Poundmaker chief eight others face charges over treaty money

first_imgAPTN National NewsA complaint from a member of the Poundmaker First Nation in June 2004 has led to several charges being laid.The accused are charged with misspending treaty land entitlement funds.Chief Duane Antoine is being charged with two counts of theft over $5,000, two counts of fraud over $5,000, two counts of breach of trust by a public official and criminal breach of trust.A total of 47 charges are also being laid against eight other people.They will make their first court appearance in Cutknife provincial court on Aug. 16.last_img

Apple uses companies outside US to avoid paying billions in taxes Senate

by Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted May 20, 2013 6:37 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The world’s most valuable company, Apple Inc., employs a group of affiliate companies located in Ireland to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. income taxes, a Senate investigation has found — and its CEO will be questioned Tuesday.Apple is holding overseas some $102 billion of its $145 billion in cash, and an Irish subsidiary that earned $22 billion in 2011 paid only $10 million in taxes, according to the report issued Monday by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.The strategies Apple uses are legal, and many other multinational corporations use similar tax techniques to avoid paying U.S. income taxes on profits they reap overseas. But the report found that Apple uses a unique twist, and lawmakers are raising questions about loopholes in the U.S. tax code.While Apple claims to be the biggest U.S. corporate taxpayer, it is also “among America’s largest tax avoiders,” said Sen. John McCain, the panel’s senior Republican.Apple CEO Tim Cook, the company’s chief financial officer and its tax chief are scheduled to testify and explain the company’s tax strategy Tuesday at a subcommittee hearing. Apple spokesmen didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.The spotlight on Apple’s tax strategy comes at a time of fevered debate in Washington over whether and how to raise revenues to help reduce the federal deficit. Many Democrats say the government is missing out on collecting billions because companies are stashing profits abroad and avoiding taxes. Republicans want to cut the corporate tax rate of 35 per cent and ease the tax burden on money that U.S. companies make abroad, saying the move would encourage companies to invest at home.Apple has made clear that given current U.S. tax rates, it has no intention of repatriating its overseas profits to the U.S.The report estimates that Apple avoided at least $3.5 billion in U.S. federal taxes in 2011 and $9 billion in 2012 by using the strategy. The company, based in California, paid $2.5 billion in federal taxes in 2011 and $6 billion in 2012.The subcommittee also has examined the tax strategies of Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and other multinational companies, finding that they too have avoided billions in U.S. taxes by shifting profits offshore and exploiting weak, ambiguous sections of the tax code. Microsoft has used “aggressive” transactions to shift assets to subsidiaries in Puerto Rico, Ireland and Singapore, in part to avoid taxes. HP has used complex offshore loan transactions worth billions while using the money to run its U.S. operations, according to the panel.Apple uses five companies located in Ireland to carry out its tax strategy, according to the report. The companies are located at the same address in Cork, Ireland, and they share members of their boards of directors. While all five companies were incorporated in Ireland, only two also have tax residency in that country. That means the other three aren’t legally required to pay taxes in Ireland because they aren’t managed or controlled in that country, in Apple’s view.The report says Apple capitalizes on a difference between U.S. and Irish rules regarding tax residency. In Ireland, a company must be managed and controlled in the country to be a tax resident. Under U.S. law, a company is a tax resident of the country in which it was established. Therefore, the Apple companies aren’t tax residents of Ireland nor of the U.S., since they weren’t incorporated in the U.S., in Apple’s view.The subcommittee said Apple’s strategy of not declaring tax residency in any country could be unique among corporations.“Apple wasn’t satisfied with shifting its profits to a low-tax offshore tax haven,” Sen. Carl Levin, the subcommittee’s chairman, said in a statement. “Apple sought the Holy Grail of tax avoidance. It has created offshore entities holding tens of billions of dollars, while claiming to be tax resident nowhere.”The subcommittee report also noted that Apple has been setting aside billions for tax bills it may never pay. As previously reported by The Associated Press, the overlooked asset that Apple has been building up could boost its profits by as much as $10.5 billion. However, Apple has been lobbying to change U.S. law so it can erase its tax liabilities in a less conspicuous fashion.In its second quarter ended March 31, Apple posted its first profit decline in 10 years. Net income was $9.5 billion, or $10.09 a share, down 18 per cent from $11.6 billion, or $12.30 a share, in the same period a year ago. Revenue increased 11 per cent, to $43.6 billion.Apple said in April that it will distribute $100 billion in cash to its shareholders by the end of 2015. The company is expanding its share buyback program to $60 billion, the largest buyback authorization in history, and is raising its dividend by 15 per cent, to $3.05 a share.President Barack Obama has proposed using the tax code to encourage companies to move jobs back to the U.S. and discourage them from shifting jobs abroad. Many in both top political parties say they want to overhaul the entire tax code, but there are vast differences in how they would do so.___Associated Press writer Marcy Gordon contributed. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Apple uses companies outside US to avoid paying billions in taxes, Senate inquiry finds read more

