Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Grau, who is fluent in English, French and Spanish, has almost 25 years of experience working in arts and culture, and communications. She will retain ownership of Touchwood PR, a boutique publicity and promotions agency she founded in 2009. Her clients have included Cineplex, Fan Expo Canada, Pathé International, eOne, Unifrance Films, Telefilm Canada, the Academy of Canadian Film and Television, Reel Asian Film Festival, CMPA’s Prime Time in Ottawa, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, and several high-profile personal clients. Prior to Touchwood PR, Grau ran the TIFF Communications department for eight years. In this role she successfully developed and executed media strategies to position TIFF as a leader in the industry.Social Media:Twitter: @TIFF_NETInstagram: @TIFF_NETFacebook: Facebook.com/TIFF LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO — Piers Handling, Director & CEO of TIFF, today announced the appointment of Andréa Grau to the role of Vice President, Public Relations and Corporate Affairs, effective February 5, 2018. Grau will lead TIFF’s in-house agency, Dept. 30, comprised of the Communications, Marketing, Digital, Creative and Editorial teams. She will be part of TIFF Senior Management, providing leadership and guidance for the organization.Reporting to Michèle Maheux, Executive Director and COO, Grau is responsible for upholding and expanding the integrity of the TIFF brand internationally and at home, and developing and executing the PR strategy as the organization enters a new strategic plan and CEO transition“Andréa has been a part of this organization in some capacity for the past 23 years,” said Piers Handling, Director & CEO of TIFF. “She first entered as an intern fresh out of university, later returned to run the Communications department, and now comes back in a much larger leadership role to help us navigate the changing PR landscape. The industry and media relationships that she has developed over the years are impeccable. On behalf of the Senior Management team, we are delighted to have her back.” Twitter
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This year’s ‘Pioneers of the Year’ have been named at the 2019 North Peace Fall Fair.An annual tradition for the Fall Fair, the Fair Committee chooses two individuals or couples to be the North Peace Fall Fair Pioneers of the Year. This year’s recipients are Dennis Davidson and Herbert and Katrina Keuth.The chosen Pioneers are awarded a plaque and receive a gift certificate for a dinner for two. The criteria to be nominated as a recipient of the Pioneer of the Year include; Must have been involved in agriculture in the North Peace Must have been a participant in the Fall Fair Must be over the age of 70 years Must have been a past member or faithful volunteer to the Fall Fair Must have lived a minimum of 25 years in the North Peace
“The recent Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone mark a new beginning for the Peacebuilding Commission’s engagement with the country,” said Dutch Ambassador Frank Majoor, who chairs the Peacebuilding Commission’s Sierra Leone “configuration,” which focuses on that country. In Freetown, he will meet with newly elected President Ernest Bai Koroma, Vice President Chief Sahr Samuel Sam-Sumana, as well as parliamentarians, representatives of civil society and members of the UN Country Team. Ambassador Majoor is seeking to obtain first-hand information about the post-election situation and the remaining peacebuilding challenges in Sierra Leone, while advancing discussion towards the conclusion of a “Peacebuilding Cooperation Framework” – an agreed plan of commitments and priorities on such issues as good governance, justice, security sector reform and youth employment. “The peaceful, orderly, and genuinely contested elections were in part the result of an effective partnership between the national and international partners in Sierra Leone,” he said. At the same time, he acknowledged the country’s many challenges, especially the need to forge a government of national unity. “The Peacebuilding Commission can play a critical role in support of the new government by agreeing on a Peacebuilding Cooperation Framework,” he said. Ambassador Majoor will brief members of the Peacebuilding Commission next week on his return. The Peacebuilding Commission is an intergovernmental advisory body that brings together key actors, including international donors, international financial institutions, national governments from focus countries, troop contributor countries, UN bodies and civil society representatives, to promote a common approach to helping a country emerge from conflict. The PBC’s Organizational Committee brings together 31 Member States to establish the body’s work agenda. It also has country specific “configurations” that look at issues particular to individual States it is focused on. Sierra Leone’s run-off elections were held on 8 September, after polls held on 11 August failed to produce an outright winner. The presidential elections were the first since UN peacekeepers left in 2005 after helping to bring peace and stability to the country which was torn apart by a brutal 10-year civil war. 8 October 2007Aiming to track progress in Sierra Leone as it works to consolidate stability, a senior United Nations peacebuilding official heads there today for meetings with top officials and a first-hand look at the situation since elections were held last month.
