Most actively traded companies on the TSX

The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,131.47, down 165.99 points).Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. (TSX:AVL). Materials. Up one cent, or eight per cent, to 13.5 cents on 15.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down three cents, or 1.46 per cent, to $2.02 on 6.2 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 43 cents, or 5.45 per cent, to $7.46 on 5.2 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Materials. Down eight cents, or 0.81 per cent, to $10.01 on 4.8 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down 52 cents, to 1.04 per cent, to $49.63 on 4.3 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Down 28 cents, or 0.76 per cent, to $36.53 on 4 million shares.Companies reporting:BRP Inc. (TSX:DOO). Up $5.63 or 15.6 per cent to $41.79. BRP Inc. shares jumped on news the company topped profit estimates in its latest quarter as acquisitions in its marine segment and strong sales of a new three-wheel vehicle drove a 17 per cent revenue rise compared with a year ago. The increase also followed the maker of Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Sea-Doo watercraft’s decision to spend up to $300 million to repurchase shares.National Bank (TSX:NA). Down 59 cents to $61.30. National Bank was the last of the Big Six lenders to report its second-quarter earnings on Thursday, hiking its dividend as it delivered a roughly two per cent increase in net income fuelled by strength in Quebec. The lender reported a nine per cent uptick in profits from its personal and commercial banking arm, as well as growth in U.S. specialty finance and international and wealth management. However, its earnings were hampered by a slowdown in financial markets and missed analyst estimates.Laurentian Bank Financial Group (TSX:LB). Up 83 cents to $42.83. Laurentian Bank raised its quarterly dividend by penny to 66 cents per share as it reported a lower second-quarter profit compared with a year ago as took a hit from severance and other restructuring charges. The bank says it earned $43.3 million or 95 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended April 30. read more

Gold chains liquor smuggled from Lanka seized

Assistant Commissioner (Customs) M. Chandrasekaran said that the customs officials on duty grew suspicious with 11 persons, who arrived by a Mihin Lanka flight. The 35 liquor bottles were valued at Indian Rs. 35,000. The total worth of the smuggled goods was Indian Rs. 16.55 lakh. Chandrasekaran said that upon instructions from Commissioner (Customs) R.K. Routray, the officials had intensified checking for smuggling of gold. Since the smuggled goods were worth less than Rs. 20 lakh, none was arrested. Upon frisking them and checking their baggage, the officials found that seven of them were in possession of gold chains and liquor bottles, which they had stealthily brought in without paying customs duty. The four others had carried only liquor bottles. Customs officials at the Madurai airport seized 604 grams of raw gold chains (unfinished 24 karat gold chains) and 35 bottles of foreign liquor from 11 persons, all Indian citizens, who arrived from Sri Lanka.The gold chains, numbering seven, were recovered from as many persons. The officials confiscated the gold and registered a case under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962, against them. read more

Liberia 1 dead in unrest UN quells rioting with teargas

The rioting began when some ex-combatants, the majority of whom had been paid $75 for part of the disarmament and reintegration programme (DDRR) in the war-torn West African country, requested to complete DDRR and receive the balance of their money, senior UN officials told UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Radio. Noting that the generals responsible for the ex-combatants insisted that their men were told to go home and the people rioting in the streets at the Red Light area of Monrovia were not part of the units going through DDRR, UN Police Commissioner Mark Kroeker said a street mob appeared to be responsible. “But the result was the riot and now it’s under control,” he told UNMIL Radio. “Quite a few canisters of teargas were used to disperse crowds at several locations and the unfortunate reality is that one person has lost his life and order has been restored.” He said the dead man was assaulted by a group of people. UN military and police forces were still in the area and the situation was reported to be quiet now. “But it is volatile and so we are going to maintain a substantial presence in the area to make sure that if anything happens, we can be there very quickly to keep anything from escalating unnecessarily,” Commissioner Kroeker said. DDRR is a major component of the UN Mission set up last year to bring peace to Liberia after a ceasefire between the government and two major rebel groups ended nearly 12 years of fierce fighting that claimed hundreds of thousands of victims among dead, injured, refugees and internally displaced people. During DDRR, combatants report to designated pick-up points with their weapons and ammunition and are transported to cantonment areas for demobilization. After a minimum seven-day stay, they are discharged and provided with an initial payment and transport assistance to support their return to their communities of choice. After three months, they each get another stipend to help them start new lives. By then, they should be participating in specific reintegration projects. read more

