WINNIPEG – Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont says he intends to fight the Progressive Conservative government’s cost-cutting agenda and push for public spending to stimulate the economy and reduce the deficit.The former political staffer and small business owner, armed with a new legislature seat and more clout for his party, also wants a review of taxes and believes people are sometimes willing to pay more if the money is well used.“There are all sorts of things we could do to make the tax system more fair to generate revenue,” Lamont said in an interview shortly before he was sworn in at the legislature Friday. “There’s a lot more to it than the PST (provincial sales tax).”He didn’t give any examples of what he called “smart taxes,” but said the main thing “is that they should be progressive … where everybody pays their fair share.“I don’t think that’s been happening for a long time.”Lamont, 49, was elected Liberal leader last fall. His byelection victory earlier this month in the St. Boniface constituency has given the Liberals a fourth legislature seat — enough for official party status and the extra funding that comes with it.It’s the first time the Liberals have had official status in the legislature since 1995 and they may find themselves getting some of the public and media attention the official Opposition New Democrats have had.One political analyst says if the Liberals can keep up the momentum — which will require them to raise more money and get a lot more volunteers and supporters provincewide — the opposition vote could be split in the next election in 2020.“It’s good for the Tories if they can split the left or centre-left vote,” said Royce Koop, head of political studies at the University of Manitoba.The Tories were elected in 2016 on a promise to rein in spending, end almost a decade of NDP deficits and reverse the NDP’s 2013 increase to the provincial sales tax.Lamont has a long-running blog in which he frequently criticizes spending cuts as a way to cut red ink. Some of his posts suggest the province’s financial woes have been caused by previous tax cuts, not by overspending.“Credit agencies said that because the government had a strong majority, it would be able to do what it needed to to address the deficit, including raising taxes,” one post reads.“This might seem unpalatable, but if shrinking the deficit because people are worried about debt is what people want, it should be on the table.”Lamont said it’s too early to say whether he will vote with the Tories if and when they introduce legislation to cut the sales tax — something the Tories have promised for the spring of 2020.He said the NDP’s sales tax increase of 2013 might not have angered the public so much had it not gone directly against the party’s campaign promise two years earlier.“If you’re actually making good use of people’s money, people are generally OK with paying taxes,” Lamont said Friday.“But you have to be straightforward with them.”
CALGARY — A man convicted of killing a Calgary mother and her young daughter will have to wait 50 years before he has a chance at parole.A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year of first-degree murder in the 2016 deaths of Sara Baillie, who was 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman.The convictions carry an automatic life sentence, and Justice Beth Hughes has decided Downey must wait 50 years before he can ask the parole board for release.The Crown had sought 50 years before parole ineligibility, arguing the brutal and deliberate nature of the murders were aggravating factors.But Downey’s lawyer called that a death sentence, since his 49-year-old client would be in his mid-90s before having a chance at freedom.Downey has never admitted killing the mother and daughter, but at his sentencing hearing, he apologized to their family and friends.The trial heard Downey believed Baillie had influenced her best friend to break up with him and he blamed her for the friend refusing to work for him as an escort.The Crown argued Baillie’s daughter was a witness who needed silencing.The trial heard Baillie was found dead in a laundry hamper in her daughter’s closet with duct tape wrapped around her face, neck and wrists.Taliyah was missing. The girl’s remains were found in some bushes east of the city three days later.Both died by asphyxiation.The Canadian Press
Muhammad Ali has released a statement via the National Press Club regarding the incarceration of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post Tehran Bureau Chief who was arrested at his home in Tehran by Iranian Security Forces on July 22, 2014.“I am sorry that I cannot be physically present to lend my support in person but I pray my words will provide relief to the efforts to secure the release of Jason Rezaian,” said Ali. “Insha’Allah. It is my great hope that the government and judiciary of Iran will end the prolonged detention of journalist Jason Rezaian and provide him with access to all his legal options. During his time as the Washington Post bureau chief in Tehran, Jason used his gift of writing and intimate knowledge of the country to share the stories of the people and culture of Iran to the world.“To my knowledge Jason is a man of peace and great faith, a man whose dedication and respect for the Iranian people is evident in his work.“I support his family, friends and colleagues in their efforts to obtain his release”Jason Rezaian, who has dual US and Iranian citizenship, has been held in prison since July 2014. No other western journalist has been held captive this long in Iran. Until recently Jason was denied access to medical care and to a lawyer. Charges against Jason have never been disclosed to him and have never been made public.National Press Club President John Hughes announced that Jason Rezaian of The Washington Post has been chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Club’s prestigious John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award.Hughes, in remarks to a Club news conference and live webcast audience, said, “We expect Jason will be free to collect this award’’ at an annual gala July 29. Hughes added, “Iran can set Jason free. We hope and believe the leaders will do the right thing. It is time — it is past time — for Jason to be released.’’Jason’s brother, Ali Rezaian, gave an update on the situation. He said: “My mother was allowed to visit Jason around Christmas time. She asked Jason if he had any message for me. Jason said, ‘Yes, tell Ali to get me out of here by my birthday.’ Jason’s birthday is March 15.”Ali said that no date has been set for Jason’s trial but he is hopeful that a trial is coming soon – possibly at the end of March. He said he is glad that his brother finally has a lawyer but does not know if he has had a chance to actually talk to the lawyer yet.Jason’s editor, Douglas Jehl, Post Foreign Editor, said Jason had done nothing wrong. Jehl said Jason was a professional, accredited journalist who understood and followed rules related to reporting in Iran. He said it was outrageous that Jason had been taken in the manner he was and called for him to be freed. Jehl recalled that Jason really enjoyed his work and filed some interesting stories about life in Iran including one about the pioneering efforts of a small group of Iranians to learn to play the game of baseball.
CALGARY – Imperial Oil Ltd. is pledging to cut its oilsands greenhouse gas emissions per barrel by 10 per cent over the next five years as it ramps up production and works to get in line with increasingly stringent environmental regulation.CEO Rich Kruger says the company will achieve the improvement compared with 2016 by employing new technologies at its legacy Cold Lake oilsands wells, by reaching the full 220,000-barrels-per-day capacity of its Kearl oilsands mining project and through other incremental efficiencies.He says further improvements could come if its proposed 75,000-bpd, $2.4-billion Aspen oilsands project gets regulatory approval, expected by year-end, and is sanctioned by the company for construction.Following a media tour of the company’s research centre in southeast Calgary, Kruger says Imperial will use solvents to reduce by as much as 25 per cent the amount of steam needed to make heavy sticky bitumen flow from horizontal wells at Aspen.The Alberta Energy Regulator is considering holding a public hearing on the project after inviting interveners to register, possibly extending an application process that began in 2013.At Cold Lake, Imperial is proposing to expand the use of its cyclic solvent process to almost eliminate the use of steam and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 per cent in parts of the oilfield.“In a world that prices carbon, and has escalating prices for carbon in the future, actions like this will indeed make us more competitive,” Kruger said.He said the goals are good for business but acknowledged they will also help Imperial adjust to proposed federal clean fuel standards designed to achieve reductions in GHG emissions by 2030.Companies in this story: (TSX:IMO)
30 January 2007The United Nations refugee agency today launched a $19.7 million supplementary appeal to fund protection and aid for up to 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sudan’s Darfur region uprooted by fighting between government troops and rebels as well as by regular attacks by Arab militia on African tribes. The United Nations refugee agency today launched a $19.7 million supplementary appeal to fund protection and aid for up to 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sudan’s Darfur region uprooted by fighting between government troops and rebels as well as by regular attacks by Arab militia on African tribes.“Protection and security remain the most fundamental needs for IDPs and refugees in Darfur,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said, noting that there are also 20,000 refugees in Darfur who had fled fighting in neighbouring Chad. “Key challenges are the ongoing displacement and the occupation of villages.“Particular attention to sexual and gender-based violence is still required, considering its high incidence among the displaced population. “Victims require both special medical and psychological care and support,” it added. There are also 230,000 Darfurian refugees who have fled into neighbouring Chad. The more than three-year-old conflict between Government forces, allied militia and rebels seeking greater autonomy has killed at least 200,000 people. Beyond the 20,000 Chadian refugees in Darfur there are over 100,000 Chadian IDPs uprooted by unrelenting inter-communal violence there.Despite the signing of a peace agreement between the Sudanese Government and one of the rebel groups in Darfur last May, the security situation remains extremely volatile, UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva.“With constant fighting between government troops and rebels opposed to the DPA [Darfur Peace Agreement], as well as regular attacks by Arab militia on African tribes, there is no prospect of return for internally displaced people in Darfur, nor for the more than 200,000 Sudanese refugees hosted in eastern Chad,” she said.She noted that aid workers had been the targets of organized attacks, with 12 of them killed in recent months, while assaults on humanitarian compounds and possessions had seriously reduced access to the people the most in need.“Despite the extremely precarious security conditions in Darfur, UNHCR remains committed to assisting the displaced and refugees in the region,” Ms. Pagonis stressed.In a separate development UNHCR reported today that 100,000 Sudanese refugees had now returned home to southern Sudan where a peace agreement two years ago ended a two-decade-long civil war between Government forces and rebels. An estimated 340,000 refugees remain in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia from that conflict, which also displaced some 4 million others internally in Africa’s largest country.
