OTTAWA – Samantha MacDougall thought her fight to get her late partner’s Canada Pension Plan benefits would take years.The government ended the fight for her.Newly approved changes to the Canada Pension Plan will mean widows and widowers, regardless of age, will receive full survivor benefits, changing five decades of federal policy.The changes mean anyone under age 35 without children or a disability will receive benefits immediately, rather than having to wait to age 65, and will end benefit clawbacks for survivors under age 45.Anyone previously denied survivor benefits because of the age rule will be able to re-apply for benefits when the rules take effect in 2019. Those receiving a reduced benefit will automatically see their benefits recalculated upwards.The government estimates the changes will affect 40,000 people, about half of them being young survivors like MacDougall.“It is the right thing to do and seeing as the change is being made, I must not be the only one who thinks so,” said MacDougall, whose partner, Greg Weeks, died in 2013.“It is exciting that no one else, including myself, is going to have to waste any of their precious living hours having to fight this (rule) any longer.”Federal research found the tight rules disqualified about one-third of widowed Canadians from immediate benefits, such as Jilian Derksen who was told she would have to wait until she turned 65 to collect payments.A federal tribunal rejected her appeal of the decision, saying she had no hope of winning.Derksen said she planned to submit anew her application for the benefits accrued by her husband Daniel, who died in 2016.“This is great news, just when I thought rules can’t be broken,” she said.For decades, the government maintained the age restrictions reflected the fact that a survivor with no children or disability ought to be able to adapt financially to the loss of a partner by going back to work. The benefits were paid out when the surviving spouse turned 65.An official from the Finance Department said the changes recognized survivors of any age face financial difficulties following the death of a spouse.The change to survivor benefits was one of several that Finance Minister Bill Morneau and his provincial counterparts agreed to during a two-day meeting this week and one that had broad support from labour groups and opposition parties.But those same groups are withholding judgment on other changes designed to boost retirement benefits for parents and those with disabilities.The finance ministers agreed to a formula to assign income for years when someone was out of the workforce to raise a child or because of disability — a drop-in amount based on an average of previous years’ earnings. The provision differs from what exists in the base CPP, where recipients can drop years of lower earnings from the calculation of their retirement pension.The government says the drop-in rules would protect the CPP enhancement retirement pension, but Conservative MP Karen Vecchio said she wanted see the numbers to prove that was the case.“What is the difference really for women who have taken time off to raise their children under the age of seven? Is this going to be beneficial to them or not?”NDP critic Scott Duvall said he didn’t think that the drop-in provisions would provide the same benefits as the drop-out provisions in the base CPP.“What they’ve done is give us some half measures for what we’re actually asking for. Women and people with disabilities should be given the full protections under the enhancements.”Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, called on the government to provide actuarial modelling to show what is going to happen over time.“Unless they’re able to produce that, then I think it’s a real problem for us politically because we couldn’t support it if it doesn’t really end up ensuring that women and folks with disabilities aren’t going to be disadvantaged,” he said.
Advertisement Tonight’s episode encores Saturday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. ET / MT and 8 p.m. ET / MT on CTV and CTV GO. Visit CTV.ca to check local listings. Stream full episodes of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA: HEROES EDITION from the beginning on CTV.ca and CTV GO. Previous seasons are also available for streaming now on CraveTV. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2018 – After three countries, seven provinces, 16 cities, and over 50,000 kilometres, first responders Courtney and Adam have won Season 6 of CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA: HEROES EDITION. Following an intense fight to the finish line in Alberta, Courtney and Adam were the first team to meet host Jon Montgomery at the final Pit Stop at the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, each taking home the All-New 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Redline, a once in a lifetime trip for two around the world, $250,000 in cash, and the coveted title of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA champions. In this final leg, with everything on the line, Courtney and Adam beat out fellow finalists Taylor and Courtney, and Dylan and Kwame.“I had so many wonderful dreams about this moment, but this is so much better,” said Adam to Host Jon Montgomery at the Pit Stop. “I think 20/30 years from now I’ll remember exactly how Courtney supported me, trusted me, and loved me.”“We learned to keep cool, stay positive, and lean on each other,” added Courtney. “I think most importantly our relationship is 10 times stronger than it was. I didn’t know I could love this guy any more than I already did, and do. It’s such a surreal feeling to look at this guy and look into his face and think about all the things that we’ve done, and we’ve done it together. We really did carry the weight at different times and bring each other up, and we functioned so well as a team.” Facebook
