New Manitoba consultant was behind sweeping education changes in Nova Scotia

first_imgSteve Lambert, The Canadian Press WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government will be getting advice on education reform from a consultant who recently prompted Nova Scotia to eliminate elected school boards and make other sweeping changes.Avis Glaze has been hired as the lead consultant for a commission that will review all aspects of the kindergarten to Grade 12 school system, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen said Friday.One issue the commission will look at is whether there are too many school divisions across Manitoba. There are six Engligh-language divisions in Winnipeg alone.Many people think the number of elected school board members — about 290 — is too high, Goertzen said.“I’m not ruling out any sort of recommendations that (may) come forward, but we’d need to see some evidence that it’s the right number.” Goertzen said.“I certainly hear more people talk about less than more, particularly in Winnipeg where you have a number of different divisions.”The review is also to examine ways to improve literacy, graduation rates and test scores in math and science.It is being lead by Clayton Manness, who cut school funding as education minister in the 1990s, and Janice MacKinnon, a former Saskatchewan finance minister who balanced the provincial budget with a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes in the mid-1990s.Glaze once served as Ontario’s royal commissioner on education. Last year, she produced a report for the Nova Scotia government that led to the province replacing elected English-language school boards with a 15-member advisory council.Her report also suggested school principals and vice-principals no longer be part of the teachers union. She recommended that teachers should be part of a new licensing body that could discipline problem teachers.Manitoba Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew said he is worried the government may be focused more on cost-cutting than improving education. The Progressive Conservative government has promised to balance the budget by 2024 and is projecting a deficit of $360 million for the coming fiscal year.“The concern we have for this whole process is that it’s just laying the groundwork for cuts to education,” Kinew said.The Manitoba review is expected to be complete by early 2020. Goertzen said Glaze will take a fresh look at Manitoba’s education system.“I think she’ll do what any good consultant does and look at the lay of the land, how are we different from other jurisdictions, look at the uniqueness of Manitoba. And I wouldn’t expect a report that is a carbon copy of other reports that she’s done.”last_img read more

Health advocates call on feds to take action to address youth vaping

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Health advocates say if the federal government fails to address the vaping crisis, people will die.They’re calling for action to be taken, just one day after the first vaping-related hospitalization was reported in Canada, and as hundreds of cases are investigated south of the border.Specifically, they want the governement to regulate e-cigs along the same lines tobacco products are restricted.Cynthia Callard with Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada says the recent cases of lung illness caused by these devices only accelerates the need for the government to do something.“I think that it’s the deaths in the United States that have really sobered people, and made them rethink the product,” she explains. “But for us, the longterm health consequences have been a concern ever since the products became marketed.”She notes the use of e-cigarettes is on the rise, and highlights the need for immediate action.“In many ways I feel like we’ve been turned back by about 20 years, that we have to once again go back to the basics to protect kids from a lifelong addiction,” Callard explains. “Although it is a new product, there has been enough research done into the effects on the cardiovascular system to know that it will result in some predictable number of deaths. It also is very much linked to being a gateway drug to tobacco-use.”The groups, which include the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Lung Association and Heart & Stroke want nicotine limits on these products, restrictions on flavours and strict marketing rules.Health authorities in London, Ont. announced that a youth had been diagnosed with a severe respiratory illness related to vaping on Wednesday. A warning has been issued by Health Canada, urging anyone who vapes to watch for symptoms like a cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain.The Canadian Vaping Association, a group which “supports the future of vaping” across the country, agrees the government needs to make changes.Executive Director Darryl Tempest says the products shouldn’t be so widely available.“If you go into these convenience stores or gas stations, you’ll see brightly lit signs, products and marketing materials that are close to places like the candy bar section.”He wants governments to ban the sale of the products anywhere kids can get their hands on them, adding the they’re only intended for adults quitting smoking.“This product is made specifically around nicotine flavoured e-liquid. It is designed for and targeted for adult Canadian smokers only,” Tempest says. “If you’re a youth, of course, do not vape, and if you’re a non-smoker, do not vape.”Just last week, British Columbia’s top doctor said it was only a matter of time before Canada started to see people experiencing the severe effects of vaping.-With files from Alison Bailey and The Canadian Presslast_img read more