Canadian dollar higher as plans develop in US over discussion of fiscal

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2012 12:12 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar moved higher Monday as commodity prices gained some traction and some progress was made south of the border toward avoiding the so-called “fiscal cliff.”The loonie edged up 0.26 of a cent to 101.63 cents US near midday.In the late morning, a White House official said a meeting was planned between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner over the U.S. budget.The meeting comes as Boehner is offering $1 trillion in higher tax revenue over 10 years and an increase in the top tax rate on people making more than $1 million a year.The speaker also has offered a large enough extension in the government’s borrowing cap to fund the government for one year before the issue must be revisited — conditioned on the president agreeing to $1 trillion in cuts.Meanwhile, commodity prices were mostly higher.The January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 80 cents to US$87.53 a barrel.February gold bullion rose $1.60 to US$1,696.60 an ounce, but March copper was down two cents at US$3.66 a pound. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar higher as plans develop in US over discussion of fiscal cliff read more

Venezuela votes for Chavez revolution or change

first_imgVENEZUELANS FLOCKED TO the polls today to pick Hugo Chavez’s successor, choosing between the handpicked heir of his socialist revolution and an opponent vowing change in the divided nation.After a brief and bitter campaign, supporters of acting President Nicolas Maduro played military-style bugles to wake up people before dawn to vote in an election pitting him against opposition rival Henrique Capriles.Casting himself as his mentor’s “son,” Maduro led opinion polls to complete his six-year term, promising to continue oil-funded policies that cut poverty from 50 to 29 per cent with popular health, education and food programs.But Capriles hopes that discontent over the nation’s soaring murder rate, chronic food shortages, high inflation and regular power outages will give him an upset victory after 14 years under Chavez.“Chavez, I swear, my vote is for Maduro!”Before dying, the late leader endorsed Maduro as his successor, and Chavistas chanted “Chavez, I swear, my vote is for Maduro!” throughout the campaign.Maduro, meanwhile, sought to elevate Chavez as a saint-like figure, calling him “Christ the redeemer of the poor.”From the Amazon region to the Caribbean coast and the capital’s hillside slums, voters cast ballots to decide the future of a nation sitting on the world’s biggest proven oil reserve.People stood in line outside the school where Chavez used to vote in the poor January 23 neighborhood. A truck nearby played a recording of the late leader crooning to a patriotic song.“The commitment to the revolution is very strong,” said Denis Oropeza, 33, a museum employee voting there as the truck played a recording of Chavez, made before cancer took his life, in which he asks Venezuelans to vote for Maduro.“The people will massively go out and vote to defend his legacy,” Oropeza declared.Later, two of Chavez’s daughters, Maria Gabriela and Rosa Virginia, who is married to Vice President Jorge Arreaza, voted at the school and were applauded by the crowd. People chanted “Chavez lives! The struggle goes on!”But in the eastern Caracas neighborhood known as a Capriles bastion, voters said they were fed up with violence that left 16,000 people dead last year and a weak economy that has people struggling to find butter and milk in grocery stores.“I want change because the situation is not good. There’s no security, the country is divided in two,” said Pietro Bellacicco, 75, a retired agricultural worker. “I hope to see us united, all together again as Venezuelans.”The opposition urged voters to watch for any “irregularities” in polling stations.Former bus driverChavez named Maduro – a former bus driver and union activist who rose to foreign minister and vice president — as his political heir in December before undergoing a final round of cancer surgery. He died on March 5 aged 58.“We will break turnout records in our mobilized democracy,” Maduro wrote on Twitter.Maduro rode a wave of grief over Chavez’s death throughout the campaign, culminating the day before the vote with a ceremony honoring the former colonel in the military barracks where he was laid rest.Capriles accused the government of “abusing power, abusing state resources” by staging televised events up until the eve of the election even though official campaigning ended on Thursday.“Let’s go vote! Hope, faith and courage,” Capriles wrote on Twitter.Maduro and Capriles engaged in an acrimonious campaign marked by insults, government allegations of assassination plots against the acting leader and the virtual beatification of Chavez.Maduro called his rival a “little bourgeois” while Capriles derided the tall, broad-shouldered acting president as a “bull-chicken.”Capriles avoided criticizing Chavez, however, pledging to maintain his social “missions.” He lost to Chavez by 11 points in the October 7 presidential election – the opposition’s best ever showing against him.“I’m not the opposition, I’m the solution,” said the 40-year-old Miranda state governor, who represents the youthful face of the once fractured opposition.But he blamed the government for the nation’s economic woes and vowed to cut the “gift” to Cuba – a deal in which Caracas ships 100,000 barrels of oil per day while Havana sends doctors and other experts to Venezuela.(Venezuelan Mariangel Rosa, 5, flashes a heart symbol to journalists as she walks to the Venezuelan consulate in Havana, Cuba, today – Pic: Franklin Reyes/AP/Press Association Images)Opinion polls gave Maduro a lead of 10-20 points, though the last survey conducted by Datanalisis last week gave him a narrower, 9.7 point edge. The winner will be sworn in on Friday.“The opposition was able to excite its people,” Ignacio Avalos, a sociology professor at Central University of Venezuela. “Maduro has two very important weapons in his favor: Chavez’s last wish and the state machinery.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Plan to put Chavez’s body on display ‘may be impossible’ >last_img read more

