Police confirm fleeing suspect shot dead by RCMP was Calgary womans killer

first_imgCALGARY – Police have confirmed that a fleeing suspect who was shot dead by RCMP last month was the killer of a woman found in a Calgary backyard a few days earlier.Investigators identified the suspect as Adam Bettahar and say they are no longer looking into the death of 22-year-old Nadia El-Dib.“Based on all the evidence we have, we are totally confident that Mr. Bettahar is responsible for Nadia’s murder,” said Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm of the Calgary police homicide unit Wednesday.Police said Bettahar and El-Dib had been seeing each other last year, but were no longer involved when they left a Calgary hookah bar together early on March 25.She contacted a friend about an hour later to say Bettahar refused to take her to her parked vehicle.Police said he instead drove El-Dib to a northeast neighbourhood and parked behind a home before stabbing her about 40 times and cutting her throat.She was able to escape despite her injuries, but Bettahar shot her at least twice in the backyard — forensic evidence suggests she was already on the ground when she was shot the second time.Racha El-Dib, Nadia’s sister, said Bettahar’s actions have broken her family.“A life was taken away too soon, my best friend and sister at the hands of a disturbed young man who believed he had the right to murder her because she chose to exercise her right of taking ownership of her life, body and soul, by saying no to a man who was persistent on being with her,” said El-Dib.“My sister Nadia made it clear that she would not give herself to him in any way.“We know that because she fought until her last breath to get away from Abderrahmane ‘Adam’ Bettahar.”El-Dib said she doesn’t want her sister to become a nameless statistic.She hopes her death will prompt other women in abusive situations to get help.“Women live in fear for their lives every day of the repercussions of refusing a man,” she said.“I’m here to use Nadia’s voice to give strength to those who have been in similar situations, to those who are in mentally, physically or emotionally abusive situations, so that they can find the strength to reach out.”An RCMP officer spotted Bettahar five days later near the community of Evansburg, west of Edmonton, and gave chase because there was a Canada-wide warrant out for him.Bettahar died in an exchange of gunfire with officers. An RCMP sergeant was injured.He was released from hospital two days later.— With files from CTV Calgarylast_img read more

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NAFTA Ministers head home from negotiations with uncertainty looming

first_imgWASHINGTON – The politicians leading the NAFTA negotiations left Washington without a deal on Friday, under a cloud of question marks about the continental trading relationship.Canada’s Chrystia Freeland and Mexico’s Ildefonso Guajardo returned home after a week-long round with plans to reconvene around May 7 in hopes of obtaining an agreement this spring.Left unresolved are questions of whether an agreement is possible soon, how extensive it might be and whether the United States might in the meantime slap its neighbours with steel and aluminum tariffs — set to take effect Tuesday.That ambiguity appears destined to linger a little longer.”The imposition of these tariffs is the president’s decision,” one administration official said Friday.”We’ll decline to comment or get ahead of his decisions or announcements.”Hopes for some clarity about upcoming U.S. policy will turn not only to Trump, but also to U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer who is to deliver a rare speech to a pro-business crowd Tuesday before leaving on a high-stakes trip to China.Top-level NAFTA talks will resume after his return from Asia.In the meantime, civil servants will continue to work on the technical details of the negotiation, after having been in Washington for two weeks, working through last weekend.Freeland said there were real advances this week, especially on autos.“If you know a Canadian trade negotiator, please give them a hug. Because they are working 24/7, people are cancelling holidays, people are working weekends,” Canada’s foreign affairs minister said.“At the political level … we will be going home to consult on the significant progress we’ve made this week. Then we will be meeting again in a week or so in Washington.”A number of other chapters are on the verge of completion, said Guajardo. He specifically mentioned state-owned enterprises, technical barriers to trade, financial services and the environment.But numerous irritants remain: ”Too many issues,” is how he described it earlier this week.Just between Canada and the U.S., issues like dairy, dispute-resolution mechanisms, a proposed five-year sunset clause, and intellectual property remain unresolved.The difference on intellectual property was underscored Friday.The U.S. downgraded Canada in its annual rankings on IP performance, allegedly for poor policing of counterfeit goods, weak border checks, online piracy protections, broad use of educational exemptions from copyright laws and policies aimed at reducing drug prices.In lowering Canada to the so-called priority watch list category, the report said: ”There were no known criminal prosecutions for counterfeiting in Canada in 2017, which makes Canada a striking outlier among OECD countries.”In the past, the Canadian government has brushed off this annual report as a wish-list produced on behalf of companies by the United States government.All this is happening as the window narrows for a NAFTA agreement in 2018. In addition to the Mexican election, the procedural deadline to get a deal that can be voted on by the current Republican-controlled U.S. Congress is weeks away.As for the threat of impending tariffs, America’s neighbours reject the idea of using steel and aluminum as a pressure tactic during the negotiations.“Entirely separate (issue),” Freeland said.“There is no justification whatsoever for tariffs or quotas on Canadian steel or aluminum as a national security consideration. We continue to hold that position.”The Trudeau government did, however, announce new protections this week to restrict imports of over-produced Chinese steel onto this continent, which is the broader goal of the Trump administration.last_img read more

