Finance Minister Bill Morneau to talk tax reforms at first ministers meeting

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government has been fielding a lot of complaints about controversial proposed tax reforms — and now the premiers are poised for their turn as they gather in Ottawa to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.The provincial and territorial leaders will get a chance Tuesday to hear Finance Minister Bill Morneau discuss his proposals to eliminate small business tax provisions the Liberals believe allow some wealthier Canadians to avoid paying their fair share.The suggested changes have led to an outcry from doctors, farmers, small business owners and even some premiers who fear the effect they would have on their provincial economies.One of them is Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, who said Monday he wants the Liberal government to abandon the plan.“We need to be very, very careful with our engine of growth, not to take out the spark plugs,” Pallister said in an interview.Don Morgan, deputy premier and justice minister of Saskatchewan, said the proposed changes could have unintended, negative consequences in his province, which he said has used tax tools to encourage professionals to move to rural areas.“There are doctors that have moved to smaller centres than Saskatoon based on the fact that they were able to do some tax planning,” said Morgan, who will be attending the meeting instead of Premier Brad Wall.“Some of those people may very well not only leave Saskatchewan, but may leave Canada. So we’re hoping that they (the federal government) will look at those things and say ‘This was not what we contemplated. This was not what we wanted’,” he said.Morneau has said repeatedly he was listening throughout the consultation period that wrapped up Monday and is open to changes, but Pallister said he thinks it is too late.“I’ll use the phrase poisoned water,” he said. “The nature of the dialogue has offended so many people.”The premiers will also meet MP Bill Blair, parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice, to discuss the role they will play in regulating the coming legalization of marijuana for recreational use.Some of the provinces have been expressing their concerns about the tight timeline for legalizing pot.Once again, Manitoba is one of them, although it has introduced some legislation to prepare for the new reality.“I think it’s a rush job and a dangerous one at that,” said Pallister.“We have one chance to get this right. I understand the prime minister wants to keep his promise, but he could also keep his promise one year later.”Morgan said Saskatchewan could use another year too, or at least six months.He said it would “allow us to get up to speed training our police officers and to get better testing and just sort of consider all of the options that are necessary to get a plan in place.”Ontario has already announced its framework for legalizing recreational marijuana, with legislation to be introduced this fall, but the province is still looking for support from the federal government, such as adequate taxation levels for enforcement at the provincial and municipal levels.Asked about cannabis Monday, Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette could not avoid slamming the federal government over its handling of the issue.“We know that the federal government sent us the problem and we have to handle the risks that go with it,” he said in Montreal.Trudeau and the premiers begin their day-long meeting by gathering with Indigenous leaders from the Assembly of First Nations, the Metis National Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.Perry Bellegarde, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said he will press the premiers to invest in education and training, by measures such as increased funding for colleges and universities that have a strategy to help Indigenous youth develop the skills they need to join the workforce.“Tap into that untapped potential,” Bellegarde said.Bellegarde said he will also ask the premiers to support adding an Indigenous chapter to the new North American Free Trade Agreement, among other economy-related proposals, but he will also be pushing for a separate meeting devoted entirely to Indigenous issues.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador in Washington, will give the premiers an update on the relationship with the U.S. following the third round of negotiations for the new NAFTA.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will be listening keenly for NAFTA negotiation updates, as her government has been on a strong push to promote Ontario trade on a subnational level.Wynne has met with more than two dozen U.S. governors in an attempt to fight against a tide of U.S. protectionism and she is expected to update fellow premiers on her recent meeting with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.The premiers will also hear from Anil Arora, the head of Statistics Canada, and Stephen Poloz, the governor of the Bank of Canada.— With files from Sidhartha Banerjee in Montreal, Allison Jones in Toronto and Jennifer Graham in Regina.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more


