Get ready for anything trade lawyer tells business community on NAFTA

first_imgOTTAWA – Growing uncertainty over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement means companies need to brace themselves, including for the possibility that President Donald Trump walks away from a deal, a trade lawyer is warning the business community.“The first step is for companies to understand this is very real and that they need to start contingency planning,” said Dan Ujczo, an international trade lawyer specializing in Canada-U.S. matters.On the campaign trail last year, candidate Trump vowed to rip up NAFTA — the 23-year-old trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico — if he could not renegotiate a better deal.His recent reiterations of that threat, along with demands Canada and Mexico consider impossible, have forced everyone to take it more seriously.It remains to be seen whether Trump will in fact attempt to withdraw, how U.S. Congress would react, whether Mexico and Canada would still keep talking and what that would end up meaning, in real terms, for cross-border trade between the three countries.The U.S. business and agriculture community has been ramping up its efforts to convince Congress, which could use its legislative powers to make it harder for Trump to exit the agreement, that they are not on board with abandoning the deal.That outreach is important, Ujczo told businesses during an online presentation Friday, but it is also not too early to get ready for any outcome.There are some practical matters to consider, such as taking a look at the supply chain to determine how exposed a business would become if some of the tougher proposals, such as stricter rules of origin for the materials used in auto manufacturing, come to pass.That should include examining checking certificates of origin and maintaining scrupulous records, because both client companies and customs officials are likely to start applying greater scrutiny as they also get ready for the new way of doing things.“It’s time to really buckle down and take a look at that, because these proposals are going to heighten awareness throughout the supply chain and at the borders,” Ujczo, who is with the cross-border firm Dickinson Wright, in Columbus, Ohio, said during the presentation.The lawyer also had advice for companies thinking about outsourcing to Asia as a way to minimize the fallout from the NAFTA renegotiations.“Keep in mind NAFTA is not the only thing the Trump administration is doing. It’s targeting Asia,” said Ujczo, who noted the U.S. has been ramping up its trade enforcement activities all around the world. “The only way the Trump trade strategy works is as a one-two punch: tightening up North America, while also targeting goods coming in from overseas.”That raises the question of whether Canadian companies should think about packing up and moving south.Ujczo said that would not be the case for everyone, but if they have U.S. customers, it makes financial sense and the company was already thinking about moving there someday, it might not be a bad idea to speed up those plans.“It has to have some business rationale,” he said in an interview. “I would never recommend just setting up shop in the U.S. if you don’t have any other business going on there,” he said, but if it was already on the horizon: “It would accelerate that life cycle.”Brenda Swick, a Toronto-based international trade lawyer with Dickinson Wright who joined the presentation, was more cautious.“I think they should stay put where they are right now, but they should be looking at plan B,” she said in an interview.Swick said those back-up plans should include figuring out how a company would be effected if there was a new NAFTA, a bilateral agreement between Canada and the U.S., or no free trade agreement between the two countries at all.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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Former PM Harper offers help on trade but staying neutral in UK

first_imgFormer prime minister Stephen Harper says he’s willing to help the next British prime minister negotiate a divorce deal with the European Union — but he’s not taking sides in the race to decide who that is.Harper tweeted Saturday night that he’s “willing to assist whoever serves as the next leader of the UK Conservative Party on trade matters, should they wish.”But as the current chair of the International Democrat Union, an alliance of conservative-leaning political parties from across the globe, Harper says he must remain “neutral in all member party leadership races.”He was responding to a report in The Sunday Times newspaper that said British Conservative leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt had “drafted in two senior Canadian politicians” to help negotiate a Brexit deal.The Sunday Times reports that Hunt — one of just two remaining candidates to replace Theresa May as party leader and prime minister — has recruited Harper and former Conservative MP Rona Ambrose.Hunt tells the newspaper he’s intent on securing a so-called “Canada-plus” trade deal with the EU, based on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement primarily negotiated by Harper’s government.Neither Harper nor Ambrose immediately responded to a request for comment on Sunday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Indias industrial growth slows to 17 in January

first_imgNew Delhi: Industrial output growth stood at 1.7 per cent in January on account of slowdown in the manufacturing sector. Factory output as measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) had grown by 7.5 per cent in January 2018. During April-January 2018-19, industrial output grew at 4.4 per cent as against 4.1 per cent in the same period previous fiscal, according to the data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Tuesday.last_img

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New Flyer wins contract to provide Edmonton with 110 clean diesel buses

WINNIPEG – New Flyer Industries Canada ULC has won a contract to provide the City of Edmonton with 110 clean diesel heavy-duty transit buses, as well as options by the city to purchase an additional 120 buses.The company says the buses will be deployed on the Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) network starting 2018, supporting routes that move more than 300,000 people per day.It says Edmonton’s replacement of aging fleet vehicles with more efficient, air-conditioned models is part of the city’s goal to transform riders’ transit experience.New Flyer (TSX:NFI) is the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America.It has fabrication, manufacturing, distribution and service centres across Canada, employing more than 5,400 people.Its headquarters are in Winnipeg.“For over 20 years we have supported Edmonton’s innovative growth and development with New Flyer buses,” said Paul Soubry, president and CEO. “We are proud to support Edmonton’s continued transformation as it expands public transit infrastructure, and focuses on clean energy, sustainability, and safe, accessible public transportation.”The company also offers Motor Coach Industries (MCI) J-Series, the industry’s best-selling intercity coach for 11 consecutive years, and the MCI D-Series. New Flyer wins contract to provide Edmonton with 110 clean diesel buses by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2017 5:40 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 15, 2017 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Thesis defences — Feb 12 to 16

