New Alberta conservative party meets but loses caucus member

first_imgEDMONTON – Caucus members from Alberta’s two conservative parties got together for the first time Monday, but one Progressive Conservative bowed out before the joint meeting even took place.Richard Starke, legislature member for Vermilion-Lloydminster, said he has not been happy with policy direction under PC Leader Jason Kenney and has no faith that will change under the new United Conservative Party.Members of the Opposition Wildrose party and the Progressive Conservatives voted in a landslide on the weekend to join forces ahead of the next election set for 2019. The new party must still be registered with Elections Alberta.“The tone and the direction and the statements of the (PC) party are not consistent with what I believe to progressive conservatism,” Starke said in an interview.“It’s demonstrating a hardness in its attitude towards a number of issues, and a level of partisanship that I don’t think is constructive, and I don’t think is helpful for the people of Alberta.”He cited Kenney’s comments earlier this year on gay-straight alliances in schools. Gay straight alliances are student-organized support networks to help LGBTQ students feel welcome.Kenney had said that schools should inform parents if their children join an alliance as long as it doesn’t put the child at risk. Critics said that would effectively out a child and could put them at harm of family estrangement or worse.“As far as I’m concerned (the GSA legislation) is there to protect vulnerable students and to be ambiguous as to whether schools would be informing parents is a fundamental problem,” said Starke.He said he was also concerned that Kenney did not attend Pride events last month. Starke went in his place.Starke, a two-term member of the legislature, ran and lost against Kenney for the PC party leadership on a platform of social progressivism.He said he has concerns with Kenney’s management style and focused on a promise Kenney made after his leadership win in March.Kenney promised the PC executive to strike a committee that would advise the bargaining team that ultimately brokered a merger with the Opposition Wildrose led by Brian Jean, Starke said.“I wanted to be on that committee and I was told I would be on that committee. That committee never met and was never constituted.”That underscored a lack of interest in competing viewpoints, suggested Starke, who added he will stay on to sit in the legislature as the lone PC member.Elections Alberta said he will be allowed to do so unless the PC party officially deregisters. The PC brand is to be legally subsumed by the new party and member Mike Ellis said Starke’s status isn’t clear.Kenney’s team declined comment.On Monday afternoon, 22 members of the Wildrose and the seven remaining Tories held a joint meeting near the legislature and selected Wildrose house leader Nathan Cooper as interim leader until a permanent one is selected Oct. 28.Other positions and critic portfolios are to be set in the days to come, Cooper said.Asked about Starke’s decision, Cooper noted that policies are not set, but will be hashed out and voted on by the membership.“I hope he will think about that in the days to come.”Jean, Kenney and conservative strategist Doug Schweitzer have already indicated they will run in the leadership race.Jean made it official at an announcement Monday in Airdrie, Alta., and said he would hold a news conference on Tuesday to announce details of his plan “to create a new Alberta Advantage.”last_img read more


first_imgMONTRÉAL, Dec. 14, 2017 – Quebecor announces the launch of a new, user-friendly website tailored to the needs of customers, investors and the media. The site has been entirely rethought and redesigned to reflect the organization’s character, with new features and fully responsive design. Facebook Advertisement “Quebecor is a leader in digital media,” said Hugo Delaney, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications of Quebecor. “We wanted to offer visitors to our website optimized navigation and quality content, just as our brands do. Today, we have a modern platform that offers original multimedia content and promotes sharing on social media. At the same time, it presents Quebecor’s activities and its commitment to the community in a new light.”New website tells our story Advertisement Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Quebecor’s new website is a showcase for its activities in all areas: telecommunications, media, culture, sports and entertainment. The intuitive design allows fast access to information and the content goes straight to the point, without attempting to replace the websites of Quebecor’s subsidiaries.Original visuals that reflect the Corporation’s image and its industry are prominently featured. Examples include a homepage video produced by Romeo & Fils.Streamlined, efficient experience for investorsSpecial attention was paid to providing investors and analysts with easy access to financial documents and enhancing their general browsing experience. For example, users can now import full information on financial events directly into their personal calendars, access webcasts or check Quebecor’s stock price in near real-time.Expanded press roomIn addition to the Corporation’s official press releases, the press room now includes a Latest News section. “Press releases still have their place but having a news section gives us more flexibility in terms of the content we post and lends the 400 organizations we support every year greater exposure,” Mr. Delaney explained.The site also includes a powerful search engine and suggests related content based on users’ interests.Project teamThe redesign of Quebecor’s website was managed by its Public Affairs and IT departments, with support from Savoir-faire Linux.Product manager, design and web integration: Gabriel MarchesseaultCopywriting and design: Ariane LareauProject management: Victoria Nguyen and Karine RobillardBusiness needs analysis: Minh-Chau ChungProduct manager, finance: Nellie BaladiConcept development: Michel AugerOperational development: Xavier LopezIT infrastructure architect: Fadi MatniIT project manager: Marc LamarcheAgency: Savoir-faire LinuxAbout QuebecorQuebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor’s subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services.Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) is headquartered in Québec. It holds an 81.53% interest in Quebecor Media, which employs more than 10,000 people in Canada.A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports people working with more than 400 organizations in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship.Visit our website: www.quebecor.comFollow us on Twitter: read more

