Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration misinformation

first_imgOTTAWA — Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.During a wide-ranging interview with The Canadian Press, Trudeau said he believes a broad Canadian consensus holds that immigration is good for the country, in the face of growing opposition to it in other places.The Liberal leader’s line suggests a theme for next year’s election campaign.“The decision that the Conservatives have taken recently to, for example, go after the global compact on migration in a way that is deliberately and knowingly spreading falsehoods for short-term political gain and to drum up anxiety around immigration is irresponsible, is not the way we should be moving forward in a thoughtful way on one of the big issues that is facing our country,” Trudeau said.The prime minister says he welcomes debate and discussion about immigration — as long as it sticks to meaningful areas of policy, such as the right number of immigrants to bring to Canada each year and how to properly integrate newcomers within the country.“But the fearmongering, and the misinformation that is being deliberately and knowingly put out by the Conservative party right now, is very dangerous to something that has been an extraordinary advantage and benefit for Canada for generations,” he said.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s press secretary Brock Harrison said Trudeau’s comments demonstrate that he is failing to take responsibility for Canadians’ concerns about the border. “He resorts to personal attacks and phoney arguments whenever he’s criticized for it,” Harrison said. “Conservatives will continue to hold him to account over the lengthy delays in processing and billions in added costs caused by his failure to secure the border.”Last week, Canada joined 164 countries in signing the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. It is the first large-scale agreement to cover all dimensions of international migration and is aimed at improving co-operation.But the pact has incited protest, particularly in Eastern Europe, where a number of far-right groups and political parties have used the compact to fan public concern over a historic increase in the number of migrants and displaced people fleeing wars, persecution and violence in their home countries — or, in some cases, seeking better economic opportunities.Scheer came out strongly against the compact on the grounds that it would give foreign entities influence over Canada’s immigration system, claims that have been rejected by many immigration-law experts.The Conservatives have also been hammering the Liberals over the influx of asylum seekers crossing into Canada “irregularly,” away from official entry points, over the last two years. The issue has led to clashes with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Quebec Premier Francois Legault, who each want Ottawa to fork over $200 million or more to cover costs the two provinces have borne to house and provide services to asylum seekers.They say the federal government is too slow to assess refugee claims and while claimants wait, the provinces have to support them.Over 38,000 irregular migrants have arrived in Canada since early 2017.Trudeau might face a steep challenge if migration turns out to be an election issue. An Angus Reid Institute poll conducted this fall suggested the Liberals are vulnerable on the issue of asylum seekers. Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute, told The Canadian Press at the time that concerns about the border resonate across the political spectrum every time the Conservatives bring the issue up.Trudeau said he plans to address the Canadian public’s growing fears by emphasizing that Canada has a robust immigration system that ensures incoming refugee claimants pose no security risk and meets international obligations that Canada has agreed to uphold.“This process is working to keep us safe,” he said. “There is a careful approach (by the Conservatives) to try and scare people, and as we’ve said, it’s always easier to try and scare people then to allay fears in a time of anxiety.”Anti-immigrant rhetoric is helping some political parties, Trudeau acknowledged, pointing specifically to Eastern Europe and the United States. These views have gained traction online in Canada, he added, noting this as an area “that I think requires us to be more vigilant.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lack of support holds Indigenous prisoners back

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN News Parole officers gave Parliamentarians a dose of reality on Indigenous incarceration Tuesday.Zef Ordman said he rarely recommends Indigenous prisoners for early release because they don’t have the employment, training or housing to help ease their transition into the outside world.“The white, middle-class, kid who’s got parents on the outside, and he’s 19 or 20, he’s got employment, he’s got education, he’s got housing,” Ordman told the House Committee of Public Safety and National Security.“The Aboriginal kid doesn’t have any of that.”Ordman said that won’t change unless Canada invests in Aboriginal-centred programs in health, education, employment and housing.Committee members heard release can be denied for something as simple as not having proper identification, because Indigenous offenders often come to prison without health cards or driver’s licences.“We had a job set up for (one inmate),” said Aura Andrews. “He couldn’t get it because he didn’t have his birth certificate or his (social insurance) card and he ended up failing.”Andrews suggested the department of Indigenous Affairs and its provincial counterparts visit prisons to hold identification clinics before offenders are released.The list of problems parole officers face is extensive, according to Andrews and Ordman.Everything from backlogs of individuals approved for transfer to being swamped with paperwork.“We need to be freed up to do our jobs, which is interacting with offenders,” Andrews said. “That is our job. So right now we’re so bogged down in paperwork and compliance issues that we can’t do our job.”“It’s sort of organized mayhem,” added Ordman. “You’re managing 30-plus offenders, right? And you’re sort of the central person, as a parole officer, you’re the central person.”tlamirande@aptn.calast_img read more

