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Vancouver expected to headline long Canadian summer of high gasoline prices

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Gasoline prices are expected to remain just below record highs all across Canada this summer except in Vancouver, where a perfect storm of factors will likely ensure motorists continue to set new all-time records at the pumps.Fuel market analysts say average retail prices in Canada are within a penny or two of their year-ago levels, which were some of the highest on record for many markets.“Vancouver certainly is (at historic highs) but the other major markets we’re looking at, such as Calgary, Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, they’re not exceeding historical levels, they’re basically at historic levels,” said Michael Ervin, senior vice-president at the Kent Group Ltd. Prices in Canada will be supported over the summer by higher prices in the United States, where domestic demand is expected to be robust and where fuel exports are on the rise, Ervin said.Last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration raised its forecast for nationwide average gasoline prices through September to US$2.92 a gallon, about seven cents more than last summer, partly due to higher margins for refining gasoline. The average price of gasoline in major Canadian markets last week was about $1.34 per litre, but it varied from around $1.23 in Calgary and Winnipeg to the high of $1.70 or more in Vancouver.Gasoline prices rise every spring due to factors including the higher cost of making summer gasoline, which requires an extra four or five cents per litre for additives to prevent evaporation, and supply interruptions as refineries shut down for routine maintenance, the analysts said.Prices have also risen in part due to the federal carbon tax on fuel that was applied to Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and Manitoba on April 1.Analyst Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com said demand will support fuel prices this year, but other factors could cause predictions to change if oil prices are affected.“Demand is really strong in the United States, it’s OK in Canada, but the signals are really going to depend on geopolitics and on whether or not the world finds itself in a trade war. All bets are off in that circumstance,” he said.The rising prices in the Vancouver area have put pressure on B.C. Premier John Horgan who last week asked the B.C. Utilities Commission to consider investigating why prices have risen by more there than in the rest of the country.center_img The analysts say there’s no mystery, British Columbians are paying more because the province’s two small refineries don’t produce enough to supply the market so they rely on imports from Alberta on the Trans Mountain pipeline, which is full, and U.S. refineries in Washington, which have been hit with longer-than-expected spring outages.McTeague said the cost of an average litre of gasoline in Vancouver breaks down to about 52 cents per litre for the oil, 33 cents for the U.S. refinery, four cents in wholesaler markup, about 12 cents in retailer margins, 52.5 cents in federal, provincial and municipal carbon taxes and 10 to 15 cents per litre due to B.C.’s low carbon fuel standard regulations.The last item is a hidden cost that’s difficult to measure, he said. It establishes a minimum renewable content and carbon intensity level in fuel, while requiring credit trading if those targets aren’t reached.Parkland Fuel Corp., which owns the 55,000-barrel-per-day capacity Burnaby, B.C., refinery, says it operated at a utilization rate of about 92 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 and that it started processing bio-fuels such as canola and tallow to help bump up its production of lower carbon intensity fuels.last_img read more

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GKN Wheels Swift Wheel Technologies launch

