VANCOUVER, B.C. – B.C. Premier John Horgan defended his government’s position on the Trans Mountain pipeline Wednesday, hours after Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the federal government is willing to protect Kinder Morgan’s investors.Horgan said he is protecting the interests of British Columbia by joining two legal cases that are already underway over the project and asking the B.C. Court of Appeal whether the province has the right to protect its environment through a permitting system for hazardous substances that are transported inside its borders.“I’m doing what I said I would do, I’m defending the interests of British Columbia,” he said after speaking to the B.C. Tech Summit. “I’m not causing any risks.”Horgan said the province asked the federal government to take part in the reference case to the Appeal Court, but it declined so his government went ahead on its own to determine its position under the Constitution.“These are not overly provocative statements in my opinion, those are the normal course of events working with the rule of law, not allowing Mr. Morneau to determine constitutionality, but the courts.”Kinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the $7.4-billion pipeline project that would twin the existing pipeline between Burnaby, B.C., and Edmonton. The company wants assurances it can proceed without delays by May 31.Morneau said Ottawa is willing to “provide indemnity” to Kinder Morgan investors to ensure the controversial project is able to proceed.Asked about how Morneau’s statement might impact the future of the pipeline, Horgan replied: “I’m not a seer. I don’t know what the future holds. Mr. Morneau will do what he wants to do.” Horgan later issued a statement replying to Morneau: “The federal finance minister is trying to use our government as an excuse, as the federal government puts taxpayer money on the line to backstop risks to private investors, while completely ignoring the risks to B.C.”B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said Horgan’s approach on the pipeline is now placing taxpayers’ money at risk through the federal commitment.“Instead of the private sector paying to build this pipeline, taxpayers will now be responsible for cleaning up Horgan’s mess,” he said in a news release.“Oil will continue to be shipped by rail through our communities despite the dangers, and tankers will continue to operate off our coasts carrying oil to Washington refineries. While Horgan risks the economic future of B.C. to hold on to power, our province may face the consequences of losing out on opportunity and prosperity.” (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
HALIFAX — A popular Halifax microbrewery has taken on the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation — and lost.The province’s Court of Appeal found the NSLC’s markup fee on beer sold on Unfiltered Brewing’s own premises was a proprietary charge and not an unlawful tax.The appeal court upheld a January 2018 Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruling that the 50-cent charge for every litre of beer sold or given away was within legal regulations.The court says the prior ruling is supported by the province’s Liquor Control Act and its regulations, as well as liquor corporation policies.Unfiltered Brewing was also ordered to pay $1,000 in costs to the province’s attorney general as part of the appeal court’s ruling.The Nova Scotia decision comes on the heels of an Alberta court decision last year where that province’s beer markup scheme was found to be unconstitutional.The Alberta government was ordered to pay $2.1 million in restitution to Great Western Brewing of Saskatoon and Steam Whistle Brewing of Toronto, after the court found the subsidies portion of the pricing scheme created a trade barrier against their products.Alberta filed a notice of appeal over the ruling.The Canadian Press
In its statement issued earlier this month, the ICJ had said: “It is a coup de grace that destroys comprehensively, the theories by pseudo-legal experts of the Lawyers’ Collective etc., and other self appointed partisan ‘legal experts’, that the impeachment was somehow flawed, or illegal. The Supreme Court of Pakistan this week clarified that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had not supported the International Council of Jurists’ (ICJ) position that the recent impeachment of his Sri Lankan counterpart Shirani Bandaranayake was totally legal and in accordance with the prevalent laws of Sri Lanka, The Hindu newspaper reported today.Referring to an ICJ statement, the SCP issued a clarification that Justice Chaudhry had not supported the decision to remove Justice Bandaranayake. The reasoned opinion of ICJ also lays to rest questions about compliance with a Sri Lankan Supreme Court judgment on the issue, as that judgement was obviously flawed and unconstitutional as per the reasoning of these eminent jurists.” “Although Mr. Justice Chaudhry has been conferred the status of vice-president of the organisation, yet he has never ever supported such statement issued by ICJ.” The CJP is one of the several vice-presidents of ICJ.
