such visits in the context of preliminary examinations are standard practice, and the delegation will not engage in any evidence collection in relation to any alleged crimes,” it said.”The independent and impartial preliminary examination of the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar is on-going and following its normal course,” it added.A Bangladeshi official said the ICC would visit Rohingya camps in the country’s southeastern district of Cox’s Bazar where some 740,000 Rohingya took refuge after they fled a brutal military crackdown in late 2017.In September, the ICC prosecutor opened a preliminary probe into Myanmar’s alleged crimes against the Rohingya Muslim minority, including killings, sexual violence and forced deportations.A preliminary examination can lead to a formal investigation by the ICC — which was set up in 2002 to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity — and then possible indictments.Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will look at whether there is enough evidence to warrant a full investigation into Myanmar’s military offensive.Bensouda said in a statement at that time that the initial probe “may take into account a number of alleged coercive acts having resulted in the forced displacement of the Rohingya people, including deprivation of fundamental rights, killing, sexual violence, enforced disappearance, destruction and looting”.She is not a part of the visiting team, her office said.The move comes after judges ruled that even though Myanmar has not signed up to the Hague-based ICC, the court still has jurisdiction over crimes against the Rohingya because Bangladesh is a member.Last week the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation — of which Bangladesh is a member — in a meeting in Abu Dhabi unanimously adopted a resolution to move at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for establishing the legal rights of the Rohingya and addressing the question of accountability and justice, Dhaka’s foreign ministry said.”The resolution to pursue a legal recourse through the ICJ came after a long series of negotiations to seek accountability for crimes committed against humanity and gross violation of human rights in the case of the Rohingyas in Myanmar,” it said.Myanmar’s army has denied nearly all wrongdoing, insisting its campaign was justified to root out Rohingya insurgents who staged deadly raids on border posts in August 2017.last_img

Minni confesses father claims shes forced

first_imgAysha Siddiqa Minni, wife of slain youth Rifat Sharif, has confessed to her involvement in the much talked-about Rifat murder before a Barguna court.The court of Barguna judicial magistrate recorded her confessional statement on Friday afternoon, said police inspector Humayun Kabir who is investigating the case.Minni’s father Mozammel Hossain, however, claimed that his daughter was forced to give the confessional statement.”Minni is sick. She was forced and tortured to record the confessional statement,” he said on the court premises.”My daughter tried to save her husband risking her own life. Was that her crime?” he added.Pointing his finger to local member of parliament Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu, Minni’s father said, “It’s all Shambhu Babu’s game. We are being made scapegoat to save his son Suman Debnath.”On the court premises, Minni was seen guarded by two female police members. Minni was stopped to speak up when she tried to say something to the journalists there.Earlier on 17 July, Minni was arrested after nearly 13 hours of interrogation.In a statement, superintendent of police in Barugna, Maruf Hossain, said the investigation officer’s interrogation of Aysha Siddiqa Minni and analysis of the information she provided him appeared to show her involvement in the murder.On 14 July, Minni addressed a media conference at her father’s residence, where she claimed herself innocent.She defended herself saying those who created Nayan Bond and the terrorist group Bond 007 in Barguna are trying to divert the murder case to a different direction by accusing her.”By uploading negative posts, doctored images and comments, a vested quarter has been plotting against me since Rifat’s murder. Their main intention is to direct the case to a different course. Because, those who created 007 Bond group are very influential and rich,” she told the press conference.She made the claim after her father-in-law Abdul Halim Sharif, on the earlier day, told a media conference at Barguna press club that Minni was involved in the Rifat killing.He also demanded her arrest.On 26 June, Rifat Sharif was killed in broad daylight in front of Barguna Government College.On the following day, victim’s father Abdul Halim Sharif filed a lawsuit with Barguna police station against 12. Besides, four-five others unnamed people also were made accused in the case.Main accused in the case Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond was killed in what police called a gunfight with them on 2 July.As of Thursday morning, 15 people have been arrested in connection with the murder.last_img read more