Already 29 people have been killed and more than 68,000 others left homeless by flooding across southern Africa that has hit Mozambique hardest because many of the region’s rivers finish their journey there.Heavy rain is persisting in the areas that feed the Zambezi River, which runs through central Mozambique, leading officials to estimate that as many as 285,000 people may eventually have to move to higher ground.So far nearly 5,000 homes have been destroyed, along with at least 100 schools and health centres and about 15,000 hectares of crops – just two months before the annual harvest season.Flooding has also struck Angola, Madagascar, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, but Mozambique has been hit the hardest.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is working with the Mozambican Government to respond to the floods, considered the worst in six years to strike the country.As the situation deteriorates in some parts of central Mozambique, officials have warned that forced evacuations may become necessary.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing 300 tons of food rations to 2,000 survivors who have gathered in Mutara, one of the hardest hit areas, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has sent its first shipment of relief supplies to Caia, in Sofala province. 12 February 2007United Nations humanitarian officials are warning that the situation inside Mozambique, which has been devastated by severe flooding in recent weeks, is likely to only worsen in the days ahead.
SMMT’s ‘Light Trailer and Trailer Equipment Section’ represents the interests of those SMMT members that manufacture, import, distribute or retail light trailers (not exceeding 3.5t), trailer kits, towing attachments for vehicles, and trailer components or accessories.Ahead of new Type Approval rules that come into force in late October, two members of the Section are exhibiting their products to raise awareness of the legislative changes and latest technological advances in the sector.From 29 October this year, every trailer that is built in a single stage will need to comply with European Whole Vehicle Type Approval requirements before it is used on the road.This milestone is the latest in the programme of Europe-wide changes to Type Approval Regulations. From the end of October, every trailer manufactured will need European Community Whole Vehicle or National Small Series Type Approval. Without one of these approvals, trailers will not be permitted to use the road. Alternatively, the trailer can be subjected to an Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) inspection.To help trailer manufactures, bodybuilders, converters and vehicle manufactures to achieve the required Type Approval quickly and easily, SMMT has developed its SENTA Guide. This online tool provides guidance to companies seeking Type Approval and uses a simple step-by-step system to produce Type Approval documentation. The service is free to SMMT members and charges a one-off fee to non-members.For more information on Type Approval and SMMT’s SENTA tool go to senta.smmt.co.uk.Exhibitor: AL-KO KoberAL-KO is the UK’s market leading caravan chassis specialist producing over 20,000 chassis per year for the UK leisure market. The company is exhibiting a lightweight caravan chassis at SMMT, complete with the full range of fitted accessories including an automatic manoeuvring system, AL-KO ATC, the latest design AKS Stabiliser and Shock Absorbers.Towing safety is taken very seriously by the Warwickshire based manufacturer, and for more than 10 years AL-KO has developed products aimed at assisting people who tow trailers either for commercial or leisure applications.Two of the most important improvements in increasing towing stability, the AKS Stabiliser range and AL-KO ATC Trailer Control, have been developed to minimise snaking and suppress instability automatically to keep the trailer under control.The AKS range of stabilisers minimise pitching and yawing movements of caravans and trailers that can quickly develop into more dangerous lateral swings. In these more dramatic