That occupation was still going on a year later, when another property developer announced plans for 200 housing units in Deseronto, in another area that’s part of the land claim.“It was always about the land and it was stopping development of the land,” said Doreen. “And we did that.”The 2008 protests and police actions largely happened out of the public eye.But through freedom of information, Amnesty International has accessed documents including officer’s notes, briefing books, police interviews, and footage recorded by the OPP – video never before seen by the public.“Do you need 200 police officers to address a situation which is at most one of mischief? Or perhaps one where no laws are being broken?” asked Benjamin.The OPP deployed the Public Order unit, the Canine unit, a helicopter and the Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), commonly called the sniper squad or swat team.Watch: Craig Benjamin talks about “disproportionate” and “dangerous” police response He said the initial decision to maintain such a heavy police presence in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory reveals bias and a lack of neutrality.“You’re sending a message to your own officers that they are not in a situation where they are providing protection to people who are sincerely trying to assert their rights,” said Benjamin.“But you are dealing with potentially violent individuals who require the highest level of police response.”Benjamin said the political landscape influenced police actions.The federal government accepted the land claim in 2003. The Mohawks have always wanted the land returned. But Canada’s policy on settling claims is to offer financial compensation.And so while negotiations at land claim tables inched forward back in 2007 and 2008, government’s message to land developers was “business as usual.”That was clear in an OPP audio recording of an interview with property developer Theo Nibourg in April, 2008.“Government tells us it’s business as usual and we can proceed as we see fit,” Nibourg told an OPP detective 10 days before the blockades began.“The OPP looked at an arbitrary federal policy which was to refuse to take action to return the land. And the OPP interpreted that as being the law,” said Benjamin.“To say it was ‘business as usual’ only perpetuated the myth that nothing was going to happen anyway so let’s just carry on and ignore the Mohawks’ concerns,” said Hay. “And that sets the police up to basically educate their own officers that these Mohawks are law breakers; that they don’t have a right to be there. It’s just wrong to do it like that.”The OPP’s balance between the rights of private property holders and Indigenous rights is further highlighted in an exchange between Theo’s son, Emile Nibourg, and an OPP detective.In an audio recording, Nibourg made it clear he wasn’t interested in pressing charges against the Mohawks for a minor confrontation on April 11, 2008.“It’s almost like these white people sticking together against the Mohawks and that’s not being objective,” said Hay. “That’s not a police officer’s role.”The most serious confrontation happened days after the blockades ended. The OPP made sudden arrests of Doreen and three other Mohawk men near the occupied quarry.The situation became volatile when an OPP officer saw a young Mohawk man with a stick, and thought it was a gun.Standing in his kitchen in Tyendinaga, Hay flipped through photos Amnesty collected through its access to information requests.They were taken on April 25, 2008 showing OPP officers with assault rifles aimed at the Mohawks.“We came within a hair’s breadth of having a repeat of what happened to Dudley George at Ipperwash,” said Hay.In 1995, the Objiway land defender was shot and killed by an OPP police sniper, a member of the TRU team, during a land occupation at Ipperwash Provincial Park near Sarnia, Ontario.An inquiry into the death of Dudley George examined the actions of police and the Ontario government. In the spring of 2007, the Ipperwash Report was released; it included 100 recommendations to avoid a repeat of the deadly violence.Watch: Larry Hay says what happened in Tyendinaga would be an early test for the OPP. One they failed Trina RoacheAPTN InvestigatesA decade-long access to information fight by Amnesty International has uncovered documents the organization says reveal a deep-seated bias in how the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) handled the Mohawks land dispute in 2008.“From the very beginning we think the response to the land occupation and protests in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory were vastly disproportional to any credible evidence of any threat to public safety,” said Craig Benjamin, who works for the human rights organization.“Do I really think the OPP are there for public safety? Absolutely not,” said Dan Doreen, a Mohawk land defender, who was on the frontlines of the land reclamation in Tyendinaga.“Does public safety encompass Indigenous people? Absolutely not.”Larry Hay is a Mohawk investigator based in Tyendinaga. He worked with Amnesty International to examine the OPP actions.He said this is still very much a live issue for his community.“Why is it important ten years on to move this forward? Because these issues have never been addressed,” said Hay.Hay is a former RCMP officer and former chief of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Police.“What happened here in 2008, here Tyendinaga at the Culbertson Tract turned out to be an example for police of how not to manage an Indigenous protest,” said Hay.The Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, in southeastern Ontario, sits on the shores of the Bay of Quinte, framed by Highway 401, the train tracks to the north and two small towns on either side.In 1995, the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte filed a land claim for a 900 acre (364 hectares) area called the Culbertson Tract. Roughly a third of it is farmland, but it also includes part of the small town of Deseronto, which borders the reserve.