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Ministers Launch New Generation of Programs for Nova Scotia Farmers

first_img Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Chris d’Entremont and Agri-Food Minister Lyle Vanclief have signed an agreement finalizinghow the Agricultural Policy Framework (APF) will be delivered inNova Scotia. The agreement will provide $12.6 million over fiveyears for new programs in the areas of food safety and quality,the environment, renewal and science and innovation. Business risk management programs, designed to help producersmanage and protect income, will be funded based on demand withdollars over and above the $12.6 million. The two governmentswill also supply an additional $7.6 million over three years tosupport the transition from existing programs to the new set ofprograms. All funding is cost-shared based on a 60/40 federal-provincial ratio. “The agriculture industry constantly faces a number ofchallenges,” said Mr. D’Entremont. “This program will addressmany of these challenges and provide a framework to build oninnovation and increase the province’s competitive position.” “This agreement provides stable funding for Nova Scotia farmersand will help them prepare for the future,” said Mr. Vanclief.”The APF is the first long-term, comprehensive strategy foragriculture in Canada and its planning and design has been a longroad. We have now reached the point where we can see the APF inaction.” Full details on APF programs in Nova Scotia will be announced incoming months. The implementation agreement signed today, Sept.9, sets out general rules and guidelines for how these newprograms will be delivered and officially allocates federal andprovincial funds to APF programs. The funding breaks down asfollows:– $5.6 million for environmental farm planning programs;– $2 million for food safety and quality programs;– $4.2 million for renewal programs to support producers inareas such as business management and to help new farmers enterthe field;– $750,000 for science and innovation programs to help withissues like human resources and strategic planning for researchwork; and– funding for business risk management programs — the CanadianAgriculture Income Stabilization Program (CAISP) and productioninsurance — will be based on demand. The APF is designed to help make Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry the supplier of choice at home and abroad. It willhelp Canadian agriculture maximize new opportunitiesinternationally by safeguarding and enhancing the food safety andquality system in Canada through science and environmentallysound agricultural practices. In keeping with this, federal and provincial governments are alsodelivering on an APF international strategy, which includesincreased marketing efforts in target areas. AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES–Ministers Launch New Generation ofPrograms for Nova Scotia Farmerslast_img read more

Province Coop Council Launch New Jobrecruitment Program

first_imgThe provincial government and the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council kicked-off a new partnership today (Feb. 24) that will connect unemployed or under-employed Nova Scotians with jobs that meet today’s labour market needs. Premier Darrell Dexter and Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse launched the Target 100 employment program. Mountain Equipment Co-op, a member of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, hosted the event, which was broadcast live via a government webcast. The Target 100 program is designed to recruit, train and employ 100 Department of Community Services’ clients over the next two to three years for jobs at co-op businesses around the province. “Target 100 connects real people with real jobs in their community, and not just any jobs, but good jobs with benefits, profit sharing and opportunities for advancement,” said Premier Dexter. “These are the kind of jobs that will enable struggling Nova Scotians to raise their families and build a life.” The co-op council said that, over the next few years, it will have hundreds of vacant positions to fill. It makes sense to work with Community Services, which shares the same values, to fill the positions, said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “Both the co-op council and Community Services operate on values of self-help, social responsibility and caring for others,” Ms. Peterson-Rafuse said. “Target 100 allows us to work together to support the healthy productive people and communities we believe in.” “This is the best kind of partnership, one where everybody wins,” said Dianne Kelderman, chief executive officer of the council. “It is a win for the co-ops looking for employees, a win for Community Services in its efforts to provide people in need with opportunities to become independent and, most importantly, a win for those who find not just a job, but a career.” Potential positions vary from customer service to marketing, management, skilled trades and administrative. Salaries will start at $10.50 to $15.50 an hour. Jobs will also come with medical and dental benefits, pensions, co-op shares, training and the opportunity for loans at reduced rates. This initiative is in line with Nova Scotia’s ongoing Poverty Reduction Strategy that was put in place in 2009. The strategy highlights the need for people to find work and be rewarded for it. FOR BROADCAST USE The provincial government and the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council kicked-off a new partnership today (February 24th) that will connect unemployed or under-employed Nova Scotians with jobs that meet today’s labour market needs. Premier Darrell Dexter and Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse launched the Target 100 employment program, which is designed to recruit, train and employ Department of Community Services’ clients over the next couple of years for jobs at co-op businesses around the province. -30-last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the Old DAR Railway crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hubbards Bridge Hubbards Bridge located on Trunk 3 will be closed to traffic for replacement of the bridge until Friday, Dec. 31. A detour is available on Shankle Road. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Mines Bass River Road Mines Bass River Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Jan. 31. Detour route on East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Monday, Jan. 31, for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times for the construction of a new overpass. Work will take place until Jan. 31. Traffic control people will be onsite. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 – Milford Route 224 in Milford will be closed to repair a culvert until Friday, Jan. 7. Detour route in place. Local Area Office: 902-758-3009 CONTINUING WORK HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14/Exit 9 A new roundabout is open at Exit 9 of Highway 102, near Truro, at the intersection with Trunk 14. Temporary signs are in place. The opening allows the construction to be completed by Monday, Feb. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-3535 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from 1.3 kilometres east of Cape Breton-Richmond County line, will be reduced to one lane for about five kilometres for paving and bridge repairs until Wednesday, Dec. 15. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, between Exit 31A and Exit 31, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Dec. 15. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fox Harbour Bridge The Fox Harbour Bridge on Ferry Road, near Wallace, is closed to traffic. A temporary, one-lane detour bridge will be opened for drivers in the area during repairs to the regular bridge. There will be occasional stop and go traffic. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979center_img ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street, Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Friday, Dec. 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from the Belleville Road intersection to Exit 32 in Argyle, will be reduced to on lane for milling, repaving and shoulder work. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 -30- PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 37 at Monastery, will have temporary traffic signals in place to restore the Tracadie overpass, Tracadie railway pass and the Tracadie Bridge. The structures are within 100 metres of each other. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Alternate route on Trunk 4. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 DIGBY COUNTY: Meteghan River Bridge Meteghan River Bridge in Digby County will be closed until Wednesday, Dec. 15, to construct a permanent bridge. Detours are available on D’Entremont Road, 2nd Division Road and Placide Comeau Road. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Traffic on Highway 101 is reduced to one lane west of Exit 14 at Coldbrook for bridge repairs until further notice. Delays are expected and alternate routes should be taken. Motorists exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane in each direction at Exit 9 (Milford) to construct a new interchange. Delays are possible. Drivers should exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction zone. Work takes place from dawn to dusk until the end of the year. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive, from the tracks east for two kilometres to Sydney River Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for milling, upgrading and repaving until Friday, Dec. 17. A pilot vehicle and traffic control are on site. Alternate route: Highway 125 to Exit 4 and 6. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841last_img read more

