APTN National News RICHMOND,BC—A Conservative government would allow First Nation bands to implement private property ownership on their reserve lands on an opt-in basis, according to the party’s platform unveiled Friday.The Conservative platform says a Stephen Harper-led government would immediately move to introduce legislation, requested and influenced by the Whispering Pines-Clinton Indian Band in British Columbia, to introduce a property ownership regime on-reserve.A Conservative government would introduce similar legislation for any additional First Nations that would want to follow the same path, the platform said.“A re-elected Conservative government will enact legislation that allows this specific band to move forward in this way,” said the platform document. “If other First Nation bands also choose to pursue this option on a voluntary, opt-in basis, we’ll proceed with similar legislation for them.”The chief of the Whispering Pines-Clinton Indian Band is quoted in the platform document saying the proposed legislation is “First Nations-led.” Chief Michael LeBourdais says his First Nation created the proposed property ownership legislation, according to the document.“We want what other Canadians have: title we can leave to our future generations,” said LeBourdais, according to the document.The Conservative platform also says that while the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act is now dead, the Harper government would now try to strike deals with provinces and First Nations on education.The Conservative platform states that the Harper government’s response to the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission would include directing the Mental Health Commission of Canada to focus on addiction and suicide prevention in First Nation communities, direct palliative care research funding to services directed at First Nations, increase broadband Internet access to Indigenous communities and expand anti-gang programs along with increasing funding for Indigenous languages by $10 million over four years.The Conservatives would add 40 communities to the Nutrition North program. The costing document states the program would get an extra $32 million over four years. A Conservative government would also require all northern retailers to use a point-of-sale system so customers can see how the program subsidy applies to the foods they’ve purchased.The Conservative party pledges in the platform to complete devolution of land and resource powers to the Nunavut government over four firstname.lastname@example.org@APTNNews
The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,378.62, up 12.57 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 53 cents, or 5.97 per cent, to $9.41 on 22.7 million shares.Nighthawk Gold Corp. (TSX:NHK). Materials. Up four cents, or 10.67 per cent, to 41.5 cents on 11.6 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Up 32 cents, or 8.6 per cent, to $4.04 on 10.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down five cents, or 2.5 per cent, to $1.95 on 8.6 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up 36 cents, or 3.82 per cent, to $9.79 on 7.3 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $3.12, or 4.87 per cent, to $67.22 on 6.2 million shares.Companies reporting:SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC). Down $13.49 or 27.8 per cent to $35.01. SNC-Lavalin’s CEO says ongoing diplomatic tensions between Canada and Saudi Arabia are hurting the company’s bottom line and forcing it to consider a possible retreat from the oil-rich state as SNC share prices plunged to a three-year low. Amid an international row that has only escalated since last summer, Neil Bruce cited Ottawa’s recent granting of asylum to a Saudi teenager as the latest likely blow to business, spurring him to order a review of where the engineering and construction giant conducts operations, with an eye to “predictability.”Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX-V:OGI). Up $1.14 or 19.16 per cent to $7.09. Licensed cannabis producer Organigram Holdings says net revenue in its latest quarter hit $12.4 million, up from $2.4 million from a year earlier, due to the launch of recreational pot sales in October. Organigram says its sales during the three-month period ended Nov. 30 marked a record quarterly high and amounted to more than what the company has historically sold to medical patients in an entire year. The Moncton-based company also reported that during what was its financial first quarter it sold 1.7 million grams of dried flower, up from 195,075 grams during the same period a year earlier.
TORONTO — The president of Tim Hortons is fed up with the leaky brown tops on its coffee cups that haven’t changed a bit in 20 years — so much that he pushed the company to turn over a new leaf — literally.Alex Macedo said Thursday that six of the brand’s locations are experimenting with more environmentally-friendly lids emblazoned with a maple leaf, adding they have been rigorously tested by thousands of people who climbed hundreds of stairs and drove plenty of kilometres with cups in hand to design a cap that will cut down on the leaking.“If we don’t make these adjustments, we will fall back in time,” Macedo said.“The only people who are going to be pissed off are dry cleaners and car-washing companies. They will wash fewer shirts and fewer cars.”Tim Hortons announces sudden closure of 4 U.S. locationsTim Hortons owner focuses on turnaround efforts after missing key sales estimatesTim Hortons launches all-day breakfast across CanadaThe lid change is just one aspect of the company’s plan to admit mistakes, some of which caused it to fall behind competitors, and make significant changes to win over consumers and franchisees alike.Macedo and Duncan Fulton, the chief corporate officer at Tim Hortons’ parent company Restaurant Brands International, said in a meeting with The Canadian Press that customers will soon see new packaging, marketing campaigns and an emphasis on being environmentally friendly.The initiatives are part of a raft of changes the company recently announced including all-day breakfast, a kids menu, delivery, digital kiosks and a loyalty program.Alex Macedo, left, president at Tim Hortons and Duncan Fulton, chief operating officer at Restaurant Brands International pose for a photograph at the Hockey Hall of Fame Tim Hortons location in Toronto on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS They’re the product of hours of meetings the executives had with franchisees, feedback they received from customers and gripes they’ve heard from their top ranks.