situations, ATC will act in a similar way to ESP by applying the brakes gently, bringing the trailer back into line in a safe and controlled manner. Around 75% of all caravans manufactured in the UK are fitted with ATC as standard.Exhibitor: Knott-Avonride LtdAs a major supplier to the light trailer industry, Knott-Avonride Ltd has been instrumental in raising awareness of the requirements for Type Approval within the industry through various exhibitions and seminars.The trailer chassis on show in the SMMT exhibition space demonstrates the specific areas of compliance that Type Approval imposes upon trailer manufacturers in order to satisfy the new requirements.Under the new regulations, every trailer imported or manufactured for use on the road will have to be certified via one of three routes: Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA), EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) or National Small Series Type Approval (NSSTA).Knott-Avonride Ltd is able to supply fully Type-Approved components, including: axles, brakes, chassis parts, cables and couplings. All components are compliant to EEC Directives and UNECE Regulations together with all the associated certification required by the authorities to assist the light trailer industry in meeting the new requirements.The SMMT exhibit was visited this week by Andrew Griffiths MP, Member of Parliament for Burton and Uttoxeter, the constituency where Knott-Avonride Ltd is based.Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
We’ve been talking about the AMD APU-powered computers on and off since January, and some are actually shipping now. The lastest ones to become available to consumers are from MSI, specifically the CR650 notebook and the Wind Top AE2050 all-in-one (AIO). And what makes them different from any other budget computers? The use of AMD’s E-350 processor means a computer that is affordable and power efficient, but also that has reasonable performance.The CR650 is a 15.6-inch notebook with the E-350 APU (1.6GHz), Windows 7 Home, AMD Radeon 6310 graphics, 3GB RAM, 320GB storage, wireless b/g/n, a super multi DVD drive, and a 15.6-inch 1366×768 16:9 LED-backlit display. It MSRPs for $499, which is a pretty reasonable price and should outclass a lot of the $500 notebooks out there. And it’s not totally barebones either, it still has HDMI out and a 720p HD webcam. On the down side, it is a bit bulky at 5.28 pounds and 1.3- to 1.5-inches thick.The Wind Top AE2050 is an all-in-one, or basically a desktop with a built-in display. It has the E-350 and 6310 graphics but it uses a 20-inch 1600×900 touch-sensitive display, just 2GB RAM, and 500GB storage.Some perks include b/g/n WiFi, two mini PCIe expansion slots, a built-in webcam and, best of all, a USB 3.0 slot. It MSRPs for $679.The graphics are “discrete-class” but because these are APU computers they are actually integrated into the processor. They are DirectX 11-capable though, so definitely don’t expect your typical integrated experience.Each system is available now on Newegg and Amazon. Amazon actually has the CR650 for $455 instead of $469 at Newegg. The MSI AE2050-008US is $768 at Amazon but comes with 4GB of RAM and a 640GB disk as opposed to 2GB/320GB on the base model.Sal’s ThoughtsI haven’t used either of these yet, but I’m really excited to see more of the Fusion systems hit the market. These will be a great alternatives to anemic Intel Atom-powered computers or the Atom+Ion builds we saw emerge as the solution for people who wanted an affordable, low-power computer with some chance of running HD video. The CR650 is the more notable of the two thanks to the low price tag but the main problem here is that it’s coming in at just about the same price as the HP dm1z, a very nicely designed machine. The dm1z only has an 11.6-inch display though, so it’ll be great for portability while the MSI will be a good desktop replacement, plus it comes with a bit more RAM and storage.The larger point though is that these APU computer are starting to come out and if you in the market for an affordable notebook they should be on your radar.