Chaniece LallooChaniece Lalloo is the latest winner of an iPad for participating in the National Survey on Student Engagement.The History major filled out the undergraduate survey, which is for first-year and graduating students. The survey was distributed recently to students’ email accounts.Brock is giving away a total of four iPad prizes to students who fill out the survey.
Colorado’s toxic spill a blip in national legacy of leaking abandoned mines, failed cleanups Colorado Parks and Wildlife district wildlife manager Drayton Harrison, front, and area wildlife manager Matt Thorpe prepare to float down the Animas River from the 32nd Street put-in on the north side of town to DoubleTree on the south side on Thursday August 13, 2015, in Durango, Colo. Thorpe said they were looking for dead fish, animals and insects and planned to send anything they found to a lab to have it analyzed. (Steve Lewis/The Durango Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT by Matthew Brown, Michael Biesecker And P. Solomon Banda, The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2015 3:45 am MDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SILVERTON, Colo. – It will take many years and many millions of dollars simply to manage and not even remove the toxic wastewater from an abandoned mine that unleashed a 100-mile-long torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers and has likely reached Lake Powell, experts said.Plugging Colorado’s Gold King Mine could simply lead to an eventual explosion of poisonous water elsewhere, so the safest solution, they said Thursday, would be to install a treatment plant that would indefinitely clean the water from Gold King and three other nearby mines. It would cost millions of dollars, and do nothing to contain the thousands of other toxic streams that are a permanent legacy of mining across the nation.Federal authorities first suggested a treatment plant for Gold King more than a decade ago, but local officials and owners of a nearby mine were reluctant to embrace a federally sponsored cleanup.“They have been not pursuing the obvious solution,” said Rob Robinson, a retired abandoned mines cleanup co-ordinator for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. “My hope is this has embarrassed the hell out of them and they’re going to finally take it seriously.”The Gold King delay illustrates a problem dwarfing the 3 million-gallon waste plume accidentally released by contractors working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: There are about 500,000 abandoned mines nationwide, and only a fraction have been dealt with, despite decades of effort.EPA has estimated the cost of cleaning up abandoned mines nationwide, not including coal mines, at between $20 billion and $54 billion.Many of the abandoned mines — including in the Silverton area where Gold King is located — were developed after an 1872 federal mining law encouraged development and allowed people to lay claim to minerals beneath public lands.They have since become legacies of the industry’s boom-bust cycles, in which companies fold up operations when metals prices fall, leaving behind sources of toxic wastewater that chronically leave rivers barren and taint drinking water supplies.Of the abandoned mines in the U.S., more than 48,000 had been inventoried through the BLM’s Abandoned Mine Lands program, which began after new federal laws focused on environmental protection in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s.But only about one in five of the inventoried mines is being cleaned up or requires no more action. More than 38,000 await further analysis or work, according to the bureau.Under the federal Clean Water Act, the mine owner is supposed to control discharges, but Gold King’s landowner, Todd Hennis, is not considered legally responsible for the cleanup because the mine stopped operating in 1923, long before the modern era of environmental protection.“A lot of these are Mom and Pops, they’ve inherited the property or they bought it years ago before the environmental laws were passed, and they just don’t have the resources,” said Doug Jamison, with the hazardous materials division at Colorado’s state health department.In Colorado alone, there are hundreds, possibly thousands of abandoned mines discharging acid rock drainage, Jamison said. The potent stew of heavy metals accumulates as chemical reactions brew up sulfuric acid at concentrations high enough to dissolve steel, and leach poisons down mountainsides and into groundwater decades after mines close.The EPA announced Thursday that surface-water testing in Colorado revealed very high levels of lead, arsenic, cadmium and other heavy metals in the middle of the sickly yellow plume