Fate of heart wrenching residential school abuse stories hangs in balance

first_imgThe Canadian PressTORONTO – The question of what to do with records of deeply personal, often heart-wrenching testimony from thousands of survivors of Indian residential schools who sought compensation for sexual and other abuse lands on the doorstep of Ontario’s top court Tuesday. On one side of the two-day hearing are those who argue a lower court judge was right to order the material destroyed in due course. On the other are those who believe it should be kept in perpetuity under appropriate lock and key. Justice Murray Sinclair, who headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said his concern is that the stories of what went on in the schools will be lost forever if the “rich trove” of documents is destroyed as ordered. “In a few generations, that will allow people to be able to deny the validity of the stories we have heard,” Sinclair told The Canadian Press from Vancouver. “Right now there are deniers of those facts.” The records in question come from compensation hearings that arose out of the settlement of a class-action suit against the government and others related to the notorious church-run residential schools. Their accounts under the independent assessment process – separate from thousands of others who spoke publicly to Sinclair’s judicial commission – were intended to be confidential but the signatories to the class-action settlement never specified what would happen to records of the accounts. Claimants were supposed to have been given a choice at the start of their hearings but weren’t. The claims process turned up the “most significant” stories of the abuse that occurred and they may not have been heard elsewhere, Sinclair said. “That the survivors testified in front of adjudicators and the adjudicators believed them and awarded compensation is an important part of Canada’s national memory.” The head of the claims-adjudication process, Dan Shapiro, with backing from a privacy expert, argued the only way to ensure confidentiality and avoid revictimizing survivors was to destroy the documents once their claims had been finalized. “All parties agree that the records…contain the most highly sensitive personal information of claimants, alleged perpetrators, witnesses and others,” Shapiro’s lawyers say in their appeal factum. “The uncontradicted evidence of claimants and church participants is that they agreed to participate in the (adjudication process) based on the understanding that, with limited exceptions, records produced and prepared…were to be used and disclosed for that purpose alone.” The competing claims and counter-claims left Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell with an almost impossible task. In August last year, Perell ruled the testimony should be kept for 15 years then destroyed. The intervening years should be used to see whether those involved might agree to have their records transferred to a new national archive, he said. If they did, the material would have to be redacted to protect the abusers or others. The commission calls the ruling “unworkable” on the grounds that there would be no way to ask the more than 30,000 claimant survivors what they would want to see happen to their information _ especially given a lack of resources to do so. For its part, Ottawa argues Perell was wrong to conclude the records were not “government records.” The federal government argues it should keep any material deemed to be of historical significance under regular archiving laws, which include proper privacy safeguards. In all, the Court of Appeal will have to sort out three appeals and four cross-appeals stemming from Perell’s ruling.last_img read more

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Toys R Us president opens up about recent troubles and plans to