Cheating case against BJP leader Muralidhar Rao 8 others

first_imgHyderabad: An FIR was filed against BJP national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao and eight others for allegedly cheating a man here of Rs 2.17 crore by promising him a nominated post in the central government, police said Wednesday. However, Muralidhar Rao refuted the allegations and said he has nothing to do with the case. Based on a court-referred complaint lodged by the man’s wife, a case was registered Tuesday against Muralidhar Rao and eight others on charges of cheating, forgery, criminal intimidation and other relevant IPC sections, they said. The complainant alleged that she and her husband were induced by Muralidhar Rao and others by showing a purported letter with forged signature of Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman. She alleged they took Rs 2.17 crore after promising that her husband would be appointed chairperson of Pharma Exil, police said. Denying the allegations, Muralidhar Rao in a series of tweets said, “Regarding the FIR filed – have nothing to do with the present dispute. The FIR involving me reportedly is sequel to a private complaint in a court by those who actually are facing criminal charges in the same matter.” “The timing of the private complaint which has no base is mischievous to say the least. Hope police will act quickly to nail the lies. My lawyers will initiate appropriate steps to bring the culprits to justice,” he said in another tweet. In November 2015, Eswar Reddy, who claimed to be closely associated with prominent personalities in the BJP, approached the woman and her husband. Eswar Reddy had said he knew one A Krishna Kishore, the “shadow” of Muralidhar Rao, who was capable of getting a nominated post in any department of the central government, the woman said in her complaint. The complainant said she and her husband were reluctant to acquire the post by spending a huge amount. “Later, Eswar Reddy and others again approached us and put pressure on us to accept their proposal by making false promises that they would be able to procure a nominated membership of Pharma Exil which functions under the control of Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India,” the complainant alleged. She also alleged that Eswar Reddy and others with the active connivance of Muralidhar Rao showed a photocopy of an appointment letter of her husband as chairperson of Pharma Exil, which was purportedly signed by Nirmala Sitharaman, and took Rs 2.17 crore for the post. When the complainant and her husband approached Eswar Reddy and others over the appointment they dragged the matter and when they sought return of the money there was no response, police said based on the complaint. The woman alleged that Muralidhar Rao also started to threaten them. Reacting to the FIR, BJP Telangana chief spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao in a statement said, “The frivolous FIR filed against our National General Secretary Muralidhar Rao by few detractors is with a clear motive to tarnish his image and the party’s.” Muralidhar Rao’s lawyers will take appropriate legal action, he said, adding that “we are very certain that our leader has done no wrong”. The BJP also warned of dire legal consequences if anyone conspired against the party.last_img read more

UN refugee agency appeals for humanitarian visas for Iraqis fleeing to Syria

Responding to Syria’s strict adherence to new visa restrictions for Iraqis wishing to enter the country, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today urged the creation of a “humanitarian” visa for Iraqis fleeing violence in their homeland.Since visa restrictions were imposed on Monday, only Iraqis with visas for commercial, transport, scientific and education purposes have been successful in crossing the border to Syria, UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.To apply for these visas, Iraqis must apply at the Syrian Embassy in the Al Mansour district of Baghdad. “Refugees have highlighted their concern that Al Mansour district is the scene of frequent violence, and not an area that large groups of people should gather,” Mr. Redmond said.In many instances, a Syrian sponsoring organization, such as the Syrian Chamber of Commerce, is necessary to procure a visa to enter the country.Syria has stated that the visa restrictions are a result of the massive pressure placed on the country as it hosts over 1.4 million Iraqi refugees. “UNHCR continues to appeal for increased bilateral support to Syria so it can continue to support the Iraqi refugees living in the country – and hopefully offer refuge for those Iraqis that need to flee Iraq in the future,” Mr. Redmond said.Since the new restrictions took effect, the number of phone calls to UNHCR in Damascus has doubled, with the agency having counselled either in person or over the phone hundreds of Iraqi refugees living in Syria regarding concerns over their residency status.“From discussions with Government officials, UNHCR understands that Iraqi refugees currently living in Syria will not be forcibly returned to Iraq,” Mr. Redmond noted. But Iraqi refugees are worried about their status after their visas expire. In the past, the documents could be renewed at the Syrian border for three months, and UNHCR said it hopes that Syria can establish such offices within the country for refugees to renew their visas.In a related development, UNHCR said the second group of Palestinians – who were forced to flee their homes in Iraq – from Ruwayshed camp in Jordan let yesterday for resettlement in Brazil. Almost 40 Palestinians, who have been living in harsh conditions for more than four years, left behind 37 others who will join them in South America later this month.All 108 Palestinian inhabitants of Ruwayshed camp will move to Sao Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul regions, where they will receive accommodation, furniture, material and employment assistance, as well as Portuguese language classes.“UNHCR is very appreciative of Brazil’s offer for humanitarian resettlement,” Mr. Redmond said.Meanwhile, UNHCR continues to appeal for urgent solutions for over 1,750 Palestinians are still stranded in Al Waleed and Al Tanf border camps and are living in dire conditions. 5 October 2007Responding to Syria’s strict adherence to new visa restrictions for Iraqis wishing to enter the country, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today urged the creation of a “humanitarian” visa for Iraqis fleeing violence in their homeland. read more

