OTTAWA – As Canadians celebrated the country’s birthday on Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on the road highlighting the stand he has taken against the U.S. government’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.Speaking in Leamington, Ont., Sunday morning, Trudeau thanked residents and Canadians for always standing up for one another and for Canadian values.“This is who we are, we’re there for each other in times of difficulty, in times of opportunity. We lean on each other and we stand strong and that’s what we do from coast to coast to coast,” Trudeau said.The Ontario town is one of three cross-country stops the prime minister scheduled on Canada Day, and one of two designed to reflect the looming trade war between Canada and the United States.Trudeau met with workers at a major canning and food processing operation in Leamington, where the tomato paste used in French’s ketchup is made. Later in the day, he visited a major steel refinery in Regina. The two industries are at the heart of the trade dispute.Trudeau’s counter-tariffs on a range of products took effect on Sunday — a month after the Trump administration slapped duties on U.S. steel and aluminum imports from Canada and other allies.Canada’s response includes imposing $16.6 billion worth of tariffs on a long list of consumer products that come from a wide range of sectors — from beer kegs, to ballpoint pens, to ketchup.On Friday, Trudeau spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump by telephone, reiterating that Canada has had “no choice” but to take countermeasures against the U.S. tariffs.It appears Trump, too, is not backing down.In an interview that aired Sunday morning, Trump said he will delay signing a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement until after the U.S. mid-term elections in November in hopes of reaching a better deal.He said he could quickly sign an agreement with Mexico and Canada, “but I’m not happy with it. I want to make it more fair.”In the interview on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo,” Trump again threatened to impose tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts, saying, “The cars are the big ones.” The move has been viewed as a possible negotiating ploy to restart NAFTA talks, which could resume following Sunday’s elections in Mexico.U.S. tariffs on auto imports would be a major blow to Canada’s economy because of the importance of the auto industry plays in the country. The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to hold hearings on auto tariffs in late July and to complete its investigation into auto imports later this summer.Despite the tense political rhetoric among leaders, Trudeau kept his remarks upbeat and patriotic on Canada Day as he spoke to a crowd in Leamington. He praised Canadians for their supportive attitudes in the face of a trade dispute with its largest trading partner.“There is so much to be proud of as a country, but the thing we always have to be most proud of is Canadians ourselves — the way we step, the way we lean on each other, the way we’re creative and optimistic about the future, the way we look at challenges as opportunities, to grow, to build, to be there for each other. That’s the message we’re celebrating on Canada Day,” he said.Trudeau was speaking on the front steps of Highbury Canco with CEO Sam Diab.Diab said in an interview that the tomato-processing facility will face increasing cost pressures as a response to the Canada-U.S. trade dispute.However, the company does not plan on laying off any workers or shrinking its production, Diab said.Trudeau got a tour of the facility and the two spoke about the trade environment and how Diab supports Trudeau’s retaliatory tariffs.“We just need closure so that we can move forward and companies can start investing again,” said Diab, adding that the prime minister’s visit to the company made him feel more “confident” in the market.“Our company will survive no matter what.”Later in the day in Regina, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Canada’s tariffs were designed to offer a clear message that the Trump administration’s trade action against Canada is “illegal and absurd” and that Canada is responding, dollar-for-dollar, in retaliation.“We will not just be victims of American policy, we’re going to fight back.”He said Trudeau wanted to be on the ground with steelworkers at a family event on the day Canada’s counter-tariffs came into effect to “make it really tangible what this is about.“It’s not about corporate board rooms and decision-making at some 30,000-foot level. This touches families and lives and homes and communities.”Meantime, revellers on Parliament Hill who braved scorching temperatures to take in the festivities in Ottawa also expressed support for Trudeau’s hard line against Trump on trade.Angela Egan said she feels Trump is trying to “bully” Canada into submission.“I’m glad that Justin Trudeau is standing up to him, because I feel like that’s his modus operandi, he just tries to bully to get his way and we need to stand up for ourselves,” she said.“I think if you stand up to him, he’ll back down.”Ian Cross of Prince Edward Island said he does not believe Canada-U.S. relations are being damaged too deeply by the current trade spat.“I think we’ll get through this. Everybody has to go through different arguments and discussions. People do it, families do it, so I don’t think this is a big deal.”The prime minister ended his long Canada Day tour in the Yukon where he was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of about 600 people in Dawson City.Arriving a little late, Trudeau waded slowly through the crowd that had gathered for a barbecue at the city’s Waterfront Park, shaking lots of hands and posing for photos and selfies.Premier Sandy Silver and Mayor Wayne Potoroka were there as Larry Bagnell, Yukon’s Member of Parliament, gave Trudeau a rousing introduction as “the first prime minister in decades who has been outside Ottawa on Canada day.”Sounding a little hoarse, but still energetic, after his cross-country day of speech making, the prime minister said it was great to be back in the Yukon.“Happy Canada Day, Dawson City,” he shouted to his cheering audience.“You know, I’ve been right across the country all day, starting in Leamington, Ontario, through Regina, Saskatchewan, and ending here, and the sun is a long way from setting, so we’ve got a lot of time to party still.”He then returned to his themes from earlier in the day, talking about Canadians being “there for each other,” looking to the future “with optimism and strength,” and “facing down any challenges that come our way.”—With files from Alanna Rizza in Leamington, Ont., Sam Maciag in Regina, Dan Davidson in Dawson City, and The Associated Press.Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.