He was visiting from Athabasca Alta. for a gathering.He said he is used to seeing racism in small-town Alberta. He said he shared the same story on his Facebook account and is uncomfortable with all the attention it has received.“For me to get all this attention for something that Indigenous people face every day it isn’t right.” He said. “It says a lot about our social norms.”He said he has spoken to A and W public relations and they are “taking the incident seriously.”“They also said she had been in before and was “menacing,” he said. “This is a little lady, maybe 100 pounds with a walker. She couldn’t be menacing to anyone”He felt compelled to take to social media because of how Indigenous people are subjected to racism across Canada.“You have to stand up sometimes.” He said.APTN News has contacted A and W Canada for a response but had not heard back.A and W did respond to Driedger’s brother in law on Twitter.Hey @AWCanada– do all your restaurants have a policy of refusing to serve elderly indigenous people and then calling the cops on folks who tries to help them? Or is that just a special policy at your Cardston location.— Stuart Somerville (@Stuthefarmer) August 10, 2018RCMP Alberta spokesperson S/Sgt Jeremie Landry told APTN the Cardston detachment denied their members attended the A and W yesterday. No complaint came through dispatch or directly to the office according to Landry.APTN also reached the Blood Tribe Police and the Cardston Municipal By-Law Enforcement Officer. Both denied responding to a call.But Driedger and another witness said they are certain they saw two officers in their mid-20s in a white RCMP truck at the restaurant.Landry confirmed the detachment has a white truck but said the two officers assigned to it say they didn’t respond.Allegations of racism aren’t new to the community of Cardston.In 2017, the Blood Tribe complained that a local theatre group was photographed in Indigenous email@example.com Holly MooreAPTN NewsA man at an A and W restaurant in Cardston, Alta., says an employee called the RCMP after he bought breakfast for an Elder.Nick Driedger said he bought a sandwich for the woman after she asked a couple ahead of him in line for a meal. That’s when the counter person called the police.Driedger said the couple in front of him in line were First Nations and the restaurant refused to sell them a meal for the woman so he stepped in.“She just wanted a meal,” he told APTN News. “It was clearly racist. They sold it to me, a white guy.”The counter person told Driedger it was store policy to not buy meals for people because of loitering concerns.He added that the woman left the store after being refused.Driedger added a sandwich to his order for the woman, whose name he didn’t know. He then overheard the employee call police.“I was furious,” he said. “I think it’s a basic human right to eat.”Driedger said police responded to the call, stayed briefly and left.“They just kind of shook their heads,” he said. Police did not interview him.The incident happened around 9 a.m. Friday morning in Cardston, about 235 km south of Calgary.
29 January 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is asking donors for more than $90 million to fund the agency’s programmes assisting people who have fled within the borders of six conflict-torn countries this year. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is asking donors for more than $90 million to fund the agency’s programmes assisting people who have fled within the borders of six conflict-torn countries this year.The agency issued a news release today on the appeal, which is included in the overall UN funding goal for the Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Liberia and Uganda. Neill Wright, senior coordinator of UNHCR’s internally displaced persons (IDPs) operations, said the agency is actively involved in some 25 IDP operations worldwide, including the latest response in Kenya.In the Central African Republic, some 212,000 IDPs have been forced from their homes. UNHCR said any large-scale return is unlikely this year, but it will use the 2008 funding to enhance living standards. It also warned that more resources could be needed for relief aid if security there deteriorates.
“The Secretary-General conveys the solidarity of the United Nations with the Republic of Iraq as well as its readiness to support national assistance efforts as needed”, Mr. Guterres’ spokesperson said in a statement. Fed by melting snow from the mountains in Turkey, as well as a particularly precipitous rainy season, the Tigris was running high as the vessel headed toward Umm Rabaen island, about 2.5 miles north of Mosul’s city centre. News reports indicated that at least 19 children and 61 women perished, and 55 others were rescued. “The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims, the Government and people of Iraq and wishes the injured a speedy recovery”, he concluded. Meanwhile, UN Special Representative for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert expressed her her “deep sorrow” in a tweet. “Our hearts go out to the families and relatives of the victims”, she said, calling it “equally tragic” that the disaster occurred on the first day of Spring, “when many people were celebrating the Nowruz holiday”. “A thorough investigation will tell us what exactly happened and why there was this loss of life”, she added. Baptism Ceremony at the Tigris River, under the framework of UNAMI’s Interfaith Dialogue initiative., by UNAMI The sinking ferry took some 94 lives, most of them women and children celebrating Nowruz, according to news reports. Mosul’s civil defense agency reportedly said most on board could not swim.