India imposes surprise 50 tariff on pea imports to further sour trade

first_imgCALGARY – Pulse Canada says the Indian government has imposed a hefty and surprising 50 per cent tariff on pea imports to add to already simmering agricultural trade tensions.Gordon Bacon, CEO of the industry group, says the move brings into question what the intermediate and long-term trade relation will be with a major destination for Canadian pulse crops.In the past three years, Canada has exported over a million tonnes of peas to the country with a value of $548 million in 2015.Bacon says the punitive tariffs are the highest under WTO rules, whereas before there was no tariff on pea imports.He says he’s still waiting to hear what the Canadian government plans to do in response to this action, days ahead of a major trade mission to the country.The pea tariff issue comes on top of the unresolved fumigation issue, with India not yet extending an exemption to pest treatments for Canadian imports that has been in place for many years.last_img read more

Margaret Ma Murray Community School Fundraising Concert was a Huge success

first_imgThe Fundraiser was to help the new school build upon their musical instrument selection so each student has the opportunity to participate in the music program once a week.“More than our minimum goal of 5000 which means we can dip into dreams and have some money in the bank for future repairs and dreams,” said Brooks.Brooks shared it would be nice to build upon the selection of instruments that are currently available to her so she can provide variety to her students. Studies have shown children that have been exposed to music have healthy brain development.Brooks finishes off to say “Truly humbled overwhelmed and grateful for the community support. So proud to live here. Wow. Just wow.”A break down for what the funds will be used for; Every kid at MMCS Kindergarten through grade 6 gets a music class with a professional music educator once per week Orff xylophones that can be set up for younger grades as well as older will be purchased Students K-2 will learn how to sight sing and read rhythms on a variety of smaller percussion (hand drums, bongos, tambourines, etc.) All grade 3s will learn to read full music notation and play songs on xylophones – we will now have one for every child All grade 4s will learn how to play the recorder All grade 5s will learn how to play the ukulele All grade 6 will either join the SD60 Band Program and learn a “band” instrument or learn how to play in a band using school instruments combined together (recorder, ukulele, xylophone) FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students and the community came together February 28th for an evening full of musical performances to support the Musical program at Margaret Ma Murray (MMMCS) Community School.MMMCS PAC and Sabrina Brooks, District 60 Band Teacher hosted the fundraising Concert. With performances by the Northern Winds Community Band, the SD 60 Beginner Band and the Choir. As well as food and raffle items for sale.The evening raised “2000 worth of physical instruments and $6400 in cash,” said Brooks, “Super overwhelming but great,”last_img read more

New lawsuit claims Boeing Max suffered from faulty design

A new lawsuit says Boeing’s design of the 737 Max was faulty and the company was able to rush the plane into production because it faced little oversight from regulators.The lawsuit says the plane could crash if a single part malfunctioned, that Boeing concealed problems and refused to ground the plane on its own.Lawyers say Boeing did the same thing after crashes of earlier 737s in the 1990s.Former Transportation Department Inspector General Mary Schiavo filed the lawsuit last week in federal district court in South Carolina on behalf of relatives of a Swedish man killed on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March.Boeing is also being sued over the October crash of Lion Air Flight 610 in Indonesia.Boeing declined to comment on specifics of the lawsuit.The Associated Press

