BC First Nation files Aboriginal Rights lawsuit against Canada over salmon farms

first_imgKingcome Inlet Fish Farm. Photo Courtesy: Dzawada’enuxw First NationLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsThe Dzawada’enuxw First Nation of Kingcome is taking legal action against Canada to remove 10 salmon farms from their traditional waters located in the Broughton Archipelago northeast of Vancouver Island.“We are standing up to say we are taking back our lands, territories and resources, said Traditional Leader Willie Moon of Dzawada’enuxw First Nation (DFN).“I know how the government works, they divide and conquer our elected and our traditional [leadership], but today we stand united with our elected moving forward for our people and our children.”The community has said no to open-net fish farms for 30 years.The statement of claim, filed in federal court argues that the federal government authorized fish farm licenses without their consultation or consent.The claim also says fish farm operations pollute and poison wild salmon.The Dzawada’enuxw believe that open-net pens pose a serious threat to already low salmon stocks and have been actively protesting against the industry for three years.(Members of Dzawada’enuxw First Nation and supporters gather in downtown Vancouver. Photo Courtesy: Rob Smith/APTN)DFN members occupied Midsummer Island fish farm, owned by Marine Harvest Canada, but were ordered off in December 2017 by a court injunction.Jack Woodward, the nation’s lawyer, represented the Tsilhqot’in in their landmark title and rights case.“This is an action against Canada to terminate the federal licences which authorize fish farms,” said Woodward.“The legal basis of the case is that these federal licences infringe upon my client’s constitutionally-protected Aboriginal Rights.”This lawsuit is the third court challenge the DFN has filed since last year.“A win on any one of these cases could end fish farm licences for Atlantic salmon on the B.C. coast,” said Woodward.Last month the B.C. government announced a plan to phase out some fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago, but it did not include DFN.The Dzawada’enuxw left the government-to-government talks early last year.Although DFN believes the new deal between three other First Nations and the Province made some progress in protecting wild salmon from fish farms, they fear critical gaps remain.Chief Moon said DFN is taking matters into their owns hands, “Our membership said zero tolerance.”“Get those fish farms out of the water!”lhamelin@aptn.ca@laurie_hamelinlast_img read more

Paradise Papers Critics assail fact Trudeau satisfied with Bronfmans answer

first_imgHANOI, Vietnam – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he’s satisfied with the public explanation provided by a top Liberal fundraiser whose name surfaced in leaked documents that provide details on legal, offshore tax havens used by the wealthy.Trudeau’s Conservative and NDP rivals, however, are decidedly less so.Trudeau, who is in Vietnam for this week’s APEC meeting, said he’s accepted Stephen Bronfman’s response to the so-called “Paradise Papers” that he has never funded nor used offshore trusts, and that all his Canadian trusts have paid all federal taxes on their income.However, when asked why his close friend appeared to still be in his role as a key Liberal fundraiser, the prime minister did not directly answer, nor would he speak Bronfman’s name.“In regards to the specific case you mentioned, we have received assurances that all rules were followed, indeed the same assurances made in the public statement released by the family, and we are satisfied with those assurances,” Trudeau told a news conference inside Vietnam’s presidential palace.“We have done much in regards to tax avoidance and tax evasion, including working with international partners.“But we also recognize there is much more to do and you can rest assured that Canada Revenue Agency will take very seriously its responsibility to go after everyone and anyone involved in tax avoidance and tax evasion.”Tax avoidance measures involving offshore trusts are legal, provided that the trust is genuinely managed offshore and that Canadian taxes are paid on any Canadian contributions. And there may be other legitimate reasons for setting up an offshore account, including if you’re a contractor doing work in a particular country.Still, the questions around Bronfman have given the Liberal government’s political foes fresh ammunition to accuse Trudeau of leading an ethically challenged government — and they renewed their attacks Wednesday.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called it “unbelievable” that Trudeau would give Bronfman a clean bill of health so soon after the Canada Revenue Agency had promised to delve more deeply into the murky world of offshore tax havens.“What kind of message does that send to the Canada Revenue Agency and the people that will be reviewing the file? What kind of message does that send to Canadians?” Scheer asked.“I think what drives Canadians crazy is when they think there’s one set of rules for everyone and a different set of rules for close friends of Liberal ministers or the prime minister.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also called for more investigation, saying it’s critical to understand what happened with the Paradise Papers and why Canada’s laws allow the super-rich to avoid paying taxes.“The prime minister says that he is satisfied with the explanation provided by Mr. Bronfman,” Singh said. “The reality is Canadians are not satisfied. Canadians expect a just and fair taxation system … that ensures the wealthy, the well-connected, the powerful also contribute their fair share.”Scheer said the government needs to allow the CRA to determine whether the problem is structural or enforcement-based and give those accused of playing fast and loose with the rules a chance to defend their actions.“For the prime minister, before any of that work is done, to go out and say ‘We are satisfied’ — I think that’s terribly inappropriate.”Opposition MPs pursued the matter later during question period, demanding to know whether Bronfman will now be excluded from the CRA’s promise to review evidence from the Paradise Papers and take any necessary action against tax evaders.Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier said it would be inappropriate for her to comment on an individual case but repeatedly asserted that “no one is above the law.”In his statement, Bronfman said he made a single loan to the trust on an arm’s-length, fully commercial basis some 25 years ago that was repaid five months later, a transaction that was fully in compliance with Canadian law.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Cambodia UNbacked tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders calls for more funds