A resolution adopted by the IAEA’s 35-nation Governing Board also called upon the DPRK to fully and urgently cooperate with international inspectors and to comply with its obligations under international non-proliferation treaties. Stressing the desire for a peaceful and diplomatic resolution to the DPRK nuclear issue, the Board requested the IAEA’s Director-General, Mohamed ElBaradei, to continue his efforts to implement the Agency’s comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the country.Speaking at a news conference at the IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna, Mr. ElBaradei said his numerous and repeated efforts to engage the DPRK have been in vain, and the current situation “clearly sets a dangerous precedent,” with the Agency unable to verify that there has been no diversion of nuclear material in that country.Mr. ElBaradei, whose report prompted the Board’s action, said forwarding the matter to the Security Council did not mean anything other than using that body as a focal point for a diplomatic solution. “The Agency is not washing its hands of the matter,” he stressed. “We will continue to make every effort to bring DPRK into compliance.””“What we are trying to do is to make sure that the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) is universal in character, and not open the door for [countries] to walk away from their arms control obligations,” Mr. ElBaradei said.He noted that he and the members of the Board were well aware of the other serious issues that needed to be addressed in the country, such as security concerns, economic recovery and humanitarian needs. He stressed, however, that none of those issues could be addressed by “blackmail” and urged Pyongyang to take the first step.”The view, I think, was unanimous that the key to all these issues is a commitment by DPRK to full and prompt compliance with its non-proliferation obligations,” Mr. ElBaradei said. He added that he was encouraged by the readiness of all concerned parties, including the United States, to engage in multilateral and bilateral discussions with the DPRK to move towards a peaceful and diplomatic solutionMr. ElBaradei also stressed the necessity of dealing with all issues of non-compliance in a consistent fashion. “Whether it is Iraq or North Korea, cases of non-compliance with non-proliferation must be addressed with the same approach: zero tolerance,” he said.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil closed above US$96 Friday, after the government said the economy added 175,000 last month, a good sign for fuel demand.U.S. benchmark oil for July delivery gained $1.27, or 1.3 per cent, to finish at $96.03 a barrel in New York. Oil ended the week with a gain of 4.4 per cent.The oil market’s initial reaction to the report from the U.S. Labor Department was negative. Oil fell as low as $93.72 a barrel earlier Friday. But the stock market gave the jobs numbers a thumbs-up and oil took off from there. At one point oil it reached $96.39.The job growth in May was at a steady pace that showed strength in the face of tax increases and government spending cuts. But the unemployment rate rose to 7.6 per cent from 7.5 per cent in April. That’s because more people began looking for work, a healthy sign, but only about three-quarters found jobs.Analysts don’t expect that the jobs growth is strong enough to convince the Federal Reserve to pull back on the economic stimulus currently in place. Those measures have been intended to ease long-term borrowing costs, and have had the effect of supporting the price of oil.Meanwhile, Brent crude, a benchmark for many international oil varieties, rose 95 cents to finish at $104.56 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange:— Wholesale gasoline rose two cents to end at $2.87 a gallon.— Heating oil gained two cents to finish at $2.89 per gallon.— Natural gas was flat at $3.83 per 1,000 cubic feet.___Pablo Gorondi in Budapest and Pamela Sampson in Bangkok contributed to this report.(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) Oil above $96, tracking stock gains, after report shows steady US job growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2013 10:40 am MDT