released on Aug. 5. These metals far exceeded government exposure limits for aquatic life and humans in the hours after the spill.The EPA said its analysis shows the heavy metals quickly returned to “pre-event levels” once the plume passed through the area it tested, on the Animas River between Silverton and the municipal water intake for Durango, a downstream city of 16,000.Colorado’s stretch of the river reopened Friday to rafting and kayaking — an important part of the region’s tourist economy. State health officials said they do not expect adverse health effects from exposure to metals detected in the water and riverbed but reminded people to wash their hands and clothes after being in contact with river water.Utah officials said Thursday that the plume had likely reached Lake Powell, although it has been diluted on the 300-mile journey to the reservoir and lost the bright yellow colour seen closer to the site. Authorities could not immediately confirm the presence of heavy metals and other contaminants close to the lake and said tests on Utah river water suggest the spill has dissipated enough that the water is safe to drink and officials aren’t expecting to see fish dying off at the lake.The state continued to warn people not to use it for irrigation or livestock water, however, Utah Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman Donna Spangler.EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who took full responsibility and promised that the agency will pay for any damage, said Thursday that these results show the river is “restoring itself.” She also announced that the EPA has released $500,000 to help supply clean water for crop irrigation and livestock in northwestern New Mexico.Absent technological breakthroughs, the EPA expects to be treating water at abandoned mines for generations.“Mine sites continually produce more waste,” said John Hillenbrand, remedial project manager with the EPA’s Superfund program in California.California’s 150-year-old Iron Mountain mine discharged six tons of toxic sludge a day before a cleanup by the EPA, which declared it a Superfund site in 1983, 20 years after it shut down. The sludge caused massive fish kills in the Sacramento River system, which supplies a fifth of the state’s water, more than 30 times. Authorities now spend $5 million a year to remove poisons, and expects to keep at it forever.At Montana’s Berkeley Pit, meanwhile, an acid lake created when Atlantic Richfield Co. turned off the pumps at its copper mine in 1982 grows by millions of gallons every day. The EPA made it a Superfund site, too, planning to keep acid spills from Butte Valley waterways. Meanwhile, the notorious pit grows in infamy: In 1995, an entire flock of migrating snow geese perished after setting down in the water.While active mines are regulated under existing law, inactive mines like Gold King are not, and viable parties are rarely available to conduct cleanup or provide the necessary resources. Non-profit groups and other so-called Good Samaritans that might try such work on their own are hobbled by federal laws that render them liable for whatever pollution comes out.Costs also are a major hurdle: Robinson, the former BLM official, said a treatment plant capable of cleaning up the stream of toxins spewing from Gold King and other nearby mines into the Animas River basin would take up to $5 million to build, and much more to operate.“We’re now 25 years down the road of trying to get the Animas cleaned up,” he said. “It’s time to stop dinking around with the problem and get on with it.”The EPA tested for 24 metals in the spill; One of the most dangerous, lead, was found below Silverton’s 14th Street bridge at more than 200 times higher than the acute exposure limit for aquatic life, and 3,580 times higher than federal standards for human drinking water. Levels of arsenic were more than 24 times the exposure limit for fish and 823 times the level for human ingestion. Cadmium was found at more than six times the aquatic limit, 33 times that for humans.The plume has since dissipated, its heavy metals settling into riverbeds, during the waste’s 300-mile journey toward Lake Powell, where the flow joins the Colorado River that supplies water to the Southwest. McCarthy promised a long-term plan to address riverbed contamination, but offered no specifics. The EPA also promised free water testing for homeowners with wells close to the river, but it’s unclear how long that offer stands.___Associated Press writers Ellen Knickmeyer in San Francisco, Ivan Moreno in Denver and Lindsay Whitehurst in Salt Lake City contributed to this story. Biesecker reported from Washington, D.C.; Brown from Billings, Montana; and Banda from Silverton, Colorado.
