Federal government should manage Albertas threatened caribou letter

first_imgEDMONTON – Several First Nations and Indigenous groups have asked the federal government to step in and protect some endangered caribou herds on provincial land in Alberta.In a letter to federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, the coalition said Alberta hasn’t met Ottawa’s deadline for coming up with a plan to save five threatened herds in the northeastern part of the province heavily impacted by forestry and oilsands development.They said if Alberta won’t make the move, Ottawa should.“Despite the good efforts by some companies, there’s nothing right now that prevents a new oil and gas well or a new oilsands mine or a harvest cutblock from destroying critical habitat,” said Barry Robinson of Ecojustice, one of the groups that signed the letter.Others included the Cold Lake First Nations, the David Suzuki Foundation and the Alberta Wilderness Association.Robinson said McKenna could use the Species At Risk Act which gives Ottawa the power to issue a “safety blanket” order.That order, said Robinson, obliges the federal minister to step in if provincial protections for critical habitat of an endangered species on Crown land are inadequate.The formal petition delivered to McKenna on Monday, along with the letter, goes through 11 Alberta laws and concludes none offers legal protections, although Robinson noted some companies try to minimize damage to caribou herds.Alberta and six other provinces continue to fail to meet a federal deadline to release recovery plans for threatened herds in their jurisdictions. That deadline passed in October.McKenna has said her office will study measures taken by the provinces and decide in April whether those protections are enough.It’s time for action, said Robinson, who added Ottawa has already let its own deadlines slip by. The 2012 federal document that contained the deadline the provinces have now missed was itself five years late.“Given the purpose of the Species At Risk Act, very little has been done, and it’s been 10 years since the species was listed. It’s time for either the province or the federal minister to step up.”The Cold Lake First Nations said no recovery plans have been developed for the herds they depend on despite new industrial disturbances being approved regularly.“They (Alberta) had five years and where are the plans?” asked band Councillor Kelsey Jacko in an email.“I don’t see them. And the situation is getting worse. Something has to be done.”Alberta did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It has previously said it’s trying to find ways to protect habitat with as little economic impact as possible.Caribou are in decline across the country.A 2015 federal assessment found 81 per cent of Canada’s 51 woodland caribou populations are declining. The reasons are thought to stem from habitat loss and damage from forestry, energy development and wildfires.The assessment concluded those populations will decline at least another 30 per cent in the coming years.Federal guidelines say two-thirds of habitat on critical caribou range should be undisturbed. Habitat for most of the five herds mentioned in the letter is more than 70 per cent disturbed.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Air Canada says services restored after system outage causes flight delays

first_imgSome travellers say they were delayed by a few hours, but @AirCanada just apologized and did a boarding call over the intercom. #yyc— Crystal Laderas (@CrisLaderas) March 12, 2018Elsewhere, airports in Toronto and Vancouver had reported disrupted flight schedules because of the technical issues along with congested terminals.Air Canada customers in Canada and abroad took to Twitter to complain of long lines, flight delays and other travel disruptions because of the computer problems.The company apologized for the inconvenience and thanked customers for their patience.The disruption came two weeks after the airline had a computer issue that disrupted web and mobile check-ins and call centre operations and delayed boarding on some flights. Air Canada says it has restored its computer systems after a morning outage led to delays across the airline’s operations.We can confirm airport systems, check-in & customer call centres are now all back online. We’re expecting some flight delays but we’re getting everyone on their way. Please check your flight status before going to the airport. We thank customers for their patience— Air Canada (@AirCanada) March 12, 2018The company says it expects some continued flight delays as it works to clear the backlog caused by a disruption of its airport systems, check-in and customer service centres.Air Canada checking in bags & passengers @FlyYYC after notifying guests this a.m. of a nation-wide network outage. pic.twitter.com/CrbuOGlKQF— Crystal Laderas (@CrisLaderas) March 12, 2018last_img read more