Sudan Two UNAfrican Union peacekeepers wounded in attack in Darfur

25 February 2012Two peacekeepers serving in the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)were wounded when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus in which they were travelling near the town of El Dein in the western Sudanese region, the mission reported today. Two peacekeepers serving in the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)were wounded when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus in which they were travelling near the town of El Dein in the western Sudanese region, the mission reported today.The two police officers, who are members of the UNAMID’s formed police unit, sustained gunshot wounds in the incident that happened yesterday about one kilometre from the mission’s base camp in East Darfur state.They are currently receiving medical treatment in UNAMID’s hospital in the city of Nyala, South Darfur.Five UNAMID personnel have been injured in hostile incidents in Darfur since the beginning of this year.Fighting between Sudanese Government troops and their allied militias and rebels has caused mass displacement of people in Darfur since 2003.Deployed at the beginning of 2008, UNAMID is tasked with protecting civilians, promoting an inclusive peace process and helping ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance across Darfur, an arid region on Sudan’s western flank. read more

Ohio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier to enter 2014 NFL Draft

Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (left) hits Connor Cook after he releases a pass during the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 34-24. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier has decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft.“Playing in the NFL is something that I have been dreaming about since my days in pee-wee football,” Shazier said in a press release Saturday. “I just feel that now is the perfect time for me.”Shazier, who led the Big Ten in tackles with 144 in 2013, finished third in the country in tackles and tied for second in tackles for loss. He was also the Buckeyes’ leading tackler in each of the last two seasons.He started 29 consecutive games for OSU, including starting every game since Urban Meyer took over as head coach of the Buckeyes in 2012.During 2013, Shazier was the anchor for a Buckeye defense that finished the season ninth in the country in rushing yards allowed per game, only allowing 109.43 yards a contest.Shazier said in the release that the coaching staff has been important in his development as a player.“The coaches have really helped me to grow into the player I am today,” Shazier said. “Coach Meyer, (defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke) Fickell and all of the coaches at Ohio State have been amazing. I have great relationships with them and I feel as if all of them have been there for me. I am so blessed to have had them as my coaches.”Shazier was named first team AP All-American and first team All-Big Ten by both the media and coaches. It was the second consecutive season the media voted Shazier first team All-Big Ten.Shazier joins redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby as Buckeyes who have declared for the 2014 NFL Draft early.He added that it wasn’t just the coaches, but everyone that was a part of the OSU football program that will make his time in Columbus memorable.“I feel like my three years at Ohio State were about great relationships with coaches, my teammates and Buckeye Nation,” Shazier said. “Playing here was an amazing experience.“And it is really hard to explain the brotherhood I have with my teammates…with Braxton (Miller), Curtis Grant and Doran Grant…Christian Bryant…Chase Farris…all the guys. They took care of me and were always there for me and I feel like we will be brothers for the rest of our lives. And I want to thank them for what they’ve done and for always being there for me. They know I’ll always be there for them.” read more

