US rejection of Keystone pipeline praised by FN leaders

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Obama administration Wednesday rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.The U.S. State Department said TransCanada could resubmit a proposal for the pipeline if it takes an alternative route.The pipeline was slated to take Alberta bitumen to the southern U.S. coast.Many Canadian First Nation people were opposed to the pipeline, including Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus.last_img

Vatican omits mention of residential schools in notes following meeting with PM

first_img(Laureen Harper, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday. Photo courtesty PMO) Julien Gignac APTN National NewsNotes released by the Vatican recounting a 10-minute meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Pope Francis Thursday failed to mention the topic of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Harper said he reminded the Pope of the letter sent by his Aboriginal Affairs minister regarding the Truth and Reconciliation commission.The letter, sent last week, notifies the Holy See of the commission.Download (PDF, Unknown)But in meeting notes released by officials at the Vatican, there is no mention of Harper raising the issue of the TRC.The TRC released 94 recommendations June 2, one of which asks for an official apology to be made by the Pope in Canada for abuses carried out by the Roman Catholic Church in its residential school system.The release made by Harper’s office does not specify which recommendation was presented or whether the prime minister personally invited Pope Francis to Canada to apologize.Many hoped Harper would use the meeting with the Pope to secure an apology for what the TRC calls the “the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children in Catholic-run residential schools.”The recommendation continues, “we call for that apology to be similar to the 2010 apology issued to Irish victims of abuse and to occur within one year of the issuing of this Report and to be delivered by the Pope in Canada.”Pope Francis, however, was invited to the 150th anniversary Confederation in 2017 by Harper at the meeting.The meeting came seven years to the day after the prime minister provided an apology in 2008 to residential school survivors in the House of Commons.The Anglican church has already apologized for its role in residential schools that ran from 1840 to 1996.“Prime Minister Harper addressed the situation in Ukraine and his deep concern with Vladimir Putin’s aggression, occupation and violence in Ukraine,” notes the PMO.Also on the agenda, the “barbarism” of Islamic militants against religious minorities and environmental issues, said Harper’s office.Harper gave the pontiff a hand-carved maple leaf made from the same stone used in the construction of Parliament Hill.Thursday marks the final day of his six-country European tour.jgignac@aptn.calast_img read more

MMIWG commissioners reprimanded warned not to let families down in final week

first_imgMMIWG National Inquiry Commissioners Qajaq Robinson and Brian Eyolfson listen to criticism of the inquiry’s work.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsCommissioners for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) got an earful Monday in Ottawa, and a reminder that the well-being of many families and survivors who have testified will depend on how the commissioners conclude their two-year mandate.Parties with standing presented closing submissions just a few blocks from Parliament Hill Monday, when legal counsel for a number of groups gave their final statements to the inquiry’s four commissioners.Suzan Fraser, a lawyer representing Families for Justice—a coalition of 20 families from Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.—told the commissioners that their final report must include a breakdown of the inquiry’s own failings.“I want you, when you prepare your report and you think about all that you have heard, to ground yourself in the critics,” she said, standing before the commissioners.Criticism of the commissioners and inquiry has been long and varied.From scheduling and execution of the hearings, to inadequate support and resources for participants and families, to a lack of communication and transparency — the inquiry has been the focus of attention as much as the survivors and families to whom it was mandated to give a voice.Families “need to make sure that their loved ones did not die in vain,” Frazer said. “The death, the disappearance, has to have some meaning. And everyone who came before you to tell you their truth — that truth has to have meaning.“Those stories have to ground your report. Those tears that were cried have to have a purpose. People gave themselves to you completely, without reservation and at a great personal cost.”Fraser reminded commissioners of the 20 victims and families she represents at the inquiry, followed by list of matters she says the commissioners must include in their report if they want to avoid victimizing families.“You promised the families that your process would look different. You created advisory committees without letting the families know how people were chosen. You held directed roundtables without being transparent. You promised a forensic file review and no details ever came. You urged families to engage with you, promised them that they would have support, and left them scrambling to attend last-minute hearings with last-minute travel [and] aftercare that was cobbled together,” she said.Watch Annette Francis’ story on MMIWG hearings. Last fall the inquiry released its interim report, and in March requested a two-year extension and additional $50 million in federal funding in order to fulfill its mandate.Canada responded with an additional six months for the inquiry to wrap up its hearings, submit its final report and conclude its work. That deadline is June 30, 2019.Responding to Families for Justice, Commissioner Qajaq Robins thanked Fraser for her “tough truths,” and admitted the inquiry must “look at the missteps” and the “unfinished business”.This week’s hearings in Ottawa are the last for the inquiry, which has spent the past two years criss-crossing the country to hear testimony from families of hundreds of Indigenous women and girls who’ve been murdered or gone missing. Many of the cases have never been solved.But within months the inquiry came under fire over its lack of organization, accused of being insensitive to many of those seeking standing to share their families’ stories.Meanwhile, the inquiry saw a lengthy series of resignations from staff.When Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett announced last spring that Canada would not be granting the requested two year extension and additional funding, Commissioner Michele Audette announced she was contemplating stepping down.She ultimately decided to stay.But it was moments like that in the inquiry that Frazer said caused agony for her clients.“When the extension was not granted and you said that you were going to think about whether you were going to continue with the Inquiry, Commissioner Audette, that was like a gut punch to the stomach of the families who gave you their stories,” she told the commissioner, who was joining the hearing by Skype. “They were extremely hurt by that.”Audette acknowledged the inquiry “could have done better,” but promised the commissioners and inquiry staff will “continue to paddle and bring that report, bring those recommendations, to the federal government, provincial governments, our own governments.”In closing submissions earlier Monday morning Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) counsel Alisa Lonbard told the commissioners that once they present the inquiry’s final report and recommendations to the federal government, those findings “are not optional” for Canada.“They are legal imperatives arising from human rights, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian constitution, including the Honour of the Crown,” she said.“Canada’s not at liberty to disregard its recommendations or delay their implementation. To do so would amount to the conscious continuation of the human rights violations.”Catherine Dunn, counsel for the MMIWG Manitoba Coalition, said Monday the inquiry’s final report will do more than place legal obligations on the Crown.“The purpose of the national inquiry, among many other things, is to create a public record…which will identify 150 years of oppression against one section of Canada — and that is Indigenous people.”She said the “pathway for change does not come from law, it comes from political will,” but that achieving that political will is an uphill battle.“The average Canadian who believes that we are a just and free society is wrong,” she said. “And this may be the first time in 150 years that they’ve heard why this is wrong.”Oral closing submissions for the MMIWG Inquiry continue this week in Ottawa with submissions from more than two dozen other parties with standing.On Tuesday a lawyer representing the Government of Canada will deliver the federal government’s closing statements.jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

