Children are going to die Manitoba Child Advocate calls for change

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN National NewsA new report released Tuesday outlines the life and tragic death of Tina Fontaine, and subsequently the many systems that failed the young First Nations girl.The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth released her 115-page report, “A Place Where it Feels Like Home: The Story of Tina Fontaine,” during a special ceremony in the teen’s home community of Sagkeeng First Nation, located 120 km north of Winnipeg.Daphne Penrose, the province’s children’s advocate, said the report focuses on Fontaine but could represent many of the children her office deals with.“Not enough has changed since Tina died in 2014…this report mirrors the story of many, many other kids,” she said.On Aug. 17, 2014, Fontaine’s 72-pound body, wrapped in a duvet and weighted down with rocks, was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River. This came days after she was reported missing.Fontaine, who grew up in Sagkeeng, was in the city to spend time with her birth mother when she became a victim of exploitation.“People come to understand the indicators of exploitation,” said Penrose. “When on the streets, nothing comes free.”Penrose made five recommendations in her report, including the need for better access to mental health and addiction services and a new protocol to address missing youth and sexually exploited youth.Fontaine was in the care of child and family services (CFS) at the time of her death.During her murder trial the jury heard CFS consistently didn’t know where she was, or if she was in danger.In February 2018, the jury found Raymond Cormier not-guilty in Fontaine’s death.In the 10 months prior to the teen’s death, seven missing persons’ reports were filed with police, including one the day after she was last seen.This is too common for kids in care, Penrose explained.“We need to be able to pull that apart and understand when a child is missing with risk those kids need responses…so that work can be prioritized and joint child welfare and police systems can work together to find kids and bring them back to safety,” she said.Lack of services was also a major theme throughout the report.Fontaine began to struggle with mental health issues and self-harm after the death of her father, Eugene, in 2011.The report said support from victim services was not offered, nor was any counselling.She was being raised in what was, by all accounts, a loving home by her great-aunt Thelma Favel.When Favel reached out to CFS for help addressing Fontaine’s behaviour she was referred to several different agencies.It was a common theme throughout Fontaine’s life.The teen never received any counseling and eventually became an exploited runaway bounced through the system.Penrose urged the government to take immediate action.“What’s at stake is the lives of children,” said Penrose. “Children are going to die if we don’t make changes.”Sagkeeng Chief Derrick Henderson was on hand for the release and called the report a start.“Do what you have to do. Protect those children,” he said. “Jurisdiction should have no issue. It shouldn’t be provincial, federal. We’re talking about kids here.”“If we can get to that where the communities are being listened to, I’m sure the numbers would go down.”Fontaine’s death was a catalyst for change.It renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, saw the re-emergence of the Bear Clan Patrol and saw the formation of Drag the Red, a Winnipeg group who patrols the Red River in the summer.Penrose applauded these grassroots organizations and called for the rest of Canada ensure the protection of youth in care.“It is not this report that changes it…we all have a responsibility,” she said.The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) released a statement calling for an independent inquiry into Fontaine’s death.“The recommendations, and the public tracking and monitoring of the compliance of them by the MACY, are a start to finally deal with the death of Tina Fontaine,” AMC acting Grand Chief Betsy Kennedy wrote.“However, it does not respond to all the questions and concerns. Manitoba not only must have the political will to only implement these recommendations, but also implement what Manitoba First Nations have identified in ‘Families First’, as well as fully respond to the report of the National Inquiry into MMIWG.”Favel, Fontaine’s great-aunt and primary caregiver, did not attend Tuesday’s event. The family has asked for privacy during this time.On Monday Favel told APTN News by phone that she wants Tina to rest now and hopes the release of this report will help with read more