TORONTO – Ontario is offering to cover 80 per cent of the cost of installing electric vehicle charging stations for companies and commercial building owners as the province tries to expand its charging infrastructure.The program, announced today, will cover most of the capital costs of installing Level 2 charging stations, which take between four and eight hours to fully charge an electric vehicle.Employers and commercial building owners could get up to $7,500 per charging space.The Liberal government has earmarked up to $5 million for the program out of cap-and-trade auction revenues.It says there are more than 1,300 public chargers operating in the province, though that includes just two-thirds of 500 stations promised by March 31, 2017 under a $20-million Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario program.The government says an incentive program for home charging stations has doled out about $2.2 million since January 2013 for nearly 2,600 chargers.
WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve is set this week to raise interest rates for a third time this year to prevent the economy from growing too fast. But with President Donald Trump’s trade fights posing a risk to the U.S. economy, the Fed may soon be ready to slow its hikes.Many analysts expect the economy to weaken next year, in part from the effects of the conflicts Trump has pursued with China, Canada, Europe and other trading partners. The tariffs and counter-tariffs that have been imposed on imports and exports is having the effect of raising prices for key goods and supplies and potentially slowing growth.An economic slowdown would likely lead the Fed to throttle back on its rate increases to avoid stifling growth. In that scenario, it might raise rates only twice in 2019 and then retreat to the sidelines to see how the economy fares.Compounding the effects of the tariffs and retaliatory tariffs resulting from Trump’s trade war, other factors could slow growth next year. The benefits of tax cuts that took effect this year, along with increased government spending, for example, are widely expected to fade.Still, some analysts hold to a more optimistic scenario: That momentum already built up from the government’s economic stimulus will keep strengthening the job market and lowering unemployment — at 3.9 per cent, already near a 50-year low. A tight employment market, in this scenario, will accelerate wages and inflation and prod the Fed to keep tightening credit to ensure that the economy doesn’t overheat.Any light the Fed might shed on those questions could come in the statement it will make after its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday, in updated economic and rate forecasts it will issue or in a news conference that Chairman Jerome Powell will hold afterward.The modest rate increase that’s widely expected reflects the continued strength of the U.S. economy, now in its 10th year of expansion, the second-longest such stretch on record. Most analysts also expect the Fed to signal that it plans to raise rates a fourth and final time this year, presumably in December. The Fed’s rate increases typically lead to higher rates on some consumer and business loans.Should neither Powell nor the Fed itself clarify expectations for the months ahead, it could be because the policymakers are sharply divided and are coalescing into two familiar opposing groups — “hawks” and “doves.”Doves focus on the Fed’s mandate to maximize employment and worry less about inflation. Hawks tend to concern themselves more with the need to prevent high inflation. One Fed board member, Lael Brainard, a leading dove, earlier this month surprised some with a speech that emphasized her belief in the need for continued gradual rate hikes.This week’s expected hike will be the Fed’s eighth since 2015, when it began tightening credit after having kept its benchmark rate at a record low for seven years beginning in 2008 at the height of the financial crisis.Even so, the Fed’s key short-term rate, a benchmark for many consumer and business loans, remains in a relatively low range of 1.75 per cent to 2 per cent. By its latest reckoning, the Fed estimates its “neutral rate” — the point where it’s thought to neither stimulate nor restrain growth — at around 2.9 per cent. Two more hikes this year and two in 2019 would lift the Fed’s benchmark rate to that level.In her speech, Brainard suggested that the Fed might eventually see a need to exceed the neutral rate — an unexpected observation from an official who has never been seen as a hawk. But Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said Brainard’s suggestion doesn’t seem all that surprising given the economic circumstances.“She realizes that the economy is in a different place,” Zandi said. “We have had massive tax cuts and massive increases in government spending that were not even on the radar screen in early 2017.”The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, is expected to grow 3 per cent for 2018 as a whole. That would mark the strongest full-year gain in 13 years. For the first nine years of the economic expansion, annual GDP growth averaged only around 2.2 per cent.The robust job market has helped make consumers, the main drivers of growth, more confident than they’ve been in nearly 18 years. Business investment is up. Americans are spending freely on cars, clothes and restaurant meals.All the good news has helped fuel a stock market rally. Household wealth is up, too. It reached a record in the April-June quarter, although the gain is concentrated largely among the most affluent.It’s that strength that has convinced economists that there will be little debate about raising rates this week.