“All the important part of the town is on stolen land,” said Doreen.The land claim is still under negotiation.Back in 2007, the Mohawks had already protested a permit granted by the province to a local developer for a quarry in the land claim area.They occupied the quarry site and shut it down.Watch: Dan Doreen describes a conversation he had with his father about shutting down the quarry The OPP said it has addressed all of the recommendations aimed at policing. In particular to the Culbertson tract reclamation in Tyendinaga, the OPP said it “recognizes all interests of the involved parties” and the right to lawfully protest.The OPP provides training for bias-free policing, and cultural awareness. It employs a framework to guide police actions in what it calls “Aboriginal critical incidents.”But it’s clear from officers’ notes and other documents, that the OPP viewed the Mohawks as violent criminals, Hays said.“It’s been my experience,” said Hay, “there’s always a heightened threat perception by police the minute there’s an Indigenous protest and particularly when the word Mohawk is used in the same sentence.”Amnesty International has asked for a probe or independent review of police actions in Tyendinaga.Both the OPP and the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services have refused.The OPP and the ministry also refused interview requests from APTN Investigates.Amnesty International is pushing for police accountability, answers, and an apology to the Mohawk people involved.Dan Doreen isn’t optimistic.“I can’t thank Amnesty enough for fighting for the answers that we’re never going to get because it puts the story out,” said Doreen.“I want the story to be told so that people realize and people know that when they go out and defend the land how they can protect themselves and expect what’s going to happen.”firstname.lastname@example.org@trinaroache
New Delhi: Immediately after the formation of newly elected government at the centre, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohon Singh will retire from Rajya Sabha along with another Congress member Santiuse Kujur from the state of Assam.But the question of re-nomination for both them is almost ruled out as the Congress party does not have enough strength to reelect them. Both Dr Singh and Kujur will retire on 16th June of this year. Next, in the month of July, another six members will also retire from the house of elders. All of them were elected from Tamil Nadu. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe Congress party does not have enough legislatures in Tamil Nadu to get elected anyone. In this circumstance, the political fate of former Prime Minister is hanging in the balance, sources said. Immediately, there will not be any vacancy from other states. In this circumstance, consecutive five-time elected Dr Singh will be out of the Parliament. It’s not clear whether Dr Singh will prefer to keep himself away from the active role as a parliamentarian. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadDuring the course of seat negotiations in Bihar, apparently, BJP had promised to accommodate Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan in Rajya Sabha from Assam. Paswan himself announced this decision in a press conference in Delhi recently. And for that reason, he opted out from contesting in the Lok Sabha poll. But Paswan’s nomination from Asaam appears doubtful as state BJP raised a red flag to accommodate anyone outside the state. Sources close to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal did confirm that BJP president Amit Shah had a discussion with a local party for ensuing RS election. But Paswan’s name was never figured in the discussion. BJP does not want to discuss this issue before the Lok Sabha poll as it might affect ongoing election process, especially in Bihar where ruling NDA has a lot of stakes. Presently in Assam legislative assembly BJP has a strength of 61 members and they have an alliance with AGP which has 14 MLAs and Bodoland People’s Front with 14 MLAs. Congress has only 25 MLAs and they form an understanding with All India Democratic Front, a party of minorities, which has 13 MLAs. By simple arithmetic BJP can wrests both the seats from Congress easily. BJP has already given an assurance to AGP to accommodate one of their members in Rajya Sabha. And second seat from their own. Earlier, once Congress party accommodated Sanjay Sing of UP in Assam which created a lot of dissension within the party. BJP does not want to repeat that exercise. These days sentiments against “outsiders” are running high. In this circumstance, nomination for Paswan will face a lot of opposition in the state.
CALGARY – Onex Corp. has signed a friendly deal to buy WestJet Airlines Ltd. in a deal valued at $5 billion, including assumed debt.Under the agreement, Onex will pay $31 per share for WestJet, which will continue to operate as a privately held company. WestJet shares closed at $18.52 on Friday.WestJet founder and chairman Clive Beddoe said Onex is an ideal partner for the airline.“I am particularly pleased that WestJet will remain headquartered in Calgary and will continue to build on the success that our 14,000 WestJetters have created,” Beddoe said in astatement.Today we announced we have entered into a definitive agreement that provides for our acquisition in an all-cash transaction. Read the full release here: https://t.co/oN87D2Iod2 pic.twitter.com/Bhf7nITLgg— WestJet (@WestJet) May 13, 2019In Calgary, where the airline is headquartered, it’s business as usual as employees came to work on Thursday morning.The company is scheduling a meeting with shareholders at 11:00 a.m.The Calgary International Airport emailed a statement saying “As an airport, we will continue to support WestJet – as we do all airline partners – for our mutual success.”The deal comes after Onex approached the airline in March.
Following his first visit to Gaza in his present role, Robert Serry told reporters that he had been informed that a major Israeli incursion into the area had left at least 14 people dead and over 40 injured, with civilians among those killed. Mr. Serry deplored the killing and wounding of civilians, adding that the scale of the recent bloodshed is deeply alarming.He also said that the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) must ensure that it strictly complies with international humanitarian law and that its operations do not endanger civilians. “I really appeal to all parties to end the violence and to find ways to de-escalate the present escalation of violence,” Mr. Serry stated. 15 January 2008The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process today appealed for an end to the violence in Gaza, calling the scale of the recent bloodshed alarming.