PM says he stands by official who suggested Indian factions sabotaged trip

first_imgOTTAWA – Justin Trudeau is standing by a senior government official who suggested factions within the Indian government were involved in sabotaging the prime minister’s visit to India last week.But he’s nevertheless accepted the offer of Liberal backbencher Randeep Sarai, who’s taken responsibility for inviting an attempted murderer to events with the prime minister in India, to resign as the chair of the party’s Pacific caucus.During his first question period since arriving back in Canada, opposition MPs grilled the prime minister Tuesday about invitations issued to Jaspal Atwal — a B.C. Sikh convicted of attempting to assassinate an Indian cabinet minister in 1986 — to attend two events with the prime minister in India.In a background briefing arranged by the Prime Minister’s Office, a government official last week suggested that Atwal’s presence was arranged by factions within the Indian government who want to prevent Prime Minister Narendra Modi from getting too cosy with a foreign government they believe is not committed to a united India.Conservatives identified the official as Trudeau’s national security adviser, Daniel Jean, and they pressed Trudeau to say whether he agrees with Jean’s “conspiracy theory.”“A senior security official made these allegations. Does the prime minister agree or disavow those allegations?” asked Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer.Trudeau defended the official as a member of the professional, non-partisan public service that provides quality advice. He accused the previous Conservative government of using the public service for partisan ends, saying “they torqued the public service every possible way they could.”“And they do not understand that our professional, non-partisan public service does high quality work. And when one of our top diplomats and security officials says something to Canadians, it’s because they know it to be true.”Conservative MPs pressed Trudeau to provide evidence to back the assertion, but it was left to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to field those questions.“Before our prime minister destroys our relationship with our ally, the government and country of India, will he please tell this House what proof he has of that allegation?” asked Tory MP Candice Bergen.Goodale said Bergen was providing “her interpretation of events” and said “her insinuations and her accusations are false.”New Democrat MP Charlie Angus asserted that Atwal — who has been photographed over the years posing with various Liberal MPs, ministers and leaders, including Trudeau himself — turned up on the trip because his presence was “useful” to local Liberals back in Canada. And he accused Trudeau of using a senior civil servant to “spin a conspiracy theory that somehow the Indian government is trying to make the Liberals look bad.”“What was the prime minister thinking, putting the interests of the Liberal machine ahead of national security, international relations and Canada’s reputation?” Angus demanded.Atwal, a one-time member of a Sikh separatist group that is banned in Canada and India as a terrorist organization, was convicted of attempting to kill Indian cabinet minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu on Vancouver Island in 1986.He was also charged, but not convicted, in connection with a 1985 attack on Ujjal Dosanjh, a staunch opponent of the Sikh separatist movement, who later became B.C. premier and a federal Liberal cabinet minister.Trudeau’s office says Atwal’s invitation to a party in New Delhi was revoked as soon as his name was discovered on the guest list. However, Atwal showed up at a reception earlier in the week in Mumbai and was photographed with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the prime minister’s wife.Shortly after endorsing the official’s theory that factions in the Indian government arranged Atwal’s presence to embarrass Trudeau, the prime minister met with Sarai late Tuesday and accepted the B.C. MP’s resignation as Pacific caucus chair.“I want to again apologize for my role in recent unfortunate events,” Sarai said in a statement, adding that he’ll “be exercising better judgment” in future.“As I don’t want to distract from the good work of the Pacific caucus, I will be stepping down as caucus chair.”News of Atwal’s presence was an embarrassing setback for Trudeau, who had spent much of his trip trying to reassure Indian political leaders that Canada does not support separatist Sikh extremists.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, who was also photographed with Atwal in Mumbai, said he had no idea who Atwal was and simply posed for a picture when asked. He declined to say whether he shares the belief that factions in the Indian government were behind the embarrassment.“(It) doesn’t help to be speculating on these kind of things,” Sohi said.last_img read more


Boxer Adonis Stevenson regains consciousness from medically induced coma

first_imgQUEBEC — Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson has regained consciousness after being in a medically induced coma for three weeks following a knockout loss on Dec. 1.Stevenson’s girlfriend, Simone God, issued a statement Saturday saying the light heavyweight boxer is now awake.His condition deteriorated after he was helped into the dressing room following the fight against Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City.He was transported to hospital by ambulance and was admitted with a traumatic brain injury that required rapid neurosurgery.Intensive care specialist Dr. Alexis Turgeon told reporters earlier this month that the majority of patients suffer lasting effects from such injuries.The Canadian Presslast_img