An Arsenal spokesman said following the incident that both footballers were “fine”.A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “It was reported that suspects on motorbikes had attempted to rob a man who was driving a car.”The driver, along with his passenger, managed to get away unharmed and travelled to a restaurant in Golders Green, where they were spoken to by officers.” Hampstead residents say the area has been hit by a crime wave, as they criticise police in the wake of the Arsenal footballers knife attack.Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were attacked by two knife-wielding moped riders on Platts Lane, Hampstead, shortly before 5pm on Thursday.The owner of a nearby property, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he himself had been targeted five times – including being held up at knife point and being thrown into oncoming traffic.He said the police need to “pull their finger out” and tackle the spate of crimes in that part of north-west London.”I had a knife held to my neck at midday at the traffic lights, I was physically thrown in a bus lane at 6.30am when I was coming out of my office – the list goes on and on,” he said.”I think it’s about time the police pulled their finger out and started to protect people who are entitled to protection.”The situation has gone too far and I don’t believe the police can ever get on top of this situation – it’s out of control.”A video of the terrifying altercation on Thursday has been circulating on social media. It shows Kolasinac jump out of the vehicle and confront the masked aggressors after they pulled alongside brandishing a long blade. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were attacked by two knife-wielding moped riders on Platts Lane, Hampstead
THE GOVERNMENT HAS hailed another report showing it achieved a 90 per cent success rate on its much-publicised Action Plan for Jobs last year – although the plan was not as successful in implementation as in 2012.The government strategy to boost employment saw various departments deliver on 299 of the 333 actions that were committed to in the plan for 2013, giving an overall implementation rate of 90 per cent.This is down on the 92 per cent implementation rate in 2012, where 249 out of 270 actions were delivered on time in 2012.Actions set down in the documentation include everything from simply completing and publishing reports to achieving certain levels of investment in sectors of the economy.Speaking at Government Buildings today, the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton insisted that setting the targets helped ensure they are delivered, and rejected claims of spin.“The key point about this is we are setting targets that mean they are delivered so that even though some of them won’t be delivered this quarter it ‘s our determination to have them delivered in the next quarter,” he said. “So by having the targets, by holding people to account we are delivering change. If I came in and we were saying: ‘We had a 100 per cent success rate’, you’d say: ‘Well that’s just spin’.He said every one of the targets is “scrutinised to see why it didn’t meet up and actions are put in place to deliver it”.The overall aim of the plan is to increase the number of people at work by 100,000 by the time the current administration leaves office in 2016 and that the overall workforce will exceed 2 million people by 2020.Today’s media event was attended by the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste and followed a special cabinet meeting on jobs this morning.At the event the government announced an additional €3.5 million in funding for Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in 2014.The LEOs are based in each local authority and tasked with developing plans for those areas to boost enterprise.Read: Government say this morning’s Cabinet meeting is ‘#allaboutjobs’FactCheck: Were 58,000 new jobs created in Ireland in 2013?Read: Government plans special Cabinet meeting on jobs early next year
So you just became the proud owner of a 16GB Nexus 7? Well, prepare yourself for some serious buyer’s remorse, because the 32GB Nexus is now listed on the Office Depot website and it’s going to sell for exactly the same price you paid for your half-capacity slate.Normally that additional NAND would command a steep premium: stepping up from the 16GB iPad to the 32GB model would cost you an extra $100. Google and Asus, however, have seen fit to keep the price point the same ($249) for the most capacious Nexus 7 despite the upgrade. No word yet on what’s going to happen to the 8GB model, but it could see a price cut or be dropped entirely in favor of starting Nexus tablet owners off with a minimum of 16GB of storage.The bump may have something to do with Apple’s recent unveiling of the iPad mini, which Google might be hoping to head off at the pass. The mini ships in 16GB or 32GB, too, so perhaps Google decided that the move was necessary to assure shoppers that they’re getting just as much tablet for $199 or $249 as they would if they spent considerably more on Apple’s smaller iPad.Google was expected to announce the 32GB Nexus 7 at an event on Monday, but the cat’s out of the bag now. It’s already been shipped to one lucky customer who had ordered a 16GB tablet and spotted in a Christmas catalog, and by all accounts Office Depot appears to be willing to add the new model to shopping carts and sell them a few days before they’ve been made official.More at Office Depot