CBI opposes lawyer Punalekars bail

first_imgPune: The CBI on Monday opposed the bail plea of lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar, arrested in the murder case of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar, claiming he would tamper with evidence if granted bail. Punalekar’s bail plea is being heard in the court of Additional Sessions Judge R M Pande. Special prosecutor for the CBI, Prakash Suryawanshi, disputed the defense’s argument that Punalekar’s advice to Sharad Kalaskar, one of the shooters arrested in the case, to destroy the firearm used in the murder was “legal communication” between a client and a lawyer. “He (Punalekar) crossed all the limits by giving advice to Kalaskar to destroy the firearms (used in Dabholkar and Gauri Lankesh murders), thus it was not legal advice,” Suryawanshi argued. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaPunalekar gave the advice as a “sadhak” (follower) of the Sanatan Sanstha and not as a lawyer, he added. Defense counsel Subhash Jha told the court that even if it is assumed that Punalekar had advised Kalaskar to destroy the firearm, as claimed by the CBI, it was “legal advice” and “a professional communication”. “Even if we accept their theory that Punalekar instructed Kalaskar to destroy the weapons, the present case against him does not go beyond IPC section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information). The section is bailable, so Punalekar is entitled to get bail,” Jha told court. However, Suryawanshi said, “This is not merely section 201, but it should be read with 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and other sections of the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act).” He said that while destroying the firearms, the accused persons dismantled them and kept the barrels and sliders with them for later use. “All this is part of a big conspiracy as first Dabholkar was killed, later Pansare, then Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh were killed. No idea who is next,” the CBI counsel added.last_img read more

NewsAlert Singh gets his chance for a seat as Trudeau calls three

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has set Feb. 25 as the date for byelections in three vacant ridings — including the British Columbia riding where NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is hoping to win a seat in the House of Commons.Trudeau has called the byelections for Burnaby South, the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe and Montreal’s Outremont.The byelections will be a crucial test for New Democrats, who’ve been struggling to find their footing since their party was relegated to a distant third in the 2015 general election.But the race in Outremont, left vacant after former NDP leader Tom Mulcair resigned, will also be seen as a test of whether the NDP can hang on what’s left of the orange wave that swept Quebec in 2011.The Conservatives are expected to easily keep York-Simcoe, left vacant by the resignation of long-time Tory MP Peter Van Loan.Trudeau has not called a byelection in another B.C. riding, Nanaimo-Ladysmith, vacated last week by New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson, who is seeking a seat in the provincial legislature.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Work camps build Canadas pipelines But at what cost

first_imgWhen Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned the need for gender-based analysis of construction camps that dot remote areas of Canada’s west last year, he was met with a hail of criticism for casting all men who work at those camps as potential rapists. That, of course, isn’t the case—but what does the sudden influx of thousands of workers do to the communities who try to welcome them? It’s complicated.These work camps provide an undeniable influx of cash to communities who often struggle economically. But they also flood social services built for much smaller populations, bring higher rates of crime and, yes, increased reports of sexual harassment and assault. So what’s being done on the ground to help victims or prevent future ones? How do the people who live with the “shadow population” see it? And what does the research say?GUEST: Kyle Edwards, Maclean’sAudio Playerhttp://radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_05152019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