“Our head of marketing, who is in charge of packaging, has fallen in love with the Boston cream doughnut,” said Fulton. “Every day I watch him as he gets his Boston creme doughnut, takes it out of the bag looks at the doughnut and looks at the bag and the top of the Boston cream doughnut is smeared inside the bag.”“He is (saying) functionally this is the worst way in the world to serve someone a doughnut with a fresh topping, so packaging has to get at (the) environment, function and design.”He and Macedo said the pressure to change packaging has also mounted in recent months as environmentalists have pushed restaurants to ditch the use of plastic straws unless individual customers ask for them. Tim Hortons most recently that it is “actively reviewing” the use of straws.Macedo doesn’t know which kind of packaging environmentalists will turn their attention to next, but said “we need to be ahead of whatever is next.”That includes looking beyond plastic to the brand’s perception, which came under fire in recent months because of a dissident association, which claims to represent at least half of Tim Hortons franchisees.The Great White North Franchisee Association has publicly argued with Tim Hortons over everything from alleged misuse of a national advertising fund to cuts to employee benefits after Ontario’s minimum wage hike, but Macedo has previously vowed to patch things up.“We think it is not wise to drag the brand through the mud in the public eye because there are 1,500 families that depend on the brand to make a living,” Macedo said, emphasizing that his focus is on keeping franchisees profitable and customers happy.He aims to do that with a new marketing plan he hopes to roll out later this year with a focus on true stories, including one about a Kenyan hockey team that played hockey with little equipment at a mall and has embraced the brand so fervently that Tim Hortons will fly the players over to skate with NHL stars.Another will feature a story Tims staff stumbled across about a girl with a hearing impairment who often heads to Tim Hortons after school with friends. She used to have a hard time communicating that she wanted to order a doughnut or hot chocolate.“It was wintertime and she would blow on the glass and write hot chocolate so the (Tim Hortons staff) would know. The next week (she) came in the lady that had served her had on her own learned how to sign hot chocolate and doughnut,” said Fulton.“They are at a Tim Hortons today shooting the story with the actual lady (and girl). It is what the brand is all about.”
“A sustainable political resolution of the conflict is also the only avenue to chalk out a viable exit strategy” for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Bintou Keita told the Security Council.UNMISS was established in 2011 as a capacity building tool to assist a Government that lacked the capability to deliver services to its people, she said.However, following the December 2013 outbreak of violence, UNMISS evolved into a Mission where protection of civilians, including from national security institutions, has become the main focus.“This requirement unfortunately, remains valid,” she said, noting that tens of thousands of civilians are estimated to have been killed since the conflict began in December 2013 while over four million have been displaced, half of which are now refugees in neighbouring countries.As documented once again by the Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry which published its report last Friday, human rights violations and abuses, including horrific incidents of sexual violence, have reached alarming levels, and impunity for these crimes remains the norm, Ms. Keita said. Moreover, over 200,000 internally displaced peoples continue to be protected on UNMISS bases, with the assistance of humanitarian partners.The review found that largely over 50 per cent of the Mission’s uniformed personnel are currently devoted to protecting these sites.These sites only represent a fraction of the South Sudanese civilians in need of protection.“There are no easy answers to this dilemma. There will never be enough troops to protect both the ‘protection of civilians’ sites and extend UNMISS’s protection footprint to other areas of large displacements, in a country as large as South Sudan,” she said. OCHA/Charlotte CansPeople at a Protection of Civilians Camp in Malakal, South Sudan, peacefully demonstrating and carrying signs, waiting on the side of the road for a UN convoy to pass by. (file) Increasing the effectiveness of protection efforts beyond these sites will need to continue being a major priority of the Mission, notably through the development of an integrated and ‘people focused’ system-wide protection approach, aimed at filling existing gaps, generating synergies and removing duplication and thus possible wastage of resources.Since the Security Council decision in August 2016 to deploy the Regional Protection Force (RPF), the security conditions in Juba, have changed substantially. Today, while the risk of instability and violence remains, the threat of military conflict in the capital has considerably diminished.The current environment of Juba, therefore, may call for some adjustment of the RPF mandate as currently scripted, Ms. Keita said.Following the review, the Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operation has ordered a military and police capability study to explore how less troops can be dedicated to the ‘Protection of Civilians’ sites, and more are projected throughout the country to protect other civilians under imminent threat of violence.This capability study will also need to address the configuration of the RPF.South Sudan came into being with extremely limited institutional capacity in all areas of governance and government services, with the exception of military forces. This situation has not improved in subsequent years.Poor governance and economic collapse have compromised already weak rule of law institutions. In the current political and security environment, the review found that a full-scale return to capacity-building rule of law institutions is not warranted.“It is our considered judgement that the most effective way to protect civilians in a sustainable way is to reach a political solution to this conflict,” she said.The four-pillared mandate of UNMISS remains valid, but the focus of the Council and the region should undoubtedly be on its fourth pillar, which is to support the political process, she said.“Without progress on the political process, the Mission is likely to have to be deployed for a considerable amount of time, at a considerable cost to the international community,” she concluded.
