Guess whos back Liberals Conservatives alike embrace Harpers return

first_imgOTTAWA – Suddenly, Stephen Harper is turning up everywhere.In the past couple of weeks, he’s made headlines for writing a book, telling an American audience in February he could still “easily” lead the Conservative Party and for adding his name to a full-page ad in the New York Times praising President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran.On Monday he was in Montreal to mark Israel’s 70th birthday and Tuesday he tweeted he was pleased to be back in “la Belle Province”, adding it was great to see one-time colleagues including former Conservative MPs Denis Lebel and Christian Paradis and Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos.Harper’s re-emergence bodes well for the Liberals’ strategy to brand the Opposition as “Harper Conservatives.”For their part, the Conservatives seem to be saying: Bring it on. They’re not hesitating to embrace their former introverted leader who left the party with 99 seats and mixed emotions.In some parts of the country, there is still antipathy towards Harper, and the Liberals are trying to stoke those negative opinions, said Tim Powers, a Conservative strategist and vice-chairman of Summa Strategies. On the other hand, “hardcore Conservatives will love it,” he said.Powers said the Liberal strategy “makes sense” because Harper is visible.Whether that’s deliberate or not, it might help the Liberals a little bit.”Still, Scheer “can’t be looking over his shoulder for the ghost of Stephen Harper,” he added.While Harper’s re-emergence seems to be coinciding with the Liberal branding exercise, he’s been active in global commentary and events since leaving office, said Rachel Curran, Harper’s former director of policy who currently works as a senior associate with Harper and Associates Consulting.Curran said the Liberal attempt to paint Scheer and Harper with the same brush won’t hurt the Conservatives because Harper left the party in a strong position. She said if Scheer is able to build on that in 2019, the party will be in good shape.As for whether Harper is looming over Scheer, Curran said there’s room for both of them.“I don’t think Stephen Harper has to disappear entirely to make room for Andrew Scheer. Similarly I think Andrew Scheer has done a good job at putting his stamp on the party and developing his own policy direction certainly without any help from Mr. Harper.”Curran said when the Liberals label Scheer’s party as “Harper Conservatives” it’s because they want to re-fight the 2015 election.“Given the number of times they’re now referring to Stephen Harper in question period and elsewhere, it’s clearly a strategic decision.”Many Conservatives allege the Liberals have polling numbers that show they need to attract or keep voters who could be tempted to vote NDP — and that’s what is motivating the strategy.Since the Liberal convention in April, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Liberal MPs following his lead have been persistent in linking Scheer and Harper as cut from the same cloth.“And if there’s one thing — and there may be only one thing — we’ve learned about the Conservative party under Mr. Scheer’s leadership, it’s this: It may be Andrew Scheer’s smile. But it’s still Stephen Harper’s party,” Trudeau said at the convention in Halifax.At the same time, Harper has seemed to be “popping his head out of the gopher hole” as long-time Liberal Susan Smith, co-founder of Bluesky Strategy Group, describes his re-emergence.Harper’s remarks to the Stanford Graduate School of Business in Stanford, Calif., which have been posted on YouTube, was the subject of a Liberal party fundraising blast Monday entitled: “Stephen Harper as leader?”“Andrew Scheer may be the Conservative leader today, but it’s still Stephen Harper’s party,” the email said.Smith called Harper’s re-emergence a “tremendous challenge” for Scheer, who has yet to put an imprint on the party and has not distanced himself from the Harper years.“The more Harper speaks, the worse it is for Scheer.”If Scheer distances himself from Harper, he risks alienating people in his party who like Harper, but if he fully embraces his old boss, it may alienate moderates the party hopes to attract, Smith said.“In terms of the Liberals working on that narrative, I actually think that works. In 2015, voters said, ‘No thank you’ to Stephen Harper, so if the option being presented is Harper-lite or Stephen Harper with a smile, I think the odds are high they’ll likely say, ‘No thank you’ yet again,” said Smith.last_img read more