International Mining is pleased to welcome Stantec as the major sponsor of this year’s International Mining Technology Hall of Fame – the only global Hall of Fame in the industry that recognises the achievements of technical innovators in mining, both past and present. Stantec will co-host the gala dinner at which the 2014 inductions will be made. This event, being held at the Brown Palace Hotel on Monday February 16, 2015 in Denver, Colorado, during the SME 2015 Annual Meeting, is supported by both the SME and CMA – see www.im-halloffame.com for more details.Stantec’s Sandy Watson, Vice President, Regional Business Leader & Sector Leader, Mining for US and International, states: “We are proud to support the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame this year. Creativity and innovation are essential to our industry, providing us with new techniques and technologies to acquire the earth’s resources safely and efficiently. It is people who fuel this creativity and innovation and we’re happy to celebrate the people who’ve made a difference in the global mining community.”Stantec is a consulting group with global reach and vast experience at all parts of the mining process. Watson told IM: “Every day, we help clients acquire the earth’s resources for the global communities who need them. From front end studies to mine closure and reclamation, our Mining team has exposure to a wide variety of commodities—gold, silver, nickel, copper, zinc, potash, diamonds, coal, platinum, uranium, aggregate, iron ore, and more – in diverse work locations spanning over 20 countries, from Mexico to Mongolia. Our team includes specialists in mining engineering, project management, environmental services, mine water and waste management, power engineering, geotechnical services, transportation engineering and logistics, architecture and buildings engineering, surveying, and community engagement and indigenous outreach.”There is still time to send nominations for the 2014 inductees but we need to receive them by the end of August at the latest. International Mining Founder and Publisher John Chadwick will be sending out the shortlist of nominations to our panel of international judges shortly thereafter and asking for their votes by the end of September. There are 15 inductee categories of ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND STEWARDSHIP, EXPLORATION, UNDERGROUND DEVELOPMENT, UNDERGROUND LOAD & HAUL, UNDERGROUND PRODUCTION, UNDERGROUND SUPPORT, SURFACE PRODUCTION, SURFACE LOAD & HAUL, BULK HANDLING, SAFETY, MINING SOFTWARE, COMMINUTION, CONCENTRATION, EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY and OUTSTANDING INNOVATOR.For more information on Stantec and its role and capabilities in the mining sector, see www.stantec.com/mining
There’s no way it can be pure coincidence that Apple decided to drop the price of its iPhone 3GS the day before Verizon’s rumored iPhone announcement. So, for those of you who have waited patiently to buy an iPhone at a reasonable price on AT&T, now is your time to grab this offer. The 8GB iPhone 3GS starts at $49 with with a two-year AT&T plan — 50 percent less than its original price. This happens a week after AT&T dropped it to $49. That being said, this is the 3GS, not the iPhone 4, so you’re still not getting the best iPhone out there. It does, however, start at $150 less than the iPhone 4. You may want to wait until after tomorrow’s announcement to see what Verizon has up its sleeves, though. AdChoices广告
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 22, 2017 – Paradise Island – Minister of the Environment and Housing, the Hon. Romauld S. Ferreira joined the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) at the Crush Theater, Atlantis, Paradise Island, to view a December 8 screening of ‘Chasing Corals’ — a documentary exploring why coral reefs are not thriving in their marine habitats and instead are dying early because of climate change.The Nature Conservancy’s Director Shenique Smith described ‘Chasing Corals’ as “an ocean adventure film that reveals the story of a team of photographers, scientists, and other experts who discover and try to capture one of the world’s largest coral bleaching events.” She added that the documentary can be followed on social media (#chasingcorals and #naturecaribbean).Minister Ferreira encouraged Bahamians to embrace every opportunity to connect with the environment. He noted, “Everybody in this country knows that as a nation, we have a deficit. When I say ‘deficit’, I mean we have a ‘national deficit’. Most countries around the world also operate from the perspective of a national deficit. In our country as individuals, we have what I call ‘a deficit of spirit’. When I say deficit of spirit, I mean we aren’t really connected to each other, and we aren’t really connected to the environment.