WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government will benefit from the biggest jump in federal equalization payments in a decade, but says it’s still keeping an eye on spending controls that include a review of a major tax credit for the film industry.Documents from the federal government show Manitoba is set to receive more than $2 billion in equalization payments in the fiscal year that starts in March, up 11 per cent — or $217 million — from the current year.The reason, according to the federal Finance Department, is a stronger economic picture in Ontario.“Ontario’s fiscal capacity has improved relative to that of the other equalization-receiving provinces, including Manitoba,” deputy spokesperson Jocelyn Sweet wrote in an email.Equalization is designed to help poorer provincial governments provide public services that are reasonably comparable to richer ones. It is entirely federally funded and based on a complex formula that measures the fiscal capacity of each province. Six provinces currently receive money under the program.Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said the extra cash is welcome, but the province is dealing with lower-than-expected income taxes this year and is still working to cut a deficit of $779 million.“Does this solve all our problems? Absolutely not, many challenges ahead. But it is some revenue for certain this year,” Friesen said in an interview.As part of its promise to balance the budget, the government hired auditing firm KPMG to conduct a wide-ranging review of government spending and operations. The report, released last year, said the province’s Film and Video Tax Credit should be reduced.The credit provides either 45 per cent of a project’s labour costs or 30 per cent of production costs in Manitoba, along with certain bonuses. The KPMG report said the credit is the most generous among the provinces, and Manitoba should consider reducing it to a level even with other western provinces.Friesen said he would not reveal his plans in advance of next month’s budget, but said he wants to strike a balance between recognizing the value of the film and television industry and getting a return on investment for taxpayers.“We certainly see the tremendous value that the film and video industry has in Manitoba, not just for filming now … but also for the post-production work, for the expertise we’re building here in Manitoba,” Friesen said.“We have said that we’re a government that takes a view that there must be a return on investment. There must be a value-for-money principle in play here.”Film and video production in recent years has produced the equivalent of 680 to 920 direct full-time jobs in Manitoba, according to a 2016 industry report by the Canadian Media Producers Association.The tax credit has cost the province $15 million to $24 million annually in recent years, according to a review of the industry last year by On Screen Manitoba, a provincial association. The money given out by the province exceeded the money it recouped through higher income taxes and other sources in four of the preceding five years, the association’s report said.
NEW YORK — Small business owners’ optimism is showing more signs of ebbing.That’s one of the findings of a semiannual survey of owners released Monday by Bank of America. Forty-eight per cent of the 1,504 owners surveyed predicted that the national economy will improve over the next year, down from 55% in the survey taken last fall. The drop in optimism extends to owners’ view of their local economies — 51% expect an improvement versus 54% in the previous survey.The latest survey, conducted in February, is in line with surveys taken earlier this year by Capital One, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife and Wells Fargo that showed small business optimism slipping along with expectations for the economy.The creeping pessimism was also reflected in owners’ modestly scaled-back plans to expand. Sixty-seven per cent of the owners Bank of America surveyed said they planned to expand their companies in the year ahead, down from 69% in a survey taken a year earlier. And 56% said they planned to expand over the next five years, down from 60% a year earlier.The number of owners who plan to hire increased to 24% from 22% a year earlier. However, the number of owners surveyed by Bank of America who plan to create jobs is smaller than in other surveys.Owners’ pessimism may be fueled by concerns about the nation’s political environment. It was cited by nearly two-thirds of the owners as one of their top economic concerns, surpassed only by health care costs. Rising interest rates, the stock market’s recent volatility and consumer spending were all cited as economic concerns by nearly half the owners.Owners may also be a little less optimistic because the new tax law hasn’t given their companies the boost they expected. Twenty-eight per cent said the government’s new tax policy has been positive for their companies, compared to 45% who had a positive outlook about tax policy a year earlier. Half said tax policy was neutral for their businesses, up from 39% who a year ago forecast a neutral impact, and 21% said tax policy has had a negative impact on their companies, up from last year’s 15%._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
Nearly 7,550 of the refugees have gone to the US, which announced that it would resettle 60,000 refugees and even more if needed. The rest of them have resettled in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands, Norway and Denmark. “We are pleased to see so many refugees starting their lives afresh after living in difficult conditions in the camps for the last 18 years and to learn that those resettled are adapting well in their new country,” said Daisy Dell, UNHCR Representative in Nepal. The programme to resettle Bhutanese refugees living in Nepal, one of UNHCR’s largest and most promising resettlement programmes, began in November 2007. Since then more than half of the 60,000-strong refugee population have already expressed their interest for resettlement. Currently, there are some 103,000 refugees from Bhutan living in seven camps in eastern Nepal, with some having been in exile for as long as 18 years. Some 16,000-18,000 of them are expected to leave Nepal in 2009. UNHCR noted that, while it continues to assist with resettlement efforts, it will also continue to advocate for the option of voluntary repatriation to Bhutan for those refugees who wish to do so. 7 January 2009More than 8,000 refugees from Bhutan left their camps in Nepal for resettlement in third countries in 2008, with the vast majority of them going to the United States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today.