BC family says care home switched their moms cat with robotic version

first_imgDUNCAN, B.C. – The family of a British Columbia woman who has dementia say staff at a care home removed her cat and replaced it with a robotic stuffed animal.Dawn Douglas has been living at the Sunridge Place care home in Duncan for nearly two years and her family says they’ve been working to reunite her with Snoop.Bill Court says he was told Snoop could move in with his mother if they supplied appropriate documentation from the family doctor and a veterinarian, and also agreed to be responsible for the cat’s hygiene and vet bills.Lisa Douglas says negotiations took some time to reunite her sister with Snoop.“It took a year-and-a-half to jump through all the loops and hoops and permissions,” she said.Within a day of the reunion, Court alleges staff at the care home told his mother they were taking Snoop for a bath, then replaced her with a robotic stuffed toy, leaving his 66-year-old mother distraught.A spokeswoman for Park Place Seniors Living, which operates the home, said a staff member had a severe allergic reaction and the cat had to be removed.“What we ended up having to do was rehome the pet with a staff member who is lovely and real animal lover until we could find a resolution and work with the family,” said Lynda Foley, vice-president of quality assurance.Foley said she could not comment on allegations that Douglas was told the cat was being removed to have a bath, but she said Park Place does use robotic animals for some residents.She said live-in pets are not permitted at any Park Place facility and she had not seen documents the family believe show permission for the cat’s permanent stay at Sunridge Place.“My side of the story continues to be that the well being of our residents and our staff comes first,” she said.Court, who now has Snoop, and Douglas say they are pursuing the matter with the Vancouver Island Health Authority.“She was so much more calm and focused and that was the whole point of her having the cat, was to relieve her of her anxiety,” said Douglas.— By Beth Leighton in Vancouver.last_img read more

Afghanistan UNassisted commission begins disarmament of flashpoint region

The delegation of the Mazar Multi Party Security Commission, including representatives of the Jamiat, Jumbesh and Hizb-e-Wahdat militias and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), left the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif for the Sholgara sector on Saturday for the operation, which is expected to last two to three days, a mission spokesman said in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Under the Commission plan, all military weapons are to be surrendered for storage and security in the respective military units in Mazar. While personal weapons can be retained by their rightful owners, they must be registered. Any illegal weapons found after the disarmament operation will be confiscated by the police and their holders arrested. UNAMA has helped the Commission broker truces in several areas of northern Afghanistan recently. In April it helped end a spate of deadly violence between the warring factions in the northern city of Maimana. read more

Rare bird of prey escapes from Dartmoor Zoo nine months after a

first_imgWillow seems to have settled in well, hopefully she will be Flaviu soon:-) #romanceisintheair— Dartmoor Zoo (@DartmoorZoo) December 7, 2016 A rare bird of prey has escaped from Dartmoor Zoo, nine months after a Lynx ran free from the same place.Wendy, a nine year-old striated caracara, made her escape on Monday.This frustrated keepers who had finally found her a mature male to mate with.Wendy, whose species is native to the Falkland Islands and the tip of South America , is said to have flown ‘down-stream’ and ‘lost her bearings’ after a gust of wind during exercising. Farmers hunted them to near-extinction in the Falklands during the early part of last century but there numbers have since recovered.David Buncle, bird of prey specialist at Dartmoor Zoo, said: “She’s very inquisitive so may approach houses or people.”She’s got enough body fat to survive by herself for a few days, but the main concern is getting her back safe”. 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 escape comes just nine months after the zoo’s missing Lynx was found following a three week search.Escaped lynx Flaviu, from Dartmoor Zoological Park, was finally captured after killing four lambs on farmland. Flaviu escaped the day after arriving at the zoo from Port Lympne in Kent. Keepers arrived to find that the wildcat – similar in size to a Labrador – had chewed through a board in the wall.last_img read more

