MMIW Inquiry hears that RCMP kept information from family for decades

first_imgJohn Murray APTN National NewsRoddy Sampare stood before the commissioners at the national inquiry hearings in Smithers, B.C. and told the story of his family’s tragedy like he had told it a thousand times before.“The pain doesn’t go away,” he said. “You know, I was sitting in the other room listening to the people who lost their loved ones through murder. At least some of them had the chance to bury their loved one. “We didn’t get that chance. It really hurts inside.”His sister, Virginia Sampare, from the Gitsegukla First Nation, an hour by car from Smithers, vanished on Oct. 14, 1971.At some point around 1995, the RCMP closed her file and didn’t reopen it until the Pickton investigation.Police believed she was a victim of Robert Picton – a pig farmer in British Columbia who was convicted of second degree murder in the deaths of six women.But Virginia Sampare’s DNA never turned up on Picton’s farm.It left the family in limbo because the police didn’t share any information with the family – until yesterday.Winnie Sampare, Virginia’s sister, stood at the inquiry in disbelief, to talk about the family meeting with the RCMP.“We actually met with them yesterday,” Winnie Sampare said. “The other shocking information for us was that he shared that our chief councillor and others had gone to the RCMP detachment and told them that there was footprints found at the Gitsegukla River and they believe that it was hers.“The reason why I say it was shocking information is that information from the Chief Councillor wasn’t shared with the family. This was new to us yesterday.”The band council, and the RCMP kept the information from the family for more than 45 years.“To me that sounds like maybe that’s why they stopped the search,” she said. “We don’t know.”Even with this new information, Roddy Sampare said he still doesn’t trust the police.“I feel the RCMP isn’t telling us the whole story when they talk to us and tell us the file is closed,” he said. “I asked for a copy of the file and they wouldn’t give it to me.”And this new information has left him, and the rest of the Sampare family, confused.“I can’t see it. The whole area is just rocks. You can’t leave footprints on the rocks, unless you have muddy feet I guess. So I don’t know what’s happening there,” he said.Roddy Sampare said he didn’t feel he was given enough time to review the file, and asked for a copy, but RCMP declined.He told the inquiry the last time they heard from the RCMP before Tuesday was during the Pickton investigation.Today marks day two of testimony at the public hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls at the The Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre.Roddy Sampare told the commissioners that his sister was listed on the band list as deceased.His mother asked him to accompany her to a band council meeting so she could ask a question.“So she asked the band, she said, if my daughter is deceased can you take me to where she is at so I can bring her home and put her to rest,” Sampare said. “That’s what my mom said to the band council at the time.“So today on the band list she is listed as missing.”The last day for testimony at the Smithers hearings at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is Thursday.Contact John here: jmurray@aptn.calast_img read more

Jessicas murder is not going to be another cold case Family says

first_imgJessica Patrick. Photo courtesy of the family.Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsThe family of 18-year-old Jessica Patrick, who’s body was found outside Smithers B.C. last September are demanding answers.It has been nine months and the North District Major Crime Unit (MCU) has not yet released a cause of death.“The Major Crime Unit gave us a March date for lab results and then we were told May, but in May we tried calling and texting, and have not got any response,” said Jacquie Bowes, Patrick’s older cousin.“The MCU has done an exceptional job, but at least respond and say you have nothing or that we have to wait a little bit longer.”Now that we aren’t receiving any messages back it feels like the police are stringing us along.”On August 31 Jessica Patrick dropped off her one-year-old daughter with the child’s grandmother.She was expected back that evening, but never returned.Patrick’s family reported her missing three days later.On Sept. 15, Jessica’s body was found.“I helped organize a search with my family and work associates,” said Bowes.“It was my mom and step-dad who discovered Jessica’s body. She was down on the ski hill at Hudson Bay Mountain Lookout.”Read More:Police looking for help in B.C. slayingMissing Smithers, B.C. woman found dead: reportsThe B.C. Coroner’s office has not determined how she died and although the police have shared important details about the investigation with the family, Bowes is worried things have stalled.“This case needs to be solved,” said Bowes.“Jessica’s murder is not going to be another cold case.”But in an email to APTN News, Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said the investigation is ongoing and continues to be a priority.“The investigators have had consistent communication with the family” said Saunderson. “Without compromising the investigation, they have shared pertinent details with the family.“At this time there is no other information available to be released.”In an effort to keep Jessica’s murder in the public eye, family and friends are holding a community event on Saturday at Bovill Square in Smithers, 3 p.m. PST.Patrick lived in Smithers, but is a member of Lake Babine Nation.“We need to spread awareness, our community is worried for everyone’s safety,” said Bowes.“There is a monster walking among us that is accountable for Jessica’s death.”Smithers is located on Hwy 16, also known as the Highway of Tears.(Hwy 16 in British Columbia also known as the Highway of Tears)It’s the route between Prince George and Prince Rupert where a long list of women and girls have gone missing or been murdered.“We were initially only going to hold this event for Jessica, but there are so many other families on the Highway of Tears that have missing and murdered loved ones,” said Bowes.“Many of those families will be there on Saturday to share their stories.”Booths will be set up by the local Bear Clan Patrol and the women representing MMIWG from Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre.“They’ll be there with important tips, information and 1-800 numbers,” said Bowes.“When we were first dealing with Jessica missing we didn’t know where to start and these people do.”Bowes said the support from many surrounding communities since Jessica first went missing has been overwhelming.“Jessica’s homecoming was beautiful,” said Bowes. “People of all races stood on the Highway of Tears wearing red dresses, red clothing, holding red balloons and signs, yelling ‘Justice For Jessica’ as her body passed by on its way from Prince George to Smithers for burial.“We we’re hurting, but seeing all these people made our hearts soft.”Read More:Red to mark highway of tears ride home for slain B.C. womanTaylor Bachrach, the mayor of Smithers, set up a Go Fund Me page for Jessica and was able to create a trust fund for her daughter.“I really need to thank everyone, so many people have been by our side,” said Bowes. “For our event this weekend, my mom and my aunty fundraised and the community of Smithers donated all the food and drinks for the BBQ.”“We’ve been surrounded by community love and it’s helping us get through this.” read more