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Kenyan postelection violence displaces over 100000 children – UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that at least 100,000 children have been forced to flee their homes due to the wave of violence that swept through Kenya following last month’s disputed elections.The agency said that as many as 75,000 children are now residing in over 100 camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), while many thousands more children are believed to be living temporarily with other family members.Almost 600 people have lost their lives and some 255,000 others displaced during the crisis which began after President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga in the country’s polls late last December.UNICEF has prioritized the provision of life-saving interventions – including water, sanitation, shelter and nutrition – as well as the protection of children and facilitating their return to school.In the largest camps in the capital Nairobi and the western towns of Nakuru and Eldoret, the agency has established water and sanitation facilities by providing temporary latrines, water storage tanks, buckets and chlorine. This is expected to help 50,000 people.Also in Kisumu and Eldoret, UNICEF is sending emergency health supplies to benefit more than 100,000 people.It is assisting Kenya’s Ministry of Health to operate screening centres in camps to identify and treat malnourished children. An emergency polio and measles vaccination programme, de-worming and vitamin A distribution are also underway.Despite the re-opening of schools, the agency reported that far fewer pupils are attending. It has set up over 30 classroom tents and supplied school-in-a-box kits.Recreation supplies to cover 7,000 children in camps in Nairobi, Nakuru and Eldoret have been dispatched, while UNICEF expects to send more kits to other badly-hit communities.Child protection poses great challenges, and the agency has partnered with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to create systems to report abuses and identify at-risk children, with priority being given to reuniting families, establishing safe play areas and protecting girls and women from violence.Approximately 1,500 treatment kits to prevent HIV infection as a result of rape have been dispatched to Eldoret and other areas.Yesterday, the UN launched a $42 million appeal to supply food, water, shelter and other priority needs to some 500,000 people over the next six months.The Kenya Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan 2008 includes dozens of projects to be carried out in the coming months to provide key services and supplies which have been identified by 22 aid partners, among them the UN and NGOs, with the participation of the Kenyan Government. 17 January 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that at least 100,000 children have been forced to flee their homes due to the wave of violence that swept through Kenya following last month’s disputed elections. read more

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Teck Resources 260000bpd oilsands mine in public interest despite significant adverse effects