Teenage girl found hanged in school toilets suffered racist bullying about being

first_imgShe said: “Dagmara often talked to me about her problems and she was hurt if someone said something unpleasant to her.”Mrs Przybysz said she understood her daughter had been having a problem with one girl who had “called Dagmara names”.”I don’t know exactly what was said,” she said. “This incident occurred only a few days before Dagmara passed away … I don’t know whether these incidents were racist in nature; however, I can say that on several occasions she overheard comments such as ‘stupid Pole’.” 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. Dagmara Przybysz was an aspiring photographer  Dagmara Przybysz’s mother described her as a “very beautiful lady” Answering questions from Dale Collins, who represents Pool Academy, Mr and Mrs Przybysz – who are not represented at the hearing – said pupils had made racist comments to Dagmara “a few times” in the last few months.She added: “We think the biggest problem for Dagmara was not racism, but bullying.” A teenage girl found hanged in toilets at her school had suffered “racist” bullying about being Polish, an inquest has heard. Dagmara Przybysz, 16, an aspiring photographer who was looking forward to her year 11 prom and shopping for a dress with her mother, died at Pool Academy on May 17, 2016.Today the inquest into her death heard she had been having trouble with some girls at her school and had previously told her parents and her boyfriend that she had overheard classmates making racist comments.In a statement, Dagmara’s mother, Ewelina, said her daughter, who was a “very beautiful lady”, got on better with boys, and most of her friends, including her boyfriend, went to another school. Dagmara Przybysz was an aspiring photographer  The inquest heard that Dagmara had been having trouble with some girls at her school and had previously told her parents and her boyfriend that she had overheard classmates making racist comments Dagmara Przybysz's mother described her as a "very beautiful lady" “My wife and I kept wondering whether we should have kept Dagmara home that day, but there was no physical sign that she had taken any tablets, otherwise we would have taken her to hospital,” he added.The family lived in Redruth and Dagmara, who had a place at Truro College to study photography, and her younger sister went to Pennoweth Primary School where they “very quickly learned English” but were the “first Polish children to attend the school”, the inquest heard.Pastoral support worker at Pool Academy, Susan Kent, said: “To the best of my knowledge, Dagmara never mentioned any problems with racism to me or any other person at school.”Ms Kent described an incident in January 2015 when Dagmara and her sister arrived at school upset.She said: “[They] told me their mum had been very angry and shouted at them because Dagmara had lost her phone the day before.”She said that on another occasion Dagmara came to school with a bruise on her head.Other teachers described Dagmara as being friendly, happy, very sporty and a “lovely girl”, but said she was worried about her exams and had concerns that she may have dyslexia.The inquest, expected to last up to three days before Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon, continues. Lewis Simpson, Dagmara’s boyfriend, said they met at primary school and had dated on and off since they were 14.Lewis said Dagmara told him that other pupils made racist comments to her such as “go back to your own country” and he said: “I think it got to her a little bit.”Cornwall Coroner’s Court, sitting in Truro, heard Dagmara was taken to hospital by her uncle, Tomasz Dobek, the day before she died after injuring herself by punching a wall during a PE lesson when she became angry because she said some girls were laughing at her.Mr Dobek said during the drive to the hospital they saw two girls in Pool Academy uniforms and she had said to him: “Can you run them over?”, but that he did not take the comment seriously.Mr Dobek said Dagmara phoned him the following morning at around 6.20am while he was at a fish factory where he and both of her parents worked nights, crying and saying she had taken some tablets. Dagmara’s father, Jedrzej, said: “She said she had problems at school which I would not understand.” He added it did not look like she had taken tablets and they sent her to school. The inquest heard that Dagmara had been having trouble with some girls at her school and had previously told her parents and her boyfriend that she had overheard classmates making racist commentslast_img read more

All well in Ecuador

first_imgDan Carriere, Senior Vice-President, Corriente Resources says “recent comments on the Web attributed to former Ecuador Mines and Energy Minister Alberto Acosta (who is now a private citizen) have been recently and widely circulated in the mining investing community. I feel that the excerpts below from an Ecuadorian media interview which took place last week in Quito with the current Minister of Mining and Petroleum, Gallo Chiriboga, more accurately reflect the tone and content of the Ecuador Mining Ministry’s communications and discussions that we have had over the last two months.” Question – Is the purpose of mining reforms the nationalization of the mining sector? “The mining sector, the mines, the gas, all the resources that are under the land belong to the Ecuadorian state so there is no need to nationalize anything.  The Constitution states that the resources already belong to the nation, what we have to do is to regulate the exploitation of the resources that are there.”Question – If the Ecuadorian mining potential is proved, would you lead the country into a mining exploitation phase? “I believe so. As long as this mining era is responsible, socially and environmentally, of course I would.”The Minister’s final comments at the end of the interview: “When I was the president for Petro Ecuador I demonstrated that one is able to manage a company of the dimensions of Petroecuador with good sense and I believe that I showed very good management.  The country has recognized it and I think that with the theme of mining we are also following the same path and I say: Mining is possible to do, believe me we are going to do it and we are going to do it well.”last_img read more

