From pork to pot Cannabis cultivation in former Winnipeg Maple Leaf meat

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Toronto-based pot producer is taking over the former Maple Leaf Foods meat plant in Winnipeg.GrowForce Holdings has announced it will open its flagship cannabis cultivation facility in the city’s St. Boniface Industrial Park.It says the 11,000-square-metre facility will employ 150 to 200 people once it’s fully operational next year.GrowForce CEO Rishi Gautam says the company looked at various cities, including Edmonton and Calgary, but settled on Winnipeg because of reasonable hydro rates and a large skilled workforce.Gautam says the company purchased the site for about $10 million and plans to invest another $30 million to retrofit the building.Executive vice-president James Lowe, says the company will produce more than 900 kilograms of cannabis at the Winnipeg facility every month.“We’ve selected this site and chosen indoor cultivation over (a) greenhouse here in Winnipeg because the energy prices allow us to do so,” Lowe said Tuesday.“Its previous design lends itself to good workflow.”“The main driving force with respect to cannabis is having a quality, consistent product in a climate-controlled facility,” Gautam said. “This is what this building represents.”The company has already purchased two other sites, including a licensed facility in Brampton, Ont. and a plant in Dunnville, Ont.Gautam said the cannabis licence GrowForce has for Brampton will make it easier to get one for its Winnipeg location.Recreational cannabis is expected to become legal in Canada later this year.(CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

Concert postponed after musician Matthew Good collapses during Edmonton show

first_imgEDMONTON – Matthew Good’s concert scheduled for Wednesday night in Prince George, B.C., was postponed for a day as the Canadian rocker recovered from pneumonia.A post on his social media accounts Tuesday said the concert with him and Our Lady Peace at the CN Centre will now take place Thursday.It said all tickets purchased for Wednesday’s show will be valid Thursday.Those who can’t make it Thursday can inquire about a refund through the TicketsNorth box office or its phone number.Good, who hails from Vancouver, was taken to hospital Tuesday night after collapsing onstage during a performance at Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditorium.His social media accounts say he was taken to hospital “as a precautionary measure.”In a video from the concert posted on social media, Our Lady Peace singer Raine Maida told the crowd that Good “wanted to do the show and he tried to do it and you saw what happened.”The crowd then burst into applause when Maida urged them to give Good a “big hand for even getting up there.”Good and his band are on a cross-Canada tour with Our Lady Peace that began March 1 in St. John’s, N.L.The two acts also performed at the Jubilee Auditorium on Monday night.The tour will also have a show in Kelowna, B.C., on Friday and end in Abbotsford, B.C., on Saturday.last_img read more

Point Foundation To Honor FiveTime Olympic Medalist Greg Louganis

first_imgPoint Foundation will present five-time Olympic medalist Greg Louganis with the Point Legend Award, which recognizes an individual who has achieved greatness in their professional career and unapologetically supported the LGBTQ community.The award will be presented to Louganis at the landmark New York Public Library April 11. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.“I am deeply honored to be receiving the Point Legend Award this year,” said Louganis. “Point Foundation’s service to help LGBTQ youth overcome all the obstacles, challenges, prejudices that I myself endured is so inspirational. To see these young men and women get the opportunity to obtain higher education degrees truly touches my heart and I am so proud of each of them. I look forward to cheering them on, both scholars and mentors on this very special night.”“Greg Louganis is rightfully an icon of perseverance and courage for so many people, as well as a person with a genuine magnanimous spirit,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “Greg has participated in a number of Point events, and our scholars and alumni are always inspired by what he has to say and the example he has set as an LGBTQ advocate and athlete. With the Summer Olympics fast approaching, it is a fitting time to honor Greg with the Point Foundation Ledged Award.”As previously announced, Pete Nowalk, Executive Producer and creator of ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” will also be honored at the gala with the Point Leadership Award. Celebrity participants include Michelle Collins, Jack Falahee, Billy Gilman, and Conrad Ricamora. Additional celebrity attendees to be announced.