Zimbabwes Presidentelect Reiterates Support For Polisario

Rabat – Shortly after Robert Mugabe stepped down as president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, the newly appointed president has reiterated his country’s “firm” and “principled” support to the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.According to Zimbabwean news outlet The Herald, Mnangagwa received  on Wednesday Mohamed Yeslem Beissat, a special envoy of Brahim Ghali, the so-called Polisario Front leader.The envoy then affirmed that Mnangagwa reiterated his country’s full support and solidarity “that has always linked the Sahrawi Republic with the Republic of Zimbabwe and has always been between  Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and the Polisario Front.” Both sides agreed on strengthening the “precious bonds” that links them, according to the same source.Zimbabwe’s stance on the Moroccan integrity was crystal-clear since Mugabe’s presidency. The return of Morocco to the African Union on January 31 caused the former president outrage. Fifty-four countries voted in favor of Morocco’s return to the African Union. Members who voted against were Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana, Algeria and Namibia, all known for their firm support for the Polisario Front.The President-elect took office on Friday, November 24, three days after the resignation of Mugabe on November 21.International Community Support For Morocco’s Autonomy PlanMorocco has been committed to finding an accurate political solution to the Sahara issue. In 2006, the kingdom outlined its Autonomy Plan to the United Nations that has long been engaged in the issue to find a peaceful solution to the four-decades conflict.The UN previous resolutions were not as effective as Morocco’s Autonomy Plan initiative, which was endorsed by the international community as well as UN bodies. Unlike Polisario’s moves, Morocco’s Autonomy Plan was commended by many countries since it was brought on the table. In October, 21 Peruvian members of parliament expressed their support in a signed letter to Ricardo Luna, Peru’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.The plan was also welcomed by a series of resolutions issued by the United Nations Security Council since 2017, including resolution 2351 of late April, that described the Moroccan initiative as “serious and credible.”Saint Lucia also reaffirmed its support for the Moroccan plan as a basis for consensual solution to the issue. On November 17, St Lucia’s  External Affairs Minister Sarah Flood-Beaubrun reiterated her country’s full support for the autonomy plan, commending King Mohammed VI’s development projects in the Moroccan southern provinces.In October, Qatar and Emirates also expressed their support for Morocco’s Plan, saying that the best solution to end the conflict must respect Morocco’s sovereignty over the region.During the 13th France-Morocco High Level Meeting that took place November 15 and 16, France’s stance on Morocco’s autonomy plan was also highlighted through a final statement issued at the end of the event. France lauded Morocco’s commitment to work with Horst Kohler, the new Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara. read more