Online petition launched to reunite thousands of immigrants separated by red tape

first_imgTHE IMMIGRANT COUNCIL of Ireland (ICI) has launched a social media campaign to higlight the cases of thousands of people legally living in Ireland who have been cut off from their loves ones by red tape.An online petition calls for the government to introduce fair and transparent rules on family reunification, which is, in certain countries, recognised as a reason for immigration because of the presence of a family member in a country.Speaking today about the launch of the campaign, Chief Executive of the ICI Denise Charlton said it is “unfair that many people legally living in Ireland both as migrants and citizens cannot be with the ones they love because they are being blocked by bureaucracy and red tape”.Charlton said family reunification is one of the main issues which the council respond to through its helpline.“The current system lacks guidelines, rules and an independent right to appeal,” she said. “People are being simply left in limbo.”The petition, calling for Alan Shatter to introduce rules on family reunification was launched online today and will also be promoted by the council on Facebook and Twitter.Read: Prospects of undocumented Irish in US boosted by Obama speech, says Tánaiste>last_img read more

Gawker network has over a million passwords stolen uploaded to Bittorrent

first_imgIf you’ve ever commented on a Gawker blog — including the likes of Gawker, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Kotaku, io9 or Jezebel — it’s time to change your password pretty much everywhere: a group named Gnosis has hacked Gawker’s servers and uploaded the stolen data as a 500MB torrent file which includes 1.3 million user logins and passwords, Gawker’s source code and internal conversations between the company’s employees.Although the attacks were not carried out by 4chan’s Anonymous swarm mob, Gnosis — the group responsible — does take pains in the text file accompanying the file to sympathize with their cause.Anonymous, as you may recall, has recently been in the news after a string of DDoS attacks have taken down the corporate websites of PayPal, Mastercard and Visa… companies targeted for neutering the ability of Wikileaks to accept donations following their massive, ongoing leak of hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables.The good news here is that if you comment on Gawker’s blogs, your password isn’t in this torrent as plain text… but you still need to change your password everywhere if you use it anywhere besides Gawker, because Gawker employed an outdated encryption scheme that should make it trivial to crack the first eight characters of any password in their records. That’s enough that even if you have a longer password, hackers will easily be able to brute force it.If you’ve ever logged into a Gawker site, better be safe than sorry.Read more at Gawkerlast_img read more

Union Budget 201213 Aam Aadmi Wants More Saving

first_imgFor the aam aadmi, the week leading up to the presentation of the Union Budget is the time to look back at the past year and check their savings. They want to save more this year as rising prices of basic commodities has affected their savings.Inflation hit the common man hard last year, and now they expect some relief when Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee presents the annual budget in parliament on March 16. They are keeping an eye on the Direct Taxes Code (DTC).”The government should raise tax exemption limit to 2 lakhs. It’s difficult to save as prices of all things including basic commodities have increased,” said 28-year-old housewife Varsha.”I will be happy if the government increase tax exemption limit from Rs 1 lakh to 2 lakh. It will encourage people like me to save more for our future and for our children. I also would like the government to increase the first taxable slab from Rs. 1,80,000 – 2 lakh to Rs 2 -5 lakh,” said 42-year-old Elvis.last_img read more