New Maison de RadioCanada Its Official

first_imgCBC/Radio-Canada is transferring the eastern part of its lot to Broccolini Group for one dollar, as part of an overall transaction for the construction and leasing of the new MRC on this parcel of land. The agreement ensures that CBC/Radio-Canada can lease its new facility for the next 30 years at a stable annual cost equivalent to its current maintenance costs, which amount to $21 million per year. The public broadcaster can thus avoid the risks inherent in managing real estate assets. Preliminary work for the construction of the new MRC will begin on August 7, with the new facility due to open in 2020.Redevelopment of the tower and siteCBC/Radio-Canada is also selling its existing building and the western part of its lot to Groupe Mach for $42 million, after adjustment. This allows the public broadcaster to offload an accumulated maintenance deficit on the tower equivalent to $170 million. The agreement also contributes to the site’s redevelopment in line with the priorities that emerged from consultations with the community. Work on the tower and site will not begin until after the move into the new facility is completed in 2020.“Today’s announcement is the culmination of months of hard work by a large number of people both within CBC/Radio-Canada and our promoter partners,” added Hubert T. Lacroix. “I sincerely thank them for their effort.” MONTREAL, July 28, 2017 – Yesterday, CBC/Radio-Canada and its partners officially signed agreements for the two main components of the Maison de Radio-Canada (MRC) redevelopment project: the construction of the new broadcast centre in Montreal; and the sale of the existing building and lot, enabling the revitalization of the site in the city’s Centre-Sud neighbourhood.“This marks yet another milestone in the plan to equip CBC/Radio-Canada Montreal with optimal facilities that will turn it into an unparalleled creative and production space for its teams – at no additional cost to the government or taxpayers,” said CBC/Radio-Canada’s President and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix.New Maison de Radio-Canada Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more


Shoppers find deals at Sears Canada liquidation sales underwhelming

first_imgTORONTO – Sears Canada began its liquidation sales at its remaining stores across the country Thursday, but many shoppers found the deals to be underwhelming.While signs suggested discounts of 20 to 50 per cent off — with a note that exceptions apply — relatively few items at a Toronto store appeared to be offered at half off. Some big ticket items such as snowblowers and treadmills were only 10 per cent off.“For a close-out deal, I would have thought the sale would be a bit higher. And maybe it will be, as closing time approaches. And maybe by that time everything will be gone!” said 86-year-old Madeline Cameron, who said she had been shopping at Sears for 60 or 70 years.After looking at the dozens of shoppers braving long, slow check-out lines she decided to leave without buying anything.“I can’t stand in lineups for a long time … I might come early tomorrow morning. I’d say the lineups are maybe half an hour, an hour long.”A joint-venture group — which includes Hilco Global, Gordon Brothers Canada, Tiger Capital Group and Great American Group — is running the liquidation sales at 74 remaining department stores and eight Home stores, a step towards Sears Canada closing its doors for good after 65 years in business.Sears Canada gift cards will be honoured throughout the sale, but the company stopped honouring extended warranties as of Wednesday.“It’s rather sad. Sears could always be counted on to be a good competitor, and certainly I think the Kenmore brand is very reliable, and has been a staple in the Canadian market. It’s going to be a loss,” said shopper Karen Ottmann.At the Toronto Fairview Mall location, the appliance department was among the busiest, with many shoppers picking up vaccuums, microwaves, blenders and other kitchen equipment.Some shoppers, like stay-at-home mom Elana Iordan, were happy to get a head start on Christmas shopping. But many, Iordan included, expressed regret about the company’s imminent closure.“We always came at Christmas. It was affordable,” Iordan said, noting there aren’t any similar stores in locations convenient for her. “We don’t have anything around us anymore.”Another shopper, Joan Challis, said she was angry at the way the closure has been handled by the company’s management.“It’s nasty, what happened here … I’m not happy about it. Neighbours of mine have extended warranties on appliances, so that’s going to hurt them,” she said.“The employees and the public, they’re all going to lose out. But head office, management, they’re not going to lose out, I don’t think. I think they’ll end out coming out fairly clean.”Liquidation sales at 49 Sears Hometown stores were expected to start Thursday, or sometime soon, but discounts there will vary, according to Sears Canada spokesman Joel Shaffer.Some items are also listed for clearance on the Sears Canada website, including a four-piece outdoor furniture set discounted from $499.99 to $299.95. However, not everything online has been marked down just yet.The sales are expected to last between 10 to 14 weeks. Sears Canada timed its liquidation sales to take advantage of the busy holiday shopping season to maximize the value it could attain for the inventory.The retailer has been in creditor protection since June, but was unable to find a buyer which would allow it to keep operating.Sears Canada received court approval to proceed with its liquidation sales last week. A group led by its executive chairman Brandon Stranzl had been in weeks-long discussions with Sears Canada to purchase the retailer and continue to operate it. However, no deal was reached.Stranzl resigned from Sears Canada’s board of directors on Monday.last_img read more