“It is essential that we all remain focused on the work at hand so that we can move forward in building a stable, multiethnic and democratic Kosovo,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesman on the Serbian province, which the UN has run since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove out Yugoslav troops amid grave human rights abuses in fighting between Albanians and Serbs in 1999.Mr. Annan also welcomed the fact that the local government, political leaders and the people of Kosovo have expressed their feelings related to Mr. Haradinaj’s resignation and departure in a peaceful, democratic manner.“Building on the achievements reached under the government led by Mr. Haradinaj, Kosovo must continue to make progress on the implementation of standards without delay,” the statement said of the benchmarks needed to proceed to final status talks, such as democratic institutions, minority rights and an impartial legal system to build trust between majority Albanians and minority Serbs. Albanians outnumber other communities, mainly Serbs, by about 9 to 1.Mr. Annan also pledged the readiness of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) “to continue to support the people and Provisional Institutions of Kosovo in the implementation of standards.”
The confusion ranged from the status of the Ivorian air force and the procurement of dual-use equipment that could be used for military action, to uncertainty about the role of the Council’s Sanctions Committee and Panel of Experts itself, says the Panel in its first report to the Council.The experts took up their mandate this past April to gather and analyze all relevant information on arms flows in Côte d’Ivoire, which is divided between the rebel-held north and Government controlled-south.“[The] Panel believes that this could be improved by the Security Council Committee on Côte d’Ivoire issuing a statement of clarification…and emphasize that organizations like the International Cocoa Organization should fully cooperate with Security Council mandated investigations,” the report says.In a February resolution, the Council, aiming to strengthen its then two-month-old weapons ban on Côte d’Ivoire, asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to set up a three-member expert panel to, among other things, gather and analyze all relevant information in Côte d’Ivoire and countries in the region on arms flows and consider and recommend ways of improving the capabilities of States in the region to implement the embargo.According to the report, in May, the Panel began a swing through the West African region, with stops in Côte d’Ivoire and its key neighbouring countries – Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal. Following visits to Togo and, farther afield, to Belarus, the Panel liaised in Guinea with its counterpart dealing with arms flows in and around Liberia.Along with a general uncertainty about the Council’s strategy among the regional governments and the wider civil society, the report notes “a lack of clarity” among officials in the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) who were responsible for monitoring compliance with the embargo.The report says that the status of the Ivorian air force should be cleared up, particularly since media and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the region reported that they believed the Council had allowed the Government to repair its aircraft neutralized in November 2004 by French action. The Forces nouvelles rebels have also complained that UNOCI allowed the Government to repair its aircraft and that this indicated a double standard.Another issue for clarification is the procurement of dual-use-equipment such as jeeps or transport helicopters and night-vision equipment. A number of States believed that these items fell outside the embargo, even though they could be used for military action.Among its other observations, the Panel said that the overall situation could perhaps be improved by a trip by the Security Council Committee to the region, which would “draw attention to a statement but also assist in educating about the role of the Sanctions Committee.” The Panel also believes that UNOCI would benefit from having an in-house customs expert to assist its efforts to monitor the Ivorian ports.
Bisoux Lounge where promoters of an under-18s’ Valentines party have come under fire for their event allegedly encouraging underage sexCredit:Tony Kershaw / SWNS.com I used to go to under 18’s nights and they definitely weren’t advertised like that, I just can’t believe itThomas Foran Only six people are currently attending on their Facebook event for the night, but Pop Ya Cherries Parties claim the £10 tickets are selling out.Thomas Foran, 34, said: “I was coming home from work yesterday and saw these posters all over the place.”There must have been about 6 stuck up in the bus stop, a pile of them on the floor and then loads more up the high street. I’ve noticed them in Kingston too.”I was really shocked by it, it’s obviously encouraging teens to have underage sex and it’s wrong.”I used to go to under 18’s nights and they definitely weren’t advertised like that, I just can’t believe it.”The term ‘pop ya cherry’ in particular obviously implies that if you’re a virgin you should go there to have sex.”I’ve got a nephew who is 8 and nieces around the same age and I would hate having to explain to them what that means.”There are loads of school kids who get off at that bus stop so they’re obviously deliberately targeting them.”The manager of Bisoux Lounge Jay Sexton said: “The event is nothing to do with the Bisoux Lounge.”A promoter asked if they could do a under 18s event there. Which hasn’t 100% been confirmed.”So if bad press is released my solicitor will be contacting you as this event hasn’t been advertised on any of our social media, website or newsletters.”You can’t go by some random person putting up a poster up. If we had advertised then I understand what your saying but this has nothing to do with our venue.”Pop Ya Cherry have also been approached for comment. 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. Outraged locals have spotted an onslaught of posters advertising the night at Bisoux Lounge bar in Esher, Surrey, with “piles” of them plastered across a bus stop in nearby Teddington which is regularly used by school children.They believe the “Pop Ya Cherry” metaphor is directly promoting underage sex and particularly encouraging vulnerable young girls to lose their virginities prematurely.Bisoux Lounge say they were approached by a promoter who asked if they could hold the night there and it hasn’t “100% been confirmed”. A bar has been accused of encouraging under-age sex for hosting an under 18s Valentine’s event called “Pop Ya Cherry Parties”.Teenagers are being targeted by an events company who are holding their first night in an exclusive members’ bar on February 13 for children aged 14 to 18.They describe themselves as “the newest and most exciting provider of under 18’s clubbing in the UK” and claim to throw parties that “top even the best over 18’s nights in the world”.
