Nunavut loses only animal shelter

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut’s only animal shelter is closed.But what does that mean for the animals they have saved for the past four years and what does it mean for public safety?APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has this story.last_img

Rally in Winnipeg pushes province to call inquiry over First Nations mans

first_imgShaneen Robinson-Desjarlais APTN National News6 months ago Errol Greene, 26, died in custody.He was epileptic and was refused medication.Friends and family are now pushing the province to call an inquiry to answer questions about what happened to him.srobinson@aptn.calast_img

Murder charge laid in death of Nunavut boy 12

first_imgkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte Ray Taparti Jr. of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut was killed in July 2017.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA suspect has been charged in the case of a missing and murdered Indigenous boy from Nunavut.RCMP say 21-year-old Glen Kadlak Jr. of Rankin Inlet, NU., was arrested in Iqaluit on Saturday and charged with one count of murder in the death of Ray Taparti Jr.Taparti – also known as O.J. – was 12 when he disappeared for five days in Rankin Inlet, NU., and was found dead.His body was discovered in an industrial part of the community on July 8, 2017.“The loss of Ray Taparti Jr. in July of 2017 had a devastating impact on his family and the community of Rankin Inlet,” Nunavut’s Justice Minister Jeannie Ehaloak said in a news release.“Now that charges have been laid, the community can work on moving forward.”RCMP said it was the biggest investigation the Nunavut or V Division major crime unit had ever done.RCMP Insp. Ryan Mitchell said they conducted more than 75 interviews that involved 15 different agencies and departments.“I would like to express my condolences to the family and the people of Rankin Inlet,” Mitchell said in a news release.“Our thoughts have been with you since the onset of this file in early July 2017, and it doesn’t end here tonight with this milestone being reached. We will continue to support you through the prosecution of this matter and obtaining justice for O.J.”The Taparti family issued its own statement share by police: “We are relieved to hear someone is in custody tonight. We ask now for privacy as we heal.”Police said the victim and accused were believed to be “casual acquaintances.”They didn’t release further details or clarify whether Kadlak is charged with first- or second- degree murder.last_img read more

Mercury treatment centre in limbo for Grassy Narrows

first_imgLiberal MP Bob Nault, left, Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle, and Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan meet after a four hour meeting. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTNBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsIt’s been two years since the federal government committed to a specialized health facility for Grassy Narrows First Nation, but despite a planned meeting with Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan, the community is no closer to an agreement.O’Regan visited the Northwestern Ontario community Wednesday afternoon for what was supposed to be a feast with members and the signing of a memorandum of agreement with Chief Rudy Turtle and council.But that’s not what happened.Instead Turtle and O’Regan engaged in private negotiations for nearly four hours.No agreement was reached between the two, only a promise for more conversations.Turtle called the agreement inadequate.“The minister came in today and he was hoping we would sign a memorandum of agreement but the proposal he put forward wasn’t good enough,” said Turtle.(Members of Grassy Narrows wait outside a meeting between O’Regan and Turtle. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTN)The community has been living with the long-term effects of mercury poisoning after a paper mill in Dryden, ON dumped contaminates in the nearby English-Wabigoon River system in the 1960s.For decades members suffer from impaired vision, loss of hearing and speech and cognitive function, along with mental health issues linked to the mercury poisoning.A feasibility study for the treatment centre was completed last fall and came with an estimated 30 year cost of $88.7 million.Construction has yet to begin on the new centre.Details of the proposed agreement weren’t released but Turtle said it didn’t include a sufficient dollar amount.He also said the government was proposing to build an assisted living facility not a specialized treatment centre.Turtle could not sign off the agreement because it doesn’t address the on-going issues.He said the community needs more than a, “temporary Band-Aid fix.”Following the meeting O’Regan told reporters the government and chief and council have the same objectives in mind.“We are getting very close. We made some steps today. This is what negotiation looks like it takes it own course,” he said.(Chrissy Isaac confronted O’Regan after no agreement for a treatment centre was negotiated. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTN)Meanwhile during Question Period in Ottawa, NDP MP Charlie Angus called out the Liberals for failing to keep their commitment.“The people of Grassy Narrows have suffered 50 years of lies, cover-ups and broken promises…two years ago this prime minister promised that spring there would be shovels in the ground…enough of broken promises. Where is the money?” asked Angus.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “we remain steadfast in our commitment to build a health facility in Grassy Narrows.”For the people of Grassy Narrows Wednesday’s events proved to be difficult and frustrating.Chrissy Isaacs confronted the minister calling his actions disrespectful.Community member Chrissy Isaacs confronts O’Regan. She says it was disrespectful for the minister to not meet with the rest of the community. A feast was prepared at the school and more than 100 students waited to meet the minister. pic.twitter.com/xpiaFuNQPx— Brittany Hobson (@bhobs22) May 29, 2019The mother of three says her youngest is dealing with the effects of mercury poisoning.She hopes to one day see a generation of people who aren’t sick.O’Regan said discussions will continue over the next coming days.Turtle says he will continue to push for a fair and adequate deal.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

