Trudeau must do more to promote openness information czar says

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is failing to deliver on his promise of a government that’s open by default, the federal information czar says.The law that’s intended to give Canadians access to government files is being used instead as a shield against transparency, information commissioner Suzanne Legault said in her annual report tabled Thursday.Legault said her investigations reveal the Access to Information Act is failing to foster accountability and trust.The act allows people who pay $5 to ask for everything from expense reports and audits to correspondence and briefing notes. Requests are supposed to be answered within 30 days and agencies must have legitimate reasons for taking longer.However, the system has been widely criticized as slow, antiquated and riddled with loopholes that allow agencies to withhold information rather than release it.A number of key institutions that possess valuable information for Canadians showed declines in performance, said Legault, an ombudsman for users of the law.In terms of timeliness, the RCMP, the Canada Revenue Agency, the Correctional Service and Global Affairs received F grades, while National Defence and Health Canada were branded with the even more serious Red Alert status.Legault’s report says she referred one case to the attorney general last month after uncovering apparent improper deletion of emails by an employee of Shared Services Canada.The latest federal budget contained no funding for transparency measures and there has been no direction from the head of the public service on increasing transparency, Legault said.Trudeau’s promises of making the government more open and accountable must be accompanied by action, she told a news conference. “I think he needs to do more. And I think he needs to make sure that the bureaucracy does more. It’s not enough to say it.”The Liberal government recently acknowledged it is delaying planned reforms to the 34-year-old law due to the complexities of the task — changes Legault maintains are essential and long overdue.The promised amendments include giving the information commissioner the power to order release of government records and ensuring the access law applies to the offices of the prime minister, cabinet members and administrative institutions that support Parliament and the courts.Treasury Board President Scott Brison said Thursday that reforms are coming, though he did not say exactly when. “We agree, actually, with the commissioner about the need to modernize the act.”New Democrat MP Daniel Blaikie, who sat on a Commons committee that recommended a sweeping overhaul of the law, said Thursday it’s clear what needs to be done. “It’s just a real disappointment for people who took the government at its word in terms of openness and transparency and all the rest.”Brison did take a first step last year, issuing a ministerial directive to enshrine the principle that federal agencies should be “open by default.”Legault said the move, on its own, is not sufficient.“If you want to truly change a whole culture in a very large bureaucracy, you’re going to have to make a concerted effort. There are going to have to be clear messages from the prime minister, the responsible ministers, the clerk of the Privy Council,” she said.“Sadly, champions for transparency are absent.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