Floyd Mayweather Goes to Prison Today a Sign of

The face of boxing steps into prison today, an 87-day stint that defines the sport as much as it defines the times and the man.That is not a compliment.It, in fact, is an indictment—on boxing, the world we live in and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.With an opportunity to represent himself and his sport in an upstanding fashion, Mayweather, instead, has failed boxing and himself. And there does not seem to be any outrage about it.The best boxer in the world gets locked up on a domestic violence charge stemming from a September 2010 incident during which he pled guilty to pulling the hair and twisting the arm of the mother of three of his children. His sons, 10 and 8 at the time, were there when he also threatened and hit ex-girlfriend Josie Harris. The older boy ran out a back door to fetch a security guard in the gated community.Sadly, boxing did nothing. No admonishment. No suspension. Nothing. So it’s no wonder that after all that, when he leaves the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas near the end of summer, he will have actually augmented his stature, his “street cred,” among many who deem it some warped mark of proud distinction to have been locked up.In one of his many and sometimes mindless rants about one thing or another during his remarkable boxing career, Mayweather, 35, has more than once invoked the name Muhammad Ali in relation to himself, a juxtaposition that is ludicrous, but interesting on this day in one way.Ali once went to jail, too. And that’s where the comparisons should end, for Ali stood for something, whether you agreed with his position or not.With the travesty of the Vietnam War getting even worse in 1967, Ali was called up for induction into the armed forces. Back then, men were drafted and had to serve or face jail time. Ali still refused because of religious beliefs. He also said: “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong. Ain’t no Vietcong ever called me (the N word).”Ali’s refusal got him some jail time. Bigger was the national uproar it caused. His boxing license was cancelled by most states. He was stripped of his title, had his passport confiscated and did not fight for 2 ½ years. Instead of pouting, Ali lectured at colleges and Muslim gatherings around the nation, gaining support as antiwar sentiment increased. In June 1971, the Supreme Court reversed his conviction, ruling that he was entitled to an exemption as a conscientious objector.That little history lesson should show how Ali and Mayweather are comparable only that they starred in the same sport. That’s it.Here’s what Mayweather said on HBO: “I’m in the same shoes as Ali. They hate me when I’m at the top, but once my career is over, they’re going to miss me.”On his domestic violence case, he said: “I took the plea. Sometimes they put us in a no-win situation. I had no choice, but I don’t worry about going to jail. Better men than me have been there. I’m pretty sure Martin Luther King’s been there, and Malcolm X. I have taken the good with the good so I’ll accept the bad with the bad.”Sign of the times: Mayweather was sentenced on December 22, 2011, but judge Melissa Saragosa agreed at the last minute to let him remain free long enough to fight Miguel Cotto on May 5 in Las Vegas, which he did last month and earned more than $32 million—and injected millions more into Sargosa’s city’s economy.Well, the money cannot help Mayweather now. He likely will not be able to train while in prison. For the first week or so, Mayweather will be segregated for his protection from the other 3,200 inmates. He’ll get one hour of exercise time a day outside his cell.It could be worse for Mayweather. He could be a convicted rapist like Mike Tyson. Or maybe a miracle could happen: He could exit a new man of character and community ambition.Don’t bet on it, though.Curtis Bunn is a best-selling novelist and national award-winning sports journalist who has worked at The Washington Times, NY Newsday, The New York Daily News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. read more

Firefox coming soon to Intelpowered Android devices

first_imgThere aren’t a lot of Android devices on the market that utilize an Intel processor, but that’s not stopping Mozilla developers from adding full x86 support to the to-do list for Firefox. Mark Finkle, head of Firefox mobile development, has posted on his personal blog that an early developer build is now available for those who want to try it out.If you own a Motorola Razr I, ZTE Grand X IN, Orange San Diego, or a Lenovo K800, the optimized build should offer an improved experience. At the very least it’ll be an improvement over what members of the press saw at Motorola’s launch event for the Razr I, where both Chrome and Firefox failed to even install on the Medfield phone.Mozilla’s already made it clear that its plan is to make sure Firefox is available to everyone who uses an Android device. Most recently, that meant polishing off the changes required to support older ARMv6 processors. That compatibility landed in the latest stable version of Firefox for Android. With that subset of users (which still counts in the millions) looked after, it’s a logical step for Mozilla to move on to folks with Intel phones. It’s unlikely that the chipmaker is going to give up the fight and let its ARM rivals continue dominating the mobile marketplace.The only folks left out in the cold now are the 4% or so who run an Android version older than Froyo — but they’re missing out on a whole lot more than just Firefox.More at Mark Finkle’s Bloglast_img read more

Reports are in Nexus 4s are shipping within 48 hours

first_imgIf you’ve been waiting to grab a Nexus 4 from the Google Play Store, your time has finally come. Users from all over the US are reporting shipments in less than 48 hours after their handsets have been ordered from the web store. This comes after a significant amount of time during which the Nexus 4 was only available in a trickle of a few units that were rapidly grabbed by Android fans.If we’ve learned anything about Google over the last few of months, it’s that they are not a hardware company. The Google Play Store has been the home to a pair of Chromebooks, as well as the Nexus 4, 7 Best Price at Amazon, and 10, and not a single one of these products managed to stay in stock over the holiday season. If you were lucky enough to purchase one without some sort of bug that charged you two or three times for your device, the product you ordered wouldn’t ship for weeks.Running a web store that deals in massive volume has been a challenge for Google, but it appears that there are now plenty of new toys to go around, and Google is wasting no time getting purchases out to users.Google’s shopping cart system, when it works, is designed to not charge you until the product you ordered has shipped. This left several users quite surprised this week when orders were being processed within minutes of their submission, with the correct amount being removed from their bank accounts just as quickly. Within 48 hours, those same users had little white boxes on their doorsteps with a Nexus 4 inside. It seems odd to be surprised by this, given the prevalence of online shopping in 2013, but this is a new experience for many users who have used Google Play top order hardware this year.So there you have it, Google seems to have worked all the bugs out of their shopping and shipping. Like everything else released by Google, it appears that the beta tag can finally be removed from the purchase experience in the Google Play Store.last_img read more