King Mohammed VI Appoints 14 New Ambassadors to Middle East Europe

Rabat – King Mohammed VI chaired a council of ministers Monday and appointed 14 ambassadors to primarily Middle Eastern, European, and South American countries.The council was held on August 20, the Day of the Revolution of the King and People. Following the council of ministers, the spokesperson of the Royal Palace, Abdelkader Lamrini, briefed the press on the most important decisions made during the meeting.According to Lamrini, the King’s appointment of ambassadors to represent the kingdom abroad came in accordance with the proposal of Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita. Mohamed Sitri, former ambassador to Jordan was appointed to represent Morocco as the new ambassador to Qatar.Khalid Naciri, former minister of communication, was appointed to represent Morocco as ambassador to Jordan.Youssef Amrani, who holds the position of delegate-minister for foreign affairs, was appointed as Moroccan ambassador to South Africa.Former Ambassador to Austria Lofi Bouachra was appointed as the new ambassador to Russia.The King also appointed Youssef Bella, who served as Moroccan ambassador to Peru, as the new ambassador to Italy.Mohamed Ali Lazrak, secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was appointed as ambassador to Turkey, while Amine Choudri was appointed as ambassador to Peru.Former Ambassador to Italy Hassan Abouyoub was appointed as new ambassador to Romania.Azzedine Farhane, who served as ambassador to Vietnam, was appointed ambassador to Austria, while Yassir Fares was appointed as ambassador to Argentina.Other newly appointed ambassadors are: Jamal Chaibi, ambassador to Vietnam;Zhor El Alaoui, ambassador to Germany; and Rajaa Naji Mekkaoui, ambassador to the Vatican.The King has also appointed Samir Addahre as an ambassador to UNICEF.Loubna Trisha was appointed as director of the Office of Vocational Training and the Promotion of Work (OFPPT) on the proposal of El Ohmani and Minister of Education Said Amzazi.The King also appointed Abdellatif Bardach as the director of the National Electricity Regulatory Authority. read more

Brock mourns the death of retired nursing lecturer

Janet MatthewsBrock University is saddened by the death of Janet Mathews, an adjunct professor in the Department of Nursing.She died last week at Hospice Niagara with her family by her side. She was 66.Mathews retired in 2009 after seven years as a lecturer at Brock University. After retiring, she continued delivering guest lectures as an adjunct faculty member and furthering her research in the area of ethical decision making, which included her Algorithm for Ethical Decision Making in Clinical Practice. She will be remembered for her passion for nursing and nursing education as demonstrated through her teaching and interactions with students and colleagues.Visitation will be held at Williams Funeral Services on Tuesday, May 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. & 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to noon.A service will be held in the Williams Chapel on Wednesday at noon to pay tribute to Mathews’s life.In memory of Mathews, those who wish may make a contribution to Hospice Niagara, Unit 2, 403 Ontario St., St. Catharines L2N 1L5 read more

Poor countries can do more to stem effects of brain drain experts

As the UN Commission on Population and Development meets in New York, experts attending the session said that developing countries need to act fast as many will soon be requiring foreign labour because so many of their own citizens have left for other States.Brunson McKinley, Director-General of the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration (IOM), said that in developing countries, it is usually “the best educated, the most dynamic” portion of its citizenry that migrate to work in wealthier nations.Mr. McKinley said population experts and organizations such as IOM are helping many poor countries to turn their brain drain into a “brain gain.”He said States need to encourage citizens who have left to return to start their own businesses or professional practices, or by investing their wealth to create jobs in their homeland. Skilled migrant workers also have contacts in developed countries that can be tapped into to benefit the home country, Mr. McKinley added.He said another major debate in the population community is whether people move to jobs or jobs move to people – spotlighting the issue of outsourcing, or transferring a company’s jobs to a country with lower labour costs.Riad Tabbarah, Director of the Centre for Development Studies and Projects in Beirut, said the migrant population in the North is increasingly highly skilled, particularly in technology industries, compared to the prototype of the poor migrant leaving a country to better themselves and their families.Joseph Chamie, Director of the UN Population Division, said the biggest population issue for developing countries remains mortality, followed by rapid population growth. In developed nations, the major worries are low fertility rates and declining populations.In another development, the Population Division today released its new estimates and projections of urban and rural populations for major areas, regions and countries of the world, large urban agglomerations and capital cities. The results, depicted in two wall charts, Urban and Rural Areas 2003, and Urban Agglomerations 2003, show that globally, some 3 billion people lived in cities in 2003, but that figure is expected to rise to 5 billion by 2030. read more