15 September 2009Four United Nations agencies and offices will be amalgamated to create a new single entity within the Organization to promote the rights and well-being of women worldwide and to work towards gender equality. The General Assembly adopted a resolution late yesterday on improving system-wide coherence within the UN, and the text spells out the support of Member States for a new consolidated body – to be headed by an under-secretary-general – to deal with issues concerning women.The resolution means the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) will be merged.In a statement issued today by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “particularly gratified” that the Assembly had accepted his proposal for “a more robust promotion” of women’s rights under the new entity.“An important step has been made in strengthening the United Nations’ work in the area of gender equality and empowerment of women, as well as in ensuring the effective delivery of its operational activities for development, which constitutes the other key components of the resolution,” the statement noted.Mr. Ban said in the statement that he had appointed more women to senior posts than at any other time in the history of the UN, including nine women to the rank of under-secretary-general. The number of women in senior posts has increased by 40 per cent under his tenure.The Assembly’s resolution tasks Mr. Ban with providing Member States with a comprehensive proposal outlining the mission statement, structure, funding and oversight of the new entity so that it can be created as soon as possible.The resolution also calls for greater measures to harmonize business practices within the UN development system, ways to improve the funding system for such activities, and other steps to streamline practices within the world body.After the resolution, UNIFEM – which currently operates in autonomous association with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – issued a statement welcoming “the unanimous strong support” among Member States, which follow three years of extensive consultations on the structure and operational details of the new body.“UNIFEM trusts that deliberations can resume soon to ensure an informed and swift establishment of the composite entity,” the statement said.
TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday as traders were reassured about the pace of interest rate hikes in the U.S.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,666.47+90.02 0.62%S&P 500 — 1,968.89+33.79 1.75%Dow — 16,994.22 +274.83 1.64%Nasdaq — 4,468.59+83.39 (1.90%The resource-heavy S&P/TSX composite index was well off session lows, erasing a 137-point deficit to gain 90.02 points to 14,666.47.The Canadian dollar gained 0.54 of a cent to 90.06 cents US.U.S. markets ran up sharply and the greenback weakened as the minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting showed that central bank officials agreed that they would begin raising interest rates only when measures of the economy’s health and inflation signalled the time was right.The minutes of last month’s meeting also showed that they have moved away from linking any rate change to any specific period. The Dow Jones industrials jumped 274.83 points to 16,994.22, while the S&P 500 index rose 33.79 points to 1,968.89. Both were the biggest one-day gains for the indexes this year. The Nasdaq was ahead 83.39 points to 4,468.59.Many analysts have expected the Fed to hike rates mid-2015, but a steady stream of positive U.S. data had persuaded some that it could push rates up even earlier. Adding to uncertainty about Fed intentions has been economic weakness in many areas outside of the U.S.