BlackBerrys Chen a delay of mass market driverless cars wouldnt be a

first_imgTORONTO – Mass market driverless vehicles may be ready for the road later than previous estimates, but BlackBerry Ltd. CEO John Chen said Wednesday he doesn’t consider that a problem for his company’s autonomous vehicle technology plans.“An awful lot of things have to happen between now and then to make that happen including, but not limited to, government policy on safety standards,” Chen said.Chen has heard, anecdotally, that the introduction of commercially available autonomous vehicles might come later than 2021, a stated goal of BMW and Honda.People “in the know” have been mentioning the year 2025 as a more likely date, he saidChen said it’s hearsay but “I believe 2025 makes quite a lot of sense.”BlackBerry’s QNX conducted a basic street test in Ottawa at the Kanata North Technology Park in October but its next step will be to participate in a test track trial in Toronto with its partner Renesas Electronics America Inc.Chen said it will be at least a year before BlackBerry’s ready for another autonomous vehicle trial on the streets of Toronto.Last week’s pedestrian fatality during a test of a Uber self-driving vehicle in a Phoenix, AZ., suburb has caused the ride-hailing company to suspend its on-road testing program, including in Toronto.Chen said BlackBerry isn’t a supplier to Uber or to Google-affiliated Waymo.The autonomous car market is currently a small part of BlackBerry’s revenue but an important part of its future, Chen said.BlackBerry is positioning itself to supply software components to Tier 1 automotive suppliers, including Canada’s Magna International, although it’s also working directly with Ford and, more recently Jaguar Land Rover.Earlier Wednesday, BlackBerry announced a net loss of $10 million or six cents per share under U.S. generally accepted accounting compared with a loss of $47 million a year ago. Analysts had estimated a net loss of eight cents per share.BlackBerry Ltd.’s revenue and adjusted earnings also came in above analyst estimates in its fourth quarter, as all three of the company’s main software divisions showed growth.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company, which reports in U.S. currency, had $233 million of revenue for the quarter ended Feb. 28. Its operating income was $19 million or five cents per share.Analysts had estimated BlackBerry would have $216.4 million of revenue for the quarter and break even on an adjusted basis, with zero cents per share of operating income, according to Thomson Reuters data.Chen, who has been BlackBerry’s chief executive and executive chairman since joining the company in November 2013, said he was pleased with the company’s progress since it decided to stop manufacturing smartphones.All three of its software divisions — focused on enterprise, intellectual property licensing and automotive markets — grew in the fourth quarter, both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter, he said.“Our strategy is working,” Chen said. “This gives us confidence that we could capitalize on the significant market opportunities available today as well as in the future.”The current opportunities include enterprise software and services that provide governments and regulated industries, such as banking, the tools to provide secure communication for their employees, partners and customers.“The heritage of BlackBerry gives us the right to play in this area, both from a know-how and a reputational point of view,” Chen said in an interview.He said there’s an opportunity to “upsell” to current enterprise customers with products and services such as the BlackBerry Bridge, announced last week, which is designed to provide heightened security to all Microsoft Office applications used by an organization’s workforce, suppliers and business partners.The Bridge product is currently in final customer trials prior to general availability.Besides its traditional vertical market segments, BlackBerry is seeing expanded opportunities within the hospital, pharmaceutical and energy markets. It’s also building its presence in China, Korea, and Japan, he said.For Chen, BlackBerry’s future includes opportunities for securely connected devices, such as its Radar hardware and service for the trucking industry, and for QNX software embedded in connected and autonomous vehicles.BlackBerry’s shares were little changed Thursday, trading at about $16. That’s up nearly 70 per cent over the past year.Two weeks ago, the company announced a five-year contract extension for Chen, which runs to November 2023 and is weighted toward long-term performance-based equity and cash awards, in addition to a time-based equity award. His base salary, short-term cash incentive and benefits won’t change.Companies in this story: (TSX:BB)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version failed to mention BlackBerry conducted a basic street trial in Ottawa in October.last_img read more