Sugar mills owe 50 mn cane farmers record 438 bn

first_imgNEW DELHI/MUMBAI: India’s money-losing sugar mills have run up a record $4.38 billion in arrears to 50 million cane farmers, who have gone unpaid for their produce for more than a year, industry and government sources said on Thursday. Years of bumper cane harvests and record sugar production have hammered domestic prices, hitting mills’ financial health to such an extent that monies owed to farmers, who form an influential voting bloc, have ballooned to an all-time high. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFarm leaders say Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has not done enough to help them get the cash owed them. Modi’s office did not respond to an email seeking comment. “The prime minister publicly promised farmers – in 2014 and 2017 – to help them get their payments within 15 days of selling their produce to sugar mills,” said M.V. Singh, convener of the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sang, or National Forum of Farmers and Labourers. Despite the promise, Modi’s government has done little to ensure timely payments, Singh said. The unpaid dues affect growers in the key cane-producing states of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Punjab, Haryana and Karnataka. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOf the $4.38 billion in unpaid dues, mills in Uttar Pradesh, India’s top cane-producing state, owe 108 billion rupees ($1.56 billion), the industry and government sources said, citing their calculations based on cane prices and the volumes bought by sugar mills. In Uttar Pradesh, top producers such as Mawana Sugars Ltd, Bajaj Hindusthan Sugar Ltd and Simbhaoli Sugars Ltd, as well as unlisted Modi Sugar Mills, Wave Industries and Yadu Sugar Ltd, owe the bulk of arrears to farmers, according to the industry and government sources. “Along with the fact that sugar prices are much below the cost of production, huge inventories worth 800 billion rupees are adversely affecting mills’ paying capacity,” said Abinash Verma, chief of the Indian Sugar Mills, the producers’ body. The high inventories are keeping domestic sugar prices depressed and increased storage costs. Mills have started losing money and are finding it difficult to pay the farmers. As cane harvests jumped, domestic sugar prices fell 20 percent over the past two years, with mills often complaining about prices falling below their production costs. “Most cane growers are barely able to scrape through and it’s sad that neither the state governments nor the Modi administration have done anything,” said Pushpendra Singh, president of the Kisan Shakti Sangh, a farmers’ association. Falling farmer incomes and job scarcity have made Modi’s re-election bid more complicated than anticipated. Out of 545 seats in India’s lower house of parliament, cane farmers are key voters in 164 of the constituencies. The government took a clutch of measures, including incentives for exports and creation of buffer stocks to help trim inventories and prop up prices so that mills can pay farmers, said a federal food ministry official who did not wish to be identified in line with government policy. The measures have yielded few results so far, giving little relief to either farmers or mills, said the sources.last_img read more

North Carolina Three Muslim Students Killed in Alleged Hate Crime

By Kristina FriedRabat – Craig Stephens Hicks, 46, was charged with the first-degree murders of three young Muslim students in North Carolina on Wednesday. He is currently being held in Durham County Jail, according to Newsobserver.The victims were Deah Shaddy Barakat, a 23 year old doctoral student of dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his 21 year old wife Yusor Abu-Salha, a student at North Carolina State University who was due to graduate this year with a degree in biological sciences, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, also a student of NCSU in the faculty of architecture and environmental design. All three victims were found dead due to gunshot wounds in the apartment of the recently married couple, which is located in a neighborhood that sees little violent crime. According to local WRAL news, the victims had all been shot in the head. The bodies have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh, the capital, for an autopsy, according to Newsobserver.Although a motive has not yet been established, social media is linking the murders to Islamophobia, with people taking to Twitter to condemn the crime. Newsobserver reported that one Twitter user tweeted, “three Muslims murdered tonight in Chapel Hill, NC by a man because they were Muslim. What a sad night in America.” Others compared the shooting to the recent attacks on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Europe, with The Independent quoting Twitter user Zain Khan as saying, “RIP to the three #Muslims murdered. I’d like to see the same public uproar as the “CharlieHebdo aftermath.”The link to Islamophobia is supported by the texts and images condemning all religions that have been linked to Hicks’ Facebook profile, in which he describes himself as an atheist, according to The Independent.The victims are being remembered through a Facebook group called “Our Three Winners” as well as the continuation of a project spearheaded by Barakat, called “Project: Refugee Smiles”, which aims to provide Syrian refugees with dental attention as well as support local dental clinics in Turkey. Barakat had been planning on going to Turkey himself to participate in the project. read more