Suresh claims torture chamber existed in Varani

Former Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran claims a torture chamber existed in Vara’ni in Jaffna.He made public photographs taken at the alleged torture chamber which shows blood stains on the walls. He said the chamber had barbed wire on the roof and blood stains on the walls and he had photographed everything but was not in a position to make it public, till now.Premachandran said that the UN Human Rights Council and the Government must ensure a proper investigation is conducted into the torture chambers operated by the military during and soon after the war. The former Parliamentarian said that he visited the camp as soon as the army shifted from the location and in one house he found a torture chamber. Premachandran said that the torture chamber was in an army camp which was later shifted to another location following public protests as the camp included several private homes taken over by the army. A UN team which visited Sri Lanka recently had revealed details of another torture chamber operated by the Navy in Trincomalee.Premachandran said that several torture chambers existed at several other locations as well, including in Mannar. (Colombo Gazette) read more


Police blotter Two injured in Caledonia crash

Collision on Caledonia bridgeA two-vehicle collision on the Argyle Street bridge in Caledonia sent both female drivers to hospital.First responders were called to the scene on May 22 around 2:24 p.m. One vehicle had rolled over and collided with the other, trapping one of the drivers inside.A 17-year-old female from Caledonia was transported by paramedics to an out of town hospital with serious injuries and a 23-year-old female was transported to a local hospital.Police say that the vehicle, driven by the 17-year-old,  was travelling north on Argyle Street when it struck the bridge over the Grand River, causing the vehicle to roll over and collide with a vehicle travelling southbound.Investigation is continuing. Police are asking anyone that witnessed the collision to contact them to assist with the investigation.Tires slashed At some point in the early hours of May 19, vandals slashed three tires of a vehicle that was parked on Water Street in Simcoe.Police received the report of the mischief around 7:44 a.m. on the same day.The OPP are continuing to investigate and are seeking the public’s assistance.Victoria Day long weekend  busy for OPPThe Norfolk County OPP answered 303 calls for service between May 17 and May 20.Along with responding to calls, police were out patrolling the county.Norfolk County OPP charged one person with an impaired driving offence and issued two three-day suspensions as a result of people consuming alcohol and then getting being the wheel.There was an additional charge for failure to wear seatbelt, four charges for Liquor Licence Act offences, three charges for distracted driving and over 30 charges for speeding.Police also issued several warnings to riders of off road motor vehicles.The OPP Marine Unit was out on the water ensuring boaters were wearing life jackets or personal floatation devices. Police were also checking to ensure boat operators were qualified and had all the required safety equipment on board.“We responded to higher than average calls for service over the course of the Victoria Day long weekend. Even though these are excellent results, drivers still need constant reminding not to drive impaired by alcohol or drugs. There is no safe level of alcohol/drug consumption when getting behind the wheel of a vehicle or vessel,”  said Inspector Joseph Varga, Norfolk County OPP Detachment Commander.  “I would like to thank all residents and visitors that attended Norfolk County and enjoyed our highways, trails and water ways in a safe, mature and responsible manner,”Man revived with naloxone Police were called to Cedar Street in Simcoe on May 19 around 8:30 a.m. due to a 34-year-old man  in medical distress.When officers arrived they found the male in crisis from what appeared to be an opioid overdose. An officer immediately administered two doses on naloxone, and the male began to breathe.The man was then taken to a local hospital by ambulance to be treated by physicians.Officers located blue and purple fentanyl on the scene.“The OPP is reminding all members of the public that there is help in our community,” said Inspector Joseph Varga, detachment commander of the Norfolk County OPP.Those needing assistance are urged to call Community Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-866-487-2278,” Motorcycle rear ends vehicleA motorcycle ran into the rear end of a vehicle on Highway 59 in South Walsingham after shortly after noon on May 19.Police say a driver slowed down for an animal that was crossing the road when the motorcycle collided with the rear end of the vehicle.The 57-year-old motorcycle driver, and the 60-year-old passenger, both of St. Thomas, suffered minor injuries and were transported to a hospital by ambulance to be treated. The driver and passenger of the vehicle did not suffer injuries.The investigation is continuing. Ride program takes driver off the roadA  male driver was charged after a traffic stop at Turkey Point Road in Turkey Point on May 19.Police were conducting a R.I.D.E. program (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) at Turkey Point Road and Front Road on Sunday to check for driver sobriety.As a result, a 21-year-old man from Haldimand County was charged with impaired driving and with having a blood alcohol level above zero.He is scheduled to appear in court at a later date. read more