UNbacked talks on reunification of Cyprus going well says senior official

22 October 2008The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities continued their talks today on the reunification of the Mediterranean island, focusing the discussion on the composition of a new executive branch of government, according to a senior United Nations official. Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat heard from their two representatives on the follow-up meeting held last week – after their regular weekly meeting – to help explain and clarify each party’s position on the question of the federal executive. “The Leaders then took up the issue themselves and had a constructive exchange of views,” the Special Representative of the Secretary General Tayé-Brook Zerihoun told reporters after the meeting.“[They] then directed their representatives to carry on these discussions next Thursday,” Mr. Zerihoun added at the press briefing in Nicosia.Today’s talks, the latest in a series of weekly meetings under the sponsorship of the UN, included a preliminary discussion on the legislature that will continue when the two leaders meet on 3 November.In May, Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat committed to a partnership that will comprise a Federal Government with a single international identity, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which will be of equal status. The full-fledged negotiations between the leaders began last month with discussions on the issues of governance and power sharing. read more

Organized crime in West Africa the focus of talks between UN envoy

13 February 2012Transnational organized crime in West Africa, including illicit drug trafficking and the proliferation of illegal arms, as well as maritime piracy, dominated discussions today between a senior United Nations envoy and the head of the international police organization, Interpol. At their meeting in Lyon, France, where Interpol is headquartered, Said Djinnit, head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), and Ronald K. Noble, Interpol’s Secretary General, stressed the importance of working jointly to efficiently address the increasingly complex transnational organized crime, which they said poses a serious threat to West Africa’s stability. They underlined that Interpol’s expertise on information sharing through its high technology infrastructure was crucial to enabling national police services in the region to work together to tackle the problem. They reviewed the latest achievements and challenges of the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI) that is making efforts to combat organized crime. The joint UN-Interpol project was launched in 2009 to support the Regional Action Plan of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to address the growing problem of illicit drug trafficking, organized crime and narcotics abuse in West Africa. The two officials reiterated their commitment to strengthening collaboration in support to ECOWAS’ efforts to make West Africa safer. read more

SEC charges Illinois with fraud over pensions state settles by promising better

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by John O’Connor, The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2013 4:11 pm MDT SEC charges Illinois with fraud over pensions; state settles by promising better disclosures SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Federal authorities announced Monday that Illinois has agreed to settle a securities-fraud charge that accused the state of misleading investors about the financial health of its public-employee pension systems, which are now $96.7 billion short of what’s needed to cover promised retirement benefits.In a cease-and-desist order issued by the Securities and Exchange Commissions, Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration admitted no wrongdoing in the way state officials borrowed money to pay pension obligations through $2.2 billion in municipal bond sales from 2005 to early 2009.The SEC began its investigation in September 2010, shortly after signing an agreement with New Jersey over similar pension disclosures. Quinn’s assistant budget director, Abdon Pallasch, said the governor began making changes before the investigation started and that the SEC agreed his office co-operated fully in its review. Quinn, a Democrat, took office in January 2009.The charge revolves around how well Illinois officials publicized their handling of seriously underfunded public-employee pension accounts. Quinn and the Legislature say they have made finding a solution this spring their priority.The SEC alleged that the state made misleading statements about how much pension reforms would save or that it omitted statements about the full impact of underfunding problems.“The state failed to disclose the effect of its unfunded pension systems on the state’s ability to manage other (spending) obligations,” the SEC order said. “The state also did not inform investors that rising pension costs could continue to affect its ability to satisfy its commitments in the future.”The SEC reported that Illinois has taken several steps to improve the situation, including using attorneys devoted to disclosure, expanding exposition in the pension section of bond-sale documents, and establishing formal disclosure procedures, including review of proposed explanations by the five pension agencies that administer the retirement programs.“The (SEC) order acknowledged the proactive steps taken by the state to enhance its pension disclosures and related processes since 2009,” Pallasch said in a statement. “The state began these enhancements prior to being contacted by the SEC.”The order did note there were warnings issued after Quinn took office — including by his budget authorities — that the SEC said should have been included in bond documents, but the order doesn’t identify any bond sales that might have been affected or criticize any Quinn administration sales.The order summarizes a sordid history of state pension underfunding dating to 1981, noting that by 1994, a $20 billion deficit in the retirement accounts nudged a Republican governor and lawmakers to adopt a plan to bring the pension pots to within 90 per cent of full funding within 50 years.But the money devoted to the plan was insufficient, and in the past 18 years the shortfall has grown by nearly five times, exacerbated by a two-year “pension holiday” agreed to by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and lawmakers, who cut pension payments in 2005 and 2006 by a combined $2.3 billion. None of this was adequately explained in bond-sale documents, the SEC claimed.Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno said Monday it was her caucus that sounded the alarm, filing a complaint with the SEC in 2005 that claimed the Blagojevich administration, in selling $300 million in bonds in fall 2005, overstated the savings expected from pension reforms.Blagojevich claimed the savings would be $3 billion, while a bipartisan financial forecasting agency of the Legislature provided several scenarios in which the result of the changes could range from savings of $3 billion to additional costs of $4.7 billion. Blagojevich was later sent to prison on unrelated corruption charges.“Our work to expose these deceptive practices led to corrective action and improved disclosure,” Radogno said in a statement Monday. “We continue to be a watchdog for the taxpayer and demand sound financial management practices, including a resolution to our pension crisis.”____Online:SEC order: http://tinyurl.com/a238oae___Contact AP Political Writer John O’Connor at https://www.twitter.com/apoconnor read more