Bengal’s celebrated mountaineer set to conquer North Pole

first_imgKolkata: Satyarup Siddhanta, the Kolkata mountaineer who made Bengal proud in January by becoming the youngest man in the world to have scaled the seven highest peaks and volcanic summits across continents when he conquered Antarctica’s highest point Mount Sidley, is again embarking on an expedition to the North Pole. He has already left the city for the same.The mountaineer would ski for around ten days, 8-10 hours daily to reach the last point in North Pole, where the temperature varies between -25 to -35 degree Celsius. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIf Siddhanta successfully completes the arduous task in the next fifteen days, he will be the youngest person in the world to have completed the 7 highest summits, 7 volcanic summits, North Pole and South Pole and the first one from India to have done the same. “It is very challenging considering the inclement weather conditions, the presence of polar bears and the load of around 50 kg on the back, which needs to be carried during the expedition. But I am optimistic in placing our national flag on the North Pole,” Siddhanta said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA global company is sponsoring his expedition and the Indian flag was handed over to the mountaineer at a recent programme in the city by minister of state for Information & Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen. The North Pole has been adversely affected by global warming and the snow is melting there at a rapid pace. Experts have expressed their apprehension that the place may cease to exist after twenty years. The mountaineer, who originally hails from Haridevpur in South Kolkata, is a software engineer by profession. He holds an illustrious record of conquering several treacherous summits such as Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt Elbrus in Europe, Mt Denali in Alaska and Mt Monc Blanc in France. It was December 5, 2018, when Satyarup scaled Pico de Orizaba, which is the highest volcanic peak in North America. He was the first civilian Bengali to have scaled the seven summits in 2017. A Bengali mountaineer based in Delhi Satyabrata Dam had scaled the seven summits some years ago, but he was a non-civilian. He had successfully climbed Mt Everest in June 2016. Satyarup, an asthma patient as a child, could never even dream of scaling the mountains or other sports. But it was in 2008 when he went on a trekking trip with his friends that he decided to take up mountaineering. He went on scaling one peak after another and is now regarded as the country’s most successful mountaineer.last_img read more

The Latest: Roller coaster ride as Lyft’s stock falls

NEW YORK — The Latest on Lyft’s falling stock price (all times local):5:00 p.m.Ride-hailing giant Lyft’s stock has fallen below its IPO price of $72 and is languishing at around $68.That’s a sharp turnaround from its debut when the stock price jumped 21% to $87.24 on Friday.There wasn’t any bad news released by the company, and investors don’t know a whole lot more about Lyft’s financial picture than they did when the stock first started trading.Some analysts say the roller coaster ride will probably continue.Other high-profile companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Snap had strong initial trading days but then saw their stock prices fall substantially over the next few months.__8:30 a.m.Shares in the ride-haling company Lyft, the hottest new public stock offering in years, are falling sharply for a second consecutive day.The stock surged in its initial day of trading Friday, but they’ve been hammered this week.Before the opening bell Tuesday, shares are down another 5% after falling 12% Monday, the first full day of trading in company shares. That plunge put the stock below the public offering price of $72.Shares fell below $66 in electronic trading Tuesday.The ride-hailing company has consistently lost money, raising doubts about its overall valuation. Even so, investors have been wowed by the company’s growth in the past two years and some have bet big on its potential.The Associated Press read more

Death toll reaches 146 more rain expected this week

The Government meanwhile said schools in the affected areas will remain closed this week. The United Nations office in Colombo said that Sri Lanka had made a formal request for support following the onset of the monsoon and its impact in the Southern and Western regions of the country.The adverse weather conditions have caused flooding and landslides in 14 out of 25 district in Sri Lanka; Batticaloa, Colombo, Galle, Gampaha, Hambantota, Kalutara, Kandy, Kegalle, Matale, Matara, Mulaitivu, Ratnapura, Trincomalee and Vavuniya. The most severely impacted district is Galle, where 128,047 people (32,215 families) have reportedly been affected. Fatalities have been reported in Gampaha, Hambantota, Kalutara, Kegalle, Matara and Ratnapura districts.The Tri-Forces and Police have been mobilized for Search and Rescue and evacuations operations in Galle, Hambantota, Kalutara and Matara districts.UN agencies are currently supporting the government’s relief efforts in coordination and mobilizing resources. Landslide warnings were issued for several areas and the public were told to evacuate if rain continues for the next 24 hours. The death toll from the floods and landslides reached 146 today with more rain expected this week.The Disaster Management Centre said that 112 people are missing and over one million people have been affected by the disaster. Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast to continue into the first week of June, raising the risk that current conditions may worsen with land access to many affected areas restricted due to water inundation and landslides. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Manulife Sun Life profits up amid costcutting trade uncertainty