Biological Sciences MSc thesis defenceBiological Sciences student Lyndon Duff will defend his Master of Science thesis, “Reproductive behaviour of male Xylocopa virginica and the influence of body size, nestmates, and siblings on territory defense,” on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. in Welch Hall 147.The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Rebecca MacPherson, External Examiner; Miriam Richards, Supervisor; Ping Liang and Adonis Skandalis, committee members. The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Feb. 12 to 16.All are open for the University community to attend.Critical Sociology MA thesis defenceCritical Sociology student, Hannah Monroe, will defend the thesis, “By talking about it we can make it a positive thing: Autistic people negotiating identity and understanding in discursive contexts,” on Monday, Feb. 12 at noon in Welch Hall 147.The examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Hanna Bertilsdotter-Rosqvist, External Examiner (Umeå University, Sweden); Trent Newmeyer, supervisor; and Rebecca Raby and Danny Tarulli, committee members. read more

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With 300 Million In Play Floyd Mayweather Is Right

No bag can hold the money Floyd Mayweather will make in two weeksWhen you consider the almost incomprehensible financial windfall for this one fight, Floyd Mayweather is right: He and Manny Pacquiao are facing off at the right time. That’s what the money says, and money talks.Five or six years ago, when they were likely at the peak of their physical powers, a Mayweather-Pacquiao bout might have produced a more technically sound fight than what we will see in a fortnight. But they would not have earned the money they stand to gain from this fight.For example, on Monday, according to the The New York Times, promoter Bob Arum will transfer into a Pacquiao bank account $50 million. That’s a down payment, minus the IRS’ 30 percent cut.Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Productions, would not share specifics about his boss’ pay. But he said, “I will tell you this. Floyd Mayweather’s check will be a lot more than $50 million. And then it goes from there.”According to the contract, Mayweather is to receive 60 percent of the revenues to Pacquiao’s 40 percent. When all the pennies are calculated, both men will make more than $100 million, win or lose, which almost means no one loses. It will rank as the highest grossing fight in history, by double.That would not have happened six years ago. But the boxing public is so thirsty now, as the sport struggles with an identity, for star power, that the meeting of the two biggest names in the game is the uber fight of recent times.“This is a unique situation, the confluence of time and event — the two biggest fighters in the world coming together,” Ken Hershman, the president of HBO Sports, said to The Times.Ironically and significantly, the fight began to take shape after Mayweather and Pacquiao ran into each other at a Miami Heat NBA game in January. Mayweather set up another meeting the next day at his hotel and the richest fight in history was on.“We’re both bigger names than we were five, six years ago,” Mayweather said at his gym in Las Vegas on Tuesday. “We’re meeting at the pinnacle of our careers. The time is right.”Mayweather made about $105 million in two fights last year, bolting him to the world’s highest paid athlete status. To keep all the money straight for this fight, The Times reported, rivals HBO (Pacquiao) and Showtime (Mayweather) are co-producing and co-distributing the pay-per-view event in a rare agreement. They have created a central accounting system.“They distribute the revenue in accordance with the contracts of the two fighters, so that there is no side money,” Arum said. “We felt that this was the most reasonable way to go. It’s the way we’ve done it to prevent the accusations that we usually get, that this promoter is stealing from that promoter.”All revenue from the fight — the foreign broadcast rights, closed-circuit income from bars and theaters, ticket sales, sponsorships, merchandise sales and so on — goes into the pot. That will be about $130 million.A pay-per-view audience of three million at $89.98 would generate an estimated $270 million. Under the deal, according to The Times, cable companies and satellite providers will receive 30 percent to 40 percent of gross pay-per-view revenues, depending on the level of marketing each does.When the revenue is combined, the two fighters could divide around $300 million for a 12-round fight that will take less than an hour.“The demand is what’s driving the revenue,” Ellerbe said.There are more financial dynamics, but you get the point: A lot of money will be generated through this fight, money levels they would never have reached if they had fought six years ago.See why Mayweather says the timing is right? read more