Potbased medical pet products closer to fruition as research grows

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian pets are a few steps closer to getting their paws on pot-based medical treatments in Canada as more cannabis companies research marijuana’s efficacy for companion animals.Canopy Growth Corp. is the latest medical marijuana company to enter the potentially lucrative pet market with its announcement this week that it will embark on a Health Canada-approved clinical trial to research the use of cannabis-based products to treat animal anxiety.The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Dr. Shane Renwick says there’s been a flurry of cannabis-related pet health research as Canada’s laws on recreational cannabis crystallize ahead of legalization on Oct. 17.The association’s national issues and animal welfare manager expects there to be more clinical trials in the pipeline going forward.“We hope that there will be the research required to allow safe registered products on the market in the not-too-distant future… It will offer alternatives in a lot of cases to medications we’re currently using for a variety of conditions,” Renwick added. “So it’s an exciting potential that we see.”Dr. Renwick said the association’s members have fielded many queries from clients asking about treating their pets ailments, such as pain, with cannabis. However, there is no legal avenue for veterinarians to prescribe pot, unlike for medical physicians, and not enough clinical evidence to support it, he added.The association is hopeful that Health Canada will eventually approve some cannabis-based veterinary health products that its members can prescribe for their pet clients, and each clinical trial approval brings them “one step closer” in the process, he said.Many cannabis companies have been positioning themselves to cash in on the drug’s potential for pets as the country prepares up to for legalization of cannabis for adult use this fall.Canopy on Wednesday announced it got the green light from the Veterinary Drug Directorate of Health Canada for its research into the use of cannabidiol, also known as CBD, enriched oil to treat anxiety in certain animals. The research will be conducted by Canopy Animal Health, a division of Canopy’s affiliated research arm.“The use of natural-occurring cannabinoids as a therapy for companion animals is a logical new forefront of medical discovery… These trial approvals mark a significant milestone on the journey of making cannabis-based drugs accepted and recommended by veterinarians,” said Marc Wayne, managing director, Canopy Health Innovations, in a statement.CannTrust Holdings Inc. in April entered into a letter of intent with Grey Wolf Animal Health Inc. to develop cannabis products to support the well-being of pets. B.C.-based True Leaf Medicine in 2015 established True Leaf Pet Inc. to produce hemp-based products for sale worldwide.True Leaf said that in its 2018 fiscal year, sales of pet products totalled $1.4 million, up 280 per cent from the previous year.It’s tough to quantify the size of the nascent market for cannabis products for pets.In 2017, sales of cannabis products marketed for pets at medical and adult-use cannabis dispensaries was nearly $7 million in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, according to BDS Analytics. In Colorado, sales of pet products grew 49 per cent in 2017, versus growth across all product categories at 15 per cent, it said.The pet pot segment growth, however, comes from an initially low base and its hard to gauge demand, said Greg Shoenfeld, vice president of operations for BDS Analytics, based in Colorado. However, in an increasingly competitive cannabis landscape, catering to pets can be a differentiator, he said.“Being able to develop a presence with the pet loving consumer could be a point of strength,” Shoenfeld said.Renwick believes there is a “huge” demand for safe, tested cannabis-based products for pets. The CVMA has been advocating that veterinarians should have the same ability as medical physicians to prescribe them as well.“Our pets are living longer, generally, cancer and other illnesses can produce a good deal of pain and discomfort for animals near the end of their lives,” he said.“And owners today are much more cognizant of wanting to alleviate any suffering that animals might endure.”last_img read more

Alimentation CoucheTard to let shareholders vote on exec pay next year

first_imgLAVAL, 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.last_img read more