Not having access to an LTE network for the next year is a sore spot for many Nexus 4 fans. Google’s smartphones have a history of being superior pieces of hardware that easily compete with the rest of the high end smartphone world, but the lack of LTE feels like a step backwards for some after the Galaxy Nexus %displayPrice% at %seller% . When it was discovered that the Nexus 4 did in fact contain an LTE chip, and that even without an amplifier the AWS bands were accessible with a settings change, many began to grow excited at the possibilities. According to LG, however, the LTE chip is really only there because it was more expensive to remove it.Qualcomm has held the upper hand for a little while now on being able to deliver their very powerful Snapdragon S4 line with an LTE radio built-in. With an amplifier and the right filter this one chip can access any of the existing LTE bands. This uses far less battery power than previous LTE designs, and as a result the S4 and S4 Pro have been showing up in almost every smartphone released in the last six months. Since LG and Google did not intend on offering LTE, there’s no amplifier to make sure the LTE radio can adequately connect to broadcast points. Even users that have activated the feature for AWS bands receive far lower signal strength than a phone with an amplifier.With previous generation LTE smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a larger battery was required in order to offer a full day worth of use. Qualcomm’s S4 and S4 Pro have allowed phones like the Droid DNA, with its seemingly meager 2050mAh battery, to last much longer than the 2100mAh extended battery that was available for the Galaxy Nexus. The addition of LTE to the Nexus 4 would likely not require a larger battery for a full day’s use, just the missing hardware.According to LG, the only reason the LTE radio is there at all is because the Snapdragon S4 includes it as a package deal. It was less expensive to leave it on the phone crippled and disabled than it was to engineer a way to remove it from the board. This also means that, should Google decide to partner with carriers, a branded Nexus 4 would require seemingly minuscule hardware changes in order to produce a capable LTE smartphone.via Ars Technica
Une semaine de marche pour des militants anti-incinération de déchetsDepuis dimanche dernier, des militants anti-incinération de déchets marchent depuis Clermont-Ferrand jusqu’à Paris, qu’ils rallieront demain. Cette “marche-vélo-caravane” a fait étape dans plusieurs communes “touchées directement par une usine d’incinération”.En septembre, un rapport remis par la Cour des comptes avait estimé que la France mettait encore trop de déchets à la décharge plutôt que de les utiliser comme compost ou de les recycler. Ainsi, des militants anti-incinération des déchets dénoncent “la mainmise des entreprises privées sur ces technologies coûteuses et polluantes”.À lire aussiPour lutter contre la pollution plastique, ces Français vont se lancer dans une incroyable expéditionPour le Cniid, association spécialisée, “la France n’a pas été en mesure de s’engager dans une politique nouvelle de gestion des déchets, plus respectueuse de l’environnement et moins coûteuse pour les citoyens”, en raison des pressions exercées par ces industriels.Les militants, partis de Clermont-Ferrand dimanche dernier au cours d’une “marche-vélo-caravane”, sont passés par Bayet (Allier), Fourchambault (Nièvre), Gien (Loiret) et Nemours (Seine-et-Marne), rapporte TV5monde. “Toutes ces villes situées sur le parcours ont en commun d’être touchées directement par une usine d’incinération, en construction pour la première et en fonctionnement pour les quatre autres”, a précisé le Cniid.Le cortège doit arriver à Paris samedi matin, à la porte d’Orléans. Les manifestants se joindront aux opposants à la construction d’un nouvel aéroport près de Nantes pour “porter un message commun jusque devant le Sénat : stop à l’emprise des lobbies industriels sur les décisions publiques”.Le 11 novembre 2011 à 19:34 • Maxime Lambert
The Ivory Coast international won the penalty that allowed Crystal Palace to get a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the English Premier LeagueCrystal Palace footballer Wilfried Zaha won a penalty on Sunday’s match between his club and Arsenal, giving his club a 2-2 draw.But since then, he has received racist abuse and death threats.“For all the people taking it one step further and being racist and wishing death on my family, I wish your families the best too,” he wrote on Instagram according to Goal.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“P.S My life is still very good despite your hate.”“It’s difficult. I think it’s a clear penalty,” he said. “I touched him in the knee.”“The referee gave a penalty. That’s football.”
