LAVAL, Que. – Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. says it will allow shareholders to vote on the pay packages of the company’s top five executives, but not until next year.Alain Bouchard, chairman and co-founder of the Quebec-based convenience-store giant, made the pledge before a shareholder withdrew a proposal to implement the so-called say-on-pay vote at the annual general meeting Thursday.“It’s becoming almost a rule in Canada, certainly for the TSX 60,” Bouchard said later in an interview.Chief executive Brian Hannasch added that “we have nothing to hide — so transparency today, we’re very open to it.”The non-binding shareholder votes, which many companies already allow, came to prominence in the wake of the financial crisis with changes that required publicly traded American companies to include a resolution approving executive compensation.Kevin Thomas, executive director at the Shareholder Association for Research and Education, said say-on-pay votes are a key accountability mechanism and called the shift toward it a “fantastic development” at Couche-Tard.The votes can help rein in skyrocketing CEO salaries and dissuade boards from handing out no-strings-attached bonuses to top management, “where the company essentially rewards the executive just for being there,” Thomas said.“There’s far too many practices that just like line the pockets of execs.”Complacency toward say-on-pay stems from some “family controlled or tightly controlled companies,” he said.“Some boards can be too captivated by their CEO, they’re charmed by them. Some might feel they might lose them,” Thomas added. “And some might feel that there’s a competitive advantage to paying their CEO more than anyone else.”For the past decade, the shareholder association has pushed to make annual compensation votes a regulatory requirement in Canada, as it is in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and some European countries.Most of the companies on the S&P/TSX 60 Index have adopted the annual vote, part of the more than 180 publicly held companies across the country that have done so, according to Thomas.Kingsdale Advisors, a shareholder services firm, charts the rising trend, noting that 157 companies had adopted the practice by 2015, up from just 28 in 2010.The Ontario Securities Commission, which has been monitoring developments in other jurisdictions, has said it is the primary responsibility of the board and its executive compensation committee to ensure that pay practices promote long-term shareholder value.Companies in the story: (TSX:ATD.B)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version erroneously referred to Kevin Thomas as Smith.
Rabat – Morocco’s TV channel 2M is moving forward to launch the African version of the musical reality TV show ‘The Voice’.Al Ayam 24, citing sources from the channel’s administration, reported that state-owned 2M has allegedly signed a contract for exclusive rights to broadcast an African version of the singing competition, The Voice. The channel also owns the rights to the reality show, MasterChef Morocco.The African version of the voice will be produced by the Moroccan production company Med Prod which is responsible for the successful reality TV show MasterChef Morocco. The sources quoted by Al Ayam 24 did not unveil when the first edition of the Voice Africa will be launched nor did they reveal in what country the auditions will be held.The program will choose candidates across the African continent based solely on their voice. The show will highlight the exceptional talent of many candidates and will have the potential of leading them to fame.The Voice proceeds in three phases: Blind Auditions, the Battle Rounds and the Live performance shows.The Voice was originally launched in 2011 as The Voice Holland. Rights to broadcast the program were sold to over 45 countries in the past four years, including France, the UK and US.Edited by Miriam El Ofir© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are moving to require that brokers provide their customers with detailed disclosures of their potential conflicts of interest when dispensing advice for retirement planning and other investments.But critics say the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new measure, supported by the financial industry, doesn’t go far enough to protect retail investors against abuses. They say a stricter standard advanced under the Obama administration should apply to brokers.The stricter fiduciary duty rule required all financial professionals — not just registered investment advisers — to act as trustees obligated to put their clients’ interests before their own. It was targeted for watering-down by President Donald Trump in early 2017 and defeated in the courts by the industry.Americans increasingly seek financial advice to help them navigate an array of options for retirement, college savings and more.Many financial pros provide investment advice, but not all of them are registered advisers who are legally required to put clients’ interests above their