A federal-provincial panel says a proposed northeastern Alberta oilsands mine would be in the public interest, even though it would be likely to significantly harm the environment and Indigenous people.Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. aims to build the $20.6-billion Frontier mine near Wood Buffalo National Park in two phases.Its total capacity would be 260,000 barrels of oil a day and Teck has said it aims to start producing oil in 2026.The panel’s report includes several dozen recommended conditions for Teck and the federal and provincial governments.They include mitigating harm to wildlife, monitoring pollutants and taking feedback from nearby First Nations into account. Oilsands companies in the black, but maintaining capital discipline amid capacity crunch Another pipeline headache for Enbridge as Wisconsin tribe sues to get section of aging Line 5 shut down Teck Resources misses profit estimates on lower base metal prices The federal cabinet has until the end of February to make a decision.“While the panel has concluded that the project is in the public interest, project and cumulative effects to key environmental parameters and on the asserted rights, use of lands and resources for traditional purposes, and culture of Indigenous communities have weighed heavily in the panel’s assessment,” said the report.It said the project would likely result in significant adverse effects to wetlands, old-growth forests and biodiversity, as well as to Indigenous people in the area.“The proposed mitigation measures have not been proven to be effective or to fully mitigate project effects on the environment or on Indigenous rights, use of lands and resources, and culture.”But the panel also said that over the project’s projected lifespan of 41 years, the federal government could expect to reap $12 billion in taxes and Alberta could rake in $55 billion, with another $3.5 billion in municipal property taxes.Given the mine’s long life, environmentalists have raised concerns about who would pick up the tab for the eventual cleanup in the event Teck couldn’t pay for it.To that end, the panel recommended Alberta complete its review of a mine financial security program to ensure taxpayers wouldn’t be left on the hook.Environmental groups have also questioned how allowing the mine would square with Canada and Alberta’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Teck estimates the mine will emit 4.1 megatonnes of carbon dioxide a year.Oilsands megaprojects have fallen by the wayside in recent years as the industry deals with low oil prices, high costs and uncertain prospects of new export pipelines. read more

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Experts to advise Kamloops BC on proposed mines potential health effects

by Andrea Klassen, Kamloops This Week, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2017 12:40 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Experts to advise Kamloops, B.C. on proposed mine’s potential health effects KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Councillors in Kamloops, B.C., have called on experts to advise them on any health effects of a controversial gold and copper mine proposed for the outskirts of the city.Council voted unanimously to invite regional medical health officer Kamran Golmohammadi and air quality meteorologist Ralph Adams to present their findings on the mine that is opposed by local First Nations and environmentalists.Golmohammadi is leading a health assessment of the project, while Adams is evaluating its effects on air quality in the city.The presentations are scheduled to take place at a special council meeting on June 22.Coun. Ken Christian said he wants the public to hear from medical officials, not only engineers, about the mine’s potential health effects.Councillors also decided to stage a town hall meeting on June 19 to allow residents to hear from SLR Consulting, which is conducting a $500,000 review of the mine’s environmental application on behalf of the city.“We’ve done a great job so far of incorporating the public into these discussions,” said Coun. Denis Walsh, who made the motion for another session. “I think it’s only natural that on an item this important to our city, we would give them that opportunity.”The decision for a town hall came after local residents called for another chance to question SLR Consulting in a venue larger than council chambers.Representatives from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the Tk’emlups and Skeetchestn First Nations, who have rejected the proposed mine, have been invited to the meeting.Councillors were expected to hold another special meeting on July 17 to decide on a response to the project.The Ajax mine proposed by KGHM International has been under consideration since 2006.The company has said it is committed to not discharging any waste water into the environment. (Kamloops This Week) read more

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Canadian dollar soars as Bank of Canada hikes interest rate