New bus and coach market declines in first quarter

New bus and coach registrations fall -4.5% in Q1, with 1,793 vehicles joining UK roads.Double-digit declines for both double- and single-deckers, down -37.8% and -18.0% respectively.Minibus demand bounces back after five quarters of negative growth, up 24.1% to 1,031.SEE BUS & COACH REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDThe UK’s new bus and coach market fell for the fifth consecutive quarter in the first three months of 2018, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 1,793 units were registered in Q1, a fall of -4.5% on the same period last year.Double-decks saw the biggest decline in demand, falling -37.8% to 301 units, while single-decks also suffered a double digit decline, down -18.0% to 461. Meanwhile, demand for minibuses bucked the trend, reversing five quarters of negative growth with registrations up by almost a quarter (24.1%).Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The continuing decline in the new bus and coach market is concerning given the importance of fleet renewal in improving urban air quality. To get more of the latest low emission Euro VI diesel, hybrid and zero emission electric buses into our towns and cities, operators must have both economic and regulatory certainty to give them the confidence to invest..Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Impaired driving suspected in I5 crash

first_imgThe driver in a Wednesday crash on Interstate 5 near the Battle Ground exit was taken into custody on suspicion of impaired driving, a Washington State Patrol spokesman said.Eric Lanz, 27, of Vancouver was cited on suspicion of impaired driving following the crash, at the northbound exit for state Highway 502 and Battle Ground shortly after 6 a.m., Trooper Will Finn said.Lanz’s car veered off the east side of the freeway and hit a tree, which flipped the car onto its top. The crash pinned him inside, and firefighters had to cut him out.He was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and was discharged later that day. Troopers also got a warrant for a blood draw, Finn said.last_img

Police Release Lamin Senghore on Bail

first_imgBy Mustapha JallowA resident of Bundung and former agent of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Lamin Senghore, who had spent four days in detention at Kairaba Police Station has been released on bail on Thursday morning, 11 April 2019, Foroyaa has learnt.According to family sources, Senghore was removed from the cell since last night and taken to the CID office, where he was released and asked to be reporting on bail staring today (Friday).  The source added that Senghore would be reporting on bail from Monday every week.The source added, “After reporting on bail, Senghore will proceed to his place of work at the Drug Law Enforcement Agency office at Kairaba Police station.”Readers may recall that the former spy agent of the NIA was on Monday, 8 April 2019, phoned and asked to answer at Kairaba Police Station after testifying at the TRRC. Sources said upon his arrival there, he was placed under detention and charged with perjury.last_img read more

University of Illinois Farmdoc to Conduct Weekly Webinars on Farm Bill Decision

first_imgTo provide growers with better and more complete information on the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, the Farmdoc program at the University of Illinois will conduct weekly series of webinars that review the farm bill programs and decisions; provide training and demonstration on the farm bill decision tool; and include updates on harvest, prices and program analysis.This week’s webinar is Friday, Oct. 24 from 8 to 9:30 CT, and examines new webtools for making 2014 Farm Bill decisions, and looks at the Farmdoc Farm Bill Toolbox (available at farmbilltoolbox.farmdoc.illinois.edu), which includes seven steps for making FSA farm decisions.Access to the webinars is free, but participants must register each week at the following link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/932792401.last_img read more

SKYCITY to complete Darwin casino sale this week

first_img Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited is set to complete the sale of SKYCITY Darwin this Thursday 4 April following the satisfaction of all conditions in its sale and purchase agreement with US buyer Delaware North.SKYCITY revealed on Friday that the sale, which will see Delaware North acquire 100% of shares in the Australian-based casino’s operating entity SKYCITY Darwin Pty Limited, is now unconditional, having also obtained all necessary approvals from the Northern Territory Government. RelatedPosts Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August “We are pleased that the sale of SKYCITY Darwin is now unconditional,” said SKYCITY CEO Graeme Stephens.“The sale is consistent with our strategy to sell certain non-core assets and to allocate capital to assets and businesses which we feel are better aligned with our long-term strategic objectives.”Under the terms of the sale, SKYCITY will retain an adjacent site called Little Mindil for separate sale. The company also retains ongoing right to access the VIP and premium gaming facilities at the Darwin casino for its International Business customers for at least two years after completion of the sale.last_img read more