UN population forum urged to examine ways to protect people on the

“People are moving at high rates within national borders, and international migration is growing more complex, with more countries serving simultaneously as countries of origin, transit and destination,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the opening of the 51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development.Created to advise the UN and its Member States on population issues and trends, the Commission is meeting this year under the theme ‘sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration.’Over the next week, delegates will tackle a host of matters related to the dramatic population shifts under way driven by the movement of people from rural to urban areas, between cities of different sizes and from one country to another. By 2030, six of every 10 people will be an urban inhabitant. By 2050, it may be two out of three, according to the UN.Ms. Mohammed said that some of the rapid population change is due to growing drivers of displacement, including conflict, poor economic prospects and, in some cases, climate-related hazards. But much of the mobility also stems from people seeking new opportunities – better jobs, education and training, expanded social and family connections, and more.Questions of migration and urbanization cannot be distinguished from those of sustainable development because as young people seek a better life in cities, the potential loss to communities and countries of origin can be significant, she said.Some cities have successfully managed migration, said Ms. Mohammed. UN Photo/Loey FelipeDeputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed makes remarks during the opening segment of the fifty-first session of the Commission on Population and Development.For example, since 2013, São Paulo has been successful in this endeavor through an awareness-raising campaign focused on ending xenophobia and better policy coordination. These measures have helped the Brazilian city embrace migrants and their families and provide them with assistance.In London, the Home Secretary and the Archbishop of Canterbury have launched a new scheme to encourage community groups to sponsor a refugee family. An online service for refugees in the UK now makes it easier for any individual to support refugees, allowing local authorities to focus on the provision of public goods and services.Data collection is crucial to improve collective understanding of the changing situation.The Government of Zambia has partnered with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to generate district-level development indicators. Analysis of data collected have been used to inform the latest national development plan and mobilize investments in health and education for children and youth.The Dominican Republic highlighted the contributions of Haitian migrants to gross domestic product (GDP), as well as the limited services they received.“Because gaps in understanding are easily filled by myths and misperceptions, better data can usefully inform global discussions of migration and related issues,” Ms. Mohammed said.“It is for this reason that the Commission on Population and Development, with its focus on population data and its emphasis on evidence-based policymaking, plays such a vital role,” she added. read more

Despite Ohio States success against the run USC believes Ronald Jones is

Ohio State junior defensive end Sam Hubbard speaks to the media on Dec. 27 prior to the 2017 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — Every team with a stud running back that faced Ohio State’s run defense believed it had the key to breaking through a stingy front that has allowed just 108.8 yards per game, eighth-best in the nation. But the Buckeyes stuffed nearly every high-level back they played against. Penn State’s Heisman Trophy contender Saquon Barkley managed just 2.1 yards per carry on 21 rushes, while Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor had 15 carries for 41 yards. Like all other challengers that have come before, USC believes it has a running back — junior Ronald Jones — who can break through.And while Jones sits in the shadow of potential No. 1 NFL draft pick quarterback Sam Darnold, he might be the key to a USC victory in the Cotton Bowl Friday.“They’ve done a good job against some really good running backs,” Trojans offensive coordinator Tee Martin said Wednesday. “But Ronald, I think, is different than some guys they’ve seen.”Jones sits at No. 5 in the record book for most rushing yards in USC history with 3,555 yards. This season, he has racked up 1,486 yards on 242 carries and became the first player in the program since Lendale White (2004 and 2005) to rush for at least 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. Through 12 games, he has 18 touchdowns on the ground and has added 14 catches for 187 yards, with a touchdown.“I don’t know if, number one, I haven’t coached one like him,” Martin said. “I don’t know if in my career I’ll have another one like him.”Ohio State sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison (39), Damon Arnette (3) and Damon Webb (7) take down Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the third quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe challenge Jones presents to Ohio State in Friday’s Cotton Bowl differs from its prior matchups against top running backs. His combination of speed and acceleration with unexpected power from a 6-foot, 200-pound frame differs from the unexpected speed of Taylor and Barkley, both of whom weigh at least 15 pounds more than Jones.While Taylor and Barkley look physical and surprise defenses with their speed, Jones’ speed is well documented, where his physicality and power can shock the opposition.“He kind of takes a, what you call a raised step right before he gets hit and really delivers a blow, as opposed to a guy just continuing to run,” Schiano said. “That is something that I don’t know if it’s coached or not. You don’t see a lot of guys that are able to do that. I think that’s kind of a gift. And if you make a mistake, the one thing, he’s gone.”Redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard said he believes Barkley and Taylor are “typical Big Ten-great running backs,” but Jones is smaller and much faster than them. Regardless, he said, the defensive gameplan does not change. “Everything’s the same,” Hubbard said. “You’ve got to be fundamentally sound, stay in your gaps and build a wall.”That wall has held strong nearly every game, though a few players — such as Iowa’s Akrum Wadley, who rushed for 118 yards on 20 carries — have broken through. Even Barkley managed a 36-yard rush in his 41-yard performance against the Buckeyes.The Trojans hope Jones can break through that wall, but are prepared to sub in backup running backs. Martin said all four tailbacks — Jones, Stephen Carr, Vavae Malepeai and Aca’Cedric Ware — are healthy for the first time this season.“We can go big, we can go small,” Martin said. “We can go fast or faster with the four backs that we have.”But the Buckeyes feel confident that they can counter the Trojans’ stable of running backs with their dominant defensive line rotation.“If they’re going to keep cycling running backs in and running the ball, their offensive line is going to get worn down,” Hubbard said. “I feel like we have that advantage in at least the rotation if they try and go up-tempo just because we’re so deep at the defensive line.”Though the Trojans plan to rotate running backs, Jones will be the key to kick-starting a run game that became more important late in the year.During the final stretch of the season, Jones became USC’s featured offensive weapon. After having more than 20 carries just once through the Trojans’ first nine games of the year, he had 25-plus carries in each of the final four games, tallying at least 122 yards in each contest. Ohio State quarterbacks coach Ryan Day told the defense Jones would be one of the top-two running backs the Buckeyes face this season, along with Barkley, sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa said. But the ever-confident, second-team All-American is not worried.“[Jones] was a track guy, so he’s really fast and he’s a pretty big dude,” Bosa said. “So we just have to bottle him up. “We’ve done pretty well with that this year so it’ll be just like the same.” read more