own or to disclose potential conflicts of interest that could colour their advice. Critics of the current system say investors lose billions of dollars a year because of advice from brokers with conflicts.The change to be adopted by the SEC on Wednesday could affect how hundreds of billions of dollars in Americans’ retirement and other investments are handled by brokers. Brokers sell stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities and other investments, which they may recommend to clients. They sometimes receive commissions for selling specific financial products.As proposed over a year ago, the SEC “best interest” regulation would require brokers to tell clients how much they collect from recommending products. They would have to provide clients with a new short-form disclosure document with key facts about the broker-client relationship, including potential conflicts of interest.SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has said the regulation is “a significant step” toward increasing investor protection while also “preserving investors’ access to a range of products and services at a reasonable cost.”Brokers wouldn’t be allowed to use the term “adviser” as part of their name or title in dealings with retail investors. They also would have to give clients details of their registration status with the SEC.Critics point out that “best interest” isn’t specifically defined.“The regulations the agency is set to approve are a betrayal of the ‘Mr. and Ms. 401(k)’ investors (Clayton) pledged to protect when he undertook this rulemaking,” the Consumer Federation of America and Americans for Financial Reform said in a joint statement. “The drain on people’s hard-earned savings will continue.”Details of the final regulation, which follows an extensive public comment period for the proposal, weren’t immediately known but it was expected to fall close to the proposed plan.“What they’ve proposed is a big step forward over what we’ve got now,” said James Angel, a professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business who’s an expert on financial markets regulation.Current regulations mandate brokers recommend only suitable investments to their clients — appropriate for their age, other demographic characteristics, tolerance for risk and investment goals. That’s less stringent than the fiduciary standard.A key question, Angel suggested, is whether the SEC regulation will prohibit some especially egregious practices, such as contests rewarding brokers who sell the most products with trips to Florida in the winter and other perks.Most Main Street investors may not be knowledgeable about financial industry practices, like the fees they’re charged for investment advice or the commissions collected by their brokers. The typical client “knows they’re making money off him somehow and they’re not sure how,” Angel said.That’s something George Wheeler, a retired information tech professional in Colorado, had mused about his broker. “We were always wondering how much he was making and how he made his money. He was never clear about that. … We were trusting that our broker was working in our best interest.”Wheeler and his wife, Rachel, say they also hadn’t known that fees were so high on the annuities the broker put them into, for which he promised annual returns of 7% or 8%. In fact, they earned 3% to 4% over a span of about 10 years, usually well below the overall stock market, they said in a telephone interview. As a result, their investment account ended up pretty much where it had started.“I would like to have retired sooner,” said Rachel, who’s leaving her job as a physical therapist at the end of this month.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Second Cup ended last year with its first positive same-store sales quarter since 2012.Same-store sales for locations open at least a year were up 0.2 per cent in the fourth quarter — the first time Second Cup has had positive same-store sales in 14 quarters going back to early 2013.The chain of coffee shops had $94,000 of net income in the three months ended Dec. 26, or one cent per share, compared with a loss of $469,000 or four cents per share in the same quarter a year earlier.Second Cup (TSX:SCU) has been working to revitalize its brand and franchise network amid stiff competition from other coffee companies including Starbucks and restaurant chains including Tim Hortons and McDonald’s.Second Cup’s second coming? Take a tour of the coffee chain’s new souped-up cafe in downtown TorontoWhy Ottawa-based coffee shop Bridgehead doesn’t see Starbucks as a threatThe company’s full-year loss was reduced to $1.153 million or nine cents per share, an improvement from the $27 million loss or $2.66 per share in 2014.System-wide sales by the cafes fell to $46.9 million in the fourth quarter, from $49.4 million a year earlier when Second Cup had 37 more locations in its network.Revenue for the quarter rose to $9.6 million from $8.4 million.At the end of 2015, Second Cup had 310 cafes, including 32 owned by the parent company.