Buy This Comic James Bond Moneypenny

first_imgStay on target “By writer Jody Houser and new artist Jacob Edger, a never-before-told mission starring Moneypenny, friend of James Bond, former MI6 field agent, and bodyguard of M! On a ‘routine’ protection mission, Moneypenny discovers a complicated assassination plot that bears a startling resemblance to a terrorist attack from her childhood. Can she call upon her secret agent skills to stop the plot?”James Bomb’s Moneypenny has always been the backbone of our beloved James Bond. Now, she gets her very own one-shot from Dynamite, and it leaves you wanting more.JAMES BOND: MONEYPENNY(W): Jody Houser (A): Jacob Edgar (C): Dearbhla Kelly (L): Simon Bowland (CA): Tula LotayDynamite has given another side to James Bond as they expand the secret agent’s story to comic form. Moneypenny has been apart of these comics, but now she has a one-shot all her own. Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Faith) has teamed up with newcomer Jacob Edger to give us another inside look of Moneypenny. However, before we talk about the comic, we should talk about Moneypenny’s importance in the 007verse first.via DynamiteThe story of Moneypenny is shrouded in a little bit of mystery and a lot of intrigue. Moneypenny is a permanent fixture in the world of 007, and for excellent reason, she’s remarkable. She’s not only the friend of James Bond, but she’s his superior, a head of MI6, the secretary of M, Lieutenant in the Women’s Royal Naval Service AND former field agent. Moneypenny is also very trusted. She cleared for Top Secret levels and also Eyes Only, which is the tip top clearance that you can get.Some brilliant women have also played Moneypenny over the years. Lois Maxwell, Caroline Bliss, Samantha Bond and, recently, Naomi Harris have graced the name, Moneypenny, low-key flirted with Bond and given this private secretary a beautiful face to go along with the name. Until Skyfall, we weren’t given much information about Moneypenny besides the little things scattered here and there. The 2006 reboot of the series has given her a first name and some field agent work but ultimately sees her retirement from field work once Gareth Mallory takes over as M.Jody Houser continues Moneypenny’s legacy in her silent but deadly approach to writing the character. Moneypenny shines in her one-shot as more of an observer. Someone who only says a few words, but gets her point across in a way that stops you in your tracks and keeps you on your toes. Jody’s not only willing to write that type of character for Moneypenny, but to give her a simple yet influential backstory that illuminates her past into her present. Something about Jody’s Moneypenny keeps you holding on and wanting to get into her psyche to know her even more.via DynamiteJacob Edgar’s art captures both the retro styling of 1960’s Bond meeting the present look of the narratives now. The one thing that drew me in was Edger’s importance on the movements within his art. Since we’re dealing with spies, guns, ducking and dodging, he finds a way to portray that within the panels. He allows your eyes to move with the action as Moneypenny runs up the stairs, shoots a gun and more. Edger very much takes Jody’s silent but deadly approach to keeping Moneypenny as an observer. He focuses and displays those things that you should be looking at and paying attention to.Dearbhla Kelly colors teamed with Edgar’s art brings that retro type feel out in an even bigger way. It has the color palette of an old school Bond movie, but drawing your eyes to the important details, especially when the color seems to invert. Simon Bowland on letters rounds out this dynamic team. The script calls for some significant action and gunshots in this narrative and Simon allows you to feel it with his letters.via DynamiteJames Bond: Moneypenny makes you want to learn more about this secret agent. The two criticisms I have about the one-shot is that there needs to be more and it needs to be focused. I know that’s a tall order, but she’s been the quiet backbone of James Bond for so long. Her story requires a little bit more attention if you’re going to make an origin story plus things happening in present time. Moneypenny in the spotlight makes everything so much more and exhilarating and action-packed. Give us some more of it, and we’ll thank you. I hope that Dynamite dives in a little more with her story. Also, here’s to hoping a Q one-shot is in the works cause the James Bond nerd in me needs it. James Bond: Moneypenny is now available on Comixology and in print.8/30/17 Releases – In addition to James Bond: Moneypenny, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Sun Bakery: Fresh Collection TP (W, A, CA): Corey Lewis, Image ComicsBad Machinery, Volume 2: The Case of the Good Boy (W, A, C, CA): John Allison, Oni PressSpider-Gwen #23 (W): Jason Latour (A): Robbi Rodriguez, Marvel ComicsLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 last_img read more