After Tina Fontaine Exploitation in a Prairie City

first_imgI can’t help but look at the city differently. I am left wondering who is being exploited and for whose gain.I ask McDougall what keeps him up at night.“The fear that one of our missing is going to wind up dead again,” he said stone-faced.This is a reoccurring nightmare for him. But he doesn’t stop protecting exploited children and youth, nor his crew.(Bridges in Winnipeg are embellished with red ribbons representing missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN Investigates)My cameraman, Jared Delorme and I drive to the Alexander Docks on the banks of Winnipeg’s Red River. It’s blocked off now but we come across a worn wreath, adorned with red flowers. We believe it was part of the many memorials to Tina Fontaine.(This wreath sits at the Alexander Docks. Today, the country continues to heal from Tina Fontaine’s death. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN Investigates)The sky is blue with cotton-like clouds, and there are overgrown weeds with bright pink creeping thistles and torn branches everywhere.It makes me think of Indigenous women and girls; some are blossoming while others are not, and it’s not because they don’t want to.They just need some help.mtroian@aptn.ca@ozhibiiige Martha TroianAPTN InvestigatesHer death shook the nation.The country was told how we failed her, how we all could have done better.The photo struck a jarring blow to Canada’s image: the Winnipeg Police Service Underwater Search and Recovery Unit holding up a blue tarp as they recovered the body of Tina Fontaine from the Red River in Winnipeg on August 17, 2014.(Tina Fontaine’s body was pulled out of Winnipeg’s Red River on August 17, 2014. Photo: APTN News)Sgt. John O’Donovan, a homicide investigator with the Winnipeg Police Service said at the time, Fontaine had been exploited and taken advantage of.She weighed a tiny 33 kilograms (72 pounds) when she was reported missing on August 9. Just one week later, her body was found.A 15-year-old child who obviously didn’t put herself in the river.(Tina Fontaine’s death shocked the country. She was from Sagkeeng First Nation north of Winnipeg, Man.)Fontaine’s death was the impetus for finally addressing the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. A national inquiry was launched after much previous resistance.(Hundreds of people gathered at the site where Tina Fontaine was found in 2014. Photo: APTN News)Now, four years after her death, the sexual exploitation of Indigenous women and girls has only increased, according to police officials and advocates.For After Tina Fontaine: Exploitation in a Prairie City, APTN Investigates and APTN News went on an exclusive ride-along with the Winnipeg Police Service’s Counter Exploitation and Missing Persons Unit to get a deeper understanding of exploitation in Winnipeg.Hot SpotsIt was a Friday afternoon in mid-June, with temperatures reaching as high as plus 30 degrees Celsius, as we jumped into an unmarked police car with our cameras, phones, and notepads.The Red River Exhibition had just begun, a bustling fair held every year on the outskirts of the city. The “Ex” as it is locally known, is historically a busy time for the counter-exploitation unit.(Winnipeg’s North End is just one place known for exploitation and missing youth. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN Investigates)It is also the day that “Project Return” — a multi-prong unit made up of police detectives and agencies — are working together to protect exploited and missing children and youth. Since 2011, the joint task force has operated street sweeps at various times of the year.Sergeant Rick McDougall, the unit’s leader, looks just like a suburban dad comfortably driving a car to a kid’s soccer game. But today he is driving APTN Investigates producer Holly Moore and myself around to showcase the grim realities of what exploitation can look like in this sometimes dangerous Prairie city.(Sgt. McDougall with the WPS’ Counter Exploitation and Missing Persons Unit takes APTN Investigates for a ride-along on June 15, 2018. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN Investigates)McDougall is part of a team of 12 detectives, three detective sergeants and four missing persons coordinators from the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) that make up Project Return. Some of the detectives formerly worked for Project Devote; a joint task force between the WPS and RCMP that investigates unsolved homicides and disappearances of exploited people.(Under a blue sky, Indigenous women and girls are seen hanging around near these tracks. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN Investigates)As soon as we enter the car, we jump into a conversation and hit the streets. There is no time to waste. We first drive to the city’s North End, a known hot spot for exploitation and missing youth.There we see several young Indigenous girls working the streets. We meet up with two detectives from McDougall’s unit who are doing wellness checks.One young girl sits next to railway tracks alone, with several of her items scattered next to her.(Some Indigenous women and girls are found high or coming down from drugs, making them more vulnerable. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN Investigates)“She’s one of our high risk [and] she openly admits that its meth, [that is] her addiction,” said McDougall. “She’s selling herself to pay for it.”Another young Indigenous girl is nearby. From a distance, we watch McDougall’s crew check in on her, offer her a cigarette and a conversation. They want to make sure no one is forcing her to be out there.These visits are also intended as an opportunity to jot down her description, last known location and the time and date of the interaction, in case she goes missing.(In between parking lots, homes and small buildings, young Indigenous women and girls are found standing around in the north end. Photo: Josh Grummett/APTN Investigates)Shortly after, I make an attempt to talk with her. She looks familiar and I remember her face was previously plastered on a WPS’s missing persons report poster. Her brown eyes look bottomless and sad, an image I still can’t get out of my head. I can tell she’s seen a lot in her short life and I wish I could bring her home.Next, we visit a ‘trap house.’The Trap HouseIt is rush hour and the unit has been tipped off by someone from the Bear Clan Patrol; a grassroots patrol group, that a trap house is operating in the North End.A trap house is usually a place where people go to do drugs. They attract users, buyers and sellers. But it can also be a place to pass out, too, explains McDougall. Most traps operate out of houses but some can be found in apartment buildings.(James Favel, executive director of the Bear Clan Patrol Inc., said Tina Fontaine’s death was the last straw for him. He now dedicates his life to protecting the vulnerable. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN Investigates)The Bear Clan Patrol is just one of the agencies working in partnership with Project Return. Other agencies include; StreetReach, Winnipeg Outreach Network, Resources Assistance for Youth — all known for working to protect exploited youth and vulnerable populations.We meet up with two detectives in the North End dressed in full protective gear, driving in an unmarked car. They chatter about what they heard and strategize a plan of action.“Even if we just wave the flag and let them know we’re just around,” said McDougall. “Sometimes you just bang on the door and somebody will walk right out.”(McDougall shows us a ladder placed underneath the window of a trap house. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN Investigates)The unit will visit a trap house because it’s a place where missing children and youth may go. Children as young as eight or nine years old have been seen in trap houses, usually because an older sibling is there.“A lot of times we will get kids that will say, ‘Can I get a ride home?’” said McDougall.He tells us trap houses are places where the grooming process for exploitation can begin. For instance, youth could be given drugs or alcohol inside and later told they have a debt to pay.“We see that happen a lot, too,” the detective added.Grooming can be done by anyone: a family member, a friend, a stranger, or even an intimate partner. It can happen through manipulation, buying clothes, gifts and drugs or alcohol.“We get information about them, and then as soon as we find out about them another one will pop up somewhere else,” said McDougall, adding it is unknown how many trap houses are operating in the city.This particular trap house is less than 200 meters away from an elementary school.(McDougall said his unit does not visit a trap house to break up a party, it is only to recover any missing children and youth. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN Investigates)Two detectives enter the house and minutes later a young male quickly comes out of the house. McDougall stops him to be questioned and then shortly joins the detectives inside the house.(APTN Investigates Martha Troian visits a trap house in Winnipeg, Man. Photo: Holly Moore/APTN Investigates)Once back outside, the detectives explain there were several young males and females either crashed out on couches or watching TV in the dark inside the house.McDougall tells us that detectives are not there to arrest anyone on drugs, instead they just want to make sure everyone is there on their own free will and not reported missing.No one inside was on a missing persons list. I can tell this disappoints McDougall.What happens if a child or youth is missing under the age of 18?