TTIP Five things you need to know about the controversial EUUS trade

first_img What does TTIP stand for?TTIP is short for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a bilateral trade agreement between the European Union and the US. TTIP is supposed to regulate and harmonise trade between the partners by reducing regulations. According to supporters, this will lead to a £10bn ($15.5bn) trade increase for the UK. With all member states of the EU and the US included in the deal a total of 820 million people will be affected by the agreement.Who gets a say?Negotiations take place in secret but many decisions have been leaked to the public. The European Commission is in charge of negotiations on behalf of the EU while the Office of the US Trade Representative is the main negotiator for the US. Lobby groups and representatives of companies are also heavily involved in the talks. Once an agreement is reached, the EU council of ministers has to ratify TTIP followed by the European parliament and possibly all EU member state parliaments, depending on how the agreement is interpreted. In the US, both houses of Congress have to pass the agreement.Why do people criticise TTIP?Because TTIP is negotiated in secret by the European Commission, an unelected body, critics say the agreement undermines democracy. Additionally, American food safety and environmental standards are less strict than European ones. For example, the EU has forbidden cosmetic testing on animals while the US has not. People fear that harmonising standards translates to lowering European standards to the level of the US. Further areas where TTIP could lead to relaxed standards in the EU are privacy protection, pharmaceuticals and workers rights. It is also feared TTIP aims to give US companies access to European education, transport, water services and public health, including the NHS. Anti-TTIP groups also criticise the introduction of ISDS.What does ISDS stand for?ISDS or Investor-State Dispute Settlements are likely to be introduced through TTIP. They allow companies to sue governments for lost profits supposedly caused by policies of the government. Critics fear this could mean that multinational corporations could dictate policies to democratically elected governments. Law suits would take place in secret in arbitration tribunals made out of corporate lawyers and states could only be sued, not take actions against corporations, and may be ordered to pay large sums as compensation.Is TTIP irreversible?Since negotiations for trade agreements can take several years, long-term obligations can be demanded and changes made only if all parties agree. Many bilateral investment agreements may be terminated after five years at the earliest with investments made during this time lasting for another 15 years. Therefore it can be expected for TTIP to last at least 20 years. Closelast_img read more