Emery expects Ramsey to stay

first_imgNew Arsenal manager Unai Emery believes Aaron Ramsey will stay at the club, according to Sky Sports.Emery believes that Ramsey will stay at the Emirates despite speculation over his future with the club.The Welshman admitted earlier this week about the uncertainty regarding his Arsenal contract but also mentioned his agent is currently locked in talks with the club.Ramsey currently has twelve months left on his existing deal with the club but Emery has made it clear he wants the midfielder to stay.“Football changes every day, it’s not easy doing what we do. For now I’m thinking about the match today, then training and then the game on Saturday.” Emery told reporters.“Aaron is an important player for us and I want him to stay, to keep working with us and getting better but the contract situation is between the club and the player.”kanu, arsenal'Report: Kanu makes bold claim about Pepe George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Former Arsenal superstar Kanu claims the Premier League teams fear Nicolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast international Pepe, made an 80 million Euro move to Arsenal…Ramsey has been linked with a move to Rome to sign for Lazio but the Wales international remains tight-lipped on his future whilst leaving it to his representatives to handleMeanwhile, Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis continues to work with new manager Unai Emery despite speculation linking him with a move to Milan.“For me things remain the same, we have meetings together to discuss about the club’s projects and how to improve the team.” Emery said about Gazidis“I don’t know what he’s doing to do, he only speaks to me about Arsenal projects.”“Since I arrived here Ivan has been very good to me, for me he’s a very good person with a lot of experience in the football world.”last_img read more

Jamaicans Buying Into the Economic Growth Council

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jam, September 28, 2016 – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Jamaicans are buying into the vision of the Economic Growth Council (EGC) and its push to generate sustained levels of economic growth.  The Council, chaired by businessman Michael-Lee Chin, is targeting gross domestic product (GDP) growth of five per cent over the next four years.  The Prime Minister, who was speaking in an interview with Bloomberg Radio’s Carol Masser in New York last week, said the EGC aims to “mobilize national support around a…new paradigm of economic development.”  “It is taking (shape) in the minds of Jamaicans, that we have to take a new approach to our economy,” he pointed out.The EGC’s Deputy Chairman, and Ambassador for Economic Affairs, Dr. Nigel Clarke, who accompanied Mr. Holness, noted that among the areas of focus is creating an environment in which capital, labour and technology “become more productive.”  “One of our views is that the role of Government is to facilitate and create the enabling framework that allows thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of workers to pursue their own interests and, therefore, expand opportunities,” he noted.The Prime Minister was in New York from September 19 to 24, where he attended the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). He also did an interview with Bloomberg television.  The Prime Minister’s engagements included his inaugural address to the UNGA on September 23. He also witnessed the delivery of US President Barack Obama’s eighth and final speech to that body on September 21.Mr. Holness also participated in the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting; delivered the keynote address at a Columbia University symposium; engaged the Jamaican Diaspora at a town hall meeting; and held bilateral discussions with various business and other leaders to explore new opportunities to advance Jamaica’s development.  The Prime Minister returned on Saturday, September 24. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Economic Growth Council, Jamaicans buying into the vision of the EGClast_img read more

Howe vows to develop Solanke at Bournemouth

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has set his sights on helping new signing Dominic Solanke to reach his potential at the club.Just like Callum Wilson developed into an England international, Howe believes Bournemouth is the right place for Solanke to improve and add to his solitary cap for England.Solanke, however, is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury after joining the club from Liverpool and set to return next month for his Bournemouth debut.“It’s about everything really, we’re looking just to develop the player, individual, person,” Howe told Sky Sports after Bournemouth 3-1 home defeat to Brighton.Brad Smith is loving his time at MLS Manuel R. Medina – August 27, 2019 Smith has been loaned from AFC Bournemouth to Seattle Sounders for a whole season, and the Australian footballer is enjoying his time there.“We’ve got to try and push as hard as we can to help them maximize everything they’ve got.“It’s about developing potential, that’s what we’ve always done, we’ve always believed in youth, and to work on the training ground to foster that.“That’s how we’ve worked for a number of years, and that won’t change.”last_img read more

Bring the Power of Your Crop to Kids with World Soy Foundations

first_imgBrian in Guatemala.Thanks to farmers like you, Brian in Guatemala and Francisca in Ghana have already experienced the power of your crop. Yet, much work is left. One out of six children—roughly 100 million—in developing countries does not have adequate nutrition.In 2006, ASA farmer-leaders saw the soybean as part of the solution. They created the World Soy Foundation (WSF). As a charitable organization, WSF supports programs that use soy protein in developing sustainable food solutions.Your gift today will make a significant impact in the lives of children and families as WSF strives to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy. Please make your gift today so we can put soy to work. One acre of soybeans, approximately 42 bushels, can be used to make over 2,500 gallons of soymilk or more than 40,000 eight-ounce servings.Francisca in Ghana.How to donate: World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization so contributions are tax deductible. Visit and click on the “donate now” button on the top right hand side of the webpage or send a check to:World Soy Foundation12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100St. Louis, MO 63141Give a direct gift of grain at your local elevator. This type of gift is a pre-income donation and not taxable. Call Nathan Ruby at 309-360-4983 for details. It is simple and easy way to give!last_img read more