“For 2018, both the economy and the stock market are sizzling,” said Sung Won Sohn, chief economist at SS Economics, a consulting firm. “That means the Fed will stay with the four rate hikes they have indicated they will make this year.Next year is far less clear. Many economists worry that Trump’s combative trade policies could significantly slow the economy. Trump insists that the tariffs he is imposing on Chinese imports, to which Beijing has retaliated, are needed to force China to halt unfair trading practices. But concern is growing that China won’t change its practices, the higher tariffs on U.S. and Chinese goods will become permanent and both economies — the world’s two largest — will suffer.Powell has so far been circumspect in reflecting on Trump’s trade war. The Fed chairman has suggested that while higher tariffs are generally harmful, they could serve a healthy purpose if they eventually force Beijing to liberalize its trade practices.In the meantime, economists are divided over how many Fed rate increases are likely in 2019. Sohn foresees three. But Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, said she thinks the Fed will slow its pace to two hikes next year.“I think the higher tariffs will start to impact the economy,” Swonk said. “But I don’t think the Fed will signal any changes in its expected pace of interest rates at this meeting. The Fed will want to wait and react to changes in the economy.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With non-medical cannabis retail stores opening their doors around the region, the question is when will the first shop open their doors in FSJ.With five shops submitting their applications to City Council and being approved, the shops of FSJ seem to be in a holding pattern in different states of assessment with the Government.The third applicant in FSJ is Cannabis Corner to be located at #2 – 10108 100 Street, in the location of the old Playtime Toys. Once that is approved staff can be hired and product ordering from the BCLCB can begin. “We will open within days of receiving conditional approval,” shared Lepine. Danny Lepine, one of the three partners of Cannabis Corner says, “We have completed our security screening interviews a few weeks ago tho we have heard nothing further. We have no idea as to when we may receive approval,”Lepine is waiting to receive conditional approval so the company can go ahead and prepare the store floorplan as designed. There is then a physical store inspection to confirm that the store matches the floorplans submitted. With retailers already opening their doors in Pouce Coupe, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek there is anticipation in Fort St. John to do the same.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that after Delhi becomes a full state, the AAP-led government would come up with 2 lakh government jobs and 85 per cent of those jobs would be specifically for citizens of Delhi. In support of AAP candidates on Tuesday, the Chief Minister addressed nearly three rallies across the constituencies like North-West, Chandi Chowk and New Delhi.”Delhi government has 2 lakh vacancies but we have no power to give employment. You give us all the seven seats and I promise you that within two years Delhi will become a full state thereafter we will give 2 lakh employment and 85 per cent of that will be only for the Delhiites,” said the Chief Minister. From healthcare, housing, electricity, education, the safety of women to stopping sealing, Kejriwal made a host of promises if Delhi becomes a full state, which will be possible, he claimed, if Delhi chooses AAP candidates from all seven Lok Sabha seats. “While Delhi pays Rs. 1.5 lakh crore in income-tax every year, the Centre gives it only Rs 325 crore,” the chief minister said. Delhi government would have made many more schools and hospitals if the Centre had allocated more funds, he added. “Some works can’t be done till Delhi becomes a full state. Women feel unsafe and there is hooliganism everywhere because Delhi Police doesn’t listen to people,” CM Kejriwal said. “The police come under the PM and no one can meet the PM,” said the CM. If Delhi Police reports to Delhi government, he said, the law and order system will be such that girls will be able to go out at 11 pm without any fear. Sealing will also be stopped in 24 hours, CM Kejriwal promised. “For all these years, it is the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) that is responsible for housing in the city… and it has done nothing but to cut plots and hand it over to builders. If you make AAP win, then in 10 years, we will provide houses for every voter family in cheap and easy instalments,” he said. While also assuring 85 per cent reservation in jobs and colleges, the CM said that on gaining full statehood AAP would open many colleges and universities that even those Delhiites who get 60% would manage to get admission in good colleges. CM Kejriwal also alleged that the BJP and Congress people try to obstruct his rallies in Delhi.
New Delhi: Promoters and top officials of realty firm Amrapali Group diverted homebuyers’ money for personal benefits and building their own empire, said the forensic report submitted to the Supreme Court. The audit report reveals that around Rs 3,500 crore of homebuyers’ money was diverted by the Amrapali top brass. According to the auditors, the money was spent on houses, luxury cars and weddings among others and also invested in shares and mutual funds. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed both the Noida and Greater Noida authorities and the banks concerned for the diversion of funds by the group. Pointing to the diversion of Rs 3,500 crore by the Amrapali Group as estimated by the forensic auditors, Justice Arun Mishra said: “Rs 3,500 crore have gone away. Due to your inaction, cheating has taken place. The banks’ inaction has contributed to it. Had you taken action timely, this would not have happened.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar “It is your own doing. You have not done anything. If you had done anything, this would not have happened. If it is not hand in gloves then what it is,” Justice Mishra told the Noida, Greater Noida authorities and the banks. The forensic auditors’ report pointed to instances where money moved from one company to another company of the Amrapali Group. The court said that that “without the active support of the banks, this kind of large scale money laundering could not have happened”. However, as per the auditors, it is possible to raise the required funds to complete the Amrapali projects. For this, they said the money diverted will have to be brought back and several other assets of the group will have to be sold. A total of around Rs 9,590 crore can be recovered from the group, noted the auditors.