February was a month filled with interesting stories, including the biggest street party with Melburnians flocking to the 32nd Lonsdale Street Greek Festival. But there was also plenty of ouzo and grape squashing to be enjoyed.We celebrated our successes as Neos Kosmos celebrated another year around the sun, turning 62!Olivia Colman won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Yiorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Favourite’, but along with the joy and success were moments of sadness with deaths and crime.Here are photos of a month that was. Send your February photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add them to our gallery. Protesting Greek hospital workers did not forget that it was Tsiknopempti. Olivia Colman poses with the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for “The Favourite” in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)Yiannis Dramitsinos’ photo on display as part of the display of lost homelands at Steps Gallery, organised by Greek Australian university students.MUnGA uniGreek Community President Bill Papastergiadis met with Prince Charles. London- UK- 13 Feb 2019: HRH The Prince of Wales hosts a reception for The Prince’s Trust International in the State Rooms of St James’s Palace, London.Photo by Ian JonesOpposition Labor leader Bill Shorten meets with his constituents at the 32nd Lonsdale Street Greek Festival.A little corner of Greece at the courtyard of St Nicholas as part of the Yarraville Festival. Grape squashing proved to be a huge success. Did you attend the Ouzo Festival? Greek-Cypriot Dr Jack Kerry (Kyriacou), a doctor who gave CPR to his daughter in his clinic two years ago following a heroin overdose, is on trial for treating his daughter and saving her life. He rushed to his daughter despite evidence that her friend, 43-year-old Luke Pike, who was with her at the time, and had also overdosed on heroin, was in a worse physical state than her.New buildings boxing in the Parthenon anger residents in Greece. A petition is started to place pressure on the Greek government. The death of Greek Australian press baron Theodore Skalkos was followed by a focus on what he contributed to the media and entertainment scene. Apokries celebrated by AHEPA on the Gold Coast. Valentine’s Day was celebrated by greeting card companies, florists and confectioners, but in Greece Lacta chocolate caused controversy with its campaign featuring love between same-sex couples. Brothers John and George Panagiotou are now behind bars over a confrontation over allegedly stolen DJ equipment being sold on Gumtree. Their father, Tony Panagotou, shot father-of-five Duane Hutchings, 44, at his property at Oakleigh East. He was joined by his sons and another, however witnesses say that there may have been more accomplices. Neos Kosmos turned 62 on February 13 and its founder Dimitri Gogos turned 88! Pictured with current publisher Christopher Gogos.With the Prespes Agreement ratified, FYROM changed its name to North Macedonia on signage. During the presentation of the Metropolis app at the Greek Centre, kids were welcome to try out the Metropolis application. Photo: Kostas DevesThe Grape Festival at Panagia Koumariani was a huge success.Legendary bouzouki player Yiannis Polykandriotis dies at 73Martha Milioni holding the photo of Dimitris and Tanja who died during the fires.Manasis dance troupe performed carnival traditions.Fans young and old gathered to hear songstress Eleonora Zouganeli. 10-month-old Elena Tsakakis, whose parents are from Kos and Crete, is almost 10 months old and undoubtedly the younest fan of the singer.While most kids went back to school, one mother Eleni Tsampouri could not afford to send her kids to public school due to the fact that fees were exorbitant for children on a visa. Thanks to Neos Kosmos efforts, Oakleigh Grammar stepped in and offered her children a place for free. Protesting Greek hospital workers did not forget that it was Tsiknopempti. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target Waiting to hear when Game of Thrones comes back is a little like watching ice melt. You never know when it’s coming and it always seems to happen slowly. Only this time, for season seven, it was literally that.After a weird publicity stunt that had HBO getting viewers to watch a block of ice melt, we have a release date. Game of Thrones season seven will premiere on July 16, which is a Sunday, at 9 p.m.HBO made the announcement on Thursday following a Facebook Live video, which showed a literal interpretation of the book series the show is based on: A Song of Ice and Fire. The network set up a block of ice with an object in it that supposedly concealed the premiere date. Viewers were told to type “fire” into the comments to ignite a flame that would melt it.Things were going smoothly for the first 15 minutes before the stream was taken down due to technical difficulties. So not only were thousands of fans watching a block of ice melt very slowly online, but they couldn’t do it properly.Either way, the stunt finally paid off with the premiere date, along with a tagline and a new teaser. The great war is here. #GoTS7 premieres 7.16. pic.twitter.com/1Jna10kNuQ— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) March 9, 2017The seven-episode season was pushed back this year. Normally the show premieres in spring, but it was pushed back to mid-summer because, aptly, winter was coming in reality. According to HBO, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wanted to use the snow on the ground to their advantage, since winter is finally here on the show.And considering the tagline for this season is “Fear the Winter,” we’re going to need all the winter we can get.It was a joke for a while among fans, that “winter is coming” for the Stark family, but very slowly. Unfortunately, “winter” has multiple meanings in Westeros. In the Game of Thrones world, “winter” is a season that can last for years and can ravage the landscape, especially for those who live in the North. It also refers to the White Walkers that have been making their way towards the Wall since season two.As the numerous families have been fighting each other over a pointy and uncomfortable Iron Throne for six seasons, the real threat has been making its way towards Westeros. That’s the real war that’s mentioned in the teaser, and the one that will hopefully come to a head in season seven.So yes, winter is a big deal and we’ll be getting a taste of it… in the dead of summer.Need more Thrones in the meantime, check out our GoT gift guide.