Some of Point’s 85 current scholars and 217 alumni will be present at the event to share with the audience their inspiring stories about how they have overcome challenges to get their higher education degrees.Information about attending or supporting Point Honors is at www.pointfoundation.org/Honors2016.last_img read more

Madras Court dismisses appeal by Lankan fishermen

The Madras High Court Bench has dismissed a criminal appeal filed by 10 Sri Lankan fishermen, who were convicted of fishing in Indian waters without permission in 2006, after it was informed that they had gone back to their country after serving the entire sentence period in prison even as the appeal was pending adjudication for the last nine years.Taking up the appeal for final hearing now, Justice S. Vimala said: “It is represented that the accused persons had served the sentence completely. It is also represented that they have gone to Sri Lanka. Under such circumstances, this court is of the view that nothing survives for adjudication in this appeal. Accordingly, this criminal appeal is dismissed.” The court had also ordered confiscation of their vessels Pramod I and II. The CJM, designated as a special judge to hear cases booked under the Maritime Zones of India (Regulation of Fishing by Foreign Vessels) Act, 1981, had convicted all the 10 fishermen under the 1981 Act as well as the provisions of the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920, and sentenced them to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 15 weeks. The appellants, Winson, Jeseph Martin, V. Immanual Roni Manro Fernando, Sumeet, N.W. Jude Fornando, Camnivas, M.M. Kritiratna, Wasitha Malan Fernando, Dopal and Jude Brazil, had been arrested by Thermal Nagar police station in Tuticorin and convicted by the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Ramanathapuram on November 13, 2006. read more

Are you ready for the storm

The Niagara Region is expected to get the worst of this snowfall which means once again driving cautiously and adjusting for the conditions is a must, as it could be the difference between life and death.We’re paying close attention to how this weather may impact not only road travel but air travel as well. It has been a difficult winter for many trying to get somewhere by plane and Wednesday could be another challenging day. There are a couple of delays and cancellations there Tuesday evening. So, if you have a flight leaving late Tuesday or Wednesday, you’ll want to check the status before you leave. read more

Ohio State goalkeeper excelling after early jitters

Freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro (88) scans the field from goal during her collegiate debut against Syracuse on Aug. 29 in Columbus. OSU lost, 3-2, in overtimeCredit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsFull of jitters, freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro made her Ohio State field hockey debut Aug. 29 against fifth-ranked Syracuse.Just a few months earlier, she was a senior at Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown, Pa., barely less than an hour away from Philadelphia. But said she always wanted to go to a Big Ten institution at a large campus.Tamburro said when she first visited OSU’s campus her reaction was: “Oh my gosh. This is the school for me.”Her conversion into the college game was tough, she said, but it was something she adjusted to before the start of the season.“I feel like the preseason was a great transition for me,” Tamburro said. “I had to change what I had to look for. It’s very different from high school. It’s faster.”Once she was used to the speed of the game, she excelled. Tamburro saved 11 shots in her first game as a Buckeye, which allowed OSU to take the Orange to overtime before falling, 3-2.She followed up her stellar debut with a 14-save performance against Albany on the road, ranking third most in a single game in school history.Peanut Johnson, a junior forward for OSU, said Tamburro’s presence on the team is invaluable.“She’s amazing. I’m so thankful she’s on the team,” Johnson said. “I don’t know what we’d do without her.”Tamburro admitted she had jitters before her first game in a Buckeye uniform, but was able to shake it off for her teammates.“I was really nervous for the first game honestly,” Tamburro said. “It was a matter of getting a few shots and getting used to it, then just being myself.”Tamburro said her team is what drives her and keeps her focused when she’s on the field.“My teammates gave me great confidence,” she said. “I felt like I had to do it for the team.”The Buckeyes cracked the win column for the first time this season on Sept. 5 against Miami (Ohio) behind a 10-save second half from Tamburro. Junior back Emma Royce said Tamburro’s greatest skill is her ability to think on her feet.“One of her strongest attributes is her reaction skills,” Royce said. “She has really good composure and communication with her defenders.”OSU coach Anne Wilkinson echoed that sentiment.“She’s a great leader coming in as a freshman,” Wilkinson said. “You saw her play. She’s quick. She’s agile. She likes to keep the ball out (of the goal).”Tamburro credits much of her maturation to Wilkinson’s passion for the game of field hockey and her ability to motivate the team.“She’s excellent. She’s like that motherly figure,” Tamburro said. “It helps us wanna do it (win) for her.”Ultimately, Tamburro said her personal goals at OSU don’t go further than winning and doing her job well. She said if the team continues to work together, they could surpass a lot of preseason expectations.“It’s amazing how much we gel together. We’ll definitely be able to go farther than last year,” she said.OSU lost in its second game of the Big Ten tournament in 2013.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Ohio Bobcats Friday at 7 p.m. at Pruitt Field in Athens, Ohio. read more