US asked weapons firm to twist Canadian arms on missile defence diplomatic

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Former U.S. ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci asked senior corporate executives with a major weapons firm to press Stephen Harper, while opposition leader, to take a stronger stand on Canadian involvement in the controversial continental missile defence system, according to U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by APTN National News.Weapons maker Raytheon was already actively lobbying Canadian government officials behind the scenes to support the missile defence system and had asked Cellucci what it could do to “turn things around,” the cables show.The cables also reveal that the government-appointed Conservative MP who chaired a high-level Canada-U.S. committee on continental defence proposed a revisit of the continental missile defence issue during a 2007 meeting.A year earlier, while campaigning, Harper said that his government would be open to restarting talks with the U.S. on joining the missile defence systemIn 2005, despite intense U.S. pressure, former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin rejected Canadian participation in the high-tech missile system, which is designed to intercept intercontinental or ballistic missiles in space or once they re-enter the atmosphere.APTN National News obtained the diplomatic cables from whistleblower website WikiLeaks.CBC-Radio Canada also obtained the same batch of secret and confidential cables. Many of the cables have yet to be released.U.S. officials believed Martin was personally in favour of Canada joining missile defence, but political opposition in Quebec and Ontario, along with an unstable minority government, eventually lead to his final decision, according to the cables.The U.S., however, also put the blame on Harper for trying to exploit Liberal divisions over the issue instead of strongly backing Canadian involvement, the cables show.In a meeting between Harper and Cellucci, the U.S. ambassador accused Harper of “playing politics with North American security” and that lack of Conservative party support for missile defence weakened the Liberal’s resolved for signing on to the system.“Canada’s handling of the Missile Defense issue reflected a basic lack of principled leadership on the part of both the government and the Opposition,” said the March 4, 2005, “confidential” cable. “The latter, sticking to the line that they were not expected to lead, never laid out a principled position in support of North American defense, and instead used this issue to try to divide the Liberal party.”Cellucci had been hoping a stronger Conservative stand on the issue would have helped the Liberals overcome their squeamishness and he even asked Raytheon executives to press Harper on taking a bolder position.“Asked what Raytheon could do to try and turn things around, the ambassador urged Raytheon representatives to talk to Conservative Opposition Leader Stephen Harper,” according to a Dec. 10, 2004 cable.”‘Tell him I sent you,’ he quipped, adding that he would continue to work on persuading Mr. Harper to change tack for the good of the country.”Raytheon executives were already busy pressing Canadian officials to sign on. The cable revealed that Raytheon held talks with Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. at the time Michael Kergin, Canadian Senators and former Liberal defence minister Bill Graham’s staff who were trying to find ways to get Canada into missile defence.Raytheon was at one point asked to be an informal conduit between Graham and U.S. officials.“One of Graham’s executive assistants wanted to know informally (without directly approaching the Embassy) if the USG would be receptive to Canada hosting the X-Band Radar ‘as part of NORAD’ rather than as explicit participation in missile defence,” the cable said. “It might be useful to explore this line of thought and invited the minister’s staff to contact mission staff.”Raytheon is one of the key firms involved in the development of missile defence systems. Its X-Band, high powered radar forms a central component of the system.In the end, however, Martin’s government said no, but U.S. officials were intrigued when Harper said he would reopen the issue while campaigning in the run up to his eventual 2006 minority government win. Cellucci’s replacement, former U.S. ambassador David Wilkins, however, suggested the issue be handled more delicately.“Harper is committed to increasing spending on the armed forces… He has also suggested that the missile defense decision could be re-examined, but I strongly recommend letting him define to us what this means and only then respond to it,” wrote Wilkins, in a Jan. 23, 2006 cable. “Managing the bilateral relationship with an inexperienced, inherently weak minority government also poses challenges and calls for some soft treading.”While campaigning, Harper told Radio-Canada he would wait for a formal written offer from the U.S., and then he would put the issue to a free Parliamentary vote.A year later, however, during a meeting of the high-level Permanent Joint Board on Defence, co-chair and Conservative MP Rick Casson suggested the group reopen discussions around missile defence.“Co-Chairman Casson … also wondered aloud at the end of the meeting if Canada and the United States should revisit Continental Missile Defense at the next meeting of the PJBD,” the Nov. 2, 2007, cable said.Casson, first elected in 1997, did not run in the latest federal election.Casson was appointed as chair of the board by the Harper cabinet.According to the Department of National Defence’s website, the body “is the highest-level bilateral defence forum between the two countries” and has been providing advice on continental defence and security to prime ministers and presidents for decades.Senior military and government officials from both countries sit on the board.jbarrera@aptn.caThe CablesDownload (PDF, Unknown)Download (PDF, Unknown)Download (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

Morocco To Receive 317 AIM9X Block II Sidewinder Missiles from US Company

Rabat – American military defense company, Raytheon, will supply Morocco with 317 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missiles and 199 Block II captive air-training missiles, used during military exercises, American-based news agency, United Press International (UPI), reported on Tuesday.Raytheon has received a $199 million contract modification to provide 317 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missiles and 199 Block II to the U.S. Navy and several of the branch’s allied armed forces.Sidewinder missiles are infrared-tracking weapons used for short-range air-to-air and air-to-ground combat, UPI explained. The munitions have been integrated into F-15, F-16, and F/A-18 aircraft. The same source said that Raytheon will deliver spares and supporting equipment to its foreign customers.Raytheon’s work, which is expected to be finished by March 2020, will take place at the company’s facility in Tucson, Arizona and in several other locations, including Canada, California, Connecticut, Ohio and Alabama.Besides the findings of U.S Navy and U.S. Air Forces, Raytheon received all funding at the time of the contract award, which is comprised of sales to Morocco, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Romania, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Turkey, Switzerland, South Korea, Norway, Japan, Denmark, Finland, Israel and Singapore.Over the past few years, Morocco has underpinned its military inventory by importing arms from the United States of America, Spain and Russia.In 2015, it was reported that Morocco will be receiving 1,200 TOW 2a anti-tank missiles, at an estimated cost of $108 million, from American military defense company Raytheon. The missiles are part of a $7billion dollar effort by the U.S. to supply arms and aircraft to four of its Arab allies.Spanish newspaper, El Pais, reported in late 2016 that Morocco was the eighth importer of Spanish weapons in the first six months of 2016. This is according to Spain’s report on the export of Defense and Dual-Use Material, conducted by Spain’s Ministry of Commerce. read more