“The Child and Family Services Act kicks in, we consider a child is in need of protection and we can apprehend them and bring them back to their guardian,” said McDougall.The ExploitedWe drive to the West End of the city and watch from the car as two women sit on a bus bench. They are being circled by cars, trucks in particular. There is definitely some action taking place here today.My producer, Holly Moore and I approach them, offering cigarettes and water.They seem reluctant to talk to us but eventually allow us to ask some questions.(Like the North End, the West End of the city is also a known hot spot for exploitation and missing youth. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN Investigates)One Indigenous woman who appears to be in her 40s is a mother to several children. She tells me she’s in the sex trade because she got high a few weeks ago and needs another hit. Her friend, who is in her early 20s, is Métis and has a long history of sexual abuse and is ostracised by her own family. She is also struggling with addictions. Both deny being forced onto the street by another person.This seems to be a popular spot. A few weeks after, while on a separate trip with just an APTN News cameraman, I spoke to an Indigenous girl at the same corner. She had similar traits to Tina; she was young, pretty and vulnerable.She giggled a lot when I asked her questions and denied being exploited or working the streets for anyone. However, I couldn’t help but notice her nervousness or the large black SUV that had sped up and idled next to us as I was talking with her. The driver was much older than her and well-dressed.While it is not clear if these women were being exploited, Sgt. McDougall and his team are clear on the definition. Exploitation is compelling a person by force, intimidation or control to engage in sexual conduct in exchange for money, drugs and shelter. McDougall emphasizes that it’s all about the exchange.(What may look like any other neighbourhood is actually home to Indigenous women and girls selling themselves, some of them possibly being exploited. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN Investigates)He uses the term “high risk victim,” to describe a young person who has been identified at an elevated risk of exploitation and victimization. The average age for a female to be introduced to sexual exploitation is just 13-years-old in Canada.Indigenous men and boys and two-spirited people can also be exploited.Although there is a distinction between exploitation and sex trade work, the former sex trade workers, officials and advocates that I spoke to, say the two are interconnected.Carrie and Brandi, two survivors of sexual exploitation shared their story with APTN Investigates and APTN News. They only want to be identified by their first names.“I was exploited from seven years up by my mother and my aunties,” said Brandi.“Making us crawl on floors to steal their [men’s] jeans so we can empty their pockets and put the jeans back in the room while they were doing those sexual favours.”(An old makeup brush discarded on a strip where sex trade workers hang out. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN Investigates)Growing up and seeing exploitation, Brandi said it became her lens and she learned from a young age that you can make money from your body.(When she was just 14, Brandi first walked Winnipeg’s King Street. Photo: Josh Grummett/APTN Investigates)Brandi said the first time she stood on a corner was on Winnipeg’s King Street at the age of 14.“I did that a couple of times as a child… then I went into escorting.”Even though Brandi made a lot of money from it, there was a price to pay.(Among the debris found in the North End, was a discarded rubber band used for drug injection. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN Investigates)“Along with the exploitation comes the severe drug addiction,” said Brandi. “The pimps would give us treats, being [the] good guys, not realizing that their intent was to get us hooked and give them all our money.”Pimps, Johns, perpetrators or predators in After Tina Fontaine: Exploitation in a Prairie City are being used to describe people who exploit others or who pay for sex.(When she was a child, Carrie said there was rarely a night when men wouldn’t come to her house from Main Street bars. Photo: Jared Delorme/APTN Investigates)Carrie said she remembers her mother bringing men home from bars on Winnipeg’s notorious Main Street when she was just a young girl.“I remember being violated as a really young child,” said Carrie, who said it happened when she was just six-years-old.In her early teens, she started to hang out with girls who were already entrenched on the streets.(After being exploited as a child, Carrie later hung around near the corner of King and Flora Streets in Winnipeg. Photo: Josh Grummett/APTN Investigates)“My first time being exploited was on King and Flora, they use to call it the ‘kiddie track.’” She started at age 12.Then the drugs came.Carrie remembers using crack cocaine at age 14, and continued to stand on the corners for more drugs.“I use to always say, the only talent I had was f*cking up or s*cking d*ck.”(Discarded condom wrappers are found in an area known for the sex trade. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN Investigates)Like McDougall, Carrie and Brandi said they can see exploitation is on the rise in the city. Today Carrie works with exploited youth.Carrie believes many of the children and youth in care are vulnerable and at risk for exploitation. Given the high rate of Indigenous children and youth in the child welfare system, Carrie would like to see more supports for them.Just 12 hours before Tina Fontaine was reported missing, she was in contact with police, security officers, child welfare officials and hospital staff.Sgt. McDougall is aware of the high number of Indigenous children and youth in the child welfare system.“One of the recurring themes that we get when we find them is they don’t like the placement that they’re in, it’s not home,” said McDougall.The PerpetratorsCarrie and Brandi, two survivors of sexual exploitation said perpetrators know when it is an opportune time to prey on vulnerable Indigenous women and girls.“They catch you at a time when you’re hurting, homeless and things like this so what’s a package of cigarettes for their entertainment?” said Carrie.They said most of the perpetrators preying or picking up Indigenous women and girls are Caucasian men.She said she could pick them out right away while she was working on the street.“You know who they are right away and they’re driving around and around.”(Several trucks and SUVs circled the women the day we went out for a ride-along with the WPS. Photo: Josh Grummett/APTN Investigates)Carrie said her customers drove pick up trucks, rental cars and even work vehicles.Many of the men were also well-established in their careers and included prominent citizens or married men, the pair said.Brandi remembers going to a man’s home who worked in the medical profession when his wife was out of the house.(Both Brandi and Carrie said most of their clients were Caucasian and married men. Photo: Josh Grummett/APTN Investigates)Although no occupational analysis has been done before on Johns by the Winnipeg Police Service, Sgt. McDougall said the majority of men who buy sex in Winnipeg are between the ages of 40-60 years old.And, they have money.McDougall said in his experience, Johns are upfront with who they are, what they want and what they’re willing to give in exchange.“Whether it’s money, drugs, alcohol [or] sometimes it’s a place to stay,” said McDougall.Then there are the pedophiles, said Carrie and Brandi.“I remember first going on ride-alongs,” said Carrie about joining experienced sex trade workers in a vehicle. “At that time the Johns would be asking ‘Can I touch you for extra money?’”Carrie was 12-years-old at the time.Brandi recalls a girlfriend who looked younger than she was while working in the sex trade.(Brandi and Carrie said some men asked them to get girls as young as 12 years-old for sex. Photo: Jared Delorme/APTN Investigates)“A lot of her clients would mention they had just came from watching children from the schoolyards.”Both Brandi and Carrie said there were also times when they were asked to get a younger girl for men, and in return they would be paid ‘a finder’s fee’.Trap houses, massage parlours, hotels, or a John’s home — are all places where these exchanges occur.Sex for sale is also arranged online. Backpage – the  once go-to website for exploitation and sexual services – was shut down in early April 2018 by U.S law enforcement agencies.But hydra-like, another site just popped up in its place. Now, the demand for female escorts is satisfied by LeoList, a similar service and dozens of ads for female escorts including those who look quite young, can be found in its ‘Personals’ section.(A site similar to Backpage, known for exploitation and sexual services before it was shut down. Photo: LeoList/online)Family members have also been known to exploit their very own children, as in the case of Brandi.Candace, an Inuk woman told APTN Investigates that she was exploited by her own mother from the time she was a toddler up to the age of 13-years-old. We are protecting her identity and we will bring you her story tomorrow.Sgt. McDougall said that regardless of who is doing the pimping of a person under 18, harbouring charges and “material benefit” charges can be applied. They could also be subject to procurement charges. Identity document charges can be applied if a victim’s I.D. is being withheld or destroyed.Project Return was a good night for the team — they found a number of missing youth and made contacts with those in the sex trade.last_img read more