Lawmaker proposes license plate contest for artists

first_imgSitka Democrat Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins has pre-filed a bill that would invite artists to design an original Alaskan license plate. (KCAW photo)An Alaska lawmaker says a contest among artists to design a specialty license plate in Alaska could have the excitement of “American Idol.”Democratic Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins of Sitka has introduced a bill to open up a contest for artists to design a special-issue, limited run plate to commemorate the arts.Kreiss-Tomkins envisions the plates becoming collector’s items because the plate would only be produced for four years, and then the competition would start all over again for the next plate.The bill proposes that a portion of the revenues, after costs, would help support programs benefiting the arts.The bill, HB 217, is scheduled for a hearing Monday morning before the House State Affairs Committee.last_img read more

Myanmar army to launch crackdown in Rakhine

first_imgThis picture taken on 4 January 2018 shows people, displaced by violence between ethnic Rakhine rebels and Myanmar`s army, arriving at a camp in Kyauktaw, Rakhine state. Photo: AFPMyanmar has called on its military to “launch operations” against ethnic Rakhine rebels behind a deadly attack on four police stations last week, a government spokesman said Monday, as a surge of violence forces thousands more from their homes.The country’s troubled western Rakhine state has seen a series of clashes in recent weeks between security forces and the Arakan Army (AA), an armed group calling for more autonomy for the state’s ethnic Rakhine Buddhist population.The area is one of the poorest in Myanmar and is scarred by deep ethnic and religious hatred.A brutal army campaign in 2017 forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims over the border into Bangladesh, operations justified by the army as a way to stamp out Rohingya militants.The latest violence by ethnic Rakhine rebels culminated on Friday — Myanmar’s Independence Day — in brazen pre-dawn raids on four police posts in Buthidaung township near the Bangladesh border.Authorities said that the attack by hundreds of militants left 13 police officers dead and nine wounded before the army, known locally as the Tatmadaw, were able to provide back-up.The AA said that three of its fighters had been killed, accusing the military of using the police stations as a base from which to fire heavy artillery.”The president’s office has already instructed the Tatmadaw to launch operations to crack down on the insurgents,” government spokesman Zaw Htay told reporters in the capital Naypyidaw.- Civilians flee -Some 4,500 people have been displaced by the recent weeks of violence, the UN’s humanitarian agency said on Monday.Over the weekend, people streamed to nearby monasteries and other makeshift camps to escape the crossfire, carrying infants and bags of belongings.The increase in fighting comes just two weeks after the military declared a four-month ceasefire with a number of armed groups in Kachin and Shan states on the other side of the country.But Rakhine was a notable exception, and army operations against the AA have continued.Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi stated that the peace process would be her top priority after her party swept to power in landmark 2015 elections.There are around two dozen conflicts festering around the country’s restive borderlands, some of which date back 70 years to when the nation declared independence from colonial power Britain.Independent analyst David Mathieson told AFP the reasons behind the recent uptick in violence were still largely opaque.But he said the fighting could mean that greater numbers of AA fighters have “infiltrated the borderlands and are extending their reach” in what he described as “classic guerrilla strategy”.The AA has expanded its ranks since its formation in 2009 and is now believed to have several thousand recruits.Zaw Htay, the government spokesman, called on ethnic Rakhine people not to back the rebels.”Consider Rakhine’s future deeply. Think carefully about the future you want to see before giving them your support,” he said.last_img