Policeman Shoots a Man Threatening Bus Passengers with Knife in Temara

Rabat – On Thursday morning, a policeman fired his gun in warning and then shot an individual threatening passengers on a bus as well as police officers.The policeman, a member of the mobile brigade in Temara, fired five shots, including two warnings at the individual brandishing a knife. The knife-man had a criminal record.The suspect destroyed the front windshield of two buses, according to a statement from the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN). When the suspect violently resisted and obstinately tried to attack the occupants of the bus, the police officer was obliged to use his service weapon.The policeman shot the suspect three times in his knee and thorax, according to the DGSN.The injured suspect, placed under medical supervision at the hospital, will be brought to the court as soon as his health is stabilized.The statement concluded that the suspect will be subjected to an investigation under the supervision of the competent prosecutor’s office. read more

United States eager to build on partnership with Sri Lanka

The United States says it is eager to build on its partnership with Sri Lanka.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a message on behalf of the Government of the United States of America, extend wishes to Sri Lanka as the country commemorated its National Day. “The United States remains eager to build on our partnership with Sri Lanka and advance shared interests in the Indo-Pacific region based on our common democratic values. Sri Lanka’s democratic institutions and constitutional processes have ensured your country’s continued advancement,”Mike Pompeo said. He further said that the US looks forward to working together with Sri Lanka to further deepen ties between both nations, promote shared prosperity, and secure a stable and peaceful future. (Colombo Gazette)

Applications for US jobless aid tick up to stilllow 241000

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 22, 2017 6:35 am MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Slightly more people sought US unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applications remained at a historically low level that suggests the job market is healthy.THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department says weekly applications rose 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 241,000. The less-volatile four-week average ticked up 1,500 to 244,750.The number of people receiving unemployment benefit checks rose 8,000 to 1.94 million. That figure has fallen by more than 9 per cent in the past year.THE TAKEAWAY: Applications are a proxy for layoffs, and they have come in below 300,000, a historically low level, for 120 weeks in a row. That’s the longest such stretch since 1970. The figure echoes other recent data that suggest businesses need workers. Employers have added jobs at a steady pace this year, though somewhat slower than in 2016, and the unemployment rate is at a 16-year low of 4.3 per cent.KEY DRIVERS: Businesses are hiring despite slow growth in the first three months of the year, when the economy expanded at an annual rate of just 1.2 per cent. Analysts, however, expect growth will pick up to nearly 3 per cent in the April-June quarter.With the jobless rate so low, many businesses say they are struggling to find workers for their open positions. The number of open jobs reached a record level of 6 million, according to a separate Labor Department report. FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, employment opportunities are discussed at a job fair for veterans, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits a week earlier. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) Applications for US jobless aid tick up to still-low 241,000 read more