Rosenior Having Fergie around at Man United makes sense

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson’s presence at Manchester United makes sense as it will serve as a motivational boost for the squad, says Liam RoseniorInterim manager Ole Gunnar Soleskjaer has reportedly invited his old boss back to United’s Aon Training Complex to meet the players.And Rosenior, who played for the likes of Fulham and Brighton as a full-back, believes Soleskjaer has made a good call as United attempt to recapture the glory days of the Ferguson era.“It is a unique situation but it is also a unique football club and an extraordinary man in Ferguson,” Rosenior told Sky Sports Debate.“I think one of the problems for Manchester United over the last few years is that they’ve gone away from his ethos so much and I think the fact that Solskjaer has taken the job and Mike Phelan has gone back, who is not only an outstanding coach, he’s an outstanding man too and he stands for all the right values that Man Utd are built on over the last few decades.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I think it makes complete sense. If I was in Solskjaer’s shoes, why wouldn’t you use probably the greatest manager of all time?“It’s going to be interesting at the end of the season if the results do continue the way that they do, if they stick with him [Solskjaer] and try to get that Man Utd DNA and ethos back into the football club.“For me, if you play for Manchester United and you step into that football club, you have to be aware of the history. You have to put on that shirt and be proud to wear that shirt and know what it represents. I think it is the biggest football club in the world because of the history and tradition and a huge part of that is Ferguson.“Why not use that as a motivational tool to say ‘this is what you’re representing’. Every football club has its own personality and I think they’re just getting that back. It’s going to be fantastic to see on Sunday how they do away at Tottenham.”last_img read more

Shaqiri Reds have the right mentality to win the title

first_imgXherdan Shaqiri believes Liverpool have the right mentality to clinch the elusive Premier League title as they aim to return to winning ways at West Ham United on Monday night.Klopp’s men further extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to five points against the Foxes following a 1-1 draw at Anfield.Nevertheless, while accepting the fact the gap would have been more with a win, Shaqiri has taken the positives and urged his teammates to focus on the next challenge.He told at Melwood: “I think it was a good point to take in the end, because although we always want to win every game, it was maybe not our best performance this year. So, in the end, it was a draw and we take the point.▪️ Strong squad mentality ▪️ Importance of remaining focused ▪️ Putting frustration behind🔜 Monday’s challenge 💪— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 2, 2019“Obviously being five points clear is better than four. We wanted to win the game, but every game is very tough to play. Leicester have a good team, were very well organised – you saw that in the game – and it was difficult against them.“So, we take the point and we go forward – we are looking to the next game now. Everything is good, so we will just keep going like this. We are looking forward to the next game on Monday, which is very important to win.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“If we continue to stay focused at the highest level, I am confident we are going to [continue to] win games.”In terms of winning titles, Shaqiri is knowledgeable in what is required to wrap up the title having lifted three championships with FC Basel in Switzerland before collecting a further two Bundesliga crowns with Bayern Munich.Xherdan Shaqiri 💥💥The substitute scores twice as Liverpool beat Manchester United for the first time in the Premier League since March 2014. #UCL— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 16, 2018“I played in Germany and won titles there, so I have experience of it,” he said. “It has to be a winning mentality and the players need to be focused.“The mentality is similar [here]. You need to go into games trying to win them and to give everything to do that.“I am pretty sure with the talent we have in the team we can achieve a lot.“Now we need to keep going this hard until the end. To work hard in training, to take the training into the games and to keep going. There is a long way to go, but we are in a very, very good way to be successful.”last_img read more

Hot rod road trip aims to help

first_imgAaron Showalter, 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, squeezes into a 1935 Ford hot rod Tuesday in Vancouver. Showalter and fellow Marine veteran Lenny Cestaro, who owns the hot rod, are traveling from Alaska to Arizona to raise money for a Marine wounded in Afghanistan. There’s lots to catch the eye when Lenny Cestaro and Aaron Showalter roll up in the hot rod.There’s Cestaro’s car itself, a chopped 1935 Ford.“The car attracts attention,” Showalter said. “At each gas station, it can take an hour.”Then there are the two Marine Corps veterans who are traveling in the car. Particularly Showalter.As Cestaro noted, it’s not quite accurate to say that his 6-foot-4, 250-pound friend sits in the car.“He wears the car,” Cestaro said.What they really want people to see is the website address that’s part of the artwork on the rear of the car — said that he served with Lt. Derek Herrera a few years ago when the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines went to Iraq.In June 2012, Herrera — now a captain — was shot while leading a special-operations patrol in the Helmand Valley in Afghanistan. The bullet lodged between two vertebrae.“He’s paralyzed,” but Herrera is still on active duty, Cestaro said, “and he wants to get back into it.”Hospitalized in Los Angeles, the Marine officer is hoping to raise $70,000 for an exoskeleton — a high-tech bracing worn around the legs that would offer a workaround for Herrera’s paralysis.A brotherhoodCestaro and Showalter are trying to bring awareness to the fundraising effort with their hot rod trip from Alaska to Arizona. The route brought them Tuesday to Vancouver, for a stopover with Showalter’s uncle, Norman Bordine.They aren’t collecting money along the way.“We don’t want to touch any money,” Cestaro, 32, said. But they do want people to know about Herrera’s story. They also want to point potential contributors to another site,; the Marsoc Foundation is a nonprofit that supports members of the Marines Corps’ Special Operations Command.last_img read more