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Friday AM Update Dense Smoke From Swan Lake Fire Expected To Linger

first_imgA low pressure weather pattern is setting up towards the weekend, which will likely bring cooler temperatures and precipitation as early as Friday night. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update 7am: The new acreage of the Swan Lake Fire is at 162,179 acres and is now 27% complete. On the southwest corner of the fire, south of Sterling Highway, a portion of the line is now showing as complete. This means that fire managers feel safe that heat has been extinguished within 30-50′ of the fireline. Rocky Gilbert, the crews on the ground worked hard to pick up the slack: “We were able to get enough air to at least look at the stuff up Resurrection, but other than that not a good day for air support. It was a good day for our folks on the ground, on the west side of the fire protecting Sterling we still have over 100 firefighters. We are seeing some containment on that side and crews are feeling really good about it.”  Sterling Highway Update: 6am: The Sterling Highway remained open throughout the night with pilot car escorts between mile 71 and 40.  There is a chance Friday’s expected wind could cause the fire and smoke to pick up. The community of Cooper Landing does remain in a ‘Set’ status. Dan Nelson with the Borough Office of Emergency Management: “We are always going to do the most conservative action to keep the people safe, and that is why we remain at ‘Set’. A firefighter injured on Thursday has returned to his crew after being medevaced and evaluated. The firefighter was struck in the back of the head by a chunk of wood during clearing operations and lost consciousness. By Thursday evening, he has deemed suitable to return to duty. The southwestern corner of the fire experienced some increased activity near, but inside, containment lines.  Work will continue to cool this area as well as securing the perimeter northward to the Sterling Highway by extinguishing any remaining burning or smoldering fuels adjacent to the containment lines. Structure protection on the western flank is effectively in place.center_img An unmanned air vehicle, or drone, is currently being used on the south central area of the fire, above Skilak Lake. The drone is being used to assess the effectiveness of Wednesday’s burnout operations in this area. Fire managers wanted to use fire as a tool to bolster structure protection in the area. The Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 161,921 acres and remains at 20% containment. Heavy smoke continues to impact air operations on the fire. Currently, helicopters are unable to fly on the eastern flank of the fire in the Resurrection Trail area. The small amount of rain forecast won’t put the fire out but it may reduced fire behavior.  Fire Managers expect the road to continue to have pilot car escorts when its open and there is a possibility of long waits so be prepared with food and water. Swan Lake Fire Update: 6am: A Swan Lake Fire Community Meeting has been scheduled for Friday at 6pm, at the Sterling Community Center. You can tune into KSRM 920AM to listen live. The Sterling neighborhoods east of Feuding Lane and east of Adkins Road remain in a READY status. A READY notification means residents should be preparing for a potential evacuation should the threat level increase.last_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Adam Riekstins Named To Deans List At Belmont University

first_imgNASHVILLE, TN — Adam Riekstins, of Wilmington, qualified for Belmont University’s Summer 2019 Dean’s List. Eligibility for the summer session is based on a minimum 9-hour course load over 10 weeks and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said, “This achievement indicates that these students have placed a high priority on their work at Belmont and have invested time and energy in their studies. It is our strong belief that consistent application in this manner will reap great benefits, which will equip them for a lifetime of learning and growing.”About Belmont UniversityRanked No. 6 in the Regional Universities South category and consistently named as a “Most Innovative” university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University is home to nearly 8,500 students who come from every state and more than 36 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more than 95 areas of undergraduate study, more than 25 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual’s horizon.For more information, visit www.belmont.edu.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Adam Riekstins Travels The World For College CreditIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Scott Stenson Named To Dean’s List At Bentley UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

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FCA pays Tesla big bucks to count EVs as its own to

first_img 0 In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last several centuries, it’s pretty easy to get out of certain kinds of trouble, so long as you’ve got a lot of money lying around. For Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, that pile of cash can ensure the automaker is complying with EU emissions regulations.FCA will pay Tesla a substantial amount of money to count Tesla’s cars as part of its own fleet in Europe. This move, which the Financial Times first reported on Sunday, is designed to allow Fiat Chrysler to remain in compliance with strict new European emissions regulations, despite the fact that its electrified-vehicle portfolio is awfully small. Of course, compliance doesn’t come cheap. The Financial Times’ report states that FCA will pay Tesla “hundreds of millions of euros” to make this happen. While these pooling arrangements do occasionally occur, most involve separate automakers under the same umbrella. What makes the Tesla-FCA tie-up unique, according to the report, is that the automakers are entirely separate with no other financial involvement between the two. This is allowed under the EU’s pooling rules, kind of like a carbon-trading scheme.Enlarge ImageFiat Chrysler gets to kick the can down the road, and Tesla gets a nine-figure payout. Everybody wins. AFP/Getty Images The Financial Times’ report points to data from UBS that said Fiat Chrysler had the best chances of failing to meet next year’s average emissions target of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. FCA’s emissions last year were reportedly above the average. When the regulations are in full force, not being compliant could result in billions of euros in fines, the Financial Times said in its report, citing comments from Jefferies analysts.”FCA is committed to reducing the emissions of all our products. At the same time, we will optimize the options for compliance that the regulations offer,” a Fiat Chrysler spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “After all, the whole point of a CO2 credit market is to leverage the most cost-effective ways to reduce overall GHG emissions in the market. The purchase pool provides flexibility to deliver products our customers are willing to buy while managing compliance with the lowest-cost approach.” Basically, it’s cheaper to pay Tesla in this way than it would be to develop compliant cars and foist them upon a group of buyers that may not prefer them. Tesla did not immediately return a request for comment. The move will easily benefit both automakers. Tesla has already signaled that, given multiple factors in play, the company will likely miss profitability in Q1 2019 but hopes to be back in the black in Q2, and receiving a nine-figure sum from FCA would definitely help. As for Fiat Chrysler, this allows the automaker to kick the development can down the road a little longer, despite being a laggard in this regard already. Share your voice 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Review • 2020 Jeep Gladiator review: The Wrangler pickup truck that really hauls More From Roadshow 57 Photos 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet: How sweet it is News • 2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition: The order books open today Post a comment 2020 Jeep Gladiator is business in front, truck bed in back Tesla Car Industry Electric Cars More about 2020 Jeep Gladiator Tags 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Fiat Tesla Chryslerlast_img read more