first_imgGKN Wheels used MINExpo as the launch platform for its Swift Wheel Technologies, a development in its mining wheel and hub technologies. The company also formally signed a new five-year distribution agreement with Australian-based Rimtec – a partnership covering GKN’s wheels distribution in the Asia Pacific Rim regions. GKN Wheels showcased its focus on research and development to address challenges within the mining industry. The new mining range includes; a new 63″ Swift Change Rim;  Swift ID – a wheel identification system; and its large capacity hub and spindle range – bringing the latest 22,700 kg load capacity design to the harsher environments of mining. GKN Wheels also emphasised the scale and scope of its capabilities at MINExpo, exhibiting its 33″ and 49″ wheels alongside the new product launches.The time required for the inspection, maintenance and replacement of wheels on heavy mining equipment creates a significant cost consideration for mining operators. Changing tyres on large wheels also requires considerable care to ensure personnel safety.Offering an innovative solution, the new 63″ Swift Change Rim has a double gutter design which minimises the time needed for tire changes, leading to increased on-site productivity. The Swift Change Rim also offers improved safety for tyre maintenance personnel.Jules Carter, Global Engineering & Product Development Director at GKN Wheels said: “The new range of larger mining wheels complements and extends our existing product lines and will enable us to meet the needs of the mining marketplace in China and throughout Australasia. In extending our offering to the mining market, GKN Wheels has taken a truly global approach, with R&D activity focused in the US, testing at the company’s dedicated Technical Centres in the US and Italy, and production in China. In addition, trial wheels have been running on Caterpillar and Komatsu mining trucks in the Asia Pacific region since 2009 and are performing strongly, attracting some positive customer feedback.”GKN’s expertise in design and development has been critical in the development of its new mining wheels range. Carter added: “The largest opencast mining trucks carry loads of up to 400 t and the wheels for this machinery must fulfil the toughest performance criteria, demonstrating both strength and reliability. Of course, it is also important to reduce weight where possible to improve fuel efficiency. By employing the latest engineering technologies and computer-simulated modelling techniques, we have been able to achieve all of these criteria.”GKN Wheels introduced the Swift ID Chip at MINExpo. This technology allow operators to access key information on the wheel with a scanning device. Initially, the data chips will allow access to manufacturing date, operational hours and maintenance due dates. This represents the first stage in a phased program that will progressively provide operators with the ability to monitor a range of information relating to aspects of wheel operation, optimising efficiency, increasing maintenance efficiency and contributing to reduced downtime.GKN launched its 22,700 kg load capacity hub and spindle range. The manufacturer has been able to draw on its extensive off-highway expertise, and established track record in developing high performance hubs for the agricultural market, to bring this large capacity design to the harsher environments of mining.Exhibiting the high capacity solutions for the first time, GKN Wheels can now supply fully integrated wheel, hub and spindle designs that have been manufactured and performance-verified using both engineering modelling and live product testing.last_img read more

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Hecla Mining celebrates 125 years

first_imgThis year, Hecla Mining Co is celebrating 125 years in the mining industry. Founded in 1891 in Coeur d’Alene mining district of northern Idaho, the company began mining on an overlooked silver deposit. In its first 25 years, the company weathered two banking crises, a sign of the company’s resiliency in years to come.Today, Hecla owns 65 km2 of Silver Valley mines that have produced 340 Moz of silver. In recent years, Hecla has grown to include mines in Alaska, Quebec and Mexico, and now produces gold, silver and base metals.“We have been in the business longer than iconic American companies such as Hershey Co., Down Chemical and General Electric,” said Hecla Mining President and CEO Phillips Baker. “We have operated through many price cycles; from recessions and depression to boom times, and it is a testament to the power of our projects and the strength of our team that we have weathered them all and are now a transformed company having recently seen the highest reserves and production of our history.”last_img read more

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Dike Access Road onramp reopens

first_imgThe Dike Access Road onramp to northbound Interstate 5 in Woodland is open again.A landslide covered part of the ramp and forced the Washington Department of Transportation to close it last Wednesday.In addition to clearing the road, crews removed debris and trees from an adjacent hillside.last_img

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At The Texas Capitol Victims Of Sexual Harassment Must Fend For Themselves