Patna Sahib to witness straight fight between Sinha & Prasad

first_imgNew Delhi: As the seat-sharing among all the constituents of the Mahagadbandhan in Bihar has been finalised and a formal announcement in this regard would be made a day after the Holi, the Patna Sahib parliamentary constituency is all set become the hot seat for both — the NDA and Grand Alliance.As per the reports, the outspoken actor-turned-politician, whose criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grown progressively sharper, may not figure on the BJP’s list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls at all. In the given circumstances, the Sinha would be fielded from his home turf on Congress ticket, while BJP would field Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who also hails from Patna. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Given that Patna Sahib is an urban and Kayastha community dominated seat, it is quite clear that accessibility of a leader among voters would play a decisive role in winning the seat,” political experts said, adding that Sinha is a mass leader, while Prasad is limited to his coteries. However, it would too early to predict who would win the politically crucial race as the both the leaders would be largely dependent on Kayastha community vote, the experts said, adding that Sinha may take some lead if he manages to get the lion’s share of Kayastha community and others. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThere six assembly constituencies under the Patna Sahib parliamentary seat and a total number of electorates is over 20 lakh. Out of the six assembly constituencies, only one Fatuha was won by Rama Nand Yadav of RJD in 2015, while remaining five seats were won by BJP candidates. The other five assembly constituencies under the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha seat are Bakhtiarpur, Digha, Bankipur, Kumhrar and Patna Sahib. In the 2014 general elections, Shatrughan Sinha had won the seat by securing 4.85 lakh votes, while Congress candidate Kunal Singh had secured over 2 lakh votes. Notably, if Ravi Shankar Prasad’s name appears on BJP’s list, it would be his first election to a berth in Lok Sabha. Party insiders told Millennium Post that he was once denied ticket to contest assembly election in Bihar from Patna West seat in 1990s. At that time grassroot leader Navin Kishore Prasad Sinha was being preferred over Prasad to contest Patna West seat.last_img read more

Estee Lauder wants Deciem founder Brandon Truaxe out after he shuts down

Screen Shot The company alleged Truaxe also sent a mass email “purporting to terminate for cause various employees and members of Deciem’s executive team, including (his) co-chief executive officer and the chief financial officer.”It said that Truaxe threatened that anyone who did not follow his directions “will be terminated.”“These actions have caused and are causing irreparable harm to Deciem’s business and chaos and confusion for Deciem’s employees, customers, consumers, suppliers, landlords and other stakeholders,” Estee Lauder said in the documents.Estee Lauder is asking for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to be appointed to investigate Truaxe’s claims of criminal activity and report on Deciem’s financial condition to its board of directors.Estee Lauder, which confirmed it made the filing but would not comment further because the issue is pending litigation, said it counts hundreds of “outrageous, disturbing, defamatory, and/or offensive posts on Deciem’s social media accounts and/or websites” that have been made since January.In January, Truaxe posted about an attempted hack on Deciem’s Instagram page, saying “This could be a past employee, someone who doesn’t like us, a competitor, we don’t really know but we’re going to find out.”Days later he was telling his followers that he was dropping his chief executive officer title in favour of “worker” and months after, made remarks on Instagram that angered fans of the brand so much that they began burning Deciem products.In February, he ousted Nicola Kilner as his co-CEO, but by July, he used Instagram to note her return to the company. Estee Lauder’s court filing says both decisions were made “unilaterally” and without being run by the board of directors or Estee Lauder.Estee Lauder wants Kilner to be appointed as Truaxe’s replacement.Estee Lauder said it wasn’t the first time Truaxe made decisions without consulting stakeholders. The company alleges Truaxe also entered into lease agreements without consulting them or considering Deciem’s “liquidity position.”Estee Lauder’s court filing notes that on May 9, Truaxe was detained by U.K. authorities “because of his erratic behaviour.” The company said he was taken to a London psychiatric hospital, where he stayed for several days.After more “particularly erratic and disturbing behaviour” in late May and June, the company said he stayed at another psychiatric facility in Canada for about three more days.Estee Lauder also noted that in his video closing the company’s stores, he also appeared to be “disturbing and incoherent” when he said “I’ve been a soldier for 13 years and been made fun of as a drug dealer and porn actor. It’s all ending now.”“Unfortunately, Truaxe’s conduct has continued to become more erratic and concerning,” Estee Lauder’s court filing said. The company further said it “must turn to this Court seeking relief to prevent further harm to the business and to their investment.”The respondents to Estee Lauder’s action — including Deciem and Truaxe — must indicate to the court if they intend to oppose the application.Stephen Kaplan, Deciem’s former chief financial officer, said in an email to The Canadian Press that he did not want to discuss the company’s current situation or his time working there, but noted that the recent drama was not a shock.“I am not surprised by the current events based on Brandon’s erratic behaviour, as evidenced by his Instagram posts,” said Kaplan. “I hope that Estee Lauder can install a competent management team and with this in place, I believe that Deciem can continue to be a very successful company.” TORONTO — Estee Lauder Companies Inc. is seeking to oust the founder of Toronto-based beauty brand Deciem, days after he abruptly announced on social media that he was closing down his company.The New York City-based cosmetics giant — which holds one third of Deciem’s voting shares — is asking the Ontario Superior Court to remove Brandon Truaxe as chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors at Deciem, and to prevent him from “issuing statements or circulating media” on Deciem’s social media accounts and restricted from talking to the company’s employees, according to an Ontario court filing today.“Truaxe has exhibited extremely erratic, disturbing and offensive behaviour in his role as president and chief executive officer over the course of this year,” Estee Lauder’s court filing said. “That behaviour was chaotic and harmed Deciem’s business and reputation.”Estee Lauder’s legal actions were prompted by an Instagram video Truaxe posted over the weekend, where he said he is shutting down operations at Deciem, known as “the Abnormal Beauty Company,” until further notice. The company says the actions of Truaxe are “oppressive or unfairly prejudicial to or that unfairly disregards the interests of Estee Lauder”.“Please take me seriously,” he said, in the video, where he does not give a clear reason for closing the company that has become a favourite of Kim Kardashian West and attracted a cult following with its inexpensive “The Ordinary” products. “Almost everyone at Deciem has been involved in a major criminal activity, which includes financial crimes and much other. You have no idea what a soldier I have been for 13 years.”Estee Lauder’s lawyer Mark Gelowitz refused to comment on the filing that was also made against Integridad Inc., which holds two-thirds of Deciem’s outstanding voting shares, and Pasquale Cusano, a Deciem board member Estee Lauder said Truaxe once tried to replace with another employee. The filing does not outline what legal action is being taken against Cusano.Deciem’s board consists of Truaxe, Cusano and Estee Lauder’s nominee Andrew Ross.The allegations by Estee Lauder have not been proven in court. Truaxe and Deciem did not respond to multiple requests for comment, and efforts to contact Cusano and Ross have been unsuccessful. Truaxe posted a copy of Estee Lauder’s application and emails from its lawyer on Instagram on Thursday morning.In its legal filing, Estee Lauder said Truaxe’s decision to shut down the company happened without consulting Deciem’s board of directors or Estee Lauder.Stores on the Deciem website are all marked as closed. read more