Candidates Named In Upcoming HEA Board Of Directors Election

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Four candidates will be on the ballot for the Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) Board of Directors’ 2018 election. HEA directors are elected by the members in their respective district, with members voting only forthe candidates residing in their district. Candidate information is available on HEA’s website at The deadline to apply for a seat on the board was March 2, 2018. The ballots will be mailed to HEA members on April 2, 2018. Completed mail-in ballots must bereceived by mail no later than May 2, 2018, for validation. If HEA members are unable to complete a mail-in ballot, members will also have an opportunity to vote at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Members, which will be held May 3, 2018 at Homer High School. This year, the following candidates are seeking election to the HEA board:• In District 1 (Kenai – Nikiski – parts of Soldotna area), the candidates are incumbent David B.Thomas of Soldotna and Jason M. Ross of Nikiski.• In District 2 (Soldotna – Sterling – Kasilof), the candidate is incumbent Dave Carey ofSoldotna.• In District 3 (Kasilof south to Kachemak Bay area), the candidate is Roy Champagne ofAnchor Point. For more details about the election and the Annual Meeting of the Members, contact HEA at800-478-8551 or at read more

Stuber film review Kumail Nanjiani shines on a senseless joyride

first_img Culture TV and Movies 77 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 0 Share your voice Post a comment Stuber cast relives its craziest Uber experiences This involves chaperoning Vic to various shady locations as he attempts to avenge the death of his young-and-promising partner, Sarah Morris (Karen Gillan). Gillan’s chance to shoot a gun outside Guardians of the Galaxy lasts minutes before Morris is quickly taken out in a disorientating shoot ’em up. Line of Duty attempted handheld shakiness better. Morris’ murderer, Oka Tedjo (Iko Uwais), is an all but generic drug dealer, except for his surprising skill at some form of martial arts.Why does an Uber driver risk his life for a rampaging, irrational cop? For the mildly amusing reason that Vic threatens to give Stu a bad Uber star rating, which could see Stu lose his side-job. While the events that lead up to Vic needing an Uber driver in the first place are ludicrous — he decides to drive his own car immediately after eye surgery and unsurprisingly crashes — their unlikely partnership somewhat successfully provides an emotional backbone. This is amid the colorful insults.StuberStu and Vic having fun on their adventure. Hopper Stone/SMPSP The other relationships are far less interesting. The friendzoned Stu has a chance to swoop in on a recently broken up Becca (Glow’s Betty Gilpin), who’s home drunk on the sofa, waiting for him to hurry up and join her. Vic is also on a deadline, his daughter Nicole (Natalie Morales) hoping he’ll finally see her art at an exhibition on the same night all the action takes place.Nanjiani brings a handful of laughs, mainly during a knowing if not very subtle montage that traverses the ails of Uber drivers. Felix (Steve Howey), a male stripper who gifts Stu questionably promiscuous dating wisdom, provides another highlight. While so often a comedic standout with co-star Gillan in Guardians of the Galaxy, Bautista doesn’t fare well as Vic continues his alarmingly stupid decisions. Even when they make sense, like smashing a store window to alert the cops, you still find Vic tiresome.Underneath the bond our two heroes predictably form, there’s a sly hint that Uber, the scandal-scarred company itself, may have approved of Stuber’s well-meaning themes about male friendship and emotional expression. Still, the unorthodox protagonists aren’t to be shirked, Stu a hero you don’t often see onscreen even after Crazy Rich Asians’ success.Despite Stuber’s cars, sex, guns and buddy cop-fueled engine, its one-star stupidity brings its occasionally-amusing Uber ride to a screeching halt.Stuber arrives in theatres July 12. Movie reviews Uber 2019 movies to geek out over Tags Dave Bautista’s Vic and Kumail Nanjiani’s Stu protect that dog at all costs. Walt Disney Studios It’s been a little while since Kumail Nanjiani’s standout turn in 2017’s The Big Sick, the comedian’s compelling semi-autobiographical comedy about an interethnic couple. Two years later, Nanjiani stars as an awkward Uber driver in Stuber, an action comedy with a vaguely similar odd-couple conceit. It has its smooth turns, especially when referencing the good and bad aspects of Uber, but the frantic gun fights and overall predictability don’t do Nanjiani’s brilliance justice.At least Nanjiani is on screen for most of the time. The Uber aspect is also an inviting update to this buddy cop jaunt from director Michael Dowse, best known for rom-com What If. Nanjiani’s Stu, a bullied sporting goods store worker who drives his electric Nissan between shifts — “Stuber,” his cruel and unfunny manager calls him — is steamrolled into helping Vic Manning, Dave Bautista’s temporarily blind take-no-prisoners LAPD detective, on a city-wide mission. 1:51last_img read more