The Road To The Texas Speakers Office Is Longer Than It Looks

first_img Share Austin Price / The Texas TribuneThe House Chamber at the Texas Capitol on August 16, 2017, the morning after the end of the special session.The odds favor those who wager that a year from now, voters still won’t have a solid idea who will replace Joe Straus as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.The dominos began falling immediately after the five-term speaker’s announcement last week. John Zerwas, head of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee and a Republican from Richmond, quickly launched his campaign for the open speaker seat. He joined Phil King, the Weatherford Republican who jumped into the race when Straus was still looking like an incumbent who would be back for more in 2019 for the next regular session of the Legislature.The field is sure to grow. State Rep. Travis Clardy, R-Nacogdoches, told his local paper he’s interested. So is Eric Johnson, D-Dallas. More will join them, maybe before you finish reading this.It’s going to be a long list before it’s a short list, and there’s no reason for the House to settle this thing before next year’s general election.Think it through. Straus will be around for the rest of his term, which isn’t half over yet. He’s in the corner office until January 2019.The people who will elect his replacement have not been elected yet. Sure, most of the current members of the House will be back, but some will not — whether they retire voluntarily or are retired by challengers in primary elections in March or in general elections next November.The politics between now and the beginning of that legislative session should be fascinating. Only a few current lawmakers were in the House in 1993 — the last time Texas had an open-seat election for speaker. Pete Laney won after months and months of hand-to-hand politics — much more of it about personal relationships than about ideology or factional politics.That’s not necessarily the template for all speaker races — each one is different. Tom Craddick unseated Laney when Republicans won their first majority since Reconstruction. Straus beat Craddick in a House evenly divided on party lines and cranky about Craddick’s top-down management style.Straus is leaving at a time when his GOP is split into at least two groups and maybe more. Social and movement conservatives regularly complain that the legislation they’d like to see — much of it served ready-to-eat by the Texas Senate — never gets to the table. Business conservatives like Straus, on the other hand, are often glad that it doesn’t.Democrats, who now number 55 in a 150-member House, might seem to be out of consideration here. But a lot of their power comes from the split GOP.The race for speaker will go to the first contender who can put together 76 votes, and it doesn’t matter which members cast those votes.If the warring factions of the state’s Republicans can swallow their differences and unite behind a candidate (or if 76 of them can, to be precise about it), they’ll be able to disregard the preferences of the Democrats.If they can’t, they deal the Democrats back in — and the Democrats will play for whichever Republican contender will help them, or at least do them the least amount of harm.If this race turns out to be about ideology, the winning candidate will represent a compromise among the people who cast the votes. If they’re Republicans, it’ll be someone on a spectrum between the conservative and moderate members who cast votes. If those voters are a combination of Republicans and Democrats, the ideological pick would be a “Goldilocks choice” — not too conservative, not too liberal.Ideology isn’t everything. Craddick’s problem, for instance, wasn’t really about his politics. It was that members of both parties wanted to change the management style in the House. His strength was that members of both parties — most Republicans and a group of Democrats who became known as the “Craddick Ds,” liked the arrangements they had under Craddick.In the end, state representatives vote for the speaker they think will be best for them or, if they’re in the minority, will cause them the least trouble. The final vote will be based on the visits and conversations with the candidates — whoever they are — and the 150 voters in the House — whoever they are.The last pieces of the puzzle won’t be in place a year from now. They’ll be in place after the general election on November 6, 2018.last_img read more

These New Japanese Pokémon Cosmetics Will Get You SummerReady

first_img If you’re a Pokemon fan, you already know how many adorable products there are out there that piggyback off how cute Pokemon themselves are. The latest Pokemon cosmetics out there from fashion brand Its’Demo are no different, and they’re perfectly sunny and cute for the summer to come on. The new collection has pretty flowers, adorable monsters, and feminine-styled Pokemon with Pikachu, Squirtle, Charmander and Bulbasaur all adorned with pretty eyelashes, flowery motifs, and more.The collection has everything ranging from compacts with foundation, blush, makeup palettes with blush, eyeshadow, highlighter and adorable compact lids, hand creams, and non-makeup items to collect as well. For example, there are several water bottles, towel pouches, flat pouches, and even cookies out with the rest of these awesome new Pokemon cosmetics. No matter what kind of item you’re looking for you’ll find it in this new collection.My personal favorite has to be the range of hand creams, which has additional Pokemon on the tubes and comes in four different scents. It’d be a great item to just throw in your purse or bag and have for when your hands need some extra moisture. The Pokemon water bottles are cute as well and decorated with just enough oomph to make a splash when you take it out for a sip of rejuvenating H20 while out exploring this summer.You can buy all of these items at an Its’Demo retail store in Japan, but if you’re not so lucky to live there (as is usually the case for me), you can buy everything from the Its’Demo online store instead. You’ll probably find a lot of other cool stuff there too, so don’t act like you weren’t warned. Guard your wallet with your life, especially if you’re a Pokemon fan. Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Stay on targetlast_img read more