Canadian dollar soars as Bank of Canada hikes interest rate TORONTO – The Canadian dollar soared to a level not seen in nearly a year after the Bank of Canada announced it was hiking its key lending rate for the first time since 2010.The loonie was trading at an average price of 78.16 cents US, up 0.76 of a U.S. cent. The last time it closed above 78 cents US was in August 2016.In a highly anticipated move, the central bank says it’s raising its benchmark rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 0.75 per cent.In equities, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was flat, dipping 5.15 points at 15,143.99 after climbing more than 100 points earlier in the session. The index was led by gains in Canada’s real estate and consumer staples sectors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 123.07 points at 21,532.14, a record high. The S&P 500 index was ahead 17.72 points at 2,443.25, while the Nasdaq composite index climbed 67.87 points, or more than one per cent, to 6,261.17.In commodities, the August crude contract advanced 45 cents to US$45.49 and August gold gained $4.40 at US$1,219.10 an ounce.The September copper contract jumped a penny at US$2.68 a pound and August natural gas was down six cents to US$2.99 per mmBTU. by Sandra Prusina Posted Jul 12, 2017 2:41 pm MDT A Canadian dollar or loonie is pictured in North Vancouver, on March 5, 2014. The Canadian dollar is soaring to levels not seen in nearly a year after the Bank of Canada announced it was hiking its key lending rate for the first time since 2010.The loonie was trading at 78.70 cents US about four hours after the central bank’s announcement Wednesday, up more than 1.31 cents from Tuesday’s average price of 77.40 cents US. The last time the loonie had closed above 78 cents US was in August 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Record number of Venezuelans arrive in Peru UN steps up response

On Friday, over 8,000 Venezuelans crossed the border at Tumbes, the largest number ever recorded on a single day. Of them, 4,700 requested asylum in Peru, also an unprecedented number in one single day. “People are arriving in a more and more vulnerable situation,” said Federico Agusti, head of UNHCR in Peru. “Some have been walking for 30 or 40 days through various countries in the region. We see people suffering from malnutrition or dehydration and people with medical problems. There are more and more families with children,” he explained. The Peruvian authorities have issued a statement that same day explaining that, due to this massive influx of refugees and migrants, a special contingency plan would be put in place, and Venezuelan refugees are now required to have a passport and a visa in order to enter the country. Until now, each Venezuelan was asked only for a basic document, such as an ID or an Andean Card to be allowed entry into Peru.We see people suffering from malnutrition or dehydration and people with medical problems – Federico Agusti, UNHCR in PeruThe total number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the country now stands at about 800,000. In total, to date, Peru has received over 280,000 asylum applications by Venezuelan citizens and given temporary residence permits to over 390,000.  Peruvian authorities, UNHCR and its partners, including over a dozen NGOs at the border are working around the clock on the ground, to process the arrivals, providing humanitarian assistance, medical care, information, legal support to refugees and migrants on both sides of the border.According to the UN refugee agency, Peru’s new visa requirements for Venezuelans are having an impact on Ecuador’s northern border with Colombia, through which 8,380 Venezuelans entered on Friday, according to the authorities. The UN and its partners are also present there providing much needed humanitarian assistance, protection services, to save lives and alleviate suffering in support of the Ecuadorian Government and civil society groups.   Give the scale of the crisis and the levels of need recorded, the UN calls on the international community to step up its support to countries like Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, that have been receiving the vast majority of the 4 million refugees and migrants from Venezuela, most of whom are in need of life-saving assistance. To date, the Regional Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela, remains severely under-funded, with close to 79 per cent of funding requirements (US$ 580 million) still unmet. This week, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, will be visiting Venezuela, from Wednesday to Friday, at the invitation of the Government. During her visit to the capital, Caracas, she will meet with President Nicolás Maduro Moros and several Government officials, will hold discussions with the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, and will engage with victims of human rights violations and abuses and  civil society representatives. read more

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GALLERY Paint party makes a splash

They painted the town red.And green. And blue.As part of its Frost Week activities, the Brock University Students’ Union held a paint party that packed Isaac’s Bar & Grill Wednesday night.Technocolour Dreams brought not only the paint, but also a live DJ, an electronic dance music violinist and hula hoop performers for the colourful night.