Thirty-one-year-old Ashelly Johnson of lot 715 ‘C’ Field Sophia was earlier today (Wednesday) slapped with an assault charge after she appeared before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Courts.An unrepresented Johnson admitted to the allegation after it was read to her. The charge alleged that on September 16, 2018 she unlawfully assaulted Sasia Sharpulls, who she identified as her husband’s ‘girlfriend’.In an explanation to the court, Johnson stated that Sharpulls walked in to her which caused her to retaliate and pushed her away.As a result, Magistrate Azore fined Johnson $5000 or 7 days in prison. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman charged for assaulting copMay 15, 2019In “Court”Girlfriend beater finedSeptember 19, 2016In “Court”Mentally unstable man gets three years jail for wounding motherAugust 9, 2017In “Court”
Updated at 12.59RYAN MCBRIDE’S FORMER manager Stephen Kenny has issued a heartfelt tribute to the late footballer in the wake of his death last night.The Dundalk boss, who handed the defender his League of Ireland debut in 2011 during his stint in charge of Derry, paid an emotional tribute to him in an interview on Morning Ireland earlier today.Kenny was in the RTÉ studios for the FAI Awards last night to receive the Special Merit award on behalf of his trailblazing Dundalk side when he first heard the news.“The word came through that Ryan was dead and I couldn’t believe it,” Kenny said.These days, anything is possible with social media, so I actually didn’t believe it when I (first) heard the news.”McBride’s death came less than a week after he had scored against Kenny’s Dundalk side, and the centre-back had played all four matches in the Candystripes’ unbeaten run so far this season.A Derry native who lived right across from the Brandywell — the club’s home stadium, which is currently being redeveloped — Kenny added to the many tributes that have been paid since the 27-year-old’s sudden passing.“He was playing with a Saturday morning league team — Brandywell Harps. It was a massive jump to go from there to the (Derry) first teamHe made his debut against Shamrock Rovers, which RTÉ covered live in 2011. Brian McDermott, the Reading manager, came to watch James McClean. I spoke to him after the game. They came over to see if they wanted to buy James at that stage. (Brian) came to me and said ‘we’re not going to sign James but what about Ryan McBride? We’re interested in signing Ryan.’ That was his debut.“He was just a ferociously brave player. In fact, the bravest player I’ve ever seen on a football pitch. He was very committed — every fan’s favourite player and a great captain of Derry City.He’d have been a big hero in the city. Everyone there would have viewed him as one of their own who’s come through the system and captained the team for a number of years. It’s a real tragedy.“He just launched himself at every challenge and was really aggressive in the air, to a fault nearly. That’s what endeared him to everyone.”Meanwhile, Derry City have today issued a statement in reaction to McBride’s passing. It reads: “Derry City Football Club is deeply saddened by the untimely death of our captain, Ryan McBride. Our prayers and thoughts are with his father, Lexie, his sisters Colleen, Siuinin and Caitlain, and his partner Mairead who are heartbroken at his loss. We are also conscious of his teammates and our management and support staff. Ryan was a player and a great captain but he was also their friend and teammate. They are deeply shocked and will miss his inspiration and his leadership. 5 Comments Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO Monday 20 Mar 2017, 12:52 PM ‘He was the bravest player I’ve ever seen on a football pitch’ Ryan McBride’s former manager, Stephen Kenny, has paid an emotional tribute to the late Derry player. Share54 Tweet Email http://the42.ie/3296820 22,397 Views Our supporters are also shocked and saddened. To them, Ryan was Derry City through and through. The commitment and passion he brought on to the field is the bond that binds player and supporter.“In the hearts and minds of all of us and long into the future Ryan McBride will be remembered as one of the greats of Derry City Football Club.We are also conscious that this is the anniversary of the death of the members of the McGrotty and Daniels family in Buncrana and it is only a short time since we remembered Mark Farren’s death.“It is at times like this that we are reminded that our Club is also a community of people. As in the past, that community will come together to comfort and support Ryan’s family.In the coming days and weeks we will grieve the loss of our captain and our friend. Sometime in the future, when we have got past the initial shock and have had the proper space to grieve his loss, we will find a way to celebrate his life. We will remember his civility and humility off the field, his commitment and passion on it and the deep love he carried in his heart for Derry City Football Club.“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL Arsene Wenger wants to stay on at Arsenal – reports>FAI confirm Derry-Limerick match postponed following Ryan McBride’s death> Ryan McBride was found dead at his home last night. By Paul Fennessy Follow us: the42.ie Ryan McBride was found dead at his home last night. Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO Mar 20th 2017, 12:52 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
With Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Peter Yarrow, left, and Paul Stookey, right, of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, perform at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke Wednesday , in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Man at center is unidentified. WASHINGTON — Standing at ground zero on the civil rights movement’s battlefield of justice, President Barack Obama challenged new generations Wednesday to seize the cause of racial equality and honor the “glorious patriots” who marched a half century ago to the very steps from which Rev. Martin Luther King spoke during the March on Washington.In a moment rich with history and symbolism, tens of thousands of Americans of all backgrounds and colors thronged to the National Mall to join the nation’s first black president and civil rights pioneers in marking the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Obama urged each of them to become a modern-day marcher for economic justice and racial harmony.“The arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice but it doesn’t bend on its own,” Obama said, in an allusion to King’s own message.His speech was the culmination of daylong celebration of King’s legacy that began with marchers walking the streets of Washington behind a replica of the transit bus that Rosa Parks once rode when she refused to give up her seat to a white man. At precisely 3 p.m., members of the King family tolled a bell to echo King’s call 50 years earlier to “let freedom ring.” It was the same bell that once hung in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., before the church was bombed in 1963.