Dissidents admit to killing Lyra McKee offering full and sincere apologies

first_img 72,695 Views Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 22.04.19 Friends of Lyra McKee put red handprints on dissident republican group’s office The IRA offer our full and sincere apologies to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee for her death.Saoradh, a political group associated with the New IRA, have been criticised for not condemning the killing. Its chairman Brian Kenna said yesterday that the New IRA should apologise if they were responsible for her death, the Irish Times reports. Related Reads Dissidents admit to killing Lyra McKee, offering ‘full and sincere apologies’ Using a code word, the group issued a statement to The Irish News taking responsibility for her death. THE NEW IRA has admitted responsibility for killing journalist Lyra McKee.The 29-year-old journalist died after shots were fired in the Fanad Drive area of Creggan in the city during rioting on Thursday night.The Irish News reports that the dissident republican group the New IRA issued a statement using a recognised code word. It reports that the group offered “full and sincere apologies to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee for her death”.The New IRA told the Irish News: “We have instructed our volunteers to take the utmost care in future when engaging the enemy, and put in place measures to help ensure this.“In the course of attacking the enemy Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces. Tuesday 23 Apr 2019, 6:34 AM Apr 23rd 2019, 6:34 AM Short URL The PSNI has launched a murder inquiry and have hailed what it calls a “positive public response” to their appeal for information in relation to what it calls a “terrorist incident”.Two teenagers aged 18 and 19 were arrested in relation to the death of Lyra McKee, and have been released without charge. 19.04.19 Lyra McKee: A determined journalist who told the stories of marginalised people and her country’s troubled past By Gráinne Ní Aodha 89 Comments last_img read more

Bahamas Signs Protocol to Amend the Tax Information Exchange Agreement with the

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 20, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said tax evasion and avoidance are common problems experienced by many Jurisdictions, and erodes the basis of tax systems and destroys the reputation of legitimate and credible international financial centres.DPM Turnquest was speaking at the signing ceremony of the Protocol to Amend the Tax Information Exchange Agreement between the Government of The Bahamas and the Government of the Republic of Finland concerning information on tax matters held at the Ministry of Finance, Thursday, October 19, 2017.   Ambassador of Finland to the Caribbean His Excellency Jukka Pietikäinen signed on behalf of the European nation.DPM Turnquest said, “By the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard, The Bahamas shows its intent on remaining a well regulated, compliant and legitimate International Financial Centre with a strong Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (CFT) regime.”On March 10, 2010 The Bahamas signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Finland concerning information on tax matters in Paris, France.In 2014, The Bahamas committed to implementing the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) Global Forum Common Reporting Standard (CRS) for the automatic exchange of financial account information, thereby demonstrating the commitment to greater tax cooperation transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes.The DPM also noted that The Bahamas Automatic Exchange Financial Account Information Act came into force on January 1, 2017, and the Automatic Exchange Financial Account Information (AEOI) Regulations 2017 was approved and brought into force on March 7, 2017.   He said that The Bahamas extends congratulations to the Republic of Finland as it commenced its exchanges last month.“The Bahamas will commence exchanging financial account information with its AEOI partners in September 2018.   By signing this Protocol today, The Bahamas and the Republic of Finland will now be AEOI partners.”DPM Turnquest said it is noteworthy to mention that at the onset, The Bahamas chose the OECD Global Forum’s Bilateral Approach as a method of automatically exchanging information; however, on May 29, 2017, The Bahamas Government formally indicated to the organisation, its interest in becoming a Party to the Multi-lateral Convention for Mutual Assistance on tax matters.“The Bahamas will continue assisting and cooperating with Jurisdictions in the effort to deter and prevent tax evasion and avoidance and increase transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes.”His Excellency Pietikäinen said interesting developments have occurred between the two countries since The Bahamas and the Republic of Finland initiated Diplomatic Relations almost 12 years ago.   One such project involves The Bahamas Government utilising weather radar systems made by a Republic of Finland company, and training on the systems will be done by the Finnish Meteorological Institute.By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

20 Turkish golden retrievers arrive in South Florida for adoption

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Twenty abandoned golden retrievers now have hope for a better life after they were brought to South Florida from Turkey.The canines, who touched down at Miami International Airport, Sunday, are part of a rescue program run by Everglades Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc.Rescue group spokesperson Kendra Demme said life can be tough for a dog in Istanbul. “So there’s this huge population over there, and there’s a limited amount of shelters, so these shelters will get them clean and healthy and put them back out on the streets, so they can get more in,” she said, “so none of them really get much of a chance at life.”The dogs will all be driven to Clint Moore Animal Hospital, in Boca Raton, where they will spend two weeks being tested and monitored to make sure they’re ready for adoption.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Report Shows Alaska Was Among States Compromised Before 2016 Election