TORONTO — Two of Canada’s biggest financial services firms saw an earnings uptick in the latest quarter but signs of caution loom.Sun Life Financial Inc. said Thursday its investor clients are cautious amid trade uncertainty, while Manulife Financial Corp. is cutting back the firm’s physical footprint and workforce.Sun Life CEO Dean Connor says clients of its MFS investment management arm were “derisking,” and net outflows for the latest quarter were “outsized” at US$11.5 billion.“The trade backdrop has clearly got people cautious, sitting on their hands a little bit,” he told analysts on a conference call on Thursday.Meanwhile, Manulife gave more details Thursday on the aggressive cost-cutting initiative it announced at its investor day in June, aimed at generating savings of $300-million per year.Manulife’s chief financial officer Philip Witherington told analysts that the company intends to combine its head office footprints in the U.S. and Canada to a single building in each market, consolidate its legacy IT systems in the U.S., in addition to a previously-announced cut of 700 jobs.“Execution of those actions will be completed over the next 12 to 18 months,” Witherington told analysts.Both companies recorded an increase in profit during their fiscal second quarter, with adjusted earnings beating analyst expectations, as the industry players invest in technology to stay competitive and the broader macroeconomic outlook is clouded by concerns over trade tensions between Canada and the U.S.Manulife recorded a second quarter profit of $1.26 billion, slightly higher than during the same period ended June 30 a year ago.Sun Life’s net income during the quarter was $729 million, up six per cent from the same period a year earlier.Both Manulife and Sun Life benefited from their international presence.Despite softness in its MFS results, Sun Life’s U.S. and Asia businesses saw a 24 per cent increase and 18 per cent increase to underlying net income, respectively, compared to a year ago.Manulife’s core earnings from its U.S. and Asia businesses rose 16 per cent and 27 per cent, respectively, during the quarter compared to a year earlier. read more

UN food agency seeks 21 million to help Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh

“The malnutrition rates in these camps are unacceptably high,” said Pieter Dijkhuizen, WFP’s Country Director for Bangladesh, calling on the international community “to support our new operation so that over the course of the next year we can bring this problem under control.” The “Rohingya” refugees are confined to two camps in south-eastern Bangladesh and have no access to jobs or farming, according to WFP. Many have suffered from chronic malnutrition since arriving in the early 1990s as part of a wave of 250,000 people who fled Myanmar. Surveys show that 56 per cent of the refugee children under five are under weight, while more than half of all women show signs of moderate malnutrition. Mr. Dijkhuizen noted that rapid improvements in refugees’ health were possible, citing the fact that birth weights rose significantly after pregnant women were given an extra 550 calories a day in the form of a high-energy porridge. Working with other partners, WFP has already undertaken a series of food-for-work programmes in the camps. Some 3,000 refugees are engaged in skills training, small income-generating activities, and projects to improve camp conditions. In addition, the agency plans to provide snacks to 4,000 children in schools that were recently opened in the camps. read more

Ohio State mens tennis looking to ace another season in 2014

Then-redshirt-sophomore Hunter Callahan bats a ball away during a match against Minnesota April 7 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 7-0.Credit: Caitlin Essig / Managing editor for contentEven though classes were just canceled because of cold weather, things are starting to heat up at the Varsity Tennis Center as the Ohio State men’s tennis team looks to begin another championship season.Despite losing five players, including 2013 NCAA Singles Champion Blaz Rola, the Buckeyes find themselves ranked No. 5 to start the season in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. There might be lofty expectations for a young team looking to continue a historic run of success, but coach Ty Tucker said fans shouldn’t be surprised if the talent overcomes the inexperience.“We have some work to do,” Tucker said. “We definitely have the chips, but we just have to figure out the best way to use them.”When asked who could fill the open spots from last year’s team, Tucker first pointed to true freshman Herkko Pollanen and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach, along with redshirt-juniors Kevin Metka and Hunter Callahan. Pollanen, who came to Columbus by way of Helsinki, Finland, reached No. 16 in the junior rankings before making his way to campus.Perhaps Tucker’s most valuable chip, though, is senior Peter Kobelt.After flipping between No. 1 and No. 2 singles with Rola last year, Kobelt looks to have that spot all to himself in 2014. He has momentum heading into the season from helping the U.S. capture the gold medal at the Master’U BNP Paribas international collegiate team competition in Aix-en-Provence, France.“It was a great opportunity to play in a high quality tournament against the best all over the world.” Kobelt said. “We played high quality tennis for four days, represented the USA and won.”The team’s high ranking should be put to the test all season as there are seven teams ranked inside the top 30 on OSU’s schedule.“At Ohio State, we try our best to play the greatest and best in the country,” Tucker said.Even with a treacherous schedule and four of the starting six being first-time starters, the goal for the team remains the same.“The goal is to win the Big Ten title,” Tucker said.Considering the team has won seven titles in eight years, anything less could be viewed as a letdown, Kobelt said.“Our goal is to always win the Big Ten. The Big Ten is ours,” Kobelt said, “I don’t want to lose it in my last year.”The Buckeyes begin play Jan. 22 against Butler and Xavier in Columbus. read more