Naga Sadhus or Hindu naked holy men get ready to take out a procession to reach Sangam, confluence of Hindu holy rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, for a ritual dip, on the third and last royal bath of the Maha Kumbh festival on occasion of Basant Panchami in Allahabad, India, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. A worker puts the finale touch to a train made with lemons and oranges during the 80th Lemon festival in Menton, southern France, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The theme for the festival, which involves over 300 professionals working on the project and 145 tons of citrus fruits is “Around the World in 80 Days.” (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today.THINGS WE LEARNED: #COURTS: The Director of Public Prosecutions has lodged appeal papers regarding the ‘undue leniency’ of the sentence against Patrick O’Brien, who was found guilty of raping and indecently assaulting his daughter Fiona Doyle over a 10-year period.#GARDAÍ: The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has said that the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is “disconnected from the reality of people’s lives on the ground” , adding that it will not return to the Croke Park extension talks unless “rational proposals” are offered.#FOOD SAFETY: A new chairman, Professor Michael Gibney, has been appointed to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). The news comes as the FSAI takes part in the investigation into the discovery that equine DNA was present in meat labelled ‘beef’ in Ireland.#DONATIONS: 239 of Ireland’s TDs, Senators and MEPs have disclosed donations with a total value of €3,800 for the calendar year 2012. The donations, published this afternoon by the Standards in Public Office Commission, see just three public representatives declare donations.#NURSES: Just 84 applications for the graduate nursing scheme – which offers 1,000 positions at a reduced rate of pay – have been processed, the Minister for Health James Reilly has revealed. Industrial Relations Officer at the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association Edward Matthews told TheJournal.ie today that it is confident that the low numbers applying for the jobs “are a testament to the effectiveness of the boycott”.#PISTORIUS: Oscar Pistorius’ family have issued a statement on his behalf in which they say that the “alleged murder” of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp is “disputed in the strongest terms”.A Bahraini child place posters into razor wire that read “down with dictatorship,” after a pro-democracy march in Budaiya, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Thousands of anti-government demonstrators jammed a major highway Friday as clashes broke out for a second day between security forces and protesters marking the anniversary of their uprising in the Gulf nation. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)THINGS WE LOVED:Videos of the meteorite that struck the Russian Urals are swirling about the internet today – but why are so many of them filmed from car dashboards?Stephen Fry took to Twitter today in confusion over the pronunciation of the Irish surname Geogheghan (and, as much as we love Geogheghans great and small, we can’t blame him for being at a loss on this one). A few familiar heads kindly put him right…Chechnya’s president is winning at Instagram – here’s the proof.So, this happened in Tralee today…Uploaded cal callaghanTHINGS WE SHARED: Anyone who uses social media has the odd day when they want to delete everything and drop off the digital grid – but is this ‘love it or leave it’ strategy bad for you?This beautiful time-lapse video which captures meteor showers off north-west Wales.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria’s (GOCMV’s) new tower is up and running. It may not yet be up to speed but offices are being leased and the transition from the temporary Easey Street premises is taking place. However one of the GOCMV’s dedicated levels, the second floor containing four classrooms, is in operational mode. The advanced Greek school campus has already begun classes there every Saturday morning. During the fourth term, it is expected that Modern and Ancient Greek classes for adults will also be conducted from this level during weeknights. Another initiative to commence in term four is that the GOCMV will offer for the first time Beginners Latin for Adults classes. The decision might surprise many, but the GOCMV’s education spokesperson, Nick Dallas, explains the reasoning.“We know that in recent years there has been a resurgence of Latin and there are many out there who have a passion for the classics. With the public seminar series, the lectures on antiquity always draw greater crowds. It is also an attempt to broaden the community’s reach. By offering the teaching of both Classical languages, Ancient Greek and Latin, we want this classroom level buzzing with activity seven days a week. If the pilot program is successful, it will be continued in 2015 and quite possible a separate stream will be offered for high school students like the existing one for Ancient Greek. That these languages are significantly scaled up at VCE level is well known.”Those interested in the upcoming Latin classes can contact the Community on 9662 2722 or email@example.com The first classes are scheduled to begin on Tuesday 7th October at 6.30 pm.