“We see little here to challenge our expectation that with the U.S. economy likely to continue to grow at an above-potential pace, the Fed will be in position to start the process toward policy normalization in the middle of next year with the first hike in the Fed funds target likely to be announced in June 2015,” said Royal Bank assistant chief economist Dawn Desjardins.On the TSX, gains were held back by the energy sector, losing almost one per cent as market sentiment continued to feel the weight of a double dose of weak economic signals from Tuesday. German industrial data raised concerns that Europe’s biggest economy may not rebound as expected in the third quarter. Also, the International Monetary Fund trimmed global economic growth forecasts for 2014 and 2015.Those concerns translated into questions about demand for crude, particularly after the U.S. Energy Information Agency said Wednesday that U.S. oil inventories rose by 5.1 million barrels last week. Analysts had expected supplies to rise by 2.1 million barrels and the November crude oil contract in New York fell $1.54 to a fresh 18-month low of US$87.31 a barrel.“So you have a lot of supply and you have demand being curbed,” said John Stephenson, president and CEO of Stephenson and Co. Capital Management.“Global growth keeps getting revised down, its growth concerns weighing on markets, but particularly the commodity market because it is a growth market.”The gold sector was the strongest sector by far, up about seven per cent while the December gold contract faded $6.40 to US$1,206 an ounce.The base metals component gained 1.4 per cent as December copper was unchanged at US$3.01.The financials sector climbed one per cent.Meanwhile, the start of third-quarter earnings data from U.S. corporations gets under way in earnest this week with results from Alcoa after the close. The resource giant posted a strong report as adjusted earnings came in at 31 cents a share against the 23 cents a share that analysts expected. Revenue of US$6.24 billion beat expectations of $5.85 billion and its shares gained 2.25 per cent in after-hours trading in New York.TOP STORIESU.S. Fed officials saw global slowdown among risks to U.S. economic outlookHow Alberta’s oil patch teamed up with the ‘little guys’ for an end run around ObamaHow to tell if we’re in a bull or bear market — and what to do about itBrookfield Asset Management said to be seeking new $3-billion global buyout fund, triple its last peer-beating poolPierre Karl Peladeau says he’d put his Quebecor shares in a blind trust if he becomes PQ leaderEncana Corp flees further from natural gas with $605-million sale of Clearwater assets to Ember ResourcesWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWS G20 finance ministers and central bankers meet in WashingtonCANADA8:30 a.m. New Housing Price Index (Aug): Economists expect 0.1% rise from the month before, 1.5% year over yearUNITED STATES8:30 a.m. Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 295,000 new claims10 a.m. Wholesale Trade (Aug): Economists expect 0.3% riseCORPORATE NEWSCANADA Performance Sports Group Ltd Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 51¢ a share Sandvine Corporation Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 2¢ a shareUNITED STATES PepsiCo Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.28 a share
Maria-Francisca Ize-Charrin, Chief of the Treaties and Commission Branch of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) added that tackling all forms of discrimination, not only racial, remained one of the priorities of the human rights Office.The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said that Ms. Ize-Charrin had spoken of “the need for a holistic and human rights approach to the issue of globalization and racism, and she stressed the importance of incorporating human rights consideration in the debate on human migration.”The Committee, which is beginning its 68th session today, will consider country reports from Mexico, Lithuania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Guatemala, El Salvador, Uzbekistan, Guyana and Botswana. One hundred and seventy states have signed the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and in his opening address, the Committee’s new chairperson, Regis De Gouttes, said that he would “pursue the monitoring of the Convention with vigilance and strictness.”