Tennis player James Blake arrives at City Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The police officer who tackled retired tennis player James Blake in a mistaken arrest outside a Manhattan hotel testified Tuesday that he and his family have been getting death threats since the 2015 incident.Officer James Frascatore was part of an undercover operation targeting credit card fraud and mistakenly thought Blake was one of the suspects. A security video captured Frascatore tackling and handcuffing Blake, who was let go after officers realized their mistake. The mayor and the former police commissioner publicly apologized to the ex-tennis star.In his second departmental trial connected in the incident, Frascatore said he was just following orders to arrest a man who looked like Blake. He said his career had been destroyed and described the upheaval it brought to his life and family.“The best way to describe it is hell,” he said. “I had death threats coming in to my children, my wife, myself. We had to move numerous times.”Frascatore also accused Blake of creating a “false narrative about an out-of-control cop.”“He’s part black and I’m white and it turned into a racial issue,” he said.Blake’s mother is white, and his father is black. Blake has said he thought the incident was mostly about excessive force, but also about how communities of color are generally treated.In closing remarks Tuesday, prosecutor Javier Seymour said Frascatore broke department rules.At Frascatore’s first departmental trial, police watchdog lawyers said he should lose 10 vacation days as punishment for excessive force, but the police commissioner overruled that recommendation and docked him five vacations days. Blake said the punishment was too light.The second trial was initiated by allegations that Frascatore participated in the investigation and leaked a longer videotape of the incident to the media.Frascatore denied telling anyone to leak the longer tape, saying his sister-in-law gave it out in an attempt to stop the death threats. He said he was “disgusted” the NYPD didn’t release the extended video which showed him shaking hands with Blake and apologizing after the false arrest.“It was very upsetting considering only part of it had been released,” he said.Frascatore’s lawyer, Peter Brill, said the NYPD overreacted to the incident.“The department reacts by placing too much blame. He was simply doing his job.”
The Uruguay national team player was transferred today from Genoa to the Italian powerhouseAfter many rumors surrounding his pass from Genoa to AC Milan, winger-back Diego Laxalt has arrived for the team’s medical tests.The Uruguay national team footballer arrived at the Westin Palace Hotel, where the team houses their new signings, as reported by Football Italia.“Thank you, I’m happy,” he told Sportitalia while walking into the venue.The 25-yeard-old player did not say anything else to the press and is expected to sign soon for AC Milan.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….According to Calcio Mercato, the Uruguayan could make a move for €14 million plus €4 million in bonuses.The World Cup footballer started his professional career with Defensor Deporting C in Uruguay.After that, he was transferred to Internazionale in Italy, before being loaned to Bologna, Empoli, and Genoa.In 2016 Genoa bought his contract and now it can be acquired by AC Milan.
Parma defender Federico Dimarco reflects on scoring the only goal of the game as they beat Inter Milan at San Siro.Federico Dimarco came through the Inter academy and they still have an option to buy him. He was the hero on Saturday as he scored the only goal in a shock 1-0 victory for Parma at Inter Milan.Despite Inter dominating majority of the game, it was Dimarco who in the 79th minute scored a stunner to decide the game.“I think we deserved the victory because we fought hard as a group to the bitter end,” he told Sky Sports Italia.Karsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.Reporters were quick to compare his goal that of Roberto Carlos.“Let’s lot exaggerate with comparisons. I scored a goal and I’m happy. I dedicate this goal to my daughter, who will be born in a month.” Dimarco said.“I anticipated Matteo Politano and then saw a gap, so I hit it. It went well. I am a little sad that I scored it against Inter because I am an Interista at heart, but it’s an important goal for the present and the future.”
West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini insists Felipe Anderson will only get better after his brace against Southampton.The Brazilian joined the Hammers this summer from Lazio for a club record fee in the region of £35million, but took a while to settle into English football.Pellegrini demanded more from the 25-year-old at the start of this campaign, but with seven goals to his name, Anderson looks to be repaying the faith showed in him by West Ham.Pellegrini places a lot of responsibility on technical players and his faith in those players are starting to reap dividends, with the Hammers winning three of their last four games.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…The former Manchester City manager, however, insists he will continue to demand more from Anderson.“Of course he is a different player, a player that in every game makes important things,” Pellegrini said, according to Evening Standard.“I think he will continue improving. He still loses too many balls, maybe because he must understand the Premier League is difficult if you keep the ball in your feet.”“In every game he makes important plays and that’s the most great thing that he has.”
Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.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 … A 14-year-old schoolgirl from London has won a landmark case to have her body cryogenically frozen in a bid to live again should a cure for the cancer that killed her be found. She will be the first British child to have her body frozen.The girls divorced parents disagreed over her wish to be frozen, so the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, asked the High Court to step in and give her a chance to have a life even if it meant it could take place centuries later.I dont want to die but I know I am going to … I want to live longer and I think that in the future they may find a cure for my cancer and wake me up. I want to have this chance, she wrote in a moving letter to the court.I think being cryo-preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up, even in hundreds of years time. I dont want to be buried underground, she continued.The girl, known as JS in court papers, had asked the court to allow her mother, who she lived with in London, and who supported her wish to be cryogenically preserved, to be the only person to be allowed to decide on the disposal of her body.JS was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2015 and by August 2016 was told that her illness was terminal and active treatment stopped. After researching cryonic preservation online, she decided that she wanted to be frozen after her death.Due to her age, she was unable to make a legally recognised will and had to get the permission of both her parents to sign up for the process which involves the freezing of a dead body in the hope that resuscitation and a cure may one day take place.Her father, whom she had not seen for eight years and himself has cancer, was against the move when she contacted him with her decision, reports The Mirror. Even if the treatment is successful and she is brought back to life in, lets say, 200 years, she may not find any relative and she might not remember things. She may be left in a desperate situation — given that she is still only 14 years old — and will be in the United States of America, he argued.The Telegraph noted that the father was also concerned about the moral and ethical implications of the process and whether he could be pursued for payments at some point in the future despite living on benefits.He eventually changed his mind and told the court that he respected her decision. This is the last and only thing she has asked from me.Justice Peter Jackson, who visited the girl in hospital as she was too ill to attend court, granted her last request on 6 October, noting that the prospect of her wishes being followed will reduce her agitation and distress about her impending death.JS lost her battle with cancer on 17 October. In his ruling, Justice Jackson publication of the case for a month until after her death and that the identities of both JS, her parents and other specific details of the case be withheld.He added that he was not making a decision on the rights and wrongs of cryogenic science but on the disagreement between the parents.Justice Jackson also noted that although the hospital trust was willing to help, it was not endorsing cryonics. On the contrary, all the professionals feel deep unease about it.The Telegraph said that the £37,000 cost for the cryogenic process was paid for by JSs maternal grandparents as her parents were unable to raise the necessary funds. The cost covers freezing the body and taking it to a storage facility in the US, which is only one of two countries — Russia being the other — that has the facility to store frozen bodies. Cryonic freezing: What is the process that could bring us back from the dead?
Share Julián Aguilar / The Texas TribuneDACA supporters held a press conference in front of the Texas Attorney General’s Office in Austin on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, after the Trump administration announced the program was ending.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday informed the U.S. Supreme Court that if the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program still exists in June, his office would consider filing suit to eliminate the program.The Obama-era program protects hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants from immediate deportation and allows them to legally work in the United States. But President Donald Trump in September 2017 announced his administration would end the program in March of this year. A federal district judge in California has placed that on temporary hold however, ruling that the administration could not abruptly shut down the program. Since then, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting renewal applications for two-year DACA permits, although new applications are not being considered.The Trump administration has since asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case and overturn the judge’s decision. It was in an amicus brief Paxton filed in support of the president Thursday that his office said it would consider future litigation.“Indeed, if the injunction is maintained through June 2018, amici States will be forced to consider filing a lawsuit challenging the original 2012 memorandum creating DACA,” the filing reads, referring to the 12 other states that signed on to Paxton’s brief.Paxton’s action on Thursday follows his June 2017 memo to the Trump administration where the attorney general threatened legal action if the administration didn’t announce the end of the program by September of that year.Texas had the second-highest number of DACA beneficiaries, about 124,000, when the Trump administration announced the program would be phased out. Texas also led the charge in 2014 to stop a second deferred action initiative, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, which would have greatly expanded the eligible pool of undocumented immigrants who were eligible for the temporary protection. That challenge was successful, and the program was never implemented.Paxton also made note of that litigation in the brief filed Thursday and said the arguments made then are still valid as to why DACA is unlawful.“As you know, this November 20, 2014 memorandum creating DAPA and Expanded DACA would have granted eligibility for lawful presence and work authorization to over four million unlawfully present aliens,” he wrote. “Courts blocked DAPA and Expanded DACA from going into effect, holding that the Executive Branch does not have the unilateral power to confer lawful presence and work authorization on unlawfully present aliens simply because the Executive chooses not to remove them.”Though he announced an end the program, Trump has also stated that his administration was phasing it out over six months to allow Congress to act. Just how to do that, however, has been a point of contention in Washington — leading to the brief government shutdown of the federal government that began Jan. 20.Late Thursday however, the White House reportedly sent to members of Congress a plan that would protect the young undocumented immigrants and bolster border security. The plan, according to Politico, includes $25 billion for additional border security measures, including a barrier on the southern border, and rolling back current immigration policies.
2015 Cultural Affair Committee Members – From left to right- Kim H. Walker, Carrie Hiers, Letori Robinson, Anthony McCarthy, and Carlton R. Smith.Baltimore Black Pride, in conjunction with The Center for Black Equity Baltimore, held its 13th Annual Cultural Event on Oct. 10 at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center in Baltimore, Maryland.The event was an awards celebration designed to recognize the many outstanding community members and supporters. The AFRO American Newspaper was the major media sponsor of the event. Speakers included Carl Stokes, Baltimore City 12th District Councilman, Merrick Moise, Center for Black Equity, and Carlton R. Smith, 2015 Cultural Affair Committee.