Fifty-two mushers headed out of Willow as the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began in earnest Sunday, March 3. Iditapod host Casey Grove is joined by KNOM’s Ben Matheson and Braver Mountain Mushing’s Quince Mountain for discussions of the restart, early-race strategy and some of the numbers of the Iditarod, including that this year’s race features the highest-ever percentage of female mushers.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
Ellen DegeneresTwitter/EllenEllen DeGeneres has shared the most shocking sexual abuse story during her recent interview with David Letterman.In a new interview on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres recalled the time when she was sexually abused by her own stepfather. When the said incident happened, Ellen was only 15 years old.As per Ellen, her stepfather used her mother’s breast cancer as a way to commit the crime when she was a teenager. It still hurts Ellen that her mother, Betty DeGeneres, did not believe her when she opened up about the sexual abuse for the first time.During her conversation with Letterman, Ellen went on to share some extensively graphic details. The comedian stated that her stepfather used to grope her breasts while he claimed that he was doing a breast exam on her. Ellen stated that as per her stepfather, he had felt a lump in her mother’s breast and needed to “feel” her breasts.”Because I didn’t know about bodies, I don’t know that breasts are all different… Anyway, he convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts and then he tries to do it again another time, and then another time,” Ellen recalled.Things escalated quickly as the abuse ran into other more heinous things. At that point, she locked him inside a room and escaped from the place.”I kicked the window out and ran cause I knew it was getting worse… and I didn’t want to tell my mother as I was protecting her. I knew that would ruin her happiness,” DeGeneres said via USA Today.The only reason why Ellen DeGeneres opened up about being sexually abused at a young age is that she wants other girls to not let anyone face what she had to face at that tender age of 15 or 16.Ellen DeGeneres’ mother is now apologetic that her daughter had to endure such a gruesome crime. DeGeneres added that should not have thought of protecting her mother as she should have focused on herself. Even after she told her mother, she stayed with the man for another 18 years.Ellen DeGeneres’ stepfather passed away by the time when the comedian first went public with her narrative.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a statement on national television from his official residence in Istanbul on 24 June. Photo: APTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was proclaimed the winner early Monday of a landmark election that ushers in a government system granting the president sweeping new powers and which critics say will cement what they call a one-man rule.The presidential vote and a parliamentary election, both held more than a year early, completed NATO-member Turkey’s transition from a parliamentary system to a presidential one, a process started with a voter referendum last year.“The nation has entrusted to me the responsibility of the presidency and the executive duty,” Erdogan said in televised remarks from Istanbul after a near-complete count carried by the state-run Anadolu news agency gave him the majority needed to avoid a runoff.The head of Turkey’s Supreme Election Council, Sadi Guven, declared Erdogan the winner early Monday after 97.7 of votes had been counted. The electoral board plans to announce final official results on 29 June.Based on unofficial results, five parties passed the 10 percent support threshold required for parties to enter parliament, Guven said.“This election’s victor is democracy, this election’s victory is national will,” Erdogan told a cheering crowd outside his party headquarters in Ankara early Monday, adding that Turkey “will look at its future with so much more trust than it did this morning.”Earlier, cheering Erdogan supporters waving Turkish flags gathered outside his official residence in Istanbul, chanting “Here’s the president, here’s the commander.”“Justice has been served!” said Cihan Yigici, one of those in the crowd.Thousands of jubilant supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, or HDP, also spilled into the streets of the predominantly Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir after unofficial results from Anadolu showed the party surpassing the 10 per cent threshold and coming in third with 11.5 per cent of the parliamentary vote.The HDP’s performance was a success, particularly considering it campaigned with nine of its lawmakers, including its presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas, and thousands of party members in jail. It says more than 350 of its election workers have been detained since 28 April.Revelers waved HDP flags and blared car horns. One party supporter, Nejdet Erke, said he had been “waiting for this emotion” since the morning.Supporters of Turkey president and ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrate outside his official residence in Istanbul on 24 June. Photo: APErdogan, 64, insisted the expanded powers of the Turkish presidency will bring prosperity and stability to the country, especially after a failed military coup attempt in 2016. A state of emergency imposed after the coup remains in place.Some 50,000 people have been arrested and 110,000 civil servants have been fired under the emergency, which opposition lawmakers say Erdogan has used to stifle dissent.The new system of government abolished the office of prime minister and empowers the president to take over an executive branch and form the government. He will appoint ministers, vice presidents and high-level bureaucrats, issue decrees, prepare the budget and decide on security policies.The Turkish Parliament will legislate and have the right to ratify or reject the budget. With Erdogan remaining at the helm of his party, a loyal parliamentary majority could reduce checks and balances on his power unless the opposition can wield an effective challenge.Erdogan’s apparent win comes at a critical time for Turkey. He recently has led a high-stakes foreign affairs gamble, cozying up to Russian president Vladimir Putin with pledges to install a Russian missile defence system in the NATO-member country.The president’s critics have warned that Erdogan’s re-election would cement his already firm grip on power and embolden a leader they accuse of showing increasingly autocratic tendencies.According to Anadolu, the near-complete results showed Erdogan winning an outright majority of 52.5 per cent, far ahead of the 30.7 per cent received by his main challenger, the secular Muharrem Ince.The HDP’s imprisoned Demirtas was in third place with 8.3 per cent according to Anadolu. Demirtas has been jailed pending trial on terrorism-related charges he has called trumped-up and politically motivated.But Ince said the results carried on Anadolu were not a true reflection of the official vote count by the country’s electoral board. The main opposition party that nominated him for the presidency, the CHP, said it was waiting for the commission’s official announcement.Erdogan also declared victory for the People’s Alliance, an electoral coalition between his ruling Justice and Development Party and the small Nationalist Movement Party, saying they had a “parliamentary majority” in the 600-member assembly.The unofficial results for the parliamentary election showed Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, or AKP, losing its majority, with 293 seats in the 600-seat legislature. However, the small nationalist party the AKP was allied with garnered 49 seats.“Even though we could not reach out goal in parliament, God willing we will be working to solve that with all our efforts in the People’s Alliance,” Erdogan said.The president, who has never lost an election and has been in power since 2003, initially as prime minister, had faced a more robust, united opposition than ever before. Opposition candidates had vowed to return Turkey to a parliamentary democracy with strong checks and balances and have decried what they call Erdogan’s “one-man rule.”Erdogan enjoys considerable support in the conservative and pious heartland, having empowered previously disenfranchised groups. From a modest background himself, he presided over an infrastructure boom that modernized Turkey and lifted many out of poverty while also raising Islam’s profile, for instance by lifting a ban on Islamic headscarves in schools and public offices.But critics say he became increasingly autocratic and intolerant of dissent. The election campaign was heavily skewed in his favour, with opposition candidates struggling to get their speeches aired on television in a country where Erdogan directly or indirectly controls most of the media.Ince, a 54-year-old former physics teacher, was backed by the centre-left opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP. He wooed crowds with an unexpectedly engaging campaign, drawing massive numbers at his rallies in Turkey’s three main cities of Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.More than 59 million Turkish citizens, including 3 million expatriates, were eligible to vote.