first_imgVAUGHAN, Ont. – Toys “R” Us Canada’s president says most of the people she has met with over the past tumultuous year have asked her the same question: “have you found another job?”The query has been on the tip of everyone’s tongues as many mistakenly believe the toy chain’s Canadian business is following in the footsteps of its American and U.K. counterparts by liquidating stores amid headline-making reports of the company’s financial woes in a changing retail environment.“People are absolutely confused…There is a huge misconception from Canadians that our stores are closing and there is going to be a massive clearance,” president Melanie Teed-Murch told The Canadian Press.“We have been here for 34 years and are going to be here for 30 plus more. Toys “R” Us Canada is here to play and here to stay.”And so is Teed-Murch, a 22-year veteran of the company, who got her start at Toys “R” Us when she saw an advertisement seeking a store manager for the chain’s Kitchener, Ont., location.She rose through the ranks as the toy industry faced a wave of competitive developments — the growing popularity of video and online games, the expansion of rival brand Mastermind Toys stores and the dawn of e-commerce that saw the company contending with online giants Amazon and eBay.While each has proved challenging, none compared to the “turmoil” Teed-Murch and fellow executives faced when Toys “R” Us Canada sought creditor protection last September to cope with financial repercussions stemming from troubles in its U.S. business.Toys “R” Us Canada had long been the company’s “jewel in the crown” and was far stronger than its American counterpart — even though the separately run entity always had less money — because it was much smaller and more nimble, she said.But the U.S. ordeal still placed the Canadian operations in jeopardy.Teed-Murch started to feel the toll. She was putting in 70-hour weeks and saw so little of her family that she sat down her two children to explain the “overwhelming” task the company was facing.They told her they supported her fight for the toy store.She and other executives started pitching investors on how they could rescue the business. They eventually hooked up with Prem Watsa, a billionaire often called the Canadian Warren Buffett, whose investment firm Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. has also bet on other struggling businesses like Torstar Corp. and BlackBerry.He snatched up the Canadian business, and its 82 locations, for $300 million.Toys “R” Us started emblazoning flyers with “we are open” messaging, using social media influencers and bringing mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe, celebrities and play fairs to stores in a campaign to fend off customer loss amid the news coming out of the U.S. and U.K.Teed-Murch doesn’t anticipate such efforts will disappear. In fact, she’s already eyeing other measures the company can take to keep customers in stores because their experience is the “secret sauce.” It’s also one of the few differentiators traditional retailers have left as customers increasingly embrace the convenience of online shopping.The brand is adding benches to play areas where children can test new products or take part in crafts and games. It’s toying with allowing families to throw birthday parties at stores and opening smaller format locations.“Is food and beverage in our future? I can’t say definitively, but in the suite of Fairfax families there is a lot of restaurants,” Teed-Murch hinted.The brand is also looking to millennials, now embarking on parenthood, and who Teed-Much is seeing “revolt” against kids constantly playing with gaming devices, phones and computers.They’re gravitating towards buying physical toys, especially ones with a connection to nostalgia of their youth, she said.Harry Potter, for example, is seeing a surge in popularity more than 20 years after the first book was originally published, Teed-Murch pointed out. Traditional plush toys and the soon-to-be 60-year-old Barbie are also re-emerging as favourites.Teed-Murch is hoping to capitalize on that love of nostalgia by adding “Fan Vault” departments to stores. They are stocked with collectible apparel and products, merchandise connected to online video games and even items that would sell for about $500 at Fan Expo, a travelling convention geared towards fans of major TV and film series.In other aisles, Teed-Murch said shoppers will find an abundance of toys proving to be hits this season, including slime, do-it-yourself kits, animatronic nurturing pets and products that are covered in glitter or unicorns.The company is already planning items it will roll out at Christmas, but Teed-Murch said it’s equally focused on rebuilding after an “emotional” year.“We have lots of ideas for the future, but right now we are really just trying to re-establish and stabilize the business,” she said.“As a Canadian company, we need to recraft our mission.”Follow @Tara_Deschamps at The Canadian Press.last_img read more

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Alan Rickman Wants to Shoot a Movie in Marrakech

Marrakech –  The famous English actor and director Alan Rickman, a member of the jury of the Marrakech Festival, said Thursday he was fascinated by the secular and modern character of Marrakech where he would like to shoot one of his movies.“Obviously, I’d love to shoot in Morocco. I want to make a film in this great place, Marrakech, a secular and modern city, where every door, every entry tells a story. All this together makes it fascinating and can only be a source of inspiration”, he said at a press conference on the sidelines of the festival.Rickman, who owes his international renown notably to his role of the enigmatic Professor Snape in “Harry Potter” saga, from 2001 to 2011, also expressed his joy to be present in “an extremely well organized festival in an exotic and universal framework”.Related to his mission as a jury member, he admitted that the task will not be easy especially that “it is difficult to judge one film over the other, because each movie is different with its own visions. Asked about his evaluation criteria, the filmmaker said that the script is important, but he prefers to “get carried away like a child” when he watches a movie.“When the light goes out, you immerse yourself in the story, you go in the movie or not,” said Rickman who refuses to be swayed by objective criteria because “it would be a bad sign.”“The more I learn, the more I realize that as an actor and director, we need to preserve innocence,” he added.Referring to his role in Harry Potter, he remembers “a unique experience” that structured his life during ten years, the filming being concentrated on short periods, which has given him the opportunity to do n theater, his first passion, and then he “witnessed the emergence of young actors, wonderful people.”In this respect, he encouraged all people to listen to their “inner voice”, while there is a tendency today to encourage children to make important decisions.“At 18, I heard this voice saying to me to enroll in an art school. Giving would have been a denial to myself,” said the director, who seven years later followed the same inner voice that drove him to make a career on the stage before discovering the world of cinema. read more

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Pepsico and Nvidia rise, while Mattel and Newell Brands slip