first_imgA power imbalanceThe task of reporting workplace sexual harassment at the Capitol is further complicated by concerns that speaking out could damage relationships essential to the legislative process.“The sexual harassment at the Capitol is not just, ‘Hey, you’re cute’ — it’s about power. And some of the people in power are bullies,” said a former female chief of staff.Early in her tenure in the state Senate, Wendy Davis remembers having a conversation at a political event with an older man who happened to be a recently elected, first-term House member. Unaware she was a fellow lawmaker, he reached forward, as though to pat her arm, and instead reached between her arm and breast and cupped her breast.“It wasn’t an accidental brushing,” the former state senator said. “It was a purposeful touching of my breast.”Davis told her colleagues in the House about the incident and “as a consequence of that, he had a challenge getting anything passed,” she said.Finally, he apologized. But Davis, the Fort Worth Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2014 after serving in the state senate for six years, acknowledged that her position gave her a form of recourse not available to other women working in the Capitol.”This is the problem for young women who are working in settings of power differentials,” she said. “They don’t have the power to create the same consequences. And in places like that, we have to be sensitive to creating an avenue for consequences that will not penalize the young women who stepped forward.”Another female staffer said she questioned what good making a complaint would do after she was harassed by a state senator. After cornering her at a political reception and saying they should “get together,” she said the senator tracked down her cell phone number and called her the next morning.She wasn’t aware of a formal complaint process, but she decided against even telling her boss, a House lawmaker, because she worried about the effect it could have on the bills they were working on when they went through the Senate.The staffer was further resolved not to speak out by how the people who witnessed the incident responded. Some seemed so accustomed to the lawmaker’s treatment of women, they simply thought “it was funny.”“I just shook it off,” she said. “I still have to work with all of these people. For my own sanity, I’m going to pretend like it never happened.”But even when their bosses are supportive, staffers may balk at filing a formal complaint.State Rep. Donna Howard, an Austin Democrat in the House since 2006, recounted an instance when a Capitol staffer told her about a state senator who had made “humping motions” toward her while they were alone in an elevator. Howard said the staffer did not want to be named in an official complaint, so she reported the behavior herself to Geren and House Speaker Joe Straus’ office in case there were any future issues with the senator.“I said ‘I would like to be able to report this’ — she didn’t want to,” Howard said. “Part of the problem with reporting is that women don’t want to come forward because they often become embroiled in things that make them look like they’ve done something wrong when they haven’t.”Howard, who said she looked up the House’s sexual harassment policy after a Tribune reporter asked about it, called it “totally insufficient.”“There’s just nothing here,” she said. “It’s disturbing to learn more about it myself.”Hoping to facilitate the reporting process for her staff, state Sen. Sylvia Garciasaid she created an additional sexual harassment policy specifically for her Senate office that instructs staffers to go directly to the chief of staff or Garcia if they’ve been subjected to harassment.The Houston Democrat said she would have been “shocked” to learn there was even a single formal complaint of sexual harassment in the Senate, noting the culture around the Capitol is far from supportive of staffers who may fear retribution or being ostracized if they report such behavior.After speaking with the Tribune, Garcia said she was considering legislation to form an independent entity to oversee complaints in both chambers. She also pointed to a recently passed measure in the U.S. Senate, requiring mandatory sexual harassment training for all senators and their staff, as a possible model.But even with those possible solutions in mind, Garcia acknowledged it is more difficult to confront sexual harassment at the Capitol — where lawmakers who may be harassing staff have all of the power — than the average workplace.“The whole officialdom is a totally different animal,” Garcia said. “We’re not employees. We’re elected. A lot of the rules don’t apply to us.” As sexual misconduct accusations pile up against men in power across the country, interviews with more than two dozen current and former lawmakers and legislative aides indicate sexual harassment not only is pervasive at the Texas Capitol but also regularly goes unchecked. Most of those interviewed described how men at the Capitol — some of them lawmakers — engaged in a wide range of harassment, including degrading comments and gestures, groping and unwanted sexual advances.Yet not a single formal complaint of sexual harassment has been filed in either the House or Senate since 2011, according to a review of public records and interviews with officials responsible for fielding complaints. Even though sexual harassment policies have been in place for two decades, few employees interviewed by the Tribune even knew they could file a formal complaint.The policies themselves are outdated — both reference a state agency that no longer exists — and rely on Capitol officials with little incentive or authority to enforce them, particularly in cases of harassment by lawmakers.“Well, you know we can’t fire them. The people get to fire them,” said Patsy Spaw, of elected officials. As the secretary of the senate, Spaw’s duties include resolving complaints in the chamber. “There’s nothing to talk about”Many of those interviewed spoke of a Capitol culture that offers little support for victims and expressed fears that speaking out would lead to retaliation or career sabotage. Instead, women who work in the Legislature said they try to protect one another by quietly exchanging stories. They pass along the names of men to stay away from and the hallways in the Capitol to avoid.