by Tom Hays, The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2017 1:06 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lawyer: Client subpoenaed in Fox federal securities inquiry NEW YORK, N.Y. – Federal prosecutors recently subpoenaed a former Fox News employee to testify before a grand jury investigating how 21st Century Fox Inc. handled a sexual harassment scandal, according to her lawyer.Attorney Judd Burstein disclosed the subpoena Wednesday at a court hearing in a lawsuit filed by former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros, saying it had come from a unit at the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that handles securities law violations.The lawyer didn’t identify which client had received the subpoena. He declined further comment on Thursday.In a statement, Fox News confirmed it has “been in communication with the U.S. attorney’s office for months,” and “have and will continue to co-operate on all inquiries with any interested authorities.” Neither the network nor 21st Century Fox have received subpoenas, it added.The U.S. attorney’s office on Thursday declined comment.The scandal erupted in July when Fox News anchor and former “Fox & Friends” co-host Gretchen Carlson sued network chief executive Roger Ailes, claiming she was cut loose after refusing his sexual advances and complaining about harassment in the workplace. Ailes denied the charges, but 21st Century launched an internal investigation.After other women, including former host Megyn Kelly, came forward with similar allegations later that month, the once-powerful Ailes resigned. The company settled the Carlson suit for a reported $20 million in September.Tantaros’ suit accuses Ailes of running a “sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-type cult” at the Fox, where she claim she was taken off the air for complaining about it. The network has said she was dismissed for violating her contract in pursuit of a book deal.On Wednesday, Tantaros’ lawyer was seeking to have her case argued in open court. But a judge ruled it should be resolved in a closed-door arbitration.The Fox statement said arbitration was “where it always belonged.”
Free choice, democracy and fundamental human rights are key to progress on the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and a sustainable agenda that will follow them after 2015, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitë today told the United Nations. In her statement to the 68th General Assembly debate, Ms. Grybauskaitë stressed that “Development cannot be imposed, development must be promoted.”She noted that the international community has an obligation to offer support – based on principles of ownership and empowering, but instead, there are still Member States who seek to enforce a specific course of development on others by “economic pressure, energy levers or cyber tools, by distorted information, or threats.”Addressing heads of State and Government and other high-level officials, Ms. Grybauskaitë called for an end to power games. “The 21st century must be the age of solidarity, equality and sustainable development. It cannot be an age of power show-off, zero-sum games or buffer zones.”Turning to the experience of Lithuania and the Baltic State region, she said that for many years, these countries worked hard to reach national agreement on reforms.A path that would have been easier if their free will had been respected and their decision supported in good faith and with encouragement by those who could provide such support, Ms. Grybauskaitë said instead of facing trade restrictions, bans on goods, price manipulation for energy supplies, the use of pressure and open disrespect displayed in information space.Ms. Grybauskaitë is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance.This year’s theme focuses on accelerating progress towards the MDGs and on laying the foundation for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda. The General Debate wraps up on 1 October.