Ohio State mens soccer set to open Big Ten play at Northwestern

Binghamton junior forward Alex Varkatzas (9) slides into OSU senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson (3) for the ball during an August 30. match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 0-1. Photo Credit: Muyao Shen / Assist. Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is prepared to open Big Ten play in the third game of its four-game road trip at Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face the Northwestern Wildcats on Friday in Bridgeview, Illinois, at 8 p.m.OSU (1-3-0) is coming off a two-game weekend road trip in which it suffered losses against No.17 University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Navy.The Buckeyes outplayed their opponent in the first half of the game against UMBC, but the Retrievers fought back in the second half.OSU fought hard to try and sustain the momentum it had going to get a victory, but UMBC proved to be the better team at the end of the game with a 1-0 victory over the Scarlet and Gray.“Against UMBC, we definitely should have won,” junior defender and co-captain Tyler Kidwell said. “I thought we had some chances and they had a few chances, but they put them away and that kind of was the difference.”The Buckeyes looked as if the first loss of the weekend had affected them mentally going into Sunday’s match against Navy. The Buckeyes struggled to compete with the Midshipmen, as they were shutout, 3-0.“I think maybe we were down from the tough loss Friday, and from the get-go, Navy gave a great effort and were all over us,” Buckeyes senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason said.Kidwell said that despite the two losses, the team will continue to work hard to get a win.“We have an extremely talented team, probably one of the most talented teams since I’ve been here,” Kidwell said. “We’ve just got to keep going and grinding it out.”Mason also said that the team is confident and will be fine as long as the players and coaches stick to everything they know.“We have all the pieces to win games and we have the philosophy so I think that as long as we stick to what we know and execute our game plans, we’ll be fine,” Mason said.  “It’s a confident bunch, it’s just a bit of a hardship, but we’ll bounce back.”CLASS actMason was announced as a candidate for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award on Thursday. To be eligible for the award, a student athlete must show achievements in the following four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.“It is truly an honor to be nominated for the Senior CLASS award,” Mason said in an online release from OSU. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to be a student athlete at Ohio State and extremely humbled to be considered for such a great honor.”A committee will select the top ten finalists from a list of 30 candidates in October. Those finalists will then be placed on a ballot for a nationwide vote. One male and one female will be selected for the award and those winners will be announced at the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships in December.Last season, former OSU goalkeeper Alex Ivanov won the award, joining linebacker James Laurinaitis in 2008 as the two Buckeyes to win for their respective sports.Looking aheadFollowing Friday’s action, the OSU men’s soccer team is scheduled to travel to Akron, Ohio, to face the Akron Zips on Sept. 16. read more

Meyer other Big Ten coaches welcoming challenge of nine conference games

OSU Coach Urban Meyer sounds his whistle before the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorIn 2013, the Big Ten Conference released the 2016-17 schedules for football, along with plans for a nine-game conference schedule for each of its 14 teams. The adoption of the schedule brought the Big Ten in line with the Pacific-12 Conference and the Big 12 Conference, and brought about discussion of the rest of the Power 5 conferences adopting a similar conference.Nebraska coach Mike Riley praised the approaching nine-game conference schedule at Nebraska’s Monday press conference according to Brian Rosenthal of Huskers.com. Riley is familiar with the format, after spending time with the Pac-12 as the head coach of Oregon State.“I like it this way,” Riley said. “I know you have to play everybody in your division, and since our conference is so big, I think having those other league games that aren’t in your division are good games for everybody to play in and to watch.”With the addition of an extra in-conference matchup, the resume for a team vying for a spot in the College Football Playoff can be bolstered by a win against a team within its league. The spot taken by the extra Big Ten game will replace one out-of-conference opponent.The three previous opponents of the fourth nonconference game for OSU have been Florida A&M, Cincinnati and Western Michigan. All games resulted in wins for the Buckeyes.When asked about his viewpoints on the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coastal Conference adding an extra intraleague game, OSU coach Urban Meyer felt Riley had a point. However, he also said he doesn’t worry much about anyone other than the Buckeyes.“I’ve given it zero thought. I think coach (Mike) Riley’s got a good point there,” Meyer said. “But I couldn’t tell you what conferences do and what conferences do not.”Unlike recent years, including this season, the change in the number of conference games has also changed the format of the schedule. Most Buckeye fans are used to having all out-of-conference games to start the season before opening Big Ten play, but this isn’t the case anymore.For instance, OSU will open against Indiana in Bloomington before returning to Ohio Stadium for a matchup against Oklahoma. In 2018, OSU begins the year against Oregon State before facing Rutgers in the second game of the year.With the new format and longer Big Ten schedule looming, Meyer knows how important the next nine games will be. With five teams currently ranked within the top 20, the difficulty level is high for the Buckeyes.“I think our conference is very strong right now,” Meyer said. “Our division is, has to be one of the strongest if not the strongest in college football.”OSU opens Big Ten play after a bye week. The first in-conference foe for the Buckeyes is Rutgers at home next Saturday at noon. read more