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia has a shortfall of $43.7 million after pledges received so far, the ECCC said in a press release issued in Phnom Penh, the national capital and the seat of the tribunal.This includes $37.7 million for the UN component of the budget and $6.1 million for the Cambodian component.Last week a delegation from the tribunal held what it said were “productive discussions… in a most constructive atmosphere” in New York with the Group of Interested States about the ECCC budget through 2010. The talks, based on a revised budget, follow concerns expressed by donors after a draft budget was presented in January.The statement said the donors had expressed strong support for the ECCC’s work, illustrated by Japan’s contribution last week of almost $3 million to the Cambodian component of the budget and a commitment by the Cambodian Government of nearly $1 million.Briefing reporters in Phnom Penh, the Director of ECCC’s Office of Administration Sean Visoth noted that a recent public survey indicated that Cambodians continue to give their strong support to the work of the tribunal.“One of the principal reasons for establishing the hybrid model we are following in Cambodia was to hold the trials in a context that is close to the people, offering them the opportunity to visit the court, sit in the public gallery which holds 500 people, and watch the process broadcast live on radio and television throughout the country,” he said.Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the ECCC was set up as an independent court using a mixture of Cambodian staff and judges and foreign personnel. It is designated to try those deemed most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979. 24 June 2008The United Nations-backed tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes in Cambodia during the late 1970s, which is expected to soon hold its first trial, said today it needs more than $40 million in funds to continue its work through the end of next year. read more

President Sirisena leaves for China to meet Xi Jinping

The Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations will be held from May 15 to 22 in Beijing, and Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the event and deliver a keynote speech. President Maithripala Sirisena left for China today to attend a conference and also have talks with the Chinese leadership.The President’s office said that he will attend the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing. The President left for China with a 27-member delegation. More than 2,000 government officials and representatives from 47 countries are expected to attend the opening ceremony and forums.President Sirisena is expected to meet his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping tomorrow.

Manitoba firms up hydro sale to Saskatchewan says it will keep rates

by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 14, 2015 10:55 am MDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Manitoba firms up hydro sale to Saskatchewan, says it will keep rates in check WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s Crown-owned energy utility announced a deal Monday to sell 100 megawatts of hydroelectric power to its counterpart in Saskatchewan.The 20-year agreement between Manitoba Hydro and SaskPower starts in 2020 and is big enough to power 40,000 homes. It builds on previous sales, including a 25-megawatt deal signed last year that will run from November 2015 to May 2022.Interim Manitoba Hydro president Darren Rainkie said the sale is part of the corporation’s earlier projected revenues — the two provinces signed a memorandum of understanding in 2013 for up to 500 megawatts — and will not affect plans to boost domestic hydro rates by 3.9 per cent a year for the next decade.“It means that we can continue to deliver reasonably stable rates in the next number of years that is in line with our forecasts. It allows us to firm up the revenue that’s in our forecast right now,” Rainkie said.Manitoba Hydro is in the midst of a major expansion, with new generating stations being built in the north and a long transmission line that will bring the energy south. The new sale to Saskatchewan will take up 18 per cent of the energy generated by the Keeyask generation station already under construction, Rainkie said.The sale to Saskatchewan will require a new 80-kilometre transmission line to be built between the provinces, at cost of roughly $50 million.Rainkie would not disclose how much SaskPower is paying for the new contract, but said the price is a good one.“That’s a commercially sensitive amount … we can’t compromise future negotiations by releasing it,” he said.“It’s fixed price and it becomes then escalated at (the rate of inflation) but it definitely is an attractive price.”Premier Greg Selinger said the deal will help keep domestic hydro rates among the lowest in Canada and will boost the economy. read more