Citing civilian deaths UN urges end to senseless violence in Afghanistan

“Over the past 24 hours Afghanistan has seen three attacks in which civilians have been the principal victims,” the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative Chris Alexander said in a statement issued today in Kabul.“UNAMA condemns these acts unequivocally. Those responsible have violated the fundamental right of Afghans to life and security of person,” he added. Mr. Alexander called yesterday’s incident in the volatile southern province of Kandahar in which acid was used to attack girl students on their way to school “a hideous crime, which has appalled people inside Afghanistan and around the world.”Not only does it represent a grave violation of Afghan law and tradition and international human rights conventions, he noted, but it is also contrary to previous assurances Afghans have been given that there would not be further attacks against schools or students.Also on Wednesday, there was a large explosion in Kandahar which resulted in the death of civilians and injuries to members of the Provincial Council and many others. In addition, an attack today in a crowded market area in the country’s eastern Nangarhar province wrought enormous suffering. Media reports say at least 18 civilians were killed in the suicide car bombing.“Insurgent and anti-government groups bear responsibility for ensuring civilians are kept out of harm’s way – one for which flagrant disregard has been shown in these cases,” stated Mr. Alexander. “We call for an end to this cycle of senseless violence.” 13 November 2008The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has unequivocally condemned three recent attacks that have resulted in numerous civilian deaths and injuries, and called for an end to the “senseless” violence that is plaguing the country. read more

WatchTSX falls on slippery oil prices Canadian bank earnings while Wall Street

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market pulled back slightly Thursday as traders appeared to take a negative view of details behind otherwise upbeat earnings reports from most of Canada’s big banks.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 3.47 points at 15,107.00 despite earnings reports now from five of the country’s six largest banks, all of which have beat analyst expectations. The last of the Big Six, Scotiabank (TSX:BNS), reports Friday.However, analysts have pointed out that most of the earnings have come from the banks’ capital markets business, which many view as less sustainable than those derived from personal and commercial banking.Banks reporting Thursday included CIBC (TSX:CM), which almost tripled its net earnings in the second quarter, and Royal Bank (TSX:RY), which boosted net earnings 14 per cent. Both saw their share prices improve marginally.TD (TSX:TD) said its net profits fell seven per cent but, after stripping out one-time items that included a $337-million restructuring charge, it joined the other two in beating expectations on adjusted profit. Still, its stock fell 61 cents, or 1.09 per cent, to $55.37.Shares of the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) and National Bank (TSX:NA), both of which reported a sharp increase in profits on Wednesday, also declined marginally on Thursday.The loonie was up 0.16 of a U.S. cent at 80.42 cents.In commodities, traders put the brakes on three days of declines in oil prices as the July contract for benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude gained 17 cents to US$57.68 a barrel. However, the important TSX energy sector was still down 0.06 per cent.The metals and mining sector was also a drag, down 0.45 per cent as July copper slipped a fraction of a penny to US$2.77 a pound. The gold sector was the leading advancer as August bullion gained $2.30 to US$1,188.80 an ounce.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 36.87 points at 18,126.12, while the Nasdaq lost 8.61 points to 5,097.98 after soaring to a record high close Wednesday and the S&P 500 gave back 2.69 points to 2,120.79.Observers said Wall Street traders appeared to be put off by disquieting news from overseas that began with a big sell-off in China that saw the Shanghai Composite plunge 6.5 per cent.Also top of mind was the Greek sovereign debt crisis as traders continued to get mixed messages about a possible deal between Greece and its creditors. Failure to secure such a deal could lead to Athens defaulting on its debts, with knock-on effects for the euro and the world economy.In economic news, Statistics Canada reported the country’s current account deficit widened to $17.5 billion in the first quarter, driven largely by the collapse in oil prices. That was much worse than the revised $13.1-billion deficit in the fourth quarter of 2014, but better than the consensus forecast of an $18.6-billion deficit. read more

Greece Creditors meet new government discuss tax reform

ATHENS, Greece — Senior officials from Greece’s bailout creditor institutions are meeting in Athens with the country’s new conservative government following general elections this month.Representatives of the European Commission, European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and a eurozone rescue fund were holding meetings Thursday with at least five cabinet ministers, government officials said.Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ new government is planning to reduce taxes that were hiked during three successive international bailouts and worsened hardship for many Greeks. The final bailout program ended last August.Bailout institutions, which hold most of Greece’s debt and set repayment terms, are broadly in favour of easing tax rates but are also pressing the government to stick to strict budget performance targets.The Associated Press read more