New York Comic Con begins today, and we kicked off the event last night with Hasbro, where we got a good, long look at some of Hasbro’s new toys and products being released for the company’s most popular properties, from Dungeons & Dragons and Marvel, to Nerf, My Little Pony, and Angry Birds.Before you ask: no, Magic: the Gathering was not at the pre-NYCC party, but people often forget that Hasbro owns Wizards of the Coast, so no one will mind if you continue forgetting about that. Hasbro did have its other biggest properties out in full force, displaying their upcoming newest product lines.First up, Hasbro showed off the full line of the Dungeons & Dragons Kre-O sets. Kre-O, of course, being Hasbro’s version of LEGO that released back in 2011. The D&D sets involve a simple game where two opponents fling plastic balls from a catapult at their enemy’s Kre-O army. Last man standing wins. We played a quick match at the booth, and it was more fun than it may seem like it is. Interesting note: the catapults are much more powerful than you’d think, so at full force, the plastic boulders fling much farther than expected. So, the game finds depth when you’re attempting to balance aiming with the proper amount of force.Angry Birds Telepods made a strong showing at the party as well. We’ve previously tried out the toys, and felt that they’re Hasbro’s answer to the Skylanders fever that swept the toy market in recent years. Rather than action figures you can invoke in an action-adventure game, the Telepods are invoked into Angry Birds Star Wars, each character with a special in-game power. However, the play sets also come with tangible destructible environments and pieces, so you can fling the birds and knock down structures in real life if you want to put your tablet down for the night.Next, we played with a moving target Nerf rig set up with some guns from the Zombie Strike series, and an infinite well of foam ammunition — for journalism purposes, of course. The rig featured the Crossfire Bow, the revolver-esque Hammershot, and the Shotgun-like Sledgefire (which fired multiple darts at once). All three guns had a surprising amount of power and accuracy, and I was able to easily fire the darts through holes being partially obscured by rotating blockades.Finally, the last property we invaded was the My Little Pony Ponyfication Station (wonderful pictures in the gallery), where stylists infused our hair with friendship and magic. Accompanying the vibrant, multicolored pony weaves, we also received cutie marks — a play on beauty marks that were essentially face decals with My Little Pony symbols, such as rainbows or diamonds.Aside from the interactive exhibits, the party floor had a multitude of Star Wars, Marvel, and Dungeons & Dragons action figures displayed on lighted platforms, making for an atmosphere at which we felt right at home. Overall, the pre-NYCC Hasbro party was a great way to kick off the event, and the company’s upcoming toys were a blast to play with, especially while our hair was infused with pony magic. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Star Wars James action figureStar Wars James action figureJames as a casual-but-knowing Star Wars action figurePonyficationJames about to be ponyfiedMLP esquestrianSebastian (of ExtremeTech) admiring an Esquestria GirlJames, Will, ChrisJames, Will (of PCMag), and Chris (of Ziff Davis), after PonyficationDraw Something gameAnalog Draw SomethingJames NerfJames assassinating Nerf targets, while getting photobombed by MarvelJustin lightsaberJustin, very happy to have a lightsaberJames having a drink with poniesJames chatting up some poniesIron SebastianSebastian’s actually Iron ManSebastian and TransformersSebastian is bigger than Megaplex from TransformersJames as a casual-but-knowing Star Wars action figure
In today’s day and age, street fashion is the new word that everyone follows. So how to get this style on point?Fashion experts list down different ways to style themselves with streetwear trends and at the same time keep the luxury quotient high and on point.Check out the checks: Chequered outfits are a must for a simple everyday wardrobe. It is essential to have a couple of go-to chequered shirts and trousers to add that extra charm to your everyday debonair look. Chequered shirts have always been indispensable in the wardrobe of all men as it is a look that can be pulled off with suave, effortlessly. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMilitary never gets old: This season, it can be said without any doubt that when in doubt, go for khaki. The colour stays predominant in every wardrobe because it never goes out of style. Pair your military inspired shirts with cargo pants and rugged boots and you are good to go, carrying the carefree adventure junkie look.Stripes are boss: After chequered, comes stripes. This wardrobe essential is absolutely irreplaceable. Perfect for both formal and casual occasions, this is a look that can be carried off without giving it a second thought. You can pair your striped shirts with flared pants and sneakers for a summer ready street perfect look. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveClassic blazers: Be it a formal business meeting, a wedding reception, or a dinner date, there is no occasion that a blazer cannot add a touch of style to. You may opt for a brighter hue paired with jeans that hang loose or go for a summer jacket/blazer with a basic white t-shirt. The one thing you need to keep in mind while choosing your blazer is to pick the colours according the season and the weather. Sneakers with suits: While this might sound like an odd combination, some suits are made to be worn with sneakers to take the glamour quotient a notch higher, when you experiment with the sneaker-suit combo you need not adhere to the regular norms of styling. Pick a crisp suit, and pair it with your favourite sneakers to create the perfect most effortless looking street look. Suits with t-shirts: To ace the perfect semi-casual look go for a suit with a plain t-shirt. The combination will not only make you look more stylish but will also be comfortable during hot weathers. Suits paired with t-shirts is the new ‘it’ thing when it comes to street style. Pick a classic white, grey or navy coloured t-shirt and pair it with a well fitted blazer to create a look that is both comfortable, and stylish.