Contura Energy sells major Powder River coal mines

first_imgThe wholly-owned subsidiary of Contura Energy, Inc., a leading U.S. coal supplier, Contura Coal West, LLC, and related entities, have completed a transaction with Blackjewel L.L.C. to sell the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines located in the Powder River Basin (PRB) in Wyoming, along with related coal reserves, equipment, infrastructure and other real properties. Combined, the two mines shipped 24.5 Mt through the first three quarters of 2017, and Contura subsidiaries controlled approximately 600 Mt of proven and probable reserves in the PRB.Under the terms of the transaction, Contura will receive deferred consideration of up to $50 million through various royalty payments. Blackjewel L.L.C. will assume all permit and reclamation obligations associated with the assets acquired, thereby eliminating approximately $200 million in undiscounted reclamation obligations for Contura. Additionally, subject to further calculation, this transaction is expected to generate for Contura significant income tax deductions of approximately $400 million to $450 million, which would be available to offset taxable income in 2017 and future years. The company expects to incur a book loss on the sale, which will be recorded in the fourth quarter of this year.“In the short 16 months since Contura’s launch, our management team and board have maintained diligent focus on three key operating goals – running safe, environmentally responsible, and productive mines, leveraging our Trading and Logistics platform to take advantage of a resurgent metallurgical coal market, and enhancing value for the company’s shareholders,” said Kevin Crutchfield, Chief Executive Officer. “This transaction allows us to further sharpen our focus on the company’s well-positioned eastern assets and a growing met sales portfolio. While these PRB thermal assets will not be part of our company’s operational strategy moving forward, the purchaser is acquiring two solid mines with decades of minable reserves, a top-notch, professional workforce and a great operating track record. I appreciate and commend the contributions that current and past employees in the PRB made toward that success, and wish them the very best in the future.”Contura will continue to maintain a diversified production profile comprised primarily of high-quality, metallurgical coal mines in Central Appalachia and its underground, longwall thermal coal mine in Northern Appalachia. Post-transaction, Contura affiliates control nearly 700 Mt of proven and probable reserves in Northern and Central Appalachia and maintain a 65% ownership interest in the world-class Dominion Terminal Associates (DTA) coal export terminal located in Newport News, Virginia.last_img read more

In Boston theyd throw you in the clink Heres why you should

first_img Mar 1st 2018, 5:18 PM By Michelle Hennessy WE HAVE PASSED the 4pm weather warning deadline and people are being told to stay indoors until tomorrow afternoon.For anyone thinking of venturing out in their car, Boston native Seán O’Neill, of Transport Infrastructure Ireland, suggests they take heed of the fact that even in a US city where there is huge investment in infrastructure around snow and blizzard conditions, most people there take weather warnings very seriously.“What happens sometimes is people have big 4x4s and think they are all that and a bag of chips,” he told“It’s a bit like an airplane when you don’t know where the horizon is, there’s a whiteout and you can’t see properly. So you have 4x4s driving off bridges and motorways and that’s a danger then for others who come to rescue them.Anyone who thinks they have a great vehicle, no matter how experienced a driver you are, even in a tank if you can’t see in front of you, you can go right off a road and you’re putting rescue people at risk, their lives.He said in Boston when a state of emergency is declared and drivers ignore warnings from the authorities, there can be “serious consequences”.“State troopers will throw you in the the clink or you won’t see your car again,” he explained.“I know it sounds like hype but, trust me, I don’t care if you’re in Ireland or in Boston – you don’t drive in a blizzard.”LIVE: Latest updates as Storm Emma takes hold> Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Short URL Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 5:18 PM Share187 Tweet Email3 55,207 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘In Boston they’d throw you in the clink’: Here’s why you should never drive in a blizzard Sean O’Neill of Transport Infrastructure Ireland said “even in a tank” people would be at risk of driving off a bridge or motorway because of reduced visibility. 66 Comments last_img read more

Customs officer Katralis faces drugs and bribery charges

first_imgCustoms officer Paul John Katralis is facing charges of drug trafficking and receiving bribes after federal police agents arrested him and two drug couriers late last month. The 25-year-old Greek Australian, who worked at Sydney airport, is accused of conspiracy to import 14 kilograms of pseudoephedrine through the airport. It is alleged that Katralis conspired to help two drug couriers smuggle pseudoephedrine past customs controls. Sources at Sydney Airport told The Age that Katralis’ colleagues were shocked by his arrest. His arrest is said to be linked to the resignation of customs chief Michael Carmody who announced his resignation three days before Katralis appeared in court. Katralis is facing charges of importing a commercial quantity of border-controlled precursor, receiving a bribe as a Commonwealth public official and abuse in public office to gain an advantage. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Voiture hybride Sixt montre lexemple