Upon Filing Settlement Legislation Walker Drops Point Thomson Lawsuit

first_imgGov. Bill Walker has introduced legislation clarifying the powers of the attorney general when settling litigation related to Alaska’s oil and gas resources.The two-page bill was offered Friday, and it requires the attorney general to confirm that a settlement is narrow in scope and in compliance with existing law.The catalyst for the bill was a lawsuit that Walker brought as a private citizen. The suit challenged a settlement between the State of Alaska and Exxon to develop natural gas reserves at Point Thomson. Since the start of the legislative session, Republicans in the majority have criticized Walker for keeping the litigation active, instead of offering a legislative remedy. Walker dropped the suit on Friday, in conjunction with the filing of his bill.last_img read more

GST on imports IAF objects to over Rs 100 crore bill for

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:36Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:35?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Can Lockheed Martin F-21 meet Indian Air Force’s long-term strategic goals? Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighters.ReutersThe Indian Airforce has made an objection against more than Rs 100 crore of integrated goods and services tax (IGST) levied on various imported items. The IAF imported these items from various countries and has shown as “parts of aircraft” in its financial books. Financial daily, the Economic Times reported that the issue is expected to be tabled at the ministerial level where IAF and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) would discuss more on the issue.As per the sources privy of the development, the IAF argued that these items including electrical and mechanical parts, antennas and electronic spares come under customs tariff heading 8803 which calls for nil or 5% IGST. In contrast, the DRI is of the opinion that these imported spares are not “parts of aircraft” and are imported completely separate items. Notably, these goods are exempted of any duties under the harmonized system nomenclature (HSN) code followed by GST while classifying the goods in five slabs: nil, 5%, 12%, 18%, and 28%. Sukhoi-30MKI (Su-30MKI) fighters integrated with BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles will give Indian Air Force total air superiority on subcontinental air space.@IAF_MCC/twitterOne official said: “The IGST levied on these items is from the period of the inception of GST. The matter is being probed since August last year and, last month, the IAF made a representation before the DRI, Mumbai, contesting the duty citing that these were parts of aircraft and are well within the common HSN code which guides the GST slabs and that these goods attract GST under chapter 8803 that allows nil or 5 % GST.”The issued would be discussed at the ministerial level meeting and IAF would highlight the need of Rs. 100 crore to buy other critical equipment. “Unlike commercial planes where these items are fitted in the aircraft for commercial purposes, IAF aircraft is mainly used for defense purposes and there is a view in the forces that the matter should be taken at the highest level so that IGST on accessories imported by the IAF are exempted,” the official further added. The DRI is arguing that it is following the routine process wherein all the other government agencies are also asked to pay IGST on imports. One of the officials said the IAF could pay the proposed duties and then seek a claim from the government. “The IAF has not been singled out, the DRI found duty evasion of over `300 crores by various private airline and aerospace firms,” he said.last_img

No Rohingya to be allowed into Bangladesh

first_imgWomen and children fleeing violence in their villages arrive at the Yathae Taung township in Rakhine state in Myanmar on 26 August, 2017. Photo: AFPThe government has directed the local administration in the district to employ its best efforts to restrict the entry of fresh Rohingyas into the country saying not a single person will be allowed in the name of ‘humanity’, reports UNB.”The government has directed to enforce the best efforts to stop any fresh influx and tackle the situation,” said deputy commissioner (DC) of the district Md Ali Hossain.He, however, said the government is keeping humanitarian aspect of the situation in mind with due sincerity. “That doesn’t mean we’ll have to bear the burden for years after years by allowing the entry of people from another country into Bangladesh.”This observation was made in an urgent meeting held at the Circuit House on Friday night attended by government officials, representatives of law enforcement agencies, politicians and others.The meeting has decided to take stern action against those who will help Rohigyas enter Bangladesh. It also decided to punish those using the Naf river to help Rohingyas get into Bangladesh through mobile courts.In the name of humanity, no more Rohingyas will be allowed in Bangladesh’s land for the sake of its own existence and security, he told the meeting.Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard also sent back a boat carrying 56 Rohingyas, who tried to enter Bangladesh through Noyapara area of Teknaf upazila, in the early morning.Meanwhile, two separate meetings were held on Saturday in Ukhia and Teknaf the respective UNOs in the chair.The UP members and chairmen who were present at the meeting were given directives to follow government instructions so that not a single Rohingya can enter Bangladesh.At least 89 people were killed as militants besieged border posts in northern Rakhine State of Myanmar on Friday. The attack triggered a fresh influx of refugees towards Bangladesh.A total of 12 security officials had been killed alongside 77 ‘militants’, Myanmar authorities said.last_img read more

Aussies in limbo over AirAsia X flights

first_imgAustralians who have booked flights to Europe and India with AirAsia X may be unsure of their actual flight plans for months due to suspended routes. The airline has told customers that they will be contacted at least two months prior to their departure date but for some that could be many months away. “Everything needs to be done in batches according to flight date and we cannot skip between different dates as it would be more time consuming,” said a spokesperson for the airline. Customers will be contacted via email and offered a full refund, re-routing to another AirAsia X destination or a move to an alternative carrier where available.The airline has also attempted to block-book seats on other airlines.The withdrawal of AirAsia X services to Europe and India was announced in January, citing an unbalanced global economy, excessive fuel costs and high taxes. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