Nigerian named by UN to probe effects of toxic waste dumping on

The chairman of the 53-nation Commission, Ambassador Mike Smith of Australia, appointed Okechukwu Ibeanu to serve in his individual capacity, until 2007, as the Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights and on the companies and countries involved in such the practices.Dr. Ibeanu succeeds Fatma-Zohra Ouhachi-Vesely of Algeria, who served as Special Rapporteur from the establishment of the mandate in 1995 until July 2004.A professor of political science at the University of Nigeria’s Nsukka campus, Dr. Ibeanu has published widely on the social and environmental impact of the petrochemical industry in Nigeria, the link between environmental issues and security, and has served on the scientific panels of several international organizations.He was on leave from his university post to work in the Nigerian office of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.The new Special Rapporteur would make “a global, multidisciplinary study of existing problems and new trends of and solutions to illicit traffic and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes, particularly in developing countries,” as well as “concrete recommendations and proposals on adequate measures to control, reduce and eradicate these phenomena,” the Commission said.He was also to “produce annually a list of the countries and transnational corporations engaged in the illicit dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes in African and other developing countries and a census of human persons killed, maimed or otherwise injured in the developing countries through this heinous act.” read more

Mobster 78 charged with Goodfellas airport heist after being caught on a

first_img“Jimmy buried over a dozen bodies … under the bocce courts,” Hill wrote in his book, “A Goodfella’s Guide to New York.”FBI agents search the backyard of a house once occupied by Jimmy Burke in New York. (Pic: AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Katz once owned a warehouse where mobsters stored stolen goods, according to the court papers. After a raid at the warehouse, Asaro and Burke began to suspect Katz was a law enforcement informant. Asaro told the cooperator that Burke “had killed Katz with a dog chain because they believed he was a ‘rat,’” the papers say.The cooperator told investigators that Asaro and Burke brought Katz’s body to a vacant home in Queens where it was concealed beneath a cement floor. In the 1980s, Burke ordered the cooperator to dig up the remains and move them to another location.The Asaros also were charged with arson in the 1981 torching of a building that was the former home of a nightclub called Afters that was “a known meeting place of many organised crime members and associates” that was named for “after Lufthansa,” the papers say.The owner of an Italian restaurant from the night spot “was upset that the new owners of Afters were going to replace it with a social club that catered to African Americans” so the father ordered his son to burn it down by igniting gasoline with a burning rubber ball thrown through a window, they say.Massino was convicted in 2004 on charges he had a hand in multiple gangland murders, including the execution of a mobster who vouched for FBI undercover agent Donnie Brasco, a story that also was turned into a movie.In July, Massino saw his life prison sentence reduced to time served after prosecutors praised his work as a government cooperator.Read: Charred bodies of Canadian mafiosi found in Sicily >Read: Italian court confirms Berlusconi ally guilty in mafia case > MORE THAN 30 years after Vincent Asaro is believed to have gotten away with helping hatch a $6 million airport heist dramatised in the hit Martin Scorsese movie “Goodfellas”, prosecutors say the reputed mobster slipped up and complained to the wrong person that he’d been cheated by another gangster named James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke.“We never got our right money, what we were supposed to get,” the 78-year-old Asaro told a cooperator wearing a wire in 2011, according to the court papers. “Jimmy Burke kept everything.”Burke inspired Robert De Niro’s character in “Goodfellas,” which was based on Nicholas Pileggi’s book “Wiseguy” and told the story of Hill’s time in the mob and subsequent cooperation with law enforcement.Asaro’s profanity-laced rant was a break in an investigation that resulted yesterday in murder, robbery, extortion, arson and other charges against Asaro and four other defendants, including Asaro’s son, Jerome.The men were named in a racketeering indictment and other court papers that Asaro’s defence attorney, Gerald McMahon, dismissively said at times read like another movie script.“Marty needed a sequel and Loretta said she would help out,” McMahon told reporters outside court, referring to the famed director and U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch.The father and son, both identified as captains in the Bonanno organised crime family, pleaded not guilty through their attorneys and were ordered held without bail at a brief appearance in federal court in Brooklyn.McMahon accused authorities of using shady turncoat gangsters to frame his client, including former Bonanno boss Joseph Massino, the highest-ranking member of the city’s five organised crime families to break the mob’s vow of silence.Massino “is one of the worst witnesses I’ve ever seen,” McMahon said. He added that Asaro had given him “marching orders” that “there will be no plea and he will walk out the door a free man.”A lawyer for Jerome Asaro declined to comment.In this April, 1979, Jimmy Burke is led handcuffed from a law enforcement vehicle in New York. (Pic: AP Photo/File)The indictment accused Vincent Asaro of helping to direct the 1978 Lufthansa Airlines heist at Kennedy airport, one of the largest cash thefts in American history.Hooded gunmen looted a vault in the airline’s cargo terminal and stole about $5 million in untraceable U.S. currency that was being returned to the United States from Germany, along with about $1 million in jewelry. The cash was never found.According to court papers, an unidentified mob associate who pleaded guilty and became a cooperating witness told investigators that he participated in the robbery at the direction of Asaro.The theft was orchestrated by Burke, a late Lucchese crime family associate who was close to Asaro, who told the bandits that he had a “score” that would make them rich, the papers say.Each robber was supposed to be paid $750,000, but the cooperating witness said “most did not receive their share, either because they were killed first or it was never given to them,” according to the court papers.In addition to the heist, the elder Asaro was charged in the 1969 murder of Paul Katz, whose remains were found last year during an FBI dig at a house once occupied by Burke.According to the cooperating witness, Asaro and Burke were business partners in Robert’s Lounge, the papers say. The saloon was described by a fellow Lucchese associate of Burke, the late Henry Hill, as Burke’s private cemetery.last_img read more