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Dominique Oden had career highs of six 3-pointers and 27 points to lead Purdue to a 74-63 victory over No. 21 Miami on Thursday night.Karis McLaughlin was 5 of 5 from the arc and added 18 points with seven assists and Ae’Rianna Harris scored 12 points with seven rebounds. Tamara Farquhar also had seven boards. The Boilermakers (6-2) shot 44 per cent but were 12 of 18 from the arc for 67 per cent.Miami (7-1) had a 34-14 advantage in points in the paint but made just 4 of 15 from the arc while shooting 44 per cent overall.Emese Hof scored 25 points with 14 rebounds and was the only Hurricanes player in double figures.After seeing a 13-point second-quarter lead cut to one late in the third quarter, Purdue went back up by double figures for good with 5:19 left in the game after a pair of 3-pointers by McLaughlin.The Associated Press
Senior captain Lance Palmer topped off his career with his first conference title this weekend.The Ohio State wrestling team met its goal of taking 10 wrestlers to the Big Ten Championships and finished fourth overall at the meet in Ann Arbor, Mich.The number dropped to just three after Saturday’s session for who would compete for the conference title in their respective weight classes.Junior Colt Sponseller joined Palmer and senior Reece Humphrey on the mat Sunday.At 141 pounds, No. 1 Humphrey defeated No. 8 Cole Schmitt of Wisconsin 6-5 and recorded a major decision 14-4 over Penn State’s No. 4 Adam Lynch.In a hard-fought match, Humphrey lost to No. 2 Mike Thorn of Minnesota 3-1.At 149 pounds, No. 2 Palmer defeated Minnesota’s No. 7 Mario Mason 12-4 followed by a 2-1 decision over Wisconsin’s No. 3 Kyle Ruschell.Palmer earned the conference title after a 9-3 decision against No. 1 Brent Metcalf, a sweet revenge after falling to Metcalf during the 2010 regular season and four career matchups. Palmer was named the Cliff Keen Wrestler of the meet. At 165 pounds, Sponseller added three victories to his resume Saturday afternoon after defeating Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa. In his third match of the afternoon, Sponseller faced No. 2 Ryan Morningstar of Iowa, but they were far from strangers. Sponseller fell to Morningstar in the 2009 postseason at both the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships and more recently in a regular season bout. Sponseller broke his streak of bad luck after scoring a reversal late in the third and defeating Morningstar 3-1. Sponseller faced No. 1 Andrew Horne of Wisconsin Sunday for the conference title.The bout ended with Sponseller on the short end, 4-2. The Buckeyes have two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Championships in Omaha, Neb.
Due to an operational incident on the service between Bedford and Bletchley all lines are blocked. More info when known.— London Midland (@LondonMidland) January 3, 2017 A man has died after a crash between a car and a train in Bedfordshire on Tuesday morning.London Midland Trains service between Bedford and Bletchley have been suspended and motorists are being told to avoid the area following the incident in Lidlington. It is believed the crash occurred on the level crossing on Marston Road. According to Network Rail’s website, around 36 trains and 1,200 vehicles use the crossing each day.Trains can pass through at up to 60mph. The crossing has automatic barriers which cover half of the road.A British Transport spokesman said: “Just after 10am today we were called to Marston level crossing close to Lidlington station following reports that a car had been struck by a train.”Officers attended alongside Bedfordshire Police and the East of England Ambulance service however a man, believed to be the driver of the car, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Motorists advised to avoid Marston Road near #Lidlington following a collision between a car and a train. Closures are in place— Bedfordshire Police (@bedspolice) January 3, 2017 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 Rail Accident Investigation Branch have been notified of this incident.”An East of England Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called to reports of the crash on Marston Road at 9.54am this morning.”We dispatched a rapid response vehicle, ambulance crew and hazard area response team which remain on the scene.”A spokesman for the fire service also confirmed on they are on the scene.A spokesman for Network Rail, which manages level crossings in Britain, said: “We are assisting emergency services with an incident at Marston level crossing, near Bedford, in which a train has collided with a car.”British Transport Police are investigating the cause of the incident.” “The car was struck by the 09.34 Bedford to Bletchley London Midland service with 11 passengers and two members of staff on board. There are no other reported injuries.”At present the man’s death is not being treated as suspicious, however officers continue to examine exactly how the car came to be on the tracks.