“You either created a distance or didn’t place yourself in situations where you had to interact with them,” said a former staffer who dealt with unwelcome advances from a lawmaker on the Senate floor and at an end-of-session party. “I probably would never even have felt like that was an outlet that I could trust, but I didn’t even know that was a process that existed,” said Genevieve Cato, a former House employee who has spoken publicly about harassment at the Capitol.Another staffer said she didn’t feel Geren’s committee was a “safe place to report that.”Geren, a Fort Worth Republican who’s served in the House for almost two decades, refused to answer questions from the Tribune about how his committee would handle a sexual harassment complaint because, he said, the committee had not received any.“There’s nothing to talk about because we don’t have any,” Geren said. “I don’t deal in ifs. When there’s one I’ll handle it. And that’s it.”Asked if the policy needed revision, Geren said he would not further discuss the issue. “I don’t have any more comments about it,” he said.For her part, Spaw said any complaints filed in the Senate would be taken “really seriously,” though she said a resolution would also depend on the Senate Administration Committee and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to take action.“Each situation would be individual,” she said. “But it is a conundrum … I’m thankful I’ve not had to deal with it.”Labor and sexual discrimination law experts say the chambers’ policies offer few assurances that complaints will meet adequate resolutions.Having lawmakers in charge of investigations is “absolutely problematic,” said Elizabeth Boyce, an attorney for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. Without an independent and impartial entity to investigate any claims of sexual harassment, Boyce said, it’s too easy for personal judgments to come into play.“I don’t think that [an investigation] can be fairly done by someone that they’re likely friends [with] or working together in other capacities,” she said. “There’s a conflict of interest there that I think would impede any impartial investigation.”Legal experts also raised concerns that the House policy says victims may first confront harassers to tell them to stop the behavior.“This is treating a sexual harassment complaint different than any other kind of complaint,” Boyce said. “If there was an employee stealing from the company, for instance, you wouldn’t expect the person who caught them … to tell the person to stop before they make the complaint.”The Senate’s policy doesn’t explicitly suggest victims should confront their harassers, but staffers have been instructed to do so. During a 2016 in-person training seminar on sexual harassment in the Senate, a trainer laid out “strategies for confronting sexual harassment on the job” that included instructions to “clearly let the harasser know you don’t welcome any advances,” according to a video recording of the training a reporter viewed on the Senate’s internal employee system.It’s not unusual for policies to ask employees who encounter sexual harassment to address offenders about their behavior before reporting it, said Audrey Mross, a Dallas-based employment attorney. But it is crucial those policies emphasize this is only applicable in cases of mild behaviors and only if they are comfortable having those conversations, she said.“This needs to be in big capital letters,” Mross said. Shelby TauberDisgust overwhelmed her when she felt his tongue on her hand.A capitol staffer, she had been at a large party celebrating the end of a legislative session a few years ago and was on her way out when a male lawmaker she had never spoken to reached for her.“You can’t leave yet,” the staffer remembers the lawmaker telling her as he held her hand tightly. She thought he was going to bring her hand to his mouth and kiss it. Instead, he licked it and refused to let go.“It was in a crowded place,” said the staffer, who no longer works at the Capitol and spoke to The Texas Tribune on the condition of anonymity for fear it would affect her current job. “Maybe it was so subtle that no one else saw anything [but] the audacity of someone to do that and think it’s OK — it just boggled my mind.” Another former staffer described the Capitol as a place where sexual harassment is “as common as a hello,” where powerful men can prey on employees with impunity. She recounted greeting several guests at a lobbyist’s party who were sitting at a table. Among them was a lawmaker, who in a “split second” shot his hand up her skirt.The staffer said she pushed his hand away and quickly left the event in distress. She remembers being thankful for wearing the “right underwear,” noting that otherwise he could have penetrated her.Feeling powerless, she said she didn’t disclose the incident to anyone. “To be able to have success in this world, you’ve got to keep quiet,” she said.In accounts published last week in the Daily Beast, other women, including journalists, reported their own experiences being sexually assaulted by Texas lawmakers.The House and Senate have had a sexual harassment policies since 1995. Both generally state that sexual harassment will not be tolerated and lay out basic procedures for reporting any misconduct.The House policy directs employees to make complaints to the chair of the House Administration Committee — an influential position set by the House Speaker and currently held by Republican state Rep. Charlie Geren — or to the manager of the House payroll and personnel department. Over in the Senate, complaints would be reported to Spaw, the Senate Human Resources office or supervisors in individual offices.But those officials have little to no authority over lawmakers who are ultimately elected by voters back home. In the Senate, a legislator could be reprimanded privately or publicly if they were found to have sexually harassed someone, Spaw said. In the House, the state Constitution gives lawmakers “the power to punish a member for disorderly conduct and, in extreme cases, to expel a member,” Jon Schnautz, the chamber’s ethics adviser, said in a statement.Several former staffers said they would not have reported their experiences with sexual harassment to House Administration because they had no confidence that the member-led committee would be objective. Sharelast_img read more