Canadian companies weigh in on whether theyll attend Saudi conference

first_imgTORONTO – Several Canadian companies have kept silent on whether they’re attending a major Saudi Arabia investment conference after the event was overshadowed by the apparent murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.This week’s Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh has seen numerous high-profile cancellations after Turkey accused the Saudi regime of killing Khashoggi, who had written critically of it.SNC-Lavalin, which has extensive business ties with Saudi Arabia, refused to say whether it would attend this year.“We opted not to answer anyone on this particular conference,” said SNC-Lavalin spokesman Nicolas Ryan, referring to numerous inquiries from reporters.Chantal Sorel, the company’s executive vice-president and managing director of capital, was a speaker at last year’s conference.A spokesperson for Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., whose executive chairman David Kassie is also listed as a 2017 speaker, said they would look into whether the company was attending but then did not respond to further inquiries.Bombardier Inc., which has an office and transit projects in the country, said it never planned to attend the conference.Other companies that attended last year’s conference said they had no plans to attend this year, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Brookfield Asset Management Inc.The Canadian government is also skipping this year’s conference, according to sources. Last year, then-natural resources minister Jim Carr attended the inaugural edition of the summit.Canada’s relationship with Saudi Arabia became strained in August, when Riyadh suspended diplomatic ties with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland criticized the regime on Twitter for its arrest of social activists.Saudi Arabia has faced intense global pressure as Turkey continues to release details of its investigation of what happened after Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.Key international figures who have pulled out of the conference include top business executives, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, European cabinet ministers, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC, TSX:CF, TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

UK Cabinet to meet after Britain EU reach draft Brexit deal

first_imgLONDON — After months of stalled talks, false starts and setbacks, negotiators from Britain and the European Union struck a proposed divorce deal Tuesday to provide for the U.K.’s smooth exit from the bloc.But the agreement faces major political hurdles starting Wednesday, when British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to win the approval of her divided Cabinet for a deal many ministers view with skepticism.The British government confirmed that the negotiating teams had reached a draft agreement and the Cabinet would hold a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to consider the proposal. Its support isn’t guaranteed: May is under pressure from pro-Brexit ministers not to make further concessions to the EU on the key issue of the Irish border.A spokesman for chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier urged caution, saying a deal wasn’t yet finalized and the bloc would “take stock” Wednesday.Ambassadors from the 27 other EU countries are also due to hold a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.Britain wants to seal a deal this fall, so that Parliament has time to vote on it before the U.K. leaves the bloc on March 29. The European Parliament also has to approve any agreement, as do all 28 EU nations.Officials have said for weeks that agreement on divorce terms and a framework for future U.K.-EU relations was 95 per cent complete, and for several days negotiators have been meeting late into the night in Brussels in a bid to close the remaining gaps.The main obstacle has long been how to ensure there are no customs posts or other checks along the border between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Brexit. Britain and the EU agree that there must be barriers that could disrupt businesses and residents on either side of the border and undermine Northern Ireland’s hard-won peace process — but they have differed on how to achieve that.Irish national broadcaster RTE said the draft agreement involves a common customs arrangement for the U.K. and the EU, to eliminate the need for border checks, with special provisions for Northern Ireland and a review mechanism to oversee its functioning.A sticking point in talks has been Britain’s insistence that any such customs arrangement must be temporary. The EU says that in order to guarantee an open border, it can’t have a time limit.The pound rallied on news of a deal, rising 1.5 per cent against the dollar to $1.3038.But May faces pressure from pro-Brexit Cabinet members and lawmakers not to agree to an arrangement that binds Britain to EU trade rules indefinitely.Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a staunch Brexiteer, said the deal was unacceptable and Cabinet ministers should “chuck it out.”May also faces growing opposition from pro-EU lawmakers, who say her proposed Brexit deal is worse than the status quo and the British public should get a new vote on whether to leave or to stay.If there is no agreement soon, U.K. businesses will have to start implementing contingency plans for a “no-deal” Brexit — steps that could include cutting jobs, stockpiling goods and relocating production and services outside Britain.Even with such measures in place, the British government says leaving the EU without a deal could cause major economic disruption, with gridlock at ports and disruption to supplies of foods, goods and medicines.On Tuesday, the European Commission published a sheaf of notices outlining changes in a host of areas in the event of a no-deal Brexit. They point to major disruption for people and businesses: U.K. truckers’ licenses won’t be valid in the EU, British airlines will no longer enjoy traffic rights, and even British mineral water will cease to be recognized as such by the EU.The EU said Tuesday it was proposing visa-free travel for U.K. citizens on short trips, even if there is no deal — but only if Britain reciprocates.Meanwhile, official figures suggest Brexit is already having an impact on the British workforce.The Office for National Statistics said the number of EU citizens working in the country — 2.25 million— was down 132,000 in the three months to September from the year before. That’s the largest annual fall since comparable records began in 1997.Most of the fall is due to fewer workers from eight eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004.Jonathan Portes, professor of economics at King’s College London, said the prospect of Brexit “has clearly made the U.K. a much less attractive place for Europeans to live and work.”___Raf Casert in Brussels contributed to this story.Jill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more