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:Arista Networks Inc., up $23.17 to $263.95The cloud-computing company beat fourth-quarter forecasts on a surge in revenue and issued a strong first-quarter outlook.Nvidia Corp., up $2.81 to $157.34The chipmaker’s reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and forecast for the current year.XPO Logistics Inc., down $7.58 to $51.97The logistics company cut its profit forecast for the year citing the loss of a key customer.TrueCar Inc., down $2.54 to $7.70The provider of information on car costs fell short of profit and revenue forecasts for the quarter, while giving a weak outlook.LogMeIn Inc., down $13.07 to $82.87The cloud-computing company gave investors a weak first-quarter profit forecast and announced a restructuring plan.Newell Brands Inc., down $4.53 to $17.16The consumer products company fell short of revenue forecasts and expects weak sales going forward as it deals with the loss of key retailer Babies ‘R’ Us.Mattel Inc., down $3.09 to $13.82The toy maker issued a weaker-than-expected 2019 revenue outlook.Pepsico Inc., up $3.32 to $115.91The beverage maker reported sales growth in North America and plans to buy back about $8 billion in stock in 2019.The Associated Press read more

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Creating a world fit for children focus of General Assembly highlevel event

Participants have gathered in New York for an Assembly session to review progress towards “A World Fit for Children” – a landmark plan of action agreed by world leaders in 2002 to improve the well-being of children.Five years ago governments committed to a set of time-bound and specific goals in four priority areas concerning children: promoting healthy lives; providing quality education; protecting against abuse, exploitation and violence; and combating HIV/AIDS.The Assembly’s two-day high-level meeting, known as “A World Fit for Children+5” will examine advances and setbacks in child well-being, and is expected to conclude with the adoption of a declaration reaffirming global and national commitments to the goals set in 2002. Highlighting some of the progress that has been achieved in recent years, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim noted that fewer children under five are dying each year and more children are in school than ever before. However, “we still have a long way to go,” Mr. Kerim told reporters as the session got under way. The challenges that remain include diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria, which continue to be a hindrance to a healthy life for millions of children. A large number of children are also still subject to violence, exploitation and abuse, as well as to inequity and discrimination, in particular against girls.To coincide with the Assembly session, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has presented a new report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the eight targets to slash poverty and other ills by 2015 – as they specifically relate to children. The report provides new information on how far the world has come in making a world fit for children, said Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, who noted the mixed progress towards achieving the goals agreed in 2002. “If we are to have any chance of meeting these critical goals, we must invest in every child, in every community, everywhere – to give each child a healthy start in life, a good basic education, protection from exploitation, and a chance to develop to his or her full capacity,” Ms. Migiro said. The Secretary-General’s report draws on data published by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in its report, entitled “Progress for Children: A World Fit for Children Statistical Review,” which was released yesterday.The UNICEF report provides “an excellent reference tool,” stated the agency’s Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, as it shows “where efforts should be scaled up, where more needs to be done.” Highlighting some of the special events taking place in conjunction with the Assembly’s session, she noted that over 90 children and young people from 51 countries – ranging in age from 11 to 17 – are participating in a parallel Youth Forum. They will present their own “outcome document” to the Assembly at the end of the session. Also, last Saturday, some of the youth participants spoke via satellite to members of the new “Elders” group – which includes a number of prominent personalities such as Graça Machel, Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson – gathered in South Africa. 11 December 2007As efforts over recent years to improve the lives of children show both considerable progress and the need for further action, the General Assembly today kicked off a special event at United Nations Headquarters focusing on building a world that is truly fit for every child. read more

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Kenilworth stairs under repair

The Kenilworth stairs in Hamilton will soon be closed for repairs…Hamilton’s Public Works Department says it will close the stairs starting next Tuesday. The work is expected to be finished by Friday, June 7th, so the repairs should take a little more than a week, weather permitting.Safety fencing and signage will be installed to restrict access to the stairs until the work is completed.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

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Number of Africans being fed by UN World Food Programme doubles in

WFP said it aims to provide food assistance this year to some 43 million people across Africa, including some 35 million in need of emergency food aid, for a total of over $1.8 billion.“These statistics do not augur well for Africa’s future – and they cannot be ignored, especially since the world has produced enough food for everyone on the planet for decades,” WFP Executive Director James Morris said.“A combination of poverty, conflict, HIV/AIDS, drought and a weakened capacity for government has caused record levels of hunger stretching across the continent, from north to south and from west to east,” he added.The needy include refugees, returnees and internally displaced people, children of all ages, malnourished women and children requiring therapeutic feeding, pregnant and nursing mothers at risk of malnutrition, communities in need of infrastructure and training, and families affected by HIV/AIDS, WFP said.“Each region in Africa has its own problems and suffering and the need for humanitarian assistance is almost overwhelming,” Mr. Morris said.The highest numbers are some 18 million hungry people in 11 East African countries. An emerging food crisis caused by drought is threatening the lives of about 5.4 million people in four of those countries: Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti, WFP said.In Southern Africa, where HIV/AIDS has hit hardest, WFP seeks to assist 9.2 million people in seven countries. And in West Africa, where war and poverty are the main scourges, WFP anticipates that at least 8.5 million people require urgent food aid in 14 countries across the Sahelian region.“While our donors were exceptionally generous last year, providing us with some $2 billion to run operations in 40 African countries, we were approximately $550 million short of our requirements for that period,” Mr. Morris said. “We need aid pledges now. As we’ve learned repeatedly in the past, delivering late costs far more than delivering now – and it costs lives.” read more