Five Star Institute CEO Addresses Identity Crisis Among Servicers

first_img Share in Foreclosure, Headlines, News, REO, Servicing There is a widespread shift happening in the mortgage industry. Mortgage servicers and REO asset management companies that once thrived after the foreclosure crisis are revamping their image, business practices, and even changing their name in order to adapt to the strengthening real estate market.As the amount of distressed inventory continues to wane, companies like Nationstar Mortgage Holdings, Ten-X (formerly, and Altisource Portfolio Solutions, are expanding into other areas of the market to avoid extinction.An article from the Wall Street Journal by Joe Light referred to the switch-up among these companies as an “identity crisis” as they alter their businesses to separate their foreclosure-related past from future opportunities.Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute, a provider of education and training programs for the mortgage industry, told Wall Street Journal writer Joe Light that companies which are slow to adapt to the changing real estate environment may be in trouble.Ed Delgado“There’s a risk of extinction for companies that are either slow to realize the change in the market or simply don’t adapt. You can expect to see both contraction and extinction of some of these organizations,” Delgado said.The most recent company change comes from Nationstar Mortgage Holdings. In February 2016, Nationstar announced in its fourth quarter earnings statement call that it would be later rebranding itself to Mr. Cooper.”Looking forward, we remain focused on taking steps that improve customer experience and drive customer retention while delivering greater value for our shareholders. We enter 2016 well positioned from a strategic, operational and capital perspective,” said Jay Bray, CEO at in January rebranded as Ten-X in order to reach further into the real estate marketplace. In addition to rebranding as Ten-X, the company also announced that it plans to introduce new platforms in March that will give sellers the option to choose either an auction or a non-auction process when conducting transactions online.“Today’s announcement represents something far more significant than a name change,” Ten-X CEO Tim Morse said. “Our move to the Ten-X brand reflects our evolution into a marketplace for a much broader range of residential and commercial property types, and our expansion into new technology solutions that empower buyers, sellers and real estate professionals alike. Our vision is to make buying and selling real estate ten times better for everyone involved.”Altisource Portfolio Solutions, a provider of mortgage, financial and technology services for the real estate and mortgage industries, expanded their offerings into the home rental market with two new acquisitions. The company revealed that it has acquired both RentRange and Investability, which will substantially expand their offerings, reach, and data capabilities in the real estate services market.“These acquisitions squarely support our real estate and mortgage marketplace strategy and enable us to provide valuable analytics to the home rental, renovation, sale and origination markets,” said William B. Shepro, CEO of Altisource.Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of MReport and March 30, 2016 857 Views center_img Five Star Institute Mortgage Servicers REO Asset Management 2016-03-30 Staff Writer Five Star Institute CEO Addresses Identity Crisis Among Servicerslast_img read more

This is the first draft for Keim and Arians togeth

first_imgThis is the first draft for Keim and Arians together in their new roles, but Keim has been with the team since 1999 when he joined the club as a regional scout. Keim was promoted to director of player personnel heading into the 2009 draft. Since then, the Cardinals have selected 30 players, 19 of whom remain with the team heading into the 2013 season. Since Keim and Arians secured their new positions back in January, there’s been discussion about the upcoming draft and whether or not you select players based on need. Arians seems to think that’s a fine line and a bit of a balancing act.“You’ll have four or five guys graded within a fraction of each other. If one of them is a need position, then obviously that would take precedent over a strength on your team already. I think they’ve done a fantastic job at setting the board,” he said. “But if all the offensive lineman go flying off the board like all the prognosticators (say they will), ‘hey, we’re going to go get a tackle,’ he might be a third round grade, just cause you need a tackle? That’s when you start having problems.” Keim has been doing this a long time and he has some thoughts on how the draft board should be put together. Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I think setting your board is like evaluating a player. There’s a certain point where you can overthink it,” Keim said. “If you get to a point where you start maneuvering your board and you start moving cards around, there’s a chance that you’re going to over-think it and you’re going to make a poor decision. Sometimes your first instinct is the best decision.”Heading into the draft, Keim, Arians and the entire Cardinals staff seem to be on the same page when it comes to the evaluation process.“Our coaching staff has added another 287 reports and our board is shaping up very good for us. We’re not quite finished, but the hay is almost in the barn, as some would say and we’re very excited about the draft next Thursday,” Keim said. The NFL Draft gets underway one week from Thursday and the Arizona Cardinals feel good about the time and energy they’ve put into researching picks. After all, knowing is half the battle and both general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians know who and what they want heading into April 25th. “It’s been a great process for us so far, we’ve had some productive meetings. Looking at the process starting back to last June, our scouts started on the road, accumulating information,” Keim said on Thursday. “I looked in the system the other day and we had approximately thirty-one hundred reports in there so it goes to show you that we’ve done our due diligence and have been very productive moving forward.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more