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Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez rides 6000th win

NEW YORK — Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez rode his 6,000th career winner in North America, guiding Singapore Trader to victory Friday at Aqueduct.He joins Hall of Famer Edgar Prado, Mario Pino and Perry Wayne Ouzts as the only active riders to reach the milestone and the 18th overall.Velazquez says reaching the plateau on Friday was “just another number” and it won’t be until he looks back at his career that he’ll “know I accomplished something great.”He reached the milestone on a horse trainer by Todd Pletcher, who also gave Velazquez a leg up on his 5,000th winner in 2013.The 47-year-old rider began his career in his native Puerto Rico before coming to the U.S. in 1990, when he rode 109 winners.Velazquez won the Kentucky Derby in 2011 and 2017, the Belmont Stakes twice and ridden 15 Breeders’ Cup champions.Away from the track, he is chairman of The Jockeys’ Guild board of directors.The Associated Press read more

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No 15 Ohio State womens soccer team ready to host top 10

OSU junior defender Nicole Miyashiro (3) during a game against Illinois State University on August 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 6-2. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter a victorious match at home last Friday, the No. 15 Ohio State women’s soccer team looks to remain on the winning path as it hosts a set of games this weekend.The Buckeyes are set to face the West Virginia Mountaineers on Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium before squaring off against the Bucknell Bison on Sunday at noon. The team had a few crucial days off before returning to practice to prepare for the weekend’s matchups.“We had a little bit of time off after our game on Friday,” coach Lori Walker said. “We needed that for some rest and recovery, so practices have been tight and intense and have been at a high level. I really like where the team is at and what they’re doing. It seems like the rest really paid off.”The Scarlet and Gray enter Friday’s match 4-0-1 on the season, but Walker says the team’s record is not the most important thing.“We really don’t focus on where our record is. The word ‘undefeated’ isn’t really part of our vocabulary. We just focus on the small things that have gotten us to where we are,” Walker said. “Our defending and the speed at which we’re transitioning into attack and into defending I think has been key to us.”Junior defender Bridget Skinner said she believes in the work the team has done thus far.“I think we are just leaning on each other and building off of our concepts,” Skinner said. “And we have been following this concept to kind of build a ship, and I think it’s coming together and we kind of know what our ship needs to look like. We’re not all individual players this year, which is really helping.”Skinner said improved leadership on the team — by one player in particular — has been a critical component to the Buckeyes’ undefeated start.“(Redshirt junior) Morgan Wolcott, our center back, is really stepping up this year. She has been on and off with injuries in previous seasons, but this year she has been out and she’s been stepping up and I really think she’s the driving force of our team,” Skinner said.With the No. 8 Mountaineers coming to Columbus, Walker said she knows the team needs to be playing at its best. In order for that to happen, she is counting on individuals to step up.“Whenever you’re playing against an opponent, such as West Virginia, who we’re very familiar with, you need personality players to step up,” Walker said. “Personality comes in all kinds of ways. Personality can just be somebody that shows up with extra energy, personality can be somebody that does something special, personality can be somebody that’s willing to do extra work defensively or in transition.” read more

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Galleries and theatres should run BBs to earn money Arts Council chairman