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Apple loses key music executive who joined company after 3 billion acquisition

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple’s online music subscription service is losing a key player as millions of listeners near the end of a free three-month trial period that has drawn mixed reviews.Ian Rogers, part of a team acquired last year, is leaving Apple to take a job at an unidentified company in Europe. Apple confirmed Rogers’ departure Friday without providing additional details.Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats last year was driven in large part by the iPhone maker’s desire to draw upon the musical chops of Rogers, longtime recording executive Jimmy Iovine and hip hop artist Dr. Dre. Both Iovine and Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, remain with Apple.Rogers got his start running a fan website for the Beastie Boys in the 1990s and later became involved in various musical endeavours that tried to blend tunes with the latest in technology. He had been CEO of Beats Music at the time of the Apple acquisition.After working with the Beats team, Apple launched its music streaming service in late June to compete with more established rivals such as Spotify and Pandora. Rogers had been overseeing Apple’s online radio stations, including Beats 1, that will remain free even after people have to start paying to use most of the company’s music service.Apple Inc. says 11 million people have tried its music service during its trial period. In contrast, Spotify boasts 75 million users, including 20 million subscribers to a more sophisticated, ad-free version of its service.Music streaming services that charge monthly fees or play ads are becoming increasingly popular as people gravitate away from digital stores, such as Apple’s iTunes, that sell entire albums or individual songs that can be stored on devices. The shift is the main reason that Apple decided to build its own streaming service with a library of more than 30 million songs.Since its debut, Apple’s music service has been criticized for being too complicated to use and for having trouble customizing suitable song recommendations for the individual tastes of different listeners. Analysts believe the true test of the service’s staying power will come after listeners’ free trial period ends.That expiration will occur in October for people who activated the service within the first few days that it was available. After the trial period ends, Apple will charge $10 per month for individuals and $15 per month for a family plan that gives up to six people unlimited access to the music library. Apple loses key music executive who joined company after $3 billion acquisition of Beats by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2015 11:48 am MDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Flags to be lowered in honour of firstyear student

The Brock community is mourning the loss of one of its students.Corey Mijac, 18, was one of three young men killed in a tragic plane crash in Pennsylvania last week.Mijac graduated from Governor Simcoe Secondary School in the spring and was a first-year Bachelor of Arts student in Geography here at Brock.The funeral service will be Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. at George Darte Funeral Home in St. Catharines. Out of respect for the family, the flags at Brock will be lowered to half mast at that time.The University would like to express its condolences to the Mijac family, as well as the families of 19-year-old Ben Jeffries and 25-year-old Rifat Tawfig, the two other Niagara men who died in the crash Sunday night.More here: www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2016/10/18/niagaras-plane-crash-victims-remembered read more

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Dramatic Arts students improving gender representation one webpage at a time

First year Dramatic Arts students will take to their laptops on Sunday in the name of gender equity in the theatre industry.Led by a team of student leaders from DART 1F93: Introduction to Drama, Dramatic Arts students will participate in the Equity in Theatre Hackathon by creating and updating the wiki pages of diverse Canadian women in the theatre industry. The event, held on International Women’s Day, aims to improve the online representation of women in theatre.“Only 22 per cent of the plays produced in Canada in the last theatre season were written by women, and more than 70 per cent of the country’s not-for-profit theatres are run by men,” says Karen Fricker, assistant professor of Dramatic Arts at Brock. “While these numbers are improving slowly, we still have a long way to go in terms of achieving gender equity. Getting responsible information into the public sphere is something concrete we can do to raise awareness about the contributions of women to Canadian theatre — and to give students a sense of ownership and agency over that history and current activity.”Brock’s efforts will focus on women within Niagara. Students are currently researching local theatre companies and practitioners, as well as faculty and staff within the Dramatic Arts department.Brock will be one of a number of locations across Canada participating in the Hackathon. The main location is at the Playwrights Guild of Canada in Toronto.In September 2014, the guild established Equity in Theatre, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts Leadership for Change program, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.Equity in Theatre’s purpose is to “foster dialogue on an (inter)national scale, develop social actions that will help effect change, and generate greater awareness of and exposure to Canadian women in theatre, all the while drawing attention to the systemic discrimination that permeates the industry still.”Brock’s Hackathon happens Sunday, March 8, 2 to 5 p.m., in Plaza 409. There will be live entertainment and refreshments, and all are welcome (bring a laptop or tablet if you can). For more information, please contact kgottli@brocku.ca.Learn more about Hackathon read more