“This is a travesty because the truth of the matter is that we really are. This is why it’s such a pleasure to be here with all of you because somewhere inside of all of you, there is an innate sense that you are connected, which is what drives you to service,” said Minister Ferreira.“I am the Minister of the Environment and Housing, and when you really look at it, our Ministry is responsible for the wellbeing of our citizens.”Minister Ferreira further explained the challenges of the Ministry of the Environment: that according to the Department of Statistics, Bahamian households on average are headed by single women, who typically earn about $17,000 or less a year, and are raising children without the added support of their children’s father.He asked how do we as a nation include these women and children to further engage in protecting their environment for their children and themselves?“Our challenge is how do we get the average household, the average person, the average Bahamian, to feel a greater connection to the environment, to care about it? How do we make that possible? Said Minister Ferreira.“Because we have taken on the challenge of improving the wellbeing of the citizens of The Bahamas, we’ve set about three very important initiatives which most of you would be aware of.One of them is the ‘New Providence Clean Up Campaign’, which is closely connected to the New Providence Landfill, which is accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) right now to solve the chronic issues at the Landfill; the situation at Clifton Pier which warrants attention and concern and we are addressing it; and third but not least the legislative vacuum that we find ourselves in at the Ministry of the Environment.”Minister Ferreira also spoke about the Ministry’s Tree Planting Initiative, as part of a global outreach to plant 25 million trees worldwide, of which The Bahamas has committed to planting 10,000 trees.He also addressed Rotarians at the Rotary Club of West Nassau, earlier that day, to gain their support for protection of the environment and for the Ministry’s programmes and initiatives.By: Gena GibbsPhoto captions: Header: Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld S. Ferreira addressed ‘Chasing Corals’ screening at Atlantis, December 8, sponsored by the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation. (BIS Photo/Gena Gibbs)Insert 1: Audience at The Nature Conservancy’s screening of the documentary, ‘Chasing Corals’ held in the Crush Theater of Atlantis, Paradise Island, and sponsored by the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation. (BIS Photo)Insert 2: At the screening of the documentary, ‘Chasing Corals,’ Minister Ferreira is pictured with Natalie Miaoulis (left) TNC Conservation Practitioner and Shenique Albury-Smith TNC Director, Northern Caribbean Programme. (BIS Photo) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Dorothy Fox Elementary School in Camas was evacuated briefly Tuesday morning after smoke caused the fire alarm to go off in a portable classroom.Fire personnel were dispatched to the school, 2623 N.W. Sierra St., just after 9 a.m., where firefighters found no fire.Students were doing a project with a teacher that involved making candles as they did in the colonial era, Battalion Chief Larry Larimer said.The school was evacuated while fire personnel used fans to clear the smoke from the room. Students returned to class a short time later.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A U.S. Postal Service worker was robbed at gunpoint in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami.The U.S. Postal Inspection Service said the letter carrier was robbed in the area of Northwest 59th Street and Third Avenue, around 2:53 p.m., Saturday.A thief stole the employee’s postal key before driving away from the area in a black Chevy Camaro with dark tinted windows. The getaway vehicle is said to be a newer model.The USPIS is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for any information.If you have any information about this incident, please call the USPIS at 1-877-876-2455.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