7 Years in Tibet director caught in tax haven accusations

first_imgPARIS – French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud, the maker of Mirage fighter jets and oil giant Total SA are among high-profile French names defending themselves after leaked documents showed they used tax havens.As part of the “Paradise Papers” global investigative reporting, French media reported Wednesday that Annaud used accounts in the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. Annaud’s directing credits include “The Name of the Rose” and “Seven Years in Tibet.”Annaud’s lawyer, Eric Delloye, told Radio France that the filmmaker informed French tax authorities last month about his offshore holdings as a result of the investigation.Dassault Aviation, maker of Mirage and Rafale fighter jets, acknowledged financial activities in the Isle of Man but insisted that it’s not evading taxes. Energy company Total SA denied hiding money from tax authorities.last_img read more

Malaysia UN rights office voices concern about recent crackdown on protesters

“We are very concerned by the recent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators by the Government in Malaysia, and particularly disappointed to see the apparent use of excessive force by the police against so many peaceful demonstrators in an established democracy like Malaysia,” said Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “As a Member of the Human Rights Council, Malaysia has pledged to uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights,” he told reporters in Geneva. According to media reports, Malaysian authorities used tear gas and water cannons against protesters in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, on Saturday, reportedly leading to one death, several injuries and the arrest of more than 1,600 people. “While the police have said that all the 1,600 or more detained demonstrators have been released, we remain concerned about retaliation against these individuals, as well as against those who were arrested in the lead up to the demonstration, some of whom are reportedly still in detention,” said Mr. Colville. “These individuals should not be punished for exercising their fundamental human rights.” OHCHR “remains particularly concerned about the detention of six individuals under the Emergency Ordinance and calls for their immediate release,” he said. The six political leaders were arrested in June and are still being held, according to media reports. It is also “alarmed” at the targeting of individuals for championing the rights of Malaysian citizens to express their opinions and to peacefully assemble, he said. Mr. Colville singled out threats against Ambiga Sreenevasan, a leader of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, known locally as Bersih (“clean”). “Inappropriate accusations of treason and racial and religious incitement by officials and other public figures, in the context of death threats that have already been made against the Bersih leader Ambiga Sreenevasan, are quite frankly shocking and not conducive to healthy political dialogue,” he said. 12 July 2011The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern about the apparent use of excessive force against protesters on the weekend by Malaysian police and possible retaliation against demonstrators who were arrested and released. read more