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Company linked to Johnny Ronan sues Dublin City Council over height restriction

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email2 Apr 24th 2019, 9:24 AM Developer Johnny Ronan (file photo) Wednesday 24 Apr 2019, 9:24 AM Developer Johnny Ronan (file photo) Image: Rollingnews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4604246 29,333 Views center_img Image: Rollingnews.ie Company linked to Johnny Ronan sues Dublin City Council over height restriction guidelines The firm claims that two of its planning applications could be affected by the restrictions. No Comments By Aodhan O’Faolain & Ray Managh Short URL A COMPANY LINKED to developer Johnny Ronan has brought a High Court challenge over Dublin City Council’s legal interpretation of building height guidelines.The action has been brought by Spencer Place Development Company Ltd, of which Ronan is a director.The firm claims the interpretation may have an adverse effect on two applications it has pending before the local authority for permission to increase the height of several buildings it is currently constructing.The construction is taking place on lands it has leased at Spencer Place, Spencer Dock Dublin which is located in the North Lotts and Grand Canal Strategic Development Zone (SDZ).One of the developments has been earmarked as an aparthotel and residential development, while the other development will be used by software company Salesforce.Development planIn its judicial review proceedings, the company claims the council erroneously adopted a legal interpretation of the building height guidelines in a document entitled “Briefing Note on City Development Plan and Height Guidelines”.The document was prepared by DCC’s planners at the end of January and was presented to its elected members in March.The company claims that the interpretation adopted by DCC means that a Specific Planning Policy Requirement, which in general terms provides for increased building heights, does not apply when determining planning applications for developments in an SDZ.Earlier this year the company applied to DCC to amend existing planning permissions, aimed at allowing it to construct additional storeys on the buildings it is constructing.The additional height proposed in the planning applications is in excess of the maximum building heights set out in the planning scheme for lands at Spencer Place.Under the 2014 North Lotts and Grand Canal planning scheme, the maximum building heights are eight storeys for commercial buildings, and ten storeys for residential buildings.The company claims that the council’s interpretation has exposed it to serious risks in relation to the delivery of the developments.There is also a limited period of time available for it to provide the additional floor space which are the subjects of the planning permissions, it argues.It claims that the legal interpretation adopted by the council means that the local authority has restrained its ability to grant the company the planning permissions it has sought.Performance of functionsThe council has denied this in correspondence to the company, and says the applications will be given full and proper consideration.Represented by Eamon Galligan SC, Suzanne Murray BL, and instructed by Neil OMahony and Aonghus McClafferty of Eversheds Sutherland, the company is seeking various declarations from the court.These include a declaration that Dublin City Council’s legal interpretation contained in the document entitled “Briefing Note on City Development Plan and Height Guidelines” does not apply to Strategic Development Zones and is incorrect as a matter of law.It is also seeking a declaration that the Specific Planning Policy Requirement has legal effect and that the council must apply it in the performance of its functions, including in its determination of the two planning applications.The firm further seeks a declaration that the council must comply with building height guidelines contained in the Specific Planning Policy Requirement when determining applications for building heights exceeding those set out in the 2014 North Lotts and Grand Canal Planning Scheme.Permission to bring the challenge was granted on an ex parte basis by Mr Justice Michael McGrath.The judge made the action returnable to a date in May.Comments have been closed.last_img read more