Travel gadgets Packing light while staying connected

first_imgIt’s almost July and travel season is upon us, which means that many of us will be packing our bags, charging our gadgets, and shipping off for a few days. Whether you are going near or far you’ll probably want to pack some of you electronic necessities so that you can have some twenty-first century comforts and conveniences and you can stay connected, if you’d like.Throwing all your stuff in a suitcase is easy enough but, this being the summer time, you probably want to pack light–especially if you are going some place warm or you’d like to avoid checking a bag. In this gadget travel guide we’ll run through my choice of gear for having a sufficient amount of technology when you on traveling without going over your airline’s ever-decreasing baggage weight restriction.AdChoices广告Canon S95For most people a camera is the single most important piece of gear they will take with them. For my trips I leave my bulky DSLR and its lenses at home and opt for a Canon S95. This high-end compact camera offers excellent image quality thanks to a large sensor, can record HD video, and has tons of controls, but still manages to be small enough to fit in any pocket. And at 6.8 oz it doesn’t weigh me down either. The S95 is easy to use and is quite discrete which is a major bonus if you are going to another country. The main trade off is that zoom is limited to just 3x so you’ll lose out on long shots.iPad 2 – 16GB WiFiNot sure about everyone else, but when I leave my home I still want some way to stay connected to my email and other online activities. In the past I’ve always brought a laptop with me, but this time I’m taking my iPad 2. When I’m away I’ll need a way to check my email, travel notes, and maps, but I won’t need (or want to) type a lot, so the iPad is a great fit. I try to stay at hotels with WiFi so it’s not a problem to have the WiFi version as opposed to the AT&T’s 3G one. At 1.33 pounds the iPad is quite light and it’s slim enough to fit in any bag. With a great app selection, Kindle books, and lots of games I’m sure the iPad will be a big hit on any trip.(By the way- I have an iPad 2, but your preference of tablet would work just as well. Something like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be a fine choice if that’s more to your liking.)iPad Camera Connection KitThe iPad 2, sadly, has neither an SD card slot nor a USB slot so getting it to play with other devices can be a challenge. I picked up the $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit so that I could transfer images to my iPad where I can a) store a backup copy b) remove bad shots c) do some light editing with Nik Software’s SnapSeed. Going through my photos on the flight home has become a bit of a travel ritual of mine, and doing that on the iPad will be much better then doing the same thing on my camera’s LCD.Overall, I wasn’t thrilled to spend $29 on an SD card reader, but it works well and I’ll get enough use of out if that I think it was worth the purchase.iPhone 4 (or similar smartphone)If you are travelling I’d highly recommend packing a GSM-equipped, app-enabled, smartphone. The iPhone 4 fits the bill (though the micro SIM can be an issue), but any “world phone” or GSM Android smartphone would work as well. The main point is that you have a small device that packs a good camera, a WiFi-device for research, and something for emergency communications.One of the keys for traveling with a smartphone is getting the right apps. In addition to the obvious travel guides, a smart choice is something like OffMaps, which allows you to download highly details maps and save them to your device which means you can access them without a data package.Bad Elf GPSThis is one for the GPS geeks out there, but I’ll be excited to pack it. This tiny GPS receiver plugs into any iOS device and gives it a very good GPS connection. It will give a WiFi iPad a GPS signal (it doesn’t have a GPS chip on-board) and it will mean that an iPhone in Airplane Mode will have GPS access as well. I’ll use this to figure out where the heck I am (in combination with OpenMaps) and to record tracks so I can geotag my photos once I get home.Outlet adapterAfter a few trips to countries with 220V outlets I’ve found that I don’t generally need a full-on outlet converter, but an adapter is one of the most useful pieces of gear I take with me. Most laptops–and the iPad–have a 120-220V power adapter so you don’t need anything more than the adapter in order to power up. This is just about the best dollar you’ll spend when trying to bring your gear overseas (depending on where you are going)Also Consider:Micro Four Thirds cameraThis is a nice middle ground between and DSLR and a point-and-shoot, but with the S95 I think I’m set. If I wanted to take more printable shots or needed more range, this would be my go-to.Seagate GoFlex Satellite wireless hard driveThis is a great way to give your iPad 500GB of wireless storage, but I just don’t need that much. If you are a video or music fiend than this something that could come in quite handy.What to leave home when traveling light:DSLR (plus lenses and camera bag)LaptopNintendo 3DS (or other portable gaming system)So that’s my list, plus a few other things to consider (or not consider, as the case may be). Anything you ditch when traveling light? Anything you absolutely need when away from home?last_img read more