State Rep Dave Robertson Announces May Office Hours

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Got something you want to say to your state representative?  A question? A concern? A request? Here’s your chance!State Rep. Dave Robertson is holding his monthly office hours in Wilmington on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 9:30am to 11am, at the Wilmington Senior Center, and 6:30pm to 8pm at the Wilmington Town Hall.Robertson is also holding office hours in Tewksbury on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 9:30am to 11am, at the Tewksbury Senior Center, and 6:30pm to 8pm at the Tewksbury Public Library.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Rep. Dave Robertson Announces June Office HoursIn “Government”State Rep. Dave Robertson Announces February Office HoursIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”last_img read more

Another Federal Appeals Court Says Trumps Travel Ban Should Remain On Hold

first_imgJason Redmond/AFP/Getty ImagesHawaii Attorney General Doug Chin speaks to media outside the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Seattle, Washington, on May 15, 2017. The court has largely upheld a preliminary injunction blocking President Trump’s travel ban from going into effThe 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a preliminary injunction blocking President Trump’s travel ban should remain in effect, at least for now.The decision centers on an executive order from the president to temporarily suspend the admission of refugees and limit travel from some majority-Muslim countries. It’s Trump’s second attempt to impose such a policy; it has been blocked by lawsuits and never gone into effect.There are multiple cases pending against the ruling. The one before the 9th Circuit was the case of Hawaii v. Trump — the first lawsuit filed by a state against the revised travel ban.The 9th Circuit sided with the state, deciding that the travel ban should remain suspended as the cases against it move through the courts.It’s the second such decision in less than a month: Weeks ago, the 4th Circuit issued a similar ruling.However, the 9th Circuit did rule that one portion of the “travel ban” executive order — which does not limit travel or immigration, would call for internal reviews within the federal government — should be allowed to go into effect.Both appeals courts were skeptical of the U.S. government’s argument that the executive order was well within the president’s authority.The White House has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and reinstate the travel ban.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

US France Working Together On PostWar Road Map For Syria French President

first_img Share AP Photo/Markus SchreiberFrench President Emmanuel Macron, left, welcomes a waving U.S President Donald Trump before their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, July 13, 2017French President Emmanuel Macron, standing alongside U.S. President Donald Trump, says they have agreed to work toward a post-war road map for Syria and are largely in agreement in terms of security and stability in the Mideast. Macron acknowledged sharp differences with Trump when it comes to the Paris climate agreement. But Macron said he and Trump were able to discuss how best to combat “a global threat with enemies who are trying to destabilize us.” The two spent several hours together Thursday in some of Paris’ most opulent settings, with a visit at the golden-domed Invalides (ahn-vah-leed) monument followed by a meeting at the presidential palace.last_img read more