5Virginia00+100 1Villanova00+1+10 SEEDTEAMSWEET 16ELITE 8FINAL 4CHAMP.WIN Unsurprisingly, the changes in odds are mostly concentrated in SMU’s sector of the bracket. Baylor’s path became far easier with SMU out of the way (our model considered that Round of 32 game a virtual toss-up), and even Duke saw a slight increase in its probability of advancing deep into the tournament.The way this largely upset-free tournament has been going so far, those changes count for some of the most movement we’ve seen, and they show just how much impact the loss of one dark horse (or is it one dark Mustang?) can have at this stage of the tourney.Check out our March Madness predictions. 11USC+18+4+100 4Florida000+10 The NCAA tournament started with one of the chalkiest opening days in NCAA tournament history, and Friday wasn’t looking very different: better-seeded teams won the first five games of the day, bringing their record to 19-2 going into the late afternoon on the east coast. But what was shaping up to be one of the most boring opening rounds ever received some much-needed surprise when University of Southern California upset SMU on Friday afternoon, knocking out what the computer power ratings considered one of the tournament’s most tempting dark-horse picks.Despite being seeded sixth in the stacked East region, SMU was a trendy choice to go to the Sweet 16 — or beyond. After going 27-4 in the regular season and winning the American Athletic tournament, SMU was the 11th-best team in the country according to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, and one of only 15 schools to rank among the top 30 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.But against Southern Cal, SMU’s shooting efficiency and rebounding cratered. Now, with one SMU out of the mix, the landscape of the East region — the most difficult quadrant of the tournament — has been altered. CHANGE IN ODDS OF REACHING… Changes caused by SMU losing to Southern California on Mar. 17.Source: ESPN The ripple effects of SMU’s loss in the East region 3Baylor+30+10+3+1+1 2Duke0+4+1+10 10Marquette0+1000
Clariant, the global supplier of speciality chemicals and one of the world’s leading suppliers of specialty ether amines to the mining industry, has announced the increase of the ether amines production at its Suzano, Brazil facility. Targeted specifically to meet the needs of the mining industry, Clariant says the planned expansion will allow it to meet the growing demands of customers in Brazil as well as support global customers who are also expanding mineral processing capacity.“Clariant is aiming to expand its global footprint in the mining industry, especially in Latin America where we can build on our long term experience in Brazil. This investment is in line with our strategy to focus on fast growing markets where we have a leading position”, comments Christian Kohlpaintner, Member of Clariant’s Executive Committee.“Our wide range of specialty ether amines allow our customers to upgrade lower quality ores by removing silica and other contaminants, which is crucial due to availability of high quality ore deposits being depleted globally”, said Finlay Morrison, Vice President of Clariant Mining Solutions. “The expansion doubles our global production capacity, allowing supply to keep up with growing global demand.”Ether amines are critical agents used in the mining process to beneficiate minerals such as iron ore and phosphates. Clariant’s production capacity expansion will be completed in two phases over the next 18 months. The first phase of the Suzano plant’s capacity will be completed in the third quarter of 2014. The second phase, which will double the capacity, is expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2015.The Suzano plant is Clariant’s largest production complex in Latin America, and it has been providing solutions for the mining industry for more than 30 years, not only meeting Brazilian market demands, but customers worldwide.
The team has been getting impressive results lately, while also juggling with a difficult schedule and an injury crisis.Tottenham Hotspur is currently sitting in the third position of the English Premier League table with 60 points.The team is five points behind second and first place, Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.The Spurs have won 20 out of their 26 matches, drawing none and losing six.And for defender and midfielder Kieran Trippier, the results of the team speak of the strong character they have.“The past few weeks have been very good,” Tripper told Sky Sports.“We could have played a lot better, we all know that, but the results are the most important thing.”“We’ve had a few injuries recently and the people that have stepped in have done really well,” he added.“If you look at Son [HEung-min], he’s played in three major tournaments this season and he still looks fresh.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He’s come back and scored goals and topped it off with the result the other night which was amazing,” he commented.“It took me a good 16 months to settle in at Tottenham.”Trippier joined Spurs in 2015, after being with Burnley three years.“But what Pochettino does really well is developing players and getting them to play for their national teams,” he continued.“His record speaks for itself – he’s got five in the Tottenham squad now and the same happened at Southampton. He makes players become bigger and better.”“He helped me develop as an attacker. He sets everything out day by day in training perfectly for the lads, the sessions are unbelievable,” he concluded.😄🙌#FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/0W4fk0ewHg— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 15, 2019
HILLSBORO, Ore. — A woman who taught at Sherwood High School is accused of having sex with two male students.The Washington County sheriff’s office says 38-year-old Denise Keesee turned herself in Monday at the county jail in Hillsboro. She’s charged with sexual abuse.The sheriff’s office says the alleged sexual contact occurred between 2006 and 2012 and detectives suspect more victims were involved.The sheriff’s office investigated the case because Keesee’s husband is a Sherwood Police officer who worked as the resource officer at the school. He is not under investigation.Denise Keesee taught algebra and coached soccer at Sherwood High. She was placed on leave in November and resigned in May.