You will always be in our hearts say TCI family still hurting

first_imgPHOTOS PROVIDED BY GARDINER’S FAMILY Related Items:#coldcasestci, #dorsettegardiner, #justicefordorsette Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos – December 7, 2017 – It is not just an open case, but an open wound for the family of Dorsette Gardiner who was eight years ago brutally beaten and left for dead in a deserted area west of the Providenciales International Airport.The 35 year-old man, hailed as the brilliant chief mechanic at Johnston International had gone missing, then his vehicle was found, then a rally of residents searched until his bloodied body was found. That was December 6, 2009 and relatives are still reeling from the loss, shattered because they were unable to say goodbye and shocked that after eight years, Police are no closer to solving the case and no one has ever been brought to justice in the gruesome near double homicide.News information from 2009 revealed that TCI Police had questioned some members of the public in regard to the murder probe; it had been rumored and reported that the inquisitions included some members of the Police Force, but there was nothing more.Doresette Gardiner’s niece, Meshelle Cox-Pratt, reached out to Magnetic Media to remind us of the tragedy, which changed their lives.  Stunned and hurt that no one seems to have remembered the day of Gardiner’s death and the open murder investigation, Cox-Pratt just wanted to talk and to keep attention on the case, alive.Though the case and the details of brutality against Dorsette Gardiner and his friend, Cynthia Claudette Rigby are impossible to forget, we offered an apology and an opportunity for the young woman to speak out.  She accepted and sent us these words:  “There is not one day that I don’t think about you since you have been gone. It still feels like yesterday when your killer decided to take you away from your loving family.  Things happen for a reason so they say, (but) that doesn’t stop your family from missing you every single day. You will always be in our hearts rest easy, Dorsette.”Words which were painstakingly penned in a message to us over Facebook, but that was not all Meshell had to say,  the young woman added:  “It’s now 8-years the family of Dorsette Gardiner still doesn’t have justice; we are calling on the Commissioner of Police to continue to process this case.  How much longer must the family be hurting, eight years still no justice we need a closure to this case.”Gardiner was found bound behind the back by his own underwear, boxer shorts – he was discovered naked and laying in a pool of blood.  Claudette Rigby, Police say, was struck in the head multiple times with rocks suffering severe head trauma, she too was naked and left there to die; her survival and then fight to recover was nothing short of miraculous.In 2011, then Police Commissioner Colin Farquhar set up a Cold Case Files unit, among their priorities was the Gardiner-Rigby case.  Farquhar had said forensic science continues to improve, therefore there was hope for even older cases.  Gardiner’s name was again mentioned in 2015, when former Premier Rufus Ewing called for a special investigative team for unsolved murders. Today, our understanding is the Unit still exists within the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police; there is however no information on its progresses in the TCI’s unsolved mysteries, which includes the heinous murder of North Caicos’ Dorsette Gardiner.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Nuno Espirito Santo is cautious instead of worried about Wolves form