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HISD Starts Sending Layoff Notices

first_imgHISDInterim Superintendent Grenita Lathan sent this notice to employees this week.Employees in the Houston Independent School District are starting to get layoff letters, as the state’s largest school district grapples with a major budget deficit. It’s an expected measure since the HISD board approved what’s called a “reduction in force” earlier this year to help bridge a $115 million budget gap for the 2018-19 school year.Here is a statement from the district:“The Houston Independent School District faces a $115 million budget shortfall for the 2018-19 school year. The Board of Education authorized a Reduction in Force (RIF) during its regular March meeting, excluding teachers in critical shortage areas. District staff being proposed for RIF began receiving notifications over the past several weeks. Many of these employees will find other positions within the district based on anticipated attrition. Not all impacted positions have been identified at this point. Our Human Resources Department will host several career support workshops available to all affected employees starting May 1. During these workshops, topics including benefits and leave balances, career marketing, resume writing, and interview tips will be addressed. We are committed to working with our employees as they transition into new roles.”HISD couldn’t confirm how many notices have been sent so far, but Tracy Clemons, HISD spokesman, said that the notices affect campus and departments across the district.To help impacted employees, HISD’s interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan announced Friday a series of workshops to help employees with their careers, whether that’s to try and transfer to other HISD departments or find new jobs.“I understand these are stressful and challenging times for everyone, and we are committed to providing assistance to ensure employees continue to be successful beyond HISD,” Lathan wrote in a note to employees.Steve Antley, with the Congress of Houston Teachers, said that he is aware that a few notices have started to go out. Sharelast_img read more

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Months After Sister Slain 5yearold Baltimore Girl Shot

first_imgBy The Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — In the latest example of the punishing cost of Baltimore’s gang violence, a 5-year-old girl whose older sister was fatally shot in a spray of gunfire earlier this year was herself injured in the crossfire of bullets.Identified by relatives and local news outlets as Amy Hayes, the child suffered a gunshot wound to the groin as she walked to a corner store Monday evening in West Baltimore. She was rushed to a hospital for treatment and was reported in stable condition Tuesday after surgery.Amy Hayes (Photo: Facebook/Shanika Robinson)The wounded girl is the younger sister of Taylor Hayes, a 7-year-old who succumbed to gunshot injuries in July after being shot while in the backseat of a family friend’s car. A woman behind the wheel of the car where Taylor was shot was charged with possession of heroin, a digital scale, and a loaded .40-calibre pistol with an extended magazine in her glove box. A 29-year-old man was later charged with murder in Taylor’s death and is awaiting trial.On Tuesday, acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle voiced exasperation with the endless tide of retaliatory shootings in poor neighborhoods like the Sandtown-Winchester area of West Baltimore where the 5-year-old was wounded.“We’ve got to do more. Not just as a police department but we have to do more as a community. We have become so desensitized to the level of violence in this city that it is just totally, totally unacceptable,” Tuggle told reporters at police headquarters.In the absence of any solid leads regarding Monday’s shooting, investigators are trying to enlist the support of local residents to find those responsible. The suspects were believed to be in a car and on foot. Police and various others were planning on walking through the neighborhood where Amy was hit as a show of solidarity.When asked what detectives knew at this stage, Tuggle wasn’t able to offer much other than he’s confident the youngster “was not targeted” by gunmen.“We know that it was a shootout in the area. We don’t know the motive. That’s why we’re enlisting the support of the community,” he said.In an interview with The Baltimore Sun , the young girl’s great-grandmother, Vivian Nealy, said Amy had celebrated her fifth birthday four days before getting shot. She was walking to a corner store to buy juice, thirsty from eating sunflower seeds, when she was wounded in the crossfire.“I didn’t know she was shot,” Nealy, 62, told the Sun. “I thought she had tripped over her shoestrings because she always has her strings untied.”last_img read more