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CP Anjani Kumar holds meet on Bakrid security

first_imgPurani Haveli: City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar on Thursday conducted a meeting with Special Branch officials in Purani Haveli office in view of forthcoming Bakrid Festival. He reviewed the situation in Old City and the arrangements made for the peaceful conduct of the festival in the city. He made several suggestions to avoid any untoward incidents. Additional CP (Crimes) Shikha Goel, Special Branch OSD Goverdhan Reddy and other officials were attended the meeting.last_img

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TCS June 2016 quarter net profit rises 94 revenues up 14

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest IT software services exporter, declared upbeat results for the June 2016 quarter, beating estimates by analysts.The Mumbai-based company posted 9.4 percent increase in consolidated net profit at Rs. 6318 crore for the quarter ended June 2016 on a year-on-year (YoY) basis. It’s net profit stood at Rs. 5,773 crore during the corresponding period last year.However, net profit was marginally down on a sequential basis, from Rs. 6,346.8 crore for the March 2016 quarter.The company’s revenues rose 14.16 percent YoY to Rs. 29,305 crore from Rs. 25,668 crore in the year-ago period, according to statements issued on Thursday.In dollar terms, revenues stood at $4.36 billion, an increase of 8.1 percent YoY ($4.03 billion in June 2015) and 3.7 percent ($4.20 billion March 2016) on a sequential basis . Net profit rose 4.7 percent YoY to $940 million. Its digital revenues grew 15.9 percent to revenues during the quarter, the company said. The company declared an interim dividend of Rs. 6.50 per equity share.TCS attributed the growth to strong execution and more customer wins. “Strong execution and accelerating customer adoption of Cloud, Big Data & Analytics has driven broad‐based growth across key markets and industries. Our investments in platforms are gaining significant traction as customers look to boost business agility and enhance their time‐to‐market advantage to gain a competitive edge,” N Chandrasekaran, CEO and MD of the company said in the statement.The company said operational discipline enabled to post higher net profit for the quarter depite salary hike.”This has been a quarter of good financial performance balancing revenue growth, profitability and cash generation. Our disciplined approach to operations have helped us counter strong headwinds in the form of annual salary hikes and promotions as well as global currency and market volatility through the quarter,” Rajesh Gopinathan, Chief Financial Officer, TCS, said in the statement.In terms of deal wins, the company added six in the $20 million category and four in the $50 million revenue category. “TCS posted results below expectations on the sales front while the net profit growth came in higher than expected on back of better expected EBIT and better than expected other income,” brokerage Angel Broking said.The company had 3.62 lakh employees as on June 30, 2016. Attrition fell for the third straight quarter to 13.6 percent. “We remain focused on building a team of global professionals with diversity and multiple skill-sets and helping TCSers secure additional skills in new technologies. The process of onboarding this year’s campus trainees has also begun,” Ajoy Mukherjee, Executive Vice President and Global Head, Human Resources, said.Women employees constituted an all-time high of 33.8 percent and the number of nationalities increased to 131, the company said.On Thursday, TCS shares closed at Rs. 2520.30 apiece, up 1.16 percent from their previous close. The company declared its results after market hours.last_img read more

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Asian shares advance Australia slips as RBA rate decision awaited