Ohio State womens basketball falls short of Big Ten Tournament title

The No. 4 Maryland Terrapins edged out the Ohio State women’s basketball team, 77-74, as a late comeback by the Buckeyes fell just short in the Big Ten Tournament final. A win would have given OSU its first conference tournament win since 2011.Down by as many as 15 in the second half, OSU kept the game close late behind 31 points from freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell.Big play after big play by both teams allowed the game to go back and forth for the final 10 minutes.Junior guard Cait Craft partnered with Mitchell to fuel the Buckeyes’ offense with red-hot shooting from behind the arc. OSU finished the game 7-of-18 from 3-point range, with Mitchell and Craft combining to go 7-of-14.Despite the early deficit, with 18 seconds to go and Maryland up by one point, OSU was in a position to win the game.A timeout by OSU coach Kevin McGuff set the Buckeyes up for success with the ability to design a final play to go for the tournament victory.An aggressive double-team from the Terrapin defense forced Mitchell to travel as the clock ticked down and the Buckeyes championship dreams slipped away.McGuff and company left the Big Ten Tournament with a loss for the second straight year after losing to Iowa in last season’s semifinal.Maryland, in its first year as part of the Big Ten, successfully ran through the conference without a loss and picked up both regular-season and tournament titles.OSU will have a week of practice ahead of it before the Buckeyes find out their fate for the NCAA Tournament. The selections are set to be announced March 16. read more

Chevertons swimming career a whirlwind of success

The past three months of Samantha Cheverton’s life have been amazing — but you wouldn’t know it while sitting down with the soft-spoken swimmer at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. In February, she won the Big Ten individual title in the 200 freestyle. In March, she garnered four All-America honors at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Then, in April, something even greater happened. Cheverton qualified for the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Championships for Canada at the trials in Victoria, British Columbia. The championships will be held August in Shanghai. Cheverton won two events, the 200 and 400 freestyle with personal bests times of 1:58.80 and 4:09.67, respectively. “That was really unexpected,” she said. “I made the team but also won two events. I had never won an event at nationals before.” The swimmer from Lachine, Quebec, was not the only one surprised by it. Coach Bill Dorenkott felt the same when he saw the results. “I was at home, and when I saw the results on my computer I started screaming,” he said. “My wife came in and asked what’s wrong.” Cheverton had experience with this song and dance before. The year prior, it was the same routine with all three events falling within 10 weeks of each other. However, this time she felt better prepared and more at ease. “I think our training at the beginning of this year was a lot tougher, more intervals. Maybe that helped me have three solid meets in a row,” she said. “And that’s tough to do not just physically but mentally and emotionally.” Cheverton did have one other thing to help her through it all: her team. “Big Tens is really our focus. We don’t even really talk about NCAAs until it’s over,” she said. “The one thing I love about college swimming is that it is still a team sport. You want to do well so you can get points for your team.” Her fellow OSU swimmers made sure they were there in Canada, in some way, supporting her. “Through Facebook and other means you are always getting messages encouraging you. When I won the 400 free(style), I got like 1,000 text messages from people saying, ‘Good job!’” You wouldn’t know by her post-race interview how excited she really was. “People made fun of me because they pull you out of the pool and immediately interview you when you win,” Cheverton said. “Apparently I sounded not excited at all, but I think I was just in shock.” Though she finished her degree in psychology in December, Cheverton has already started working on a second degree, in human development and family studies. She will take some time off from swimming to recuperate, then focus on the task ahead. Dorenkott said he feels there can be more swimming in her future. “It’s another step in her development as an athlete,” he said. read more