first_imgNuno Espirito Santo is “cautious” instead worried about Wolves’ having played six games without a win.Asked how concerned he is by Wolves’ form that kept them winless ever since a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on October 6, Santos said:“I’m cautious of the moment we have now, it’s a lot of games without a win, and knowing there’s only one way – stick together and work harder,” he said Sky Sports.“You can’t buy confidence, but I think we were better than last weekend, I thought we were in control of it and there weren’t many chances for them – although set pieces were always a problem.”Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“The first goal is too easy the way they scored. After that, it became very difficult. It’s hard when you have the lead and lose the game. Usually, it’s one of the things that we preserve well, but we had chances to come out and our first pass was poor. We needed more possession.”On whether Cardiff’s goal would stand after Callum Paterson intentionally blocked off Rui Patricio to Aaron Gunnarsson’s goal, he added:”When someone touches you it’s difficult for you to continue with your actions, I think it could have been a foul, but besides that it was a tough, emotional game, and we have to keep on.”last_img read more

Columbia River seniors research earns 50K scholarship

first_imgColumbia River High School senior Rebecca Leong’s interests in cross-country running and public health have earned her top honors in a national competition and a $50,000 scholarship.Leong, 18, was named one of two winners in the Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition for her research on the effects of footwear on running-related injuries. The competition calls on high school juniors and seniors to submit original research projects employing the methods epidemiologists use to improve public health.Leong, who ran cross country for Columbia River, tested the claims that barefoot running is better for the body. She gathered a group of 45 runners in three different categories: barefoot runners, shoe-wearers and those who are transitioning from running in shoes to running barefoot. She monitored their mileage, running surfaces and injuries for 12 weeks. Her data showed that people who run in shoes suffer fewer injuries than those in the other groups. The next fewest number of injuries was in the barefoot running group.She was named one of 60 regional finalists — and the only one from Washington state — and went to Washington, D.C., on Friday to present her work. She was one of 12 national finalists to present again Sunday. That night, she was named one of two competition winners.last_img read more

Nepal ponders unpaid tax law to seize personal assets of casino operators

first_img Buyer search no longer exclusive as main Silver Heritage candidate misses second deposit deadline Singapore Betting Taxes fall 0.9% to SG$2.7 billion in FY2018/19 Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 Under the proposed bill, operators would be required to spend at least 2% of their profits on corporate social responsibility schemes, while penalties for allowing locals to gamble would be strongly enforced. However, the bill would also expand potential locations for casinos from five-star hotels only to include luxury resorts as well.“We have held several rounds of discussions on the new law. We plan to consult the private sector and the public regarding the new bill,” said Tourism Ministry spokesman Ghanshyam Upadhyaya. “The final draft will be sent to the Finance and Law ministries for their approval before submitting it to the Cabinet.“House committees may hold several rounds of deliberations before the bill is endorsed.”The proposed casino bill is the government’s response to a legal loophole that has seen three casinos previously shut down for failing to pay its taxes allowed to remain open under an interim order by the Supreme Court. Unpaid casino taxes in that time are said to total around NPR 1 billion (US$8.9 million). Load More The Nepal government is considering introducing legislation that would give it wide-ranging powers to confiscate the personal property of any casino operators that fail to pay their taxes.Set to form part of a new Federal Tourism Bill, the draft casino bill will include a provision allowing officials to seize assets both within and outside Nepal’s borders. Aside from the ability to confiscate personal property, the government would also be able to seize passports and freeze the bank accounts of those deemed liable as well as shutting off utilities such as water and electricity supply, according to the Kathmandu Post. RelatedPostslast_img read more