Harris County Voters To Test 1 Million iPad Voting Poll Book

first_imgPhoto via PixabayIn addition to saving time voting the major advantage of an electronic poll book for voters is that it allows them the freedom to cast their ballot at any polling location, or Voting Center, in the countyEDITORS NOTE: In the original version of this story, it was reported that the iPads were being tested at 10 locations, when in fact Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart told Houston Public Media, “We’re targeting a little under a hundred locations.” We apologize for the error. X 00:00 /04:04 Sharecenter_img Listen At almost 100 voting locations, election officials in Harris County will be testing a new way for voters to sign-in at polling places. As it stands right now on Election Day, a Harris County voter goes to their voting precinct, an assistant helps them find their name in a paper poll book, they sign in and proceed to vote.But, at the testing locations, voters will instead use a system in which they electronically sign in to vote using an iPad. The experts call it an electronic poll book. And if the system works, it may be the way all voters sign in to cast their ballot in future elections.“As you know last year we had people waiting in line. I don’t like people waiting in lines, especially when there’s a voting booth sitting empty. So the electronic poll books allows us to qualify the voters much faster,” said the Clerk of Harris County Stan Stanart. Since 2010 Stanart has served as the chief election officer for the county.In addition to saving time voting the major advantage of an electronic poll book for voters is that it allows them the freedom to cast their ballot at any polling location, or Voting Center, in the county. If that system sounds familiar, it is. It’s the system used for early voting in Harris County.There doesn’t seem to be any critics of voting centers and the electronic poll book, just how long it’s taken to get the system into place. Kevin Hoffman is a Democratic Chair in Precinct 207. He addressed the Commissioner’s Court in June.“We received a group of iPads that have been in the custody of the County Clerk’s Office that have been gone unused. These to my knowledge are still in storage,” said Hoffman.According to previous news reports Stanart purchased 2,400 iPads, at a cost of over $1,000,000, in July of 2015. Stanart admits most of the iPads remain in the boxes they were shipped in, and told Judge Ed Emmett the early voting poll book currently used wouldn’t work on Election Day.“It just will not scale to be able to handle Harris County,” Stanart told the Commissioner’s Court on June 27.The problem Stanart said is that on an Election Day like today, Harris County will operate 735 voting locations. And he said there’s currently no software that can handle that many voting locations. (The County operated 45 “Voting Centers” for early voting this fall.)But others disagree. Ben Martin is the Chief Operating Officer for VR Systems, based in Tallahassee, FL which sells software for such iPad voting systems, software Harris County does not have.“Our software is capable of handling more than two-point-four-million voters. Our largest jurisdiction currently is Miami-Dade County and that has one-point-six-million,” Martin said. Martin adds that VR Systems is pursuing the business of a jurisdiction with over 5,000,000 voters using an electronic poll book and that their software can handle early, and election day voting.The city of Chicago sits in Cook County Illinois. And while the city is separated from the County on Election Day, the County said it still has over 2,000,000 voters outside of Chicago.VO-Tech, based in San Diego, CA provides the electronic poll book for Cook County.They also provide voting software to Harris County, but not for the iPads. President John Metcalf said they’ve never received a “Request for Proposal” from the County to provide an electronic poll book. Neither has VR Systems.Stanart estimates he’s saving the County money by writing its own software. “It’s taken a while, taken uh, oh gosh I don’t know a year and a half, two years, I mean it’s been a good while, we’ve working on it diligently,” he said.In Arizona, Maricopa County has 2,200,000 voters, though fewer people voting on Election Day than Harris County. Adrian Fontes oversees voting there and said they wrote their own software, in less than six months.And what Fontes and others can’t understand, is why Stanart would purchase so many iPads before a software program that could handle Harris County’s size, was created. “I don’t want to second guess Stan but maybe he got deal on those things and went out and bought ‘em and said, Hey we’re gonna work them into the system bit by bit,” he said.Stanart said he doesn’t think the County saved money by purchasing the iPads three years before Voting Centers would become Election Day reality, and second guesses himself.“In hindsight, yeah I would have not bought ‘em quite as early as we did, but we’re still going use them. They work fast. They work great. They’ll serve the purpose. They have lots of life left in them,” said Stanart who plans to have all the iPads in use by 2018. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