“One year after the killings, no internationally accepted account of the events has been established,” said the High Commissioner, expressing the hope that Uzbekistan will still take advantage of the offers for assistance made by the international community, including the UN.Ms. Arbour has on several occasions called for an independent, international inquiry into the events on 13 May last year when reports stated that hundreds of protesters were killed after Uzbek troops fired indiscriminately to disperse them. The event sent hundreds of Uzbeks fleeing out of their country, and sparked a refugee crisis with Kyrgyzstan. The Uzbek Government claimed fewer than 200 people were killed in the unrest. However, more than 450 of the Uzbek refugees subsequently provided testimony to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) regarding the events of 13 May and an OHCHR report in July concluded that based on consistent, credible testimony, military and security forces committed grave human rights violations that day.The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) assisted in the evacuation to Romania of 439 Uzbeks who had fled to neighbouring Kyrgyzstan after the killings and almost all of these have been resettled to other countries worldwide.However UNHCR said today that the repercussions of last year’s tragedy are still being felt by the survivors, some of whom remain in Kyrgyzstan, while others have been given jail terms in Uzbekistan for alleged involvement in the events of last May.Haitvoy, a 29-year-old Uzbek, has been in exile in Kyrgyzstan for a year now, struggling to survive amid news that his brother back home was recently sentenced to 13 years in prison. Others tell similar stories, many having left their families behind, including Dilshot, whose brother is still in detention for taking part in the protests.Another Uzbek, Rasuljon, is alone in Osh, which is in south-western Kyrgyzstan, having not been resettled because he couldn’t get into the border camp at Jalal-abad from where the 439 were evacuated, due to security measures. Now he is among a group of Uzbeks awaiting a decision on their refugee status from the Kyrgyz Government.Another four Uzbeks recognized by UNHCR as refugees are still in detention in Osh, pending a decision by the Kyrgyz authorities on their fate, and a UNHCR spokeswoman today reiterated the agency’s concern about the fate of the four and its calls on the government not to send them back by force.Those who do file asylum claims are interviewed by the Kyrgyz Government’s Committee on Migration and Employment together with the UN refugee agency.UNHCR closed its office in Uzbekistan last month after 13 years of service following an ultimatum by the Foreign Ministry to end its work by 17 April.“UNHCR expressed regret over the decision as our work in the country was ongoing and many refugees continued to depend on assistance from us,” UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis said at the time. “But we only work in a country by invitation and in support of the government. So in those exceptional situations where we are asked to leave, we leave.”
David Scharia, Officer-in-Charge of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), addresses the Council’s meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist He said that CTED provides the Counter-Terrorism Committee, a subsidiary body of the Security Council, with neutral and independent expert assessments of Member States’ implementation of Council resolutions on terrorism. To date, CTED has conducted 133 visits to 96 Member States, including 16 this year. This process, Mr. Scharia said, helped these countries to enact new laws, establish new institutions and strengthen capacities.“Yet, many States still do not have all counter-terrorism measures in place,” he added, expressing an expectation that the establishment of the Office of Counter-Terrorism will shorten the time period between CTED assessments and the delivery of assistance. He noted that the entire UN system should benefit from CTED analysis, “which is probably the most updated and comprehensive research-based analysis in the UN system on counter-terrorism trends and developments.” “Together, we have achieved a great deal since the adoption of resolution 1373 in 2001,” he said. “However, the terrorist threat continues to evolve at an alarming pace.” CTED recently updated the Technical Guide to the implementation of Council resolutions on terrorism. “We must recognize that there are four important spheres of UN activity that need to be aligned if we are to effectively develop a coherent and well-coordinated ‘All of UN’ framework for our future counter-terrorism efforts,” Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT), said at a briefing to the 15-member body on the threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. These four spheres are the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies; the General Assembly; the UN Secretariat headed the Secretary-General; and the 38 UN entities that directly or indirectly contribute to counter-terrorism efforts, Mr. Voronkov said. Today’s meeting marked the 16th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1373, which was adopted on this day in 2001, following the 11 September terrorist attacks on the United States. He said that he had more than 50 high-level meetings with Member States and international and regional organizations last week in the margins of the General Assembly’s annual debate and that he listened carefully to the statements delivered in the Assembly, in which counter-terrorism was clearly a priority for many UN Member States. An effective, future-oriented and balanced counter-terrorism programme to support Member States would be built on six key areas; strengthening international counter-terrorism cooperation; preventing violent extremism conducive to terrorism; addressing the terrorist use of the Internet; enhancing the foreign terrorist fighters’ threat; and increasing the sharing of information and good practices.Also briefing the Council was David Scharia, Officer-in-Charge of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), who discussed how CTED’s work can contribute to the “All of UN” approach to combating terrorism.