Most of Singur land now cultivable Agriculture minister

first_imgKolkata: The site of the mothballed Tata Nano factory is now an emerald canvas with almost the entire land in Singur being made cultivable, state Agriculture minister Asish Banerjee said in the Assembly on Monday.In reply to a question raised by an MLA of the Opposition, Banerjee said around 955.90 acre of land has been made cultivable by the state Agriculture department so far. The farmers are cultivating various crops in those plots and the Agriculture department has taken a series of initiatives for transforming the land into cultivable ones. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSome parts of the acquired land have been used for laying sewer lines, constructing roads, irrigation canals and the like. The portions of the land where these constriction works have come up, do not belong to the farmers, the minister maintained. Various crops including mustard, masur, Khesari dal, moong, urad, jute along with paddy cultivation are being done in Singur. Weeds and shrubs that developed in various parts of the plots have been removed by the state government. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had assured that the character of the land would be converted at the earliest so that the farmers can again cultivate various crops there. The state government had deployed various government officials and other personnel on a war footing to convert the plots into cultivable ones. Suggestions were also sought from agriculture scientists in this regard. The sand, concrete and stone chips were removed from the area in order to make the plots cultivable. The minister also added that a huge amount of land has become cultivable in the past seven years. In the financial year 2017-18, around 54,770 hectare lands have been made cultivable. Giving statistical details, the Agricultural minister said since 2010-11, around 21,89,349 hectare lands have been made cultivable. He maintained that the cultivable land has increased in Bengal with the various steps taken by the state government. The minister earlier said the state government has ensured proper irrigation facilities and made other necessary arrangements to increase cultivable land in Bengal.last_img read more

Almost half of LGBTQ employees in the US are not out at

first_imgColleagues at work don’t share everything | Photo: Unsplash/Annie Spratt Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- A new report from the Human Right Campaign reveals that nearly half of all LGBTQ employees in the United States are not out at work. United: Top-ranked LGBTQ airlineDepartment of Commerce removes, reinstates gender and sexual orientation on Equal Employment Opportunity statement2017 Municipal Equality Index: LGBTQ equality in Hawaii below national averageRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate for LGBTQ Workers Nationwide is the third such report from HRC. The two prior reports had closeted employees above 50%, showing there has been progress — but not much.‘While LGBTQ-inclusive corporate policies are becoming the norm, LGBTQ workers too often face a climate of bias in their workplace,’ said Deena Fidas, director of HRC’s Workplace Equality Program.‘LGBTQ employees are still avoiding making personal and professional connections at work because they fear coming out — and that hurts not only that employee, but the company as a whole. Even the best-of-the-best private sector employers with top-rated policies and practices must do more to nurture a climate of inclusion for all.’HRC conducted the survey in February and March of 2018. They spoke to 804 LGBTQ employees and 811 non-LGBTQ employees.What are some of the reasons for not being out?Of the LGBTQ employees who are not out, they gave several reasons.38% said it was due to the possibility of being stereotyped. This is seen in another result of the survey. 1 in 4 LGBTQ workers said co-workers have told them or implied they need to dress more feminine or masculine. Only 1 in 24 non-LGBTQ workers have experienced this.Another 36% said it was because of them possibly making others uncomfortable, while 31% responded they didn’t want to lose connections with co-workers.A final 27% agreed with this: ‘People might think I’m attracted to them just because I’m LGBTQ.’ Half of all non-LGBTQ employees don’t think they have any LGBTQ co-workers.Double standards prevalentA majority of non-LGBTQ workers, 80%, agree that LGBTQ employees shouldn’t have to hide who they are.However, 59% of the non-LGBTQ employees think it’s unprofessional to talk about sexual orientation and gender identity at work. Another 36% feel uncomfortable talking to LGBTQ colleagues about dating. Both of these numbers are down from a past report in 2012, but they are still telling.Another 54% said they would be ‘very comfortable’ working with an LGBTQ colleague. Of those that didn’t, a majority said they didn’t want to hear about their sex lives.Feelings of alienationThere are negative side effects to working in an unwelcoming environment.25% of LGBTQ workers say they feel distracted at work, another 31% feel depressed or unhappy. Furthermore, 28% report lying about their personal life (down from 42% in 2008) and 17% feel ‘exhausted’ from hiding their identity.It also leads to them feeling alienated and unable to participate.1 in 5 LGBTQ workers avoid work functions and another 1/4 avoid certain people.1 in 10 have left jobs because of negative environments and another 1 in 5 have searched for other jobs.While the HRC’s report did not adress specific identities, it is interesting to compare to a recent and similar survey conducted in the UK.Stonewall UK’s report revealed that a majority of gay and lesbian people are out at work, and it’s bisexual who hide their sexuality more. From this survey, only 7% of gay men and 4% of lesbians are not out at work.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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