1. Holiday funRidgefield’s holiday spirit will begin with an Ugly Christmas Sweater Fun Run at 9 a.m., as participants race Santa with 5K and 10K routes through the rural hills, with cocoa and cookies at the end. The holiday run is part of the daylong Hometown Celebration on Dec. 6 in downtown Ridgefield, 203 Pioneer St. The community celebration includes holiday crafts at the Church of the Nazarene, 747 Pioneer St., caroling and music performances 1 to 3 p.m. at Overlook Park, holiday trailer rides and a living Nativity scene from noon to 3 p.m. at the Old Liberty Theater, 115 N. Main Ave. The community tree lighting takes place at 5 p.m. in Overlook Park, with a community sing-along. Events are free, with $20 to $35 and canned food donations for the holiday run. Call 360-887-3557, and visit www.ci.ridgefield.wa.us or www.runridgefield.com2. Renewed hopeTold as a radio drama, the production “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” is the story behind a famous editorial. Young Virginia O’Hanlon writes a letter to the editor of the New York Sun with a simple question: does Santa Claus exist? The response falls to reporter Frank Church, whose belief also is shaken after the death of his wife and daughter on Christmas Eve. Magenta Theater performs the production at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6, Dec. 11-13, Dec. 16-19 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20 at the Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets are $13 to $16. 360-635-4358 or www.magentatheater.com3. Dancing snowflakesVancouver Dance Theater returns with its annual holiday tradition. “The Nutcracker” will feature local ballet dancers portraying the classic tale of toys coming to life and a wondrous land of treats. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver. Admission is $13 and free for ages 2 and younger. Call 360-601-1770 or visit www.vancouverdancetheatre.com4. Welcoming salmonColumbia Springs will mark the return of the chum salmon to their native spawning grounds during the Circle of Life Celebration. The event includes a naturalist interpretation, a Native American blessing ceremony and a salmon bake potluck. The celebration runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at Columbia Grove and Wood’s Landing, 3412 S.E. Riverwood Court, Vancouver. Admission is free. Call 360-882-0936, ext. 230, or visit www.columbiasprings.org5. Spoons full of sugarThe beloved story about a flying nanny’s adventures will be brought to the stage by the Northwest Children’s Theater and School. Audiences can relive both the film and the musical of “Mary Poppins” with all the familiar songs. Performances are at noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 6-7, Dec. 13-14, Dec. 20-23, Dec. 26-31 and Jan. 2-4 at the Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center, 1819 N.W. Everett St., Portland. Tickets are $18 to $23 and $13 to $19 for youth. Call 503-222-4480 or visit www.nwcts.org
Fisheries scientist Sherri Dressel reviews the data that shaped this year’s herring forecast in Sitka Sound. “It’s not a perfect world,” she told the 48 permit holders, “But Sitka has the best data set in the Pacific.” (Emily Russell/KCAW)As seiners converge in Sitka for the annual sac roe herring fishery, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is holding firm on its harvest target of 14,649 tons.Listen nowThis is despite having fallen short of that target in three of the last five years.ADF&G managers held a preseason meeting with permit holders and processors to go over the data behind this year’s forecast.Juneau-based biologists Kyle Hebert and Sherri Dressel walked their audience through the decades of data that have been compiled for the sac roe fishery.Hebert talked about egg deposition and age distribution — two key components that go into the forecast model. ADF&G measured 79 nautical miles of spawn in Sitka Sound last year — in two distinct spawning events. Divers swam over 60 transects, measuring the width and density of spawn.Department biologists also study the condition of the herring at the time of harvest. Hebert suggested that it was a little subjective — he called it “a gross metric” — but the herring in 2016 were in good shape.