The universe is a big place. You just can’t fathom how mind-bendingly, staggeringly big it really is. But a cool new Chrome Experiment called 100,000 Stars might help you come to terms with it. As its name suggests, 100,000 Stars accurately charts the positions of 100,000 nearby stars in a killer 3D interactive view. It’s pretty and educational at the same time.100,000 Stars comes from the Google Data Arts Team and makes use of WebGL, CSS3D, and Web Audio. This is designed to work with the Chrome browser. All the stars depicted in this web app are contained in the same small corner of the Milky Way Galaxy that we are. 100,000 stars might sound like a lot, but there are a few hundred billion of them in just our galaxy.You can click and drag to rotate your view, while the mouse wheel will change your zoom level. If you zoom all the way out, the app shows you an artists impression of the entire galaxy. Zoom deeply into the local cluster of stars and you can click on 87 of the nearest ones to get information about them.The tour feature gives you the basics of distance and scale in space. It goes over how far Earth is from the sun, how large a light year is, and how limited our explorations are by comparison. Yes, 100,000 Stars can make you feel very small.Check this out in Chrome right now. To think, there was a time when animated gifs on the Internet were impressive.via Chrome Experiments
http://jrnl.ie/4069025 By Paul Hosford 34 Comments Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 5:03 PM Short URL Image: Garda Press Office Ten luxury cars seized in CAB swoop on dealership CAB says the vehicles are worth in excess of €70,000 each. Image: Garda Press Office Share86 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE CRIMINAL ASSETS Bureau (CAB) has seized ten luxury cars from a car dealership in Dublin.CAB says the seizures form part of an ongoing investigation into a suspected organised crime gang based in west Dublin. CAB Bureau Officers (detective gardai and Revenue Customs Bureau Officers attached to CAB) carried out a customs control visit at the dealership in the Killeen Road area in Fox and Geese, Dublin 10 this morning. During the raid, ten high value sports utility vehicles have been detained by officers. The Criminal Assets Bureau says that the vehicles were taken on suspicion of VRT related offences. Source: Garda Press OfficeThe vehicles include eight high-end Range Rovers and two BMW X5s. Conservatively, CAB says those vehicles are worth in excess of €70,000 each. Jun 13th 2018, 5:03 PM 69,836 Views
The Rangers assistant manager speaks how the team needs to be ready for their next match in the Scottish Cup Fourth Round against Cowdenbeath.After almost three weeks without competitive play, Scottish Premier League club Rangers will be back to action.They will play next Friday against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup Fourth Round fixture.And for assistant manager Gary McAllister, this means the first match for Jermain Defoe with Rangers.“It will certainly be very different for Jermain, I don’t think he will have played in anything quite like it,” he said to The Express.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“As far as stock cars go, Cowdenbeath is one of the best in the world!”“It’s been a while since I played there to be fair but I was there as a teenager with Motherwell,” he added.“I can just remember the stock cars. It will certainly be different for Jermain and I don’t think he’ll have played in anything quite like it.”“I remember as manager at Leeds United we lost at Histon. To be fair, Leeds were in the third tier so were only a couple of divisions above Histon at the time,” he commented.“But in all honesty, my record wasn’t very good in the FA Cup when I first went to England.”