Responsibility to Protect Ban urges action to make UNbacked tool a living

“In 2011, history took a turn for the better. The Responsibility to Protect came of age; the principle was tested as never before,” Mr. Ban said in an address to the Stanley Foundation Conference on the Responsibility to Protect.“The results were uneven but, at the end of the day, tens of thousands of lives were saved,” he stated.“We gave hope to people long oppressed. In Libya, Côte d’Ivoire, South Sudan, Yemen and Syria, by our words and actions, we demonstrated that human protection is a defining purpose of the United Nations in the twenty-first century. “We also learned important lessons,” he added. “For one, we have learned that this Organization cannot stand on the sidelines when challenged to take preventive action. Where there is a ‘clear and present danger,’ we may need to define the field – cautiously but proactively.”Agreed at a summit of world leaders in 2005 and sometimes known as ‘R2P’, the principle of the responsibility to protect holds States responsible for shielding their own populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and related crimes against humanity and requires the international community to step in if this obligation is not met. The Secretary-General said that lessons were also learned about the UN’s own limitations, as in the case of the recent violence in South Sudan. “We saw it coming weeks before,” he stated. “Yet we were not able to stop it. Nor was the government, which like others has primary responsibility for protecting its citizens.“The reason was painfully simple: we were denied the use of necessary resources – in particular helicopters that would have given us mobility and reach in a vast region without roads. At the critical moment, I was reduced to begging for replacements from neighbouring countries and missions.“So, a key challenge in putting the Responsibility to Protect into practice is this: how do we do our job… how do we deliver on Security Council mandates… when the very members of the Council do not give us the support we need?”Mr. Ban also stressed the importance of prevention – proactive, decisive and early action to stop violence before it begins – and called for making 2012 the Year of Prevention.He pledged that during his second term as Secretary-General, which began earlier this month, that the UN will redouble its efforts at training, education and capacity-building on human rights, humanitarian law and democratic values and practices. It will also undertake development and peacebuilding in ways that reduce tensions among groups and strengthen institutional barriers to sectarian violence.Mr. Ban noted that the “next test of our common humanity” is Syria, where more than 5,000 people have lost their lives since a popular uprising began in March last year. The Secretary-General has repeatedly called on President Bashar Al-Assad to stop killing his own people.“Even as I make these calls, however, I am mindful of the complexities,” said Mr. Ban. “At a time when unity is required, the Security Council is divided. Efforts by regional friends and organizations such as the Arab League are very welcome, but so far they have not borne fruit. “I am also acutely aware of the need to preserve my own diplomatic space for the crucial moment when the UN’s good offices may be needed. “Such is the nature of the Responsibility to Protect. It can be a minefield of nuance, political calculation and competing national interests. The result too often is hesitation or inaction. This we can not afford.”He said that, in a short period of time, the world has embraced the Responsibility to Protect – not because it is easy, but because it is right. “We therefore have a moral responsibility to push ahead,” he stated. “Together, let us work… with optimism and determination… to make the Responsibility to Protect a living reality for the peoples of the world.” 18 January 2012The principle of ‘responsibility to protect’ was tested as never before in 2011, resulting in tens of thousands of lives saved and vital lessons learned, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for action to ensure that this tool is a “living reality” for the world’s people. read more

WatchAndrew Scheer pledges longer mortgage terms end of stress test on renewals

VAUGHAN, Ont. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer laid out a plan this morning he says would make it cheaper for Canadians to buy homes, loosening rules put in place by the former Conservative government during the global financial crisis.Scheer pledged he’d return to allowing first-time homebuyers to take out 30-year mortgages to help lower monthly payments.“For millions of Canadians their home is the largest investment they will ever make,” Scheer said.[related_link s/]Beginning in 2008, the Harper Conservatives began reducing the maximum mortgage amortization rate for insured mortgages. They started by knocking it down from 40 to 35 years, and in 2011 reduced it to 30 years.Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty reduced the maximum amortization period to 25 years the following year. He said at the time that while monthly payments would be higher, it would result in less interest and help people pay off their mortgages faster.The move at the time was meant to address the growing debt burden on Canadians. A major factor in the panic that locked up financial markets in the late 2000s was mortgages that owners couldn’t pay, on properties that were worth less than the loans taken out against them.When asked why a new Conservative government would now reverse course, Scheer responded the longer mortgage period would allow more people to buy homes. He added that “it is important that we have strong regulations around the financial sector.”Statistics Canada reported in August that the median mortgage debt of Canadian families that have them almost doubled between 1999 and 2016, rising from $91,900 to $180,000 in 2016 dollars.Scheer also promised to ease what’s known as the stress test on mortgages and remove it altogether from mortgage renewals. The test is meant to make sure people taking out mortgages could still afford the payments if interest rates were to rise.The Liberals brought in the policy last year and it has been criticized by the construction and real-estate industries. Both the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and the Canadian Real Estate Association welcomed Scheer’s promises Monday.A Conservative government would also make surplus federal real estate available for development to increase housing supply, and launch an inquiry into money laundering in the real estate sector, Scheer said.“Justin Trudeau has put the dream of home ownership further out of reach for so many, especially young Canadians,” Scheer said. “As prime minister, I will fix his bad policies and work to get more homes on the market to lower the price of housing.”Scheer is campaigning Monday in the Toronto-area suburb of Vaughan and then moves on to St. Catharines, Ont.King-Vaughn, which was a new riding in 2015, was won by Liberal Deb Schulte by just over 1,700 votes last election.Scheer said he is not concerned with polling that shows the Conservatives and Liberals neck and neck in key ridings despite recent controversies around photos and videos of Justin Trudeau wearing black- and brownface.“We’ve got campaigns all across the country where two or three years ago people were writing us off,” Scheer said.“We are going to win those seats.” read more