Mexico scrambles to cope with egg shortage

first_imgGovernment officials blame speculators in the wholesale egg business for driving up prices beyond the hike resulting from bird flu.After existing stocks of eggs ran out, prices rose sharply in August.“Eggs are what we eat the most these days,” said Gertrudis Rodriguez, 68. But with the higher prices, she said, “if we eat beans, we don’t eat eggs, or if we eat eggs, we don’t eat beans with them.”Mexico City’s public Food Supply Center, which provides government-subsidized fresh food to low-income residents, dropped other ingredients from its truck this week in favor of eggs, and will distribute 18 tons by the time its current stocks run out Monday, director-general Raymundo Collins said.Calderon said more than 150 tons of eggs had already crossed the border from the U.S. and 100 trailers carrying 500 more tons would arrive in the country over the weekend.“The federal government will keep using every tool in its power to keep family’s quality of life from being eroded by unfair increases in the price of eggs,” the president said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Egg prices have dominated the headlines here for a week, spurring Mexico City’s mayor to ship tons of cheap eggs to poor neighborhoods and the federal government to announce emergency programs to get fresh chickens to farms hit by bird flu and to restock supermarket shelves with eggs imported from the U.S. and Central America.The national dismay over egg prices has revealed the unappreciated importance of a cheap, easy source of protein that’s nearly as important to Mexican kitchens as tortillas, rice and beans. Added boiled to stewed chicken, raw to a fruit-juice hangover cure and in every other conceivable form to hundreds of other foods, the once-ubiquitous egg has disappeared from many street-side food stands and middle-class kitchens in recent days.“Eggs, as you know, are one of Mexicans’ most important foods and make up a core part of their diet, especially in the poorest regions of the country,” President Felipe Calderon said Friday as he announced about $227 million in emergency financing and commercial measures to restore production and replace about 11 million chickens slaughtered after the June outbreak of bird flu.Calderon said he was sending inspectors to stop speculation that he blamed for high egg prices, which have almost single-handedly driven up the national rate of inflation. Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – The Mexican government is battling an egg shortage and hoarding that have caused prices to spike in a country with the highest per-capita egg consumption on Earth.A summer epidemic of bird flu in the heart of Mexico’s egg industry has doubled the cost of a kilo (2.2 pounds), or about 13 eggs, to more than 40 pesos ($3), a major blow to working- and middle-class consumers in a country that consumes more than 350 eggs per person each year. That’s 100 more eggs per person than in the United States.center_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement He said that the government had already begun large-scale importation of eggs and that about 3 million hens were being sent to farms hit by the flu outbreak.The Mexico City government has sent a refrigerated trailer-truck of eggs into working-class neighborhoods over the last three days, selling kilo packets for less than half the current market price. Several thousand people lined up for about two hours Friday morning to buy eggs from the truck in southeastern Mexico City’s Iztacalco neighborhood.Isidro Vasquez Gonzalez, an unemployed 43-year-old cook, waited with his niece and nephew to buy three kilos of eggs that they said they would eat almost immediately in a lunch of meatballs with chopped eggs.“You can make eggs with anything _ scrambled eggs, with pork rinds, eggs with beans, green chiles, poached eggs, green beans with eggs, eggs with tomato sauce, ” Vazquez said, with a wistful look in his eyes. “People here eat a lot of eggs. They were the cheapest, but now they’re the most expensive. They’re more expensive than meat.”The crisis began with the June detection of bird flu in the western state of Michoacan, which produces roughly half of Mexico’s eggs. Some 11 million birds were killed to prevent the spread of the disease, sharply cutting into the national supply of more than 2 million tons of eggs a year. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