Fancy some good pub grub Head up to Down or maybe down

first_imgWHEN IT COMES to ‘pub grub’ look no further than Co. Down. That’s according to the ‘Michelin Eating-Out In Pubs Guide’ which has no less than seven pubs from the Mourne County in its 2014 list.In total, there are thirty-four Irish pubs spread across fifteen counties included in the listing, with Cork following close behind Down with six bars in the guide.The guide recommends 577 pubs across Ireland and Britain with the authors saying that they were selected ‘first and foremost, for the quality of their food’.Not only does Down have the most inclusions, but two of its towns have two separate pubs on the list. Donaghdee itself has Grace Neill’s and Pier 36 with Hillsborough represented by The Parson’s Nose and The Plough In.The town of Caherciveen in Kerry also has two pubs on the list, O’Neill’s Seafood Bar and QC’s with Clonakilty also keeping pace with An Súgan and Deasy’s.Below is the county-by-county breakdown of all the Irish pubs in the  Michelin list:Down (7): Pheasant, Coyle’s, Lisbarnett House, Grace Neill’s and Pier 36 and The Parson’s Nose and The Plough Inn.Cork (6) Mary Ann’s, Poacher’s Inn, An Súgan and Deasy’s, Cronin’s and Toddies at The Bulman.Clare (4) Morrissey’s, Vaughan’s Anchor Inn, Wild Honey Inn and Linnane’s Lobster Bar.Mayo (3) Crockets on the Quay, The Tavern and Sheebeen.Galway (2) Moran’s Oyster Cottage and O’Dowd’s.Kerry (2) O’Neill’s Seafood Bar and QC’s.Kildare (2) Ballymore Inn and Fallon’s.Dublin (1) Chop House.Leitrim (1) Oarsman.Louth (1) Fitzpatricks.Sligo (1) Hargadons. Tipperary (1) Larkins.Wstmeath (1) Fatted Calf.Wexford (1) Lobster Pot.Wicklow(1) Byrne & Woods.Read: Michelin star success for two Kilkenny restaurants > Read: The complete history of coffee in one infographic >last_img read more

Geek deals Dell UltraSharp U2713HM 27inch monitor Apple TV more

first_imgWhile most people probably think they are happy with their computing experience today, one aspect that many underestimate is that of the monitor. It’s one of those things where once you experience the other side, it’s hard to go back.For those of us with more desk space and a proper computer, multiple monitors are a productivity godsend. To keep the logistical side a little simpler, a single, larger high-resolution display is a great way to improve productivity and effectively breathe new life into your computing experience.Dell’s UltraSharp U2713HM is one of the best displays you’ll find on the market for under $1000. While that number may sound like a lot for just one part of your computer, do try to keep in mind that it is the part you use the most, that displays outlast most computers, and they can be used with multiple computers at a time.The U2713HM measures in at 27-inches and sports WQHD resolution; that’s a 2560×1440 pixels for those keeping count. It’s a fair sight higher than the more common 1920×1080 panels.While the extra pixels and screen real estate are key for computing productivity, the U2713HM also uses an in-plane switching (IPS) LCD panel. Without getting too much into the nitty gritty, such LCD panels offer great viewing angles and deeper, richer colors than nearly all other types. That’s why Apple uses them in all of their premium displays.It will hook up to nearly any device you’ve got via the DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA inputs; it even has a USB 3.0 hub built-in. Being a premium product, Dell backs it with a 3 year advance exchange warranty and their Premium Panel guarantee. These mean that Dell ships you a replacement monitor in the event you need warranty service and they will replace the LCD if you ever get any bright pixels.Dell UltraSharp U2713HM 27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $629.99 + free shipping (reg. $799, ends soon)Our other top deals:Apple TV 1080p (newest model) for $89 + Free shipping (reg. $99.99)HP ENVY Spectre XT 13t-2100 13.3-inch Core i5 Ultrabook for $849.99 + Free shipping(reg. $999.99 | use coupon NB9278 | ends Nov. 12 or sooner)Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Bundle for $399.99 + Free shipping (reg. $449.99)last_img read more

Fix Your iPhones Autoplay With ChartTopping Silent Song

first_img Email Facebook Samir Mezrahi has fixed an iPhone autoplay glitch with a new track making its way up the iTunes charts featuring nothing but silenceRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 16, 2017 – 4:45 pm GRAMMY.comYou know how when you plug your iPhone into your car and it automatically plays the alphabetical first song on your playlist every. single. time.? Well, as BuzzFeed staff writer Samir Mezrahi pointed out last year, it’s ruining those “A”-alphabetical songs for legions of iPhone users. hey I released a blank song that will play 1st so that *one* song won’t play every time u plug ur phone into ur car https://t.co/FL83YUOOcz— #1 samir (@samir) August 9, 2017Arcade Fire, NIN, Haim, Alice Cooper: 15 New July Albums Read more News Fix Your iPhone’s Autoplay With Chart-Topping Silent Song hey @alroker @MLauer @hodakotb @SavannahGuthrie let’s talk about it https://t.co/Shg9GDSpuX— #1 samir (@samir) August 15, 2017Luckily, Mezrahi decided to take action with “A A A A A Very Good Song.” Containing just under 10 minutes of silence, for $0.99 users can purchase Mezrahi’s track, which will play first on your iPhone, and choose tunes in silence as opposed to hearing whatever is first on the playlist.Released on Aug. 7 under Kale Salad Records, the song currently sits at No. 35 on the iTunes songs chart, indicating that a lot of people are looking to improve their iPhone experience with this ingenious release.If recorded silence is your speed, you might want to check out YouTube videos of Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient John Cage’s famous “4’33” composition, in which a musician walks onstage, takes their seat at the piano and then allows four minutes and 33 seconds of silence to elapse.While Cage wanted to make a point that ambient sounds could be music too, Mezrahi has a different purpose.”So many people have grown to hate these songs they really like,” Mezrahi told The Star. “I wanted [the track] to be long to give people enough time to pick their song.” Twitter New Silent Song Tops iTunes Charts fix-your-iphones-autoplay-chart-topping-silent-songlast_img read more