Reaching another milestone the Standard Poors 500 index closes above 2000 points

Reaching another milestone, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index closes above 2,000 points AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Aug 26, 2014 2:13 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – It was a big round-number day for the stock market.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed above 2,000 points Tuesday for the first time, but just barely. It edged up 2.10 points to 2,000.02 points.It’s been 16 years since the index closed above 1,000 points for the first time.Stocks moved higher after some encouraging news, including a surge in consumer confidence.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 29 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 17,106. The Dow is 32 points shy of its own record closing high set July 16.The Nasdaq rose 13 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 4,570. The Nasdaq is still well below its dot-com era record.Bond prices were flat. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held at 2.40 per cent. read more

£100m for GPs in AE to weed out those not seriously ill

first_imgGPs will be placed in A&E departments to turn away people who are not sufficiently ill as part of a £100 million effort to crack down on hospital overcrowding.The measure, announced by Philip Hammond in the budget, follows a relentless increase in A&E admissions which at one stage this winter saw one in two hospitals issue emergency alerts indicating they were unable to cope. Experience has shown that onsite GP triage in A&E departments can have a significant and positive impact on A&E waiting timesPhilip Hammond A significant cause of the problem is the increasing proportion of patients turning up in emergency departments who do not need to be there.NHS figures reveal that in 2015-16 38 per cent of A&E patients were sent away having received “advice only”, a rise of almost four per cent in only two years.The £100 million pledged yesterday, which is earmarked to be spent before next winter, is intended to help staff triage patients at an earlier stage.Having GPs physically located in hospitals, which is currently the practice in a handful of trusts, means patients suffering from non-emergency complaints can be diverted away from heaving departments.The NHS has consistently missed its own targets for treating A&E patients on time, and in January analysis showed the number of people stuck for more than 12 hours on trolleys has nearly doubled in the last two years.Mr Hammond announced the extra cash for A&E alongside an additional £2 billion to be spent on social care over the next three years, which it is hoped will indirectly ease pressure on hospitals by hastening the discharge of elderly patients in need of care at home or a care home place. Philip Hammond red box 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.center_img The proposal has provoked a mixed response from the medical profession.Chris Moulton, vice president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said the body “cautiously” welcomed the measure.”For some time, RCEM has called for co-location of urgent care services around major A&E departments and having primary care on site will undoubtedly benefit patients,” he said.”The College would like to see this as the first step to co-locating more services, including frailty teams and out-of-hours mental health teams, around the A&E department.”The devil will be in the details but the money from the budget will hopefully help to ease winter pressures.But the British Medical Association expressed scepticism over the proposal and warned that placing GPs in hospitals could in fact end up attracting more patients.Dr Mark Porter, chair of the BMA council, also questioned where the extra family doctors were going to come from.“Many [GPs] are already working in practices with permanent vacancies which they are unable to fill, despite government promises at the last election to recruit 5,000 more doctors into general practice,” he said.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said GPs working in A&E units had been successful in some areas.But she added: “The most severe pressures in A&E are not simply down to inappropriate attendance but the inability to admit seriously unwell patients, and lack of capacity to discharge them into the community.” “That is one of the two big pressures on hospitals,” he told MPs.“The other is inappropriate A&E attendances by people of all ages.“Experience has shown that onsite GP triage in A&E departments can have a significant and positive impact on A&E waiting times.” The £100 million was announced as part of the budgetCredit:Justin Tallislast_img read more