Afghanistan UN mission welcomes new polling dates following election delays

On Sunday, Afghan officials indicated that the highly-anticipated election, scheduled for the coming April, will be delayed by three months and held in July.In response to this “clarity in the electoral calendar,” UNAMA said the UN understands the new date announced by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) follows broad consultations with political actors, civil society organization, and the Afghan Government, “all of whom have expressed the strong desire for a credible and transparent election.”No one has the right to disrupt the electoral process–UNAMAThe UN acknowledged the Commission’s assessment for additional time needed to learn from the 2018 parliamentary election in October, when technical issues and a series of bomb attacks closed polling stations.The crucial elections come while a deadly four-decade conflict continues to rage on in Afghanistan; and its results could form the “the fundamental fabric” of the country’s society and future, the mission’s head, Tasamichi Yamamoto has previously stressed.UNAMA has urged the Commission to publish a detailed election calendar, provide regular public updates throughout the process, and encourages all actors with credible concerns about irregularities and fraud to submit complaints to the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) – charged with investigating and adjudicating parliamentary election complaints, as outlined in Afghan electoral law and constitution.“No one has the right to disrupt the electoral process and the country’s stability through incitement or threats,” UMAMA’s message read.Electoral preparations were marred with “major and avoidable irregularities,” and both the IEC and ECC must take “necessary corrective measures” in the coming months to realize effective reforms, UNAMA said.This includes cleaning the voters’ registry, outlining the respective responsibilities of the ECC and IEC, Ensuring the IEC Secretariat is fully and professionally staffed, and make necessary changes to each electoral authority’s structure.Stressing the UN’s commitment to supporting Afghan electoral institutions and credible elections, UNAMA said it will continue its assistance “and enhance its advisory role to the IEC, as requested.”“The United Nations stresses that all stakeholders have a responsibility for the credibility and legitimacy of the election process.” read more

Klondex secures agreement to treat and test highgrade material at Fire Creek

first_imgKlondex Mines has entered into an agreement with Newmont Mining to begin processing Klondex’s higher grade mineralised material from the Fire Creek gold and silver project in Nevada this month. Under the agreement, Newmont is responsible for the handling, milling and refining of minerals as well as tailings and disposal, and Klondex is responsible for delivering the material. Shipments will be in lots of 1,000 t up to 9,000 t in 2013.The shipments will continue as needed through to the end of 2014 as high grade material is generated, with the first shipment of 1,000 t scheduled to begin in August 2013 and processing is expected to follow immediately upon receipt of the first lot.An initial payment of 60% will be paid to Klondex by Newmont, based on Newmont assays. The 40% balance will be paid based upon finalisation of settlement assays. The first payment from processing is expected in August 2013.Paul Huet, Klondex President and CEO said, “Testing this high-grade material not only gives us the much needed metallurgical information on Fire Creek mineralisation, but it allows us the opportunity to monetise mineralised material generated from the trial exploration drifting from the Joyce and Vonnie structures. Proceeds from the processing of this material will be used towards funding our own waste development and a second drill to follow up on recent discoveries. Newmont’s terms to process the Fire Creek material provide great opportunity and support for both parties based on the processing costs, improved recoveries and resulting payables. All near-term shipments of mineralised material will be sent for processing to Newmont, including May’s material previously slated for direct-smelter processing. The agreement with Newmont continues our ongoing focus of de-risking Fire Creek and building Klondex into a profitable and strong mining company.”last_img read more

Samsung Intros 55Inch 3D TV Doesnt Require 3D Glasses

first_imgSamsung, which is currently the market leader in 3D TVs that require viewers to wear glasses, has just proved it can make a big-screen TV that displays 3D images without the need for glasses.The display uses a technology known as autostereoscopic 3D, which relies on thousands of mirror embedded into the display itself and makes it look like the thin display has depth.Other companies have forayed into this technology, the most notable of which is Nintendo, which is using autostereoscopic 3D for its 3DS system. Other uses include preview displays on 3D cameras, 3D photo frames, and small TVs in Japan.Samsung’s 55-inch display, which is not a fully functional TV but could easily be made into one, is the biggest mass-market product yet.Via Tech Onlast_img

What you should know about unlocking cellphones starting next week

first_imgMost smartphones have finally evolved to using SIM cards, and thanks to wireless radios there’s only a few degrees of difference between using a phone on one carrier versus another. But just as it gets easier for users to unlock a smartphone and stick it on another network at will, the DMCA has been updated to make this behavior illegal. There’s more than a few ways around this as it turns out, depending on which carrier you are on and what phone you have.The update to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it so you can’t just force your phone to connect to another carrier. Previously, this was only really possible with AT&T and T-Mobile, as they both used SIM cards and made phone calls on the same kinds of networks. It was far from perfect, especially when it came to data connections. If you were to take an iPhone 4, for example, and unlock it for T-Mobile, the data connection would be terribly slow. As T-Mobile began their initiative to support the same HSPA+ bands as AT&T, it became a far greater prospect. T-Mobile even advertised to users a way to bring their iPhones away from AT&T if they so chose. Not just iPhones, either, and phone with the same HSPA+ bands can be moved from AT&T to T-Mobile and enjoyed on their network.The problem with this comes with phone subsidy. When you buy a phone on contract from a carrier, you are agreeing to pay them a certain amount of money every month for two years. In exchange for guaranteeing your carrier this money for two years, you can buy the phone at a discounted rate. In most cases, you wind up only paying $200 up front for a $500-$600 phone and the rest of that $3-400 over the two year period. If you don’t pay your monthly bill, your service is terminated. If you’ve already unlocked your phone and moved it to another carrier, you don’t much care about your service with the other carrier being terminated. This is not why most people unlock their phones, but it’s a problem that is a perfect example of why many carriers aren’t a fan of an open unlock policy.While it seems like it should be the carrier’s job to enforce whether or not a phone they sell is unlocked on contract, the DMCA has been updated to make this practice illegal. This isn’t as cut and dry as it may seem, though, depending on your carrier.AT&T, for example, allows for a phone to be unlocked after a contract is expired. Furthermore, if you purchase a phone outright from AT&T without a subsidy, you can request that the phone be unlocked right there in the store. The DMCA law update isn’t there to stop users from unlocking phones that are purchased outright, rather to stop users who are taking advantage of the price gap caused by phone subsidy. There’s some unfortunate side effects to this ruling, especially when it comes to the third party sales market. If you inadvertently purchase a locked phone from eBay or Craigslist, for example, you’ll have to gamble and call the carrier to request an unlock.Manufacturers and retailers have seen this coming, and many of them already offer solutions. Amazon sells nearly every modern smartphone unlocked, waiting for the user to put whatever supported SIM card they have into the handset. Apple offers the unlocked version of the iPhone through Apple Stores, and Google has been selling their Nexus phones unlocked on Google Play for some time now.You’d be hard pressed to find a phone today that wasn’t either already available in an unlocked or “developer edition” format on a carrier where it made sense to unlock and port your phone. The only difference is that you’re paying the full price for the phone up front instead of agreeing to a contract that doesn’t allow you to unlock the phone and move it to another carrier until the contract is done.Read more at the Federal Registerlast_img read more