first_imgVoiture hybride : Sixt montre l’exempleA l’heure où le journal économique Ward’s Auto révèle que le seuil du milliard de voitures a été franchi, le loueur de véhicules Sixt, s’engage dans l’utilisation de véhicules hybrides et propres.Sixt est la première entreprise de location de voitures à se doter de véhicules électriques propres. Pour le loueur, le concept d’une flotte hybride fait partie d’un engagement environnemental mené à l’échelle internationale. Ainsi, dès 2009, le loueur était le partenaire de location automobile de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le Changement Climatique, qui s’est tenu en décembre 2009 à Copenhague. En fait cet engagement international présente plusieurs atouts notamment au niveau du prix  mais aussi concernant la modernité. Par exemple, la Citroën C1 Ev’ie, proposée au Danemark depuis 2009, jouit d’une autonomie de 100 km et atteint une vitesse de pointe de l’ordre de 100 km/h. Des performances largement suffisantes pour des gens qui louent des véhicules pour se déplacer en ville pendant une journée. Sixt a noué un partenariat avec la société RWE, le géant du secteur énergétique allemand et lancé une nouvelle offre. Résultat, depuis juin 2011, Sixt a introduit 5 Smart ED à sa flotte. En septembre, plusieurs modèles de la voiture hybride Toyota Auris HSD seront également intégrés. Selon Detlev Pätsch, directeur des ventes Sixt AG,”l’intégration de ces voitures électriques à notre parc automobile illustre parfaitement l’esprit d’innovation qui nous anime. Désormais, nos clients pourront bénéficier des nombreux atouts de la voiture électrique, et notamment de la possibilité de circuler en ville à moindre coût”.La course à l’énergie propreÀ lire aussiVéhicules polluants : des zones réglementées qui inquiètent Aujourd’hui, la société rend possible la location de voiture électrique en Allemagne, au Danemark, en République Tchèque et au Portugal. Sixt travaille également sur la pollution urbaine au niveau local, en mettant en place un concept pratique et écologique. En association avec BMW, la société a donc lancé Drivenow, en avril 2011. Le principe? Les véhicules peuvent être loués et déposés en toute liberté, selon les besoins du client. Le client repère le véhicule via une application smartphone l’utilise pour un trajet et peut ensuite la laisser disponible pour un autre utilisateur. Les conducteurs continuent à privilégier encore et toujours l’utilisation de voitures traditionnelles, qu’ils considèrent comme moins chères et plus fiables. Mais la mise en place de la location de véhicules hybrides et propres pourrait aider à dépasser ces préjugés. Le 9 septembre 2011 à 11:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Prowler wrests shotgun from homeowner assaults him

first_imgA Woodland man who confronted a prowler in his yard early Sunday ended up being the victim when the prowler stole the man’s shotgun and hit him with it, according to Clark County sheriff’s deputies.The incident was reported at 2:56 a.m. in the 4400 bock of Northwest Hayes Road, just outside Woodland.According to deputies, a man who lives at the home thought there might be a prowler, so he armed himself with a shotgun and went outdoors to investigate. When he confronted the prowler, the man wrestled away his shotgun and hit the victim with it several times in the head and face.The prowler then fled, firing several shots into the air.Deputies responded and found a suspect at the neighbor’s house. They called for additional help from La Center and Ridgefield police and the Southwest Regional SWAT Team before arresting a suspect, Timothy R. Surrena, 39.Surrena was transported to the Clark County Jail and booked on suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and theft of a firearm.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit detectives are on scene and continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Mon 61217

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowTax debate in JuneauAndrew Kitchenman/AKPM – JuneauThe House Finance Committee turned its attention today [Monday, June 12] to a tax that Governor Bill Walker included in the compromise package he proposed a week ago. The tax has been called a few different names, including: “a head tax” and an “income tax”. Today, House Finance aides referred to it as a payroll tax. That’s because it would only tax the money people are paid for their employment, either on their employer’s payroll or through self-employment. But other forms of income – like the money people make on investments – wouldn’t be taxed.Don Young applauds Puerto Rico statehood voteLiz Ruskin/AKPM – Washington, D.C.The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico voted overwhelming for statehood in anon-binding referendum on Sunday. Alaska Congressman Don Young went there with other U.S. lawmakers as an election observer. His spokesman Matt Shuckerow says Young favors self-determination for Puerto Rico and personally believes statehood is a good idea.Sullivan Town Hall in KodiakKayla Desroches/KMXT – KodiakRepublican Senator Dan Sullivan held a town hall in the city of Kodiak Saturday and attracted a sizeable crowd. He dedicated the bulk of the meeting to the public’s questions. Most focused on healthcare.Alaska helping to lead way in microgrid ideasRachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk – CordovaWhen it comes to emerging energy technologies, many remote Alaska communities are on the cutting edge. That was the message from Cordova this weekend, where U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski held a field hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which she chairs.Uber/Lyft not welcome at glacierAP – JuneauUber and Lyft are coming to Alaska, but not to the state capital’s most popular tourist attraction. Gov. Bill Walker is expected to sign a bill that will make Alaska the last state to allow the ride-hailing service operations. But tourists will still have to come by bus or taxi to the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau.Missing boaters in WalesAP – Wales, AkThe Coast Guard is searching for a man and a boy missing on a boating trip out of the Bering Strait village of Wales. The Coast Guard says the 23-year-old man and 14-year-old boy launched a wooden rowboat at 2 a.m. Sunday[June 11]. They were not wearing life jackets.Price reduced for sale of state ferry TakuEd Schoenfeld/Coast Alaska – JuneauThe price is dropping for the state ferry Taku [tah-KUU] Alaska Marine Highway System General Manager John Falvey [FALL-vee] says no one submitted a bid during the most recent sale attempt, which ended May 31st. The minimum bid was $700,000. An earlier attempt priced the ship at $1.5 million.State flags lowered for first woman to be Alaska Attorney GeneralDan Bross/KUAC – FairbanksFlags are at half-staff in honor of former Alaska Attorney General and lifelong University of Alaska advocate, Grace Schaible [SHY-bull] of Fairbanks. Schaible died Saturday [jUNE 10] at the age of 91.JBER Remembrance CeremonyZachariah Hughes/AKPM – Anchorage75 years ago this month, the Japanese Navy launched an air-raid on Dutch Harbor, and shortly afterwards invaded two islands at the tail end of the Aleutian chain. In the aftermath, nearly 900 people were hastily evacuated from their villages, shipped away in small boats to live in abysmal camp conditions in Southeast Alaska until the end of the war. Last week, a group of military officials, foreign dignitaries, and survivors gathered at the Fort Richardson National Ceremony to remember the events.Local school district looks for help demolishing old Ft. Greely schoolTim Ellis/KUAC – FairbanksThe Delta Greely School District is looking to the federal government to demolish an abandoned schoolhouse on Fort Greely.Igiugig is using language grant to save its native tongueAvery Lill/KDLG – DillinghamIn July, Igiugig (IGGY-ah-gig) Village will complete the second year of its three year Language Preservation and Maintenance Grant. The U.S. Administration for Native Americans awarded the grant, which totals more than $850,000. With 23 fluent speakers of Lake Iliamna (Ill-EE-ahm-nah) Yup’ik still living, the village of Igiugig is making a concerted effort to revive the language.last_img read more