Mexican drug lord El Chapo pleads not guilty in US

first_img 23,885 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Jan 20th 2017, 10:35 PM Share128 Tweet Email1 Updated:22.40 Joaquin Guzman, pictured in February 2014 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMEXICAN DRUG LORD Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the world’s most notorious criminals, pleaded not guilty in a US court today to a raft of firearms, drug trafficking and conspiracy charges that could see him jailed for life.Less than 24 hours after being extradited by Mexico, the 59-year-old drug baron looked tired as he stood in blue prison scrubs flanked by his US public defenders for the brief, 10-minute hearing in a federal court in Brooklyn.US prosecutors say Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel is responsible for distributing hundreds of thousands of kilos of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana throughout the United States, reaping billions of dollars in profits.They hailed his extradition as a milestone in efforts to bring Guzman to justice, rushing out the announcement in the final hours before Republican President Donald Trump took the oath of office.It caps a Hollywood-worthy cat-and-mouse game between authorities and the slippery drug lord, who escaped spectacularly from prison twice, in a laundry cart in 2001 and through a tunnel under his shower in 2015.His feats turned him into a legend of Mexico’s underworld, with musicians singing his praises in folk ballads, but his cartel controlled a massive international drugs distribution network and presided over deadly turf wars.Guzman spoke softly in court on Friday, addressing Magistrate Judge James Orenstein in barely audible Spanish as “yes, sir” through an interpreter while holding his hands behind his back.He has been slapped with a sweeping 17-count indictment that includes criminal enterprise dating back decades from 1989 to 2014, drug importation, illegal use of firearms and money laundering conspiracy. Source: ABC News/YouTube“We enter a plea of not guilty on his behalf,” said one of his defenders.It remains how quickly a trial will get underway in a massively complicated case spanning multiple jurisdictions. The next hearing was set for February 3.Life behind barsIf found guilty, Guzman stands to spend the rest of his life in a maximum security US prison. Prosecutors are also seeking to obtain a $14 billion criminal forfeiture order against him.“He’s a man known for no other life than a life of crime, violence, death and destruction and now he’ll have to answer to that,” US Attorney Robert Capers told reporters on Friday.The drug baron, whom US prosecutors said was known to carry a gold-plated AK-47 assault rifle and a diamond-encrusted handgun, had campaigned against extradition since being recaptured last January following his second jailbreak. Friday 20 Jan 2017, 10:35 PMcenter_img Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ pleads not guilty in US Guzman, one of the world’s most notorious criminals, has been extradited to the US to face charges. 12 Comments By AFP El Chapo is still seen by some as a cult figure. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMexico’s government said it agreed to extradite Guzman after the United States pledged not to seek the death penalty at his trial and had accepted a US request to impose additional charges against him.President Enrique Pena Nieto had previously refused to extradite Guzman, but changed tack after the drug lord’s latest escape in July 2015.But questions have also been raised over the timing. Trump, who takes office on Friday, has publicly clashed with Mexico over trade and immigration issues and has pledged to build a wall on the US-Mexican border.One of Guzman’s lawyers, Silvia Delgado, told Milenio television that she was surprised, calling the extradition “illegal” with another petition pending.Homeland Security Special Agent Angel Melendez gave a dramatic account of Guzman’s arrival at MacArthur Airport the night before and US authorities have stressed that Guzman will have no means of escaping a US prison.Cancerous tumor“As he deplaned, as you looked into his eyes, you could see the surprise, you could see the shock and to a certain extent you could see the fear… that he is about to face American justice,” Melendez said.“I assure you no tunnel will be built leading into his bathroom,” he added.Prosecutors say Guzman rose to infamy after fending off competition from Colombian cartels to oversee a drug trafficking network from the Pacific to the Atlantic, keeping “an army of hitmen at the ready” to protect his empire.He is charged in six indictments throughout the United States, and the Mexican foreign ministry had also approved extradition bids from California and Texas. A NYPD emergency unit detail arrives for a convoy carrying El Chapo after his court hearing Source: Bebeto Matthews/PA“Guzman’s destructive and murderous rise as an international narcotics trafficker, is akin to that of a small cancerous tumor that metastasised and grew into a full-blown scourge that for decades littered the streets of Mexico with the casualties of violent drug wars,” Capers said.Guzman was first captured in Guatemala in 1993, only to escape from a maximum-security prison in 2001.Mexican marines backed by the US Drug Enforcement Administration arrested him in 2014, but he escaped again just 17 months later.His henchmen dug a 1.5-kilometer (one-mile) tunnel that opened into his cell’s shower at the Altiplano prison near Mexico City, allowing him to slip out and flee on a remodeled motorbike that was fitted on tracks.Guzman was recaptured in January 2016.Authorities said they tracked him down after Guzman held a clandestine meeting with US actor Sean Penn and Mexican-American actress Kate del Castillo, with whom he exchanged flirtatious text messages.© – AFP, 2017Read: Self-confessed germaphobe Donald Trump will have to shake around 65,000 hands a yearRead: What time is it on? Where can I watch it? Everything you need to know about the inaugurationlast_img read more