Teenage boy died in horrific pullup accident trying to get six pack

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Harry Rock was studying for his GCSEs at the time of his death His tutor, Rowanne Brown, did notice a bit of “teenage angst” over his study, and said he got “visibly upset” over being left out of a holiday which his dad and stepmother arranged with their other children.His mother found him after a home tutoring session and cut him down before performing CPR, but Harry was pronounced dead when he arrived at hospital, on March 20, 2017.Ms Rock told the court: “I thought it was a joke at first because he appeared to be smiling, but then I realised it was his tongue hanging out.”A fundraising page in Harry’s memory has raised more than £1,500 for Cats Protection and You Raise Me Up, a charity supporting families who have lost young adults. “I am 100 per cent convinced that it was an accident and it would be a very cruel misjudgment for anyone to state that he took his own life.”The home-schooled teenager, who loved cats and video games and was preparing for his GCSEs, had had a religious studies class on the morning of his death. I knew all along he hadn’t killed himself. There was no evidence to support itAmanda Rockcenter_img His mother, Amanda Rock, said: “I knew all along he hadn’t killed himself. There was no evidence to support it. He was a normal, happy 13-year-old boy.”I truly believe it was a horrific accident.”He was fun, loving, caring – he’d always open the door for you. He was a gentleman, not loud, not lairy.”Helga Edwards, a friend of the family, told court: “Harry always struck me as a very well-adjusted boy. Harry Rock was studying for his GCSEs at the time of his death A teenage boy who wanted a ‘six pack’ accidentally strangled himself on a pull-up bar, an inquest has heard.The family of the 13 year-old have spoken of their relief after it was ruled that their son had not taken his own life, but it was in fact a “horrific accident”.Harry Rock, from Eastbourne in East Sussex, died after an exercise move went wrong when a dressing gown sash got caught around his face.In the inquest coroner James Healy-Pratt ruled that the teenager was not suicidal, saying that the boy had died of inadvertent suspension in “a tragic experiment that went sadly wrong.”A written statement from Harry’s GP confirmed that there was no mention of mental issues in his medical history and police found nothing on his phone or social media to suggest he was suicidal.last_img read more

Australian aircraft dropped first bombs in Syria

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has confirmed that Australian aircraft have dropped bombs on ISIS targets in Syria for the first time. The mission was initiated two days ago. “An Australian hornet fighter aircraft destroyed a Daesh armoured personnel carrier with a precision guided missile,” Mr Andrews said.“This is part of our logical extension in the fight against Daesh to operate not just over northern Iraq but also to operate over eastern Syria in order to degrade and destroy the Daesh forces.”News of the incident first broke with a statement issued by the Combined Joint Task Force office in control of Operation Inherent Resolve — the allied bombing campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.Russia is reportedly renovating an old Syrian air base to hold its own military aircraft in support of the embattled regime of Syria’s President Assad, and will likely make coalition operations against Islamic State all the more complex.“Our aircraft are operating on an almost daily basis,” Mr Andrews continued.“The Hornets at the moment, the wedge tail command-and-control aircraft and the refueller.“Because this was the first mission that has actually been successful over eastern Syria, I thought it was important to advise of it.”Mr Andrews said he would be providing a full ministerial update on Australia’s operations in the Middle East in the parliament today.Following Malcolm Turnbull’s election as Prime Minister, there has been speculation that Education Minister Christopher Pyne will get the Defence portfolio. Source: NEWS.com.au, Sky Newslast_img read more

Update on NXT TakeOver during SummerSlam 2016 weekend, Swerved season two, 5/27 RAW replay…

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Results – 8/31/19 (Walter vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE UK Title) Twitter Google+ Velvet Sky Update on NXT TakeOver during SummerSlam 2016 weekendDespite advertising for the upcoming NXT TakeOver show on 8/20 at the Barclays Center no longer appearing on WWE.com or Ticketmaster.com, the show is still on according to a new report by The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online. WWE officials have stated Ticketmaster would be updating the page with new logos and information. As with last year, WWE will be running three back-to-back shows inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn including NXT TakeOver, SummerSlam and RAW.Swerved season twoSeason two of Swerved on the WWE Network returns this Monday night immediately following RAW. WWE has released a video preview below.5/27 RAW replay viewers on SyfyThe WWE RAW replay on May 27, 2016 on Syfy drew 403,000 viewers according to Showbuzzdaily.com. The show averaged a 0.09 rating among adults 18-49 on Friday night. This is down from last week’s replay that drew 467,000 viewers.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE SummerSlam 2020 Coming To TD Garden In Boston Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Facebook Video: Triple H speaks about the condition of Cole and Gargano following TakeOver: Torontolast_img read more