Goldman Sachs Citigroup bullish on Sensex and Nifty upgrade targets

first_imgA broker monitors share prices at a brokerage firm in Mumbai August 9, 2011.ReutersFor last six trading sessions, Indian benchmark indices have been moving upward. During this period, both the indices scaled lifetime highs quite a few times. In last six sessions, Sensex advanced 750 points while Nifty 50 index went up by 150 point.Following the upward move, the top investment banks Citigroup and Goldman Sachs Group have raised their targets for the benchmark indices.Citing the recent mega public sector bank recapitalisation, infrastructure push with project like Bhartmala and continued domestic inflow into equities, Goldman Sachs Group and the Citigroup are betting big on Indian market, reported Mint.The top investment banking groups are apparently buoyed by the recent reforms announced by the Indian government. The groups believe that these reforms would offset challenges such as valuation and poor earnings growth and would propel the Sensex and Nifty to newer highs in 2018.In a note published in October 29, Citigroup said it expects the Sensex to reach 33,800 in March 2018 from an earlier target of 32,200; it also reduced its fiscal 2018 earnings per share (EPS) growth target for Sensex firms to 13% from 17-18% at the start of the year.”While earnings disappointments/downgrades continue, the Street should be more optimistic on recovery post the big government push,” the business daily quoted the Citigroup report.Last Tuesday, the central government announced that it would recapitalise public sector banks (PSBs) with Rs 2.11 lakh crore over the next two years. It also announced Rs 6.92 lakh crore investments in road construction projects over the next five years.Markets have been rising since then. Day after the bank recap announcement, Nifty PSU bank index surged 29 percent. Moreover, the combined market capitalisation (market-cap) rose by over Rs 1 lakh crore in a single day.Goldman Sachs has also increased its end-2018 Nifty target to 11,600 points, up from a September 2018 target of 10,900 points, and restated its “overweight” stance on India. The investment banking group said that the bank recapitalisation episode suggests that markets perform strongly as credit growth picks up and macro recovery gathers pace, reported Mint.Goldman analysts are more optimistic about a corporate earnings recovery, and believe that adverse impact of the transition to the goods and services tax (GST) would be normalised soon.”Re-rating of GDP growth expectations and removal of ‘left-tail’ risk in the banking sector should support India’s price-to-equity premium relative to the rest of the region,” Goldman Sachs Group said in an October 26 report.last_img read more

Bengal Fish Fest kicks off today

first_imgKolkata: The state Fisheries department will organise the three-day ‘Bengal Fish Fest 2019′ at Nalban Food Park in Salt Lake Sector V from Friday to Sunday (January 11 to 13), with the aim of propagating the activities of the state government in this area and at the same time, address the current issues pertaining to aquaculture, fish feed and exports in the fishery and seafood sector.The festival will host stalls and exhibitions put up by stakeholders from the fisheries sector for promotion of modern technologies, different varieties of fish feed, ornamental fish etc. A large number of food stalls will also be set up by reputed food chains/brands to titillate the tastebuds of fish loving Bengalis with exotic fish delicacies. Indian Chamber of Commerce is the event partner. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalState Fisheries minister Chandranath Sinha said: “We have been able to increase the production of big fishes in the state by 40 percent. We have instructed state Fisheries Development Corporation to take necessary steps to increase fish cultivation in ponds throughout the state.” It may be mentioned that with its vast resource of more than 4.27 lakh hectares of impounded water bodies (including 3.35 lakh hectares of inland and 0.92 lakh hectares of brackish water area), Bengal has a tremendous potential in the fisheries sector, which is almost unrivalled in India. Bengal ranks second in fish and first in fish seed production in the country. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”This sector has tremendous export potential and during the last 7 years, export figures have grown significantly from 61,709 metric tonnes (Rs 1,734 crore) in 2011-12 to 1,05,318 metric tonnes (Rs 4,910 crore) in 2017-18,” a senior official of the state Fisheries department said. A special Investors’ Meet will also be organised during the festival to explore the scope of export promotion and investment potential, as well as the possibility of promoting the fish market within and outside Bengal.last_img read more