India face Bangladesh at CardiffKieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images.With the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup just three days away, all teams are on their marks and ready to charge. However, for the Indian cricket team, the wait for action will continue till June 5 when they take on South Africa in their opening encounter. But the men-in-blue have one more match where they can try out their combinations and give some exposure to their players before the action commences on May 30. India’s second and last warm-up game, against Bangladesh, takes place on May 28 at Cardiff in Wales.When and where to watchThe match commences at 10:30 AM local time and 3 PM IST. The live telecast of the match would be provided by Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD and Star Sports Select 1 HD. Live streaming of the match would be available on Hotstar platform for online viewers.PreviewWhile most Indian players and experts have shrugged off the team’s loss to New Zealand in their first warm-up match, the situation would look rather grim if they lose against Bangladesh also. Let’s not forget that this Indian team lost its last ODI series – against Australia at home – and hence, needs some upliftment to go into the big event with confidence.One real problem they faced against the Black Caps was the inability of their batsmen to deal with the moving ball. To some extent, this can be attributed to their experience of having spent the last two months playing in the IPL where the ball hardly moves and the batsmen have to play their shots. Still, the roots of the problem go far beyond the last season of the T20 league. It would be interesting to see how the Indian batsmen bat in this match if there are clouds around and their turn comes first. Bangladesh are coming off a great win in a tri-seriesADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty ImagesThere is also the big question of who should bat at no. 4 that is vexing the Indian team. KL Rahul failed against the Kiwis. If he is given another opportunity and fails again, it would create some headache for the Indian team management. However, there is also the possibility of some experimentation. Vijay Shankar could be tried in that place or even MS Dhoni. Kedar Jadhav may also be in the running. So, keep your eyes peeled for who comes out to bat for India after the fall of second wicket.Lastly, the Indian wrist-spin twins, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, didn’t have a great IPL. Even against New Zealand, they were tackled easily by the experienced duo of Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson. If both endure another poor game against Bangladesh, it could be a major concern for India. These two have been the cornerstone of India’s success in ODI cricket over the last three years and their neutralisation will leave team’s plans looking redundant. A good performance is badly needed.Bangladesh have been doing well in recent times and their dominant performance against West Indies and Ireland in a tri-series shows that they are serious contenders this time and not just a team making up the numbers. Having their first warm-up match abandoned due to rain has denied them a great opportunity. This match would be extremely crucial for testing all their players and plans in England.PredictionIf there are no clouds, it could turn out to be a run fest with India likely to emerge winners. However, overcast conditions would create trouble for both teams and in that scenario also, India are likely to be triumphant due to presence of bowlers like Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. But it would be a huge mistake for the men-in-blue to take the Tigers lightly. Their bowlers have shown rapid improvement under the guidance of Courtney Walsh and could pose a serious challenge.
Oil prices rebounded in early trading on Friday, bouncing off two-month lows hit in the previous session when prices fell 5 percent on news that the U.S. weekly crude draw missed some forecasts.Traders said that the outlook looked volatile as a refined product glut and slowing economic growth weighed on markets while the risk of supply disruptions could tighten supplies.International Brent crude oil futures were trading at $46.95 per barrel at 0027 GMT on Friday, up 55 cents, or 1.19 percent, from their last settlement. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up 43 cents, or 0.95 percent, at $45.57 a barrel.The bounce came after a 5 percent fall in prices the previous sessions, to two month lows, after the U.S. government reported a weekly draw in crude oil inventories that was lower than many analysts had expected.”The oil price fell to its lowest level in almost two months after an EIA report showed that inventories fell by less than expected. The EIA report said crude supplies fell 2.22 million barrels (524.35 million barrels) to in the week ended July 1,” ANZ bank said on Friday.Traders said that the price fall in the light of an inventory reduction had been an overreaction.”Crude stocks have now fallen for almost two months straight, that doesn’t warrant the price falls we saw yesterday, so this morning there was a correction,” one oil trader said.Beyond the short-term, traders said that the outlook would likely be choppy as the threat of supply reductions could tighten markets while an ongoing glut in refined products, especially in Asia and North America, as well as slowing economic growth weighed on oil.