Imperial Beach residents concerned after another sewage spill could close beaches on Independence Day Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – Many Imperial Beach residents are concerned they can’t enjoy celebrating Independence Day after about a million gallons of sewage spills from the Tijuana River Valley.Beach closures are expected, and that could spoil the fun for celebrating America’s birthday in Imperial Beach.KUSI’s Dan Plante has the details. July 3, 2019 Updated: 5:56 PM Classic California Beach Town DUMPED ON Before 4th Of July. Another 800-Thousand Gallons Of Raw Sewage Headed Toward Imperial Beach. City Leaders Want To Declare “Public Health Crisis”. But Beach Will Be Open. KUSI Tonight. pic.twitter.com/gXYyHuTeoT— Dan Plante (@DanPlanteKUSI) July 3, 2019 Posted: July 3, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dan Plante,
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Hanscom AFB is a critical asset for the Air Force with a bright future, Secretary Heather Wilson said Thursday following a tour of the installation located outside of Boston. Wilson, who was accompanied by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), said the service is spending about $225 million on construction at the base and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. “It’s a huge investment for us, a tremendous commitment to Hanscom as a base,” Wilson said, reported the Lowell Sun. … To counter the threat posed by a cyberattack on the nation’s critical infrastructure, military installations should be able to operate independently of the electric grid, either permanently or on a short-term basis, Robert Knake, the director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council during the Obama administration, said in a recent interview. Knake, now a senior research scientist at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute, also suggested the commercial grid should be moved offline onto a separate internet for critical infrastructure, according to a Washington Post op-ed.Air Force Photo by Wayne Clark
According to the Department of Justice, in March of 2018, 41-year-old Gary Boyd and 53-year-old Martin Elze broke into the Campbell Creek Science Center and stole a very big, very old woolly mammoth tusk, fossilized over the course of 10,000 years. Elze received the same sentence in April. The case ended up in federal court for two reasons. Number one, the tusk was stolen from a Bureau of Land Management facility. And number two, according to Walker, the theft falls within the purview of a 2009 law passed by Congress to prevent the plunder of natural and historical artifacts. In June of 2018, staff at the Campbell Creek Science Center offered a $500 reward for information about an ancient tusk that had been missing since March. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media) “This tusk was a connection to all of human history,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonas Walker, who prosecuted the case for the government. At a financial level, the tusk was valued at $7,000 to $9,000. But prosecutors says it was an irreplaceable artifact. According to Walker, this is only the second time prosecutors have charged a case under the Paleontological Resources Protection Act since it was enacted a decade ago. In the sentencing memo submitted by the defense, Boyd admitted he got $450 after re-selling two chunks of the ancient ivory that Elze had cut down from the original tusk. According to the court document, at the time Boyd was “basically homeless,” indebted to Elze, and struggling with a decades-long addiction to methamphetamine. The case of a fossilized mammoth tusk stolen in Anchorage last year has finally come to a close. On Wednesday, a second man charged with stealing the rare relic from a museum was sentenced to nearly three years in prison. A federal judge sentenced Boyd to 33 months in prison, and ordered him to pay $8,386 in restitution for the destroyed property. For three years after his release, he’s also barred from visiting National Parks, forests or BLM land without permission from a probation officer. “It is a federal crime to take paleontological resources from federal land without a permit,” Walker said in a phone interview Thursday. In court documents, BLM Alaska Associate State Director Ted Murphy said that theft of archaeological and paleontological objects overlaps heavily with the illegal drug trade, and constitutes part of a “national epidemic.” Characterizing the plunder of artifacts from lands in the Lower 48 as prolific, Murphy warned it has the potential to expand even more. Prosecutors believe it’s only the second time a case has been charged under a little-known law meant to curb illegal traffic in natural artifacts and historical relics. Rich Curtner, who defended Boyd, had no comment about the case’s outcome on Thursday.
Photo of U.S. Capitol by Liz Ruskin Trump announced the import tax May 30. He says it will begin June 10 and ramp up to 25% unless Mexico stops the flow of Central American migrants from reaching the U.S. border. “We’re a state that certainly is seeing the impact on our seafood,” Murkowski said. “There was a lot of concern that, with the tariffs on steel and aluminum, that that would have impact on our infrastructure. So we’re paying very, very close attention to this.” If the Senate majority decides to put it to a vote, Murkowski said she is “not inclined to be supportive” of the tariff, based on her current understanding of the issue. Tariffs, and the import taxes other countries adopt in response, can damage a state’s economy, she said, even a non-farm state like Alaska. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she and most of her Republican colleagues are not happy with President Trump’s plan to impose a 5% tariff on all imports from Mexico. “Do they really think that they can do both?” Murkowski asked. “I think what I took away from the discussion was that it was kind of above their pay grade to reconcile that.” Quite a few Republican senators have criticized the threatened tariff on Mexico. Based on statements they’ve made to reporters, it appears the Senate could pass a resolution blocking the emergency action. But the president would surely veto it and it’s not clear opponents could muster a two-thirds majority to override the veto. As for Sen. Dan Sullivan’s position on the tariff, his spokesman said Wednesday the senator “is still reviewing the details.” Administration officials met with Republican senators Tuesday to defend the plan. Murkowski said the White House representatives weren’t able to explain how the import tax could be compatible with Trump’s new trade deal with Mexico and Canada.