Offres triple play lAssemblée nationale vote la hausse de la TVA

first_imgOffres triple play : l’Assemblée nationale vote la hausse de la TVAFrance – Vendredi, l’Assemblée nationale a adopté la loi qui fait passer le taux de TVA des offres triple play de 5,5 à 19,6%. La répercussion sur les tarifs devrait être de deux euros.L’Assemblée nationale a adopté le texte concernant la hausse de TVA des offres triple play, ces offres groupées que proposent les fournisseurs d’accès Internet. Les box comprenant téléphone, internet et télévision offraient toutes leurs prestations pour environ 30 euros mensuels.Pierre-Alain Muet, député socialiste, a contesté ce vote : “Cela va pénaliser les ménages” a-t-il déclaré. “En élevant de 5,5 à 19,6% le taux de TVA appliqué aux offres triple play, le gouvernement poursuit et renforce une politique fiscale totalement injuste”, poursuit le député Patrick Bloche, secrétaire national du PS. Pour la gauche, “cette nouvelle taxe fait suite à la très longue liste des impôts créés ou augmentés par Nicolas Sarkozy”.”Nous avons le niveau le plus faible de tous les pays, les offres n’ont pas bougé depuis 2004″ justifie le rapporteur général UMP Gilles Carrez. Le relèvement du taux de TVA “représente une majoration de deux euros pour l’abonné”, estime-t-il.Cette décision intervient après la mise en demeure de la France par la Commission européenne, qui lui demandait de revoir son dispositif. Jusqu’à présent, dans ces offres, les services télé bénéficiaient d’un taux de TVA réduit de 5,5%, comme l’autorisent les instances européennes, alors qu’Internet et le téléphone étaient soumis au taux normal de 19,6%. La Commission souhaitait simplement que le taux de 5,5% ne soit appliqué qu’à la télévision (soit le tiers de l’offre triple). Une aubaine pour le gouvernement.Pour Gilles Carrez il s’agissait d’une “perte de recettes fiscales considérable” (1,1 milliard d’euros) que l’État va ainsi pouvoir encaisser grâce à cette décision.Le président de la Commission des finances, Jérôme Cahuzac (député PS), a prévenu que “beaucoup d’opérateurs commencent à dissocier les offres”, soulignant ainsi que la somme qu’escompte récupérer le gouvernement auprès des contribuables ne serait peut-être pas au rendez-vous.Lionel Tardy (député UMP) a jugé que cette disposition allait “casser le système des offres groupées”. D’autant qu’il s’agit en réalité d’un choix qui n’était pas contraint par l’Europe. Il a également regretté que le consommateur soit mis à contribution.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Les FAI (Fournisseurs d’accès Internet) ont déjà réagi : “Cette nouvelle taxe sera répercutée au premier jour de l’application de la loi, et au centime près. Nous n’en profiterons pas pour augmenter notre marge. Mais nous isolerons dans les factures de nos abonnés le montant de la “taxe Baroin”, qui sera comprise entre 1,50 et 3 euros par mois selon la formulation de la loi” a indiqué Xavier Niel, le fondateur d’Iliad qui pilote Free.Autre répercussion indirecte probable face à l’augmentation du coût des abonnements : le nombre de piratages qui, en compensation, risque d’augmenter.Le 25 octobre 2010 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

SIDA une loterie pour encourager le dépistage en Afrique du Sud

first_imgSIDA : une loterie pour encourager le dépistage en Afrique du SudLa province sud-africaine du Cap occidental a décidé d’encourager les populations à subir un test de dépistage du VIH. Chaque personne qui se fera tester, gagnera ainsi le droit de participer à un tirage au sort doté d’un prix de 50.000 rands. Selon le dernier rapport de l’Onusida publié lundi dernier, l’Afrique du Sud reste le pays le plus touché du monde en chiffres absolus, avec quelque 5,6 millions de personnes séropositives. Mais bien que le pays ait lancé de vastes campagnes de prévention contre le sida et ait multiplié les tests, le dépistage peine à se répandre alors qu’il devrait au contraire se généraliser. À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerterC’est pour résoudre cette difficulté que la province sud-africaine du Cap occidental a eu une idée plutôt surprenante : en associant des tests de dépistage au… prix d’une loterie. Concrètement, elle a annoncé que toute personne qui se fera tester dans les centres de dépistage de la province participera au tirage au sort, qui s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une campagne nationale de seize jours contre les violences faites aux femmes et aux enfants. Le prix à décrocher : une somme de 50.000 rands, soit 4.400 euros.  “La persuasion n’a pas fonctionné. Nous préférons utiliser des incitations plutôt que des méthodes coercitives, pour s’assurer que tous les adultes testent régulièrement leur statut VIH”, a commenté pour l’agence Sapa le Premier ministre du Cap occidental, Helen Zille.  Le 29 novembre 2011 à 11:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Real de Banjul arrives in Algeria