Green clash over new Hunter Valley coal mine

first_imgOn May 9, Greens MP and self-styled mining spokesperson Lee Rhiannon today called on Premier Morris Iemma of New South Wales, Australia to reject the proposed Anvil Hill coal mine. “The mine would be a water and climate disaster. The Greens will be introducing our own Climate Futures Bill to stop it and we will be heavily supporting the protests at Anvil Hill,” Ms Rhiannon said. “The threat of zero water allocations in the Upper Hunter must be awake up call for the NSW government’s approach to coal mining. Each year this mine would use a massive 400 megalitres of Hunter River water at the expense of agriculture and the local economy.”Centennial refutes the statements and says “the proposed Anvil Hill coal mine has adequate water licences available for planned future consumption, having already obtained sufficient water allocation licences to satisfy the project’s needs, estimated at no more than 400 mega litres per annum. To put the mine’s water needs into context, it is estimated that the mine requires approximately the same amount of water as an average vineyard or horse stud.“Water usage has been a feature of Centennial’s planning process for the project, which will use sophisticated water capture and recycling systems as part of the mine’s design. Water issues were addressed by the Independent Hearing Assessment Panel, with the only relevant matter raised being a requirement that the mine hold appropriate water licences. The mine has already met this requirement, holding more than sufficient licences to meet its long-term water requirements. The proposed Anvil Hill mine has been subject to arguably the most rigorous environmental assessment process and has cleared every scientific, environmental and technical hurdle (including water management and usage).”Ms Rhiannon described Centennial Coal’s attitude as “arrogant, characteristic of the mining industry which exploits the weak NSW planning and environment laws to ignore the dangers of climate change and water shortages. The Anvil Hill coal mine would damage the ground water and impact on surface run-off in the lower catchment to Wybong Creek, which flows into the Hunter River.She further claimed that “the annual 10.5 Mt of coal that Anvil Hill would produce is a bad news story.  The mine would add more than  529 Mt of carbon dioxide to the earth’s atmosphere over the next 21 years. We are already facing increasingly frequent and severe droughts as a result of global warming. Increasing the risk of runaway climate change will be more bad news for water users in the Hunter and the environment.“The needs of the local community and the environment suffer because of the close relationship mining companies have established with the NSW government,” Ms Rhiannon said.last_img read more

VIDEO Michelle Obama struts her stuff on US TV

first_imgMICHELLE OBAMA KNOWS how to bust a move or, as this video shows, bust several dozen of them.Appearing on the American chat show ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’, she took to the stage with a rather male-looking (Jimmy Fallon) dance partner to educate the nation as to the evolution of ‘Mom Dancing’.For those of you heading out tonight, this is pretty much every move you’ll (n)ever need to make an impression.Now all we need is an Irish version with Sabina Higgins.(Late Night with Jimmy Fallon/YouTube)Read: Girl burns off hair in YouTube tutorial, uploads video anyway >last_img read more