Kolkata: In a bid to cater to the huge demand of Haringhata Meat in North Bengal, the West Bengal Livestock Development Corporation (WBLDC) has come up with a cold storage facility in Siliguri which will act as a central store for storing frozen meat.”We have as many as 35 franchises ready to sell Haringhata Meat in North Bengal. However, due to lack of cold processing unit in North Bengal, we were facing difficulty to supply to these franchises from our unit in Haringhata, Nadia. This 10 metric tonne facility will help us to provide quality meat to the people of North Bengal in a more organised way,” Gouri Shankar Koner, managing director of WBLDC said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe same building with the storage facility also has an animal hospital with facilities for investigation of diseases and guest house facilities. The whole project has entailed an investment of around Rs 2.16 crore. Koner said WBLDC, which comes under the aegis of the state Animal Resource Development department, has also set up a pig breeding farm at Mohitnagar in Jalpaiguri. Around 1,800 animals will be produced annually there.”Haringhata Meat procures pig from farmers and in some cases, there have been concerns over quality. Now, we will have our own infrastructure for pig breeding and these animals will be slaughtered in our pig processing plant at Haringhata,” Koner said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that pork products like salami, bacon and sausages of Haringhata Meat are in huge demand in the state. The pig breeding farm has had an investment of Rs 2.29 crore. WBLDC has a 3.5 metric tonne capacity processing unit of chicken and pork at Haringhata in Nadia. Frozen meat and a plethora of value-added products made from meat are sold in 230-odd outlets in the state, under the brand name Haringhata Meat. WBLDC is setting up a chicken and pork processing plant at Phansidewa in Darjeeling district which is expected to be operational by the middle of 2018.”All these projects will help us to cater to the gap of demand and supply in North Bengal and most importantly open up an avenue for export to North-Eastern states and Bhutan where there is a huge demand for quality meat,” Koner said.
Mumbai might be called the city of dreams but Delhi has never been behind in giving the best of the artists to the country. Sunday evening experienced all-time favourite Sufi singer Kailash Kher and his band Kailasa in the jam-packed Sirifort auditorium. The evening was celebrating ‘Eyecare day’ as ‘Hope for light’, dedicated to the noble cause of providing quality medical services to the needy and poor by Mahavir International, New Delhi.As a tradition, every year the event is graced by the company of a singer who performs and entertains the audience by spreading the message and importance of donating eyes to someone who needs it. As a part of the big day, 26 families who supported the cause by donating the eyes of their deceased dear ones were honoured at the event. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs Kailash Kher gave a sensational performance on his songs ‘Teri deewani’ and ‘Allah ke bande’, he also appealed to the audience to pledge their eyes. More than 1500 people initiated the movement and joined hands with the organization.Since the last 38 years, the organization is committed to providing quality eye care services with six hospitals spread across the capital which has as good infrastructure as any private hospital along with the best facilities of MRI, CT Scan, Path Labs, Mobile Medicare Unit to the needy and poor living in far-flung areas of Delhi. Addressing the audience, Ranjan Jain, Chairman Mahavir International, Delhi proudly announced the inauguration of two newly donated mobile units and retina set up at one of the six hospitals.
In the heart of Delhi, you can buy a ticket that, apart from giving you some pleasure, can give you a chestful of pride. For a mere Rs 20, you can buy a colourful Khadi mala at the Heritage Charkha Museum in Connaught place and can view charkhas that spun the earth fabric nearly a hundred years ago and helped determine the path of self reliance, which the father of the nation tread along with thousands, to secure us as an independent country and a free civilization. Over a dozen heritage charkhas are exhibited and a glimpse of the history of over a hundred years is showcased at this museum situated at Palika Bazar Park, just opposite Khadi India outlet. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIf you take a deep look down this veneer of pleasure, you will realize that the ticket you bought is a building block of someone’s well-deserved livelihood. The ‘Khadi soot mala’ is made of wasted material drawn from Khadi and Village Industries Commission’ s (KVIC) Central Silver Plant. It may be noted that in a land from where Mahatma Gandhi kicked off his Satyagraha, i.e., in the silver plant at Hazipur in Patna, as many as 30 women are making these ‘soot malas’. Back in the heart of the national Capital, as many as 10 women are engaged in making these ‘soot malas’, better known as ‘Khadi Gundi’ as an entry ticket for the Museum at Gangaben Kuttir. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKVIC Chairman, V K Saxena has some socio-economic perspective behind this act of making ‘soot malas’, he says, “With a simple effort to bring out positive changes in the lives of artisans, we are providing direct employment to altogether 45 women, i.e., 10 in Gangaben Kutir, 30 at Hazipur and five in the dying work for the ‘soots malas’.”Every time you buy this ticket, you have a memento that provides momentous support to an artisanal family. Besides, even the women inmates of Tihar Jail, under its reformation programme, also get benefited from your purchase. Between May 2017 and January 2018, these ticket sales have fetched over Rs 20 lakhs. Nearly a lakh people have bought these tickets already. In a nutshell, a ticket at the heart of the Capital – besides giving satisfaction to the visitors of Charkha Museum, also builds some people’s lives elsewhere. And KVIC plans to turn the corpus secured from the sale of these tickets into a trust for the welfare of poor Khadi artisanal families, as this is a unique ticket of pride, sympathy and an invisible purpose of national support. There was never a ticket that so directly sustained livelihoods of most deserving people.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice have revealed the person who died after being hit by a train at Stoke-on-Trent railway station was a 46-year-old man from the city. Paramedics and police were called to the railway station at 9.28am on Wednesday morning. There was nothing they could do to save the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: “The person who died after being struck by a train at Stoke-on-Trent was a man in his forties. “His next of kin has been informed. Read MoreA50 shut after lorry catches fire “The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.” The incident led to severe delays and cancellations for trains travelling through the railway station for much of the day.