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Tree falls on Point Loma Heights home killing two occupants

first_img January 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 7:08 PM Tree falls on Point Loma Heights home killing two occupants Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: January 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Jessica and Troy Nelson, owners of Trojan Promotions in Grand Forks, died while on a trip to San Diego early Monday.According to social media posts, they were killed when a 75-foot tree fell onto the house they were staying in. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the tree fell around 6:15 a.m., local time, killing two occupants.Krisi Lund, the senior production manager for Trojan Promotions, said Jessica and Troy were attending an industry trade show in the area.The Union-Tribune reported a third person was inside the house at the time but escaped. Further information about the victims was not immediately available.Jessica and Troy were not just owners of the business, but worked alongside their employees and treated them with generosity.“They poured their heart and soul into everything that they did, and this business was one of those things,” Lund said. “They built this business and this is the most wonderful business. They were so good to all of us.”Troy’s father started a business forms company, Nelson Business Forms, and Troy began working there in 1990. In 2007, Troy and Jessica made Trojan Promotions a separate entity from Nelson Business forms.Laura Endres, who works for Newman Outdoor, did business with Jessica and Troy.Endres said that the couple was very involved in the business community of Grand Forks.“They did a really good job taking a business that (Troy’s dad) started and turning it into something amazing,” Endres said. “It was going to lead to great things.”Lund had worked with Jessica and Troy since 2008 and said they had become more like family than friends.“We’re all having a hard time here today,” Lund said. “They were wonderful people, they were dog lovers, they were outdoors lovers.”last_img read more

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Louisiana Leads Nation in Average Soybean Yield Per Acre

first_imgASA congratulates Louisiana soy growers for leading the nation in average yield per acre in 2014 with an average of 57 bushels per acre.According to the Daily Agri-News Report from Louisiana Farm Bureau Agri-News Radio Network, this is a first for Louisiana and weather along with research into varieties, planting dates and soil types played a big part in the yields.Following close behind at the number two state for average soybean yield per acre is Illinois with 56 bushels per acre.Click here and scroll to page 45 to see more average yield per acre information by state.last_img

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Google founders reportedly absent from this years weekly town halls

first_img Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tags 0 Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See it Read DJI Osmo Action preview $520 at HP DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $59 at eBay $60 at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Tech Industry Culture See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET See It Comments $999 See at Turo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin Kim Kulish/Getty Images Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin haven’t attended any of the search giant’s “TGIF” town hall meetings for 2019, according to a report Tuesday from BuzzFeed News. The absence, reportedly the longest in the company’s history, comes during a tempestuous time regarding issues like workplace harassment and censorship.A source at Google told BuzzFeed that the duo’s absence isn’t a total surprise. Page and Brin apparently planned to step back after forming Alphabet in 2015. The move was reportedly to give Google CEO Sundar Pichai a chance to establish himself as a leader. However, Page and Brin reportedly had remained a staple at meetings, either attending individually or together. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The company’s town hall meetings are a time for employees to ask questions of leadership to promote transparency in the workplace. The meetings typically consist of a report from leadership, a team presentation and time for questions.  Angela Lang/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Rylo $6 at Tidal Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $155 at Google Express Turocenter_img Read Google Home Hub review Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Apple iPhone XS Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sprint An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $299 at Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $210 at Best Buy Boost Mobile Share your voice Share your voice See It 7 Read the AirPods review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read the Rylo camera previewlast_img read more

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The Kingsman prequel trailer has landed

first_imgEggsy won’t be in the WWI-era Kingsman prequel. 20th Century Fox Disney-owned 20th Century Fox has dropped the first trailer of The King’s Man, the third Kingsman movie and prequel to the first two. After the second Kingsman moved the action to the US, our first glimpse of the prequel’s dark trailer looks to set the movie back in the UK and Europe like the first Kingsman, but during World War I. 1 2019 movies to geek out over Tags Gas masks, skulls, soldiers in the trenches, the original Kingsman mansion, the old Kingsman tailor shop and a Rasputin lookalike attending a ball are all shown in the trailer.”Throughout time, our people robbed, lied and killed,” the narrator in the trailer says. “Until one day, we called ourselves noblemen. But that nobility never came from chivalry. It came from being tough and ruthless. Real power is not found running off to war. Real power lies in understanding who it is you’re truly fighting and how they can be defeated.”According to IMDb, the movie will see “a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions.” It is set to star Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Tom Hollander, Djimon Hounsou, Harris Dickinson and Stanley Tucci. Some of the characters listed include Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alix, the mayor of Sarajevo, the Duke of Oxford and German, British and Russian characters.Last month, Walt Disney Studios’ updated film release schedule for the next few years placed The King’s Man on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, in the US. The 20th Century Fox UK trailer gives a UK date of Feb. 20.Also coming in 2020 from Disney are Pixar’s Onward on March 6, the live-action Mulan movie on March 27, an untitled Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film on May 1, Artemis Fowl on May 29, Pixar’s Soul on June 19, Jungle Cruise on July 24, another untitled Marvel film on Nov. 6, an untitled Disney animation on Nov. 25 and Cruella on Dec. 23. 77 Photos Comments Culture TV and Movies Share your voicelast_img read more