Draft oil terminal construction air permit to be released Wednesday

first_imgThe proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal took another step closer to a decision point on Tuesday.The Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council approved a draft notice of the construction air permit for the proposed terminal during a special meeting in Olympia.The evaluation council is expected to release the draft permit — a technical support document which lists emissions, its potential to emit and the regulations that are being applied to the facility — and an attachment on testing protocol document Wednesday afternoon.The release will trigger a 30-day public comment period. The details of a public hearing to be held in Vancouver are also expected to be released, said evaluation council spokeswoman Anna Gill.Commonly called the clean air permit, the notice of construction air permit is required for new businesses, companies that require emission-control equipment or are increasing their air-pollutant emissions. The permit’s goal is to make sure the sources of air pollution are established in a way that conforms with state air-quality regulations. It must be acquired before the facility can be built.According to the evaluation council staff, the draft permit includes details that Vancouver Energy claims it will have a 99.89 percent emissions capture efficiency rating based off of guidance provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.last_img read more

Haunted house honcho piles on the scares

first_imgConfront Your FearsWhat: Three haunted houses and a Halloween carnival at Vancouver Plaza. “Apocalypse” is based on a story of scientists investigating the Mayan 2012 prophecy and accidentally unleashing chaos. “Morbid Nightmares” is a labyrinth of dreams gone awry. “Circus Insane 3D” is the story of menacing circus freaks, with bright 3D paint effects on the walls and the actors — 3D glasses provided. “Carn-Evil” is a fall carnival with family rides and games and a smaller haunted house designed for kids called “Ghost Party.”When: Open Wednesdays through Sundays through October. Wednesday, 7-10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The haunted houses will be open on Halloween, but “Carn-Evil” ends on Oct. 28.Where: 7701 NE Vancouver Plaza Drive.Cost: $25 covers all three haunted houses. $35 for a VIP pass to skip the lines at all three haunted houses. $45 for an all-you-can-fear pass that includes unlimited haunted house visits and “Carn-Evil.” $20 for unlimited access to “Carn-Evil.” $3.50 per individual “Carn-Evil” ride, or $15 for five rides. Save $3 by signing up online with promo code CYF12FB.Information: Confront Your Fears, Confront Your Fears on Facebook or 360-944-3019A Haunted Walking Tour of Downtown VancouverWhat: The Clark County Historical Museum will host two tours of downtown Vancouver, with stories of ghost sightings and tales from some of the darker aspects of the city’s past.last_img read more

Project UpStart gives MiamiDade students prom items

first_imgThe free items were donated by community members and organizations as part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools program.Jerdweika Joseph said receiving the clothes at the boutique is convenient. “They’re helpful, they care. Like on events that we can’t take out of our pocket because of the situation that we’re in, they’re here to support us,” she said. “That’s the best thing about it.”Getchina Bebe is also grateful for Project Up-Start. “I want to say thank you. Thank you to this program for giving everybody the opportunity to shine,” she said. “People who really don’t have anything. I really do appreciate it, and I am so happy to help.”“We are very fortunate. Almost everything is new,” said Debra Aldo-Steiger, the program manager at Project Up-Start. “A couple of gently used gowns, but everything else is new.”Some students admitted that without the program, they wouldn’t be able to go to prom.“Not everybody can have a caring parent, but everyone can have a caring community, and you have demonstrated that, and you have taken it upon yourself to change the culture of this community,” said one student, “and this community being all of Dade County, so God bless you all, and thank you what you’ve done for our kids.”The project serves students who are in-need year-round with clothing, backpacks, school supplies, food, toiletries and more. MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida boutique is helping students across Miami-Dade County get ready for prom — for free.The community endeavor is all part of Project Up-Start, which makes sure every student will have all they need for prom, whether or not they can afford it.Girls are getting everything from high heels, dresses, purses, makeup and jewelry, and guys get to pick out suits, ties, belts and dress shoes.“I saw so many dresses. I didn’t know what to pick,” said one student. “I feel happy and pretty.”“I feel like the man, thanks to them,” said another.Malcom Vigille is thankful for Project Up-Start. “It’s a blessing for them who can’t really provide for themselves or their family or their parents who can’t do that,” he said. “It’s a blessing to be able to come here and get anything that you want.”Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, who is a Miami-Dade School Board member, said this is all a community effort. “We are being blessed as usual by wonderful community members, neighbors, leaders, those who have much more than most of us have,” she said. “They are here to have the prettiest girls and most handsome men decked out for their prom.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaska Legislature Set To Convene Amid House Uncertainty