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Canadian airlines ask appeal court to quash new passenger rights rules

first_imgTags: Air Canada, IATA Share MONTREAL —  Canadian airlines are among hundreds of carriers asking the Federal Court of Appeal to quash new rules that beef up compensation for passengers subjected to delayed flights and damaged luggage.Air Canada and Porter Airlines Inc., along with 17 other applicants that include IATA – which has some 290 member airlines – state in a court filing that required payments under the country’s new air passenger bill of rights violate international standards and should be rendered invalid.The court application argues the new provisions contravene the Montreal Convention, a multilateral treaty, in part by setting compensation amounts based on the length of the delay and “irrespective of the actual damage suffered.”The application, filed last Friday, also says nullifying the regulations “would avoid the confusion to passengers” who could be subject to travel regimes from multiple jurisdictions on international flights.Starting July 15, passengers will have to be compensated up to $2,400 if they are denied boarding because a flight was overbooked and receive up to $2,100 for lost or damaged luggage. Compensation of up to $1,000 for delays and other payments for cancelled flights will take effect in December.The issue came to the forefront after a 2017 incident in which two Montreal-bound Air Transat jets were diverted to Ottawa due to bad weather and held on the tarmac for up to six hours, leading some passengers to call 911 for rescue.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsJohn McKenna, who heads the Air Transport Association of Canada, called the compensation grid “very high” and the new rules “outrageous.”“They’re trying to meet international standards and do better, and I don’t see why. We’ve been complaining about that from the start, that this is going to drive up the price of flying in Canada,” he said from Portugal.Passenger rights advocates say the rules do not go far enough, arguing the criteria for monetary compensation are tough to meet as passengers would have to present evidence that is typically in the hands of an airline.Gabor Lukacs, founder of the group Air Passenger Rights, has said the regulations give airlines “carte blanche to refuse” compensation based on unverifiable maintenance issues.The rules impose no obligation on airlines to pay customers for delays or cancellations if they were caused by mechanical problems discovered in a pre-flight check – walking around the aircraft before takeoff looking for defects in the fuselage and flight control surfaces – rather than during scheduled maintenance – more thorough inspections required after 100 hours cumulatively in the air.AirHelp, a Berlin-based passenger-rights company, has said the number of issues categorized as outside an airline’s control amounts to a long list of ways to avoid compensating passengers.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThe court application, which Air Canada said was initiated by IATA, argues the new compensation rules “breach Canada’s international obligations and exceed the regulation-making authority” of the Canadian Transportation Agency.“Aviation is a global industry and as such, regulations need to be harmonized and follow the Montreal Convention,” IATA spokeswoman Mona Aubin said in an email.Lukacs challenged that assertion, saying it “was already hashed out in the European Court of Justice and was rejected.”“IATA does not understand that in Canada, international treaties have force only to the extent that they are incorporated in law,” he said.Lukacs also shot down the notion that overlapping regulatory regimes would sow confusion. “If you fly, say, KLM from Toronto to Amsterdam, then both can apply and you can just pick and choose.”The application for judicial review also argues the distinction between large and small carriers – defined by annual passenger numbers and bearing on compensation amount owed – amounts to“differential treatment…without any statutory authorization for such discrimination.”The Canadian Transportation Agency said it will respond with a court filing by July 8, but declined to comment on the case. Canadian airlines ask appeal court to quash new passenger rights rules Monday, July 8, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> By: The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Slovenias exPM Jansa gets jail for corruption