Related posts:In Guatemala, anti-establishment presidential candidate benefits from corruption scandals Latin America’s anti-corruption crusade Why Guatemala’s Pérez Molina turns a deaf ear to widespread calls for his resignation Mexico’s Peña Nieto is not suited to building trust MEXICO CITY – Four Central American countries – Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua – are struggling, still burdened by the legacy of the last century’s wars. They are resilient yet incomplete democracies, challenged by poverty, violence, and corruption – and all but forgotten by the international community. But now there is reason to hope that these countries’ prospects could improve.Nicaragua, it should be noted, is not quite in the same category as Central America’s other three. Like them, it suffered through a brutal and protracted civil war; unlike them, however, successive governments have built institutions capable of supporting a reasonable level of territorial control and domestic security.By contrast Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras suffer levels of violence that are among the highest in the world, laying waste to cities and slums, bleeding younger generations, and driving away investment and tourism. The specifics vary across countries, but the results are the same.In Honduras, local gangs work with international organized crime groups. Since 2005, with the help of Venezuelan Chavistas and Mexican capos, the country has served as a pipeline for illegal drugs, especially cocaine, from Venezuela to Mexico and the United States.In Guatemala, the major criminal organizations have long been embedded in the state, making gangs more of a vehicle of social mobility than anything else. Since Mexico closed its air space to drug traffickers’ planes from Colombia and Venezuela, Guatemala’s coasts and highways have become crucial to the trade, with local, Mexican, and Colombian traffickers fighting for control.In El Salvador, drug traffickers have a smaller presence (the country is not exactly a route to the north), and the country’s armed gangs have a different origin: Los Angeles. During El Salvador’s civil war, hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans fled to the United States, where some joined gangs for protection and a livelihood. About 15 years ago, many of these gang members were deported, bringing their criminal activities with them.A ceasefire with the gang leaders, reached under the previous government, dampened the violence for a while. But the current administration’s decision to cancel the deal (which was weakening anyway) triggered a fierce response from major gangs. With the government now fighting back, violence has reached unprecedented levels: 250 deaths just in the first week of August.Given their instability, it is perhaps not surprising that these countries’ diasporas play a central role in their economies. Nicaragua, whose emigrants typically head south to Costa Rica or to work in Panama’s construction industry, depends on remittances for 10 percent of its GDP. Guatemala receives as much as 10 percent of its national income from expatriates, usually in the U.S. Remittances account for 17 percent of Honduras’ GDP, and 17 percent of El Salvador’s.Despite U.S. efforts to deport Central Americans who reach its territory, and Mexico’s attempt to seal its southern border to help its northern neighbor, the flow of immigrants continues. As the former Salvadoran politician Joaquín Villalobos has warned, the region is at risk of becoming so dependent on external funds, whether remittances or aid, that its labor capabilities and capacity for innovation could all but disintegrate, condemning it to persistent poverty.US active again in Central AmericaCentral America’s struggling countries need help to escape their current predicament. Fortunately, after decades of mostly staying out of the region’s affairs, the U.S. appears ready to get involved again, this time in a positive way. This is appropriate, given the U.S.’ role – from the “war on drugs” launched in 1971 to the dirty wars of the 1980s – in creating and sustaining the region’s problems.So far, the U.S. has focused almost exclusively on limiting drug trafficking. But the variety and scale of the challenges facing the region is compelling President Barack Obama’s administration to act on other issues, from migration, which affects the U.S. directly, to violence and corruption.Most promisingly, the U.S. is taking an active role in revitalizing and transforming the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), created in 2006. Originally financed by the European Union and others involved in the 1996 peace agreements, which ended 36 years of civil war, CICIG aimed to aid in the investigation and prosecution “of the crimes committed by members of the illegal bodies of security.”More recently, CICIG has focused on government corruption, becoming a more significant body than ever. Since the start of this year, it has implicated several members of ex-President Otto Pérez Molina’s Cabinet, as well as the president himself, in major corruption scandals. Vice President Roxana Baldetti was forced to resign, after reports linked her to a group accused of taking bribes to avoid levying customs taxes, and was arrested in August. Then Molina himself stepped down and was arrested immediately.With a strong new Colombian commissioner and 200 security officers and 200 prosecutors, all of them foreigners, together with sufficient resources and the support of the U.S. embassy, CICIG has become a powerful instrument in the fight against one of Guatemala’s worst blights. As a high government official has put it: “It hurts to admit that we are unable to clean up our own house, but it is better that someone else does it than that nobody does.”The rest of Central America is taking note. In Honduras, citizens have taken to the streets, sometimes even approaching the U.S. Embassy directly, to demand the establishment of an equivalent to CICIG in their country. Even in El Salvador, where corruption poses a lesser challenge, demands for an analogous commission have arisen.Such institutions, together with the billion dollars that the U.S. promised to the three countries last year, could help put them on the path toward stability. Perhaps it could even enable them to revive the old dream of a customs union, possibly including Nicaragua and/or Costa Rica.This is the first ray of hope the region has seen in a while. One hopes that it signals a long-awaited new dawn.Jorge G. Castañeda, former Mexican secretary of foreign affairs, is Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University.© 2015, Project Syndicate www.project-syndicate.org Facebook Comments