MercedesAMG is debuting the 415hp A45 S and CLA45 S at Goodwood

first_img Share your voice 20 Photos Performance Cars Coupes Sedans More From Roadshow Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 Mercedes-Benz Enlarge ImageThis teaser doesn’t show much, but we like what we see and we love what’s going under the hood. Mercedes-AMG Hey, remember that completely insane 400-plus horsepower four-cylinder engine that AMG decided to build recently? Well, it looks like the first vehicles that the folks from Affalterbach are going to put it in are the A45 S and the CLA45 S. Further, both of those models will debut on Thursday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, according to posts made Monday by the company on social media. Now playing: Watch this: Mercedes-Benz Tags 0 [Csn:8.4-8.3 l/100 km | CO2: 192-189 g/km]Outstanding performance and ultimate driving dynamics are what you expect and the new Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4MATIC+ delivers. More to come at its world premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 4th at 13:00 CEST. pic.twitter.com/nc8qgvJClo— Mercedes-AMG (@MercedesAMG) July 1, 2019 1:24 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 is entry-level hotness 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Mercedes-AMG CLA35 Shooting Brake is a hot hatch hauler We don’t know too terribly much about these new tiny terrors other than that they’ll have an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Panamericana grille and some more aggressive body cladding and so on. We assume AMG will fiddle with the suspension and brakes because modern AMG actually makes cars that handle.While the 45 S models get the full-fat 416 horsepower version of the new M139 engine, there will be a more pedestrian non-S version that produces a still-respectable 382 horsepower. Like all AMG engines, the M139 will be built by one technician from start to finish.We expect that Mercedes-AMG will also shoehorn this monster of a motor into the GLA and GLB SUVs in the very near future.Mercedes-AMG didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

Sullivan Jousts with EPAs McCarthy

first_imgU.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan today engaged the head of the EPA, Gina McCarthy, in a testy exchange. Sullivan’s focus was the EPA’s proposed rule for the Clean Water Act. But first the senator extracted some crow from McCarthy for dissing gifts given to her when she visited Alaska last year. Sullivan says her reference to a jar of moose meat that could “gag a maggot” was disrespectful to Alaskans.Download Audio“It doesn’t show that you’re focused on serving the people that you’re required to do,” Sullivan said. “Have you had the opportunity to make a comment on that, apologize? If you’d like to apologize here publicly, that would be fine.”McCarthy didn’t hesitate.“I’m happy to apologize for those remarks,” she said. “I will tell you that they were taken out of context but it doesn’t matter because they hurt individuals whose lives I care about.”“They sure did,” Sullivan said.McCarthy has repeatedly apologized for the gift gaffes, beginning days after the remarks were published in a Wall Street Journal profile of her.Sullivan moved on to the Clean Water Act rule. Sullivan says a lot of Americans think the rule is an unconstitutional expansion of the Clean Water Act, beyond what Congress has approved.“I asked for the legal analysis that you said your agency undertook that says the Waters of the U.S., the regulation you have, is a legitimate agency function because it’s based in statute. You said you were going to provide that. We have not seen that,” he said.McCarthy pledged to give Sullivan a copy of the rule, which she says includes legal analysis.The rule is highly controversial, with some opponents saying it will regulate ditches and puddles. More than a million people have submitted comments on it.McCarthy says the rule is a clarification to comply with Supreme Court rulings and, compared to current regulation, shrinks the acreage covered by the Clean Water Act.last_img read more