Greece and ATO chase tax cheats

first_imgWhile last November’s G20 summit in Cannes attracted most attention for addressing threats to the global economy and the eurozone debt crisis, one agenda item slipped by largely unnoticed, that could have major repercussions for Greek Australian taxpayers living in Australia. At the summit, a ‘multilateral convention on mutual administrative assistance in tax matters’ developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), was put forward to be signed by all G20 countries including Australia, and 21 others including Greece, in an effort to tackle tax evasion worldwide. Last week the OECD announced that Greece has now signed the convention that gives participating countries a wide range of tools to enhance cross-border tax co-operation. In a statement the OECD said: “At a time when Greece is looking to shore up its economy in line with a new financial package supported by the euro area countries and other stakeholders, the convention will allow Greece to work more closely with other countries to combat tax avoidance and evasion.” OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria added that, “in addition to demonstrating its commitment to following the international standards on tax transparency and exchange of information, this convention will help Greece improve its internal tax collection system and pursue the tax revenues lost to tax avoidance and evasion. This will ensure that individuals and multinational enterprises pay the right amount of tax, at the right time and in the right place.” According to Neos Kosmos’ sources, on the basis of the new arrangement, the ATO may have already begun working with Greece in relation to the tax affairs of a number of Australians with Greek connections. International taxation lawyer Tony Anamourlis, told Neos Kosmos that the affect of this new collaboration between the two countries could have major implications. “I don’t think that people have taken this seriously. Greeks in Australia would never have thought that such a convention could have been signed, because they believe the Greek authorities are under no obligation to disclose and or provide information, but that has now changed dramatically,” says Mr Anamourlis. Co-operation between the ATO and the Greek taxman will include sharing information on all aspects of tax liability. “Because of the convention, this now obligates both tax authorities to provide, exchange and information about taxpayers’ income and assets – held both in Australia and in Greece,” added Mr Anamourlis. “This goes across the board – general income tax, capital gains tax, property assets, rental income, interest, and dividends. In effect this will mean if either tax authority wishes to conduct an audit of an individual they can undertake this together.” Information sharing could also include the supply of an individual’s (or company’s) Greek bank statements to the ATO, and could potentially affect means-testing for pensions in Australia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Adding up McCleary math Long division ahead

first_imgIt’s likely to be another hot summer for union negotiations in Southwest Washington and around the state as school districts and their teachers unions begin debating how to spend the millions of additional dollars districts will receive under the new school funding model.Unsurprisingly, the two sides are already at odds.The Washington Education Association is urging its members to push for 15 percent raises for teachers, and 37 percent raises for the classified support staff local unions represent. Clark County’s largest school districts, however, anticipate multimillion-dollar drops in revenue once local levies are capped next year.“There’s definitely a misunderstanding about the new money that’s coming into the district,” said Brett Blechschmidt, chief financial officer for Vancouver Public Schools.Districts so far are tight-lipped on what raises, if any, educators should expect, citing ongoing negotiations.At the center of those discussions is the McCleary fix, the Legislature’s response to the 2012 state Supreme Court ruling that determined the state was failing to fully fund basic education. After years of legislative gridlock, the Legislature last year raised its state property taxes for education and, beginning next year, capped local levies. That means more state money but less local money for schools.There’s a few other points to remember when it comes to teacher salaries this summer:• The Legislature eliminated the statewide salary schedule, a grid that previously set base pay for teachers based on their experience and education level. That leaves it up to local school districts to negotiate their own salary schedules.last_img read more

Nani seals Sporting Lisbon return

first_imgPortugal winger Nani has returned to Sporting Lisbon for a third time after rejoining his former club from Valencia on a two-year deal, Sportsmole claims.Nani who previously made a comeback to Sporting for a loan spell during the 2014-15 season scored 11 goals in 36 competitive appearances.The 31-year-old winger began his career at the Portuguese club before leaving for Manchester United in 2007. The Portugal international spent last season on loan in Italy with Lazio, where he only managed 18 appearances in Serie A.Bruno Fernandes, Sporting CP, Sporting Lisbon,Tottenham did not have the credentials to buy Fernandes George Patchias – September 5, 2019 Sporting president Varandas says Tottenham did not have the credentials to fulfill the bid for Bruno FernandesIn an interview with Sporting Lisbons president Frederico…Nani, who won Euro 2016 with his nation two years ago has failed to settle since leaving United with no more than one season spent at any of Fenerbahce, Valencia and Lazio, where he played on loan last term.Sporting, on the other hand, have battled to maintain stability in recent times, following the departure of a host of first-team players following a training ground attack from fans at the end of last season.They last month fired Sinisa Mihajlovic after just nine days of being in charge and installing former coach Jose Peseiro as his successor.last_img read more

Thorgan Hazard refuses to rule out summer move

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach winger Thorgan Hazard confirmed that he will not be leaving during this month’s transfer window, but refused to rule anything out this summerSince arriving Gladbach in 2014 from Chelsea, Hazard’s strong displays in the Bundesliga have made him one of most wanted players in Europe.The Belgium international has managed nine goals and six assists in 17 league games this season and is contracted at Gladbach until June 2020.But reports have recently linked Hazard with a return to the Premier League by joining Liverpool, while AS Roma and Atletico Madrid are also understood to be interested.The 25-year-old, however, insists he will not be going anywhere this month after holding talks with Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Max Eberl and I spoke before the winter break and I confirmed that the only important thing for me right now is that I can help our team here to be successful,” Hazard told the club website.“Max knows that my head is here at Borussia and I am fully concentrated on my job here.“I am not considering a transfer right now. I cannot say what will happen after the end of this season.“I may possibly extend my contract as I’m very happy here and family are also settled. Max and I will speak about this when it is the right time.Gladbach will take on Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena for their first game back from the winter break on January 19.last_img read more