“I think what we can take from this is that there are no obvious red flags that there’s a serious problem with food availability, nutrition, or something like that,” Hebert said.But what about problems — or at least changes — in the environment that affect the herring population?Sherri Dressel is a fisheries scientist and biometrician. She told the room that she basically counts backwards from the trillions of eggs deposited during the spawn to come up with a rough estimate of females, and from there an estimate of males, to begin the process of forecasting biomass.“So our goal has been to at least over- and under-forecast, so at least it’s balanced,” Dressel said. “If we had it in a perfect world, we’d be spot on. But that’s not totally possible.”Dressel said that, despite not always being on target, the department’s forecasts have tracked on a line close to actual abundance.Over the past few years humpback whales have been overwintering in Sitka Sound, and it’s commonly assumed that they’re feeding on herring.One permit holder asked if there was a correlation between water temperature, whale populations, and herring biomass.“In 2012 the water temp’s cold, the biomass is up,” they said. “Could that be due to whales leaving the area?”Dressel explained that a natural temperature cycle in the ocean called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation indeed correlated to herring abundance, with warmer water temperatures in the Gulf as high as 4-6 degrees correlated to fewer herring.But Dressel said whales have been on the increase since hunting ended in the 1970s, and the model accounted for their predation, along with everything else out there that feeds on herring.“In our assessment we don’t account for whales directly, but they’re included in natural mortality, so that when we don’t see fish come back, that includes everything that was eaten by whales and birds,” Dressel said.The scientific presentation took the better part of an hour. Another permit holder appreciated the efforts of the department to manage the Sitka fishery, and asked if any other fishery was comparably studied.Dressel said that Canadian biologists had strong expertise in modeling, but Sitka was probably the most comprehensively researched herring fishery anywhere.“And part of that’s because we can get to the areas,” Dressel said. “Sitka’s the best because it’s closest to shore, it goes the longest, and we’ve got the most samples. We’ve probably got the best data set in Sitka of anywhere I know of in the Pacific.”Besides receiving a refresher on the science behind the sac roe fishery, the fleet heard presentations from Alaska wildlife troopers on enforcement, and from the Coast Guard. Steve Ramp, with the Marine Safety Detachment cautioned the participants of the sometimes rough-and-tumble fishery that, due to a mechanical issue with their patrol boat, the Coast Guard would be monitoring activity from unmarked vessels. “You may not see them,” he said, “but they will be there.”
Archana Puran Singh, Navjot Singh SidhuTwitterIt might have come as a shock to many when Archana Puran Singh took Navjot Singh Sidhu’s place on the Kapil Sharma Show, but, with time, the audience has learnt to accept and love her as Sidhu’s replacement. Sidhu, who had been a permanent fixture on the show, had to allegedly leave the show following his statements on Pulwama attack which created a storm all over the country.Now, in an interview with Hindustan Times, Archana Puran Singh has spoken up about how different she is from the man in question. Talking about Sidhu, she said, “We are two very different individuals. He has earned a name for himself and so have I. Our personalities are very different and both of us are happy in our own space. It’s just a coincidence that I am here and he is not and it goes on like that in our industry.”Following the Pulwama attack, Sidhu had said, “For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual? It (the attack) is a cowardly act and I condemn it firmly. Violence is always condemnable and those who did it must be punished.”Sidhu’s comments didn’t go down well with the makers of the show and Twitterati who demanded his immediate ouster from the show. There were reports of Salman Khan asking him to take a break from the show for a brief period so that the negativity publicity could die down.Owing to the good TRPs and heavy money invested in the show, Salman wanted the matter to cool down before making any official announcement about the same. However, Sidhu is yet to come back to the show.