What is Going on with the Civilian Review Board

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comLast month, Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis paid a visit to the members of the Civilian Review Board (CRB), which investigates citizen complaints of police misconduct, among other tasks. Davis wanted them to sign a confidentiality agreement, which would in effect render much of the board’s work opaque to the public.The meeting didn’t go well.“You came in here with a conversation about a confidentiality agreement in determining what we can and can’t say to the public. So, you already clearly let us know as a board, that you’re not here for us. You can’t possibly be,” said George Buntin, a member of the board (who  is the son of former NAACP Baltimore Branch Executive Director, George Buntin Sr.).Recently, the CRB was placed under the authority of the city’s Law Department, which is led by Davis.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)“How can this even be a rational, how can we even be having this discussion that this board should be signing this agreement like this? It strikes me as completely insane,” said David Rocah, senior attorney for the Maryland ACLU. Rocah, who was a frequent guest on my former radio show, AFRO First Edition, is typically not prone to hyperbole. But, he was clearly exasperated during the CRB’s meeting with Davis on July 19.I reached out to the City Solicitor’s office for comment concerning the reaction to Davis’ request for the CRB to sign the confidentiality agreement, as well as the seeming conflict of interest of the Law Department representing both the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) and the CRB. My phone call was never returned.The request of the confidentiality agreement, as well as other actions taken by the Law Department, prompted the ACLU to craft a detailed letter addressed to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh outlining the group’s opposition to the Law Department’s apparent takeover of the CRB.“The ACLU of Maryland, as a statutory non-voting member of the Civilian Review Board…is deeply concerned about recent attempts by the City of Baltimore, through the City Solicitor, to limit the CRB’s access to Baltimore police records, as well as to limit the CRB’s ability to operate transparently and to communicate with the public and other interested parties, such as the Department of Justice or the BPD Monitor,” the letter states.“None of these changes is required by law, and all are inconsistent with the City’s past practice, as well as with public demands for greater transparency, accountability, and civilian oversight of the BPD, including in the recent report by the Civilian Oversight Task Force…which you appointed. All of these concerns also reflect a larger concern about the independence of the CRB as an oversight body,” the group wrote.The ACLU also questioned the Law Department’s ability to adequately serve both the BPD and the CRB.“Further, the City Solicitor’s actions regarding the CRB raise significant questions about that office’s ability to serve as counsel to both the CRB and the BPD. At the most general level, as the CRB itself clearly articulated on July 19, the City Solicitor’s demands are inconsistent with the CRB’s statutory mission to be an independent review body concerning officers’ actions and the BPD’s investigations of allegations of misconduct,” the ACLU stated. “And contrary to the assertions of the proposed confidentiality agreement, the CRB is not a City agency like any other. It is a creation of state law (like the BPD itself), staffed by City employees.”Ultimately, the elephant in the room, so to speak, is why isn’t Sen. Jill Carter being re-instated as director of the Office of Civil Rights?Carter resigned as Delegate representing the 41st District in 2016 to accept an appointment as Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement, the entity under which the CRB operates under. In the minds of many, the CRB, which in the past has been described as an impotent agency, seemed to thrive under Carter as it sought more power (subpoena and otherwise) to fulfill its mission.However, when Carter was appointed to replace Nathaniel Oaks as the Senator representing the 41st in March 2017 (an office she won outright on June 26), she was informed she could not remain in the director’s chair. Yet, she returned to the agency this week officially as deputy director of the Office of Civil Rights, even as the director’s position remains vacant. In the absence of a director, City Solicitor Davis, is in charge of the agency.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore Editor of the AFRO and the author of, Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more

Sleaze racket busted in W Midnapore 3 arrested

first_imgKolkata: A sleaze racket was busted at Midnapore Sadar in West Midnapore on late Thursday night.The sleaze racket was allegedly running in an under-construction building. In the past few days, some locals found suspicious movement of a few in the area. They were keeping a watch at the situation and found people entering the building on Thursday night. They caught two persons and a woman. The locals reported the matter to the police. They handed them over to the police. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe woman claimed that she is a resident of a state in the northern part of the country and she was brought here on the assurance of getting a job. But she was not provided with any job, the woman claimed. Police found that a local youth was also allegedly involved in the racket. They are trying to find out whether any such activity is going on in any part in the area. Cops are taking all necessary steps to check such activities in the area and a vigil in the area and have urged the locals to inform them in case they get any such information or find someone moving around suspiciously.last_img read more