UN agency reports record cereal crop as Ebola conflict threaten food security

The latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report shows that while bumper crops in Europe and a record maize output in the United States of America pushed cereal output 0.3 per cent higher than last year, agriculture and food sectors in many countries were hit by significant, damaging shocks.In West Africa, the Ebola outbreak, which began when crops were being planted and gathered pace during the farming cycle, led to a reduced harvest. Rice and cassava prices showed “notable increases” in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown, and other cities in September. Harvests were also reduced by bad weather in the Sahel region, with agricultural output in Senegal expected to be 38 per cent below average.Conflict was responsible for serious impacts on food insecurity in several countries, including Syria, where a weak harvest, due to abandoned land, scarce labour, and damaged infrastructure, was exacerbating the effects of worsening civil conflict. An estimated 6.8 million Syrians – some refugees in neighbouring countries – faced severe food insecurity, with the situation in Iraq, where 2.8 million people were displaced, also acutely serious.In the Central African Republic (CAR), increased violence, coupled with crop production 58 per cent below average, put one third of the population in need of urgent food assistance. Prices of agricultural commodities have shot up by as much as 70 per cent this year and one in four households has resorted to negative coping strategies, including selling productive assets and slaughtering livestock. Pressure on food supplies also came from refugee movements, the report said, especially from Sudan’s Darfur region, northern Nigeria, the CAR and Mali. More than 6.5 million people need food and livelihood assistance in Chad, South Sudan, Sudan and Somalia.Nevertheless, the report says that the increase in overall cereal output will outpace projected consumption, boosting cereal stocks to their highest level since 2000 and pushing the worldwide stock-to-use ratio, a proxy measure for supply conditions, to rise to 25.2 percent, its highest level in 13 years. read more

Speaker series brings concussion expert to Brock

The event will take place Monday, May 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Academic South Room 204. The event is free to attend, but an RSVP is required as space is limited. Register now. A world-renowned expert in concussions and spinal cord injuries will be speaking soon at Brock University.With concussions becoming a concern in many major sports, more importance is being placed on participants and their parents knowing the risks a concussion can pose.Neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Tator will speak about the issue Monday, May 4 as part of the Lifespan Centre Speaker Series.Concussions – What are they and what can I do? will feature an important and candid talk about the issue. Dr. Tator will discuss what concussions are and how they impact the developing brain.“Now that we know how prevalent concussions are and their potential long term developmental effects, families, researchers and the community need to keep the discussion going about concussion and its relation to wellness. We are thrilled to have Dr. Tator come and present to our community,” said Dr. Sid Segalowitz, Director of the Centre for Lifespan Development Research.Tator has focused his efforts on learning about head injuries that occur while participating in sports and recreational activities. His advocacy has resulted in new legislation and prevention methods being put in place.“Concussion prevention and management are team sports, and to be effective, the whole community has to be playing,” said Dr. Tator.Attendees will learn how to best identify, treat and prevent concussions while providing tips and information to help parents, educators, practitioners, and coaches better understand this important issue. read more

Despite praise and accolades JT Barrett is still earning his stripes

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs the ball during a game against Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28, behind 409 yards of total offense from Barrett.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen the Ohio State football team took the field to open the season, Urban Meyer didn’t know what to expect from his quarterback.But five weeks and four Big Ten awards later, the OSU coach said he has a better idea of what redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett’s development has been like.“J.T. continues to be a very good distributor, completing a high percentage of his balls, and really we’re giving him more and more responsibility about getting us in the right play, which is a big part of what the quarterback’s expected to do,” Meyer said after OSU’s 50-28 win against Cincinnati on Saturday.On Tuesday, Meyer said his comfort level with Barrett under center is “night and day” from what it was when the Buckeyes took the field against Navy on Aug. 30, but a day earlier, he had made it clear Barrett’s play hasn’t earned him a permanent spot.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller — who is out for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder — is expected to return to the Buckeyes as a fifth-year senior in 2015. And Meyer put any potential talk of a quarterback controversy to rest with one simple phrase: “Braxton is our quarterback.”“To be fair to Braxton, Big Ten Player of the Year,” Meyer said Monday. “Good to know we’ve got both of them.”But Meyer isn’t dismissing Barrett’s work. Moments before saying he is committed to Miller as the Buckeyes’ quarterback, Meyer stressed the confidence he has in Barrett this season.“I love J.T., he’s fun to coach,” Meyer said. “He’s a guy that has a great demeanor on the sideline. He’s a student of the game.”Meyer hasn’t been the only person to praise Barrett’s play.Sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson — who was part of the same recruiting class as Barrett coming out of high school — said the young quarterback is “playing very well” so far this season.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller, who is out for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, arrived at Ohio Stadium for a game against Virginia Tech dressed in a suit before spending the game in the press box and on the sidelines. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor“I always knew he had it in him because he’s such a great leader,” Wilson said after the win against the Bearcats. “He works really hard, and now, he’s just perfecting his craft.”On top of receiving a total of three Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards and one Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award, Barrett has reaped praise from teammates and the coaching staff alike, along with some constructive criticism.After that Cincinnati game — in which Barrett gained 409 yards of total offense, good for the second-best output in school history — Meyer said the Wichita Falls, Texas, native still has room for improvement as a field general that was noticeable on the field. The third-year OSU coach said Barrett needs to do a better job communication in order to prevent penatlies from the offensive line.Meyer said the line was having trouble hearing Barrett’s cadence, which led to multiple false starts and therefore lost yardage against Cincinnati.“I kept screaming ‘Peyton Manning’ at him, because when I study or just get to watch games, Peyton Manning’s still as good as I’ve ever seen as far as taking control,” Meyer said after the game. “And (Barrett’s) not there yet, so (he needs to) take control of the offense.”Despite the praise and criticism, as well as Meyer’s stated commitment to Miller, Barrett is still set to have the rest of the season to prove his merit as OSU’s starting quarterback.The Buckeyes’ next game is scheduled for Saturday against Maryland in College Park, Md at Byrd Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Watch again Domhnall meets hero Robbie Keane in amazing Toy Show moment

first_imgIN THE BEST Toy Show moment in years, Irish footballer Robbie Keane walked onto the set of the Late Late Toy Show this evening to surprise a young fan.Everything from Domhnall’s face to his speechlessness to his eventual recovery would melt even the coldest hearts.Enjoy: Source: RTÉ – Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster Robbie, Mary, Bosco and cups…The Late Late Toy Show 2013 as it happened>12 distinctly Irish Christmas decoration methods>last_img

Pochettino under pressure to halt Spurs slide

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure to halt the team’s poor run of form when they face Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.Spurs have lost their last three games in all competitions including a disappointing midweek away loss to Inter Milan in the opening group game of their UEFA Champions League campaign.Pochettino takes his team to face the seagulls this weekend in the Premier League who are in search of their first win since thrashing Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford.“The group is, of course, a little bit anxious about winning games because it is normal when you don’t win the atmosphere and the energy is different but that happens,” said Pochettino on Thursday, according to France24.“Sometimes it is good to feel the pain of defeat, not only one but two or three.”“After Manchester United, the perception was completely different. Now, after three defeats, all seems different but not under my eyes.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.However, Pochettino has refused to blame a lack of summer transfer activity on the team’s poor form.“Now it’s easy to blame or regret different things, that is the easy way to avoid responsibility,” he said. “I’m not going to avoid responsibility.”Spurs have conceded four of the last six goals against them from set pieces and Poch insists they have to improve.“We need to be strong because the games that we lose, in the way we conceded the goals, it’s so painful,” added Pochettino.last_img read more

Hachette Dropping Out of the MPA Just Tip of the Iceberg

first_imgI’m predicting that Hachette Filipacchi Media dropping its membership in the Magazine Publishers of America (“Hachette Drops Out of MPA”) is just the tip of the iceberg. Publishers are feeling economic pain and, consequently, the associations, audit bureaus and others are as well. If this recession is long and as challenging as it is right now, there will be more high-profile dropouts.Think of it from a publishing company’s perspective: Your revenue is declining, you’re laying people off, you’re freezing salaries, you’re not filling positions, you’re reducing frequencies, trim sizes, circulations, paper stock and more.And as you comb through your budget trying to make the least damaging and least painful decisions, you see a line for association membership that may be $10,000 or may be $50,000. And in the case of the large companies, it’s certainly over $100,000.There’s no way—no way—when you see that line that you don’t ask what the value is that you’re getting. Yes, you get lobbying for postal reform. Yes, you get research proving the value of magazine advertising. Yes, you get events with quality programs and valuable networking. But in a time when all you want is to drive revenue with as lean a business as possible, those benefits are less compelling. Especially when you have to pay for virtually everything the association provides in addition to your dues. And that big, fat budget line becomes an easy target.What publishers are looking for is not participation in committees and abstract reports and golf tournaments. Those are fine most of the time, but not now. Publishers want tools and resources that will keep them focused on effectively driving revenue in their markets. It’s hard to overstate the message of HFM dropping out of MPA. Jack Kliger [pictured] was perhaps the highest profile and most effective chairman of the association in a decade or more. For his company to drop out within six months of Kliger stepping down as CEO says volumes about the extraordinary climate.[EDITOR’S NOTE: Red 7 Media, FOLIO:’s parent company, is a member of the MPA.]last_img read more

After a week of euphoric hearts expect cautious heads to return to

first_imgPeople watch as a digital broadcast presents the rolling share price information on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai. Now that the euphoria of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s massive majority is ebbing, the market may look for direction in global cues and local announcements. PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe market’s correction towards the end of a pyrrhic week of election-induced volatility signals likely caution on global cues and domestic slowdown worries, market reports say. While traders will be watching for the right noises from members of the newly appointed Cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who returned with a thumping electoral win, the markets may trade sideways until National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty closes for successive days above 12,100.The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex and Nifty gained about 0.7 per cent through last week driven by technology, private banks and energy stocks, a report in MoneyControl says. The Nifty Midcap index outperformed front-liners, rising 1.5 per cent. Experts suggest caution during the next couple of weeks by picking stocks with strong fundamentals.The market ended higher for the third consecutive week except for a mild correction on May 31 after the Cabinet portfolio allocation was announced. Nifty closed on Friday at 11,922 points, down 23 points or 0.19 per cent, after coming off a high of 12,039, just two points shy of the all-time high of 12,041 points visited following the exit poll prediction of a Modi wave in the Lok Sabha election 2019. The market’s lack of direction was clear in the one point discount on the Nifty Jun FUT premium that closed at 11,921 points. Sensex closed at 39,711 points, down 117 points or 0.3 per cent at market close on Friday.The worsening trade war worries indicated that the market could be rangebound in the coming truncated week (on account of the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Fitr on Wednesday). Though the overall sentiment remains bullish a further correction could not be ruled out, experts said.Traders will be closely watching the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Monetary Policy Committee’s interest rate decision on Thursday when the street expects a rate cut. But market action may depend on how much the rate cut exceeds expectation and any guidance wording that could indicate what the future holds. The markets are likely to open on Monday looking for direction after it has spent the momentum provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s return to power leading his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a massive majority and completing the Cabinet formation without any delay. Global cues like the worsening US-China trade war and local ones including weak gross domestic product (GDP) numbers and the RBI’s monetary policy meeting may influence the market during the truncated week. Zerodha KiteThe US-China trade tensions that have hit the global markets will continue to influence Indian markets. At the global level, the markets are closely watching the impact of China’s retaliatory tariff hike that came into effect on Saturday and is expected to hit $60-billion worth of imports from the US.Beijing was responding to US President Donald Trump’s raising the tariff to 25 per cent from 10 per cent on $200-billion worth of imports from China. Chinese President Xi Jinping must be watching closely the developments following Trump threat to hit another $300-billion worth of imports with higher tariffs in the next round.”We expect the markets to be rangebound and news-driven in the next week. With enthusiasm over the BJP’s majority win having subsided, the markets would track the macros and global cues. Next week’s RBI’s monetary policy outcome will dictate further market trends in the coming sessions,” the report quotes Jayant Manglik of Religare Broking as saying.The market may take note of the weak gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 5.8 per cent for the last quarter of the 2018-19 financial year which is the lowest in 20 quarters, resulting in 6.8 per cent annual GDP growth for FY19. The unemployment rate of 6.1 per cent, the highest in 45 years, will also contribute to market gloom. A likely delay in the onset of the monsoon may also cloud the trading through the coming week, according to reports.last_img read more

Road crash kills student

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA college student was killed and three others injured when a motorcycle hit an auto-rickshaw at Khilbaisa in Lakshmipur sadar upazila on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Adnan Hossain, a first-year student of Lakshmipur Government College. He was the son of Ismail Hossain of the upazila’s Mirzapur village.Four people were injured in the accident, said Anwar Hossain, resident medical officer of sadar hospital.Physicians declared him dead when he was brought there, he said.last_img

Trump Endorses Romney For US Senate But Does It Signal Détente

first_img Share Rick Bowmer/APFormer Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney climbs down from a tractor during a tour of Gibson’s Green Acres Dairy Friday, Feb. 16, in Ogden, Utah. Romney hopes to win the seat being vacated by retiring seven-term Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch.The strained — and often strange — relationship between President Trump and Mitt Romney just added another layer of complexity: In a tweet on Monday, the president endorsed Romney to fill the U.S. Senate seat left open by the retirement of Utah’s Orrin Hatch.Trump said Romney “will make a great Senator and worthy successor to [Orrin Hatch], and has my full support and endorsement!”.@MittRomney has announced he is running for the Senate from the wonderful State of Utah. He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2018Romney’s response (also on Twitter): “Thank you Mr. President for the support. I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah.”Thank you Mr. President for the support. I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 20, 2018The civil words between the two Republicans are very different from some words they have used about each other in the past — words like “phony” (Romney) and “loser” (Trump).In a famously scathing speech delivered in the midst of the presidential campaign in March 2016, the former Massachusetts governor who ran unsuccessfully against President Obama in 2012 called Trump a “con man” whose promises are “as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”Romney said Trump was playing Americans “for suckers” and predicted that he would never release his tax returns as promised because “he has too much to hide.”Trump returned the sentiment, saying that in the 2012 election, Romney had “choked, no different than a golfer that misses a putt on the 18th hole.”If Trump had said 4 years ago the things he says today about the KKK, Muslims, Mexicans, disabled, I would NOT have accepted his endorsement— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 3, 2016However, once the election was over, Romney moderated his tone and even took a now-infamous dinner meeting with the president-elect, ostensibly to discuss the possibility of becoming secretary of state in the Trump administration. Rex Tillerson got the job, and apparently nothing came of the meeting save for some awkward photos.Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesPresident-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney dine at Jean Georges restaurant, on Nov.  29, 2016 in New York City.Last year, Romney had some harsh words once again for the president, sharply criticizing his endorsement of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.Further, reports late last year indicated that Trump was pressing the 83-year-old Hatch to seek an eighth term to shut out Romney.All of this has led pundits to speculate that as senator, Romney could become a thorn in Trump’s side, using it as a pulpit to tread where many Republicans have dared not.Romney’s designs on the Utah seat were known well before he announced last week. In an editorial published in January, Mark Barabak writing for the Los Angeles Times wondered aloud about the mystery that a Romney in the Senate would pose:” … [Given] his evident disdain, [how] would [he] get on with President Trump: as another in the lockstep Republican ranks or, some hope, a leader of resistance from within the GOP?There is ample support for either tack; voters in few, if any, states view Trump with the deep ambivalence felt in Utah.”As recently as Friday, the nature of the relationship between the two men was not entirely clear. According to The Associated Press: “Asked Friday if he would seek or accept Trump’s endorsement, Romney demurred but said they had talked on the phone two or three times in recent months and had a cordial and respectful relationship.”At least on the surface, Trump’s endorsement and Romney’s response look much the same: cordial and respectful.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Exgoogler who quit Google on moral grounds writes to Senate about companys

first_img“I am part of a growing movement in the tech industry advocating for more transparency, oversight and accountability for the systems we build.”– Jack Poulson, former Google Scientist Project Dragonfly is making its rounds on the internet yet again. Jack Poulson, a former Google scientist who quit Google in September 2018, over its plan to build a censored search engine in China, has written a letter to the U.S. senators revealing new details of this project. The letter lists several details of Google’s work on the Chinese search engine that had been reported but never officially confirmed by the company. He affirms that some company employees may have “actively subverted” an internal privacy review of the system. Poulson was strictly opposed to the idea of Google supporting China’s censorship on subjects by blacklisting keywords such as human rights, democracy, peaceful protest, and religion in its search engine. In protest to this project more than 1,000 employees had signed an open letter asking the company to be transparent. Many employees, including Poulson, took the drastic step of resigning from the company altogether. Now, in fear of Google’s role in violating human rights in China, Poulson has sent a letter to members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The letter stated that there has been “a pattern of unethical and unaccountable decision making from company leadership” at Google. He has requested Keith Enright, Google’s chief privacy officer, to respond to concerns raised by 14 leading human rights groups, who said in late August that Dragonfly could result in Google “directly contributing to, or [becoming] complicit in, human rights violations.” The letter highlights a major flaw in the process of developing the Chinese search platform. He says there was “a catastrophic failure of the internal privacy review process, which one of the reviewers characterized as [having been] actively subverted.” Citing anonymous sources familiar to the project, the Intercept affirms that the “catastrophic failure” Poulson mentioned, relates to an internal dispute between Google employees- those who work on privacy issues and engineers who developed the censored search system. The privacy reviewers were led to believe that the code used for developing the engine did not involve user data. After The Intercept exposed the project in early August, the privacy reviewers reviewed the code and felt that their colleagues working on Dragonfly had seriously and purposely misled them. The engine did involve user data and was designed to link users’ search queries to their personal phone number, track their internet movements, IP addresses, and information about the devices they use and the links they clicked on. Poulson told the senators that he could “directly verify“ that a prototype of Dragonfly would allow a Chinese partner company to “search for a given user’s search queries based on their phone number.” The code incorporates an extensive censorship blacklist developed in accordance with the Chinese government. It censors words like the English term “human rights”, the Mandarin terms for ‘student protest’ and ‘Nobel prize’, and very large numbers of phrases involving ‘Xi Jinping’ and other members of the CCP. The engine is explicitly coded to ensure only Chinese government-approved air quality data would be returned in response to Chinese users’ search. This incident takes us back to August 2018, when in an Open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the US Senator for Florida Marco Rubio led by a bipartisan group of senators, expressed his concerns over the project being  “deeply troubling” and risks making “Google complicit in human rights abuses related to China’s rigorous censorship regime”. If Google does go ahead with this project, other non-democratic nations can follow suit to demand customization of the search engine as per their rules, even if they may violate human rights. Citizens will have to think twice before leaving any internet footprint that could be traced by the government. To gain deeper insights on this news, you can head over to The Intercept. Read Next 1k+ Google employees frustrated with continued betrayal, protest against Censored Search engine project for China Skepticism welcomes Germany’s DARPA-like cybersecurity agency – The federal agency tasked with creating cutting-edge defense technology Google’s ‘mistakenly deployed experiment’ covertly activated battery saving mode on multiple phones todaylast_img read more