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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #CORRIB: The Garda Ombudsman is investigating the death of a man in the River Corrib in Galway last evening. It’s believed the man who died had been stopped at a garda checkpoint earlier yesterday.2. #STUDENT: An 18-year-old DCU student has gone missing in London. Scotland Yard confirmed that Patrick Halpin was last seen leaving a nightclub off Leicester Square in the early hours of yesterday morning.3. #TOOTHPASTE: The US Government has warned American and foreign airlines that terrorists could try to place explosives disguised as toothpaste on Russia-bound flights. The warning comes ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.4. #GRAVES: Locals in Castleisland in Kerry say they’re concerned about flooding in the town’s graveyard, according to this morning’s Irish Times. Graves have been under several inches of water since the start of the recent spell of bad weather. OPW minister Brian Hayes is due to visit the area today.5. #TRACKER: Ulster Bank has moved to shut off the option for people in negative equity who move to a new property to keep their tracker mortgage, the Irish Independent reports. According to the paper, the bank will now only allow movers who are on good value trackers to keep that arrangement for five years, and at a much higher interest rate.6. #COMEBACK: It’s looking increasingly likely that Former Fianna Fáil minister John O’Donoghue may contest the local elections this May, according to the Irish Examiner. The paper reports that O’Donoghue’s brother is stepping aside to allow the ex-TD to run in Kerry.7 . #HOFFMAN: The results of an autopsy of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s body have been inconclusive, and further tests have been ordered. The 46-year-old’s body was found in his New York home on Sunday. Police believe the actor died of a drug overdose.8. #FLIGHT MODE: Taking a Ryanair flight today? You’ll now be able to use your smartphone during take-off and landing, the airline has confirmed. The move follows a ruling on the issue from the European aviation safety agency last year.9. #BILL: “I did not have sexual relations with that man,” reads the headline in this morning’s Irish Sun. Actress Liz Hurley has said tabloid reports that she had an affair with Bill Clinton are “silly” and “in the hands of my lawyers”.
Power companies around the world may be reviewing any wireless power monitors they have given out to customers this week. That’s because in order for some of these wireless monitors to work independently they have a SIM card installed allowing for communication over a 3G network between the monitor and the energy company directly. The bill for that communication is minimal as the data sent is only going to be a few kilobytes of usage values every so often.However, Aurora Energy in Australia was taken aback when it received a bill from its carrier Telstra for the sum of $210,000 due to data transfers over its NextG service. Even with constant updates from one of their Aurora power meters that kind of bill just couldn’t happen. So they investigated.It turns out someone had removed the SIM card from a monitor and then handed it over to one Kylie Monks. She then slotted it into her laptop and started using it for free Internet access. The problem is, no one noticed and she continued to use the card from November 19, 2009 to February 9, 2010.When approached by police Kylie first denied using the card then admitted using it to access Facebook, to make calls, and download movies for a man she met on the Internet. Those movies were then burnt to disc and given to her acquaintance.She has now been prosecuted for this data theft and fo receiving stolen goods. Her punishment is tol serve 6 of an 18 month sentence. She also has to come up with $210,000 to pay Telstra back for all that data she transferred.Understandably Aurora has now put in place safety measures to stop any other customers from carrying out the same action and running up huge bills.Read more at Themercury
The ball was worked to Joao Cancelo, who crossed into the penalty area for Ronaldo, whose powerful header was pushed out by Oblak but not before it had crossed over the line.Teenager Moise Kean missed a chance to put Juve ahead just after coming off the bench, sending wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.But the decisive goal came with four minutes left when Bernardeschi burst into the penalty area from the left and was brought down by Angel Correa.Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot to score his 25th goal against Atletico to spark pandemonium among the home crowd.- © AFP, 2019Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Share53 Tweet Email CRISTIANO RONALDO SCORED a spectacular hat-trick to fire Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday that saw his side claim a thrilling tie 3-2 on aggregate.The Portuguese superstar scored two headers either side of half-time and a late penalty to clinch a place in Friday’s last-eight draw with a dominant display by the Italian champions in Turin.Diego Simeone’s Atletico were a shadow of the team who had run riot in the first leg in Madrid, and crashed out of the tournament they had been hoping to win in their own Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on June 1. It is the eighth time that Ronaldo has scored a hat-trick in the competition and mirrors his improbable triple which lifted former club Real Madrid past Wolfsburg in April 2016 with the Spaniards 2-0 down after the first leg.The Champions League’s record scorer took his tally in the tournament to 124, with four goals this season.GAME ON! And who else could it have been? Ronaldo scores only his second Champions League goal of the season to claw back a goal against his old rivals #UCL #RTEsoccerhttps://t.co/hK5GI6Q72J