Man arrested in Camas Cemetery vandalism

first_imgA 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with vandalism of 15 headstones Oct. 23 at Camas Cemetery.John H. Denton of Vancouver appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of violating laws protecting cemeteries and second-degree malicious mischief. He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 28.Judge John Nichols held Denton on $10,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Gerry Wear to defend him.The vandalism damaged headstones in the oldest part of the cemetery, known as the Pioneer Section. Some of the headstones were broken or toppled over.Two days later, Michael D. Garwood, 21, of Camas was arrested in connection with the vandalism, but charges weren’t filed because prosecutors said they needed more evidence. He remains a suspect in the crimes, said Camas police Sgt. Scot Boyles.Denton is accused of vandalizing the headstones after a night of drinking with four friends. The group was drinking at a house in Camas when they decided to go for a walk, according to a court affidavit.During the walk, one of the friends said she wanted to see her grandparents’ grave at the Camas Cemetery, 630 N.E. Oak St. The group of five entered the cemetery, where two of the friends — Denton and Garwood — separated from the rest of the group, according to the affidavit. They later rejoined the other three, who had gathered around the grandparents’ grave, the affidavit says.last_img read more

Begich WalkerMallot Are the Early Frontrunners for AFN Endorsement

first_imgAlaska’s largest Native organization will vote on candidate endorsements Saturday morning. The Alaska Federation of Natives Board of Directors has drafted two resolutions that will be heard on the final day of the AFN convention in Anchorage.Download AudioThe resolutions call for the re-­election of Sen. Mark Begich and the endorsement of Bill Walker for governor and Byron Mallott for lieutenant governor. Mallott is a former president of AFN.Resolutions are typically decided with a voice vote. Roll call votes, however, are not unheard of. In that case, regional caucuses will discuss the resolution with their delegates and a caucus leader will then cast the vote on behalf of each group.AFN’s co­chairs Tara Sweeney and Ana Hoffman are on opposite sides when it comes to the senate race. Sweeney is co­-chair for the Sullivan campaign. Hoffman has been actively involved in Begich’s campaign.Sullivan made an unscheduled appearance during a Board of Directors executive session meeting Tuesday. He reportedly received a cool reception. Despite the preference for Begich, board members were urged by delegates to not make endorsements and instead draft resolutions for them to vote on.The final list of resolutions includes several measures that in some form or another have been voted on at previous conventions. One resolution calls for stronger protection of tribal subsistence resources. Another asks for subsistence priority over commercial and sport use fishing and hunting.Delegates will also vote Saturday on resolutions to oppose marijuana legalization, reduce chinook and chum salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery, and support juvenile justice reform during the 2015 legislative session.last_img read more

7 killed in headon collision between two buses

first_imgPeople gather in front of the destroyed vehicles that collided at Khochabari in Thakurgaon on 2 August. Photo: UNBAt least seven people were killed and 19 others injured in head-on collision between two buses in Sadar upazila of Thakurgaon on Friday morning.Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.Front part of a crumpled bus that collide with another bus in Khochabari, Thakurgaon on 2 August. Photo: UNBLocal people said a Thakurgaon-bound bus of Dipjol Paribahan collided head-on with a bus of Nishat Paribahan at Khnochabari area of the upazila around 8:00 in the morning.People gather near the destroyed vehicles that collided at Khochabari in Thakurgaon on 2 August. Photo: UNBAs many as 46,086 people were killed between 1998-2014 while at least 7,221 people were killed in 2018 alone.A total of 297 people were killed in Dhaka. Of them 38 per cent were pedestrians.last_img read more