US president Donald Trump speaks to the press on his way to board Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House on 25 May, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump, a day after his cancellation of a high-stakes summit with North Korea, said Friday that the meeting with Kim Jong Un could still go ahead.”We’re going to see what happens,” Trump told reporters at the White House, after welcoming Pyongyang’s latest statement on the talks as “very good news.””It could even be the 12th,” he said in a reference to the original June 12 date set for the meeting in Singapore.”We’re talking to them now,” Trump said of the North Koreans. “They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it. We’ll see what happens.”North Korea, responding to Trump’s abrupt cancellation of the meeting over “hostility” from Pyongyang, said Friday that it is willing to talk to the United States “at any time.”Trump welcomed the statement as “warm and productive.””We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!” the US president said in a tweet.In a letter to Kim, Trump said Thursday he would not go ahead with the summit in Singapore, following what the White House called a “trail of broken promises” by the North.Trump blamed “open hostility” from Kim’s regime for his decision to call off the talks, and warned North Korea against committing any “foolish or reckless acts.”But Pyongyang’s reaction to the sudden U-turn has so far been conciliatory.First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan called Trump’s decision “unexpected” and “regrettable.” But he left the door open for talks, saying officials were willing “to sit face-to-face at any time.”Just before Trump announced the cancellation of the meeting, North Korea declared it had “completely” dismantled its nuclear test site in the country’s far northeast, in a carefully choreographed goodwill gesture ahead of the summit.But the chances of success for the unprecedented face-to-face had recently been thrown into doubt as threats were traded by both sides.- ‘Shocking’ -The US summit cancellation blindsided treaty ally South Korea, which until now had brokered a remarkable detente between Washington and Pyongyang, with President Moon Jae-in calling the move “shocking and very regrettable.”Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said however he respected and supported the US president’s move.China, Pyongyang’s sole major ally, urged the two foes to “show goodwill,” while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the parties to keep talking, as did host Singapore, and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin held out hope the talks would eventually take place.Trump’s announcement came a day after Pyongyang hardened its rhetoric, calling comments by Vice President Mike Pence “ignorant and stupid.””Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” read Trump’s letter to Kim.But he said talks could still go ahead “at a later date.”Politically, Trump had invested heavily in the success of the planned summit.As the date drew nearer, however, the gulf in expectations between the two sides became apparent.Washington has made it clear it wants to see the “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” of the North.But Pyongyang has vowed it will never give up its nuclear deterrent until it feels safe from what it terms US aggression.- US aides stood up -A senior White House official said Pyongyang had demonstrated a “profound lack of good faith” in the run-up to the summit — including standing up the White House’s deputy chief of staff, who had travelled to Singapore for preparatory talks.The White House viewed North Korea’s objections to the latest US-South Korean joint military exercise — and its recent cancellation of a meeting with the South Koreans — as a breach of its commitments leading up to the summit.It also was unhappy about the North’s failure to allow international observers to verify the dismantling of the Punggye-ri test site, the staging ground for all six of its nuclear tests which was buried inside a mountain near the border with China.But the North’s Kim Kye Gwan countered that Pyongyang’s angry statements were “just a backlash in response to harsh words from the US side that has been pushing for a unilateral denuclearization.”Both Pence and Trump’s hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton had raised the specter of Libyan leader Moamer Khadafi, who gave up atomic weapons only to die years later at the hands of US-backed rebels.Experts warned that cancelling the meeting could have knock-on effects, especially among allies already rattled by Trump’s unpredictability.”In a contest of who can be the most erratic leader, President Trump beats Kim Jong Un hands-down,” Joel Wit, founder of the respected 38 North website which monitors North Korea, wrote on Twitter.”His unsteady hand has left everyone scratching their heads, including our ROK (South Korean) allies.”But others said Trump’s willingness to walk away could extract further concessions from Pyongyang.”North Korea will have to propose more detailed plans for denuclearization if it wants to talk in the future,” said Go Myong-hyun, an analyst at the Asan Institute of Policy Studies.