pic.twitter.com/it19yb0187— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) March 12, 2019 But a VAR review confirmed Ronaldo had fouled goalkeeper Jan Oblak in a scramble on front of goal before defender Chiellini had finished off.Defensive specialists Atletico held off the Juventus pressure until the 27th minute, when Ronaldo met a pin-point Federico Bernardeschi cross to head home the opener.Bernardeschi sent a curling free kick just wide minutes later with Ronaldo missing a chance for a second when he headed wide.A Chiellini header from a Miralem Pjanic corner was cleared by Oblak, before Alvaro Morata missed a chance for an away goal before the break when he shook off Leonardo Bonucci only to head over.But back after the break Ronaldo levelled the tie with his second goal with a move he began from his own half with a pass to Leonardo Spinazzola down the left.Was there ever any doubt? 3-0, @cristiano hat-trick. Game over? #ucl #rtesoccerhttps://t.co/hK5GI6Q72J pic.twitter.com/k4D2NfPjWr— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) March 12, 2019 Image: Imago/PA Images Juventus signed 34-year-old Ronaldo last summer from Real Madrid for 100 million euros ($117 million) in order to make the difference on the continent for the Italian champions, who have not won the Champions League since 1996 and have finished runners-up twice in the past four season.And five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo pulled out a spectacular performance as he spearheaded the attack along with Federico Bernardeschi and Mario Mandzukic.- Dominant Juve -Massimiliano Allegri’s side came out firing, dominating the first half with nine shots on goal compared to three for the Spaniards.Atletico had an early scare when Juventus skipper Giorgio Chiellini, making his 500th Juve appearance, had the ball in the back of the net after four minutes.’A little bit of history in Turin’ – That man again. A goal invisible to the naked eye. We are all square in the tie #RTEsoccer #UCLhttps://t.co/hK5GI6Q72J pic.twitter.com/kVKuHi4BuZ— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) March 12, 2019 Subscribe https://the42.ie/4538353 Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates with team-mates. Image: Imago/PA Images Cristiano Ronaldo masterclass inspires Juventus’ stunning Champions League comeback The Italian side trailed Atletico Madrid 2-0 from the first leg. Mar 12th 2019, 9:54 PM Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates with team-mates. Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 9:54 PM 38,883 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 113 Comments By AFP
Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Education Minister tours schools this week Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Dec 2014 – The Education Minister gave a year in review during her Ministerial statement during the House debate this morning; among the updates though was information on the ‘zero tolerance’ policy which is to govern response to disorderly behavior by students at the Government schools. Hon Akierra Missick said the proposed legislation is currently being vetted by local attorneys and will in January go to the general public for consultation. Recommended for you Related Items:akierra missick, zero tolerance policy
The Senate voted 14 to 5 today to approve a sweeping overhaul of Alaska’s criminal justice system. The action sends the bill to Governor Bill Walker’s desk.Download AudioSen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, March 21, 2016. Coghill says the bill is driven both by consensus among the Criminal Justice Commission as well as social science research. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Senate Bill 91 would allow some low-risk nonviolent offenders to avoid jail time. It also would establish a new pretrial services program with a goal of reducing recidivism. And it would allow those in treatment programs to receive credit for time served instead of imprisonment.Bill sponsor North Pole Republican Senator John Coghill says the bill was driven by a consensus among members of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. He also says that it draws on social science research. And Coghill says legislators will continue to make changes to the system.Walker says he’s eager to review the bill.
An ACC case kept the innocent jute mill worker Jaha Alam behind bars for nearly three years. File photo of Jaha AlamThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday submitted its probe report to the High Court stating that its investigation officers mistakenly identified Jaha Alam as Abu Salek, reports UNB.Jaha Alam languished in jail for three years instead of the real accused in 26 corruption cases.ACC also accused BRAC Bank and other banks for misleading the investigators.ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam filed the report before the bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader and sought time. The court fixed 23 July for the next hearing.Deputy attorney general ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Basar stood for the state while lawyer Md Asaduzzaman represented BRAC Bank.The court on 27 June directed the ACC to submit a report on 11 July on whether they have any liability in the case of Jaha Alam. Earlier on 6 March, the court asked for detailed documents of 33 cases, in which Jaha Alam was incarcerated, and bank statements as affidavits within 10 April.Jaha Alam was freed from jail on 4 February after the High Court acquitted him in 26 cases in which charges had been pressed.The jute mill worker had been in jail since February 2016 in ACC cases for misappropriating Sonali Bank money. The real accused, Abu Salek, is absconding.Jaha Alam was released after the High Court issued a suo moto order and asked the ACC to submit case documents in the form of affidavits.