Court refuses to reinstate Trump’s travel ban, so what’s next? Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Tags: America, Donald Trump << Previous PostNext Post >> WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the latest federal court ruling against his proposed travel ban comes at a “dangerous time,” maintaining that prohibitions on travellers from six Muslim-majority nations will keep the country safe.The president tweeted, “Well, as predicted, the 9th Circuit did it again – Ruled against the TRAVEL BAN at such a dangerous time in the history of our country. S.C.”“S.C.” may refer to the Supreme Court, where Trump has vowed to take his travel ban fight.The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday refused to reinstate Trump’s executive order banning travellers from six mostly Muslim countries. A three-judge panel said the administration failed to show that blocking citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen was needed to protect the U.S. The court also found that the president’s order ran afoul of an immigration law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of nationality.The 4th U.S. Circuit also has called Trump’s national security concerns an after-the-fact justification for a policy that was “steeped in animus and directed at a single religious group.”More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to immediately reinstate its ban on travellers from six mostly Muslim countries, saying the U.S. will be safer if the policy is put in place.WHAT COMES NEXT?Attorney General Jeff Sessions said after Monday’s ruling that the ban was necessary to protect national security, and the president was within his lawful authority to enact it.White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the administration was confident that the travel ban would be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.The administration has asked the Supreme Court to immediately reinstate the ban on travellers.At the Supreme Court, anything is possible if you have five votes – a majority of the court. The justices have a range of options in front of them. They could order an unusual June argument and try to resolve the travel ban lawsuits before they leave town for the summer. They also could essentially do nothing, leaving the two appeals court rulings in place.More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedOne reason the court might feel some responsibility to act – and sooner rather than later – is because the administration has asked for expedited review. The court typically also has the last word when a federal court strikes down a law or presidential order.The 9th Circuit’s more narrow focus on immigration law may appeal to conservative justices on the Supreme Court who might be loath to extend their review beyond the text of the executive order to include the president’s campaign statements about a Muslim ban, said David Levine, a professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.“They don’t need to psychoanalyze the president,” he said. “They don’t need to go beyond the four corners of the order.” Source: The Associated Press Share
Having a popular content brand name like Netflix remains a key driver in picking up viewers, new data shows.Respondents to Hub Entertainment Research’s study claimed networks have no influence on what they watch, but their behaviour suggests otherwise.The findings, published yesterday, showed that 41% claimed network brand didn’t affect their viewing preferences.However, given a choice of 52 networks and told price was no object, viewers choose only 19.When price-per-channel were included, viewing habits become even more selective, with respondents plumping for just nine of the possible 52.Even more striking findings came in questions about hypothetical television shows across genres.Netflix generated the highest amount of interest in competition reality, despite barely setting foot in the space.Hub claimed its findings – presented at the annual Media Insights and Engagement Conference in the US this week – highlight how SVOD services such as Netflix and Amazon have transformed from content distributors to full entertainment businesses.The data showed that viewers wanted “easy access to brands they care about”, but were put off by platforms that require them “to deal with lots of brands and networks they don’t care about”.It pointed to Amazon Channels, the streaming service that offers D2C and programming services from content companies, as an example of a platform embracing these ideals.The emergence of ‘skinny bundle’ pay TV services such as YouTube TV and Hulu Live TV, which drop non core networks and reduce monthly costs, could be seen as further cases of Hub’s hypothesis.“These findings suggest that viewers have developed clear expectations for the kinds of viewing experience different brands – networks and SVODs – will deliver,” said Jon Giegengack, principal at Hub. “This new brand paradigm has wide reaching implications for brand marketing and distribution.”