Kalmbach Moving Discover Edit Operation to Wisconsin Closing New York Office

first_imgSEE ALSO: Kalmbach to Buy Discover Media Sales staff, which was outsourced post-sale to rep firm James G. Elliott, Co., will remain as-is, says Croft. Kalmbach Publishing Company, the parent company of Discover, is closing the magazine’s New York editorial offices and relocating staff to its Waukesha, Wisconsin headquarters. The offices will be closed by January 2013.The edit team is about 20 people, including the designers, and how many will make the move is yet to be determined, says Kalmbach president Chuck Croft. The move was announced publicly yesterday, the same time the company notified staff. However, editor-in-chief Corey Powell and executive editor Pamela Weintraub will continue with the brand. The move is mostly cost-related. Kalmbach, which bought Discover in 2010, has 16 other hobby-related brands based in Waukesha, with 275 employees. Back office functions for the magazine are already located there. Discover was the only outlier. “We don’t intend any big strategic changes to the magazine or the content,” notes Croft. “This is being done more for the synergy and integrating all of our media resources.”last_img read more

4 killed in Coxs Bazar landslides

first_imgFour people including two minors were killed and four others injured in separate incidents of landslides in Lighthouse area of Sadar municipality and in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Tuesday.Police and witnesses said two young people were killed as a large chunk of mud form Lighthouse hill fell on their house in Sadar municipality of the district at about 12:15am.The deceased are Saddam Hossain, 24, Shahed, 16.Physician Abdullah Al Mamun of Cox’s Bazar Sadar hospital said M Shahed was brought dead in the hospital whereas Saddam Hossain of Dhamankhali village of Sadar upazila died at the hospital.A local youth Nafis Iqbal said four people sustained severe injuries in the Lighthouse incident.Cox’s Bazar fire service assistant deputy director Abdul Malek said in another incident, a large chunk of hilly mud fell on a house of a certain Ziaur Rahman in Cheinda area of Ramu upazila on Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf road at around 1:30am.Two minors of Ziaur Rahman — Raihan, 5, and Saima Akhtar, 3 — were killed on the spot and Ziaur Rahman and his wife Anarkali sustained injuries in the incident.Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner (acting) Saiful Islam Majumdar confirmed both the incidents and said excessive rain in last 2-3 days is the reason of the landslides.last_img read more

Man killed in Sylhet

first_imgMap of SylhetA man was killed by his relatives in Raghupur village of Biswanathpur upazila in Sylhet on Friday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased is Azir Uddin, 50, of the village.Azir house was gutted in a fire a few days back. He was seeking shelter in his Uncle Majar Ali house. He had an altercation with his uncle on this matter, said the local people.Majar Ali and his son Joynal Mia attacked him, leaving him severely injured.Azir was taken to Sylhet Osmani Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him dead at around 7.30pm, officer-in-charge of Biswanathpur police station, Mohammad Samsuddoha.last_img

What to do With Your Plants After the Freeze

first_imgListen 00:00 /00:00 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share – / 6Houston’s landscapes are looking dead.So I visited Zach Buchanan at Buchanan’s Native Plants in the Heights to find out if it’s too late for the plants to bounce back.“But the real test and when everybody knows for sure whether or not they lost something is in March when things start to leaf back out and if it leaves out then you’re in the clear,” says Buchanan.Buchanan says he does see an increased interest in grooming yards in the spring after a harsh winter.We walk around the plant nursery and he shows me plants fit for colder conditions like roses.“I think it’s a really good option. It gets a bad rap for being difficult when in reality some of them can be extremely low maintenance,” says Buchanan.Along with roses Buchanan suggests fruit trees and hollies.If your plants are past the point of no return he recommends putting them in a compost pile or placing them in City of Houston compostable bags for the city to pick up. Xlast_img read more