WASHINGTON — The federal budget deficit fell sharply in July from a year earlier, largely because of a quirk in the calendar.The U.S. Treasury Department says the budget gap came in at $42.9 billion last month, down from $112.8 billion in July 2016. The bulk of the improvement came because benefit payments that normally would have gone out in July went out in June this year because July 1 fell on a Saturday.Through the first 10 months of the budget year, the federal government is running a $566 billion deficit, up 11 percent from the same period of fiscal 2016.The Congressional Budget Office forecasts that the deficit for the budget year ending Sept. 30 will come in at $693 billion, up from $584 billion in budget year 2016.
San Diego Police Department searching for missing National University student Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 27, 2018 Posted: March 27, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego police asked the public Tuesday to help locate a missing 29-year-old National University student.Adam Olgiun was last seen leaving a college class Tuesday around 10:30 a.m.It is believed Olgiun may have left the school campus driving his white 2013 Subaru Outback yielding California license plate 7PRS372.There is a unique green California bare roots sticker on the rear window of the vehicle. Olguin is described as a Hispanic male, 5’-11”, 190 LBS, with brown hair and brown eyes.Anybody with information on Olguin should contact the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000 or during business hours the SDPD Missing Person’s Unit (619) 531-2277. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom,
The University of Alaska Board of Regents gave their formal approval for a $4.4 million project to re-purpose the Syun-Ichi Akasofu Building on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks during a regular meeting last week.The project comes after two Japanese agencies vacated the buildings. Their absence means a loss of funding that would otherwise pay to maintain the building.(Credit International Arctic Research Center)How the university will make up the deficit remains a mystery as the UA system continues to struggle with an anticipated $12 to $14 million budget shortfall in the coming year.The Akasofu building, home of the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) was constructed in 1999 as a joint venture between UAF, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology. But after 15 years, the Japanese have decided to refocus their polar research efforts and vacate the building.“We’ve had an incredibly strong partnership with the Japanese and they’ve been giving us between $3 and 5 million a year in research support,” Larry Hinzman, IARC’s Director, said. “And they’ve been paying for half of the lease on the building, so it’s been a tremendous boon for the university and we’ve had some huge research accomplishments through our partnerships with them.”With the Japanese agencies gone, Hinzman says other research units directly associated with the University will move in. One of those organizations is the Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning (SNAP). For the last five years, SNAP has been paying more than $180,000 to lease offices off campus. Director Scott Rupp says moving into the Akasofu building means more than financial savings.“SNAP was set up by the university as sort of a bridging entity to take a lot of our high latitude research, get it more applied and to cultivate collaboration across the institutes and schools,” Rupp said. “So we’ve been doing a lot of that already, but the really big boon is just going to be the ability to walk next door to researchers and not have to get in a car or walk.”But savings on SNAP’s lease won’t make up for a revenue loss. The Japanese paid for a lease that covered 60 percent of the annual upkeep costs for the Akasofu Building. In fact, they paid extra over the last decade and a half. The unspent money was held in a reserve account that now totals more than $5 million. More than half of that will pay to renovate offices for SNAP personnel. The rest will be reimbursed.Hinzman says IARC will have to find other ways to cover maintenance in the future.“Our researchers have been focusing on getting other external research funds, so we’ve been doing a lot more proposals to NSF, a lot more proposals to the department of energy, and NASA and the USGS, and so we are seeking other ancillary funds through external funding agencies,” he said. “So yeah we are making it up. And it is going to hurt us, we’re losing, just this year we’re going to lose $3.5 million from the Japanese support for research. And so that’s hard to absorb. It’s going to hurt us but it’s not going to kill us.”The renovation is scheduled to start in September, with completion slated for early 2015. Once moved, SNAP will join three other research organizations that focus on climate assessment, policy and fire science in the Akasofu building.