first_imgRepublican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget office has projected a $1.6 billion deficit for the coming fiscal year and is expected to roll out a budget proposal in the coming weeks. The first day of session, though, generally is marked by ceremony. Members are sworn in and assume their new roles. But the House had yet to finalize basic details, such as leadership or committee assignments. Lt. Kevin Meyer, who administers the oath of office to members, would oversee nominations for and election of a temporary speaker in the absence of an organized majority, according to his office. The Senate is scheduled to convene first, late Tuesday morning, with Anchorage Republican Cathy Giessel set to become Senate president. The Senate will have a GOP-led majority. The House is scheduled to meet early Tuesday afternoon. Republicans will hold 23 seats, which would be enough for a small majority in the 40-member chamber. However, party affiliation doesn’t always dictate how organizations are formed. There also was the question of whether most House staff could work past Tuesday, when a temporary hiring authorization was set to expire. The last time the House convened without an organized majority was 1981, according to the Legislative Reference Library, and it took until the 22nd day for a permanent speaker to be chosen. Big issues await lawmakers this session, including ongoing debates over the budget, crime and the annual check residents receive from the state’s oil-wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund. Two Republicans, Reps. Louise Stutes and Gabrielle LeDoux, have caucused with Democrats the last two years and have indicated a desire to be part of a coalition. A third, Rep. Gary Knopp, left the GOP caucus last month, concerned with its small size and ability to function well. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House was on the verge Tuesday of convening without an organized majority for the first time in nearly 40 years, barring any late-minute breakthroughs. That organization was tenuous, though, and the speaker was replaced later in the year.last_img read more

Publisher Buys 500 Domains Launches Aggregate Network

first_imgLOUD3R, a network of 25 Web sites that aggregate enthusiast online content, has launched with an ambitious plan to roll out at least 10 new sites a month until all 500 of the domains it owns are live. “In some ways, these guys are inheriting the magazine advertising model online,” a spokesman for the company told FOLIO:. “They are in an excellent position to serve high-CPM, targeted ads since the visitors to the sites are already interested in the topic at hand.” The network is based on an internally-built semantic publishing platform similar to that of Inform Technologies, which is used by publishers including Conde Nast, Washington Post, IDG and FOLIO:. Each site is launched “with minimal cost and manpower,” according to the company—editors assemble a source list of Web sites related to a topic, ranging from motorcycles (FAST3R) to wine (DECANT3R) to venture capital (FOUND3R) to soccer (STRIK3R), along with a glossary of terms that the engine “learns” and uses to seek out related online content online. The system also learns to weed out spam and fake or repeated Web sites and blogs. LOUD3R’s revenue strategy includes selling ads—through a network the company refused to disclose at this time—as well as data services. For example, LOUD3R could track all content related to a particular company and either sell it as a feed of data for the company to publish or as a white-label, standalone site. The company currently operates with four full-time employees and three part-time editors.last_img read more

Full Show Buying A Home After Harvey And Houston Pet Peeves Nov

first_imgListen 00:00 /50:23 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Monday’s Houston Matters: Home buyers in Houston who want to know if their potential home’s been flooded may have to do some extra legwork. Finding out isn’t as easy as you’d think. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang joins us to share what he learned after his visit to Houston.Also this hour: Every few months or so, we like to give you the opportunity to vent — to share your Houston pet peeves. It could be something like the traffic or the weather. Or it could be something about your life. Share yours now at talk@houstonmatters.org or tweet @HoustonMatters.Plus: Jeff Balke joins us to talk about the latest developments in Houston sports. We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more