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. officials have stated that U.S. intelligence community developed  evidence that state websites or voter registration systems in seven states were compromised by Russian-backed covert operatives prior to the 2016 election, but never told the states involved. Three senior intelligence officials have stated that the states, as of January 2017, were Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin. Alaska Division of Elections Director Josie Bahnke stated: “In September 2017, representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially informed our division that Russian cyber actors made a failed attempt to access the division’s public information website prior to the 2016 General Election. At that time, DHS officials stated that Alaska was one of 21 states that possibly were the target of an unsuccessful Russian-affiliated cyber incident in October 2016. We have not received any additional information from the federal government to dispute this statement.” According to the officials the systems in the seven states were compromised in a variety of ways, with some breaches more serious than others, from entry into state websites to penetration of actual voter registration databases.center_img In a statement released Tuesday, February 27, Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) said:“The Alaska Division of Elections previously stated on September 22, 2017 that these attacks were “unsuccessful.” Alaskans have a right to know exactly what occurred, if there were illegal entrances into our system during the election process, and to what extent it may have tainted Alaska’s election or Alaskans’ data.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennnifer-on-AK-compromised-in-2016-election.mp3VmJennnifer-on-AK-compromised-in-2016-election.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Will strive for overall development of students at SPMVV

first_imgTirupati: The induction programme for the newly admitted students of Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam (SPMVV) was held here on Tuesday. The programme was meant for creating awareness on life skills to the new students. Speaking on the occasion, the In-charge Vice-Chancellor (V-C) Prof V Uma has underlined that SPMVV will not confine just to complete the syllabus but will take steps for the overall development of students during their course period. Only with cooperation of students, the varsity can go forward and achieve better ranking than its present NAAC A grade. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Everyone should be proud of the fact that its ragging free campus and the faculty will also act as mentors, she claimed and added that through mentoring system, students can resolve all their problems and continue their education in stress free atmosphere. Life skills training classes will be held for three days from Wednesday during which faculty and officials will be available for students, she said. Registrar Prof DM Mamatha has said that students should make use of their precious time and be away with social media. Deans Prof K Murugaiah and Prof A Jyothi have explained about various facilities in the campus for the benefit of students. SHE team In-charge P Sumathi said that police will always be ready to extend any help to students. Student Affairs Dean Prof G Savitri, Admissions Director Prof P Suvarnalatha Devi, faculty and students took part.last_img read more

DRI unearths Rs 150 cr duty evasion in import of totos by

first_imgKolkata: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has detected a huge duty evasion by a company here in the import of e-rickshaws worth around Rs 150 crore and arrested two promoters of the firm, according to an official statement issued on Tuesday.The Kolkata-based firm has imported ‘Electric-Three-Wheeled Vehicles (e-rickshaws)’ commonly known as ‘toto’in completely knocked down (CKD)condition, by “grossly misdeclaring” goods as ‘spare parts of electric tricycle’, it said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe importer paid 10 percent customs duty leviable on such parts, whereas, they had actually been importing electric tricycles in CKD condition, with pre-assembled transmission mechanism, which attract the much higher rate of 30 percent customs duty, the statement said.Their omission and commission have resulted in short-payment of customs duty to the extent of Rs 19 crore on the import of e-rickshaws in the last four years valued at approximately Rs 150 crore, it said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Therefore, taking into consideration the present as well as the past imports made by the said importer, by resorting to such gross misdeclaration, the short-payment of duty comes to the extent of Rs 19 crore,” the statement said.The importer actually imported complete e-rickshaws (toto) in completely knocked down (CKD) condition, which were split over a number of consignments, it said.As the individual consignment did not contain all parts of an e-rickshaw, they claimed benefit of exemption by declaring such goods as parts and spares of electrical tricycle, the DRI said.”When collectively considered, it is seen that sets of e-rickshaws were imported in CKD condition, but the importer by deliberately misclassifying the same as parts/spares of electrical tricycle, paid customs duty only at the rate of 10 per cent, resulting in evasion of huge amount of customs duty,” it said.DRI officials searched the premises known to be the ‘factory’ of the firm at Sankrail Industrial Park at Mouza Bhagabatipur in Howrah.”During a search of the factory premises, it was found that in the entire facility, they had only a few machines and tools. One machine was tightening bolts and drilling, one for laser printing and another machine for embossing plate,” the statement said, adding, it was found that the premises was basically meant for warehousing imported goods.The two directors of the company,who were the main persons behind the whole scam of evasion of customs duty, have accepted their involvement in the fraud and they have been arrested, the DRI said.”Detection by DRI of this modus operandi of import of misdeclared e-rickshaws will not only boost the ‘Make in India’ campaign of the government by discouraging such fraudulent imports by unscrupulous traders but will also provide a level playing field to the domestic manufacturer vis-a-vis imported e-rickshaws,” it said.last_img read more