Volunteers watch a U.S. Coast Guard vessel approach the St. Nicholas during a training exercise in Juneau waters on Wednesday. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)Juneau emergency responders took part in a training exercise this week to test their ability to work together in the event of a large-scale threat. Part of the simulation involved responding to a nuclear bomb aboard a ferry.Listen nowAbout 30 community volunteers got the chance to ride along for a close-up view of operation “Shielded Eagle.”On Wednesday, the St. Nicholas took off from a dock by the ferry terminal with passengers and a handful of crew.It may have looked like a typical tour excursion, but the St. Nicholas was standing in for the Alaska Marine Highway ferry Columbia. It was also carrying an imaginary nuclear threat.Later on, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau and the Juneau Police Department would board the vessel. But for now, Allen Marine Tours put out coffee and doughnuts for passengers, who range from retirement age to college students. Despite the serious nature of the exercise, volunteers are enjoying themselves.“Like everybody said, I really want to thank you for being here. I mean, although, it’s a pretty nice day for a boat ride,” Rich Baenen, a member of the Coast Guard Exercise Support Team, said.Baenen explains that the training scenario involves a radiological device planted somewhere on the boat by terrorists. Earlier, a device that emits low levels of radiation — for real — was hidden on board.Volunteers take part in a training exercise for Juneau emergency responders aboard the St. Nicholas in Juneau waters on Wednesday. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)“What your role is, is simply passengers, right? Somewhere in this scenario, there could be some bad guys, some bad gals, but you’re not one of them,” Baenen says.Jack and Judy Marshall, both in their 70s, went along for the free boat trip.“You know, with all this sun and everything, it’s going to be really beautiful out here,” Jack Marshall said. “A lot of mountains are white. Should be great. Maybe see a whale or two.”And they did, almost immediately. A humpback whale surfaces near the boat.Carolyn Garcia is on the email list for Juneau’s emergency planning committee and signed up as soon as they put out the call for volunteers last week.“I’m interested in the drill just because I’m also a Red Cross volunteer and I’m interested in helping respond to emergencies and participate and just know what’s going on as far as what the rest of the community is doing,” Garcia said.After a few hours spent floating offshore, a Coast Guard boat approaches. They pull up alongside the boat and board quickly, plastic guns in their holsters.A member of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau uses a radiation detector aboard the St. Nicholas on Wednesday. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)The team asks passengers to sit with their hands above their heads until they can verify identities.Passengers secured, the team searches the boat and locates the hidden device.Coast Guard Lt. Tim Storbeck was part of the team of coordinators in charge of the exercise. He said they were happy with the team’s performance. While a terrorist scenario may seem like a remote threat for Juneau, he said the point was to test response capabilities and make Juneau safer.“If something major happened where we absolutely needed the police department to go out, if we hadn’t practiced beforehand,” Storbeck said. “For example, they don’t have life jackets, ’cause they don’t have a maritime unit, so the Coast Guard had to provide life jackets for the police department. We wouldn’t want to find that out when we’re going out to respond to some sort of scenario.”Police Lt. Krag Campbell agreed. They regularly practice on their own, but don’t get the chance to collaborate much.“We don’t get that many opportunities to work with them like that, so this was a good opportunity to us to work together to see how are things were working, how’s our communication,” Campbell said.The exercise continued Thursday, with the teams picking up right where they had left off. Evaluators will debrief at the end of the week.
Oil prices were little changed on Thursday as uncertainty ahead of a planned OPEC-led crude production cut and thin liquidity due to the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday kept traders from making big new bets on markets.International Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were trading at $49.00 at 0403 GMT, up 5 cents from their last close.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $48.04 per barrel, up 8 cents from their last settlement.Traders said market activity was low due to the U.S. holiday, and there was a reluctance to take on big price directional bets due to uncertainty about a planned oil production cut, led by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).OPEC is due to meet on Nov. 30 to coordinate a cut, potentially together with non-OPEC member Russia, but there is also disagreement within the producer cartel as to which member states should cut and by how much.”The Thanksgiving Holiday today has thinned traders interest … but the OPEC result next Wednesday is the only game in town for energy traders,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA brokerages in Singapore.Most analysts believe some form of production cut will be agreed, but it is uncertain whether it will be enough to prop up a market that has been dogged by a fuel supply overhang for over two years, resulting in a record three years of falling investments into the sector, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).”We expect OPEC will reach an agreement at next week’s biannual meeting in Vienna… If OPEC does successfully reach an agreement, prices are likely to test the year high in Brent of $53 per barrel,” ANZ bank said in a note to clients on Thursday.But it added that “investor positioning data and price action suggest the market remains unconvinced,” and that net long positions, which would profit from rising prices, were still at lows not seen since oil hit $27 per barrel earlier this year.Beyond OPEC, traders said the strong U.S.-dollar, which is at levels last seen in 2003 against a basket of other leading currencies .DXY, was influencing oil prices.A strong dollar, in which oil is traded, makes fuel purchases more expensive for countries using other currencies at home, potentially crimping demand.