first_imgChichester Festival Theatre has worked wonders by revamping its catering, he said Art galleries should open B&Bs, theatres could run charity shops and orchestras might take on side jobs recording video games to make extra money, the chairman of the Arts Council has suggested, as he argues the industry must take earning its own income seriously.Sir Peter Bazalgette, who will shortly leave the Arts Council, said he had previously been vilified for suggesting arts organisations earn money privately as well as receiving public investment.But, he said, it is essential for publicly-funded institutions to open their minds to new ways of doing business, turning to hospitality, renting out premises, and even running a “stylish and popular hostel”. Sir Peter, who will leave the Arts Council in January  “And if you’ve got a strong visual arts brand, you might develop a shop and online retail business like Baltic in Gateshead, selling special editions of art works, and adding art to the things we use every day – cups, coffee pots, shopping bags, toys or bookends.“If you’ve got the space, you might offer bed and breakfast, alongside artists and musicians, like the urban oasis of Islington Mill arts hub in Salford.“Or like, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester, you could run a stylish and popular hostel alongside your core business. These social enterprises represent a whole new sector of the British economy and the arts are ideally suited to lead it. Museums could promote themselves as film sets, such as that for Peaky Blinders The Royal Academy, he said, exhibition a painting of his P45 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. The Royal Academy, he said, exhibition a painting of his P45 If you’ve got the space, you might offer bed and breakfast, alongside artists and musiciansSir Peter Bazalgette In a speech to the Creative Industries Federation, Sir Peter said he was pleased to have encouraged the arts onto an increasingly “surer and broader financial footing” after insisting they consider different funding models, praising a “huge achievement by the arts and cultural sector”.He told an audience his early days at the Arts Council had seen him emphasise the need for a “mixed funding model” with public investment, earned income and charitable donations making up a metaphorical three-legged stool which needed “all three legs, or you fall over”. Orchestras could work on soundtracks, such as the Harry Potter video games Museums could promote themselves as film sets, such as that for Peaky Blinders But, he said, the industry has now made enough progress that all institutions should be open minded about the opportunities to raise funds.Citing examples of successful projects so far, Sir Peter suggested: “If you’re in a town that’s a destination for bargain hunters, you might run a charity shop on the high street, like The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury. Sir Peter, who will leave the Arts Council in January  “If you have a car park it might make sense to put it to work with a pay facility, supporting your great creative output. This is what the Yorkshire Sculpture Park have done.“Or if you’ve got a photogenic setting, you might promote yourself as a film location, like the Black Country Living Museum, which has been used for the three series of Peaky Blinders.“If you’re a publicly-supported orchestra, you may make money by recording film scores and video-game soundtracks.  Orchestras could work on soundtracks, such as the Harry Potter video games “In recent years, the Philharmonia has been on the soundtrack of Iron Man 3, Elysium, Thor: The Dark World, Fury and Avengers: Age of Ultron, while video games credits include the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, and Medal of Honour.”He added: “It shows that arts organisations are increasingly run by business-minded leaders who understand that when you run a great business, it’s a lot easier to make great art.”Sir Peter will next year hand over his Arts Council responsibilities to Sir Nicholas Serota, the director of the Tate galleries. Chichester Festival Theatre has worked wonders by revamping its catering, he said “An important but unremarkable view, you might think,” he said. “It wasn’t always understood. At least, not at first. “Some suggested that I was giving up on public investment – though nothing could have been further from the truth.“One artist obligingly painted my P45, which the Royal Academy generously displayed at the Summer Exhibition.”last_img read more

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Vision for Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1 takes shape

first_imgThe public was offered its first look at initial designs for the future Terminal 1, the Port of Vancouver’s oldest property.During a workshop after Tuesday’s Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners meeting, architects working with the port described the vision of transforming Terminal 1 as it becoming a beacon, gateway and front porch of the port, Vancouver and Washington state.A “north portal” to access the site would have rows of trees, leading across Columbia Way to a kind of central space, complete with perhaps a brewery, a pavilion and a water feature.The conceptual drawings reimagine the 10-acre site with a larger, airier market building that pays homage to the location’s history as the port’s original warehouse, built atop a new pier. But the port’s vision aims to get people out of their cars and on their feet, exploring the property.In this version of the future, gone are the former Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay. In its place is a new public market echoing that of Seattle’s Pike Place Market or Vancouver, B.C.’s Granville Station.With “Terminal 1” spelled out atop the roof, the new building would be wrapped in corrugated metal, with large glass windows and garage doors that allow people and businesses to spill into the walkway.last_img read more

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Jack collaborates with Avvy new releases this weekend

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provocenter_img #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 15, 2017 – Two new releases are coming this Friday from the TCIs Jack Nasty who has teamed up with Avvy of The Bahamas for an album called, Dirty South Experiment.  The recording artists are excited they say about the collaboration which will be marketed Caribbean wide.  One of the songs is called, ‘In the dog house again because of my friends.’ ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