Its all about connections for Transat as it launches its 20182019 winter

first_imgIt’s all about connections for Transat as it launches its 2018/2019 winter Sun lineup << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, June 14, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Princess Cruises, Transat Share TORONTO — Transat is ramping up its domestic network with a 187% capacity increase. “We’re not gunning for Air Canada or WestJet,” says Transat’s Chief Distribution Officer, Joe Adamo. Rather the big boost in seats comes as Transat focuses on its feeder program as a crucial part of its strategy for a successful winter Sun season.At Transat’s 2018/2019 Sun program launch yesterday in Toronto, Adamo said Transat’s feeder program from cities across Canada (into Toronto and Montreal for connecting flights) has been so successful that the company is taking things up a notch for the upcoming winter season.The feeder program “will be critical for the coming winter,” said Adamo. “It will make a material difference to us going forward.”He reiterated that Transat is not looking to go head to head with the domestic reach of Air Canada or WestJet. “We simply want to optimize our network. I have every confidence that our point-to-point program will be successful.”Adamo added that Transat is also keenly focused on its relationships with its travel agency partners. “We want to hit the ground running for 2019. We want these [agency chain] discussions to happen now. We want to put these agreements to bed much earlier than in years past. We want to get out there and talk about what we need to be successful for this winter, and those talks need to happen this summer.”On a national basis Transat’s sun capacity is about the same as last year, keeping in mind that from 2017 to 2018 Transat increased its Sun capacity by about 20%. The company is also essentially replicating last year’s winter transatlantic program with a bit less capacity.Transat’s domestic routes “are mostly about feeding our South and transatlantic flights. Three years into the program, we can offer greater flexibility and greater choice. The biggest increases are the feeder flights coming in from B.C. and Alberta into Toronto.”Transat is gearing up for the introduction of its A321neo LR aircraft, with the first delivery scheduled for spring 2019. Transat will be the first North American carrier to fly these new long-range aircraft. The company is also in the process of introducing new A321 short-haul aircraft into its fleet. The aircraft “will be a real game changer for the economics of our company.” The new aircraft are earmarked for select Europe routes “and any and all Sun routes.”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaOn the hotels side Transat is busy too, with Jordi Solé heading up the company’s new hotels division. “We’re aggressively out to acquire land and/or hotels,” said Adamo. Key destinations include Mexico and the D. R., with Transat’s own line of hotels expected in the next five years.This year’s ‘Sun & Fun’ 2018/2019 brochure includes, for the first time, Transat’s winter Europe product in Spain and Portugal in the same book as the company’s southern Sun packages, guided tours and Duos and Florida.Transat’s Commercial Director Nicole Bursey outlined the highlights of the 2018/2019 lineup at yesterday’s launch, covering 34 destinations in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico and Florida with 635 hotels, including 30 or so new properties, some 40 properties that are exclusive to Transat, and four collections (Luxury, Distinction, Solo and Family).The winter Europe program also includes vacation options to Costa del Sol, Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve. There are also daily flights into London and Paris. Air Transat flies to Europe year-round with direct flights to Lisbon, Portugal, from Toronto and Montreal, flights between Toronto and Faro, Portugal (from January to April) and between Montreal and Malaga, Spain (all winter long, starting in January). Air Transat also flies to other European cities year-round as well, including Paris, London, Glasgow and Manchester.Here’s a quick look at the 2018/2019 winter Sun news:From Atlantic Canada, winter Sun flights will begin earlier than usual, with a mid-February 2019 start up. Transat has increased capacity out of Atlantic Canada to Florida (MCO and FLL) and also added an extra flight to Punta Cana.From Quebec, Transat will be resuming service into both San Juan and St. Maarten. There will be 10 flights a week into Punta Cana and increased capacity into Cartagena, Honduras, Haiti and Martinique out of Montreal as well as increased capacity out of Quebec City to Cancun.From Ontario Transat will also resume service into San Juan and St. Maarten, plus add 10 flights to Punta Cana and Cancun, increase capacity to Costa Rica and Florida and increase capacity from Hamilton and Ottawa.From the West highlights include increased capacity to Puerto Vallarta from several Western gateways and also increased capacity from Vancouver to Cancun.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckTransat’s Early Booking Promotion, originally set to expire June 30, has been extended to July 13 and offers everything from Transat’s Price Drop Guarantee, to flexible change options for travel plans, to Option Plus upgrades for Luxury and Distinction collection passengers, to a $50 voucher for future travel.Transat’s Groups promo also expires July 13 offering clients $100 per couple savings at select top all-inclusive hotel chains.Groups continue to be a big part of Transat’s strategy and with Groups Max bookings agents can earn $10 in Transat Bonbon and get free group seating assignment and more for their clients.Meanwhile Transat’s cruise packages “are as easy to book as a one-week stay at a Decameron resort,” says Bursey.Transat now has 46 cruise packages on 16 ships, with departures from seven ports of call including, new this year, the return of San Juan as well as Cartagena. Packages include roundtrip flights with Air Transat, transfers and the cruise.Transat’s newest cruise partner is Princess Cruises. “This is a real coup for us because they don’t typically work through tour operators in Canada,” said Bursey. “They like Transat’s package concept.”last_img read more

Aerolineas Argentinas improving Aus services

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Argentinian Consul General Ricardo Bocalandro Aerolineas Argentinas will utilise new Airbus aircraft to service the Buenos Aires-Sydney route by the third or fourth quarter of 2013.During the Argentine Roadshow in Sydney, the Argentinian flag carrier revealed it has renewed 95 percent of its fleet, with the exception of those aircraft servicing the Australian route.The airline will employ new Airbus A340-300’s on the route, finalising its overall fleet modernisation.“Aerolineas Argentinas has been servicing the Australian market for over four decades,” Aerolineas Argentinas sales manager Sergio Gomez said.“We currently have three direct flights per week from Sydney to Buenos Aires, with Virgin Australia providing convenient domestic connections from other Australian cities through Sydney on one ticket, providing convenience for customers and enhancing commissions for agents.”More than 40,000 Australians travelled to Argentina in 2011 and these figures are expected to grow.“There are no visa requirements for Australians to travel to Argentina,” Argentinian Consul General Ricardo Bocalandro said.“Australian tourists need only pay a reciprocity fee of US$100, which is valid for multiple re-entries within a period of one year from first entry.”last_img read more