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NAACP to host peaceful rally remembering Mike Brown Eric Garner

first_imgThe Anchorage NAACP is hosting a peaceful rally on Saturday in memory of two unarmed African-American men who were killed by police in the lower 48 over the summer. NAACP President Wanda Laws says Alaskans need to be part of the national dialogue about race relations and police actions.Download Audio“We’re not immune to that. We hope that it never happens here, but we need to recognize that there needs to be a national conversation. There are people who are frightened and also we need to raise awareness that there needs to be more communication, more understanding, and actually more community involvement.”Laws says she thinks communication between the local police force and minorities is good in Anchorage. But she says continued open communication is necessary to maintain trust within the community and prevent tragedies.The rally will start at 2 pm on Saturday in downtown Anchorage on 3rd and Cordova. The group is memorializing two men. Eric Garner was put in a chokehold by a police officer in New York City in July and died. Mike Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Neither officer was indicted by grand juries. People nationwide are protesting the actions and the lack of indictments.last_img read more

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DCEU Shazam boxoffice will be affected by Avengers Endgame

first_imgShazam DC Movie TrailerShazam Movie/FacebookDCEU’s Shazam! is getting positive reviews from the critics. Several are even calling it better than Wonder Woman and Aquaman, but its box-office collection will surely hit after the release of Avengers: Endgame.Shazam! is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and serves as the seventh movie in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The movie follows the story of Billy Batson, a teenager who can transform into an adult superhero, played by Zachary Levi. The upcoming movie is going to be the first live-live-action version of the character since 1951 TV serial, Adventures of Captain Marvel.On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie holds a near-perfect rating of 94 percent. The website’s critical consensus reads, “An effortlessly entertaining blend of humor and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre’s real power: joyous wish fulfillment.”The Hollywood Reporter has called the movie, something very high on steroids. It has also praised the movie for its phenomenal performance and the comic tone. The Wrap has compared Shazam! with DCEU’s previous movies like Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Its movie critic has compared it with Zach Snyder’s ascetic color palette movies in the DC and stated that Shazam! brings back the colors to the DC world, which is actually a great thing to say about any superhero movie.The upcoming Shazam! is made against a budge of $100 million and movie finance experts have predicted that it will gross $45 million in the first week only. To break even, this latest entry into the superhero world would have to make no less than $300-400 million. Apart from Pet Sematary and The Best of Enemies, there are no other big releases during its release week. Avengers Endgame movie trailerMarvel Studios (@marvelstudios/Instagram)That being said, MCU’s Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to release on April 26. So, compare to Endgame, Shazam! doesn’t have too much fan following and there are chances that Endgame’s release would surely affect the third and fourth weekend of Shazam! It would be interesting to see how Shazam! will compete against a franchise which has offered us 21 movies in the last ten years.Shazam! is scheduled for release worldwide on April 5, 2019, and will feature an ensemble cast of Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan, and Djimon Hounsou. The movie is written by Henry Gayden and is directed by David F. Sandberg who previously directed movies like Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation. Sandberg has also written and directed several acclaimed short films.last_img read more

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UK to stand by Bangladesh on Rohingya issue

first_imgUK prime minister’s trade envoy to Bangladesh Rushanara Ali MP holds a meeting with commerce minister Tofail Ahmed at his secretariat office on Monday. Photo: PIDUnited Kingdom’s prime minister’s trade envoy to Bangladesh Rushanara Ali MP on Monday said her country will stand beside Bangladesh over the Rohingya crisis.“Our government and people of UK apply pressure on the Myanmar authority to end the terrible treatment on the Rohingyas and human right violation what is described by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing,” she said.The UK parliament member made the statement during a meeting with commerce minister Tofail Ahmed at his secretariat office. She is visiting Bangladesh leading a high-level British business delegation.She said Bangladesh is facing great challenges along the Myanmar border as refuge inflow has increased to a total of 900,000 people, including 450,000 people displaced previously.“We are in UK doing everything we can to ensure that international community takes tougher action against the Burmese military,” added Rushanara.She expressed her gratitude to the people of Bangladesh for their generosity to the people who have lost everything including family members.The trade envoy also thanked the government to allow the agencies for providing aid and support to the Rohingyas.“Our ambassador is working with other ambassadors here to make sure the proper coordination to support humanitarian system from other government as well,” she added.Rushanara also said: “We look for continuing to work together to bring an end to the violence, and establish peace and stability.”British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Alison Blake, commerce secretary Shubhashish Bose and member of British delegation were present.The commerce minister urged the British investors to come up with investment in Bangladesh as foreign investment in the country is fully protected by the Act of Parliament.He said Bangladesh with the cooperation of the international community wants permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis through discussion.“We’ve a limitation of land that is why we can’t allow them (the Rohingyas) to stay in our country for long,” added Tofail.The commerce minister sought the intervention of international community for returning the Rohingyas back to their country.last_img read more