Photo : BSSNearly 80 per cent of the women police have made their way into the country’s law enforcing agency in the past nine and a half years.Out of the 11,767 women currently in the police service, 9247 or around 80.0 per cent were recruited in the two consecutive tenures of the Awami League-led government, according to official data.The data also show that the interest of the women in working with the police force has been increasing day by day as their number surged to 11,676 in March this year from only 2,520 in 2008. The women police, however, still represent only 6.66 per cent of the total police force that consists of 198, 653 police personnel.In accordance with the guidance of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, 14 women were initially appointed in the police force in 1974. Following the footsteps, her daughter prime minister Sheikh Hasina expanded the way to women to become police. As a result, women are now holding some important positions in the country’s law enforcing agency.Of the total women police, two are now deputy inspector general (DIG), four additional DIG, 37 police supers, 93 additional police supers, 126 assistant police supers, 110 inspectors (unarmed), 646 sub inspectors, 55 police sergeants, 928 assistant sub inspectors, 28 nayeks and 9338 are constables.Asked about the challenges of women in joining the police force, DIG Rowshan Ara Begum told BSS the society was not accommodating enough like now a days when she joined the police 30 years ago.“People even could not think of seeing a woman police. But, the mindset of the people has been changed as days go by, encouraging women in taking the job”, she said.The high police official said that becoming police is a challenge for all; and both the men and women police face similar challenges while performing their professional duties.“I had gone through many experiences in my over three decades of career in the police force when enjoyed mostly to make someone smile by giving his or her desired service,” she said.Rowshan Ara said the female police also equally take the challenges like their male colleagues to deal with any critical case, operation or any other professional duty.Talking about the challenges and prospect of the women for working in police force, additional deputy commissioner (traffic east) Nazmun Naher happily said that the working environment in the police force is very good and inspiring for women.“The behaviour of the male colleagues towards us is also very pleasant, which is very important for working in a condition where maintaining law and order and security is the prime duty” she said.Nazmun Naher said the training that a female police got also works as the driving force in performing our professional duties with similar commitment and efficiency like their male colleagues.She said currently two female sergeants, two female assistant sub inspectors and four female constables have been working successfully likewise their male colleagues in the traffic east division.The police official pointed out a problem that the women in other professions also face in their everyday family life.“Unlike male, we have to do our household jobs besides performing professional duties,” she said advising that male should share their household jobs so more women can get in their choice of professions.Besides in regular police force, Women Police Battalion with 258 members has been successfully performing it duties such as patrolling at airports and security check points since its inception in 2011.Apart from working as police in the country, many women have long been working as peacekeepers in different UN missions. Currently, 77 women police are assigned to different UN missions while 1109 female police completed the similar assignments.Establish in 2008, Bangladesh Police Women Network (BPWN) has been working for years to make female police capable of giving leadership in the country and overseas.
Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneTexas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos gavels in the 85 Legislature on January 10, 2017.Texas’ top election official, Secretary of State Rolando Pablos, will leave his post effective December 15.Pablos made the announcement Thursday that he will step aside after two years in office — a tenure he called “the opportunity of a lifetime.” With the 2018 midterm election finished, he said, now is a good time “to begin the process of transitioning out of my position and passing the baton.”The secretary of state is Texas’ chief elections officer and a top adviser to the governor on issues related to the border.“I am proud to say that over the past two years, my office has worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of all Texans through strengthening our international relationships, attracting investment, facilitating business growth and trade, protecting the solemn integrity of our elections system, and engaging more Texans in the electoral process,” Pablos said in a statement.Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Pablos to the post in January 2017 and he was confirmed by the Texas Senate.Abbott praised Pablos as “a dedicated public servant who has done an exceptional job upholding the integrity of our election system.”“He has strengthened Texas’s standing on the international stage by fostering our cultural and economic ties with countries around the world,” Abbott said. “The State of Texas is better for his service.”