Antigay marriage politician Barnaby Joyce caught cheating on wife

first_imgWithout denying the claims, he told the 730 ABC program: ‘Well, what I want to do is make sure private matters remain private. Quite obviously, I don’t think it benefits anybody to drag private matters out into the public arena.’The Daily Telegraph splashed a photo of the heavily pregnant woman on the front page of their print newspaper this morning.It goes without saying this will cause a stir tomorrow— Andrew Greene (@AndrewBGreene) February 6, 2018During the time of Australia’s divisive public vote on gay marriage, Joyce said: I believe in the current definition of marriage.’He campaigned for the ‘no’ side of the public vote. He then ended up abstaining from the parliamentary vote on marriage equality.In 2015, Joyce made headlines when he said legalizing same-sex marriage would damage cattle exports.‘What’s your response to critics who say you are a hypocrite?’Journalist Leigh Sales asked Joyce: ‘On social media, there’s been some commentary pointing out that during the same-sex marriage debate, you spoke in favor of traditional families at the same time you were moving on from your own marriage with a staffer. What’s your response to critics who say you are a hypocrite?’Joyce replies replies: ‘How could that be? ‘Just because my marriage didn’t work out, [it] doesn’t mean I disregard what marriages are about. It just means on that instance, as I said, I failed.‘I But I’m not going to start saying “Well therefore, I’m gonna say that because I failed, I’m going to completely change my views and definition.” I don’t think anybody walks down the aisle with a view that they think that it’s going to come to an end or a finish – you don’t,’ he said.Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. | Photo: WikipediaJoyce’s wife Natalie said: ‘The situation is devastating, for my girls who are affected by the family breakdown and for me as a wife of 24 years who placed my own career on hold to support Barnaby through his political life.’She added: ‘Naturally we feel deceived and hurt by the actions of Barnaby and the staff member involved.’‘Barnaby Joyce is a hypocrite’People on social media weren’t impressed by the news of Barnaby Joyce cheating on his wife either.Many pointed out the double standards with advocating for the sanctity of marriage during Australia’s public vote and then cheating on your wife.Comedian Nath Valvo said: ‘Thinking of you tonight, Barnaby Joyce. I couldn’t possibly know what it’s like to have the country debate your private relationships.’Same-sex marriage campaigner Rodney Croome said: ‘Barnaby Joyce is a hypocrite to oppose LGBTI equality in the name of “traditional marriage” while breaking his vow of lifelong commitment and having a child out of wedlock. Joyce insisted on a plebiscite that put LGBTI relationships under scrutiny so he can’t claim “privacy” now.’And Rachel Baker said: ‘I don’t care that Barnaby Joyce had an affair. I care that he had an affair with an employee. I care that while having an affair with a married woman he abstained from voting on SSM.’Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Prominent Australian politician Barnaby Joyce, who actively campaigned against same-sex marriage, has been cheating on his wife for months.According to the Daily Telegraph, Joyce started a relationship with a former employee and she is now pregnant. Her baby is due in April this year. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

Guatemalans demand president vice president resign over corruption scandal

first_imgGUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — Thousands of Guatemalans gathered in the country’s capital on Saturday to demand the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti following revelation of a tax corruption scandal involving top government officials — including Baldetti’s private secretary. Protesters yelled “Resign now,” blew whistles and banged pots and pans while demanding that the country’s top two officials leave their posts and turn themselves over to the courts. “We don’t want the thieves to govern anymore,” said 70-year-old María Letona, who went to the protest with neighbors from an exclusive enclave of Guatemala City. “They see us as toys. It’s shameful what they’re doing to the people of Guatemala.”Last week Guatemalan and international prosecutors announced they had issued arrest warrants for 22 people allegedly involved in a criminal network that took bribes in exchange for reduced customs duties, making millions off the foregone government revenue. Among those arrested were the current and former heads of Guatemala’s tax administration, the president of national newspaper SigloXXI and Baldetti’s private secretary, Juan Carlos Monzón. A protestor holds a sign saying “Baldetti you’re fired” during a protest in Guatemala City’s central plaza, April 25, 2015. Johan Ordoñez/AFPProsecutors say Monzón, who’s currently a fugitive, was the ringleader. It’s believed he could be hiding in Honduras. Baldetti and Monzón were in Korea for a ceremony where Baldetti was awarded an honorary degree when prosecutors announced the arrest warrants. In a news conference upon her return, Baldetti said she had informed Monzón of the charges when she found out and told him to turn himself in. After that, she said, he disappeared. Protesters on Saturday said Baldetti and President Pérez must have known about the criminal dealings, and many have accused Baldetti of tipping her private secretary off so he could flee. “Clearly we could see that Baldetti covered up Monzón’s escape,” Alejandro Rodríguez, a student leader at the public University of San Carlos, told AFP.Armando González, a Catholic priest, was at the protest with a group of Franciscan nuns and friars holding white flags. “We want all politicians to see that when the people of Guatemala stand up it’s because we don’t want more corruption,” he said. The protest was organized by a group of citizens via Facebook. More protests are expected in the coming days. President Pérez, who was on an official trip in eastern Guatemala on Saturday, told journalists that he would not resign. He said his government initiated the investigation that brought the tax fraud ring to light. “I ask all Guatemalans to act sensibly,” Pérez said. “All have the right to express themselves but we must respect the institutions” that are carrying out the investigations.Local news outlets reported that protesters remained in Guatemala City’s central plaza into the evening. Protests also took place in several other cities around the country on Saturday.Recommended: Guatemalan president agrees to keep UN anti-impunity commission Facebook Comments Related posts:Why Guatemala’s Pérez Molina turns a deaf ear to widespread calls for his resignation Unanimous: Guatemalan Congress strips President Pérez Molina’s immunity Q&A: Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchú hails Guatemala’s ‘great awakening’ Guatemala top prosecutor Thelma Aldana speaks out against corruption and impunitylast_img read more