UPDATE Schumer White House Respond To Shutdown By Pointing Fingers

first_imgIt’s an unprecedented situation, given that broad shutdowns usually happen in times of divided government. This is the first time it has happened with the same party controlling both Congress and the White House.Members of the House and Senate are reconvening in the Capitol on Saturday to try to resolve the impasse. But it’s not clear what path there is to a compromise, as Republican leaders made clear they will not negotiate on immigration while the government is shut down.The House came back into session at 9 a.m. ET, before Republicans and Democrats headed for separate, closed-door caucus meetings to chart their paths forward. The Senate was set to return at noon ET.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced early Saturday that he will be offering an amendment to change the proposed funding bill from a four-week time frame to three weeks, meaning it would extend funding through Feb. 8 instead of Feb. 16. But it does not have any substantive changes on immigration or long-term spending, which would be key to a longer resolution.Early Saturday morning, Trump accused Democrats of playing “Shutdown politics.”Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border. They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead. #WeNeedMoreRepublicansIn18 in order to power through mess!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018 Alex Wong/Getty Images via NPRSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference Saturday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Updated at 2:10 p.m. ETThe federal government is in the midst of a partial shutdown, and it appears it will be that way for some time.Members of the House and Senate reconvened at the Capitol on Saturday to try to find a way to resolve the impasse. There was hope lawmakers would quickly take up a patchwork resolution that is all of one week shorter than the measure that failed late Friday night in the Senate.But it’s not clear what path there is to a compromise, as Republican leaders made clear they will not negotiate on immigration while the government is shut down.As it was in the days leading up to the shutdown, the gears of a political blame game kept rolling Saturday morning. President Trump was tweeting at dawn, blaming Democrats for the lapse in government funding as the Senate failed to advance a four-week extension overnight.Trump accused Democrats of choosing “unchecked illegal immigration” over the military, and Democrats say he has not kept his word to find a deal to protect immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018 Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, who leads the Senate Democrats’ campaign strategy, told NPR’s Weekend Edition that Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had a productive meeting at the White House on Friday. But after that, Van Hollen said, “The naysayers at the White House then got involved, and things went downhill from there,” referring to immigration hard-liners in the administration.Because most government offices won’t open again until Monday, there is time over the weekend for legislators to reach a compromise, and House members have been kept in Washington, D.C., in case that happens.The three-week proposal before the Senate on Saturday has been championed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., since Friday evening. Graham had opposed the longer measure for four weeks of funding, which passed in the House on Thursday but failed in the Senate early Saturday morning, just after the shutdown took effect. Throughout the evening Friday, Graham’s proposal for a shorter time frame of stopgap funding seemed to be picking up steam with senators as the chamber failed to pass the House measure or to reach any larger deal on a number of issues that have been under consideration relating to spending levels, immigration and border security.As the shutdown took effect, Senate leaders were still talking on the floor after a procedural vote late Friday lacked the 60 yes votes needed to advance the House’s four-week funding bill.Around 12:15 a.m. ET, McConnell voted no on the House measure, doing so for procedural reasons that allowed him to preserve the ability to bring up a substitute bill later. The final vote was 50-49, with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., absent from the vote.The apparent congressional paralysis risked overshadowing the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration and capped off a year defined at times by chaos and frustration from both the White House and congressional Republicans despite their unified control of Washington.And it comes after days of hurried negotiations to find a compromise failed, leading to finger-pointing from both parties eager to shift the blame.Republicans and McConnell had been angling for a four-week continuing resolution that included extending the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years in an effort to entice Democrats to vote for the insurance program they want to fund.But Democrats, led by Schumer, pushed to include an immigration measure that would include a pathway to citizenship for roughly 700,000 immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program the Trump administration rescinded last year.Republicans blamed Democrats for angling for the DACA legislative fix over keeping the government open, using the hashtag #SchumerShutdown and launching an accompanying website focused on Schumer.Shortly before midnight, the White House released a statement blasting Democrats as “obstructionist losers.”“Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown. Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans. We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform. During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the President and his Administration will fight for and protect the American people.”Trump has canceled plans to travel to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida over the weekend, where he was set to have a gala fundraiser Saturday to commemorate his inauguration one year ago.Just after midnight, McConnell took the Senate floor to fault Democrats for not backing the House bill and averting a shutdown.“What we have just witnessed on the floor was a cynical decision to shove aside millions of Americans for the sake of irresponsible political gains,” the GOP leader said. “A government shutdown was 100 percent avoidable, completely avoidable. Now it is imminent all because Senate Democrats chose to filibuster a noncontroversial funding bill that contains nothing — not a thing — that they do not support.”However, the hashtag #TrumpShutdown was also trending on Twitter late Friday night, and Democrats believe that it’s Republicans who will end up shouldering the majority of blame from the public given that the GOP controls both Congress and the White House.Trump appeared to complicate efforts to reach a compromise over the past weeks, at first signaling he would sign any immigration deal but then rejecting a bipartisan proposal, bending to his conservative, hard-line base and insisting any deal had to have funding for his trademark border wall. Negotiations further stalled after Trump reportedly used a vulgarity in questioning why the U.S. should welcome immigrants from Africa instead of from places like Norway. (Trump has denied that he used that language.)Schumer took to the Senate floor immediately after McConnell early Saturday and said that when he met with Trump at the White House on Friday, he had put the border wall on the negotiating table in order to reach a compromise on DACA. But “even that was not enough to entice the president to finish the deal,” Schumer said, accusing Trump and Republicans of “rooting for a shutdown,” which he said would “crash entirely” on the president’s shoulders.“What happened to the president who asked us to come out with a deal and promised he’d take heat for it? What happened to that president? He backed off at the first sign of pressure,” Schumer said. “The same chaos, the same disarray, the same division and discord on the Republican side that’s been in the background of these negotiations for months unfortunately appears endemic.”Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images via NPRDACA supporters rally at the U.S. Capitol on Friday in Washington, D.C. Democrats, are pushing to include an immigration measure that would include a pathway to citizenship for roughly 700,000 immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood ArrivalPolling released Friday from both Washington Post/ABC News and CNN found that most Americans would blame Trump and Republicans over Democrats in the event a shutdown occurred. However, CNN also found a majority said approving a budget deal was more important than finding a way to advance DACA.As NPR’s Brian Naylor reported, if the shutdown continues, essential services will continue and essential workers would remain on the job, though they would be unpaid. Active-duty military will stay in service, along with post offices. In a change from the last time the government shut down in October 2013, the Interior Department announced it will work to keep national parks open and “as accessible as possible.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterTourism officials from Santa Monica wrapped up their 2018 Sales Mission to Australia last week, with an event for trade partners held at Sydney’s Park Hyatt overlooking the Sydney Opera House on Thursday 15 November 2018.The annual mission was led by Todd Mitsuhata, Santa Monica Travel & Tourism‘s Manager, Asia Pacific and Latin America. On his third mission Down Under, he said Australia was Santa Monica’s top international source market, ahead of the United Kingdom and Canada.“Australia has been one of our top markets for a good number of years, which is testament to the great work the team here is doing,” Mitsuhata told LATTE at the event.Santa Monica Pier | Image credit: Joakim Lloyd RaboffJust 13 kilometres north of Los Angeles International Airport, Santa Monica is only 21.5 square kilometres in size and consists of eight unique neighbourhoods: Pier/Ocean Avenue (where the iconic Santa Monica Pier is located), Downtown, Main Street, Wilshire, Ocean Park Boulevard, Pico Boulevard, Mid-City and Montana Avenue.Mitsuhata said Santa Monica is the perfect base for out-of-towners, from where they can go out and explore greater Los Angeles. The city has more than 400 restaurants and operates four weekly farmer markets, so visitors have plenty of options to select from in terms of eating out. Further, the now two-year-old Metro Line light rail,  just two blocks from Santa Monica Pier, offers convenient and reliable transport from the coastal city to downtown Los Angeles in 46 minutes. He said it beats the “unpredictability of LA