When the van made a fifth stop to pick up a second arrestee, Sgt. Alicia White helped check on Gray. “Mr. Gray was found kneeling on the floor, facing the front of the van and slumped over to his right against the bench, and reportedly appeared lethargic with minimal responses to direct questions.”___This story has been corrected to show that Officer William Porter was involved in the fourth stop, not Sgt. Alicia White. BALTIMORE (AP) — A medical examiner found Freddie Gray suffered a “high-energy injury,” most likely caused when the Baltimore police van he was riding in suddenly slowed down, according to an autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.The report says Gray’s death could not be ruled an accident and is instead a homicide because officers didn’t follow safety procedures”through acts of omission.”Police arrested Gray, 25, on April 12 and he died a week later, prompting protests and rioting. A grand jury indicted six officers on various charges; one officer faces the most serious charge of second-degree “depraved-heart” murder. They have pleaded not guilty.A spokesman for the Maryland medical examiner and for the prosecutor’s office declined Tuesday to release the report, but State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby condemned the leak in a statement.“I want to make it very clear that the state’s attorney’s office did not release the Freddie Gray autopsy report. As I have repeatedly stated, I strongly condemn anyone with access to trial evidence who has leaked information prior to the resolution of this case,” she said.Attorneys for the officers released a joint statement saying they had not yet received the report, although Mosby is expected to turn it over to the defense by Friday. The defense attorneys said they believed only the prosecutor and the medical examiner’s office had copies.The newspaper reported it obtained a copy of the autopsy, and sources who verified it for the Sun requested anonymity because of the high-profile nature of the case.Although officers loaded Gray into the van on his abdomen, the medical examiner surmised Gray may have gotten to his feet, then been thrown into a wall when the van abruptly changed direction. Because Gray wasn’t belted in and had his wrists and ankles shackled, he was “at risk for an unsupported fall during acceleration or deceleration of the van.”Police and an attorney for the Gray family have said previously that Gray suffered a severe spine injury.At the University of Maryland Medical Center, Gray tested positive for opiates and cannabinoid, according to the autopsy.According to the report’s chronology:Gray suffered no injuries to suggest a neck hold or anything stemming from physical restraint during his arrest. Assistant Medical Examiner Carol Allan noted that in bystander video, Gray is seen bearing weight on his legs and speaking as officers load him into the van. The van made several stops. At the second stop, officers placed an identification band and leg restraints on Gray. “Reportedly, Mr. Gray was still yelling and shaking the van. He was removed from the van and placed on the ground in a kneeling position, facing the van doors, while ankle cuffs were placed, and then slid onto the floor of the van, belly down and head first, reportedly still verbally and physically active.” The most significant injury to Gray may have occurred after this stop. During a fourth stop, authorities said van driver Caesar Goodson called for help and Officer William Porter got involved. “The assisting officer opened the doors and observed Mr. Gray lying belly down on the floor with his head facing the cabin compartment, and reportedly he was asking for help, saying he couldn’t breathe, couldn’t get up, and needed a medic. The officer assisted Mr. Gray to the bench and the van continued on its way.”