first_imgAsian shares edged up on Tuesday as investors awaited the Reserve Bank of Australia’s policy meeting in which it is expected to keep interest rates steady.European stocks touched an eight-month high on Monday, then reversed as trading wound down in the absence of U.S. markets, which were closed for Labor Day.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3 percent.Australian shares slipped 0.3 percent ahead of the RBA’s announcement at 0430 GMT (0030 ET).All 33 economists polled by Reuters expected the RBA to hold steady at the last meeting to be chaired by long-standing Governor Glenn Stevens, and those views have been reinforced by a spate of upbeat economic data on Monday and Tuesday.Having already pulled the trigger on easings in May and August, the RBA is likely to wait for them percolate through the economy before deciding if yet more stimulus is needed.”Today’s RBA meeting looks unlikely to provide investors with any reason to change their macro outlook,” Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney, wrote in a note.”The RBA will be likely to wait on more information from the U.S. (Federal Reserve) and on local inflation pressures before signalling its next move.”Japan’s Nikkei stock index was up 0.2 percent, with the dollar rising 0.1 percent on the day to 103.52 yen, after retreating 0.6 percent on Monday.While Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda conveyed readiness to ease monetary policy further in a speech on Monday, he acknowledged that the central bank’s negative rates may hurt confidence in Japan’s banking system, a sign that the central bank is becoming more mindful of the rising cost of its stimulus.”For those who had been believing in a Kuroda who stresses only the benefits of easing, the speech would have been disappointing,” said Makoto Noji, senior strategist at SMBC Nikko Securities.”To be sure, he is unlikely to change his policy framework given that he was preaching the benefit of stimulus. Yet many market players might have felt that the costs are likely to outweigh the benefits in the future,” he added.The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major peers, slipped 0.1 percent to 95.731.Leaders from the world’s top economies broadly agreed at a summit in China on Monday to coordinate macroeconomic policies, but few concrete proposals emerged to meet growing challenges to globalisation and free trade.The British pound inched up 0.1 percent to $1.3314. The sterling touched a seven-week high against the dollar on Monday after a survey showed the nation’s dominant services sector had the biggest one-month gain in at least 20 years, beating all forecasts in a Reuters poll.The euro was steady at $1.1154.”The European day starts with German factory orders. A small rise is expected after the similar decline in the previous month,” Marshall Gittler, head of investment research at FXPrimus, said in a note. “A good factory orders number could boost the euro.”Crude oil futures rose after top producers Russia and Saudi Arabia confirmed they had agreed to cooperate on stabilising the oil market on Monday. U.S. crude CLc1 jumped 1.9 percent to $45.28, while Brent crude LCOc1 was up 0.1 percent at $47.68 a barrel.last_img read more

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115 Years of Fraternity and Service Provided by Elks

first_imgFor over 115 years, the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World has provided a space for fraternity and community service for men in Baltimore. Once numbering in the thousands, the Elks today are smaller in number but their commitment to serving their community remains intact.Baltimore’s oldest Elks chapter is located in West Baltimore and was established in January 1900. According to Mike MacKey, the lodge’s resident historian and a member since he returned from service in Vietnam in 1968, the lodge, known as Monumental Lodge No. 3, has been at its current location of McMechen Street and Madison Avenue since 1929.“In the early days, these places really were the only places where Blacks could come and be together and do things, and be involved,” said MacKey.The lodge has counted luminaries such as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, all the men in Baltimore’s influential Mitchell family (including Clarence Mitchell, who helped secure important federal civil rights protections for African Americans through his work with the NAACP and Leadership Council on Civil Rights in the 50s and 60s), and Baltimore’s first Black city solicitor, George Russell.“Anybody in this town that was somebody . . . were members here at some point in time,” said MacKey.This storied past has helped secure the lodge’s designation as a historical landmark, granted by the city of Baltimore last June, according to Baltimore City public records.The lodge played an important role in the social life of Black Baltimoreans for generations, and prides itself on serving the city through its benevolent works, including teaming up with American Legion Post No. 19 to adopt nearby Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School. The two organizations host an annual block party and distribute educational necessities for neighborhood children. “We give them school supplies and those kinds of things when [the kids] return to school,” said MacKey.The lodge also runs a shoe bank, where members donate brand new children’s shoes, as well as an annual Thanksgiving dinner for the entire community, with as many as 300 people being fed at a time.According to James Burton, a member of the Elks order for the past 15 years, the lodge also hosts dinners for Christmas, and at other points in the year. “That’s all part of who we are and what we are, to do for the community,” said Burton. “That’s one of our mottoes, to do for the community, and to give back to the community, and to help the community all we can.”For Burton, the greatest work the lodge can do is to assist the area youth in any way they can.“They (youth) need us more than anything else, they need guidance,” said Burton. “They need people to be a mentor to them, to guide them in the right direction.”For Vincent Blackwell, a member of the lodge for seven years and a member of American Legion Post No. 19 for29 years, the service combined with the fraternity offered is what compelled him to join the Elks. “The camaraderie, the fellowship, the friendship, this is what made me join basically, plus we do a lot, as brother Burton said, for the community,” said Blackwell. “It’s just a great place to be.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

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PornHub Shows Politicians Getting Screwed Kinda With This Documentary