AL to be relieved if BNP boycotts polls

first_imgAL-BNP-logoThe ruling Awami League still keeps its solitary control on electioneering, forcing the oppositions out of the pitch, though the 11th parliamentary election is just four days away.The ruling camp is now only concerned about the BNP-led oppositions’ sudden control of the voting centres on the polling day, said more than one AL leaders at the policy-making level, adding that the AL would be happy if BNP pulls out of the race at the last moment.The party officials said AL earlier had a plan to create pressure on the BNP-led alliance to bring them to the polls race and yet keep them away from canvassing.The police and the administration, the AL leaders added, are just helping them execute the strategies.The BNP had hoped that things would change following the deployment of army, but that did not happen either.In the last two days, a rumour is hovering around the political arena that under the circumstances, BNP and Oikya Front may quit the upcoming polls.According to the AL leaders, keeping in mind the possible pull-out of BNP from the elections, the AL allowed its alliance members to field their own candidates.One of the key partners of the AL-led Mahajote (grand alliance) HM Ershad’s Jatiya Party was given 26 seats. Despite that, Ershad has fielded 148 more candidates. The 14-party’s Workers Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSaD), Tarikat Federation, a fraction of Jatiya Party, former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front have also put more candidates.Those who did not get any seats during the allocation also kept some candidates in different constituencies. So, there is no scope for AL candidates to win any seat unopposed should BNP pull out.On the other hand, if BNP and other opposition parties boycott the elections, their symbols will still remain in the ballot papers. It means they have participated in the polls. This kind of possible situation will create opportunities for the other members of the AL-led alliance.The AL leaders said they did not want the voters to have a feeling that they might lose. That is why the ruling camp kept a tight grip on the campaigning from the beginning.They will keep continue the show of muscle power and administrative pressure to keep BNP away from the electioneering, confessed the officials.The AL leaders, they added, then targeted the BNP candidates to give a clear message to its activists. As a result, the BNP and oppositions alliance are apparently cornered.A senior leader told Prothom Alo that they have succeeded to give a message to the people that AL is going to power again.Another source at the policy-making level said if BNP does not quit the polls, there is an apprehension of violence on the voting day.The AL will try its best to avoid the violence on the day, said the source adding that if BNP pulls out of the polls, AL will rather be relaxed.Asked about the matter, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader told newsmen on 13 December that the AL has no say about other candidates of the AL-led alliance.“We’ve a strategy. We’ve a clear strategy in this regard,” Obaidul added. “Everything will be clear on the voting day. We cannot have uncontested polls this time.”More than one leaders related to the AL electioneering committee said they are smearing the same strategies which they applied during the last Gazipur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal city corporation polls where all parties participated and election violence and killings were few.During the city polls, BNP activists were kicked out of the election fields and its polling agents were dragged out of the polling centres.There is a plan to keep the BNP polling agents out of the election booths, too.With a view to keeping BNP activists away from the polling centres, arrest drives were conducted and it will continue till the election day.A central leader and candidate of the next general elections seeking anonymity said AL has so far been successful in keeping BNP away from the electioneering.The AL was fiercely criticised for holding a lopsided election in 2014. If BNP quits the polls this time, they will also have to share the condemnation.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

Jute mill workers go on indefinite strike

first_imgJute workers continued their protests for the eight consecutive day demanding arrears on Sunday, 12 May, 2019 . UNB file photoWorkers of state-run jute mills started an indefinite strike across Bangladesh to press home their longstanding demands including payment of outstanding dues, reports UNB.The workers are set to block the roads and railways from 4:00pm to 7:00pm every day during the strike, said Md Murad Hossain, convener of Jute Mill Workers League of Khulna-Jashore region.Their demands include paying salaries and allowances, implementation of wage commission, sufficient fund allocation for jute sector, reappointing the sacked workers and making the appointments permanent.Workers’ wages of 11 weeks and other employees’ salary of four months are overdue.Meanwhile, state minister of labour Monnujan Sufian told a programme in Khulna that initiatives will be taken to pay workers’ dues within next week.Earlier, it was decided in a meeting with the ministry of jute, and Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation that the outstanding wages will be paid within 25 April.But the promise was not fulfilled, prompting the workers to hit the streets.last_img read more

Fisher Resigns At Florida St To Go To Texas AM

first_imgTwo people with direct knowledge of the decision say Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has resigned to take the same job at Texas A&M.Fisher handed in his resignation after a meeting with university President John Thrasher on Friday, according to the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because Florida State had not announced the move.Fisher leaves Florida State after eight seasons where he went 83-23. He led the Seminoles to the national championship in 2013, three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and four ACC Atlantic Division crowns. He will replace Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M.Florida State (5-6) faces Louisiana Monroe on Saturday and needs a win to be bowl eligible for a 36th consecutive season. Defensive line coach Odell Haggins is expected to serve as interim coach. Twitter via @statesmanTexas A&M hires Jimbo Fisher as its new coach, report says Sharelast_img read more