Well, that didn’t take long.The U.S. Justice Department will appeal a ruling that prohibits President Trump from blocking people on Twitter who disagree or criticize him, according to court dcourt ocuments filed Monday.The ruling, made by a New York District Court judge, is the result of a lawsuit filed by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University on behalf of seven plaintiffs blocked by Trump on Twitter.Plaintiffs, including sociologist Philip Cohen and former U.S. Army guard Brandon Neely, have been unblocked since the ruling. “We’re pleased that the White House unblocked our clients from the president’s Twitter account but disappointed that the government intends to appeal the district court’s thoughtful and well-supported ruling,” Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight Institute, said in a statement online.However some individuals, other than clients represented by the Knight Institute, are reportedly still blocked by Trump on Twitter.“It should go without saying that those individuals have the same rights as our clients. If they have been blocked on the basis of their viewpoints, the White House should unblock them immediately,” Katie Fallow, Knight Institute senior staff attorney, added in the statement.In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald deemed that Twitter is a forum where free speech is protected, if a public official uses it as part of their job.It also helped to prove that yes, even the president, is subject to the same laws as everyone else. The White House and the Justice Department have been contacted for comment. Trump is currently prohibited from blocking people who disagree with him on Twitter. But…Image: NurPhoto via Getty ImagesBy Johnny Lieu2018-06-05 03:37:17 UTC
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C Qantas breached security protocols during a bomb scare at Sydney Airport on Thursday 9 September, according to baggage handlers.A male passenger had told check-in staff that there was a bomb in his bag, which was then X-rayed and found to be clear, The Age reported.Communication broke down between security and Qantas management later that night when baggage handlers were again asked to screen the bag.Handlers queried the request, but met by Qantas managers unaware of the earlier check. The bag was then ordered to be X-rayed, rather than being isolated and having the area cleared to ensure safety.The systems for handling the threat were inadequate, and members found it frightening the police were not called, Transport Workers Union national secretary, Tony Sheldon, said. “On the eve of the anniversary of September 11, the community, industry and workforce has been let down again by the people in charge of our aviation industry,” Mr Sheldon said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T US visitor expenditure and arrivals have been building over the past year and Tourism Australia plans to capitalise on this trend throughout 2013. Between January and October 2012, US arrivals into Australia grew by more than four percent, while October 2012 witnessed an eight percent increase, compared with the same period in 2011.US visitor expenditure improved 12 percent in the year to September 2012, reaching over $2.3 billion, according to International Visitor Survey data.Tourism Australia will showcase the future potential and destination appeal of Australia during the 10th anniversary of G’day USA 2013. “These numbers are encouraging and show that more Americans are recognising Australia’s many attractions as a vacation destination,” Tourism Australia vice president Americas Jane Whitehead said.“We are seeing particularly high growth in the target segment that is the primary focus of our marketing efforts, the 45 years+ affluent traveller.“This segment grew 12 percent in visitor numbers, 23 percent in expenditure and spent 26 percent more nights exploring Australia’s many attractions beyond the gateway cities,” Ms Whitehead said. Australia’s popularity as a business events hub has seen meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) visitors from the US to Australia jump 30 percent in the year to October 2012. Tourism Australia’s ‘There’s Nothing like Australia’ campaign has been a vital component in drawing extra visitors from the United States.“With this campaign, we are leading with some of the best experiences we have to offer and showcasing why, whatever you may be looking for from a vacation, you will find it in Australia,” Ms Whitehead said.Popular daytime television host Ellen Degeneres will bring her show to Australian shores, visiting Melbourne and Sydney in 2013.“Ellen has a strong following in the US and will do a fantastic job in shining the media spotlight on the country, just as Oprah did in 2010,” Ms Whitehead said. US visitor numbers and expenditure to Australia on the rise. Image: Tourism Australia
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