Check for further information on www.kpboem.com or call the Borough Call Center at 907-262-INFO (4363) for updates. Updated 5:30pm:The fire flared up near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and the Peterson Kelly Lakes Road and is still burning to southeast towards Hidden lake. As a result, traffic on the highway is being delayed. Winds are favorable right now, but if they shift, there could be increased activity along the highway. We will continue to post updates if there are any significant closures on the highway, but as of this time drivers should just anticipate long delay times. If you do decide to travel expect delays up to an hour or longer at times. Traffic has been moving when crews can safely transport them through the active area. Be advised of heavy aviation work in the area, and crews on and near the highway. This is anticipated to be a temporary closure. Motorists should expect significant delays. Alaska State Troopers suggest motorists avoid the area if possible. In addition to the increase in fire activity along the highway there was a wind shift that transferred the smoke from the Soldotna area back to Cooper Landing so anticipate limited visibility and poor air quality. According to to the advisory air quality is poor, expect delays, be aware of emergency vehicles on the roadway and travel is not advised. Updated 5:00pm:According to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, the Sterling Highway is still closed as of 5pm on Friday. Scooper planes are working along side the road in two areas south of the highway, dropping water on flareups. Residents may see a fairly large plume. It’s hoped that the delay is temporary but could be significant so please be prepared with water and food. When you do move, drive with headlights on and watch for fire equipment. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available. Fire managers are prepping a short stretch of dozer line running south from the highway into a wet slough. The line is about a mile east of the Kelly Lakes Petersen Road. They are trying to strengthen it to hold the fire from moving across it to the east. There is also active fire on the southern finger at the east end of Skilak lake. We are still trying to get updated information from the eastern portion of the fire, south of the highway, near Cooper Landing. Update 8:45pm:The Sterling Highway is still open at 7:45 pm.Fire Operations people are reporting a lot of activity on the Swan Lake Fire this afternoon primarily in the area north of Engineer Lake. The large pyrocumulus you can see over the fire is in that area. The western perimeter toward Sterling has not had much activity today since the winds have pushed the fire to the east.There was also activity around Jean Lake and crews made some progress to the east where the fire has crossed Jim’s Landing. We don’t have any more specific information about that eastern perimeter.A pyrocumulus cloud forms from rising air that results from intense heating of the surface by phenomena such as wildfires or volcanic eruptions. A big fire produces strong upward moving air currents that carry water vapor and ash upward Original Post 2:51pm:Both lanes of the Sterling Highway have been closed between Mileposts MP 53 to MP 75 until further notice as of 2:51pm on Friday, due to helicopter operations and for firefighter safety along the highway. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update Saturday 5:30am: As of 9:00 p.m. Friday, the highway was open but that may change at any time. Monitor Alaska.511.gov for updates and expect delays if you plan to travel between Cooper Landing and Sterling. For real time air quality monitoring: https://www.purpleair.com/map?#10.18/60.4725/-149.7468 Update 6:00pm: Traffic has had extended delays along the Sterling Highway since late this afternoon. According to officials with the Great Basin Management Team travel is not advised as of right now going into the weekend.