By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, firstname.lastname@example.orgIn a major, yet quiet, victory, the Congressional Black Caucus helped defeat one of the Republican Party’s signature pieces of legislation largely on the basis that the bill will hurt low and middle-income Americans.On May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 213-198 to defeat a Republican version of “The Agriculture and Nutrition Act” popularly known as “The Farm Bill.” U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) is the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee that considered the bill before it went to the House floor. He thought it was a bad bill because it cuts the food stamp program (SNAP) severely.U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) helped defeat the Farm Bill because it cuts the food stamp program (SNAP) severely. (Courtesy photo)“This farm bill is mean, hurtful, deceitful, un-American and filled with racial vicissitudes,” Scott said when the bill was voted by the committee to go to the floor on April 16. “This bill takes 1.6 million needy families off of the SNAP program. Why?“A work program that you manifest and walk around and say able-bodied men or able-bodied people should work and not be on food stamps. You know what you are really saying with that? The image of able-bodied men not working is the image of African-American men not working in the minds of people out there who have this mental disposition.”The representative warned his Republican colleagues that if the bill becomes law, Blacks won’t be hurt the most. “Thirty-six percent of all SNAP recipients are White families, who desperately need that and whom I represent as well,” Scott said. “Only 16 percent of the food stamp recipients are in rural areas and only 11 percent in urban.”Scott also lambasted his Republican colleagues for hurting historically Black colleges and universities that receive funding from the bill. “And that is why I am also disturbed that when you take the African-American colleges, put a four-year scholarship program there and snatch away the funding from the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), how can you have four-year scholarships and you don’t have the money there,” he said.The Farm Bill is the primary agriculture and food policy tool of the federal government. It is renewed every five years and deals with programs under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The $867 billion bill funds nutrition programs, agricultural extensions at Black colleges and universities that are 1890 land grant institutions such as the University of the District of Columbia, and research on a variety of foods, plants, and animals. The latest bill is 687 pages online and deals with funding amounts for programs in foreign trade, credit for farmers and farm businesses, forestry and commodities.The latest Farm Bill calls for work requirements in order to receive SNAP and that has outraged many CBC members, along with Scott.CBC Chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond backed up Scott in a letter to U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), calling the Farm Bill “disgraceful.”“These work requirements create new red tape for states and for low-income families that very easily could result in an increase in food-[in]secure families as a result,” Richmond said.”The only CBC member to support the Farm Bill was Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah).In a statement, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said he will re-visit the failed Farm Bill and try to listen to critics of the bill.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The partners are hoping to see bids in the $600 million-$700 million range for GSN Games, which produces a wide range of social and casino games, including “Wheel of Fortune” and “Scrabble”-branded titles.The sale process under way could lead to Sony buying out AT&T’s stake, or it may yield new investors or partners for the unit. Prospective bidders are expected to come from the social media and gaming arena in addition to private equity players.Reps for Sony Pictures and AT&T declined to comment.GSN Games has its roots in WorldWinner, an online gaming company launched in Newton, Mass., in 2000. Liberty Media, which formerly owned a majority stake in GSN, acquired WorldWinner in 2007. After that acquisition the company was renamed GSN Games.Liberty’s GSN interest went with DirecTV when Liberty spun off the satcaster into a standalone company in 2009. AT&T inherited the GSN stake through its 2015 acquisition of DirecTV.AT&T has made it clear to investors that it is focused on paying down its mountain of debt to maintain an investment-grade credit rating. AT&T chairman-CEO Randall Stephenson told investors that the company was laser-focused on getting its leverage ratio down to 2.5 times earnings by the end of this year.AT&T has identified its 10% stake in Hulu, which it acquired through the Time Warner acquisition, as another source of debt-reduction funds.“Our discretionary cash flow is going to go to one place,” Stephenson told Wall Streeters at the company’s Nov. 29 investor presentation. “It’s going to be paying down debt.” Popular on Variety Sony Pictures Entertainment and AT&T are awaiting the first round of bids for GSN Games, a unit of the GSN cable channel that produces social and casino games.GSN Games was quietly put on the block a few months ago. Sony owns 58% of the company while AT&T holds the remaining 42%. Aryeh Bourkoff’s LionTree is handling the sale process for Sony and AT&T. The sale is confined to the gaming unit and does not include the GSN cabler, which is also jointly owned by Sony and AT&T.Sources close to the situation said Sony is testing the waters to see what the market will bear for the gaming outfit headed by GSN president-CEO Mark Feldman. AT&T, on the other hand, sees GSN Games as part of its plan to sell off non-core assets in order to help pay down some of the $170 billion debt on its books following the $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner in June.
Kolkata: South 24-Parganas police have arrested three dreaded criminals, who had assembled in Sripur area of Sonarpur on late Saturday night.Police have recovered a firearm along with cartridges and some sharp weapons from their possession. Police said they had gathered in the area to chalk out a plan on how to carry out a dacoity in the nearby area. The district police had information that some dreaded criminals might visit the place to carry out a dacoity in Garia. It was also learnt that some miscreants managed to flee when police caught the other accused. Policemen in plain clothes were waiting at nearby places. They are conducting raids to nab the other culprits. According to a senior police officer in the district, the accused have been involved a number of dacoity incidents. Various other criminal cases are also pending against them at various police stations.