CM welcomes decision to allow paramilitary forces to travel by air in

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday welcomed the move allowing paramilitary personnel deployed in Kashmir to take commercial flights to either join duty or go on leave but said it came when the current government had reached its “expiry date”. Without naming the BJP government, she accused it of ignoring intelligence inputs of the Home Ministry. “It’s better late than never. There was an intelligence input and the Home Ministry asked for permission for air lifting. That time they (Centre) did not allow… they did not care… If the doctor comes after the death then it will not help,” Banerjee told reporters. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”When the expiry date is over and people have been killed and now you are taking decision,” she claimed. Banerjee accused the Centre of “total failure” in containing the mishap though there was an intelligence input and alleged it was “doing politics”. “They are a total failure. They are misusing the situation. When our jawans are getting killed, we are doing politics,” she said. Personnel of the paramilitary forces deployed in the Kashmir Valley for counter-terror operations have been entitled by the government on Thursday to take commercial flights to either join duty or go on leave, in the wake of the killing of 40 jawans in a deadly attack on their convoy in Pulwama. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order saying it “has approved the entitlement of air travel on Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu sectors to all the personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs)”. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThis includes, the order said, their journey for joining duty, transfer, tour or going on leave. Till now, officers in the rank of Inspectors and above were given this air travel facility. As many as 65,000 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel are deployed in the state as part of 65 battalions apart from units of the Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force, Sashastra Seema Bal and the National Security Guard present in the Kashmir valley for rendering a variety of roles in the internal security grid.last_img read more