InDepth Harris Countys Latino Vote More Than Doubled In Primary Compared To

first_imgReed Saxon/APThe number of votes cast by Harris County Latino voters in the March 6th primary election more than doubled compared to their participation in the previous primary held on a mid-term year –in 2014— and experts attribute the increase to what they categorize as a national political climate particularly polarized by the immigration issue, among other factors.The predictions about Harris County Latinos becoming more engaged in the recent mid-term primary were right: The number of Latino voters who cast their ballot more than doubled compared to the previous primary of the same kind, in 2014, with an overwhelming majority voting in the Democratic election. Experts attribute the increase to factors such as the national political climate polarized by the immigration discussion and a high number of Latino candidates, among others.According to the office of Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart, 36,184 Spanish-surnamed voters voted in the 2018 primary election compared to 13,721 in 2014. The increase in turnout –which is the percentage of eligible voters who cast a ballot in a particular election– also doubled: 491,912 Spanish-surnamed voters were registered in the county as of February, which means the turnout was close to 7.4 percent, compared to the 370,293 Spanish-surnamed voters who were registered in the county in 2014, which means the turnout that year was 3.7 percent.The break down by party was also significant.In 2014, 53 percent of Latino voters participated in the Republican primary and 47 percent voted in the Democratic election, while this year 70 percent of that segment of the electorate took part in the Democratic primary and 30 percent voted in the GOP election.For Jerónimo Cortina, a political science associate professor at the University of Houston, “the electoral climate during the primary election was extremely polarized” and that is one of the factors that explain the increase in the turnout in Harris County. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/09164359/Audiogram-1-Jeronimo-Cortina_UH-BIS.mp400:0000:0000:50Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Sharecenter_img Photo: Rice UniversityRobert SteinTo that point, professor Robert Stein, from Rice University’s department of political science, agrees with Cortina on the polarization factor and believes that the Democratic Party in Harris County, and Texas as a whole, is seeing more “quality, experienced, well-financed candidates” who are “contesting in primaries, which we haven’t seen for almost twenty years.”Stein also mentions an “uptick” of Spanish-surnamed candidates in the March 6th ballot as a factor to consider when analyzing the higher turnout compared to 2014. The race to succeed Green in the U.S. House of Representatives is an illustrative example, given that there were as many as six Spanish-surnamed candidates on the Democratic ballot and two on the Republican ballot.Cortina also points to that particular race as a reason for the surge of the Latino vote in Harris County.For Carlos Duarte, Texas state director for the group Mi Familia Vota –which advocates on social and economic issues that impact the Latino community and promotes voting—  the increase of Latino votes in the past primary doesn’t come as a surprise. “Since 2016, there has been a very forceful campaign against immigrants and against Latinos, not only at the national level but also at the state level, and I think that is one of the factors that explain why Latinos are much more  civically engaged.” The immigration element, in the context of the political climate, has definitely played a role, according to Claudia Ortega-Hogue, Texas state director for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, which promotes voting in Latino communities.“Immigration is a big issue that hits home because, even as a naturalized citizen or a U.S. citizen, you also may have a relative or a cousin, or a friend that may be undocumented,” Ortega-Hogue commented.Cortina  highlights one of the most important elements about the higher volume of Latinos voting in the recent primary is the expectation that it will also happen in the mid-term election because “if you have higher participation in the primary, that means that you would expect to see the same pattern repeating in November.”last_img read more