The car culture in America runs deep. But those who have constructed a life that bucks that trend have also found a way to save themselves some serious bucks.Further, the more varieties of shared transportation Americans use, the more money they save.This is according to new research by the public-interest advocacy group, Shared-Use Mobility Center, released today on behalf of the national public transit advocacy group, American Public Transportation Association, and paid for with money from the Federal Transit Administration.Related: Carpooling Startup Tripda Runs Out of Gas, to Shut DownAccording to the report, a supersharer is an individual who has reported use of public buses or trains, bikesharing, carsharing with the likes of car2Go or Zipcar and ridesourcing car trips with the likes of Lyft or Uber. A supersharer has reported using a combination of shared mobility transportation for commuting, errands and recreational uses within the past three months.Even with the explosive growth of the ridesourcing segment of that ecosystem — think Uber and Lyft — public transportation, either bus or train, is the most popular mode of shared transportation, by far.Image Credit: Shared-Use Mobility CenterBecause they depend on a handful of other transportation innovations, supersharers are less likely to own a car than their peers.Image Credit: Shared-Use Mobility CenterBecause they aren’t paying to own and maintain a car, supersharers save more money on transportation than their peers.Image Credit: Shared-Use Mobility CenterAll that transportation sharing means that supersharers are spending more time on their feet, on a bike or walking to and from a bus or train stop. This supersharer segment of the population reported that they were more physically active than their peers.Image Credit: Shared-Use Mobility CenterFor the research, 4,500 Americans who use some sort of shared transportation responded to the survey across seven cities, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles,San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.Related: This New App Lets You Summon Your Grandma (or Tinder Date) Via a Prepaid Uber Ride This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 15, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Enroll Now for Free
Mexico City, Mexico — After meeting for two days in the city of Chicago, the governments of Mexico and the United States agreed to implement new mechanisms to combat drug cartels on both sides of the border.Central to this action is attacking the financial structures of the organizations and establishing a joint research team based in Chicago, to identify new leaders of organized crime.Anthony Williams, chief of operations of the DEA, said in a joint press conference with Mexican officials that the key to the fight against the cartels is to attack their finances because “their sole purpose is money.”He warned that Mexico continues as the main route of distribution of cocaine to the United States and is an important supply source of heroin and methamphetamines, generated by an increase in addicts in the US.Head of La Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) Alerto Elías Beltrán, said that with the agreements in these meetings they emphasize “concrete strategies” to attack the financial structures of the criminal groups.“It was emphasized that the actions include forceful measures in all the value chains of organized crime in order to have a comprehensive strategy that weakens all the points of these groups based on more effective and immediate actions,” he said.“I note that proof of these actions is the publication of the reward of 30 million peso that is being offered to anyone leading to the location and arrest of Rubén Oseguera Cervantes, alias El Mencho, who is presumed responsible for organized crimes among others.”He also said that they intend to give extensive cooperation at all levels to stop the flow of arms into Mexico.The authorities of Mexico and the United States acknowledged the work of Mexico to fight the main organized crime groups, including actions taken toward the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG), one of the most prominent cartels in the country.According to the PGR, both countries have agreed that the meetings be continual as part of their binational relationship in an attempt to deal with organized crime.At a press conference, DEA, Brian M. McKnight said with a new “special group” composed of elements of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Police of Mexico, both countries will fight the financial infrastructure of the Mexican cartels.“We have implemented innovative action plans to solve this problem,” he noted.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Council members expressed dismay over a decision to keep Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich hand-cuffed in a bullet-proof glass cage during the hearing of the verdict.