Syria and neighbours need urgent development response UN officials tell conference

“A comprehensive development response to complement our humanitarian efforts in Syria and its neighbours is overdue. We are determined to change that,” said Sima Bahous, Chair of the Regional UN Development Group, which is hosting the meeting, and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at the UN Development Programme (UNDP).The meeting of the Regional UN Development Group, which started today and will continue over two days, is expected to conclude with a plan focused on development in Syria and its immediate sub-regional context and how to put that response to action, according to a UNDP news release.Regional directors and representatives of more than 20 UN agencies, including UNDP, are in the Jordanian’s capital of Amman to discuss means to harmonize UN responses to the conflict which has killed more than 100,000 people and forced millions to flee their homes within Syria and into neighbouring countries. Almost 97 per cent of Syria’s refugees are hosted in the immediate surrounding region, with around one million in Lebanon, followed by Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. “The spillover of the crisis into its four neighboring countries is impacting economic and human development outcomes in those countries at the national and local levels,” UNDP said in a news release.Key sectors including investment, tourism, trade and local production are affected at varying levels of intensity, according to the UN agency. The crisis also is raising concerns over possibilities of triggering tensions between refugees and local populations in those countries.Recent impact assessments in the two countries most affected by the crisis – Lebanon and Jordan – raise concerns that the crisis may be seriously compounding the deterioration of their economies, which were already under stress, with direct impact on incomes and poverty levels especially among the most vulnerable populations.A joint World Bank-UN assessment in Lebanon estimates that over the period of 2012- 2014, the Syrian conflict may cut real GDP growth by 2.9 percentage points annually, leading to a cumulative loss in wages, profits, taxes and investment of up to $7.5 billion. The number of Lebanese who are living in extreme poverty could rise from 1 million to 1.17 million and the unemployment rate could double to above 20 percent.According to UNDP, official assessments in Jordan indicate that the Government has incurred over $251 million during 2012 to provide and maintain services and basic needs of Syrian refuges and estimate that additional costs needed to continue hosting them may reach $1.68 billion, excluding the additional costs for the camps.This burden has stifled efforts to recover economic growth in the Jordan from 8.15 per cent in 2005 to 2.3 per cent in 2010. According to the cited figures, the national unemployment rate rose to 13.1 per cent from 12.7 per cent. read more


Hunger rates remain high amid conflict climate shocks warns UN food security

According to the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, issued Monday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the need for external food assistance in 37 countries – either affected by conflict or adverse climate shocks – remains unchanged compared to the situation three months back.“Civil war and insecurity are direct reasons for high hunger rates in 16 of those countries, ranging from Burundi to Yemen,” said FAO in a news release announcing the findings.“Conflict is displacing millions of people, hampering agricultural activities and, in many cases, also driving basic food prices up sharply,” it added.At the same time, inadequate and erratic rainfall is also posing a growing threat to food security in southern and eastern Africa, where many rural households have suffered from four consecutive drought-affected agricultural seasons.In Somalia, aggregated cereal production for the country’s “deyr” rainy season is estimated at 20 per cent below average, and similar pattern in rainfall and yields has been observed in north-eastern Tanzania.Furthermore, prices of staple cereals such as wheat, millet or sorghum continued to remain high as a result of removal of subsidies, increased demand, and weakening of currencies.In the Democratic Republic of Congo, for instance, inflation pushed prices to more than double in 2017 to a 42 percent annual rate.Another factor driving up prices was the disruption of traditional trade routes due to violence, such as in and around the Sahel, as a result of which countries dependent on these routes (such as Libya) witnessed much higher prices as well as facing food shortages.The FAO report lists the following 37 countries as currently in need of external food assistance: Afghanistan; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo; Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Djibouti; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Guinea; Haiti; Iraq; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Libya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mozambique; Myanmar; Niger; Nigeria; Pakistan; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Sudan; Sudan; Swaziland; Syria; Uganda; Yemen; and Zimbabwe. read more