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “This is a staged process, a shame for our state,” Jansa said, reiterating earlier allegations that the case against him was politically motivated and orchestrated by his political opponents. “This verdict had been written in advance, by well-known authors.”Jansa said he would appeal the conviction to a higher court.Several hundred flag-waving Jansa supporters rallied Wednesday outside the court to protest the ruling. His followers also flooded social media with postings in his defense.The court sentenced the men who were tried with Jansa to 22 months in prison and ordered all three to pay 37,000 euros ($48,400) each in fines.Jansa, the leader of the opposition Slovenian Democratic Party, has served twice as prime minister since the country became independent in 1991. His center-right government was ousted in a parliamentary no-confidence vote earlier this year after an anti-graft body accused him of corruption when he failed to declare more than 200,000 euros ($261,800) worth of private assets.Small eurozone nation Slovenia has been hit by a severe recession and is struggling to avoid an international bailout. Allegations of widespread corruption among the country’s political elite have triggered street protests in the past. Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) – A court in Slovenia has sentenced former Prime Minister Janez Jansa to two years in prison for seeking bribes from a Finnish arms dealer _ the highest-ranking politician convicted of corruption in the crisis-stricken EU nation.The District Court in Ljubljana ruled Wednesday that Jansa and two others sought about 2 million euros ($2.6 million) in bribes while in office to help Finnish firm Patria win a 2006 contract for 135 armored personnel carriers worth 278 million euros ($364 million). Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ___Jovana Gec contributed from Belgrade.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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Star Trek on board

first_imgSource = airberlin Star Trek on boardStar Trek on boardAn aircraft cabin becomes a film set: Marvin Töpfer, a senior cabin crew member at airberlin, is stationed in Dusseldorf, where he has worked for the airline since 2010. Recently, for a day he exchanged his airberlin uniform for that of famous Star Trek character, Mr. Spock.The reason for the unusual role switch was the 50th anniversary of the famous series on September 8, 2016. In conjunction with TELE 5, airberlin not only presented an anniversary flyer to mark the occasion, but also put on a very special flight. The video is available online at www.airberlin.com/startrek.Flight AB2386 from Dusseldorf to Palma de Mallorca had a number of colourful surprises in store for airberlin passengers: on board the anniversary aircraft, presented for the first time yesterday, service was provided by Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. Leonard McCoy and Lt. Uhura, while unusual announcements provided for additional entertainment and many happy photo memories. Each passenger also received a strictly limited-edition drinking cup, which will certainly enjoy collector value among Trekkies.“Every flight is unique and the great thing about my job is that it never gets boring. This flight, where I played a world-famous character, was a very special moment that I will always fondly remember,” said Marvin Töpfer – aka Mr. Spock.Six specially-recruited additional crew members joined this special flight: four flight attendants and two pilots. “For this wonderful project, my colleagues and I were happy to report for duty on our day off,” said Marvin Töpfer.The airberlin Airbus A320, which bears the official registration D-ABFG, will be flying around the airline’s European network throughout September. The anniversary flyer also features specially produced Star Trek headrests.TELE 5 has exclusive free-TV broadcasting rights for the original Star Trek series in Germany, and will celebrate the anniversary on September 8 with special programming. As part of the co-operation, airberlin will also feature a selection of Star Trek episodes and bonus features in its inflight entertainment programme in the coming months. Trekkies – and all those who would like to become one – can find more information online: www.airberlin.com/startrek and www.tele5.de/startrek50.Whoever takes a nice photo of the airberlin Star Trek anniversary flyer and posts it on social media with the hashtags #StarTrek, #airberlin and #Tele5, will be in with a chance of winning a surprise Star Trek package from airberlin and TELE 5About airberlin airberlin is one of the leading airlines in Europe and flies to 131 destinations worldwide each year. The second largest airline in Germany carried more than 30.2 million passengers in 2015. airberlin offers a global route network through its strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, which has a 29.21 per cent share in airberlin, and through membership of the oneworld® airline alliance. topbonus, the frequent flyer programme of airberlin, is one of the leading programmes in Europe with more than 4 million members. The airline with the award-winning service operates codeshare flights worldwide with 23 airlines. The fleet is among the most modern and eco-efficient in Europe. Together with other airlines, airberlin belongs to Etihad Airways Partners, a new brand with which Etihad has been uniting shared activities since the end of 2014. airberlinlast_img read more