Facebook change de Timeline pour les Pages

first_imgFacebook change de Timeline pour les PagesDifficile de se faire à la nouvelle Timeline des profils Facebook…Maintenant, le réseau social s’attaque aussi à ses pages fans.Cette mesure sera obligatoire dès le 30 mars prochain. Cette nouvelle Timeline façon “journal” propose une photo en couverture (modifiable à souhait) ainsi que les éléments habituels (“j’aime”, applications persos…) en haut de page. N’importe quel utilisateur pourra alors voir sur ces pages les activités d’amis et connaître le nombre de ses contacts qui y participent. Le gérant de la page pourra alors mettre un “Post” en en-tête de la page, valable pour la semaine et contrôler le trafic sur sa page.A noter que Facebook en profitera pour développer les emplacements publicitaires, favorisant des annonceurs importants sur la page de déconnexion du site ou encore des histoires sponsorisées dans le fil d’actualité de Facebook sur mobiles.Le 1 mars 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bosch Brings Smart Tech to Strollers

first_img It’s never too early to get hooked on technology, according to Bosch.The German home appliance maker this week unveiled a new e-stroller assistance system for parents and babies.“Bosch wants its mobility solutions to offer help even before a child can walk, bringing intelligent mobility to all areas of life,” Stefan Hartung, chairman of the Mobility Solutions sector, said in a statement.Suitable for single, twin, or sibling strollers, the system features two low-noise electric motors for automatic push and brake support.The system’s steering support also brings clear benefits when pushing with just one hand (via Bosch)On an uphill path, for instance, the motors will help propel the buggy forward; when walking downhill, they can brake accordingly—even prevent the perambulator from rolling away unchecked. An electromechanical lock engages the parking brake.More than a boon for baby, Bosch’s e-stroller system has been shown to improve parents’ posture (no more bending over to push) and ease back pain; it also makes it easier to steer with just one hand, particularly when navigating around corners.What’s a smart device, though, without a smartphone app?Users can choose from three levels of electric assistance using the associated smartphone app (via Bosch)The associated program (available for Android and iOS) lets users keep an eye on the life expectancy of the integrated 18-volt lithium-ion battery which, when fully charged, offers a range of up to 15 km (9 miles), depending on level of assistance and weight of stroller.It can also be used to activate the alarm—handy when you’re leaving the empty stroller parked out of sight.While connected through Bluetooth, the application alerts users when anyone tries to push their stroller away. An additional alarm will sound from the carriage’s loudspeaker, and the parking brake automatically engages.Folks can also charge their handset using the system’s USB port.The e-stroller system is expected to launch in early 2020 with Swedish manufacturer Emmaljunga. Collaborations with additional manufacturers are planned.Watch: This Smart Camera Sees the World Through a Baby’s EyesMore on Geek.com:Watch: This Baby’s First Word is ‘Google’This Smart Toilet Adds Alexa to Your Bathroom RoutineThese Tags Convert Just About Anything Into a Smart Device Bosch active gas pedal helps cut fuel use by 7%Bosch creates a robot that punches weeds out of existence Stay on targetlast_img read more

Morning Press Inauguration Herrera Beutler town hall Economic Forecast Breakfast

first_imgMore bad weather hit Clark County this week. Check out what is in store for the weekend with our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the week:Locals eager to witness Trump take the oathOn Friday, Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States, taking the oath of office in front of thousands of politicians, dignitaries and members of the public, including several Southwest Washington residents.Nicki Wann, of Vancouver, will be in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Kevin, watching as Trump puts his hand on a Bible and promises to uphold the Constitution.“We are going to witness history,” Wann said, adding the United States hasn’t seen an outsider elected to the office of president since Ronald Reagan.Read about who from the county attended the inauguration.Herrera Beutler pushed on health lawBefore the Affordable Care Act, Joseph Maldonado, a 37-year-old Vancouver resident who works full time at a Shell gas station, was uninsured. On Tuesday, Maldonado attended a town hall meeting hosted by Republican U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to ask a question echoed by many: Will he get the same level of care at a comparable cost if Obamacare is repealed?last_img read more

Pochettino Vertonghen could return Spurs for Chelsea game

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino revealed Jan Vertonghen could make his return for Saturday’s Premier League showdown with ChelseaThe Belgian defender has been sidelined for the last two months with a hamstring injury.But, during the international break, Vertonghen made a return to training at Spurs ahead of a challenging few weeks for the club.The 31-year-old had been ruled out until December, but his early return is a welcoming sight for Pochettino.However, while he refused to rule Vertonghen out for Saturday’s game, Pochettino remains wary of risking him.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s very good news,” said Pochettino on Thursday, according to the Independent.“Jan is an important player for us. In the last two weeks, he was training very, very well.“There’s still one day more [before the Chelsea game], and now we need to wait tomorrow and decide if we believe that he can be involved for Saturday’s game.”The league game between Spurs and Chelsea will begin at 18:30 (CET) at Wembley on Saturday.last_img read more