In Our View Trumps Words UnAmerican

first_imgThe threat is real. It is profound. It is a danger to the ideals that have made the United States a beacon of freedom for the world.Each time President Donald Trump decries “fake news” or says the media is “the enemy of the people” or points to reporters and calls them “horrible, horrendous people,” a little piece of America dies. And yet the president persists, undermining the very foundation of this nation while creating a cultural divide that will have lasting repercussions.Because of that, The Columbian is joining with newspapers throughout the country today in editorializing against these most un-American actions by an American president. Trump’s frequent harangues against the media, born of thin-skinned immaturity and disrespect for the pillars of this nation, represent an appalling and unacceptable rejection of all that makes America great.When it comes to considering the media in a free society, we are inclined to side with the Founding Fathers, who included, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.Or with Thomas Jefferson, who wrote, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”last_img read more

Alan Shearer reacts to Liverpool FCs 21 win over Tottenham

first_imgAlan Shearer has reacted to Liverpool 2-1 victory against Tottenham, stating that he is “worried” about Liverpool’s strong start to the season, adding that the Reds are yet to hit top gear.Liverpool dominated 100 per cent to start the new campaign on Saturday afternoon as they grabbed a 2-1 victory at Tottenham in order to keep their joint spot at the top of the table.While talking about the Match of the Day on Saturday evening, Shearer said, according to The Sports Review:“Liverpool definitely deserved it but the worrying thing is they weren’t even at their best. If they had been, they could have probably scored six or seven.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“They should have had a field day because their pressing at times was excellent and they pressured Tottenham into making mistakes.”Coming up next for the Reds is their Champions’ League group stage opener against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night at Anfield.Also, Liverpool plans to go one step further this season after they got to the final but lost to Real Madrid last term.last_img read more

10 of line managers feel they have received sufficient mental health training

first_imgJust 10% of line manager respondents feel they have had sufficient training to deal with mental health problems at work, according to research by the Mental Health Foundation and Unum.The Added value: mental health as a workplace asset report, which surveyed 1,000 employees with lived experience of mental health problems and 1,000 line managers, also found that 20% of line manager respondents believe that employees within their organisation are less likely to progress if they disclose that they have a mental health problem.The research also found:34% of respondents diagnosed with a mental health problem in the last five years felt well supported by their line manager.50% of respondents who disclosed a mental health problem felt well supported by their line manager.44% of respondents who have had a mental health problem in the past five years and have chosen not to disclose this to their employer cite fear of being discriminated against or harassed by colleagues as the reason for not doing so, 40% felt ashamed to do so, and 45% felt that is was none of their employer’s business.22% of respondents who have been diagnosed with a mental health problem in the last five years have personally experienced direct discrimination, compared to 29% of employee respondents who chose to disclose information about their mental health.49% of employee respondents who have experienced a mental health problem in the last five years have come to work while experiencing suicidal thoughts.86% of respondents believe that their job and being at work is important for protecting and maintaining their mental health.Jenny Edwards CBE, chief executive officer at the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Workplaces need leadership that demonstrates commitment to mental health as an asset of the organisation, and one that is critical to achieving business results or strategic outcomes. This needs to cascade from board champions and senior leadership to middle management and then first line supervisors.“At each level, leaders need to feel that investing in mental health is a valuable use of their time. At every touch point, whether analysing absence figures in the boardroom or in appraisal and performance management in front line supervision, leaders need to understand how to engage with mental health.”Liz Walker (pictured), HR director at Unum UK, added: “Employee wellbeing is rising up the agenda of employers in the UK, and a fundamental aspect of this is safeguarding the mental health of staff. Organisations are responsible for ensuring practices are put in place to support those who live with mental health problems, as well as those who may do so in the future.BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy“Line management plays a critical role in this; being able to spot the signs of distress, intervene early and know what support is available. By embedding a culture that is led by senior management, organisations can encourage a healthier work-life balance that is beneficial for both employee and employer.”last_img read more

Storage unit catches fire in North Miami

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A storage unit in North Miami went up in flames and sent one person to the hospital.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews worked to put out the storage unit fire on the second floor of the apartment building near Northeast 129th Street and Sixth Avenue, Wednesday.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Several patients were treated on the scene of smoke inhalation. One person was transported to the hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Missing Pembroke Pines teen spotted near Dunkin Donuts on Pines Blvd

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police said a teenage girl who went missing in Pembroke Pines has been spotted at a local Dunkin’ Donuts.Saturday night, Pembroke Pines Police tweeted that 15-year-old Isabel Rodriguez had been spotted at the doughnut shop located at 17720 Pines Blvd.Prior to this sighting, she was last seen walking in the area of Northwest 207th Terrace and Third Street, possibly in the company of a male juvenile, Wednesday. Investigators urged anyone with information on her whereabouts to call Pembroke Pines Police at 954-431-2200.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. UPDATE: Missing 15-year-old Isabel Rodriguez was recently sighted at the Dunkin Donuts located at 17720 Pines Blvd. She may currently be in the area of the park located directly next to the Silver Lakes community. If you have info regarding her whereabouts, please contact police.— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) May 12, 2019Investigators said Rodriguez may currently be in the area of the park located next to the Silver Lakes community.Police said the teen stands 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighs about 95 pounds, and has long brown hair and brown eyes. last_img read more