A 61-year-old Texas inmate was executed Wednesday evening for killing a Houston police officer more than three decades ago.Robert Jennings received lethal injection for the July 1988 fatal shooting of Officer Elston Howard during a robbery at an adult bookstore that authorities said was part of a crime spree.As witnesses filed into the death chamber, Jennings asked a chaplain standing next to him if he knew the name of the slain officer. The chaplain didn’t appear to respond, and a prison official then told the warden to proceed with the punishment.“To my friends and family, it was a nice journey,” Jennings said in his final statement. “To the family of the police officer, I hope y’all find peace. Be well and be safe and try to enjoy life’s moments, because we never get those back.”Outside the prison, more than 100 officers stood vigil. And a motorcycle club that supports police revved their engines, with the roar from the bikes audible in the chamber.Jennings was pronounced dead at 6:33 p.m., 18 minutes after the drug started. He became the first inmate put to death this year both in the U.S. and in Texas, the nation’s busiest capital punishment state.“Justice has been rendered and my family can finally have the closure we deserve,” Michael Agee, Howard’s nephew and a current Houston officer, said after watching Jennings die.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, asked about the 30-plus years between the crime and the punishment, said he thought “justice delayed is, to an extent, an injustice continued.”“But when the state takes a life, there has to be a process,” Acevedo said. “In this case, the day of reckoning is here. It’s a solemn occasion. For us it’s a celebration of a life well-lived by Officer Howard. We’re a family. That’s why we’re here.”His attorneys had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay his execution, arguing Jennings’ trial attorneys failed to ask jurors to fully consider evidence — including details of his remorse for the officer’s shooting and possible brain damage — that might have spared him a death sentence.Jennings had received an execution stay in 2016. But the high court and lower appeals courts rejected his request to delay Wednesday’s execution and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles turned down Jennings’ request to commute his sentence.A twice convicted robber, Jennings had been on parole for about two months when prosecutors say he entered Mr. Peeper’s Bookstore with the intention of robbing the business. Since being paroled, Jennings had gone on a crime spree, committing about 10 robberies, including having already robbed the same adult bookstore 12 days before Howard’s slaying.Officer Howard, 24, was in the middle of arresting the store clerk for operating a pornographic video arcade without a permit when Jennings shot the officer twice in the head.Howard, who had been wearing a jacket with the words “Houston Police” on it, staggered for a few feet before falling to the ground, where he was shot twice more by Jennings. The clerk later testified the shooting was so quick, Howard never had a chance to unholster his gun.Jennings was arrested hours later when he went to a Houston hospital after being shot in the hand by his accomplice, who got angry at Jennings for shooting the officer.Joe Gamaldi, the president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, said Jennings has spent more time on death row than Howard was alive.Howard “was an honorable man full of integrity who did his job. He was absolutely one of the best and he was just taken entirely too soon by this animal who murdered him in cold blood,” Gamaldi said.After his arrest, Jennings confessed to killing Howard, telling police in a tape-recorded statement he was remorseful about what happened and would “face whatever punishment (he had) coming.”Edward Mallett, one of Jennings’ current appellate attorneys, said the inmate’s trial attorneys failed to present sufficient evidence of his remorse as well as his history of brain damage, being abused as a child and drug addiction. He said the trial attorneys also failed to provide an instruction to jurors that would have allowed them to give sufficient weight to these aspects of Jennings’ life when they deliberated.Mallett said a prior appellate attorney also failed to argue these issues in earlier appeals.“There has not been an adequate presentation of his circumstances including mental illness and mental limitations,” Mallett said.Jennings’ trial in 1989 took place just as the Supreme Court issued a ruling that faulted Texas’ capital sentencing statute for not allowing jurors to consider evidence supporting a sentence less than death.The Texas Legislature changed the statute to address the high court’s concerns but that took place after Jennings was convicted.The Texas Attorney General’s Office called Jennings’ claim he had ineffective lawyers at his trial and during earlier appeals “specious,” and said appeals courts have previously rejected allegations his personal history was not adequately investigated and presented at his trial.“My hope is that on Wednesday (Howard’s family gets) the closure that they’ve been searching for 30 years,” Gamaldi said. 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×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Impressions: 244,700,482Attention Score: 90.75Attention Index: 87National Airings: 557Networks: 35Most Spend On: FOX, NBCCreative Versions: 23Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11.13MStudio: Walt Disney AnimationStarted Airing: 06/04/18 $4.9M – The Girl in the Spider’s Web In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending with “The Grinch.”Ads placed for the remake of the Christmas classic had an estimated media value of $9.28 million through Sunday for 1,903 national ad airings on 49 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Universal prioritized spend across networks including NBC, Fox and CBS, and during programming such as NFL Football, This Is Us and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.Just behind “The Grinch” in second place: Paramount Pictures’ “Instant Family,” which saw 819 national ad airings across 31 networks, with an estimated media value of $6.23 million. Popular on Variety $5.44M – Green Book $5.16M – Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 $6.23M – Instant Family Impressions: 268,661,585Attention Score: 95.89Attention Index: 149National Airings: 704Networks: 35Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 6Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11.01MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 09/25/18 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 10/29/2018 and 11/04/2018.