Five Smart Fixes for Dumb PC Annoyances

first_imgFebruary 15, 2008 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » 4 min read Is Windows bugging you about USB devices that aren’t even plugged in anymore? Or harassing you with bogus security alerts? Or popping up lots of unnecessary notifications? I have all the fixes–plus a cool, free Clipboard substitute.Safely Remove External DevicesThe Hassle: I disconnected an external USB drive, but I can still see it in Windows Explorer. And every few seconds I get a ‘Delayed Write Failed’ error message. It’s a pain in the neck–and confusing.The Fix: The case of the phantom flash drive, eh? The Safely Remove Hardware tool (the green arrow in the system tray) is meant to complete any reads or writes and then flush disk buffers on the device. Not using it–and just disconnecting the device–is a game of high-tech Russian roulette that can result in corrupted files.You probably know the safest way to disconnect such hardware: Click the green arrow icon, highlight the device, and click Stop.If you’re constantly swapping flash drives and other USB external add-ons, you might want some extra help. USB Safely Remove–a handy, $20 program–gives you more ways to handle multiple USB devices. For instance, the tool allows you to stop peripherals via keyboard shortcuts and lets advanced users employ command-line batch files to stop multiple gadgets.End Windows Security Alert NagsThe Hassle: I update my antivirus program daily, but the red Windows Security Alert still warns that my system is at risk. Why?The Fix: Windows sometimes wacks out with warnings; the one that you’re talking about can appear if you disable a component of your antivirus. As long as you’re positive your antivirus program (or firewall, for that matter) is working and updated, zap the Windows alert: Click the pop-up balloon warning to open the Windows Security Center. Choose Recommendations in the Virus Protection panel and check I have an antivirus program that I’ll monitor myself.Stop Yellow Balloon AlertsThe Hassle: When I send anything to my networked printer, Windows XP pops up a yellow confirmation bubble telling me the item printed. How can I turn that annoying option off?The Fix: In Control Panel, choose Printers and Faxes. Click File, Server Properties, and select the Advanced tab. Near the bottom, uncheck the box for Notify when remote documents are printed. In Vista, follow the same steps, but uncheck Show informational notifications for network printers. (On your network, you may have to right-click the printer involved and click Run as Administrator first.)Make E-Mail Programs Recognize Web LinksThe Hassle: I tried another browser, didn’t like it, and uninstalled it. But now that I’m back to using Internet Explorer, none of the links that I click in e-mail or on a Web site work.The Fix: When you uninstalled the other browser, it didn’t restore default rights to Internet Explorer. From the Control Panel, open Internet Options, select Programs, and choose Internet Explorer as the default browser. If the links still don’t work, use SetBrowser to reset your browser through brute force.Note: Despite the warning posted on the creator’s site, the SetBrowser program works fine with Firefox.Quick Tip: Get Your Product KeyOne day you might need to retrieve your product key–the CD key–for your Windows installation or for Microsoft Office. Save yourself a headache by running Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder. The utility is free but is supported by donations.Tool of the Month: Manage Your ClipsYou use Windows’ Clipboard, right? You’ll love Polar’s MultiClipboard, a free utility with skills that are light-years beyond Windows’ cut-and-paste function. You use Ctrl-C as usual, but in the background MultiClipboard captures and saves everything you send to the Clipboard. When you are ready to paste, Ctrl-V works for the last clip, or instead you can bring up MultiClipboard with a hot-key and pick from the saved clips–including images, multiple files, and text. On a network, you have the option of sharing clips; you can make clipped items permanent and assign a shortcut key to each one, too. Get it from Polar Software’s Polar MultiClipboard page. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Brought to you by PCWorldlast_img read more