The best vehicles for dog lovers as ranked by Autotrader

first_imgEnlarge Image Andrew Krok/Roadshow Traveling with pets isn’t the easiest task. After all, car seats are engineered and designed for humans — not dogs. However, there are certainly some vehicles more up to the task than others.Autotrader compiled what it believes are the 10 best vehicles for dog lovers based on a set of dog-friendly criteria. Each vehicle features leather seats (easier to clean dog hair), tinted windows (keeps dogs cooler), a level cargo area (sedans need not apply), a low-load cargo area, rear air vents and tie-downs in the cargo area to secure dog crates and more.Naturally, the list is full of SUVs and crossovers, which accommodate our furry friends better. Topping the list in alphabetical order is the BMW X2, followed by the Buick Regal TourX. The former has a low-load hatchback area, while the latter provides tons of open space for pups with the seats folded flat. Not to mention, the Regal TourX still drives like a traditional car and not an SUV.For larger families, the Chrysler Pacifica minivan is an obvious choice on the list. Even with a couple kids, the Pacifica will handle a couple of dogs easily. There’s even a plug-in hybrid option for those in search of something greener. As a more affordable option, the Honda Fit makes the list with a lengthy list of standard safety features and a hatch to load dogs. The seats also fold totally flat to give Fido plenty of room.Adventure seekers will likely dig the Jeep Wrangler. Not only is it incredibly capable, it’ll hold the dogs with plenty of cargo room. Mopar even offers a trick foldable dog crate to keep the pup totally secure when doing some soft-roading to a campsite, for example.Yet another eco-friendly choice is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The plug-in hybrid will go 22 miles on electric power alone and offers plenty of space, fold-flat rear seats, standard leather upholstery and rear vents to keep dogs nice and cool. The Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota RAV4 and Volvo V60 Cross Country round out the list, though a standard V60 will do just as well with the doggos, we promise.If there’s one choice we’d leave off of the list, it’s the Tesla Model 3. Foremost, it’s a sedan with a traditional trunk — not a hatchback. Understandably, it made the list for the viral Dog Mode feature that keeps pups cool in the car while the owner is away. It’s certainly a nifty addition, but overall, the other options will travel better for dogs. May we also take this moment to absolutely underscore the Model 3 is not a fully autonomous car as Autotrader incorrectly states. The Model 3 is a fine electric car, and a wonderful vehicle in general, but we’d perhaps slot the Subaru Outback in its place. It’s definitely doggo-approved with tons of cargo space.Flip through the gallery below to grab a look at the best vehicle picks for dog lovers. Review • 2:58 Our best gadgets to keep dogs safe in cars BMW Toyota Buick Jeep Subaru Mitsubishi Tesla Honda Chrysler Volvo 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy 10 Photos Share your voice Preview • 2019 Subaru Ascent review More From Roadshowcenter_img 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact Now playing: Watch this: Here are the 10 best cars for dog lovers, according to Autotrader 0 Tags Post a comment More about 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring Plus FWD Car Industry SUVs BMW Buick Honda Jeep Mitsubishi Subaru Tesla Toyota Volvo Chryslerlast_img read more

Sullivan Delighted with US Senate Committee Assignments

first_imgThe Republicans in the U.S. Senate today announced their committee assignments for the next two years. Alaska’s Dan Sullivan will come in with the lowest seniority of the 100 senators, primarily because he’s never held elected office before. But it doesn’t seem to have hurt him on the committee score.Download AudioSullivan will serve on Armed Services, Veterans Affairs, Commerce, and Environment & Public Works, and he says he can hardly pick a favorite.“Well look, I’m pleased with all of them,” he said. “These were actually the four committees that I requested.”It’s through committees that senators can shape legislation, and their assignments define their sphere of influence. The Commerce Committee is of particular interest to Alaska because it oversees fisheries, as well as the Coast Guard and civil aviation. Alaska’s Ted Stevens chaired the panel near the end of his career. Sullivan says Environment and Public Works Committee doesn’t get as much attention.“But over the course of the last several months I said that was a committee I’d be very interested in, just because of the oversight role it has with regard to certain federal agencies, particularly the EPA,” he said.Sullivan, like other Republicans, made fighting the EPA a pillar of his campaign.It should be an interesting time for the EPW committee. Its incoming chairman, Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe, believes man-made global warming is a hoax. The committee is also responsible for writing the multi-year transportation bill.Sen. Lisa Murkowski becomes the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources in the new Congress. She’ll also keep her other three assignments: Appropriations, Indian Affairs and the so-called HELP Committee — Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Murkowski says Sullivan’s committee list is a good counterpart to hers.“Between what he has been assigned and I have retained, I think we cover everything across the state. I think it’s a great, great pairing,” she said.Sullivan will be sworn in Jan. 6. Until then, Mark Begich remains in office, and he’s in the Capitol longer than expected while the Senate tries to wrap up for the year.last_img read more