“We are confident that the civil society has the right to demand that Russian justice be governed by the truth and mercy,” the council said.The council is an independent advisory body appointed by the president and its recommendations are not binding. All of its members were appointed under former President Dmitry Medvedev.The group is up for a reshuffle since some of its most critical members have resigned, saying that they don’t want to work under President Vladimir Putin. The new council could be less critical, but has had very little sway over government decisions.The three women were found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred earlier this month after performing a “punk prayer” against Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral. The verdict caused protests and outrage both in Russia and abroad.The women on Monday filed an appeal of the verdict which is expected to be heard within the following 10 days. Meanwhile, the band said at least two of its members have fled Russia to avoid arrest. MOSCOW (AP) – The Russian presidential human rights council is questioning the guilty verdict and two-year prison sentences against three members of punk provocateurs Pussy Riot.The council said in a statement late Tuesday that “criminal law was used to deal with actions which entail administrative liability only” in the case. Members also questioned why the court did not impose suspended sentences on two of the three women who have small children. Top Stories Top holiday drink recipes Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How do cataracts affect your vision? The vital role family plays in society Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments Share
Michigan offensive lineman Mason Cole runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, March 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) “In terms of the challenges of switching positions, I don’t think it’s as challenging as many people think. If you know your stuff inside and out and you know the techniques, you can adjust pretty quickly.”Cole added he had no preferred position nor had the Cardinals mentioned a specific position, at least not yet.The Cardinals don’t have an immediate opening along the offensive line, however both center A.Q. Shipley and left guard Mike Iupati will be unrestricted free agents at the end of this season.Cole acknowledged the learning curve he faces moving to the NFL. He cited the playbook as well as the physicality and speed of the game as the biggest hurdles in his way.At the same time, Cole believes his time at Michigan and specifically playing for head coach Jim Harbaugh, someone who had a 14-year NFL career, has put him in the best possible position to be a successful pro player.“The way he runs his program, the way we practiced, the way he runs camp, the hours we spend in meeting rooms, all that stuff off the field really helps you prepare for what’s coming at the next level,” Cole said. “In terms of what we did, I don’t think there’s a better place in college football to play college football at that will prepare you for the next level like Michigan and Coach Harbaugh.” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. – Yes, ability matters, but it’s availability that can set a player apart and ensure long-term success in the NFL. Teams want players they can count on, and for the past eight seasons, offensive lineman Mason Cole has been that player.Whether in high school or in college, Cole never missed a start. In fact, he hardly missed a practice.“I missed three (straight) practices because I was sick,” Cole said Thursday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Those three practices came during Cole’s junior year at Michigan. Other than that, he had perfect attendance; a total of 104 consecutive starts combined between high school and college.Related LinksCardinals rookie Chase Edmonds: Small RB, big chip on shoulderArizona Cardinals officially sign first-round pick Josh RosenThe Arizona Cardinals hope that streak continues. Four of their five projected starting offensive linemen finished last season on injured reserve.“Honestly, I think a big part of it is luck,” Cole said. “There’s a lot of luck that plays into it, and I’ve just been lucky enough not to gotten rolled up on the wrong way.”Cole, who the Cardinals drafted in the third round with the 97th overall pick, also credited taking care of his body, making sure to visit the training room before little issues become big issues and being a regular in the weight room.Then there’s the message Cole constantly heard from both his parents and grandparents growing up in Tarpon, FL.“They’ve always preached toughness and finishing the job, finishing what you started,” he said. “There’s a difference between being hurt and having pain, and for me that was the biggest thing is am I in pain or am I actually hurt and for me, I was never actually hurt. You can push through pain and that was always my goal.” 1 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Cole and the other Cardinals rookies—a total of 30 drafted and undrafted players—reported to work on Thursday. Physicals needed to be passed, and then the players were outfitted with equipment, from head to toe.A three-day rookie mini-camp begins Friday.“My biggest goal is to come out here and prove to those guys (the coaches) that I can make an impact on this team and help this team win,” Cole said.Aside from his durability, Cole has two other factors working in his favor to do just that: 1) versatility and 2) the pro style offense he played in college.At Michigan, Cole started 25 consecutive games at left tackle before switching to center in 2016. He started all 13 games at center before switching back to left tackle for his senior season, when he started all 13 games.Cole earned All-Big Ten honors and was on the Outland Trophy watch list at both positions.“For me, it was always—mentality-wise—it was always doing what was best for the team. When they moved me to center, it was always to get the best five offensive linemen on the field. So I never had a problem with it because I knew if I was going to switch positions that was going to make the whole group better,” he said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling