Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Politicians are increasingly concerned that social media giants have become so big, powerful and rich that they are effectively above the law — at least in a small country like Canada.Their concern was on display last week at a meeting of the House of Commons access to information, privacy and ethics committee, where Liberal MPs raked Google over the coals for its decision not to run any political ads during this fall’s federal election campaign, rather than comply with a new law that requires them keep an online ad registry.“Here’s my frustration,” Toronto Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith told Google Canada representatives Jason Kee and Colin McKay.“You have a company that makes billions of dollars and looks at … a small jurisdiction in Canada and says, ‘Your democracy doesn’t matter enough to us, we’re not going to participate.’ But if a big player decided to change the rules, I guarantee that you would follow those rules.“But we are too small for you. You are too big, you are too important and we are just not important enough for Google for you to take us seriously.”“I’d contest that observation,” responded McKay.He and Kee maintained the decision was strictly a technical one: Google engineers could not, in the short time frame required by the government, come up with a system that would reliably detect partisan and issue-oriented ads during the campaign and ensure they were all archived along with information identifying the source of the ads.Following the last U.S. presidential election, when a spotlight was shone on the use of social media to spread fake news, sow dissension and manipulate the election outcome, Kee said Google created a template for political ad registries that it used in last fall’s U.S. midterms and will deploy in India and the European Union. But he said it’s not compatible with the specific requirements of the Canadian law, about which he said Google was not consulted.Kee said Google will try to comply with the registry law by the next election in 2023.It was clear Liberals on the committee weren’t buying the explanation. It was equally clear their frustration with social media giants extends well beyond Google and the political ad registry.Quebec MP David Graham accused Google and Facebook of ignoring Canadian copyright law. And another Quebec Liberal, Frank Baylis, linked the ad registry and copyright issues, arguing that Google makes billions by posting ads on content it obtains for free because copyright law doesn’t apply to social media platforms.“The minute you start controlling these ads, you move from being a platform to proof positive you’re a publisher and once you’re a publisher, you’re subject to copyright and all that,” Baylis said, maintaining that’s the “real reason” Google has opted out of the political ad registry, not “this technical mumbo-jumbo” offered by the company.Kee said that was “not remotely” the case.Facebook has decided to comply with the ad registry law but the committee had another bone to pick with that company. It adopted unanimous motions to summon Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg to appear at the second meeting of the international grand committee on big data, privacy and democracy, which the Commons committee is hosting in Ottawa on May 28. The grand committee involves parliamentarians from Canada, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Ireland, Latvia and Singapore.The summons came after the Facebook duo failed to respond to an invitation to appear. Zuckerberg has testified at a congressional committee in Washington following last year’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the personal data of some 87 million Facebook users was improperly shared with the political consultancy firm. But he refused to appear at the grand committee’s first meeting in the U.K. and has repeatedly ignored invitations to appear before the Canadian committee to discuss Facebook’s handling of Canadians’ private information.Federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien last month concluded that Facebook violated Canadian privacy laws by failing to ensure Cambridge Analytica got clear consent to use individuals’ personal information. He is going to court to force Facebook — which maintains Canadians were not affected by the scandal and that it has since made “dramatic improvements” to protect users’ privacy — to comply with privacy laws.In an interview, Erskine-Smith noted that social media giants fought against the European Union’s general data protection regulation, which imposed strict new rules for protecting individuals’ privacy and stiff fines for companies that fail to do so. But once the law went into effect, they complied with it because the EU, unlike Canada, “is a substantial jurisdiction that they can’t ignore.”More recently, he said the giants have professed to be in favour of stronger, government-imposed rules on privacy and the spread of hate and misinformation. And Karina Gould, Canada’s minister of democratic institutions, has been signalling that regulations are coming because she’s been disappointed by social media platforms’ efforts to self-regulate.But said Erskine-Smith: “The problem is, unless we have global co-operation in establishing those new rules, we’re still going to open the door to companies saying, selectively, ‘This jurisdiction is too small, the market isn’t large enough to warrant changing our rules so we’re just going to ignore it.’”Digital media expert Taylor Owen said that’s certainly true when it comes to regulation of political ads. But he said it will be more difficult to arrive at internationally co-ordinated regulations on harmful speech and competition, where laws are much more nationally specific.Still, Owen said there’s no reason why Canada alone could not beef up its laws, as other countries have done, to impose steep fines on social media giants that violate privacy laws or don’t go far enough to constrain disinformation and hateful content. And, judging by the markedly hostile tone MPs in the governing party have adopted lately, he thinks that’s coming soon.Whereas politicians initially embraced social media as a positive means to engage with voters, most western governments, including Canada’s, have come to a “radically different” view, said Owen, Beaverbrook chair in media ethics and communication at McGill University’s Max Bell school of public policy.“The tone and the attitude of government is fundamentally changing. There is no trust anymore,” he said.
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New Delhi: Millions voted across 95 Lok Sabha seats in 12 states and Puducherry on Thursday in the second phase of the staggered battle for a new Parliament, marred by stray violence in West Bengal and muted polling in Srinagar. CPI-M MP and candidate Mohd Salim was attacked allegedly by Trinamool Congress activists in Raiganj constituency where he is seeking re-election when he went to a polling booth to check reports of vote rigging, officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also accused the Trinamool Congress of unleashing violence on its opponents, a charge denied by the ruling party in West Bengal. A total of 15.7 crore electorate can pick 95 Lok Sabha members out of 1,606 contestants on Thursday. Stone pelters targeted a polling station in Srinagar city, injuring a policeman. Most Srinagar polling booths reported sparse polling following a call from separatists to boycott the nationwide seven-phase polls that will end on May 19 and whose outcome will be known on May 23. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Polling in all other places was reportedly peaceful although complaints of glitches in electronic voting machines (EVMs) came from several states, briefly halting the electoral process. Unfazed by the summer heat and dust, voters turned out in large numbers in Karnataka. There was nearly 40 per cent polling between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. spread across 14 parliamentary constituencies, the main fight between the ruling Congress-JD-S alliance and the BJP. Polling was also brisk in Tamil Nadu where people will be electing 38 of 39 Lok Sabha members — voting in Vellore has been postponed — and 18 members to the state Assembly. Tamil Nadu, where the main contest is between the coalitions led by the AIADMK and the DMK, too reported nearly 40 per cent voting till 1 p.m. Puducherry voted for its lone Lok Sabha seat. After initial dull moments, the voting picked up dramatically in Odisha, which is electing five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly members. The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) said it was confident of retaining power but the BJP said it was looking forward to a victory. In Bihar, 32 per cent voting was reported till 1 p.m. in five of 40 Lok Sabha seats. But people in about a dozen villages in all five constituencies boycotted the elections to protest against lack of development. Uttar Pradesh’s voting percentage was racing towards 40 per cent in all eight constituencies: Mathura, Hathras, Amroha, Agra, Fatehpur-Sikri, Aligarh, Nagina, Bulandshahr. While brisk voting was reported in the Udhampur Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir, with over 32 per cent polling in just five hours, polling in Srinagar was muted. A police constable was injured in stone pelting by youths trying to disrupt the election in Chrar-e-Sharief in Badgam district, which falls in the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat. Despite several incidents of violence including an attack on CPI-M’s Salim and the smashing of an EVM, Bengal registered over 51 per cent polling in the three northern constituencies of Jalpaiguri, Raiganj and Darjeeling. After a dull start, voting zoomed in Maharashtra which will elect 10 of the 48 Lok Sabha members on Thursday. Voting also took place on Thursday in Chhattisgarh and Manipur.
Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer speaks to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick EDMONTON – A former Manitoba premier and one-time Canadian ambassador to the United States has been tabbed to play hardball for Alberta’s softwood lumber industry in Washington.Alberta’s NDP government says in a release that Gary Doer will use his extensive network to connect government and industry to decision-makers in the U.S. and to provide advice on advocacy.Doer has also been asked to enhance Alberta’s working relationship with Ottawa and other provincial governments to develop a so-called team Canada approach to the softwood file.The U.S. Department of Commerce recently said it would subject Canadian lumber imports to tariffs ranging from three to 24 per cent.The U.S. administration alleges Canada’s wood comes mostly from Crown land and artificial low prices give Canadian companies an unfair advantage.Doer is a senior business adviser at Dentons global law firm where he works on cross-border legal matters.The Alberta government has retained Dentons at a fee of $10,000 a month for Doer’s services.The announcement of higher tariffs marks the fifth time since 1981 that Canada and the U.S. have sparred over softwood.Canada has prevailed every time it has challenged the U.S. through the North American Free Trade Agreement, the World Trade Organization or in the U.S. court system.“Doer’s experience, high profile and deep knowledge of bilateral relations will be critical to ensuring our U.S. partners understand the significance of the U.S.-Alberta softwood trade relationship,” Alberta Trade Minister Deron Bilous said in the release Monday.“He will be a key ally in advancing our strong commitment to finding a solution to the lumber dispute.”Doer served as Manitoba’s premier from 1999 to 2009 and was ambassador to the U.S. from 2009 to 2016.During his years as premier, he worked with both U.S. and Mexico governors to improve trade and energy co-operation. by The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2017 11:10 am MDT Last Updated May 8, 2017 at 11:58 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Former Manitoba premier to swing axe for Alberta’s softwood lumber industry
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (center, 2nd row) attends Military Parade in Red Square, Moscow for the celebration of the 70th aniversary of Victory Day. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Russia for ‘Victory Day’ marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe and the sacrifice made by millions, met for discussions with President Vladimir Putin on world issues from the conflict in Ukraine to enhancing cooperation to tackle climate change. “The Secretary-General and President Putin discussed in depth the way forward on Ukraine,” said a statement from Mr. Ban’s spokesman’s office. Both agreed that full and good faith implementation by all sides of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements presented the best opportunity to bring forth a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Mr. Ban and President Putin also exchanged views on UN engagement toward this end, the statement said. “They also discussed the political process on Syria, Russia’s contribution to peacekeeping and climate change,” the note added. The Secretary-General also expressed his appreciation for the invitation to attend today’s celebrations. Also with the Secretary-General were Irina Bokova, Director-General at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Military Parade in Red Square, Moscow. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with heads of state and other authorities in an official group photo at the Red Square, Moscow. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Russian Military personnel at the parade in Red Square for the 70th Aniversary of Victory Day. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Military Parade in Red Square, Moscow. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ › While in Moscow, Mr. Ban also met with the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades. The UN chief said he welcomed the “new optimism” about the resumption of negotiations aimed at achieving a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus. “The Secretary-General and the President also exchanged views on climate change ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris, France in December 2015.”
“Fortunately there were no reported injuries but the site sustained major damage,” said Mr. Zerihoun. “As with the many deadly incidents over these past weeks, the Secretary-General [Ban Ki-moon] strongly condemns this reprehensible act and calls on those responsible to be swiftly brought to justice.”He said that the UN welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ condemnation of the arson attack and his announcement that a committee has been established to conduct a full investigation into the crime.Later in the day, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson issued a statement echoing Mr. Zerihoun’s message to the Council and “calling on all sides to respect the sanctity of all holy sites, refrain from any inflammatory actions or statements and reject the extremist elements that are pursuing a political agenda seeking to transform the current situation into a religious conflict.”In his briefing to the Council, Mr. Zarihoun said the incident represents a particularly troubling development in light of its religious dimension. “We call on all sides to respect the sanctity of all holy sites and reject the extremist elements that are pursuing a political agenda seeking to transform the current situation from a national to a religious struggle,” he said, adding: If they are successful in their efforts it could have catastrophic consequence for Palestinians and Israelis alike, with serious reverberations in the region.”The Assistant Secretary-General also noted that the incident followed a deadly week in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, explaining that there were 11 reported attacks against Israelis and Israeli security forces leaving four Israelis and nine Palestinians dead and 16 Israelis and four Palestinians wounded.“There were also three reported stabbing and ramming attacks on Israelis in Israel, leaving 10 Israelis injured and three Palestinian suspects wounded,” he added.In Gaza, he said that a seventh Palestinian succumbed to his wounds on 10 October after clashing with the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) near the security barrier the previous day.He went on to note that Israeli airstrikes on Hamas sites caused a building to collapse. The airstrikes were in response to rocket fire on Israel on southern Israel on 10 October.In addition, Palestinian militants fired at least eight rockets toward Israel during the past week, with most falling short and landing within Gaza territory, and one being intercepted by Iron Dome.“As of yesterday, a total of seven Israelis and 32 Palestinians – including those in conducted or allegedly conducted or attempted attacks – were killed, some 124 Israelis (including ISF personnel) and more than 1,118 Palestinians were reportedly injured since October 1st,” he said.In the wake of these attacks, he said, Israel’s security cabinet has passed a broad range of new security measures which are already being implemented.“The Israeli Defense Forces have significantly bolstered their presence in Israeli city centres, while many Arab neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem have been surrounded by security forces with access roads blocked and checkpoints established,” Mr. Zerihoun added, noting that the Israeli authorities had also reinstated a number of movement restrictions in the West Bank.”He also spoke of the introduction of additional measures that have been introduced with the goal of deterring would be terrorists from carrying out attacks. Homes of those accused of carrying out terror attacks will be demolished within days of any attack and their families, if residents of East Jerusalem and not Israeli citizens, will have their permanent residency status revoked, he said.“The United Nations has maintained a consistent position on these issues,” he continued. “Collective punishments, including house demolitions, are counter-productive and contravene international law. I we have urge Israel to immediately cease this damaging practice.”Mr. Zerihoun cautioned that “the current crisis cannot be resolved through security measures alone.”“The persistence of the occupation and the diminishing prospects of achieving Palestinian aspirations for statehood have transformed long-simmering Palestinian anger into outright rage. This stark reality has been compounded by the increasingly dire economic circumstances, including the bleak prospects for youth employment.”He said that the continued and expanding settlement activities further diminish the hope and the potential for creating a viable Palestinian state. “Such loss of political perspective is the single most damaging factor which contributes to the anger and frustration driving the violence we are seeing today.”Against this backdrop, he said, there have been a number of factors that have led to the current situation, including tensions at the holy sites in Jerusalem, as well as “reckless statements made by Palestinian and Israeli extremist elements, reinforced by some mainstream voices as well.”“Prime Minister Netanyahu’s repeated assurances that Israel has no intention of changing the historic status quo at the holy sites,” he said, were welcome. “But perceptions will only change when concrete actions, based on the agreements between Israel and Jordan, follow these words.”Mr. Zerihoun also said that another factor leading to heightened tensions was “the apparent heavy-handed approach by Israeli security services. Wide dissemination of video footage of several incidents fuelled more attacks and has raised serious questions as to the appropriate level of force used by the IDF [Israel Defence Service] and police. The Secretary-General has called for a thorough investigation of all such cases.”“Finally, we have seen that the impact of social media and irresponsible rhetoric has played a dramatic role in escalation. On this count both sides have much to be blamed for, but I welcome efforts by leaders in the past days to tone down their statements. I call on community, religious and political leaders on all sides to calm the language they use in this regard and to work together to de-escalate the situation,” he concluded.
The Opposition MPs turned up for today’s siitting but were told that the sitting was called off without any reasons being providedConfusion reigned today (Friday), as Opposition Members of Parliament who turned up for today’s sitting were told that Parliament has been postponed without any reasons being provided.INews was told moments ago that Opposition MPs turned up and took their seats for the 14:00h sitting and to their surprise, were informed that the Govermnet MPs will not be attending; as such today’s sitting was called off.This moves coomes one day after the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) filed a no-confidence motion against the Coalition Government.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo announced yesterday that the PPP has filed a no-confidence motion against the Government.Jagdeo had said that it is the hope of his Party that the country benefits from the motion, which is aimed at shaking the Government back to its senses and halting the destruction of Guyana.The Opposition Leader added that it was made clear at the recently held Local Government Elections (LGE), where the PPP/C recorded massive wins in the majority of constituencies across Guyana, and with a whopping 45,000 votes more than the APNU, that citizens are unhappy with the direction and policies of the APNU/AFC Government. (More details to follow) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedParliament sitting postponed at Govt’s request, says ClerkNovember 16, 2018In “latest news”Top Cop promises MP heightened security during today’s no-confidence motionDecember 21, 2018In “latest news”No-confidence: Govt should have resigned by now, Constitution clear- Opposition LeaderDecember 28, 2018In “latest news”
A Fiesta vehicle lined up at the assembly line of Ford India plant in Chengalpattu, Chennai.ReutersHome-grown utility vehicle specialist Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) is reportedly in talks with Ford India to use the latter’s Chennai plant for manufacturing its passenger vehicles.Also read: Tata and Volkswagen may join hands for platform sharing; announcement expected at Geneva”The talks are at an advanced stage, and several rounds of discussions have already taken place,” Times of India quoted a top source in one of the companies as saying. “At any given point of time, we are talking to different original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for various possibilities, which can include sharing of platforms, (production) capacities or dealer network. However, I cannot confirm whether we are talking to Ford, or whether we are not talking to them,” Pawan Goenka, managing director, said.Ford India’s Chennai plant has an annual production capacity of around 2 lakh cars. However, the American carmaker currently produces only about 1.2 lakh units from this plant annually. Ford also has a new plant at Sanand in Gujarat with a capacity of around 2.4 lakh units, but only around 60 per cent of it is under utilisation at the moment. Hence, a deal with M&M will help Ford India to make a better use of its current infrastructure.If the deal gets through, it will also beneficial for M&M. The company, which has its main plants in the western state, will have a production base in South India with the tie-up with Ford. It will also significantly cut down the huge investment required to set-up for another plant for M&M.This is not the first time Ford and Mahindra are joining hands together. After its first attempt to get a foothold in India way back in 1926, Ford re-entered the market in October 1995 as Mahindra Ford India Limited (MFIL), a 50-50 joint venture. The alliance sold the Ford Escort sedan between 1996 and 2001.
Pool Photo via APIn this image from video, President Donald Trump speaks during a televised address from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. As the government shutdown nears a record-setting length, President Donald Trump and the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives continue to jockey over the construction of a billion-dollar border wall.Following the dueling prime time addresses by Trump and the Democratic leaders, Party Politics co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer highlight the politics of the biggest legislative skirmish of the President’s two years in office.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Party Politics is produced by Don Geraci, the audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editor is Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz.NATIONAL TOPICS-White House walks back Syria withdrawal-Manafort shared polling information with Russians-Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib calls Trump MF in discussion about impeachment-Supreme Court takes gerrymandering case-Rod Rosenstein leaving DOJ – Was he forced out?-Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dances her way into prime timeTEXAS TOPICS-Texas State Senator Charles Schwertner bows out of Chair role due to harassment allegations-Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds released from jail in time for session–Revenue estimate from Comptroller Glenn Hegar – does Texas have enough money for all three priorities?-Texas 86th Legislative Session opening week-Beto O’Rourke grows beard and the Internet freaks out This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share X Listen 00:00 /29:11 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
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By The Associated PressA gunman opened fire in a newspaper office in Maryland’s capital Thursday, killing five people and wounding others before being taken into custody in what appeared to be one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history, police and witnesses said.Police said the suspect was a white man in his late 30s whose rampage at The Capital Gazette followed social media threats directed at the newspaper. Authorities said the man entered the building in a targeted attack and “looked for his victims.” He threw smoke grenades and fired a shotgun at his victims, according to Anne Arundel County Acting Police Chief William Krampf.The 888 Bestgate Road building isseen after police received reports of multiple people being shot at The CapitalGazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)“This person was prepared today to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people. His intent was to cause harm,” Krampf said.Krampf declined to identify the suspect but said he was a Maryland resident and search warrants were being sought for his home.Phil Davis, who is African American, a reporter who covers courts and crime for the paper, tweeted that the gunman shot out the glass door to the office and fired into the newsroom, sending people scrambling for cover under desks.