Comments Share JERUSALEM (AP) – Thousands of Israelis are gathering at the Tel Aviv square where Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated to mark the 17th anniversary of the former prime minister’s death and remember his call for peace.Rabin was gunned down on Nov. 4, 1995 by a Jewish extremist who opposed his policy of trading land with the Palestinians for peace.Rabin’s government negotiated the first interim peace accord with the Palestinians in 1993. He won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Patients with chronic pain give advice Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Saturday night’s rally at the square that bears Rabin’s name has become an annual pilgrimage for many Israelis to pay tribute to the slain leader. Participants held candles and waved Israeli flags. Others carried aloft banners calling for protecting democracy.Israel officially marks the anniversary Sunday, according to the Hebrew calendar.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Tourism Minister of Greece, Elena Kountoura has said that the tourism ministry is aiming to capitalise on Greece’s good performance in 2016, by opening up to new markets and extending the tourism season to include winter and autumn, and also attract higher income tourists.Kountoura said that the goal is to bring in tourists willing to spend. “Our goal is quality tourism. In 2016, we tripled the number of arrivals from the U.S. and Canada, a market we managed to reach out to with the help of the Diaspora Greeks,” added Kountoura.The minister noted that American travellers like those from the United Arab Emirates tend to spend more while on holiday, with Greece managing to attract both with the latter up by 55%.Additionally, Kountoura also stated that the ministry in collaboration with the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) had carried out qualitative research which identified an increasing number of high-income visitors in 2016. The findings were supported by a complementary study carried out by the University of Crete which also found that a large percentage of travellers to Greece last year belonged to the 60,000 euro-plus annual income bracket.
by John Rogers, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2018 11:30 pm PDT Last Updated May 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tommy Chong pose for a picture at his home Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Los Angeles. About to turn 80, Chong says he never doubted he’d live to see the day when marijuana would be legal in one form or another in 30 states across the country. Now, with his own Chong’s Choice line of artisanal pot, Chong prepares to celebrate his 80th birthday this week with a gentle I-told-You-So. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Tommy Chong reflects on pot’s evolution as he turns 80 LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he’d live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America.He knew when he and partner Cheech Marin pioneered stoner comedy 50 years ago, a time when taunting the establishment with constant reminders that they didn’t just play hippie potheads in the movies — they really were those guys — could have landed them in prison. He even knew in 2003 when Chong was imprisoned for nine months for conspiring to distribute handcrafted artisanal bongs the government declared drug paraphernalia.“Oh yeah, I saw it coming,” he says of cannabis being legal in some form in about two-thirds of his adopted country’s 50 states.“In fact, I kind of planned the whole thing out,” he jokes. “Well, maybe I was a little premature with that bong thing. But other than that, I was pretty much right on point.”So much so that when the High Priest of Stoner Comedy turns 80 on Thursday — that’s right, 80 — he expects his Chong’s Choice brand of marijuana, available in legal dispensaries in several states, will be consumed in abundance at the parties his family is planning.“Tommy likes to say he tests every single batch. Which obviously he does. And he really enjoys it,” his son Paris Chong says with a laugh.“For this one, make sure that whatever you have to eat around the house is healthy because you’ll find yourself munching away like crazy,” the elder Chong says as he holds up a jar containing a dozen or so choice green buds.“Oh, and we have chocolates too,” he says, reaching for a package of candies that vaguely resemble Tootsie Rolls.Not that he was ever a heavy pot user, Chong says, just a consistent connoisseur.“When I was 17, a jazz musician gave me a Lenny Bruce record and a joint at the same time, and it changed my life,” he recalls. “I quit school I think a week later and went on the road and became a blues musician and eventually a comedian, and the rest, as they say, is history.”His group Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers was signed to Motown, and Chong co-wrote the band’s only hit, “Does Your Mama Know About Me,” a smooth R&B tune that rose to No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968.When no other hits followed, Motown dropped the group, and the Canadian-born Chong returned to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he ran a pair of strip clubs with his brother. There he crossed paths with Richard Marin, a Mexican-American art student from Los Angeles eight years his junior, who asked to join the house band. The pair began warming up audiences with stoner jokes, and a comedy team was born.After some discussion of what to call themselves — Chong says “Richard and Tommy” and “Chong and Marin” were quickly rejected — they settled on Cheech, Marin’s nickname, and Chong. By then, Motown had helped Chong obtain a green card, and the two headed to fame and fortune in Los Angeles.On a recent early morning, Chong answers the door for a photo shoot at his longtime home in the hills overlooking L.A.’s wealthy Brentwood section, arriving in grey jeans, sandals and a black T-shirt advertising the name of a Colorado cannabis dispensary he recently visited. He offers to change into another shirt for the photos before deciding to stick with the original.