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first_img9. Indonesia’s volcanoes vs. Canary Islands‘ volcanoesMany travel to Indonesia to stand face to face with some of the earth’s most violent and active volcanos. There are over 120 here that frequently erupt, making Indonesia the most geographically unstable country in the world. If you fancy your tumultuous volcanic activity in a slightly smaller, and closer to home scale, the Canary Islands have a chain of seven across the islands. Mount Teide in Tenerife boasts the title of being the highest peak in Spain and the third biggest volcano on earth. Surely that’s worth a visit? Do you think Europe can compete with these amazing bucket-list destinations? Let us know in the comments!Need destination inspiration? Get it at the touch of a button with Skyscanner. See where you can go tomorrow with our unique Everywhere search and get inspired for your next trip with our Travel News & Features.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map More: Australia: in pictures3. Mongolian Desert vs. Gran CanariaThe Gobi desert is a fascinating place – there really is something romantic about the idea of setting forth into the wilderness to experience the isolation of this inhospitable environment, with only a camel as your companion. However, you can still experience a desert adventure while on your holidays in the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. Lying on the same latitude as the Sahara, it’s no surprise that the south of the island has some impressive sand dunes… and yes, you can still visit them by camel. More: Not just the Northern Lights: top things to do in Iceland5. Thai islands vs, Italian islandsMany head to Thailand to island hop around some of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful islands. However, in Europe there are plenty of opportunities to do the same. If you don’t fancy going so far away, Italy has many islands from large, popular ones such as Sardinia and Sicily to many more remote ones such as the Pelagi islands, two of which are completely unpopulated. You will still be able to enjoy fantastic weather and gorgeous scenery – without the long-haul flight. 8. Nepal’s Mountains vs. Swiss AlpsOk. Nepal has Everest. And seven other mountains that are among the top ten in the world. Fair enough. Keep them on your to do list. Europe’s mountains may not be able to compete in height, but they certainly can in scenery. The snow covered Swiss Alps for example, are unbelievably beautiful and are a rewarding hike for anyone willing and able to tackle them. We don’t give little old Europe enough credit. Packed into a comparably small space to that of the rest of the world, it has pretty much got everything covered. From beaches to glaciers, our little continent has plenty to offer those unable to trot across the globe. So for every iconic picture you see of some Caribbean coastline or Himalayan mountain range, just remember that there might be an equally bucket list worthy alternative right on your doorstep (or indeed a budget airline flight away).1. Mexico’s beaches vs. Greece’s beachesMany people dream of visiting one of Mexico’s beaches, to drink Mojitos and soak up the sun, but if you’re not able to make the 10 hour flight then a great alternative has to be Greece – one of the best countries for a full-proof beach holiday. Some of the most spectacular have to be in Zante, their white sands and clear waters make them a popular sun-bathing spot. More: 10 of the world’s best beaches: in pictures2. Australia’s coastline vs. Portugal’s AlgarveAustralia’s Twelve Apostles limestone stacks in Victoria are incredible, but Portugal’s Praia da Marinha also packs a punch. The famous Algarve beach is surrounded by crooked rocks and cliffs and has many coves and caves to explore. RelatedAlternative beach holidays for summerFancy a beach holiday, but don’t want to battle through the crowds to find a good spot for your towel? We’ve rounded-up some exciting destinations that are a little off the beaten track – some in far-flung countries such as Japan and Malaysia, while others are a little closer to…50 of the world’s most beautiful beaches: in picturesDreaming of summer and longing to park your bum on some sand? Here’s our selection of 50 of the most perfect beaches in the world, including beautiful spots in Bali, hidden coves in Cornwall and spectacular stretches of black sand in Hawaii.The world’s sunniest short-haul beach destinationsIn the market for a short-haul summer break – a sun-soaked, cheap holiday on the beach which won’t cost the earth? We’ve rounded up the ideal destinations, which means all you need to worry about is the sunscreen! 4. Chile’s glaciers vs. Iceland’s glaciersOk, on this occasion, if this is something on your bucket list, maybe think about saving up for it sooner rather than later. Patagonia’s San Rafael Glacier is melting fast and experts estimate that it will have completely disappeared by 2030. BUT, if you don’t make it across the world in time, Iceland has some of the world’s most incredible ice structures – it’s in the name I guess. Glacier walks are a popular day trip for many tourists (Icelandic Mountain Guides offer a variety of tours) and chances are you might get to tick ‘seeing the Northern Lights’ off your list too. 6. Thai lakes vs. Croatian lakesThe likes of Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park are enough to make anyone hop on a plane to Thailand but Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes’ rushing waterfalls and lush surrounding forests make it an equally popular place to visit – and justifiably so. More: Top 10 things to do in Thailand: Tigers, Temples and Muay Thai7. New Zealand’s mountain ranges vs. Italian mountain rangesNew Zealand is the ultimate adventure destination. It’s sprawling mountain ranges make it top of many avid hiker’s travel wish-list, wishing to tackle one of the nine ‘Great Hikes’ and witness some spectacular scenery at the same time. If your budget doesn’t allow you an around the world ticket, Italy’s Alps, Dolomites and Appennino mountain ranges still allow the trepid explorer to lace up their hiking boots and explore the rocky terrain.last_img read more

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