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Elizabeth Warren tech breakup billboard hits San Francisco

first_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice Politics Tech Industry Internet Online Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 1 • Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See All E-commerce Amazon Facebook Google Apple Comment Tags reading • Elizabeth Warren tech breakup billboard hits San Francisco Apple Elizabeth Warren’s tech breakup billboard in San Francisco. Angela Lang/CNET Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren has taken her fight to break up big tech companies to the streets of San Francisco, posting a billboard downtown.Warren wants tech giants like Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple broken up because they have too much power over economy, society and democracy.”They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit and tilted the playing field against everyone else,” Warren wrote in a March blog post. “And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.”The billboard, earlier spotted by The Verge, is headed with “Warren” and says, “Break up big tech.”It also urges readers to “join our fight” by texting TECH to 24477.The billboard is located at 4th and Townsend streets, not far from the headquarters of Pinterest, Airbnb and Zynga.Back in March, Facebook temporarily removed Warren’s tech breakup ads from its platform.She has suggested laws that would prevent large e-commerce platforms with global revenue of $25 billion or more from owning the platform and any sellers on it.last_img read more

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Ethiopian Airlines begins services to Bahrain

first_imgEthiopian Airlines has begun its services to Bahrain effective August 2017 with the latest B737-800 New Generation with Sky Interior. A nation comprising of more than 30 islands in the Persian Gulf, Bahrain has been the center of major trade routes since olden days with growing economy over the past decade.In line with the commencement of Ethiopian services to Bahrain, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “With the flourishing trade relations between Ethiopia and the Gulf countries, availability of efficient air transport services will surely play great roles in ensuring easy movement of people and import/export items. Currently, Ethiopian flies to major cities in the Middle East including Beirut, Dammam, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait, Dubai, Madinah, Muscat, Riyadh and Sharjah.”In 2017, new destinations like Victoria Falls, Antananarivo, Oslo, Chengdu, Singapore, Guinea, Windhoek, Moroni, as well as freighter destination like Ahmedabad, a fifth cargo gateway to India, Milan and Zaragoza have joined Ethiopian vast global network.last_img read more

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Affordability Flatline

first_img Share Affordability Flatline August 10, 2017 556 Views With home prices on the rise, its unsurprising that home affordability is lower in the second quarter of 2017, although not by much. According to the National Association of Home Builders /Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index, 59.4 percent of all homes sale—new and existing—were affordable to families with a median household income of $68,000. In the first quarter, 60.3 percent of all homes sold were affordable to median-income households.Median home prices on a national scare rose from $245,000 in the first quarter to $256,000, and increase of $11,000. This is in lieu of mortgage rates dropping 25 basis point, from 4.33 percent in the first quarter to 4.08 percent in the second quarter.Regionally, the area of Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pennsylvania, had a 93.3 percent rate of new and existing homes sales fall within the affordable housing market for families with a median income of $54,000. Second quarter 2017 marks the third consecutive quarter this region has commanded this spot.Additionally, in smaller national markets, Kokomo, Indiana was given the title of the nation’s most affordable area for the second straight quarter—96.9 percent of homes sold were affordable to families with an even higher median income at $62,500.In contrast, the nation’s least affordable market was the area designated San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, California, with 7.6 percent of homes being affordable to families with a median income of $113,100 per year. This metro has been the least affordable area to live in the nation for 19 straight quarters.  In fact, the top five least affordable small-housing markets in the country all call California home, with Salinas, California sitting at the bottom of affordability at 12.4 percent and a median household income of $63,100.Compared to the second quarter of 2016 when housing affordability was 62.0 percent, housing affordability is down in the second quarter of 2017. Median household is up, however, from second quarter 2016, when it sat at $240,000.center_img House Affordability Housing Opportunity Index National Association of Home Builders 2017-08-10 Joey Pizzolato in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Originationlast_img read more