Hawaiian China Airlines codeshare

first_imgFollowing the launch of Hawaiian Airlines’ new Honolulu-Taipei route, Hawaiian Airlines has announced a new codeshare agreement with China Airlines on services between China and Hawaii.Commencing late 2013, the agreement will allow Hawaiian Airlines to place its HA booking code on China Airlines services leaving Taipei for Honolulu, Taipei to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore as well as flights from Brisbane to Auckland and Sydney to Auckland.In turn, China Airlines will place its CI code on Hawaiian Airlines services leaving Taipei to Honolulu as well as flights from Honolulu to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose and Seattle and all inter-island flights.In addition to the codeshare, the airline have also completed an interline agreement for seamless travel to additional destinations in Asia including; Okinawa, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, and Jakarta.Through this agreement, passengers can book a single-ticket travel, which combines flights on both carriers.Source = ETB News: N.J. New agreement to link flights to China and Hawaii.last_img read more

The perils of live microphones tripping up NBCs O

first_imgThe perils of live microphones tripping up NBC’s Olympics NEW YORK, N.Y. – Every two years, a miracle of technology unfolds: televising and streaming an Olympics with miles of cable, hundreds of cameras and producers who make split-second decisions on which pictures to beam halfway around the world.So it’s with a certain irony that when NBC has had problems in Pyeongchang, it has all been very simple: one person, one live microphone and some 20 million critics. The network has apologized — or not — for a handful of gaffes seen as insults by South Koreans, by the Dutch, by women athletes, by ski fans.Live television and the risks that it brings are nothing new. The climate surrounding it is.“Live TV used to be fleeting,” says Brett Kurland, a broadcast professor and director of sports programs at Arizona State University. “Something would happen, and you would either see it or you didn’t. Now if you say something that someone doesn’t like, they’ll cut it into a GIF and post it on the Internet. Before you know it, it blows up on your Twitter feed.”He adds: “Everyone is aware that you’re just a screen grab away from infamy.”NBC’s first problem came from an unexpected source, an expert on Asia assigned to provide context about the host country during the opening ceremony. Joshua Cooper Ramo has impeccable credentials — educated at the University of Chicago, a former Time magazine foreign editor, now a top executive at former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s consulting firm.When pictures of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared on the screen, Ramo noted that Japan occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945, “but every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation.”That angered many South Koreans who caught wind of Ramo’s remark and resented their country’s treatment by the occupying force. NBC quickly apologized. Ramo hasn’t been heard from since on the network, although NBC said he was not contracted to work beyond the opening ceremony.NBC has also delved little so far into the culture of South Korea the way it has with other Olympic sites, although a heavy schedule of live events in prime time is a factor, too.Katie Couric, brought back by NBC for the opening ceremony, was the next to take heat. NBC’s telecast of that ceremony wasn’t televised in the Netherlands but, again, social media quickly made the Dutch aware of comments she had made.She was discussing the Dutch tradition of excellence in speedskating, and said it stemmed from skating being an important mode of transportation in Amsterdam when canals freeze and people skate from place to place. That left her open to ridicule by some in the Netherlands, who pointed out that the canals rarely freeze anymore and, besides, they have cars now.When a backlash reached the Twitter feed of the Dutch embassy in the United States, Couric tweeted a good-natured apology about having been “on thin ice.”NBC’s team of ski announcers has had a rough Olympics so far. Former ski champion Bode Miller is on his first Olympic assignment for NBC and his overly technical, bland approach to calling races has left some viewers drowsy.But it was his sudden foray into gender roles that really caused him trouble.Commentator Dan Hicks brought up Austrian skier Anna Veith’s serious knee injury when he and Miller were discussing her career decline. Miller suggested another condition — matrimony — may have been to blame. “It’s historically very challenging to race on World Cup with a family or after being married,” he said. “Not to blame the spouses, but I just want to toss that out there, that it could be her husband’s fault.”The backlash from people who considered the remark sexist was so immediate that Miller apologized on the air barely an hour later. He said it was a failed attempt at humour; his deadpan style had left almost no one suspecting he had been trying to make a joke.Veith was also central to a serious mistake by Hicks. She was in first place during the super-G competition — apparently, marriage wasn’t hurting her in the Olympics — when Hicks prematurely anointed her the gold medal winner.After the person considered to be Veith’s last serious contender couldn’t beat her time, Hicks said she was the winner and NBC switched to figure skating. But a longshot contender, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic, beat Veith’s time and took gold.The producers’ decision to move on was defensible; no one really thought Ledecka and some other final skiers had a chance. The mistake was Hicks’ certainty. The announcers sought to explain themselves the next night by describing just how improbable Ledecka’s victory was, but that felt more like an excuse than an attempt at accountability.While all different, NBC’s problems didn’t stem from attempts to be overly provocative or shocking, unless Miller had motives he wasn’t letting on. Instead, they were misstatements made in front of listeners ready to pounce (the hashtag #nbcfail is a venue for people who want to grumble).For two weeks, the men and women behind NBC’s microphones command the public’s attention the way very few can anymore in a fragmented society of media consumers. They’re ambassadors for sports that most Americans don’t care about for the three years and 50 months between each Winter and Summer Games.That provides them with an unparalleled opportunity, and many potential potholes.___More AP Olympics: by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2018 2:38 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Television personnel work inside of the International Broadcast Center at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Live television has always presented challenges, but NBC’s Olympic stumbles this month have unfolded before an audience ready to pounce. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) last_img read more