Watch: Man Is Nearly Struck By Lightning in Shocking VideoLightning Strike Kills 300-Pound Bear in Colorado Powerful storms struck multiple areas in Oregon and Washington on Wednesday and one Twitter user’s shocking video shows a giant lightning bolt striking a tree and setting it on fire.Following the powerful storm, Richard Sewell uploaded the video on Twitter, which has received more than 600 likes so far, KGW8 News reported. The video, which was captured by Twitter user @BecShelleyy from inside a home in Gresham, Oregon, and shared by Sewell, highlights the moment when the lightning randomly hit the tree and caused it to burst into flames. “Holy ********,” is captioned on the video and the powerful thud of the strike and pounding rain can be heard in the background.@KGWRodHill @KGWNews lightning strike around 162nd and San Rafael. pic.twitter.com/a12uw7j2SP— Richard Sewell (@RSewell82) June 27, 2019According to the National Weather Service in Portland, Oregon, an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes took place on June 26 throughout the state, KOIN 6 News noted. It had also been 780 days since the last Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued for parts of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Portland General Electric also said almost 26,000 customers were without power in various counties, including Clackamas, Marion, and Washington counties.Lightning crashing into trees is a common occurrence during the warm weather months: In May, Massachusetts firefighters were called to put out a tree on fire after it was hit by lightning during a bad thunderstorm. The creepy part was that the fire had taken over the tree’s interior, making it look as if it was burning from the inside out.More on Geek.com:Two Giraffes Killed By Lightning Strike at Florida Safari Park Motorcyclist Dies After Being Struck By Lightning in FloridaFirefighters Find Eerie Tree Burning From Inside After Lightning Strike Stay on target
A former hockey coach at Kenai Central and Soldotna high schools has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing minors over a span of 14 years. So far, seven victims have been identified, according to Alaska State Troopers.Listen now55-year-old Bradley Elliot was arrested July 13 and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai after a search warrant was served on his Sterling home. He faces 37 counts, including sexual abuse of a minor, child pornography and misconduct involving a controlled substance. He allegedly provided steroids to victims as a form of bribery, according to troopers.Kenai Peninsula Borough School District spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff says that Elliot worked for the district as a junior varsity hockey coach at Kenai Central High School for the 2005-06 school year. She also confirms that Elliot was involved with the hockey program at Soldotna High School for three seasons, from 2007 to 2010, but is still investigating in what capacity Elliot participated.“We’re still verifying the level of involvement, whether he was a volunteer, or in what position or role,” Erkeneff said.Erkeneff says the district has a four-step process when hiring coaches. First, the position would be made available to certified staff at the school. If no one wanted it, the job would be posted on the district’s website. Any candidate who is selected as a potential hire after completing the application process would then undergo a background and reference check.“Everything we do for an employee, and we also look for felonies and misdemeanors in that process. And then, if they pass that, we would offer them the position,” Erkeneff said.The process to volunteer in the district was made more rigorous in the 2009-2010 school year, Erkeneff says.“The district decided that they wanted to take this more seriously so there was a pilot program in 08-09 and then it was implemented districtwide in 09-10. So what happens if somebody volunteers in a school or is a volunteer coach they would go through a background check,” she said.Troopers say the investigation against Elliot began in December 2015, on a tip from a citizen who was concerned that Elliot had abused a family member.Erkeneff says she can’t comment on whether any complaints had been filed with the district regarding Elliot, citing employee confidentiality requirements. But she did say that the district’s policy is to investigate all such claims.“If the district receives a complaint from anybody, generally it starts at a school site, and then it would go to the director level, and then potentially the superintendent, and there would definitely be an investigation,” Erkeneff said.Erkeneff says that the safety and welfare of its students is the district’s first priority.“I think that we’re continuing to improve and refine our background checks, so that all of our schools are safe places. We love our volunteers, we need our volunteers, our staff and we’re committed to safety for our students. And the school district stands against any employee or volunteer that is abusing a child or another employee and it’s never acceptable.” Erkeneff said.Anyone who knows of other minors potentially victimized by Elliot is asked to call trooper investigator Austin MacDonald at 907-260-2737.