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qantasSpirit of Australia

first_imgqantasSpirit of Australia Great Barrier ReefSkippyUluruQuokkaBoomerangWaltzing MatildaGreat Southern LandDreamtime Qantas has now revealed the final eight ‘Spirit of Australia’ names chosen to feature on the airline’s new fleet of Dreamliners.last_img

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UN secretarygeneral returns to CransMontana

first_imgThe return of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Crans-Montana on Thursday marks the ninth day of talks at the Swiss resort, as participants in the Conference on Cyprus continue working towards reaching an agreement.The conference starts at 12.00pm Cyprus time and according to the initial schedule, the morning session will last for about an hour. Subsequently, Guterres will meet separately with the two leaders, with each meeting scheduled to last for half an hour.The secretary-general will meet first with the President Nicos Anastasiades and later on with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.At 2.15pm Cyprus time, Guterres will have a working lunch with the heads of the delegations attending the conference. From 16.30pm to 19.15pm, a number of bilateral meetings will take place between Guterres and representatives of the guarantors – the United Kingdom, Turkey and Greece. All meetings are scheduled to last for 30 minutes each.At 9pm Cyprus time Guterres is to have a meeting with both leaders and will later attend a working dinner with the heads of delegations.Guterres returns to Crans-Montana following the request of participants to help put an end to the deadlock.Anastasiades submitted proposals on Wednesday aimed at overcoming the deadlock, and said that he expected the other side to show the required political will so that the talks move forward.He also urged Cypriots “to ignore those who spread rumours of unacceptable concessions by our side, as well as the others, who purposely cultivate a climate of excessive optimism”. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Beautiful Solution Tweets AR Rahman After Hindi No Longer Compulsory in Draft

first_imgThe Ministry of Human Resource Development’s move to remove Hindi as one of the compulsory three languages required for students to study in schools, be it in Hindi or non-Hindi states, as part of the edited draft of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2019, has been lauded by music composer AR Rahman. Following a backlash from leaders of Tamil Nadu over the inclusion of Hindi language in schools under the draft education policy, the HRD Ministry tweaked the contentious parts of the draft that has been put up for public opinion. The music maestro was one of those who reacted on Twitter to support the removal of Hindi, saying, “The beautiful solution. Hindi is not compulsory in the Tamil… edited draft!” அழகிய தீர்வு 🌹🇮🇳 ”தமிழகத்தில் இந்தி கட்டாயமல்ல… திருத்தப்பட்டது வரைவு!”— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) June 3, 2019 The ministry revised its draft education policy after an outcry over the three-language plan. In the new draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019, students have the choice of changing any language they want to. Any reference to Hindi has been removed. First Published: June 3, 2019, 12:48 PM ISTcenter_img Government sources told News18, “Imposing Hindi was never the intention. The way the draft was being perceived was contrary to the spirit of the three-language formula. That’s why tweaks have been made. This is not a U-turn.”Political parties in Tamil Nadu, including the DMK, strongly opposed the three-language formula’s continuation and said it was tantamount to “thrusting” Hindi on the state’s people. The draft, proposed by a panel constituted by Prakash Javadekar when he was the HRD in the previous government and led by eminent scientist K Kasturirangan, had suggested teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states. Javadekar said misinformation was being created about the issue and the government had no intention of spreading a particular language. “We are considering public consensus,” he added. Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

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