— Our Government Is Corrupt! This is the most sophisticated case of political corruption we’ve ever seen… But it’s not happening in Russia… Ukraine… or even China. The biggest offenders are right here, in the United States of America. Click here for details. – Recommended Links It was launched from Warsaw, Poland, recently and involves 31,000 NATO troops. Operation Anaconda 2016 is one of the most important stories you’re not hearing about. It shows how perilously close the world is to another global war. I found out about Operation Anaconda 2016 while in Warsaw with Doug Casey earlier this year. (Incidentally, Poland is one of the cheapest, most enjoyable countries I’ve ever been to. A 30-minute taxi ride from the middle of Warsaw to the airport is only $5. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an entrée in one of the nicest restaurants for over $15. Poland does not use the European currency, the euro. It has its own currency, the zloty. And the zloty’s weakness is a big reason Poland is so inexpensive today. By the way, “zloty” means “gold” in Polish. But the currency has no tie to gold. It’s just a paper currency, like the dollar and euro are.) Operation Anaconda 2016 is controversial even within NATO. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier recently said: Whoever believes that a symbolic tank parade on the alliance’s eastern border will bring security is mistaken. We are well advised to not create pretexts to renew an old confrontation. Although Steinmeier said Operation Anaconda 2016 is symbolic, he failed to mention exactly what it symbolizes. First, an anaconda is a giant snake. It kills its prey by squeezing it. From the Russian perspective, they’re the ones who feel squeezed. This is precisely what the U.S. has been doing by fomenting so-called colored revolutions in Ukraine and Georgia (both on Russia’s periphery) and trying to absorb them into NATO. Second, this unprecedented “tank parade” on Russia’s borders symbolizes nothing less than World War 3. (Doug Casey: It’s provocative, and actually quite insane. The Western media paints the Russians as the aggressors, which—let me shock you by saying this—is the opposite of the truth. Russia is an economic minnow, producing nothing but oil and gas, and mostly unprofitably, at current prices. Its population is in permanent decline, and it’s actually a disintegrating empire with a dozen secession movements. Its only serious industrial sector is manufacturing weapons, but even the most advanced Sukhois and MiGs (like the F-22 and F-35) are artifacts of a bygone era. The Russians aren’t in a position to threaten anyone—entirely apart from the fact that conquering neighboring countries no longer makes sense. In today’s world, you’re no longer acquiring an asset to be looted, but taking on a liability. As for NATO, it’s outlived its usefulness by over 25 years. The huge military bureaucracy is just a hammer in search of a nail. It should be abolished before it gets everyone in a lot of trouble.) Russian President Vladimir Putin has reacted to Operation Anaconda 2016 with alarm. At a recent press conference, he warned Western mainstream media journalists that the world is sleepwalking into World War 3, saying: We know year by year what’s going to happen, and they know that we know. It’s only you that they tell tall tales to, and you buy it, and spread it to the citizens of your countries. You people in turn do not feel a sense of the impending danger—this is what worries me. How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction? While they pretend that nothing is going on. I don’t know how to get through to you anymore. U.S. politicians like to use Putin as a piñata to show how tough they are. Hillary Clinton has declared Putin to be the new Hitler. This is the kind of thinking that fueled Operation Anaconda 2016. Now, we’re not referees charged with deciding which political players are good guys and which are bad guys. However, the portrait of Putin as a Hitler or a crazy man leading his country toward disaster—the picture you get from the mainstream media and from many politicians—is suitable only for propaganda posters. I don’t give two you-know-whats about what happens in Eastern Europe, except to the extent that it might spark World War 3 and cause us to get vaporized in a nuclear exchange. Albert Einstein once said, “I know not with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.” Editor’s note: Since economies around the world are all weakening, and political leaders are all similar in essential mindset, there’s good reason to believe the trend toward World War 3 is accelerating. Unfortunately, there’s little any individual can do to change the trajectory of this trend in motion. The best you can (and should) do is stay informed so that you can protect yourself in the best way possible and even profit from the situation. That’s exactly why Doug and his team just released this urgent video that describes how you and your loved ones can protect yourselves (and even prosper) during this time. We urge you to check it out. Click here to start watching now. Editor’s note: It’s one of the most important stories you’re not hearing about—and it shows how dangerously close the world is to another global war. Today, International Man editor Nick Giambruno describes the terrifying things he and Casey Research founder Doug Casey discovered about “Operation Anaconda 2016.” This eye-opening essay has already gone viral…and we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t share it in the Dispatch. We hope you enjoy. By Nick Giambruno, senior editor, International Man It took 3 million soldiers, 3,000 tanks, 7,000 artillery pieces, and 2,500 aircraft… “Operation Barbarossa” was the code name for Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. It was the largest military operation in human history. The Nazis had already conquered most of Europe. Hitler had grown overconfident from his recent military victories. Now he was hunting for big game… Stalin’s USSR. Throughout history, many European invaders, including Napoleon, suffered monumental defeats when they took on Russia. Despite this, Hitler thought he could succeed where they had failed. The idea was to inflict a total defeat on the Soviets in a matter of months, before the notoriously brutal Russian winter began. At first, it looked like the Germans might succeed. The Soviets were taken by surprise and were disorganized. But those initial victories wouldn’t be enough. Thanks to stubborn resistance and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of Soviet troops, Operation Barbarossa stalled. The Germans didn’t make it to Moscow before winter. The ruthless cold weather would prove to be a far more effective weapon than anything in the Soviet arsenal. Hitler’s hopes of quickly taking out the USSR perished in the brutal cold. It ultimately turned the tide of the war against Germany. But the Soviet victory cost millions of lives. By the end of the war, the Soviets had lost over 20 million people. Some estimate they lost many millions more. By comparison, the U.S. lost around 400,000 people. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Russians get a little prickly when a foreign military starts marching toward their borders. And recently… for the first time since Operation Barbarossa, German tanks are once again advancing on Russia’s border. You probably haven’t heard this extraordinary piece of news. That’s because the mass media has basically ignored and obscured it. They’ve been busy covering far more important things… like transgender issues and Kim Kardashian’s latest stunt. That’s why I want to tell you about Operation Anaconda 2016. It’s the largest war game in Eastern Europe since the end of the Cold War. It’s essentially a rehearsal to secure a quick NATO victory in the event of war with Russia. Middle East Oil Bomb Set to Blindside U.S. Investors A Saudi-led coalition has unleashed an “oil weapon” on the U.S. The first shock waves are expected to hit hard and leave investors stunned. Some could be left penniless. Yet people who see clearly what’s about to happen now have the chance to add six figures to their account. In fact, $109,845 is a CONSERVATIVE estimate of the profits now at stake. Full analysis found here.