first_imgPornHub is more than the sum of its adult-entertainment parts.Sure, you can visit the largest pornography site on the Internet to fulfill your kinkiest desires.But the video sharing service also dabbles in philanthropy, hosting several events and campaigns since 2012 to raise awareness for different issues (breast cancer, the environment, whales, and pandas), even offering a $25,000 STEM scholarship to one woman pursuing a career in the academic disciplines.Now, the site is getting into foreign politics by serving as a platform for a video created by Russian opposition activist and anti-corruption blogger Aleksey Navalny.The documentary, which allegedly accuses top government officials (namely Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev) and big businessmen of corruption, was banned by a Moscow district court.Citing Russian media reports, local broadcaster RT said the magistrate found the information presented in the video “is inconsistent with reality,” and “obliged” Navalny and his nonprofit Foundation for Countering Corruption to remove it from the Internet.Instead, the film landed on PornHub, under the title “Russian Corrupted Politician F***ed Hard.”Geek’s preliminary search of the site came up empty (unless you’re super into Soviet sex). According to The Next Web, the video received thousands of views before it was made private and flagged for review.“I want to be vehemently clear about this—PornHub did not upload Aleksey Navalny’s video,” Vice President Corey Price said in a statement. “We are a video platform which functions very much like YouTube, in that users are able to upload their own videos provided they have an account and that the content adheres to our [terms of service]. We have no political stance on Putin, or the Russian government in general, but we are very happy to have been unblocked in Russia so that we can continue to entertain our fans there.”As reported by Newsweek, the porn site reached out to Navalny online, inviting him to post more clips to the forum. The figurehead offered his thanks, adding that “I will not be deleting it anyway.”“This will help many citizens realize what corrupt officials do to the people of Russia,” Navalny wrote.In a Wednesday blog post titled “Do not delete,” the lawyer and activist urged Russians to join him in protests across the country during the June 12 Russia Day holiday.A Russian court in September blocked PornHub, alleging it provided minors unrestricted access to adult content. The site was reinstated in April with an age verification mechanism.We just wonder what’s the percentage of people watching the whole thing waiting for nakedness?Editor’s Note: This story was updated on June 2 with comment from PornHub.last_img read more

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KVIC begins Gandhis Mural wall extension

first_imgWhile unveiling Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Grand Wall Mural’ at New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) on January 31, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu had said that to make it more prominent, the 150 square meters clay mural of Mahatma Gandhi, made of ‘Kulhads’ from the hands of 150 village potters across India should be larger. Taking serious notes of his instructions, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission had decided to enlarge the wall mural to 217 square meters, i.e. 43 percent larger than the earlier mural and the work in this connection has already begun on April 11. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGiving the details of works, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that the idea of making this wall mural came on December 22, 2018 at a function in Varanasi – the spiritual capital of the world, took shape on January 6 this year in Morbi – the home state of Mahatma Gandhi.”This enlarged mural will look more grand and prominent by proportionately increasing the size by 4 feet on all sides. Besides, Indian Flag will be painted on the cement sheets as the background of Bapu’s image, which will add to the beauty of the image,” he said, adding, “While the horizontal steel frame with wire-mesh will prevent any damage on the ground floor, elements of illumination will also enhance the beauty of the façade and mural will be prominently visible also in the night.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt may be noted here that it was the herculean efforts of KVIC’s adroit potters, who made the kulhads for this mural in no time. They had assembled at Morbi – a place famous for its terracotta products, where theclay of their respective areas were mixed with Morbi clay, under the guidance of Clay Club, the noted terracotta designing company there. KVIC Chairman further said that it was a matter of great pride for the nation and KVIC as it was practical display of Gandhian thoughts on village industries. “This tributary endeavor of KVIC is certainly a ‘Tribute with difference’. It is also a proud moment for the nation, when KVIC’s grand mural is showcasing the combined ‘sweaty’ efforts of village potters across the nation – hailing from hilly Leh to seaside Maharashtra and from dense jungle area of Chhatisgarh to Gangetic Varanasi,” he said, adding, “This 217-square-meter mural will reflect the unity of Indian civilization with their individualities and showcases the combined ‘sweaty’ efforts of village potters across the nation.”last_img read more

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The Christmas Truce of 1914 – When WWI Enemies Briefly Mingled as