Saudi Arabia shoots down Scud missile fired from Yemen

first_imgRIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In a potentially major escalation of the months-long war, Yemeni rebels fired a Scud missile into Saudi Arabia early Saturday. The attack suggests that despite more than two months of airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition, Yemen’s Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, still have the military firepower to threaten cities inside Saudi Arabia.According to the official Saudi Press Agency, two missiles launched from a Patriot missile battery shot down the Scud before dawn near the southwestern city of Khamis Mushait. The agency did not report any casualties in the attack, the first use of a Cold War-era Scud by the rebels since Saudi-led airstrikes targeting the Houthis began in late March. Planned Yemeni peace talks were postponed last month just two days before they were to have begun on May 28. In a statement Saturday, the U.N. welcomed all sides’ decision to attend a new round of talks planned for June 14 in Geneva.After several days of negotiations in neighboring Oman, Houthi officials said their delegation is heading to Moscow at the invitation of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Russian officials did not immediately comment on the reported visit.The strikes, as well as a Saudi-led air and sea blockade, have caused food, water and medicine shortages, sparking a humanitarian crisis in the Arab world’s poorest country.The Soviet Union developed Scuds during the Cold War and exported the ballistic missiles to several countries, including Yemen.Scud strikes in Saudi Arabia have been fatal in the past. On Feb. 25, 1991, an Iraqi-fired Scud evaded a Patriot strike and hit a U.S. base in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 28 American soldiers.___Associated Press writers Adam Schreck in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Ahmed al-Haj in Sanaa, Yemen, and Jon Gambrell and Maamoun Youssef in Cairo contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “It is an escalation,” Abdullah said. “It is clear now there has not been a knockout and a complete demolition of Houthi firepower.”The Saudis and Western powers accuse the Houthis of receiving military support from Shiite power Iran as part of a larger proxy war between the Sunni kingdom and the Islamic Republic across the Mideast. Tehran and the rebels deny the allegations, though Iran has acknowledged sending humanitarian aid to the Houthis.Saudi Arabia leads a coalition targeting the rebels in airstrikes in support of Yemen’s exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Those strikes have targeted arms caches and Scud missile sites around the country.The coalition responded to Saturday’s attack by targeting and damaging the Scud launcher, which was located south of the Houthi stronghold city of Saada, according to SPA.Yemeni security officials said coalition planes launched at least six airstrikes early Saturday against a Houthi convoy heading toward Saada. Airstrikes also hit a convoy in Amran province, which Houthi and tribal officials said was transporting livestock. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil exporter. Its major oil fields are located in the east of the country, far from Khamis Mushait.The United States has provided logistical support to the mostly Arab coalition. U.S. military officials in the region had no immediate comment.The Houthis began their advance in September, sweeping down from the north and capturing the capital, Sanaa. They held top officials, including Hadi, under house arrest until Hadi fled, first to the southern port city of Aden, then to Saudi Arabia as the rebels closed in.The Saudi-led air campaign and ground fighting have killed more than 1,000 civilians and displaced more than 1 million people since mid-March, the spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters Wednesday.The offensive, now in its third month, has so far failed to force the Houthis to withdraw from any territory they hold or blunt their advance in southern Yemen.Security officials said fierce fighting on the ground continued Saturday in the areas of Abyan, Haja, and Taiz, as coalition planes hit targets in Abyan, Amran and Saada.On Friday, the Houthis and Saleh’s forces launched a ground offensive targeting the Saudi border, prompting the kingdom to fire artillery and launch Apache attack helicopters, SPA also reported. It said “scores” of rebel forces were killed, along with four Saudi soldiers, in a battle that lasted from dawn till noon. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Yemen’s state news agency SABA, now controlled by the Houthis, said the rebels fired the Scud. The Houthis are allied with military and security forces loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.Khamis Mushait is home to the King Khalid Air Base, the largest such facility in that part of the country. Saudis on social media reported hearing air raid sirens go off around the city during the attack.The Yemeni military was widely believed to possess around 300 Scud missiles, most of which fell into the hands of the rebels. In April, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri, implied that the Scud arsenal in Yemen had been seriously degraded as a result of the airstrikes.“As coalition forces, we confirm that all Houthi capabilities were targeted, foremost their ballistic missiles,” Asiri said at the time.On Saturday, Asiri told the Saudi-owned Al-Hadath news channel that coalition forces have destroyed “most of” Yemen’s Scuds.Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, a professor of political science at United Arab Emirates University, said Saturday’s attack was a way for the Houthis and their allies to signal that they still have fight left despite months of airstrikes. The Emirates is a member of the Saudi-led coalition. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