Whats the What

first_imgHey. I am Kamau High and I am your new technology columnist. Think of me as your grandson who is good with computers that you secretly think plays too many video games.While it is true that I love video games, I also love, and fear, technology. Technology can be great. I have 500 pictures of my family on the same device that lets me read newspapers from around the world and watch select cable channels. That same device can also access some of the vilest gatherings of racists, beheading videos by fanatics, and fights in the ‘hood. All of these things are out there whether you are clicking on them or not.For example, the Southern Poverty Law Center recently published a report called Black Hole [http://www.splcenter.org/Black-Hole]. In it, the Center details how Reddit, one of the most popular sites on the internet, hosts an ugly collection of racists sections alongside non-racists sections. Advance Publications, that also publishes The New Yorker and Vanity Fair owns Reddit. People form different communities, known as sub-reddits, based on shared interests and it is possible to use the site without ever being aware of the hate groups. But the hate groups are becoming more popular and the site gives them wide leeway to operate. What does it mean when a site can host vile racists and communities wholly opposed to them?Technology is so omnipresent that sometimes it is hard to remember things weren’t always this way. My 7-year-old daughter laughs when I try to explain to her what life was like before the Internet, cell phones, and ubiquitous GPS. Her laugh gives me the same feeling I imagine my late grandmother had when she would tell me about the days when bread was a nickel, telegraphs were a common form of communication, and party lines were a thing.What I hope to cover in the coming weeks and months are the ways technology is, and is not, changing us, and I’d like your help. Is there an app you cannot live without? A new device that makes you wonder how people managed to live their lives before it was invented?  Heard about some new gizmo that will revolutionize how humans live? Send them to me at kamauhigh@yahoo.com. I will look and see what’s the what with it. I cannot promise I will write about everything you send in but I will take each suggestion seriously. Some of the things already on my radar include: virtual reality, tele-medicine, smart boards in schools, wearable computers, and controlling your home heating, lighting, music and lighting with an app.I would also like this to be place to talk trends not only in the industry but also in how people actually use technology, even if it is in ways the maker did not originally intend such as burner phones for nefarious activities and bullying people via social media.What I do not want this column to be is a list of the five best apps or 10 web sites you should see before you die. The world has enough of those. (Although, have you ever used the Pulse app? It is great. I can read 40-50 publications in about half an hour with it.) What the world does not have is a place to talk about the changes technology is causing, for both good and bad, in a fun and interesting way. Let us try to change that. Together.Kamau High is a journalist living in Baltimore. He has written for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Billboard and The Baltimore Sun. He can be reached at kamauhigh@yahoo.com.last_img read more

Feel like getting fit and meeting Comrades legend Bruce Fordyce

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladysmith will have its own ‘parkrun’, starting on November 5 at the Country Club. Parkrun is a free, weekly, 5km timed run/walk that takes place around the world every Saturday at 8am.The run is open to everyone, is free, and safe and easy to take part in.People of all abilities are encouraged to participate, from walkers or those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; young and old, we welcome you all.Please visit www.parkrun.co.za/ladysmith/ for all the information you need.It’s very important to register and get your own number and barcode! Without a barcode, you will not receive your time.Bruce FordyceBruce Fordyce, parkrun CEO in South Africa, will be at this inaugural event, so make sure you’re not late! Looking forward to seeing you there!last_img read more

SALT SPRING ISLAND BC – Beloved Canadian broadc

first_img SALT SPRING ISLAND, B.C. – Beloved Canadian broadcaster and humorist Arthur Black has died at age 74.A statement on his website says the former CBC Radio host died Wednesday at Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring Island, B.C., after a battle with pancreatic cancer.Black spent 30 years at the CBC, where he hosted the Saturday morning radio program “Basic Black” for nearly two decades until his retirement in 2002.He also had a syndicated newspaper column and won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour three times.Black won the 2006 medal for his book “Pitch Black,” took the prize in 2000 for “Black Tie and Tales,” and won in 1997 for “Black in the Saddle Again.”His other books include “Looking Blackward,” “Back to Black” and “Black by Popular Demand.”“The family is very grateful for the overwhelming messages of support and good wishes received during his struggle with pancreatic cancer,” says a statement on his site.“It will come as no surprise to those who have been fans of Arthur’s work that he faced it all with his own unique combination of defiance and good humour.”Black used wit and candour as he wrote on his blog about his battle with late-stage pancreatic cancer, calling it “the Mike Tyson of cancers.”“Hardly seems fair that PanCan bellies up to the bar next to me, spoiling for a brawl,” reads one entry.“I’m a clean-living lad, 74 years young, non-drinker, non-smoker. I eat an annoyingly healthy diet and I have a partner Lynne, who holds it all together and makes our world go ’round in every way.“But it’s not news that life — and death — aren’t fair. If they were I’d be signed up for the Old Timers’ Decathlon and Trump would be waving his diagnosis around yelling PANCREATIC CANCER??? FAKE NEWS!!!”Black, who lived on Salt Spring Island, joked that he wanted to call his cancer posts “Dead Man Blogging.”“But that sounded a little dark. And prejudicial,” Black wrote. “After all I could be cranking out this blog twenty years from now.”On the suggestion of a friend and neighbour, Black decided on the blog title of “Last Writes.”Tributes to Black flooded social media Wednesday, with many noting he was an institution on Canadian radio and a Saturday-morning staple.“We called him Art, as in ‘work of.’ Adored him as a colleague and as a friend. He, and his singular brand of humour, will be deeply missed,” CBC Radio host Shelagh Rogers posted on Twitter.“Arthur Black was a giant of @CBCRadio,” tweeted CBC “Day 6” host Brent Bambury.“His warmth remained long after he retired. A mensh, a wit, full of heart and empathy. I’m always inspired by how much he brought to our Saturday mornings.” Canadian humorist Arthur Black of CBC Radio’s ‘Basic Black’ dies at age 74 by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 22, 2018 9:15 am PDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2018 at 9:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 7 2018 90