Speaking of Singapore is BA seeing a lot of traff

first_imgSpeaking of Singapore, is BA seeing a lot of traffic break their journey in the Lion City?It’s a mix. I’ve been living in Singapore for five years. I think a lot of people want to stop there. Either it’s a friend or relative or a business association they have there, so we do get a lot of people saying they are going to break the journey because it’s a great place to do that.Changi Airport is a destination itself – it provides a seamless and enjoyable experience and is an oasis of calm. It’s a phenomenal airport and we’re extremely happy to take our customers through an award-winning facility. BA is comfortable to be able to offer customers that seamless proposition. If you are making an ultra-long haul trip and the middle part of the journey can be taken in a relative amount of tranquillity, then that’s a win.Customer feedback for us is that it is exciting yet calm place to transfer.Concorde Lounge Bar, Changi AirportWe also opened a new lounge at Changi Terminal 1 some 18 months ago. We’ve made sure that it is extra comfortable – more space for people, more room and great shower facilities for freshening up on that ultra-long haul journey. But in addition we’ve also opened a Concorde Bar there. We have a Concorde Room at Terminal 5 at London Heathrow, our home. We wanted to replicate that in some of our overseas markets, and Singapore was the first location. We’ve opened the new lounge off the main facility in Singapore for First customers. It’s absolutely state-of-the-art, very comfortable. it is similar to relaxing in a cosy living room. It’s very private. Why is Australia so important to British Airways?We’re the only European carrier that still flies between Australia and Europe. We have a daily service from Sydney to London, but with the option to connect on two services between Singapore and London, including an Airbus A380. So there are lots of seats.I think if you look at the historical links between our two countries there are very natural links, and always have been. And then when you operate an aircraft like we do with four cabins you look and you think there are big business links between the two countries, and there are a lot of people who want to travel because of work. We also connect a great amount of traffic that is coming from Europe through to Australia. A high number want to come down here because of leisure. Likewise, lots of people from Australia want to go on extended trips through Europe so it’s right that we connect the two places. And each time we expand our network we offer more and more possibilities for consumers here. Can you tell me more about the investment British Airways is making in its fleet?We’re in the process of a big investment across the organisation. In terms of dollars, it’s more than $8 billion Aussie overall. We’ve got 72 aircraft coming just this year – it’s a huge amount of new fleet. That will comprise a mix of long-haul, short-haul and new types of aircraft including the A350 and 787-10 Dreamliner. For our European flying – our short haul operation – we’re bringing in the A320NEO/A321.A substantial part of the investment is around the fleet but we’re also looking to invest a lot in the existing aircraft we operate. That will incorporate complete refurbishments of some of our existing fleet to bring everything up to the standard we would want it to be today. What upgrades are planned for BA’s Club World Business Class product?Around $1.1 billion is focused on Club World. We are taking what currently is a really solid sleep proposition and making that outstanding. We’ve signed a partnership with The White Company (which some people in this market are familiar with already) but it is becoming a more and more known brand. The White Company is a very high-end, luxury British lifestyle brand that focuses on bedding, silks, pillows, duvets, blankets etc, usually for the home, but we’ve now taken that into the sky. Our partnership will see great, big new luxury pillows in the cabin. If you go back a few years and you think about airline pillows, they weren’t like the pillows you are experiencing at home, but I think now we can say there are. The offering also includes duvets and mattresses that go with our already comfortable flat bed in Club World, to make sure that on these long trips people are having the rest that they need to arrive fresh.We’ve just brought that on to our Australian route in the past couple of weeks and early feedback is very positive. That’s available up to Singapore from Sydney on our afternoon service, and then on the longer overnight onto London. In the opposite direction it’s the two overnight flights, so our passengers are really able to maximise that rest with us onboard.The White Company product, now available on Sydney flightsCan you tell me more about the arrangement with Do&Co? What does that involve?The partnership with Do&Co covers some of the change in product that we’ve been making on the catering side in Club World. In addition to the sleep proposition, one thing that we are rolling out progressively this year is a new catering proposition throughout the aircraft.For Club World and the Business cabin we’ve really been looking at shaking it up and make the catering onboard our longer flights a more interesting experience for the customer. What we’ve done is introduced a way of presenting entrees, desserts, cheeses etc to the customers before they actually select. So rather than just having a menu and a written description from which Club World passengers can choose to eat, we are taking advantage of the travelling time. Passengers can now view their options and see what they might want to choose, and Do&Co have been a part of that development.In addition we have been changing some of the catering in other cabins on the aircraft and making sure that customers sitting in World Traveller (our Economy cabin), are thoroughly well fed. Additional ice cream, for example, during the mid-flight period when people are just looking for something to snack on. Everybody is different when they fly, but I think generally people enjoy being ‘wined and dined’. What connecting options does British Airways offer through Changi?Passengers can travel on the A380 which operates between London and Singapore everyday. Guests on that flight who are connecting to Sydney have a little bit more time at the lounge. So if a customer preferred a slow transit to enjoy the facilities, then they’ve got the opportunity to do that, and just connect onto the 777-300 to Sydney.Similarly on the way back. Both London flights from Singapore leave at similar times – you’ve got about 90 minutes to go and freshen up, have a drink, stretch your legs.Besides the product, where else is British Airways investing their money?Throughout. One of the key things about a big investment like this is that it’s not actually just about the moment you’ve stepped aboard one of our planes. We need investment in the booking procedure. Customers want a faster app booking mechanisms, faster on the ground and in the airport experiences and one thing that we opened just in the middle of last year was the First Wing at Heathrow Terminal 5. Our home.The First Wing at London HeathrowThat was really a huge investment that allows our First and our Gold Class customers to travel into London Heathrow and directly through security. Customers check-in, pass through security and go straight into our First Class lounge. This has been something that we’ve wanted to have for a long time and it’s a big part of the investment. To be able to bypass the main part of the airport and to go straight into the lounge, and relax, get themselves a drink, etc –it’s great.Go back to the enewsletter Is British Airways making changes to its in-flight wi-fi technology?We’ve really thought long and hard about this and we’re bringing in the latest generation of wi-fi because we want customers to be able to stream. I don’t think it’s a case of people just wanting to have a look at a quick message. People want to be able to enjoy our entertainment and we have to make sure that we’ve still got the latest and greatest options on our own entertainment. But at the same time, if you’re in the middle of binge watching something on a streaming channel, you’ll want to be able to view that in the air tour. That’s all coming out too. It is in the process of being rolled out now and should be completed by the end of this year.center_img What about the hardware in Club World? Is that set to be revolutionised as part of the investment?Yes it is. Our new Club World seat – I can’t say a lot about it –but it will progressively come out next year. It will debut with the launch of the A350 into our fleet. It will have direct aisle access. That’s something that customers have told us that they want, but beyond that, more details can be expected in due course. Beyond Sydney, would BA look at the opportunity to go into Melbourne, or perhaps Perth?We’re always looking at the network. That’s part-in-parcel with what we do. At the moment we’re flying through Singapore between London and Sydney. Go back to the enewsletterBritish Airways is investing $8 billion Australian dollars on a multitude of brand new aircraft, including the carbon-composite Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner, along with upgrades to the airline’s existing fleet, in-flight product, lounges, catering, wi-fi and apps.LATTE‘s Managing Editor Guy Dundas sat down with British Airways’ Head of Sales – Asia Pacific and Middle East, Robert Williams to find out more. Why do you think wi-fi is important on flights?I think the majority of people want to stay connected, but beyond that it’s become an expectation that one is connected. I would say that we are moving into a world where to not be reached still has to be a choice that you make and the choice and that the facility is there if you want to use it.Beyond being reachable, so much of our entertainment world now comes from streaming and that is what we are happy to offer customers. No matter where you are sitting in the aircraft, you want to be able to stream, able to plug in your devices, able to charge your devices, and those are the things we are making sure that we’ve got kitted out across the long- and short-haul fleet.last_img read more

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