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention analytics from more than eight million smart TVs, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology. Impressions: 314,731,021Attention Score: 92.57Attention Index: 107National Airings: 819Networks: 31Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 14Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $12.8MStudio: Paramount PicturesStarted Airing: 09/05/18 Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv TV ad placements for Universal’s “Green Book” (EMV: $5.44 million), Walt Disney Animation’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” ($5.16 million) and Columbia Pictures’ “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” ($4.9 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Green Book” has the best iSpot Attention Index (149) in the ranking, getting 49% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). Impressions: 365,375,555Attention Score: 91.44Attention Index: 94National Airings: 804Networks: 32Most Spend On: NBC, CBSCreative Versions: 21Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $13.46MStudio: Columbia PicturesStarted Airing: 09/13/18 $9.28M – The Grinch Impressions: 623,788,216Attention Score: 89.96Attention Index: 80National Airings: 1,903Networks: 49Most Spend On: NBC, FOXCreative Versions: 51Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $24.8MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 09/12/18
Donald Trump has broken pretty much every one of Twitter’s rules. So why hasn’t he been banned for life?According to the social media giant, words of elected world leaders are newsworthy; blocking or removing their “controversial” content would “hide important information people should be able to see and debate.”“It would also not silence that leader,” a January 2018 blog post said. “But it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.”AdChoices广告A year and a half of Trump’s incoherent, threatening, and negligent posts later, though, Twitter is changing its tune.“In the past, we’ve allowed certain tweets that violated our rules to remain on Twitter because they were in the public’s interest, but it wasn’t clear when and how we made those determinations,” a Thursday announcement said. “To fix that, we’re introducing a new notice that will provide additional clarity in these situations.”The notice will be immediately visible in users’ home timeline and across other areas, like search (via Twitter)The “notice”—a sort of warning screen users must click through before seeing a tweet—applies only to verified government officials with more than 100,000 followers.Trump’s personal and professional accounts both qualify.Twitter employees will determine what content is a matter of public interest, based on certain considerations—including the immediacy and severity of potential harm, and whether the tweet provides unique context or perspective necessary to broader discussion.Receiving a notice is more than just a blow to free speech: Concealed posts also will not be featured as top tweets on a user’s timeline, or in “safe search” results, “recommended tweet” push notifications, or the “Explore” page.Unfortunately, the new system does not apply retroactively, so Trump’s archive remains free and open to the public (assuming he doesn’t wise up and delete the tweets himself).Twitter in 2017 introduced new policies aimed at reducing violence and physical harm by users. Specific threats toward (and wishing for serious injury, dease, or death of) individuals or groups already violated company code, but additional changes helped broaden the scope.More on Geek.com:Twitter On the Hunt for ‘Tweeter in Chief’Twitter Bug ‘Accidentally’ Exposed iOS Users’ Location Data to Third PartyTwitter Now Lets You Add GIFs, Photos, Videos to Retweets Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature Stay on target
Earlier this year, the National Centers for Environmental Information reported natural disasters caused more than $300 billion in damages during 2017, a record-setting year that encompassed several damaging hurricanes, as well as wildfires and mudslides in California. According to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), however, the long-term risks from climate change-related flooding stands to become much worse by the end of the century.The UCS report states that as many as 311,000 coastal homes will be at risk of chronic flooding within the next 30 years—coincidentally, as the report points out, the average lifespan of a mortgage. Those potentially affected homes are worth around $120 billion today. Nearly 14,000 coastal commercial properties will also be at risk of chronic flooding during that time frame, with an assessed value of around $18 billion. The potential economic damage will become much worse as we near the end of the century, the UCS reports.By the end of this century, the UCS report estimates that homes and businesses worth a combined current value of more than $1 trillion could be at risk from chronic, climate-change-related flooding. How does that trillion break down? It works out to approximately 2.4 million homes, currently worth nearly $912 billion, and around 107,000 commercial properties, currently assessed at $152 billion.To put that in further perspective, those 2.4 million homes are roughly the equivalent of every home in both Los Angeles and Houston combined. The UCS report defines “chronic flooding” as “flooding an average of 26 times per year or more.”“What’s striking as we look along our coasts is that the significant risks of sea level rise to properties identified in our study often aren’t reflected in current home values in coastal real estate markets,” said Rachel Cleetus, an economist and policy director for the Climate and Energy Program at UCS, as well as a report co-author. “Unfortunately, in the years ahead many coastal communities will face declining property values as risk perceptions catch up with reality. In contrast with previous housing market crashes, values of properties chronically inundated due to sea level rise are unlikely to recover and will only continue to go further underwater, literally and figuratively.”The UCS report explains that “the properties at risk by 2045 currently house roughly 550,000 people and contribute nearly $1.5 billion toward today’s property tax base. These numbers jump to about 4.7 million people and $12 billion by 2100.”“For some communities, the potential hit to the local tax base could be staggering,” said Kristy Dahl, a senior climate scientist at UCS and report co-author. “Some smaller, more rural communities may see 30, 50, or even 70 percent of their property tax revenue at risk due to the number of chronically inundated homes. Tax base erosion could create particular challenges for communities already struggling with high poverty rates.”Nor are these dangers strictly limited to decades down the road. A recently released CoreLogic report estimated that that 6.9 million homes could be at risk of hurricane storm surge damage in 2018, with more than $1.6 trillion in potential reconstruction costs at stake. Climate Change floods 2018-06-18 David Wharton A Rising Tide of Potential Housing Damages in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, Market Studies, News June 18, 2018 592 Views Share
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