“A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead,” he wrote.Davis added: “There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.”The attacker had mutilated his fingers in an apparent attempt to make it harder to identify him, according to a law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. Another official who also spoke on condition of anonymity said investigators identified the man using facial recognition technology.The shooting — which came amid months of verbal and online attacks on the “fake news media” from politicians and others from President Donald Trump on down— prompted New York City police to immediately tighten security at news organizations in the nation’s media capital.At the White House, spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said: “There is no room for violence, and we stick by that. Violence is never tolerated in any form, no matter whom it is against.”The gunman was believed to have used a shotgun, according to a U.S. official who was briefed on the investigation but not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The gunman was not carrying any identification, authorities said.“The shooter has not been very forthcoming, so we don’t have any information yet on motive,” Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh said. “To my knowledge, there was no verbal aspect to the incident where he declared his motives or anything else, so at this point we just don’t know.”Krampf confirmed five deaths and said two people had superficial wounds. Authorities had said earlier that several people were gravely wounded.Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said officers raced to the scene, arriving in 60 seconds, and took the gunman into custody without an exchange of gunfire.About 170 people in all were evacuated from the building as a multitude of police cars and other emergency vehicles converged on the scene. People could be seen leaving the building with their hands up.The newspaper is part of Capital Gazette Communications, which also publishes the Maryland Gazette and CapitalGazette.com.In an interview with The Capital Gazette’s online site, Davis said it “was like a war zone” inside the newspaper’s offices — a situation that would be “hard to describe for a while.”“I’m a police reporter. I write about this stuff — not necessarily to this extent, but shootings and death — all the time,” he said. “But as much as I’m going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don’t know until you’re there and you feel helpless.”Davis told the paper he and others were still hiding under their desks when the gunman stopped firing.“I don’t know why. I don’t know why he stopped,” he said.Reporter Selene San Felice told the CNN broadcast outlet she was at her desk when she heard the shooting and ran with some others to a back door, only to find it locked. She said she saw a colleague steps away who was shot. But she didn’t see the shooter as she tried to hide.“I heard footsteps a couple of times … I was breathing really loud and was trying not to, but I couldn’t be quiet,” she added. Having gone to school in Florida, she recalled accounts of a gunman’s June 2016 mass shooting attack on Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse and accounts of terrified people crouching inside as they texted families amid fears for their lives. Dozens were killed there.“And there I was sitting under a desk, texting my parents and telling them I loved them,” she said.Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said the community is grieving the attack on the community paper.“These are the guys that come to city council meetings, have to listen to boring politicians and sit there,” Buckley said. “They don’t make a lot of money It’s just immoral that their lives should be in danger.”New York police sent counterterrorism teams to news organizations around the city in a move authorities said was a precaution, not prompted by any specific threat. Police could be seen outside The New York Times, ABC News and Fox News early in the evening.
Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober It is unclear if those rescued include the schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago from a boarding school in Chibok town. Dozens escaped but 219 remain missing.A 3-month-old multinational offensive has driven Boko Haram from towns where it had declared an Islamic caliphate. The militants have retreated into the vast Sambisa Forest, where they have planted land mines to impede attacks.“Our troops are unrelenting in their determined efforts of vanquishing Boko Haram terrorists wherever they are,” Usman said.On Saturday, the first group of 275 rescued — about 60 women and the rest children — arrived under military escort to the safety of a refugee camp in the eastern city of Yola.They brought news that some women have died in the rescue missions: Boko Haram militants stoned about 10 women to death for refusing to flee with them, several were accidentally crushed by an armored personnel carrier, and three died when they triggered a land mine.There were some tearful family reunions at the refugee camp this week, the BBC reported in a video showing a teen-age girl being hugged by a woman relative.Most do not know if their husbands and children still are alive or were killed in the attacks when Boko Haram captured them. Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to pain LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian troops rescued 25 more children and women from Boko Haram early Wednesday as the soldiers destroyed seven more of the extremists’ camps in a northeastern forest stronghold, the army spokesman said.Many militants were killed in “a fierce encounter” that cost the life of one soldier and wounded five, Col. Sani Usman said in a statement.The military has reported saving about 700 children and women in recent days as soldiers supported by air raids have advanced further into the last hideouts of Nigeria’s home-grown Islamic extremists. They say the insurgents are running out of ammunition, fuel and food — as can be seen by the sad state of some critically malnourished children.One 3-year-old died in a Yola hospital just days after being freed, the BBC reported.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