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After its takeover and milliondollar transformati

first_imgAfter its takeover and million-dollar transformation of the former Governors Club in downtown West Palm Beach, The Breakers has opened the facility as the new Phillips Point Club by The Breakers. Located atop the Phillips Point building’s East Tower, this breathtaking city club is the new jewel among the area’s metropolitan membership clubs and a relevant, refreshing new standard for the category.The Club’s centerpiece is “Top of the Point,” an exciting new dining experience bestowed with stunning, panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Atlantic Ocean and Palm Beach. The restaurant is open to the general public at the day’s end, when guests can experience magical sunsets over cocktails and dinner. The classic American menu features steak, seafood, home-made soups and salads, while the bar is ideal for specialty cocktails, unique appetizers, after-dinner drinks and desserts. It is open nightly, Tuesday through Saturday.Call (888) BREAKERS, or visit www.thebreakers.com.last_img read more

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Local leader threatens R Kelly protest in North C

first_imgLocal leader threatens R. Kelly protest in North Carolina CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Critics who accuse singer R. Kelly of sexual misconduct are threatening to stage a protest at his upcoming show in North Carolina if it isn’t cancelled.The threatened protest in Greensboro is the latest manifestation of the #MuteRKelly social media campaign that has sought to stop his music from being played.Kelly’s management team issued a statement late Wednesday saying he was looking forward to the concert.Brandi Collins-Calhoun is director of reproductive and maternal health for the YWCA of Greensboro. In a letter to the Greensboro Coliseum, she said if the show isn’t cancelled, she and other community leaders will be standing outside the arena in protest.“The Greensboro Coliseum choosing to host a repeat offender condones the continuous abuse and harm that he has done to African American women and girls, and encourages rape culture,” Collins-Calhoun wrote. “The coliseum has neglected to consider the Black women and girls that largely makes up the community that relies on them for community engagement and entertainment.”She encouraged the coliseum to “do the right thing” by cancelling the show and establishing “justice-centred policies and procedures” for planning any future events.The letter was also signed by eight other organizations, including NARAL, North Carolina Black Women’s Roundtable and Professional Black Girl.Coliseum spokesman Andrew Brown said Wednesday officials would have no comment on the letter.Kelly was scheduled to be among the performers at a May 5 concert in Chicago, but was dropped as protests arose. He issued an apology on YouTube , saying he didn’t know why the show was cancelled.“I never heard of a show being cancelled because of rumours, but I guess there’s a first time for everything,” he said on the video.In the statement, his management team referred to those opposed to his scheduled performance as well as the people who want to see him.“A publicity-driven protest by a handful of people is in keeping with their First Amendment rights, and they are free to skip the event,” the statement said. “Just as fans of R. Kelly have the First Amendment right to attend his concerts without reprisal and share their love of R&B.”Kelly has faced intense scrutiny in the last year after women have accused him of sexual coercion and physical abuse. He has denied the charges.The social media campaign #MuteRKelly has sought to stop his music from being played.Collins-Calhoun said she’s received expressions of support from around the state and expects protesters from cities like Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh and Durham. She said there’s also been help from Chicago, and from Texas and Georgia.Saying she hasn’t received a response from the coliseum, Collins-Calhoun suggested that if the concert takes place, it will be her last visit to the coliseum complex. She noted that she’s taken her daughter to see other events there.“The fact that they would host a concert in the same space where my daughter has enjoyed entertainment is scary and it’s disheartening,” Collins-Calhoun said. by Tom Foreman Jr., The Associated Press Posted May 9, 2018 11:21 am PDT Last Updated May 11, 2018 at 7:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img FILE – In this Nov. 17, 2015, file photo, musical artist R. Kelly performs the national anthem before an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks in New York. As critics of the singer seek to cancel his shows because of his alleged mistreatment of women, a community leader in North Carolina says she and others will stage a protest if his Friday show in Greensboro takes place. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) last_img read more

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