La Canfora also says that according to sources

first_imgLa Canfora also says that, according to sources, “Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is operating under the assumption that he’s going to have move forward with a new defensive coordinator next season.” The speculation has begun. It’s no surprise to anybody in Arizona that Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has been building a fair amount of interest from NFL teams that may be looking for a new head coach this offseason. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora says “of the various potential head coaching opportunities, the Jets and Bears could end up being particularly attractive to him,” citing Bowles’ resume as an interim head coach in Miami and experience as a player. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2019 6:12 am PDT John Malkovich to star in Weinstein-inspired play in London FILE – In this Thursday, July 11, 2013 file photo, John Malkovich arrives at the LA premiere of “Red 2” at the Westwood Village on in Los Angeles. Producers announced Tuesday Jan. 29, 2019 John Malkovich is returning to the London stage as a powerful Hollywood producer accused of sexual misconduct, in a play with strong echoes of the Harvey Weinstein saga. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) LONDON — John Malkovich is returning to the London stage as a powerful Hollywood producer accused of sexual misconduct, in a play with strong echoes of the Harvey Weinstein saga.Producers announced Tuesday that Malkovich will star in the world premiere of David Mamet’s “Bitter Wheat,” which recounts the fall from grace of a “depraved Hollywood mogul.”Malkovich told the BBC that the play “started as reaction to all the news that came out, in particular about Harvey Weinstein” but that the central character is “not particularly Harvey Weinstein.”Scores of women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. He denies allegations of non-consensual sex.Mamet, whose plays include “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Oleanna,” also directs the production. It runs at London’s Garrick Theatre from June 7 to Sept. 14.The Associated Presslast_img read more

European Commission warns Cyprus on various failings

first_imgThe European Commission has issued warnings to Cyprus for failing to show progress on issues relating to energy, the professional qualifications of engineers and architects, anti-money laundering measures and road safety, it was announced on Thursday.The warnings, in the form of letters of formal notice were part of the December infringements package issued by the EC.Cyprus, along with the Czech Republic, received a letter of formal notice requesting it to ensure the correct implementation and application of the electricity and gas directives.“The Directives are part of the Third Energy Package and contain key legal provisions which allow energy markets to function properly,” the EC said.The commission also sent a formal notice to Cyprus for not recognising the professional training in the fields of engineering and architecture acquired by Cypriot citizens in other member states, “which does not seem to be in line” with the relevant directive.In addition, it said, national rules do not fully respect the principle of automatic recognition of professional qualifications acquired abroad by architects as laid down in the same directive.“Cyprus now has two months to remedy the situation; otherwise, the commission may decide to send a reasoned opinion to Cyprus,” it said.At the same time, the commission is urging Cyprus to remove restrictions in certain regulations of professions which are incompatible with EU law.The commission also urged Cyprus, along with Bulgaria, Greece, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania, to transpose the fourth anti-money laundering directive into their national legislations.“The new EU rules will strengthen the existing anti-money laundering requirements and improve the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing,” it said.All member states had to transpose this directive by June 26. All eight countries have already received letters of formal notice last July and the commission is now calling on them to take the necessary measures to fully comply with the directive.“If these member states fail to bring their national legislation into line with EU law within the next two months, the commission may decide to refer the cases to the court of justice of the EU”.Cyprus has also two months to fully transpose and implement the directive on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and trailers.Directive 2014/45/EU covers all types of vehicles and defines harmonised requirements for the items to be tested during the roadworthiness test, the methods, the defects and their assessment. “Failure to transpose and implement the directive leads to an inconsistent application of the rules across the EU with detrimental effects on road safety,” it said.If Cyprus fails to abide, the commission may send a reasoned opinion on this matter.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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