Surfers flock to Ramada Phillip Island for WSL eventSurfers flock to Ramada Phillip Island for WSL eventSurfers from across the globe will descend on Ramada Resort Phillip Island this month ahead of the inaugural Phillip Island Pro World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series event.The Phillip Island Pro, being held from October 27 to 31, will allow surfers to gain points and experience on their way to making the WSL Championship Tour, with total prize money of $20,000 up for grabs.Ramada Phillip Island is the exclusive accommodation provider of the Phillip Island Pro and Resort Manager Damien Larkin said he was proud to support the event, which will showcase the region to local and international visitors.“More than 110 competitors are coming from across Australia as well as Canada, the USA, South Africa, New Zealand and England to surf at the world-class Cape Woolamai break,” Mr Larkin said.“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase why this is one of the best surf and holiday destinations in Australia.”Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson said the event would allow top local talent to test their skills against surfers from around the world.“It’s fantastic to have the support of the local community and businesses for the first-ever Phillip Island Pro,” Mr Robertson said.The Phillip Island Pro QS1000 is presented by the Bass Coast Shire and Victorian Government and supported by Westernport Water, Phillip Island Nature Park, Surfing Victoria, Surf Meal Co., Ramada Phillip Island and Coastalwatch. Source = Ramada Resort Phillip Island
in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Freddie Mac: 95% of Q2 Refis Went for Fixed-Rate Loans August 14, 2012 423 Views For borrowers who refinanced in the second quarter, fixed-rate mortgages dominated consumer preferences. [IMAGE]Among those who refinanced in Q2, more than 95 percent opted for a fixed-rate mortgage, according to the “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ Quarterly Product Transition report.For those who had a hybrid ARM, 81 percent transitioned into a fixed-rate loan during the second quarter; the percentage represents the highest share in two years. In contrast, for those with a 15-year fixed rate loan, 2 percent transitioned into a hybrid ARM.[COLUMN_BREAK] Also, 30 percent of those who refinanced in the second quarter shortened their loan term. However, those who refinanced under HARP tended to choose long-term, fixed-rate mortgages. Twenty-five percent of HARP borrowers opted for shortened terms versus the 30 percent who did not refinance through HARP. “”Frank Nothaft””:http://www.freddiemac.com/bios/exec/nothaft.html, Freddie Mac VP and chief economist, explained the benefits of a shorter term loan. “”Compared to a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, the interest rate on a 15-year fixed was about three-quarters of a percentage point lower during the second quarter,”” said Nothaft. “”For borrowers motivated to refinance by low fixed-rates, they could obtain even lower rates by shortening their term. Further, a shorter-term, fully amortizing loan reduces the loan balance faster and builds home equity sooner.””The report also revealed different preferences between those who did and did not refinance under HARP. For HARP borrowers who originally had an ARM loan, 95 percent transitioned into a fixed-rate mortgage. For those who did not refinance under HARP and had an ARM loan, about half opted for another hybrid ARM. Share Agents & Brokers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac HARP Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Refinance Service Providers 2012-08-14 Esther Cho
London – Gentlemen’s shoemaker Harrys of London is proud to announce the opening of its first retail concept at 59 South Audley Street. Nestled on the corner of South Audley Street and Mount Street, the new Harrys of London flagship is a welcome addition to London’s chicest micro-district, already home to high fashion and traditional shops including Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin, Scotts restaurant and gunsmiths and country outfitters Purdy.59 South Audley Street reflects the dynamic growth of the Harrys of London brand since the appointment of Creative Director Kevin Martel in 2005.The new boutique was conceived by Martel, together with Paris based architect Ed Church of TCH to ensure a retail experience befitting the discerning Harrys of London clientele. Church’s previous projects include designing the flagship stores for both Ralph Lauren and Joyce, Hong Kong.The 400sq foot jewel box is designed in a library motif, where shoes are arranged as ‘books’ and accessible by sliding wooden librarian ladders. The immaculate interior details include cornicing, four-meter high ceilings and a beautiful reclaimed herringbone parquet floor. The furniture is a melange of Parisian flea market discoveries and custom-made pieces tailored in signature Harrys of London leathers and textiles.Says Creative Director Kevin Martel, “Mayfair, and specifically the Mount Street area was always the focus for our first retail location. The eclectic area is so unique to London –traditional English shops juxtaposed with cutting-edge luxury boutiques, in the midst of a chic, residential neighbourhood. The area itself has a very personal feel which is exactly the type of service we seek to offer our clients.”The Harrys of London flagship boutique is scheduled to open Summer 2008.
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