Torruco Marqués added that the Tourism Promotion Council of Mexico has been eliminated, an organization that had been in charge of coordinating, designing and operating tourism promotion strategies at a national and international level. Mexico City, Mexico — The new federal tourism secretary says that Mexico is likely to receive more than 44 million international tourists for 2019. “In 2018, according to the trend from January to September, the closure figures will show 42.4 million tourists which is 4.6 percent more than in 2017,” he stressed. He explained that in 2017, the national hotel infrastructure was 22,000 thousand establishments with 800,600 hotel rooms, and by the end of 2018, it is estimated to be 23,200 establishments with 834,000 hotel rooms, equivalent to a growth of 5.5 percent and 4.9 percent respectively. Miguel Torruco Marqués, federal tourism secretary reports that next year, they anticipate Mexico will reach 44.8 million international visitors, an increase of 5.8 percent over 2018. “The elimination is a fact. We are going to be a non-obese state, more productive. We are going to give results with two sub-secretariats, not with three, not on the number of tourists, but on the largest economic outcome.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by TORONTO — It’s a sign of the times that news services have taken to compiling lists of fake news items, in an effort to weed out the real stories from the not-so-real.Wire news service The Associated Press says it’s dedicated to fact-checking misinformation that is shared widely online, and alerting users with roundups of fake news. Recently that roundup included WestJet.Not that the airline had done anything wrong. On the contrary, AP was drawing attention to an online ticket scam involving WestJet that the airline has been pushing back against for years with consumer warning advisories and blog posts.It’s the age-old Facebook-based free ticket scam, using WestJet’s branding.“THE FACTS: WestJet Airlines is not giving out two free tickets to celebrate its birthday despite an offer circulating on social media,” says AP.The scam asks users to fill out a survey to receive a pair of 332 remaining tickets. Afterward, users are asked to share the ad and type “Thanks for tickets #Westjet!” in the comments field. It then says users can click the ‘Claim Now’ button to enter their personal details.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe advertisement “is not a legitimate offer,” says WestJet spokesperson Morgan Bell. Bell said more information about dealing with scams is available on the airline’s advisory page.The ‘Not Real News’ roundup with the WestJet item came out in recent days but the scam has been circulating for years. “I don’t understand why Facebook allows these scammers to freely post their frauds,” says one post on WestJet’s advisory blog. Here’s why WestJet landed on the Not Real News list With files from The Associated Press Travelweek Group Tags: Facebook, WestJet Share
FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2008 file photo, Juelz Santana arrives at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors in New York. Santana’s scheduled trial on charges he tried to get a gun onto a plane at Newark Liberty International Airport has been pushed back so the rapper can continue negotiations for a plea deal. A trial had been scheduled for early September 2018. But an order filed this month extends the trial date at least until September 30. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File) NEWARK, N.J. – Rapper Juelz Santana’s scheduled trial on charges he tried to get a gun onto a plane at an airport has been pushed back so he can continue negotiations for a plea deal.A trial had been scheduled for early September. But an order filed this month extended the trial date at least until Sept. 30 “to permit defence counsel the reasonable time necessary for effective preparation in this matter and to allow the parties to enter into plea negotiations.”Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, was arrested in March. Authorities said Newark Liberty International Airport security found a loaded .38-calibre handgun and unprescribed oxycodone pills in a carry-on bag containing his identification. Santana left the area, leaving two bags behind, and turned himself in three days later.A Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman said at the time that agents noticed the firearm in the bag passing through an X-ray at a security checkpoint.Santana pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft.Santana has been free on bail while awaiting trial. In June a judge modified his bail so that he could perform concerts in New Hampshire, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. Among the conditions were that Santana’s mother accompany him on the trips, that he drive instead of fly and that he not travel with other members of the tour.Since then, Santana was allowed by the court to tape an episode of the VH-1 show “Love and Hip Hop” in Hoboken and New York.Santana’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Friday. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 10, 2018 11:37 am PDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trial delayed as rapper Juelz Santana negotiates for deal
FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2019 file photo, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail following his release in Chicago. A Cook County grand jury on Friday, March 8, 2019 has indicted Smollett on 16 felony charges after authorities say he falsely told police that he was attacked by two men in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Smollett expected at hearing to discuss cameras in courtroom by The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2019 7:56 am PDT CHICAGO — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is expected at a Chicago hearing to discuss whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during his disorderly conduct case.A spokeswoman for Smollett’s attorneys says the actor is expected to attend Tuesday’s hearing in Cook County criminal court.A grand jury indicted Smollett last week on 16 felony counts accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago.Police allege that Smollett, who is black and gay, staged the Jan. 29 attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career. He is free on bond and has another hearing scheduled for Thursday.Smollett’s attorneys have called the charges “prosecutorial overkill” and say the actor maintains his innocence.The Associated Press
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