South Carolina regulators face billiondollar decisions

first_imgCOLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina regulators have a couple of billion-dollar decisions to make on Friday.The Public Service Commission will determine how much to cut rates for 737,000 South Carolina Electric & Gas customers who have already paid more than $2 billion for a pair of nuclear reactors abandoned during construction, and whether to approve a roughly $15 billion cash and stock bid from Virginia-based Dominion Energy to buy SCE&G’s parent company SCANA Corp.It’s a pivotal point in the unraveling of South Carolina’s nuclear debacle, which started in the summer of 2017 when privately-owned SCANA and its minority partner, state-owned Santee Cooper, gave up on the reactors they had spent a decade planning and building. The main contractor, Westinghouse, went bankrupt as it failed to make good on its promises of cheaper, easier construction methods. Projections of soaring electricity demand never materialized, thanks to energy efficiency and the advent of cheap natural gas.Commissioners have two important judgments on their agenda. First is whether SCE&G executives knew the project was failing and lied so that regulators would approve additional rate hikes to keep customers paying for it. Second is whether Dominion’s offer is good enough for ratepayers, or still leaves them on the hook for too much of the debt for the never-finished reactors.“Let me be blunt. You have a utility that bet the farm and lost. SCE&G poured $5 billion into a project and got nothing for it. By the end of this year, customers will have paid $2.2 billion for absolutely nothing — not a single watt of electricity,” said lawyer Scott Rubin, arguing on behalf of the AARP and its members — many of them consumers on fixed incomes — at the start of three weeks of hearings held by regulators in November.For most of the past 18 months, political leadership in South Carolina told SCE&G and Dominion they weren’t doing enough to ease the ratepayers’ burden. But now Attorney General Alan Wilson and House Speaker Jay Lucas are backing Dominion’s latest offer, which the state’s own consumer advocate and environmental and consumer groups says falls short.Dominion’s latest offer gets rid of the $1,000 rebate checks to SCE&G customers that dominated much of the merger discussion in 2018. Instead, Dominion wants to keep SCE&G rates at the same level set by legislators who passed a temporary 15 per cent rate cut earlier this year that knocks about $22 off the typical monthly bill. In 20 years, SCE&G customers would add $2.3 billion to the $2 billion they already paid for the mothballed project.Most of the consumer advocacy groups are still pushing for more. Watchdogs in the state’s Office of Regulatory Staff want about a 20 per cent rate cut, removing closer to $30 from monthly bills, and eliminating most of the extra charges for the reactors. Consumers and environmental groups want a bigger cut.Dominion Energy said a larger rate cut would force them to walk away from the SCE&G deal, although they made the same threat when lawmakers considered the temporary cut. When that passed, they altered their merger proposal.SCE&G said a significant rate cut without the extra money from the Dominion deal means bankruptcy, although utility executives testified before regulators they could not guarantee that is what they would do.Public Service Commission Chairman Randy Comer said the regulators’ hands remain tied by a law passed in 2007 that greatly reduced their ability to scrutinize rate hikes.The Base Load Review Act allowed the utility to get rate increases to essentially pay in advance for the reactors without risk to its shareholders, and sets a high bar to get that money back. There have been legal challenges, but the law is still in place.“For about the last year, we’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism. Some by people looking for a good sound bite on TV or in the newspaper,” Comer said at the end of the November hearings. “We’ve been unable to respond.”On Friday, the commissioners get to speak as loudly as they want.Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks opening lower on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street Monday as key U.S. indexes remain on course for their worst December since the 1930s. Bank stocks are among the worst off after news of the treasury secretary’s call with CEOs of six major banks accentuated investors’ concerns.The S&P 500 is down 0.5 per cent at 2,404 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 0.6 per cent at 22,304. The Nasdaq Composite is down 0.3 per cent at 6,309.In holiday-thinned half-day trading in Europe, France’s CAC 40 is down1.5 per cent and Britain’s FTSE 100 is down 0.5 per cent.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.77 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