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah Real de Banjul has finally touched down in Algeria after departing Banjul via Saturday.The team comprising a 30-man delegation including 19 playersand GFF’s Ebou Faye arrived in Algiers Air port before taking aconnecting flight to Setif where the second-leg of the CAF first roundqualifier is to be played.Captain and goalkeeper Alagie Nyabally has talked tough ahead of Realde Banjul’s return match visit to Algeria eyeing only progression tothe next round.Nyabally told the club: “we are going to Algeria to be impressive andhopefully progress to the next round even though we know it won’t beeasy but in football, nothing is impossible’The Gambian champions will travel out for their second-leg tomorrowagainst ES Setif via Senegal.The first leg ended one-all. Real first raced ahead with Ablie Jallownestling in the game’s opener before ESS equalized twenty-five minutesfrom time after the hosts had disappointingly switched to the backfoot apparently contended with their fragile lead.The return match is billed for April 3rd at the 25,000 Stade 8 Mai1945 seater stadium with kickoff tipped for 8:30pm.Ivorian referee Dennis Dembele takes center stage of proceedings aidedby Moussa Bayere and Marius Donatien Tan. Tangba Kambou will be thefourth official while António Mendes of Guinea-Bissau will act as thematch commissioner.Real De Banjul needs to score and avoid conceding to stand any hope ofqualification in the return leg in Algeria.The capital-based side reached the first round qualifiers afterthumping Liberia’s champions Barrack Young Controllers in thepreliminary round.The 19 players on the trip are: Goalkeepers: Alagie Nyabally, EbrimaJarju, Joseph Jarju, Defenders: Salifu Krubally, Adama Sabally, AntouBadjan, Saikou Mansally, Mbye Faye, Arona Jabang, Midfielders: ModouLamin Badjie, Alhagie Bah, Bubacarr Camara, Ebou Sanyang, FamaraJarju, Ablie Jallow Strikers: Muhammed Badamosi, Yankuba Jarju, PaOmar Jobe and Madi Fatty ]]>last_img read more

Missing college student from Miramar found safe in Pinellas County

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miramar family is breathing a sigh of relief after authorities located a woman who went missing after she left home to drive to college upstate.Miramar Police confirmed Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies found 20-year-old Valentina Arango, Sunday afternoon.Investigators said Arango left her home at the Villages of Renaissance community in a blue 2015 Toyota Yaris, at around noon, Sunday.Arango’s loved ones said she was heading to Stetson University in DeLand, where she had enrolled and had made arrangements to live in a dorm.According to Arango’s GPS, she had arrived at Stetson five hours after she left South Florida.Her mother told 7News she last heard from her daughter on Tuesday.Arango will soon be reunited with her family. last_img read more

Apple shares drop after Trump says US doesnt need China

first_img Comment See It This certainly isn’t the first time Trump has called on American companies, including Apple, to manufacture their products in the US. “We’re going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries,” Trump said in a 2016 speech at Liberty University in Virginia.While Apple designs its products, the company relies on Chinese manufacturers to assemble the iPhones, iPads and other devices. Earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Trump to discuss new tariffs set to come into effect Sept. 1. Cook reportedly told the president that escalating trade war with China will make it harder for Apple to compete with Samsung. A new round of tariffs on Chinese imports is set to go into effect Sept. 1, raising prices on some electronics by 10%. That, according to Reuters, may include Apple’s popular AirPods and Apple Watch. Apple’s most lucrative products, like MacBooks, iPads and iPhones, would be spared, but these may be included in a new set of tariffs to be introduced on Dec. 15.If Apple phones and other products were assembled in the US, they’d likely be significantly more expensive. Apple and the White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Qualcomm, Nvidia and AMD also didn’t respond to requests for comment.  Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Why Donald Trump would make your next iPhone a lot more… Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Trump’s tweets on Friday have refreshed fears of a trade war.  Jim Watson/Getty Images In a series of tweets on Friday, President Donald Trump said US companies should “immediately start looking for an alternative to China.” The message appears to have hit tech stocks hard, with shares in Apple and several US chipmakers dropping.Shares of Apple fell about 4.1%, CNBC reported Friday. Qualcomm chips declined 2.7%, while Nvidia lost 4.8%, and Advanced Micro Devices fell 5.1%.”Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing … your companies HOME and making your products in the USA,” Trump tweeted. He also said he would order all delivery companies, including Fed Ex, Amazon, UPS and the US Post Office, to search for and refuse all deliveries of Fentanyl from China. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple iPhone XS Sprint Best Buy Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See it Boost Mobile ….your companies HOME and making your products in the USA. I will be responding to China’s Tariffs this afternoon. This is a GREAT opportunity for the United States. Also, I am ordering all carriers, including Fed Ex, Amazon, UPS and the Post Office, to SEARCH FOR & REFUSE,….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2019 6:06center_img Apple See All $999 1 See It Phones Tech Industry Mobile Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier $999 reading • Apple shares drop after Trump says US ‘doesn’t need China’ Now playing: Watch this: See It Tags $999 Share your voice • Samsung Applelast_img read more