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University Discovered 1648 Bond that Still Pays Interest – And they Collected

first_imgExperts at Yale University discovered a Dutch water bond from 1648 that amazingly still pays interest. At some point or another, people usually hear about some of the outrageous bond agreements to which persons have been subjected over the years. That said, hearing about a bond which was originally issued in the 17th century yet is still accruing interest 300 years later doesn’t happen often: in fact, some might argue that it’s impossible. Well, that’s not quite the case – it would seem that there isn’t just one, but a few bonds issued in the 1600s which have stood the test of time and are still very much relevant to the respective payers’ pockets. YaleNews revealed that a water bond dating as far back as 1648 still contractually binds the obligated parties to pay annual interest today. Upon its discovery and subsequent analysis of its terms and agreements, reports indicate that at the time of its execution, the bond operated as a perpetual bond.The original clauses of the agreement bound the payer to “5 percent interest in perpetuity,” a rate which was later lowered to 3.5 percent and then 2.5 percent respectively in the 1600s. At the time, physical notations of interest payments were inscribed on the bond as they were made as a means of recording them. Being of Dutch-origin and made out of goatskin, when the bond was issued, it was apparently made out to Mr. Niclaes de Meijer, a man who was ordered to pay the “sum of 1000 Carolus Guilders of 20 Stuivers a piece.”This bond was issued in 1648 by a Dutch water board to finance improvements to a local dike system. A perpetual bond, it continues to pay interest. Photo courtesy of Yale News.The manuscript was filed at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2003 after Yale managed to come into possession of it. After Timothy Young, the curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts at the library, conferred with a Dutch water authority named Stichtse Rijnlanden, not only did he discover that this bond was only one of five ever found, all five of them were administered by the Hoogheemraadschap Lekdijk Bovendams.Beinecke rare book library at Yale. Photo by Michael Kastelic CC by SA-4.0This entity was actually a water board which comprised a combination of highly-esteemed citizens and landowners. Apart from collecting the interest payments, the board oversaw a number of man-made constructions, including canals and dikes. Based on YaleNews’ report, the money collected served to compensate workers who had just completed a project in which they had to construct a formation of piers located close to a bend in one of the rivers. The project was supposed to help prevent erosion by assisting the river in properly regulating its flow.Yesterday during my visit @NYSE John Tuttle presented copies of a 17th century perpetual bond, which still pays $30 a year! #dutch #history #nyse #wallstreet pic.twitter.com/mo7sHrPvV5— Dolph Hogewoning (@NLinNY) September 30, 2017In 2015, when Timothy Young returned from meeting with the relevant Dutch authority, he also brought back with him 12 years of back interest which was owed on the bond, a total which amounted to approximately 136.20 euros. Prior to 2015, the last time that the bond payments were collected was in 2003 when Yale first acquired it. At that time, as the reports states, “Geert Rouwenhorst, professor of corporate finance and deputy director of the International Center for Finance, took the bond back to the Netherlands to collect 26 years of back interest.”Related Video: The modern day revival of the Knights TemplarRouwenhorst was quite surprised that such a bond hadn’t been deemed null and void yet, going on to say “Yale’s bond is an extremely early example of a security that was issued without maturity and still pays interest. One ought to be astounded that such a thing exists.”That said, when the bond initially came into Yale’s possession, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library did experience some difficulty in categorizing it considering that the bond was still very much valid.According to Young, in order for the bond to remain valid, “we need to take it to the issuing authority in the Netherlands every couple of decades to collect the interest, but unless we’re loaning an item to another institution, we don’t allow collection material to leave the library.” For this reason, authorities were a bit divided as to how to best proceed with the filing of the document.Related Article: The World’s Oldest Housing Complex Where Rent Hasn’t Gone Up For 500 YearsHowever, later on, something happened which enabled the relevant parties to come to an agreement. In 1944, the vellum no longer had any more space where the new interest payments could have been recorded. As a result, authorities elected to add a paper addendum which served to record future payments, a paper which they allowed to be sent to the Netherlands in order to retrieve and record the necessary payments.At present, the bond is considered a bearer bond as anyone who shows the attached addendum to the authority in charge of issuing the payment is allowed to accept it.last_img read more

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