Administration OKs Further Work On The Juneau Access Project

first_imgThe state Department of Transportation is moving forward with its environmental review of the Juneau Access Project. The governor’s state budget director wrote a memo last week giving the department the go-ahead to finish the document that lays out the state’s case for where the road should or shouldn’t be built.Download AudioThe end of the road on May 25. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh)Last December, the governor ordered DOT to stop all discretionary spending, not incur new expenses or change existing contracts. Now, the administration is allowing DOT to spend up to $900,000 of general fund money and associated federal funds to finish the supplemental environmental impact statement.DOT spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says part of completing the environmental review is responding to public comment.“Last fall we held a public comment period and we received about 44,000 comments. Of those comments, about 2,400 of those are unique in a way that were going to require some additional work,”DOT has laid out 8 alternatives for improving access to Juneau. Its preferred alternative involves extending Juneau’s highway system about 50 miles north to a new ferry terminal on Lynn Canal. From there, shuttle ships would complete the link to Haines and Skagway.The other alternatives include another road option, ferry options or no action. After completing the environmental review, the state will submit its final preferred alternative to the Federal Highway Administration; Woodrow expects it to support the state’s choice.In the memo, budget director Pat Pitney wrote that reaching that milestone ensures the state won’t have to repay nearly $27 million in federal investments. Around the New Year, then-DOT Commissioner Pat Kemp had raised the issue and was asked to resign.Pitney also wrote the fed’s decision is expected in January. Woodrow says it could take longer.“We did have to shut down some of the progress on moving forward with the EIS, so therefore, right now is what we call ramping up stage, getting the contractors back on, deciding what the next logical steps are in moving forward with the EIS,” Woodrow says. “We’re definitely shooting for that January 2016, but it’s too early to tell if that’s a deadline that we can meet with the work that needs to be done.”So far, Woodrow says about $41 million has been spent studying the Juneau Access Project.DOT’s preferred alternative would extend Glacier Highway about 50 miles to a ferry terminal at the Katzehin River. Map courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.last_img read more

HDFC Life gears up for IPO after scrapping merger with Max Report

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) logo is seen at the BSE building in Mumbai, India, January 25, 2017.ReutersHDFC Standard Life Insurance Company, a joint venture between mortgage lender HDFC and Standard Life Plc, UK, is firming up plans to list its shares on the stock exchanges after putting on hold acquisition of rival Max Life Insurance. The decision to go ahead with the listing plan was taken at HDFC Life’s board meeting on Monday, PTI reported, citing a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) by HDFC.Also read: SBI Life seeks capital markets regulator’s nod for IPO, says report”The IPO is subject to relevant regulatory and other necessary approvals, as applicable/ required, including that of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA),” HDFC said.HDFC holds 61.3 percent in the venture while Standard Life has 35 percent stake. Max Life Insurance is a joint venture between listed entity Max Financial Services and Japan’s Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. Ltd.Almost a year ago, in August 2016, the HDFC board had given its go-ahead for the merger of Max Life and Max Financial Services with HDFC Standard Life. But the plan hit a roadblock after regulator IRDA denied approval for the merger, citing the “complex nature” of merging insurance business with a financial company, prompting both parties to “evaluate various options,” PTI said.The original merger plan envisaged amalgamation of Max Life with Max Financial Services after which the insurance business was supposed to be hived off as a separate entity and transferred to HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company, according to the PTI report.HDFC shares were trading almost flat at Rs 1,661 apiece while Max Financial Services was down 2.5 percent to Rs 584 at around 11.03 am on the BSE.Max India Limited is part of the $2-billion Max Group that comprises Max Healthcare, Max Bupa Health Insurance and Max Financial Services Limited, according to its portal.last_img read more

Pope Francis expels Chilean priest accused of child abuse

first_imgPope Francis meets with the Sicilian Clergy at the Cathedral of Palermo, Italy on 15 September. Photo: ReutersPope Francis on Saturday expelled a Chilean priest under investigation in a case involving the sexual abuse of children, according to a report by local media on Saturday, amid a growing global abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church.The Archdiocese of Santiago said the Pope had decided to defrock the Reverend Cristian Precht, local daily El Mercurio reported.Precht was a former head of the Church’s Vicariate of Solidarity human rights group that in the 1980s had challenged ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet to end the practice of torture in Chile.The well-known Chilean religious leader has since been accused of sexual abuse as part of the investigation into allegations against members of the Marist Brothers religious community.Precht has previously denied the charges.Pope Francis´ announcement comes as Chilean police raid church offices throughout the Andean nation looking for new cases of sexual abuse or evidence that church officials concealed abuse from authorities.The Catholic Church worldwide is reeling from crises involving sexual abuse of minors, deeply damaging confidence in the Church in Chile, but also in the United States, Australia, and Ireland where the scandal has hit hardest, and elsewhere.last_img read more

Three arrested for lynching woman

first_imgTaslima BegumPolice on Sunday night arrested three people from the capital’s Uttar Badda in connection with the lynching of a woman on Saturday following a child-lifting rumour.The arrestees are Md Bacchu Mia, 28, MD Bappi, 21 and MD Shaheen, 31.Al Imran, duty officer of Badda police station, said police arrested the three from the area after reviewing a video clip of the incident.On Saturday, Taslima Begum went to Uttar Badda Govt Primary School to collect information about her daughter’s admission there.She was taken to the head teacher of the school for interrogation while a rumour spread outside about a child lifter had been held. Later she was dragged out of the school by a mob and then beaten mercilessly.On information, police rescued critically injured Taslima and took her to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared her dead.Taslima was from Raipur upazila in Lakshmipur and was living with her daughter and mother in the capital. She was separated from her husband two years back. Taslima’s son, 11, has been living with his father in Badda.last_img read more