Marine Highway releases trimmed down summer schedule

first_imgPassengers disembark the ferry Malaspina in Skagway during its 50th anniversary sailing. Most ferry fares went up Jan. 1. (Photo by Mikko Wilson/360 North)The Alaska Marine Highway System released its summer 2016 ferry schedule Tuesday, and as expected, it includes trimmed-down service.Download AudioSpokesman Jeremy Woodrow said the main changes that customers will notice is the reduced fleet size, which he says is in response to state budget cuts.“One of the main ferries that will not be operating is the Taku, which was in layup last summer, as well,” he said. “And the Malaspina will be in an overhaul period for the majority of the summer.”One change from the draft summer schedule is the addition of the fast ferry Fairweather, which will operate four days a week, serving Juneau, Haines, Skagway and Sitka. Woodrow said that change was in response to public comment, particularly from Sitka residents.“Sitka had probably the most drastic reduction in service in the draft schedule, and that was because of elimination of the fast ferries,” he said. “By adding in the fast ferry, changing the way the LeConte is running, Sitka will get improved ferry service than what had been previously proposed.”One caveat, though: Woodrow said this summer ferry schedule is based on funding levels in Gov. Bill Walker’s spending plan, released last month. The Legislature meets soon and could change those funding levels.“Should that budget change that may change service. Where it will change is to be determined,” he said. “There’s a lot that can happen throughout the legislative session, and we aren’t going to guess what may happen right now. But we do have to put out a schedule, so passengers can begin planning their travel for the summer.”For now, passengers who want to book summertime reservations will need to call rather than use the online reservation system. Woodrow said the online system is going through an overhaul right now, and won’t be ready for at least a couple more weeks.The full summer ferry schedule takes effect May 1 and can be found online.last_img read more

Donlin Gold to begin drilling program

first_img“Bear guard,” is one of the jobs available.“Well, there’s been recent events in Alaska where bears have been attacking people working on similar types of projects,” said Clyde Gillepsie, Donlin’s senior project engineer. There are other, slightly less risky jobs like drillers, mechanics, cooks and housekeepers needed as well. Donlin expects to hire 120 people for a year-long drilling program, the first in two years.The drilling program will help the company prepare for its dam safety certification. That means it needs to evaluate the mine site in order to build seven dams for its gold mine. It’s one of the biggest hurdles that must be overcome before the company can build the mine.Donlin promised to prioritize local hire, specifically shareholders from the two Native corporations that own the mineral and surface rights, but most of these jobs are contracted out. So how will Donlin hold up its end of the deal?“We write that right into the contract,” Gillepsie said.Enforcing that part of the contract falls, in part, to Calista Corporation and The Kuskokwim Corporation. They work with Donlin and the contractors to fill the positions with shareholders. Donlin spokeswoman Kristina Woolston says that 90 percent of employees in the last drilling program were shareholders. She says that the majority came from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.The dam safety certification process could take two years and does not have a formal public comment process. Donlin and state agencies have said that they have open door policies for the public. It’s going to be a busy year for Donlin Gold. The company is gearing up for another round of geotechnical drilling, its first in two years. They are also advertising jobs for local hires, which is a vital selling point for their proposed gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.last_img read more