Two people were killed in a Christmas Eve double homicide in Anchorage.Listen NowAnchorage police responded to reports of a shooting with multiple victims around 4 p.m. Saturday. When officers arrived, they discovered two victims — 32-year-old Danielle Brooks and 38-year-old Christopher Brooks.Danielle Brooks was pronounced dead at the scene. Christopher Brooks was able to exit the residence, but collapsed outside. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.According to APD, a 6-year-old child, who was in the residence during the shooting, said, “Ninjas came into my home and killed my family.”Anchorage police say several men who knew Christopher Brooks planned to rob the home. During the robbery, APD allege Lamarkus Jayquann Mann, age 22, produced a gun and shot both victims. Mann is not in custody at this time.Another suspect, Jaylyn Franklin, has been arrested in connection with the robbery, and is charged with Murder, Robbery, Burglary, and Tampering with Evidence.APD is working to identify the others involved in the murders.
Jammu: Following days of restrictions, mobile phone services have been resumed in five districts of Jammu region. Starting Wednesday night, the services were restored in Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch districts. The services were suspended across Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, in view of security concerns in the region following Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Defending restrictions on the use of mobile phones and internet, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik had said that the curb has been imposed as these facilities were abused as “a weapon” against the country and mostly exploited by terrorists to mobilise the people. “There is much hullabaloo over the absence of telephone facilities. I want to say that people should wait for 10 more days. For us every life is important. Please try to understand the reasons behind these restrictions. Who uses phone and internet? It is of little use for us but is mostly exploited by terrorists and Pakistanis,” Malik said.
3 min read August 23, 2010 Can’t live With ItCraig Asher, principal, Vital Financial, a small venture capital firm in Bethesda, Md.Craig Asher didn’t always look down his nose at SharePoint. When he and his business partner started using the software last year, they were looking forward to being able to easily collaborate and share documents with each other and with their business associates. The problem? There was nothing easy about it.”We were using SharePoint for about five months, which I thought was long enough,” Asher says. “My business partner is not extremelyWeb 2.0 savvy and he was just having trouble getting SharePoint to work.”Asher says SharePoint was not intuitive and was too clunky to use, so he went in search of an alternative. Now Vital Financial uses HyperOffice, an online collaboration platform that Asher says gave his company a 40-percent net savings and better functionality. And he was able to get his partner up and running with minimal training.The firm uses the tool every day to share documents and pool knowledge about companies being considered for investment.”We have to look at a lot of different companies and we go through a fairly thorough due-diligence process,” Asher says. “We keep track of all the companies we’re looking at in our HyperOffice wiki. I never want to go back to SharePoint.”Can’t live Without itJustin Singer, president, SMBology, an IT consulting firm in HoustonWith a team of about 20 consultants, SMBology depends on SharePoint to keep every one of them in the loop no matter where they are.”We’re working in a pretty fast-paced environment, so there’s a real need for everyone to have good access to information, be able to collaborate and be able to share thoughts and ideas of other people in the organization,” says Justin Singer. “We have people in the office and people out of the office that we need to support, and SharePoint is a key aspect of how they work together.”SharePoint’s search capability is a reason he believes SharePoint is indispensable. Before Singer deployed the software several years ago, it was difficult to keep track of information that was scattered all over, he says.And SharePoint’s version control makes it easy for employees to find the most up-to-date version of a common document.Singer says he remains committed to SharePoint because of how well it ties in with the other Microsoft products his business depends on.”It’s incredibly feature rich, and it integrates nicely with what we’re already doing,” Singer says. “I don’t know a single other product on the market that integrates as neatly as SharePoint does.” How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Now
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