The FlyAway bus stop will return to the Patsaouras Bus Plaza

first_imgThe FlyAway bus stop will return to the Patsaouras Bus PlazaThe FlyAway® bus stop at Union Station will return to its original location on the Patsaouras Bus Plaza on October 10.  The return follows the completion of Metro’s major rehabilitation work to the plaza, which began in early July.Private vehicles are no longer permitted to enter the bus plaza, but can use a new passenger pick-up/drop-off facility located east of the renovated plaza.  The new facility was designed to remove private vehicle traffic from the bus plaza, thus creating a safer area for passenger pick-ups and drop-offs away from bus traffic within the plaza.  FlyAway® bus customers can enter the new passenger pick-up/drop-off facility by entering the underground parking lots from Vignes Street.The Union Station stop for the FlyAway® bus to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will operate on its regular schedule: every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; hourly between 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.; and every 20 minutes between 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on weekdays.  The regular weekend schedule is every 30 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and hourly between 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.  The nonstop bus service to/from LAX is $9 one way.  Two children age five and under may ride free with each paying adult.  Parking in the Union Station garage is $8 per day, with a 30-day limit.In addition to Union Station, the FlyAway® bus provides direct service to LAX from five other locations across Los Angeles County:  Hollywood, Long Beach, Metro Orange Line (San Fernando Valley), Van Nuys, and Westwood.  More than 1.6 million people used the FlyAway® bus in 2015.For more information on the new pick-up/drop-off facility, please visit for more information and updated maps.  For complete FlyAway schedules, maps, and fare schedules, please visit = Los Angeles International Airportlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The CEO of AccorHotels

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe CEO of AccorHotels Asia-Pacific, Michael Issenberg, believes the Australian market could be a suitable fit for the group’s upscale brand with Swiss heritage, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, as part of its continued growth in the region. AccorHotels acquired Mövenpick and its portfolio of over 80 hotels and resorts earlier this year. Currently the brand is present in 24 countries, but has not spread its wings Down Under.“I believe the Mövenpick brand would have strong appeal in the Australian market,” Issenberg exclusively revealed to LATTE.Likewise, Australia is under consideration for expansion of AccorHotels’ FRS (Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel) brands, after the French hotelier bought FHRI three years ago.“We still believe there is room for more brands in the Australian market but ultimately it will be for our owners and partners to decide which brand they want. The more brands we have, the more likely we can win any hotel pitch because we can find the right brand for more hotel projects.”AccorHotels is now the second largest operator of luxury hotels in the world, with over 720 luxury and premium hotels globally. Issenberg said the company was “increasingly focused on growing in the luxury and lifestyle sectors” in the Asia Pacific region, and currently has a luxe/premium pipeline of close to 200 more properties to add by 2021.“With 24 brands across the luxury/premium sector, we now can offer our owners greater choice in this segment than ever before.”SO/ AucklandIn LATTE‘s wide-ranging interview, Issengberg confirmed that AccorHotels currently has no plans to phase out any of the brands it adopted as part of the acquisition of the Australian-based hotelier, Mantra, earlier this year. Neither is there plans to roll some of the existing AccorHotels brands into the Mantra stable.“We are more focused on ensuring we can clearly differentiate each of the brands in our network,” he said, adding that the next “big step” with Mantra will be the integration of the Peppers, Mantra, BreakFree and Art Series brands into its loyalty program, Le Club AccorHotels.A stake in US lifestyle brand, SBE, mid-way through 2018 also offers the opportunity for AccorHotels to develop new brands under the Delano, Mondrian and SLS brands.Delano South Beach, MiamiSpeaking of partnerships, Issenberg said an agreement to work with Eurostar’s loyalty program seemed like an “obvious” choice, to benefit Le Club AccorHotels’ members.“This is another example of us expanding the offers and benefits for members,” he said.Questioned by LATTE if there were more acquisitions in the immediate future for AccorHotels, Issenberg said: “We are always looking for new opportunities and when the right acquisition comes along, we are lucky to be in a position where we have money to spend. For the past two years, we have been in a major acquisition phase, and while I don’t think you will see anything as big as the Mantra deal coming along in the immediate future, we will continue to explore opportunities that can continue our transformation journey.”Read our full interview with Michael Issenberg here.Lead image: A recent addition to the Mövenpick collection – Mövenpick Resort Kuredivaru Maldives Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Rep Rendon to lead special panel for House committee recommendations