MLB payrolls dropped for 1st time since 2010

first_imgNEW YORK — Spending on Major League Baseball payrolls dropped last season for the first time since 2010, a decline attributable to drug and domestic violence suspensions and a player retiring at midseason.That’s according to figures compiled by the commissioner’s office and obtained by The Associated Press.Even a year with flat payrolls is unusual. The only previous drops since 2002 were by $3 million in 2010 and by $32 million in 2004.Teams combined to spend $4.23 billion on major league payroll last year, down $18 million.World Series champion Boston had the highest payroll for the first time since the free-agent era started in 1976 at $230 million. A record 24 teams had $100 million payrolls, and the Red Sox figure was the lowest for the top payroll since 2012.Ronald Blum, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fort St John City Council presented with draft capital budget

first_imgOver the next five years, the City has budgeted $256 million for capital projects.Joy says the City has a current debt capacity available of $76 million, with $14 million available for the debt servicing capacity.“What we have available to us is a $76 million that we could go into debt for which we wouldn’t want to do necessarily. The debt servicing capacity, that we have available to us is $14 million if we wanted to go into debenture to pay for something.”In 2019, the capital budget includes four-laning of 100 street up to Northern Lights College for $5.9 million, $5.5 million for renovations at Centennial Park, $2.8 million for the new RCMP building with more money budgeted for that project in 2020 and 2021.  The list of projects in 2019 also includes a fire training centre for $1.5 million and sewage lift station upgrades worth $4 million.Joy says the new RCMP building’s funding will be covered by both the PRA and Municipal debentures if it will be a fully integrated building. He also adds that the lease payments from the RCMP will help cover the debentures.“A big one coming up, obviously, is the RCMP building and if it’s a fully integrated building, with the Provincial side and the Municipal side, will be financed with about 60 percent PRA money and 40 percent will have a debenture issued. The lease payments that we charge to the RCMP will match the debt servicing obligations of the debenture.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John presented Council with the draft capital budget for 2019-2023 at a recent Committee of the Whole Meeting.David Joy, General Manager of Corporate Services, presented Council with the draft capital budget.The capital budget covers longterm projects like roads, sidewalks, buildings and machinery.  This budget is not funded by property taxes, but other revenue streams including the Peace River Agreement with the Province. Joy also said that the debenture will still have to go to a referendum by explaining to the public that the Provincial portion will not affect the tax rates.This meeting was the first of many public budget meetings that have been scheduled and served as an introduction to the 2019 Capital Budget. Further direction will be provided at future meetings.The deadline for the budget to be finalized is May 15, 2019, with City staff planning to have it finalized and approved by Council sometime in April.last_img read more

Early Years Health RoundUp at Totem Mall

first_img Dental Checks Hearing Information Vision Information Early Literacy Activities Infant Development Information Resource and Community Information Development Questionaire Childcare InformationThe goal of the event is to help provide;-Increase universal screening options for 0-5-year-olds-Connect parents with existing community resources-Raise awareness about the importance of the early yearsThis FREE event will have face painting, prizes galore and answers to your questions.For more information check out fsj.familyfriendlycommunity.ca or call 250.785.5701To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Early Years Health Round-Up is on Wednesday, March 13th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Totem Mall for the free event for children aged 0-5 years.The Family Friendly Coalition, Children First and Success by 6 are coming together to help parents connect directly with local community experts. With interactive booths set up, parents can learn about their children’s development progress.Things parents will be able to learn about include;last_img read more

30 injured after severe turbulence hits New Yorkbound flight

first_imgNew York: At least 30 people were injured after a New York-bound flight from Istanbul, Turkey, encountered severe turbulence, the authorities said.The Turkish Airlines flight 001, a Boeing 777 plane, encountered the turbulence about 45 minutes before it landed at 5.35 p.m. on Saturday, according to the authorities at the JFK International Airport here.One flight attendant broke her leg, The New York Times quoted Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as saying. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe rest of the injuries were minor, and included “bumps, bruises and cuts”, Coleman added.The 30 injured people have been hospitalised.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that the pilot declared an emergency and reported that several passengers were injured.Turbulence is the leading cause of injuries to passengers and flight attendants, excluding fatal accidents, according to the FAAIn 2017, 17 passengers and members of the flight crew were injured in turbulence. In 2016, that number was 44. Since 2002 the highest annual number has been 94, in 2009.last_img read more

Ending Supernatural was a community decision says Jared Padalecki

first_imgLos Angeles: Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have said that it was a “community decision” to bring the curtains down on their hit show “Supernatural”. The series, which will culminate with its 15th season, features the two actors as the Winchester brothers who hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings. Speaking at the “Supernatural” convention in Las Vegas, Padalecki said, “This was a community decision”. He further said that there was never any pressure from The CW network and the studio to wrap up show, reported Entertainment Weekly. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Ackles added that the show’s end was debated for months by both the cast and the crew. “Nobody wanted to see this show fizzle out. I think that it was everyone wanting to do the biggest service to the show that we could by going out strong. It just seemed like the writing was kind of on the wall as to when that was happening. “Everybody kind of felt that it was coming soon, and so it was just taking that leap of faith of going like, ‘Well guys, let’s get out the paint and paint that finish line because what we’ve accomplished is unlike any other’,” he said. The final season will consist of 20 episodes. The show is executive produced by Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Phil Sgriccia, Jeremy Carver, Eugenie Ross-Leming, and Brad Buckner. It is produced by Warner Bros Television, in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision.last_img read more

Tourists stunned as NotreDame cathedral statues fly above Paris

first_imgParis: Sixteen copper statues briefly took to the skies over Paris after they were removed from the Notre-Dame cathedral to undergo restoration work. Tourists at the world-famous landmark were left stunned on Thursday as the statues — representing the 12 apostles and the four evangelists from the New Testament — were lifted off the spire of the cathedral by crane. “What’s unique is that it’s the first time we’ve seen them up close since they were set up by Viollet-le-Duc in the 1860s,” Marie-Helene Didier, who is in charge of the renovation work, said. “It’s an exceptional event because we’ve brought the 16 statues down in a single day. It’s a magical moment for everyone,” she said. Built between the years 1163 and 1345, Notre-Dame is one of the most popular tourist sites in Paris, drawing around 13 million people every year. Its spire, like the rest of the gothic edifice, is undergoing an USD 12.4-million overhaul financed by the French state to repair damage inflicted by time, pollution and the weather. “Extraordinary,” said Sofiane, an onlooker from London, as the statues flew through piercing blue skies suspended from a giant 100-metre (300-foot) crane. “I’ll never see anything like it again.” The statues will be put on display inside the cathedral and will travel two-by-two to a specialised restorer in the Dordogne area of southwest France. Once all have been renovated, they will be put back to their position staring out over the City of Light in 2022.last_img read more

Angolan officials deny their country banned Islam dismantled mosques

first_imgCasablanca- Two officials at the Angolan Embassy in the United States, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, denied  yesterday that their country had banned Islam and dismantled mosques, according to International Business Times.The first official who denied the ban argued that his country distances itself from interference in religious matters when he said  that the Southwest African republic is “a country  that does not interfere in religion.”He further bragged about the country’s religious diversity, stating that there is freedom of religion in Angola. He went on to explain that  his country  hosts followers of distinct religions, including Catholics, Protestants, Baptists, Muslims and evangelical people.The second official at the same Embassy doubted the credibility of reports regarding Angola’s ban of Islam.“We’re reading about it just like you on the Internet. We don’t have any notice that what you’re reading on the Internet is true,” the official was quoted by the International Business Times as saying.Both officials did not want to be identified.Numerous  news outlet, including MWN, reported on the alleged ban of Islam based on alleged statement of Angolan officials. “This is the final end of Islamic influence in our country,” Angola President José Eduardo dos Santos was quoted by Nigeria’s Osun Defender newspaper as saying.The Angolan minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz  was quoted by  the Moroccan newspaper La Nouvelle Tribune as saying that, “Regarding Islam, the legalization process has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Therefore all mosques would be closed until further notice.”According to IBTimes, the officials at the Angolan Embassy in Washington could not attest to the veracity of the comments attributed to the president and minister of culture. According to the same source, initial reports about Angola’s dismantling of mosques used a picture that allegedly depicts the minaret of an Angolan mosque being destroyed  in October 2012. Yet a close examination shows that the same photo was posted on January23, 2008 by the Housing & Land Rights Network to depict  the destruction of Bedouin homes in Israel, which reinforces the hypothesis that the reports on the ban of Islam in Angola are inaccurate.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributedlast_img read more

France fines Google 150000 euros in data privacy row

first_imgParis- France’s data protection watchdog on Wednesday fined Google 150,000 euros ($205,000) — the maximum possible — for failing to comply with its privacy guidelines for personal data.The watchdog, the CNIL, also ordered the US Internet giant to publish a statement relating to its decision on its French homepage for at least 48 hours within the next eight days.last_img