traffic”.Third Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Monica | Image credit: Joakim Lloyd Raboff“If you wanted to go to the Walt Disney Concert Hall or Universal Studios, depending on when you leave, the train is a very convenient and its fast.”Australian travellers generally stay for three-to-four nights in Santa Monica, a longer length of stay than most other visitors from abroad, Mitsuhata said.Santa Monica is home to 40 hotels and offers a diverse range of high-end accommodations, including properties from within the JW Marriott, Viceroy, Fairmont, Loews and Shangri-La chains, along with Shore Hotel, Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa Del Mar. The latter two both provide direct access to the iconic beach.Next summer will see the opening of Santa Monica Proper Hotel on the corner of 7th and Wilshire Boulevard. The 271-room property is billed as a “seamless merger of historic retrofit and new construction”, and will feature a rooftop pool, three restaurants. Mitsuhata told LATTE it will be a “good new addition to Santa Monica”.Santa Monica Bike Path | Image credit: Joakim Lloyd Raboff“I would say luxury in Santa Monica is more about the California lifestyle,” Mitsuhata said. “Visitors can take in the sites by hopping on the South Bay bike trail which runs through Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice Canals and Manhattan Beach.”Another popular local experience is a cooking school.“We have a high-end luxury shopping mall called Santa Monica Place which is in the heart of downtown Santa Monica. Retailers include Nordstrum, Bloomingdale’s, Louis Vuitton, Coach, and then on the top there’s a cooking school that does hands-on, three-hour cooking classes. It caters for all different kinds of cuisine [and] kids, adults and groups. They also do a walkthrough of the farmers market to get some produce for a farm-to-table kind of cooking experience.”Santa Monica Farmers Market | Image credit: Santa Monica Travel & Tourism“North of the downtown area is a street called Montana Avenue, which is a high-end and a more affluent residential area that has a lot of really high-end, boutique local shops. That’s a really nice local experience and that’s quite different from what is offered in Beverley Hills, where you are going to have the designer shops.“Santa Monica has everything from the name-brands on the Promenade, to the luxury shops in Santa Monica Place mall and then the high-end boutiques on Montana Avenue.”Samta Monica Shopping | Photo credit: Santa Monica Travel & TourismThe delegation from Santa Monica also included representatives from Hotel Shangri-La and Shores Hotel. They were also supported by United Airlines.Lead image: pictured at the event in Sydney from left are Dustin Hess, Director of Sales & Revenue Management, Hotel Shangri-La, Santa Monica; Gerry Peck, General Manager of Shore Hotel, Santa Monica; Todd Mitsuhata, Santa Monica Travel & Tourism – Manager, Asia Pacific & Latin America; with Belinda Condon and Tommy Lindblad from United Airlines.For more information on Santa Monica, see www.santamonica.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2018 10:53 am PDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2018 at 6:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Maze Runner’ publisher parts ways with James Dashner NEW YORK, N.Y. – The publisher of James Dashner, who faces allegations of sexual misconduct, is parting ways with the author.Three Penguin Random House imprints issued a statement Thursday night saying they would “not be publishing any future books by James Dashner.” One of the country’s most popular writers for young people, Dashner is known not just for the million-selling “Maze Runner” series, but for “The Mortality Doctrine” and “The 13th Reality” books. Penguin Random House did not immediately offer comment on whether a novel for adults announced last year, “The Waking,” would still be released.The latest movie adaptation of the “Maze Runner” novels, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” came out last month.Earlier Thursday, Dashner tweeted an extended apology for his behaviour.“I’ve taken the past few days for introspection, to see if I’ve been part of the problem. I think that I have,” he wrote Thursday. “I didn’t honour or fully understand boundaries and power dynamics. I can sincerely say that I have never intentionally hurt another person. But to those affected, I am deeply sorry. I am taking any and all criticisms and accusations very seriously, and I will seek counselling and guidance to address them.”Dashner, “Thirteen Reasons Why” writer Jay Asher and other popular authors for young people were cited repeatedly in a recent comments thread on sexual misconduct on the website of the School Library Journal. Both Dashner and Asher have been dropped by their agents. Asher has disputed the misconduct allegations, but acknowledged having extramarital affairs.The timing of this week’s news proved especially awkward. On Monday, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators told The Associated Press that last year it had kicked out Asher and illustrator David Diaz because of misconduct complaints. The news came within hours of one of the happiest occasions for the children’s books community: the announcement of the Newbery award for best book and Caldecott award for best illustration, an honour that was given to Diaz in 1995.last_img read more

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