Clark County general fund fragile but stable

first_imgClark County’s general fund “continues to be in a fragile but stable state,” commissioners heard Wednesday during a routine update.“Despite some major challenges in 2013, we’ve managed to prevent any further erosion of the general fund’s financial position,” Budget Director Bob Stevens said during his opening remarks.“As we begin a new year and the process of developing the ’15-’16 budget, we will continue to face the growing challenge of balancing the most pressing needs of the present against our future financial health,” Stevens said. “Those choices are unavoidable, and I’m afraid none of them are going to be easy.”Commissioners are expected to discuss the challenge in greater detail today during an annual retreat, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield.Revenues continue lagging behind expenses in the county’s 2013-14 budget, projected at $315.7 million, said Adriana Prata, a county budget analyst.Revenues are estimated at $298 million. The county has been making up the difference between projected revenues and budgeted expenses by dipping into reserves, Prata said, which commissioners knew they’d be relying on when the budget was adopted.Prata said the county won’t meet its policy goal of having enough unassigned money in a reserve fund to keep the county running for 54 days in the event of an emergency.last_img read more


Prisoner dies in Brahmanbaria jail

first_imgAfter primary treatment in the jail hospital, he was taken to Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead, the jail super added. A prisoner died at Brahmanbaria jail on Sunday evening, reports news agency UNB.Ashok Ali, 55, son of Jonab Ali, a resident of Rasulpur village in Fandauk union of Nasirnagar upazila and accused in a murder case, suddenly fell sick around 4:00pm, said jail super Nurunnabi Bhauiyanl.last_img


Man killed in alleged gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what police called gunfight between two groups of drug traders in Bagha upazila of Rajshahi early Friday, reports news agency UNB.Deceased Ziarul Islam Kalu, 39, son of a certain Abdul Khalek of Pakuria village in the upazila was a drug trader, the law enforcement said.Iftekhayer Alam, additional superintendent of police, said being tipped off that two groups of drug traders were exchanging gunfire over establishing supremacy, a team of police went to the spot around 1:00am.Sensing presence of the law enforcement, they also opened fire on the police team, he added.Later, police rescued bullet-hit Kalu and took him to Bagha Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared him dead.Kalu was wanted in 10 lawsuits, the Additional SP said.Nine policemen including additional superintendent of police in Rajshahi (sadar circle) were also injured in the incident, police claimed.A total of 53 bottles of phensedyl, one pistol, and two bullets were recovered from the spot.According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In January and February of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 50, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more


You Need to Know Isaiah Bradley

first_img ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Trailer Shows Bawdy Blaxploitation Biopic Stay on target February is Black History Month, so is taking the time to appreciate the history of comic book’s black characters (i.e., Static Shock, Black Manta).Today, we’re talking about Isaiah Bradley, one of the many characters have used the title of Captain America. Created in 2003 by writer Robert Morales and artist Kyle Baker, he made his debut in the Marvel Comics’ miniseries Truth: Red, White, and Black. Based on the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, a 1932-1972 real life clinical study in which the U.S Public Health Service partnered with Tuskegee University in Alabama to study the effects of untreated syphilis on black American men. The Truth mini-series took this concept and applied it to the story of Captain America, as a scientist experiments on black soldiers during World War II in an attempt to recreate the Super-Soldier Formula that empowered Steve Rogers.via Marvel ComicsProfessor “Reinstein” experimented on over three hundred black American soldiers in his attempts to recreate the formula. His failures were covered up by the U.S. government, as the men that had been tested on were executed in secrecy. Isaiah Bradley was one of five men to survive the experiments, which were dubbed “Project: Rebirth,” and the only one of them to survive the war. He goes the entire course of the war being snubbed by the U.S. military, considered by them to be less of a hero and more of a thug due to the systematic racism. Despite this, Isaiah never stops fighting the good fight, which eventually leads to him being captured and tortured by Nazis. A prisoner of war for many years, he is eventually rescued and pardoned of his “crimes” by President Eisenhower.Isaiah goes back home to be with his wife, Faith, who would go on to tell his story. Isaiah suffered brain damage during the war, in events that mirrored Muhammad Ali’s real life, as it leads to Isaiah’s physical and mental deterioration alongside his Alzheimer’s later in his life. Eventually, his story is discovered by Steve Rogers, who had recently been thawed out of the Artic. Steve would go on to learn that Isaiah was just one of many experiments, tied into the same Weapon Plus program that created Wolverine, Fantomex, and many other characters in the Marvel Universe.via Marvel ComicsDespite the tragedy of Isaiah’s life, his legacy lives on all throughout the Marvel Universe. His wife, Faith, recounts his story to Steve Rogers and makes sure that it is known. Isaiah and Faith’s genetics were used by the government in an attempt to recreate the effects of the serum yet again, and their son was born to a surrogate mother. The boy grew up to be Josiah X, a Muslim minister who fought in the Vietnam War and followed in his genetic father’s footsteps. Isaiah’s grandson, and Josiah’s nephew, Elijah Bradley would later join the Young Avengers under the title Patriot, eventually receiving a blood transfusion from his grandfather that imbued him with the Super Soldier Serum.last_img read more