first_imgThe first Christmas during World War I, in 1914, came just five months into a horrendous war that four years later concluded with an unprecedented death toll of over 16 million people. On December 7th that year, the newly-elected Pope Benedict XV called for a Truce of God, in which fighting would come to a halt over the Christmas period.An artist’s impression from The Illustrated London News of January 9, 1915: “British and German Soldiers Arm-in-Arm Exchanging Headgear: A Christmas Truce between Opposing Trenches.”The Pope’s bid was quickly dismissed by military commanders, but regardless, guns did fall silent in some areas of the Western Front where British and French soldiers were confronting the German Army.There were soldiers who indeed settled for a more festive holiday period, and their move today is remembered as the Christmas Truce of 1914.The public has ever since been more than eager to romanticize this occurrence, thinking that at least for a short instance of time, the ceasefire was attended by everyone from the two sides, with British and German soldiers even playing a friendly match of soccer.British and German troops meeting in no man’s land during the unofficial truce (British troops from the Northumberland Hussars, 7th Division, Bridoux-Rouge Banc Sector).It was not exactly like that in reality, but for the roughly 100,000 soldiers who opted-in, Christmas was convenient enough time for a break.The feeling must have been mutual, on both sides of the battlefield, and aided by months of nasty lifestyle in the damp-filled and cold trenches.Many of the soldiers also clung to the hope that they would return home by Christmas.British and German troops burying the bodies of those killed in the battle of December 18, 1914.Historians have never truly agreed on the details about the Christmas Truce, but it’s generally accepted there was one key factor that led to such development.In some areas of the Western Front, enemy trenches were very close, close enough for soldiers to be able to hear each other talking.Such proximity enabled some of them to adopt a “live and let live” kind of attitude, in which there would be days — even well before Christmas — that would pass without any gunfire.Christmas Truce. Photo by Unknown – Internet CC BY-SA 4.0And for Christmas: some likely moments include lighting candles and singing carols on Christmas Eve.The carols were sung in English, Latin, and German. Then, as soon as dawn broke on Christmas Day, unarmed soldiers stepped out from the trenches and — although still enemies — they met on the area designated as No Man’s Land, wishing each other Merry Christmas.Christmas Truce. Photo by Unknown – Internet CC BY-SA 4.0The mood for the moment was slightly improved because both sides had received letters or gift boxes sent from home.In fact, on the British side, King George V had taken care to send gift boxes to each and every soldier fighting on the front. Some of the packed items included pens, paper, and tobacco, writes the BBC.Christmas Truce reported by the Daily Mirror, Friday January 5, 1915. Photo by Unknown – Internet CC BY-SA 4.0The soldiers mingled with their foe on No Man’s Land, with warming, brotherly scenes like exchanging gifts or taking a photo. Even more amazingly: “one account mentions a British soldier having his hair cut by his pre-war German barber; other talks of a pig roast.”“Several mention impromptu kick-abouts with makeshift soccer balls, although, contrary to popular legend, it seems unlikely that there were any organized matches,” writes Time.Re-enactors Peter Knight and Stefan Langheinrich, descendants of Great War veterans, shake hands at the 2008 unveiling of a memorial to the 1914 Christmas Truce. Photo by Alan Cleaver CC BY 2.0Other than enjoying such brief moments of little freedoms, the need to cease the gunfire would have also been one of practical nature.Prior the holidays, heavy bombardment on some sections had resulted in numerous casualties.The corpses of fallen soldiers had lain unattended for days or weeks. This was an opportunity to collect those bodies and give them a proper burial — at least one without enemy bullets flying overhead.A cross left in Saint-Yves (Saint-Yvon) at Ploegsteert in the municipality of Comines-Warneton, Belgium, in 1999, to commemorate the site of the Christmas Truce. The text reads: “1914 – The Khaki Chum’s Christmas Truce – 1999 – 85 Years – Lest We Forget.”Silence did not prevail everywhere along the front. Unrest continued in places such as the West Flemish Front, a section of the Western front defended by Belgian troops.Away from the trenches, German warships were battering British seaside towns such as Whitby, Scarborough, and Hartlepool, according to the BBC.Those naval attacks resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties for Christmas.Football Remembers memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. Photo by DeFacto CC BY-SA 4.0So, when reports reached the higher ranks that different forms of truce had occurred on the frontlines, including friendly interactions with the enemy, the reaction was of anger.So much so that the unofficial Christmas Truce of 1914 would be the very last of its kind.Officers were clearly instructed that they remain watchful for the remainder of the conflict and make sure similar scenes did not repeat ever again.Christmas Truce postcard. Photo by Unknown – Internet CC BY-SA 4.0Any such incident was to be regarded as treason.Over a century later, the Christmas Truce of 1914 has never failed to inspire. It describes a moment of peace in a calamitous and costly war. In the context of war, such festive mood among soldiers may have justifiably worried officials, perhaps in fear of a possible mutiny.It would have also, at best, confused compatriots who kept on fighting the enemy despite it being a special time of year.Read another story from us: Clear Coke was Given to a Soviet General to Make it Look Like VodkaSadly enough, at the end of 1914, the conflict was only just beginning to form its really gruesome character. The New Year brought bigger atrocities, so the Christmas Truce, where it happened, was nothing more than a little calm before the real storm.But still, that brief moment of calm was important, for it communicated that fighting men still had one genuinely most human wish — that there is peace.last_img read more

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Strong winds to hit Costa Rica again Thursday

first_imgRelated posts:Strong winds expected over most of Costa Rica this week Costa Rica’s southern Pacific hit by heavy rains, flooding Big waves expected at Costa Rica’s northern Pacific, Caribbean beaches National emergency declared; Costa Rican public agencies to close due to Hurricane Otto A newcold front expected to enter the country on Thursday will bring strong winds throughout most of Costa Rica, the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) reported Monday.Costa Rica weather forecasts estimate the front will bring gusts ranging from 50 to 80 kilometers per hour.The IMN is also predicting rains for the northern and Caribbean regions, however they are expected to be milder than those that caused flooding in those regions last week.Strong winds last Wednesday and Thursday caused an increase in emergencies throughout the country. On Wednesday, gusts in Guanacaste province caused a tree to fall on top of a car, killing a 34-year-old man inside.The Firefighters’ Department reported that Wednesday was an historic day: all 73 stations were called to attend a total of 424 emergency calls — the highest number for a single day since the Firefighters’ Corps started operations in Costa Rica in 1865.About half of them were directly caused by strong winds — mostly fallen utility poles, trees, billboards and signs, broken power lines and blown-off roofs. They also received another 129 reports of wildfires.Power supply failures at pumping stations cut the water supply for some 60,000 residents of Alajuela province and about 25,000 residents of the western San José cantons of Mora and Puriscal.The National Power and Light Company (CNFL) reported receiving more than 300 failure reports on Thursday in the Greater Metropolitan Area, in San José, Heredia and Cartago provinces. Fallen utility poles and broken power lines affected about 15,000 people on Wednesday and 7,000 on Thursday, CNFL’s Energy Distribution Manager Erick Esquivel reported.Officials from the Firefighters’ Corp and CNFL are warning citizens not to attempt to manipulate fallen utility poles or broken power lines, urging them to instead submit a report to 911 or CNFL’s hotline number: 1026. Fallen trees on Feb. 10, 2016 affected houses and power lines in Heredia, Cartago and San José provinces. (Via CNFL) Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Tropical Storm Carlos pelts western Mexican coast