PlayStation 4 is in development

first_imgSony has just held a conference call with its investors and tackled the difficult question of why, in these turbulent times and PSN hacks, have the costs for its research and development increased recently.Masaru Kato, chief financial officer and vice president of Sony answered the question. He stated that although the PS3 has a lot of life left in it, development work is already underway on the “future platform.” He also said he cannot discuss it, which means you won’t be hearing anyone from Sony mentioning a successor to the PS3 anytime soon.What it confirms for us is that Sony is already working on the PlayStation 4. That’s a good thing based on what its competitors in the console space are planning.Next month at E3 we can expect to see Nintendo unveil the Wii 2. There’s also a rumor that Microsoft intends to steal some of Nintendo’s thunder by also announcing the next Xbox during the show. If that happens, we can expect to see both consoles appear in time for the holidays next year.Regardless of what Microsoft does, the Wii 2 is expected to be more powerful than the PS3, meaning as of 2013 Sony will be selling a machine that can be outgunned. The Blu-ray advantage will also disappear as Wii 2 is expected to have a Blu-ray drive.With PS4 in development, Sony can choose its release window carefully. Typically the company runs on a 10 year lifecycle for each console, meaning the PS4 shouldn’t be expected until 2016. However, Sony may have its hand forced if both Microsoft and Nintendo launch in the next year or so. If they do, the PS3 will be looking very old in 5 years.via Eurogamerlast_img read more

Renowned classical singer Pandit Arun Bhaduri passes away

first_imgKolkata: Renowned classical singer Pandit Arun Bhaduri passed away at a city hospital on Monday morning after a prolonged illness, family sources said. He was 75 and is survived by wife and son. Pandit Bhaduri, considered to be one of the masters of Bengali songs and Bhajans, was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other respiratory ailments for quite sometime. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her grief over the demise of Pandit Bhaduri. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “I am deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Pandit Arun Bhaduri, an exponent of Kirana, Rampur Gharana… “He was a guru at the state Sangeet Academy. In 2014, we had conferred Bangabibhusan award. I convey my heartfelt condolences to members of his family, friends and followers,” Banerjee said in a statement. The veteran singer had served as a guru (teacher) at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, and was a top radio and television artiste. Pandit Bhaduri was trained in Indian music by Md A Daud and Md Sagiruddin Khan.last_img read more

Diffinity diff and merging program for Windows

first_imgDiffinity diff and merging program for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on November 13, 2016 in Software – 15 commentsDiffinity is a feature-rich yet lightweight free diff and merging program for PCs running Microsoft’s Windows operating system.So-called diff tools highlight differences of plain text files. The author of Diffinity put the focus on source code files and there on making diffs as easy to read as possible.While that is the case, you may load any plain text file and even binary files in the application to see all the differences between those two loaded files.Note: Diffinity is a .NET application and as such requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.5.1.DiffinityDiffinity’s interface is well designed. You start with a click on open to load two plain text files using the program. The application displays the program’s side by side in its interface and uses color coding to highlight differences right away.While that is helpful already, it is linking these differences so that you know exactly where things are not identical but different.You may want to click on the number button in the interface to enable line numbers as they may be useful when you are comparing these two text files.That’s not the only option that you have though. You can hide whitespace differences that are highlighted in blue with a click on the whitespace button, or enable syntax colors which is highly beneficial if you compare two source code files.Syntax colors are supported for several programming and scripting languages including php, xml, java, html, cpp, css, or .vbproj.You can use buttons to jump to the next or previous diff in a file, or use keyboard shortcuts instead if you prefer to use the keyboard for that. There is obivously also an option to scroll the text, or use the zoomed representations on the left side of both text files to jump to that section.This section is color coded as well so that you see the differences there without having to display that part of the code or text.Diffinity supports copy operations on top of that.  All that is required for that is to select a block on the left or right, and click on the copy left or right button afterwards. The program adds the block to the other file that is loaded then.Loaded files can be saved directly, which overwrites them, or saved as another file instead using the save menu.You may want to go through the preferences section on first start as it holds several interesting options.The preferences allow you to change colors  manually or by loading one of the available presets. Other options include changing font settings used in the editor, change word delimiters, or enable several selection based options such as ignoring case or matching only whole words.Closing WordsDiffinity is an excellent program for Microsoft Windows device. It loads quickly and displays differences as soon as it starts. While that may differ for very large files, it had no performance issues with light to medium sized files.Now You: Do you use diff software?Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 16 votes Software Name DiffinityOperating System WindowsSoftware Category ProductivityLanding Page http://truehumandesign.se/s_diffinity.php Advertisementlast_img read more