MReport Celebrates Achievements of Women in Housing

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Women in Housing 2016-08-17 Seth Welborn Share MReport magazine has announced the 60 honorees who will be part of its September 2016 special issue celebrating the accomplishments of women in the mortgage industry.This year’s honorees are broken down into three categories: “Power Players,” “Leading Ladies,” and “Emerging Leaders.” The 2016 “Power Players” are five mortgage and housing veterans with roles in both the government and private sector. Fifty additional women were selected for MReport’s 2016 “Leading Ladies” and “Emerging Leaders” list.The honorees were selected from nominations from their peers in the industry, who nominated them based on leadership qualities such as intelligence, drive, and pursuit of innovation.MReport’s Women in Housing honorees will also be acknowledged at the Women in Homeownership Leadership Forum at the Five Star Conference on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, in Dallas, Texas. The keynote speaker for the Women in Housing Leadership Forum will be Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009). Featured speakers will be Charmaine Brown, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Fannie Mae; Amy Bonitatibus, Chief Communications Officer, Mortgage Banking and Credit Card Business, JPMorgan Chase; and Dana Dillard, EVP and Chief Customer Officer, Nationstar Mortgage.2016 “Power Players”Amy Bonitatibus, Chief Communications Officer, Mortgage Banking and Credit Card Business, JPMorgan ChaseDana Dillard, Chief Customer Officer, Nationstar MortgageDeborah L. Jenkins, SVP National Head of Multifamily Underwriting & Credit, Freddie MacGlenda Gabriel, Neighborhood Lending Executive, Bank of AmericaKimberly Johnson, SVP & Chief Risk Officer, Fannie Mae2016 “Leading Ladies”Caroline Reaves, CEO, Mortgage Contracting ServicesCarolyn Thompson, President and Owner, ASONSCharmaine Brown, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Fannie MaeCheryl Feltgen, EVP & Chief Risk Officer, Arch MIDebbie Lastoria, VP Business Development, Nationwide Title ClearingDonna DelMonte, SVP Operations, AssurantHilary B. Provinse, SVP Multifamily Customer Engagement, Fannie MaeJackie Oliver, SVP Nationstar MortgageJill A. Showell, SVP Government and Community Relations, Ocwen Financial CorporationJill Kravig Burns, Executive Vice President, Mountain West Financial, Inc.JK Huey, SVP Mortgage, Foreclosure and Asset Management, Wells FargoJody Collup, VP Marketing, Global DMSJulian Grey, Mortgage Market Leader Data & Analytics, Black Knight Financial ServicesKathy Cummings, SVP Affordable Housing and Strategic Relationships, Bank of AmericaKatrina Jones, VP, Single Family Business Solutions, Fannie MaeKellie Chambers, AVP Investor Relations, Safeguard PropertiesKelly Chapman, SVP Client Management, Auction.comKim Mitchell, Senior Director, Lender Premier Services, ClosingCorpKristy Fercho, SVP Customer Delivery Executive, Fannie MaeLaurie Maggiano, Manager for Servicing and Securitization Markets, CFPBLisa Sadaoui, President & CEO, First AllegianceMaria V. Moskver, General Counsel & Enterprise Compliance Officer, LenderLiveMarianne Sullivan, SVP Single-Family Business Capabilities, Fannie MaeMarion McDougall, EVP Operations, Caliber Home LoansMarnie Ronda Lacue Applegate, SVP Credit Risk/Policy, Pacific Union FinancialMeg Burns, Managing Director, The Collingwood GroupMelanie Feliciano, Chief Legal Officer, DocMagicMercedes G. Henricksson, Director of Sales CPM Real Estate, Fannie MaeMichelle DeLeon, Managing Partner, Default Legal Services, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & BoyerMin Lee Alexander, SVP Real Estate Services, AltisourceNadine Bates, SVP & Treasurer, Fannie MaePam Kosanke, Chief Marketing Officer, Renters WarehousePatricia Raymo, COO Retail, LoandepotPhyllis L. Wright, Ph.D., SVP HR Strategies, VRM Mortgage ServicesRamie Word, SVP Performing Acquisitions & Borrower Communication,  Nationstar MortgageRebecca Smith, Director, Client Relations, Green River CapitalRenee Schultz, SVP Capital Markets, Fannie MaeRose Silverstein, AVP, Regional Director of New Business and Correspondent Sales Strategy, Radian Guaranty Inc.Sally French Tyler, EVP, First American Title Insurance CompanySally Taylor-Shoff, Scores Vice President, FICOSandra J. Troutman, Director, Corporate Communications, MERSCORP HoldingsSarah Alexander Goldfrank, SVP & Deputy General Counsel, Fannie MaeSerena Yang, VP, Marketing & Business Development, Civic Financial ServicesSharron P.A. Levine, Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, FHFASusheel Mantha, CFO, LRES CorporationTami Bonnell, CEO, EXIT Realty Corp InternationalTerri Hunter, SVP Asset Management and Portfolio Oversight, Chronos SolutionsTracey Tran, VP Software Development, Nationwide Title ClearingTujuanna Williams, VP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Fannie Mae2016 Emerging Leaders (35 years old and under)Kelly Brooks, CEO, Property MastersTonia Conner, AVP, Acquisitions, Nationstar MortgageErika Cheyney, AVP, Operations, ZVN PropertiesAmy Sanchez, EVP, PrescientTiffany Williams, Director of Default Services, Guardian Asset Managementcenter_img August 17, 2016 838 Views MReport Celebrates Achievements of Women in Housinglast_img read more