first_img State Rep. Bruce Rendon has been recognized for his leadership qualities with an appointment from Speaker-elect Kevin Cotter to lead the 98th Legislature’s Committee on Committees for the Michigan House.Rendon, who is entering his third and final term as a state representative for the 103rd House District, will chair the panel that recommends House member committee assignments by matching lawmakers’ experience and interests with committee work that best utilizes their knowledge.“It’s an honor to have been chosen for this special assignment,” said Rendon, R-Lake City. “I thank my fellow lawmakers for putting their trust in me and providing another opportunity to contribute to our leadership team.”The temporary committee on committees is charged with selecting committee chairs and Republican members of standing and appropriation committees for the 2015-2016 legislative session.“Though it is only November, we want to lay the groundwork that will enable us to begin work immediately upon beginning the new term in January,” said Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant. “I am entrusting colleagues who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to hard work and a firm understanding of the details of the legislative process to make recommendations for next term. As I said the day I was elected as the next Speaker, this is no time to coast; we need to keep our foot on the gas.”Other members serving on the Committee on Committees will be Reps. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac; Ray Franz, R-Onekama; Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus; Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan; Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville; and Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, as well as Reps.-Elect Jim Tedder of Clarkston and Dr. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville.Committee assignments are expected to be announced in January. Categories: Rendon News 17Nov Rep. Rendon to lead special panel for House committee recommendationslast_img read more

Rep Sheppard bill deregulating air guns passes House

first_img26Feb Rep. Sheppard bill deregulating air guns passes House Package redefines ‘firearm’ to reflect federal lawLegislation introduced by state Rep. Jason Sheppard as part of a package to exclude airsoft, BB, pellet and other pneumatic guns from Michigan’s definition of the word ‘firearm’ has passed through the Michigan House of Representatives.“These bills are important so that we, as Michigan citizens, are protected from inadvertently violating subjective state laws,” said Sheppard, R-Temperance. “This bill package is just common sense; there’s no reason to regulate the ownership of air-powered guns.”House Bills 4151-4156 will change Michigan’s definition of ‘firearm’ to exclude pneumatic guns by defining a firearm as a weapon from which a dangerous projectile may be propelled by an explosive. Since pneumatic weapons do not utilize explosives to fire projectiles, they will not fall under this definition as established by Rep. Shepherd’s House Bill 4152.“Pneumatic guns are not lethal weapons being used for hunting or self-protection,” said Rep. Sheppard. “There’s no reason that we should categorize them as such.”This firearm law reform package is a goal of the House Republican Action Plan to eliminate obstacles created by government.The bill package will be considered further in the Senate. Categories: Sheppard Newslast_img read more

Rep Johnson announces November office hours

first_imgAllegan County Simply Celia’s142 S. Main St. in Wayland8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours:Tuesday, November 21 “Holding local office hours is just one way I seek feedback from the people I was elected to serve,” said Rep. Johnson. “I hold monthly office hours because listening and understanding the concerns of residents helps me represent them better.”No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Those unable to attend are encouraged to call Rep. Johnson’s office at 517-373-0840, email or visit his website at Categories: Steven Johnson Newscenter_img Kent CountyBob Evans6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp.10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 30Oct Rep. Johnson announces November office hourslast_img read more

Rep Hughes invites residents to her upcoming office hours

first_img Categories: Hughes News 09Jan Rep. Hughes invites residents to her upcoming office hours State Rep. Holly Hughes announced her upcoming office hours for the month of January.“Meeting with residents is a top priority of mine,” Hughes said. “As a legislator it’s important to be available and accessible to the community I represent.”Rep. Hughes will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, Jan. 129:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Norton Shores Library, 705 Seminole Road in Norton Shores;11 a.m. to noon at Mr. Quick, 5501 E. Apple Ave. in Muskegon;1-2 p.m. at City of Whitehall, 405 E. Colby St. in Whitehall. No appointment is necessary to attend office hours. Anyone unable to attend who would like to voice a question or concern to Rep. Hughes may contact her office at (877) 633-0331 or Friday, Jan. 268 to 9 a.m. at Ravenna Round Table, 12396 Stafford St. in Ravenna.last_img read more