Youth is our strength

first_imgPN Mishra, the executive director of Ansal API group, has had a long and illustrious career. In a freewheeling interview with Millennium Post, he reveals all about new projects and more. Here are excerpts: Tell us about your journey…Before joining Ansal API Group in 1998, I worked in diverse fields. I joined Allahabad University as a lecturer after completing my studies in hydro dynamics, worked with DRDO and thereafter I was selected by the Public Service Commission and joined the Civil Services in Uttar Pradesh where I worked as vice president, Ghaziabad Development Authority managing urban development. While working as a civil servant, I studied development of huge townships in the Bartlett School of Planning and Architecture, London. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What are the major projects Ansal API is currently involved in?At the moment Ansal API is working on two huge projects in Uttar Pradesh. One is in Lucknow which is already taking shape (Sushant Golf City). This township is being developed as a hi-tech residential township spread across 3,500 acres and is surrounded by an 18-hole international-standard golf course. It has golf villas, schools, institutions, malls and commercial space to meet every need. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe second hi-tech township is being developed near Dadri, UP and then there are several integrated townships that we are working on in Agra, Meerut and Ghaziabad.Ansal API is dedicated to develop self-sustaining townships that are environment friendly. Rain water harvesting is key for all our townships. Natural resources are judicially used and preserved in their natural form and sewer lines are properly treated. We believe that power, drinking water and security are three basic things that a person needs to live and we provide that 24X7. What are your plans for the hospitality sector?These are allied activities. Like, in Lucknow, we are developing an 18-hole golf course in collaboration with a chain of five-star hotels. Golf today is an international sport which attracts many tourists. So if we organise a golf tournament of international stature, the hotels are bound to be filled.Also, these hotel chains are a way of creating employment. So while our projects are meant to provide the experience of living the good life; creating employment is also a big part of our townships.What are Ansal Group’s corporate social responsibility initiatives?Under the leadership of our Chairman, Sushil Ansal, Ansal API Group is continuously involved in several CSR initiatives. The Chiranjiv Charitable Trust, set up in 1976, currently runs schools in Palam Vihar and Sushant Lok in Gurgaon and has over 6,000 students. Ansal Institute of Technology (AIT) in Gurgaon has been running since 2000 in collaboration with many international universities.We also support NGOs like Shanty Sahayog and Ila Trust in their healthcare programmes in and around Delhi for the last five years by providing free medical treatment and medicines. In order to encourage Hindi writers and literature, Ansal API Group has been supporting the literary organisation Samvad .What is your take on farmers opposing the new Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill?The bill has already been implemented by us in the form of a workshop. We have purchased more than 3,000 acres of land in Lucknow without any litigation or acquisition, and neither have we faced any farmer’s ire as we treat them as our partners. As far as hi-tech township policies are concerned, we have not faced any trouble from the farmers’ side in UP either.What are the changes that you have seen in the real estate sector and how do you foresee the development in this industry?Our country has grown at a rapid pace and is on the path of becoming a world-class destination.India’s asset lies in today’s youth. As a developing nation, our effort should be to transform them into well-educated individuals in order to accomplish greater goals and this can only be achieved by strengthening our education system. There is a dire need to create centres of excellence and invest time and money in researches to come out with more innovations. As far as real estate sector is concerned, it is a very hopeful picture that I see in the future, especially with the money getting pumped into the economy and the country doing so well.Any plans for further expansions or investment?We have a wide and strong presence in UP and have big townships in most of northern India. We also have a fair presence in states like Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana. Our world-class facilities in all our townships help us boost the economy.last_img read more

How to delete your Yahoo account

first_imgHow to delete your Yahoo account by Martin Brinkmann on October 07, 2016 in Internet – 41 commentsA Reuters report suggests that Internet company Yahoo has been working with U.S. intelligence to search all customer emails.According to the report, Yahoo created a software that would scan all emails automatically at the request of U.S. intelligence even before they arrived in the user’s inbox.Reuters mentions that it received the information from several Yahoo employees.Yahoo did receive a “classified U.S. government demand” according to Reuters which was one of the broadest if not the broadest in scope up to that day considering that it involved the scanning of hundreds of million of email accounts.The demand stands in stark contrast to previous demands where companies were asked to scan a small number of accounts or hand over stored messages of an account.No one knows how much data was made available to the — unnamed — U.S. intelligence service, and whether other email providers were approached as well.How to delete your Yahoo accountWhile the details on the cooperation between Yahoo and U.S. intelligence are scarce, Yahoo customers may want to consider deleting their Yahoo account because of that privacy violation and the resulting lack of trust in the company.There is at least one step to the process, but if you want to keep your email there is two.Backing up all Yahoo emailsFirst thing you may want to do is back up all old Yahoo emails. If you don’t need those anymore you may skip the step, but usually you may want to keep access.The best way to back up all Yahoo mails depends on your migration plan. Some providers, Gmail or Outlook for instance, offer options to import emails from other providers such as Yahoo directly.On Gmail, you would open the settings, switch to “accounts and import” and click on the “import mail and contacts” link on that page. You need to supply your Yahoo account credentials to start the import, but everything else is handled by Google from that point on.Mail backup software like Mailstore Home, free for personal use, offers another option that is not restricted to individual providers.You do need to enable pop access on Yahoo first though before you can start using the software. Once that is out of the way, it is simply a matter of performing the following steps in the program:Select Archive e-mail in the application.Enter your email account address and click start afterwards.You are asked to authenticate the account by providing your password.Mailstore Home backs up all emails to the local system. You may use the program to search the emails, or to export them to another service, for instance an email client that you run on the local system.Deleting the accountYou may want to consider keeping the account alive for some time after migrating the emails to another provider or backing them up. It usually takes some time to update emails at services that you use on the Internet, privately or for work.Keeping the account activated during that time ensures that you don’t miss out on any of those.Once you are certain that this is no longer necessary, you may visit the Yahoo account deletion page.You are asked to sign in to the account, and asked to enter the account password and a captcha on the page afterwards.Click on the “terminate this account” button to permanently delete the Yahoo account and be done with it once and for all.Now You: What’s your primary email provider?SummaryArticle NameHow to delete your Yahoo accountDescriptionFind out how to delete your Yahoo account and migrate emails to another email provider or a local backup solution before you do so.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more