first_img Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Carlos brought rain and wind to the Pacific coast near the Mexican resort of Manzanillo on Wednesday, after losing its hurricane status overnight.On Wednesday, the center of the storm was about 10 miles (20 kilometers) south of Playa Perula in Jalisco state, and about 75 miles (125 kilometers) south-southeast of Cabo Corrientes. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) and was moving north-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph). Patients with chronic pain give advice Forecasters with the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was expected to continue weakening Wednesday into Thursday and likely would dissipate Friday.A tropical storm warning was in effect from Punta San Telmo to Cabo Corrientes. The hurricane center said the storm would cross over land somewhere in the warning area on Wednesday and then move over the western coast of Mexico.Rainfall of 1 inch to 3 inches is expected in some areas, with potential flash floods and slides. Forecasters also said swells would continue to affect the southwestern Mexican coast.Some coastal towns closed their schools and small boats were ordered off the sea near the popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta. At least one cruise ship canceled a port call planned for Wednesday, port official Odilon Garcia Castillon said by phone from the Pacific Coast city.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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World Expeditions Travel Group acquires NZs selfguided cycling tour

first_imgCycling Mt CookWorld Expeditions Travel Group acquires NZ’s self-guided cycling tour operatorIn a move designed to cement its position as a major player in the New Zealand cycle scene, Australia’s leading adventure travel specialist, World Expeditions Travel Group has acquired a majority shareholding in Trail Journeys, one of New Zealand’s best known self-guided cycle tour operators.Trail Journeys provides expert advice, a fleet of more than 400 quality bikes for hire, passengers’ luggage transfer, accommodation and transfer service, as well as storage services on the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Roxburgh Gorge Trail and on the Clutha Gold Trail.With bases in Clyde and Middlemarch, at either end of New Zealand’s famous Otago Central Rail Trail, Trail Journeys is well resourced to grow the business as demand for this world-class cycling trail continues to increase.As part of the acquisition, World Expeditions has also become a shareholder in Trail Journeys Nelson, which offers guided and self-guided cycling tours from its bases in Nelson, Mapua and Kaiteriteri, paving the way for it to become the leading operator on the Tasman Great Taste Trail, which is fast emerging as the new “must do” cycle trip in New Zealand.According to World Expeditions CEO, Sue Badyari, the acquisitions cement World Expeditions’ position as a leading provider of cycle journeys in New Zealand.“Trail Journeys are the ideal complement to our well established cycle brand, Adventure South, which runs fully-supported, guided cycling holidays primarily on the south island, from its base in Christchurch.”“New Zealand is a highly desirable destination for active travellers seeking an immersive experience,” Ms Badyari said.  “We are very excited to be offering a fun, affordable product to people keen to see the country’s stunning natural landscape via its network of cycle trails, enjoying quality accommodation, great food and wine along the way.”“Trail Journeys’ previous owners are the pioneers of self-guided options along these routes and they share a great synergy with World Expeditions in standards and philosophies,” Ms Badyari said.The World Expeditions Travel Group offers a range of guided and self-guided walking and cycling itineraries all across the globe, through brands including World Expeditions, UTracks, Great Canadian Trials, Tasmanian Expeditions and Australian Walking Holidays.More information at www.worldexpeditions.com or call 1300 720 000.Source = World Expeditions Travel Grouplast_img read more

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Low show for Turkish referendum vote in north

first_imgLESS than half of Turkish citizens living in the north cast their vote during the five-day ballot for the referendum on constitutional amendments in Turkey, it was announced on Monday.According to Turkish Cypriot media reports, 43,480 people out of the 104,507 registered voters voted on whether they agreed Turkey should have an executive presidency which would boost the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The vote, which was held in the north between April 5 and 9, was concluded on Sunday night with a voting turnout of 41.6per cent.Despite the low numbers, media in the north quoted officials as saying it was a larger proportion compared to previous polls concerning Turkey. The daily Kibris reported that the last time polls were set up in the north for Turkish nationals, around 35,000 people had voted.According to Turkey’s election board, voting on the proposed constitutional changes has taken place at 120 polling stations in 57 countries since March 27. In total, more than 1.2 million Turkish expatriates have voted abroad so far.Votes from the north and from other countries will be transferred to Turkey where they will be counted on April 16 after Turkish citizens in Turkey have voted.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Pet SupplementsAging Cat? Help Them Thrive By Doing This One ThingUltimate Pet Nutrition Pet SupplementsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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