New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 41.48 points down to stand at 21,213.78. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 24.95 points down to stand at 6,307.90. Suzlon Energy and Bharti Infratel were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.42% and 3.85% along with Dish TV India and MRF with an increase of 3.66% and 3.60% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Pipavav Defence and JSW ENERGY with a decrease of 4.95% and 4.00% along with MCX and Adani Enterprises Ltd. with a decrease of 3.71% and 3.63% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 132.39 points at 12,322.75 while the banking sector is up 24.49 points at 13,535.12 and the realty sector is down 2.75 points at 1,377.67. The Indian currency is down 0.42% at Rs 61.30 per dollar.
RohingyaMalaysia on Saturday said the perpetrators of violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority must “be brought to justice”, in sharp comments delivered at a normally tame regional summit.Myanmar does not recognise the Rohingya as citizens, instead officially labelling them “Bengalis”, short-hand for illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.A military crackdown in 2017 drove more than 740,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh, carrying accounts of rape, mass killings and the razing of villages.UN investigators have called for Myanmar’s top generals to be tried for genocide.But Myanmar’s army and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi have defended the action as necessary to flush out Rohingya militants from Rakhine state.In talks Saturday with Southeast Asian counterparts, Malaysia’s foreign minister Saifuddin Bin Abdullah called for the “perpetrators of the Rohingya issue to be brought to justice”, his ministry said in Tweet.He also said repatriation of the minority from the fetid, overcrowded refugee camps of Bangladesh “must include the citizenship of the Rohingya.”Malaysia, a Muslim country which hosts a large Rohingya refugee population, is one of the few members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to speak up for the minority.The 10-member bloc normally abides by a principle of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.ASEAN was heavily criticised by rights groups after a report it commissioned lauded Myanmar’s work on the repatriation issue.Rakhine state, the western region home to the Rohingya, remains cut by violence.Only a handful of the Muslim minority have returned under a discredited repatriation deal.Myanmar has not offered citizenship to the mass of Rohingya in Bangladesh’s camps should they return, while the minority also want safety guarantees and restitution of seized lands and torched villages before agreeing to go back.
Four veteran Texas Republicans are quitting Congress. From left to right, Lamar Smith, top left, Jeb Hensarling, top right, Sam Johnson, bottom left, and Ted Poe, bottom right.Four veteran Texas Republicans are quitting Congress, meaning the country’s largest red state will be trading House seniority for newcomers who could prove even more conservative and willing to buck their party’s leadership on Capitol Hill.Sam Johnson, an 87-year-old Vietnam veteran and member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, announced in January he was retiring next year. Now, fellow Texans Jeb Hensarling, 60, who chairs the influential House Financial Services Committee; Lamar Smith, 69, who heads the House Science, Space and Technology Committee; and long-serving 69-year-old Ted Poe all aren’t seeking re-election.The four hail from solidly GOP districts, so the party’s 25-11 state congressional delegation advantage won’t change without an upset. None was thought to be facing serious challengers in the state’s March Republican primaries. Nor were their exits speeded by major policy or ideology clashes with the Trump administration — unlike some other members bowing out of Congress.They could be replaced, though, by current and former Republicans from the Texas Legislature. In recent years state lawmakers have approved abortion restrictions tough enough to be largely struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, America’s strictest voter ID law and a “sanctuary cities” ban that calls for jailing sheriffs who don’t enforce federal immigration policy. They also nearly passed a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people, despite a similar measure sparking political upheaval in North Carolina.Moderate Republican Texas House Republican Speaker Joe Straus himself also isn’t seeking re-election, which means the Legislature may move farther to the right in a way mirroring the congressional delegation’s coming shift.“The candidates likely to run and to win in this political environment are likely to be very conservative, to be more interested in fighting for specific policy items than looking to get seniority and go with the majority of the party or with the speaker,” said Brendan Steinhauser, a former national conservative grass-roots organizer who later ran U.S. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn’s 2014 re-election campaign. “It will absolutely become a race to the right.”Both Hensarling and Smith were being term-limited out of their chairmanships but were well positioned to continue exerting veteran House influence had they stayed. Johnson’s and Poe’s long congressional tenure would have been an advantage. The Republicans favored to replace them won’t have the same clout, but that could free them up to embrace coalitions like the House Freedom Caucus — hardline conservatives who have bucked the GOP majority on some issues.“You bet we’re going to see some conservatives up here,” said Rep. Randy Weber, a former member of the Texas House who was elected to Congress in 2012 and is a Freedom Caucus member.Weber said he was able to bring many of the same priorities from Austin to Washington.“I’m very frank with the (Republican) leadership,” he said. “I say, ‘Look, I do want to be a team player. But, on the other hand, sometimes if there’s a fumble and your team picks up the ball and runs the wrong direction you need to tackle your own team.”Johnson has represented the Dallas suburb of Plano in Congress since 1991. Set to succeed him is Van Taylor, a 45-year-old marine and Iraq War veteran who served in the Texas House before joining the state Senate in 2015. He’s allied with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a fiery former conservative radio host, “bathroom bill” champion and immigration hardliner who was Donald Trump’s presidential campaign’s Texas chairman.Hensarling is an eight-term House veteran who battled attempts to more strictly regulate Wall Street and was close to House Speaker Paul Ryan. A contender for his East Texas seat is 41-year-old ex-state Rep. Ken Sheets, a former Marine who was elected with tea party-backing in 2010 but began inching away from hardline conservatism until he was ousted by a Democratic challenger last year.Another possibility is former U.S. Rep. Allen West, who moved from Florida to Texas after leaving Congress and once called for then-President Barack Obama’s impeachment. West has no Texas Legislature experience but remains a conservative darling.Smith was first elected to Congress in 1986 and has urged Americans to get the “unvarnished truth” directly from Trump rather than the “liberal media.” He’s a climate change skeptic who has said that much of the science around it “appears to be based more on exaggerations.” Poe has represented Humble, outside Houston, since 2005, quit the Freedom Caucus in March.Everyone who might seek the Republican nomination for both seats isn’t yet clear, but contenders to replace Smith include state Rep. Jason Isaac, who won his seat amid 2010’s tea party wave and has supported scrapping daylight saving time in Texas.Johnson’s, Hensarling’s and Poe’s districts are more conservative — and thus likely less competitive — than Smith’s, which includes north San Antonio and parts of Austin and Texas’ Hill Country. Democrats running there include Joseph Kopser, an Army and Iraq War veteran and Harvard graduate who evoked Trump’s former chief White House strategist, saying he expects the race’s Republican nominee to embrace “the Steve Bannon wing of politics.”“With Lamar Smith out of the way, I think the options on the other side are going to go even harder to the extreme,” Kopser said. Share
Nine people are running to represent District K, which stretches across southwest Houston into Fort Bend County. The candidates include Martha Castex-Tatum, who served as Green’s director of constituent services, and teacher Pat Frazier, who previously ran for the seat in 2011. Rice University political science professor Bob Stein said Castex-Tatum has the edge.“I wouldn’t rule her out winning this outright,” Stein said. “I think it would be unlikely but not a shock. With nine people on the ballot, you say, ‘Well, it’s certainly a runoff,’ but not necessarily. She is well known, in part, I think, because of her work she did with Councilman Green, and she was as much a part of that operation as, I think, he was.”If no candidate wins at least 50 percent of the vote, a runoff between the top two vote-getters will take place June 16.Larry Green was the first council member elected from District K after its creation seven years ago. He died March 6. Photo via Twitter @defendernetworkThe special election will fill the seat of the late Council Member Larry Green, who died March 6.Voters in Houston’s District K will soon choose a successor to the late Larry Green on Houston’s City Council. Early voting for the special election ends Tuesday, and Election Day is Saturday, May 5. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:49 Share Listen X
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