“Don’t want to ruin my image,” he concludes with a smile.As a photographer sets up, Chong polishes off a breakfast of oatmeal topped with sliced banana. In recent years, he’s become a vegetarian, although he backslides.“Especially if you put a plate of dim sum in front of me. Of course, that’s my cultural heritage.”Chong, whose father emigrated from China before World War II, mostly identifies culturally as Chinese, although he’s equally proud of his Scotch, Irish and Native American ancestry from his mother’s side. Married for more than 40 years to his wife, Shelby, he’s a family man with six grown children, three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.More than just a stoner comedian, he’s been a passionate marijuana advocate for decades. He used cannabis during a bout with prostate cancer 10 years ago and more recently during treatment and recovery from colorectal cancer.He finds it ironic that if the U.S. government hadn’t outlawed marijuana in the early 20th century, he and Marin might never have had a comedy career.Before the pair’s bitter 1980s breakup, Cheech and Chong dominated comedy for 15 years. They released five Grammy-nominated, bestselling albums between 1971 and 1976, winning the 1973 Grammy for “Los Cochinos.” Turning to films, they wrote and starred in a half-dozen, beginning with 1978’s “Up in Smoke.”After the breakup, they would try periodically to reunite. Those efforts generally ended in angry, insult-laden exchanges until 10 years ago when Paris Chong intervened.Finding an email on his father’s computer from Marin asking if he wanted to try again to put aside differences, the son didn’t bother to tell the father. He simply wrote yes and hit reply.“And then I told my dad, and they were really happy,” he recalls, chuckling. “Sometimes you’ve just got to get out of your own way.”“There’s a bond now that will always be there no matter what happens,” says Chong, who in casual conversation sounds little like his stoner-dude alter-ego.And “yeah,” he says, answering the obvious question, “we still toke up.”
Revenue from tourism reached €39.6m in January 2019 compared with €38.4m in the same month of the previous year, recording an increase of 3.1 per cent, the statistical service said on Thursday.According to Cystat, expenditure per person per visit fell on average to €483.26 in January compared with €506.49 in the same month last year, a decrease of 4.6 per cent.Expenditure per person/per day fell by 3.5 per cent from €56.28 to €54.30.A decrease of 1.1 per cent was also recorded in the average length of stay, from nine days in January 2018 to 8.9 days in January 2019.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
19Apr Exchange students visit Michigan Capitol Categories: News State Rep. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin, recently welcomed Thore Pruesse of Germany, Ishtiak Zim of Bangladesh, Zhanar Tuleutayeva of Kazakhstan, and Olave W. Russell, ASSE International Student Exchange representative, to the state Capitol. The group from Traverse City toured the Capitol, watched House and Senate sessions and discussed Michigan’s legislative process with MacMaster.
State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township is offering a measurable track record of results by posting each of his votes on a single web page along with an explanation for each vote.This is a unique effort among state legislators. While all votes are public, few take the time to assemble all their votes in one place and provide a reason for every vote.“I stand by my voting record, and I strongly believe it’s important for constituents to see exactly how I represent them on the legislative questions put before me,” Rep. Reilly said. “I hope people find it informative as a snapshot of the work the House of Representatives is doing.”Residents can go to RepReilly.com and click the “Vote Explanations” button to see a list of bills, vote date, how Rep. Reilly voted (yes or no) and a detailed reason for the vote. The website will be updated monthly when the House of Representatives is in session. For additional questions, please contact the office directly at 517-373-1798.##### 06Jul Rep. Reilly shares complete voting record Categories: Reilly News
Share2TweetShareEmail2 SharesJuly 30, 2015; Fox 43The three-week-old budget impasse in Pennsylvania is forcing nonprofits all over the state to take out loans to cover the cost of services under state contracts while legislators figure out a resolution. State funding payments to service providers are to be delayed starting today, and the next budget vote is scheduled for the end of August. Meanwhile, as we have described previously, the nonprofit sector—and, specifically, safety net programs—are bracing for a big hit. And those that could get loans have prepared themselves to spend on debt.The Community Progress Council in York spends $300,000 per month on an array of programs in early childhood education, housing, and employment training. President of the Community Progress Council (CPC) Robin Rohrbaugh says they got prepared at the urging of their state association, but the delay will cost them. “Interest is not reimbursable with state and federal grants. So the money that we receive to provide services for clients, we cannot use government resources to pay back the loan,” said Rohrbaugh. “Fundraising for interest payments is not something that is value added to the community or the taxpayers. If we take some of our other revenue from other sources that we would normally direct towards client services, to pay back the interest on the loan, basically, it results in fewer people receiving help.”The local YWCA has also taken out a line of credit. “The organization’s CEO, Jean M. Treuthart, says, “YWCA York receives around 35 percent of our budget revenue from the state to fund learning centers, provide rape crisis services and operate our two domestic violence shelters in York and Hanover. Our mandated programs and services will continue no matter what. The YWCA is the primary provider of domestic violence services in York County, so our shelters and hotline will be staffed regardless of the impact of the budget impasse.”Governor Tom Wolf acknowledged last Friday that nonprofit social services providers would likely have to borrow to provide for service continuation. In the last such impasse, in 2009, a resolution was not reached until October, causing many social service agencies to lay off employees, borrow money, and, in some cases, shut down.—Ruth McCambridgeShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shares