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2018 9:01 am PDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and pop singer Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line will be performing at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April.The ACMs announced the first round of performers Wednesday, which also included Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett.Rexha and Florida Georgia Line will be performing their hit crossover duet “Meant to Be,” which has been a top hit on Billboard’s Hot Country chart for 14 weeks straight.The leading nominees this year include Chris Stapleton with eight nominations and Rhett with six nominations.The 53rd ACM Awards will be broadcast live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 15. Jason Aldean, Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line get ACM slotslast_img read more

Motorcyclist killed

first_imgA 71-year-old man from Nicosia died on Saturday after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a car driven by a 36-year-old woman.According to reports, the car driven by the 36-year-old crashed into the motorcycle of the 71-year-old on Digenis Akritas Avenue in Nicosia.The man was transferred to the Nicosia general hospital where he underwent surgery, but died a few hours later.Police said that the man had a protective helmet on, while a breathalyser test on the woman indicated she had not consumed any alcohol.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Tourism may face up to 20 decline from the Russian market this

first_imgBy Marie KambasCyprus is likely to see a significant reduction in tourists from Russia this year if the rouble remains weak, the chairman of a tourism business group said.“The indications are there will be an up to 20 percent drop from the Russian market,” this year, Dinos Kakkouras, who chairs the Association of Cyprus Travel Agents said in an telephone interview Tuesday. “There are problems with the Russian market and Cyprus Airways, which will affect some of the figures, but our aim is to have an overall increase in arrivals,” he said.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Visit by US energy official a sign of Washingtons support spokesman says

first_imgThe visit to Cyprus this coming week by a senior US energy official is an important development and a signal from the US government of its support for the island’s hydrocarbons development, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Sunday.US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy, at the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources, Robin Dunnigan is due on the island on Wednesday.Dunnigan met Christodoulides in Washington last week with whom she discussed the prospects for energy cooperation between the two countries.It was known that Dunnigan, who succeeded Amos J. Hochstein at the US Department of State, expressed her wish to represent the US administration at the signing of the contracts between Cyprus and ExxonMobil on April 5 for the third licensing round in Cyprus` exclusive economic zone.The Trump administration’s secretary of state Rex Tillerson is a former CEO of ExxonMobil.Cyprus is set to sign on April 5 and 6 contracts with the selected bidders of the third licensing round for explorations in blocks 6, 8 and 10 of its EEZ. Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis has confirmed that on signing the state will receive 103.5m euros.The applicants selected in the third licensing round are the consortium of ENI and Total for Block 6, Eni for Block 8 and the consortium of ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum for Block 10.Turkey has warned the island over moving ahead with planned drilling without a Cyprus settlement and has threatened it would do whatever was necessary to stop the move.Christodoulides said on Sunday Dunnigan’s presence on the island would demonstrate US support and was at the same time a vote of confidence and an answer to “those who question the Cyprus Republic’s exercise of its sovereign rights”.“The fact that the new US administration attaches a great importance to the Eastern Mediterranean, demonstrates in this context, the role the Republic of Cyprus as a pillar of stability and security in our region,” the spokesman said.“The presence of energy giants, American and European, in the EEZ of Cyprus is the best answer to those who question the exercise of our sovereignty,” he added.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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