Gunmen ambush Cancun city police unit

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Several gunmen ambushed a city police unit in Cancun Monday leaving two wounded.Gunmen in the subdivision of Vilas del Sol in Cancun ambushed a city patrol unit Monday on a closed street. Several gunmen were reported to have fired on the police unit, hitting at least once officer.The shooting took place at noon when police were fired upon while sitting at the corner of Talleres Avenue and Villa Imperial Street. Police say at least 19 shots were fired at their unit by two types of weapons, one AR-15 and one AK-47.One policeman, Enrique Martínez Arévalo, was wounded in the leg and was the only reported injured officer.The attack resulted in the activation of Code Red with additional units rushing to the scene in an attempt to arrest those involved.Additional police scoured the area, blocking off 155 Street were the gunmen were seen. As they were preparing to shoot at the new units, municipal police opened fire, hitting one of the shooters. Two of the gunmen were arrested.Unconfirmed reports say the gunmen were hired to execute police who were believed linked to drug gangs. Authorities have not confirmed these reports.The wounded policeman was transferred in a private ambulance to the IMSS for treatment. The injured gunmen was transferred to the General Hospital of Cancun.The two men arrested have been identified as 20-year-old Manuel Aldair from Cancún and Eduardo “N”, 43 years old from Chiapas. A gray Ford Ranger vehicle was also secured at the site.In December, two Cancun policemen were fired at while on duty in their police vehicles. In January, a veteran police officer was shot and killed inside his guardhouse in Cancún.In February, an off-duty police officer was shot and killed outside a school in Playa del Carmen when he arrived to pick up one of his children.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more


appointmentsFour Seasons HotelsFour Seasons Sydney

first_imgappointmentsFour Seasons HotelsFour Seasons Sydney Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has announced the appointment of the man known as Four Seasons’ ‘Pioneer of the South’, Mr Bahram Sepahi, as the hotel’s General Manager. Bahram has been with the company since 1986 and brings with him considerable experience working within the Four Seasons enterprise. As the Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, Australia’s flagship property, and the largest Four Seasons by number of rooms, Bahram’s move to Australia places him in the three-continent club. In this capacity, he will continue regional responsibility in China whilst expanding his coverage to include Korea and Australia. Following his graduation from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration in 1986, Bahram immediately began what would be a fruitful three decades with Four Seasons in North America, at the Ritz Carlton Chicago. His next call of duty included the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Dallas and the Four Seasons property in Washington DC before eventually moving to Saudi Arabia to open the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre. Following a highly successful stint in the Middle East, he then moved to China to open the iconic Four Seasons Hotel in Guangzhou. After five years and an admirable amount of achievements, Bahram was recognised as “China’s General Manager of the Year.” The need for luxury hoteliers in Australia and Bahram’s experience in one of Australia’s leading markets was a driving source behind his move down under. The company says Bahram is pivotal to ensuring the prolonged and continued success of the Australian flagship property. IMAGE: Barham Sepahi Four Seasons Sydneylast_img read more


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