Kolkata: The police seized a huge quantity of banned firecrackers while carrying out raids across the state to check bursting of banned crackers ahead of Kali Puja and Diwali.The police, in all the districts, are maintaining a strict vigil to check smuggling of banned firecrackers. Cops are keeping a close watch on the goods vehicles and have seized banned firecrackers during special raids. According to a police officer, banned firecrackers usually get smuggled in vehicles that carry vegetables or rice. The people involved in smuggling of banned firecrackers keep the same under sacks containing vegetables or rice in trucks to distract the police. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSo the cops are thoroughly checking the suspected goods vehicles and legal steps are being taken against such truck drivers or those who are carrying the banned firecrackers. Police said that one person was arrested while he was found carrying banned firecrackers at Belda in West Midnapore. A huge quantity of banned firecrackers was also seized from the arrested person. Similarly, a huge quantity of banned firecrackers was seized from East Burdwan. Acting on a tip-off, the officers of the District Enforcement Branch conducted a raid and seized the banned firecrackers. At the same time, sound level measuring metres have been distributed in 19 police stations in the district. Using the machine, the sound level of a particular area can be measured and it will help in checking the bursting of banned firecrackers as the police will take immediate steps if the metre shows that the level of sound of a particular area is crossing the permitted limit. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAgain on Wednesday, firecrackers weighing around five kilogram were seized at Howrah Station and one person was arrested in this connection. Similarly, police have conducted raids at Contai in East Midnapore and seized a huge quantity of banned firecrackers. One person was also arrested at Golabari Police Station in Howrah for carrying banned firecrackers. The police are also keeping a watch so that banned firecrackers do not enter Kolkata. Constant checking is on at all the entry points of the city. It may be mentioned that there are firecrackers manufacturing units in South 24-Parganas and hence the cops are maintaining a vigil so that banned firecrackers do not enter the city through its southern fringes. The Kolkata Police have also made elaborate plans to check bursting of banned firecrackers on the days of Kali Puja and Diwali. At the same time, measures are being taken including creating awareness among people so that the order of the Supreme Court in terms of bursting firecrackers is followed.
Poster at the University of Oregon’s student government supporting LGBTI students. | Photo: Flickr/Wolfram Burner Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Over the first year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed protections for trans workers. He also issued religious freedom guidelines threatening LGBTI rights.Plus, the administration sides with the baker in the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop case.A shocking admissionIn an emailed statement to GSN, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) called the Department’s response a ‘shocking admission’.HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow said: ‘While civil rights advocates have suspected that the Department of Education was not acting on complaints brought forward by transgender students, reports that these violations are completely being ignored are reprehensible.‘The department’s failure to act conflicts with the law in multiple jurisdictions, including federal circuits, and further emboldens those who seek to discriminate against transgender students.’‘Once again,’ Warbelow continued, Secretary DeVos proves a lack of interest ‘in protecting transgender students’ and instead wants ‘to advance the dangerous Trump-Pence anti-LGBTQ agenda’.Federal appeals courts in the 6th and 7th Circuits previously ruled Title IX does protect trans students.What will the blowback be?In August, Lambda Legal sued the Justice Department regarding Title IX protections.Just last week, over 700 parents of trans students signed a letter condemning Secretary Betsy DeVos for not protecting their children.With this new responses, there will likely be more criticism and action.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- If a school discriminates against trans students by refusing them access to restrooms that reflect their gender identity, the students will no longer have the protection of the government.At the beginning of Trump’s administration, they chose not to challenge an injunction on the anti-discrimination law of Title IX.Title IX prohibits schools from discrimination the basis of sex.Though the Department made no formal announcement, they confirmed their stance to BuzzFeed News.Liz Hill, a spokesperson for the agency, told them: ‘Yes, that’s what the law says.’This was in answer to a question about Title IX not protecting trans students.Se further clarified: ‘Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, not gender identity. Where students, including transgender students, are penalized or harassed for failing to conform to sex-based stereotypes, that is sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.’However, Title IX does not cover bathroom use.The bathroom issue that won’t go awayUsing the bathroom that corresponds to a person’s gender identity is a long-standing issue in the US.It started to gain prominence statewide in North Carolina and then Texas. Now, Iowa’s legislature introduced yet another bathroom bill.The Education Department’s new stance is not surprising given the Trump administration’s track record. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The US Education Department is refusing to hear or investigate any transgender student’s bathroom complaints going forward. US Department of Education will no longer act on trans bathroom complaintsConservative Christian colleges in America grapple with LGBTI issuesIn landmark ruling, US federal appeals court sides with trans student in Wisconsin bathroom caseRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/us-education-department-refuses-transgender-students-bathroom-cases/
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